Sunday, August 28, 2011


For the past six months, I have been training.


I have been getting back into a routine.

Working out.
Like I used to.
Back in the day.
Before the two littles came along.
I hired a trainer.
I began eating a much more healthy diet.
So far I've lost 24 lbs.
I have a long way to go until I reach goal,

but at least I'm on my way.
To celebrate our 17th Anniversary,
Mr. C and I are going to spend a
nice weekend away in
Santa Barbara

doing a Half-Marathon!

I am committed.
Or maybe I should BE committed.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Winner...or Two!!!!

So I didn't get the drawing done last night.
I kind of caught a cold from some little darling
at the kidlets' school.
But we made sure to take care of business
right after they came home this afternoon.

Since they BOTH wanted to draw a name,
I decided I'd draw two and send a pack of
Scripture Tags
to two of you!

Here is Brendan holding the basket while Katie
drew a name.
She chose...

Tania Willis!!!!!

Here is Katie holding the basket for Brendan.
Way. up. high.
She likes to make things difficult sometimes.
Brendan chose....

Kelly Massman!!!!!!
I will contact you to get your addresses and your tags will
be on their way shortly.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
I wish I could send a pack to each of you.
Oh, and Angela,
I will be contacting you to get your address.
You liked the dandelion I created with my
Silhouette, so I'm going to cut one out and mail it to you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Give-Away!!!!!

Every month a new Creative Team member
will be spotlighted on the
Ormolu blog.
August is my turn.

Along with the spotlight is a giveaway
of my favorite Ormolu product:

Scripture Tags

So, in order to be entered into the drawing for these beauties,
just leave a comment and check back after Thursday
so I can get in touch with you if your name is drawn.
The drawing will be held in one week!!!

Be sure to go to the

Ormolu Blog
to check out my scrap room
and a layout of Katie.
While you are there, be sure to check out the shop.

There are some really fabulous things there.
Happy Thursday!

Ormolu Projects

I've had a few projects posted on the
Ormolu Blog.
I thought I'd share the ones that have posted
thus far:

Give Thanks Plaque
Ormolu Products Used:
scripture tags
Vignette Dots & Spots

The Masters

(for Mr. C's office so it is heavy on pics and not overly done-up)
Ormolu Products Used:
2-Day Hooray numbers
Vignette Dots & Spots
Vignette Circle Tags
Soft Petal Circle Tags
Examiner Storyteller Cards

Mother's Day
Ormolu Products Used:
Excellence of Love Dots & Spots
Soft Petal Circle Tags
Vignette Dots & Spots
Framed Stickers
Examiner Storytellers
(including one with hidden journaling tucked underneath the title)

Trust Card
Ormolu Products Used:
Scripture Tags

I will doing a giveaway for my favorite Ormolu product!
Info will be posted later today or in the morning.
Can you guess my favorite?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Regret Free Parenting by Catherine Hickem, LCSW

Book Description
A motherhood expert teaches the seven essential principles every mom needs to confidently raise her children.
Every mother wants her children to grow up happy, healthy, and fulfilled. But reaching that destination can be full of indecision, worry, and second-guessing. Ask any mother, "Do you think you're doing a good job?" and she’ll likely give you a mixed answer. In her groundbreaking book, Regret-Free Parenting, Catherine Hickem offers seven principles for mothers to raise their children well . . . and know they’re doing it right.
With nearly thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist, speaker, women's ministry director, and founder of Intentional Moms, Catherine Hickem shows how to build respect, companionship, trust, and emotional health as well as how to usher confident, centered, and secure adults into the world. If any mother has ever wondered, Am I raising a good kid and am I doing it right? she needs the impactful teaching of Regret-Free Parenting.

This review has been a long time coming. I read the book a few months ago, but have struggled with actually writing my thoughts and opinions about it. I truly enjoyed reading it. It confirmed to me that a lot of what I am doing as a mother is "right", but that is where the struggle for me comes. Is there a "right" and a "wrong" way to parent? If parenting was cookie-cutter, wouldn't everyone be able to do it well? Maybe the author's children are different then mine or yours and they perhaps respond to methods and practices that other children would not.

I am a very intentional mother. I try to always think long-term where my children are concerned. I rarely react in anger to something they do or say. I try to explain to them why I do things so they know that I have reasons for making decisions. I try to explain the lessons they are learning about life, etc. But that does not mean my way is right and your way is wrong, and that is almost the attitude I felt the author conveyed in her book. I also have to question the fact that she used her own children for most of her examples. There were a few instances where she used another family in a story, but it was mainly her experience with her children that made up the bulk of the text. I do feel that she is a very effective mother. It appears that her children have grown into well-adjusted and productive members of society. She obviously did a terrific job in parenting them. But there are times when, no matter how "intentional" you are, and no matter how involved and loving and Christ-like you are, our children don't choose the path to where we've led them. Sometimes children even make choices and decisions to live their lives in a way that we have intentionally steered them away from, but that doesn't mean their parents weren't attentive, loving, and well-meaning.

With all of that said, I would recommend this book. I feel it would best be utilized by parents of younger children, who still have time to put into practice the things the author discusses, but I also feel any parent would benefit from reading it.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Junior Club Championship

The Junior Club Championship was August 1 & 2.

I just thought this was a pretty picture. It is a gorgeous hole.

The B-Man, Luke, and Ben waiting for their turn on the 13th hole.
I see these three playing lots of golf together in the years ahead.

On the green waiting for his turn to putt.

Bren took third place.
He didn't play his best on Monday, but came back strong on
Tuesday and shot the low round of the day.
I am so proud of him.
Not because he won a plaque.
But because his attitude is so positive.
He encouraged the kids who were struggling.
Even the day he was struggling, as well.
He didn't throw a fit or get grumpy.
He just continued to grind it out and try to get through it.
And even when he knew he had won 3rd Place,
he asked the other kids how they did
without mentioning his own accomplishment.
I admire that boy so much.

Steamboat Pics!

Water gun maze. Bren and The Mr. loved it. Katie wasn't quite as fond of it. She loved squirting people, as long as she didn't get squirted back. But we all know life doesn't work that way. ;)

Bren was thrilled to find a bronze statue of Einstein downtown.

Fish Creek Falls
We hiked up there to see the waterfall and I am so glad we did.

Bren found this sign for me.
He insisted I photograph it.
He knows his mother so well. ;)

A VERY rare photo of me.
Bren took it at Fish Creek Falls.
I may actually print it and scrapbook it.

Katie and Bren at the top of the ski slope. We took the gondola up there so we could hike. It was absolutely beautiful up there. The view of the valley was amazing.

This shirt just cracked me up. I had to share. I almost got it just for the novelty of owning it, but I knew I'd never actually wear it in public so I refrained.

Brendan's first lobster dinner.
He had eaten lobster before, but never had his very own order.