Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday to All! I hope the weekend was wonderful for all of you. We had Ward Conference yesterday and the talks by the Stake Presidency were so good. And the spirit was wonderful. We have Stake Conference in two weeks. I have a feeling we may be getting a new Stake Presidency. The one we have now has been in for about seven years or so. So, we'll see.
The weather has been so nice here. Still cool enough to be pleasant. I am so not looking forward to the summer heat coming.
Here are my latest layouts using kits from the designers at SAS. This first one is of Loaryn and Luke. The look on Loaryn's face is priceless and I had to go looking for a quote to go along with it. I think I found the perfect one. "Sisters don't need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks - expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs - that can undermine any tale you're telling." (Pam Brown). I love it! By the way, Loaryn fell out of bed the other night and broke her arm. Way to go, Loaryn! At least you did it during the school year and not just in time for summer vacation!!
The kit used here is "Lost In A Dream" by Mitsybelle at SAS.

And this is little Missy Hailey on her first birthday. Lovin' that cupcake! The kit I used is the February Mega Kit from SAS - Oriental Cherry Blossoms.

And now I'm off to create more layouts. I have two more kits I'm needing to work with. I hope you all take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures today. Look around you and see how many you can find! Have a great day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kodi!! And Happy Valentine's Day!!

Well, it's Kodi's 20th birthday today - for about 45 more minutes. Our day before Valentine's baby. She has had a fun day today. I made her the layered Jello dessert she likes so much. The one that takes about 7 hours to make. It turned out good like always. And I made homemade pizza for her birthday dinner. She got phone calls from Shey, Stephen R. and Chris and his kids, and was tickled to hear from them. She also got a big surprise when her friend Shealynn showed up on our doorstep this afternoon ready to spend the weekend with her. We got Kodi good on that one!! It was delightful. She just stood there repeating the same thing over and over like she couldn't believe Shealynn was really there. It has been a very giggly afternoon with these two girls!
Kodi on her birthday --

Shealynn --


Happy Valentine's Day to all of you out there. I hope you get to do something special with your families. Our day will be quiet. Stephen is going with the missionaries in the morning to help teach a lesson to a young lady who is being baptized next week. And Kodi has a party tomorrow night with the group of kids from her Ward that she had a party with a couple weeks ago. So that will be fun for her and Shealynn.

The weather has been cool again. Four Peaks has had snow on them. The other day it was so cold when I walked Nikki out to catch her bus for school. Kind of a different kind of cold than we usually have. It was almost unbearable by the time I got back in the house. Weird. And we have had more rain which has been really nice. There is a chance for more tomorrow and over the next few days.

Now, on to some digital scrapbooking layouts. I'm really pleased with how these turned out. This first one was for a challenge on SAS. I wrote about how when I was little I had a great love for books. If Santa brought me new books for Christmas my Mom and Dad had to hide them from me until I had seen all the other gifts because once I saw the books, that was all I needed.

Me and my Honey! Photo from wwaaaaayyyyy back when! Our looks have changed over the years, but we still love each other. And that will never change! I hope my children know how blessed THEY are that their parents will love each other forever and ever!

This one is from my childhood. It's my Dad standing by our car. We lived in Pedro Point, California at the time and I was only four or five years old when this was taken. I remember this house and the store next door. A little Russian lady named Vera owned it and she was always so nice to us.

My Sweetheart!

These next ones were done using Piggy Scraps kit Happy Chocolate. You can get it at SAS. I used a photo from the Internet - the one with the little critters here. The other photo is Frankie.

And speaking of the birthday girl, here are her first photos with her brothers. The photo of Stephen R. holding her was taken at the airport the day he came home from his mission. She was almost two years old before we got her first picture with him. The boys were so excited to come hold Kodi at the hospital. I couldn't believe how willingly and quickly they washed their hands and put on those yellow gowns so they could be near her! The kit I used to do these photos is called Cupcakes and Fairies by Kristi Westling at SAS.

Aunt Hopie and Uncle Jim sent us a package with things that a little girl doesn't need but just has to have. The little headband is from that package. I used Cupcakes and Fairies for these layouts also. I love the colors and the alpha.

On to Easter Saturday 1982! I used Kristi Westling's kit Some Bunny Loves You for these layouts. The first small photo at the top of this page is Grandma Merkley swinging at the baseball! Do you guys remember this ball game out on the desert?

Chris and Ben showing off the Easter eggs.

And that's it for this time. Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Layouts!

Hi! Just a few more new layouts using kits from Stone Accents Studio Designers. This first one is done using Backyard Bayou by Enaideel. It was done for the Heritage challenge. We had to scrap fashions over the years.

This one is Loaryn and Cardon. I thought the photos were priceless. The kit I used was Funny Dragon by Mamrotka.

This is the same kit. I love the looks on Luke and Cardon's faces. I had to do a layout where I wrote my own title on the page.

This is one of Stephen and Cydney on her blessing day. I love the way he is looking at her. Kodi took this pic. Nice job, Kodi! The kit is Winter's Natural Warmth by Laitha.

Take care Everyone!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Happy Tuesday to All! Hope life is treating all of you well today. Not much happening here. Just a lot of the same old things from day to day. Which is good. Have some new layouts to show you today. So here they are. This first one is made using the kit Backyard Bayou by Enaidell at SAS. Loved the little worms. They are great for fishing photos. This one is of Chad and Shane when we had our Maughan Reunion at Horseshoe Cienega Lake up in the White Mountains of Arizona.

And the 12 x 12 version:

This layout was done using Whimsical Winter Land by Booland Designs at SAS. Cydney on Christmas Eve:

This layout is done with Winter's Natural Warmth by Laitha at SAS:

This layout was also done using Backyard Bayou. The light blue paper in the middle with the whitish photo frames is a quick page provided by Mamrotka at SAS and is for her February challenge in the forum. The baby is Shane's Cardon.

These next two layouts were made using the Home and Hearth Collab Kit, December 2008 from SAS.

I finally got a pic taken of our Valentine Tree. I think it turned out looking very pretty. I'm already brainstorming for next month. Click on the image so you can see it better. Here is the Valentine Tree:

Take care. Watch out for all those Simple Pleasures!