Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chalkboards - Feelin' the love

Chalkboards are everywhere in Blogland. In the summer of 2010 when we came home for a visit from Korea, I found a chalkboard in a thrift shop that was a perfect size. I just didn't have a house to put it in, so did I have suitcase space to carry it back to Korea and put display it in the apartment. It went on my someday list and was carefully tucked into the storage area we had rented near our folks for the Jeep and other odds and ends that didn't make it in the storage of our household goods. The chalkboard was old school green.
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and where someone had written on it with it turned sideways, the chalk was embedded and wouldn't wash away.
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That was fine though, I was planning to paint it black. It's a great size. I'd guesstimate it to be about 3x5 feet, maybe a little leeway on each side.
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I got it painted (not without issues) and hung on the wall just before spring break. I greeted the boys with a "Happy Spring Break" message the day they came home from school. After Spring Break, I wasn't sure what to write on it, so in a haste to have something on there, I wrote "Boys have cooties and are gross!" :) It's the naughty side of me coming out. It was noticed pretty quickly after they returned home from school. Lil Man added a "No, they aren't." Teen replaced the 'Boys' with 'Girls' after a week. It was time to change the message and replace it with something inspiring or sweet. I am no chalkdboard artist. I'll never be a Dana Tanamachi. So, I went looking for ideas in things I'd pinned on Pinterest. I always liked that, and had meant to print it and put it in a frame. But I'd forgotten, so decided to try it on the chalkboard.

 Eh, not really the greatest artwork, but a start.
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I liked it. But wait, did someone add something?
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Good things come

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I am really hoping that good things are going to come to those that wait. Because I'm waiting somewhat impatiently to see what happens with these.
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With moving so much and living in three of our own houses (and now a rental house) during the course of our military lives, I'm always amazed at the gardens or lack thereof of the homes where we reside. This house has great beds, but not a lot of character to any of them other than aged black mulch and pine needles. Blah... In one of the beds in the backyard, there are multiple strawberry plants which have been blooming profusely. I am trying not to get my hopes up too much in case nothing happens past the blooming phase. But, I'm waiting and hoping to be able to harvest some strawberries soon.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Remembering

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In April of 1995, I was twenty-four years old. I was in my second year of teaching in a second grade class room. I was so young and naive, still learning about life and all that life encompassed. I remember that our class was getting ready to go on a field trip to the Earth Day exhibits at the local high school. For whatever reason, we heard about the attack in Oklahoma City and were able to watch some of the news broadcast on the classroom televisions. (I think back on that now and wonder why we were watching it with the children in the room - what impact did that have on them? Did they understand any of it? Were they horrified by it? I have no idea. I didn't understand it myself as no one else did.)
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Years later, while we were living in Kansas, Bonnie, a good friend I'd met online and eventually met in person on different occasions came to visit us. We drove down to Oklahoma City to visit another friend from our online scrapbooking community. While we were in Oklahoma City, we visited the site of the Federal Building Bombing. I can't quite describe how being there made me feel. The site of an American turning on America - one of our own harming us in such a catastrophic way. It was a very sobering experience. Explaining the attacks and the memorial to the boys brought the tragedy even closer to home. G-Dub was deployed to Iraq at the time. American pride and worry about our future was prevalent that day in my heart and mind.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

If anyone asked me

what I do, I definitely couldn't say, "I'm a blogger!" could I? Hmm, there are some cobwebs around here. Sorry!

I'm ok. I've just been busy with other things that detract from my blogging inspirations.

One of those things has taken me into the dark recesses of the basement. Ok, well, not really that bad, but it sounded eerie, cool and suspenseful, didn't it? I bought some new storage/bookshelves for my craft room recently. Being down there organizing some of my supplies gave me the urge to actually USE some of my supplies. I have done a couple of pages in the style of Project Life - the recent craze/style of Becky Higgins with pocket pages for memory keeping. As with anything, I do things my way and not the way it's intended. At this point in my scrapping life, I think anything that gets me using supplies and recording memories is a plus!

My first attempt was to document photos from when we went to MS to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday.
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(I look so tired and worn out {and terrible!} in those photos.
Could it have something to do with the travels we've just completed to get there?
Driving alone for two days... not fun.)

Second was documenting Halloween. (See, out of order, not a weekly record - MY WAY!)
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Then, just last night, I was down at my table again pilfering through my scrap paper supply to gather some things for making some cards. I find that I'm always needing a boy birthday card - and I never have any. My intent was to make a few of those. I completed one.
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Then I remembered MIL's birthday is soon, so I made a card for her.
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Spring Break is next week. We're taking off on a rambling road trip. I am hoping to be taking a new camera lens along with me. If I'm a good blogger when we return, I'll share pics of our adventures!