Wednesday, June 28, 2006
I took this picture of my sister and nephew over the weekend. I love this Layout. One, because I think the photo is great. It is black and white, but the color is vibrant and not faded out. Thanks Adobe Photoshop. Two, I love the look of love in her eyes. She is watching over him and he doesn't even notice, which is what I think mothers do everyday. A mother's love is pure, sacrificial and eternal. There is nothing else like it in the world. I really respect her for making choices I know I would not have been brave enough to make. She and her husband have created beautiful children. Their family is truly a blessing.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
***I always wanted to be a writer, but decided against it when I went to college b/c I wanted a stable job b/c I feared living paycheck to paycheck more than anything in my life. I became a teacher b/c I live and love literature and thought nothing could be better than sharing this passion with others. I wonder where I would be if I had been brave enough to create my own literature. I find myself in a similar position now b/c I want to do something creative in nature, and yet I am too afraid to leave my stable job to step into a realm I know nothing of. I know my husband would try to support whatever my dream may be, but I am not sure I have the courage to stop and pursue it. A friend asked if she should drop her career and go back to school for 4 years to do something else. I told her she needed to really think about it b/c that would be a huge change to her present lifestyle. Maybe I should tell her to have courage and follow her inner voice even if that does mean a change.
Dr. Leo Buscaglia: Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?
***I have to think a little more on this. I hope I have brought joy, and there are some days in my life where I feel like I have so much joy that I can't handle it anymore. My wedding day, looking at my sister' first child, the look of pride in my mom's eyes when I accomplish a goal, and the look in my husband's eyes when it's just the two of us in a quiet moment. Find your joy in the smallest things. Sometimes watching the sun set brings tears to my eyes b/c it is a sign that God is always creating.
If you are a scrapper, I challenge you to do a LO based on one of these topics. If you are not a scrapper, I challenge you to journal about it, or to have a conversation with someone about the quotes. They truly left a strong impression on me. Love you all :-)
On a different note. I was able to pick up my marriage license while at home, so now I can officially change my name over on important documents. Yes, I have been married for 2 1/2 years, that will be the subject for my next post and LO I think b/c not everybody understands why and they look at me weird when they find out I waited so long.
I enjoyed the visit. Saw my family and my sister was there with my neice and newphew from TX. Family is definately important and forging bonds is most important of all.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
This is another LO I recently completed. I like it because it reminds me of the beauty of being human. The trust factor we all must ascribe to if we want to live a full life. This simple act by this woman left a mark on me and reminded me of my own belief that we aren't inherently evil. People make bad choices, but I think deep down inside we all want the basics of life to love and be loved. Amazing how osmething so simple can be so hard to achieve sometimes.
I am going to Chicago to see my mom and my sister who came up to visit with my neice and nephew. They are the cutest kids EVER. Their mom and dad are alright to I guess :-) I am excited to practice my photography skills with them. Maybe their parents will consent to me scrapping a page or two about them and posting them. Should be a nice time. Any exciting weekend plans for you???
Have you checked out the Happiness Blog on the right side of my page??? Ali has some great personal statements and the responses people leave about what makes them happy that day, feel me up with something special. Please check it out.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Happy Father's Day to my dad b/c without him there would be no me. Sure my mom could have had a child by someone else, but my genetic makeup would have been different, thus I wouldn't be the person I am today. I thank my dad for part of my strong and determined personality.
Happy Father's Day to my stepdad. He has been there for every important moment of my life since I was 10 years old. He taught me alot of lessons about life and how to treat people. He comforted me when I had my heart broken, watched trash t.v with me when he came home for lunch, and supported all my dreams. What more could a girl ask for?
Saturday, June 17, 2006
|You Are An Iris|
Friday, June 16, 2006
I am one of those people who believe the motto: Failure is NOT an option. I have lived my life in a relatively successful manner. Most things I have desired I have achieved, aside from the ability to lose weight. Anyhoo, I have been submitting Layouts (LO's) to scrapbooking magazines for a few months now, with no success. I know 3-4 months isn't really alot in the grand scheme of things considering some people have been doing it for years, but I am so used to success, that failure in this arena is an odd thing for me. So yesterday, I took a good hard look at my LO's in search of design flaws and repeated patterns. I learned quite a bit. So I challenged myself to step outside my box and experiment with different design principles. It was a bit scary and a bit relieving to know that I wasn't boxed in and I can still refine my skill. Back to the drawing board people. My goal is to be published in a mag by the end of the year. Here's to hoping success decides to continue walking with me.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
If you are not into mushy posts, run far far away :-) If you are into romance, than this is the spot for you (I am sure you will like this Keke). So I love my husband. Why you may ask. Because he loves me and understands my needs and understands what I need to be happy. For example, he is playing hooky tomorrow, so we can eat breakfast at this nice cafe, and then we plan to go to the Botanical Gardens and maybe eat lunch outside in the park. The actions themselves are sweet enough, but he realizes that I love being outside, I love parks and museums, and sometimes I get lonely in the middle of the day since I am home on summer break. We haven't been married long, but he is what I prayed for and I can't imagine not wanting to be with him.
In my opinion, love is quiet, steady, understanding, supportive, interesting and full of compassion. Marriage isn't problem free, but it is about loving each other and respecting each other enough to work on the problems so you don't repeat them. So I love my husband because we talk about real stuff and manage to respect each other everyday.
On a similar note: I added a new link to the sidebar (your happiness) I found this while reading another person's blog. Each day Ali posts a positive statement and asks people to write their positive thought or experience for that day. It is truly a pick me up to read about the joys of others lives. It brings peace to your life and encourages you to focus on the good stuff as well. More happy thoughts can't be a bad thing in this world. So what's your piece of happiness today??? Obviously mine is my husband :-)
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Here are a few things I worked on today. I did another card, but it's for a friend's b-day and she may be reading this :-) I really like it though :-)
On a side note, I won't spend this blog post dialoguing about exercising b/c I don't want to use profanity today :-) However, I am keeping a weight loss scrap journal for a site I hang out on, but I am not sure if I am reaching my goals. Well I guess I am not b/c the scale isn't moving in a direction I like.
I am cooking today and joining my husband in the use our grocery stash challenge. I will be making hot wings from scratch and scrapping up some side dish.
Hubby cooked yesterday and it was tasty. We had tacos and yellow rice. I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD and could eat it two-three times a week.
Had a great mail day yesterday. Got my CK magazine, and I got a package full of scrap goodies from one of the scrapbooking clubs I belong to. I will post the pics of the cards I made from it last night.
Off to visit the doctor and do my homework. Have a fabulous day and remember if you never attempt it, you are sure to never achieve it...smooches
Monday, June 12, 2006
Also, I will come clean and admit that I am a Matlock fan. Go ahead and laugh. One of my guilty pleasures is watching old episodes when I am on summer vacation or off from work. The last two weeks they have been showing episodes that I remember vividly, so imagine how upset I was to find that the day I start summer classes, they decide to show three episodes I don't remember and now I won't be home to watch them. Bummer...
Hope my hubby is cooking something good for dinner tonight since I won't be home to do it. We have decided to do a challenge at home called cook your stash (a spin off of a scrap challenge to scrap using what you have). We think we need to eat out and we think we need to buy more groceries, but the truth is that we have stuff in there we just need to use.
What are your fave quick and easy dishes???
Sunday, June 11, 2006
The downside: when I went to make my next appointment she tells me that she is quitting the salon and working from her home. Geez, I have really bad luck in the stylist department. Now I have to figure out if I pay $70-80 for the stylist or for the salon experience.