Friday, August 22, 2014

When Sports Collide

Jake and I always joke that we stopped at two kids because we didn’t want them to outnumber us, the adults/parents. While it’s great for a laugh, we’re also finding this was a great decision because having two active kids in sports means Jake and I do the '”divide and conquer” route when their spots overlap. Ha. ;)

Tomorrow Gwynie has two games in the morning (at 9:30 and 11) and then Brady has a football game at 12. It’s not the first time we’ve split for wrestling/softball or football/softball, and we know it probably won’t be the last time.

Anyway, since we have more “ball” going on tomorrow (and thank goodness they are at the same complex tomorrow!!), I thought I would share some softball pics from this Summer and some football pics from the scrimmage game the boys had Wednesday night.

DSC_0972 This year Brady is QB! He has been making great reads and is growing week by week as Quarterback! We’re so excited to see how he leads the team this year and on this play he made the read option to run the ball. Way to gain 30 yards buddy! Go #20!!

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DSC_0982 Now, this pic you can’t really see Brady behind #53, but Brady made the perfect pitch to Jordan, and Jordan scored a run! Way to go boys!

I haven’t shared hardly any softball  pics and here’s why…the fences block my shots! During one game there were short fences so I managed to get a few pictures! The girls have amazing uniforms in their first pick uni’s, and these are their second pick ones during games. Still cool but they love their other ones even more! ;)

DSC_0345Gwynie is #5 and holding the ball in this photo 

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We’re in for another crazy and wild ride over the next couple months as we tackle football and Fall softball, but we’ll manage as we always do. ;) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Day of School

My “babies” are now in 10th and 6th grade. It’s a happy/sad feeling.

Check out my Back to School post from last year. Excerpt below that still adequately describes my feelings today as they were last year.

Today the kiddos went back to school. I am equal parts happy and sad.

Happy that they get to go see their friends again, learn some new stuff and enjoy all the things they get to be involved in at school.

Sad that my kiddos are getting a year older. Sad that we have to go back to homework, book reports and school projects. Sad that the carefree days of summer are over to be replaced with routines and schedules and early mornings.

But overall happy I guess.

(BTW – Gwynie got a new flannel type shirt this year and Brady got a new button down shirt with skull/crossbones on the tie. They are consistent in their tastes at least from year to year!)

It was overcast this morning, but we still managed to get our traditional back to school pictures!

DSC_0641  Gwynie, 10th Grade

DSC_0649Brady, 6th Grade


More pictures from this morning. Thank goodness they indulge me!

DSC_0631 DSC_0635 DSC_0637     Can I just take a moment to say I had pants like these when I was in 7th grade…ala 1994 (20 years ago!!!)…


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I thought it would be fun to compare their first day of Kindergarten to today. My how time flies.

Brady K-6

Gwynie K-10

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thanks Card Set

While I had a bunch of inks and the  What’s Your Type stamp set out making this scrapbook page the other night I decided to make a quick set of cards inspired by the color combo at The Paper Players since I was already using some of the same colors.

 Thanks Card Set

My Basic Gray ink pad needs to be replaced, so I substituted Smoky Slate for Basic Gray instead. :) I didn’t have a specific idea going in on placement of the images, I just wanted to play around and kind of like the end result and quirkiness of the design.

No embellishments and a one layer card made these super quick. These would be perfect to mail and mass produce!


Tomorrow I’m doing a super fun activity with some of my co-workers and I’ll be sure to try and take a few pictures to share next week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clicking Cameras & Cousins

I spent a little bit of time in my craft room over the weekend and pulled this page together for the Clicking Cameras challenge over at Moxie Fab World.

A little while pack I received a prize pack for the Moxie Fab Scrapbooking Rocks challenge, and the  Maggie Holmes collection was included in the prize package. I decided this was the perfect time to use the sweet papers and colors, and the fun vintage camera paper and die cut to tie in with the challenge.  Typically when I think about scrapbooking for Thanking (when these photos were taken several…ahem, 6 years ago) it seems natural to make the pages in fall colors with leaves and feathers. Now, while I will most likely do that on other Thanksgiving pages down the road, I let myself “break the rules” and used pinks and butterflies and gold and bows for a page all about cousins and family. Really, there are no rules in scrapbooking but sometimes it’s nice to remind yourself of that fact and enjoy the process. ;)


I added a strip of gold sequin trim and a few other sequins to the page (Stampin’ Up!), but pretty much everything on the page came from the MH collection. It almost feels like cheating when everything coordinates so perfectly together. ;)

Cousins Close Up

I love those sweet little bows and am sure I’ll be using the whole package up soon! I have another picture of these kiddos and Jake’s parents from another Thanksgiving, I just might make another page with this line while it’s still out on my desk. ;) Still plucking away at getting caught up on my scrapbooking this year, ha!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Colorful Clock Inspiration

I have had this clock image below in my head ever since I saw it posted last week for the Fabulous Friday Challenge at Moxie Fab World. I sat down tonight to see how I could translate it to paper and what I could come up with as inspiration.

Gwynie Colorful Heart   The quality of this photo isn’t the best as I was taking it a later tonight, but I think you get the gist of the project! :)

I took the triangles from the What’s Your Type stamp set to create the square/triangle/diamonds image to mimic the design in the clock below, and made it into a heart shape. I paired the colors up by lighter/darker similar to what I would do with a two-step stamping approach. 


The journaling reads: 1st Day of School August 2010 – 6th grade

Yeah, I’m still working on plucking away at those older photos, ha! ;) Gwynie will be in 10th grade as of next Tuesday and Brady will be in 6h grade…same as as Gwynie was in these photos. Oh my goodness, time is flying by WAY too fast! Can’t believe school starts in one week for my kiddos!

Here’s a look at all the different inks used in the heart stamped shape!

Stampin' Up Inks

My Basic Gray ink pad was so dry that I used a black ink pad, stamped off once, and then stamped on my page for the darker gray color.

Not quite a rainbow, but almost! ;) I love seeing all these pretty ink colors together and can’t wait to see what else I can create with these colors in different combinations!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Great Salt Lake

I drive by the Great Salt Lake every day to and from work, or pretty much anytime I leave my house and head into Salt Lake. The GSL is the remnant of Lake Bonneville, and although we’ve driven past this lake almost every day for the past couple years, I’ve never ventured out to the actual lake.

My friend had asked me to take her engagement photos at this cute little spot on the lake, and even though I’m no where near a professional photographer, I think we got some really great shots out at the GSL! I’m waiting to post anything until she chooses her favorites for their announcements, but I did snap a few scenery photos while we out there last week.


The GSL is super salty like the Dead Sea so while no fish live in the lake, it’s host to brine shrimp…and brine flies. It can be a tad smelly due to the shrimpies, but overall it wasn’t too horrible. I just kept telling myself I was at the beach and it made it all better. :)

DSC_0594 It had been rainy off and on all week, and we actually had to reschedule the first time we set out to do pictures. I was so glad last Wednesday proved to be a good day without rain so we could get their photos done! It was cloudy so we missed the brilliant sunsets I’ve come to expect from the GSL, but I loved seeing the sun peak through the clouds and create a magnificent view.

DSC_0596  It turns out they also do a club night for the boaters at the marina so we saw several boats out on the water while we were there. I was really nervous about taking pictures for my friend, but the setting and their casual, easy going attitudes made it so enjoyable that I didn’t have to worry about a thing.

I showed Jake their photos and  mentioned I want to take the kids out to this sweet little spot to take some pictures. I think we’ll try doing that next weekend if we can squeeze in the time between school clothes shopping and getting them ready for their first day of school next Tuesday! Summer has flown by way too fast but I’m hoping to bottle a little bit of the summer magic with some “beachy” photos before it’s all gone.

Hope you’re enjoying your last bit of summer days, too!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wish on a Star Scrapbook Layout

My friend Melissa told me after my NY/Boston trip post that I need to blog more because she thinks I’m great at it. :) Melissa is one of those girls that is even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside which is saying a lot because she is a freaking babe. Thanks Missy for your sweet words and vote of confidence to blog more! I’ll work on blogging a bit more often…hopefully I have interesting and fun things to blog about! ;)

I thought today I’d share a scrapbook page we did at our monthly scrapbook night last month. I used the July Paper Pumpkin kit that was designed to make boxes and cards, and turned the stickers and stamps into a scrapbook page.

Wish on a Star

It somewhat tied into the July/Independence Day theme of the month, but really it could be used for any type of picture. My friend Brittany said her favorite last month was the Sand, Sun & Fun layout which I loved too, but I think this was my favorite from the batch. :)

Wish on a Star Close Up

I die cut the star background on my Cameo, and then added in the sticker silver and pool party star stickers from the PP kit, and added a few buttons to some of the star openings. The striped sticker strip was layered under the WISH stickers, both from the same PP kit. I added in a strip of Pool Party and Silver Glimmer cardstock. Finally, the white pennant was stamped with the sentiment and stars, also included in the PP kit.

I’m linking up this layout at the My Pumpkin Challenge! It’s always fun to see other takes and ways to use the supplies in these kits!

I still have a goal to get caught up on scrapbooking this year, and the pages we do for our monthly group really help keep me motivated and sticking with that goal. Plus we have tons of fun hanging out each month! :) I’ll share a few more of those soon!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New York & Boston Trip

It’s hard to believe we went to New York and Boston almost three weeks ago! The time has just flown since we’ve been home! I can’t even begin to describe how incredible our trip was, and how insanely happy Jake and I were to see and do everything we did.

Jake’s boss wanted to recognize him for his hard work recently and knows that Jake is a major Red Sox fan. He also knew Jake’s ultimate bucket-list item was to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway. So in April his boss told him to plan a trip and our company got everything booked around May-June for us for a trip in July. It seemed like the trip would never get here and then all of the sudden it was here and we were boarding our plane headed for a crazy adventure!

We tried not to plan too much,  but we knew there were a few things we wanted to see and do in both New York and Boston. Although we didn’t see everything on our lists we wanted to do, we plan on going back for sure! We’d love to do a week in NY and at a later time a week in Boston because we loved both places for different reasons. We took way too many photos to share here, but rather I thought I’d link the albums so you can view, and then I’d share a few of my faves from each album.

Note – I haven’t touched up or edited these photos yet, only a few from Fenway thus far! ;)

Day 1 and 2: NEW YORK!! Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and Times Square


We flew out on a red eye and got into New York around 9 am. We actually loved flying red eye because we slept the whole way there! We had booked our Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island passage through Liberty Park in New Jersey as the NY tickets were sold out, but I’m really glad we did! The lines we soooo much smaller from the ferries that had to go back to Battery Park in NY, so if you have an opportunity to have a rental car or transport and want to avoid long lines we enjoyed going through New Jersey and seeing some cool things along the way.

PS – Jake made SURE to wear his Boston Red Sox apparel in Yankee territory! Our first day there and flying out of NY on our last day, ha.

DSC_0074 DSC_0075 Getting ready to board the ferry to Ellis Island

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We were blown away by the history of Ellis and the magnificence of the Statue of Liberty. I can’t wait to take the kids there one day. We also explored around the city and later met up with a friend from Utah that now lives in NYC that evening. Love and miss you Heidi!! :) Heidi walked us to Times Square, down to Rockefeller Center and all around. It was an incredible night!



The next day we got up and did a ton more walking and then went to Central Park. Central Park was a blast! I convinced Jake to do a tandem bike round and it was such a fun experience, haha!


PS – I LOVE how nice my left calf looks in this photo, haha. Thanks fitness competition! ;)

We finally headed to Boston around 4 pm and didn’t get there until around 10 pm due to traffic and construction.

Day 3 and 4: Boston!! Salem, Fenway and the Red Sox


We had planned to do some tours around Boston of the Freedom Trail and historic landmarks, but I surprised Jake with an extra game to the Red Sox/Royal series! We were initially only going to the Sunday game, but decided we should do a night game and a day game! :) We did go to Salem though during the day, and although I would have liked to go through some of the museums to experience more of the history I’m glad we made the time to go. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to explore around Boston. :(


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Recognize this house?


It’s the house Allison lives in, in the movie Hocus Pocus! I had to go see it!! “A muck, a muck, a muck!”


It’s the Ropes Mansion, but it’s still Allison’s House. ;)


After we left Salem we headed back to Boston and to Fenway Park for the Saturday night game. Seeing Fenway was quite possibly the most amazing thing ever. Jake teared up (seriously!) and we got to see the Sox win both Saturday and Sunday Games!!




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Sunday we also did a stadium tour and learned more about the history of Fenway. Seriously amazing. Our seats were super close for the Sunday game and we saw several home runs sail over the Green Monster in both games!

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DSC_0900 Seats 2 Seats Recolored

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Jake is already planning a trip back to Boston next spring to take our Brady boy with him. Brady was SO jealous that I got to go  on this trip. ;) It will be awesome for them to take a trip together and experience Fenway.

That pretty much wrapped up our trip. We had a bit of a crazy adventure getting back home but it all worked out in the end. It was such an amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back some day soon!