Monday, December 24, 2007

For Layle's Challenge @ Method Playground

A little Christmas Challenge by Layle Koncar at Method Playground blog.
The challenge was to stamp on raw chipboard. Well, I took an entire 8.5 x 11 sheet of chipboard and stamped this Heidi Swapp damask pattern down one side to create a boarder. I used the StazOn ink in Jet Black for this. Round chipboard Accents and label are by Scenic Route, photo corners are from JoAnn Craft Essentials line., misc. ribbon.
TFL and have a Merry Little Crafty Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Children make the Holidays Sweeter!

Zak's little gift bag makes me smile, the picture he drew...the message he precious!

Matthew's handmade decoration and ornament; gifts to our family. The biggest gift from him is his appreciation for Holidays around the World, what he teaches us about other cultures and celebrations that are different from ours.

Children make the holidays brighter, sweeter, so memorable! I'm blessed and these boys and their little gifts make me happy!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Quote of the Week

"I have decided not to hand out homework this week. The students have been working very hard in the classroom and I'm presenting them with a free homework pass for this week." ENJOY!!!!!!

from our 2nd Grade Teacher! Yippee!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Teacher Gift Tuesday!

A little Christmas mug full of pencils and some handmade bookmarks for our favorite 4th grade Teacher. Pure Sweetness when it's given with lots of love and appreciation from this little pupil.

We love our teachers at Christmas and everyday!

Potluck Monday

Nothing screams the holidays like a good ol' potluck! I'm so blessed to have so many really nice co-workers that I also consider my friends. We had a great spread of food at our potluck; good eats, lotsa laughs, and a fun gift exchange.

Everyday in December is busy, it's hectic, but it's great to take time for some fun....I do love Christmas time.

Monday, December 17, 2007

In front of the Christmas Tree

Zak has a Christmas party and program coming up. I just love hearing him sing and hum and practice the songs to himself. He's keeping the entire set a secret. His party is going to be a "Snowman" Party. We are in charge of the "snowballs" or the white cupcakes, which I'm sure they will decorate.

Matthew has a "Christmas Around the World Party" that he's looking forward to. His school and his class is VERY culturally diverse, it's the perfect theme for this class and this age. They will get to sample foods that originated in each of the different countries that each child's ethnic background represents. My little "Mueller" will represent Germany. So we learned that the gingerbread dates
back as early as the 1800's and orginates from Germany. How lucky that it happens to be one of our favorite recipes of this season!

So lucky me! A busy week ahead of cupcake and cookie baking with these little guys by my side to lick the bowls. (Well, except the tiny one...he just gets the occasional carrot treat.)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Sketch 3 of 3 for December

I'm not a huge fan of sketches, but who has time to scrap and come up with new designs in December?! Not me! Sketches are such a great way to scrap when you really feel like doing something creative, but can't spend the entire day devoted to it. I'm liking them more and more. This is my last of the 3 sketches for a December challenge over at

Now back to licking envelopes and mailing out my Christmas cards.

A Mother's Christmas Card

This is a Christmas Card that will never land in anyone's mailbox. You see, it has dirty little knees and distracted little smiles in it. It's the one that's just not quite "perfect" enough to mail to the entire database of names. It is the card that shows a moment of brotherly love and an embrace that not many others could understand or appreciate, not like a Mom does. It shows all the dimples that warm this shows the grins of silly boys. This photo captures all the smiles of a very mischeivious moment when the boys toyed with the idea of jumping in the stream below. It's a Christmas Card that only a Mother could hold dear to her heart...the one with the dirty little knees.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sketch 2 of 3

A layout of our fun time at the fair when the kids both won a pet fish. We named them Flip and Flop that day, when their water got dumped out and we almost lost them! They are still both alive by the way, they are hearty little fish!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hey Look!.....It's Santa!!!!!!!!!!!

I got to see Santa!!!!!!!!!!!! It still makes my heart skip and it fills me up with joy to see Santa. I mean how could you not be HAPPY to hug him?!!! It truly made me smile to take his picture and get a hug from Santa. Guess I'm still very much a kid at heart! I just love Santa!!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sketch Challenge for December

I'm scrapping whenever I have time this month. This layout was created from a sketch by Krista at Scrapvillage. The Villagers are challenged to upload 25 layouts in December. I'm doing my part by contributing at least 3. This is my first of the 3 sketches.

I like the challenge, plus it will help me to fill up Rich's "all about him" album.

Thank you for the sketch Krista!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Playing Santa Claus

Mailing this out to my Secret Santa Pal today! It's fun to send someone a box full of Christmas goodies. I wonder who is my Secret Santa pal this year??????? I can't wait to find out, I'm excited!

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Love the United States Postal Service

For delivery of 1 very special care package, filled with lots of love, to Baghdad. We sent pictures, drawings, cards, letters to my Army Brat nephew, Tyler. He's one very special "Army Guy". He and his troop will have lots of treats and goodies to share at Christmas time. I sure miss him and can't wait to see him again one day in June of '08.

My prayers to him and all the other soldiers that are away from home this holiday season.

The Season of Joy

This Christmas season I'm spending quality time with my kids. Today we baked a fresh batch of Gingerbread Boys. We all enjoyed the process and made sure that everyone got a turn to be involved.

We used to buy the store bought rolls of sugar cookie dough, but this year was special because we made our own dough from scratch. What a difference it makes in the taste. My kids also got to experience feeling a real sense of pride for having done something that they can call "homemade".

Baking Gingerbread boys, so simple and so fun.
It's one of those special things that I get to do with my boys that they enjoy and that I know I'll always remember for years and years.

Recipe from the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book

Gingerbread People
Chill: 3 hours
Bake: 5 minutes per batch
View Nutrition Facts Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter (or shortening)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
Royal Icing
Assorted colors of paste food coloring

1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ground cloves; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter for 30 seconds with an electric mixer. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, molasses, and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in ginger and as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Cover; chill dough about 3 hours, or overnight, or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough using 5-inch gingerbread people cookie cutters. Arrange the cutouts about 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Pipe designs on cookies with tinted Royal Icing. Makes about 25 gingerbread people.

To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store piped cookies at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw, and if desired, pipe with icing.

Royal Icing: In a small bowl combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons meringue powder, and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Stir in 1/4 cup warm water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional warm water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until of glazing consistency. To tint, divide the glaze into small portions. Add enough paste food coloring or liquid food coloring to each portion to make desired color.

Quote of the Week

"We are pleased to report that the mammogram demonstrated no evidence of cancer"

The Breast Center


Saturday, December 01, 2007

It's a wonderful life - journal for '08

This was so fun to make! A few tags, a coaster from Disney, blank cards, and old envelopes later.....

Friday, November 30, 2007

Quote of the Week

"I got my eyes checked at school and I could see all the letters, even the smallest row! The lady said, Wow! you see so good that I bet you could even see around corners"

Zachary, 7

November 29, 2007

Dear Mike

I wint to my grama's house for Thankgiving. I ate mash ptado with grave, an corn, and terike. After I ate dinner I had a Fat boy. It is like a ice crem sowich. Thin I played a game with my gramy.

Your Frend


P. S. Mom, don't read the stuff in my backpack! ;)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Journal Book - a work in progress

I'm having fun working on this journal book for '08. My front cover still needs a title and some bling. I tore out the guts of a comp. book and used that as my cover piece.

The inside pages are stamped and embellished with some of my favorite papers and tags.

It will be great to start the new year with a new book for journaling.

:) reen

Monday, November 19, 2007

I remember ....tiny boots at my door

How quickly he's grown from tiny boy to young school boy. We used to go "puddle hunting" together. We used to spin and jump in the rain. It was messy, but I let him and brother scream and squeek and laugh outside in the the rain. I cherish the memories of our days at home together....those days when they were little and left "tiny boots at my door".


Sunday, November 18, 2007

15 Years of Service

My Richie was honored last night at the Company Party for his 15 years of service. He was given a beautiful Waterford Crystal eagle that has a mohogany stand and is engraved with his name and 15 years of service.

Every year they go over the top with his Co. Party and this year was no exception. It was a Hawaiian theme. The night began when we were greeted with beautiful orchid leis that were shipped in from Hawaii. We were entertained by Hawaiian dancers with traditional cultural song and dance from Hawaii. It was a really beautiful evening. The party committe really captured the look and feel of Hawaii with all of the decorations, music, dancing.
The owners got VERY nervous when the dancers came out with fire torches!!! They were quickly escorted off stage, as we were all sitting under the "fire sprinklers"! Whew! Thank goodness those didn't get set off! All the other dances were really quite beautiful and we went on to have a very nice dinner and enjoy the awards, without incident. It was a beautiful evening.

So guess where I want to go for a vacation? Hawaii! I think it must be a beautiful place and a lovely culture. I hope we get to go one day, I know I would love it. Until then, I'm sure thankful for last night, such a nice evening out and a little taste of the islands.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Simple Scraplift

In a typical day :

I will go to my job and work a few hours, pick up kids, do homework, fix dinner, clean dishes, fold laundry, scrub counters, read to kids, check the mail, hug a boy, talk to know the routine. When and how do I make time for my hobby? by keeping it borrowing a design :) Yes! I can still enjoy some "me" time and scrap. This simple LO lifted from a Designing with calendar.

Monday, November 12, 2007

art journal fun

I blew the dust off of my art journal that I started back in February. I know it's been a totally busy year with my getting back into the work force, but seeing all those blank pages in my art journal made me realize that my focus has not been on creating. Well, this weekend I changed all that and packed a tote and supply bucket and headed to the cabin.
This is a tiny bit of what I did during my own personal little cabin crop.
The bird card is actually a $10 off coupon from Target....after I used it I thought ..."oh shoot, am I going to wish I had that when I get to the checkout line"? nah! I just loved the little bird and it was prefect for my own personal quote:
"the best wings in life are those that are rediscovered"
The page with the little house?? well the house was made out of a Starbucks sleeve, turned inside out. The little grass is made out of cut felt flowers. The quote I made up says,
"home is where we hang our heart".....hence the giant heart.
kinda quirky?? Maybe! but pretty fun to just create for the sake of playing in this old art journal again.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Quote of the Week....

"God has blessed me with so many wonderful things in my life and I will spend my entire life trying to figure out why...."

Carrie Underwood - CMA Awards 2007 Female Vocalist of the Year

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Game Day Central

There's just something fun and special about going back to my old stoppin' grounds at Fresno State. Hearing the school song, watching the band play, and even 2 B-1 Bombers flying over head. Exciting times!! Just being on the college campus instantly takes me back to my college days and the feelings of fun, excitement, and spirit come flooding back. We got free pom poms at the entrance and had such a good time cheering on the Bulldogs!

We always take the opportunity when we are on campus to stress to our boys the importance of going to college. The importance of going back as an Alumni and supporting our school. I think they get the idea that we expect them to go to college.

I'd love for them to become Bulldoggies and go to Fresno State someday, but Rich has bigger dreams for them to go to Stanford, USC, or an Ivy league school. I don't even want to think about them leaving for college yet! I'm glad that Rich dreams big for them, they need a Dad that can give them the confidence that they can succeed.
I want to enjoy them just a few more short years before they make that big step. I know it will happen all too soon for me, but for today we enjoy our Alma Mater...Fresno State!

Go Dogs!!

Red Vine anyone?