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Monday, December 29, 2008

No more Monkeys Climbing in the Tree!!!!

Well, my wonderfully talented tree climbing 14 year old learned a hard lesson yesterday. He was out in the woods with some friends, having some good clean fun when it happened. He lost his footing and fell out of the tree. It might not have been a problem, except he was climbing a wild orange tree. Orange trees are full of thorns, and one got him under the arm. Well...he got quite the gash!!! We wrapped him up and took him to the ER. It is both a blessing and a terrible thing when they don't even let you sit down, and rush you right back to a room, and make sure that it is a private room! Thank goodness that the nurse was one of Gary's former students, and the PA was awesome. After x-rays, debris being removed from the gash, 5 inside stitches, 48 ( yes, you read that correctly) staples and another 8 stitches, plus a drain put in....Humpty Dumpty seems to be put back together again. He is sore, and on both antibiotics and pain meds...but he will be OK. Here is one of the non-gross photos that we took after he was put back together, awaiting the dressing.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Season's Greetings!!!


Dave, Peter and Jenna spent the afternoon at the beach with Gary. For those of you who live in the cooler regions, hope this warms your hearts! This is what we have to look forward to here in December. I will remind you though that 2 weeks ago, we had record lows and it only got into the low 50's during the day! Happy holidays to you and yours!!!!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

The holidays are finally here! Hannukah is halfway through, and tonight is Christmas Eve. I am thankful to all of you who read my blog, and whose blogs I dilligently read too for your friendship, inspiration, and just for popping in to say "Hi!". It amazes me how many wonderful people that I meet online, via my blog and other crafty sites.
I wish all of my friends, near and far, a very Happy Holiday, surrounded by friends, family, and love. Please remember to take time to tell loved ones how much they mean to you. There are so many horrible things happening in this world, and so much tragedy, that I am on a mission to remember all the good things that are happening to me and my family, and try not to dwell on the negatives. We sure have had our struggles this year, but I am so thankful each and every day to get up, hug my boys, get to work, and go on with our daily schedules.
HUGS...and blessings from our home to yours!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gotta Love My Boy!!!!

For those of you who know and love me, you know that I am not a snake lover. I don't even really want to tolerate them. However, since living here in Florida, I have been a bit more tolerant, as the snakes take care of other critters that stalk our habitat! Well, Peter has been helping Mr. Melendez in the science lab at school. The other day, he got his hopes up that we would let him bring the python home for the holiday break. I reluctantly said fine, but the rest of the family protested!!! However, I made sure that the rest of the family knew that Peter has been doing great, and it was special that Mr. Melendez trusts him enough to take care of the legless wonder. He came home without a name, and I insisted that if it was going to share our home for 2 weeks, it needed a name. Sooo, in the middle of the night, it dawned on me that we needed to call him MONTY...after one of my crazy boys' favorite English comedy teams ( get it...Monty Python!!!). Even Gary had to laugh at that one. So, here is Peter holding onto MONTY. I have not gotten up to wanting to hold him willingly, but I do pet the darling. The things we do for our kiddos!

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Present for my Peter

Peter has been asking me to make a photo collage/shadow box for him. I have been so busy with "stuff" that I have had little time to do any scrappy projects unless they were for holiday gift giving. Last night, I sat down and made this canvas for him. This was inspired by my friend Amanda Dregne, who is an up and coming talent to be reckoned with! Look-out scrappy ladies, you will be hearing about her really soon!
This started out as a 14x18 artists canvas. I mixed colors to make the base. The papers are by Scribble-Scrabble ( never heard of them but found them online doing a search for grunge or skateboard stuff) and are called DUDE-ALLS by Cynthia Coulon. I used Tim Holtz grungeboard arrows and skulls, along with crackle paint, distress inks, and distress stickles. I have a stash of assorted skateboarding embellies, that were added too. I am not totally loving this, but the most important thing is that Peter thinks "IT ROCKS!" that makes me happy. It does look better in person, it has what I call boy bling, and totally reflects his personality. The scrunched up papers, distressed with TH inks and even torn, look like they could have come right off the floor of his room!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday cards and goody boxes

WHEW! I think that I have finally gotten my holiday cards all done and ready for mailing. This year, I decided to use some of my adorable Tildas for cards.She goes perfectly with the Stampin Up Ski Slope designer paper. Not too Christmasy, but definitely wintry! It is hard to get into the holiday spirit when it is 80 degrees and balmy. Not everyone appreciates handmade cards enough to keep them, so I don't usually add lots of embellishments to them. I did use stickles, some bling, and some fantastic stuff called SNOW WRITER for the snow. It hardens like concrete, but looks fluffy just like the real stuff.
I also needed to make some little trinkets for people at work. So, Peter and I made these adorable 2-5-7-10 boxes ( see for tutorial)and filled them with chocolate. We found a Brenda Walton paper pack at Michael's on clearance and used those papers as a base. It even had 2 pages of tags that we used for decorating some of them. We only have 5 days of school until winter break, so many of the cards and presents had to be done by now.
Peter and I worked really hard to get ready, and I think we did it!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Scrapper's Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
> I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
> Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
> Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
> And that's when I heard him,
> "Hi Santa, " I said
> "You know....good little girls
> should be in their beds."
> "I know I should Santa,
> and now I've got caught.
> But I was just so excited
> To see what you brought."
> "Well, let's take a look
> in this room where you work.
> He shook his head quickly,
> And left with a jerk.
> I heard him exclaim
> as he put it in gear.
> "You've got enough stuff,
> I'll see you next year!"


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Crafty time at last!

Although I have managed to avoid the holiday rush at the stores, I did take advantage of some amazing sales that I found at some favorite online crafting stores. I finally had time to introduce some of my newest stamps to ink, and came up with this cute Tilda, who is waiting patiently for Santa to appear. I used SU ski slope designer papers (colors are wonderful) and watercolor crayons. The snow comes from a Snow Writer Pen that I picked up at JoAnn's last year. She is adorable, especially in real life.
Hope to be able to post some more creations soon.

Coffee, Tea, or ME?

Here at our house, we have lots of coffee, tea and hot chocolate drinkers. Peter has been drinking coffee since his babysitter used to share hers with him in the mornings when he was only a wee-fry! Gary insists on "high test" and scoffs at the thought of decaf. Peter needs to drink decaf, and I prefer decaf at night. Well, for a Chanuka present this year, I decided to get the family one of those wonderful Keurig coffee makers, that makes one cup at a time. I found a great deal on the machine, and some accessories---and couldn't pass it up! Well, it arrived Friday afternoon and the boys had to open the package! Can you tell that Peter is uber excited???!!!!! The excitement has continued through the weekend....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Curious Dave plays with the Shuttle!

Yes, that's my boy in front of the space shuttle...the real one, not a mock up or a model...the one that just got back from the Space Station! Dave is finishing up his 2nd work-study internship for NASA at Edwards Air Force Base in California. We were all hoping that the shuttle would have to land there one time when he was there, and it finally happened. He is used to seeing the shuttle landings here in Florida, but this time, he was up close and personal! The shuttle was "parked" right outside where he has his office. He called us on Tuesday to let us know that he and another intern got to go aboard the shuttle itself. They were not allowed to take photos once inside. But...he was lucky enough to get inside, have a special tour, and WOW...he hasn't come back to Earth yet. For him, this is part of a dream come true. Gary and the boys are so very jealous. I am happy for him. All we can say is WOW...what a day this was for our guy!

Not that he was excited or anything, but he took 87 photos of the shuttle as the team was working on it...and getting it ready to return to Kennedy Space Center (he offered to ride in it so he could come home for dinner) but of course they said NO WAY! Here are 2 photos so you can see for yourself.

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