Thursday, June 26, 2008

pug in a purse

haha - so we took Miss Bella Ooxie to Petsmart the other day, and since we had no collar to fit her (which was the reason for the trip in the first place) Katelyn put her in an old purse. She fit perfectly, and even slept in it. Hysterical. So, until she's bigger, maybe we'll just take her on outings in a purse.. the whole leash and collar thing is over rated anyways! ;P

pug in a purse

Ooxie is such a mommas girl right now.... when she wants to sleep, she wants me to hold her so she can nuzzle up along my neck. I love that... except for when I need to be @ the computer... or to scrap. I forgot how much work taking care of a puppy is.. it reminds me greatly of a newborn.. except for the sleepless nights. She actually sleeps through the night better than Cameron does. *snicker*

I am actually a part of TWO, count 'em.. TWO ONLINE crops this weekend.. The Scrapping Spot & TallyScrapper

Both should prove to be a ton of fun... prizes, games, and conversation on the MB's.
Come check them out!

Oh, and there are as of last night, only a couple of the kits left for July available at The Scrapping Spot.... their flying off the shelves!

Speaking of kits, shelves, and almost being sold out... did I forget to mention that Christine gave me the opportunity to design JULY's TallyScrapper kit?! There is a peek HERE with a FULL blown peek coming this weekend!! I'm SO excited about this kit... which I think will be named, Sweet Summer Sunshine... why break with the Tally tradition?? Most ALL the kits have started with S's! ;)

Yeah baby, I'm stoked!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BESTEST birthday present EVER!

Happy early birthday to ME!

I've been wanting this little baby for just under a year now... bringing it up at least once or twice a month in hopes of weakening Doug's resolve. Can you guess what it is that I've been wanting?

Yes, probably that... maybe that, too!
But what I've been asking for is this:

Happy birthday to me!
awwwwwwwwwwww isn't she precious???
She'll be 3 months old this Saturday. She's AKC and we just need to register her, and get her last set of shots. I got her 10 days early as my birthday gift. I'm SO thrilled Doug bought her for me. I'm still in shock!

I've named her Ooxie (ook-see), still working on her middle names and all that jazz... want to make sure before I register her. I'm still thinking Bella Ooxie, not sure though.

she likes to lick.. a LOT!

loves nibbling... even rings
and nibble too... at one point I was thinking nibbler.. or nibblet.. lol

lickalicky 2
more lickalickies

this is where she rests
she loves sleeping right under your chin/neck area

sweet huh?
Thank you, Doug, you are the best my love!

Monday, June 23, 2008

fruitilicious update

Phew... prayers are so miraculous!

I heard from my cousin, Amy this morning. My uncle had the tube pulled out of his throat, and is sitting up this morning. He has mainly 1st degree burns with some 2nd degree ones. His right hand is severely "messed up" as my cousin tells me. They were getting ready to cut his hair and mustache this morning when the doctors called my Aunt Pat. A much better prognosis than yesterday.

Thanks for being here and listening and praying for our family! We are so very appreciative!!

And I love these silly quizzes like below.

You Are a Banana

You are mellow, easy going, and a total softie on the inside.

People find it really easy to get along with you. You suit most tastes.

And while you're very sweet, you're not boring or ordinary.

You have an attraction to the exotic, and you could show up anywhere... doing almost anything!

You are spirited, energetic, and a total kick to be around.

You're also quite funny. Your sense of humor is on the goofy side, and it fits you well.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


I'm far too lazy to type this all out again, but this is what I posted on message boards earlier today. If you pray, we sure would appreciate them! I'll update when I hear anything more!

>>>I just got word an hour ago, that my uncle was in an explosion. He was working on his camper in the backyard, getting ready to light the stove, and it exploded. He's in ICU at the moment and that's about all I know. His name is Dale. I would really appreciate prayers for him, and also my cousin, Amy. She has burns on her arms that I know of, and I know she put Dale out with a fire extinguisher.

I would be up at the hospital, but my aunt wants nobody up there right now. I'm so torn. ugh. Anyway, if I'm not on much, you'll know why. Thanks! xoxo


*update* My aunt called me. They are having to transfer my uncle to UVA hospital because his burns are too serious for the hospital in town to take care of. UVA is 2.5 - 3 hours away. They started transport around 4 or so, and made it there right before 6pm. I don't know what she's going to do. Her daughter, Amy is driving her up... they just dropped off one of Amy's children off around 6, and are heading up to UVA right now.

My Uncle had his shirt off when he went to light the stove.. he's a pretty hairy guy, they said he was pretty lucky his shirt was off, and that he had loads of hair on his chest, it helped to protect his skin some. He definitely has 1st & 2nd degree burns, and unsure if there are 3rd degree or not based on the assessment here in town. They have him on oxygen with a tube down his throat, he's been fighting the sleep medicine, so they had to restrain him during transport. I think he's resting finally.

My aunt called, and Ronald McDonald House is making her pay $15 a night for a single bed.... seems odd, as I always thought their stuff was based off donations, how much you could donate to them, etc. Dale was the sole bread winner because my aunt is on disability... thankfully, he has insurance through work... but for the other stuff... I'm sure it's a huge worry right now.

I'm rambling.. I'll check in later. Thanks so much for the prayers.<<<

Friday, June 20, 2008

Do you play in the gutter?

I am SO stoked to be apart of this FABULOUSlY naughty new challenge blog called, Gutter Girlz!

Let your ART show.. get yourself in the GUTTER with us!
We provide TWO new challenge per month, based off 3 componets.
Here's a snippet from the blog:

>>Welcome to the Gutter!! This blog hosts challenges to get you thinking. It's about being honest. Take it to the gutter or don't. Be light hearted or dark. It's all up to you. It's about going places that everyday scrapbooking might not take you. It's about saying things out loud that you may have never said or even THOUGHT to say. It's about putting acid on your pages if you want to. This blog may lead you to things you didn't know about yourself. We encourage you to scrap, art journal, paint, draw, photograph, tape, staple, glue and LIVE the nitty gritty. <<

What are YOU waiting for? Go check out that FIRST challenge!!

We've received a GREAT response, and almost 1000 UNIQUE hits since our launch on the 15th! (I hear it doesn't even count every hit either...) You have a chance each month to win a nice prize package, and YOU could be our next Guest Gutter Girl. We'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

July's Sand & Water kit

The Scrapping Spot has TWO kits this month... I got the sand & water one to work with, and ordered the Sun & water... can't wait to dig into that one too... as it is, I scrapped THREE layouts today. Rare. of course the kids and house were neglected.. but, we'll just keep that lil tidbit to ourselves. Crap. Forgot hubby reads the ol' blog with his newsreader... ;)

*Hitchin' a ride!*

*Just add H20*


*Sweet smile*

Papers are from Chatterbox & Memento... if you LOVE embellishments, then this kit is for you. TONS of felt, and buttons, bazill edges, and chipboard.. ribbon, tags.. so cool.

Now, it's 4:17 and I gotta get everyone dressed and run to the store for milk and stakes for the 'maters.

C - we're thinking about you babe!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Look a like for Katelyn

WHATEVA! I so DON'T agree! *snort*

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity - Collage - Morph

officially graduated and other good things

I have SO much to talk about. Whenever I go a few days, I sometimes get overwhelmed and forget the GOOD stuff. Like... we put the trampoline together.. and I got some cool shots of it going together.
i'm the man!

loved the angle of this one

spring into action

wheeeeeee bouncy bounce

tired dogs

See that cutie above? Yep her - Katelyn graduated 5th grade and will now be attending middle school next year. Her fourth semester grades were all straight A's. I am damned proud! She received all kinds of certificates & awards from citizenship to honor roll. The ceremony at the school was sweet, and they showed a slide show presentation that was available for purchase.. so happy I bought one. It was only $1!

Katelyn and Doug tossing the football.. my fav shot from the day - something about it just makes me think Superman.
you remind me of superman here

In other news, after we took Katelyn out for some celebratory end of school year fun -read as CHUCKY CHEESE -
and... Doug decided not to go forward with speaking or obtaining custody of Amanda.
I urged him to make up his own mind, as he was wanting to base this decision on my reaction (health wise) and Katelyn's. I didn't want Doug to be able to come back years from now and resent us... make sense? I still, hope and pray he doesn't in the future.. guess time will tell. I'm relieved but feel a little guilt... guilty conscience by nature.. sure doesn't help when I wanted nothing to do with the kid after all these years.

Sigh. I know I'm not explaining how and why he came to the decision he did very well, but the stress has eased up astronomically. I appreciate (we appreciate) all your support and comments on the matter.

I'll end with a cool color shot.
resisting the pool

other GOOD stuff to come tomorrow.

Monday, June 9, 2008

i feel so lost

when things aren't flowing/meshing right between Doug and I. This whole thing with Amanda is driving us both bonkers, and we haven't even spoken with her yet. I hope Doug hurries up and figures out what it is exactly that he is going to do... I hate limbo.

Now.. enough of that, as if it consuming 70% of my thoughts a day isn't enough... lol on to BRIGHTER, HIPPER, and HAPPIER thoughts. Yes.. I know.. Like the TALLYSCRAPPER June kit. That's it.. ahhhhhhhh yes, yes YES!! I feel the rocker coming out in me! Woohoo! This kit was Aerosmith inspired to hear Christine tell it... and it truly rocks.

*I wanna be a rock star!*

check out that star chipboard... you can open it up to add more dimension.

the journaling..


I only started scrapping with it today.. I know my mojo is on the way side right now.... so don't just take my work(word) for it.. check out the DT gallery - Look for JUNE PEEK in the titles.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Chest Pain is plain scary

Yesterday was scary. In fact, an eye opener to my health. I went to bed Friday night with this pain in my chest that went through to my back. I tried not to think about it as I drifted off to sleep. I woke up at 5am Saturday morning... still don't know why I awoke, but I couldn't go back to sleep. I decided to get out in the garden and weed... best time considering how hot it has been lately on the eastern seaboard. I cam back inside around 6, gave the kids sippies, and sat down... my chest started hurting again... so I looked up symptons of a heart attack. I had 3 of the warning signs. My jaw felt differently, pain in my chest, and in my back. Talk about terrified...

Doug came out around 7 and said, wth? What are you doing up today? (Saturdays are my day off... he is suppose to be up with the kids) So I told him how I felt going to bed and thie pain was still there on/off this morning. Anyways, after him trying to talk me into the doctor I convinced him to get started putting the trampoline together (we bought that friday afternoon... BEFORE we realized I had skipped paying a months car payment.. ugh.) before it gets too dang hot out. He took the kids out with him, and I stayed inside. I eventually went out to take some photos and ended up helping. I think the hardest part was getting the bouncy part centered and lined up evenly all the way around.. we eventually got it centered and all the springs hooked up. Then came the surrounding piece. We have 3/4 of the trampoline together.

We came in for a break from the heat and some lunch and started discussing Doug's first daughter, Amanda. Doug has never had contact with Amanda, and is now, after 15 years, considering bringing her into our home. This stresses me out to no end.. not just because she would be a new member of the family, but because she is currently in a treatment facility for hurting herself (cutting) hurting a student in another state (cutting with glass) and I'm scared for my family. Apparantly, she is a liar and manipulator (what teenager isn't, right?) but just all this bundled up into a teenager we don't know... scares me.

We have a happy home. A loving family. We respect one another, support one another, lift each other up... we are truly blessed.... I don't want one kid I've never met to come in and tear it all down.... so, this is just a sprinkling of what Doug and I have been talking about lately.. and evidently, something that causes me great stress.... which also causes MORE acid in your stomach.

back on topic....
Around noon I realized my chest was hurting regularly, and thought we should go in to urgent care at the hospital. They admitted right away, hooked me up for an EKG, put me on oxygen, took blood, did a chest x-ray (we were there 3 hours) and gave me a cocktail to drink the last 45 minutes there.... the doctor thankfully said there was no damage to my heart, no indicators that my heart was/is/has been in distress... I have what is called GERDS.

All I can say is thank the good Lord above... and how in the hell can you have heartburn or acid reflux withOUT FEEling it?????

Pray for my family... please!

Friday, June 6, 2008

funky and without soul

my skin crawls and my heart races
as i think of my near future
to come

where i once saw rainbows and happy times
now turn dark clouds and i want
to run

some people are just plain good
welcoming arms
to any

my heart and soul are selfish
not sure i'm cut out for the
nitty gritty

painful as it is and forelorn as i am
i must try to grow
to understand

i need to find faith
and bring out the nurturer
for what's not mine

to welcome it as mine
to treat it with goodness and kindness


Ugh. I pray I don't fail.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Haiku achoo

We were challenged this month over at the {I}nspiration blog, by Jan... create your own poetry... so, I will start with a Haiku.

Here goes nothin'

Wishing I were small
nothing like being grotesque
Weight Watchers help me!

let's try a dirty one - you should have HEARD us in the Tally chat last night.. sheesh!

I'll give him a treat
teasing wickedly oh yes
filled with much delight

Hmmmmmm these are fun. Hope I'm doing them right! One more, lets try Cinquain:

sweating buckets
you know summer
is on the way

hmmmmmmm ok. one more!

size matters
to the bird
that bangs the tree

Ok... so MY mind is in the gutter... ack. some days I think I was suppose to be a man with this wicked gutter brain of mine.

Oh yeah.. I know a secrrrrret!!!!! C'mon back here June 15th!! *wink wink*

Monday, June 2, 2008

sex days aren't bad

Oh. typo. I meant SIX days... now my mind is stuck thinking about sex, I don't even have a clue why I was thinking six.... now I am definitely thinkin' sex. Hubby gets home in 45 minutes... heeheehee

Yeah, anyway. I'm getting better at HORSE shoes! woot! I got two ringers yesterday and a leaner, not to mention a ton more single points. I am beginning to like horse shoes! And if you play in your suit, you can jump in the pool to cool off. Perfect.

Doug & I took the irish twins to get their hair cut in a salon... it was their first time. Both were terrified at first, but once they were calmed down, and I was certain they weren't going to get themselves poked, I snapped a shot. :)

I love this one of Cam.. he was all done.

She chopped the heck out of Sam's hair.. before I knew it, her long hair was gone! SNAP.
here's a after shot. Check out the layout in this post for her before shot!

I miss her wild hair on the sides sticking out every which way.

Love me some Rusty Pickle & Prima!
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