Friday, August 31, 2007

School Dress Code

Blog Prompt: Now that school has started back here, the big issue is the dress code. Do you agree with having a dress code and if so, who should determine what it should be? Should it be the principal, the school board, the students, the parents, the state dept. of ed or someone else?

School doesn't start here until Sept 11. My children are only going into preschool but I did get a notice that they should be dressed casual. They have to wear clothing that they won't get upset if they ruin because of the art projects. Sneakers should be worn on their feet because of the playground. I got some adorable dresses for the girls from the triplet moms. The dresses all match. Like some are the same dress but in a different color. They are going to look so cute. Justin got some hand me downs as well but I still haven't had time to go through the bags and wash them all. Oops, I went off topic.

Yes, I do agree that there should be a dress code. Some girls lately have been wearing some outrageous outfits showing off some inappropriate body parts. The other day while eating lunch with the triplets in a family restaurant my girls were standing up and turning to see the people sitting behind them. I could not believe my eyes. This girl had earrings in her nose, her lip, her eyebrow and her hair was spray painted this bright red. She looked like a clown in my opinion. My children never saw anything like that so they kept standing up to look. I so hope that my children decide not to mutilate their face like that when they get older. It's a shame that that girl thinks she looks pretty that way. Opps, I went off topic again.

I think the school board should decide what is appropriate for the children to wear. It should be like voted on at a PTA conference especially if they are going to have them wear some type of uniform. My children are going to a private school but they can wear their own clothing no uniform and when they reach kindergarten they will go to a public school so again no uniforms. Since our taxes are extremely high we are using public school since we already pay for that service. I can't see paying again for a private school.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

5 Items in Our Freezer

Blog Prompt: Just call me nosy Rosy! I had to defrost my freezer this month in hopes of repairing it, which we did. It amazed me to find stuff in there that I had forgotten about! Name 5 things in your freezer right now.

1. A Loaf of Bread. Since the triplets eat regular food we go through bread like there is no tomorrow. One loaf is good for maybe 2 lunches so now we purchase 2 loafs a week and freeze the 2nd loaf.

2. A Bag of Chicken Nuggets. Well, of course, we have to have that for days when I don't want to cook I can always rely on nuggets to get us through dinner.

3. 2 Boxes of Eggo Waffles. The fastest breakfast I have found is waffles. I can pop them in the toaster. Go get the kids up and dressed and they can eat it in like 5 minutes before we rush out the door to whatever event we are doing that day.

4. A Big Box of Ice Pops. I have to purchase the large box because the triplets like to have ice cream after their dinner and with 3 eating ice pops the 12 count box just doesn't last very long. So now, I get the 24 count.

5. Steaks and Chicken. My husband likes to make stir fry meals so he tends to get those very thin steaks and chicken cutlets that are boneless and skinless.


I did this layout for a make Tracy laugh challenge found here.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Blog Prompt: Today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day. What herb(s) do you like in your food?

The only herb I can think of is rosemary. I love it with garlic on roasted potatoes. I did try to grow basil once and was using that quite often in my meals. I had the plant on top of my kitchen sink but my mom said it looked like it was dying so she threw my plant out. I need to try growing herbs again. When I purchase fresh herbs in the store I always wind up forgetting I purchased them and they go bad in the fridge. If the plant was in my face maybe I would use them more.



400 Pages and a Freebie

I am doing the happy dance. I have met my page goal for the year. Yes, 400 pages. Can you believe and I still have 4 more months in 2007 to create. My 400th page is for my son's album. I used my own kit to make this page and in honor of my meeting my goal I am going to give away my kit for free. Please leave me a comment if you download as this is my very first kit that I have given away for free so it's very special to me and I'd love to know what you think about it.

Here's the freebie that I made last month that I used in my layout above. It is 3 links because the kit was too big to upload as one link. So make sure you download all 3 downloads. You can download it free here. Hope you like it. Again please leave me a comment as I'm very excited about this kit and again it's my very first freebie kit.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

What Book Are You?

You're Pale Fire!

by Vladimir Nabokov

You're really into poetry and the interpretation thereof. Along the
road of life, you have had several identity crises which make it very unclear who you
are, let alone how to interpret poetry. You probably came from a foreign country, but
then again you seem foreign to everyone in ways unrelated to immigration. Most people
think you're quite funny, but maybe you're just sick. Talking to you ends up being much
like playing a round of the popular board game Clue.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Unexplained Illness

Blog Prompt: Describe the most serious illness you have ever had.

I really have not had any serious illness but I did have unexplained illness. What am I talking about? Well, for years we never used any protection and never wound up pregnant. We just figured it was not the right time. When we finally tried to have children it just was not working. I tried temping, timing, ovulation kits, everything. We then went to see my ob/gyn who ran some tests. Everything came back negative except for the dye test. It showed that my tubes were blocked. My ob/gyn said that I could never have children the natural way and that she could not help me any further. She sent me to a fertility specialist. They looked at my x-ray and agreed that my tubes were blocked and that in order to do IVF I would have to go under surgery to clear away the fluid that was being released from my tubes. So the big day came. I had the surgery. The surgery took longer than expected. Flipping out my husband who was so worried. When I awoke the doctor told me, "There was no blockage." What, I had surgery for nothing? My husband was so mad. Well, because there was no blockage they could not do IVF because insurance would not have covered it. They told me that I had unexplained infertility and that they would help me still but in a less expensive way. First we used clomid a drug that increases your eggs and IUI (artificial insemination). I tried this for 3 months with still no success. We then moved onto injectibles Gonal-F. We did this for one month. We had to stop taking it because I developed 3 cysts. At this point I was really getting fed up with all the testing and doctor appointments, needles, etc. and I was about to throw in the towel. I explained this to my doctor and he said that he'd like to try one more time with the Gonal-F and if still no success we'd move onto IVF. So in Jan 04 we tried again with the injectables. This was when I conceived the triplets. I had a high risk pregnancy so the poking and probbing continued for 33 1/2 weeks. I also developed gestational diabetes. That's another story for another day.

Monday, August 27, 2007


Blog Prompt: What are your 10 favorite words?

1. Hugs
2. Kisses
3. Bedtime
4. Takeout
5. Nap
6. Love
7. Creative
8. Photography
9. Blogging
10. Computers

Another CT Call

I am a member of Karla's CT and right now she's looking for shouting out for more CT members. Here's the information.

Karla’s Kaleidoscope Designs CT Call

Are you looking to join your first CT? Are you looking to join another team? I may have just what you’re looking for! I’m looking to add to my creative team.

Requirements: 2 layouts per design. Minimum of 2 layouts a month unless otherwise noted. Post to DST, Tina Williams Designs Gallery, plus one other site of your choice. Post to my CT’s Yahoo Group.

To apply email me at with a link to your best online gallery, a note about yourself and why you think my team is for you, and note any CT’s you are on now.

Please put CT Application in the subject line. You can check out my designs at or

*Call open until spots are filled

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I Would Never Give Up

Blog Prompt: One food you would never give up is...

It would most definitely be pasta. I think I have it almost every day in one form or another. I like it with butter, with tomato sauce, as a salad, with cheese etc. I like it in any form. I so hope that I don't develop diabetes when I get older because I wouldn't know what to eat. When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes and to not be able to eat bowls and bowls of pasta was torture. Imagine telling a pregnant lady you can only have one cup of pasta when it's your favorite food and you are craving it. It was torture. My other favorite food would be the baked potato. Yes, again being pregnant I wasn't allowed to eat that either. Well, only 1/2 of one was okay but how can you only eat 1/2 a potato? Being pregnant was very difficult for me. Not only did I have a high risk pregnancy and gained 60 pounds with the triplets but having the gestational diabetes was hard. Imagine if I didn't have gestational diabetes I'm sure I probably would have gained much more. Luckily I am now back to pre-pregnancy weight and the triplets are turning 3 tomorrow. Time sure flew.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Go - Go - Go


Who I last E-mailed

Blog Prompt: Name three people you last e-mailed, and why.

1. Missy. A triplet mom in my area to tell her about the up coming MOPS meeting and to ask her if she wanted some Halloween costumes for her children that my children out grew.

2. My cousin Dina. To let her know I don't have the pampered chef invitation or web address that she needed.

3. Gail (actually PM'd her) to congratulate her on making layout of the day the other day.

Oh by the way, I too made layout of the day here. Here's my layout.

Bunnies in my Yard


Friday, August 17, 2007

Mess Around My Computer

Blog Prompt: Name five things lying around your computer.

1. An empty glass. Which reminds me that I need another drink. I'm so thirsty. Be right back. That's better. Now the glass is full with ice and diet root beer.

2. A whole bunch of post it notes written on. At one point, what was written on them may have been important but they probably are garbage.

3. A bin full of papers and photos. Why do I have photos on my desk when I now do all my scrapbooking digitally? They are photos that my family members have given me. I so need to go through this bin and get them in some type of album or scan them in so I can scrap them. Also in this bin are prescription bags. I think I have every prescription in there as I never throw them away. I need to shred a lot of them as there is a lot of personal information on them.

4. Tivo remote. This is so I don't have to get off my butt to change the show on tv. I'm a bit lazy. Actually right now I don't really need the remote as I'm listening to music with my cordless headphones on. It's so nice to listen to adult music loud. Yes, very loud. I can't hear anything else but the music. It really inspires me to get things done. Love to listen to music when I'm scrapping.

5. Blank DVD disks. I bought DVD's the other day so I can start moving my digital files to disks as I'm running out of room from all the freebies I've been downloading. Which reminds me I have about 25 or more to unzip and organize. There is so many cute freebies out there that I'm like downloading every day. What type kits am I downloading right now it's mainly school type ones and whatever else is cute. I like both boys and girls kits as I can always use those.

Name this Kit and Win it Contest

BvanEsch is running a contest on her blog. Name her new kit and you can win it. Go here to enter her contest. Good luck.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Noise from Childhood

Blog Prompt: Describe a 'sound' from your childhood. What was it? When did you hear it? What does it bring to mind?

This prompt was a bit of a challenge. I sat here thinking and thinking. The only thing I could think of is music. There was always music playing in the house and also because I played some instruments. I played the guitar, the accordian, the clarinete and the hand bells. Out of all the instruments that I played I remember the hand bells the most. I would play them at church. I remember going every Thurs night for practice. Then I would play at church on Sunday and sometimes they would have a strawberry festival where we would play outside and they would serve strawberries. We also would travel to New York City to play during the Christmas holidays. I did not have hand bells to bring home so I looked forward to the Thurs night practice.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Scary Movies

Blog Prompt: August 13 is Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday. In honor of his birthday, name the movie(s) that scare you the most.

The Alfred Hitchcock movie that scared me the most was "The Birds". I first saw this when I was younger. To this day whenever I see tons of birds outside I'm afraid they are going to attack.

Another movie that scared me was the movie called "Zombie". My parents were watching it when I was little and the part where they ate people really scared me.

My Celebrity Look-Alikes

Check out this fun site where you can upload your own photo and look for celebrity look-alikes! Apparently, the generator thinks my photo most resembles Neve Campbell… yeah right! I wish that were true in real life. You can create a collage of five celebrities that most resemble your photo.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

CT - Creamsicle Mudslide

Right now Creamsicle Mudslide by Brukhart Scrapzone Designs is on sale for 3.99 at deco-pages. You can purchase it here.

Here's 2 layouts I made using the above kit.



Friday, August 10, 2007

CT for Karla's Kaleidoscope

Here's the kit I'm working on for Karla. You can purchase it here.

Here's my layout. I recolored one of the yellow papers pink to match Victoria's swimsuit.


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Got a lot of Scrapping done.

We had a brown out last night and then I had no internet access so I got a couple of layouts done while I had no internet.

The first 2 layouts are of my friend's daughter. She turned 9 this month. These were photos taken at her birthday.

My cat finding a sleeping place on my new piano.

This is my best friend Debbie. For the Race challenge I am doing they wanted a girl talk layout so I made this for the challenge.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Adult Songs

Oh my, it's been forever since I actually listened to regular music that when I heard this song Sexyback by Justin Timberlake I couldn't stop bopping to the music. It's about time I changed the song on my blog. This song just makes me want to dance. The beat is awesome. No more Barney for me!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

What Does Deco-Pages Mean to Me?

Challenge at Deco-pages is to do a layout that describes what Deco-Pages means to you. Here is my layout I made for the challenge.

KWoolery_DP_Aug 07PTP-Ribbon03
Fonts: Bookworm and Artistamp Medium

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Thank You Bonnie

My friend from South Africa (Bonnie) made the girls a beautiful pocketbook. We received them today from the mailman. The girls love them. Thanks for making my girls so happy. Here's the layouts I did for the girls scrapbook.

BvanEsch_Cardboard Graph
Fonts: Bookworm and Kids

Falling in Love 2003


CT LO for Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

This is the kit I am making layouts with for Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. You can find this kit here.

This is the first layout I made using this kit. This is of Victoria and her cousin at Sesame Place. Font used is Bookworm.

Beaded Alphabet

I went crazy searching the web for these beaded digital alphabets. They are the cutest things. Can't wait to use them. If anyone else is looking for them. I finally found them here for $2.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Found Money

Blog Prompt: How would you spend a found $20 bill?

Really only $20? That doesn't buy you much these days. It certainly couldn't even pay one of our bills. Okay, maybe it could buy us 2 packages of pull-ups that we so need like tomorrow. These kids are going through diapers like there is no tomorrow. I so need to get them in underpants and potty trained but I just don't want to deal with the extra laundry. I am already behind in laundry. Mom hasn't come in over 2 or 3 weeks now. She used to help me out but now that summer is here well, she just loves the summer. The heat, pool, boating, beach, etc. I just haven't seen her and I'm drowning in chores.

But seriously, I probably would purchase some more digital kits. I am such a collector. There are so many kits out there for free but some kits that you have to pay for are certainly worth it. Check out this cute kit I just purchased.

You can find it here. I'm such a sucker when I find such cute kits. Maybe it's because I have small kids to scrap for. There were others that I wanted but this one I just had to have. I really had to limit what I could purchase as funds have been very low lately. I certainly need to stay away from the digital stores.

On another note, I could certainly stop in Walmart and pick up a few things. Why, oh why do they have the children's clearance rack right next to the diapers? I am such a sucker when it comes to this. I am always checking the rack out. Just the other day I got 3 cute short set outfits for the girls that had Dora on them. It was both the shirt and skirt for only $3. You cannot beat that at all. I did get them in a size 3T though and they are a bit big on the girls so I just pinned the skirt/short. The girls loved them since they have Dora's all over them.

Karla's Blog Challenge

Backyard Buganza is 60% off, Create and Collect Event!

Karla is running a Create and Collect Quickpage Event now through August 7th at her blog. You can pick up Backyard Buganza for just $2.38 during the challenge. That's right you get her fun new kit that includes 20 textured background papers, 4 tags, 3 weathered wood signs, 2 pieces of weathered wood. 1 weathered wood star, 3 beetles, 4 butterflies, 4 badges, 1 id. tag, 1 magnifying glass, 1 butterfly net, 7 frames, 3 ribbons, and 1 rock border for just $2.38. What a steal! This kit is inspired by her son's sense of adventure and love of the backyard. This kit is perfect for both masculine and feminine layouts when scrapping those great outdoor shots.

Here's two ploppers I made for the challenge. You will receive these if you participate along with tons of others from our CT team and others who participate.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ideal Picnic

Blog Prompt: If you could plan the ideal picnic for your family, what would it look like? Be sure to include the following: Food, Location , Activities.

The ideal picnic. Let's see. It certainly would not be today. It was over 100 degrees. My air conditioning couldn't even keep up. At one point my house reached 80 degrees and I had it set for 74! This humidity is crazy. So anyway, the ideal picnic would be where the temp is about 70 with a little bit of a breeze. It would be at a shady park location. Especially where the children can play. It needs to be in the shade so they can go on the slide without it being extremely hot for them to sit on it.

All 5 of us would attend. My husband would suggest the picnic. I hate suggesting things all the time. Not only that he would be willing to go. Not as if I dragged him. I hate when he goes somewhere and I drag him because then it's really not enjoyable.

We would have this big blanket to lay on the ground. Big enough for all 5 of us to sit on. The picnic basket would be filled with all sorts of yummy foods. The kids would, of course, have their favorite - Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and they would have all sorts of snacks including strawberries and chips. To drink we would have iced tea and Diet Coke. Both my husband and I are not alcohol drinkers so the soda would be good for both of us.

The kids would not fight and they would play on the swings and slides without any assistance from me and their daddy. This leaving me and my daddy alone for some quite time, of course, watching them from sitting on the blanket. Maybe even catching some smooches.

The day would end without any tantrums that they had to leave. Lately, everywhere we go the tantrums start because they don't want to leave and are having a great time. It really ruins it for the next possible outing.

Creative Team

I was accepted for another Creative Team. I will be designing for Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. Stay tuned for some really cute layouts using her kits from me.

SNL29 - ABC's

SNL29 (Saturday Night Live) is all about abc's this month. You sign up for a letter and then you create a quick click for that letter and whatever else you want to make. Here is the quick click I just completed. My letter was S. Here are the colors this month. Find out more information about this challenge here.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

August Challenges

It's August. Time for new challenges. Complete 4 challenges and receive kit below. Find out more details here.

August - Club Deco Kit

Can't believe it's August already. The new Club Deco kit is so cute. The theme for August is Country Potpourri. Check out some of the kits below. Cost to join is $36 for the year. Or you can get a 3 month trial for $15. If you decide to join in the comment section please note that I referred you (mom2triplets04) as I get a referral credit. Join this club here. You certainly will not regret it.