18 December 2013

Happy Holidays

I'm out until.....well, whenever since the two weeks after Christmas include and anniversary and three birthdays in our house.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May you slow down enough to enjoy it!

12 December 2013

06 December 2013

05 December 2013

Jersey dream

What's not to love?  The tower, the porch, the widow's walk.  This home is dreamy.

29 November 2013

First Thanksgiving

For this layout I learned how to fill the spaces in the title letters with different colors.  Step by step, that's how I've learned!

28 November 2013

22 November 2013

A Ball of Energy

The movement and energy of this page perfectly match Lew's personality.  Sometimes a layout is just perfect like that.

21 November 2013

19 November 2013

Just smile

When I was pregnant with Goosey my two best friends moved away within two months of each other. Their husbands had finished the degrees they had been working on and moved on to full-time jobs.  I missed them so much.

A few months later I woke up on a Sunday morning, especially missing them since we had all attended the same church congregation.  That morning, and throughout the worship service, I had a prayer in my heart that someone would reach out to me that day.  I needed a friend.

I'm sad to say that no one did.  No one asked how I was, said hello, or even smiled at me.  And that hasn't been the only time.

We've moved quite a few times and nearly all of those moves have been challenging due to a lack of welcoming from those around us.  In fact, one church congregation we attended prided itself on being the "friendly" congregation in the area, which we have always found quite ironic because only one family made an effort to include and get to know us.

I'm a little older, more experienced and confident now than I was in each of those cases.  But I still remember how it felt.  So I make the effort.  I'm the one who says hello and welcomes.  I'm the one who invites people to dinner.  I'm the crazy lady who smiles at everyone in the grocery store because you never know who might need a smile that day and the difference it can make.

14 November 2013

08 November 2013


This is the first layout I designed and completed 100% on my own.  No template, no tutorials, just me.

01 November 2013

Boys at Play

I especially love this page because I learned how to make that nifty circle cutout and how to wrap string around it!

31 October 2013

25 October 2013

Pumpkin Patch in New Hampshire

Sometimes I love a freestyle page....just pile stuff on there until you're happy!  The colors are what really make me smile.

21 October 2013


Maybe you have one.  A friend, family member, or co-worker who is so intense that it's exhausting to be around them.  I don't mean the good kind of intense, you know, where they go to the gym and get more out of their workout than anyone else.  I mean the bad kind.

The kind of intense where they perceive everything as a slight or judgment on them.  The kind of intense that makes you fear having a different opinion because they'll take it personally.  The kind of intense where if you do cross this person, you know they'll tell everyone in their sphere of influence about it because how dare someone cross them!

That intensity makes me tired.  And it makes me want to never leave the house or pick up the phone or go online again.

It's just so intense.

18 October 2013

A Scrappy Fall

This layout is all about the photos, and what better ones to showcase than fall in New England?

17 October 2013

11 October 2013

10 October 2013

It's a church

 Let's talk about this house.  It's an old church turned into a private residence.  And it's beautifully done. Look at those dormers!  And the windows!

 1879.  Definitely a little older, but not super old.

 I love the cross in the woodwork.  And the doors.  Gorgeous!

 Truly, wouldn't you love to come home to this?

And a few more windows, because, wow!

04 October 2013

Playing in the Sand

I love this simple page that reminds of small, happy moments.  Moments like a warm day at the beginning of October, a time to play in the sand!

27 September 2013

My Girl, Goosey

Goosey's birthday is this week, so a page to celebrate her!  I think the button flowers on the layout are simply adorable.

26 September 2013

20 September 2013

19 September 2013


The classic walkway and the the braces under the roofline make me smile!

13 September 2013

Goosey Goes to Third Grade!

We're still in the early stages of school, so another first of the year page seemed appropriate.  The photo is definitely the focus of this page--two darling girls, so happy to be in the same class for a second year in a row!

06 September 2013

Dogger's first day of 1st grade

It's the first week of school here, and I like to look back and remember past first days.  On this page I like the grunge feel--so great for a boy's page.

04 September 2013

One year in PA

It's been a year since our move to Pennsylvania.  Time goes so quickly that it's hard to believe.  But, in this last year I've found that I really love it here.  I could see myself staying in the Philly area for a very long time.  When I tell people that, they ask me what it is that I love.  Here goes:

The schools.  The schools are good.  We have amazing course offerings and college entrance rates at the high school level, and great academics in the middle and high schools.  We also have decent funding for the schools.  This is such a change from our New Hampshire experience where every year the schools were fighting to minimize staff and programs cuts, and the mayor was fighting to give education less money.

The landscape.  When we lived in NH I missed wide-open spaces.  In fact, sometimes I felt downright claustrophobic.  Pennsylvania has a gorgeous mix of trees, and open meadows and fields.  I love that.

The people.  Our neighborhood, school, and town are far more diverse than anywhere I've lived before.  My kids have classmates who are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and who profess no religion at all.  I love the cultures and traditions they are being exposed to.  I also really appreciate that while they're young they're learning to respect and value others without regard to religious or ethnic background.  Also, the people are so, so nice.  We've been warmly welcomed here, and it's the kind of place where you wave to neighbors (known or unknown), chit-chat with the people in line to vote, and compliment a stranger on their fabulous dress.

The convenience.  I'm talking east coast central now.  We are only an hour from Philly by train, two hours to NYC, less than two hours to the ocean, three hours to Washington D.C. and 1.5 hours to Amish country.  There is so much to do and see here!  I love that.  I love that I can decide to take my daughter to a Broadway show for a day trip.  I love that my kids have seen Constitution Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building.  I love that there's still so much more to do.

One year down, who knows how many to go, but we're loving it!

02 September 2013

A Quilt for Oliver

My sister had her baby last week.  That's nephew #5 for me!  I made little Oliver a quilt to keep him warm.  If Auntie cant' be there to snuggle him, then a quilt will have to do.

30 August 2013

She could rule the world

I love the bright, happy feel of this page.  And, what an adorable girl!

29 August 2013

Porch fans down south

This is a typical South Carolina beach home.  I love the porches.  What you can't see are the ceiling fans on the porches.  Brilliant.

28 August 2013

On writing real things

Sometimes I get the urge to write.  Really write, you know?  To put down my deepest feelings and struggles.  But then I pull back.  I'm afraid I'll hurt a friend or family member's feelings, or that something I write will be taken the wrong way.  I want desperately not to care, to have my say, and let others deal with the fallout.  But I can't seem to.

And then the desire to write leaves.

12 July 2013

At the Park

The details: Floral & polka dot papers and flower sticker- "August" by Creativity by Crystal; Papers: orange-"Mommy Dearest" by Keeley Simpson, red-"Apple of my Eye" by Royanna Fristchmann, blue-"Echoes of Asia" by Jessica Sprague, green-"Girl Friday" by Cosmo Cricket; Corner brush-"Photo Corner Swirls" by Jessica Sprague
Was this really 10 years ago?  Wow!  Times flies!  I love the happy colors on this page.

08 July 2013


We're in the midst of a hot, humid summer.  In times like these Craig and I long for our dry west coast summers.  We also frequently discuss our ideal places to live.

This week Craig told me that he can imagine being a snowbird.  I admitted that while I mocked the idea of snowbirds when I was growing up, my time on the east coast has warmed me to the idea.  But, I don't want to be an east coast snowbird (Florida?  No, thank you.).  It's the west coast for me.

And so we debated which west coast locale would be the best: Arizona?  New Mexico? California?  I lean New Mexico, Craig leans Arizona.  What do you think?

05 July 2013

Swim page

I love the movement, the feel of water flowing, in this page.

03 July 2013

Keeping the Kids Entertained

A few nights ago I had a dream wherein my family was visiting the area in Oregon where I grew up.  In the dream I became panicked when my kids asked what we were going to do.  I couldn't think of a single thing that might entertain them.  Nothing.

As I hovered between sleep and waking I became aware that I had been experiencing a dream and quickly ran through a list of things that I would take my kids to do in southern Oregon.  I took a deep breath and realized that my dream problem had a solution.

Later in the day I was thinking about the dream and the feeling of not being able to entertain my kids.  I wondered why that was.  Then I reflected on my childhood and how I spent it.

I was never bored, there was always something to do.  But rarely was that something a museum, swimming pool, or park.  The ranch was my playground.  My siblings were my playmates.  We didn't have neighbors to run around the neighborhood with.

And so I've been wondering if we over-entertain our kids.  Why are we constantly looking for playdates, day camps and projects?  Can't we just let them be kids?

01 July 2013

Still here

Have you missed me?  It's been nearly two months since I've posted here, and I've seriously considered giving it up all together.  What brought me back?  The last couple of weeks I've had thoughts of, "I should blog that!"  So here I am.

In my absence I spent an excessive amount of time on end of year school activities  and also got my photography website up and running.  I'm pretty much in love with it.  See here.

We are now enjoying our summer, especially the pool.  If we could just stop these crazy thunderstorms and flash floods!

26 April 2013

A Pink Bird for Spring

I'm so glad that we're in a slightly warmer clime now--one that doesn't require jackets to go outside during the last part of April (I remember this day.  It was frigid!  And look at the dead grass!).  I was especially happy to put the pink bird on this page, with hopes that it would bring spring along with it.

23 April 2013

Pie in the Face

Recently our school sold pies for a fundraiser.  Every student who sold at least one pie had their name put in a drawing to throw a pie in the face of either the principal, or one of the most popular teachers at school.  My kids each had their name in the pot, and both the boys were chosen!

 Lew getting ready to throw his pie.  Kindergarteners got to go first, so he broke Mr. Q in!

 A shoulder hit....better than nothing.

Dogger also got to throw at Mr. Q.

 Another shoulder hit!  It appears we need to practice our pie in the face skills.

About half way through the torture.....good sports!

 After all the students from the drawing had their chance two teachers were invited to throw pies as well.  Both Dogger's and Goosey's teachers were chosen.

 Please take note of Mrs. D's face in each picture.  Priceless.

They definitely enjoyed it.

The two victims.
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