Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Violins


It is Valentine's Day 2009 and I am alone.

Where is my husband you ask? Oh---- he would be somewhere in Canada, with other Neilson men, skiing, getting massages, and soaking in the hot tub.

Surely this was a special, one time, couldn't pass it up opportunity.

But wait! Where was my husband on Valentines Day 2008?.......You guessed it!! --Somewhere in Canada, with other Neilson men, skiing, getting massages and soaking in the hot tub.

Now, where will my husband be on Valentine's Day 2010? I cannot say where his heart will be that day. Perhaps it will be dreaming of the slopes and a good massage-- but his physical presence, his actual person, had better be here WITH ME!!!

I understand the need for male bonding - but this sacrifice on my part will not extend another year! I see no reason why this weekend trip cannot be planned for any other single week out of the winter season that does not "coincidentally" happen to fall on this romantic day, that CANNOT be planned another day. (You can pretend that the week before or the week after is Valentine's Day- but it's not.)

I've said my peace. Love you sweetheart!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Scrapping Templates

I love to use scrapbooking templates. Even though I often rearrange them a little, I find they are a great jumping off point when I feel uninspired (unfortunately for me, this is most of the time).

Another thing I love is free templates! These are all over the Internet due to talented and generous bloggers. I recently came across one at just2morethings.blogspot.com. She has a lot of two-page spreads which I like because I can get a more pictures and journaling on them. Check it out!

Here's is one of her templates put to use:

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Techno Mumbo Jumbo

Slowly but surely I am figuring out all this "blah blah blah" that one needs to know in order to escape blog/web page disasters.

First- never type something in Microsoft Word and then cut and paste it into your blog post! (It turns out that Word attaches all sorts of crazy html code to your document that in turn messes up your entire blog's formatting etc.) This is what happened to my blog due to a "pasted-post" I did about a month ago.

Second- You will not be aware of this problem, as I wasn't, if you browse with Mozilla- they automatically fix the issue. You, and your fellow Firefox users, will think everything is hunky-dory and be none the wiser until an Internet Explorer friend says, "Hey, I can't see anything on your blog! It's all white without a side-bar!." Thus starts the frustration!

Third- in order to fix this you must either delete the Word-pasted post and abandon it, delete it and retype it, (losing it's archive placement and posted comments) or do what I did and painstakingly enter the offending post's html and erase all the crazy stuff added by Microsoft leaving just your words and then reattach the pictures. It's a hassle- but it does the trick!

Hopefully these tips will save some of you from making my mistakes.

Who knew?

Blog Errors

Can You See Me Now?

According to many friends, they can't see my sidebar on this blog or any of the cute page elements. (I see everything just fine on my own computer so I'm having a hard time finding the problem.)

If you are reading this, will you post a comment to let know what you see? Can you see my profile image on the right or any of the links to blogs and sites I like? Do you get an error code? What does it say?

Any ideas? I have no idea how to fix the problem

Monday, February 02, 2009

A Pinkalicious UN-Birthday.

I've always enjoyed throwing parties for my kids' birthdays. I like making the invitations and the decorations and planning treasure hunts and presents. Yet, even though I like doing them, it doesn't preclude me from my usual downfall of procrastination. For instance, last year my son's birthday party was in June, even though he was born in December! That was a full six month lapse so I guess I'm making progress being that my daughter actually turned 4 in November. That's a full three month improvement!


Laura loves the Pinkalicious book and when I saw it listed on her Scholastic Book Order form an easy party idea started brewing. I figured all I had to do was make some pink cupcakes and some pink play-dough, read the book to the kiddos, then let them play-- and call it done! So that's just what we did. It was a fun day.

(The invitation)

The go-home-goodie- a Pinkalicios book and a specially wrapped package of fruity Mentos.

Party Highlight- reading the book of course!


Some kids felt a little nervous about eating the pink cupcakes and worried they might actually turn pink!- we had some green foods on hand just in case!

My birthday girl!

I can't believe my baby is now a little girl! She is such a joy in my life. Without her I may never have become a fancypants mom- and oh how I do love the fancies!

When Laura received her baby blessing her Dad blessed that she would "be a comfort and a joy to her mother." Truly that is what she is to me. I just love her so much!

Happy Happy (belated) Birthday to my own pinkalicious, fancy girl!

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