Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday Night Scrapbooking

Most Tuesday nights I host crops in my scraproom. I thought I might start sharing some of what I manage to get done. The last couple of weeks I spent a lot of time pulling together all the samples I've created in the past few years, and getting them into my albums. I put all of my "blank" samples (those without photos) into one big album that I can pull from when I don't have the mojo. I worked in a few of those tonight, and did an uninspired layout of school photos from this year of Cassie.

Last week I scanned my paper album of our 2002 Disney trip, and uploaded the pages to Heritage Makers to order a photobook. I went to FL on a business trip and took my grandmother and sister with me to babysit Alex, age 2 at the time. We spent a couple of extra days going to Disney. My grandmother had elective back surgery a month later, and died a month later due to infection, so this book is VERY special to me. I'm going to give my sis the photobook for her birthday in June, I think it will be equally special to her. I'm also hoping it will turn out well enough to order an additional copy to use as a sample of digitizing paper albums, since I have a tabloid scanner! Thought for this week I'd share the digi cover layout I created for it.

weekend project

The new Mr. & Mrs. Grant came up for the holiday weekend, and we had a blast. Ken and I were inspired by their "cornhole boards" they had in Florida, so we set out to make our own set. Using internet directions, Ken built the boards and I cut up old jeans and khakis to make the bags. This is a GREAT game because:

  • adults and kids can play together

  • adult sobriety not required (great party game)

  • it's portable

Some day we will paint the boards, but we had a lot of fun with this game this weekend! Click here for directions on building your own set, and rules of the game: Cornhole game

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

goodbye crib

We removed the crib from Nate's room on Monday. He's 2 years 3 months, and I caught him climbing into the crib, was afraid what would happen if he climbed out. I got him a cute little toddler bed, but he wiggles too much in his sleep, he would fall off of it and wake up several times a night. (it's only a few inches high, not tall enough to hurt him, but enough to wake him - and yes, we had the rails up). I was debating what to do with the toddler bed since it wasn't working, and Ken solved the problem for me by sitting on it - toddler beds are made to support toddlers, not adults. I seem to have bad luck with toddler beds. When Alex graduated from the crib, I got him one of those big racecar beds and decorated his room to match with checkered flag curtains and all. After two weeks of sleeping on it, my back was killing me. (because my 15 month old would not stay in bed unless mommy was there with him)

So, twin mattress on the floor it is, until he's big enough for a bed. I'm happy to have the space the crib occupied for toys and organization, all my extra wire cubes are coming in handy for toys. But I'm sad to see the crib go. I loved the crib set so much, it was so cute. My baby is NOT a baby any more. I don't want to wish away a second of his childhood, but I would not complain if diapers went next . . .

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Nefarious Weekend

A great time was had by all . . . and hoods were donned in order to protect the similarly situated . . .

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

My first Heritage Makers book

I'm thrilled to get my first Heritage Makers book and find that the quality is excellent. I have been digi scrapping on my laptop mostly, but used the Heritage Makers online drag and drop to create a book in order to get my "certification" and "30-day fast start". I did a 5x7 of a friend's wedding, check it out!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!!!

My dear sweet hubby spoiled me rotten all day, making all the meals, taking care of the kids, and allowing me to spend the day doing what I love most: scrapbooking! I digi-scrapped all day, I'm working on a "career album" of my TLC days. I created and uploaded a photobook using the "tropical" theme of our 2005 Baja cruise, and got lots of work done in the book. I ended the day by completing Shelley's sketch challenge. I don't usually try these things, but I rather liked it. All the elements are from a kit called "Urban Kiwi" by ShabbyPrincess.
As if that weren't enough, Ken took me to dinner tonight at Bonefish Grill where we enjoyed some yummy Bang Bang Shrimp! And finally, my gift arrived yesterday via Fedex - a Canon S5 IS. I wanted a small camera that would do video, and as usual he exceeded my expectations. I love this man!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

garden update

The garden is coming along! I have so much fun checking every day to see the progress. The end closest to the camera is doing best, I think because it gets more sun, Ken thinks because it gets more water. Probably both. I'm psyched! I added a few more things. 3 kinds of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, onions, jalapeno peppers, pimento peppers, bell peppers, radishes, carrots, basil, sage . . . so far everything but the carrots have sprouted!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

sweeter than sweet

The reason we drove to Florida last week was to attend the wedding of Ken's youngest brother, Jason, to Jessica. It was a wonderfully relaxed and fun wedding, I truly enjoyed myself, as did all of the children. I believe everyone had a great time! Of all the photos I took, this is my favorite, of our 2yo Nate and our 3yo neice Mackenzie. I'm including pix of all the kids, notice Kyle got to play with the band a little at the reception!

I have to say that I just love going to weddings now. They make me happy, remembering my own wedding and how much I enjoyed it, and how happily married I am to Ken. I love that man!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

First Kiss

Our babysitter/neighbor came over with her friends for me to take prom pictures. They looked so beautiful! How fun! The photos turned out fantastic if I say so myself! She wanted a pic with Nate, and he just wouldn't cooperate.