I will be getting my laptop back soon :) and a quick check in

I have high hopes of getting my computer back sometime this weekend. I have been in my room creating Valentine’s cards and crafting with the kids which are taking turns being home sick. I havent gotten a day alone it seems since Thanksgiving. We’ve had ingrown toenail surgery with Jasmine and she is getting relief but her toes are still quite sore (don’t help that they get stepped on at school and home by the other kids accidentally). Levi is on round 3 or 4 of strep throat and Sierra and Aiden have had terrible ear infections. Ariel has been fighting sinus infections. Brian and Will had Bronchitis and I have been getting over pneumonia which has kicked my butt since January 1st. I’m not complaining just saying whats been happening around here. With a brood this size we are bound to have the crud this time of year. I am hoping we all get it so we can have the rest of the year free and clear.( delusional thinking I know but a Girl can wish can’t she lol) I am enjoying my room and have spent many evenings in there even if I’m not crafting. It’s a peaceful place to gather my thoughts and write down my hope to do list. Leslie I have been trying to follow your posts and videos but my phone don’t always cooperate with me and I cannot post comments from it no matter what I do. I have 2000+ emails sitting in my inbox so I imagine they will take me a bit to weed through when I get the regular opportunity to spend on them. I have been thinking of the best way to set up my tripod, I seem to have pretty good lighting in the daytime with my window so we will have to see how it all works out. I hope this finds you all well, safe and warm.
Big hugs from me to you ((( you )))

Giving this another try :)

Hello friends I am finally able to get some photos uploaded of the new craft room. It will need more organizing and putting together but it is fun getting in there creating even with all the mess. When I get full use of my laptop back I can do another in-depth post. I hope you like it, if you have any questions or suggestions I welcome them.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.
Hugs to you all !!

Back to school soon

Hello Friends
We are getting ready for the new school year to start on the 24th. Wow the summer has just flown by. Soon I will be home alone with many crafting ideas swimming around in my brain. I am in the process of getting a new planner set up I haven’t decided if I want a larger one than I have been using. I am also painting a paper machete rooster for Melissa’s kitchen. I still have a great mess in my crafty corner so it takes me a few minutes to get my stuff shifted so I can work in my space but that’s ok. I have this problem with getting more crafty stuff even though I don’t have room for it. :) While Brian gives me a hard time about it he is still an enabler and brings goodies home to me. Oh how I love that man of mine. Well I’m off here to get ready for Zach and Aiden to get here we are keeping them over night and Sierra and Levi will be here at 7 in the morning. Wish me well Brian will gone all day tomorrow at a leadership conference so I’ll be solo with all the kiddos.
Take care Friends.
Love and hugs,
Shelly

The flu 1…. Brian 0… my hunny is down for the count

Hello Friends :)
Hope you are all well with your health and weather. As I post here we are getting some snow yes you heard right snow :) Today is early dismissal and the beginning of Spring break for our schools. I am happy for Brian because it will give him time to get back on his feet this flu has bowled him over, it’s been a long time since he’s been this sick. the kids will be disappointed if it stays colder they were hoping for some of the high 60’s mid 70’s temps we’ve had. No problem I’m sure we will have an enjoyable break anyway. My craft dreams pushed to the side this last week to let my man have his rest away from the brood in our bedroom/my crafty corner. So how have you all been ? Leslie how is the new job going ? How is Joe as he travels from here and there ? Was the bad weather outbreak close to you ? How are the twins ? getting big I’m sure. Lynn how are you and Rod? Are your gardens is bloom yet ? How are your grand children? Like I said the other day we are well around here except for the bugs being passed around but I am hoping that over break we can put a stop to them. We are thinking of moving this year to a house instead of our mobile home. This place has served us well but we are thinking a change may be in order. Kinda exciting we’ve been here almost 20 years and that’s longer than either Brian or I have lived in the same place our entire lives , both our families moved a lot when we were kids and we followed suit in our early married life. So I say bring the adventure on :) Don’t know how long it will take to find a place but that should be half the fun right lol.
Well gotta run some errands hope to hear from you soon

Love and hugs ‘
Shelly

Yipee !! It’s not her appendix

Howdy Friends :)
Well crazyville is where I live :) lol
Our area here in Illinois has been hit hard several respiratory bugs, stomach/ intestinal bugs and pink eye of which we have had them all :) they just keep getting passed back and forth. This past week Jasmine was having symptoms of something different I thought appendicitis so off the emergency room we head. After 2 ct scans one with and one without contrast there was still no clear image of her appendix. She was in terrible pain but didn’t have a fever no vomiting and no diarrhea. All of her lab work came back normal no elevation in her white cell count. The images of her kidneys, bladder, intestines and ovaries were all normal. So we were admitted to the hospital to watch and be ready for what ever was next. Well…… nothing did just the pain which comes and goes. What the Dr. thinks is going on is that the lymph nodes in that area inflamed so we got to come home Thursday and she is feeling better. I am grateful to all the hospital staff who took great care of her while we were there. We are still fighting the stomach thing and some are still coughing like crazy but the weather has been warmer so I have opened the windows and aired the house out and wiped down door handles and faucets and whatever else I can. We have this week of school then we have a week off for spring break so I hope we can get over all this and be done with it all. I really cant complain we have been well around here until this stuff showed up. Many changes in our lives this year. Heather has her own apartment and has several promising job interviews so we believe she will have a job here real soon. She and the boys are doing very well in their new home. Aiden the newest addition has some issues with refluxing and the Dr. has had her to add some rice cereal to his formula and the throwing up has almost quit completely. He is such a sweet little guy he is always smiling and cooing and he is getting his two bottom teeth and he’s just 3 1/2 months old. Jordan and Melissa have moved into their new house and may move again into a larger house that has a small cottage on the property with the hopes of Melissa’s Dad George and Will rooming together since they are both single. Jordan wants to help Will since he is really nowhere close to being ready to live on his own but this can really be a way to give Will his independence and still give him the help he needs to adjust to adulthood. Melissa also changed jobs this month she began working at the Veterans hospital and they are working around her schooling with the option of a job once she completes her degree a win-win situation for her and the college is right next to the hospital so commuting has been cut to nothing. We are on our last few months of the school year and Will and Ariel both graduate in May. Will from high school and Ariel from Middle school. Our oldest Jereme was promoted to front line cooking area at his Job and is doing very well so all is going well with my family. My dad goes in on April 14 to have his back surgery to repair some bulging and ruptured discs along with some torn discs. I am hoping this is the last thing he will have to do so he can be back to his perky self. He has suffered for many years and his Dr. comes highly recommended along with the other s at the spine clinic in Urbana. So there you have it blow by blow of the recent happenings in my humble life. I am so grateful for family and I love each one of them so very much. I love you too my friends I hope you are all faring well in the happenings of your lives.

Much love and many big hugs to each of you,
Shelly
p.s. While the big kids are at school tomorrow I have a hot crafting date with my little crafting partner I don’t know what we will get done but it is gonna be a load of fun !!

More snow on the way and a nasty flu bug kicked my butt

Hello friends
Just gearing up for the impending snow we’re to get tonight and tomorrow.
The kids had been taking turns being sick for several weeks and finally this week had been able to go back to school. While I awoke last Sunday morning with the sore throat which turned out badly by yesterday I went to the walk in clinic with a combination of what the kids had all except pink eye. I have a nasty respiratory infections and ear infections. The antibiotics and cough syrup are helping and I feel a bit better today. I was able to create Brian a valentine’s day card but that’s about all there was time for in the crafting corner. I hope you are all well and I have been thinking of you. Take care my friends.

Much love to you all,
Shelly

Not much crafting going on but my space is lookin good :)

Hello Friends :)
Been quite busy lately with sick kiddos. I’m not complaining because this all that’s happened this winter and not continual like some past winters. Some have strep throat, while others have the vomiting and diarrhea, while some have pink eye with ear infections and yet the other one has had asthma issues. We have had several home every day this week so far so I am thankful that we have a three-day weekend coming up and we can recuperate and hopefully have everyone back to school next week. My Dad was in the hospital because he was on too much blood pressure medicine and it was dropping his pressure very low making him dizzy and almost blacking out. The Doctors got him all changed around with the right meds and amounts and he is feeling so much better. He has an appointment with the spine specialist in Champaign-Urbana on the 25th to see what can be done for his ruptured and herniated disks.
On a different note the weather here is crazy we had snow last week then temps in the 60’s wish it would make up its mind lol :) I did get to do a page about a week ago for one of my journals and really like how it all turned out. My sweet hubby has been going through all is ephemera and has given me a fair amount of goodies which I need to put in the proper places and not laying on my desk. I am hoping to get my Valentine’s cards done in the next couple days so I can give them out, silly me I didn’t factor in my clan catching the crud. Maybe I’ll get some done tonight I can always put on a movie for the kids That’s a thought I’ll have to get back with you and let you know :)
Hope you are all well and getting some fun crafting time.
Big hugs and much love to you all,
Shelly