Friday, September 4, 2009

Blog Revival Bombing

So I made it 2 days in a row posting to my blog... yes TWO. Then I forgot for few days. I'm happy to say that I'M BACK!!!! I know, I know, you've missed me. So once again I'll try to be a little more consistant in posting.

The last couple of days have had some interesting twists and turns. Michael sent me a text Wednesday night..... "I have to have my forearm x-rayed." Yep, that's all. No explanation, no nothin'. So I call him.

Me: "What's going on?"
Michael: "My arm's been hit a few times. It's been swollen for over a week and hasn't gone down. They want me to have it checked out."
Me: "Does it hurt?" (yeah, yeah, I know Captain Obvious, but had to ask)
Michael: "A little."
Me: "When are getting the x-ray?"
Michael: "Tomorrow."
Yada, yada, yada......

Thursday I was on pins and needles waiting to hear from him. Finally around 4:00 I text him. Finally hear back from him a little after 6:00.

Me: "What'd you find out?"
Michael: "Having it x-rayed on Monday instead."
Me: "Why?"
Michael: "If they x-ray it today and it's broke, they'll have to cast it. If they cast it I won't be able to suit for Saturday's game."
Oh the priorities......

As much as I wanted to reach thru the phone and take him to get it checked out right now, the football mom in me understands why he choose to wait. Let's just hope it's not broken. I'll keep you posted. I'll probably post pictures.

The BVU Beavers play Wisc., Platteville tomorrow. Go Beavers Go!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 2 of the Revivial

Here I am again. Posting. To my blog. For the 2nd day in a row. What do they say? It takes 6 weeks to develop a habit. Let's hope I can develop a habit of posting to this blog in less than that.

Thought I should share with you all a couple of cards that I last night using Scrappin' Sports and More paper and a couple of rubber stamps from my rarely used stamp collection - I was challenged to make a few stamped cards to submit to a publication, StampIt! Cards. So, without further ado, here they are:

This first one obviously is for a graduation. The stamp used for the title is by Wordsworth by Rubber Soul. All paper is from SS&M. The tags are made by Making Memores. I used our local school colors on this one, so I'll put it in my card stash so it's ready to be used next May. I'm getting a head start already!

I'll post my other card tomorrow (gotta save up something to post on day 3 of the new revival, now don't I?).

Monday, August 31, 2009

Playing Catch-Up

Long time, no post..... it's time to rejuvenate this blog. May just have to make an early New Year's resolution to make a better effort posting on this blog. It's probably been lonely since I haven't updated in ummmmm.... yeah, 6 months.

So, Let's Get This Party Started, as one of my favorite singers would say.... anyone else like Pink? I was listening to my itunes the other day and some of her songs came on. Made me realize just how much I like her music so, I went out and bought one of her CD's. I've been jamming out to her ever since.

And.... while I've been jamming out, I've also been scrappin'. I know, imagine that. Here's my latest creation. Micah will hate me for posting this picture on line because she doesn't like it, but I do. And, since it's my blog, I get to post whatever I want to. Anywhoooo... love this picture of the kids. I just think it epitomizes the relationship they have with one another..... well, that was until I say a post on one of their facebook photo albums - name calling! One called the other a WIERDO and the other replied back with Loser. Can you feel the love?

This layout is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck. She's running a contest this month using the sketch so I think I'll enter.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Doin' the CHA, CHA, CHA...

The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) held their winter show in Anaheim the end of January. As a scrapbooker, I've always heard that this is the coolest place to go, you get to see the new products being introduced to the craft industry, meet some scrappy celebs, and just have fun. And, it's where Scrappin' Sports and More debuted their newest paper lines this winter! I've never had the chance to attend the convention, but this year I at least got to be a part of it. Yep, SS&M took a few of my layouts with them to display in their booth.

The Jump. It all started after our first round win over Don Bosco in the state tournament in 2006. It's now become a tradition with these girls. After every win, you see the jump. They did it 32 times this season, more victories in a single season than ever before. These girls are special to me, special to their team, and special to the Madrid Softball program. They've raised the bar and brought a level of excellence to Tiger Softball.

SS&M papers are at the heart of this layout. Do you see where it says "Madrid Tiger Softball, Dream Big Tour 2008"? That's because the papers were custom printed just for me. They will do the same for you. Do you have a special birthday celebration coming up? A favorite vacation spot or would you like to have your family name printed across the paper? Just jump on the SS&M website and order your won custom paper. You won't regret it!

This lo uses their Sports on Fire - Softball paper. How perfert for a layout titled "Bringing the Heat". Micah had such a great senior season, being named 1st team all conference (unanimous pick), 1st team all district and 1st team all state (the only girl from Madrid to have ever been named to a team at that level). I can't even begin to tell you how very proud I am of her, the years of hardwork to reach this level of excellence, and that she is continuing to work and strive to become an even better performer on the field.

Here's a 2nd lo using the Sports on Fire paper, only this one is the volleyball paper. My favorite part of this is the title that Micah came up with... "If you can't take the HEAT, get off my COURT"

I sure did miss watching Micah, Cassie, Heather, Kelsey and Madison all playing together this past fall. Madrid volleyball just wasn't the same without them.

And another volleyball lo. This one uses the new Game Day line of papers from SS&M. I used both the front and back sides of the paper and added in some accents of red from the baseball Game Day papers. The Game Day line is one that can lend itself to some mixing and matching making it a pretty versatile paper line. I liked how the red varsity letters were a perfect compliment to the lay out too. I just can't get enough of these volleyball girls.

Thanks for taking a peak at my lo's that got me at least in spirit to CHA. Maybe someday I'll get to attend in person!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

If you are the praying type

Some good friends and our community could use your prayers right now. Mark Cosens, our high school principal, high school baseball coach, good friend is fighting for his life right now. A fun-loving, vivacious guy, he was diagnosed in May of 2007 with a malignant brain tumor. It's getting the best of him right now. His family, our community, could use the power of prayer and well wishes. Please keep Mark, Darcy, Cory, Chad and Bo in your thoughts.

You can read his story and read about his journey here:

His strength and determination have been such an inspiration, especially to the kids on our community.

Break OVER......

Yes, winter break has come to an end. Tomorrow it's back to school, back to the routine of the working life..... no more bumming around in my frumpies all day long. So, what have I been doing for the last few weeks (note absence of blog postings)
  • The kids have been home. That's been the best part of the holidays for me. I just really like having them home and knowing when I lay my head down on my pillow at night to go to sleep they too are under my roof and I know they are safe and sound. Maybe someday I'll start believing they are growing up, but not today. See, they are still my babies, they can't be old enough to be in college can they?

I took this picture of the kids today. It's been kind of a bittersweet day and I've been a bit teary-eyed all day. Michael left to go back to school today. He starts classes tomorrow. I really hate that he is gone. I miss our nightly conversations. Hopefully we'll see him in a few weeks.

  • My mom spent the last couple of weeks on quite an adventure. One of her older sisters passed away the week before Christmas. Mom & Uncle Frank left for Utah that same day since Fritzie was a widow and needing to take care of her estate. It was one thing after another while they were gone from sorting thru her belongings to the hassle of getting the death certificate. The trip originally planned to last just a few days ended up taking 2 wks! I could tell the time away was wearing on Mom so it was a relief when she finally got home Friday afternoon. We got to spend Friday night with her, celebrating Christmas, albiet a few days late, but together none the less.

  • Celebrating and getting together with family proved to be a little difficult this year. We shook up the Nardini Family gathering this year by planning to go to church as a family followed by going out for brunch on the Sunday before Christmas instead of hosting the gathering here at the house - the family is just getting too large and Toby too grumpy for little kids. Mother Nature intervened in our initial plans blasting us with temps and wind chills of -25 that morning! Needless to say we postponed. We were able to reschedule the gathering for the following week. I was able to get these most adorable shots of the kids (if you'll notice, Michael has since gotten a haircut but that scruffy stuff on his chin still remains...)

  • Other than that, I've been bumming around the house, enjoying the time with the kids and doing some scrapbooking (I know, no big surprise there). Scrappin' Sports and More will be debuting a couple of new lines of paper along with their samples of their custom papers at CHA in February. I can't wait to show you the projects I've been working on with that stuff - fun!fun!fun! I've been working on lo's and submitting them to a few magazines so keep your fingers crossed and help me hope for a publication this year!