Sunday, April 29, 2007

That time again!! Baseball

I just wanted to take a minute to brag!!! This is Josh's big pitching debut, he was so excited he could hardly stand it, he didn't do too bad either. Threw some strikes (struck out 2) only gave up 1 run, threw some balls, but best of all he didn't hit anyone. This is one proud momma!!!
The second picture is of Jake playing center field up with the big boys, even though he is only 10 he got drafted up to play on the major team with the big boys, he was pretty nervous, but he made it through, and he'll just get better with time. They both will!

My style???

Ok lets see maybe the 3rd times the charm. I have tried to post this card 3 times now and the post just seems to disappear.

My last couple of posts have got me thinking. Do I really have a style, or is it just a way of stamping that is more comfortable to me. Do you ever stamp outside of your comfort zone. Do you have to really force yourself to do it. I think I have to force myself too, especially when I buy Designer paper from all of those lovely different companies that I love. I'm drawn to so many styles of paper, but my stamping doesn't really reflect that............hence the stamping that isn't really my style. I buy designer paper, 1. because it's beautiful and 2. because I intend to use it, but sometimes I get it home and can't come up with anything and end up with something that i'm not so sure of. I suppose being a Stampin' UP! demo for so long has something to do with that, it's been almost 10 years, boy that's a long time.

I have to admit that just now lately have I started to really stray from SU! There are just way too many other wonderful products out there, and just not enough money to go around. I think after the new catalog comes out and I order what I want from it, I will drop my demo-ship, now I have to tell you I have said this several times in the past, and just can't seem to do it. I so love my discount and the great previews. I'm not sure if I could do it, my palms get all sweaty at just the thought of it........I suppose we'll see what happens when that day comes.

Well I'm hopping to get some stamping in, in between the laundry that hubby didn't get done on Friday, and the aches and pains I'm feeling. Now granted it's hard to say if those aches and pains are just from me being lazy lately, and having to stand up at the ball diamonds all day yesterday for opening day of the boys baseball seasons, or if I'm actually getting sick. I wouldn't doubt that I'm getting sick with not sleeping well the last couple of weeks and what not, but regardless of what it is, I have an 8:30 appt with the breast specialist tomorrow morning and I'm so hoping that by the end of the day I can have a date for both my surgeries, I really need to get this day scheduled before I drive myself crazy. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with some more great cards. Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Another not really my style


Well this card really isn't my style either but I do think I like it..........LOL What do you guys think? Honestly. I really can't seem to find my stamping mojo. The other day I was on a roll, and it all started with a color combo that I really liked. It was Real Red, and Caribbean, with some black thrown in. Now if only I could find another really hot color combo that got me stampin. Oh well we'll see what happens this weekend after all the big hoopla for opening day baseball. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Well this is definitely not my style of card, but I can honestly say I don't absolutely dislike it. I got my 4 different 6x6 basic grey pads and really wanted to use them, so this is what I came up with first. I'm still really really working on the photography of my cards too, I just can't seem to get the right sunlight action. Well Baseball season officially opens this Saturday, the boys are both very excited. I on the other hand can't really say one way or the other, usually I'm really excited for it to start but I think with everything else going on in my life I just don't have the usual umphf (not really a word I know......LOL) My dr. appt with the breast specialist is coming up, Monday morning, and I would really like to get it over with and get everything scheduled, I think all this waiting is what is really dragging me down. I can say though that I have a very dear girlfriend that has and is doing her best to keep my spirits up, she has sent me a card everyday for the last oh at least 7 days I think!! And I love every single one of them. I will take a pic of them all as soon as I get a chance. Thanks Bev!!
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

The new glue pad

Wow, I just got done making a card for a friend, I was inspired by a color combo I saw on someone's blog. So in the process of making it, I pulled out my new Tsunieko glue pad, and let me tell you friends that pad is incredible. It may very well be my new favorite tool. I'm waiting to see how long it takes the glue to actually dry, but really it can't be that long if you don't use a ton of it. I can definitely see a re-fill purchase in my future. I used it with glitter, but I can think of a million other things it will be good for............chalk, all those sparkly powders......(hmmm the name eludes me right at this moment.) I was just so excited I just had to share with everyone real quick. Go to your nearest craft store and pick yourself up one ASAP!!! I will post the card later after my girlfriend gets her card, don't want to ruin the surprise for her!!! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2007


One more birthday card, and an Easter card from my very bestest girlfriend!!!!
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More wonderful birthday cards!!!
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Some very be-lated birthday cards


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I really have to apologize to all the wonderful ladies who sent me all of these wonderful birthday wishes. It has just been so crazy around my house, emotionally, physically, and mentally that I have not had any time for anything! I will post the other pictures of all the wonderful cards after this post so that I get everyone's works of art up. Thanks again for thinking of me!! It really made for a wonderful birthday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Long time no update

I'm sorry that it has been so long since I have posted anything, it's been a rough last week or so. This post will go the personal direction so if you aren't interested, you no longer need to read..............It won't hurt my feelings I promise.
I have had a battery of testing done over the last week or so. A little background first. I have 3 kids, 13, and 10 yr. old twin boys. Life is crazy as any working parent would know. No time for Dr. visits etc.

Well it was time for my yearly exam. Pap came back fine, Dr. recommended I get a baseline mammogram, especially with family history, also have a vaginal ultrasound done because I have been having so many problems with my menstrual cycle for so long. No biggie. Things get put off again, so that I can support hubby through his Gastric Bypass surgery.

So spring break comes I schedule all said appts. I get a call back on my mammogram..........go take more pictures, they tell me something looks suspicious......ok a little worried, but can still handle it.........after many more pictures, I take a trek down to said office, Dr. tells me he wants a biopsy done........Ok really getting stressed (breast cancer runs rampid on my paternal side.) Got the call today that some of the lump is clean but some of it is pre-cancerous..............Oh how those words just sit in the pit of your stomach.

Now this is all after I went to see a gynecologist because the ultrasound came back with some questionable lumps and bumps. Gynecologist fears that one said tumor is probably precancerous also. OK well were just off and running. I ask if it is just possible to biopsy said tumor.........well evidently it is pushed through my uterus...too far up in my stomach area......if biopsied, they would have to go in through my stomach, so once again with said history (mother had cancer and had hysterectomy the same age I am now.) Dr. suggests hysterectomy.........because why cut through my stomach and then have to go back in when biopsy comes back. I will have to have an abdominal hysterectomy, because my uterus is double if not almost triple the size of a normal one and very bulky. So this all being said, mind you I have never had a single surgery done in my life..........delivered all 3 kiddos natural and vaginally. I will have to be cut open from hip bone to hip bone for this surgery, and also hoping to have the lump removed from my breast during the same surgery.

I will be out of work for at least 6 weeks which takes me through the end of the school year, (I work as a teacher's aide in a special needs preschool. So there goes my job for the rest of the year......................I'm so sorry I'm rambling, I'm just a bit terrified to say the least. My whole family and Best friend lives in WA state, and it's not an option for them to come out because my mom works in a school and they are coming in June for my brothers wedding already. My Best bud works for a school also, and just bought their house ( Congrats by the way!!!) So I'm feeling rather alone and really dumped on.

My life hasn't been a walk in the park but then again who's has been really.............I have taken care of hubby for the last 9 years of our marriage because he has melanoma, and it's stage 4 (but his last treatment put him into remission, thank goodness). Then throw in my one son who was diagnosed as Bipolar during the last 6 months..........I have a teenage daughter, need I say more? LOL

Oh how I wonder whatever on earth I have done to deserve all of this, some days I feel like just screaming at the top of my lungs. I try to sit and stamp, but it just seems too quiet and my mind wonders to all the what if's etc. I just can't seem to focus on any one thing and take my mind off all of these health problems.

So in a nutshell (A big nutshell I might add! LOL) that is where my life stands. I don't have a date for the surgery because I'm waiting to hear back from the Dr. with an appt. with a breast Specialist and then they will schedule the appt for both of the surgeries.

I have a few things that I really need to take care of before I do the surgeries, I have a special friend box that needs to get out (from a swap I joined over at SCS), I have to make sure that my kids will have transportation to all of their events, cheer-leading, baseball, etc, while I'm down, and I'm sure there are a few other things I'm forgetting. So for now.......I'm off my excedrin PM is calling my name in hopes that I will maybe get a few moments of shut eye, very very much needed I might add!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

What does Jennifer mean

Hmm I came across this on another blog and thought I would check it out, in my opinion the meanings are pretty correct, although I don't know if all my friends would agree??? Any comments friends?

What Jennifer Means

J is for Joyful

E is for Enlightened

N is for Nice

N is for Nice

I is for Ideal

F is for Flirty

E is for Emotional

R is for Remarkable

Monday, April 2, 2007

Well here is another Easter card that I did a couple of days ago. I have a few others that I need to take pictures of to get posted. I suppose that I should put a few of these out in the mail before it gets too late. Plus I need to get my mom's package for her Birthday, which is also on Easter. I cleaned the house today, and plan on getting some stamping done tomorrow (hopefully the mojo will stick around.) But first it is up bright and early tomorrow for an Ortho appt. for Payton, her knee is really bothering her, and then on to the joys of womanhood for me. I have to have an ultrasound done in hopes of finding out why my cycle is all screwy, and then a mamagram, which I might add I'm not looking forward too, this will be the first one. That will pretty much sum up the morning. Yippeee! Have a great evening! Hugs
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