Wednesday, December 17, 2008
One of my high school girlfriends I talk to alot on Facebook is Linda, seen below. I'm so glad she snapped this photo of us at our reunion a few years ago. I just love this girl!!
I've been reminiscing alot lately as you can tell by last few posts. I guess it's that time of year to reflect and think about what's truly important in this life. Facebook has alot to do with it also. Thanks for letting me share.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Eric and I are separated at the moment. Please pray for us to have the strength to get through this.
We got a cute little Calico kitty we haven't named yet. Does anyone have any suggestions? We also have a Jack Russell terrier, Odie. Odie sleeps under our bed. One night we couldn't find the kitten. We looked under the bed to find this:
I guess the kitty hasn't figured out yet that there is no milk coming out of there! LOL! Poor Odie. He seems to take it well, but he'll have enough of it and nip at her and tell her to stop it. Ha ha.
Most of y'all don't know this yet, but I officially work for Piggy Tales!! I worked CKC-Kansas City the first part of October. Here I am teaching one of my classes. I taught four classes in all. It was a great learning experience seeing that I had never taught at this level before. It was great that all four classes were packed. If everything works out ok, I'll be working for PT at CHA-Winter. Hopefully I won't be sick and will be able to get more pictures.
Here's me and Connor on our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch. It was a gloriously beautiful day. We always look forward to this little tradition.
Well, I haven't scrapped much so there's really nothing for me to show off.
I love you all and appreciate each and everyone's friendship and prayers!!
Monday, September 01, 2008
At Detta, Joy and Cheryl's request, here is an update.
Eric and I have been going through hard times in our marriage. Please pray for us.
On to happier news...
Here are a few cards I made for Papercrafts Magazine Gallery Idol contest. I'm proud to say that I made the Gallery top 20!!
Ryan came home for two weeks. For two weeks we had a plethora of smelly teenage boys in and out of the house. It was nice to have the house noisy again, even for just a little while.
Yes, I did go to CHA. Here is a pic of me and a good friend, the ultra talented Basic Grey girl, Kelly Goree. Isn't she just so dang cute!!
Here I am with two of my roomies, the ultra talented Margie and Becky Chabot.
Here I am working the Piggy Tales booth with owner, Debbie Juden. I love Piggy Tales so much. They really make me feel like I'm a family member and not just a designer!!
Ok, Detta, there's about 4 pictures of me smiling. Yes, I do have teeth. But I look horrible when I smile, so now you know why I don't. LOL!
We were supposed to go to Cancun for a week, but dummy me thought you could still board an airplane overseas with just a driver's license and a birth certificate. Needless to say, we didn't have our passports so we had to reschedule our trip for a later date. So instead we went to Texas to visit with my mom for her yearly visit to the states. I was going anyway, but since we cancelled the Cancun trip, I was able to spend more time in Texas.
We took Connor to San Antonio so we could see Shamu the killer whale at Sea World.
We also visited the Alamo while in San Antonio.
It was also perfect timing for me to catch Ryan on his first day of school. I haven't missed taking his picture on the first day of school. I was worried I wouldn't get it this year since he lives in Texas now with his dad, but it worked out that I could be there. We also took Connor to Surfside beach. It's not the prettiest beach, but hey, it's a beach complete with waves, sand and sea shells!! So he was in heaven. I'll post some beach pics soon. For some reason, my camera card is giving me an error message when I try to download them to my computer.
Here is a picture of me with two of my bestest girlfriends, Gracie (middle) and Maria (right). We worked together at the environmental analytical lab for Dow Chemical company. We had such great times working together that we're now friends for life. Although we've all gone our separate ways, we're still close and keep in touch and get together when we can.
Here is a picture of me with my oldest, Joshua taken at El Toro- my favorite Mexican Restaurant in Clute, Texas.
Thanks for visiting, y'all!! I haven't forgotten about the RAK I promised way back when. In fact, I have several tubs of swaps that I've never used and probably never will use. I hope to get a list of them together to RAK. So check back. When I post the list, let me know which ones you want and I'll send them to ya.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Right now we're finally moved in to our new house, but since we're living out in the boonies in a new construction, we're having issues getting the internet hooked up at our place, so I happen to be at work today and thought I'd come over and say hi and give an update!
I don't have any new pics to upload, but even if I did, I wouldn't be able to share them here from work. I will really soon, hopefully. The phone company is working on getting service to our house. Another downer for me is that all my scrap stuff is packed in a million different boxes. I can't wait to get my space set up and organized so I can get to scrappin' again!!
I will be off work for the next two weeks because we shut the plant down for summer vacation every year at this time. So you won't be hearing from me until we either get the internet hooked up at home, finally, or I come back to work in 2 weeks- whichever comes first.
Have a safe and happy summer/july fourth weekend!!!
Love you all!
Monday, June 09, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
When I saw these photos of my sweet friend, Morgan's beautiful baby boy, Ari- I just knew I had to scrap them using the new Piggy Tales Steadfast Tin Soldier line. Nothing like the sweetest face to get the ole mojo goin' again! Thanks, so much, Morgan for letting me "borrow" your precious boy!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
But the way that Simon judged last night, he gave all THREE rounds to David Archuelta, but I guess America doesn't always do what Simon says!! I said that I didn't care who won because I think they are both phenomenal with bright futures ahead of them. I'm especially proud of David Cook since he's a Missourian.
So, congrats to David Cook! Now I can get on with my life! LOL!!!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Remember, you can click on each photo for a better look!!
I thought it was so cute how everyone wants to pile on Grammy because they love her so much. Grammy just loves to be piled on by her boys. The dog really loves her too.
As I said before, we wanted to do a little of the craftsman look inside, so we chose a dark cabinet in cherry with an autumn blush finish. We're waiting for the stove and micro/venthood. The cabinets still need to have glass ordered for them. I wanted to have a couple open glass front cabinets to break things up a bit and make it more airy looking. I'll try to take a photo later of the details of the cabinets. Alot of thought went into our choices and I'd love to share our thought process with you!
Eric has been working on the master bath. Here is the marble shower panels glued and braced up. We're going with bronze fixtures throughout except the hall bath.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ok. Those of you who know me well, know I love to sing. Since I'm too old to enter the American Idol contest, I live my dream vicariously through every year through the AI contestants. Well, I've missed so many shows already because we've had to do one thing or another with the house, but I still try to watch when I can. This week it was down to 3 contestants: David Archuelta, David Cook and Syesha Mercado. The show elimination show comes on at 8 p.m. So I get all hunkered down and settled in waiting patiently for the 8 'o clock hour to roll around. At 7 pm, I get a call from Eric saying he had to rip up the ceramic tile in the bathroom due to a poor tile job by a friend, asking me to run 50 miles round trip to the next town over to Lowe's to get more tile. AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Ok, I'll go if you tell me how to work the $*@#($ VCR to get it to tape at 8:00. Being the technologically challenged person that I am, of course, I couldn't figure out how to tape a show on the VCR and almost reduced to tears. DH volunteers to leave the job and come to the apt. to set it up. I told him not to worry about it, that he had too many more important things to worry about than to tape AI, and that I'd find out through the grapevine how got booted off. So...I said all that to give you a glimpse of what it's like to build your own house. We've had too many of these little snafu's happen along the way that I didn't want to bore you with. But, anyway, I can't wait until this is all behind us and I can have my life back again. It'll be worth it all in the end. I know that.
So who are you rooting for? To tell you the truth, I'm very, very pleased with the outcome and will be happy if either of the David's win. There's no way I could pick one over the other. They are so phenomenally talented and I know each will do well in the future.
I'm going to try to get a pic out of the blog candy I have to give out, as well as pics of the kitchen set into place. Yesterday, the granite company came to make a template of our countertops. Hopefully, the granite countertops will go in next week or the week after. Yipee!! We still have the septic system to install, which it's been so rainy lately, the contractor hasn't been able to get to it! Also, the driveways need concrete as well as the basement walk-out. Those rocks in the driveway are real ankle twisters!!
So to recap- congrats to the two Davids on AI, pictures of the kitchen coming soon, and blog candy coming soon too!!
Monday, May 05, 2008
Well, I owed everyone pics of the house and so I'm paying off big time now. Tee hee!
Here is the outside:
As you can see, the column bases are poured, but they still need to be covered in rock and the tops built.
We're doing bronze fixtures throughout the house except for the hall bath, which I'll explain later. Here are the bathroom faucets. I ordered the tub and kitchen faucets off Ebay yesterday, so they're not here yet.
We've been trying to lay the hardwood floors all weekend. We chose a natural birch flooring for it's beautiful variations in the grain and its light color. Aso you can see, Eric had alot of "help" from the two baby boys.
This one will go in the kitchen. We still have to find the right pendant lights to go over the kitchen island.
On the opposite side of the house from the master are two bedrooms and a hall bath. We wanted to have the master bedroom split from the other bedrooms. Here is Eric and Connor in Connor's bedroom. We chose to do his room in that Chestertown Buff color that we originally had painted the greatroom but was too dark. In Connor's room it'll be perfect. We're doing his in a wilderness theme with golds, reds, browns and forest green. The bedding is at Target if you want to see it.
This is one of the bedding sets that we had in our old house that will go in the spare bedroom.
Here is the hall bath painted in Lime Granita- also a SW color. Since this bathroom doesn't have a window, I wanted to do something bright and cheery. The towels came from Target but I just came from their website and couldn't find it. It'll have brushed nickel fixtures in here, which goes better with what I'm trying to do in here.
Here is the light fixture going in the hallway.
Last but not least, here is a peek at our kitchen cabinets. They're from Kraftmaid. We wanted to do a darker wood, so it's cherry with an autumn blush finish. We also wanted clean, simple lines, so we chose a craftsman type style and we'll do bronze knobs.
Now I know why I haven't posted this until now. It took me a solid 2, yes, TWO hours to put this post together with all the photos and journaling and all! I haven't had that kind of time in ages! Luckily, today is my day off, Eric took the day off from work to keep the house project going, the dog AND Connor are both asleep. It's very peaceful now, but I really should've cleaned my house instead of hack on here! LOL!
If' you're still here, thanks for sticking with me until the end. Thanks for letting me share. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about the house project so far. As you can see, alot of thought went into this- from the planning of the layout, the choices of materials and furnishings/colors, etc. to the budget considerations. We've been truly blessed.