Saturday, October 31, 2009


I know, I know. I already posted this layout that I did for Bella Blvd. But since my grandma is truly my hero, I figured she deserved another post. This woman traveled to California when I was a year old to take me back to Milwaukee with her after learning my mother, a pregnant mother of four, was just diagnosed with cervical cancer. I lived with her for a year, until the rest of my family could re-join us. For the next ten years to follow, I stayed with her on and off when my mom would receive cancer treatments. Once my mom died, a couple weeks after my eleventh birthday, I pretty much stayed with her on weekends. We would talk, and talk , and talk until all hours. She would tell me many stories, and I loved listening, even if I had heard it before. So many nights we'd stay up playing Scrable, Rummy 500, and many other games.

As I got older, our relationship grew even stronger. I could talk to her about anything. We would talk every night on the phone, and I remember every New Years Eve (when I wasn't with her), I would call her a minute or two before midnight and we'd do the countdown into the new year.

My one regret is that my children will never be able to experience such a bond with their Grandmother. But for now, I hold all those wonderful stories deep in my heart, and share them when I get the opportunity. And , of course, that's what scrapbooks are for!

On Halloween, in 1995, it was my grandmas 85th birthday, and the whole family went over to her house that year, and every Halloween to celebrate. All the kids would be in costume and she loved seeing everyone. On this particular morning, I was talking to Grandma, and she told me that she never, ever dressed up for Halloween. Well, I just wasn't gonna hear of that, so I quickly made a witches costume, and got over to her house early. She dressed in the costume, and as the various families arrived, she greeted them at the door. When Alyssa saw her, she said, "Grandma, you already have a real witches' nose!" Oops...but Grandma had such a great sense of humor, it made her laugh so hard. The picture looks a little scary, but I think it was the angle... oh well, witches are supposed to look scary anyway!

Happy Birthday, Grandma! I love and Miss you!!!

That's Alyssa as Princess Jasmine

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Next to Christmas, Halloween is definately my favorite holiday. It's just such a fun holiday where you can pretend to be anything you want to be. I love all the scary decorations, the spooky marathon weekends on TV...speaking of that, can I just say, the Exorcist is still the scarriest movie of all time to me. I watched it the other night and even though it was cut, it freaked me out. I remember seeing it for the first time back when I was 15 years old. My good friend Claudette and I snuck into the theater (you were supposed to be 17). I thought my older brother was exaggerating when he came home from seeing it and drank a whole bottle of holy water. From that point on , I knew I had to see it. Well, after the movie, we went back to her house and neither one of us would sleep in the bed and I was begging for some holy water! Scary movies freak me out, but I'm still drawn to them! Anyway...

...another thing I love about halloween is pumpkin carving! Tonight Me, Paul, Kelly, Alyssa, and Jose carved some kick butt pumpkins...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What a Great Weekend!!!

I just love getting together with friends!! We had such a great time talking, laughing, and oh yeah, scrapboking! I have to say, I was also enlightened and a bit educated thanks to Angie, Donna and Stephanie...I learned more than I needed to about triangles and "Q" words, and saw some pretty wierd videos... but I think that's all I can say about that.
Anyway, here's a few layouts that I managed to get done; Daycare kids, of course...
Nicholas and Dylan


Nicholas and Dylan

Pretty Coraline

And here are some projects I did for Bella Blvd. recently;

My very special Grandma, whom I miss soooooo much!
Cute little guy, Dylan!

My Sweet Gracie!

and a wreath using the flowered paper from the Honey, I'm Home line.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"C" is for Cookie!

So...every once in a while we have a special day here at my daycare. This week we focused on learning the letter "C". In honor of that, I decided to have a cookie exchange, where each child brought in different kinds of cookies to pass out to their friends. All the cookies were great and might I say, extremely Delicious, and most were homemade which made them extra special. I just had to share these unbelievable, extra yummy goodies that Dylan brought in. Let me tell you, these were a frosting lovers' dream! Thanks Dylan!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Alyssa and I kicked off this past weekend getting pedicures Friday night. Normally I love to do this and it usually takes about an hour, but wouldn't you know on a night where we had other plans the place would be empty so we got extra special treatment. Two hours later we walked out of there, almost making us late for a movie. We picked up Jose and went on to see Toy Story 1 and 2 in 3D. These are two of my favorite Disney movies (I have many), so I just had to see them. They did a pretty good job of converting the movies into 3D.

Saturday morning I went to see Matthews soccer team beat the pants off the other team!! These kids are so cute, playing their little hearts out. But of course Matthew was by far the cutest!

Saturday night we went out to dinner and drinks with Bob and Carole, and then back to our house to play some cards. I love spending fun times with good friends!
Then Sunday it was off to Oconomowoc for Rebecca's 7th (golden) birthday. It was an American Girl birthday if I ever saw one. I can't believe my little niece is already 7 years old. Where does the time go??