Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tilda Card and Photos of the Day

Hi Friends!! Looks like Blogger is back in working order for me so I am now back in business. I'll stop by your blogs when I have a chance. I decided to take a day off from blogging and blurfing for the past 2 days because well. . .it's pointless if I couldn't get on Blogger anyway. I did switch to Firefox temporarily but looks like everything is back to normal with IE . . .well, on my end anyway.

For the next few days, you'll see at least 2 to 3 postings per day. Why. . .well, I have DT stuff that I need to post and I have a back log of cards. Isn't that amazing or what? I have at least 5 days worth of cards that I have waiting to be posted.

Just a little info on my card. I colored Tilda with my Copic Markers. . .that's about it! LOL!! The rest is self-explanatory.

Scroll down for my "photos of the day". It's a bit lengthy so bear with me. Hope you find time to read it. . .it's me being proud of my daughter! LOL!

Card Details:

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda
Paper: DCWV designer paper, SU Only Orange, Teal (not sure)
Ink: Copic Markers
Accessories: Prima flowers, Coluzzle Oval Template, Joann brads, Making Memories Ribbon, Fiskar Scallop Scissors, Office Depot swirl clip, SU Top Note die, Ticket Corner punch, 5-petal flower punch, Scribbles Iridescent paint

Photos of the Day

Daughter's Scholarship Award Night

***sorry for the blurry pictures***

This will be a long commentary so bear with me. . .LOL!

Today will be a fun day for my daughter. Tonight is her prom but she decided not to attend because the majority of her closer friends are not attending and she really wasn't interested in attending anyway. Instead, her and a few friends decided to have their own prom day by heading out to dinner, see a movie, hang out and later have a slumber party at our house. LOL!

My daughter was never the type to be caught up in the "social" aspect of high school. I think she adopted my husband's philosophy that the "hyped-up" social construct of high school is a negative concept that fosters insecurities, low self-esteem, and low self-confidence in teenagers and ultimately, adults.

My husband feels that high school should be seen as a building block for a child's future rather than a social environment. The need for teenagers to be popular, to dress a certain way, to fit into a clique erodes the true purpose of attending high school resulting in students focusing less on their academics and their development in becoming capable and productive adults that will better our country and the world.

When I was high school, I would have wholeheartedly disagreed. LOL!! Now. . .that I have my own child and I'm a bit more cultured and educated than I was in my younger days. I now see his point.

A part of me wanted my daughter to have "fun". . .to be part of the social aspect of high school but she had told me that she has fun with the community service activities with her friends and that what they do is not only fun but meaningful. She really does feel a sense of self-fulfillment through these activities. That is her idea of "fun" so I conceded and I agree that there are other ways to have fun. There was a one time when my views were more mainstream but now, I see things a bit differently. I've learned a lot from my daughter.

I do agree that the need to be popular and the social aspect of high school erodes teenagers self-esteem. Rather than focusing on becoming better students, especially for girls. . .their primary focus is whether they can fit in, become cheerleaders, and whether they have the latest fashion clothing. . .one-up'ng one another. So, I had to concede and have my daughter focus on building her self esteem in more important ways such as applying her self to her academics and community service activities. I told her to make the "right" friends. . .who have the same values and similar views of the world. And, I'm glad to say that she did.

My daughter was awarded the "Kiwanis" scholarship last week. For those who are not familiar with Kiwanis. . .they are an international organization that focuses on community service and servicing children throughout the world. Click Here for more info on the Kiwanis Organziation. I was so happy for her. She also was awarded her school's PTSA scholarship meaning she was recognized by her school's parent-teacher-student association for her academic and community service efforts.

My daughter is heading out to college this fall. . Although my daughter's major is Biological Science and she is somewhat undecided which direction or career she wants to enter. . .with the Biological Science major, she can later decide on which emphasis or field she wants to enter such as environmental, ecological, wild life, or medicine.

She started off wanting to become a Veterinarian, then she thought maybe she wanted a career in wild life conservation. Later she thought maybe environmental conservation was something she wanted to focus on but also considered entering a career in medicine, either in medical research or MD. I told her to keep her options open and she can decide her Junior year in college which direction she wants to head.

I am a little sad that her father will never see or experience the joy of knowing that his daughter grew up to be a fine lady. I had mentioned that her father in a previous post that her father was murdered when she was 6 years old. I'll discuss it one day.

Anyway. . .not to toot my daughter's horn or anything like that but I'm just extremely proud of her. My only hope for her was that she turned out okay considering her life circumstances but I'm more than happy to realize that she actually turned out to be more than just okay and that, I am extremely grateful for.

Sorry for the long story. Thank you for reading it if you got this far. LOL!

Hope y'all have a fantastic day!!


Cami said...

Maria, your Tilda is so pretty in the colors you have used (as always!) and I wish I had half your talent to create such beautiful cards. Congrats to your daughter on all her achievements. I'm proud of her that at this young age she is able to determine where she wants her life to lead and spend her energy in community affairs. Great job in raising her and being a staunch supporter in her beliefs. Remember, we must do lunch when you come "home" on vacation OK? Hugs, Cami

Tenia Nelson said...

Great card and congrats to your daughter...she rocks!! Have a great holiday weekend!!

Sue from Oregon said...

wonderful colors on this card! and wonderful job on raising your baby girl!

GRAM E. BEAR said...

Sorry you had the problems with IE. When strange things happen I blame the little guy who lives inside my computer. Another great card, Maria. Look forward to seeing those you have waiting to publish. Congratulations to your daughter on her achievments. She couldn't have done it without the support of great parents.

Cathy said...

I love your Tilda! She is so pretty and cheerful!! Beautiful!!

I know you're proud of your daughter! I'm proud for her and for you. It must be rewarding to watch her successes and know that you did something right!! I'm so glad for you and for her!!

Hugs, Cathy

2 Worlds said...

Hey Maria
I didn't orange goes so well with blue.
You should stick to Firefox, IE does bring a lot of virus, even i have mac and i dont have virus problem I use firefox because its so much better than Safari.

Congrats for you daughter , is really great to see teenagers been so involved in helping others.

Denise said...

As always Maria, This card is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love ethose colors, they go well together, and you always have the nicest layouts. Congratulations to your daughter, you & your husband for such an achievement! It is your parenting skills, love & guidance that made her who she is. Have a nice weekend, & thanks for the inspiration you give all of us!!

Jamee said...

cute card! i love your coloring.

Marja Sch said...

Wonderful card I love the way you used the nestibilities. Congrats on your daughter it was like reading a story about my own daughter. Hugs Marja

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

You have every right to be proud of your daughter! Congratulations to her AND you as her mom. Ü

Love your colors! They are so bold and rich. Awesome card.

Anonymous said...

Your daughter sounds like a wonderful young woman. I wish her the best in her higher education choices.


Becky said...

This Tilda is beautiful. love the patterns and design. Congratulations to your daughter, you did a wonderful job.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic card Maria! Love those colors and yor awesome coloring! Congrats to your daughter. :o)

thestampinglady said...

Maria, my dd lost her father when she was about 3. Sorry to say she doesn't remember but 1 time with him. I know what you mean when you say her father would have been so proud of her! Thanks for sharing your story.

de said...

What a beautiful card! I really love the color combo!

Congrats to your daughter! It's great to see the special relationship and bond you all have. She is bound to be a success in all she does!

Christine said...

Wow, Maria, where do I start? Well your card is fantastic as always. I love the bright colors and how rich and vibrant they are. All of the layers are beautiful too. Outstanding as always.
About your daughter, you so lucky to have such a confident and secure young lady on your hands. Our daughters aren't that far apart in age and unlike your DD my DD has not had the easiest time in high school so I understand what you are referring to. I wish the best for your daughter. I am sure that she will go far. It sounds as if she has wonderful aspirations and dreams. I am sure that she will go far. I would be very proud to. I am so sorry that she lost her father so early. That must have been extremely hard on you and her. My heart goes out to you but it also seems as if you have done what you had to and made the best of it. You are one of the sweetest people I know and I am so glad that we met and we have so much in common.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day.
xoxo, Christine

Rleen said...

Your card is gorgeous as always. I love the color combo and the layering.

Congrats to you and your daughter. WOW! You are a proud mama!

Have a great day!

Ila said...

Your Tilda card is Beautiful!
What a fabulous post Maria!!Thanks for sharing these photos and a bit about your daughter. What a lovely young lady. Congratulations to your daughter on her Wonderful achievements!...and to you and your hubby for being such great parents!!....Hugs, Ila

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Gorgeous card & brilliant post. I never thought of education that way, but you raise some really interesting points. It's so fantastic that your daughter has so many amazing accomplishments and arenas to fuel her sharing nature. (Hmmmmmm just like her Mom!!!) :O)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Gorgeous card (your layouts always rock my world. This one is stunning) And brilliant post. I never thought of education that way, but you raise some really interesting points. It's so fantastic that your daughter has so many amazing accomplishments and arenas to fuel her sharing nature. (Hmmmmmm just like her Mom!!!) :O)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Ooops blogger was caputski for a while & I typed that comment 3 times. Looks like 2 showed up. Sorry for spamming ya! ;O)

Jodi said...

Very pretty card Maria!! Love your sketch, the colors and the pretty flowers!! Your coloring is fabulous too!! Awesome!!
Jodi =)

Elena said...

Your Tilda card is fantastic!!! I love the color you chose!
So glad for your daughter's award!

Risa said...

Your card is very pretty Maria! Tilda is colored in beautifully and I love the color combo!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Congratulations to your daughter, she truly rocks!

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