Wednesday, February 25, 2009

56-365 {02-25-09}

A project done!
I just love it!
I saw it done similarly by someone else, and I had to have it!
Thanks to Anne, I got this wonderful drawer (HARD to find with 2x2 sections evenly, thank you very much!).
THIS is why I create!
Thinks wonderful to look at.

55-365 {02-24-09}

Pancakes anyone?

54-365 {02-23-09}

A layout off to Scrapbook Trends.
It still hasn't gotten old, getting published.
This is the 5th time. Nope.
Still lovin' it! :)

53-365 {02-22-09}

I don't LOOK 40, do I? :)

52-365 {02-21-09}

OK, we went to family skate... and I took quite a few pictures... but this picture of Alicia was too good to pass up!
Boogie down girlfriend!

51-365 {02-20-09}

I have no idea why I took this picture.
And it was the only one I took this day.
Some day, all the houses will be built, and there will be even more children running a muck.
It is an incredible privilege, to live in this neighborhood. A blessing. Something to be cherished.
Not to mention, I am the crazy neighborhood watch lady! LOL!
Seriously, if I can see it out my window, well, I'm watching! :)

50-365 {02-19-09}

How long have I known you, friend?
I am proud to be a part of your life!
Congrats on a new chapter in your life!

49-365 {02-18-09}

Sometimes it is nice to look out the window, and be reminded...

48-365 {02-17-09}

Let them eat cake. :)
Another birthday celebration.
Dinner at Red Robin, dessert and Chili's-three molten cakes!

47-365 {02-16-09}

FINALLY I got my ginormous clock up...
which doesn't look so ginormous on this big wall!
(since I was asked) The numbers are wood-I got them on ebay, and I put them up with glue dots.
The clock, I saw one on Pottery Barn (no face, arms swinging from this little center.)
They sold out.
I persisted.
Here at Chiasso, I found one-which is no longer available.
BUT they do have this one, with the numbers included for only $48!
(Though they don't say how big it is.)
It is worth a look, this store.
Lots of fun and modern.

46-365 {02-15-09}

A little but of vinyl can bring a big smile.
I love this little creation Candi sent to me!

45-365 {02-14-09}

A Valentine's treat!
Thanks baby!
I love you too!

44-365 {02-12-09}

Life is better when you can share it with a friend.

43-365 {02-11-09}

It was VERY hard picking an image for my birthday.
But this is the one I decided on.
Because the love of my life decided to surprise me.
He loved me enough to try to do something out of his realm.
I love you sweetie!
Your the best!

42-365 {02-10-09}

Mom 4 moms... and Alicia, gave me this great cake!
I KNOW the love that went into this owl!!

41-365 {02-09-09}

Sometimes, you just get lucky!

40-365 {02-08-09}

A surprise birthday gift.
They called, said they "had to talk to me about something" in that scary parent voice!
I was FREAKED out! :)
ANYWAY, this was the surprise!
My PURPLE schwinn bicycle! Beach cruiser type! LOVE it!
EXACTLY what I wanted! I just need a bell and a basket! :)
I was so excited, I let Jerry take pictures of me in the capris I slept in, wearing boots!
I HAD to try it out RIGHT then!
Thanks Sue and Jerry!

39/365 {2-07-09}

I tease my husband: that this is "geek" training!
My oldest son loves role playing fantasy just like his Dad.
There IS a harmless version ya know! :)
They have so much fun playing together!

38-365 {2-06-09}

Budding artist...
They can't help themselves.
They want to create with my things.
I can't blame them-the temptation!

Friday, February 6, 2009

37-365 {02-05-09}

I spend some time in the car...
I make calls, think about things, pray, discipline, eat, cry, laugh... I do a LOT in this seat.

36-365 {02-04-09}

The simple art of playing.
Gabriel and I-our creations. Potato style.

35-365 {02-03-09}

100 words on "1oo day"...
He can read 100 words... cool!
And proud! {Him and us!}

34-365 {2-02-09}

More visits to the dentist, which are leading to more visits to the dentist!

33-365 {02-01-09}

There is something about the beauty you see in your own children.
It is a gift, and joy and a privilege!
Gavin would give anyone his heart, if they asked-or even if they didn't.


Jerry and Gavin are alike in a way that Gabriel and I are.
Personality and understanding.


My husband playing a borrowed Wii-skiing... too funny!


My favorite tea mug.
I try to drink a cup of decaf. green tea each morning.
It was nearly impossible to get this picture last Mother's day.
They were squinty and not cooperative!
But I still treasure the picture

Friday, January 30, 2009


Our first kid cavities!
Serious enough for a crown...
a silver tooth.
Dentist says the tooth fairy pays more for those!


Why scrapbook?
Because it is always tells the story better than pictures in sleeves with no words.
I did an album as a gift...
Not to be published, not "just for me", but to help someone else remember.
To have a pretty reminder of the little story that is our lives.


She is still cute... even with stitches!
Yes, her third set of stitches.
Cora:3 (probably should have been her 4th)
Boys: 0
Seriously-who said boys were harder??
Their crazy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


It is always hard saying goodbye.
These are some of the strongest, most powerful women I know.
Raising some wonderfully empowered children.
God bless them all...
And God bless Sally's journey.


I laughed so hard my ribs hurt-BAD!
Jerry shook down the chocolate packet in the brownie mix-which broke open and strayed chocolate sauce ALL over the kitchen!!
It was a pain to clean, but SO funny!
It was even in his hair and on his glasses-an on my camera!!
I was laughing so hard, I couldn't get a non-blurry picture!! :)


Swimming in January in Iowa. :)
A trip to the Quality Inn for a cold days fun!
(OK, it is turning into the Gabriel show-time for another child!! :) )

Friday, January 23, 2009


Craft day...
Once one of them starts, the others tend to follow suit!
Gavin was painting and drawing, and Gabriel decided to get the
"How to" draw book out!
He is following the sketches pretty well, I would say!


New shoes...
Matching shoes...
Not only do they make them happy (cuz their COOL!)
But I am happy, cuz I got something COOL on the cheap!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Dentist day... I could have used so many other pictures of Cora and Gabriel in the chair, but this picture just cracks me up!! They gave him sunglasses, for the bright light during the exam!
Too funny!
But we'll be back soon... CAVITIES! EEK! First ones! Yikes!


A new President.
I do not remember it ever being such a grand affair, the swearing in of a President.
I truly hope he lives up to the hype.

Monday, January 19, 2009


It's time to move to a bigger store...
It's a lot of work (Beth and kelly have worked their TUSHIES off!), but awful exciting! :)
That is Kelly waving! :)


It was snowing one of those gorgeous snows I so love!!
Big fat flakes, taking their time on their journey to earth!
Alisa's face says it all. :)


Gavin's first Pinewood Derby race!!
He got 2nd, one of the races, but didn't end up in the metals.
But he was still a good sport, and proud of his ribbon and patch!

Friday, January 16, 2009


TOO cold! This picture says it all! (Taken at ~8:30 am)
They say it got down to -27 (BEFORE windchill)!
It broke a record!
Not a record I am particularly interested in breaking!


Organized closets. I waited long enough! We have been moved in for over 3 weeks! We kinda got use to living out of bins, but these organized closets (I have more to do, but a GREAT start) make me happy!
Gabriel, he calls nice button up shirts his "handsome" shirts! Too cute.
When I showed them my progress, Gabriel ran up to the closet, and said, "My HANDSOME shirts! All in one place! Wow mom!" Beaming! I wish I had the camera for THAT!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Play day... a snow day... a friend over to play.
Isn't it fun being a kid!


Just across the way, past the house down the way, while I sit on my computer, I can see this barn each day. It reminds me how close we are to "the country".... it reminds me of when WE use to live on an acreage. And it is just quiet and pretty.


Snow day!!
I admit it... I LOVE when it snows-and HARD! It is beautiful.
To me, there is nothing sadder than it being really cold with no snow.
It looks too dead in winter without it.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Does it get any better than this?
Pure love!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Princess Mayhem!
Cora was at a "Princess Party" for Annie's birthday!
Too fun. Too cute!!


Sue's birthday...
With a couple of her favorite guys!

Friday, January 9, 2009


Little sillies were shivering, so even though my husband is focused, they aren't! It is cold for little Mexican dogs!
My husband LOVES these little dogs... whether he will admit it or not. :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


They colored it together... with no bickering! :)
They were proud-and silly too!