Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's been a while again...

I know, I know, it's been a while again. Now that Christmas is over, hopefully I'll get better about posting again. I have tons of pictures on my NEW camera to upload, but I just haven't had the time to do it. Maybe today while Dave is watching football...

Anyway, Jenny gave me two wonderful blog awards and I'm going to pass them on.

Come claim your awards ladies! :)
Ok, gotta get back to the munchkin. I promise I'll get Christmas pictures up soon!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Jenny is giving away some goodies on her blog! Go check it out!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Here comes a picture overload!!

Ok, so since I was such a bad blogger and didn't post in forever, here come all the pics at once! Justin refused to sit on Santa's lap at the mall, but Daddy convinced him to get close enough for a picture at the Luminary Festival. Notice the lovely lines in the picture?!? Nice huh? Mommy and Daddy Santa better take notice...your favorite oldest daughter NEEDS that new camera! ;) Love you!!

Here are the boxes I altered for my Grandma's for Christmas. I think they turned out really cute. Thanks for the pink flowers, Mandie!! I filled them with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and chocolate covered cherries! YUM!

I also made frames that match the boxes. They turned out really cute too! And don't tell, but I did one of them upside down! Oops! I had to have Dave redrill the hole for the stick stand thingy before I wrapped it! :)

So that about sums up life lately. I'm still working on wrapping presents. I really need to run out to get more wrapping paper, but the roads are so crappy from the ice we got yesterday. I think it'll wait till at least tomorrow! ;)

Monday, December 15, 2008

I AM still alive!

Ok, so I know I've been a terrible blogger lately! I honestly haven't even been at my computer much. As always, Christmas shopping got put off and put off and now it's a rush to get it all bought, wrapped, blah, blah, blah. There are still a few more things I need to get, but it'll all get got! :)

Things have been crazy around here. Justin got a touch of a stomach bug so that made for an interesting few days. Needless to say, potty training went by the wayside and it's been too nutty lately to get back into it. I really want him trained by his birthday so I'm gonna have to do boot camp after Christmas! Saturday was a crazy busy day! We went to get remote start installed on the Expedition. It was my Christmas present from Dave. I LOVE it! It's definitely been cold enough to use it these past few days! Since Justin was staying with Carrie, Dave and I went and told Santa what Justin wanted for Christmas. Hopefully he'll bring it all! ;) Then we went and watched the Luminary Festival parade and I was able to get a picture of Justin with Santa. He's not on his lap and daddy is in the picture too, but Justin is NOT crying! Then we went to Amanda and Marv's for our "Christmas party" They're awesome and got Justin a Diego Christmas movie, a huge Thomas coloring book and some crayons. He loves it!! Sunday, Carrie and I made 3 kinds of cookies, fudge, and carmel corn! YUM! So is that an ok excuse for not blogging recently?!?

I have lots of pics still sitting on my camera to upload. Hopefully I'll get around to that tonight while Dave and Robbie are watching the football game. If not, I promise I'll do it soon. I've got pics of the Christmas stuff I finally finished for my Grandma's and Justin with Santa.

Happy Monday everyone!

OH YEAH! I almost forgot! Mandie gave me a blog award! Yay! Thanks Mandie! I'm not sure that I have 8 people to pass it on to, but I promise I'll pass it on to some!

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
Jenny B - I pass the blog award on to you! Come claim it!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's only Tuesday??

It's been a long day! I did get to do a little bit of scrapping this afternoon and I hope to finish what I started tonight. I'm altering these cute boxes for both my grandma's for Christmas. I'm hoping to fill them with those little coffee "samples," hot chocolate, tea and that kind of stuff. I think I might try altering a frame to go in there too. We'll see what I end up having time for! :)

Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Blueprint Sketches giving away some blog candy! Go check out the site! Andrea has some great sketches over there!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was wonderful! Great food, time with family, great food... :)

So yesterday, Dave took a vacation day and we spent the day as a family. Good times!! We went to lunch and then to Menards (cause heaven forbid we don't get some new decorations!!) For once, Dave didn't go too crazy. We just got 2 new small blow up things for the yard (cause we thought our big snowman was done) and a new big plastic Santa (our old one was VERY worn out!) Three trips to Menards later, the yard was finished! Why is it that you can never get all you need in the first trip?? I think the yard looks good this year - bright, but not Griswald-ish!

Today, we took Justin to cut down his first real Christmas tree. I'm usually a big fan of the fake tree (less mess and a lot less hassle) but for some unknown reason (it might have been the scrapping bug) the fake tree was NOT going to do this year! I was on a mission to let Justin cut down a tree. He was so cute! He insisted on bringing his own saw and wanted to cut down all the little trees he could get to. After about an hour (ok...maybe almost an hour and a half) I finally decided on a tree I liked and Dave and Justin got it cut down. It's currently sitting on the front porch waiting for Dave to come home and move furniture around so it can have it's own place in the living room. I can't wait to let Justin help me decorate it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

They won!!

Ball State won!! They went 11-0 on the season and are the MAC West Champs! Woo-hoo!!

So tonight I scrapped a LO in a HOUR! Can you believe it?!? I barely can! Creative Scrappers had a 1 hour sketch contest tonight. I didn't win, but it was a great sketch and I got a LO done that I actually like! It was a win-win situation! This is Justin and my dad fishing at the lake house this past July. I love this picture!

Well, I think it's time for me to get my booty to bed! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don't eat too much turkey!! :)

Go Ball State!!

The Ball State game JUST started. They're playing Western Michigan at home tonight. Good luck Cardinals!!

Life has been pretty uneventful. I've actually gotten some scrapping done lately! Yay me!! :)

This is my first attempt at machine stitching on a layout. I like the look, but was disappointed on how much it didn't show up. I think it was a mix of the colors of thread and cardstock and the cardstock being textured. Oh well, I'll just have to keep playing! :)

I really like the way this one turned out. The solid circles and the stars are on chipboard so there's dimension to the layout.

These are some of my all time favorite pictures of Dave and Justin. I was really leary to scrap this page cause I wanted it to be "just right". I'm not sure what "just right" is, but I really like the way this turned out. The journaling is hidden on a tag behind the big picture and talks about how Justin is growing up so quickly...and how he called Daddy his best friend this past weekend. Awww!

Ok, off to go watch the game and find something for dinner. I've also altered a paint can for my secret sis, but I don't have pictures of it yet. I hate the way pictures turn out in the house and the weather has been miserable. Hopefully if mom and dad get me a new camera for Christmas (HINT HINT!!!) pictures inside will be better.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How stinkin cute is he?!?

Ok, so I've been waiting FOREVER for this robe to fit Justin. When my German exchange student from high school came to visit 2 years ago, this was her gift for him. It's got a cute giraffe and his name embroidered on it. It's still kinda big, but he likes it cause "it keeps me warm, Mommy!"

Whelp, summer is OFFICIALLY over! It snowed for the first time this year. I tried to take Justin outside to catch snowflakes on his tongue, but he wouldn't do it...the lil' booger!! This morning when we woke up, it was actually cold enough that the snow we got overnight stuck! Not much, but the deck definitely had snow on it when I went to let the dogs out!! I thought it was kinda cool, but Dave, not so much! The fire department got called out to two accidents in the middle of the night. HELLO PEOPLE!!! You live in Indiana!! Snow is NOT a new thing! They weren't bad accidents, in fact, I think the FD got disregarded, but sheesh!!

Oh yeah, and I'm a bad blogger! Deann passed on the fantastic bloggy award last week, and I snagged it, but completely forgot to pass it on! Jenny B, come snag the fun "award" for your blog!!

Justin is getting restless so I guess I better get back to playing mom. We need to run to the store to get Dave a CD, but I just wanna stay inside with a hot cup of coffee...maybe Starbucks will have to be on the way to Best Buy! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Who wudda thunk it??

I NEVER, in a million years, would have thougth that Ball State football would actually have a winning record! And for them to be 10-0?!? WOW! Makes me kinda proud to be an alum! I think I saw BSU win one game the whole time I was a student and, boy oh boy, what an experience that was! After the win the fans rushed the field, tore down the goal post, carried it down the street, and threw it in the Duck Pond! Crazy!! GO CARDS!!

So the latest on the fire from Saturday...arson...that's never any good. Makes it kind of scary to be a firefighter's wife when there is the possibility of an arsonist around. There have been 4 other fires in Muncie that have been ruled arson as well. Hopefully the state fire marshall has some leads and this craziness will be over soon, without any other injuries!!

On a happier note, Dave taught class tonight and I got to see a ladder bail for the first time! Not sure when a firefighter would have to use it, but it looks neat! And no one fell off the roof, so that's always a good sign. Maybe it's cause they have a good instructor. *wink wink* :)

Hope everyone had a great Tuesday! Stay warm! :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Just kidding about that Fall thing...

Gotta love the weather in the mid-west. I thought it was supposed to be a lil' decent out today. Um, NO! It's cold and windy and starting to sprinkle! BOO!!

I guess I shouldn't complain though. I've been in a warm house all day and poor Dave has been out at a fire scene for most it. One of the Christian schools right by the house caught fire this morning around 2:30. Dave was home for about 2 hours to get in a small nap before they got called out again. I guess the ATF (alcohol, tobacco, and firearms) has to investigate the fire and there has to be fire personnel on the scene the entire time. I brought the guys coffee and pop and sheesh, it's cold out there!! My hat goes off to all the guys out there freezing their buns off! Everyday (well, almost everyday!) the volunteers go out there and selflessly serve the community and I really don't think they get the appreciation they deserve!

BUT...with Dave being gone all day, I haven't felt bad fitting in a little bit of scrapping! I finished the clipboard for Caleb and Cole. I think it turned out pretty cute.

From this...

To this...

Is Fall FINALLY here to stay?!?

I hope so. I'm tired of all this crazy weather. Make up your mind, Mother Nature. Is it going to be 70 or 40?!? I'm ready for fall...jeans and sweatshirts...what's better than that?? :)

I stayed up way too late last night working on a Christmas countdown clipboard for my favorite nephews...and it's not even done yet! All the parts and pieces are ready to go, now it's just a matter of assembling it. I think it's turning out cute. Especially for my first attempt! Hopefully I'll get a chance to put it together later today. I do need to run to the store and get some washers and a roll of magnet tape, but that's no biggie.

I guess I should get my booty off the computer and get going. Hopefully I'll be back later to post pictures of my finished clipboard!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Tuesday!

It's's Election Day! YAY! That means all this TV interruption will be over soon!! I can't wait!

The Colts game on Sunday was lots of fun. The new stadium is HUGE and it's really nice. The pictures I took really don't do it justice, especially since I'm such a terrible photographer....maybe one day I'll take photography lessons..that would be fun, don't ya think?? Ok, that was my random thought for the day. ;)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

We're going to the Colts game! We're going to the Colts game!

Can you tell I'm excited?!? The Colts play the Patriots tonight and we're going to the game with Dave's friend Robbie and his "ladyfriend" Kim! It's supposed to be a surprise for Robbie, but I think the lil' booger has figured it out. We're trying to convince him that we're going to see Phantom of the Opera but I don't think it's working. :( Either way, it's going to be a lot of fun! Hopefully I'll get to take some good pictures of the new stadium and I'll post them later.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Attempt #2! :)

Maybe this will work better?!?

Trying to post a picture...

Ok, here first attempt at posting a picture...

We took Justin out trick or treating last night and he LOVED it! He looked so cute in his lil' scarecrow costume!



Hmmm...that's not right...

Here we go...

Well, I guess it's time I joined the wonderful world of blogging. I'm not too sure what I'm doing, so hang with me! Hopefully I'll be better about keeping this updated than I was with my previous web stuff.
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