Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Progress Report....

just poppin' in for a quick note....thought i'd let you know i finally stepped on the scale. with much hesitation i might add! i was praying for some results....even though i can see and feel that my body is changing the scale doesn't always show the same it's roughly 7-8 lbs. that i've lost so far since jan. 1st....wish it were more as i used to drop that in a week back in my 20's but this time i'm doing it the right way so i guess i'm content and hope to get the same results, if not MORE next month!

thought i'd share a layout i did just this morning after working out...i don't recall ever doing a layout with my brother and i came across this photo the other day and of course made me tear up and get all emotional....the journaling just says...."my brother joe and my sister kim together at a family gathering...i couldn't be more proud to call them my family...i love them dearly and miss them like crazy!" (joe, kim and me) (my scanner sucks...the layout isn't crooked in real life)

looking forward for everyone to come back from CHA....can't wait to see and hear about all of the new products coming out... from what i've seen so far it looks like there are lots of fun new things.....oh, got some Li'l Davis lovin' in the mail today...geez, they sent the designers a HUGE box of goodies that i can't wait to play with!

alright, i won't bore you any to pick up lauren from school and then maybe take them to lunch? it's so cold here i almost hate to drag them anywhere....hugs....

Saturday, January 27, 2007's been a while!

hi! guess i've been a bad blogger, huh. haven't had much of anything new and exciting to yack about so i guess i've avoided new photos or projects to share but laura has "tagged" me so this is my motivation to blog......(for those who have no idea what being "tagged" means, i basically just have to answer a bunch of questions...) read on....

are you...1. a cuddler? yes, but don't cuddle often enough
2. a morning person? yes!
3. are you a perfectionist? oh yes!
4. talented? i can't tap dance if that's what you mean....
5. in your pajamas? not sure if this question is asking me if i'm "talented in my pajamas or if i am currently in my pajamas....yes to the first no to the second. ha ha
6. left handed? nope

Last: 1. friend you saw: Beth (another soccer mom)
2. phoned: my mom phoned me today
3. sent text: no one
4. received text: no one
5. message over myspace: don't have a myspace page
6. instant message: have it but don't use it often...

last night: 1. wore: to bed? pj's my mother-in-law gave me
2. last night was: ok...i was feeling sorry for myself as terry got to go out with some neighborhood people and i had to stay home. no sitter....
3. got any plans: watching a couple of "dumb" movies (jackass and something else i can't recall)
favorite:1. number: 11 (old softball number)
2. color: right now? orange
season: spring
missing: my family
needing: a message
wanting: a pedicure

first thing you did this morning: took a shower
q: do you have anything bothering you? not really
q: what's the last movie you saw?: don't recall
q: where is the last place you went? lauren's soccer game
q: do you wish upon stars? yes
q: are you a friendly person?: yes
q: where did you sleep last night?: in my bed
q: what color shirt are you wearing? a khaki sweatshirt
q: when was the last time you really cried? last night
q: what was your last thought before you went to sleep last night? i had better not say, my mother in law might read this....and no, it wasn't about her...
q: what are you about to do? give the girls a bath
q: if you could drink anything right this second, what would it be? diet coke
q: what's your job position called? stay at home mom (some stuff on the side for a little spending money)
q: what's your favorite month(s)? june, october, december
q: what was your elementary school's mascot? a wildcat i think
q: what's your favorite bottled water? i don't care
q: what were you doing at 9pm last night? taking a shower
q: did you attend your high school prom? no
q: did you go to someone else's prom? yes
q: do you prefer coffee or tea? coffee
q: something red within 5 feet? yes (a dictionary)
q: how much french do you know? maybe a dozen words if that...
q: ever crash a car, been in an accident? no
q: do you look good in yellow? don't know for sure
q: do you sing? um, the shower and car
q: ever sing in public? maybe at church once
q: least favorite color? purple
q: ever had dippin dots? yup!
q: how many driving tickets have you had? 2
q: do you own your own house? yes
q: at what age did you/do you want to get married? probably 25
q: have you ever been married? yes...once
q: how many kids do you have/want? have 2 wanted 3 or 4 but we're blessed with 2!
q: do you like anyone right now? this question cracks me up.... i like a lot of one particular person stands out right this second....

well, there you have it....good gravy that took me forever....

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Not Much of Anything...

hi!...well, we survived the ice storm. we actually didn't get hit nearly as hard as most of the area....we never lost power and being as our development is newer all off the trees (in our yards) are still pretty small. so we didn't have to deal with any clean up. some people are still without power. i can't even imagine. i freak out when the power goes out for 15 min. let alone when it's 20 degrees and for 4-5 days! here are a few photos from our yard. the trees looked so neat... almost like coral.
i slipped in a little scrappin' time the other day...i used jenni bowlin's jan. kit for the layout. lots of fun vintage stuff.
i am proud to announce i am still doing well with my new years resolution (or "plan" as my sister likes to call it!) still working out every day. not every day is a "hard" workout of course. but i jump on the tredmill for at least 30 min. and use the bowflex and do a few other odds & end type things.... i'm still eating healthy but still drinking diet coke. that was never part of the plan so i'm not giving it up, at least not yet. ha ha i refuse to step on the scale and it's bad enough that my clothes aren't fitting any better. i know it's only been 2 weeks (now on 3) but i want that instant gratification....and so disappointed in myself when it's not there. but i have to keep reminding myself that it isn't going to happen over night and by the end of the first month i should start to see some results. or at least i would flippin' hope so!
ok, well it's story time before bed so i have to run....night...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Honest Opinion.... i've been playing with photoshop elements a bit (not much) and followed some instructions that my dear friend Laura sent to me and this is what i came up with (bless her heart for typing these out and sending to me! so sweet!) ....not sure if i did everything exactly the way she told me...i was a bit confussed,(doesn't take much) not by her instructions but my lack of experience with tell me what you think of the photo.... is it still too dark? i converted it from a color photo....maybe if it were an outdoor photo it would be easier but i have the dark background. so i'm not frustrating. i would really like to get this all figured out so when it's time for me to go back to work once kati starts school this is what i would like to do (with the support of my dear husband of course)....i have always loved taking pictures but if i can take decent photos AND edit them as to where they look good them i'm set. :) i have a lot to learn though...

Monday, January 08, 2007

Back to Normal

hi! well, lauren is back in school today and terry is traveling it seems life is back on track. although, 2 weeks together was a nice break from the every day happenings....i'm glad to be back to our routine.
cute story... when i picked lauren up from school today she had this little piece of notebook paper in her hand. she said, "mom, look at what andrew drew for me." so i look at the drawing and from what i can make of it, it's a heart inside of an arrow....hmmm? we're driving home and i see her in the backseat studying this piece of paper....we get home and she's eating her lunch and out of the blue she says, "i wonder what the heart means mom?" i had a difficult time containing myself. i didn't want to bust out laughing and it's not like i would be laughing at her but at what i think the note is suggesting. so i was joking around with her and said, "i think it means he likes you"..... she just smiled....
it was pretty cute...i noticed she colored the arrow and the heart and has it on her bulletin board. i better go check out her class picture to see who this andrew character is...make sure he isn't shady....Ha ha
kati's potty training is coming along...she's doing great. i decided to train her the same way i trained lauren and that is without wearing panties around the house. she hasn't had a single accident EXCEPT for #2! and luckily i had her in a pair of underwear (she wanted to wear big girl panties, so i thought i'd give it a try) and the 2nd accident happened downstairs in the basement which is unfinished. she freaked out! and of course i think i did too! but the next day she actually sat on the potty and pooped. so i am thrilled with her progress. hopefully by her 3rd b-day (april) she'll be trained....except for at night and naps of course.... and i'm praying she doesn't take after her big sister and develop a fear of public know the ones that automatically flush once you get up. well, to this day she hasn't forgotten about the toilet at the costco in anchorage that flushed "really loud" before she was even off of the toilet. geez, what a nightmare that was... she isn't afraid anymore but this happened back when she was 3.... poor thing was scared!
one week down....i've managed to work out every day last week and i ate healthy and cut out snacking! we did order pizza saturday night, which i felt totally guilty for eating but it tasted really good. ha ha i'm not stepping on the scale until next week though. i'm one of those that gets very frustrated if i don't get results right i'm taking a different approach this time and hope it pays off... nor am i starving myself. i used to do that when i was younger too. but would gain weight back and then start the cycle all over again. so tired of that type of dieting/living... i even cooked 4 healthy meals last week....
i should be working on a class project and some assignments....sorry i don't have any photos to share today....have a great week!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

happy new year

so i'm a few days late with my new years greeting! hope everyone had a nice/safe holiday!
not much new here....although, i can report i've stuck to my new years resolution now for 4 days! you know, the traditional lose weight, eat better and exercise resolution....the one that usually lasts 2 weeks....hopefully this will be the year i stick to it and change my habits for good....
so i've been tinkering around a bit....just have a few projects to share... the layout scanned terrible, it isn't crooked in real life. then there is the valentines day card....i used a lunch bag and sewed around the 3 sides creating a pocket. then there is the large "fancy pants" flower in the oversized soup can. i used a foam ball at the bottom, hot glued in place and stuck the flower right into the ball. and finally i had to share the black and white photo i took of lauren. i still have so much to learn about my camer and using photoshop...i have the limited edition of photoshop so i'm not sure if i have all of the options that photoshop offers....but i did putz with the lighting etc...of the photo. not sure if it looks good or's certainly not a "tara whitney" photo by any means....anyone have any tips or tricks they want to share feel free....