January Recognition

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Morning, friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week!  Ours has been pretty hectic, running from one appointment to another on top of our lessons; but it's nearly over now, and we've all survived.  Kaden did great at his well-child checkup yesterday, just a little fever from a vaccination.  He's trying super hard to bust above that 50th percentile, but alas, it is not meant to be.  It sure makes it easier to lug him around being that he's so little, and he's growing at a steady pace; so, nobody is worried.  Anyway, with all the busyness, I don't have anything new today, but I did want to share that this page had the honor of being named Top 3 at Scrap Our Stash last month.  Thanks so much, ladies!  LOVE playing with y'all!
And thanks, to you all, for stopping by!  I promise to be back soon with a few new projects to share.  Until then, be blessed!  XOXO

Family Update

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I wanted to stop in and share a few photos from our weekend, as well as the pictures I promised of Kaden's 2nd birthday; but let's start with a few from our recent trip to the Kansas City Zoo, just because we love that place.
This first guy either stopped and posed for me or was miffed with my photo taking and waiting for just the right moment to attack.  Either way, we decided it was time to split.  If you've been to our zoo, you know these guys aren't behind any barriers and completely open to the public.
This sheep totally reminded us of our fuzzy bunny, Snowflake.  They both have so much hair on their faces, it's difficult to tell if their eyes are open or closed.  LOL!
Gotta love the penguins, especially BABY penguins!
A little lunch, before the ride home, was the perfect way to end our morning and gave us a good start to the afternoon.
We celebrated Kaden's birthday a little early due to our busy, week-day schedule, but it was just as special and full of fun!  He had a few gifts to open, beginning with a basketball goal that is just his size.
Some crayons and coloring books/boards to TRY to keep him busy while his brother and sister are doing school...
a stack of clothes to get him ready for springtime/summer, as he's got more winter clothing than he needs or could ever use...
and a brand-spankin' new toolbox rounded out the gifts.
An M&M birthday cake topped off a favorite, homemade, macaroni 'n cheese dinner.  He loves M&M's, and the look on his face, when he saw his cake, was priceless!
We capped off the evening with a Light Up Balloon party.
My kiddos had hours of fun with these balloons!  They were totally a random purchase, when I happened upon them on a trip to Target.  Kaden laughed so hard running back and forth through them, and the big kiddos loved tossing them over our balcony.  The packaging says they only stay lit for 12 hours, but five days after blowing them up, they were still glowing.  They did get dimmer, but they were still, obviously, lit up.  At that point, I tossed them.  They were driving me crazy lying all over the house, but I did cut one of the battery lights out just to see how long it took before they went out; and it's still glowing today, a week and a half later.
This one totally cracks me up, as I'd been taking all the pics without a flash; and Kaden's eyes are so big, when the flash went off this time.  He lost his pants from a little problem with his aim.  LOL!
I just had to throw in a photo of our date night last Friday.  What a treasure to have real-life, actual, adult conversations without being interrupted.  Even just to sit quietly was a priceless gift.
We went to The Melting Pot.  It's a pricey, fondue restaurant on The Plaza, but we've only been there together one other time in our 14 years of marriage; so, it was past time for another visit.  It's so, SO GOOD!  And we were thrilled to discover their seasonal White Chocolate Pumpkin fondue was still being served.  Mmm!
This edition of my Family Update wouldn't be complete without a few more basketball pics.  My hubby was able to stay for Ezekiel's entire game this week...
while I snuck Adina away to hers.  The boys joined us just as quick as they could, and our littlest came with me to make it even easier for them to get there fast.
I know you can't see her in the photo below, but that was her shot.  Woohoo!  She's behind silver #5.  Her game is night and day better than last year.  It's all about growing up.
Love this pic of Kaden all wiped out from a busy morning...
and this one of my boys awaiting Adina's return from the bathroom (Critters!)...
as well as this one of my littles watching/listening to Adina's Bible lesson.  Such precious memories!
That catches you up on a few of the happenings around my household.  Kaden's got his two-year-old doctor checkup in just a bit, so I'd better get going; but thanks so much for checking in on us!  Be blessed!

The Challenge #59 Continues

Monday, February 8, 2016

Welcome to the work week, friends!  Just popping in to share that our latest sketch, over at The Challenge, is continuing for another week.  So, I've decided to try my hand at it once again.  Here goes.
I started this card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper, in Jet Black ink, with the heart images.  I then watercolored those images in a rainbow of colors and secured the piece, to the Real Red, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The piece was also stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the partial, "SENDING HUGS AND" sentiment, before being gold-embossed with a few hearts and adhered, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.  The "prayers" remainder of the sentiment was then die-cut from several layers of White cardstock, stacked neatly on top of one another and capped off with a gold, cardstock die cut.  A little, clear Wink of Stella for the watercolored hearts and a handful of red, heart confetti completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart, and here's your The Challenge #59 sketch, once again, to get you started.
You now have until Sunday, February 14, 2016, at noon PST, to add your takes to the linky at that same challenge link above.  Then, we'll be back next Monday with a seasonal, color palette to inspire your creative time.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Prayers (Simon Says Stamp); Grunge Elements 2 (Sweet 'n Sassy) Paper: White (Wplus9); Real Red (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Prayers die (Simon Says Stamp); Big Shot (Sizzix); watercolors (Kuretake); clear Wink of Stella (Zig); gold embossing powder (Ranger); heart confetti (Hobby Lobby)

Birthday Thank Yous

Friday, February 5, 2016

Morning, friends, and happy Friday!  I trust you all have super fun plans for the weekend.  Ours will be filled with more basketball and church.  It seems to be our winter, weekend routine, but my hubby and I are also going to be able to sneak away for a long-overdue date night.  Honestly, and I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I can't remember the last time we were able to get away without kiddos.  Babysitters are expensive and unreliable, and we simply don't have a lot of people we can count on for such.  Everyone has their own children or lives far away.  We were just talking about the massive support system we had when we lived in Colorado, and how the minute we moved back to Kansas, to be closer to family, that all seemed to dissipate.  My parents are coming through for us tonight, though.  So, you can bet we're going to make good use of our time away.
So, anyway, I'm just getting around to making my birthday thank yous and wanted to share a quartet I made for family members.  I don't usually duplicate cards, but I needed a bunch fast.  Plus, they were all going out for the same reason, and I had these fabulous cut-away, "thank you" phrases that came in one of my Hip Kit Club boxes awhile back.  So, it just seemed natural to do so.
I started this card by trimming the left edge of a piece of peach, brushstroke, patterned paper with a strip of black, stripe, patterned paper and anchored them both, to a Black, cardstock frame, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before securing it, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.  I then adhered a die-cut, black, polka dot, patterned paper tag near the bottom right corner; topped it with a woodgrain, cut-away "THANK you"...
strung it with a length of hemp twine; and dressed up its top edge with a bit of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a sheer, aqua, ribbon bow, as well as a wood veneer button, laced with a hemp twine bow.
The vase was stamped, on a watercolor, paper die cut, in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  It was then watercolored; adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of the sentiment; and stuffed with a number of floral bits, all stamped, on White, cardstock die cuts, in shades of Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Barely Banana, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, Old Olive, and Crisp Cantaloupe.  A few of the parts of the floral arrangement were adhered with foam tape, just for a little dimension, but the bulk of the lot were stuck fast to the front of the card face.  A trio of enamel dots completes the look.
The only things I changed, from card to card, were the cut-away sentiments and color of the enamel dots (i.e., peach and gold...
black and aqua...
and white and back to peach again).
Inspiration for these cards came from Sugar Pea Design's Sugar Sketch 39...
and Always Playing With Paper's Inspired by All the Little Things #2.
And just an interesting tidbit, before I'm off... Remember how I couldn't figure out why I was so ill just before my birthday?  As it turns out, it WAS something, something serious.  The Sunday before my birthday, I attended New Theatre Restaurant with my sisters and Mom.  I shared a pic back here.  Well, there was a norovirus outbreak tied to the restaurant between Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  Originally, they had that date pinned down to Sunday, January 17, 2016, the very day I was there.  Ugh!  Anyway, here is one of many articles on the subject, just in case you're interested.  Crazy!  Fortunately, it only seemed to have affected my Mom and I.  Thank goodness!  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed weekend, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Milk & Cookies & Fresh Cut Florals (Wplus9) Paper: White & Black (Wplus9); black stripe (Crate Paper); peach brushstroke (Jen Hadfield); black polka dot (Dear Lizzy); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Barely Banana, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, Old Olive, & Crisp Cantaloupe (SU!); Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Milk & Cookies, Fresh Cut Florals, & Timeless Tags dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); enamel dots (MME); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); wood veneer buttons (Jenni Bowlin); hemp twine (SU!); sheer aqua ribbon (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); cut-away thank yous (Jen Hadfield)

Kaden Is Two!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I cannot believe my baby is two-years-old today!  After Adina was born, we never expected to have any more children.  We had our healthy boy and girl and couldn't have been a more happy family of four.  I even tried to convince my hubby to make it permanent.  Fortunately, he wasn't on board; because it wasn't but a couple of years after Adina was born, that my heart longed for another little one to love.  It felt selfish to dream of such.  So much so, that I didn't even share this desire with my hubby.  We had already decided we were done.  Then, one day, quite some time later, out of the blue, he said, "I wouldn't mind having another baby."  What?!  Well, he didn't have to tell me twice.  Kaden Matthew was born nine months later.

He is so full of energy.  You'll rarely find him without a ball in his hands.  He gives the best hugs and kisses and loves to be held.  He still doesn't say much, but he has gotten really good at sign language.  He adores his big brother and sister, and the feeling is mutual.  He's ORNERY!  Let me say that again... He's REALLY ORNERY!  Sometimes it's hard to know when to just laugh and when to take it more seriously.  He loves to go for walks and watch the penguins at the zoo.  He's super good at sharing and great at remembering his thank yous.  He simply makes us smile.  We cannot imagine life without this sweet, little bear, a nickname he received for all the lanugo he had when he was born.  Most full-term babies don't possess such, but being five weeks early, he had plenty of fuzz to go around.  It didn't last long, but the nickname stuck.

I'm still working on getting those party pics together; but we had his two-year-old photos taken just over a week ago, and I thought today would be the perfect day to share a few of them.  He's come a long way from his newborn pics.
Happy birthday, Kaden!  We feel so blessed and honored to have you in our lives!  Love you bunches!