Thursday, July 15, 2010

More new cartridges!

Hi all!  What a bad blogger I've been.  I just looked at the date and can't believe it's been almost a month since I've chatted.  In that time, I've had surgery, discovered Facebook (who are we kidding - I still don't get what it's all about!), celebrated the 4th of July with family and friends, planted more flowers, was called as the Secretary in the Relief Society Presidency, and spent time fishing with my two fishermen.  We've been so busy doing summer things, it's hard for me to sit down at the computer.

We're running to St. George tomorrow, until Sunday, to see my sweet Mom and my nephew, Nate.  He's never been to Mom's home in Utah, and she brought him for the first time!  Mika's going because he idolizes her, and she's excited to see him too.  So far, Gage doesn't know Nate is here, and he's asked me to keep it a secret so he can surprise him.

What I was really wanted to post today, was that Provo Craft is coming out with 5 new cartridges in August.  Some of you may have already heard they were releasing 4, but it's really 5.  They are so stinkin' cute!  You can see them and their images here.  This lady is the one who puts out the Cricut Cheat Sheets.  I love these!

Anyhow, hope it's a good weekend for all.  I've made a few new cards I STILL need to post, and hope to get them up as soon as I get home on Sunday.  Maybe a few pictures from beautiful St. George as well!

Take care,
~Angie

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New Cartridges from Provo Craft!

Hi everybody!  Just a quick post to let you know of 4 more new Cricut Cartridges from Provo Craft.  These ones are from the official Hello Thursday.  These include 1 full cartridge called 3 Birds On Parade, and 3 seasonal cartridges called H20, Pumpkin Carving, and October 31.  So far, my favorite of these has got to be 3 Birds On Parade.  So many darling images for several different occasions.  As always, you can see some new projects created with these cartridges at http://www.mypinkstamper.com/.  She's awesome!

Let me know what you think!  Have any of you purchased the new Cricut Lite cartridges that are available exclusively at Walmart?  Unfortunately, the one in Clinton is only carrying one so far.  Unimpressed with that. Sigh. 

Hope you all are having a great weekend!  Brian just got home from scout camp this morning, and we are going to do yard work the rest of the day.  Love that!  However, it's really feeling like summer has arrived today.  I've got a ton of new flowers to plant, and hoping the heat stays bearable. 

Check back in soon.   I have a couple of Father's Day cards to get completed by tomorrow.  Where does the time go?

~Angie 

Friday, June 11, 2010

I Love Provo Craft!

Hi everybody!  If you're not into papercrafting, you'll want to skip this post.  However, if you are, hold on to your socks!!  I've already told some of you how excited I've been for this day.  Today is a BONUS Hello Thursday from Provo Craft.  Once a month they have a Hello Thursday where they reveal the new cartridges for the month.  This month, they are having TWO Hello Thursdays!  Today they released 24 new Cricut Cartridges.  They are called Cricut Lite, and they are being sold exclusively at Walmart.  They're kind of like a mini version of a cartridge, however, they seem to have more content than the Solution cartridges.  The cases are much better for storage too.  I've already seen the spots for them at the Walmart in Clinton!

Most of you know how much I {heart} http://www.mypinkstamper.com/.  I have learned so much from her, and  have even won a few prizes.  She is previewing all 24 of the new Cricut Lite cartridges on her website today, tomorrow, and the coming week.  Here is her first post of many.  I already have my favorites picked out that will be on my wish list.  They include Chore Chart, B is for Boy, Bloom, Celebrate in Flourish, just to name a few.

Plus, there will be more cartridges released next week for the regular Hello Thursday!  I can't believe it.  I just barely got the new Mini Monsters, and they just keep coming.  So far I haven't started scrapbooking, still just making cards.  My friends keep telling me I've got to start, and maybe they're right with all of these awesome choices!

Anyhow, I just wanted to share the goodness with all of you.  Check it out and tell me what you think!  More updates to come later.

~Angie

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

"Why do you have a blog if you're not going to use it?" they ask.  I know, I know it's been a while.  I've had no creative "mojo" lately, and a bad bout with an intestinal bug over Mother's Day that left me drained!  I'll spare you the details.  Suffice it to just say, yuck!!

What else?...Mika got a new job.  Yay!!  She's working everyday and took the summer off from school.  Gage graduated from pre-school and is getting ready for Kindergarten (sniff, sniff), Brian's busy with Scout stuff and, you guessed it...fishing; and I have been called to the Relief Society Presidency to serve as the Secretary.  Feeling a little bit overwhelmed, but it's all good.  We have a very blessed life!!

Some of you know I just got my Dad's headstone in the ground this last week, after a year and a half of pleading, crying, changing companies, etc.  I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  However, I was unprepared for how I felt seeing it at the cemetery for the first time.  There was something very final about the whole thing.  Not that I thought my Dad was going to walk through the door, or anything like that.  Just how real it all seems now having the headstone.  It's been a difficult few days in that regard.  I've spent a lot of time with him this week; cleaning all of the bronze and granite, and trimming away the extra earth and grass from around it.  Anyone who knew Dad, knows he'd want it that way.  I'm happy it's all completed for today.  I know he'll have lots of visitors.  I'll go up again later today to take a flower from my sister in Wisconsin, but I'm waiting until most of the crowds are gone so we can visit better.


Anyway, here's hoping you all have a wonderful holiday.  We're going to the nursery and planting more flowers today, and then going to a barbeque later this evening.  I'm so grateful for the life we have because of those who have gone before us, making it all possible.  They should never be forgotten.

~Angie

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy Scrapbooking Day!!

What a fun day!  My friends and I left the house early this morning to do a little shopping.  We went to a suh-weet sale at a lady's house who had awesome deals!!  Did a couple "make-n-takes" at Ben Franklin Crafts, then we all had lunch.  So fun to spend time with the girls!  I have some new cards to post, and just got some new Papertrey Ink stamp sets I've been dying for.  Can't wait to use them.  Hope it was a good day for all!

~Angie

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Cards...

I told ya I'd get them posted today!  However, it's only because of my friend Tammy.  Her camera is suh-weet.  I'm a bit jealous - can you tell?  Anyhow, here they are! Remember, I'm just a beginner.  Please be gentle with your critique.

Hope you liked a couple.
~Angie


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time Flies...

Holy cow!  I can't believe how quickly time has passed since my last post.  We had a great time in St. George.  Came home and got the house ready for the appraisor to come, as we were refinancing to a much better rate.  And, best of all, Brian and I were sealed to Mika and Gage in the Ogden Temple on Saturday, April 10th.  How beautiful it was!  Words will never be able to describe the feelings that were there that day.  My parent left St. George that morning at 4:30 a.m. to be there with us.  Bry's sisters-in-law were both there, and of course his parents.  My sis-in-law Vicki and her brother Clint and his family (wife and son) were there.  My Brandy and Scott were there, as well as my other friend Tammy.  They all made it so special for us.  Tammy and Earl took lots of pics, so maybe I'll get a few of those up to see.

So, Mom and Ken have gone back home after spending about 6 days with us.  It's never long enough and so hard to say good-bye.  This week Mika has had finals, so it's been extra long hours for her.  So proud of her!!  Spring has peeked it's head for two days and now today is raining, thundering and lightning.  I'm thankful for the rain, but come on already.  When is it going to get warm?

I still have lots of new cards to post.  I'm really going to get it done tomorrow. I try to wait for just the right light to photograph them.  It's probably time I get my own light box made.  Check out this one from Lisa Harrolle.  I love her blog and her cards are so awesome.

Off to snuggle little guy, and then to bed!

~Angie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Road Trip!!

Hey everyone!  So excited today because we are traveling to St. George to see my parents.  They've just returned from their home in Wisconsin for a short visit, and are back in Utah until May.  We are also bringing home all the carpet from their home, as they got new carpet a couple of weeks ago.  The carpet we are bringing back is in perfect condition.  It's very high quality carpet, still sparkling clean, and I just couldn't see letting it go to waste.  We'll re-carpet our entire upstairs with it when we get back.  We are also celebrating my Mom's birthday while we're there.  It was back in February, so we decided we'd celebrate with her when we saw her again.  Here's the card I made for her.
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I've got a few more new cards to post when I get back.  Have a fabulous weekend, and pray for Spring!

~Angie

Monday, March 22, 2010

First Day of Spring?

Really?  Sun is shining.  Looks great from inside.  But, step outside and it's BITTER cold.  I guess yesterday (Sunday) was officially the first day of spring.  Neighbors were walking to church, Gage walked home with his best friend Tawny, even came home and put shorts on.  He's been waiting for this day.  Then this morning we get up and it's forecasted to drizzle on and off all day.  Well, they didn't lie.  Currently it's raining so hard it's beating against the north facing windows of our home.  Spring.  Again, I ask...really?  Here's hoping it gets better soon.  Tried to cheer myself up with this simple Cricut card.
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~Angie

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Hi everybody!  My family has always celebrated for St. Patrick's Day as my maternal grandmother's last name was Maloney.  She was able to visit Ireland at least once with her siblings before she passed away, and I'm so glad she did.  It was the topic of many conversations during her latter years.  I miss her terribly still.  Here is the card I made for today.  My green shamrock seems more yellow in the picture.  I'm not sure why.  Remember, I'm not a photographer, and I'm still trying to figure light sources and so on.  Here you go...
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Whatever today means to you, I hope it's a good one.

~Angie

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What a week!

Hi there!  Most of you know that sickness had reared it's ugly head at our home again last week.  Unbelieveable, but true.  I tried so hard to keep Gage away from everyone who was coughing, sneezing, had a runny nose, etc., but NOOOO; he got it anyway.  A night of 102 degree fevers took us to the doctor the next morning.  Sure enough, he was wheezing, coughing, and so lethargic that he couldn't even walk.  He slept just about the entire time we were there, and we were there a while.  His oxygen content in his blood was too low again, so we started oral steroids again.  Yuck!  We also had to have oxygen delivered to our home again, but this time he had to wear it continually.  He had breathing treatments every 4 hours as well.  This meant being home for the next 5 days.  This past Monday he returned to the doctor and his asthma was better, but he was still feverish.  He now has a nasty ear infection in his left ear.  Poor kid!  He's on the ol' Amoxicillin train again.  Good news is he returned to school today!  Yay!!  He was so excited.  He got to make a St. Patrick's Day hat.  He wore it out to the car, and was too cute!

I've tried to re-load my slideshow again, but it's still not quite right.  If you click on a picture, you can see it full size.  I think it takes you directly to my Photobucket account.  I hope those of you who wanted to see some of my stuff can get to it.  If not, please leave me a comment and let me know if you have any ideas, or tell me what it's doing when you click on the picture of the card.  I'd really appreciate it.  I'll pose some of my new ones here later.
~Angie

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What A Let Down!

Warning:  This is a ranting post about the finale of The Bachelor on Monday night.  If your smarter than me, I, whatever, and don't get involved in such nonsense, you'll want to skip this.

Did you watch?  Most of you are probably much more well adjusted, and doing much more important things on Monday nights rather than watching T.V.; but not me.  Nope.  I got sucked into The Bachelor again!!  I'm so weak.  And I'm also so confused!  Really? Vienna?  Blech.  Should have seen this coming with all of the contention that seemed to surround her, but I didn't.  I thought Tenley had this thing wrapped up!  She couldn't have been more perfect for Jake (except for bringing up the ex-husband to anyone who would listen).  She was so happy, smart, adventurous, honest, and so pretty!!  His whole family loved her!  Heck, they all even cried together!  They're my kind of people!  And then it happened.  Vienna came in, and everyone went "Ick."  However, they all slowly turned as the evening went on, and ultimately decided she was just misunderstood.  Whatever.  Jake's off his rocker!

To make things worse, The Final Rose (or something like that) aired right after.  There was Tenley looking as cute as ever, being just as wonderful as she was when he rejected her (for NO REASON he can put his finger on).  She asked a few questions he still couldn't answer, and she wished him well in his future with Vienna.  He'll need it.  Then Vienna came out for their first time in public.  They hugged and kissed, then Jeffery Osbourne (I think) sang the theme song from the show, "On The Wings of Love."  The lights went down, they danced, made out, and he overly exaggerated the words, 'I love you' so the camera would be sure to pick it up.  Ugh!!  Lastly, Ali was named as the new Bachelorette.  Not excited, but I'm sure I'll watch.  Hmm...I think I need to get out more!

~Angie

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1st already!

I can't believe it. It's already March?!  Well, if that's the case, you know what's coming.  St. Patrick's Day!  Having a little one helps me get into the spirit of all the holidays.  He's counting down the days until he can wear green and pinch those who don't; and he loves window decorations for any holiday!  I've got to get my St. Patrick's Day cards finished and in the mail.  My Grandma was Irish, and very proud of it.  I can't help but think of her more often this time of year.  As you can see, my little guy also helped me pick the background for my blog.  WOW; it's green!!  Bear with me just until the 17th, then we can finally find something nice for spring.  Oh Spring, where are you?  I'm so ready.  Hope it's a great month for everyone!
~Angie

Monday, February 22, 2010

Too late for Valentines Day?

Here are a couple of my favorite cards I made for Valentines Day this year.  Please excuse the bad photos.  Still trying to figure out camera setting and the right type of light.  At least I finally figured out how to upload them to my blog by myself!!  That was a biggie for me.  I still have some older cards I've created in the past, but I'm trying to figure out how to get them in my sidebar in a small slideshow or something like that.  Anyhoo...Happy (late) Valentine's Day!



~Angie

A blast from the past!

Anybody remember the Partridge Family?  This so reminds me of my childhood.  I had such a bad crush on David Cassidy.  This song makes it all come racing back.  Sorry about the quality of the video.  Enjoy!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJYSu2OVCGM

~Angie

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Look what I won!


Have any of you ever heard of My Pink Stamper?  If not, she is a cute gal who has a blog and has been doing Cricut tutorial videos for a while now.  You can find out exactly what button does what.  I used her videos a lot when I first got my Expression.  Anyhoo, she just went to the big CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) convention in Anaheim a couple of weeks ago, and this is what she and the girls in her booth wore.  The funny thing is I was just telling my Mom that I really wanted a new apron.  Ta-da!!  I entered her contest for this and she picked me!!

Is this so cute or what?!  I've also won some "scrap stuff" two different times from Two Peas in a Bucket lately.  A lot of things from American Crafts and Pink Paislee.  It's so fun.  If you have time, and you're in to this papercrafting thing, you ought to check out these awesome sites.
   http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/
   http://www.mypinkstamper.com/

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Our 4 year old has the "croop" so we are pretty much stuck at home.  It's all good though; it gives me a chance to just sit and cuddle him.  Heaven!!

Angie


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An Amazing Video

This is truly amazing. Read the paragraph below, then give yourself time to watch.
First, read this all the way through…

This video shows the winner of "Ukraine’s Got Talent," Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears, and she won the top prize of about £75,000..

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple, sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear, and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives, and the woman smiles again. Once again, war returns, and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside, and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population’s being killed, with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million..

Kseniya Simonova says: "I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me.. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And, there’s surely no bigger compliment."

Please take time out to see this amazing piece of art ...

click on the link below -

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Yes...I'm still here!

Holy cow, it seems life goes by, and you try to keep up with everything everyday, but somehow some things get overlooked.  For the most part, I started this blog to have a place to post all of my creations, but even the creations haven't been coming lately.  Life is just BUSY!  We've been on a fabulous get away to St. George to see my Mom and my step-dad Ken.  They have a beautiful home there that they are living in until about the beginning of May.  It was so nice to get away from the cold and snow for a while.  It was warm and extremely pleasant.  Mika had to stay home because of her work and class schedule, but we kept in constant contact.  She says she was homesick for all of us.  What a surprise!  But it was good to hear.  Brian and Gage spent a lot of time with Ken fishing, and Gage "landed" a few fish to bring home to Deej (my Mom).  While the men did their thing, I had a rare opportunity to just "be" with my Mom.  This is the kind of stuff I long for.  She's never lived here since I turned 18, and I so miss just getting to do things with her.  We are going to try and make the most of their time in St. George.  I would like to try and visit about once a month while they are here.  She and I saw a movie that was hilarious (It's Complicated).  I probably would have never seen it with Bry.  We shopped for groceries together, shopped the craft stores, some outlet stores, had lunch, etc.  All without Gage!  That never happens.  All in all it was a great trip.

Hopefully I will be able to post some of my "stuff" later.  I'm going to a friend's house tonight to make some cards and perhaps some layouts.  Posting is still very new to me, but I'm trying to learn.

Tomorrow is the superbowl and we're staying home to watch it as a family.  It'll be a fun day with lots of snacks and family time.  Bry and I are hoping that the Saints win.  I think.  Wait...are they even playing?  Hmm...it'll be fun anyway!

Angie

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So Thankful!!

To my family and friends who still may not have heard, everything turned out okay.  I won't try and kid anyone, I was scared to death, but I'm great now!  Without going in to too much detail, I still have to have a biopsy, and then have that horrendous test I had yesterday repeated in six months, but I'm sure it will come back just fine.  I'm so thankful for all of you that fasted and prayed on my behalf, and the wonderful blessing I received from Brian and his Dad.  I know that prayer works, but we need to remember that even during good times, not just when trials come upon us.  Thank you all for your love and concern, and know that I love you back!

On a happier note, my Mom and Ken are arriving today to live in their home in St. George for the rest of the winter and into spring.  I think they will be here until about the first of May.  We've been waiting for them to do this since they bought the house about 10 years ago.  It'll be so nice just to be able to drive down and see them, rather than taking a plane 1800 miles to Wisconsin!  I love them so much and can't wait to spend more time with them.  We're all doing the happy dance!

~Angie

Friday, January 8, 2010

You've got to see this!

My friend sent me this link to watch the video.  It's amazing.  I know it's not Christmas anymore, but I know I should remember this the whole year, not just at Christmas.  I hope you like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPViKJRHyZo

The story behind the song, as told by Steve Haupt:

"While at the mall last year, my 4 year old grandson saw kids lined up excitedly to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of God's son, with the innocence of a child, he asked his mom, "where's the line to see Jesus"? If Christmas is Jesus' birthday, why don't we see Him more? As his grandpa, I was so happy that little Spencer understood the meaning of Christmas at such a tender age, and then the words for a song were jotted down in just a few minutes. The song was inspired by my grandson, and the message was inspired by my Savior. Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand. Hopefully Spencer's observation and our song will cause people to reflect on the love of Jesus, and the certainty that one day we will all stand in line to see Jesus. Merry Christmas everyone."

"Where's the Line to See Jesus?"
(An Original Song)
Performed by father and daughter, Steve Haupt and Becky Kelley
Inspired by grandson, Spencer Reijgers

Recorded at Shock City Studios, Saint Louis, MO
Produced by Chris Loesch

Video by Robbie Haupt and Greg Haupt

~Angie

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Still tryin' to figure it all out...

Hey everybody!  I'm thinking that maybe I'm not smart enough to figure all of this blog stuff out.  Yes, I'm having a little pity party.  I'm still trying to figure out how to get some of my creations linked up here.  I'm too tired tonight, so I'll try again tomorrow.  It's been a busy week.  Without going in to much detail, our house was hit with a stomach virus early in the week.  Thankfully I didn't get it as bad as some, but still put me down for a little bit.  Brian's had lots of scout meeting this week, and has two more on Sunday; besides our regular three hour block.  Went to shop for Mika's new computer for school on Tuesday.  It was our graduation and 18th birthday gift to her.  She got a nice one, and seems to be thrilled with it.  Yay!!  Today Gage had to have treats for pre-school and I had a routine Dr. appt.  Now tomorrow I have an EKG and a mammogram. Yick!!  My mom will be so happy that I'm finally having this done.  If any of you girls have been throught this experience, you know I'm not looking forward to it at all!  Anyway, say a prayer that all will be well.  I'm sure it will.

BTW, did anyone watch the first Bachelor the other night? Oh, my my...So far I don't know who I like.  I know, it's a little cheesy, but it still intrigues me.  He seems like such a good guy, and he was truly heart broken last season when he got cut.  Holy cow...do I seem shallow or what?

Must be time to close.  Leave me any comments if you have any advice about linking my cards, or loading them, or whatever lingo ya'll are using these days. 

See ya,
~Angie

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year everyone! This is my first try at developing my own blog. I couldn't decide if I wanted it to be just strictly a family blog, a place to keep my paper crafts, or a little of both; so I guess I'll figure it out along the way. Hopefully it will be a place to keep my family and friends up-to-date on what we are up to. Maybe no one cares. Am I being presumptuous? Hmmm...Oh well, if nothing else it will be a place to keep the pics of my creations.

To anyone who still hasn't heard, Gage was released from the hospital on Christmas Eve. We were so grateful to have him home in time for Christmas. This was the sickest he's ever been, and quite honestly, the scariest time Brian and I have ever had with him, including the "nut incident." We were unable to wake him in the car, and his breathing at that point became just little grunts. I will never forget that sound. Thankfully, the nurses just took him from us as we came in through the E.R. doors. Davis Hospital would not have been our first choice, but at the time he passed out, we had no other choice. He was treated very well this time, and he stayed in the new pediatric wing of the hospital. I didn't leave his side for three days. As I said, he's home now and doing very well. In fact, they picked up all of the oxygen tanks today, as he doesn't need them anymore. He'll remain on inhaled steroids probably through the summer, and we just have to watch the air quality very closely. He was a real trooper this time, and did very well with everything that was asked of him. He had to stay in the house over Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day. In fact, he was unable to leave the house until the following Tuesday. We saw the pediatrician again, and she said he could begin to be in public again, but we really have to watch being around anyone who's seems ill. How thankful I am that he and I received our H1N1 shots.

Speaking of H1N1, a very dear friend of mine has contracted this virus. Long story short, she ended up in the ICU at McKay on a ventilator. She was a very healthy 27 y/o, with a new 4 month old baby they had just adopted in September. She had been feeling ill, went to the doctor and was told she had an ear infection. Four days later she returned to the doctor complaining of heavy congestion in her chest. Her O2 sats. were discovered to be at 84% (very low), and they admitted her immediately. Her chest x-ray showed a double pneumonia, and ultimately her nasal aspirate came back positive for H1N1. She was on the ventilator for 10 days, and her doctors were not sure she was going to make it. She became gravely ill. It's been quite a journey for her, but she is now home. She still requires oxygen, and is still just exhausted, but she's coming along. She has a wonderful husband and family, and we were all praying for her to recover. I love her and hope she continues to improve every day. She has become a real advocate for the H1N1 shot.

It's been a hard year for sickness. My sister Chrissy, has still been struggling with her cough. I think she's finally found a doctor that is on the right track to a diagnosis. Anyone who knows Chris, knows she's gone through quite a lot the last year or so, even having major surgery in and around her abdomen and chest. Her cough is started up again over the last few month. A CT Scan is being ordered by her doc, so hopefully some good news will come from that, and they can decide how to treat her. We pray for her and her family daily. She is a wonderful daughter and sister.

Mika started her first day of college yesterday. I'm still struggling with the fact that she is an adult; well, 18 anyway. I still want to cuddle her in my arms and save her from any hardships, pain, trouble, cruelty,etc. She told me today that she doesn't want to have to be dependent on anyone. I understand where she is coming from, but I would like her to understand that she has the rest of her life to prove herself as an adult. She doesn't have to race to get there so fast! Who knows, maybe I was the same way. Looking back now, I wish I would have taken it more slowly. Once you leave the comfort of the nest, it's never the same. With all that said, I'm very proud of the young woman she's become. She'll always be my baby, no matter what she thinks!!

We're also in the process of cleaning out our office, and finding a place to store all of my paper crafting "stuff." We're hoping to use part of the office for that until we can get the basement finished. We'll be starting on that in the early spring. Bry's brothers and his Dad have offered to help, and between all of them, they have some great talent in that area. My dream would be to have my own "crafting room" downstairs where I can just go to create. I'd like to make it my own space and be surrounded by things that would offer me some inspiration. Starting on the basement and pouring the third driveway, or RV space, are our goals for the summer.

Good night!! I had no idea I'd gone on for so long! Anyone reading this has probably dropped off to sleep by now.........(your welcome for a few minutes of shut-eye). I'll close for now. I still have a few things I have to get figured out with this blogging thing. If you happen to stumble across this, leave me a comment. Would love to year your thoughts or any advice that might help.

~Angie