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Sunday, November 6, 2011

I Scrapped, Teenagers, and it Snowed in OCTOBER!!!

A couple of weekends ago I spend a few hours in my scraproom and made a few layouts. It’s been a LONG time since I did that! It felt good! And yesterday I went to an all day crop and got about 50 Christmas and Hanukkah cards done for the soldiers so that also felt good! Thought since I hadn’t blogged in a long time I’d share my layouts and of course the first snowfall story. I would share photos but for some reason I am unable to upload them right now!

I didn’t take photos of the cards, and they aren’t anything fancy because it was more about quantity not quality so you’ll just have to take my word for it that I got them done! Oh and my mom and my friend Pam were witnesses!

We also had two birthday’s in October so I am officially the mother of two teenagers now because my baby turned 13! Jake is now legal to get his license (how did that happen)? He starts drivers-ed in 10 days! He could have been driving by now but since football didn’t end until the 31st of October and took up every minute of his free time he had to wait (which I did not mind one bit). Honestly, I think 16 is too young to start driving these days!

And now for the not so fun stuff, we were without power for 5 days after the October snow. We got about 6 inches of very heavy wet snow last Saturday night. The kids missed school for a few days. So they have already missed their 3 snow days between these and the “Hurricane” on the first day of school.  Not off to a good start at all! Luckily we have a small generator so we had heat, we did not lose our food in our fridge and we had a few lights. We have a gas stove too so I could cook. A lot of other people we much worse off so I did not complain, much! Wink Wink!

Other than that, things are about the same here, I’ve been spending all my free time on Cards for Soldiers.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, I’ve got to go do some stuff around the house before everyone gets home from Maine!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lots of News

Warning!!! Photo heavy post!

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since that first day at the beach! It seems like so long ago because so much has happened!

I only got that one day at the beach and then had to go further north back up to the hospital as my Father-in-Law took a turn for the worse. He passed away on July 7th. It was a very rough two weeks between the week in the hospital and another week of services since we had one in Maine and another in Mass. I’ve known my Father-in-Law since I was 16, longer than I knew my own father so it was pretty hard to lose him. He was an amazing man with many wonderful qualities.


My friend Karen who moved to Florida 6 years ago came back for a vacation and we took a day off to spend the day in Boston with them. We went on the Fenway tour, walked around Boston for a bit, ate and then went to a Red Sox game. It was a great day and my only real vacation day this summer! The Sox won thanks to Ellsbury!

IMG_1839We went in to the game early to watch batting practice. That was pretty cool until Terry Francona yelled at me for throwing my ball at him, which was an accident totally out of excitement but he was very angry and I was very embarrassed! I have never seen the term took my ball and ran home used in that sense before then!

Got some great shots of one of my favorites…

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My other favorites, Beckett and Varitek were not around that night. But Wakefield was starting pitcher. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to finish although he did well so we didn’t get to celebrate his 200th win!


I got a bunch of good photos on the tour too…


Like I said, it was a great day!

Also, after seventeen years in the same job field I’ve decided to take a leap and switch career fields! I gave notice with the company I’ve been with on base for the last 3 years on Thursday and am going to be starting with a new company also on Hanscom but doing more Acquisition/Program Management type work instead. It’s a huge change and kind of crazy at my age but due to a lot of crap I’ve been dealing with at work I decided that was what was best for me.  I will not have to have any supervisory duties, will make the same money and get 5 more days of leave so I am pretty happy! I have two weeks left, one of which I will be away on business in San Antonio, TX for so things will be pretty hectic.

Third thing is Jake started playing football. Not my favorite thing because one, I know nothing about football and two not the safest sport out there. After two weeks of doubles you should see his arms! He looks like an abused kid! But he likes it so far. His position is Defensive End. That’s all I know! They had their first scrimmage yesterday, which they lost unfortunately, but good news is the Varsity team won theirs! And of course I have photos…

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So I think that’s all the good stuff! Take Care!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Ahhh, the Beach

Yep, it’s vacation week and we are at the beach. I didn’t think we were going to make it here as my Father-in-Law is in intensive care right now but Michael sent me home to take the boys on our planned for and paid for vacation because there is nothing we can do but wait and pray that he pulls through. So any spare prayer you have for my FIL Joe would be much appreciated!

So while we haven’t been to the actual beach yet since it was icky yesterday and it’s going to be again today we did go out to Nubble Light yesterday. Josh had a great time giving me a heart attack running around on the rocks…

But he finally did let me practice what I’ve been learning in Karen Russell’s Photography Workshop

I snuck one of mom in there when she wasn’t looking too!

Michael stopped in on his way home from the hospital and had dinner with us and stayed for the fireworks which we thought were going to be cancelled due to rain but they ended up starting about 1/2 an hour late instead. They were amazing. I didn’t even attempt to get photos because it was very damp and drizzly out and I forgot my tripod. So I just enjoyed the amazing show.  And hopefully I’m off to enjoy the rest of my week!

Happy 4th of July!  Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I Knew This Day Was Coming…

And it’s not the end of the world or anything and yep, I’ve got bigger battles in my future but it’s still a big one in my book. My 15 yo son wants to get his ear pierced. I am sick to my stomach over it. I don’t want to tell him no but I also don’t want him to do it! I don’t like ear piercing on guys. No offense to those that have them, it’s just my personal preference for them not to be on my men, and since he’s my son, I’d rather him not have holes in his ears! But I keep hearing that “Pick your battles” phrase in my head and think is this one worth fighting over? Probably not. So if his father doesn’t care I’m gonna have to roll with it I think, and cringe while he does it. I did draw the line on his friends sister doing it however! He is having it done by a professional.

So my photography class is great, I’m learning to shoot out of ‘Auto’ mode. I’m not necessarily ‘getting’ it all but I hope one day I will have an ‘aha’ moment! It’s been fun though and I highly recommend Karen’s class if you are looking to learn about photography.

Here’s a shot of an eagle I took at Michael’s parent’s lake a couple of weeks ago. It was up in a dead tree in the middle of the lake and we had to take a very shaky canoe out to get this so I’m pretty happy with it, even tho it’s in Auto mode!


This shot was taken out of auto mode in aperture priority mode, which is supposed to help blur the background a bit…


Other than that, it’s been work, baseball, karate, and Cards for Soldiers for me. Oh and Jake started driving too! Talk about nerve wracking! And that’s all I’ve got for today. Happy Sunday. Have a great week!

Saturday, May 7, 2011


I got my first DSLR when Canon made their first DSLR, back in 2003. It was 6.1 megapixels and I was so happy to get it. It has been a darn good camera all these years and although I have absolutely no issues with it except for the batteries don’t hold a charge for very long anymore I really wanted to upgrade because my Photographer’s Workshop taught by Karen Russell started this week! So what better time to ask for a new camera than for Mother’s Day?  And boy did I get a new camera…


It’s the Canon 7D, 18 megapixels and it does video too! This thing has so many bells and whistles I can’t imagine learning half of them but Karen says I’ll learn them all in the class so that’s pretty darn exciting! I haven’t taken many photos with it yet because I’m still trying to figure it out and am only about 20 pages into the manual but the few photos I have taken are amazingly crisp!

I went to my annual weekend crop last weekend and got 17 pages and 6 cards done. Not bad but boy have I slowed down! I remember getting 17 pages done in a night! I take hours on a page now and I used to crank them out in a half an hour but then again I didn’t used to sew on every page either. It was a lot of fun, two of my co-workers came and they had a good time too, one of them already signed up again for next year, the other one isn’t able to commit that far ahead but wants to go again too. They are trying to add a second one in the fall as well so I hope to be going twice a year soon.

Other than that, not much new hear, work is crazy busy, still working around the house, the garage is all done except for a few minor thing but at least it matches the house. I LOVE IT!


I hope all my ‘mom’ friends have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I hope this is an April Fools Joke from Mother Nature

Winter storm watch in effect from late Thursday night through late Friday night,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from late Thursday night through late friday night.
Locations, northern Connecticut, western and central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Hazard types, heavy snow.
Accumulations, 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Are you kidding me????

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I’m Repeating Myself

But it’s snowing again! It was too good to be true I guess. We got a few really nice days of warm weather, like 60 degree weather, and it was so nice to feel it. And we even had a week where one flake of snow did not fall, it was amazing! But then it snowed again on Friday, about 3 inches nothing major but then the rain came and added a nice layer of ice on top and boy was that nasty.

So now it’s snowing again and we woke up to Michael’s phone ringing at 6:15 calling him out to plow. The good part of this plowing thing is that it will help pay for our boat slip this summer. If the snow ever stops and we can get the boat in the water that is! We’ve got about 6” down already and it’s still coming down pretty heavily right now. They say it’s going to stop by 10am. But oh wait there’s more, we’re getting another storm just in time for tomorrow morning. Yay!

I got my birthday present a little early this year. After years of wanting to sign up I am finally registered for Karen Russell’s Photographer’s Workshop! I am so exited! It doesn’t start until May but I am just so excited to be taking it I don’t care when it is! I wish I had a more current camera but my old and trusty rebel will have to do.

I finally went out and got a new phone yesterday since I was eligible as of Valentine’s Day. I have been dying to get rid of my Blackberry storm since I got the thing two years ago! I got the Motorola Droid Global. I had my heart set on the iPhone but with $300 price tag I said no way seeing as I already got my bday present.  The Droid was $200 but with a $50 rebate card I had from Michael’s phone and a $50 gift card I had from Xmas it only cost me $100. Not too bad. Plus most of their apps are free, vs. having to pay for the iPhone apps! And of course I got a pink cover for it! I think it needs some bling tho.

Cards for Soldiers is keeping me very busy. If you are interested you can pop on over to my other blog here. I’m headed down to my scraproom to make some Easter cards today. Went to Michael’s to try to find some Easter papers yesterday with no luck so I’ll have to make due with what I can find in my scraps I guess since I am not leaving the house today!

I’ve made a promise to the boys and Michael that I’ll spend less time on the computer. I spending too much time on Facebook and playing way too much FarmVille and and not spending enough time with my family and that was a very bad thing. So if you don’t see me around FB that’s why, drop me an email if you want!

Speaking of family, my father-in-law was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. It’s cancer, the bad kind. So our family could really use some prayers right now if you could spare them. I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It’s Snowing AGAIN!!!

I can’t even tell you what  number storm this is but I think they said on the news that our average snowfall is about 42” for this time of the year and we’ve got about 67” so far. It’s still coming down although it’s now mixed with freezing rain right now. Yay!

Here’s a couple of photos I took awhile ago…


I am not sure my boys will see summer vacation or if I will see a paycheck since when the base closes I don’t get paid! LOL!

But whatever, I’m going to go make some cards for soldiers. Happy snowday!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Scrappy Post

Spent some time in my scraproom the past few days. Got 50 St. Patrick’s Day cards made for the soldiers and 4 pages done. I forgot how long it takes to do a page now. I used to be able to do a page in 1/2 an hour, now it takes me more like 2 hours to finish one! At this point I should be done scrapping the last few years in about 2020 or so!  But here are the pages I did get done…

snow doga boy and his frog july 4th 2010 sox

I’m off to see my cousin, her husband and their new baby today, then to a football party with friends but I hope to do some more scrapping tomorrow since I have the day off. With two snow days and a compressed work week this week I have had 7 days off in a row after tomorrow so it’s going to be hard to get back into the swing of things on Tuesday for sure!

Have a great Sunday! Thanks for reading and looking!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2011! I hope it’s a fabulous year for all of you! I can’t really complain about 2010 so I’m not sad to see it go or anything but we’ve got some exciting things going on for 2011 so I’m welcoming it as well. We had a very quiet but wonderful Christmas and New Year here and I hope everyone out there had enjoyable holiday’s as well. I got very spoiled as always and while I only asked for a Cricut Expression which I got with several cartridges, and a travel case (in pink and brown no less) I also got an iPad with accessories, and a beautiful and BIG Pink Sapphire ring (this thing has to be like 5 karats). Which I have tried and tried to take a photo of but I can’t do it justice. Here is the best one I’ve got but I really think I need a dark background for it…

IMG_0551 I just love this ring! I have to have it cut down so I’m wearing it on my middle finger right now and it’s still big but I just can’t take it off!

We also celebrated Mom’s birthday in December, she turned 68…


and Sadie turned 2…


We got a blizzard with about 10 inches of snow right AFTER Christmas…


Oh and we got a second Christmas tree for the garage! (I didn’t take this photo a friend took it with his cell phone as he was leaving our house one night). The garage is almost done! I am loving that I can park in there and not have to clean snow off my car. Still getting used to going in and out though so I go very slow! Can’t wait to start the family room planning in the spring!


So today I have two friends (Denise B and Pam L) coming over that I haven’t seen in ages! I ran into them at a Tim Holtz class where I made this:

IMG_0552 Denise and Pam are coming over to help me sort the ridiculous pile of cards for soldiers I have to send out this week. I must have a good 5000 cards in my basement! I ran into them as they were checking out at Absolutely Everything as they had taken Tim’s class prior to the one I was taking and so we decided to get together and I can’t wait to spend some time with them as it’s been TOO long! Should be a great day of catching up! And once all these cards are out in the mail next weekend I plan to break in my cricut making more cards and maybe scrapping too because I don’t have a lack of photos as you can see (and I didn’t even share a quarter of them)!

So I hope you all have a very enjoyable weekend and Happy New Year!