Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just Life

Hello All!   I know I posted at the beginning of the summer with all of these goals I had.  One was blogging more...oops that was a fail.  Anyhow, I did meet a lot of those goals.  I just haven't posted about them.  It's been a super fun summer.  We did camp A LOT.  We had so much fun.  I also want to tell you this summer has been crazy and filled with some turmoil and heart breaking sadness.  Over all, I've learned a lot.  I just think that's all we can hope for.  Try to learn something new everyday.  This post will be long and photo heavy...just a warning.

We did do a lot of camping and I will share the photos.  However, this trip was the highlight of our summer.  We went to Pilar with my cousin Tommy and his two boys.  It was an amazing time.  It was also Erik and I's 15th wedding anniversary.  It was super romantic with five boys staying in our trailer...not.  But it was such a great time.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Erik and I doing the race course.  In this photo, I thought I was going to die.
This photo, I realized I lived.  Ha
All of the boys.  I love their faces.

Wolfie jumping off of the bridge.  It is a 35 foot drop at least.  Neither Erik or I told him to do it.  He just climbed up to the top and did it on his own.  You can see Erik waiting in the water for him.  

Then Erik  couldn't be outdone so he had to jump too.  He looked like a crazy man. Maddie was watching up top.  You can see him in the orange.  

Maddie decided to jump all on his own.  It took him 20 minutes to make the decision but there is Erik again, waiting for him.  The boys in the foreground are cousins waiting too.  It was a truly amazing trip.  One we will never forget.  I can't wait to go back next year.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello All!!!  You should have arrived here from Janet's Blog.  I am your last stop on the Blog Hop today.  Last month, my dog chewed up my layout and I was unable to participate.  So, this month I made up for it with two layouts.  It also helps that I am on summer vacation!  So here you go.  I love this kit!!

These photos were taken on our camping trip last week. It was super windy so the lake was really green and wavey...I snapped these pics of JoJo jumping in the waves.  I wanted to keep the colors muted and beachy to match the photos.  The papers and sequins were perfect for the look I was going for.

Here is the second layout.

It was also taken at the lake this last week.  I really wish I hadn't added the washi tape but when I tried to remove it things started ripping so it stayed.

I realize all of the photos are of the kids with their backs to the camera.  That is because it was 107 degrees and I was hiding in the shade I was trying to be super artsy.  It was really hot, I'm not going to lie.  Hope you all enjoyed the Pep Rally.  In case you got lost, here is the complete list for you:

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
*Kat Benjamin
*Elisabetta Margini
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
*Aliza Deutsch
*Candace Perkins
Sandy Gonzalez
Kim Allen
Maryam Perez
Sara Mishler
Audrey Yeager
Kim Oedekoven
  Donna Espiritu
Janet Perafan-Babar
Janet Zeppa ​
Mariah Hechler

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer Goals

Hey everyone!  It's been ages since I've posted anything.  So, I decided to write something down today.  Ha.  We are finally on summer break.  School was actually out before Memorial Day, but I had a training I had to go to after school was over.  Last week was my first week on break but was filled with things that had to be taken care of.  I have a lot of stuff that I have to get done this summer.  I'm moving up grade levels...I'm going to 4th grade and I'm a little worried.  I mean the students are bigger than I am.  In all seriousness, I have to plan an entire year of curriculum, brush up on my Spanish, and review techniques for scaffolding English Language Learners.  That sounded teachery.  In addition to that school stuff, I also have a unit I made that I want to finish up and put on Teachers Pay Teachers.

The other things I want to do this summer are:
*have fun
*make something crafty
*get all of the laundry done and go through kids dressers
*finish painting my gnomes and yard decorations...I don't have that many
*go camping a lot
*clean my office
*launch my website...I'm working on it slowly but surely
*blog more...I realize I've been a craptacular blogger this year.
*take more photos with my real camera
*spiff up the yard and garden

Well, that pretty much sums it up.  Though, I'm sure I'll be adding more things to my list.  I hope you all have a great day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi there!  I don't have a layout to share today because my dog got into the office and destroyed it.  She also made a huge mess.  I'm posting the blog list here for you though, incase you are directed here.  That way you can go right on to the next stop.  Enjoy your day!

​Clique Kits
Erica Thompson
*Donna Espiritu
*Justyna Skowron
*Maryam Perez
*Melissa Vining
*Kim Oedekoven
Sandy Gonzalez
Janet Perafan-Babar
Kim Allen
*Leigh Ann Odynksi
Stephanie Kisewetter
Renee Aslette
Sara Mishler
Janet Zeppa
Jennie Garcia

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Around Here

It has been so long since I've posted an An Around Here post...months.  I can't actually believe it.  There has been a lot going on here.  I have figured out my iPhoto libraries so that is actually a really good thing.  I'm also working on my photography stuff and building a new website...I'm reworking everything and I'm happy about that.  So here are a few photos to show you what's been going on "around here"
Screen shot of my new website

Camping Pics

 Most Epic fishing trip EVER
 Homemade lip balm

 The best dad.  He's the best at everything.
 Combing Jojo's crazy hair...he has two cowlicks.  

 Cooking on the Big Green Egg...This was delicious.

Maddie's Birthday...I made this cake.  It was super yummy and easy.

 He's painting again.

And this....he's official now.  My brother is a certified attorney.  He's so incredibly smart and we are so proud of him.  Unfortunately we could not make his swearing in ceremony because of PARCC testing. Nonetheless, we are extremely proud of him.  

So, I hope you have all been doing okay.  Hopefully once the school year is over, I can post more frequently.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello everyone!  You should have arrived from Leigh Ann's blog.  I'm the last stop on the list today, and I hope you have enjoyed the trip.  I have a layout to share with you today... but first I must explain.  It almost didn't happen because of this puppy.  She's going through a horrendous chewing stage that has resulted in the loss of many, many items...including my shoes, sunglasses, etc.

Sure she looks innocent in this photo but don't let it deceive you.  I came home to this...

The plastic up at the top is the part of the bag the kit was in.  And apparently she ate this because it's missing.  I may find it in the yard in a week or two.

Anyhow, the word of the day when I made the layout was "distress."  Much of the papers had been chewed, as well as the embellishments.  So I made sure to distress the stuff that wasn't already distressed by Laylah, ha.  

I really love this kit.  The colors and papers are amazing!!!  I can't wait to use some of them in my project life.  I used the die-cuts to create the title.  Though, I'm pretty sure my son wasn't happy that day while sitting in time out (far right).  I was because it shows his dog waiting for him to get up.  That made me happy.  She laid there for about 8 minutes with him.  I just chose some every day moments I've photographed to put into the layout (tons more are on instagram).  I wanted black and white photos to pop against the yellow background.  

And just a close up of the distressing.  The title distressing totally brought to you by Laylah's teeth.  

Well I've wrapped up the Clique Kits Pep Rally today.  I know you have seen some AMAZING projects.  Just incase you need the list, here it is.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello everyone!  You should have arrived here from Charity's blog.  I have a layout to share with you today.  I wish I could have made a few more layouts, but that thing called Time makes it so hard to do.  

This layout is of my Uncle Mike.  He passed away on Cinco de Mayo last year after a long battle with illness.  I was finally able to recover photos from my hard drive and this was one of him a few years ago at Thanksgiving.  I'm so glad that I found it.

I hope you have a great day!  Now you are off to Leigh's blog.

Here is the entire blog list for you just in case:

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
*Melissa Vining
*Leeann Pearce
*Carolina Schulz
*Kat Benjamin
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
*Maryam Perez Osorio
Elsie Robinson
Sandy Gonzalez
Taina Cortes (Evi)​
Kim Allen
Hannah Lemieux
Charity Feit
Mariah Hechler
Leigh Ann Odynksi


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