Archive for January, 2009

img_4321Day 26 Eating Light

Trying to eat healthier this year. This is one of my favorite lunches. Tuna on a bed of lettuce and tomato with a balsamic vinegar kicker and some grapes on the side. Yummy, healthy and filling





img_0138Day 27 ouch

Whenever I cry I get a really bad headache. After a particularly emotional day which included a fight with a good friend my head was pounding. A cool washcloth always seems to help a little.








img_0146Day 28 A little love

Nothing says love more than a heart sculpted in pizza dough courtesy of Tyler. We were at Macaroni Grill for dinner. The kids get a wad of dough to entertain themselves with.





img_0143Day 29 A little pampering

Normally I wouldn’t condone an almost nie year old getting highlights but it’s all Madison wanted as her prize for getting a good report card. She just got a few in front and it was a one time thing so I’m not going to feel all guilty about promoting beauty over substance.


Thanks to a heavy school load the weekend came and went without posting the sunday sketch.  I finally got around to it today.  So here it is.


















And here’s the layout it’s based on


project 365 day 22-24

Posted: January 25, 2009 in 365 project

img_4262Day 22 Brrrr

This was the temperature on Jan 22nd,2009. It’s been kind of a mild winter (even for florida) so we were all kind of taken off guard by what the news called “the coldest 3 day stretch in 8 years”. On this day it never got higher than 42 degrees. That’s really cold for Orlando!






img_4280Day 23 Chilly sunrise

I snapped this pic on my way to school on friday. The weather was a balmy 34 degrees. if you look closely you can see ice on the ground. That’s not fog coming off the water, it’s steam!  The funny thing is, I was so intent on getting a photo of the ice that I didn’t even notice the beautiful sunrise until I looked at the pics later.



img_4318Day 24 Orlando Magic dance camp

Madison has always had a fascination with the Orlando Magic dancers. although she isn’t a big dancer herself, I knew she’d love to attend the Jr Magic Dance camp run by the dancers. She had a great time and gets to perform at the pregame show of an upcoming Magic game.


Posted: January 23, 2009 in everyday life

We have settled into a little routine in our house.  I take care of the kids from when they get out of school until Neil comes down from work (he works from home). My time usually involves homework, making dinner, keeping the kids entertained (or yelling at them to entertain themselves), etc.  Typical mom stuff.  Now mind you I’m not complaining, I enjoy it, but being a full time student, I gotta have some me time to do homework, catch up on email and scrap.  So when daddy/hubby comes down we eat dinner and mommy disappears into her computer/scraproom/studio to do whatever I have to do.  He’s wonderful with the kids.  This is his time to finish up any homework they needed help with.  He also  reads with them, plays video games and gets them ready for bed.   Lately I’ve noticed that during this time there’s alot of yelling.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a big yeller.  Always have been. I’ve always counted on Neil to take on the calm, non yelling role in the house.  Lately he seems to have taken on more of my persona and being less patient.  Now mind you, his impatient is still better then my patient  but some night he yells, the kids yell, everyone’s  yelling.  Then if it gets bad enough, I storm out of the room and yell at him for yelling at the kids.  It seems to be happening more and more lately. This has got to stop.  I kind of pointed out this destructive pattern to him recently and he was honestly surprised.  I don’t think he even realizes how much he does it.  It’s amazing how destructive behavior slowly becomes the norm if left unchecked.  So we are both working on it and working with the kids to teach them better ways to express themselves.   I think the trick is to approach it as constructive criticism.  I need to tell him in ways that don’t make him defensive and he needs to take my words as constructive and not take it personally.  It’s hard but hopefully are love will help us through this very trying time.



Day 20 History

On January 20, 2009 Barack OBama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Amid all the pageantry and goodwill and can’t help thinking about how hard it must be for him to have the weight of all our current problems on his narrow shoulders. A recession, unemployment, a housing crises, dealing with Iraq–all of these are his inherited problems. Add to that the pressure of being the first black president, he has quite alot to live up to.

img_0114Day 21 Kit Kats have always been my favorite candy bar. When I took Madison to the movies over the weekend I got a coupon for a $1 candy bar. How could I resist. Since I am really trying to stick to my diet I am going to save this one for a weak moment. It’s made it 48 hours. that may be a record for me







I was able to get a couple of layouts done this week.  Both are of a little playgroup we had at a local park

park’ &worthfightingdowneyparksplashpad


PP-Love Elsie and Prima




Stamps-K&Co (font)

Stampin’ Up (dates)

Chipboard-Maya Road

redwhiteandblueI don’t know what’s wrong with me.  Every time I sit down to scrap I find myself blocked.  Sure I can throw together a basic layout but when it comes to adding pizzazz, I just fall back on my old standbys.  So, in order to try to break through the creative block I am going to go back to some old techniques and try to make them new again.  In this layout I created a mask of a star and sponge painted around it.  I also tore the photos to help avoid the same old same old.  For the spots on the background I ran a stamp roller through the paint.  Now that I look at it closely it kinda looks like blood.  Oh well, at least it’s a different technique.



dressedupFor this one I revisited the old technique of cutting our pictures in silhouette.  This technique got old back in the day but I love how it looks here.  I also aged the star paper by wetting and rolling it a little at the top.  I pulled out my dusty cricut to cut the stars.

Finally got a little scrapping done.  this layout is based on one of Catherine’s sketches found here at Playground of Memories.