Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Movie Wednesday...

Lots has been going on, between getting ready for Christmas, our furnace dying, working full time and being sick, I haven't had a chance to post anything or do anything really.

As of today we only have one more present to buy and we're done. We just need to wrap and we're done with that. Christmas cards and Christmas letters are in the works also, once that is done we will be ready for Christmas to come.

One thing, extra, we did this year was put up a Christmas tree. We haven't put one up in quite a few years because first Azalea was only with us for about a month the first year, then I was 8 and a half month pregnant the next year, third year Elijah was crawling around and I just wasn't prepared to deal with him not listening and getting into it. So here is year #4 and we were prepared to deal with whatever delemas came with having the tree up.

We had the tree up for a few days without anything on it, however even though Elijah had never had a Christmas tree in his house, he knew what was suppose to be done:

Here's a closer look... He put some of his toys on there for decoration.

Next came the lights. He loves those... he especially loves to count them.

Then came ornaments and the star

And we're done!

Elijah needed to examine the lights one more time to make sure they were working correctly.

And now it's time for the movie. Of course it's Christmas Tree related. Here is Elijah helping us put ornaments on the tree... literally.

Merry Christmas if I don't post again before then!

Monday, November 23, 2009


It's that time again, where you declare your love. For those of you that need a refresher, here it is. We know that you love your family, friends, pets and co-workers (sometimes). This is a different kind of love. This is a love for things like, book series, movies, food items, cars, video games, etc.

Today I have decided to declare my love for

Take and Toss Sippy Cups

Everyone that has a toddler should own some of these cups. I love everything about them. They are relatively inexpensive, they only have 2 parts (as opposed to other sippys that have 3 and 4 parts), they are leak proof (unless a little boy decides to chew on the spout for a while) and can't be opened by little hands.

They sell a wide variety of colors, they also have some that have characters on them. Elijah has some Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse Club House ones, but they also have other characters as well. We have all sorts of these cups. We have the regular sized ones, the ones with straws(which I don't love as much), the character ones and the huge 10 oz ones. The best part about them is that all of their lids fit each other. If you know my life, this is a big plus in my book. So, in the morning when I'm searching for a sippy, all I have to do is grab one of the bottoms and a random lid, fill and that's it. It's awesome. :-)

Oh and I forgot to add they are dishwasher safe, so you decide whether you want to wash them or toss them afterward. Anyway...

Now it's your turn. What are you going to declare your love for?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Creations This Past Month

With Christmas fast approaching, I've had little to no time to create anything with paper products, so when that happens and I still have the urge to create. I turn to digital. That's the awesome part about using digital papers and elements to create things, it's quick, it's easy and there's no clean up. I also love it because it's not permanent, I can try things out at different sizes and flip them so one is facing the other direction. You can't really do that with paper products and stamps.

I saw this awesome QP on Tiffany's blog and thought the colors would be perfect for a layout about my sweet little neice Penelope. They call her Pie sometimes, hence the play on words.

Then I saw this gorgeous mini kit at my friend Shay's, blog. I saw the tree and it was just waiting to be used on a card. I adore the colors and I debated on whether I wanted to print it out and do it as a hybrid card or not. I decided against it because I don't think I had anything to go with it, colorwise. This is what I ended up with. I'm gonna print it out on card stock and send it out to someone. :-)

Thanks for looking. I hope to be able to share more with you all again soon.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Movie Friday

We just bought this magnetic, white board for the living room. I thought Elijah would like to play with his number magnets on there and letter magnets (when we get them) or maybe he would like to draw with crayon on it. I didn't really care, it was his board, he could do whatever on it.

All week I've been writing either the alphabet or numbers 1-20 around the outside, because he likes to point to whatever and saying what it is. Then like Wednesday I wrote his full name on the board, but it got messed up, so last night I rewrote his first name really big.

Elijah ran up to the board and started doing this:

I guess that's what a year and a half of watching sesame street will do to ya. Although I'm sure Super Why and Wheel of Fortune helped a little too.

Stay tuned on Monday for another movie. :-)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Early last month I was trying to think of what to dress Elijah up as for Halloween. I was throwing around some ideas and discussing with Joe. Originally I had my heart set on having him be a scarecrow, cause we saw the cutest scarecrow costume at Babies R Us, but Joe didn't like the idea, so it was back to brain storming.

One morning while I was driving Elijah to my parents' house, before work, I was talking to Elijah and saying how we're gonna have to figure out what he's gonna be for Halloween. So I started naming off things and he just kept saying no to all of it. Finally I was like, "What do you want to be for Halloween?" He said "Dog". Now he can't say many words, so I thought maybe he meant something else, but he said dog. So I said, "You want to be a dog for Halloween?" He said "I dodo", which, at that time, meant "Yes" to him. I confirmed it a couple more times over the next few days. He still wanted to be a dog. To this day I still don't know if meant in real life or for Halloween... I guess I'll never know. So it was off to the internet I went... In search of a dog costume that didn't have a dog's head on top (cause I think they look weird).

I found one that I liked and found out it was at a Halloween store near our house (yay for no shipping and handling). Here is the little puppy:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Christmas Story Moment

My favorite movie around Christmas time is "A Christmas Story". I have no idea why I love it so much, but each Christmas Eve it is always my plan to watch it on TBS at least two times. It doesn't always happen, but anyway.

You know that one part of the movie where his mom asks him what he wants for Christmas he blurts out "I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle" and immediately afterwards he regrets it? I had one of those moments earlier... with my boss...

Someone else on my team, I won't say who *coughMichaelcough* asked if we were going to tell the secretaries something ahead of time instead of us having to tell them afterward. My boss said, "No, we're telling them as we receive them.... Enjoy!" It might have been the last part that made me angry... or the whole thing. I don't know. Then came the Ralphie moment.

I blurted out, "Wouldn't it save time to tell them ahead of time, instead of waiting for *whatever*? Then they can have the things ready and can send them to us with the *other thing*." It was formed as a question, but I certainly wasn't asking one. Then immediate regret and the thought,"Oh my god, did that just come out of my mouth?". It's only been about an hour and I have no idea what she said in response.

The only thing I know is that I'm going to buy some duct tape and put it in my desk for occasions such as these... So next time I feel like speaking my mind, I won't be escorted out of the building.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Man Mystery #17,684

Picture this.

It is Saturday night. Joe, Elijah and I are in Target, just walking around and looking at stuff. We are about to leave and are heading towards the front of the store. As we approach the check out, Joe sees this random guy (who we have never even seen before) and asks "What time is the game on tonight?" The guy replies "It was post-poned because of rain." They walk off in separate directions.

What game? What sport? How did they both know what game the other one was talking about? Were they speaking in secret guy code? After I looked at Joe like he was crazy, of course I interegated him to find out what he was talking about. It turned out the guy was wearing a Yankees cap (which I didn't notice) and they were both talking about a game in the World Series.

It was so weird and random. I wonder if women do this, but we just don't notice...

Friday, October 23, 2009


Elijah has a lot of quirks about him. One of them is that he knows what he wants and there is no way you can talk him into doing or eating something that he doesn't want. Since he was about 11 months old, he has had this eating thing going on. He won't eat unless he's watching something he likes to watch and he doesn't like to touch squishy things with his hands.

We have tried many many many many (you get the point) different things to try to get him to expand his horizons, to no avail. We play something on TV and feed him jarred baby food, so he'll get some fruits and veggies in him, but after putting up with this for almost a year, I'm just worn out and have decided we will keep doing what we're doing and when he wants to try other foods we'll let him.

Then yesterday a miracle happened. Joe and I had McDonalds, so as usual Joe got Elijah french fries (his favorite), but this time he also got him some nuggets. Before we handed them over we both figured they would end up on the floor, especially because Azalea was roaming around and Elijah loves to feed her. To our surprise he held one in his hand for about a minute, then he took a little bite, decided he liked it, then continued to eat until he ate, not just one, but both of them. Joe and I were shocked.

Unfortunately, I don't have pictures from this event because I was scared that if he got wind that he was eating something even remotely good for him that he would end up tossing it on the floor. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new phase, where he'll start trying more things... If not, I'll just stick it out a while longer and be ready when he is.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Movie Monday

Elijah just started saying "Yeah" and "No" in response to questions. So while we were on a car trip we decided to start asking him some random questions. Enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Last Saturday we went over to my in-law's house for dinner and to visit. While we were there my mother-in-law wanted to take pics of all three "babies" with pumpkins, mums and jack-o-lanters. These are some of the pics that turned out. There was craziness while trying to take the pictures, as to be expected with toddlers, but I think the pics turned out really good.

I didn't take those pics, my sister-in-law Jacqi did. I was busy trying to get everyone to look toward the camera. But I took some after the fact:

There were also lots of hugs and kisses going on afterward. Charlotte wanted to give Elijah a hug, but they were a little unstable - See here .

Then Elijah wanted to give Penelope a hug... You know, passing it on...

And then Charlotte gave her a kiss

This is one of my favorite photos from my camera. I love how both of them have the same look on their face, examining whatever it is they are trying to pick up.

I was inspired by the photo shoot, so the next day we took Elijah to the park and Joe and I took these pics:

I hope you enjoyed looking. I'm in the mood this weekend to make cards and/or scrapbook pages, so on Monday I should have something to show you. :-) Ttyl!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


As 95% of you have heard me talk about for the last month now, Elijah is delayed a little in talking and the pediatrician was concerned enough to say he should get tested. Now, if you know me well, you would have thought I took this all in stride and was like, "Tested?!? H*** no, she is crazy." But apparently I am either becoming a full fledged mom or going through a mid-life crisis. Because I have been researching and talking to everyone that has ever been a mother, debating on whether I should get him tested or not. And well, consensus was "No. He is a boy, he will talk when he is ready".

So that we did, however it didn't stop me from researching the crap out of the subject. I found these two books, both by Thomas Sowell, Late Talking Children and
Einstein Syndrome - Bright Children Who Talk Late, which I haven't read yet, but I plan on getting them or looking at them very soon.

When the whole thing originally started I said I would give him until he was 2 and if he still wasn't talking I would get him tested. Then a couple weeks ago Elijah started to say more things... or atleast trying to. As of yesterday he started saying his own version of "I don't know" (I dodo).

But 2 Saturdays ago I got a video of this:

Now if only he could say useful words like "hungry", "thirsty" or "more"... But I guess I'll take what I can get. Although we did have a "conversation" this morning about what he wanted to be for Halloween, but I think I'll save that for another blog entry.

Until then, ttyl.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Video Blog

This is a video I made to show you all what goodies I picked up the past couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Here's a story... of a boy named Elijah...

Elijah has turned into a full fledged toddler with his mood swings and his tantrums if he doesn't get his way. He has mastered the word "No" and is working on other words. One other thing he is trying to master is climbing. He was a little slow on the uptake, thank goodness... But once he started doing it, there was no stopping him. His favorite thing to climb on is the couch.

We have this long couch in front of our picture window facing the backyard. Elijah likes to climb up there and look out the window. So one Saturday, we get him out of his crib, change him and all that, then we put him down in the living room to play a little bit. As usually, Elijah decided he wanted to get up on the couch and walk around etc. I'm usually standing right next to the couch because he makes me nervous.

Since he started doing this, he hadn't fallen off, yet... he knows how to get down properly, so I walked over to the dining room table (which is in the same room, but on the other side of the room) to get something. I turned around and saw him sitting on the arm of the sofa, so I ran towards him, but it was too late, I got to the other end of the sofa just in time to see him falling backwards, trying to grab onto anything he could. He looked at me with the "Oh S***" look on his face and tried with all his might to grab onto the arm of the sofa, but gravity was pulling a little too hard and he ended up falling on the floor. He didn't cry, he just acted stunned that such a thing could happen to -him-.

When I told my co-worker, Michael, this story his response was, well, I guess he learned his lesson and won't be doing that again. But apparently, Elijah didn't get that memo, because the very next day he was doing this:

There was a story and a video of the week, all in one. I plan on having another video this week with some goodies I bought at ACMoore. I'm also planning on posting about our adventure at the State Fair, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Busy Busy Busy... Doing Nothing

I haven't updated this thing in forever. And to think, I said I was going to update -more- when I got promoted. I actually have had a little bit more time now, but at lunch time, by the time I eat, check my email, check facebook, read some blogs, etc. I have about 2 minutes left to do an entry. Today I made sure I made time to do it, because people are harassing me about posting *coughJoecough*.

I was reading my friend's blog the other day and she was talking about doing fun things with her grand kids. It got me thinking about the fun stuff we do with Elijah and some of the fun things we have coming up.

Because Joe and I are still relatively young, we like to do as much as we can when we're not working. Elijah has become accustom to random road trips and even gets excited when he sees us putting on our shoes or heading toward the door (I swear, he's learning from our dog).

We usually are going down his Grandparents' house for the day, where he loves going in their swimming pool. Another place he loves to go is the park. He'll swing, slide and run around, then we usually have to restrain him, because he is kicking and screaming as we are walking to the car.

Last year he was too little to really do much of anything during the summer, but this year he's been having a ball. We went to Ocean City at the end of May. He loved walking on the board walk and was intrigued by the sand, but we couldn't go in the water because it was too cold. We are planning on going again in the middle of September, hopefully the warm weather will hold out and he'll be able to feel the water on his feet. We also went to the DC zoo, but he wasn't impressed with that. I think we'll wait another year and see if he's more "into" it then.

That's one thing about being a parent, (as I'm sure most of you know) whenever I think about trips to take, I think "What could Elijah have fun doing there?". With the answer to that question, the destination either goes up or down on the never ending list of possible trips. So coming upon the end of summer there are few places that made it to the top of that list... And they all happen to be right after each other.

The State Fair - The 10 best days of summer... or so they say. We took Elijah last year and he wasn't impressed. The only emotion we really got out of him was fear and that was because he was scarred of a cow. This year, he loves animals, so the petting zoo should be a good experience. :-)

Johnny Appleseed Festival - This is a festival at a local farm. They have a giant slide, hay maze, hay ride, pumpkins and live music to dance to... I think Elijah will have a wonderful time.

Aquarium - I have been there about a billion times, but Elijah has never been. I can't wait to see his face when he sees everything. Should be fun for everyone.

Those are only some of the upcoming things we have going on. We have relatives coming for a visit and a possible trip to Harrisburg PA to see my friend Linz. Like I said, busy busy busy.

Let's talk about YOU, for a few. What things do you have coming up that you're excited about or not so excited about?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Between blogs and forums and galleries I sometimes feel like I have so much creativity that's it's coming out my ears. I haven't created a card or a scrapbook page in a couple weeks, or more, and this week I feel like I just want to make something. However life gets in the way, as usual. I was "spring cleaning" my house all last weekend and I mean ALL weekend because my Aunt and Uncle from South Dakota are in town and we invited them over. So the procrastinator in me said, "You know, you can just get it all done on Saturday."

The procrastinator in me apparently doesn't know time management because not only did it not take "Saturday" to get everything done, but all day Sunday too. The only good part about this whole thing is that everything is now clean and I can enjoy the clean until Hurricane Elijah and Tropical Storm Joe blow through it. But back to the topic...

I've seen so many wonderful things these past two weeks like this layout by GJCole at Digital Freebies(click on the picture to go to the gallery and give her some love):

I love the clear polka dotted bracket, it gave me an idea for a card. To help things along with my inspiration for this card, Joe got me some stuff from ACMoore on Sunday, for my anniversary present. This is what he got me:

Hampton Arts embossing powder in assorted colors.

Embossing ink

A heat gun... or the "PC" term - Heat tool.


A wooden polka dot stamp

Plus for good measure, white StazOn ink. I was debating on this and decided to get it, but it was meant to be because when we got up to the register the girl rang it up for $1 cause she couldn't find the price (it was really $14.99)

We shall see what comes from this burst of inspiration. Hopefully I'll have a card to show everyone on Monday. :-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Video of the Week

This is Elijah playing with his Sesame Street software program. He was having fun until Big Bird showed up... Enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Video of the week... Happens to be on a Monday

Movie Monday is back... atleast for this week.

This time the video needs a back story or you won't get it. We've been reading to Elijah since, basically day 1. We would read before he would "go to bed for the night". Once we established a bedtime routine (when he was sleeping through the night), we would read 3-4 books to him, then it was sleepy time.

When he got older we put the books on the bookshelf or lying around, so if he wanted to look at them and "read", he could. One of his favorite books to flip through is Farm Friends. I tried to find a picture of it, but couldn't. (If I wasn't afraid that this wouldn't get posted until next month, I would go home and take a picture of it) It's a fun little book that rhymes and says what each animal says, for instance, "How does the cow say 'how do you do?' Moo moo moo". "How does the duck say 'ya'll come back?' Quack quack quack.

So last night we asked him to "read" Farm Friends to us and this is what we heard:

Please excuse my annoying laughing and the camera shaking. I couldn't help myself... It was sooo cute. I loved how he did "da da da" for the question, then "gee gee" or whatever for the answer. :-)

So until next time... I'm out.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Movie of the month (haha) and a layout

I have been slacking... which is horrible, especially when in my last post I said I wanted to get better at updating. After that post a new lady started in Petty Cash and I have been so stressed out that I have to go out somewhere during lunch, plus it gives my nose a break since she smokes, so half the time I can hardly breathe and I sneeze all the time. Then today my nose started bleeding because it's so irritated all week. Thank God I will be out of there on the 27th, then hopefully I'll be able to start posting again during lunch, on a regular basis.

Ok, enough complaining out of me, onto the movie of the week:

Elijah was helping his Grandma vaccum her kitchen.

I also finally got a layout done today. Apparently the only way for me to get a layout done the same day that I start it is if all the following happens

1. I start with a sketch
2. Elijah sleep for 2-2.5 hours
3. Joe is not around
4. I am at my parents house doing laundry (cause my washer died)
5. I can't log onto the Internet
6. I have an assigned kit that I need to use
7. I know the pictures and subject I want to use, ahead of time.

And this was the outcome:

Everything is the Digital Freebies Mega Kit "Arizona Summer"

The journaling reads: "You certainly love your bubbles. You could play with them for a good 30 minutes, just trying to catch them and pop them. You are facinated by the fact that some hit the ground, but don't pop. Of course, when they do, they are no match for your little fingers.

I love how you take joy in the little things, like popping bubbles and swinging. I hope you continue to for the rest of your life."

I'm out. I'll try to update again soon, atleast with another video.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cards, Cards and More Cards

These past few weeks have been packed full of cards. So much so that I have 4 cards to share with you today.

This is the birthday card I gave to my Mother-in-law for her birthday. I had to include little fat birds, of course. And this time I tried something new (I also did it with the card for my Father-in law)... I got out my big stamping block and instead of stamping the 3 things separately I put all of them on the block and arranged them how I wanted them, then stamped once and they were exactly how I wanted them. This is probably old news to stampers, but I'm just figuring this stuff out.

Paper and card - DCWV
Fiskar Clear Stamps, Tags and Words - Birds
Greetings Clear Stamps - Happy Birthday
Fiskars corner rounder punch
StazOn black ink
Cutter Bee Scizzors
Dove Blender Pen
ColorBox chalk ink

This is the card for my Father-in-law for his birthday and Father's day.

Card stock - DCWV
Studio G Series 14 Stamp - Grill
Studio G Series 30 Stamp - dad
Dove Blender Pen
ColorBox chalk ink
StazOn black ink
Cutter Bee Scizzors

Just as an FYI, I used the StazOn ink and my blender pen to color in the gray for the charcoal inside the grill. I should have realized that once you put StazOn on a clear block, it doesn't come off again. Next time I shall be using my ColorBox black ink instead...

This is the card I made from Elijah to Joe for Father's day. For cards for Joe I always go out of my comfort zone... which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. I decided to make a little letter for the front.

Orange card stock - I believe it's Papertrey Ink (not positive though)
Blue card stock - Bo Bunny (YAY)
Yellow card stock - DCWV
Studio G Series 30 Stamp - daddy
Studio G Series 26 Stamp - I *heart* you
Studio G Series 31 Stamp - You Rock and Guitar
Making Memories Epoxy Shapes Boy Primary - Baseball and Football
Can't find what brand on anything the "fun" embellishment is. It was in the dollar section at Joann Fabrics.

This... Is the card I made my dad for Father's day. It's an oragami shirt and tie card. Crafty Creations - a blog I read - posted a link to THIS video on how to do an oragami shirt and tie, so I gave it a shot and I really like how it turned out.

Paper and card - DCWV
Studio G Series 30 Stamp - Happy Father's Day

That is all for today. I'll probably post my video of the week, tomorrow and then DYL on Friday. I'm trying to be better about updating this thing, so we'll see how that goes.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I feel so accomplished

This past weekend was good and bad. But I'll only blog about the good. So you know that list of things I had to do by Tuesday... I got a chunk of it done. I made a card...

Actually I made 3 on Friday night, after Elijah went to bed, but I can't show the other two yet. This one is for our friends Steve and Brie. I made it at like 1:30am... so the next day I looked at it and didn't like how the pen marks skipped on the paper, so I found a black marker and redid the "stitching" and the names. :-D

DCWV paper
Greetings Clear Stamps - Thinking of You
Frog Punch (I'll have to go home and look at the maker, cause I can't find it online)
Black marker

We went to lunch on Saturday for my my mother-in-law and father-in-law's birthdays. It was yummy and Elijah was surprisingly well behaved. Afterward we went over their house to visit some. Marie brought out some chunky jewelry for me to look through. I picked out a pair of earrings, but couldn't find anything else I liked. I'm just gonna go to the Goodwill that's up the street from our house to get some rings and a bracelet or 3. That's another thing that's partly checked off my list.

Then Sunday a tree fell in our backyard. Well... we found out about it Sunday, turns out it actually fell on Thursday. Apparently we don't go in our backyard much. Joe was busy for most of the day chopping it up with my dad. So my mom, Elijah and I went to Kohls to look for a black dress. And I found one! I didn't know it would be that easy. There were 3 that I picked out of the like 20 to choose from. This is one that was chosen out of those:

It's fancier than it looks in this picture. It has two layers on the bottom, so the top layer flies out a little bit when I spin, then the top has gathers... I guess that's what you call them. If you go to this website you can zoom in on the top and see what I'm talking about.

So that was my weekend. Hopefully my week will be as good or better. I have dance practice tonight, tomorrow and Thursday, then dress rehearsal is Friday and the show is Saturday. I can't believe it's this close. Time to tap tap tap... I'm out.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Azalea and Movie of the Week

There are certain times when I really wonder where Azalea came from and who she lived with for the first year of her life. If you didn't know, Azalea is our dog.

Precious(Azalea) the day we first saw her

We got her from the SPCA 3 years ago. All the other dogs were barking up a storm, but there sat Precious (that was her name before we changed it) curled in a ball in the front of her cage, with the sadest eyes. I saw her and fell in love. I showed her to Joe, so then we asked if we could go out and play with her. Joe rolled a ball along the ground, she watched it like, "What do you want me to do with that?". She was potty trained and knew how to sit and heel. We talked about it and decided to get her. That is when the adventure began.

We have been through a lot with her - kennel cough, anxiety, intestinal parasites and really bad allergic reactions to flea bites... Which brings me to why I thought to blog about her. The other day she went to the bathroom on the floor(which she doesn't do hardly at all), so when I saw it I yelled "DOG!". She went to the side door and was cowering. She wouldn't come to me even when I had a treat to give her. So that got me thinking... I wonder if that's what her old owners would call her when she was in big trouble. How did they treat her? Was it an older person who raised her? She's so low key, it wouldn't surprise me. Was she an only puppy? Where did they get her from? Why did they give her up? But I guess we'll never know. I don't know why I even think about it.

So, onto another topic. The movie of the week. We have another edition of "What does a ____ say? According to Elijah" Today's edition is "The Cow".

That's all from me for now. I have to attempt to make 4 cards and a scrapbook page before next Tuesday all while looking for the perfect black dress and chunky jewelry for my costume for the dance show on the 20th (You would think I love procrastinating by how much I do it.). So you'll probably be hearing from me again pretty soon.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Cards and DYL Again

This week has been non-stop stuff. It all started last Thursday when Joe called me up and was like, "You wanna go to Ocean City Monday to Wednesday?" (cause I took Tuesday and Wednesday off from work to stay home with Elijah) We went back and forth about it. Joe called someone we knew and asked if she thought it would be crowded. She said no and then offered for us to stay in their condo for free. That was a deal breaker, we were going. So that meant we had to scramble Friday, Saturday and Sunday to buy stuff and pack.

To add to all of this Saturday morning we were playing around with a ball in the house... Which happened to knock over a vase of flowers that had water in it also, um, right on my cell phone. Which promptly died. So I went to AT&T to get a new phone and change to pay as you go. More drama ensued.

During all that I managed to find time to make two cards. One for my dad for his birthday that I didn't know we were celebrating til that day:

I'm getting smarter about this whole credit thing. I have started taking pictures of the supplies I used for reference for when I post the pictures: (Don't ask why it's sideways... I can't figure out why it's doing that when I upload it and I can't figure out how to turn it)

DCWV card base
DCWV card stock cut into triangle and into strips
Mini Glue Dots
Dementionals to make the triangle pop off the page
Greetings Clear Stamps - Happy Birthday
ColorBox Ink
Cutter Bee Scissors

I also made a Thank You card for the couple that let us use the condo, because I wanted to just be able to write inside and mail it when we got back.

I really wanted to use a chipboard frame on this, but I couldn't find any the size I wanted, anywhere. So I just made due without.

There's a bunch of stuff for this one
DCWV card base and card stock
ColorBox ink
Mini Glue Dots
Greetings Clear Stamps - Thank You
Sassafras Lass Borders Clear Stamps
G - Clear Stamps - Little flower and leaf
Fine Lines Narrow Shear Ribbon
Fiskars Adhesive
StazOn Black Ink
Cutter Bee Scissors
Cutter Bee Retractable Knife
Blender Pen
Black Pen

I'll write more about Ocean City in my next entry, so I'll leave you with DYL.

I love my Blender Pen

I had to order it from Amazon because nowhere around here had it and it took like 3 weeks to arrive, but it was well worth the wait. It's so easy to just pick it up, put ink on a clear block and color. And it's easy to clean... All you do is keep coloring on a piece of scratch paper until it's colors clear and that's it. I love it.

Let me know what you love this week.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Movie of the Week and a Card

I have decided that Movie Monday is never going to be Movie Monday again... Atleast not until the middle of June (after my dance show). So I have decided that it will be called "The movie of the week". Yes, I am copying off of the Hallmark channel, but it works.

This week's movie is one of the many things that Elijah likes to do now:

And now even though 90% of you saw this card already in person. I thought the other 10% would like a look. This is the birthday card I made for Charlotte:

It was super easy to make. I did the lettering with, then fiddled with it in PSE until I got what I wanted. Clipped it (in PSE language) into the cupcake picture. Printed it out on regular white paper then used scrapbook adhesive to "glue" it onto some thick cardstock, then cut out the shape and used dementionals to put it on the pink cardstock, so it would pop up. Fold and done.

I'm thinking about making one like it for father's day, but with different colors and shape of course. We'll see how that goes.

Other than that, nothing interesting is going on. I'm out.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cards and DYL

I have been planning on updating this thing for like a week but I never had the time, but now I'll just share a few things and leave the other things for another post (which hopefully won't be 2 weeks from now).

Lately I've been getting into card making. It's actually quite relaxing. I'm building up my stash so I can just go in there and pick out things instead of having to run to the store for the specific item I need... or think I need ;-). So anyway, here are the first few cards that I've made.

I gave this one to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. She loves little fat birds, so when I saw this stamp that was a little fat bird, I just had to get it. I have no idea about a lot of products I used, except the button is Bo Bunny (aka Shabby Princess in the digital world) and the green polkadot paper is DCWV - Nana's Kids. I have a feeling I'm gonna have to get used to this whole credit thing... If you want to know any other things, I can look and let you know asap.

This was the card I gave my mom for Mother's Day. I got nothin' for the credits.

This is a card I'm going to give our friend Gulzat at her baby shower. I took the picture next to a pair of scissors so you could tell how little it is. It's BABY sized. :-) So yeah, um... I think the stiching around the outside of the yellow is a fiskars stamp. The letters for "baby" are alphabet wooden stamps (I have no idea what brand they are, but they were on clearance at JoAnn's for like $2 (down from $12.99), so I had to get them and now I'm glad I did). The paper is DCWV.

Charlotte's birthday card will be my next project. :-D

Now for Declare Your Love. I would do card making, but that's a little over the top for this entry. So...

I love Carter's clothing

Carter's clothes are so cute and I have an abundance of babies to buy them for. One of them is having a birthday party tomorrow, so tonight I'm going shopping. I'll have to see what ultra cute outfit I can get for her... And of course I'll have to get a few... I mean several outfits for my favorite little boy. I'll probably pick up something for Penelope and Samuel while I'm at it too. Fun times.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Movie Thursday...

Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Man, life has been crazy. NSD wore me out. I didn't post a DYL last Friday, cause procrastinating is my life. And even though I knew I had to pick out 5-10 kits for my game on NSD I waited til, almost, the last minute to pick them out. Then Friday night I had to wait for Elijah to go to bed before I could put my game up on the forum.

I'm working on the wording and stuff (while watching Survivor with Joe) when I look down and it's like 11pm. The thing needs to be posted before Midnight. So I rush and post just to find out I have too many pictures... I can only have up to 4 and I have 10. Crisis mode sets in, so I post a message in the staff forum for any answer anyone can throw at me. Maria (in all her infinite wisdom) says, "Hey, why don't you just make one big picture with all the kits together". Duh, why didn't I think of that? 11:45 rolls around and I FINALLY can post.

So to make a short story, very long. After that drama, I was in no mood to declare my love for anything. NSD is a whole other story that I won't post about. But onto more happier news. Movie Thursday:


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Movie Monday was postponed because of...

a potentially broken toe. No, not mine... my mom's. Which meant I had to watch Elijah all day and therefore couldn't get on the computer for most of the day. But it's only a day late (and a dollar short) and I actually have two.

First Elijah walking through a Metro car:

This one is not Elijah, but it's from the zoo. A tiger playing with a ball:

I will have an actual update soon. Maybe if I have the time tomorrow.

BTW, remember National Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, so make sure you hit up a sale or seven. One of my favorite digital scrapbooking shops, Nitwit Collections, that hardly ever puts anything on sale is having a 30.5% off sale this weekend. I will try to restrain myself... but unfortunely (for my pocketbook) I will be online all day on Saturday because I'm hosting a game at Digital Freebies and will be "forced" to look around a little to waste time in between checking my PMs and watching bingo. Man, my second job is such hard work... ;-)

I'm out.

Friday, April 24, 2009

DYL #4

I almost couldn't decide what to declare my love for this week. I had so many thing... nice weather, the weekend, egg salad, freedom of speech. I decided none of those would do today, so I picked

Card Making/Scrapbook Supplies

I'm on a card making kick this month. I have researched and watched videos and bought stuff... and plan to buy more stuff this weekend. O:-) I love it.

What do you love this week?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Movie Monday

It's movie Monday again... I almost forgot. Here is Elijah playing on his microphone. He's practicing to be on American Idol in... what... 16 years? BTW, yes, he has the most mismatched clothes on, your eyes are not deceiving you. When we are at home nothing ever matches... it's something special we do when we go out places.

Another BTW, the reason we burst out laughing at the end is that the whole time he was doing that Azalea was freaking out and trying to get over to him to see if he was ok. Like 2 seconds before the video ends you can hear her whine (which she never does normally), so we just had to laugh.

That is all for right now. I'm out.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Declare Your Love #3

Today I'm going to declare my love for a game on facebook it's called:

Robin Hood

I am addicted to this game. It's a strategy game with a twist... You have to get your friends to join to build your band of merry "men". The more people in your band the more stuff you can do in the game. So that is my DYL for this week. It's your turn to declare your love.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Just thought I would share a layout I did this week.

This would have been for OLW "Ready" if it would have been done in time.

Everything is The Good Life - Karen Lewis

Based on a sketch from 52 sketches 52 weeks

Monday, April 13, 2009

Movie Monday - The Easter Edition

Easter was wonderful, not only because it's my favorite holiday, but because this year Elijah could participate a lot more. On Friday night we dyed Easter Eggs:

Sunday we went to church in the morning, then when we got home we took an Easter picture

After Elijah took his nap he got his Easter basket from mommy and daddy:

He got two new trucks/cars, a new sippy(that he picked out himself at the store), baby goldfish and fudge striped cookies.

Later in the day we did an Easter Egg Hunt (well, 15-month old style):

Which leads me into Movie Monday! It's a two-parter. Enjoy!

BTW, Youtube apparently hates me today, so if you want to see a clearer version, go to my facebook and take a look.

So until tomorrow... I'm out.