Monday, May 31, 2010

The Simple Life

Hello Friends,

I guess you have noticed that I haven't been scrapping or posting pictures. I am at a crossroads in my life and all I want to do is shut out the world and cocoon. Now, I know this is not possible, reasonable or prudent, but the thought is there.

I've always strived to be positive, and find it really hard to do so unless I am an island of 1. But for my sake and that of my kids, I must keep trying. I have taken down time to just concentrate on de-cluttering my house, trying to mend relationships, and simply my life. I find myself bogged down and my brain and heart are screaming that I need a change.

Coincidentally, I came across an amazing blog that spoke to me and my quest: THE SIMPLE WOMAN'S DAYBOOK. I think I will take a page out their book and give it a try. How about you? Could you benefit from it?

Take care, dear friends.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quick Picks

A lot of my friends are surprised to learn that I have a dog. Well, it is not my dog, it is my DH's dog. I love animals in the wild and nature, but not to keep as pets.

My son recently turned 8 years old. Here he is getting ready for his 2nd grade spring recital.

My lovely daughter ready for her 3rd grade spring recital.

My boy at the park among the buttercups. :) 8669

Hello My Friends!

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I can't believe how mature and beautiful my young daughter is looking these days! Pretty soon I will be having crazy boys knocking on my door. :)

One Beautiful Day Combo by Natali Designs
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Template by Fairly Fabulous Creations.
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Now, look at my children here...they look so young! This photo is from 2005.
Since I hadn't scrapped in quite a long time, I worked on 2 text paths for my journaling. :)
Boy Needful BUNDLE With Free Gift By Natali Designs
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Hello My Friends,

My computer is finally fixed! It took a while to get it done, but it is finally home! And I am so very happy. Now, I have to make clean out the hard drive and my externals. It is amazing the amt. of stuff I have stored in them. As I started to go through the drives, I realized that my taste in designs have matured quite a lot in just 2 years. I can't believe some of the stuff I purchased from "good" designers that are absolutely hideous! :) They were "good" at the time, but just horrible by today's standards.

I finally got a chance to scrap two pages for a blog play day over at Scrapbookgraphics. 8669

Monday, May 3, 2010

Lulu's Egg Garden by Lorie Davison

Lorie Davison is releasing LULU'S EGG GARDEN at Scrapbookgraphics today. It is gorgeous, as all of her kits are. It is on sale for $4.80 so get it while it is at this price!
PSST! Lorie has a new blog - FROM LORIE'S NOGGIN - check it out so you can keep up with her designs and news.


Computer Down/Great Adventure


Just giving you a little update on my comings and goings of late. First off, my computer is down. I need to get it fixed, so I can't scrap or download pictures or do anything.
:( Property taxes are due today, so that payment takes precedence over fixing my computer. Hopefully, it won't be too long before I can get it fixed.

On Satuday, which was 97 degrees at its highest, I took the kids to GREAT ADVENTURE and the SAFARI. Apparently, I wasn't the only one with the idea because the place was packed. sone enters the park, one can see the line of cars leading up to the entrance. I didn't want to stay in line for a long time so I went to the safari first. We were there for about an hour, enough time for the line to come down. The good thing about having season passes and season parking is that one does not have to wait in line for very long periods of time.

--The WHITE SWANS are nesting and should have a family of their own soon. I've been to the safari 3 times already and have seen them sitting on their nest...

--The BLACK SWANS (from Australia) are plentiful this year, I spotted 4 pairs.

--The MANDARIN DUCKS are so cute. They had a whole bunch of tiny ducklings running around.

--The male PEACOCKS were out strutting their stuff, but no hens around. I spotted about 5 males with the most beautiful brilliant plumage.

--We saw a STORK up close and personal - they are kind of ugly and big.

--In BROWN BEAR LAND, the bears were trying to keep cool in the shade, while others were busyly engaged in 'OTHER' activities. As we were looking around for the bears, we spotted a pair of bears in an most intimate position. My kids are very innocent and didn't realize that the bears were not playing, but mating. Liam, who usually blurts out what he is thinking, turns to me and says, "Hey,Mama, check out how that bear is shaking his booty!" I couldn't help, but to chuckled. I told them that the bears were "grooming" themselves, just like the Baboons do. Yeah, grooming. ;)

Right before we entered the LION section, we spotted a humongous, unattended OSTRICH EGG on the floor.

We went to the EXPLORATION STATION where we saw a gigantic albino Boa Contrictor, an Egyptian Fruit Bat, A blue-tongue Skink and a Madagscar Hissing Cockroach.

In Bugs Bunny Land, we watched the BUGS BUNNY DANCE OFF. If featured Bugs Bunny and Lola, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, and Daffy Duck, who was going to be dancing with "BEYONCE." When it was Daffy's turn to dance, Beyonce made an appearance. It was a man, wearing a disheaveled wig, silver gloves and a boa. You should have seen Liam's expression when he saw Beyonce. He was horrified. :) My poor boy doesn't have a sense of humor so clearly he didn't appreciate the impersonation.

--In Wiggles Land, the kids mounted a ride that would take them up high, then drop them little, then go back up higher, then drop them again. Liam even rode it 2 times, which is highly unusual for him. He likes to ride something once, and move on to the next bigger and better ride.

--I loved the topiaries
Tiger Turtle Giraffe

--The kids love riding the RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN, which is a high thrill, fast ride.

--The day was so bright, sunny and hot. I used SPF45 on my arms, but it still didn't do a good enough job of guarding my skin as I still got the itchy rash that I get due to my sun allergy. I guess I will have to ask the doctor what I can use to try to avoid this. With 97 degree weather I just couldn't see myself wearing long sleeves!


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