Thursday, August 30, 2007

Another rough night....

Is October here yet?! Last night was another loud night, and I almost called the police. Probably should have, but I was so exhausted that I wasn't in the mood. Dan is no longer in the mood as well. He didn't get a lot of sleep last night because of the noise and you know it's bad when Dan can't sleep because he can sleep through anything. I think more than anything, I'm just drained of the whole situation. I've just been counting down the days until they leave. We're ready to get into our own home and not have to deal with this anymore. We could buy a house right now if we wanted to, but we want to buy with our hearts and not with our emotions. We're upset that the situation hasn't been rectified, and rightfully so. I've come to conclusion that nothing will be done. So I guess we'll see how things are once new people move in, hopefully they'll have more respect. I understand playing your music and all, but is it necessary to play your music at a volume which inhibits your next door neighbor from sleeping and thinking properly! I just hate feeling like I'm back in Buffalo, dealing with my noisy neighbors.....but I was in the inner city at the time and only paying $350 a month in rent so I guess I got what I paid for. So in the meantime, we've started looking for a house. I'd hate to start packing again in the same year, but we need to do what's best for our family. So today I've been scrapping to let go of some steam and here's what I've created so far....
I used a bunch of Lauren's new stuff that will be hitting the store soon @ SSD so be on the lookout for those!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My bathing beauty!

Lillian loves bath time! She gets so excited the moment her little feet hit the water and starts splashing all around. I think the worst part for the both of us is when it's time to rinse her hair.....she's such a wiggleworm and won't stay still so the water usually ends up on her face which she absolutely hates. I'm still waiting for the day when I can finally put her hair into a ponytail.

So not much going on here. I'm working on some doodles today that I'll hopefully finish by tonight. I was going to do a paper pack, but wasn't in the mood so I think I'll let that wait until next week. We're leaving Friday night for Syracuse and not returning until Monday morning. I think that once we get back I'll start working on the grab bag stuff ASAP instead of waiting until a couple days before......I always put stuff off until the last minute....I work better under pressure!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Our weekend.....

was a busy one!! Friday I was supposed to scrap all day to I could bang out a bunch of layouts in one day....gotta make sure I meet up those requirements for Lauren! Lillian had other plans though and wanted me to hold her all day! Not that I'm complaining or anything..... I think that she has another tooth coming in. Then Saturday Dan helped Lindsay pack her moving van and then we headed up to Rutland and got somthing to eat. Then yesterday I did some cleaning in the morning and then we headed out to the fair. It was a cute little fair and we got lots of yummy food! We get to do it all over again this weekend at the State Fair, but I'm thinking now that if Dan decides to come that we'll go our own ways. So I took a bunch of pics but realized when I got home that I forgot to take any of Lilly.....bad mommy!! Anyways, here's a couple...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Has it been that long?!!

Ten years ago today, me and Dan started dating. It really does seem like it was just yesterday at times and I wouldn't change a thing about the way we are now (except for maybe my jean size!!) Of course we have our good and bad days, but like everything else in life, we're a work in progress. So thank you Dan.....thank you for loving me unconditionally, thank you for bringing me joy, thank you for your understanding that I'm right 95% of the time (come on ladies you know it's true!), thank you for our beautiful daughter, thank you for all of your hard work that lets me be a SAHM, thank you Dan for being you and for being the love of my life. Here's a really old pic of us (taken with a disposable so really horrible quality!) almost 9 years ago on our first vacation together....

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Well today is going to be a scrapping day and I thought that I would do a layout before I went to bed. This one is for the Cookie Decorating Challenge at Sweet Shoppe and I used Lauren Grier's A Distant Memory Kit....
I'm going to try and do at least 3 more layouts tomorrow. Other than that I'm going to get some new curtains for the living room......we need a few more panels and the ones that we have just aren't cutting the mustard anymore!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

And the winners are....

Lisa (ljcroch)
Jami (momtologan_aiden)
Sam (scrappychic)
Jamie (jamietruwe)

Congrats Ladies!! You'll be getting an email from me soon!!!

And for those that didn't win, you can pick them up in the store at My Digital Muse for only $2 today!!


I so love Lightroom!!! It's absolutely amazing and it's making me look at pics in a whole new light!! Lilly was sick of taking pics with Lindsay so she decided it was time to leave! We might go to the fair this weekend.....$9 to get in....ouch.....seems like a lot for a little itty bitty fair, but at least the parking is free!! I'm going to go to the state fair with my sister when we go home for Labor Day weekend for the annual Schlie clamfest!! Dan's invited, but only with the understanding that if he complains, we're leaving him where he is (he complained the whole time last time we went.....I mean how can you not enjoy the fair?!!!) Anyways, I've still got another hour until I post the winners so I'm going to do some scrapping and I'll come I've posted a lot today!!

Wanna win these?

To win these, simply answer one question and leave your answer in the comment section below....

What's your favorite time of day?

Mine has got to be first thing in the morning (assuming I've had enough sleep!) I love slowly opening the door to Lillian's room and seeing her peek above her crib with her arms stretched out. She certainly makes my day more enjoyable!!

I'll pick 4 names (be sure to include your email address) at midnight tonight and send you an email. They'll be on sale tomorrow at My Digital Muse so be sure to go check 'em out if you don't win!!!

And did I forget to mention that today is $2 Wednesday at MDM.....hurry over and see all the great steals you can get!!!


It's such an important word!!! I'm going to go off on a rant, but it's my blog so I can do whatever I want! Last night, was a long night. Our neighbors, who lets just say are whores (I think that may be my first nasty word on the blog so cut me some slack!!) decided to have a party. The night before, they came to our door at 11 p.m. to ask if it was okay if they had the party and played their music loud. First off, why are you coming to our door at 11 at night, and secondly, NOOOOOOO!!! We have a baby who will be trying to sleep, not to mention how rude it is!! Well apparently the language barrier thing is a problem (they're from Russia.....oh and did I mention they're whores!!) They went ahead with their party, played their music until way past 1 a.m. and in the meantime, woke Lilly up last night. I'm not in a college dorm anymore and my family shouldn't have to live like this. Well, they weren't held accountable. I guess from this point on the police will have to be the best answer. They're supposed to be leaving in the beginning of October. Guess it's time to start looking for a house even sooner (we were planning on waiting until this time next year since we just got in here.).....but I'm not sure if I can handle the stress of people not being held accountable for their actions. It's 11 am right now and since they weren't held accountable last night, they're playing their music again. Somebody come shoot them for me please!!!!!!

Monday, August 20, 2007


nothing much is going on. Dan has my car so we're staying home. I was going to go to the bank to have my PIN to my atm card reset, but I'm not in the mood today. I've been playing with Lightroom a lot since I installed it yesterday and man do I have a lot to learn! I bought Holly's Old School Actions and have been using those, but I've been underexposing them, so I need to work on that. This is the last week of the photography 101 class that I've been taking at MDM and I've learned so much already. I signed up for Andie's Composition class which starts in September so I'm looking forward to that. Last night when I went out shooting I realized how much I enjoyed those couple hours where I focused on myself and what I enjoy outside of being a mother. So today I'm going to work on some papers that I'd like to have ready by Wednesday and then I'll hopefully do some scrapping tomorrow.....I'll make it another scrap day! Anyways, here's a pic of Lilly with Aunt Lindsay...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I'm still pooped from yesterday! I don't think that we're going to go to the fair today, especially since it's opening day! However, it is a beautiful day outside so I think that me and Lilly will head out and do something. Then later today I plan on taking some pics for my photography class. Dan (poor thing) is still working on his truck. Whenever something needs to be fixed or replaced he does it himself if he's able too. I think the only thing he wasn't able to do himself thus far was replace the ignition. Right now he's working on his brakes and such but he's having a hard time finding parts so he's a little frustrated. Dan's truck is certainly his third love, after Lilly and me of course! Anyways, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and don't forget to apply for my CT call (as seen below) if you're interested!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007


Talk about a long day....and it's only 6 p.m.!!! We headed to the mall this morning for my eye exam at Lens Crafters....I left 3 hours later with a new pair of glasses and a reminder to make sure that I get my eyes checked every year!!! Lets just say that waiting five years between exams isn't a good thing!! He showed me the differencebetween my old Rx and my new one......WOW!!! No wonder I've been getting so many headaches! I'm still a little woozy because of those eyedrops they put in your eye. I'm trying to get used to my glasses right now. I seriously don't remember glasses costing this much!! I mean, if it weren't for the sale that they're having for 50% off the lenses my total would have been around $600 today.....and I haven't even paid for my contacts yet!!! So I splurged a little with the frames....I figured I haven't had any in a long time so they were well deserved! Here's what I got.....So we're just going to rest for the remainder of the day! Not really sure what we're going to do tomorrow. The Washington County Fair (NY) starts so maybe we'll go check that out and get some fair food and some really bad stomach aches!! If not we're certainly going to go during the week since I've never been there. And I just realized this week that me and Dan are going to be together for 10 years (married for 5) on the 24th......time certainly flies by! Anyways, hope everyones' Saturday is going well! I'm off to download Lightroom and try to figure it out!!

Oh....and be sure to get my grab bag while you can.....less than 6 hours left and only $2!!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

The time is here!!!

Yippee!! Well last night was a long night since I had to finish up my grab bag (as seen below and here at MDM!) so I'm going to go take a much needed nap.....I always get a headache when I don't get enough sleep....ughhh!!! Later tonight I'm going to work on my blinkie if I feel better! Anyways, I hope that everyone has a wonderful's only going to be in the upper 60's kind of weather!!

It's grab weekend!!!

Whew....I finished in time! And I only had to stay up to 2 a.m. to get it all done! Note to self- don't put it off to the last minute next month! Of course having to create one of the kits all over again didn't help! Anyways, if you'd like to pick it up you can get it here at My Digital Muse, but only until Saturday night so get it while you can!

I'll be back a little later with something else to add!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Almost done....

finishing up the stuff for my grab bag for My Digital Muse tomorrow. This will be my first one, so it's been quite the week for me getting prepared for it! I should have everything finished by the time we leave to go eat dinner with Grandma and Aunt Lindsay. Lindsay is moving this weekend, so I thought I should finally get around to taking pics of her and Lilly together since I don't think that I've ever taken any....other than when Lilly was in the NICU. So this will give me a good reason to finally get some pictures developed....I used to develop pics of Lilly once a month or so before, but since the move I've kinda slacked in that department. So once we get back from dinner, I'll come back and get my ad ready for my CT call which I'll post tomorrow. I'm so super excited to get my stuff out there a little more. I'm not sure of an exact number that I'm looking for, I guess I'll just see what feels right. If you're interested already, shoot me an email at! Anyways, here's a pic of my little Vera Bradley lover.....she loves to carry it around wherever she goes!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It came....

Oh my.....I love the UPS man!!! He must think that we're some shopaholics over here.....I think I've seen him 3 times in the past week and we still expect to see him a couple more times this week! Anyways, I am so super excited to start playing around with Lightroom! But alas, I was an idiot again and didn't save all of the stuff that I was working on yesterday and I lost everything last night when my computer did an automatic update. I should have learned my lesson the first time, but apparently I didn't! So I've been busy today recreating everything (and saving after I finish each element) that I did so I won't have much time to play until Friday. It's been such a busy week.....ugghhh!! I guess in all seriousness it really hasn't been that's not like I have to get up to my alarm each week and head to work. But we certainly have our busy days around here! I'll be better prepared for the grab bags next month so I'm not scrambling to get everything done....but it will be matter what! Anyways, if you're in a shopping mood, head on over to My Digital Muse and check out all of the great stuff that you can get for $2 ! Time to get back to work!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My little helper

Lillian just loves climbing things (so much so that our barrier to block the stairs isn't tall enough anymore!) When I work on the computer, she always climbs the magazine basket and turns into my little helper. She talks and talks and points at things.....she's really way too cute!So this week I'm busy finishing up the stuff for the grab bag.....I kinda lost my mojo that I had last week. I get all of these ideas in my head and silly me doesn't write them down and it usually happens while I'm trying to fall asleep! So I'm going to finish all of that by Thursday night. And then I'll do my official CT call on Friday. Needless to say it's a busy week and I need to get my dry erase board back out to write down my list of things to do down.....otherwise it won't get done! Anyways, hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

A wonderful day....

most of which was spent in the car!! Today we decided to go for a little ride and drove up to Lake George and get a few things at the outlets. Then we drove through town, something which I've never experienced during the summer........let me just say WOW!!! There was tons of traffic and the sidewalks were just packed with people and tons and tons of shops. We're going to go back once the crowds calm down a bit closer to fall since I've never really had a chance to explore the area. Then after that we took a different route home and did a little bit of exploring. Dan drove us past the rock quarry which would be a great place to get some action pics of kids jumping off the rocks so I'll have to go check that out sometime!

Tomorrow I've got a lot of things to do. First and foremost I need to finish up the items that are going in my grab bag at MDM. I already have one item finished, so I still have a few more to go! Then the other thing I need to do is get myself prepared for my CT call that I'll be holding this coming weekend!

Monday I really have to make an eye appointment for myself! I still have the same prescription from when I was working in Buffalo so they've got to be around 4 years old! I noticed how bad it was today when I felt the urge to squint to see things! I'm going to get a new set of contacts, but most importantly some stylish glasses! Every now and then I'm just not in the mood for my contacts, and sadly I lost my last pair (which I loved) when we moved from Buffalo to MA. So that's my agenda for the week. Oh and tomorrow I'm finally going to do my homework for my photo more excuses!! Here's a layout I created using a bunch of Lauren's new stuff which is available only at Sweet Shoppe!!!

Friday, August 10, 2007


It's only going to get up to 65 today!!!! I love weather like this.....although I wish it weren't raining! Me and Lilly are going to head out to the grocery store this morning to pick up some stuff for some homemade meatballs and sauce that we'll be bringing over to Grandma's. We'll be meeting Dan's aunt and cousin for the first time today. Nothing definite planned for this weekend, although one of the days will be a family day. Dan will work on his truck the other day. Hopefully he'll be able to fix his brakes and both of our vehicles will be in good working order! I was just a little more concerned with my vehicle since we're trading mine in and we're not trading his in when he gets a new truck.

We went to the park yesterday to watch Dan play softball with work. Have I mentioned before how happy Dan is with his job?! I'm sure I have, but they are such a wonderful company and you can tell that they really value their employees which is something that is really hard to come by these days. I'm sure he has his rough days, but it's nothing compared to what it was like before. Anyways, here's a pic of Lilly at the park yesterday on her favorite swing....
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Today ...

was another uneventful day. It was really muggy out so we stayed inside today. I did my least favorite chore, the laundry.....I'd seriously rather clean a men's bathroom than do the laundry....sad I know! While I was doing the laundry I glanced over at my craft supplies and decided that it was a good time to go through all my stuff and organize it since I'm going to start making cards again every Friday. Last week when I went in there and looked at all my stuff, I realized that I just need to start using it or get rid of it completely. So I'm going to start using my stamping stuff, make some altered frames, notebooks, etc and even dabble in some hybrid stuff too. I'm going to start building a stash of stuff and hopefully sell some stuff at a local farmers market, but probably not until next summer so I have enough I need to focus on the photography the most at this point.

Depending on the weather tomorrow we might go take some pics someplace for my homework that I have.....I need to take pics of a moving object so Lilly will be perfect! Here's a pic of Lilly from Colby's birthday party.....she's wearing the cutest dress that my friend Gabi sent her for her favorite!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

$2 Wednesday!!

So be sure to go check it can pick up my Sparkly Alpha for only $2 at My Digital Muse!!

Up until this point, I've made my item for $2 Wed. a new product, but since I'm busy gearing up for the grab bag next weekend I thought that this would be the best choice. I'm so excited about the first item that I'm making right now for the grab far so good so be sure to go check that out too!!

In other news my check engine light went off today....for once the owners manual was right!! We're still going to get the anti-freeze flushed, but at least now we know that that's what it was!! I think that at this point, I've got my heart set on a Subaru.....even though it seems like every other car here is a Subaru!! If it doesn't rain tomorrow I'm going to work on my homework for my photography class. I was going to do it today, but decided to get some stuff at the store and get some more CD's to burn some stuff so I can free up some memory on my computer. Anyways, if you're still reading this head on over to My Digital Muse!!

Our day

Well today was pretty boring! Dan left the carseat in his truck so me and Lilly were stuck at home. It didn't even rain today like it was supposed too. So today when Dan got home, I made him a dinner and headed out to take some pics on my own. I ended up going to one of the covered bridges (1 down 4 to go!), the Bennington monument, and my favorite place at the moment.....the Shaftsbury cemetery. I was able to get some good shots and it was nice to have that time to myself where I could just focus on the pictures. It's going to be a weekly thing for me so I'm really going to look forward to it each week!

Dan fixed my breaks yesterday and that sound that my car was making when I turned to the right. He thinks that my anti-freeze needs to be flushed which is why the check engine light is on. He added some more, but since it's never been flushed since we've had it (going on 4 years) we thought we'd try that before bringing it to the dealer. We don't think it's anything major at this point, so I guess we'll see how it goes. Either way, it's getting traded this year, just a matter of which month!

Annnnnyways, here's a couple of pics from tonight.....

Friday, August 03, 2007

The weekend.....

Nothing much planned far as I know!! I got in the car today and hit the road, only to realize that my check engine light was on....ackkk!!! So I of course was a little freaked out by that. This is only my second car and I only ended up getting this one (an Impala) since my last one was wrecked when some crazy lady didn't make sure that there wasn't any traffic coming her way when she turned. I can still hear her now......"don't worry honey, I've been in plenty of accidents" Um, hello, stupid thing to say when you just wrecked my car. Anyways, back to the Impala. We're planning on trading the thing in sometime soon anyways, not sure what we're going to's between another Impala, a Subaru, or a VW wagon. I'm totally never getting a mini van....not my matter how much space they have. And I don't want an SUV. Subaru might come in handy with the winters here, but I guess we'll see. Dan's going to check out what's wrong with it and change my oil since it needs to be done and that may be the reason the light's going off. If it's not worth us to fix it then I guess we'll just trade it in. In the end I don't really care what I long as it has keyless entry. I don't have it now and it's such a PAIN!!!

Anyways, I've been waiting to have a CT call until I had some more stuff in my store. I'm still going to wait another week or two so I can get some more product, plus there's other CT calls going on at MDM and I don't want there to be too many fish in the bowl if you get what I mean. So if you're interested now (even though I haven't posted my "guidelines"), shoot me an email at!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Happy Birthday Dan!!

Even though you're at work, I hope that you have a wonderful day! Me and Lillian love you with all our hearts. Thank you for everything that you do for the both of us and for letting us spend our day together. Can you believe that we'll be together for 10 years in a couple more weeks?!! And that you're only a year away from turning the big 3-0........ackkkk.....where did the time go?! Happy Birthday Dan!!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

A little freebie!!

I received a request for some additional word art to coordinate with my Betsy's Bump kit (seen below and available only at My Digital Muse) I thought that I would share what I came up with! And please, if you choose to download, please leave a comment letting me know what you think!!

Sorry you missed it!!!