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When you thought I wasn’t looking… May 29, 2008

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This is a poem that was posted on my friend Missey’s blog –  With having children, it really spoke to me and actually made me cry.  In the whole scheme of my crazy life, I’m always trying to balance family life with everything else.  This is such a good reminder to me what matters most – my family and my faith.  I just wanted to share it with you and thank Missey for sharing it with me.


When you thought I wasn’t looking

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer,
and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it,
and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities,
even when you didn’ t feel good, and I learned that I would have
to be responsible when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of life’s lessons
that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I looked at you and wanted to say,
‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

Garage sale was a huge success… May 26, 2008

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I know you could care less about our garage sale and whether or not we made any money.  I just have  a funny story to share.  On Friday, the first day of the sale, I was more interested in making money than just giving our stuff away so I would barter back and forth with people.  I don’t know why, but it irks me that someone only wants to pay $1 for something marked $5.  Anyhow, by Saturday I was just ready to get rid of stuff and really didn’t care.  I gave away $45 worth of stuff for $30.  So, funny story…my husband would not give a $2 shirt to an elderly woman for $1.50.  I loved it!  This little lady comes over to the table and asks if I would take $2 for (2) shirts priced each at $2 (so $4).  I looked at Eric and he said he would take $3 for the 2 shirts.  Well, this upset the lady so she decided to only buy one and then wanted it for only $1.50 and he wouldn’t give.  He stuck to his guns.  She did buy the shirt.  I think she wanted to throw it in his lap, but she bought it.  Still cracks me up. 

By the way, my husband read bits and pieces of my blog tonight and I don’t think he liked the “10 lbs” post.  Wait until he reads this…



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I took about 500 pictures last month.  You can imagine how many I take in a year.  We will be headed to the beach soon and I know I will fill up my card a couple of times – thank goodness for digital!  My children are used to seeing a camera in my hand.  So much so, that Leah poses with her hands on her hips,  Kami runs from me and Brooke – well, she hasn’t caught on yet.  I’m always in search of the the perfect photo.  I also keep thinking of the 3 pictures I have of myself when I was an infant…yep, that’s right – 3!  I was the third child and apparently, there wasn’t enough time to take pictures of me! 

Speaking of photography, I attended a seminar last week with my friend Holly (thanks again Holly).  The main focus of the seminar was lighting and it was given by Ed Pierce.  I was quite impressed and quite overwhelmed.  Do you know when you have your professional photos taken that the photographer is looking at your face/body for your imperfections?  Yes, they’re looking to see if one ear is higher than the other or if your eyes are level or if your forehead is too big.  Their main objective is to make you look good, so they immediately look for your flaws and configure the best lighting to hide them.  I  did not know this, nor do I ever think about it when taking photos.  Now, everytime Holly takes our family pics, that’s all I will think about!  I’m not sure she can compensate for my numerous flaws!  She has been known to cut off part of my arm to make it skinnier. 🙂

OK, so I started telling you about how many photos I take.  Thought I would share some from the past month…

 How can you not love a face like that!

I walked into the laundry room and found Kami sitting in Brooke’s carseat.  Seems we all would like to be younger…

Leah had “cowboy day” at preschool…this is her eating breakfast in her pretty princess cowgirl hat.

This is a picture of Brooke’s first major boo boo.  She’s pulling herself up to a standing position all the time now.  She was standing beside the couch and biffed it.  Her face slid down the side of the couch as she was going down.  Ouch! 

Kami didn’t want anything to do with the cowboy hat.  We had to bribe her with chapstick in order to keep it on.  Chapstick is a favorite in our house.

Sleepy girl Brooke fell asleep while eating.  Love this picture!

Hope you enjoyed them! 




Last day of school… May 24, 2008

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Leah had her last day of preschool this week.  They had a little graduation ceremony which was cute.  Leah was sad to leave her friends and I was sad for her.  I’m also sad that she’s a big girl now headed to kindergarten.  I don’t want her to grow up…

Here’s a pic from the ceremony.


Go Figure… May 22, 2008

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So Tuesday when I was having a stressful day with all this craziness I bring on myself, I proceeded to eat my normal bagel plus a donut and later a poptart and later my lunch plus some ice cream and later my dinner plus half a Daffin’s chocolate bunny.  Wouldn’t you know when I hopped on the scale the next morning – I had lost 2 lbs!!!!  Go figure…


Paper, Paper, Paper May 20, 2008

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Oooooo exciting!  I met with the printer today.  All 30 designs were handed over.  I should have the proofs in a couple of weeks.  Once I sign off on the proofs, then comes the printing of the paper.  Woo Hoo!  I have all these emotions running wild – excitement, anxiety, fear… 



10lbs May 18, 2008

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Why is it I always have 10 lbs to lose?   I’m sitting here with my husband on the couch and he’s eating a chocolate brownie with ice cream on it.  It smells yummy.  I would love some but I’m headed to the beach in a couple of weeks and I need to get into a bathing suit!!!!  Aaaahhhh! 


Garage Sale

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So I’m getting ready to have a garage sale.  With our family increasing in size each year (we’ve added 2 little ones in the last 2 years) – we seem to have accumulated sooooo much stuff!  I am completely overwhelmed!  I don’t know how a family of 5 can have so much stuff!!! 

I started organizing earlier in the week and the first day Leah saw all of her toys that were for sale, she cried.  The last time we had a garage sale we sold her workbench.  She still remembers that!  One thing that she wants to sell is the game “Operation”.  It was an Easter present from the Easter bunny but Leah does not like it!  She hides behind the chair anytime anyone else plays it.  I’ve convinced her to keep it so that she can play with her cousins – we’ll see. 

I’m having mixed feelings with selling some baby stuff.  I know in my mind that we’re done, I’m just not mentally ready to get rid of everything.  I guess there’s still a possibility for more still lurking…  We really need to fix that!



Cards… May 14, 2008

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I’m going to load a few cards.  I apologize for the graininess of the cards – I’m using a new scanner and did not scan them at a very high resolution.  These are the cards I used for my cardmaking party this past weekend.  If you would like to know any of the items used for the cards – shoot me an e-mail. 

I recently bought a Cuttlebug and several embossing folders.  I love this embossed paper!! 

Love, love, love kraft paper!!!

Thanks for looking!!




Pictures May 13, 2008

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OK, so I finally got some pictures in here.  Yeah!  Hopefully more to come.