Monday, August 31, 2009

Best Shot Monday - 8/31/09

I took this photo while feeding the giraffe at the zoo this past week. I love that big brown eye and those long lashes! I think she looks sort of shy but believe me - she wasn't! :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

So sweet! (layout)

My kids are enjoying yet another "ice cream man ice cream" as I type this so I thought it would be fun to share this layout I made during Feeling Scrappy's last Sketchapalooza class - it is based on a sketch by Stacey Lokovic.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Fill-ins 8/28/09

The prairie dog enjoying a feast :) 8/09

Friday again? The weeks fly by! Here is my weekly Friday fill-in, if you want to play along just visit here for the prompts each week.

1. He was a distracted, sweet boy and he is a distracted, sweet teenager (speaking of Jacob - my oldest child).
2. Enjoying the last few days of summer before the kids head back to school is what I look forward to most this time of year.
3. My best friend is much better then a counselor!
4. I hate getting up early, to be honest with you.
5. Appearances can be dead wrong.
6. The last person I gave a hug to was my daughter, Abbie.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Don (he has been gone all week), tomorrow my plans include...hmmm...not sure yet - but it will involve playing with the family and Sunday, I want to relax and scrapbook a bit!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It is that time again...

I made this page about the spring soccer season based on a sketch by Tracy Kosofsky from the Sketchapalooza 4 class at Feeling Scrappy.

The fall soccer season has started and Abbie is raring to go. She really loves the game. It is such a pleasure to be a part of something that your child loves so much. Go Strikers!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Zoo

Today I took Jacob and Abbie to the zoo here in Richmond (Sam didn't go due to his behavior but that is another story...) The zoo here is fairly small and privately owned therefore very different from our Omaha zoo.

I was couldn't believe how active the animals were today! I was thinking with it being in the 90s the animals would all be lazing around but not so they were very active and entertaining. We had a great time - although I have to say that I never met a zoo I didn't like. Something about strolling along at your own pace with your family watching the antics of animals makes me so happy!

Here are a few photos from our day :)

Abbie feeding the birds:
Jacob with his bird:
The coolest thing was feeding the giraffe:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Best Shot Monday - 8/24/09

I took this photo during a five mile hike my husband and I took through the woods this past weekend in one of Virginia's many beautiful state parks. I really liked the way this little bridge looked along the trail.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Fill-ins 8/21/09

Headed to the woods later today :) Photo 8/09

1. I remember, I remember when my babies were born and I couldn't picture them any bigger then they were then. Little did I know how fast they grow!
2. Dear Stacey, I want you to know I am thinking of you today and wishing you a smooth delivery.
3. Is that my dog !!??? (She got a *really* short haircut and looks like a shorn sheep!)
4. I'm trying to resist the temptation of sweets.
5. I'm saving a layout just for you! (I have several to share next week)
6. If I made a birthday list a new camera would definitely be on it!!!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending our first night away for the weekend, tomorrow my plans include hiking, swimming and lots of outdoor activities with the family and Sunday, I want to spend the day on more of the same!

See you all on Monday!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hug your babies...

they grow up so fast! Here is a layout I did for Sketchapalooza 4 at Feeling Scrappy. (based on a sketch by me) I love this layout - mostly because I love this picture of my son Jacob when he was little - he is now 14. My sweet little guy is still sweet but not so little anymore...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Best Shot Monday - 8/17/09

Not a lot to choose from this past week as I didn't take a lot of photos but looking through, I am pretty happy with this one :) Flower or weed? I'm not sure but pretty just the same.

Hoping for a great Monday -for me and all of you! :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Fills and a Layout

Another layout from Feeling Scrappy's Sketchapalooza class :)

Friday we go!

1. When will I actually enjoy working out and not have to make myself go?
2. Firefly Beach by Luann Rice was the last good book I read.
3. Everything has its beauty but no buts - everything has its beauty if you really look.
4. Homemade pizza is what I'm having for dinner.
5. I'd like your smile. Everyone looks better when they wear one :)
6. The beach at sunset is where I want to be right now.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a relaxing night with the family, tomorrow my plans include a few things around the house and Sunday, I want to be creative!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Layouts :)

I thought I would share a few layouts I made from our Spring Break trip to my Mom and Dad's in Florida last April. I made these as samples for a class we just finished up at Feeling Scrappy :)

Jump! (Sketch by Stacey Curry) I had so much fun creating this digital photo block with PS Elements. I loved that I could fit so many pictures in a fun way.
Search. (A sketch by me) I captured this photo of my oldest son Jacob poolside while he was watching the lizards. The way he sits is "so Jacob" I just had to record it.
Downtown Disney (another sketch by Stacey Curry) Another chance to play with PSE to make the photo block. I have a hard time working with primary colors so not my fav but it is what it is :)

Bok Tower. (Sketch by Tracy Kosofsky) Such a beautiful place. We had a wonderful day there together! Plus I was happy to use up some *really* old paper from my stash!

Hope you have a chance to do something creative soon - it really is good for the soul!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Feeling Scrappy Class!

Simplify the Season!
September 14 to October 12, 2009

This class is designed to help you take some of the hustle out of your holidays. We will decrease your stress and leave you more time to enjoy the little things by completing items from your holiday to-do list now. During this four-week course you will be provided with sketches and samples to help you complete all of your holiday cards, tools to keep you organized and help you pre-plan plus you will make at least 4 handmade gifts. As always, you can expect loads of samples and tips from our design team to inspire and motivate you! (The talented Lee Currie will be our guest designer for this class!)

During this course you can expect:
  • A full four weeks of class running from Sept 14th until Oct 12th
  • Detailed card sketches made exclusively for you by our design team
  • At least 7 different card sketches with tips on “mass” production
  • 4 gift projects with detailed step by step instructions
  • Challenges with prizes each week of class
  • Tips and tid-bits to keep your creative juices flowing
  • Tools to help you organize your holidays
  • Fabulous creative examples for each project and card sketch by our talented design team
  • A private class forum with lots of support and friendly conversation
  • Self paced class - do as much or as little as you would like
  • A PDF file including all the sketches from class for you to keep for future reference
  • Graduation crop with projects, challenges, games and prizes
  • Plus a few surprises :)
Cost for this four-week course is $25.00.

Sound interesting? You can sign up here:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Best Shot Monday - 8/10/09

I caught this butterfly in action while on our hike in the Shenandoah mountains on Saturday. One of many beautiful sights along the way!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Fill-ins 8/7/09

One lazy pup! Aug 2009

Time for Friday Fill-ins :)

1. Corn on the cob is my favorite summertime food.
2. My favorite John Hughes movies is Breakfast Club.
3. A baby's soft cheek is something I love to touch.
4. The full moon is just beautiful.
5. Heading to the pool with the kids right now.
6. When daylight fades I love to be sitting out on the patio talking with Don.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to grilling out for dinner then a family movie, tomorrow my plans include hiking in the mountains and a picnic lunch and Sunday, I want to scrapbook and do a few projects around the house!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

10 things I am Thankful for Tonight

My sister, Kristin, and I - July 3, 2009

  • My sister - celebrating her on her birthday and hoping she moves to VA!
  • My bed - I get to sleep in later then 6:15 tomorrow.
  • Scrapbooking - I have been scrapping a bit everyday and loving it.
  • Books- Jacob, Abbie and I had so much fun at the library together today.
  • Facebook - love the quick catch up with friends and the games too.
  • Asian food - yummy!
  • Toothpaste - ok a little weird but my teeth feel so nice and clean right now.
  • Trees - so happy I have some in my backyard again.
  • Caller ID - no more sales calls, thank you very much.
  • My MDX - really happy with my new "ride"

Monday, August 3, 2009

Best Shot Monday (8/3/09)

I don't really have a "best shot" this week. I didn't take many photos of things except layouts and a few odds and ends - so a photo of my scruffy pup that needs a haircut is what you get :) When I am scrapping she sits right under my desk and when I look down at her she always thumps her tail at me. Such a sweetie.