Saturday, November 15, 2014

Miss You Daddy

20 years ago today my daddy passed away from lung cancer. He was a loving, yet tough father and I wouldn't change it for the world. 

Found this picture of us for a birthday of mine,(Not sure how old I was.). I was sitting on my daddy's lap with my mom next to us holding my sister on her lap. My father loved us more than anything. He was everything to our family, and life's never been the same since he died. 

Wish we had more than 19 years together. 
Wish he could have walked me down the aisle. 
Wish he could have seen his amazing 7 grandkids. 
Wish he was still here. 

Miss you always. Love you forever. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Project Life 2014 Albums

So the other night I finished working on our June Disney trip. Angels sang, and I may have seen a rainbow. Aaaaaaaaahhhh!!!

With that my first album was full, as in FULL. 

There was no way I could leave it that way, never mind that it weighed a ton. I had bought 3 albums for this year knowing we had 2 Disney trips planned and thought that would be good, but now I'm thinking I might have to order another. This does not make me happy. 

That pile on the right is just our June trip. Just June!!  I'm going to start the second album with it and see what happens. I'm almost scared to do our AUGUST trip! Hopefully I can make things less bulky but I don't think that's the real problem, so who knows how it'll go. 

On the flip side, I love how my pages came out.  I included a lot of inserts and got Marissa's "approval". Seeing her face as she flipped through the pages makes it all worth it! Now to make it light enough for her to pick up! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Spirit 2.0

Back again with the completed projects from my last post.  

Made these place cards with a print and cut file found in the Silhouette store. Then I printed everyone's names on a sheet of labels and ran those through my cameo as well. I just won't mention how long it took me to get the name placement right.  

I think they turned out cute. The best part is they were simple and a nice break from Project Life. 

Going through Pinterest I got the idea to do a photobooth for Thanksgiving this year. 

I got these cute props from THIS site and THIS site, printed them out and then hand cut them. My darling assistant, Gianna, stuck the sticks to them. I simply stuck them in a vase and they're ready to go. 

Just need to make a backdrop of some sort now, and see who plays along on Thanksgiving!! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanksgiving Spirit

With Halloween all packed up and gone, I've been focusing on Thanksgiving. Trying to not jump the fun on Christmas like I want to but have more of a Thanksgiving presence. 

I've been pinning all sorts of ideas for turkey day. Some easy and some not so much. 

Today I decided to create new place cards. It's been a few years since I made the last ones and we've added some people to the mix since then. It was time.  Not that we're formal type people, I just wanted to make them. 

Found these cute print and cut shapes in the Silhouette shop and got to work. 

Also printed some print and cut photo booth style shapes, that should be fun. 

Now if only I hadn't thrown out those fall leaves garland yesterday....

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Piper's Gotcha Day

Today marks one year since we brought Piper home. 

She's grown into a gorgeous, and loving dog. She likes to think she's the alpha dog in our pack. 

She was so tiny when she first came home and had the cutest white "tutu" around her tush, which has since disappeared. 

She's been Riley's BFF from the start.

And we love her.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October 365 2014

October's been a true gateway into the Fall season.  Bi-polar weather, and lots of fun activities.

Can't believe there are only two more months to the year!

Halloween 2014

This year marks a first.  The first time since 2009 that Marissa was a Disney character/Princess.  That last few years she wouldn't consider anything princess related but this year, thanks to her friend being Anna, she chose to be Elsa.  She looked perfect!

Gianna still wants nothing to do with anything princess anymore, but now I have hope that she might turn that around.  However, the name of the costume she chose is "Arctic Princess", so we'll see where that goes.  She wanted to "zombie-fy" it with creepy makeup but settled for some black stitches on her face.


We had a big group going out this year, mostly Marissa's friends, but they were so fun and easy that I didn't mind.  My only problem was losing my voice due to not feeling that great.  I ended up not getting a lot of pictures that I had planned on, which bums me out more.  The good part was it was Friday, and they ended up with lots of CANDY! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Carving 2014 Round 2

After having so much fun carving their pumpkins the other night, I bought another two while out food shopping.  The girls (with a little coaxing) carved Mickey & Minnie.

Gianna carved Mickey.

Marissa carved Minnie.

They came out great!

Love them all lined up on the front steps!  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Carving 2014

The way we got the girls to go pumpkin picking this year was to promise to carve them.  We've only carved them once before when the girls were younger and just been slackers ever since.  Usually just display them outside with nothing on them.  Oh well!  No parent of the year prizes here!!

So today we got out our carving supplies, chose designs and got to work.

Gianna took to digging out the guts like a pro.

De-gutting pumpkins is serious business around here.

Gianna chose to do a Dalmatian, but I quickly took over since it was bath night, leaving a little for her to finish.  I've since been reprimanded about carving duties and had my arm twisted into getting more pumpkins for them. (secretly it's always been my wish to have a porch full of pumpkins so this is no problem! LOL!)

Marissa chose to carve Stitch, which is her favorite character.  Knowing I'd take over if she didn't finish in time, she diligently carved it all herself.  She did fantastic!

We added the lights and set them outside, and they look awesome!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thoughts About Project Life

For some time now, I find myself reluctantly working on my Project Life pages.  I find that having to "work" at a hobby drains the fun out of it.  It's become too time consuming.  I'm working on our June trip to Disney and will end my first album for the year with this trip.

I like the idea if you don't do any other scrapbooking, but I started out scrapbooking and thought this would be a fun side project.  When the side project became the ONLY project, it became work.

I have a ton of Pocket Scrapbooking supplies as well as my original supplies.  It's out of hand.  So now I have come to the decision that I will finish out my album for 2014, but that's it.  I'm not going to purge all my PL stuff since I'm sure I could incorporate it into my regular scrapbooking...then again I might do a giveaway. Who knows??!!!

I also won't be sharing my album pages.  It's getting pretty redundant.  A lot of pages look similar to some degree.  I love looking at them but I'm just done with it.  I want to bring back the "fun" to scrapbooking.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Picking 2014

One of my favorite things to do in the Fall is go pumpkin picking!  We never went last year (girls had zero interest) so I was happy we went!

It was a sunny but chilly day.  Gianna went hunting immediately and found a lot of contenders.  She would've brought home a dozen if we let her!

Marissa needed a bit more coaxing, but quickly chose a pumpkin.

Gianna found herself a cute hat too. ;)

Never a dull moment.  Never.

Had to talk her into this but I love the result.

She didn't want her picture taken here but I told her we'd get a caramel apple.  Bribery at it's best.

The lighting was rapidly changing so this was the best I got.

Before we left I asked Marissa to take a picture of Joe and I.  I LOVE it!!!!  Didn't even realize that we matched until afterwards! Great minds think a like!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

No More Bare Walls!

Give Joe a can of spray paint and some items, and he will work his magic. I had given him these trays to paint but I wasn't sure on the color.  My first choice was black but since they were meant for my scrap room, I decided on white.  

About a week later, he gave them back to me and I could not resist messing around with them right away.  He even hung them right up for me!  I love how it came out!

I even nagged coaxed him into hanging up a few other things, I've had lying around.  He did great!!  

Now it's not just a boring wall with a TV on it.  It's a wall of "me"!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Light It Up!

First fire of the Fall season.

Makes me think of chestnuts, reading books, hot drinks, and fuzzy socks.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our Not So Scarey Halloween 2014

Halloween is one of my favorite "holidays", my most favorite is Christmas, in case you were wondering. ;). So I went all out and finished decorating for Halloween today. I re-discovered some things I haven't seen in awhile and it was all fun again! 

We don't do the scary stuff around here, basically because I'm chicken. Most of our stuff is Disney themed. Bet that's a complete surprise! LOL!! 

Some of this stuff we've had since Marissa was a baby so it's sentimental. Then of course I've added to it with each visit to Disney World. 

This sign gets updated constantly by Gianna with my comings and goings. 

My pumpkins don't get changed up that much from year to year but I love them. 

Around here we love Stitch.

I've come to realize that I have a thing for cute candy dishes/cookie jars. 

Ready and waiting for cute little trick or treaters!!