Thursday, February 17, 2011

Scrapbook Layouts

I'm making a real effort this year to get more caught up on the thousands of photos I've taken.  I have a room full of scrapbooking supplies, and my goal is to finally USE some of the things I've accumulated.  I'm working on pics from 2004, so there is quite a lot of catching up to be done!  I'm not into the detailed layouts of years past...I just need simple layouts to GET THEM DONE!

Chicken pox layout - my poor baby looked awful with the pox!

Tie & Tie Again - Allyson learned to tie her shoes in kindergarten (she's now in jr. high!).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black & White Wednesday

Max was SO proud of the "puppet finger" (his words) he made at church...he asked that I take a photo of him with it.  Too cute!

Valentine's Day

Our Valentine's Day was sweet...literally.  We bought the kids some suckers, conversation hearts (aren't these REQUIRED?!), and a few other sweet treats.  Then, our daughter Emily wanted to surprise the family, so she made a yummy heart shaped cake (& decorated it all by herself).  I ventured out of my comfort zone and made a card for everyone too.  LOVE my family!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Visions of Hope

Want to get off of "auto" mode on your camera?  Lisa at The Long Road To China is giving away a wonderful photography class.  All of the paid seats are full, but Lisa is giving away a spot to two lucky people.  The great thing about this is that Lisa is also donating a portion of the proceeds to Half the Sky (a wonderful organization that works to help the orphans in China).  To enter, just leave a comment on her blog post!  Not interested in the photography class?  Just spend a few minutes looking through her'll find some WONDERFUL photos!!  And...if you're wondering...I was too late for a paid spot in the class so YES I'm definitely hoping to win a spot!! LOL  ;-)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


This isn't exactly what I had planned to do for our February "6 people" shot, but since this snow was a record-breaker I decided to take our pic today.   After all, it isn't every day that we get 23" of snow. 


Since we have so much snow, I see several batches of snow ice cream in our very near future!  In anticipation of our forecasted 4-6" of snow overnight, I set a large bowl outside to catch snow in.  Unfortunately, I couldn't SEE the bowl this morning because we got nearly 2 FEET of snow!  LOL   I think we'll have plenty of snow for ice cream!  :-)

Here's our easy snow ice cream recipe:

1 large bowl of clean snow (you know, NO yellow snow - blech)
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

Simply pour the milk and flavoring into the bowl of snow and mix well.  Add additional snow if needed.  You can also add a tiny amount of regular milk in if you want a smoother consistency.  Enjoy!

And Still More...

SNOW!!  Yes, more of the fluffy white stuff!  We now have a new state record...23" of snow in a 12 hour period.  :-)
I picked Randy up at the airport around 11:30 last night.  It hadn't started snowing yet, but must have started shortly after we made it home.  We woke up to about 12" of snow this morning, and it kept coming down for a few more hours.  When it stopped snowing, we measured several places in our yard - the snow ranged from 20" to 23" deep.  Our city isn't really equipped for this much snow, so we may be stuck here for a few days. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

More Snowy Fun

We received MORE snow on Friday!  The temps raised enough that we were able to play outside longer this weekend.  Just a few pics of our fun day, plus a little appreciation for nature's beauty in the icicles that were hanging above our front door. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow Day Fun

We got about 6" of snow (on top of freezing rain/sleet) on Tuesday of this week, so schools have been closed.  What should we do with our time while we're housebound?  We were able to entertain ourselves pretty well....

We played in the snow a little bit...

Then we made snow ice cream!


Max used a straw to get the very last drop!  :-)

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