Thursday, December 18, 2008

Look Who is 19

My baby is now 19 years old! We celebrated with a family dinner at Don Jose's and then back at the house for cake. Happy Birthday Son!!
Michele, Anthony and Russ (my Anthony's friends)
My Pat and myself
Sweet Arianna (Amara and baby Mandre were sleeping in the stroller)
Jillian and Mandre
Grandma and Grandpa

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Not So New Christmas Decorations

I inherited two vintage pieces of Christmas decorations this weekend. Many, many years ago, my grandmother had this Snowman House and Christmas Tree made and sent them to my parents. I now have them proudly on display in my living room. I think they need a blanket of snow to sit on. Guess I need to go shopping.

Birthday Layout

Here is the layout I did using the sketch of the week at Urban Anthology.
and here is the second page to go along side it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Jillian's Birthday

Sunday we celebrated Jillian's birthday. My baby is now 29 years old. Wow, where has the time gone. I asked Jillian what she would like for her birthday dinner and she immediate said egg rolls and fried rice.
My mom made a fresh coconut cake.
Everyone loves Grandma's coconut cake.
Even baby Mandre got his first bite!
It is good to the last bite.What is this? A picture of Anthony? Smiling even? Love it!
I was even able to get a good picture of the kids in front of the tree.
This is it, all that is left. (Son, I would so love to send this to you, but I will make more the next time you are able to come home! We miss you.)
I found this shirt at Walmart the other day. Doesn't it look good on baby Mandre!!

Joyeux Affaire

Saturday I attended Joyeux Affaire along with all these lovely ladies. What a day we had. Kim opens her home to us for a day of crafting and spoiling. What a fun day I had meeting up with old friends and new friends.
Everyone has an assigned seat next to their requested tablemates and Kim had presents through out the day for each of us.
This is the inside of that lovely box.
By the end of the day, everyone walks away with a lovely doorprize. I recevied this bit of loveliness to add to our tree. Isn't he adorable! Love him.
These bits of goodness were in our goodie bag
This was our first project. Debbie Schuh taught a 6x12 Christmas album with all sorts of fold out pages. I will post the insides of this album after the 1st of the year when I get pictures inside.
This was our 2nd project with Amy Tan. I stll need to add to this one. The page is mounted to a hard board and meant to be displayed.

Our third project was again with Debbie making ATC cards to be put onto an ATC spinner. While I complted the cards that evening, the project itself has more work to be done. I will share this one later as well.

Such a Cutie

The girls came over last week so I thought I would try and get some shots of that cutie pie, Miss Rylee! Maybe one day I will learn to take good pictures.

Monday, December 1, 2008

House Decorating

Yesterday my Pat and I decorated the house. While Patrick mowed the grass, I assembled the participants in our front yard menagerie.
We have Santa's sleigh and his trustee reindeer to pull it (the stag is being difficult with keeping his upper body lit (maybe he needs a shot of Patron - Silver you know).

To the left of the driveway we have the snowman welcoming committee. The house looks nice all lit up, don't you think?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

An Afternoon at the Park

I wanted to get a few shots of the great grand children (my mom's great grandchildren) so I asked my niece and my daughter to meet me at the park for pictures. It is impossible to get one where they are all looking the same way.

Cherish the Moment

I made this layout this morning still using my November kit from Urban Anthology. This is a picture the kids took while Gino was home on leave as a present for my birthday. Those kids know exactly what I like ~ pictures!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Halloween 2008

Candice Carpenter had classes at the Scrapbook Oasis in September which I missed as I was on a cruise, but I purchased the kits. And here they are , with a couple of slight modifications. I swear, I have the most adorable grandkids on the face of the earth.


Isn’t my granddaughter adorable? I made this layout using a sketch from and the November Urban Anthology kit. I used Basic Grey Urban Prairie patchwork quilt and petticoat pattern papers and the Basic Grey Granola wild oats pattern papers; Basic Grey glazed brands; Star Dust, Eucalyptus, Waterfall Stickles; Prima flowers; swirl and cherish these moments glitter diecuts from Crate Paper's Prudence Collection and Chit Chat Thickers puffy letter stickers outlined with a turquoise Souffle pen. All but the Stickles were from the November kit!

Happy Thanksgiving

I am blessed in my life to have a wonderful family. Today we gathered at my mom's for turkey dinner. While we were missing a few people (i.e. my son who is currently stationed overseas and my children from my husbands side of the family) the rest of the family was there. My niece even drove in from Las Vegas with her 4 young children. My mom is a terrific cook and this meal was not a disappointment. This picture only shows the hot food, there were salads and relish trays out near the tables.

I made a pumpkin cheesecake for desert (we also had apple carmamel and pumpkin pie) it was yummy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Marine Corp Ball

Earlier this month I wrote that it was the Marine Corp's birthday. Well it was also the time of year that they have the Marine Corp Ball. Gino sent the following pictures so of course I had to make a layout. As many of you know, my son is currently serving as an Embassy Guard in Uzbekistan.

I chose to go very simple in my layout design as the pictures are very powerful. I used actual paper designed by called Marines Dress Uniform left and Marines Dress Uniform right. Perfect for these pictures.

God Bless all our service men for all their sacrifice for our country.