Scrap, ETC - Win free spot to their event

I would LOVE to win a spot, and you would love to win a spot too (I promise). Especially if you live in the SouthEast and it wouldn’t be difficult for you to travel to the Atlanta area. We’ve been “challenged” to post about this great contest (and event) on our blogs, so here you go:

No April Fool’s Joke!!!
You can win a FREE space to the Event!
Five of you!

Yes, you read that right!

We are giving away FIVE spaces to the Scrap ETC event!

And we have FIVE ways you can win:

1. Post a comment on the blog.
2. Tell your friends to come and post a comment, and if they do, tell us that they referred you! Both of you will get a chance!
3. Post this contest on your blog—and post a link in the comments!
4. Post a link in the comments to anywhere else online that you have posted about this!
5. Post it on your facebook or twitter status—and let us know that you did!

We will draw the names Thursday morning,April 2nd!

Start posting NOW!

For updates and registration info:
If you miss anything, don’t worry, you can check it out
at Scrap ETC.com

So there you go. And if you do post on the blog, mention me (so I have an extra chance to win-thanks!).


Luck o'the Irish to ya!

Hello, my name is Shannon and YES, I am Irish!


1. The potato crop was traditionally planted in Ireland after March 17

2. Blue not green is the color originally associated with St Patrick. “St Patrick’s Blue” is used on Ireland's Presidential Standard or flag, while the Irish Guards sport a plume of St Patrick’s blue in their bearskins. The emphasis on green is thought to be linked to “wearing the Green”, a symbol from the 18th century on, of sympathy with Irish independence.

3. St Patrick is patron of fishermen in the Loire, where a legend associates him with a blackthorn bush. The saint is said to have slept beneath it, and when he awoke the next day, Christmas, the bush flowered, and was said to have continued to do so every Christmas until its destruction during the First World War.

4. A regiment of the Mexican army in the 1846 War between Mexico and America was named after St Patrick. Members of the Batellón de San Patricio included Afro-Americans freshly liberated from the slave plantations of the South, and the soldiers were granted Mexican citizenship afterwards.

5. The first St Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1737 in Boston, followed in 1762 by New York. George Washington allowed his soldiers a holiday on March 17, 1780 as “an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.”

6. Until the 1970’s, all pubs were shut in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, and the sole venue selling drink the annual dog show. Lenten fasting – and the obligation to abstain from meat – were lifted on the day, which most families would begin with Mass.

7. St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and also in Monserrat "the Emerald Isle of the Carribean,” so called because it was settled in 1633 by Irish migrants from St Kitts.

8. According to legend, on the day of Judgement, while Christ judges all other nations, St Patrick will be the judge of the Irish.

9. Since 1962, tons of green dye are tipped on St Patrick’s Day into the Chicago river, although the quantity has reduced, for environmental reasons, from 100 to 40.

10. Should you wish to carry on celebrating St Patrick after March 17, in the United States, you might visit the four Shamrocks in the USA including Mount Gay-Shamrock, W.Va or the nine cities named Dublin, including Dublin, Ohio (the largest Dublin in the U.S.) and Dublin, Georgia.


We love good clean MUD

They love it - REALLY

One day I want to go and get some real pictures of the event. But, here are the few taken in Feb:

They began cleanish! (That is David Boykin with them)

Dainty Miss Priss

We do not have a picture of when Sam went for a swim. But, here is Daddy cleaning the bike after the dive. Sam, literally, was dog paddling in a huge puddle.

And my Favorite:

Why, YES, they are Blue Jeans!


Welcome to our 44th President

Welcome, Mr President.

'...all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness...'

'Greatness is never a gift.'

'... we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist...'

Quite right. Amazing and remarkable to behold:

'Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.'


Blogs that tickle me

Cake Wrecks

Simply humors me.

They have great ones like this:

Poor kid, I hope his name isn't Finaly.

They also, have gorgeous creations, too!


You have a family now, you know.

Sam likes TV. I am sure many children do. But, sometimes.....

Yesterday morning I had turned on Sports Center, as is my norm. I did turn on the living room TV, however, which is not. We find that TV in the AM slows down the leave the house process with the kids.

Sam wanted to watch cartoons. I said, no. He wanted to argue. I noted that I did in fact own the TV. He, in all seriousness, turned to me and said, 'Mommy, you have a family now.' As if this meant, nothing was mine singularly at all. Good grief.


Pet 10 Commandments

Received this today from a friend. After seeing Marley and Me this past weekend, it make me actually weepy.

This is the only picture of our pups I have on my picasa site, so sorry for the quality. I took it thinking yin and yang.

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when you speak to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember I have teeth and could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, or have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.

10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters.


New Year - 2009

I love Google images and here is a new one - Happy New Year to all....