9 Days

yep---it's been 9 days since I posted. Really it's been much longer since I really had a moment to sit down and reflect on life! so more or less a couple weeks since I updated everyone and blogged a bit. Sometimes--life just gets in the way. Sometimes it's a good thing. Sometimes we are so busy experiencing life that we slack off on other areas that need us. I'm afraid that's me. The last couple weeks have been crazy, busy, fun and productive all at the same time.

David had the week off and it was planned that we would finish up Jordan's room and make her life livable again. After all, it's been 10 months since she started living in a construction zone and since we don't see it on a daily basis---it sort of took the back burner for awhile. I really wanted to work on my scrap room this week--but I am happy to say that we didn't--we focused on Jordan's room and it's done! We tore the carpet up---taped and finished the sheetrock---painted (3 different colors)---installed new flooring---installed all new trim---and cleaned everything! She is currently in the process of putting it all back together! She is even purging and if you know anything about my dear daughter--that is BIG for her! David worked his butt off this week and never stopped. He was like the Energizer Bunny. Man do I love him for that.

So we took out the carpet and installed flooring in hopes that that might help Jordan with her allergies! I am praying that that helps!

For me this week has been all about keeping on top of the mess---I love to remodel--well, I love a remodeled house. I don't love the mess. With Jordan misplaced, this week was all about containing her stuff that was in every room in the house! All in all---it went really well! But, I'm sure she is happy to be back in her room. In addition, I had major computer problems that we have been working on for over 2 weeks. I think we have it under control now, but the two of us probably logged over 40 hours trying to repair the desktop. Ugh---what a waste of time. But, we can't be without it. It is our life. That certainly put me behind in all my jobs and I finally feel like I may be catching up!

I worked a few hours last week at the scrapbook store and did manage to attend the scrapbook convention in Bellevue for a few hours. I am trying to get back on top of my scrapping and I am hoping to scrap tomorrow if I can find my mojo! Time to pull out some magazines and browse through some galleries tonight, so I can wake up ready to scrap! I am posting a few layouts today that I have had done for over 10 days! With the computer problem I was unable to get them uploaded until today.

SO, a funny story--or a horrific story depending on how you look at it. So at the convention on Friday, I ran into some friends who had just taken a Canon class. We were chatting about what they learned and one of them asked how to shoot in RAW format on her camera. So--thinking I was going to help her out--I started checking out her camera to find the way to change her format. Well---I'm still not sure what I did--but I ended up formating her card which----yep, you guessed it----deleted all 500+ pictures on her card. I was horrified. Started sweating and practically crying. She was very gracious and said not to worry--that she had most of them already uploaded to Costco.com. She totally let me off the hook. I know it was too late to fix it--but she was so great about it. Love you-Patty!

WOw--I keep thinking of things to tell you about! Must be the 14 days of life that have happened since I last blogged! Chase turned 12 last Sunday and had his birthday sleepover that weekend. Here are a few pictures for you:

The boys getting ready to have an airsoft war at 11pm!
airsofting 5-7

His requested Brownie Cake:
chase 12

The RecRoom full of boys playing video games at midnight:
birthday chaos

Chase recovering from exhaustion the next afternoon:
chase asleep post bday

He had a great time! I slept with earplugs in so that I couldn't hear them after 1am! I think they finally fell asleep about 3 and they woke up at 6:30! oh, to be young again!

A few other fun pics from the last couple of weeks:

Luke-sound asleep with Cooper:
e cooper asleep 5-7 copy

A self-portrait of me & Luke:
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A goofy Luke face:
spooky luke

My BIG dog:
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Okay--so a few layouts and misc. stuff for you:

smart dog

little poser

fall guy

home is where my boys are

birthday card 3birthday card
birthday card 4jungle love card

Are you still with me? That was a long post! I need to try to get more on top of life! We got tons done this weeke but not without letting a few other things slide. There has to be a better balance. I need to find a way to be productive, relax, teach school and be a happy wife, mom and friend all at the same time! Those things don't go hand in hand for me----any one know any tricks?

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