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 ;)