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This last weekend I worked on getting my Etsy shop up and running. I added some hair bobs and some towels and napkins. I had a lot of fun working on the stuff that is up now and I have plans to add even more stuff in a few weeks.

I have just recently added things to my Etsy site, I am almost always working on some kind of project. Here is a link to my esty

Happy New Year

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So far today I have watched the Rose Parade online, a great way to start the year.

Last Tuesday I got a new dog-Lizzy. Well she is Lizzy for now we shall see what she really comes out to be. My parents neighbors found her during the really rainy week. They didn’t want her and we had just started looking for a dog. I wanted a dog that looked a little scary but totally was not, she is that. We think she might be husky and german shepherd, who really knows though.

(she likes to stand up on the couch and look out that window,so thats why its a mess)

I have had 10 days off this month and it has been so nice. Work is about to get a little crazy and having this time off has been really nice.  Christmas was wonderful and I got a new camera which is just what I wanted. All of the presents I made for people seem to have gone over well which always makes me feel good. For make it night my mom is refinishing my craft room table, and my dad is painting th dinning room for Carly so the house has been a mess but Christmas is all taken down so that makes it a little easier to get around.

We usually try to clean out the garage on New Years Day but Carly started yesterday, so I followed suit and its  clean already. Now all I need to do is take care of the leaves in the back yard and the sticks that are everywhere after all the rain/wind we have had the last few weeks.

The football season is almost over and it makes me pretty sad. Its a lot of fun to go watch the games every week with my dad and its one of the weekly things that I do that I hardly ever resent.(not that I really resent the other things, but usually they are after work and I am tired  and just want to be home, but Sunday morning I am usually feeling pretty fresh).

I turn 30 2-2-2012 and I want to go on a cruise so as part of my new years resolution I want to start working on that. I will need to save the money this year, get a passport,etc. so I really need to start thinking about it now. My resolution for 2010 was to sell some of my art. I did sell some so that makes me pretty happy. I sold a hat to one of the parents at work and I was a part of a neat project on Etsy that was for charity  and I sold 6 sets of dish towels. So 7 things total  and a resolution kept!

Archie

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Tonight Archie died. I am really really sad. I found him out in the back yard and he could not walk and was breathing all odd, so I brought him in and called my mom. He stopped breathing about 30 seconds after my mom and Katie got here, it was like he was holding on until they saw him. My dad and molly came over after that and we bagged him up and stuck him in the garage but since its thanksgiving weekend we dont think the human society will be open this so we will have to bury him. Its just so sad, he was fine this morning and now hes gone. I love you Archie you where the best dog ever.

FOOTBALL!!!!!!

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NFL Football is back! My dad and I have been counting down the days for forever. This year I have a Fantasy team-Bootleg Jones, I have no idea what i am doing but it should be fun, I am also picking the winners every week, both through my dads job- it started because they needed an even number of teams and I know a little about football. It also means knitting season is here, since I do most of my knitting watching football games.  Tonight we are going over to my dads friends to watch the game but on Sunday we are back at Celebs, the local sports bar.

Speaking of Sunday, we are going to the LA county fair on Sunday! Katie is flying down  to go but she gets here tonight so we will get to hang out a little.

I get my new class of Pre-K kids on Monday, right now it is looking like I will have 8, which is a good number, not to few and not so many I can’t get a  few more. I have been trying to get ready all week, but I may have to come down on the weekend to finish everything up.

Well that’s all for now. But I do hope to be better about writing.

Summer Memories

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This week on Kelly’s Korner, the theme is kids activities, I am a Pre-K teacher so I have a ton since its all I do all day, but I thought I would just share all of the fun things I remember doing as a kid in the summer.

When I was little my mom would try and take us to the beach t least once a week, which might not sound hard but the beach is at least an hour away, and there are my 3 little sisters and I ( there is a 10 year span between all of us so when I say I was little I was probably 8 and she was pregnant and still had 2 kids) A lot of the time my grandma would go to and that was always a treat because that meant she could watch the little girls and my mom could come out in the water with us.

In two different towns close by there are good bagel stores and in the summer my mom would load us all up and we would go grab some bagels and then go to a park and play the morning away. This was really the only times we ever went to a park, we have a merry go round in the back yard,swing set that is park sized, a flipping bar, and a play house- no need really to leave!

(here is the flipping bar in its current state-one side of the compost heap!)

(here is the merry-go round,and play house, and a corner of the swing set, it has a big porch swing on it now)

When I go to be about 10 and my youngest sister was walking we started going on long family vacations, like 2 or 3 weeks on the road seeing all of the western states, and a ton of national parks.Zion National Park will always be a favorite. As is Ghost Ranch, I worked as a camp counsler there for 4 summers in my early 20’s and I have some great memories of the place.

From the summer before third grade until the summer of 7th grade I went to church camp for a week or 2 every summer,different camps with different people but it was alway a blast.

We usually made a lemonade stand at least once in the summer. We would play night tag with the neighbors, swim of course.

I do have a sunny story about swimming in the summer as a kid. So I live in southern California and 20 years ago the smog could get pretty bad some days. We live in a valley outside of LA and the wind would blow the smog in and then it had a hard time getting over the mountains. It has gotten soooooo much better just in my life time, we hardly ever have those days anymore thank goodness! so when we would go swimming we would swim for hours and when we where done our lungs would hurt and there was this odd feeling when your breathed. As a kid I always thought that it was from swimming come to find out as a teenager it was from the smog-duh! I just never put it together.

When I was in about 2nd grade all the way to 6th grade or so my friend and I would switch off going to each others house all summer long that was always neat.

There are so many neat traditions we have that there is no way I will ever be able to write them all down, but its fun thinking about them.

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I just want to say I Love you soooooooooo much, you are the best dad I know!

-you love us so much

-you love the colts

-you love mountain biking

-and your dog

-you love GVL

-and wicked good snacks

You are the best Dad a girl could ask for.

China Patterns?

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First a big Congratulations to my baby sister Molly and her friends Shannon and Amanda Pearl for graduating last night from High School! Molly graduated with honors and Amanda Pearl with High Honors. Yesterday day was also the last day any of us have been enrolled in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, on of us has been in school since the fall of 1987 which is a freaking long time.

My mom has a set of wedding china but we stopped using it when I was little and then just used a jumble of plates. Her china is straight of of the 70’s a brown flower like pattern.  I never really liked it but since she moved and started using it again I really like it now so maybe I am just getting old.

We did always have a “special” plate- it was not exactly like the plate above but close and we only got to use it for birthdays or if we had a special day or something,it was a pretty big deal if you got to use it.

When we were little my mom and I took my sister and I to us the the Laguna Pottery Shack and we each got to pick out a plate, and silverware, it was a huge deal and we still have many of the plates from that trip. The store is gone now and it makes me so sad because I have great memories of that place.

Right now my sister and I have mostly hand-me-down plates, bowls and cups that my parents left when they moved out.

Right now most of my plates are from Wing Hop Fung which is in LA’s Chinatown and we go every year at Christmas time.

Some of our plates we have decorated at various paint your own ceramics places.

While I am going to go make The Pioneer Womans Rosemary Skewers for a World Cup party I am going to on Saturday. I am making them at 10:30 at night 1. because we are going to the LA Flower Mart in the morning so I will have no time in the morning and 2. because they are supposedly really good left to sit and marinate for awhile.

Random Acts of Kindness,plus other stuff……….

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Random acts of Kindness are so neat because they make both people so happy!

My most recent act of kindness was to bake up some cupcakes and bring them into work. I love doing this because it helps moral plus everyone loves a little treat once in awhile!

In the summer I pick veggies from my garden and bring them into people who I know will eat them, fresh from the garden tomatoes are like nothing else on earth!Once in a while I will make a mix CD for someone just because which is a bunch of fun and so far everyone has loved them.

I need to remember to do more random acts of kindness, hopefully this post and other posts will give me ideas and will help me remember to spreed a little happiness.

Okay on to the other stuff-

A few projects I want to put up so I remember them:

Molly’s Lei-I made felt ones for Carly and Yessi when they graduated from CSUMB, but after learning to make fabric flowers (I used this tutorial), I decided to make  one with fabric flowers for Molly. I have only ever made them in green and yellow as those are both schools colors! She loves it and wants a matching headband for Grad night at Disneyland, I have not made it yet but it should be pretty easy so I am not to worried about it besides I have like 5 days!

I made Sammy some socks for his graduation from CSUMB (all of these graduations where different years, well except for Sam and Molly, but those are at least a month apart). I whipped out the first sock pretty fast and then the second sock took forever for no other reason then I was bored with the pattern and I did not want to work on it. But I finished them and they look pretty cool so I am happy. I gave them to his mom to mail to him, but I have not heard if he has gotten them yet-I really want to post the pictures on Facebook but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.The yarn was self patterning so they look much fancier then they really are!I also decided not to match up the yarn when I started so they are both a little different, but the same at the same time, if that makes any sense. The last thing is a picture of my asparagus! I planted some asparagus starts in like February, nothing had come up by the time I planted the rest of the garden in April so I planted something pretty much on top of them, several weeks ago I pulled up some what I thought were weeds but that once they were up I thought they might have been asparagus,again I kind of gave up on any more coming up but there is more! I am super excited! I love asparagus and I can’t wait to have some from my garden.Here are the supper skinny shoots along with a soon to be huge zucchini plant that I planted on top of them-oops!

Just as a reminder for me I have had Jury Duty all week and will go in at least on Monday of next week-all of the kids at work have grown!

Happy Happy Happy

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So over at Kelly’s Kourner the theme this week for”Show Us How You Live” is What makes you happy,what a fun theme,especially right here at the beginning of summer.

(Top row:Mr.Mark Adelson,Sammy,Carly,Kels, Mlette,My mom,Me, bottom row: Molly, Kate, and my dad)

My family and friends make me really happy, this picture was taken on New Years Eve 2009, we have tons of  traditions with our best friends and this is one of them. Getting together on New Years Eve to eat and make a craft or work on a project. We are hardly all there together and realizedthat we didn’t have a picture of all of us even though we have been doing this for more then 10 years so we took one this year!

(Me,molly,Kate,Carly)

My sisters make me super happy,well most of the time anyway! We have a ton of inside jokes, and can get each other laughing in one word or motion. There is 10 years between us but we are all very close anyway.

My garden makes me happy, even the weeds and all the work. I love being out there and seeing everything grow,and then eating and giving away the fruits of my labor.

There are so many things that make me happy that I am just going to make a list because this post could go on forever otherwise.

-the mountains,especially Green Valley Lake

-the beach, Carlsbad and Oxnard are two of my favorites

-my pets

-books

-my craft room

-my kids at work

-a good meal

-Iced Tea-unsweetened of course

Mr.Bean

-all of my families traditions, and fun things we do for them.

Americas Funniest Home Videos

-doing creative things

And so much more that I can’t really think of right now, but I think of myself as a pretty happy person so it doesn’t take much to make me happy, so my list could really go on and on.

Rainbow!

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Today the kids were lining up and I noticed they were the colors of the rainbow so we lined them up in order in the courtyard and took a picture.

(they had just woken up from their afternoon nap and were looking into the sun, hence all the squint-y eyes)

I am working on Sammy’s graduation socks, which I am not really digging only because, they are so boring and basic and the same, I think anyway. I really want to work on other projects but I know if I do I won’t come back to the socks, so I just keep going, so slowly though.

Molly wants me to  make her a graduation lei, I made ones for Carly and Yessi, out of felt but I am thinking I will make Molly’s different and I want to start that but those silly old socks.

We are going up to Green valley Lake this weekend, which is way cool and excited. But its Family Camp weekend and I have never missed a year, I don’t want to talk to much about the reasons I (and my family) are not going but we arn’t for the first time ever and it is making me sad, but something had to change so we are going to GVL instead and seeing as its my favorite place ever I am super happy to be going.

I am taking a puzzle up, my i pod loaded with audio books, some knitting(hopefully I will be done with the blasted socks), and maybe the lei’s and not doing anything else. My goal is to read one book and listen to one book, so over all have ‘read’ two books after the long weekend.

My garden is looking really good, I need to borrow my dads camera so that I can get some non camera phone pictures of it. Everything is still alive and thriving even which makes me really happy. I have been house-sitting these last few weeks so it has not gotten as much attention as I would like but its doing okay, I think the cooler then normal temps., but still sunny, have really helped.