Thursday, February 26, 2009

Farewell to the birthday bash

Well, hard to imagine, but February is coming to a close. And with it comes the end of Sweet Shoppe's birthday celebration. I was thrilled to win MandaBean's birthday contest, and be a runner-up in Traci Reed's contest as well. There are a few more contests still going on, so head on over and check them out this week while you still have a chance to win.
I can't believe how warm it's getting...today our high is supposed to be 80! I guess Rachel can wear shorts today LOL. Seriously, this girl is growing so fast that we are running out of clothes for her. Earlier this week, we played 'dress-up'...and had her try on all of her clothes. Nearly half of them have been tossed, along with most of her shoes. I'm so glad that the JBF sales are coming up in a few weeks, and neighborhood garage sales should start popping up around here within the next month as well.
We went for very belated Christmas and Valentine's portraits last week, and picked them us this week.
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ADSR4 is now OFFICIALLY over...we are just waiting on the prize drawings. I had SUCH a wonderful time in the race, and I am looking forward to another go-round. I just wish I didn't have to wait another year for it! There was a 13th challenge that would up being optional. I completed it, and I'd love to show it to you, but I apparently don't have it saved on this computer!
OK, on to LOs that I actually DO have to show you...

Scrapped with Growing Up Boy by Sweet Digi Scraps & Valarie Ostrom, available at BTST and Gotta Pixel:
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For the current Cookie challenge at SSD, scrapped with La & MandaBean's Bumble Bee Mine:
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For SSD's One Word challenge, scrapped with KCB's Love is in the Air...and no, I didn't misspell 'valentine'...I used Rachel's pronunciation:
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And finally, for Tracy Blankenship's template/project 52 challenge at FPD, scrapped using Lliella's CNY kit:
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And now, on to the FOB2Y challenge...a random fact about birthdays...
In the U.S.A., the most common birth date is October 5 and the least common is May 22. Our family has lots of May birthdays...a few in Octobner...so maybe we're odd ducks LOL.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hogwash...

or as Spongebob might say, what a load of barnacles.




You Are a Tycoon



Watch out Donald Trump! You've got a head for business and money.

You'll make it rich some day, even if you haven't figured out how yet.

A supreme individualist, you shouldn't get stuck in a corporate job.

Instead, make your own way - so that you can be the boss.



Your strength: Your undying determination



Your weakness: You require an opulent lifestyle



Your power color: Plum



Your power symbol: Dollar sign



Your power month: August



I will take this time to say that every single thing about this is absolutely wrong...which doesn't surprise me in the least. I am so glad that this is NOT the kind of person that I am.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The End. Word.

Well, we're at the end of the ADSR. I've completed my portion of number 12, and even did the bonus challenge. I've gotten in the habit of sharing my pages with you here, but this is just a quick post today, as I have to leave for the dentist's office in about 20 minutes. So for now, here are my quiz results for today's blog challenge at SSD.




Your Word is "Love"



You see life as possibility to form deep connections with a few people.

Relationships are the center of your world, and you always take time to bond with those you love.



You are caring and giving. You enjoy helping those you love.

And when it comes to romantic love, you feel passionately ... even in a very long term relationship.



I have to laugh...I took this quiz a couple of weeks ago, and I must have given different answers, because I got a different result!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Birthdays and we're also to the finish line.....

Well, time for an ADSR update. I'm bummed...just one more week to go. Challenge 9 was hosted by KB and Friends, and it was a generation challenge. Here's my take on the challenge, using ScrapKitchen and Shabby Miss Jenn's beautiful Flower Stand kit:
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I was all set for challenge #10, but it was a roadblock, and I wasn't able to do the layout (I wanted to though LOL...I get SO inspired with the race challenges!) However, I did get to participate, and Sharon Kay had to interview me and then make a layout based on my answers. I told her I might go ahead and interview her too LOL, so that I can make a page too! I know I'll be kind of down when the race is over, and hope that I can participate again.

The sample challenge page for the Generations challenge at KB and Friends showed baby pictures of three generations of women, and I guess that really stuck with me, because I found myself doing that same sort of page today! Here's what I did with Valarie Ostrom's Simple Inspirations 5 Mini kit from BTST:
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One of my layouts was selected as a Gallery Standout at Gotta Pixel this week...I was thrilled, because this page was not my norm, and I wasn't sure if others would like it as much as I did! I used Elka Romero's Green Earth-Worms' Tale (huge and fun kit!)
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I've started re-scrapping some of the pages that I lost when my computer crashed, as well as redoing those crappy early pages that alot of us digiscrappers claim to have (I know I have quite a few LOL). These photos are some of our favorites, and when I saw this kit in ES's dollar sale a few weeks ago, I had to have it. I'm a sucker for ladybugs LOL. The kit is Lil Lady Revisited by Mandy Mystique.
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And finally, woohoo, I found an adorable outfit for Rachel this week! I was so thrilled to try it on her today...it was a perfect fit! The kit is Heather Roselli's Got Spirit, which I was thrilled to win in one of her blog contests.
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OK, down to the main reason for posting LOL...I need my SSD point! This week's topic...birthdays...how appropriate considering the fact that mine is 2 days away!
I'll be honest...I'm not a birthday fan. I don't mind getting a year older; as a matter of fact, I look at birthdays the same way I look at New Years...it's just another day. I'm no different today than I was yesterday. Of course, as a child, things can be a bit different. Of course I loved getting birthday presents, but to share my favorite birthday or favorite present or party...that's darn near impossible. Honestly, I don't remember any birthday presents...I know I got them, but I couldn't tell you anything that I got (with the exception of a couple of things that I was really disappointed by). Parties...I had parties when I was younger...my last party was in the 5th grade when my mom planned a surprise party for me. I am NOT a party person...I am a shy introvert by nature, and I did not have alot of friends. I was SO angry with my mom for throwing that party; I actually locked myself in the bathroom and it took quite a while to get me to come out. That's really about all there is to tell...we don't do much for my birthday now...DH will go out and get me something, and we'll probably go out to dinner (but we usually go out on the weekend LOL), but there's no party or cake or anything.

I guess that's pretty much it...I'll catch up with you all next week, a week older, but probably not alot wiser ROTFL!