Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Photo Op!

Just about all of the main attractions on our Chattanooga trip took family pictures as you entered. Rock City on Lookout Mtn in GA had little photo op spots all set up for the visitors, which included the month and the year! What a neat idea!! I did this layout for the pic we had taken there. Thanks to our friends for taking it for us!

The fall weather has been continuing here. We can't wait to get out and do the hayrides, pumpkin picking, cider sippin', etc! As soon as October 1st hits, I'll be climbing up in the attic to get the fall decorations. I can't bring myself to decorate for the season until the first of October! Although, I did cheat yesterday and started burning my Yankee fall candles! Mmmm!! I was at the hairdresser this morning and she used pumpkin products on my hair, so I am really itching to decorate, not to mention, eat some pumpkin pie!!

This weekend is my friends wedding. There are four of us best friends from college and she is the last to get married. We are sort of spread all over the place now and don't get to see each other very often, except for when one of us gets married!! I just cannot wait to be with them this weekend!! I miss them so much! I'm hoping I can get some really great pictures! She had our dresses handmade and they are gorgeous! A lovely brown with pretty beading. Can't wait to show them off!

Not much other fun stuff is going on here. The kids are enjoying school and I am enjoying some free time again! Lots of coffee and lunch dates and scrapbooking time! It's amazing what a few hours sans kids will do for my sanity!

I hope everyone is having a great week!! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Not much going on this week!

It's been a rather tame week around here.

The days are getting shorter, which means less time for play outside. Not to mention, it's getting cooler. It's definately long pants and long sleeves weather again. Pretty soon the leaves will start getting some color! My favorite time of year!! I'd love it to be fall forever. I like the cool, crispness of it and all the activities that go along with the season!

I managed to get one layout done this week. I wanted to do something about how we are showing the kids (and ourselves) our great country! That was the purpose of us buying our camper! Here's what I came up with. I'm happy with how it turned out. Plus, I used a piece of paper (the background) from a Stack that I bought quite some time ago, probably over a year! Gotta love when you can use some of the stash!!

As always, thanks for reading! :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ocean City, NJ

Amazingly, I've never been to Ocean City, NJ. Growing up, we would go to Wildwood or the Delaware beaches. I thought our September camping trip would be a great time to check it out, especially since it was after the summer season!

We headed out on Friday afternoon to Whippoorwill Campground in Marmora, NJ, which is only a few miles from Ocean City. It is a really nice campground. Gotta love camping in the sand plus being in the woods! We thought it would be the perfect place for a huge gathering of friends!

It seems like we find interesting mushrooms on many of our camping trips!! This trip was no different!

They had a really great playground there. Lots of fun things for the kids to clown around on.

And for me to climb around on!

After exploring the campground, we relaxed. The kids watched a little bit of tv before we headed to bed to get rested up for the next day.

Saturday morning went for a bike ride up on the boardwalk. There was also an antique car parade going on.

After that we headed back to the campground for the pig roast/luau! Mmmm, quite a yummy spread!!

After we pigged out, we headed back up the the boardwalk for rides, games and boardwalk pizza!!

Like I said, we had a blast!! I got a good shot of the Philly skyline on our way back home too.

I just have to post this picture of Jack and his birthday cake. Look at the joy on his face!

I haven't done any new layout since my last post, but here's a picture of a camping wallhanging I did a few weeks ago!

Thanks for reading!! Have a great week!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chipboard, oh how we all love chipboard!!

Is there any more perfect scrapbooking embellishment than chipboard?

There are so many things you can do with chipboard!

My first blog post as a design team member for Scraptacular is up today! It's all about getting the most out of your chipboard stash. I show you ways how to "jazz it up" like on this layout I created.

Check out my post HERE to see what I did to the chipboard elements as well as some other fun ideas to try!!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birthday boy in the house!!

The little guy is 5 years old today!! Wow!! 5!!! I just think back to how terribly ill I was at this time 5 years ago! I do not tolerate anesthesia well at all and got SO sick after both of my c-sections! Jack was born at 10:47am and I didn't even get to hold him until around 2am because I was that sick! Thank goodness for an awesome husband! Chris took good care of baby Jack and me, even feeding Jack with a syringe so I could try breastfeeding when I was feeling better!

We celebrated most of his birthday yesterday because Chris was working 7a-7p today. We will be having the cake tonight!

Ripping into some of the loot!

Checking out his new siren/speaker for the gator and his bike!

The new RC truck.

Testing out the siren/speaker on the gator! Properly installed by Daddy!

Now, if celebrating a 5th birthday isn't enough, he also started pre-k today! Such a big boy!

After school, the two of us went out for lunch to Chick Fil A, where he saw one of his friends from last years class, as well as a new friend from this years!

And, what's a post without some layouts? I did both of these for challenges over at Scraptacular.

This one challenged us to dig into the stash and use some of our "older" product.

This one challenged us to use something clear on the layout. I also dug into the foam stamps, I felt the need for a little messy today!

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fun news!

It's been quite some time since I've been on a design team. I gave them all up about a year ago. It was nice not having deadlines but when I saw a post from Beth looking for design team members for her store, Scraptacular, I just couldn't help but apply! Her store is local to me (and also online) and is packed full of great product. It would be silly of me to not try to get a spot on her team! Soooo, the announcement was made yesterday and I was chosen, along with three other talented ladies! You can see the announcement here and the links to the other members are on my side bar. I am super excited to be on the team and to start working! Be sure to check the store out! You won't be disappointed!

Macy had a great first week of school! It's still hard to believe she's in second grade already! Me, I've been having a hard time getting used to waking up so early! I'm hoping this coming week will be easier! Jack will start pre-k on Tuesday, which also happens to be his fifth birthday! That I cannot believe either! My kids are getting old, which means I'm getting old! Ack!! He's excited to start, too. There are five kids from his four year old class in class with him this year.

I've gotten a few more layouts completed this week. Here are some that I haven't posted yet as well. You can click on them to make them bigger!

Here's a wall hanging I made, too!

Thanks for looking!! Have a great Labor Day and rest of the week!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Follow me!

I played around with my blog settings and added a "follow me" section. So, please sign up to follow me! It looks pretty pathetic right now with only 5! Now I just need to get a pretty background and I'll be set.

Yesterday was the first day of 2nd grade! Macy is in a different school this year, the elementary which is 2nd through 6th. I can't believe how big she is getting! I still remember Chris holding her hand and walking her up the steps on the first day of kindergarten! Here are some pictures of her. She's not holding a peace sign up in the pic, I had her do that to show her grade. I just wish I would've thought to do that from kindergarten! She was so stylin' in her little Justice outfit! :)

I still have my little scrapping groove going. I went to my first crop in months and months on Saturday. I just love cropping with the girls atScraptacular! We had a nice time and I managed to get 3 layouts done in 5 hours! Go me! Here's a little of what I've been up to lately! I'll share more with my next post!! I'm trying to get better at blogging again!

Thanks for looking!