Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hey There!

I had hoped to participate in the crop at Backporch Memories last week, but apparently it was not meant to be. Between working extra hours, household chores and going out with some friends I just couldn't fit it in. The challenges were great though and I'm still planning on using some of them to jumpstart my creativity on future pages. I did finish one . . . not in time to upload it . . . but it did get done. (I really hate the way working full-time interferes with my life.) :)

This page was done for the "It's Hip to Be Square" challenge. We had to use at least four squares of scrap paper from different lines. It as fun - just wish I'd had time to submit it. Oh well - maybe next time.

We had some really bad torandoes come through this week and a lot of people lost everything - 10 people died. Please remember them, as well as the Joplin tornado victims in your prayers. Stay safe everyone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Well it seems that I'm failing miserably at at least some of my New Year's resolutions! Believe it or not, I'm doing remarkably well at others though. Since I started working full time in December I've been buried in work and I end up working late or working through lunch most days. I've been coming home too tired to want to scrap and playing on the computer is about the last thing I want to do after staring at a computer screen all day. Obviously I'm way behind at posting here, but I'm going to make a renewed attempt to get after it.

Here are a couple layouts I did at a weekend retreat I went to recently. I didn't get a lot done, but it did make me want to "play" with my papers and glue a lot more. I forgot how relaxing it can be. Hopefully I'll be getting back to it in the near future.

Friday, January 14, 2011


"A goal not written down is only a wish (Dave Ramsey)."

So I guess it's time I write my 2011 resolutions down somewhere. So far I'm on track - just barely - but I aim to do better as the year progresses. So here are my official goals for 2011:

1. 365 Days of Kindness. Do something kind for someone every day. It doesn't have to be something big - let someone cut in in traffic; hold the door for someone; send a card; buy flowers - do something and write it down. By keeping a list I'll keep it in mind.

2. A picture a day (stored in a Facebook album).

3. Entertain (or organize dinner out) with friends at least once a month.

4. Lose 25 lbs.

5. Pay off both of my credit cards.

6. Update my blog twice a month.

This is do-able! So far so good!

I haven't been scrapping at all, but hopefully I'll get back to that soon (no goals there, it's just a fun hobby). Work has been all-consuming since the first of December when the lawyer I worked for merged his practice with another attorney. I went from an easy job working 25 hours a week to a full-time, challenging rat race averaging 50 hours a week. I'm now the official legal secretary/ paralegal/bookkeeper/receptionist/emergency TP buyer/office manager and I come home exhausted at the end of every day to do my other job - the one where I get to do laundry, cooking and cleaning at home. I have to admit that Kim has been a tremendous help on the home front though. Things are beginning to settle down into a routine, and I think I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel(knock on wood)!

just a few pics from our wonderful Christmas that I hope to get to scrap soon.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

More Christmas Pics:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

And A Couple More

I'm almost finished - I promise!
This page was done as a sketch challenge at Backporch Memories. The pictures were taken last year in Paris on Jenna's "Semester Abroad" trip:

And another from Kristin's Spring Break trip to Florida:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Can't Keep Up

Lately I feel like I'm always running but still come up a day late and a dollar short. I've finished several pages, but haven't scanned them and still have several more page challenges that I wanted to do this month, that I obviously won't get to. I know this is all supposed to be done for fun and I shouldn't stress over it, but it does get frustrating sometimes. So I'm just trying to go with the flow and do as many pages for the kids' albums as I can get done and eventually I hope to fill in the many gaps that come from trying to complete a lifetime of pictures with a very late start.

First - a simple page of Jenna and her best friend just acting silly. I used the picture templates at Scrapbooks, Etc. for a quick, easy page:

This page was done as a page challenge at Color Combos Gallore. We had to use the color scheme: midnight blue/black/Grey/School Bus yellow together in a page. "Goodnight Moon" was one of Kristin's favorite stories when she was little. The tag behind the photo has hidden journaling sharing what a special time our nighttime ritual was for both of us.

Shopping With Boys is just a silly layout I made using pictures from our trip to Pigeon Forge from last summer. Kim and I met my sister, Tina and her husband there for a week of vacation. Needless to say, Kim, my nephew and his best friend didn't enjoy the shopping excursions as much as Tina and I did!

Watching For Cars is another silly layout using a picture I found on Jenna's Facebook page. She and a friend went to downtown Oklahoma City on a photo shoot - I just thought this was funny. It was also another challenge from Color Combos Gallore:

"Insights" was a page challenge where we were supposed to complete a page using a memory that we didn't have pictures for. I've included the journaling below.

Sitting on the dock with our feet in the water, I was complaining to mom about my frustration of being a stay-at-home mom, how hard it was to deal with kids all day and how unfair that at the end of the day Kim always came home to a hero's welcome. He got to eat lunch out, talk to adults and shmooze with clients; while I was at home doing laundry and housework and dealing with boredom, snotty noses, bickering, dirty diapers and tantrums. It was so unfair that Kim was the fun one that the kids were so excited to see when he walked in the door at night. I talked about how frustrating it was to try to cook dinner every night while the baby cried for me to hold her. I was afraid to try to juggle her while stirring hot pans of food. Kim tried to help, but she continued to scream for me leaving Kim frustrated, the baby frustrated and me frustrated. After raising six kids while dad worked two jobs, I'm sure mom knew exactly how I felt, but she just listened without saying a word. She then gave me a piece of advice that changed my attitude. She said in a very loving tone: "I think that you will be much happier when you accept the fact that motherhood is not fair. You are the mom - you are on the hook.It's not ever going to be a 50/50 proposition. But hang in there because it's all worth it."