Sunday, September 28, 2008

Enjoying the weekend

Well, so far this has been a nice weekend. Probably the last 'hot" one we will have until May or so. It's mid 90's here this weekend and while I'm definitely ready for fall, it is nice to get one last warm weekend in to do summer things. Yesterday was a marathon soccer day, with one game at 10 and one at 1. So we were here, there and everywhere. Our teams won both games! YIPPEE!!
On the way home from soccer I suggested we go to the movies after we got home and cleaned up. So we showered and changed and went to see Igor, the only family friendly movie out right now it seems. All I can say is don't waste your money. It starts out with great potential, but just goes downhill after about the first 10 minutes. The music choices are ill fitting and there is some political commentary that I found rather "in your face". I'm all for kids movies that entertain with a message, but this was really off base. SKIP IT.
After the show we were going to go eat at Lucille's BBQ, but when we pulled up there were people waiting outside and we didn't feel like waiting for dinner so we drove down a block to Mel's Diner and had burgers and shakes. YUM. Then we came home and crashed. I was asleep by 10 I think.
Today is chore day, fixing a broken toilet seat, cleaning out the fridge, mowing the lawn kind of day. Making homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. Boring, but sometimes boring is great. :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ghost Story, and other news!!

Hey guys! So I still can't get over how fast the Blue Skies kit sold out! Literally just a few hours and it was gone. But I do have a couple of Ghost Story kits left! So get on over to the store and order yours before midnight tonight to get your mystery gift! Remember, items include grungeboard sheets, ribbon, paper, stickles, stamps and more!


Also, if you would like a chance to win a kit The Design Experiment is giving the PB add on kit away to the winner of their current challenge. So hop on over there and get in on that!

I'll be busy packing boxes and shipping over the next few days, so I'll be back on Thursday or so with something new to tell you. :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A few more sneaks!

Don't forget...these are available tomorrow! :)
Blue Skies

Ghost Story

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Heads up!

Wanted to give you guys some sneak peeks of the kit's I will have coming out next Monday! This one is called Blue Skies

And this is Ghost Story!

Set your reminders because I am going to offer some freebies if you order these before midnight on Tuesday. If you order one kit you will get a "mystery" gift. It could be paper, a stamp, stickles, a sheet of grungboard, all kinds of good things. And if you order BOTH kits you will get 3 mystery gifts! So send me an email ( to be signed up for the newsletter so you are among the first to hear when they are released!
I also wanted to let you know that I will be holding a BIG, HUGE, FANTASTIC challenge in the next few weeks. it will be to celebrate my 1 year anniversary in the kit making field....woohoo! And to celebrate I will be hosting a "Use your Kit" challenge. This is the first time I will be requiring that anyone use products sold from the store. In order to get the GIGANTIC prize, with a MSRP of over $600, you will need to skedaddle over and pick up a kit or 2. I have a ton on sale, also I have the 2 new ones out on Monday, or use up your stash. You will be required to use only products from the kit, or combination of kits, for your entire project. So stock up! there are still deals to be had. I wanted to make sure I gave you all a heads up so you could get your order in to participate. :)
HERE'S THE PRIZE!!! This is starting on Oct. 6th, so mark your calenders!

Hope you are excited about the things coming up! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What's new??

So what's new people?

I am so glad that fall is right around the corner, literally. We are finally out of the 90's and down into the high 80's around here which means I can wear jeans again which I love. Soccer is in full swing. Jacob had a MAJOR ear infection last weekend so he missed his game but the twins played theirs and they got better this week. As Jason says "at 5 playing soccer is like herding cats". So true!

School is going well for the boys, although the twins got a timeout last week which I was mad about. But I came to find out that there was a story, as there always is. Luke was reading and a kid came up and licked his face, so he ran off. The kid got up and took off after Luke. Nick got up and basically tackled the kid who went after Luke and I'm sure added a "don't chase my brother" in there somewhere. Let's just say that I have no worries for Nick's safety on the playground. He is definitely going to be my "jock". And therefor I have no worries about Luke because he is Nick's twin brother and shall forever be protected by his own personal bad ass bodyguard.

I was so sad to hear the news about Aleida Franklin. Members of the scrap community will know who I am talking about. She was killed in a car accident on Friday on her way to work. She has 2 small children (4 and 7) who are now without their mom. Just so sad. These are life's "punches in the gut" that make you realize it's always better to not stress and just slow down and breathe and enjoy the ride. Because you have no idea what tomorrow will bring. I was so stressed out last week about my store stuff and then this happened and I just let it all go, because it doesn't matter. In the end what matters is that your family life is manageable, happy and sane and that you live life to the fullest.

Peace, hugs and love!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The week in review....and please take a few minutes to remember.

Well, I have had a VERY busy last week or more. We celebrated the twins "family birthday last Friday which included me making a homemade cake and not one but two requested dinners. A pot of homemade Chicken noodle soup and Thai Pasta Salad. So I spent about 4 hours in the kitchen that day. But we had a good time and the boys enjoyed their special day.

Saturday was the opening day of soccer for everyone. In our county there were over 500 games being played. Luckily we only lad to be at 2. Jacob is on a team with a very "seasoned' coach and they won against a very tough team 3-0. The twins are being coaced by dad and they did great, but they lost 2-4...oh well. Wish them luck for this weekend!

Sunday was the friends birthday party at the bouncy house place....big fun!!

I want to close with a few words about 9/11. This is my generations "life changing" event. There will never be another social awakening like that for me. Our grandparents had Pearl Harbor. Our parents had all the political upheaval of the 60's and assassinations of both Kennedy's and King. We have 9/11. It's a scar that I feel every day. I remember being nearly 9 months pregnant and laying on the couch the entire day and crying and wondering if life would be the same for my children as it had been for me. Fairly safe, fairly carefree.
Looking back 7 years I think it is quite a different world we live in. While the everyday routine may be pretty ordinary it is ALWAYS in the back of my mind. When I cross the Bay Bridge or Golden Gate I am ALWAYS scanning the sky to make sure a plane isn't headed for us. I am ALWAYS praying that the semi truck next to me isn't loaded with a bomb ready to take down the bridge just as we hit the midway. I defiantly have been hit with 9/11 anxiety syndrome. And I hate it. I want to go back to not worrying that a simple trip to the mall could end up with some nut going crazy and taking taking out my whole family. But this is where we are.
I want to thank each and every troop who has taken the oath to serve this country. You are the HERO that keeps us safe and you have done your jobs amazingly well over the last 7 years. We have been kept safe since that fateful day. My friend Sasha posted on her blog about why is it that the elite get to sip there tea and play croquet on the lawn in the Hampton's while the little guy is the one who is fighting and keeping the country safe. Kudos girl! That's how it has always been. Look at every line of work from farming to software companies. In the older wars rich men would pay other to take their places in the line of duty. {insert eye roll}
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
Jean-Paul Sartre

That's my thought exactly. I have a friend who is very liberal and wants to "talk" out wars. He was mad at me because I voted for George W., in that I thought we had a job to do as far as bringing the terrorists to justice. His point was that I have 3sons and it's possible that they will at some point have to serve his country to fight this "senseless war", and is that what I send my kids off to die? That's not the way I see it. I think our #1 objective is to stand up and fight like hell. I don't want to see anyone die fighting in a war, but I certainly don't think dying trying to protect your country and carrying out missions to accomplish that is dying in vain, it's dying while holding conviction and serving the good of the "whole" which is so heroic in my opinion. So many people don't give our service people a second thought and it pisses me off.
I wonder what would be happening if Saddam was still in power and alive. Would things be worse? I guess he played chicken with the wrong country this time around. He did it so often in the 80's and 90's I guess he forgot there was a new President in charge now. And now he's history. And his disgusting children are history. I'll let you wiki them to read about all of the sickening things they did. Yuck and good riddance.
I really hope McCain wins because he was involved in the same sort of war we are in now. A war that seemed pointless and fruitless. But I think he has a plan of attack that could get the real bad guys and I'm willing to give him a try. If he can withstand all that he did as a POW I think he has the fortitude even at his age to get this job done, and I for one am willing to let him do it. I feel much more comfortable electing someone who has some real life experience in a war zone when taking over as Commander in Chief. He seems smart with a lot of experience under his belt. I like him. My 2 cents about the election. Man, I'm all over the place :){deep sigh}
Please remember how you felt on 9/11/01. Think about all the moms and dads who never came home. Think about the terror those families on the airplanes felt when their planes were going down. Think about the soldiers who were watching this all go down with you and me, realizing it was their job to clean it up. Think about the firemen trying in vain to save lives while so many lost their own.
We in America think about the other guy. We have empathy. We have compassion. We give to our brothers and sisters in need...always! We rally. We still have a sense to do the right thing...this I believe...because I see it every time we are faced with a crisis. There is always an outpouring of support. Todd Beamer said it best with his final words. Words to live by when faced with a horrific situation "Let's roll" .
Thanks for sticking with my, all over the place ramblings. Hugs and tears today. And we will never forget.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Yay...let's play some football!

You all ready for football? I am! I love it! I'm really hoping we can get the boys to a CAL game in the next few weeks. My dad played there in the late 60's and I grew up going to the games quite often. They are the best! Who's your favorite team/Alma Mater? Go Bears!