Sunday, April 19, 2009

Catching my breath



The last two weeks have been a blur for me. I had no idea all the 'stuff' you had to do when someone died. I am so very grateful for all the wonderful family and friends that have been there to guide me, advise me, make me laugh, and to lend me a shoulder to cry on. It has not been easy, but I can't imagine making it at all with out all these wonderful people! I have stacks and stacks of beautiful cards from friends all over the country....and some from people I don't even know! It is amazing to me the outpouring of love that has come to my family. Thank you!! Here is a picture of my parents and my siblings. I can't remember when we have every been all together at MY house. It was a treat.
This last week, we were in Arizona for the burial of my husband. I decided to bury him in Taylor, AZ because my ancestors settled that part of Arizona and several of them are buried in that same cemetery. Besides, when and if the kids and I move that way, we will be able to visit his grave. Taylor is 3 hours away from most everyone that came to the service. We had quite a group there. The wind was incredible! I think a few of the people that came were actually blown home afterward. wow!

After we did the ceremony, we went to the local LDS church for a light luncheon and visiting. I was really treading softly to avoid crying my eyes out. It was tough, but good friends helped me through. My friend Michelle drove from California the day before, 6 hours! and then the 3 hours more to Taylor. She is the best! I hung out with her and Kimber at the luncheon. Dear, dear friends. After the luncheon, we went back to see the filled in grave. The wind was brutal, and cold, and filled with sand. I went out for a quick peek and Ben ran after me. I explained to him that under the dirt was daddy's body, but his spirit was up in heaven with Heavenly Father. He looked at me and said, "He'll be alright.". No doubt in this little guy that his daddy would be fine. It was such a comfort to me. I am so grateful for my children. They are the best!



We spent the night in Holbrook....check a map...I dare ya! It will be just a speck! then we headed home to my sister's house. The kids had a good time with their cousins, especially riding on their quad. What a treat! They rode for hours.





My sister's house was also fun because she actually has chickens! Doesn't live on a farm or anything, just has chickens in the back yard. I'm not sure how impressed Mae was of this one...they are huge! I guess my brother in law knows how to keep them in line. He is the 'rooster.' LOL He is actually letting the chicken grab his ring, but it sure looks like he is treatening her!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bradley


Sunday, my best friend died. My sweetheart of 20 years died suddenly from diabetes. We didn't know he had diabetes. It came quick and took him from me.
Brad was more than just my husband, he was my best friend. I relied so very much on his strength to guide me and my children through this life. I admit I feel a bit lost without him, already. I had planned on much, much more time with him.
Brad and I met on January 28th, 1989. We were both at a nightclub for under age night with our friends that had dragged us there. We were both ready to leave when we were talked into one more dance. That dance changed our lives. We hit it off right away and danced the rest of the night. In face, we were together from then on. I remember that after that night, I waited all day for his call. It was love right away for me. I felt something I had never felt before and knew that he was the one for me. We dated for six months before Brad went to Texas to go to school. We talked a lot on the phone, and I went to visit him once in the fall. We would have wonderful, long conversations on the phone regularly and decided somewhere along the way that we wanted to get married.
Brad suprised me in December by coming home to visit. It was a Monday. We spent the week together and on Friday night, after a movie, he proposed to me. We were married the next Thursday, on December 28th, 1998.
Brad always made sure he took me on a date every Friday night. Things would sometimes come up and we would switch to another night in the week, but...we didn't miss many dates. It was a priority to him, and to me. We could fight all week, but on Friday....all was well. The song, "Friday, I'm in Love", by The Cure, was definitely our song. He brought me flowers regularly and told me I was beautiful all the time.
Brad was a great dad. He enjoyed playing with his kids, especially when they got old enough to play games with strategy. He taught them how to think things through and to prepare for the future through the games they played.
Brad actually 'caught' 4 of our 6 children. We had them at home, just the two of us. He would read me Shakespeare and play Mozart while I labored. It was a beautiful thing.
I remember best how Brad's eyes would light up when I walked into the room. He always showed me that he loved me. I am a very blessed woman to have had such a wonderful man in my life. I will miss him SO much.
I am so grateful for all the wonderful people that have shared their love with me and my children as we go through this hard time.
It is comforting to me to know that my family has been sealed in the temple and that I will be with my husband again. We will all be together again. I look forward to that day.

Friday, April 3, 2009

BC Challenge #93

This week was a busy one for me with a sick husband, "teenagers", and field days. The weather has been awesome for the outside time. Cloudy, with a hint of wind and fairly cool. I can't complain!
This week our blogger challenge was a sketch. I tried to paste it here but got frustrated so...you don't get to see it. But you do get to see my cards! I did two because I really enjoyed the sketch. It was for a long card and I still had some of these long notes in my envelope drawer, just dying to be used! This first one is made with baja breeze paper (but I'll use that long note envelope), cut to 6-1/2 square and folded. I stamped the butterfly from Good Friend (available now!) with Baja breeze in the background, layered a strip of DSP and Chocolate chip and then added the focal point with dimensionals. The hardest part of this little card was cutting out that cool frame around the quote. I hear myself thinking the things my customers say...."I want a punch for every stamp!" LOL seriously...we would all be completely broke then! Wait...I already am! bummer! Anyway, ....
This next card actually uses a guava long note. I added DSP along the bottom and the wide grosgrain across the middle. Since the card opens on the left, I used sticky strip to adhere my ribbon to the front instead of cutting a hole and wrapping it around the front of the card. Uses less ribbon this way too. I used the small oval punch along with the new scallop oval punch (totally cool!) along with this new set from the new mini catalog. The ,metal flower on the bottom right is one of the awesome flower brads. These things are hefty! Very cool! I wanted the focal point to be a bit bigger so I used the white gel pen to add dots around the top half of the oval.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ethan's field day


April first was Ethan's field day and he did great! He was in a lot of events but I think his best one was the tug of war. He had the great honor of being the anchor for his class team! They did amazingly well! There was an uneven number of teams so their class ended up having to pull three times instead of only two. They were beat! They ended up with second place. I think they did great! This is how Ethan looked after all his pulling. Pretty tuckered out!



r x 4

No, that isn't a math thing...I'm talking about my siblings and myself. We are all R's. Rebecca, Robert (Rob), Rachel and Rhea. My parents and also R's. Robert and Reba. I always thought that was kind of fun. When we went to Jester's for my dad's birthday, they got a good laugh out of all of us R's. Especially when my brother in law "Roger" said his name. You can imagine...
I scrapped these photos Tuesday night and kept looking at them....do they need more? But I decided to just go with them as they were.
The background paper is from Cosmo Cricket and I love the rugged simplicity of it. The only problem is...I am SO used to using Stampin' Up! paper and being able to coordinate my colors....it is hard with other papers. The closest color I could find to go with this was Barely Banana and Chocolate chip. I think it works. I added some Rusty Pickly rick rack...honeslty just because my mother HATES rick rack. Even saying the word makes her cringe. So, what would be better on a picture of all of her kids? LOL The swirly and the smile stamps are from Becky Higgins, the clear flowers from Heidi Swapp, the metal tag from...memory makers I think, and the chip board letters/numer are from various places. They were all actually patterned on the front but I sanded them off and inked then with a chocolate chip craft pad. The rhinestone brads are Stampin' Up!. I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch the hole in the flower and then used my paper snips to poke a small slit in my background paper so I could put the brad through and not have the prongs showing from the front.
These photos are from a year ago when I went to Arizona with Thorin for his cousin Jake's birthday. They have close birthdays so it was a treat for them to be together. Jake had come her for Thorin's birthday too.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Field day

This week is field day for the elementary and Jr high schools here. I love field day! It is always an adventure. The kids sign up to compete in different 'events' such as the three legged race, 440yd , 100yd dash, wheel barrow, mash relay, and the coveted balloon toss. Ben had field day on Monday but his teacher didn't tell me so I missed it. :o( I hear he had a hard time picking a class to participate in so....there it is.
Sarah had her field day yesterday and she did great! She is our athletic one. She did the wheelbarrow, mash relay, balloon toss and the cross country. I think she stressed about that last one all day. It was a LONG run....like 1/2 a mile or so, and by the time the event came, the light drizzly rain and cloud coverage had decided to leave. So, she had to run in the fresh hot sun. Sarah does not do well with the heat. She gets overheated really easy. So, between that and her stress about the race, she was 'done' after she ran. I was SO impressed tho! She kept a good even pace the whole way around! She came in about 5th out of 12 I think. Not too bad! I think I would have died half way. (but I'm working on it!)
Here she is after her race, all tuckered out. After this I stole her away inside to cool off in the library. Do you know that she immediately went to the computer and started researching for her Otter report? What an awesome kid! I would have collapsed and took a nap!

I grabbed a few minutes to scrap the other day. I had some pictures I had recently gotten developed from when we went to the Zoo earlier this year. In case you are wondering, I usually order my prints online from where ever sends me a great deal. I think these are from shutterfly. They are quick and usually only about 2cents a print on sale. I also frequent Clark color labs and even Walgreens when they have a sale.
This is a pretty basic layout. The bottom half is Saleabration DSP, torn, with 1/4" circles along the edge. I stamped the animals and cut them out and mounted them along the bottom of my journaling box. I really liked these pictures so I didn't add a lot to detract from them.
I have a nother layout to share tomorrow so be sure to check back!