Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Life at our Home

I was thinking that it was about time to let you have a little peek inside our home again. It has been a while since my last installment. I received the kindest most positive messages and emails from you. It meant the world to me to hear from you!
Things are going well. We're as busy as ever keeping up with the kiddos and all their extra activities. On my busiest days I make 6 trips a day running kids around. Yes, they're busy kiddos and that makes for a busy mamma. I've been doing pretty good at keeping up with them. We've gotten into a good routine and I'm learning how to manage my energy and I'm learning when its time to stop.
A couple of weekends ago my brother and his wife came from Nebraska for the weekend. I was SO excited for their visit. They have 2 little girls that I adore and I want to spend all the time with them that I can. We had a wonderful weekend! The weather was beautiful. We didn't do anything very exciting. Mostly just hanging out at my moms house visiting and playing with the kids. It was fun to have all the cousins together. They spent hours and hours playing in the sandbox at my parents house. The kids (and my parents house) were constantly covered in sand.

 I had my infusion treatment a couple of weeks before they came (around the first of October) and I worked really hard the week prior to get my blogging/scrapbooking work caught up so I could have the whole weekend to spend with my family (I over did it and got a little tired). Then the weekend of their stay came and we hit the ground running I was up too early and stayed up too late for a few days and didn't follow my diet as closely as I should have (I over did it and got a lot tired). As a result, I got run down which left me vulnerable for infections. On the day they left I came down with a case of the shingles. I went to urgent care and got the treatments I needed and pretty much spent the rest of the next week in bed. Not only was I hurting but I was exhausted too! Luckily, I recovered quickly and I'm almost back to normal...almost. I'm back to running the kids and playing a little bit of catch-up as far as my creative projects go.
While I was recovering I spent way too much time watching Netflix and not enough time reading. I did finish one book though, (Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker) I really liked it. It was an interesting perspective on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The next book I'm reading is The Last Letter from your Lover by Jo Jo Moyes. I adore Jo Jo Moyes. She's one of my most recent favorite authors. I'm going to try to spend more time reading and less time on Netflix in the future...(please, ignore the fact that as I type this I'm watching an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, yep, on Netflix). I can't read and type at the same time.
While I was recovering (toward the end when I was feeling a little better) I decided to create a few scrapbook pages...just for fun. I don't remember the last time I created a project just for fun using the products and theme that I wanted too. It felt so good! I'm going to make it a priority to do that more often. Here's one of the projects I created. I used lots of brand new goodies from the Paper Issues store. This project primarily came from the Gramercy Road line from Gossamer Blue and the Crate Paper Open Book collection by Maggie Holmes. I think these collections are adorable! I loved working with them It's a different color palette than I usually use but it was fun to do something a little bit different.
 Last Sunday my husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary. I took a quick picture of us and made a collage and added it to this layout. I actually scrapbooked this page on our anniversary. 
 We looked like a couple of teenagers when we got married (we weren't though). I can't believe it's been 14 years. I'm so lucky to have such a great guy that is so supportive and takes such great care of me.
Looking forward I have some fun projects that I think you'll love, lots and lots of holiday projects. I'm excited about a project I'm working on with Christmas cards. I can't wait to share it with you. I'm thinking we'll spend a whole week talking about Christmas cards. I love me some Christmas cards! I do have a few questions for you regarding Christmas cards...

  1. Do you send out Christmas cards?
  2. If you do send out Christmas cards do you make them yourself or do you buy them premade?
  3. If you send out Christmas Cards do you include a photo(s)?

If you could let me know in the comments below that will help me to pull all my projects together in a way that I know you'll love!

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  1. Hey Becki, love your layout. Looks like we share our wedding dates. My husband and I got married on 26th of October 2007. Hope you had a lovely anniversary.
    Now to answer your questions: yes I send out christmas cards and yes I make (most of) them myself. I will include a picture inside for those people I see too little and who don't have Facebook. Most people will know what we look like:-)

    1. Happy *late* anniversary Sonja! I too hope you had a wonderful day! Thank you for answering my questions. :) I think you'll like what I have in store!

  2. I make Christmas cards for close relatives and friends, others receive store bought from us. I am part of a holiday card exchange with a group of scrapbook friends and I just LOVE receiving all the handmade cards. Thanks for all your great ideas and Happy belated Anniversary to you and your husband.

    1. Thank you for the belated wishes and for your input on Christmas cards :)