Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fuzzy Math

I've always been good at math, afterall I WAS a math major in college. So, explain something to me. The twins are 21 months old. They won't be 2 until July. And, if you want to be picky, their adjusted age is really only 19 months (they WERE 9 weeks early). SO, how can they have reached the Terrible Two's already?!? Yep, I said. Some new tricks learned within the last week: sitting on kitchen table with arm up to armpit in the cookie jar, empting the dishwasher and skateboarding across the kitchen on the drawer, empting same dishwasher and closing sibling inside, climbing on end tables and trying to bang pictures off walls, and tearing apart their cribs, mattresses and all.

Had another big weekend up in here. Saturday, I took the brood on P.J.'s Cub Scout Pack's Family Campout. We stayed most of the day in the hot bugginess. Reagan even went on the mile and a half hike with the scouts and was a real rock star in some of the more tired campers eyes. He even stayed with some friends after I took Julia and the twins home. P.J. had to be rescued from the darkness a couple of hours later. I guess he's not quite ready for a sleepover. Sunday, Julia had a birthday party. You should have seen all of the little girls in their Hanna Montana finery. After that it was off to Pop Warner registration. P.J. got weighed in and picked up all of his gear. This year it's pads and a helmet, too. Eeks! Julia has even signed up. She'll be cheering for the Saints this fall. Can't wait to see me juggle a combined 6 practices and 2 games weekly come August. (Note: Please send a letter to the Coca Cola Bottling Co. on my behalf. "Please boost ouput beginning August".)

Here is a rare 2 pager from me...

And a couple pictures from another happenin evening last night for our family. Eatin inside at The Chicken Store for a school fundraiser and Cub Scouts, too.

More to come. Hold tight. Happy Hump Day. I hear the destructos, I mean our sweet babies awakening...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

One More Sneakie

Edited to add Kristen is doing the May Kit reveal on Monday the 27th at 5:00. So, look out for that and stay tuned for a ginormous Refer a Friend Giveaway, a Subscription Promotion, a Blog Party, and even a Guest Design Team Gig. See you then!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

May Mosh Posh Sneakies

I wasn't that excited about the impending arrival of May. I reach a milestone birthday AND celebrate my tenth wedding anniversary with my DH away. But, receiving Mosh Posh's 4th Anniversary kit and add-ons certainly changed my outlook. Oh, yeah, you NEED the Sassafras kit from the store, too. Trust me. We just got the kits a couple days ago, and I have already COMPLETED 3 layouts. I love, love this kit. It's a mix of Lily Bee papers (French Couture) and Sassafras Lass. So.Much.Fun. Can't wait to make some more stuff. The DT gallery will go live at 10pm on May 1st. Here's a peek...

I'll post a pix of the other one soon...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

16 Minutes

For those of you who are High School Musical followers, you know that that is the opening of HSM3. Coach Bolton is trying to encourage the Wildcats to give it all they've got for 16 more minutes (that's how long they have remaining in the title game). I think this may have to be my new mantra to get through summer vacation with five children while I play a single mommy and Daddy is off saving the world.

We're wrapping up Spring Vacation up in here. I have survived. It's been a busy week. The weather was gray and miserable so I've, I mean they've, been cooped up too much. The two bigs both maxed out their report cards, so the week started at TRUS so Mommy could purchase their rewards for getting such good grades. That resulted in making cupcakes in Julia's cupcake maker and watching a Lego-version of Indiana Jones on PS3 shoot em up. But seriously, what six-year-old NEEDS a cupcake maker?!? Does that make me sound green?
We also baked again. This time it was J's choice. Spring-y pink and yellow sandwich cookies. Super yum.my. We're 2-0 so far with the kiddos choosing based solely on the picture in the cookbook. The Bigs enjoyed being home so they could get some precious Mommy Time. Tell me you played Pokemon AND Bakugon all in one week, too! Julia almost left this earth when she proclaimed that it was not Mommy's turn to pick the activity during naptime. The kids had been taking turns monopolizing, I mean enjoying quality time with me, while the babies slept. She thought it was her turn, not mine. I quickly explained to her that mopping the floors was NOT Mommy's idea of free time, but had to be done. Hmpf. she rolled her eyes and stomped off. She STILL weasled some time with me making a chocolate cupcake with sprinkles. Yep, on the formerly clean floor. Hmpf.

I've also been scrapping and am eagerly anticipating Mosh Posh's May kit. We're celebrating our 4th Anniversary AND there's Sass involved. I'm shoving things off my scrap table in anticipation of the quiet knock of my sweet USPS lady someday this week! Eeks! Til then...

I enjoyed four hours away from my brood today. It was my first Mental Health "I hired a babysitter just so I can survive" afternoon in over four years. And boy, did it feel good. More on that later. I've got scrappin to finish before the Sass arrives.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Putting One Foot in Front of Another

Happy Easter. Here's the token kids shot. Not bad... But wait, there's more!

It's not a secret, there are days when I wonder if I can keep at it. Most days, really. I just keep going, putting one foot in front of the other. Crossing one more thing of of my todo list, before moving on to the next. Heck, somedays I write it down AFTER it's already done just so I can cross it off. Tell me YOU don't do that?!?

This week has been like that. We had school pictures, class parties, egg hunts, and report cards. All before the weekend even. The weekend had us dying eggs. Yep, all 5 participated in one crafty way or another. The twins' highchairs still bear the evidence of their crayon creations. P.J. toured the brand spankin new George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier with his Cub Scout troop. So cool. Today involved baskets, 2 separate egg hunts (we do things in shifts around here), and church. The service was wonderful. Most of us enjoyed the experience (leaving Momma is never easy). The day ended in Easter dinner and Chocolate Chess pie. Yum.my. I ALMOST made it through the day. I lost it as I was trying to put 6 dinner plates out. There were four underfoot and I'd had it. P.J cracked open a Diet Coke and poured it for me, just the way I like it. Good boy. He'll make someone a great husband one day if I ever let him go. Tomorrow's another day. Thank goodness.

Here are a few pages of the mini I made for All About Scrapbooks. It captures our first day at DW last Easter Sunday and our little cabin In The Woods. All kinds of Sass and Mr. Campy goodness added to the new MME Bloom and Grow line. Fun stuff.

As promised, for sticking around listening to my ramblings this long:

Monday, April 6, 2009

This is How I Roll. Hazelnut Shortbreads.

Spring can't come soon enough in my eyes. I need the weather to make up it's mind and give my kiddos a chance to get healthy and stay healthy. A nasty little bug hit our house 2 weeks ago. Everyone dealt with it, missed a little school, and went on with their days for the most part. EXCEPT little Sophia. Three doctor's appointments, two er visits, and one ambulance ride later she is on the mend. Poor Sassy Girl.

As a result, I feel like I'm in a perpetual state of playing catchup. What do I do when the going gets tough? I bake cookies with my kiddos (and eat them) and scrap once I've gotten caught up with my sleep. These cookies are P.J.'s choice. Gotta love kids that make their choices by the picture. Just like how Daddy chooses lunch at IHOP. :)
Aunt Debbie and Uncle George sent the New Jersey Easter Bunny our way. To say the five were excited would be an understatement.

Because I just can't leave you without a little scrappy something. I feel like I'm cheating on Sass. I've added a little Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday to my scrappy table. And it feels so good. Here's what I'm working on today.

Hope you have a good week. I'll be back real soon with my stuff for Mosh Posh and that little miniBook I did for AAS.