Friday, June 20, 2008


Sorry I keep changin' it up around here. So I did go back to a black background but with swirlies. I like it but please tell me if it is totally unreadable or something. :)
P.S. Don't forget blog giveaway here today starting at 4pm CST.

Happy Birthday to 2 Wonderful People!

Happy Belated Birthday (on the 16th) to my friend Wendy and (the 22nd) to Nessa! You girls make everyone's lives brighter just by being in it. :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Good article!

Your Child, An Author/Storyteller
by Shari Harpaz, MS CCC-SLP, speech pathologist
As parents, you likely ask your children such questions as, “what did you do at school today?” or “how was your day at the zoo with grandma and grandpa?”
Your 2-year-old may reply with a one-word answer such as, “good” which doesn’t tell you as much as you’d like. Don’t get frustrated. Keep the conversation going with likely follow-up questions to gain more information. As your child becomes a pre-schooler and then school age, their ability to describe events in their life expands. As with everything else, some children will be more detailed in their storytelling than others.
This is an important skill for children to develop because the retelling of past events and storytelling is a window into your child’s thoughts, feelings and imagination.
Here are some things you can do to help your child become a terrific storyteller…
Take pictures of things your family does together: Print the photos and let your child pick several of the pictures, order them chronologically and then tell you a story about the day. You can write what they say for each picture and put it into a little book.
Pick a “title” to your story, then take turns telling the next sentence: By alternating sentences, you can help develop richer content. This is a great way to spend time together and expand your child’s imagination.
Make up a story with their favorite character: If your child has a favorite character from a book or show, help them tell/write a new story using this character. Perhaps they can go on a new adventure or change the ending of the book/show.
Write letters to extended family members: When your child is old enough to write (beginning around 6 years of age with 'exploratory' spelling), encourage them to write letters to extended family members and friends. They can tell all about their summer adventures. This is a wonderful way to keep relatives updated on their lives and will be a special keepsake for the recipients of the letters.
Remember, better storytelling skills is likely to mean better communication skills, so take advantage of daily opportunities to encourage your child to share their experiences with you and others.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Short post just to let you know there will be no photos of the day this week but I will start it again on Monday. Creativity is zapped this week! :)


{image belongs to ScribbleIt}
Okay who doesn't love vinyl art?!? How about chandeliers?? At ScribbleIt's blog you can enter to win one of two vinyl art chandeliers!!!

Here is the link:

P.S. I will be having my own blog giveaway this Friday!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sunshine and lollipops

Did you notice the new look of the blog?? Not sure if I will be going "back to black" (Amy Winehouse song) or stay with a blog of color yet...let me know what you prefer. Don't be afraid to be honest. Constructive criticism is always welcome!

This week has been so busy! I have a lot to do. What is on your to-do list???
Okay, I think I am going to start charging visitors to my house an admission fee. Some people collect stamps. We apparently collect pets. We have our own pets and occasionally foster pets for the local feed store. Well, we added another to the collection. Here's a hint~
My son now has a miniature frog named Froggy. :)
Froggy eats bloodworms. Yuk! Thankfully we bought them at PetSmart and don't have to go hunting for worms or something!

I started a scrapbook page the other day--it is all laid out--just not adhesive'd down yet. For some reason I cannot bring myself to complete it. So weird. I love this page...I actually like it a lot but I am hesistant to put the "project completed" stamp on it for some odd reason!

I have a wood birdhouse I need to alter,too. It is part of the altered challenge at
Check out the forum/gallery!

Harrison is in his sandbox. Ben is outside working hard to get our yard perfect for our 4th of July cook out.
We planted more flowers yesterday and he made wooden borders for the back flower beds. Then in the middle of the night it rained--a ton! So my new flowers look like dead, drowned stems.

Speaking of flood, my prayers go out to everyone affected by all the flooding in the midwest. So sad.

Hey I found out something new today...disposable pots and pans. Yes, disposable! And think of all the water and time you save not scrubbing pots and pans!~
Article here:
Campers, Hikers, and just about anyone who hates scrubbing pots and pans will be excited about a new revolutionary invention out of South Korea.eLife, a product sold in at least one supermarket in Seoul, South Korea, is a collection of pots and pans made completely out of paper.Available in many different shapes and sizes, eLife paper pots and pans have a special material that is painted on the bottom that allows them to be used on direct heat or flame.No more having to carry heavy pots and pans when going camping, or wash nasty pots and pans at home.


Good news (for once)

*It seems like every time I turn on the news I hear scary or sad stories. I just had to share this feel good story. Pets rock!*
Tony Bailey has his very own Lassie!
Tony Bailey, 12, and Jake, the 4-year-old Labrador retriever who kept Tony from being swept away in the Platte River.The 12-year-old Omaha boy on Saturday afternoon took a step off the riverbank into the Platte River, yards from the family's cabin near North Bend, Neb.The Platte, swollen by recent rains, was deeper and faster-moving than Tony was expecting.

As soon as he hit the water, he was in literally over his head.Tony's mother, Diane Bailey, estimated that the river was 7 to 8 feet deep at that point."Usually, when it's dry, it's up to your knees — or waist, at the highest," where Tony walked in, Bailey said Monday. "He's done it a thousand other times."Tony, who will be a seventh-grader at McMillan Magnet Center in the fall, tried to swim, but the current was too strong."I thought I was going to die because it was so deep," he said.Bailey, her two other children, and her brother and sister all were sitting at a picnic table about 20 feet from the water.

But as Tony yelled for help, no one heard his cries — except Jake, the family's 4-year-old black Labrador retriever.The dog ran to the riverbank, jumped in and swam toward Tony.Jake "knew he (Tony) wasn't playing," Bailey said. "It was like he sensed something in his voice, so he jumped right in."Bailey's sister, Denise Richardson, said she was impressed with the dog's quick reaction."Boom. Jake jumped in the water," she said. "He knew Tony was in distress."

Richardson said Jake was in the water and heading for Tony before any of the adults had a chance to react.The rest of the family ran to the riverbank, Bailey said, and watched as the dog, who weighs about 85 pounds, swam downstream of Tony, who weighs about 150 pounds, then paddled back upstream toward him.

Tony then put his arms around the dog's neck, and Jake pulled him toward shore."We're standing at the bank, and Jake brought Tony right up to us," Bailey said. "We handed Tony this long net we use for fishing. He grabbed that," and the family pulled Tony up.Jake got out on his own.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!!!
My award goes to the greatest dad I sweet husband. Have a great weekend! :)

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Harrison: "You're weird!!"
Me: (proudly) "I'm weird!!!"
Harrison: "Okay, mom, you're not weird, just really happy!"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Magazine Review Time...

So I just recently got my July Scrapbooks,etc mag in the mail. Still waiting on CK but here's a rundown of what I thought about the current SBE.
*Also want to state none of these images are mine just using them for review purposes.*
The cover...
I saw two 4th of July papers/sets I am excited about...
Bo Bunny's "Freedom" line-
and Reminisce's "America" line-
I also was intrigued by Heidi Swapp's little ad~
It says her new site is launching in July!! Can't wait to see it!
Check out this new tool!
It looks like one of the Stampin' Up! rollers, but you can use any acrylic stamps with this. Great for letters/titles.
{ClearSnap Memory Essentials Get Rollin',$6-8}
New lines from Little Yellow Bicycle-
"Frightful," "Christmas Magic," and "Love Letters."
I like Frightful.
I love the new Basic Grey "Archaic" line. I have had problems in the past with finding use for my BG (I know I am odd...) but I could absolutely see using this!! And I love the Bam Pop chipboard bubble.
So here are three scrapbook pages I love from this issue:
(Jamie Waters-Nearby)
I love how she writes all her journaling directly on the cardstock. I love all the space.
(Laina Lamb-Can We Get a Puppy?)
I really like how she used a pro/con list for journaling. Very creative!!
(Ruth Dealey-Wild Things)
I really adore the photos on this page. I like how she blurred the background while focusing on the dandelion. I have only been able to take these type of pictures on accident--once I got a bee on a flower in a similiar shot. Anyway,I also like how the focus of the layout is centered--everything in the middle.
That is my review and I'm stickin' to it!
Oh, P.S. I just renewed my subscription for like $4.80 for a year! No joke! I ordered it from (link). They have a coupon for 20% off if you type the word June under coupons during check out. :)

Another splash of color!

A colorful layout of Harrison being a goof!

Photos of the Day!

I have to play catch up...
Theme this week is color!
Wednesday, June 11
Photobucket markers LOL
Thursday, June 12
Some hair barrettes I made. :)
Friday, June 13
Harrison's marker box
-bonus pics-
one of my button jars
Harrison's closet--I love picking out his clothes each day!

How do I start???

This site has great tips on how to start scrapbooking and how to sort your photos.
How to Start? Link

Here are some more scrappy links to luv!
Scrapbook fonts!

Scrapbook for Box Tops

Simple Studio Blog
{love the owl bag, btw}

Michael's Craft Store Printable Coupon

Leisha's Page Plans (sketch site)

Scrap Maps (sketch site)

Digital Scrapbooking site

*I also added some more of my blog friends to my sidebar on the right. If you would like to me to add yours, just say so in the comment section and it will be done. Feel free to share any awesome sites with us,too!*

Um, I forgot...

Okay I just started a post and totally blanked! I forgot what I was going to type...
Since it is 2:56am here that is probably a sign I need to head to bed. We are going to see The Grouchy Ladybug play tomorrow morning anyway so I best be off to bed.
Sorry for the nonsense post!!! :)

See? I told you unicorns were real!!

Single-horned 'Unicorn' deer found in Italy
By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press WriterWed Jun 11, 3:06 PM ET
A deer with a single horn in the center of its head — much like the fabled, mythical unicorn — has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.
"This is fantasy becoming reality," Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, told The Associated Press. "The unicorn has always been a mythological animal."
The 1-year-old Roe Deer — nicknamed "Unicorn" — was born in captivity in the research center's park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Tozzi said.
He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.
Calling it the first time he has seen such a case, Tozzi said such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.
The unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical healing powers, has appeared in legends and stories throughout history, from ancient and medieval texts to the adventures of Harry Potter.
"This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly," he said by telephone. "It's not like they dreamed it up."
Single-horned deer are rare but not unheard of — but even more unusual is the central positioning of the horn, experts said.
"Generally, the horn is on one side (of the head) rather than being at the center. This looks like a complex case," said Fulvio Fraticelli, scientific director of Rome's zoo. He said the position of the horn could also be the result of a trauma early in the animal's life.
Other mammals are believed to contribute to the myth of the unicorn, including the narwhal, a whale with a long, spiraling tusk.
Source: Yahoo! News

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How's the weather up there??

I have a bajillion zoo photos so I try to just choose 1 or 2 and make 1-2 zoo pages per year. Otherwise I would be totally overwhelmed! :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Meme fun

Tag from Juliana's Site~visit here here!
Manic Monday {Terrific Tuesday?} One Word Meme
1. Where is your cell phone? Keyboard
2. Your significant other? Ben
3. Your hair? Black
4. Your mother? Debbie
5. Your father? Baudelio
6. Your favorite thing? Family
7. Your dream last night? Tigers
8 Your favorite drink? Coke
9. Your dream/goal? Relax
10. The room you’re in? Livingroom
11. Your hobby? Scrapping
12. Your fear? Elevators
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? ?
14. What you’re not? Bored
15. Muffins? Blueberry!
16. One of your wish list items? Scrapstuff
17. Where you grew up? Oklahoma
18. The last thing you did? Youtube
19. What are you wearing? Clothes
20. Favorite Gadget? Computer!
21. Your pets? Tons
22. Your computer? Dell
23. Your mood? Hungry
24. Missing someone? Yes
25. Your car? Galant
26. Something you’re not wearing? Earrings
27. Favorite store? Target
28. Like someone? DH
29. Your favorite color? Pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Forget
~I'm tagging anyone who reads this and wants to answer the questions on their own blog.~


I also have a bunch of new links to add to my sidebar. I plan to add those sometime this week.

Photos of the Day!

This week I am going to try to focus on color.
pic for Monday, June 9
My watercolors Ben gave me! :)
pic for Tuesday, June 10
yes, I know it is the same thing...but different shot :)

Did you know?

{Fake} tattoos are fun!
This is going to be a tiny post about randomness!
Here's another version of the picture I used on the layout below of me and Ben.
I had some fun with brushes. :)
And here is your weekly dose of Glitz~

I promise you I have a life! I will try to take pics of other things besides the kitty this week. :) He is just so durn cute! Yes I said "durn"!