TGIF

Fridays don’t mean a whole heck of a lot on summer vacation, but well, it’s still Friday 🙂 Just got finished updating my Scrap Pages and man, there was some gorgeous stuff to play with this week. Credits are attached to all of them so you can find all the goodness!! I am almost caught up on Project Life. I have to do last week’s page and this week over the weekend. I’ll get that updated in the next day or so.

Summer is quickly winding down. The schools here in this area have already gone back, so I am glad that I teach down the road a bit! We have several things going on the next few days. I go with A and C to Roanoke tomorrow to get their tuxes for the wedding. THAT should be interesting. I told C that on Monday we would head to Pipestem State Park and go horseback riding. He has never been on one, so that should be interesting, too! We also need to get in a few more pool trips before the summer is over! I have to go to work on Wed of next week for some training…yuck! I finally got my hair done yesterday after 7 months and it feels so much better!

I shared a fun pic on Facebook for Throwback Thursday yesterday, so I thought I would share it here as well. I miss my dad.

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This was taken in 1996 at Smith Mountain Lake, VA. My parents owned a condo there and we spent a lot of time in the summers at that place. Yes, this is what my dad liked to do for fun – hang my children from curtain rods LOL He was the best!

I’m out of here for now. It’s a rainy day and I have some errands to run. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

 

It’s Official!

I am on summer vacation! Woot! It started about 3 days ago and I’ve pretty much been a sloth. Sometimes it takes a bit of adjusting to go from 900 mph to 0. Here are a few of the things that I’ve learned on my summer vacation so far:

1. My dog does not understand the concept and is going to have to be convinced that waking me up at 5-something is no longer necessary.

2. The rice trick for cell phones that have gotten wet really does work (not that I would drop one in the toilet or anything hehe).

3. Riding mowers are nice, but pushing is much better exercise! *Note to self – get riding mower fixed*

4. Driving the long way to Beckley to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings is not so bad…and saves $$! 

So far, so good, right?

I’ve also managed to get the lattice under the deck fixed from aforementioned dog tearing it up…for the second time. And I have not given up on the pallet deck furniture that I am hoping to put together. M’s boyfriend is supposed to bring his truck up here on Saturday and help me go on a pallet hunt. But I am also babysitting my granddaughter, so not sure what the day will hold. I’m thinking movie time for her and C. R will be sleeping, so I need to find some way to keep them quiet haha.

I have been doing quite a bit of scrapping the last few days as well. And I am only one week behind on my Project Life pages! I have updated that page with the most recent. There is so much goodness in the stores this week. The designers never cease to amaze me! Check out some of this gorgeous stuff:

Advice For My Younger Self by Little Butterfly Wings
Advice For My Younger Self by Little Butterfly Wings
Shabby Boho Bundle by Etc by Danyale Shabby Boho Indie Kit by Etc by Danyale Fuss Free: Shabby Boho by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Shabby Boho Bundle by Etc by Danyale
Shabby Boho Indie Kit by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Shabby Boho by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Sunkissed and Sunkissed FB Freebie by Tracy Martin Knickerbocker by Zoliofrope
Sunkissed and Sunkissed FB Freebie by Tracy Martin
Knickerbocker by Zoliofrope
Sunkissed and Sunkissed FB Freebie by Tracy Martin Phantasmagorical by Little Green Frog
Sunkissed and Sunkissed FB Freebie by Tracy Martin
Phantasmagorical by Little Green Frog
Capture 2014: Summer Bucket List|Bundle by Cluster Queen Creations
Capture 2014: Summer Bucket List|Bundle by Cluster Queen Creations
Tackle Box by River~Rose Topsy Turvy by Little Green Frog
Tackle Box by River~Rose
Topsy Turvy by Little Green Frog
Dreams Do Come True Elements by Little Butterfly Wings Friends Mini Kit by Little Butterfly Wings Just Add Water Journal Cards by Little Butterfly Wings Just Add Water Borders by Little Butterfly Wings Freebie Template by Amy Martin
Dreams Do Come True Elements by Little Butterfly Wings
Friends Mini Kit by Little Butterfly Wings
Just Add Water Journal Cards by Little Butterfly Wings
Just Add Water Borders by Little Butterfly Wings
Freebie Template by Amy Martin
Weekends Were Made For Fun by Little Butterfly Wings Journal Hoppers by Valorie Wibbens
Weekends Were Made For Fun by Little Butterfly Wings
Journal Hoppers by Valorie Wibbens
Advice For My Younger Self by Little Butterfly Wings Topography No. 22 by Valorie Wibbens
Advice For My Younger Self by Little Butterfly Wings
Topography No. 22 by Valorie Wibbens
Shabby Boho Bundle by Etc by Danyale Shabby Boho Indie Kit by Etc by Danyale Topsy Turvy by Little Green Frog
Shabby Boho Bundle by Etc by Danyale
Shabby Boho Indie Kit by Etc by Danyale
Topsy Turvy by Little Green Frog

Aren’t those some gorgeous kits? I had so much fun creating layouts with them. I’m off to finish up chores and maybe read a little today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Did someone say Summer?

At the end of the day tomorrow, it will officially be summer vacation! Can’t I get a WooHooo! In case you didn’t know, teachers are wayyy more excited about it than the students ha! The last couple of weeks have been kind of crazy, hence my lack of posting, but I’m going to try to do some catching up. Two of the three children have had birthdays come and go. A turned 23 *gasp* and M turned 19. How in God’s name do I have children who are so old? We went out to dinner on both occasions, only a few days late on the oldest because he was away with National Guard duties. In addition to that my granddaughter graduated from Kindergarten and also had a dance recital that we’ve attended. Check out my instagram if you want to see photos of any of the above.

Before I get to sharing scrapping stuff, I just have to take a minute to confess a parenting fail. I was watching Forrest Gump last night with M and her boyfriend and it came to the part where Forrest is on the Dick Cavett Show with John Lennon. BF (who is 20) says, “What did John Lennon do?”, to which M replied, “Wasn’t he in a band or something?”. Where did I go wrong that my children do not know The Beatles. As someone said in a comment to me on Facebook, guess they weren’t more popular than Jesus after all.

Ok…on to scrappy business. I am so totally stoked. I have just recently acquired 2 guest spots that I am over the moon about. One is for Scooty’s Designs at Pickleberry Pop. If you haven’t seen her stuff, you must check it out! And the other is for Little Butterfly Wings at The Lily Pad. Omgosh, I have been a fan of hers for soooo long.  You’ll see pages with their stuff in my long list of layouts, since I am so far behind. And hopefully I’ll get all caught up on Project Life in the next few days.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Frog Prince by Etc by Danyale Little Ones Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale Early Doors by Little Green Frog
Frog Prince by Etc by Danyale
Little Ones Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale
Early Doors by Little Green Frog
Sweet Pea by Etc by Danyale Little Ones Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale Early Doors by Little Green Frog
Sweet Pea by Etc by Danyale
Little Ones Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale
Early Doors by Little Green Frog
This Crazy Life by Cluster Queen Creations Random Marker Alpha by Cluster Queen Creations Square Dance by Little Green Frog
This Crazy Life by Cluster Queen Creations
Random Marker Alpha by Cluster Queen Creations
Square Dance by Little Green Frog
Frog Prince and Sweet Pea by Etc by Danyale Little Ones Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale Early Doors by Little Green Frog
Frog Prince and Sweet Pea by Etc by Danyale
Little Ones Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Together is Good 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Beach Vacation by River~Rose  Beach Vacation Messy Bits by River~Rose Beach Vacation Filler Cards by River~Rose Knickerbocker by Zoliofrope
Beach Vacation by River~Rose
Beach Vacation Messy Bits by River~Rose Beach Vacation Filler Cards by River~Rose Knickerbocker by Zoliofrope
prinkles V. 24 by Valorie Wibbens  A Bit Worn No. 7 by Valorie Wibbens  Forget Me Not by Valorie Wibbens  Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens
Sprinkles V. 24 by Valorie Wibbens
A Bit Worn No. 7 by Valorie Wibbens
Forget Me Not by Valorie Wibbens
Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens
You Are by River~Rose You Are Wood Banners by River~Rose Topography No. 18 by Valorie Wibbens
You Are by River~Rose
You Are Wood Banners by River~Rose
Topography No. 18 by Valorie Wibbens
Sweet Pea by Etc by Danyale Gimme Layers Vol 66 by Cluster Queen Creations
Sweet Pea by Etc by Danyale
Gimme Layers Vol 66 by Cluster Queen Creations
ARTBook - Through My Window by Val C. Designs
ARTBook – Through My Window by Val C. Designs
Recharged by Scooty's Designs Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens
Recharged by Scooty’s Designs
Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens
Dreams Do Come True Papers and Elements by Little Butterfly Wings Template Freebie by Amy Martin
Dreams Do Come True Papers and Elements by Little Butterfly Wings
Template Freebie by Amy Martin

 

I think that’s it for today! Hopefully with more time on my hands, I’ll be back more often. 🙂

Happy Memorial Day

 I hope everyone is having tons of fun with cook-outs, family, and friends! And I hope that everyone takes a moment to remember why we have this day and think of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Not much going on here today. R is working night shift, so he will be sleeping most of the day. C and I went out for ice cream and shakes yesterday and I got all the chores done, so I’m hoping to relax with the sun and a good book.  I have been trying to get through Allegiant since the fall! I also have a bit of paper work to do, but I’m going to enjoy the day as much as possible! Ribs are marinating for the grill later! M is gone to Pigeon Forge with her BF and his family for the weekend and A is on a mission with the National Guard for 2 weeks.

I did get a bit of scrapping done amidst the crazy last week. The designers I CT for never cease to amaze me with their creations!

Credits: We Carry On by River~Rose PieceMaker by Zoliofrope
Credits: We Carry On by River~Rose
PieceMaker by Zoliofrope
Credits: Early Doors by Little Green Frog Paradise by Tracy Martin Paperbacks V1 by Tracy Martin Lemondrop Paints and Words by Tracy Martin
Credits: Early Doors by Little Green Frog
Paradise by Tracy Martin
Paperbacks V1 by Tracy Martin
Lemondrop Paints and Words by Tracy Martin
Fuss Free: Life's A Beautiful Ride 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs  Life's A Beautiful Ride by Tickled Pink Studio
Fuss Free: Life’s A Beautiful Ride 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Life’s A Beautiful Ride by Tickled Pink Studio
Capture 2014: 4x6 Collage Cards Capture 2014: Springtime  by Cluster Queen Creations
Capture 2014: 4×6 Collage Cards
Capture 2014: Springtime by Cluster Queen Creations
Credits: ARTbook - Carnet de Voyage - {Bundle} by Val C. Designs
Credits: ARTbook – Carnet de Voyage – {Bundle} by Val C. Designs

Hoping to get a little more scrapping done later today, but now I am off to enjoy the sunshine 🙂 Have a wonderful Memorial Day and rest of the week!!

Starting a new week behind…

So, what else is new…right? haha This last week was a pretty busy one. I had all the kiddos here for Mother’s Day which was awesome and the rest of the week was spent getting C ready to take his first SOL’s. I won’t get off on that subject, because as a teacher and a parent, it could get pretty long winded! I don’t anticipate the craziness letting up any time soon, but counting the days until there is nothing 🙂 Friday was kind of tough because it would have been my daddy’s 77th birthday. I miss him so much…every single day. He was my rock and the one person I could always count on to be there for me without judgement or hesitation. My Throwback Thursday this week was just for him…

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I also managed to squeeze in a little scrapping this week. Lots of gorgeous stuff out there in the shops. I’m so fortunate to create for some amazing ladies.

Credits: Middle Ground : Solo by Zoliofrope Little Sew and Sew by Tracy Martin Eskimo Kisses Alpha by Tracy Martin Lime In the Coconut by Tracy Martin
Credits: Middle Ground : Solo by Zoliofrope
Little Sew and Sew by Tracy Martin
Eskimo Kisses Alpha by Tracy Martin
Lime In the Coconut by Tracy Martin
Credits: Family Reunion and Festival Bundle by Etc by Danyale Intergalactic by Little Green Frog
Credits: Family Reunion and Festival Bundle by Etc by Danyale
Intergalactic by Little Green Frog
Credits: Finally by Valorie Wibbens Topopgraphy No. 23 by Valorie Wibbens
Credits: Finally by Valorie Wibbens
Topopgraphy No. 23 by Valorie Wibbens
Credits: Let Them Play by Val C. Designs Journey Documented by Val C. Designs
Credits: Let Them Play by Val C. Designs
Journey Documented by Val C. Designs
Credits: Family Reunion and Festival Bundle by Etc by Danyale Fuss Free: Enjoy Today by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Credits: Family Reunion and Festival Bundle by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Enjoy Today by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Credits: Quite the 'Pear' by River~Rose
Credits: Quite the ‘Pear’ by River~Rose
Credits: You Were Young by River~Rose Topography No. 22 by Valorie Wibbens
Credits: You Were Young by River~Rose
Topography No. 22 by Valorie Wibbens

I am almost up to date on PL as well. I just need to do this week…as soon as I gather the photos off my camera and phone.

Credits: May 2014 Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee Title Card by Amanda Yi
Credits: May 2014 Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee
Title Card by Amanda Yi
Credits: May 2014 Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee Title Card by Amanda Yi
Credits: May 2014 Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee
Title Card by Amanda Yi

 

Off to get some things done around the house and probably scrap a bit later. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Throwback Thursday and Some Scrap

I always have the best time looking back through old photos and trying to decide on my Throwback Thursday (#tbt). I try to rotate through all of my children and throw in a little of my childhood sometimes. This week I chose one of my favorites of A when he was about 4. This photo was taken on a road trip to Kings Island. Not sure exactly why he put the Happy Meal box on his head, he’s just goofy like that.

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I didn’t scrap much at all this week. Most of the designers that I CT for took the week off. I think everyone was a little hungover and needed a break from iNSD. So, I just have a couple of layouts to share.

Tracy’s kits always make me happy and this one is no exception. Her papers are drool worthy, let me just tell you. New this week from Tracy Martin is Little Sew & Sew. I paired it up with an awesome new template from Andrea – Little Green Frog – called Rule of Thumb. These are awesome!!

Little Sew & Sew by Tracy Martin Lemon Drop Paints and Words by Tracy Martin Rule of Thumb by Little Green Frog
Little Sew & Sew by Tracy Martin
Lemon Drop Paints and Words by Tracy Martin
Rule of Thumb by Little Green Frog

And new this week are some more awesome templates by Cheryl – Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs. These are called Fuss Free: My Scrapbook Art 2. I paired it up with a gorgeous kit by Etc by Danyale called Garden View. Goes right along with the flower love I have going on right now!

Fuss Free: My Scrapbook Art 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Garden View by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: My Scrapbook Art 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee
Garden View by Etc by Danyale

So excited that tomorrow is Friday and we are going to be under 20 days of school left! Wooo Hooo!! Hope you all have a wonderful end to your week!!

iNSD and Other Craziness

Wow, this was one crazy week. Both in the scrap world and in real life. You can tell it’s getting close to the end of the school year because everyone is getting on each others’ nerves every day. And I’m not just talking about the students, the teachers can be just as bad haha. We are down to just over a month left and I’m not sure there is anyone more excited than me. The past couple of summers and just been, well, crappy. I mean I appreciated the time off, but they weren’t the rejuvenating fun filled times that they should have been. I’m so hoping that this summer is full of fun and memories and sunshine (unlike the rainy one last year).

We also got to do a little celebrating this weekend. My oldest proposed to his girlfriend at Disney World last week, so we all got together for dinner on Friday with her family for a little celebration. She is a wonderful girl and her family seems lovely. I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

In the scrappy world, iNSD is in full swing. There are games, chats, challenges, gifts, sales, and fun everywhere! It’s hard to keep up. I’ll be honest, I tend to bury my head in the sand on some of these big event days because it’s all so overwhelming. The past few years, I haven’t been around much for this one, because it always seemed to fall on prom weekend. No proms this year…kids are grown up. Well, except the one, and I have a few years with him before I start all over and honestly, boys are much easier than girls ha. So, I did manage to scrap quite a bit. There were a few things I had to pass on because I just ran out of time. But I can tell you, these designers work their butts off for this day. I don’t know how they do it all. Here are  the pages I managed to get done during the craziness:

Credits: Mellow Yellow (iNSD Freebie) by Tracy Martin
Credits: Mellow Yellow (iNSD Freebie) by Tracy Martin
It's a Guy Thing by Tracy Martin Slapdash by Zoliofrope
It’s a Guy Thing by Tracy Martin
Slapdash by Zoliofrope
Fashionista by Cluster Queen So Selfie by Little Green Frog
Fashionista by Cluster Queen
So Selfie by Little Green Frog
I've Got Sunshine by Traci Reed Flutternutter by Zoliofrope
I’ve Got Sunshine by Traci Reed
Flutternutter by Zoliofrope
Clean Slate by Etc by Danyale  Template by Amy Martin
Clean Slate by Etc by Danyale
Template by Amy Martin
It's A Guy Thing by Tracy Martin  Syracuse by Zoliofrope
It’s A Guy Thing by Tracy Martin
Syracuse by Zoliofrope
#soselfie by Cluster Queen Creations  Watering Hole by Little Green Frog
#soselfie by Cluster Queen Creations
Watering Hole by Little Green Frog
Slapdash by Zoliofrope Sprinkles V23 by Valorie Wibbens  Forget Me Not by Valorie Wibbens Drama Queen No. 2 by Valorie Wibbens
Slapdash by Zoliofrope Sprinkles V23 by Valorie Wibbens
Forget Me Not by Valorie Wibbens Drama Queen No. 2 by Valorie Wibbens
#SoSelfie by Etc by Danyale  So Selfie by Little Green Frog
#SoSelfie by Etc by Danyale
So Selfie by Little Green Frog
#SoSelfie by Etc by Danyale  soselfie by Fiddle-Dee-Dee
#SoSelfie by Etc by Danyale
soselfie by Fiddle-Dee-Dee
Forget Me Not by Valorie Wibbens  Drama Queen No. 2 by Valorie Wibbens Sprinkles V23 by Valorie Wibbens   Template by Amy Martin
Forget Me Not by Valorie Wibbens
Drama Queen No. 2 by Valorie Wibbens Sprinkles V23 by Valorie Wibbens
Template by Amy Martin

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend. I am going to mow the lawn and do one of my favorite things ever….plant flowers!! 🙂

 

Fabulous Friday and More New Scrappiness

Happy Friday, everyone! I so totally love Fridays! Our one day of the week to come home and just chill. No homework to be done, no dinner cooking, no chores, no nothing….just time to breathe again. I swear 3rd grade homework is going to be the death of me!

Thought I would take a minute to drop by and share the rest of my layouts for this week. There some fantastic stuff hitting the stores.

Serendipity by River~Rose at Pickleberry Pop And Many More by Little Green Frog at Scrap Orchard
Serendipity by River~Rose at Pickleberry Pop
And Many More by Little Green Frog at Scrap Orchard
ART BOOK - Tree Love set by ValC Designs  Organic by ValC Desigsn Basic Nature Alpha by ValC Designs Magic by ValC Designs All at Oscraps
ART BOOK – Tree Love set by ValC Designs
Organic by ValC Desigsn
Basic Nature Alpha by ValC Designs
Magic by ValC Designs
All at Oscraps
Rainy Days by River~Rose at Pickleberry Pop Syracuse by Zoliofrope at Sweet Shoppe
Rainy Days by River~Rose at Pickleberry Pop
Syracuse by Zoliofrope at Sweet Shoppe
Paradise by Tracy Martin at Oscraps Fuss Free: Torn 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee at Scrap Orchard
Paradise by Tracy Martin at Oscraps
Fuss Free: Torn 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee at Scrap Orchard

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Throwback Thursday and Some Scrappin’

I always have a good time looking back through photos, finding something fun to post for Throwback Thursday. This week I chose a photo from 2006 – C’s favorite game of pulling M’s hair!

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And while I’m here, I thought I’d share some layouts with some fab stuff that’s just hitting the scrappy stores!

Credits: Play by Etc by Danyale and And Many More by Little Green Frog - both at Scrap Orchard
Credits: Play by Etc by Danyale and And Many More by Little Green Frog – both at Scrap Orchard
Credits: Paradise by Tracy Martin at Osxraps and Coraline by Zoliofrope at Sweet Shoppe
Credits: Paradise by Tracy Martin at Oscraps and Coraline by Zoliofrope at Sweet Shoppe
Credits: Paradise by Tracy Martin at Oscraps and Fuss Free: Torn 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee at Scrap Orchard
Credits: Paradise by Tracy Martin at Oscraps and Fuss Free: Torn 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee at Scrap Orchard

I’ll be back with some more awesome new releases in the next few days! Hope everyone has a great evening and a fab Friday!!