Friday, July 31, 2015

Florida Photos: Happy 80th Mom!

we had a pretty awesome time in florida this trip.  i was a little more social than usual.  on our first full day there we went fishing behind "the pig" with an old friend from high school.  what a view!

the two cousins each caught a couple little fish.  g caught a couple rocks and then resorted to catching even littler fish with a large mesh dip net.  he has skillz.

next day we did the beach under the pier.  the we really got into making the dribble sandcastles that i used to make when  was a kid.  then g kinda got obsessed with digging a hole to china.

beach selfie.

 my favorite picture this trip.

 shark bait.

they're all growing up way too fast.

 still digging the hole.

 tommy t's ice cream.

when we dropped them off we had to check out their new baby kitties.  i would have loved to take one home with me, but we already have two big ones at home and . . 

there's this.

 next day we went to the beach with cousin many pandy.  g caught me the cutest fish to photograph.

g wants to work at the fish house restaurant now, because cousin charlie used to work there and told him how he got to bring home all the leftover shrimp and steak and scallops and . . .

 the big party for the birthday girl!

that night it was so awesome getting to hang with my cousins that i hadn't seen in like ten years.  we had drinks on the beach, watched the sun set, then listened to a great band at the el governor.

this is my cousin twin.  i was born on her first birthday.  you can see how she's always been cooler than me.

 g in the surf with scuba gear.

digging more holes in the sand.  i told you he was obsessed!  i didn't edit these as i thought it was cool how the lighting changed over the course of the evening.

and then riley showed us how to rock it out all night.  i don't think any of us wanted the evening to end.  :)

all photos taken with my iphone.  collages made in diptic.  some edited in pictapgo.

good blog reads

i haven't found many new blogs this summer, just three actually, but i hope to remedy that with the latest issue of artful blogging that i picked up right before the florida vacation.  stay tuned for more lovely blogs (and florida blog posts) coming soon.

papcrafting: http://www.littlepaperprojects.com/blog/

cooking: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/

eclectic: http://www.takecourageblog.com/

photos of a particular favorite from my personal weed collection.  it's my second year having this beauty growing in my yard.  i love her.

thoughts on spam

i am currently in the process of spamming my blog, and thus my facebook page, with back dated posts to catch up on my personal quota for july.  what can i say.  it's genetic.  thanks to elmo, i have ocd tendencies that exhibit in the oddest of places.  oh well.  i apologize in advance, you have been warned, and i just scored a bonus post.  three down, seven to go.

p.s. i will be spamming instagram (and facebook again) tomorrow.

menu plan: the party's over

newsflash!  g can officially butter and cut his own french toast now.  just in time for middle school!

yep.  summer vacation was officially over for me last monday morning at 6:00 am when the alarm sounded to kick off a week of wonderful teacher work days.  summer vacation is officially over for g this coming monday morning at 6:00 am when the alarm will sound once more.  are we ready?  probably not, but we'll both be sporting cool new backpacks.

being back in a routine is good for us though, especially if i can manage to get to the grocery store this weekend.  g has put in a few dinner requests and i'm needing to get back on track in the kitchen.

this week's menu plan:
sunday - church
monday - tortilla soup
tuesday - taco salad
wednesday - church
thursday -leftovers
friday - tacos al pastor
saturday - open

masterful scrapbook design: pocket pages

tracie claiborne thinks she made a big mess.  i think she's right, but i also think my mess might be a little bit bigger.  regardless, of who as the bigger mess, a dubious distinction at best, i'm super excited to be teaching with her at masterful scrapbook design this fall.  the topic is pocket page design.  i've seen peeks from all the designer, and i think it's going to be rather fabulous.  if you need some pocket page inspiration, i hope you'll join us.  :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

birthday badge


I have instructions for a fun birthday card with removable badge up on the Cocoa Daisy Blog this morning.  I've also barely been getting by since going back to school Monday.  I am SO behind.  Found this image on Facebook yesterday that sums me up perfectly.

Looking forward to the weekend when I can hopefully find some breathing room, except I do have to do back to school shopping, and grocery shopping, and house cleaning, and . . . ugh.  just ugh.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

cocoa daisy: "hemingway" august reveal

i must apologize, but i'm incredibly behind on life right now after getting home from florida sunday at 7pm and heading back to school monday at 7am.  i have an amazing box of cocoa daisy happiness sitting on my desk and this is currently all i have to show for it.  never fear!  i plan to get in the papercrafting groove this weekend and will be flooding the old blog with scrappy goodness next week!  please be patient!  in the meantime, you can check out the design team gallery and cocoa daisy shop for more inspiration.

i'll also try to get better photos taken of these two pages as soon as i can.  the lighting was bad out and i was in a mad rush.  i've also noticed that i need to swap the pics in the top right and bottom left of that first layout anyway.  what is it with me changing things up after the fact these days?