Monthly Archives: August 2010

This is it! Starting a new chapter today!

Today marks the first day of my semester in school for the fall. I am taking 17 credits this semester. Can I do it? YES!!

Classes include: Journalism, Bio, Chemistry, English and Photography. Some are online, some are hybrid and some are in class. I am looking forward to only having 3 more semesters total for both my FineArts and Photography degrees. Getting there… almost there!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week, I decided that I needed a “new” look for school… My hair is GONE! 13 inches cut off for donation.

So there it is… Off with her hair!

Lar took my clothes shopping this weekend… much needed clothes shopping. Thank you OVERTIME!!!

Tonight is my first class back this semester with black and white print photography… so looking forward to everything that I am going to learn there as well. I am sure that I will be seeing some familar faces in that class!

I will keep you updated on school and will have some new digital products next week… maybe even a freebie or 2! (yes, I am just teasing you!)

Kris Mazy

interesting several weeks

On July 1st, we ended up getting our health insurance cut. I was devastated. Berlyn needed to see a DR. He has not been acting himself. The temper-tantrums have been getting worse and worse. Something is wrong with him. I have always joked that he is my “special” kiddo. And really he is!

I applied over and over the last time that we needed to get the kids on insurance and it was a NIGHTMARE. We can’t afford anything on Larry’s miserable salary (that’s another story all together since the firing and re-hiring at a lower position on July 1 as well – although the school district would deny it – he is now Network administrator and now hourly – It’s always funny how the LOWEST director gets to be the sacrificial lamb but the upper directors don’t get touched)

2 weeks ago, I started the process over again. We got letters in the mail yesterday. I was approved for Arizona State health insurance, Berlyn was approved and Rowan was approved, but Shelby, Griffen and El were denied because we made $40.31 too much a month. ARGH!!!! $40 a MONTH!!ย  At first I was completely beside myself. I cried uncontrollably. Then, I realized, that none of my kids go to school. They aren’t around too many colds, they aren’t around kids who are sent to school sick because mom can’t take off of work to be home with them. We are blessed. God is still answering my prayers, even if it is not what I was praying for. Unanswered prayer are always better.

I called our DR office and they got Berlyn in yesterday – same day as his new insurance started. I miss DR Earl and am still so sad that he passed away. We did see a newer DR in the office, DR Hayes, Very Nice Guy!!!

He came up with a few “options” for Berlyn. Things that we had already suspected: Hypoglycemic and slight autistic with a Glutten allergy. I am glad that I had him confirm what we thought. He is also recommending that we take Berlyn to a Psychologist to see how he is “ticking”. (They can also diagnose the autism in writing for us so that we can get an occupational therapist to help make suggestions to better help him while we are schooling. (need to relearn how to take 3 steps forward with no steps back!)

So starting today, Berlyn NEEDS to eat every 2 hours and we have to record it – writing every thing that he eats.
Then next week, we are going gluten-free (which will be interesting because that means that we are ALL going gluten-free for Berlyn and all of us are dye free for El already! ) Can we do it?!? YES WE CAN! ๐Ÿ™‚

Off to school with the kids (still waiting for my financial aid to be deposited so that I can buy my books!)

Elly's Photo Shoot

I love taking photos… seriously… why else would I be going back to school to get my Art degree and Photography certificate. It’s even better when you have a subject that WANTS to be there. Elly is always so much fun taking photos of… and the best part is that she will listen and do whatever she is told (without a yucky face).

It had been raining for DAYS and I wanted to take advantage of the cloud cover and some new techniques that I had been reading up on.

Here is her shoot with my Nikon d5000 and the 55-200 lense.

Where do I get my "Creative Juices"?

I have been asked SO MANY TIMES… Where do I get my inspiration? Most of the time, I see items whether online or at a store, I find a way for me to recreate it. I do have a handful of books that I use often for ideas and inspiration.

I LOVE CRAFTcycle by Heidi Boyd. (I can’t waitย  to create some of the outdoor items in this book.)

501 Fun-to-make Family Crafts by Better Homes and Gardens

and for schooling activities, well… check out the 10 books that I LOVE!!!


I will be posting a series of BLOGs that I LOVE in the near future.

Warm oatmeal cake

My friend JennB is AMAZING! twin 3 year olds and she is the most fantabulous mama! she shared this recipe with me a while ago and I LOVE it!! (as does my taste tester, Berlyn)

Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Pour 2 Cups Boiling Water over 1 Cup Old-fashioned Oatmeal.
Let cool.

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Margarine
2 eggs
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt

Add cooled oatmeal and mix well.

Bake 350 for 50 minutes in a 9 x 12″ pan.

Oatmeal Cake Topping

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Walnuts
(I always use more walnuts and coconut than the recipe calls for: 1 Cup of each. Add more if desired.)
1/2 Cup coconut
1 Teaspoon vanilla
6 Tablespoons Melted Crisco
1/4 Cup Evaporated Milk

Put topping on warm Oatmeal Cake. Cook under high broiler in oven until topping starts to bubble. Let bubble for a few minutes until it turns a nice brown. Watch carefully – this topping will burn very easily.