Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

Oh geez. I logged into Blogger tonight to post on the Crazy 4 Monograms blog that I help write (I post the freebies each day! lol) and realized I have not made a post here since JULY! What??? That's nuts! :( 2014 will be different. I will do at least weekly posts. That's my New Years Resolution. And I suppose I should start with a new blog design, since this summer one isn't really too fitting anymore! To be a good blogger! :)
So lets see... You pretty much know 2013 up to July but since then:
* GA Camp and VBS were great successes again this year.
* I have started teaching Pre-School at a private Christian Academy
* Ben now attends school at the same one I teach at
* Jacob is now in 3rd grade and GT again this year
* Chuck lost one job and started a new one
* We are working to strengthen ourselves and our marriage
* Texas actually hit their rainfall quota for the year. This hasn't happened since the 30s!
* We actually had a cold Christmas this year.
* My brother got married this past weekend. Emily is amazing and I am blessed to have gained a sister.
I can't think of anything else, but if I do, I'll have to edit this post. For now, it's almost 10 and we finished our Fireworks show already... Mostly because it got too cold! ;) I think it's now time for some time with a warm blanket and a good show off Netflix.
See you next year everyone! :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Celebrate & Home Tweet Home

Ready for some more awesome layouts by Gingers Scraps & Pixels?!
OK here we go!
First off, Celebrate which she created to celebrate the opening of her own personal store! It was fun to work with this one because it had girlier colors which I don't get to scrap with often! Here is a look at the kit:
Here is the first layout that I scrapped. I took this photo of our family before a wedding and to be honest I really just wanted to play with it!
Here is the 2nd layout... I made this one for the July Desktop Challenge at Stuff to Scrap 
Here is another kit I was able to play with Home Tweet Home. I LOVED this palette!
This palette was a bit more "boyish" which is the colors I'm more used to scrapping with and it's HUGE! The first layout I did was a photo I took of myself and the boys at the park. I didn't think it needed words, the photo and the elements spoke enough!
The second layout I did with this kit was when Chuck and I had our Date Night! (Can you tell I liked the glitter splashes that Ginger included in this kit?!)
I also created a new siggy for a forum I'm a member of using Home Tweet Home:
And don't forget about the July Daily Download.... And let me tell you you will NOT want to miss the August DD because I've already seen and played with the kit and it's AWESOME!!!!
Here is another look at the July DD:
Check out Ginger's Blog HERE and you can find the kits above at her personal store HERE!

Day 81 - 90 - It's summer break baby!

 It's summer break and that means that I am super busy with this and that and it's been making finding time to blog kinda hard... That being said, it's time to play a little catch up!
Day 81 - 
Last night I took a few minutes to myself and did my fingers and toes!!!

Day 82 -
When Chuck tried to leave for work this morning, he discovered that Ben had stuffed his shoes... Guess he didn't want Daddy going to work!

Day 83 -
Jacob and I went for a run this morning and on the way home it started to pour! It rained several times throughout the day... Here is a shot from one of those showers.

Day 84 -
I added some pebbles and cleaned out Louis's tank today. He seems a happier fish now! (If fish can be happy)

Day 85 -
Chuck brought home a new dog last night... We've named him Mic and he seems to be getting along great with Mina and the other animals!

Day 86 -
During the process of making dinner tonight, I was warming tortillas and when I pulled this one out of the package Jacob said, "Mom look it's a heart!"

Day 87 -
The sunset tonight was one of the most amazing and gorgeous I've seen in a long time... So of course, I had to share a photo!

Day 88 -
We're in the process of covering the springs on our trampoline.... Here it is about 1/2 way finished!

Day 89 -
Tonight was a full moon and I'm also pretty sure it was a super moon... But it made for some amazing photos!

Day 90 - 
Remember the photo above of the 1/2 finished trampoline? Well, here it is finished! We took 10 pool noodles, cut them into strips, and fed the springs through them. It sure is quieter when the kids jump on it, you don't have to worry about being shocked or pinched by the springs, and now it looks like a giant red daisy!

And now again we've gotten caught up. Next week I will be at camp and I'm sure I probably won't have time to blog while I am there.... :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Days 62 - 80 - Time to play catch up.... again. *sigh*

At the moment I have locked myself in my room with a xlarge Slurpee, a sandwich, and my blog. I am soooo far behind.... Again. Geez. why do I keep doing this? I know how much I love writing in my blog and how it helps to relax me and still I let it slip.
Ok, no more whining, time to get on with it! ;)

Day 62 - 
This morning I took the boys to our weekly trip to the library where they turned in their list for the Summer Reading Program. Since this year's theme is "Dig Into Reading" they were given a bone to write their names on and tape to the window, then they got a certificate signed by the mayor and... Their favorite part? A book they got to choose and keep!
Day 63 -
Today when I went to the mailbox I found Scentsy mail! It was a package from my Director and Superstar Director and it included a Pom Pom because "They are my personal cheerleaders!" When I was looking at my goodies, I looked up and this is how I saw Benjamin!
Day 64 -
I ran errands with my friends Autumn and Emory today. Autumn and her kiddo Dean road with me and I introduced them to the wonders of a yummy Slurpee. :)
Day 65 - 
This morning we discovered that the nest we've had above our door had babies in it! This nest has been used the last 4 or 5 years and we always enjoy seeing the babies. Ben especially loves checking it each day!
Day 66 - 
Emory kept the boys for a couple of hours today so that Chuck and I could have a quick lunch and do our grocery shopping alone. It was nice to have a little time to ourselves!
Day 67 -
This evening at Church we had a program called Singsperation instead of our normal evening service and the second performer was JACOB! I was such a super proud Momma. He sang Me Without You by Toby Mac and did an amazing job!!!!
Day 68 - 
Ben and I played Mario Party 9 for a bit this evening.... And he kicked my butt at Goomba Bowling! Yes, a 3 year old kicked my butt..... 
Day 69 - 
After our trip to the library today, I took the boys to get some lunch and we took it to the park. I got some cute photos of the boys, but one of my favorites was this one of the three of us :)
Day 70 -
It's July 4th eve! This morning, since the hubby had to go in late, we went and got our fireworks. And after the sun went down, I treated the boys to a sparkler before bed!
Day 71 - 
Happy Birthday America! We spent the day playing Mario Party, making burgers and dogs on the pit, playing outside, and of course sitting in the front yard with the family doing some fireworks!
Day 72 -
I saw something online the other day where you put food coloring in the bath... So tonight I decided to treat Ben to a fun bath! A green one :) 
Day 73 -
A friend of mine got married this evening.... And I took advantage of us being all dressed up to take a few family photos. Here is one of my favorites!
Day 74 -
We had a Hot Dog Social at Church this evening and it started to POUR... Which of course means, all the boys were outside playing in it. They had such a blast and were SOAKED when we left!
Day 75 -
This morning the boys were lying in my bed watching something on Netflix... And I snapped this cute photo of them!
Day 76 -
Tonight when I left to go pick Chuck up from work, I snapped this shot of a beautiful rainbow. It was HUGE! So big in fact that until I was off our street I couldn't even see the whole thing!
Day 77 -
Jacob had spent the night with my sister last night so today we meet up at Landa Park for a little photo shoot and of course to bring Jacob home. This is my favorite photo of the whole day... My sons are making silly faces, Ashlyn is crying, and my mom is just laughing. Such a perfect photo!
Day 78 -
While running errands with my Mom today, I got this laundry bag for Jacob to take with him to camp! I thought it was fitting for a 8 year old! lol
Day 79 -
By some dumb blind luck Chuck was able to get off work at a decent time tonight and we were able to have a real date!! Here we are waiting for our table at dinner and afterward we saw World War Z. It was after 2 am before we got into bed but we had an amazing time!!!
Day 80 -
Chuck broke out the slip and slide today for the boys and boy did they have a great time on it!!!
I would say that I promise I will get better... But I don't want to make a promise I'm not sure I can keep! lol... But I promise to try a little harder! ;)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

For Those Who Serve & Let Freedom Ring

I have two new kits from Ginger to show off again :) First up, it's the July Daily Download Kit, "Let Freedom Ring" and it is PERFECT for scrapping those 4th of July photos!
You'll collect a piece of this kit each day in July by heading over to Ginger's Blog... But I guess you came here more for my layouts, right? (Just say yes... Even if thats not why! lol)
This is July 4th last year.... Since it was in the middle of the week we couldn't do much because Chuck had to work the next day, but still we had fun and photos to scrap :)
And anyone who has seen most of my work knows I am not a big fan of working with Alphas. I don't seem to be able to line them up well... But I played with them in this "layout" and they worked out nice! You'll notice I put Layout in quotes..> It's because it's not a layout, but a wallpaper for the MyFord Touch system in my car! I wanted to do something to let people know that Scrapbooking kits can be used for so much more!

Sooo.... Ready for another amazing kit? How about something for those of you who are Military Families?
Ok, Got it! "For Those Who Serve" is now in stores and is full of everything you need for everything from Homecoming layouts.....
To deployment photos, to just shots of you and your Service Member
You can find "For Those Who Serve at Scraps & Tubes.
OH! And one more surprise .. I am going to have my fist freebie up soon ;) I haven't finished it yet, but I it will be ready to go and will be posted here ASAP!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fishin & Bear-A-Trooper

It's time for some new goodies from Gingers Scraps & Pixels again! :)
First up we have Fishin.
Of course, I'm excited about this one... Chuck LOVES to take the kids fishing so this kit is awesome to scrap those adventures...
Or it can be used for a totally different theme all together... Like catching baby toads! :)
How about one a little less "dirty"? And super cute?? Ok, here is Bear-A-Trooper!
I really wish I had some of the photos of when Jacob was a kid and some of Chuck's Army buddies taught him proper jump procedures... But they are on an external that died and I haven't yet had them transferred to my good one... So instead I went off theme with this one and did a husband and wife style layout!
And the other day we arrived super early at the library so the boys had some time to play on their playground and I used this kit to scrap a photo I took there:
I love when even a themed kit can be used off theme! :)
Be on the lookout, I have my layouts for a 4th of July Kit and an Army themed kit she made coming soon! (Have I mentioned that I am LOVING being on this Creative Team?!)

Day 55 - 61 - (These days were full of laughs!)

Day 55 - 
This morning found us outside while my Mom pulled weeds from the garden and Chuck got ready for work... The boys and I found a baby toad! He was super tiny, not much bigger that a quarter, but the boys enjoyed playing with him for awhile!

Day 56 - 
During the evening service at Church, we had a balloon release and special prayer service for our Youth Group that are leaving on their mission trip Sunday morning. Here is a photo of the balloons heading up to the Heavens!
Day 57 - 
We were running errands at while at Target in the Dollar Spot Ben and I found these felt masks... And we had a blast with them! (Including calling my friend Autumn and letting her know she needed to get them for her little man!)

Day 58 -
We hit up the Thrift Stores today to find me some shorts for camp.. Which we didn't find.. However, Jacob was very excited to find a Razor scooter for only $3!!!

Day 59 - 
The other day we had some little kittens just appear out of thin air. I'm pretty sure that they were born under our shed and just made their way out for the first time. We have named them Milo & Otis and they are brothers! (And now that they've been tamed, super spoiled!)

Day 60 -
The boys have matching Tiger cups that we refill at the zoo. Problem is since they match it's sometimes hard for them to tell which is which. But thanks to a brain storm, that won't be a problem anymore! (In case anyone is wondering, that's just black puff paint!)

Day 61 -
Zoo Day today! My sister came down with her new baby Ashlyn and some friends of hers and a friend of mine and we had a BLAST!!! Her friend Sandra took this photo of us all hanging out on the bench near the butterflies!