Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's been a while...

Gee, two weeks since my last post? Why? Well, frankly, not a lot going on here. Just the regular day-to-day goings on. Web came home for 3 1/2 days last weekend. We went and had our pictures done on Saturday. I'll post just one as I don't have them all yet. Jaime and Brittany at Barefoot Images met us in the freezing cold and we had a great time!

So that's about it....nothing on the scrapfront...although there are pics and papers on my table right now.

Hope your week was good!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

So it's Valentine's Day. It seems everyone has an opinion about the day - whether it be positive or negative. SO why not give you mine?!

I am a romantic. Yes, I am. I love that my husband still opens the door for me wherever we go; that he sends me cutesy little emails during the day; that he leaves voicemails on my cell phone knowing I won't get them until the next time I am in the car.

Valentine's isn't that big of a deal to us. We usually acknowledge it with some candy and a card. We usually get AJ a stuffed animal and some candy. That's about it and that is fine because yes America, I have a SWEETHEART all. year. long.

Hope your sweetheart is good to you, too!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some Red and Pink

The Challenge this month at Scrap Your Crap was to use the colors red and pink in honor of Valentine's Day.

Saturday, I went scrapping with some friends and was able to get two red and pink layouts done:
"Daddy's Girl" AJ and daddy before her dance recital last June. For this layout, I pulled out the Scenic Route Loveland collection that I could never make myself use since I love it sooo much. I actually only used the 'scrap strip' sheet and one piece of the chipboard.

For Halloween, AJ (yes, that IS dressed up as Gabriella from High School Musical. I used these adorable AC papers that Greta sent to me in a RAK back in November.

It was nice to use these colors without having to be boxed into a V-Day layout. I had fun with them AND used some of my stash!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins, a Layout and a Crop...

First up...Friday Fill-ins.

1. Please don't tell AJ that I ate her last Star Crunch.

2. Can you function without caffeine in the morning? I CAN'T!!

3. The color yellow makes me want to smile!

4. I have a craving for SUSHI.

5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it when Web is home so he wouldn't have to leave.

6. Eyes are the one thing I wouldn't want to live without. (Yes, I'm grasping for straws here)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nothing special, tomorrow my plans include scrapping at the LSS with friends, and Sunday, I want to get this house in order!

Next, my new layout. I used the most current PencilLines Sketch. This is Web and I goofing off in a "plane" in "Mexico" at the Discovery Museum in Gulfport last month. I love that we can be totally goofy. I edited the picture at Picnik. If you've never been there, go. It is a great little editing site and most things are FREE!

Lastly, the crop. Wanna be challeneged and make some cute projects? Join us over at Noel's Message Board February 11-13 for an online crop! It'll be lots of fun.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Live in the Now

The girls over at Forward Progress always seem to have some thought provoking prompts. January's was no exception.

Do you ever think about what you want? It could be anything from wanting chocolate right here and right now, to wanting a better future for your children that you might not have had.

It is a new year, a time of resolutions...but let's be we stick to them? What is it that you really want? Do you want lose 20 lbs or do you want to just be generally more happier with who you are? Do you want more time in the day for the things that are important? Or do you want a new camera?

you get the idea...have fun with it...or be serious...just be honest.

so...with that being said....our prompt for January is to tell us What you want.

So, I got to thinking. What is it that I want most? There are quite a few things I could rattle off.....happiness, world peace, a new car...the list could go on and on. But the reality of those answers is that they are just generic. They are the "sunday school answer"

I am a pessimist at heart. I always have been. And lately, my glass has been less than half empty, let me tell ya. I struggle with this demon every single day. What someone may find joy in, I usually don't even see. Two Sundays ago, I ran into some friends of ours that I had not seen in a while. I took the opportunity to ask our friend, and fellow pessimist, for some guidance as how to deal with life and all that is a pessimist, of course.

His words were so simple but yet so profound. He told me, "Darlene, as a pessimist, you must learn to live in the now, be thankful for the day thus far and realize that God has blessed you with all of it. Don't look forward. Just be in the RIGHT NOW."

These words spoke to my heart and I realized that more than anything in this world, I want to LIVE IN THE NOW.