This is Cheesecake.
Vince brought her home yesterday afternoon from the shelter in the next town over.  They said “Spaniel,” but after looking her over I think she’s Aussie shepherd and Beagle- two very smart kinds of dogs!  The idea was to have a house dog and a friend for Dana, the crackhead outside dog we have.  She’s a real sweetie.  Just affectionate and loving.  Has a little problem peeing and pooping on the carpet when my husband isn’t looking so I can clean it up, but other than that she’s a peach.  Oh, and she’s in heat, gotta get her fixed.
Anyhoo, this morning she took a big dump on the carpet and I put her outside so I could clean it up before one of the girls touched it or something.  Cleaned it up, five minutes later I went to get her back inside and she was gone.  ARRRGGGHHH!!!  I freaked out, called everyone- the housing office, the Vet clinic and the shelter here on post, and my husband.  Atha’s like, “Where’s Cheesecake, Mommy?”
Found her a few hours later.  She was at the shelter on post.  How much you all wanna bet she’s pregnant?

BTW, she hates Dana.  Apparently Dana is too much of a spaz for her, too.  Now what do we do with Dana?  Well, maybe it’s too early to say.  They  may start getting along in the future.  Baby steps!

Still feeling funky, wishing that there wasn’t this much excitement, but whatever.  I’m drinking lots of water.

Here’s a LO I would like to share with you.  Whaddaya think?

I did this for round one in Gotta Pixel’s March Mania competition.
We had to use 16 items. They are listed as follows with their credits:
2 patterned papers- Lori Davison’s Twitterpated Passion Play
3 solid papers-2 from Blushbutter’s Gentle kit, one from Ztampf Compassionette
1 frame- Hope the window counts!  It’s from Blushbutter’s Gentle kit
2 ribbons-both from Gentle
4 flowers-all from Gentle
2 alphas- blue alpha and Grunge alpha 2 by Anja J
2 photos- I used Heather Manning’s soft sepia on the bottom one.   Both are my li’l Jen Jen!



Couple of Funny LO’s today

Here is a fun and goofy LO’s today. This first one I did for K-Fish (aka Fishinmom)’s “I Can’t Believe You Scrapped That” challenge at DSO. She wanted us to scrap weird photos and this definitely is one. I don’t think I could have taken a worse photo of him if I’d tried. I used Kristine (you know, the Wench- Wenchd Grafix)’s new Emerald Isle kit (on sale NOW, WOW!!)  for everything in it, but I had some assistance for the cool journal banner- I used one of Helena Jole’s Journal-Ons as a template.

This is Atha’s pal Jordan really really  enjoying balloons at Atha’s birthday last weekend.  I thought that he just looked excited enough to jump out of his skin.  I was going for a super duper 3D look with the balloons, did I succeed?  I’ve been playing a lot with drop shadows lately trying to get this effect, not sure how well it came out this time.  I used AnjaJ’s really fun and bright Happy Easter kit for everything here.

Cheez Whiz, I woke up with the meanest headache today, think it might be turning out to be a migraine.  Which is why maybe I’m not so lively.  Yikes!  But I did want to share these LO’s with ya, hope you likee!

Hey guess what!

DA Wench asked me to be on her CT! So I said yes, of course! I love Kristine! Here’s a LO I did with her Candied Ginger kit, and with Donna Rafferty’s journal bits. My third Magical Dreamer LO, and I can only imagine there will be more.

Atha’s toe is all better.  At one point she did stub it again, and started crying a little bit.  I asked her what hurt and she said, “My toe.” like “What else?” And then she said, “But just a little bit.”  She’s all better now, and spunky as can be.

Vince is fine too.  Still can’t eat many solids, but he did manage to put back some scrambled eggs and some steamed broccoli later.  Couldn’t eat any rice because it kept going in the holes.  But he’ll be fine tomorrow.

American Idol- the girls were not very good, I didn’t think.  Some WEIRD song choices.  “Carry On Wayward Son????”  I think maybe the best was “Crazy on You.”  I always like the boys better.

Project Runway (my favorite show, by the way, unless Top Chef is on and then my favorite show is Top Chef.  Oh, and I also am in love with House, and I have a great fondness for Special Victims unit as well. But I digress.) Um, yeah.  I loved Chris on the show because I loved his fun personality.  I never was crazy about Rami.  But I think that they made the right choice sending Rami and not Chris.  Although Christian will win, and that’s as it should be.  He’s SO talented, if kind of a b*tch.

BTW, I am aware that the blog needs a huge overhaul.  All I can say is SOON!  By the weekend, at the latest.

Welll I was gonna make a freebie today, BUT

.. there we were, the girls and I, minding our own business, having some breakfast when the door opened and in came Vince. I was like, what the heck are you doing here? It was 9:30, which is a strange time for him. He has PT (physical training- working out and running, etc) from 6:30-about 7:30, then he comes home for breakfast and to change into his regular uniform, then they have to be back for work by 9. Then he’s home for lunch from about 11:45-12:45. So I was confused, then I saw that his face was all swollen and I remembered that he was going to go to dental sick call this morning because his wisdom teeth were bothering him. He never had them pulled, and they’ve been in his head, just like teeth, for about 10 years. But lately his gums have been swollen around them. Anyway, he went to dental sick call, and they just pulled his wisdom teeth, right on the spot! Crazy. I couldn’t believe it, normally Army medicine is slow going, but not today! So now he’s home for three days. At this point he’s feeling much better, and is actually staying up with the girls tonight. Don’t tell anybody, but he probably doesn’t need three days off. But then he IS bleeding, and has to rinse with this antiseptic rinse and change his dressings, etc. He’s doing great for Vinnie standards, not much complaining at all. But I WAS busy with him most of the day. For awhile he was asleep with both girls and I went to the commissary to stock up on pudding, apple sauce and chicken noodle soup.

Also, today Atha’s foot is hurting her a lot. We think it’s because Vince clipped her big toenail too short by accident and she stubbed it and it hurts, but by the end of the night she was whimpering every time she stepped on it, so if it still hurts tomorrow I may need to take her to the emergency room, which is excessive, but it’s impossible to get a same day appointment so that’s what you have to do. Silly, eh? But at least Vince will be home so I can leave Jenny with him and take Atha. Let’s just pray that she feels better tomorrow.

In the midst of all that, I did manage to make this LO with AnjaJ’s stuff. It’s mostly her Melli kit, which is super pretty, don’t you think? Click on it for full credits. This is Quinn, Saturday night. He got dressed up for an Oscar party. He was checking himself out in the bathroom mirror- that’s what you are seeing here. I snuck up on him and took this photo. What do you think? I think he looks pretty sharp!

Well maybe I can get a freebie done for you tomorrow. We’ll see!

Happy Birthday Atha

Saturday was Atha’s 3rd birthday! Yay hooray! It was Heather’s son Jordan’s birthday too, but he’s a li’l bit more than 3. Anyhoo, check this out. Atha’s one and only birthday guest was a little boy named.. Jordan! Wow, coincidence!

We had a very nice time overall. The plan for like 4 months has been for Atha and Vince to go to Build-A-Bear Workshop on her birthday, and Jenny and I would stay home and make the cake, etc. (Quinn was at a forensics tournament and was unavailable.) Anyway, everything was going fine until Vince and Atha got to the mall and found that the Build-A-Bear workshop was closed and completely gone from the mall. Shows how often we go there. Vince was so upset he started crying at the mall. Yes, my husband is an emotional fellow. He called home in a panic, “There’s no Build-A-Bear, what do I do?” Atha’s been talking about it nonstop for months, so it was kind of a big deal. I told him that we could either build one online and have it shipped, or they could go buy one somewhere else. So he asked Atha, and she decided she wanted to go to Target. Everything turned out fine, I was actually kind of surprised that she didn’t freak out. I think she was just too happy to fuss.

Later on, Jordan and his folks came over and we all went to Burger King because that’s what Atha wanted. Actually, she wanted McDonalds, but the US Army has a contract with BK, so we went there instead of driving the 3-4 extra miles. Then after the kids had played in the playstructure for awhile, we came home and blew up some balloons, then settled in for a nice viewing of Snow Buddies.

Wow, she’s three. Can’t beleeb it! I made this LO with all misc Heather’s stuff, and I like it pretty well, but Vince had all kind of criticism. Didn’t like the font, didn’t like the extraction, etc. I was like, “But I made that fold all by myself! And look at the shadow work! It’s so 3D!” But now I’m all self-conscious about it, so.. oh well. I like the picture a lot.

As for the rest of the weekend, I was treasure hunting with the rest of you, and wasn’t that fun??? WOW, I think I doubled my stash, that was incredible!!! Besides all that, I also played on the “Scrappers and Designers Look Here” (I think that was what it was called) at DST and was RAK’d by Sammy Design, Amy Sumrall, AND CanDee! WOWOWOWW! I’m still working on the LO with Amy’s lovely Tea Garden kit, but my LO’s with the other two are Raaaaht here! Hope you likey!

She watches, made with Sammy Designs’ Beatriz kit

Van Asten, Alaska, 2008 done with CanDesigns’ A Day at the Point

EDIT- I finished the LO I did with Tea Garden last night while Jenny wouldn’t sleep.  Here it is:

My First LO for Anja J

I’m just loving her fun and funky style! I used a whole bunch of her stuff for it. Click on the image to see the full credits. It’s all hers, but from all different kits.
So this is awesome: I have Heather for my dirty stuff (well, this month at least! LOL!), KimB for pretty pretty stuff (get ready for her new kit, it’s GWARgeous!!) and now Anja for fun and funky fresh! Awesome! HOw much more could a girl want? The answer is none much more. LOL. No more CT’s for me, I’m keeping it where it is.

Let me tell you a little about sleeping around here. So there’s the master bedroom, in which we have the master bed (a modest full size bed), and a pack’n’play for Jenny. Across the hall is Atha’s room, in which there is Atha’s toddler bed and a twin bed that used to belong to Quinn, but which we moved for my mom when she came to visit and it stayed there. It was Quinn’s first “big boy” bed, and he was using it till recently, but has finally graduated to the futon, which I think is full sized. At the end of the hall upstairs is this room, the computer room, and there’s another pack’n’play in here, and Jenny’s asleep in it right now. Downstairs we have a big sectional sofa with a hide-a-bed inside. Got that? LOL! Anyway, the master bed was fine for Vince and I before we had kids, because we are both smallish people (well, I’m bigger now after the girls came along, LOL) and we don’t take up much room. However, now that we have kids, it is too small because it seems that one or more of them is always wanting to get in bed with us, and I am with Dr. Sears- there ain’t nothin wrong with a family bed! However, if we have even one girl in there, I certainly don’t sleep, and Vince gets woken up too, which is bad because he has to get up at the crack of dawn.
SO- sometimes he will sleep in the twin bed in Atha’s room, and she will either sleep in her toddler bed, or in the master bed with me and (always at some point during the night) Jenny. That works okay.
BUT- on nights that Vince wants to let me sleep, he prefers to bring everybody downstairs and sleep on the hideabed. I have tried this a few times, and I see the benefits, but sometimes it does a number on my back.
You know what? I was going to tell you more about our crazy sleeping arrangements, but after about 5 minutes of typing I got sick of it. LOL!! Anyway, is there any wonder why we’re all crazy mixed up around here? Nobody wakes up knowing where they are.
Hey, I think I’m going to package up a few of the overlays I made for my papers and give them away as a commercial use freebie tomorrow. What do you think of that? Is there love for free overlays?
Okay, I’m off!

Meat made, moving on!

Well, I couldn’t get a good “after” pic of the meat, because it all got done at different times. But I ended up with three meat loaves, four quart tubs of shredded roast beef, two containers of pork fajita, plus we had hamburgers for lunch and I also cut out a 2 lb roast and left it uncooked for another day. So now we have at least 7 meals already made and ready to reheat, plus that roast and some other meaty items sitting in the deep freeze. Needless to say, I was beat at the end of the day, and yesterday all I did was sit around and do this LO! Oh, and I played some Dream Chronicles 2, that game is addictive.

What do you think of my FIRST OFFICIAL Lo for Kim’s CT? I love it, but then I’m it’s Mommy! LOL. That’s a hanger Jenny’s holding to her head. All my kids did this. Quinn was the only one who made up words for things, and he called hats a “Yi.” Pronounced with a hard “i” Like “Y-eye.” So he’d hold something on his head and look around saying, “Yi? Yi? Yi?” and that was his first official joke. Now he’s running for Mr. Manhattan High School.

Speaking of Quinn, he and his friend spend all weekend making a truly horrible movie for their AP English class, boy do I hope their teacher has some very creative criteria for grading. It is Act 5 Scene 2 of Hamlet (Or is it Act 2 Scene 5? I forget) done as Harry Potter. It’s Hamlet Potter. They were all reading, so everybody is facing the same direction. Also they did all of it in various kids’ living rooms, so the continuity is horrible, and the costumes are worse.. but parts of it are screamingly funny. I’ll post the YouTube link when it gets on there.

Hey, it seems I’ve made it to AnjaJ’s CT as well! WOW! I responded to her call just on a lark right after I quit designing, didn’t think I’d make it, but I did! Wow! Now I’ll be busy, but happy!

Um… I’ve had some terrible news over the past week or so from online friends. From death and immolation, down to piracy and blasting a child for his looks. I have friends who need prayers, friends who just need a hug, down to friends of friends who need a whole lot more. I’m doing what I can, which isn’t much. But I found this prayer today, and I really liked it and thought I’d pass it on to everybody. It sums up the way I’d like to live, and the way I’ll try to live at least for today, which is really all I have for sure, right? Found it on Beliefnet, it’s their prayer of the day.

With Every Breath

With every breath I take today,
I vow to be awake;

And every step I take,
I vow to take with a grateful heart–

So I may see with eyes of love
into the hearts of all I meet,

To ease their burden when I can
And touch them with a smile of peace.

I’ll leave you with that.