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This is me...a happy wife, mom to three awesome boys, teacher to the aforementioned boys (we homeschool), chauffeur to karate, archery and swim team practices, scrapbooker and founder of the Good Grief Blog.
Life is good.



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Because I see your face is happy...

Oh my goodness. Seriously silly dinner conversation tonight. The boys were, ahem, a wee bit wound up...running like whatever runs insanely after each other throughout the house (okay, so like boys)...growling and jumping and all sorts of mayhem, right? We sit down to dinner. Numerous jokes with the wrong or modified punch lines ensue. So much so that Nathan is cringing and trying not to spew and asking if he can go hide.

So. As is my prerogative as the mom, I decided to mess with the little rascals a bit, right? (I do this fairly often and feel it is my duty as a mother.) I announced that I am an alien. To which, they immediately (and predictably) began listing off reasons that this just wasn't so...

"All aliens are green with purple pointy ears and black eyes" they said...I had to ask why they thought this...Noah said it's like that in all the movies...I said, "what about Independence Day where the aliens are kind of greyish?"...he says, "well, bad aliens are different colors sometimes but the good ones are all green"...of course, what was I thinking?

At this point, I also pointed out that since they're my sons they, themselves, were part alien. Again, vehement denials and some strange explanation from Noah about how aliens don't have babies. This, obviously, begged the question, "if aliens don't have babies, how do they get more aliens?" Noah says, "they start out bigger like kid size, of course." Duh.

By this point, Asher was getting a bit worked up about the whole thing and determined to end it all by telling me that I was joking. "How do you know that I'm not telling the truth?" I ask. He says simply..."because I see your face is happy" and then he gives me this look...you know, the look that says you should know better and stop asking pointless questions. And he left the table.  Guess he told me. ;)


Who knew?

Okay, I'm totally supposed to be doing other things right now (Nathan has all the boys upstairs and I came down to my office to get some work done), but first I just have to show you something. Any of you who have known me awhile probably know I've had this off and on battle with biting my nails. Well, I found a solution! Look:


Yeah, they're not "real"...and it's not really a cost efficient solution...but look how pretty they are! ;)  Backstory...I got my nails done for the very first time about a month ago when I flew out to Utah to film some CK instructional dvds (trust me, you did NOT want to see how my nails really looked). They were so cool I've been maintaining them...told myself just through the middle of June when I go to CKU, right? Until today, I'd just been having plain, boring clear polish. Then, the gal today shows me all these awesome airbrush designs they can do. Dude. I may be hooked. Even after I let these fake nails grow out, the airbrushing thing is so cool. I totally want one. :) Can't you just imagine how much fun that would be on my layouts? (Yeah, yeah...I can do this already using masks and ink...and I *do* sometimes...but a fun new toy never hurt anyone...hee hee.)


And the winner is...


Asher pulled this one out of the basket o' names. :) Sarah, check your email. Thanks all for the great book recommendations (making up a library list now) and birthday wishes! 


Hey, hey it's my birthday!

Woohoo! Feeling pretty dang good about life right now and am celebrating my birthday (and Mother's Day) by going to CKU, so no big doings going on today. I'm wanting to do something fun, though, so how about a little RAK (random act of kindness)? I have a lovely "All About Me" album kit (the ones put out by CK...comes with the album and all the "stuff" and instructions) up for grabs! Just post here and tell me the name of a good book...we signed up for the library's summer reading program yesterday and I'm always on the lookout for good reads, both for myself and the boys. :)

I'll have one of the boys draw a name from the posts tomorrow around noon! 


Scrappy goodness.

Yay! Check it out:


This awesome special issue by Jen McGuire hit newsstands recently! I don't have my copy yet but was fortunate enough to peruse one at my local scrapbook store earlier this week (I'm trying so hard to be patient and wait for my own copy to come in the mail so didn't just buy it then, though I may go back if I don't have a copy in the next few days *laugh*) and it's fabulous! And I'm so not just saying that because I have a number of projects in there. Seriously, folks, check it out. If you can't find it locally, CK sells stuff online, ya know...look HERE.

In other scrappy news, the June Those Were The Days kits are now available and so gorgeous! AND, they're now offering cool "splurge" kits to compliment the monthly kit. Loads of great stuff! I finished my design team layouts and project earlier this week and I think one of them may be up in the gallery there now. :) Will try to remember to upload them to my Two Peas gallery soon.