December 24, 2007
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December 13, 2007
Thanks for the wake up call. It's not about the buying, it's about the giving. I do not want to be a part of the 5% of the earth's population who consumes 30% of the earth's resources, just to have 99% of the stuff I buy or give end up in the landfill within six months. My homemade gifts are a piece of me crafted for the people I love. Let everyone else work themselves to death to have the money to buy the crap. I will seek my spiritual satisfaction somewhere else!
Check out Heifer International. Now here's a worthwhile cause on which to spend your hard-earned dollars.
December 11, 2007
A little candy-making action on Sunday afternoon. New recipe for butter mints that turned out great. We added cinnamon to half and mint to the other. Delicious.
Our predicted less than 1 inch of snowfall for Sunday night turned into 5 inches, so the kids had a nice slow Monday morning waiting for school to start. It really threw me off having everyone home on Monday morning, which is when I usually work on all my Brownie stuff. But it also made for a very relaxing start to a hectic week ahead, the last one before Christmas I hope!
December 7, 2007
December 5, 2007
November 30, 2007
And while I had the Scenic Route out on my desk, I was inspired to do one more layout. Here is Claire on her first day of 3rd grade. Loving this Roxbury line.
Also made quite a few Christmas cards yesterday after Ben and I shoveled out of our latest snowstorm. We were all hoping for a snow day, but it rarely happens here. These inland northwesterners are a tough bunch.
November 28, 2007
November 27, 2007
November 26, 2007
Here's my guy with his famous smoked turkey. It was absolutely delicious yet again. I don't know how he does it; maybe has something to do with the Mike's Hard Limeade in his pocket!
November 20, 2007
November 19, 2007
Here's one of my class samples; an advent calendar made from a cookie sheet. Fun!
November 15, 2007
November 9, 2007
November 8, 2007
Spent about three hours in my studio last night trying to put together a class project that just wasn't working out the way I envisioned. Went to bed totally frustrated, but this morning I am full of fresh ideas and excited for the project again. I love how a little "sleeping on it" can completely change your perspective. It was a good lesson for me to learn to trust the creative process and go with the flow.
November 7, 2007
Ben and Grandma on the Ferris Wheel at Kemah Boardwalk. It was our first ride of the day and Ben was giddy with anticipation.
Getting everyone psyched for flu shots. Not going to be pretty, but oh so necessary. Ben is a freaker kid when it comes to shots, and this past summer it took me plus two nurses to hold him down for his boosters. Breaks my heart, but what's a mom to do? Maybe make the dad go?
November 5, 2007
Here are my little goblins on Halloween. A little late, but oh well. They had a blast trick or treating in the warmth and seeing all the hundreds of other children in my parent's neighborhood. They didn't last for too long, but we got plenty of candy and they gave me all their Reese's and Butterfingers.
October 31, 2007
Went to the Houston Zoo on Sunday. The weather was and is gorgeous here. The zoo was having trick or treating day, which was really fun for all the kids that were there, but not so great for me, who gets a little claustrophobic around lots of people. Ben got to see the tigers and Claire and I loved the Okapi, which looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra. Nature is amazing.
Got to visit Archiver's on Monday. It was like being a kid in a candy store! Walls of acrylic stamps and an inventory that pretty much covered all the products out there. Hung out for a long time while my mom took the kids to Target. Bliss.
Yesterday we headed down towards Galveston to visit By Design Scrapbook Boutique. This place was like a shrine to Heidi Swapp; pink walls and mirrors and bling everywhere, and in their pink classroom was the word SHE painted in giant white letters on the wall. They carry pretty much everything Heidi makes plus tons of other inventory and I found a few gems. Took lots of pictures for the gals back home.
Then we went on to a place called Kemah Boardwalk, which would remind me of Coney Island if I had ever been there. We had the amusement park all to ourselves and spent most of the day riding rides. Claire even rode the Bullet with me, the fastest wooden roller coaster in the country. She did have a little meltdown when we first got on, ripped off her seatbelt, stood up and screamed "I am not riding this thing!" But I got her calmed down and it turned out to be a good ride. Also met up with my brother Ray on the way home and got to hang out at his apartment for a while and meet his roommates. One of the guys was playing Guitar Hero on Xbox and Ben was fascinated watching him. He thought the guys were really cool and told them all about his new transformer Bumblebee!
Today we're hanging close to home and working on costumes and pumpkin carving. I might head down the road to check out another scrapbook store, but I also need to get some laundry done. I'm a light packer and need clean underwear. Hope your Halloween is spooktacular!
October 26, 2007
The kids have been bugging me to get a gerbil, which I have been resisting because we have quite a menagerie of pets already, all of whose care has somehow fallen to me. But, in the last month we have lost 2 of our cats; one stray who strayed somewhere else and recently, our 12-year-old kitty Booger is no where to be found. This morning when I told Claire that I thought Booger may have died, she replied "Two cats gone. That should at least be worth one gerbil." All we could do was laugh because it made sense in an 8-year-old, sadistic kind of way.
Here's the last layout I completed with my Kit of the Month from Crop Paper Scissors. Do you suppose Mark is jumping for joy at the thought of being single, sans kids for 8 days?