Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Winter Is Here!!!!

Oh finally!!! After a quick tease of winter at the end of October.......it warmed up again.......we native Coloradans do NOT like that!!!! ;) So........some cold weather and some snow is so welcome!!!

How'd you all do making it thru the long cooking weekend???

I finally got my French Doors in my bedroom!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!! We talked about replacing the old sliding door when we first bought this house...........over 6 years ago! The time was right, sale at Home Depot, AND we're getting it fixed up to put on a slow market! Oh well..........I'll enjoy them while I've got them!!! We do want to move to more acreage so we can spread out........but I will miss my view!! But if we get our 30 acres.......I'm sure I'll have an equally wonderful view!!!

Star Gazing is my renewing and peaceful activity now..............and I mean our Lighted Star on the side of the mountain that my French Doors face!! I was a volunteer Firefighter/EMT for over 10 years.......one of our duties was (is) maintenance and lighting of the Star. It's an OLD tradition that started in the late 60's/early 70's I was told. There's an annual Chili Supper fund-raising and then the official lighting of the Star on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It stays lit until January 1. It's also lit for Memorial Day Weekend in honor of fallen vets and families can list loved ones they lost in the little local paper to honor that year too. It was lit on July 4 for the first time ever this past summer........and it was actually sectioned into Red, White, and Blue!!!! There are a couple of people that our family was very close to and that we lost, so it has a special meaning and comfort to us too!!

I'll see if I can get a good photo and post one!! I'll definitely have to get a framed photo to hang in my new house so I always have it with me!!!

DD turned 17 today........oh my!!! James and I had such a walk down memory lane........we just can't believe our baby girl is almost an adult!! It's completely surreal!!! And how proud we are of her too..........she gives the word "teenager" a FANtastic meaning!!!! :)

Well.............I've got lots of cards to make and crafts to organize............so I'll be back soon with a post full of pictures soon!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Very Cute TAG!!!

Okay...................Lori (urgentcookie) got me!! This TAG is about your middle name and what it can say about you!!!

R.........REALLY have a high need for justice and fairness (truly, I can whip soapboxes out faster than you can imagine!! ;) )

A.........Absolutely loving being a mom, wife, friend, stamper and love being happy!!

E.........Empathetic..........(it means so much to me that my daughter actually said this to me!!!)

There you have it!!! So now you know my middle name!!! I could totally be a Country Singer with my name (LeeRae Murphy) and red hair (just like Wynonna)............now if I only had the voice.......................LOLOL

Okeedokee......................I'm tagging 3 blogging buddies now:

Kerianne
Erynn (my dd's pen name!)
Suzanne

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I was TAGGED!!!!

How cool is that?! Okay, so still new to blogging....but having fun!!!! Christi tagged me, so here are my answers.............

1. If you could have $100.00 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose? Well, I'm a fairly new stamper who jumped in and bought stamps and embellies by the tons!! LOL So, I would definitely choose PAPER!!!

2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or ribbons, which would you choose? It would have to be stamps......as much as I love ribbon.....I don't know what I'd do if it's all I could use!

3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year…which would you do? Oh totally CARDS!! I love sending out smiles and making mailboxes happy!!!

4. Would you rather own a scrap book store or have your own scrapping room at home? Oh just my own lovely scrapping room all to myself at home.......now I'm in the Living Room!!! If I had a store, it would consume all of my stamping time!!!

5. What is your CURRENT card making or scrapping style? Pretty simple......but I want to break out and learn how to make those gorgeous detailed cards!!!

Here are the rules…………..Please answer the questions on your blog and tag 5 more people to answer the same questions……….make sure you list on your blog who you are tagging…

That was fun!!!! Okay.........I'm tagging...........

Cory
Edith
Jen
Leslie
Jen

My DD and her blog..........

Yes............I have a very creative, imaginative, talented daughter............and she has a blog. Well, mom and dad made her keep it locked out at first..........but as she has zero personal info on it AND does have to approve comments before they're posted........we decided to let her open it up! She's hilarious and a writer with a TON of stories constantly in her brain!!! Feel free to wander over there and be entertained............thanks!! :) The link to her blog is in my favorites on the side and titled The Word Bender!

Friday, November 9, 2007

We're Home!!!!









What a fun, exhausting, interesting, sweet, windy, hot, cold, snowy, sunny, rural, city, short, long trip!!!!!!!! THAT's what happens when it's a 14 day road trip...........a little bit of EVERYTHING!!!! LOL I have to wait until James recovers before I suggest the next road trip!!! He's swamped at work AND quite worn out!!




Well, we ended our trip with Mt. Rushmore and Bear Country USA.............and I have to say...........we WILL go back!!! Here are just a few reasons why.............ENJOY!!!! :)




On The Road Again!!






Kansas City, here we come!!!!! A nice quick drive this time!! And then fun with Kerianne.........shopping and dinner out and yummy dessert (but we ALL shared just one dessert, so no calories whatsoever!!!) LOL




Then we got to go to Keri's and do some stampin'!!!! And found out that Keri has an adorable house and is very creative and talented!!! And that my dd is a wonderful designer of Wrapping Paper!! We had such a wonderful visit and I'm so sorry I left her stamping area in such mess!! Next time I'll have to build in some Flylady time after our stampin' time!!!






Minnesota!!!!!!!! Here we are!!!!!!!! :)




And with a bit of a hiccup............seems like traveling in the off-season is wonderful for avoiding the big crowds.....but in many of the colder climates, campgrounds are closed for the season!! But with such lovely and generous Flybaby friends we had a place to stay!! And a wonderful and beautiful and fun place to stay at that!!!!




The Kay-Are -Aiy Family had a plug in for our camper and yummy food and stamping and visiting and games with the kiddos.............and on and on!!!




The Kub even designed a quick altered object for us!! I also got to snuggle a little Flybaby baby!!! Check out our pictures!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Stampin' With Sarah!





WooooooooooooHoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! I got to meet a Flybaby AND learn some new stampin' techniques!!!! Watch out!!! This newbie is on her way!!!!






First we enjoyed a yummy meal with Sarah and her kiddos!!!! Our dd's love to draw and write similar genre stories.........so they visited well together!! The boys played video games together.....what's new!!! ;) James kept a watch on the pups and the boys!!






Sarah took me to her craft room and I got to learn how to Soot Stamp!!! And also the Pearl-Ex and Versamark technique!!!! So........here's the photos!!!! Enjoy!!! The picture of the Soot Stamped cardfront doesn't do it justice!!!! YOU try taking a picture in a camper at midnight!!!! LOL




And Kansas City to meet Keri is next!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned!!!! LOLOL

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Arkansas Fun

Yes........I know that sounds odd!! LOL But it's NOT the hot and sticky and humid and buggy season...........so we've had a wonderful time!!!! :) And to think we've already had snow back home!!!

Meeting fellow Flybabies........Stampin' Flybabies, that is!!! And shopping and eating and hanging out!!! What a wonderful way to meet friends and deepen friendships!!!

Camping at the KOA in Hot Springs was great! This is such a pretty spot!! James set up the shock-fence around the campsite, so the dogs were happier too to have a bit of freedom and not have to be constantly leashed!!!

We are camping in STYLE!!!! I'm so spoiled now with this camper!!! The kids are spoiled too........tv and laptops oh my!!! LOL Cody has been able to do a little fishing........not nearly enough, however!! DD has been on the laptop with 2 big college class projects.........she's ready for a break from schooling on vacation!!

Sooooooooooo........tomorrow we head up to St. Louis!!! Then on to Kansas City and then MN and then Mt. Rushmore and then home!! I'll try to update a bit more on the trip and post some pics too!!