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My place to share with family & friends... pieces of my life and some sparks of creativity that come to me in between my crazy days of now! Remember that each day is a gift!

Saturday, May 31, 2008


My girl, Maddy ! She is so full of energy ! Full of life ! I just love her ! I also love Laurie Berkner ! We get excited when we hear her on Noggin network ! Her lyrics inspire me ! So, I'm doing a layout...( don't faint... yes, I think I will do a LO ) about my girl's e n e r g y ! I will post when I get it done! May even get started after posting this! Enjoy the song!

Friday, May 30, 2008

28 graduate ...Shout out to BEN !

My brother & my cousin both graduated fire academy today !
Congrats! I am very proud of them.... really wish I could've
been there to see it !


Twenty-eight firefighters from Mobile, Saraland and Atmore, of which twenty-six will work for Mobile Fire-Rescue, will graduate and receive their badges and fire helmets on Friday, May 30, 2008 after having completed approximately nineteen weeks of training at the department’s training academy. Mayor Sam Jones is scheduled to address the graduating class at the ceremony which begins at 11 a.m. at the Saenger Theatre located at 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile.

In addition to physical requirements and demands, each recruit spent over 640 hours, meeting the academic requirements necessary to become firefighters in the State of Alabama. These hours consisted of classroom studies as well as hands on training in 21 subject areas. While attending the Mobile Fire-Rescue Training Academy, each recruit met the requirements set by the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission in obtaining their Firefighter I and II certification, as well as, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Fire Inspector I certifications. All recruits also passed and received their State and National Registry license for Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B).

Those graduating are:

Mobile Fire-Rescue

Walter Anderson, Jr. Christopher L. Leytham
Derrick J. Butler Shaun R. Matone
David Calhoun Christopher A. May
Todd Culpepper Ben McAdams
Jeff Eberlein Chris Mitchum
Brian G. Fike Christopher D. Odom
Alex Hart Justin L. Parker
Mikey Hendrich, Jr. Howard J. Popple
Charles A. Hines Michael C. Riley
Raymond W. Hoven Adam B. Rothenberg
Howard E. Johnson David T. Saraceno
Leslie W. Lampe Justin R. Tillman
Jason S. Lesure Ryan J. Wilkins

Saraland Fire-Rescue

Micah Miller

Atmore Fire-Rescue

Dustin Wallace

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rainbow over Spring Mount !

Goodbye Preschool : (

Grant finished 4 yr preschool this year ! We are a little sad because it was a very close set of friends! The same kids in the 3 yr old class , all of them, were in the 4 yr class. They are all great friends with each other! We will miss his teachers so much ! They are very special people and we will miss them dearly !
Hooray for Grant ! Heading to Kindergarten in the Fall !

We love Knoebels !

A week before the Memorial Day weekend, my husband drove us to Knoebels Amusement Park! We visited here last Fall, it is a great place and very economical ! Very Family friendly ! Surrounded by gorgeous mountains ! It was a spontaneous trip , a surprise to the kids! Fun Day !

A little busy lately....

' been a little busy lately, but who isn't ! School is winding down. Baseball is wrapping up ! Alot of Spring activities ! I was creative 1 night & stayed up till 3:00 AM to complete an 8x8 graduation album for my husband's cousin. I was happy to do it, since they lost their home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. My husband's aunt & uncle, their 2 daughter's & their families have had to start a new life . Preserving memories are so important! THIS is why I'm a caffeine addict ! Other than that, just been busy !

Friday, May 16, 2008

Coffee & Clutter....

Yes, my space is cluttered! I usually have 3 or 4 project piles going on at once! This actually looks pretty good, since the surface is actually visible!

Now , onto coffee!
Yes I did get my FREE Dunkin iced coffee yesterday! ( only once free ) !
I have saved several coffee sleeves and decided to create a mini album. All I did is glue the bottoms to make pockets to hold the tags. I am calling it " The Way I See It " If you're a Starbucks fan, you know there is an opinion of some famous person or artist printed on the cups. So, I think I will use it for my coffee therapy journal! Write down all my excuses why I spend money on coffee! " The Way I See It..." # 1. I deserve It #2. I don't splurge on anything else ever
#3. I'll just drink my calories today. #4. I NEED it !
#5. I will enjoy this coffee better than made at home coffee because the kids are strapped in the carseats... aside from the fact someone else made it & served it to me, I will actually get to finish it ! On and on... I have millions of them !

So in the pics you will see ( yes, my clutter in the back ) but on the right is a silly little coffee paperbag book I made 2 years ago. All the stamps that were used to make the newest ( thanks Annette for all the coffee stamps ! Love ya girl!) And my coffee " art" cup that i doodled & decorated. On the left is the Starbucks mini
( If you're reading Stacy, do the green polka dots look familiar? left over from one of your kits in the past ! ) Oh, and back home there is a wonderful coffee house called " Carpe Diem" and my mom sent me a pound of " Southern Pecan " Yumm ! I am drinking it now.. ( thanks mom!)
So, enjoy the coffee shop song while you view!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Being Jackson........

Jackson is really into skateboarding right now. I took these the other day and the shot of him & some neighborhood friends on another day!

Isn't she the cutest ...

Isn't she the cutest... this PA girl ( gone country ) is appearing in my hometown next weekend at the Warf ( click here ) Wish I could be there!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Free Iced Coffee !!!

If you live near a Dunkin Donut... get your free coffee on Thursday !

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day Challenge...

This is a Mother's Day Challenge to all you Amazing moms ! Have someone, anyone... take as many pictures of you with your kids that day! We are always behind the camera... Capture Motherhood ! Have a wonderful day !

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Who fed me from her gentle breast,
and hushed me in her arms to rest,
and on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.

Ann Taylor

Happy Mother's Day to ALL !

Circle Journal

This is a sneak peak of Circle Journal.... but I bet those girls in AL are always sneaking peaks when Circle Journals are delivered ! lol ! I need another , so send soon girls !

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Set no limits to your imagination !

This is peak inside the mind of a seven year old! He and friends at school are in competition of how many erasers they each can collect. I fuss at him each time he pulls them off pencils here at home! But, then I laughed when he showed me this...
city of eraser people ! Funny how he drew them faces!