Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sweet Boy!

He's 5 today.

My youngest.
My little boy.

My baby.

Five years ago today I saw his beautiful, sweet face for the first time and fell as completely in love as I had with his brothers before him.

But with this one I'm quite certain that when he was born, he decided to take my heart with him.

And he hasn't given it back yet.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Just 2 minutes earlier....

...these two were wrestling on the ground and then crying because "he hit me in the eye" or some other similar catastrophe. Good thing brothers get over their mad so easily, eh? :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back 2 School

Does it still count even if it *was*, um, two weeks ago today??! Sheesh. Time flies especially when you're back to getting up at 6:15 so the kiddos can catch their bus at 7 am. Cripes - who in the world thought it was a good idea to have school start at 7:40, I ask you??

Anyhow. So two weeks in to first and third grades, I can safely say they are both really enjoying it and we are loving their teachers. We're finally settling into the routine. They're starting to get homework. We're trying not to have fights about it when they get home. Good times. If we've got any indication so far though, it seems like this year will be a fabulous one for them and I'm so excited to see it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Label Tulip

I had the pleasure of being a guest designer over at Label Tulip for the month of August. Cindee put together an awesome kit and I had such fun working with some new products that I might not have chosen on my own. :)

This one was done for the "What I did on my Summer Vacation" challenge. For us, it was a bit of a summer STAY-cation and we spent every spare minute at the pool. The boys discovered the thrill of going down the slide on their own and they did it all. the. time.

Products:Bazzill CS, Dream Street PP, Scenic Route PP, American Crafts Puffy Thickers, Colorbox (Clearsnap) Chalk Ink, Zig pen (blue).

I don't often scrap photos of my husband, but I'm trying to be better about that. I took this picture on Father's Day. We try and get at least one every year with ALL the boys - sad, yes, I know! - as usually someone is missing or uncooperative! This layout documents how lucky my boys are to have him as he's an incredibly attentive and involved dad.

Products:Bazzill CS, Pink Paislee PP, American Crafts PP, Scenic Route PP and chipboard pogs, Pink Paislee Rub-ons, Jenni Bowlin PP and label stickers and bingo card, Heidi Swapp Alphas, Label Stamp created for Label Tulip, Houndstooth ribbon, Pentel Pen, Colorbox (Clearsnap) Chalk Ink, Creative Cafe (EK Success) flower

I couldn't help but go ahead and scrap this sweet photo of Carson and Miss Emma. LOVED the colors in this and when I saw this awesome paper by Alexis Hardy for Dream Street in the pack, it was the perfect match.

Products:Bazzill CS, Dream Street PP, American Crafts PP, Scenic Route Pogs (chipboard circles), Heidi Swapp Chipboard Hearts, Staples, Colorbox (Clearsnap) ink, Label Stamp created for Label Tulip

And finally, I was digging all the awesome yellows and aquas in this kit and finally got around to scrapping this awesome Peacock photo I've had on my desk for well over a year. These were taken on my oldest's kindy field trip (and he's now just started 3rd grade!). I just love the zoo! :)

Products: Bazzill CS, American Crafts Thickers, BasicGrey Brads and buttons, Creative Cafe (EK Success) trim, Scenic Route Pog, Colorbox (Clearsnap) chalk ink, October Afternoon PP, American Crafts PP

Thank you again to Cindee and the gals at Label Tulip for letting me play along this month! I had a ball! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Eight is GREAT!

How amazing is this man? It was unbelieveable to watch history made tonight. I've just been in awe of him all Olympics - of his grace, his speed, his strength, his sportsmanship, his dedication, his relationship with his mom, but most of all, his humility. Congratulations, Michael. I've been cheering for you with all of the USA.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We had a Visitor yesterday

My friend, Amy, and her 2 1/2 year-old niece, Emma, came to visit us yesterday. Miss Em was a bit slow to warm up but after she did, she and her "friend" (her name for Carson!) played really nicely together. And did I mention she's soooo stinkin' cute?

Anyhow, we did lunch downtown (Mexican - YUM!) with the kiddos and before we headed back home I had to get in a few shots of the two of them. Check these out...I was cracking up. Is this a layout waiting to happen or what? Carson totally wasn't too sure of her at first, but no one can resist the divine Miss Em for long! Well that and a small bribe was involved ;)

Thanks, Ames! We'll totally have to do that again soon!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL??!

Oh Yeah! Forget Monday Nights....let's hear it for Sunday afternoons! Football season has officially started again and we're all very excited. Ethan entered the draft once more (Oh, yes, I said draft. Lest you forget, we take football very seriously here in Kentucky!) and was picked up by the Jr. Tackle Titans.
He loves his coach and we found out that his team was division champs last year just like ours was. It should make for another great year! So on Sunday night we headed over the the football field to gather our practice gear/pads/helmet and have our first team meeting.

Ethan's practice jersey is #4 - the same as his football hero Brett Favre, AND we went home with one of the biggest helmets they had as it was proved yet again that my son has a reallllly big head! HA! But E wasn't the only one excited. Check out little brother. He's so ready for next year!

Friday, August 01, 2008


ETA: And the Winner is:

Which means DAWN, you're the WINNER! Email me at to let me know if you prefer to go to Paris or London! Congrats!

All Right! Let's get August off to a bang with a little giveaway, shall we? I have to admit that I'm kinda lamenting the end of summer (the boys head back to school on WEDNESDAY believe it or not!) and I'm thinking that sharing some good stuff just might be a way to pick me up!

My sweet friends April and Scarlet from Studio Calico generously sent me an add-on from their July kit to share with you all. If you have never been to their site, you must go. Their kits are absolutely wonderful and the customer service is superb! Anyhow, the winner can pick which one they want from the two shown below - either London or Paris! They are both yummy! And maybe just maybe I might throw a couple other things in there for good measure.

To enter, leave your name and a little comment that's school-related...from your fave subject to back-2-school supply shopping. Anything is fair game! I'll pick the winner first thing Monday morning so no entries after Midnight EST on Sunday, August 3rd. Ok? Sound good? Good. Get to commenting!

Have a wonderful weekend!