Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What an honor!!!

What an honor! I was so excited to receive some products from Little Yellow Bicycle from their new line, Gen Z, coming out in January!!!!

How exciting! New products, new release, ahhhh......

So, I was thrilled to work with this paper, and these clear die cuts, and the ribbon, and the embellishments, oh, wow!!!! Such good looking stuff!!!

When I saw the guitar embellishments, I knew I had to use these American Idol pictures of Chappy at Disney World! Oh, so fun!!! He is ONE crazy kid!

And, the best part is, I have tons of more little fun things.......more layouts to come!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Still working on my December Daily

In the midst of all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, this month's Scripts Kit was perfect.

I love the fun of this whimsy kit!!! So, I started my December Daily kit..........with great ambitions, and great goals for myself!!!

And, well, let's just say I made it to page 9! And, I have printed the pictures, for about 10 of the days! But, I am hoping to get to some of that this week!

So, atleast I have it started!!! I added some of the junk from my stash, etc, but you get the idea!

I love this little book so far!

And, can I say, I LOVE the Bella Blvd paper in this kit! Ai-yi-yi!!! So cute!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Share and share alike!

Of course, I love a good giveaway, and this is no exception......

Check out my sweet friend, Mellie's blog! She is the cutest!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

10 years of us! What a day!

Let me set the scene:

10 years ago....on bed rest. 9 weeks into my bed rest. Total misery.

Looking back now, I wish I had just laid there, and soaked it all in, instead of stressing about all that I could NOT do. I wish I had treasured every kick, and every rumble. I wish I had let Mason lay there with me more, and feel his new little brother move in my belly.....just one more time. If I could get those moments back, God knows I would!

I was NOT mentally recovered from losing Elijah. I was so scared about losing this baby, too. Every contraction...way too early. Every late night run to the doctor. I was scared. Not just scared, but TERRIFIED. Please, God. You know I can't handle this twice.

I was NOT yet recovered from the mental trauma of the house fire. Sometimes, laying on the couch, I could still get a quick smell of that smoke. Maybe from the walls, or just from the air moving throughout the house.

Still today, I am so fire-phobic, it is ridiculous.

So, those weeks of bedrest....just pure mental overload. On the meds, that make me crazy, but I am not supposed to move. What kind of a sick joke is that!

I digress.

So, on this particular Wednesday, I knew. I just knew. I could feel him moving, strong. I could feel each kick...powerful. My back hurt. Not like normal. Even my hair hurt. Everything.

I called my mom. I called my mother-in-law. Today is the day. They both told me to pack, get ready, and they would too!

So, off we go. Meeting Scott in Bham.

It's for real. We are about to do this! Amazing.

Happy tears come now, just thinking about how excited I was. We made it! He made it!

And, it feels like it all happened so fast.

Prepped for surgery. and ready to go! Scott made it just in time, sporting his Coca-Cola shirt (seems only fitting now!).

Kristin was there, Kendall was there. All was complete. We can go!

And, off we went.

What a glorious day. I remember, the minute he was born, and I heard Scott telling him Happy Birthday.....he was crying, I was crying. I remember thinking, this is what I have dreamed of my whole life. A complete family. And, here we are. 4 of us. The Smiths.

Goodness, life has never been the same. I am so thankful for December 15,1999.

I cannot imagine life without Chapman. I wondered why, oh why, God took Elijah from us. I laid there on that couch, angry, and frustrated, and feeling so wronged.

But, the moment I held that sweet little Chapman, in his red Santa hat.....I knew. I knew. Elijah, he was precious, but this Chapman. My goodness.

Thank you Lord for your grace, and all-knowing self. I am so glad that you go by YOUR plans and NOT mine!!!

Happy 10th Birthday Chappy!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

2 a.m. Reflections

I am including the pictures as a reminder.....for myself.

It's after 2am, and it's like God woke me from my sleep.....something I cherish.....to remind me that I am so blessed.

I am sitting in my living room, typing to the glow of the lights on my tree....surrounded by my favorite time of year, in my favorite cozy spot.

My children and my husband are sleeping soundly. Even the dog is asleep in his favorite spot on our front porch. Life is not just good.....it is amazingly wonderful.

Yet, sometimes I forget just how blessed I am.

I have been working this week at Chap's Santa Shop.....an event that I hold dear...and look forward to all year. It is a labor of love...but it is a blessing....and tonight...on silly facebook....I took my blessings for granted.

I made a comment that was not so nice. Yes, I know. It's ok. No real harm done. But, I might have hurt someone's feelings. Or, I might have just been to hard on the situation. And, I am truly sorry.

I am so blessed, and God has provided such a wonderful home for me, and how dare I take that for granted, when, right now, as I type, people are hurting. Especially, more, at Christmas.

So, as I look at these pictures.....and my tree.....and I have noticed that this year...there are no ornaments on the bottom! Because both of my "elves" are tall this year...and they can reach higher than in years passed. Sad. But blessed.

Just the simple reminders that God is so good to me. I am sorry, Lord, that I took it for granted, and especially sorry, that I said it outloud. Please, if I hurt YOUR feelings, forgive me. And, Lord, I ask yours too.

And, if anyone, other than me--because I am sure I will need to re-read this--is still reading...Merry Christmas in advance...take a minute, to recognize those little blessings.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Amazing what some glitter Thickers can do for a girl!

Sometimes, when life gets a little crazy.....I just go up into my studio.....and sit right down in the middle of the mess (from the last time I was up there, ontop of the last time, etc) and I just make something.


Sometimes it is a card, sometimes, a crafty gift.....but, yesterday, on such this crazy-out-of-control kind of day....I went up.....and these 2 pics were sitting there, just glaring at me.

The colors are not really meshing with me, and there really is just a lot going on here, but I just felt like that kind of went with the theme of my day/desk/life! so.....I grabbed some hambly, added a some glitter Thickers, and then those Making Memories tiny glitter alphas! I love those!!! And, yes, I love this layout. It's wildly busy, and I like it.

It is now hanging in my kitchen....and the guys thought it was GREAT! They make me laugh..Scott says "ooooh, Jasmine was a hottie" and then Mason says "mom, did you REALLY scrapbook these pictures?"

Good times. And, I felt better!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I love a good bargain

Found these online, thought i'd share!

Free slice of Pie @ the Waffle House - expires 12/15/09

Free Medium Pizza
Spend $10...and order online....Log onto Papajohnsonline.com and use code PZZAFBFAN.

$10 Toy Voucher from Keebler (I had one of these a few years ago...buy a toy, use the voucher. Very cool)

Free Aveda Foot Relief

$5 rebate.....
Purchase any THREE SC Johnson products from the list between 10/1/09 through 6/30/10. Twin-packs and multi-packs are considered as single product purchase.

***And, note, WalGreens has their ziploc bags on sale for $1.99, so if you buy 3...you only pay $1.00 for 3 boxes! Good deal!
Get $5 back by mail when you purchase ANY 3 SC Johnson Products, including:
• Ziploc®
• Glade®
• Windex®
• Scrubbing Bubbles®
• Pledge®
• Shout®
• Fantastik®
• Drano®
• Raid®
• Off®
• Saran™
• Nature’s Source™

Santa Mr. Potato Head only $.99 at Target

Use this coupon, then buy the Santa Potato Head in the Christmas section at Target (only $5.99)

Several free samples at Walmart.com **just fill out the form, and they come in the mail!

Aveda Sample pack! very cool

Free Dog Treats

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The journey of the Rainbow Cake

Well, I have seen a VERY cute rainbow cake....several times on several different blogs....so, I thought it would be fun to make one for Scott....so, we were going over to my sisters house for the night...so, Rainbow Cake here we come!

So, starting with 2 white cake mixes. Divide each mix into 3 bowls....so you have a total of 6 bowls of cake batter (approx. 1 cup each)
Then, put some food coloring into each bowl....one color per bowl.

Then, spray the pans (9 inch cake pans).....and pour one bowl into each pan. If you only have 3 pans...then you will bake 2 times, no big deal!
After each layer has baked, let it cool. I repeat...let it cool.

After each layer has cooled, begin the layering process. Bottom layer. Then icing. Make sure to put a good layer of icing, this is important.

Layer. Icing.
Layer. Icing.
Layer. icing.

Now, here's what happens if you don't let the layers cool enough.

Until the cake is completely stacked.
Now, um, I am not the smartest cookie, so I started my colors from the bottom, duh. But, you get the picture.

Ok, so, I know, green comes before blue, but, hey, perfection is NOT my strongest quality!

And, then, I added the purple....and began to ice the entire cake. I used a cream cheese icing, instead of white....and I think it was a good choice!

Then, let the singing begin, as I presented this lovely creation to my hubby!

And, here's the slice.......oooooohhhhh....aaaaaahhhhh

He loved it!

And, here's the cake.....post first cut!

And, now.....remember that I said LET THE CAKE LAYERS COOL...... well, shortly after a few slices had been removed, the towers began to fall!!! It was almost in slow motion

Yes, slow enough that we had time to grab the video....note in the video we are laughing hysterically, and Mas comes in to let us know that we are disturbing their precious football viewing! duh! MEN!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Temporary Interruption of Service......

We interrupt this cleaning project for a few other events.....of MUCH more importance!

An Evening with Amy Grant and the Alabama Symphony........fabulous!

An Alabama Basketball game with my 3 fave guys!

A fun,hilarious night of baking at my sisters house! (video to follow, hopefully)

And, a day of under-the-weather-napping at home.

But, the cleaning will continue, don't worry! I have enjoyed 1/3 of my house being clean (and it still is!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day Three-Done!

If you are not in the loop....catch up, here!
Oh, the kitchen. I mean...........oooooohhhhhhh, the kitchen (not said in a happy tone!)

It starts off with a little background. When we bought the house...the ONLY negative, is that the washer/dryer is IN the kitchen. I don't mean a closet in the kitchen, or a room off of the kitchen, NO! I mean IN the kitchen! And, I just do not like it.

But, we have not done anything about it, b/c in due time.....the kitchen will get a MAJOR overhaul. I am talking major. So, for now....it stays.

The snacks, oh, the snacks! (on top of the fridge!)They overtake us sometime! But between lunches, ballgames, road trips, and just plain ole having the munchies....we always have TONS of snacks!

And, then there's this little spot...I love it! It is the coziest spot in the kitchen. But, please! Those flowers. D.E.A.D! And, have been for over a week now....doesn't anyone other than me see that?!

This little desk area...catches all of the JUNK in the kitchen!

And, the tons and never-ending tons of Halloween Candy! Gotta work on that.

So.......after LOTS of different cleaning supplies (several not pictured!)

-------------The Kitchen is CLEAN!-----------------

Look at the washer and dryer, and all of those snacks! All tidy!!!
**I even cleaned out the INSIDE of the fridge!

My little corner, all clean! Flowers.....be gone!

The desk....clean as a whistle!

The counters clean!

The stove.....even the inside.....clean!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day Two-Done!

Day Two----The Bathrooms------Well, lets say I had a little detour in my day!

Good Morning America! Can you believe it! How fun!!!!!

(Um, like, I left my house at 6pm on Monday, my sis, and my friend Diane...we drove to Nashville, camped out for a spot at the front, watched Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley LIVE on Good Morning America, played around a little with Alan Jackson, and then we headed home....Um, a much needed Starbucks helped us arrive home safely....by 3:30! Yes, 23 hours of jam-packed-country-music-lovin'-fun!

And, then, I commenced to cleaning! As is my goal for the week!

Ugh, this bathroom it is like the center of everything, we all just travel in and out of it!

I mean, I actually like it, that since we've moved, we still like all being together! So, lots of times, when I am drying my hair, or Scott is ironing....the boys will come in, chat, or just hang out with us. Kind of ok with me!

The counters collect so much stuff. It is hard to manage sometime!

This is Scott's side of the bathroom! He needs a little nudging too! (even with his neat-freak kind of self!)

This is just a little whimsy I made, and I love having it hanging in my bathroom! It has the quote "I do love nothing more than this day". It is a gentle reminder. I need!

Look at this! I cleaned it OUT! I mean, who needs all of that junk, samples, junk I accumulate?! Out it went! Now, all the stuff I use!!!

So, the shade started out like this....notice that it is dirty, and the lace, or whatever that is, is falling off, and just old! Well, I am in a "makeover recession" right now, so I could not spend $$$ on the shade that I've had my eyes on.......but, I decided to repurpose this one!

So, I printed off a HUGE "S" on my computer, cut it out (with my little finger x-acto from fiskars....and a gift from Scrap ETC!),

(well, I was gonna add Smith across the center.....waaaaayyyy too much work for me right now!)

and then.....yes, don't freak out.....I traced the "S" with pencil, and then filled it in with a Sharpie. Yes. A Sharpie. And.....for what it is.....I love how it turned out!
*Then, I hotglued a little bit of Fancy Pants black ball trim on the bottom. Ta da! All done!

All done! And, clean, and I love it!

******The upstairs Bathroom*****

Ugh! This is the boys bathroom, and how does it get so dirty...like...everyday!
Anyways....before...it really looks ok in the pic....but do NOT be deceived. There is junk everywhere, and it is dirty!

2nd view of the counters. Junk'd up!

Oh, look at this closet?! Can you see all of the dirty clothes down there?! I mean, we seriously have a laundry issue!

The bathroom counter is always a wreck mainly just because they stack stuff here, and stack stuff there!

-----------And, now the finished product!---------------

The bathroom at a glance! I love having a Disney Bathroom. It makes happiness!!! I love the quote on the wall!

This little guy, he makes me so happy. My mom and I bought him at a yard sale when I was little. I was so proud to have him. He is cast iron, and HEAVY! But, he sits at the bottom of the tub there, and just fills me with happy! He is so cute!

And yes, those lights and that mirror were hung ON PURPOSE! Hidden Mickey!

The photos on the wall are from some Disney trips when the boys were little! We have LOTS! And, it is so neat to know that I have literally watched them grow up there!

This picture does not look great, but this closet is cleaned out, and ready for some fresh clean towels!

Clean Counters

All nice, and finished! And, yes, that IS a Restroom sign on the door! We love it!
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