Saturday, December 01, 2007

Happy December!

I can't believe it is already December but I am glad. I am already in the Christmas spirit! Now I just have to finish up my shopping! Just thought I would give you some holiday excitement with a 12 Days of X-mas book I have been working on. Here's days 1 throught 6. Enjoy!

Enjoy the snow that is coming soon!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I took this quiz about my personality and I find it to be MOSTLY ture (not all the things I feel are accurate but I'm shocked and how close this description is!) It is based only on pictures! CRAZY!


When you wake up in the morning, you set out to impress and to make a lasting impression on those who you encounter. You surround yourself with all the right people and right things - making you a real trendsetter. Others admire and want to be just like you. Second best will not do - it's the best (and only the best) for you. You are attentive to detail in yourself, your surroundings and your social circle.


Sophisticated, glamorous and experienced. You love everything that is new, fashionable and in vogue. Others admire you, but can't always relate to you since you are a real diamond in the ruff. You like to be two steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to the latest and greatest trends. It could take your counterparts years to adopt your current trends. You just seem to know what's "hot" before everyone else does.


Work is your number one focus and your most important passion. It is your happiness. You are persistent, attentive and tireless. When everyone else slips away, you are left holding all of the responsibilities. You are the person that everyone knows they can count on in a tough situation, but sometimes you can be taken advantage of. Don't let your passion to pursue your goals override your need to live a balanced life.


You are a cuddle bug - from a warm hug shared with your best friend to making love with your partner, you enjoy every bit of human contact that you can get. You demonstrate your love for others most fluidly through physical one-on-one contact and you feel the most loved when you are being touched. You feel disconnected when you are physically isolated from others. You're a people person and a lover of all things human.

I'm so excited for Thanksgiving this year. Starting off my excitement is that I have 5 days off from work! So, I get to have a day to myself with scrapping, and prepping for MY first Thanksgiving meal. I am hosting dinner this year and I can't tell you how excitedI am about it. I love to cook and THIS is THE meal to try-out! I finally get my chance this year.

Yesterday, Reon and I went shopping for all the fixings...and we had a surprisingly fun time! Picking out all the ingredients and goodies made me feel warm and filled with happy thoughts of thanks. Here's our menu:

*Cheese and Cracker Platter
*Deviled Eggs
*Crescent Rolls
*Traditional Roasted Turkey
*Cranberry Sauce
*Green/Wax Beans
*Glazed Carrots
*Mashed Potatoes
*Sweet Potato Bake
*Pumpkin Pie
*Egg Nog drinks!

I can't wait to start cooking and have all the smells fill the kitchen and house. I know it won't be a "small" task to complete but I am ready and happy to cook for the family. Entertaining is one of my hobbies and it sends me such joy to have everyone over for a great time with laughter and love. I hope that everyone's thanksgiving will be bright and happy too!

P.S. They are calling for snow tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I think it is very important to find a simple pleasure in life. Sunday, I found mine. It always makes me feel calm and satisfied when I experience a time in my life where the simplest activity gives me serenity.

I met my friend, Julie, at Starbucks so that we could "catch up" with each other (a much needed activity in our chaotic lives). We ordered Pumpkin Spice Lattes and found a cozy table to enjoy some coffee 'n chat! Daylight savings switched over Saturday at midnight here in Michigan... so as we were sitting in the cafe, I noticed the ambiance that the pendant lighting created inside along with darkening skies outside. The sound of grinding coffee, machines steaming and the calming music was a great backdrop for us to share intimate discussions and to leave our afflictions behind.

Every so often when life takes over, these tiny parts of our lives seem to have the greatest impact!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fall Fun

Okay so from our apple picking adventure, I finally made a homemade apple pie. I have made many things from scratch but I believe this is my first REAL homemade apple pie (all from scratch).

Just wanted to share with you all the mouth-watering photos. My hubby will be gobbling it all up soon so I had to get a photo or two in before his fork dipped into it!

(Credit given to my mom for teaching me how to make a perfect golden crust pie!)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Today we went Apple Picking with Kristin and Mark. We had such a fun time. Who knew that walking around and orchard and picking apples for a couple hours could be so entertaining!

(Erwin's Orchard)

I have to say though, I believe it was made entertaining mostly by the guys. They are the ones who decided that it would be hilarious to taste test the apples along the way to see which ones we should pick.
(The tractor ride)

(Taste Testing)


(Apple Excitement!)

Reon had a goal all of his own. His mission seemed to be one of a good Samaritan to the other apple pickers in the Orchard. He went around to try to find the apples that "no one would want" pick them and throw them away. I have to give it to him to be so kind to alleviate the stress of picking the "bad ones" of the tree so that people could get to the good ones easier. That's my husband- always thinking of others :-)

(Height Counts!)

When we got there the line was outrageously LONG! It did move quickly however if I had to estimate there were probably 200 people in line to go on the tractor ride to the orchard and 250+ in line for the Cider Mill.
(The Wait)

Once we got up to the cashier to buy our bag, we didn't think that you could fit the 25 apples in our bag that they were claiming. That was MY mission. To fit as many apples in the bag as I could. I wanted my money's worth of our Peck!

(In the Orchard)

I have counted how many apples we stuffed in the bag... the number amazes me! 45! I am happy to know that I spent ONLY $0.22 on each apple. With all those apples, we sure are going to be eating a lot of pie!
(Mission Complete)

The Other One

Here's the LO that I needed to finish up before I posted. This is Aleta Maurina - one of the adorable twins.

The journaling reads: The beauty of a girl cannot be mimicked, fabricated, or created by human means, it only occurs naturally. ~ Pam Callaghan

The overlay is titled Beauty and has the quote, "beauty is a light in the heart"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Alright, so first I have to say; I never thought I would be so tired from a scrapbooking weekend. It was all relaxation, scrapping, massages, food, and fun girl talk! LOL. One big pajama party, but an exhausting one at that. I came home and actually had to take a nap!

I had such a blast this weekend. I did a lot of creating and actually learned a lot about myself as a scrapbooker. I realized that not only am I an organized scrapbooker but I scrapbook as a therapeutic outlet. I enjoy the soft, soothing music on my iPod- it inspires me to let my inner self come out on my pages.

I got to the hotel (which was beautiful and luxurious!) at around 4 p.m. on Friday. I created my menu for the meals we were given (that was the best, we got to order what we wanted. All from great places, one of my favorites being Panera Bread Company.) Then, I signed up for my massage for Saturday. Once I got situated I started scrapping (getting used to my new creative space for a few days). It was so great to see everyone having such a great time.

Each day we were given little surprises. When we arrived, they had a packet with our name (it contained all the information we needed for the weekend, i.e. the itinerary) There was also a goodie bag awaiting us, which had a beautiful insulated mug (mine is pink!), chapstick, popcorn, Certs, and gum. It was perfect. Saturday's gift was a little photo organizer box, it is darling. Sunday we were given a hand-made thank you card complete with a note to each of us AND a bunch of stickers. The whole thing was so well organized and thoughtful!

I am a little sad that it is over, but I am happy to be back with my hubby! He got back from the Jeep Jamboree at around 6. We both had fun weekends to share stories about, his being a bit more adventurous then mine!

Here is what I accomplished!

This is my sketch book that I have been wanting to alter for a LONG time! I tend to sketch out my scrapbook Layouts so I wanted my book to be a creative piece to hold all of my ideas too! It has a section for LO sketches, journaling, and quotes. It also has pockets in case I need to slip pieces of inspiration inside!




"Perfect Family"


"Wedding Happiness"

(One more LO to come, I have to finish the journaling and then I will post that too!) TFL!

Saturday, August 04, 2007


Well! Last night was a lot of fun, however I am hurting today! Reon and I joined his work crew for a little "friendly" game of Whirly Ball. We both had not played the game before but had heard that it was tons of fun. So, we made the attempt to try it out.

This was the first time that I was meeting his coworkers from his new job so I was a little timid; until I got out on the court. Apparently, they felt the same way because they all kept RAMMING INTO ME! They definitely didn't take it easy on me. I TRIED to give them a taste of their own medicine. The main problem, was that I wasn't heavy enough to impact their bumper car. It ended up that I would try to ram into them and I would move them a little and then MY car would bounce back! LOL! So fun!

Reon's boss, Kale, hit me real good at one point and the steering stick from my bumper car smashed into my thigh (BRUISE). Then a few minutes later, I was T-boned by two other coworkers. My car jumped off the ground and slammed back down. BRUISE!

I am plotting my revenge for the next game! IT'S ON!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I can't believe it! I made the Scrapwords DT! This is so exciting. I have always hoped to become a DT member but I didn't actually think it was a possibility. Thanks to Leslie and her team they have made my scrapbooking dream a true reality! Everyone seems so supportive and welcoming. I am honored to be a part of this dynamic creative team!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Well, Reon must be completely beside himself that he has experienced racing two weekends in a row. Last weekend, he got to drive the race cars in an open track, but this time he actually got to ride in the Pace car for the racers warm-up run. It was so funny to see him, he was like a little kid on Christmas.

We were there supporting a friend who actually participates in the races. He did spin out and we saw a race car roll over, and then over again landing back on the wheels. It was a little scary but all in all it was safe fun. When Pete brought the car back in, we played around and sat in it making "Vrooming" noises trying to fully appreciate the racing experience. I have to say it very easy to get in, but getting out does present it's challenges!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Jay's Update

Diagnosis: Sprained ligament in shoulder

Prescription: Tylenol and rest


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Weekend Fun

Yet again we had a very fun-filled but busy weekend! (With many more to come also!!!)

Friday was Reon's softball game which turned out to be "almost" a shut out for his team. They won and did a great job playing! Laila and Lane came out to the late game in support and watched as Reon made the best hit in his softball playing career. He did a great job. Jay, our friend and Reon's team mate, made an amazing playing... running from third base to home, trying to beat the speed of the ball flying to home base, he dove and rolled like a tumble weed. Unfortunately he both was tagged out and he hurt his shoulder REALLY badly. He was out of commission for the rest of the game and probably for the rest of the season, if not more! The really neat part is that Lane filled in for him during the last inning and made some nice plays himself, avoiding a ball that popped right up and almost knocked him out TOO!

After the game, Reon helped Jay get his stuff to the car, made a makeshift sling out of his windbreaker, started Jay's car and sent him off to his Brother-in-law so that he could look at his shoulder at 1 a.m. !!! We haven't heard if he is okay, so we are really hoping that it was just a sprain and nothing actually tore! Poor Jay, We're thinking of you! Get well soon!

Saturday, we travelled to Canada for a wedding near Point Pelee. Beautiful Day for a wedding! It was a nice little outdoor ceremony with birds chirping and the wind blowing just enough.
In between the ceremony and the reception we had to kill some time so we drove around by the Lake and then stopped off at Shoppers Drug Mart for some water (I was parched!) Once in the store, I spotted the "Dairy" section and I started salivating for MILK. Fact: I'm addicted to skim milk! So, I gave in to my craving and bought a liter of milk and drank it all up! It was a great little treat.
We got to the reception and caught up with some friends of ours and some of Reon's old co-workers from Centerline. We enjoyed this fabulous lemon chicken and the rest of the reception with dancing, laughing and fun!

Congratulations Shawn and Charlene! <3

Sunday was more busy for Reon than myself (except for the massive grocery shopping that I embarked on!) Reon got to fulfill probably the biggest fantasy of his life. He went to South Haven (almost 3 hours away) and went racing with Classic Design Concepts' race cars. He woke up at 4:30 a.m. and got there at 7:30ish to sit in on the racer's meeting to learn all of the rules and regulations. Now, he can cross off a big To-Do off of his list of things that he wants to accomplish in his life! I am so glad he had that experience. I hope he doesn't want a race car now though!
I am going to finish the last little bit of the Pieces of Me box. Can't wait until it is done so then I can scrap my furbaby, Snowball's mini album! I already have some GREAT pictures to include.

For now, ta ta!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

*** New Hobby ***

Okay, now I know this is going to sound CRAZY but last night I was up until 4 o'clock in the morning with my new found interest: C-SPAN! I love it! It is so interesting to watch all about the process that our Congress is going through everyday. I have always been interested in Government and now I will have C-SPAN on all day long. Last night, they had hearings on the U.S. Attorneys and there was intense interrogations! Very interesting. Then the next showing was of the Passport and Visa concerns, and obviously that caught my attention. I had no idea how entertaining Politics (to this level) could be to watch. I am so enthralled I will most likely have C-SPAN on the TV all the time.... I am going to be a wealth of Political and Governmental knowledge!

C-SPAN Junkie :-)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Okay I am really excited that my next scrapping adventure has started! This is my Pieces of Me box. I enjoyed scrapping the outside of the best find ever- Target $.99, complete with tabs inside! Each tab is going to showcase all of the roles that I have in my life. Here are the tabs: Daughter, Protector, Lover, Confidante, Friend, Sister, Shopper, Auntie, Entertainer, Thinker. I already have TONS of ideas to put into each one! I am psyched about the mini puzzle pieces that I bought... each tab will also have a puzzle piece that all make up ME! I'll be sure to keep posting them once they are completed.

P.S. I'll be posting a page that goes along with these soon.......