Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Long time no blog...pics, pics, and more pics

Good grief...I knew I wouldn't post every day, but thought I could manage once a week. Guess not, LOL! Things have just been so hectic around here lately...guess that happens to all of us.
I'm finding that the older Rachel gets, the less time I have to get online...a laptop would certainly come in handy! It's difficult to find time to squirrel away in the office when there's a toddler in the house.
What have we been up to?...We finally got our coffee table and end tables, praise the Lord! Took about a month, but we've got em, and Rachel can't tip them over, woohoo!
Here are some pics from the Centennial Parade...I have yet to scrap any of them yet...just haven't felt inspired to do it yet...

I'm a big Dr. Seuss fan, so had to take these pics of Horton & the Cat in the Hat.
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Here's Grand Marshall James Garner, who hails from Norman (home of that guy Toby...)
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And speaking of Toby, no, he wasn't there, but I had to take this pic for you anyway, Tina! It's as close as I'll get to him, I'm sure!
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I love the Native American dance finery...
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Finally, Miss America Lauren Nelson...we've seen her twice in the past couple months.
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We did have a good time, and have finally caught the parade on DVD...for posterity's sake more than anything else. This next month is the big Centennial concert and fireworks show...looking forward to that.
Also in November, the first of OKC's new river taxis should be arriving. They won't be in full operation until sometime in the spring, but I think it'll be great fun. It'll be a 45 minute ride, and once the American Indian Cultural Center opens on the river next year, it should be very convenient for us to just hop on the boat and head to the museum & Bricktown.

So much for all of that! The end of October brings 2 things to mind...Rachel's birthday, and Halloween costumes. Rachel's birthday was over the weekend, and boy did she enjoy herself! Her sisters, niece and NiNi (forget Nana, it's NiNi when she says it, LOL) were there. DH grilled burgers, and we had dinner and then let her open up her presents. Her favorite thing, by far, was a set of dishes, cups, and flatware. That's about all she's wanted to play with since. She even took one of the cups to bed with her! If she gets a snack, she'll dump it out of whatever it's put on, and put it on one of her play dishes...she's really enjoying them. So, NiNi has decided to get her a toy kitchen set for Christmas...she'll be in hog heaven then, I'm sure!
Here are some party pics:

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Finally, we went to a Halloween carnival at OSU-OKC last week...Rachel does not like scary costumes or masks of any kind! She got some candy, and tried to give it to everyone else! The next day, we went to Storybook Forest and she was able to go meet lots of different fairy tale characters, and trick or treat there...she did learn what those trick or treat pumpkins were for! I was impressed though...while some kids where grabbing HANDFULS of candy, and leaving not much for everyone else, Rachel would reach in and take one, and only one...which is good, since I didn't really want her to have much candy anyway. We ended up giving most of it to her sisters, and she kept the lollipops. Here she is in the costume that NiNi made for her...

I scrapped it with Tracy Drane's 50s Diner kit:
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Finally, I've been working on my family heritage book for the Lifepreserver Chat at Seaside Scraps...it's every Wednesday night at 8 CST (except for this week...no chat due to the holiday). I did this entymology LO using Cheryl Whitesel's Josie kit...now I'm thinking of doing another one, but with family names. Time to go do some research into Coat of Arms!

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Hugs to yall...and I'll try to do better about posting!

Monday, October 15, 2007

What a weekend!

Well, I never got time to post my goodie that I kept talking about last week, so I'm doing it today...as soon as it gets through 4shared, anyway.
We had SUCH a busy weekend...fun, but busy. We spent Saturday at Orr Family Farm...Rachel had her first pony ride, first train ride, and first hayride. We also visited their barnyards and let her pet the animals, got some pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, and rode the carousel. It was a beautiful day, and we had a lot of fun. Afterwards, she went and spent the night with her big sisters...haven't had a quiet night around here in a long time! I got some cleaning done, and some scrapping done, and got to sleep in until nearly 9 o'clock...woohoo!
Here are some pics that I took at the farm...I scrapped them with Cheryl Whitesel's Farmer Kid kit from Seaside Scraps...I LOVE this kit! The only thing is...now I want to go and buy the Farmer Girl kit that goes along with it...it's basically the same, but in pink and brown...sigh...we'll see how bills go!

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Credits here.

Sunday was the big Oklahoma Centennial Parade here in OKC...we went and had a good time. I've got nearly 200 photos to go through...lots of scrapping to do too!!!

Seaside Scraps is giving away a free kit with a $10 purchase this month...I wasn't going to do it, but caved in this weekend, LOL. It's an awesome kit...and this from someone who isn't all that big on Halloween. Check out what Rebecca is giving away:

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Isn't that the cutest??? We never did jack-o-lanterns or any of the scary stuff, but her kit was too cute for me to pass up.

Time to go for now...no promises on my next post...think I've finally learned my lesson on that!

Friday, October 5, 2007

CT News

Hi peoples! Well, I didn't get back on Tuesday with a template, but I'll post one today. But first for a bit of venting!
Let's see...on Saturday, we finally went out and bought our coffee and end table. We've been without for awhile, and finally had enough extra cash to get the one that I liked. We waited almost an hour in the pick-up lane at Mathis Brothers before we got our furniture, and when it was finally our turn (right before the store closed), someone else tried to take our spot. The wife started griping at DH, and he told her too bad, we've been waiting in line! She got all huffy...didn't realize that there even was a line. He pointed it out to her, and there were quite a few cars waiting, and that made her even more ticked off. Oh well.
We got the tables home, opened up the boxes, and started putting them together, only to find that one of the legs had been cut incorrectly, and the coffee table could not be put together. So on Sunday, we were at the store when they opened so that we could exchange it for a table that was cut correctly. Unfortunately, we were told that they had no more in stock, and had no idea when or if they would be getting any more. I asked about the floor models, and was told they wouldn't be sold until the items were officially closed out. So...we had to go back home, take apart the end table, and return it too. There was NO way I was going to pay good money and end up with mismatched tables.
We finally picked out another set, only to find it's backordered until next week. So we're still without tables, but at least we got our money back.
On Sunday evening, the lawn mower decided to give out. Monday morning, we had to get the muffler on DH's car fixed. On Tuesday morning, we took the mower into the repair shop, only to find that repairs would cost more than we paid for the machine in the first place. So we went to Walmart and bought one of the 3 mowers they still had in stock.
And then yesterday morning, my monitor up and died. It's only a year and a half old! I was SO not happy! DH has been wanting/needing a new one...he needs a wider screen so that he can enlarge the print, so I took his old one, and we went and bought him a new monitor last night.
So now I'm kind of glad we haven't gotten the tables yet...we've had to shell out money here and there, and we'd have been broke if we'd not gotten our money back on them. So I consider that as the Lord using a bad situation for good in our household.

LO share:  Here's a new layout I did Helen Ehrenhofer's Heirloom kit, which she offered as a freebie during the GDS designer contest.
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I'm off to scrap. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Monday, October 1, 2007

I've been spotlighted!

I got an email over the weekend asking if I'd mind being the October spotlighted member over at ScrappinDigiKreations! Well, of course I don't mind! How cool is that?? Here's the link to the thread: http://scrappindigikreations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1098
From what I gather, anyone who scraplifts one of my LOs in their gallery will get a posting bonus, which is pretty cool. Also, there's a running Q and A, so if you want to ask a question, go ahead and I'll TRY to answer it!

Here's one of my new layouts, using SeAsCrApS' Daddy's Girl kit from ScrappinFreestyle. This is one of my favorite layouts!

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Time to go...she'll be awake soon, and I've got some things to get accomplished before then. Hope to see everyone in the chatroom at Seaside Scraps tomorrow at 10AM cst or 8PM cst...it's the Whale of a Deal template chat! Drop on in and visit, get a free template, and share some laughs with us! Bye till then!