Wednesday, December 31, 2008

And the grand total is....

I saw my sis posted her total LOs for the year so I went back and tallied mine up too and came up with 119. I'm not sure I want to give myself a number of pages to do for the new year yet since I haven't found the motivation to scrap in weeks, but we'll just wait and see...

I just wanted to wish all of my friends a very happy new year! I hope that 2008 was a good year and that 2009 brings nothing but good things too :)
2008 was for the most part, a good year for me....alot of changes...alot of learning, but I think over all, it was mostly positive. I'm hoping and praying for a great new year...full of NEW things...lots of new things...new changes...new attitudes..new beginnings...out with the old..in with the new. God bless everyone :) OH and be safe!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm here...

I'm here...I'm alive...just updating because my sis said to..lol I have nothing to say really...nothing worth mentioning so I'll keep it short..my bf's an arse, my foot hurts..and I tired...the end.

Monday, December 22, 2008

We Wish You a Merry Christmas.....

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Happy Birthday, Baby


Today...well, yesterday (Sunday) was Miguel's birthday...his 34th. I knew I was older than him, but I never realized how much!! Okay, three years is not that much, but still...Anyway, thankfully he got out of work pretty darn early...way earlier than usual...too early in fact, because I hadn't even baked his cake or made his special dinner that he had requested! It all worked out though because he ended up going to noon mass and then to do some Christmas shopping, so by the time he did get home, I had just pulled the chicken lasagna and garlic bread out of the oven and the cake was already frosted and waiting :) I've only made lasagna a few times and I haven't made it in forever so I was a little nervous, but Miguel said it was delicious...so did Lij so I was really happy about that. Of course, "I" thought it was pretty darned good too, but I'm biased :) lol After we ate, we headed out to Wal Mart for a bit of shopping....TOO many people there. We made our trip short and headed to the Family Christian Store instead where I picked up a last minute gift and pre ordered the "Fireproof" movie. Doing so, gave me the book for only $9.99 AND the soundtrack for FREE...yippee. I'm looking forward to reading the book. I think it's like "exercises" to do to strengthen your relationship/marriage. Miguel got me the second book in the Twilight series and I'm already done with it...finished it in TWO day...so I need something else to read! We came home after shopping and had cake. (BTW, for his birthday, I got him some movie he wanted called "Dead Space" and some headphones to wear while he watches tv late at night so he doesn't wake us all up with his surround sound!) Miguel and I watched "Step Brothers"....SO funny!! And the kids played. I stayed up late to pay some bills and catch up on my blog reading and such because I hadn't been online since Thursday...our computer monitor wasn't working. Today we hooked up one my uncle had brought over and I'm back online :) It's not a flat screen like ours was, but it will have to do for now. Okay, I think that's all for now. OH, foot update. Since the weekend, I've been moving around...without crutches. I've been wrapping my ankle up with an ACE bandage and then putting the splint they gave me over that which seems to help alot with the pain...or to NOT have pain I should say..when I move my foot or try to walk on it. We have been out of the house a few times over the weekend and although I'm moving slowly, I'm SO grateful to be moving again without the crutches. I seriously wanted to cry that first day I was moving around without them...lol...I was just soooo happy to be walking somewhat normally again...I was overjoyed! :) I'm in a little more pain than I had been during the nights...I'm sure from all the added activity since I'd pretty much been off it for all these weeks, but it's bearable...nothing a little Ibuprofen won't fix :) So that's really happy news for me....Okay, it's late and I'm really sleepy...more tomorrow :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Good news...bad news...

Good news...I have been able to put 'some' weight on my foot today. Although probably not the way I should...still can't step 'flat' with that foot, but I'm able to kind of limp using the 'side' of my bad foot and putting most of my weight on my heel. It looks funny, but I was able to get around limping that way today with very little pain. I was SO happy about it because my crutches were really getting on my nerves. Bad news...in all my excitement at being mobile again w/out crutches, I think I might have over done it because right now the inside of my bad ankle is hurting....BAD....keep getting a sharp pain :( I wrapped it up with an ACE bandage a bit ago and hopefully a good nights rest will ease the pain and get me ready for tomorrow.
I baked cookies for Miguel to take to work tomorrow, but they weren't from scratch this year....frozen dough. So much easier. I just didn't feel like taking all that time or making all that mess...not right now. I helped him wrap some presents too. He did the first few and was cutting the paper all "jagged" so I took over. Bless his little heart :) He wraps like a guy, but aww, I thought it was so cute :) Not much else going on. Lij comes home tomorrow and stays until Christmas Day when he goes back to his dad's. I might bring him back right after since I don't get to see him that often. I know his dad will not mind at all. Well, that's all for now :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green...


Or blue or whatever color that big bruise on the top of my foot is! It looks like the only part of my foot that is still swollen is around my ankle...those two little bones on either side. Pardon my technical terms..lol..I have no idea what they are called! But it's bruised up pretty good...on top and all the way around and up the back of my ankle and leg. I STILL can't step on it and today while I was trying to contain an invasion of ants, I "forgot" and stepped down on it pretty hard....OUCH!! It's been two weeks already and I'm just wondering how much longer it's going to be. I'm very tired and very frustrated at not being able to move around or do what I want. I have to remind myself..daily...to be thankful that I can still walk...that this is only temporary and that I "will" eventually gain back the ability to use it unlike some people who can't walk at all. It's hard..and hard to remember that at times. Then I feel bad when I "do" remember. I feel bad for being impatient and frustrated. I must remember to be patient, to BREATHE and count to 100 when I get frustrated. I'm not a patient person by nature...so it's something I really have to work at. Miguel came home for lunch and brought some ant spray and sprayed around the house in some corners and set up some ant baits...my hero :) I know he does stuff to irritate the heck out of me...alot of times, but one thing that he always IS to me or always does for me..is calm me down. He's so patient and it takes ALOT to get a rise out of him...ALOT. Whenever I'm stressed or frustrated, he can just hug me for a while and aahhh...I'm better :) When he came in yesterday, I told him I needed a hug and he just hugged me...as long as I needed and it was better :) Okay, sappy moment over! Nothing to see here! :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Finally, some scrapping


It was a little late night scrapping, but I got a page done..yay! I used some of my new Sassafras Lass Happy Place and some old stuff I've had for a while...some MME, KI. Maybe I can break into my Life at The Pole papers tomorrow! BTW, that glare on Miguel's forehead, isn't there IRL!

A Present

I know it's not my birthday anymore, but I got another present. This one is from my very good friend in Michigan, Cassie. Thanks SO much, Cass! I just love it all :) You know just what I like, Chicklet :)


Oh, and here's a pic I got of Mikey with his Santa Hat.


And the gifts continue... :)

My Life at The Pole collection came in today :) I really want to take some Christmas pics now and use it...it's sooo cute! We got Mikey a train for his birthday and last night, he was playing with it and standing over it with his legs open making a human bridge! He was getting such a kick out of it! What else? My foot is still the same. I was trying to do some stuff around the house this morning and I was carrying a whole bunch of clothes to put in the dirty clothes basket and trying to hold on to my crutches at the same time and I slipped and almost fell...AGAIN! I just let go of my crutches and the clothes and grabbed on to the kitchen table...WHEW!! So funny (but not), but Mikey just looks at me and asks "Why'd you do that??" LOL Crazy kid! I managed to do everything on my list today which was to clean our bathroom, wipe down the counters in the kitchen, vacuum, dust, and start a load of laundry. But what used to take me like thirty or forty minutes, not takes me like TWO hours! I have to take little "rests" in between. All this "hopping" around makes me so thirsty too! Maybe if I weighed like 100 lbs..it would be a breeze to move around, but since I don't...errr..um...it takes alot out of me! I keep telling Miguel that my left calf (or is it calve)...let's just say leg...is going to have more muscle than my right one and then I'm going to look all off :( Maybe after I'm better, I should keep using my crutches, but just hop on my right leg? LOL No, maybe not! Okay, nothing else exciting going on here..at all...so I'll go for now. I want to "try" to scrap later..who knows if I'll get to or not.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Merry Christmas to ME :)


I ordered myself some scrappy stuff online just in case Miguel didn't know what to get me ;)Although, he's more than welcome to go get me something else on his own :) I got myself three Sassafras Lass paper collections. I've always wanted some. I got the Happy Place, Sunshine Lollipop, and I'm waiting for the Life At the Pole to come in. Also got myself some of this yummmmy Bazzill pom pom fringe I've been wanting forever and a cute little Melissa Fraces ticket book. My friend asked me if I was going to wrap it up and put it under the tree, but I don't think I will! What's the point? I already know what it is! No use in wasting wrapping paper! Trying to save some trees here! Oh wait, my paper I'm sure is made out of trees. Forget it then! LOL I'm hoping to maybe scrap a page later. Oh, I took like six steps on my foot today...yay, but then a while later, it started hurting :( But it's progress!! I "have" managed to find ways to get around and get stuff I need done. I cleaned our bathroom this morning and I'm going to vacuum right now. So glad I'm just able to move around more than that first week when it just hurt TOO much to do ANYTHING. Okay, gotta go!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chairs...they're not just for sitting anymore

That's the way I've been getting around this past week. I've strategically placed chairs and barstools around the kitchen and livingroom to help me maneuver around. I'm still using my crutches, but this helps in the kitchen when I'm getting Mikey a drink or snack since I can't hold stuff AND my crutches. Or if I'm trying to scrap in the livingroom. I have a stool right in front of my bookcase that holds all my supplies so that my hands are free to rummage around. It's worked pretty good. My foot/ankle is looking WAY better, but sadly, I STILL can't put any weight on it. I tried again today and I couldn't stand on it for more than like five seconds. And that was only with my leg "stiff" and straight. Miguel told me to bend my knee a bit like if I was really standing, but I couldn't then...hurt too much :( I'm really hoping and praying that I won't be on crutches still by Christmas. It's still what...like two weeks away? So, that would make it a month from the day it happened. MAYBE it will be good by then. A new Cricut Expression would be a really, SUPER nice gift, but if I could have anything I wanted...it would be to have full use of my right foot/ankle back...soon. Thank God I am pretty much done with my Christmas shopping. Thank God for online shopping!! The only gift I have left to get is Lij's keyboard and I might even be able to get that online too!
Oh, I finished Twilight and am SOO anxious to get started on the second book...need to make a trip to Target. I scrapped two pages...12x12s this time...one yesterday and one today, but I can't post pics because they are gifts and I don't want to ruin the surprise ;) That's pretty much it for now!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let Him Eat Cake!

We got Mikey a small cake for today...so he'd have something to make his day special. Miguel got him a train set that he was going to give him and set up for him later today. It just dawned on me, that Mikey doesn't know that we are "celebrating" his birthday on Saturday. So knowing that it's his birthday, he didn't even ask for any presents!! How sweet is that!?! He was just happy with his little cake and that we sang to him :) Oh, my sweet baby!! We also got him a Click Start computer. I think that's what it's called. I got him some extra cartridges for it too, but those are for Christmas. I think it already comes with one. It's really hard shopping for Mikey. Anyone who knows him, knows that he will never play with a toy the way it is intended. And he will find ways to break ANYTHING. So, this was something I thought he'd like and hopefully use. I can play with him and get him started on some of the things he'll be needing to know for school. Anyway, here are some pics I got of Mikey with his cake. I really love the ones with the candles on the cake. And the ones of him eating the cake are just so funny!!






Happy Birthday


To my baby, Mikey! Four years ago today, my life was turned upside down. Mikey has been challenging since he was just a tiny baby. I remember how much he would cry because he absolutely hated bathing or having his face cleaned or his clothes changed, ect, ect...lol, he did not like to be messed with. Which is funny because he's still like that to this day! Well, he's eased up...just a bit. He's my little drama maker, he's a tornado of energy, he's a smart and silly boy. He's also my snuggly boy who showers me with tons of hugs and kisses...TONS! He loves to be outside...doesn't matter if it's freezing cold or unbearably hot...he's definately an outdoor person..which I am not. He loves Nick Jr. and drawing and building things with his K'nex or his building blocks...he's very creative. Just like Elijah, he's mommy's boy :) Happy Birthday my little monkey! Mommy loves you so, so very much :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

George is getting frustrated!!!

WHEN will this be over?? Yesterday, I dared to go out of the house because I was going stir crazy and couldn't imagine staying in for a whole other week. So I ventured out with my crutches hoping it wouldn't be so bad...WRONG! The first place we went to was The Dollar Tree because Miguel wanted to get some stuff. I'm not kidding, it took me like five minutes just to get inside the store! And then once in there, I had to find something to lean against to rest. I had to hop another five minutes just to get somewhere out of the way that wasn't crowded with people. At this point...roughly about 10 minutes into my adventure...I wanted to go home. Shopping is NO fun when you have to hop on crutches :(:( I decided to go wait outside and then attempt to make it to the Michael's next door. It took me about twenty minutes to get there too. I stopped about four times to rest up against the building. Once inside, I think I spent all of like ten minutes hobbling around, resting, and trying to look...I walked down two aisles and then planted myself next to a K&Co. display and waited for Miguel to come find us...fun, fun, fun! I didn't even try to make it back to the truck. I waited at the curb for Miguel to come get me and boy did it feel GREAT to sit down and rest my legs. I say legs because it's not just my "bad" ankle that hurts. My "good" leg and foot were hurting horribly...I guess from carrying all my weight. Plus that was probably the most I'd "walked" since the accident last week because usually it's just a few feet to the bathroom then back to the couch or to the bed or stuff like that. Our next stop was Target and God bless Target for having those motorized cart thingies! Although I was bit scared of hitting someone, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Oh, and on my way in to the store, this dear, SWEET older woman saw me struggling across the crosswalk trying to catch up to Miguel who was walking ahead of me with Mikey and she slowed down to walk next to me and was talking to me and was like "you poor thing, sometimes it feels better just to have someone sympathize with you doesn't it?" I wanted to hug this woman! LOL I just thought it was so very sweet for a perfect stranger to show such compassion. So, I got Mikey a few gifts for his upcoming birthday next week and found the keyboard I want to get Lij, but they were out of it. Oh, and I got Miguel some headphones for the tv for Christmas or his birthday...they are just days apart. After we left there, I decided I had enough excitement for the day...or at least "walking" so we picked up some McD's for the kids, dropped them back off at home with my mom and headed out to dinner and a movie. We ate at Chili's and that was nice since it was just sitting. We watched "Four Christmases" which both me and Miguel had wanted to see. It was funny, but not as funny as I thought it was going to be from the previews. OH, before we entered the theaters, I was waiting for Miguel to park the truck, so I was making my way to the doors and then I had paused a ways from them and a young guy/boy...whatever, comes up to me and asks me if I need help with the door. I thanked him...twice..and said I was waiting for someone. Also, before we went in, I had to go to the bathroom and before I even got to the door, a young girl who worked there ran ahead of me and held the door open. It's things like that...when people do nice things "just because" that make me feel so good inside. There "are" still alot of good people in the world...wish there were more, but it gives me hope that maybe humanity is not totally lost. After the movie, we came home. We decided to put off our grocery shopping until today after we take Lij home. I sure hope the HEB we go to has those motorized carts or I'm waiting in the truck. Every part of my body hurts today...my hands, my arms, my abs, both my legs and of course my ankle. You should have seen my "bad" foot last night. I guess from all the moving it around and not having it elevated. It was HUGE!! Even my toes were swollen...I couldn't even move them! I should have taken a picture. I know that it could be worse. I could have broken a bone, Mikey could have gotten hurt too...I know that. I'm so very thankful to God that it was only a sprain and fracture, but I am getting so frustrated and impatient that I can't do what I want/need to do. Everything is a million times harder, takes that much longer. It is irking me to no end to not have the house in order the way I want it to be. I know it's trivial...it shouldn't matter as much as it does, but I can't help it...it does..that's just me. I can't function in disorder. It doesn't help me with everything else to have everything out of order on top of it. I just want to scream! And clean...but I can't. Please, please pray that I have a faster recovery so that I can keep my sanity. Here's a pic of how swollen my foot was the other day. I think you can even see how my toes look swollen too.


Oh, forgot to mention that I'm almost done with the Twilight book. I've been reading every chance I get....I have about 200 pages to go. I bet I'll finish by tomorrow!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Surprise


Look what I got in the mail today! My dear, sweet friend Melissa sent it to me :) I wasn't even expecting it which makes it so much nicer! I IM with her just about every day and I had told her about my ankle and she sent me a sweet little note saying that she hoped this would give me something to do while I have to just sit around. SO thoughtful of her. I am so lucky to have her as my friend :) Thank you so much, Melissa :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

YAY! I did some scrapping today :)

I was thinking of an idea for a LO last night while I was laying in bed waiting to fall asleep. Last night was a treat...I got to sleep in our bed last night with Mikey instead of the very uncomfortable couch. Well, it's not uncomfortable, but three nights in a row of sleeping there is enough for me. I still propped my leg up on a pillow and it was fine. I did wake up around four a.m. in pain. I don't know if maybe I moved it around while I was asleep and hurt it, but I took some ibuprofen and went back to sleep. Anyway, getting back to the LO. I had the idea for it and it turned out just as I had pictured it. Still 8.5x11. I just LOVE those AC puffy thickers and see the cute little puffy owl sticker? Love it too! Got it at M's. My ankle is feeling alot better. Better enough that I can "rest" my foot flat on the floor or on the edge of my stool when I sit here. At first, I couldn't even touch it to anything without it hurting. I still can't step on it or put any weight on it...I've tried! Not my whole weight, but I was trying to just "lean" on it a bit and it hurt so I guess I'm not ready for that yet...baby steps I guess. But I'm getting there...yay. Hopefully by next weekend, I can walk on it even if I have to limp. As long as I can lose the crutches. We won't be going anywhere or doing anything this weekend other than hanging out at home since I can't move. So hopefully by next weekend, I can get out somewhere. I don't think I can go TWO weekends without going somewhere...I'll go stir crazy! Okay,that's all for now :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Has it only been TWO days???

I cannot...I repeat...CANNOT be laid up and on crutches for three weeks! I can't even imagine another couple of days! It is SO hard! I can't move how I want...I can't move as fast as I want, I can't do what I want. I surely can't keep up with Mikey and his oh, soooo active ways. He is just all over the place and runs circles around me anytime I get up to walk on my crutches which is really just to go to the bathroom or to come sit here to give myself a little break from vegging on the couch. You'd think it would be nice to just lay on the couch and watch tv, but it's not! Maybe it would be if I could lay in a position other than with my leg elevated. And I have to lay on the same side of the couch with my bad ankle to the inside because if it's to the outside, I'm afraid Mikey will bump into it...which he has already done twice today. And I can't even come and sit at the computer or scrap like I thought I could because I can only keep my ankle "down" for a very short time before it starts hurting. So there IS a reason for keeping it elevated apparently! LOL Chon came over today to help me out with Mikey and it went pretty good. I really just need someone to help me with getting stuff for Mikey and well some stuff for me since I can't really "carry" anything and use my crutches at the same time. After my sister left, I did somehow manage to go into the kitchen and make myself a sandwich and pour Mikey some juice with a little help from Mikey and no spills :) My "good" ankle though which really isn't my "good" ankle because that's the one that had been hurting me from running on the treadmill is starting to hurt me too...I guess from putting all my weight on it when it's really not 100%. UGH, I feel so old and like all my parts are giving out! I know I've been told that I don't look my age, but at times like these...I sure feel it. Well, you look it...well, I feel it..well, you look it.. That's a little inside joke between me and my sis. Anyone know where that's from? It's not like my 37 year old body can take a fall and just get up and recover like I could say when I was 20. So many parts of my body hurt from the fall....makes it more real to me that I really "am" that old :( Anywho, that's my little pity party...you're all invited..and while you're here...can you grab that thing over there for me? Thanks :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Look at what I went and did....



I fractured my ankle :( We were just getting home from dropping off Elijah at his dad's and had stopped at Wal Mart, HEB and Taco Cabana for some dinner to eat at home. Miguel had taken most of the bags down and I got Mikey and one bag. Anyway, I was carrying Mikey and must have lost my footing while stepping off the driveway (there's like a six or seven inch drop) and slipped and fell. Thankfully, when I felt myself slipping, I picked Mikey up higher so he was just fine (thank God), but my right ankle bent to the left and "popped" and bent to the right and "popped" and then I fell on top of it! Can you say OUCH?!? I just screamed for Miguel because he was already inside and he ran out and I got him to take Mikey in and then come back for me because I knew I wasn't going to be able to get up or walk on my own. I hopped into the kitchen on one foot and took off my shoe and my ankle and leg were huge and I was in SO much pain. I've twisted/sprained this same ankle before, but I don't remember the "popping" sound or this much pain so it must not have been that bad the last time. We went to the ER and thankfully, there was absolutely no one waiting and they took me right in, gave me some pain meds and took some xrays. The doctor said it was badly sprained and fractured...a little piece of bone is poking through the tendon or something like that. They gave me a splint and crutches and told me to stay off of it for a couple of weeks, keep it elevated, ice it and follow up with an ortho to make sure the bone went back to where it should be. I think I might have hurt my other ankle in the fall too because now that I've only been hopping on that one, I notice that it hurts so I'm trying to not even get up and move around at all. It does hurt pretty badly still on and off...more when I try to move it, but the pain meds they gave me make me really nauseous and I just HATE feeling nauseous so I decided I'm not taking those anymore. I'd rather be in pain than feel like puking. I am taking the Ibuprofen they gave me for the swelling. Sitting around and not being able to do anything is NOT easy for me at all. I want things a certain way and it's hard to not be able to do it. Maybe this is a sign that I need to slow down and not worry about those kinds of things so much. I have to admit, it's kind of nice having Miguel do things for me :) Mikey is getting a tad out of hand though knowing I can't get up. I keep telling him I'm not going to be laid up on the couch forever! So, that's what is going on with me. Maybe I can get some scrapping done now that I can't really do anything else! Please send some good vibes my way that I won't have to be on crutches for 3 weeks..I'll go nuts!! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Good Day

So, today was a pretty good day. We all woke up early and Miguel got an early start on his leaf raking :) We got dressed and had breakfast and Miguel was done raking before we even left, so I left Mikey and Lij here with him...yay :) I got a couple of hours of kid free shopping...can't beat that!! We went by Target, but I didn't get anything there. Then we went by M's to use some coupons we had. I got that Martha Stewart simple scallop punch that I'd been wanting, but couldn't find anymore. They had it!! And with a coupon, it only came out to $4.80! You CANNOT beat that!! I also got some cool alpha stamps, some too cute puffy owl stickers and me and my sis split a tin of Prima Poinsettias.We came home for lunch and then we left to do our "family thang" :) We went by Big Lots to get a birthday gift and I went to the Dollar Tree right next door and found some of those awesome chipboard alpha stickers and those foam and chipboard accents that resemble the AC stuff...yay!! Then we took the kids to see "Bolt". It was a GREAT movie...loved it! We were laughing the whole time and so were the kids! Then we just did our grocery shopping, picked up some food and came home. Good day all in all. Here are some pics to share :)


Something is up with Blogger and I can't upload pics...will have to wait until tomorrow...night :)

Could it be??

That my mojo is returning?? Oh, please let it be so :) I managed to finish another LO tonight after I read to Mikey and put him to bed and Miguel and Lij were playing a video game. I really love it too! And it didn't seem stressful scrapping tonight...at all :) Maybe it's just hard for me to try to scrap while Mikey is awake and running around...too many distractions. Anyway, I used a bunch of different stuff on it...some new, some kind of old...some pretty old. LOOOOVE those American Crafts puffy Thickers!!! Do they only come in those four colors?? I'd love for them to come out with more colors...maybe even different fonts although I just LOVE this one. Kind of reminds me of a Doodlebug font. Anyway, no more scrapping at least for the weekend. Tomorrow, Miguel decided he wants to rake leaves...sigh...so I'm taking Mikey with me and going shopping with my Mom and sis. I will try not to go broke!! :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

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Finally...some scrapping

So I finally got some scrapping done today. Okay, I don't think "one" page constitutes as "some scrapping", but I'll take it! :) I really love it too! I'm still scrapping in the smaller size. I think right now that I've been feeling in a rut with my scrapping would probably not be the best time to go back to 12x12...too much space to fill...who needs the pressure? I was wanting to scrap some of the pics I took yesterday of me with the kids, but I don't want to push it. It took me about an hour or so just to do the one. But I was getting up and getting the kids stuff, doing other things...it was not uninterrupted scrap time. Maybe later tonight after the kids are in bed. Or maybe tomorrow after we come home and are done with our errands and stuff. We need to go get Mikey's hair cut tomorrow. Lij's is long too, but he doesn't really like when I get his hair cut short (I do love it). So I told him I'd let him grow it out for a while and see what it does. His hair tends to "poke out" and away from his head for a good while until it gets long enough to lay flat. The last part of his pokey hair is almost gone and it's laying flat nicely :) I told him we could leave it long, but take him somewhere to get it styled so that it doesn't just look like a big mop of hair. We'll probably take him next weekend. I think his hair will be good to go by then. Other than that, don't really have any plans for the weekend. We might take the kids to see "Bolt"...not sure. Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving







I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. We had a nice dinner at Miguel's parent's house and then picked up Lij at his dad's house. I got to see Miguel's niece Adriana :) Hadn't seen her in a while! So many things to be thankful for today :) I am blessed :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Some tree pics

While trying to take some more pics of Mikey in front of the tree tonight, I remembered about changing the ISO on my camera to get more of the look of the tree lights. I tried it and got these which I really like. They are a bit grainy though and I think that is normal for when you raise your ISO...I could be wrong as I'm sure some people take really awesome pics with the same effect I want, but maybe with better cameras! LOL I took photography back in HS for two years and we did all that stuff manually...no digi cameras back then, but I can't remember a darned thing! :( Anyway, I think I'll try to take some more tomorrow. And some of Lij too! TFL :)


Shake what your Momma gave ya! :)

Here's a funny video clip I took of Mikey "dancing" tonight. He sure cracks me up!!
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Monday, November 24, 2008

A Card for a friend

I had "tried" to start working on this card on Friday, but I just didn't "feel" like it so I left it alone. Today while I was trying to put it together, I remembered an idea I had been wanting to try. On some channel where Mikey watches cartoons on demand...maybe Sprout or Noggin..not sure...there is a cute little bird that I thought I could try to duplicate with scalloped ovals. Well, I don't have a scalloped oval punch, but I do have the circles! So my bird is a little "round" lol...like me! LOL JK :) But I think he came out way cute!! I made this card for a friend's upcoming birthday. I hope she likes it!

I'm back




On Friday, I did 46 minutes on the treadmill...2.7 miles. I ran a few minutes here and there on and off, but not non stop...still having the same issue with my leg when I run...a bit sad about that because I really do like running. But I'm glad about the time I managed to go that day. I planned on getting on it today, but now I'm not sure. I'm going to try to...really I am...scouts honor :) Miguel came home for an early lunch so that threw me off schedule a bit. I went ahead and ate lunch with him so now I have to give myself some time before I work out. I just don't want it to get late on me. We'll see. I want to at least squeeze in 30 minutes.




So on Saturday, since Lij stayed at his dad's this weekend :( it was just me, Miguel and Mikey. We went to eat breakfast at Panchito's and then went by a Tuesday Morning that is right across from there. I was hoping to find some of those cool Mia kits that my sis got, but no luck :( They only had a small end cap of scrapbooking supplies at this one and not too many things I was interested in. I did manage to find this cool pack of MM printed cs and a really pretty K&Co. Scrap Pad To Go. Both for only $4 each...not bad at all!! Also went by Michael's...only because we were at Old Navy at The Quarry and M's is RIGHT next door, but I didn't find a thing I wanted if you can believe that! I did get 3 of those Studio G stamps from the Dollar bins...two for a friend and one for me, but I used up the last of the gift card Melody sent me so I didn't spend any money. We did our grocery shopping, bought Mikey a toy for going poop in the potty. He's been wearing underwear for the past week or so and NO accidents..thank God! I never thought the day would come when I'd get Mikey out of pullups!! We dropped Mikey off with my mom and then Miguel and I had another "date night" which I really think we need right now. It was nice. We had dinner at Bennigan's and then watched that James Bond movie "Quantum Solace". It was okay...I'm not really into those kinds of movies. That's more Miguel's stuff. But nothing else good was showing and he really wanted to see that. Miguel came home from work really early yesterday which is rare so after I showered and he took a little nap, we went to WM to let Mikey pick out some underwear like we had promised him...he picked some Cars ones. I also got him some cute screen print long sleeved shirts. Today, after I did what was left of my cleaning, me and Mikey put up the small tree my mom had here last year. I decided that I wanted to keep the tree simple and went with silver and aqua blue with white lights. I need to get another strand of silver bead garland because I ran short. I think I might also get some smaller silver ornaments, but that's it. I really like the way it looks. I got some scrap goodies in the mail today...some of those Puffy Thickers I had been wanting...LOVE them! I need to work on a birthday card for a friend, but maybe I can get some scrapping done later tonight or tomorrow. Still itching to get that mojo back! That's all for now :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Day 4

35 minutes again today...still at 1.0 incline, 3.5 speed. I ran the last three or four minutes, but my leg was hurting while I did. I know I shouldn't have, but I made myself just run through it. I don't know what it is. When I'm walking, I'm fine. When I start running, as soon as I step down on that foot, it hurts. Kind of like a shooting pain from my ankle up my shin and to my knee. Not sure what it could be. Anyway...another day down :)

Day 3

Just for my personal benefit, I am keeping track of my workout stuff here. I did 33 minutes today. I kept the incline at 1.0 today though because yesterday my leg was hurting a bit. I did 28 minutes walking and was able to run the last five at 4.0, but I took the incline down to 0 for that. Good workout and I'm not hurting at all right now...like my leg or knee that had been bothering me so that's good. I'm planning on working out again in a while and then again tomorrow and taking the weekend off since Elijah will be home and I don't want to take that time away from him. So, so far...so good! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Day 2

So I successfully did my workout today. 30 minutes at a 3.0 incline. The last four, I took the incline down to 0 for a cool down and alternately ran and walked. I couldn't do the full four minutes straight today and I didn't push myself to either which I think I normally would have. If I was hurting, I would have forced myself to go on anyway. No today. It did hurt a little today, but nothing major. I guess just normal getting back into exercising stuff.
Anywho...I wanted to scrap today. I keep feeling the "urge", but I'm just not getting excited about it. I know there have been times when I start on a page with something in mind and as I'm working...ideas keep coming as far as what to put where and "oh, I can use that new this and that" and everything just seems to "flow" and it's all happy and fun. Well, it hasn't felt that way lately even though I've done a few pages I really love. And I'm wondering why. I've gotten sooo many cool, new things from the birthday club or stuff I've bought that I'm dying to use, but then I just don't. Sometimes I wonder too, if maybe it's that I have SO many products and papers and stuff to choose from that it's hard to pick so then it becomes a tedious process instead of a fun hobby. I know that by comparison, there are probably people who have a TON more stuff than I do, but maybe I've just feeling overwhelmed with what I have...not sure. Anyone else ever feel like this? If so, how do you get around it or how do you get out of your rut and back into LOVING this hobby? I need some ideas.
Hmm...what else? Nothing right now. Might go eat some lunch or take a nap or watch some tv...something. Thanks for the vent :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Back in the saddle again...

Well, I had not been getting on the treadmill since my leg was hurting me really badly. My leg stopped hurting after a couple of weeks, but I still didn't get back on. Fast forward about five weeks and I was feeling it. My clothes was fitting me tighter or not fitting me the way it had been. Especially my bras. Yep, that's where I notice it first and then in the dreaded "belly fat" area. I could "see" it too...blah...it is not pretty!! So I guess when I am "working out" even though I don't see the drop in pounds the way I would like, it really IS doing alot of good. And in a way I can see AND feel. So after looking at my bigger body in the mirror the other day...lol...I decided that I needed to get off my arse and get back in gear because now that my leg is better, I really have no excuses. So, today was my first day back on. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I set the incline to 3.0 and my speed at 3.5. I knew I was going to have to start out slow again and maybe I shouldn't overdo it either. Maybe that pain in my leg was a sign to not push myself so hard. I can't help it though. Sometimes when I feel that it's just "too easy", I think I have to go longer or harder or faster and maybe that's just not the case. Anyway, I did 34 minutes. I was able to run that last four non stop at 4.0, but not at the incline and it wasn't so bad. I'm also attempting at cutting out bad food...again...attempting is the key word. First day...so far, so good. After I did all my house cleaning, working out and what not, my mom took Mikey out to ride his bike and I was able to scrap a quick page that I think came out very cute. I used a Pencil Lines sketch...Sketch 111. I like their sketches. Oh, I also got another package in the mail today from that birthday club even though I know my birthday was about three weeks ago. Here's a few pics :)


Friday, November 14, 2008

Here's a card

Here's a quick card I made for a very good friend of mine. I got the inspiration for it from Danielle Flanders' blog. She makes some awesome cards! TFL :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Free Day for Me :)

Yesterday morning, I got woken up pretty early...7:30. Mikey kept coughing on and off throughout the night so I didn't get to sleep well, so I was NOT ready to get up yet. My alarm wasn't set to go off for another hour. But I brought him to the livingroom and snuggled with him and watched TV for a bit before I got ready to meet Chon at Crossroads. My mom kept Mikey for the day since she's on vaca so I could take a nice, little break....MUCH needed. Chon brought her neighbor, Ruby with her so we all hung out together most of the day...very nice girl :) We went to HL, Joanne's and Target. I didn't buy anything at HL, got a few bottles of that glitter glue, a few inkpads, and a couple of the acrylic stamps from J's Dollar Bins, and at Target I got Lij a pack of those boxer briefs he likes so much because they were half off. I'm sure he'll appreciate me posting that here! LOL So, then we went back to my sis's and she made chili and cornbread...yummy and we scrapped for a bit. I only had three pages planned, but I got them all done in like 30 minutes! LOL The rest of the time we just hung out, we picked up the kids from school and I alphabetized some of my sis's paper! LOL I can't believe as organized as she is, that it wasn't already done like that! Mine is! :) Miguel didn't pick me up until 10:00, so I pretty much had the whole day Mikey free. But it also gave me some time to miss him. We stopped at McD's on the way home to get some food, so I got my baby a Happy Meal which we was very happy to get and he ate all his food :) It was a pretty good day. Here are the pages I got to do minus the journaling I still need to add.




Monday, November 10, 2008

I've Got the blues....

I've got the I'm so tired of being sick from my allergies, can't get a moment to myself, want to scrap, but have NO ideas or motivation, I need a vacation BAAAAADD, I want to sleep on the couch bluuuuuueesss....oh yeahhhh! LOL What the heck is wrong with me? I am DYING to create, but when I think of having to think of something, take out all my stuff, wonder if Mikey will even let me get anything done or if I'm just going to have to put all my stuff back...ugh, it's just so discouraging and I'd rather not even try! Anyone else ever feel like this or it just me?? Please tell me I'm not the only one! I was hoping to get some scrapping done tonight, but after I spent the better part of the day cleaning and then napped a bit on the couch after I took my allergy meds, then ate dinner, bathed Mikey, took a shower, put some laundry away...I just didn't feel like it anymore. Boo hoo!! I have a big pile of new stuff laying on my table just waiting to be used. Well, not anymore because I had it sitting there for days so I had to put it in its proper place. I even got some YUUUUMMMY goodies in the mail today...some more stuff from that birthday club I'm in. But even that didn't motivate me. I'm sitting here right now looking at all my stuff in my clear pocket organizer over my table and looking at all its yummy contents, but nothing :( WAAAAHHHH! I don't even remember how long I have gone without scrapping. Or if it's ever happened before. Chon wants to get together sometime this week. Since my Mom is on vacation, she can watch Mikey for me so I can have a little break, but now I have to think of stuff to work on. I still want to get some Halloween pics scrapped. Oh will someone please send me some scrappy mojo my way? Sasha? Janey? Chon?? ANYONE?? LOL


On to other news...LOL Yesterday morning, i was planning on waking up and making the kids a nice breakfast like pancakes and bacon and eggs and hashbrowns. Well, Mikey snuck out of my bed around nine or so and I heard him shuffling around the room looking for his shirt (he HAS TO sleep shirtless) and slippers because he said the floor was cold. I got out of bed like thirty minutes later and made my way to the kitchen where I found Lij had made himself some scrambled eggs and toast and had even set a place for Mikey and had given him a piece of toast! Darn! It JUST now dawned on me that I should have taken a picture of him!! I give scrapbookers a bad name!! LOL Anyway, it just made me see how fast Lij is growing up and becoming so independent and self sufficient and how pretty soon, he's probably not going to need me for much. And pretty soon, Mikey will be there too!!! SLOW DOWN...please!! LOL I'm proud of Lij though. Spending all this extra time with his dad is really benefiting him. I definately have him to thank for Lij slowly but surely coming out his shell :) Okay, what else?? Hmm...I think that is it for now. Pics of my scrappy goodies follow :)


Saturday, November 8, 2008

$25



And I got ALL this at Joanne's!! I went with the intentions of ONLY buying that trim I talked about, but when I went to look today, they didn't really have the colors I wanted :( I did get the Cloud 9 diecut quotes...that WAS on the "list", but I also got some more of that cool "Lucky You" stuff and a couple of other things that were 30% off!! I also went to M's after the movies and spent $4 from the gc Mel gave me...still have some left too :)

We actually started out the day "early". Well, early for us that is because we are ALWAYS late...ALWAYS! We stopped by Sonic first and picked up some slushes for Miguel's parents and went by their shop for a quick visit. Then, we drove around for what seemed like FOREVER looking for a place to eat breakfast. We had originally gone to Panchito's, but there was a LONG line and I did not want to wait. But now that I think of it, for all the driving we did, by the time we did sit down to eat, we could have just waited there. We ended up eating at this place called Taco Taco Cafe and waited in line there too, but not for long. The food was good. We took the kids to the movies from there. I'm sad to say that Madagascar 2 was not all I had hoped it would be :( It was funny, but in my opinion, not as funny as the first one. And too much "adult humor" I think. I know small kids don't "get it", but I bet there are some that do. The kids seemed to like it though. Other than that, we didn't do much. Oh, we took the kids to Toys R Us so that Mikey could pick a toy because this morning...we actually got him to POOP in the potty!! Yep, I know it's only one time, but this is a BIG deal!! I wonder what it is with Mikey and pooping on the potty. He will swear up and down that he doesn't have to poop and then go hide somewhere and do his business to avoid sitting on the toilet. He will sit there to pee so I don't think it's a fear of the toilet. I don't know, but speaking for myself...LOL..I'd rather just "go" in the potty than have all that "stuff" smeared all over me! LOL Yeah, that sounded gross!! But really!! I don't get it!! Like just GO ALREADY!! LOL Hopefully this will be the beginning of getting him out of his pullups. They are pretty pricey and I'm tired of wiping butts! LOL Oh anyway, Mikey got some Play Doh set and of course, then I had to let Lij pick something and he got some kind of Ipet speaker thing that's a penguin and you can plug your Ipod into it and it lights up and stuff. I don't know what it is! LOL But he did, so whatever! Then we just did our grocery shopping and came home and ate dinner and just chilled. Right now, the kids are watching tv and I'm getting kind of sleepy so I'm going to be heading off to bed in a bit. So, good night :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Under the weather....

Ugh, remember how I said I wasn't feeling good? Well, I'm sick...allergies...my throat hurts/itches and so does my head/eyes. I'm sneezing and stuffy and runny all at the same time. I'm taking antibiotics, but I still don't feel good at all. But thank God, thank God, thank God (yes, I had to thank Him three times) that even though Mikey is a bit sneezy/ stuffy, ect, he sure doesn't act sick, still has his appetite and has not gotten a fever which means no infection which is always good. I'm STILL struggling with the scrapping thing. I'm going to attribute it to my not feeling well and hope that when this allergy thing goes away, my mojo will come back...cross your fingers.

Lij got dropped off yesterday afternoon :) and we had chicken pot pie for dinner...mmmmmm. His dad and his wife are going on a cruise..leaving tomorrow for like a week I think so I hope they have a fun and safe trip. Oh getting back to the LO...I lost my train of thought...I did ONE page last night and it was not fun...sad feeling not "feeling" the scrapping. But still think the page was cute. I think I'll leave it alone for a while and not try to force myself to do anything.

Tomorrow, we are taking the kids to see Madagascar 2...can't wait! I LOOOOOOVED the first one and this one looks pretty funny too! I'm probably more excited than the kids are. I'm going to try to swing by that new Joanne's and get these cool Cloud 9 diecuts my sis got there that apparently I didn't see when I went on my birthday. And I've been dying for some of that pom pom fringe trim I've seen so many people use. They had so many different colors too the last time I went. Other than that, no big plans...just family time. My mom is on vacation and left with two of my aunts to El Paso to visit my cousin Tino. She'll be back on Sunday.

Well, that's all for now. I'm not feeling so great so I think I'll go veg out on the couch while the kids watch tv. I am not doing dinner tonight....Domino's pizza for dinner :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Where does depression hurt....

everywhere. Who does depression hurt? Everyone. LOL I'm just kidding! And I am in no way making fun of anyone who suffers from depression. Has anyone seen that commercial though? For some reason, that's how I have been feeling lately. Not depressed, but just tired and I have no motivation to do anything whatsoever. I just want to lay on the couch and nap or do nothing and bum around. As I was laying on the couch earlier about to take a nap with Mikey, that commercial popped into my head. And I thought I would be a good candidate for that commercial....me just laying on my couch vegging out! LOL Maybe it's just a "phase". I know my allergies have been bothering me on and off lately so I've been taking allergy meds which do make me very drowsy so that may be attributing to my "tired" feeling. Who knows! But hopefully it goes away soon!


I "tried" scrapping earlier today. I say "tried" because as much as I had the urge to be creative....NOTHING was coming to me. And I resisted the urge to lift something in order to "force" my brain to think..lol It took me about three hours maybe to finally get it done and it was like pulling teeth! Which is kind of sad because I absolutely LOVE scrapping, but it was not so much fun today. But on the up side, I do LOVE my LO! And I used some of that cool lace I got a WM a couple of weeks back. Another happy surprise today, I got another birthday gift in the mail today from that Birthday Club I am in on a site I post on....some Doodlebug alpha stickers which I just think I can never have enough of and some cool ribbons. Thanks, Cyndi :) Well, that's about all for today! If anyone has some scrappy mojo in excess, please send it my way :)


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween pics and a LO

I tried getting back into the scrapping groove mid last week and used a LO Chon had done for inspiration. I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I'm feeling "the itch" to scrap, but my mind is just not in the right frame of mind lately...too much else going on in there I guess.
Gilbert dropped Elijah off to me Thursday after school, so I got some extra time with him :) My sis and her husband picked us up on Friday and we went over to their house because we were going to do trick or treating with them. The kids were REALLY excited about it. Lij was dressing up as Michael Jackson and Mikey was going to be a pirate, but changed his mind at the last minute when my sister showed him a Cat in the Hat costume she had. He looked SO cute in it!! And he was SO fascinated with his TAIL! LOL I did NOT get the good pictures I had anticipated :( It was already too dark to get good pics on any other setting except night time and by the time the third flash went off, the kids had already moved a million times! Out of the 95 pics I took, I only got a handful of good ones...oh well!! The kids all had a great time and got lots of candy. We had a late night pizza party and didn't get to bed until well after midnight. Good times :) Pretty much all going on here. Oh, I just ordered some of those ADORABLE Prima journal cards with the little animals on them and they came in the mail yesterday. I just placed my order like two days ago...now THAT is quick!! I must remember to leave some really good feedback! I got both the boy and girl sets...can't wait to use them! I hope my scrappy mojo comes for a visit...I miss it :( That's all for now!







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The last pic is of some charm bracelets I made. The black one is for my sister and the green one, I'm going to send my good friend, Melissa :) I made a black one for myself too :)