Kids Book Corner

  • Goose Girl
  • Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH
  • Peter and The Shadow Thieves
  • Peter and The Star Catchers
  • Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper
  • Stella Brite and The Dark Matter Myster
  • The Island of The Blue Dolphins
  • The Phantom Toll Booth
  • The School Library Journal
  • The Sisters Grimm
  • Tuck Everlasting


Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Hey all! Thanks for those who called and emailed about my dad. I just spoke with my stepmom for another follow-up. My dad is home. The doctors found that he was negative for cardiac enzymes, which indicate a heart attack. He passed his stress test and blood work. They are uncertain what caused his excruciating pain. He woke up with his jaw numb and his left arm completely numb, the other day. He has been in pain for about 2 months, but doesn't complain about things. He is a worker and is always up early to do things and for him to complain it has to be pretty horrible. My sister, Katherine, has made an appointment for further tests with another physician. They will try to determine what could be causing his symptoms.

Thanks again, I really appreciate your prayers and kind words!

:::::::::::::A Walk in the Park x 2:::::

I did my 4 mile walk, yesterday with a little bit of sprinkling rain. The clouds blew away and the sun came out shortly before I finished. Then, when Michael came home from work he invited me to walk with him. I wasn't going to pass on a chance to walk and talk with my sweetheart, so I donned my shoes again (my fabulous 7eeee's of joy!) We had a 4 mile walk to the park, around and back. We discussed the podcast of the wave/particle duality from Astronomy cast and extrapolated that to a comparison on evolution and creationism. Light walking topics, indeed!

For today's walk I listened to Astronomy Cast discussing "Space Junk" and "Detectors". I don't only listen to podcasts; I also love a bit of Earth, Wind and Fire to get the feet going. :)

::::::::::::::Another Layout for Karen Lewis' C.T.:::::

My daughter using her hands to eat her potato salad because she didn't want to bother any one to get her a fork.

Total "Mom"-Sense Collaboration Kit by Karen Lewis & Danielle Engbretson

Curly Swirly Alpha by Karen Lewis:

Font: DJB KIRA by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick
additional font: Another Typewriter, CK Double Mou

:::::::::::::::Getting Ready::::::

The overnight Zoo trip is tomorrow and the weekend has In-Gathering for Rachel. Michael will be teaching a Wilderness Survival class for the Boy Scout merit badge. My mom is such a blessing for helping out with Noah and Eve while I'm gone! Thanks, MOM!


National Scrapbook Day is May 3rd and there are going to be amazing sales and freebies around the digital community. Check out forum for some great information. Dawn Inskip has made an amazing collaboration kit with Heather Manning that will be coming out for NSD. Y'all will love it! Anna Benjamin will be having a new gorgeous kit at scrapbookgraphics, Darcy Baldwin and Karen Lewis will be having some AWEsome stuff at The Digichick. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the cool designs for preserving your memories, or just an exciting creative outlet!

Take care and smiles!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Phone Call

Scary news this morning: I received a call from my niece, Jessica, to tell me that my dad was at the hospital due to a heart attack. She gave me the cell number to reach my stepmom, Alice. She answered and she was in such a flustered state that she had just missed the exit for the emergency room. She said she would call me, as soon as, she knew anything more. I called Michael and my mom to let them know about what was going on. I went ahead and took Eve to school, then took a walk to the park. When I returned Alice had left a message to return her call. She said that the doctor's are uncertain if it was, in fact, a heart attack. He was still in emergency, but would be admitted for more tests. She said she didn't need anything, but to call her later. My dad is a tough old rooster.

:::::::::::::::News of a Different Sort:::::::

Karen Lewis has invited me to her creative team and I have been working with some of her colorful and clever designs. Here are a couple:

This is the start of a Mother's Day Album of things I do with my children. I love the retro look!

Total "Mom"-Sense Collaboration Kit by Karen Lewis & Danielle Engbretson

Curly Swirly Alpha by Karen Lewis:

Font: DJB DAWN by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick

additional font: Another Typewriter

My daughter playing with one of her cousins!

A Month At A Time Date Stamps by Karen Lewis at The Digichick

Lil’Miss Kit

DJB JENNA by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick

All catch up with the weekend information later.

Take care!

Saturday, April 26, 2008


I love to get the kids to pose like the statues we come across. Here is a layout with Eve playing along:

Credits: Swirl Therapy by Jofia
Font: DJB JENNA by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick
Shabby Paper by Weeds and Wildflowers
Frames by Christina Renee and Katie Pertiet
Acrylic letters by Michelle Coleman from Emma's Sundress

Smiles! :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nuture Nature?

:::::::::::::::::::Atlanta Botanical Gardens Layout:::

Dawn Inskip: “A Secret Garden”, “Fresh”, "WEATHER STATION", "Land of Make Believe" , "Embossed Alpha set 2"

Also her Type Cast Alpha


Treasures to Scrap


Font: DJB Mandy by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick

::::::::::::::::::::Small Accomplishment::::::::

I never thought much about the lable section on the posts. Then, I realized that they are pretty handy dandy. So...I have finished labeling all of my 548 posts to make them more accessible.

::::::::::::::::::::Stolen Recollections:::::::::

from my mom's blog: "From time to time, I ask one of the grandchildren, if they will take care of me when I get old and over the years I have had some interesting answers – everything from an exuberant, "Yes, of course, Granny" to a more thoughtful response from Noah recently. When I asked Noah about the care and feeding of Granny in the future – his response was "well, it all depends…. Will we be living at your house or at our house? I prefer your house because you have Cable." That perk is definitely a strong consideration for almost 8 years old. I shall have to keep that satellite dish no matter what!

Noah also has lots of opinions about his favorite food (at least at our home) GRITS. It has to be just right and served in the proper dish. It has to have just the right amount of cheese – not too much – not too little. He has incredibly sensitive taste buds, too. If he is deeply engrossed in the latest episode of BEN TEN and the ALEIN FORCE, I note fewer comments and larger consumption. Noah gives Victoria a bit of a hard time because he tells her that she doesn’t make Grits like Granny Sue and he refuses to eat her grits. Well, last week, he was not exactly happy with my offering and he commented, "Your grits taste just like my mother’s." That was not meant as a compliment. Maybe Noah will grow up to be a Food Critic."

Thanks for posting this, mom! :)


The temperature was nigh unto perfect, today! I found a bird egg to show eve that had fallen from some unseen nest. She dropped it and broke it within 5 minutes. The bluebirds are one of my favorite birds to spy in the park. Least favorite... would be dog poo.

::::::::::::::::::::::Yard Work:::::

It is time for the mowing of the grass, or rather...I better get it done because all of the neighbors have theirs looking trim and tidy.

Smiles and take care!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Geekly Pleasures

:::::::::::::::::Court of Honor:::

Aaron conducted the meeting for Scouts. We had a pretty good turn out and the boys, Aaron's age got most of the merit badge and advancements. The slideshow ended up being finished on Michael's laptop because mine kept shutting off. The whole thing came together just fine. I used songs from Jack Johnson, U2, Jars of Clay and Switchfoot.

This is the cake from lesson 4 of Wilton 1 cake decorating class. My mom was so kind to give me a gift certificate. My roses came out ruffled because my icing was too stiff, but my DH said he liked the shabby chic look.

Credits: Serenity Now by Anna Benjamin

Vintage Lace Alpha by Anna Benjamin

Font: DJB Messie Amanda by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick


Michael has hooked me up with some cool podcasts for my daily walks. So far, I've listened to Astronomy Cast with Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay

Wave Particle Duality

Getting Around the Solar Systemand

Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett:

Inside Mormon Faith

A History of Doubt

Here are some things from blogs of two awesome cyber gals:

From Carol's blog:

Righto. A bit of background, it apparently started at Smokey Mountain Breakdown and the rules are that you answer each of the five questions, then tag five bloggers to pass the meme to. Have them link back to you and to the original post as the source meme.

1. What food do you consider the best "date" food? In other words what meal or food item do you think is sexiest to eat in the company of someone you would like to look sexy around?

Any food you have to eat using chopsticks, because dexterity is sexy! :)

2. What well-known person would you like to share a meal with—with or without clothing. (saying whether or not clothes are involved is optional).

Well if the beach towel is big enough...I would love a sit down and share a meal with Russell Crowe. I would like to ask him about some of the movies he was in that I enjoy like "Master and Commander" and "Gladiator".

3. What does your perfect breakfast-in-bed look like? (Food AND the details, please. Candles? Music? Flowers? Hot tub? Dancing girls?

French Toast, Grits, Orange Juice on a Spring day with a cool breeze fluttering through open windows and the morning light streaming in. Birds happily chirping in the trees.

4. What do you consider the best application of whipped cream to be?

Whipped cream screams for a nice warm brownie and vanilla bean ice cream.

5. Oh-Gosh-No, Biff, the yacht is sinking! You are sent to the galley to retrieve the food. What luxury food items do you snatch first? The champagne? The caviar? Smoked Salmon? Truffles? Chocolate? Or something else?

The chocolate, as I rush quickly for the life jacket.

From Julie's blog prompt:


answer with just one's harder than you think...

1. Where is your cell phone? none
2 . Your significant other? hottie
3. Your hair? highlighted
4. Your mother? cool
5. Your father? busy
6. Your favorite thing? walking
7. Your dream last night? forgot
8. Your favorite drink? milk
9. Your dream/goal? Mini
10. The room you're in? living
11. Your ex? none
12. Your fear? falling
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Australia
14. Where were you last night? Scouts
15. What you're not? simple
16. Muffins? blueberry
17. One of your wish list items? lasik
18. Where you grew up? suburbs
19. The last thing you did? chauffeur
20. What are you wearing? sweats
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? ferret
23. Your computer? wonky
24. Your life? busy
25. Your mood? thoughtful
26. Missing someone? Granddaddy
27. Your car? Voyager
28. Something you're not wearing? earrings
29. Favorite Store? hardware
30. Your summer? sticky
31. Like someone? yes
32. Your favorite color? green
33. When is the last time you laughed? minutes
34. Do you cry a lot? no

Now it's your turn!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Testing, Testing 1,2,3...

::::::::::::::::Testing, Testing, and More Testing:::::

Noah, Rachel and Aaron are all testing this week for CRCT. Aaron's test site is close to the house, so that is nice. The check-in, yesterday, was unncessarily, confusing. It all worked out on time and then Aaron said he had to wait 45 minutes before the test started. He said he made friends with 3 of the boys at his table, so he was pleased.

::::::::::::::::Nim's Island::::::::

We just finished reading Nim's Island and the kids really enjoyed the story. It is a bit different from the movie, which we happened to see first. The kids really like Nim's friends who happen to be a sea lion, marine iguana and a sea turtle. They also like how self-sufficient the character is, but that she has such a loving relationship with her dad, Jack. Overall, this is a cute story.


Michael went for his tri-weekly apheresis appointment. They took a triple product from him because they have so few donors. He came home absolutely exhausted.


No photos of anything for the blog because I'm working on a slideshow for the Court of Honor on Wednesday night. It was presented to me on Wednesday, last week, then my computer crashed and after fixing it...a bit...I still can't access some music files and the computer error message says it doesn't know why it can't access them either. So, I'm doing a crippled effort for the slideshow, so I hope it works out any way.

:::::::::::::::::Ballet Recital:::::::::

Eve and her ballet friends were practicing their recital in the hall where they will actually perform. When I walked in to pick her up the girls had just finished dancing and Eve was crying. I saw Ms. Brooke comforting her. One of Eve's friends explained that Eve was nervous. Ms. Brooke sat down with the girls and told them that she would get nervous when she was little too and that it was okay. She also reminded all the girls that people who loved them would be the audience. Ms. Brooke is a fantastic instructor and I thought the other girls worrying about Eve was so sweet. Eve seemed to feel much better after a few minutes.


When I went walking, yesterday, I borrowed the headphones my mom got for free from Delta. You just, gently, clip them over your ears, which is better than the ear buds. Ear buds...HURT me! Michael loaded "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" on the mp3 player and I laughed the entire time to the park and back home. That show is a riot.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday Happenings:

:::::::::::::A Nice Walk and Talk::::::

Michael and I took a 4 mile walk to the park, around, and home again. It was nice to talk and watch the bird fly around.

:::::::::::::Cuban Food::::::::::::::::
For lunch we took Aaron to our favorite Cuban restaurant called, "Little Cuba". Aaron and I had the Pan Con Bistek Pallomilla (steak sandwich) and I added the black beans and yellow rice. Michael ordered the vaca frita. Yummy stuff!

:::::::::::::More Lawn Mowing::::::::::

Aaron mowed Granny and Granpa's yard, today. He is keeping track of the finances to help earn his Personal Management Merit Badge for scouts.

:::::::::::::Alice In Wonderland:::::::

Noah and Eve decided they wanted to go to the play today, as well. Rachel's Girl Scout troop got front row seats, and one of the girls sat by Eve and was really sweet to her the entire night. Noah was squirmy, but liked the play. One of the girls from his class played a hedgehog for one of the scenes and he was so proud of her. Eve was excited to see her friend, Jayla, from preschool. They hugged before the play, at intermission and at the end of the performance. Cute stuff.

:::::::::::::::::::::Dawn Inskip C.T.::::::

I'm a Mercurial Girl:

Take care!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Rain or Shine

I must give props where props are due. My husband is often asked to critique my layouts, which is brave, indeed. I know I ask, but that can be a slippery slope for a husband caught unawares. Luckily, Michael set ground rules for offering his, constructive, critism. Yesterday, I asked him a few times what he thought. His observations were very helpful. He also helped me use the smudge tool to get the reflections in the water the way I wanted. Just add this to the list of reasons he is "The Best Wife I Ever Had"!

My daughter, Rachel, playing in the huge puddles after a brief rainstorm at Niagara Falls.

Brand new kit by Dawn Inskip "WEATHER STATION" available in the following stores Friday, April 18th.

Also her Type Cast Alpha, and Midnight Clear alpha,


Treasures to Scrap


also: Kate Hadfield: Skinny and Tall alpha,
with Tiff Brady: Wordy Bits Basics, Vacation Wordy Bits,

::::::::::::::::::Book Club:::::::::::

I was invited by my friend, Kim, to join the book club with some ladies in our ward. We discussed the book Austenland by Shannon Hale. This was my first meeting and I was told this was considered very light reading from some of their past works. I, thoroughly, enjoyed this book and we had a lively discussion with prompts prepared, by Kim, on slips of paper. There were 12 of us and everyone got a chance to comment. There was a range of liked a lot to didn't like and it was fun to hear everyones' take on the book. At one point I got a moment to defend Mr. Darcy's character. That was you think Jane Austen we be smiling? They are a great bunch and I look forward to our next book and meeting!

:::::::::::::::::Introduction to Lawn Mowing:::::::

Grandpa Jim picked Aaron up, yesterday, to take him to mow the lawn of one of our friends. She plans to pay Aaron sometimes and other times he will use the lawn mowing as service hours for Scouts. Grandpa Jim showed him how the mower worked and how to be safe, then how to make even rows. Michael showed up to pick Aaron up and gave him pointers, as needed. Aaron did a great job from Grandpa's report. Unfortunately, the cold he has is kicking his, proverbial, rear end and he felt yucky when he got home and he skipped bowling league today. He asked to get a reading assignment so he could lay down. He is upstairs reading a kid's version of Julius Ceasar. Since we have watched the BBC version he should follow the play without a problem. I hope he gets well soon. He has to take the CRCT, starting Monday.

:::::::::::::::::Looking Forward To::::::

"Alice in Wonderland" this weekend put on by the local high school. Rachel and I are going with her Girl Scout troop. Fun girls, so I'm looking forward to the performance.

Take care!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pleasant Surprise...

***Edited to add an amazing article about my great-uncle Dewey Posey at the end of this post.


I went to Eve's preschool, yesterday, for the final conference of the school year. Crystal, Eve's lead teacher, was very pleased with how Eve is doing and said she is ready for Kindergarten. She said she hoped Eve got an older teacher with a bit more structure, so Eve would be encouraged to work to her best abilities. The teacher felt that a new year teacher might tend to just let her be because, in class situations, Eve is quiet and rarely gets into trouble. She also is one of two children who let the teacher know what is going on, or assistant information officer. So, all in all, Eve is doing well. As we finished up the meeting she directed me over to a bouquet of flowers and handed me a thank you card. She said the flowers were for all of the help I gave the class this year. I was pleasantly surprised. I find it really enjoyable to do things with the kids. They are a fun bunch. I don't do car drop off line because I have fun walking Eve to class, see what she's doing, say high to the other children and talk with the teachers. Crystal, especially, is out-going and really funny. Kimmie is quiet and prefers to listen and interject occassionally. This preschool is one that all of my children have attended and we have been thoroughly delighted with the experience.

::::::::::::::::::::::::Cool Book::::::::::::

This book caught my eye with the engaging and adorable image of a leaping, wide-eyed sheep. The book is really fun to read, as well. Russell just can't get to sleep. We go along with Russell as he tries several different ideas on ways to achieve slumber. The kids thought Russell's pet frog was really cool. If you are familiar with Mercer Meyer's character of "Little Critter" and that character's spider and cricket companions illustrated on each's like that. This is a fun a quick read for any, or night!

::::::::::::::::::::::::Atlanta Botanical Garden Pages::::::

My mom went with us to the Botanical Gardens and the kids were, so happy she came along.

8x8 Bracket Brag Book Template Album by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick Font: DJB ALL GIRL is included!
Additional font: DJB MY DEAR MARSHA by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick

BYOC for April from The Lily Pad designers.

Birgit: Sprout alpha

Rachel pretending to be Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor's Garden.
8x8 Bracket Brag Book Template Album by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick Font: DJB ALL GIRL is included!

BYOC for April from The Lily Pad designers.

Birgit: Alpha from the Collaboration with Kate Hadfield and Catrine at Catscraps

Ida: water doodle

Weeds and Wildflowers: Cherish alpha

My mom with the kids who are content to be silly for every photo!


8x8 Bracket Brag Book Template Album by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick Font: DJB ALL GIRL is included!

BYOC for April from The Lily Pad designers.

:::::::::::::::::The Weather:::::::::::::::

It looks like a beautiful day is shaping up outside. Unfortunately, for Rachel, the morning started with a sore throat and dry sinus passages. My guess is that she is suffering from the pollen explosion. After breakfast she felt a bit better. I hope she continues to improve because the math portion of the CRCT is being given at school today. She is intimidated by math test, but usually ends up doing fine. We all prayed she would remember the things she has learned and then we will hope for the best.

***Dewey Posey::::


Callaway's hook-up man

Angler shares his secrets with all

By Scott Bernarde
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/13/08

Pine Mountain —- Dewey Posey keeps no secrets about his favorite fishing hole of the past half-century.

He'll tell where to go, what to use and how to get a fish to bite. In fact, he'll even dig into his tan-and-white, three-trayed tackle box and give you the same lure he used yesterday to catch 'em.

No, really, he will. He has done that many times over while meeting and greeting out-of-towners who drop by to fish Mountain Creek Lake at Callaway Gardens.

Every Saturday during the spring Posey, 85, of Columbus, volunteers at the lake's boathouse to share his passion with park-goers wanting to rent a fishing boat. Guests try to tip him, but he gives the money back.

"I hate to see people come here on vacation and spend as much money as they do, and then not catch a fish. That breaks my heart," he said.

Posey, who may give a guest a handful of crappie jigs to use on the water, has had an open-tackle box policy. He remembers one time when a man and wife from Atlanta came to fish, but the wife hadn't ever caught one. They didn't have gear, so Posey gave them each a rod and all the tackle they needed. The wife caught more bream than her husband.

"He is a legend at Callaway Gardens, a legend on this lake," Callaway's fishing operations manager Carl Warmouth said. "I've heard people say if Dewey's not catching fish, they're just not going to be caught. He's caught so many fish here that he doesn't have to make anything up, and he loves to share.

"He has a genuine desire to help people catch fish."

The World War II vet who has been married for 66 years to his wife, Julia, has had a love affair with Mountain Creek Lake almost as long. It was after Posey's return from the war that a friend suggested that he try the Callaway lake, and he was hooked for good.

He has become a master of whatever fishing you want to do at Callaway's largest (125 acres) lake, from bass to bream and catfish. Anglers would be wise to ask Dewey first before hitting the lake. But that doesn't mean everyone listens.

Take a couple of brothers from Albany who often drive the 125 miles to catch Mountain Creek's plate-sized bream. Posey remembers overhearing the brothers as he was catching fish after fish. One kept saying, "Look, he caught another one" every time Posey reeled one in. Eventually, the brother said, "That old SOB caught another one."

Later, Posey saw the brothers at the boathouse and wryly asked them, "Would you fellas like to know what this old SOB was catching 'em on?" he remembers saying.

"They came back with a limit on bream. That tickled me. They didn't think about their voices carrying over water like that."

"That's a true story," Warmouth said. "I was here the day it happened."

Posey is the lake's volunteer coordinator who helps line up folks for projects such as the annual boathouse cleanup every March.

"I'm just crazy about this boat dock and the people who come to fish," Posey said. "I don't do it for the money because I like to see people happy when they go fishing. It's a happy thing to do."

p.s. Thank you for sending the link, mom and Aunt Loly! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Take A Guess...

I saw this photo quiz on The Sweet Shoppe and decided to take it:


You correctly answered 12 out of 16. You score is 80%
I was incorrect on #s 5,6,8,16

::::::::::::::::::Books on C.D.::::::::::

For car rides I checked out a few books on c.d. from the library. The one Noah wanted to listen to first was Indian In The Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks. The author also reads the book. Rachel stated to me that she really likes it when the authors read their own works because the emphasis and feeling are presented the way the author intended. We are on the last disk of the 4 for this book and I really enjoy listening to Banks read her work. If you are looking for something to do in the car consider a book on c.d. I would warn you if you have small children that the "D" word is used in this work a few times.

:::::::::::::::::::The Black Hole::::

We finished reading my old copy of this book Monday. Rachel and Aaron were asking a lot of questions trying to follow characters and asking about the science of what was going on. Noah was usually falling asleep half way through and Eve wanted me to tickle her arm pit, while I was reading. (She likes to have her arms tickled...strange.)

The book is about a small group of explorers from Earth that include astronauts, a reporter and a robot. This group aboard the Palomino happen upon the missing ship Cygnus as they are about to make a turn that would take them back to Earth. They do a fly by of the Cygnus, but get caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole that appears to not have any effect on the Cygnus. The Palomino is able to escape the pull of the black hole and dock with the Cygnus. The greeting on board and the crews meeting with the famous and infamous Dr. Reinhardt is a cold and confusing one for the crew. The sinister nature of Dr. Reinhardt unfolds to the crew slowly, but is an interesting story. The mystery of what the black hole is and where it leads is fascinating even in any inaccuracies. This is science fiction, so we did not put stock in the actual book explanations behind the science. The ending to the book left the kids pondering about the state of souls, which was pretty interesting to discuss. Light reading it isn't, but thought-provoking it is.

::::::::::::::::::Swim Suit Season:::::::::::

Has rolled around again to the delight of the children. Rachel had grown out of her tankini, so we went to the mall and looked around for a new one. Our Church recommends and usually requires one piece bathing suits to activities, but many of those suits expose just as much skin as bikinis. The point, in this directive, is to cover the front of the body and rear-end. I have always hated one pieces and find bikinis equally unattractive, so I was thrilled by the solution of the tankini. Our family is very prone to sunburn,even with lotion, so the surfer type shirts and shorts work great. The shoulders and back get covered and all the other extra bits and, BONUS, when you have to go relieve yourself you can simply drop your drawers without all the twisting and dropping over your wet suit to the yucky floor. We found Rachel's suit at Land's End at Sears.

::::::::::::::::::Homemade Chicken Soup::::::::

Michael made a double batch of homemade chicken soup with egg noodles. Half of his soup he took to our neighbor who is sick. Aaron is glad we have leftovers because he woke up with a horrible cold, actually he states he didn't really get any sleep. Since Jasper, the ferret, shares a similar immune system he is also the recipient of this nasty cold virus, but his hit yesterday. He was snuffling and whistling much of the day.

:::::::::::::::::::Cub Scouts:::::::::

Noah is signed up for Cub Scout Day Camp. He wasn't excited to go and I wasn't going to force him. I did, however, talk up the things he would get to do and he saw that maybe Day Camp would be fun, so he said he would go. He even followed up with me when he got into the car when I went to pick him asking me, "Did you remember to give her the check, mommy?" I was glad to see he was covering his bases.

I hope y'all have a great day! :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Promised Fluff And Stuff...

:::::::::::::::A Walk In The Park:::::::::::

At lunch today I walked from the house to park, and back. It was a bracing walk due to the cold temperatures. Fortunately, my toes were happy to be in their new big square box.

After the walk I drove to Eve's preschool and had to wait out in the hall for just a few minutes because the girls were having dress rehearsal for their upcoming ballet recital. All the girls were excited to wear their costumes and all shrieked when we, the parents, walked in, to not look up at the front where Ms. Brooke had their costumes. Such excited little girls!

::::::::::::::::::::::Dawn Inskip C.T. Layouts::::::::::

My oldest DS, Aaron, with a Blue Morpho on his shoulder. He was thrilled!

Font: DJB NICOLE by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick

Dawn Inskips: Colour My World kit coming to NDISB,
TTS, and SSS on Friday!
Typecast Alpha
Font: Ck Cursive


My family and I having fun petting stingrays and small sharks at the Tennessee Aquarium.

:::::::::::::::::::::::::Suspence and Sensibility

This book by Carrie Bebris is her second in the series of mystery stories using the well-known characters from Jane Austen's works. The main characters are Elizabeth Bennett Darcy and Fitzwilliam Darcy the beloved couple from Pride and Prejudice. Bebris writes in wonderful Austenian style, so as you read you are comfortable with the characters and the atmosphere she creates...or continues in this series. This book is like Nick and Nora Charles meet The Picture of Dorian Gray. The creepy Sir Frances Dashwood is introduced to the reader immediately, then comes into play later in the book. We also get to "witness" the budding romance between Kitty Bennett and Harry Dashwood.
I liked this book a bit more than the first. The supernatural underpinnings of the books are expected, now, and Bebris explains the historical background to the stories she weaves in the this much beloved couples' life. This was an engaging read and I enjoyed it. If you want Austen with a twist of the supernatural give this book a try.

Later, gators!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

You Never Know What The Day Will Bring

***Post of a personal nature...not scrapbook related...will post normal fluff and stuff tomorrow.

::::::::::::Phone Call:::::::::::::

Michael received a phone call from his mom that his brother is at the hospital with chest pains, but no definitive diagnosis. We will call tomorrow and find out more.


Eve gave a talk in Primary, today. She was so proud that Michael and I were there to listen. Michael went up to help her give the talk and Rachel had helped her write what she wanted down. A great team effort! Eve was so funny giving the "Royal Wave" from her seat behind the podium.

::::::::::::Mixed Feelings:::::::::

In the afternoon we drove down to one of Michael's brother's home to celebrate his daughter's 2nd birthday. We packaged the bead socks I made her in a little Chinese Take Out box with a purple ribbon. The kids were excited to see and play with their cousins and aunts and uncles. After being there for about a half an hour Michael's sister noticed that the grill was spitting flames out the back. I went over and saw that a paper towel had caught fire, so I grabbed it off and stomped out the flames. Michael's brother came over and took care of the hamburgers that had been a bit charred. The smaller kids were occupied playing with a small sized bounce house for jumping. Aaron walked up to me with a sad look on his face. I asked him what the problem was and he said that no one would talk to him. He said that he tried to talk about things that had interested his cousins in their past meetings, but they weren't interested. Then, he tried to figure out what they were discussing and talk about what ever they wanted. Neither thing worked. He went outside and saw one of the cousins from the other side of the family, a young boy, get shoved over with the rambunctious play. He went to help and was leaning over the jump house to extricate the boy when a high pitched, "Aaron is pushing us over and won't stop it!" sounded out. Aaron stepped away in utter dejection and huge tears rolling down his face and said, "I can't do anything right!" I told him he didn't have to put up with being treated like this at a family gathering and that we would leave. I, quietly, thanked our SIL for inviting us and told her we needed to leave. I then placed a call to my stepmother, Alice who was delighted that we were so close and said that we were definitely welcome to stop by.
The sad part about this situation is that it isn't an isolated event. Unfortunately, it has occurred since we moved back from Utah when Aaron was 4. His cousins have never included him, willingly, in any conversations or activities. In fact, on several occasions one of his cousins would proudly and promptly announce to him that their parents said they didn't have to do anything with him. It is with this type of welcome, or being completely ignored at every family event for 9 years gets more than a bit wearing. It reminds me of the comedy films where the guy doesn't seem to be able to catch a break, but since it is real I'm not laughing. I know that the seed for our family get togethers was started in the purest and for the most loving reasons by my late father-in-law, and I know for a fact he would unreservedly have hugged Aaron and told him he loved him every time. I miss you Rog, and so does Aaron.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Part Deux

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Here is a layout with Aaron feeding the docile deer at the game ranch:
Credits: BYOC for April at TLP, Spring Fling by Rachel Young, Kate Hadfield, and Michelle Godin, Jenna Desai: Swirly Photo masks, Frame It Up,Doodle Borders, Font: DJB LENA, DJB NICOLE, DJB TRACYL by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick additional font: CK CURSIVE

:::::::::::::::::::New Boogie Shoes::::::: Actually they are walking shoes, but with a little music you never know... I got these shoes at I haven't bought a pair of close-toed shoes in about 10 years. I went to SAS and had my foot sized and found I was a 7 triple W, or 4E. The translation of this information in other terms means that, instead of a cobbler, I need a farrier. Luckily, Shoebuy had a Fred Flintstone shoe fitter on staff, so I am an owner of these SQUARE babies: I put them on and wore them around for 4 hours. Michael kept laughing and saying, "I'm just not used to you wearing shoes!" That sounds a bit back woods, but it is the truth.:) The toe box was just perfect. The usual squished and aching feeling I get when putting on shoes was gone. YEAH! Rachel, my square-footed daughter, thought they were cool and asked me to buy her a new pair of square-footed shoes. I'll have Shoebuy put their farriers on notice.

::::::::::::::::::More From the Botanical Gardens::::::

Untitled from Victoria Taylor on Vimeo.

This is a video of the sweet baby quails keeping track of their mommy:

Untitled from Victoria Taylor on Vimeo.

Rachel in Mr. McGregor's garden:

Michael in the Zen garden pretending to go through the portal from the Star Trek episode that sent Kirk and Spock back to The Great Depression and Joan Collins:

::::::::::::::::::::::When Did Noah Get Tall Enough To Do This?:

I hope y'all have a fun weekend! :)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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Here are my first 2 layouts from that day:

Dawn Inskip: Pet Bundle, Typecast Alpha, Fresh kit, Embossed Letters kit 2, Land of Make Believe kit,

Kate Hadfield: Doodle Alpha and add-on,
Darcy Baldwin: DJB NICOLE at The Digichick

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Plan A, yesterday, was to take the kids to the zoo. This plan had also been formulated by hundreds of other parents in the Atlanta area. The parking lots were full and the side streets were filling up. That morning I remembered the free passes for the Botanical Gardens that my mom had given me and popped them into my purse. Michael had Aaron run the walkie talkie over to me during a brief stop at the zoo. I was driving my mom's car with her riding shot gun. Noah and Eve rounded out our car's occupants. We, then, discussed impromptu, Plan B. The Botanical Gardens are on Piedmont Ave and we were on Boulevard, which isn't too far apart. We decided to take our lunch break at Zestos...a cool spot for malts, burgers, and fish sandwiches. We ordered and Noah was surprised to find his cheese burger had melted cheese on it. Rachel was able to explain that at school the cheese comes separately and is a solid slice...not melted, and you just plop it on the burger. We took that burger home for someone to eat later.

When we got to the Gardens the lot appeared to be full, as well. We drove up the hill as instructed, so we could turn around. Fortunately, at the top were a few vacated spaces, so we pulled in and parked. The weather was so beautiful it was nice to walk around and view the lovely plants. The kids had the most fun when a mother quail and her brood walked on the path in the Fuqua Center. They were absolutely adorable. The kids also loved the big bullfrogs in the pond in front of the center. Aaron was overly tired from a sleepover at a friend's house and found every retaining wall, or bench an opportunity to rest. Eve wanted to pick up the giant tadpoles and was sad that we wouldn't let her keep sticking her hand in the water. Here are a few photos:

Granny Sue with the kids:

We were able to see most of the exhibits, but a few were being refurbished. Rachel sprained the toes on her left foot the day before and she was having a harder time walking as the day progressed, so we decided to leave. We had fun talking to each other on the walkie talkies on the way home. Noah and Rachel kept asking each other questions from the dialogue on Monty Python's "The Holy Grail". Michael kept telling me I was leaving the button locked open on the walkie talkie, so my mom said I needed remedial training in operating the little thing. I just attributed it to my crazy thumb.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Some Seriously Funny Satire...

Michael found the following post on another blog and sent it to me via email and I laughed the whole way through. The by-line shows John Cleese's name, but the letter is a compilation of a few different evolutions started back in 2000. I checked it out on

I laughed all the way through this one:

Dear Citizens of America,

In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up “revocation” in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up “aluminium,” and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour’, ‘favour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix “ize” will be replaced by the suffix “ise.”

3. You will learn that the suffix ‘burgh’ is pronounced ‘burra’; you may elect to spell Pittsburgh as ‘Pittsberg’ if you find you simply can’t cope with correct pronunciation.

4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels (look up “vocabulary”). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as “like” and “you know” is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.

5. There is no such thing as “US English.” We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter ‘u’ and the elimination of “-ize.”

6. You will relearn your original national anthem, “God Save The Queen”,

but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd will

be a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be called “Come-Uppance Day.”

8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you’re not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you’re not grown up enough to handle a gun.

9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion tables… Both roundabouts and metrification will help you understand the British sense of humour.

12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling “gasoline”) - roughly $8/US per gallon. Get used to it.

13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call french fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called “crisps.” Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with malt vinegar.

14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as “beer,” and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as “Lager.” American brands will be referred to as “Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine,” so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors as English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in “Four Weddings and a Funeral” was an experience akin to having one’s ear removed with a cheese grater.

17. You will cease playing American “football.” There is only one kind of proper football; you call it “soccer”. Those of you brave enough, in time, will be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American “football”, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a

bunch of Jessies - English slang for “Big Girls Blouse”).

18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the “World Series” for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable and forgiven.

19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.

20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due, backdated to 1776.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Michael and I took the kids to the local game ranch for a couple of hours of checking out different animals. Here are a few pictures:

Off to scrap them. Smiles! :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Cinderella Dressed in Yella...

My youngest DD, Eve, wanted to learn how to jump rope. These are photos from our fun day.


Studio Anna:
Vintage Lace Alpha, Tying The Knot, Giant Tool Kit, Preppy in Pink and Spilled Milk buttons

Font: DJB LIZ by Darcy Baldwin at The Digichick

::::::::::::::::::::::Events of the day:::::::::::

When Michael got home from work we all went to Sangria's for dinner. Then, a family trip to the grocery store, which went surprisingly smooth. Back home to back peanut butter cookies and a batch of mini chocolate chip cookies.
Noah was in charge of F.H.E. and he had as pick names for Random Acts Of Kindness for the week. He was so excited to explain how it all worked.

Everywhere we went we took along a paper fly on a stick. Eve's teacher wants the paper fly to go with her on all of her outings. The idea is from the book Diary of a Fly. The poor fly is about to fall apart in just a few of our wanderings.

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The children rouse from their slumber and require nourishment! Later.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Weekend Update


I had a great time watching and listening to Conference this weekend. My favorite part was hearing the Prophet speak so tenderly about his wife's accident and subsequent recovery. His ability to talk about something so heart-wrenching, then be able to tell the light-hearted part of the story is amazing. When he related the first words his wife spoke to him after a 27 day coma, that she loved him, then he stated her next comment about them being in trouble because she had forgotten to mail their fourth quarter taxes. He then said, "If she had said these in the other order I would have left her there!" The humor he brings lifts the heart!

Many of the talks focused on testifying of President Monson's calling as the new Prophet. It was wonderful to be part of the Solemn Assembly...even at raise my arm to the square.

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I did miss the first portion of Conference on Saturday to take Eve to a birthday party for a little boy in her Pre-school class. Ethan is one of only 2 boys in Eve's class, but he had a lot of friends from other things come to his party. It was funny to see Ethan sharing a chair with Eve and his plate. They really don't play together too much at school because he doesn't let Eve boss him around. She bosses Logan around from what I'm told. Ethan's mom thought it was so funny how excited he got when he saw Eve get out of the car. The kids played in the moonwalk, and on Ethan's cool play set. The party was space themed and everyone had a great time. Fortunately, the rain abated during the span of the party. They were nice enough to send goody bags home for the rest of the kids.

:::::::::::::Nim's Island:::::::::

Rachel received an invitation to go to the new movie, "Nim's Island" with her friends Sabrina and Lydia. Moms were invited, too. Lydia's dad decided he would like to see the movie, as well, so we had a fun group. The girls sat together at one end of the row happily chatting until the film started. I bought Rachel a box of Whoppers and for me a box of Milk Duds.

The movie was a fun adventure with Jodie Foster's portrayal of a neurotic, agoraphobic writer was great. Gerard Butler plays Nim's father and a scientist on an island they want to keep a secret. The devices used in the film to create dialogue between the imaginary character and the actual character work very well. It was hilarious during a shark scene in the movie when Lydia's dad leaned over to me and whispered, "We're going to need a bigger boat!" in reference to the Roy Scheider line in "Jaws". Too funny!

Overall, the movie isn't Oscar material, but it is a great film for a bit of amusement. All the principal actors do a wonderful job with their roles. Also, when you have a movie that contains scenes with flying lizards, you know it is quite light-hearted and fun.

:::::::::::::Book Review::::::::::

Carrie Bebris does a great job on keeping the integrity of the ,Jane Austen inspired, characters throughout her mystery book. The story begins right after the nuptials for Elizabeth and Darcy. The newlyweds are trying to get to Pemberly and enjoy the coming Christmas holiday. Unfortunately, the trappings of polite society keep them from their goal for a time. The couple is pulled into the wedding and subsequent troubles of Caroline Bingley. The story weaves in the conflict between reason and intuition with elements of the supernatural.

The author did a wonderful job with the characters in the book, but the story, toward the end, seemed a bit too forced and contrived. Supernatural artifacts and beliefs are evidenced throughout many cultures and are definitely found in England. I'm not sure how I would have presented it in the story, but it seemed a bit too flat. I am interested enought, though, to read the author's other books, so I'll let you know what I think of them too.

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is this week and the boys are already fighting and I don't have the ingredients for the food Noah will eat, so the week is starting off well. The weather is supposed to be warm with drizzles today. Rachel is happy because she got to read late and sleep in. I suppose that is one good thing.

Until later!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Chasing Squirrels

That is what Michael calls it when your just falling to sleep and you shudder involuntarily. I do this frequently. He has just started asking me, "So, did you catch him this time?" To wit, I reply, "No, missed again!"

:::::::::Typing test:::::

I saw this on another blog and it was a bit of fun. This is what I got:

57 words


Aaron took the test twice to see if he could improve on his score. The first time he scored "26" words a minute and the second time "33". He and I thought that was a pretty cool score.

::::::::::Friday Recommendations::::::::

Asiago Cheese bread and a breath mint, for after. I got hooked on Asiago cheese bagels and bread when I worked at the credit union in downtown Atlanta. Our branch was located in a, now torn down, mall called Rio, not too far from the famous Fox Theatre. In our mall was the Atlanta Bread Company. My co-worker, Meghan, and I would swap days for running over to grab some warm bagels. Since I don't have a "job" any more I sometimes find my Asiago fix at the local Target, but I do miss my warm bagels. If you haven't tried Asiago cheese bread give it a taste.

Later, gators!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

A Bit of This and That

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Here is an excellent blog article by Bob Barr, here in Georgia. He attempts to rally parents to encourage state legislators and other leaders to speak out against the debacle created by the California court rulings that nullified the parents' rights and, effectively made each child a ward of the state.

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My daughter and her cousin, Isabell having a great big hug!
Credits: Luisa Leandro: Buttons
'Buttons' Kit by Luisa Leandro (aka Dawn Inskip) available at from 7 April
Dawn Inskip: Embossed Alpha (set 2)
Fresh Kit
flowers from Guest C.t. kit

Catrine: Explore Solids

Darcy Baldwin: DJB Messie Amanda at The Digichick

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is interning as a designer at Scrapbookgraphics and she was so kind as to send some of her new designs for me to create some layouts. Here are a few:

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This book appealed to me to me in two ways when I saw it on the library table. One, it is written about two of my favorite characters, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, and second, it is a mystery. I have been reading it off and on for a couple of days and I'm enjoying, so far. I'll give you a review when I'm done.

:::::::::::::::::::An Oldie, But A Goodie:::::::

Rachel was in her room giggling and she got up to show me what was so funny. She had grabbed one of my old books off the shelf and was enjoying it, thoroughly.
This photo is not from the book she was reading, but it was the only one I saw that worked on google. I picked this paperback up at a place that allowed you to trade in your old books and buy others. The last copyright date listed is 1973. Rachel loved reading about the antics of Hi and Lois' family. I think it is such a great thing to share a sense of humor with my kids...twisted as it may be!