Thursday, May 31, 2012

The One with Fox on a Roll

Fox has been on a roll lately making us laugh and doing silly/cute things. For instance:

Sneaking into Chris's closet and trying on his shoes. He wants to be just like his daddy. Notice they're on the wrong feet :) 
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Cozying up in Joey's bed (he ALWAYS has some sort of toy in each hand):
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Trying to fall asleep on the couch after a grand time at the park:

"Helping" me put the utensils away:
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It's the thought that counts right?

DJ Fox in da hiz-ouse! Wikiwikiwikiwikittywong.
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Fox has upgraded from dandelions to large sticks.
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"Sticks are the coolest thing EVER invented!" says Fox.
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He's just getting more and more fun and entertaining as the days go by!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The One with May 2012 American Crafts Layouts

Hold the phone, I actually scrapbooked?!? And stuff I can even share?!?! What is the world coming to? 
Normally I don't particularly like "themed" lines, but the new Shoreline collection from American Crafts has colors that just speak to me!
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AND I had the perfect photos to go along with them. Win win! So, I whipped up these layouts this morning and I still feel inspired to make more projects with this line! 
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TOMMY BAHAMA BABIES

Journaling says: Completely unplanned and unintentional, we all came to the beach with different colored Tommy Bahama chairs and unknowingly set them up in this perfect configuration. I think this candid photo should be on their next ad campaign!

How to: Drop white spray mist across a coral cardstock background. Cut triangles (six from each chosen patterned paper) and arrange them in hexagons across the page. I LOVE that they look like umbrella tops - perfect for the beach! Hand stitch across a few of the hexagons and stitch an additional hexagon for journaling in. Place a flower sticker on three of the hexagons. Add a photo with a letter stickers/Thickers title on top. Stamp a few waves here and there.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers (flowers, letters), wave stamp, ink pen, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Floss: DMC
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FUN IN THE SUN

Journaling says: This was Fox's first time at the beach since he started having opinions of his own. At first he really didn't like touching the sand or having it all over him, but it didn't take long for him to find some toys to distract him from being "messy." Then he was loving it! Our very own little beach bum :)

How to: Drop white mist across a dark navy cardstock background. Place a double photo on the bottom right side and trace three concentric circles around it (I used a bowl and two different sized plates as templates). Punch pinked circles (four from each chosen patterned paper) and lightly adhere the layers together then onto the page over the circles. Stitch over the circles and punches using white thread. Top a few of the circles with a sequin. Add a title using Thickers and letter stickers and journal on three of the circles. Place a couple of label stickers and a flower sticker on the bottom right corner, trim the excess, and call it good!

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers (flower, labels, letters), pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Sequins: Craft supply; Pinked circle punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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Thanks for taking a gander!

The One with My 27th Birthday!

Official 27th birthday photo:
My 27th birthday went something like this:
5:50am - Fox woke up. Happy birthday to me... :)
5:51am - Chris got Fox. Happy birthday to me, for real!
6:05am - The power went off. Happy birthday to me...
6:06am - The power flickered on and off. 
6:07am - The power flickered on and off and stayed off for reals. 
6:10am - I rolled out of bed, stressed and upset that I couldn't take a hot shower or use my sewing machine to work on a page that I wanted to finish this morning. 
6:13am - I started browsing the internet on my phone to find a phone # for Southern California Edison to see when we were going to get our power back. 
6:15am - I called the 800# only to have a lovely automated message blurt to me: "The number you have dialed can not be reached from your calling area." I have a Seattle phone number, but it was an 800 number I was trying to call. Frustrating! We tried calling from Chris's phone which is Utah based. Same message. Frustrating x 2!
6:20am - I flipped open Chris's laptop which he'd thankfully charged all night, turned my phone into a wireless hotspot, and figured I'd try calling through gmail so maybe it would recognize an in-state number. Then I found an alternate 800# and called it from my phone and reported the outage and the automated lady said there was a wide-spread outage in South Pasadena with no known restoration time. Bummer dude. 
6:22am - Chris suggested we say a little prayer that the power would come back on and he said with full faith, "It'll be back on by 7:30." Sure honey, sure... 
6:45am - I started cleaning the house - anything to distract me. I washed the mirrors, cleaned off my desk, wiped off the kitchen counters... Fox followed me around and put his greasy hands all over my freshly cleaned mirrors. Happens every time :)
7:00am - I debated whether or not to just take a cold shower cuz in my mind my day doesn't really start until I've had a shower. Instead I cleaned some more. 
7:10am - I asked Chris to text the Olson's to see if they had power and maybe we could go over there to take showers and get ready. He said no, that's weird... and the power will be back on by 7:30, just wait and see...
7:25am - As we're making the bed, Fox had a tantrum which resulted in a little cuddle session between me and him. 
7:35am - Chris walked in and says, "What the heck man, it's seven thir-BEEEEEP-ty!" That beeeep was the power turning back on. Miracle? Divine intervention? Either way, we laughed out loud so hard I cried. 
8:00am - Showered and dressed for the day, I'm a happy girl :)

Our plan for the day was to go to the beach, hit up Cafe Rio for lunch, and then relax. But first, I opened a couple'a prezzies! 
From my sweet sister, she's been on a vintage shopping kick lately and scored some majorly cute outfits for Baby Jane:
 
Aaaaaaand she made these hair bows! I love them! I hope Jane has hair :)

My co-worker at Scrapbook Trends, Tammy, sent me this digi-card which is just too cute to not to share:
My Grandpa, Uncle, and Dad all sent me birthday emails, each titled the exact same - punctuation and all:
Like father like sons.

And last but not least, we went on a little shopping spree at Old Navy after lunch and I got me a cute maxi skirt:

So, on with the day! We packed up our beach gear and drove to El Porto at Manhattan Beach. The usual spot. Fox fell asleep on the way there.
 Ocean ocean ocean!
 There were a bunch of peeps there. Mostly dental students. I <3 them all.
 Fox was a good boy and walked around from towel to towel exploring everyone's toys and snacks.
 This was Chris's very first time at the beach in a group setting like this. Round of applause :) He even played frisbee with the guys.
 Go babe!
 I got to see what it's gonna be like with another baby and held Kiley and Fox on my lap for about 20 minutes. I survived! Whew!

After the beach we went to heaven on earth - aka CAFE RIO! I love Fox's latest smile. I also love that this is the face he pulled when I put my camera in his face and said SMILE!
 My pork burrito cupcake.
 We took up half the restaurant and caused lots of people to stop and stare cuz of all our kids and preggo bellies - with two sets of twins, plus Fox and two other babies, and three preggo eggos, we are a site to behold!
 Here are the cupcakes that Chris made for me last night. His first time ever baking cupcakes :)
 Mmmmmmmm.
 Fox fell asleep on the way home too. Tired boy.
 After naps and some work, we went to the park and tried to get a few mommy/son pics. Didn't quite happen haha. 
 I had a great 27th birthday! Now I gotta look back and see if I accomplished everything on my 27 before 27 list. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The One with Allie's 19th Birthday!

Happiest of birthdays to my mini me!
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Allie is having wa(aaaa)y too much fun at college in Rexburg, ID. Since it's in the middle of nowhere, she and her friends have to get creative with their leisurely activities. As of late, that includes vintage shopping, baking, roller-skating, impromptu photoshoots, making flower crowns, hiking, biking, climbing trees, and making seemingly weekly trips to Provo, as seen in the following pics:
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How come even this fugly hat looks good on her? No fair :)
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She can pull off any look and any style - she just has "the look".
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And she's such a good aunt to Fox. 
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Make Allie's birthday wish come true and help her reach 100 followers on her blog today! Cute, full of eye-candy, and all things vintage, you'll be hooked in an instant :)
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PS - I'm due two months from today! Ahhh! Yaaaay!!

PPS - If today is Allie's birthday... that means tomorrow is my birthday! Just sayin' :)