Thursday, February 24, 2011

Today, I am... February Edition, Part Dos

Today I am thankful for Diet Coke ON TAP from McDonalds. Pure bliss. Forget the recipe for the special sauce, just tell me how they make this Coke!

I am thankful for little girls' shoes that sparkle just like they do.
I am thankful for the "hot chair" in my Yukon XL that always goes on accidentally when the temperature is 110 degrees outside. These days it works wonders on my poor, old back.
I am thankful for the promise of Spring. It's getting light outside earlier and earlier. This makes it soo much easier to wake my sleepy brood.
I am thankful that I can still calm a crying toddler awakened by a nightmare involving monsters with just the sound of my voice and a "Momma's here."
I am thankful for three-year-olds who CAN'T listen to Pink loud enough while running errands with the Momma.
I am thankful that my hubby has a job that makes him happy. AND, one that allows him to fly up to Philly to pick me up a couple of these to sample and compare. Sigh...

P.S. All the layouts were done either for or over at Scrapbook Express. If you need lots of fun challenges to get you scrapping, that is the place to be!

Today, I am... February Edition

Today I am thankful for...
Little boys who can be entertained for what seems like hours by all things with wheels.

I am thankful for Stouffers every once in a while. Stouffers means I only have to empty and run the dishwasher once a day. This is nothing short of a day "off" in my book.

I am thankful for kids who set their sights high. Enjoyed taking the three Bigs to Applebee's to enjoy their free meals they EACH earned for being good kids at school.

I am thankful that I, I mean P.J., finally earned his Webelo's badge. Phew I'm pooped.

I am thankful that P.J. still thinks it's cool to be chosen to be for Safety Patrol at school. Only the best were chosen, and that's what he is.

I am thankful that I've been blessed enough to stay home for my kids. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be the room mom for each of my Bigs' Kindergarten classes over the years. There's nothing quite like bonding with your wee one and their friends over a little paper & glue. These memories will be with them forever.

I am thankful that God blessed me with a mini ME, for better or worse... She IS me.

I'm thankful for my own time to play just a little...

P.s. This last one is for Scrap That Baby's newest prompt. Come play along with us. The girls on this team have mad skillz and you want to be inspired by them!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Every Day is Groundhog Day

Every day. Every day I drink Diet Coke on ice. Every day I tell someone to stop looking at their sibling. Every day I pick up clothes off the floor and hang-up damp bath towels. Every day. Every day I make breakfast to order for 5 kids. Every day I tell the Middle to stop kicking random toys around the house. Every day. I empty and fill the dishwasher. Every day. Every day I wait for the standard soft kisses from the twinnies at naptime and bedtime (mouth, nose, head, each cheek, each eye...) Every day. Every day I hound my Cub Scout to work on his assignments. Every day I "watch" the news on my Ipod at bedtime. Every day. Every day I pour half apple juice/half water cocktails for Frick & Frack. Every day I rotate laundry. I don't do it. I just rotate it. Every day. Every day I marvel at my children's sheer brilliance. Every day I shuffle to and fro to the bus stop with the wee-est ones either running too fast or trailing behind to see off the Bigs. Every day. Every day I tell my older daughter, the one who is so smart and pretty to slow down, no REALLY slow down. Every day I ask the hubby how his day was. Every day he tells me something along the lines of "fine". Every day. Every day I watch Yo Gabba Gabba. Every day I look at football cards with my Biggest. Every Day I hear the constant drone of, "I Want You." Every Day. Every Day I heavy sigh the pure exhaustion and repetition that is my life. Every day I am thankful for my happy little family.

Every Day.

Some fun scrappiness just for the folks at Scrapbook Express...

These last ones are just for little old me...

Friday, February 4, 2011

All Good Things Must Come to an End, Part Deux

Had to at least touch on Christmas. Seeing as it's already more than a month past the big day. Just in case you were worried that we completely missed a visit from the Big Guy, I have included the first picture of the day...

and the last (Julia enjoying the Crayola Crayon Maker with Daddy) as proof. Now we move on.

Never really thought of us as the bird-watching types, but we've really enjoyed all of the birds that populate the feeder outside of our family room window this time of year. The bird feeder was for Sullivan and is dutifully filled by Bubba and Reagan. The enormous treeline behind our house also allows us to see even more great aviaries. P.J. has taken to reading his bird book from the school library and filling us in on the different species. Who woulda thunk the big lens for my Canon XS DSLR that I bought for Pop Warner football games, would be used for nature pictures, as well. Please tell me I'm not getting THAT old!??!

I mentioned that my LSS All About Scrapbooks was closing. I made a couple of trips into Chesapeake to say my goodbyes, not only to my friends and the owners, but to the store, as well. While there I begrudgingly dragged a chair around the store and took down tons of my layouts. Here's one I made for a monochromatic challenge I never had the chance to share here...

Fun stuff for Scrapbook Express. All of this is available here.

With CHAW just wrapping up, that means lots of new goodies are going to be heading my way in the coming months. What does that mean? It means it's time to Love Your Stash...

Can't wait to stock up on all the new Sass...

Been scrapping like mad this month already. Be prepared for more Love Your Stash layouts soon...