Monday, August 31, 2009

The BIG 35!!!!



Nope it's not my day but my sweet husbands special day. A few days ago we were able to celebrate Mike's birthday. I learned from his 30th birthday not to have a big celebration. He had such a hard time turning 30 that he was down for the entire year. It wasn't until earlier this year that he explained it to me. "I felt like I couldn't be a kid anymore. I had graduated from the 20's and had to be an adult now!" Well, an adult he must be,especially with 4 kids!!! Yes, he must be an adult, HOWEVER, he still acts like one of the kids 98.8% of the time. No matter what, he is still my honey and I love him. He keeps me laughing when the kids don't, which isn't often, but at least it's adult humor!
Happy Birthday, sweetheart!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tinker Bell goes to school

Ah, what an exciting day! Tinker Bell had her first day of Preschool. Mommy was really nervous as Bell hasn't been wanting to go to her class at church for several months now and will only go with her big brother, Bruiser. She was solo today and I was really nervous on how she would handle it. But God is in control. She got an amazing teacher - actually the one that Whiz Kid had his first year of Preschool. She is amazing and after Bell's first few nervous minutes she settled in and did great.

Bruiser was so great encouraging her about going to his "old" school. She packed her backpack, made her lunch and got her favorite jacket on "because it might rain."

She was just so stinkin' cute!!! Don't you just want to squeeze those cheeks!?!


I can't believe how big my kids have gotten. It is so hard to believe that Bell is already so big. My baby is growing up! I don't have any real babies any more!!! Ugh - I just might cry!


Well, like I said, She had a great day at school and was so happy when I came to pick her up. She ran to me, all excited to tell me all about her day!!! I was so proud of her! Way to go sweet girl!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Can you say busy week?

Oh, what a fun week. It started with the 1st day of school. Whiz kid started 4th grade, Princess is now in 2nd, Bruiser had his first day of Kindergarten.




Of course, Tinker Bell wasn't going to be left out so she started "school" too.

They all had such a fun day and it was great. It always seems so hard to get into the groove of things but this year the kids were so excited to start school again that they were waiting for me at their desks. (Wish I felt that way when I was in school!)








Tuesday night I had a workshop where we played with the Animal Cookies papers once again. Those papers are so much fun!

Wednesday night I had a unit meeting with my downline. They got to come and see all the FREE stuff I got when I went to Leadership in CA.





Here is a book that we made in our Chocolate University day of classes. This is such a fun book. We are going to recreate it using the Let's Get Together papers in my September Hostess Club. You want to create it too? Call me and find out all the details and fun that we have at the Hostess Club.





This week was also a difficult week for our church. Our Pastor's son was in a terrible car accident on Tuesday night which took his life on Thursday. Josiah was an organ donor and was able to touch 77 lives through his donations! How amazing is that! We are so sad to see him leave us here on earth but celebrate that he is in heaven having a celebration of his own! I ask that you lift his family up in prayer over the next couple weeks. It has been amazing to see how his family has handled this tragedy. They of course are saddened but their faith and hearts are strong! Praise be to the Lord!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back from CA


WOW!!! It seems like forever since I have been on here. I had such a crazy week before leaving for our Close to My Heart Leadership Convention in Long Beach, CA and thought for sure I would be able to blog some while I was there. However, as you can see, I wasn't able to get internet connection until the last few days so... I'm finally here.


CA for awesome!!! I love the beautiful weather and the ocean!!!! Oh my goodness - it is gorgeous!!!! A couple of years ago I was able to to San Diego, CA for another Leadership event with CTMH and I have fallen head of heels for the ocean. Never having traveled very much to the beach, I feel so blessed to be able to go and enjoy God's creation! It was gorgeous!!!


Another blessing was that my friend Andrea was able to meet me there a few days before the convention began. Andrea used to live in CA but now lives in WA and was able to come and show me around. It was so wonderful to be able to take some time and just relax. We went to the ocean almost every day and were able to plan our day with what we wanted to do. How awesome and rare is that!!!!

Here we are our last night together enjoying a fun night at the SawDust festival where artists come and show and sell their work. Andrea had been there many times before and was so excited to see many of the vendors that she saw in her childhood. This is also one of the many things I love about being with Andrea. She always takes me to see things that I probably wouldn't go and see on my own (probably because I would be going where my 4 children would want to go :) This was just for us and was amazing. One of the other things we loved was the Sea Lion Rescue Center. It was amazing to see them and how cute they are! It was so hard not to talk to them too. They would come up to the fence and bark at us and you just wanted to talk back to them but were warned not to because it could humanize them too much! It seemed to me though that they wanted to communicate with us for sure!


My time with Andrea was wonderful and then I had to leave and go to Leadership. This part was also wonderful as I got to see many old and make a few new friends while I was there. A tradition at CTMH events is to bring your roomies a gift. Here are the lift gifties I had for my roommates.
I filled these little mailboxes with little munchies for them to enjoy through out the week. There were so many wonderful things that we got to do and see at Leadership that I can't tell you all about it now but I can say - it was fabulous!!!
Close to My Heart did however release their new Retired list for the year. I wanted to get these out to you as quickly as possible as these items are only available while supplies last and will not be brought back after the end of the year. Close to My Heart is also offering a wonderful special this month - purchase $100 in product and receive the Stamp of the month free and a free pack of paper - retail value of $35.90 FREE! but only until August 17th!! So, why not get those items you have been wanting and get some extra FREE stuff too!!! The list is long but read through it carefully. I would hate for you to miss anything. When you something you need, please e-mail me or go to my website at http://HeatherHicks.MyCTMH.com to get it before it's gone!

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COLUZZLE
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Lots of great stuff but only to make room for even more wonderful things. Let me know if I can help you make your beautiful layouts and cards even more gorgeous!