Friday, January 22, 2010

First Friday Favorite Five of the Year

I have totally been a slacker when it comes to blogging!  I must get back to it!  And what better way than to do my FFF!


1) Weekend Scrapbook Retreats – a few weeks ago I was able to head off to The Great Escape in Monroe, WA for some weekend scrapbooking.  This place was awesome!  It is a house built specifically for scrapbooking.  We each had our own 6ft table with organizing shelves, a die cut machine to use for free, complimentary meals prepared by my consultant, and a twin bed in a cute little bedroom.  I was able to get 28 pages done!  Thanks Shelley for finally getting me to go to this!  I had a great time!

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2) My New Nook – What is a Nook?  It is an E-Reader by Barnes and Noble.  Bob got this for me for Christmas, and I have to admit I was skeptical.  I love to read and I LOVE books – the smell of the pages, the feel of holding a book in my hands, the artwork on the cover….  But I was intrigued by the E-Reader.  So, after reading a few books on it so far, I have to admit that it’s grown on me.  I can download a new book any time, any place!  When I walk into a B&N, it will show me store specials and coupons.  If I want to read a book right now, and I don’t happen to have a copy of it, I can just download it onto my Nook for a small fee.  Now, will I still buy actual books?  Of course!  There are some books that I will want to keep and read over and over (Twilight….Outlander….Time Traveler’s Wife….Memoirs of a Geisha….)  But I am enjoying my E-Reader too!  Thanks honey!  Oh!  And did I mention my super chic Kate Spade Nook Holder?  Love it!

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3) Sunshine – I am LOVING the sunshine we’ve had this week!  It has felt a little bit like Spring, here in the PNW.  I know it won’t last…sigh….but for now it is WONDERFUL!  Thank you, Lord, for giving us some sunny weather!

4) Bob’s 40th Birthday– Last weekend we headed back to Indianapolis for Bob’s 40th birthday.  We had a great time hanging out with Bob’s old college buddies and their spouses.  These are good people!  They all helped me organize a great weekend for Bob by helping me keep it a surprise (until I finally spilled the beans), obtaining IU Basketball tickets, and finding a place for us to watch the Colts Game.  You guys were awesome! 

We had dinner at a Brazilian Steak House called Fogo deChao, which was very cool.  Definitely a Man’s place to eat  -- they kept bringing around spit after spit of beef, pork and chicken!  Wow!  Then we headed to Sun King Brewery to watch the Colts Playoff Game – which they won! (All for you, babe!)  I would definitely recommend the Sunlight Cream Ale here!  Yum!  Then the next day we headed to Indiana University to watch the Hoosiers win in OT against Minnesota.  Yes!  Gotta love you some Indiana Basketball! 

A great weekend was had by all!  The kids got to hang out with Grammie, Great-Grandma (the kids nicknamed her GG this weekend) and cousin Will, while Bob and I hooped it up for his birthday.  Fun Times!


5) My Husband – We’ve been together now, for more than half our lives!  We started dating while we were seniors in high school. Who knew we would still be together 22 years later?  Today is our 22nd anniversary of our first date!  Can you believe that?  We went to a high school basketball game together (of course) and then had pizza at Noble Romans.  I think in honor of our first date, we’ll have pizza tonight for dinner and go watch our daughter at HER basketball game.  :-)  I love you Bob!

Happy Friday Everyone!  I hope your weekend is Sunny and you come up with your own Friday Favorite Five!

Friday, January 8, 2010

A good way to start the new year…

I got this from McMommy’s Blog.  Definitely words to live by!  Hope you enjoy….



1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14.. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness..
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.. Don't hate others..
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23.. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Happy New year!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

A wonderful place to work

Have I told you about how much I love where I work?  I think I’ve mentioned it before in a previous post.  Three plus years ago I decided to volunteer some time at our church.  I was placed as a volunteer doing some data entry for the newly opened Kids at the Creek preschool.  A few months later I was asked if I was interested in actually working part time for the preschool.  What? Get paid instead of volunteering?  Sure!

I started out working 2 half days a week.  Now I’m working 2+ full days a week.  I love my job!  I went from being a volunteer for the church to being the part time bookkeeper for the preschool.  I have two wonderful bosses, exceptional co-workers, and I’ve gotten to know our church staff a little bit better.

Today, we had our preschool staff Christmas Party.  We enjoyed a delicious breakfast provided by the directors, we had an awesome gift exchange, made Christmas wreaths, created hand made thank you cards and tags, decorated cookies, and just enjoyed each others company and fellowship.  It was truly a very fun day! 

Staff party 2009 001 At our gift exchange, you can “steal” an item from someone else up to 2 different times.  I had my first gift “stolen” but ended up with this wonderfully smelling candle and this awesome Jar Wrap.  What a very unique idea!

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Look at this adorable gift card holder I made!  What a great idea!  It’s made with an envelope with the squared off flap, instead of the triangle one.  Note to Eve:  You need to make these!

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These are the cute Thank You Cards I made.  So easy.  Made me wonder why I don’t make hand made cards more often.

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This is the wreath I made.  The Wreath is real and we had tons of embellishments to add to it.  My bow is a little dorky, but Hey!  No one will notice since the wreath will sit behind the screen door.  I love getting a fresh wreath.  The smell is wonderful!  And since we have a fake tree, the real wreath kind of compensates.  (Or so I’m telling myself.)

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The cookie decorating tips we got from my friend Sara were very cool!  We learned things like “flooding”, and adding water to the Wilton decorator icing to thin it out. 

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And then, who doesn’t enjoy a cookie exchange?  I can’t wait to try one of each of these yummy looking cookies!  I know they won’t last long, so I better get some while I can!  ha ha

Today was a great start to the holiday season for me.  I haven’t been “feeling it” yet.  I’ve decorated the tree and the house, I’ve done the crazy Black Friday shopping, I’ve ordered and received our Christmas cards, and I’ve even wore my Christmas socks and Christmas earrings.  But today, with all the good fellowship with the women I work with, I think I’m finally getting in the Spirit of the Holiday Season!  Yay!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Favorite Five – 11/20/2009

It’s been awhile since I’ve done my FFF – again!  So without further  ado, here are my FFF for this week:

1) Make Believe – Today after school, Sarah and her friends made a space ship out of a shower door box.  They had great fun drawing on the box with markers, using tissue boxes to hold up the wings, using inserts from a wine shipment as seats, and Tupperware bowls as helmets. How awesome in this day and age of video games, computers and IPods, that kids still remember how to play make believe!astronaughts space ship

2) My Book Holder – This one has been one of my FFF before, but this week I was able to use my book holder in a whole new way!  I was tired of having our (Bob’s) elliptical trainer be a dust collector, so have been trying to use it on the days I can’t get to the gym (which have been a lot lately).  However, there is no motivation to use it when a) it’s in the cold garage and b) it faces a shelf that needs organized.  That’s all I see when I’m out there working my butt off – all this crap that needs to have something done with it!  So, yesterday (after being house-bound for 3 days due to contractors and sick kids) I was ingenious and velcro’d my book holder to the elliptical so that I can read while working out!  Woot!  Is that awesome or what???book holder - Copy Book holder 2 book holder 3

3) Clean closets – Another one from a previous FFF, clean closets make me happy!  As I was house bound this week, I decided that our closet needed organized and cleaned out.  My side wasn’t so bad, but our walk-in-closet had become a barely-get-in-the-door closet.  Bob’s side needed cleaned out in a major way, and boxes needed to be put up on shelves instead of on the floor where things got piled on them.  So, that’s what I did this week.  I know you didn’t see the before pictures (and believe me, I NEVER would’ve shown them), but I’m happy to post my after picture!  clean closet

4) Tastefully Simple—Have you heard of this company?  They make food products that only require 1 to 2 ingredients.  Everything from them is sooo yummy!  From their beer bread to their dips - I love it all!  I hate cooking, so having simple and easy things to make for dinner or to bring to a party is right up my alley!   A few weeks ago I hosted a TS party and received over $100 in free product!  I am so excited to get all my products so that I can be prepared for all the holiday festivities!

5) Surprise Trips – My husband, God love ‘im, surprised US ALL with a trip to Disneyland this past weekend.  He had to be in LA for a conference and decided that we should take the kids to The Happiest Place on Earth for the weekend.  Crazy man!  He had to convince me pretty hard – I am the planner in the family.  I don’t do well with spur of the moment trips.  I have to say though, we had a fantastic time!  The kids hadn’t been in about 5 years, and Sarah didn’t even remember ever having been there!  We enjoy 1-1/2 days of The Magic Kingdom and California Adventure.  Thank you honey!


With Thanksgiving approaching next week, I hope everyone takes a minute to think about your Friday Favorite Five.  It’s always good to be thankful for the little things in life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Favorite Five – October 23, 2009

What a week!  Lots of FFF discovered this week. Check ‘em out!

1) New T.V. shows – I have discovered two new comedy’s this season!  Glee and Modern Family.  These shows are great! 

Glee is about a high school Glee Club and the teacher who wants to make it hip.  The episode I just watched this week was about some star football players joining the club but getting razzed by their fellow teammates.  What was so funny is that they kept getting grape slushiess thrown in their faces by their teammates.  They have some great songs and the singers are amazing.  This is definitely being added to my DVR!

Modern Family is about three families who are all related.  Dad has married the younger, hot Columbian wife; daughter is married with a dorky husband and 3 kids; son has a life partner and they just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam.  Super hilarious!  Another great show to DVR!  The episode I just watched this week is where the daughter calls the new step mom a gold digger and the life partner of the son bonds with dad over football.  It was Laugh Out Loud funny!

Only bummer about these two show – both on at the same time/same night. Which brings me to my #2 FFF.

2) My DVR – I LOVE being able to record my favorite shows – Desperate Housewives, The Office, 30 Rock, Jon and Kate, Private Practice, Glee, Modern Family….  Now if only my Showtime and HBO shows would come back on!  Nothing better than folding laundry while catching up on that week’s shows.  And what’s even better, I can record them downstairs and watch them upstairs.  Sweet!

3)  Bottle Cap Necklaces by M3 Girl Designs – I just discovered these at a little toy store in downtown Snohomish.  They are interchangeable bottle caps used for necklaces, designed by this 12 year old girl, and her little sister, when she was in 5th grade.  They are so cute and trendy!  They come in several different designs, and I think you can even do a custom order.  These are perfect for the pre-teen girls.  Sarah and I bought 2 for a couple of her friends’ birthday’s.  I’m gonna HAVE to get Sarah one for Christmas.  These are just too super cute!!

4) Bobby’s Senior Pictures – Have you seen them on facebook yet?  He looks so grown up and handsome!  They turned out amazing and I can’t wait to see my final copies and my photo book!  Ellen at Beautiful You Portraits did a fantastic job!

5) A Clean House – As usual this is ALWAYS a favorite of mine!   This week my house got cleaned, the laundry was all done, and even Sarah’s room was cleaned and organized!  Out with Polly Pockets, several bags of trash, and several more bags in the donation pile! Yes!  It’s such a nice feeling to know that at least one child’s room has been de-cluttered before the holidays begin!

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Favorite Five – October 16th 2009

Better late than never! Here are my FFF for this week:

1) Candy Corn – Yummmm……  My personal favorite is the original candy corn and the pumpkins from the Harvest Mix.  I find myself eating all the pumpkins first, then all the white tops of the candy corn second.  I’ve made myself sick with eating candy corn!  This is definitely one of the best parts of Fall!

2) My Favorite Halloween Decoration – Thanks go to my Mother-in-Law for sending me this last year.  For as long as I can remember, she put this kitty cat and jack-o-lantern decoration out every Halloween.  Last year she shipped it to me and now it’s MINE!  Woo Hoo!  I love it!Kitty cat pumpkin

3) Unexpected Flower Deliveries – Aren’t these beautiful?  What a wonderful surprise to open my door last week and find flowers….for me!  And the card is the best.  Thanks honey!  They brought a huge smile to my face!Bob flowersCard

4) Birthdays – Not just any birthday’s, but my children’s birthdays.  This weekend is Sarah’s 8th birthday!  No one loves birthdays more than Sarah!  It doesn’t matter if it’s her brother’s birthday, my birthday, a friends’ birthday, or especially HER birthday.  She loves them all!  It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago my beautiful baby girl was born.  Happy Birthday, Sarah Elisabeth!

5) First Dates – This week I have been remembering Bob and my first date.  Why?  Because Bobby is going on his first date this weekend!  Not just any date, but to homecoming!  I’m so excited and nervous for him.  He’s going to have so much fun!

I remember Bob and My first date.  I was studying for my SAT test, and he convinced me to not study but to go to the high school basketball game with him that night. (If you know Bob, of COURSE it was basketball!).  I remember telling my dad “it’s not a date, it’s just Bob from choir”.  Well, 21+ years, 3 kids, 3 houses, 4 states,  a dog and cat, a mini van and a travel trailer later…….here we are anxiously watching our oldest prepare for his first date/dance.  Where have all the years gone?Prom

Do you remember your first date?  Happy Friday everyone!

Monday, September 28, 2009


I am so excited!  I just got 11 of my 15 scrapbooks embossed with dates on their spines  This is something I’ve wanted to do…..since I started scrapbooking!

Looking at my bookshelf, I realized that I have completed 11 family albums and 1 album that shows our vacation time with Bob’s side of the family.  That’s a lot!  The family albums I now have titled and they look great.  I didn’t know how to title the vacation one, so it will have to wait.  I also have 1 album that was completed for me (my wedding album – Thanks Aunt Katie!), 1 album that is “in progress” because I’m not sure how to finish it (currently holds our Cancun, Mexico pictures from 2003.  Maybe a beach album?), and 1 album that I gave up on and hope to finish some day (Bobby’s school album). 

This is quite the accomplishment, if I do say so myself!  I remember when I got started scrapbooking.  My friend Kate invited me to this scrapbook “party”.  I remember telling Bob “I’m just going to be nice.  I am SO not creative.  I’m sure this won’t interest me at all!”   Famous last words, as it has been about 9 years and I’m still scrapbooking like crazy.  I have made albums for friends and family members.  I did a stint as a scrapbook product consultant and had my “own business” for awhile.  And, of course, I will be enjoying my 8th annual scrapbook retreat this coming March with My BFF’s!

Take a look at my beautiful album spines.  I just love them!  I will be starting my 12th family album this weekend at my friend and CM Consultant Shelley’s event, and I’m hoping to possibly do some smaller albums as Christmas gifts.