Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wow, okay it's been almost a full year since I've posted anything. I haven't even been doing any designing lately. It's been months since I've created anything except the mini for the Use It or Lose It challenges.

Things on my end have been crazy! My auntie, who was living with us and helped take care of things as well as taking care of all of us, passed away. She had been sick with an upper respiratory infection. She didn't have insurance and was waiting for the county to approve her for insurance. Then President Obama made the health reform and she was approved. However, waiting for her information, ie. ID card as well as provider information, was a long process. On January 16, I got a phone call from her. She was in her room and couldn't get out of bed. This was at about 5 am. I was finally able to talk her into letting me call 911. The arrived and took her straight to the hospital. I met them at the hospital. Anyway, I won't get into all the details except to say that she had pneumonia that wound up making her blood get infected. By 1:30 am January 17, she had passed away. I'm still doing my best to get used to not having her around.

When I say she took care of us, I mean she really did everything at home. She was our rock and damn I still miss her. The other night I had a dream that we were sitting in the family room watching a movie and she just walked right through the doorway. I woke my self up calling out to her.

While she was alive, she had three dogs that lived with her here at our home. So, we now have custody of those three dogs in addition to our three cats and one guinea pig. Sounds like a houseful of animals, but because they all get along and all three dogs are basically small (two chihuahuas and a dachshund) they aren't that difficult to take care of. Here's a photo that you all might enjoy of one of our cats, the dachshund and our guinea pig all loving on each other:

In March, I injured my back at work. I was put on light duty until May. In May, I lost my job due to some silly Major General in Washington DC. I'd been doing my job for eight years and working for the military for 10 years. So, she decided that any certified medical assistant that had been working in a "medical technician" position, was not qualified to do that job. So, after 8 years in the same job, doing the same thing, I wasn't any longer qualified. Funny, right. Not really.

So, I decided to go back to school. I'm finishing up at a city college here locally, and then I'll transfer. Right now I'm majoring in universal studies. But, I'm thinking when I transfer I'll be getting my teaching credentials. Either that or Library Studies. We'll see I suppose.

Summer sucked here at home. We missed the 4th of July festivities as well as all of Elizabeth's summer dance recitals. She was in the hospital for 4 (?) days. She had a stomach virus that made her stop eating & drinking, which in turn made her dehydrated and extremely constipated. We spent 4 days & 3 nights in the hospital. They did all kinds of testing and it all came down to a diagnosis of constipation, stomach virus, & slow moving stomach (which she gets from me). It's called Gastroparesis. The biggest problem we've had with her is getting her to drink. She wants milk, milk, milk. All the time. Yes, at almost 14 she still LOVES milk! I'm glad about that, but she also needs the water.

So, for the end of June through the middle of July we were dealing with her being ill. Then after she started getting better, I caught the virus. Uggggg, OMG I can't believe how quickly it hit me. I was fine in the morning but by the afternoon. I wasn't able to keep anything down. This went on for two weeks. I was into my doctor once, the urgent care twice and then to the emergency room. I wound up needing four bags of IV fluid. It took me three weeks after the visit to the ER to get back to normal. By then it was mid-August and we were ready to start school again.

Now, it's almost mid October and the holidays are all coming up so quickly. I've decided that I'm going to do a little bit of work every day to stay caught up with homework, as well as keeping up with housework. (still struggling after Auntie's passing). Plus, I have severe depression, still dealing with the back pain as well as the dumb worker's comp crap, & the fibromyalgia.

Okay, I think I'm done. It does feel good getting it all down. So, if you've gotten here then thank you very much for "listening".

One quick, Angel Dolly Designs & Ivy Scraps plug. There are lots of challenges going on right now. But next month we're having a birthday celebration. There'll be lots of cool challenges as well as all the monthly challenges. You should check it all out!

Love 'n hugs, Kimberly

Friday, November 1, 2013

IvyScraps.com 4th Birthday Celebration Blog & Facebook Hop (freebie)

Hey everybody! Ivy Scraps is celebrating their 4th Birthday! In honor of our birthday we're giving away a ton of great gifts! Every day will be a wonderful download and if you complete the special Birthday challenges in addition to the regular monthly challenges, you'll have a HUGE coordinating kit. Let me show you my previews. I have 3 DAD's (download a day), 1 Facebook freebie, 1 Numbers challenge freebie, 1 Use or Lose challenge freebie, and the blog freebie. Here are the previews:

DAD Day 6

DAD Day 13

DAD Day 18

Facebook Freebie

Numbers Challenge Freebie

Use It or Lose It Challenge

Blog Hop Freebie

Here is the blog roll:

LilyBelle Designs (you’re here)

Ivy Scraps

Waite for the Moment Designs

PattyB Scraps

LizzyQX Designs

Angel Dolly Designs
http://angeldollydesigns.blogspot.com   (you are HERE) {click on the Blog Hop Freebie preview for the link}
Angel Dolly Designs Facebook

Gloria Valverde Designs

Joanne K Scrap Stuffs

Lizard Dau Designs

Atria’s Creations

Lightning Bug Creations

KatLen Kreations

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ivy Scraps June 2013 Quick Page Challenge freebie

Waite for the Moment Designs created a great kit that was perfect for Ivy Scraps Quick Page challenge. The kit is Bits & Baubles and here is the preview:

The kit is on sale in her store for just $1.85. Click on the preview to pick it up! Here is the layout I made with the kit:

Here is the preview for the quick page. You can click the preview to pick up the quick page:


At the end of the month, there will be a poll and you can vote for your favorite quick page. IVY SCRAPS has tons of fun CHALLENGES every month. You should take a moment to check them all out!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hey Everyone! Freebie in my store

I just wanted to remind everyone that I have June's Use It or Lose It Challenge mini kit available in my store for free!

Oh, Elizabeth had her first recital of the summer season yesterday. It was awesome! The girls were just beautiful. They have another one on the 4th of July. The last one of the summer season will be on July 13th. I'm gonna post pictures of the recital later this week!

Next weekend I'm taking Elizabeth and her cousin, RickieAnne to a concert. It's Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice. I figure the girls will have fun. Oh my gosh, I almost forgot! Next Saturday I have an all day scrapping day at a friends house! I can't wait. I really enjoy digi scrapping but I truly love me some paper scrapping every now and then!!

Anyway, on to the mini. Here is the preview:

All you have to do is click the preview to get to my store. It's an easy challenge, too! All you have to do is use all the pieces in a layout. You can add your own stuff if you want to, as much or as little as you want, as long as you use what's provided in the mini. Hope you enjoy and have fun!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May and a freebie!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing. I can't believe how quickly this year is going! So many things are going on here.

The military is having budget cuts which is affecting staffing at work. It really just stinks how things can affect everyone. I'm a lucky one and I'm not losing my job but some of my co-workers are. It's a sad, scary situation.

Anyway, enough with the gloomy stuff. Oh wow! Elizabeth's doing so much better. This week is standardized testing at school. They should be done tomorrow at school, I think. Dance class is coming along just great. Elizabeth will be participating in 5 dances at each recital. She's also talking about joining a pageant. I'm okay with it, I won't force her to do anything but if she wants to, okay!

May means the start of the newest Use It or Lose It Challenge @ Ivy Scraps. Once again I've created a mini kit to use in your layout. It's super cute, if I may say so myself. LOL  Here is the preview to the free mini in the store:

The really cool thing is that if you pick up the mini, as well as purchase my Ivy Scraps May 2013 Mini Pixel kit this month, titled "Oh My Gnome", "Like" me on Facebook and pick up the freebie I have for you here, then you'll end up with a total of 10 papers and 20 elements all in the same coordinating palette and theme!

Here is the link to the Mini Pixel kit:

Here's the preview to the Facebook Fan freebie. Do me a favor please? If you pick up my Facebook mini please click like. You can pick up the freebie there.

Like I said, if you get all 4 minis you'll end up with a full sized fun gnome themed kit! Now for the freebie:

If you click on the freebie, please click follow. You can click the preview to get the zip from box.net or click HERE.

I hope you all have a great beginning to your month of May!

Friday, April 5, 2013

How's it going?

Hey everyone. I hope your month of April is going well. I've been super busy. I'm at physical therapy twice a week in addition to working all five days a week. Plus, we've been going for bike rides on the days I don't have P.T. I'll tell you what, I'm getting my butt busted at physical therapy, working out muscles I didn't even realize I had. LOL.

Anyway, I have my newest challenge posted at Ivy Scraps (dot) com. It's my Use It or Lose It April 2013. If you're interested in trying out this challenge, I have the kit for free in my store. Here is the preview:

In the kit are 2 pretty papers and 4 elements including a photo mask. I would love to see what you come up with. The rules are simple, just use all the pieces in a layout. You can use other pieces from other kits, just as long as you use what I've provided. You can click on the preview to get to my store.

Sheesh, I'm so glad it's finally the weekend. I have so much I want to do. I've started paper scrapping again. I LOVE digital scrapping, but there's nothing like having the paper and the tools in my hands and making a layout!! I'll have to show you all what I make sometime!