Friday, August 14, 2009

Jack's Shoot Photos....







Ok... so I had some fun a few weeks ago. I had a photoshoot and decided I need to do to some test shots. My dear friend Autumn shared a fun technique with me... using a "glass" surface to get a cool reflection. I also decided to fill the floor with balloons for the 1 yr old. Jack was my "test model" for lighting in all the different spots! We had fun!! Here are a few... I will post the "baby" shoot when I finish them!! Let me know what you think!! FYI... for the "real" shoot I did remove the framed pictures from the wall for reflection shots!! Thanks again Autumn... you rock!

Hugs... Janice













Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer's end and the start of 2nd grade!

Here we go again... another exciting year of school! We are so happy that Jack will be having the same teacher that he had last year... it's awesome that she moved up to 2nd grade! He jumped right in on Monday and got to his work... all his teacher had to say was "morning page is on your desk"!! LOVE IT!! Here are a few photos of Jack and Ian and Jack at his desk! We are excited that Ian is in Jack's class this year... finally!! LOL

Do you see the fun penguin on the desk next to Jack? Well, his teacher made 30 of them over the summer! She made them for each of the kids to take home and read with each night! She does an awesome reading program and "Waddles" will really help out! She Rocks!!
I will be back later to post some of my "test" shots of Jack from a photoshoot I did almost 2 weeks ago! They turned out pretty cute... I think anyhow! LOL
Until then...
Hugz!
Janice







Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What happened to June???

Wow... did June fly by or what? We have been busy here with the Vistancia Vipers Swim Team. It is so much fun! I am so proud of all the kids who have learned all the proper swim strokes, dive starts and even side breathing! Amazing!! Here are a few photos: the coaches, the 6 & under crew, a few friends and Jack!!



Have a wonderful day! I will post my June creations soon!!
Hugs!
Janice

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy May...

Hi Friends...

I know.. I know... I am BAD at updating my blog! So, let's get caught up!!

The Birthday Bash Crop was a GREAT success! It was really fun to do a challenge a day for an entire month! I actually got 28 projects completed in the month of April! Including 4 Creative Team projects! Yahoo!!




I have been super busy as "room-mom" for Jack's class! This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. We had sometime special planned each day for his teacher! The BIG surprise will some tomorrow afternoon - I will post a photo and spill it then! All the kids have done such a GREAT job of keeping the secret I don't want to take any chances! But... it's awesome!! ;)


We are looking forward to summer! Jack will be playing basketball with the YMCA team and also be part of the Vistancia swim team! We will have a fun filled summer!!


Update on me and my allergies/ear issues! My allergies seem to be getting better with the new meds... the only issue is that it make me really tired. I am hoping that when I get back to working out on a regular basis this will help! My ruptured eardrum is almost healed as well! I can tell because I don't hear myself talking inside my head so much!! LOL! Finally, I hope to get back to the gym and my home workouts on a regular basis this month! Boy, can I feel the difference!!
Hugs! Janice







Thursday, April 2, 2009

Scrapbook Doodle is turning 2...



Come join us for a month full of FUN!

We will host a NEW challenge EVERY day of the month! We have games and prizes too!!

Hope to see you HERE!

Janice

http://scrapbookdoodles.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=36

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Again... it's been too long!

Hello friends... it's March already and I didn't post a single thing in February! Doh!

Well... it was my birthday month... I celebrated my 45th with some of my dear friends for lunch and then we had a fun get together at our house that night! Here are a few layouts I did to celebrate it!






February 14th was also my dear friend Kimberly's birthday and she was here in AZ to spend some time with her kids. We were able to meet for a quick hello, hug and of course a photo!
Last night I was hangin'out skype with Jennifer and Kimberly chattin' and scrappin'! I finished my B-Day layout while we were chattin'... well, I think we were mostly gigglin'!! LOL!!
Love you Girly's!!
That's it for now!! More VERY soon... promise!!
Hugs!
Janice

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Days...

and I'm not talking about the tv show!! I'm talking about the wonderful winter weather we are having her in AZ! The last week has been just beautiful... in the mid 70's - to the mid 80's! I think we just might be getting some rain tomorrow though! Which will be great too... we need it! I'd also like to wear my jeans because all of my capri's pants and shorts are WAY too BIG!! ;) Yahoo!!

We also have A LOT of celebrating to do... The Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl!! It's a darn miracle I tell ya... and it's a bunch of fun too! The whole city is just buzzing! Kurt Warner and company will be playing the Pitts. Steelers... it should be good!

I hope to get back to some scrappin' here this weekend. We have had a long crop going on and all the girls are having so much fun! I really need to get to more challenges myself. We have been doing a little "winter cleaning" around here. We cleaned and rearranged DH's office, took down Jack's bunk beds and made them into 2 beds... his room looks so grown up now! We need to touch up the paint, get some new bedding and he will be all set!

continuing my story...
it was rock bottom, that's for sure but I wasn't going to stay there for long! I continued to go to WW week after week. Some weeks were 2-5lbs lost some were a mere - .4 to gaining 2 lbs. I learned the program, counted my points and slowly lost. But what I didn't do was change my activity level at all. The WW program "rewarded" you for exercise by "allowing" you to eat more. This never made sense to me but I didn't question the program because it was working. Spring was on its way... it was going to be bathing suit weather soon.... ut oh! What now? more to follow! (after photos too!)

Blessings to you all!
Janice


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Shine in '09

Hi Friends...
Today, I started back to the gym! Its so important for me to keep myself as a priority in the busyness of life. I so easily can get caught up in other things and leave myself out. Do you have this problem too? I have focused a lot on myself and my weight loss goal over the last 2 yrs. But... even though I have done well I know there is more I can do and people I can help along the way. Telling my story is going to be just 1 of the ways I "Shine in 09"!! This is an emotional journey so it will come in segments! I will also add hints, tips and healthy eating choices along the way! This is for my Peeps!! ;)

This is my story... I was just so tired of where I was at, how I felt and what I thought I looked like in clothes... not to mention the "at risk" health issues that were very apparent! I wanted to do nothing, go nowhere and least of all in the summer. I hid my pain and self disgust well! I got a little nudge from a friend and that was all she wrote! I decided that I AM WORTH IT! I am worth the effort to try... I am worth the effort to possibly fail... I am worth it no matter what the outcome. I decided to be take it slow... have patience and be happy with whatever I accomplished... no matter how big or how small the success! I did take it slow... but I was full committed! I started with Weight Watcher's... weekly meeting with some neighbors. I am ashamed to say that when I went with them I felt comfortable because I was "smaller"... so to me.. "not as bad" as them or others. Who knew I was so shallow?? I sure didn't... but was really ashamed at my thoughts. When I got on the scale and it read "the deadly number" I was physically ill. My heart was in my throat and I don't know how I held back the tears. I couldn't believe what it said... but I knew it was true. I also knew that the next week would be better... it had to be... this was ROCK BOTTOM!!

Love to you all... I pray you find a way to "Shine in 09"!
Janice

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to my friends and family! I really wish you all the best in 2009!

I have decided that I am going to "Shine in 2009"!! I'm not really sure what the means yet but I like how it sounds! :)

2008 recap:

I am finally back to a size 8 in pants and just about a M top!! I lost a total of 28 pounds.. and still loosing! Went shorter and darker with my hair. Traded in my BIG truck for a super cute Chevy HHR. Traded in most sweets and junk food for fruits and veggies. Gave up regular soda for diet. I worked out an average of 3 times a week for most of the year! I feel better than I have in over 10 yrs!
I went to CHA for the 1st time... met some of my FAVORITE scrappy friends EVER! Continued to be part of a wonderful scrapbooking site and a Creative Team member -
Scrapbook Doodle! Grew as a photographer with the help of my mentor Autumn. Thanks Girl! I took about 6,000 photos too! Learned a little in PSE 6.0 - thanks #2 Autumn!

Jack lost 4 teeth, grew 6 1/2 inches and gained 8 pounds. He finished Kindergarten reading well. Started playing organized sports with the YMCA and in now doing really well in 1st grade. His reading and math skills are 2nd grade 4 month levels. His favorite thing to play is his Wii game, he loves Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones and learned to ride his bike without training wheels. He is still as silly as ever...

Bob worked hard to get into good shape, loved to help coach Jack's sport teams. Taught Jack how to ride his bike, pulled out 1 of the 4 teeth... literally! Left his old (bad ) job and started new (very good) one with a 6 week "break" in between! That was no fun! He traded in some bad eating habits for some better ones too. He worked out an average of 3 days a week and really increased his flexibility. He played golf, cornhole and cards for fun with friends!!

Some extended family highlights...
Bob's mom was moved into a care home which is a wonderful thing for her. Her Alzheimer's doesn't seem to be getting worse but she really needed supervision. My mom lost her beloved cat of 18 yrs and took it really hard. She spent 3 weeks with us here in AZ to help get over it... Simone will be missed. My older sister's found their father that they have NEVER known or seen in their live. Our mom and him divorced when they were very young. It turns our Martin lives here in AZ and I was able to go with 1 sister for their meeting.. it was amazing and very special. He is a wonderful man, has a great family and is like a father to me too! We also had a few very close friends move out of state but our relationships remain close. We miss them all VERY much.

That's our year in review... now, on to 2009!!

God Bless YOU all!!