Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Hannukah!

Last year I was better at photographing each night (there are eight, by the way). But this year I was not as organized. Anyway, here is one picture that captures the mood from each of the nights.

Jordan loves to light the menorah and was even able to do it by himself a few times! (With Daddy standing nearby to offer assistance.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Preschool Christmas Program

Last week, Jordan was in his very first school program. His proud parents braved the icy roads and basked in his delight as he sang songs about the alphabet and Christmastime. It was wonderful!! He was even given an "acting" part (OK, so all the kids were too) and was a present. I guess he didn't like wearing the red nose and reindeer antlers, given the enormous pouty face captured here...

Our little guy is growing up!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Alvin's Attempted Suicide

Jordan carries his Alvin doll with him all over the place. I kinda feel sorry for the doll, actually. Because Jordan does not cuddle and love it like one would expect to treat such a beloved object. No, instead Jordan will slam Alvin's head on the ground as he walks or throw him over and over. He's not a violent child, he just gets excited and likes to take out his extra energy on the poor chipmunk.

So today, Alvin finally had it. While Jordan was bouncing on the bed, Alvin jumped out of Jordan's grasp and lodged himself in the ceiling fan. But to no avail. Jordan summoned help immediately and Alvin was reunited with his abuser, I mean friend.

While up there, I did notice how completely nasty the fan blades were. At least an inch of dust had accumulated here. So I took the opportunity to clean them while Jordan resumed throwing Alvin in the air.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Trunk or Treat

Our ward held a trunk or treat a few days before Halloween. We went, and took Lily and Kari along too. It's a good thing we did because Halloween turned out to be a dud. It rained and Jordan was only mildly interested in collecting candy. Here is a quick shot of the kiddies before they went off to beg for candy...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Organ Man

Aaron has been a ward organist for almost as long as he's been a member of the Church. But he's never had any formal lessons (a fact that may surprise many people!) He had the opportunity to spend an hour at the Tabernacle with one of his musical idols, Dr. Clay Christiansen. He was able to play a few songs and get some helpful tips from Dr. Christiansen. After their session, we got to take a tour of the Tabernacle. We went behind the pipes to see how it all works behind the scenes. It's pretty amazing that this place was built by pioneers in the 1800's. Along with me and Jordan, my parents and Lily and Kari got to come watch. It was neat to see everything and for Aaron to have such a great time. My mom took some video, but I can't figure out how to rotate it-so it's sideways. Sorry! But the sound is still good. :-)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Swingin' With Grandma Raisins

This week, we went to St. George for some training for Aaron's work. During the day, Jordan and I spent time with Grandma Raisins (Jordan's name for Diane) at the park. she taught Jordan how to pump his legs on the swing.

One of Jordan's favorite parts of the trip was riding the elevator at the hotel. He thought that was just great. He was thrilled to count the floors as we went up and down. What a smart kid! He also dug the luggage cart since he was able to hitch a ride with dad.

My favorite part of the trip was the nice weather. It was perfect-in the low 70's most of the time. It was a welcome change from the cold weather we've been experiencing in Salt Lake lately.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Big Scary

OK, I've slacked on posting for a few months. Sorry!!

Yesterday we went to Cornbelly's for our annual fall tradition. Last year, Aaron took Jordan through the "creature" which is this giant inflatable dragon thing that you walk through. It's got scary music and sounds playing and it's very dark inside. Jordan called it the big scary and talked about it constantly.

This year, when we got there, Jordan saw the Big Scary off in the distance. He clung tightly to my leg, but said he wanted to go see it. When we got close enough to hear the music, he changed his mind. But when we started to walk away, he kept turning back. He finally settled on sitting on the ground next to the Big Scary and watching it. Every once in a while, he'd get the courage to go poke it and then run back to me. We spent at least fifteen minutes sitting there watching this thing.

Finally, we were able to go play and do other things. Jordan went on various slides and kiddie rides. Aaron took him on the cow train ride and then out for ice cream.

So, this year we did not go in the Big Scary. But at least Jordan can sleep peacefully at night.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Summer Scrapbook School!

Come learn how to make a variety of mini albums, scrapbook layouts and other fun goodies!

Classes are fun for moms and teens.

Classes will be held at Nycole Rosen’s home
(contact me for address if interested)

For more examples and ideas, please visit my website
(Enjoy 20% off any purchase during class)

Please bring your own paper cutter and adhesives to class. Don’t forget your photos!

Register for some or all classes by contacting Nycole. (If you don't have my email address, leave a comment here and I'll contact you.)

Space is limited! Be sure to register early.

Class Information

Accordion Albums- Make a ten page accordion-style album that will fold up and fit in your purse. Use it as a brag book to show off pictures of your family! Cost-$10.00 Tuesday, June 24th 7:00

Gift Tags- Make two different styles of gift tags that are perfect to top off your presents or add a little note to a plate of goodies. Cost-$5.00 Tuesday, July 8th 7:00

Altered Altoid Tin & Mini Scrapbook- Turn an empty altoid tin into a work of art! Make a mini album to fit inside and proudly display your photos. Great to fit inside a purse. Cost-$10.00
Wednesday, July 9th 7:00

Paper Bag Album- Use brown lunch sacks to make a darling album complete with space for journaling, photos and even hidden pockets to store memorabilia! Cost-$10.00 Thursday, July 17th 7:00

Ring Bound Album- Empty cereal boxes make awesome scrapbooks. Nobody would ever be able to guess that recycled boxes are used for these beautiful albums. Cost-$10.00
Tuesday, July 22nd 7:00

Matchbook Scrapbook- These mini albums are made like a book of matches. The pages flip open to reveal your photos. Cost-$5.00
Wednesday, July 23rd 7:00

Tic Tac Toe Altered Tin Game- Create a game that your kids will love to play! Perfect to carry in your purse to use at church, doctor office, car trips and more! Cost-$5.00
Tuesday, August 8th 7:00

Word Book- Bring out those cereal boxes again! This time, create an album that spells out a word such as “LOVE”,” “BABY” or “FAMILY” Cost-$10.00
Tuesday, August 12th 7:00

Scrapbook Layout-Learn some techniques to make coordinated and balanced scrapbook pages. Great for beginners on up! Cost-$10.00
Thursday, August 14th 7:00

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Day at the Fair

Ok, I'll come back to family highlights again later. I've not been great at keeping this up. Dang.

This weekend, we went to the Eagle Mountain Celebration. They had carnival rides, cotton candy and anything else you can think of that induces nausea! Jordan had a terrific time on the rides!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pyper, the Crayon Eater

This is my darling niece, Pyper. Yes, she eats crayons. (She also drinks water from her dog's dish-but that's another story.) Pyper is the daughter of Ashlie and Andy Stroman. She is a little over one year old. She loves Elmo and Baby Einstein. Her bright red hair always elicits comments from strangers anywhere she goes. She is in love with her mommy, but is truly a daddy's girl. To learn more about this munchikin, you can visit Ashlie's blog where she often raves about her Little Miss.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Brother Nate

This is Nate. He's my 17 year old brother. He's an awesome drummer and a rad guy. He spent a few days with me last week before leaving for a vacation in Ohio.

We should have known he would be a drummer. When he was a toddler, he used to "head bang." By this, I mean that he would rock front and back and bam his head into the car seat. He would do this anytime we got in the car to go anywhere. It would usually put him to sleep. He's always had an uncanny sense of rythm.

Nate is a loving person. He always considers the thoughts of others around him and is often the first person to give me a hug when I enter the room. I love Nate.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Me...From Jordan's Point of View

Jordan has taken an interest in the camera-but not as the subject of the photos. He'd rather hold it and push the buttons. I showed him how to do it, and then he wanted to take pictures of mom. So, here's what we've got.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to highlight one person in my family. Each post will have a recent picture along with a few tidbits about the person. If you're interested in how the ole' family is doing, stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Give Your Altoid Tins a Loving Home

I am again seeking your unwanted and under-loved empty Altoid tins. I promise to turn them into beautiful works of art and will ensure that they are adopted into loving homes. (OK, I can't promise that, but I'll try.)

Here is a photo of some of your tins that have been transformed and are ready for release into the wild. Since I am down to only one empty tin in my possession, I am very eager to take empty tins off your hands. I went to Costco yesterday, but they did not have any. I wonder if they moved them or if they won't carry them any longer. I will have to get a new supplier-and fast. I have several orders that I need to fill, so I need to get my hands on some tins soon.

I do offer one dollar store credit for each empty tin you give me. This can add up, especially if you eat lots of these curious little mints. Please contact me if you have any tins and we can arrange the pickup.

Thank you so much, my cyber friends!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Let's Have a Party!!

Are you interested in learning how you could get free scrapbooks from my shop? It's easy! Host a party! You can earn 10% on your friends' purchases to use on products from my store. Do you work? If so, I'd love to come by your office and show your co-workers how fun and easy it is to buy my pre-made scrapbooks.

If you haven't heard, I'm also offering my custom scrapbooking services. You provide me with the pictures and their details; I'll give you finished scrapbook pages. This is a great way to get caught up or just get started. (This terrific service also makes great wedding gifts for the newlyweds-I love making wedding albums.)

Book a show with me soon-my schedule is filling up quickly with shows. By the way, my mom and I have teamed up our efforts. She makes awesome handbags. Check her out. She'd also available to do home parties-or we can come together!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

When Mom's Away the Boys Will.....

Wear pink pajamas and go to McDonalds for a late night snack!!! Busted, Daddy!

OK, back up. Here's the story. I am tending my little sisters for the weekend while my parents are in Las Vegas. I took Jordan with me to spend the night, but Aaron was home and bored, so he called and offered to come get Jordan and bring him back home. I liked this plan, since that way I wouldn't have to share a room with the J-man. (Not that I don't like to share a room with him, but if I'm near him, he won't sleep. He wants to play.) So, I had dressed Jordan in Kari's jammies since I had not brought his along with us. This pleased Aaron so much, that he promised pictures.

This morning, when Aaron brought little pink boy back to me at my parents' house, Jordan was very excited about getting pop and fries and chicken. I wondered what he was talking about, but Aaron was outta there and gone before I could ask. Hmm. Then, when I came home later today, I saw the camera in the kitchen (not in it's usual spot) and took a look. Sure enough, there was the evidence on the "boy's night out."

This is not the first time Aaron's been caught, though. When we had a shitzu dog, Aaron once fed her some hamburger from our sloppy joes. People food was strictly forbidden, and he knew he was risking death by feeding it to her. So, when he heard me coming down the hall, toward the kitchen, he dropped a piece of the hamburger in the dog's water so she would dunk her face in to try to get it. (Baby's fur was white, and the sloppy joe was, well sloppy, and gave away her little treat.) I instantly saw what had happened. They both slept in the doghouse that night.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Nycole, Where Have You Been?

Wow, I don't like to admit that I can't do it all, and do it all now. But I'm slowly realizing that I am not super woman and juggling all the things I'm doing is taking a bit more out of me than I thought it would. So, I'll update you on all that's going on in my little life.

Jordan celebrated his third birthday last week. His cousin, Pyper turns one today, so we combined their birthday celebration. We had a birthday party with friends on Saturday, the 26th. It was an Elmo-themed party, and Jordan had a blast. His favorite part was blowing out the candles. On Sunday, we had family over and celebrated both Jordan and Pyper's birthdays.

School is also keeping me busy. I am now in week six (so a little more than half way there!) in my English class. We are writing formal reports, and I chose to write about living frugally. No surpise there, I'm sure. I'm enjoying the class, and have registered for a communications class. That one will be a correspondence course, rather than the online. I'll see which format I like better. After the English class, I'll probably take an introduction to Business Management, since this is a prerequisite for another HR class I want to take this summer.

I got some new added responsibilities at work. I now am doing some projects for the Human Resources department. I love it! Since this is what I am going to school for, it's a great opportunity to have some "hands on" experience."

I'm still making and selling my scrapbooks. In fact, this Friday and Saturday, I'll be a vendor at the "Oh Sweet Sadie!" show. I'm hoping for lots of shoppers, since I'll need to pay for my next class pretty soon.

I am also keeping busy with my calling in church. I am the enrichment leader, so I coordinate several activities each month with the committee. We have the annual RS Birthday dinner coming up in March, and it should be lots of fun.

I'l try to post more often. I'm sorry I've been so slow at updating. But I promise it's not because I am sitting in bed all day watching soap operas!

Friday, January 11, 2008

My First Week Back to School

I've completed my first week back to school. I am taking English Composition. Here's is a summary of what I have learned:

As I look back on this past week, I am very excited! I was really nervous to begin school, since I am a little bit older than the average student. But after learning about my classmates, I realized that I am not such the minority after all. There are lots of people attending school later in life. I am also pleased to be able to complete my coursework from home. With technology advancing as it is, we are so lucky to be able to log in and attend class in our jammies. (Yes, I admit to wearing them a time or two while writing or completing an assignment. At the moment, I have fuzzy socks, blue pajama pants and a green sweater on. I look spectacular!)

I enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) reading about sentence fragments and the other topics we studied this week. I am a bit of a grammar nerd, and often very critical when reading material. It was nice to see that I, being the stickler that I am, left a period off one of my sentences. I would like to go with the story that it fell off, but I don’t think that will fly. Experiences such as that are nice to remind me of the little things such as periods.

I am also looking forward to writing the formal report. I am especially glad that we were able to choose our topics. Had I been assigned something to do with sports or politics, I’m afraid I may have failed miserably. (Well, maybe not. We do have Google, after all.)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Wal Mart-Self Inflicted Misery

As I push my overloaded shopping cart through the overloaded parking lot, dodging cars and abandoned carts, I mumble to myself that I will *never* set foot in Wal Mart again. Just a moment later I sigh to myself and realize that I have made that promise before. But this time, I mean it! Let me just share with you a few experiences I have been through....

The Wal Mart where I used to live was not horrible. Well, ok, it was. But it was bearable because it was three minutes from home and I was able to go when it was not as busy (like in the middle of the night!) But that store was always filthy and the staff were less than thrilled to be there. Who could blame them? I was once standing in line, after a gruelling 30 minute ordeal just to buy about ten items. (Since these stores are so MASSIVE, if you want toothpaste and milk, you have to walk half a mile to get from one item to the other. Add an unhappy toddler to the mix, and you have misery only a mother can understand.) Of course, there are only three of the twenty eight checkstands open, and each one is about five people deep. So I pick the one that looks the most promising-the self checkout. I have faith in my checking abilities, so this shouldn't be hard. I watch as the people up to bat are struggling with the machine. It's almost a fight. They look puzzled, then give in and ask for help. But help is slow to come. Finally, they get it done. The next few transactions seemed to go well, until the one right before me. They have one item-it's a microwave or toaster or something. But it would not scan. They look frustrated and look for assistance. When someone finally makes it over, she announces that this machine would be down for at least an hour and to go to another line. By this point, there are at least five people behind me-who high tail it to the nearest line, leaving me at the end. The poor guy behind me, who had deodorant and gum, threw his items on the ground and left. I followed.

Another great thing about these super stores is the apathy it's customers have for the appearance of anything. If they pick up a gallon of milk, and decide in the electronics department that they don't really want it-the milk is tucked away between a Celine Dion and Chicago CD. I once turned down the aisle where the laundry detergent is kept to find an elderly woman struggling on the floor. She had slipped in spilled fabric softener and could not get up. She was absolutely horrified and embarrassed, but willing to accept my help. I offered to talk to the store manager for her, but she refused. She left the store as quickly as her blue laundry fresh soaked bottom could take her.

Speaking of spilled stuff-just today I managed to step into several eggs that had made their way to the ground. Had I not been avoiding careening carts with several other shoppers, I may have noticed the small war zone at my feet. But no, I was a woman on a mission-to get my eggs and get out. So when I slipped on the yellow mess, I was less than happy. Luckily, I had my SUV-sized shopping cart to grab on to.

Have you ever tried filling a prescription at a Wal Mart pharmacy? Don't. I'll be transferring mine elsewhere and pay the extra money. By the time you wait in line, you just as well could have circled the store, in it's vast entirety, several times.

But even the pharmacy cannot compare to the photo center. I send in digital prints online to be printed in an hour. But I don't usually to pick them up in an hour. Sometimes I wait until later in the evening, several hours later. I've even gone in a day or so after turning them in. At least a third of the time, however, my prints are not ready. There's usually a handwritten (and poorly spelled) sign on the counter that says the one hour service is down. And if it isn't down, then you can bet you'll still have to wait. Last week, I walked up to the counter, and I was the only customer. (This is hard to believe, but trust me-I must have smelled bad and kept everyone else away.) There were two people in white coats working the lab. They were both on their cell phones texting. I'll assume not to each other, but who knows. It took me pacing back and forth, clearing my throat and finally jumping on the counter squawking like a bird to get their attention.

I have to say, Wal Mart in the winter is the worst. Nobody wants to be in the cold, so they don't spend the extra fourteen seconds to walk their cart to the cart corral. The result is a shopping cart maze. You can bet that there will be at least half a dozen parking spots in the lot that cannot be parked in because they are full of empty carts. And the space between cars is also jammed. Those pretty landscaped islands? Those are surrounded by carts that have been propped up on their back wheels, the front wheels up on the mound of dirt. What gets me, though, are the carts completely in the middle of the road or blocking someone's access to their car. Especially when it's two feet from a corral. Seriously, how lazy have we become?

So why do I continue to put myself through this Hell? In constant seek of the best deal. But today I paid 2.85 for a gallon of milk. Then I get home and see the ad for Smith's-they have it on sale for 2.50. Maybe it's time for me to start comparing a little more. It's probably not saving me much money, and shopping elsewhere would really save me the heartache.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Join The Club-Scrapbook Page of the Month!

I'm very excited to introduce to you the Scrapbook Page of the Month Club! This will be a super-easy and fun way to get caught up on your scrapbooking. I have copied and pasted the description from my listing, since it covers all the details. I may have to limit the number of memberships, so I can fulfill the orders. So if you're interested, sign up now!

If you've been meaning to get caught up on your scrapbook, but just don't have the time then this membership is for YOU!! Let me do your scrapbooking for you. Husbands-this is a KILLER present for your wives if they have been overwhelmed by the idea of completing scrapbooks, but have wanted to.

You can take advantage of this membership in one of these two options:

*Monthly Option-
Each month, let me know what theme you want. If you have a specific event you need done we can work out the details. You'll receive a two-page 12 X 12 layout each month for a full year.

*One-Time Option-
Let me know what twelve themes or events you want and I'll create twelve 2-page layouts for you to receive all together. This option is great for someone wanting to catch up quickly. Please allow 1-3 weeks for completion.

If you want your photos printed and added, that can be done as well. (Cost varies on number and size of photos.)

Two single-page layouts can be substituted for a two page layout if desired.

The shipping fee is a one-time charge. This covers the monthly shipment. If you opt for the one-time package, contact me prior to purchase to reduce the shipping rate. .

Photos in this listing are samples of pages I have done, and are not actually for sale. If you like one of them, I'd be happy to do something similar for you.

Please visit my website to order your membership package!