Better Late Than Never

This weekend I have been at a scrapbooking retreat, and I finally started working on Emma’s high school scrapbooks.  Never mind that she graduates in two months. 😉  These retreats are fantastic for producing work, and I was able to complete her Freshman year and get started on her Sophomore year!  I can’t wait until Fall when I get to work on them again (and start Harley’s so I’m not behind the 8-ball with hers).

These are all the pictures I have of her first two years of high school.  Thank goodness for Costco and their inexpensive photo processing!Scrapbooking-20130406D


No scrapbook retreat would be complete without yummy beverages!Scrapbooking-20130406B

Visible progress is always great!Scrapbooking-20130406C

I can’t believe she’s nearly done!

Color Me Pink & Call Me Martha

I have been on a quest over the past several years.  A quest for the perfect Advent Calendar for our family to use.  I didn’t want to buy the disposable ones with candy in them for the girls – to me, that is not at all what the Advent is about, but I also did not want one that centered soley on the Biblical meaning.  I have been looking for a calendar that can be used year after year.  One where we could choose our own activities, treats, and surprises rather than the ones chosen for us by the company that made the calendar.

The other day I was reading the feed for one of the blogs I follow, Money Saving Mom, and she had linked to an advent calendar, originally posted on the blog Thriftyand Thriving by Christy.  It is a Do-It-Yourself Magnetic Christmas Countdown Calendar.  It includes instructions for cutting numbers out of holiday scrapbook paper and making them into your own Christmas Countdown Calendar.  You attach magnets to the back of the numbers and then attach the daily activity or treat to teh back of the numbers as well.

To me, it is exactly what I was looking for because not only can I personalize our activities each day, I can re-use it every year.  Even better – I made it myself!  I searched and searched the stores in Tri-Cities and Hermiston, but I was not able to find any paper with just the numbers on it anywhere – at least not funky, different sized numbers like I was looking for.  So I used the picture from the web and my Photoshop and printed the numbers out myself.  I cut the big sheets (it took two printer pages because the original paper was 12×12″) into smaller ones making sure I had each number, and then I used spray adhesive to attach them to chipboard.

Once I cut the numbers out, I decorated them with buttons, glitter glue, and ribbons I already had.  I already had the magnets, as well.  So, the very best part of this calendar is that it didn’t cost me any money!  I made it completely with stuff I already had!

When it was done, I put it on the front of our fridge.  Perfect!

I have not put the Advent activities on the back of the numbers yet because I am waiting for the girls to all be here so they can have some say in them as well.  I plan on following the lead Christy took and including activities that are already on our calendar – the girls’ winter concerts, looking at Christmas Lights, etc.  I will put a few surprises on their for the girls so they don’t know all the activites we will be doing.  Our biggest emphasis is going to be on spending time as a family, enjoying the holiday season, and spending time just loving each other.

TOD Family Christmas Countdown:


I hope everyone enjoys their holiday season as much as I know we will!

When Good Scrapbookers go BAD!

Oh so very bad . . .

I will pre-empt this post with a disclaimer – we are not partiers, we don’t center our lives aroud alcohol, but once in a while we tear it up.  Nothing over the weekend was inappropriate our out of line for Emma Kate who was there with me.  It just looks bad.  🙂

Last weekend (actually a week and a half ago now), I went to a weekend long scrapbooking retreat at Emigrant Springs State Park.  Most of the other ladies attending showed up either Wednesday or Thursday, but I wasn’t able to go up until Friday.  Once I was on my way up, I called to see if anyone needed e to grab anything for them.  One of the ladies, who shall remain nameless (GINGER), said she wanted me to bring her a hot guy who gives massages.

So I bought her a Ken doll.  Unfortunately, for Ginger, Ken got a little carried away.  His clothes were missing several times, he managed to find a tattoo and piercing parlor somewhere amongst the pine trees, and he spent a few hours with his buddy Jose in the bottle with the golden lable.

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This is Kathy – the leader of the pack – and the official mixologisgt of the weekend.


These bottles were all lined up on top of the ice maker, I thought they looked really cool (I had no idea there were that many flavors of vodka) so I had to take a picture.  What you don’t see is all the other bottles of wine and liquor on the side.  CRAZY!


As I mentioned, Emma went with me.  She will kill me for posting this first picture, but she was so intent watching a movie I just had to take it.


Emma is preparing for her 8th Grade Graduation Celebration (this Thursday, May 7), and she needed an updated picture for the slideshow.


I still can’t believe she’s going to be in high school next year.  Oh my goodness, where has the time gone?

My Girls Weekend

I had a WONDERFUL weekend! I spent time with great friends, relaxed, and learned a lot. I saw a part of the country I had only ever seen from an airplane before. Utah is beautiful, and I can’t wait to go back again. I have always wanted to go to Zion and Bryce Canyon, and now I just can’t wait!

On our way home Sunday, Kathy, Carrie, and I travled through Park City. We stopped at the Olympic Training Center and toured the museum. It was amazing! For a mere $200 I could have paid to ride a bobsled down the run, but I’m a chicken and cheap, so I just looked at it instead.

Friday night, we had a HUGE crop for all the consultants there, and then Saturday, we had a full day of training. I learned a lot, and I am so excited about the new products Creative Memories is coming out with! They have finally caught up with the rest of the industry with innovation, but the most exciting change is that they will now be offering TRUE 12×12 pages for their books. No more specially sized papers or cutting down papers you like because they don’t fit!
Some of the Details (for you, Shannon) from our meetings – excuse the crummy shots.
I’m not quite sure what this desert is, but it was YUMMY!

I am not Mormon, but I really wanted to see Temple Square because I’ve heard it was so beautiful. It wasn’t just beautiful, it was stunning. It really was a beautiful sight to see, and I’d encourage anyone who visits Salt Lake, Mormon or not, to visit.
I loved this architectural detail on one of the buildings by our hotel.

Saturday night we got a little side-tracked during our search for the missing cell phone, but we still had a great time! Our hotel room seemed to be the place to gather if you wanted to have a good time.

Anyway, that is my weekend in review. I still feel like I’m way behind, though, because we’re at the end of another weekend already!

The girls and I went to my parents’ house in Cove this weekend, and I didn’t pick up my camera once! It actually felt pretty good to just relax, scrapbook some more, and enjoy my time iwth my family.

We made it!

I left Cove this morning at 7:15 a.m. our time, and we pulled into our hotel in Salt Lake City at 4:00 p.m. our time. Carrie, Kathy, and I had a great drive (though I must admit I slept most of the way between Baker City and Twin Falls, Idaho), and we had really good roads the majority of the way.

When we were crossing the Idaho/Utah border, the wind was blowing so hard the snow was blowing off the mountains and swirling around the valley floor. It was like watching the ocean waves, only the waves were white. The view was absolutely stunning! I managed to take a couple pictures while we were driving along.

Once the three of us got here, we joined up with the rest of our group and ate dinner at the Red Rock Brewing Company. Yummy, yummy, yummy. Loved it!

Have a great weekend!