Saturday, March 27, 2010

A New Look

I decided I wanted a new look for my blog so I went and found a new background....not too sure about it yet but when I went back the site to look for some more the site was down so I will leave it for now.
It's been busy around here the last couple of weeks. I was sick all last week so I didn't feel like I got much of anything accomplished. This week I hit the ground running and was able to get some stuff done around here as well as put in some scrappy time.
The biggest news around here is that we have booked our flights to Salt Lake and our hotel for when we pick up Jeremy! It is really beginning to feel real to me now. I can hardly wait. Last fall my friend Sue had her son come home from his mission in Paraquay and she posted some of her photos on facebook. There was one shot that just said it all to wasn't a great photo, in fact it was blurry but she was hugging him. It was so emotional for me to see that picture I am hoping to get a similar one of Jeremy when we pick him up. When he left I tried so hard to be strong and not cry but you could totally see it in the pictures we took that "Mom was about to loose it." I am really hoping for lots of cool pictures when we pick him up.

I have four new layouts to share. A couple from Christmas and a couple more "thoughtful" ones. I had a big "ah ha" moment the other night while scrapping. I had been working on a Christmas layout and it was cute...I was happy with the way it turned out wasn't until I started the "moment" layout that I realized that I am totally a moment/story driven scrapper. Sure it's fun to do the birthdays and the Christmas layouts but it's the little moments and the stories that evoke the emotions that are what I love scrapping most.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


In honor of St Patricks Day I decided to post a couple of older layouts. I did both of these back in 2007 to honor not only my Irish heritage but my Dad as well. I was very young when he passed away so I can't recall if it's an actual memory of him always wearing a green carnation on St Patricks day or if that is just a memory that my Mom "helped" me to remember after he was gone. Either way...I am grateful for the memory. My sister and I have scrapped this photo of my Dad countless's one of the few really good ones we have of him. It was taken probably about a year before he passed away.
I guess perhaps my Dad is one of the reasons I love to scrap...not that he was a crafter my any means....he was more into camping and fishing...but since I have lived so much of my life without him all the little memories that I do have are precious to me. In my "7 year old memory" of my father, he was perfect, he had no faults. Of course I know, as an adult, this isn't true but I figure if there was ever a positive side to having him pass away so young that is it. So today I honor you Daddy and what few precious memories that I have of you....I am grateful to have had you in my life even if it was for just a short time. I love you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

So I'm a Bit Behind

Yesterday when Jeremy and I were emailing back and forth he asked me what I was doing. I told him I was working on my "December Daily." His reply was "You do realize that December is over right?" I assured him that I knew that December was over and that I really hadn't lost my marbles in the 21 months he had been gone....but rather that I had not had time to finish it. He's such a goof or to quote him...he's a dork! Anyway, regardless that December is long over I decided I would post a few pages from my "December Daily." Normally December Daily albums stop with Christmas day but I decided to carry it out thru the end of the year....not sure that was a good idea as it took me longer to come up with photos for the last few days of the year and even longer to finish it...oh and learn.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Double Digits!

If someone had told me back in June of 2008 that the next twenty-four months were going to zoom by this fast I wouldn't have believed them....but now looking back I can truly say that the time that Jeremy has been gone on his mission has totally raced by! He will be home in 99 days!!! He told me today via email that he didn't even know he was under 100 days left....I am proud of him for staying focused on the work...however since I am MOM I can be excited about him returning home very soon.

Jeremy at 19
Jeremy at 21

Friday, March 5, 2010

Another Month

Has zipped on by! What happened to February....I know it's a short month and all but really where did it go??? I think I said the same thing about January....sheesh why is it the older you get the faster time seems to go?? Anyway...I haven't posted any layouts since I posted my fav's from 2009...good grief I'm a bad without further ado here are some of my recent layouts. Jason did a great job taking Cliff's and my photo at our Valentine lunch at Ruby's on Valentine's weekend.
Some of my favorite photos of Riley from his first year with us.
Love this photo of my missionary son Jeremy! This one of my favorite photos of Jason...I took it from half way up "Tarzan's Tree House" at his special love notes too. =) This was a gift for my niece and her new husband for their wedding. I found a beautful 12x12 frame to put it in at Michaels....she loved it!

We had a terrific Valentines Day weekend. Cliff made some great Valentine cakes and of course Riley thought he was going to get

More Valentine's pictures. Love this one of two of my favorite guys! =) Jason and I had a blast at Target one day playing with the St Patricks Day hats at the dollar spot and the camera on my phone.