Wednesday, August 27, 2008

As Summer comes to a close (for me at least) I thought I would share the acrylic album I did for the Design Team at Your Memories By Design. I used YMBD's 6x6 acrylic album and the Funky Doodler Vellum Journaling Tags. Thanks for looking!!

Hidden Journaling behind the strip paper strip...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This Summer I....

  • Bought new eyeglasses
  • Read 6 books (and counting)
  • Had a BBQ with The Dodd's
  • Walked 207 miles!
  • Had dinner with Julie and Eric
  • Got a needed tan
  • Relaxed at the pool
  • Bought a new Entertainment Center
  • Hugged and loved Jada
  • Went camping
  • Went canoeing
  • Attended two graduation parties
  • Traveled to St. Louis
  • Flew by myself for the first time
  • Traveled to Minnesota
  • Saw The Dark Night and Mama Mia
  • Went Paddle Boating
  • Organized all of our digital photos
  • Bought the Wii
  • Had lunch with my work ladies
  • Helped Kristin set up her classroom
  • Went to the Stamp Show with my Mom
  • Did some dogsitting
  • Helped Laila move
  • Hosted Janelle's Bachelorette Party


  • RELAXED!!!!!!!!

I would say it was a productive summer and now I am reluctantly welcoming Fall!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

We happily took on the responsibility of dog sitting our friends' (Kristin and Mark) two Corgi doggies for 9 days (4 days left). It has been fun but very exhausting! Here are some pictures from all the activity! ENJOY!!

Sophie and Kong Man

Play Time!!

"Some Privacy Please"

100 Meter Race

The Final Olympic Stretch

Tyler Sun-Bathing

Sophie Sun-Bathing

Rest and Relaxation

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


And the addiction continues.......

Is there a 12 step program for ribbon addicts?? If so, I guess I have completed step one ---> admitting that I AM AN ADDICT!

Song Share


By: Natasha Bedingfield

I used to care so much about what others think about
Almost didn't have a thought of my own
The slightest remark would make me embark
On the journey of self doubt
But that was a while ago
This girl has got stronger
If I knew then what I know now
I would have told myself don't worry any longer it's OK

'cause a face without freckles is like a sky without stars
Why waste a second not loving who you are
Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable,
They show your personality inside your heart
Reflecting who you are

Who you are
Who you are
Who you are

I wondered if I could trade my body with somebody else in magazines
Would the whole world fall at my feet?
I felt unworthy and would blame my failures on the ugliness I could see
When the mirror looked at me
Sometimes I feel like the little girl who doesn't belong in her own world
But I'm getting better
And I'm reminding myself


Reflecting who you are
Reflecting who you are
Whoooooo whoa hmmmm oooooo

[Chorus] AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend this read!!! AMAZING!

I just found out that they are making a movie too and will be released December 2008! I am excited to see how they do with this movie but I also am nervous to see it because I am usually disappointed with the movie after I read a book

I have been seriously slacking on my scrapbook creations!! I have two months of awesome product from Your Memories By Design that have been staring me in the face, just taunting my creative juices. So, I finally put everything else aside and I am determined to get some scrapping done!

Saturday, I went to the stamp show with my mom and saw some awesome techniques, saw some beautiful cards for inspiration, and bought some sweet products! It really re-inspired me to get creating. So, yesterday I pulled ALL of my scrapbook stuff out (leaving me with no excuses!) and started creating. I got these two projects done:

I am definately feeling the creative juices running through me now and am off to create an acrylic mini album about all the things I like during the Summer time. Back to glue, paper, ribbons, paint, and glitter.... Photobucket

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I believe this may be the first public appearance of my parents' new little puppy "Gretchen".

She is a German Shorthaired Pointer and is such a little lover but with a GREAT personality. You can already tell how big she is going to become because her legs are so muscular and those paws are massive.

Welcome to the family cutie!!

For your entertainment ONLY! Do NOT try this at home!

In January I created this Jar:

in order to organize things that I had hoped to accomplish in 2008 (some are long term goals too, and needed me to add them in the jar to keep my focus starting now). Among the long term goals there were several short term ones. I am pleased to announce that I have accomplished several as of today!

To Date I have accomplished these:

(gone camping, taken a well-deserved vacation, improved my flexibility through yoga, organized our digital photos, and made a plan to get my Masters.)

I just had to share with all my blogging buddies because it does truly make me feel like I am working towards a greater life.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

You may remember last summer that I posted my new found addiction: watching C-Span. Well, a little update on that.... I still LOVE it! However lately they have had a lot of Book TV and that gets boring. So, I wanted to also introduce the latest "hobby" that has made it's way into the D'Andrea home....

Now normally I would NOT allow a game system to cross the threshold and make a comfy home in our Entertainment Center (more on that soon). But ever since I tried the Wii about a year ago, I knew this was ONE system I could allow to slip in.

Reon and I kept eyeing it often and never feel like we wanted to spend the money on it at that time. Well, Sunday night we had to run out to Target and after we meandered into the electronics section (for fun only) we noticed that the price went down significantly!! So, we held out so we didn't make a rash purchase and came home to research other prices.

We found out that Target had the BEST price By far!!!! So, we discussed it and last night we went out and bought it (plus an extra controller, Nunchuk and, of course, rechargeable batteries!) We set it up lickity split (it was very user friendly) and then it kept me up late into the night (I am embarrassed to admit the ACTUAL time). I was boxing, bowling, playing tennis and MUCH more!

I have to say it was a worthy investment because ALL of my muscle are sore.... I guess that will count for my cross-training!! I will post some of our Wii action shots soon!

Wii party, anyone??

Sunday, August 03, 2008

With less than 2 months left until the Breast Cancer 3-day walk, I am in full training and fundraising mode. As of today I have walked 229 training miles and raised $1,150!

Since the last update, I bought my 2nd pair of shoes, a few pieces of clothing, and have planned for a fundraising event! Lately, my fundraising total has hit a speed bump and I am starting to feel the crunch of the required $2,200 to participate. If you are still planning to sponsor me and to donate to the cause, please try to do so by September 1st. I am still thinking positively, in hopes that I will exceed the requirement.

I want to thank the many supporters I have had thus far! I can’t tell you how great it feels when I get encouraging phone calls and emails wondering how my training is coming along, and even offering to be a walking partner! The training is becoming much more intense- this week we had a total of 36 miles to walk (15 in one day), so it has been nice to have partners to help keep me entertained.

Next week the training is only 25 miles total (the largest miles being 8 and 6 for Saturday and Sunday.) I am thankful to see the lower mileage and I can’t help but laugh when I realize that I now consider the 8 and 6 as “low” mileage. I guess there is something to be said for building endurance!

Please keep me in your thoughts and I will continue to keep you posted on my training and fundraising efforts. I truly appreciate all of the support each of you have given to me as I get ready to walk for a cure!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I'm sure you have noticed my 'Book(s) I am reading section' on the left side of my blog already, and are well aware of my obsession with books! I love the smell of fresh books (walking in the door of Borders IS one of my favorite places), the look of crisp unread pages, and the feel of a story unfolding in my hands.

I have this habit of buying books and putting them in my "to read" pile. It is a passion (just likes shoes and handbags!) that I cannot live without. During the year I do get to read several books. I try to read before bed and during some "extra" time during the week. However, when summer comes around it is full fledged READING CATCH UP! I pull out my "to read" pile and put them in order of what books I will read first. (Now these books not only include books that I have bought, but also books that have been given to me as referrals.) This summer I have/HAD a huge pile that I have wanted to read and several new books that are calling my name at Borders. I promised myself (and my hubby) that I would read my books on the shelf BEFORE buying new.

I have almost depleted my "to read" pile which this leads me to my raving over a new author I was referred to by my friend Susan (thanks girl!)- Marian Keyes. :::loving sigh::: She is an AMAZING author. I am totally hooked onto her books. She combines subtle humor, dramatic (and sometimes tragic) twists, along with beautiful love stories. I had two of her books on my list and I have finished them both: Anybody Out There? and The Other Side of the Story.

Both books sent me on an emotional roller coaster ride; crying, laughing, smiling, and frowning... and have also left me drooling to read another book! I am looking forward to following her writing career (once I catch up with the many books she has brilliantly written), just like I do Emily Giffin's ingenious stories.

I have one more book on the docket and then it is off to Borders to buy more! Happy reading!!