Monday, December 31, 2007

One last post for 2007

Just popped in to say that I hope everyone had a great 2007 and looking forward to 2008. We're home and getting ready for bed.

Do you have any resolutions for 2008? What are your favorite memories from 2007?

I hope everyone has a safe and blessed year ahead!

Friday, December 28, 2007

A Christmas Layout

I took this photo of Connor last year and have been waiting for the right time to scrap it. I entered this in a contest and won $50 prize package!! Woohoo!! You can also find it in the Basic Grey gallery!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

The best thing about Christmas this year is that Connor still believes in the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus. I just love his wide-eyed innocence. I wish it could last forever.

Some funny things that Connor's said this holiday season-

Sunday, we went over to Eric's mom's house so all the kids and grandkids could open their presents from her. Well, one of Eric's favorite memories of Christmas was his mom's cut-out cookies, so her friend Brenda's daughter, Rachel, who is a childhood friend of Eric went on Ebay and got Eric the original cookie cutters still in the package that are the same as the ones Shirley used when she made those cookies. So yesterday, we're driving around in the car and I hear a little voice in the back seat ask, "Mommy, did Daddy get cookie cutters for Christmas?" I said, "Yes". He thinks about it a second and replies, "Pathetic". LOLOLOL!!! I guess he doesn't think cookie cutters are a cool gift for a man. LOL!!

Then a little while later as I was sitting wrapping Shirley's gift, Connor's sitting on the floor next to me and his little wheels are just a turnin'. All of a sudden he says, "I hope I don't get a sweater for Christmas. I DO NOT need any more clothes, especially a sweater!" Ha ha ha..!

We had a great Christmas. Connor got all sorts of goodies- a couple Nerf guns, a light-etching draweing board, a kiddie MP3 player, a Fisher-Price digital camera (following in mom's footsteps), a pogo stick type thing, Magnetix, Rataouille movie, Trouble game and flash cards.

Ryan got 2 months of his car insurance paid for him, three $20 gas cards, a beanie from Hollister and gift cards to the movies.

For Josh, I just gave him money to spend how he chooses. Hopefully he won't spend it on his freeloading girlfriend, but don't tell him I said that. Urrgghhh....More on that some other time.

I got Eric a GPS I found on sale at Toys R Us of all places, and a portable table saw, which he's been eyeballing for months but would never buy for himself. Leave it to the shopaholic to break down and fork over the big bucks for it. It's a gift for the whole family since he'll use it to build our house. Oh, I almost forgot- a two pound box of See's Candies, but don't tell him I really bought it for myself! Hee hee!!

I got a new Canon Elph pocket camera and a beloved Mrs. Beasley doll. I had one when I was a little girl in the '60's. We lost it in the move from the Philippines and I've always wanted another one. I found her through Ashton-Drake. It's a remake of the original, but I love her just the same. I don't know how to transfer photos from the new Canon to the computer but when I do, I'll show you pictures of Mrs. Beasley and the pathetic Christmas Cookie Cutters. LOL!

I hope everyone is happy, healthy and blessed this Christmas!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I'm ok!

The gall bladder surgery went off without a hitch, but not without a stitch, hee, hee!!

Yesterday I was so sick from the morphine. Everytime I opened my eyes, the room was spinning which made me so nauseas. Then late last night I had the worst hangover, ha ha complete with splitting headache. Today I feel much better- no nausea or headache, but I'm really sore.

Thanks to everyone who's been praying for me.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I'm having surgery tomorrow

Hi everyone,

I may not be up to blogging for the next few days due to having my gall bladder taken out. If I don't talk to you before then, I hope everyone has a blessed, safe and Merry Christmas!!

Love you all!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Look at what Deb made for me!

Isn't she the best? I'm so blessed to have such great friends, and especially to have Deb as a BFF!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

OMGOSH!! We have a WINNER!!!!

Guess who the winner is?? ME!! I'm the winner!! I got an "all clear" on my re-mammogram today!! YES!! I'm so happy! But you know what really surprised me was how relieved Eric was when I told him the good news. He actually took me to the hospital today to get my tests done. When I came back and told him they confirmed it was a shadow on the first test, he hugged me really tight and kissed me. I've never seen him act like this. LOL! I joked with him telling him he's only happy that now I won't be so sick that he has to honor the "in sickness and in health" vow and have to wipe my butt for me. LOLOLOL!!!! OK. That's my twisted sense of humor. LOL!!

I'm also so happy that I got all my cards addressed and stamped!! I actually got 165 cards done and most of them were handmade:

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for!!!!!
I worked on the cumulative RAK today. I used an excel spreadsheet to help me get the correct number of names for each person in the drawing!

Here's how I decided to make it fair. Everyone gave me their post counts. I made a ballot for each count you told me for your name. Then I had Connor draw names until he drew the same name twice!

Drawing 1:

Drawing 2:

Drawing 3:

Drawing 4:

Drawing 5:

Drawing 6:

Drum Roll Please!!!!

The winner is


















It's a little blurry... I got excited when Connor picked the name and moved!!!








Y'all don't feel bad. Kelly had 145 posts! Odds were in her favor.

I'm sending everyone who played a little sumpin sumpin for playing so don't feel bad. Ok?

I'll be doing this again so please continue to visit. You never know when the next RAK will be!! I'm thinking about doing another Cumulative RAK every three or four months, so stay tuned!!
Congrats, Kelly!! Happy dancin' in your honor!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Is everyone's count in?

Comment on this thread and let me know for sure if your count is in.

So far, this is who I have down for the running on the RAK:

Cheryl P
Cheryl Y

If I missed your name, send it to me now!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Hi all my loved ones. Thanks for your prayers, thoughts and concerns.

After a long day for running to Washington to the doctor, pre-registering at the hospital for surgery and then running back home in time to make Dezi's 6th birthday party, I finally have an update on my condition. I am scheduled to have my gall bladder taken out next Friday. I am scheduled to have my left breast reanalyzed on Tuesday. So next week will be alot of poking and prodding on me!

Now, what you all have been waiting for- I have to sift through my emails to find everyone's post counts. Please email me if you haven't done so already. It doesn't look like I'll be able to get the box out by noon tomorrow as I planned because I haven't put everything together for Connor to draw a winner. I will try to wrap things up by Sunday and get the box out by Monday. So stay tuned. I'll try to get Debbie over here as a witness to keep me honest. Not that I'd pick favorites, because you are all my favorites.

Everyone will get a little something from me, so there will only be winners- NO losers! Ok??

I'll write back soon!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Prayers again please

Gosh, I hate to keep pestering my friends and family for prayers, but last night Eric took me to the emergency room because something was seriously wrong with my stomach. I was in excruciating pain and didn't know what was wrong with me. Come to find out, I have 3-4 gallstones in my gall bladder and am afraid I'll have to have surgery to have my gall bladder removed. I have an appointment tomorrow at 12:15 to see the surgeon. I'm not worried about it as this thing happens to so many people and it's a common procedure anymore. I guess this is the right time to give up fatty, fried foods. Darn. Ha ha....

Gosh I feel like I'm falling apart! LOL!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I wasn't going to say anything, but I really need your support

I was just going to wait to see how I did in this contest, but I got to thinking, if my friends rallied around me and left me some love on my layout contest entry, I might have a shot at a free trip to CHA.

So, if it's not too much trouble, would you please go here and leave me some love?

Thanks so much for your love and support. I really wanna win so I can go and work for Piggy Tales and have my expenses covered.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cumulative Rak help

Don't forget to count up your posts for the grand finale. Don't be discouraged about counting up your posts. It's super easy, but time consuming. Just start by going here. Count the number of times you commented on this thread. Then open the next thread right above this one and count your comments there and so on.
To find old posts, look to the right on my blog on the side bar. Scroll towards the bottom of the page under Blog Archive. It has all the posts there month to month. Click on there and count up your comments per thread. Then email me your count. It's that easy. But as I said, it could take a bit of time.

I'll try to send each of you who plays a little something, so be sure you send me your count.


Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm in love with Tim Holtz

I know that's no big secret to all my friends who know me well. Right now, Tim is doing 12 Tags of Christmas. Every day for 12 days, he's doing tutorials on 12 beautiful tags plus he's giving away the most awesome RAK prizes!!

Visit him on his blog here:

You can find just about everything he's demo-ing at this store:

I can't wait to see him again. I wanna be him when I grow up.

Check out this video

It's hauntingly beautiful. I get goosebumps watching/listening to it. Can anyone tell me how to get the video on here?

Important info regarding Cumulative Prize RAK! Please Read!!

Ok, since I'm SO lazy and since I trust all my friends, here's how we'll work the drawing for the Cumulative Prize Rak.

I announced the RAK on this post here. Go to that post, and from then until this Friday the 14th, please count up the number of posts you've made and email me your number to Remember, the more you posted the more chances you had to win. So everyone who wants a chance to win, please count up your posts and email me the number so I know how many times to enter your name in the hat to win.

Now, how I'll select the winner is this. I will place the names in a hat. I will draw and keep drawing until I pick the same name twice. So the drawing won't be based on just the first name I pick out of the hat. It will be based on the first person's name I draw out twice. I think that's fair enough.

So please count up your posts all the way until FRIDAY, the 14th including the posts you make this week and email them to me by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. I will draw in time to get the box into the mail to the winner by Saturday, the 15th!

Happy posting! You can increase your odds of winning by posting alot this week. Hee hee!!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Cumulative RAK prize

Here are a few more prizes going into the Cumulative Prize Rak box!! Of course, I have to put that 601 book in there since my layout is in the book. I'm giving one as a gift to Liz since she made my day asking me for my autograph. That's so funny.

Then there's a little fall mini album with papers already cut and placed inside. I'll include some extra papers to finish it off.

Then I found the cutest clear pail kit complete with Christmas chipboard shapes and embellishments- just in time for Christmas.

Remember, if you'd like a chance to win the prize box with all the presents in there from the last six or so months, please leave a comment. I promise to get this box a winner by the end of the week and hopefully will arrive to the lucky winner by Christmas time!! So don't forget to stop by and say hi!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Final challenge after 8 weeks! Glad it's done!

Now I can go Christmas shopping. We missed it tonight because I stayed all day working on the layout and it got too late to go to the city to shop. Journaling tag is hidden behind the photo and reads, "Shirley, I wasn't around when you had cancer the first time, but rest assured I'm here now and I'll be here for you. Together we'll get through this."- Theresa

Friday, December 07, 2007

Prayers for me please...

As I mentioned a few days ago, I went in for my yearly mammogram. I just got a call today from the doctor's office that there's a spot on my left breast that needs further investigation. Please say a little prayer that the other tests come back as nothing. This is why it's so important to have a mammogram without fail every year. If there is something nasty there, I'm praying that we will have caught it in the early stages and I'll be ok.

Thanks in advance and God Bless everyone!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

RAK winner!!

Just a real quick post before I run off to the dr. for my yearly mammogram. Speaking of which, is everyone current on theirs?? I've seen my mother in law suffer as a result of breast cancer. Everyone should have a yearly mam to prevent this from happening.

I have TWO winners for the TROUBLE BOX. I got the boxes from dollar general. They were 2 to a pack. I've altered one. But I haven't altered the other one yet. It's smaller and will say "Prayer" Box since the word prayer has fewer letters and will fit better on the box.

The winner of the Trouble box is:

JESS!! Woohoo, Jess! Send me your snaily and I'll get that right out to ya.

The winner of the Prayer box is:

ROBIN!! Robin, I need your snaily too!

Thanks, y'all for playing. I'll make more things to RAK in the future so stay tuned! Also, I'm going to post pics later this week of what is going into the Cumulative RAK box for November. It has to do with a Fall mini album with papers from American Crafts!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007


I made this Trouble Box for a challenge at Scrappy Giraffe Kits

Our challenge choices:
Song Choices
1. Poprocks & Coke (Green Day)
2. Over my head (The Fray)
3. Trouble (Coldplay)

Scrappy Mission (choose only 1)
1. Alter a clipboard (front & back) using the song name OR lyrics on project
2. Use the sketch and song name OR lyrics
3. Alter small box, frame, or tin using lyrics OR song name on the project

Requirements (choose only 1)
1. Use all items from one manufacturer (this includes, cardstock, alphas, and flowers)
2. Use rub-ons and cardstock only, no pp
3. Use 5 pattern papers - any manufacturer (I used 5 different pp from Basic Grey's Phoebe line

Bonus 1. distressing (I distressed the chipboard title letters)

I chose to create a "Trouble" box to be used to put troubles/prayer requests. A favorite scripture, "Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you" 1Peter 5:7 is printed on a transparency and placed on the top.

So, to celebrate my second pub, I would like to give this prayer box as a gift to someone. If you'd like to have it, please say so in the comments. I'll have Connor pick a name soon.


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