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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Current LO count...

I have completed 55 LOs this year so far. Just keeping track:)

A Whole Lot of Sweating Going On...

Oh, my!!! is it ever HOT!!! We have had a couple of days that feel like our AC isn't working right, but it's just cause it's so darn hot:(

Well since my little "episode" last week, I have finally started feeling back to my old self again. It took a few days, but I feel great now:) I only two the meds the doctor prescribed for 2 days. They were keeping me up at night. I wasn't getting to sleep until like 1:30am!!!

I also felt that I really didn't need them. The thing that was bothering me was the headaches and I don't see how an antidepressant was going to help that. I really didn't want to be taking something I don't think I need. So that is that. In the event that I should need them (though I can't imagine why), I already have them, but for now...I am good:)

So today was the last day of summer school for Mattie. He also retested today. We will see how that goes. He said it was easy. We should be getting the results like mid July. no more early mornings. I will be super happy if the kids let me sleep in until 8:30 am. Estatic if I can sleep in until 9am;)

This past weekend we went to go see the new Transformers movie. It was WAY cool!!! Even the kids loved it. Steve also took the kids to the pool in the evening for a couple of hours. They are there again right now. These couple of hours of peace and quiet sure do help. I haven't had a break from them since summer began.

About two weekends ago, we had a little gathering of our graduating class. Not too many people went, but it was a nice time. I'll upload pics of that later.

Today I got my grocery shopping done early; before it got too hot. I hate going out in this horrible heat:( I also gassed up at Walmart. Gas had been $2.49 and today it was $2.33. Woo hoo!!!

I've gotten to do a little scrapping, so here's my latest LOs. I'm finally feeling the mojo again;)

This one I got done a couple weeks back, just kept forgetting to upload. I'm not too happy with it, but there it is:) For one, I totally glued down that lined paper the wrong way. It wasn't supposed to stick out so much nor be so straight. Ah, well...Moving on... Oh...the pics are from V's Field Day this past year and this was inspired by a 2Peas LO. The background paper is Friendly Forest. Striped pp is Scenic Route and the lined is MM, I believe. JB ticket, K&Co. diecuts and felt flower.

This one was a lift off of my friend Gina's blog. Mine did not turn out so great:( It's hard to replicate her FAB style...but I tried. Pics on this one are from Field Day too...obviously...LOL...Textured cardstock background, AC polka dot and grid pp and Prima Rock Star (lime) pp. T's $ spot journaling tags, Paper Studio cardstock alpha stickers and Martha Stewart felt banner.

This one was a 2Peas lift and I love this one. Lots of Crate on here with the exception of the Whimsies card and the MME Wild Word and MM tiny alphas.

Another lift off Gina's blog. This one turned out pretty good. K&Co. Berry Sweet paper (thanks for the inspiration, Gina cause I have not know what to do with that paper since I got it forever ago;)...Creative Imaginations diecut tag, 7Gypsies cardstock stickers, MLS tiny alphas, Doodlebug Paper Frills, adhesive gems, Sizzix cut butterfly, MM tiny alphas and AC Puffy Thickers. This is a pic of V on Father's Day swining on a tire swing in my BILs backyard of the new house. She LOVES to swing:)

I worked on this one today. I was quite time consuming, but I am so in LOVE with it!!! :) This was a lift off of 2Peas. I used a shaped paper to trace onto some Cosmo Early Bird; SO loving this line!!! Then I glued it onto kraft paper and trimmed around to leave an edge. All the paper edges are distressed with my HS edge distresser. I made all my flower embellies using my scalloped circle punches, pop dots and buttons. The little leaves are Cricut cut and the daisies are Martha Stewart. Just picked these up today at BL especially for this LO:) I hand stitched the border on this cause I knew I wouldn't be able to manuver with the machine and I didn't want to wreck it and I SO needed the stitching on here. MLS and MM tiny alphas for the title and date. The pic is of V and Stevie on Father's Day in my BILs front yard of the new house.

This past week was also the last week of our Blog Hop Challenge. It sure was a lot of fun. We are planning on doing another one real soon:)

Well, I've got 30 minutes before the kids should be heading back home, so I'm going to go get started on dinner and see if I can start on another LO. Gotta strike while the mojo is HOT;) Have a great night:)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Blog Hop Mini Challenge...Points go to Julie!!! Yay!!!

Word Scramble

All the following words are scrapbook related. Be the first to correctly unscramble all the words to get the points. Only post once, please:)

22. psocr

Ready, Set...Unscramble:)

Julie is our winner!!! Congrats, Julie!!! You get the points:)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Update on my "Situation"...

Well, my test results came in and I went to the Dr. yesterday morning. All the blood tests were fine. I'm in perfect health in that aspect, BUT...he said my "episode" was caused by stress/anxiety/tension and prescribed an anti depressant; low dose, but nonetheless.

I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. I've been feeling pretty bummed out about it. So if I wasn't depressed before, I sure feel like it now:( It kind of makes me feel "inadequate" I can't handle everyday life stress because I certainly don't have an overly stressful life. At least I don't feel like I do. My life is pretty chill. I'm well "taken care" of. I thought I was doing well, then, what seems like out of nowhere, this comes up.

Since the "episode", before the results, I'd been tired, not much of an appetite, don't really feel like doing anything. Just don't feel like myself. THAT bums me out... A LOT.

Right before this, I feel like I was on a huge "up". I was getting all sorts of stuff done. My diet was going great. I was working out everyday. I was happy...then it kind of all crashed:( I don't like feeling like this. I just want to be myself again.

I am thinking maybe this is some sort of "test" from God. I know I am not being punished for anything. I know that everything happens for a reason and I am trying to understand this and take what I need to from it. I am trying very hard to hold tight to my Faith and turning to HIM to give me the Strength to get through this. For whatever reason this needs to happen, I accept difficult as it may be. This sort of thing runs in my family so that is a HUGE factor.

So that night was most likely a tension migraine. It can mimic the symptoms of a stroke which is a lot of what I was feeling.

Today was not a good day. I woke up with a headache. Not a really bad one. Nothing like that day, but still no fun. I took an Ibuprofen as soon as I got up. Just one, thinking it would do the trick. Laid down for a bit...didn't work. Took the other...Nothing...Laid around alot in between my daily chores.

After I picked up Mattie I took my first dose of the med. It said to try it out to see how you react to it before you drive and stuff so I decided to take it then since I don't have any running around to do after I pick him up. I fell asleep for about 2 hours. Not sure if that was the med or just the headache or a combo...who knows. I'll try again tomorrow, but I'm thinking it's best to take it later in the day so I can avoid having to drive "just in case". I can take it in the am or pm so I think that's the best option.

Steve brought me all sorts of stuff when he got home for my headache and the pain I'd had in my neck for quite a while. I see where the neck pain was coming from now; the migraines...which I didn't even know I was having:(

So I took some Excedrin Migraine that he brought me and that took care the headache...FINALLY. I feel a bit of improvement. Thank God. I'll take any bit of improvement right now.

So that is what is going on right now. A bit of a rough patch, but praying to get through it.

For Father's Day we just went out to breakfast with Steve's parents. Stevie came in for the day, so we were all together. Went to a movie and out to eat. Just chilled at home. Couldn't really do much running around with my constantly needing to lay or sit:( I have some pics to share that I will upload later. Hope everyone has a good night:)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Scary, Scary Stuff:(

So this has been a kind of rough, scary weekend. I was pretty excited about getting to sleep in on Friday since there is no summer school on that day, but it just didn't work out that way.

I had a normal, oridinary day on Thursday. Did my usual routine and such. Worked out in the evening, came and sat at the computer for a while then went to shower for the night. As I am about half way through my shower, I start to see some "light" spots. I proceed and so does the light spots and blurred vision. By the time I get out of the shower, I can hardly see. My vision is SUPER blurred. I kept trying to focus in the mirror, but it was almost impossible.

I came back to the computer to let Lal know and she suggested I go tell Steve about it, so I did. He was already asleep so wasn't really paying the best attention to me. I decided to just go to bed and see if I could just sleep it off. By this point, I have almost developed somewhat of a headache. Not a painful headache, but a dull headache like "inside" my head. That is the best way I can think of to describe it.

I went to lay down and I just have to be super grateful that V was with me cause if I'd yelled for Steve, he would have never heard me:( I was laying on my back and my arm started to feel numb and tingly, so I had V run for Steve. He couldn't find any aspirin so he brought me two Ibuprofen. I took them and told him to sit with me for a while "just in case".

So I lay back down. After this I kind of lost perception of time. Everything kind of happened fast, but in slow motion...if that makes any sense. I remember that at one point I grabbed my throat cause I remember Steve asking me why I did it. I was having a little trouble swallowing. I got like this one sharp pain in my chest; closer to my left side near my arm. I started getting like the sensation that I was like "floating" and my whole body started going numb; like that tingling feeling ALL over. I got the overwhelming feeling like I was going to pass out even though I was laying down; flat on my back. This totally freaked me out so I told Steve we had to go to the ER. I think the all over tingling thing lasted like 5-10 minutes. REALLY scary. All the way to the ER, the fainting sensation kind of came and went, but not as strong as the first time. I felt really strange. The best way I can think to describe it is like I was "buzzing". For lack of a better description. I felt like I had to try really hard to "put my words together" when I was trying to when you are buzzing, you know??? We left to the ER about midnight.

We had quite a wait in the ER; like 1 1/2 hours. But once we finally made it back, it went rather quickly. They put me on a BP monitor and heart monitor. My BP was normal. They did a CT scan and it came back normal. The most they could tell me was that MAYBE it was cause by a migraine (which I have never suffered from before)...sigh... I think the whole "episode" from start to finish, lasted about 2 hours.

We got out of there like at 4:30. Poor Steve had to go to work an hour later. I slept unitl like 8am when V called and woke me up. (we took her with us to the ER and Steve's mom picked her up from there about 1:30). So I couldn't fall back to sleep and headed out to our family doctor over by my mom's house. I went in and had blood work done.

Went back to my mom's and just laid around all day. Felt drained, tired and still not myself. Real "out of it". Had to drive myself back home and about half way, started feeling faint again. No blurred vision, just the "felt like passing out" sensation. Made it home...barely, and came straight to the couch where I stayed for the next few hours. Got up and had a bit to eat, showered and went right back to bed.

I had some trouble falling asleep. Probably fear more than anything kept me awake, but once I got to sleep, I slept straight until like 9am the next day. Still feeling very "out of it" this day. Had to lay and take a nap every few hours. Still had that verge of a buzz feeling sort of.

We did manage to go to the class of 90 gathering and it was nice. We were there for a few hours and I managed OK.

Sunday was Father's Day. We met Steve's parents for breakfast. They went and picked up Stevie from Natalia then we all met up to eat. It was kind of a non-stop day which wasn't too good for me. We took the kids to the movies and out to eat. Felt very tired, short, small dizzy "spells" on and off. I keep getting that feeling like I want to pass out. More noticeable when the truck starts to tremble for some reason. Really strange feeling, but that's what I'm noticing. Showered and went to bed almost as soon as we got home. Didn't sleep as well as the night before either.

Today Steve took off and he dropped Mattie off at school this morning. (THANKS:)...Went and picked up a copy of my CT report for the doctor. The blood work results were supposed to come in today or tomorrow, but I called in this am and she said they would probably get in this afternoon, so to call back tomorrow morning. So I'll probably have to make the drive out there tomorrow and I'm kind of scared. Haven't been driving these last couple of days. I hope it'll be OK...

So that's been my super eventful weekend. Not so much in a good way. Hoping the results will come in tomorrow and shed some light on all this. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. Hope everyone has a good night:)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Blog Hop Challenge #4-Final Challenge

For our final Blog Hop challenge will be using a color challenge. For this challenge you are required to use the following colors and ONLY the colors listed. Papers and embellies should all be of the required colors. The colors are:

hot pink, black, turquoise, lime green and white

These are the only requirements for this week's challenge. Please limit your colors to the ones listed and keep the shades as close as possible to the description. If you have any questions, please ask:)

Have fun:)

Monday, June 15, 2009

I'm Melting...

Literally that's how I felt yesterday. It was SO hot. We didn't do much; just stayed around the house. I did run to do our grocery shopping, but that's about it. Steve did some yard work outside. Later in the afternoon, I went out to spray paint some frames. OMG!!! I was only out there like 10 minutes and I felt like I was melting into a puddle...Poor Steve:( I made him his fave dinner though; spaghetti and meatsauce and garlic toast:P

So I worked on my frame wall when my frames dried. I really like how it turned out. I'm thiking of a small mirror wall or a small wall with just crosses. Not sure yet.

So not much has been going on around here. Mattie is doing summer school so I'm still having to get up early. I can't stay up too late cause I'll pay in the am. On the upside; since we get up early, V is tired early too. Not like last summer where she was up until like 1am. She's been asleep by 11 at the latest. Let's see how it all goes in July when noone has to go anywhere.

I spent Friday over at my mom's. Took her to run an errand. We went by M's and the JCPenny Home store. Picked up new pillows for our bed.

Saturday afternoon, after Steve got off work, we took the kids to go see Imagine That. WAY cute movie. We all LOVED it. Eddie Murphy is SO funny:) We went out to eat at Jim's and Steve took me by 911 and M's. So a little shopping;)...

SO LOVING the new MM Vintage Findings from M's. I'm SO in love!!! ;) Also found this cool new EK Success border punch. It does bigger scallops. It's also supposed to kind of emboss a little edge on it, but it's pretty sublte. I like it a lot. I've only tried it out on a scrap paper, but it looks fun...Possibilites...:)

The MM ledger pad and the LYB journal books I picked up at 911. Lal just got these in the mail last week and I'd just seen them on Friday and I wanted them SO and lo and behold, 911 got them and I scored!!! I debated the school journal book, but ended up putting it back. STILL might go back and get it though. I was planning on picking up some JB letter stickers I had seen last time and totally forgot so I can go look for both. Oh, and I hit my free $10 again, so I can use that;)

A quick LO I worked on like last week. Totally forgot about this one. It's a pic of V on Field Day. I got the idea for this one off of 2Peas, I'm pretty sure:) Papers are AC except for the stripes which is Scenic Route. JB ticket, MM chip shapes and T's $ spot journaling tag.

Another lift, but I'm just not too crazy about how this one turned out:( I've had this one in progress, sitting on my desk for a while. The other night I felt inspired, but then I just wasn't too happy with the outcome. Anywho...there it is...The pic of is V on Polar Express Day this past year. Everytime I see this pic it makes me laugh cause I notice how short the sleeves are on her robe. It's a little hard to tell cause it's the same color as her pj sleeves. Right after I saw this pic, I went and checked the size on it and it was like a 5T or something...LOL...SO went out and got her a new one at T's...hee hee
It's Monday which means "house cleaning day" so that's what I'm up to today. I'm about 3/4 of te way done. All caught up on laundry and put away. In the middle of vacumming (I know I'm not spelling that right, it looks SO wrong...LOL). Not too much left to do. Gotta pick up Mattie in a bit and start lunch.

We are on our 3rd week of our Blog Hop challenge. It has been a lot of fun:) Hope everyone is staying cool indoors...Oh, Lal also told me last night that they all got season passes to Fiesta Texas. YAY!!! Happy dance...happy dance...Now we can all go together. Fun times to come. Woo hoo!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mini Challenge...Points go to Clara!!!

"It's All in the Detail"

For this week's mini challenge you must correctly name the products used in this LO:

First person to correctly name all products or the first person to correctly name the most products wins the 20 points. Please only post once. Please be specfic. I am looking for answers such as:

green with white polka dot paper by (name of manufacturer here).

You have until tomorrow evening to post your answers. I will close this about 7pm central time tomorrow.

The points go to Clara. I also wanted to apologize for my slip up. I totally forgot to delete my LO info off of my blog. The thought just never occured to me. Sorry ladies...

So 20 points for Clara. We will update on the thread:)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hot Days of Summer Blog Hop Challenge #2...

"Think Outside the Box"...

the 12x12 square box that is;) I think the majority of us scrap the usual "square" LOs most of the time. Well now's the time to break the mold. Let's rock those shaped papers. The challenge will be to make a LO using any type of shaped paper; artisan, circle, scalloped circle...(let's try to stay away from the scalloped square as he's a very close relative of the usual square;) Let's take this a little further and incorporate shapes into our shaped LOs. You can use circles to make your own lollipop flowers, hearts for flower petals, artisan shaped journaling spots, scalloped and shaped borders, diecuts...You get the picture. You do NOT, however, have to cut your pics into any sort of shape. That is the one exception of the rule.

Please remember the LOs have to be new and not used for any other type of contest or challenges. You have until Sunday to upload and link your LOs. Don't forget to check back during the week for the mini challenge. Now let's get scrapping:)

Here is my LO for this challenge...

This was inspired by a LO from 2Peas. And despite the MANY shaped papers I have, I "made" my own;) I traced the artisan shape onto my polka dot pp, glued that down to a sheet of brown cardstock, then cut around that to leave a border around my polka dot paper:)

The smaller artisan was done the same way; tracing an 8x8 artisan shape onto my woodgrain pp and then cutting it out. I added a MM Noteworthy artisan shape journaling sheet (noticing a pattern here??? ;)

I made a scalloped border on my striped pp using my MS simple scallop border punch. My two butterflies are K&Co. Madeline diecuts. Also added some Prima flowers and velvet leaf, some lace, adhesive pearls, Paper Studio cardstock alpha stickers and a MME diecut.

This is a picture of one of my favorite spots in my sb room. It's a little corner on my cubbie shelf that holds some sets of vintage playing cards, some vintagey looking boxes, some vintage wooden spools and other vintagey type decor. LOVE it:)

Anyone have any ideas for their LOs yet???

Oh...just wanted to add, cause I saw Heather posted on that she'd only done scalloped circle CAN do scalloped circle LOs, just not squares:) In case there was any confusion on that:)

Here is Lal's LO for the challenge. She used MLS scalloped circle pp and diecuts. The flower/vines were cut out of MME Bloom and Grow. Pink Paislee alpha stickers and MM tiny alphas for the title.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

School's Out!!!

So today was offically the last day of school. Both kids had full days; no early release. We however had a meeting at Mattie's school. Yesterday I got a call that Mattie did NOT pass his Math TAKS. This was his second attempt and he missed by ONE question!!! :(

So today we had an ARD to review his goals and discuss our options. He will be going to summer school and retesting on June 30. This also sleeping in:( He goes from Monday through Friday from 8am to 1pm until July 8 or something like that.

It is so frustrating because all this year he managed to stay on Honor Roll; something he has never been able to do before. It's just this darn test that is hindering him.

So hopefully he will pass it the 3rd time. Once we get the scores, we will discuss options again, depending on the outcome.

Tomorrow I'm planning to go and spend the day at my mom's. Once summer school starts I won't be able to go during the day cause I have to wait for Mattie to get out. Luckily, the session is going to be held at his current school so I don't have to drive out of my way. I guess that is the silver lining;)

Didn't really do much today besides the meeting and running to gas up my truck this morning. Also made a quick stop at the BL across the street to pick up some Thickers for an out of town friend:)

That was my day. I hope everyone had a great one:)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Countdown...2 days...

Until the last day of school. I feel like a kid couting down, but I just hate the time restraints of the school year. We have to be home early, get the kids in bed in time...yadda, yadda, yadda. Summer means FREEDOM!!! No schedules and a more relaxed day:)

Today was V's awards ceremony at school. She got 10 awards!!! The dimmed the lights in the cafeteria for some reason and just kept some stage lights on so it made it nearly impossible to get a good pic:( I just video taped instead:)

After the ceremony, I went by Walmart to get a new TV cart for Mattie's room. The one he had was wobbly. After setting up the new one I realized that it was wobbly under the weight of the TV cause it was just fine after. But I had nowhere to move it to, so I put it out at the curb for someone to pick up:)

I spent what felt like an eternity untangling all the wires and cables and what not from the back of the TV, DVD, game systems...SUCH a headache:(, but I finally got it done. Whew!!!

I went by HL too and got some things I wanted for the living room wall. I also got two frames up for my frame wall. I like how it's looking so far. I need to spray paint one of the ones I found at HL a while back and then I just need a smaller oval or roundish one to go inside this one frame.

I got my workout done for today too. I'm going on almost 3 weeks on the diet/exercise thing. I'm so proud of myself;)

Oh and at HL today I found some really cool chip stickers that are VERY similar to Thickers. I just had to pick up a few packs cause I just LOVE the chip Thickers...

The chip stickers were 1/2 off so they were only $2. Same as the Thickers from Big Lots;) They had a few different fonts and colors. Not sure if there was anything other than chip though. I got those two stamps too; 1/2 off. LOVE the birds one. There was another similar bird on that I wanted, but it wasn't stocked:( Gonna see if I can find it at a different HL on Friday.

I'm planning to go to my mom's on Friday and spend the day since the kids are off and Miguel is going away on his retreat. So we'll probably hit up Crossroads for a little shopping:)

These last few days the base of my neck has been killing me. I was thinking that maybe it was from laying on too many pillows at night, but last night I only slept on one and I woke up with the worst pain this morning. I've been putting ice on it on and off, but it's just a temporary fix. I can't imagine what it could be from...???

Anywho...gonna be hitting the hay soon. I have two LOs I need to work on. One for our Blog Hop challenge and one for a color challenge on Hopefully I can work on these tomorrow. Or at least get started. I have zero ideas so far. Seems my mojo is on vaca:(

Have a good night:)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Thickers...They're Just Like Stickers, but Thicker;)...

The Thicker Mania continues. I've hit up a few more stores and accumulated several more packages. How many you ask...Well here's a pic...

People on the boards are saying that the stores are restocking and getting new ones in, so I will be back to check up on that. I still would like to find some of the fabric ones as well as some of the Jewelery Box font and also some more yellow and oranges ones...I just need more;)

Here's a LO I worked on the other day. Finally got the title done on this one. I built on white cardstock. I used some of my Prima Rock On papers that Lal shared with me as well as some of the Primas from this line and a piece of one of the cardstock strips. Strips of Love Elsie Roxie, some Magic Mesh as well as some Dottie Mesh. I LOVE the Dottie Mesh!!! Some Prima gems for the flower centers. Lal also shared some of her Prima Rebellious journal cards and I used half of one here. I used some MAMBI chip letters for my title and inked the lighter ones with black Cat's Eye.

This is a pretty simple one I did of Mattie with the pics I took on our mini photo shoot on Mother's Day. I built on DCWV black scalloped cardstock. Used some MME pp and some KI lace pp. 7 Gypsies cardstock sticker and a MAMBI chip title. I love those titles. They are great for "completing" a LO.

I spent this past Saturday with Lal...AGAIN. This is fun:) I went and picked her up and we went by a different Big Lots ISO of the Thickers. We found some. We came back to my house and waited on Steve. He got off early. We decided to make an evening of it too, so we went out to dinner together. Miguel met up with us there (at Mama Margie's). It was nice:) Then we took the kids to see Up. Mikey sat on my lap pretty much the whole time. He was real good:)

Afterwards, Steve took me by another BL where I found some more of the brown Chit Chat and a white chip set. Then I went by one more on the way home and found like 3 different chip sets:)

Yesterday was a very chill day. We didn't really go anywhere or do anything. We had breakfast here at home then Steve went out and got a lot of yard work done. Thank God cause that saves me the trouble of having to do it myself.

He trimmed down our hedges A LOT, cut down some branches and an old dead tree that was out front. Cut the grass in front and back and threw out some stuff we had in the backyard. He got A LOT done. I did some things in the house. Put up some frames and took down some stuff I am getting rid of.

I ran and did our grocery shopping so I got that out of the way. We ordered in Papa John's for dinner. Yummm...and that was our day;)

Today I got my cleaning done. Also washed our bed sheets and got caught up with laundry. So that frees up a lot of my week.

Tomorrow morning is V's awards ceremony; 8:15. I hope I can get some good pics. This will be my first time shooting with my new camera in that cafeteria. I have NEVER been able to get a decent pic in there:(

Well, I'm off to finish dinner. I'm all done with working out for today too. So far my "diet" is going really well. I've lost 3lbs so far:)

Oh, our Blog Hop challenge that we are holding over on started today. I'll be posting the next challenge next week so stay tuned:)