Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DigiScrap Memories

The other day I was feeling down in the dumps. I started going through my old photos on my external harddrive and decided to scrap some of them! And I thought I would share some with you...
Brothers
Template Used: Inspired Vol3 (Queen Wild Scraps)
Chalk Ridge Falls
Template Used: Insta Templates Vol2 (Designs by Connie Prince)
Christmas in the Nursery
Template Used: What's In Your Pocket? (Dagi's Temp-Tations)
Fountain
Template Used: Shape Up - Round & Round 1 (Dagi's Temp-Tations)
It's All About Love
Kit Used: Best in Love (Pixelily Designs)
Template Used: Scrap It (Blue Heart Scraps)
Jacob in Condor Park
Kit Used: As the Leaves Turn (Crazy 4 Monograms)
Template Used: Circles & Scallops Vol5 (Queen Wild Scraps)
#LoveThis
Kit Used: Fun with Photos (Designs by Connie Price)
Template Used: LoveStory Clusters (Timberscraps)
No Training Wheels
Kit Used: It's a Boy Thing (Crazy 4 Monograms)
Template Used: Temp Challenge 1 (Time Out Sscraps)
Play Hard
Kit Used: Bright Days Ahead (CathyK Designs)
Sleepy Head Ben
Kit Used: Forever Yours (Inspired Designs by Crystal)
Template Used: Clip It (Memory Clips)

It's so weird to look back and see how much my sons have changed... Weird yet very rewarding! :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

February's First 13 Days!

Whew has this been one busy month! And yet by some miracle I have managed to capture at least one photo every day so far... And on at least one occasion over 50 in the same day! :)
But the first 13 days of February looked something like this:
I spent a bunch of time on the 31st working on a few things and put them together on the 1st to make the bulletin board in the Children's department match the theme of our study, Candy!
Off and on the last week or so we've had a rude dude in a plane buzzing our houses. Today I was able to snap a few shots, like this one. If he does it again, I'm going to have to check into how to file a complaint against an airplane!
One of Ben's birthday gifts from my parents was a 3ft Batman floor puzzle. He put it together for the first time this morning and had a blast doing so!
One of his gifts from me & Chuck was a Light Bright. Today he made his first "all on his own" creation without a template!
Wanna know what happens when you have two crazy boys helping make things in the kitchen? Things like this: (There are just no words! lol)
The GAs I teach were having a bake sale and this is the portion of things that I made for the sale.
My sister and Niece came down to spend some time with us. We headed out to lunch and I snapped this amazing photo of my Daddy and his only Granddaughter! (Talk about a precious memory!!)
 
And here is a shot of myself and some of my GAs during the sale.
This shot shows Ben's idea of "5 year old Fashion" (lol)
And this was an attempt at a selfie... But someone photo bombed!
In April the GAs are having a craft sale at a local little market... The girls made their first project for it, cross necklaces that they decorated themselves. I think they did a fantastic job!!
I found a cute little bag of Gummy Cats at Target in the Valentines Day things... And made a silly tag to go on it for Jacob's teacher. Here is the finished product!
And last (but not least) here is a photo of Jacob being silly and making his brother (and his Momma) laugh!! So how's the first 13 days of February been shaping up for you??

Monday, February 9, 2015

January Highlights & Good Intentions

I had great intentions when 2015 came around. I had intentions on blogging every week. It didn't matter what day, just one day a week...
And then 2015 got crazy. It's been nuts how much as happened so far in the past few weeks. And it's not bad things, just the kind of things that keep a girl busy and away from her camera!
So without further adieu, here are the highlights for January 2015.
For Christmas my sister got the boys Monster Jam sheets for their beds... After some talking to Ben about the sheer amount of stuffed animals he owned, we were able to get them on the bed:
We had a few nights with an amazing Blood Moon and I was able to get a few shots:
The boys have enjoyed having Scrambler back and with nicer weather comes more rides!
Mom and I took the boys to get haircuts after work one evening! (P.S. Please excuse Ben's mustache. His skin soaks up dyes like crazy. This was from Kool-aid almost 3 hours earlier!)
We always get amazing sunrises, but I don't often get photos of them... Luckily, the bus was running late and I was able to get some shots like this one while waiting for it to arrive:
My new wedding set Chuck got me for Christmas finally came in from getting sized. It's so beautiful and I feel blessed and loved every time I look at my finger!
For Christmas Ben got a jaguar (which is his favorite animal). Today I looked back after I heard "There's a giant cat on my head" to snap this photo:
The 29th was my Dads birthday and I snapped this photo of Ben sitting outside his door waiting to sing Happy Birthday to him!
And finally Jacob snapped this shot of me while we were waiting for Mom outside Family Christian Store. I had my hair thinned out a few days before and wanted to show Chuck how it came out.
And other then a certain someone turning 5, that was January in a nutshell... But that's a whole different Blog Post! ;)
And I say I'll promise to get more posts written soon.. Even if no one reads my blog but me.

Benjamin turns 5!

I still can't believe that my Baby is 5.
For his birthday he requested a Batman cake so I hit Pinterest to find ideas. In the end I found this pin and made it my own. Ben picked a Red Funfetti Cake and Yellow Frosting with a black Sugar Sheet Batman Logo. Pretty simple to make and it sure tasted good!
After Church on the 25th (which was supposed to be his birthday but stubborn Ben didn't come out that day! lol) we got together for lunch. There was a total of 29 people who showed up to eat, drink, and be merry with us. Ben loved every second of it!!
Here he is getting ready to blow the candles out on his cake. He also opened some presents while he was there including a new blue lightsaber from his Uncle B and Aunt E. Needless to say as soon as we got home it needed batteries and he and Jacob were in a battle to the death (Or at least until the batteries die!)
So my Monster is 5. Here is a collage of his birthdays 1st - 4th:
And now number 5!
So happy birthday Monster. I hope you enjoyed the day. We are so proud of the happy, funny, go-getter you've become. May God continue to grow and bless you in every way possible!
Love, Momma & Daddy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Digiscrap Love!

I know it's been awhile, but I think it's about time to share some Digiscrap love. :)
Here are the latest pages I made and I'm pretty proud of how they came out! (And P.S. These are just in Alphabetical order by their title.)
Ben's5thbirthday:
Kit Used: Let's Party (Leaving a Legacy Designs)
CondorPark:
Kit Used: Thank God for Kids (Boomersgirl Designs)
Template Used: Clip It Sampler (MemoryClips)
H&WCP:
Kit Used: Shabtastic (Just So Scrappy)
Template Used: Tuesday Template Week 40 (Designs by Megan Turnidge)
JacobKinderAward:
Kit Used: Schools Out (Crazy 4 Monograms)
Template Used: Clip It Sampler (Memory Clips)
Love&lightsabers:
Kit Used: Love Notes (Crazy 4 Monograms)
Template Used: Unknown (TimeOut Scraps)
You probably noticed the first and last layout are new... But the middle ones are old. I decided to spend some time scrapping the old photos from before I got into Scrapping. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sisterchicks in Gondolas by Robin Jones Gunn

Out of the 6 books I've read in this series, this was by far my favorite...
The book centers around Jenna & Sue. Jenna is invited on an all expense paid trip to Venice to be the cook for a small group. She asks her friend Sue who has been through a rough patch to tag along. Neither of them speak very good Italian so "listening" to them struggle to talk to the locals in hilarious. Through all the moments of sigh seeing, cooking, shopping, and gelato eating they also spill the moments they've needed to talk about the most. They grow closer both to each other and God through the tears!
Robin Jones Gunn does a great job setting the scene. Most of the time you feel you are sitting next to Jenna & Sue in the Cafe or on the Gondola!
As I stated above I have read all of the books in this series and I highly recommend them to other women. Christian or not, these books will uplift and inspire you; your walk with Christ or friendships will grow stronger.
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

D.O.N.E.

Today is one of those days. The days where I am just done.
Done dealing with people who are rude or judgmental.
Done with people who don't or won't understand.
Done with the constant never ending pain.
Done with the phantom itches that cause me to scratch my skin raw.
Done with being exhausted even after sleep.
Done with people who lie.
Done with it all.

The only thing that keeps me sane on days like this is looking at me kids. Looking at their smiles; listening to their laughter. Spending time outside in the sun and listening to nature all around me: the cats, birds, dogs, and cows. And of course the main thing is my faith. I don't even want to think of what dark place I would be in if I didn't have Jesus by my side through this all.
So many nights I have lied in bed and just cried and prayed myself to sleep. I have left so many burdens on His alter because I didn't have the strength to carry them anymore.
I am beyond thankful for my Church family. Their love, hugs, compassion, and unwavering support never ceases to amaze and astound me.
My family too. Without them I'm not sure where I would be. They have always been there even when they really didn't want to be.

Please don't get me wrong, I am not writing this from a pit of depression. That's the point of writing to not let myself get to that point. I am writing it hoping that there is someone else out there going through this same thing. Maybe just maybe there is someone who needs to read this. Someone who needs to understand their heart isn't the only broken one. We all have struggles. We all hurt. We all need someone to lean on from time to time.
Do the world a favor. Tomorrow morning look for the bright spot of the day. Look for something so beautiful it just takes your breath away. And then share that with someone else. Make someone else smile. Smiling is like yawning. It's super contagious, but enough people don't share it.
And maybe pray for one another.... You never know how your prayer can effect someone else.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

December Highlights


Well most of the highlights. I'm giving Christmas it's very own post... Because let's face it. Christmas always deserves it's own!! :)
The very first photo I took in December should make you laugh... Ben decided my pillow case was a shaw!


Crazy kid... Then just a few days later, I was making dinner and dropped the knife. Instead of letting it fall like a smart person, I decided to try to catch it... OUCH!
(Here we are a month later, and I now have a scar on that finger. Probably needed stitches, but oh well!)
I picked up Sugar & Gingerbread Cookie dough at the store and Ben and I got into the cookie cutters and had fun while Jacob stayed the night with a friend:
The boys have really become huge Star Wars fans and I found Ben dressed like this to go shopping one morning (And yes, he even had a Star Wars shirt under the Darth Vader jacket!)
I sweet talked my sister into coming down on Friday and we had some beautiful weather. The kids spent a lot of time outside. And I snapped a few great photos of Ashlyn, like this one:
The next morning Kerrie and I took the kiddos to the Zoo to see Santa. They had him in the Butterfly house which was so cool! Ben got to hold one of the butterflies and it did not want to leave him! I think it was attracted to his bright shirt!
Ashlyn wasn't a fan of Santa, but I got a great photo of my boys with him:
And of course we had a great time looking at all the animals and having fun!
The day of the Children's Department Christmas Party arrived and we did a Birthday Party for Jesus. One of my helpers snapped this photo of me as I was re-hanging the banner for the 4th time!
And here's a shot of Jacob playing Pin Jesus in the Stable!
The RA group at our Church has been saving money all year for SA pets Alive and on the 22nd we took a trip to give them the check. We arrived before they opened and headed into the park for a little impromtu photo shoot! Here is one of the photos of my boys I took:
Just after Christmas Ben developed a bad cough. One night this is what found him when he was really feeling yucky:
New Years Eve was a nice day, although cold, and it became rainy in the evening. Ben, however, was excited to get out and do some fireworks!
Here's a shot and me helping the boys get their parachute man out of the bushes:
We have a tradition for 4th of July and New Years. We fire 2 parachute men off. Whoever finds them first gets to pick the first firework of the night! The boys love it!
Speaking of night, I love how this photo of Jacob came out. I have no idea how I got it, but I love the exposure!
And that was pretty much December in a nutshell.... Now on to 2015!!!