Friday, October 23, 2009

It Has Been Forever!

Wow, it has been forever since I posted on my blog. I have been so out of touch...

We have moved and life is settling into a normal routine again. Getting used to the train has been quite the challenge and it seems like we are just starting to be able to sleep through it for the most part. I love the house but the train could easily disappear... LOL!

I just unpacked several boxes that I brought in from the garage where I still have some things I have to unpack and put away. One thing I miss are closets...seems like I don't have any closets here and lack for storage. Anyway... inside the boxes were some of those BIG roaches...we thought we had killed all of them, but some of them must have gotten away because there was one running through the kitchen the other day. All the kids were talking about it and Alexa comes running to me telling me she was scared, and wanting to climb (typical girl) :) Then I guess she thought maybe she shouldn't show that she was scared so she started saying the roach was scared of her and it was her best friend. I had to smile because if it would have got close to her she probably would have climbed the wall. Last night as she was going to bed she emphasized to me that she was SCARED of roaches.

Another little tidbit that may make you smile. We have 5 chickens, one for each kid, and they are her favorite playmates. She is always loving on them, and they will do about anything for her. She brings them in to play with, in fact the other night I heard something hitting the door and there were three of them wanting in. Anyway, I asked her if she wanted to eat chicken and she looked at me like I lost my mind. "That's gwoss" she told me. I just laughed. She always eats chicken.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day!

This Mother's Day has turned out to be quite interesting. One of my boys woke up with a swollen eye yesterday, he looked like someone had socked him.. LOL! I thought maybe it would get better but by last night he was having a lot of pain and swelling in his eyelid. The skin began to look bruised and by this morning we had had a miserable night with the pain and discomfort. This morning Urgent Care opened at 9:00 am and I took him to have it checked. Needless to say they diagnosed him with a very bad case of Conjunctivites, gave him 3 prescriptions and advised lots of water. Now I want to take a nap..LOL!

Happy Mother's Day to All!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some Easter Pics!

Here are some pictures I took of the kids decorating Easter Eggs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Daddy and Daughter!

Alexa had always been a Daddy's girl. She always looks for him and when he is around she is following in his steps wanting to be with him. Sunday they were out by the lake and I couldn't resist snapping these photos.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Piece of Art!

Last night Alexa was being so quiet, when I checked her she had a Hot Pink Sharpie. She had redecorated our Guest Bathroom completely. She had colored the door, the sink, and the trim around the door. This picture I took after I had already sprayed Clorox Clean Up hoping to get it off, then realized that this was the first time she had actually drawn anything, so I just had to take a photo. Usually everything is just scribbles, but this was her first drawing. She just turned 2 1/2 at the end of last month.

Alexa - 2 1/2

I have gotten so far behind in updating my blog, but wanted to put some pictures on that I took of Alexa.

Monday, January 26, 2009

So pretty!

I saw this outfit and just had to have it.. and she looks so pretty in it....

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A New Blog

I have been thinking of starting a blog to put all of my cards and crafts and have finally decided to do it. It is called The Paper Gourmet. I will be posting cards and crafts that I make, including the information for making the card. Please come by and check it out.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Holidays

The holidays this year were quite different for us. With having a family of 7 it can get quite costly to travel by air so in order to try to save and also for my husband to be able to visit his family in Guatemala, we decided to do things differently. He took all the boys and went to Guatemala, and I took the girls and went to visit family in Ohio. Spending the holidays apart was very difficult for us, and I doubt we will ever do it again, but the my husband and the boys came back with so many stories and so many pictures. Me and the girls also had a great time, but things were different being without them.

Here are some pictures they took on their trip. Now I can't wait for us to make this trip all together as a family. The boys really miss being there and tell me they would love to live there. Guess I really missed out. LOL!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Chocolaty Pomegranites

Today's SCS challenge was to make a card incorporating chocolate and since all I had was Chocolate Chip paper I decided to use this new stamp set by Flourishes and this is what I came up with. I just love this new stamp set, I can tell it will be one of my favorites.
This card is made using Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranite and Whisper White. I used Nestabilities for the circle and scalloped circle die cuts and also for the small scalloped tag. I also used the cuttlebug for the textured scallop strip under the ribbon and used paper piercing on the scallops and along the bottom.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Some new cards...

Here are a couple of cards I made for the challenges on SCS this week and wanted to post here.

This card was made using an acrylic stamp by Flourishes for the bg, and I stamped it onto Flourishes clear cardstock for my DP. I used Stampin Up cardstock Basic Black and Blush Blossom, and stamped the bird stamp using an acrylic stamp I purchased at Michaels.

This card was made using the SU Wanted stampset, and I stamped it onto very vanilla SU paper and sponged on the paper using So Saffron ink, covering all the paper lightly, and added Basic Brown on the edges, stamping over the whole panel with the weathered bg inked in Basic Brown. I used Martha Stewart ribbon and I am not sure where the corner accessories are from. I think it came out with a very cowgirly look.

It's a Nature World!!!

Friday morning we were getting ready for school and with five kids trying to get them all ready and out the door is somewhat of a challenge. It was time to get in the car, and I was doing last minute checks on backpacks, snacks, shoes, belts, faces, hair, etc. When I step outside to find my two younger boys checking out this tree frog that had not escaped their attention. We frequently find tree frogs here and they never tire of wanting to catch them, and I usually try to explain that the tree frogs will not live here if they are always bothering them, and that usually works to deter them from catching them, but this one wasn't so lucky, and in their effort to save him so they could play with him later, he died. They put him in a plastic container on the back porch and when they came home he was dead. I didn't think to see if they had actually put him there, but he didn't make it. So here are the pics I took of Jacob holding him. I thought he was kind of cute... LOL!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm Back!!!

I have been so busy since school started that it seems that my blog has been neglected. I have been wanting to update my blog but it seems that I haven't had time to set down and actually get it done.

This past weekend we had the priveledge of having my mom here to visit and I tried taking some pictures of her with the kids. Unfortunatly the little ones were not cooperating, and this is one of the best that I could get.

Friday, August 22, 2008

It Came Today!

A couple of weeks ago I entered the Back to School Giveaway at 5 Minutes for Mom. And to my great surprise and great happiness I won this camera from Ciao. I received it today in the mail and wanted to post a picture of it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


We have decided to have our dog Linda spayed and so yesterday was the big day. We went and dropped her off in the morning and I felt so sorry for her, she was shaking like a leaf that I felt so bad to leave her.

When we went to pick her up this morning they told us that we should have her wear this collar so she doesn't pick out her stitches and my kids are saying that she looks like a big flower. LOL!

I am so happy to not have to worry about her anymore and will be even happier when the stitches are out and things are back to normal. But for now we have a BIG FLOWER in our home.

Friday, August 8, 2008


One of the things my kids love to do is to bring me flowers. Those flowers may range from weeds to any other flower looking thing they may find. I always thank them and and try to appear like I actually LOVE the wonderful treasures as much as they do, but most of the time it is more about loving the child and their wonderful thoughtfulness. This time however it was a flower that I have been admiring afar for a long time and they surprised me yesterday with this flower. I think these flowers are so beautiful, but they belong in the water and I do love to admire the flowers in their own places, they make God's world so much more pleasant and wonderful, and my children decided to bring some of his masterpieces into our home, so now we have four of these wonderul flowers gracing our kitchen.

To say I don't appreciate these beautiful gifts and the thought behind them is not even close to true, but in my minds eye the fear of them actually going to the lake (without me knowing it) and having to step into the water, (OK, my overly careful mind can conjur all kinds of things, not the least which is alligators), but everything is o.k. and after explaining to them the dangers of venturing out without permission and supervision hopefully they will never venture out like that again. I am thankful that at least they didn't take the baby with them.
I also wanted to add this photo to the photo contest at 5 Minutes for Moms. Living in Florida it seems that our most beautiful flowering time of the year is in the winter, but there are a few hardy flowers that happen to bloom and look so elegant in the hot scorching summer months, and this is one of them. Hope you enjoy it as much as I am. What would I do with the $500.00 prize. I would spend it for the two birthdays that I have coming up. With two parties at the end of the month I am sure it would help make them special. My baby will be two and my baby boy will turn 6, so a shopping I will go. You can check out the contest here:

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fun In The Sun!

Saturday was a lot of fun for the kids. It was their cousins birthday party and they had rented a HUGE water slide. Between the trampolin, the water slide, and the pool they were outside in the sun all day, and came home with red noses and rosie cheeks. They next day they all woke up aching from all the climbing on the slide, but what a fun day it had been. Here are some pics.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Artistic Expressions!

Today we decided to take a journey into the world of painting. Each of the kids (except the baby who was napping) got to paint something. Here are some pics with them and their creations. Jonathan wanted to have lines on his coconut, and tried so hard to make the look right, I guess it is hard when you don't have the right paintbrushes as he wanted one that was very tiny and all we had were the bigger ones.

Here is Ashley with her sandals they just had to be purple, and she used all the purple because she also had to paint the backs of them, I guess this can show how much she likes to decorate and make sure things are just so. One of her favorite jobs is to be given a job of organizing or decorating, she just needs to work on the cleaning part, that could go by forever without being touched. HE HE!

And then there is Erik. He painted his sailboat and was so proud of it, it was just the best, the star just had to be yellow and he informed Jacob that you could not paint a star blue, but Jacob being so much of his own person, painted his boat using a complete different set of colors and it came out beautifully even if he didn't paint his star yellow. Now they will each have something to set on their nightstands they painted by themselves.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Florida Blessings!

I found this on the Sunday Funnies and thought it was too funny to pass up...


~ The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
~ The trees are whistling for the dogs.
~ The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
~ Hot water now comes out of both taps.
~ You can make sun tea instantly.
~ You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
~ The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
~ You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
~ You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
~ You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
~ You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.
~ Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
~ You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
~ The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
~ Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
~ The cows are giving evaporated milk.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Erik's Party!

Here are all the kids singing Happy Birthday to him! Today we had Erik's Birthday Party, he will be 7 tomorrow, and he was so excited. We had 21 kids come all together, and it was really fun. It is amazing what a good time they had together. I am so happy so many of the kids from his class could come, it made it really special.
Now, I have to say that I learned on thing from this party and that is that I will NEVER be a professional cake decorator. I decided to try my hand at decorating my own cake for his party, and it was a disaster. I actually ended up running to Wal-Mart at 10:30 last night and buying a cake so we would have a cake for today. I was happy with my cupcakes though, I like they way they turned out.