Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lots of Halloween Goodness

 So, first thing. This is a mini book I made a while back to submit for Simply Handmade October 2010 and it was chosen! Oh I was elated about that. I put a lot of love into that little book. It was so much fun to walk into Hobby Lobby and see that issue on the rack and search out my project.

Second thing. Cute kids at Halloween. As you can see, Ava was a strawberry and Zane was Leonardo the ninja turtle. He was really excited about his costume and had already worn it some. He loved the little knives things. She didn't really care what she was since she's not into much character stuff except for Dora really (she still doesn't watch TV although I sense some princess love beginning). But she does kind of like Strawberry Shortcake so I suggested a strawberry from a catalog and she went for it.

Zane got mad when they had gotten their costumes on but it wasn't quite time to go yet. We went outside to snap some pics and he whined the whole time. So, we went a little early. I think we caught some of our neighbors before they were quite ready but I thought what the heck I hate to curb his enthusiasm much more. We did the trick-or-treating and got home and Zane wanted to try and scare the kids when they came to the door. But he was already stripped to his undies like usual so he had to yell boo from behind the stairway. Then Ava got in on it. And the trick-or-treaters thought it was funny.

Third thing. Halloween decorating. We didn't get back from Hawaii until the 25th so I never got much out. But then when we got back and I had not put my Dept. 56 Halloween village out, I was feeling bummed. Life is just too short not to enjoy special stuff like that each holiday. Only one small piece was broken and that was done by me. We pulled out all the Halloween stuff and did a marathon decorating session one evening. My son was beyond excited about all this. He was a maniac. I could hardly get one thing done before he was stringing something else out. We did a Halloween tree, put up the village, got out the electrostatic ball thing, the huge cat head, blinking ghost. He insisted we make a ghost from a toilet paper roll and toilet paper. So we did. Zane wanted to carry the cat head on his head into the house from the car and my dearest husband was smart enough to grab the camera and make him do it again. Is that photo not the coolest? Oh love that. Oh yeah, and earlier before vacation we made Halloween cupcakes and he went wild about that too. It's so nice to have a little holiday nut to do stuff with. So then on Halloween day we carved a pumpkin. Zane got cranky and whiney when I wouldn't let him use the tiny saw.

So I guess the only other minimally interesting tid bit about Halloween was that I bought a sack of Kit Kat and ended up eating 90 percent of the bag myself. And then I bought another bag. Ava liked the suckers the best. Zane just liked it all, especially the pop rocks.  Ava tried to sneak his pop rocks since she didn't get any. She would ask me to open them when Zane wasn't looking and i would say, Ava, those are Zane's and she would turn her head to the side and smile and lean in close to me and repeat what I would say in a whisper (a new habit of hers). I only gave in once. Oh I do so love Halloween, don't you?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Her Little Blankie page

I made this page using Jenni Bowlin's October kit. This is about Ava's little yellow blanket. This blankie was a baby shower gift for our first child but he didn't need it. When Ava started sucking her thumb I decided to try and give her the blankie and see if that would comfort her enough to stop using her thumb so much. Yeah, you're right ; ) it didn't. But it did give her a very very special friend. This blankie has been everywhere: in the car seat each time, to mother's day out, to the grocery store, on vacation to Six Flags or anywhere else, riding along in the stroller, to McDonald's, just outside eating an ice cream sandwich, always had to be on the back of the high chair when she sat in one, stuffed into cabinets and hidden in toys, and of course, each nap and bedtime. The little yellow blankie isn't so yellow anymore but more like cream. I had a blankie I used FORever - way too long in fact, like beyond toddlerhood. Zane still has his blankie as well but he leaves it at home now. Just a little sentimental topic I guess.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day in the Life of Zane

So this was a page about a typical day in my son's life. I guess the most memorable thing about this day, for me, was that he was so very extremely excited when I showed up at the playground to take photos of he and his friends. They were all running and I could hear his little voice carrying all over the playground, "hey look guys, it's my mom, hey guys, my mom's here," over and over. But the kids were just being kids and running carefree and weren't listening to him. So I got inside the fence and he came over to me and I said I wanted to take some pics with is friends. He tried to rally them around, but still, they were running wild. So I said, well, let me just take a few of you first. He got on the big toy and had the saddest look on his face. He was so disappointed. He just looked off in the distance and didn't smile. A few of the kids ran by and I called a few of them by name and asked them if they would like to be in a picture with Zane and they were all so happy to get in and pose for me. And then, you should have seen the look on his face - he was beaming with pride. I don't know why that touched me so, but it did. I didn't include the photo on this page of him with the kids cause i didn't want to put other people's kids online, but I did put it across this page on the facing page in his book.

This was also the day we got P.F. Changs and ate it outside on a blanket since our kitchen was being painted. He loved that too. He said we loved food from China where people eat with sticks. Then he asked if we could "take our lunch break" outside again soon.

And I found out today I'm going to have two pages published in Scrapbook Trends April issue!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


 We're back after 10 glorious days of Hawaii. We went to celebrate our 10th anniversary so it was just Adam and I. As you can imagine, it went very quickly. I kept wondering if it would live up to my high expectations that had been set from all the people I have talked to about their experiences - I kept wondering if it would really and truly seem like paradise. And the answer is . .  mostly yes, a little no ; ) When we first got to Maui I was a little concerned as we were driving from the airport to the hotel. You know, strip malls and stuff. But as we got closer to Wailea it was looking beautiful. We stayed at the Four Seasons in Maui and I remember when we walked in I was mesmerized, really. That is the prettiest hotel I have ever seen. It was quite windy that day and the hotel is open from the front to the back so we could see all the way to the ocean when we walked in. It was so grand and relaxed at the same time. I remember the wind and the sweet smell of flowers gently billowing through the foyer. There were all these white cabanas, hales they call them, that contrasted so beautifully against the royal blue of the ocean. And then the view from our balcony!

We spent the first few days in Maui. We went to a luau. They roasted a pig in the ground. I didn't think I was going to be able to look but I did and there wasn't a head involved so I was okay. But they had demonstrations and crafts before and that was fun. And the luau was great. The dancing and music were very nice and then they had this guy dancing with baton things lit with fire, a fire knife dancer they say. I was setting there watching with my mouth open I think.

Then we went snuba diving. That's like a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. We were able to go down about 10 to 12 feet with a line attached to an oxygen raft above. I couldn't go down more than 8 feet probably without it hurting my ears. Okay, yeah, I did the shaka sign thingie wrong in the photo, Adam gets a big laugh out of that. And I thought it was funny when I caught him practicing his breathing on the boat. This was freaky at first, learning to breathe in the water, making sure and do the pressure thing with your ears, remembering to breathe when freaked out. We went to Molokini Crater. We saw a few fish and some turtles at Turtle Town. One swam right by us and Adam went swimming after it as fast as he could, so close he could touch him and at first I thought he just might hitch a ride but he didn't - not supposed to touch them or the reef. I got a serious headache from wearing my mask too tight and biting the mouth piece to hard. On the way back we were escorted by a nice pack or school or whatever of dolphins. They swam right up next to our boat and I asked why, weren't they afraid of the boat and they said no, they liked to do that cause there was a spot in the front that sort of propelled them forward a bit and they seemed to enjoy that. It was a very cool experience.

We ate so well Maui. The first night we ate at Ferraro's. Adam had sea bass and I had lobster linguine and they were both outta this world. Another night we drove to Mama's Fish House. 5 stars there too. I think I gained 4 pounds on this trip.

The last day we went shopping at The Shops at Wailea and I got a gold key necklace from Tiffany's for our 10th anniversary.We discovered Lappert's. I discovered a serious liking of passion fruit, mango, and raspberry sorbet. This obsession continued throughout our trip. Like every night for room service.

So our next adventure in island hopping took us to Kaui. We stayed at the St. Regis of Princeville on the north shore.

We went horseback riding one day. This was so funny, especially if you know Adam in real life. When we first got there I was like, oh yeah, we know how to do this, we're from Oklahoma. And then Adam went and made a liar out of me. He could not control his horse. The guides kept saying, "Adam, stop your horse, Adam wait on us, Adam, hold the reins like this, do this" etc. He was the worst one our of our entire group! He kept saying his horse was ornery but I knew it was driver error. Our guide switched him but he had almost as much trouble with the next horse. I just kept shaking my head. I had no trouble at all.

We rode to a trail and hiked down into a waterfall. We got to eat lunch there and take a quick swim and walk under the waterfall. It was so cold! But so beautiful. Then we hiked back up and got to climb a little rock wall. That was so fun and easy going and peaceful and once again, beautiful views of the rolling hills and volcano mountain stuff. We went to Annini Beach later but it was too windy to get in. One night we ate at Kaui Grill and Adam said it was his favorite meal of the trip.

On our last day we went to Secret Beach with a picnic lunch. It's supposed to be a fairly secluded beach. We had to park and take a little hike to get there. This was the kind of beach I always imagined when I thought of a tropical beach. The shore was very deep. But the waves were way too large to swim. There were a few other people there but no one dared to go more than 2 feet. These were like surfing waves but it was pretty rocky on toward the end so I don't think anyone would try it. All along the back of the shore was a large cliff. It was so nice to just find a secluded place since there were a lot of little inlets and just sit and listen to those huge waves crash. It got cloudy later and there was a mist from all the crashing waves. Once I was sitting on the shore where the waves came to and it just about washed me away! I could just feel the sand eroding right out from under me. It seemed like the water came in about 20 yards or so when the tide hit the shore. It was like the scene on that old movie, From Here to Eternity - you know that famous black and white scene where the couple is lying on the beach and the tide comes it and washes up on them.

So that's it for now. I'm going to post another day about the second part of the trip.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tickle Me page & punch storage

So, the first thing. Here's a page a made last night. I'm so happy when I get them done and photographed that quickly. This was made with Studio Calico's Summer Camp kit. 

And this. Punch storage. The girls were talking about how they store their punches so I thought I would take a photo of mine. I got these black floating shelves at Lowe's. They're pretty deep as far as a wall shelf goes so I used these two tier chrome stands and stacked the punches on them. The Martha punches sit so well so they aren't wonky and fall off all the time. As you can see, I need just a few more Martha punches   ; ) That's good cause I've been daydreaming about her new doily border punch.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Building Scenes

This is a page about my son's favorite thing to do - set up scenes all over the floor with his superheroes and villains and dragons and whatever else he can throw in there. He lines the bucket of army guys up from Toy Story and acts like Twitch is the bad leader over everyone. He pretends like his huge octopus is about to eat it all. Then he insists we/he leave it up for days while we all have to walk around it. I used to do that when I was little, only it was with farm animals and pens/fences.

This was made with Studio Calico's Back 40 kit.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

His Own Person

I made this page about my son's zest for life ; ) He is something else. The journaling talks about how he's loud, independent, a bit aggressive, head strong, fun, very excitable, not afraid to be who he is. Sometimes these traits can drive one to pull their hair out. Sometimes these traits make one worried to go pick him up at school for fear of what he may have done or said that day, lol. Just the other day he turned around and yelled, "STOP saying that!" to a kid who was telling his mom that Zane tried to put pretend handcuffs on him during recess. And I mean yelled. He just doesn't know how to control it all yet. But at least he's not worried about how he looks, he wants to make friends and have fun. He likes to just walk up to whatever kid is walking into school and start talking or trying to play. I know he'll probably grow out of this out-going-ness, that is if he's anything like his mom and dad, but wouldn't that be great if he never did grow out of all those things that make life fun? To never get disappointed with life? Just to learn to curb all that enthusiasm and determination but still live life fully. I don't guess a mom can ask more than that.

This was made using Studio Calico's Continental kit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some serious scrappy sessions

Have been going on in this household. Adam says it's been intense. I'm just kinda like that. I don't want to make anything for a while, just read or walk in my free time, but then I get the urge and go no holds barred for a few days. Here is the first page for your consideration : )


I just love it. It's wicked busy but I don't think I've ever had so much fun making a page. I just loaded it up with stuff I love and didn't worry about not making it busy. And it came together so quickly. This is about all the totally cute things she does. This page ended up being pretty special with all that journaling.

 This is about my son's first day of school. I made this page back when this kit came out, oh like in Feb. or so and was saving it for his first day. The first photo is the finished product. The second photo is the one I thought I was done with but after I photographed it I realized it needed more pops of red. I think it's interesting to see the comparisons. His first day was a non-event for him. He's already so used to school - last year and summer fun thing - that it was just like going back.


The next one, it's kind of modern and vintage at the same time. All the circles were cut by hand without trying to be exact. So that part wasn't as hard as it might seem. I have a thing about connecting circles - sound weird? I bet you understand. This is Ava on our little vacation. I did not pose her with those sunglasses on either as adorable as she looks, she wanted them, lol, just like her mama.

 The next one, I've had the idea in my head since this Hambly transparency came out. Just never got to it. It's a white overlay on cream paper. It's hard to photograph that subtle color difference and the reflection the transparency gives off. I was wanting to do all blue and white, but it just needed some red. Just a bit. This is about how thankful I am to have a daughter to do things with since I did not have a mom to experience all those things with when I was little. So I guess the journaling is pretty special on this one too.

And this last one. Oh this baby has been haunting me for about a year. I'm kinda ashamed and astounded at the same time to tell you that. I made the flowers when this kit came out at SC. I thought they were so special that I could not bear to put stuff on them that I didn't know was perfect. I knew I wanted to use these photos since they are the best of my daughter at that age that I have. But then I just didn't want to not do proper justice to them ; ) I just finally made myself do it. There is no pattern to the flowers, they are just drawn and cut by hand based on a pillow design from Anthropologie a few seasons ago. The stitched flowers are  just wild random turnings of the sewing machine then I watercolored them for subtle color. Then I went crazy going around them with more stitching to "connect" the pages. And yes, it took a darn long time ; )

Well, phew. Now that only leaves one page that is still unfinished that is really calling to me. I need to finish that and get started on a travel journal.   Ahhhh, to get all these pages made, photographed, and posted online. Sweet.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hey look

It's my very own blog design! I can't believe I finally figured out how to do this! These are all images of wallpaper that I took with hipstamatic then did a bit of tweaking in photoshop. Hubs thinks it looks professional, lol, but what does he know about it anyway? ; )

Friday, September 3, 2010

Makin' Stuff

I've been scrapbooking. This is the result. It's about my daughter squirming and running all around when I was trying to taker her photo, getting too close to the camera. She thought it was so funny. How is it she's cute even when she's blurry? She really does melt my heart everyday. She can be a touch onery but she's just the sweetest most adorable little soul.

I've also been on my fall decorating kick like I was saying so I re-worked the wreath for the door. A lot of the stuff had faded from last fall. I found those shiny pumpkins at Hobby Lobby and I just love the way it turned out. I started with a pre-made wreath last year but it was pretty skimpy so I added most of the good stuff. I think it's going to look really good on my dark rust door. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Vacation, first day of school, fall decorating

Not a very exciting title, huh?

We've been busy this summer and never really planned anything grand in terms of a summer vacation. So we decided to do our usual little getaway and take the kids to Dallas for a few days. We went to Six Flags, the Dallas Aquarium, and Great Wolf Lodge for the indoor water park. The 3 hour drive went pretty quickly with a newspaper and I seem to remember a small amount of singing.

So the first day was Six Flags. I'm from Oklahoma so I know what heat is ; ) We knew it would be hot. I even had these little water fan things that run on batteries for the kids but they were just no match for the temps. We spent a few hours there and decided it was enough. I was surprised in the amount of time we did spend there that my son was not afraid of the big swinging boat thing. I was. We missed the trolley back to the hotel and decided to walk what was a straight shot but Adam insisted on the wrong way and we had a slight detour (even though the way I wanted to go was right and I made sure and tell him about it). In 104 degrees I might add. Zane was exhausted before we even set out on the way back and Adam carried him piggy back or on his shoulders the full walk probably a little over a mile. We were cranky when we got back.

The next day was the aquarium. Zane was mad because we actually stopped to eat lunch in their restaurant before we went it. And it was the best meal we had while we were gone. I still fantasize about that taco salad. Anyway, he talked non stop about the crocodiles and sharks. We saw an anaconda and I actually felt sorry for the beast in the small cage he was in. The sharks were in a tank that made an arch over the walkway. There's probably a name for that. We stood/sat there for an hour watching all these different varieties of sharks swim overhead. He really loved doing that.

The last day of our trip we went to The Great Wolf Lodge since they have an indoor water park. We haven't been doing a lot of swimming so this was great excitement for my son. I was happy he was happy to stay in the little kids area and keep going down the same slide over and over. As we were leaving he remembered how the day before I said he could have a styrofoam sword. I was hoping he would forget that. And so you know how it goes with two kids - gotta have two swords. And they hit each other all the way home with them which would have been funny except my two year old couldn't decide whether she liked it or not, half the time laughing, half the time crying.

 So that brings us to the first day of preschool for my son. He went the same place last year so this wasn't an ordeal for us or anything. He was happy to go. And she's going to mother's day out two days a week. Here they are in front of our front door. I took his photo in the same spot last year. The idea is to do this every year to see how he's changed, grown, you know.

And fall decorating is in FULL swing around here. I'm not waiting any longer since we're going to be gone a week and a half in Oct. I got these cream pottery vases, glass vases, wrought iron candlesticks, metal pumpkins for outdoors, shiny pumpkins to update the fall wreath, three nice heavy weight amber crackle glass candle holders, more fall floral stuff including these orange seed pod things (in the vase in the dining room with stuff lined up to be hung on the wall), cute black metal three tier stand for 10.00 that will be perfect for Halloween cupcakes --- all for half price at Hobby Lobby. All of it. And well, pottery barn stuff too. I think I should call this blog "stuff lust". I'm joking, I hope I don't seem that shallow but . . . well . . . And a new dining table and chairs from Restoration Hardware (going in room below).We've only been living here a year after all ; )

Ava's been getting "dressed up" in her pretend heels, mardi gras beads, sunglasses, and hello kitty bag and saying she's going to work or to the bookstore (not sure where she got that one) and then she says bye bye see you later and gets on one of their toys with wheels and acts like she's driving off.

He's into building these elaborate set ups with caves, cages, castles, pirates, superheros, squishy snakes and bugs, those army guys from the bucket from toy story, and sometimes he throws one of her dolls in for good measure. Got to get some more pics of this - all the ones I have, he's either in his undies or they're blurry. 

Just a bit of everything.