Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Proud Mama!

My daughter Arianna participated yesterday in her schools spelling bee with the top 2 spellers from each 4Th, 5Th and 6Th grade class. She did amazingly well and I was oh so proud of her. She made it to the top 2 spots and ended up 1st runner up!

I am so very proud of her, words cannot express.

Today she came home with this great trophy...

Great Job Arianna! I am so very proud of you! Keep up the great work!
Mom ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Final Five!

Here are the final 5 tags of the 12 tags of Christmas..

I had a lot of fun making these, can you believe I actually COMPLETED something???

Sorry about the crappy picture of the last one, don't know what happened.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tim's Tags!

I have been trying to follow Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, you can find them here

Here are my attempts at his techniques..I am overall happy with the first 7

I may finish the rest eventually ;)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Go For IT

There is an awesome RAK giveaway on this blog..

check it out!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Day After Thanksgiving...

Hope everyone had a great Turkey day, we sure did! Excellent Food and our little Family.

I took this little quiz after seeing twilight...which cullen are you?

I'm a Esme! I found out through Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
Take the Quiz and Share Your Results!

You are thoughtful and care very deeply for your family. A loving home is of great
importance to you and you always try to make people feel welcome. Although you have a great capacity to love, you also have a great capacity to hurt, so at times you can be
sensitive. You're firm when you need to be, but people trust your judgment and
appreciate the kind way you always handle things.

So which one are you????

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Long time no post....

I know very bad blogger, but I will attempt to catch up on my goings on...

Halloween was FAB...said to see the decorations come down which stayed up until mid November LOL

I went to the 7 Gypsies retailer event on November 7th with Shermala, it was fun, didn't finish any of the projects..surprise surprise...

Shermala was VERY sick which in turn got me VERY sick, I was sick for almost 3 weeks!

My hubby had his shoulder surgery (torn rotater cuff-85%) last Wednesday and is at work today!
He is stronger than I am, I had the same surgery and didn't get out of the chair for a couple of weeks!.

Today is my Sasha dogs bday, shes 3, I remember when I brought her home, so very thin and tiny, now moose ville...LOL

I am looking forward to cooking a great Thanksgiving meal.....I make a MEAN turkey....

Happy Thanksgiving and be grateful for your life, I know I am :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lovin Halloween!

I thought I would post some pictures of my halloween decor, it makes me happy!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'mmmm Bacccckkkkkkkk!!!!!!

Well I am home from our Fab vacation to the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!
You guessed it Costco! LOL just kidding Disneyland. We left at o'dark 30 and dropped the dogs off at the border and headed over to So cali to see the mouse!

We arrived about 2pm checked in and headed over to see dland decorated for Halloween, I have never been there when it was decorated so it was nice to see...

This is a lovely collage of our trip, so many great pics to trake, stayed for 4 days and boy are my feet killing me!

We did the trick or treat party at CA adventure friday night and after about an hour arianna started to feel sick so we went back to the hotel.

All in all a great trip.
So happy Halloween all.....It's my favorite holiday of the year!
Boo to you!

Sunday, October 05, 2008


Almost, almost...almost done with the calendar kits for Miss Heidi, almost ready to leave for vacation, almost ready to relax. So very close.....

I am not feeling overly excited about going on our trip I was looking forward to it, but now, not so much. Who knows it may change once I get there. My back is bugging me a bit and no time for chiropractor until Tuesday (which can't come soon enough)

Wondering why I can't find the strength to follow my eating plan and get this weight blood pressure is creeping back up, and I am starting to get headaches again.

I get a "fill" in my band again on the 15Th maybe that will help, have been trying to walk daily on the treadmill, do good for a few days then life happens and it falls to the wayside :(

I know "beating" myself up doesn't help anything, I should consider it a lesson learned and move on, or better yet, figure out the underlying reason I sabotages myself.

Sasha the dog has been bitten below the eye tonight while she was on the couch, I gave her beneadryl, and I hope the swelling goes down, otherwise it is going to be a vet visit in the am, dang dog...

I want to decorate for Halloween more, but I have been so busy with kits and getting prepped for the trip that I may not get it all out until after the 16th..I knew I should of put it out in Sept..LOL

Off to eat some fruit, I am feeling like I need to eat...(at least it's not the chocolate cake sitting on the counter-don't ask!)

Peace People!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Clean Room

We have organization!
I have spent the entire week off and on re-organizing my room, I have A LOT of projects to get done for people but my room was such a mess, I couldn't find half of what I needed and forget having room to work on it!

So here are the pics of the clean room...the views are from by the door around and back out..

Now I get to "mess" it up again..LOL

Creative Escape happened in Sept (the first week) It was so great to hang out my my friends Shermala and Donna, I didn't get all the projects done, but hopefully now that my room is clean I will :)
I was sad to see Shermala go as always but I know I will see her soon in November for the 7Gypsies Retailer Event..classes and a trip home through San Diego!

Donna is coming to scrap this Tuesday hopefully I will get oodles done.
I have a lot of stuff I need to post in my etsy shop but I need more time in the day...

Workin on a lot of personal stuff and making great strides.....

Bought a new car (used but new to me)
This is her..she is a 07 Dodge Magnum and she is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L....rides like a dream

bought her a week ago, and all is well, got her some new seat covers because leather in az=HOTTTT!!! so my bum thanks me ;)

I am truly blessed in my life....

Have a great week all.........................................................................

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

well, well

You know people come up to me and say why haven't you updated your blog, want to know why? Cuz my life is many times can I say today I kitted so and sos kits, took classes at SBE or drove the kid around to endless summer things to keep her from being bored.

I would say that blogging about that is BORING..wouldn't you?

So here is what the happenings have been, kitting, taking classes and running the kid around LOL told you, same ol same ol...

My dog hurt his foot last week, he has doggy "arf"thritis, and is taking meds and feeling better, they last night he tore the pad on the bottom of his other foot, back to the vet in about 10 minutes...I did sign up for this event in November with Shermala.. Love Love LOVE 7 Gypsies stuff so I think this will be a hoot, and in Manhatten Beach no less...what scenery!

Also in more exciting news my paypal account was somehow hacked a couple of weeks ago and they took money, numerous phone calls and anger, I think it is finally fixed..Why do people do evil things?

Also feeling a little blue, not sure why...

Gotta go take the pup to the vet..$$$$$$$$$$ dang dog too bad I luv him!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Been a long time...

Well it has been a week since I have taken my trip and still don't feel particularly well, but good enough I guess to post about my trip to St Louis for Scrap St. Louis.

First off those of you who know me know that I have never flown and this was my first ever flight(UGH!) Got to the airport at 0'dark 30 and proceeded to make my way down ENDLESS walkways to security for so west, did what everyone else did, put my shoes, purse carry-on in the gray bins and then it to lane 1, and they pulled me aside.....they were interested in the CPAP machine in my carry-on, they had me unpack it, wiped it down did some test on it and then I was free to re-pack it and head on my way-scared the crap out of me though, being pulled aside not having any clue what I had done.

Made it to my gate in a ball of nerves, tears flowed quietly a few times good thing no one could see me. Bought a water took my ativan thinking it would calm me like it did after I booked my ticket.

I had to wait about an hour for the plane to board and the ativan still wasn't helping much, bought a starbucks but end up throwing it away, my stomach was trashed!

Then the boarding process started, I was A33 so only about 10 people boarded before me, so I was able to get an aisle seat AWAY from the window, I promptly closed the window!
Flight was pretty sparse, had my own row, next closest person was a couple aisles up.

Then the take on, NOT liking that so much, holy **&% seemed like we went straight up and his turn was way sharp, I thought for sure I was going to heave, and of course more tears and silent hysteria.

I was freakin out the turbulence was pretty bad, seat belt signs were on the whole time, when the flight attendant came around with drinks she saw I was upset and came and set with me and I told her it was my first flight, she apologized for the rough flight, said it wasn't normally that bad and then she explained all the noises I would be hearing (wheels coming down, engine changing, etc) and calmed me quite a bit, but I still was a wreck! It was very nice of her to help me.

Then the landing...smoother MUCH smoother than the take-off and I was glad to be on the ground, 2 hours of torture finished....

We got there 30 minutes early so Shermala wasn't there yet, but was on her way.
She picked me up at we were on our way to St Louis...a 4 hour drive which took about 6 after we stopped at Michaels, got gas, had get the idea..LOL

We arrived at the Holiday Inn in St Louis where the event was being held and it was HOT..and not hot like here but STICKY ICKY HOT..I will take the dry heat any day!

We received our breakfast coupons, scrap bag and class schedule for the weekend and went to our room to take a quick break before the event started.

We went and had dinner after the opening event and can I just say how great the hotel food was, it was better than some restaurants I have eaten at, gained 5 lbs in 3 days..yes that good!

Our first "class" of the day Saturday was make-n-takes by different stores and companies, crop paper scissors, fiskars, K and Co, and others..made a fathers day project, custom name tag, butterfly mini book, card, seaside mini album, got to see some new product coming out by Fiskars (HUGE punches) I went pretty fast only 25 to a group so time wasn't an issue at all.

then on to class I can't remember the particular order now (none of the classes were mind blowing) but the projects didn't get completed so I have NO photos, if they ever get finished it will be a small miracle, I still haven't finished projects from the first Creative Escape!

We had a class sponsored by 7 Gypsies taught by their local scrapbook store teacher, Tracy Neihaus by K and Co, the owners of Clearly Scraps (we did a mickey acrylic book) Lance from Rusty Pickle always a hoot, Heidi Grace(what a disappointment-although the product was nice)
Joey Otlo from Bazzill, and Danielle Johnson from Creative Imaginations.

It was great to see Shermala which was my main reason for going, she's doing well, and thanks for asking!

At the event I heard my first Tornado sirens-turns out it was EXTREMELY close, across the street as a matter of fact-talk about a traumatizing weekend!

Then the ride back to the airport, I visited my first Archivers...nice store, I am kinda glad we don't have those here, I would be way broke!

I bought enough stuff to have to check my bag cuz it was dang heavy, another new experience which Shermala helped me with, she filled out the tags for my suitcases and helped me up to security and sent me on my way, of course fear kicked in again and more tears and anxiety..

My flight showed on time, but weather was awful. then it happened it was delayed by 30 minutes, more time for anxiety to build, talked to a couple of people in the terminal which helped distract me.

Then boarding time we got on, lightening all around drove out to the tar mack and then the blah blah...we are going to sit out here on the plane..blah blah 30 get the idea so after 1 1/2 hours in the plane on the ground we took off..this guy was a little better on his take off not so steep, smooth and his turns barely noticeable...still kinda freaked, but better than the going there trip. Once we got above the storm, it was relatively smooth and we detoured around the storm took almost 4 hours to get home. How,ever this guys landing was rough, maybe the 2 pilots ought to get together and take notes!

Hubby was waiting to pick me up with my daughter, it was good to be going home.

I think I seriously would of rented a car and driven home had it not been for the fact that I had had Lesli's class kits to do Sunday night for her classes on Mon, Tues, Wed and Thur!

Not sure if I will fly again anytime soon, but the experience is one for my book of fears to tackle....

Love ya Shermala, thanks for everything...see YOU in September!

Monday, May 26, 2008


This is gonna be a LOOONGG one...

On Saturday the 24th of May I got to attend 3 great classes with Tim Holtz!!

The first class was words and windows, we got to paint on prima transparencies with alcohol inks, it was so awesome.

The next class was a canvas journal which we stitched by hand (the binding that is) and played with wax, and cool

then we did a mirror that had all kinds of cool findings and bits on it..I had an awesome awesome day!

Then my friend Shermala called to ask about my class and ended talking me into going to scrap St Louis on June 5th , but one slight problem, I would have to FLY!! no big you say, but I have NEVER EVER flown before, I am giving myself anxiety just typing this! I bought a ticket and will be heading out in the am on the's hoping I don't freak out!

All in all a great day...see you soon Shermala!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Well Hello Stranger!

I figured I would update my blog, due to some gentle nudging ...hi robin!

Well the reason I don't blog for long periods of time is that there is NOTHING interesting going on...same ol same ol..

example of same ol-working on kits, cropping on fridays, taking classes at sbe, vegging (being lazy) neglecting my piles of dirty laundry, and mounting housework!

I did crop for the first time this past Saturday at i-scrap in Scottsdale, I cropped with robin, and Denise and some of their work friends. I got a few things done.

This coming week, more of the same, classes at sbe, working on kits, and more veggin'

I will say that Thursday is Ariana's last day of 4Th grade, what will summer bring (one clue-HEADACHE)
I hope I can keep her from getting to bored...

Big excitement this coming Saturday TIM HOLTZ is teaching at sbe, and yes I will be there for all 3 classes..he's kinda my scrappin idol, plus he's cute!

I really need to start a walking regimen, but the treadmill is soooo boring and it is too dang hot outside, what is up with today's 108? I HATE summer time, hate it!

QOTD: Those on top of the mountain didn't fall there.
Gil Atkinson

Take care, I will try to write something more exciting soon...............

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Can you believe it?

It is the LAST day of April, where the heck did this month go? I blinked and then it was gone.

I joined Weight Watchers last saturday to help up the points so my body would get with it and start losing again, I had a fill of .5 cc's almost 10 days ago, still not at my "sweet spot" but definetly feel it when I don't eat slowly and chew well...this thing has quite the learning curve.

On the 5th I go for my second fill, not sure I want to much added, they kinda sneak up on ya.

Did Jennifers kits and Jamies this week, awesome projects!

Other than that, nothing to terribly exciting.

QOTD: You will be remembered for what you do when it counts. -Don Ward

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Whirlwind Few Days!!

Well, I think I can finally catch my breath!

It started Tuesday on My birthday, my BFF Let came to my house and we scrapped and had a fab sushi lunch!

It was awesome to hang out and celebrate my day ;)

Then Thursday eve my gal pal Shermala from Kansas came down to visit for the convention. I picked her up about 10 pm or so and we stayed up LATE and visited and then hit the hay for the convention the next day. We got up early drove to the convention, got our tickets and got in line for the early entry vendor fair.

Wasn't too impressed with the goods offered except for the dollar scrapbooking booth, did some damage there ;)

Had a couple of classes and acrylic one that was way to simple and not worth the price, didn't learn anything.

2nd was a card class put on by Devine Memories, the cards were very cute.

3rd class was a princess acrylic album, better class..but the instructor grated on my nerves!

I did learn a few interesting tidbits.

Good news was that I won a $15.00 gift certificate for a vendor at the convention from the daily drawings, I haven't won in 4 years that I have been going there.

Went to a Late nighter crop at friend Donna was also there and brought cute name tags for my spot and some cute balloons, and an awesome tasting carro a?!! Thanks Donna! I didn't get much done, I was soooo tired!

Once again we stayed up late and got up early to head up to Payson to start the shop hop...we had TONS of fun, did some monetary damage and stopped at 7 stores all over the valley.

Then we did ANOTHER late nighter! Holy cow we were WHOOPED! WE hung out until 10:15 or so, then headed home to start the shop thing again today.

When we got back to the house Shermala had the HUGE task of trying to get her massive amount of purchases into her empty suitcase and not exceed the weight. go girl!

She accomplished that task and then we hit 2 more stores today..LOL, and yes she bought more stuff! and she managed to get it in the suitcases...

Took her to the airport at 4:45pm and I already miss her...See you in Sept girl!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

guess what today is?

Myspace Graphics

That's right folks....It's my 43rd birthday!

Here's to a fabulous year of celebrations and happiness!

and for my ever famous QOTD:

If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody up. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, April 13, 2008

2 in 2 days

I know shocking, as I sit here drinking my protein coffee, I was thinking about the shot of me I posted yesterday, and the awesomeness that there was only 1 chin showing (without even trying to hide them) I call those NSV (non scale victories) I had a bit of a plateau when I hit 39 lbs, I skidded to a stop.

Well, the good news is that the scale is on the move again..YEAH ME!!!

so as of today I am down 44! lbs..

go tammy go tammy go tammy go tammy go tammy go tammy go tammy go tammy (no really, just go! LOL)

have kits to do today If Lesli calls me back, time is of the essence here, 1000 kits in 2 days, can she do it> Of course! ;)

QOTD- If you can't win, be sure you make the guy ahead of you break the record. -Steve Prefontaine

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Back from Cali!

Well I made it safely home from my whirlwind California trip over 1000 miles and 15 hours of driving to prove to myself that I am woman hear me roar! LOL

Just kidding about that part! I have gained a new since of self confidence from this trip, I tackled the drive solo and went into several stores alone and even ate alone in a restaurant!

First stop was 2 stores in the Redlands area, unfortunately one was out of business and the other no longer a scrapbook store except for 2 paper racks..oh well, it was on the way.

My first in store shopping experience was scrapbook oasis in Irvine. Cute store, HUGE work area, found a few cute stamps and some ribbon (surprise, surprise).

Then went to a couple of other stores whose name escapes me at the moment, but I remember going to Timeless Treasures, a big store (nothing like SBE) and I noticed alot of stores on my trip sort by Theme, can I just say I HATE THAT!..impossible to find a specific paper UGH! but a couple sheets of paper now its 6pm so I decide to hit a store in Dana Point off golden Lantern, can't remember name and then find a room. I stayed at the Dana Point Marina Inn, felt very comfortable there, I was raised in this area, felt kinda like coming home, here is the view from my balcony in my room of the harbor and boats, relaxing!

I think I fell asleep at like 8pm what a light weight!
I hit the shopping trail about 8 am and saw a few great stores my favorite on this trip was Ever After

I spent alot of time browsing and they had all kinds of vintage-y stuff, bought some of it too!

Hit a few more stores and then headed back up towards San Bernadino..stayed the night and hit the road home in the am and headed for home.

I stopped along the way back inland and snapped some pictures of the coastline and my new friends :) I have this thing about squirrels (don't ask!)

Here is a pic of the ride home...I was bored (nice thing to be while driving) and took a self-portrait shot ;)

In closing, It was great fun, tiring, but fun!

California Trip....................$500.00

Scrapbook Shopping..........$175.00

Gaining Self-Confidence....$Priceless!

QOTD: If you're already walking on thin ice, why not dance? -Gil Atkinson

Monday, April 07, 2008


been super busy.

I have had a little trouble with the band with staying hydrated, I have been treated 2x's in 30 days for dehydration.

From that virus I had and all the violent coughing I swelled my band shut and was unable to keep my own salvia down, they removed the air in the band, and now I just have discomfort when I eat or drink.

Surgeon says give it a few more weeks and I wait and fight to hydrate.

Good news is I am down 39 lbs! I haven't lost anything in about 10 days, I think my body is still in adjusting mode.

I am taking a CA scrapbook tour over 3 days to see what is out there, this is BIG for me the first time I have driven that far by myself and I have a phobia about going to places I have never been before so I hope I don't get major panic attacks.

It will definetly be a learning experience for me. Alot of potential growth for me in this trip.

Next week my long distance bud Shermala will be in town for our beat the heat hop shop (more info avail at and the convention, I don't think we will breathe at all until she leaves! Sounds fun though. (hi sugar)

See ya all later

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

quick post

My family is sick, cough , fevers, it sucks!

I am taking the littlest member to the doc today along with me.

I am down 30 lbs according to my scale now, I will verify when I get to the docs office..hopefully his scale agrees with mine ;)

Feeling good, better everyday...I am off another blood pressure medicine, only 2 medicines left that I take a water pill(I tend to swell in the feet, ankle area) and a bp medicine, feels good to give up all the meds!

I hope I am better before fridays late niter, I want to scrap with my buds!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


A day for random posts..

Not alot going on, taking some classes at SCE and kitting some kits for Tena (cute ones)

Had follow up surgeon appt yesterday, he says my incisions are looking good, and I am finding I am getting hungrier sooner, so it is almost time for a fill, I have one scheduled for 3-31-08 I am afraid it's going to hurt, but I am a big ol baby when it comes to needles!

My new computer arrived and is in the process of being set up by my computer geek hubby :)

I have had eggs this week, can I just tell you how much I like eggs..LOL

Sasha's cancer and her nose has receeded, they go in on the 15th for follow up blood work from there Rimadyl overdose scare..dang dogs!

I got my scentsy order..YUMMY!!! I love smelling that orange hubby says it smells like sugar cookies, but either way it smells delish!

I am considering a "scrapbook store" tour of california soon, 3 days and a list of stores I would like to

Spring break is next week, someone save me............

I bought some daily inspiration cards from the never quit series and the success series..
Todays card I pulled says, " I sought advice and cooperation from all those around me-but not permission
Muhammed Ali

Something to think about...

Peace friends

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I am Back!

Ok, so the last almost month has been kind of a whirlwind for me, so m any emotions, so many ups and downs, that I finally have a moment to stop and reflect on the past few weeks, this is going to be a long post so if you read to the end I thank you ;)

Since my last post I have made a life change, I had weight loss surgery, I chose the lap-band procedure which is a adjustable gastric band that is placed around the top portion of your stomach to control the amount of food you can eat, it also has a port that is accessed as you lose weight to tighten the band and keep you on track, I am not going to sugar coat it, I was a very unhealthy person, deeply depressed and in a lot of physical pain. I attended the seminar regarding the procedure and decided to move forward, my insurance does not cover the procedure so I am "self-paying" I was put on a 450 calorie a day liquid diet on the 13th of feb until the 25th, the purpose of this is to shrink your liver so they can have better access to work on your stomach, during this time period I lost 11 lbs.

on monday the 25th I went to the surgery center (outpatient) at 7:30 did all the necessary pre-surgery stuff and off to the operating room I went, I awoke nauseaus and in pain!
they helped those problems, got me dressed, walked me down the hall sat me in a chair until I was more awake and then sent me home! Drinking enough water has been hard (i spent last saturday night in the er w/dehydration) but I am feeling a little better every day. Sometimes I feel weak, but It will get better and be worth it in the long run, I am up to (3) 1/4 meals per day consisiting of one of the following creamy soups, broth, sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, milk, yougurt or juice, I also get 2 protein shakes a day for nutrition. I stay on this eating plan until the 18th when I go back to regular foods.
I have lost 21 lbs now and have discontinued 1 of my blood pressure medications and had my sleep apnea machine pressure lowered..YEAH!!
My hubby has gotten me gatorade to help with the hydration issue..thanks hun!
I am doing better and healing wonderfully.
I have my follow up with the surgeon on Tuesday, and my first band adjustment scheduled for the 31st of march.
Thanks to everyone who has been there listening to my gripes and or problems, I really appreciate you all.

I read something interesting today and thought I would post it here:
I am choosing to be happy and with my health improving, I will be around alot longer :)


John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good
mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask
him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would
be twins!'

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the
employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing
this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked
him, 'I don't get it!'

'You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?'

He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two
choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood can
choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.' Each time
something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose
to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone
comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining
or...I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the
positive side of life.

'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.

'Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When you cut
away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you
react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You
choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom
line: It's your choice how you live your life.'

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower
Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often
thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting
to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious
accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was
released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw him
about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he
replied, 'If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?'

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through
his mind as the accident took place. 'The first thing that went
through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,'
he replied. 'Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had
two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I
chose to live.'

'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked.

He continued, '...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I
was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw
the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really
scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'.
I knew I needed to take action.'

'What did you do?' I asked.

'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,' said
John. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The
doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.

I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity''

Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on
me as if I am alive, not dead.' He lived, thanks to the skill of his
doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude...

I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' Matthew 6:34.

After all, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Truly inspiring to me...I will keep you all posted as time goes on..thanks for the long read

Monday, February 11, 2008

Not a good day.

No happiness today, except for the fact that this horrid day is just about over.

I am contemplating going on a scrapping hiatus and closing the etsy shop, so if there is something you are eyeing, get it now before it's gone.

Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.
-Evan Esar

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I need to get it together!

5 days, I know 5 days since I posted happy thoughts, it's not as easy as one might think to continually find happy thoughts to post about (at least not for me)

so here I go with the haps for the last 5 days..

on the 6th I talked to my friend Shermala (see I did remember..LOL) and she told me to make that my happy for the day.. ;)

on the 7th I took Heidi's class and that made me happy to see friends in class. Hi Carol :)

on the 8th I took Carols class, and created 3 magnificent pages, she is truly a marvel and makes it look easy. I also took Jamies class and those 2 things made me happy, although I think I am fighting a cold and NOT happy about that!

on the 9th I took Arianna to the kids class, she was done first as usual (hmmm wonder where she gets that?) and then home to take a nap, and that made me happy!
that night I went to the late niter and sat by Lesli and Ang, and that made me really happy!

and today..not much to make me happy today, fighting this dang cold, hungry but don't want to eat, missing my hubby so I am going to break a trend and say today I AM NOT HAPPY!

QOTD: Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
-Lou Holtz

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I missed a day again :(

Ok I need to give 2 happy thoughts, since I missed yesterday...
1-I am happy to be done with my taxes-all filed and accepted!
2-I am happy (estatic actually) to actually be getting a refund for the first time in 10 years! (not having to pay rocks!)

Well not much else exciting going on finished Heidis kits for totally T and about 70% done with Miss Jamies (cute btw..LOTSA RIBBON!)

Have class on thursday with heidi, fri w/ carol wingert and then with jamie and then saturday is the kids class with Arianna, she LOVES it! then the late nighter Sat.
Busy Busy....

If "ifs" & "buts" were fruit and nuts we'd all be happy squirrels. -unknown

Sunday, February 03, 2008

oh man, I missed a couple happys

Dang and I was doing sooo good too, so today I will give you a few happys to make up for it.

1) Happy to have healthy children
2) Happy I have an awesome room to create in (need to do that more)

and the biggie for today:

3) I am so very lucky and happy to be surrounded by people with an amazing amount of talent and kindness i.e,
Jennifer Wagner(LOVE this girl, projects to DIE for, such creative talents, AMAZING)
Angie Dunn (super cute, makes you feel happy to be around her)
Jamie Anderson (nice, funny, talented and her fault I am in this habit :))
Emily Jones (what can I say about Emmers, she is a bright spot in my day, always good for a smile when I need it, and her blog cracks me up too+ she thinks I am amzing!) LOL
The Polka Dot Chicks, talented and fun, what else is there to say?
Jenaye Collins (Perky, cute and always a help in finding that perfect ribbon)
Carol Wingert (the teacher I enjoy challenging most..enuff said!)
Tena Sprenger(mega talent, super nice lady)
Sandee..(I LOVE her, she is so full of energy and that lady has an eye for great pages, she does awesome stuff)
Heidi Lynn (She always suprises me with a cool new "twist" on something..she is good for my creative genius!)
Gaye, Well I want to be her when I grow up, that lady is truly amazing, I like being in the same room as her, hoping her "genius" will rub off on me... favorite little parrot, and greatest purchaser of my artly rock girl a sure fun to scrap with and you make some amazing things, you artist you...
Ginger is a warm genuine person, who is a joy to be around, I wish I had her talent and patience!
Susan M..always reminds me to stamp my paper wehn she sees me, and makes awesome mini books! ear and a best friend(and talent too) also a BIG enabler of scrapbooking products..LOL card friend, she inspires me to make rockin cards! She also makes killer treats!

Oh what the heck I know there are alot more ladies I forgot to mention, but you all know you have contributed to my life and creativeness in more ways than you will know, I feel privileged
to call each one of you my friends :) Rock on ladies!

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
- Czech Proverb

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The end of another month.....

I can't believe that tomorrow is the start on another month..where does time go seriously...It was just new years yesterday.

Tomorrow I am taking a fab class and sce Bookin it w/ jennifer..this book is absolutely stunning, it is truly amazing to me :)

I will post a pic when I finish it.
Today I am happy to be done kitting it! LOL It was quite the undertaking...


To want to be what one can be is purpose in life.
-Cynthia Ozick

Hi Ken ;)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Quick happy thought for the day

Today I'm happy to be done die cutting.
If all else fails take a nap.

Told you it was quick.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Today I am happy for my hubby Ken. This is one of my favorite pictures of him holding arianna when she was little.
He is a great dad, husband, and friend (most of the time) ;)
He is VERY supportive of my scrapbook habit (crapbooking as he calls it), he actually encourages it! It was his idea to use the master bedroom as my scrapbook oasis, he understands that most of the time I don't fell well, but he helps when he can. He gives the greatest gifts..(i.e gift cards to the most amazing store..SCE)
and he lets me sleep in the mornings, cuz he knows I need to sleep or I feel worse..he gets our daughter off to school and makes her breakfast. And this morning I had a Starbucks java chip in the fridge for when I woke up. He is funny, kind, handsome, and tolerant!
i ♥ you!

and the quote for today is:

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
-Rita Rudner