Archive for January, 2010

The Cherry (Ice) on top

January 24, 2010 |  by  |  Family  |  1 Comment


So I appreciate that we are only to late January but boy has it been a long winter. Mother nature decided to top us off this past week with a coat of ice. It covered everything from Tuesday night through today so we have had an interesting mix of no school, late days, and cable outages. Who knows or can even guess what is next?! We however are safe and warm and doing fine. I think we will all be more than ready fro spring!

The snow make up day count is up too 5! Yikes!

You Say It’s Your B-Day?

January 12, 2010 |  by  |  Family  |  3 Comments


Thank you John and girls for making today such a nice day even with all the ordinary stuff. Sara’s monkey decorations, Lori’s cake and John making sure I didn’t have to cook but going with pizza, all made for a special day! Thanks!

Bragging Rights Part 2

January 6, 2010 |  by  |  Family  |  1 Comment

Can I say again just perfect? Yes I think I can. I am still warm with the glow of a perfect Christmas. Lots of time together with two amazing little girls a wonderful husband and Mom and Dad, now if Mom and Dad in-law had been here too that would have been the icing on the cake.

Bet you thought I forgot all about this huh? Nope just taking my own sweet (busy) time.

Yep for those of you who do not know I am in the minority it seems of those who love my in-laws. Patty and Charlie are some of the most amazing giving people I will ever meet. Patty is a true prayer warrior. Her faith is unending and her personal strength in life is something I admire with my whole being. Charlie is a dear friend, I will never forget the “dates” we went on when I had first moved to Farmington. The high school football and meals will never be forgotten. They both are as much my support system as my own parents. I love them dearly.

Then there is my Mom and Dad. How do you write in words how you feel about parents that you love so much? Dad is amazing a true rock. In a good way Dad! I always knew and still know that my Dad would do anything to keep me safe, secure and happy. He demonstrates leadership and rel life common sense like no other! I am so much more independent because of his gentle pushes and encouragement. And besides without these amazing typing skills how could I mange this blog 🙂 I love you Dad! And then there is Mom, no crying Mom! She is my best friend which really says most of it. She is an amazing woman and I want to be just like her when I grow up. She is an amazing educator, full of joy and laughter and the BEST darn Mom EVER! I love you Mom!

I am so blessed to have all of them still in my life!

OK lighter note… Kindergarten joke for the day

What is an Eskimo’s cow called?
Eskimoooooooo.

Holy Snow Batman!

January 2, 2010 |  by  |  Family  |  No Comments

I am not sure if you can totally appreciate it but the mounds up near the house are about 3 and a half feet deep. And they are not budging! The high today was -5ish yes that is a minus you see in front of the 5 and yes it was the high. Needless to say it is cold and at least for the foreseeable week ahead promises more of the same. Wednesday sees us hitting 11 degrees with more snow. Hmm… I think it is a little ridiculous at this point. Needless to say we are saying prayers of thanksgiving for our home and our furnace and mostly for our insulated garage. Gotta love cars that will start in the morning! We have had an amazing holiday with John home for Christmas for the first time in 5 years, my Mom and Dad here ripping open of packages, lots of good food and just time in general which is always a gift.
The new year is upon us and I am nearing a year older. I always wonder how I got here, I mean this old, and to this place and time. I look back and I can remember and feel all the places, people and situations that have brought me this far and yet it feels like it rushed past in a blurr. I want to savor it all more, appreciate the people, places and situations to their fullest. How about that for sentimental mushyness?! All joking aside I want to continue living life to the fullest not just going through the motions.
Well I hope the new year greets you all with warm welcoming arms and the thrill of a new adventure. Hope your holidays were as full of family and love as mine.

Happy New Year!
Hugs to all!

Oodles of Doodles Workshop (self-paced)

Oodles of Doodles Workshop (self-paced)

January 1, 2010 |  by  |  Announcements, Classes  |  No Comments

In my work as an art teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools, I’ve discovered that 90% of people doubt their ability to draw. Students of all ages assure me they’re not artists. Upon discovering my profession many adults say, “I can barely draw stick figures.”

I firmly believe that everyone can learn some of the basics of drawing. Doodling is a fun and easy place to start–which is just what I’ll be teaching in “Oodles of Doodles.” You’ll master 18 different patterns to use alone or in combination with others for eye-catching results. I’ll also be sharing inspiration and instruction for ways to use your drawings on scrapbook pages, introductory lessons for drawing facial features, detailed how-tos for making tessellations, and much more.

Six lessons teach:

  • 18 repetitive patterns to use alone or in combination on your pages and projects
  • inspiration and instruction for using doodles on backgrounds, white space, photos, borders, frames and embellishments
  • instruction on how to draw eyes, mouths, noses, ears and an entire face
  • detailed step-by-step how-to for creating tessellations (think M C Escher)

In addition to learning a new technique, you might also discover how relaxing it can be to create with repetitive patterns (that’s why they’re calling doodles “zen”-tangles lately)!

Register for Oodles of Doodles today!