Sunday, November 30, 2008

On a roll.....

Well Rog is off to NY again today for a couple of days worth of meetings. The upside to this is I get to work on my pages. I got one more done today while watching football and doing laundry. This one is dedicated to Mamaw.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

One more down!

Ok...I got another page done while watching the game...I think OU may start pulling away now, but I didn't say that so I won't jinx them!

Home Sweet Home

Yay! We are back home again. As much as I love all of my family, it sure was nice to crawl into my own bed last night! It was really nice to get to see both of our families this week. The kids all grow so fast! We are so fortunate to have such an awesome group of people on both sides. The kids have such a good time playing together. That is the only sad part in that it would be nice if they could see each other more than just once a year.

I am attaching a new page that I did today.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day of living that we forget the many blessings we all have. I am so very thankful for our family. No matter what happens I have to remember that we are so blessed to have the kids. They really are good kids. I need to remember not to sweat the small stuff. I am thankful for our extended family and that we all have relatively good health. So today, I want to say thank you to the good Lord above that he has blessed us with all he has and pray that you and yours have a safe, happy holiday season.

May God bless and keep you all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today was a huge step..

A HUGE step in my mother's life. She was the last person in the entire world to finally switch off of dial up and onto cable internet! She also added a wireless router so now, she, Roger and I can all sit in the living room on our laptops at the same time. It is great for more than one reason...probably mostly because it drives my dad absolutely crazy! He doesn't do the computer thing cept to view the pictures from his trail camera.

Since we have been here I have done 3 pages. These are from the pictures I took at Madisson's birthday party. We sure have got some cute kiddos!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Today's post is actually a comment/reply to Liz from yesterday...since my reply was longer than most of my posts I decided it could be my post for today and you can all feel my pain! This is more a rant I guess...Sorry. I learned it from reading Liz' blogs!

We bought a new router and Roger bought new internal cards but we hav not installed them yet. We have tried the old net gear usb cards that worked fine before. We have tried the new 2 wire cards that AT&T gave us. It is both my laptop and mine and the kids DT's.
The system work pretty darn good before we tried switching to U-Verse which is fiber optics. We could not keep a signal. The router/gateway kept issuing an IP address and then pulling it back resulting constant dropping and reconnecting. I tried for 4 months probably spent 45 to 50+ hours on the phone with tier 2 tech support or with a tech here to no avail. We gave up and switched back to DSL. Which more or less fixed the problem for a while.

Now I can barely surf or work on the computers because everything is SOOOOOOO slow!!!! It will go from 54mbps to 1mbps in just nothing and then jump to 12mbps and then back to 1mbps. We have about decided we are going to just hard wire everything with cat 5 and say forget it.
AT&T was here for another reason the other day and the guy said one of the cables a tech made us was bad and that was the reason we had problems before and that we should try the U-verse again. Where was he when all those other techs were here trying to fix it! Do they only have one guy that knows what he is doing? I just don't think I can go through all that again right now. Maybe somewhere in the future! Like maybe 2011 or something!

I know..I will have Roger take Jim somewhere again and you and Mary can come over and you can fix it! Deal?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ok. My laptop is now cured of its nasty nasty virus. I almost have it all put back together. I am still fighting issues with our wireless connectivity and it is driving me absolutely crazy! It is like paying for DSL but having dial up! I was so frustrated earlier today I actually sat in my chair and cried! Sad..I know.

On a happier note...I have two more pages to post and share with you all. Well, with Liz and Nana...I think ya'll are the only ones reading this! I am really enjoying the digi scrapping. There is so much to learn!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How bout them Cowboys!

Maybe if I tell myself I don't care who wins before every game..we will always win? Ya think? We had a really good time at the watch party. I made this page of the pictures I took to send to the people who attended. We were on the 20th floor of a downtown Dallas building with an awesome view of the Dallas skyline!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Go Cowboys! (Crossed fingers)

OK, yes my fingers are crossed but I have decided to focus more hope on OU doing well this year than the Cowboys. However, we are going to a watch party tonight and that is no fun if your team doesn't win.

I am not going to have a lot of time today so I thought I would go ahead and post the page I made last night, which I happen to really like if I do say so myself! Have an awesome day...I have to go get ready for church!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ok. I am going to tell a story on myself in this post. Roger, Kylie and Cameron decided to watch a movie (Troy) tonight that we have already seen. Since my laptop is dead with a virus (a whole other story which is not funny at all! ), I decided to excuse myself to my little corner of the world and digi scrap! So since their show was really loud and distracting, I put my headphones on and cranked up the ipod. Now we all know what happens if you are wearing headphones while listening to your favorite sing along! And since you can not hear don't usually do particularly well at it. Well as you can guess...I was typing merrily along minding my own business, quietly singing along to my favorites (or so I thought) and bouncing/dancing in my chair to the rhythms. I am not sure why I turned around but there behind me snickering was Cameron soon to be followed by Kylie.

So the moral to this story is to DANCE like no one is watching...but they might really be watching.
I have also added a pic of a page I did for an online sketch challenge. It is only one page so far.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Well...I stayed up last night and did page 2 of the Smalling Thanksgiving pages. I think it is going to take me at least 4 to 6 pages to do Thanksgiving for 2007. I like this page because I was able to put lots of pictures on it. It seems that my blog is turning into a place to post my pages! But I guess that is ok also. Roger made it home safe!

I think both babies are doing good. Schaffer is pretty stable. Presley was so small (2.5lbs or so) when she was born that she has more to over come. We are a family of strong people so with lots of prayers and love I know they will both be fine! Thank you for your continued prayers!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The learning never ends!

Well, as you can see I am learning more about how to spruce up my blog page. Liz helped me a tad today but I faked my way through most of it myself. (Having the instructions on a website helps a lot, don't tell!) I finished another page last night that I have included for your viewing pleasure! Not much else happening around here...Rog has been in NY but he comes home tonight. That is a good thing...him traveling is bad! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Digi Scrap Pages

Well, it rained this morning and yesterday. So, I have spent some time completing some of the pages I started. I will try to post them here so you can see what I have been up to. This is a test to see if I can get them to post! they posted but rather than post all of them here, I think it would be easier to add a link to them in my Snapfish account. So here it is....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend recap!

Ok…It is Monday morning and rain has cancelled my morning tennis workout, so I figured I would put together a weekend recap post. Since I am typing, I will start with me. This will be quick and easy…I spent way too much of my weekend working on re-organizing my digital scrapbooking supplies. This was extremely time consuming because I have made so many downloads of freebies (love those freebies!!!) that I already have a ton of stuff. (Thanks Liz!) I also wasted a huge amount of time trying to re-format my laptop that has a nasty virus we can’t get rid of. This would be easy to do if I had the Gateway recovery disc, but the bank can’t find it! So I am stuck waiting for them to locate it. IF they can’t locate it I will have to order one from Gateway – which has a FOUR week back order for them right now! Rehashing that was more painful than I expected! On a lighter note, we did get to visit with Courtney, Mary and Liz for a couple of hours on Saturday. They came over and Liz shared my frustration with my laptop and the girls had fun playing. Mary is getting old enough that she and Kylie can play some without someone right there with them. (Chill Liz…Mary is fine)

Cameron has the first day of school basketball tryouts (now that football is over), we should know by Wednesday if he makes the team. His football team had the best record of the 3 freshman teams this year. Woohoo. Josh started working at Fossil at the outlet mall this weekend. He said he really likes the Managers, so hopefully that will be a good learning/growing experience for him and his bank account! Chris is still doing his fire academy training and trying to find a job where he can get closer to fulltime hours. Ms. Kylie has one more class in her first tennis lessons. She is really enjoying it and Roger and I were surprised at how well these kids do at this age.

The Cowboys were off this weekend and if things do improve soon, this will probably the first and last time I mention them in my blog this year! The Sooners beat A&M…Roger and Jim made the trip to College Station to watch the game. I am glad they won…it sucks to go to a game when your team loses!

I plan to start posting some of my Digital Scrapbook pages for everyone to see soon.

Please pray for my cousin’s little boy Schaffer, he is in heart surgery right now as I type this. They expect everything to be okay. Also, my other cousin’s granddaughter was a preemie and is still in the hospital, so please pray for Presley and her mom Megan who was in the hospital also with a staph infection she got while in the hospital to have Presley! Thanks!

PS..I will work on making shorter posts! :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Do I really want to start this blogging thing?

Well, since my sister-in-law (who is a blog-xpert) found out I have a blog that I have posted on only once over a year ago, I guess I should try and make it a habit.

Things that worry me about starting and maintaining a blog are…Is this going to become just one more thing on my to do list? Am I going to be compared to Liz – Not as funny, too brain dead to figure out how to do the cute backgrounds she uses instead of the canned ones I am using now or how to figure out how to post pictures? Will the whole world think we are both strange and dysfunctional now instead of just her? I am I going to be sorry I gave her the opportunity to pay me back for the smarty-pants comments I made on her blog? Will anyone read it I really want anyone to read it? I worry about these things you know!

I guess I could change my picture to one of someone other than myself so if I ever meet a total stranger on the street who has read my blog, they will never know it is me! Friends and family members already know the truth about my sanity so nothing more can be done there… But you know, if Liz doesn't tell anyone this is here and I don't tell anyone, it could take years for anyone else I know to even find out! Shhhh....this place is a secret!