Friday, January 30, 2015

Just the Two of Us....In the Smoky Mountains

A couple of weekends ago, Michael and I got to have a mini-vacation in the Smoky Mountains area. It's about 4.5 hours from our house, so it's not too bad of a drive. We drove out Thursday afternoon and came back on Monday. My parent's were gracious enough to watch the kids for us. The kids had a great time but Haley had a little cold (or just teething) while we were gone. Jonah didn't even miss us. LOL

We stayed at Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, TN and it was so nice! It had a hot tub, fireplace, beautiful lodge decor and a comfy bed too. I always worry that I won't sleep good away from home but I slept great because the mattress was so soft...and we brought our own pillows.

We didn't have any major plans other than catching a movie, eating out for supper each night, relaxing, reading and a little shopping. There is a huge outlet mall in the next town over, Pigeon Forge, that we spent one day at. So many fun stores all in one place. We enjoyed sleeping in a little (or waking up when we wanted to and not to alarms or kids) and going out to breakfast each morning. We ate wonderful meals at The Chop House, The Park Grille, The Diner and Cracker Barrell.

It's so nice to have a little time to just be "us" and not Mommy and Daddy sometimes. We love our kids, that's a given, but we both think it's important to remember who we are together, too.

We also went to see American Sniper (I had just finished the book) and I can't say enough about how good the movie was. It's sad, yes, but it's a great reminder to us all of the sacrifices that have been made over the last couple decades for our freedom (and during all the wars over the years). The movie has a lot of language in it but that is not what I remember from the movie at all.

He was happy LOL! I said "we need at least one pictures of us from our trip." It was early and very cold out. He said "ok but do I have to smile?" Men....

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Some Christmas Pages

I am enjoying getting caught up on my digital scrapbooking pages since this summer. Both kids' birthdays are in the summer (July & August) so I do them a book each year from their birthday to right before the next birthday. So I needed to catch up on Aug-Christmas. Here are some of the layouts I've finished so far. I still have a couple more Christmas layouts to do for each.

For 2015 my goal is to continue to do both kids' albums and to start a Project Life family album. I plan to just do a 2-page layout for each month of the year for the family album. I am really loving the look and simplicity of doing Project Life so I want to give it a chance.

If you have any questions on anything I used for my layouts just comment or email me.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Daily 2014 {Part 3}

I finally finished up all our December Daily pages and I am so happy with how it all turned out and can't wait to have in book-form in my hands! I also did some beautiful double and single page layouts for the kid's annual books that I will share at a later time. For now, here is the rest of the pages.

We still have one more Christmas to do with my side of the family but that will be this Saturday. We had to wait for my sister (who is in her residency) to get to be off and for my Uncle (who is battling cancer) to get a break from his treatments. I am once again reminded that Christmas is about being with your family near and far and enjoying their presence and not about the presents.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From Our Home To Yours...




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Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Daily 2014 {Part 2}

Here are some more of my December Daily pages for our album. I have enjoyed doing these quick and simple pages. I am all caught up as of today! I hope I can stay on top of it this week!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Daily 2014 {Part 1}

I decided to give the concept of a December Daily a try this year. The idea is to take a picture each day and scrapbook it into an album for the whole month of December. I knew I would need a good template to use and some easy digital products. I did my research right before December started and found what I thought would work best for me. So far it's going great and I've been able to keep myself caught up with minimal time and effort. We are about halfway through the month so I thought I'd share my pages so far.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First Annual Favorite Things Party

This party is so fun and different than a typical gift exchange-type party. I did not come up with this idea but I've seen versions of it on blogs in the past couple of years. I decided this was the year I would host one. A Favorite Things party is where you invite your friends to bring a certain number of their favorite things (we did 3) and then they present their items and names are drawn to see which person gets to take home one of their favorite things! They brought 3 of the SAME thing and we set a dollar limit of no more than $15 (including tax). Some people just brought one item and some brought a goodie bag type with a couple of items. It was really fun to see all the different things and get to know people a little better too. Everyone brought a dessert or appetizer and we just chatted and pigged out.

Here are some pictures of the party and the items. Next year I hope we are in a bigger place (hopefully in our new house) and I can invite all my friends and family. I had to limit the number of people this year because I knew if I invited too many I wouldn't have enough room to put them all (my max is about 10 people) but I still wanted to give the party a try and see how my friends/family liked it.

Charlee, Christina and Mandy

Everyone deposited their items on my hutch and I put their name beside them. 

Fuzzy slipper, nail polish and big earrings.

Special scrubbies and holders.

A couple of goodie bags

A favorite mascara.

Pretty candles and coffee cups with gift cards.

Gift cards and other goodies.

It was fun evening with the ladies and a couple of little girls!

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