Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Virtual Tour of My Life

So, I just learned of the death of a soldier my husband worked with.  While the guy wasn't currently in the army, and not deployed, they had worked together, and he was a good guy.
I didn't know him personally, but I can see the effects of his loss through all my friends and husband.
Anyway, my point for writing about him, is to acknowledge his life, and it's got me in a sad, nostalgic mood. 

Weight loss stuff is going well....I officially dropped lower than the nutritionist's scale, so I started counting again, (but then it went up not quite a pound this morning.)  So, I'm still at 42-43.  (even though iiiiiiiii know its lower than that, but I digress).

I am going to post a few pictures of my animals, and my life. 
Ok, to cheer me up, and to let you learn some more about me, here are some pictures!!

Here are some of my cats.  These are the boys.  (L-R) We have Lucky, Tucker, Hey Cat (orange), and Sooty.  The three on the right we had the longest (about 5 years), and the black and white was our first.

These are the youngest.  The kittens.  All rescued from different bad situations, at different times, but since they've grown up together (the two on the left especially) act like twins. 
We have (L-R) Wiley, Patchy, and Mia.  All girls.  They steal my heart every single day.

These are my puppies.  We have Tinkerbell (we didn't name her, but it fits!!) a rottweiler, Sinsa, a Pit, and Ginger, a beagle.  We got Ginger in 2003, and the other two in 2009.  We had to get a king sized bed so they could all sleep with us, and we still get kicked out of the bed.  Now that the hubby's deployed, they've taken over his side of the bed.  Whoopsie.

Wiley checking out the Christmas tree.  While in years past, with just the older, male cats, our tree survived well enough.  They'd play with ornaments, and some would break, but this year, with the 3 kittens....oy.  As you can see, they had a field day with it.  It was there entirely for their entertainment, so we took it back down.  They may have grown out of it by next Christmas, but I kind of doubt it.  Since hubby will still be deployed, I probably won't bother putting one up at all.

I can't NOT bust out laughing every time I see this picture.  I mean, just look at my hubby's face in the background!!  Mia had a special taste for tootsies, yum!!  Heheheheheheeeee

This winter.....    At any given time I will have at LEAST one animal on my lap.  Usually as many as will physically fit.  It can get annoying, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

The view from my lap.  I have 3 kitties on my lap, one doggie against my lap, two as close as possible, and one kitty on the outskirts.    So cute.

This occurred more in the winter, when everyone would snuggle together to stay warm, but this is what we found one morning!!  I literally cannot move one inch in any direction.  I am completely pinned, and the animals could care less!!

(taken from my cell while driving, so a little blurry).  This is how I travel.  I try to visit my family every other month or so, and since its just me, I take all the animals along.  We've got 6 carriers stacked (two kittens housed together in one), the two big dogs get a big bed of comforters where the seat folds down, and Ginger, the beagle, is in the front seat.   As you can see, I can't bring much else with me.  All my stuff must fit in a single bag on the floor of the front seat!

My cats and dogs all get along great.  There's not a mean bone in the body of THIS pit!!
Patchy giving Sinsa a bath.  <3

We celebrated our anniversary early due to my surgery date and not being able to eat real food conflicting with the actual date.  We went to Outback, and I got to enjoy some last indulgences before the big day! 

While I do not have any kids myself, I do have 4 beautiful nephews.  This is #4, born last month.  He's such a cutie!!   If all goes according to plan, I will get to my goal weight, the PCOS will be reversed, and I will be able to have one of my own in the near-ish future!!

One of my favorite things to do is to scrapbook/make cards/be crafty.  This is my desk.  We have an office/craft room, and my stuff has taken over!!

I made this out of a large wooden stamp block.  I painted the block, decoupaged a picture on, put a rub-on on,  and attached some silk flowers with sparklie brads.  I love how this turned out!!

I made this video of my craft room last year.  It has since changed quite a bit, (I unmounted all my stamps and they're in CD cases now, moved things around, stole the hallway closet to declutter, etc)
But it gives you an idea!!  I may re-do the video the next time the room is clean.

Here are some cards I made for Christmas and this past year.  I make more during make and takes, but I designed all these myself.

Here's a few scrapbook layouts I've done recently.  It's so hard to choose favorites, so I just had to pick a couple!!  This makes me wanna make some more!

And lastly, my very heart and soul.  He's my best friend, and my biggest support.  I love him SO much, and miss him terribly.  He's always accepted me for me, and I've never once felt insecure around him.  He makes me feel sexy, even when I'm at my largest, and cheers me on every step of the way down to my goal!  Thank you my darling!  I love you!!


Sheila said...

WOW! You truly have a zoo of animals there. SO wonderful that they all get along. Cute cards and scrapbooks...really cute! I love the photo block of you and your hubby, that turned out great!

Blu said...

You have an army of animals to take care of you while hubby is gone. You do great work too!! So pretty! Aren't animals great, especially in the winter to keep you warm?