Lately things in life seem to be coming at me like torpedoes!! Okay really it is just in regard to Girl Scouts. Not only is it cookie time but something has gotten into a couple of parents and they just lost it–tonight one went off on me in front of some of the other parents, in another person's house. Not only is that rude but her whole approach was rude and I totally do this for free–I am not paid, she never lifted a finger to help out at any meetings, and then she has the gall to complain–hello?? The other parents were equally, if not more, appalled at her behavior. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

What is it about people who always want something for free, want someone else to put out all the effort, and then they want to COMPLAIN about it?!? It is just our society I think. No wonder no one wants to be a girl scout leader anymore. It is alot of work but then on top of that you have to deal with all of these parents, the Council people, and then there are mountains of rules and procedures….it is just alot to do for free. Thank goodness there are some of us that are willing to take a shot at it because otherwise there would be no girl scout troops at all! I seriously considering quitting at least once a week and there were several times during the year that I have drawn up resignation letters. I split the work up among my parents–that way it isn't all on me. But then it isn't all on them either–we all take on different responsibilities to help carry the load. At least most of us do…

I do have more than my fair share of awesome parents though–they are willing to help, take on tasks, can follow through, and they regularly express how much they appreciate me taking on the role of leader. It is alot of work for sure. And unpaid–oh yeah,I already said that. I feel like I am not saying it enough lately though…

Anyways, it is easy to get caught up in all that hub-bub and YUCK of it all and forget how to put things into perspective. Today in two conversatoins with different friends I was reminded that I have it pretty darn well good. And there are bigger issues in the world than some snotty parent. There are alot of positives in my troop. And though it pains me to see a parent lose it and take the girl out of the troop, I really can't worry about that–I need to focus on the stuff I can affect and that is my family. And seeing those parents lose it is having an impact on me–I am one of those tigers, who when something is not right in the world (according to me) I go after it full force. Seeing these parents do that I am realizing that doing that is just plain annoying. And all is does is hurt them, not the person they are attacking. I am surprised I did not tell that mom off tonight–I wanted to. But what good would that do? Now she just made herself look bad, I didn't get super angry or anything, and I am rid of another parent who wants me to invest more time into their kid than they are willing to. Seems to have worked out pretty well.

So anyways, the point of this long long rambling is that I am being reminded over and over that though things suck really bad at times, it could be worse and it really isn't all that bad. And I am turning into a postal worker cuz I am getting to the point where I just don't care all that much if someone is mad or not…

I got some scrapping done so maybe that was just enough therapy for me to make it through this week–and it is only Monday! LOL

Here are some pages I did last night while watching some movie I don't know the name of…

I finally used some of that cool Jenni Bowlin diecut papers and her patterned paper. Also, the brads are the ones I won in the Legacy Scrapbooking Bo Bunny Contest this month–I got First Place!!

This page is hilarious–Matt really did tear us a whole box of tissue while sitting on my bed. And he really did smile about it! He is a crack up. I used more KI Lace paper on this one–love that stuff!! The “Cheeky” sticker is from MM and I won it in their booth at CHA.

And another page of Matt. I did some pages of Katie, just haven't scanned them yet. On this one I used up some Old Pebbles Inc paper, the last of those doodlebug flowers, and some more Lil Davis $1 bin stuff. Just trying to make a dent in my stash….

Now off to bed..gotta sleep!! Hope you have a great Monday!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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4 thoughts on “Reminders

  1. Cute layouts as always! Love the photography (and your subject!
    -Susan B

    Posted on February 26, 2008 at 9:03 pm
  2. adorable LO’s, jennifer. sorry about the tough GS experiences. keep your chin up!

    Posted on February 27, 2008 at 4:35 am
  3. I just want to add (after further reading your blog) “Achievements and accomplishments are important, but they can take you only so far. In the end, what really matters – and what people remember you for, and how you value yourself – is all about the type of person you are and the type of role model you become. As a fellow Girl Scout Leader (7 years now), you are molding these young ladies and giving them a gift they will cherish forever. Parents who are small minded do not realize and appreciate the value you are providing their child (that is a shame – I call these parents the minimums). Keep the faith. P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens) you will be rewarded in the long run. I appreciate you! – Susan B.

    Posted on February 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm
  4. Cute layouts girl…I think Bre has the same little chair that Matt has…does it have a little activity thing that snaps on and off?

    Anyway…don’t forget to count your blessings…don’t ever sweat the small stuff (I know easier said than done), and remember that HE will never give us anything that we cannot handle…remember that!

    Check out my blog for some recent pics of Bre!

    Posted on February 27, 2008 at 11:46 pm