Sunday, May 31, 2009
WOW! So many awesome products released this week @ Elemental Scraps! I am totally in love with the new kit by Bella Gypsy. I love that it's a water kit - but has great primary colored elements too.
Chrissy released a GREAT kit called "Spring at Last", as well as a bunch of add on pieces to the kit. I am in love with the button alphabets, great patterned papers - all super cute! She also released 2 new FREEBIE templates this week. One of them are for newsletter subscribers, and the other one (#22) is a freebie for the template challenge.
I am working on some layouts with an awesome new beach kit too for The Ettes & Company. Been busy, but I love this kind of busy :)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Well yesterday by the time we got to the trail (it's a nice paved trail) the weather was looking pretty iffy. So we decided to drive a ways further to Ruby's Inn, have a snack and wait out the rain. On the way back to the trail it wasn't looking too promising, but we decided that if I dropped them all off at the top of the trail, and they went down-hill most of the way - that even if it rained they wouldn't be exposed for too long. I was a bit sad that I didn't get to enjoy the fresh air with them, but it was better than us all getting stuck in the rain - which is what would have happened if we tried going round-trip. The boys had fun, I had a few minutes to enjoy the scenery, and Cory had a good time too.
I highly reccomend stopping at the Red Canyon area if you're on your way to Bryce Canyon - I think it's such a pretty place. It looks a lot like Bryce - but just a short little stretch of the red rocks. There are even a couple of little tunnels to drive through (ok - more like arches). We'll hopefully make it back again sometime this summer.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Loveable Grouch layout is using a template by ChrissyW called "Mixin it up" - at Elemental Scraps also.
ChrissyW template - Jael'icious
Birthday Flowers & Playful layouts - Blue Skies Dig'ette'-al kit by "The Ettes"
Templ-'ette' Collection 8 - (Birthday flowers layout)
Also - if you're interested I made a template for the "Naps" layout posted above. You can download the freebie template by clicking here.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Now because of this I've been having a little bit of a problem lately. See - for the most part - gifts cost money. Sure, there are homemade gifts, cards, cookies, etc - but for the most part if you want to give a gift to someone it is going to cost something. Especially if most of the people you'd want to give gifts to live long distance - and you have to ship them - that costs extra. And know what? I'm out of money....totally out of money.....
And so in a way this reduction in income, tightening of our belts, and extra budgeting, has made me not only bummed because of the things I am used to having on a day-to-day basis (like home delivery milk from Winder Dairy...eating out...) - but because in a way I feel like I'm not able to express myself to the people I love. I know that sounds dumb - but it makes me feel like in a way when I give someone something that I'm saying "I was thinking of you", "You are so awesome", or "I saw this, thought of you - and wanted you to smile."
For instance - new babies - I can't buy cute new little dresses and hair bows, nieces and nephews who are turning 8 - I can't buy them the new scripture cases I want to buy. There are several of my friends and loved ones celebrating big birthdays around the corner. I wish I could afford a big party, or a trip to visit them. Maybe even spring for a weekend away for me and some other "almost 30-year olds". I wish I had money to put togther little "happy packages" of goodies for people "just because".
If I could - I would buy my brother-in-law the coolest tractor doo-dads (he's obsessed with John Deere) to celebrate his high school graduation. Or maybe a few new ties he could use on his mission soon....
I wanted to put together a "good luck" package for my cute cousin and her hubby as they start their new adventure of owning a business. In that same package I wish I could send a great big bunch of frivilous fun stuff to my aunt to say "CONGRATS" on having her tests for cancer come back negative...
If it was possible I'd send my cute sister-in-law a bunch of cutesy flower printed fabric since she's sewing cute stuff for her little girl. I'd throw in a few of my boys favorite board books and toddler treats for sweet Genevieve and a few studying snacks for hard working Chase.
I wish I could make all of my nieces these adoreable dresses I've seen lately - several for each of them - with matching headbands.
I would buy the plane tickets to take my family to Washington for an upcoming baptism, and of course fill my bags with goodies for my nieces and nephews...
I would send my mom a new Scentsy warmer. Not because she needs a new one - but just because I saw one that is absolutely perfect for her (with kokopeli's on it!). I'd include a bunch of yummy summer scents - but none with vanilla smells (that would be my gift to my dad since he hates vanilla scented things).
I wish I could put together a "big sister" package for sweet Taylor who is a big sister now. I wish I could fill it with books, toys, things to keep her busy so that she could have fun being a sister (and stay out of Nicole's hair when she needed to).
My mother-in-law - I wish I could buy her a years worth of digital scrapping classes so she'd learn all the fun things that Photoshop could do....She does great stuff, but maybe a class would help her feel more confident in it....
Then there are books, toys, little notebooks, stickers, music, clothes....the list goes on and on.
And now for the risk of sounding like I'm a super materialistic person - I don't expect any of you to send me things. I know that "it's the thought that counts" - but if you all only knew how many times I pass an aisle in the store, or see something online and think of you.....maybe then you'd be able to even grasp how special all of you are to me.
In a way by wrapping up a gift with a bow and giving it to someone I guess I feel like I'm sharing my love and appreciation. I'm not good with words, I can't express myself to people in the way I feel - especially when I'm talking directly to them. My words seem so trite..... I wish I could write poetry, or sing songs - or express myself in some other way. But for now I feel like gifts are my way of speaking my love. So if you think I'm feeling distant just remember this - I'm probably walking the aisles of your favorite store wishing I could buy you the perfect thing to show you how I'm feeling.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Heavenly Father - are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away
but I feel it close around me as I pray
Heavenly Father - I remember now
Something that Jesus told disciples long ago,
'Suffer the children to come to me'
Father in prayer I'm coming now to thee
Pray, He is there
Speak, He is listening
You are His child
His love now surrounds you
He hears your prayers
He loves the children
Of such is the kingdom
The kingdom of heaven.
(And then you sing the 2 verses at the same time)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We recently bought the boys a "Ladybug Habitat". It had a coupon with it so we could send away for our own ladybug larvae. The ladybugs came in a tube (as seen in the top of the pictures). We dumped them into the little house that we had for them. The larvae ate and ate and started growing. Then yesterday the little larvae started to turn into pupae (those are the things in the pictures that are bright yellow).
I had looked at them earlier in the afternoon and they were starting to hang upside down, but weren't doing anything fancy. Then about an hour after I had looked at them Gabe started squealing, "HOLY COW!" I ran into where he was to see what was wrong and he was bouncing off the roof about how they were changing. He now knows the lifecycle of a ladybug and keeps telling people about it. It was thrilling to see how excited he was and how he was absorbing every bit of information. The change happens pretty quickly (as you can see in the video) and is so exciting to watch! I've become quite the little bug fan....(we have an ant farm too...)
Anyway, this product is awesome and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes bugs, or whose kids might like to watch how things grow or change. Check out this website - it has tonz of different educational toys. We might get the praying mantis kit...
Check out this video though (it's quick) - it shows you exactly what our ladybugs did yesterday. We got to watch 4 of them do this - the other 10 changed in the middle of the night and we didn't get to see them.
Hunter stayed home with me and asked for Gabe and Dad about 500 times an hour until they came home Saturday morning. He went around the house over and over again calling their names and looking for them. When it was bed time Hunter climbed up in my bed and was pretty sure he got to sleep with me since the other boys weren't home. He sure does love having a big brother - it's fun to see how much he idolizes Gabe! Next year Cory will definetly take Hunter with them. He could have gone this year, and Cory was willing to take him - but we figured Gabe & Hunter (being so young) would have been tough for him. I didn't want his first time camping with both of them to be a tough experience and scare him off from doing it ever again.
Looking forward to next year!
It put me in a grumpy mood, so when I heard the boys playing with the hose that I had set out to water some dry spots in the lawn I started to yell at them to stop messing around. As I put down my weeding bucket and went around the corner to go check on what they were doing (and probably yell some more - I'd been grumpy like that today) I heard the most fantastic sound of my boys laughing. They were absolutely laughing their little hearts out - it was a sound I wished I could have bottled up to listen to again later - pure happiness and joy.
When I came around the corner I saw what was keeping them giggling - they had the hose and were drenching each other head to toe - in their pajamas in the cool morning air. Gabe said, "I needed to wash that dirty car, that dirty ball, and that dirty little man" and he turned the hose on Hunter. Cracked me up.
But they both were having the time of their lives. I was getting a little worried because it wasn't very warm yet, they were in their jammies and soaking wet. For a minute I thought, "Should I play the mom card and make them come inside until it warms up a little?" But then I decided that I could actually be both the mom and still have fun with my boys. So we laughed, we got wet (some more than others), and the boys ended it by warming up in a warm bathtub.
And not to worry - we got the "dirty little man" all cleaned up :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
One of my favorite designers at Elemental Scraps is the gals who own "Bella Gypsy". I am constantly drawn right to their kits every single time. In fact - a ton of my layouts are using their designs. Anyway, this week I became a member of their CT! I am thrilled to be able to work on projects with their stuff! Here are a few from new releases at Elemental Scraps this week.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Did you say it?
"I love you.
I don’t ever want to live without you.
You changed my life."
Did you say it?
Make a plan
Set a goal
Work toward it
But every now and then
Drink it in
Cause – this is it
It might all be gone tomorrow...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
"Mom, I need _______"
Insert any possible word: help getting my bum on the swing, a push on the swing, make me go HIGHER!, a popscicle, a drink, FOOD! you to get Hunter out of my way, a bandaid, some clean/dry clothes, to go to the bathroom, sunscreen, the sprinkler turned on, another drink, another popscicle, another bandaid - oops, needed to go to bathroom again....now I need more dry clothes. The list goes on and on and on. There was SO much noise!
I was trying to push the boys and their friend Noah on the swings. They couldn't quite grasp the fact that I only have 2 hands, and there were 3 swings that constantly needed to be pushed (please, oh please someone have some advice for how to teach my kids to pump their swings themselves - I'm getting tired of doing it!). But it wasn't getting through to them that I was doing my best....all they seemed to see was that I wasn't pushing their swing higher at that exact second....
But luckily there was another voice yelling out to me. (it was sad - for my waist-line). The other voice was a very strong and persuasive voice that only I can hear. It says seductively, "You NEED to eat some brownies....warm, gooey brownies with a cold glass of milk. If you would just give in and indulge it would make all of the other voices bearable for a few minutes...."
Know what? That seductive voice won, and it was right!
(Yummy brownie pictures are all courtesy of http://www.gettyimages.com/)
They are holding a game/contest called SYTYCD (So you think you can design). I don't know any details about it other than they have a bunch of FREE kits from great designers. A BUNCH!
This is one of my favorite ones: http://digiscrapaddicts.com/products/showphoto.php?photo=889
Anyway - check the links out because there are so many free kits (they are full sized kits too!)
**(Ok - I have added some more of my favorites from this contest. There is another round this week - so even more free kits! May 18th)
Why Don't We
Every Day Moments
365: International Edition
Capture the Everyday
8 Days a Week
My Day My Life
Day by Day
A Year in the Life
Love All Year Long (**My favorite!)
And here are the listings broken up by week (there are TONZ each week!)
Week 3 (this one will continue to be updated)
There are more offered each week than what initially comes up when you click on the link. For instance I think Week 2 has like 59 posts - so make sure you browse through all of them to see what is offered. The ones I listed are just my personal favorites.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
On that note - on my side of the family the 3 married kids each have 2 children. I have 2 boys, and both of my brothers each have 2 little girls. Funny how things work out :)
Monday, May 11, 2009
The Parowan Gap is a geological spot has some old meaning to indians in the area. There are a bunch of petroglyphs carved in the rocks - including inside of a little cave we climbed up to. As we looked closer at the drawings you could see that there were lots of meanings to them - they were cool! This site has all kinds of purpose too - having to do with the sun, the equinox, etc - it seems to be a calendar of sorts too. The pioneers thought that this was the spot that an indian chief had said was, "God's own house". Pretty interesting...
I'm glad that I could spend time with my cute family out by these neat formations and explore a little bit of hisotry right close to home.