Sunday, March 29, 2009
What do you think of them?
I'm almost done with the packing but it seems there are always a million and one things to do before leaving for a trip. I hope to get it all done at a decent hour so that I can get some sleep before our early departure tomorrow morning.
Have a great Sunday!!
So, I calmly (yes, I even impressed myself) asked her where the hair was, where the scissors were, and went in a blur up the stairs to find both under the futon in the play room. Chunks of hair everywhere, I guess she thought that if she hid the hair we wouldn't be able to notice her very obvious new hairdo.
It was early enough in the day that we just hurried and got ready and ran over to the nearest hair cutting place and were able to get right in. And, the smart salon lady who understood our plight did a beautiful job of disguising the chunky layers Hailey had cut into her hair. Isn't she still a cutie?
I kinda like the new cut, but it sadly makes her look older and I'm not quite ready for that. I think the Princesses will like her new 'do.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I am kind of in a funk right now...wanting to do something but I'm so tired from hardly sleeping last night. I think I'll go take a nap. The packing and laundry can wait until later when I will be more productive. Matt is watching the kids, sorta, since basketball is on, but I think now is my time to exit stage left and go to sleep. Perhaps then I will feel more like chatting.
Oh, and it's snowing again for the third or fourth time today. Crazy weather we've been having lately.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I know that kids get sick but I sure wish we'd get a breather sometime. We're supposed to be leaving for Disneyland on Monday after all :(
We had a great time at breakfast with his family at Cracker Barrel- yummy!!- we missed having Roxanne (Matt's brother's wife)with us but got to see his brother and baby Cody (so dang cute)-and then had a pretty quiet day at home. Matt really wanted a new lawnmower, so he went shopping and found one he really liked, put it all together and took these happy pictures and then...
...it wouldn't start. At all. Brand new and it didn't work. So, he had to take it back apart and return it to the store. Happy birthday? Not really. Poor guy. He was so excited to mow the lawn, too. At least he got to celebrate with his parents some more and had cake and ice cream and more presents later on in the day. I think that over all my silly, sweet husband had a good birthday.
Happy Birthday, sweetheart!! It was fun having you home with us all to ourselves yesterday.
Well, what do you think? Pretty colors? They are so gorgeous. Stay tuned for some more sneaks.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We went to Cracker Barrel this morning for breakfast with his family and he just got back from buying himself a new lawnmower for his birthday! So far it's been a good day for him. We'll have cake and ice cream later and whatever we decide to do since he has the day off of work.
Matt, I love you, and know that you don't often read this blog, but I hope you'll read it today. You are a wonderful husband and father, you encourage my scrapbooking and other addictions (mainly just scrapbooking, but also chocolate)and is perfect for me, patient with my grumpy days, willing to take care of the kids when I need a break.
So, Matthew Wayne, happy birthday to you. I hope it's a wonderful day.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
It is a beautiful day, though, and my irises are starting to bloom. So, that's happy news.
Here are some pics of my Sarah. I will lovingly refer to her as "Hose Girl." She loves to go outside and water the berry plants but most of all likes to water the fence. I guess she's hoping it will grow?
Monday, March 23, 2009
So that I wouldn't disappoint my daughter I went to work to make her a little wedding dress. How long did it last? Only about a minute...that darn two ply wasn't strong enough after all. I decided to give it a go with my Brawny paper towels and that did the trick! With just half of a roll of paper towels and some tape I had one happy little girl.
Some brides want yards of taffeta and lace and silk. Mine is happy with two-ply Brawny. I must say...it will come in quite handy for messy spills at lunch time. I took some pictures ( I couldn't make the dress and not take pictures, right? I've got to scrapbook this one!!!)and will post those later on. Aimee is tired of waiting for her lunch because of my kooky shenanigans. But, I am cool again to my four year old who just yesterday said she wasn't going to talk to me anymore.
Ok, here are some pictures of her beautiful gown. She asked me, "Didn't I look beautiful as a wedding girl?" She sure did. I am glad we took some pictures because not even 5 minutes later she was ripping the thing off.
Oh, and another side note...we had spaghetti for lunch which the girls had too much fun throwing on the floor, so we used the paper towels (yes, we recycled!) to clean up the mess.
Have a great day!
It's been more than ten years since I've been to Disneyland and much has changed I am sure. I am anxious to take in all of the sites and excitement of the park, to see the looks on my girls' faces as they experience the magic of that wonderful place.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I have wanted to do better at the shabby chic style that I see so much of in the scrapbooking world and have finally created a layout in this style that I LOVE. I sat down to scrap and it just all came together so well.
On this layout I tried something that I've wanted to do for a while...ribbon flowers. They are actually quite simple and are fast to make as well. All you need is about 8" of ribbon depending on its width and how fluffy you want the flower to be. Stitch just inside the edge of the ribbon and then gather it into a circle, stitch the two edges together and you are done! That easy.
Aren't they pretty? And, so very quick and easy. I now want to add them to EVERYTHING. Seriously. You just might see more of these in layouts and cards of mine in the future.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Aren't you proud of me for blogging every day?
Saturday, March 21, 2009
AC Thickers challenge layout*Rainboots, Chit Chat, Playroom, LAX, Umbrella, Tinsel, Poolside, Daquiri, Jewelry Box, Sprinkles, Dolce, etc.
I finished my page today and I must say it was one of the most fun pages I've done in a while. It was a challenge to try and fit so many different types of Thickers on one page, but I succeeded and ended up with 19 different ones. Since the post title won't allow me to put as many as I need to, here is the complete list:
1. Rainboots black puffy
2. Chit Chat grapefruit, tangerine puffy
3. Playroom green felt
4. LAX powder glitter chipboard
5. Umbrella cricket puffy
6. Tinsel black foil
7. Poolside grapefruit vinyl
8. Daquiri yellow vinyl, ink foam
9. Jewelry Box chestnut chipboard
10. Sprinkles red chipboard
11. Dolce white fabric
12. Rootbeer Float brown foam
13. Giggles brown foam
14. Prancer red chipboard
15. Smoothie pink/red foam
16. Gift Box black chipboard
17. Black Tie white velvet
18. Subway black foam
19. Leg Warmers brown felt
So, there you go. And, here's my layout with my cute Aimee and the adorable Cosmo Cricket "Girl Friday" collection.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I was hoping to do some scrapbooking last night but one of my girls is sick again...had temperatures close to 103 last night and about 2:30 this morning. Perhaps that nice Disneyland air will do us all some good.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I know that this may not be the case for some of you who have been buried in snow all winter but here in Texas the days are warmer and things are starting to look so much better than the nasty brown I have had to look at the last few months. Take a look at this picture of our new Texas Whitebud tree that is waiting to be planted in our yard? Isn't it pretty?
Gotta love the new camera!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I had one of those today. Not that I didn't do anything because I did, just not as much as I normally might have done. I still had kids' baths, laundry and dishes to do as well as making sure the girls were fed, clean and happy but I also had some down time to do some scrapbooking and to just relax and watch a little bit of tv.
I worked on my April projects for the AC Bailey design team and also finished another page with some of the cute new Pink Paislee paper and embellishments. Stay tuned tomorrow for that one!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here are pictures of two of the girls all decked out in green to celebrate the day as well as the layout I promised yesterday. These are pics of my husband and oldest daughter when she was about a year and a half old. I can't believe how time flies. Featured on the scrapbook page is more cuteness from My Little Shoebox. I love that stuff!!
Happy St. Patty's Day!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Anyway, we were going through our announcements as we do, one by one, and it was my 4year old's turn. She went through the regular stuff and then announced that she was going to have a baby brother. As you can imagine, that caught us a little off guard. I am not, to my knowledge, anyway, pregnant. And, as I mentioned in an earlier post we are not quite ready for kid #4 since things are a little crazy at our house already with the three kids we have. I love them dearly, but girls are certainly emotional and it doesn't start when they're teenagers. I think they're born with it, which is funny because I don't remember my sisters and I ever being that way.
Speaking of sisters, I have 5 of them. Yes, there are 6 girls and no boys in my family. My poor dad. I am starting to get a better understanding of that. My poor husband is swimming in a pool of estrogen at our house. And, if having 6 girls isn't record-making, each of my sisters has daughters- there are 12 in all- and no grandsons until this last December when my youngest sister had a boy. So, the odds of me having a son are kinda slim. Even my husband is convinced that girls from my family have some kind of genetic dominance over the men they have married and those families can only produce girls. So, another point in my favor. I think.
I started to wonder if my daughter might know something I didn't since I know that kids are often close to heaven and its angels since they have so recently departed from there and perhaps she really does know that we are having a boy.
We started to ask her about how she knew and then, to my surprise, she told us that she was having a baby on Friday. This Friday. We went through the explanation of how it takes 9 months to have a baby but the conversation still makes me wonder if there is a little boy up in heaven waiting to come to our family. I honestly don't know what I would do...I have been surrounded by pink my whole life.
I guess we'll have to just wait and see.
And, in honor of my first-born daughter, and in honor of St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, check back for a fun new scrapbook page I made using more "My Little Shoebox" paper and other supplies.
If you'd like to join us, just leave a comment here on this post.
Have a great Monday!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
We also celebrate "ballerina day" (2-2) thanks to Matt's dad and Star Wars Day (May the 4th as in "may the forth be with you.")Strange, I know...blame it on my husband's interesting sense of humor. But, I love him.
I got a pillow and laid down in the middle of them (since we still had the tent up) and tried and tried fruitlessly to get them to go to sleep even with promises of them getting to watch a movie if they did so. No such luck.
So, I now have a groggy, pounding head and am in need of a nap but my husband is still peacefully asleep. No nap for me, no movie for the girls and no more tent. And, my four year old has informed me that she's never going to talk to me anymore. I am not ready for teenagers and yet already feel like I have one.
I hope you're all having a great day.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thankfully my style has improved since those days and what used to just be something fun to do has turned into a necessary creative outlet for me and an escape from the stresses of being a busy stay-at-home mom of three kids aged 4 1/2, 3 and 1.
I used to try and scrap something everyday and was on quite a roll for a while this year until my family started getting sick. This page that I am about to share with you was a week in the making...not quite a record for me but at least it's finally done. While I was making pages in an hour or so before I've not had much time to scrap lately since I just haven't had the time or energy to with all the sicky stuff going on at home. I hope to get back into the groove soon but for now here are a page and a card to tide you over...
I fell in love with this cute paper and its embellishments when I saw it during the CHA sneak peeks. It's from a relatively new company called My Little Shoebox and it's ADORABLE. So fun and so perfect for scrapping my kids. They are also having a design team call, so I thought I'd give it a shot since I ADORE their product. Being on a manufacturer design team would be a dream come true for me, so I'll keep my fingers crossed knowing that there will be PLENTY of other competition. But, if I don't make it I can still play with their oh-so-cute stuff. And, by the way, if you want to get a closer look you can just click on the image.
It was a bit of a wild party and the girls were up quite late but they sure had a good time and are ready for another "campout" tonight. We'll see...
Here's a picture of Hailey and Sarah in the tent.
As a side note, it's been quite a rough winter for our family...just when I thought I was feeling better...I am now feeling quite nauseated once again. And, no, I don't think I'm pregnant. With our three very active girls I hardly think we are ready for #4.
Friday, March 13, 2009
We knew it would be cold and rainy today so I told the girls that if they got their dress-up things all cleaned up I'd set up the tent for them to sleep in tonight. You can bet they worked extra hard (after some oh-so-gentle coaxing, of course)to get everything done. I should take a picture of that room...it's rare that we can even see the floor.
I've been playing with my new camera so I'll load some new pictures of the family here later on. And, Matt has the weekend off of work, much to my surprise this morning. So, I just might get to do some scrapping! I can't hardly wait.
Have a great day!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Have a great day!!
I've had all kinds of cameras from film to digital but got my first "REAL" camera the other day. Aren't tax refunds wonderful??!! I did a lot of searching online, reading on lots of photography message boards and checking the reviews on digital SLRs and finally decided on the Canon Rebel XS, which I love, even after having it for only a few days. I've shot pictures mostly on auto so far but am anxious to learn more about how to adjust the other settings to improve my photography skills. I am such an amateur but LOVE that I now have some of the tools I need to get better. And, here it is:
The kids, especially the baby, have been begging to have their picture taken. Aimee says, "mo, mo," which in her language means, "more." And, of course who can resist that, right? And, thank you, Matt, for letting me get this camera. I will have to do some quick learning before our Disneyland trip at the end of the month!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, here's a real quick page...nothing fancy or complicated about this one, but it's a picture I love of a girl I adore.
Before I know it this year of preschool will be over for Hailey and she'll be heading off to kindergarten...all day, every day. I still don't know why they do that in Texas but do know that I will MISS her. Terribly. Probably more than she will miss me. I know it's because I am a paranoid mom, terrified of dropping my little girl off with people I don't know for a whole day at a time. I know she will be fine, that she is ready to move on to the next challenge, but I don't know if I am.
So, that's the sentiment behind this page. I covered a Jenni Bowlin chipboard butterfly with some patterned paper and added some Stickles glitter glue, then hand stitched the antennae and butterfly trail.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Take a look at what I found:
Won't these be great for my scrapbook and card projects?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I hope you're having a great day!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
With all of the sickness going around my scrapbooking time has been seriously affected but I have managed to squeeze in a few things lately. It's funny, though, that when I haven't scrapped for a while (since I used to try and do something every day) I feel like I've "forgotten" how to scrap.
Thankfully I'll have some time to practice this afternoon and get my mojo back!!
Until then, here are a few of my recent pages. Lots of Hailey and Sarah to make up for all of the Aimee pages I've been doing lately. Sarah loves to dress up in fun clothes, and this big stocking was no exception. The other Sarah page was a challenge I gave to myself to scrap something with purple, a color I tend to avoid in my scrapbooking for some reason. There's a cute one of Hailey using the new "Girl Friday collection from Cosmo Cricket and a page about Home Depot kids' days using one of my favorite paper sets, "Weathervane" from October Afternoon. Enjoy! And, thanks for stopping by my blog.