Saturday, November 25, 2006


Anyone who knows me well knows that my middle son, Turner, has sleep issues. He just doesn't need much, much to his mama's chagrin. We have tried everything we can think of to encourage his sleeping, and trust me when I say we're not above bribery!

So the following conversation takes place at the lunch table today:

Dh: Ok, guys. We're having cookies for snack when you get up from your naps. Anyone who takes the LONGEST nap, will get three cookies, everyone else will just get two.
T: I'll take two!
Dh: You're not even going to try for the three, Turner?
T: No. I just want two.

*sigh* So much for bribery!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

My reasons to be Thankful....

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone :)

Monday, November 20, 2006

NEW BasicGrey BLUSH Card Kit!!!

Ok, I'm bursting at the seams to share this news with you all!! BasicGrey is going to introduce their first ever all-inclusive card kit to coincide with the release of the yummy BLUSH line!!

What makes it even MORE exciting for me is that four out of the seven cards in the kit are designed by me, including my handwriting as a rub-on so that you don't have to use your own if you don't want to! :D You get 7 cards in this kit along with the cardstock, chipboard, rub-ons, diecuts, flax, etc. that you need to duplicate exactly the cards shown!! I'm over the moon about this!

These photos show the new ad that is going to be released in some major scrapbooking magazines, along withwhat the kit looks packaged and the finished cards!! I hope you enjoy making them (and sending them!) as much as I did!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

It's out! The CK Idea Annual!

Wheeee!!! It's now out and boy, does it rock!!! I'm still anxiously awaiting my copy, but I managed to peek at a copy at my LSS the other day and I was in awe. Creating Keepsakes has put out an idea book that is for everyday scrappers - 2 page layouts, 4x6 photos and TONS of color and great design! It's amazing. And I have to give a special shout out to Ms. Greta Hammond - that's her sweet little cutie on the cover! You go, Greta! If you cant' find this book at a store near you, you can get you one here, directly from the CK website (just click on the cover image to get there!)

I'm especially excited that one of my favorite layouts is in this book - it is a super fun one of Ethan learning to be a goalie in soccer. It's a riot to watch little ones learn to play their positions. Ethan was less than excited to have to stay away from the action in that big net. That is until a ball finally came his way and then he jumped (uh, kicked?) into action! ;) So check it out today! You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly...

(Ahhh, AnnMarie - this one's for you, babe ;))

Ok for the Ugly (Always start with the bad first I always say...) - Wow, what a weekend it's been for us around here. Oh, yes, you can tell it's fall and the weather is changing because that means the sickies are back. I hate sickies. I especially hate sickies when they wake my baby up at 10 o'clock at night with a 103.7 fever that I can't break. So off to the ER we went. Poor little man had to have two doses of temp-reducing meds, blood work, chest x-ray, a rectal temp, an exam by some man he didn't know (who, thanfully, was wonderful with him), and then a HUGE shot in his hip...all thanks to a bout of pneumonia and a massive ear infection. My heart was just crushed. Thankfully the shot perked him up a bit and by the time we got home in the early hours of the morning, he was able to get some sleep. I tell you it's hard being a mama sometimes....and well, even harder being the sick little boy.

The Bad was that because of the sickies, we missed out on all kinds of fun stuff here in town. They had a Light UP Shelbyville! celebration and Boy Scout activity that we had to miss out on among other things. The kids were bummed and so was I. I absolutely adore walking up and down the streets of our little town and window shopping at all the quaint stores and antique shoppes. It's even more fun to do it by the twinkle of the holiday lights. (But I have to admit it was a little UGLY that they're already lighting up the town - it's not even THANKSGIVING for pete's sake....but I digress here...)

The Good is that I am working with Rachel, the creative force behind and owner of BasicGrey, to design a class to teach in SOUTH AFRICA!!!! SOUTH AFRICA of all places!!! How amazingly cool! I know they have a huge scrapbooking contingency down there and a bunch of excited and talented scrapbookers. That rocks! Even more amazing??? It's for a CRUISE and she wants me to go along as her TA! WHeeeee! What a year next
year is going to be with all that traveling!! I'm still trying to work out the details, but I sure hope to see you gals in South Africa in March! To celebrate, here's a layout that was sent out as a retailer class kit for November. I hope you like and Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's never to early...

If you're from Kentucky, there's an unwritten rule you know instinctively growing up: You MUST learn to play sports. To say Kentuckians are sports fanatics is a gigantic understatement! It's a toss up on the sport you choose, but there are really only 2 options - basketball or football. It's as simple as that. And well, since of all my sweet boys, only Turner was blessed with any kind of real height (darn genetics!), a stellar career in basketball is probably out for them. So that leaves us with football....

And as every good dad can tell you, it's NEVER too early to learn
the game. So this past weekend, we took the boys out to the park to enjoy one of the few pretty days we've had lately. Ethan brought along his football and he and Daddy were practicing. But while there, he found another football - this time a teeny one - just perfect for Carson. And boy has that kid latched on. He hasn't put down that ball since we handed it to him. (You're starting to see where this is going, aren't you?!)

So Daddy
started showing Carson how to hold the ball and throw. And he did so well! I love how he looked so at ease with it - I mean, he's only three! He learned to hold the ball, he even learned to throw the ball...

Uh, but what he hasnt' quite mastered yet is CATCHING the ball....

Ah, well....there's still plenty of time left, right? ;)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Ok, so a little late, but....

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!! WOW! Finally Blogger is letting me post these photos I've had taken for DAYS now. Ok, so it's a little after the fact, but you'll have to forgive me! I can't help but share these silly pics of the boys! Hope everyone had a safe and happy one!!
We went to our annual party at the Preher's (pics from that coming later! ;)). It was drizzly but the boys were rarin' to go. They ended up being out for a good hour and a 1/2 at least and we made it back with HUGE sacks full of candy. They were excited to say the least and even with the chili and hotdog supper, they were on a supreme sugar high by the time we got home! All in all it was a wonderful time and if anyone is in need of candy, lemme know!

Friday, November 03, 2006


CONGRATS TO DEBBIE McCAFFREY for winning the fabulous cherryArte goodies that I've been giving away!! I assigned everyone who entered a number and then drew a number from a hat and just so you know, Debbie - your lucky number was 25!!! YAY YOU!!! Your prize will be on it's way shortly once you email me with your mailing address!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Halloween! The boys had a ball - we went to our annual party at the Preher's - but right now Blogger is being a pain about allowing me to post pictures, so please bear with me! They'll be here soon! :D