Thursday, May 31, 2007

Even the dogs love the lake!!!

It cracks me up when I walk outside and find Harley sitting in the golf cart. Sometimes I swear she is smiling when she is sitting there:) There is nothing she enjoys more than a long ride on the golf cart with us. I was lucky enough to have my camera right by the door when I opened it up to check on them. I caught Harley just in time. Then Barkley jumped up to join in on the fun!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Back home from the lake...

and did we ever have a good weekend! It was so good to see Bethany and Jeff this weekend. It was his first time here. We also had Ryan's brother and his girlfriend, and another friend of Ryan's with us. The water was rather chilly, and the weather left much to be desired. However, when in good company, the lake can always be a good time. This weekend was no exception. On another note, here is my latest layout. I made it before I headed to the lake. That picture still cracks me up, and I just couldn't figure out what to do with it. Then, the idea came to me to scrapbook about the way we were during the entire trip. I thought this picture really captured all those adjectives:)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Isn't Barkley the Cutest...

puppy you've ever seen???
And, here's one of my first Vegas layouts. I love this one, like a whole lot!!! I don't know why. Maybe it's the black, white, and hot pink??? I don't know what it is, but I REALLY love this layout!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My "postcard"

This is the little "postcard" that I made for all the kids in my class. Barkley has been a pretty frequent visitor to the room this year. The kids loved him, and he was always so good and friendly with them. They were all sad about not getting to see him anymore, so I made them this to take with them. They really liked it!!! I used a free digital kit download from two peas to create it. I think digital is perfect for stuff like this!!! I was able to make it once, and print 25 copies of it in a pretty small amount of time.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Editing photos...

today, and printing them:) I finally have time to relive my trip to Vegas. These pictures make me smile. And remember. And Laugh. And be grateful for such good friends. I am so lucky. I know I have posted some of these on here already, but I just love how some of them came out in black and white, so I'm posting again. Then I'm going to start playing with my pictures:) I think I have printed about fifty pictures in the past couple of hours. I'm not anywhere near being finished either. I hope everyone is having a good week. I am so happy it's summer:)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Thursday, May 17, 2007

1 1/2 days, but who's counting???

I am, I am, I am!!! I can't believe how this week has been CREEPING along. But tomorrow should go by pretty fast. Today my kids made second grade memory books, I took everything off the walls, and they took all the tape off everything. They have no idea how nice it is for me to have them ENJOY doing these things for me. I hate that stuff. So my room is pretty much packed up. We are watching a movie in the morning, then we have track and field day in the afternoon. Monday is a half day, then I am so OUTTA there!!! I can't wait. I enjoyed my last list a lot, so I decided to make a list of things I can't wait for about summer....and here they are:
10. I am going to really CLEAN my house.
9. I am going to attempt to clean my scrapbook room-notice the word attempt. I get sidetracked quite easily in there:)
8. I am going to go for long runs/walks during the morning when the temperature is just right.
7. I am going to attempt, notice that word again, to get Barkley into some type of routine. He is rather out of control right now:)
6. I am going to SLOW DOWN, and ENJOY simple pleasures like taking a long hot bath, going to lunch with a friend every once in a while, not waking to an alarm clock, sitting on my deck and just CHILLING out because I want to.
5. I will be able to talk on the phone during the day:)
4. I might be able to enjoy Ryan when he is home at night because my mind won't be in 500 other places.
3. I can, and will scrapbook a little bit every day if I want to!!!
2. I will read a TON of books!!!
1. I will be at the lake, and I won't have to rush home on Sunday afternoons. I can stay as long as I please:)
I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday, and a happy weekend!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

3 1/2 Days...

and counting!!! That is how much school I have left to go. Just thinking of that makes me smile-really big:) I read on my friend Allison's blog 10 things she has learned about herself by cleaning her scrapbook room. I haven't cleaned mine, but I decided to write 10 things I have learned by sitting amongst my mess. Here they are!!!

10. I have a whole lot of unfinished projects laying around.
9. I have really accumulated a ton of alphabet stickers, stamps, rub-ons, templates, etc. For some reason, I love letters.
8. I probably have as many pictures from the past two years as lots of people have accumulated over their entire lifetime.
7. When I love a picture, I print it over and over again, black and white, color, sepia, 5x7, 4x6, 8x10...and on and on and on.
6. I have a lot, and I do mean a lot, of old ink cartridges. Staples used to buy them to recycle, and I keep thinking someone will recycle them again. I should really throw these away.
5. I am extremely unorganized, but I can tell you where anything is-that is-if I remember that I have it.
4. I love all things Basic Grey!!!
3. I love pictures of my girlfriends and I-they are all around this place! I guess because most of them live far away, and I don't feel like I can hang them all around the house??? They are everywhere in here.
2. I, just like Allison, confess to being a really big scrapbook slob!!!
1. I couldn't imagine not having this room. Sometimes I just sit in here and listen to my favorite tunes on my ipod, look at pictures, talk on the phone, take a nap, or actually scrapbook. It never fails that when I leave this room, I feel better about life. This room makes me happy. When I am here, I am surrounded by things I love. The color red, memories, scrapbook stuff, music, the list could go on and on and on. But it all boils down to the fact that it is MY space!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day...

to all the moms out there-especially mine:) I miss her today. This is the first Mother's Day I have had without her for a couple of years. Last year I went home, the year before that, she came here. So I'm kind of down today. But at least I got to talk to her.

And...I have five and a half days of school left! Now that, is good news! Not that I don't like being a teacher, but man, I am READY for summertime. Looking forward to sleeping in, going for morning runs, wearing flip-flops and comfy clothes-everyday, and just not worrying about work. It really is a huge benefit. I hope everyone has a great week.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


I am so excited! I checked my email today to find a request from bluemedia publications. They want one of my layouts to put in their upcoming book, "Blueprints 2". Trust me, during the last days of school, this is a for-sure pick-me-up!!! I'm ecstatic!!! Hope everyone is having a good week. Here are more pics from my fabulous trip with my fabulous girls!!!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

More Vegas Pics

Seriously, we had so much fun! Here are some pics from our favorite day of the trip. This was Saturday at the pool. What a great day! Just looking at these pictures brings a smile to my face:)