Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grandma Turns 97





Today was my Grandma's 97th birthday. She lives in a nursing home, but is still as sharp as can be. She has a hard time hearing and she can no longer walk because of her knees, but everything else is good.

My whole family went to see her to take presents, cake and ice cream. My two Aunt's sent her flowers in addition to presents. There isn't a whole lot of things you can purchase someone that lives in a nursing home, but Grandma still loves to open presents (and she loves her cake and ice cream).


It's a little odd, but we always have her birthday parties in the "beauty parlor". It's a small room in the nursing home and not used very often, so we meet in there for the party. Of course it always gives the kids (or adults) something to play with....if they aren't watching Grandma open her presents.
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My Grandma has crocheted probably most of her life, or at least my entire life. She would make us baby doll blankets when we were little, and then she made us baby blankets when we started having our own babies. One of my favorite things made by my Grandma are crocheted hangers. She would crochet around the entire hanger and they make the best hangers for sweaters, dress slacks, or just anything you love. I have many of them in my closet and I will never part with them. She even crocheted on the little child size hangers so my son has many in his closet as well. When his clothes outgrow the hangers, I will still keep them for my Grandchildren.

My sister gave her a crochet hook and some yarn as one of her presents. She wanted to see if Grandma would like to start crocheting again. When she opened the package she smiled and said "I think someone wants me to get busy!". It was the cutest thing.


Once all of the packages were open, my sister got her started and then Grandma took over.


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I can't imagine my Grandma not being with us one of these days, but I know it's coming. Her faith is very strong and I know she is looking forward to being with Jesus and my Grandpa. So in the end, Grandma will be in the most perfect place ever and we'll all be jealous of her while we are still here on this Earth. But until she is called Home, I'll love having her with me so I can soak up all of her sweetness.

I love you Grandma!!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our Morning Commute

Here are some pictures of our town and all the beauty it bestowed this morning. Blanketed in a heavy snow, it left lots of white piles everywhere.
Our home.

The massive pile of snow my son expects to conquer.

A rainbow, in the form of a circle, something I have never seen before.

My son, taking a ride to school.

A grain elevator in the next nearest town to us. I pass it every day on my way to work, but today it just looked beautiful with the trees and awesome blue sky.

Welcome to my town.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Divorce sucks

Sorry for the strong word, but nothing sums it up like that. I won't give details, I need to pray and get over it. It's been 10 years for me, and it still sucks. Not the heartache kind of losing your husband and best friend. The heartache kind of "Where is your son's Father when he needs him?". I can handle my own heartache, but not my sons.

Enough said....I better pray.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17
This is what gives me hope.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Wish I had another Weekend

I wish the weekend wasn't about over. It's been a rough week, and next week isn't going to be much better.

Examiners are visiting my job, nothing like being squeezed under a microscope and answering to their every need. And every once in a while doing a few cartwheels as well.

They aren't ready to leave either.......oh boy.

After working Friday night and Saturday, I was ready for some time away from my job and anything fun. My son's basketball game went into triple overtime with a score of 19 to 19, and after three overtimes, neither team could STILL pull off a victory. The coaches decided to call the game an official tie so the other teams could play their games. Both teams are undefeated, and remain undefeated. It was a great, and exciting game to watch. Kind of felt like the NBA.

When we got home for the day I was ready to put away the last few snowmen sitting around my home and break out the red, pink, hearts and glitter....Valentine's Day. We needed some spunk in our home and vibrant colors. The kitties were wound up since new items were coming out and for some reason they believe it's their "right" to play with, sniff, pat-around, whatever I sit out. During one of my visits to the back of our house, I walk in my kitchen to find this.....





I guess they wanted to survey the new decorations from a higher level.
My oldest niece spent the night with us Saturday night so my sister and brother-in-law could have "date night". As you can tell from my sister's blog, they enjoyed their night away. My son loves it when Sissy (that's what he calls his oldest cousin) comes over. She plays grown up things like basketball, video games and likes to watch TV.

While my son and niece played, I needed some therapy to get my mind away from work so I broke out my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities and cut paper. These two items have become my favorite things to play with. I made some little Valentine treat bags for two girlfriends and my sister. I've shown you other pictures of these sweet little people, I just can't get enough of them and just have so much fun making them. This time I made some cards with the little girls and stamped on some wooden hearts. It just makes me giddy inside. It's the small things that make me happy, if you can't tell.



By 11:00pm I was exhausted and ready for bed. Many evenings I'll pull my comforter off my bed and get it ready, so all I need to do is go crawl in when I'm ready. I did that this day, so when I went to my room, I found Mr. Tiger, snuggled into bed already, hogging 1/2 of the bed. He too thinks my bed is comfy.


Sunday morning, I awoke to this....



Beautiful, even the little critters eating my BIRD food were precious. I guess they need food to keep them warm as well. It's Sunday evening and the weekend is almost over. I am thankful I have a job to hate some days, a home to keep me warm and come home to, a son and niece(s) that enjoy playing together, two fur-balls that rule the home and hog the bed, and lots of paper to play with when the rest of the world is knocking me down. I'll keep telling myself that as I attempt to survive another week.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Big Hill, Little People, Wacky Cats

It's been a fun weekend, with a little bit of everything going on, but also a whole lot of nothing. We started the weekend by attending another basketball game.....with victory #3 under our belts. The boys are playing great and so far plowing over the other teams.

Once the game was over we went to "the big city" for some shopping and a movie. My son wanted to see Hotel for Dogs and personally I loved it. I knew my son enjoyed it too because there was a whole lot of laughter coming from his seat. We had to stop at the pet store to get some kitty food for my sister's kitty so it was mandatory to visit the cat isle. Our cats needed a new cardboard scratching post since they have practically shredded their last one. Both of them were very happy to see their new toy when we returned home. We sprinkled it with cat nip to get them even more excited. As I call it, they enjoyed their kitty chocolate and rolled all over until the green stuff was covered in their fur. After their high, they took a nap.






Today involved attending church, a Pampered Chef party a girl friend had, sledding and a little crafting. My son has been wanting to play in the snow so bad it's driving him crazy. Today was the first "warm" enough day, so I took him to BIG HILL. Most of the snow had melted, but there was one little strip long enough to ride a sled down. He had a blast and screamed so much, there was no doubt he wasn't enjoying himself.






After climbing the hill multiple times, he was tuckered out and wanted to go home to warm up and rest. While he rested, I wanted to play myself but with paper. Thanks to Missy and her creative ideas, I decided to try my hand at some homemade tags. Even though I love Mr. and Mrs. Clause, I wanted to make something I could use now. Papertales also created some other cute little critters that rounded out the "family". They were so much fun to make, the ideas become endless!


Time for work and school again. Why do the weekends go so fast?? Too much fun for time to run slowly I suppose. Wish I could figure out a way to craft a time machine that would allow time to slow down. I would cut one out and embellish it up in a heartbeat!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Funny

I've been cooped up too long today....you gotta play with this....






My Famous Cats

Baby it's cold outside.....


Burrrrrrrrrrr, that's what I have to say about today! Here in the Midwest, our temperature is around -10 with a windchill of -30. All of the schools have closed and even my own little home is shivering. The furnace can't run enough, and the kitties winter coats can't keep them warm. Talk about miserable.

Since there is no school, we are home today trying to stay warm and safe. I'm doing my normal "work" job, just from home and my son is playing/watching TV. The cats, well they are busy like always....sleeping.

Before they settled into their naps, I had to snap some pictures of them in the bright (but not warm) sunlight. It is very pretty outside with the snow and sunshine, but all of us will observe the beauty from inside. I sure hope you are warm wherever home is.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Silly Cat

I know I post more pictures of my male cat, Tiger, than I do our female, but that's because he is just more fun! My son will come up with some of the craziest things to do with Tiger, and he just goes with the flow. Last night my son told me to come to his room. I saw this:


My son was cleaning out cabinets in his loft bed, and Tiger decided it was a spot for him to hide. But, he didn't enjoy it any longer when my son tried to climb in there with him.


Tiger refused to get out, so my son just piled the spot full again with his stuffed animals. Can you find the only alive animal in this picture??


Then Tiger decided he needed to exit the cabinet and seek higher ground. I wish I had a picture of this, but he will climb the ladder to get into the loft bed. I have never witnessed something so funny as a cat climbing a ladder. While up in the bed, he can survey the area and will swipe at anyone that walks by. As you can see here:

Since he has front claws, one must be careful or you could be in trouble. Then it becomes a game to him, and he gets pretty rowdy and his eyes get huge. He is so much fun, one of the best personalities I've ever seen in a kitty, and we love him very much.
We love our Calleigh too....even if she does have wacky eyes in this picture. She on the other hand, will just watch the excitement, but usually opts to not par-take in the fun.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Crafting

A new year has brought on the desire to craft more. I love to scrapbook and even though I am behind, it is my mission to get busy again to work towards getting caught up. I will not dare say, get "totally" caught up, because with a son still very active, my time pulls me elsewhere and it is just not realistic. I have been so busy working on Disney albums since May 2008 (two for our family and one each for my nieces), I am sick of Mickey Mouse and would like to focus on other things. Mickey, I still love you, but there is no more room for you in my scrapbook room.



I am very anal compulsive when it comes to scrapbooking in that I must do things in chronological order. My pictures are nice and organized, in date order, but I have always refused to let myself do anything current when I am behind with the other years. Well, I have officially gone off the deep end and decided to scrap Christmas 2008! And let me tell you, it feels good. Don't laugh either, because I know there are others like you out there in blog land. It's ok to break the rules I learned, nothing will die over it. Hee-hee!



Besides the desire to scrapbook, I feel like making things. A girlfriend, my sister and I all have the same passion. We like to create, God put it in our blood. So, the three of us are crafting, all different things, but we love to share with one another our creations. And maybe if we get busy, we might have a little booth at a craft fair one of these days.



If you like surfing blog land, you can find some very talented ladies that share the same passion. They like to share their ideas so others may enjoy as well. Lucky for me, they give detailed instructions because some of the items you can purchase at Michael's and Hobby Lobby, were foreign to me. I would stand in the isles and ask myself, what in the world do you use that stuff for? Well now I know...well at least for some of it.



For example, I have found these little magnet beauties on a few different blogs, and I'm sorry I didn't keep them to give credit where it is due, but I decided to play around with the idea. They are simply bottle caps with little pieces of paper and Glossy Accents. So simple, yet so cute. I did a test run with just a few to see how everything worked and all though they are quite wonderful, I didn't use a strong enough magnet so they won't hold much on your frig. But, they will at least make it cute. I gave my sister a set with the blue bird, but when she saw the Christmas Santa ones, she tried to swipe them as well.








This other snowy wonder is still a work in progress. She sits on my desk and I look at her every day in case I find something else I would like to add to her perch. I made her out of CelluClay, a wonderful product I learned about on another blog. It's paper mache, but so much more fun then that yucky stuff we used in the 2nd grade.





I have so many ideas swarming in my mind, it's a bit overwhelming. But it is so much fun when you finally finish something and you are proud of your accomplishment. My job is very stressful so I love to come home, spend time with my son and then create. Now I know how God felt, but all I did was create this one teeny-tiny snowman.

Well, better get back to my messy craft room and work on Christmas pages. Who knows, I just might go backwards and do Halloween next!