Sunday, July 30, 2006

fashionista home again

here she is my little fashionista, sporting a new outfit- we will take additional photos of additional fashions in the coming days as we see new ones modeled. Hh had an Ab Fab time with the grands. Grandpa took her to the north pole, the cheyene mountain zoo and will roger's shrine, she entertained grandma and grandpa's friends- got a twenty dollar bill just for being cute. Loved every minute of her stay, but is happy to be home in her own bed too she says.  Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 27, 2006


A Best Friend is like a completion--they make you better than you are.

thanks to my friends for making me a better person :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

1/2 way there

The house has been quiet and still, and today the cleaning lady came and now it is clean, quiet and still.

J called today to tell me what a good time he is having at camp, and D called S to tell him he's doing fine as well. I talked to mom and Hh tonight and she is definately getting the princess treatment. Shopping and fun.

My return trip to get everyone will be early Saturday morning, picking up boys at 8:30 am and meeting Dad with Hh in Castlerock. Then showers unpacking and unwinding and decompressing. I am happy to send them all away for a little while, but happy to get them back too!

God's handwriting

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting-- a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, July 24, 2006

Hh arrives at camp grandma

Hh arrived safe and sound, by way of mom van to camp grandma! where she will be participating in such activities as, shopping at the PX, shopping at local Target stores, going to adventures with Granpa in his corvette- including a trip to the North Pole! Eating out and eating in including the requiste " banana split a la grandma"

She talked alot of going to other camping venues and wishes that JMR her BGF could have camped with her or She camped at a real camp with JMR- maybe next year. She is also anticipating going to Outdoor lab with her class this year more on that later. Posted by Picasa

sand dune photos

these were taken at the scout trip last month.

been quiet for a bit-

we let go our warehouse man, and my boss is being bossy ! So my time is less available at work! lol
I also had my focus on getting the kids off and running yesterday, and it takes lots of energy to get 2 boys-- 15 and 16 off to scout camp and -- Hh off to camp grandma-- I made a 140 mile trip down and and 85 mile trip home.

I think I wrenched my back and have not felt too well today. It is 100 degrees and humid , all I have done is sweat and say how hot it is.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

a little gratitude

Kind Words are Jewels that live in the heart and Soul and remain as blessed memories years after they have been spoken.

~~marvea johnson

I get a sales news email at work and this was in it today ! just fab and I am all for this type of attitude. The sales news letter was from J. Gitomer

Start Your Day with Gratitude and End Your Day with Acknowledgment
a guest column by Mike Robbins

When you wake up in the morning, do you immediately start thinking (and/or worrying) about all of the things you have to do that day? At the end of the day, do you find it difficult to celebrate what you've accomplished because you are so aware of the many things that still need to get done? For many of us, the answer to both of these questions is, "YES." The simple process of starting and ending the day in a positive, productive, and grateful way is quite challenging for many of us.

Why is this so challenging? First of all, we tend to put a disproportionate amount of attention on what we think is "wrong," what needs to be fixed, and what we perceive as "problems." We often take for granted the things that are working well. Second, many of us are highly trained "human DOINGS," and we constantly think of our lives as one never-ending to-do list. And third, we often do not have daily practices that support us to be truly successful and fulfilled.

By creating simple, powerful daily practices that support our success and our happiness, we can truly create the type of success and fulfillment that we desire.

One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to start our day off with a deep sense of gratitude. Focusing our attention on what we already have and what we are grateful for puts us in a more positive and receptive state of mind. Gratitude is one of the most powerful energies and emotions we possess. In addition, gratitude is a state of being and a very powerful force of attraction. When we are in a genuine state of gratitude, we are more likely to attract positive things into our life - success, fun, happiness, opportunities, and more.

At the end of the day, it is so easy to just "crash," due to the many activities, stresses, and challenges of our day. However, if we take just a few minutes to acknowledge the progress, successes, lessons, and highlights from the day, not only are we able to more fully appreciate ourselves and our lives, but we begin to train ourselves to focus on appreciation. We begin to look for more of what we are doing well, what we are proud of, and what we appreciate about ourselves, those around us, and life in general. Since we almost always find what we are looking for, this process of "self-training" allows us to expand the depth of our appreciation, thus expanding our fulfillment and success.

Starting the day with gratitude and ending the day with acknowledgement is truly putting Appreciation into Action!

ACTION - What You Can Do:

Tomorrow morning, spend at least five minutes focused on gratitude. You can write things down in a journal, make a list on a sheet of paper at your desk, pray or meditate, think of things in your head while you take a shower, make a mental list of things that you are grateful for as you are lying in bed before you get up (one of my favorite practices), talk to a family member or friend, or any number of other things. It does not really matter what you do, just that you take the time to feel and express your gratitude as you are getting your day started. Remember, this will get you in a positive, receptive, and productive state of mind and state of being.

At the end of the day tomorrow, take another five minutes to focus on the good stuff from the day. This is time for you to acknowledge yourself, your life, your effort, and anything that you want to acknowledge from the day. Again, as with your morning gratitude ritual, there are many ways to express appreciation at the end of your day. You can make a list of all of the good things that happened and/or the things that you got done that day, you can talk to your spouse or friend about the great stuff from the day, you can take time at the dinner table to have every member of your family do some acknowledgements from their day, you can thank God in a prayer before you go to bed, or many, many other things. The specific action that you take is not important; it's the intention behind your action that really matters.

If you have an intention to start your day with gratitude and end your day with appreciation, however you chose to do that will make a huge difference in your life. Do it tomorrow and see what happens. Take this on a daily practice and watch your life transform!

Mike Robbins is an expert in success, life-fulfillment, and the power of appreciation. He is a former professional baseball player turned speaker, author, and life coach who works with individuals and organizations of all kinds. He is the author of the successful audio program, "The Power of Appreciation" and the forthcoming book "Focus on the Good Stuff" (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2007).

Visit Mike's Web site at, or contact him at 925-825-2319 or

© Mike Robbins - Speaker, Author, Coach

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MY daily blog reading has lead to

An article about this blogger Petite Anglaise

Interesting reading.

blogging at work and doing an anonymous blog. She lost her Job due to her blog

Friday, July 14, 2006

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

tree? please

You Are A Poplar Tree

People tend to look up to you, and it's a bit lonely at the top.
Inside, you are not always self confident, but you show great courage.
Mature and organized, you are reliable in any situation.
You tend to have an artistic or philosophical outlook on life.
You are very choosy in love and take partnership seriously.

my little baseball girl

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Poets or Parents

Whether we are poets or parents or teachers or artists or gardeners, we must start where we are and use what we have. In the process of creation and relationship, what seems mundane and trivial may show itself to be holy, precious, part of a pattern. ~~ Luci Shaw

Monday, July 10, 2006

laugh at yourself

this is one of several photos with mustaches we took a year or so ago at halloween- it has seen several reincarnations and everytime I see it and the other photos we took that day I laugh and just love to see the boys and Hh having as much fun as me.

I am glad for a reminder to not take myself too seriously and to stop and remember rule number one in our house and that is HAVE FUN.

I also have to say I like the other items I see in this photo too. my kitchen a place where we gather and have fun. A tea pot and a clock and a piece of artwork I love. This is my domain when I am not on the computer or working.

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

I still Think Angie is Number one!

Angie- of Book of Me- fame- is one of those ladies that is ahead of her time. Sadly Autum Leaves has left her out of their book.... the Me Book.... She wrote a little bit about her feelings on her blog and I copied some here :

It's a hard lesson I've learned about "fame" in the scrapbooking industry. It's fickle, and doesn't last. I remember the "celebrities of yesteryear", and don't see their names in the magazines hardly at all anymore. It's kind of sad that there could be a "Where are They Now?" article done, when we're only talking 5-7 years ago, not 20. But I guess my Book of Me came out 4 years ago, so I'm perhaps even well on my way to joining those ranks.

I guess I'm hurt because AL didn't ask me to participate (even a foreword would have been nice), nor do I imagine they mention my "pioneering" work as "The Mother of the Me Movement". [Just to be upfront, and as a disclaimer, no, I haven't seen the book yet.]

I did start this movement. I did pioneer the emphasis on including oneself in our scrapbooks. My book was the first "me-centered" book out there. I was also one of the first to include lists of journaling prompts alongside layout examples (do you notice more prompts in the magazines now?) I offered Weekly Challenges on BoM topics for over two years. I personally introduced hundreds of women to the idea that not only is it OK to scrap yourself, your loved ones might even one day be grateful for it. I can point to all this and say, "I did that. I accomplished that" -- even if the majority of scrapbookers still don't know who I am. I am grateful for all I have been able to do, all that I have been able to inspire in others, and all that the experience has brought into my life. I can be a "Big Girl", and see the bigger picture -- that even if my time as a "famous scrapbooker" is coming to a close, I have made a mark and fulfilled a Purpose

You have really made a mark on lots of ladies and guys too, to include themselves in their lifestories and scrapbooks so that future generations will know us better. I salute you a pioneer and inovator - and I thank you for alowing me to scrap myself.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Bling Ring- got me some Razer action

mine is the color of the far right - a hot pink phone.

S's phone bit the big one yesterday, he can't be without it ever- so off to radio shack and sign up on a new plan- and wa-la a new phone for everyone.

he was so sweet he told me he got me the pink one. I have never had such a fancy phone as this. Hh had a grand time yesterday plugging all the phone numbers in, from the old sim card.

now even I can take photos with my phone! though I love my camera

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday America

Happy 4th of july everyone- this is from 2 years ago- I hope to get some more good ones tonight Hh and S and I are going to the Rockies and stay for the fireworks. Will post more later Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 03, 2006

a quick note

my oldest Brother and his son are on thier way to Colorado springs, my parents home.... WE will go down to see them tonight, taking camera and cookies! I can't wait to see my brother and nefew.

got a few things rolling to get done today will write more later and maybe even edit this post.

oh I am off today and enjoying a little quite at home but have a couple of errands to run too.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

June Roundup

June Roundup
What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
on our trip to Topeka and when we arrived at home, we listened to Greg Iles- " Blood Memory", on CD An interesting book. Long though 20 hours.

I got my Memory Makers, CK and 1st issue of blueprint read,

I bought Rachel Ray’s everyday and Real Simple this month.

I tore out some inspirational ads for the house- and finished up my envelope storage to keep them in.

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?

We went to see no movies this month, and really didn't rent to many either, except this weekend, So we watched Aquamarine, with Hh a silly girl movie, but still cute. And the Pink Panther- with Steve Martin as the inspector very funny,

we have date movie, 16 blocks, kiss kiss bang bang and ultra violet to still watch. No a big T.V. month for me.

What special days did I celebrate and how?

We went to Topeka to celebrate Father's day with S's Dad and Step mom, we had a nice little break and took S's son's with us, we drove the Mustang and took all the puppies! We were hot and tired and cramped, but had fun. Other than that we just seemed to have a busy month.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have in June?

None for me other than the head smash with Pantone books. And swollen ankles the doctor wouldn't do anything about. Just getting older ya know what I mean?

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?

I went to webelos weekend at the beginning of the month with J, we had a nice time and the weather was perfect.
We drove to Topeka and back over fathers day weekend.
I had a girls night dinner with my friend Shelley and it was great, she cooked for me and we chatted and caught up with each other.
I had a lovely weekend jaunt with my friend Karen the Bolder farmers market at the last Saturday of the month.
The boys went to the Sand dunes national park and loved every minute of it.
We celebrated the end of Cal’s ministry at St. James on the 11th of June , we will really miss him.

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try in June?

We had a lovely corn casserole while at Helen's house and It was so yummy I tried it at home.

For Dale Steven and I I made a BLT salad from my real simple mag it was great and the boys told me I could do it again.

We are eating at a near by Mexican place and my newest favorite dish is a pablano mole made with chocolate yum yum.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Wow I don’t think I bought anything really special.
What were this month’s disappointments?

Still not really cleaning and organizing my scrap space, though S. said he would help my this weekend. I would like to scrap more often and find it hard to get my creativity flowing in my messy space.
What were my accomplishments this month?

I completed a small altered box and mailed it off for my blog friend Cathy. Pictures on my blog site. I finished getting a journal for my home ideas together, though nothing is in it just yet. I worked a few more pages in Hh album I am putting together an album for Cal and Gloria and it is over ½ finished. It will have cards and fond fare well wishes, pictures and tags in it. It has been fun to put together.

Anything else noteworthy to record about June?
nothing I can think of.