Monday, July 27, 2015

IT IS OFFICIAL!! WE ARE MOVING!

Life is in full swing of crazy mode now.  We found out last Monday that for sure we will be moving to Arizona from California.  YIKES.  So in less than 2 weeks from today we will be official Arizona residence.  YAY.

But it is so exciting and scary at the same time.

But my prime focus at this moment is packing the entire house and making sure it is all ready to go on the day we leave. I am having a big garage sale next Saturday to get rid of some of the bigger items we do not want to take with us.  We are giving some away and then throwing some out as well.
We head out for our official move day on Saturday August 8th.

I am going to try to check in and document all of it.


The next few weeks are going to be crazy.
We will be in a hotel for around a month once we get to Arizona and start looking for a place while he starts his new job.

~NICOLE

Friday, July 17, 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL 2015


This summer sure has flown by.  Well that and the fact that the kids go back in July sure doesn't make it seem slower by any means either.  
So this week has been a crazy amount of getting all our last minute school shopping stuff done.  We had to get them their new shoes, and socks and pick up their shirts from the embroidery place.  


Then last night was Back to School night.  What that is exactly is the school opens the gates and all the teachers are in their classrooms.  Then we go find out who their new teachers are and go see their classrooms and meet the teachers.  It is nice to be able to do it the night before so there isn't any extra added crazy to the first day of school craziness that already exists.  

The boys were not excited to go back at all. Chloe was so excited to start Kindergarten she could barely contain herself.  

They got up this morning and got ready with no arguments at all.  I made them biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs for breakfast.  They brushed their teeth and we of course had to go snap some morning photos.  
We walked Jacob to class first and he was good, he is in 5th grade now, so he even offered to walk himself to class alone lol.  We still walked him.  


Next was Caleb, who wasn't as excited, and a little nervous.  But he went in and was still all smiles.  


Chloe was last and we stayed with her for a bit and then she was waving bye to us with no problems at all.  She was right to work writing her name when we left.  






It was so strange walking out of the school with no children when it was time to go home.  It was like part of us was missing.  

They only had short day, so we were back at the school at 11:30 to pick them up.  That was like a crowded jam of parents like they were afraid the school was going to keep their child.  Madness I tell ya.
They all had great days.  Jacob is excited because he has the teacher that he really wanted.  Then Caleb go to earn class money so he was totally excited about that.  They can earn it and spend it on things in class.  Chloe has been talking about her first day since we picked her up almost 2 hours ago.  She loved it and even before we got home she was giving me all the paperwork from her backpack that has to go back on Monday.

So overall a successful day for all of them.
We are so proud of them and the little people they are growing up to be. 

~NICOLE

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I LOVE USA LAYOUT

This past weekend I was over on the CLEAR SCRAPS CREATING MADE EASY KIT CLUB BLOG with a patriotic layout to share.   
This kit was so fun for some fun patriotic projects and a layout this month.  
You can find all the information on this months kit HERE.  


I started with the blue star paper as my background and added some of the creamy white paper to the top of that. I printed my journaling on this paper too.    I ripped some of it off and added some coordinating red paper behind that to show through to the front.  

One of my favorite things to do is collect tags from clothing we purchase or get.  The tags are always so different and fun to use as an element on my scrapbook pages.  
For this layout I went through my collection of tags and found a few that matched perfect.  One of my most favorite tags ever is the tan one with the writing and the three small red white and blue stars on it.  I added these tags to the top of the layout and added in a clear triangle banner piece with them, for some fun added elements to the layout.  

I made a flag by taking a pearl pin and glued on some star patterned paper, which I cut into a flag on the end, and added it to the layout using a pop dot.  
I cut out the I (heart) USA tag from part of the patterend paper and flag notched the bottom of it and added that to the top of the white paper, as my title for the layout.  
I added a half a doiley to the top of the whtie paper and added a strip of photos across the page.  I added the swirly felt strip under the photo strip.  
I cut out some of the stars on one of the patterend papers and cut some small scalloped circles out of the star vellum.  I added the circles to the layout and topped them with the cut out stars.  I added some wood veneer stars I had on hand scattered around the layout as well.
I added  the date with some silver thick stickers I had.  I then used the tiny circles on the alphabet sticker sheet in the same way I would use enamel dots.  I cut out some words from the patterned paper and added those under the silver "enamel" dots.  For a few extra added elements to the layout I added a few tiny paper clips and some silver glittery washi tape.  
Thank you for stopping by to check out my layout.  This kit was so much fun for all my patriotic projects and layout.   
~NICOLE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MAKING MEMORIES HAVING FUN LAYOUT

Yesterday I was over on the LAYOUT A WEEK BLOG sharing this new layout.  It is one of my new favorite summer memories ever.  




I think out of all our memories from this summer, this one is by far my most favorite.
I really loved the photo I took and the impact it had on me in black and white, so I wanted my layout colors to be not so bright and let the picture shine.  Because to me the picture is what tells me the story, that brings me right back to that moment in the pool.  


Now let me ask you this, have you ever created a layout without patterned papers?  I did for this layout.  I was looking through my stash of stuff and thought I would look through my cards I have on hand for pocket scrapbooking.  I found the quote one and instantly knew I wanted this to be right next to my picture on the layout.  Well as I was looking through the rest of the cards, I came across the polka dot ones and the chevron ones.  They matched since they were from the same collection. 

The best part is that they are pre cut down to a small size and I don't have to fuss with any trimming.  A win win in my book anyday. 



So I lined up the patterned cards on the bottom of a white sheet of cardstock and attached the large quote card to the left side above that. 

When I was going through my ever growing stash of tags, I did happen to find this little piece of turquoise scraps that was cut like a flag, so I trimmed it down to add a little more color to the layout. 

I then added my photo that I printed at home in a 5x7 size and added a piece of that scrap I cut off from the flag on the right side of the photo.  This added a little pop of color on the right side of the layout as well. 
I found my little frames, and decided to add a few color photos from the same visit to the pool.  I thought these in color would add more to the layout than in black and white.  In color they actually matched the layout quite well, and then to me it makes the large black and white photo pop so much more. 

After I added my photos, I added the tags to the top of the quote card.  


Then I added my hand written journaling on a card and attached that to the bottom side of the quote card.  Want to know something fun, the little saying card at the top that says "this is pure happiness", well it was a large card, but I only wanted the top saying to show, so I trimmed most of it off and the journaling is actually on the bottom part of that card.  I would rather be able to use the bottom half instead of just lost underneath something anyways.  Great way to get the most out of your supplies. 

The last and final thing I do on all my layouts once the main elements are down and in place, is add some fun little extra details.  I added the enamel dots, and all the grouping of matching stickers on the bottom right side of the layout under my photo.  Then I added the tiny little paper clips to the quote card and the word stickers to the small photo frames.  I think all the last extra detail elements sometimes help finish off the layout.  All I do for this is take out my bucket of "extra" stuff, and see what I have that matches or goes with the theme of my layout and add as I go along.  



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout. 

What is your favorite memory this summer? 

~NICOLE

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TEN ON TUESDAY

TEN ON TUESDAY

1.  I am just patiently waiting for the Arizona cement plant to give Jacob their offer.  Sometimes waiting is the worst part ever.

2.  The kids and I went to a few antique shops with my mom.  She is moving and looking for a few new pieces for their new place.  It was fun, and then we went out to lunch.

3.  We have a date night planned for tonight.  I AM SO EXCITED.  My mom wanted to the kids to stay the night one night this summer and since it is almost over last night was it.  Worked out because we were able to have a date night.

4.  We are going to see Furious 7, and then going to dinner at the Tilted Kilt.  A new restaurant in town.

5.  The kids start school on Friday already and I can't believe it is already time.  Tomorrow we have to go get their new school shoes and socks.

6.  Saturday Jacob's company picnic is at Knotts Berry Farm.  I am excited for that.  Another fun thing for this summer.

7.  My mom bought a little table for her porch at one of the antique stores and I am going to paint a checkerboard on the top for her.  I can't wait to see how it comes out.

8.  I just want to move!  If I haven't mentioned that already.  :)

9.  I need to find new sandels because my old ones broke and the new ones hurt my feet.

10.  I have such a long to do list... I just need to get on it already.


~NICOLE

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