Monday, July 5, 2010

All Inclusive

Today I have a few more Bella Blvd. projects to share. Above is a card made from Man of the House and below is a layout made from the All Inclusive line. I can't believe I made this layout in January, it feels so warm and sunny! There was actually snow on the ground when I photographed this layout believe it or not :)
To save paper I actually cut out the middle of the orange background paper and used it for another project.

I don't have much else to say today! It is 4th of july weekend and I have spent it relaxing and doing all the nothing that I can stand. I often feel guilty for not spending more time doing activities with the kids and this weekend was all about laying back and just recharging my batteries so to speak. Every mom needs a little time to just sit back and say "I'll do it tomorrow" and this is officially my weekend for doing just that, I am claiming it and I am going to savor it. Tomorrow it is back to work and back to the balancing act that is my everyday, I'll be ready- are you?

Book and thoughts of the week



Reading. Studying. Gardening. Cooking. Creating. All of these things have been fighting to be the forerunner of my activities the past several weeks. I have been drinking a LOT of coffee and doing as much as I can handle before giving up and crawling into my bed, surrendering to the warm chocolate brown sheets and melting into a much needed deep sleep.
I am in week 8 of my first term of classes with Kaplan University. Only two more weeks left and so far I have a 99% in all my classes! I am really happy with this and I have actually learned a LOT. I'll be graduating in about nine months from now and everyday I think about the future and feel a little tinge of excitement at the fact that I am finally finishing school, I wish I had done it sooner. I wish I had known how easy it would be to go to school online and get a real deal degree from a big girl school :)
This week I am reading The Passage by Justin Cronnin. I absolutely had to read it after seeing his interview on Good Morning America- seriously Stephen freakin' King called in during the interview to tell Cronin how much he loved his book and said that he hoped it sold "a million copies". Seriously. That was the moment I knew I had to read it- besides the fact that it is about vampires that is ;). I am about halfway done with the book and lemme' tell ya what- Cronin's vampires most definitely do not sparkle in the sunshine and fall madly in love with teenage girls! I am enjoying the book but it's definitely not the genre I would normally read. There have been several parts of the book that I would have liked to have been written differently. It hasn't been - for me anyway- an "I can't put this down for anything except to go to the bathroom and eat" book, but I think I need a little more time to get fully engrossed in the book, it is after all- one ginormous book!
I also have one more bit of exciting news I want to write about. I have been a work at home mommy since 2004 and I have done just about every different type of WAHM job you can think of. I am adding a new item to my resume of work at home experiences- freelance writing. I have loved reading and books ever since I was old enough to listen to a story, let alone read one myself. I don't know why I never recognized how fulfilling the act of writing and creating my own story could be. I've always thought it would be the most amazing thing to be the author of a story as enthralling as those of my childhood, why didn't I ever sit down and actually write? I don't have an answer for that, I've always been creative so it's only natural to me that I feel a new creative desire- to write.
I know I've got a lot to learn so I'm starting small. I have accepted three freelance writing gigs to get a little experience before writing on my own topics. I'm having fun- so we'll see where the creative ride takes me!