Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Just a quick post

Happy Tuesday to you all!!! It is Christmas Eve Eve, hehehe (I heard that in a movie I watched recently).

We have family here and have been having a great time getting all the delicious food made, presents wrapped and catching up. It has been fantastic and I can't wait to have more time with it all.

I mentioned in my last post that I did have a project that I made and hadn't shown yet. So here it is.

I am not going to go into detail except to say that the box was made courtesy of Lauren Meader's "My Timeless Templates". This template is the "For Keep-sake" box. It was so easy to use just like the purse-onality.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Thank you for stopping by!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bad, bad, blogger

Hello!!! I hope that someone is still checking in on me. I have been horrible about blogging. I have a project I have been meaning to post but just haven't gotten to it. You would think that with all the time I have missed blogging that I would have a TON of things to post about but that just isn't the case.

I wanted to tell you a few things about my last couple of days. As you may remember we live in California on Edwards AFB. That is in "sunny" Southern California. My sister-in-law flew in from Connecticut to spend Christmas with us. My husband wasn't able to get off of work so I took my boys to my sister's and picked up my Mom to head to the airport. Well, that was what was supposed to happen.

My sister called us early in the morning and said it was snowing. We thought for sure by the time we got down there (she lives an hour south of us). After I loaded the boys up and headed down I realized the snow started here and the further I drove the more snow fell and the more snow that was sticking to the ground.

Now, to get to the airport from where we live we have to go through a mountain pass. This pass is used A LOT!!! The snow was falling good there as expected. By the time I got my boys at my sisters and then to my parents house they had closed the mountain pass. Yep, the pass was closed and the other option was closed and the next option was mountain roads with hairpin curves, not doing that (even with 4 wheel drive).

Needless to say, my boys stayed the night at my sisters, I stayed the night at my parents and my sister-in-law had to get a hotel around the corner from the airport. Luckily the pass was reopened the next morning and I was able to go get her and get back home. Now I am way behind on things I had planned to do.

Not to mention I am supposed to teach a lesson in church on Sunday and I have barely looked at the lesson. I can hope that there won't be many people there to see how horribly I am going to be :P

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

If you are reading thanks for stopping in!!! I hope you have had a great week and are going to have a great weekend!!!


Friday, December 12, 2008

Holy blog candy Batman...

LOL!!! That is too funny. Now you know I have had a very testosterone filled morning. At least my boys have been very occupied by a very adorable neighbor boy.
But like usual I digress. You have to go here. is giving away some awesome blog candy that she is estimating is worth around $200.
If you have a blog you can get an extra entry by liking her blog from yours like I am doing. The giveaway will be announced Monday the 15th. Good Luck!!!
Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Space Shuttle makeup

First off, Happy Thursday!!! Wooohooo!!! Another week is almost over. I know, I feel so bad that I have been a horrible blogger lately. I tell ya, with the holidays coming I am so beyond stretched. Hubby and I stayed up a little later than usual trying to get all the envelopes stuffed with not only cards but newsletters and family pictures. Whoa!!!

Now, I haven't been all about the holidays. I am so gonna spill the beans as to where I live EXACTLY. You all know that my husband is military. Well, we are stationed at Edwards AFB in California. What you might not know is that Sunday the 30th of November the space shuttle landed here at Edwards AFB. I so would have been there to watch it but it landed at the time we meet for church. Again, I might have skipped it but I had to speak. I so wanted to call and duck out but it was a good thing I didn't because I happened to be the only one that was supposed to speak that made it to church that day.
Anyway, with all that said, since I missed the landing of the space shuttle there is NO way I was going to miss the 747 taking off with the space shuttle on it's back.
I have been eyeing the website trying to find out for sure when it was going to leave. The time came yesterday morning at 7:00am our time. At first it was supposed to be 6:30 but I was willing to wake up myself and the boys to get there so we can all watch.
My digital camera isn't the greatest but I got one picture that I am going to share with you. I hope you enjoy.

Now, I also wanted to share a couple pictures of my fam at the tree lighting ceremony here on base. Like I said, we live in Southern California so no snow. Well, at the tree lighting they always bring in some snow and surround the area underneath the tree and then they let the kids go and play for a while. It is loads of fun. Since both my boys were born in Alaska they love the snow, well, my oldest does anyway. My youngest was still young when we left Alaska. We couldn't get him out of the snow, no matter how many times he got hit in the face he was ready for more. Enjoy the pics.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Thursday!!!


Monday, December 8, 2008


Happy Monday all!!! I am so sorry I am getting this post up LATE.

I wanted to tell you all about Saturday's make and take with Marianne, Joy, and Kimberly. It was AWESOME to say the least. I had so much fun (just ask my mom) LOL!!! I was sitting next to my mom and talking up a storm. I just was so excited to spend that much time away from my boys and just be Missy for a while. It was great. In fact, I did so much talking that I didn't get to finish one of my projects. But I kinda put it together on Sunday and took some pictures of the projects we did.

We didn't get to spend much time with Kimberly because she was doing ANOTHER make and take at the same store but different end. She came back to give out prizes every so often. I didn't' win anything but my mom did. She won a copic carry case and a clear atyou spica pen, wooohooo!!!

Joy and Marianne were just great. So friendly and down to earth. Joy and Marianne were so accommodating with whatever we need. There was one point that I was "trying" to color one of the images and Marianne came to stand next to me. I was so intimidating to continue to color near here. She is just awesome. I had to ask a few questions about technique and she was so willing to answer any questions you may have. I would still love to take a certification class with her but that is going to have to wait a while. I am just not sure about being able to spend $80 for the class even though you do get some goodies with it.

The store had a representative helping out with the class too. Her name was Jessica and she was great also. So friendly and willing to help whatever we needed. I ended up having some paper missing from one of my projects and she jumped at the chance to help me. They had extras and she went straight to them and got me what I needed, thank you Jessica.

Tall Mouse is the name of the store we went to and it is in Yorba Linda, CA. It is about a 2 hour drive for me.

My family and I loaded up the car early and heading to the town that I grew up in (well neighboring town) and watched their Christmas parade (I used to march in it for abut 5 years while I was in my Jr. and High School drill teams). Then we headed to the store to pic up our pictures, lunch with my parents, to my sisters to finalize plans for the trip, hung out and then the girls headed to Tall Mouse for the make and take (my mom, sister, niece and I) the guys (my hubby, 2 boys, sisters hubby and step son and daughter, and dad) headed to Bass Pro Shops to do some shopping and see Santa Claus. I guess it went wonderfully and I was so sad to miss the Santa pictures. I guess my youngest went up to see Santa and they do have a picture of both boys with Santa (youngest has never been happy about Santa so this is HUGE) and my oldest got some money for his birthday last month that he got to take and spend on something he wanted. He actually handed the cashier the money and everything. I can't believe I missed that either BUT the make and take was SO much fun.

Okay, enough babbling (imagine how I was on Saturday heheheh) here are the pics of the projects we got to do. Oh and by the way, Tall Mouse now sells The Craft Lounge stamps and they were 30% off so I HAD to pick up a set. Wooohooo!!!

Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!!!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Birthday thank yous

Happy Friday!!! I am so sorry. I have been a horrible blogger. I feel like I have all the time in the world but so much stuff has been going on. We have been busy with birthdays and holidays. Right now we are in the middle of all our Christmas plans. It seems like we have our stuff and church stuff going on all at once.

Yesterday I woke up with a migraine and did all I could to keep from thinking about it. My oldest had his speech therapy in the morning and since we were out I wanted to stay as long as possible so I took the boys to get some lunch and then to do just a little bit of shopping.

When we got home I wanted to work on our Christmas cards and I had some thank you cards I wanted to make for my birthday.

Since I got a few craft supplies for my birthday I decided to use them. I had to start with some purple because I LOVE purple. Since I am using white cardstock for all my Christmas cards I decided to use vintage cream cardstock for the base. I had some light purple cardstock from a stash I bought a long time ago so I used that for the matting. I was going to use the vintage cream again to stamp my flowers on but thought the idea of using vellum cardstock would look nicer and I was right, I think so anyway.

The flowers and sentiment are from PTI's floral frenzy. The colors are palette ripe avocado from PTI and palette lavender sachet the centers were stamped with palette (I think it is called) haystack.

The circle for the sentiment was made with the spellbinders circle and PTI "boxes, bags and tags" stamp set using the same purple and green color inks. The ribbon was tied into a bow and then taped to the vellum cardstock. It was actually very easy to make. Now I just have to make the rest and then get them out in the mail. Maybe I will have everything done early this year, we shall see.

I hope you have an excellent Friday and weekend. My mom, sis, niece and I will be going to Tall Mouse in southern California for the make and takes that Marianne will be teaching. I cannot wait. I will be sure to have pics for you all to see on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Birthday to...

My sister and ME!!! Yep, my sister and I share the same birthday. Crazy, huh? What is really crazy is that we are NOT twins. I tell the story like this, my sister was having her 1st birthday party and I was so jealous of all the festivities that I wanted to be a part of it. So, my mom went into labor with me while celebrating my sister's first birthday. As my older sister will tell it, we are a year, an hour, and two minutes apart. Actually December 2nd is a busy day for my extended family. We have at least 4 birthdays throughout our family today.

The sad part is that today is my 30th birthday. Well, when you think about being 30 isn't that scary. I think I was more worried about BEING 30 then actually turning 30, does that make sense (I am not sure it does to me either). I still feel young at some times but then again 30 is just such a big number. I am going to quote something that makes complete sense to me now.

My next 30 years by Tim McGraw

I think I'll take a moment, celebrate my age

The ending of an era and the turning of a page

Now its time to focus in on where I go from here

Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Hey, my next thirty years I'm gonna have some fun

Try to forget about all the crazy things I've done

Maybe now I've conquered all my adolescent fears

And I'll do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I'm gonna settle all the scores

Cry a little less, laugh a little more

Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear

Figure out just what I'm doing here

In my next thirty years

Oh my next thirty years, I'm gonna watch my weight

Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late

Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers

Maybe I'll remember my next thirty years

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life

Raise a little family and hang out with my wife

Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear

Make up for lost time here, in my next thirty years

In my next thirty years
(just a little disclaimer, I do not drink beer. Nasty!!! and of course substitute "hang out with my wife" with "hang out with my husband")

I have a lot to be thankful for and am seriously happy with my life. I do wish I hadn't made some choices I did make but in the long run I think those mistakes make me the person I am today.

"With the ending of an era and the turning of a page" I pray that I can do better with my next 30 years and then some.

I never did like having my birthday in December because I kinda felt cheated. Not by my parents, they did the best they could for us. But it did feel like our birthday's did get forgotten or lost in the shuffle with all the other things going on for everyone else. Now that I am older I kinda like this because we are in the giving spirit thanks to Christmas that I can appreciate everything that comes with a birthday.

For all of you, as we begin to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ let us all remember what we have in this life and be thankful for what we have and not envy what everyone else has. Trust me, I still have a big problem with this but hope that during my next 30+ years I can improve on this.
I forgot to mention. My sister had the party at her house and my hubby and I traveled there after getting a few things. We were turning a corner to get to her house and I see a sign on a pole. I thought it was a "yard sale" sign but had to read it anyway. Turns out it was a "Happy 30th Birthday" sign. There were 2 more leading to her house. I couldn't believe it. She also had balloons on both sides of her door and a paper pink and purple "red" carpet leading to her door AND a big banner across her garage saying "Happy 30th Birthday". She really outdid herself. I was so happy and excited to celebrate with family.

I am going to leave you with some pictures of my sister and my birthday celebration this passed Saturday. The first picture is a picture of my sister and I celebrating.
The second picture is the card that my mom made me.

Next is the card that my sister made for me and then a picture of the card that my Grandmother gave me (it isn't handmade, after all, she is 90 hehehe but it is great and I am so glad to be able to celebrate with her).
And lastly is a couple of pictures of the gift that my sister gave me. Can you guess what my favorite color is? hehehe :D

Happy Birthday Tanya!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Monday, December 1, 2008


Happy Monday all!!! I hope you have a great Monday and that your Thanksgiving was wonderful, filled with good food, family and friends.
I wanted to say, with my family September is the mark of not only the pre-holiday stuff but also the beginning of a LOT of birthdays. Starting in September until well into the next year we have someone's birthday EVERY month. We started out December birthdays this passed Saturday. My older sister will turn ?1 on December 2nd, tomorrow and the family got together at her house to help her celebrate her birthday.
Okay, I will start by saying that I have NEVER participated in Black Friday events. BUT this year I made the mistake of going through the ads and seeming some great deals for things we had already planned to get my boys. Now, as you all know my oldest just had his 5th birthday but we still needed some things for Christmas. My youngest will be 3 on the 30th of Dec. and we had a LOT of things we needed to pick up for him so to be able to make this year a little better than it might have we attempted the Black Friday deals. Thankfully my sister had offered to take the boys home with her after Thanksgiving and since we were going back down on Saturday we agreed. I would NEVER do the early morning deals like we did this year with the boys.
But I digress, the reason why I mentioned all of this, well I found a movie that I know my sister wanted so I got it for her. Nice, but I also wanted to do more.
What did I do? I had to break out the purse-onality clutch template again and made her her own clutch. Inside I put a bunch of little scrapbooking/card-making accessories for her to use on whatever she wanted to do. It was really neat.
I again, used Chocolate chip cardstock for the main part of the clutch, and PTI berry sorbet and sweet blush cardstock for the top part. The PP on the bottom is the Nana's Nursery from DCWV, the top was stamped using Guide Lines again. The ribbon is both PTI berry sorbet and sweet blush. I loved the idea of using the ribbon as the handle instead of the paper.
To secure the flap to the rest of the card I used some snaps I had on hand for sewing. I actually sewed them on using white thread and then covered it up on the flap using the flowers.
I was very happy with how it turned out and hope she was too.
As always, thanks for stopping by!!!
P.S. Let me know what you think of this new way of showcasing the pictures, please.