this is me and a friend dressed as calvin and hobbes for a costume party waaaaaaaaaay back in my college days . . .
speaking of college . . . we were watching blues clues the other day . . . the episode where joe joins the show because steve's going to college . . . so g asks me, "mommy, when are WE going to college?" . . . "well, i'm not going baby. i've already been to college, but when you're a big boy like your papi, you'll go to college." . . . "where will YOU be?" . . . "well, i'll stay right here." . . . a couple hours later g comes to me totally bawling . . . huge tears running down his face . . . "mommy, i don't want to go to college!!!" hee . . .
and speaking of calvin . . . superceleste is at 161 with five days left in our little contest . . . what are the chances she'll hit 200? will she eat too much turkey tomorrow and let the lazies set in? hmmm? i was thinking that you all might like to join in the fun. leave a comment below as to how many projects you think superceleste will have done by midnight on november 30th . . . if more than one person chooses the winning number i'll pick randomly among those . . . and send the winner some new jbs mini bingos . . . place your bets!
i got this wedding layout photographed. it's slightly blurry. i took pics of the other two too, but they were way blurry. i'll have to try again in the morning. darn winter lighting. also posting a couple cards i made with the scraps from this layout.
i made an exciting discovery today over at get it scrapped! they have an awesome and FREE challenge forum! you just have to register there to gain access to it . . . go check it out . . . it's so much fun! this month's challenges are all based on tv shows. AND . . . paula has a free hybrid challenge forum as well . . . total coolness! i already mentionedtorm's christmas class a couple posts down, but i also found out today that if you register for it by friday that you'll be entered into a drawing for ali's new book and all who register will get a 20% off any book coupon at ideabooks4u.com . . . go go go!
what next . . . KP needs your help! she's found her dreamjob and needs a little bloggy help from her friends to land it. check out her blog for the details. now say it with me . . . crowdSPRING hire Kelly Purkey for your new Community Marketing Manager!
JBS november layouts are up on the site! get this . . . now there are SIX galleries for your viewing pleasure . . . jenni, the guest (vicki boutin this month), rita, me, and welcoming ranjinimalhotra and michelle mccord! woohoo! check out jb's blog while you're at it . . . she's got some fabulous christmas loot going on sale tomorrow night . . .
my pal laura and her pal who's now my pal mary have a great new challenge going . . . you know i love a good challenge . . .
and speaking of challenges . . . superceleste is at 151, paula's at 62, and i'm at 45 . . . SHE was taunting me today . . . stinker! i've got a fun calvinball contest up my sleeve so you guys can play along with us . . . i'll post that in a couple days . . .
the news just isn't the news without some eye candy spottings . . . dina and sasha have LOTS of pretties posted . . . and i love kendra mccracken'schristmas tree . . . she's always so great with texture . . . and davinie's snowball pail is just the most delightful christmas decoration ever . . .
ok. i think i'm linked out. here are the cards. now i'm off to the calvinball courts . . .
this one's chelle's grandma curly . . . don't you just love the sassy spirit she exudes? i think i could have done all vintage photos with this kit . . . the black and white was so gorgeous . . .
when i snipped a petal to fill in the border on the layout above i looked at the flower remains and thought, "that looks like a butterfly!" . . . so here ya go . . .
this is the gluestick's little guy . . . she wanted me to try out the black & white quality of my new printer, so she sent me this pick for testing . . . i liked him so much i had to scrap him! Adorable . . .
and then i made a mini for my little guy when he was itty bitty . . . i seem to be into mini's lately . . .
i used the new mini calendar's on each page and found pics from g's first year of the people who came to visit us and the people we went to visit . . . it was such a delightful jaunt down memory lane . . . i had forgotten how many guests we had that first year . . . love the memories! :D
another jbs november layout . . . i thought this one was appropriate for today considering it's finally turned off chilly here in tennessee . . . brrr . . . i handcut the snowflakes from jenni's new patterned paper line . . . it was really fun!
i got to scrapbook with chelle, renee, and sherri this weekend and managed to get three wedding layouts done plus six cards from the scraps . . . and i actually like all the cards . . . i'll try post them this week once i get pictures taken of . . .
so that brings my calvinball total up to 45. only 101 points behind superceleste. woohoo!
(did you notice that i linked you up there sherri? you might want to update.)
words of wisdom from g . . . "when you cough that means you need a drank. when you fart that means you have to go potty. i always cough and fart in the morning so that tells me what i have to do."
and a question from the gman . . . "how does your poop come out when your butt's sealed in tight?" and after i asked him three times because i just wasn't quite getting the question . . . "that (sealed) means stuck together" . . . anybody out there wanna tackle that one?
the november gallery over at jenni bowlin studio will be a little late this month since jenni's off rubbing elbows with mary englebreit, so i thought i'd go ahead and start posting my layouts. i think this one's my favorite this month. i just love how scrapbooking reminds us to capture those little moments that are really the most meaningful.
by the way, you can find more november jbs stuff on jenni, michelle, and ranjini's blogs. awesome eye candy out there! oh! and jenni's got a giveaway on her blog! don't miss it!
it's a girl!!! wooohoo michelle!!! so excited for you!!! and us!!!
i spotted this layout on keisha's blog last night and think it's just about the most fabulous color combo yet. grey just might become my new kraft.
breaking news . . . we have a new superhero among us . . . researching faster than my epson picture mate photo lab dash . . . able to crop a 3x3 in a single punch . . . it's a cricut . . . it's a slice . . . no! . . . it's superceleste! . . . out there making albums archivally safe for scrappers everywhere!
many thanks to our ace reporter paula for getting us the scoop on this breaking news story!
i just love this layout. love it even more because it's a two-pager and i generally don't even like my two-pagers. All these pics were taken by my sweet neice at my other sweet neice's wedding. sweet. i should go ahead and warn you now . . . serious ramblings today . . . with non-existent segues . . . anyhoo . . . this one's of the "out of the archives" variety . . . i subbed it around a few places and got no love, so here ya go . . . i still love it.
we stayed home from school today. g woke up with the pukes at midnight. on the dot. joy. got him cleaned up, the bedding in the laundry, got my sub lined up while g watched oobi, then went back to bed in the other bed. he woke up fine this morning. yay for short-lived puke bugs. i guess.
for those of you thinking "yay doris gets a bonus day to catch up with celeste" . . . ummmmmm . . . no. serious lazies here. i've done a bunch of nothing really. i did manage to make two butterfly magnets about an hour ago. oh, and i rearranged my brad collection. that's something to be proud of. current calvinball stats: celeste 101 (your eyes do not deceive you, she is indeed in triple digits now), paula 40, doris 35, bridgette 11 . . . team doris is still a bit behind, but we're strategizing . . . ok, maybe we should quit strategizing and actually start scrapping . . .
food. yes. lunch . . . the new V8 Tomato Herb Soup . . . yum! dinner . . . beef stew in the crock pot . . . yum yum yummy! my beef stew secrets . . . lipton golden onion soup mix, V8 juice, and creamed corn. yea baby. oh . . . and i should mention the halloween treats . . . call me crazy, but i'm not a big chocolate eater . . . or i didn't used to be . . . but g got several of the mini hershey's chocolate bars in his trick or treat bag this year and i've developed quite a taste for them . . . bought a couple of the giant sized ones at kroger last night, supposedly for my bils since they both love'em . . . yea . . . one's halfway gone already . . . oops.
so what HAVE we been doing all day? legos, g art, and noggin. i've built a dinosaur, a boat, and a plane from legos while g created a house and a damn. the damn idea came from a beaver damn on mrs. spider's sunny patch this morning. i gotta tell you . . . there was some internal giggling every time i heard g refer to his "damn pieces" . . . giggling again . . . currently we're making costumes for the next halloween . . . next year . . . we've made a crocodile and a pterydactyl (i should really do a spellcheck about now shouldn't i debbi?)
ok, well, bored you yet? another hour and a half till bedtime . . . have i bored me yet? hmmm . . . think i'll upload the pics of g's scary ptary costume for you now . . . link a few of my new blog buddies . . . maybe tear apart the super ugly layout i created the other day . . . think about cleaning up the lego lovefest . . . so much to do, so little time . . . wheee . . .
eta . . .
g's costume creation . . . don't you just love the little tongue he added for his close-up?
and larger file sizes in case you wanted to see a little more detail in the two-pager. click to enlarge.
and now i'm definitely going to ignore my editing issues so i can go do damage control in legoland.
blog ya later!
eta eta . . . oh dear . . . i really SHOULD edit . . . i misspelled my own sister's name . . .
today's stats: celeste 79, doris 33, paula 25, bridgette's numbers are unavailable at this time, but she has threatened a bout of christmas card making . . .
celeste asked if i'd forfeit when she hits 100. my reponse, "warriors never quit" . . . that's what po panda says anyway . . . something like that . . . i'm not good for movie quotes . . . not good for research either (that's celeste's field of expertise) . . . my digi skillz are non-existent, but i know who has some serious ones!!! she had me in fits of hysterical laugher twice today and refuses to share . . . ah well . . . so what am i good at??? ah yes, rambling . . . that's it . . .
what was i talking about anyway? i think i should mention a new calvinball rule here . . . two page spreads count for two points . . . and you get a point for each spread in a mini-album . . . another point for the cover . . . i did a calendar mini for my jbs november kit . . . 13 points baby! did 4 layouts and a card too . . . 5 more points! woohoo! slow and steady . . . LOVE my jbs stuff this month . . . can't wait to post it . . . probably thursday . . .
one more giggle for you . . . g's little buddy blake came over to play sunday afternoon . . . i don't know what they were playing, but this is what i heard . . . "yep, that's what happened back in 1986 . . . george WASHINGTON was president then . . . that was a REALLY long time ago" . . . bwahahaha . . . anybody else out there fondly recall that year?
ok. a few more cards before i go. be gentle. i don't have serious card-making skillz either. but i'm a player . . . and it's all for the love of the game . . .
this is the little guy that my dad found for g this summer . . . poor mr. tortoise patiently played with three young rascals for several days before seizing the opportunity to break out one evening while everyone was sleeping . . .
today's stats: celeste 44, paula 17, doris 15, bridgette 5 . . . bridgette has graciously agreed to donate her projects to the cause . . . so we now have celeste 44, team doris 37 . . . notice any calvinball going on there? ha!
on tap for today . . . lunch with melissa at sakura's japanese steakhouse . . . YUM! . . . fall pics with dana, renee, and crew . . . YIPEE! . . . a little housework . . . BOO . . . then, hopefully, some scrappy action this evening . . . slow and steady wins the race . . . this is my new mantra . . .
and btw, you'll have to check celeste's blog for hare pics since she's the only one of us that really fits that category . . . maybe that'll give her something to blog about . . .
halloween week in review . . . g finally settled on a vampire costume and played dress-up and practiced his batty skills all week. "vampires are not real, but bats are real," he says. smart boy.
we had one more birthday party, because one can never have too many birthday parties. this one was at cici's with g's adopted "cousins". hotwheels were the gift of choice this year.
g got in the halloween spirit by decorating with these huge spider web creations. creepy!
we went over to a local patch to find the "perfect pumpkin" . . .
since billy is off serving our country (happy birthday billy!), g stepped up for the manly duties of digging out all the "yunk" . . .
while i took care of the pumpkin carving duties and my usual job of seed-baking. mmmmmmmm!
here's jack. he's a bat this year. g wanted to stay in theme with his vampire costume.
and speaking of costumes . . . g was dale earnhardt jr. for trunk-or-treating at church. just look at my little quarterbacking, racecar-driving redneck! he was so funny . . . when we'd walk up to a table with candy he didn't care for, he'd politely say, "no thank you" and walk away. i was like, "dude. you be nice and take whatever they give you (because mommy might like it)." ha!
poor little guy had to get some of his five-year shots friday afternoon, so he fell asleep on the way to trick-or-treating. he was less than gracious with poor melissa when she woke him up at our first pit-stop. but we'll excuse him . . .
because he sure was cute!!!
and to prove that i was there for all of this . . . here we are . . . me and my shadow. happy (belated) halloween all!