Family

Princess Baby Card

My sweet BSF friend has three little boys and recently had a darling baby girl!  When you have three boys and one girl, the girl becomes the princess among the princes.  I wanted to make a pink princess card to welcome the new baby.

Stampin Up Baby Girl card made with the Best Birthday Ever stamp set. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u #GDP076

I used the Case The Designer challenge from Global Design Project to get the layout for my card.  You should check out their challenge.

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Are you wondering what I’ve been up to?  Steve and I were out of town on a business trip for three nights.  Last Saturday we celebrated my Dad’s 78th birthday.  I told him I’d make whatever he wanted and he chose pulled pork, homemade rolls, roasted sweet potatoes and pecan pie made with a lard crust.  My pulled pork takes about 48 hours to make, but it’s easy, as are the roasted sweet potatoes.  I used to make homemade rolls a couple times a week, but haven’t made them in so long (because we try not to eat a lot of bread anymore), I had to find the recipe to make them.  I was happy they turned out.

Every time I make a pie, my Dad says, “This is an awesome pie, but you should make it with lard instead of Crisco.”  Well, I figured since it was his birthday I should try it.  I must admit the lard pie crust was easier to work with and it was indeed the best pie I’ve ever made.  I will now make the pies with lard.  It’s a good thing we don’t have pie very often!

My parents took the rest of the pie home so they could celebrate his birthday again that night with some friends.

Last weekend, Abby competed in the IHSSA Individual Speech contest in Lit program and Public Address.  She received a “1” on both and will be competing again at the State contest.  Abby didn’t let me listen to either speech ahead of time.  Her Lit Program was called Speech Impediment.  Abby has a speech impediment that makes it very hard for her to say “r” and “l.”  She had speech therapy from age 3 through sixth grade. She has some words she still avoids because they are too difficult for her to say. Anyway, the Lit program is three different poems or essays.  She did a great job delivering her speech.  When she got to the last poem, I ended up crying, because the poem was telling of struggles so similar to what Abby experienced as a third grader.  When I went to the hall to congratulate her, I was embarrassed that I was crying and told her teacher that the last poem was exactly what happened to Abby.  Her teacher then told me Abby had written the poem and labeled it anonymous. God has blessed me with an awesome daughter who’s willing to go after whatever she feels called to do, no matter how hard it may be!

Blessings,

Beth 🙂

Abby’s 18th Birthday weekend

Stampin' Up Clean and Simple Birthday card made with the Wish Big Framelits, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u #GDP074

I’ve made several cards trying to come up with the best birthday card for Abby’s 18th birthday.  For this one I used the design sketch from Global Design Project. #GDP074

I’ll show you some others I made later this week.

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Happy Birthday Abby! Abby turned 18 on February 16 and we celebrated last weekend with a trip to Chicago.  We don’t usually make a big deal out of birthdays, but this was an exception.  We actually planned this weekend last June and kept it a secret for eight months.  We told Abby and Keegan that we would be going to Chicago a couple weeks ago, so they could put it on their calendars.  Friday we drove the six hours and went to dinner at Giordano’s for deep dish pizza. As you can see this is not exactly health food, but it’s a favorite of ours and we don’t get to Chicago very often.

On Saturday we went to Water Tower Place and did some shopping.  Abby got tea from David’s Tea, a fancy “to go” tea bottle,

and a Chicago Cubs World Championship Bear from Build A Bear.  The Bear actually plays the Go Cubs Go song!

Abby named the bear Zobrist after the Cubs Second baseman.  Yep, Abby is Superman’s daughter!

Saturday evening we went for a nice dinner at Lloyd’s and surprised Abby and Keegan with tickets to Hamilton.  Hamilton is the wildly popular Broadway musical and the tickets are extremely difficult to get.  Tickets were going for around $450 a piece in Chicago.  We are much too thrifty (cheap) to spend that kind of money.  Superman figured out that with a certain credit card you could get tickets last June for shows in Chicago in February for a reasonable price.  We purchased the tickets and told not a soul for many months.  We’ve only surprised our kids one other time in their lives and now I remember why we don’t do this.  Superman and I have a really hard time not saying anything when we are super excited about something.  Abby and Keegan did know Hamilton was showing in Chicago and mentioned it on Saturday.  We had them look up the $450 price on the tickets and they understood right away that they would not be going to the show.  Both kids were so excited when they found out that night at dinner that we really were going to the show.  The show was fabulous!  They sang the songs all the way home on Sunday.  Abby already had all the words memorized last summer.  Anyway I hope this weekend is a fond memory for both Abby and Keegan for a very long time.  I know Steve and I will always cherish this memory!

Blessings,

Beth  🙂

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Candy Cane Lane DSP

Stampin Up Candy Cane Lane DSP. Please see card and gift ideas designed by demo Beth McCullough at www.StampingMom.com #Stampingmom

Have you ordered the Candy Cane Lane DSP yet?  If not, you should.  I can’t stop making projects with it. This is a collage I made for Pinterest.

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Those of you who knew Abby and I were visiting the University of Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday might be curious to know how it went?  Well, by the time we got there after nine hours of driving we both decided it was too far and we probably shouldn’t have come.  I enjoyed being in the car with Abby and I laughed harder than I have in a long time.  Abby patiently taught me the songs and story of Hamilton, the musical.   She has all 23 songs memorized.

 

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We got up Monday morning and went to the campus. My goodness it is beautiful! OU really wants National Merit Scholar finalists and offers them huge financial incentives to go there, including five years of free tuition among other things. Let’s just say OU is in the running and I’m trying to get used to the idea that I will rarely see my sweet daughter. At the end of the day an adviser was telling Abby that it would be OK if she wasn’t able to come home for Thanksgiving because of the weather, because she would have a community of people to spend Thanksgiving with. It was at that point I started tearing up. Abby needs to be at my house for Thanksgiving, not stuck in Oklahoma! OK,so I have a few regrets about raising a confident, independent young lady. Actually, I want Abby to do what’s best for Abby and I promise not to write about being sad that she’s so far away.

 

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Every square inch of my house is covered in dust from the construction project, so it’s time for me to leave again.  I’ll be in Wisconsin for four days at a Stamping Business Building conference that my awesome upline Lisa Pretto is having.  The good news is all my team will benefit from everything I’ll be learning.  It should be a beautiful drive with all the trees changing colors.

My BSF group helped with the children’s program today.  I got the “pink” class which is the youngest babies.  I love babies!  There was a baby named Caleb who has been crying every week at BSF.  I took it as a personal challenge to hold and play with Caleb.  He was pretty happy most of the time.  The children’s leader asked me to stop being a group leader and come back next week and be Caleb’s friend again.  It’s tempting, but I would miss my ladies!

Abby had her swim team senior recognition tonight.  I can’t believe the four years of high school are coming to an end.

Hope all is well with you.

Blessings,

Beth 🙂