Monday, July 21, 2008

Quote Challenge

This is from my Scrap Girls Quote/Word Art challenge. Where i give a quote, and you do your best to make a word art out of it. Its a great chat that happens every 3 weeks. However, yesterday was my last day with the chat. While I am sure I'll still show up at the chats, Pat Barnes is now the fearless leader! Go Pat!

Products used for layout:
Brandy Hackman's Abstract Expressionism Embellishment Biggie
Brandy Hackman's Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Abstract Expressionism
Brandy Hackman's Abstract Expressionism Alpha & Word Art Biggie
Melissa Renfro's Brian Label words (special freebie no longer available)
Brandy Hackman's Tints & Tatters Collection Biggie
Brandy Hackman's RetroActive - All Girl Collection Mini
Thao Cosgrove's Sisterly Collection Mini
Fonts: AMC_Chatty Font, AMC_Doodlelicious Font, Lettering Delights Hen Hand Font and Lettering Delights Painter's Hand Font


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A new me.

I did it! I cut that hair! That long, glorious mane of golden hair! It took a bit of work for my dear husband to give the okay. But alas he did! I have measured the braid cut off, 13.25 inches! All going to locks of love!

Here is a before, after and braid picture.

Thats such a bad before.. ugh!

Thats the braid!

There I am! Dont I look purty with my curls?

**(I updated this thread to include the layout I did of my new hair)**
Products used for layout:
Amanda McGee's Fruit Smoothie Collection Biggie
Amanda McGee's Fruit Smoothie Embellishment Mini
ScrapGirls Lettering Delights Hen Hand Font
Shalae Tippetts Dynamic Brush Set: Basic Stitching 4901 Biggie
Amanda Sok's ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Metallic Stitching 6401 Super Biggie


Memory Lane Blog Game!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!*

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses.

If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

*I reserve the right to delete any offensive, mean, untrue, embarrassing, incriminating, unflattering, humiliating, this makes me look like a dork, etc. comments ;)


Friday, July 11, 2008

Bring me peace...

The last month has been one of... the weirdest experiances of my life!
*First, suddenly, out of the blue... the microwave just died on me ...
*Second, my vacumn then died on me
*third, my phone deceided that i no longer needed a speakerphone or a bluetooth ear piece.
*fourth, my computer did a simple update, and it almost crashes and i can no longer use firefox
*fifth, i almost dropped out of my bible study as im only on chapter 4 and they are on chapter 11 &12!
*sixth, my windshield cracked again (jeeps, gotta love em)
*seventh, i went through a pregnancy scare (ive got 3! lol)

But those and other things... i took in stride. Kept remembering Ro's new thing "blessings" was doing a good job keeping my head up high, tinkered with the microwave, got a part and it works. Vacume works (have no clue what i did, but it does), found an alternate way to use speakerphone... and on and on... i wont let it bring me down!

But today... I needed milk... im coming into the house, with 2 gallons, and 2 bags of groceries... and... i step... down... on a ... toy ... car... and all i feel is my ankle going out from under me, and actually touching the ground. I have ended up with one of the worst sprained ankles of my life! It hurt so bad, i was laying on the floor crying, and my girls (blessings they are) put the groceries away.

Want to know my blessing from this?

Im resting with peace.

For the first time in months, ive slowed down and with a bad ankle have forced myself to rest. Forced myself to let go that i couldnt make a "perfect" dinner.. cereal! haha... God has opened my eyes this evening to some real peace, that there are times when i just need to slow down and enjoy my family.

Here is a treat for you....

James 1: 2-4
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


Monday, July 7, 2008

Fireworks and the 4th of July

The 4th of July is always a special time for our family. It seems its one of the few holidays where we can simply be just a family. We always start the day off with the Parade in downtown Monument. Its a great parade, and pretty cool for such a small town. Then we head home for a little siesta before we pack up and head up for a day of fun in downtown Palmer Lake. This year most of the events like the street fair wasnt on the 4th. So we ended up grabbing a spot near the playground, and letting the kids swing like crazy. (oh and of course we did stop by the Rock House to get our yearly ice cream cone).

This year i wanted to try my hand at getting some firework pictures. I got ahold of a Sony Mavica DSLR put it on a tripod and used these settings: ISO 100, f8, and on half the pictures a 2 second release, and the other half 7 second release. I like the longer release setting, i got some pretty neat mixes of fireworks.

(the second one is pretty neat. Look at those stars, those are fireworks!!)


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Teen at 7?

Apparently I am not the only mother experiencing this phenomenon (as i found out in a Chat). Why is it our little girls go into kindergarten and come out worrying about who is their best friend, and how much Hannah stuff they have? Then they go into first grade after a summer of trying to help them get back onto the right track, and all they learn is how they have power, and they can push and prod till they get what they want. WHAT??? My 2 little girls are already acting like teens! Angelique wants to have makeup, my tomboy Sabryna wants to have complete power and control. Its amazing!

This is a picture of me trying to get them to behave (in a fun way of course). Notice the spiffy jacket? and the little grin in the back full of attitude? LOL

I just pray and pray, that God will lead them, guide them. Because try as I may, I am not doing a perfect job. Please God, watch over my little girls. Let them be little girls awhile yet. Guide them gently into becoming women of strength and character. Amen.


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