Monday, November 13, 2017

Mom Time Layout

I created a "mom time" layout to coordinate with my "special dad moments" layout.  I love how darling the Family Banners are, and I thought it would be cute to layer the Heart Balloon Set to make it look like the little hippo was holding them.  I also used the Moments Word Set and the Basic Alphabet set for my title.

I decided to use the same treatment on all of the chipboard pieces on this page for a cohesive effect.  I painted each piece with gesso, and then I layered two different colors of blue ink to get just the right color for this page.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sesame Street Halloween

Our family costume theme this year was Sesame Street, and Nathan helped us paint our pumpkins for the first time.  He loved it and was so proud of how they turned out!

Aren't we the cutest?

Despite having been diagnosed with pinkeye earlier in the day (sigh) Nathan really wanted to go trick or treating, and we let him (and made sure he didn't touch anyone).

He enjoyed it so much!  He loves Halloween decorations: pumpkins, spiders, skeletons ("bones"), ghouls ("big men"), ghosts ("little guys"), and pictures of skulls projected on the side of a house ("dancing lights").  His innocence is so sweet!

Nathan's favorite Halloween treat was a cereal bar he received from one of the first homes we visited.  He insisted on eating it as we went from house to house -- we treasure our one-of-a-kind little love.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CE November Challenge

This month's Creative Embellishments challenge picture inspired me to use a frame around my picture.  I used the Rectangle Flourish Frame 3, which I altered with black chalk ink, and I also used rhinestone and pearl flourishes.  For my title, I used the word "cherish" from the Moments Word Set, which I painted with gold paint.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Odds and Ends

We have been very busy with the house buying/selling/moving/renovating process, but we have also had some fun with Nathan this month as well.  We spent some time at our "old" park before we moved, and to Nathan's delight, we saw the garbage truck pick up all of the park garbage!  He loves garbage trucks!

We had a celebratory cupcake on Jesse's birthday, and Nathan's face is the only thing sweeter than that chocolate fudge cupcake.

We took advantage of the beautiful balloon fiesta sights.  We didn't go to balloon fiesta park this year, but we went to our park both weekends of the fiesta and enjoyed the view of "so many" balloons going by.

We also took a trip to the zoo, focusing on the big cats exhibits, where Nathan roared like a lion!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Adorable Layout

I want to share this layout of baby Nathan and his Grandpa Thomas.  I love this picture of the two of them!  I also love Creative Embellishments' Large Infinite Frame -- it adds so much to this page!  I primed it with gesso and added light yellow chalk ink.  

I used the word "Adorable" from the Boy Word Set as my title and layered the title piece over the picture and frame.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our New House

We closed on our new house!  We have not moved in yet (we are doing a few renovations first and we will move in at the end of the week) but this house is officially ours

I will share some indoor pictures later, but I wanted to show you the main reason we are buying this house: the backyard.  Nathan will now have room to run around, and those views don't hurt either!

We have a lot of affection for our old house, and it is bittersweet saying goodbye.  This adorable place is the first house we purchased, and the only home Nathan has ever known.  We have had a lot of fond memories here! 

PS If you want our new address, please email me.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Special Dad Moments Layout

I created this adorable Jesse & Nathan layout and wanted to showcase how versatile CE chipboard is.  I used the Large Nested Rectangles a little more traditionally -- as a frame to accent my embellishments in the middle of the page.

Then I used two different sizes of square chipboard from CE's Squares set and backed each open square with patterned paper to create a cute little decorative house.  I layered the little "door" over the bigger "house" square using pop dots. 

Finally, I used the Moments Word Set and Basic Alphabet to create my title.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's Fall

We are having a very wet fall so far, with more than our fair share of thunderstorms.  We have had plenty of fun things to do inside, however.  Nathan loves playing with cars (or anything with wheels), and often lays down and pushes his vehicles back and forth across the floor for quite some time.  He is so precious!

Jesse (whose birthday is today!) is playing indoor soccer, and this week's game was at a good time so I brought Nathan to see Jesse play indoor soccer for the first time.

Jesse also builds robots for Nathan out of blocks and they affectionately call these robots George and Terry.  Nathan really likes knocking them over and exclaiming "Poor George!"  

We have been appliance shopping lately in preparation for our move, and Nathan has loved it!  He keeps himself entertained by playing with the high tech fridges (which we are not getting!) and looking for forklifts at Lowes.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

CE October Challenge

For Creative Embellishments' October challenge, I just had to make a baby's first halloween layout.  I love how we were challenged to make a black and white layout because otherwise I probably would have added color and I think this page is more striking this way.  

I knew as soon as I saw them that the Spider Web Corner Set and the Mini Web set would be perfect for this page.  I also added words from the Baby Time Word Set and the Grades or Awards set to make my "Baby's 1st halloween" title.  I painted all of the chipboard on this page a deep matte black.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pictures in the Bosque

We got professional family pictures taken again, this time in the bosque.  These ones are so fun -- enjoy the cuteness!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Baby's First Stitches

Merida came to visit us last weekend, and we enjoyed spending time with her.  Nathan literally had her running and jumping up and down chasing the light from his flashlight!

Unfortunately, the fun and games came to an abrupt halt when Nathan fell on the playground and split his lip.  We had to take him to the ER where he got three stitches to go with the big scratch on his cheek!  Most kids in our ER get one stuffed animal to make them feel better.  The doctor remarked that Nathan must be really cute because people kept on bringing him more stuffed animals and he ended up with three!

Our brave little boy didn't let his "ouch" keep him down for long.  He is running around and really enjoys playing frisbee with us!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tummy Time Layout

Today I am here to share a layout of Nathan at four months.  I love how Creative Embellishments chipboard can compliment and elevate any type of layout.  I used four different chipboard pieces to add just the right finishing touches on this layout.

I used the block trio from the It's a Boy Set.  I painted the blocks with two coats of white gesso, and then used a green marker to color the alphabet and border accents.  I also used this same treatment for the Stars chipboard pieces and the Arrow Banners.

Finally, I used Creative Embellishments Basic Alphabet chipboard to make my title.  I layered two different colors of blue ink to get just the right color for this page.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Grandpa Thomas

Grandpa Thomas came to visit this week and brought with him a big boy bike for Nathan.  He will have to grow into it, but he was thrilled to be pushed around on it!

Grandpa Thomas also took Nathan to swim class.  Nathan has gotten to be quite a good swimmer for being such a little guy.  

And he just loves it!

The four of us went to the zoo as well, and had a blast.  Nathan wanted to see as many animals as possible, and the highlight of this particular trip was the train ride we took around the Africa portion of the zoo.