Friday, February 29, 2008

I got nothing to say except....

Happy Leap Day!!! I couldn't miss my chance to publish on February 29th!!! Its suppose to be sunny and 70 here today so I am a happy girl!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

You Can't See Me... I'm Camouflaged!

This picture cracks me up! I had to buy the girl the camo clothing for a school assignment (they were studying animal camouflage.) and of course the boy then needed the same thing. So now I have two kids running around looking like jr. soldiers. Its so funny to look at. The boy even has camouflaged shoes. He requested camo underwear as well! As much as kids (or grown adults) say they hate (hated) being dressed like their siblings my two love it! Of course there isnt a lot of matching clothing available for a couple kids of opposite sexes and three years age difference but I try.

Monday, February 25, 2008

More Scrappin'

Another page made with my HG kit. I love this kit (actually I bought two, similar but not the same). I still can not believe the deal I got.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


This is my cat Tiger. He found me one day and insisted on being let in the house... that was about three years ago. He sheds more than any cat I have ever had. And now it seems shedding on my clothes while I am wearing them isnt good enough. Now he wishes to shed all over my clothes before I even put them on! I guess this will teach me to leave my armoire open in the morning.

New Layout and Randomness

I broke into my new Heidi Grace kit, ya know the one I got for a steal at Tuesday Morning? I had fun playing with all the scrappy goodness inside. My craft table is a mess! But I didnt want to clean it up because I know I am just going to mess it up again today.
I often wonder what its like to be in the mind of a child. Here is an actual conversation between me and the boy last night:
Boy: I love you Mommy!
Me: I love you too!
Boy: I love you soo soo much!
Me: I love you to the moon and beyond!
Boy: It snows in Antarctica every day! What will happen if it stops?
Me: The snow will melt?
Boy: I really like monkeys.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A New Card

I just got my new stamps from papertreyink. Oh how I love them. I didn't even really like to stamp until I found these... but I digress. I made this card for Lois. I read about Lois here. I think its amazing how quickly these crafters pulled together to pledge 100 cards for Lois and then send them out... and it took mere days. Sometimes I find that the internet is an amazing thing.... what did we do before Al Gore invented it? (Yes, I know he didnt really invent it... but hey he wants credit... )

Back to the card, Papertrey stamps, papertrey paper, and papertrey ribbon and ink. Oh and stickles...can't have a card without stickles.

I just love a man in a sweater vest!

My kid picked that outfit out for himself at the store. A few days before Valentine's he informed me that he had a party to go to and that he had no "handsome" clothes. He begged me to take him to the store for "handsome" clothes and "fancy" pants. So we went to Target (only the finest for my boy). We looked through rack after rack of clothes when he saw this sweater vest combo. He insisted on owning it. How could I resist? Fundaddy thinks I should have resisted. Fundaddy does not think real men wear sweater vests. But just when FunDaddy was about to have a break down over the vest, the boy piped up and said, "Don't you think the girls will like me in this Daddy? Don't I look cute?" Suddenly FunDaddy felt all better.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Saving Money!

Look at all this scraplicious yummy stuff I scored at Tuesday Morning! Never am I this lucky! I got two Heidi Grace Paper kits, full of delicious paper, chipboard, stickers, and alphas. I got 3 boxes of rub ons, a bunch of assorted bling, lots of cute stickers. And all this for a mere 35 dollars! Yes, I understand those of you who are not craft addicts are probably thinking this is a ridiculous sum to be spent on paper and stickers... but I assure you this is an awesome deal. You could spend 30 dollars on just one of those paper packs. I figure I have saved FunDaddy at least 40 dollars here. He should be thanking me (He's not, but he should be). He should thank his lucky stars I am addicted to craft projects and not something much worse... like designer handbags.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Birthday Cards

I made these with Mike's one dollar studio G stamps! What a bargain. It was my first time watercoloring the images... I used water color pencils.... that I had bought in highschool (lets just say that was years, years ago!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Just Can't Party Like I Used Too....

I have to face the fact that I can't drink, dance, and party all night and then be any good the next day. There were times in college (which honestly was only about 10...ok closer to 15years ago) that I could drink and drink and then be up and happy by 9 am the next day. This is no longer the case. I had maybe 3 drinks, I was only there until midnite, and this morning I feel like I was hit by a mack truck. Yah, I think mayhaps the body is slowing down and the rest of me needs to follow suit!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Having a Girl Just Paid Off....

I have passed on my nagging abilities. My girl nagged her daddy into buying her mommy jewelry for Valentine's day. Yes she did. Oh I am so proud! So yes, ladies I, who have received a pillow as an anniversary present, was presented with a lovely heart shaped diamond pendant and chocolates yesterday. I was blown away (seeing how my presents are usually bought at 2 am at the local Walgreens). And I come to find out I owe it to my baby girl for reminding FunDaddy (that is Mr. Iamderby's new code name) that Mommy would like some diamonds please, over and over again.

Moving on from Valentine's day I am faced with another three day weekend (YIPPEE!!!). It also appears that we will have no houseguests so I can lay around and do nothing all day... ok, not really true, I will have to clean and watch the children but still its better than get up at 5 am and head to work. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I have a love/ hate relationship with this day. I love it because I teach and at elementary school Valentines rules! There is always a party, always cookies and candy, always cute little cards and excited kids! So that part is totally cool. I used to love to get all romantic with the hubby too... but he... well he is the most unromantic person in the world. This is not to say he is a bad husband, because he is an amazing husband, but romantic? no not at all... i mean this man once bought me a pillow for our 8 year anniversary. He hates V day. Its like torture for him each year. i try to be helpful but really he is just suffering. So I always hope for some grand gesture (well even not so grand gesture) and then I usually end up with the token bizarre gift.... that he bought the night before... at 2am.... So it would just be smart for me to stop hoping wouldnt it? yeah it would. So why cant I? I dunno, a glutton for punishment I guess.

Anyhow I hope your Valentine's Day is full of awesome surprises.

Monday, February 11, 2008

More Valentine Goodies

These are what I am working on for my coworkers for Valentine's Day. I have made them with many different kinds of paper and embellishments but the ones in the picture are made with cardstock, Mike's studio G stamps and loads of stickles. I love stickles! Glitter glue for adults, whats not to like? I got the pattern for the box here. I really recommend Sonja's blog. She does lots of cool stuff. Inside the box are three Hershey's nuggets. They are covered with labels that I stamped with the label stamp set from Papertrey Ink

Saturday, February 09, 2008

V-Day Card

Made this up today. I really love the way it turned out. I cannot say enough good things about the stamps from Papertrey ink. They are amazing!!! Makes even a nonstamper like me look good.

Friday, February 08, 2008

My Husband's Idea of a Great Day at the Bay

Mr. IamDerby does not take weather into consideration when planning a trip. I am lucky those kids even had jackets with them. I stayed home because I do not like to freeze to death. When they came home the children's shoes were soaked! FunDaddy lets them jump and splash in puddles. FunDaddy lets them play in the freezing rain. NotsofunMommy doesnt allow these kinds of things especially when she knows a soaking wet 2 hour car ride back home is involved. Yeah its probably a good thing I stayed home.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Are you a hippie?

You Are Definitely Not a Hippie

In fact, you're so conservative, you make George Bush look like Jerry Garcia.
You're not big on experimentation or alternative lifestyles.

Fringe ideas tend to freak you out. You're pretty suspicious of hippies - or anyone who sympathizes with them.
As hippies would say, you are the establishment. You're part of the system... and proud of it.

Yeah I gots to say I dont agree with this! The last word I would use to describe myself is conservative.... but I dont like drugs, I get my hair cut every two months (colored too!) and I love money (if I could have unlimited funds...yeah I would go for that). FTR I do need to say I am a registered democrat and I cannot remember the last time I voted out of my party for a republican... although I have voted for independents before.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Somebody Likes Me!!

Tommie gave me this cute little piece of blog bling. It's my very first one and I {heart} it very much. I am suppose to pass it along... but as I went to all my regular reads this morning it appears they already have my much loved blog bling. So I will just say head over to my blogroll if you are looking for good stuff. All those ladies rock. I enjoy having my tea with them every morning.

UPDATE ON THE SWEATSHOP: I was informed by my offspring that its a hotel they are running not a sweat shop. They are charging 500$ a night and people with names like Mixie, Swinger, and Pounder are working there. Perhaps I should be afraid.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Are my kids running a sweat shop?

Take a look at these pictures! First off I thought this was my property?! Guess not. And whats up with the night watch? I am up half the night and I haven't seen anyone patrolling. There sure are a lot of workers, I am kind of wondering what they are up to. I asked my kids but because I wasn't in possession of the secret password no one would answer my questions. Perhaps I need to hire an investigator.

I'm It!

I've been tagged by tina.. This means that I have to tell you seven interesting things about me. Well I don't know if they will be interesting, but here they are:

1. I bake very well, people at work fight over my cookies.

2. I walk in my sleep, talk too.

3. I am a type 1 diabetic... completely insulin dependent, it scares me.

4. I have only lived in two different cities.

5. I love country music.

6. I work out 4x a week...but still manage to retain all my fat.

7. I was proposed too four different times (by four different guys). Twice I was offered a ring. The fourth time I accepted, we have been married for 12.5 years.

Now my turn to tag... I hope you play along. The directions are easy... list 7 interesting things about you and then tag some more bloggers:) Here are the my tags.

and ummm anyone else who stops by to read this... let me know if you played!

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Congratulations to Tommie! You were drawn by my dd. So email your snail mail addy to me at derbylea at mac dot com and I will get your prizes out to you. Thanks to everyone who left me a comment. You guys rock!