Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Making the cut!

This was a really hard thing for me to watch, let alone take a picture of. The lady on the phone must have thought I was crazy when I broke down crying trying to make the appointment. I actually had to call her back to schedule one. How silly! I knew it would grow back and I knew she was doing it for a great cause but a little part of me was sad. Looking back at older photos, I am really glad she cut it, now you can really see her beautiful face along with her inner beauty for the wonderful thing she has done.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

So proud!

I have had this sketch site in my favorites for a long time now and I never knew they had a challenge blog until just recently. The site is Page Maps by Becky Fleck. Every month she puts out some wonderful sketches so if you get a chance check it out. This challenge was for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The layout did not have to be about breast cancer nor did it have to be pink. Simply use this sketch for a layout about something that was meaningful to you. The "Think Pink" sketch contest is running through Monday, October 27, and the lucky winner will receive a beautiful Melissa Frances "Thankful" prize package! This baby is loaded with papers, stickers, die-cuts, stamps, rubs, ribbons and resin embies—awesome stuff to make a bunch of projects with. Here is the awesome sketch we had to play with....I chose to do a layout of the day Alyson cut her hair. A hair cut, no big deal I know, but this haircut was special. Alyson got it in her mind that she was gonna grow her hair and donate it to woman and children who have lost their hair due to cancer. She said she wanted a little girl to have her hair so that they could be happy like her. I was so proud of her. She is now letting it grow back so she can donate more. For such a little girl she sure has a big heart!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It's a special day!

Just wanted to let everyone know that today this handsome guy turns 9!
Happy birthday to my newphew Kyle...we love you!
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Saturday in the park"...

I think it was the 4th. of July.....well not quite, but we did have a great time! Kelly and the kids stayed the night and we did not want to waste this beautiful weekend we were having so we decided to take the kids to the park and forest preserve.
Alyson might be following in her mommy's shoes, besides her interest in scrapbooking, she also is always wanting to take pictures. I gave in to her this time only because I don't really have any pictures of me and Kelly. Wow, I think she did a good job here, wouldn't you agree? Every time I take the kids here they feel the need to hang from this tree branch and Kyle was no exception, now all we need is one of Matthew hanging here. "You want me to hang where?" I guess this will have to do! The kids are always getting in trouble trying to play baseball in the front yard so this was the perfect place for them to play. Andrew was first at bat... with Matthew on the pitchers mound.... Next up to bat...Alyson...
Matthew got his turn at batting also...Then to wind things up Andrew was up again to end the inning! After a short game of baseball, we packed the kids up and headed to the park. Here Kelly and I joined in on the fun!
The kids had fun playing on the jungle gym....
Matthew even took the time to sit still long enough for me to snap his picture if you can believe that! If you found that hard to believe...check this out....Kyle-sitting still and better yet...NO silly face! Just a swingin! Everytime I see the kids on the swings this goofy song comes into my head. Alyson wanted to see how high she could go... while Kyle just sat back and enjoyed the ride. One last stop before we leave...everyone had to get their picture taken with the purple dino! Well, everyone except Andrew, he enjoyed the park from the same bench as me and Kelly!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Another week, another sketch. 2 Sketches 4 You has this awesome sketch for this week. The prize sponsor is ScrapAttack (another awesome place to check out). I have said again and again that I am not that great at making cards and now I have also figured out that I am not that great at taking pictures of them. They look okay in real life, but then when I get the picture uploaded they just look flat and lifeless. Is there a trick to getting good photos of your cards? Can someone please fill me in?!?!
Take a look at this awesome sketch...Here is my entry..

Monday, October 13, 2008

A trip to the city...

I finally have weekends off so while the weather is still nice I am trying to squeeze in as much fun as I can. Today we decided to take a train ride into the city. The weather was absolutely perfect. Second week in October and in the 80's. Typical but not so typical for Chicago. The four of us packed up and headed for the train station where we met Kelly and her two.This was the first time riding the train for Alyson and the first time going to the city for her and Andrew. Once we got down there, the first "must stop" place was of course Garrett's Popcorn. You can not go into the city and not stop here. The popcorn is simply the best you can get. After we got our popcorn, we headed over to the "Bean".They have it situated just right and you can see most of the skyline this beautiful city has. This thing that they call the "Bean" is amazing! It has been here for several years and this is the first time I have seen it. It is the oddest thing but also so beautiful at the same time. Reflections everywhere and once you are under it this is the view from the top.
Taking a picture of yourself is hard enough and then add into the equation hundreds of people and one giant mirror. It was a little hard trying to locate us, but once I did, this was the best I could get. The kids had a blast playing with their reflections, it was almost like a human kalidescope. Totally not planned, but don't the three of us look so pretty in pink! Like I have said before, Alyson is a big ham so getting to see herself in this giant mirror like bean, she was in heaven!

Even though he would not admit it, I think Andrew had some fun too. I told you she enjoyed herself.... I think this is the only picture anyone has gotten of the 6 of us so I am sure I am going to be printing out lots of these...
Just the girls again...
See, I told you Andrew was having a good time, he actually felt a little left out here and decided he was gonna join us for this photo.
What would a family trip be without my "famous" close-up shots of us together....

Andrew tries to escape the clicking of my shutter, but I always find him!
What better way to end the trip to the city than a visit to Starbucks!
I think everyone enjoyed their trip, only next time we will make sure we have more time. We only had a couple of hours because Kyle had to be back for a baseball game. We are gonna try and get back next weekend for the Halloween spectacular they are having, but if not, stay tuned for our trip at Christmas time, it will be beautiful!