May 29, 2007

Rainy Forest Days

We had a nice hang-aroung-the-house holiday weekend, except for the little jaunt we made to the woods of Idaho on Sunday. It was rainy, but I've got to say that there's nothing more refreshing to me than the smell of the forest when it's raining. My skin feels great and Claire's hair gets so gorgeous in the humidity, with all her ringlet curls. On the drive up we saw a cow moose and her calf crossing the highway. I love north-westerners; all the cars on the highway pulled over with their hazards on to let the little guy cross.

Hoping to get some art created and posted this week. We have lots of stuff going on like fieldtrips and birthday parties and getting ready for our big trip to Alaska. It's supposed to be near 90 degrees here by the end of the week so we're breaking out the shorts!

May 26, 2007

Boy Toys and Girly Stuff

Mark acquired a paint ball gun this week because, as he told me, he didn't want to be the guy who used the "loaner" gun when he goes out with his friends to play. He said there's stories around work about how bad those guys who use the loaner guns are treated! So when he brought it home we all had to give it a try. After we went inside Ben said to me "Mama, that was the funnest thing I ever did in my life." What's not to love? It explodes hot pink paint!!!

On a little more girly note, I am in a great kit club from Jenni Bowlin Studios. Each month we get an awesome kit full of paper and great ebellishments, and then we see what we can do with it. This is a page made with the May Kit. I promise I'll work on my photography and photo editing skills very soon. The pictures were taken at the Dahmen Artisan Barn after the annual sausage feast in Uniontown, WA.

May 25, 2007

It's A Go

Here's my layout for the one little word challenge. I love prompts!

All About Mother's Day

I traveled to Denver over mother's day weekend to meet up with my family for my brother Zach's graduation. I made this magnetic board for my mom; it was one of the projects for a year-long on-line class with Heidi Swapp for Big Picture Scrapbooking. I love how it turned out. It was really nice to give it to my mom in person for a change. My family lives in Houston so I don't get to see them as often as I'd like. I went all alone on this trip which was weird and exhilarating at the same time. Even though everyone missed seeing the kids, I got to read my book on the plane and sit for hours with my family when we went out for dinner.

Then, when I got home, there was a cooler full of crawfish waiting on the porch for me. Mark took the kids camping while I was gone and caught a bunch of mud bugs for me. I love to eat them! We invited our friends and neighbors the Johnson's over for a little boil. They had never tried crawfish before but they were willing and we had a nice little feast of crawfish tails and french bread and a little gumbo I made. The kids wouldn't touch them. The last time we caught a bunch of crawfish two of them ended up in our fishtank as pets. Every time I walked by I would think how tasty those big tails would be dipped in a little cocktail sauce, but that's a big parental no-no. You cannot eat your children's pets.

May 24, 2007

Here I Am

Here's my very first post. My friend Erin has been bugging me to start a blog to post my scrapbook layouts and crafts. I sure enjoy reading my share of blogs so maybe some of you will enjoy reading and viewing mine. It will be a nice way to share photos and information with our far-away family and friends. So here's to blogging!