Friday, June 30, 2006

Working Friday

Boy, it stinks to work on Friday! For the past 2 years I've been lucky enough to be off most Fridays, and it's an easy thing to get used to! Today I'm at the office all day, but only one hour left. (Obviously, I'm not too busy since I'm posting this!)

Went shopping on my lunch hour - always makes me feel busy. Real shopping this time, instead of digi-shopping. Bought a cute backpack for Camden from Baby Gap for his birthday. Also bought an outfit for him to wear on his birthday (mostly for those cute birthday pictures!) from Janie and Jack. Somehow, it's become a tradition for me to buy him a birthday outfit. Yes, I'm obsessed with dressing him, and I'll admit it!

Just a few layouts to share. Enjoy!

Everything here from Gina Cabrera and Gina Miller from various kits.

Squiggly flowers by Jen Wilson.

Sketch template from Jen Caputo.
Kit is Summer Home by Holly McCaig and Gina Miller.
Squiggly flowers by Jen Wilson.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Well, sweets work for my son. What can I say - he takes after his mama! Camden slept all night last night with the promise of donuts for breakfast. It was so nice to sleep all night, and he was so excited this morning. I actually had to leave early for work and didn't get to see him, but he called and left me the SWEETEST message on my phone. I can't wait to pick up him and congratulate him tonight.

I'm trying not to be too depressed this afternoon. Typically, my work week ends Thursday at 4:00 and I'm off Fridays, but this week I have to work tomorrow. I'm trying just to be grateful that I'm usually off and I do have Monday and Tuesday off next week because of July 4, so that will be great!

Miss Gina M. was making cute little words for her blogger commenters today, so look what I picked up. And it matches one of her kits that I'm going to use for a picture of Camden and his two cousins. Can't wait!

Here are two layouts from today. I'm actually really happy with both of them.


Photo strip by Mindy Teresawa. Everything else by Rhonna Farrer Peapod.


Everything here from Carrie Stephens Express Yourself kit.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Well, I just lost my entire post, so I'll try again. Work is busy this week. Brian has class so evenings are pretty slow. There's nothing on TV these days, but I've been watching reruns of Allstar Survivor, which was my favorite season ever. I loved Boston Rob and Amber!

Camden is still waking up several times during the night, which is tiring and a little annoying! We decided to try something new Monday night, and when he started yelling for me at midnight, I went in and just stood in the doorway and gently told him he should cover up himself. Well, that started a major hissy fit that involved screaming and yelling. I just left him. After about 10 minutes of screaming, he started yelling that he needs to go potty (which he can do by himself, of course). About 2 hours later he woke up yelling for us again to cover him up. Brian went in there and he had wet through his pull-up. Brian got him up and told him to go potty. As he was leaving the room, Camden turned around and said, "I TOLD you I had to go potty." I guess he told us. I've promised him donuts for breakfast tomorrow if he'll sleep all night and just cover himself up. Food usually works wonders for this kid. I know, I'm teaching him bad habits by rewarding him with food, but it works!

Don't forget the grand opening of Plain Digital Wrapper on July 1. Also the grand opening of Sweet Dreams Shoppe on July 4. Lots of fun!

Here are some layouts from this week.

Everything from Carrie Stephens Express Yourself kit.

Sketch template by Jen Caputo.
Papers by Kim Christensen and Meredith Fenwich His CD. THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE BOYS

Everything from Mindy Teresawa's Mommy's Lil Boy kit.

Monday, June 26, 2006

ScrapWithNikki layouts

Somehow forgot to post my ScrapwithNikki layouts. These are both done using Nikki's new Love of Country kit available July 1 at Plain Digital Wrapper. This is a CUTE kit!
JULY 4, 2005

Weekend recap and LO's

We had a really nice weekend! I took Camden to daycare Friday and went to my hair appointment, got a great scalp massage, got my eyebrows done, and just a little trim to my hair. Then I met my friend for a movie. We saw The DaVinci Code. I know I’m a little late to see this! I didn’t really like it all that much. It just didn’t make that big of an impression on me!

Friday night after Camden went to bed, we ordered carry out (Mexican for me and Chinese for Brian) and watched Glory Road. It was a GREAT movie. I’m a sucker for sport movies anyway.

Saturday I braved the mall with Camden by myself since Brian had quite a bit of work to do and needed some peace and quiet. It was an experience, as always! It’s like he has had straight caffeine or sugar shot straight into his veins when we enter a mall. He is giddy! He dances, shimmies and shakes, runs circles around me. It’s little bit embarrassing, quite funny, and very frustrating trying to keep up with him and actually do a bit of shopping. We entered the mall area, and he just walked around saying, "I can't believe it. I can't believe it." I did manage to come home with a shirt, and quite a bit of very cheap sale clothing for him (like he actually needed new clothes – some are for next year, though).

Sunday was church and a baby shower so pretty busy! Brian preached last night since our pastor was out of town. He did a good job, as usual.

I did lots of scrapping. Here are a few of my favorites.
Everything by Angela Powers available at SweetDreamsShoppe July 4.

The next three layouts are using Michelle Underwood's Lazy Day kit at ACOT.
This kit was perfect for these pictures

Thursday, June 22, 2006


For the last 4-5 weeks Camden has been waking up multiple times during the night. This child has always been a GREAT sleeper and would sleep 11-12 hours a night with no problems. All of a sudden he started waking up asking for a story or a drink or the most popular "cover me up." Brian and I take turns getting up with him, but I still wake up every time he calls, and if I'm the one to get up (1-2 times a night), then I'm really awake and it takes a good 45 minutes or so for me to go back to sleep. That means I'm missing ALOT of sleep these days!

Which leads me to my next problem of the day. I'm addicted to Starbucks. When Becky and mom were here for Liz's wedding, we had Starbucks almost every day for a week. Then Camden's sleep issues started so I "needed" the caffeine in the morning. Now I just really want it and have started to get caffeine headaches when I don't have it (like this morning). Now my Starbucks addiction is not good for my waistline or my wallet so I've got to get it under control!

Went out for lunch today with our "lunch bunch" as we call ourselves. We always go out the week of payday. Had alot of fun and ate waaaayyy too much!

I only have one LO to share today. I actually worked on this one several weeks ago and then let it sit for a while and came back to it. I wrote the journaling during a sentimental week with Camden. Just wanted to remember all his sweetness at this age.

So Much to Remember
Shabby Princess Moroccan Sunset kit

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


This has been a very slow week! I've had plenty to do at work and then had slow evenings at home each night, but Brian has had meetings or classes so it's just been me and Camden. One of my favorite things to do is read to him. We have a book titled I Love You This Much and we used to read it at night before he went to bed, but had taken a break of several months for some reason, but it's his favorite again. He will whisper the words along with me as I read and give hugs and kisses in the appropriate places in the books. I love it!

Scrapping News
If you're interested, ScrapArtist is having a 25% off sale. I picked up some really fun kits I can't wait to use. I also downloaded some new Dianne Rigdon designs to work with (see layouts below). I had entered the Peppermint Creative ultimate scrapbooker contest, but am having second thoughts. I had worked on my layout (Favorite Thing About Yourself) and have seen several other layouts that have the same topic so I can't decide if I should go ahead with it or not. We'll see.

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Glory Works by Dianne Rigdon
Everything by Dianne Rigdon from her Do-Si-Do kit.
Honestly, nothing else going on. I know - boring!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Father's Day Weekend

Our Father’s Day weekend was fun! We started off with a play date with Emily and “that other baby” (a.k.a. Meredith) at a local mall playground. Camden had a blast playing with Emily, and I enjoyed spending time with Kathy, who is a great friend and old college roommate. I’m so happy she’ll be teaching at the college where I work in the fall. It’s always good to spend time with friends you have such a long history with.

We went shopping as a family Friday evening. I found nothing, of course, which is how it goes when you actually have the money for it and a plan! Brian found many things, of course. Men are so easy to buy clothes for. Camden was wound up! He boogied away in the aisles of the stores – he has no rhythm and a very unique free style!

Saturday I went to an all day paper scrap. The scrap was a fundraiser for my friend Mayme who is adopting a little girl from China. I’m so excited for her family! The scrap was fun, but a little different for me now that I’m a digiscrapper. I was never a good paper scrapper to begin with, and although I do seem to be a better paper scrapper as a result of my digiscrapping, I found myself frustrated over and over by the limitations of paper. It was good to get some of Camden’s professional portraits that I do not have digital access to down in an album, and the pages turned out cute.

Camden with fishing with his daddy and Gramps while I was at the scrap. I cannot believe he fished for 3 hours! He also had no trouble touching worms and holding onto fish and tossing them back into the pond. I was happy to hear that he was fastidious about keeping his hands clean after touching them, though. Seriously, fish gross me out!

We watched Last Holiday Saturday evening after Camden went to bed. It was so cheesy. I’m not sure why we wasted our time!

Brian’s parents came over for Father’s Day lunch after church. I took the easy route and we had a build-your-own taco salad. Camden was ecstatic to have Gram and Gramps at his house and we watched the fishing video (at the request of Gramps) several times.

Camden funnies from the weekend: In the car last night, he said, “Mommy, I like your umbrella. It’s so nice and cute.” He touched my face Saturday morning and said, “you’re so cute.” Apparently, cute is his new favorite word.

Here are some layouts and pics from the weekend.
Everything from Sweet Dreams Shoppe available July 4.
Kit is Gypsy Dreams.

Kit is Celebration available for free at the July 4th opening of the Sweet Dreams Shoppe.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Prince Charming

Camden walked around the living room last night with a blanket over his shoulders saying, "I'm Pwince Charming, and you are my pwincess. Look at my feathers." No idea where that came from! Brian was thrilled, of course. We went to Wendy's last night after church and Camden said, "Daddy, when you go to that thing and pull your window down, that lady will give us ice cream."

I feel like I've won the scrapbooking lottery! I am now on Dianne Rigdon's creative team. Her designs are sold at Shabby Elements and ScrapArtist. I am so excited to work with her designs - they are beautiful!

I'm going to be a busy girl over the weekend. Playdate on Friday, then shopping Friday night. All day scrap on Saturday. Father's Day events (to be determined) on Sunday. Not to mention the 5 (yes, I said FIVE) kits I received from Angela and Emily Powers that I need to work with and also designs from Dianne Rigdon. I can't wait to get started.

One layout from yesterday. This is pictures of Liz, Amanda, and Laura from Liz's graduation in May.
Paula Duncan's Daisy Chain kit. Brushed messy edges by Jen Wilson.
Fonts are Century Gothic and Susie's Hand. Used a Teya photo conversion on the pictures.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More Scrapping News

I am happy to announce that I have been chosen as part of the creative team for Angela and Emily Powers. They are opening up their new shop called Sweet Dreams Shoppe. I am really looking forward to working with them.
Brian starts class tonight. He is taking The Exceptional Child and keeps telling me they'll be studying Camden. Ha! We took a walk last night and let Camden walk by himself for the first time, and we wore him out! He kept saying, "Can we find a bench, please?"
Here are a couple of layouts from last week.
Flower recolored by Rhonna Penner. Everything else
from Spring Breeze by Shabby Princess.
Fonts are Jane Austen and Susie's Hand.
Scraplifted for SweetShoppeDesigns from
Shabby Princess Moroccan Sunset available at ACOT.

Monday, June 12, 2006


Cool Treats
Everything from ScrapwithNikki's Summer Fun kit found here

Logan, Ashton, and Camden
Everything from ScrapwithNikki's ManPower.

Boys at Play
Everything from ScrapwithNikki's Man Power found here

Chopsticks anyone?

Our weekend turned out to be pretty nice. VBS wrapped up Friday evening so that was a little crazy and hectic, but fun. Brian went and did some late night fishing with his friend Jon so I took Camden home and watched a movie.

Saturday we decided to take Camden to his first theater movie. A little background: a couple of weeks ago one of the kids from Brian's youth group brought Camden two little cars (from the movie CARS) from the McDonald's Happy Meals. He immediately named them Kiki and Energy. I just assumed he must have somehow known their names from the huge marketing campaign going on - poptarts, cereal, they're everywhere! He's been asking to see "my movie" for days. Of course, he thought this meant we could just turn on the TV for him. Anyway, Saturday we took him to see the movie. I'm not sure what he thought about the movie, but he was mesmerized by the "TV" that was as big as our house and spent the entire movie with two hands in the popcorn and sipping Mr. Pibb. He had a blast!

After the movie, we went home to grill porkchops. He kept asking for "more chopsticks, please." Funny kid.

Sunday evening was the VBS final program at church. Camden sat up front with another little boy about his age. At first, they giggled uncontrollably and were so cute. Then they danced. Then they started telling each other to stop talking, be still, turn around, etc. Then Camden slapped the other little boy; little boy retaliated and it got ugly! I had him come sit with me and all was well.

I had very exciting news when I got up Saturday morning. Nikki from asked me to be on her Creative Team. I am so excited to work with her designs. I'll post layouts later.

I think that's about it. Have a great day, everyone!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Test page

Ashton and Logan
Credits: Everything from Tracy Ann Robinson's
Frivolity Kit.