Thursday, July 31, 2008

**And We're OFF**

We are hitting the road in just a few hours and I can't WAIT!!!


We're off to see the Wizard..the wonderful wizard of OZ!


Just kidding...we are really on our way to Tennesee & North Carolina. :)


Have a happy week everyone!



(I will update as often as I can - IF I can - with photo's of our journey along the way)



Monday, July 28, 2008

**Layouts, Vacation & fun news!**

I wanted to share a couple of layouts I did this week. The first one is for Create My Keepsake. It was my turn for the Monday Muse (<----click that link to check it out and play along!)
My challenge was to use felt in a fun & funky way. I decided to cut several different squares and cut some of the edges. I also used felt for my title and cut some of the Queen swirly border up and laid it on the squares. Here's what I came up with:

That's my cute boy - Shaypher on his 16th b-day. I was trying to decide what picture to scrap and I came across this one and immediately that song "Put A Smile On Your Face (make the world a better place)" by Vitamin C came to mind...hence my title :)
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And this layout is what I did for
Design X this week. Our challenge is from Amy and is:
"What in your home makes you happy? What do you look at and think really makes your home yours. Create a LO about these thing(s)."
My fave thing is my cross wall in our entry way...it's just so peaceful! :)



You should totally check out the challenge & play along! Link your layout in the comment section to be eligble to win a WAY cook kit from Bad Girls Kits . Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!! :) If you do play along - link your layout BACK here to MY blog and you could win a FABULOUSLY fun RAK from me! :) I love putting together kits myself and I will put one together for you! :) Remember...just link your layout to ME in my comment section and I'll pick a lucky winner when we get back from our vacation!
Which brings me to what I want to tell you next!

I'm so excited...we're leaving this coming Thursday for our vacation to Tennessee & North Carolina! YAY!! I can't WAIT! We reserved a van today for our trip and we'll be leaving Thursday afternoon for a fun family adventure! :) After our last adventure through the mountains and having to buy a new car (LONG story, LOL!) we decided to rent a van for our trip this time :) I'm so not in the mood to buy another car out of state, HA! We're coming home August 8th. :) I'm going to take my laptop but we might not have internet in some of the places we'll be. I'll try to update with pics as much as I can while we're away...if not I'll share when we get back!

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OHHH and now for my fun news. Scrapbook Trends requested a layout for their December issue! It's for their "FRIENDS" section and my layout is one I did for CMK using the July kit. It's a layout about Savannah & her best buddy Abbie :)


That's all for now...hope you have a GREAT week everyone!!
HUGS to you all!
Don't forget to say HI! :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

**Blogger ATE it!**

I guess Blogger was HUNGRY! It just ate my post I had earlier...LOL! I have no idea what happened, it was there and then BAM...it osmosed! That's ok Blogger...I can't even remember what it was, LOL!

Don't you HATE it when that happens?


Ohhh you have go to to Staci's blog, she did the 101 random things too and she's so cute!

Savannah & I are off to meet my sister & get our nails all pretty!

Happy TGIF!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

**Cozy ~ Comfy**

What does that mean to you? Do you have a comfort place? Do you have something you go to when you need comfort? OR do you just have one thing you have as your most comfy thing ever? That's our challenge this week at The Design X. It's a GREAT challenge and it's from the oh so CUTE Kimmi :)
Here's what I came up with for my comfort....

I went for the "not so deep" this week. This is my comfort :)
You should do this challenge too!! If you want to play along, just upload a link to your layout in the comments on the Design X blog for your chance to win a way cool RAK! Our guest this week is the oh so talented Suzy Plantamura! Check it out!! :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

**THAT was Random**

as my daughter would say...
I'm up late and feeling rather "random" so I decided to type 101 random things about me & the fam...

1. I'm always up LATE. Why I never know..I always hate it the next morning.
2. I had SO MUCH FUN with my 4 high school girlfriends last night!
3. 40 is knocking on my back door...I hit the half b-day this month EEK!
4. Pink + me = happiness.
5. I love Diet Dr. Pepper.
6. I realized traveling with my 2 sisters and daughter that I now have muscles in my stomach I NEVER knew existed (uncontrollable laughter)
7. I flew, literally - Sunday. (remind me to look down before I walk - I got caught up in my bag I was unpacking..umm DUH?)
8. It hurt when I landed. (I scored a monster bruise & jammed toe!)
9. The Dark Knight is my fave movie right now. Just saw it for the 2nd time in 2 days.
10. I'm about to have a senior in high school :(
11. And a junior :(
12. I LOVE the smell of notebook paper.
13. OH and a brand new box of Crayola Crayons make me smile.
14. I always wanted the job of naming each crayon.
15. I now know what mirror level is on Mario Kart Wii
16. 10 more days until we leave for our vacation. I'm so excited!
17. We're renting an SUV....
18. Not in the mood to buy another car out of town (LONG story, LOL)
19. I just had my hair cut & colored last week for my trip :)
20. Gosh what was I thinking to think of 101 random things?
21. I know that didn't count. Well technically neither did this...ha!
22. I am FREEZING right now.
23. Working on some layouts tomorrow.
24. Using pics of my polka dot shoes
25. I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants on Saturday night.
26. I love that I'm still so close to my best friends from high school.
27. Savannah loves her job at Chick Fil A
28. Shaypher doesn't. He's turning in his notice tomorrow :(
29. Savannah bought the CUTEST Guess purse today. With HER money (that's the BEST part, hee hee)
30. Alan tried really hard to stay up with me.
31. He failed...he's sawing logs behind me.
32. Dogs too...man I can't believe how loud they can snore sometimes!
33. I've slacked on my Weight Watchers
34. Going strong again in the morning.
35. I love my new glasses.
36. Started my Christmas wish list...
37. New camera is #1
38. One more new lens too?
39. Wishful thinking..I love doing that.
40. I have a crush on Christian Bale.
41. It's ok, Alan knows.
42. I also love Edward Cullen
43. Yep, he knows that too.
44. Twilight Fan...big time.

45. Can't WAIT for the movie in December.
46. The 4th book comes out while I'm on vacation.
47. I've already told the fam I'm stopping at the nearest book store for my copy.
48. I'm reading an interesting series right now.
49. Savannah just finished it. She told me I had to read it.
50. The first book is called Crank. Ellen Hopkins wrote it.
51. I'm reading the 2nd one - Glass.
52. Love the way it's written.
53. I'm really being random huh?
54. I'm like that.
55. Sometimes. Ok so all the time.
56. I was born & raised here in Fort Worth, Texas.
57. My hubby was born in Marietta, Georgia.
58. He lived in California when I met him.
59. He moved here to be with me.
60. I'm SO lucky! :)
61. I really wish I knew how to sew.
62. Measured myself today...I'm still the shortest person in my family.
63. I absolutely love Pomengrante Cranberry Juice.
64. Especially when it's a little frozen with ice slushies
65. Mexican food is my WEAKNESS.
66. Had the best salad today at Chili's.
67. You have to try it...it's the Quesadilla Explosion Salad.
68. Which reminds me...
69. Have I ever told you the story of me running like Napolean Dynamite?
70. Quite comical...
71. I'll save it for a rainy day.
72. I've had a thing for funky fabric lately. On my layouts.
73. I have 957 songs on my Ipod.
74. It's a sickness.
75. I start out with alot of "I's" ...
76. Oh this is random about me though...
77. Oops, cheating again...
78. Shaypher's name was going to be Scarlett if he was a girl.
79. I don't like that name anymore...I'm very happy he was a boy.
80. I don't know another Shaypher.
81. Oh wait...one. Because my sister gave her friend the idea to name her last 2 kids Savannah & Schaefer. (her spelling)
82. It didn't make me happy at first. Now I think it's cute.
83. I'm really hoping you're still reading this.
84. But I'm totally ok if you're not.
85. When I taught preschool - I sang to my kids all the time.
86. I was always told I'm nuttier than my class.
87. ME? ;)
88. I love love love hearts.
89. We're looking for a new church home.
90. I want to learn how to crochet.
91. And take a cooking class.
92. I'm taking Savannah's senior pics next week before we leave for vacation.
93. I'm lost without my cell phone.
94. Texting is one of my fave things.
95. I've gotten pretty fast!
96. Next month I'm going to see American Idol on tour!
97. BIG fan of Big Brother. I'm loving #10 so far :)
98. New fan of "Secret Life of the American Teenager"
99. Molly Ringwald's the MOM in that show.
100. I was and forever will be a HUGE Molly Ringwald fan...
101. I even dressed like her in the 80's.

WOW! I did it!
I'm going to bed now...
Have a GREAT day!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

**The Tour, Pretty Girl & Bears...OH MY!**

Pretty cheesy title, huh? LOL!!

The tour....ROCKED! Oh boy did we girls have a GREAT trip! Nothing like travelling with my 2 sisters & daughter. We laughed, laughed and even laughed some more. Our tummies were KILLING us from all the laughter. SOOOO we've been back for a few days & it's taken me these few days to catch up on my sleep. No sleep when you travel with MY sisters. ;)

Savannah LOVES Baylor. Really funny because she was DEAD set on this school that's a mere 25 minutes from our house (TCU) because she wanted to live at home. Well once she set foot on this campus, she changed her mind (she made this comment: "Baylor has CUTE boys!" Oh great...what have I got myself into? LOL) and is now doing all she can to get her feet permanently planted here. My sister is THRILLED because she graduated from here and she has always wanted her nieces/nephews to go here. Time will tell of course - we're certainly saying LOTS of prayers as to where God wants her to be....


Here's a few snapshots of the princess on her tour...

Baylor's mascot is the bear...."sic 'em bears!"


This bookstore was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!


Isn't she just the CUTEST??


Can you just SEE the anticipation on her face?



Looks like she's saying: "uhh huh I can handle this school but can it handle ME?" HA!


Modeling one of her many momento's from the day....


The tour guide is showing the group (Savannah's the first one) the ginormous rock climbing wall that Baylor built in the Student Center. It was a competition between Baylor & UT (Austin) to see who could build the tallest. Baylor succeeded...they've got a huge bear paw at the top which is what the guide is showing them....


Glam girl...


It's a whole new world you're entering, sweet girl...take baby steps :)

Be proud of you....we sure ARE! Hard work & determination will get you anywhere!

I hope you enjoyed the tour shots. In just a few short weeks she starts her senior year and I know it's going to FLY by like the wind. Kleenex...I need kleenex.

Have a happy week!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

**I just finished**

all 3...waiting for book 4. The best series EVER. Some say I'm a fast reader. Ok I'll admit to that. I LOVE to read. LOVE it. I always love finding good books and being able to endulge some time of my day in one. Even if it's 5 minutes. BUT I'm telling you - you'll have these finished before you even realize it...I'm talking about these books:

WOW! Couldn't put it down at all!


Seriously amazing...

I can't say WOW enough...

&

Only 20 more days until the release.....


I am hooked. Totally HOOKED. Great books. I never would have thought I'd like them. Wait, I don't like them. I LOVE them. I can't get enough! Can't wait for the movie "Twilight" to come out in December!
Click here to go watch the movie clip: Twilight

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I'm so excited - Savannah, my 2 sisters & I are heading out tomorrow for a college tour of Baylor University
and we'll be back late Monday night...have a GREAT week everyone!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

**Feeling Sneaky?**

Hi! Guess who's back up for air - ME!! :) I'm here and ready to share some Glitz CHA summer releases with you! :) I hope you enjoy...

Here I used the new "Hot Mama" collection which you can see right here--> Hot Mama

I also used the new Glitzers! Check them out here ---------> Glitzers

For this one I used the new "Basics" collection - check it out here-------> Basics

(I just LOVE all the new rub-ons and they go on like butter!)

My silly Guitar Hero playing girl is seen on the new "Glam" collection seen here ----->Glam



Crazy boy and his pink controller, hee hee! He's on the "Angst" collection seen here ----> Angst

(aren't the new Glitz letter stickers GREAT! I can't get enough of them)

You might recognize some sweet girls here!! That's Ember (left) and Daniela (right) when I met them at the Great American Scrapbook Convention last month.
I used the new "Gigi" collection for this layout. Gigi can be found here -----> Gigi


I used the negative from one of rub ons - (the image looks kinda like a "ghost" and I thought it was so cool so I had to use it!)


Here we have the CUTEST of cute new "Hallow " collection. See it in full here----> Hallow


The letter stickers have this gorgeous color glitter in them. Distressing them is so easy and fun!

Last but not least...we have the new "Kringle" collection. See here----> Kringle
I just LOVE all the bright colors!

**Thanks so much for taking a peek!! I love the new releases and I hope you do too :) Be sure to check out the Glitz blog for fun things!
Have a GREAT week - oh look it's almost the weekend already! YAY!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

** How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?**



I think he knows ;)

**just a quick note to tell you I'm knee deep in Glitz projects...be back soon with previews of their yummy new CHA releases**

Monday, July 7, 2008

**Good, Bad & the Ugly**

Hi everyone :) Not much into blogging today so I thought I'd just share our latest challenge over at the Design Experiment. It's all about the "good, bad & the ugly".
Here is the challenge:
"We all have good and bad things about ourselves so I would love for you to scrap what you think is the good, the bad & the ugly of yourself. It can be anything from being a caring person to being addicted to Starbucks. Just get creative."
Oh golly do I have ALOT of those, but I just touched on a few of them below:
(Layout to return soon - it's been picked up for publication!)
That's me. In a few words. In a silly pic my hubby snapped of me. Silly me.
Be sure to visit Design X and check out all the other X'ers fabulous layouts!
You should do this challenge and when you do...link your layout in the comment
section.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

**Peace, LOVE & Umm....**


Is HE picking my nose?? Oh no, he's just trying to make me look cooler by putting his peace sign in front of my face. My son, what a ham...NOT sure where he gets THAT from. ;)

Hope you're having a beautiful weekend!!!!!

Hugs and hugs galore :)

**Don't be SHY--remember a hi is just a hi when you stop by and say it. (ConfusLES say..hee hee!)**

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

**I mean REALLY how CUTE is SHE??**


Pink? Polka Dots? WHOA...hold please. WHAT more could you POSSIBLY ask for??
This my friends...is Toadette.
I just unlocked her last night on Mario Kart Wii.
I had to tell Baby Peach to please move over for a bit because well...who can resist her oh so cuteness???
I **shrieked** like a little girl when I saw I'd unlocked her!!

Conversation after my shriek...

ME: LOOK! I just unlocked total cuteness!!!
Shaypher: Wow, Mom. (I hinted a rather sassy tone to his wow- imagine that...)
ME: Shaypher..WHAT does that mean?
Shaypher: It means you play Mario Kart entirely too much.



Hope you're having a GREAT Wednesday!
I'm off to dinner with my hubby!! :)
Oh and a round of Mario Kart as aka: Toadette ;)