Saturday, May 31, 2008
The first two teeth she lost when she was in control, basically she wiggled them out of her head. This time a top front one was loose but not quite ready to come out. She wanted to lose it at school but instead she lost it at a friend's house by accident and it was lost in the grass. She's still proud of her smile, though!
If there are sand dunes, Number One Son will run. If Number One Son is doing anything, I will take a pic.
Cuppycake's Fairy Fresh kit / fonts: Girls Are Weird, Herbert
TwoBoyz Backyard kit / AWP Pink Mocha alpha / font: John Handy LET
Jesse loves to turn wheels and because he's such the car enthusiast I usually make pages with car themes. But an adorable kit was created for the Scrap Orchard contest and so this time my boy is sailing away. Ahoy!
May you have a sunny morning. Ahoy and mahalo!
Pixiequeen's Manic Crush kit / fonts: Little Days, Mistral
MHulshoff's Summer kit / font: Odessa LET
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I stop whenever the scenery commands it. Today it was the clouds parting enough to let some sun accent the hills in a small town. And by small I mean you do a zig, then a zag, and you're through. But I lagged in the zag and captured the tiny church in the pics above. I didn't find beauty in a divine site but in a divine setting. How lucky am I to see things outside the van window that make me smile every time I see them? How lucky am I to smile at the things I see? Today at work someone asked me how I was. I responded that I get to see beautiful things all the way to and from work so I was doing very well, thank you! I look at the tree trunks, the leaves, the tops of the trees. I look at the cows, the horses, the birds, a little donkey and a couple pigs. I look at the homes, the stores, the signs, the side of the road. I hear the wind and the birds. Beauty is everywhere.
Good luck to the designers presenting their efforts at http://www.scraporchard.com !
Love In Paris by Kristin Aagard of Digi Delights / font: Kunstler Script
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Today is chilly. It's rainy and cold. This is not my comfort zone in late May! I wanted to remind myself of the hot days just two weeks ago by scrapping some summery pics. For the summer look I used some bright graphics. Normally I would not have chosen this kit for these pics but I wanted to scrap those pics and use that kit, no two ways around it. Just another method to get me out of my comfort zone. I can be Miss Matchy Matchy with colors in my dress or surroundings and especially in my pages. But this kit was summery like the pics so I put everything together. I really like my finished page but am still getting comfortable with the look. See those rosey cheeks on the kids? That was pure heat outside. Today I'm inside just trying to keep my fingers from freezing up so I can type. At least I know I can digiscrap!
Adeyeo Freebie 8 - My Friends Mini Kit / Mira Winter Glam alpha / K Pertiet white stitching / font: Elementric
Friday, May 23, 2008
Above is my daughter in her recent 2nd grade production of Sandy Beach Play. Check out that smirk she's giving the camera. She was a bristle worm. I didn't even know there was such a creature. I have to thank her teacher and class for teaching me a few things about my precious beach and its creatures.
I don't use a hairbrush. It's never been a priority for me to have "neat" hair, much to my mother's chagrin many years ago. Oh, she still tells me to fix my hair but I just smirk at her, now. I like my look. I don't mind the fazzled, undone 'do, and I often try to create such an effect with hairwax. I don't mind that my kids don't brush their hair on a daily basis. We don't look like bedheaded beasts, well, sometimes a bit of bedhead but not beasty. I've shaved my hair off, I've grown it out. I'm in line to get some dreadlocks. I won't be buying a brush. I don't mind a bit of fluffy puff in the back; I can't see it. This week it's been so windy outside that had we all brushed and coiffed it would have been upset the moment we stepped outside anyway. (smirk)
You have to visit this blog. I've never "heard" someone laugh sooo much online! Plus, she's an incredible designer:
Kim B Designs Undadasea bg / retrodiva PeaceJoy alpha / For You HG 02 paper / v.vv alpha blanc / LazyKitty ptsws hviezdicka 1 star / font: Carnation
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I took these pics on my drive while working yesterday. There is no way to get to my work destinations except via the "backroads" which wind through laurel and redwood groves, rolling hills, cows and horses in fields and corrals, and magnificent views. Every day I drive by these beautiful horses. They stay near the front of their corral which is right next to the road. The horse at the fence came to me immediately when I made "clicking" sounds, it sniffed my hand and posed as the wind blew it's mane. The others were stand-offish but didn't run off, instead gathered just out of reach. Thank goodness I remembered some fantastic graphics I downloaded from a creative and generous designer, and so the "Giddy-up" and rope frame were the icing on the cake for my layout!
The gift of the scenery on my drive, the area in which I live, the graphics which are offered by so many talented designers, these are not ever taken for granted. I was told at an early age (from Daddy-O) to look around me and appreciate where I live. I read about the efforts of each designer and how they appreciate a simple "thank you" when they give out their work. I do thank everyone!
Barb Derksen (Mrs Miles aka lalalime) "Giddy-up" and rope frame / InCa Harmonie frames / SDS Refreshed journaling strip / BSC Puggin bg / Shabby Princess Two Soon Shabby edges overlay / Rina Grandpa's Cabin rusty horseshoe / (unidentified "light scratches" overlay) / font: Alpha Mack
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I couldn't get him to look up so I just snapped away. I could have stuck the camera under his nose or taken away his electronics or been frumpy about it. But that would have given me an unnatural pose when, really, this is my boy. Plugged in. Doing his thing. Catching up on homework. Oblivious to the kids playing around him. Ignoring me. I don't mind. I know he knows I know that he enjoys the pics and layouts in the end.
Sometimes I don't answer my phone. SHOCK. Some people just don't understand how I ignore a ringing phone. I know who is calling (and usually why). I have things going on right at that moment. I also am aware of my own temperament. Trust me, you want me ignoring you. Leave a message.
2 Peas in a Pod Proud 2 Be Digi leaves / Digital Diva green bg / v.vv tampon12 (frame) / font: Ben Krush; Atomic Pasta
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Another blog I found today that I'm smitten with:
She offered Ordinary Joy elements freebie which I used above. Oh joy!!!
But just as I was breathing normally, inhaling the Spring air, smiling at my latest layout, listening to CARS and my youngest playing, I hear CRASH * CRACK. My son had been playing on the side table and pushed a set of ceramic coasters off the end. When I looked over, his eyes were already wide. He knew something had broken and that he was in trouble. But those eyes didn't stop me, I got high-pitched and loud. Instead of reflecting on the fact that he didn't do it on purpose (although he does know he's not to play on the table) I blew up over broken pieces. My immediate response was thoughts of those coasters being "my favorite", beautiful, even useful. He ran to his room crying his wailing cry of "being in trouble" but he's already quiet in there. Now I'm the one trying to be quiet...in my mind. Favorite? Useful? Come on, Steph, they're just objects, replaceable or can be reused as broken pieces on a matte or new table top. Now, to go get a hug from my boy, apologize for getting loud, and reiterate rules about playing on tables. And, back to ordinary joy.
Beth Nixon Ordinary Joy elements / Chris Enoy Paper Collection I 04 / font: Betty's Hand
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Here is a page I made with simply three elements from the ABC Jump Kit. My youngest son and my daughter sharing an ice cream cone. I know! It's SWEET!!
Digitreats ABC Jump Elements IX (ice cream) and Multi paper / fonts: Casablanca Antique; Carima
Friday, May 16, 2008
A woman, a bus and a baby
A woman gets onto a bus with her baby.
The bus driver says, "That's the ugliest baby that I've ever seen. Ugh!"
The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her, "The driver just insulted me!"
The man says, "There's no call for that. You go right up there and tell him off. Go ahead, I'll hold your monkey for you."
Got the following saying (word art) from the website: http://mmdcreations.blogspot.com/
So, laugh, will ya? Mahalo!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The other side of cars is for Jesse and Mark. They like to check out cars in their entirety as shown in this picture I took of them:
Monday, May 12, 2008
Amelie Scrap Delightful frames / Coreen Silke WE corner / Marianne Rustic background / ACBleser Clover paperbag tag / AR A Mother's Love brad / SNT Wou journal paper / NBK The Leaf butterfly / SDS Autumn Romance Doodle / fonts: John Handy LET; Spendid
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I can enjoy this time, unalone (now it's in writing so it's a word, so there).