Sunday, September 30, 2007


I am not one to really "honor" the sabbath. I wish I was. But today our family was pushed into it a bit. We were all very cranky yesterday and I was a tiny bit under the weather (I knew it was going to be bad when I got teary watching a special about WDW - honestly). I woke up today feeling like I was on the edge and the boys were no better off. Dispite the fact that I was to lead church, we had to take a sick day. I hate doing that. I have really begun to enjoy our church time again. I look forward to being there and seeing everyone.

And so we slept in and had a late, lazy breakfast and took the day rather slowly. I've begun to feel so much better and Hayes seems to be able to tolerate life again. We had so many tears yesterday about so many things, I lost track of them all. Richard still needs some time to recooperate, but over all, I am so glad for the day of rest. I am outside enjoying the day, and my dog, while Richard takes a well-deserved nap. Go figure, the sabbath has been restorative. Things I must try to remember....

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I learned how to use Photoshop Elements to make desktop wallpaper! So excited. It's not so hard really, but now I can put up whatever I want on my wallpaper! I just keep finding more ways to put those digital supplies to use. Love it. Here's my first go round.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Vegetarian Wednesday Makes The News!

Check out the Vegetarian Wednesday blog for the link to the article featuring Eleanor (my niece) and Josh (my brother-in-law)! I am so excited for them!

And by the way, I tied in the T-shirt contest! Thanks so much for all the votes. If you want a t-shirt, let me know and I'll forward all the information to you.

remember, tomorrow is Vegetarian Wednesday. Eat breakfast for dinner.

Dancing Fool

I am a fool for Dancing with the Stars. I can't help myself. I just get all wrapped up in it and somehow believe the possibility that I, too, could be a fabulous ballroom dancer given the opportunity to train with a pro for 4 weeks. My money is on Helio Castroneves, Mark Cuban, Mel B and Sabrina Bryan. Although, truth be told, I really want Wayne Newton to stick around for a while. I think I have a little crush on him!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Me & My Boy

I have to say, I am so IN LOVE with my boy these days. He's just amazing. He takes good care of me and Jezzy; he is learning so much and can't help but tell us all about it. This is a layout I did just recently from his birthday party. Thanks Angie, for this terrific picture!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Crazy Little Thing

I recently discovered a blog called Scrapping The Music. The idea is to use songs as inspiration for your layouts. I really liked the idea. I was listening to my iTunes this afternoon and heard Michael Buble singing Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Although it's not the song that's the challenge for this week, this is want came about.

Stand or Fall: Scrapping the Music

So this is the song that is the challenge for this week at Scrapping the Music, "Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado. "You either stand or you fall" is part of the lyrics.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

One Little Word: Pure

The One Little Word challenge for this week is "pure." I found this fabulous quote about children and was inspired. The photos are from the shorehouse and the beautiful girl is my niece, Reese.
If my heart can become as pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this. -Kitaro Nishida

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ah, Fall

How long's it been since we've been able to keep the windows open a full 24 hours? have 3 mugs of tea in the morning? wear long sleeves? When I woke up this morning and smelled the chill in the air, I thought for a moment I was at the lake. Ah, fall! It makes me so happy. I even dared turn the oven on tonight. I spent the entire day inhaling the fresh air, enjoying the hint of autumn, cuddled under a blanket with my lovely dog. I can only hope for more.

Love Is A Greenie

I am taking a Photoshop Elements class on line, and last night, we learned how to colorize just one element of a photo. This layout is my homework for the class. It absolutely cracks me up!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


I simply couldn't resist putting these pix of Jezabel on the blog! I think they are hilarious.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Vegetarian Wednesday Blinkie

I will be posting this blinkie to the Vegetarian Wednesday site. If you'd like to grab it and put it on your site, feel free!

Instructions for putting this blinkie on your blogger blog:
  • right click blinkie and Copy Image Location
  • then in your edit layout tab, click Add Page Element
  • choose Picture to Add To Blog
  • When the small dialog box opens, under image, select From The Web and paste Image Location into that box.

Let me know if it works for you!

Friday, September 07, 2007

New Header

I have been experimenting with Photoshop Elements lately. The new header is some of my latest work! Fun times. It's amazing to me all the slight variations that can be made and how elements can be changed to look completely different from one project to the next. I really could be hooked.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Back In The Saddle Again

Ahh, September is upon us. The traveling has ended and the routine has begun. I am feeling it from my head to my toes, that tingly sensation that life does in fact have a rhythm. Oh yes, and that ache from actually going to pilates classes again.

I have been enjoying having time to prepare lessons for church, take a Photoshop Elements class, go workout, pick the beans and tomatoes that are still popping away in the garden.

Hayes seems to have transitioned beautifully to first grade this year, thank God. I was bracing myself after last year for a full 4-weeks-of-torture transition period. Sometimes a girl just gets lucky. It certainly helps to have a teacher who just wants the students "to develop a love of learning." This is what I am talking about! I think she is just unpredictable enough to keep the kids on their toes, and yet predictable enough to feel safe. That's a tightrope walk I just can't do.

I am genuinely happy. It actually took me by surprise to discover this about myself. I'm not knocking it, just pleasantly surprised. May it stay a while.