Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Today...and playing with my camera --

Hi everyone -

I wanted to share that today my DT intro went live on Nikki Sivils blog! You can check it out here!
Thanking you in advance for the visit over there!

And I was playing around with my camera this past weekend and wanted to share some Brookie photos I took --

Some friends of mine are getting married next year in Hawaii and they want to fly me with them to take their wedding photos.... so I will be practicing A LOT to get ready for their big day!! I know, Hawaii, right?!?!?!?! I can NOT wait!! ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

This is what life is all about....and my monthly photos with my babies....

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a layout I made with the ever YUMMY February Artful Delight kit!! I am SERIOUSLY in LOVE with the kits that Leeanne and Debbie put together! They are always JAM packed full of goodies!! 

And I promise - this is NOT crooked in real life... ugh... I just can't make it look right in the photo... boo!

And on Saturday night - Leeanne at Artful Delight shared the March kit - and OH does it LOOK AWESOME!! I can't wait to play with it!! (Leeanne has all the products that are included in the kit on the Artful Delight blog!)

Here is the Scrapbook kit -


And here is the Card Kit - 

And and and and and Leeanne also ANNOUNCED the next DT call for Artful Delight!!! I totally encourage ALL of you to apply! Leeanne's kits are AMAZING and she is great to work for!!

And for those that are new to following me, one of my past DT members of Scrapping the Music Aleida Franklin was killed in a car accident 3 1/2 years ago - about a month and a half before she died, she realized that because of her self-image issue, she didn't have any pictures of her and her kids together - the day she died she taught me something that I have carried on since. I too was like her, always behind the camera, worried about a bad hair day, my big hips, my big thighs, no make up etc....and that's why I was never IN the pictures with Brian or the kids... 

Aleida taught me so much that day - every month since then, I have had a photo taken with me and the kids together - because all they see is MOM... they don't see my bad hair days, my big hips, me not wearing make-up - they just see MOM!! And to me that is more important than what I 'think' I look like! For more on Aleida, please see my right side bar.

So here is this month's photo of me and my babies!

And I have also decided to have Brian start taking photos with him and the kids every month too....so here is their monthly photo together!

These were taken on Valentine's day on my cell phone.... We all wore red that day!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

We are family!

Hi everyone! 

Thanks to all that left Brian and Adam Birthday wishes this week!! We so appreciate it!

This week Bella Blvd. had a week of challenges on their blog - and I decided to play along! 

The first day's challenge was to use Cute Cuts on your layout! Here is my take on it - 

This is Brookie this past Halloween when we couldn't find a costume that fit her 'right' - she is TALL but still has some 'babyiness' going on - lol - so we finally found this dress and we told her that she was "Barbie" for Halloween! Hey - whatever works to make them happy, right? 

I added some crocheted flowers and Nikki Sivils burlap buttons to my page!

Day two's challenge was to use patterned papers from at least four (or more) collections on your page!
I used Sophisticates, Socialite, Family Dynamix and Plastino on my layout!

The third day's challenge was to use pattern paper as an embellishment! I punched three different papers with my heart punch and made them into a circle 'frame,' added a collage of photos in the middle, then I stitched around the circle of hearts and photos!

The fourth day's challenge was to use Border Strip papers! I made a card for this challenge - I used the border strips to make pennants on the front of my card - I also punched a heart in the front card to show another heart on the inside! 

The inside of my card -

And the fifth's day challenge was to use CIRCLES!! I love love love working with circles... so this one was FUN for me to do! Besides using Bella Blvd.'s papers I also used some old buttons and Nikki Sivils cord brads on here!!

And last night Brookie got a haircut! Here is her before 'do'

And her after 'do'!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

You chose Us -- aka today is Brian's Birthday!

Hi everyone -

Yep! Today is Brian's birthday!!!! And just like for Adam, I made a layout of him to celebrate his day!

I made this using the NEW Nikki Sivils "Messages" line!! Love love love this line!

For my journaling, I talked about how wonderful Brian was when we first started dating, I was a single Mom, and it's not always easy for men to come into a ready-made family.... so I have the most respect for him for "choosing us" -- (If you want to read the journaling - just click on the photo to make it bigger)

So Happy Birthday to my mostest wonderfulest Hubby Brian! I love you!

And before I head out, I wanted to share some photos from Adam's birthday celebration the other day!

We took Adam out to dinner at one of our fave Mexican restaurants! Before dinner I got a photo of Adam and Brookie!

Adam with his birthday dinner!

Adam took this photo of me and Brian! 

After dinner, we went across the street to McDonald's for some ice cream!

And Brookie played in the play land for awhile!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)