havn't done a randomness post lately, have i? here goes.
is that enough randomness for you? just enough to convince you that i really am quite crazy?!?! lol! back in the next day or two with some pics ... i hate posting without pics. thanks for stopping by.
i know i promised these a few days ago ... i love how i always promise to post things and never seem to follow through. lol! but i finished these 2 layouts this afternoon at naptime.
i just love this picture of alison ... one of our good friends and one of my very first daycare kiddos over 5 years ago. this was one of my favorites from when i took some pics of her and her sister last december. i just love that sassy look in her eye ... i think it's the cutest thing. although i'm sure her mom sees this look quite a bit ... and it's probably not so cute! lol! i had fun with the embellishments on this. aren't those new flowers from making memories the funest things? i love them ... love the colors. i layered them along with the metal rims that are used with their tag maker ... i like just using the rims without necessarily adding any paper or anything to them.
the story to the "hubba hubba" layout? i was digging through my lil davis stash looking for some stuff to use on a few more design team layouts for this month. i came across this older rubon (the entire title and definition is one rubon ... pretty cool!) ... and the first think i thought of were these picture of jeromy that i had taken last fall. jeromy's little brother, sam, was one of my daycare kids for a few years ... and i took some pictures of the two of them last november. sam is super cute too ... but i just loved these pictures of jeromy ... loved his smile and all the freckles sprinkled on his face. after getting the pics on there and the rubon ... i actually read the definition. is it wierd that it says "eye candy" and "hottie" ... and there's a picture of a 7 year old boy?!?! lol! he's well on his way to being those things though ... and i'm positive his little brother will do the same. also an over-due congrats to their whole family ... their mom just had a baby girl about a month ago! havn't seen her yet ... but i'm sure she's as cute as her big brothers.
here's a picture of the frame i made last friday. it's not a great picture ... should have taken a picture of it without the glass in it. but you get the idea, right? this whole idea came together so last minute last friday ... and it was with the intent of a birthday gift for my dad. but after i got done ... i didn't think i could give it away. don't you hate it when that happens?!?! so with about an hour to spare, i sent joe back to target for another frame ... and i reprinted all the pictures and made an entire new frame. except the other one was a white frame ... and i used browns, blues, and just a touch of light pink. i love the other one too ... hard to pick which to keep and which to give to my dad. lol! i hung this in our little entry way by the front door. i also took a couple of the oak 12x12 frames that i have laying around and i found some black spray paint in the garage to paint them ... to which i'm pretty sure my mom would freak that i spray painted super good quality oak frames. lol! i put some cork in them and hung them next to this frame with the pictures. looks good above the black storage shelf that my mom made me ... has baskets in it for the girls to put their shoes and stuff. what would really complete that entry way is if i ever found a decent sized fake tree ... not too big since theres not too much room there ... but not to little either. someday.
that's all i got for now. hoping to get a little creative this weekend. 3 day weekend. whoohoo! and we really don't have much going on. which is nice ... especially after being so busy last weekend. have a good one!
have to add this: sarah was sitting up here with me watching tv tonight ... and she was super busy writing away on her clipboard. i didn't even think to check on what she was doing. so she's getting ready to go to bed ... and i ask her what she was working so hard on. she hands me my copy of her "wish list" for her birthday which is coming up. i guess she wrote one out for everyone ... each on a nice sheet of red cardstock. i sat there reading it ... and then after a few minutes did a double take. i asked her where she got the cardstock. she said she got if from their paper stash. i told her that "no, you got it from my paper stash". she looked surprised and asked how would i know.
"because you used my good orangepeel textured ki bazzill cardstock!!!"
gotta keep your eyes on that girl at all times! lol! remind me to tell you about this morning when she tried to sneak $1000 worth of electronic games to school. i kid you not. i think the scariest part is that we own over $1000 worth of electronic gameing stuff (she was kind enough to leave most of alyssa's stash in her room). lol!
just a few things i wanted to get down so i wouldn't forget. i need to do this more often.
all this humor within a 30-minute time frame. the girls were a little upset that i wouldn't let them stay up and watch all of american idol and see who wins. but i did let them stay up for half of it. so i have no idea who won yet either. as for the first hour.
and on a total sidenote. related to kids ... and something i have to laugh at because i have no choice. but you know how babies just always smell so good ... you just want to inhale them right in. i love that about adyson. sure, she has her not so sweet smelling days (sorry jen). but that kid smells so good it's just crazy. i'm always grabbing her and whiffin her up. but as they get older ... they're not so great smelling. i have got 2 of the smelliest girls. it's a strange mix of sweat, dirt, grime, and who knows what else ... and it can be bad. nothing is as bad as alyssa's soccer socks though ... actually her socks, shinguards, and cleats. omg ... they will seriously knock you off your feet. since we usually keep her soccer bag in the downstairs bedroom ... it has a kindof soccer sweaty smell in there. you can actually walk in the room and immediately be overcome with a terrible, awful smell ... it's bad. lol!
just thought of one more funny thing ... but this one was about joe. yesterday he got up pretty early in the afternoon ... not sure why. so he had only slept about 5 hours. and then he umpired ... but these are now much later games than he usually does. so by the time he got home and ate dinner it was pretty much time to go to work. he wanted to lay down for a bit first ... but i told him that it wasn't worth if because then i can't get him to get up. so he showered and got ready. but he was still complaining about being tired. so i told him to "man up". lol! i think i heard that on a lifetime movie i was watching earlier that day. so this morning he tells me that some dude at work was complaining about something ... and some other guy told him to "man up". joe said he was laughing and told this guy that i had told him that same thing that night. lol! and another thing. anytime joe is talking about anyone from work ... let's say it's some guy named mike (i usually just insert any name i hear him talking about) ... i say "mike's an idiot". lol! in a very serious way. it's pretty funny when i say it. maybe you have to be there?!?! lol!
ok ... next post will be a little more pleasant. lol! i still have to share that frame i made. and i have 2 layouts that are almost done that i want to share. just to give you an idea where i'm headed ... i have one layout called "sassy" and one called "hubba hubba". lol!
here's what's on my mind at this moment:
that's it for now. man ... was i in a griping mood or what! lol!
i don't think we could have done more this weekend if we tried. lol! first this picture just to grab your attention and make you want to read through to see what it's about!
let's start with friday. girls had school. i just had one daycare kid for half the day. i got some last minute idea for a birthday gift for my dad ... ended up making 2 entire framed pieces because i liked the first one so much i didn't want to give it away (it's already hanging up by the front door ... will share a picture tomorrow). a few hours after school got out ... we headed back over for the carnival they have every year towards the end of school. spend a few hours there playing games, eating snowcones and cotton candy, and chatting with friends. then headed straight over to my parents house to have a little get together for my dad's birthday. hung out there, had ice cream sundaes, and gave my dad his presents. headed home to fill alyssa up with allergy meds after the dog got to here too much. lol!
saturday we started bright and early. the girls had a 3 hour choir rehearsal at the church for their performance. alyssa missed most of it because she had a soccer game though. but my mom took sarah to choir ... had to be there at 9am. alyssa had to be at the soccer field by 9am ... an hour before the game (what happened to being there just 30 minutes early!?!?). she had a good game ... played all but 5 minutes of the game ... nice to see that. then i rushed her over to choir and she made the last 30 minutes (got there just in time for her solo). came home and had lunch and did some laundry. alyssa worked on her book report that's due this week. we also missed closing ceremonies for softball in the morning ... it was right in the middle of choir and soccer ... so we skipped that. which was ok ... because we had sarah's pizza party for her team saturday night. the girls were having so much fun signing the back of each others shirts with markers. i even had one of the younger girls ask me to sign her shirt (she was sitting next to me for some reason and became my new BFF). i asked her if she knew who i was ... and she said "no". lol! so i just signed "great job" and left my name off. lol! so after almost 3 hours of pizza, trophies, awards, cake, games ... we headed home to veg for a bit before bed.
edited to add: i forgot to mention that joe was gone all day at a golf tournament. lol! he left just as early as we did in the morning ... and didn't get back home until about 6pm.
sunday ... the girls had to be at the church at 8am for choir. that's way too early if you ask me. lol! luckily my dad took them and watched them perform in the first service. these kids put on a great performance ... and they do it for all 3 services, right in a row. my mom and i came for the second and third service. the girls did great. that picture up top is what they had to wear. all the kids had those tie-dye shirts ... and then they all got those glasses. cute! they just love to sing and dance. all the songs have movements ... little dances they all do while singing. there's about 80 or 90 kids up there ... so cute to watch. alyssa had a solo again this year ... she did great and sang loud enough. and i was really surprised to see sarah so into it. she's usually so quiet and bashful when up on stage ... but she was having a blast and dancing away. guess it helped that she got to stand by a friend she knows from school. lol! so after 4 hours of performances ... we got home. alyssa went straight to work on her book report and got it all finished up. i took an hour long nap. lol! then the girls went to my mom's for a bit to swim. i came home and did some house cleaning and made dinner. after dinner i was so tired ... but had some bright idea about doing some yardwork. remember those plants that the landscaper dudes hacked up last year in the front of my house? i actually have those same plants all around the front of the house (we're on a corner, so it's more like 8 of them spread out). they're getting pretty big ... and i was scared that the dudes would come this week and hack them up into little box shapes. so i wanted to get to them first. lol! i spent an hour outside trimming them.
on the bright side ... we're officially done with softball. and choir. and awana. yeah baby!!! all we have going on right now is alyssa's soccer practice twice a week (2 hours each) ... but she has the next 2 weeks off of games. and joe is only umpiring about once a week right now. it'll be so nice to have some of our nights free for once!
and i leave you with this picture of alyssa. is this a normal picture? most certainly not. lol! this my friends ... is a picture taken inside the house ... with no flash at all! i know, i know ... for most people, probably not a big deal. but i've always had problems with pictures in the house. i can just never figure it out. i mentioned a while ago that i think it's because i don't have any windows on the good side of the house. with the exception of the 2 small windows in the bathroom showers ... i have just this one window ... in the stairway by the window seat. this is where i always take pictures of my layouts now days ... and i never use a flash on those. so i stuck alyssa there and took just 1 picture to try it. and it worked. lol! i'm definately going to have to try some more pictures on the stairs this week. except i have to get alyssa out of that ratty tanktop that she insists on wearing 24/7!!! lol!
hope you all had a great weekend ... hopefully a little more relaxing than mine!
today i decided to clean out my scrapbook magazines. usually i keep 2 or 3 issues of each magazine ... and then i'll go through them after a while and tear out anything that catches my eye. articles, layouts by favorite designers, album ideas, techniques, etc. i went through 5 magazines today ... 2 issues of creating keepsakes, 2 issues of simple scrapbooks, and 1 issue of memory makers. i realized that in these 3 magazines ... i don't read a lot of the articles anymore. i tend to "ohhh" and "ahhh" over layouts. i'm always looking to see who designed what. but i don't read the articles like i used to.
but as i was tearing things out ... one article caught my eye. it was in the january/february issue of simple scrapbooks. i admit that none of the layouts really caught my eye (and i don't mean that in any bad way towards those designers. lol!) ... so i'm actually not sure why i stopped to actually read the article. it was called "simple truths ... five important reminders that will keep you scrapbooking ... and loving it" (by angie lucas). here's the scoop and a few of my thoughts ... random as they may be. lol!
i've been thinking a lot lately about what i'm scrapping. the subject of my layouts ... what i'm taking the time to document. i think i want to change some things. i realized that i really don't do as many layouts about my girls and our family as i used to. i think one reason is that i don't have as many pictures of them ... they truely do run from my camera when it comes out. lol! and photos can really inspire me ... so i need to work on getting more random everyday photos from my girls.
not quite sure where i'm going with this post. just thinking i guess. lol! still trying to figure out what i'm doing in my head. it really is so random the layouts i make sometimes. as soon as i get some time to scrap and play ... i really never seem to have anything particular in mind. i just kind of rifle through things and pull out what speaks to me. i think i just need to work harded to focus more on our family and getting our lives down ... all those great things i really want to remember down the road!
i'll let you know what i come up with!
first up ... my layout for the day. mondays are such nice, quiet days around here lately ... usually just me and ady until the older girls get out of school. so i can usually get a layout done while she naps.
i've had this picture printed for days now ... and had some different chipboard letters picked out that i was determined to use. i even spent some time one day trying to find some pattern paper that would go ... but i never found anything i liked. then today i was putting away all my stuff from last months poppy ink kit ... and i saw this birdie paper from scenic route. for some reason i decided i had to use it with this picture ... even though normally it wouldn't be my first pick. and i have product from 7 different manufacturers on there ... love digging through all the baskets and finding a little bit from each manufacturer to play together on my layout! lol!
and hopefully we'll start seeing more of alyssa and sarah soon on my layouts. lol! i bribed them for more pictures this evening. i always get inspired when i have new, good photos ... something i just don't get much of these days from them. still going through the pictures ... so will share some soon!
just wanted to share a few pics we took tonight. it was after 7:00 this evening and the girls were outside ... realized it was perfect for some pics.
i was taking some pictures of the girls ... and joe decided to come out and actually take a few of me with the girls. he did pretty good, didn't he? he didn't quite fill the frame though ... that's always the first thing i tell people when handing off my camera. lol! although i had my 85mm fixed lens on the camera ... so it actually had no zoom to mess with. and i am bummed that my aperature was really low on these ... so most of my pics are blurry in areas. i need to learn to shoot in aperature priority mode more often ... it would help with that. great lens though ... didn't even use the external flash on these. and you know how much i love my flash! lol!
i may just have to re-take some pictures tomorrow. that rose tree of ours looks so good right now for pics. i'm not sure what it's doing ... it never seems to grow at all ... and this year it's hanging all the way to the ground. and i just happen to have on a great polka-dot shirt that really picked up the flowers. may re-stage some pics. although this time we would brush alyssa's hair and pull part of it up ... she has it all crazy here because she had it in pigtail braids all day. we'll see!
had a great mothers day though. joe, the girls, and my parents all went and got me some rachael ray knives. super nice ones! i have to admit ... i'm using the same knives i bought about 11 years ago. and they are like one of those $30 sets you get at target. lol! it's no wonder i'm so tired after cutting anything ... you really have to work with those old ones! and alyssa and her dad sent me a amazon giftcard ... so i'm putting that towards some new pots and pans. we're also using some of those that are just about as old as the knives. i'm eyeing the set of rachael ray pots and pans ... one reason being that they're orange! wouldn't that make cooking a whole lot more fun!
also took the girls shopping today. they've been needing some new clothes. not a whole lot ... but they did desperately need some shorts and capris. most of theirs are from about 2 years ago ... they just happen to fit in them 2 years in a row. and since i was at jcpenney's yesterday ... i did their online survey and got a coupon for 15% off a purchase. got them some super cute capris for like $12. they also both picked out some cute tshirts ... one of them says something about "tator tots rock" and has a graphic design of tator tots playing the guitar. lol! i though it was too funny! also went to target and they both picked out a few things they needed for school ... and used their money for those.
other than that ... just picking up around the house and doing some odds and ends. made some yummy chicken ... even used the food processor which i never seem to use. i was kindof disappointed that i didn't have anything to chop though ... was looking to try out the knives. lol! all my breading mixture got chopped in the processor ... and i had chicken cutlets ... so no need to cut the chicken. i'll have to think of something good tomorrow. maybe "cowboy spaghetti" ... that requires lots of chopping and cutting! lol!
i just can't seem to get posting this past week. lol! i feel like i've accomplished next to nothing this week ... and yet got so much done at the same time. all our extra stuff is starting to wind down ... we finish up with choir and softball this coming week. and next weekend is super busy ... we have about 10 different things going on.
so i decided to take a day off today. take some time to myself to do whatever i wanted. not be rushed while running errands. i feel like it's been ages since i could just go out and take my time doing what i needed or wanted to do. and since we have so much going on next weekend ... and joe is pretty much gone all day saturday at a golf tournament (not good timing since we have a ton of things saturday) ... he was up for giving me a break today. and my parents just got back from being gone for 2 weeks ... so my dad ended up giving joe a break by taking sarah out today. alyssa was at her dads today so it's always nice when sarah gets to do something fun.
so joe took to doing house stuff. he vaccumed and mopped the floors. cleaned the bathrooms. ran the dishwasher and emptied it (i was actually surprised he even knew how to run the thing ... which i think he just guessed at because later he asked me where the dishsoap was supposed to go. lol!). he did a quick trip to the grocery store for a few things we needed. he emptied all the trashcans. i think there might have been a few other things ... but you get the idea. lol!
and i took off. for 5 hours! it was glorious. lol! and what did i do?
geez ... after typing up all that it sounds like i'm made of money! which i know i'm certainly not. lol! of course ... now i have stuff to be returned at like 4 different stores. that's the kind of shopper i am. i'm all about finding the deals. and i'm all about making final decisions at home ... you really have to be looking in your own mirror to really know if you like something, right? i had found a few pairs of capris at 2 other stores a few weeks back ... but i like the ones i got at old navy better than any of those. so now i need a whole other afternoon out ... just to make returns! lol!
then i came home. joe finished up cleaning. sarah got done swimming. and my parents took us out to dinner ... for a mother's day dinner. alyssa ended up staying at her dad's an extra night ... so i missed having her there with us. but she's coming home early. since both joe and her dad work nights (and yes, both at safeway ... although at different stores now) ... alyssa's dad will just take her to meet joe at his store after they both get off work in the morning. she'll have to get up a little early ... but it will save us all a little drive time. and some gas money too! lol!
that's it for now. hope you all have a great mother's day!
used some of those pictures i took of sarah last week at softball for this layout that i worked on today at naptime:
i feel like sometimes i'm trying to rave about my own work. lol! but really i'm just thinking aloud about what i like on my layouts and what i may not like. i think i'm really getting a firm grasp on "my style" ... and i feel good about that.
i think the thing i like the most about this layout ... besides the cute pictures of sarah in action ... is that i used products from 6 different manufacturers on this one page. i used to be a fan of pulling out some matching papers from the same collection ... and then the coordinating stuff that is made to go with them. but not anymore ... well, not all the time i mean. granted ... all these papers are from the same company. but i tend to mix even the papers most of the time.
on here i've got scenic route pattern paper ... lil davis chipboard letters, label sticker, canvas word ... making memories letter rubons ... heidi swapp decorative tape ... autumn leaves chipboard accents ... and ki memories rubon number strip. love that i got all that goodness from 6 different companies ... and that they all go together so well. and most of this wasn't planned ... i was digging around and found things that went. and yes ... i used that "prissy frat boy" font again. lol! i'm addicted to that font!
not much else to share right now. actually i have things to share ... just super tired tonight. so much going on lately. but we were actually home tonight by 6:45 ... and got to eat a decent dinner. lol! i have a fun interview to answer too ... saw the idea over on ruth's blog and sounded like fun ... so she sent me some questions to answer. will get to that tomorrow. too much heavy thinking for tonight. lol!
btw ... i did watch my movied last night. "because i said so" with mandy moore and diana keaton. great movie. so cute. and loved the hidden polka-dot theme they had going throughout the movie ... i love polka-dots these days. i always check out any extra features on the dvd's after i watch a movie ... and there was actually something about that. it actually became a fun thing to have polka-dots all throughout the movie. fun! tonight we have the jennifer garner movie ... "catch and release" i think it's called. and even though i still have 2 episode of "brothers & sisters", the 2 hour "grey's anatomy" from last week, this weeks "gilmore girls" (which i'm so sad is going off the air ... but i do think this is the right time for it to end), and a few other shows to watch ... i will watch the movie tonight. because tomorrow joe will want to go trade in my chick flicks for some action or drama movies ... or maybe some stupid guy comedy. lol!
first the winners ... i printed out the comments and folded them all up real tiny ... then drew 2 names:
katy wins the box of goodies!
deneen wins the scrapbook trends idea book!
i did this layout today during naptime. i've had this picture i took of my neighbor ayana ... it's been sitting out because i really wanted to scrap it. finally got to it today. funny how layouts just come together sometimes. i pulled out the chipboard letters and tags because i wanted to use some lil davis stuff. then i started looking for pattern paper and found this half sheet of basic grey that really went with the picture ... then i found the matching pack of cardstock and loved how the blue really made the pattern paper "pop" ... even though there really isn't any blue anywhere else. the flowers are new from making memories and i had them sitting on my desk ... i found the perfect pinkish-purplish flower that you can also see a hint of in the pattern paper. added a few fun yellow brads also from making memories for a nice finishing touch.
i'm also realizing that while i'm loving the 9x9 size layouts ... ocassionally you have embellishments that are just too big. so many embellishments are really perfect for the smaller size layouts ... at times they just look tiny on a 12x12 layout. but these chipboard letters are one of those things that are just a little on the big side. i was trying to think of a short word ... like a 3 letter word. lol! and i only had half the alphabet too ... it was like a game of scrabble or something ... all the letters spread out and me trying to make a word out of them. lol! i had the "a" on there for ayana ... and then realized that i liked it that way. so i went with it.
well ... going to go watch some tv. can you believe that i didn't watch any tv at all for 3 days straight?!?! i don't actually watch much tv ... mainly just a couple shows at night. i need to get a few watched tonight. because tomorrow is tuesday ... new releases for movies. it's usually a big day for joe ... he's a movie fanatic. but tomorrow there are 3 chick flicks coming out!!! i'm huge on chick flicks ... romantic comedies. of course every time he gets a movie for me ... i take forever to watch it! lol! so i gotta clear up my schedule to make room for them.
on the schedule for tomorrow: 5 daycare girlies ... alyssa's orthodontist appointment ... alyssa's 2 hour soccer practice ... sarah's 2 hour softball game. doesn't that sound like fun!?!? lol!
let me start by saying that my sister wendy and her friend cindy came to visit this weekend. wendy lives in new york ... where she's been for quite a few years now. we don't see her that often. she was actually coming out for wedding ... so we only got to see her for a little bit. kind of strange that the rest of the family wasn't around. you see ... my parents, my brother and his wife, and us all live within walking distance of each other. we're just blocks away ... with us being in the middle of them. but my parents are back east ... they actually spent some time earlier this week visiting my sister before she came out here. and my brother and his wife are back east ... visiting her family. as soon as wendy headed out this way ... everyone left. except us ... we never go anywhere. lol!
i knew they were coming over for dinner tonight. and i started thinking last night about these pictures that my dad had given me about 2 years ago. my sister had this teddy bear that she named "fudgie". and my dad used to take all sorts of funny pictures of fudgie doing strange things ... when my sister wasn't around. my dad pulled out some of these pictures about 2 years ago and was showing us (she wasn't there) ... and i just knew they had to be in a mini album. so he gave them to me to do something with. only i never did. 2 years later ... i still had the pictures. i remember at the time i realized how you could really tell quite the story with the pictures in the right order.
this morning i pulled the pictures out and was determined to make a album with them to give her. this was a project that for once i didn't think too hard on ... i just started pulling some stuff out and went with my first idea ... didn't try and think of other options. i did this entire album in 2 hours ... including painting the chipboard edges, cover, and letters. i didn't even worry if the colors of paint were matching up ok once the album was together ... although now that one page is kindof bugging me with the yellow and orange side by side. lol! usually i take days to do projects ... especially album type things. i love how this turned out. and the story is just as i imagined it 2 years ago!
click on any picture to see it larger.
title page: a day in the life of fudgie
8 am - fudgie started his day by playing in the yard and doing some gardening.
9:30 am - he soon remember his dentist appt and thought he'd ride his bike.
9:30 am - and of course he made sure to put on his helmet
10 am - after realizing that it would take far to long to get there by bike, fudgie decided he would hitch a ride with a passing car
11 am - the dentist appt wasn't to unbearable. fudgie enjoyed the rinse and spit part the best
noon - after he got back from his appt, fudgie was ready for a quick nap. he curled up with a furry friend for a rest
2 pm - after a refreshing nap, fudgie was in the mood for a game of pool. his little arms worked hard to get the balls in the pockets
3 pm - next up, some fun computer games. nothing beats a good game of pacman (which is what's on the computer screen if you can't see it. lol!)
4 pm - fudgie was exhausted from all that gaming. so he decided to go lounge in the pool. the sun felt so good on his fur
5 pm - after doing some laps in the pool, he put on some sunblock and took in some rays
7 pm - after dinner and bathtime, fudgie was up for some hide-n-seek
8 pm - he made sure to go potty and brush his teeth before going to bed.
pics by mom and dad (although i'm thinking it was more my dad. lol!) story and design by your big sis.
when i gave it to her tonight she was laughing so hard ... she had never even seen some of those pictures. she couldn't believe my dad had tied fudgie to the back of her car. and was very curious how he got him propped by the pool table. the girls are curious as to how he took the one of him on the toilet. lol! wendy says she has more pictures like these at home. you mean i could have done an even better story? lol! there could be a sequel! and it's so fun to look at these super old pics ... back in the house we grew up in.
and just so you know. wendy is 33 years old now ... and she still has fudgie proudly in her room!
happy national scrapbook day! as promised i'm back with a full post ... this one should count for a few posts. lol! and you better read it all and look at every picture ... because i spent my entire night on it!
first up ... my fun news. i got an email a few weeks ago that i was chosen to be included in a feature on 2peas for NSD. i was thrilled beyond belief! i was asked to send them a never before seen layout that they could use ... and it would then link over to my gallery to show the rest of my work. i just came from checking it all out and all the garden girls (and there are about 50 of them) spent some time searching out the gallery for users they wanted to highlight. how cool is that! there is also a ton of stuff going on over there all day ... so check out their NSD section for all the details!
so go look here for the user highlights and feast your eyes on a ton of eye candy. there are 186 awesome layouts featured ... and when you scroll down to #170 you will find my layout and you can read the nice comments that miley wrote about my work!
next up i told you i had some new pictures of my studio to show you. i've been in cleaning mode this past week ... and i've definately done some purging and cleaning in my studio. last night i got the bright idea to take some new pics and share some of my storage ideas with you. so i started taking some pics. then i uploaded the pics. then i edited the pics. then i resized the pics. then i renamed the pics. then i uploaded the pics to my blog. then i typed up descriptions for the pics. 5 hours later we have a post!!! seriously! (it's actually 12:40 am saturday right now as i'm typing ... this way i can just hit "publish now" and it will be all posted. i'm dying to go to bed ... but i have to finish)
so ... go check out my studio in detail!
lastly ... i promised a giveaway. like i said ... i've been purging like crazy. i have 2 giveaways for today:
now the rules for the giveaway. post a comment ... and tell me one of the things you liked in my studio. i know ... i'm asking for compliments here! lol! but i took a ton of time posting all that ... and i want to know that you looked through it. you have to prove yourself to me. lol! i'll give you until monday afternoon ... and then i'll draw 2 names.
hope you all have a great NSD. i'm actually off to sarah's softball game this morning ... alyssa has a soccer game too, but i have to miss it. hopfully i'll fit in some scrap time later today! and definately spent some time online with all these great things going on!
just wanted to let you know super quick to check back tomorrow for a real treat of a post! tomorrow is NSD ... national scrapbook day. in my post tomorrow you will find:
so meet me back here in the morning ... can't wait!
not much in a chattin mood right now ... so i'm just sharing some pics from today super quick. here's the little girlies just "hangin out" together.
check out ady's face ... she's got that "what is laura doing to me now" look! lol!
and check out haley ... the girls ready to start crawling already. i think she just wants to be able to get away from ady ... she loves to try and play with her ... but by throwing toys at her head. lol!
that's if for now. been working tons of my photos ... getting them all organized, edited, uploaded. getting all up to date and current. i even have 35 pictures from the softball game this past tuesday all uploaded and ready to order. how quick am i?!?! lol!
back tomorrow. and i have some exciting news on saturday to share. it's national scrapbook day ... have any plans?
just wanted to share a few pics of sarah on the softball field.
decided i should bring my camera out to her game last night. i feel bad ... she's been playing all these weeks and i havn't taken a single picture of her. lol! i think i got so burnt out on the whole soccer season and all those zillion pictures i took. i got a few cute ones. it was super windy out and there was dirt flying everywhere ... so i think i'll try again at saturday's game.
plus i didn't get her swinging the bat. lol! halfway through the season they have the girls start pitching to themselves ... instead of the coaches pitching. which i do think is good for them. but imagine if you will ... 6 & 7 year old pitching balls to each other. lol! and they give the girls like 5 pitches ... and then if the batter doesn't hit ... the coach then comes in and gives her 3 more pitches. you can imagine how drawn out these games can be. lol! you'd think after sitting there poised with my camera for 8 pitches i would have got her swinging ... but i did not! and she even batted twice in the game. i have to admit though ... i kind of like the pictures i took behind the chain link fence better than the ones i took on the side. sort of a cool look don't you think?
sarah did awesome last night too. she got to pitch an inning. she loves to pitch ... goes through the motions all the time at home. she literally walks around doing her wind-up. but she's the quiet one at practice and didn't want to ask to try it out. and then they were'nt going to let her try because she's only played for 2 years. whatever! but she got to pitch last night ... and i could tell she was excited to be out there. you wouldn't know it by looking at her. but i could tell ... she had the look in her eye and kept looking over at me. i love that first picture up there ... she's pitching and looking directly at me at the same time. i'm sure that one didn't land over the plate! lol!
2 weeks left of softball. looking forward to the end to be honest. it just is so time consuming. just this week she had 3 games and a practice (in addition to alyssa's 2 practices and 2 games and having to work full-time). we skipped tonights game since it was the last night of awana's at the church ... and the girls had awards night. she's missed out on so much of awana's because of games ... so i wanted her to at least go and get her awards. it's always nice when you get to the end of a sports season though. just knowing that we're in the home stretch ... we can do 2 more weeks, right? yeah ... i though that with soccer too about 5 months ago! lol! we've been doing the soccer thing for like 8-9 months now. but alyssa loves it! i'll have to post about her next.
have you ever noticed that i tend to promise a "post about this" or a "post about that"?!?! and then i never do. lol! will have to work on that! and total sidenote ... but don't you just love that font i used on the collage? i use that font all the time. i downloaded it off the internet ages ago ... it's called "prissy frat boy". how do they come up with these names! lol!