Monday, March 23, 2009

Trying out something...

I have not loaded any of my videos from my computer to my youtube account EVER...so I am trying tonite and will share a vid here to see how it does. :)

Yes, I am a horrible camera operator...but I was being crushed in by about 2 dozen people. It is not usually so busy, but this was a few days before the Super Bowl game...and I am thinking some people found out this was a free attraction near the Tampa Bay area. I saw LOTS of out of town license plates in the parking lot. It was packed! So...forgive the craziness, and if anyone needs dramamine, let me know. ;)

New scrappy stuff!

I finally got to crop with my friend Shannon. And this is the product of the entire 2 1/2 hours I was there! :)

I found a new way to use double sided paper...it seems so simple now, but I didn't come up with it on my own.

You take your double sided pattern paper...cut out the middle, I cut an 8"x8" square out of the center of my Graphic 45 Botanicabella paper. I cut a cardstock square to 8.5"x8.5" (Stampin' Up - old olive). I covered the big hole in the pattern paper with the cardstock, then I scallop edged the 8"x8" square & glued it to the cardstock...applied my photos & some embellishes & I was done. (HA! that took about 2 minutes to type, but seriously TWO AND A HALF HOURS to make!) It's hard to see b/c of the angle of the photo and the way the flash went off, but in the bottom right corner, I glued some bright red jewels to compliment the birds.
I am hoping to make this into a two page layout, using some photos that are actually floating around on this blog somewhere...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hey, February was only 28 days, okay?

Yeah, I skipped a whole month again. But pardon, things have been busy. Hubby left for BCT (Basic Combat Training) in Fort Knox...I have really been trying to adjust to life without another adult in the house. I feel "okay" in the sense that I don't cry myself to sleep or ritualistically put his clothes on in the dark. I am just not sure anything has really happened yet that has made me miss him.

Anicah is really too young to "miss" daddy...but she sees little things every now & again & says quizzically, "Daddy?" I was folding his pajama pants from a forgotten pile of laundry today & she did it. His shoes are still on the floor of our bedroom and that will trigger the daddy question. She doesn't seem sad...just sort of confused. "Hmm...I know that big bald guy used to hang around a LOT. His stuff is still here, where is HE?"

Jocelynn is a little more aware. She has spent a few nights crying herself into sleep. I took one of his pillows that has a very distinct "man smell". Testosterone & dirt, I think. I put one of his favorite t-shirts on it...and gave it a quick squirt with his favorite cologne (is it cologne if it's from The Body Shop?). One night I give her this "daddy pillow" to hug a little while she cries, and later I find her rolled away from it crying harder. I asked her why she didn't want to hug the pillow and she said, "It's just too sad!" That is when I get sad.

Before he left, Eric made a little dvd for each of them. He reads a story for them...and gives them a short message. He says nice things about being good at school & for me. He also went to Build-a-Bear with Jocelynn. Last year for Father's Day we gave him a gift certificate for BAB, and he finally decided to use it before he left. He & Jocelynn made stuffed animals together. She made a Zebra dressed up like Hannah Montana, complete with little guitar that plays some of her songs. (Uuuugh.) Eric made a little monkey with camos & boots. It's kind of cute. We collaborated on a name...and he's called "PFC Bananas." It is Jocelynn's job to take care of PFC Bananas. So she has something to do for dad while he is gone.

In the first week my husband was gone I bought a bench cubby with baskets to sit near the front door, with a matching shelf w/ hooks, & a little thing for my car keys. Eric HATES to hang the keys by the front door...but it's the only way for me not to lose them. So I put something up.

...I would like to get back into posting projects & pictures...so I am doing some furniture rearranging to be able to do a little more work. Hopefully by next week I will be done!

I need to make a trip out to get our Military I.D.s & get setup with Tricare. So lots of things to do, still!