Notes from the bizzy front line of child rearing.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Rainy Day in Washington

The weather has been ugly today- rain, rain, rain, and of course the kids have been suffering from cabin fever.  I think we should have donned our rain gear and went out to splash in some puddles.  But now that naps are over, it is already dark.  So, the kiddos are coloring at the table, Jack with crayons, and Annalise with markers.  Of course there is always some argument because Jack wants EVERYTHING that Anna has, and markers are no exception.  However… Jack is on probation with markers.  He loves to color… on walls, floors, everything but paper.  And unfortunately Annalise’s cheap dollar store are not like my nice Crayola washables… they DON’T come off hands, tables, etc.  I had to scrub with lots of bleach to get the walls clean, all 4 places he colored without me knowing.  For those who know me well, cleaning is not my forte.

I have been able to accomplish a bit today… I have a swap or two due in the next coming weeks for a consultant swap with cute little 6×6 album pages about why I love being a Close To My Heart consultant, and another for holiday card ideas.  I also put together some 3×3 card kits, leftovers from a class I taught a few weeks ago.  I sold them on my consultant website.  You can see some of the ideas at my business site,

I’m off to fix dinner (thanks to my mom, who loves to try out new recipes on us!) It is just heat and eat, a pizza casserole.  Maybe now that I have this little online journal, I will post some of my favorite quick and easy recipes for those who like me don’t want to spend much time cooking in the kitchen.  The crockpot is truly one of my very best friends!  That will be another day’s entry…



posted by bezina at 12:41 am  

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Christmas is coming…

the goose is getting fat!  I am getting excited all of a sudden about Christmas!  I started my shopping earlier in the week, and now can hardly wait to have the kids open up some of their gifts.  It is my favorite time of year, all the yummy foods, the shopping, the planning, my birthday. Yeah!  Today I did a CTMH workshop and Karyn and I put together some hand-stamped Christmas cards, so that too helped with my holiday spirit.

I’ve been going through my stash of stamp stuff and putting up a few items for sale on my CTMH bulletin board.  I want to be able to afford to buy some of the new stuff coming out in the Spring 2006 catalog.  We as consultants get our copy after Dec. 1st, so I am just counting down the days.  I have a gathering to prepare for this weekend and next, and some brand new snowflake and gingerbread display boards to share.  Pretty cute stuff!

Tomorrow we are looking forward to a visit from Grammy.  We are also going to try out a dance class at a new performing arts studio in Duvall.  Annalise LOVES her current dancing class and teacher Peggy.  She practices her dance moves all over the house, especially “I’m a Little Teapot” and the Chickadee song.

I’m off to dream about sugarplums…



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Sunday, November 6, 2005

A Fabulous Weekend!

Last weekend was the best time I’ve had in awhile!  First, I got to spend ALL day Friday at the annual Scrapbook Expo in Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue.  For those of you who know me, I LOVE to collect scrapbook supplies.  So much, in fact I decided to start my own business venture as a Close To My Heart scrapbook and stamping consultant.  I am approaching my one year anniversary, and I am still loving it!  I am constantly amazed about how many fabulous products that CTMH develops.  And even more exciting to me is the Heart of the Winter campaign that was just announced, a GORGEOUS calendar set that customers can buy, or earn depending on their purchase amount.  I want it all!

My wonderful weekend continued as my parents took the kids for a sleepover and husband Brian went to help out the church.  I had the whole day to myself, something that rarely occurs.  I spent the entire morning in my pjs SCRAPBOOKING!  I got 6 pages done of our trip to Puerto Vallarta.  A big mess I made, but worth it.  That Saturday night Brian and I went to two Halloween parties, one at my dear friend Stacy’s, and another that was put on by Brian’s boss.  We had a great time at both, eating yummy food, hanging out with friends, and having a close encounter with Sir Mix-alot.

A late night it was, and then we had to get up super early for church the next morning… we may have been tempted to sleep in this particular morning, but duty calls.  I had Sunday school to teach (I am with the 5/6 year old class) and Brian had ushering duties.  8AM Mass!  I believe we took a LONG nap after that morning.  We met my parents to pick up the kids at McDonald’s that night in Covington, and the kiddos were so happy to see us.  Jack yelled, Mama! and ran into my arms- what a great feeling!

I am looking to more weekends like this in the future.  Thanks, Grandparents!!!  (in advance) wink



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