Shabby Miss Jenn

Monday, August 30, 2010


The internet is a strange and wonderful thing.  It brings people together who might not have otherwise met, creating friendships.  It provides a seemingly boundless font of information.  However, it has also eroded many of the social niceties.  Consumers will air their customer service issues on public forums, and posting "flaming" threads that have no purpose other than to upset others.

To the lovely ladies at PTI, Jane, Julie, and Nichole:  I was lured to PTI by Debbie Olson's blog, and the beautiful cards she makes.  I purchased a few things, and lurked on the forums to get a feel for what PTI was about.  I was impressed by the courtesy of the community members, and more so by the quality and customer service of the company.  Thanks for all you do - beyond creating your wonderful products - to make the community a good place to hang with friends.   And don't let the turkeys get you down.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I blinked and I missed it. Them, rather.

June and July, that is.  I've been crazy busy and just haven't made the time for my poor, neglected blog.

Did I mention that we've been busy? Ryan and I have been working a lot - not a bad thing in the current economy. Ryan's company was sold to another company, which gave us a few weeks of uncertainty, but luckily their jobs transferred over with minimal changes, at least through the end of this year.

The boys had 4 weeks of summer camp scattered in over the last 2 months.  When they weren't in  camp, they had "mom school" with me, as well as plenty of play time, video game, swimming, and reading time.  My mom, sister, niece and nephew came to visit for about a week, and the cousins had a wonderful time being together.

Jeremy has had an eventful summer.  He took part in the Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do tournament in June (his first ever tournament), and to our delight took first among the white belts in his group.  His favorite part was breaking a board with his bare hand!  A week later he passed the test for his "high white" belt, his first belt elevation.  And then just last Friday, he finally lost his first tooth! He really didn't want to start 1st grade being one of the very few children who still had all of his baby teeth, so this was a really exciting event for him.

Matthew has embraced Harry Potter this summer - really getting into reading the books and playing the new Lego Harry Potter game. 

I spent last week at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association's trade show), in Chicago, with the ScrapStreet team.  Dora, who owns/edits ScrapStreet, lives in a suburb of Chicago and very kindly hosted 7 of us for the week.  It was lots of fun, with late nights, story telling, and ogling of new scrapping products.  We also picked the kits for the next 6 months of the kit club.  The team tradition is taking a group picture in the marble bathroom.

We are heading to Ryan's hometown shortly for his grandmother's 90th birthday.  Folks are coming in from all over the country to celebrate with Grandma, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

School starts on August 18, so we'll begin the school year preparations soon.  We got the kids' homeroom assignments today, and are pleased with the teachers and classmates they have been placed with.  I am looking forward to this year, as both kids will finally be on the same schedule and I won't have to drive to/from school 3 times a day!

Signing off now with a promise to be back soon...