Sunday, December 28, 2008

git 'er dun...

i was working on my scrapbook room today -- got my embellishments gone through & letters are sorted....things are labeled...soon i will be able to scrapbook in there!! yay!

i still need to: go through and sort my papers and finish clearing off the table...i have a few other fun things to come into the room, but those are already sorted & labeled, lol...

back to the job at hand!

toodles :)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

wonderful christmas

christmas was very nice (as usual!)...

dinner last night with meghan's family, then church for the children's service, then back to meghan's for presents & dessert...after that, i wrapped gifts for a friend and we opened our family gifts...

tonight was dinner at my brother's house...

that's it...nothing to exciting, but it was family & friends & love & fun & Jesus :)

gifts i received: 2 precious moments pieces, target gift card, cash, an ornament, scrapbook sticker letters & brads, a lane bryant gift card, and a coach purse!

on the 2nd i get to crop with friends, and we are doing our christmas together then :)


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

new glasses....

went to the eye doctor today -- he upped my prescription a very small hair because i have been reading so much lately -- i can still wear the ones i got last year, and i ordered another pair today (green with some small bling!)...very nice doctor (Dr. V) at target optical...

nothing else new -- cold & it's break! yay!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

cold....frozen tundra....home

the high today hit about 15, windchill well below that...i can't live much farther north than i do now, it will get too cold for me!

off to get in flannel jammies and under a fleece blanket & quilt...


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

tomorrow, tomorrow...

my break starts, tomorrow...

it's only a day away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

almost finished with Christmas prep!

left to do to prep:
* wrap 3 more gifts
* order flowers
* possibly buy 1 more gift
* package 4 boxes
* go to post office

and that is it! then i am finished with cards & gifts! yay!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


it took me an hour to get to work this morning -- the closer i got to school, the crappier the road got -- gotta love finals week when the superintendent doesn't want to cancel classes!! buses were late, some never showed, kids talked about their buses sliding all over the road...what safety! people were driving slower (like they should when the roads are bad) which was a plus, but it was a nasty weather day...and coming home wasn't too much better! the road that my school is on had not been treated in any way at all!! and the parking lot had a small sprinkling of salt, but that was it...

high was forecast at about 25 today -- i think it MAY have hit 20...and there was snow/ice/sleet all day long...

my semester of college is done! yay!

i think that is all...


Monday, December 15, 2008

snow daying it!

i got a snow day!

well, really a icy road day...

now, back to your regularly scheduled SLEEP!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

wrapping away

been wrapping this afternoon -- now i am out of tape, and i am not finished! grrrr! going to go down & get some tape runner from my scrapbook stash so i can finish my power hour gifts...

the kitchen is pretty clean, the presents are bought, i am going to finish drawing snowmen on votive candles later tonight, most gifts are wrapped...

church was nice this morning -- longer than usual -- it was a service of lessons & carols so a lot of music and short passages about the coming of there were TWO baptisms this morning! then a shortened power hour and then meghan had practice for the christmas eve service -- she was doing great! all the kids were :)

watching my second movie of the day -- watched "georgia rules" earlier, and now i am watching "p.s. i love you" -- both have been very good (no matter what the info on the tv says, lol)

hugs and toodles before another week!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

i feel like an elf!

cleaning the house, laundry, and shopping today! the kitchen is almost clean, the living room is, and the laundry is almost finished (last load about to be put in the dryer)...i have only one gift left to order, and i need to get some others wrapped & packed so i can mail them off...i also have a few i need to finish creating!! eek! time is running out, so this is all you get today -- i have to go put the laundry in the dryer & get some other fun stuff finished...yay!


Friday, December 12, 2008

woot woot!

i got a letter today in the mail from webster -- my application for "advancement to candidacy" for my MAT has been approved...i turned in the application on the 8th, and the letter is dated the 9th...makes me wonder how close they read the application!!!

in other news, i am about finished with my christmas shopping! i need to do whatever i am going to do about cards, and get presents ready to mail -- eek! i also need to finish creating the presents for my co-workers...i need to finish at least 2 more...

tonight was cropping at archivers -- i finished 4 pages & 8 of the gifts for work...the rest of this weekend is shopping (target tomorrow, i think), cleaning, laundry, & sunday homework! but cleaning is the main one -- the house is a pit!! there is no space to do anything because there is so much crap all over! i have things i need to take downstairs, and things that need to just be put in the correct place (like my clothes so i won't have to live out of laundry baskets, lol)

now to bed!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

a good sign...

i got a call today from one of my professors -- he would like a copy of my unit plan so he has it to show as an example next me, that means it is very good, and i will have an A in the class!! yeehaw!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008


i am very sleepy today -- i think the crazy weather and busy schedule is catching up with me...but this weekend i will be able to sleep in on saturday, and i don't have anything else after work this week! yay!

almost fell asleep this afternoon sitting in the living room...going to go take a bubble bath then head to bed early...


Tuesday, December 09, 2008


with work for classes that is, lol...i turned in my unit plans & even did my presentation that i would have done next it is show up & get grades back next week :) yay!

today was a long day, but it is done now, and i can relax a little...

mary jo -- i am all signed up for january 24th & so is barb! woo!

toodles :)

Monday, December 08, 2008

almost finished...

1 more monday class (and it should be short next week), 2 more tuesday classes...then i am done with fall 2008!

homework is all complete (need to print for tomorrow)...i will present next tuesday...

the rest of this week won't be too bad -- tuesday i will be gone all day long, so that will be hard, but wednesday is a half day at work, so no kids all afternoon, then church that night...thursday is NOTHING! this weekend will be nice on friday (cropping!!)...then we will be cleaning on saturday -- the house is a PIT!! sunday will be power hour & church & practice for christmas...

now off to relax!!

toodles :)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

cookies cookies and MORE cookies!!

i have been to 2 different cookie parties this weekend -- one i made heavenly hash for, the other i made pineapple we have cookies coming out of our ears!!!! but, now i don't need to make anymore cookies this month, lol, we just need to freeze some...

off to finish homework!

toodles :)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

30 ain't that bad!

baked 132 pineapple cookies today...wasted $4 on panty hose (poked a hole through the leg when i was putting them on, lol)...went to a cookies with santa party...received a michaels' gift card & precious moments from my brother got me the harry potter "bettle the bard" book -- special edition from amazon...have another lesson plan almost complete...

tomorrow is power hour, homework, and another cookie party!! then on to another week at work! yay!

happy birthday to me, and toodles to you!

Friday, December 05, 2008

30 minutes 'til i'm 30

seems a little weird...but i am almost 30!

had a fun night at FKS with barb & nancy & tina & kathy & jenn -- missy & terry were working there tonight -- cathi had her hubby's work holiday party tonight :( so i missed seeing her -- barb got me a cake :) -- fun gifts from friends (a fruit stand to hold stamps, BG paper, freckled lemonade glasses, mini album kits, & gift certs for FKS) -- and tomorrow is the "real" day!!

now to bed, so i can go to sleep and sleep in tomorrow :) i need to bake cookies tomorrow & my godparents' party is tomorrow night...

toodles to my last day as a 20-something!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

oh happy day...

i guess it was a happy day, lol...since i had put in sick last night, i slept in this morning until about 10:30 (12 hours of sleep does a body good!)...

worked on homework today -- i am about half finished with my unit plans! yay! i also need to write an essay about being in the education field, etc, for my "advancement to candidacy" for my MAT...

i also went out & got some groceries today -- needed stuff to make holiday goodies for parties this coming weekend...heavenly hash for saturday night & pineapple cookies for sunday!

tomorrow is work (A FIELD TRIP!!) and then i am hoping to stop at scholastic's warehouse sale after work...then cropping tomorrow night! not sure if i will make it to 11, lol, but i will try!

off to maybe get some heavenly hash made!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

winning :)

I won over at Christi's blog! yay!! 2 Unity stamps -- my dad even wants to use one of them on his Christmas cards!

in other cold is about gone, but now so is my i am staying home tomorrow -- sleeping & homework will be nice...

hope all is well :)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

tim holtz

more tags this year!! so many AWESOME techniques that could be used in so many different ways! PLUS, there is a giveaway every day! make sure to check everyday for the next couple weeks -- you learn something new, and may even end up a winner!

Monday, December 01, 2008


casey, my omaha puppy, had to be put down...
she was 13 years old and had a tumor


Sunday, November 30, 2008

made it!!

every day during november i have posted...some days were long and meaningful...some days have been short and sweet...but every day found something to be post worthy...

december may be close to the same -- i have less than a week until i am 30! eek! i need to get my 25-days of christmas book ready, then i can document there as well...

the christmas tree is up, and decorated (almost all the ornaments are up), other decorations are up, a few more need to come up, but that will happen once all the tree stuff is out of the way...

now off to finish homework for monday & start on homework for the following week!

toodles to you & november!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

post secret

wonderful, poignant really, truly touched me this week...can you guess?

Friday, November 28, 2008

post 600!!!

can you believe it? i barely can! how long have i had this blog, and i am at post 600!! if i can keep up posting everyday, i will be to almost 1000 for the start of 2010! wow...

i did not do too much today -- i shopped yesterday evening -- i went to the post office & one local stamp tore for some bags they were holding for me...that is all!! meghan came down and we watched hairspray....brought up the tree pieces & a couple other christmas boxes...i can NOT find my car antlers!! :(

off to bed soon, tomorrow is laundry and more christmas stuff and homework! fun fun!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving blessings!

today was wonderful!!!

my dad & i went to church and i sat by him and hannah (one of my sweet little ones i babysit, the miracle baby!)...beautiful singing and music, a nice sermon, can you ask for anything else during a church service??

after church we came home for a little bit before going to my godparents' house for thanksgiving lunch...too much food (that was all delicious), lots of time to talk with friends, and finding out about another blessed baby on the way! their family is pretty fertile, lol...i got to hold a sweet one named silas, and get hugs from my buddy carter...just to spend time talking with jackie, paul, marilyn, and kari -- what a wonderful afternoon!!

this evening, i went to michaels! they were open from 6-9 tonight!! there were a lot of people, but the lines were moving and they had some great deals -- i got cricuit cartridges from $30 (versus $90!!)...i also go a foof-a-la album kit for over 50% off!! it ws fun to just get out and do a little shopping...

yesterday was fun!! i went to the bank & target then i picked up barb -- we started at FKS to put together the chunky books -- took us a long time, and there were 5 people working on them! it was fun, though, and the books look awesome! after that we went to casual male -- got a christmas gift for my dad -- then up to west county center! chick-fil-a for lunch (YUM!!!) then lane bryant, macy's for lush bath products, and a couple quick stops...i got more receipts for my black card and got my first set of coupons (AWESOME DEALS there!!!)...after the mall we went to costco - soda & pizza - and i put gas in my car there -- $1.29!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woohoo!!

i hope you have all had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


today i am off...i have my bag just about ready to go, but going to target this early won't matter because i need the pharmacy & that isn't open until 9! so i will take with me my book that is homework, and go to the bank first...then i will go to target, look aorund for whatever else i need and then go to the pharmacy when they first open :) if i have to wait, i guess i will just read my book for a few minutes :)

going by the bank, target, FKS, costco, the mall, office max, casual male, and the ink should be a fun day, and i hope to get a lot of my christmas shopping complete!!

have a fun day & i may possibly post later about if i finished what i wanted to


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

break time!

i am now officially on thanksgiving break!! tomorrow is errands & shopping & helping with christmas chunky books...that is about all, but i know it will be nice to be out and getting things finished! if i have time in the evening, i plan on getting homework complete :)

tukey smash was this afternoon -- lots of fun, but it was VERY NOISY and i just can't handle that too well...but it was a lot better than last year!! it was just more fun, and the kids behaved like they should -- and were not told off for being kids!

other than that, class went well tonight...a lot of things i have done in recent classes, so tuesdays are hard to focus sometimes, lol...but i think i will survive -- 3 more weeks to go!!!


Monday, November 24, 2008

one more day....

then a 5 day weekend!! yay!! not sure what all i will be doing on my break, but i know that on wednesday i am going to be shopping & running errands :) thursday is church & dinner at my godparents house....i am still deciding about getting up early friday -- i will have to see the ads and go from there...but i know i will be cleaning so i can put up our nativity sets and the tree...

maybe i will even get photos off my camera!!

toodles :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

15 weird facts about me

15 weird facts about me -- my friend carolyn tagged me on facebook, so i am answering here ;) i tag all my friends who read my blog -- post a comment if you join in the fun!!

1) my favorite animals are turtles and giraffes.
2) when i was little i would play school and make up worksheets for my dolls.
3) i have eaten beef liver & goose & elk (not at the same time).
4) i have been cursed at in spanish (in spain).
5) i have been called carol & beryl in my lifetime.
6) i have tried spelling becky in many different ways, and i always came back (bekki, beki, beckie, etc).
7) i have used a hole in the ground for a bathroom. i have also paid to use a restroom (and did not pay extra for TP because i had my own with me).
8) i have video taped a how-to-light-a-klunka (water heater) movie.
9) i may not know who sings a song, or the title, but i possibly know all the words.
10) my goal in life was to be a photographer for national geographic.
11) i have painted 2 eggs with traditional ukrainian designs.
12) i LIKE going shopping on black friday.
13) i am horrible at uploading photos off my camera.
14) i frequently lose my watch...then i have to carry my phone so i know what time it is.
15) i can sing silent night (at least in part) in 3 languages...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

old people's place

went to a crop today -- it benefited a boy scout den -- it was held at a center for aging (adult day care) -- the bathroom was like being in a ballet studio! loads of bars along the walls, lol...there were not a lot of people who came, but the people who were there made it fun :) there was more than enough food, and there were some vendors there who donated a portion of their profits to the boy scout den as was fun to hang out with cathi & linda -- we talked a lot, but we also all got a lot finished :) 9 12x12 pages and 5 more mini books for the sunshine albums for me! linda finished quite a few pages, and cathi worked on thank you notes all day and finished almost half of them! yay!!

now i am tuckered out and ready for bed...


Friday, November 21, 2008


i am happy it is friday! it was a nice week at work, but next week is only 2 days!!

hopefully i can get rid of the minor cold i have and still have fun :) and hopefully i won't get worse -- we have a confirmed case of whooping cough at work! there are over 140 in the area, and last year there were is on the rise!!

i need to get laundry sorted, and possibly started, since i will be gone all day tomorrow at the crop...i like that it is an earlier start, so the 12 hours is done at 8, versus 11! then i can be home about 9...

monday is when we get our new garage opener! yay! it is cold out & i am tired of opening and closing the door...

off to relax & get ready for tomorrow!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

crop a long saturday

saturday is cropping all day -- going to take some photos & a mix of papers (the end of my jenni bowlin kit from this month & some basic grey) and will take some mini books and papers i wouldn't normally use to make more albums for the sunshine album project -- cathi & i will have a good time, i am sure!

other than that, it was cold today...suppose to warm up a little bit, but i prefer the cold if i can get used to it! going to take a hot bubble bath i think...


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


i found the book i was looking for the other day! i have been (re)reading it today and am about 1/3 of the way through...i have found some good vocab words and writing prompts to use with my unit plans, so i am on a roll! it is a wonderful book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -- and the movie comes out friday....the book is sad, and thought provoking...

someone is coming tomorrow to fix/replace the garage door opener -- i am happy because it is hard for me to reach to close the door, lol, plus, the door is heavy!!

that is about all for today! anything people would like to know? suggest a topic or ask a question & i will address it ;)


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


** broken garage door

** had to put gas in my car (but $1.69 a gallon! woo!!)

** homework for next week

** desperately need sleep

** busy busy this weekend

** having a cold stinks

** science test this week and no way to do a study guide yet

** need sudafed

but good things t00! on the news right now they are talking about how abortion rates are FALLING! they are at the lowest rates! yay! the babies are being born! woohoo!!! class got out a little bit, gas was "cheap", not too much homework for monday, and none for tuesday, 5 work days 'til thanksgiving, cropping all day is a good time :)

hugs & toodles!

Monday, November 17, 2008

6 more schools days....

then it is THANKSGIVING break! yay!! over break my plan is to relax & sleep & do homework & clean & maybe see a movie & eat chinese food! yum!

today was a long day, full of was certainly interesting to see the school resource officer in the office working with students who were not making smart choices versus students who are interested in what he knows...oh well! tomorrow WILL be a better day! and i know the office will be WAY less busy!!

but class was nice tonight, and tomorrow night's class will be nice, too -- and the homework is already complete for tomorrow night! woo!!!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

sunday is almost over...

LONG morning at church -- power hour (no extras today like i thought we'd have) then unity church service with everyone from illinois & missouri which was all followed by a was nice to see people that go to the services in illinois, but i also saw how many people who come to our church from farther away than the people in illinois (we have a family that comes from jeff city -- at least 150 miles away!!)...i hope we can come together in one united church service again or get the illinois group started as a mission church with their own pastor & budget...

after all that, i came home and did a little cleaning, relaxed with an almost nap, and finished my homework for tomorrow night...all that is left is to print my analysis and copy the articles i wrote about...

now i am watching extreme makeover: home edition and loving it! already in my jammies, going to wash my hair then ehad to bed after this is finished :)


Saturday, November 15, 2008

cold and windy!

winter is making an appearance today! it is cold & windy, and there is a slight chance for flurries this afternoon...glad i am home now for a little bit...

i have been pretty productive today -- went to FKS and did the make-in-takes and went to old navy & got some fun pajamas! also started on laundry and i have power hour all set up and clean for tomorrow morning :) this afternoon is more laundry and cleaning, and homework, then i am going to barb's about 4 before heading to archiver's for a crop

i didn't go everyplace i was thinking of today, but i decided against going to the mall, and i will stop at the library tomorrow to pick up my movie that came in...

i am getting excited that christmas is coming soon! i bought a kit and some papers today at FKS so i can create a small book to keep track of the month of december (ala ali edwards)...i guess i will work on it soon and then be ready to fill it in! i also already started on some christmas gifts, and i will be finishing those as soon as i get a chance...i like to be finished early so i can wrap and decorate and have fun making the house all festive.

now off to wok on homework! yeehaw!


Friday, November 14, 2008

camp is finished...

today was cold & rainy & wet -- what an interesting day for being at camp!!!!

-- no archery (which stinks!) because it would be dangerous to have sharp points and slippery equipment...especially when it is young teens who have never done archery before!

-- team building indoors when the groups i was with really needed the space to run around! the games were fun and the kids had a great time, but outside would have been nice...

-- the kids i work with did awesome at camp! they utilized the strategies they have learned to deal with what the liked & didn't like..

-- buses running late to pick the kids up at the end of camp, but near as late as yesterday when they picked up the other team!!

-- over 3 days: only 2 kids sent home hurt (both ankle injuries) and 1 for misbehavior...pretty good considering there are close to 300 6th graders! 1% is a good rate :)

now to go to bed!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

camp day 1

camp was just very VERY tiring today!!! first thing the group i am in did -- GPS (geocacheing) -- which was awesome, but it was a lot of walking (especially uphill!)...then we did a HIKE! so all i did at camp today was walk around...i did, though, make a "brown bear" on a fire -- it was YUMMY!

tomorrow is archery & team building! i am looking forward to archery, team building, meh...

i am glad i am not sleeping at camp tonight, it is gonna get cold! plus i want to just sit & relax, which is not going to happen at camp tonight!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

not sure what to call this...

not even sure what to write about...i am just tired...and moody...and i want this week to be finished because the next 2 days are camp days...

but saturday will be fun because i will be cropping with friends (AND my jenni bowlin kit came today!)...and sunday will be a long morning at church, but i think meghan & i will get to go shopping after ward!!!

so, before then i need to get homework finished...yay!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You!!

A gigantic THANK YOU to all the veterans.
A gigantic THANK YOU to all active/reserve military.
GOD bless the USA!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

spring 2009

i have registered for spring classes...but if i don't get my "advancement to candidacy" forms in, i won't be able to take them...4 weeks to get them done!! i guess i know what i get to work on seems like just another hoop to jump through for certification/MAT, but it will be done!


Sunday, November 09, 2008

being productive...

my paper for monday is finished -- i just need to print it -- and my paper for tuesday is being worked on -- it is a little over 20% finished...i also plan on starting my photo essay (not due until the tuesday before thanksgiving) if i get a chance...

other than homework i taught power hour, went to costco for gas ($1.88 a gallon!), and to pick up a few things at target...i also have power hour planned for next week, and the laundry is all done...

i am hoping to be finished with my tuesday paper before Extreme Makeover: Home Edition starts because it is the episode from st. louis tonight...

that is about it...being productive on a sunday! yay me!


Saturday, November 08, 2008

6th grade camp

i get to go to 6th grade camp on thursday & friday....not too excited about it since i don't really work with or know many of the 6th will be interesting to say the least...

oh well...i guess life will go on...

now to go write more on homework papers...

Friday, November 07, 2008

17 + hours

that is how long i was gone from my house today!! i left for work at 6 this morning and got home tonight a little after 11 after a scrapbook class with friends! woo! it was an awesome day, just long!!

barb got her prize this afternoon -- a set of basic grey clear stamps!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

homework galore!

2 papers due next week -- a 4-6 page one on monday and a 5-7 page one on tuesday! for the next 6 weeks on monday i have things due, and about every other week on tuesday...i am hoping to get ahead some this weekend (i really want to be ahead this term!!)...but, a lot of the assignments can go together (2 unit plans that i think will be based on the same book) and one is going to be fun & easy -- a photo essay!

now, off to write some more...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

i voted! did you?

including drive time, i was in & out in 15 minutes!

Monday, November 03, 2008

how much longer??

i am tired of election talk and ads and crap...negativity was the kids vote at school (since we are off tomorrow) -- not sure on winners yet! tomorrow i get to sleep in, go vote, then i plan on going out to lunch (chinese!!)...tomorrow night is fun fun! but class will be nice since i won't have to listen to election crap...

Sunday, November 02, 2008

happy birthday, m!

miss meggiepies is 9 today...i gave her a book ("Little Women") that came with a necklace...enjoyed some ice cream cake...she was very happy tonight when i saw her, a little upset we weren't going to chicago this year (me too!), but i told her she could pay for it this time and take ME for MY birthday!! i don't think it's going to happen, lol

Saturday, November 01, 2008

long time no blog

been busy and trying to keep the fundraiser for my friend, renee, up at the no blogs lately, but i am going to start blogging regularly again, in fact, i am planning to blog every day this month!!!!

as for my drawing from people who donated to renee -- one entry, one winner!! CONGRATS BARB! we shall determine your prize ;)

i have been doing a lot of cropping lately -- a crop at FKS, the FKS october retreat, a 12-hour crop today...lots of finished projects, so i am a happy scrapper!! today alone i created 6 12x12 pages, 4 Christmas ornaments, and 4 mini books for kids in the hospital :)

other than that, i finished one set of 8 week classes (both were As!) and started another set...these aren't too bad so far, and i will be starting homework tomorrow for one of them...

work has been a lot of long, busy days...this past week was red ribbon week, so it was spirit days every day, and on friday fredbird and louie (the blues mascot) came at lunch was crazy and loud and just a long day...

lots of kids last night for halloween!! i know we had over 30, probably over 40! that is a lot for a neighborhood of 60 homes! we gave out a bunch of candy, but we do still have some left...

the house is a mess, i am pooped, the clothes are dirty...and i am not sure when i will have time to do anything else!

now to go relax a little, then head to bed!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

tie a string around your finger!

don't forget to donate for my friend renee who is running for SSM rehab!! more info a few posts back -- and don't forget that i will be doing a drawing for some sort of goodie (scrapbook related if you are a scrappy pal, some other wonderful thing if not) amongst my friends who read my blog who donate!!

in other news...lots of homework due this week since it is the last week of term -- i finished my iMovie about ukraine for thursday night and am finishing response questions that i have to email by noon tomorrow...then i have a lesson plan to finish that is due on tuesday!! then it will be a week off and i will be VERY HAPPY!

this week has something almost every night...monday is a haircut, tuesday & thursday are class, and friday is a crop :) saturday is shopping with barb & nancy :) wednesday would be church, but pastor is going to china for 25 days, and it is a layman who will be doing church, and i won't be going on wednesdays because of that -- i will try and make some sunday services while he is gone since it will be people who are ordained for some of them...

other than that....nothing new!

i need to get some photos taken of pages i completed recently...soon! i promise!!


Saturday, October 11, 2008

2-3 posts ago is about my friend renee & her running for SSM rehab -- i will close my drawing on october 31, and so far, i have one person, so we may already have a winner!!!

not much is happening lately, friday i get to crop, so that will feel good since i haven't cropped since september 19!!! i have to get photos printed for a book i am hoping to finish -- it is from a class barb & i took at FKS a couple years ago with lance from rusty pickle...i have photos pulled together, i just need to get them uploaded to costco so i can order them!!

tomorrow is powerhour and homework and laundry...what an exciting life i lead!! i also plan on posting some pages i did recently :)


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

blah blah blah

i am wiped out, i need a day to sleep, which i think i may get this weekend!!!

this past week was busy with classes and homework and work and cleaning and a green party (well, renee & i had fun, lol)...i babysat friday night, and i may be babysitting on saturday :)

power hour seems to be going well -- i have planned out my stories for the rest of this calendar year, and even some of the crafts :) only one movie day in the works -- the weekend of the FKS retreat!

i didn't make the cut in the jenni bowlin contest, but i am happy with what i created...

i have 4 class times left this term, 2 of each, then i get a week off before starting all over again!! next term is monday & tuesday nights...yay...and my classes seem cool next term -- one i don't need a book for (and we get to do a photo essay!!!) and the other, i have had the teacher and i know we won't be there the full 4 hours every week :)

after this semester, i will have 4 classes left (2 i can take through the community college for less $$) and then practicum & student teaching!! i am praying that i can find a provisionally certified job for next school year...then i get paid while still finishing my certification!!

don't forget to check my last post to donate for my friend renee who is going to be running a marathan for SSM rehab!! so far i have one person in my drawing, so it may well be a big sweep for her!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

ok, new link

so i found out the link below for donations was not i called Renee and found out another way --

go to then click the pretty button with the present on it that says "Make a Gift Now" -- once there, you click on the part that says "Make An Online Gift to Support ReTeam Marathon Team/Team Member" and a box will appear -- type in Renee Crinnion


Saturday, September 27, 2008

life & times of me....

I am still open to people donating to my friend Renee and doing a drawing!! For every $2 you donate, I will put your name in, and, seeing as no one has donated :( you have a grand chance of winning!! For my scrappy pals, it will be something scrappy -- something new & fun (not quite sure yet!) and for my non-scrappy friends, it will be something cool (like a gift card someplace!)...

you can find all the info here

classes have been tiring -- lots of stuff has been due lately, but i am getting it done & doing well, so i am happy :) just this past thursday i had to do a presentation on a lesson plan, and the teacher wrote "you are a natural" on my paper, so i am super happy about that!! i still have a few biggies left to finish this term, but there are only 3 more weeks of these classes...

danielle had her BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!! she sent me a message with a photo and he is ADORABLE! now i really need to mail that baby book, lol

not much else is new, any local readers can contact me about october 4th at 2 pm -- i get to do a "house party" about clorox green works far only renee is coming, but i am hoping to get a few others :( some things to give out, and all i ask is everyone bring a snack to share :)

have fun & be good!


Friday, September 12, 2008

My Friend is Running for a Cause

Can you help her out?? This is the e-mail she sent me, and has given me permission to list her name! I hope that some of my friends can help her out! If you decide to donate, please post here as well, and I will do a drawing for a prize!! She did tell me, too, that if you donate, to please include that you are making a donation in the subject line so she can get it from junk mail (if it goes there) easily...

Hello Everyone!

I know I am terrible about keeping up with people, so I apologize for that. Some of you may already know, but I am currently in training for a marathon to help SSM Rehab Foundation. The run is in San Antonio, TX, where it will be a balmy 65 degrees. I would love it if any or all of you could donate financially or for a garage sale that will be held on October 25th.

Fell free to pass this on as well!

There are two ways to donate:
1)By mail, let me know I will send you a form!
2)By going to the link below, putting my name [Renee Crinnion] in the Team Member box when it asks to whom you want to donate.

I want to thank you in advance even if you just read this! If you have any questions, feel free to or shoot me an email (

Thanks, Renee Crinnion

What SSM Rehab Foundation is and does.

SSM Rehab Foundation is a local nonprofit organization that directly supports SSM Rehab, the largest physical rehabilitation provider in the metro St. Louis Region. SSM Rehab Foundation provides funds for programs and services to comfort and care for patients, purchase equipment, and support caregivers. We also help patients already living with financial challenges -- the uninsured, the under-insured, and those on Medicaid -- made only more difficult by accident or illness.

SSM Rehab Foundation supports the entire community that makes up SSM Rehab -- patients, family and friends, and staff.

Some of SSSm Rehab Foundation's programs and services include:

Angel Fund: Home equipment like a tub transfer bench is often necessary before a patient can return home, but oftentimes it can be a financial burden if not covered by insurance. The Angel Fund buys such necessary equipment for patients with financial need.

Caregiver Training Classes: A bimonthly class held in partnership with SSM Home Care that gives family members and other caregivers training on transfers, skin care, home modifications, and more.

Carepages: This web-based service is provided free of charge, and provides an easy and non-intrusive way for families and friends to get updates on their loved one, as well as post messages of support.

Community Care Fund: Created in Fall 2005 in response to changes in Medicaid/Medicare, the Community Care Fund provides outpatient day-hospital and other rehabilitative services to those who would otherwise go without, and for whom outpatient therapy is critical to improving their function and quality of life.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


i have been feeling pretty emotional today, reliving the feelings i had 7 years ago and how crazy scary that day was...the kids were making storyboards of the events in language arts, so i have been seeing a lot of the photos as well...and no matter what happens in the world or in politics, i will always be proud to be an American!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


every once in awhile my ankle gives me pains...last night & today have been yucky!! my ankle hurts, which makes me walk funky, which makes the arch of that foot hurt...i don't like it :( i have an ankle wrap i have been using, and i am icing it right now, and i am going to take 2 tylenol in just a sec...hope it stops hurting!!


Tuesday, September 09, 2008


class was funky tonight, lol...lots of odd writing (about spices & veggies) that ended up sounding slightly dirty, lol...

school was busy today -- our coordinator came by today to visit with the teachers, so a few of them were slightly freaked out, but they all did well :)

now i am home, and just about ready for bed!


Monday, September 08, 2008

missed a day! & a prayer request!!

oh well!!

yesterday was really nice...i had to be at church to be installed as the power hour teacher, so meghan and her friend nikki came along (meghan comes to sunday school anyway)...went up and had a nice was so sweet because meghan and nikki were tired and cold so they woudl lean on me during church...but meghan did an awesome job following along and participating in the service (she does not attend church a lot)...then was power hour and it was so fun!! i had 6 kids! yay! we did some stories about Jesus loving children and how Jesus loves all of them...they made paper plate faces and decorated paper "frames" that i am going to hang cute!

after power hour i came home and did homework and later went to target and dierbergs to get food (we were low!)...

today was kind of long at work -- i wasn't able to keep as busy since the boy i work with was gone...i did my life skills classes and some other stuff -- our supervisor is coming tomorrow to meet with each of the teachers and some are a little more freaked out than others!! but i did get to work on homework for awhile this morning when i had nothing else to work on...

stormed this evening -- a cold front came through -- even the tornado sirens were going off...i am a chicken, so i went to the basement and cleaned out a box of scrapbook stuff while the storm raged outside! now i am blogging before i finish my homework that is due tomorrow night -- i have written the first part (a summary of an article) and i have my ideas sketched out for the reflection part, so it should go pretty quickly :) then to save and print! i need to read for both classes, but that just may not happen this week, lol...

saturday is my PRAXIS exam -- please say a prayer for my mind to be useful while i take the 2 hour test that proves i know enough to teach middle school language arts!!!

Friday, September 05, 2008

croppin' away!

made a page tonight...and a mini book (LOVE the new jenni bowlin books!!)...and completed most of a k&co make in take thing...

had a ton of fun -- talked to kathy in arizona on the phone...talked and laughed with everyone there -- barb, tina, kathy, cathi, and carol (plus missy & jan and all those other ladies!!)

toodles :)

Thursday, September 04, 2008


taco bell for dinner after is 10:15, i should be in bed, but i have been home less than a half hour, so i need some time to unwind...i hate thursday nights!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

just keep swimming...

well, i am going to (attempt to) post everyday this is going to be a long month, but just the short time to post a quick thought or idea helps me keep a little sanity in my day -- plus, i am learning that you learn writing through writing (duh) and by writing yourself, you learn to better teach writing...

my classes have quite a bit of reading a week -- especially teaching writing, lol -- and some has been useful, but there has been a lot of repetition...

i have homework done for tomorrow night, i need to still do some reading, but that will probably get done before class tomorrow night while i am waiting for class to start (last week i was there an hour early to get a parking spot...)...

now to try and get some sleep so i can just keep swimming ;)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chasing the Boys (writing from class)

It was second grade, so I was 8 or 9 years old. My teacher was Mrs. Nolan – she was one of those teachers that everyone said was mean, but she really wasn’t. Our classroom was on the bottom floor at Trautwein Elementary School. All the second graders – 4 or 5 classes – would have recess together two or three times a day. The playground, “blacktop” and mulch, was filled with shrieks of laughter and the squeak of swings going back and forth. On a hot day, any legs in shorts or a skirt was guaranteed a good searing on the slide, and, if you played on any of the bars, your hands would be darkened with rust and smell like metal. Balls bounced with games of foursquare. Girls could be heard chanting the favorite jump rope rhymes of the day – “Cinderella, dressed in yella’, went upstairs to kiss a fella’! Made a mistake, kissed a snake, how many doctors did it take? 1…2…3…4…” – until their friend stumbled, then fits of giggles would erupt.

Even with all the equipment and toys, the game we all loved in second grade was chase. The boys chased the girls; the girls chased the boys.

“Jenny, get Jeff! Watch out, Mariann, Anthony’s coming!! Jeremy’s coming, Kelly, run!!”

There was not a “goal” other than to run and have fun. Lots of skinned knees and scraped elbows from falls, and many bumped heads due to abrupt stops. I remember that I fell and lost one of my front, bottom, baby teeth during a game of chase. Although we loved the game, the recess aides did not!

The aides finally were driven crazy enough, and everyone got in trouble! During of our recess times, the boys went to one room, and the girls were in my classroom. With our fat, red pencils and wide-lined penmanship paper, we had to write “I will not chase the boys on the playground” what seemed like 50 times. I can still picture the perfectly printed words in white chalk on the green chalkboard for all of us to copy.

Did we play chase after that? I have no idea!!

Monday, September 01, 2008

blog readability test

TV Reviews

Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Harry Potter

Your perfect HP man is Harry Potter.

You like a guy who's not afraid to fight evil when evil picks a fight. There's a lot to say for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, even if it does come with a prejudice against people who don't fit into his conception of "good guy" and a penchant for hurling objects across rooms when he gets angry. But in fairness, for an orphan who's spent the better part of his life being hunted by the most evil wizard in existence, he's turned out pretty well. Just be prepared to name your kids after everyone he's ever lost, because he's got a bit of an obsession about the past.

(Fanart by hito 76 Used with permission.)

Take The Harry Potter Husband Test at HelloQuizzy

Sunday, August 31, 2008

retail therapy

i am very happy right now -- i spent the day shopping & got things that i have been wanting :)

first i went to west county mall -- bought some ugg boots, a couple new shirts, a pair of pajama pants, a sweater vest, and some lush bath stuff...after the mall i went to target and got some stamps (MM new christmas, with an alpha and 2 small stamp pads!) and other stuff...i ended my day at FKS to return something, and bought one of the new Basic Grey paper packs -- the beautiful oranges and greys of ambrosia!

tomorrow is no work (woo!!) so i will be reading homework and doing nothing else :)


Saturday, August 30, 2008

yay me!

i have (finally) gotten my header changed...this is a photo i took awhile back at the missouri botanical gardens of a glass chandelier hanging in the main building (it may be gone now??)....

now maybe i can figure out some other color changes and such!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

some photos

kathy & missy @ cathi's wedding (i need to rotate my photos of the newlyweds)

rhinos at the zoo when i met my online friends from Christian Forums

barb cracking up during a crop at archivers when talk turned to unmentionables and tina didn't want to hear it

crop earlier in august when kathy had a few berries with her cream

the yummy wedding cake

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

sponge robert

i had a girl tell me today that her dad sometimes called spongebob squarepants, sponge-robert....made me giggle!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

1 down, 15 to go

then i will be done with my first set of classes this term -- 8 weeks, 2 classes total, and i think it is going to be a LONG 8 weeks! prof tonight kept us the entire 4 hours (and most likely will all 8 weeks), and was told the prof i have on thursday is the same way...woohoo for me and lack of sleep (is it dripping enough in sarcasm??), i hear my thursday prof gives exams (essay ones), is very exact and you MUST read the book (which, of course, is the $110 one -- GR)

Monday, August 25, 2008

last day without the worry...

that comes from my college courses! tomorrow night i will start my teaching writing class (looks interesting so far when i look at the information on-line) and then on thursday my curriculum class begins! fun fun fun for me! if all goes as planned, this time next year i will be doing my practicum and then my student teaching in spring 2010!! then i will be all certified! and once i am done with that part, and have a job, i will be finishing the last 2-4 classes for my MAT...yay me!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

sunday is the day of rest!

slept in this morning...and have been watching tv & playing on the computer since then...meghan came down, we watched some movies on HBO (love getting it free right now!) and popped popcorn in the popper i won the other week! it turned out pretty well, but i could add more butter & it would be better...and the kernels i bought to use popped pretty tiny compared to microwave popcorn, time we shall see!!

off to finish laundry & relax...

toodles :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

beautiful day today

today my friend, cathi, got was small & intimate at a martini bar! it was fun to see her enjoying the start of her & ken's life together...i took some photos and will be uploading them at some point -- all the photos i have taken in august are still on my camera (i know, i am bad!) -- 2 crops, the zoo, shopping with meghan, and now a wedding!

i need to photograph the pages for the JB contest (see yesterday's post) and then i will be ready once the info for where to email the projects to comes out :)


Friday, August 22, 2008

jenni bowlin

as my scrapper friends know, i am a jenni bowlin fan-and-a-half...she has a contest happening this month with her august kit to become a guest designer...i use her kits when i go to crops and i LOVE i created 2 pages that i adore, and i will create a few other things with this kit to see what i like the most to send in....


Thursday, August 21, 2008


so i am in my nice bubble bath, reading & relaxing, listening to the rain & some thunder...

then the lights flicker OFF!!!

luckily it was only about 1 second, lol, but i hurried up out of there so i wouldn't get caught in the dark in the tub!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


if you were the power point presentation i have about my last trip to ukraine, where would you be?? my neighbor has asked me to speak to the students and staff at her school about ukraine because they have a student who just started from ukraine (and moved to the US within the last month)...i can find my presentation from 2005, but i would like to find the one from 2007 to consult on as well...i am guessing it will be on my dad's computer -- it better be!! i think this is a great opportunity for me, and i think it will be a lot of fun!!

off to find the presentation, toodles!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

...and home by 4

after work today i ran a couple errands...first i went to webster and got my student id updated (so it shows that i am enrolled this fall), then i went and got a book from the webster library that i had put on hold...after webster i went to costco and stocked up on some things...and i was still home at 4!! yay!

tomorrow i need to go to get a gift card for a wedding this weekend and (possibly) go to the county library and return some is also church tomorrow night...

other than getting errands done, i am just trying to relax before my classes start next week...

excited about the medals the Americans have been winning (and a little peeved about some of the medals that have been won but not deserved -- if you fall on your hands & knees in gymnastics, do you really deserve a GOLD??)...and a woman from east st. louis won the gold in one of the hurdle events!! that is awesome! hurdling is something i doubt i would ever be able to do -- i can't get my legs that high, lol

have a fun day!

toodles :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

nothing accomplished!!

i got nothing done today (other than work, lol) so tomorrow is work and then running i am going to enjoy john & kate plus 8 and then head to bed because i could not fall asleep last night, so i am exhausted!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

what a week to come!!

as if the start f the school year wasn't enough, this week i have to finish getting ready for my classes to start next week (i have to go get books, bleck), get a wedding gift for saturday afternoon (1/2 done), get things ready for VBS on saturday morning, crop on friday, and try to stay sane, is going to be a LONG week!!

i WILL posy everyday, but it probably won't be too long (has it ever been??) or exciting...soon enough life will settle - i hope! - and i can resume some normalcy in my life...

Saturday, August 16, 2008


the baby book i have been making is DONE!!!!! i just need to mail it :) i finished the name on the first page and it is in the album and ready to go! i am very excited! i guess i should take some photos since it is done...

and CONGRATS to my friend, kim! connor is here, and the photo i saw is adorable! God bless you and matt and your "wee" one (he is not a tiny one for someone as tiny as you) :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

ladedah & a request!!

not sure what to write about today...i want to make sure i post everyday, but there is nothing too exciting to report on...

today was pretty nice at work -- we did some fun activities in science, and in language arts we found out that the boy i work with improved his reading level a lot since last spring!! a fire drill this afternoon went pretty well...

the drive home was stinky at first because there was a HUGE downpour where you could barely see in front of you (even with the wipers on as high as possible), of course, idiots did not have headlights on (which is a law here), and the semis were driving about 10-15 miles over the speed limit! GRRRRRRRRR!!

tomorrow will be interesting -- meeting some online friends and laundry and such -- then sunday is my day to relax and do nothing!!

REQUEST TIME: anyone local to me (you know who you are, lol) have any shoe boxes???? for VBS we are doing the story of the 3 wise men, and i am teaching the littlest kids -- i want the kids to make a "treasure" chest using a shoe box (otherwise it is too expensive to get a bunch of boxes for them to paint & decorate)....if you have some, just comment or email me :) THANKS!!!!!


Thursday, August 14, 2008

not sure....

what to say today....nothing much new is happening -- work is long & confusing a little (as it always is the first few days) -- people drive badly (turn your headlights on in the fog, don't drive slow in the far left lane...grrrrrr) -- i have some online friends that will be in town this weekend to meet -- i have one more week (i think) until classes start -- no cropping this weekend -- i need to plan for VBS on the 23rd (before going to a wedding)....FUN FUN FUN!!!!!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

i'm a winner!!!

so i do a lot of surveys gives points that you enter in sweepstakes...i actually won!!! i won a "summer movie prize pack" that has 6 summer DVDs (dirty dancing 20th anniversary, meatballs, summer rental, summer school, national lampoons vacation, national lampoons european vacation) and a popcorn popper!!! i did not even know i had won -- my dad goes, there is a box for was in an amazon box, and i knew i hadn't ordered anything...but it was this cool prize!!

yay me!

toodles :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

There's 20 Minutes I'll Never Get Back

I just got off the phone from a political survey -- 20 minutes of my life! It was a very through one regarding how I felt about politics in Missouri and the governor election this fall. They asked about presidential election issues, how I felt on candidates involved with both elections, how certain factors would affect my vote, etc. I tend to not do these surveys, and if I had been warned that it would be 20 minutes I may not have this time, but I do like to put my thoughts into the ring when it comes to politics because my mind is made up on who I will vote for and such, but, for being a conservative, I am very much into social issues and they play a huge role in my life. These twists in my thinking make for an interesting blip on the political radar!

Monday, August 11, 2008


i have been enjoying my drive to work in the morning -- every morning i have seen at least one deer on my drive :) last week i saw a buck one day, which has been my favorite so far, because i have never seen a real buck in the wild until then! today there were two deer across the field -- they looked smaller, but i think it was a doe & a still young fawn (one had the distinctive white spots of a fawn)...

have fun & i hope you see some deer, too! :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

olympics and such

i have been watching some of the olympic games -- i have enjoyed the swimming and watching so many world records get broken! i missed the entire opening ceremony on friday day as i was cropping, but i have seen some clips, heard a ton of praise about it, and am watching parts of it on nbc's olympic website...i love the outfits i have seen so far from the parade of nations, and i would love to see the ukrainian athletes because my dad said their outfits looked like traditional costumes...even without the most gold, at this point team usa has the most overall medals! yay!

other than the olympics, not much is going on with me...i have a headache and just feel kind of sad lately....not sure if it is the start of school, changes that i know are coming at work, being over tired, worry about so many things, missing friends and wondering if/when i will eve see them again, feeling "old" at almost 30...i know it is just a combo of all those things, and i know things will start looking up, but it feels good to just put it in writing...

hugs to all...and more prayers for danielle to keep that baby safe & sound until september!!!


Saturday, August 09, 2008


finished the baby album tonight!!! i need to do his name on one page & then put the pages in the album :) woohoo!!

and prayers for danielle -- keep that baby boy safe inside for awhile longer!!!!!

Friday, August 08, 2008

get the klennex

i found this story online, and it made me cry -- both bad cries and good someone could abandon their child in their own home....and the love that a wonderful couple could share their love with this beautiful little girl...

The Girl in the Window

Thursday, August 07, 2008

woo hoo!!

i (finally) found out that i get a raise this year!!! PLUS, i just emailed someone at my job regarding a salary advancement process for people who have completed coursework, etc, and since i have 24 hours done for my certification/MAT i asked if i was eligible...we shall see!! every little bit helps :)

in other news, today wasn't half bad, the meetings were better than some, the rooms were hot, and they just put a SMARTBOARD in the classroom i am in all the time!! we are very excited!!! started on bulletin boards today -- will (hopefully) finish them up tomorrow...i took my cricut to work and i am going to cut the letters out on that so they will be more fun than the ones the school has...

toodles :)