Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sisters Album

Hello Everyone!
Finally here sharing a post. I hadn't really been creating much so I didn't have "crafty/creative" stuff to share.  I had taken the month off from my DT work to spend time with my sis when she was here visiting from Florida. I'm so glad I did.  It was great to just hang out, visit family and spend time together. Our trip to SD to see our family there was so fun.  We sure wish our sis Donna could have been here to go with us also , but Jan, Sharon and I went, and it was a great sister time. 
Jan had picked up some fun little  6x6 albums before we left, with the idea of us filling them with photos from our trip.  Super idea!    Sharon is not a scrapbooker, so the plan was to get together after she had gone home and work on these albums....  Do one for her, and send it her way.   We did just that!
Jan drove up here one day and we just filled the table with bits of this and that and went to town.

This is that the cute little albums looked like.  If I remember correctly, I think they were paper studio.

My sis is my best friend, so spending the day just sitting at the table chatting and scrapping these fun photos and reminiscing about our fun trip, was just THE BEST!

When your working with this size of a page, of course your photo is almost all the space, so you don't need much else. This is a great time to use up paper remnants and bits of left over stickers and ephemera.  

Jan took Sharon's finished album to get it mailed off to her. I forgot, didn't get photos of that, and I'm so bummed. . ( Jan and I did that one together).
The album I'm sharing below is the one I did for me since then.

I just dug thru things and grabbed anything that caught my eye.( as you can see by the looks of the table) lol

Some of the photos are so ridiculous... especially of ME. ugh.  I didn't even want to use them, but them I thought about the memories and how much fun we had taking those photos.  What the heck right? lol

This trip was filled with great memories. We reminisced about memories from our childhood here AND made new memories as well.

Jan and Sharon were born in SD, as were most of my other 6 siblings. I and my next oldest brother Dan where born here in NE after the mover here.

The pages in the album are simple and there and a number of them , so I set some up in groups of  4, to share here with you easier.

Its not filled with fancy elaborate pages and I'm totally OKAY with that. The photos are there, it's documented and I have it to look back on any time I want to remember this great time spents with my sisters.


So what else exciting happened since I blogged last??  I finally got to hold this precious baby in my arms!! I have been waiting six months.  This is baby Tennessee, and he has stolen his Aunt Vicki's heart!!!
This is my sis Jan's Grandson. ( Neely's babe).  They were here on their first trip back from LA.  Jan and Keith were their for his birth and have been out there since , but this is their first trip back to NE.
My sis's kids have always been like my own.  To see Neely as a momma was just amazing.  Her and Alan are just the best parents.

This was a little something his Aunt Vicki found on line in an Etsy shop for him. lol
His name is Tennessee, but they call him Tenn for short.

We all spent time together over the weekend celebrating my niece Amy's and her husband Matt's wedding reception.  They were married in Jamaica they weekend before.
It was such a nice time and so great to be with family for a special occasion.  

Good times for sure!  That was Neely ( Tennessee's mommy ) and I taking a selfie, but Wes photobombed us. lol

Tennessee got to meet a whole be bunch of this crazy family who love him so much! 

I have so many photos I'd love to share, but I don't want to drown you in them , so I'll save some for my next post.   Jarad and Dan ( who work at the same place) had to work so they couldn't make it , to come with us :(    Sometimes these 12 hour days 4 days a weeks are great, but working every other weekend is not.   We missed having Kate, Jarad and Dan with us, but Weston and Amy road with me there, so it was great.
I think this is a nice photo of them out in the front yard before we left.
Nothing a mom loves more than seeing her kids happy.

As always thanks for letting me share bits of my life with you. 
I always love hearing from you, whats new with you, whats going on in your world.  If your not comfortable commenting.. and your a reader, ... email me :)

I hope you have a GREAT DAY!

Monday, May 09, 2016

Time to shine! Sharing some new cards

Well Hello there!
Here we are starting into another week.  It seems to be starting off rainy again :(  I'm hoping the title of my card will help the sunshine along and push the rain away for a bit. We have had lots of rainy days.
The cards I'm sharing today are both created with Fancy Pants Designs Attwell Collection..  

I have to share my favorite photo from this week.  Not one that I took, but I'm sharing it none the less.( wink)  
The school kids visited the fire station and the police station this week in the town Weston works.  Here he is visiting with one of the kids.

When there has been some breaks in the rain and the weather has cooperated, Dan has been out working on speaker system and the under lighting on the deck. I'm so excited about using the deck this Summer!

One day that was sunny and beautiful, we met up with Wes and Amy for a bite to eat and then popped out to the cabin.  First time this year. What a refreshing sight after a long winter! YAY!

I'm looking forward to next weekend ( rain or shine)  My niece Neely and baby Tennessee are going to be back for a visit!!!  I can hardly stand the wait!  We'll all be celebrating the wedding of my niece Amy and her husband Matt. They were married in Cabo a couple of weeks ago and are having their reception on Saturday.  An exciting weekend ahead.

I'm hoping you all have a wonderful week ahead.  I've been working on a little 6x6 album of photos from our sisters trip to SD.  I'll share some of that next time.

Enjoy the day!


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! I realize that some don't even know what that is anymore, but I refuse to let to go by they way side because I think it's just a sweet tradition.   We always made little simple May baskets as kids. After school we'd deliver them to our friends.  Going up to their door, ringing the doorbell and then running away ( hesitating just enough that they could see it was us, but wouldn't be able to catch up to us :).  The "baskets" were never fancy, sometimes a dixie cup with a pipe cleaner candle ( eek... yes... I said "pipe cleaner not chenille stem. lol because that's what we called them back then. We usually filled them with popcorn and a few little candies.  It never failed.. they would fall over a million times while you were trying to deliver them.  
I've talked about May Day on my blog for a lot of years now and found out over time that it's not something that people in all areas of the country did.  If your reading I'd love to hear where you were raised as a child and if you participated in May Day.
If you want to read about the origin of May Day and how different countries celebrate read HERE

The May Day baskets below are for my friends. Who says big girls don't still love May Day?

My boys always delivered May Day Baskets also when they were little.  We would even get in the car and deliver them to cousins in town and to Grandma.    I always love to share the story of one May Day when Jarad was 3 or so and we went to deliver a basket to Grandma ( my mom).   I tried to explain to him what he needed to do. Set the basket on the porch, ring the door bell , and then run, because if the person catches you they will kiss you.    He said "ok".   He went up on her porch, set the basket down, rang the door bell .. and... just stood there.   I started saying ... "come on... run!", but he didn't  budge.  I said it again... still nothing.  Finally my mom answered the door. I was at the porch by that time.  I was laughing, and said "Jarad , why didn't you run?", He said " I wanted Grandma to kiss me".

My favorite May Day ever :)
I'm pretty sure it was hers also.

I found the cute little cups for these at Hobby Lobby  . I used my Accu Cut Bow Die for the bows on the front. The flowers are just from the Dollar store.  I came up with this trick if you have a hard time getting the flower to stand up and stay in the  basket, even with all the candies in there.  I just ran the stem of the flower thru these wrapped life savers. 

I have a few special little ones to take baskets. This one is for Lyla. She's just over a year, so I adapted the basket and contents a bit. Goldfish cracks, apple juice box , fruit chews and a little pig.

Wyatt and Emmett's got "de-girled" lol
Speaking of the boys.  They spent the day with me one day this week. Oh, they are just a hoot!

Amy and Wes also stopped out for a visit.  Mom loves when the kids come home :)

It's a rainy day here again so I guess there will be no dancing around the May pole, but I do have baskets to deliver so I better run.   Enjoy your day everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

I'll be back soon!  Be good ;)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gift and fundraiser basket ideas

I hope it was a great week for all of you! It was a rainy one here. I'm ready for some Sunshine! We are getting a bit today... so yay for that!
It was a good week for inside projects. I thought I'd share the Gift baskets I worked on this week.  My friend Julie hired me to put together a couple of gift baskets for her for an upcoming fundraiser . "Run Wild for a Child" ( I'll tell you more about it below with a link).   I love doing these sorts of things, and I had a few ideas in keeping with Children/Family, them but decided to scan Pinterest as well.  OH MY!  I was just blown away by the creative ideas for things like this I saw on Pinterest.  I was so inspired. I couldn't wait to get started.
   I looked up cupcake sayings and found one that said "be a Beautiful Cupcake in a world of muffins" and I knew I had to use that. I switched it out in photoshop with the saying that was on this free printable I found.
I loved the idea mom/child baking activity. Something fun for both of them.Mom gets some fun new colorful baking utensils and a Pioneer Woman kitchen towel and the kits get the fun of decorating cupcakes and baking with mom ( or dad).  And who doesn't love cupcakes? right?

For the second one I was wanting it to be a "Summer starter kit" for kits. At least that's what I had floating around in my brain.  I was just going to use a sand pail but I knew I couldn't get much in it. Then I saw the idea of a plastic chair being use.  Genius!   Now I have room for things :)   I had no idea how much the chairs were but found them at Hobby Lobby for around $7 ... and then used my 40% off Cupon.    Oh yesss it did. lol
Hobby Lobby had a lot of their Summer kid stuff on sale. Then picked up some at Target and the Dollar store.
You know me and banners.... it HAD to have one. lol
I hope this makes some little one happy :)

The Event is "Run Wild for a Child"
It's a 5K/Family Fun Walk. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness in the community on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet these needs in Fremont and Dodge County.
 You can find out more about it or Register Online here

Like I was saying ... lots and lots of rain.
the ditches along side the country roads are just full.  Still water in the one in front of the house today. I know we needed it tho so hopefully it settles in so the farmers can get back into the fields to plant soon.

This little one has been keeping me busy also.  Poor Lily has so many tummy troubles. I am sure that is why she never stayed long at a home before we got her at the rescue. Anything upsets her digestive system which causes her potty troubles at times.There are also some other things about that , that cause the Vet to think there is either a neurological issue adding to it or something from a previous injury .  Between her prescription food and antibiotics we do okay with flair ups from time to time. I feel so sorry for her.  We love her so much and would never ever consider giving her up. I don't know how anyone could .   But but what little bit we know of her history makes sense now.   Some people just didn't want to deal with it, it was easier just to get rid of her.  Well.... she gets treating like a princess here.  It's actually kind of

Thanks as always for coming by and listening to me ramble. Love ya :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Just for fun..... and our family gathering for Easter

It's been a long time since I've worked with digital anything.  And although my digital skills are very limited, I don't want to forget what I do know, because even if I don't do digital layouts a lot, just knowing how to do a few things in Photoshop is handy for so many other things. It's good to use them so I don't forget how.    PNG's are so easy, because you just drag them over and add them to whatever your working on.  My layouts are never complex... just simple but I enjoy working on something like this ,especially late at night when I'm trying to relax. I can be creative without taking out a ton of supplies and having a mess to clean up.
I found this great site called Pixel Scrapper where you can download fun things for free.  (I think it's like five per day).  When you join, you get to pick one free kit also.  I chose the kit that I used to create the layout below I did of my mom and dad. 

AND.... then there are even some super cute layouts already put together for you like the one below, if you just want to be able to add your own photos.  I think this layout is adorable.  I added photos of my nephew Ryan and is sweet wife Erin.
all I had to do was add the photos :)

Like I said, I just recently ran across this sight and was impressed so thought I'd share.


I had so many photos that I wanted to share I couldn't cram there all into my last post without it being totally  overwhelming. lol  We had waited until last weekend to have our Easter get together so that we could celebrate with our Florida family that would be here also.  We were SO looking forward to seeing them and for us all to be together.
As usually we rented the Senior Center building here in NB.  It's a nice building and it works so well for us to all fit and be comfortable.  There is just too many of us these days for any of our homes to accommodate.
I went over early to set up and had printed off several old family photos for each of the tables.  I have found this always makes for great conversations and reminiscing over wonderful memories.   It seems like every time I do this I hear more and more stories I had never heard before.  Everyone seems to love it. I get the biggest kick out of seeing people picking up the photos and taking them over to their kids or someone else and chatting with them ... asking them if they remember this? or that? Sharing stories and memories.

There is nothing like being together with family.  Especially those we don't get to see as often as we'd like.  I think the photo below says more about that than any words ever could.

My family is full of amazing cooks so this day is a perfect combination of all those talents pulled into one delicious meal :)  Everyone brings something and as my mom would say.... "there's enough food here to feed an Army!" 

We spend the entire day there ..lunch and dinner, so we put a pretty good dent in it. lol

Love having all of us together.
Dan Chatting with Jarad and Kate

For those of you who have been following my blog for many years, holiday photos are a good time for me to catch you up on some of the kids.   Well, this is Nathanial.  I know! How do they grown up so fast?  He graduated from high school in the Fall.  What an amazing guy!

Haley ( Griffins little sis)  and Kirstyn are growing into beautiful young ladies.
And our little Griffin is NOT so little any more at all.

The kids had a Easter egg hunt.

We all walked over to the park across the street with the kids to do a traditional egg game with Diana used to to as a child in Mexico and now shares with us.

These eggs she makes  are a labor of love for sure!!  She saves eggs all thru the year. ( when she uses them for baking ect, she just breaks out the bottom, then rinses them out and lets them dry)   Then she fills each one with confetti. Closes the end, I think by gluing tissue paper over it. And then hand paints them ALL.

So the game is, that you have to tag the person and smash the egg over their head. That's right... smash the eggs :(    After all that work.      At first it's just a painful thought.  Thinking about all those beautiful eggs being smashed and all her hard work... gone.  But when you see how much everyone enjoys it and all the memories that are made while they're doing it.... you can put that aside a bit easier.

She is just a treasure to your family, and we are so blessed that she shares this part of her childhood with us.

and then ...these

now you know what I meant about "Labor of Love"

I got so caught up watching and laughing ( and guarding my own head) that I didn't get many photos of the kids.  But as you can see it's as much fun for the adults :)

I'm sure if you asked anyone there who they thought enjoyed it all the most, they would say Austin.  Him enjoying the eggs as much as he did, made us all HAPPY!!  Austin's Autism makes trips like this away from home and away from his routine sometimes difficult and uncomfortable for him.  But let me tell you he was LOVING every minute of this activity!!  Just watching him love it so much had us all smiling!

I also loved that when he got on the Merry go Round..... he was never alone.   We are all kids at heart right?  Even my sis ( his grandma) jumped on.  ( That's her in the lime green).

Did I mention I love seeing my son happy also :)

Wes and Amy

I just cant stop my self when I start sharing photos. My  love of photography and of family blend together and just take me away. lol   Thanks so much for letting me share a little bit of my life and my family with you.