Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Raspberries for Wendy's Girl

I have been holding on to a couple of blanket pictures until I was able to deliver them to their receivers before I shared them with all of you! This beauty was created for one of my life long friend's first baby. I am so excited that she will soon have this new addition since children can be so much fun, congrats!!

It actually took me a long time to do this pattern since it was the last one that my mom worked on before she passed away. I've held on to that one, unfinished and all, in case I have another daughter in the future (being that it's pink), but I'm glad I finally got over the lump in my throat... turns out I LOVE this one!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sunday Spotlight

Word World - I am LOVING this GENIUS show! It airs every weekday on PBS and is absolutely brilliant. The first time I had the kids watch it I asked Liv if she liked it. She said, "Nope, I just like my Dora show"... but guess what she asks for now when it's time to turn on "toons"? Yep, Word World. PLUS, it's got this totally awesome website: www.wordworld.com that has a handful of games that are just like the show... building words, rhyming, etc. The kids and I have so much fun playing and learning together. If only they would've come up with this twenty years ago imagine how much smarter I could be!! I am amazed at how far cartoons have come since the violent Tom and Jerry to the educational fun creations we have now (excluding how cartoons are also used to pollute minds in prime time, blah)... it's such good stuff!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Liv's pages

I've been working hard on these pages... slow and steady. I haven't had a lot of creative inspiration lately, still a little burned out from all the catching up I did for my own book and lack of funds, but it's starting to come back. I've used a couple quick pages from Misty Cato to help get the juices flowing. So it's coming along, so here's where I am to date:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Notebook

I decided to read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks since I saw the movie and LOVED IT! I'm not a big romantic movie type girl, but I can't get enough of this one for some reasons. So, since it's always said "the book is better than the movie" I decided to read the book. But I was so frustrated when basically the whole movie was told in the first 16 pages. So then I felt like I was dragging through each page waiting for the climax, but there were still hundreds of pages to turn. In the end it was bearable, I like reading some of the letters that had been written between each other and deeper insights to thoughts. But in the end I still love the movie a whole lot more than the book, especially the ending. The movie's ending just seemed so romantic and much more of an end.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Spotlight

Amazed - I am amazed that we have not yet had a trip to the ER with this little troublemaker. Now I am knocking on wood while I write this whole post, yet I am still amazed! This teeny body has only one speed: fast. He's always going and an incredible risk taker. Todd & I have to keep a constant eye on him cause if we leave the room for even a moment we often return to an amazing sight. Such as this picture taken months ago. We were having a family dinner and set Gary and Liv up to watch a movie after the food had been eaten and the adults were just chatting. In this room was a computer, so of course he wanted to play on it. We removed the chair thinking that would deter him from getting to it. Yet when Jen went to check on him this was the sight. This little stinker had figured out a way to still get to the computer's keyboard. I can only imagine how he got there and am amazed that he didn't miss the desk and plummet to the hard wood flower! Amazed!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Testing the Water

Another great thing about living in southern Utah... local lakes!! We have two little reservoirs nearby (about a five to ten minute drive nearby), Quail Creek and Sand Hallow. The first is where we went the other day when the sun was shinning and the breeze was null. It's a teeny body of water, and way too cold to get in and ski (not that the water wasn't incredibly tempting), so we just drove around. The Grandpa entertained the kids by chasing some seagulls, don't worry they're quick to take flight, the kids thought it was so silly and giggled all the while. We were only there about 45 minutes, but it was perfect. I look forward to many more of these little outings... especially when the temperature is just right for skiing and more water fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Digi Dare #83

I was excited for this digi dare, to scrapbook my obsession (or rather one of my obsessions). The requirement's were: 1 paper, 2 photos of your obsession, 3 fonts or alpha, 4 random elements, 4 lines of journaling. So I didn't completely follow the rules, but it was great inspiration, as the digi dares are really meant to be. Here it is... my obsession scrapbooked:

These hands tell a story of an incredible
woman who made elegant blankets. She
was taught by her grandmother,
and when I, her daughter,
was ready she taught me.
Now I make beautiful
creations. In each is told her

Credits: paper: Fall-o-ween by Heather Roselli
flowers: Fancy Smancy Flowers by Shawna Clingerman

Friday, April 11, 2008


I love this bubble blower! Liv's Great-Grandma Betty gave it to her for her third birthday and it has been such a great toy that we use over and over again. I swear, you never know what toys they'll actually played with. Besides all the uses we got out of it, though, if this was the one time we used it... this moment of joy and excitement on Gary's face would be worth every penny!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Our New Home

Sorry, again, that it's taken me so long to post again... I've been so frustrated because I can't find the devices needed to load pictures onto my computer, they've been lost in the move. Then, this afternoon when I'd finally had enough, Todd and I got to digging through everything and finally found them in a box of misc cords. Yay!
Anyways, welcome to our new home in Toquerville, Utah. We actually live in the basement of my in-laws beautiful house. I feel spoiled rotten since they are letting us live here for almost nothing while Todd goes to school... this place is about as large as our upstairs was. The kids absolutely love it, we go down to the river that's about a football field away. They get so excited to throw rocks and sticks into the rushing water. There is also a really nice park nearby, and the weather is absolutely beautiful. Basically, it's like living on vacation!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Digi Dare #81

For Digi Dare #81 we are to celebrate Easter and tell the about what we did, traditions, a funny story, etc. You can use only one picture, two alphabets, embellishments that have to do with Easter (eggs, bunnies, etc.), and a two word title... This is my layout, but I'll definitely have to do a second page, maybe, because there are a lot more fun pictures of Gary and his colored Easter eggs!!

Journaling: Coloring eggs is always an adventure with Gary. so this year Todd made sure to clearly explain the process. He demonstrated how we gently put the egg onto the wire spoon, then softly place it onto the bottom of the cup with the dye in it. Todd then turned to help Liv get her eggs started; just then Gary grabbed an egg from the carton and THREW it into the dye that Todd had just placed the egg in... *CRACK* It was impossible not to laugh!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Egg Hunt

I know it's a week late, but it's not completely procrastinating, we've been making the move to southern Utah, so not only has life been real crazy-busy, but we also haven't had internet access for a few days. But here it is finally... First I have to say how incredibly grateful I am for the absolutely gorgeous weather we had that Sunday. In Utah, at least the northern part, it's so bizarre, definitely not dependable, and always I surprise what the weather is doing when you wake up in the morning. But Easter Sunday was perfect, even almost hot! Anyways, the kids were so fun! Liv definitely has the hang of the whole egg hunt deal. We said "Go," and off she went like an egg gathering machine! She did get slowed up, though, when she would find an egg in the dirt. My "Girly-Girl" wouldn't dare step into that "messy dirt" so she'd come get Mom to get the egg for her, so silly. Gary was quite entertaining, as always, it took him a moment to completely catch on. See he was real quick to spot the egg and go get it, but when he'd see another one he'd drop the egg where he stood then run to get the new found one. He left the step where you return the egg to the basket! Eventually he got it, and loved the whole thing! Of course, now we're stuck regulating candy intake since we took home so much (since Linda's granddaughter, Tessa, wasn't there :( ). It was a beautiful day! A great time to reflect on our Savior and the sacrifice he made for us and the blessings because of it! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Click here to check out last year's Easter adventure!