Monthly Archives: January 2006

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Made up invitations to a little get-together we’re having in a couple weeks for Chloe’s 3rd birthday.  Can’t believe she’s almost 3.  My almost Valentines baby (she was born on the 11th).

Here is a picture I took of the invite.  I didn’t have a good place to set it that didn’t include my messy desk in the pictures so I just laid it on a piece of the paper I used for the thin horizontal strip on the card. :)

It was really nice to create something.  I had a meeting this morning with a couple for an October wedding (they were such cool people to talk to – hope they hire me!) and on my way home I stopped at Remember When in Middleville.  Such a cute store and the owner is always in there and is just so friendly.  Love going there!  Picked up some Wild Asparagus paper.  I love that stuff!  I bought some a while ago and just had to pick up some more.  And then I bought the papers for Chloe’s invites and the little paper posies.  Had so much fun designing and putting these together.  Makes me itch to scrapbook.  I may need to take a "vacation" or something and just go somewhere with all my stuff and a bunch of pictures and just scrapbook.  Or maybe I should send Jake and kids away for a few days since all my stuff is here.  That would be more convenient.

Also wanted to ask for prayer for my sick boy, Zach.  He had to stay home from school on Friday with a bad cough and each night he has had really high fevers that make me very nervous.  Once we give him medicine, the fever usually breaks within a 1/2 hour.  It’s just so terrible to see him so miserable with his nasty runny nose and that terrible cough that makes him gag and upsets his tummy.  So, please say a little prayer for health for Zach.  Thanks so much!


Jake took the kids outside on Saturday to play in the snow.  I love this picture.  Tiny little Chloe making a snow angel next to her daddy.  It makes me smile.  She’s so little and cute.  And Zach with snowball in hand ready to go in for the kill.  :)

The surgery on Jake’s wrist went well.  He’s in some pain and on drugs to help with that.  I’m just relieved that it’s over and he’s home safe and sound.  Thanks you guys for the encouragement and prayer today!


Jake goes into surgery in about an hour for his wrist.  He’s got what they call "intersection syndrome" where the tendons in his wrist are rubbing and getting inflamed.  He’s had this big bump on his wrist for a long time and sometimes it’s quite painful.  So, they are operating on it today.  My brother Tim took Jake up to GR to Spectrum.  Am I the most horrible wife in the world for not going?  Especially since he’s being put under for this.  I’m a little nervous right now.  I mean, it’s a simple procedure and is only supposed to take about an hour but I don’t like the fact that he’ll be under anesthesia the whole time.  I don’t know why, it just makes me nervous.  I would just like prayers that everything goes smoothly and that he wakes up just fine from the anesthetic and that they don’t find anything else wrong inside his arm.  He told me and Tim that if they find anything or something goes wrong and he will be left with a limp, useless hand that we should tell them to just amputate it.  Such a loon.  He just wants a cool Anakin Skywalker robot hand in its place.  :P

Speaking of Anakin Skywalker (nice segue, huh?), our trip to Detroit yesterday to see the symphony perform the music of John Williams from Star Wars was awesome!  Loved it!  They had actors doing sort of performance art during the songs dressed as the movie characters.  It was fun to see.  And the music was just amazing, of course.  Then we went to dinner at Carrabba’s and I ate way too much.  But it was fun to just hang out with Heather and Jeff and do something we wouldn’t normally do.  Next up … Phantom of the Opera.  I am determined to see this in April or May.  It is playing at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo.  Gotta go.  I love the music.

Well, I must get back to work.  Mom is keeping the kids for us today (they spent the night, too, which was really nice this morning) so I have to use my time wisely.

Have a great Monday!

ugh … winter


Woke up to lots of snow this morning.  Jake woke me to say that he was going to pick up his Dad’s snowblower and do his manly duties.  :)  So, he’s out there right now clearing out the drive.  Have I mentioned that I hate winter?  I think it was about this time last year that I first started my blog and was complaining about winter.  :P  Ah well … it won’t last forever.  Gotta stay positive and not let seasonal depression (or whatever they call it) take hold.

By the way, the sky is not actually as blue as it appears in the above picture.  I took a picture of the snow on the branches into the sun and then adjusted the curves of the photo to bring the contrast back.  I decided to go a little over the top on the contrast.  Looking forward to sunny spring and summer days with bluer than blue skies.  Wishful thinking, I guess.

maggie and her aunt christa

Taking a break from wedding editing, to look through baby pictures.  These are for Christa, who is living in Slovakia right now.  I got to take Maggie’s 6 mo. pictures and Christa was still home so we took pictures of them together.

   So cute!  Hi, Christa Jean!

i’m a busy girl

Congratulations to Amanda and Jerad, who were married last night.

Amanda’s family and mine have been friends for over 15 years. It was nice to spend a little time with the family. I hadn’t seen her brothers in quite a while so that was very fun! Heidi and I had a great time joking around with her brother, Joel. Such a great guy. He went to school to be a pastor and was able to be the officiant for the wedding. Very special.

(By the way … Anya, if you are reading this, they were married at Kentwood Community Church and had their reception at Applause … just like you! Funny, huh?)

This week has been really good for me as far as work goes. Got quite a bit of the editing done on Tracey and Dave’s wedding, the one I shot before Christmas. Also got 4 calls this weekend about upcoming weddings. That’s really good for me. That many calls in two days time. So fun! I chatted with a mother of the bride this afternoon whose daughter is living in China and met someone there. They are getting married here in Michigan and then will have a ceremony in China as well. How cool is that?

Lots of editing to do this week. And I’m so excited to take pictures of Maggie Jo this week (my dear friend Cherish’s daughter). She will be 6 mos. old. Can’t wait! My friend Karleen also wants me to take some pictures of her new baby Makayla. I love doing things like this for my friends. :)

Also, I have to say that I have the greatest assistant in the entire world. HEIDI rocks! Love you, girl! :)

Have a great night, everyone!

a couple layouts

No time to scan layouts into the computer but I thought I’d take a couple pictures instead. The left one is a page I made last month. The first time in forever that I had pulled out my supplies instead of doing it digital. It felt good and I love how it turned out. On the right is the one that was inspired by Ali’s Christmas card layout. I still want to do another page or two with the larger pics and cards that I just couldn’t bring myself to cut up, but this is the first part of it. I used the 2″ punch. I believe Ali’s was 1.5″. Same effect just 5 across instead of 6. Kind of fun to do it this way. I think I still have some old Christmas cards from last year that I might do this with, too. If I can find them … still trying to get my office organized.

Anyway … just wanted to share before I hit the hay.

another christmas and winter storms

Wonderful Christmas today. Had a nice “brunch” with good breakfast foods – bacon and eggs and sausage and blueberry and cherry crépes and biscuits and cheesecake later for dessert. I did very well – had small portions and a little bit of cheesecake. I even lost another few pounds over the holidays, which makes me very happy. I said I would lose and I did. I just had it in my head that I would not pig out and I didn’t. For some reason, it was really easy for me. I think it’s just this resolve that I’ve had since I started this a couple months ago. I was tired of being overweight and I wasn’t healthy and I decided I didn’t want to be that way anymore. I’m very close to fitting into the next smaller jean size. Very exciting! Looking forward to that since I’ve got like 5-6 pairs just sitting in my drawer for the last 3+ years.

We got some really nice gifts today. Zach got everything Spiderman and Chloe got some Cinderella stuff and some other dolls. Jake and Jeff (jake’s sis Heather’s boyfriend) both got these toy lightsabers. Jake was so excited about it. :) Such a kid at heart! Mom got me this awesome espresso/cappuccino maker. Now I can make my own at home. Just have to figure out the machine. It looks pretty simple.

Here are a few pictures from the day!

Jake and Zach sat playing PS2 for a while so I left and went to Best Buy to use the gift card that I got from Mom. Picked up a couple oldies but goodies – Dirty Dancing and That Thing You Do! I’ve been using all my gift cards this year to replace some of the old VHS movies that I have with new DVD’s.

So, I finish checking out at Best Buy and there are all these people waiting just inside the door and I notice that it is pouring rain outside. I am brave and walk right out thinking I’ll just get a little bit wet. What a joke … I was drenched before I took five steps. :) Halfway across the parking lot, the sky flashes with lightning and BOOM! I jumped. I didn’t expect that at all. A winter thunderstorm. Very strange. So much lightning all evening. It was really cool.

Stopped at Starbucks on my way back and used one of my gift cards. :) Yummy mocha!

What a great holiday season this was, but I sure am glad it’s over and the new year has begun. It’s gonna be a GREAT year!

happy new year

How was your New Years eve? Quiet here. Jake helped out at church with a thing for the youth group and didn’t get home until almost time for the ball to drop. I flipped on the TV and was really happy to see Dick Clark there counting down as usual. :) Jake sat up watching a couple episodes of Scrubs: Season 2 on DVD and I caught up on emails and bills and balancing the checkbook. Boring stuff. But then I actually sat up (waaaay past my bedtime) and did a layout of Christmas cards and pictures that people sent to us. Followed the same design that Ali used for hers. I didn’t do this to all the cards, though. There were just some pictures or really cute handmade cards that were too nice to crop so I’m putting those on a separate page or two. :) I’ll try to remember to post a picture of the layouts when I’m done. (not promising anything right now … a full week of editing and a wedding coming up on Friday so I’ll be a busy girl).

Today was really nice. Got up and went to church by myself since it just wasn’t happening getting Jake and the kids ready today. Not a very good way to start the new year out … and I believe those are the exact words my mom used when she asked why my family wasn’t in church this morning. Love you, Mom! :) It wasn’t a packed house or anything, so Jake and kiddos weren’t the only ones who didn’t make it to church this morning.

This afternoon was Christmas at Jake’s dad’s. Very nice, relaxing time. The kids had a lot of fun with their cousins and they were so excited that Christmas wasn’t over for them yet. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Zach got this really cool Star Wars toy ship. This picture cracks me up. Poor Zach in the foreground … probably thinking “Hey, give me back my toy” as the “big boys” take a look at it.

Chloe taking a peek to see what was in her cousin’s gift bag.

Chloe with Grandma Noorman

Tomorrow is our last family Christmas at Jake’s mom’s. I’m sure I’ll be posting a few pictures from there, too. :)

Tuesday is back to the normal routine. I’m looking forward to that. I seriously can’t figure out what day it is. I thought Saturday was Friday. This long holiday week and late Christmas gatherings are messing me up so bad. Looking forward to Zach getting back to school again. I think he’s getting bored around here – even though he’s surrounded by all kinds of new toys. Figures.

Well, I’m done for the night. I might pop in a little Indian Summer before bed. Love that movie. :)

Have a happy 2nd day of the year!

AJAXed with AWP