Friday, February 27, 2009

A Silver lining...

To the not shopping thing, could be that maybe I get lots of scrapping done and use of some of my stash. I was sitting here yesterday looking at my stuff and was thinking of maybe purging some more. I never did sell my lot of paints/glazes, the lot of ribbons, or my stamp set/eyelet setter. So if anyone is interested...let me know. I was thinking of looking through my sticker bin and my rubons bins.

I have found the time to make two LOs in the past week. It pretty much takes me a whole day to finish one because I keep getting up, doing something else, come back to it. Either way, I got them done. Both are "lifts". The one of me and the kids was inspired by a LO in a 2Peas neighbor's gallery...apeainthepod is her username. The second page, I used a Page Maps sketch from the latest issue of Memory Makers. It was a half map, but I did 12x12 and flipped the sketch on its side. I'm really loving both of them! This puts my LO count at 21 I believe.

What else? Tonight we have a dinner at Mi Tierra to go to. It's some kind of "reunion" thing for the Catholic school Miguel attended. I don't really want to go because I have nothing to wear. Don't you ever feel like that? My body is feeling the whole not working out thing and nothing I try on seems to look right or make me feel good. I HATE that! And I HATE shopping for clothes when I feel like this too. I was looking on Craigslist last night for an exercise bike. I found one for $75 and I'm waiting for a reply. I was thinking that maybe that "step" thing I wanted to get might not be the best thing right now since my ankle still hurts when I go up and down stairs. I'm wondering if maybe it wouldn't be easier for my foot to just "pedal". I really didn't feel like my 30-45 minutes a day on the treadmill were doing anything because I wasn't losing as many pounds as I wanted, but I can see and "feel" now that it was doing SOMETHING. Funny how your life can change in just an instant. I wouldn't have thought that night that I was going to slip and fracture my ankle, have to be put out, in pain and immobilized for weeks, then three months later, STILL be in pain. Well, can't change the past...must make the best of it and move on.

Lij comes home today. Don't know what our plans are for the weekend. That bbq we were going to has been postponed for next weekend. We still need to run some errands and I want to go get my glasses...don't know what else.

Okay, that's all I can think later :)

Blogger isn't letting me upload pics right now, so I'll try again later :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Sacrifice

Since today is Ash Wednesday and Lent begins, I thought I would look up some of the many questions I have about it. I "was" baptized "Catholic" and have attended only Catholic chuch my whole life, but I can't say that I agree with all Catholic beliefs or understand them all. Which is why I chose to look some of it up. For Lent this year, I decided to give up buying scrapbooking supplies (except for In my understanding, I thought that when we gave something up for Lent, we were "sacrificing" something we loved for God just as he sacrificed His life for us. In what I read, I learned that it is instead, a practice to train our wills to refuse "bad" pleasures.So, "by disciplining the will to refuse pleasures when they are not sinful, a habit is developed which allows the will to refuse pleasures when they are sinful". I understand that...I "get it", but I don't know...I thought it was more "significant" for me to think of it as giving up something for my God...who has sacrificed so much for me, as a sign of my gratitude for His sacrifices. I know nothing I can do it worthy of Him, but as a human person, it is all I am capable of doing. I hope I'm explaining myself correctly. I always find it hard to find the words when it comes to God and religion. I guess because alot of these things to me don't have "words"'s alot of feelings, alot of undescribable emotions. I'm sure somewhere out there, there is someone more eloquent than me who can possibly put these feelings into words, but that isn't me! lol Anyway, here are a few of the questions I looked up and their answers. If anyone is interested in learning more, I got all this information from a site called

Why are foreheads marked with a cross on Ash Wednesday?
Because in the Bible a mark on the forehead is a symbol of a person's ownership. By having their foreheads marked with the sign of a cross, this symbolizes that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a Cross. This is in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian in baptism, when he is delivered from slavery to sin and the devil, and made a servant of righteousness and Christ (Romans 6:3-18). It is also in imitation of the way the righteous are described in the book of Revelation: "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads." (Revelations 7:3)

Why is Lent 40 Days long?
Because 40 days is a traditional number of discipline, devotion, and preparation in the Bible. Moses stayed on the Mountain of God 40 days (Ex 24:18, 34:28), Elijah traveled 40 days before he reached the cave where he had his vision (1 Kings 19:8), Nineveh was given 40 days to repent (Jon 3:4), and most importantly, prior to undertaking his ministry, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness praying and fasting (Matt 4:2).
Since Lent if a period of prayer and fasting, it is fitting for Christians to imitate their Lord with a 40-day period. Christ used a 40-day period of prayer and fasting to prepare for his ministry, which culminated in his death and resurrection, and thus it is fitting for Christians to imitate him with a 40-day period of prayer and fasting to prepare for the celebration of his ministry's climax, Good Friday (His crucifixion) and Easter Sunday (His Resurrection).
Thus the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "'For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning' [Heb 4:15]. By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert." (CCC 540).

Is the custom of giving up something for Lent mandatory?
No. However, it is a good and beneficial custom, and parents or caretakers may choose to require it of their children to encourage their spiritual training, which is their prime responsibility in the raising of their children.

Why is giving up something for Lent such a good and beneficial custom?
By denying ourselves something we enjoy, we discipline our wills so that we are not slaves to our pleasures. Just as indulging the pleasure of eating leads to physical flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in physically demanding situations, indulging in pleasure in general leads to spiritual flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in spiritual demanding situations, we when the demands of morality require us to sacrifice something pleasurable (such as sex before marriage or not within the confines of marriage) or endure hardship (such as being scorned or persecuted for the faith). By disciplining the will to refuse pleasures when they are not sinful, a habit is developed which allows the will to refuse pleasures when they are sinful. There are few better ways to keep one's priorities straight than by periodically denying ourselves things of lesser priority to show us that they are not necessary and focus our attention on what is necessary.

On to other things, yesterday I spent the day out shopping with Chon. Yes, I had to get one "good one" in before I gave it up! I'm so Anyway, we went to the Target at The Rim where I was told last weekend that all the new sb stuff would be put out on Monday. Well, we went and nothing. All they had was the older stuff they were still clearancing and a whole side of empty shelves where I assume all the new stuff like be going. We waited around in that area for about an hour or so, but they never put anything new out. Oh well! Now I'm going to have to wait until Easter to get anything if they put it out before then! It can be my Easter gift :D I did manage to find some cute creepers for only $1!! I got a few for Miguel's friend's wife who just had a baby girl a couple of weeks ago. I also found Lij one of those Cadet hats like the one he already has only in different colors, for only $3.74 from $15! I'm sure he will love it! Also got Mikey a DVD, "Elmo in Grouchland" because they had an end cap of movies for only $5.50. He really loved it and sat and watched the whole thing when we got home. We also went by the M's there, but neither of us bought a thing. We went by Scrapbook Heaven at their new location...I'd never been to the new store, and I picked up a "few" things...only spent $13. They really don't have the newer products and selection the way Scrapbook 911 does. I'm always pretty disappointed when I shop there. We picked up McD's and went and ate at Chon's house before we left to pick up Victoria. Afterwards, we went by WM because Chon said they would price match the price of the little Cricut machine and carts there. So we went and didn't find any small bugs. And they only had the Graphically Speaking cart I wanted, but when I got to the checkouts, the cashier gave me a hard time about how the cart I wanted to buy wasn't pictured in the J's ad. My sis and I tried to explain to her just as it said in the ad, that there are various carts/styles...those were just examples. After speaking to the manager myself, who said the same thing, I just gave up. It wasn't worth it to me to make a big stink over something like that. BUT...I did, at the last minute, decided to spluge and treat myself to the Cricut Expression! I had to mentally convince myself that I deserve it to not feel guilty about spending all that money on it. I was originally going to get one for Christmas when Miguel got his Christmas bonus, but I opted not to and told myself I was going to wait until we got our income tax refund and get it then. So I did :) It also turned out just perfect that I didn't get the cart at WM because a sweet neighbor had given me the links to two online sites that had Cricut carts for great prices. So I checked them out and was able to find both the Graphically Speaking and the I believe was $34 and the other was $39. I averaged it out with shipping and each cart came out to $41 which was like $4 less than I would have paid for them if I was lucky enough to find them at J's. This saved me the searching and driving to J's. So that was my last big splurge! Oh wait...not I ordered two stamps from Unity Stamp Co. a few days ago and put in a pre order for this new line Fancy Pants line called Kraft Cuts or something like that. So I'm sure I'll get those sometime "during" Lent, but they were not "bought" during Lent. It's a technicality! Me and my sis also lucked out at WM and found these cute black dresses (I was looking for something to wear to my Uncle's wedding next week). They are just simple, A line black dresses...sleeves, but very nice. They were from $20 and we got them for $5! I also got this nice long sleeved button down one of those "fitted" ones for only $5 too (from $15). On Friday, we have this reunion dinner thing. It's something with a whole bunch of Miguel's friends from his school...from the Catholic school he attended growing up. It's at Mi Tierra downtown so I'm thinking I might wear that white blouse with these slacks I had gotten around Christmas time but never wore. On Saturday, I think we are invited to a bbq at Miguel's friend Juan's house so I'm going to give his wife the baby clothes then. Hmm...I think that's all going on here lately. I know this is a really long post, so if you read it all and stayed until the end..."thanks" :) I have some laundry to do today, but I'm hoping I can squeeze in some time to scrap or play with my Cricut. Also have to make some chili for lunch...I'm in the mood for it :) More later :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

I had printed out the pictures to scrap this page yesterday, but never got around to working on it. They are some older pics I took of Mikey one day when we went to Crossroads and I took some pics of him around that fountain they have there. I really love the pictures, but I had forgotten I even had them! I do that alot...take them and make a "mental note" to scrap them and as time passes, I forget about them. Which is why I have been looking through my older pictures in my Kodak files to see what I can find. Anyway, it's a lift of an AWESOME LO by peainthepod...I think that was her username...have to double check and make sure! I just loved everything about it and thankfully, I had lots of the exact K& Co. embellishements she used. The rest I just improvised. I used the same "layout" of her page, but used different papers, but I LOVE the way it turned out...well, because it looks almost exactly like hers! This puts my LO count for the year at 19 I think...yay!

Elijah comes home today and I'm anxious to give him his Valentine's Day gift. I just know he's going to LOVE it!! Need to get some pics of him opening his gift and some "lollipop pics" of him with this BIG heart shaped pop my sister got him and Mikey. I took Mikey's yesterday while he was playing outside. I think I'm going to try to take Lij's indoors with a white backdrop...or maybe the black...maybe I'll do both and see which I like better! ;) I made chicken lasagna for dinner...Miguel's FAVORITE next to my chicken pot pie I think. Lij loves it too. And per Miguel's request, I put pepperoni in there too. It smelled DELICIOUS while it was in the oven cooking! Not much else going on. Don't know what we have planned for the weekend other than running our errands. And all of my men need to get their hair cut. Might try to make a trip to an M's to see if they have those new EK Success border punches. I know some people were posting that they had found them at their M's already. I don't know which others they have, but I do know that I really, REALLY want the binding edge one which is the one that gives that torn out of a notebook look. I need to get any shopping I want done out of the way because I have decided that for Lent, I am giving up buying scrapp stuff. GASP! Yes, it's true!! It won't be too hard...I hope! lol But it's something I really love doing aside from scrapbooking so I figured it would be appropriate to give that up. It's the least I can do...after everything my God has sacrificed for's an oh, so small offering of my gratitude. Anyone want to join me?? Chon?? lol Hmm...think that's all for now :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More Scrapping

I am trying to scrap some older pictures. I know I have alot of "good ones" that I like, but have forgotten about. These were some from last August...a trip to the zoo we took while Miguel was on vacation. I used a sketch from an neighbor, Begahunna, I think that's her name. She has lots of sketches in her gallery and I really liked this particular one. It made me think of the SEI Dill Blossom papers which I just got last week at the HL paper sale and I was wanting to use them. I used some old the MME paper (the brown dotty one) and the title diecut and butterfly are newer K&Co. stuff.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A LO using Pencil Lines Sketch...

I never know what to title my blog posts! lol I love using sketches...especially ones from Pencil Lines. I was really excited and inspired to use this weeks sketch--Sketch 122 I think it is. And even more excited when I saw a particular design team members take on it. I just LOVED Tracie's LO using the sketch and HAD to lift it. I didn't copy it exactly meaning I didn't use the exact same papers, embellies, ect. I always wonder that the boundaries are for "lifting" LOs. Since I got the inspiration for it from someone else and the ideas were not totally my own, I always like to give credit where credit is due. But since we are on the subject of scraplifting, I'd like to hear everyone's views on what they consider "scraplifting". Anyway, so I did this page using a pic of me and Mikey that I took on Valentine's Day. I just totally, completely love everything about this page!! Just LOVE it!! I was counting up my pages to date since the new year started and this puts me at 18....yay! So, that's it for today :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Perfect Day

I did this page with a couple of pics I took of me and Miguel on Valentine's Day. It was such a great day. That morning, a guy came and picked up my treadmill...made $200 :) yay...spending money! My mom took Mikey with her and my aunt to go visit my grandmother at the nursing home, so me and Miguel had the whole day alone together (Lij decided to stay at his dad's). We started off with breakfast at Panchito's then we did some shopping. We had planned to go to a movie then dinner, but figured we really wouldn't be able to talk and just enjoy ourselves if we were sitting in a movie theater so we didn't go after all. We went to a couple of Tuesday Mornings, Scrapbook 911, and Target. I bought Miguel and Ipod for Valentine's Day because he'd been saying he wanted something to listen to when he goes to the gym. BTW, he got me some chocolate covered strawberries and a very nice card. Well, what he wrote in it was very nice so I didn't even care that there was no actual "gift". We also had dinner at Carino's. I'd never eaten there before...Miguel was always wanting to take me. I had some YUUUUMMY Italian Pot Roast....SOOO good!! Then we went and did our grocery shopping and then came home to finish the night off with Mikey. It was such a great day. We got to talk alot which we don't normally get the chance to do...alone that is. We laughed and talked and it was just really nice. I think we really needed that. So all in all, it was a very good day :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

A last minute gift

I had been looking for one of those photo cube things so I could decorate it and give it to Miguel for Valentine's Day so he could put on his desk at work, but I just couldn't find one! Yesterday, me and Mikey took a last minute trip to Hobby Lobby at Crossroads since I had finished all my "chores" by 11:00 and had nothing to do for the rest of the day. Anyway, I found this cute paper mache box...maybe like 4 1/2x 4 1/2 inches with a lid and thought that would be perfect. I took the lid off so that it would be "open" and just decorated the four sides. I filled the box with Hershey's kisses and other yummy chocolate candies that I'm sure I'll end up :D I'm really loving the way it turned out! I used some old MM stickers and some new stuff too. I'm thinking that once the candy is gone, Miguel can use it to put his pencils and pens or whatever else in there. I'm also planning on buying Miguel an Ipod tomorrow after I sell my treadmill (cross your fingers). He has been saying he wants something to listen to when he goes to the gym so I'm going to get him one. I got the kids gifts too. For Mikey, the "Open Season" movie he's been wanting for a while now, a bag of candy, an M&M dispenser, and this cute little hedgehog toy I found at WM for only a buck! SO cute! It shakes when you bounce it! I just hope he's not afraid of it! lol For Lij, I got him the same hedgehog toy because I know they'd fight over it, an M&M dispenser in a different color, a bag of candy and this book we saw at M's the last's for kids...has lots of neat "tricks" and stuff...not sure, but I know he wanted it. He's not coming home this weekend. He wanted to stay at his dad's. I'm going to see if we can still go take him his gift some time during the day tomorrow. Maybe I won't tell him...just ask his dad if they'll be home and surprise him :) Oh, at HL yesterday, paper was half off so I got the SEI Dill Blossom package which I'd been wanting for while. I know it's "old", but I like it. And also got this K&Co. Wild Saffron paper pad which I'd had a few sheets of before from 911 and really liked them, so I got the whole pad. Oh, and this AC clear backed sticker book...that I didn't know I ALREADY HAD! lol And then just a few sheets of random stickers. One for me and three for a little Easter giveaway I'll be having here soon so look out for that. Hmm..what else? Not much else going on. I'm going to try to scrap some today...if Mikey will permit. We have been playing that "fishing" game I got him yesterday ALOT and I have to say that my son is a cheater! LOL He will "wait, wait, wait" me so he can grab the fish before I do or use his other hand to "steady" his pole which makes it alot easier to pick up the fish! I don't know if he knows that I let him win Okay, that's all for now :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I need a vacation or some Aleve...

I have a headache...a big one...that keeps getting bigger. I'm sure Mikey has something to do with that. WHERE does this kid get all this energy I'd like to know. I wish I had half of it! He is all over the place...SO loud...won't do anything for more than ten minutes. I feel I just need to get away for a while. Why is it that even if I get to go away for a few hours like say, last Friday, I come back and after a while, I feel like I need to leave again? LOL But seriously...anyone else feel like this? I mean I love Mikey...absolutely LOVE him, but sometimes I feel like I just want to sit and do nothing for anyone except myself or do something that doesn't involve cleaning up, or serving someone else. I was able to do this one page today...that I started around noon I think and was just now able to finish. I think that's what has been hindering my scrappy mojo. I "want" to scrap, but just knowing that I can't just sit uninterrupted. And then once I "do" get into my scrapping, having to stop every few minutes gets frustrating and then I guess, I just don't want to do anything! I don't know....just had to vent it out. Anyway, here's my page. Another "lift" from Scrappy Daisy's gallery on I really love her style. And I love that I used all sorts of brands...just threw them all in there :) TFL :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Right now...

I am:Reading: Have been "trying" to read The Bible...some chapters here and there. I really need to start reading it regularly again.

Listening to: I still can't get enough of Tenth Avenue Norths's "By Your Side" Love my Klove radio :)

Obsessed With: my "bad foot"...when it will get better? IF it will get better? It still hurts alot on some days and I'm not anxious to get back into a workout routine because I HATE I know I NEED to.

Thinking About: Alot of things lately. My mind is always so full of "stuff". Thinking about Lij, about me and Miguel...

Planning To: Reorganize my scrapbooking papers, but I need some more Cropper Hopper paper holders or some more of those Priority boxes to cut open and use as paper holders. I have way too much paper and even though they are alphabetized, alot of them go unnoticed so I need to find a more efficient way to organize them.

Enjoying: Still just taking it day by day. Just enjoying the days I'm given :)

Vowing To: Lose some weight and get in shape again :(

Working On: Getting my scrappy mojo back. This has been the case for a while even though I have done some pages...just not "feeling it" like before and I don't know why :(

Excited About: Valentine's Day and giving the kids their gifts. I just know they are both going to LOVE them! :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The winner is....

STACEY who said:

Hi! I just found your blog off your CL posting! Anyway, I am new to scrapbooking/cardmaking, so I like this blog: does a good job teaching different things using her cricut.

So Stacey, please email me your address at If I don't hear from you by tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to have to pick another winner since I want to mail out on Saturday. Thanks for everyone who played!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I should be scrapping right now...

that's what I told my sister earlier while were on the computer IMing each other like we can't just talk on the phone. But if we were on the phone, we'd have to hold the phone with one hand and can't type one handed. This way we can talk AND surf the web...pure genius! lol Might I add, last year or the year before I bought myself and my sis a head set for the phone for that very free up our hands when we are talking to each other. Now we are free to roam about our homes, doing whatever we choose and still communicate :D Okay, I got off track...anyway, so I DID happen to scrap today. I always feel like that's what I "should" be doing. Of course after I've done all my cleaning "chores" and what not...I always feel like I need to be scrapping and whipping out pages to put a dent in my scrapbook supply stash. Even so, me and Chon are planning yet ANOTHER scrappy, shopping day o' fun on Friday. Seriously, we have no business shopping for scrap stuff. I think between us both...her more than me (ha, ha...I did it again...inside joke), we probably have enough stuff to open a small LSS! But again, I am off the subject. I scrapped a page today. And it was pretty much just spur of the moment. I was browsing a neighbors gallery on -- a woman who goes by the username Scrappy Daisy. I just LOVE her bright and fun. And I love that she uses all sorts of patterns and colors that you think wouldn't "go", but somehow, they just DO! And I was inspired to make this LO using another pic I just took of the kids this past weekend. I used some of the MM Chloe's Closet we got on our last shoppig excursion, and some BG Urban Prairie chip stickers, and some old MME paper. I really LOVE this page...REALLY :D

Oh, and I want to take note of this because I don't want to forget it. Earlier today, Mikey and I were sitting in the livingroom. I was at the computer and he was at the table behind me playing with his Play Doh. KLOVE was on the radio in the bathroom and we could both hear it. A song was just ending and at the end of the song, children are saying "God you reign". I forget what the song is called or who sings it. Anyway, so he asks me "Mommy, why are they saying "God, you reign? What does that mean?" And I said to him that they are saying it because God is King. And he says "King of all life and of my heart." And I said "That's right! How did you know that?" And he said, "Because Jesus told me." Okay, that just blew me away! Sap that I am, I wanted to start bawling! I am SO proud...I don't even know if proud is the word, but since I can't think of any other at the moment, I am so proud that at such a young age, my child is getting to know God. And I am humbled to think that I am playing a part in that. It is AMAZING!! :) Just had to record that for the future :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Another 8x8

This one is for Miguel's book. I started an 8x8 book for him too and have done a few pages in it. Probably not as many as I should! So even though I'd already done a page about his 34th birthday, I thought I'd make one for his book. I used these cool Fany Pants Celebrate papers I got at the 911 yard sale. Also scored that cool tranparency I used on it too. I think it came out pretty cute! TFL :)

Another LO

I did another LO today. I used a sketch from Page Maps...from the February maps I believe. It's pretty simple...nothing fancy going on I used some MM Passport trim, some Colorbok border sticker strip, and I cut that damask out of a sheet of Heidi Swapp paper I got at the 911 yard sale. That's pretty much it. I kind of messed up a part on the journaling so pretend not to notice :D

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Love Layout

So after I did absolutely ALL of my cleaning today-- which was pretty early even though I got a late start, I was able to squeeze in time for a page with one of the cute pics I took of Mikey and Lij this past weekend. I used some old Basic Grey...can't remember which line it was from and some new MM Love Notes and some K&Co. Sweet Talk acetate diecuts. I just LOVE these! I've bought several K&Co. diecut packs in the past and am always so surprised at just how many are in there! Well, worth the $5 price. Anyway, that's my page for today. TFL :) OH and you still have this week to leave me a comment on the RAK post. I'll be picking out a winner and mailing out this weekend :)