Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

No pictures or scrapbook layouts to share with everyone today, sorry.  I've just been really tied up with a lot of work at home, (I'm sure I'm not the only one out there busy).  Hopefully I'll have some new pages to share with everyone after this weekend.  I'll be heading on up to Canada with my wonderful husband and two kids for the long holiday weekend, (yippy). 

With the summer drawing to a close I can't help but think back on all the wonderful and fun things I have done with my family.  Jean and I went to the zoo with my friend, her son, my sister and her kids.  My family and I traveled to Maryland for a weeklong vacation to visit family.  I took my kids up to Canada in August for a week.  Oh and there was Charlie and his ear surgery, and a parade in Williamston with my sister and her family, my grandma's 80th surprise party, countless number of other birthday parties, and of course some real R&R time at home with the family.  I'm sure I haven't hit upon everything I've done this summer, I'll have to sit back this weekend and think of all the great things my family and I did.  Oh and of course I'll have to scrapbook them as well; I’ll have to show case these in a “Summer in Review” blog entry soon (or a series of “Summer in Review” entries as I think it might be too much for one blog post to handle). 

While I’m on the topic of scrapbooking, to all of my scrapbooking friends out there who like to design page templates check out the newest by Karen Diamond Designs!! These are fabulous!! They are Template Builders, Vol 1 and Vol 2!!!  You can pick these up in her store at Scraps’n Pieces!!!!


http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_104&products_id=1459


http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_104&products_id=1460

Alright well off to get ready for vacation. I’m not ready for summer to be over with yet, and I’m trying to squeeze ever last memory into the Summer of ’12 before the long winter hits.
I’m interested to hear how everyone else’s summer turned out!! Drop me a note and let me know what your favorite summertime memory has been!!! 

Until Next Time....

Friday, August 24, 2012

Finally some photos!!!

Wow
I've been up to my knees with work, kids, household chores, and of course getting some really cute scrapbook layouts done (in my spare time of course) =)

Last week was a little hectic, but we made it through.  Charlie went in on the 16th for tubes in his ears.  I have posted just below photos from that event.  He did so good, I was so proud of him!!!


2-page layout created using "Dr Feelgood" from Designs by CRK and Studio Cappuccino
http://shop.scrapmatters.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1
While we were at the surgery center waiting for Charlie to have his procedure done it dawned on me that "wow he's almost a year old"!!!!  I did get a little misty eyed thinking of my little baby getting older, and I felt like I needed to take a walk down memory lane, so I decided to take a look at some of his old pictures (especially the ones I haven't scrapbooked yet).  I came across his ultrasound photos, (I have ultrasounds of him since I was only 6 weeks pregnant).  I thought about what to do with these pictures as they were very precious to me.  I was able to watch my son grow before I could hold him in my arms.  I don't know what made me think of a shirt my sister used to wear when she was pregnant, a red shirt with white lettering that said "Under Construction" but it got me thinking.  Karen Diamond Designs (KDD) one of the designers who's CT (creative team) I am on has a kit that was just getting ready to be released, called "Under Construction".  So to preserve these memories I started to work on a scrapbook page for Charlie's album and this is what I came up with.
Page created using "Under Construction" by Karen Diamond Designs
http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_104&products_id=1437
I think the layout is really adorable and very boyish.  Bill likes it, but he's not too sure about the 3D ultrasound picture, he says it freaks him out just a little.  I loved the 3D photo as I was able to see my little boy's face.  I'm getting misty eyed right now thinking about it.

Finally in one of my previous posts I wrote about my vacation up north.  I have been dying to post this layout for a few days now, but alas I had to wait for the kit to become avaliable for sale.  I had so much fun with my kids playing on the beach and in the water and I had an equally fun time preserving this memory in a scrapbook page.  So here it is...

"Day at the Beach" by Adorable Pixels
http://shop.scrapmatters.com/product.php?productid=11854&cat=6

What do you think??  They loved the beach, and the water!!!!

For my scrapbooking friends out there if you like what you see go check them out (links provided below the photos).

Well my family and I are in for another busy weekend.  We have a party tomorrow night, and another on Sunday afternoon!!!  Not to mention some catching up on chores my husband and I have to do this weekend.

Hope everyone is having a great summer, I know I am!!!!

Unit Next Time....

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Sneak Peak from KD Designs

Alright, so by now most of you who read my blog know that I love creating fun and interesting digital scrapbooking page layouts and that I've had an awesome opportunity to join a few Creative Teams.  Well I would like to make a quick announcement for all my digital scrapbooking friends out there.  KD Designs has a new and really cool kit coming out this Thursday, so check it out.



If you like what you see go to http://www.karendiamonddesigns.com/sneak-peek-under-construction/ and leave a comment for you chance to win this kit!!!  Good luck all!!!!

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back to Reality

Wow what a vacation!!!! I had so much fun playing with my little ones.  I think they really enjoyed the time up north. I took so many pictures of the kids playing on the beach, in the lake and in the woods.  It’s going to take me forever to get them downloaded and sorted out, but it will be well worth it to have captured some priceless memories.  I can’t wait to see how some of the pictures turn out!!! 
 I know that Jean loved spending time with her older cousins Ella and Katie; in fact all she could talk about when we got home was Ella and Katie.  She had a ton of fun playing with Jonathan as well.  The two of them were quite a pair going “Chipmunk hunting” and collecting rocks!!!  They even held hand when we going on a walk one day, it was absolutely precious. 
Charlie enjoyed the time he spent up north as well.  We got him out in the lake, (he was all smiles).  He got to sink his toes in the sand as he watched his sister and cousins play.  He even got to try out his 1st real solid food, graham crackers, yum yum!!!
While on the topic of solid food I was able to get some cooking done last week as well.  I was in charge of dinner for Thursday night and made pulled pork sandwiches using the slow cooker!!!  It was a great meal, quick and easy.  It’s a meal I make at home a lot, it tastes great and normally there are leftovers!  Here’s the recipe in case anyone would like to try it out.
·         1 – 3-4 lb pork butt
·         1 tsp Cumin
·         1 tsp Salt
·         1 tsp Pepper
·         1 tsp Paprika
·         ½ tsp ground red pepper
·         1 large onion thinly sliced
·         1 large green pepper cut into strips
·         1 – Bottle of your fav. BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
·         ½ cup of brown sugar
Lay sliced onions and green pepper on the bottom of the crockpot.  Combine cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and ground red pepper in small bowl (this is the rub for the pork).  Take mixture and rub it evenly on the pork butt.  Place pork (fat side up) in the crockpot on top of the onions and green peppers.  Combine BBQ sauce and brown sugar and pour over the pork butt.
Cook in the slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours (will easily pull apart when finished)
Serve in hamburger buns with coleslaw!!!
Eat and Enjoy
I also got the chance to do some catching up with my digital scrapbooking!!! I worked on some layouts for my CT position at Simply You Simply Me Designs.  I also found out that I was accepted to be a CT for Karen Diamond Designs (KDD).  Both designers are great and I am looking forward to using their awesome kits to create new layouts for my personal scrapbook album.   
Below are just a couple of layouts I completed while on vacation.  I hope you like them.  I was just trying to have some fun with the emblishments and colors.  Let me know what you think.

Using "Hope" Simply You Simply Me Designs



Using "Escape" from Simply You Simply Me Designs & Dancing Princess Designs


I will defiantly add some pages from this vacation when I have them done, hopefully within a week or so.  I wanted to make sure I kept this blog up-to-date and didn’t want to wait too long to add an entry about my awesome vacation.
As for the week ahead, it looks to be busy but manageable!!  Charlie is scheduled for minor surgery on Thursday to have tubes put in his ears; hopefully this will help with his ear infections.  Oh and my husband now has to take our truck to a collision shop to get fixed after he was rear ended coming home from work the other night.  Thank God no one was hurt and our truck while injured wasn’t too bad off.  I guess that’s a huge plus for driving a full size truck, when as small Chrysler 200 rear ends you they normally will take the brunt of the damage, which according to my husband the Chrysler 200 had some major damage and had to be hulled away on a flatbed trailer.  Like I said thank God no one was hurt.
Until next time.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ready for Vacation

Wow I am so ready for vacation.  Although it has snuck up on me way too quickly.  While I am packed and pretty much ready to go I still don't feel prepared.  Maybe it's because the "Change Oil" light just popped up on my new mini-van and I get to go get the oil changed first thing in the morning before I leave, (I only have 3500 miles on the van, the sales man at the dealership told me it would be at least 5,000 miles before I would need an oil change, what gives????)

While I prepared for my vacation, aside from packing and shopping and more packing (with 2 kids there is a lot to pack), I started to look through some older pictures from the cottage.  It is amazing how much has changed over the past five years.  Over the past 5 years I have gotten married, and had two kids, if that isn't a big change I really don't know what is.  The one thing that has not changed is how relaxing it feels when I go to the cottage.  Even with the kids running around all I have to do is look out the large bay window in the kitchen and see the lake.  It's something about the water, the beach, the view of the light house that makes everything seem peaceful.  The cottage is truly one of the few places I can go to where I am almost completely disconnected from the real world, (no internet).  

This is a page I have digitally scraped the other night when I was thinking about my upcoming vacation.  Now I'm really ready to go!!  This page was created using "Escape" a collaboration kit between "Simply You Simply Me Designs" and "Dancing Princess Designs".  


Enjoy the page!  I'll update this blog again when I return in a week.  Hope everyone has a great week!!

Until next time...