Monday, October 30, 2006

don't forget... vote for the MM Idol Contest today. Both of the final entries are absolutely incredible. My jaw seriously hit the floor when I saw what these talented ladies had created. Check it out and vote for your favorite!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

betcha thought I'd share more Halloween projects...

how about a layout using something different
(it's actually paper from the Valentine's Day line by MM,
but this isn't a Valentine's day layout)...

{not a lot to share today
- just trying to get over a killer headache -
hope you all had a nice was beautiful here!}

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

more halloween talk...

For a really long time I've been thinking about creating a mini album featuring my kids in their Halloween costumes from year to year -- kind of "costumes at a glance" style. I think I may have found the album I want to use for it:
I know, it's another project with the Making Memories Halloween line. I can' t help it. I love it. :o) I just wish each album had more pages...maybe I'll have to just do a separate one for each child. Simple and cute...just the way I like it! :o)

Oh, and speaking of Halloween (go figure, lol), we took the kids to Lagoon last Saturday, during Frightmares! Actually, we were there during the day, so the scary people in costumes weren't out yet. Normally, I would not choose to go to Lagoon when it is COLD outside. However, we bought tickets early in the summer, then Seth got sick on the drive up to Lagoon, so we ended up not going in. (We did, however, pay to park in the parking lot, so Lagoon did get some of our cashola that day.) With moving and everything else going on this summer, we just didn't make it back up there. The tickets we bought from Costco were non-returnable/non-refundable, and we couldn't find anyone who wanted to buy them (even at a discount), so we knew we only had a few opportunities left to use them....or just eat the $120. Since I don't care for eating money, we headed up to Farmington last Saturday. I could not believe how crowded it was. Seriously, I stood in line with the kids for an hour just to ride one ride. Craziness. Oh well, we used our tickets, had a little fun, got see Lagoon in all of it's Halloween decorated glory, and left before we froze our noses off AND before the scary characters started roaming around.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

so, the odds were pretty good...

Seth drew a name for me...and the winner is
So, Denise, please send me an e-mail with your address and
I'll get a package of fun scrapbooking stuff out to you soon.
Thanks for leaving comments on my give-away post, gals!
I have even more stuff that I want to share,
so I think I'll be doing this again soon.
Check back, okay?
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

a funny...that's a little too true...

...this was in an e-mail from my mom. Hmmm....I wonder if she's trying to tell me something?!?
Unfortunately, I feel like this all too often - mostly when I'm up working in the wee hours of the morning. My poor family - I'm so glad they put up with me!

Monday, October 23, 2006

anybody want some stuff...

okay, I've been cleaning out and organizing, getting my cabinet filled and organized and I've come up with a lot of stuff that I'd love to share. I know there are lots of you out there lurking (secret hit counter -- bwaaahaaahaaa), but not posting comments! SO, if you'd like a fun goodie box full of scrapbooking stuff, leave a comment. I'll pick a random winner Wednesday morning. :o)

amazing entries...

The entries are up for round #3 of the Making Memories Scrapbook Idol Contest -- they are each so fun and unique. I'm glad I don't have to choose a winner by myself, all three contestants are so talented. It was hard to choose one to vote for! Go HERE to see the three entries and place your vote before midnight tonight. Then check in tomorrow to see the two designers who will be competing in the final round!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

a great deal...

I almost forgot to share some fun news! If you are interested in purchasing a Scrap Box, go to their site or call {(801) 836-0615}to order one AND...if you tell them that you saw it on Wendy's blog, they'll give you a $50 discount! Gotta love a discount!! :o) If you live locally, you have an option to have it delivered to you (and even assembled, if you want)...and if you don't live locally, they'll ship it to you and you can put it together yourself. Building it is half the fun, right?!?

for my last post...

I'm not sure why...but this is the only way Blogger is allowing me to add photos -- here are some photos to go along with my last post -- the culprit of my sore thumbs (which are fine now) and a couple of pictures of the inside of my new baby! ;) I'm having so much fun loading this cabinet - I'll share more pics when Blogger is cooperative. Have a great Sunday! Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 20, 2006

fat lips and sore thumbs...

I got a phone call today, from Josh's school. Apparently, he had a head-on collision with another little boy after lunch and he got the worst of it. I hurried right to the school as soon as the secretary told me "his lip is really big, and black, and we can't get it to stop bleeding..." Yeah, just what every mom wants to hear. So I called the pediatician's office on the way to the school just to get a feel for things. Apparently, there's not much to do about cuts inside the mouth. They told me only to bring him in if (a) his tooth went completely through the skin to the outside, (b) if his tooth broke off inside his lip, or (c) if he had several teeth loose OR if I just wanted them to take a look. Luckily, when I got to the school, the bleeding had almost stopped. True, his lip was swollen and bruised, but it was definitely not as bad as I was picturing. My poor little guy was sitting in the little nurse's office holding an icebag on his huge, bleeding lip...but what broke my heart was his red, swollen, teary eyes. Sheesh, it was all I could do not to sit down and cry with him! We came home and feasted on popsicles and ice water...yum! Oh, and fruit-flavored Motrin for dessert (only for Josh, of course). Anyway, we opted not to visit the doctor since we didn't fall under any of the pre-approved categories AND I didn't think I needed them to look at it and tell me that it didn't fall under any of the pre-approved categories so go home and ice it and take some Motrin (that'll be 90 bucks, please). The swelling actually seemed to have gone down by the time he went to sleep. He asked me NOT to take a picture of it. He's a bit self-conscious about it. Otherwise, I'd share a photo of the biggest, bruised up, scraped up, sore-looking lip I've ever seen...I'm sure you're sad about that (not being able to see a picture, I mean)! ;)

So, I'm sure you're wondering who has sore thumbs...that would be me. Why, you ask? Well, because I spent several hours last night pushing these beauties into little holes. Not to worry's worth it, because look what the holes were in:

(and wouldn't you know it...Blogger is not letting me add pictures tonight.
It figures, because I'm so excited to share. Oh well, I'll try to add them tomorrow.)

Yep, that's it! My new favorite piece of furniture. My very own ScrapBox!!! I am SO thrilled! The creator himself delivered it to my house yesterday and I still can't believe it's really mine. I've started stocking it up and organizing it...but it's far from finished. I'm hoping to have some time this weekend to really figure it out and make it work for me. I have some fun ideas, so hopefully they'll fall into place. Hopefully you won't mind my raving over the next little while because seriously, this is just making me SO happy right now. I've been needing some way to organize all of my scrapbooking "stuff" for so long and this is just perfect for me. :o)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

two quick seconds...

...because I have some exciting things happening in the next few days. BUT, I wanted to share this cool find with you -- have you seen it? What do you think about it? Here's the website if you want to read more info. about it. :o) I saw it a few weeks ago when it was shown on Good Things Utah during the Scrapbook USA Expo here in Utah. As soon as I saw it, I knew I was in love! Let me know what you think of it...I've gotta run, but I'll be back with a little more fun news soon...

Monday, October 16, 2006

round TWO... up on the MM Idol Blog. This contest is so much fun, have you been following it? They are down to four finalists, and YOU get to vote to see which three continue on to the next round. I voted this morning, and I'll admit that my vote was for a different person that it was the last round -- all four of these designers are so talented! I can't wait to see who moves on -- go cast your vote and you can help decide! Click HERE to vote -- and hurry, voting ends at midnight tonight. :o)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

would you believe...

even MORE Halloween projects?!? Of course you would, because you know I LOVE it!! I did the challenge for this week on the Making Memories Blog. These little treat boxes were so fun to make and they look so cute sitting on my table right now -- even without treats inside, they make me happy!! If you make anything cute for Halloween, please send me a link, I'd LOVE to see!!

a few fun pictures...

...thought I'd share just a few of the pictures I took after we had our family pictures taken for Grandma's birthday...
As you can see, Seth was his usual "I'll be as uncooperative as possible if there's a camera pointed in my general direction" self. Oh well, at least we'll always remember this quirky little phase -- at least I hope it's just a phase! (Oh, and obviously, I didn't take the photo that I'm in...Rustin took that one -- thank you!)

Brad wasn't feeling well, so after the photographer finished our family shots, he went and laid down on the grass...of course, the kids took that as their que to run right over and climb on top of him. You can tell he's a good dad, 'cause he let them climb, and he just smiled (and let me take some pictures)...even though he felt like crud.


....that's what you'll be saying about 20 minutes after you pop your pumpkin bread into the oven. It smells SO good...and tastes even better! :o)
I asked Angela if I could share her recipe on my blog, and she was happy to share, so here it is:

Pumpkin Bread/Muffins

1 c. sugar
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. oil
2 eggs

Mix together.

¼ c. water

1 c. pumpkin
Add and mix until pumpkin is well blended.

2 c. flour

1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
½ t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
¼ t. ginger
Sift together and add in:
1 c. chocolate chips
{Option variations:1 c. raisins or ½ c. chopped nuts}

Bake for 55 minutes at 350.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool.
Makes 2 regular or 4 baby loaves.

So if you want your house to smell yum, yum, yummy and all "FALL-ish" ... bake this now!

Monday, October 09, 2006

did you vote yet...

If you haven't voted yet, hurry and go do it NOW (here)-- before time runs out! I can't wait to see who makes it through to the next round -- all five of the finalists are amazing! :o)

Friday, October 06, 2006

another halloween project...

...see, I told you I was excited for autumn, and halloween, and all that comes with it. I believe I've also mentioned how much I'm loving the new Making Memories Halloween Line, which is why I was thrilled to create this layout for their website this month.

You can see a better image, a list of supplies and complete instructions by clicking HERE.

We're going to put out our halloween decorations later today, when the kids get home from school -- and my friend sent me the recipe for her yummy (in other words, I can eat a loaf all by myself, so I'll have to make 2 or 3) pumpkin bread -- I can't wait for my house to smell delicious!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

meet baby B...

...isn't she a doll?? She's just a few weeks older than Zach, but she is so much more "grown up!" Love her!!! :) (and NO, she didn't really eat the flowers.)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

this makes me happy... I came in from a quick shopping trip to Provo and saw these on my kitchen table. I bought them for myself last week (when I bought some for Grandma's Birthday, I spoiled myself a bit too), but I've been too busy to even enjoy them. This afternoon, I saw them again, and it was as if I hadn't even noticed them before. In spite of a horrible headache, they made me smile. They just make me happy. I love love love having fresh flowers in my home. I wish I could afford to have them all the time - that would be pure happiness for me. My favorite? Simple Daisies. Beautiful, no?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

80 years old...

...that's how old my grandma turned on her birthday last Friday! My aunt orchestrated a surprise dinner party for Friday evening and it was SO successful - grandma had no idea and was completely was great! :) As soon as she walked in to the restaurant we all started singing "Happy Birthday" and you could see how surprised she was...there were even tears and I think she was crying because she was happy (at least I hope that's why!). I wish I would have been closer and the light would have been better - but I think I'm the only person who had a camera, so I'm glad I got these pictures of her. :)

Here's one of her with her birthday cake.

And I was trying to get a decent 'close-up' of her, despite the light and crowd and general craziness...and when she looked at it she just said "You cut off the top of my hair!" Then she told me how happy she was with her hair-do (a gift from mom and dad). Seriously, I haven't seen her so happy for a long, long, long time -- she's had lots of health problems and other things to deal with over the past several years, so it was awesome to see her so happy. Happy Birthday Grandma V!! :o)

{We all met on Saturday for a big family picture (all of my cousins and their families were there), I can't wait to see those. I took some fun pics of the kids afterwards - I'll share those later}