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?
October 24, 2007
October 22, 2007
October 19, 2007
October 18, 2007
Here's a layout I did based on a sketch of Becky Higgin's for a CK submission call. Loved pulling all of these different photos together to celebrate Spring.
This is what we're doing:
1. Hauling wood and building fires. It's darn cold this morning. Checking the temperatures in Houston; high of 93 today. Heading there next week. Can't wait to sweat again!
2. Figuring out how I'm going to paint the faces of all 12 girls in my Brownie troop in 1.5 hours next week. You know they won't want the simple designs.
3. Creating just for fun. No classes or clubs or submission deadlines. Just layouts for the fun of it. Love doing that.
4. Cracking nuts. We have lots of almonds from our tree this year and Mark spent the last 2 nights in the shop making a super-duper nut cracker. This thing should be patented to the mafia. It can easily break any body part and the kids had a blast making a huge mess in the kitchen last night.
5. Ben found his rubber band gun (which was stealthily hidden by me on top of the fridge). Mark stood in front of the pantry door with his safety glasses on this morning and let Ben shoot at him. Boys are so funny.
6. Really quite a relaxing and pleasant week after the whirlwind of last week. Enjoying this pace.
October 16, 2007
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October 9, 2007
Here is my October calendar page for my Year to Remember class. We're exploring "time" this month and I got to use this cool clock overlay. The picture is one of me, pregnant with Claire, looking at the Northern Lights from our deck. At that point in time, I had no idea how much I was taking "time" for granted.