Friday, December 29, 2006

Here are some silly photos Christmas




we had a nice time.... ready for the new year and starting fresh...
I really need a new outlook on things!
more to come later...

ps these pics were taken with ryans new kid tough fisher price camera...
most were taken by either ashley or donovan!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!

to you all.... hope everyone is tired, full and around family...

we had a few exhausting days with lots of laughs and amillion pics... I will download some tomorrow...


Merry Merry christmas.....!!!!!!!!!!!



Peace
kimo

Friday, December 22, 2006

Ry has a tummy ache!!!


so I kept him home today .... I couldn't go to erins holiday party at school but stayed home and cleaned the house and feel very caught up...
made some room for santa to come around our tree and consolidated all the tools, etc to the landing!
Wrapped the gifts, did some laundry and am ready to enjoy!
tomorrow im taking the 4 (my two and ashley donovan) and we are making gingerbread houses... will take pics of that...should be fun!
take care

kim

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Made these little....


thingy's for great grandmas birthday....
love the purse one... should have made a template before I attached the paper to it! Darn....
the round ball ornament can be found on the martha stewart site...
hers are little, pristine and classy and mine came out so huge!!!!!! lol
typical me! lol Its all good... grandmas tree is like charlie browns so she'll probably hang it on a door or something!

cookies are baked and sent and teachers gifts no longer clutter my counters...

I see the light!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

you know how.....





you can be so busy that you don't know where to begin???
that is my week.
teacher gifts, finishing painting the upstairs, buying gifts, ignoring the 7 loads of dirty laundry, working on a couple articles and layouts for jan DT...
christmas cards out in mail, dinners dishes, kids not feeling well, etc etc....
and its only wed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The greatest news is today President bush passed the combating autism act bill.... this is huge, great news for the community as every ounce of funding is helpful for all...

wanna see some color??

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Recognize this precious little one......


Owen has the cutest smile .... love how this layout turned out and I got rave reviews from everyone about his cuteness!!!

What do you think owen???


Love aunty kim

Sunday, December 10, 2006

always emotional today.....

Don't know if its the weather or my age but I"m like a rollercoaster....
half happy , half sentimental....

we are going to lunch and then if I want to have cake, I'll be baking one later :( lol
I think we are spending the afternoon picking out paint.... YIppeee!!!!!!!! just kidding....
maybe I'll scrap a little, hopefully take a nap...
the other day while everyone was out, momma spent the day sending off christmas gifts (they all went out!!!!!!) , getting my drivers liscence renewed and I actually really like the pic of myself!, and then I had some time so went over to merle norman which just opened up in garden city in cranston... such a nice little shopping area, (pottery barn, gap, j jill, coldwater creek, ) all the yuppity type shops i love and I bought myself some lip pencils and makeup ... go me! its been a long time!lol
so that was sort of like my birthday present to myself...
off to get more coffee....
thanks so much for all the well wishes everyone...
have a great sunday!
and
happy birthday to my LOAD friend Marci !!!!
kim

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Such a great mail day......




I got my cards box and saw this.....







and this





and if you look very closely....

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Feeling more caught up




PLasterers are out again today to "whiten" our walls! lol

Will post pics later...

Jon and I did the christmas shopping thing yesterday while the chickens were in school and pretty much finished up our kids and neice and nephews... feels great to get it out of the way!
I have no idea what I'm buying for the teachers .... this is such a stressful thing... only two for erins school this year, but I have to get ryans 5 teachers/aides, therapists, special ed bus drivers, etc. etc.... it really adds up and i try to buy them something practical...
last year i made homemade crackers and they were nice but took up as much time and money as it would if i just made one shopping trip so who knows... but there is time for that...
now if only i could get motivated to start my cards!
lol

here are some things I have working on for my dt...
have a great day everyone!

kim

Monday, December 04, 2006

alot has happened.....






since I last blogged... and I love that!

Here are the most recent pics of the house as well as a few of Ry and erin (what kind of a mom would I be if I didn't post those! lol)

Thursday, November 30, 2006

everything is becoming official.....

as I write this, the insulators are finishing up!, the sheetrock has been delivered....
we have lights, fans and all fixtures except the toilet..(not the most fun thing to shop for lol)

after another round of two inspections this week...one this afternoon (after insulation) and one monday (hopefully after sheetrocking is complete) then the plasterers come next week.....
after it dries we can get the go ahead to paint and wainscott....

then it really speeds up....floor, plumbing hooked, electricity, staircase etc....

then we can move around....
then MY work begins!!!!!!! lol set up and decorate!
and unpack (which will take us probably until feb... )
so excited...
and tomorrow is dec 1st... DT projects are sent and i always look forward to seeing the new home pages of all the sites....
fun stuff....

Sunday, November 26, 2006

the elves have been busy.....


with these....

more to come....

Winding down a very restful weekend

What started off as very hectic... I am brushing ryan every 2 hours with a surgical scrub brush.. part of a protocol to help him regulate better etc...but it is very intense and since I'm the only trained person (very particular way to do this!)
I was not looking forward to 4days off in a row but its been okay and the light is at the end of the tunnel...
He does seem calmer somewhat and his eye contact adn language have improved alot!!!
the things i do for this kid, i tell you!

on scrapping news, I am finishing up my projects for dec DT and ready to begin holiday cards..will post some new stuff soon

on the homefront, christmas is up.... couldn't wait esp. since its sitting right in my living room lol
insulation and sheetrock is the plan house this week...keep your fingers crossed that we will be painting by my birthday!!!

happy sunday everyone... enjoy

kim

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving.....

I have so much to be thankful for this year....
Ryans increased skills and language... Erins independence and active learning, my supportive and hardworking husband, wonderful luck with our Getty, the opportunity to remodel and grow our house, meeting all our new friends and neighbors, having technology to stay in touch with loved ones and my fortunate design team gigs!
I really feel very blessed today and hope everyone is having a wonderful day and relaxing weekend....
Give Thanks and Be well!
Peace,
Kim

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

so much catching up to do.....

Jon being gone is really knocking me over .... I get back up and then, boom!!!!!!so much to do!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH... once this house is done I can breathe again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hopefully we will be insulated by the weekend! that is hopefully!!!

looking forward to thanksgiving this year for some quiet time with family out here... nothing big, just eat and be together..always nice and good for my soul

i am missing all of you far away people so much though... think of you all often.

no new pics to post (unless you want to see the plumbing )
I swear jon takes a million pics of every detail possible!! lol

scrappin is busy busy ... I'm actually working on dec/jan projects now so my december won't be sooo stressful!

things always look up around my birthday and december is just around the corner...
1st snow, christmas carols, cookies, giving, such a nice time of year...
peace,
kimo

Friday, November 03, 2006

trying to get on some pics




still trying to shar e some halloween sets.


Thats it folks!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Halloween everyone...

Here are some pics.... we both got to take the kiddos trick or treating this year and they did very well.... Ryan totally got into the saying "trick or treat" and Happy Halloween... I still had to basically do it with him but he actually enjoyed the whole experience( a first in 7 years!!!) wooo hooo!

i didn't get many photos but there are a few I'd love to share but blogger is having trouble again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so You'll just have to wait ... sorry.
I'll try emailing some
kim

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

so tired.....


my house is a complete disaster but we are remodeling so thats okay, right??? I wonder how long I can use that excuse... hee hee...

No news on the remodel... the guys are days at the fire station so no progress now till fri...

finally got my organizer updated and so excited to start my new dt work... been trying to add to my gallery over at scraps ahoy too...
did this over the weekend...
peace
kim

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

making progress..... check it out




the staircase (temporary) is up...the finished one will have real finished oak and white spindles but at least we can now go up there...
we had to put a big tarp across the top as it is not heated up there and didn't want the heat to leave us downstairs...brrrr!!!
so hopefully the electrician will come out so that we can have an inspection done and then insulate soon!!!!!!!!
very fun!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

sooooooooooooo excited...................

I was just asked to be a design team member from Nove-feb 07 at one of my favorite online sites:

scrapgal.... so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woo hoo... the store is amazing, the team is so friendly and talented... i have tried a few times before and it just goes to show that kindness, determination and patience go along way!!!!!!

so excited..

happy scrappy weekend everyone!

kim


Monday, October 09, 2006

Ryan has been crying ALLLLLL day....

These are the tough days... have no idea what is up with him... just NOT HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!

Jon is also sick and home today... the guys came to hook up the heat (thank goodness) and will finish up more outside work (siding, etc on thurs)

I took some pics of the house

okay, I'm having trouble uploading... I'll try again later!lol

kim

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I"m nesting....

Not sure why, but the 4 large totes filled with junk that have been piled in our bedroom for the past 4 months, well, I went through them today and Cleaned up.... so nice...then cleaned out my pantry and while i'm at it... lets re-do the kids room (erin and ryan are sharing a room and have no closet right now so you can imagine how it looks!!!! Yikes!
even my craft area is tidy...
so hopefully tomorrow we'll have heat hooked back up, plumbing upstairs and be ready to put an initial staircase in... so excited....
then after the inspections we can insulate and get closer to rooms upthere!!!

on a scrapping note, I didn't get that Dt I wanted... really discouraging... esp. because I sent my best cards/projects to her and until I get them back , I won't be able to try and publish them!!!!! very sad today.... some days I just wanna scream...
I have to trust that there is something out there for me and I just need to be patient with it...
nothing ever comes easy to me so I expect this area of my life won't either...
Oh well,
kids are feeling better we went to the library, playground and mall (disney store) this weekend...
hope you are all well..

kim

Friday, October 06, 2006

very inspired today....




got to witness a little demo here.... he he... Erins room is no longer... its open and so fun!
Heat will get hooked back up Monday... and the shower is up there... took advantage of lifting it up while everything was open...
then next week, the staircase... woo hoo... only another month!!!!!!!!!!

in scrapping news, the papers will debut at memory trends this weekend and in the guides, (well,) you make recognize a few of the layouts!!! :)
I'm waiting on news for an awesome stamp company...
I really hope I get this one... this is my roots and what i really have had so much publication luck with (cards stamping, etc) Please keep your fingers crossed for me!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a few things I made during a cyber crop.
peace
kim

Thursday, October 05, 2006

been creating....



like a crazy person...




then I decided these would make great teachers gifts so I'm gonna start working on these so I'm not swamped in DEC..

Here is another view of this homemade card organizer..

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

here is progress right in my front yard!

feels like fall


here in New england.... the leaf tips are orange, red and yellow, the air is crisp and Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes... hmmmm...
this weekend we may go apple picking or something fall like.. its been awhile since we've gone anywhere...
been busy with this...
chat soon.
kim

Monday, September 18, 2006

so over the weekend.....

I did like over 30 layouts!!!!!!!!!!! No flipping lie!!! can you believe it... kiddos were still recovering from being sick, it rained alot and I just kept creating... for the virtual crop over at ScrapVillage... those gals are cooky and fun and felt great meeting some new friends "online at least) and am very very proud of myself... no DT layouts, no pressure.... just pure fun
The challenges that were presented were awesome, real and so do-able and I love when you can complete the challenge, make a great page and then share it around or even try and get it pubbed....
last virtual crop I did I ended up with a bunch of caca... literally... the challenges were so abstract that they would never fit a call or even want to add them to a family album.. (I won't be visiting that site .. to be unmentioned!lol)
Scrapvillage also had a DT call. Even though I wasn't selected , I felt really great about the layouts I accomplished and the support I was given there.. they are a class act and I will be back soon...
Still no word from ATWS as to when the site will go down.. maybe after Oct 1??? I think that is the deadline... anyway, I posted my layouts so my obligations are done... I really hope it continues, the cause was good...
the house is progressing nicely... upstairs is framed and tomorrow they will finish the siding, etc on the dormers outside...
then plumbing, electrical and then insulation and drywall... its relly coming together...

Hope everyone is fine..
kim

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I've been a little preoccupied....

Both kids and us are a little under the weather with a small cold type thingy... its so rotten to be sick...
Last night we got some great news though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JON IS NOW

LEIUTENANT Faucher.... that is right .... he was promoted to rescue leiutenant and will manage his own rescue truck and have his own driver... so proud of him...so many great things to come for him....

so we went out to celebrate (we just went to chilis) with the kids and then all of us walked around Target till way past their bedtimes filling the cart with some fun things... Star Wars box set, the new SMallville set and a few fun things for the kids... we had paid some bills and been so dilligent that it was so fun to splurge..

I have been a little down with scrapping lately... it can be very hard to stay a cheerleader all the time when you get so many
"wow, your work is just amazing.... what gorgeous layouts that is.... We are so extrememly impressed with you..."
BUT..............

we have chosen another person for the design team or your submission is not one we picked...
I'm not the person who ever is unprofessional or complains but I think it does still take its toll on me and last night was really sad... so dinner and shopping really changed my outlook...
and today, I'm back to scrappin.... entered another contest and am doing a virtual cyber crop this weekend... so fun... no more stress related scrapping.. no manufacturer or team is worth that much stress...
I'll get it when I'll get it and that s all there is to it....
and I'm very grateful that in this cutthroat industry I don't have to rely on this as a source of income.. I'm fortunate that I can enjoy this and receive benefits too...
Here is to all of you that sent me encouraging emails and posts... you are all very uplifting and for that , I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
kim

Monday, September 04, 2006

tomorrow is a new day

and I can't believe my baby is starting K tomorrow... the first of many first days of school... so excited for her, her future, her education and so tonight I'am pondering all that she will encounter... and am secretely anxious for Wed when I will actually be by myself here in the house... so nice to have that... its been a challenging summer..
Poor Ryan, has a stomach ache or something... when you eat crayons, old playdoh and paper it does that! anyhow, he has been really ornery and throwing major tantrums... for no reason.. unlike him to get so angry ...
the good news is that he ate 3bites of steak and an entire taco (well, shell and meat) !!! we are making progress...
Lots of prayers for my family... each one has a challenge right now and even though we are so far away, I think of them often and pray for them
Off to charge the film battery... will post pics tomorrow... pray that all goes well for her!
kim

Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Office....

is the funniest show on television.... I am telling you.. if you have not watched it regularly, you have to !!! It cracks me up... anyone who works can relate to the show... the office manager is just hilarious... he is so stupid and the co workers genuine and annoying faces just say it all...
Jon and I sit and laugh for hours at this...
I so hope to get the box set for Christmas... he he and be able to laugh all the time..
laughing is really making me happy right now...
this week:
no Scenic Route design team
no piggy tails design team
no scrappers bliss design team
still waiting on memory makers masters (not likely) with over 500 apps and such talent that applies...
and KI memories colorful contest (another not likely)..
anyways, lots of gals are pretty disappointed this week because of all of the rejection but i guess my skin is thicker because even though it was alot of work to apply and would be nice to win, its just not the end of the world for me...
and things like the office dundee awards show just makes me smile...
so if you are having an off week... go watch the office... even though it won't take away any pain... it really does turn your frown into a smile and that is about all I can ask for !!!
peace,
kimo

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

had these headaches....

that are migraine strength!!! Yikes, I"m in super pain but seem to go away by lunch time!! ?? need to get to a doctor...

Jon got activated and deployed to Atlanta with the HUGE team of disaster medical assistants from around the country and Red Cross where they WAIT for the hurricane Ernesto to make his mark and then they will move accordingly... if it is much weaker than expected, he may end up coming home but if it does move up the coast (not too far North I hope!!!) then he will be gone for two weeks....

The guys have worked on the house all day yesterday windows are in and I think sub floor is completely done... of course, they are not here today! UGH...drives me crazy..

anyhoo, Erin has her K orientation tomorrow ... she is so nervous (so scared) she keeps saying... poor little thing I keep trying to re-assure her how fun it will be but she is really terrified.. she will be fine once she gets there...
she keeps telling me she is never going to college!!! I keep telling her to wait till she is 18 and I'll ask her and see what she says then! lol

Ryan is okay, same ole funny little man... doing his thing... one more week of vacation (i just gotta survive another week with him at home!) and then he starts back on the 7th..
Erins official day is the 6th... so next week, Thursday around 1pm... I'm going into the bedroom, shutting the door(setting the alarm) and falling asleep... despite the noise, dishes, etc... just because I can...and wake up around 3:30 to get them both off the bus...
I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Peace, everyone,
hope all is well.
kim

Thursday, August 24, 2006

whirlwind of a week....

Yesterday I was at Right at home scrapbooking taking a class from the very popular and talented Elsie Flanigan... I took NO pictures because It was too darn hot!!! I almost passed out between all the scrap celebrities and the new products and the heat... it was all too much for me! lol
I had her autograph my tag book though which I will post later...
Ryan had his last day of Summer school which means for the next 2 weeks or so I'm on red alert... he is a stinker and gets into everything.. so my scrapping/ computer time will be cut WAY back.... It's all good though and we have a few mini day trips planned to Mystic and the zoo, etc... we also will do the free video store known as the Barrington library... they have a better assortment than blockbuster!

Scrapbookers don't forget to load your layouts over at As the World scraps for the contest in the gallery... the prize will be amazing.. Karen is very generous...
can you say, chipboard, prima flowers, alphabet tiles, rub ons, etc etc... so ENTER people!!!!
I'm off to root for my friend Jen Smack, who has moved on to round 3 of Last Scrapper Standing..for the Effer Dares... !!!! This is so amazing!
and wish me luck as I enter round two of the Ms scraptastic beauty pageant.. (its just scrpping but we joke alot about high heels and fake nails and boob tape!)
Its really just for fun and I'm laughing so hard at the references the girls have...
Reality TV can be very entertaining in the scrapbook part of the world...hee hee..
kim

Sunday, August 20, 2006

latest view from the Grassy Plain.....

an eventful last week...

We spent two days down in POrtsmouth as we had no electricity in our bedrooms... kinda needed that! lol
Ryan is flipping out as their were (count it with me now, 8, yes, 8) men in our house working all at the same time so I took the kids and dog and moved in with nana and papa for a couple days...
sweaty work men or open house with pool.... hmmmmm.....???
so Sat we went to the zoo and today just got caught up, dishes, laundry, cleaning, baths, etc....
Tomorrow, more work on the house...
Its coming along though!
Peace,
kimo

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

my head is a swimmin......


With a ton of ideas... thats right, the mojo is flowing and I gotta roll with it... I always feel a little guilty though, like I should be cleaning our bedroom or playing with the little nuggets... but then I get a great idea and bam.... create stuff...
I really did finish submitting to all the big contests... even if something else comes up, I'm not gonna do it!
I'm taking a submitting break for a while from contests and DT and just focus on the two I'm on...
as the world scraps needs you.... please go and submit your layouts and pictures for the contest... or just visit with us on the message board... im lonely! lol
scrapsahoy will just explode people in September with some drastic changes which will knock those scrappin socks off of you ! Picture here is of Erin and Nicco at the zoo... so cute together!

Can't wait to fill you all in but for now , my lips are glued!

Here is a recent layout i did... enjoy!
kim

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I've been tagged.....

If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Anywhere near the water... and some family!

What's your favorite article of clothing?
ss tee shirts.. I swear I have one in every color...lol

Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
I love a mans strong jaw and forearms...

What's the last CD that you bought?
some jazz compilation... don't even know the name but its good...

Where's your favorite place to be? wherever my family is..

Where's your least favorite place to be?
probably anywhere where I m by myself...

What's your favorite place to be massaged?
not really a massage kinda gal...
Strong in mind or strong in body?
Both, I hope. LOL
What time do you wake in the morning?
7 am. earlier and I"m grumpy, later and I'm groggy!

What's your favorite kitchen appliance? don't everyone answer for me ... he he..
of course the coffee pot! It even made the front page of ScrapsAhoy this month!

What makes you really angry?
Violence and hatred towards others.

If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Piano. I should've stayed with it, dangit!

Favorite color?
Duh, blue blue and some more blue!

Which do you prefer, sports car or SUV?Neither, I'd take a sedan or mini van over both...lol

Do you believe in afterlife?
Absolutely
Favorite children's book?
Skippy John Jones... if you really wanna hear me crack up!

What is your favorite season?
Spring... fresh, lovely
What's your least favorite household chore?
Laundry... I'd rather clean toilets... 10 years of folding clothes really got to me!

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
I'd be Ms. Energy I guess... I really need some....

If you have a tattoo, what is it?
NO way, just my moles!

Can you juggle? Not to save my life

The one person from your past you wish you could go back and talk to?
Mom... I just have so many questions...

What's your favorite day?
Monday morning... love the newness of the week

What's in the trunk of your car?
Paper towels, plastic bags, tire jack, other "car" stuff and a hello kitty umbrella.. every girl needs one of these!

Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
Sushi, BLEHHHHHHHHHH. Burger.. hmmmmmmmm
NOW, if you're reading this, consider yourself TAGGED. Copy & paste the questions into your blog and tag three friends! :)

-kimo-peace

love to find scrappers like this.....

Just another reason to keep scrapping .....

http://scrapologie.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4270

Friday, August 11, 2006

Just excited to share.....


That I received a RAK from Princess Dallas today.... some yummy Maya Road ribbons and clip and chipboard flowers but the best part (okay that is pretty darn good too) is that the envelope said
TO THE FABULOUS...........How great is that to receive a package that says that... it just made my day..

Thanks so much to HEather and Maya for the generous donation!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

new layout.....


a real life layout as I start to share some thoughts of motherhood... its only taken me 7 years!

some more information...

If you haven't checked out As the World Scraps yet YOU GOTTA!!! Run, don't walk on over my peeps!
http://astheworldscraps.com/soap/index.php?act=announce&f=3&id=2

FREE RAKS..... FREE PRIZES....

She is giving away RAKS (random acts of kindness) (for those not familiar with scrap/computer lingo.. )to those "real life" layouts posted and uploaded to the gallery at the site... value is around 20 and will be randomly selected...

all new members that register and post at least 25 comments during August on the Soap opera message board will get a free welcome prize....
and if you don't scrapbook....

you can still play along... just upload some of your favorite pictures and the creative stars (me and the other gals) will scrapbook the page for you... the winning page will get a prize from ATWS ($25.) the person suppling the pics wins not the designer!!!!

this site also takes donations for publishing pages and entry contest fees which supports the site and is non profit so it also gives charitable donations to end abuse .org... a very worthy cause...

Please at least check it out... and fill up our gallery and message board... even if you don't want to compete (yeah right, scrappers are notoriously competitive!) you can help support our site by posting and playing along..
Hope to see you all there.. http://www.astheworldscraps.com/
kim

Monday, August 07, 2006

Okay, so now that I'm here.....

You have got to check out my new "gig" ...
The design team I was just added to is soooo awesome... the girls there are mucho talented and I'm thrilled and honored to be a part of this with them...
They are having an awesome contest over there .... any money made at this site above and beyond just existence goes to fund ending abuse... great cause and the best part is you don't even need to be a scrapbooker to take part ... just add some pictures and we can do the work for you...
everyone loves contests and everyone has a great chance at winning here... plus its a fun site so check it out...

http://astheworldscraps.com/index2.shtml

Hope to see you there....
kim

I'm here for good....

I kept deciding that I loved it at the other place but they have soooo many problems there so I am doing this...
I am here... Inside my head and I will be able to post more frequently that way...
peace,
kim

Monday, July 03, 2006

changing blog sites....

Okay, I need to just find one site and stay so I wil try and have two blogs for awhile until I figure out how I'm going to use this blog!!!'
Kimo