Sunday, January 25, 2009


Yesterday was our monthly digi-scrap night. These awesome chicks surprised me with the sweetest card, hand-made by
Emily...who does amazing work. The card contained gift cards for the ultimate date night...dinner, movies and cold stone creamery for dessert! I'm so excited! I can't believe how generous these girls are; they seriously made not just my day but my whole month. This really meant a lot to me, and I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate it. So I'd like to give a big huge thanks (in no particular order) to Mindy, Monica, Jamie, Emily, Julie, Jenny and Sandy. You guys rock. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

RC = Rachie's Car

As you are probably very aware, the Sheedys are proud owners of several RC (as in Radio Control) "toys". For Christmas, we acquired a couple more...and these were our FHE project for the week. It was a family project wherein the two of us built our cars side by side...isn't that sweet? Lol. We started Sunday evening:
Several hours later, we took a pie break:
By three in the morning, I was pretty shredded. I had also screwed things up pretty good by that point, and I was hoping it would be magically cured overnight.

The next morning: no such luck. I had to undo the darn thing and fix all of my mistakes. Good thing I have a patient teacher! :) Things definitely look better in daylight:
It's starting to actually look like something!
I decided to paint my car pink, so Hunter would never be tempted to drive it...lolol!
By this time, it was getting late again. But we were so close to finishing!
The finished product!
Don't you love Rachie's new car? Yay!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Doesn't this make you want to take a big, deep breath? This, my friends, is the poison I've been breathing for the past few days...along with everyone else in SLC. I'm really not okay with this. Every time I look at this picture I start packing my bags for Henrieville. I need a gas mask or something! Aack!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some Say...

...when he slows down brake lights come on in his buttocks his youth, he once stole a tricycle, and was caught speeding
...his eyes are thermal night vision goggles
...he is machine washable
...his 4 chambered heart has 16 valves, and that he needs to change blood every 2,000 miles
...he is immortal and impervious to fear, others say that he can smell burning rubber from a mile away

All we know is...he's called The Stig.
Oh, and apparently he is also called Ben Collins. How sad...all this time I was convinced it was my husband. Which is rather inconvenient considering I have a bit of a crush on this guy, lolol!
If you have no clue what I'm talking about, you really need to start watching Top Gear. It must be good if a self-proclaimed car UNenthusiast loves it! :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Day in the Life

Just a quick update on my Project 365 progress. I realized after posting my first 365 layout that I had screwed it up...I missed a day so my pics were all off. LOL! Sometimes I swear I'm on crack.

Anyway, here's my layouts so far:
I'm so excited to hear that some of you are on board with this project. So far, it has been a lot of fun! I'll be honest, there are days when I wonder what is photo-worthy...and that makes me nervous considering we are still in January! But when all else fails, I can always make Hunter into my victim...even though he tends to be very uncooperative. I guess that just makes the photo more interesting, right?! :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Photo Book Challenge

Hey everyone...this challenge is for YOU! If you are working on a Shutterfly Photo Book, or have one you've finished recently, you can enter it into this contest. There are several categories, so you can choose one that suits you best. If you do enter the contest, be sure to let me know so I can put in a good word! ;)

To check out the details, click here.

Best wishes!

Monday, January 5, 2009


No, this is not my Word of the Year. I used up my allotment of self-discipline on my mission, and now find it extremely difficult to engage in any goal-setting type behavior. Instead, I just give myself loose guidelines and reward myself for coming close, lol! Last year I figured that if I could select a word of the year it would be "Awake"...because I was trying really hard to stop taking naps and start finding more energy. I even weaned off Zoloft in an effort to regain some of my lost energy, and was quite surprised at the difference it made. However that experiment failed miserably (let's just say Hunter earned his angel's wings) and consequently I'm drugged again. It's all good; I'd rather be sleepy and happy than wide awake and freaking out all the time! Lol!

Anyhoo, I digress. My whole point is that I got motivated to do a new project that I'm kinda excited about. And who knows, maybe you'll want to do it too?! Monica blogged about her goal to take a picture every day this year, and it reminded me that I had considered doing this last year. Well, I had decided my everyday life is way too mundane to photograph and I would probably forget after a few days, so I threw in the towel before I even began.

Well. Monica stopped by the other day and we discussed her 365 project. I was re-tempted, if that's even a word! She got a kit from Creating Keepsakes, and I decided to check it out. I love it, of course...but it's not currently available. So I put the project in the back of my mind, again.

Until Saturday. Designer Digitals puts out new products every Saturday, and I'm always there chomping at the bit. Well wouldn't you know...Katie Pertiet has started a series of templates for those doing the 365 project! WOOHOO! Right now she has two sets, which you can find here and here. Well this sealed the deal for me. I am officially on board.

I've also decided that if my life is worth documenting on a daily basis, yours is too. So you should join me. If you're worried about it being the fifth of January and you haven't taken your photos this month, never fear. I didn't take one on the first day of the year, and it was sheer luck that I took one on the second. I'm also pretty certain I will forget a day or two here and there...I mean really, 365 days is a lot! But I think that is part of the story, so it's okay! Just make a note and move on. Or start with week two of January and do it through the end of week one in 2010. There are so many ways to personalize the project and make it your own, without putting too much pressure on yourself.

In closing, I have to cite a couple of case studies that really made an impression on me. In one case, my friend took a picture of herself every day for a month. She showed me her pictures and I was really intrigued by the whole idea. Being an adult, there weren't any major changes in her appearance during the course of a month but it was still fascinating to look at. You still noticed the day she had her hair cut, her various moods, and so forth. It was amazing.

In the other case, my friend was pregnant and took a picture of herself (with exposed belly) every day. Well technically her husband took the photo. Again, very intriguing stuff! You don't see the daily changes very easily and yet when you put all the photos together you can watch the metamorphosis. And to have that documented, so it's no longer just a memory but a story that can be cool is that?! If I had a kid, I would take a picture of him/her every day. I would LOVE to see that story!

So, have I convinced you yet? Here's a look at my first page, so you can see how uneventful my story is going to be. Then you can start your own and be grateful you have cuter things to photograph than a computer monitor, LOL!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Redneck Monsters

It's Monster Truck time! We went to the Steel Thunder show at the E-Center. We decided to go for the Pit Passes and front row seats. Hunter is a monster truck pro, but this was my first time. I was looking forward to it.

The trucks are HUGE! Holy cow!

I'm just barely taller than that tire!

Check out these booties...

This truck was my fave...the driver is a chick! How cool is that?!

The motocross dudes:
I'll be honest, I was relieved when this part was over. I was pretty sure someone was going to die doing those crazy stunts! Hunter promised me he will never ever EVER even think about doing anything insane like those guys were doing. Yikes!

Then it was time for the Tuff Truck competition. This guy was our favorite.

This double-bump really did a number on the trucks:

Check it out...this guy wanted to come sit with us!!

Now I know why the first few rows were roped off!

Isn't that Uncle Richard's van??

The trucks show their stuff:
What a show! I may have to do this again. :) But I do need to wash my hair smells like exhaust fumes!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Sadie!



Addison came to visit me the other day. She is such a sweetheart, and I love to snuggle with her. Apparently she likes it too. :)