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Friday, April 17, 2009

It's Ours!!!

Pics from the realtor's website of our new place!














Oh, my gosh. I was sooo bummed about having that huge repair to our current house, which DH and I both have grown to dislike very much. We decided to lease it out so we can write off some of the repair and purchase our "forever" house...and here it is!! We're all approved and ready to go. Just waiting on the appraisal, since they're running two weeks behind. Guess everyone is busy refinancing. The leasing market is really good right now according to several realtors we spoke with, and there isn't one for lease in our neighborhood, so we'll be good.



Emily's room has this cute built-in stage. The top of the stage is her bed - so cute! The floor is plexiglass with different colored lights underneath :)

There's one room I'll need help in repainting. It's the game room and, boy, do I dislike that blue. I need help in knowing what in the world to do with a room like this. Just paint it all one color???

Friday, March 20, 2009

New Stuff All Around


This kit had such sweet ribbon! And pretty rub-ons.




So I got a new job! Yay :) I've worked from home for years, but business is slow out there. Folks don't have enough money to sue each other anymore, so my line of work is diminishing. With a massive home repair bill upon us and a new set of braces on Em, it was time for me to start looking. Just so happens my neighbor is an attorney and his secretary was, well, mean. She threw tea in the face of a sweet co-worker during an argument. At a nice law firm. Who does that in this economy? LOL! Crazy I tell ya. So he offered me the job and I snapped it up - whew!

Michelle at Polka Dot Whimsy I thought asked me to do a guest design spot and I was thrilled - such cute kits she has! But I'm up there as a regular on the team, so that's a nice surprise! I really love the girls at 3SB and Heather is awesome, but I wouldn't be able to really participate there as much with the new job and what we're going to go through on the home repair, so I went ahead and resigned. But I love them! PDW doesn't have the same board participation, so I should be okay there.

Friday, February 27, 2009

We Love to Camp Mini

Oops! Sorry, this one is out for pub. I'll put it back in a few months...




Wanted one of these Jenni Bowlin minis and finally remembered to get one. Love it with the October Afternoon cloud paper and super cute Imaginisce rub-ons. Finally got around to using the Making Memories glittery frames and K&Co. 3-D glittery fish stickers together.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Using up stash...


One good thing about cleaning out my office means I'm more likely to use up old supplies :) I never really loved that Love, Elsie paper and it was in a giveaway stack. But when I started this layout, I snagged it back from the giveaway pile :)


My girls and their friend. They text, text, text all the time when they are together. Weird!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rashes and Rain - Making Memories Passport



Loving Making Memories stuff right now. They seem to be getting it just right on all their products. And my revamped Michaels is awesome! Picked up the Making Memories, Prima and K and Co. there for this one.

This trip was ridiculous. The first time we took the boat out, it rained. The first time while we were out in the middle of this huge lake, getting used to figuring out the boat, of course! The fog and rain clouds obscured the banks and it was a nail-biter trying to find our way back to our campsite dock, thinking the whole time, "WHY did I let him get this friggin' boat?" :) Our RV spot was a muddy mess and getting the dogs in and out was a pain. But! We hung around and waited out the rain. I like the pictures we got, though :) So it's all good. Never did figure out what that nasty rash was that Sara got.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chloe's Closet



Love the new Chloe's Closet from Making Memories. It will be perfect for all the outdoor pictures we take at Matt's parents. Love the mix of patterns and colors and all the embellies.

Cute stamp from 3 Scrappy Boys this month!

Love these pictures of Emily and John Luke, her cousin. We went to visit John Luke's dad, DH's brother, when he was home on a visit from Iraq, on his way to Afghanistan.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Couple More ...


Hating my scanner for sure! Totally blurs my layouts. I'm glad to have tons of pics of when the girls were younger that I've never had the time to scrap. Now that they're getting bigger, it makes me happy to go scrap events from a few years ago and makes me smile :)



Sara's friend Rebecca cracks me up. She's very cute and very bubbly and very dramatic. As they were doing last-minute studying for semester exams this week, Rebecca shouts out, "You're such a NERD, Sara! You know all the answers!" LOL! We laughed about it on the way home from school and I had to scrap it that night. Using some of that cute Colorbok in my stash. I love all the bright colors and fun patterns.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Snow Joy - White Challenge

My friend Donna at Happy Scrappin came up with a cool idea that really got me inspired to play around with this layout. It was do one in all white, off-white, clear and/or bling. It even made me pull out some vellum for cutting the flowers :) They have a contest going until the 15th, I think, if you want to give it a shot!

I'm going to use it as my stash challenge this week at 3 Scrappy Boys and see what those ladies come up with.

My packrat ways came in handy. Used a piece I'd tossed into my scrap things from an old frame. It was great for some dimension and putting the white UTEE on the glass edges.