I mentioned in my last post that I was considering moving my blog. Well, I did!!

You can find my new blog at http://www.coleybelle.blogspot.com.

Be sure to come visit, update your bookmarks, and what not!!!

Well, I think things might be working for me here at WordPress again but I am still debating moving this blog over to Blogger. I have been wanting to move to Blogger for sometime now because it is much easier to customize (well in my opinion) and changing things like the color or size of font in a post is much easier than here. But my biggest reason for not moving over to Blogger thus far has been the hassle involved in moving.

So, I’m still debating and will make a decision soon. I have posts from last week to post that I couldn’t get posted because of the server problems I was having that I will post soon too.

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Anyone else out there who uses WordPress having problems lately? I can’t post photos or get to the categories or anything like that. Grrrrrr! So frustrating when you want to post but it’s not working out right.

This past week was harder to take pictures daily, not for any particular reason other than I was just tired and didn’t feel like thinking of what to take a picture of. Ha! But I stuck with it anyways so here are the latest P365!

Sunday March 1
Taken at about 7PM from my bedroom window. See the snowflakes falling! march-11

Monday March 2
Noah had a snow day today and we played in the little bit of snow there was. He had a good time!
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Tuesday March 3
Happy Birthday (a day late) Dr. Seuss. Noah loves all the rhyming in Seuss books.
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Wednesday March 4
One of my favorite stores
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Thursday March 5
I love crafting!
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Friday March 6
Playing with my camera in the mirror again.
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Saturday March 7
I just love these little packages of decorative tissues. They fit great in a purse or pocket. I think this might be my new thing.
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That’s it for this week!!

Check out all of P365 pics here.

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” smiley-face

– Phyllis Diller

 Another week, another month down!

Monday, Feb 23 (day 54)
Noah in his favorite hoodie. It has a guitar on it and is very cool.
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Tuesday, Feb 24 (day 55)
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Wednesday, Feb 25 (day 56)
J and I both sick so our house looks like a pharmacy. This doesn’t even include the medicine Noah takes on a daily basis! And yes, those are pretty brown tissues at the bottom. I think it’s turned into a new thing – I love pretty tissues now. Silly, I know, but humor me.

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Thursday, Feb 26 (day 57)
I watch The Today Show every single morning. Matt Lauer is yummy eye candy (even at his age!) and a great way to start off my day. I usually have coffee and check my email while watching.

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Friday, Feb 27 (day 58)
Noah loves the “big boy wheelchair” at stores lately. Yes he has his own wheelchair but it is such a pain to get in and out of the SUV that we only get it out if it’s absolutely neccessary. We’re going to have to give in and get a van in the future I think because as he gets bigger the wheelchairs are gonna get bigger too.

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Saturday, Feb 28 (day 59)
Noah loves to look at pictures. Here he has gotten down my framed photo of me, Aunt LaLa, and baby Nicholas. In this photo, Noah is signing “love” and then he will touch me in the picture, LaLa in the picture, and then he’ll sign Baby. He also likes to point to the picture and tell me that Aunt LaLa is wearing glasses and her arm is holding the baby. He’s way into details.
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Check out all my Project 365 posts and photos here.

Well, we havesnowy-night snow in the Carolina’s which doesn’t happen too terribly often. It started snowing yesterday evening around 5. That picture to the right was taken around 7 PM from my bedroom window. I love how you can actually see the snowflakes falling in the picture!

We ended up with about 4-5 inches. (I know, nothing compared to our northern friends but we live in the south so it’s big sleddingsledding1news here!) We also had some snow thunder Sunday night, which I had never even heard of. Our power flickered on and off a few times Sunday night but never went out completely, thank goodness. The television didn’t work for hours but I could live with out that for a bit – power would have been harder to live without.

So they told J not to come in to work, which I’m so glad that they did because people traveling around the same time and same route as what he would have been were stuck on the Interstate for 8 – 12 HOURS!! Holy smokes!snowball1

Of course, school was cancelled too. We took Noah out in the snow for a little bit. He of course loved sliding in his blue sled on the wheelchair er, uh, I mean sled ramp. J taught him how to make a tired-sleddersnowball and they threw a couple at me. (At my feet, don’t worry!) Playing in the snow made Noah tired quickly, he even tried to take a nap in his sled! So he came inside ate lunch and took a nap.

It’s getting slushy out there at the moment but I suspect it will melt (that’s the weather man is saying) tonight and we’ll awake to ice and another snow day.

It’s been one of those weeks around here where I’m very glad the week is almost over! Nothing too disastrous has happened but it’s just all the little things piled into one week.

 

It started with J and I both getting sick at the same time. We both started feeling bad Tuesday morning and by Wednesday ended up with “his and her doctor appointments.” (We’re trying to start a new trend for couples. haha) Anyways, J has bronchitis and I have walking pneumonia.

 

Then in the midst of dealing with all that, my cell phone goes on the fritz. It was saying “emergency only” on it and I couldn’t dial out, receive calls, or text messages!

 

Then the computer went wonky on me! Actually, it was more a network problem and not a problem with the actual computer. I could get online just not access any web pages. If all that weren’t enough, a pipe in the bathroom started leaking and we ended up with water all over the bathroom floor. Good times, let me tell ya!

 

Luckily though, J is superman. Seriously, he’s my hero. He fixed the cell phone and the computer! Now, the leak in the bathroom he wasn’t as heroic with and we had to call the plumber. J’s beginning to feel a lot better and I’m feeling a little better.

 

And you’re probably wondering about Noah – he’s not sick. And I’m hoping he doesn’t end up that way. He’s been very good this week; hyper but good. He’s been my little “Dr. Noah” giving me ouchie kisses, telling me to cover up and drink, and putting his hand on my forehead like I do when I’m trying to see if he has a fever!

 

I hope next week is a little less bumpy than this week has been!

When I ran across this quote (I don’t remember where I read it though!) I immediately thought of all of my Project 365 pictures. Taking photos each day has taught me that although life can be stressed and crazy, I have a lot of blessings in my life and that’s exactly what this week’s quote is about!

“In the plain, everydayness of our lives, a million little blessings await us.”
– Barb Johnson

The latest…..

Monday February 16 (Day 47)
Is this not the cutest Valentine’s Day dino you’ve ever seen?!? WHAT? You’ve never seen a Valentine’s Day dino before? Well, you have now! Noah brought this home from school today.
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Tuesday February 17 (Day 48)
Clothespin photo holder that I decorated for Valentine’s Day and sat on the mantle.
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Wednesday February 18 (Day 49)
Rose shaped candle – a gift from my secret sipper
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Thursday February 19 (Day 50)
My “seeing eye husband” as I jokingly call him who drives me everywhere I need to go right now without complaining too terribly much!
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Friday February 20 (Day 51)
Cute popcorn bowls that were a Christmas gift from my niece.
(Noah LOVES popcorn!)
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Saturday February 21 (Day 52)
I’ve always wanted to take a picture of myself in the mirror like I’ve seen others do so I did. That’s me behind the camera where I like to be.
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Sunday February 22 (Day 53)
No No hanging out in the Clemson chair. He’s just had his bath and is ready for beddy bye.
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Check out all of my Project 365 Posts and Pics Here.

I’ve been a bit behind on creating the week layouts of my Project 365 pictures. I’m doing things a little bit different as opposed to some of the other layouts I’ve seen.

I’m doing one week on a page as opposed to one week on two pages like others. This will cut down on the number of pages needed and I’ll be able to have everything in one book.

I’m also breaking things up by month. Each month will have a “cover page” where I’m choosing a favorite picture from that particular month. And each month will have its own color scheme.

So, here are the layouts from January….. 

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 January Cover Page
Credits –
Papers: True Blue from A Work in Progress
Snowflakes: Winter Convoyby PinkuPixie Designs
Calendar: Sueli Colbert Designs
Word Art: Me

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Jan Week One and Week Two form a two page layout.
Credits –
Paper: Winter Blues by Princess Kate Designs
Days of the Week Strips, Date Circles, and Notebook paper: Life 365 by Weeds and Wildflowers
Template: Me

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Week Three and Four also form a two page layout.
Credits –
Paper: Chill Factor by
Snowman and Winter Word Art:  Winter Blues by Princess Kate Designs
Date and Days of the Week Labels: Life 365 by Weeds and Wildflowers
Template: By Me (You can download it here if you like.)

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Last of Jan Credits:
Paper and snowflakes from Winter Blues by Princess Kate Designs

I’m behind on posting but not taking my Project 365 pics! Here’s the latest batch…..

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Thursday, Feb 5 (Day 36)
Noah’s Cologne
Seriously, I almost cried because my baby is old enough to wear cologne!

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Friday, Feb 6 (Day 37)
One of my tea cups
My best friend gave me this one. I got it down from the shelf and cleaned it up for the tea at church on Sunday but Noah shared his bug with me and I stayed home sick instead. 

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Saturday, Feb 7 (Day 38)
My Valentine’s Day Wreath

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Sunday Feb 8 (Day 39)
Noah was getting a little stressed out so J took him in his room to listen to music which has been calming him down lately. He’s currently very into the Beatles.

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Monday Feb 9 (Day 40)
This box arrived in the mail today from a friend and was full of goodies for ME! What a nice surprise! (Ok, there were a few goodies for Noahie too!)

 

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I love these picture symbol/signs at Noah’s school.

 

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The tooth fairy came to visit Noah!

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Thursday Feb 12 (Day 43)
Reading the book Noahie bought with his tooth fairy money.

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Friday Feb 13 (Day 44)
Another Valentine’s Day wreath. Noah helped make this one. He really likes glue! I was going to have him help me glue glitter on the front of it but we ran out of time.

feb-14Saturday Feb 14 (Day 45)
Valentine’s Day is also J’s birthday. The candles and singing Happy Birthday are Noah’s favorite part of any birthday so he ALWAYS helps no matter who’s birthday it is!

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Sunday Feb 15 (Day 46)
J’s Birthday Balloons

See all my Project 365 Posts Here

Last week, I wrote about a deaf contestant on The Amazing Race and now I thought I’d tell you about a visually impaired contestant on American Idol! I watched him make it into the top 36 last week and my eyes filled with tears when his mother started crying when they found out he was in!

Scott MacIntyre is legally blind but he’s also a talented musician and singer. He has two degrees of tunnel vision which according to what I read means that he basically sees through a straw. But he hasn’t let this stop him from pursuing his dreams! He began playing the piano by ear at age 3. He’s had an impressive career thus far and has now made it into the top 36!

As a big American Idol fan, I’ll probably be watching regardless. I think Scott will probably end up being one of Noah’s favorites though because he plays the piano and seems most comfortable behind the piano. Noah’s favorite contestants are always those who play an instrument (like Brooke White from last season.) We’ll be cheering on Scott as well as our other favorites in the Top 36 as they emerge.

make-a-wish2Valentine’s Day is also J’s birthday so just wanted to take a moment and wish him a Happy Birthday!

And Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!!

note-from-ttfThe tooth fairy paid a visit to our house this week. Even with this bad economny, you wouldn’t beleive the inflation in the price of teeth. The tooth fairy left Noah four dollars!

She wanted Noah to actually be able to buy something with his money and knew that 4.00 would be about enough to buy a book (in the Children’s section) at WalMart. She also left Noah a little with his money which he thought was very cool. It was wrapped around the money.

reading-new-book1The next day we went to WalMart after school and Noah chose a book. He bought Not Going to Get up Today by Dr Seuss. He is a big Seuss fan and always giggles at the silly rhymes. Between J and I, we’ve probably already read the book at least 10 times!

america-flairI think I just might be the proudest Mom in America today. Yesterday we had parent/teacher conferences and workshops at Noah’s school.

For those of you who know Noah, you know that behavior can sometimes be a struggle for Noah. He has at times been physically (hitting, biting, scratching himself and others) and verbally (yelling and screaming loudly) aggressive. This isn’t something new – it’s something that has been going on for years. The frequency has slowed down a lot over the years though.

His teacher was very happy to report that he has not had any verbal or physical aggression since NOVEMBER!!!

It’s hard to put into words how proud I am of that little guy!! Noah is the type of child who responds very well to praise so J and I told him (and later Nana and Grandad did too!) how proud of him we were over and over. I told him I was the “proudest Mom in America.” He thought this was funny and wanted me to say it over and over.

I think I really am the Proudest Mom in America. 🙂

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“We need time to dream,
Time to remember and
Time to reach the infinite,
And time to be.”
~ Gladys Taber

The Amazing Race has it’s first ever deaf contestant in the upcoming season! I’ve watched The Amazing Race in the past, although it’s been a few seasons since I was into it, but I’m definitely going to be checking it out this season to see how things go for this contestant.

Twenty two year old Luke Adams is from Colorado and is a recent college graduate and a huge Amazing Race fan. Luke is deaf and communicates with ASL (American Sign Language.) He’ll be teaming up with his Mom, Margie, to race around the world in hopes of coming in first place.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out for Luke and his Mom. Will Luke’s being deaf slow them down as a team since his Mom will likely have to sign everything to him or will him being deaf be an advantage to them – they can sign and other teams wouldn’t know what they are saying unless they are fluent in ASL as well.

The new season starts on Feb 15 on CBS. I’ll be watching, will you?

The latest installment of my Project 365 Photos…….. 

Thursday January 29 (Day 29 )
I love pictures of sleeping children, especially mine!jan-291

Friday January 30 (Day 30 )
Me – Cooking dinner. I’m making one of my specialities, a recipe I invented called “Mississippi Girl Chicken Enchiladas.” (They are one of J’s favorites.) You probably can’t tell in the photo but my apron says “Domestic Diva.”

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Saturday January 31 (Day 31 )
Sushi for lunch – yumo!

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Sunday February 1 (Day 32 )
My Momma with her kitties

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Monday February 2 (Day 33)
J’s new GPS thingie. It was an early birthday gift from my parents and came quite handy on our trip to Atlanta. I really like the restaurant finder!

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Tuesday February 3 (Day 34)
We had lunch with my Bestest Bud on the way home from Atlanta.feb-3
Wednesday February 4 (Day 35)
Nothing could be finer than to be back home in South Carolina!feb-4

 

 

I’ve finally gotten a handle on my layouts and will be posting those soon. You can view all my Project 365 pics and posts here.

Self Portrait - Reading my Bible

Self Portrait - Reading my Bible

For Christmas one of the things on my list was a tripod. My original reason for asking for a tripod was to be able to take posed pictures of Noah easier. While I prefer candid photos, there are times that I want posed pictures. Studio pictures just never seem to turn out too well with him so I’ve decided to just take my own from now on and thought a tripod would be helpful in this manner.

I did receive a tripod for Christmas. I waited until school started back up to use it and played with it on the first day Noah went back to school. I took some self portraits that day and it was fun! I went to use it again later and it broke!. I think that my camera might have been too heavy for that type of tripod.

My parents were nice enough to buy me another one and I got it last week. Since I got it, I have been taking a lot of self portraits and still haven’t used it for the purpose I had intended. I didn’t realize taking self portraits would end up being so fun!

I’m still learning and getting used to using a tripod as well as the timer on my camera that lets me be able to take self portraits. I aspire to take self portraits as creative and good as this gal’s. Although, I don’t look so hot in this picture, there’s still something about it that I like.

It feels a smidge self absorbed to take self portraits so I’ve had that song “You’re So Vain” (by Carly Simon) stuck in my head.

You’re so vain,
You probably think this song is about you.
You’re so vain,
I’ll bet you think this song is about you.
Don’t you? Don’t you?