Thursday, November 29, 2007

Where has the time gone?

I swear the older I get the more the time flies and the more behind I get! How did it get to be almost Dec already? Where did this year go? I don't even know where this last month went!
Ok let's see....I finished my classes that I needed for my baptism. Shaun, Brit, Jonny and Sammie came out for Thanksgiving and my baptism. That was the big stuff...I guess between all that and cleaning the house for fall, cleaning the garage and yard work it kinda flew by before I knew what happened!

Sooooo Dec is starting this weekend!! Do you have your Christmas shopping done? We do..almost. Just a few little things to pick up and I need to get some stuff for Jim! I still need to make some Christmas cards and some gifts. I guess I better get on the ball huh?

You need homemade gift ideas? If you you should pop over to TTS this weekend because we are having a Christmas crop!! There will be challenges, games, chats, prizes and lots and lots of inspiration to get you going on those gift ideas!!

With that in mind I will leave you with some pics from my baptism and some of my recent pages.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Good start to the weekend

I had a good start to the weekend this morning! Even though we both slept through the alarm *L* On my way to work the radio station I listen to was giving away the new Garth Brooks hits cd/dvd set. I kept calling and getting a busy signal, then it rang..I figured ok I am probably caller 9 or 10....they wanted 11. When the DJ asked me my name and I told him he informed me I was 11!! wooohoooo I was wanting this set!!!

Welp, not much going on the last couple of days. So I will just post some of ym recent pages.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I hope you have

a strong stomach. Because this news report will make your stomach turn! But you really need to see it anyway! Want to know how clean your motel room is? Or the things in it?
Motel news report

Good lord, I know when I worked at Comfort Inn there is no way in the world I would have done anything like that! Granted we had wrapped glasses, so each customer got new glasses, but I also know that the Howard Johnson down the street from us only used water to do thier cleaning. That grossed us all out! Talk about unsanitary! ewww ewww ewwwww!

Ok now I am gonna have my vent for the day. Customers....some...not all by any means. But one in particular. Has a PHD but no common sense! Why, after countless times of being told..if you want extra work done, schedule more time or tell me what you want me to skip....leaves me yet another note with a list of extra things to do. the one that really torked me off....because I do the others on a regular basis anyway....but the one that chapped my hide today was her wanting me to wipe down all their doors! We are talking at least 12 figure front and back that is 24. Where am I supposed to find the time for this? Heck if I know!!!!!!!!! Let's see, even if I give myself 5 minutes to wipe down each door that is an hour right there, and that is pushing it! Oh but not only that...last time thier vacumn was not working right, so I let her know. She says it is fixed now. So I go to vacumn off the fireplace and pull out the hose and things start flying out at me! ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Obviously the vacumn is NOT fixed!!! She said she had taken it outside and shook it and a bunch of lint came it was fixed. *sigh* This is the same one, who when she told me to change her sheets one week..but failed ot leave them out for me....when I left her a note telling her I don't know where her sheets are kept...left me a note saying....they are in the pillowcases! (a Martha Stewart thing) Ummmmmmmmm HELLO???? If I don't know where the sheets are...I think it is fair to say that I don't know where the pillowcases are either! *DUH* As for the vacumn cleaner....these people make more money than they know what to do with and she keeps buying these piece of crud $50 vacumns! Buy a good one and this may not happen all the time! I was so frustrated by the end of the day I wanted to sit down and cry....doesn't help that my back is hurting again from the car accident, so that is obviously something that is always going to be with me. I need another vacation already!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Have you seen it??

Comet Holmes! Here is a couple of links for more info on it. Jim and I were able to see it tonight with the naked eye, although we used the binoculars also for an even better view.
Sky and Telescope Comet Holmes

Friday, November 2, 2007

Shooting, Scrapping and Harold!

Jim and I went out for dinner tonight. Outback...yummmmmmmm. When we left, we decided we hadn't been in World Market in forever so we walked over to do some window shopping. While there Jim found...Harold!!!! *LOL* As you can see Harold is a Jr fan also :)

World Market has some of the most awesome Christmas ornaments! But there are some that I don't quite understand. If you can explain them to me please do!!! The pig ornaments...hmmmmm and the frog ornaments....and the dill pickle ornaments. What is thier significance? On the drive home though we decided that I have got to get Britney one of the dill pickle ornaments to commemorate her pregnancy. *L* She is gonna kill me for that!

Since we are on vacation this week we decided to go do some early shooting yesterday morning. Great time to do it since there's hardly anyone around then. I had a great day!! Was interesting though. While we were there all of a sudden 2 deputies came up asking Jim if his name was Philip. Seems someone had parked at one of the truckers cafe's next to the range, had left their door open with ammunition inside the car and there was a hole cut into the fence! Yikes! There hasn't been anything in the paper, so we are wondering what the heck was going on! But here is my target

And Jim's target

Finally...scrapping! Although I haven't had the chance to do a lot of scrapping during vacation, I have gotten a couple done.
Love these pics of Madi I found on my camera after she was here this summer *L* Gotta love the silly self=portraits! The next page is Madi's baptism. TTS is our sponsor this month on the web site, so T (site co-owner) sent me missionary papers to scrap Shaun's Mission pics. Jeremiah 1:5 is a picture of Kayden's ultrasound. We had a challenge at TTS to scraplift Nancy Jones. The last page is digi and I used Di Hickman's Nov template at TTS.

Monday, October 29, 2007


We are officially on vacation! Woohooooo! I have spent the day getting some chores done that I have been putting off so that feels good. The newsletter for TTS is done and will be posted soon (I will have to share the link here for you guys), tomorrow the Elders will be here for lunch and a visit and we have a Halloween party to go to at the church tomorrow night...after that the rest of the vacation time is my own!!!!!!! Scrap room here I come!!!
We also got some exciting news last week. We are going to be grandparents again!!! Shaun and Britney are expecting thier first!! We couldn't be happier for them or more excited!

Speacking of scrapping...we are going to be starting a new contest at TTS in Nov and this one is jam packed full of prizes!! Want a chance to win $100 in scrapping prizes??? Well then make sure you come check us out!! Is that an awesome prize or what?? And there will be other pirzes also! You do NOT want to miss this one!

Here is another pic from our weekend. These are the Elders who have been giving me my lessons. These guys ROCK!!! I love these guys and will miss them when they have tranfers.

Since blogger is letting me post pics I am finally going to get some more of my pages uploaded! *L*
First some paper....

And some Digi....

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A special visit

On Wed. while we were waiting for the Elders to come to the house for our lesson, Jim got a phone call. I couldn't figure out who he was talking to, when he got off the phone he had a look of....hmmmmm shock, confusion, bewilderment, wonder. Turns out it was the Stake President's secretary wanting to set up a time for the Stake President and one of the Area Seventies, a General Authority to come visit us Saturday afternoon.
So since I am new to the church I am surprised and shocked. Why would a General Authority want to come to OUR house? I mean....we are nobody. I immediately go into panic mode. This has to be done and that has to be done!! Of course I didn't get everything done that I wanted to have done, but I got a lot of things done, things that had been on my list of things to do for this week while we are on vacation. So now that they are done I can scrap and relax and catch up on some other things.

Fast forward to today. Oh needless to say, I haven't slept much the last few days because I am so nervous and anxious, constantly wondering 'Why us'?? So now the house is ready, neither one of us can sit still so we are basically pacing the floor. And they arrive, President Saunders and Brother Tenney(the General Authority).
Talk about a spiritual experience! We sat at the dining room table to talk. It was so awe inspiring and one of those WOW experiences! Bro. Tenney told us that he had asked all of the Bishops in the Stake to make a list of member family's to turn into him. Then they were to pray on which family's they needed to visit. Out of like 3000 people, our names was one of the 3 family's who they said Heavenly Father told them they should meet. I feel so not worthy of this honor! Wow! All of the things that have happened over the last month or more have told me that this is the church that I have been searching for years for. Brother Tenney gave Jim a mission to accomplish, which he has already done, we visited some more(and I told him I planned on being baptised the Saturday after Thanksgiving) before President Saunders led us in prayer, then Jim asked if we could get a couple of pictures together before they left (T told me if I didn't she would come down here and hurt me!! *LOL*). It was just such an amazing meeting! I had chills for I don't know how long after they left, so did Jim!
Tonight we had an adult meeting at the church and we listened to some amazing inspiring speeches, and we got to talk with Brother Tenney again for a short time. When Jim told him he was emailing him the pics tonight, Bro Tenney told him they would be going in his journal. Wow, to think we are going to be in one of the Area Seventies journal!
Ok so I probably sound like I am babbling *L* But I have found that after going to a meeting, or sacrament, or whatever...I always feel so uplifted afterwards! That also tells me I am where I need to be and this is what I need to be doing! I am sure there is something I am forgetting, but this last few days have been a whirlwind!!

I guess I should post my pics (so T can see!! *L* This is for you T!!! ((hugs)) )

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tag you're it!

I have been tagged *L* By Fe :)
Here's the deal:
7 Random Facts I must post. So read them, comment on them & then check to see if your name is in the 7 I tag. If it is, list 7 Random Facts about yourself & pass on the tag to 7 people.

Hmmmm this is always so challenging for me *L* So let's see what I can come up with that most of you don't already know (since I am an open book anyway, right? *L*)

1. I love shooting! My fav gun is the S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum(357) although I am liking Jim's little Taurus also. AND I am a darn good shot if I do say so myself!

2. I take my pillow with me whenever I travel.

3. I love to cook, but hate cleaning up afterwards!

4. I have weird eating habits. For example I don't like my food to touch *L* unless it it a casserole, or meat and potatoes. But my veggies can not touch my other food!! I usually eat the edges of sandwiches, pizza, toast, etc first and the middle last. And I sort my M&M's by color, saving the blue ones for last, except with Reese's I eat the middle first and save the outside for last *L* Yeah I am weird!!

5. By the time I was 13 I had gone to 13 different schools, all in different towns.

6. Jim and I met online and were married 6 months after we started talking.

7. My wedding day started with a 7.1 earthquake!

Ok now who do I want to tag? How about...


So on to life and whats been up. We've been watching the fires out here in So Cal. There are at last count (6 pm news) 16 fires in Southern Cal!! We are watching the one's behind us in the mountains. The fires we can see are in the Big Bear area...Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead and all around in there. Some of these have been accidental, some arson. All I can say is I hope they catch the one responsible for the arson fires! How anyone could be so cruel, sick and uncaring is beyond me! It makes me cry seeing all that these people have lost. :( Jim had one lady comment to him at work the other day...."What's the big deal? They probably have insurance, so they can rebuild." WHAT? Well she needs to be smacked down too. How dare someone say something so....crass! The big deal is people have lost thier possessions....yes they are just 'things' but look around many things could you honestly bear to lose if you had to pack up your car and head out of Dodge in a short time? You can't take it all, and you know what you don't take may not be there when you get back. Of course you would take your children, pets, important papers...but then what else? Your pictures? Your computer (after all most of us have our pictures downloaded to them and if we are scrappers a lot of us have our pages saved on them)? Special items that have been handed down from generation to generation? Seriously...look around you and then tell me that that woman's remark is not the most uncaring thing you have ever heard! I don't know about you, but I have poured my heart and soul into my home and yes it would break my heart to leave behind the things that hold a special place in my heart. are some of the pictures we took from the backyard. As the crow flies the fire is roughly 12 miles away from us, so we are in no danger! Just want my family and friends in KS to know that! :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bad Blogger!!

bad bad bad blogger!!! Yes I have been really, REALLY bad about blogging. I think I need about 10 more hours in a day to get everything done that I want to do!!
Where have I been? Work, housework, yardwork, talking classes for church, and yes Jim and I have started going to church again! And I am going to get baptisted!! Don't know the date yet, but will post it when I know :) I have been thinking about going back to church for some time and it just felt like it was the right we are going again. I haven't gone for years....years and years. Only going for weddings and funerals.
I know it is no excuse, but when I lived in KS, I didn't go for about 25 yrs...well I did go a couple times, and I took the kids to VBS. But the people there were so....2 faced! I hated it!! Hated going to church to have people be nice to you there, and yet they would see you around town and stick their noses in the air at you. No way for a Christian to behave! SO I quit going. Couldn't stand the hypocrits. Ok, getting off my soapbox now *L*
I have been scrapping! Really I have! *L* As proof here are some of the pages I have gotten done.

Using TTS Treasure Chest September 2007 collabrative
kit (proceeds donated to help in the fight for breast cancer)

For the World Scrapping Tour

Using Manuela ZimmermansPure Nature kit

Using Deanna Patterson'sTilly kit and Di Hickman & Mad Scrapper Designs collabrative kit Fiendish Friends

And now blogger has decided to be a pill and won't let me post any more pics tonight, so I will try again in a day or two!!
Oh and before I go....Happy Anniversary to my wonderful hubby Jim!!! 8 wonderful years together!!! I WOULD do it all again! I love you baby!!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Scrap Pink!!

Join us at Treasures To Scrap this weekend for our online Scrap Pink crop!!! You won't wanna miss it!
(pssssst...just between us....TTS gives out awesome prizes...AND oppss...shhhh...there will be some great sales!!! and I mean GREAT!!!)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Think Pink!

Have you seen this amazing kit.. Our First Treasure Chest Collaborative Digital kit is full of so much product you won't know where to start and it seems as it never ends as there is so many things to choose from.
This month at TTS we are supporting the Breast Cancer Awareness Cause and proceeds from this kit will go towards it as well.

(click on image for a better view)

We also have kits for us paper scrappers.
Kit 1
Kit 2

AND that's not all!!! We have a sale going on this month in our paper store!

30% off all product except for Sept and BCA TTS kits until 9/30/2007

Use the Coupon Code: Tracysbirthday

Now if you buy $25 or more then give yourself 40% off with the coupon code: whatasteal

Friday, September 7, 2007

Ready for the weekend!!

TGIF!!! I did a lot of fall cleaning today! It was my first Friday off after my Friday customer's moved to WV. so I decided to use the time to do some cleaning in my own house. Well it turned into a whole day ordeal! But my house looks and smells so nice and clean now!! Just have a few little things to do so I will probably get some of them done tomorrow. but I wanna scrap this weekend too, so I wanted to get all my weekend stuff done today.

I have gotten a couple more digi pages done in the last couple days. Check my gallery at TTS for product info!

And while you are at TTS why not check out what we are doing this month to help in the fight for a cure for breast cancer
Scrap Pink
There is also a sale going on!!! Make sure you check the forums for more info on that also! And join us for our crop later this month!

Oh and before I go, I have to share a funny story about Madi. Last weekend we got a call from her mom, Tracy. Madi is now in middle school and....well you know how it is to be 13. *L* Last week was the first middle school football game. Madi was so upset that she wasn't able to go to it and todl Tracy that she was 'Ruining her social life'!!!!!!!!!!!! *L* Oh my goodness, the dramatics! All I can say is Thank God I no longer have teenagers! OMG it is even worse now than when my kids were kids, and my kids aren't THAT old, that I don't remember when they were teenagers!
Wanna know how ruined her social life is? She had 2 calls on her birthday to go do things with friends and had the dilema of trying to decide which one to do *L* and half the time when you call to talk to her...she isn't home...she is out somewhere with her friends. Glad to know her social life wasn't ruined for long!!! *L*

Monday, September 3, 2007

Quick Labor Day Post!

*L* Quick cause I am going to bed in a few but wanted to blog before I forget to!
Our blog challenge for the day is to tell what the changing of the seasons means to us. Since we don't have a lot of color in the fall, unless you take a trip out to the lake (which BTW is gorgeous!) it mostly means a change in the temps for me. And this summer I can NOT wait for that! It has been a LONG HOT summer! This week we have been over 100 for a few days again, with storms all around us so that makes the humidity go up. What's even more frustrating is to see the storms and none of them reaching you! *L* We can see them all around us, but because we are in a valley surrounded by mountains, a lot of the time the rain doesn't reach us. We did get to see some spectacular lightening though! And we did get a little...little being key here...rain on Friday. We have had only 3/4 of an inch of rain in 13 months! So we desperately need it! And we were soooooooooo hoping to get a serious downpour..but alas it wasn't to be for us.

I did get a couple pages done inbetween having to shut the comp down because of the lightening though! *L*

The first is using the Blueberry Creme kit by Wenchd Grafix Designs available at
DSO. The second one is a page I did for our fearless leader Tracy at TTS using the Birthday Kit by Ashley Bailey at

and finally a couple of older pages I did celebrating our fall. Jim took me for a drive up into the mountains just so I could get some fall pics to scrap! Isn't he a gem!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Just cause

Had a good day today. Slept in a bit, got to scrap a bit, had some friends over to play cards (even though I lost...again *L*)

I did see something rather disturbing today though. We took the girls to PetSmart. Of course Sox was in doggie heaven *L* but as we were getting there this couple, probably late teens, early 20's were walking into the store with one of their parents (lets not even go into what I would have to say to one of my kids if they were doing this!) but the gug had the girl on a leash! She had a collar around her neck and they went in to buy a choke chain for her! Ewwwwwww Have some respect for yourself woman!! How degrading can you get? Sad...just made me feel sickened and sad.

I found this on my comp tonight while looking for something *L* Just had to post it...cause I can and it made me LMAO. Madi found it while she was here and we were rolling! Fart Dance

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Jim found this story is one of those stories! ahhhhhhhhh stories

And here are some more of my recent pages...

The first two digi were done using Kristine's Spiced Toffee kit. Love these colors!!!(I did alter the color of the flower paper on the second LO to match the shirt I was wearingin the pics) And I used Di Hickman's Sept template for TTS also!

And some paper....The first one is using We R Memory Keepers, the paper sponsor at TTS this month and is a page for Nicole's Mission album. The next 2 are using kits from the TTS store and the last one is one of my new favs! I used one of the pics of Madi from the photo shoot she wanted to do the last night she was here. I love the pics I got of her and this one just begged to be scrapped!!

While you are at it, try and stop by TTS this month and join us for our Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We will be having a Scrap Pink the weekend of Sept 28th and 29th. We have paper kits and digi kits to purchase also, with proceeds going to the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.