Endless Birthday Wishes

My husband turned social security age yesterday.  He did a lot of complaining about it before hand.  He kept asking, “How did I get this old?”  My answer to him is what my father’s answer always was, and that is “Keep ’em coming!”  Yup!  Keep those birthdays coming because once they stop…well, … they stop because your are DEAD! And, we want those birthdays to keep on coming.

I think he had a nice 62nd birthday celebration yesterday.  We went to the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs in Buena Vista, Colorado.  Unfortunately, the creek was closed so we couldn’t sit in it.  The run off from the mountains was too great and the temp in the natural pools wasn’t as hot as would have been nice.  But we got to swim in the swimming pools and it was beautiful.  After spending some time there, we went into town and ate lunch at the Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery.  A cute little place in town, they had a delicious tasting light brew for me and a very dark lager for my husband.  Can’t remember what they were called.  I am not a beer drinker. Wine is my adult beverage of choice, but this beer was sumptuous, and it was too bad we weren’t spending the night.  The pizza was also excellent!

In the hopes of keeping those birthdays coming, the card I created uses the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s newest photopolymer set.  I love it!  I love all of their photopolymer sets for that matter.  Wait a minute…is there anything Stampin’ Up! makes that I don’t love?   Ahhhhhh…NO!  🙂

 

endless birthday wishes

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie2

Life Changes

I see I haven’t been around for a few weeks.  At least not since Mother’s Day.  No, I haven’t fallen off the face of Earth.  I just haven’t been motivated to do much stamping lately.  I really haven’t been motivated to do much of anything for that matter.  But that is going to change.

School ended this past week along with my teaching career.  I am now officially a RETIRED teacher.  But that doesn’t mean I have given up on my desire to teach/mentor young people.  I am sure I will either be a substitute teacher or work part-time in a classroom somewhere.  After all, I am of the baby boom generation and everything I read about it says baby boomers are “redefining” retirement.  I have even considered applying for a part-time job at Starbuck’s,  but I would never bring home any money!  LOL!  The past week has been emotional to say the least, but I realize I have navigated other major life changes… the birth of my children, my divorce, the death of a parent…I will manage with this one also.  And if I must say so myself…I will thrive!

I have many interests other than work.  If you are reading this post, you know one of them is stamping.  Another is drama/acting.  I’ve always wanted to do that again.  I did a lot of it when I was in college a million years ago.  I tried my hand at stand up comedy locally.  That was awhile ago before I entered education.  I guess you could say that I didn’t really give it up when I moved into the classroom.  There were many days when I felt like a stand up comedian in front of my students.  Writing is also something I’ve always dreamed of doing.  I’d like to write a book, but I am not sure what it would be about. Maybe I will call it Confessions of a Middle School Teacher.  🙂  We’ll see…time will tell, and it looks like I will have plenty of it.  Maybe even enough to do TWO posts a week!

To go along with life changes, I’ve created this graduation card.  I hope you like it.  I’ve used some new stuff on it.

Congrats Grad

Until next time…Happy Stamping!

Josie2

Mother’s Day Every Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!  It has been way too long since I was last here.  Don’t really know what has kept me away.  I guess you could say that I just haven’t been motivated to do much stamping lately.  But my gift today was the ability to spend the day in my stamp room, and I have enjoyed it very much.

I celebrated Mother’s Day with my son last evening.  He and my husband took  me out to dinner.  My son wanted to take me out today, but I suggested we celebrate early as Mother’s Day is always a difficult day to eat in a restaurant unless you make a reservation weeks in advance.  We never do that.  My daughter takes her last final tomorrow at noon, so she will be home later tomorrow afternoon.  We will celebrate again when she gets home.

My mother and grandmother always said that Mother’s Day should be every day.  We should show our mothers we love and respect them every day, not just on Mother’s Day.  I agree with them.  I never really understood what they meant until I had my own children.  Yes, it is nice to be signaled out on Mother’s Day and treated with a little extra loving, but when we think of all our mothers do for us, we SHOULD celebrate them every day.  I do know that my children love and respect me, so not being able to be with them on THIS day is okay.  Mother’s Day CAN be any day.

The card I have to share today is for a student of mine that will be receiving the Outstanding Language Arts Student Award on the last day of school.  We always have an awards assembly on the students’ last day.   Their last day is the day before the last day of my teaching career.

I can’t believe that MY last day is two weeks away.  I attended the Retirement Tea the district holds every year this past week.  The last few weeks have been an emotional time for me.  I have been feeling  a multitude of emotions in the weeks leading up to my last day.  I will share them at another time.

This card is made with NEW paper.  It will become available in the upcoming Annual Catalog on June 1st.  Since I’m not sure if it is okay to post it yet online or not, I will not tell you the names of the colors or the name of the designer series paper.  I also will not give you the item numbers for it.  Same with the ink.  It’s all new…except for the stamp set or the white paper.  🙂  Here it is.

Your're Amazing Winner

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie2