Monday, July 27, 2009

200th post... with exciting news!

Clara went swimming today!That might not sound like really exciting news.... but for a child who fell under the water and has been deathly afraid of water all summer... today was a big day for her!
Daddy pulled her out into the middle and she quickly realized she was having fun!
She was spinning, floating, blowing bubbles in the water, jumping off the step to Daddy, asking to be tossed in the water... just amazing! She is so proud of herself! She didn't even need to wait until she was 3, like she was telling herself.
Swimming all by herself!

Clara and Daddy
Bryce and Clara were racing to the steps!
Jumping to Daddy
Huge milestone, since her last one was just going onto the 3rd step by herself!

Scrapping the Music Challenge #96

Scrapping the Music Challenge- Good Guys Win"Then and Now"
I reversed the lyrics to make my title work.
I scrapbooked my son's 1st day of preschool and his last day.
There is a hidden pocket for my journaling of the transformation he has made this past school year.


At the beginning of the year, he was very timid and shy and hid when in a crowd... by the end of the year, he was speaking proudly into a microphone in front of everyone!

Thanks for looking!

Use Your Stash Challenge- Scraps

Use Your Stash- use scraps


I love to use scraps (when I remember too) on layouts especially, but I thought that I would challenge myself even more by making some cards today. There are many birthdays that we are celebrating..
Happy Birthday Amy and Jeremy!
My daughter's 3rd birthday is soon.
Thanks for looking!

Use Your Stash Challenge- Color Combo

Use Your Stash- Color ComboBrown/orange/teal
I couldn't choose between orange and brown or orange and teal, so I used them all...

Thanks for stopping.

Use Your Stash Challenge- Stamps

Use Your Stash- Use StampsI used acryllic stamps and embossed them for my title on this layout.
Thanks for stopping by...

Use Your Stash Challenge- clips

New Challenge Site...
I found a new challenge site last night and had to do all 4 challenges today...
The 1st challenge of the month is to use clips...
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Scrapping the Music Challenge #95

Scrapping the Music Challenge #95
If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback
"What's worth the price is always worth the fight!"
Our price is disciplining our youngest through her terrible twos! We are trying to teach her how to appropriately behave and get our attention, but lately all she does is scream. We are hanging in there because we know it is totally worth the fight! She will outgrow this stage and be her wonderful self again, soon!


Thanks for the inspiration...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Secret Game

"You do not have to erase negative thoughts you have had. All you have to do is feel good and think good thoughts right now, and you will shift yourself to a completely different frequency where no negativity exists. No matter what you have thought in the past, whether ten years ago or one minute ago, NOW is where all your power is. Right NOW you can use your power and shift yourself. When you know this, you can move through your life without fear or regrets, because you can always think good thoughts NOW. "

Right now is a new moment... all negativity is gone... all positivity is ahead!!! I need to be reminded of this... tomorrow with be a wonderful day!

Sneak peek into my past week... (long post)

Here is a sneak peek into my past week...
I have been busy scrapbooking... up to May 2009... yeah!!!
Bryce's last day
I have been taking a lot of pictures of flowers lately.

Today, we went to White Haven to visit my Great Aunt Miriam and we got some fixtures and items out of my Great Grandfather's house. I remember visiting my Grandpoppop at this house when I was younger. The house is nothing like I remembered it. My Uncle Earl gutted the place to fix it up, but never had a chance to finish it. Unfortunately, they need to tear it down. So what better way to build a "green" house then Reuse items!!!

We took the front door... I can't wait to see which of the 3 places in the house we decide to use this door! I absolutely love it. My Great Grandmother put stain glass window stickers on the outside pieces... I remember them well. I won't be doing that, but it is a great memory!

Clara and I took a walk down the road and visited my Grandmother's school.

Here are the kids on the walkway steps.
Another cute one!

One more....

Life lessons... you don't get everything that you want out of life when you want it... you need to learn how to use your manners, not behave inappropriately and immaturely.
This week's Scrapping the Music Challenge is If Today Were Your Last Day by Nickelback... the quote that stands out to me is...
"My best friend gave me the best advice. He said each day's a gift and not a given right."
There are way too many people in this world that feel entitled to too many things... they feel it is their right! Each day is a gift and we should treat it that way... not treat each other badly, feel we deserve things that we truly do not deserve because we didn't earn them. You need to act respectfully to gain respect! Life lessons...
Carnival

Grammy, the kids and I went to the carnival and had a lot of fun! We then took Pop Pop and Daddy dinner at the property! They are doing such a wonderful job!

I taught a Kid's Camp last week as well as many other classes...

On Saturday, my sister came down and we went to the carnival again! Jonathan and the kids had a blast riding the rides!

The fireworks were amazing as well!
OOOOhhhhh!!!!
AAAAhhhhhh!!
(couldn't resist)

Tonight I am grateful for...
blogging
photography
time with family
reusing numerous items from my Great Grandparents' house (not disclosing all the items yet, wait and see....)
Aunt Miriam for giving them to us
My family for teaching me every day is a gift and not a given right and showing that in how they live their life everyday!
My sister, for being strong, a great role model to her son, while learning how to be a single mom again and providing for the 2 of them on her own
My mom, who is such a great role model, hard worker, repectful, dependable
Brian, for having the same values as me and making it easy to raise 2 children together, for sharing the same vision for our future, trying to always reach out and help others without consuming his life in theirs, 11 more days until our 7th anniversary!
Moving into our cabin... the date has been set, will post soon!
Progress on the house
for the family and friends who have not even seen our house yet to visit soon...
being a life long learner and always seeking new information... ie. currently learning new scrapbook techniques, reading a wonderful book that is even better than the secret, and learning how to build a "green" house.
Spending time with Tori tomorrow
Going to see Cirque Du Solei tomorrow with mom, Cathie and Jonathan
Going to the CK scrapbook convention with Terry, Jenn and Mom C.
Getting to crop with them!
Shopping... yeah!
Taking classes...
Spending an extra night down there with Brian for our anniversary.
Getting to go to the Melting Pot!!! Yummo!
7 days until the Convention
You- thank you for reading my blog and taking a sneak peek into my life.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bryce's New Haircut

Check out Bryce's New haircut...It is my favorite haircut that he has gotten... he looks so adorable and older.
Can you tell how much he loves it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

House update

View of tonight's progress...All of the front rafters on the house are up and they begun the back rafters tonight.
Beginning of the retaining wall.
Look how Pop Pop has been clearing out the side of the property.
Another view of the large mud pile that is being flattened.

View of back rafters going up.
Front rafters complete.

Back filling behind the house.


View from loft.
One more of our room.

Love this view
Thank you for stopping by...

09 10