Monday, December 28, 2009
I am blessed ... I have a beautiful family, beautiful friends, a hobby I indulge in, other talents that I need to revisit, a chance to indulge my children's youth, and participate in their lives more so than many moms. I have a roof over my head, and food in my belly. I have a husband whom I adore (even while there are times I think I don't ...lol), a best friend like no other, a group of friends that make me laugh, and I have a big heart! I am seriously not wanting fro anything.
Any emptiness and concern I feel, is really of my own making! So I ring in 2010 with no real resolutions .. because that sets me up to fail. I ring in 2010 and with a clean slate, a clean slate for myself, and will only place my energy into something that is derserving of it. There is not much to want in my life! Sometimes I just need to remind myself of that ...LOL
HAPPY NEW YEAR and may 2010 be a year of love, wealth in all, and happiness!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
TODAY I PLEDGE .... I can't play anymore until I cross some things off the list! SO SAD and certainly embarrassing! LMAO
On the home front .. not much happening! I went to bed last night with a wicked headache (probably too much computer) and woke up this morning to find my living room rearranged! LMAO John was a busy beaver! I guess he wanted to get a jump on our family decorating. We are getting our tree this weekend, and doing our annual family decorating ... setting up our mini villiage, and odds and sods around the house! I'm really looking forward to it!
I am going to do some baking with the girls too ... we went to the bulk barn and bought some sprinkles and cookie toppers for their cut out sugar cookies. Making some peanut butter chocolate balls today!
I've finished some Xmas gifts .. but obviously can't post them yet .. so I'll do it in the New Year!
Katie and I made a pact that we are going to train together starting January for the May Ottawa run. I am hoping we'll do the 10km, but will be just as happy to do the 5km! I think this will be a good partnership as we are always so highly competitive (in a good way), so why not use that to our advantage and get healthy and lose some pounds! I am writing it here for all to read so that we are held to it by our friends! LMAO
Anyways .. justa quick update ... will try and post some internet findings later this week!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Here is a LO I did a while ago of my nephew Noah and my girls!
LO - MY CUZ
The next one was kind of a TEE HEE between Katie and I. We have this thing with calling eachother ARSEWIPE! I know silly but if you knew us then you'd get it. Anyways we both has to scrap this pic ... here is mine. Kind of pretty for such a nasty topic .. but them it occured to me .. that was PERFECT! Kinda pretty and dirty all at the same time ... just like my friendship with my ArseWipe! She thinks the title should be a movie a title .. LMAO FREAKIN KATIE!
LO - ADORATION ANTICIPATION OF THE ARSE
Here is Katie's .. and I love the humour and creative edge she had here .. and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that she included Stechie! LOL
Just an everyday LO of my girls making those dorky faces!
LO -WHAT U LOOKING AT?
This LO below is one of my faves. I HEART the Prima products used here! I used an embossed Bazzill CS, and glimmer misted it to all heck ... soaked it right into the CS. Then I peeled the top layer of the CS and used it on the LO. I handcut all the birds!
LO - ONCE UPON A TIME
On a side note, I have been hired to do a wedding album for a military friend of mine! Here are a couple of the Lo's that I was willing to sneek peek to her.
LO - HAPPINESS
with the hidden journalling tag showing!
LO - WEDDING PARTY
LO - MY WORLD
Isn't she a gorgeous bride?? Man ... the canvas was not hard to work with at all! I am not too happy with the last LO thruthfully, but it's done and that's that. I do like the little chipboard wedding pieces however. Once again, I spritz the chipboard with three different glimmer mists to compliment the papers, and then crystal laquered the top! Looks much better IRL!
Well that is is for now .. I have a few more of my own LO's to share but need to finish my journalling and then snap the pics .. so maybe in a few months I'll actually get around to posting them! LOL
Have a good one and thanks for looking!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Alexa is 6 ... but a wise 6. She is everthing sensitive and kind, she feels BIG whether she is feeling sad, angry, happy, kind. BIG! BIG BIG BIG! She catches the little things and if they touch her soul, they stick .. and she learns from it.
Tonight she cuddled up with me and we watched the movie Into The Wild.
If you haven't seen this movie I highly recommend it. It's nothing that makes you jump out of your seat. It's not full of action, or a high nab you and you can't walk away kind of movie. It's a story. A great story, and a story that makes you look internally. It's directed by Sean Penn (enough said there), starring Emile Hersch. It's based on a true story about a young college graduate that pretty much says F U to society, and to cash (he actually donates over 24 grand to charity.. his savings) and embarks on a life changing adventure to the Alaskan wilderness. Along his way, he meets some amazing people that enrich his life. Ultimately, the wild changes him, and his life and not all for the good! I don't want to spoil this so I will leave it at that!
Now back to my Lexa. John and I are pretty liberal parents. Meaning, I don't shelter my children from much. We would rather be present and explain and answer questions, than sweeping things under the rug or by them having to learn it from someone else untruthfully. So tonight Alexa asked me all kind of questions about this young mans adventures. She was completely engrossed in the story, and laughed where it was appropriate, and cried where it was due. She just opened her heart to it all. I was so amazed that she is so young but could really feel in the most appropriate manner!
After the movie, she started to cry again, and said "Mommy, do you remember the man when he was so sad? When he was sitting in the middle of the road and crying .. that made me so sad for him" She then began to paraphrase the reason behind it. I then had a heart to heart with my angel, and told her that she was lucky that she could be sad when it was okay to feel sad. That some adults don't even know how to feel like that. I told her because she could feel the sad, that makes her heart big to really appreciate and feel the good too. I told her that her life is going to be so rich because she feels so big.
SHE AMAZES ME. I know some might think .. she is too young to differentiate .. but I say NO WAY! She is a rich rich soul, and it shows in everything she does. her dance, her singing, her play, her arguements .. she is passionate! I see big things in life for my girl .. and yes I am biased as I am her mom .. but she really is going to leave her mark someday .. YOU MARK MY WORDS!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I have decided that there is no golden horseshoe out there .. or if there is it it certainly being hogged by others! LOL I managed to catch another cold, and had a minor throat abcess (which is healing now, thank goodness), but I am at my wits end with the illnesses that have harboured my home this year! So vitamins are distributed, more fruits and veggies, healthier lifestyle all around is our best aid at this point. I have found a humourous attitude has really done much for my soul this time around too...LOL
On a happier note, my girls had their school pics sent back home recently! I tend to get the CD of images so I have the copyright license, so I am can play. I just got them this week, so I will post the basic of images for my family, but I am looking forward to having some photoshop fun! LOL
Here is Alexa's GRADE 1 Picture
Is it me or does she look particularily grown up? It's crazy .. she's 6! LOL She is really enjoying grade 1 and has taken to the full day of school quite nicely!
Here is Angelina's SK Pics
Sorry for the back grounds .. LOL Ang is right behind me and wanted these ones posted! Again, I look at my baby girl and I am in complete awe! Remember when she was just a baby?? MAn times soars by!
So tonight ... I have a hot date with my one of my BFF's Katie to see NEW MOON! The lady was wise and bought the tickets well in advance. We're planning on having some dinner, then stand in line to make sure we can atleast sit together, and play Twilight Trivia and knit! Man we know how to have a good time huh? BAHAHAHAHA I SURE THINK SO! WINK!
Hugs and have a great weekend all!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I need to get off this rollercoaster of emotions .. it's making me sick .. literally! I feel like a bundle of nerves and I am looking into things that aren't there .. over analyzing! It's snowballed enough already!
Well .. here are the tears, and I am just gonna let them flow .. I need to let them flow .. to get them out .. so that I can lay my head down and have a good peaceful rest already .. so that |I can wake up and start fresh!
Sorry so heavy ... I just had to get it out!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
So .. honestly ... Katie kicked my big beautiful behind in the LOAD Challenge for Oct .. I mean she didn't just beat .. she creamed me! LMAO .. So now I have to put together a gorgeous kit from my ridiculous stash, for her creating pleasure!
All I have to say is thank goodness it's nearing the end of the year .. cuz I am gonna try and keep up (I seriously doubt I could beat her) in 2010 with her ... A likely serious set up for failure if you all know Katie and her speed scrapping ... but it'd sure be fun to try!
And yes .. if you think it's ridiculous that we compete .. IT IS .. but it keeps us both motivated to scrap .. hence why the friendship works .. WE LOVE TO KICK EACHOTHERS ARSES! BAHAHAHA!
Have a look at her flickr account ... enjoy!
LOVE YOU KATIEROO! LOL
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I love the scariest, creepiest, blood drenched, eyeball popping, soul sucking darkness of it all! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the stories that make your skin crawl and your hairs stand on end!
So no creative entry today .... just some hard core HALLOWEEN READING! Grab a cuppa and enjoy!
OH AND TO STEPH .... don't bother with this post on my blog hun .... I know you don't like getting creeped out .. and with Stephane hunting you don't need to read this girl! LOL LUVS YA and I'll do a Stechy friendly post for you soon! MMMMMMMMWWWWWWWAAAAA!
All are curtosy of About.com!
AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN'T TURN ON THE LIGHT?
Two dormmates in college were in the same science class. The teacher had just reminded them about the midterm the next day when one dormmate — let's call her Juli — got asked to this big bash by the hottest guy in school. The other dormmate, Meg, had pretty much no interest in going and, being a diligent student, she took notes on what the midterm was about. After the entire period of flirting with her date, Juli was totally unprepared for her test, while Meg was completely prepared for a major study date with her books.
At the end of the day, Juli spent hours getting ready for the party while Meg started studying. Juli tried to get Meg to go, but she was insistent that she would study and pass the test. The girls were rather close and Juli didn't like leaving Meg alone to be bored while she was out having a blast. Juli finally gave up, using the excuse that she would cram in homeroom the next day.
Juli went to the party and had the time of her life with her date. She headed back to the dorm around 2 a.m. and decided not to wake Meg. She went to bed nervous about the midterm and decided she would wake up early to ask Meg for help.
She woke up and went to wake Meg. Meg was lying on her stomach, apparently sound asleep. Juli rolled Meg over to reveal Meg's terrified face. Juli, concerned, turned on the desk lamp. Meg's study stuff was still open and had blood all over it. Meg had been slaughtered. Juli, in horror, fell to the floor and looked up to see, written on the wall in Meg's blood: "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights!"THE BOYFRIEND'S DEATH
A girl and her boyfriend are making out in his car. They had parked in the woods so no one would see them. When they were done, the boy got out to pee and the girl waited for him in the safety of the car.
After waiting five minutes, the girl got out of the car to look for her boyfriend. Suddenly, she sees a man in the shadows. Scared, she gets back in the car to drive away, when she hears a very faint squeak... squeak... squeak...This continued a few seconds until the girl decided she had no choice but to drive off. She hit the gas as hard as possible but couldn't go anywhere, because someone had tied a rope from the bumper of the car to a nearby tree.
Well, the girl slams on the gas again and then hears a loud scream. She gets out of the car and realizes that her boyfriend is hanging from the tree. The squeaky noises were his shoes slightly scraping across the top of the car!!!
THE BABYSITTER!A teenage girl is babysitting one evening. The children have been put to bed and the babysitter is in the living room watching TV. Just then, the phone rings. When she answers it, she hears a man laughing (alternatively there is either silence, or heavy breathing) on the other end. He asks her in a gravely voice to "check the children". When she asks who he is, he hangs up. Rather than checking on the children, the teenager decides to ignore the call. The stranger then calls back several times throughout the evening, demanding to know "Why haven't you checked the children?!", each time with increasing anger. The babysitter becomes frightened and calls the operator. She asks him to trace the call. When the stranger calls back again, the babysitter manages to keep him talking for several minutes, in order to trace the call, but when she asks who he is again, he again hangs up. Then, the phone rings again. This time it's the operator. He orders the babysitter to get out of the house, as the calls are coming from the other telephone line inside the house. The operator tells her the police are already on their way (in some versions, the babysitter calls the police herself). As the terrified babysitter races toward the door, she hears, and then sees, a shadowy figure clumping down the stairs. She runs from the house in hysterics into the arms of the awaiting police. They kill (or in some versions, arrest) a madman wielding a bloody butcher knife. The children are all dead, silently hacked to pieces by the madman, who had gotten into the house through an upstairs window, murdering the children as they slept in their beds. He was waiting for the babysitter to come upstairs, as he intended her to be his next victim.
A teenage boy drove his date to a dark and deserted Lovers' Lane for a make-out session. After turning on the radio for mood music, he leaned over and began kissing the girl.
A short while later, the music suddenly stopped and an announcer's voice came on, warning in an urgent tone that a convicted murderer had just escaped from the state insane asylum — which happened to be located not far from Lovers' Lane — and that anyone who noticed a strange man lurking about with a hook in place of his right hand should immediately report his whereabouts to the police.
The girl became frightened and asked to be taken home. The boy, feeling bold, locked all the doors instead and, assuring his date they would be safe, attempted to kiss her again. She became frantic and pushed him away, insisting that they leave. Relenting, the boy peevishly jerked the car into gear and spun its wheels as he pulled out of the parking space.
When they arrived at the girl's house she got out of the car, and, reaching to close the door, began to scream uncontrollably. The boy ran to her side to see what was wrong and there, dangling from the door handle, was a bloody hook.HUMANS CAN LICK TOO!
A young lady is alone in her apartment. She goes to bed with her dog on the floor beside her. In the middle of the night, she is woken up by a strange sound. She is alarmed, but reaches down to the dog, who licks her hand. She is reassured and goes back to sleep. In the morning, she finds the dog hung in the shower. Where the dog slept, she picks up a note which reads "Humans can lick, too."
THE KILLER IN THE BACKSEAT
One night a woman went out for drinks with her girlfriends. She left the bar fairly late at night, got in her car and onto the deserted highway. She noticed a lone pair of headlights in her rear-view mirror, approaching at a pace just slightly quicker than hers. As the car pulled up behind her she glanced and saw the turn signal on — the car was going to pass — when suddenly it swerved back behind her, pulled up dangerously close to her tailgate and the brights flashed.
Now she was getting nervous. The lights dimmed for a moment and then the brights came back on and the car behind her surged forward. The frightened woman struggled to keep her eyes on the road and fought the urge to look at the car behind her. Finally, her exit approached but the car continued to follow, flashing the brights periodically.
Through every stoplight and turn, it followed her until she pulled into her driveway. She figured her only hope was to make a mad dash into the house and call the police. As she flew from the car, so did the driver of the car behind her — and he screamed, "Lock the door and call the police! Call 911!"
When the police arrived the horrible truth was finally revealed to the woman. The man in the car had been trying to save her. As he pulled up behind her and his headlights illuminated her car, he saw the silhouette of a man with a butcher knife rising up from the back seat to stab her, so he flashed his brights and the figure crouched back down.
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE READ!
Monday, October 26, 2009
John and I are much better, and Angie is good to go to school today .. but Alexa .. oh my poor Alexa .. is really gettin her arse kicked by this bug! While she is more energetic, she crashes quickly and hard. Her cough is still nasty, but no fever, and she is eating and taking in fluids. Still not gonna send her to school to spread that around so I am asking for her homework to be sent home so she can get caught up! These bugs seem to be getting worse and worse throughout the years .. so scary!
So the weekend was eventful regardless of the fact that we were down and out for most of the week! Saturday started by taking Steph's canvas class at The Scrapbox. GORGEOUS! Katie decided to surprise us by joining us for the afternoon!
John dropped the kids of at my brothers for the night and we went out on a date. A much needed date let me tell you! We ended up going to Lonestar for dinner, then grabbed a Starbucks (pumpkin spice latte of course), and went for a nice drive around the city! Once we got home, we had a few wobblies and curled up on the couch and enjoyed Twilight, and Saw V. Both are awesome! I won't go into details on what happened next cuz this is a PG blog .. but let me tell you ... WOW WOW WOW! LMAO!
Yesturday we slept in, and went to pick up the kids. Had a small visit with my brother and his fiance Karine and their kids, and then went to DeSerres so I could pick up a couple of much needed things (insert roll eyes cuz you all know that I NEED IT!) ... LOL We then drove to Barrhaven and caught "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" 3D. What an awesome movie! The girls giggled and it was so warming to see them sitting between John and I, with their little popcorn combo on their laps, and the glasses on their faces... it was so much fun!
We then went to Kelsey's for some apps and dessert, and home for the night! It was wonderful.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY HUNKY HUBBY! I am so happy that we celebrated as a family and had such a fun time doing it. The girls and I are going to bake a cake and make him a nice meal on Wednesday and then we are heading to my parents place this weekend for Halloween and Birthday celebrations (John's, my niece Paige, and my brother's).
All and all a great weekend, and I am hoping that this week I can get caught up on some e-mails and some blog reading .. oh ya and HOUSEWORK! BLAH! LOL
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
SLASH - Paper Under the Knife. This is an exhibition that the Museum of Arts and Design will be hosting soon. It's all about paper art ... this picture really drew me in, and made me want to go and have a look at some of the pieces out there ... go on and have a look .. bet you'll be completely blown away!
Forgive me, I couldn't find who the artist of this piece is. I'd be sure to credit is I knew!
Check out this freakish yet amazing cake (I love abstract art) from megpi's!
Well while I am chatting 'bout cakes I have to say I love the site called CAKE WRECKS! Here are a few of the cakes featured over there that made me LOL!
I could go on and on .... you get the picture! LOL
Here's a pumpkin Penguin ...LOL
Here at Bloggie Stylish you can find a picture of how you can dress your doggie up as grapes ...LOL
UK Artist Jason Hackenwerth made these Balloon monsters!
Even donuts cannot evade science! LOL Created by Kevin Van Aelst
I can't seem to find the original artist to this but what a way to use your potatoes! LOL
WOW .. check out these nails! Curtosy of BOING BOING!
Well that's about it for now! STRANGE HUH?? Hope you enjoyed ... now off to get my monkeys up and at em, and start their day!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I first "met"Jenni at Bad Girls a couple years. She was a member at first and soon after that was asked to join the DT there for obvious reasons .. her work is CRAZY INSANE TALENT! She is a digital goddess IMHO as well and one of the best photographers out there, but when it comes to her creative projects .. she blows my mind!
I just watched this tutorial of this canvas she made for Shimmerz (she is a proud DT member there), and I am loving it! Do yourselves a favour and have a look at it here!
If you are into Graphic 45 aswell ..... then Jenni is your girl! WINK!
I adore you girl .. and thank you for always being an inspiration to me ... I always feel like getting my creative on after I visit your blog and your DT sites! Hugs and LUV YA!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So I haven't posted my LOAD the past couple of days, and have already told Katie I owe her a kit (our little side bet), little did she know she was getting one anyways ... BAHAHAHAHAHA! I have to say that to make myself feel better and justify my falling off the wagon! LMAO Is it wrong that I am sending her fall off the wagon too vibes??? LMAO Well Katieroo .. atleast we'll always have brutal truth! HEEHEE
Here are some LO's that I have posted over at LOAD and needed to post on my blog!
EVERYDAY I LOVE DAD - 06 Oct
A LO of my brother and his handsome son Noah! I placed this in a shadow box for him to hang in his new home!
FUN IN THE SUN - 07 Oct
My girls enjoying some summer fun!
OH MY WORD - 08 Oct
I have always loved this pic of Ang when she was a baby! I thought the title went really well with the pic! LOL
HI GRANNY - 09 Oct
My kids always had a thing with pretending they were talking to Granny on the phone!
SWIM - 10 Oct
This pic is so old! This is Alexa as a baby, and her first time in her mini pool!
PRETTY IN PAINT - 11 Oct
Alexa looking most intent in getting this painting done! LOL
12 Oct - where's the wagon I fell off?
13 Oct - chasing the wagon, but didn't quite make it! LMAO
HAVE A GREAT DAY FOLKS!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
LO - YOU BRIGHTEN MY DAY - 02 Oct
Angelina at her B-day party this past summer .. thanks Katie and Steph for getting this up for me .. even though I gave you the wrong PW ...LOL
LO - "ARR" LIVE LIKE A PIRATE - 03 Oct
I know I know .. shitty pic! LOL But I took this in my mom's basement at O DARK BUFFALO and I am way too lazy and sick right now to retake it! LOL This was Angie at last years Pirate Day at school!
LO - TOGETHER WITH JOHN - 04 Oct
This is my sitters hubby John. Henny and John are part of our family now and have become surrogate grandparents to our girls .. we are truely blessed to have them in our lives!
LO - MY CHEEKY MONKEY - 05 Oct
Alexa just having a cheeky moment .. a simple LO!
Well that is about it for now ... I am in bed sick with a nasty ass cold .. and I have a mild fever .. so I am taking it easy today! Just got Alexa off to school, and Ang and i are gonna snuggle until she has to get to school .. then curling up for a much needed nap! John has the car today so I am hoping this means that he will be home early today!
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So ... how are ya all? LOL It's been a busy time in the Tops house .. and I am certainly not gonna blog all about it in one sitting .. so I will pick an event, and add a LO .. and then hopefully that'll keep my blog mojo rolling!
So let's see ... hhhmmm OH YA APPLE PICKING!
So a few weeks ago, when it was much much warmer, we went to the orchard in Orleans and indulged in what I thought would of been a full afternoon of fun. Well the full planned afternoon actually took 20 minutes ... BAHAHAHA! But it was a fun filled 20 minutes!
So my girls go rip roaring down the hill trying to find the perfect tree with some luscious mac apples... well we had to go quite a ways down as all the apples in the trees near the entrance had been raped and pillaged, and looked like they had seen a better day or two .. but the trek down the hill was so worth it!
Here are many shots of our fun filled 20 minutes! LOL
So there it is .. 31 pounds and 23 bucks later! LOL I have since made 8 pies, but I have to make apple sauce yet, and apple muffins for the freezer! Oh and I can't forget candy apples! LOL
On the scrapping front ... I have made a few pages that I need to upload! But today I embark on a new adventure with my fellow scrappers, Barb, Nat, Dorrie, Katie and Sonya! I am participating in LOAD (Layout A Day) for the month of October. That means 31 LO's in 31 days ... it's crazy to think that I will even come close, but this SAHM stuff leaves me with 3 whole hours of afternoon time to myself every weekday ... so I think I just may have a chance .. truth be told .. if I fall off the wagon who gives a shit cuz it'll be far more scrapping than I would likely have gotten done! LOL Katie and I also have this strange competition thing between us .. so GIRL IT IS SO ON! LMAO
Anyways here is my 01 Oct entry! This was a pic taken of me on my honeymoon as were leaving Punta Cana in 2001! I got to use some of the Bo Bunny I had in my stash and some of the new Prima flowers and stud centers.
I also wanted to give a shout out to my girls DORRIE and KATIE! They just found out that they have made The Paper Passion DT team. These girls are super talented and I know they are gonna add some spice to their projects and inspire a whole wack of scrappers ... INCLUDING ME! WTG Ladies ... kick some arse, I'll be over there soon to lend my support and take your challenges! MMMMMMMMMMWWWWWAAAAAA!
This weekend I am heading to my mom and dad's! Mom and I are are signed up for a two day crop over at the Scrapbox .. I am looking forward to spending some scrappy time with her .. it's been a while since we have been creative together! Then on Saturday my hunky hubby is bringing our girls there and Sunday we celebrate my dad's (AKA PAPA) 60th Birthday! I see football and chili and lots of fun with my brother and his family too! All around it's gonna be a blast!
So good to be back .. wish me luck on my adventures ...! WINK!