Tuesday, September 30, 2008


My daughter Maggie had gymnastics last night and I tried once more to take pictures of her doing her thing, but she is just a blur!  
See what I mean?  She's the blur on the left!  She hops around the entire time in between forwards rolls, backward rolls, and back walk overs (done with help, of course).  She's really pretty good for only having three classes under her belt.  The older girls who practice at the same time watch the little kids and cheer them on, and Maggie just watches them in awe as they toss each other around.  I think I'm going to scrap these blurry photos anyway, and just call it BLUR!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Classic Spritz Cookies

I used this recipe to make some Christmas Cookies for my Christmas card workshop yesterday.  I have been looking for a good spritz cookie recipe for a while-even though they are all very similar, many taste like flour.  This one was pretty good, and the card makers were munching away all day!  Enjoy!

Classic Spritz Cookies:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 Tbl milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375.  Thoroughly cream butter and sugar.  Add egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract; beat well.  Stir together flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing to make dough smooth.  Do not chill.  Shape dough into small logs and place in Cookie Master plus (a cookie press).  Using desired disk, press shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with colored or chocolate jimmies.  Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned around the edges, remove cookies from the sheet.  Cool on rack.
Makes 7-8 dozen cookies.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Busy week!

Wow!  It's been a busy one.  I have my Christmas Card workshop this Saturday and I've been busy cutting paper for my attendees.  They get the new Evensong paper pack already cut for them, as well as all embellishments and ribbon that they need.  Oh, and Sparkles!  I love Sparkles!  All they need to do is come and assemble.  It's going to be awesome.  I'm going to play Christmas carols, have Christmas cookies out, and twinkly lights.  Yay!

I also held three workshops since Friday!  Whew!  My hostess club ladies met on Friday night to make three cards, and we had a great time.  Then, one of my new team members Nicole came over with her Aunt Jen to create the Perfect Day layout.  To top it all off, I had another Perfect Day workshop with Nancy, Monicarol, and Mary Jo.  Nancy pays very close attention, and Monicarol and Mary Jo....?  Well, let's just say we laughed A LOT!  No, they were all great and their layouts were super.  

The layout here is of my DD Maggie, on her first day of Pre-K.  I made it using Notebook paper, which I LOVE!  She is such a funny little girl!  

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My worst nightmare came true today for ten minutes

If you're a mother, then you've had this nightmare:  you turn around in the store/park/amusement park/whatever, and your child is gone.  You can't find him fast enough, and every second you become more convinced he was snatched by a crazy person who will not love him like you do.  What's more, he needs his asthma medication every twelve hours and he can't tell someone because he's too little.  Who knows what happens if he doesn't get his meds for a long period of time?  

We went to Target after visiting my sister, and were picking out some new fall/winter clothes for the kids.  Nate insisted on walking, as 20 month olds are prone to do.  Maggie had been hiding in the clothing racks repeatedly and got in trouble each time.  With my dad in law enforcement, I guess I'm a little overprotective with our kids in stores and other crowded places.  Not to brag, but my kids are gorgeous.  We don't know where that came from!  But seriously, they are noticed all the time and strangers comment all the time.  

Anyway, Maggie held up a dress and said look at me, and we did.  Then Nate was gone.  Poof, just like that.  I charged around the corner, no Nate.  I grabbed Maggie so I wouldn't lose her too and off we went through the toys, figuring that  was the first place he'd go since they were right there.  Ronnie took off for the front of the store so he couldn't go out, and people were helping him check bathrooms in case someone took him in there or something.  The Target people were quick to help, calling in a code yellow immediately.  I got hysterical after about 2 minutes of calling him and running through department after department, clutching Maggie's hand and a pair of brown corduroy pants that I wanted to hold up to Nate to check the length.  

I can't even describe how upsetting this was.  Complete strangers were hunting for him as I yelled his name over and over and what he was wearing-Thank God I could remember what he had on.  At first when someone asked I totally blanked, but then I remembered.  Scary.  

Then someone asked again to describe him and when I did she yelled that she thought she found him.  Maggie and I went running over there and tripped.  We both went down hard and I really hurt my knee but we got right back up and kept running.  The lady was calling "over here" and I yelled Nate's name and there he was!  I grabbed him and crumpled to the floor, with him and Maggie in my arms, sobbing.  Three ladies, the Target lady who called in the code yellow, the lady who found him, and this wonderful black lady just held us and rubbed my back.  One of them kept saying "Thank you Jesus".  Now I am not overly religious or anything, but I tell you what, I was sure thanking Him myself at that moment. I hugged all three of them and we staggered off to find Ronnie, who didn't know he had been found.  

Ronnie was coming around the corner and saw us and I couldn't even stand up again so I knelt in the infant's clothing and held our children some more.

Maggie kept saying the funniest thing, which I could hear on some other level and save it for later when I could actually find it funny.  When we first found him, and were all hugging on the floor and crying, Maggie was rubbing his back and saying so sweetly, "Oh Natey, you could've been taken by some kook."  I guess I've warned her before!

This was truly my worst day of motherhood, even though with Nate we've been to the ER or Urgent Care several times, even worse than the time I thought his eyeball was going to burst or something.  He's allergic to milk, eggs, and soy, and I gave him brown rice without checking the ingredients.  It had milk in it and got in his eye.  Today was worse than that horrible day when I thought I had killed him.  

We're so blessed that he is completely fine and watching Dora right now.  


Or rather, I wish I were sleeping.  Last night Nate started coughing again.  He'd gone a week without being sick, now we're right back to runny nose and cough.  Sigh.  But when he's sick he wants to sleep with me, so I let him and that way I can monitor the cough as well-he has asthma so it's important to listen for wheezing.  But the side effect is I don't sleep very well with him and then he took my spot in the bed!  We have a great bed-one of those sleep by numbers beds, and Nate must really love it too!  So, I took my pillow and moved down about 3 feet on the bed, so at least half of me was on the bed-although half was not!  I mostly dozed in an L formation the rest of the night.  Then Maggie came in, then Nate fell out of bed, and well, then we were up.  

I had my hostess club last night-ten ladies making cards in my dining room!  It is an awesome group of women who make me laugh every time we meet.  Two of my team members were there too, Amy F. and Melissa B., and we talked for about an hour once the club was over.  I am so happy that I joined CTMH and started doing all of these things that I never would have done before.  Once everyone left, though, I was so wound up I could've scrapped all night!  What I did instead though, was check my favorite blogs.  I listed two of them previously, but here are two more that I check all the time:

Jeanette Lynton's blog:  http://www.jeanettelynton.com

Jeanette Lynton is the founder and CEO of Close to My Heart and she is the sweetest woman!  I have not met her personally-although I tried to meet her at convention-but listening to her speak and reading all of her missives to us is inspiring.  She has really made it in her life and I take a lot from her blog posts and her letters in every Idea Book.  As consultants, we also receive a bi-monthly newsletter from corporate, and she writes to us there too.  It's worth becoming a consultant just to be in this woman's circle.  You know how Oprah inspires a lot of people?  Well, Jeanette is MY Oprah.  Whoo Hoo Jeanette!

Tina S. is another amazing woman that I have met and talked to on the phone.  Boy, I nearly passed out when my cell phone rang on my dad's birthday in July and I heard her voice!  WHEW!  She is the senior executive director of the national team that I belong to, the Scattered Hearts.  She, like me, was a teacher who quit and worked her CTMH business full time.  She inspires me every day as well.

Well, this originally started out about sleep and turned into my CTMH Idols again!  Sorry, but they are really wonderful women and I'm lucky to move in the same circle as them.



Whew!  Sorry I haven't updated this since I began moving.  I fought for an hour at least the other day trying to get one of those cool looking scrapper backgrounds for my blog and I couldn't get it to work!  Drat!  So my goal this weekend is to do that so it looks more scrapper-ish rather than blah like now!

I'm putting out a shout out to my friend Shannon B on the West Coast who must think  I am stalking her (sorry Shannon, but I am just a little bit LOL!)  and here is her blog:  http://stampinbuds.blogspot.com

One of my other favorites that I check all the time is my awesome upline's, Collen R!  So here is her blog too:  http://www.colleenrossi.blogspot.com.  There are several more that I am addicted to, I admit it!  So I will add them as I figure this all out.  

I can't wait for Sunday as I am going to the free crop in my town to play with my pals!  I am going to get all the paper cut for my Christmas Card workshop!  Whoo Hoo!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Taking a cue...

from one of my FAVORITE bloggers and fellow CTMH consultant Shannon B!  I am moving my blog over here since as she put it...why pay for something you can get for free???  I had no idea that blogger was free.  So I will be posting here from now on.  I'll post a link from the other site to this one if I can figure that out.  Thanks, Shannon!