Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Football Fun!

Yesterday was Matty's last flag football game of the season. Oh my...what a game! Matty scored three touchdowns and his friends Matty and Andrew each scored one. It was a great way to end the season!This was Matty's first time playing football and he loved every minute of it. Matty spent a lot of the time on the ground (as shown in the photo above taken by D.Pappas)and was not afraid to sacrafice his body. Matty made a few new friends this season and had lots of fun. I love football and I'm sad to see it come to an end. A BIG thank you to W.M.S. coaches Keith Nordby and Jon MacDonald for a wonderful season. Go Cougars!

Here is a quick and easy thank you card that I created for Matty's coaches.

Stamp Sets: Sporting, Just Football
Inks: Real Red, Basic Black
Papers: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/8 & 1 1/4 circle punch, dimentionals, stamp-a-ma-jig
Computer Font: Times New Roman (26pt,12pt and 10pt)

Finished card is 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Cut: Basic Black 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" and 3 1/2" X 2"
Real Red 5 1/4" X 4" and 1 3/4" X 3 1/4"
Whisper White 3 3/4" X 5" and 1 1/5" X 3"

Today I printed a bunch of photos at Walgreens.com. I plan to create a simple 6X6 album of Matty's football season. I have lots of wonderful photos to work with. I will post it here when it's done.

Christmas/Holiday Stamp-A-Stack

RSVP today and join me Saturday, November 17
for my Christmas/Holiday Card Stamp-A-Stack.

Come & create 18 Christmas/Holiday themed cards (3 each of the 6 card designs) with envelopes. Three sessions are being offered to better accomodate your schedule. Simple snacks, sweet treats & beverages will be provided.

Session #1.....November 17 from 10:00am - 1:30pm
Session #2.....November 17 from 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Session #3.....November 17 from 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Class fee is $36.50 which includes all supplies except adhesive. Please bring your favorite adhesive along with a refill or two. Adhesive will be available for purchase if needed.

RSVP today! Payment of non-refundable class fee reserves your spot, seating is limited to 10 and is filled on a first come, first-served basis. Please be sure to bring your favorite adhesive along with a refill. If you need adhesive, it will be available for purchase.

Want to create these cards in the comfort of your own home? I've prepped a few extra kits with everything you need. All images will be stamped, ready for you to assemble. Your kit will contain all supplies (except adhesives) to create 12 cards (2 each of the 6 designs)with envelopes. The price of the kit is $30 which includes shipping.

Please email me at stampinwithkim@sbcglobal.net to RSVP.

Join the fun this month with Stampin' Up!'s November promotion, Paper Party!

From November 1-30, purchase three packs of Designer Series papers, and receive one pack FREE($9.95 value)! You can find the Stampin' Up! Designer Series papers on pages 170-173 of the Fall-Winter Collection 2007. This promotion also includes any Designer Series papers found in the 2007 Holiday Mini Collection too! Best of all...there are NO LIMITS as to the number of free packs you can earn!

To view the Fall-Winter Collection 2007 online, click HERE.
To view the 2007 Holiday Mini Collection online, click HERE.

Email me today @ stampinwithkim@sbcglobal.net to place an order.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

"Fantastic Fibroid"

This past week was a very stressful one for me. Sunday evening I went to bed late and tossed and turned throughout the night knowing I had to have Matty at school by 6:30am. The entire 6th grade class was leaving for the week-long outdoor education camp at Foothills Horizons in Sonora, California. Also on my mind was a doctors appointment on Friday morning, this added stress as I hate going to the doctor and dentist too. I couldn't sleep and got up before my alarm and showered, which is when I found the lump in my left breast. Now, I was afraid and terrified to go to the doctors as I was thinking the worst case senario....breast cancer. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago and it came back a few years ago. Looking at my Mom you would never know she is LIVING with cancer. My Mom doesn't let it keep her from living life to the fullest. She is truly a remarkable woman. Mom, I love you very much! The picture above is one of my favorites from this past summer!

Well, I was already bummed and missing Matty before I dropped him off that morning and the lump added to my emotions. Matty is my little buddy who loves to cuddle with me. Cuddling with him would have helped relive a bit of my stress during the week. I was wondering how I was going to get through the week without him. I knew that I didn't want to tell Greg as he needs to be focused at work and I did not want him to worry about me. I did not want to stress my Mom out and so I kept it to myself all day. Big mistake!

Tuesday Morning my friend Kathy called and I shared it with her. She assured me I things were going to be ok and she would pray for me. Thank heavens...I needed all the prayers I could get. Kathy is an awesome friend and knows how to make me laugh when dealing with an emotional situation. In the past when I've had hard times in dealing with my Mom's illness she is there to cheer me up with a certain few silly words. I can't share these words with you as they are just for times when I'm emotional and ready to cry, which thankfully...I'm not! Kathy, thanks for being such a wonderful friend.

That afternoon my stampin' buddy, Karen emailed me. I emailed her back and told her my situation and asked her to pray for me. She emailed me back the most beautiful prayer which brought me to tears. Karen, thanks so much for all your prayers and for your special friendship.

I also received emails from three more of my dearest friends who now live far far away...well I guess Roseville, California is not that far, but Utah and Washington sure are. My three buddies Deanne, Karen and Noel also added me to their prayer lists. What an awesome feeling to know that all these friends were praying for me.

Thursday evening I was feeling anxious and I needed to call one more friend who is another one of my faithful prayer warriors...Teara. I had planned to call her at 6:30 that evening as I knew she would be home from work. Well at 6:20 she called and said God was telling her to call me. Wow! I told her that I was just getting ready to call her and was so thankful she called.

I had plans to get together with my friend Mary after my appointment. I called her and we finalized our lunch plans. Yes, another friend was praying for me!

Thursday evening I went to bed and had no problem sleeping. I stayed in bed until I needed to get up to shower and felt very much at peace. After showering, Greg asked if he could make me something to eat, I couldn't turn down a BLT sandwich made with love from my hubby at 10:30am. As I sat at the kitchen table, I told Greg that I was going to the doctors. He asked why and I told him about the lump. He reassured me things were going to be ok. He told me of a conversation he had with my Mom in Fall River last week. A program they watched had discussed the increased risk & diagnosis of women who took hormones. They were both excited to hear this information as this would lessen my risk. Greg then offered to bring me but I declined his offer as I felt I needed to do this by myself. Greg brings me great comfort and has held my hand during many doctors appointments and hospital stays. I kissed Greg goodbye, said "I love you" as we always do and I was on my way.

I arrived early and found parking right away which is a miracle in itself (those of you who have Kaiser know that) and then sat listened to KLOVE. I knew it was time to start heading in and told myself I could listen to one last song...well....my absolute favorite song by Point of Grace -How You Live/Turn Up the Music came on. From that moment I knew that I was not alone and things were going to be ok regardless of the outcome.

My doctor did a thorough exam and put me at ease. He told me the lump was a fibroid. He advised that my comsumption of caffine, salt and sugars enlarge the fibroids. Who needs to get a surgical enhancement?...just drink more Starbucks! It was a FANTASTIC Fibroid Friday! Thank you all so much for your prayers. I'm so truly blessed to have you all as my friends!

The power of prayer! If you ever need prayer(s), please email me! I would be honored to pray for you and add you to the list of my faithful prayer warrior friends.

Monday, October 22, 2007

True Friend Card Class

There are still a few spots left.

Create these cards using the True Friend stamp set & the Apple Cider Designer Series Papers featured in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Collection 2007.

Please join me on Monday, November 5th from 6:30-9:00 for some fall fun!

Class fee is $15.50 which includes a True Friend Card Kit(contains all pre-cut supplies to create the four cards shown here)plus you will receive a sampler package of Apple Cider Designer Series Papers to take home with you.

If you can't attend the class and would like to create these cards, I've prepped 5 extra kits with everything you need. All images will be stamped, ready for you to assemble. You can purchase the kit to make these 4 cards for $12.50, plus shipping.

RSVP today! Payment of non-refundable class fee reserves your spot, seating is limited to 10 and is filled on a first come, first-served basis. Please be sure to bring your favorite adhesive along with a refill. If you need adhesive, it will be available for purchase.

Happy Stampin' and Blessings to you!
Kim Myers

Monday, October 15, 2007

True Friends

I absolutely love this time of year! As a child I didn't see the beauty in this season. Now, as an adult, I love everything about fall. I love to watch the foliage as it changes into the colors known to stampers as Earth Elements. I'm loving the cooler weather, the sight of leaves blowing in the wind, listening to rain coming down onto the roof and the chance to wear my warm sweaters, handmade scarfs given to me from my mom & my dear friends, and my snuzzly boots.

Last night I returned home after spending three days in Fall River Mills. Matty and his three friends: Jose, Haben, and Tanner along with our dog, Milo, left on Thursday afternoon and arrived a bit before midnight. My parents and Greg were already there to welcome us. Greg arrived last week and my parents have been there for quite some time. I understand why they aren't coming back to Santa Rosa until they have to. When I went to bed that night, I had no idea what a treat I was instore for when I woke up.

The next morning, Mom and I walked down to the river. We enjoyed the peaceful views both up and down the river. We then turned to walk up the hill and the mountains were screaming "fall is here!" Oh my goodness...Fall River Mills is absolutely breathtaking this time of year. I've never experienced a fall like this. Mom wanted me to experience this but my schedule had not allowed me until this year. This past summer we experienced that same mountain full of color, not from the foliage changing colors, but from a wildfire. Many acreas on the mountain were charred, thankfully there was still much beauty to enjoy. I'm so thankful that the fire did not destroy my parent's home or the surrounding homes and I could be there to enjoy the beauty.

Sunday, I got up early to help Greg on our property. Our property is two miles down the road from my parents home. When I drove up, I was excited to see the fire did not impair our side of the mountain. It's bursting with color and is picture perfect. I can't wait to sit on my front porch and take in all the views next year. Greg has been really busy preparing our property. He had 16 truck and trailer loads of dirt delivered. He built a berm around the 1 1/3 acreas were are using. With the help of my Dad, they planted 48 trees. I'm really excited to see these trees next year in the fall, especially my Weeping Willow.

Yesterday, I thought I had experienced it all and headed for home. I was sad to leave my parents and Greg, but the boys couldn't miss another day of school. As the boys and I headed down the mountain, I looked into the canyon below. I truly have never seen such a beautiful sight in all my life. The canyon was full of vibrant colors and the Pitt River running through it made it even more gorgeous. The boys were so stunned by the beauty, they wanted to stop and take a photo. Absolutely Priceless Moment! The photo does not do it justice, but you can see the colors.

I've talked for years about wanting to take a trip back east during the fall to experience the colors, I no longer feel the need to go as I just experienced such awesome beauty in Fall River Mills. I look forward to seeing Fall River Mills again really soon. I will definitely take the time to photograph the canyon and the surrounding areas.

Whew...I planned to do a quick blurb about my trip and how I love this season and then lead into my fall class. With that, I'm excited to teach my next class which definitely screams "FALL". Plan to join me for some hot apple cider and create some fresh and fun fall inspired cards.

Happy Stampin' and Blessings to you!
Kimberly Myers