My sweet friend Leslie Tagged me. SO Here are my answers.

1) 10 years ago……

I was 28 and marrying the love of my life.

2) 5 things on today’s “to do” list….

1.Stay cool so no yucky “hugs” happen (why do they call them hugs they feel nothing like a hug)
2.Finish an article
3.Attempt to clean this scrap room.
4.Help John with supper
5.read number 1 again.

3) Snacks I enjoy….

Junkfood of any kind. I know bad bad bad but I do like it. I eat dry cereal alot, and grapes, and animal crackers.

4) Things I would do if i was a millionaire:

-Give back to the church most definitly.
-Give money to Bella’s school so that kids that their parents are having a rough time can still go and have uniforms etc.
-Buy Johns parents a house and car and whatever they wanted. My mom the same thing.
-Take both of our familys on dream vacations, shopping givimg them whatever they wanted or needed.
-Tell John to quit his Job and let him Play golf every day.
-Take John and Bella on a dream Vacation
-Donate to MS and Lupus research
-Pay for Bella to go to the best schools/ college ever
-GO to Europe or one of those places that have more progressed treatments for both.
-Go on one helluva shopping trip
-Probly have a biiiigggg scrapbook room that all my friends could come scrap with me in.

5) Places I have lived:

Mobile Alabama
Brandon, Mississippi

NOW I have to tag 5 people: hehe. Why is everyone ducking for cover? ok ok ok I TAG, Jan, colette, Aubree,Michelle (since they just got blogs I have to tag them hehe Break them in right) and Greta.

Nothing much going on around here today. Just sorting and trying to re get my scraproom organized so I can find stuff. Tryin to stay cool in this heat. Hope you are having a wonderful day today.
Im missin’ my Bella bug. SHe will be home on Tuesday. Can’t wait to hear all the fun things she did at Aunt Liz’s.


Reality will catch up with you…

or so said my horror scope today. I kinda laughed cuz Reality has been here for a while. Reality is I feel like I have been hit by a bus. Reality is my legs don’t work like my brain or my heart is telling them to go and they are saying “Nahhhh.. I wanna hang out here for a bit, You reallllly don’t expect me to hold you up and move across that floor. Im gonna just chill here for a bit.” Reality has been here for a while. I don’t really believe in those horroscope things. I always thought they were comical and just entertaining to read and I still believe that. They are so generic and you can fit them to your life in some aspect always. which is very true. you can. Cuz boy has reality set in. I could sooo apply that to my life.

We made the trip to Birmingham really well. It was hard don’t get me wrong. sore is not the word for what I am today. We found the hotel with pretty much ease. Thank you lord for Mapquest.

The hotel was gorgeous. IT was The historic Redmont hotel that had the winding stair case, marbel floors, grand piano, consierge type of hotel. Not the “we will leave the light on fer ya” kind of place at all. The room was small but in a spacious kind of way. It ws laid out nicely. Close to the Hospital. The consierge’s name was Don. HE ROCKED. He was very personable and friendly. HE even jetted us to the resteraunt, Jim and Nicks, when the one kinda close by was not really what I wanted to eat. We went to. It was a kinda hole in the wall barbeque place that if your in Jackson and you remember the old Iron Horse Grill. It was kinda like that (my family will know what Im talking about) kinda wood beam showing factory raw looking place with wood floors. They had these muffin roll things they serve as an appetiser that OMG I almost filled up on before my food even arrived. The consierge came back and got us and shuttled us back to the hotel (how is that for service!) was a very nice place.

The hospital was very impressive it was like a mall. IT was so huge. We were at UAB, Kirkland Center. It had a library and esculators and was just unbelivable. was massive on the inside as well as out. My Dr was from Pakistan I believe, you could tell he was VERY smart and knew his stuff (and not from Alabama). He was very personable asked me a kabillion questions and poked and prodded, bended and flexed me in every way possible. Made me attempt to walk on tip toes and heels. I did the drunk driver test and failed miserably. I guess all that says is I always look like a drunk whether I have been drinkin or not.
He brought me back to a little room that they look at all the tests and stuff in, was kinda cool and showed me my brain on the computer (was awesome, YES I HAVE A BRAIN!!! I SAW IT!! SO THERE BIG BROTHER! I SAW IT! NEENER NEENER!) WE have proof whhewhew I have a brain. It was kinda freaky too though seeing all the lesions, But the important thing is we saw the lesions. LOTS of them. BUT the main one that they are concerned over and that was causing my issues.. was on my brain stem going down to my spinal cord. It was as big as the part where the fluid is wide, and as big round. He said that is the one that is causing my most trouble and the one they need to watch out for. He explained the number of lesions although not good, isn’t as concerning as location. The ones in the frontal lobes are causing all my cognitive issues, the one on my spinal stem is the one causing my physical walking and movement issues. He recommended I get another mri Since it had been a few months to see if it had gotten any bigger. He said that is the one that is causing my legs to be wonky and my arms to feel freaky and all the issues im having is from that one right there. The other ones yea were bothersome and all but not causing the havoc that one on the spinal stem was causing. Also causing the hugs that Im having that hurt so bad I can’t even tell you what it feels compared to besides child birth.

His recommendation.. go on either Rebif or the Copaxone. The difference? Glad you asked, I said same thing. Rebif you take every other day, has lots of side effects (feel like you have the flu which well I pretty much feel like right now anyway..) Copaxone, you take every day but less likely to have side effects. Which one will I choose? Again Glad you asked. I am thinking of going with Copaxone with the less side effects. WHY? because this is me we are talking about and if there is a side effect to be had…. NANCY JONES WILL HAVE IT! I will be the text book case they want to take a photo of. That my friends has happened with lots of medications. (can we all remember lyrica for a second?? 1 in 90 cases to have the reaction I DID.. thank you) I think I will go with more often less side effects kinda dose. I have a 5 year old I have to keep up with, I dont have time to lay in the bed. I have memorys to make and pages to scrap. No time to feel like crap. so I say go with whatever will keep me walking but not side effecting.. so to speak. Now another lady I respect highly told me to be careful, After she took it for 2 weeks she broke out in hives from it. so JUST BECAUSE the first couple weeks are event free, it could still happen keep benadryl with me at all times. SO, I will heed her advice. We will go back to my regular dr here in Mobile and give him the report from Dr. Bashir. He will set me up with a home health nurse to teach me how to auto inject the shots. should be easy huh? deep breath.
Its a sacrifice. Sacrifice this to keep doing what I want to do. which is walking and playing with Bella bug being a wife to John and scrapping. SO thanks to the dr’s for figuring out this difficult puzzle (finally) and helping us embark hopefully on a longer remission time. I got so spoiled, even got to work for a while and was a normal person. I can pin point exactly where it went downhill and I went out of remission before my life went to squat. Lots of people didnt understand and or see what was happening. Heck I didnt see it either. I should have recognized more what it was. But, I can say I miss that so much.I miss being around people and having fun. You would have never known I had anything wrong then except when I had to go on that study crapp. which was a nightmare. Stayed sick. OH well hind sight is 20/20It Is what it is..
I hate worse right now these hugs where my rib cage feels like it is hugging and squeezing my stomach to the point I upchuch. we take wal mart bags every where we go to be sure I dont spew all over the car or something. That was an important part of our trip because even with the air conditioner going full blast… I still got hot. OK Im tired of talkin about all that crapp LETS talk about the fun stuff.

I got to go to the two scrap book stores there. At, Scrapbook Mania, I saw a big poster of my friend Cheryl Mezetti I was crakin’ up cuz she is NOT that type of person and probably would be red as a beet if she saw her face that big on the front of a store. I should have taken a photo of it. I was so crackin up. I know they thought I was nutso cuz I was laughin walkin in the store. NOTHING about their store, It was awesome, just laughing that I KNOW Cheryl would have died to see that. That was scrapbook mania. India the owner there was so sweet. Her store was adorable and had alot of the product I had never seen in person. She had it set up very cute! Cheryl is coming in August to do a class there and I SOOOO wanna go. IM tryin to convince JOhn I NEED to do this. (even thought the trip is so long and hard but It would be worth it) CHeryl is a good friend and she doesnt make it down here taht often. That will probly be the closest she will come. NOT TO MENTION she is OMG talented and I could learn soooooo much from her. Anyway got to do some convincing on that. but first I HAVE TO FEEL BETTER and get where I can go! I got some adorable papers I had not seen in person that I had wanted there. yes when you see them in person it just makes you swwooon.

On the way home, we stopped by Scrapbook etc. It was in an outdoor strip type mall like we have here at spanish fort. as matter of fact looked just like it. Modeled the same way. IT was a very Cutesy upscale store. JAM PACKED with product. I got to meet my blogging bud ADRIENE there. She is so adorably cute and so are her kids. They are so well behaved not running around mama this and mama that like most kids. THey sat quietly while we visited a bit. SO well behaved. Did I mention how cute she is? I felt like a beached whaled beside her (love these meds) She took a picture I will share after she emails it to me.
This store had a ton of stuff in it. You could hardly move they had so much awesome stuff. BOth of the stores had that HUGE accucut machine you can run 12 x 12 papers through and cut out your own stuff. I was so impressed and thinks I needs one of those rofl (way tooo expensive I tell ya)
Alot of the products had been picked over as well(both stores) but that is expected just like mania, since CHA is coming up. It has been so long since I had gotten out and been to a scrapbook store. I was like a kid in a candy store.
They did have a couple things that were different that I didnt have. So John let me get a few things from there too. SOme of those awesome prima flowers I love the painterly petals. THEY are sooo cute. anyway.. It was fun.
We stopped at the little learning store next to them and got Bella a puppy webkins. SHe will lvoe that. she told us to bring her something from Beringhams (rofl) so that is what we got her from (Beringhams)she has been wanting a puppy so there ya go

We drove home and I was so exhausted I went straight to bed. IM still just give out today feel like I have been hit by a semi. Muscles hurt I didnt know I had. but we are home. IN MY BED! so that is good. OK there ya go. THat was our trip and all the info.
I think IM going to lay back down a bit Im still just exhausted, and sore. I hope everyone has a very good day and thank you for your continued prayers.

Ready or not… here we come.

Well that month went by … REALLY FAST. I thought it would creep by and I think it zoomed. Birmingham here we come!
We verified our appt with Dr Bashire at the M.S. clinic. Got all my stuff notarized. Got the rest of my medical records to take with me (mri on disk etc) to pick up in the morning on the way out… Ready to change my life forever.
This will be the ticket. This is what we have been waiting for. Prognosis and second opinion for suggested treatment therapy. Sounds kinda ughmm scary. (fancy word for here give yourself these shots) But in a way Im looking forward to it. Knowing there is SOMETHING FINALLY they can do. Something that will keep me walking and make me feel better and hopefully stop all these freaky infections.
Its kinda a blessing in disguise. Nothing was working with the lupus and that was really scary well duhhh it was because that isn’t what was attacking. kinda like putting out a forest fire with waterguns. Just wasn’t cutting it. It has been a very long and scary 4 months for us and the answers weren’t neccessarily what we wanted to hear.. but, we are happy to get answers.
Thank you all so very much for all the prayers and the well wishes you do not know how much your support has meant for me and my family.
I will let ya know when we get back what they have me doing. I know the dr here told me it would be one of these shots. Not sure which one but.. we will see.

I scrapped yesterday! 1 is with the cosmo cricket papers they sent me and the other is with this months kit from scrapbook obsessions.
You can find the cosmo cricket papers at TREASURES TO SCRAP. She has a wonderful collection of them there and awesome prices as well. This is the fleuriste line.

Bella says this every time someone leaves the house. It is her way of saying be careful. In an effort to not swear in front of her (or swear period) when someone would do something really crazy like slam on breaks for no reason, pull out in front of you, go 2 mph in a 55 mph zone or anything of the sort we would go “AWEE DUDE!” OR “DUDE COME ON WHAT ARE YOU DOIN?” So one day when John was leaving for work she looks up at him points her finger and says “DADDY! WATCH OUT FOR DUDES” omg we laughed so hard. SO this layout had to be done. What could be more perfect than telling her that when she was on her bike (riding in the driveway of course)
The chipboard letters are an assortment of left overs I had from basic grey, COSMO CRICKET, paper studios, provo craft, and some stars from maya road.

THe next layout is this months KIT from SCRAPBOOK OBSESSIONS. GCD STUDIOS is the paper line that was used this month.

THe swirls on it reminded me of the waves Bella was riding in the photos. (my photos of these layouts didnt do so good it is terribly cloudy like it is going to rain) I used the JUST THE EDGE bazzill pieces that were in the kit with pop dots to make it look like waves. I used basic grey chipboard capital R and the Maya road chipboard in the kit for the title and added some bling I had on hand. I just love these photos. YOU can see just how much fun she is having. This kit was tooo perfect for them.
The Journaling says “One of the wonderful things about living in Lower Alabama has got to be the beautiful beaches. Bella loves to play in the rolling surf and ride the waves coming back in to shore. She loves to splish splash asn see how far they carry her up the sand. (Daddy is always close by to make sure it doesn’t wisk her back out as well…) Gulf Shores, Alabama 2008”
I had to add that last part in there so my mom wouldn’t call me spazzing out because Bella was playing in the waves… you know how mom’s are.

Sorry the photos of the layouts weren’t so great it has been raining here every day. It was cloudy now but right after I took the photos the sun came out.. I pulled out my camera.. well it got cloudy again.. so .. Anyway.. I will try again to get better photos of them. LATER! (before I call the weather man a dude!)

Hope everyone has a good Monday and I will see ya when we get back from Birmingham!!


Be sure and check out this months kit at Scrapbook Obsessions. It is full of patriotic yumminess. I am loving all the maya road chipboard stars and the alpha letters. SOOOOOOOO adorable! The ribbon is just so cool it is clear like plasticy almost but very pliable like ribbon and has the swirlys on it. SOOOO COOOL! I had never seen that before. You can rest assured that I will have some pages made with this VERY SOON. I just got it and ahvent Been able to play yet. I also LEARNED SOME VERY VALUABLE info from my Scrapbook Obsessions pals. DID YOU KNOW THIS? When rub ons are really good rub ons.. they smell like popcorn? I didnt know that. (But then I haven’t been sniffin my rub ons much…) So I take this oath.. from now on I will sniff my rub ons to be sure they are of popcorn scent. THAT WAY I KNOW they are awesome before I spend my cents. (see what I did there didnt you? scent and cent… never mind.. I need to go take my meds.) Hope you all have a GREAT DAY and HAPPY SCRAPPIN’!!

OH the things you can find on the internet….

So I was havin’ a three way last night.. PHONE CALL (get your mind out of the gutter GEEEZ there are children present!!!) and we learned some very valuable information. IN this day and age where money is tight and people are having staycations instead of vacations. Gas is costing you a kabillion dollars. We talked to this lady online that told us about a hobby of hers. ITs called CORNHOLE. At first I thought DO I REALLLLY wanna know what this is about? THen she continued. I was completely intrigued wanting to know what this was all about. The next couple hours were spent doubled over in laughter with tears running down my face. Being that I am well… leaning more toward the redneck side of life than say the more elegant (I know your surprised by this tidbit of knowledge) YOU KNOW I JUMPED ALLLLL OVER THIS ONE. THose of you that know my warped sense of humor.. yeah I know what you are thinkin’
Well it seems this is a sport, they have leagues, teams, tournaments, and an association for cornholing. THEY EVEN HAVE A MOVIE IN PRODUCTION PHASE RIGHT NOW! (yeah that blew my mind)

They have bumper stickers and t shirts, caps and well of course BEER HUGGIES! (I am keepin this link on the back burner for Bella when she is about 15 and rolls her eyes and won’t mind, what? YOU KNOW ITS GONNA HAPPEN! SHE IS MY KID! I am sooo gettin this bumper sticker and t shirt and driving up to her school and layin down on the horn going “HEY HONEY HURRY UP! WE ARE LATE FOR A CORNHOLE TOURNEY!” Can you imagine.. yes This purchase must be made)
So anyway. Cornhole is the sport where like horse shoes or washers that, you have a board with a hole in it that is propped up on 2 sticks (the board has to be regulation size with the hole regulation size.. they get super technical here!!) and you stand so many feet away and take a little bag that resembles a bean bag yet it is filled with CORN and you throw it through the hole in the board. sounds simple. WELL, IT has obviously taken over by storm. There are professional cornholers out there. I did a search on this and SOOOOOOOO many websites came up I coudln’t believe my eyes. My friend I was on the phone with looked on E bay. YOU CAN GET THESE BOARD SPECIALIZED with your own favorite sport team (<~~~ That one is for my cousin I found it special just for her! hehe) or your favorite driver of nascar or other specialty sport. You can get your favorite bevarage logo plastered on your cornhole board even! These go for up and over A HUNDRED DOLLARS! YES I said it people. UP AND OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS (and YALL MADE FUN OF MY SCRAPBOOKING! not so bad now is it!) They have a king and a queen of cornhole.
NOW I KNOW I shouldn’t poke fun, I am part of the scrapbooking world and people do not understand my love for it.They don’t understand my need for pretty papers and embellishments so I can plaster my kids face on it and try to make a memory for her later in life she is probly gonna let collect dust. (this aint just for her ya know it helps me deal with all this crapp I got to deal with also) It is something I love to do and pass my time as well as I do an ok job with. I get lucky and get published occasionally..yeah sometimes they give me money and free product to do so! so I guess that would equal out to being the said cornhole champion maybe? or winning some king of the cornhole or queen even?
Oh Oh what if maybe, you could sell space on your cornholer board for sponsorship, wear the company that grew the corn or painted the boards logo on your official cornholer shirt. HEY we scrapbookers get on design teams so we can afford our obsession with it so IM SURE since this equipment is not cheap these people have to do something to support this habit!
I say this is a lifechanging sport because ughmm IT says so in the TESTIMONIALS on this page. I KID YOU NOT PEOPLE. OK I have my flame retardent britches on cuz I am sure someone is gonna jump on me and say HEY DONT KNOCK IT TILL YOU TRIED IT. I am sure there is someone out there reading today that is a closet corn holer, Or maybe you are THE cornhole champion of your county. Come on out and tell us about this much loved sport.
Hmmm not laughing? YOU STILL don’t get the humor in this? Ok, well maybe its because I live in Mobile Alabama and tend to have alot of redneck people around me that I can just see the total fascination with this. (yet Alabama is not one of the states that they have a sector for on themessage board forums as a cornhole playin state!) Maybe if you could think of them having it as an olympic sport with say… Jeff foxworthy and the blue collar comedy crew for a team…. just climb in my imagination for a few minutes with me here. Yeah crowded in there aint it?
You could see why the tears were rolling down my face in laughter. I can just see the good ol boys lining up now to get their tickets for the cornholing tourney. You can see the girls all daydreaming about being the cornhole queen.
THIS my friends is entertainment that I thought would be cheap, but no! for the price of 124.99 You can own your VERY OWN painted regulation cornhole board and set of WATERPROOF bags to toss. (so that sudden thunderstorm or say tornado or hurricane doesn’t interrupt your play time… or the occasional spilled drink? Hey we are talkin redneck sport here)
OK OK OK I will lay off pokin at the redneck humor for today.. but my point in all of this is to say. IF YOU LOOOK, THERE is something for everyone. THERE is a hobby that everyone can enjoy out there somewhere. Ya just have to find what works for you.
Its about to start raining. Im gonna go set me out some corn seed… When ya have a plan ya better jump on it! Im fiddna grow me some corn! I think we need to put Bama on the map with some cornholin!! WHEHHEWW!

and THE WINNER issss….

Bella picked numbers in my random rak drawing Im gonna give 3 raks away to three lucky people. Are ya ready to hear who they are?
Now if it isn’t you… DON’T FRET Im far from done. Keep checking back because Im still going through some stuff sorting and organizing. I love to share. Also making room for stuff.
Ok so here we go:

THE WINNERS in no particular order are:
Lori P.

Dawne C.


Email me your address to NancywithaJones@gmail.com so I can get your goodies out to you this week!
Congrats ladies!!

The Man You Never Knew…

I had this wooden box that looks like a book for a while now. Wasn’t too sure what to do with it. I got inspired after Bella asked me questions about her grandpa (my daddy) and why was he in heaven, what was he like, did he love babies? Would he have liked her?” Oh how my heart just sunk. I try to talk about my dad all the time around her. OH how he would have loved her. I see so much of him in her. He would have been crazy about her. I can see it now.
This is another reason I scrapbook. I think about people that have come and gone, all the ones that she never got to meet. The ones that were close to my heart. I want her to somehow feel a connection to them. Especially my father. I was a definite Daddy’s girl. I know most girls are. Bella is definitly a daddy’s girl. I want her to realise that he was alive that he was here on earth. He played with her cousins and ate at grandma’s table. Sat in the chair that is in the living room.
THIS is why I wanted to make this book.
SO she could somehow form a connection, somehow KNOW her grandpa. I know he is loving her from up there today. I know he kissed her a million times before she came here and I AM SURE he told her how to drive me crazy too. That is just how he was haha.
Maybe after you look at this… You can kinda know him too.

Forever in my heart.
September 1937 – August 1995

He had a Wonderful sense of HUMOR.

He believed all Grandbabies should be appropriatly spoiled ROTTEN.

Thing I love about my dad…Hardworking, kind, honest, loyal, trustworthy, fun, loving, protective, dependable.

Meal time was family time. We always ate at the dinner table. We always had a meal too. Not a sandwhich or pizza. Vegetables, meat, bread the whole deal.

The last page is of my dads line of duty award that hangs in Miami Florida in the Policemans Hall of Fame.
HE will never BE FORGOTTEN!

I want his memory and his legacy to live on. I want my child to know what a wonderful man he was. That he died a hero. I hope this album will help her understand a little more who he was and why we all loved him so much.

Happy Fathers day Daddy. I miss you so much!


I used several Cosmo Cricket Designs to make mini albums and various pages. These papers can be found at TREASURES TO SCRAP paper store. She has an awesome supply of Cosmo Cricket black board along with all the papers you see here on my blog, and don’t forget the paper store prices are always 35% lower than other stores! SO check out all the other great deals while your there 🙂 I had a great time working with all these cosmo lines. Such beautiful designs and colors! I hope you enjoy looking at them.

I love these Fleuriste papers. SO vintagey looking yet could go with modern photos as well.

What says summer like wiggling your toes in the nice cool water? Well I think this page just screams summer.
I used the Blackboard letters with paint over them then crystal effects for that nice shiney bubble look. ARENT THOSE FUN!!

The dreamy look on Bellas face needed these beautiful papers to accent it.

I have 9 layered flowers on this page. LOTS of stickles glitter.. Blingy butterflys and buttons. So daydreamy.

A dear friend sent me an OVERWHELMING RAK. I was so excited and happy! NOW, I need a place to put it and there are several papers that there are very many duplicates. I didn’t want to be selfish and keep it all to myself SO, I thought I would share the fun stuff. SO, WHO IS READY FOR A RAK? Just leave a reply on this post and I will have Bella draw Sunday the lucky winners. GOOD LUCK!