Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Update to Kassidy's Room

I have FINALLY finished with the 'name' project for Kassidy's room. What started out to be a small project, turned out to take me all summer and into the fall to complete. We literally kept running out of time. And now that she is having friends over for her Halloween bash, I wanted to make sure her room was as complete as it could be without purchasing the new furniture I'm hopeful we'll get for her next year.

The 'name' project is just that....we were painting canvas' to go above her bed that spelled her name. She picked out orange, lime green and purple paint.

Here are the pictures of the second coat of paint going on the orange and purple and a single coat going on the lime green. I finished the lime green this weekend while she was at her Mom's.

Then tonight I finished decorating the canvas by using some fake scrapbooking flowers that Kass picked out along with decorative ribbon I had stored for scrapbooking and card making. To top off the flowers I used yellow glitter brads that I had put away for cards and scrapbooking as well.

When I hung the pictures I wanted to do a straight line, but as I started hanging them I realized that I liked the letters a little more out of line.

I think the project turned out great. I know she will be so excited when she comes home on Friday!

Over the summer Kassidy completed a Crayola marker poster that she so desperately wanted framed. So while she was at her Mom's I framed the poster for her and hung it in her room. When she came to our house last she was so excited to see it framed. That really melted my heart that she was so appreciative.

While it doesn't go with her room, I was happy to frame it for her.

So that's it. For now Miss Kassidy's room is completed.

AH and it only took an entire summer!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Not for the faint of heart.

My 15 year old nephew, David, had an injury Saturday night that might possibly end his football season this year.

He was running up the wooden stairs outside on the deck to run into the house, when he tripped and fell. The gash went all of the way to the bone and required 20 stitches to be sewn shut.

We are grateful that his only injury is the gash in his leg, however his little heart is crushed because he could possibly be out for the remainder of the football season (he plays Freshman football).

The picture below is NOT for the faint of heart. David took the picture with his cell phone at the hospital, so it's not of the greatest quality.

If you pray, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. The doctors have him on some strong antibotics to keep him from getting an infection.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


So last night was the second time I had taken a Strength and Tone class at the Y. Last week the class kicked my hind end (this week was no different!). I think my hamstrings and my gluts hurt for DAYS. I was definitely a hot mess the day AFTER the class.

Fast forward to last night.

LW and I are carpooling at the moment. In order to make the class time of 4:30 pm we had to leave work at 3:50 pm. Not a problem. We get to the gym, I race into the locker room to change and then head to class. As I’m picking out my weights, mat, etc in walks LW! I couldn’t have laughed any harder. I wanted to drop to my knees in a fit of laughter. Not because he’s a man and I’m discriminating against him for taking the class, but because he was walking and clapping his hands like he was so excited to take the class.

He was acting like a child who had opened the toy he had always wanted on Christmas morning. I don’t think he was expecting all that came next with lifting weights in positions he had yet tried, the crazy amount of squats, the pulsating of the hips, the leg lifts with the hops….the excruciating pain he would be in for a couple of days after the class.

Both of us walked out of class refreshed, feeling on top of the world.

Today both of us are a little sore and tired.

Will he go back? He said, ‘eh it was okay’. I think that means No. But for what it’s worth, it meant a lot to me for him to take the class with me.

Just another reason I love this man.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Last night I had the opportunity (for lack of a better word I was stuck watching him officiate since we’re still down to one car at the moment and his officiating was in the OPPOSITE direction of our house) to watch LW officiate a freshman and varsity volleyball match between two awesome schools in Ohio. As I’m sitting there watching the freshman game a whole flood of memories came rushing back to me.

I was a volleyball player myself. Not the best player on the team, but certainly not the worst. By the time I was a freshman I was playing for two years. I should be a pro by then right? Not so much.

Every team has the girl who can’t serve well over hand so she pumps it across the net with her fist or less skillfully underhanded. Every team has the girl who wants to be the center of attention so she dives, crawls, sprints (you catch my drift) after every ball even if it’s in another zip code. And every team has the girl who can’t hit the ball over the net with her forearm so she beams it out of bounds by hitting it with her fist.

As much as I hate to admit it, that was me. I had a lot of heart, but not a lot of talent. I never gave up even when I knew in the back of my mind that I wasn’t going to ever be the greatest volleyball player my team (or school) had ever seen.

I ended up giving up all sports (band and choir included) when I moved from New Mexico to Ohio. By the time I arrived in Ohio (my junior year) parents had been breeding their kids to be super athletes, to where back home we played because it was fun, not because we were going to be a super star some day. The girls here in Ohio were out serving me, out running me and plain out ditching me. I just couldn’t keep up no matter how much training I had in New Mexico, and I have to say, I had a lot!

So last night as I’m sitting there watching the home team lose, I remembered what it felt like when we lost our home games (away games didn’t sting as much since no one traveled to see us play). Parents in the stands looking disappointed. Boyfriends and friends shrugging their shoulders at our loss. It was devastating. My heart went out to those girls as they ran up to their parents and their peers for comfort.

And being a freshman…oy. Now that was more traumatic then losing a volleyball game! Thank goodness those years are OVER!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Stampin Up Party

For years my friend Dee has been trying to get me to attend a Stampin Up party. I've always said no because I was busy scrapbooking or going to school. Besides, I never thought I had a use to make cards since Hallmark always came through at the last minute.

Then over the last three years several of my chat board friends, Liz and Erin included, have inspired me with their card creations. Thus came about the modivation to attend my first Stampin Up party this past Sunday.

This was the first card we made and let me tell you. It took the longest to make, but in the end it was SO worth it. I don't think I'll ever send it out because I love it that much!

The next card we made was a simple Thank You card. We were suppose to do the blending technique but I didn't much care for it. Maybe I'll try it again and see if I like it.

Finally we learned how to make tags that can go on gift cards, packages, tin, etc. The consultant even let us take the tins home filled with candy corn! YUM

All in all I had a great time and learned some new skills!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kassidy's Halloween Sleepover Invites

As most of you may already know I am letting Kassidy have a Halloween sleepover at our house. I can't even begin to tell you how exicted this little girl is for the event! We spent all weekend planning her menu, picking out deocrations and deciding on movies for the girls to watch. We still have some additional decorations to purchase, along with candy. And at her request she has asked me to find her some Halloween pajama's. The girl wants to go all out.

She's inviting 5 of her besties....some new friends she met through me and her daddy, and a couple long time friends. It should be a super fun, energetic filled evening.

With every fun party comes an invitation. Last weekend I finished up her invites and they went out the door into the mail pronto. I wanted her to make the invites, but it never worked out with her dad getting sick and us getting busy on the weekends we had her. So it came down to me completing them for her. I must say I think they turned out amazing!

The layout is from Archivers, idea 591.

The stamps are from Hero Arts.
Ribbon is from JoAnn Fabric (can't remember the name).
Ink is Stazon black and a purple I got at the dollar spot at Target.
Rubber stickers are from Archivers.
Card stock is black from Archivers (can't remember the name).
Orange and black gems are from Archivers (can't remember the brand).
I also used watercolor pencils I purchased at Archivers.

Friday, September 18, 2009

So True.....

My co-worker's daughter who is battling cancer sent her Father this quote today and I thought I would share.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in
which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say
to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing
that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
~Elanor Roosevelt

For anyone who is struggling, going through some major/minor issues, or just needs reminded that "yes you can do it", this is for you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Mother's Daughter

I am my Mother’s daughter.

I love Tootsie Rolls and ice cream, not necessarily in that order and definitely not together.

If you invite me to ice cream, I will go.

If you have ice cream at a party, I will eat it before the cake.

If you want to make me happy on a crappy day at work, leave a few Tootsie Rolls on my desk.

If there is a Tootsie Roll in a candy dish, I will fight to the death to eat it.

I will eat a Tootsie Roll before I would eat a piece of chocolate.

My Mom was a lover of Tootsie Rolls and ice cream. When she was in the hospital the one thing that would make her happy were Tootsie Rolls. She always said they made everything better. Every night after work on my way to the hospital, I would stop in the gift shop and get her Tootsie Rolls. While she would never eat all of them, knowing they were there was a comfort to her.

My Mom also loved ice cream. She ate ice cream like it was no one’s business, yet she somehow kept the weight off (anorexia will do that to you). Nightly my Mom would have a scoop or two OR a big strawberry shake that would take her a week to drink (she would freeze them and eat them like that). When she was in the hospital I would always bring her a strawberry shake as well. Shakes came to an end early in her cancer treatment/diagnosis as they were making her constipated. Oppss I stopped my Mom up!

There are many more ways in which I am just like my Mom, but these two ways are on the top of the list.

I will always be my Mother’s daughter.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bathroom Remodel and Kassidy's Room

The long awaited pictures for Kassidy' room and the bathroom updates are finally being posted. I'm not sure what has taken me so long! Kassidy's room has been done since June and the bathrooms were finished as of this weekend.

It's been one heck of a journey with the bathrooms, but the contractor did a great job.

Master bathroom new shower, tub and floor tile:

Guest Bathroom floor and shower tile:

Kassidy's Room (we're missing the name above her bed - still working on that project):

Friday, September 11, 2009

Visit my friend Jan's blog for a fun Halloween give away!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Crafty Friend

If you'll remember a couple of weeks back I posted about having crafty friends. Well I left one really dear friend off of the list. My friend Liz is an amazing crafter!

She's made cards in a card box for me and I can't tell you how much I love the magnents she has made other friends.

You'll have to stop by her blog and keep up with her craftiness. She has some really awesome ideas and is super inspirational.

Smooches friend!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

School is about to start!

In two and a half weeks (maybe slightly more) I'll be starting back to college. I graduated college with a BS in Business Admin in 2006. Best.Day.Of.My.Life. My family was there...my Dad flew in from Nevada, my Mom was alive, my sister (other sister wasn't talking to me at this time in my life) was there and so was my brother. I had the biggest graduation party around and ended up drunk the night before the ceremony. Certainly not the best way to graduate, but it did come with a lot of funny stories...like me laughing so hard I peed my pants...IN FRONT of my dad! Too much tequila will do that to ya.

I've decided to work on a second bachelors degree in Business Forensics with a minor concentration in project and process management. I have 8 classes to take and since I'm letting my company pay it, I won't be able to graduate until May 2011. But that's okay, I won't be any further in school loan debt than I already am, AND I can still enjoy my summers and holiday breaks.

I'm actually excited to go back. I love learning. I love being an educational sponge. My class load is easy with one class here and there, but I'm taking accelerated classes which means I am taking classes that are offered in 15 week sessions, in 6 weeks. Lots of homework, but so worth it. I even have homework due the first night of class! HA

I can't wait. I'm turning another chapter in my life and I love it!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bring on some football!!!!

Go Ohio State!!! Go Bucks!!!!

Ohio State is playing Navy this weekend. It's always so exciting to watch OSU play. This weekend will be especially amazing as we can unite together with Navy and cheer on both teams...OSU because we love them and Navy to thank them for the service to our country.

It will be an amazing day...beautiful weather....football, friends...happy memories.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chicken teeth?

Last night I was taking a long walk (sorta running too) through my neighborhood as I often do when I can't make it to the gym. As I'm crossing the street, which is a half way point for me, a gentleman in a truck yells from his window "You wanna buy some chicken?" My first thought is "Do you see a wallet on me buddy? I'm working out here. Don't I appear to be all sweaty from trying to lose the poundage that has accumulated on my fat thighs?" But then I quickly responded with a poliet, but sarcastic "No thanks. Not today."

Why did I say not today? It's not like I'm gonna be in the mood to buy his chicken tomorrow. He was trolling around in a fishy looking pick-up truck with a magnetic sign that said something about a farm. For all I know he was selling a Canadian goose in there.

But what got me with this whole chicken selling business was, as I was walking, or better yet trying to run away, he yelled "You got purty teeth!" Huh? The theme from Deliverance started playing in my head. I hauled ass outta there before he threw me in the back of the pick-up with the chickens!

I had to laugh though because as I continued my walk I thought, more like talked out loud to myself..."I do have purty teeth. I paid a lot of money for them!"