Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Pictures of the first Welcome Home Banners!! The stars were made using my new Stampin Up star punches in both the large and small size and then layering them.
Blake's school made posters to decorate the armory for when the soldiers came home...this was so sweet and they worked really hard on them.
I hope you've enjoyed the last few days of walking through some of my layouts...hopefully, I will get more consistent with my scrapbooking and have some to post each week. I tend to work in spurts.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I wanted a page to highlight my "cabin mates"...I have another layout with Doy & Michelle that is pretty much the same sketch.
Just a fun page that highlights the chaos & laughs!
Laurie made this cute basket with ONE piece of 12x12 cardstock!! Isn't that amazing?! She's a Close To My Heart consultant and originally from Wisconsin. Super Fun and very creative!!
A close up view of the basket
My "Guts & Glory" layout highlighting my football star, Blake
This has to be my FAVORITE layout!! I love the layering technique that I used, the colors, and just the way it all came together. And yes, this is my daughter Mallorye...and she's only 15!!
Hope You Enjoyed!!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday night brought great BBQ and the Dirty Scrap Game! We love this game and this year Jen didn't steal my gift...she promised...although I think she regretted that later! I ended up with a great camping album complete...just add pictures! How great is that?!
Saturday was more scrapping, more food, and less sleep!! We played a really neat game where we were in groups of 6-10. Each person got out a 12x12 piece of cardstock of their choosing and passed it to their left...that person added two 4x6 photo mats and passed it to the next person who added a journal block. It then passed to each person, each adding a different embellishment, until it reached its owner. So much fun! I was a little afraid of the results, but look! They turned out great!!!
Ok...that's enough for one day...I know you're wanting to see layouts, but you'll have to wait till tomorrow. If you just can't wait...check out Lisa's blog...she posted a couple of my layouts from this weekend.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
A picture of my "cabin mates"...(back row) Kellie, Baby, & Michelle..(bottom row) Me & Doylene.
I'm home from my scrapbooking retreat...completely wiped out! I had a blast hanging out with old and new friends, had some great food, got several layouts done, and a ton of laughs. I promise to post pix in the next day or so...complete with a rundown of our fab weekend...but for now...I'm headed to bed!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The weather is looking a little worrisome. We're due to get hit with ice during the night which will not make traveling much fun!!
Anyway, I have a ton to do tonight and just wanted to let you guys know I'd be out of pocket for a few days, but I'll be back on Monday with a full update of our scrapbooking weekend...complete with pictures!!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The rules for this meme are:(1) Link to the person that tagged you.(2) List the rules on your blog.(3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.(4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.(5) Let each random person know they have been tagged.
Here we go....
(1) I have an extra bone in the roof of my mouth, called a "torri." It's like a big hill in the roof of my mouth and I totally thought it was normal until I went to get my braces at age 18 and they informed me that it was a genetic thing. My mom has it, my sister has it, and both of my children have it....hubby does not.
(2) I have a piercing and a tattoo. The belly button ring I got on my lunch break several years ago on a complete whim....and no, I don't wear it anymore...way too many belly rolls for that! The tattoo...a bit more permanent! LOL! I got it while Q was deployed to Iraq to mark that particular season in our life. Iraq really healed some stuff for us...read more here.
(3) I'm adopted....sort of. The man I called dad as long as I can remember, adopted me when i was 14. I didn't find out he wasn't my dad until I was 10. So, I've had 3 last names and only been married once!
(4) I have a labelmaker and I know how to use it!! My kids say I'm OCD. I like to think I'm organized. I'm one of those people that empties the sugar and flour into plastic containers and labels it "sugar" and "flour"...I even put chips and Oreos in containers and label them....cereal...yep. EVERYTHING!! And yes, my canned goods are put away in alphabetical order. I know. It's a sickness.
(5) I have a thing for crowns. I was the first 4 year old Little Miss Greene County (78), 1st Runner Up Jr. Miss Paragould (90), Homecoming Queen (91-92) of our high school, Mrs. Northeast Arkansas (99) and Mrs. Tri County (01) ...and I was a runner up to Mrs. Arkansas in 1999. I think my competition days are long gone...or at least hidden under the 40 pounds I've gained...but Mal is closely following in my footsteps. She's looking for scholarship money and she loves dressing up as much as I did!
(6) One of the unique jobs I've had in the past is a pest control technician for Orkin...I killed cockroaches for a living! At the time, I weighed about 115 pounds and I must've looked hilarious walking in in my Orkin suit and can of killer spray, but it paid the bills.
Ok, I'm supposed to tag 6 someones and I hate tagging people. What if they don't want to be tagged?! So, play along if you'd like, but don't feel obligated. You won't hurt my feelings, but it could be lots of fun if you do!!
John & Melissa
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Blake is the nurturer in the family (even more than I am) and is extremely tenderhearted. He never wants to hurts someone's feelings, and is very compassionate. He's one of those that doesn't understand when you don't empty your wallet to help someone less fortunate...but don't let that tender exterior fool you.
He is all boy! He loves sports of every kind....baseball, basketball, football, soccer, even racquetball...and he's good at all of them. I've never seen Blake pick up a ball he didn't know what to do with. He's also an avid outdoorsman. Fishing and hunting. This year he killed his first deer and duck.
We're just entering our teen years with Blake and they are proving to be a bit challenging. Just this week we had an incident that landed him in "groundedville." but I seen the repentance in his eyes...that's what I love about him. He does everything wholeheartedly...if he's sorry...he's genuinely sorry. If he's playing basketball...he plays with all heart.
All heart, that's my Blake....and no doubt, he'll break many along the way and comfort twice that much.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Mallorye came at a time in my life that was completely unexpected....I had the world by the tail, or so I thought....my senior year of high school. I remember holding this tiny little girl with a head full of hair for the first time and wondering what in the world I was doing?? She taught me unconditional love....she gave it to me first...trusting me for everything, loving me in spite of my unloveable ways, smiling at me when I felt like screaming. Then, slowly, I loved her back. The first person that I truly loved without reservation....expecting nothing in return.
I'm so thankful that God chose to turn my mourning into dancing! Mallorye is definitely the music that fills my heart. She has such an exuberance for life and a servant heart. Opinionated. Head strong. Intelligent. Free spirit. There are so many sides to her that I get dizzy just thinking abou it all. She loves her Jesus more than anything. She's not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and to be different. I think she actually likes being different! Her friends are as varied as the colors of the rainbow....she makes no preference...rich or poor, athletic or nerd...doesn't matter to her. She just loves people. Oh, she can get under my skin and don't even get me started on her housekeeping ability (her room should be declared a health hazard!)...but I can't help but love her. Afterall, Mallorye taught me to love.
She wants to change the world. I know she will! She started long ago when she changed me.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Guess what the bags mean?? Yep. Title 10 orders strike again. Quentin had his first real Guard Drill yesterday (Saturday) and he called me at 9:30 am...."honey, would you mind if I went on orders for 10 days?" Do I have a choice? Because if I do, that would be completely new. This is just part of the military way of life...."when would you leave?" "In the morning....at 6 am." Wow, I love being able to prepare for life's little twists and turns. (*note sarcasm)
Bottom line. We spent our Saturday evening packing up the stuff I just got put away and this morning Q is headed to Clinton, AR to help the victims of last week's tornado. I really am ok with it and I know he's doing a great thing helping those people. Some day, it may be us. I told him this morning...it's in our blood now, isn't it? We are never going to be able to go back to being regular civilians who play Army once a month. We are military, through and through, who happen to have to live and work in the civilian world.
So, I'm looking at the calendar for the next 2 weeks and trying to figure out what needs juggling. There are a few days that I'm going to have to have some help....I'm leaving to go out of town for a Scrapbook Retreat and can't leave the children home alone. And today I'm hosting a Bridal Shower and Blake has ball practice...will have to find someone to take him. Nothing major. Nothing I can't handle. Just the way it is. Q does his job....serving and protecting our country. I do mine...serving and protecting our home.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages.)
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
"Like all great philosophical ideas, this one is simple to understand but virtually impossible to imbibe. OK-so we are all one, and divinity abides within us equally. No problem.
5. Link back to the person who tagged you.
This is one of those books that I really wanted to read, but I have yet to get into it and be able to finish it....quotes like the above and I guess you see why!
"How I wake up at 5am?"
Well, I'm not really a morning person...or a late night owl...I'm more of a mid-day kinda gal. However, I know that when I have my quiet time I am such a better person to be around. I'm a traditionalist in that I think God desires us to meet with Him before we get wrapped up in our chaos we call "life." So, HOW do I do that? Honestly, there are some mornings that I fail, but overall I make it a priority AND I set TWO alarms...my cell phone and the clock beside my bed! Also, in case those two things fail me or I hit snooze, I have an awesome friend that text messages me EVERY morning. It's a simple text, "FACE DOWN"...that's my cue to get out of bed and face down before God. I know that sounds crazy, but it works for both of us. She's accountable to get up and text me and I feel accountable to get my lazy hiney out of bed.
This has been tough the last few weeks. I've been sick, the kids have been sick, and I just want to stay in my cozy bed and sleep. So, I hit and miss some. I don't beat myself up about it. I just do better the next day. It's important not to get too legalistic...God wants our heart more than our morning.
There you have it. How I do the 5am thing. Anyone need a morning text??
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So since the weather is nice (70 degrees)...I've flung open the windows and got out the bleach and Lysol spray! I've been bleaching door knobs, light switches, anything that I can...vacuuming the couch and chairs...more Lysol spraying...stripped beds. I only have two rooms done because my energy level is still not up to par and I've yet to eat anything ...just drinking! Any suggestions?? We're all taking vitamins and washing our hands, but the germs just keep on coming...I'm getting a bit frustrated. How can I keep my family well when the entire town seems to BE sick or just GETTING OVER IT??!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The weather has been crazy insane this week! Ranging from near 70 to 23 degrees. We even had rain, sleet, snow, and back to rain all in one day! Literally, Thursday I went to the grocery store on my lunch break...the roads were becoming quickly covered with sleet and snow and the sleet was still coming down...so I thought I should get prepared. I was in there less than 20 minutes and when I came out, it was RAINING and the snow/ice was MELTING!! Crazy!!
Both kids, to spite having had the flu shot, have been sick with the flu. Blake is doing much better and has went squirrel hunting with dad this morning. Mal on the other hand, is not faring so well. She woke me up (via text message...how funny is that) at 2am because she was praying to the porcelain god. Poor thing can't hold down water right now.
I had an MRI of my neck Wednesday afternoon to see why I keep having spasms. I'm thinkin' it's a pinched nerve, but they insisted on a picture to verify. No news yet, probably Monday.
Ok, now the answers to your burning questions....Angie asked the following questions;
What does your average day look like?
There is no such thing as average around here! But, I usually wake up around 5am and have my morning quiet time with God...right now I'm reading through the New Testament in a year with our church and going through Beth Moore's Bible Study "Stepping Up." I try to have my shower finished before I wake up the family around 6:15am...we are all out the door by 7am...kids to school, me and hubby to work. I work outside the home, so I spend my days there...fortunately, I have an extremely flexible job and can take off when I need to. I make it home from work around 4:15pm and the chaos begins! We have dinner as soon as I get home because usually someone has a ballgame or practice or something! Right now, Blake is in basketball season, so we're at the gym 2-3 nights a week. Wednesday's and Sunday's are church, and Monday's are my Bible Study night. It's insanely busy, but our family thrives on that, so it works for us. Everyone pitches in with housework, so that doesn't take a lot of time and I'm a little OCD about organization which I believe makes the house run a whole lot better! I really do try to be in bed by 10:30pm and most nights it works.
What was your career before you were a mom?
I've always been a mom. Or at least pretty much. I'm one of the statistics of teenage pregnancy....I became pregnant my senior year of high school, graduated that May, baby in July, married in August, started college in Januuary. I'm not super proud of that time in my life, but I am thrilled that God chose to bless me anyway...to spite my failures. He has done amazing things with this "Rahab" and strenthened our family in the process. So, as far as a career before motherhood, they've just kinda went hand in hand. I went to college while bringing up babies and somehow learned to juggle it. It didn't always work perfectly, but it did work. Now, I have a nursing degree and I work for a construction company in accounting!! Which is an entirely different blog post!! LOL!
How did you and your husband meet? And how long have you been married?
We've been married over 15 years!! And extremely proud of it!! We were a blind date set up by....his ex-girlfriends mother...LOL! I don't think she intended on us falling in love and getting married, but God does have a sense of humor, doesn't he? I actually stood him up three times because I was scared to go on a blind date. I finally went and the rest is history. We've had major ups and downs...seen it all...birth, death, financial woes, affairs, major illness of everyone in the family, deployment...I sometimes look at what we've endured and I am amazed that we're still together, but God is so faithful! He has given me my soul mate and has shown me how to love him.
Ok, this is extremely long, but hopefully you learned a little more about me (and still like me) and weren't bored to tears with my life. I've always lived life as an open book, so if there are any more burning questions...just throw 'em out there!