Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tagged for Christmas....

My girl Mel tagged me!

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this and paste into your blog. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to
you.......'Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapped
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial...
3. When do you put up the tree? the day after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? New Year's Day
5. Do you like eggnog? no
6. Favorite gift received as a child? a Big Wheel
7. Hardest person to buy for? my MIL
8. Easiest person to buy for? Adrienne
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? the Clapper
12.Favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? no
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? fudge
16. Lights on the tree? Colored and White
17. Favorite Christmas song? "Happy Christmas" - John Lennon
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? yes
20. Tree-top angel or star? a bow
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? the unpleasant people
23. Favorite Ornament theme or color? Snowmen with red and white bulbs.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Honey Baked Ham,sweet potatoes, broccoli casserole, etc
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? a new camera, a few Cricut cartridges, a KitchenAid Mixer
26. Who is likely to respond to this? I have no clue

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happiness Is....

  • Having Web home all week
  • Making Turkey Cupcakes with AJ
  • Getting the Tree up and ready to decorate
  • Mingling with my extended family on Turkey Day
  • Having two Thanksgiving dinners in two days
  • Getting a RAK in the mail (go Greta!)
  • Alone time with my man
  • Starbucks and Target


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Bucket List

I'm sort of a day-to-day girl, so I have never really thought of things that I would want to do before I kick the bucket. I mean there are the normal things, like be a good person, raise AJ to be the best she can be, stuff like that. And yes, that is all important, to me more important than menial things like travel and shopping. But in the scheme of things, I think I'm doing a pretty good job with myself and AJ.....we're still works in progress, but we're turning out okay. So when Greta told us about a challenge on the new site Forward Progress, I gave it some thought. After I did this exercise and put it down on paper, it seems as if I pretty much just want to travel. I guess when you look into your "wants", you just need to take what comes out. Even though there are a LOT of things I would like to do, these five kept coming back to me, so I figure they must need be on the top of my list.

I don't talk about it ever, but I am not the healthiest person. I mean I started January 2008 in the hospital having brain surgery. My brain is now fine, but I have other health issues going on. Things that need attention. Issues such as breathing. I am currently on oxygen full time. At 33. It sucks. It makes you realize that NONE of us are guaranteed tomorrow. That things that should come so easily (like breathing) can be one of the most difficult things to do. A small task such as folding the laundry turns into a marathon. It makes you realize that yes, life is precious, and it is okay to focus on frivolous things every now and again. Like going to NYC and shopping all day.

Being sick has really brought me down. I'm not the happy jovial person I once was. I WANT to be that person again. I have promised myself that I am going to strive to be that person again.

So see, making a "bucket list" isn't the negative thing I thought it was. For me, it actually gave me some motivation to keep on keeping do some of these things on my list. To not focus so much on my condition, but my life and the gift that it is.

So what's on my list?
I want to :

  • Watch my baby girl marry the man of her dreams
  • go shopping in NYC and take in a Broadway show
  • Live in a new and different city
  • Visit Northern Italy where Web lived and let him be my tour guide
  • Tour all of the Napa Valley Wineries

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm Ready...

I have quite a bit of down time this week, which means time in my SCRAPROOM. I just finished watching the last episode of Sex and the City on DVD. I've watched the entire series twice now. So, needless to say, I'm a little bored with SATC. So as I was in Target today, I saw this on sale
It's only the first season, but I can't wait to walk down those halls of West Beverly High. I, too, was part of the class of 1993 - only about a 180 from West Beverly. But I loved this show and watched until the very end. Plus who can not love Dylan and Brandon's creative sideburns and all of the high-waisted pants?! Hopefully I'll get some creating done, too...


Friday, November 7, 2008

I've been a MACHINE...

....a scrappin machine this week. I've done three LOs so far which is a LOT for me. I'm so glad I FINALLY cleaned my scraproom so I can be in there whenever I want!

I love this's sooooo AJ! She loves to go to Target, mainly because of the $1 spot, where she knows she will get 2 or 3 items of her choice. She also loves the huge circles outside the store and let's not forget the chocolate milk from Starbucks. It has to be in the cup - no Horizon Organic milk box for her - she wants real deal. And she gets it. :-)

I've been stalking Sisterhood of Scrap this week. It's a really cool site if you haven't been there, you should go check it out. They have a theme for every day and it is really neat. Saturdays are "Sketch Saturday" which is where I found inspiraion for this LO. I knew I wanted to go with circles and a bullseye, but the sketch really helped me along.

I know this is 4th of July in November, but I was finally inspired to do these pics. This is us in our patriotic garb, getting ready to head to a party and watch the fireworks. I love this LO because not only is it our happy little family, but I was also able to get a pic of AJ and her big brother Ryan. Ryan is the best brother to her...which is really cool since they are 19 years apart. She loves him sooooo much as you can see in the pic.

I used Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch? #70 for this LO. I haven't done a multi-photo LO in a while and it was nice to do.

In other news, I am meeting up with Julie tomorrow to scrap and laugh all day. I know it will be a blast and I am sure we will have some pics and funny stories to share come Monday.

Have a great Weekend!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Because I am bored

and these are cute!!

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Monday, November 3, 2008


When we brought Simon home, his name was Pixy. "She" was going to be AJ's little kitty---her new little baby to dress up and play with continuously. Well, Pixy took a liking to me. She started following me around and becoming MY buddy. When she was about two months old, I started to notice 'nuggets' growing under her tail and I realized that Pixy was not going to be a girl kitty. Plus, she didn't like to play with AJ, well, she did, but only in her way of jumping out and biting her, me, anyone walking by. About that same time, Web brought home ANOTHER kitty, a girl (for real this time) and AJ affectionately named her Sara. SHE is AJ's baby; that cat has the best temperament of any cat I have ever seen! So, PIXY became SIMON. (AJ had just watched Alvin and the Chipmunks for the 3rd time, so the name was fitting.)

Simon, Si, Si-Si....he's definitely MY cat...he has to be in the same room as me at all times...even the bathroom. If I close the door, he will scratch and meow until I open it. I've never really been a cat person, but I guess now I am!


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Here's My Gabriella....