Thursday, December 27, 2007

What a merry Christmas...
Kiddos are both happy. Danny's favorite gifts include the roboraptor, and the nerf tommy gun. Riley's favorites include her RC jeep, her digi camera (fisher price) and her fish. Yes. Real.Live. Fish. Daddy decided to buy the bowl, gravel, and food before christmas and then give her a gc to get the fish. She is absolutely in love.
Danny has been chasing army men all over with his raptor, and shooting every thing he can stand up with his nerf tommy gun.
I hope everyone had a merry christmas. Enjoy the new year, and be safe.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lookie what i made...

I made this for Riles' bus driver, Joann. It opens up and is a mini album. So very easy to make. We are also giving her some chocolates, and an ornament. Danny chose to give his bus driver just some chocolates. He said he didn't want to give him anything homemade, because it is too "girlie". Oh well, I think Mr. Nelson will like chocolates just the same. I am going to throw in some homemade cookies as well.
Happy Holidays,


Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Program

Riles' preschool teacher really outdid herself this year. The program was absolutely wonderful, and I am so glad we kept her in Pooh. She has had an amazing experience in preschool, and I hope she has one all through elementary school.
Here are some more pictures from her program. We did not make it to Danny's program due to the weather that night. We got a bunch of snow, and the roads were pretty yucky. I feel bad, but you should have seen danny do the happy dance. It seems the new music teacher hasn't made a great impression on the students. I still inform him to use his manners and be polite.

Here they are

Santa Claus is coming, to town...
He sees you when you're sleeping,
He knows when you're awake.
He knows when you've been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!
I think for THIS littlest sheep, it will be mighty difficult to be good!
Happy Holidays!
chris, wendy, danny, riley ( this picture was taken at riles' christmas program. The teachers get the students a present, and they get it from Santa! This year, Riley got a see through put it together frog ,including organs, a stuffed frog, a package of rubber insects, a package of rubber spiders, and some candy. Do they know her or what? Not a girly thing in the package!) Danny informed me this year, I am not sitting on santa's lap. I am entirely too old to do that! (Said to me in his most forceful 10 year old voice.) So, i will try to get him to at least pose by the big snowman at the mall.

(ms goofball at her finest!)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Here is another one..

I took this photo of chick when i did a (not so good) photo shoot of mike/brandy kids. This is one of chick.


More tweaking in photoshop...
what do you think of these?
I posted befores and afters..drop me a line. Let me know which is your fav.
before after

before after

Here is another version of this photo..
Happy Birthday Mike and Michelle!
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear wierdos,
Happy Birthday to yous.

love whimp, chris, danny, and riles.

Monday, December 03, 2007

LOOK what I can do now...

I bought a set of actions for Photoshop Elements. It helps make my pictures look much better. These are simple steps I could do on my own, IF i understood this chaotic program. I didn't realize how much better my pictures could look if I just new how..

what do you think? I am posting before and after shots.







Saturday, December 01, 2007

Wahoo! Snow Day!!
I don't have class today, today. I don't have class today! Yeah! Yippee.. can you tell I am excited? Of course, this means I am going to be homebound with a rambunctious 4 year old, BUT hopefully the roads improve so logan can spend the night with danno.
Yippee!! I don't have class today!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I have to stop and catch my breath. What a nice long weekend. Chris and I had Pat and Blackie over for Turkey Day, then we went to my mom's for appetizers and punkin pie. The kiddos stayed the night with the grandma's (and papa) so Chris and I could go shopping on Black Friday. WOW! I am done christmas shopping for the monkey brats. I just need to get our parental units done, the fruit loop (kenny), teachers, and the babysitter. Then, I will be officially done xmas shopping. Whew.
I met fickel for scrapping on saturday, bought a cool little something for ms. patricia, (mama pat) and cannot wait for her to get it. Hee Hee..can't share cause she's a follower (reader of the blog).
Then, as i was reading karen's blog today, I see this..find your elf name..of course i had to do it! lol..
Your Elf Name Is...

Fuzzy Cartwheels

happy reading.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Only 4 more sleeps! Then it will be Thanksgiving Day!
Riles told me this at 7:00 this morning, after I had just gone to bed at 4:30. She is excited because she is spending the night with Grandma and Papa. Chris and I are going shopping the day after Thanksgiving, and he wants to get up EARLY. He is the one who is excited. Me, i just want to get all the shopping done. I have a good start, but need some little stuff for the kiddos. Including stocking stuffers. I have danny's jolly red fat man present, but need ms. riles'. I think she is going to get the VSmile..but not the pink one, that's for girls! (geesh..what was i thinking!)

I have to renew my teaching license this month. OUCH! It is expensive. are some pictures of Mindy and Fickel when we were in Kansas City.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
(Mindy) (Fickel)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

why do you suppose?
the grass is green instead of purple?
smurfs were blue?
kamakazi pilots wore helmets?
Riley doesn't like pink cause its for girls? (go figure on that one)
Danny won't let me take his picture anymore?
On a side note, to all the family Riles' xmas program is on Dec. 2nd this year at 4 or 4:30. I will double check the time (this is a sunday) from what i understand it will be the christmas story or something similar. I don't have all the details yet, but will probably get them soon. I have no idea why it is a sunday this year, other than the fact Pooh services students from 4 school districts, and with all of their school programs and only 3 weeks in December to get them done, they ran out of options.

Update on Hadleigh,
I guess they will be doing her surgery sometime the week after Thanksgiving. Stacy said they really won't know the exact date until the time gets closer. I am planning on going up the day of surgery. Just to be there for stacy, turtis, and of course granny (aka kathy).
ok.. later gators, i have homework to do..gots me a 10 page paper to on the 1st!
(Also, on Dec. 8th. we are scrapping at the's my birfday...JEN if you are in the area STOP BY, or call and see if you can get on the list!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Amazing isn't she?

I think she has to be the most easy going baby I have seen. She let stacy and I prop her up, mess with her headband, and keep taking her binky away..and she barely made a fuss. She did smile at us a couple times, and i don't care what anyone says..they were smiles. She has the BIGGEST feet! So adorable. I am posting just a couple of pics, cause i don't want to post the ones stacy wants to give out..

Sunday, November 11, 2007

To those who have served...

Thank you!
Pictures from last weekend...
Went to mike and brandy's last weekend and took pics of their kiddos. Now..these are not professional, nor do i pretend to be one. I hope they make them happy, and i need to get katydid alone so i can get some different shots of her. I wasn't impressed with the ones i took. Of course, i wasn't too happy with any of the shots, but here are some i photoshopped to see if brandy would like them any better..

Pics of bubba

I couldn't decide which one i liked so here are two


and Mister:

Tomorrow i am going to go take pics of hadleigh. I can't wait to see her!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Just some pictures...
Not much to say, just gonna post some pictures.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

All those clothes sold at the Gap...
and people pay 40.00 for a shirt for...yep...made by CHILDREN in india. Niiiiiceeee. Yep.. Ironic isn't it? Americans will pay 100.00 for an outfit for their children, while the clothing has been made by a CHILD as young as 10, working 16 hours a day, often paid NOTHING for their labors because they had been labeled "trainees." I wonder how many SELFISH people will still buy their children's clothes at the GAP. Even after this has come out, says they pulled the clothes made at THAT many of their sweatshops haven't been caught? Here is the link

On another note, this one scrapbooking, Heidi Swapp and her husband have moved to CHINA so his company (decorative, iron garage doors) could be manufactured over there. Hmm...makes you wonder what kind of "shop" he has doesn't it? I have boycotted her products. Most of them were very inferior anyway, the chipboard letters (that were SUPPOSED to be self adhesive) well...the sticky was dried up, and the rubons are absolutely terrible. Those are just SOME of the problems I have encountered. Others have found more. It is really obvious isn't it, who is more concerned with the almighty dollar, than values, ethics, hard work, and morals. Interesting isn't it?
Halloween Spooktacular part deux!
WOW! what a fun filled night! The sisters really outdid themselves this year. I didn't have a lot to do with it this year, due to my class schedule on saturdays. I was designated the party photographer, but due to it being dark, a lot of the pics are blurry. That's OK tho. I still got some great shots of the rooms, games, characters, and even bugsmeade juice bar.
The characters:
Mesmeralda, the witch
Red, the Redneck Tooth Fairy
Cindy the bugtender
Dr. Insane the mad scientist
Hayrack the hayrack ride driver
We had 116 (i think) kids this year. That is more than last year! It was an awesome turnout considering several other events going on in town (and this is a very small town). Here are some pics of how the night went.
Deanne becoming Mesmerelda:
Dr. Insane

Redneck Tooth Fairy
Some of the Food:

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Whew! What a weekend!

Fickel, Mindy, and I all had a great time in Kansas City. We took some classes, cropped at a crop, spent some time (and money) at the vendor fair, drank some drinks, and ate some ok food. i need to regroup for the Halloween Spooktacular for this coming weekend. So much fun happening in our lives.
I want to take some time to regroup and welcome the newest member to our big boisterous family. My great-niece Hadleigh. If you remember, not too long ago I posted and asked for the prayer warriors who read my blog, to pray long and hard for my niece Stacy, her fiance, Curtis (turtis), and their unborn daughter Hadleigh. It was discovered in utero, Hadleigh's heart wasn't completely formed. She had a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Well...

HADLEIGH IS HERE! She was born on October 12, 2007. She weighs a whopping 5 lbs 2 ounces NOW..she weighed 4 lbs 14 ounces at birth. She is doing good, and it looks like the doctors will be doing the first of (hopefully) three surgeries within the next couple of weeks. I don't have a picture of her without tubes, but here is one Kevin sent me last week. (He is the weird hairy one in the picture).

Congrats to all!


Thursday, October 18, 2007

See you all on Sunday!
Yeehaw!! Fickel, Mindy, and I are all headed south to Kansas City for the Creating Keepsakes Convention, yes it's for scrapbooking. I didn't take any class, I just signed up for the crop, but man it is two WHOLE days to be a big girl..i better go pack my big girl panties!


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Wilma, Gary, Jeannie, Mark, and Diesel,
all came for a visit two weeks ago. We had the funnest time at the river, and riles and I went back on Sunday to help cook, and eat, breakfast before everyone left.
Wilma is my dad's first cousin. They grew up like brother and sister, and always kept in touch. I remember how she looked the last time she saw my dad. I truly think he was her dearest friend, even though she lives in California and many miles separated them.
Anyway, Wilma and her husband, Gary, drove their RV from Riverside CA, to Hooper (that is pronounced Hupper, only if you live there tho! lol) Nebraska. Then they joined forces with Mark and Jeannie (also my dad's cousin) and they all drove here to the river to spend the weekend.

Diesel is wilma and gary's chihuahua.

Meet Stupor Man (Mike)

Dianne and Deanne

Gary, Mark, Wilma, and Diesel