Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Checking in! :):):):):):):)

Hi all....

HAVING a BLAST here in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania!!!! Yes....that is one of the things I loveeeeeeeeee about the East Coast of the USA...U can visit numerous states in ONE day!!!! LOL!!!!! I have wanted to check in with all of your blogs...but the days have been a whirl since I have gotten here!!!! :):):):):) Wanted to share a quick photo of me, my BFF and her daugther from yesterdays adventure!!! We went into Philadelphia and did some tourist-y stuff!!!! It was a blast....we took a horse carriage ride around the city...and our "driver" was soooooooooooooo funny and full of FUN facts about the ONLY if I can remember all the stories for when I print the photos I took...I can remember which of his stories went with which photo!! LOL LOL LOL...thanks goodness for Google Searching!!! LOL!!! :):):):):):)

But I wanted to let U know...that I miss U all...I miss visiting your blogs...and I will be back soon and hit y'all up with some SMILING comments!!! LOL :):):):):):)

And Brian...I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee and miss U baby!!!! And I miss my other babies too!!!!!!!! Give them KISSES for me (yes...even Mr. Dandy!!!! LOL) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wrestling match or Sibling Love??? :):):):):):):):):)

Hi all.....

Wowwwwwwwwwww....I am leaving tomorrow on a jet plane to New Jersey....and instead of getting ready, I'm playing!!! LOL!!!! Must be nerves!!! LOL!!! Sooooooooooo if I don't visit U this week...please FORGIVE ME?!?!?!?! :):):):):):):):):):) I'll take pretty pictures to bore U with when I get back if U forgive me!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I wanted to share Adam and Miss Brookie having a WRESTLING match today?!?!?! Or is she JUST telling Adam that she LOVES him so!?!?!?! Sorry they are blurry....I was busy doing something and Hubby took the photos for me!!! He tries!!!! LOL!!! I am just glad he captured the MOMENT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Now she is pumping iron to prepare for the next round!!! :):):):):)

Who's winning U think???? :):):):):):):):)

Now that the match is over....its time to build a castle with Papa! :):):):):):):):)

I also wanted to share some LO's (pages) I have made! :):):):):):):):)

First is SCRAPPING THE MUSIC!!!!!! This weeks song is....Jimmy Buffett's "Good Guys"!!!! GREAT SONG!!!!!! Hope my scrappy friends can join us! :):):):):):):):):) I used a kit on this LO! :):):):):):):)

Next is the newest challenge for KIDDIE LIT!!!!!! This time it is CHARLOTTE'S WEB!!!! ONE of MY all TIME FAVE BOOKS EVER!!!! Again....hoping my scrappy friends can join us!!! This is me and my TERRIFIC friend Cass at SISiversary...loveeeeeeeee this girl! :):):):):):) I used a Kenner Road kit on this! :):):):):):):):):):)

Next is a LO I made for the Butterfly Crafts dear dear friend Jocelyn is on their Design Team...and this challenge sounded like fun...soooooooo I gave it a whirl! :):):):):):):):) That is ME wayyyyyyyyyyy back in the day! :):):):):):) The LO is all about my quirks! :):):):):):):):) If U want to read it better....U can click on the 2nd image!!! I used a Kenner Road kit on this LO! :):):):):):):)

Lastly...I want to share some LO's I made for my BFF (the ONE I am going to visit in New Jersey) and her Mom.....both of them have birthdays while I am there...and I thought I would make them some LO's as their presents....HOPEFULLY Dani...doesn't SEE this POST by tomorrow!!! FINGERS CROSSED!!! LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):) I used kits on both of these! :):):):):):):):):):)

Now...I will MISS ALL OF U....I will try and check in when I can....AND PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE MISS ME?!?!?!?! LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ohhhhhhhhhhh and PS.....don't forget.....U have until THE EVENING of the 29th to play along at THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!!!!!! I am sooooooooooooooooo overwhelmed with the response to our FIRST challenge (no pressure Julie...they WILL come back and play along with the next challenge....right?!?!?! LOL)....thanks to ALL OF U THAT ARE MAKING THIS A SUCCESS!!!!!! MISS U ALL and SEE U SOON! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Like Mother, Like Daughter....TIMES TWO! :):):):):):):)

Hi all....

What a WEEK it has been....we have HAD such an AMAZING response to my new challenge blog These are a Few of My Favorite Things!!!!!! I am sooooooooooooooooooo inspired and EXCITED about how many people are PLAYING along!!! Thanks to all OF U that HAVE joined in the FUN!!!! The Design Team and I are sooooooooooooo happy that U have made this SUCH a success!!! You still have until the evening of the 29th to get your lo's in for the FAVE COLORS challenge....and then on the 30th...we will have OUR WINNER announced for FAVE COLORS and have OUR NEXT CHALLENGE LIVE! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And I wanted to share that I got two CARDS this week from Missouri!!!! One from DEANA....and ONE from her AMAZING Daughter Bryn!!!!!! Can we say..."like Mother, like Daughter???" Look at that talent from Miss Bryn!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it Bryn....thanks sooooooooooo much for making me a card!!!! (And Mama too!! LOL) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Now for "like Mother, like Daughter" PART TWO!!!!! I keep a stash of papers and stickers in my scrap room soooooooooooooo that when Brookie comes to visit, sees me "working" and then WANTS some for her....I have some available...soooooooo I wanted to show U the CARD SHE MADE FOR ME!!!!! At 2 1/2...she is ALL READY making stuff!!!! *sigh* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And I wanted to share some presents I got today....I got a blog award from Julie....thanks Julie...I loveeeeeeeeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):)

Here is my rules for this award! :):):):):):):)

To pick up the Circle of Friends Blog Award:
Cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog.
Nominate at least 5 other bloggers you feel have become part of your circle of friends.
Link to your nominees within your blog post.
Include these instructions on how to pick up the award in your blog post.
Link back to the person who gave you the award in your blog post, to show your appreciation.
Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.

Now....I used to get awards all the time from my bloggy friends...and then it stopped for awhile...and probably CUZ I AM REALLY BAD at giving them out to specific people...I want all my blog friends to have it...sooooooooooooo I will pick 5 people this time (but shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...if U aren't on my list and U want it....just take it...I promise I won't tell!!! LOL)

Soooooooooooo here is my list.....

Amy J.
Amy M.
Lisa H.

:):):):):):):):):):) Ok...I have named five people...and trust me...if U know me...U know how HARD it is for me to PICK only FIVE!!! LOL :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And then I wanted to show U the goodies I got today from my AMAZING friend Jenneke in the Netherlands....her and I did a photo swap...and today I got MY GORGEOUS LO...and she sent some GOODIES too!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee them Jenneke...and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee U and MY LO!!! Thanks sooooooooooooooooooo MUCH! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next up....I wanted to share some photos that have just made me HAPPY in the past few days!!!! Just because!!! I want to thank all of the emails and texts I have gotten from friends asking how Brookie is doing....her swelling has gone done...and the spots are fading!! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for asking...that means a lot to my family! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

My babies watching TV! :)

A statue I spotted at the mall! :):):)

And Brookie....enuf said! :):):):):):):)

And I wanted to share LO I have made!!! :):):):):):):) It is for CAFE MOJO and this time we wanna see some chipboard! :):):):):):):) My title is: "Independent"! :):):):):) This is Miss Brookie being "independent" on the stairs at the museum....she just didn't want anyone's help up the stairs! :):):):):):):):):):):):)
Hope my srappy friends can join us! :):):):):):):)

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and the last thing I want to share....I am headed to New Jersey on Monday to visit my BEST FRIEND DANI!!!!! Just me going!!!! I can't wait to see her!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee her soooooooooooo much!!!! Sooooooooooooooooo next week...if I am MIA...please understand why....and I will be busy this weekend packing for my trip!!! See U soon DANI!! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE U! :):):):):):):):):)

LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Scrapping the Music...and some other LO's! :):):):):):):)

Hi all......

Wanted to share some LO's (pages) I have made! :):):):):):):):)

I am super EXCITED about this weeks song for Scrapping the Music!!! I suggested it!! LOL!! It is - "If today was your last day" by Nickelback!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them! :):):):):):):):):)This is little ole me.... :):):) Hope my scrappy friends can come play! :):):):):) Here is the lyrics I chose:

"If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last
Leave old pictures in the past?"

I used a kit on this lo! :):):):):):):):)

I also wanted to share a LO I made for a fellow Scrapping the Music DT (design team) member....JULIE!!!! She did one for my Brookie...and now I have done one of her Asher!!!! I chose the "Little Miss Sunshine" sticker because if U look closely....Julie's Daughter is wearing a shirt with that character on it! :):):):):):) Hope U like it Julie! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And here is one that I made just because! :):):) On my last blog post, I mentioned that Brookie was full of FUN sayings the other day...well, I DID make a LO of all of the ones I jotted down that day! :):):):):):):)

My title is: "Today's Convo" and here is the journaling:

"I brought you a present - I give you Dora to watch you while you work" (What you told me after setting Dora on my scrap table.)

"You are kept here" (What you told Nana after barricading yourself in front of the door - so she couldn't leave.)

"I need my medicine to make my spots go away" (getting your cream to give to us to use on your spots.)

"My daddy is perfect - he don't need a shower" (your response to me telling daddy to get in the shower.)

"I trust you" (your response to daddy telling you he bought you pink ice cream.)

"Ta - Da!" (What you said after lining up all the baby wipes on the floor.)

*sigh* I'm glad I recorded this! :):):):):):):)

I used some GCD tags that I won from Deana's blog...a livingroomfloor tag (the I LOVE YOU one....from her AMAZING Etsy shop) that I won from a SISiversary drawing....and that GORGEOUS flower is from Tara Anderson's Etsy shop! :):):):):):):):):)

And just real quick...wanted to share this ADORABLE photo (I'm not prejudiced....LOL) of Brookie in her TINK shirt carrying her TINK that Deana and Bryn sent her....told ya...she hasn't put her down since she got her!!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks for stopping by...and LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thanks for the prayers....a gift for Brookie, OLW and NIKKI is LIVE! :):):):):)

Hi all....

First and foremost...I want to thank ALL of U for your prayers for Brookie after her surgery she is swollen but on STERIODS to prevent blistering and man it has MADE her a LITTLE HAM today!!!! I have been jotting down the FUN things she has said to us today to be recorded soon on a LO (page)! :):):):):):):) And she was EXTRA EXCITED today for Deana and her daughter Bryn sent her some HAPPY MAIL! :):):):):):) She got a Tinkerbell doll and a handmade card from Deana! :):):):):):):):):):):):) She has been walking around on cloud nine clutching Tink and telling us OVER and OVER again that, "She loves Tinkerbell"! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Opening her present! :)

Showing off Tink! :)

The card Deana made and Tink! :)

Kissing Tink! :)

Tink flying!!! LOL!!! Picture this...U see the shape of Brookie's mouth in this photo....she is making a "whooshing" sound for Tink's flying!!! LOL :):):):):):):)

Next .... on a more somber note...I have made my LO (page) for OLW (one little word) today....this time the word was "WHY".....and here is my journaling....

"WHY did you break into my home? The only place I have ever felt secure - and you intruded on that...You took things that I can never ever replace - and these things mean NOTHING to you - only to me and my family - you probably have thrown them in the trash by now - because to you they hold no value - but to me they meant everything - you have caused hatred in my heart - hatred that I have never experienced before - they say that God only gives you what he knows you can handle - but now I am questioning that - I have taken on a lifetime of hurt and pain - and this was just added to the top of the list! I don't know if I will ever feel safe again after you invaded my home - I don't know if I will ever forgive this - WHY did you do this to us?"

*sigh* that was hard........thanks for taking the time to read it :) I used a kit on this LO! :):):)

And Yes, I did sew the "WHY" on there! :)

And the last thing I want to share today is NIKKI SIVILS'S WEBSITE IS LIVE TODAY!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! Come check it out!!!!!! This is just soooooooooooooooooo EXCITING!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

LOVE to ALL...and thanks again for everything! :):):):):):):):)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today was Brookie's 8th surgery....and it didn't go soooooooo smooth! :(

Hi all....

Wanted to share with everyone that today was Brookie's 8th laser surgery for her Port Wine Stains...and this time...wasn't as "smooth" as they have been in the past :( Before she was "fully" awake...she was thrashing all over in the recovery room bed, her arms and legs going through the bars of the railings they have on the bed...and several times she made me a little nervous with her arm swinging around, I thought she might pull her IV out by mistake...broke my heart...and now that she is home...she is all swollen...that doesn't usually happen until day 2 and 3 after the surgery....soooooooo to see it on day one...makes me a little sad :( ......sooooooooo if U could keep Brookie in your prayers...I would truly appreciate it! :):):):):):)

Here are some photos from today :):):)

Daddy and Brookie checking in and getting her "bracelet" :):):):):)

This one is ALL for ADAM!!!! Brookie's big brother used to loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee BUZZ LIGHTYEAR and here he was in hospital play area!!! So, I asked Brookie to yell, "BUZZ LIGHTYEAR" as she held him so we could show Adam later!!! Obviously she did! :):):):):):):):):):):)

And here my little artist! :):):):):):)

And here is Miss Brookie home and a little swollen...but STILL smiling for Mama!!! :)

And I want to share this next thing...not as a PRAISE to myself...because for those that KNOW me....I am NOT one to be in the limelight...I give all others credit before taking any myself....but I wanted to share that last week while dealing with all the break-in crap....I got tired of the phone and the computer and went and literally GUTTED out my scrap room....and PURGED THREE file BOXES of stash that I have been hoarding FOREVER...and I thought, "What the HECK am I gonna do with all of this STUFF????" I know that a blogger friend of mine, Jane Smith had awarded me some of her scrap stash with the condition that I get some of mine and give it to someone...which I did...JACQUE won that...and then Jacque carried on the tradition too!!!! But, I was like...."Seriously THREE FILE BOXES of stash...that is A LOT of postage to my friends...that I just can't afford right now with all the insurance deductibles I have to come up right now!!" (I love U guys...but I have to watch my pennies right now!!! LOL)......soooooooo I thought...I'm really lucky that Brookie's surgeries are only outpatient procedures...HOWEVER, there are HUNDREDS of kids that are in that HOSPITAL (its a childrens hospital) for DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS at a time...and I bet they could use a donation like this! :):):) Soooooooooo.....I called earlier this week and asked for the donation department, and I was RIGHT....they HAVE A CRAFT ROOM for the KIDS!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!! Soooooooo...I asked them if I could bring the THREE FILE BOXES with me today when I came down...and THEY SAID YES!!!!! So that's what we did!!!!!!!! Soooooooooo the VERY LONG MORAL to this STORY IS....if U have the DESIRE/URGE/TIME to purge your craft room and JUST WANNA GET RID of all those PAPER and EMBELLIES that U have been HOARDING your local Childrens Hospital (or any hospital for that matter) and ask them if they could use a DONATION! :):):):):) Best part is....U get a receipt for your taxes for a DONATION and HECK....even BETTER....IT MAKES U FEEL AWESOME...knowing that some child and his or her family are GONNA have those WONDERFUL scrap supplies to capture memories with! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ok...public service announcement over...LOL!!! LOVE U guys...and thanks for taking the time to read that! :):):):):):):)

The real last QUICK thing I wanna share is THIS AWESOME photo that my dear friend DEANA sent me today.....LOL LOL LOL....she knows I don't drink...but BASICALLY the caption on my email from her was...."If U did drink...I bet it would be this!!!" .... HOW COOL IS THIS?!?!?! And HOW MUCH DOES DEANA KNOW ME?!?!?! LOL LOL LOL....Thanks Deana for the laugh today...I soooooooooooooo needed it! :):):) LOVE U GIRL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

These are a Few of My FAVORITE THINGS ... GRAND OPENING!!! And some friends have made me some LO's! :):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all.....

TODAY TODAY new "baby"....These are a Few of My Favorite Things....has GONE LIVE!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Our first challenge is TODAY and we WANT TO KNOW YOUR FAVORITE COLOR(s)!!!!!!! And one of my DT doing a GIVE-AWAY for one lucky person who plays along!!! See her DETAILS HERE!!!! :):):):):):) Here is my page for our first challenge!!! I used the amazing Gudrun's papers for this PAGE! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! :):):):):) Hope my scrappy friends can come PLAY!!! :):):):):):):):):):)

And speaking of Amy....I wanted to show some LO's (pages) she made for ME!!! YAY!!! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE them....the 1st one is MY feet and HER feet in the YUMMY flip flops that our friend Georgia sent us from BRAZIL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):) The second one she made for me was of MY GORGEOUS BROOKIE!!! Thanks Amy!! LOVE THEM....LOVE U! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Next is a LO (page) that my friend Jenneke from the Netherlands made for me!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it!!!! This one is my BEAUTIFUL BROOKIE!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it Jenneke...thanks sooooooooooooooo MUCH....LOVE U! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

And the last LO (page) I want to share is the one that my friend and FELLOW Scrapping the Music team member Julie from Australia made for me!!!!! Sooooooooooo loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it J1 (hehehehe....since we are both on Scrapping the Music...she is J1 ... for Julie #1...and I am in Julie #2...she was on the team 1st!! LOL!!) :):):):):):) LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE U J1! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I also have received a BLOG award from my dear bloggy friend Jay!!! She is AMAZING!!!!!! Thanks sooooooooooooo much JAY!!!!!!! I am going to pass this on to the LOVELY three ladies listed above that have made me these GORGEOUS LO's!!!! Thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH girls!!! I TRULY LOVE THEM! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):)