Friday, August 26, 2011

Scrap Friendzy

I've been on pins and needles this week waiting to hear about the Scrap Friendzy Design Team call and as you can see from my new pretty blinkie on the side bar I am now one of the proud Design Team Members! Woohoo! I've been hanging out over there for a while so when the design team call came up my wonderful scrappy sister Linda encouraged me to apply I figured "why not"!  I am looking forward to being on the team and sharing my work. So if any of you (who happen to read my blog) are looking for a scrappy place to hang out....come on over to and play along with us. It's a great bunch of girls and the challenges are always a lot of fun.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bingo Cards and Butterflies

Some of my favorite photos taken over the last month or so
I managed to get one more of Shimelle's challenges done this week. I had planned on getting a couple of them done but alas work got in the way. The Butterfly and Bingo Card tutorial jumped out at me as I really love scrapping little photos. Since I didn't have a real set of photo booth photos I decided to make a photo collage that looked like a photo booth strip. I didn't have a Jenni Bowlin Bingo card but I had free download of a bingo card on my computer so I went to work and I am totally happy with the results. I must say I tried to do the layout without the polka dot stamp but when I happened to see one in Michaels...well I couldn't pass it up.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shimelle's Online Crop

I was reading over some of the challenges that Shimelle posted over on her blog at and decided I would try a couple of them just for fun. I have done online crops before but usually they were hosted stateside....Shimelle lives in England so I found the time difference...well different. But scrappers are scrappers no matter where they live so I thought why not play along.  The challenge that I chose to do was the "Starting Point" Challenge you can find it here:

 It was such a great starting point for my layout below. This wedding photo of Holly has been calling my name for a while now and I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it so I decided to use that for this challenge. I also picked out my absolute all time favorite Pink Paislee paper (Queen Bee) to use with it. I wanted to use "Joy" in the title because that is what the photo brought to my mind when I saw it. I found a quote to use for journaling and "Tada" it was done. Thank you Shimelle for this great challenge...with any luck I will be able to do at least one more of  the challenges in the week to come.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Some Great Suggestions

I came across a blog post over at Big Picture Scrapbooking by Wendy Smedley Titled "Permission to Stop Your World" I totally LOVED it and it's today....remember to take some time for YOU!
I borrowed this off the blog site from BPS...I totally agree with
this concept...just wish my room looked a bit like this one. =D

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's Starting all Over Again

Back before Jeremy left on his mission he and I often use to lay awake and gab late into the night. ...just the two of us it was quiet and we could talk about whatever we felt like. Even though it was often difficult to stay was always worth it. When he left on his mission I missed those late night conversations.

Now Jason is preparing to go and serve....right now he is working a job that gets him home late at night...he doesn't want to go to bed right away so he and I have started our own late night conversations. Last night on top of him not getting home from work until late (almost midnight) he had a headache earlier in the evening and took some Excedrine Migraine so he came home and as he says he was "Loopy" from the Excedrine....Loopy really means he was no only tired but wound up from work and the Excedrine....he had me in stitches last night....I honestly don't remember what was so funny but we had a great time and were up until almost 1AM....well I was anyway....he was awake much longer unfortunately. So even though I was tired was all so worth it to have some special one on one time with my AMAZING Young Man. I know in the not-so-distant future he will be gone and I will be missing once again those quiet late night conversations.

An older layout with older photos Jeremy and me in Hawaii
2007 and just after he was born

Another older photo of Jason and me from 2009

Almost Forgot

Yummy Breakfast made by my wonderful hubby

I need to post my last day from the Week in the Life. Sunday was very kick back....we went to church and basically hung out at home. I loved the laughter that came from the kitchen while the kids were playing games. It truly was music to my ears! Here are the last few photos from Sunday.
Jason driving me to church...we were both running a tad late
so we had to come by ourselves.

Setting up my Sunday School Room

Three of the coolest kids EVER

Playing Settlers of Catan

Jeremy STILL likes to build stuff!

Dad about to blow over Jeremy's creation

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Week in the Life - Saturday

I actually took this one Friday night at work. I thought it
would be good to document
Love all the yummy looking flavors here
I didn't take nearly as many photos on Saturday than I did on Tuesday or Friday but I decided that was totally ok. Here are a few from Saturday The first one is Jase at work.

Took this one Friday don't see this very often
an empty parking lot at car window was
pretty dirty

LOVE this picture of my honey!

Mr he ever going to grow out of that silly cheesy grin?

Holly and Me

Naptime for Cliff and Riley...well at least Cliff.

I stood on a chair to get this one...gotta love being vertically

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Week in the LIfe - Friday

To start this post out right I have to first tell you about the mysterious knock at the door that we received Thursday night. I alluded it it a couple of posts ago but to understand the whole Friday post you  have to hear about Thursday night.

I got home from work around 9:45...shortly there after my neighbor Jane came over and we put together her Mary Kay order so she could turn it in on Friday morning. After she left I decided I had better get ready for bed cuz we were leaving at 7AM on Friday to go to Disneyland. So I am putzing around and there's a knock at the door again. It's late....even for my neighbor to be coming over but I go to answer it....turn on the porch light and see Jeremy and Holly on the front porch! I opened the door and SCREAMED!!! So that was the reason Gary wanted us to go to Disneyland on Friday....Jeremy and Holly wanted to go with us!! I was TOTALLY SURPRISED! Cliff hasn't pulled off this good of a surprise since my 40th birthday party which was a LONG time ago!

Friday morning I woke up to Cliff fixing breakfast...I walked out into the kitchen and he had this

sitting on the counter...I grabbed my camera to take a picture and Cliff thought I was totally truly wasn't about the fruit or the fruit was about the fact that there were FIVE fruit dishes on the counter...which meant my family was ALL home together!!!

Anyway....we left for Disneyland and had a wonderful day! I was SO grateful to Kevin Year for trading shifts at work with me so I didn't have to go to work until 5:30 so I could spend more time with my family at Disneyland! Here are just a few photos from Disneyland. I have decided one of my favorite things to do at Disneyland (since I am NOT a big ride person) is taking pictures. I love to find different ways to capture the park. The biggest thing I have learned is if you aren't taking pictures of your family and you just want pictures of Disney....look up....that way you don't get lots of random people in your photos that you don't want. Well that's it for today gang...I will be back tomorrow with Saturdays photos.

Main Street Decorations

This tee shirt just made me laugh...too bad it wasn't my size
especially since my family loves all things Star Wars and I
love all things Dark Chocolate.

Jeremy Holly and Me in Tomorrowland

Loved this quick one of Eeyore

Finally Jason was willing to pose for a picture!

Thanks Uncle Gary for getting us into the park!

One of my favorite pictures spots at Disneyland

Love this cool Elephant in Gibson Girl

I put Jason to work...he didn't want to be
in the pictures so I made him take one. =)

Waiting for Soaring over California...Thinking of Grandpa

As I left to go to work...I saw this bench and almost cried
I so didn't want to leave my family.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's Done - A Week in the Life - Thursday

My Yummy cup of hot chocolate in the morning. I know it's
Summer but I still like a good cup of hot chocolate once in a while
I got my "Week in the Life" album finished pictures yet so I will just have to post some of the pictures I used instead. I will work on posting the rest of the days tomorrow....right now it's time for sleep.

My honey off to work

Getting in some crafty time

The finished product

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's all their fault

This is why I haven't posted anymore of my Week in the Life....Jeremy and Holly came for a visit!! Had tons of fun and have lots more to post on last weeks adventure in the Week in my stay tuned! I am hoping to have some more photos up tomorrow.