I was going to start this entry by saying good riddance to 2007. But after reflecting, and taking into account my new resolution to be positive, I've decided that with the bad comes good. Sometimes you just have to dig for it!
My resolution for 2007 was to work towards being debt free.
Glen closed his office and moved it back home in April. The office was an unnecessary financial burden, and while its not always easy having everyone home every day, we were lucky to get out of the office lease like we did. By, August, we were merging our company with another. I didn't like the idea at first, but again, it did have its advantages, namely, health insurance. Glen was spending way too much tme away from home. Didn't like that, but regular checks were nice. But by November, the merger fell through, so Glen is back home again. I now share my scrap room with him. He likes working in there because it's clean, and quiet. Same reasons I like it. LOL He really does try to be considerate if I'm in there trying to be creative. The upside to him being home again is that I have cooked exactly ONE MEAL in 2 months! Gotta love a man that loves to cook! LOL
Megan is doing well in school. She managed to wise up and crack down during her sophomore year at college. This is a blessing.
Ethan got his G.E.D right after his 17th birthday and joined the Army. He was medically discharged after 5 weeks. I'm thinking this is a blessing.
Caitlyn made her move into the modeling world. She is pursuing her dream. This is a blessing.
Peyton, well, she is 11 years old. She's a blessing, just cuz I say so. :-)
Our health has been good. This most definitely is a blessing. Our family is together. This is a blessing.
So, in hindsight, 2007 wasn't a terrible year. We did manage to pay off several of our debts, including an expensive truck payment.
Looking forward into 2008, the resolution is a little broader... Create, Simplify, Be Positive.
Create: I am going to schedule time for myself. Here is a sign that my daughter made for my scrap room door.
Simplify: Still working on paying off debt. Also, just say NO. I don't need to fill every square on my calendar.
Be positive: Just like it sounds. Don't dwell on the negative, find the silver lining. There almost always is one if you look hard enough. :-)
Some scrappy challenges that I'm excited about this year:
The blog challenge, right HERE! I've got them all lined up for the year and I think y'all will love it!
The Year in the Life challenge, right HERE! I'll be posting one word each week and altering playing cards. (I posted the box I made to keep them last week, just scroll down to see it.)
The Photo a Week challenge on 123-Scrap.
The Book of Us and the Kitchen Keepsakes challenges on Feeling Scrappy. LOVE these challenges!
I don't know what else I'll do, but this is a good start.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I will see you right here Wednesday morning with our first blog challenge! :-)
If you haven't done so already, you really should set up your Google Reader. It will help you keep track of your friends and their blog updates. Don't forget to add ME! :-)
When you’re finished, post to your blog and let your friends know what you're up to. Feel free to invite them to participate! Name a few of your friends by name. Everyone loves to see their name in lights! Leave a comment on at least 3 of your friends blogs. Everyone LOVES comments!
I'm specifically calling out my best friend Tams! She started her blog early this year and has updated only a handful of times. I know first hand that she's an excellent writer, so I have invited her to join and she has accepted. YAY!
I've also invited all my friends from 123-Scrap to join in and many of them have accepted as well! YAY again! Well, Rach, Pam, Karen, Tammy and Lisa didn't really NEED me to challenge them, as they all do an awesome job updating their blogs already. But they are sweet to support me! :-) And if you love challenges like I do, you need to check out 123-Scrap! New challenges will be posted in a few days! One that I'm super excited about is called Photo a Week. I don't know about you, but I sometimes "forget" to take photos of the every day blessings. So what I end up with is hundreds of photos of holidays, birthdays and Disney, but tend to leave out the beauty and wonder of the every day.
Have fun and I'll be posting the first official challenge next Wednesday! :-)
So, for now, if you're interested, please comment here and/or email me with your blog addy and I'll add you to my Google Reader. :-)
ETA: I figured it out! Under each comment is a little icon that looks like a trash can. Click on it and is asks if you're sure you want to delete it. YEA, BABY! DELETE!!! Off to turn off the moderation! :-)
I'll be doing a lot more altering this year. Here is a CD tin (thanks Colleen!) that I'll be keeping track of all the new creative ventures I accomplish.
I'll also be working on a weekly card challenge. Not card, as in greeting card, but rather card, as in altered playing card. Here is the altered box I made to keep them in, until the end of the year, when I attach all the completed cards to a cornice to attach over the window in my scrap room! I'm super excited about it!
I will also be expanding my horizons as it relates to photography, which is always good to keep me in scrappy projects! LOL
I would love to hear what your scrappy goals are for the new year! :-)
First, the 19 year old sister gave it a whirl.
Maybe she'll have better luck if she leans against a door...
Or not. LOL
Then, you've got the 44 year old dad. NOT a pretty sight. LOL
Finally, they let the kid have her turn. :-)
I hope y'all are having a fun day and that Santa brought everything you wished for! :-)
But today dawned a new day, bright and warm. This is a photo of the sweet gum tree in our backyard. I just love how all the gumballs managed to stay on the tree in spite of the high winds. :-)
It's rainy and gloomy and cold and I walked out on the front porch and this is what I saw. Lovely for the challenge, I thought! :-)
Here's a layout I did from the last class. I printed a photo onto a transparency for the dedication page of my daughters modeling album.
The next class is in January and is all about painting! I'm so excited! I have tons of paint and love using it, but could really use some inspiration on how to use it in new ways! Hope to see you there! :-)
Our first Member of the Month is Colleen! She is well deserving of the title! Check out this layout she did. It's one of my favorites of hers, but all of her layouts are amazing. She teaches me cool things all the time! I'm proud to call her friend! Congratulations Colleen! :-)
Okay, y'all have heard me go on and on about my Mint M & Ms that I hoard each holiday season! Apparently, they aren't widely sold, but check it out! You will all have an opportunity to win your very own bag! Doesn't that sound FUN! Of course, you'll have to come over to Feeling Scrappy on Friday during the Jingle Bell Crop to see how to win this lovely bag of chocolate yumminess! :-D If THIS doesn't entice you, I don't know what will! These minty morsels are to die for! C'mon! You know you want them! LOL See you on Friday!
Speaking of enjoy, I do hope that all of my scrappy friends plan on joining me on Friday at Feeling Scrappy for the Jingle Bell Crop. I ALMOST wish I weren't on the Creative Team... there are some AMAZING prizes to be had! (see post below, plus more prizes have been added to the pot since then!)
And even my other team members don't know that I'm "donating" another prize. What's that? You wanna know what it is? Well, I'm going to show you! Tomorrow! LOL And I promise, if the prizes posted below don't entice you, this one will!!! Stay tuned...
Someday, when Glen and I get all these birds flying on their own, we'll be living on our very own "Little Miss Magic." Seven years and counting... :-D
I hope you'll join me and my friends for a day of fun! And no worries! If you can't call in sick to work, you'll have all weekend to complete the challenges for prizes. But I'd way rather see you there! :-)
Here is my scraplift...
I was happy with this particular lift, although the preceeding one didn't go as well. It's not that the inspiration wasn't there; it certainly was, which is what made me attempt it. Such is the life of a lifter! LOL
I do hope that y'all will come by and welcome our new team! They really are amazing women! Good luck ladies. Inspire on! :-)
Have a happy and safe Halloween! :-)
Also, there still time to try out for the design team call! Hurry, hurry! The call ends Oct. 22nd!
Congratulations to Jenni C.! She actually posted 3 Halloween layouts to Feeling Scrappy, but her name only went in to the hat once for the drawing. I just loved all the embellies on this, including, HELLO! RIBBON!!! Thanks for playing Jenni!
We are into day two of "The Write Stuff" class at Feeling Scrappy and about half of the students have already completed the first assignment. So inspirational, seeing their layouts! I wish I could share, but it's not too late to join in the fun!
The only thing I've had time to scrap lately are the portraits we had done last month. Here is the title page from the second family portrait album. I used Cosmo Cricket's Dutch Girl kit and Daisy D's rub ons.
Enjoy your week and hopefully, I'll get back to the scrapping table soon and I'll be able to share "real" layouts! :-D
Speaking of Feeling Scrappy, do y'all know there's a new Design Team call going on right now? Don't miss being a part of this fun group of gals! Click the link for more details on submission guidelines.
Just a reminder that I'll be drawing on Friday for everyone who posts a Halloween layout on Feeling Scrappy for the ribbon RAK posted in the blog entry below. There's still time, so hurry on over and show me your Halloween layout! :-)
Aren't they the craziest kids? I don't know WHERE they get it from!
:-D This will be so FUN to scrap!
My baby girl has turned into a teenager. Have mercy. On me. LOL Of course, she would absolutely DIE if she knew I posted this on my blog, but it's my revenge for all of the eyerolls I've had to endure in recent weeks. I was thinking about having this pic enlarged and scrapping it. What do you think? Should I do it? :-D
I can't believe September is almost here already! Where did the summer go? But a new month means new fun on the Feeling Scrappy message board! Each month, we have a new avatar theme and they are always CRAZY! (Probably has something to do with the fact that "I" choose the themes! LOL) You will NOT want to miss what crazy thing I have planned for September. At least come over and see the ladies fuss at me! :-D