Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas 2008

My cards are finally done. This year, I had my idea very early, but time to actually make the cards came later, as did the picture I used. I had planned on using some pictures that I took of the kids in their fancy duds. However, after I did the "elfyourself" with their cute little faces, I just had to use those pictures. So, a screenshot later, I had the photos for my cards!
The sentiment inside says: Have your ELVES a Merry Little Christmas!
With love and good cheer, Rene, Tiffany Michelle, Jake, Cristina, Daniel, and Gabriela

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This is what greeted me...

At 6:07am, Friday, November 21, 2008

I certified!

Thank you to all of you who supported me, proofread for me, hugged me, and tolerated me during this process.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gettin', Gettin', Gettin' kind of sketchy...

Recently, because of the goings on of life, I have been unable to ponder layout ideas for massive amounts of time. (P.S. That is my normal M.O.) Therefore, I have been thankful for the thousands of sketches that people have created for inspiration.

Last May, while purusing a fabulous blog ( Blah, Blah, Blog! , I happened upon this fantastic sketch rolodex to organize your sketches (if you collect them).

Well, I didn't have a rolodex to alter but I did have this reproduction antique recipe box that I wasn't using.

So, sketches are glued onto the cranberry colored cardstock (ummm, don't look at the purple at the back that I had to use when I ran out of cranberry) and organized by number of photos used. The last group actually has 7+ photos, as there were only a few of those.

When you are using a sketch, you can slip it in the top holder for easy reference.

It is nowhere near as fabulous as CarrieB's, but I'm pretty happy with it.


Monday, July 28, 2008

What color are you?

Just a little fun thing, that I saw on this blog: Covered in Crafts

You Are a Red Crayon

Your world is colored with bright, vivid, wild colors.

You have a deep, complex personality - and you are always expressing something about yourself.

Bold and dominant, you are a natural leader. You have an energy that is intense... and sometimes overwhelming.

Your reaction to everything tends to be strong. You are the master of love-hate relationships.

Your color wheel opposite is green. Green people are way too mellow to understand what drives your energy.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Scrap Room Move and Makeover...

Well, I am finally finished with the big move. It took far longer than I expected, but isn't that always the way?

Just in case someone wants a reminder, here is a link to an online album with my old scraproom.

I figured the best way to show you the room (without a panoramic camera) would be just take pictures starting at one corner and swing around. So here goes.

Here is my paper storage and at the bottom (for easy access) are some of the kids books. That "thing" on the wall, is nine 12x12 corkboard squares that I covered with patterned paper to make a bulletin board. Rene is mitering some moulding for me to use as a frame around it. We'll hopefully get that done tomorrow.

This is the closet of the room. I took the sliding doors off of the frame and put in curtains.

Behind the curtains is a desk that holds the kids' computer and a television. The top of the closet is our games storage. In the middle of the room is a futon that the gives the kids and sometimes mami a place to chill-out.

So, there it is. I guess there are no more excuses. Now, I have to get scrappin'.

Monday, July 7, 2008

I knew on the day we got married...

...I married my best friend. Seriously, we were best friends that fell in love. No matter how hard we fought it, we were supposed to be together.

Here is the story of our wedding day.

Rene and I have always been "no-frills" kind of people. When we decided to get married, we did NOT want a huge elaborate affair that would set us back before we even started forward.

We decided to ask our dear friend Karol and her husband Tom if we could have the wedding in their backyard. What you have to understand here is that Karol is friends with both Rene and me. We have both taught with her. She, in essence, is the reason that we ended up together because she kept pushing us toward one another. So, her house (with its beautiful, spacious backyard) was perfect. Without hesitation, she said, "Yes!"

Since Rene and I taught at the same school, we decided to ask the principal if we could borrow some school chairs and long "banquet" tables.
Without hesitation, she said, "Yes!"

Here is a shot from the top of Karol's hill in her yard. (We ended up having roughly 200 people in attendance.) Ummm, excuse the "old-style" scrapbooking and especially the deco-scissors.

Ok, so I told my bridesmaids (BFFs Chris and Dianne) to wear any black dresses that they wanted to wear. I made our bouquets with roses from a flower farm in Carlsbad.

Rene told his groomsmen (Tim and Chris) to wear black suits and blue ties.

My sweet baby Jake (no longer a baby) was my "bubble blower". I didn't want a ring bearer, so he used a bubble gun and walked down the aisle, blowing bubbles. He, then promptly ran to the trampoline for the rest of the ceremony. :D

My dad walked me down the aisle. Love you, daddy.

Rene's cousin, John, married us.

Rene's tia, Olivia, made our cake and then I made the cake topper that was similar to our bouquets and decorated it with yellow daisies around the layers. Also, all the food in the buffet trays in the background of the picture was bought by me and then distributed to any guest that said, "Let me know if there is anything I can do to help." {insert maniacal laugh here} I'd say, "Oh, thank you. Could you cook this before the wedding and bring it with you?" I'm evil and crass, but hey we already knew that, didn't we?

We had the obligatory conga line....

Kids jumped on the trampoline...

I love you, baby! Thanks for your love and this beautiful family!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sushi Night

My blog is by no means a cooking blog. Although I love cooking, I would never think to stop and take pictures. However, earlier tonight I was talking to my niece, Kelsi, back in Mississippi. I was teasing her about the sushi that I was rolling (she loves sushi). I told her if she would come out and babysit for me, I would pay her in sushi. Not a bad deal, huh? Have you seen the price of sashimi grade salmon and tuna? She'd be making out like a bandit! So, to entice my sweet little Kelsi Elizabeth here is the sushi that we had tonight. C'mon, Lizard!
EDITED TO ADD: After reading Kelsi's comment, I have to ask....
You mean Tatie Chip? The same Katie (Tatie Chip) that when she came to California to help me with my wedding went to the Sushi Bar with us and only ate Teriyaki Chicken strips? Just kidding. Of course I know that, because the lovely Katie graced me with her presence the last time I was home for some yummy Sushi at that place on Goodman Road. :D
After rolling...

After cutting...

I love sushi in the summer.

Edited to add: After posting and seeing how crappy the pictures are, I think you can understand why this is NOT a cooking blog. :-)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Head above water...

I am so happy to begin having my head above water again. I am trying to catch up in all of the facets of my life that I neglected during:
a.) the National Board Certification process,
b.) the end of the school year,
c.) some things that I need to remain private, but ended up having a happy ending,
d.) taking care of my family and then some,
e.) more. I'll just say more for now. :D

I don't really have anything witty or relevant to add, just wanted to document that I am on my way to catching up with all the things that got put on the back burner.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gabby, the yoga master

Last week, I was walking in to the family room and Gabriela stopped me and told me that she "needed" to do some yoga. She immediately struck the "tree" pose. You have to love that Wii Fit. My kids never paid any attention to yoga before. :-)

I ran to get the camera and asked her to do it again for the camera. I didn't notice until afterward that she had grabbed some fruit snacks between the two incidents. Sneaky cha-cha!

School's OUT for summer....

Thank you Alice Cooper for providing a perfect summer song for me to steal for my post title! Last Friday was the last day of school for all of us. Rene and I are happy, but it pales in comparison to the euphoria that the kids are feeling. I told my class that I would post the pictures of their tug-o-war tournament, with the other 3rd grade classrooms. Here are the pictures of them slamming one of the teams. Alas, they fell to Mrs. Flynn's room 4. Awwww, shucks. We'll get them next year.

Quick note: After looping with these kids for two years, I am really going to miss them and it makes the end of the school year bittersweet. Hugs and kisses, brainiacs. Keep making me proud. :-)

Another note: I am really behind and I have tons of things to post, so please excuse my double (maybe triple) posts.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Being a mother is a work of "heart"...

Well, I am about two weeks late posting all of the fabulously thoughtful things that my children gave me on Mother's Day.
From Jake, my oldest son, I received this beautiful hand painted butterfly and this jewelry box that closely resembles the Holy Grail! Totally fabulous!

From Daniel, my youngest son, I received this touching teapot poem and some tea. He also gave me a gorgeously wrapped (he was so proud) mug that included his very own finger-painted artwork. Love this!

From Cristina, my oldest daughter, I received a "blinged" out card with a sweet little hand-written note inside. I also got a beautiful poem with her cute little handprint at the bottom. Such a treasure!

From Gabriela, my youngest daughter, I received this lovely plate with her name and handprint painted on it. Her little handprint is so small and adorable!

My adorable husband put the WiiFit on hold for me (we have since received it) and bought some movies for me that I had been wanting:

Although, I am so touched by these amazing gifts filled with love, the best gift I received was spending the day with my fantastic four and my amazing hubby!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Three of my four children can SWIM!

Well, it looks like this is the summer that Daniel becomes a proficient swimmer. We have only been in the pool two weekends and he is already swimming with no floaties! Not bad for a 4 1/2 year old!

Not to be outdone, Gabriela is getting braver and braver when we are in the pool with her (the only time they go without floaties). Gabriela has intermittent strabismus exotropia which affects her depth perception. It sometimes makes her a little hesitant to take risks, but not here. Check her out!

Then, there is my little fish, Cristina. She started swimming last summer and just keeps getting better and better. Rene and I were laughing at her backstroke. You can tell she is obviously right handed, as her left arm does not want to cooperate.

Ironically, when we shot these videos, my oldest, Jake, was at Competitive Swim practice. I'll have to add some video from his upcoming swim meet!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pool's open...

Not much to say, I really want to catch up. I'll do it a bit at a time.

Here are some shots of the family swimming. Enjoy, they did.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


No. That is not a fashionable bracelet from one of my children for Mother's Day. Oh, no. That is a reminder of what happens when I am cutting veggies for dinner and I get distracted.

I lost the outside tip of my right thumb. To add insult to injury, I have to walk around like I am perpetually giving EVERYONE the "thumbs-up" sign. I am thinking of adding a leather jacket and slicking back my hair. I can be the FONZ. Ayyyyyy! Ugh.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The big move...

They are finally going to begin construction on our elementary school. We have been waiting for this day for about 10 years now. We will be at a temporary school site until (fingers crossed) Fall of 2009. Here are all of my classroom possessions ready for the big move....

However, I brought the piano home with me. The kids have had lots of fun making beautiful music ever since it has been home. The bad blond wood is not the most attractive, maybe I can paint it????? Suggestions?