Thursday, June 30, 2005

Think Positive....

There was a post tonight at peas, a coffee talk by Mojito called "you can't handle the truth" This is what she posted....

you can't handle the truth.... yeah, we make fun of this line all the time...but you know, it is a powerful statement. handling the truth - some of us do it well and some of us run screaming in the other direction the truth is: not every scrapper who decides to submit their work based on friends/pea praise will be published. not every published scrapper will go on to bigger/better things just because your work was not chosen does not mean it isn't "good enough"...just not what they were looking for sometimes people will take advantage of others and not everyone in the scrap industry is kind and nice. every once in a while you will look at a scrapper who has "made it" and ask yourself "Why?" why her and not me? my stuff is better than that, etc. sometimes dream dt's go bad the truth....can you handle it? have you had to handle any truths in your scrapping?

Here is what I answered with....

Hmmm lets see (very good topic, makes you think... Rejection Is very hard to go through, it makes you question everything, when I start going through the list of why's and how comes and the questions like you stated in the OP, I start to question myself, Is this why I scrapbook? I feel guilty for thinking somethings, other times I think I can be to hard on myself, Scrapbooking is something I love, I should not let it upset me when I am rejected (not winning a contest, DT spot, etc) but then I am only human too. I have been rejected before and told my work is intermediate and that is why I did not make a team or because I already was on another team that another place wanted "fresh" people, not people who have other commitments. All these things I just need to take in as learning experiences, But that sometimes can be so very hard when it is rejection after rejection.I am really trying, I spent sometime (while cleaning up the house I let go the past couple days while I sat here waiting to see if I would get an email or two) It might not be so much as a rejection but more like a stepping stone?!, so I did not make a team or get published in a magazine this week, I will continue to work hard for my goals, maybe I need to push myself a little more, and I just have to keep trying, If something is meant to be it will find me. I just need to stay positive about it all.

So this is me, I am going to try and stay positive and stop doubting myself, and try and reach my goals as far as where I want to take my scrapbooking :)

I also came across a really good thread with a TON of good links inside that talk all about scrapbooking, getting published, Design teams, what mags want etc etc etc, here is the link... ***PUBlic LIBRARY*** LINKS TO GREAT THREADS, TIPS ON GETTING PUBLISHED, FAQ'S...

LOL okay I am really going now :)

Night,

Nikki

Rains it pours (what a tough week)

So Dustin got set hours at work last week, so his set hours are 7:30-4 and off on the weekends, it has been so nice for all of us. Well, he went to bed at 9pm last night, I heard his alarm go off at 6am this morning, then the second alarm at 6:15, well he kept hitting snooze. :( At 6:58 I woke up and felt him laying next to me still, so I shook him awake and said HURRY UP you are running, he was up super fast, got dressed, made coffee and was out the door, I told him to drive safe. So I went to check on the boys then layed down on the couch were I guess I fell asleep, well at 7:30 I am woken up to the sound of keys and the door opening, my heart sunk! For sure I thought he was fired.

Well he comes in a tells me that on his way out the door he dropped his cup of coffee all over him and the floor outside our apartment door, then he hit everylight, he comes apon a stop sign a stop short and took off, well a police man saw him to a short stop and followed him, he finally pulled him over a few blocks up the road, said whatcha in a hurry for? you late to work? Dustin told him yes, Dustin said he was a nice guy but he wanted to sit and talk about CA since he found out that is where we are from when he asked Dustin if he was from around here,He got a ticket. finally he said his nerves were shot and he turned around to come home to use the phone to call work to let them know he would be running a little late now.

When he called me later the stupid phones would not work (we have crappy cordless phones) so He could not tell me what happened. I do know if he gets one more late he will be suspended. He just works so hard with both jobs that it makes him so tired. Poor guy, he does the best he can! I need to get with it and finally finish my page kits for ebay, I love the way the first kit turned out but this last one I just don't like :( I have been depressed and it shows in my work. I did get 6 loads of laundry done and folded today so that was good, and late afternoon I cleaned the whole house so there is not much to do tomorrow but work, that's a plus :)

Lets see what else happened today??? oh I finally watched that movie "White Noise" Boy did that movie freak me out lol SCARY! Oh I also got an email from paper posies, I did not make the DT :( It has been a tough week in the scrapbooking department for me this week. On a good note I did Finally submit layouts to BHG SB ETC :) I have always been afraid to, just think my stuff would never get picked up by them, but finally took the steps today, so we will see :) (fingers crossed) Okay I better get going, I have to put the boys to bed and finish some work.

Nightie Night

Nikki

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Funny like that

Woke up to more drama today, I have now decided that this whole week is just bad luck I guess! Please someone explain to my WHY my family can't ever get a break???? When will we ever be happy? I am so depressed! When the crap hits the fan it REALLY hit's it! I am going to try not to dwell on it to much or I won't be able to get anything done but I just pray to God that things will finally start looking up for my family, for my husband who deserves a break and peace of mind that he is working hard for his family, for my boys who deserve the world! As for me all I ask is for the strenghth to get my job done the next couple days!

Well the scrapbook trends October "halloween" calls went out today and I know I should not have put so much in to it but I honestly thought I would get published in it :( I have always wanted to be in a halloween magazine (october issue) or ideabook. These issues are the only ones I get each year of ALL the Scrapbook magazines out, it's my favorite time of year, it always makes me happy, the smells, the colors, the feeling I get. God I wish it were fall/october now :(

I am starting to regret moving to ID, believe me I love it so much but we have just been struggling so hard with money, family and our marriage. I want to be in CA, where I am close to my family, I miss getting out, having a break, saturdays with my mom, dates with Dustin everything. Since moving here yes of course we are living in a bigger, nicer apartment but all we both do is work, there is no time left for US. I wish I made smarter choices for my family back when we started, I wish I saved more money and kept my job longer, I wish while we were in CA I did have a job because there were always someone in the family I could trust to watch the boys. Why did I not do this? There are so many things I wish I could have done differently the past 5 years, maybe it would have been better where we are now. I feel so useless to my family, I should be doing more!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Bad mood today!

I woke up in a good mood. But then I got on line and my mood quickly changed. I think I need to stop getting online at all during the day and only reading emails and other things at night. That way I don't spend the whole day dwelling on them and feeling like such a loser! I am in that funk today where I feel worthless! Not good enough! I admit it, I am a very insecure person and I let way to many things bother me, but today was just to much, it was the day all the crap just added up! I have been hit with so much today it is hard to sit here without crying. I better go lay down for a while I have a huge headache, I will explain more later, but not feeling up typing it all out right now

Monday, June 27, 2005

Sunday afternoon with the Inlaws

You ever wake up and know that today is not a good day to go visit people? Well this is how I felt yesturday (for a while anyways) We had plans yesturday to go to the Lake. I invited my FIL and STEPMIL to go with us. Well we called them around 11:30am to see if they were still up to it, it was suppose to rain in the late afternoon but looked sunny and nice outside at 11:30 not to mention it was already 86 outside. Well they did not want to go, and some how OUR plans for still going to the Lake foiled when they asked DH if we wanted to just spend sometime there. So at first I said no, because I have so much EBAY work to do, so I said that DH and the boys should go. DH said it would only be an hour or so and that he wanted me to go, so I said okay. Well we get there and the boys are outside with FIL and the dogs and I am in the kitchen talking to STEPMIL. She starts talking about this BBQ we are all having next Monday for July 4th, Okay hold up WHAT? What BBQ? First off we have plans already to go to this firework show downtown that we went to last year with the boys (who LOVED it!), we were making it one of our Idhao Family traditions. Well when I told her that she was so angry with me! She went on about how She told DH about it last week and that she took the day after the 4th off ,etc, etc. (Might I add that this kinda thing seems to happen alot! If we have our own family plans, we could have them for months, if they want to do something with us even if they know we have plans we ALWAYS have to change them, and to me this makes me feel like we are still 12 years old and are being told what we can and can't do! They had their family to raise with their family traditions, sure it is nice to get together with family on certain occasions, and occasions you agree on to do together, but the way I was made to feel yesturday, the way I was yelled at was ridiculous. When do we get to be adults and get to make decisions on our own? We are grown adults! I am so thankful that my parents treat us like adults! My parents always ask us first if we have plans and ask us BOTH if it is okay before anything is "for sure a go-ahead".

Well I was pretty upset about the way I was treated, so I went outside with the boys and DH. We were out there for a while running around the HUGE backyard. Finally we went into the first yard in the back (this one is the one that holds the patio set and grassy area) The boys played on the grass and Dustin and I sat there with FIL. after a while DH and Fil went into the house to pick some music to turn on and that is when I heard STEPMIL and DH talking about the BBQ and stuff on July 4th. She was so mad! She was like "so I hear you guys are doing something else on the 4th, well that is fine go do what you have to do, but I did take the next day off just for you guys and the BBQ etc etc, then I hear well SHE SAID you guys have plans"
So DH tells her well you said we could have a BBQ here, so I was just planning for us to come to the BBQ, spend sometime with you guys and then later we (our family) could head to the firework show (I would also like to add that I also mentioned this when I spoke with STEPMIL in the kitchen earlier, even asked if she and FIL would like to come with us to the show and she snapped at me "well We don't like to take long drives" okay well that is new to me but whatever!).

Well later that afternoon it was finally agreed that we would do the BBQ, then in the evening drive down to the fireworks show all together and then drive back to their house for fireworks. This is okay with me (although I already know something will happened and more then likely it will not end up this way :( ), But I also would like to add that this crap drives me crazy! WHEN WHEN WHEN Will we ever be able to have one flippin holiday to ourselves to do what we want, to make our own family traditions?

Anyways, I did not bring my camera yesturday because I thought it was just going to be a quick visit, but I really wish I would have. The boys played in the mini pool they bought for them ,and to bathe the dogs in :{ they had yummy orange cream icecream bars that would have been great to take pictures of lol. After a while things got better, but I am still upset with the way I was treated etc. We came home and DH, who's back had been sitting in the sun was as red as a lobster (poor guy) and a couple of spots on Aidan were red, were we missed putting sunscreen on lol.

Today is rainy, a couple times this morning I was awoken to LOUD SUPER LOUD thunder that scared me lol. I plan to spend the day working on ebay stuff, We could really use the money right now! Okay I better get back to work.

Have a great day and I will TTYL

Nikki

Saturday, June 25, 2005

WOWIE What a day! CBX and Christy Tomlinson



I woke up early today, I was so darn excited to get this day started. I watched the movie "Wrong Turn" (scary movie, I was on the edge of my seat) and I also chatted online for a while. I finally got up, took a shower and got the boys ready for the day. We drove all the way out to Boise (lol see that I made it sounds like it was 100's of miles away but really it is only about 18-20 miles from here, not to far and that is where Dustin works "costco") so I could go to Cut' N Paste to meet Christy Tomlinson (Most of you all know how I feel about her :) I even have her name in my DT BIO at WSD) and get more CBX paper "dorm room" since I ran out of my stash on my two latest layouts. So we get there and right away Austin is demanding McDonalds lol, it has been about two months since I last had fast food (not including milkshakes, I have had a couple of those (blush blush lol) so I say that is fine they can all eat there and I will just get a Cobb salad when we get home. So Dustin gets austin a happymeal and aidan a chocolate milk. Well we pull up to Cut'N paste and get the boys out of the car, OPPS big surprise, Aidan has chocolate milk all over his blue shorts soooo we have to change him into a pair of sweat pants that were the "in case of am emergency" stash of clothes we keep back there. So now we are off. Now this is one of my favorite scrapstores and my kids know it all to well lol. Right when we get inside a couple of the gals tell me what a cutie Aidan is lol (he gets lots of attention he is such a ham lol) and Austin asks me right away "Mommy I want to go into the kids room" lol so he is pulling me through the store fast, so fast I get a very quick peek around and see Christy at the make and take table in the front of the store. GOOD she is here YAY! So I get Austin in the room, there was this gorgeous little girl in there, maybe about Aidan's age? so he goes over to the toys, I turn around and start to make my way back up to the front of the store and I see Dustin and Aidan, so I turn back around and go back to the kids room with them to put Aidan inside who was looking for his big brother. So now it's just me and Dustin and I start getting nervous about meeting Christy. So we head over to the Chatterbox paper, I go crazy over there lol, this is the first time Dustin is with me as I shop lol he usually goes next door with aidan to the hobby shop (his model cars and airplanes) and I keep austin. So he is watching me lol and you know what he says "Dang SLOW DOWN girl" LMBO I know I was blushing, he says "it's a good thing I am here to help you stay in the budget" LMBO he was playing of course, teasing me about "Going wild" lol I only got 18 sheets of CBX and it was all mostly Dorm room lol, a couple powder room and other lines for ebay kits. Oh yeah I forgot as I walked into the store there was a table that had the BRAND new not out yet CBX book "Substance of life" Ideabook so of course I got one of those :). So finally after circling the store twice making sure I was not forgetting anything else I might want I went up to the cashier, from there I could see the make and take table, whatever it was they were making looked good from there, wish I( could have joined in. So I start getting rung up and the cashier asks me to take one of the tiny pieces of paper out of this tin bucket, so I do and she says what ever is inside will be your discount on this purchase, COOL! so I open it up and it says 40% off (eyes popping out of my head now lol) so the paper ended up being free lol and the book was a $1 off thanks to the 40% off YAYAYAYAY! So the purchase was only $20.11. (I think the book had a discount on it to but not sure). So before she hands me My stuff I lean in and ask whispering lol "is it okay to take pictures with Christy?" (in my head I am thinking would it be rude to ask? I have'nt seen anyone else take any, do these people know who that is LOL ;) ) she smiles and says yes of course, I am sure she would not mind. So then I start heading out towards the front of the store with Aidan, Dustin had to take Austin to the potty (he is a big boy now potty training is over and he is doing good) so I am standing at the door and the owner of the store "Lori" comes up and was so sweet (all the gals who work here are so sweet! so friendly, it's awesome!) She tells me she hopes I had a great time in the store and that is when I ask again lol do you think it would be okay to take a picture with Christy lol, right away she says YES, I am sure it would be, so she goes and tells Christy (who is behind the bookcase that holds the books and magazines) and I here Christy say "oh yes that would be wonderful" and she comes around the corner and shakes my hand. Let me tell you guys, I had no idea what to expect, here is someone I have admired for so long and she is right in front of me and she was soooooooooooooooooo sweet! and very friendly. She had her friend take the pictures for us. So I pulled my Camera out (Digital Rebel 6.3) and handed it over. The gal said "hey Christy this looks just like your camera" and Christy says "it is mine, well not mine but the same brand and model" we all laughed. So the gal pushes the button and the flash popped up, she said she was going to take another, so she did and Christy says how about one more because I don't think the first one worked, I think it was just the flash popping out (if you own a DR then sometimes when you push the picture button (and the camera is on auto) then the flash will pop out with the first push because the camera knows there is not enough lighting) so I got two pictures with Christy. Of course when I viewed them later my hair looked aweful lol, I did not run my fingers through it so it parted in the middle and I tucked it behind my ears (YUCK) lol so I looked like a DUDE :( but Christy looked Fabulous! After the picture she asked if I was going to go do the make and takes, I said I wish I could but had the boys and dh with me so could not stay long, so she said hold on one minute and went over to the table,When she came back she had two baggies with her and said it was the make a take project (wow and I got two :) YAY lol) then she went back to get a sample of what it should look like assembled and she went through the deals on how to make it. That was so sweet of her! We chatted a little more and then she had to get back to the table, so we said goodbye. I am so thrilled that I got to meet her! Someone I have Admired for so long. And I am so excited Dustin was with me lol, last year when we moved to ID, on the day we drove all the way from SJ california to ID in the moving truck we talked about things that would be great about Idaho, this was our first BIG move, he talked about being close to his dad, having a good job etc, and honestly all I could say was I hope one day I get to meet Christy Tomlinson and Melody Ross, and of course I wondered if they gave Tours of the CBX offices lol ;) So yes girls dreams do come true ;) (lol only I never thought about meeting her at a lss, I firgured I would see her at a grocery store or gasp walmart lol ;) This was just so awesome!!!! Okay well another cool this is when I got in the car and opened my new CBX it was signed by Melody Ross (another to cool surprise!). I could not have asked for a better afternoon! Can I just say that I LOVE this book so much! The albums are amazing! and some of them are so heartfelt, I cried on the way home, and couple of them were so heartbreaking (the stories) and so meaningful! You all are going to love this book! Oooo before I forget, You know the CBX scrapaholic mugs the big ones that had the sun room mini flowers on them (I have that one here lol and love it) well I saw the new one and it is soooo darn cute! It is pink and had one of the powder room designs on it, I so need that, next time lol, I am going to have a collection of the cbx mugs lol, hope they make one with every room :)

Okay well I better get going we need to head out to Michaels, they have the ribbon deal and I need a couple more that I ran out of for my EBAY kits. Talk to you all soon :) Here is the pictures of Christy and me :) and I also had Dustin take one of me and Aidan earlier today :) YES I know I now have 0 blond in my hair :( I need to make some money and get highlights again lol

Have a good night :)

Nikki

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and here is the one of me and Aidan

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Just another day and yankees too

Geeez I think I have a headache from the AC, can that happen? It is almost like it started in my ears. Well I went to bed kinda late last night, Dustin rented a movie called Team America I think, it was so dumb! In fact I fell asleep in the middle of it lol and he had to wake me up to tell me to go to bed lol. I watched "Mean Girls" today, it's not like other teen movies, this one was actually good.

I spent the day cleaning the apartment and hanging out with the boys. I have so much laundry to do still YUCK! So I will continue to do that tonight as well as finish my DT projects, they are due on the 25th/26th when Wendi get's back from her exciting trip. I am half finished with another layout, this one is of Aidan. I plan to spend the rest of the night working on my DT stuff and watching the movie "Control" with Ray Liotta and Michelle Rodriguez. I just lite one of my MANY yankee Candles (These are my most favorite candles ever! and I kinda collect them lol) I am burning Hazelnut Coffee right now, but my most favorites are any one of the apples (apple cider, macintosh ,warm apple crisp, apple pie etc) and all the fall scents like, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin, pumpkin pie, Harvest, cinnamon stick, and I love Sunflower YUM YUM! I love the way a yankee candle can make the whole room smell so darn good! I was so happy last year when costco sold the candles "Plymouth Bay" by Yankee candles. You would get Three 25.1 Oz candles for only $19.99, can you believe that? Just for one of those at any store that sells Yankees are over $20 so that was such a steal! In October they had a set that had, Pumpkin Fest, Apple Grove and Gourmet vanilla, and in December they had Christmas-y scents, but then they just stopped selling them :( made me so sad! I should have stocked up on them LOL. Now if I want some I have to drive all the way to the mall in Boise. It's worth it for my candles though lol. I love to lite candles well I scrapbook :) Do you have a favorite Yankee candle? If so which ones?

Okay well I better go get back to work :) Hope you all have a great night!

Nikki

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Darn video store!

First I would like to say what an honor it is to be a designer at Wendi Speciale Designs! I did my first ever project yesturday for it. I did a layout using the July kit. I am not sure if I can post it anywhere yet since it is not up on the site yet, but I loved the way it turned out! I used a few different sheets of chatterbox "Dorm room" patterned paper, The amazing July Kit from WSD, LOTS of inking and stitching from the sewing machine, I think the colors in the patterned paper matched so well with the theme and the pictures! I am DYING to see more of the newer CBX lines that hopefully will be out soon :) and get my hands on them as well lol. Ooooooo And Wendi brough the "Create" Stamp back

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I can't wait to order it, Friday "Payday" YAY lol I also saw a couple stamps I want from the grunge line .

LOL sorry had to stop for a second to go tickle and hug Aidan, he is in here with me, he keeps asking me to "turn it on" the fan lol. I was just watching that funny show on MTV called " Date my Mom" LOL this show is soooooooo funny!

So I saw a post at two peas about a new product company called Moments Defined that is looking for a Desigh team, so I sent them an email. Crossing fingers here. I am still waiting to see if I even have a chance with Paper Posies .

Before Dustin left for work, I went to Hollywood video to get two movies (FREE FREE FREE YAY lol) so I went to see if white noise was on our MVP list yet, sadly no, not yet :( so then I went to see if "Wrong Turn" was in yet (it's been rented for like 4 days now) nope not there either, so finally I see two movies I want, "Mean Girls" and "Control" looked good so I grabbed them and go get in line, the line was 8 families long and I was standing at the end of it which spread out to the back of the store over by the (r,s,t,u,v,w) section. So I put the movie back and will go back in a couple hours to get them, who knows maybe they will have Wrong turn in lol

Okay I need to get back to my WSD projects :) and I need to finish my EBAY kit so I will TTYAL

Have a good night :)

Nikki

Fun Quiz thingy lol

I got this from Amy Howes Blog....



LAYER ONE: On The Outside

Name: Nikki
Nicknames: Nick, Nic, Nikkers, Nikadoodles, nickerdoos
Birthdate: October 17, 1978
Birthplace: California
Location: Idaho
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Light brown
Height: 5'3"
Righty or Lefty: Righty
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Religion: Catholic
Sex: Female

LAYER TWO: In The Inside

Your heritage: Italian, Irish
The shoes you wore today: Sketchers
Who you look like: I never met my real father and I look like my mom a little
Your weakness: LOL can I just say chocolate?
Your fears: spiders, snakes, Fire
Your perfect pizza: Cheese, pineapple, ham,
Goal you'd like to achieve: To own a home of our own someday!

LAYER THREE: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Your most overused phrase on AIM/MSN: "Right, Right"
Your thoughts first waking up: Okay okay Aidan, mommy is up
Your best physical feature: My eyes
Your bedtime: It really depends, some nights 10pm some nights 2am, depends on work and scrap time
Your most missed memory: Family trips, we use to go on a few trips a year.

LAYER FOUR: Your Pick

Pepsi or Coke: I drink both but if I had to pick I would pick pepsi
McDonalds or Burger King:Niether I don't eat fast food anymore
Single or group dates: Single
Adidas or Nike: I like Adidas clothing better, but Nike shoes better.
Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee

LAYER FIVE: Do You?

Smoke: NO
Curse: Yes
Sing: I sing, but not well!
Have had a crush(es): Yes of course
Think you've been in love: Sure hope so. ;)
Want to get married: Already am.
Believe in yourself: Sometimes. But I can be pretty insecure.
Motion sickness: YES
Think you're attractive: Sometimes
Think you're a health freak: Not unless you count the fact that we no longer eat fast fried foods
Get along with your parents: For the most part yes :) I love them
Like thunderstorms: I like the rain part but not the thunder, scares the heck out of me lol
Play an instrument: A little piano and Clarinet

LAYER SIX: Have you ever...
Smoked:Yes when I was younger
Done a drug: See above. I tried a couple things in highschool but that was it nothing serious
Gone to the mall?: Yes of course
Eaten an entire box of Oreos: No
Eaten sushi: Once YUCK!
Been on stage: Yes, I was in the Drama club in highschool
Gone skating: Yeah, but it's been SO long!
Gone skinny dipping: Nope!
Dyed your hair: Yep. Just stopped getting highlights last year, had them done for the last 6 years
Stolen anything: Um, yeah. Not since adulthood, though
Played a game that required removal of clothing: Nope
Been caught Yes Blush Blush lol
Been called a tease: Yep
Gotten beaten up: Nope
Shoplifted: Yes,once I was about 4 and stole a candy from the grocery store, but when I got into the car with my mom, she saw it sticking out of my pants and made me return it, lol so does that cought?

LAYER SEVEN: Getting Older

Age you hope to be married: I was married at 22
Numbers and Names of Children: 2 kids, Austin (4 years) and Aidan (2 next month)
Describe your dream wedding: A REAL wedding not the courthouse one we got
How do you want to die: I'd prefer something painless, and in my sleep
What do you want to be when you grow up: I am what I am...a mom, wife, scrapbooker, and one day hope to finish nursing school and one day own a home
What country would you most like to visit: Italy

LAYER NINE: In a partner

Best eye color?: hazel green or blue, don't mind brown either
hair color?: Dark brown
Short or long hair: Short
Height: 5'8" - 6'
Best articles of clothing: Nice jeans, shirt, shoes, clean looking, like he takes care of himself

LAYER TEN: In The Numbers...

Number of drugs taken illegally: 2 in highschool
Number of CDs that you own: WOW way to many
Number of piercings: 3 in each ear
Number of tattoos: I have One, On my ankle
Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: Never, that I know of...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Quiz

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English
20% Yankee
15% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Monday, June 20, 2005

BUSY week

PHEW!!!!!! I can finally sit down and breath. It has been one SUPER long week! Last week started off with a Test in my marriage, Both Dustin and I were tested and things were very scary! But we have been working through things and I pray to god everyday that everything will be okay!

I spent most of last week heavy duty cleaning! I carpet cleaned every room in this apartment, scrubbed every rooms walls down, laundry, kitchen, living room, dining room, boys room, both bathrooms, our room, hallway, laundry room and all the closets got cleaned out! I did all this heavey duty cleaning for my MIL's visit this past weekend. Boy was it fun! She flew in on Friday at 4pm, got to our place around 5pm. We all sat around talking for an hour and then went out to eat at the golden corral (This place was soooooooooooo GOOD!)

We woke up around 9am Saturday and went on a 2 1/2 hour drive up to McCall Idaho to Ponderosa State park to BBQ on the tip of Lake Payette. I took over 100 pictures. The weather was sunny, then rain, then sunny again. We BBQed and had fun at the Lake for about 3 hours. The boys played with their bubble wands, hot wheels and in the water. Aidan LOVED rubbing his toes in the sand, just like he did at the beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Dustin went swimming in the freezing cold Lake water LOL. He said it was so cold he thought his heart would stop. Karen had a great time too.
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Oh are way back home we stopped outside McCall to take pictures of the double rainbow we saw! Can you believe we saw the WHOLE rainbow from side to side! I even took a picture of it!

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I will post about our Zoo trip with pictures later, I am going to go lay down and take a nap while Aidan is. TTYAL

Nikki

Saturday, June 11, 2005

I am soooooo tired

I was up until 1am last night, watching movies and reading message boards. I am now paying for it today, I am so sleepy and think I may have to sneak in a nap today. Plus we are finally trying to get Austin to bed at a good hour now so he is ready when he starts school in Sept. So he went to bed at 8:30 last night, and because of that he was up at 5am this morning lol, I was sooooo tired but had to get up with everyone else. I did however sneak in a little more sleep at 7am-9am lol. I just finished hanging the dining room curtains. WOW that was hard lol, I had to screw in the rod hooks by hand and that hurt my arms and I now have wall dust in my eyes LOL. So I figured I would take a break and come back here, read a couple message boards and write in my blog. Oh my I almost forgot when we got up at 5am, Dustin opened the blinds to our living room that looks out to the back street which shows the apartment backyard (trees and grass) and then all the neighbors backyards, well he yells for me to come take a look at this that I am going to be shocked, so I come running to the living room window and guess what I see???? The neighbors who live in the next door house outside (guy and his girlfriend) sleeping on an air mattress lol, It was sooooo hot lastnight so I bet they just wanted to sleep in the breeze, well I guess they also wanted to sleep in the NUDE (SHOCK, BLUSH) lol. The girl so looked like Rory from the Gilmore Girls.

as soon as I finish this break I need to finish cleaning my room and then I am spending the day scrapbooking and watching movies :) YAY FUN! I rented the last two DVD's to sex and the city 6th season (part 2), Darkness and National Treasure (this one I have to save to watch for when Dustin gets home :) I was reading the boards at Wendi Speciale Designs this morning and saw a post by Wendi, she listed a Blog Question poll, so I thought it would be fun to play along and post it here :)

1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR KITCHEN PLATES? White I know boring LOL
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Jewels of the sun, the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy by Nora Roberts
3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? It's all Blue, very Plain
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME? Clue
5 . FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Scrapbook Trends, Creating Keepsakes and People
6. FAVORITE SMELL? Lilac Trees when in bloom, and all the smells of FALL season (Cinnamon, spiced apples, spiced pumpkin)
7. LEAST FAVORITE SMELL? Parma Cheese EWWWW stinky!
8. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? OOOO Come on Aidan 5 more minutes of sleep for mommy PLEASE
9. FAVORITE COLOR? All shades of GREEN
10. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR? Yellow
11. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE? 3, anymore then that and the machine will get it
12. FUTURE (or First) CHILD'S NAME: Austin James {AJ} Hobbs
13. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE? The Lord above and my Family
14. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate
15. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? No, I do sometimes go 5 over, that is about it
16. FAVORITE TV SHOW? Gilmore Girls
17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Yes (BLUSH) When I was about 7 my uncle bought me an Ewok from Star wars, and I have slept with it for the past 19 years, it is like a cute little LOVED teddy bear lol
18. STORMS - COOL OR SCARY? Scary, they freak me out, The loud thunder is what scares me, I don't mind the lightening or rain.
19. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? First owned car? Our first car was an 85 Chevy Blazer, first car I ever drove hmmm I forgot what they call them lol, I will have to ask Dustin when he gets home.
20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON (LIVING OR DECEASED), WHO WOULD IT BE? It's a toss I would love to meet Sarah Michell Geller, or Maya Angelou.
21. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? I am not a Drinker (Blush)
22. WHAT IS YOUR SIGN & YOUR BIRTHDAY? Libra, October 17th
23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? YES
24. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB WHAT WOULD IT BE? I love the one I have, It is a blessing that I get to stay home with my boys
25. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Well right now it is my natural color (BROWN) but I would love to get some blond highlites put back on :)
26. IS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Half Full
27. FAVORITE MOVIE? Oh gosh there are so many, I really can't pick just one
28. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? sometimes lol, or sometimes I just use one hand to type.
29. WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED? LOL okay well I just checked, two empty water bottles and some dust bunnies
30. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? BASEBALL
31. WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST FEAR? FIRE! second DYING, death scares me so much! I am so afraid of it!
32. SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Amazing!
33. KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? Both although I LOVE mustard, honey mustard, hot mustard all of it lol
34. HAMBURGERS OR HOT-DOGS? Hamburgers, I don't like hotdogs
35. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOFT DRINK? PEPSI
36. THE BEST PLACES YOU HAVE EVER BEEN? Disneyland, American River, Tahoe
37. WHAT SCREEN SAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER NOW? It's a clear blue ocean with a small island and palm trees and the sky is gorgeous BLUE, lol it is one that came with my windows program, I will change it to the fall one in Sept.
38. PERSON MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Mely, Dianna
39. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Miranda LOL ;) (update your blog WOMAN


WOOOOHoooo that was fun! Thanks Wendi! LOL okay I better go Austin just went potty on the toilet and came in here to tell me "Look mommy I have a tail" so I look and there is toilet paper sticking out of his cheeks ;) LOL.

I'll try and post more later, Have a great day!

Nikki

Friday, June 10, 2005

Really Trying and being published

Sorry about not updating yesturday. Well I have finally moved on to the Leslie Sansone "Walk away the pounds" two mile DVD :) It's the "High calorie burn" workout. Two walk two miles with this DVD it is a 30 minute workout, which is good because your suppose to do a 30 minute workout a day :) This one was so much fun and I kept thinking WOW it's already a half mile, mile, two miles. And this workout gives me so much energy! LOVE IT!

I received an email yeaturday from Scrapbook Trends. They are going to publish my "My Christmas Jammies" layout in their "Holiday ideabook". I am so excited :) I just packaged it up and sent it off to the PO with Dustin. I also sent a special box to a friend :) she should be getting it soon! Hope she likes it!

Dustin and I rented the butterfly effect and close your eyes last night. The boys went to bed and we watched The butterfly effect, wow I can say that this movie have me on the edge of my seat but BOY did I not like the ending :(, it was just to sad! I did really like the movie though :)

Okay well I have to go clean the kitchen, vacuum, laundry and then I get to come back here and scrapbook YAY lol :) I will post more later.

Have a great day
Nikki

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

WOW, what an amazing day!

This has been such a great day! Dustin got a promotion, the head boss at Costco asked Dustin if he wanted a night stocker position (which means 2pm-10:30/11pm) and it would be fulltime hours. He told me last night that he wants to go back to school. So he is thinking maybe morning classes.

I was up bright and early this morning with Aidan. We watched a couple cartoons on Boomerang and then I started clean. When Austin got up I made them breakfast and then came back here to put in "The notebook" to watch. 5 hours later I finally finished the movie lol, I had to put it on pause a bunch of times to clean and do stuff with the boys. It was an amazing movie and boy did I cry! Awesome Love story yet so heartbreaking!

I have started to finally finish cleaning out our walking closet, which holds ALOT of my scrapbooking stuff. I am purging and organizing stuff so we can hang our clothes in there now. I have'nt really used it since I moved my scrap tables and supplies out a few months ago (it's now in the corner of our bedroom) and now there is only boxes and scraps in there, but ALOT of scraps to go through lol. It is a big task. I am hoping to finish it tonight (crossing fingers). I also really need to finish my new page kit.

OMGOSH okay some VERY VERY VERY exciting news. I was sitting here this afternoon talking to Kristie in "IM's" and heard "You got mail" so I look down at the MSN pop up that says who it is and it says "Wendi Speciale" and the title says "Alright Girl", for I second I thought mmmmm am I in trouble lol, or did I forget something in my BIO or picture for my Guest Designer spot for July? So I head to my inbox. I click on the email and stare at the screen for a few seconds, I am sure my eyes were sticking out of my head lol. So I click out of the email and then back in just to make sure I read it right..... As soon as I pick my jaw off of my keyboard, I read it one more time. Then the excitement comes. The email from Wendi was asking me if I wanted to be on her design team (okay this is where that shocked smiley with the popping eyes get's incerted). I can not even discribe the feelings I had, I can say I was so excited I had to tell someone right then and there so I called Dustin LOL. He was so excited for me. LOL I then of course emailed Wendi back and said Yes, (well I was so excited so I was rambling on and on in excitement in my return email, I am sure I sounded like a nut ;) lol), I had the butterflies and that "I am about to burst" feeling of excitement. I am so thrilled and so honored to be apart of this team! As soon as I emailed Wendi back I received a few emails back from the gals on the DT welcoming me to the team. It was wonderful! The women on this team are so sweet, and so talented, and I am so happy to be apart of this! Thank you so much Wendi! Woohooo I am a Wendi Speciale Designer

Okay well I better get back to my closet lol, I just had to come share my amazing news :) Oh and I walked 1 1/2 miles today. I am hoping to do another 1/2 mile tonight so it can be 2miles total today. We'll see :) I hope you all have a great night :)

Nikki



Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Sleepin in

The past two days (With Dustin's new work hours) he has been getting up at 7am and he lets me sleep in a little. it's been nice. I am folding clothes and then need to clean the bathrooms. I was planning on cleaning out the boys room and then carpet cleaning in there but I think I am going to hold off for a while, wait a few days because I want it to be clean and nice when mil comes next week, if I do it now then I will just have to do it again in a week. I just finished watching little black book. It was pretty good, made me cry, lol all movies happy or sad make me cry lol, yep I am a big ol' sap ball. I am now watching Harry Potter III. I LOVE Harry Potter, I am such a HUGE fan and so is Austin :) I am taking him to see the 4th movie in Nov.

I purchased a couple more stamps from Wendi Speciale Designs I can not wait to get them. I must say I am hooked. I really hope I have time for a little scrapbooking today. I just need to finish cleaning and this page kit and then I can work on a layout. It will be the first time in a month. I think I have just not been very motivated lately.Okay I better get a move on it.

Hope you all have a great day!

Nikki

Monday, June 6, 2005

Picture

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My day and Monolo Blahnik shoes

I woke up early today. This is the start of our new week. Dustin is no longer on the early 2-3am shift at costco. They moved him back up to the afternoon evening shift on carts and as a cashier which is good because it means full time hours and when he cashiers (like today) he gets a $1 more in pay and hour. With Dustin working these hours again he does not really need the window comapny job, but he says he will continue to do it so we can have extra money, hey maybe now we can start adding to our savings. :)

Dustin did not start work until 1:00pm today so when got to spend a little time with him this morning :) He also went to finally pick up our SUV from the trany shop. When all was said and done it ended up costing $2117.84 to fix Image hosted by Photobucket.com that is just crazy! But we are so happy the car is working now! I am so grateful my parents could help us with it.

I have been cleaning all day! I cleaned the kitchen Image hosted by Photobucket.com the living room and dining room, then I carpet cleaned Image hosted by Photobucket.com for hours, the living room, dining room and hallway. and now I am folding the laundry Image hosted by Photobucket.com 4 loads lol. I also did 20 minutes of my walk away the pounds 1 mile dvd Image hosted by Photobucket.com it takes 20 minutes to get through the dvd. I am thinking I am going to do it again after dinner tonight.

Well I finished season 5 of SITC and am almost done with the (3rd DVD) of sex and the city season 6 part 1 so now all I have left is the 3 dvds of part two. The first two discs are the show and the 3rd disc is a special dvd, which will be nice. So I just finished watching EP " A Woman's Right to Shoes" and LMBO, I have to say that If I were rich and had the money for the " Manolo Blahnik" shoes in this EP I would sooooooooooo get them! They were Gorgeous!!!! They were $480 bucks. well I tried to find the ones in the EP that I just loved to show you, and came across these.... i JUST LOVE THESE! Manolo Blahnik Style: C SPOLETO and these are cute too! Manolo Blahnik Style: ROON here are the ones from the show they look soooo much better and shiner on Carries feet lol, I LOVE THEM! They are called Manolo Blahnik Style- Silver D'orsay's

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Okay I can not tell you how much we LOVE that hollywood video deal we got. It is $9.99 a month with unlimited movies that have the blue "MVP" stickers on them. we have been going to Hollywood video everyday sometimes twice LOL. I rented the 3rd dvev SITC season 6 , little black book and Dustin got Wicker Park. So now that I am almost done folding clothes I think I am going to pop in little black book and try to finally finish this page kit :) LOL I have my Otis Redding CD on and Aidan is in here dancing. He is so cute. Also we decided to move my scraproom/office into the dining room area so that will be our little project on weds (Dustin's day off). I also decided that I am going to TRY to make my own curtains for the dining/living room areas. Okay I better get going, TTYL

Friday, June 3, 2005

Changes all around and more SEX

I have now watched sex and the city for 3 days straight. I am hooked. I love it, my gosh I cried with the Carrie/Aidan thing. I soooooooo wanted them to stay together :(, yes I like Mr.Big but I really really really liked Aidan. I just need to watch season 5 and 6 and I will be fully caught up. I have been watching it at night while I working on page kits.

I have had a kinda sad depressing week. I have made many many changes with how I do things now. I am really enjoying the change, but with the change I don't have much time for scrapbooking as much as I would like. I was hoping to get at least 3 page kits up on ebay this week so I could just scrapbook this weekend but that did not happen. I will be working on kits this weekend.

Dustin told me today that my MIL will be here on the 17th. LOL He knew for over a week and just remembered to tell me today. I called her at lunch and asked when she will be here and for how many days so I can start getting things ready. She then went on about why I should let her take Austin to CA for two weeks! UM NO, I don't think so!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay well I have a horrible headache and the last EP of SITC Season 4 is almost over and I need to get to bed, TTYAT :)

Nikki

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Sex and the city, and other news

I am sooooooooo tired today, we went to Hollywood Video yesturday and rented some movies (we are on the MVP plan there where it is $9.99 a month you just pay that amount each month and you can rent unlimited movies for the month free. So Dustin got some movie with the ROCK in it and I got Sex and the city The complete third season volume one and two. I stayed up until 2:30 am watching them all lol, I was hooked. But now I am so tired. I am going to take the three movie back this afternoon and get season three volume three and the first two from season four. When Sex and the city first came out I LOVED it of course I was single then and had time to watch it. I even own season one and two :) After getting Married having kids etc, I could never stay up late enough to watch it, so I missed out on season three-six. I plan to get caught up this week ;). I also want to rent "six feet under" season 1-2 I started watching third season so I missed alot. Oh I also saw another one there I want to see with Kristy Ally called "fat actress". I like watching movies well I work on EBAY kits.

I got up at 7am today, I got to sleep in a little. I cleaned the kitchen, bedroom, one of the bathrooms, and folded and put the laundry away. I also got to clean my scrap area last night and think I might just work back here today. I am soooooo tired though, I can't stop yawning and my eyes feel heavy. I think there will be a nap for me today lol. Maybe I should do my walk away the pounds dvd, I bet that would bring me some energy. I need to finish this page kit I have been working on and then Dustin wants me to clean the scrap stuff out of our walk in closet so I can start hanging our clothes up in there, since my scrap area/office is now in the corner of our room.

Okay well I better get back to work. I will update more later today.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

get a move on

I am just lagging today :( I don't know why, I set up my kit station on the kitchen bar and just could not sit still, I most have got up 50 times. It took me 3 hours to make a title for my kit I am working on, why can't I get motivated? I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to scrapbook. I have all the pictures I got but awhile ago from winkflash and I still have not scrapped one. If I get atleast three kits up this week then I can scrapbook this weekend. COME ON NIKKI get motivated!

Dustin just left with Austin and Colby to see the new starwars movie. Boy to I miss going to the movies, I have'nt been to a movie in a year, well since we moved to Idaho. Well last summer (or maybe it was october?) MIL came up here to visit and treated us all to a sharks tale. Only thing is 10 minutes into the movie Aidan was screaming so I had to take him out, we sat in the car watching the ran the whole movie. I think when the new Harry Potter movie comes out I am going to take Austin and let Dustin watch Aidan.

Okay well I better get back to this kit, I need to get a few done in the next couple days.