Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I just got back from not-so-sunny California. I went for the annual trip to the CHA winter show (Craft and Hobby Association) in Anaheim. This is my first CHA in Anaheim, so it was pretty fun. There were tons more exhibitors there than were at CHA summer in Orlando.
It didn't rain on THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY of the trip--Saturday. We got to go to Disneyland and have all sorts of fun together. Priorities first you know.
We went to CHA in Orlando in July last year, and it was monsooning the whole time we were in Disney World. So, I'm really glad it didn't do that while we were at Disneyland.
We had a blast. Kristie and I rode the Tower of Terror twice and lost our voices. We got to ride all the really fun rides except Splash Mountain, but that would have been really cold. It wasn't THAT warm.
The show was fun for me because this is the first one I've been to that really had a good turnout, and we found a few really fun things that we're excited to bring into Roberts over the next few months. So, keep coming in to check it out.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


So, I joined Weight Watcher's again today. I joined in 2006, and I lost almost 60 lbs over about a year's time. I felt great. I wasn't thin or at a healthy weight, by any means, but I was at a place where I was proud of myself and I could find clothes that were cute and fit. I was off of my breathing machine (I had severe sleep apnea when I was at my heaviest).
Somehow, for some reason, I decided that I didn't need WW meetings and I could do it on my own. This might be true for some people, once they have the hang of how it works. But, apparently not for me. See, I need support. I need motivation. And, I enjoy sharing in others successes and stories. It's good to know that others are going through the same things that you are.
Slowly, over the last two years, I've let 40 lbs creep back up on me! I used to sit in meetings and listen to people say these types of things, and I would think, "How can you lose that much weight and let it come back?" Well, I'm living proof that no matter how hard you worked to take it off, if you fall back into old habits, it will come back!
I have feeling it will be harder to get rid of this time. But I know I can do it. And, the best part is, my sister (Lacy) joined a couple of weeks ago. She joined the one that is right next to my work, so I can take my lunch break and go with her! That isn't why she joined. In fact, she didn't even tell me she was joining (jerk!). But, I'm so glad she did. It gave me the kick in the pants I needed to do it. I was thinking about it, but I don't like going when I don't know anyone. Eventually you make friends and meet people, but those first couple weeks are a little uncomfortable.
Thanks Lace! We can do this. I'm so glad we're in it together!

Monday, January 18, 2010


Saturday was my mom's birthday. I miss her so much. I think of her at least 10 times a day even now, 14+ years later. I spent two days at funerals last week, and it brought the sorrow so close to the surface again. Especially the second funeral. My friend Jennifer's dad, who worked with Shane, passed away. He was 58 years old. His wife, and her mom, died in 2003. What if my dad dies young like that? He did have a heart attack a couple of years ago. My mom is already gone. I can't imagine not having my dad. He's been such a huge part of my life (more than a lot of dad's might be). He is one of my husband's best friends. He is a rock to our family. We even spend our vacation together every year camping.

I wish my mom was around. Just to talk to her and for her to spend time with her grandchildren. I hope it's true what they say about heaven. That years on earth are like minutes to them. I'd hate to think my mom had to wait to see us as long as we do to see her. Somehow it seems more bearable on earth to me because we have so many of our friends and family still with us.

Well, enough sadness for now. It was just on my mind after going to the funerals and all.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


This is a quick birthday page I did last night. I had some pictures laying around and decided to put this page together real fast.
This is the year that my sister, Kim, gave Garrett an iPod. How do I compete with that? Seriously. I don't even remember what I gave him that year. I remember that my dad asked for house plants. I found that a little odd, but I guess he liked my house plants a lot and wanted some just like them. Huh.
It's weird now that I think about it. Our family only really gets together for the birthdays that are in May. None of the other adults ever have birthday parties. We do parties for Ryan and Jordyn, but they aren't really like family parties. They are traditional kid's parties that we're just invited to.
Garrett has never really had a kid's party. We usually go camping on Memorial Day weekend every year, which is right around his birthday. So, we don't have much time to do a party. We have had parties for him while camping, but not really traditonal type kid parties--and not very many. Plus, it would be a little weird to have him a party without including my dad and my sister. Lacy's birthday is the same day as Garrett's, and Dad's is the day after. So, we usually just have a family barbeque for all three birthdays.
That makes me a little sad, but Garrett really doesn't seem to mind. He loves the family bbq--he's pretty close to Lacy's kids. And, his best friend, Dustin, is always welcome to join us.
Anyway. That's the spiel on why all of Garrett's birthday pages are family parties.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

01*02*10 (again)

This is the companion page to the layout I did the other day titled "Snow Day", so I didn't do a title or journaling on this one.
I used the last sketch at 52 Sketches 52 Weeks for this one.


I spent a few hours at Kim's house today helping her finish a scrapbook she is making for a work friend of hers. It was fun for us to do something together, but it was sad at the same time. She's been working on the book over the last couple of weeks. She is trying to get it done as quickly as possible because this friend of hers has terminal cancer. She wants him to be able to look at it and reflect on the many good times they've had together with mutual friends as much as possible before he is gone. That makes me sad.
I've had a couple of friends get diagnosed with cancer. One died, and one is now in remission. It seems like anyone you talk to knows more than one person who has had or does have cancer. I can't believe how many lives this once rare disease is affecting and how many different types of cancer there are now.
It makes me think how much I have to be grateful for and how I should hold my loved ones close. Maybe someday I won't be able to.