Thursday, September 27, 2012

40 Years

flower bed at my old pretty!
Last weekend was a whirlwind of events that started with my plane landing in San Jose at around 11AM.  Just after we landed the pilot instructed us to look out the left side.....for the Space Shuttle Endeavor....and then look out the right side....unfortunately this was one time when an isle seat was not to my advantage....I never saw it. However my neighbor got an awesome shot here at home as it flew over my neighborhood....the best I could do was to jack her photo off of facebook...hope she doesn't mind. =) Thanks Peggy! After getting my luggage and rental car I took off on an adventure....wandering old haunts and seeing the "sights" of San Jose....well maybe not the "sights" but the sights I wanted to see. I wandered Valley Fair Shopping center for a looks so different than when I lived there it didn't really do much for me so I left and drove down to my old neighborhood in Campbell.

As I drove through my old neighborhood I noticed one thing instantly.....the trees were all huge....much more grown up than I remembered from when I lived there. There were many houses that had either been leveled and rebuilt or had additions added on. When I turned on to my street I noticed immediately that there was activity in the front yard.....someone was home, and outside. I figured it was now or never. I really wanted to see what the house looked like on the inside. I had seen the outside many times over the years since we left but never the inside...I wouldn't have had the courage except that they were right there in the front yard. I parked and got out and walked up to the house and introduced myself. The owners have been in the house for the last 16 years. They were so gracious and immediately offered to show me the inside. I was thrilled I didn't even have to ask. As I toured the house I saw little things that were still there, even 38 years later. It made me smile. The previous owners had knocked out a bedroom and made it the dining room and then made the old dining room and part of the living room into a family room, the living room was much smaller and cozier than when we had lived there...I loved it. My Mother's old bedroom was now the "library", the walk-in closet was now floor to ceiling husband would be so jealous. There was a whole new addition out the back with two bedrooms and a master suite. It was simply gorgeous. The kitchen was newly remodeled and breath-taking. The cook top and oven may have been new but all the used brick and the beautiful copper hood were still there. I spent probably an hour wandering the house, chatting and taking pictures...the time was so well spent! The house has been so well taken care was the perfect way to start my reunion weekend.
Two of our awesome reunion committee members! Love them!
After stopping at the Pruneyard for a quick lunch I headed to my High School for a tour with some of my other classmates. What fun that was. It was the same....yet very different. Solar panels now adorn both the teachers parking lot and the student parking in the back. The football bowl is now new and has lights. The old portables are gone and in their place is the new science department. The Home Ec room looked the same except for some newer appliances, the Cafeteria looked much nicer than when we were there, but the snack bar looked the same, except for the prices. =) The group of us paused for a photo and then I was off to the hotel to check in.
I will post more be continued. =)

This is the same spot where we we stood to graduate 40 years ago

Snack Bar still looks the same.

How cute is Cheryl with the current band
uniform? Such a talented lady. The woman
in the back on the right is the Principal
Oh yeah....she wasn't even BORN when
we graduated! haha


Friday, September 14, 2012

My Costco Mini Album

The Front Cover and the outside of the warehouse.

I am finally getting around to posting my little mini I made for the Costco Grand Opening. I took most of the photos, some I found on the local newspaper's website, and a few I got from friends. I have taken the book to work and it got rave reviews from my co-workers. It was just a way for me to document the opening of our new warehouse.

In the Beginning...

Grand Opening Day I was inside, got these from the
 local paper's website

The ribbon cutting photo I got from a friend's facebook page
if you know where I standing you can sort of see me...ha ha

Inside the front doors, and a view of the warehouse from the
tire center entrance.

Omar one of our "Majors Dept" Guys and look at that
80" TV!

Have you ever seen such neatly stacked clothing? The other side
is when we rolled the doors open. If you follow the arrows you can
see me and 2 of my co-workers...just barely. haha

Some of my co-workers along with some of our management team

Down the bulk wall where the bread is located and one of our

Beautiful flowers on the front end and a cool cake from our
bakery complete with the front door on the corner like it is
in real life.

Our fully stocked Produce Cooler...yes it's cold in there!
More co-workers Trini and Kelvin

Gorgeous and pricey merchandise. Our wonderful Hearing Aid
Manager, Marcy

Giancarlo's Signature Pose....and Paul working hard to
keep things clean

Our Warehouse Manage, Rod and Keith our Ancillary Manager.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Love this photo I took of Jason
and I don't mean weights either....I love to "scrap-lift". When I first started scrapbooking 16 years ago there wasn't a lot of inspiration out there....a magazine or two and that was about it. I found that after a "style" (and I use that term VERY loosely) was all beginning to look alike. Then a fellow scrappy friend taught me to look at the design of a layout and change the papers and embellishments but keep the basic design, and make it your own. A whole new world was opened up to me. I took a layout that had basketball pictures on it and turned it into a Christmas layout. Of course I really am able to scrapbook without lifting but it's just nice when I feel like I am getting in a rut or if I want to scrap something in a hurry and need a jumping off place. I also LOVE sketches. They are another way to start a layout. There are many sketch sites on the web. The layout that I am posting today came from a sketch from "Let's Capture These Sketches" It was a really basic sketch but one of their designers did a page that totally drew me I used a combination of the sketch, and her layout and newest layout was born. I love this photo of Jason. I think perhaps this could be my new favorite layout....only until I create another one...haha.

 Along those lines, I saw the absolute cutest mini book made from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds bingo card paper. Made by Yvonne Blair, one of Teresa's designers....even though I had already made a mini to take to my reunion I decided to make another one....I made it in an evening and I just love it. It's perfect to put in my handbag for the night so I can show off my family in style.  So thank you everyone for all the inspiration you put out there on the feeds my creativity and helps me document my families memories one page at a time.

Monday, September 3, 2012

No More Teenagers

Where has the time gone? My baby is now all grown up! I have to say I am so proud of the young man he has become and yet part of me really misses that cute little boy. So I created this layout so I could have the best of both worlds. My awesome grown up twenty year old son and some of those cute little boys shots from the last 20 years. It was really fun to look through old scrapbooks and find the photos to create this layout. It took me a while to find some of the photos since I didn't start using a digital camera until 2005...thank heavens I have a good scanner.
 I used some more of  the Everyday Moments line by Teresa Collins. Not sure I will ever get tired of the yummy blue and yellow combination of this line.

So Happy Birthday Jason....thank you for being the terrific son that you are. Love you more than words can say! xoxo, Mom