Saturday, December 30, 2006

Plastic bags are good for...

more than carrying your groceries and toiletries in.

The Target bags are better for this:

enough said... ;)

I entered the world of 'reality' again.

Went out to the store yesterday and today to pick up some things while I was out. The traffic was busier than it was at Christmas. It's like all the little buy-it-online hermits decided to grace the world again... or others looking for stuff still clearanced out, or like me, and after 6 days of not entering a store, decided she needed formula, bath soap, and tampons for the upcoming coupla weeks! LOL

Did I say traffic was horrid? Hillary's one in 48 for January is coming up. A ton of my Willow friends will be there this time participating, it's sure to be a blast. I've already signed up for the one in March too (shhhhhhhhhh) ;) The classes are just total fun and give you a bit to think about. I bought printer ink today, enough to last me a month or two depending on how many I print out. I bet it would be cheaper to get them all offline... but I hate the wait! I like being able to print as I go.

Another exciting note, and yes, I will talk about this ALL THE TIME -> But I will be getting my FIRST EVER DT Kit (ahhhhhhhhhh I love it!!) from Scrappy Giraffe come the middle of the January. I'm so STOKED!!!

I'll end with something that makes my heart smile :D

Thursday, December 28, 2006


I had to reformat my computer -again- seems Wishblade is not compatible with Windows Vista! They (xyron) tell me on the phone yesterday that a new machine is coming out in March 07, so hopefully they will have new drivers/software to support Vista. I loved that Operating System, one of my favorites yet!

We've all been busy playing with our new toys. I finally got to try cutting on my wishblade this morning. I'm so nervous waiting on it to cut, and I did cut my mat a little bit... ugh. I have to make myself play with it some more, or I'll never learn & get used to it! Someone, make this nervous feeling go away!!!

ATM, Katelyn is coloring in her lil sisters Dora coloring book. It's cute & funny. At 10 she still finds joy in playing with the kids toys.... heck, I gotta admit it too - coloring is so much fun!!!! Nice to just sink into the page and watch the swirls of color being applied to the page. Samantha has this little colorbox that holds her colored pencils/crayons. She decided she would take one of my drawers today and put her lil box in it. She has marked her territory.. hilarious!! She gave me the biggest grin, patted the front of the drawer - as if asking if it was ok to leave her stuff there. Who am I to refuse the lil sweetie for wanting to put away her colors?? As long as she stays far away from my chipboard, embellishments, flowers, and ink... we'll be ok!

Speaking of ok... Samantha was pulling her stocking trying to get it off the mantle, and the darn stocking holder crashed down and hit her head. She didn't cry or anything, Katelyn came into the room screaming bloody murder, in tears holding Samantha. She had blood running down her scalp into her face. It stopped bleeding quickly, and looks pretty small. It started to bleed again earlier tonight so if it starts up again we'll go to the ER... and we'll be watching/waking her up every coupla hours to make sure she's ok. Poor kid.

Monday, December 25, 2006

OH MY LORD!!! (love ya lord)

I got a WISHBLADE!!!!!!!!!!

and a NEW awesome macro zoom telephoto lens 100 - 300!!!

just a sampling of the macro part.. OH I LOVE IT!!!
I can't wait to post some more pictures, but later. Cam just woke up so I have to get dressed, dress him, feed him, pack the van and diaper bag & go!!!
Love you willow girls!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

the stockings were hung

by the chimney with care...

I LOVE Christmas Eve. Doug and I always have a blast putting together and setting up Santa gifts.... decided to get some shots of the tree!!

9 more hours

and I'll be waking everyone up so we can open Christmas presents!!!!! I'm very excited, and have always been the first one up, even as an adult!!! I'm just a big kid. Doug, I'm taking a moment to let you know babe that I love you with all my heart. You're in my daily thoughts a lot, and I'm so glad to have you home for 9 days! I pray we're always in love.
Merry Christmas everyone!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Happy

I am still completely shell shocked that I'm on the design team for Scrappy Giraffe Kits. Kat and her DTL rock, not to mention the members of the message board are uber cool. I'm so glad I went out for this call, I love making new friends and think I'll make many there. Some of the work I have done in the last month is below. It's nice to be blogging again!

4.5 hours of sleep will

make you feel like complete crap in the morning.
For whatever reason, Doug woke up when I went to bed and we talked about my last post. I feel a little better about the outcome, but still. How can you forget to tell your wife about "thinking about looking up my dad again" oh yeah, and "I found my family tree online".
Ok.. officially letting it go.

sucky damn night

Well, first it starts off by one of D's x's looking us up. I get tired of this shit.
And then more secrets from him!
my god, i try to get the man to talk to his family for YEARS!
who does he confide in?
his cousin.
what a crock of shit
why is it, that I find this shit out on my own?
i'm pissed.
oh, and what will i hear about finding out?
you snooped in my email!
i just wish i could sleep.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I've been TAGGED!!

Linda tagged me yesterday!

A - Available/Single? Married to the love of my life!! We've been together 11 years and married for 4!
B - Best Friend? Stacy
C - Cake or Pie? Pie
D - Drink Of Choice? Pepsi or coffee
E - Essential Item You Use Everyday? water
F - Favorite Color? I have to have a favorite? Today it's this color of blue
G - Gummy Bears Or Worms? Bears, I like eating the heads off!
H - Home or Homesick? Home
I - Indulgence? I have a lot of them :) Lets say it's chubby hubby from B&J's!
J - January Or February? February, Cameron was born in this month
K - Kids & Their Names? Three. Katelyn 10; Samantha 21 months; Cameron 10 months
L - Life Is Incomplete Without? My hubby and kids!
M - Marriage date? 3/30/02
N - Number Of Siblings? 0
O - Oranges Or Apples? Apples
P - Phobias/Fears? Heights My butt tingles if I'm up too high! LOL
Q - Favorite Quote? I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.~Maya Angelou,
R - Reason to Smile? Looking at my 3 gorgeous kids
S - Season? Fall
T - Tag 3 or 4 people? Amy Renee, Tami, Jamie
U - Unknown Fact About Me? I snort when I laugh
V - Vegetable you don’t like? Asparagus
W - Worst Habit? Wiping my nose on hubby... HAHAHA (it's not as bad as it sounds) Well, I thought of another one. Smoking.
X - X-rays You’ve Had? Lots on my ankles growing up... always sprained them.
Y - Your Favorite Food? Roast with carrots & taters
Z - Zodiac Sign? Cancer

WOW, just WOW!!!!!!!

Holy Smokes!!
I'm able to FINALLY LOG IN!
Yes, that's me screaming.
I switched over to the beta with google right after my last post and
ever since then could NOT log in with my computer. It's amazing
what a format will do! *wink* Doug loaded Windows VISTA on my computer last night... so far it feels sleek and fast, Lovin' it!! We'll see how I feel if a program I wanna use doesn't work!

I made the Scrappy Giraffe 2007 Design Team! I'm so excited, my term starts in February and runs through July. This is my very first DT and I hope I do them proud! Kat provides gorgeous muted kits so all you have to do is SIGN UP and start scrapping. It's that easy!

Gotta wash the babes up.. oh and Shannon... I blogged (ppbbbbllttt!!!) :)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

3 days of scrapping

and I'm loving it! The crop has been so much fun, just what I needed!! However, I need new albums, I've filled mine up. Here are a few layouts I've completed this weekend. You can click on the picture to see the larger size.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The solar system

it turned out pretty well. In fact, Katelyn did a wonderful job.
Speaking of Katelyn, she's sick. This sickness is going around like wild fire. I've been hearing mom's talking about their children being sick on all the message boards I frequent. Katelyn was up from 12:30 til almost 4 this morning with a headache and vomiting. Poor girl. We kept her home from school today, which means daddy had to take her project to school and turn it in for her. He said they kept looking at him funny, like "why exactly are you here?" LMAO!
It was due today.. don't they understand? LOL

The only thing we did to help was gluing down her astroid belt while she wrote her paragraph about the solar system. Click on the picture to make it larger, the planets are gorgeous!
Oh yeah... I still have *some* halloween stuff not put away yet - one of them is my tablecloth.

I need to get busy printing the rest of my pictures because there is a HUGE cyber crop at Transparent Touches today through Sunday. You should stop by!! If you do, tell them Leah sent you :)

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


I'm on a coupon train over at WT and I had a enormous amount of coupons to wade through, sort, pull expired, sort by expiration date, and file. I have my envelope ready to mail, matter of fact, i better run out real quick and throw it in the mailbox. Oh, yeah... I broke the flag on the mailbox last night pulling mail out of it. I need to figure out how to fix it... LOL

A layout I finished last night. I love that I am pulling photos up to ten years old and scrapping them. I need to get a couple of albums just for Katelyn's childhood. She loves seeing all her old photos being scrapped, and it's bringing back such wonderful memories. I wish I had taken more pics of her when she was little. Off to put Sam down for a nap and start laundry.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Christmas is in the air

I'm just really feeling the christmas vibe right now.
I want to pull out all the lights and get the house decorated.
Put up the tree.
Pull out my snowmen!

Feeding the babies ramon noodles = a real sticky mess
No pics of that.
Guess I better clean them up and go to Target ;)
I need printer ink!
good snacks.

Friday, November 3, 2006

call 911

i want to scream and cry and throw a freakin' tantrum!
liek now
heart palpitations..
someone anyone..
call 911
tell them to talk my hubby into letting me get my sub back
i cant stand it any
r!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

can you blame me?
look at this gorgeous kit from MY Favorite memories!!!!!!!!!!

then Shari gives a sneak peak at the man in brown delivering more goodies for DEC kit.
to quote her:

I know, I're just getting your November kits. But, I have to tell
you....this December kit is probably the most BEAUTIFUL KIT YET. I cannot
believe how GORGEOUS all of this is together!!!!! I'm about to FLIP with
excitement!!! I would even go out on a limb to say this is the MOST BEAUTIFUL
KIT YOU HAVE EVER SEEN . Your jaw will drop when you see it, I guarantee!

woe is me
honey - you reading this?

on the other hand
i made a two pager this morning
used pics that were 10 years old
and some paper that my friend stacy gave me

Thursday, November 2, 2006

2 layouts

2 layouts complete in 48 hours... taking Hillary's class is challenging
when you have people like Crystal & Ari in there. There really creating like crazy!

then somehow I got talked into trying digital.
so i did.

This day should be fun.. considering I'm suppose to be doing laundry
and NOT smoking.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Halloween's over

It was lots of fun. Samantha really enjoyed herself this year.
I was running behind getting dinner cooked, kids dressed, and out the door to take a picture.
Too late.
Sunlight was gone.
Thank goodness for flash, or not.

Samantha was the cutest thing though. We would go up to a house and she would say "t or tee" all the way up the sidewalk, when we got to the door, she would stand there with her teeny lil bucket. When she got candy, she didn't want to leave.
Just stood there looking. LOL
At this house, there was a beautiful doggy, and Sam wouldn't budge until she got a closer look at "the baby" ;)

Blogger is being a PITA and won't let me upload more pics.
I'll try finishing this later.
============================== later ;)

I love Katelyn's smile in this photo... don't know the person at the door... but like I said, love K's smile :) She went as a fairy.

Samantha getting a goodie. oh so sweet. Mommy's little bumble bee.

Here's Cameron after waking up from a nap. He slept most of the time out, but he did so good. No fussing, even if it was past his bedtime ;) He was my little hound dog.

Monday, October 30, 2006

drastic changes

time for us to pony up and deal with the bleak reality that we aren't the Joneses and to start living under our means. it finally hit me today - this morning actually.

christmas is less than 60 days away and we haven't put a penny back for our children. D being out of work topped with our poor spending choices in the last year has left us fighting to stay above the water. we've been reading a book by dave ramsey called the total money makeover. i can really see this concept working.

i pray we stay on track and don't lose focus in a few months.

we're going to be working the envie system which means no more credit/debit cards to be used!
go us!

here's a couple of pics i took while we were in the car today.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Lazy, windy Saturday

Ahh, lazy do nothing Saturday.
Take care of the kids
feed them
play with them
give 'em naps

That's pretty much it.
Cam slept beautifully last night.. til 6:45 this morning!
*insert shocked smiley face here*


Here's a layout I created using the My Favorite Memories October kit.
I also used a transparency from Transparent touches & Tags.

Totally love those AC Thickers!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

NO school yesterday

means more to do today, and yet I don't feel like doing a thing. The basics is fine with me... feed the babies, clean up the trays... feed the babies, feed me, clean up the trays... More sleeping issues with Cam last night.. poor lil guy wet through at 4:10 am and we were up til 9... thank goodness he took a decent nap and that Samantha still takes daily naps... I closed my eyes and napped restlessly a little until lil man got up.... count each and every lil blessing ;)

I feel it. I feel a scrappy design coming on today. I think it's going to rear it scrappy head in altered form!! Maybe a Santa... ooh, or a snowman.. hey a pumpkin... Hmmmm

Let's see what I do!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Poor little guy

All Cameron wants to do is cry when we put him in bed. He can sleep through the night, but hasn't learned how to coddle himself upon waking too early. We played the scream it out game... I just sat in his bedroom at 4 this morning until he laid down at 5. I covered him up and he slept another hour, which is wake-up time. He fought sleep hard for his second nap... cried what seemed like forever, finally laid down and slept.. guess how long?

30 minutes. Ughhh... really long day here in the Crowe household. Bad Karma must be making it's rounds... won't go into details, but it just stinks.

We took Katelyn to the roller rink to try out her new inlines she got for her birthday. We were there about an hour, she doesn't really like the skates yet because their not broke in. I told her, "Hey, that's your job... to break 'em in!" ;) Here are some pics from yesterday.

I love Cam's expression in the first one.. "oooooooooh" ;)

Sam running toward the play place... she loves playing in there, but it's expensive at $4 *yikes*

Oh yeah.. Katelyn won a free small soft drink while she was there skating... she was so happy for that since we weren't springing for snacks there!! LOL

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Online crop @ MFM

Gotta LOVE MFM! Shari and the awesome DT held an online crop this weekend. It was so much fun. I completed 6 layouts and a make n take Canvas.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

my 1st lunchbox

altered. Love it.
It's not complete yet, I still need to get ribbon that will match, that'll come later.

It's going to store my marbles & dice for this game we play called Aggravation.
Now I need to play!!
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