Saturday, June 28, 2008

5th ATC- The Drive (English Style) :-) ...


Due to a slight mistake you are looking at driving as how they do it in England, with the steering wheel on the right. Well, I still like it. So, this is to all of you from England. (E.C., for example :-) )

Some Of The Pictures I Have To Share...


















Summer fun and Potty training do NOT go hand in hand... :-) Feel free to pass along tips for potty training Miranda... sigh... We do have shots of the four kids watching two helicopters pass by. Oh, how they are amazed by them. Even caught my father-in-law holding Dario. He hates when I go on a photo rampage. But he sat still and bore it. Thank you for the memories!!! Well, here you go for now. I will have more soon. Love you!!!

Oh, July is upon us, and this is what we have planned the first week... Secondly first, since I want to end good. We are doing a double birthday party for Giosaia, whose actual birthday is the 5th), and Antonio, (who missed having a party the last couple of years due to sickness). Giosaia requested to celebrate and share his birthday with his brother. Isn't he sweet and cute? We could not pass up this chance to bless both of them. And I thought it was a great lesson in giving, loving, and kindness. We will be celebrating on Sunday, July 6th here at our house. Yippee!!! As usual it will probably be a "stars and stripes" theme that goes so easily with the holiday weekend. :-) We will see as I have not figured out so many details.


Anywho... Then, our military friends from Naples, the Candeloro family, http://candelorochronicles.blogspot.com/have kindly invited us to spend Independence Day with them again. Yay!! That means we get a sort of American celebration complete with burgers, hotdogs, other yummies, fun time together with friends we love, entertainment from military personel (hoping the one singer girl will be back this year, she can sing some-kinda-almost-ella-fitzgerald, Man!), and at the end of the day, what makes my heart soar and my tears fall in gratefulness, FIREWORKS! The 4th of July would not be the same without them, and we had a couple without them to know it. Thank you Anthony and Elaine and family. We love you and are so grateful for you (not just because you take us to C.P. with you!). :-) Have a great day to all of you! And REMEMBER our military and the reason we fought and still fight today. Independence, there is nothing like it. Thinking of you all. Happy July 4th-full-of-memories!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Value Tale Series Books...

My friend, Kathy, told me about these, and I just recently did a search on them. Check it out, You May Be Glad You Did!! And let me know if you ever read or like them. That would be fun to know... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ValueTales

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fun Summer Activity For The Kids During Summer Days...

scribbit.blogspot.com

Here is a very fun and easy activity for the kids to do... a Color Coded Nature Walk. I will totally do this.

And Yet More Blog Candy...

Okay, I can only bet that you are fed up with these. Well, these are my only chance to win things for crafting. And some of these include people who are overseas. So... please hang in there while I get over this rather full blog candy time. I am lovin it, though. Now if only I could actually win something. If i do, I will totally let you all know.So...

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More Blog Candy...

justinegrainger.blogspot.com

whiteribboncards.blogspot.com

starvingartistamps.blogspot.com

Hours of crafting fun!!!

Blog Candy For More Creative Fun!...

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A Note About What I Will Be Posting On Soon...

Hey, all, I have a bunch of pictures I want to post, but I do not have the time to do so right at the moment. This is to remind myself what I need to add and give you a little idea of what I will be sharing. Um, we have...a visit from family from the States, a new project being worked on in our house, the adventures of potty training Miranda, and some other every day shots to share... When I get the chance, I will do it. You know I will!!! Until then, hope you are well. Have a great day!!!

16th Cut- The Dancing Mice...


This was a practice one. I feel "blah" about it. I did it, though, so I added it.

15th Cut- The Crab...



Giosaia has a design on an Osh Kosh shirt (shown in bottom picture, top crab)that I absolutely could not help but try to replicate (bottom picture on the bottom). Here is what I freehanded, then cut. I may use this for Giosaia's birthday card in July.

Oh, and aside from the shirt, my other inspiration was from Snippety Gibbet's crab papercut scene for her aunt.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This Gave Me A Chuckle...

Can relate to many of these? And just because of that, could not help sharing. Share the chuckles...
http://icecreamdiary.blogspot.com/2008/06/pregnant-confessions.html

If you ever get a link that won't link, maybe type in the email site address in the header at the top of the page (ex: icecreamdiary.blogspot.com) Then find the entry you are looking for (ex: like this one titled "Pregnant Confessions").

More Blog Candy...

http://theluckyclucker.blogspot.com/2008/06/blog-candy.html
http://
fred-she-said.blogspot.com/2008/06/blue-blossoms-allisons-girls-blog-candy.html
http://www.yarnsoftheheart.com/search/label/giveaways
http://silkeledlow.blogspot.com/search/label/Blog%20Candy
http://crejakaarten.blogspot.com/2008/06/blog-candy.html
http://mylifesinkyescapeandmore.blogspot.com/2008/06/blog-candy-time.html

Some of these need to be entered REALLY soon. One of them in the next couple of hours to qualify... Have fun!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Do you know about Blog Candy?

http://mylifesinkyescapeandmore.blogspot.com/2008/06/blog-candy-time.html

Blog candy is stuff that people do a random pick from blog comments or such to give them a free prize. Fun stuff. Care to check out one site that is giving away blog candy? Here it is. Stamping fun...

4th ATC- Let's Go Ride!...








The inspiration for this one began while reading Snippety Gibbet's blog http://snippetygibbet.blogspot.com/ For her, "snipping" and bikes seem to go hand in hand as far as hobbies go, and sometimes also as far as papercuttings go,too. :-)

I did it!!! I figured out how to link . Thanks to Jena at www.yarnsoftheheart.com and My Ice Cream Diary at icecreamdiary.blogspot.com for all of your help. Don't know when I would have figured it out without you... Have a great day!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I Have Been Linked!...

And, once again, I am overly excited for something so small. Today, Monday, June 23, I have been linked for the first time that I know of! Meaning, someone else has put my blog address into their crafty site or whatever for others to link to. Now, that is cool!! I think. Thank you to, stampinwhenican.blogspot.com . Wish I could, or had the time to, figure out how to link you, too. :-) Well, have a great day whoever ends up reading this.

2nd ATC- The Ways of Waves... And 3rd ATC- Psalm 57:1...


Sunday, June 22, 2008

1st ATC- The Tire Swing...


This is my first ARTIST TRADING CARD, aka ATC. It is a 2.5'' x 3.5'' craft card that can be used for trading with other crafters. It can be, as quoted from Snippety Gibbets to me, "stitched, cut, collage, whatever..." I will look for the link I have to a site that explains it even better. For now, the first one is complete. Yay!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

14th A & B Cuts Echo Petals...


These are "a cut from a cut". The flower on the left was cut from the flower on the right. And the flower card on the right is actually two cuts in one, with the outer yellow flower being one and the inner white flower in the burnt orange paper being another. Was fun to do. Love swirls, twirls, and flowers all mixed into one. And getting two cards out of one cut is not bad either. :-)

Crafting Creatively: Swell News-Little Paper Shop

Crafting Creatively: Swell News-Little Paper Shop
Just tell me you would not have loved to receive this card for your baby shower!!! How great is that!! The gift of new life is to be celebrated, and what better way to add some personal touches than by making a card. Just so loving pregnancy art. And this totally fits that description... :-)

Friday, June 20, 2008

My Many Colored Days: Did I just say that?

My Many Colored Days: Did I just say that?

Physical Therapy Has Begun!!!...

Dario began his physical therapy on Wednesday, the 18th. I got a call from the girl that day saying she wanted to know if it would be okay to come by and get to know him a bit. Alright, sure. Well, he did not have a problem with her, but he was not too keen on the things she was trying out on his neck. He pretty much screamed the entire time. Thank goodness Thursday and Friday went MUCH better. And here is a Praise Report... we took Dario to the pediatrician again. Okay, the poor kid seems to never finish having something up. He has conjuctivitis (pink eye)that is bad enough that he wakes up with his eyes "glued" shut. That is both "ick" and "awwww". He has some redness in his throat, too. Anyhow, the praise is that the doctor was thrilled with the progress he has had with his neck since she last saw him in May. She actually said that she would venture to say that it was a 60% improvement since then, and that is only a month ago (and before the therapy even began). Wow!!! God is good. So, anyhow, keep praying and praising, and thank you to all of you who have been interceding for us. You mean so much. We will be doing the physical therapy 5 days a week for at least three months, so you know... Soon.

Father's Day...



















Living in Italy, we get the benefit (or not) of two Father's Days. Well, I personally can never forget our traditional American Father's Day (though, sorry, Daddy and Pop-pop, I did not call right away...). The kids were sick for a week before, and the last of the kids was upstairs trying to avoid noise due to a fever and nausia, so pictures are not as detailed as normal, but still reflect the effort. We love you, Anthony!

Here are pictures of Anthony eating the nice meal of pasta and brasciole that I made. And here is the paper cut I did for his card. It was based on Psalm 127:3-5 which says, " Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them..." It was rushed, but was from the kids, so the mistakes make it look it. :-) (Being a bit "particular", I had to talk myself into accepting that reasoning so as not to drive myself crazy and do it again...and I was already late getting it all done, so...)

There are also pictures the kids drew for their PapĂ . Antonio did a 3 part dinosaur story. Giosaia did Pinocchio and Lightining Mcqueen. Luca did a family portrait and a man. Miranda did a very colorful one. And I also did a white crayon secret message which I was recently reminded of on a blog I check into often. (I will get back to you on which one that is...as I have blanked at the moment. Sorry.) It says "We love you!!! Your 'arrows' think you are the best and blessed..." I did it as I was short on time, in case you are wondering why I did not have the kids do it. Next time...

The Results Are In...


Thank you, Scribbit, and guest reader and judge, Lei, from the My Many Colored Days blog, for the Honorable Mention. (Unfortunately, I am still working on how to put direct links into the blog. I am sorry. Having silly issues in spite of those who have tried to clue me in. Thank you to those of you trying to help me through it. Working on it. In any case...) I am so excited! For those of you who enjoy reading, there are links on scribbit.blogspot.com to each of the wonderful stories written and entered into the contest. I, personally, cannot wait to read them (when i get a chance). Have fun and have a great day!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My June Write-Away Contest Entry Is Complete...

The Longest Journey


“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

The longest season of my life so far has been motherhood. With its highs and lows, joys and tears, discomfort and pain, doubts and fears, I, first, watched myself saunter, climb, sprint, crawl, trudge, and sputter into womanhood, and then, again, into my role as “mommy”. It has been a journey unlike any I have ever read about in any travel book, but it has been the most rewarding, fulfilling, and memorable of any I have ever taken. ( And I am not even half way through it yet.)

The rewards have not been name-plated trophies or engraved plaques of appreciation. Rather, there have been those scattered opportunities to see my impact on these little blessings of mine. As my children change from helpless infants to mobile little people full of curiosity, innocence, openness, and bright-eyed wonder, I revel in their satisfaction over a job well done, or as they grasp the meaningfulness of a helpful hand, a kind word, a compliment, or a gesture of care. Watching them learn and grow is the incentive that fuels our family days. And remembering these sweet, refreshing incidences has been the key to keeping me energized and inspired to continue going mile after mile. As, it is a journey not just for me, but also for them.

There are certainly moments when I feel unappreciated, overworked, discouraged, and desperately needing some “oil of joy”, but, all in all, life is FULL. Kisses, hugs, smiles, singing, laughter, arguing, whining, angry outbursts, and pleas for forgiveness litter the hours that we, as a family, spend together. Each adds to my growth, our growth, and the character that takes us one step further along this highway called LIFE.

The “elements” may hinder me: avalanches of responsibility; downpours of misunderstandings and trials to limit my vision; icy conditions causing me to slip and slide, seemingly, uncontrollably into the unknown; “hit and runs” that may leave a scratch, total my peace, or graze me leaving me to wonder what happened… Each act as potholes formed along the way that make me wary to trust, love, hope. Yet, these do not fully determine my ability to make it to my destination. As Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” In other words, “we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3)

As I weather on, speeding, steaming, floating, or screaming, what I want most is to enjoy the ride and the scenery along the way. In all portions of the journey- bumpy, monotonous, nerve-wracking, or smooth- I want to relax and appreciate and be grateful, to soak it all in. I want to triumph in victories, persevere through those rough spots, and, in general, be “content in all circumstances” (Philippians 4:11).

“Godspeed, Blessings, Hope, And Joy!” to you, in whatever stage of journeying you are in…

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Participating In A Writing Contest...

Okay, so I regularly check into this blog, scribbit.blogspot.com. At the beginning of June, she announced a writing contest on the topic of "Going Places". To find out more, say, if you would like to participate, check out her site, go to the June 3rd, 2008 entry, and it is the 2nd entry for that date. The entry is called "June's Write-Away Contest". I hope to come up with something for it. It could be fun, but it has to be entered by June 18th, so let's get on the move!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Flamingos At Noon- 12th Original Cut...


I was inspired to do this one for several reasons, but primarily for these particular three reasons:

1) Anthony's cousin, Susan L., mentioned some of the houses in Florida being the color of Pink Flamingos (I remember that from many visits and a 6 month residency),
2) I came across flamingos on our paper towels that I thought I might try to replicate, and
3) in the end, my spurring inspiration was watching Sanford and Son, season 1, "The Barracuda", with my family. There was a wooden plaque on the wall behind Lamont as he talked on the phone. There they were, two flamingos that I just HAD to get onto paper.

Inspiration can truly come from anywhere as long as we pay attention to the details.

On a side note, I thought the title was fitting since it is my 12th original cut, done on the 12th of June, with the sun positioned right above their heads (around noon). Funny, huh?

Thistle-Dom A & B Cut- 11th Original...


I think that is what that green, thorny, bush-like weed with hot pink, "furry-petaled" flowers is called... Anywho, the colors just struck me, and I HAD to make a cut of it. Does not do it justice, but have plans on trying another version which is why this is "11 A & B". It is amazing to me to know such gorgeous colors can pertain to such a thorny and otherwise unattractive plant. And I was also thinking how life is that way. No matter how rough, tough, and uncomfortable it can get, we can always find a bit of beauty, encouragement, and hope in it. Just takes the notice. Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A New Mr. And Mrs.- My Friend's Wedding...





















My friend, Gabriella, got married on the 31st of May, and here are some pix recording the memories of the event... And, yes, we took all of the kids!!! :-)