Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!

In a month of numerous family birthdays today's belongs to my Dad. In his honor, I'm posting the following scrapbook page:

While on vacation in Florida this past summer, we were constantly snapping photos of the kids on the beach and in the water. I think my Dad felt left out. So I got this one of him eating watermelon in the shade of the canopy. I love how it came out. It's so him! Enjoying a relaxing day besides the gulf, cooling off with a slice of ice cold watermelon, wearing his favorite U. S. Army baseball cap...with kids and cousins all around him. I love that we are all able to vacation together like this!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Parking Wars!

It's a silly little game...but so much fun to play with my Facebook friends! It doesn't require a lot of skill...or time...or thinking to move my cars around on my friends' virtual streets (accumulating cash and status over time). But beware! If a car is left too long in one spot, the SIGNS CHANGE...and a legal spot then sports a NO Parking Sign inviting a stiff fine. First thing I do every morning...log on and check my street. I'm so ruthless that my west coast friends know better than to park on my street at night. While they're still sleeping, I'm handing out tickets! LOL! All's fair in Parking Wars!

Here's an ATC that I made to memorialize the game:

Materials used:

Patterned paper-Glitz Designs
Ticket-Jenny Bowlin Designs
Letter stickers-Making Memories, Bo-Bunny Designs
Ticket stamp-Maya Road
Chipboard car button-Maya Road
Also-Magic mesh, dye ink, and one of Kevin's toy roll around in the ink and on the paper! Fun!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

One Word Answers

Playing along with Petunia in Paradise, I've followed each prompt with a word. It's not always easy to restrict your answers to simply one! Try it yourself!

Your hair? long
Your mother? dancer
Your father? salesman
Your favorite thing (not including people)? art
Your dream last night? dunno
Your dream/goal? fitness
Your favorite drink? Barq's
The room you're in? den
Your ex? none
Your hobby? scrapbooking
Your fear? war
Where do you want to be in 6 year? #3 (My neighbor's house...that we'd love to day when they...move!)
Where were you last night? parent's
What you're not? 20
Muffins? blueberry
One of your wish list items? maid
Time? scarce
Where you grew up? suburbs
The last thing you did? yawn
Favorite weather? warm
What are you wearing? jeans
Favorite book? (A Tree Grows In) Brooklyn
Your TV? antique
Your pet? none
Your computer? MAC (but it's still at the Apple store waiting for me to buy it)
Your mood? happy
Missing someone? My younger self
Your car? Odyssey
Something you're not wearing? socks
Favorite store? LM
Love someone? Yes
Favorite color/shade? ocean
Last thing you ate? pancake
Your life? busy
Your friends? best
What are you thinking right now? noisy
What are you doing at this moment? Duh!
Your summer? Elmwood
Your relationship status? married
What do you do when you can't sleep? ridiculous!
When is the last time you laughed? today
Last time you cried? Dunno

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Save Trees...Eliminate Homework

Repost back at 9-18-08 11:55PM

Here they are...first or second day back pics memorialized for all time on a scrapbook page. A T-shirt inspired the title of Kevin's Back2School layout. I'm still laughing at the expression of trepidation on his face.

Brendan surprisingly enough looks happy as he heads out the door! This totally out of character expression is explained in the post below.

These scrapbook pages were done for Lifetime Moments and are featured in the September 18th issue of their weekly newsletter. Each issue is packed full of articles about techniques, how to's, tips, member profiles, product reviews, picks of the week from the member Gallery, contest information, announcements, and updates about the latest products to hit the store! Get LM Style in your email every Thursday! Go to: to subscribe!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What's Wrong With This Photo?!

#1 It's a Back To School photo of a teenager!
#2 That teenager is Brendan!
#3 Brendan is SMILING on his way out the door to Brother Martin High School!
#4 There are KEYS in his hand!

Ahhh...but the secret is this:
It is the LAST First Day at Brother Martin EVER!

And that makes all the difference in the world to him.

Back 2 School

I thought I'd do something a little different this year...SECOND Day of School Pictures! actually I was rushing around too much on day 1 and never got around to it. No biggie. There were a few subtle changes in attitude this year. Kevin heard that one of the 3rd grade teachers decorates her classroom in a Spongebob motif, but sadly, it was not his fate to be assigned there. Instead he was put into another third grade classroom. He had also already decided that he wasn't going to like this teacher, having formed faulty opinions based on last year's observations from afar. Thankfully, as the days progress, he is realizing that she is NOT mean and DOES in fact smile. Another plus...his best friend Christian is in the same class! But homework is as dreaded as ever.

Doesn't this face say it all!?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


When the entire bottom of the boot evacuates, it's bound to cause a bit of congestion. Highway officials thought they had it figured out. Contraflow. It's a word you won't find in Webster's. But we can dissect it and figure it out! Contra, meaning opposite or against, and flow, meaning to move in a stream or to have a smooth and uninterrupted continuity. Hmmm...that didn't exactly describe OUR experience. Contraflow turned all the lanes of I-55 into a one way escape route, with all lanes heading north, but it certainly wasn't smooth. The logjam of vehicles at the crossover near Brookhaven, had us creeping at no more than 15-20 mph for more than an hour. Those traffic engineers need to put their thinking caps back on and figure out a better way to merge 4 lanes of traffic into two. A trip that would have normally taken three hours took almost nine!

Mississipians were very welcoming:

The cute boy in the back seat was extremely patient, all things considered:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Evacuation Preoccupations

Or “What We Did While Waiting For Gustav To Go Away!

This time I was prepared for the boredom. As hard as it is to admit, while at Sam’s early last week, I spied and bought the first book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and placed it on top of a case of bottled water. Yes, I did. A vampire novel no less! Written for young adults. And not so well written at that. If I hadn’t have been so bored at our hotel in Jackson, I might not have persevered through the first few chapters. But it was raining outside. Then right about page 428 I found that I couldn’t put it down. So I read it until the end...and might just pick up the next book in the series!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

All Eyes on the Tropics

These words are not what I want to hear! Never welcome, but especially not now! We're just beginning to restock the fridge, took a few boards off the windows, and finally have A/C. It can't be happening again.

These past few days have been trying. We returned from our evacuation to a dark, hot and humid house and sat on the porch, forever trying to find a bit of tepid breeze. During the daylight hours, we had chores to keep us busy, refrigerators to empty and yards to rake, but dusk to dawn was miserable. With nothing to do, we set off for a neighborhood coffee shop that had not lost power. There we found the condensation on the glass panes a welcome sight. We sipped iced coffees and teas, plugged in our laptops, and recharged ipods and cell phones, getting more than our money's worth of electricity. Kevin was especially susceptible to the misery of life without electronics. When power was restored at ten minutes to nine on September 4th, we were absolutely giddy! WTG Entergy!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Memory Tag!

I got this from Vickie's blog:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember that maybe brings a smile to your face!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It will be fun to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you are playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Woo-hoo! We drove back through our VERY dark neighborhood from PJs to find an Entergy truck driving down our street with a spotlight on the lines. He followed the line from one end of our street all the way down to Jefferson Hwy. A minute later everyone was jumping up and down and screaming! We had lights! We flipped on the A/C and it's beginning to cool off. The best surprise is that once the electricity was on, we found out that we had phone and cable and internet too. An unexpected pleasure! Wheeeee!

Oh, and we did get mail today. I was shocked when the mailman drove up this afternoon!

The newspaper carrier delivered our paper today too...along with the last three days worth! So I had something to read while sitting on my porch today.

Still No Power

Ick! I haven't showered since we've been back, so I'm contemplating going somewhere to shower tomorrow. We're supposed to limit the amount of water we put into the sewerage system since the power is out at not only residences, but the lift stations that move the wastewater to the treatment plants. We flush only when absolutely necessary and try to put minimal amounts of water down the sink. Tommy washed the pot we cooked dinner in last night in the yard with the hose! Hee-hee!

I was excited to see energy trucks at the pole near our house today! They've been working in the neighborhood for hours though, but nothing yet. It is stifling hot inside. We spent most of the day on the porch, but the mosquitoes would eat us alive if we slept out there. I'm at the coffehouse again enjoying their A/C, a nice cold iced tea, and getting my money's worth in electricity. We have two computers, two phones and two i-pods plugged in recharging! ROFL!

We are all so spoiled. Kevin is definitely not used to entertaining himself without electronics for an entire day! I hope that *I* survive the complaining!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pioneer Woman I'm Not

We got home today to a dark, hot house. Spent most of the day clearing up the yard and street. SO many branches and tree debris. Just one piece of siding peeled the very top of the house, same place where it was replaced after Katrina, No big deal. The fridge was easy to clean thanks to the garbage bag trick. We cooked dinner on the propane BBQ. But now we are hot and bored and sitting at PJs cofeeshop trying to cool off. For some reason they have power here. The windows have condensation and it feels so good to be so cold! I don't want to go home! It will be nice to sleep in my own bed, but I'm afraid it will be so hot and humid that I won't be able to. Anyway, we hope to have power and cable and telephone and all that good stuff soon! I wouldn't make a good pioneer.