Friday, March 31, 2006


I promised you photos and today you actually get them- hard to believe, huh? Betcha thought I'd never get it done ;) a big huge thank you to Marta who let me come over with all of my kids and use a fast connection so that I could get these uploaded for you. So, let's get started with a couple of cute pics of Sarah.

I tried to rotate this one, but it kept stretching it in wierd ways instead of just turning it, so you get to look at it sideways- but isn't she cute laying there watching JoJo's Circus? I've never had any other kids who liked to watch TV when they were this small.
Sarah just loves her feet and toes. She kicks off her socks all of the time, and it isn't uncommon to find her with a toe or two in her mouth when she is laying on the floor. Why, oh why, won't this child suck on her thumb??
You can see a few more pictures of Sarah HERE

RAKscraps Color My World fundraiser kit: papers by Priscilla Halliday, Correen Silke, Amy Wolff; flower by Tracy Rivera; Inked frame by me; fonts: LB Jennifer, Teenage Girl1, LB Angela Squiggly
Here's the title page of Brenna's ABC book. If you want to see all of the pages, then you can go look HERE. They are uploaded into the album backwards- oops, sorry.

And here, finally, are a few selected shots from Brenna's birthday party. You can go check out the rest HERE.

Sorry again the pics aren't rotated, but you get the idea ;)

Mr. Postman brought the CD of spy music I ordered from Amazon over a week ago today. Totally cool! We were listening to it in the van on the way over and the kids thought it was loads of fun. Nothing like the sounds of the Pink Panther, James Bond, Mission: Impossible, and Secret Agent Man to get you in a groovy, spy mood! I really have to start thinking about finalizing plans for Bryce's birthday party now because it is going to be here before I know it!

Mark was starting on the yard work when I left home before lunch. He was raking thatch from the grass in the front yard, I guess we will see if he started tackling the planter boxes in the back when we get home.

OK- I was given the task of going to Sam's Club to get milk before I go home, so I guess we had better get going now that Sarah has actually fallen asleep (finally! I swear that child wouldn't nap if her body didn't demand it occasionally; wonder where she gets that from....). Brenna is in sore need of a nap too and I am not looking forward to trying to shop with a cranky 2 year old. Hopefully she will be tired to sit in the cart and be quiet. A mom can hope anyway!

Thursday, March 30, 2006


So, for the last 2 days I've been working on everything I need for the digicraft challenge next week. today I finally got everything all finished up. Things just seem to be taking 3 to 4 times as long as I would like to finish these days. I am just constantly being interrupted lately to get food, change dirty diapers, intervene in disagreements, etc., etc., etc. I go do what has to be done and then have to spend the next 5-10 minutes figuring out where I was and regrouping myself. Oh well, I get things done eventually and most of the time the deadlines I am working under are only my own self-imposed ones. Everything is uploaded to the RAKs server and ready to go for the chat on Tuesday night next week. you can check out the details HERE if you are interested ;) I had to make a gift basket with my basket template using Robin's Flair papers and element packs. I just love the combo of colors and patterns in this kit. It was perfect for that cute little basket.

That's pretty much all I've done. I will try to get to the birthday pics tomorrow. I have several LOs I want to work on too. I don't know how much I will get done o my list though as Mark has tomorrow off (his regularly scheduled every-other Friday) and was talking about starting work in the backyard. He found termites in the top level of the wood retaining wall at the end of the fall season and he wants to dig them all out. Not exactly a small project. I should go do some trimming around the yard too, as it is much easier to do before the new green shoots get too tall. oh and there is always laundry waiting to be taken care of too.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Flower ATC

Well, I was going to try and post a few pics from the birthday party tonight, but it's midnight already and I want to go to bed. So, it will have to wait until tomorrow since they aren't in the photo organizer, labeled, picked out or resized for uploading yet.

It seems I've got a zillion things started and nothing finished right now. Tomorrow is stay at home and let the kids go wild while I work on the computer day, and try to get some laundry done as well.

I will leave you tonight with the ATC I finished up for the swap I am hosting at RAKscraps that ends tomorrow. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I seem to be taking an artsy bent on these lately ;)

definition brush from

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Printing and cutting

I've been working on printing out th pages for Brenna's ABC book this morning. I've been at it for a couple of hours and have only a few pages left to go now. The kids are dying to make some more beaded creations and have been waiting (not so patiently) for me to finish so I can clear the table off and they can do their crafty thing; I did get a picture for the mom's advice album (Robin's go twiddle your thumbs saying) out of the situation. It takes about 5 minutes to print each page. The next step will be to drag out my sticker collection and find a few stickers for each page. Then, stick them in the album, put on page protectors and it will be done. I just hope that my printer cartridge holds out. Once I get it finished I will take some pics and put them up in my photobucket album for you all to see if you want... there are too many to upload at my gallery at RAKscraps.

I discovered when I was looking for a LO for the "O" page that I am missing a LO file. I had done a page with Robin's Playa kit and pictures of Brenna on Long Beach that I loved and I wanted to use that one. All I could find though was the gallery upload version :( The psd file is evidently long gone. Of course I hadn't printed that page yet, so if I ever want to I will have to redo the whole page. That one took me a long time to do too. Oh well. I had another ocean LO that I used for the ABC book, but it just isn't completely what I wanted.

We are going to the Disney on Ice show tonight. I need to call Becky and find out if there are any hints she can give me about what to do; she took her kids Thursday night.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Easter portraits

Here they are :) The group picture is pretty good- considering that Sarah kept trying to cry when I sat her in Brenna's lap I think it turned out well. We got that shot and figured we had better stop because it wasn't going to get any better.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

they're here!

I spent the day cleaning the basement- ugh! I so hate cleaning!!! I took out 3 large bags of trash from the girls' room. I just find that completely amazing. They were much better about helping and doing things by themselves this time around, I just had to give them some direction to go in most of the time. You know, specific directions like 'go through that box of doll clothes and put the Barbie ones in this bin and everything else in the other'

I find it completely mystifying though that kids can see the tiniest things you don't want them to see, but can't spot the bright pink bead laying on the tan carpet near their toe when you want them to pick it up so the vacuum won't have a fit when you go over that spot....

So, we finished cleaning just about the time their plane landed andI had time to sit down and feed Sarah before Mark arrived with them. We had the roast that I had put in the crockpot for dinner; it was so nice to have Sarah being held by her grandparents and being happy and quiet instead of screaming at me the whole time because I was ignoring her (I got enough of that this morning during the cleaning hours). Sarah actually fell asleep in Grandadddy's arms while we were eating, and of course the cameras came out ;)

We broke out the Jetsons DVD set I bought yesterday this evening and the kids enjoyed watching a few of those tonight after dinner.

We are headed up to the mall tomorrow morning to get Easter and birthday portraits taken. I had to recruit Becky to come with us so that all of us could go as we are one seat short in the van when Mark is at work with the second car. It was sweet of her to agree to chauffering us around. So, look for a few pics tomorrow, as I am too tired to mess with it tonight.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

K is for Kite and gloopey glop

K page for Brenna's ABC book
credits: March06 RAKscraps mega kit by Kim Jensen; scraplift of Kite Flying by DebsAngels23 ( )
fonts: tangerine and technical

Only one more LO page to go, and then a title and end page. The last one is Z- not sure what I want to do with it yet exactly.

In trying to keep Brenna occupied this morning I let Brenna and Carissa play with the playdough. Brenna came over a little while later with the stuff stuck to her fingers and hand and called it 'gloopey glop.' At that point I would say that it was very accurate description of the stuff. Once it had warmed up it became a sticky mess. It was stuck to the table, chair, floor and the bottom of her feet- I even found some between her toes! I'm sure we will be finding green pieces of playdough around the house for a few more days yet.

We need to go to the library and Sam's Club to get some food for tomorrow night's dinner. I didn't go out yesterday at all because of the large snowstorm we had; I don't think it stopped snowing until somewhere around lunch time yesterday. I'm thinking I will put a big roast in the crockpot to cook and that way we don't have to eat at any particular time. Brenna is already having a meltdown, and I would much rather have her take a nap than go out but I don't think I can get everything done before we have to drop off Beth and Carissa at a birthday party if I don't go fairly soon. So, I guess I had better get a move on, huh?!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Q and more Mom's advice

We spent most of the day Saturday cleaning the house up. We made a dent in quite a bit of it, but still have lots left to do before my parents get here on Wednesday evening.

Carissa was sick this afternoon. I guess we will see if she gets through the night without another vomiting episode. She went to bed saying she felt OK. then, we have to wait and see if anyone else comes down with it. We were doing so well with getting through the winter season without catching anything horrible and nasty too.

I've got two LOs left to do for Brenna's ABC book, and then the title and end pages. The end is in sight, which is a good thing since I have one week to get it all done if I want to be able to give it to her at her birthday party. I have one page that is 'done,' but I would like to redo it. The LO that I wanted to use to put on the page is no where to be found on the HD or backups except in the gallery upload format. I am totally puzzled as to where the file might have disappeared to. I can recreate the LO, but of course it wouldn't be exaclty the same, and that particular one took a while to do. I am not happy about that. I had another LO that I put on the page for the time being; I guess we will see if I have time to redo the other in the next week or not.

the Q page for Brenna's ABC book
credits: Lil' Prince and Princesses kit by Shelly Chua; crown paper by Krisin Cronin-Barrow from The Princess and the Pea kit; princess graphic from PCHugware Kidz Zone CD; LO based on sketch by Gina Miller; fonts: MA Flirty

credits: Good Times by Carrie Stephens, Fishscraps; Fonts: 2Peas Hot Chocolate and 2Peas DW Journal

Friday, March 17, 2006

Isn't she cute?

Here are the sneak peeks of the pics of Sarah I got yesterday. I was a bit disappointed with the lighting once I got them off of the camera, as they were darker on the computer than they looked on the monitor screeen on the camera itself. That is one thing I do love about digital pictures though- I can adjust the lighting and color and everything by myself. I've been playing with the settings on my camera for white balance and obviously still have things to figure out ;) I love this digital SLR, but it sure can be complicated when you start playing with all of the options that you can adjust manually.

My 'portrait studio' consists of a large white tablecloth I picked up at Target on clearance draped over a couple of dining room chairs and secured with a couple of clothespins. Beth saw the pics on the computer and asked me where I had them taken ;) I want to get our annual Easter portraits taken while my parents are here visiting, but since I can't get them both in my van with all of the kids now (we are short one seat with the addition of Sarah) I am not sure how that is going to happen as Mark is planning on working that week. I guess we will figure it out. Someone may have to drop Mark off at work one morning so that we can have the second car.

All right, I have to get going. all of us girls are going to a St.Patty's day tea party this morning and Sarah and I need to go donn our green attire. Have a great, green St Patty's day everyone!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

R is for Reading

journaling: It all started when the big kids announced that Thursday was Dr Seuss day at school because it was his 102nd birthday. The girls chose to make plates of green eggs and ham from homemade playdough, and you can bet that Brenna was right there with them at the diningroom table! For three days after we heard nothing but "Do you want green eggs and ham?" from Brenna. We also own the book on CD-ROM and strains of the music that plays while the story is read drifted down the stairs for the next few days as well. You never know when you might be asked to try green eggs and ham now- try them, try them and you may. Try them and you may, I say.
credits: images scanned from Green Eggs and Ham book by Dr. Seuss; font: Grinched

that's it for now, it's dinner time. Sarah will be 5 months old tomorrow (where did the time go?!) and I got some really cute pics in my 'home studio' this afternoon. Or at least I think they are cute- have to get them off of the camera yet and see if they are ;)
I might just post one or two later tonight, you never know!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The V page for Brenna's ABC Book!
journaling: Brenna loves to do crafts with her older sisters, so when the hearts and glue came out for making Valentines to take to school, of course Brenna had to make some too. The ones she made she said were for Grandmomma and Granddaddy. The mailman brought the kids their Valentines from Grandmomma and Granddaddy on Saturday, February 11. All of them were thrilled to find something with their name on it in the pile. Brenna loved her card with the seal on it so much that she carried it around with her for days.
credits: Funny Valentine by Tracy Blankenship at ScrappindigiKreations and Digital Freebies; round postmark by Tracy Collins aka Retrodiva, Vintage Loveletters; Squiggly postmark by Dorothy Gibson; fonts: CK Script and Echelon

journaling: The first place we stopped on our fall vacation was Mesa Verde National Park. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid, and it was fun to see it again. We all took the tour down to the ruins. The kids did very well with the climbing and hiking and followed instructions very well. They even asked the ranger some good questions about how the indians lived. We also enjoyed our first picnic out of the back of the van at one of the pullouts along the driving loop.
credits: Canyon by Black Squirrel Designs; edge tear action by Atomic Cupcake; fonts: Horse Puke and CK Extra

My good friend, Kristen, just came out with a new kit called Canyon at SOTB. It is perfect for those SW vacation pics and just nature pics in general. I had to get it and scrap some of the pics we got at Mesa Verde several years (almost 4- yikes!) ago. The kids look so small in these photos to me now; I was at the end of the first trimester of pregnancy with Brenna at the time we were on this vacation. You can get a free add-on (actually the freebie inspired the full kit) here. I've got so many more pics from this trip to scrap. A lot of them are prints, and I had always planned to paper scrap them because I wasn't digiscrapping at the time. So many projects, so little time!!

We are off to the library for our weekly visit to the library after the big kids get home from school today. They always look forward to reading to the dogs, so hopefully they will be there this week!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Where did the weekend go?

and where did Monday morning go? too much to do and the days just fly by. We have 4 more days of school and then the kids are on spring break for 2 weeks. This afternoon I have to go to parent-teacher conferences after school, and then the kids are going to hit me up for books at the book fair in the library. I've made a tradition of buying them each one book during the book fairs at P-T conference time after the conference are over.
So far this morning, I've folded and put away 2 loads of laundry, started working on the girls' pile of dirty clothes, and showered myself and Brenna- oh and whipped out a scrapbook LO. I've got several more things I need to do before I have to go to school today. If only Sarah will cooperate and let me do them. She insists on being held just about all of the time now. I just can't stand the crying most of the time and give in, especially because she is pretty stubborn and won't give up. It does make it difficult to get things done though.

:::she just doesn't get it:::
So, this morning I am sitting at the computer and Brenna comes over and tells me she needs to go potty. Fine, we take off the sopping wet diaper she has on and plunk her down on the toilet in the bathroom. A couple of minutes later she comes out and tells me she is done. I ask if she went and she says 'no.' I'm not trying to push this if she isn't ready, so I tell her to go up to her room and get a clean diaper and bring it to me (I've got Sarah eating at the moment and don't want to get up). A couple more minutes go by and I start to hear crying and wailing from upstairs- evidently she really had needed to go and just wasn't patient enough when she was sitting on the toilet . She got distracted playing with her Little People when she went into her room, and I dont' think I really need to spell out what happened for you all. I hate potty training!

Moving on to less gross things LOL
Here are last week's LOs for my Mom's Advice album. We will get this week's quotes sometime today- can't wait to see what they are!
Do As I Say
journaling: The kids just can’t seem to eat anything without leaving a huge mess behind, so the house rule is that you can only eat at the kitchen table, except for dry cereal. All of the kids are pretty good about following this (most of the time), even though their parents usually don’t.
credits: Good Times by Carrie Stephens, Fishscraps; Fonts: 2Peas Hot Chocolate and 2Peas DW Journal

journaling: The girls were brave & put their hands in the slimy pumpkin guts so that we could enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds this Halloween.
credits: Good Times by Carrie Stephens, Fishscraps; pumpkin element by Rachel Dickson, RAKscraps October2005 Megakit
Fonts: 2Peas Hot Chocolate and 2Peas Beautiful

And here are the LOs I was working on yesterday, using a couple of the portraits from last spring that I hadn't scrapped yet because I just hadn't found the right things to use with them before. Correen's sequins are so cool!
credits: Sequins and Sequin Flowers by Correen Silke at Scrapdish, Baby Blanket Stitched Alpha by Amy Knepper; Fonts: CK Script

credits: RAKscraps February Megakit Admin addon: papers by Robin Cabana, Correen Silke, and Rachel Dickson; scrolls by Jeanine Baechtold; Flowers by Amy Wolff, from RAKscraps February Megakit; Bohemian Glass alpha by Tandika Star; chalked edge action by Atomic Cupcake; fonts: Times New Roman

I decided to have Brenna's birthday party on March 27 before my parents leave- Brenna won't care and since it would have been the following weekend normally we aren't shifting it that much. But, that means that crunch time on getting her ABC book finished up is rapidly approaching. I put together all of the pages I had LOs done for on Saturday. Now I just have to go back and fill in the holes. There aren't too many, but enough that it will be a rush to get it done in time probably.

That's it for now. I need to try and get Brenna down for her nap so she will behave at the conferences and hope that Sarah will stay asleep when I move her in a minute so that I can get a couple more things crossed off my to-do list today.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I need spy academy ideas

Brenna's birthday comes first, but Bryce's is just a couple of weeks after and is going to take a lot more planning (it's just harder to entertain 10 year olds when using the computer and TV aren't options). We're having a spy party this year and I am trying to come up with ideas. A lot of the spy theme parties involve these really elaborate treasure/clue hunts. I really don't want to go there- too much work and the last time we tried that the kids couldn't figure out my clues. I dont' think they were that hard, I think they were just lazy LOL So, I thought we could do a 'spy academy' with training exercises. Here's what I've thought of so far:
target practice- I found a cheap suction cup type dart gun to use for this. Could also do a ball or water balloon toss outside (pretend grenades) if the weather is nice on party day.
obstacle course for agility training- not sure exactly what we would set up yet, but it would also have to be an outdoor/nice weather sort of thing
secret message decoding- will have several different types of 'code' they have to figure out. The ones I've thought of are letter-shift, number-letter code, tiny hidden message (print in very small letters in an unusal spot on the note paper, they have to use the magnifying glass to see it; I guess I need to see how small my printer will print LOL!), invisible ink- writing with lemon juice (maybe the kids could practice writing their own notes with that one because I am not sure I want a candle burning during all of the party chaos). There was a really cool 'how-to' LO in the Feb06 CK that shows you how to make 'invisible' messages with the computer- you know the kind- light blue printing under large red printing and you have to use a red transparency to see the writing underneath. I may give that a shot if I have any time to play with it. Any others you all can think of?
Secret Identity training/game - have them draw names of different characters or animals and they have to assume the new identity until people guess who they are. A version of charades basically.
fingerprinting and ID badge station- pretty self-explanatory I think.

Oh and here is the cake I plan to basically copy. A gal with the username 'tripletsmom' posted it at this really cool site called Cake Central . My goodness the things people come up with are just amazing. Most people there have to have everything on a cake be edible, I don't feel that is necessary. A plastic toy stuck on top of the cake will do sometimes LOL! I found some black squishy balls at a party store that were supposed to be pirate cannonballs, but turn the skull and crossbones pic down so you can't see them and stick one of the sparkler candles I have in them and they will make a right nice pile of black bombs ;) We have a real magnifying glass around here somewhere, I just need to figure out where DH stashed it, and I picked up some black spy sunglasses on the birthday party shopping expedition last month.

Well, I have to go. Sarah is throwing a major fit wanting to be held and I need to tend to her. If I can get her settled down I have lots of things to do today:
fold and put away Brenna's laundry- done
wash Sarah and I's clothes- first load in dryer, second in washer
read over RAKs newsletter tutorial one more time and get it sent to Correen- done
work on Mom's Advice LO
Brenna's ABC LOs
figure out dinner- done, now I just have to execute at the appropriate time
put away clean dishes in dishwasher
give Sarah a bath
clean some more
and on and on...

Leave me a comment if you have any more ideas for the party, please!!! Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I got out of bed running this morning

and haven't stopped since. There is nothing like waking up to the refrain of 'Mama I have a dirty diaper' and realizing that it is 7:50 and the kids should have left the house 5 minutes ago for school. I was waiting for the alarm to go off to tell me it was time to get up, but I never turned it on evidently. So, after changing Brenna's diaper, throwing a few cereal bars in the kids' backpacks for snack and hustling everyone out the door I drove them to school in my nightgown and robe. And then, of course, the latch on the door stuck and I had to get out of the van in front of everyone to open it for them. Not the way I like to start the day.

After checking email and sending a few PMs at RAKs this morning, I packed the younger two up in the van and we drove to the World Arena to see if we could get tickets to the Disney on Ice show. The library came through with ticket vouchers yesterday. Of course the opening night show, when tickets could be had for $10, was sold out. There was all of ONE ticket left for Thursday night's show. The vouchers were said to be good for only Wednesday and Thursday night's shows, so I thought I was going to be out of luck. But then the saleslady said Disney had opened up seats for voucher holders during the Saturday evening show. So, as soon as our next credit card bill arrives we will be $105 poorer. yep, during those show times the seats are $21 each. Ouch! Disney sure knows how to take your money and make you think it will be worth it. I hope the kids enjoy it. I am sure it will be a typical Disney spectacle.

We had lunch at McDonalds, Brenna played and I fed and held Sarah while trying to look through my old Papercraft mags for digicraft ideas. I found a neat basket template, so next month's project will be an... Easter basket. When I asked for project suggestions last night at the chat, someone mentioned that so that is why I went searching for one. We came home, put Brenna in bed, Sarah slept in her car seat and I continued working on my magazine list project until after the big kids came home from school. I've got tons of other ideas too now, and I wrote them down in my little project notebook. Hopefully deciding what to do in the following months will be a little quicker now that I have a list. I love lists- I just can't seem to keep track of them these days. LOL

I spent some time cleaning up, cooking dinner, cleaning up the kitchen and now the house is quiet and I'm tired. Sarah is sacked out on the nursing pillow. I want to work on my Mom's advice quote for this week, but I have a newsletter tutorial to review (thank you Julie for writing it this month!!) and a few other things. I guess we will see how long I last before I start to fall asleep at the keyboard ;)

Monday, March 06, 2006

F and G are for....

F is Father
Mark brought home this picture from work a couple of weeks ago; they took it because he won the company's quarterly award for one of the projects he has been working on it.
credits: Berthoud & Blues by Tania Cordova at Scrapdish; metal plaques made by me; Pewter, silver and inked edge actions by Atomic Cupcake
fonts: Effloresce Antique

G is for Grandparents.
A few pics of Brenna with her grandparents and great-grandparents. We don't get to see them as much as we would like, but Brenna loves the things she gets from them and looking at their pictures. She talks about them all of the time.
credits: From the RAKweek prize kits at RAKscraps: papers by Robin Cabana, Amy Wolff, Shelly Chua, Tania Cordova, and Amy Knepper; heart charm on bow and gold heart brad by Amy Wolff; red and white heart disk by Tania Cordova; stitched heart border by Shelly Chua; alpha by Jeannie Papai
From Hearts Desire kit by the DigiChick designers: pink stitched heart by Fee Jardine; heart scribble by Kimber Giarrusso; pink and white brad by Mari Koegelenberg
Love you vellum sticker made by me, from the SWAK2 kit
Chipboard action by Atomic Cupcake
fonts: LD Letterpress and CK Sketch

The grandparents LO was also done for the RAKscraps nightowl chat on 3-5. In honor of the Oscar awards, we had to do a 'best' LO.

credits: Berthoud & Blues by Tania Cordova at Scrapdish; baby shoe by Mada Engel from Boyhood kit; stitching by Janice Dye-Szucs aka Maya of Scrapbookgraphics
fonts: Impact and Century Gothic

and one last one. I was looking for another picture and came across the photo album I had been putting all of my formal portraits in many years ago. Bryce, Brenna and Sarah all look(ed) so much alike at the age of 4 months.

OK, have to go because Sarah is fussing and won't be satisfied by anyone but Mama taking care of her.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Would you like some green eggs and ham?

I know you all have just been waiting to see these pictures of Dr.Seuss day, haven't you??

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Mom's Advice Album; Week #2b; Be Careful!

journaling: It’s the same story every year at Kristen’s annual July 4th BBQ, the kids have to go mess with her swinging squirrel while playing in the backyard. You would think they would learn to leave it alone, or at least stay out of its way, after a couple of them have been hit on the head with the 5 lb piece of molded concrete. The knocks on their heads must have affected their long-term memory, because they don’t seem to remember what all the moms have told them.....LEAVE IT ALONE!!
keywords: Mom advice mini album be careful
credits: Good Times by Carrie Stephens, Fishscraps
Fonts: 2Peas Hot Chocolate and 2Peas DW Journal

I was going to wait and do this quote later, but curiosity to see what pic I could find to go with it just did me in. LOL!
I'm glad I had the opportunity to record the story behind this pic as the kids probably wouldn't know what it was about 30 years from now I have to send a copy of this to two friends too- Kristen, who owns the squirrel, and the other friend whose son is standing beside the tree in morbid fascination along my DS and my sis's DD.

OK- I have to go work on dinner. I'm making pepperoni pizza tonight. Then after dinner I get to make a couple of batches of playdough. I had an epiphany as I was staring at my Green Eggs and Ham avatar and realized they could take a plate of fake green eggs and ham with them to school! the girls are going to do that and Bryce will be the Grinch. I think the girls just want to play with playdough

Dr. Suess and Disney Princesses on Ice

Tomorrow is Dr.Seuss' birthday and this month's avatar challengeat RAKscraps was to dress up your avatar in honor of him. So, here I am with a plate of green eggs and ham. It is always so fun to see what everyone comes up with for these challenges. Robin loves the Grinch, so now she is sporting a Santa hat and a green complexion LOL! I love it! Actually, that gave me an idea.... tomorrow the kids are allowed to dress up like a Dr. Suess characer at school and I had no idea what to do that didn't involve going out and buying costumes. We've done Daisy-Head Maisy and Bim before, so they want something different this year. Maybe it will suffice for me to dig out the Santa hats again and they can wear those to school and say they are the Grinch. Makeup isn't allowed, so I don't have to worry about the green complexion part. Sounds good right? I guess we will see if it will fly with the kids when they get home today.

I had to run to the library again this morning. The library is sponsoring a little reading program- read 7 fairytales and get a free ticket to the Disney on Ice Princess show that is coming to town at the end of March. We were running a bit behind (I kept forgetting to ask about getting the forms when we went to the library) and our branch was already out of vouchers yesterday. They had a waiting list though in case they were able to get more. I promised the kids that if they did their reading last night I would take the forms to the library today. Beth already had hers done last week and just had to fill out the official form. Bryce and Carissa sat down and did theirs after we got home and finished up after dinner. So, now we will see if we are actually able to get them free tickets. Opening night tickets, which just happens to be the same day my parents arrive for their visit, are only $10 each so it wouldn't be too expensive a prospect for the whole family to go if we can get 3 free ones.

Mom's Advice Album; Week #2; Don't Put That in Your Mouth

journaling: Sarah is just one of those babies who puts everything she can get a hold of into her mouth. We are going to have to be very diligent at keeping an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t eat something she isn’t supposed to.
*That valentine from Grandmomma and Granddaddy must have been awfully sweet!
*Sarah wants to play with the computer mouse too!
keywords: Mom advice mini album mouth baby
credits: Good Times by Carrie Stephens, Fishscraps; Sketch by Amy Knepper
Fonts: 2Peas Hot Chocolate and 2Peas Beautiful

It's amazing kids survive to adulthood ignoring all of Mom's sage advice and wisdom like they do, isn't it??

March DigiCraft