I was reeling from being up all night after having doubled up on my birth control pills because I foolishly thought I had skipped one the day before.
I was a nervous wreck wondering if it was going to rain on the most important day of my life- I "needed" perfect weather! LOL!
I was a basket case when I went down to the reception hall and saw the NEON flowers on my wedding cake because of the hot humid weather!(Luckily the decorator came out and replaced them all!) I totally freaked out when I again went into the reception hall and found my Precious Moments Cake Topper laying in a zillion pieces on the floor (luckily my tastes have changed since then... we did manage to find a replacement- but not the same one. Interestingly enough- it broke a few years later when it fell off the shelf in our new house!)
Scott went to put on his tux only to find that he had a huge hole in his rented formal wear shoes...
Two of the groomsmen go to get dressed and discover they have black ties instead of sable grey ones like they are supposed to have.
I'm worried that no one will show up to my wedding since a girl at my dad's previous church decided to get married on the SAME day and moved her wedding up so that everyone would come to hers first! (Not to worry= the church was packed and those sweet people STILL talk about how beautiful our wedding was!)
I was a 18 year old child who thought she knew exactly what life and love were all about... BOY! was I wrong... but I got to grow up with the most wonderful man a girl could ever hope to marry.
I could never have imagined how cool our life would be- that we would have two incredible teenagers, a thriving business, a beautiful house- in general a truly wonderful life.
I couldn't picture being able to say that I had been married for more than half my life- but I can say it now, loud and proud. I love this man. He is an incredible blessing in my life. The best decision I ever made was to marry him in spite of all the logic reasons why I should've waited till I was older.
I was so happy to go to my mailbox yesterday and FINALLY find my October CK in the stack! In it, is the first layout I created for HOF this past year. It's about a bracelet that Scott got for me right after I returned from Brazil last year. I love that Rachel chose this layout for this particular article. What a kick to get it the night before our anniversary. Here's a picture of the cover and the page form the article... the article is called "My Best Resource? YOU!" and it's about editors being inspired by our layouts... a cool concept. I loved the article and Scott was thrilled that the journaling made him "look so good"... LOL : )
p.s. Happy Anniversary to friend Laurie and Jim who also got married nineteen years ago today! Don't worry- she wasn't the one who tried to "steal my day"- we didn't even know each other then... just another cool coincidence we have in common! : )
where as his sister tries to look cool and sophisticated... well, let's just say Chase doesn't have it in him. His photo shoot for back to school started out with him trying to look cool and quickly deteriorated into this... bunches of silly shots of my new sophomore! It was a happening day... so quiet at home and no one complaining about being bored. The good news? Chase is taller than all the cute girls this year- guess summer was good to him. Here's to being a soph! Hope the year goes fast!
and you probably don't care... BUT... Traci has called me out- so here goes!
1. I was eighteen when I got married and as of August 30th, I'll have been married for 19 years- that's more than HALF MY LIFE! YIKES! But I still like him so I guess it's ok! ; )
2. Laurie and I got married on the same day and year... How fun is that?
3. I am obsessed with drinks that are TOTALLY FULL of ice... and NO a scoop of ice is NOT enough! It must be crammed full of ice in order for me to be really happy to have it!
4. Scott and I have bought more than 60 cars in our 19 years of marriage... you do the math. But, I've been driving my current car for a year now so it's a good sign that we're getting better about shopping at the mall instead of the car lot. If we had the capital, he'd own a car dealership in a flat second.
5. You might think we're silly, but we've also lived at 14 different addresses since we've been married. Again, you do the math. Does that make us crazy? Maybe... but I like to think we're adventuresome... Suffice it to say that I love where I am at now and SOoooooooooooo happy to be staying here.
So, who to tag next? Hmmmmmmmm... I think I'll vote for friend Laurie... she needs to update her blog anyway... and we do have that anniversary thing in common...
like the new banner? Just a little something to have fun and remind me of how important my focus is. Whatever I really focus on becomes my reality. So if I focus on the negative, my life is not a pleasant thing.when I focus on the positive, amazingly, things start to pick up. It's about choices. I get to choose... I also have the responsibility to choose wisely. And so, I try to remind myself that there are two ways to look at every situation. I don't want to be "little miss Pollyanna"... but I also can't afford to be the "eternal pessimist". And so, today I choose the positive. i choose to see the good. I choose to claim that "all things work together for good". I choose to remember that God has a purpose and a plan for everything that happens... He promises a hope and a future. I choose to focus on that. The glasses that you see in my banner hang in my office. I love them! They're a fun way to remember to "focus on my focusing". I hope that this post is an encouragement to you. I don't get too "deep" or "introspective" very often. Enjoy it while it lasts... or endure it. It's all in your focus. : )
life is full of things to work on... your job, your hobby, your relationships, etc. You get the idea. There's always something that could use a little work. Right now, I'm trying to figure out what needs the most work... is it my house? the kids? the office stuff? my dreams? what to work on next? Full of questions... and not many answers. I guess I need to work on figuring out what to work on... LOL! But Katie has found something to work on... her new job. The kid is becoming a genius about the 9 billion kinds of jeans offered for every type of body at the Buckle. It's fun to watch her be excited about the start of something new in her life... and watching her make plans for all the cool clothes she wants to buy with her hard earned commissions. I'm happy she's got something fun to do that's good for her too... but I have a feeling her mom and dad are gonna be broke from her using her "discount"... we've gotta work on a budget plan for that girl... Maybe that's what I need to "work on" first...
Nothing like a good haircut and color to perk up your week. Went to a new salon this time (on friend Miley's recommendation) and I loved it. : ) Such a cool space... great colors... reminds me of my house! : ) Happy. I like the way my hair turned out... it's a shorter, darker version of me... not too bad. This week is all about the office and the computer. Working on a never ending project and hoping it'll all pay off down the line. Surely it will... On other fronts, Katie has started back to school, gotten and job, and is dealing with girl drama at school. I hate girl drama! Why can't they all just mind their own business and leave each other alone! UGH! It's a wonder that their antics last night didn't have more serious consequences... I won't go into it all here but suffice it to say that I am totally annoyed with girls who are 17 and act like they're 8... and their parents who don't do anything about their stupidity just totally amazes me. Katie knows what I'll do to her little back side if I hear wind that she's participating in the whole mess... She ended up texting me all day wanting to come home- she was exhausted from all the drama last night. I hated to say no, but I did. We all have to deal with being tired and crabby sometimes and today was her day... mean mom, I know. Off to sit and work a little longer. Then it's time for Sloppy Joes per Chase's request. Not sure why he wants them... but he's gonna have 'em. I just can't wait to be done with all this so I can have a little mom and Chase run around town time... hopefully before he goes back to school next week, we'll get to party a little... Let's hope so. It's never fun when you're a 14 year old kid who just wants to party and play all day and your only way to get around is a mom who has more on her plate than she can stand right now. It's not been a very fun last couple of weeks. He's too used to me dropping everything to do whatever he needs and right now I just can't... feeling guilty... but he'll have to get over it. It's not like I never say "yes"- I just can't say "yes" all the time right now...
It was a hectic weekend around here. Scott and I flew off for a quick weekend project and Tami watched the kids (gotta love the aunt who'll keep track of teenagers!) When we got back in town, I realized that Katie starts school TOMORROW... ugh! And every girl knows that you can't start school in "old" clothes... no matter how many cute things you have in your closet, a girl MUST have a new outfit for that ever important first day. It's all about "the look", you know. And so my morning began. First of all, she was all sweet and nice- NOT a normal Katie morning attitude! LOL! Then, she was all agreeable to me being super busy (Mondays are a HARD day around here- it's office work day. ugh!) Next, she offered to drive herself to the mall to meet Layne and find the "perfect outfit". I thought about it for a minute and then it hit me. If I didn't GO the mall, then I couldn't be suckered into buying MORE than I had planned to spend. PERFECT. And so the negotiations began. We quickly agreed that this didn't need to be a "fall shopping spree" since it's plenty warm here and should be for at least another couple of months (Of course, now that I have said this, it will snow in September!) And so we established a budget figure. I transferred the money to her account and off she went. She met Layne and shopped for a while. She managed her money and came home with a few things... and she still has a bit left over. Not bad, eh? I missed shopping with her... but my bank account is happy that I stayed home... and that my friends is how to save money at back to school time... : ) Oh, and yes, that's Katie's new hair color... she decided "dark" was to be the look for back to school... : )
Computers are a pain in the butt. And that, my friends, is putting it nicely. It's been a long few days around here. You see, I have become quite enthralled with a nifty set of programs called Adobe Creative Suite. I'm making myself go through the learning curve and I'm just starting to "get it". I've taken several classes... met some cool CS-gurus types... and all in all it's been a nifty experience. Until I went to open Illustrator the other day and I got an error message that it had experienced a "run time error"... What the heck is a "run time" error anyway? So, I do the things that all computer savvy people do when things aren't working... I reboot, pray, scream, reinstall, stomp around the office, cry... all to no avail. I even went so far as to invite the "geek squad" into my home hoping that they could magically save the day. But, while I did meet one of the nicest geeks around, even he could not save me from the dreaded "run around" I was getting from Illustrator. It seemed that the only option I had left was to back up all my "stuff"... pictures, office files, emails, favorites folders, miscellaneous crap... and subject my poor computer to a "death threat". I was terrified... I backed it all up... I even went so far as to make sure it would install on my laptop (in case there was no resurrection) and then, I did it. I punched the enter button... you know, the one where the computer asks you all sorts of scary questions like "have you tried everything else?", "are you sure?" and my favorite... "have you LOST YOUR MIND????!????!???". I answered yes. Hit the button and up popped the black screen of death. I sat stunned. It looked so menacing... so permanent. I rocked back and forth in my office chair chanting "it's the black screen of death" (and I took a couple of pictures too to document the event- afterall, I am a scrapbooker!). My children stood and giggled at their mom's insanity. Finally, the friendlier blue screen appeared, the heavens part, the choir of angels sang and up came the ever loved Windows logo. Yeah. The computer had risen... but would Creative Suite work? I spent a restless night waiting for the morning to arrive when I could get the install codes and try it again. I put in the disks, typed in the code, and said a prayer. I am happy to report SUCCESS! I am up and running again. Let me illustrate for you. I can, ya know!
it was a shopping kind of weekend in Nebraska... Katie and I shopped Scrapbook supplies and the boys? well, the boys shopped for a car. I know. Chase is only 14 (he'll be 15 in October) and what the heck would he need a car for? Well, he and his dad are on a mission... a mission to "pimp his ride" and spend a bunch of time doing "guy things" while Katie and I concentrate on the "important things"... like shopping! ; ) Anyway, here's the boy and his new toy. He's so excited. It's a plain old 1999 Chevy Cavalier... for now... but watch out! The boy has big plans for this set of wheels and I'm sure he and his dad will do a fine job of making it "cool"... Should be fun for them and I love the idea of them spending hours together in the garage working on this project together... nothing better than time... except maybe spending time together AND getting a cool ride out of it. Stay "tuned" for updates! p.s. in Nebraska you can get a permit to drive to school when you are as young as 14 if you live far enough away and are outside the city limits. But don't worry... he's already been driving with us for a year... : )