Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Our Easter was a perfect Spring day! The sun was shining and it was warm enough for flip flops!!

With the girls getting older, getting them to cooperate with me on things like taking pictures together is more of a challenge. Or torture. Depends on how you look at things. I've told them the faster I get a good picture the faster I'll leave them alone, so that helps. 

Marissa was freshly out of the shower, and I had good to prep so this was the best I was going to get. I'm okay with that. 

All ready to hide outside.

I made some eggs obvious so my little niece, Nari, could find some goodies. We even have her a head start before releasing the beasts (aka older kids). 

Released from captivity!

These four. Love how this came out. They all have their personalities. 

Can't end the night without dessert. I made Angel Lush with Pineapple but in a trifle style. So light and delicious. 

It was a nice day spent with family. The kids go back to school tomorrow and I get to raid their chocolate stash!! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Egg-Citing Times 2014

While getting things ready for Easter tomorrow, we took a break and colored eggs. 

We used a tie dye kit and though it was supposed to be less mess it was still fun. Except for the "torture" I put the girl through in taking their pictures. 

Managed to get a few smiles before calling it a day. 

Found that I have accumulated a ton of dye kits (over the years) so I told the girls we'll do this more often and switch them up a bit. The good news is, the puppies make out like bandits eating our yolks. 

Hoping for a low key Easter tomorrow, while we wish we were at Disney. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

She Rides!

Today has been monumental for Gianna. Today she learned to ride her bike. 


Not for lack of trying, either. We've tried teaching her but she's very independent and likes to learn her way. 

After having a friend over yesterday, she started talking about learning how to ride her bike. Today she was determined. 

Today she did it. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Eight Things 2013

I recently came across an old blog post of mine and decided to do an updated version.

8 Things I'm Listening To:

1. P!nk
2. Lourde
3. Sara Barellis 
4. Christina Perri
5. Bruno Mars
6. Train
7. Maroon 5
8. Adele

8 Things I'm Watching

2. Criminal Minds
3. Scandal
4. Grey's Anatomy
5. Glee
5. Suits 
6. Sons Of Anarchy
7. Big Bang Theory
8. Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To

1. Disney World (always!)
2. Last day of school
3. Warm sunny days
4. Wearing flip flops again. 
5. Not packing school lunch
6. Marissa getting her braces off (I'm sure she does too)
7. Playing outside with the puppies
8. Driving with the windows open

8 Things I Did Yesterday

1. Laundry (always) 
2. Worked
3. Spent more time than I should on Pinterest. 
4. Saw my niece in her school play
5. Picked up pizza
6. Let my daughter have a sleepover with her friend 
7. Cleaned up a leaking coffee cup (not fun)
8. Cooked pasta per requested as a late night "snack"

8 Things I Wish I Could Do

1. Move to Florida 
2. Lose more weight (working on it)
3. Stick to a schedule with things. 
4. Make a quilt out of all the old T shirts we have.
5. Learn my MacBook Pro better 
6. Learn Photoshop
7. Convince Joe to sell his business (so #1 would be possible)
8. Visit DisneyLand in CA

8 Things I Collect

1. The letter "S". I have a collection in my scraproom. 
2. Washi Tape 
3. Purses/Tote bags (always looking for the perfect one)
4. Disney Coffee Mugs
5. iPhone cases
6. Disney Trading Pins
7. Lady and the Tramp collectibles 
8. Owls

8 Places I'd Like To Go 
(for the 1st time or again) 

1. Italy (again)
2. Hawaii (again)
3. Australia
4. Arizona
5. California
6. Antigua 
7. Aruba
8. Las Vegas (again)

8 Must Have Items In My Purse

1. Wallet
2. Blistex
3. Tissues
4. Mirror
5. Any giftcards given to me (so I can randomly shop!) 
6. Checkbook
7. Gum
8. Pens 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Project Life 2013 Week Thirty-Five {The Disney Week}

Finally sharing my Project Life pages from our Disney trip in August.  The pictures may not be the greatest but I took them quickly with my iPhone. 

The trip took me forever to get done. I have a problem with over thinking things too much.  Looking back now, I'm happy with most of it.  You can almost tell when the mojo was flowing and when I was just forcing myself to get it done.  

I mostly used the 4x4 square pocket pages.  They fit a lot of pictures and worked great for me.  Each spread was done by day instead of weekly.  There was no way I'd narrow down the trip into one week.  I cut the day with my Silhouette using the "Waltograph" font.  I used a variety of papers from my stash and LOADS of embellies I've been hoarding (still haven't made a dent in it).

The top pocket with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger flips up for more pictures.  I did a lot of flip ups for the trip, just didn't take pictures of each one.  

Did some stitching to the Magical Memories pocket & I love how it pops.

This top picture of our hotel might look like a panoramic shot but it's not, just different angles.  I did take a panoramic of the hotel and used it in an insert but just didn't take a picture of it.  This post is long enough! LOL!

Had extra pictures for Tuesday so I added an insert.

The circle "GF" was a coaster from our room that I punched into a circle.  Made sure to use some of the memorabilia I brought home!

Had to include a visit from my friend Carla!  The "friends" part flips up for journaling.

The trip took a big chunk of the album.  So I ended the album with some highlights from the album time frame and started album number 3!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We're Walking

With Spring finally showing up around here, I decided to start taking the older puppies with me on walks to Gianna's school to pick her up. (Emma still needs to be leash trained)

Riley was over the moon to explore new places. She thought we were going for a ride but was so happy to walk! She was practically dragging me! 

Piper had her turn the following day and loved it too. She's just a tiny bit more reserved than Riley. ;)

I have hopes to do this as much as possible so that I can get some exercise in. Working out every day hasn't been happening much since I can't bring the puppies into the basement with me while I hit the treadmill. I figure this is a win win for all of us. So happy for the nicer weather! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 365 2014

So long March!  You've been a good month.

FYI--Love including these little re-caps in my Project Life album.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Project Life Catch Up

I've been catching up on Project Life since we came back from vacation in August. Our trip pics took forever.  I've currently made more of an effort to keep it simple to catch up faster so I'm hoping to get there soon.

 I try to not overwhelm myself and only print a weeks worth of pics at a time. 

Just sorta frustrated that I'm so behind on this year already! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shake Shack Date

Earlier this week as I drove home from a further Jo-Ann's than normal (had to get the Project Life Kiwi Kit!!), I noticed a Shake Shack and immediately told Joe we needed to go.  I have been dying to try their food thanks to all of Kelly Purkey's posts.  I had mentioned to Joe how I wanted to go into the city for just that reason, but he wasn't buying into my plan.  Luckily, now that it's in Jersey, he was easily swayed.

He made some time during his day and we had a lunch date.  It was great to be able to spend some one on one time with him.  We don't have many dates nights lately, so this was perfect.

We both loved our burgers.  The fries were ok, nothing fantastic.  I had a chocolate milkshake, that was too chocolately for me (when did that happen??), but was good.  

The best part was really just the "us" time.