Thursday, May 29, 2008
And since I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog yet, I have a confession to make. Regardless of what craft I'm in....I rarely finish anything. I guess the journey is the fun for me, who knows? So when I sashayed into the Scrapbook Barn lo these many months ago and saw the pink shirt that said "Queen of Unfinished Projects" that my friends had put on hold for me, well it was love at first sight! I have mentioned lately that this isn't necessarily a true statement for me anymore. Saying that I have unfinished projects implies that I have started things and lately all I really do is flit around and chat. Ah well, all in good time I suppose!
Now let me explain the attractive look on my face. This picture was taken on our recent retreat very shortly after I put some Zots in my mouth. Do you remember Zots candy? I didn't, but I'm always game for this sort of thing. In case you can't tell, they have a very sour center to them. They start off so unassuming and you think it's just a hard candy, then this sour stuff starts oozing out of the candy and it makes you suck your cheeks in! Loads of fun, but I'm not thinking I'll be buying packs of this any time soon - LOL!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
And of course I do love to play! This trip was made even more special having Brooklyn along for her first time. She was absolutely mesmerized watching a very large, flashy, loud boat behind us. I love how she has a kind of squat position standing on the seat! Rest assured we didn't let her stand like this all over the lake - this picture was taken in the cove in a no wake zone, so we were barely moving.
I think her little sunglasses and lake shoes are just darling. :)
When we got out to the islands we had her set up on the sand with her shovels. She really, really wasn't too sure about the sand and Loni said that's because princesses don't like to get dirty!
By the end of her second trip on the next day she did allow the water to hit her feet and kind of dug into the sand a little with her toes. I think that it helped to see her goofy parents having a little dirt fight and laughing quite hard. She kept looking at them like they'd lost their minds, but she did smile.
It's fun to be silly and to watch other people be silly!
"Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again!" - Mike Myers
Monday, May 26, 2008
Just a quick little video and I have GOT to get to bed! Had a wonderful time at the lake this weekend and got to see all my kids. Saturday and most of Sunday James, Loni and Brooklyn (and their dog Xena!) came up to the lake, then later Sunday and all of Monday Lynne' came up. We took little Miss B out to the islands for the first time and it was so adorable to watch her! She LOVES to take a bath and splashes and plays, but the lake has a mind of it's own with waves, noises, things to see, sand on the bottom and funny smells. I can't claim that she loved it, but she didn't put up a fuss and that's step one.
Don't you love how well protected she is? Loni got her this swimsuit that has UV protection - please tell me where these suits were 25 years ago! First we lathered Brooklyn up with sunscreen, then she got her blast from the past style swimsuit on, her stylin' shades, floppy hat and of course boat shoes. Too adorable!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
And my new favorite take along dessert snack, Symphony Brownies by Paula Deen. Love her or not, this gal can cook and these brownies are no exception. I left a couple of Rice Krispie Treats and a couple of brownies for Keith to eat and I think he was pleased when I returned home with a few of each. Did I mention we had a LOT of food?!?!?
1 package of brownie mix (17.6 ounce or up to about 20 ounce)
3 (5 ounce) Symphony candy bars
Line a 13x9 cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the package. Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Place the candy bars all in a row on top of the batter, then cover with remaining batter, smoothing the top.
Bake according to brownie package directions. Cool completely, then lift from the pan using the edges of the foil. Cut into squares and enjoy!
WARNING: These brownies are soooo rich when they are warm. A little will go a long way. :)
"There's nothing better than a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with chocolate!"
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
What a splendiferous weekend I just had! I went on a 3 day retreat with 10 of my closest scrapbooking friends. We found the perfect place up in Gainesville, TX called Le Retreat House and had an amazing time. This is different than your average bed and breakfast because we were the only ones there and did our own food. Absolutely perfect for our group as we kind of like to sing and laugh and laugh and laugh.
Truly, this was one of my absolute most favorite weekends EVAH! From start to finish it was just picture perfect. So many great moments and I’m not even sure where to begin. And really I hate to begin because I’m afraid I’d leave something out. But here’s some weekend moments: I discovered that I love White Chocolate Mudslide coffee creamer and last night at the store I picked up a bottle for work; I found out that eating Zots and Pop Rocks with J is loads of fun; I now know that D and I still got it baby in the singing department and that other D can be our backup dancer any time (welcome to our Grand Illusion!); I saw a side of J I’d never seen before and it totally cracked me up; I know that if I ever need a Macgyver sidekick that S has my back (does anybody have an exacto knife, a coconut and a battery?); I know that if I hand my camera to S she can find the card for me that I didn’t even know it had; I saw C ACTUALLY THROW AWAY SOME SCRAPBROOK STUFF…and then later go through a trash can and pull some more things out; I know that H and I make a great Thelma and Louise and our ending was a whole lot better than theirs; I discovered that C has some zingers in her and fits right in with all us crazies; I saw K do an awesome victory dance; oh and I know without a doubt that S is a big tease when a woman is desperate for coffee!
I will undoubtedly be sharing more pictures this week, but it's bedtime now. I literally have hundreds of pictures from the weekend because luckily there are brains behind some of those smiling faces above! The retreat house had internet and of course there were several laptops among us. One brilliant Sistah Chick took all our camera cards and copied the pictures back and forth so that we all ended up with every photo.
Good times.... :)
"A friend is somebody that knows all about you and loves you even more after knowing it!"
Monday, May 12, 2008
Our first stop was L & B Yarn Co. Store in Norman, OK. I can't say enough about how much I liked this store. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the decor was awesome, yarn selection was fabulous and they had some great store samples. We did each buy a little something before heading out. And mom got a pattern for slippers that this store does for their charity project. It was pretty cool to see the wicker basket filled with beautiful slippers at the front of the store.
When we did finally get home late Sunday night Lynne' was here waiting with a beautiful floral bouquet for me! She did point out that it's easy to buy flowers for me - just look for the pink blooms. :) Tonight I have the flowers here on my desk and not only are they beautiful but they smell so good.
"Children may outgrow your lap, but never your heart."
Thursday, May 08, 2008
My sweet old doggie, Joe, relaxing in the hallway. Not sure if you can tell, but his eyes are looking off to his right at our cat Meeko, who came walking over to see why both Joe and I were laying down in the hall.
I learned an interesting thing this afternoon at work. On days that we don't go out for lunch a bunch of us girls sit and knit and chat for that hour. Today we got back to our desks and before I knew it I looked up and it was 2:30 already.
"My word I can't believe how fast today is going!", I exclaimed.
"Yes, isn't it a shame", said one of my co-workers.
She went on to explain that she used to spend so much time saying she couldn't wait until the party next week, or vacation next month, etc. that she missed out on living that day. Now one of her personal growth choices is to slow down and enjoy each day for what it is. Really every day has so much to offer, so why not enjoy it thoroughly?
By the way, these deep thoughts came from a wonderful young lady in her mid-thirties. So wise.
And when I told this story to Mom today she said it's called "wishing your life away".
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Little Miss has reached another new milestone, or rather she did a few weeks back and I forgot to share on my blog! She's now pulling up on things and standing! I love seeing her do this and she just grins and grins. Loni said that she'll pull up in her crib and stand there grinning in the mornings. This so reminds me of her Aunt Lynne' when she was little. I
"An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow." ~ Unknown