Thursday, January 31, 2008

Crazy Few Days!!

Jeepers....yesterday & today have been just crazy stressful! It all sarted last night when Michael, Ashley & I ran outside to stop Bootsie & Bunny from fighting (our two big male cats). Me, trying to wedge my mop in between the Bunny ran under the van, Ashley stuck her hand down to hold Boots back & he lit into her! Scared the you-know-what outta me. Took her inside to wash her arm up & put some peroxide on it & I could just see how pale she was. Was so scared she was going to throw up or pass out on me. And of course Clay isn't home during all this...he's over at my uncle's house. Just about the time I go to help her sit down at the kitchen table, she just collapsed on me. Didn't totally black out, but she just crumpled to the floor in my arms. Laid her out on the kitchen floor....she said it felt good...nice & cool. Put a cold rag on her head & told Chris to sit with her while I ran next door to get Clay. She was OK after her arm cleaned & put some neosporin on it & bandaged it. Gave her tylenol & all that good stuff. She seemed fine after a bit, but I was still just a wreck! Took her this morning & spent forever out at the health Dept. getting her a tetnus. She's doing fine now...says it hurts some, but it looks MUCH better today. And the tetnus shot hasn't seemed to phase her! PTLSeems like I just don't get the time to ever sit down & scrap during the week anymore. I've gotten all these new goodies for my BD & haven't really gotten a chance to 'play'. So I MADE myself sit down tonight & make at least ONE card. (I need to make some Valentine's anyway). This is what I came up with....copied an idea I saw in my new 'Take Ten' book. I love how it turned out!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


And that it is.....I tell ya, the wind is just whipping out there this morning!! Yesterday was up & out EARLY for me. The girls wanted to do some shopping, so we all had to be out the door by 8am so we could drop Chris at class on time. Then we had til almost 2pm to shop. We went to Target & did some bra shopping & Alli used her BD money from Granny to buy some Barbie goodies (of course!). I also picked up the new Rascal Flatts cd for Chris' BD next week. Then we met Ella, Maw & Sarah at Subway for lunch. After that, we hit the mall. Found some REALLY good deals at Aeropostale. Ashley got a pile of stuff for about $16. Two camisole-type tops, one short sleeve, one long sleeve & some .99 ear rings. She also got a sweater jacket that had been $40 for only $3.99. She was thrilled!! I picked a couple of Ts for Chris there too & the cutest little brown purse for me.....all of which were just $3.99. WooHoo!

Clay & Jon are out checking traps already this morning. While the rest are reading/drawing, etc. Ashley is upstairs reading the beginning of our Valentine unit. I need to get a shower & fold about 4 baskets of clean laundry plus wash all Clay's hunting cover-alls for him. Then I need to get my chicken in the crockpot. Trying a new recipe tonight called Southwest Crockpot Chicken. You put about 2lbs. of chicken in the crock, a can of black beans, a can of corn & a jar of salsa.....I actually just picked up a big jar of Black bean salsa because it already has the beans & corn IN the salsa. Let that cook all day & then pull the chicken apart with a fork & serve in a soft tortilla with your favorite taco toppings. I'm going to make some rice to go with it too. Will report back later & let you know what everyone thinks about it. I think it sounds yummy!

Monday, January 28, 2008


We finished up our Sled Dog unit today. Today we learned about their diet, paw care, types of sleds & equipment. I really enjoyed doing this unit with the kids, but I'm also excited to start on our Valentine unit!! We will start on that on Wed. & finish up with our Valentine's party at Maw's house.Alli & Michael's Lap Book....all finished!
Some of our library books that we read for our unit.
Today has been super busy! Finished our unit this morning, then I ran by Walmart on my way to get Chris....had to pick up some milk, yogurt & English muffins. Then, after I got Chris...dropped him off here while I took Ashley out to the library. Came home & mopped the kitchen floor, fixed fried chicken for supper, got Alli in the tub, came back downstairs to clean up the kitchen......Finally now, Michael & Alli are settled in for the night & I'm sitting here sipping a cup of coffee. Heading up to bed myself in a few.....gotta get up EARLY tomorrow.....Ashley is wanting to do some shopping so we will take Chris....which means getting up at 6:30am & having us all out the door by 8! Clay, Jon & Michael will have a fun 'Manly Day' of trapping & who-knows-what-else.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday Happenings

Church this morning was so good. Susan Bailey shared her testimony....A young mom with two adorable little boys...Last July she got sick, was taken to Lynburg General...did exploratory surgery & could find nothing wrong...ended up being some type of Ecoli...they thought for sure she was going to die....She ended up losing BOTH her legs, but boy what a testimony she & her family have been!! Came home & fixed lunch. Read my book while I ate my sandwich. I finished up the 'Circle of Quilters' last night so now I'm trying to finish 'the Covenant'. Wrote a letter & a card for two friends, put a pot of chili on for supper, made brownies, watched Zoey 101 with the girls & finished up Ashley's new pair of fingerless gloves. Just waiting to see if Maw will get online to chat & then I'm going to head up to bed & try & finish my book.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bits & Pieces of My Day

Made apple cinnamon muffins for breakfast this morning * washed two loads of clothes * scrapped some * worked on the Design Team challenge at ASF * fixed home-made pizzas for supper * Cut Michael's hair * cleaned up the kitchen * and now, here I sit.Ashley took this picture of Jovi to show Kaye.....said he was posing just like Zip! ;-)
This is what I did for Ken's challenge at ASF. A cute little Valentine decoration. It's cut from heavy cardboard & then painted. The quares were punched from my scraps & then I started plundering through my stash for buttons, stamps, felt, ribbon....anything to decorate the little squares & give them a Valentine theme. I LOVE how it turned out & I now having it sitting on the shelf in my scrapping room.

Just a fun layout I did of Ashley...'Yougurt Please!' LOVED this picture that Ella took of her & I also loved the little doodled note that she left me yesterday morning as I headed out grocery shopping. Thought the pic & note were the perfect combo for a 'Moment in Time' layout......ya know; fave pic, the cute little note (in HER handwriting) plus the little glimpse it gives into what her favorite snack is these days......My Ashley Girl at 14 years old! And if you can't quite the bottom of the note is an eye, heart, U.........I love you, mom! Love you too, Ashley!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Finally Friday

It's been a busy week & I am SO looking forward to a relaxing weekend! Took Chris to class today & did the groceries & Sams during that time. I just HAD to make a stop at Chickfila for a Cookies N Cream's all Kaye's fault. She had to go & plant the idea in my head.......she was going to meet me & we were going to do lunch together....but she bailed on me at the last minute. Don't know what the big deal is about driving down here from NY......she wouldn't have had to leave THAT early. Ha! ;-P Oh well......maybe some other time!
Don't you just love this picture that Ashley took of Daniel playing his new drums at Christmas time?! I ran across this cool paper that I had picked up from Michael's & thought it was just perfect for this picture. The little skull & a few of the stars were cut from scraps & layered onto the background with pop dots...just to give a little 'Pop' & depth.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

More BD Goodies

Did some shopping today with my birthday GCs. I got some K & Co. paper, tags & matching chipboard letters, some blank cards for making Valentines, colored pencils, & some stamps...two cute little bird ones & a tiny coffee cup. Also got the 'Take Ten' card book with Ella's GC. Ashley is excited about that too.....she's been wanting some new card ideas & this book is really great!
I was so tickled to find a box on my back porch steps this afternoon from NY. Kaye made me this adorable Journal & pencil holder for my BD! She is just the sweetest friend....thanks Kaye!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Happy BD to me!

These are the cards that Alli & Ashley made me for my BD today. The boys drew me pictures instead of making cards!
Ashley made me these cute 'Artist Trading Cards'......they are so cute....I think the birdie is my favorite!
And then she also drew me this Tink which I just LOVE. She looked at one of her shirts & copied it. Very artsy!

I've had a really nice day & Clay took me out to eat tonight at the Texas Roadhouse. Yummy! Also gave me a GC to Michaels. WooHoo! I'm already plotting what I NEED to buy next time I go. ;-) Think I'm off to bed now....I've been elected to take Chris in the morning so Clay & Jon can get an early start checking all their traps.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Well, we did manage to get some school work done today. Ashley & Jon finished up reading the dog sled unit plus some of the library books we had. Michael & Alli worked on their lap books.....they learned about the Four main breeds: Alaskan Malamute,Siberean Husky, Inuit/Eskimo & Alaskan Husky. They also learned about the positions of the dogs when they race. The Lead Dog is, of course, the one out front. Point follows directly behind the Lead Dog. The Wheel Dog is directly in front of the sled & the Swing Dogs are the ones in between. Jon read 'Akiak A Tale From the Iditarod' by Robert J. Blake. I read 'Aunt Lulu' by Daniel Pinkwater with Alli & Michael. I'm pretty sure we will be able to finish this up this week & then we can start on our Valentine unit next week. I don't know why I'm so excited to start the Valentine unit.....I really did enjoy this one about sled dogs & learned alot.

Feeling lazy or rebellious

Just NOT in a mood to think about doing school this morning. What is my problem? It's one of those weeks......yesterday was MLK day & Chris had no classes, so the others didn't either. Tomorrow is MY birthday & in our family birthdays are 'holidays'....mine included....why shouldn't the teacher get a day off for her BD if the others do?! Then Friday is grocery it's like we have Tues. & Thurs. that are actual school days this week & it's really hard to think about doing something, skipping a day & then doing some more. We did play 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader' last night.....that's VERY educational. Michael learned that the sun rises in the east & sets in the west. And everyone will always remember now that MOTOWN is Detroit, Michigan. That was my million dollar question & it was like my mind just went blank. Detroit was actually the first thing that popped into my mind, but then it's like you sit there & begin to contemplate too much & you talk yourself out of it.....I kept thinking that HAD to be wrong becasue Detroit=Cars.......then Clay goes, DUH.........Detroit=Motor Town=MOTOWN. Will never forget that now! Boy, for having nothing to say this morning, I sure have been rambling on...........................Ha!

Speaking of a day off yesterday...the girls & I had a day on the town. We met Danielle, Maw & Sarah at Applebees for my birthday lunch. That was really nice. Hadn't been there in ages...May to be exact...Ashley my date-keeper....told me precisely when it was. She said we sat around the table talking about Dr. Falwell dying & that it was the big Finale for American Idol that night!! Funny how we remember things like that. Anyways.......after lunch we ran by Steve & Barrys so Ashley could shop. Didn't buy anything there though. Then we hit Target...FINALLY got Jon's Avatar game exchanged. Then it was Michael's & AC Moore. I picked up some yarn that was on sale at AC some to make me a scarf to go with my new LL Bean coat Maw gave me for Christmas. And also picked up some bright colors to make Cori a blanket for her BD (in March) hope I can get it done! Alli said she told her Sat. when they were here that she REALLY liked Alli's blanket that I had made her for Christmas & would love to have one like it herself. Now who could turn down a request like that?! So, I have some projects to start working on now!!

Guess I will drag my lazy butt away from the puter now & see what I can get done. Need to straighten up the kitchen & then we will do some work on our sled dog unit. I really DO want to finish that up so we can start on our Valentine unit.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

COLD Day today

The high was only about 20, I think! Brrrrrrrrrrr! Was so nice to just be able to stay in & cozy by the fire. Got the kero heater going right now too for here in the dining room. This is the challenge that I posted for this week over at ASF.......the 10 things 'I'm Not'. Finally getting around to putting my LO together. A couple different papers from BG, some ric-rac & frazzles from my stash & the tag is actually Wild Saffron...matched with the BG pretty good.

I started this one last night while Ellas was still here...couldn't decide if I was happy with it or not, so just left it on the table & finished it up this morning. The papers are Cosmo Cricket. I hand cut the little flowers & sewed buttons on them for the centers. The title letters & journaling strips show up much better IRL. The title says 'Burrito Boy'...Jovi was playing in the rolled up cursive alpha chart on the floor & having great fun. Someone made the comment that he looked like a 'burrito' all rolled up in there....thus my title.

Off to watch 'Mr. Bean's Holiday' with Alli & Michael now.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Birthday pics from yesterday

Alli with her yummy chocolate BD cake.
Her gift from Ashley...she burned her a copy of her Vanessa Hudgens cd & decorated the case for her. Too sweet!
Jovi just didn't know what to think of these 'singing Barbies'. Love that Ashley was able to capture the look of amazement on his face!
Ella & the kids DID come down today. Don't know what happened to our 60% chance of snow today, but we didn't get ANY & all my friends in MS DID! Can you believe that?! They were all so excited & sharing all their snow pics today!
We had a nice visit.....we gabbed & TRIED to scrap some while the kids played. I did manage to get my next DT layout done. Everyone will just have to wait a few more weeks & check it out in the Feb. newsletter at ASF. I have another LO almost done....sitting over here now...just needs to be glued down. Will post that one tomorrow for everyone to see along with some pictures from the day today. I'm too tired to fool with resizing & uploading now. Going to head up to my nice warm bed & read.

Friday, January 18, 2008

How Great is our God

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great
How great is our God!

Got some of my favorites playing right now....Chris Tomlin.

Well, I think Alli had a pretty fun day. We had our traditional cinnamon buns & coffee for the birthday breakfast & she got to open her HSM barbies this morning. Then I had to run to Walmart & pick up a few things to tide us over the weekend. Was back home a little after 1pm. Finished straightening up around here & baked her cake. She had said she wanted fried chicken for her BD supper.....but I cheated a little bit...picked up Walmart chicken. I just knew I wasn't going to feel like frying chicken tonight after all I did. So, we had chicken with some seasoned fries & home-made ronis to go with it. I think everyone was happy...judging by the way they ate. ;-) Then after supper we had BD cake & ice cream.


May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to you
Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

Praise You With the Dance

Glory, Hallelujah
I lift your name on high
And I'll sing Holy, cuz you're worthy
Praise you with the dance.

Listening to Casting Crowns now & then I think I'm headed on up to bed. Ella & the kids are planning on coming tomorrow for a permitting. They are calling for 60% chance of snow tomorrow, but Clay (my weather buff) seems to think we won't get anything. So, we are just kind of playing it by ear right now.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Happy 9th Birthday, Alli!! Hope you have an extra-'SPECIAL' day! Love ya big bunches!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ok, I got a Wild Hair this morning after reading Kaye's blog. I started in the bathroom & cleaned out my little cabinet, drawers, make-up basket & all. I didn't take BEFORE pics, but did take a couple AFTER I finished.
After the bathroom, I cleaned off the top of my dresser(will tackle my drawers & closet later), my night stand (drawers & shelf included). Cleaned out from under Alli's bed....even cleaned out her toy box. Threw a pile away & had several bags of shoes & clothes to go to Good Will. Vacuumed ALL of upstairs. Came down here & cleaned out all the computer desk drawers & then started on my scrapping stuff. Have cleaned out two drawers of scrapping stuff PLUS gone thru my WHOLE stash of patterned paper. Boy, that feels good. Will get back at it again tomorrow. Off to watch movie with Ashley now.

Snow Day

Woke up to this this morning......we've probably got about 4" so far & it's still coming down. Thankfully they had already cancelled ALL schools anywhere around last night before we went to bed, so we got to sleep in this morning.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hump Day Fun!

Saw this on Dana's blog this morning & thought it was fun. You use the first letter of your first name & then answer the questions accordingly. Give it a try!

1. Famous Singer: Allison Krauss
2. Four Letter Word: Army
3. Street: Asbury St.
4. Color: Apricot
5. Gift or present: Art supplies
6. Vehicle: Aerostar
7. Things found in a Souvenir shop: Antiques
8. Boy name: Andrew
9. Girl name: Amy, Ashley, Alli
10. Movie Title: Aquamarine
11. Drink: Apple Juice
12. Occupation: Artist
13. Celebrity: Alan Alda
14. Magazine: American Hunter
15. City: Atlanta
16. Sport: Archery
17. Fruit: Apple
18. Reason for being Late to work: Alarm didn't go off
19. Something you throw away: rotten Apples
20. Something you shout: Arrrggghhhhhh!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

'I'm Not....'

Over at A Scrappin' Friendsy, the Design Team has to come up with challenges for each week or as we call them 'Design Team Dares'. This week was MY week to post a challenge & I had the perfect idea.......I stole it from Chris' first English assignment. He had to write a paper containing 15 sentences about himself & all the sentences had to start with 'I'm NOT...' I thought that would be a fun journal prompt for a scrapbook page. I modified it a bit & asked for just 10 how 'bout it......y'all give it a try! If you leave comments, leave me with a list of 10 sentences describing yourself beginning with the words 'I'm NOT'. Here's my list.....

I'm Not...
~a city girl
~a good singer
~a leader-I do better working behind-the-scenes
~a big sports fan-unless it's watching my boys play Little League
~Fancy/high-maintainence-LL Bean is more my style
~a Starbuck's coffee kind of person-give me my good ole Maxwell House Master Blend
~a 'Green Thumb'-plants don't like living at my house
~a winter/cold person-I'd rather be sitting outside enjoying the warm spring sunshine!

Michael cracked me up this morning when he came downstairs....grabs him a pop tart & heads in the living room to turn the TV on. Not to cartoons like you might imagine, but to channel watch hunting shows! Speaking of hunting & trapping....Clay & Jon started in on their trapping adventures yesterday. Jon is SO serious about wanting to trap, so Clay is using this an opportunity for teaching some 'Business math'. He is in on ALL the buying/expenses, etc. this time. And he has a goal.....what he's 'shooting for' (I made a Punny...Ha!) is to make enough money trapping this year to buy himself a rifle to have for hunting season next Fall. I just think that is so cool that he has a purpose & a plan in what he wants to do!! You go, Jon! We had a good day of school yesterday. I sent Ashley & Jon off to read on their own some of the stuff I had printed off for the sled dog unit & to finish writing definitions for the vocab words. While they were doing that, Michael & Alli worked on their 'lap books' down here. Above is a picture I snapped of what Alli has done so far with hers. We have vocab words written on the little green thingies, the purple pocket has a little summary that they wrote about the story of Balto, the little red booklet in the top corner tells of the first uses of sled dogs....for work & transportation & to the left of the book pocket is a little flap-thingie that tells the first two breeds of sled dogs...Malamute & Siberian Husky. We are really having a good time with this unit so far & will end it up later this week by watching Balto & Snow Dogs. we continued our learning last night by playing two games of 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader'. I tell ya.....some of those questions are tough! We had a great time playing though & can't wait to play again. I'll just end by saying........................

'I'M NOT.........smarter than a fifth grader!!' Ha!Ha! ;-)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Layouts from yesterday

Here's a couple of layouts I did over the weekend. I'm sure Kaye will enjoy all my kitty pictures. ;-) The top one, Ashley took of Bunny sitting out on our front stoop. I tea-stained the background paper & then used Wild Saffron for all the rest. The alpha stickers are Basic Grey. The bottom layout is just several random snapshots I had......running out of clever cat titles too.....thus the title 'Just Bunny'. These papers are all Wild Saffron also. The title letters are chipboard letters that I picked up from the dollar bins at Target. Didn't have any of the right colors so I sanded & painted them, then added the little glitter glue bling as accents. OK, off for now to study some more about Sled Dogs. Will post some pics of what we get done later on.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


~by Lifehouse~

Find me here
And speak to me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That's leading me to the place
Where I find peace again
You are the strength
That keeps me walking
You are the hope
That keeps me trusting
You are the light to my soul
You are my purpose
You're everything
And how can I stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be
Any better than this
You calm the storms
And you give me rest
You hold me in your hands
You won't let me fall
You still my heart
When you take my breath away
Would you take me in, take me deeper now
And how can I stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be
Any better than this
And how can I stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be
Any better than this
Cause you're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything, everything
You're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything, everything

They sang this this morning at church....I didn't recognize it right at first, but Ashley leaned over & said 'That's the song from Smallville.' I was amazed when I really sat there & LISTENED to the words. Now, I've had this stuck in my head all afternoon & am actually sitting here listening to the Smallville soundtrack right now.

Just Ashley & I went to church this morning & then we ran by Taco Bell for a quick lunch. I LOVE doing little fun spur-of-the-moment things like that. The boys spent the afternoon watching football, Ashley read & I watched 'Happy Feet' in here with Alli while I scrapped. Will upload/post what I did in the morning. Need to let the glitter glue sit overnight. I think I've got everything in order/printed off for school this week. Chris has his first test/quiz in Spanish tomorrow......all vocab words. He made flash cards over the weekend & has been studying, so praying he'll do good tomorrow.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Here's a layout I finished up yesterday...had to wait for the glitter glue/paint to dry before I could scan it. Just a few of my crochet projects that I worked on this past fall. Kind of hard working with these wild colors, but I think it all pulled together ok in the end. That pic of Alli totally cracks me up....she was so NOT happy about modeling for me! We are still battling the crud around here. Clay's eyes are still a mess. He will definitely be staying home tomorrow. Ashley & I might just go to church & leave the others here....will just have to see in the morning.
Not a very busy day around here today...for which I am so very grateful...just needed a day to stay home & do nothing. I did manage to catch up on all the laundry....of course once I thought I was all caught up, everyone went & took showers tonight & now I have a NEW pile to do. Guess that's why they call it the never-ending chore!
Read a little on my new book...the Circle of Quilters...scrapped some...worked on a new crochet project...still trying to work the kinks out of that, but I think it will be fine once I get the hang of the pattern. Fixed home-made pizzas for supper tonight & now the guys are in there watching football....have been all evening. Think I'm headed on upstairs to read now.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Well, we got started on our Sled Dog unit today. We read some about the history & types of dogs used...Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Inuit/Eskimo & the Alaskan Husky. We found Greenland, Siberia, Alaska, etc on the globe. Then we wrote out some vocab words & cut them out to go in their lap books. Vocab words included: Booties, freight dog, gang line, handler, hitch, Iditarod & lead dog. After that, Michael & Alli took turns reading to me about Balto & looking at a map of the trip he made across Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. Ashley & Jon are doing this too, but a little more independantly.....reading the history & stuff on their own & looking up MORE vocab words, etc.

Jon, my big outdoorsman, is reading 'A Look at Life from a Deer Stand' now. I happened to remember that Maw had given this to Clay several years ago so I went searching the bookshelves for it. Thought it might just be something that would interest him now & sure enough......went up to bed the other night & there lay Jon in his bed reading this!! Also heard him telling Clay about one of the stories in it where an older guy was out hunting & saw a big ole buck & actually got so excited that he had a heart attack.
Well, I need to get in here & finish putting together my menus for the week & my gorcery list.

Found the File Folders

Yay!! I tore the place apart last night searching for these dang file just made me mad because I KNEW that I had just bought a new pack of them right before Christmas & they couldn't have gotten shuffled away too bad, ya know. Anyway, was sitting here at the desk this morning & just prayed, Lord help me THINK & remember where I put these things. I got down on me knees once more (had done this real quick like last night) & looked up UNDER the desk.....sometimes stuff will catch & go over the back side of the drawer & drop onto the floor......anyway, sure enough, there they were. Guess I just missed them somehow last night. I had put them in the drawer with the computer & notebook paper & I guess with the kiddos constantly in that drawer digging around, they must've shoved stuff back over behind. Feeling much better now.....hate when you KNOW something is around & just can't remember for the life of you WHERE it is or what you've done with it. I guess Clay would say I'm just getting OLD, but I beg to differ!!!!!!! YOU try keeping up with FIVE kids & a hubby see if you don't forget where you put things now & then!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Just finished reading this last night & oh my goodness.....what a good book!! Need to run by the library tomorrow & pick up my next book in the Elm Creek Quilt series......Circle of Quilters, I believe.Worked with Alli a little bit on her math today before lunch. We finished up the section on time & did a review page. I had to stop by Walmart this afternoon & pick up a new ink cartridge for my printer so I could print off stuff for their Sled Dog unit. Got that done just a little bit, if I could just find my file folders...need the folders so they can make their 'lap books'. Argggghhhhh! I had them right before Christmas when we did our Grinch unit & now I can't find them. Guess I'm tired too & that probably doesn't help at all. Will just look again in the morning. They've GOT to be here somewhere!!! Think I need to just take some more sinus meds & head on up to bed. I've had this headache ALL afternoon & can't get rid of it. Even fixed myself a cup of coffee earlier & it didn't help. Now, what's up with that?!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Now, Chris has pink eye in his OTHER eye...I had to get up & take him to class because Clay's eyes were so matted together that he couldn't even get them open this morning. When I got back home, Ashley met me telling me that her eyes were gooked up. Good grief.....thought she was going to make it through without getting this mess.Sigh! Everyone is feeling just good enough to squabble & fuss but still not quite up to par. Jon & Alli have been driving me CRAZY this evening!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Back to Ole Grind

Here's a couple of layouts I did yesterday. This first one is some pics I snapped of Pop's old 'Disco Boots' as we called them! What on earth was he thinking of when he bought these??!
These were some pics I took at the big yard sale that Thomas Road had back in Nov. I took some of my crocheted things to sell & made a whopping $8 by selling FOUR of my dish cloths...WooHoo!

Yesterday was such a nice day...about 58 degrees & today is supposed to be even warmer......will probably have a blizzard next week. Ha! Ashley went for a walk with my camera & took some pictures....she's going to take a 'picture-a-day' this year. She's even keeping a journal & writing down what she takes a picture of each day & then we'll print them off every once in a while. She wants to make a big photo collage on her wall. Very Artistic. ;-) Jon & Michael even went outside & threw the ball to each other for a while.....will be that time of year again before we know it! But come evening time, Michael was feeling pretty rough again. Then when Clay came home, his eyes were all gooked up too!! Ashley is 'The Lone Survivor'! I'm not even going to worry about starting school back today. After being sick myself for a week, I haven't felt like doing anything toward getting organized for school. Thought about starting Ashley & Jon back today......the two little ones just are NOT up to it.....but since 'I'M' not together, I'm just going to use this week to get back into the groove....or should I say FIND our NEW groove for this semester. Chris has classes at 9am EVERY day this semester & is done by 1:50 each day except for Friday when he finishes up at 11:50. Anyway, I'm off to check out the Homeschool Estore & see what I can put together for us. Then, Ashley & I are going to run out to the library this afternoon & see what we can find. That will count for Literature (AND History, in Ashley's case), they're watching 'Survivor Man' now (science & geography) & maybe we'll pull out the Yahtzee later & do a little Math. ;-)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Just a couple of Layouts I was able to get done today. Also made a few birthday & Thank You cards too. Now, just to make time & write some of those thank you notes for Christmas gifts!!These were just a few shots I snapped of Clay one day back in the early spring, I think. Have had them sitting around forever just trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with them. Then one day, just not long ago, I heard this Rascal Flatt's song in the van & had to scribble myself a note so I'd remember that I wanted to use these lyrics......perfect lyrics to go with these 'Everyday' pictures!
It's orinary, plain & simple
Typical, this everyday love
Same ole, same ole keeping it new
Emotional, so familiar
Nothing about it too peculiar
Oh, but I can't get enough
Of this everyday love!
Another simple layout of the girls coloring in their new Christmas coloring books I picked up at the Dollar Store. The jouranling down the side tells of how I remember getting a new Christmas coloring book each year when I was little & when I ran across these one day in the Dollar Store, I just couldn't pass them much for ME as for the kiddos! ;-)
Off to bed to read for a bit now. Finally finished the 'Christmas Quilt' that I was reading. I think out of all the books in the series, so far....this could possibly be my favorite! Have started on TWO others by Beverly Lewis.....'The Sunroom' & 'The Covenant'.....headed upstairs with 'The Covenant' now.

Another One Bites the Dust.....

Alli came downstairs this morning saying her eyes were itchy & goopy. At least I have plenty of drops now to Dr. everyone's eyes. And 'knock-on-wood'.....Ashley is still she hibernates in her nook AWAY from everyone else!

Friday, January 04, 2008

The perscription saga continues............................

Called the Dr. this morning......they said the scripts HAD been called in, but she double-checked everything for me & made sure...said I could pick it up this afternoon. Told her I did NOT want to go into the weekend like this. SO........after my all-day-long trip to town for groceries & errands I stop by there this evening to pick it up. Have to WAIT of course, behind like 3 other people while they take their time & chit-chat with the pharmacist ( & I mean chit-chat too....not questions about medication) Finally she hands me my 3 scripts, around the person she's working with, & tells me I can pay for them up front. I peek in the one bag to make sure it's what it's supposed to be, pay for them & head home. After I put all the groceries away, I'm putting the medicine on the shelf & realize that the one in Clay's name is some kind of pills! Get to looking more closely & it's some Thyroid meds NOT even prescribed by MY Dr.......what the heck???! I was upset at them & upset at myself for not checking better! I'm too trusting....I had no reason to question that after TWO days of hassle it wasn't what I was supposed to be getting. I fixed the kids some supper first & then called out there.......she goes Oh yeah.....we have your script can come pick it up. Just like it was no big deal! AAARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

More Pink Eye...

I made this card this afternoon for Penny's blog challenge. The challenge was to use notebook paper & at least one stamp....bonus points for using Queen Kat stamps (the animal print). I stamped the animal print on the red patterned paper & then used a pagerz template to cut out my letters. The rest was just scraps from my stash & a piece of notebook paper from my little journal, of course. I love how it turned out!! More Pink eye here at our house.....Chris & Jon woke up with it this morning! Chris has it in his left eye & poor old Jon has it in BOTH eyes like I did. Called the Dr. first thing this morning because she had told me she would call in more scripts for eye drops if I needed them (& with FIVE kids, I probably would.) Only thing is, Clay went out there this evening to pick up the drops & they said they had never received a call from the Dr. Grrrrrrrrrr!! Now, I 've got to tangle with them in the morning before I head off to town. We can NOT go thru the weekend like this!! Chris NEEDS to get better before Classes start back on Monday morning. At least I have the drops that she gave ME.....been putting them in everyone's eyes today....hoping that by catching theirs earlier, it won't be quite as bad & they will get over it quicker. Just praying that's the case!! We are ALL still cruddy with colds too...all except for Ashley, that is. She is a manic about germs & getting sick, so she has been holed up in her little hallway nook reading & working puzzles & listening to CDs. I feel bad for her, but so far so good......she's the only one who hasn't come down with any of it yet. Right now, my nose is SOOOO stopped up & my throat is SOOOOOOO sore. Really achey kind of sore. Gonna dose everyone up with some NyQuil tonight & hopefully we will all be able to rest!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy 2008!!

What a way to ring in the New Year....I've got pink eye & most likely a sinus infection!! Calling the Dr. here in a bit as soon as they open. And anyone that knows me, knows that I must be feeling pretty rotten to even think of going to the Dr! The girls & I went to Anna's BD party Monday afternoon & my left eye started bothering me then...had gunk in the corner & by the time I got home, it looked terrible. Then by yesterday afternoon, the other eye was bad. I did manage to get all the decorations down & packed away yestetday. Now if can just get Clay to drag that naked tree outside, everything will be back to normal. Clay & Chris are going to buy books tomorrow & then it will back to classes on Monday. I guess I will see how the rest of us are doing as to when we actually start back. I had planned on Monday, but Jon's had this crud (on the mend now though), now Chris, Michael & I have it. Blech!!!!!