Sunday, July 05, 2009

A rainy 4th and random thoughts

We didnt go to see fireworks last night as I had hoped. It rained most of the evening so the large public displays were cancelled. I heard at least one was rescheduled for tonight but I'm not sure if we will go or not.

We did go to Trent's parents house for dinner. Talk about some yummy food. His father grilled ribs and tenderloin. Oh man oh man!! I could have eaten my weight in them. Poor Trent was so full he could barely breath.

I made cupcakes, brownies and sliced some home-grown tomatoes (that I am very proud of) to take down there for the dinner. I didn't get pictures of any of it because they werent anything special. I had bought a cake decorating kit some time back and had planned on decorating the cupcakes...Or try to anyway. But of course, being the procrastinator that I am, waited till the last minute to make them so I just threw some red, white and blue sprinkles on top. One of these days I am going to get that kit out and just play around with it. new favorite words here lately..."one of these days I'm gonna......."

I have no new projects to share or photos to post. I do have several that I have taken at Steven's and Lathan's baseball games that I am in the process of editing. As well as some of my dear friend Jana's beautiful kiddos. Once I have those edited I will post a few of my favorites.

Kristy has been trying to teach me how to do watermarks for my shots, but I just can't seem to "get it". She made the cutest logo for me and I want to be able to use it to watermark my photos. Ugh....I really wish I knew more about my PSE. I figured out how to get it saved into my brushes but everytime I try to apply it to a photo it doesn't look just as I had hoped. I am wanting it to just have the letters, but it ends up with the box around it.. I tried to play around with it but ended up getting flustered and stopped. LOL.

Sorry Kristy. You are an excellent teacher..but I am a lousey student.

I have also started reading "The Host" by Stepanie Meyer. I'm about half way through it. It seems to be a good book but to be honest it hasn't grabbed me like her other books have. The Twilight Saga was just so addicting. I don't seem to have the level if addiction with this book. I read it at night before I go to sleep. With the Twilight books I read them every chance I had...I neglected my housework for a week to read all four books..LOL.

But I did stay up way to late last night reading. So I got a late start today. Here it is almost 3pm and I'm still drinking coffee. It is also another raining gloomy day and I dont want to do much.

Well I guess I'm off to do some laudry..( that stuff is never ending). The facebook apps are calling my name too. heehee. I may try to tackle some editing later.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend.

~Monica Jo~

(C&R I love and miss you)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July. I'm off to a BBQ and hopefully to see fireworks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Steven, Lathan and I took a break from the madness and went camping with some family a couple weekends ago. We went over to Sugar Bay in Land Between The Lakes or LBL as we call it around these here parts.

We only stayed Saturday night and most all day Sunday but the boys had a ball. I wish we could have stayed a bit longer but our schedules wouldn't allow that. Steven had a game early Saturday morning so we couldn't go Friday night. Trent couldn't go because he had to fix a couple tractors and do some much needed clean up in the fields from the ice storm we had a few months ago. I hope we can take all the boys sometime soon and stay for a few days. I miss camping with the boys. It has been several years since we've been. This was also the first time Lathan has been and don't think he didn't let everyone he saw know

We had a big time sitting around the fire and doing some night fishing. Steven caught his first catfish ever and boy was it a catch. It weighed in at 7.1 lbs. He was so excited he even talked about having it stuffed and mounted...Sorry son, but I have a better idea of how to enjoy that big 'ole fish...heehee. yummy yummy.

Steven sure was on a roll with the fish. This is a nice size bass he caught too. He caught several while we were there but these were the biggest. I caught a couple but none of them were worth mentioning compared to the ones he got.

Lathan usually could care less about swimming. He's more of an in and out kind of swimmer. Not to mention I'm not a huge fan of swimming in the lake, so I didn't think too much about packing swimsuits for the boys. Lathan doesn't even like wearing shorts very much so he pretty well stays in his Wrangler's and boots all the time. My lil' redneck, gotta love it. But when we got down to the boat ramp and he saw all the other kids swimming he wanted to too. So he stripped off those boots and Wrangler's down to his Batman boxer briefs and away he went. I was surprised he stayed in the water as long as he did. He had a ball.

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This is where I was most of Sunday, I had the sunburn to prove it.

Here is another shot I took while the kids were swimming and we adults were relaxing...errr I mean fishing..heehee.

It was a beautiful weekend to go, I am so glad the storms gave us a break long enough.

If you would like to check out more on Land Between the Lakes, go to

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Sympathy Card

I made this card for some friends of ours who recently had a loss in their family. It had been a long, hard, emotional road for them and I just wanted them to know they are in our thoughts and prayers.


Basic Grey "Blush"
Queen & Co. Felt Fusion
Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Tea Dye"
Xyron 500 adhesive


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Thursday, May 07, 2009

What to do on a rainy day?

We made these the other day to give us something to do while it was raining...

The birds love them.

If you've never made one they are so easy.

1. Get a pine cone.

2 Spread peanut butter over it.

3. Roll in bird seed.

4. Tie string or yarn around one end.

5. Hang from a tree.

I have seen a couple cardinals enjoying them and have been trying to get a few shots of that. So far no luck..hehee
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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Today he turns 10

Happy Birthday Charile. I love you more than you will ever know!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Prayer Request. PLEASE!!

Hello to all my very special creative friends. I can not go into detail at this time but my family and I are going to a very rough time. I am asking for prayers from you all. Please pray for strength, understanding and that this is resolved quickly.

Thank you all so very much. I have a special place in my heart for each one of you.

Love and hugs to you all.