Phew! It's been soooo hot here!

I know it's been a week since I posted --- but the weather here has made me feel like a bump on a log! It's been crazy -- record-breaking hot! Yesterday, the official high temp was 103 degrees --- but here it got to 106 degrees. Here in the beautiful MILD Pacific Northwest we just don't own AC units. There was literally nowhere to go to cool down. Well except the mall, the movies, the library and Costco ---- all of which we hit in the first 4 hours of the day! The pool was even too hot --- and crowded. UGH.

Then last night - the island in the middle of Lake Ballinger caught on fire! We had smoke and stench pouring in our open windows till early this morning. Some idiot kids took a BBQ out there and didn't extinquish it properly --- the island is cleared of vegetation. Kind of sad.

The good news it that waking up today --- the temps only got to 85 degrees! Much more livable and now it's already 67 degrees. I can see that I will be getting a good night's sleep, finally! I hate to complain about the heat --- especially after such a long, cold winter --- but anything over 90 degrees and the folks around here get stupid and people start dying - literally. I am thankful that we should be almost back to normal summer temps!

Last weekend we took a quick trip to the beach house - and even though I rarely care what the weather is when I am there, I left feeling kinda bummed that the clouds never cleared and the sun only peeked out a few times. I just had a mind set on how the weekend would go -- outside - sun induced exhaustion -- that I set myself up for disappointment. But, looking back on the pics --- I can see that fun was had by all and after the heat of this week --- there will be no more complaining about cloud cover. Well---not until next winter anyway.

I can only share a few pics right now---I've exceeded my limit on flickr and I'm too lazy to open a new account. Plus --- the limit resets itself on Saturday.

Here are my favorite beach bonfire pics:


SMORE 5-7 copy


And a pic of Cooper---who LOVED the beach and couldn't keep his nose out of the sand!


Plus a layout for you --- from the Scrap Tiffany Blog this week --- on recycling product packaging for you layouts:

travel companions


More Photoshop Fun!

I've been meaning to play around with some fun pics that Jordan took of Austin and his band of buddies --but just didn't know where to start! But thanks to the fabulous tutorial class from Jessica Spraque I felt empowered! Here is the poster I came up with! They have been sent to Costco and prints are being made today!

pikadilly 12-18

How cool is that?

I'm leaving you with a list that I was thankful to come accross today - I challenge you to print these out or post them to your blog and cross off at least one every day for the next 52 days!


1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.

2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table. Make lunches. Put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.

3. Don't rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc. ("The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory."- Old Chinese Proverb)

4. Do nothing you have to lie about later.

5. Make copies of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden. Carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart from your key ring.

6. Practice preventive maintenance. Your car, appliances, home and relationships will be less likely to break down "at the worst possible moment."

7. Be prepared to wait. A paperback book can make a wait in a post office line almost pleasant.

8. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do today; whatever you want to do today, do it now.

9. Plan ahead. Don't let the gas tank get below onequarter full, keep a well- stocked "emergency shelf'' of home staples, don't wait until you're down to your last bus token or postage stamp to buy more, etc.

10. Don't put up with something that doesn't work right. If your alarm clock wallet, shoe laces, windshield wipers-whatever-are a constant aggravation, get them fixed or get new ones.

11. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments. Plan to arrive at an airport one hour before domestic departures.

12. Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine in your diet.

13. Always set up contingency plans, "just in case." ("If for some reason either of us is delayed, here's what we'll do..." Or, "If we get split up in the shopping center, here's where we'll meet.")

14. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass doesn't get mowed this weekend.

15. Pollyanna-Power! For every one thing that goes wrong, there are probably 10 or 50 or 100 blessings. Count 'em!

16. Ask questions. Taking a few moments to repeat back the directions that someone expects of you, etc., can save hours. (The old "the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get" idea.)

17. Say "No!" Saying no to extra projects, social activities and invitations you know you don't have the time or energy for takes practice, self-respect and a belief that everyone, everyday, needs quiet time to relax and to be alone.

18. Unplug your phone. Want to take a long bath, meditate, sleep or read without interruption? Drum up the courage to temporarily disconnect.

(The possibility of there being a terrible emergency in the next hour or so is almost nil.)

19. Turn "needs" into preferences. Our basic physical needs translate into food, water, and keeping warm. Everything else is a preference. Don't get attached to preferences.

20. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

21. Make friends with nonworriers. Chronic worrywarts are contagious.

22. Take many stretch breaks when you sit a lot.
23. If you can't find quiet at home, wear earplugs.

24. Get enough sleep. Set your alarm for bedtime.

25. Organize! A place for everything and everything in its place. Losing things is stressful.

26. Monitor your body for stress signs. If your stomach muscles are knotted and your breathing is shallow, relax your muscles and take some deep, slow breaths.

27. Write your thoughts and feelings down on paper. It can help you clarify and give you a renewed perspective.

28. Do this yoga exercise when you need to relax: Inhale through your nose to the count of eight. Pucker your lips and exhale slowly to the count of 16. Concentrate on the long sighing sound and feel the tension dissolve. Repeat 10 times.

29. Visualize success before any experience you fear. Take time to go over every part of the event in your mind. Imagine how great you will look, and how well you will present yourself.

30. If the stress of deadlines gets in the way of doing a job, use diversion. Take your mind off the task and you will focus better when you're on task.

31. Talk out your problems with a friend. It helps to relieve confusion.

32. Avoid people and places that don't fit your personal needs and desires. If you hate politics, don't spend time with politically excited people.

33. Learn to live one day at a time.

34. Everyday, do something you really enjoy.

35. Add an ounce of love to everything you do.

36. Take a bath or shower to relieve tension.

37. Do a favor for someone every day.

38. Focus on understanding rather than on being under stood, on loving rather than on being loved.

39. Looking good makes you feel better.

40. Take more time between tasks to relax. Schedule a realistic day.

41. Be flexible. Some things are not worth perfection.

42. Stop negative self-talk: "I'm too fat, too old, etc..."

43. Change pace on weekends. If your week was slow, be active. If you felt nothing was accomplished during the week, do a weekend project.

44. "Worry about the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves." Pay attention to the details in front of you.

45. Do one thing at a time. When you are working on one thing, don't think about everything else you have to do.

46. Allow time every day for privacy, quiet and thinking.

47. Do unpleasant tasks early and enjoy the rest of the day.

48. Delegate responsibility to capable people.

49. Take lunch breaks. Get away from your work in body and in mind.

50. Count to 1,000, not 10, before you say something that could make matters worse.

51. Forgive people and events. Accept that we live in an imperfect world.

52. Have an optimistic view of the world. Most people do the best they can


Havin' Fun...

...scrappin' Emma pictures! Here are a couple I did today:

sweet baby girl

love abundant

Edmonds Beach

Took a spur of the moment trip to Edmonds Marina last night. Piled everyone in the car and a few extras! Even Coop got to go---there is an awesome Off-leash dog park down there. It is so great --- everyone in the place is a dog lover so no one cares when they shake on them or chase the wrong tennis ball. Totally a happy place. Top it off with great weather, great friends and great ice cream and definitely a fun summer night!

Making sure I give credit where credit is due--- Jordan is the photographer behind most of these great shots!

Lots of cute puppies:

new friends

cute dog 3

Love this one of Luke teaching Sophie how to skip rocks:

skim lessons

For those of you that don't know -- Cooper doesn't like water -- well until last night! He finally made the plunge (literally) and had a blast! he would even stick his head completely under to try and find the perfect rock!

luke coop

chase coop


Chase was the brave one:

chase swimmin

Luke is the King of finding heart shaped rocks -- check this one out:

heart rock 2

heart rock1

We attempted group photos:

group shot

foot shot

As the sun was starting to set --- got this great idea:


Some of me & David:

us at the beach

us on the beach

Leave you with Coop & the most visited spot at the dog park:





I've been published! I just rec'd my copy in the mail of the August issue of Scrapbook Trends and there I am on page 67! It's my first time being published in this magazine and I couldn't be more excited! Totally made my day!

August scrapbook trends

More Emma Pictures!

I finally got some time today (thanks to not having to report for jury duty!) to edit some of the new pics Tom & Angie sent me. I'm excited to get these printed and start scrappin with them!

hard work

emma lime green

bunny slippers


angie & emma


sleeping beauty

tom & emma

emma allstar

sleeping chicadee

helen & emma

Sending them off to Costco for printing! Isn't she adorable? 5 weeks old tomorrow!


Check out Scrap Tiffany!

Head on over to the Scrap Tiffany blog and check out this week's challenge! There is a new challenge every week and each time you participate you receive an entry into the monthly drawing for one of her kits! This month's album kit is a terrific travel album made with the yummy Little Yellow Bicycle Line! You can find more pics of it here.


This week the theme for the challenge is "gratitude" --of course my layout is of my man!



This is a fun contest!

Check it out ladies --- My Sketch World is having their first ever ONE HOUR CARD SKETCH CHALLENGE next Friday night. Check out the link for all the particulars, but trust me when I tell you it is a fun time!


Photoshop Fun!

I registered to take a class from Jessica Sprague on Photoshop techniques and today was day 12 and I hadn't even started yet! But, with the 92 degree weather outside, my loft was over 100 degrees and way to hot to scrap --- so tonight was the night! I'm not caught up but I have made it through lesson #7 and I'm having a great time!

Let me show you what I've done:


IMG_1326relax with frame

lean treegrunge edge photo

frog eyesluke textures

310seek copy

You know what the most important thing I've learned tonight is??? There is no bad photo! Every photo can be made to look cool!


I messed up!

Okay--so my layout of my adorable new granddaughter --- it says she was 15 inches long---NOPE --she was 18 inches long! I hate typos! Why isn't the computer smart enough to tell me when I screw up??? Now that would be cool!

Layout's been fixed but can't take another photo cause it's on display at the Urban Scrapbooker! OOPS! I think she forgives me!


Fun in Fremont!

We needed to take Luke to Children's Hospital today for a quick cast check --so we decided to make a day of it! We hit Dick's Drive In for burgers - stopped by the Troll under the Fremont Bridge - ran through GasWorks Park - and even had ice cream on the way home! It was a great afternoon with my kiddos!

troll group

nose picking 4-6


luke gasworks 5-7

chase me

austin 4-6

goofy luke

chase gasworks 4-6

austin climbing 2

kids seattle 5-7

goofy kids seattle

and here is the first layout I've done with the newest member of our family!

happy birth-day

and some matching cards:

birthday cards

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