July 27, 2008

Back on The Horse

Yesterday, I had an itch. And I had to scratch it.

Before I tell you about my issue, it's important to mention that I've been way too spendy on the digital scrapbooking front lately - particularly since I haven't scrapbooked (either paper or digital) since I lost my job in April. Not one time. Have even't wanted to touch it. The mojo was gone. Or maybe I just needed all of the energy normally spent using up the scrappin' mojo for other more important things (such as the job search). But some of the kits out there are still so stinkin' cute I couldn't help myself.

Anyway (Has anyone noticed I can be long-winded? Geez!), my itch was driving me crazy. So I hauled Betty out (that's my laptop, by the way) and opened up Photoshop. I was a madwoman. I didn't even let the fact that I'd never made a digital page in Photoshop slow me down. I had my Missing Manual there beside me and the kids were occupied. Would you believe that since yesterday afternoon I have made 7 pages? GO, ME! Now, I did use Ali Edwards' Layered Templates from DesignerDigitals and there aren't any dropshadows on anything yet (couldn't figure out how to do that yet, but I will!), but seven pages? Wahoo!

Once I add the drop shadows, I will post the pages. In the meantime, here's to not letting something steal YOUR mojo. Go create something!


PS - Lulu, in true Rachel fashion, all of the purses that I precut on your living room floor are still nicely folded inside of their plastic bag. Funny how the mojo hops around isn't it?

July 22, 2008

Oh, For Cute - Etsy Sickness

I have an illness. No, not the neurosis I show you all on a daily basis. I'm talking about one many of us share. ETSY. It's an addiction.


Here is what I got giddy on today.


from ManiMina:















And this darling tunic is earth-friendly and made by EarthGroovz.



Don't shake your head. I didn't buy *ALL* of them.

Da Plains Vacation - Part 3

As if you thought I wouldn't show you more pictures. As if. Seriously.

Here are some more favorites.





I would have been concerned if he weren't smiling.



See. Smiling.



Maddy is so precious. She gave me a flower every single time she saw one. Reminded me to capture the little things, too. And I *love* her grubby nail polish.




Full plans to use this against them when they get married.

Now, prepare to gasp. This is the epitomy of cuteness here, Folks.








(I've been trying to get her to do this for MONTHS, but she sees Jonas one time and now she's all 'big girl holding her bottle.' Meh.)





Did I not tell you? Little Miss Sunshine.




Then again, maybe not.














I love me some Lulu. And I love me some Lulu family. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends.

July 20, 2008

Da Plains Vacation - Part 2

So if I had to sum up a good portion of the goings-on of the seven children in the house with one picture, this would be a great one to show you. The decapitation happened within the first 5 minutes of the following collision:

Trevor

Madelyn

Samuel

Andrew

Titus

Jonas

Mabel







Sorry, Ken. You were headed to Goodwill anyway.





The adults played with more fun things. And cards. It's because we were playing cards. Often. In German.






On Monday, Roger and I took the kids to the Washington Pavilion Kirby Science Center to learn and play.








Um, we ALL had fun, okay? This had nothing to do with that Jaegermeister you saw up there. I have no idea where that came from.









(Blurry, but I don't care. I love this shot of him on the huge piano.)





The kids had a ball. The top floor of the science center demonstrated physical exercise. In other words, it was a stupendous place to wear them out before taking them home. Trevor and Maddy immediately decided they would race one another. Maddy was very... confident ... very... ostentatious ... very in-your-face with her invitation to Trevor. Trevor, being all super-cocky-7 yr old boy took her up on her offer in a nanosecond. I'm just thankful I had my camera glued to my face when it all shook down.

*WARNING* Graphic, sex1st behavior is expolited below. View at your own risk.

So, off they went.



Notice Maddy's Devil-may-care attitude and barefootedness. She's all sure of herself. And Trevor, well, Trevor is already behind.




Oh, coming back now. Giggles and laughter abound. And no - he's not jabbing her with his elbow. He's just all gangly and lanky right now. Good times.



Uh oh. Maddy is going down! I tried to scream, "look out!" from behind my camera, but she didn't hear me. And Trevor is... wait, has he even noticed she's about to hit the carpet?




Oh yeah, he noticed. He even claimed victory when he crossed the line. Stinker. I can't decide whether to laugh my fool head off or hang it in shame.




Naughty little sucker. He got it back though, Folks. Don't you worry. They were ALL dishing it out.


And if any of you were curious what Andy was doing during all of this, allow me to show you.



Ah, good times.



The whole crew (minus me). Jonas and Moo are sharing a double stroller back there. Uncle Roger is wrangling everyone into place. Andy is trying to correct Titus (PREVIEW: this will be a theme for the entire 14 days). Sam is waiting for Dad, and Maddy and Trevor appear to be the only two paying attention. Strange how both of them look like they are sitting for a school picture though, isn't it?

*Sigh.*

Sprinklers outside.

And a TON of fun, courtesy of Parks and Recreation (a.k.a.: THE POOL!).

Da Plains Vacation - Part 1

Oh my. Well, I said I took over 1,000 pictures and boy, did I. I spent all of today editing them, resizing them for the web (nifty action I just found from VIBE), and then uploading them for my blog through flickr. For some reason, most of them look a bit dark compared to their actual versions, but you'll get the drift, I think (why is it that flickr does that?).



First, our journey. It was about 830 miles, or 14 hours long. We drove through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota to see our friends. It was worth every minute. Here are some cool shots along the way.

















(Wisconsin, near the Dells)






(La Crosse, the point where Wisconsin and Minnesota meet on the Mississippi River)



(Stretching their legs in Minnesota - just over halfway there)




(Wind turbines in Minnesota. These made my heart so happy! And I was so proud when both of the boys knew what they were and totally appreciated their coolness!)


We arrived on Saturday evening. The next morning we all went to church. We were invited to attend a congregation party afterwards and it was a blast! What a great way to kick off vacation. And... it was 95 degrees. In the shade. And thundersprinkling on and off. MUGGY. *AWESOME.*























(Check out the dirt in Trev's nose. He was having some BIG fun on the Slip and Slide.)



I'll stop here. More fun tales soon.