Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Kids, Pets or Yourself

What do you scrap the most - kids, pets or yourself. That's the blog question posed for us today by Crop Addict. This one is too easy, my boys without a doubt. I do scrap my doggies and, on a rare occasion, myself - but 90% of the time it's my guys.

The proof is in the pudding...

So what's the main focus of your work?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hear Ye -- Hear Ye

I must share this exciting news. This weekend - March 3rd and 4th -at Crop Addict we will be having a party - a big time party - a croppin' party! We are celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary. And as with all good parties, there will be TONS (over $1,700 worth) of presents - not for us though, for YOU our loyal customers. For every $20 you spend you'll get a present from us. We're giving away all sorts of presents from: stamps, ink, embellishments, paper packs, cardstock packs, albums and more. If this isn't enough to encourage you to drop by hows about - layout challenges, card challenges, games and lots of fun and laughter. Need even more information just click here...

Can't wait to see yawl there!

Monday, February 26, 2007

A Letter Addressed to God

My hubby forwarded me this really precious story today - just had to share with yawl...

A letter written in a childish scrawl came to the post office addressed to "God". A postal employee, not knowing exactly what to do with the letter, opened it and read: "Dear God, my name is Jimmy. I am 6 years old. My father is dead and my Mom is having a hard time raising me and my sister. Would you please send us $500?" The postal employee was very touched. He showed the letter to his fellow workers and they all decided to kick in a few dollars each and send it to the family. They were able to raise $300. A couple of weeks later the same post office received a second letter addressed to God. The boy thanked God for the recent infusion of cash, but ended with this request: "Next time would you please send the money directly to us. If you send it through the post office they deduct $200."

Before I go...
Just a quick challenge - List 5 things that made you smile this past weekend!

1. Hearing Mom sing with her trio (wow it had been years since I'd heard that beautiful sound)
2. Having my hubby see that I was stressed and taking the initiative to vacuum and do dishes for me.
3. Singing with the Praise band
4. Watching Ethan and Matthew jump around, laughing and screaming as they played Mario Smash Brothers "together"
5. Getting to have a Date Night with my hubby (thanks mom!!)

So now that you've read mine, take just a moment to reflect on your weekend and smile!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Rest of Faith

Psalm 62:1, 2
"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken."

(Christian Fellowship Devotionals)

God Bless.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

~ Freestyle ~

Well, I recently sat down and read through Autumn Leaves Freestyle idea book, and must say it was kinda cool. It really isn't my style - meaning I find comfort in the linear realm, I think - but I'm always up for trying something new.

After working on this layout for over a week, it's finally finished.
(click to enlarge)

I think I like the way it turned out - not real sure. While it may grow on me, I'm thinking my comfort zone still lies within the linear style.

I challenge you to try a style of scrapping that pushes you beyond that old comfy spot and let me know how it turns out.

8:00 a.m Saturday Morning

It's 8:00 a.m Saturday morning ~ do you know where your kids are? Well, for my family late February through the end of July brings BASEBALL!

And what a crazy year we have scheduled...

Fabulous news though, Jacob (pictured up top) made "starting pitcher" for the Lee Davis High School JV team! This is MAJOR STUFF, I mean, for a boy his age it's like going to "the show". He has been dreaming of this moment since he was 5 years old and stepped foot on that small, clay diamond in Ashland, Va. At last nights practice they clocked his fast ball at 79 mph. That's a powerful punch for a 15 year old!

But the fun doesn't stop with Jacob - oh no - I have Adam, who will be playing catcher for the Stonewall Jackson Middle School team...

and Matthew who's just signed up for his first year in county tee ball. At this point the schedule looks like 4-5 games (could be more) per week. What was God thinking when he blessed me with 4 boys?
Thank Heavens Ethan hates baseball!

(God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of tasks. As of today, I'm so behind, I'll probably never die!)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

How Can You Say No To This?

Okay, picture this, it's 7:15 a.m., the bus is quickly approaching, shoes need to be tied, the backpacks start flyin' and I hear, I look down and see this - my 6 year old begging me to let him take his Pokemon cards to school. "No!" Plezzzzz, Plezzzzz! "Matthew, you know that it's against school policy to bring those things to school." Oh mom, come on - Brandon brought his... Then I glance down again and see this!!


Well, after snapping this quick photo, I let him take two cards. I did make him promise me that he would not take them out of his backpack at school. Okay, Okay - stop judging me - I know, I know, I should've stood my ground, but did you LOOK AT THAT FACE!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I'm Doing a Happy Dance!

Well, the results from the Pub Call's "Create a Kit" are in and...

I WON! This is AWESOME! Thanks so much Pub Calls for picking my kit and to Crop Addict for supplying the prize. This is such an honor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hi, my name is Lisa Wood, and I'm a scrapaholic!
{Oh how true this is}

Not only do I love to create layouts and alter different things, but I also love creating kits. Well, imagine my surprise when I logged into Pubcalls this weekend and saw they were having a challenge titled "Make Your Own Kit" - sponsored by Crop Addict none the less! Oh, oh, me, me (as my hand waves - all crazy like - high in the air) -now as of this moment the winners have not been announced, but I'm dying to share my creations with you all.

Post your comments, cause I'd love to know whatcha think.

* The Full House *

Room 1...The Family Room

Room 2...The Bedroom

Room 3...The Playroom

The entire kit would retail for $29.95 + shipping.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Let's Celebrate Our Leaders!

In honor of Presidents' Day, here are some little-known facts about the American presidents.

1. Nine Presidents never attended college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman.
2. The oldest elected president was Reagan (age 69); the youngest was Kennedy (age 43).
3. The tallest president was Lincoln at 6'4"; at 5'4", Madison was the shortest.
4. Presidents Adams, Jefferson, and Monroe all died on the 4th of July; Coolidge was born on that day.

And if that's not enough brain food for one day,
try your hand at a President's Day Quiz sponsored by To Fact Monster

(I got 8 out of 10 correct - not my best work)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

I've taken the leap ~

Can you believe it? I'm a BLOGGER!! I've been reading these things for years, thinking maybe someday I'll try it - well today was that someday! Now I'm still trying to navigate my way around, but hopefully I'll be a full fledged "Blogger" real soon.

Just a few short weeks ago we had a mighty addition to our family, and oh how things have changed. No, no not a baby (not to say I don't feel like I'm carrying around 30 lbs. of excess water - but that's a whole nother blog!), but a precious puppy - TATER. Now after just a few short weeks our itty bitty Bloodhound has turned into a huge, wrinkly 25 lbs bundle of joy. He is enjoying chewing us out of house and home and marking his territory with every step, but we love him none the less! Now because he was so small when we got him, sleeping in our bed at night was a real joy, cause he's a great snuggler, but things have changed, really changed! He is now dominating his territory and making known his presence with each wiggle. To put it into prospective - I'd rather have Matthew sleep with us! Put him down, you say...I hear ya, I really do, but once his paws hit the floor "howwww" - "howwww" - "howwww". INSANITY, for Heaven sakes, we've created a monster.


As many of you already know - I'M AN AVID SCRAPPER. Okay, okay, enough with the "no da's". Well, I finally did a layout just a few days ago on Daddy. I had been putting this off and putting this off for well over a year now, but was finally able to put this together.

The journaling reads as follows:

I was recently looking through some pictures, planning layouts for an upcoming scrapbook retreat when I stumbled across this photo. I know it’s been about a year and a half since your passing, but it’s moments like this that make it feel like just yesterday. My heart still aches as my eyes, once again, fill with tears. What a fighter you were during those last few years as one problem lead to another and another. I think this picture speaks volumes about that journey. Your weak eyes look so tired, your poor feet and ankles bandaged tightly yet causing you pain with each step and your frail body is just a fraction of its former self – yet you still smiled. Perhaps not as whole hearted as in years past, but never the less, a genuine daddy smile. You were amazing!

As I continue to stare at this picture, my heart longs to feel your bristly mustache against my cheek as we kiss goodbye or to hold your soft aging hand as you walk down the stairs or even simply to hear you say “Booboo” once more - - - I love you daddy. I was so blessed to have you as my example, my teacher, and my friend. I’m looking forward to the time when I can see your face once again and tell you thanks, thanks so much! You were an awesome father and I’m eternally grateful for the time we spent together.

Picture taken 5/05 He died 9/05

I think it turned out rather well. Let me know what you think.