Sunday, October 28, 2007

Beate's Weekend Challenge

I have so much to do in such little time, but I thought I would do Beate's Weekend Challenge. Although the lighting stinks, I made a Z-fold working with a vertical card. I faux embossed the bottom third and then decided to use one of the new clips to hold the card together. I liked using the clip because when you take the clip off, your card reveals its message.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Blaine is a Beaver

Now do you know why I have hardly any time to stamp? This is Blaine's beaver costume. I have to be honest in telling you that he wore this outfit last year as well. I always make the boys' costumes and Blaine saved me a bit of time. Thanks Beave!
The school has a parade for the younger kids to go through the school and then to the offices outside of the school. It's fun and then we give them a bunch of sugar right before sending them home.
One of my students has food restrictions and so we offered him a frozen popsicle. He stared at it for a long time and then said, "I swore to my dad I wouldn't eat any junk food". Stared at it a little bit longer before saying, "Well, maybe just a half".

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Humbled once again...

This is my long awaited friend Nicole Ann. She was born on October 11th. She is just the most perfect looking baby I have seen next to my own. Mommy and baby are doing great.

I had what I thought was the privilege of walking Nicole's dog, Max around the neighborhood to get the wiggles out. We planned the whole event. I have to drive my car across the street and Max jumps in. Back up and then let him out so he doesn't think he'll get electrocuted from his dog fence.

Did I mention that my sister has had the experience of being electrocuted by the dog fence? I know it sounds mean, but I really wish I had been around to experience the scene of that taking place.

Back to my story with Max...we didn't walk. We had a running explosion! We ran for 45 minutes. The only time he stopped was to bark at a scare crow. I really wish someone had video taped the entire scene. It really wasn't too bad until the next day and the day after that. My shins are killing me. I haven't run that much in a long time, or should I say, I haven't run that fast. I prefer my tread-mill or the rower (sounds snotty, but I do what exercise I have time for and doesn't hurt my aging body).

Just a great day with my dog friend Max...thanks Max!
But what was even better than all of that was being able to see one of my students at school for the first time since 3rd quarter of last year. My little friend, Emily, was diagnosed with Leukemia last year. She's not only my student, but a classmate to my son, Blaine.
What an amazing, strong and happy girl Emily is! She came to school for the first time since she left last year and she was so happy to be back, she could very well have thrown herself away. I know Blaine was so excited to see her and she is just doing super right now.
It humbled me to see Emily so happy after having such a terrible year. She is truly an inspiration to me and I was ever so grateful for the sweet reminder that life isn't always what you think it's going to be and then it changes again. Keep fighting, Emily! You can do it!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hold Your Breath!

I have been so lame about adding things to the blog. Between the Indians being in the playoffs, football, scouts and Halloween costumes I'm wondering what an eight-hour night sleep feels like. The soldier-stamp-a-stack was a great success and when I gather all of the cards, I will take a few pictures to display. I appreciated that some of the ladies that came to stamp also gave stamps so the soldiers wouldn't have to also purchase postage.

Thank you so much for your support!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

My trip home

My aunt had asked me several months ago if I wanted to go with her and my cousin to see Wicked. Ummm, let me think. Anyway, I found excellent air fares, but had to drive to Columbus in order to take advantage.
On the way down, my car broke down, so my trip started out crazy, but who cares, I made it into Connecticut and had an amazing time.
I was able to see my brother, aunt and uncle and cousins.
I'll write more later, but here are a few pictures including the beach where I had swimming lessons as a little kid.