Tons to share with you!

I'm back from Arizona and I had a Fabulous time! Lots to share but it will have to wait for another day as the boys and I are off to the resource center for the day!

I do want to put some layouts up that I created for the Reminisce Layout Contest -

jungle love copy

my bunch

live out loud


fun at the farm

And some others that I worked on this weekend:

in tune

butterfly kisses

twenty four 5


one more time

still the one-ethel

one of these things


Take a Look at This!


WOW~ that is the box that arrived today courtesy of Donna Downey and her supply purge a couple weeks ago! I left her a comment on why I would love to get her purged supplies and I was one of the winners! Look at that --almost 4 inches of paper! Amazing! So totally cool and generous of her! For those of you who haven't already---head over and check out her blog.

I can't wait to take a peek and look through it all---but alas---it will have to wait as I am running around with my head cut off today packing and getting the house and kids ready to survive without me for 4 days while I visit Sher in Arizona! Don't forget to join us this weekend at the Bosum Buddies Crop for a Cure over at www.scrap-diner.com!

Thanks Donna! You made my day!


Feeling Better!

The boys are feeling better already! Hopefully, we are all done and it doesn't plan to attack any of the rest of us! I don't even mind being sick---it's just the thought of being sick on an airplane that freaks me out! I mean---can you imagine with the size of those bathrooms?

okay---enough of that!

Don't forget ladies that we are having a Breast Cancer Fundraiser at the Diner this weekend! Go to the Scrap-Diner and make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation - http://store.scrap-diner.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=7611 - for every $10 you donate the Diner will donate $15~ that turns your $10 donation into $25 for the cause! Fabulous! In addition, for every $20 you spend in the Diner store this month you will receive a raffle ticket into a drawing for a brand new digital camera!

So make a donation and don't forget to come on over this Friday and Saturday for some great challenges and lots of croppin fun! There are prizes to be had!


Sick Day

yep---it's Monday and we are having a sick day. Not a fun---just pretend sick day----but a full fledged flu sick day. Poor Luke - he's got it the worst. He has the poops so bad---and then vomiting on top of that. He is enjoying watching non-stop TV, but he is hungry and I can't give him anything right now. It goes right through him and then the pains come back. Poor guy. Chase is on the verge---really tired and listless with no appetite. I am washing my hands 100 times a day and praying that I don't get sick---the timing is terrible with me leaving to Arizona on Thursday morning. So we are all staying home tonight laying low. Hopefully, everyone that is going to get it--will get it today!

We did have a fun family outing on Friday --we ended up going to the zoo to use our pass one more time before it expired. Here are some pics for you:

zoo boys with bear 5-7
bear hut

and last but not least ---- the local squirrels that kept jumping out of garbage cans at us!

squirrel 1
squirrel 2


Don't Faint.

I am here again! The kids are off school today----the district is off and if we tried to do school, we would be constantly interrupted by the neighbor kids, so we just take the day off too!

Great day to catch up on paperwork and scrapping projects!

I have an assignment coming up----need to scrap a page using a foreign title --so I am going with "Au Naturel" and using this pic:


Anyone remember this one? Luke at 2 1/2 at Hood Canal. One of my all-time favorites.

Finished another page for my neighbor today --- not one of my favorites but it's done.

cuter than kermit copy

I also got my next page finished for the Badgirlskits Contest - it was combining patterned papers and using colors from your photos. Luke how small Cooper was!

a boy and his dog

Here is one I did for the ONE COLOR Challenge over at the Diner:

move mouontains

This last one was for the "Swimming Event Olympic Challenge" over at Sketchbooknz.com -- had to have a nautical theme.



What do you know?

A mid week post for you! I know---I'm breaking away from the last few weeks of traditional Sunday only posts to bring you a funny story!

So, those of you that know our family personally, know that we have a little trick of splitting apples in two with our bare hands! Really, isn't a trick, but it has great WOW power! I always get a kick out of my kids telling their friends, "My mom can break your apple in half---they never believe them and when I do it right in front of them---my kids are always thrilled and I am (for a short time) the coolest mom on the planet.

I love that---so here is my layout today---in tribute to the art of splitting an apple in two with your bare hands!

split an apple

Have a great day!


Yep --it's Sunday Again!

Posting once a week like clockwork! Oh, well---works for me right now! I just got finished balancing the checkbook - always a fun time. This time was no exception. It always amazes me how we start out with such a great plan--and it looks so good and then the unexpected stuff pops up and bites you in the A$$.

Let's see---here are the highlights and the lowlights!

---Austin would like contacts for soccer--right now he goes without his glasses and says he is having a hard time seeing the soccer ball---hmmm, that's a pretty big ball! In addition, he needs new goalie gloves --turns out that in the last 3 months his hands have grown 2 sizes! I can't believe it---but he is growing right before my eyes!

---Jordan needed practice gear for college soccer---I guess they need to look fabulous during practice too! She is doing great and they have their first real conference game next weekend. If anyone wants the schedule, shot me an email and I will get it to you.

---Cooper is eating so much -- definitely not in the budget. Neither was the flea stuff that we bought today for $75! He is still my lapdog and trys to sit in my lap every chance he gets, all 60 pounds of him.

---Luke has soccer club raffle tickets ---$2.00 a piece and you have 5 chances to win 100 gallons of gas! If anyone wants any----let me know!

---Gas is dropping--Thank you Lord!----but still costing us a fortune.

---Happened to show up at Costco last week as they were putting out a limited stock of Wiis. Yes--I bought one. I promised the boys one after the recroom was finished and I was using the excuse that I couldn't find one to not buy one. Well there it was right in front of me flying off the shelf. Caved.

---Shopped at Albertson's this week - check out this receipt:
Pretty spectacular --- spent $145 saved $206! Total High.

---Neighbor payed me for my summer of babysitting here and there for her. Covered the expense of the Wii---what a GOD thing.

---David & I spent some quality time together making a plan for the next few months - love that time with him.

---Used a great 2 for 1 coupon last night at an Irish Pub in Kirkland before Jordan's game. Haven't been on a real date with David in what feels like years. It was GREAT!

Okay--so let's get away from the Money talk and move on!

Some fun pics this week from Chase's baseball game---btw--he is having a terrific season so far! He went 3 for 3 last night with a huge double! Pitching great too!

Love the look of determination on his face in this one---and that tongue action is classic!

This is a closeup I took of Luke from across the park---the scratches are from Cooper---when they wrestle together!
luke closeup

And this is a hawk that was very interested in what baseball was all about!

In other news:

I can't wait to get on that plane and head to Arizona to see Sher --countdown 11 days. I am looking forward to it and even have my spending money in that balanced budget! That is thanks to working some hours at the Urban Scrapbooker! Thanks Brooke! Looking forward to some quality friend time---some good talks---some good shopping - some good scrapping - and even some good time helping out at the Diner. I can't wait. 4 days of downtime --with a great friend!

Speaking of scrappin---in that area of my life:

-The Diner is having a huge birthday month and the big news is that for every $20 you spend in the store, you get a chance in the drawing for a brand new digital camera---a CANON SD750! Check it out here

Did this layout for the Retro Challenge over at the Diner:


she has some great challenges in the forums right now---awesome ideas for layouts and fun ways to win prizes!

-Just found out that I am get to work for Dixie Pieces for another term as one of their designers! I am thrilled! They are some of my favorite people and I am excited to continue to recieve their fabulous kit every month! Don't forget to check them out. www.dixiepieces.com Speaking of Dixie Pieces, I just finished up all my designs for October! I am so excited to show everyone but can't until the 1st! You are going to want this kit!

-Spent the day at the Urban Scrapbooker yesterday. It was her big 1 year birthday party! It was tons of fun. We had lots of great customers, cake and cookies, Nancy from Scenic Route was there doing make & takes, tons of great sales, live music and free mochas and lattes ---what more could you ask for?

This mini was completed for the store and for the Diner -- a joint project!

COVERMINI 2minibook 8MINI 4

-In school (scrappin contest) over at the Bad Girls Academy - our first assignment was layering for texture. Here is my layout:

at the patch

Sherry, Brenna and Lynda are playing along too! We all made it through the first week and ended up on the Honor Roll so we get to go to class again this week. Turns out there were over 300 students in the first class and 180 or so move on. I think this week they basically only cut those that didn't get their layout done in time.

-Still waiting patiently to hear who the winner of the big prize is over at Croppin in Paradise. I must check that site 20 times a day!

What am I forgetting? Oh yeah---Sarah & Mike came to the soccer game last night---it was fun to see them and get a chance to visit. Usually we are at some family function somewhere and don't get to chat. They are doing well---Mike is on strike with Boeing --but they have a good plan to see them through. I was totally impressed with their budgeting sense so early in their marriage! Great job guys!

Okay--that's it---sorry for the extra long post ---everyone have a great week in school, at work, or wherever else you will be! Keep your thoughts and prayers with the hurricane victims!

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