Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Layouts From Today

These are three LOs I did today for my Daughters scrapbook. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday's Blogger Challange from 2Peas

If you got to have dinner with anyone you want, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you talk about?

This is a great question and one I've thought about many times.

My choice would be Princess Diana. I have always admired her for her passion, humanity and her kindness in general. I would love to talk with her about normal everyday things. Her family, what it was like living inside the Royal Family, world events, what her favorite things were. Music, Books, places to travel.

Here's the rest. I've now got 40 pages done since Feb!! Posted by Picasa

Layouts done tonight

These layouts were done tonight and I really scrapped simple. Not alot of embellishments but I like how they turned out. Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 27, 2006

Happy Monday

I'm ready to scrap tonight. Didn't get to srap much this weekend other than Friday night and even that wasn't much. Will post photos later tonight on my finished pages.

Monday Blogger Challange for 2 Peas

Do you want to convert your real life non-scrapper friend into scrapbookers?
Absolutely! I would love all my friend to scrap and encourage them to preserve their memories!!

Do you find friends that scrapbooks? If so, how? Yes, I've made friends with ladies that scrap that I've met throught my CMC.

Do you show your pages to someone who doesn't scrapbook? Yes, all the time! I show them off to friend that come visit, and my family.

Do you think you avoid topic about scrapbooking because your non-scrapper friend just don't get it? No, I talk about scrapping even to those people I'm close to that don't scrap. They can see my passion in scrapping and they enjoy looking at my pages. I've recently motivated two of my friends that weren't scrappers to start scrapping! They are excited about it and we've just started scrapping together!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday 3/24 Photos of the Day

This is my niece Adele playing with my neighbor Logan. Adele spent a few days with me on Sprin Break and had a ball playing with Logan and his brother.

Just love it when I get to spend time with her. I even taught her to scrap while she was here. She had a blast!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Need Help with This Layout

I Love it so far.. but it just needs something else. I posted at 2Peas and I've gotten some great ideas...

Like chalk the letter K. Add more journaling down at the bottom. Add a HS flower..

Unfortunately, I have secured everything to the page so I can't move anything around.

Any ideas on how I can finish this page? Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

2 Peas Blogger Challange

Challenge: List the things you dream about doing during the last few years of your life. This is a very introspective subject. Take your time. Think.. if you live to a ripe old age, what do you dream of?? that you would be doing during your final years?? Taking into acct, that your health etc would be just fine!

When I am a ripe old age...

  • I dream of traveling to places I've never been.
  • Would like to tour the USA in a motor home.
  • I'd love to have a winter home in Florida and a summer home in the mountains of Tennessee or North Carolina.
  • I want to spoil my grandkids.
  • live life to the fullest.

Wednesday 3/22

I've been reading Nora Griffin's blog regarding her adoption and it's breaking my heart! Prayers are being sent up for Nora, her family, Roxana and Darby. I pray Nora and Sean will have Darby back in their arms here shortly! Have Faith!!

Last night I worked on my Circle Journal for my 2peas CJ group. This is my first attempt at a CJ and it's fun and frustrating at the same time. My theme is "Our Hometowns: Places to Visit and Fascinating Facts"... since I love to travel, I thought this would be a good way to see different places. You never know.. I may just end up visiting there!

I've posted a few of my layouts from this weekend... Hope you like!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Challenge: This one is all about PROCRASTINATION. What do you wait for the very last minute, to do??? Do you do this often? Can you figure out why? Have you always been this way? Does it drive other members of your family/friends crazy?

Gosh.. this is a hard question. I don't procrastinate with many things...except telling my husband something that I know will make him mad.

I don't do this often at all luckily. I've always been a procrastinator when it comes to delivering bad news.. especially when I was in high school and had to tell my parents of a bad grade etc.

Yes, it drives my hubby crazy that I wait till the last possible minute to tell him bad news and I know it made my parents made too. Still I can't break myself of the habit! LOL

Monday, March 20, 2006

Monday Blogger Challange for 2 Peas

Today's challenge is all about COLLECTIONS.

What do you collect? I collect Unicorns.
How long have you been collecting? When I was 16 my best friend gave me one for my birthday. That started the collection and I have over 50 different unicorns in my collection now.
Do you display your collections? I have my most expensive ones displayed in a curio cabinet. Others are in my bedroom, and on shelfs and display cabinets around the house.
What does your collection/collections mean to you? to others? I love my collection, but honestly I haven't really bought or received any new ones for my collection in several years. Each one has a sentimental value, a memory of where I bought it or who gave it to me.
Where do you shop to look for additions to your collections? When I was actively buying them, I would try to buy them in places I traveled to.. like Germany, England etc. Gift shops, etc.

Saturday 3/18 -Day on the Boat...

This is the island we went to on our boat. Paradise Island in Tampa Bay. Lots of people had the same idea! It was a beautiful day!
This a Carnival Cruise Ship that was leaving port as we were anchored at Paradise Island. We actually saw 3 different cruise ships pass us while we were on the boat.
This is my hubby driving the boat.
A beautful sunset! The day was great, couldn't have asked for nicer weather or nicer people to go boating with!

Friday, March 17- Cropping at Ruban Rouge

I had a very productive night at Ruban Rouge! Their store is AMAZING!! OMG I'm in love..
I also found out Elsie Flanigan will be there in May for classes.. I am soooooo signing up!

I got 7 pages done at the crop and my friend April got 7 done as well. She's really behind on her scrapping since she has a 2 year old. Doesn't leave her much time to scrap. She's coming over this Friday Night and I'm having a CM class here that she'll be doing.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Friday's Blog Challange

List your personal mottos or inspired words you choose to live your life by. List as many as come to mind to you..... Great challange! There are so many I could name...

1. Life is not about the number of breathes we take, but the moments that take our breathe away.
2. What's gained from a book is knowledge, what's gained from the heart is wisdom.
3. Lyrics from "The River"-Garth Brooks... So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say your satisfied, choose the chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.
4. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
5. Worry is like a rocking chair, it gets you going but doesn't get you anywhere.

Layout #2 Page 2

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Layout #2 Page 1

I had fun doing this layout! These photos are some of my favorites taken of my daughter and her friends last year. I love the colors; Unfortunately, the photos of the layout don't do it justice! The PP came from a Flavia kit that I bought on QVC. The journaling reads: Climbing trees, acting silly, hanging out at the park and always asking Mom to take pictures of you all together; that's how the last few weeks before CJ left for Marine Corp Boot Camp were spent! Kevin, Kristina, Samantha, Allyson and Cedric..Best Buds! These photos show how much fun you all had together. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Posted by Picasa

I had fun doing this layout! These photos are some of my favorites taken of my daughter and her friends last year. I love the colors; Unfortunately, the photos of the layout don't do it justice! The PP came from a Flavia kit that I bought on QVC. The journaling reads: Climbing trees, acting silly, hanging out at the park and always asking Mom to take pictures of you all together; that's how the last few weeks before CJ left for Marine Corp Boot Camp were spent! Kevin, Kristina, Samantha, Allyson and Cedric..Best Buds! These photos show how much fun you all had together. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.

Page 2 of Layout #2

I had fun doing this layout! These photos are some of my favorites taken of my daughter and her friends last year. I love the colors; Unfortunately, the photos of the layout don't do it justice! The PP came from a Flavia kit that I bought on QVC.

The journaling reads: Climbing trees, acting silly, hanging out at the park and always asking Mom to take pictures of you all together; that's how the last few weeks before CJ left for Marine Corp Boot Camp were spent! Kevin, Kristina, Samantha, Allyson and Cedric..Best Buds! These photos show how much fun you all had together. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Posted by Picasa

Layout #1 Thursday

Had fun doing this layout even though I think it still needs a little something extra. Any suggestions? Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Layout #2 Wed 3/15

This is the second page. Posted by Picasa

Layout #1 Wed 3/15

I'm pretty happy with how this two page spread turned out. It took me about 2 hours.. and hour each page. I really want to get more creative with embellishments. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Wednesday Blogger Challange - 2Peas

Challenge: List 5-10 of your most FAVE SNACK FOODS ( You know,the ones that make you say: " I JUST GOTTA HAVE EM!" and share any stories/why you love them so much!

  1. FunYuns- right now this is my favorite chip. I have to watch myself or I'll eat the whole bag is one sitting!
  2. Chips with French Onion Dip
  3. My Homemade Cheese Ball- goes great with Ritz Crackers.. I'll post the recipe at the bottom of this post.
  4. Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano Cookies
  5. Little Debbie- Devil Squares

Monica's Cheese Ball

1 - 8oz Cream Cheese Block- room temp

1- small jar of Kraft Pimento Cheese Spread

1- small onion chopped fine

1- pkg smoked beef - chopped fine

Mix above ingredients and 1/2 of the smoked beef with a mixer until well blended. Form into a ball and place in wax paper and then inside a mold or bowl to form.

Refrigerate until hard.

Remove from wax paper and garnish with remaining chopped beef. YUMMMM

This is the last one I did tonight. I love these photos of my hubby and son together. The stickers are AMM and they say:

* Life doesn't come with an instruction book, that's why we have fathers.

* A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light to show us the way.

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Another Layout From Tonight

This photo came out a little dark. I am still trying to take better photos of my layouts. I love the way this one came out.. it looks much better in person. Posted by Picasa

This is the two page layout I did of my kids today. Posted by Picasa

Layout #1

This is a layout I did today of my two kids. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday's Blogger Challange from 2Peas

What was the last thing you won??? Please describe what you won, and the circumstances/situation around your win. Share what you'd like.

Gosh.. I really have to think about this one. The last thing I can remember winning is radio station contest for concert tickets to see Hank Williams Jr. back in 1990!

I don't know why I dialed in to win, I'm not that crazy about him.. but hey.. the tickets were pretty close.. 3rd row and I'd never seen him before. It ended up being a great concert!

Monday Blogger Challange for 2 Peas

All about Blogging!
1. What time of year do you blog the most?
Since I just started my blog at the beginning of February, I've kept up with it pretty much every day. There's a few days I've missed, but so far I've kept consistant.
2. What time of year do you seem to blog the least?
Can't answer this.. since I've only had it a couple months.
3. What time of DAY do you do your most blogging?
I usually blog late at night, when I'm winding down the day and need to put my thoughts together. Sometimes I blog in the mornings, but it's usually at night.
4. When blog-hopping, do you tend to look at your blogroll list (or fave blogs) to see which ones have been updated, or do you visit your faves on a regular basis regardless?
I view all my favorite blogs daily. Go down the list and read the new entries.
5. Do you change your blogroll often? No.
6. How many times a day, after writing a new post, do you check for new comments?
Several. If I've posted a challange or posted a layout I look for comments every couple hours!
7. Do you leave comments on others' blogs, or are you more of a lurker?
It depends on who it is... Some people I comment if I know them or have had contact with them, other's I dont. If the post is something really moving I will comment regardless.

Sunday Blogger Challange from 2Peas

Challenge: Answer the following question: What is something that you do, or say, that when you are done you realize that you are just like your mother?

This is good challange. I realize I am more like my mother every day. It's things I say and things I do.

Things I say:

If I have to tell you one more time to ______________, your going to regret it.
My mom always says " You've gotta be kidding me". I catch myself saying this ALL the time.

Things I do:

I organize my kitchen and my linen closets just like my mom.
I fold towels like my mom.
There are so many things I do like my mom I can't even think of them all. My kids and hubby are constantly reminding me how much I am like my mother.

Saturday Blog Challange 2Peas

List your top 5 vehicles you would love to own, and why. Elaborate if you wanna....

1. 2007 Ford Mustang-Mach Edition- LOVE LOVE LOVE this car! My first car was a mustang. I want another one... I guess to relive my youth?? HA!

2. Lexus GX 470- Love this SUV!! It's roomy and classy!

3. Chevrolet- Monte Carlo- 4 door sedan. I've always loved the Monte Carlo!

4. Chevrolet- Trailblazer- This is what I currently drive. Love my Trailblazer. Would definately buy another.

5. Mercedes CLK350-Coupe... I love the look of this car! It's small and sporty and must be in the color Blue!! Drool.......... ( I'll never be able to afford it.. just dreaming!)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday's Blog Challange

The Friday Four Challenge.
Four Questions.
1. List the people from your past who you would like to reconnect with through Email.( if only you could find them...)
My Best Friend from 5th grade..Cathleen Vegvary!
2. List the companies you wish you owned.
3. List the things you do to defy aging.
I really don't do anything yet to defy aging... maybe I should though... hmm.. Answer #2 should say Oil of Olay..
4. List what you do to snap out of a bad mood.
Listen to music, sit on my back porch and read, Scrapbook, take a drive in the car, call one of my friends.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Thursday's Blog Challange- 10 Things Guaranteed To...

Name 10 Things Guaranteed To Put Me In A Good Mood:

1. Blooming Flowers in my yard
2. Surprise gestures from my hubby or kids.. like cleaning the house, doing laundry or cooking a meal.
3. Haagen Daaz- Banana Foster Ice Cream
4. My Mom's Sour Cream Pound Cake
5. Visits with my Aunt from Jacksonville
6. Puppies or kittens
7. New Music from Garth Brooks
8. Watching Sunsets or Sunrises
9. The smell of a newborn baby
10. Random Acts of Kindness

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Thank You Susan!

Susan from 2Peas was kind enough to create my banner!

Thanks a million!!!

Wednesday Blogger Challange - 2Peas

Challenge: 3 Questions:

1. Would you rather wake up and find you can ONLY tell the absolute truth OR only lies? Explain your answer if you wanna. I would want to wake up and only be able to tell the truth. Even if the truth hurts. I'd rather be an honest person than have people not trust me because I lie.

2. Would you go out to dinner with a convicted serial killer OR American Idol judge Simon Cowell? Elaborate if you wanna. Definately choose dinner with Simon Cowell. Even though he's crass and obnoxious, I would'nt have a problem conversing with him. Eating with a serial killer is just simply not an option for me.

3. Would you gargle with mint listerine mouthwash before every meal OR lick a lime before every bite? I'd choose to gargle with the mint listerine. I don't think I could lick a lime before every bite. Too much work!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Monday Blogger Challange for 2 Peas

Challenge: List the top 5 locations/places you would love TO LIVE in the world today, if you had the chance. Elaborate if you wanna.. why these places??? Use as much detail as you would like.

1. Germany- I absolutely love Germany. My mother was born and raised there so I am lucky enough to get to go and visit. The last time I was there was in 2000. Haven't been back since 9/11. I love the beauty of this country, the food, the culture and the people.

2. Nashville, Tennesse- This is my favorite place in the US to visit. I have a dear friend that lives in Music City and I love country music. I would love to be able to enjoy all the country music happenings that city has to offer. The scenery is beautiful, mountains and trees.. so different from Florida.

3. North Carolina- another place I'd love to live because of the beauty, peacefulness and friendly people.

4. New Symrna Beach, Florida- This is my favorite vacation spot. I'd love to have a home on the beach. I love the ocean, love to watch the sunrise on the horizon and love listening to the calming sounds of the waves crashing on the shore.

5. Portland, Oregon- I've always heard it's a wonderful place to live. If I had to choose a place on the West Coast I'd choose Portland. My cousin just moved there, so atleast I'd know someone!

Tuesday's Blogger Challange from 2Peas

Have fun with these! Looking forward to reading your blogs!
1. I almost peed myself when I met Garth Brooks for the first time.
2. Country music = My musical passion.
3. The smell of leather reminds me of my first pair of cowboy boots.
4. When I was little my mom told me to treat people with kindness no matter who they are or how they treat you.
5. The last time I screamed was because my son scared the daylights out of me by sneaking up on me.
6. The one person I aspire to be most like is my mother.
7. I drink Diet Coke every day.
8. I scrapbook because I love telling a story with the photos I take.
9. People drive me crazy when they don't look me in the eye when talking to me.
10. A special gift I remember receiving, that meant the world to me, was necklace from my Aunt in Germany. I don't get to see her very often, and the gift was totally a surprise. I still cherish that necklace to this day.

This is Kristina and Kevin just before leaving for his Senior Prom. They only were able to spend about an hour and a half there since we had the State Competition that day too. They had a great time, but they were very tired.

Kevin and Kristina at State Competition Posted by Picasa

Some Weekend Photos

This is my daughter ( third from left) competing in the Color Guard competition at State.

This weekend my daughter competed in the NJRTOC State Championships held in Oviedo, Florida. This is a picture of her as Drill Team Commander of the Unarmed Exhibition Team requesting permission to begin their routine.