Thursday, November 27, 2008

2 Peas Thursday Blog Challenge

please feel free to join us if you blog.

Challenge for today~
What is something your thankful for....

The thing I am the most thankful for today is that the girls and I have a roof over our heads. Times are tough and money is tight, but at least I know everyday that the kids are warm and safe. I know that they have somewhere they can play and grow and learn. Someplace they can call their own.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Some more layouts

the challenge over on the Color Combos Galore blog is to use the colors: moccasin - cool copper - dewy green - bistre
Here's what I came up with:
Catalyst #37 : Today you get an extra hour, what will you spend that time on?
Here's my take:

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I felt creative today...

and so I made a bunch of digital scrapbook pages

Creative Therapy Catalysts:
Catalyst #8:What is your guilty pleasure and why does it make you feel guilty?

Catalyst #9: What is something you’re pessimistic about?

Catalyst #10: Tell us someone you miss.

One Little Word
Word #40: Energy

and these were just for fun

Monday, November 24, 2008


Have you ever watched the movie Runaway bride? I've been thinking about that movie all morning. You know the part where Graham asks Maggie about how she likes her eggs and the way she always liked the same kind of eggs as the man she was with at the time. She really didn't ever take the time to figure out how she liked eggs just for herself. I feel like that this morning. The house is way too quiet and I needed to put on some music. Nothing in my playlist was appeasing me. Then I got thinking about my playlist. I got thinking about the songs I've added and why I've added them to my playlist. I realized I am just like Maggie, I have different songs in my playlists from different times in my life when I've had different boyfriends. There is the Plain White T's from when I dated Cory, ACDC from when I dated Rob, James Blunt from Steve, Kid Rock from when I was with Gord. All these songs from my past that I really do love. But not really what I'd listen to just for me. When I really get down to it and think about the music I love just for me it really is a lot different from what I've been listening to the past few years. It's time to get back to discovering what I like - just for me. No more being what I think someone else wants.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thoughtful Friday

99 Things

This has been floating around on Facebook and other blogs and I thought it was cute so here goes what you do is highlight the ones you have done
(I've done 36 of those on the list)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child ( I was adopted does that count?)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (I've been in a tv commercial does that count?)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge

Challenge for today~
Is writing a form of self therapy?
Can be on your blog or a journal

For me writing is definitely a form or self therapy, sometimes even a form of healing. I am able to express myself the truest when I write. What I write comes from the heart, often putting down what's in my heart onto paper helps me to sort things out or see situations in a new way. I blog and I journal for me two wonderful ways to share pieces of what's in me. Whether I share something on my blog or in my journal often depends on the topic and how private it is to me. Writing is so freeing - it allows me to really be myself. Sometimes I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't able to write down what's going on for me. Sometimes it's a deep driven need inside me to get it all out. Writing is the best way I know how.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 17, 2008

Give Me 5 Monday

Give Me Five staples on your grocery list besides milk, bread and eggs.

Here's my 5:
#1 - coffee - doesn't matter the kind as long as I have enough for every morning

#2 - cheese - my favorite evening snack

#3 - sweet pickles to go with the cheese

#4 - clementine oranges

#5 - tortilla chips & spinach dip

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Effer Dare #5

Here's my take on Effer dare #5:

Color Combos Galore #96

This weeks color challenge over at the Color Combos Galore blog was to use the colors: concord grape - cottontail - split pea - hurricane gray

Here's the layout I cam up with:

Teaching my girls photoshop

The last few days thew girls and I have sat down to play in photoshop. The kids wanted to make their own birthday party invitations this year and they were so excited when I told them we could do them on the computer. I honestly thought that photoshop would be way too advanced for them, but oh my did they ever pick it up quickly.
Here's the invitation Emily made with help from Mommy:
And this is the invitation Amber made almost all by herself.

Emily liked making her invitation so much she wanted to make a page to put into an album of her favorite star from tv. She did this one almost completely alone.

Boy, these two sure do surprise me sometimes with what they can do. It was so very much fun sharing this love of mine with them. It's so neat seeing them create.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Creative Therapy Catalyst Thirty Five

Catalyst Thirty Five over on the Creative Therapy Blog is What’s your philosophy of life? (Tell us a quote that conveys it, show us photos from it, express in your own words.)
Here's what I came up with.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 10, 2008

Give Me 5 Monday

Give Me Five techniques you use to aid in writing for your blog or for your journal...whatever helps cure that writer's block.

1. I use pictures to look at which prompt my journaling
2. I blog about what our day-to-day lives are like
3. I blog about my art sharing journaling on my scrapbook pages
4. I find fun prompts like this one
5. I write what comes from my heart

Saturday, November 08, 2008

My Favorite Things Saturday 8/11/08

One of my favorite things was this past Thanksgiving Weekend when the girls asked if they could make their own scrapbook pages. It was fantastic - loved sharing this passion of mine with them

Thursday, November 06, 2008

2 Peas Thursday Blogger Challenge

today's challenge is Why do you write/blog?

funny, I just wrote about this very topic in my journal last night. Here's what I wrote:

"feeling the movement of my pen is such a freeing feeling. love the flow, the movement, the feeling of every aspect of putting my thoughts and feelings down onto paper. Sometimes it feels like I can think clearer when I am putting down my thoughts and feelings. somehow feels like I can speak through my words what's in my heart. let's me be me."

One Little Word #39 - Listen

The blog One Little Word is fantastic. Was looking through all the past words and they are great page starters. Word #39 is Listen. Here's the page I came up with:

journaling reads: the absolute coolest thing in this entire world is when I take the time and stop to listen to the giggles of my little girls. When they giggle you can hear the love they have for each other.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Color Combos Challenge #94 & #95

I am really enjoying participating in the Color Combos Galore Challenges. They are really making me think outside the box using colors that I would not normally choose. I am loving it!

Challenge #94 was to use goldenrod - titanium white - coal - electric lime

Here's what I came up with:

Challenge #95 was to use the colors sienna - chartreuse - straw - grayand here's my layout:

Wordless Wednesday

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