Monday, March 31, 2008

Yet another rant...

I promise...I won't always be ranting. But right now I need to get it out of my system. It has just been a crappy day and to top it off my husband ran to the grocery store because we were almost out of milk for the boys and he informed when he got home that the neighbors about 3 houses down have put their house up "For Sale by Owner." Can I just scream?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!??! I just want to throw myself on the floor and have a good old fashioned temper tantrum. But no, I will sulk for the rest of the night and then go to bed. Wake up in the morning, know it is a knew day, everything will work out and all will be right with the world again. Hanging in there until tomorrow...

Tomorrow we are going to pick strawberries! Yum! I am looking forward to seeing the boys' reactions. It should be so much fun. We are going to make it fun. It's about an hour from here so hopefully they will sleep on the way there and back.

Well, we didn't get any fantabulous photos of the boys in the bluebonnets but I still think they are pretty darn cute. :)

And as soon as we move and get settled in I am buying a new computer! This one is driving me insane. It keeps going all wacky after I have been on it for more than an hour or so. It won't open the window when I right click on anything. It won't open my photo programs so I can resize the picture. Ugh! Going to bed now before I really do just sit and cry...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Keep your chin up...

That is what I am trying very hard to do. We showed the house 3 times on Thursday and Friday and so far have gotten feedback from 2. One decided to buy in another neighborhood and the other raved about the house but the people wanted a kitchen that opened to the living room. We have 2 things going against us in this house and that is one of them. The other is the master bedroom is upstairs. For some reason people here want it downstairs. I keep telling myself that we wanted it upstairs and the kitchen separate from the living area, the people who built the house wanted it as well so there has to be someone out there that does too. Ugh! I am afraid I am not being very patient. It is just really tough trying to keep everything up and enjoy time with my kiddos. I want to just be able to enjoy life again without having to worry every time the phone rings or wonder if I leave the house are they going to call while I am gone so I better make sure everything is perfect before I leave or just not go. Ugh...I so have to get over this and just deal with it! Okay..whining is out.

We went and tried to get some more pictures in the bluebonnets today...not very much luck today either. I think I am just going to go with the boys one day by myself. It just has to be the right time and hopefully they will still be around when that day happens...the bluebonnets that is. :)

Okay, off to try and get some scrapping done now...hope everyone had a great weekend!

Enjoyable day

We had such an enjoyable day today. Spent time with my family and just did some relaxing. We took the boys to try and take some pictures in the bluebonnets...didn't get too many good shots so are headed back tomorrow if the weather holds out for us. I really would like to get a good photo of the boys in them because this will be our last year here. :(

I got to finish up a page! That always makes me happy. It's so funny to me...when I am in "the zone" I can just whip them out. When I am is a long process and I keep fiddling with them until I get into the zone. Ha! But I like this page, simple and sweet...just like my little ones. :) I'll have to post some bluebonnet pictures in the next few days.

Credits: April Showers by Amy Sumrall
Fonts: FrootStand, Jayne Print, PencilBox, and Minion Pro

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Get the tissues...

So go and read this and get ready to have a good cry.

Have a great weekend and spread some joy in the world.

Friday, March 28, 2008

So tired...

Wow is all I can say right now. What a crazy two days it has been. I guess I'll start with yesterday...

So, the boys didn't sleep well that night and I go about 5 hours sleep total (and that is generous). Between them and the dog I was up more than I was in bed. :( So needless to say I didn't get up in time to get dressed before the boys woke up (M was out of town). So given the rocky start I just knew they were going to call and want to show the house. Yep, I was right. Just as I finally got the boys down for a nap they called and wanted to show the house in 30 minutes. I asked to please give me an hour so they at least did that. The boys were great...they played for a little while so I could finish cleaning up and get us and the pup out the door on time.

They called last night and wanted to show the house this morning between 9-11. Okay...fine, we went to the park and took a walk with the pup. As soon as I got home and were getting the boys settled in they called and wanted to show the house again. Ugh! Now don't get me wrong...I am very happy they are showing the house but we had their 15 month check up at 3 so that meant we were going to be on the go the entire day. We don't do that often because they are bears when they don't nap. They were little angels all day! I am so blessed to have such wonderful kiddos! And not to mention my friend Cathy who let me, the boys, the hubby and dog invade her house this afternoon!!!!! She is my angel!

The 15 month check up went awesome! They are growing like crazy. Cameron (my chunky monkey) is 22 lbs. 6 oz. and 31 3/4 inches. Noah is 20 lbs. 4 oz. and 32 inches. He overtook Cameron in length! I couldn't believe it. He was 1/2 inch shorter than Cameron when they were born so this is going to be interesting to see how they grow over the years. Both doing well and really no major issues. If they would just go back to sleeping through the night all would be well with the world again. :)

No scrapping today. I was actually working on a layout with Amy's new kit when they called yesterday. Then I flew around like a mad woman and haven't had time to touch the computer much since. I am exhausted and going to bed soon...need my sleep! But scrapping is going to get done this weekend...I don't care if I lose sleep or not...going into withdrawals...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Check it out!

Oh my have to go and check out Amy's new kit. It is just the cutest thing ever! I can't wait to get started making something with it. Love, love, love the colors and the whimsy she uses is just fantastic. So all my peeps (ha, ha, get it) that are new to digi go and check it out...your gonna love it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ah, I sit here thinking about the boys will be 15 months old tomorrow. It just amazes me! A gal came by today with her 4 month old twins and they were SO cute and SO tiny! It is just hard for me to believe my guys were that small just a year ago. They are growing so fast! Both are walking like pros now and have discovered they can carry things with them when they walk. Pretty fun to watch I must admit. Need to download some photos from today and post, lots of cute shots.

I have been finding myself looking at ads in magazines in a whole new way. Kind of cool to me. I always admired how people could look at stuff like that and just get an idea. I have always considered myself crafty but I have to have something to go by. I always said I am really good at copying other people's ideas. :)

So, speaking of crafty and copying ideas...I am off to scrap!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Scrappin' mama

Well, I didn't get my 4 layouts done over the weekend but I have finished 2 now. So it's a good start jumping back in. :) I finished this one today with Amy Sumrall's fabulous kit "Cute as a Button." I have been so in love with this kit since it came out and finally sat and made something with it. I thought it fit his overalls so well. :)

Credits: Cute as a Button by Amy Sumrall
Fonts: Colwell and Summertime

One the home front...
The house is finally listed on the market officially! Now you just have to pray it sells quickly so I don't have to go through months of having to show this thing with 2 toddlers. I am doing okay so far but it has only been since last Thursday that I have had to keep it clean. He, he...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I got to scrap today!

Can you believe it?!?!?!?! I did an entire layout this evening and had so much fun. I even got a second page started and want to stay up all night now scrapping. But know I have to get some sleep so I can enjoy Easter with my kiddos.

So, check out Colie's new kit. Love that it is actually boy friendly (as I call it). You can find a lot of pink out there but it can be tough to find kits that work for boys too at times. I loved the papers and the rich colors in this kit. And this has always been a favorite photo of mine of Noah. He was so small and so peaceful looking. He was only a few days old and it was right before we ended up with the whole surgery thing. You can even see his tummy is swollen...poor guy!

Credit: Colie's Corner Creations - Thought's of Spring
Font: Will and Grace

Hope everyone has a fantastic Easter!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Catching up...

I feel like saying run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man. But hey, I think I would be the one that can't catch up. Ha! Man do I feel so out of touch with reality right now. Life the last 2-3 weeks has been insane. I will say I am going to try my hardest this weekend to take some me time and just sit and scrap. I have so many things I want to do and oh so not enough time to do it in. But tomorrow morning I am taking my little guys to the park and going to just enjoy spending the time with them and some other gals.

So, I have been missing my time at Gotta Pixel. I am totally amazed at how many layouts are posted each day there! Man, if you need some inspiration just head on over.

So I am determined to get at least 3-4 layouts done by Sunday. Think I can do it? You know me and a challenge... I couldn't do the scrapbook challenge a week ago for the playgroup because I didn't have the computer. This week I did a color challenge...kind of cool and looking forward to seeing what some of the gals came up with.

Oh! They came and shot the photos and video of the house today to put on the market. They called this evening and said they accidentally threw away the video. In all his years of doing this he said he has never lost a video. Okay, now my OB said in all the years of delivering babies he has never had a lady deliver two sets of twins. So now do you see why I am probably not going to have any more kiddos. If it can happen...chances are it will happen to me!

So no pages to share but I did think these were adorable...


Okay, so 17 days after I had really wanted it to go on the market my house is finally officially up for sale today. Yippee!!!!!!! They came and shot the photos and video this morning and we put the sign out front after lunch. Woo-hoo!!!!!! Well, maybe I shouldn't be celebrating just I have to keep it clean with two little ones running around. Hmm....we will survive this and live to tell about it. Ha!

Okay, more to come later...want to go and enjoy my babies and this beautiful day!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Half way through the month already?

Wow...we are already half way through March. I can't believe how fast it is going...can you make it slow down any?

So glad to be back among the bloggers and online again! My power cord to the laptop decided to go caput and I have been without a computer (gasp) for a week now. Needless to say I was not happy with the place I ordered it from. I went everywhere looking for one but had to resort to ordering it. When you say first class mail it is usually 3-5 days...not 8! Which I know was totally the company I ordered it from. It said it shipped on the 7th but the tracking showed it not leaving until the 11th! Grrr....

No scrapping the last 2 weeks for me. Been doing nothing but working on the house. But oh how beautiful it will look when we finally get the photos on Thursday. I hate that I had to keep putting it off and putting it off but I think the end result will be well worth it. I wanted to list on March 3rd but looks more like it will happen Thursday. Major storms tomorrow so won't be able to take any shots of the front of the house. But hey, it gave me a few extra days...which I desperately needed. I just hope I didn't lose out on a potential buyer because I had so much to do to get it ready. Ugh! Don't ever want to be in this type position again...will become better at keeping things cleaned out I hope due to this experience!

Okay, off to actually scrap. Woo-hoo, Yippee!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Came across this today and was just what I needed so thought I would share. Maybe someone else out there can use it too. :)

16 Ways to Get Motivated When You're in a Slump

One Goal. Whenever I've been in a slump, I've discovered that it's often because I have too much going on in my life. I'm trying to do too much. And it saps my energy and motivation. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. Choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. You can always do your other goals when you've accomplished your One Goal.

Find inspiration. Inspiration, for me, comes from others who have achieved what I want to achieve, or who are currently doing it. I read other blogs, books, magazines. I Google my goal, and read success stories.

Get excited. Well, it starts with inspiration from others (see above), but you have to take that excitement and build on it. Talk it up to friends and family.

Build anticipation. If you find inspiration and want to do a goal, don't start right away. Many of us will get excited and want to start today. Instead, set a date in the future — a week or two, or even a month — and make that your Start Date. Mark it on the calendar. In the meantime, start writing out a plan. By delaying your start, you are building anticipation, and increasing your focus and energy for your goal.

Post your goal. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra ("Exercise 15 mins. Daily"), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal (like a model with sexy abs, for example) also helps.

Commit publicly. None of us likes to look bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to do something we've said publicly, and hold yourself accountable — don't just commit once, but commit to giving progress updates to everyone every week or so.

Think about it daily. If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. Sending yourself daily reminders helps. And if you can commit to doing one small thing to further your goal (even just 5 minutes) every single day, your goal will almost certainly come true.

Get support. It's hard to accomplish something alone. I couldn't have survived this long without the support of friends and family, or without the others who supported me. Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both.

Realize that there's an ebb and flow. Motivation is not a constant thing that is always there for you. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again, like the tide. But realize that while it may go away, it doesn't do so permanently. It will come back. Just stick it out and wait for that motivation to come back. In the meantime, read about your goal (see below), ask for help (see below), and do some of the other things listed here until your motivation comes back.

Stick with it. Whatever you do, don't give up. Even if you aren't feeling any motivation today, or this week, don't give up. Again, that motivation will come back. Think of your goal as a long journey, and your slump is just a little bump in the road. You can't give up with every little bump. Stay with it for the long term, ride out the ebbs and surf on the flows, and you'll get there.
Start small. Really small. If you are having a hard time getting started, it may be because you're thinking too big. Instead, do small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of time to dedicate to something. I know, that sounds wimpy. But it works. Pick something so easy, you can't fail. Do it at the same time, every day. Want to wake up early? Don't think about waking at 5 a.m. Instead, think about waking 10 minutes earlier for a week. That's all. Once you've done that, wake 10 minutes earlier than that. Baby steps.

Build on small successes. Again, if you start small for a week, you're going to be successful. You can't fail if you start with something ridiculously easy. Who can't plan or spend 2 minutes to organize something? Take that successful feeling and build on it, with another baby step. After a couple of months, your tiny steps will add up to a lot of progress and a lot of success.

Read about it daily. When I lose motivation, I just read a book or blog about my goal. It inspires me and reinvigorates me. For some reason, reading helps motivate and focus you on whatever you're reading about.

Call for help when your motivation ebbs. Having trouble? Ask for help. Email me or a friend. Post something online. Join an online forum. Get a partner to join you. Call your mom. It doesn't matter who, just tell them your problems, and talking about it will help. Ask them for advice.

Think about the benefits, not the difficulties. One common problem is that we think about how hard something is. Instead of thinking about how hard something is, think about what you will get out of it. For example, instead of thinking about how tiring exercise can be, focus on how good you'll feel when you're done, and how you'll be healthier and slimmer over the long run. The benefits of something will help energize you.

Squash negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones. Monitor your thoughts. Recognize negative self-talk, which is really what's causing your slump. Just spend a few days becoming aware of every negative thought and aim to replace them with positive ones. Squash,
"This is too hard!" and replace it with, "I can do this! If that wimp Joe can do it, so can I!" It sounds corny, but it works. Really.

Monday, March 3, 2008

It's official

Well, I have 2 little walkers now. Cameron is just walking everywhere. He started last week and just keeps going and going. Noah is still wobbly but he is walking much more than he had been. Wow...I can't believe it! They are just too cute though. Cameron will start walking to you and then make a quick turn around and go back to whoever he was just with. Like he is faking you out. Really fun to watch and he is so proud of himself. They even clap for eachother when the other walks! Such joys to watch.

The house is coming along very slowly. Or at least I feel it is very slowly. In reality it probably isn't that slow, just had so much to do. Painting is done but I am now debating on possibly doing our bathroom. Hmm...should I take on one more project?

No scrapping for me last week. Sigh...but I am determined to get some in tonight. Have so many pictures to share from the 365 Project. Must get caught up on that too. So look for lots of pictures to come!


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