Summer in my front yard…

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Queen for a Day

Spring is peeking it’s pretty little head out of the ground these days!!!

So we spent time outside yesterday, enjoying the warm sunshine and each other’s company!  Yep – I felt like Queen for a Day!

***P.S. – I am the photographer in our family, and enjoy taking pictures of my 3 favorite subjects! But yes, I do need to get in front of the camera for more recent pics of myself. My favorite pic from most recent days is 5 months old already!

Facebook & Faithbooking

Two totally different things – neither have anything to do with each other – and if I wanted to be “poetic” I’d wait to post this tomorrow so I could continue with the “F” theme.  But life being what it is, I am not gonna wait!

FACEBOOK

If you are not familiar with Facebook (except for the stories about people being in online social networking sites and getting taken advantage of), I would recommend checking it out.

I’ve been a member of Facebook for about 4 years – and was on Myspace for a few years, too.  For awhile, I was really crazy about Myspace and playing with my page and blah-blah-blah.  Had lots of friends and connections there – and then Facebook started picking up.  Even moreso in the past couple of months.  Myspace fell into the shadows, and I am actually cancelling my account because I never visit there anymore.

For the most part, I’m keeping up with Facebook.  I’ve reconnected with people I knew as a child.  And by child – I mean – 2nd grade!!!  I just got connected with my very best friend from 2nd grade in Alaska – I’ll call her “Anne” (mostly cuz she has red hair and reminds me a LOT of Anne of Green Gables).  She doesn’t know I’m blogging, so I don’t want to reveal her name without permission.  You get the idea.

ANYWAY – so she sends me a message asking if it is, indeed, ME – the one she is looking for – and I confirm – and get this really awesome message about her life and what she’s been doing.  FACEBOOK RULES!

Anne was one of my very first BEST friends – so being the nostalgic, sentimental creature I am – I am really awed and touched that she looked for me and that she found me – and that now we have this connection.

This is only one connection like that – there are so many others.  And what I like about Facebook vs. Myspace is that I don’t have to get all distracted by decorating my page – AND it’s setup so that you can be in a “network” of people.  Say, for example, a specific school or a city you lived in.  And you can connect to people in that same network and find long lost friends.  You have the ability to block people – and you can keep plenty of information confidential.

So, if you are a sentimental being at all – check out Facebook and see who YOU can connect with.

FAITHBOOKING

On the same note of sentimentality – I am a Scrapbooker.  I should say, I WAS a Scrapbooker – I have not scrapbooked since Curly was about 5 weeks old.  We don’t have the usable space for me to leave things laying about – and to be honest, I don’t have the time I used to have for scrapbooking.

I’m not only a Scrapper – I’m a BINGE scrapper.  I get into “the zone” and can scrap for days on end.  As a matter of fact – I put together a whole entire scrapbook for my mom – in less than 3 days.  Nobody believed me – but it’s true.

I have supplies – I have tools – I have papers – I have stickers.  Of  course I have TONS of pictures.  They are all collecting dust on various shelves in my basement.  I’ve got a couple of completed scrapbooks, as well as several incomplete scrapbooks.

It’s one of my ALL-TIME favorite hobbies – mostly because it does not have to follow a pattern, and whatever I design is entirely my own.  I like that.  There’s no limitation that I’m aware of to scrapbooking.  Other than time, space, and I guess, money.

Being involved in several women / mom networks online, I saw a term and started asking questions.

Faithbooking.

What is that? Well – essentially it is scrapbooking, but with a twist based on your personal Faith.  Hmmmm – sounds intriguing.

So what do you scrap about?

Well, the one gal I’m talking with is scrapbooking some names of God.  She is associated with an online site – Faith Sisters – and they have several suggested topics to scrapbook.  However you want.    Some just go with a name of God.  Some choose a specific Scripture.  Some scrap about a specific topic. They have a gallery of designs available here so you can get an idea of what different people do.

The sky is the limit, essentially, and the whole idea behind this is to LEAVE A LEGACY OF FAITH.

Wow – that really speaks to me.  It’s not just about remembering a great family vacation – although I want to scrap those things to – this goes deeper.  It’s not just a journal – it’s not just a photo album – it’s an expression of YOUR individual faith.

In talking with other women about their businesses, I’ve also come across a couple of different companies who have this kind of idea in mind, as well.  I have never used any of these products, however, they have the kind of products that you can easily get started with Faithbooking:

Creative Memories – now I haven’t spoken with anyone specifically about CM.  However, I have always preferred their actual products, and when I googled they were the very first company to come up using the term “Faithbooking.”  You can find a local consultant from their main website.

Once Upon a Family.  I have emailed this consultant, Jen Smith, and she was very helpful with my questions.  Whether you want to work with her or find a local consultant, Jen’s website can get you started.

Heritage Makers.  This is a new site I just discovered last week after visiting an online party with which I am networked.  Ruth, the HM consultant, is very sweet and I asked her tons of questions and she was very patient and gave me lots to look at.  I would honestly recommend you work with her unless you prefer to have someone local, and again you can find that on her website.  Note: You can sign up for a free account online or you have the option of joining online as a customer with a membership fee – but you can upload pictures and keep digital projects stored online without having to purchase your own photo editing software.

Cherish Bound.  I found Tara Brown through one of my other business-moms networks.  I am brand new to this website, but they have some beautiful products, and really promote the journaling aspect of scrapping – which totally appeals to me.  She also has a blog where you can get more info about CB there.

Can you believe there are THIS MANY companies who focus on this kind of thing???  It’s so awesome.  And I know I haven’t even touched them all.  But if you want to get started on a project that goes beyond pictures and vacations – consider Faithbooking.

Wowza Wednesday

Freaky Friday!

Was Santa good to you this year???  Last year Roy & I enjoyed being Santa, and this year it was even more fun because Georgie is older and can enjoy the festivities more.  And both girls had a really good morning.

Well, except for the fact that Roy was so excited about Santa leaving presents he decided to wake Curly up (NEVER a good idea) and for awhile, we paid dearly.  But after a fantastic breakfast with Queen Mamaw & King Papaw, opening gifts with Roy’s family, and just having a nice PEACEFUL Christmas, both girls got a GOOD nap and we had a great day together.

FREAKY FRIDAY, IT IS!!!

Okay, so it’s not so much that Curly & I have traded bodies, as it is that she is just the little spitting image of me far too often for my comfort!  OF COURSE she received a dozen princess dolls, 8 prs of princess shoes, a whole set of princess dressup goodies for Christmas – and she pranced through the house loaded up to the max…  The only thing she wanted from Santa was a pink dress & blue shoes…


Pink Princess

Pink Princess

The ONLY blue shoes "Santa" could find!!! The ONLY blue shoes “Santa” could find!!!

This morning she dressed up and when Roy saw her, he said, “Oh my word! You look so beautiful.”  She puts her hand to her face and tilts her head as if to say, “awwww….”  As I took her picture, she demanded requested that I make sure to include her shoes in the picture…

In all Her Glory!

In all Her Glory!

Georgie on the other hand, got a bunch of animal toys.  Georgie is going to be my “pet” lover – you know – the kind of kid who finds all the wounded or lost neighborhood animals and wants to adopt them.

Kaity and her new pet, "Doggy"

Kaity and her new pet, "Doggy"

Georgie got a new dress, which she is wearing now, but since Santa FORGOT to bring the dozen and a half batteries (All “AA” at least) we need, my camera is out of commission for the moment…  (I use rechargeables, but have nothing to replace them with…)

NEW BEGINNINGS

The girls also received a play tea set – we’ve already had our first tea party – and plan to have many more.  We are going to practice with the set before I take Curly to our first tea room for a REAL tea party…  With my break from blogging recently and some time to just reflect on life, I rediscovered how much I love tea and coffee!  I’ve been drinking a LOT of hot tea lately (mostly  Bigelow Earl Gray), but my intentions for the New Year include trying many new teas & coffees, purchasing some old favorites, and having a little “Tea Time for Me” – even if it’s only 5 minutes a day!!!  I’m even working on a new blog, CuppaLove, where I can really explore my affection for coffee & tea!  The blog will highlight coffee / tea shopping sites to and I will be giving tea & coffee reviews, sharing pictures of my teapot / teacup collections, book reviews, recipes, etc.

So be sure to return here and visit my new blog, Cuppa Love,  if you too are a Coffee / Tea addict lover!




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Word-y Wednesday

I couldn’t just post this picture without an explanation.  I took it knowing at the time, even though I was upset, I would laugh about it later.  Whew!!!

Basically, I can’t leave the room that my two girls are in. That makes it difficult to do dishes, laundry, or even take care of business in the bathroom…  Yesterday, after not being in the living room for just a couple of minutes, and then hearing my 3-engine mommy siren going off in my head when I realized how quiet it was – Oh. My. Word.  Big sister got the makeup bag out of my purse and decided to share with her baby sister.  And yes, it all came off without any serious injury (thank God for mineral based makeup!!!)img_00511

Halloween goodies

So Curly was a psychedelic princess.  I was shocked when she didn’t want a pink dress.  And then she wanted the pink hair.  Of course.  We’ve had fun with the pink hair, but those pictures I’m saving for blackmail…

Georgie was a little “queen bee” – there was a bee bodysuit but because of the weather, we just put her in a black sweatsuit and that worked well.  She was more interested in everybody’s dogs than in the candy, and I’m glad I was the one holding her hand, or else Daddy might have let her bring a live “treat” home…

Tthey had a good time.  Because of our high winds during trick or treat – Georgie went to a few houses, and then camped out in a car with her Papaw watching everybody else…  Mamaw handed out candy from our house – and we’ve still got candy left…

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