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Yesterday Emma started the part-day enrichment program at the CDC (Child Development Center) here on the base. Since she’s too young for kindergarten and our area doesn’t have a public pre-school program available, AND the private ones are “junk” here, I figured I would put her in the program at the CDC at least for the social interaction. She seems to be more advanced than the 4 year-olds in the program, at least when judging by handwriting. For me it will be a much appreciated 3 hours with only 2 children and a great opportunity for Emma to spend some time interacting with other kids and getting to to crafts and such, even if she already knows the things they spend time teaching (writing letters, counting, doing the alphabet, knowing shapes and colors, etc.). Here is a picture of her on her first day of “school” as she calls it. I need some advice though. When we tell her to smile, this is the wonderful face that she puts on 🙂 LOL What can I do to “teach” her how to smile? I am thinking we just shouldn’t say anything because a natural look would have to be “better” than this!!! 🙂

Here is a cute picture of Daniel and Sarah together and one of just Daniel. She had been “holding” him and Daddy snapped some pics, and then Sarah wanted to have more taken so he propped Daniel on the chair and snapped these two.

I want to thank Donna for her e-mail in response to my questions. It was reassuring even if it lets me know that he might not grow out of the reflux as soon as I’d hoped or that his hernia might not heal on it’s own. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my e-mail.


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My beautiful sister got married on August 18th and it was the best day of the whole year that she could – it was my birthday! I will forever remember her anniversary and I think that was the secret reason she chose it 😉

Emma and Sarah were her flower girls, and Elizabeth’s colors were white, pink and black. She looked gorgeous and this first picture is of the girls admiring her while the photographer was taking some pictures of her and Aaron, her groom (a.k.a. Uncle Rockstar – he is a man of many talents – he could have gone to Law School but declined his acceptance and was in a band that actually recorded a CD and did some touring around the US, so the girls call him that).

This next picture is of the girls, aren’t they cute?!?!?

This next one is of Elizabeth. Isn’t she just so beautiful (not a question)!!!

Lastly, this is a photo of the whole wedding party.

I feel like a moron, I didn’t get ANY pictures of me with her, or of my family, or of anyone with Daniel (even at the baby shower) while I was there. I hope that her photographer got some good ones and that I get some copies!!!

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I needed to make some thank you cards for a friend's baby shower (as usual, part of the gift I give them) and since I was going to have a friend over stamping with me at the same time, I didn't want them to be too complicated and I don't know how everyone else feels about them, but I LOVE single-layer cards. So, I decided to keep it simple in color and design, and used Pick a Petal to make a huge flower on the card, and then to off-set the large size of the flower, I used the Thank You sentiment from the upcoming Level II hostess set, Vases in Vogue. I made her 12 cards, three of each color. I used Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and Groovy Guava. I thought Soft Sky would be my favorite new In Color, but it's not. It has a little more of a gray tint to it than I like for it to be my favorite. I find myself REALLY liking Purely Pomegranate, and that's not a typical color for me. I usually go for cool colors, greens and blues, but I love the Pomegranate!!!!! Anyway, here are my simple cards, followed by a couple more pictures that I'll explain. Have a great weekend – I hope to get to stamp today, we'll see!!!!

This next picture is of the card that Emma made for her friend Skyler. She did it all by herself as you can see by the little Taken with Teal fingerprints on the card 🙂 She LOVES to stamp – I'm creating a little mini Stamp-a-holic!!!!!

Lastly, THIS is what Tracy won from my last blog candy contest. Sorry it took me so long to post a picture. Unfortunately, I found that the price of shipping appears to have increased from the last time I shipped Blog Candy to Canada, and in the future I will no longer ship blog candy there. Here's why: I like to have substantial blog candy, almost always including a stamp set, so it's not very light-weight. The shipping this time for this blog candy was almost $18 so when you add up that plus how much the actual blog candy cost me, it gets pretty pricey. I know that that will make my Canadian friends sad, but I don't want to just give away paper and ribbons, you know? I'm sorry, but hopefully everyone will understand. Thanks!!!

She got 32 sheets of 6 x 6 patterned paper (by wild asparagus), a little mini scrapbook to cover and fill, LOTS of copper brads, TWO stamp sets (Very Punny and Warmest Regards), some flower die cuts, and some pretty ribbon. Have fun with it Tracy!!!!

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Cards for Shane

After seeing Yvette’s card, I was inspired to get up from the computer and make one for Shane myself. It’s fun for me to do, and I hope that it helps him achieve his dream of 350,000 cards for his birthday this year on May 30th. He’s almost half-way there! Emma wanted to stamp too, so she made him a card all by herself!!!! Proud mommy here, feeling like a puffed up mother hen 🙂 LOL

On Emma’s card, the only thing I did was glue down the one piece of patterned paper and put the brads on – where she told me to!! 🙂 She’s quite the little stamper. I’ll show you what she wrote inside hers, too.

Please take some time to send Shane a card too, handmade or not, and just check out the link that I posted with his name above to find out where to send it to. We can all do something we all LOVE to do anyway to help make his dream come true!
*******It takes 63 cents to mail a card from the US to Canada******** Check this post on SCS for more info on rates – thanks Allison!!!!

Take care!!!

Emma’s card (inside and out):
Stamp Sets: Hip Hip Hooray
Card Stock:
Bordering Blue, Ruby Red, Magnolia paper

Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Old Olive and Bordering Blue markers

Earth Elements brads

Emma’s learning to sound out words, but she most definitely didn’t know how to spell all of this herself 🙂 I told her the letters and she wrote them. It’s so fun to watch her write – especially because she forms all of her letters backwards. I wonder if she’s really a leftie or something!?!?!?

My card (this was good practice for me at making a “boy” card):

Stamp Sets: Wild About You, Linen BG (you can’t really tell , but I inked my BG stamp in Certainly Celery and I “kissed” it to a Certainly Celery, inked-up, stamped-off alligator so that he would have texture)
Card Stock:
Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Magnolia paper
Ink: Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy classic inks, Ballet Blue and Pumpkin Pie markers
Accessories: Celery, Light Blue and Orange grosgrain, Earth Elements brads, stapler

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Recently, as I’ve mentioned before, I helped organize an event here at Laughlin AFB where volunteers
came and stamped cards for the members who are deployed right now from our base. There are 68 or so that are deployed and that’s a lot considering the mission of this base is to train Air Force Pilots, so most of the Active Duty on the base are Officers are deployed. Of that 68, most are enlisted troops from Security Forces, Civil Engineering, and so on. A lot of them leave family members behind, and there are also many of them who are single. Either way, we like to send them care packages to show that (as the name says) we care and miss them and are praying for their safe and speedy return. Well, the card that we made them is obviously the first picture. I kept it simple since almost none of the 15 or so volunteers had ever stamped.

These other pics are a couple I took of the volunteers stamping. What a great way to spend some time doing something for someone else!! Isn’t that what we’re doing MOST of the time as stampers? I don’t think a whole lot of us sit and make cards for ourselves, or even most of the other projects we make. I challenge you to make a card today for someone in the military.

Whether it’s someone you know or you just want to send the card in to someone that’s organizing card collection for the troops, take a few minutes to do it. As everyone likes to say, there isn’t a Hallmark in Iraq (or any other deployed location).

Here are some links to a couple of ladies who are organizing collection of cards to send to troops:

Debbi Dresser

Kyla Maestas

Dawn Griffith

Of course my girls had to stamp while we were there and Emma really wanted me to post a picture of them too, so here they are:

Take care!

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Emma’s Birthday

Four years ago today I gave birth to my little baby girl, Emma. I can’t believe she’s already FOUR!!! The time sure does fly by and I’m sure that when she’s a teenager I will think that it was just yesterday that she turned four. We can’t take any of these days we are blessed with together for granted. You never know what may happen and I think that if we can just remember that we can all be better people. So, happy birthday Emma!!!

She probably wouldn’t consider it a present, but the girls new furniture (beds) arrived today so I got to finish their room. Of course, Peter helped tons too, but you know how us moms are with all of the details. I’ve got more ideas of ways to add cute/fun things in, but will do them slowly instead of all right now. The beds were a pretty big purchase!!!

Here are 3 views of the girls room. The first shows both beds – Sarah’s on the left and Emma’s on the right. Their bed sheets are reversible and of course each of them wanted a different side showing. It will give you a bit of insight into their personalities. Emma is a princess through and through, and Sarah is my tomboy (not that these sheets are boyish at all!) and loves blue, so teal had to do in this case 🙂 We have 3 purple walls and one teal one. The valance I made from the bottom of one of the twin bed skirts since they’re not needed for these beds. In the doorway is a beaded curtain that’s in progress. We bought it at Target and the picture showed it all full of beads, but it only came with TWELVE strands of beads. So, we found another here in Del Rio (Target’s 3 hours away) and I took it apart and added it in and we still need one more that I’ll get next week. We added purple the 2nd time, so I think this next one will be pink beads. They each have a butterfly over their bed – Emma’s is pink and Sarah’s is teal. I’ve still got to make Sarah a name frame, but Emma’s is over her bed (not too visible) and they each have a little framed picture of Christ that I got at a Deseret Book store a long time ago sitting on their headboards. They each lined up their “babies” on the shelf on their headboard – Sarah put her “aminals”, as Sarah calls them, on hers, and Emma’s really are (mostly) babies.

I sure hope they like their new shared room, and more importantly I hope they SLEEP in it!!! 🙂

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While my parents have been here, my hubby has been out of town so he’s been missing out on getting to know our new puppy Gretel. She is super sweet and friendly. Even though we were sad that Peter had to go while they’re here, it was good timing for me and he can meet the little one when he gets back. My parents have been so helpful and I even got some peaceful stamping done today!!! Some of the things we have done this week are: we celebrated Emma’s birthday on Monday so that she could have it with her grandparents, my dad and I went out and hauled dirt to the house from the base’s compost facility, and he and I put it in my front garden area. My mom and I planted a ton of flowers, and I’ve been able to actually keep the house fairly clean – not immaculate, but not super messy either. It has been great! Here are some pics from the princess party and of Gretel.

Of course, they had to dress up as little Princesses:

We had to give Sarah some presents too – they’re both still a little young to understand that it’s the other one’s birthday and they don’t get anything too. It made it more fun to have both of them happy anyway:

Here Emma is while blowing out her candles (the darn camera’s so slow they were all out!):

And HERE is Gretel!!!!

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