Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sweet Shoppe Blog » Sweet Gallery Standouts - 7/21

My layout “Little Swim Dude” is featured on the Sweet Shoppe Blog! 

Sweet Shoppe Blog » Sweet Gallery Standouts - 7/21

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hagar the Horrible & my Little Swim Dude (digital scrapbook layouts)

Here’s a couple layouts:



That’s my little guy, E. (yes, we call him “E”. In fact he will correct us if we call him by his proper name. The little stinker.)  The picture of him in the swim suit is from last summer. He was so funny walking around in that thing. He looked like a little muscle-man.

And in the second layout he’s playing with Hagar. Hagar was Allen’s when he was little. (and for some reason that Allen was a little boy is a fascinating subject for E. “Daddy when you were a wittle boy did they have …? Where was I?)  Anyway, Allen’s mom is very crafty and sewed him together. E wanted to be Hagar so he stole his clothes and little sword. Now we just need a Viking helmet! :)

My week’s been a little so-so. The kids came home and things became busy again. Swimming, cleaning house, laundry, more swimming, more laundry, grocery shopping, and all that fun stuff.  I’m glad they’re back. And we finally got the homeschooling stuff settled and know the direction we are headed in. The kids are doing the Virtual Instruction Program this fall. 

So now we’re just laying low because we have a vacation coming up. I’m starting to make plans and lists and all that stuff that I do before we leave on the trip. All the stuff that gets put off gets done right before vacation, right?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pictures from 4th of July

I really miss my kids.  It’s been great to have some time off but today I’m ready for them to come home! The house is too quiet.  Fortunately, Allen got to work from home this week so I haven’t been totally alone. And after talking to the kids last night they are having a great time.  Lauren made 96 cookies yesterday with Grandma! That was the highlight of our phone conversation.

Allen and I have been watching season 2 of The Office.  I’m surprised at how many episodes I missed.  And I’m surprised at how many I could have missed and probably been smarter for it. ;) I think some of those episodes cause brain damage?

Speaking of brain damage, we also watched Baby Mama yesterday.  I was kinda surprised that it was an ok movie with a story line. We got a few laughs out of it so it was pretty good.

And tonight I’m going to see The Proposal with some girlfriends. I’m looking forward to getting out of the house! All my friends still had their kids this week so I’ve been just hanging out at home scrapping and watching movies. I did some planning too for homeschooling. We’re still waiting to hear on the virtual instruction program. So I still don’t know if it will be plan A or B. (I try to always have a plan b, LOL!)

Anyway, the week before 4th of July we went to the Lentz’s for dinner and a tie-dye party. We made red, white and blue shirts for the kids to wear on the fourth.  I have one too! And Allen’s looks like someone dumped red and blue paint down the side of his shirt. LOL!  Here’s a picture of the kids in their shirts at Lake Rathbun on the 4th:


The next day we went exploring on some of the paths at Lake Rathbun.  Allen would visit there when he was a kid and had some places that he wanted to show us.  It was absolutely beautiful!  We found this bridge on our walk:

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Aiden brought his “telescope” (it’s an attachment to his Nerf gun) along and it came in handy for our junior explorer:

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And overlooking a cliff that drops into Lake Rathbun:

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That was our weekend.  Well, at least until Allen and I left the kids there with Grandma and we headed back home. They got to go swimming and fishing with Papa. I wish I could get some fishing pictures! Maybe next time!

(frames and embellishments from BellaGypsy & Connie Prince’s “The Fourth” digital scrapbook kit.)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Crafty Spiders (Digital Scrapbook Layout)

My kids are visiting their Grandparents in another state this week. And my idea of a good time is digiscrapping! :)  Which is great because I take way more photos than I could ever scrap!

These pictures are from last Halloween. I never felt like Halloween scrapping kits were right for these pictures so I tagged them as “to be scrapped” until the perfect kit came along. It finally happened! Heather Roselli created a crafting kit!

So here’s the layout:


It’s a two page spread, too! I usually print my layouts in 8x8 in. and a lot of photos on the page just looks cramped and they are too small.  So I thought a two-pager would be better for this one.

We put these spiders all over the house for Halloween. They were colorful and adorable. The kids (and Allen!) loved creating them!

(credits: Heather Roselli's Craft Desk; Darcy Baldwin's Craft with Scissors Alpha; Font is DJBcursive by Darcy Baldwin & Angie Kovacs ; Template from The Paper Iris)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Digital Layouts: 4th of July & Reading

My DH is such a kid! One of things we love about him! He’s always willing to be entertaining and fun!


This is actually from last year’s 4th of July.  I just realized that DH didn’t wear his hat this year.  We totally forgot about it. :(  But some of that was because we did fireworks at home on July 3rd and then went up to Lake Rathbun, Iowa for July 4th.  We saw a fireworks that evening put on by the neighborhood association. It was cold and rainy.  But the display was very enjoyable. I have some pictures that I’ll post later from a nature walk. Lake Rathbun really has some lovely sites and it is crowded like many other state lakes.

And this is from a few months ago.  I think the pictures are very sweet! Ethan loves anything Thomas the Tank Engine.  So he is very engrossed in his book.


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