Monday, December 31, 2007


Well, in 8 1/2 hours it will be 2008. The four of us are staying in and ringing in the New Year right here at home. Where the heck does the time go? This year was filled with lots of great things. Kate graduated from preschool and started Kindergarten. Now I have two kids in Elementary. Tyler did well in 2nd and is doing very well in 3rd grade. He played his first year of baseball, flag football, and now he is on a basketball team! He is really enjoying sports! I love watching his games. Our family will have a new member in 2008! My sister found out she was pregnant this October. Kate still has her love of horses. We had a great family get-away to Kalahari Waterpark in Ohio and had a wonderful time! I got a shorter hair style...ahhh! Got on Scrapbook Oasis Design Team. Here's to another happy and healthy year! Hope yours is wonderful too!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2008!

Friday, December 28, 2007


I just finished the book P.S. I LOVE YOU by Cecelia Ahern. IT WAS WONDERFUL. I could not put the book down. I cried, laughed, and cried even more. I never should have bought it during Christmas...didn't want to get ready, just wanted to read! It's one of those books that I was sad to be done with.
Now I need to go and see the movie. I am really looking forward to it. I heard that it is really good. (and of course the guy who plays her husband, Gerard Butler, will be fun to watch!!)
I want to buy another book from her so I went to her website last night. She is actually one of the producers of one of my new favorite shows, SAMANTHA WHO?. So, I'm sure I will love her other books too.
So...If you are looking for a book to read I highly recommend P.S. I LOVE YOU. I was not disappointed at all!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Not Really Resolutions!

We have been challenged to write about our resolutions for the upcoming New Year. I have to say that I don't really ever make resolutions. I am not very good at following through and I know that if I make a resolution it most likely won't happen. Negative attitude, I know, but I know myself and I don't want to disappoint myself by not doing what I said I would.
I do however want to lose some weight again. Last year I lost about 15 pounds but managed to put it all back on. I know I can do it, it's just getting back on the "portion control wagon"!! I love junk food and saying no to it isn't very easy!
I would love to be more organized this year. HA HA HA HA HA!! I think losing weight is less of a challenge for me! But I think that is something I'm going to try for. (Wish me luck...I'll need it!)
I would love to have a bit more patience this year too. Especially with the kids. Sometimes that is so hard with an 8 and 5 year old. (Very hard with that 5 year old of mine!! ) I think a bit more patience would make me a better mother so I will add that to my "not-resolutions" list!
So, I guess I have 3 things I have to work for this year. Eating better, organization, and patience. I'm keeping the list short so it's easy to do!

Saturday, December 22, 2007


I really can't believe that it is only a few days away. We start celebrating tomorrow at my in-laws. The kids are so thrilled that they get to start Christmas a day early! On Monday we are going to my parents and then on Tuesday my sister is having Christmas day at their house! I am really looking forward to all this celebrating! Of course after the next few days my house will look like a toy store and the kids will have tons of new toys to play with! Looking forward to watching them open their gifts!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy your family and friends and I hope it is very Merry!


Sunday, December 16, 2007


I had to post a new comment because my husband told me that my brother-in-law checks out my blog all the time! I was surprised but glad to know someone is checking out what I'm writing about! Now...I'm waiting for him to leave me a comment. So if your reading this Jeff you need to leave me some of your wise words! You know you want to! (punching you over the computer! HA!)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Scrapbook Oasis Challenge # 2

Melita has another blog challenge over at Scrapbook Oasis. Your favorite childhood memory. I know I have them!

I remember when I was 7 years old, my Dad handmade a dollhouse for me! It was all wood, carpeted, wallpapered and came with these really heavy dolls to play with. Furniture too! I was beyond thrilled! They have it in their basement right now. It is damaged and needs repair but we still have it. He even used our address on the dollhouse! It was so nice! I love those Christmas memories!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


I posted my first Design Team work for Scrapbook Oasis! Dionne sent me a lot of great things to play with! I got to work on an acrylic album that she designed at it was so fun! I am so pleased with how it turned out. The nice thing about it is I can add pages and pictures to it! The covers are so nice and thick! Here's a picture of the cover. If you want to see more pages of the book come over the The Oasis to see them

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Scrapbook Oasis Blog Challenge!

We are having a challenge over at the Oasis! My friend and DT member Melita has a blog challenge regarding how you feel about Christmas. Do you think it is too commercialized? Do you teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas? Check out the challenge at

Here are a few of my thoughts:

I have always loved Christmas. As a kid I remember being so excited about all the presents I would get. Well, now I have kids of my own and they are counting down the days until Santa Claus comes! It is all very exciting. We even have a little "countdown to Christmas" chalkboard. The kids change the number of days every morning. I need to get out to the stores and finish all my shopping. We still need to put up a tree and get some lights outside. I think that Christmas is commercialized??? For sure!
Not that I think the whole Santa, reindeer and present thing is ridiculous I just know that some people, including myself, don't always think about Jesus when Christmas is mentioned. I talked to Kate this afternoon about what Christmas really is and she didn't know it is Jesus' birthday. I actually felt bad. Like I wasn't teaching my kids enough. I did talk to her and she mentioned her Grandma's manger set. She said it was so pretty and she couldn't wait to go over and see where she is going to put it this year.
One thing I do know is even though we think about Santa and presents and getting together with our family. I do know and do care that it has a much bigger meaning than just gift giving!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


The Design Team was chosen for The Scrapbook Oasis and I was one of the lucky four! I am so excited to be a part of this site! The three other girls that were chosen with me are Karen, Natalie, and Tori! They are all so talented! I am so happy to get to work with them! ! Come and join us over there. Dionne has a great store and the forum is always friendly!
Thanks so much to Dionne, Robs, and Melita for letting me be a part of this talented Design Team! I am so flattered!!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

The 1st Big Snowfall

Well, it's still Fall according to the calendar but if you look outside, it's saying a totally different thing! We got SNOW. And it is coming down pretty fast and pretty hard. The kids are so excited but I have to say I'm not. It's pretty but not fun to drive in. You would think that most people around here would be used to the snow and be able to drive. Seeing that we live in Michigan and we get snow EVERY year! But on the way home tonight we were behind a car going about 10 miles per hour. It's not the Artic people! Although, sometime tonight there is supposed to be some freezing rain. Glad we are home now and not out driving in it! Paul even through the first snowballs of the season at me, Kate and Tyler. Got Tyler right in the head as a matter of fact! Ahhh...the joys of snow!