Out with the old, in with the new…

WOW! Over two years since I last blogged and it comes with a blur of great memories. Lots of changes, wouldn’t know where to even start to list them all so I am just going to start fresh from today on.ย  I even switched the theme of this lovely little blog and some other things here and there. I need to go through all my links and see if they are still good. Baby steps…that’s how I am going to take this new blogging/scrapbooking adventure.

I have really been itching to get back into scrapbooking. Took too much time off from the hobby that I love the most…lots of those memories just waiting to get onto paper. I finally get to use all of the awesome scrappy supplies that I have been hoarding. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I picked up some Project Life things from Michael’s (shhh, don’t tell I was shopping at the competitor). LOL! I am trying to decide how I want to start, if I just want the family album to be using Project Life and keep going the way I have been with the kids albums. Or do both with the kids albums…so much to decide.

Some of my scrappy goals/projects:

  • * Today I signed up for 30 Days of Lists – Can’t wait to start that!!! First time doing this workshop!!! * Earlier this summer I signed up for the Find Your Voice Workshop at RUKristen Papercrafts that I really want to go back and finish what I started with that. * I am looking forward to participating in Ali Edward’s A Week in the Lifeย  project next month.
    * Sort through all of the photos I uploaded the past few days and get some printed. I have tons of older pics but I am itching to work on some new stuff too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hopefully I can get some new layouts done too. YAY! I am super excited! I just need to take it slow and one day at a time so I miss 2 more years of non-blogging/scrapping.

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Summer Vacation!!!

Today was the last day of school for the kiddos! It is a love/hate situation for me…I love not having to be up early when I don’t work in the morning or after working an overnight BUT I am not looking forward to the kids fighting. They had a half day today and we went out bowling after but after that the arguing started already! YUCK! I seriously need to come up with some good punishments this summer! LOL!

We have lots planned- mostly little things around our area but we are excited. My Girl Scouts are planning on going through the summer.They want to do a book club which I think is cool. It will be a fun filled summer for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jackie and I made up a reading log today for the books that we are reading this summer. We are participating in several summer reading challenges. Borders and B&N both have a program for kids where they get a free book after reading so many. She is definitely excited about that…Ben not so much.

Speaking of reading…I have been reading as usual! Finished The Professor by Charlotte Bronte. Good book, seemed to take me forever to get through.

I purchased a 4 book set off Amazon called The Tea Series by Sheila Horgan. I have read the first two Hot Tea and Sweet Tea. I really like these ones. I just started the third book Iced Tea. Good books, funny but the main character sometimes rambles on a little too much. But even so I am still reallyย  enjoying them!

Amazon has been having a ton of new books on the freebie list! Been picking those up. I definitely have tons to read this summer!!!

Off to read a bit before I head to bed. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Shannon

Books, Books and more books!

It has been pretty busy here lately. Jackie turned 10 on the 8th. We had a birthday/Mother’s Day party here. The kiddos were out of school on the 9th and we had her friend party at Joann’s where they made some super cute duct tape purses (I made one too!) , the 12th was DH’s birthday and also Jackie’s Choir concert.ย  Besides all of that work has been crazy busy…seriously, 40 hours is not enough time to get everything done that I am responsible for…and I can’t go into overtime.

Lately, I have been spending the little down time that I have had reading or looking on Amazon for books for my kindle. I have been getting some cool ones for free or 99 cents! I now have over 600 books on it and each day I check the top 100 lists and get more! LOL! So I decided to go ahead and put a books read for the year at the top of the page so I can keep track of what all I have read this year. I LOVE reading and my Kindle was the BEST present DH has given me!!! This time of year is my big reading time – I usually am so bogged down that I don’t feel like doing anything except reading. This year I decided to read books outside of my usual genre…I am currently reading The Professor by Charlotte Bronte. It is definitely better than I expected. I am hoping to finish it up by the end of the week!!!

So I am off to read some more before bed…the next few days I have the opening shift at work. ๐Ÿ™‚

National Scrapbook Day!

This year is going by so fast! I can barely believe that it is already May…I’ve been busy with work, housework, getting the kids where they need to go…this weekend is not only Mother’s Day but my daughter’s 10th birthday!!! It is also National Scrapbook Day!!!

ScrapChicks is having a NSD crop!!! check it out!!! I hope to get lots of scrappy stuff done this weekend!!!

~Shannon

Where does the time go?

I have been off line most of this week. Busy with the holiday and then work craziness…I wish there were more hours in the days. Worked the overnighter last night/this morning and I have to be back at 1pm. Lots of stuff going on here. Will post some pictures tomorrow from Easter.

I took the kids to see the bunny on Saturday…Jackie informed me that this will be her last year of sitting with the “stupid bunny” that she has to be the “only 4th grader that had to visit the bunny” and that she was “totally embarrassed”.ย  Ben chimed in too but I told him that he has a few more bunny years ahead of him. LOL!

Anyhow, I should try to get a little sleep before the kids wake for school…I maybe even able to get a little crafting time in before work. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Shannon

It’s Friday!!!

I cannot believe how fast this week has gone by. It seems like I have either been at work or I am catching up on sleep!!! I can’t wait to have 2 days off in a row this weekend! I really have lost track of time…I keep saying I can’t believe it is Easter on Sunday even though it is super late this year. I have SO much stuff still do do…get stuff for baskets, take the kiddos to see the Bunny, dye our eggs, decide what we are taking to DH’s family dinner, finish cleaning the house because my mom is stopping over to bring the kiddos their baskets….the list goes on. I have to work the closing shift at work tonight…thank goodness there is another manager closing with me because we think it is gonna be a busy one! Last night we were slammed and almost doubled out budget for the day. It was awesome!!!

So here are some pictures to sum up this week since I wasn’t on here as much as I would like to have been…

Last Friday, the girl took a cake decorating class at my work. This lovely, frosting loaded cake was her creation after playing with the different tips. She was making a smiley face. LOL! Saturday was my friend. Melissa’s birthday and Jackie wanted to decorate a cake for her…the only problem is with the cake I made…I don’t like making white cakes and that was the mix we had. While she was decorating, the side fell off and she filled it with some icing. Poor thing was so upset about it. I told her next time we will make a chocolate cake!

This is Lizzy, Jackie’s gecko. I went into her room to tuck her in on Sunday and saw the gecko climbing the log thing in the aquarium to get to the crickets who were huddled at the top. I looked in and she looked around the log at me…so I ran to get the camera!

Monday brought us snow…again! I hope this was the last of it. Thankfully it was melted by the end of the day!

Here is a layout I did for the crop at Scrapadilly…it was for their color challenge! I am hoping to scrap some more when I get home from work tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Wednesday, Melissa came over to watch a movie and we worked on our recipes for the recipe club I have going on at work. ๐Ÿ™‚ Found these cute cards in the Target dollar bin awhile back.


Wednesday night I picked up some crafty stuff to make spring/Easter decorations… I saw this cute Easter Egg Bouquet and wanted to make it. Mine is a little different…not so full and I still want to add a bow or tulle or something around it.

And the last picture for today is a fabric selection for a pennant banner that I want to make this weekend. I still need to pick up some solids but I am excited about making this project. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Friday!

~Shannon

Monday, Monday…

Not much to report on today…worked, cleaned, surfed the web…and now I am sitting here watching a Harry Potter marathon while crocheting. I started an afghanย  last month for the girl and REALLY want to finish it. One blog I was reading on today (can’t remember which one) made a separate page of “to make” things. Once completed she marked it with done. With all of the cool stuff out there, I am thinking that I need to start a list myself along with a list of projects in the making…I have so many that are not finished.So within the next few days, I will be adding pages to this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have some pictures to share that I have taken the past few days but that will have to wait until tomorrow. I need to get on my other computer and I am just too darn comfy right now to do that. LOL!

I am off to do some more crocheting…I am hoping to be done with this project tomorrow!

~Shannon