for trees. Yep. Trees. You see, it's winter here in
(never you mind that it was sunny and 68* last Wednesday) and we're back to another season of treacherous driving. Katie and Chase are both good drivers so I don't worry too much (I say "too much" because I am a mom and I am always a bit concerned even when I try to pretend that I'm not) So, yesterday, I make the "mom calls" to remind them that the roads look like they're only wet but there are spots where they are downright sheer ice (I personally experienced four such spots !) I wasn't home yesterday afternoon or I probably would've taken Katie to work but I thought she had gone straight from school to work and I was picking up Tori from school- so she drove herself. She got to work just fine (yep, I called to check!) She got in her little Jeep Liberty to drive home though and her trip home was cut short when her car slid on ice jumped a median and spun all the way across a busy road and into a tree. First of all, she is ok! Praise God for that one. She is NOT replaceable. The car? totally replaceable and insured. So why am I thankful for a tree that messed up my kid's cute little Jeep? Because that tree kept her from rolling down a hill which I am sure would've have messed up more than just the car. So, yep, tonight I'm thanking God a little more than usual... for trees... and Katie... and that Scott was home in time to go and handle it all. You see the "pulled together" mom thing is a total show... I'd have been a blubbering idiot so Daddy went to pick up the girl and the car while I sat at home shaking and praying and thanking God that she's ok. It's all good... as long as she's ok...
that I've hit "the limit"... that there are no more creative ideas... that I truly am "done" with all of this madness that we like to call scrapbooking. I spend the day in my little tiny space and I am reminded again that I LOVE THIS HOBBY! I can't imagine anything better than spending time on remembering what's most important to me. What a fun day. I spent the day re-working my Jingle Bella Project. I had an epiphany this morning and set out to redo the whole thing. Luckily, I hadn't kitted my class yet so it was an ok thing to do- even if it was a crazy thing to do! Tami (best sister in the whole world!) spent the day with me and was basically at my beck and call- cutting out hundreds of circles and brain storming with me. I love her... she is soooooooooooo good to me. I couldn't have picked a better sis- God did a good job! : ) Anyway, the class is ready to go and tomorrow I get to finish up my door prize. Each of us is doing a special "goodie" to give away at Jingle Bella next Saturday. : ) Woo Hoo! I am so psyched... I can't wait to spend a day just absorbing all the creative energy that will be in that room. As Martha would say- "it's a good thing". Headed to bed so I can be alert and perky for church. Katie is singing tomorrow and I can't wait! : ) Night!
the days till ... JINGLE BELLA! You thought I was going to talk about Christmas, now didn't you? Fooled Ya! I'm in serious "get it done" mode around here. I am feverishly getting class kits ready and waiting for the Man in Brown to deliver the "goodie bag boxes" and I'm getting just a little nervous for the first ever "Bella Event" but I know that it's going to seriously rock the house. I have no idea how I ended up getting to work with such incredibly talented women. Wow. Totally wow. They've been so much fun and I think we'll have to do another Bella Event just so we can continue the "brueggers Planning sessions"! All that said, I am happy that the big Turkey Day is done. It was fun to see the in-laws and hang out. The cooking? well, I survived. I tried a few new things and they all turned out great so that's always nice. Nothing like waiting till the big day to try new recipes... I love an adventure. So, tomorrow is the big shopping day and Katie and I are headed out to enjoy the crowds. Nothing really struck my fancy this year in the ads, but I'm hoping that we'll find a few goodies as we're out and about. Then, it's back home to wrap up Imagination Project stuff and get my door Prize finished up for Jingle Bella... I think I am almost more excited about it than anything else. Silly, I know. Anyway, if you've been toying with the idea of joining us for Jingle Bella, you really should contact me quickly. We're almost full and we have no way to get more supplies to go past our "maximum" number. So, if you're on the fence... jump on in! We're gonna have a total blast and you deserve a day of creative fun just for you... Tell your hubby I said so! See you soon... off to dream about all things that Jingle. ; )
indeed. You know it's bad when the temperature at 3:30pm is less than it was at 6:00am. We have our official "first snow" and it's a windy, blustery day. A good day to curl up and sleep... so what did I do? I went to lunch with my sis and headed to the quilting store to buy Moda Maison Noel fabrics. They are so incredibly yummy and I needed a few yards for an upcoming project. The mini did great in the snow... although it did not like having ice caked on it's cute little front headlights... Here's the scene in Nebraska...
apparently I have caught some nasty virus going around the city of Omaha and I have spent the last 5 days completely miserable. Ugh. I hate this stuff... I just want to feel perky and happy! Although my little adventure at Stein Mart yesterday did make me grin. I will let Miley tell you all about it- she has the pictures to go with said post and she is the queen of a good story- and a good story it is. : ) Today is finish cleaning the studio day and list all my crap on Ebay night. I have a love/hate relationship with Ebay. I love the money I get from selling junk (er, I mean "treasures") that I no longer have need of... but I HATE the listing and picture taking and all the preamble to said kwan in the Paypal account. But, today, I vow to get it done and I will only let myself think of the money in my Paypal account which I shall use to buy a new lens for my digital Rebel. I was thinking that I "needed" a new camera but in reality I have not yet tapped out the limits of my Rebel and I think the money I would spend on a new camera body could be better spent on a lens... so there, my friends, is the goal. I leave you with a picture of my sweet Gram. She is half way through the Radiation and Chemo treatments and it seems her hair has decided to take the easy way out. Sunday evening I went out on a hat finding mission. I brought her 20 hats to try on... all different shapes and sizes and colors... after all, a girl needs options, right? Well, thank goodness that Gram has a definite "hat friendly" head! LOL! ; ) She looked great in all of them and chose her 6 favorites. My camera had no card in it and so I resorted to my little tag along digi camera which took one picture and then let it's battery die on me. So, here she is in all her Hat Glory... Doesn't she look sassy?!?!?? Keep praying for her that all will go well. We should be finished just after Thanksgiving. And for that, I shall truly be thankful! : )
It's my song... my favorite to sing when Friend Miley and I go to Karaoke. And today, Friend Laurie sends this little link to my in-box. I am totally dying here... laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, the whole she-bang. Take a peek and you'll be laughing too! thanks Laurie!
23rd post... 5th sentence... hmmmmmmmmmmm. on the edge post Well, here's the link... a depending on how you count my run-on sentences... I have no clue which one to talk about so I'll talk about the post in general... LOL : ) It's funny that this post was brought back to memory because the very day this challenge came I had just driven over to the store mentioned in this post to have my quilt that I talked about in this post quilted on their new fancy schmancy quilting machine! They have a new "tradition" in Country Sampler that they ring a bell whenever a customer brings in something they've been working on and all the employees come running to "ooooooooooh and ahhhhhhh" over it. I have to say that once you get over the shock of it, you completely love the attention and the pat on the back. I think it's a great idea... Made me feel like they really liked my first "full sized" quilt project. I can't wait to get it back and see what it look like "all done up". Go take a look at Jeanette's Blog. You have her to thank for this rambling entry! There you go Jeanette! : ) Wait till you all hear about breakfast at Cracker Barrel this morning. I am still debating on whether or not I should share the true level of my crassness with you... hmmmmmmmm... thinking on that one, for sure!
there's something about knowing what you shouldn't know... seeing what was supposed to be a secret. I love to peek. Sneaking a quick look into the shopping bag to see what's wrapped in the tissue paper. Peeking around the corner to see what mom's wrapping up for under the tree. Holding the letter up to the light to see who it's from. I guess I'm voyeuristic. I can't help it. I love to be in the know. I also like to "share" the info (as long as it's harmless info!) So, tonight, while the other Bella girls are sleeping, I thought I'd give you a peek at the projects coming up at Jingle Bella on December 3rd. I can't show you the whole picture... but I thought "snippets" might make you grin. It's so fun to be "in the know"... so here you go... a sneak peek!