Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sneak Peek

I've still got quite a bit of work to do, but Mallory's room is starting to come together.

The quilt turned out super cute! It is hanging
over the side of her crib until we convert it
 into a big girl bed in a few months.

A work in progress - I intended to pick new curtains,
but once I got some of the decals up, I decided
I didn't really need them.  I put some poms and lanterns there,
and I love the way it looks so far.  I'm still waiting
on a few more poms I ordered.

The tree is done! I painted the brown, but
everything else is from a wall decal set from Target :)

I'm currently working on replacing pictures and fabrics in the hanging picture frames that used to be over her crib.  I'm hoping to get it finished up tomorrow.  My next project is a group of canvases I just purchased.  Not sure what the finished product will be... something scrappy, though!  That will most likely be the project that I invest the most time into, considering I am literally starting from a blank canvas. lol 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thanks, Grandma!

She was upset her chocolate bunny wouldn't stand up... but got over it! lol

Monday, April 25, 2011


This year I finally remembered not to buy the dye kits with stickers... because I can never get them to stick!  We did two different things instead. The first was to dye eggs as usual and then paint them.  The second was to crack the eggs a bit, dye them, and open them up to discover "dinosaur" eggs.  I got the idea from  our best bites blog.  Next year, I will totally be doing the tie-dyed eggs - for some reason, I didn't see that post until it was too late!  

I remember Hannah sticking her tongue
out when she was little, too!

We opened the first three we had cracked to see
if the dinosaur eggs were ready yet.  Mallory wanted to
know if she could eat it. I'm certain she thought there 
was chocolate inside! lol

Voila...Dinosaur eggs!
(after they soaked in the dye overnight)

Easter morning - Mallory is still saying the
Easter bunny didn't come. I guess she 
expected to actually see him??  Doesn't matter
how many times I tell her he left
her basket and eggs...

Spent the day at my parents' house -
first spin in the "new" paddleboat

Three egg hunts today - one at home, one just for
the kids, one for the adults!

Sketch #71...

was released yesterday over at Inspired Blueprints.  Here it is:

Here is what I did with it -

Credits - Cute as a button and Berry Sweet by Meghan Mullens

This was my first sketch as part of the design team, and when I was done with it, I realized that the layout I submitted to apply for the team was also pink and green! I promised my next one would involve one of the boys... and no pink :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Finally... some progress!

I'm ready for a new house. One that is a blank canvas and I don't have to paint 58 coats of primer on the walls before I can paint a "real" color. And yes, I know it's my own fault because I'm painting over my own work.

I spent most of the week working to get Mallory's room primed. Not that I was surprised, but it takes several coats to cover up a dark brown chair rail and dark brown flowers!  I finally got the priming done yesterday and finished up the new color today, which is a very light yellow. So light, in fact, that Brady still thought it was white. Ha!

I let all three kids have a turn with the brush and roller, but I focused on taking pics of Mallory since this was her first time "helping."  Also, the other kids are getting a little old to display pictures of them in their underwear. lol

"Can I paint on the ladder??" Of course (I'm thinking), 
let's make this as difficult as possible!

Mallory hasn't been thrilled with the changes so far.  A few days ago she told me she wanted her flowers back.  I'm sure she's wondering why I keep promising her a tree, owls, butterflies, etc. and have yet to produce anything of the sort! After I finished the yellow today, I painted some "grass" on one of the walls.  She came right in and said, "I don't like the green."  Again, I promised her she would be very happy when it is all said and done!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

March layout

Can't tell you how happy I am to be done with this one! I thought I would never come to a point where I was happy with it, but it finally came together in the end :)

The templates are from the Shabby Shoppe, for their Project Scrap 2011.

I used the Sprout kit from the Shabby Princess

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A first for Brady...

Since I no longer have any babies in the house, "firsts" around here don't come nearly as frequently as they used to.   A few months ago, Brady saw a commercial for Bon Jovi and assumed they were coming to town.  I checked and found they would be coming to San Antonio, but it was two days before I would be leaving for Australia, so that clearly wasn't going to work! In case you're unaware, Brady was introduced to Bon Jovi through lego rock bank on the wii.  He was AMAZED when I told him that I used to listen to them and might still have some of their c.d's.  Both he and Drew love "You Give Love a Bad Name" and for xmas, they got me a Bon Jovi greatest hits c.d. which we listen to quite often.

Flash forward to a few days ago... I did a search on craigslist for "power rangers" and for some reason, it brought up a bunch of concert tickets for sale.  I saw Bon Jovi, and after some research, discovered that they had added some dates to their tour, one of which is Houston.  Needless to say, I was very excited!  It's certainly not the best timing, considering the concert is a school night and Bryan will be out of town.  I did find a friend to go with me, though, so we are taking Brady :)  I hate to leave Drew behind, but considering the concert doesn't start until 7:30 p.m., I've decided he is just too young.  I can't wait to tell Brady (of course that won't be for a while), and I'm so excited that his first concert will be one we can both really enjoy!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Toy Story, again!

I've got to stop staying up late working on things like this! lol

This layout is for the template challenge over at the Shabby Shoppe. You will have to click on the link if you want to see the template... I'm too lazy to post it :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Toy Story 3 on ice

Took the kiddos to Disney on Ice this morning - our first time.  Brady had asked to go after seeing a commercial (of course), but I didn't tell him we were going until he asked again earlier this week.  I was kind of surprised by how excited he was, I guess I figured he's getting a little old to appreciate Toy Story as much as Drew or Mallory might.  I showed Mallory some video yesterday to give her an idea of what to expect today, and she was pretty excited, too! Especially when I showed her the "Jessie" outfit she would be wearing.

Woo Hoo! Yippee!
We're going to see Toy Story!!

A mere $54 for three sno cones in fancy cups
with fancy straws...

A good time was had by all :)  

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just in case...

you didn't see it on facebook, here is the link to my Australia album.

I have already moved on to my next project, which is painting Mallory's room.  I got some primer out and painted just a bit - in the corners and over the brown flowers near the ceiling.  Mallory came in and wanted to know where her tree was... lol.  After we moved her furniture around last weekend, she kept saying she wanted it back the old way, and I kept telling her she would like her new room, especially after I got the tree painted.  Maybe I should be flattered that she thought I could get it done so quickly!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Picking flowers (i.e. weeds)

Check out her Easter outfit and clippies... too cute!

"Can I hop?" she wanted to know.
If it makes you cooperate for pics, sure!

Enjoying her sucker - one of her gifts from Australia.
We didn't get any pics (which was dumb), but there was a 
candy shop in Sydney called Sticky. They make everything in
store and you can watch while they do it, very interesting! 

Some fun facts about Mallory at this age:
     * every time she gets something new, she will later report that she got it for Christmas (from Santa)
     * along those same lines, every time we called from Australia to talk to her, she would tell us about
        her new Dora house... which isn't new.  She loves it that much!
     * she has added "really, really" and "very, very" to her vocabulary.
     * she is already saying, "I never get to..." isn't it a little early for that?? She says it in a really whiney
        voice, too!
     * she really has no interest in going on the potty. She sat on it a few times this past week, which is
        an improvement over the many times I asked before where she flat out said no!
     * when she gets excited about something, she will jump up and down and yell,  "woo hoo!!"
     * when we go outside, she likes to play in the dirt and with rocks.... definitely more than her brothers
        ever did
     * has given up naps at home, but will take them at school
     * loves to brush her teeth and wash her hands
     * tells EVERYONE what to do but never admits to being bossy
     * has ten stuffed animals in her crib - when she is supposed to be going to bed, she will talk and sing
        with them and even put them in time out if they misbehave :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Kuranda layout

White background, again! When I post in galleries, they automatically add a border... 
so I don't think to do it myself to post here.

Koala Gardens layout

I bought a new kit for this - Safari Adventures by Lliella designs. I LOVE all the animals that came with it, so I look forward to using it again on a layout where I can be liberal with embellishments... really trying hard to keep it to a minimum in this album!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My new gig...

Inspired Blueprints chose me to be part of their design team - yay!

My head shot is less than stellar... I took it on vacation and I think I will ask if I can swap it out for a picture that's at least in focus. lol

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bridge climb layout

This would look better if I had bothered to put an outline around it
(since the background is white)... but I didn't. lol

Final days in Australia

The day after arriving back in Sydney, we went on a tour of the Blue Mountains.  It was a pleasant surprise that the weather was much cooler, but also unfortunate that it was by no means a clear day.  We were, however, lucky enough to make it out there while there was still some visibility.

Three sisters

Katoomba Falls

Scenic cableway

On the scenic walkway, there were
several depictions of life back in
the mining days. My mom told Bryan
he should get on the horse and take 
a pic for the kids. lol

The visibility was poor enough at this point that we
scrapped the original plan to see Wentworth Falls
and hiked down to see theses cascades instead.

We were fortunate to see these at Blue
Mountain National Park!

Mommy and Joey

The next morning, Bryan and I got up at the crack of dawn to do a kayak of Sydney Harbor.  We were supposed to meet at the boat dock at 7:00 a.m.  By 7:15 a.m. we were seriously doubting anyone was going to show up! This was particularly disappointing because it was actually a clear morning, one of the few we saw.  By 7:25 a.m. we had decided to take the ferry back to the hotel.  We got a message later that morning - they had scheduled us in the computer correctly, but manually wrote our tour down in the calendar on the wrong date :(

After my mom left for the airport, Bryan and I headed over to the harbor bridge. Even though I was able to do the bridge climb, Bryan had not had the chance to walk across the bridge and see the views.  We made our way up to the Pylon Lookout and took a few pics from there.

Next, it was off to the Red Oak Boutique Beer Cafe for lunch.  Can you guess who suggested we go there? lol  We also planned to do a pub crawl that evening, but our server at Red Oak was full of suggestions, so we decided to scrap the tour and do our own thing.  

Bryan sampled some more beer at the Australian Hotel where we ate that night.  He had kangaroo pizza for dinner after discovering they were out of emu - I was happy with chicken :)  After that, we headed to Wine Odyssey, which was a little more my style.  I had the dessert wine flight - three white wines with three desserts.   The plan was to try one more beer back our hotel (which happened to also be a brewery), but Bryan decided he was at his limit.  He did squeeze in one more pint before we left the next day.

Lord Nelson Brewery and Hotel