Thursday, April 21, 2011

It is SPRINGTIME in the desert!  The flowers blooming, and we've had some glorious days.  I'm trying to spend some time outside each day because the day will come very soon when it will be too hot to be outside!!  We'll turn on the cooler, and pretty much hibernate until fall comes!  Our outings will be in the early morning before it gets hot, or way after the sun goes down, after it cools down a bit!  The summer winds will blow and everybody will complain about the heat and the wind, but I've come to enjoy the wind.  I always tell my friend that the wind is our friend!  Without the wind, the heat would be unbearable at times!!
Easter is this Sunday.  Our church is having a church-wide breakfast before service on Sunday.  Earl has been practicing the music for a month or so!  I wish you all a great Resurrection Day.  Praise the Lord for all He has done for us.
I have a few layouts to share today while I'm here.  The first is  Cheesy smile!  The photo is of my sweet grandson Noah.  This is his Picture Smile.  I'm not sure who ever made up picture smiles, but
his is pretty cheesy!!  I used a kit called Happy Easter by Algena that you can find at Scrappity Doo Dah! 
The next layout is of another grandson named Jonah!  His mom started preschool at home with him last September, and he's learned so much!  He really enjoys the messy part--just like a boy huh?  This photo was taken the first week of school when they were studying the letter "A" and he was using his hand to paint an apple tree.  This A week was full of ADVENTURES.  They ATE APPLES, made APPLE sauce, and had lots of fun!!  They even watched the movie Johnny APPLESEED!  Jonah has made AMAZING progress since September, and he eagerly awaits each weeks additions!
I used Polkadot Pixels kit Penmanship and her Grungy Grocery Bag kits that you can find at!  And another kit you can find at 2 peas is Lil' Moa's Diary by Edeline Marta, and that is the kit I used for this layout of still ANOTHER grandson, Micah when he was a few years younger than he is now!
I love the new collab by Marshmella Designs and HK Designs called Hello Sunshine!  It's a wonderful kit, and I'm sure I'll use it over and over again.  Although you can buy the kit separate from the bundle, the bundle gives you everything including the templates!  It's great!  And the colors are so sweet.  You can find this at and at  This is my daughter and her three little guys! 
 The last layout for today is of my middle daughter's family.  She has two daughters and a son.  The name of this layout is Then There Was Three.  I used the great kit Deep Love the bundle by Snap Wings found at Digital Scrap Cafe.   I looked for photos that were of the children at about the same age.  I made a template for this layout, and it is featured for the Template Challenge at Digital Scrap Cafe starting on April 22!  Don't forget to stop by and participate.  You can earn a participation  coupon to the store!!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to worship your Lord this weekend!  It will enhance your life.  Stop in again real soon!  May God Bless YOU and yours!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Again, I'm in a hurry.  One day I'll have time to share ALL my layouts!  It would take "awhile" to get them here I'm afraid!  I used to be a little more diligent to get them here--
The first layout I have to share today is one of Sarah when she was just a tiny baby!  Now she's a big 4 year old, and oh so cute!!  She is such a sweet little girl--and full of spunk and smiles!  What a joy she is.  I used the kit My Little World by Keley Designs found here:
The next one is kind of sad for me.  The photos were taken last year when the little Birds were still in California.  Now they are living in Tennessee, and within the next month or so, will be relocating to Kansas City!  At least they are a little closer to California I guess!  It's still close to 2000 miles "as the bird flies."  haha!  Couldn't resist!  We're praying for a safe trip and move for them!--but LAST year they were for the blooming poppies in the desert!  Tomorrow is the Poppy Festival--I miss my little Birds! I used the April Grab bag by Dutsji Designs found here: for this Spring layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  May God be with you all!  Stop in again real soon.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Hi again!  I have a freebie for you tonight! 
I've been hosting some of the template challenges at, and a new challenge starts tomorrow!  Be sure to check it out in the forum here:!!  You can pick up the new template!  For my layout, I used the cute A Day at the Zoo kit by Dutsji Designs that you can find here:
 Here is the layout!  The little animals are so cute in this kit! 
 I have another layout to share tonight also!  I made it with a great collab from the designers at!  The kit is called Spring Awakening and can be found here:
Here is my layout!  It's photos of my granddaughters!  Aren't they just lovely?

Oh, I forgot to say, if you join the template challenge, be sure to post your layout in the template challenge gallery, then again in the thread with the template--and then PM your email address to me so I can make sure you get  your participation prize!  I've heard that it's a coupon to the store.
Thanks for stopping by, and may God bless you!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

It's been awhile!  :)  But I've been pretty busy! 

When we retired, I had no idea how busy retired life could be--and it's not doing something all the time, it's just living day to day.  The regular activities (cleaning house, doing laundry, fixing meals) take a lot of time!  And my house isn't spotless to say the least!!  I just don't know how in the world we ever found time to have a job--either one of us!! 
Yesterday my husband was outside painting the patio cover before 8 am!!  And that was after we got home from walking the dog.  Poor dog would go bananas if we did something BEFORE her walk!  She is such a creature of habit.  She is such a blessing in our lives though, not sure what we'd do without her!
Anyhow, after he was finished painting, he mowed the lawn, moved mulch from one side of the yard to the other, fixed sprinklers, and by then it was 4 pm!!  I was really proud of him though, last time he worked outside all day, he came in at about 6 pm and was so exhausted I had to hand feed him.  He doesn't know when to quit.  So, yesterday I told him he had to stop by 4 pm, which would give him enough time to get cleaned up before dinner.  I was totally surprised, though when he minded and came in at 4:15.  He felt much better last night than he had the last time!!  It was hot outside--it was our first day over 90 this year.  Summer is really creeping up on us.

I've been busy with my CT work.  This week has been especially busy for some reason!  I'm totally enjoying it, and am getting a lot of scrapping done.  I have a few to share today--
I loved the Pandemic kit by Dream Big Designs so much that I did another layout with it.  It's called Baby Noah.  He was such a cutie!!  This kit was perfect for it.  You can find it here:
Another layout I wanted to share with you today is Mommy's Kisses.  It is a few photos of Noah when he tripped over his own feet and hit his head on the sidewalk.  Poor Noah!!  Sometimes his head is just too heavy.  I used a kit from Pixelily Designs called Love Blooms that you can find here:
and here is the layout. 
That is all I have time to share today.  Thanks so much for stopping by--May God bless you and your family!