Saturday, January 26, 2013


Are you ready for this randomness?  I thought for sure after the holidays things would slow down!  They definitely haven't!  

Over Christmas break  I was searching for something new and fun to entertain the kids.  We hadn't built a tent in a while so I brought out a few extra sheets and we built a fort/tent.  The kids had a lot of fun bring all the toys they could into the tent.  
 Peyton started putting on magic shows for me.  It was pretty darn cute!

I'm hooked on vinyl.  It is so much fun to create projects with!  I was given two Cricut Cartridges for my birthday and had so much fun playing with them. I came across a quilting quote and thought of my mom.  I texted it to her and wouldn't you know of her good friends had a birthday next week and it was just perfect for her!  So to work I went....and this is what I came up with.
 I did some machine stitching to give it that 'quilting' feel.

My Mom's birthday is Monday. I came across this quote a while back and instantly thought of her.  I finally got around to making it for her.  I had made a card for her a while back with this same design and she commented a couple times how much she liked the design, so I figured she'd like the tile with the same design.  I used some really old My Minds Eye papers as well as a satin flower I had made.  

 I love these satin flowers.

I have been on the hunt for cupboard doors.  I clean them, paint them and then create this:
 The above was made for a big fundraising event Chris and I go to every year.  We have a blast at this event.  A few years ago I started making items to donate to their silent auction.  I decided to make the above for this years auction.

Another board with quote I made:
This one I have set up in my entryway on a beautiful quilted piece my mom made for me.

Today was Miss Maddy's 4th birthday!  How quickly the 4 years have gone!  Maddy can light up a room.  She can have me frustrated like no other and the very next minute be as sweet as can be giving me kisses and hugs. She is a true blessing.

Maddy shared her birthday with 1 of her cousins (turning 9) and one family friend (turning 2).
We had 3 cakes set up, as well as a table for each kiddo's present.
The family friend who had the 2 year old's birthday was amazing.  She created all 3 birthday cakes!  :-0  I can barely pull off my own, let alone 2 others.  And look how stinking cute Maddy's cake was:  
 My brother was able to make it to the party and bring his two kiddos.  All four kids just LOVE to get together!
 Maddy really liked her cupcakes.  She had two and wanted a third!  Haha!
 And she was definitely spoiled and made out like no other!
3 kids (ages 2, 4 and 9) sharing a birthday party.  The restaurant was packed and lots of fun was had.

That is it for now!  Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Finally...some layouts to share!

Anyone still stopping by?  I know it has been a long time since I've posted anything crafty or scrappy.  

I've kind of reverted.  I'm keeping layouts super simple and not worrying about making them spectacular.  

This is actually a layout I had done a few months ago, just never got around to taking a picture and uploading it.  I just love Jillibean Soup!  Love their sheet of die cuts and how easy they make it to do embellishment clusters.  I used a sketch from PageMaps for this layout.  
 I am so thankful to have Chris's grandparents (GG's) in our lives. My kids love spending time with them!  Sadly, I am not very good at getting pictures of the kiddos with them, so when I do they are treasured.

Next up is a layout I made using from Elle's Studio.  I want to go back and add machine stitching around the banner, but haven't taken the time to pull out my sewing machine.  This was fun cause I used a bunch of little scraps I had been saving.
 These two crack me up!  They make me laugh every single day.  On this particular day, Peyton was pushing Maddy around in the laundry basket.

I think I used a sketch for this one too, but can't remember!  :-S  Peyton was pretty surprised when I told him to run through the sprinklers with his clothes and shoes on.  He thought that was pretty darn cool!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wow...where has the time gone?  3 full months without posting?  Busy, busy busy!

For Halloween, Chris took The Hulk (Peyton) and Belle (Maddy) out trick or treating around the neighborhood.  They then came back and handed out candy to the trick or treaters that stopped by our house.  I should clarify, Peyton handed out candy. Maddy had a break down and went to bed early!  

Since Halloween was on a weekday this year, we took the kids trick-or-treating early (over the weekend) to the grandparents house.  Peyton wanted this Mario costume so bad I was surprised he wore his Hulk costume on Halloween.

In October one of our friends got married.  I was honored when she asked for my help that day.  We shipped off the kids and I spent most of the day at the outdoor wedding location helping get ready. Her mother in law has in insane knack of party set up, home decor, etc.  This was the kitchen (later on filled with food, I was too sidetracked to take pictures later on...haha!).  The night was finished off with my fave band playing live, dancing and a bonfire! 

At the end of October we took our first every siblings vacation.  Chris, his brothers and their wives and I took off to Vegas for a couple of days.  SO.MUCH.FUN!  I can't wait to take a siblings trip again!  This was also Chris's and my 10 year anniversary trip!  Yep...10 years!  :-0  Can you believe it?  Neither of us  can!  Haha!

Chris was able to attend a few OSU games this year.  Peyton really wanted to go to one, we only had one possible weekend that he could go!  :-0  Like I said, busy busy!  So we took off as a family to the game.  Maddy put on a show at Fred Meyer's while getting some tail gate food and rain ponchos.

Maddy and I enjoyed a little tailgating before the game with Peyton and Chris then took off for the hotel while Chris and Peyton went to the game.  Peyton made it one quarter before coming back to the hotel!  :-0  In his defense though, it was cold, wet and windy!  NOT a good combo!  

Peyton lost his first tooth!  I was quite disappointed it fell out while we were gone.   But Mema (my mom) made sure the tooth fairy left him a extra special surprise!  The picture below is of the wiggly tooth not too long before it fell out.  

 The whole family was able to make it to Portland to meet up with my on-line friend Karen for the first time!  SO much fun!  I really wish we lived closer as the kids had a lot of fun together and so did us adults!  We didn't get a posed picture of all the kids together but this one cracks me up!  They were having so much fun playing around!
  The following weekend, or maybe it was the weekend after...they are all running together now, just liked they did at the time...Chris and I were able to sneak away for the Civil War.  We enjoyed the time with my sister and brother in-law.  Just wish the game ended up differently!  ;-)
 There were moments of dancing and fun....
 Moments of playing in the snow....
 Some snowman were built....
 Some Christmas stockings were enjoyed....
 Nails were painted, whether you wanted them to be or not...
 and more time was spent in the snow.
The kids had a lot of fun playing Go Fish on New years...

We have a new thing of "I Love You"  in sign language.

 New years in pj's, snowboots and hats....haha!
 What is New years with out fire works?  And snow of course....... even in 4 degrees it was fun!

Well if you made it to the end, congrats! :-)  Thank you for stopping by!  I was able to pump out a few layouts before starting my room-by-room cleaning.  An attempt to purge then deep clean one room a day.  So far I'm not keeping my one room a day schedule.  But I'm still working at it!  Hopefully I will sneak a few minutes to share my layouts!


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