Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top 8 of 2008 are my top 8 layouts that I did this year. I didn't actually scrap much this year, so it was hard to pick out 8 favs. I hope I get to scrap more next year!

I absolutely love this photo, and the ruffled ribbon is too cute. I also LOVE the heart paper. :)

This is probably my #1 fav this year. I love the patterned paper and held on to it for too long before I used it. Also the letter stickers are SUPER old, but they look great on this layout!

I think the reason I love this layout so much is because I love the picture! Nothing too special on it, but I did use up some stash of blue items on it :)

I love scrapping Halloween, and this was the last Halloween layout that I did this year. The letters for 'Halloween' are actually iron ons that are glittered. I just love how they look IRL. These are about all the pics that I got of ToT this year, the kids were so excited about Halloween that they didn't want to take any pics -- they wanted to get all the candy!

I've had this photo of Hailey just sitting around for quite awhile now, and when I got these papers I knew they would look good with her picture. It's hard to believe that she is the same age in this photo that Trev is NOW.

This picture is very special to me. I took it at the check in to the hospital before Trev had surgery earlier this year. The surgery has fixed his breathing problems so much and I'm grateful that we went through and did it. It was a hard decision to make for us, but we feel that now it was the best choice.

These pics are just so fun. I know it's hard to see them here (I think you can click on the image to make it bigger), but I love the cake mess! :)
Okay, last one. Just a cute 'challenge' layout that I did. Used up some old stash on it. You know, I think I scrapped Trev about 75% of the time this year. I've been enjoying using boy colors after only having to do girl layouts for the last 5 years prior!

So...there ya go! My top 8 layouts for this year. I hope you all share yours too!

Monday, December 29, 2008

LRS December Layouts - Fancy Pants Arctic Chill

This kit is STILL available! It's a WONDERFUL kit, and I had so much fun working with it. It's great for so much more then snow/winter photos (heck, I even scrapped a SUMMER photo with it!!!).

You can get it here (along with any add-ons that are still left):

Menu Monday! 12/29

Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - Cheese Ravioli
Wednesday - Chicken Soup (homemade)
Thursday - Homemade Pizza
Friday - Something with Chicken...chicken fingers and oven fries maybe.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The story of the Christmas Tree

So...we ALWAYS get a real tree. We enjoy going up into the woods and picking out the perfect Douglas Fir and cutting it down. The kids love it too. It's an adventure, and something that we've ALWAYS have done. Well, until this year.

Normally we would go out 2 weeks before Christmas and cut it down. But that weekend we went out to the coast to go clam digging. No biggie, right? We still had 2 more weekends before Christmas to get that special tree.

Except, how were we to know that 'Arctic Blast 2008' was going to come through and leave us snow. Lots of snow. Too much snow to even THINK about going up into the mountains and cut down a tree. No biggie though, there were LOTS of tree lots around with trees for sale.

Well, that was BEFORE the snow. We've spent the last week looking for a tree. Not even the perfect tree, ANY tree would of been great. But the lots have long since packed up and moved on. Ugh.

We've looked everywhere. Lowe's. Home Depot. EVERYWHERE! No trees to be found. Kimberly is starting to get worried. She thinks that since we don't have a tree, Santa wont have anywhere to leave presents. So...we found this TINY tree in the Christmas box (think maybe 12" tall). You know, one of those table decorations (nothing that we could decorate, it has all that stuff already on it). Not exactly what Kimberly wanted, but she decided that it could work. If that's all we can find.

So, I was determined today. I was going to find a tree. Except, I knew at this point a real one was out of the I went on the 'fake' tree search.

AND I FOUND ONE! It's little (about 5 feet tall), but it'll work. I'm sure of it. I just got done putting it together (the girls don't even know about it yet!). It already has the lights on it. It's pretty :) I can't wait for them to wake up in the morning and see it now.

Whew. Christmas is saved here in the Swartz house now!


We've had quite a bit of snow lately. It's VERY unusual for this area, and even though it's a pain because we aren't 'prepped' for it, the kids have been loving it. We have over a foot in our yard right now, and more is supposed to accumulate today.

Here's a couple of quick pics:


I hardly ever just scrap to scrap. Especialy since Trevor was born. There just never seems to be enough time in the day. 2 nights ago I decided that I was going to scrap and have fun. The kids went to bed early and the house was quiet. I sat down and got THREE layouts and two cards done. I just pulled out an old kit and went at it.

And...I enjoyed it :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

You Are Dancer

Carefree and fun, you always find reasons to do a happy dance.

Why You're Naughty: That dark stint you had as Santa's private dancer.

Why You're Nice: You're friendly. Very friendly.

Monday, December 15, 2008

My early Christmas present!!

My Dell Mini 9 is here!!!! I'm in LOVE!! I ordered it on Black Friday when it was on sale...and I am SO glad I did!
Here it is:

I got the option with Windows. It was a free upgrade on Black Friday!!

This is just to show you has SMALL it is! It fits in my purse!!!
I also ordered this bag to go with it...but it's back ordered :( It's supposed to be here on Wednesday though!! I can't wait!!
Gosh, isn't it cute?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December LRS Sneek Peeks!!

I had lots of fun with glitter in this kit!! :) The glitter in the add-on is soooo pretty -- and it goes GREAT with the snowflake paper!

some pics from this morning

we had a couple of extra minutes before the bus came, so I snapped a few pics of the kids. Kimberly is always making funny faces now when I take her picture, so it's hard to get her to smile! lol!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

the BEST split pea soup EVER!

lol. This recipe is GREAT!! Everyone in my house LOVES it and eats every single bit of it. And the best part is that it's super easy to make!!

1 pound dried split peas
2 cups diced onions
1-1/2 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 chicken bouillon cubes
ham bone

Put all ingredients and 7 cups water into a 5-1/2 quart or larger crockpot. Cover and cook on high 6 hours or low 12 hours until peas are very soft and fall apart. Remove bone; when cool enough to handle, cut meat off bone, dice and return to soup.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Menu Monday!!

Things have been SOOO hectic here!! I've been a terrible blogger.

Anyways, this week we are having:

Monday - Spaghetti
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Split pean and ham soup
Thursday - Steaks and potatos
Friday - I don't have to cook! We are headed to the coast this weekend!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recipe for MY Personality

The Recipe For Jennifer
3 parts Boldness
2 parts Whimsy
1 part Intensity

Splash of Beauty

Limit yourself to one serving. This cocktail is strong!