Monday, February 9, 2009

In My World...

Well, in my world, ponies don't eat butterflies and poop rainbows, as they do in Horton Hears a Who!! My kids love this movie, and especially love the scene in which the characters describe their perfect world!! I keep meaning to scrap and journal a layout about this. Each of my children has a description of their perfect world. I'd like to tell you they describe their worlds to be ones in which there is no hunger or poverty and of course world peace exists, however, the worlds they describe seem to be more like the ones Horton's friends do - the ones with rainbow pooping ponies and such.

In any case, my world is pretty OK for now. I recently found out I would be having a layout published in Scrapbook Trends magazine in June this year. This finally ends my long dry spell, as I have been submitting on a fairly regular basis, but have not had anything picked up in awhile. It will be my first time in Scrapbook Trends magazine and I am pretty excited, as is Isabelle, since the layout features her.

Let's see, what else is going on in my world...I have started running again. Several sessions into my physical therapy after knee surgery, my physical therapist and I both determined that resuming running as exercise would be possible. So far I have been working back into it slowly. I probably won't ever be able to run as far, or as often as I used to, but at least I can run, and that is what matters most to me. I just have to be more conscious about listening to my body, and when it starts to hurt - stop!

What else - well, the job hunt continues. I left my FT job several years ago when we relocated to Washington state for Trey's job. Since then, I have been a SAHM, dabbling a little in PT work here and there in the craft industry. With economic times they way they are now, and my kids in school FT, I have been hoping to get back to work FT now. It hasn't been easy. I've heard everything from "you're over qualified" to "well you know, since you have been a SAHM for awhile now, you may want to consider going back to school and getting a masters or taking some refresher courses". Yeah - refresher courses in WHAT exactly?? Do they think my brain cells died because I stayed home with my kids - well technically - some may have, but still!! Jeesh. AND - believe me, if I COULD AFFORD to go back to school, I WOULD (well maybe - don't really relish the thought of doing homework), but if I COULD AFFORD to go back to school, I wouldn't be looking for FT employment. Really if you think about it, I've been doing one of the hardest jobs out there for the past 12 years - raising children!! I am a mediator, a negotiator, an event planner - a MOM!! We do it all and you know it is one of the toughest jobs I have ever had, yet one of the most rewarding too - at times - you just have to keep reminding yourself sometimes!! LOL!! So maybe I haven't dabbled lately in Excel, or done any database or product management as of late. I have learned many new things - like how to thread my sewing machine. Seriously, I am blessed to have had time to explore hobbies, I once never had time for like scrapbooking and photography.

Speaking of scrapbooking, here are a few pics of some projects I have been working on. First a little Love Notes book. I finally used a kit I got in Jan. 08 from Scarlet Lime to do this little album. I used some of the designs shown in the kit instructions, and some are my own creations. Also, I have added some pics of little Valentine Hearts I made to decorate the cupcakes the kids and I will be baking this week. Hope to post some pics of my Valentines tree I am working on now real soon.


Tracy Lathrop said...

The book turned out GORGEOUS!! Totally love it! The cupcake toppers are beautiful! Hang in there girlfriend the right job will come along at the right time! I know it seems horrible right now but this too shall pass as they say. God has a plan I just know he does!! I can still remember that day that we went to see "Horton Hears a Who"!! We had so much fun with the kids and their telling of what their worlds had!! I don't think I have ever laughed as hard as I did that day!! That is my all time favorite memory!!

Cricket said...

Woo Hoo!!! Congrats on getting pubbed in Scrapbook Trends, that is fabulous!

I hear ya on the job/school/sahm thing...I'd like to do something myself, with Roger traveling and Mandi almost grown, I need to get out!! LOL

Love your mini, it's gorgeous!!


Kate said...

Those are some kick-a** projects! Gorgeous!

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Larajc said...

Good luck on the job hunt! COngrats on ST in June and love, LOVE, love that minibook! So adorable!

Kelly said...

Oh Wow Amy - that book is gorgeous and those hearts are just too sweet!!
Congrats on the pub.

Kel xxx

Molly said...

Congrats on the pub! Your book is just gorgeous and I love the little lollipops!

sally aka cellomom said...

Your projects are wonderful!!! and Congrats on getting pubbed in ST!! yay!!

Lisa T. Howard said...

I just stumbled upon your your work! And best of luck in your job search. I know how it is. I was a stay at home mom for many years and had to re-enter the work force due to my divorce. I was facing much of what you are. I have a Bachelor's degree but it is Computer Information Systems and let me tell you, be out of THAT industry for more than six months and you are history! LOL! I did take a few courses at the local community college. The best class I took was one that focused on marketing yourself to get the job you want! Great class! Helped me realize that I CAN market those awesome skills we put to use every single day as a mom! Hope this helps. Happy Valanetine's Day! BTW, don't you just LOVE Scarlet Lime!