Saturday, March 24, 2007

I am in Kansas!

Hi Y'All. I know I have been away from the blog, but our computer crashed and Craig got right out and ordered a new one, but we won't receive it until around the 27th or 28th of this month. I am going crazy without my email and I know that I have wanted to put many, many things on my blog for you all to see. I have some layouts and some really cute pictures of the kids and my trip with my bestest friend, Sandee. She came into town on Tuesday, and we have been having so much fun together! This weekend we are down at her sister, Sherry's house, in Kansas. She has a beautiful house and her kids are so much fun! Hi Kenzie and Beau!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I Think I Can, I Think I Can.....ENTER!

This announcement showed up in my inbox today, and I think that I am really going to enter this time. Last year, I wrote my essay and I worked on some layouts, and then I never got the guts to send it in. I believe this year I will try, and try hard! Anyone else up for the challenge? (ie: Sue, Candi, Lynn...I know you are reading this!)

Here is the essay I wrote last year about how scrapbooking has affected my life (don't mind the grammar, it is a little bit rusty):

It is 1:30 a.m. I am lying in bed, making a mental grocery list for the next day. A few moments later, I am thinking about possible layouts and making another list of creative supplies that I am going to need before I go to the grocery store for basic necessities. I am always thinking about scrapbooking; sometimes before breathing, and often before eating. I am always writing down possible titles for pages from the funny things my kids say and do, or grabbing my notebook while driving, because the chorus of a song will be perfect for some pictures that I took just last week. This is my life, and I am truly in love with it. As I have thought about how this personal hobby has affected my life, I think it is best to share this reason through an experience that happen just a few, short days ago.
I was finishing an album that I have been working on now and then for a few years. It is a small family album that has pictures of how my immediate family has grown in numbers of children and changed throughout the years. I am searching for pictures from when my husband and I had just our first child, a son, Christian. Then I am looking for photos with our second, a daughter, Sydnee. I am having a difficult time finding photos of just the four of us and had gone through files and files of pictures looking for the perfect photo to represent our family. When all of the sudden I come across a picture of my husband and I and our two children inside a hotel garden. I never really liked the picture and had probably passed over it a thousand times. But at this moment my breath is suddenly taken away from me, I just stare at the photo, and cannot take my eyes from it. Within the background, there is a beautiful gazebo with flowers in full bloom surrounding us. Then you see it, a statue of a fairy, that is quietly sitting just to the side of our little family. At the time of the photo, we had just our two children, but now in the present, we have a third child, Ella, a precious daughter. Her name means: beautiful and fairylike. Ella was in that photo so many years ago, before she was even a thought in our minds or hearts. Our little fairy waiting quietly for the chance to join our family.
This is why I love to scrapbook. These moments when connections are made and you are brought back to the present through the amazement of the past. When your ordinary existence is turned into an extraordinary abundance, and you look at every moment as something you want to, or just need to cherish. Those moments include: my daughter’s long-distance phone call to her grandma, a stack of books that I want to read in the near future, or a special smile that I notice on my son when he has overcome an undeniable fear. I want to document each of these experiences down to the last sigh. I need to savor these moments and understand that each of them will never come again. This is how scrapbook design has affected my life. I want to tell stories from photo that will never come again, yet will be remembered.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Hornsea, England

One of the things that my kids love is getting mail. Since we live away from all of our family, there is always something exciting coming in the mail from grandpas and grandmas, aunts, cousins, or just a friend. On Saturday, my kids got a package all the way from Hornsea, England! Many might not know where that is, but we can exactly pinpoint it on a map, because that is where Grandpa and Grandma Garner live. They were in so much excitement that Christian poked a hole in the postcard inside with the knife that he was opening the box with. Markers, colored pencils, trinkets, pounds with Spiderman, Winnie the Pooh, and Snow White, and yummy candies that can only come from Grandma and Grandpa! Now for the past 48 hours, Sydnee has been loading up this old, brown box with all of her playthings because it came all the way across the ocean from Hornsea, England. Thank you ! We love you!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Spring Fever...Happy Birthday Mom!

Well, today it was 50 degrees outside! I feel for the past two months we have be HIBERNATING! The kids were excited to go outside without their winter gear on.
Yesterday was my mom's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom! I love this picture of her....when she just becoming a mom....

Lots of busy work scrapping and creating. I will have some pictures as soon as I disconnect the ipod and plug in my camera cable. The joys of technology.

Christian says to Mom...

Mom has told Christian several times that if he ate one more peanut butter and honey sandwich that he is going to turn into a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Today Christian said to Mom:

"Mom, you're going to turn into a scrapbook."

{I guess I have been scrapping a little too much lately.}

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Happy Birthday Linzi!

Today is my sister-in-law and friend's birthday. Linzi is like, licorice or pumpkin lotion, I can never get enough of her! She is always the life of the party! She is also someone that I talk to almost every day about kids, husbands, life, or just absolutely nothing.
Although we are family, she is a close friend that I am just lucky to have as a sister also. Don't you just love those two top photos?? The first one is when Linzi entered a dance contest at a Scrapbook Convention and won!! The second, is with our common friend, Rachel, at Chili's celebrating Linzi's dance contest win!
I know that we are miles apart, but there are many days that I feel genuinely close to you. Like you are just next door, and at any moment I could come over to chat and let our kids play. I know that this has never been for us, but maybe some day it will be that way.
Happy Birthday Linzi!
(These pictures are from a couple of years ago, so you look younger. Hee Hee....)

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Look At This!

I found this card catalog maker over on Aren't they just so cool? It makes it kind of fun to make your grocery list, which is something that I like to do, but then hate to go to the grocery store! Oh well, happy Thursday!
P.S. Our March really came in like a lion. Last night I had Ella and Christian up with all the thunder and lightning! Hopefully, that means that it will go out like a lamb. Sandee is coming on the 20th and we are praying for good flying weather. I still am amazed by Iowa weather. Less than 72 hours ago, we were in the middle of a blizzard and now it is raining, lightning, and thunder. I guess that should be familiar, with my family's nickname for me...but that is another post. Maybe tomorrow.....


January through February
feeling so down
just want to
stay in bed
where it is
warm & cozy
night owl moments
no early bird
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