Friday, August 28, 2009


Ready for the big day!

Making friends. He's not a shy child anymore!

Oh No son, not you too!

Hanging his backpack.

Already looking studious!

Andan went off to Kindergarten this week. It's taken me a while to post about this momentous occasion because my feelings are so mixed. I heard someone say that after going through this transition with one child, the next child is easier. I have NOT found that to be true. I don't think it is so much the act of being in school (he's been in preschool for 2 yrs). It's something else. Tides are changing, my baby is growing up. I know that's what we want them to do. But MY baby is GROWING up. I think back on his last 5 and one half years and I am so thankful for this child. He loves so unconditionally. I pray the world will not change him, instead I pray he will change the world (or at least leave his mark on it).

Meanwhile, Isha and I are adjusting to having one less ball of endless energy in our presence. I know I need to enjoy every moment with him. All too soon I will be walking down the same road with him.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Is Ending

Lego Fisherman, Cousin, Andan and Isha

Yep, You all better watch out! Coming soon to a road near you.

A hatchling only a momma can love!

Isha didn't like this ride. It was to my benefit. I got the cuddles.

Grandma and Cousin

It IS really sad to see it go! This was my first summer to have off with my children. We did a lot of fun things. Swimming, trips to the bay, camping and other things that summers should be made of. Two of the kids are already in school and two start on Wednesday. Isha and I will be left to reminisce about our long summer past as we map out a new schedule for ourselves. My mom was a big part of our summer. It was great to spend time together and REALLY get to know each other as two adult women. We even went to an over night "staycation" put on by the Women's ministry group at our church. What a privilege to be able to experience these moments with my mom.

Our last and latest adventure was a day trip to Lego Land. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect and the children were well behaved. Andan (the ever so active child) was reminded a couple of times what behavior was expected. All in all it was a great day.

Summer Is Ending

Andan snoozing?

Ha Ha. My mom could not convince me that I should ride this ride!

Look at the intensity in this gun mans face!

Bob and friends.

Isha LOVED the airplane ride.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Cards

I got to spend this morning creating cards!

I actually got more than a handful done. I love when I have a block of time to spend creating. No sketches this time.


Andan Taking a Peek

Daddy giving Isha A lift.

No, We don't have goats...but somebody does. We live in the city. So imagine our surprise to wake up one morning to the BAAAAAAAAAAAAing of goats among the morning traffic. Well, we continued to hear them through out the days, naaaaaaights and mornings. We figured maybe our neighbor was going green and hired them to eat their grass. I mean, we all are getting create these days, right? After one week, I was ready to take the little ones for a walk to find these billy goats that were interrupting our sleep and bringing some of the country to us. I finally talked my husband into taking a walk to the next street over, yesterday evening. We found out that the goats are directly behind us and our backyard. It was hard to discover why they are there. There doesn't seem to be any grass and they are in an enclosed (small) area. Well, the kids had fun peaking over the fence and the goats seemed to enjoyed our company. At least they were quiet for a few minutes!

Monday, August 17, 2009

"New" Crayons

Isha loves to color with markers. He likes coloring on paper and all over himself. The thing is, I'm, um, tired of my 19 month old looking like the tinted version of a rainbow. Most of it washes off with a simple washcloth wipe down. But the rest has to wait for the bath to completely come off. The thing is markers effortlessly make their mark on what ever it is applied to. Plus, they are easy to hold. I have been gradually trying to switch him over to crayons, but they take more work to get them to leave a mark and they are not as easy for little hands to hold. Thus they do not have any appeal. I was about to purchase some chunky crayons when I remember how we (teachers) used to recycle old and broken crayons.

Andan donated his old broken crayons.*
Peal the paper off of them all.

Put them in a cupcake paper, in a cupcake tin.
Bake at 300 degrees F. until completely melted.

Let cool completely in the tin until rehardened.

Take out of tin and cupcake paper. Color.

*Andan was compensated for his donation. He recieved a brand new box of crayons (though he's decided he'd prefer to have the "rainbow" ones instead.).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Triple the Sketch~ Sketch

This was my take on Patter's sketch # 69 at Triple the sketch.
As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw my own LO. That doesn't happen very often for me. I either need to create my own without a sketch (Which is great). Or sit and ponder someone elses sketch for a while until some inspiration comes to me.
I actually did a two page lo (too many birthday photos). If you want to view the hole thing visit my gallery at There is a link on the right side of my blog.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy LO's

I took a trip down memory lane when I dug these photos out of an album. I say in my profile that every child has their own story and Cody sure has his. Cody was born in an impoverished third world country. He was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and no medical care. He wasn't even born in a hospital. Cody was found abandoned when he was 15 months old and brought to an orphanage where I had been a missionary. He was brought to die in peace. I wouldn't buy it. Nobody had given this child a chance. I took him to a pediatric surgeon. The doctor's prognosis was grim. He said he would not live through the surgeries that he needed. He said that if he did, he would never be able to do normal everyday activities like holding his head up and feeding himself. He said he was already mentally challenged. But God seemed to be telling me something else. I proceeded with adopting him. At least giving him a chance to have a family. God is amazing and knows infinitely more than me. Cody did survive the surgeries. Just 7 months later, he was climbing, crawling, feeding himself and learning to stand. Gosh that was 12 years ago! Where does the time go?

Cody's First Christmas


This card is for a couple of challenges. This is from Laura's sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you. This is sketch number 32. I used my cricut to create the apple.
This is also for the Sassy Blinging Babes weekly challenge which was to create a school themed lo or a card that your child would give to their teacher at the start of the new school year. Andan is starting Kindergarten this year. What a perfect way to start the year.

What Kind Of Scrapper~Crafter Are You?

I ask you this question because I realized something about myself this last week. I am a happy scrapper. That is, I only create when I am a happy person.
It's been well over a week since I posted last. Things just haven't been going my way. I would say that I have actually been a very unhappy person for the last week. I thought about scrapping a couple of times. I actually set a date for myself to scrap today, no matter what my mood was. And I did!
But I'm in a much better frame of mind today. I don't know if it's because I knew I was going to get to create today or because my circumstances have changed, slightly.
I went for a job interview yesterday! I just filled out the application on Friday. I got the job...well I don't know when I start...but I still got the job. I will be working at Target (Yep..Tar-jey), one of my favorite stores (hey I'm easy to please!). I am very excited about this. I think it will be a lot of fun. I will still be home with my children during the day. This is an evening job. Except for Saturdays. I'm sure they will have a lot of fun with their Dad!
So what kind of scrapper are you?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Give Away!

Hey all you Coffee lovers, music lovers and digi scrappers. There is a give away going on this week over at Yeebird. While a give away is great, Her blog is greater. She is celebrating her 100th post! Congratulations. I enjoy reading her down to earth posts and her humor (she had me laughing this morning). So hope on over and win yourself some blog candy!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Scrappy Tuesday

Yes, I had two days of scrapping in a row!

This is one of those "kill two birds with one stone" deal. I wanted to scrap this age with Isha. It is so much fun and he has sooooo much personality. His likes and dislikes are obvious and well noted! These are also his first professional photos that he has had taken...of course I have to scrap that. This is also the weekly challenge for Sassy Blinging Babes which was to create a monochromatic layout. You can click on the photo to enlarge it and read the journaling.

I am really trying to get Cody's First Year album done. It is so fun (and bittersweet) to go back and remember how little and sweet he was 12-13 years ago. Oh where did the time and the sweet boy go? The journaling is hidden and reads, "I remember your enthusiastic smile, your big appetite and your devotion to me. Anna (pictured) was your first babysitter. The look on your face says, "Don't leave me, Mommy.""

Monday, August 3, 2009

Card Creating Monday

My sweet hubby, Roque, kept asking me today (through brief phone conversations) if I am having a good day. Yes, Yes and YES! I had an awesome day of creating! Even though the cards I created are quite simple, they are still fun and therapeutic to do.

I really wanted to create a card for a friend's upcoming wedding. I have very limited supplies (I have barely started making cards) as was wondering how I was going to accomplish this. This morning, Kristina Werner had her Monday card tutorial on her blog. It was the perfect inspiration for me. My card is definitely not as elegant as hers (check it out). Yet it gave me the idea that I needed. I was able to use the supplies that I had~and I think it turned out pretty well. So well, I actually made 4 cards total in two different colors.

Mojo Monday #98

This is for Mojo Monday's weekly challenge. Try their sketch and post your card/lo for a prize!

Sketch #32

Hop over to 2 sketches 4 You to see this weeks challenge. There is also a prize for the winning card! I actually picked the ribbon that I was going to use and then picked my papers to match. I don't have ribon that is more than 1/2 inch wide so I did mine a little different.