Friday, January 30, 2009

You Are "Time After Time"

If you were transported back to the 80s, your life would be all about reflecting.

You're a serious, earnest person - and you couldn't help but think a lot about how things were back then.

You'd spend a lot of your time writing, researching, and learning.

You would either become a social anthropologist - or a crazy guru with a knack for predicting the future.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bind-It-All fun

Tried out my Bind-It-All today. Very cool! I made a mini book for Arden with pictures of her and her friends. Now I wish I had different wires. I bought the 1/2 inch wires but now I know I will need some larger sized wires. I think this was a good investment as I really like making mini books and now I can make my own.

Here she is...

Scrapper girl returns

My friend HL asked me to recreate the scrapper girl I drew a few years ago for our Fraser River Scrappers group. I think she is cool in a funny way. UGH! I can't get her to show up here but trust me, she's cute.

Friday, January 23, 2009

5th folder, 5th photo

Saw this on a friend's blog so I was curious as to which photo I would find. This is from my April 2007 folder. I made these jars for Aaron's staff for Easter.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Feeling visual

Some photos I love

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

99 Things

From RK's blog again. She has some good stuff.

1. Started your own blog YES
2. Slept under the stars YES
3. Played in a band YES
4. Visited Hawaii YES
5. Watched a meteor shower YES
6. Given more than you can afford to charity YES
7. Been to Disneyland/world BOTH
8. Climbed a mountain YES
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch YES
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning APPARENTLY EVERYONE HAS
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty NOT POSSIBLE - YOU CAN ONLY GO AS FAR AS HER FEET
18. Grown your own vegetables YES
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train YES - IT SUCKED!
21. Had a pillow fight YES
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill - YES
24. Built a snow fort YES
26. Gone skinny dipping YES
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse YES
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset YES
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise YES
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors YES
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied YES - UP NORTH
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke YES - BUT NOT WELL
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight YES
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling YES - BOTH
52. Kissed in the rain YES
53. Played in the mud YES
54. Gone to a drive-in theater YES
55. Been in a movie independent movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies YES
62. Gone whale watching YES
63. Gotten flowers for no reason YES
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma YES
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check YES
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy YES
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar YES
72. Pieced a quilt YES
73. Stood in Times Square YES!!!
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London YES
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle YES
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car YES
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper YES
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating DOES FISH COUNT?
88. Had chickenpox YES
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous YES
92. Joined a book club YES
93. Lost a loved one YES
94. Had a baby YES
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake NO, BUT I WAS THERE
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone YES
99. Been stung by a bee YES

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Fever

Ok, so I'm not American, but it's hard not to get wrapped up in the historical significance of this day. Let's hope he can live up to the expectations. There is a sense of hope.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Shopping today

Guess what I got today!!!

I am very excited to try this tomorrow. We also went to Ikea and got the 4x4 Expedit shelf for the girls' toys. It will be nice to organize this last bit of our family room.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wednesday stuff

I saw this cool photo on AE's blog. Checked out the website of isphotography. Very cool stuff. I especially liked this one

The lack of sleep thing is starting to catch up to me again. It doesn't help that my favourite time of day is late night when everyone is asleep and then I have to get up 3 hours later with Lily.

Hoping to spend the day scrapbooking tomorrow. I would really like to get that Disney album done - maybe even before Heather's all day crop so I could work on something different that day - maybe Hawaii or Scotland.

Going shopping with the girls and Bev on Friday. Heading to Ikea to get the 4x4 Expedit for the kids' toys. I also really need a bulletin/magnetic board for the kitchen. We are going to stop at a couple of scrapbooking stores too. I think I might buy a Bind-It-All. I think I could really make good use of this tool - especially when I go back to work in September.

I have been thinking about work quite a bit lately. I haven't even met the new principal. I think I will make some muffins to take over to the school and maybe I will get to introduce myself. I don't really care what I will be teaching but I would really like to at least have English 11. I think I really miss the social aspect of work. I am turning into a maternity leave couch potato.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturday stuff

Scrapbooked today with the ladies. I got my December daily album completely finished. I totally love it! it was fun and looks great. I got a better start on my Disney album as well. I decided to go for a white background and it is working much better for me.

Lily must be having a growth spurt but without the sleeping that is supposed to accompany it. She is eating constantly which has made me a bit sore. Aaron is hosting poker tonight so after two attempts of putting her down in her crib I have put her to sleep in the guest room. I will probably sleep with her because I am afraid she might decide tonight is the night to roll over and roll right off the bed.

Arden was much brighter today but there is definitely still a problem with her "movements." Hopefully the tests and x-ray will reveal something this week. She came scrapbooking and seemed to have fun. I am getting a little more concerned about her weight as she seems so thin to me. I don't know if I am just overly aware because of her recent problems but she is skin and bones. If nothing comes of her tests I think we will follow up with a pediatrician.

Not feeling good about my body right now. I feel really bloated and uncomfortable. Hopefully the weather will continue to improve so I can start walking with Lily again.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Your Word is "Fearless"

You see life as your one chance to experience everything, and you just go for it!

You believe the biggest risk is being afraid and missing out on something amazing.

Sometimes your fearlessness means you're daring. You enjoy risky activities.

And sometimes your fearlessness means you're courageous. You're brave enough to do the right thing, even when it's scary.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Snow Day?

Holy crap! It is snowing like crazy. There is a big possibility for a snow day tomorrow - pretty funny since it is the first day back to school after Christmas break and they never used to have snow days when we lived here before. Now, if the busses don't run then schools are closed.

New Year thoughts

I totally stole this from my friend RK's blog but I thought it was very meaningful and I liked what it said.

Ideas for an exceptional new year....
1.Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2.Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you must. Buy a TiVo (DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
3.When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, "My purpose is to__________ today."
4.Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5.Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.
6.Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
7.Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
8.Dream more while you are awake.
9.Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.
10.Drink plenty of water.
11.Try to make at least three people smile each day.
12.Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
13.Don't waste your precious energy on gossip,energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
14.Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
15.Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
16.Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
17.Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
18.Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
19.Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
20.You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
21.Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
22.Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
23.Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy underwear because today IS special.
24.No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25.Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
26.Forgive everyone for everything.
27.What other people think of you is none of your business.
28.Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
29.However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30.Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
31.Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
32.Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
33.The best is yet to come.
34.No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35.Do the right thing!
36.Call your family often.
37.Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for __________." and "Today I accomplished _________."
38.Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
39.Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

White Rabbit"

Today I am appreciative that my daughter is feeling better thanks to a doctor at the hospital. It is so hard to be a kid who doesn't have the vocabulary to describe how she is feeling and then also have parents who think she is crying wolf most of the time. Poor kid was so constipated but at least things are "flowing" better this morning - LOL.

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2009, I hope you are a good year. I will do my best to appreciate (my word for the year) myself, my family, my friends and my life. I am very lucky and I want to start living in a way that shows I appreciate how lucky I truly am.

ap⋅pre⋅ci⋅ate   [uh-pree-shee-eyt] Show IPA Pronunciation
verb, -at⋅ed, -at⋅ing.
1. to be grateful or thankful for: They appreciated his thoughtfulness.
–verb (used with object)
2. to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on: to appreciate good wine.
3. to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect: to appreciate the dangers of a situation.
4. to raise in value.
–verb (used without object)
5. to increase in value: Property values appreciated yearly.