Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Last Lecture

I just finished reading the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. If you want to be inspired you need to read this book. I first heard of Randy Pausch when the utube video of his Last Lecture was passed around the Internet. View it here if you have not seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo . The book is so much more then the lecture. It makes you feel good. It makes you think about what you dream about. It makes you love and enjoy each day.

This book really made me think about my dreams when I was growing up.

1. Work for Disney doing animation
2. Be a model
3. Be fit
4. Speak another language

I'm sure there are more, but right now that is what I can remember. What were your dreams? Are you living them?

I'm working on number 3. and I'm very close to my goal. As for number 1. I'm planning on going back to school next year to get a degree in Media & Communication Arts which will get me closed to that dream.

Keep dream and living those dreams!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Merry, Merry Christmas

It was a wonderful holiday season. For us it was very queit compared to Christmas's of the past. At first I wasn't looking forward to it much, because most of my family would not be here, but it was nice. I still missed my family dearly, but it was a much slower pace and we got to have more time playing with the boys.

One memorial part of the day was when Kyle came up to me and said "Mom, I forgot to give you the best present." He proceeded to give me a super big hug and said "I love you very much". It was the BEST present I could ever get.

I hope your holidays were filled with love and joyous time.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

I've been busy getting everything ready for the holidays. The presents are bought and wrapped. The cookies are almost done - just need to decorate the cut-out ones with the boys. I have the menu planned, just need to buy things next week.

I got a lot of my baking done today. We have over 12 inches of now today, so the boys are home and I wasn't planning on going anywhere. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those winters I remember as a child - tons of snow. We are suppose to get more on Sunday and then on Christmas Eve.

Stay warm!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Cards - Check

One item off my list. Here's a sample of the cards I made for my family and the picture I'm enclosing in all the cards. Maybe next year I'll start early and everyone will get a handmade card.



Monday, December 8, 2008

Making a List

I finished the cards that I was making for Xmas. Now I need to comply my address list and figure out how many pictures I need to print. So far I need around 80+!!! What's a normal card list amount?? I'm hoping to get the cards in the mail by this weekend, so I can focus on my other "to do" items. Next on the list is my cookie list. I usually make around 8-10 different kinds of cookies. Luckily I like to bake. :) I let the boys pick a cookie and then I make some from years past with one or two new ones. I'm looking forward to having the house smell yummy!! I also need to get my shopping done. I have a few more gifts to buy and I need to ship some gifts. Even though I have a lot to still do, I'm not getting stressed about it all. Well I need to get back to my card list. Good Night!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Favorite Blog

I've always been a fan of Tim Holtz. He is an amazing artist and a wonderful instructor. I had the pleasure of taking one of his classes at CKU-Detroit. If you want to see some wonderful art work and get ideas on using his line of products check out his website. He is in the middle of his 12 tags of chirstmas and they are breathtaking. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Time for Christmas Crafts

The boys and I had a wonderful time working on our Xmas Crafts. I got the idea of the button tree from Ali Edwards website. It was a perfect craft for all the boys to enjoy. Here's the boys getting started.

William's being very careful with the pins.

Kyle loves picking out special buttons from all the bowls.

Logan showing off one of his picks.


The finished products.....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's Here....


I just got my copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling!! It will probably be the last of the "Harry Potter" Books so I'm very excited to read it. Now, I just need to get the kids to bed. :)


I took a big step today. I went to MCC to talk to an adviser. Yes, I'm going back to school. I need to talk to the programs dean but it looks like I will be a student again next year. I'm going back for Visual Communications. I figured I would explore my craftive side and see if I can make a living doing something I love. It also good time with the rumors that some Hollywood studios are buying some old auto plants to convert to studios around this area. So, wish me luck!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Start of Journal My Christmas

It's December!! It just like I enjoy it. Yesterday and last night it snowed, so the ground is covered in white. It was the perfect snow for snowmen making so we all headed outside to have some fun.











I found a cool project for documenting this christmas. Check out http://www.shimelle.com/ if you want to join in the fun.

Here is my Day 1 page for this project. I need to print it and add some bling to the page but I'm just glad I keep my promise to send some time to do this project.



I used the free downloads from http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/ december magazine. The frame is from DesignersDigitals KPertiet - SnapFrames and the Flourish is from DesignersDigitals AASPN WebChallenge May 08.