Friday, November 30, 2007

Thanksgiving Pictures

I had so much fun with my family during the holiday! I finally have a moment to post a few of the pics I took! This is my mom and my brother...we were so happy to see him, it's been a while.
My sister with her her signature "kool-aid" smile with her son Jaden and Donovan.
My baby sis and her man. Can someone please tell me how I am the oldest child, yet both of my sisters have men older than mine?

I think I ate too much...what do you think? LOL! Looks like I swallowed a whole turkey! This is me 1 day shy of 20 weeks pregnant!

OK, what's wrong with this picture? My mother in law has been on me to give her a family photo, well I tried but Troy and Donovan were very uncooperative. Look at my eyes, I hate it when it looks like I'm trying not to blink...Troy is talking, which is why his lip looks funny...notice Donovan's crusty nose? Oh the joy of cold season!

My sis with her big kids...the twins AKA Jamal and Jasmine! They are 12 and nearly as tall as their mom!
Can you say TRYPTOPHAN?

Donovan and Jaden decided to entertain the family by break dancing on the kitchen floor. These 2 sure know how to have fun when they get together!
Check me out in my niece's wig! Her school had pink day last month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, all the kids wore something pink and she went with a wig. Is pink my color? HAHAHA!

The Sunday after Thanksgiving, we saw Chris Rock at the Borgata! He is so darn funny!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I'm A Pair Of Socks

I found this on Adriann's Blog and thought it was so cute!

You Are Socks!

Cozy and warm... but easily lost.

You make a good puppet.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

One More Holiday To Go!!!

Thanksgiving is over and everything went well, but I swear I haven't sat down since Wednesday! We spent Thanksgiving in South Jersey at my sister's house with her husband and 3 kids. My mom, my baby sister and her boyfriend were there, my sister's husband's best friend, his girlfriend and their 2 kids, and my cousin and her daughter also attended. And then there was my brother whom I haven't seen since March 2005, I've missed him! My siblings and I had a lot of fun reminiscing about torturing each other as kids. I haven't laughed so hard in so long! I have a lot of pics I wanted to post, but I left my camera (my other appendage) at my sister's...darn pregnancy brain! I'll be heading back that way today anyway because we're going to see Chris Rock at the Borgata in Atlantic City! Can't wait!

The day after Thanksgiving, my sister and I went shopping! I know I may sound crazy, but I love shopping on Black Friday! Sales send my endorphins way up, thus making me extremely happy! We hit Walmart, AC Moore, Old Navy and then the mall! We were thoroughly pooped afterwards.

I spent Saturday cleaning my room, which was a complete mess and running a few errands! Then my vacuum, that I just bought mind you, broke! Argh! I hated it anyway because it was nothing like my old one, so I'm taking a trip to Best Buy to get another one. I really want a Dyson, but my sensible side just can't justify paying $400+ for a vacuum cleaner!

In baby news: I had the fetal anatomy scan this past Monday and everything looks great! I'm so happy and really can't wait until my little Xander Sebastian makes his entrance into this world! I'm half way there, though 20 weeks down, 20 weeks to go! Meanwhile, he's bumping around and his kicks are getting harder and stronger everyday. He loves to make an appearance around 10:30-11:00 PM!

SCRAP-DINER's first ever crop went over very well!! There were 12 fun challenges in all and lots of new members. Sher, the owner, gave away 10 RAKs, 2- $20 Gift certificates and a grand prize $50 Gift Certificate. The Rusty Pickle Chat was a riot, Troy was probably wondering what the heck I was laughing at! I did manage to get a few of the challenges done:

This one was based on a sketch challenge provided by Lucy Chesna. I love this picture of Donovan when he was about 6 months old. He loved that jumperoo and we loved it too because it kept him busy!

This LO was a result of a grocery list challenge. I had to chose 5 things from a list and use them on a LO. The 5 I chose were stitching, inking, chipboard, glitter, and brads. These pictures remind me that I need to get out this winter and take pics of my baby, but I just hate the snow! These photos are of Donovan when he was about a year old, it was the first winter when he could play in the snow and he loved it! He cried when it was time to come in!

I've wanted to scrap the photos on this LO for so long. The pics are of my little cousin Kaden on his second birthday (he's 2 monthe younger than Donovan). I guess I interrupted his playtime at the wrong moment because he gave me this mean look and then minutes later, I got a BIG smile! Although the photos aren't from Christmas, I couldn't help the play on the title!

And lastly, I used a lot of bling on this last LO. I ended up going back after the challenge and adhering the entire LO to a piece of red Bazzill, which looks a lot better and allows the scallops to stand out more.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's 12:54 am here and I am beat, but I can't go to bed just yet because I'm waiting for my sweet potato pies to finish cooking!

Wednesday has been a looooong day for me! I had to work, I was 20 minutes late because I had to stop in Walgreen's to get oil for my car so I can hold off on an oil change until Monday. On my 15 minute break, I ran to the dollar store to get all of the aluminim pans for baking and carting food to South Jersey. On my lunch hour I ran to my LSS to drop off some projects that I did in the past. They came up with this ingenious idea to sell scrappers' projects for them between now and Christmas and the best part is I priced my own stuff and I get all of the money if it sells! Isn't that great? I then left there and went to Walmart...I made record time because I can spend an entire lunch hour in that store. After work I went to Shop Rite to pick-up the rest of my ingredients. I then picked DS up from preschool, made pizzas that I bought from his school's fundraiser for dinner.

We're having Thanksgiving dinner at my sister's house, YAY! I made sweet potato pies for my house, I baked a chocolate cake from scratch for my sister's house, I'm too tired to icing it right now, and made potato salad. I also prepped all of my cheeses for my homemade macaroni and cheese. I need to get up early tomorrow...uh today so I can make the oven stuffer and stuffing for my house and greens, mac n cheese to take to my sister's.

Don't you just hate it when you forget to get something at the store and the hope and pray that something is opened on the holiday so you can get what you need? Yeah, well it happenes to me everytime!

Anyway...I hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family and or friends!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Scrap-Diner's Crop Is Tomorrow!!!

Get those calendars out and get ready for a Pickelicious night .... when some of the chefs of Rusty Pickle like Libby MacNeilly and the owner Tasha will be coming over to chat with us Date: November 16th (Friday) Time: 7pm PST (8pm mst, 9pm cst, 10pm est) Place: The Tiki Lounge at Scrap-Diner , RAK will be given from our RP chef so dont forget and join us!

There will be a ton of challenges for the entire weekend! Stop in and join the FUN!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Good News On The Scrap Front!

Today, I decided to take one of my regular visits to my favorite LSS and guess what happened?! One of the owners said "your ears must have been ringing, we were just talking about you", I responded "all good things I hope". Then, I was asked to become one of their teachers! Oh My Goodness, talk about a total surprise! I used to be on their design team, which was great, I love the owners to death- they are so FAB, and now I'm going to teach there! This is my first ever "in-person" teaching experience, I've taught through Zsiage's newsletters and some techniques on-line, but WOW! I'm still in shock! The best part is they are so flexible! I can teach whatever I want, whenever I want! Now the challenge is coming up with something that scrappers will want to learn!

In other news, one of my closest friends is also having a baby. Her baby girl is scheduled (by C-section) to arrive 1/21/08. I've been dying to make some little girl stuff, so I created this mini album for her. It's a 6"X8" mini album, 12 pages long, and holds 8- 4x6 photos and a wallet size photo or 7- 4x6 and up to 4 wallets.

Someone in my photography class asked me to make one for her which wouldn't be a problem except I wouldn't know what to charge. HELP...what do you think?! What would you charge or pay for this?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Is It Monday Again?

This weekend was a little productive. I was off Friday and went to Junkitz's warehouse sale in Manalapan and purchased a few goodies. Thanks Dolores for the heads up about the sale! I just hated the fact that I got lost trying to get home! I had to work Saturday, but I was able to start a couple of LOs for my DT at scrap-diner and Sunday I completed them along with a Christmas card.

Here are the projects:

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Scrap Diner's Crop Is Coming

Believe me, you don't want to miss this crop! There will be lots of cool challenges administered by the Design Team!
When: Friday, November 16 starting at 7PM EST and Ending on Sunday, November 18th 7PM EST.
Theme: 7 Course Crop
Don't miss the chat with Rusty Pickle in the Tiki Lounge, 10pm on Friday!

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