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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bittersweet times

I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting a crafty post from me, I apologize but you will have to wait a little while longer. My wrist is just not up to that yet, but I hope that soon I will be back in the craft room! I am definitely going through withdrawal.
The past few weeks have been difficult for me, as I have had to make some life-changing decisions. Even though my surgeries went well, we discovered that there are just some issues that will not be improving over time. We knew that going into all this, and I am fine with it. The situation we find ourselves in is that the doctor has told me that it is in my best interest to leave the classroom setting and find a position that is much less physically demanding on my hands. Sooooo, Gary and I decided that there really was no other option for me at this time but to resign my position with the school system. You know that I am an optimist and believe in KARMA--and if you have been following me on facebook, you have seen that I have been posting lots of inspirational quotes. This is the explanation.

This is a really difficult thing to do in these ecomonically tough times, but after lots of prayer, soul searching, medical talks etc etc etc....we know that it is the only decision that we could make. All will be better in the end for us.

There are options that I have for working part-time with families and children with special needs that I will be able to look into once my resignation from the school board is accepted. So I have faith that I will be working in a part-time capacity in a month or so. I appreciate everyone who has been here for me through this difficult time, and all the hugs and prayers, e-mails, cards and calls that I have gotten.

For those of you who are my colleagues at the school board, I hear that you have not been told anything of my 'absence' and some of you even think that I have transferred to another school. I have been out on medical leave...but my resignation was passed in on Thursday. If you hear anything other than what I have posted, please feel free to tell what I have shared here.

HUGS to all my buddies near and far!!!!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happiness is a big brother (and sister-in-law)

Peter has been having a rough few weeks. In school, he has really become interested in drafting, and that is one of his favorite classes right now. For his birthday, Dave and Jenna bought him a special drafting kit. It finally arrived, and as you can see, Peter was ecstatic. He has been diligently working on the computer, and has come up with a skate ramp that he now wants to build with Gary. Thanks Dave and Jenna for sending such a great birthday present for Pete!!!

Ben---you know that you hit the mark with your present too! Dad and Peter have been playing and relaxing often, and they love it too!!!

 



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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Twas the Day of Halloween....

OMG~~~I can't believe that it is Halloween already. Where does the time go? It seems like I have lots of reasons for being AWOL, but right now I have a really good one. Two weeks ago tomorrow I had surgery on my wrist to hopefully relieve some issues that I have been having for over a year. I have been going to Physical Therapy 2x per week and will continue to do so for a while. Right now, I have gotten back some of the movement in my wrist, but am not allowed to do any lifting, pushing, pulling etc. I finally got permission on Thursday to do some limited typing on the computer (yeah!!!). I have been mostly using my phone to do e-mail and facebook, but this weekend I finally got on my laptop.
Well....I am hoping to be able to get back in the swing of posting at least weekly, so please bear with my my peeps!






We have been missing Jenna, Dave and Ben lots around the house lately. We can't jump in the car and drive to CA to see Jenna and Dave, but we can jump in the car and drive to see Ben. So today we decided to visit Ben for the afternoon. Peter's birthday is Thursday, so we picked up a cake (and hid it from him) to have a little celebration with as much of the family as we could get together. It was a beautiful day, so we walked around the campus for a while. Peter was really impressed!!!! After an enjoyable lunch at California Pizza Grill, we left Ben off at his dorm and headed home. It was a nice way to say "ADIOS" to October!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Memories from New Orleans

Now that my craft room is up and organized, I am trying to spend a little time each day working on projects. I am under strict orders to limit my time due to my hand condition, so being able to work for a little bit and walk away is great. I had this awesome kit that lent itself to the colors of New Orleans. Kaisercraft has these amazing wooden items that you can alter, and I found one that would be perfect for Ben to put into his dorm room. Here is the finished result, with some of Ben's fondest memories from our recent trip to New Orleans together. Can't wait to give it to him when he visits next week!

(the rosette in the 2nd photo is made with the fantastic new TIM HOLTZ sizzix die~~love, love, love it!!!


 

 

 

 



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Monday, October 4, 2010

Hanging out with some Graphic 45









I have been following doctor's orders and limiting my crafting time as well as my computer time. Soooooo, please be patient with me as I am going to be saving up some projects and trying to post when I can.
My friend Gerianne recently gave me a pad of new Graphic 45 paper to play with. If you aren't familiar with Graphic 45, it is a line of nostalgic,retro scrapbook materials that take us back to the turn of the century. I have fallen in love with them, because I have been fortunate enough to inherit a wealth of family photos and have been wanting to work with them. However, I don't have all the information that I want, and am desperately wanting to treat them special. Once I saw the Graphic 45 papers, I got so excited because many of them will work great with my photos.
Well...Gerianne knows I am interested in Graphic 45 and also Tim Holtz. This new and "quirky" line came out recently and she thought of me. Not sure if that was a compliment or not, but I took a look. WOW~~~this line, called STEAMPUNK DEBUTANTE reminds me of the industrial revolution. There are beautiful women along with bicycles, gears, and other industrial-like gizmos. Weird, but interesting!!!
I made these 2 cards and a post-it note holder with papers from the 8x8 paperpad. VOILA!




(front and back of post-it holder)



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

When Life Hands You Lemons...

I know that it has been quite a while since I have blogged, and longer since I have posted a project. This summer I was busy with the wedding and road trip. Then it got busy with back to school. Well....things don't always turn out the way we plan, and I would like to share a little bit of that with you now.
For the past 2 weeks, I have been in a bit of a fog, trying to figure out what is going on. Things at work took a drastic change, and I find myself going out on a medical leave of absence. I have been having troubles with my hand for about a year now, and things were pretty managable. During the summer, they were actually pretty good. Going back to work, things were slowly deteriorating, and then I was transferred to a different position, and I knew that my hand would not be able to handle that. Sooooo, the past week or so I have been trying to get in to see the doctors (one of which of course if going out of town for 2 weeks)so we can get this leave approved. This is not what we had anticipated, and it is scary, but we must do what is best for me and the family.
Peter is starting back in the high school again, and it is really hard for him. Having me leave the classroom complicates matters for him, but we will all get through this for the best.
My scrapbooking and crafting has definitely been affected by the condition of my hand. Peter is having fun helping me do cutting and stuff that aggravates my hand, and I hope to be able to start posting projects again soon. In the meantime, now that Ben has moved into his college dorm, we have turned his old room into my new crafting space! It is almost ready for me to play in!
Thanks for all the love and support that you all have been sending me. I truly believe that we will be better off for this huge change that is going on in our lives right now.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Road Trip 2010

Ben and I arrived in California yesterday afternoon after a wonderful week on the road. Here is a brief summary of our road trip so far. We started out last Monday and headed towards Pensacola, where we had a great but short stay with Jayne, Rick and Patrick. From there, we took a short hop to New Orleans. We stayed in the antastic Banana Courtyard Bed and Breakfast right in the French Quarter. Ben and I spent 2 full days there. Our first night was hightlighted by a cemetary tour led by Bloody Mary and it was fantastic!!!


The next day we explored the French Quarter and I introduced my boy to the joys of beignets...


From New Orleans we did the dreaded 900 mile drive through Texas and headed toward our friends outside Tuscon. We spent 2 nights in Tuscon with our friends Danielle and Matt, where Danielle took us to the wonderful Desert Museum. It was 108 degrees, but well worth the trip.



Once we left Tuscon, it was just a "short" 9 hour driv to Jenna and Dave's house.



Gary and Peter arrive tomorrow and then we will have some family time with Jenna and Da before the wedding festivities kick into full swing!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wedding fever

My goodness, every where I go, young people are getting married! There are at least 4 young couples that I know of (my son included) getting married this month. I am on a roll making wedding cards. Here is one that I sat down and made today. This one is made with bits and pieces of from the Kit and Kaboodles February kit, a stamp from Stampendous that I embossed with periwinkle blue embossing powder, and some flowers from my stash. It doesn't really photograph well, the colors are really sharp in person, and it reminds me of "something old, something new...something borrowed, something blue."


 



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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wedding Toes

OK, this is too funny, even for me! I was out doing some shopping in preparation for my trip to Dave and Jenna's wedding. I was browsing in the cosmetics aisle and came across this nail polish that is almost a match to my dress for the wedding. How weird is that??? Well, I came home and had to see how they looked together. The verdict is in,although the boys say that they look more like jellybeans than wedding toes! Wonder what mom will say, as she shudders at the colors I use to paint my toenails. But hey---we live in Florida, and our toes are almost always peaking out for everyone to see!!


 



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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Surprise!!!

 


My mom and I flew out to San Diego for a few days. We hadn't told the kids, but we planned our visit around Jenna's bridal shower. We flew in on Thursday, and the shower was on Saturday. We hung out with Jenna's parents, visited with the kids for a day (they came to San Diego) and had a super time! Here we are at the shower...from left to right is my mom, me, Dave, Jenna, Harvey (Jenna's dad), and Anne(Jenna's mom). We had a fun time at the shower, meeting some more of Jenna's family and a few friends. We also spent time at San Diego's Wild Animal Park and the quaint mining town of Julian--famous for their apples. Mom and I hardly ever get any girl time, but when we do, we sure have fun!

We just got home late last night, but I promise to post more on our trip...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summertime has officially begun!

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, summertime is officially here! Now that school is out and the re-organizing and cleaning is done to my satisfaction, I am ready to dive back into my blogging and crafting. As much as I try to get things done while I am working full-time, it is difficult to blog frequently. I apologize to those of you who enjoy coming to visit me!
Now, we all would love to have a body like this, but we can still dream, right? Here is my take on a cute little bikini card. The papers and brads are from one on my favorite companies (Kaisercraft, the card base is blush blossom (SU) and the ribbon is from my stash. Although hubby wasn't willing to admit he likes this card, my teenaged boys adore it!




Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010



I am finding it hard to believe that Memorial Day Weekend is here already! As we officially celebrate the start of the summer, let's take a few moments to remember why we really have a long weekend of celebration. Think about all people who have helped us gain and maintain our freedom.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Graduation Time!!!!

Ben officially graduated from Westshore last night! The ceremonies were held inside (thankfully) at the King Center in Melbourne. There were only 133 graduates this year, but what a group of talented young adults. Ben has gone through Westshore for the past 6 years (it is a junior/senior high school) and has made some lifelong friendships. It has been such a joy to see them go from green, timid 7th graders to outspoken, fun-loving young adults. It seems that this year I know so many graduating seniors at at least 4 different local schools. WOW, if this doesn't make me feel old~~but wait, I don't feel old, just very proud!
HATS OFF to all the young adults that are graduating this year, and a ginormous HUG to those proud moms and dads who have helped their children achieve this goal!!!!



 



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Friday, May 7, 2010

Final Field Trip

Today was our last field trip of the year. We went to one of the local supermarkets (Publix) to see what happens behind the scenes so that we can all get our shopping done! Our students had so much fun learning to make a bouquet of flowers, see where the gigantic walk-in refridgerators were so that milk, eggs, yogurt and other fun things are stocked, learned how they core and cut pineapples for people to buy, saw how cold cuts and cheese are prepared for sub sandwiches, saw the meat-guys packaging yummy steaks, watched the bakery lady decorate some cakes, and then we finally got to decorate our own cookies in a special room where we could see everything happening in the store below us! My friend and teammate LOVES...LOVES...LOVES Publix frosting (and we have to buy it by the tub for her) so she took advantage of the opportunity to sample some while we were decorating cookies!
My class has been so fortunate to be able to go with the other VPK classes on one fieldtrip experience each month ( we call them Field Trip Fridays). We have learned so much about special places in our community this way.



 



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Sunday, April 25, 2010

PROM 2010

 


Ben's sen10r prom was last night. He and his friends decided to go as a "herd" instead of as couples. Being such a considerate young man, Ben offered to drive as well as escort some of the girls. Here are his 'peeps', as they do the "Charlie's Angels" thing. I am so proud to see this great group of young people enjoying some good clean fun!


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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Springtime Fun with my Maggies






It has been a while since I have been able to play with my adorable, beloved Magnolia Stamps. Being on spring break, I promised myself to set aside fun time for me. I searched my stash of papers, and found these inspiring papers from Kaiser Craft. The colors just screamed "Welcome Spring!!!"
These cards are both 6x6, so that I have room to embellish.



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