Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's been going on?

Hi all! :) 

I am going to say that I believe April (followed by May) are going down in HISTORY as our busiest months EVER!!! :)

I usually can do a few crafty things here and there on the weekend -- but lately -- NOPE!! Ain't nobody got time for that! LOL! :) 

So I will be around to visit YOU in the coming weeks/month, but I won't have a lot to share creatively, as it has been a whirlwind for us lately! :) 

I did want to share some photos of Adam's NJROTC awards ceremony from Friday night though! :)

He has been in the NJROTC for the three years he has attended the high school he is currently at (his first year of high school, we lived in another area, so he went somewhere else then and didn't do NJROTC then) :) 

The man on the left was there to help present awards to the cadets (the man on the right is Adam's Chief) -- and he turned 88 (!) that day so we all sang Happy Birthday to him! :)  He served in World War 2, Korean War and Vietnam!! What a legend! :) 


Adam and Brookie! :) 


Adam on stage with other students getting recognized for the ribbons they earned! :) 


And the MOST emotional part for me that night -- NJROTC does a sword ceremony (like they perform in the real Navy) for the Seniors that are leaving the school ... here is Adam!! :) 


After the sword ceremony, the Seniors then presented the Chief and Commander presents :) 


The Class of 2015 NJROTC!!!!!!!! :) 


Adam and his Commander :) 


Adam, Brookie and Me :) 


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

Friday, April 24, 2015

A child fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty -- featuring Bella Blvd.

Hi everyone :) 

Our latest challenge is live over at Frosted Designs and this time we want you to use the word "Spring".  It could be for the season, or the object spring or even for the time change.

For my page I used Bella Blvd.'s "Playdate," "Flirty," "Freestyle Sophisticates," "Spring Flings & Easter Things," and "Baby Girl" :) 

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome -- featuring Authentique, Maya Road and Clear Scraps :)

Hi everyone :)

Recently a co-worker bought a house, so I wanted to make her a little housewarming gift :) 

I took a Clear Scraps mason jar shaped chipboard piece from a mini-album set and made her a wall hanging! :) 

I used Authentique papers as the background, then added some Maya Road goodies and Scrabble tiles for the title .... I also used some Tim Holtz goodies that Marjie sent me!! :)  Her house number is 6403 -- so the numbers were perfect!! :) 

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kiss Me!!! -- featuring Lily Bee and Chic Tags :)

Hi everyone :) 

I wanted to share my take on the latest The Memory Nest sketch challenge!! :) 

I went a little old school on my papers and embellies -- I used up some Lily Bee and Chic Tags stash :) 

Yep!! That's me and Brian trying to copy the famous kiss!!! :)


Didn't have an "I" in my alpha stash ... so got creative using an arrow!! :)


And here is the sketch I used!! :)

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

What's been going on???

Hi all :) 

This past weekend we went to Las Vegas to meet up with Lein and Dirk who were in the US vacationing (they live in Holland!!) and GETTING MARRIED!!! :)  I have "known" Lein for about a decade -- so it was amazing to meet in real life!!! :)

I wanted to share some photos of our trip!! :)

Lein and I :)

New York, New York casino at night :) 

The kids at breakfast ... cause calories don't count on vacation :) 

We went to the Bellagio -- here is Brookie making a wish in the water :) 

At the Bellagio with Paris behind us :) 

My ultimate HAPPY PLACE!! The Bellagio gardens!!!! I go here EVERY TIME I visit Vegas -- just so gorgeous!! An employee freshening the flowers for the day! (The perks of showing up early there!) :) 

Then we took a tram over to "Crystals" -- a shopping plaza with VERY HIGH END stores -- my Brookie says ... "Wow! They have a pretty bathroom here!!" ... yep .. not affected by the high end stores at all ...just liked their bathrooms! LOL!! :) 

Outside of the Bellagio!! :)

Next we headed to the Wildlife Habitat behind the Flamingo hotel :) 

Rare photos of me and Brian together!! :)


Which included meeting some PARROTS ... and one of them got up close and personal with Adam!! :)

 Yes ... he looks like he is going to throw the parrot ... lol ... but that is what the handler told Adam to do! HA!! It is one of the parrot's "tricks"!!!!! :)

 Next we went over to the Venetian and checked out the shops ... including the Harley Davidson shop :)

And we went to the M&M store -- where we met "Green"!!! :) 


And we went to the Coca-Cola store and met the Coca-Cola Polar bear! :)

We also went to Guy Fieri's restaurant (YUM!!!!) and we asked our waiter to split the check between us and Lein and Dirk .. and LOL ... he did!!!!! HA!! Best waiter EVER!!! :) (I love a good sense of humor ... can you tell??? HA!!!!) :) 

And ONE of the BEST things that happened while in VEGAS?!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!?! 

I WON THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES!!!! That is my machine -- I was playing the "BONUS" game and on the last "free" spin ... this happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was like "OMG!!!!!!! I just won $4,000.00!!!" ((((If you look in the bottom corner of the photo ... my total was actually over $4000.00 ... just the BONUS I won was $3763.95!!)))) .... Brian was up in the room with the kids ... so I texted him... like I NEED YOU RIGHT NOW kind of text!!!!!!! LOL!! 

Needless to say, I got a crowd of well wishers around me, making me nervous.... the casino gave this much money to me IN CASH (!!!!!!!!) ... so it immediately went into the BANK!! HA!! I am NOT walking around Vegas with that kind of cash on me!! LOL!! 

So that was our weekend!!! Can't wait to scrap these!!! :) 

And a few days before we left for this weekend trip, we found out that a piece of Brookie's Art was going to be displayed at the Peoria Arts Festival!!!!!!!! Of course it was happening the SAME WEEKEND we were going to be in Vegas -- so I gave the in-laws my little point-and-shoot camera and they went for us to get pics!! :)

Here is the photos they took for us!! YAY!! Thanks Nana and Papa!!!!! :)

Brookie's Superhero Girl!!! :)

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