Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Rewind.

Well another busy week is over and hopefully this weekend we can rest up and get ready for next week because it going to be a rough one. LOTS and LOTS going on and LOTS to do!!!! 
Some big news today is that we finally got some rain and actually we got soaked tonight walking to the car after Cameron's basketball game. For all my out-of-state peeps out there send some rain to California:) We sure do need it!!! 

 Earlier in the week Easton had a field trip to the zoo. He had a blast! He said his favorite animal to look at were the feral cats....crazy kid! I think he misses Homer:( 







Cameron is really enjoying basketball. I think he may only have one game left. We are hoping there is a summer league to keep him busy and wear his ass out:) There is one thing I could use some help with and that's taking pictures in the gym with the horrible lighting. Anyone familiar with taking basketball pictures? I got an external flash and that does help a lot and my photographer friend gave me some great tips but still so hard to get awesome pictures.



Bentley's little crazy ass at last weekends game. He was pretty good until the last 20 minutes or so and then he was running around like a crazy person. 



Monday, February 2, 2015

Make it Monday.

I am so excited about today's Make it Monday. I have been wanting to try this technique for awhile now and finally took some time to give it a try. I cannot wait to experiment with different color combinations.  I think we will be giving this card a try at my Monthly Stamp Class on Sunday:)

There are lots of YouTube videos and tutorials on this. I have seen several so I cannot give credit to one person. This technique is called Bokeh effect. Bokeh is a term that's used in photography rather than paper crafting. It's a lot easier than it may look. Here is my first card I came up with using this technique....not bad for my first time:)









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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Monster Jam.

Every January Monster Jam comes to town, the kids look forward to it and cannot wait! They see and hear the commercials and know it's coming. This year was Bentley's first year. Ryan and I thought he would freak out with excitement but he shocked us and was so unimpressed by all of it. He was having an "off day". He loves monster trucks, loves playing with them and loves watching them on TV. He was actually a little pain in the butt that day. He threw several things including his cup and it rolled down the stairs onto the track where the trucks were and during intermission one of the crew members waved the cup up to see if it belonged to anyone....at least we got the cup back. 

Cameron and Easton of course loved every minute of it. I looked over at Cameron several times and he was yelling with excitement and was so pumped up. We had pit passes so we were able to go down to the track before the show and get pictures with the drivers and check out the trucks up close. The kids were totally into getting their flags signed and pictures with all of them. But because we had pit passes it seemed we were there forever and waiting. Bentley was getting restless and all he cared about was waving the damn flag around which was all fine an dandy until someone came and sat in front of us. I mean it's ok if he whacks us with the flag but not the poor lady sitting right in front of us. We got these flags a couple years ago so we only had 2 and of course the one year we need another flag they are not selling them. So Bentley fought with his brothers over the flags. Easton was very good about sharing his. Although Bentley was having an "off day" he still loved it:) 
























The kids got some screen time while we were checking out the trucks during the Pit Pass time. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday Rewind.

HELLO!!!!! Well another school week has come and gone. I cannot believe how fast the days and weeks go by. It seriously feels like the first day of school was just yesterday. The kids are getting so big and growing up so fast. Bentley is talking like crazy these days and repeats EVERYTHING! He is so smart and picks up on things so quickly. 




Easton is improving so much with his speech. He still has lots of work to do before Kindergarten. I am just hoping his whining stops SOON. 



And Cameron picked up a Ready Freddy book yesterday and started reading it. He has issues with not trying {the reason he has just started going to reading club after school} he doesn't realize all he has to do is try a little and he can do anything. Little things like this make me a happy and a proud Mom. And makes me want to freeze time. 

So for the past couple of weeks or so we have really been trying to make the kids eat what we eat for dinner. Usually I end up making food for them {which is usually 2 or 3 different things} then cook dinner for Ryan and I. Everyone keeps saying that eventually they will eat it if they are hungry. Well so far it hasn't gone very well and almost every night the kids {Cameron} end up in tears. They are the pickiest eaters ever!!! They won't even try anything new or different. Cameron was gagging up a potato that was cooked with the pot roast. Things they should like they do not. As toddlers they were not this picky and did eat what we eat and now I think them pushing the food away is rubbing off on Bentley because he is starting to do the same. There has been lots of nights I know they had to be starving...oh well...we will keep trying.





So last week I got a wild idea and decided to sign up with Thirty-One gifts. One of our "Midwest" friends was hosting an event and I was talking to Ryan about how I really wanted a couple of these bags that I've had my eye on for while. So I contacted her and we chatted about things and crazy me I signed up! Click here to check it out and see what products they have to offer. It's a direct sells company that offers totes, thermals, purses & accessories in a variety of prints that can personalized to make it uniquely yours. I finally received my enrollment kit today!!! A big pink box was waiting for me when I got home today. This Sunday Cynthia is hosting a party via Facebook. Since she lives out of town a facebook party is perfect for her:) She told me she would be happy to help me kick off my new business adventure {seriously love her so much, we would do anything for each other} I am hoping it goes well and Cynthia gets lots and lots of freebies and awesome deals. 



The kids love their whip sticks from Dutch Bros. coffee, Bentley now even asks for them every time we drive by and Easton will whine every time we drive by and don't stop. The employees there are awesome! Always happy and upbeat and have spoiled the boys with the whip sticks:)






Last Sunday was not a good football day in our house as the Packers LOST to the Seahawks in the last 5 minutes of the game. Always sucks when your team loses and especially like that. So on Tuesday we got our new Beckettstrong shirts in the mail. Cynthia's husband Joe makes all kinds of shirts to help show support for Beckett. He is going to make us Disneyland Beckettstrong shirts for our trip next month...so excited about that!!!  I couldn't help myself and had to post this picture of Ryan......



I hope everyone has a great weekend. We are headed to Monster Jam on Sunday. The kids are super excited and this is Bentley's first time. It's going to to be so much FUN!!!




Monday, January 19, 2015

Make it Monday.

Today's Make it Monday comes from several different samples I have seen and I finally found a website in the US that sells these little mini calendars, Taylored Expressions. I have been wanting to make these little calendars for forever now. When I finally found the mini calendars I ordered them right away. I am hoping to get a few different designs made up and give my AWESOME customers. I only have a handful of customers and appreciate them so much so I thought a little desktop calendar would be a nice little something extra for them. 

The template I used for the calendar I got from Diane Barnes, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I think the calendars she used are just a tad bit smaller than the ones I have. Mine didn't exactly turn out how I had pictured {nothing ever comes out how I picture it}. The flower I wanted to use was way too big for the area I had to work with. So this is what I came up with. They are very easy and simple to make so I can make up several in no time. I think the next one I will try using the owl punch:)






Bentley was shining one of his little finger lights on this one and he thought that was sooo funny since I was trying to take a picture.


Here are the items I used: 



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Monday, January 12, 2015

Make it Monday.

So yesterday I had my monthly card class {second Sunday of the month} and that's where today's Make it Monday comes from,  we made it in class yesterday. But before we get into the card details I have to thank My wonderful husband for getting the kids out of the house. Usually he takes Cameron and Easton to a movie and Bentley goes to my Grandma's to hang out BUT yesterday the Packers were playing and of course they had the early game and most of you know Ryan is a Packers fan. Well he took all the boys over to Nino's {this is what the boys call her} to watch the game. My Grandma was looking forward to them coming over plus she had a new remote she wanted Ryan to program. She goes through remotes like crazy, don't ask me how her remotes just stop working. THANK YOU THANK YOU TO MY WONDERFUL SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND!!!! 

For this card I used the new in-colors and a stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Oh and the new super cute bow builder punch....love it!!!! For the background of this card I used sponge daubers to make the polka dots. I wasn't too thrilled with the new in-colors at first but the more I use them all together I am loving them. 

Remember Sale-A-Bration goes until March 31. For every $50 in product you spend you get to choose a FREE item from an exclusive catalog. Click here to take a look at the online store.










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