Thursday, August 20, 2009

Even though my birthday...

is still a few weeks away, I arrived home the other day to find this on my front porch!

...Rachael Ray's Porcelain Enamel Cookware. My mom ordered these for me. Last year I became a huge Food Network fan and I've been experimenting alot with my cooking. It has become a real passion for me. My mom knew how much I wanted these new pots and pans so she thought she'd surprise me...and boy did she! She was actually surprised that I got them so quickly because when she ordered them they told her it would be at least 10 days before it shipped from the warehouse then 3 to 5 days shipping time...which was actually perfect and would've landed it here probably the week of my birthday. But hey, I'm not complaining! ; ) I LOVE the oragne color on these pans and the silicone handles are great too. I have found a few accessories my dh can get me to match them!

On another note, tomorrow the Tulsa Creating Keepsakes Convention (CKC) starts so today we'll be setting up the booth. If you are in the Tulsa area and will be attending the convention be sure to stop by the Scrap-Mart booth and say hi!

Gotta run...promised Shelby donuts before I drop her off for her first day of Head Start and I'm hoping to pop for a surprise breakfast with Seth at his school before I head to the convention. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon with convention pics and a project!


Friday, August 14, 2009

Change is good...

right?! This year, alot has changed for our family. Of course there's the obvious...we're all a year older, some taller, some wider (*wink*). But along with that growing up comes even more change. This year, my baby boy started pre-k...ALL DAY! He went from a half day Head Start program (where I substituted and got to see him much throughout the day) to an all day class. I think I was more nervous that he was. On top of that, he gets to ride the bus to school too! GASP! My little boy, on that BIG 'ole school bus. Geez. I was comforted by the fact that big brother Brian is still attending the same school and would be with him on the bus. Then came today when Brian had a doctor visit at 8 am and he wasn't going to be there for Cody. No problem, I didn't have to work until 930 or 10 so I would take him to school today. NOT! Cody all but demanded he be allowed to ride the bus. He was not at all afraid to ride without big brother. Cody went out and sat on the front porch, head dropped and arms crossed. When I went to him he said in the sweetest and most direct tone "Mom, I can ride the school bus all by myself." Now, I have fought back the tears everyday but this got me. He can ride the bus all by himself. Reluctantly, I gave in reminding myself that I need to let go. So, out to the bus stop we went, hand in hand. And, as he got on the bus he turned to tell me goodbye one last time and I snapped this photo...

Luckily, one of the neighbors, and Brian's good friend, offered to keep an eye on him for me and help him get to the cafeteria for breakfast. Thanks Loyd!

Cody isn't the only one who's experienced change this year though. After being at home with the kids for the majority of close to 4 years I returned to the workforce. My long-time friend, Marie, helped me land a job as Office Manager for the cleaning company that has the contract for our new arena, the BOK Center. I know what you're thinking but you're wrong. No free tickets or major celeb spottings...YET! LOL! I did get to meet 3 of last year's American Idol conetestants but that's as close as I've come. I really love it because it's part-time and VERY flexible...which is absolutely necessary with 4 kids. My boss is very good to me and extremely understanding when it comes to my family. Actually, Seth got to come to work with me most all summer. And, when my actual work was done I got to sit in the office and play games with him...on the clock!!! Seriously, it doesn't get any better.

Brian is now in the 7th grade. Wow! So hard to believe. He is still into his sports and will be starting basketball soon. Seth began 4th grade and is lovin' it already. Shelby will return to her Head Start program next Thursday.

Now, I can't leave you without showing you a project can I? Here's a layout I made using Scrap-Mart's weekly sketch challenge sketch.

I started with some delicious Pink Paislee papers from the Enchanting collection. Behind the photo, I added in the Scrap-Mart exclusive Flourish border. The tree is from the Slice Fall/Back to School Design Card, the pumpkins are from the Spellbound design card and the title is a combination of fonts from the Fonts design card. To give my pumpkins dimension, I inked the edges then added some chalking. To document the date, I used the little journal block from the Unity Retailer August KOTM. You can go HERE to view the sketch this layout was based on. And, if you're feeling adventurous you can make your own project based on the sketch and email it to me at and I can share it with our readers next Friday.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stoppin' by!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

31 to 31

31 days 'til I turn 31. Age really isn't a factor with me...yet. I've been told that'll change as I get older but it hasn't yet. I still can't believe I'm 30. It doesn't seem like it. I feel like I'm 5 years out of High School, not 12!!! Oh well. Age is just a number. I just thought 31 to 31 was funny. Yeah, I know, my sense of humor is sometimes off.

I have a project to share with you today. I created this layout for a class I'm teaching in September. The bagkground was made using my Gazelle. I simply welded the little spider webs to a square and expanded it to 12x12. I really like how it turned out.

The papers are from Teresa Collins and the embellishments are Glitter Clears by Making Memories.

BossKut also released some Paper Dolls this last CHA and I am working on a fun project that will be ready by next Monday to share.

On another note, we've been getting ready for back to school. Cody starts all day pre-k and Shelby is moving to a new Head Start. They had dental appointments on Monday for their checkups. Here's a few pics from their visit...

They both did a great job and got a thumbs up on their brushing!

School starts for all 3 boys next Wednesday so mom will be all kinds of emotional for Cody's first day! Okay, I'm at work so I'd better get going for now. Back soon with more! Thanks for stoppin' by!