February 23, 2009


Wow have we been having a fun time on our travels! Jameson has had a great time eating the snow! Earlier today William & Mara were here playing with Jameson. They all wanted to go outside so we got all bundled up and headed out. William asked Jameson if he wanted to ride in the gator with him and they could both pretend to be the daddys. And then he said, "Mara you can be the honey (aka mommy/wife)." I was laughing so hard at them!

Over the weekend I was in Michigan for an ADPi conference. It went really well. Our district has a new colony at Drake University. We wanted them to know we were thinking about this so we took a group photo of everyone that was at the conference this weekend. Here is the photo we sent to them.

Then today we spent the morning relaxing. This afternoon we met up with my friend Simonette. We had a good time chatting and watching Jameson be himself. Then we headed to see my grandma. If I didn't know her true age, I would never believe that she is 88. She was trying to teach me how to knit and then Jameson wanted to get in on the action too. So cute!

February 19, 2009

Creating with friends!

Earlier this week I was a very lucky girl to get some crafty time with some of my dearest college friends. Jaimie hosted and Julie, Jaime & Krista all came. It was amazing to catch up with each other. Here are a few of the digital pages that I did while we were together.

Using some fun kits from K Studios & Pink Ellie at AfterFiveDesigns.com. (The photo has a lightroom treatment which Kristen created - so makes me smile!)
Here is another one using a kit from AfterFiveDesigns.com but the best part about this one...you can get it for free from The Daily Scrapper.
This is another one using things from After5.

I've been enjoying some major quality time with my family...heavenly! This weekend I'm heading to Michigan for the District Leadership Conference for ADPi. I'm so excited to meet the new recruitment teams for our 21 chapters!

February 15, 2009


As promised here are some photos of baby Addy (and one with Jameson)!

February 14, 2009

Digital Community

If you are a digital scrapbooker and aren't a part of the online community, you are missing out! The women that make up this community have such big hearts. Today I was surprised with a RAK (random act of kindness) from Tracy Rivera. She sent me a coupon for her adorable Valentine kit. I'm so excited! Another thing I love about this community is that when someone is in need they rally to help. Like the this grab bag for Mellisa. She was in an accident and the proceeds from the kit go to help her out. Another thing I like about this community...meeting friends in real life! Tomorrow I am meeting up with Nicole! After I meet up with Nicole I am then heading to meet up with some college friends. We're going to be together until sometime Monday. I am so over the top excited about the next few days. I love being surrounded by loved ones!

Now I'm off to prepare for a newborn photo session. Baby Addy is on her way here right now!! I'll post some pictures soon!

Be Mine...

On this day of love I thought I would post this reminder of the ultimate love... "He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life" (John 3:16, The Message). Long after the gifts we might give or receive today God's love for us endures. Jesus showed His love for us and taught us how to live and love each other. He received criticism, testing and rejection -- and yet gathered strength from God to turn the other cheek. Jesus prayed for us, and His enemies. He even suffered crucifixion in order to save us from our sin. Jesus is God's perfect expression of love. His life and death are God saying to me and you, "Be Mine." (extracted from Proverbs 31 devotional)

February 13, 2009


The boy did it! We headed out to the slops this morning and Jameson actually did it! I honestly wasn't sure what he was going to do with the boots and coat, etc. Once he had it all on and was at the bottom of the hill with Papa Jim and Uncle Brandt he was all about it! He went up the special moving carpet about 6-7 times. Then he was all set to try out the chair lift. He was so cool to see him so excited and doing it! Here are some photos so daddy can see!

Tonight I'm heading to a dinner at AU. I am so excited to get to see some college friends and enjoy a yummy meal. I will be watching what I'm eating but tonight I might have a bit more then usual. I know I haven't updated the ticker on the blog to show my weight lose. To be honest I can't remember my password but I have lost about 15 pounds with 6-7 more to go to reach my official goal. We'll see that works out with so much travel going on the rest of this month?!

I also wanted to share with everyone that Cafe J has a freebie on her blog today. Also wanted to share with everyone that The DigiChick is having a party this weekend in celebration of Valentine's Day...check it out!

February 10, 2009

We're off...

Has it really been over a week since I posted anything? I have had really good intentions but instead I took the weekend off from the computer! I'm actually think I'm going to be doing that more often. This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the District 1 conference for ADPi. It was filled with excitement, including a visit from the local fire station! Nothing was wrong but it did provide for a reason to get outside and enjoy the awesome heatwave we've been having since Friday. Then Sunday we went to church and then hung out as a family. Jameson had a blast playing with the sand down at the beach near our house (lake beach not the ocean beach). Yesterday and today have been filled with Chick-fil-a. My mom send Jameson a gift card to Chick-fil-a and he has been having a blast paying for his own food. The first clerk couldn't really understand him though so he didn't get exactly what he wanted but he was okay with it and politely told her thank you. Our local Chick-fil-a is the absolute best. Today they had a mommy & me time which include free coffee for the moms, story time, and many activity stations throughout (play dough, a Valentine Craft & coloring). We will definitely be back for this!

Remember the butterflies? Well this past Sunday we decided to let them go out in the wild. The instructions say they can be let go as long as the temperature is above 50, it was about 70 at the point that we decided to let them go. Personally it was a way for me to not have to explain death to Jameson. It was neat to see them flutter about and hopefully they were able to spend their last hours happy and free! As a side not, we do know that one of the butterflies didn't survive too long. One of our resident lizards ate it. I almost started crying right there but realized that Jameson didn't see it so I held back. It was so sad to witness but I know it is the circle of life, I'd just personally prefer not to have to witness it first hand.

Earlier today I found out that I won on the Trendy Straps blog. I can't tell you yet what exactly I won but let me just say that I am totally blown away and really excited. I got one of their straps a few months ago and it is so comfy and looks great. I've had different embellished straps but none as comfy as this one (it is made with neoprene). As good as the strap is I'm sure that this prize that I've won is going to be over the top exceptional. Stay tuned and I'll be sure to share the details! Their new catalog goes lives this coming Sunday.

Now onto a few of my latest creations... (for credits, click on the images)
If you're a local crafty friend...mark your calendar for March 12th. I'm teaching an acrylic home decor class at the Southern Scrapbook store. I'll be sure to post a picture later this month to give you an idea of what we'll be doing. What I can say is that it is something a beginner or advance crafter can do. Please join us!!

Beware the blog won't be being updated too much because the boy & I are off on a wild adventure north! I'll be back more frequently in March!

February 1, 2009

Exciting news!

Yeah February is finally here! I've had some exciting news that I wasn't able to share until 2/1. The DigiChick is now under new management...Nicole Seitler aka Sugarplum Paperie. She is the first creative team that I was ever added to. Now that she is at TDC she asked me to help out with the Hybrid Creative Team there. We've added a few new artists and I'm excited to see what everyone creates. There will be some challenges in the coming weeks, so watch out for some links from the blog. Better yet, if you aren't already registered at TDC...go do it!

In other news, you all know I've been a subscriber at Scarlet Lime since Christy Tomlinson started this kit of the month. I just go the latest newsletter and was pleasantly surprised when one of my cards was featured! Such an honor! (And the best part is that I didn't even notice it, Sarah had to tell me!)

This weekend I've been doing lots of reading, which we all know isn't my favorite thing to do. I'm reading the entire 300+ page recruitment & marketing manual for ADPi. It is interesting but I can't just sit and read for too long at one time. Good thing I didn't save this task any longer since I have to have it done by the middle of February.

Around the house, we have 5 new pets! Jameson got one of those butterfly nets for Christmas. The baby caterpillars arrived a few weeks after Christmas and just this past week they emerged from their cocoons. Tomorrow they get to travel to school for show and tell!

Now I'm off to pretend that I'm watching the Superbowl, when really I'm just excited to see the new commercials! How about you, what have you been up to these days?!