Monday, August 31, 2009

My clumsy update! LOL

For those that missed the lovely story of how I injured myself, read the 2nd post down and you'll be all caught up! :O)

I managed to get some sleep last night thanks to some Advil PM but the pain woke me up off and on. Today my knees are really tender and it's hard because I'm trying to work on my range of motion but it hurts somethin fierce especially when I bend my left knee. I don't think I did major damage to the knee itself but I'm fairly certain I've bruised it internally and it will just take time before it feels better. My right knee oozes grossness a lot but I've kept bandages on it for most of the day. Right now I'm in shorts and letting them get some air but will put some more neosporin and bandages on before bed. I guess the silver lining to all of this is that I haven't been as itchy today from the poison oak. I don't know if that means it's healing up and getting better or its just that my mind is mainly focused on the pain from my knees and forgets that I'm itchy too! LOL Whatever the case, I'm just glad I'm not as itchy!

I took my son to get an eye exam today and found out that he needs glasses for reading. He's pretty excited about it but I know that will pass after awhile and I can just see the battles to get him to wear them. Maybe since DH and I both wear glasses and he will only have to wear them when we do school work or when he's reading his comic books it won't be so bad. I thank God that he doesn't have to wear them all the time because he's very athletic and I'd hate for him to have to wear them while playing sports and stuff.

My daughter will be 14 months old on Wednesday and can you believe it...she still has yet to have a tooth pop through her little gums! It's craziness! I know the longer it takes for them to get teeth, the healthier they are but it's so funny to see all our friends' babies with mouths full of teeth and my sweet girl has zippo! :O) We can tell there are at least 2 teeth wanting to pop out on her bottom gums but it's been at least a month that it's looked like that. I joked with my sister who is in dental school that maybe I should be worried that she doesn't have any teeth but I know that's not the case! I'm curious to see what she's going to look like with teeth. I just love seeing how much babies change.

Alright, enough blabbering, I should go do something creative or at least get my shopping list in order! YAY for payday tomorrow! :)
Thanks for all the well wishes and sympathy, you girls really are the best! *sniffle*tear*sniffle* LOL HUGS TO YOU ALL!!!

Blog candy!

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Don't forget to check out all her cool creations while you're at it!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Not for those grossed out by blood!

This is SOOOOO not my week! First of all I get poison oak and have been itching like a crazy person. My hubby says I look like a crackhead scratching at my legs all the time! LOL Isn't he sweet?! He's just teasing but I probably do. Then I have ovaries that hate me for a few days and I'm in mega pain from that. Thankfully that part is over but then comes tonight. I've been taking benadryl since yesterday to ease the itchiness of my legs so I wasn't thinking I'd exercise because of how tired I've been feeling but got a sudden spurt of energy and decided to go for a walk. Ok, so my walk is about 3.5-4 miles and I'm about 3 blocks away from getting back home and decide that I'm feeling pretty good, have some good beats comin from my ipod and I think I'm gonna jog the rest of the way home for a little kick to my workout. Uh yeah...not a good idea! My legs were a little wobbly from the long walk and the ground was uneven so guess what a lovely combination that is...yeah, it ends with me falling very ungracefully to the hard ground! I'm not talking a little trip and oops...I'm talking full-on knees slamming to the ground, hands getting scraped up and coming milimeters away from smashing my face along the ground too. I had my phone in my hand because I didn't want it falling out of my pocket so it went flying and I always carry pepper spray in the other hand just in case and that went flying. Praise the Lord no one was driving/walking by and it was dark outside with only a few lights coming from inside some houses. That would have been the ultimate humiliation because I'm pretty sure I looked like an idiot! Then of course when you do something like that you get up really fast and act like it doesn't hurt nearly as bad as it does. I tried not to limp but really was about to burst into tears because the pain was so bad. I got in the house and lifted up my pant legs and saw this:

The picture doesn't even do it justice (thanks honey for having lame photog skills, LOL). My left leg hurts the worst because it looks like I landed right on a rock. It hurts to the bone and is throbbing like crazy. The right knee got tore up a lot more so there's a lot of blood. I'm already soaking through my big bandages (sorry for the gross out) and thankfully have a first aid kit in the van with more. I had 3 vicodin left in my medicine cabinet from when I had my daughter (who is now almost 14 months old) so I took one of those because the pain is so bad. I ended up crying pretty good for a few minutes which I hate. Makes me feel like a child but I had to let it out! The pain pill has finally kicked in but I can still feel the throbbing. Pretty sure I'm going to be sore for the next few days which really sucks because my goal this week was to get back into my exercise routine! Oh well...hopefully it heals quickly!!!

Now my hubby is running to the store to get me some more bandages for tomorrow...God love em', he's a great hubby! He helped clean me up and get me situated!!

Alright...I'm gonna go lay down and put these legs up! Sorry if the pic grossed you out!!! :)

Post #3 for the night! On a roll! :)

My nephew's second birthday is fast approaching (Sept. 25th) and I wanted to make something for him and first thing that came to mind is a counting book using the 3-ring mini binder from CTMH! It's nothing fancy because chances are, he's most likely gonna trash it! I'm hoping my sister will let him look at it and use it but make sure he doesn't tear it up so he can keep it forever but I know how things go! I got the first 7 pages done and they're a little on the plain side but I don't want to add too much to it and take away from the things that are being counted (did that make sense??) so I'll probably leave it plain. Next time I might use patterned paper for the base to spice it up a little but this will do just fine for this one! So, here they are:

I'm going to finish up the rest and finish the outside of the book tomorrow (hopefully).
Have a great's after midnight! Whatever, I'm sure your catchin what I'm throwin!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


So this is just a silly post but it was so funny that I thought I'd share it with everyone! LOL I have poison oak all over my legs and some spots on my arms and stomach so last night DH and I went to Walmart to get some calamine lotion and found this nifty bottle of ANTI-MONKEY BUTT powder and snatched it up super fast! Perfect gag gift for my BIL but yeah, a little embarrassing actually going through the checkout with it. You always wonder what those poor cashiers are thinking when they scan stuff like that! I wanted to announce that it wasn't really for us, that it was a gag gift but I'm sure they hear that all the time! LOL I'm actually thinking about going back and getting a few more for other people too! It was only like $5.50 for the bottle and so worth it to hand off as a gift!!! ROFLMBO!!! Oh, and this is my 2nd post of the day...look at the post below this one for a neat project I made last night and 2 birthday cards! I hope you're enjoying the weekend!!!!

Message note board & birthday cards

Ok, so I told you guys that I have a million birthdays in Sept. so last night I finished up cards for everyone (there is really just 7 birthdays but it feels like a million). I made these two birthday cards for two of my friend Deena's sons and for the rest of the birthdays I used cards I had already made up and what a time saver that was!

After getting the cards done I decided to tackle a new project that I've been wanting to try out. I had found a package of 4-5 corkboards at Walmart for like $6 and knew I wanted to try to make one of these note boards. I dug through some of my craft bins in the garage and remembered I had bought some cloth napkins on clearance on the off chance I could find something to use them for and this was perfect! I found coordinating ribbon and went to work. It took awhile because staples weren't the best at holding the fabric on the back so then I busted out that stuff you use for sewing that doesn't require sewing! You put it between two pieces of fabric, use an iron and it glues it together. I added the ribbon, some brads to the front and this is the end result:

I put a birthday card on here to give you the idea of what to use it for (if you already didn't know):

I'm really excited with the way it turned out. Now I just need to put a piece of wood or cardboard on the back to make it more stable!

Alright, it's a beautiful day and the kids are napping right now so I'm going to go clean up my mess a bit (I'm a bad girl and left it out all night) and get some chores done or maybe squeeze in a nap for myself! :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

I love birthdays!

I think birthdays are awesome! I love making/buying presents/cards for people to let them know how special they are!

One of my dearest friends, Deena, is having a birthday next month and I'm so excited because my family and I actually get to go celebrate with her! They moved away 1 1/2 years ago and we haven't been able to make it to any of their birthday parties (she has 5 kiddos...GOD LOVE HER! LOL) because it's a 3 hour drive and with my hubby having to work Saturdays it just hasn't worked out. This year the party is on a Sunday so we get to go party it up with them! YAY!! When I first made a cookie sheet magnet board she had mentioned that she liked them and wanted one so I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her birthday:

When it came time to maker her card I thought it would be a cool idea to make her card match the cookie sheet and then use one of the magnets I put on the board to hold the card! I love the magnets too. Awhile back at our christian bookstore I bought 3 packages of these magnets that have bible verses and symbolic pictures on them so I grabbed 4 magnets out of a pack and put on this board! Here is the card:

Another birthday we're celebrating in Sept. is my mom's! She's turning 50 this year so we're throwing her a party!! Her favorite color is purple so I made this card for her:

Now I need to decide what to get her for her big birthday! I also have quite a few other birthday cards to make and presents to make/buy! There's gotta be something about December & January being such cold months that makes for lots of September babies! LOL

On that's raining outside and weirdly enough, I'm kinda thankful for it! My ovaries have rebelled today and I'm in a lot of pain so it's a good excuse to have to just lay low and stay inside! I'm off to take some midol and lay down til it kicks in! HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ROCK ON!!! Met my first WW goal at week #6!!!

As you can probably tell I'm totally OVER THE TOP with excitement about reaching my first WW goal! My goal was 13 lbs and after losing 2.6 lbs this week that's a total of 14.2 lbs!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! Man, I was not expecting a loss this week (seems like I feel that way every week) so it was a very pleasant and welcome loss! Now I'm working on my 10% goal of 26 lbs and now I'm 11.8 lbs away from that goal!
YAY YAY YAY!!!! Ok, so my goal this week is to get back on track with my exercise. It's gonna be hard because I have my mom's 50th birthday party to co-plan with my sister, her present and card to make along with 5 other cards, my friend Deena's birthday present to make and I need to do my meal planning for the next month and start getting my lesson plans in order for homeschool co-op (I'm teaching hands-on PreK)'s gonna be a busy week but I have to make sure I get out and go on my walks no matter what!

Alright, I'm off to work on some of those projects...with a big ol' smile on my face!! Buh-bye 14.2 lbs I'd like to say you will be missed but that would be a big fat lie! LOL

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Post #2 for the night!

I got some new stacks of papers from JoAnn's today (shhhhh...don't tell my hubby LOL). Really, I had two 40% off coupons and a love coupon from hubby saying I could buy a stamp set (my love language is gifts and he's not so good in that department so he just wrote a coupon and put it in the jar labelled "Love Tank" that he made for me a few years ago) so I used that money for this stuff. Anyways, I bought a SUPER COOL pack from DCWV called All About Boys and it has some really neat paper in it that my son ohhhed and awwwed over so I decided to make him a card and ended up making two.

Here's a lovely picture of my mess:

Is anyone as messy as me when you're working on stuff? I try to keep it an organized mess but whatever! LOL

Alright, now I'm off to clean up and visit with my sis before we hit the hay!

Weight Watchers week #5

Ok, so I know every week I've been saying that I thought I'd gained weight but seriously, cross my heart, I thought I'd gained 5 lbs this week. We had a big family campout and BBQ last weekend and I scarfed food down like crazy...cobbler, cookies, pasta, chips & dip, etc. Then we got home and ate out at Wendys and then the next day ordered pizza and so I ate pizza for two days and everything else in the house not nailed down (thank you PMS week LOL). Even stepping on the scale yesterday it showed that I'd gained somewhere between 3-5 lbs so I was NOT looking forward to weighing in this evening, felt like the walk of shame as I entered the building. So, I step on the scale and I announce that it's going to be a gain for sure and the lady gets a confused look on her face and she says, "nope, it's a loss of 1.2 lbs" and I seriously told her to shut up! LOL Ok, not in the rude, I'm yelling at someone to shut up way but more of the confused and excited and baffled kind of joking shut up but it threw her off! Oops! I was totally shocked and even though it's barely over 1 lb, I was soooooo excited! So, I'm down 11.6 lbs in 5 weeks and only 1.4 lbs away from my 5% goal! WAHOO!!! One of my husband's best friends is getting married on November 7th and my goal is to lose AT LEAST 20 lbs by then so I can get a cute dress and be feeling all good and get to dance with my handsome hubby in his tux (he's one of three best men)! My hubby is doing awesome with weight loss too! He's lost like 15 lbs in the 5 weeks and he is looking GOOOOOOD! Yes ma'am, my honey is a fine lookin specimen of a man! :O)

So yeah, anyways, not too shabby, not too shabby! Now I just think how much weight I could've lost had I not eaten all that garbage this week! Tomorrow begins a new week and I'm vowing to do better and throw in some 3 mile walks while I'm at it!!!

Goodnight bloggin buddies, thanks for all the support and cheering me on...again, you guys are THE BEST!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Support a great cause!!!

My friend Alisha is raising funds for the Race For a Cure. Click HERE to be taken to her fundraising page and please consider making a donation (of any size), this is such an amazing cause and can help women get a jump start at beating breast cancer!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What a crazy week!

I've been busy with a family campout and BBQ this past weekend and then coming home and cleaning up and all the laundry...oy...but lots of fun was had and made it all worth it!

Today my grandma called and said they're having a birthday dinner for one of my uncles so instead of using a card I already had put together I decided that I was due for a creative session so I sat down and made him a card! I'm telling you, I'm not good with masculine cards, it's a big struggle of mine but I think it turned out pretty manly! LOL I used the CTMH Originals book to give me the outline and then I used the Heirloom paper pack (mentally noting it will be a good one to use for Christmas cards) and VIOLA:

Alright, now I need to clean up my mess before my daughter wakes up from her nap and decides to make an even bigger mess!! HAPPY TUESDAY (I've thought it was Wednesday but whatever LOL!)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weigh-In Week #4

I lost 1.2 lbs this week which isn't huge but hey, every little bit is welcomed with open arms! LOL I'm down to 254.4 which is a total loss of 10.4 lbs in 4 weeks...not too bad, not too bad! I'm just 2.6 lbs away from my 5% goal...maybe I can lose that this week *fingers crossed*!! I'm getting back into working out again so hopefully that will give me a big boost for the week. I went on a 3.5 mile walk last night (including some big hills) and my tush is SORE today! LOL I tried out a WW recipe from a book my mother-in-law let me borrow (THANKS LINDA!) and it tasted pretty good but it took me 2 flippin hours to prep and cook everything! It was taco salad and yeah, yeah, I hear the questioning of 2 hours but it called for chopping green and red peppers, carrots and celery and mincing garlic and crushing garlic and shredding carrots and lettuce and cilantro and adding all these herbs and what not...can honestly say that I probably won't be making that recipe again but thankfully I made enough so that we not only fed our family and my in-laws but also had enough leftover for another dinner! YAY!! It probably wouldn't have been so bad if I'd had my Pampered Chef food chopper but sadly, mine bit the dust awhile back and I haven't replaced it yet! Not sure what I'm cooking for dinner tonight, not really in the mood...maybe it's an eating out sort of night! LOL
Alright, I'm off to freshen up for my wonderfully hubby, he should be here any minute!

A three-fer

Oh man, am I sore today! That's what I get for getting out of my workout routine and being lazy for 2 weeks! LOL

Here are three cards I made last night.

Here's the inside:

I'm really excited with the way they turned out. The last week or so I've really struggled with my designs so it was nice to sit down last night and have things just coming together without much effort! I've only been making cards for 6 months now and I still feel myself holding back, too afraid to really let go and just experiment! I see so many blogs of ladies with amazing cards and projects and I always wonder how their brains work because I see their end work and I think "I would never think to put those colors together or those accessories on there!" I'm soaking it all in and someday I hope to experience the release of my inhibition so I can start playing around with different styles! I don't like feeling so reserved! LOL

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Short and sweet!

I'm keeping this post S&S because I just got back from a walk (and got all cleaned up) and my legs are sore and my crafting area is calling my name!! Here's a quick card I made yesterday:

Tomorrow is weigh-in for week 4 and I'm not expecting a big loss, I think I'll be lucky with any loss. I've eaten pretty good but haven't been drinking my water or working out (other than tonight). We'll see, I'll definitely let everyone know!
Have a great night!!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blog Candy

This is my 2nd post of the day (see below for my 1st post) but I couldn't help myself! Had to pass on the chance for some blog candy!

Go to Steph's blog: Where'd All My Money Go?!

Good Morning

Wow, what another gorgeous day the Lord has blessed us with!! It's not even 9am yet and the kids have already played outside and we have the back door open to let in the summer air! Once we get our homeschooling done for the day I'm going to try to get outside, maybe a trip to the beach or the park!

Here are 3 cards I made last night. I love how the butterfly one turned out...not so impressed with the other two but I'm posting the good, the bad and the ugly, no matter what! It's fun to look back at the way I've made cards even if some of them are lame-o!

Well, I'm outta here, gotta get some school work done so we can go play!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

One word: FUN!

"One Word"
{You can play this too, just cut and paste, add your own response and paste into your blog…}

you're feeling: Excited
to your left: Treadmill
on your mind: Hubby
last meal included: Pita
you sometimes find it hard to: Relax
something you have a collection of: Purses
a smell that cheers you up: Clean
a smell that can ruin your mood: Farts
how long since you last shaved: days
the current state of your hair: Up
the largest item on your desk/workplace right now (not computer): Purse
your skill with chopsticks: Decent
which section you head to first in the bookstore: Crafts
something you're craving: Pizza
your general thoughts on politics: Irritation
how many times you've been hospitalized this year: None
a favorite place to go for quiet time: Bedroom
you've always secretly thought you'd be a good: Baker
something that freaks you out a little: Debt
something you've eaten too much of lately: Turkeylunchmeat (counts as one word, right?? LOL)
you have never: Canned
you never want to be: Unsaved

Please let me know if you posted this quiz on your Blog too!

Friday, August 7, 2009

A couple 3x3's and a magnet board!

Last night I made these 2 3x3 thank you cards and decorated the note board. I need to get going on my Christmas presents because I generally hand make a lot of my gifts and I think the magnetic boards might just be some of the gifts I give this year! I am curious to see what others make for presents so if you want to share, leave me a comment telling me about what you plan on giving as gifts this year or gifts you've given in the past that were big hits!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yay...good weight loss this week!!!

I was not looking forward to today's weigh-in because I've been bad a few days and haven't worked out even once this week so I was expecting a gain if anything! Well, on the contrary I lost 4.2 lbs this week!!!! YAY YAY YAY!!! I'm down to 255.6 so that's a total of 9.2 lbs lost in 3 weeks and I'm only 3.8 lbs away from my 5% goal!!! I could seriously jump up and down and dance a little happy jig! :O) I've been noticing the last few days that my normally snug fitting clothes have been fitting better and I've actually worn 2 pairs of pants that I haven't been able to wear for quite awhile but tried to brush it off because I didn't want to be disappointed if the scale said I gained weight! I know I have a measuring tape around here somewhere and I even looked at Walmart today to see if I could buy another one (no luck) because I want to keep track of inches I'm losing! I'll dig deeper tonight to see if I can find it...if not, I'm off to JoAnn's tomorrow to buy one! One thing I have to share is that my hubby has been doing this along with me. He doesn't go to meetings or weigh-in there but he's been looking at my books and eating better and weighing in at home on the same nights I weigh-in and he's lost just about as much as me. He hasn't weighed in yet today because he's still at work but he told me yesterday that he was able to tighten his belt up one more notch! YAY FOR HIM!! It's so much nicer having him do this with me! He only wanted to lose 35 lbs so I have quite a bit more to lose than him but since we're changing out eating habits, this will be a life long adventure for us and he says he'll keep up with it right along with me! Talk about great support! The Lord really blessed me when He picked Josh for my husband!
Alright, I'm off to get ready for hubby coming home from work and then we're off to buy produce and have dinner! Thanks for all the encouragement and support ladies, YOU ROCK!!!!

Missin my boy!

My little man, Keegan is off spending 2 nights with his Mema (my mom) and his Uncle Bubby (my baby brother who is actually going to be 10 in Dec.) and it's so strange when he's not here. He's 6 1/2 and has only had like less than 10 sleepovers so I'm still trying to adjust to nights when he's away. It feels like a piece of my heart is missing, like I'm not complete when my kiddos are away from me. I just have to stop and thank the Lord for restoring my marriage because I don't know how I'd handle having to share custody. I feel so bad for my hubby who only gets to see his son 2 days a month, if we're lucky! I know how hard it is for him and even after 11 years he's still has a hard time with it. Anyways, so I feel like I'm forgetting something all the time like going to bed last night and seeing Keegan's door open and thinking I needed to send him to bed or this morning he wasn't on the couch like he is every morning and thinking I need to go see if he's sick...LOL...needless to say I can't wait til he gets home Friday! He called last night and asked if we could get him a present and write him notes while he's gone! Goober! I already planned on making him a card or two but doubt we'll go buy him a video game like he wants us to. We're trying not to spoil the kids by buying them stuff all the time. Keegan has to earn his own money and save to buy what he wants except for at birthdays or holidays or a rare treat! Here's the card I made him last night:

Hubby & I have a new tv show obsession...LOST! Yeah, I saw previews forever and thought it was some weird sci-fi show that I had no interest in watching but, like with Twilight, my curiosity won out and I watched the 2 pilot episodes and got hooked! I'm all through Gilmore Girls and am now on season 2 of Lost! My poor hubby doesn't get to watch all the episodes because he's at work during the day and spends a few nights a week playing video games with one of his best friends so I watch episodes without him and so all he gets is a recap from me! :O) I guess if I was a good wife I'd wait for him but oh well! LOL He really doesn't mind! If he asked me to only watch them with him then I would!

Alright, I'm off to enjoy some alone time with my daughter!! HAPPY THURSDAY! Oh yeah, it's weigh-in day at WW! Sorta nervous about this week because I haven't worked out at all and had a couple bad POINTS days...we shall see! I'll keep ya posted!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Alanna's blog candy

Go check out Alanna's blog here not only for a chance to win some blog candy, but also to see all the cool stuff she's created!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A sweet blog treat!!

One of my most favorite blogging buddies, Kim, left me this cute little guy on her blog. She is such a sweet lady and I just love checking out her stuff and seeing the super sweet comments she leaves for me! You definitely have to check out her blog, Memories In Thyme!
So now I'm going to pass this along to some other ladies that I've come to adore!
Sarah (I saw she got this award from Kim too but along with Kim, she's one of my favorite blogger buddies)