Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
tired-ness and hungry-dom can result in mass hysteria. Here is one version of that.
My two are the characters, one yelling and the other doing the funny face routine.
I am tired too! I was able to redeem a $25 gift certificate at my local scrap store today, so that has me a bit rejuvenated. I cannot wait to use some of the great, new stuff I got and make use of all these pictures. I need to get in a groove and get some things organized. Olivia only has 6 days of school left and then I am back to a full schedule of two kids 'round the clock!Pin It
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Anyway, this woman, who you have to assume is a mom herself if she is driving a mini van for gosh sakes, just keeps tailing me, drifting to the left to see what could possibly be holding me up, not considering it could just be the LAW. Enter a new car, with an old driver who really is driving slow after the school zone which kind of cracks me up. Well, mini van mom, she follows me through two parking lots, and when I finally pulled in a spot, she drove away. I guess she was going to rumble with me, while I had two kids in the car? I tell ya, it had my blood pressure on the rise!!
Okay, let's lighten things up with a few new butterfly show pictures as an ode to Len, my lost lens, who served me oh so well.
MaMa and my youngest.
The four grand kids, the big ones and the little ones. Yes, my sister's kids are nearly raised, and I am still changing diapers. Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with that!!And this is my oldest, Olivia, in the pink. She was sharing a butterfly with this other little girl. Sweet, huh? And even more significantly, this was picture 1000 on my camera. I have taken 1000 photos in just under 6 weeks with this camera and darn it, I am proud of that!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
On a very tragic note. Afterward, I misplaced my keys and after we searched thru my small purse and camera bag, I picked up the camera bag haphazardly, not knowing it had not been fastened closed. Well, my new 50mm, Len the lens, fell onto the concrete. It could have been worse. My Mom says she barely caught my camera. Still...Len and I had a passionate and intense love affair these past 5 days. My love for him rivals the love I have for my very own children. He will remain in my heart but somehow, some way, I am going to find another $80 and race to the store to replace him. I am not cold. I am not callous. I plan to wait at least 48 hours before doing so. May Len rest in peace.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I think VB calls it a jewelry case, although I see it as a make up case. And a tiny little jewelry holder, but I do not see that online. Very cute and in this pattern:
I feel like now I need to buy a purse to match it! There sure were lots of new, very cute things from VB there, and if I do buy anything in the future, it will be from that store b/c that woman has won me over. Seriously, I bet that was $50+ in gifts. Surprise! Hooray for me! She even gave my girls notepads, and those were for sale in the store as well. Totally loving the new patchwork pattern I saw, I wish the purse styles came in that, not just the change purses.
Next, here are the Mother's Day bookmarks I made:
I printed the photo collages in PS, added a few digi elements, attached them to cardstock and sewed on a ribbon tag.
And big news for Shelby..............she has tinkled twice on the potty in the last 24 hours. And she has asked me to go. Holy cow, could I be getting close to a diaper free home?!
She also had her last day of pre-school, she graduated. I am very proud of that. She will now move on to 3 yr old pre-school next year! Her teacher made an elaborate scrapbook for each of the 8 kids, and she teaches 3 classes so that is 24 total books--24 pages each--plus she gave me at least a dozen extra photos. As a scrapper, I was blown away b/c I know how much time each must have taken. I plan to donate all of my unused supplies directly to her, b/c I know they would go to good use. Absolutely an amazing gift to receive.
***Vera Bradley product photos from their website*** Pin It
Monday, May 14, 2007
My parents with Olivia. I love this!
My parents with the "big" grandkids.
And this very funny, Soprano-ish one. I turned around and saw them looking at me like this and could not resist.
This girl who I love...
And me and my other sweetie!
If you are a Mom, I hope you had as rich of a Mother's Day as I did :)
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Yummy Chocolate Cake
1 Box Duncan Hines Deluxe Yellow Cake Mix (Not the Butter Recipe)
1 sm . box instant chocolate pudding mix. (not sugar free)
¾ C. water
¾ C. oil
8 oz. Sour cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
12 oz. Chocolate chips
6 oz. White chocolate chips
Mix together everything except chips and beat until smooth. Add Chips. Mix well.
Pour into well greased and floured bundt pan. Bake @ 350 for 1 hr. I sometimes let it bake a little longer.
Cool completely remove from pan. Doesn’t need any frosting.
submitted by Aunt Bev
This is also the reason I have a ton of recipes, already loaded on my computer in convenient, word documents. So sharing is easy.
The bad news for this cake? It did not make a clean dismount from the bundt cake pan. This is typical for me. The bundt cake and I; we are not the best of friends. My sister Kelly? She bakes about one a week and I have never seen one get stuck. Anyway, the cake is to celebrate Dave's B'day tomorrow. I am going to have to be pretty convincing with the "it still tastes delicious" argument, seeing as one side is missing. You may or may not see a photo of this. Realistically, you will b/c if my adorable children are sitting on their Dad's lap while we sing Happy Birthday to him, chances are, I will take a picture.
In happier news, I also bought a Jerry's Cheesecake for the same occasion, only to be consumed with my family earlier in the day. This place has amazing cheesecake! And I am only one person..I cannot make every confection from scratch. Right? Pin It
Friday, May 11, 2007
I made the photo collage in PhotoShop, but I have done similar things using Picture It. I adhered that to cardstock and then sewed on the ribbon tab. I *may* have made something similar for Mother's Day, but just in case my Mom reads this blog, I will hold off on showing them.
Now for my Public Service Announcement:
For those of you with digital cameras, but who are not so crazy as me attempting to learn PhotoShop (which I think should comprise about 99% of the population) you need to try Picasa from Google. It is free editing software, and if you do nothing else, open your pictures and use the "sharpen" option and prepare to me amazed. It takes away some digital haze, that you did not even know was there, but once it is gone you will marvel at your beautiful photo! Lots of other cool stuff on there too but start with sharpen if you do nothing else.
This is also an awesome place to view all your photos. Check it out. Heck, I just saw they have a newer, new version so I am off to update my own. Pin It
Thursday, May 10, 2007
1 large pkg. of instant vanilla pudding
1 box of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies
1 stick of butter or margarine
2.5 cups of milk
1 tub of Cool Whip
3 ripe bananas
Crush Lorna Doone cookies coarsely, combine with one stick of melted butter, and spread in a 9x13 pan.
Make pudding using 2.5 cups of cold milk. Once combined, add 2 heaping tablespoons of Cool Whip and mix together. Slice one or two bananas into pudding mixture.
Slice one banana over cookie crust. Spread pudding mixture over that. Spread remaining Cool Whip on top.
Enjoy! My neighbor said to crush oreos over the top but I like it like this.
As usual, no pictures! I made this for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon yesterday at my daughter's school and the people, they were raving. Olivia's teacher told me she had to go back for a second scoop. Thing is, I put this in a disposable, aluminum pan for ease of transporting and to eliminate the necessity to remember to bring home my empty dish. So, all yellow and white ingredients, in a silver, disposable pan...probably not something that could be beautified once photographed. But trust me, this is GOOD STUFF. I only had it for the first time last summer at my neighbor's house, and since then I have made it 2-3 times, and it disappears. I usually cheat and make a little dish on the side for myself. I recommend that. Also, this is my best attempt at writing down the recipe that was relayed to me over the phone so if you already make this dish, and see flaws, they are not big enough to effect the taste. Pin It
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
On a sad, school-related note, a parent at Olivia's school died this week of liver cancer. Apparently Mrs. Nance was in her early 30's and had 5 children. Although I do not know the family, I feel the loss and sadness. My ultimate fear is leaving my young children too early. I am praying for this family and am quite touched by the school's communication on the subject and how they are rallying as a community. Pin It
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Some of her fans.
A very dedicated, and well behaved onlooker....Miss Shelby, along with Aunt Kelly.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Aside from some rough patches at home, trying to get ready for the big show, things went amazingly well. Olivia really knew the dances, and actually looked over to the side at the teacher for guidance far less than most other children. That could mean one of many things:
--she was starstruck by the volume of people crammed in the cafeteria, I mean auditorium
--she is so extremely confident, and hardheaded, that she refused to look over there for help
--she got all caught up in the moment and was just shaking her money maker any way she darned well pleased
--she forgot she had a teacher?
--she was too busy combing the crowd for her own adoring fans
Anyway, it was sweet. The recital began at 7 pm and I have already downloaded and looked thru my 75 photos from tonight alone AND watched the entire video tape and it is not even 11pm! I LOVE TECHNOLOGY!!!
You have all been to such events, so excuse my very poor snapshots. Not every picture can be a moment in portraiture, right?? But these, they tell the story.
***Blogger does not want to upload any cute photos of ballerinas tonight, so stay tuned :) *** Pin It
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I think the temp maxed out at around 87-88 degrees. Olivia had a walk a thon to raise money for her school today so I went there from 1-2:30. Picked her up from school around 3p, and began the preparation for dance recital rehearsal at 4p, left the house at 4:30p and returned home...to a still VERY hot house. Bleck. But you know what makes me feel better? A few photos of my sweet, ballerina.
And more of a snapshot to give you a feel for things and the reason why I welled up no less than 5x's today and this is practice people! The floodgates will be OPEN come Friday.