Wednesday, November 25, 2009


It's been an odd couple of weeks, actually a couple of months. Going back and forth to my parents every weekend since my mom's surgery has thrown me a little off kilter, but I'm truly thankful that I have been able to go and help.

We went this last Saturday, the whole gang of us, well minus Josh. He's still away, but will be home soon. Anyway, it was my daddy's birthday... his 66th... so we went to wish him a Happy Birthday and to help my mother put out Christmas decorations.

I wanted to get some pictures of the kids while we were there. Nothing like taking pictures in a cow pasture! There was on old, and I mean old truck out there... just perfect for what I had in mind.

It was a nice afternoon. My mother worked us hard... but we accomplished quite a bit. Thank you Emma for jumping in and helping like you did. I truly love you being with us.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving... and I have so much to be thankful for. Instead of sharing pictures of layouts I've made in the last couple of weeks... thought I'd share these instead, of our day out at Momma & Daddy's.

Jessica & Josh.... we'll miss you two tomorrow!

Pasture pictures!

Out behind the barn... Matt & Jess

Found an old truck.....
The 4 of us. You know this will get framed and be on my desk very soon!

Jessica slipped and almost took Matt and I down....she got tickled which got us tickled... What a great picture! Thanks to Emma for taking it for me!

The absolute best thing I've ever done in my life!

Who'd ever know from looking at this picture that these two would sit in the back seat saying... he's touching me... she's looking at me!

Matt & Emma

It took 5 of us to do the work that my momma always does by herself!

Jessica trying to whack Meme on the head!

Do you see the look Matt is giving Emma as she keeps piling more boxes on?

Matt putting on mom's back brace and hobbling into the kitchen all hunched over.

My daddy trying not to crack a smile at Matt.

Just the two of them.... sitting.... quietly.... together. This picture makes my heart smile!

Wishing you all a love filled day.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's only paper!

Yes, you read that right... it's only paper. Not my words, I can promise you that! Those were words that my dear daughter spoke this last week while she was here for a few days. I seriously thought about washing her mouth out with soap! I mean come on, it's only paper??? When I tried to explain to her that she just doesn't get it, my dear husband sided with her and then even said he thought I needed help! To which she promptly replied that she just might become a scrapbook therapist! Now, just take a look at this picture below of the two of them and tell me who you think needs help! Me or them? I vote them!

Yesterday was our 1 year anniversary. We had a good day, it was pretty much perfect. We were with family and friends, did a little fun shopping, then out to eat. I couldn't have asked for a better day!
To my dear wonderful husband, I love you, thank you for letting me be me and I am looking forward to many more wonderful years to come! 2053!

Now, on to the bug... who has been bitten by the bug. The scrapbooking bug that is. These next two layouts she created, with very little help from me. As a matter of fact the second one she made while I was at work. She came a to spend the night last week, started scrapping, and stayed for 4 days. From what I understand, she will be back this evening to stay for another 4 days and plans on scrapping the whole time!

She goes about scrapping differently than I do. She has no, and I mean no emotional attachment to any of supplies in my scrap room. She used something on one of her layouts and I was like, ummmm, I wasn't going to use that. She looked at me and said in her most mother you are crazy voice...."Mom, this stuff is to be used, not looked at!" To which I just simply sighed... knowing that she wasn't going to understand and at the same time wishing I was as oblivious as she is!

If you can tell by the layouts below... she fell in love with ink! She inked everything! And ripping.... no paper cutter needed for her...she just wants to rip the pages! She made her own flowers using Glimmer Mist.

Her title.... do you see she even inked the lower half of her letters?

Here is the second layout she created. She did a good job on paper choices didn't she. I like the way she used different lettering.... that's something that I can't seem to remember to do. One type for her title and another type to show the name of the place they were at. Again she was feeling the love for the ink.

Jessica was really clever here. She tried a few times cutting these letters out using the Pazzle. She's never even turned it on before. It wasn't working real well for her, think we needed a new matt and she didn't know that. So instead of giving up after 4 tries of cutting the letters and them not coming out... she used the parts the letters were cut out from and you see what she came up with. Pretty impressive for someone who never scraps, never looks at scrap magazines or online sites.

My little bug really did a good job on these layouts and I am proud of her. I am however worried that my stash I've been working on building this last year is about to quickly dwindle! I mean after all, it is Only Paper!

Have a wonderful day and as always, thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I am sending your father to you!

Has your mother ever said that to you?? The first few 100 times or so she said that to me I'd say ok... now....I'm like oh no, call one of your sons!

As you all know I've been going out to my parents on the weekends to help out while my mother recovers from back surgery. My dad's not in the best of health either and is having a few problems right now as well. Not enough so that he can not aggravate my mother!

My daddy grows vegetables and then sells them. He has done the Farmer's Market for many years. It's his thing and not only does he enjoy it, but the money's not bad either. Plus I always get free fresh veggies. When I was living in TX I'd go every Sat morning and help them at the market.... sometimes taking a child or two. It was all we could do to keep up with all the people lined up! You can bet there were some great memories made there!

A source of discord with my mother over the years has been my daddy parking a flat bed trailer in the front yard and displaying his veggies on it! I can understand that, it can be an eyesore and why bother planting flowers for them to be hidden by an ugly flatbed trailer. So now the veggie trailer sits to the south.

My daddy's newest transgression??? He informed my mother that the dirt in the front yard was better than anywhere else out there... how he knows this I'm not sure.... and he is going to plow up the front yard and plant tomato plants there! Lord love a duck... he did not just say that did he? My phone rings... I'm sending your father to you! What now? The really funny part, while she is telling me all this my daddy is coming down the drive with the tractor. Mom starts squealing...says she has to go see where he is going to plow and she'll call me back! Now I could mentally picture my mother in the front yard, using her 4 prong cane, trying to chase after my daddy on the tractor, and he acting as if he couldn't hear her. I threw my phone in the toilet!

She called later that night, never mentioned my daddy and front yard tomato plants, and neither did I!

Instead of talking about scrapbooking this post, I wanted to share with you all about my husband's project. He and a couple of his friends have been writing some songs. For those of you who do not know, David plays guitar. He's played lead guitar for many many years and is pretty darn good! The things he is able to do with a guitar might not impress you, but they sure do me. They have now completed song number 5 and I am so proud of them. I know I'm partial, but if you get a chance click on the link I'm posting and give them a listen. You just might find something you like as well. All guitar sounds that you hear, that's my hubby!
Yes, I am bragging! Wouldn't you!

I actually think you'll have to copy and paste. I haven't gotten around to learning how to do the linky link thing yet!