{stylish blogger award}

This may seem kind of silly, but I was given this wonderful award by Mary Pat Seihl. She is one of my lovely followers, and I follow her blog as well :) I feel so grateful and excited to receive this award. It really means a lot to me especially since I'm still pretty new to blogging in general.

Here are the rules for receiving and accepting this special award:

1). Thank and link back to the person who awarded you
2). Share 8 things about yourself
3). Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you've recently discovered
4). Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

Eight things about me:
1. I was born in Landstuhl, Germany. It was still considered West Germany when I was born.
2. I currently use the Pink ATG, and I love it.
3. I survived Thanksgiving night at ToyRus last week. It was hell-acious, and I will NEVER do it again. Try 30 minutes in line in the bitter freezing cold, then finding the items in a very crowded store, and then waiting in the check out line for over an hour!!
4. I want to have another baby girl and soon, but it won't be happening until the time is right. I need to finish my schooling first.
5. I've been from a size 00 to a size 12, and all the sizes in between. I am currently a size 2 and very thankful that I finally fit back into my skinny jeans.
6. I want to dye my hair blond, but I just don't have the gumption to do it.
7. I love, love, love these movies - Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Marie Antoinette, the Duchess, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Vanity Fair... do you see a trend?
8. I love helping others. I love being a teacher, and I love caring for other people. It brings me to tears most nights while I pray for the less fortunate. I am so richly blessed that I rarely pray for myself but always for the welfare of others especially my family and people I know who are struggling. I always, always pray for the children of the world, that they may find love, adoration, warmth, nutrition, shelter and gifts throughout their upbringing. I hope that their lives may not be riddled with abuse and neglect, and that they may overcome oppression in their young lives.

So that's it for now. I will update with another blog today about who I am divvying out my awards to :)

{giving thanks}

Before I rest my head, I wanted to wish everyone a very merry and happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life. I am so grateful for a wonderful family, good health, a good job, good friends, and well everything, everyday. I am very richly blessed in this life, and I would have it no other way.

So goodnight to my friends and followers, I am thankful to you as well for taking a moment to check out my blog, for inspiring my creativity, and for your generous support. Thanks Catch the Moments for all the great Thickers too :) Oh, and if I don't blog again before Monday it's because I'm too buy catching up on sleep after staying up all night in honor of Black Friday, yipee!!

Merci et bon soir!

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{new favorite store}

Thanks to Elizabeth Kartchner (my scrappy idol) -- I have a new favorite store. It is definitely right up there with Forever 21. I love this online shop because it has hints of Anthropologie's vintage boutique style but without the SUPER high price tag. I love the look book because I can really see how they used the clothing, layering, etc. Because of this website I have found 2 pairs of boots that I can't live without and I simply can't spend another day in my life without this sweater dress. I have the perfect long sleeved shirt to wear underneath, and I will have the perfect boots and tights after Xmas, and I know I could pair a cute scarf with it when I find one at a thrift store or something. I love VINTAGE BOUTIQUE anything. They have uber great deals on shoes, jewelry, purses, and other accessories :)

{good eats}

Well last week I was raving about this two-page LO that I did, and then I never posted it for all to see. I know epic fail. Well, here is it. I hope you like it. The PP and journaling cards came from Catch the Moments. Everything else came from various resources. I really love this LO because these pictures came from 3 separate messy eating occasions. I am glad that I was able to incorporate all of them into a LO because all o the pictures were so lovely. They began as 4x6 pictures, but then I cropped some to be 3x4, and I kept a few of them 4x6. I rarely do two-pagers, so this was a challenge for me, but it turned out rather swell :) Enjoy and leave me some love!



Used: Echo Park pp, Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock, Fiskars Apron Lace punch, AC journaling cards, AC ribbon, Zig writer black, White cardstock
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{baby shower, party, and Sunday funday}

Okay, so I've been away from the computer since Friday night pretty much. Here is a quick update of what I've been up to...

Friday - Work was work as usual, but after I got off I went to my coworker and very good friend's baby shower. I gave her an 8x8 scrapbook that I started for her so that she can pick up her crafting tools after her little one arrives in a month.
Saturday - Gavin worked in the morning, then we went to Target picked up some wrapping paper and few other treats. When we returned home I began makingdinner for my friends and family, and the Super Secret Sushi group came to my place for a lovely meal, friendly conversation, games and just a good old time. It was great to have everyone over. Tanya, Laura and Laura's husband were missed, but everyone else came and it was a mega blast.
Sunday - Right now I am updating my Cricut Gypsy now that Mac users can update and get free cartridges. I am so excited! And we are planning to visit our family in Denton today and just hang out just browsing shops and other stuff. Right now my little girl is dancing around the living room in a tutu that her Lita gave to her. She thinks she is a fairy princess, and she truly is.

Here are photos of the baby album that I gave to my friend for her baby shower.

Used: Paper Studio Little One PP, DCWV Baby Girl PP, Karen Foster stickers, AC Thickers, Michael's alpha stickers, Making Memories alpha stickers, Cosmo Cricket ribbon, AC Ribbon, rubons, buttons, twine

Forgive the randomness of this post... The pictures are out of order, and this is driving me crazy!!!! Aargh.

Well the pages go in order like this:
Hello Little One
It's a Girl
Baby - Life Changing, information tag
Mama and Me
Daddy's Girl
Sweet Dreams, Sleep Tight, We Love You, Goodnight

{dear little st. nick}

Dear Sandy Claws,

I would like to come upon the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S under the Xmas tree all wrapped up with a pretty bow. I would also love this Short Swing Sweater Coat from Old Navy, and I want/need the Soft Black Jegging and the Boyfriend Jean in Vintage from American Eagle. And if you have enough time and money on hand... please bring me these boots from Payless or these from Forever 21. I know that I've been a good girl all year.

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{lazy last night & this week's winner}

So I have been a bit lazy. I took pictures of my LO, but I have yet to upload and edit them. I'm lazy I know. Well it is more busy that I am I guess. I really needed to finish my homework assignment, discussion and reading last night after class, so I was dreadfully tired after my long day. I watched Morgan Freeman's "Through the Wormhole" for about 15 minutes, then I slunked to bed and dozed right off. So today's Random.org blog winner is, comment #4:

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Now how cute is this? Great idea and I love the look of all your cards.
p.s. the only way I can post photos in the right order is to organize them in iPhoto before exporting. Don't know if this will help you, just my 2 cents. :)

November 15, 2010 7:50 PM

Sue, send your mailing address to me: tinyscrapper at yahoo dot com

You won the 12 Days of Christmas Envelopes, Thankful Card, and I will be sending you some scrappy Thickers and paper to enjoy with them :P

Happy Creating to every one today!! Now I'm back to paperwork at work this morning :)

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{the sale is on}

CTM Kits is having their BIG sale today. Be sure to check out the blog throughout the day to see what is on special. Right now we are selling kits for $13 and kit add-ons for $5. What a STEAL!!??

The sale includes all these kits and more :)

{through the wormhole}

Morgan Freeman... I love you when I am tired and done with homework. Are we all alone? Is our universe deceiving? There are more stars in the universe than their are grains of sand on the beaches of the world, and there are planets that revolve around these stars.

How fascinating?!

Don't forget to check out the Catch the Moments Kits blog before going to bed tonight, and then all through the day tomorrow. I know I will ;)

And can I say that Elizabeth Kartchner is my scrapbook idol. I wish she and I were best friends and cropped together while our girls played, teehee. I can dream right?

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{friday before black friday sale}

Catch the Moments Kits is having a Friday Before Black Friday Sale Extravaganza!! For more details please visit the CTM Blog, but here is a brief rundown of what to expect:

"Sale starts at midnight Friday morning! Throughout the day Friday, I will be posting 10 different sale posts. Each post will include different items that are on sale. The sale is only good until I make the next post."
"For example, when sale post #1 goes up on the blog, that sale is good until I post sale post #2. And post #2 is good until I post #3 and so on. So only one group of items is on sale at a time."
"You can order throughout the day as many times as you like, I will just add them all together over the weekend and send you a total; feel free to email me as many times as you want!"

You definitely will want to check the CTM Blog a lot to see what is on sale at any given moment during the day. Devon is going to update her Flickr account to keep up with the inventory that she has in stock. Per Devon, there will be partial packs of embellishments (brads, buttons, flowers, etc) and other scrappy goodies for, at or near wholesale prices!! What a steal!! Don't forget your scrappy friends and family this Christmas. You could probably build them a beautiful kit with all the stuff that you buy this Friday during the sale. What a lovely gift idea (a Catch the Moments Kit)!! Wink-wink, nudge-nudge!

Check the CTM Blog starting at Midnight, I know I will be :)

{shh... big news}

Okay because I am privy to some stuff... I will only share a tidbit. YOU must check out my blog tomorrow for details of something BIG that will START on Friday over at Catch the Moments Kits. Seriously... this is going to be BIG!! Like HUGE and CHEAP!

Ack!! I said too much! - Just check back tomorrow for ALL the details!

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{meet the CTM Kits designers}

Today Catch the Moments Kits has put up bios of its newest designers. I am really ecstatic that I was chosen to be apart of such a lovely team of gals!! Thanks Devon, I am beyond honored!

Today I won't be posting much else; I just wanted to give you a quick update of what is going on over at Catch the Moments Kits ; also DON'T forget the sale that is going on!!! $15 Kits, $6 Add-Ons and a $1 for some other goodies!! I think I might purchase an extra Kit as an inexpensive Xmas gift for someone scrappy that I know!! So since I don't have anything else for you today, here is a beautiful music video and song that well... I just adore. It makes me cry everytime I hear it! I'd love to sing this for my church during the Christmas season, but I just don't have the time to get all the kinks worked out.

{my sweet flower child}

Harper is my sweet flower child. She is independent, curious, smarter-than-the-average-bearcub, funny, and a think-outside-of-the-box kind of gal. She is MY sweet baby (or big girl now). I wanted to share a LO that I did a few weeks ago at my last crop (the one before this past weekend). I really love this LO with the DeLovely papers.

Used: Cosmo Cricket - DeLovely PP, Prima bling, Core'dinations cardstock, AC Thickers, Alpha glitter stickers from Michael's, and black trim

I hope that you love this LO as much as I do. I submitted it to Cosmo Cricket to see if they want to post as a Fan Creation on their FB page. I hope they like it. It's really one of my favorites; I have it framed in my house :P

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{12 days of Christmas & my first giveaway}

"On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a partridge in a pear tree"

I know that all of you are familiar with this song, but have you ever tried this? Giving your spouse, boyfriend, fiancee, partner, soulmate or maybe even roomie gifts over the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Probably not right? Well I lifted this idea from November 2009 - Project Freak - 12 Days of Christmas and none other than Shannon Bogan (she may not know about my blog, but I religiously follow hers).

Well last year I was still a pretty new scrapper, and I did this project. The envelopes I made last year turned out lovely, but they just aren't my cup of tea anymore, so I decided to scrap up some more using the Festive kit that I got from Catch the Moment Kits plus some extra BG papers and the Jovial chipboard purchased from PaperAddict. And well I am so very pleased. I think they turned out stunning, and I am very happy that I went with the 5.5x7.5 envelopes this year. More room to fit those goodies in :)

Basically if you are familiar with the song, then you know how it goes. You set the envelopes out and you or your lover/friend open the gifts starting on December 13th. Last year I did it for my hubby, so this year he is going to fill these envelopes for me. Whee I can't wait to see what little surprises he gives to me :)

Well let's see how it looks this year shall we? Ugh, sorry for the random order, I'm still figuring out how to attach darn pictures!

Used: BG Jovial PP, BG Jovial Die Cuts, BG Jovial Chipboard, BG button, AC Thickers, Core'dinations cardstock, and MS Baker's Twine (gotta love that stuff) and on the card all of the above plus Jenni Bowlin button -- you can get the JB buttons, AC Thickers and Jovial Kit from Catch the Moments Kits

And for my very first giveaway I am going to regift my first set of 12 Days of Christmas envelopes and a handmade card (made with scraps from my new Jovial kit) to a blog follower that leaves a comment on this post. Because I don't have a ton of blog followers right now I will wait a few days before selecting a winner at random. I will also throw in little something scrappy that you can use on your LO and/or cards :) - so become a blog follower and post a comment by Wednesday, and I will post the winner on Thursday; now how does that sound?

Alright, I'm out for the evening blog followers!! I will be back later this week to post a winner and present a double LO made with Echo Park from Catch the Moments Kits.

With Love,
Gabi Watson

{sale, sale, sale}

Catch the Moments Kits are having a great sale this week!! All kits are $15... Add-ons are $6, plus Devon added a $1 (or less) group under her Flickr account so you might find some really inexpensive paper, brads and other embellies that you just CAN'T LIVE without!

I will be posting my double LO and Envelopes tomorrow, and I will have a giveaway as well sometime this week, so be sure to keep checking this blog for something special this week!!

Here is the Joyful Kit from Catch the Moments Kits; I love Crate Paper. Their paper is thick, good quality, and their designs are delightful, perfect for those snow bunnies, babies and angels in your life :) -- I like to think outside of the box as well with this line. I can see a number of those papers used for Non-Winter LOs, such as birthdays, Easter, and other fun and quirky pictures you may have...

{cropped and ready for bed}

Yesterday I cropped from noon until 11 pm. It was great to be with others who love being creative with paper. I didn't get everything that I wanted done, but I did finish my 12 days of Christmas project, and I was able to churn out a 'Thanksgiving' card, and a 2 page LO (I never do those)... I just felt like challenging myself a bit, and I really wanted to use as many pictures at one time that I could while still creating a beautiful and simple scrap page.

I have taken pictures, but Gavin is on the laptop right now, so I can't load and edit them yet. I need to sign up for my paid account at Picnik since I have decided that I prefer their site, and I like using them more than Picasa. I like it because I don't have to download it to my computer, and people can view my pictures like they do on the picasa web albums. So I will actually be paying for photo editing stuff, but it will be MUCHO cheaper than photoshop (which I would love, but it's not in the budget). I've much rather have a good fitting new pair of jeans and pants for work.

So I am gearing up for Black Friday. Ads are being released early online so if you are into the hustle and bustle of the biggest shopping day of the year, you may check out this website: www.blackfriday.info -- I follow this site religiously every holiday season.

So.... I'm going to have a date with the television now and then I am off to bed because Gavin and I are exhausted from this weekend. I have the most wonderful husband in the world. While I was away at cropping... he was cleaning the carpets, picking up the dog from the groomer, and taking care of our sweet (and becoming destructive) angel baby girl.k -- He's the best man ever, and I am so blessed to be his wife. Today we picked up Harper a new winter coat from Old Navy, taking advantage of their 30% off coupon. Then we ate at the Cajun Big Easy at the mall and picked up some rolls of wrapping paper at Hallmark and Harper's Xmas ornament for this year. I love their $5 off coupons :) -- I got 2 rolls of Peanuts paper, Xmas plaid, and one with a Merry message on it. Harper's ornament is the Orange See and Say they have. It's fun. Harper was a handful today though, so we are both pooped to say the least.

Goodnight and I hope everyone has a lovely and hopefully creative week without any tests, unlike me :(

With love,
Gabi from Savannah, TX


Alright so I finished my project that was due at midnight, and I've already turned it in. I completely my discussion for the night too. I still need to finish reading my chapter on parenting and take my quiz by 6 pm tomorrow for my marriage and family course, but I will take that tomorrow morning before I go to my crop. I need to rearrange and pack up my room for tomorrow, but I just don't have the energy right now, so I may just do that in the morning. We'll see, right now I'm going to snuggle up with my honey and maybe watch a lovely Xmas flick by the fire.

I have such a beautiful life.

With love,
Gabi from Savannah, TX

{finally friday}

I am so glad Friday is here. It it is pretty much my favorite day of the week. I like it because it is the start of the weekend. I get to wear jeans to work, and every other Friday it is payday. Fridays are wonderful.

Tomorrow I have a crop, and I am just thrilled to finally be getting some scrapping done. During the semester, it is terribly hard for me to put aside time for my hobby when I have more pressing things to take care of: family time, homework, groceries, cooking, cleaning .... scrapping always comes last when I have a quiz and discussion due every week :) -- so I crop once per month with my gals in Frisco. It is my healing creative time when I can just shoot the poop with other girls and make fabulously creative stuff :)

Tomorrow I'll be working on my 12 Days of Christmas envelopes for this year, and I will be working on some LOs for Catch the Moments Kits.

I've been planning with my husband our Black Friday excursion right now we are going to visit ToysRus at 10PM on Thanksgiving night, and then early the next morning we will be at Target picking up a few things, then on to the other stores... I'm going to get me some freebies at Walgreens and CVS. Visit this Website for the most up to date Black Friday ads...

I am so looking forward to the holidays that are right upon us!! I just can't believe it's been a whole year since last Thanksgiving and last Christmas! My how the time has flown by. I am almost done with my classes. Today (while I'm at work) I will be quickly putting together a one page essay and response about the film that I watched last night. (Literally gave me nightmares) and I will be working on a power point that is due tonight by midnight. Usually I get these power points done at least a day early, but I needed to watch that movie last night before it was unavailable. Eek... busy night. Then I will be tidying up the scrappin' room and pack up my scrap junk!!

I am leaving you with a LO that I did for my Xmas album last year... This is Harper paying a visit to Santa at his Mall workshop :)

{going to sleep}

I'm exhausted right now. I had my lab this evening, which was fun. We talked about the 5 senses; we did a neat experiment. Harper and Daddy got home late, and Harper climbed on top of my chest, and she laughed and would put her face in my chest and scream (muffled) .... then she was just burst into giggly. Gosh I just love my little girl. She is the LIGHT of my life.

I watched a documentary called "Are the Children Alright?" which was about children's mental healthcare system in the State of Texas. It was appalling that there is not enough help out there for children who are mentally ill. There are half a million mentally ill children in the U.S. and only 2/3 of them get the help they need. The documentary brought me to tears when I heard a young boy's earliest memory about being raped when he was 3 years old. It just brings me to tears now just thinking about his life.

Nobody ever thinks about children in these situations. We think about out kids daily. How they are and how we can provide for them. I've never really given much thought to children who have mental illness, and I like to think that children are not abused, but I am seeing children, childhood and babies who live in poverty with rose colored glasses. I feel like I am just a pawn and I can't really do anything alone, but I WANT to HELP these children. What can I do Lord to help these sweet children? I pray every NIGHT for the children who are living in poverty, who are abused/neglected/unloved, the ones who are ill and need help, need to see a doctor, need therapy. Oh Lord, please I beg to you...watch over these children and make them known to people so that they can be saved.

I want to save these babies. I want to see their smiling faces and take them away from the nightmare that I can't even fathom their life is. I was sexually abused for a brief time when I was young, but I can't even wrap my head about a child being raped at 3 years old. It has been a sad and depressing night. It has been an eye opening night.

Today I chose 2 children from the angel tree, and I am going to pick and elderly person tomorrow. I hope that these small gifts that I give them provide them with enough hope to make them feel whole in a very empty life that they may live. Sweet angel babies....peace be with you, this season and all the seasons of every year. I don't know you, but I LOVE you as if you were my own, and I want you to be blessed, be nourished and well taken care of.

May no child of the Lord be lost.

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
(Matthew 18:12-14 ESV)

{Vintage from Catch the Moments Kits}

Hey ya'll!!

Well Devon at Catch the Moments Kits has some new goodies posted on the blog. Today I have photos of the newest kit aptly named Vintage! Isn't it gorgeous? This kit includes patterned paper from Basic Grey Curio and American Crafts Classics; embellishments included are Fabric Print Thickers and Basic Grey Curio Brads & Bloomers. This is beautifully VINTAGE and so AFFORDABLE; that is what I love MOST about Catch the Moments Kits. I know a good deal when I see it, and I can't wait to start playing with some paper, whee!!! If you would like to order the Vintage Kit or any other scrappy goodness in Devon's Flickr Account just send her an email (email is on the blog).

Here are some pics...
I have a crop this weekend, so I will be playing with paper and posting pictures by Monday of all the lovely LOs and projects that I've made.

Today is my Hubby's 27th birthday too, so I would like to give a quick SHOUT to him. Happy Birthday my Sweet Hubby and Father of my baby girl!! You are such a wonderful man, and life would be nothing without you in it!!

Oh ONE more thing before I drift off into '...angry student territory...' Catch the Moments will be starting a REAL website where you can put orders in a cart, etc... I will give you all the details as I get them :)

With Love,
Gabi from Savannah, TX

{you know it's wednesday}

Happy hump day folks...

I don't have much to say today, so I am just going to make a list of things. Lists make me very happy!

1. Crop on Saturday, and I can't wait!
2. Talk about the Black Friday deals with Gavin tonight after dinner.
3. Pick up Harper today after work (I don't normally do this, but Gavin works late tonight).
4. Pick up a little something, something for my sweet hubster. His 27th b-day is tomorrow! I'm going to get him some sweats to wear around the house. He needs sweats!
5. Read Chapter 4 and 9 readings for Intro.
6. Look at the video discussion tonight for my Marriage and Family course.
7. Think about what project to work on for my Personal Development class, due this Friday.
8. Read Ch. 11 - Parenting and take quiz on Thursday or Friday.
9. Watch a least 1 Christmas film this weekend.
10. Start studying for my Anatomy final this weekend, putting together note cards and reading over important stuff.
11. Picnic today with my cousin Candice.
12. Did I mention that I have a Crop on Saturday? Yay!

{is there something wrong}

With my blog right now? Hm. I'm having trouble accessing it, so I'm sure my readers are too ...

{is is lunch yet}

Ok, so my two fave parts of the day are 1) lunch and 2) end of the workday

Haha, who knew?

Nothing much too exciting is going on today. I am just working on stuff at work. During lunch I'll be studying form my exam in Sociology of Marriage and Family. Tonight after Harper goes sleepy-bye then I will will take one last glance over my notes and take my exam. After my exam I will start working on my studies for my Anatomy Exam in a few weeks. I need to reread the chapter over Neural Tissue, and I need to read about the gross anatomy of the Spinal Cord, the Reflex Arc, the gross anatomy of the Brain, the lobes/sections of the brain & what they control, and tons of other junk about the brain and disorders/diseases Disconnection Syndrome, etc.

Fun stuff. But it really interests me... Anatomy & Physiology interests me just as much as Scrapbooking!! Haha, then I need to read for my Intro class, and I am meeting my cousin Candice for lunch tomorrow! I am very excited about this. It's odd to think that we are both grown ups now. When we were kids we used to play together for a few hours, and then we would get totally tired of each other and nit-pick and fight about little things. I think all kids are that way though.

I love her, and I am so happy to share lunch with her!

My Slop Crop (monthly crop) is this Saturday! I SOOOO can't wait!! I am going to play with my Catch the Moments kits and make something fabulous that I think you will all like and maybe incorporate during this holiday season!!

{dallas world aquarium and perfect weekend}

Gavin's 27th birthday is this Thursday, and we celebrated this weekend by taking the family to the Dallas World Aquarium. To those of you who've never been to this place, it is a wonderful rain forest like habitat. Some of the animals and birds are domesticated and run free, and the whole bottom floor is a pretty good sized aquarium and it is just neat-o!! Harper had way too much fun!! Well we all had a blast. Our favorite animals were definitely the Sloth, Giant River Otters, Anteater, this little Monkey that was crawling around and the Tree Kangaroo. The Shark & Ray tunnel was REALLY cool too! Enjoy the pics!

Also this weekend was extra special because we spent time as a family decorating the house for Christmas!! It was really a magical weekend despite the fact that I didn't study at all (like I should've) and Gavin wrote a paper :( - We always make time for fun family stuff and getting in the holiday spirit was just what we needed :) There are some pics above of us getting the living room ready for the tree! Yipee! I love Christmastime!!

{twenty-four favorites at 24}

For the "About Me" challenge at Scrap the Moments (sister challenge blog to Catch the Moments Kits) I did a scraplift from a LO by Shannon Bogan. I really love her LOs, but she is a digi scrapper for the most part. I would love to go digital, but I have too much fun playing with paper :)

So here it is my first LO using Catch the Moments kits. I used papers and tag from the Wonderland kit and add on, and I used a paper and brad from the Jolly kit. Almost everything from this LO came from Devon from Catch the Moments kits including the all the papers, tags, button and brad. Here is the Etsy store to see what's for sale right now!

Well I hope you love it. This is the first LO I've ever done that is just about me. Most of the time all of my LOs focus around my daughter or our whole family, but definitely not me :) -- It felt challenging and good to finally step outside of the scrappy box and do something for me :) - I love how it turned out too! Thanks Shannon Bogan for all the inspiration!

1. My family - Harper & Gavin
2. Christmastime
3. Being with friends
4. Coca-Cola 5. Eating
6. Wearing shorts with long sleeves
7. Sleeping
8. Scrapbooking, especially at crops & retreats
9. Shopping
10. Disney everything
11. Easy music
12. Surfing the web when I should be working
13. Embellies
14. Movies
15. Dresses from Forever 21
16. Singing
17. A Few TV shows
18. Taking & Editing pictures
19. The Weekend
20. Reading
21. Black Magic Skinny pants from the Gap
22. Date nights with Daddy
23. Vintage anything really
24. My whole life - my house, my family & all the fixins'

{new everything}

Friends and followers (you're probably my friends or we will be) -- I hope you love the new design!! I was recently chosen to be part of the Catch the Moments Kits Design Team for 2010-2011, and I am so proud and honored!! I decided to change things up a bit and add a bit of sophistication to my sloppy, messy blog that was (gag) and now is (sigh) lovely, modern and matches my personality to a T (well almost, as custom as $5 goes)!

Haha, well I am so pleased to tell everyone about this super opportunity for me!! I will be sharing lovely layouts and projects each month that I've designed with the lovely kits a la Devon from Catch the Moments Kits!! Visit the Etsy site here... Plus she is starting a website soon with message boards and other insanity! I can't wait to be a part of all the action!

She's a swell gal, and I can't wait to show off all the wonderful creations I'll be making and of course give you the insiders info on all upcoming kits, products and dare-I-say SALES to come!!! You just never know on this blog ladies!

Anyhow it's late, and I have a parenting workshop in the morning (ah! who cares?) I am going to scrap a bit and start on the "About Me" challenge on Devon's sister blog Scrap the Moments Challenges! Now who doesn't like a challenge now and then?

Let me know what you think of the design, and feel free to give me tips on my bog because you know I need them!! I want to be a big star, and I need your help, support, love and encouragement to get me on my way :) just kidding, but really I do!

Love and nighty-nighty!

Gabi from Savannah, TX

So happy!

I am just ecstatic that the weekend is finally here!!

Today I am not taking a lunch and leaving work early to take my daughter to the doctor for her well baby :)

I'm going to have them look at her ears to because she grabs them at nights, but she hasn't seemed sick, so I haven't worried about it.

Tonight I need to do my quiz for Marriage and Family. Tomorrow I have a Parenting Workshop in the morning (it's for my parenting scholarship at school). No I am not a bad parent; it is just part of my requirements to keeping up with my scholarship, gpa and taking full time hours. Just part of the package deal. Tomorrow they are doing to discuss couponing, which is kind of funny because I'm a HUGE coupon-er! I mean I get the BEST deals, like FREE (or close to free) stuff all the time! So maybe I could teach my classmate a little bit about saving money, who knows?

After my session tomorrow I am taking my hubby and sweet little girl the aquarium!! That is my hubster's birthday presetn, he requested that we go as a family to the aquarium or the zoo. Too cold for the zoo, so the aquarium it is!!! I can't wait. Look forward to some awesome pictures ya'll!!

This weekend I will read for all of my classes, and I am going to study for an exam that I have on Monday, and get caught up with all of my reading :)

And of course... play with my sweet Harper, read stories and share sweet moments!!

Happy Weekend Ya'll!!!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Pumpkin Patch, Halloween and Other Stuff

This is my family at the Pumpkin Patch in Flower Mound last weekend! Enjoy the pic!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

1 day till the Weekend

It's busy this time of year at work, and on top of that my mind is busy, busy, busy!!

Today at work I am going to finish all of my tracking, and I am going to finish the newsletter for Dr. Beck's allied health students.

At lunch today I will be speaking to a class of my peers about juggling parenthood, my studies, my job and my personal life outside of school. My good friend and coworker is a Teaching Fellow. She teaches a Child Development course every semester, and she has ask ME to speak to her class. Wow! This will be the first time I talk to a group of folks (especially my own age). I hope that I don't mess up or say a curse word or something out of character! :)

This weekend I am going to do my About Me LO for the challenge blog Scrap The Moments. I found a LO onlne, and I am going to scraplift her idea. Here is the LO that I plan to scraplift .... Thirty-Two Favorites at 32 by Shannon Bowman.

I will post my LO when I am done. I think you guys will like it. Mine won't be exactly like hers, but it will be very close :) I can't wait!!

Also tonight after lab, I need to do my power point for my Personal Development class, and I need to read for all of my other classes!! I have an exam next week, so I need to print off my quizzes to study! Yipe!!

I'm out for now. Moving my computer around at work today. This is should be fun!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Personal Quote & Wednesday Rumblings

"I don't eat anything that lives in a shell"
-Gabi Watson

Okay so that is my personal quote for today. Last night I could not bring myself to work on any homework. I had to make a copy of my test, so that I could fill in the right answers, and I finished with the essay and fill in the blank part yesterday at lunch, but after we laid Harper down (took us a while), I was just kaput! I really needed to catch up on some Zzzz's since the night before I was up late (til 1 AM) finishing my paper for my anatomy class.

I'm usually in bed no later than 10 or 11 (on nights when I have tons of homework). Today is hump day, thank goodness!! I've been ready for the weekend since Monday. My agenda this week:

--Finish my test corrections
--Finish reading about Neural Tissue
--Read about the Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System
--Read and do power point for Personal Development course
--Read Chapter 3 for Intro and Read Topics 10 & 11
--Read Chapter 9 & 10 in Marriage class and take quiz over Chapter 10

That is it for this week. Not so bad, just a TON of reading and getting caught up.

This Saturday I have a mandatory class for my scholarship. It will be over Couponing and Bargain Hunting for families with children. Then Gavin will get off of work right after that, and we will drive to the Dallas World Aquarium with Harper in tow to celebrate Daddy's 27th birthday!! I can't believe that Gavin and I have been together for 5 years already! It is quite amazing. We got married when he was 22, and I was 20. It is just really bizarre! Doesn't really seem like it's been that long.

Next weekend is my SLOP CROP, and I REALLY can't wait for this!! I need the mental beak from all of my school anguish, and my stress over what this lump in my breast could be!! I'm trying to put on a happy face really, but I am getting myself psyched out. I don't get it checked out till January because the oncologist is REALLY booked! I'm just scared, and I am most scared for my family. I could care less what I have really, but I am just scared that there is a day when I may not be able to take care of my family, and it just brings me to tears. Lately I've cried at least a little every morning, usually in the shower, when I am feeling the lump to make sure that it hasn't grown or developed any spicules. Yikes!

I am happy for the stress from school because if it weren't for that taking my mind off things and my LOVELY scrapbooking hobby and sweet family keeping my spirits up I would be all MUSH all the time!

I just have such a wonderful life. I'm not going to let this little thing get me down.

On another note... I registered for my Spring classes, and I am currently enrolled for:
-- Anatomy & Physiology II (2 nights/wk)
-- Elementary Statistics (T/R lunch)
-- Child Development (online)
-- Quantitative Data Collection (M/W/F lunch)

You may be wondering when I am going to eat since I have class during my lunch everyday... well I will get over that hurdle when I get there. I guess I just have to bring a lunch to work and just eat before I leave or after I get out of class; we'll see ;) It's not like I need any food anyway.

I really LOVE my family...

Here are some pictures that I took time to edit this morning of our Fall Festival at our church. We go to Frisco First United Methodist Church, and we love it there!