Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ok having some fun today....wanna play?

Life is a little crazy this week, Kate has been out of town for 3 days.
So I am going to stir things up.

I am not sure who reads this , and allot of you comment anonymous so that doesn't help either.
Please put your name in your post.

So here we go.

I am going to open it up to questions....anything goes.

I will answer each one here by the weekend.

Then I will will randomly pick one of the questions as the winner, you will receive a little gift package from me full of some great scrapping supplies.

So ask away, anything you want to know.....should be fun!

Ok off to the store.

Monday, May 28, 2007

a Wonderful Weekend!

So nice, so much fun, so family.
It was good to spend time together, doing things, hanging out and visiting with friends.
I know the next couple weekends I will be at the store allot so it was nice to have 3 days to hang with Kate and Josh. We played golf, we saw Pirates of the Caribbean III ( awesome) and spent sometime just cuddling.
I didn't get any scrapping done, but got photos organized, spent sometime cleaning my room some and just relaxed allot. I think that is important sometimes. So many demands and things to do all the time it is nice to not beat yourself up for not getting things done.
Missing Sammy today, sat out at her tree for a while and just remembered the many times we shared in 15 years. She was the best dog ever. She will never be forgotten.

Friday, May 25, 2007


That is what it is all about, It isn't about the bad stuff, it isn't about who won American Idol, it isn't about what needs to be done. It is all about this. It is all about what we have together, because this is what we could lose so fast. The bills will still be there, the chores will still be there, and TIVO will hold all the shows you want to watch. The Internet can suck you in, and there is so much to see and do on here. But remember what is right in front of you changing every single day. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Can't we just forget about it Mom

Those are the words that Josh says to me after he has done something wrong sometimes.
He, as most children want to just move on, get to the good stuff. For the most part I think they are right. Not always. Sometimes there has to be consequences to the action. But for the most part, the talking after and the "I will never do that again" is enough.
It is such a hard line sometimes as parents. We just try and do our best.

I was doing a bit of blog hopping this morning and came across Jessica Sprague's blog I found it thru Sarah's blog. I am loving this ladies since of humor, her love of life and LOVING her photoshop tips. I am going to start doing more in there.

But, today as I was reading she had a quote on her blog that I just knew I was suppose to read.

”Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

That just says it all. All that I need to hear this morning to get going and make this another stellar day. I think sometimes we just get up and think this is going to be a continuation of yesterday, or this week, or this month. Especially when the days have been less then what we want. When we are tired, we are doing things to just get by. We are complaining there are not enough hours in the day.

I think this is a good reminder for me. That yesterday is done, today is a whole new day. It doesn't have to be like yesterday, and there is no reason to keep thinking about what yesterday was all about. It will only waste some of today.

So here I go ....wanna come? High Spirit....ready for whatever today throws at me.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Rainbow says it all!

The Rainbow that came when we were at the reception was just fitting of the day. Our two friends Jodi and Karen got married this weekend. They have been together for 12 years, and I was there in the beginning. So this day is so special to me also. Karen and Jodi met one another on the Internet, in a chat room. The 3 of us met one another there also, 12 years ago.
It was a great ceremony and just wonderful to see them enjoying it so much. I swear with these two it never gets old. They seem to have found what it takes to keep the spark alive. Something that isn't that easy for most.
The Cake was very cool. It was vows around the whole cake. I really couldn't get over how beautiful that was.
It is always great to go to weddings, the love you feel in that day at the moment, the memories of your own wedding day. It was fun to share with everyone and I wish Jodi and Karen many many more years of happiness.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oh Canada!

How can you not look at that face everyday and not fall in love! Josh you are my miracle, and I love you so much. You are just amazing!!!
Tommorrow we are leaving for Canada. Two of our friends are getting married up there. They have been together for 10 years and they were trying to wait it out in the USA for it to become legal. Yep they are two womyn. But thier hopes of it happening anytime soon have been dashed.
I got an email today form K, and she told me that J's brother that was suppose to be her best man has just informed her...3 days before the wedding that he can not do it. He could not stand there while they got married, because "because it goes against God's natural law and that he can't attend a "ceremony that honors this transgression" I have no problem with any one's believes. What I have a problem with is...why in the hell did he accept this and then 3 days before back out. Was it just to make it even more devastating to his sister?
Sorry but I feel so badly for J, and this womyn has done nothing but support her brother through all his shit. And believe me, he has needed her many times.
Ok I got that out.
We are going to join friends and celebrate these two great ladies day. I am so excited I will be taking pictures for them and then doing an album for them. I just can't wait!
So have a great weekend. Be honest with each other, and it is ok not to agree with someone else's believes. Just don't pretend.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

44 going on being a lady...

So some of you have been following me the past week on this little journey, this journey has been a long time coming. Dresses, nails , pedicures, it all sounds so normal to most girls. Well as most of you know....I am not most girls. Not that I am not a girl, cause I am. I just never got into all the girly things, they seemed so much a waste of time. So self centered. Now 44 years later, I finally have is ok to care about is ok to want to be pretty.

It wasn't easy, I mean how do you do things a certain way for so many years and then just change...just like that! Well you really don't, you think about it for years, you want it for months, and then you struggle with yourself for days.

Everyone sees the leap you take, but only a few know the journey that has gotten you here.
I know that in the whole scheme of things, this is not a big deal to many. I mean nails, dressing up it is a daily routine for so many. What is the BIG deal???

Let's just say, I am no longer a child, I am an adult. I no longer need to do things with a child's mind. I get to be the adult, I get to make my own choices. I don't have to be anyone or anything that I don't want to be, I get to be who I want to be. The emotions that come with that statement are more freeing then most will ever know.

I also want to thank womyn that have come into my life. The ladies that have shown me love and compassion. You all know who you are, or at least I hope I have told you more then once what you mean to me. You have accepted me for who I am, and are also there now watching me grow and accepting this also. I owe so much to all of you, you are a big reason that I am still here seeing what this wonderful life has yet to bring.

So in about a month I will be 45 years old. A year I thought I would never see. Here I am still growing, learning, and loving. Life is truly an amazing adventure...and with every twist and turn, it only gets more amazing. So just when you think that maybe you don't want to see what else life has to throw at you.....remember this little story of a girl that is glad she has the chance to still become a lady.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's day...what a special day!

Because of this sweet face! He planted me my Mother's day garden on Sunday, you see some of it behind him. This has been a tradition that Kate and Josh started about 5 years ago. I really look forward to it each year. It is so wonderful to see what flowers they will plant every year. Kate told me yesterday Josh had his new ipod shuffle playing the whole time he was planting. He is loving having his own little ipod now, I love that he loves music and he just starts dancing and singing when he is listening.

So in closing, I had one wonderful day!
Josh made it very special, and I am so blessed to have him for a son!
Hug your child tonight, tell them how much you love them.
Remember...every day is Mother's day!!

Mother's day Part 1

I wish all Mom's today a great day! It is so fun to have a day to honor Motherhood, even tho everyday is an honor to be someones Mom. (Even those days it isn't the funnest day in the world).

Today has been a dream come true.

I mean in every sense of the word a dream.

I know motherhood is a "surprise" to some, some it is a planned thing.

However you become a mom, it is truly one of the best things that can happen in ones life.

Of course this is just my opinion, but I strongly believe this.

My journey to become a mom started in 1997, when I met the womyn of my dreams.

Kate was the first womyn I had ever met that I knew right from the start that I wanted

to have a child with.
I knew I didn't want to be a single parent, altho many times I was about to give up hope of finding a partner that would be a parent with me. So I can't say I wouldn't have done it, but I didn't want to go that route.

So the week after our first date, I started with the doctor appts, making sure I would be able to have a baby. Knowing it wouldn't be an easy road, we started the long journey.

The short....2 miscarriages, 7 trys over 2 1/2 years and Joshua was born.

It was not a fun journey, but it was a priceless one. I feel so blessed every day. Even those days it feels like not such a blessing to be disciplining him, or trying to teach him a tough lesson, or watching him make a mistake...and knowing this is all part of the process of becoming the man he will become.

So this brings me to today, 7 years later when my little guy wakes up and the first words from his mouth are "Happy Mom's day"

I could have burst into tears right then and there. I hugged him so tight, he had to tell me to let him go. Josh doesn't fully realize how much I dreamed of hearing those words for so many years. I try and show him everyday how much I love him and how special he is to me. I can only hope I am doing a good job.

So after the breakfast in bed, and the golfballs, golf glove and kisses and hugs. He hands me this piece of paper they did in school. ( Always love those little things he makes in school)

So this is what it is all about, I am so using these in my scrapbook! This is part one of today, there is more to come.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Happy Stuff!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

In honor of mother's day, I made this layout for you. Love ya!

Hope you like it, and stop crying all over the computer keys.

See ya in 6 weeks!

I FINALLY got the whole banner thing!

I can't tell you how HAPPY that makes truly is the little things.
So today has been a great day so far. I hope it just gets better and better.
It is shaping up to be a great weekend.
I am going to scrapbook a bit.
Eat at the Melting Pot.
Spend time with Kate and Josh.
See, told ya it was going to be a great weekend.
OH and for those of you that are having fun with my "Piggie" post. Just wait, you are going to lose your bets. These nails have to stay on for at least a week, till the wedding. Oh also, wait for the more shocking is coming. I will post a little warning, that all liquid be clear from your computer area. (Lisa, did you get that wine cleaned up yet?)
All the GREAT Moms out there, have a wonderful day on Sunday. I hope your kids hug you and if they can't be there they call and you get to hear "I love you, Mom!" Also everyone better call their Moms also!!
Ok that's about it for me...need to go check the movie listings!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Action! Lacrosse style..

So I thought I might have pushed some of you over the edge with my post yesterday, and there is more to come on that...I just have to let some of you recover.
So today on a lighter note we will go back to my favorite subject....JOSH!
I went to his lacrosse practice last night for the first was amazing.
Fun to photograph.
I have to say sending 20 something boys out there with sticks, just something you try to avoid most of the time. When trying to whack the ball out of each others nets, well lets just say the aim of a 7 year old boy is sometimes not that great. Now you know why they get all the armour.
I have to say they do have alot on for protection, it takes about 20 mins to get them all geared up.
It brought back memories of when he played soccer at 3 , and they all look like a little swarm of bees, all trying to get at the ball.
So there ya go....and I am sure there are more pictures to come.
Enjoy the sunshine today!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

This little piggie...

Is all PRETTY! Yep tis the season...Spring that is. Come on ladies, don't go out there in the cruel cruel world without your piggies all pretty!
Now if you would all stop choking and laughing, those of you that have known me more then a couple years.
See, I am not exactly your "girly girl" type. (Yes I know big shock for you all)
But I have seen myself changing over the past few years. I see myself liking some of the girly stuff. I so love getting my piggies done, and (Please be seated for this)
I have made an appt to get a full set of gel nails on Monday night!
I know, I know, I was shocked as those words came out of my mouth also.
I am excited too, isn't that just weird!
I may be doing other things, but I really think I have probably put some of you into enough shock for one day...I know some of your hearts probably can't take much more.
So go do something girly! It is so much fun!!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Thank you 43 times!

Thank you to everyone that supported Josh in the Race for Education. He ran 43 laps on Friday, it was a beautiful day and he hardly stopped for the hour that he raced. He is very excited that he might have done the most laps for a 1st grader.

It was a great event, and since it is our only fundraiser all year we really go all out for it. We had 20,000 dollars already collected before the kids even started racing. Then there will be the donations of the people that supported by the lap for each child.

I know people have mixed feelings about fundraisers for the schools, and I know most of you get numerous asking for donations throughout the year. But I like this that we only do the one a year, we get good donations and it is over.

I know alot of other schools did this also this year, but kept all the other fundraisers as well. That would just be too much.

In other happenings this weekend....Saturday was National Scrapbook day and I spent it with my peeps at memory lane, pa. ( You know the greatest little scrapbook store ever!) We had a full day of make n takes, cropping, eating a even a little drinking. It was a wonderfully exhausting day. Then Sunday I took Josh up to the store and he had a class with Julie Boardman to make a little Mom book. It came out so great and here is a great shot of Josh and William working with smiles. Damn they are cute.
So I hope you all had a great weekend. Have a wonderful week, and lets all do a page about your Mom or a special woman in your life. It is a little challenge we have on our message board, and I would love to see everyone join in. I will post mine here when I am done.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Kate turns 49!

It was a happy happy birthday. 49 and she doesn't look it. She might feel it somedays but we all do on those days. I can't believe next year we will be celebrating the big 50! Also 10 years of marriage. WOW! If all works out we will be going to Alaska and having a great time. We have definitly learned that you need to do a few things on that "list of things I want to do" . I hope we have many years to do those things and also add to that list.
Josh loves giving his Mom flowers, he picked out this wonderful bouquet because it was yellow and yellow is Kate's favorite color. I love yellow, it just breathes life into anyday.
Here is my fav picture of the day. I love shutting of the lights and the flash and capturing these shots. I hope Kate enjoyed her day and presents. Love the smiles and fun we enjoyed.