Friday, December 31, 2010

Last night of 2010

I'm such a bad, bad, blogger! I have started so many posts for here, and I usually end up walking away from the computer while I'm in the thought process, and never come back to finish. *sigh*

So much has happened, and yet, it all passed by so quickly. Let's see - Jennifer, and Joseph, both finished up the semester at their respective schools. They both did well, and are so happy to be off until the next semester starts on January 31st. Jennifer changed her major back to history. She'll actually double major with art history as her 2nd.

On October 18th, Joey woke up not feeling well. He complained about a pain in his lower right side. He didn't want to miss his class that morning, so I drove him to the school, and waited for him. Afterwards, we went to the doctor, who then sent us directly over to the hospital for a CAT scan, and blood work. Turned out, he was suffering from acute appendicitis! We had the results from the CAT scan back at 4pm, and by 4:30pm, he was wheeled into the operating room.

Steve met me at the hospital after Jen got home from her classes. We waited for Joey to get out of surgery, ate hospital food (wasn't too bad), and then went to see Joey in the recovery room. As we walked in the doors, he opened his eyes and said "moommmm, I love you mommy" Awwww! then he fell back to sleep for a minute or two, and then opened his eyes and said "dad, heyyy dude I love you". We giggled, and just watched him for a few minutes, as he fell into and out of sleep. We were shooed from the room because shift change was starting, and went to wait in Joey's room downstairs.

Once he finally got to the room ~ around 9pm ~ he was settled in bed, and we got to kiss him, and talk to him a little. He was in and out, but, he was sure to put on the Yankee game that night (it was playoffs). Then, he asked for his cell phone to text a few friends. He would fall asleep in the middle of his messages, and then wake up to finish. I stayed with him in the room overnight because he asked me to stay. At 3am, he woke up to go to the bathroom, and the nurses made him walk the hallway a little. Then, back to bed.

He didn't sleep very well because of the pressure cuffs that were on his legs when he was in bed. They help to prevent blood clots, and boy, were they noisy!! I can only imagine how it felt for him to feel them inflate/deflate, all. night. long. Finally, at 6am, when the surgeon came to check on him, he turned off the machine, and said they could go. That's when we both fell into a deep sleep for about 4 hours. After we woke up, everything else moved pretty quickly. He was brought food, he ate. A few of his friends came to visit. He sat up in the chair, and laughed, chatted, and enjoyed the company. At 2pm, the surgeon came back and said Joey could go home - so we got everything ready, got discharge orders, and were out of there by 2:45, and home by 3:30.

He was home on medical leave from work until after Thanksgiving. Back to classes the week after surgery. Now he's fully healed, and back to his charming self.

All in all, it's been a good year. Complaining doesn't change what's happened, and it doesn't make better things happen. We have to make our own happiness, and the more we complain, the more miserable we can be.

So, here we are - December 31, 2010. I'm ready to say HELLO!! to January, 2011. Tonight I found out that my brother, and sister-in-law, will be moving back to NY!!!! June is the target! We are beyond excited for them to be here again - all the time!!

I guess that's all for now. I really should blog more - but - I get busy, and I'm having a great time with my family, and friends. Maybe 2011 will bring more blog posts. ;)

Happy New Year!!!!! Wishing happiness, joy, and good health to all!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The days fly by

August 4th...amazing. Where have the last 6 weeks gone?
On August 30th, Jennifer, and Joseph, start classes.
Jennifer at SUNY Stony Brook,
and Joseph at SUNY Suffolk Community College.
John will be in 11th grade - getting ready for PSAT's and thinking of college soon.

Soon, the seasons will change. The leaves will become red, gold, and yellow. Glorious colors of the autumn season. Pumpkins will ripen, and be ready for picking, and carving.

While I'm looking forward to the cooler days of autumn, the scent of pumpkin pie, cinnamon apple, and warm brown sugar - I'm not looking forward to a more rigid schedule. The time constraints aren't fun.

But, time goes on....and there are experiences to be had.

On Friday the kids, and I, will be going into the city to explore. We'll go to Chinatown, and Little Italy - wandering the streets - taking in the sounds, and smells. Some of the smells may not be memorable, but, when we walk past a pizzeria, or Ferrara's Bakery and Cafe - you just know some wonderful smell will be wafting out the doorway.


We'll hop back on the subway, and head up to midtown, and Times Square.

Walking with the throngs of people - in the heat. Being hot, and sweaty - but that sights and sounds are wonderful.


I know there are people who think New York City is awful - but we are not those people. There is a heartbeat in the city - maybe it's the pounding of our feet on the pavement - or the constant beeping of car, and taxi horns. I don't know.... I do know, though, that it's an energy unlike any other I've ever experienced.

Sometimes - when I walk along the streets, I think back to the days when I had just graduated high school, and attended John Jay College. I was an 18yo girl in the city that never sleeps. Or, I think back to when I was 20 and working at IBM, on the 35th floor of 590 Madison Avenue.

Days I sometimes miss.
Days that shaped the person I am now.
Days I'd never go back and change.

Those days led me to the days I live now.

My life is wonderful (not perfect). If it were perfect then there wouldn't be anything else I'd ever want to do.

I hope that my children, my young adult children, never regret anything they do, or anything they've done, someday, when they are 44 and looking back.

This life is a gift, no one ever said life would be easy, but, it sure is worth it - even when it's downright hard.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Beautiful tomatoes!!

Joey and I stopped in at Barnes and Noble today. I bought four different food magazines. All of them have recipes that call for the use of Heirloom tomatoes. These aren't your ordinary tomatoes folks! These are beautiful. Reds, yellows, purples, greens. Now, I just need to find a place to buy them here.




I have one tomato plant this year, growing in a container. I believe that next year, I'm going to have a whole plot of tomato plants. Perhaps I'll purchase seeds, and start them growing early in the spring time, in the house. That way, by the time it's warm enough to plant them outside, the plants will be a nice hardy size. I've been wanting to have a full-fledged veggie garden for quite some time, and perhaps growing these tomatoes will be just the thing to get me to do it!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Joseph Graduates!

Joey graduated on June 26th.



Joey and Jennifer
Joey and John

He grew into such a fine young man this year. We saw so many changes in his personality. He went from a pretty quiet boy, to a self-assured young man, who smiles all the time, and rarely lets anything bother him. When he showed me his year book, and I read the messages from all of his friends, the same sentiment rang through almost every single note...."you're the sweetest guy I know" was from the girls, and "Joey, man, with your personality, you're going to go far" from the boys.

At graduation, the salutatorian mentioned Joey in his speech. He said that spending just two minutes talking to Joey could make his day. That Joey is the guy who always has a smile on his face, and never lets anything get him down. Of course, I sat there in the bleachers and started to cry....."That's MY son he's talking about" were the words that passed my lips.

It's funny to want to cry, laugh, and smile, all at the same time. The emotions are strong. I'm not sure sometimes if we're good parents, or bad parents....I'm not sure if we make all the right decisions in 'growing' up our children. But, I guess we did something right through the years, because everyone that meets my children all say the same thing "You have wonderful children, you should be very proud".

We are.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Graduation!



Jennifer is graduating on Sunday from Suffolk County Community College. She's receiving her Associate of Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences emphasis)! We're so excited, and proud!

In the fall, she will be continuing her studies at SUNY Stony Brook Univeristy. She will major in Anthropology. Tentative double major in English Literature, and minor in Art History. She definitely wants to double major, she's just up in the air about what her second major will be, and same goes for her minor...there are so many interesting things to study at Stony Brook!

To say we are excited, is really an understatement! There are no words to express how truly proud we are.

Congratulations, daughter of mine!! XOXO

(Pictures from Jen's graduation day added on July 6th.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Huge giveaway at Obsessed with Scrapbooking!

Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking has had 1 million hits on her blog! To celebrate this great occasion, she's having a huge giveaway!


1) Cricut Summer Vacation cartridge
2) Cricut Summer in Paris cartridge
3) a pack of SEI Happy Paper (12" x 12" size)
4) a package of Tim Holtz grungeboard


AND....drumroll....

A Cricut GYPSY!!

Head on over to her blog Obsessed with Scrapbooking to check it out, and try for your chance to win, too!

I don't know about you, but, I've been looking at the Summer in Paris cartridge, and my daughter fell in love with it when we saw it this weekend at A.C. Moore. But, I didn't buy it - because I just knew I could get it for less online! As for the Gypsy - well....at first I didn't want one. But, now I think I need one. *grin*

Anyway - go on over there, and check out the giveaway, and be sure to check out her whole blog. The gal is a whiz with the Cricut - such great tips, and tricks, and so much information about how to use it!

Good luck!

Prima May products pick!! I'm in love!




Celebrate a month filled with gorgeous blooms with May's beautiful picks!
You will find a huge assortment of Prima's top-notch flowers-all in lovely shades of lavender, as well as a few sparkly centers and gorgeous leaves to finish off any project with style.


Selections shown above include:


•Symphony Flowers-gorgeous flowers which include 6 different sparkly flowers in the same package

•Melange Flowers-check out the detail on these lovely blooms.

•Calcutta Blooms in Pink-so much texture, so many uses!

•Pearl Panache-sheer fabrics and glitter add so much to these tiny blossoms.

•Winter Roses in Purple-fully-formed roses with glitter and crustal shavings on the curled edges.

•Temple Leaves in Lavender- amazing bendable leaves that will add a stunning effect to your projects.

•Love Story polka-dotted rose-sigh! Just so romantic.

•Pearl Panache Purple flowers-each flower comes complete with a sweet pearl center.

•Madrigal Blooms in purple-amazing fabric flowers that will be stunning on your layouts!

•Fairytale Roses in Purple-sweet, tender small roses that come on our creative clear packaging.

•Mini-Bouquet-lily in pink-a whole mini-bouquet that is perfect for altered projects or cards.

•Dynasty Centers-these babies are fabulous! So rich and detailed. Use on the center of a flower or as an accent on your page.

•Zazi flowers-soft, feminine flowers in fabric with sequins and sparkles that put a smile on your face.

•Exotic Gardenia-tropical flowers that are perfect for vacation layouts!

•Petite- Mums-multi-layered flowers with complete pearl centers. So amazing on a project!

Beautiful, right!?!? I want them all!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

lovin' you is easy



First, I need to give credit for the title, which I scraplifted from Karola Witczak. ~~Karola~~ The page map design is from The Color Room, pallette-2.

These papers are old....the paper with all the words is from 7 Gypsies - that I do know. The rest of it, I'm sorry - I have no idea. (Kind of the hazard of buying TOO much). Flowers are mostly Prima. The red flowers are from a Daisy Doodles Christmas line. Lot's of Prima bling. Martha Stewart's Monarch butterfly punch at work again! Butterflies highlighted with stickles. Lace around photo is Prima, lace at bottom of layout is from my stash. Chipboard letters are from Basic Grey - dark chocolate collection.

Thanks for looking!

Remember


Journaling reads - "When I first saw this picture, I was less than thrilled. I saw my fat neck, and nose..Yuck.
Then....you were gone.
Then, I saw the real beauty in this photo, you and me. Suddenly my neck didn't matter.
My beautiful mother, you are always in my heart. Thank you for always loving me.

This photo was taken December 2004. My mother had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. I had the picture for quite a while, didn't like it very much, but, then after my mother had passed away in February 2006 - I was looking through my pictures, and found the photo again...and was so glad I had it.

So, papers are K&Co. - I layered the rose paper over the gingham after cutting with my handmade template. The loopy stuff going around the edge is actually button loop trim, found in a stash of sewing product my father brought me after my mother had passed away. Prima flowers, and the green flowers are Floradoodles. Prima SIIP, and Prima Fairytales roses.

The butterflies are from the Martha Stewart large monarch butterfly punch. I coated the butterfly with Judikins Diamond glaze, and then poured on clear glass microbeads. Tapped off the extra and let dry. I love the way they came out! The foiled fern you see on the right side is also from Martha Stewart. Then, I added some extra little pearls from the Prima E-line.

Thanks for looking!

Beautiful


This layout was done from a kit I purchased at a crop I went to. A lot of Prima - the flowers, the paper, the bling. The title is from a package of words I got at Target in the scrapbook section quite a while ago.
(You'll notice, that a lot of the stuff I use on my layouts was purchased *quite* a while ago - grin.)

Thanks for looking!

Argyle Lake

These pictures were taken on Mother's Day, May 2007. Jennifer had to work that day, so I took the boys to Argyle Lake in Babylon Village.
The patterned paper (blue, and pussy willows) is from K & Co. Tom Coffey's line Blossomwood. The pussy willows are hand cut from a sheet of paper that is covered with them. I used a product called Flowersoft to make the little fuzzies stand out. Flowersoft is a great product, feels somewhat like grated up sponge - lol. The brown cardstock is from DCWV. For the blue paper, I used a handmade template that I made from another diecut patterned paper. I love my shapes!
I'm a real flower using girl, but, since this page highlights pictures of my boys, I didn't want use too many flowers. So...I bought a package of feathers at Michael's. I think they were some kind of hen feather - pretty ivory, and brown spotted feathers. There is a pewter jewlery finding on the left side, it's a branch, with two birds, and a little nest. I've had it for quite a while, but, finally used it on this layout. The little blue flowers are from Prima. I have to find the packaging to get which style they are...I don't remember. *sigh* I just added some brown rubons, and it was done. I didn't think a title cut with the Cricut, or even heavy thickers, or stickers would have worked well on this layout. It's light, and natural looking...the heavy letters would have been too much.
Thanks for looking!



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Big Sister!

This photo is from April 1992. My Jennifer was 2 1/2, and Joseph was about one month old.

Prima flowers, swirls, hydrangea flowers. To add sparkle to the hydrangea flowers, I added stickles in Arctic Ice, and then when that was dry, dipped the edges of the flowers into Judikins Diamond Glaze, then into Martha Stewart microbeads.

Patterned paper is from K&Co. Berry Sweet collection I believe. I traced around a diecut paper onto thin cardboard to make myself a template to use over and over again, and cut the PP with the template. I distressed the edge all around of the PP with my Heidi Swapp distressing tool, and adhered to cardstock (DCWV).

The butterflies were punched with Martha Stewart's large Monarch Butterfly punch. More Prima crystal swirls for the butterfly trails. I have to take a peek through my stash to see where that little birdie pin is from.

Thanks for looking!

Beautiful


My daughter - self portrait with digi camera. She takes TONS of these! I always find something great to scrap. :)
Acetate is old...I've had it for years, and quite honestly, I don't remember which company it's from. The flowers, and butterflies, are from K&Co. - one of my favorite companies. The ivy leaves are from Prima. Letter stickers are American Crafts thickers. Cardstock is Bazzill.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

randomness...

I used to update here often...regularly. Now, weeks, and months go by without an update.

I'm busy, but, not that busy. It's not as though I never sit at the computer. I'm on the computer every day, even if it's for a short while.

I just don't update....for whatever reason.

Let's see... Joseph is now 18. His birthday was Saturday. John will be 16 on the 25th. Before long, it will be November, and Jennifer will be 21. Where has all the time gone?

I'm so happy that they are all growing up, and becoming secure, mature young adults. But, at the same time, I'm sad. I guess, somewhere in my mind, I had hoped they would always be little, and always need me....for everything. Now, they need me less, and less.

It is liberating for me, that's true. I can go out, and do things with my friends. We go to classes at the scrapbook store. We go to all day crops. I don't have to worry that my children won't eat, or who is going to feed them. I don't have to worry that they are here in the house unattended - because they are old enough to do things, and know better.

But, still - especially when I see a little baby - I miss them being babies. But, that's part of time...which seems to go faster, and faster, as you get older, and older. :)

I'm not even sure who reads here anymore - but, if you were a regular reader, I will try to start updating more often, posting pictures, and other goodies.