29 March 2013

First Easter

All Papers- "Girl Friday" by Echo Park Paper Co.; Stitching-"Feedsack" and Title-"Titlexpress" by LivE; Frames-by Jessica Sprague; Flower-"Vintage Stacked Flowers" by Kitschy Digitals; template by pckj
This layout is so white with the soft colors, and the hearts.  I really, really love the vintage flower--my favorite part (aside from the adorable baby)!

28 March 2013

Slate tiled roof

I noticed this sweet home across the street from my doctor's office.  It has a lovely mansard roof, which appeared to be shingled in slate.  The dormers are fantastic, as is the front porch.  I'm eager to see this house in the summer and fall when the trees are filled with leaves.

27 March 2013

Cabesh Goes to Washington: part 4, Smithsonians and USBG

Here's something completely cool about the Smithsonian museums:  with only a couple of exceptions, they're free!  This does make the museums quite crowded, especially the more popular ones.  But, they are top-notch and worth fighting the crowds.  We devoted an entire day to the museums and barely scratched the surface by visiting two museums, but not seeing everything in either.

Dogger dreaming of becoming a fighter pilot.
The Air and Space Museum was our first stop.  It's full of airplanes, missiles, and space paraphernalia. So cool!  There's even an exhibit with hands on experiments to show kids how the science behind flying works.

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
Here's where I admit that I didn't want to haul my camera around on museum day, so all the photos are from my phone.  I regret that now.

Our second museum was the American History Museum.  This was the #1 thing to see for both Chloe and me.  The American History Museum currently has an entire wing under renovation.  But, we still got to see lots of cool stuff!  In addition to these pictures we saw a WWII wedding dress made from a (used) parachute, the Gunboat Philadelphia and the original Star Spangled Banner.   I loved this museum, and could've stayed much longer, but it was so crowded, and the kids were exhausted.

Sunstone from the LDS Nauvoo Temple.

Kermit the Frog

In the "desert" at the USBG.
Finally, we have the United States Bontanic Garden.  We didn't know about this gem, but happened upon it while walking home from the Capitol.  The USBG also has free admission, and is quite fun to wander about.  The entire thing is a greenhouse, with multiple rooms housing plants from diverse climates.  My kids got a kick out of the desert room because they've never been to the southwest!

22 March 2013

Sugaring layout

Leaf paper- "The Neutrals Paper Pack" by Creativity by Crystal; frame brush-"Drawn Frames" by Perfectly Hudgens; decorative line brush-"Line Art Brush" by LivE; swirl brush-"Swirls" by Jessica Sprague; All other papers and elements from "Nutmeg" by Cosmo Cricket.

This two-page layout is one of the first I completed from scratch.  No template!  Sugaring is a fond memory of our time in New England.

21 March 2013

Out of place

Surprise homes always make me smile.  Amidst the urban, modern row houses is this very traditional home.

20 March 2013

Review: Potential Easter basket DVD's

Easter is just around the corner.  If you're like me, then you try to fill baskets with things other than candy.  Movies are always a popular choice at our house, so I was pleased when I was Lionsgate Home Entertainment contacted me about reviewing two DVD's.

First, we have Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventures.

I watched this with the kids.  The story lines were sweet, and addressed the themes of fear, jealousy, making friends, and laziness.  I appreciated the messages that were taught, and the kids like the humor.  My one criticism was the use of slang/popular language by the characters.  I prefer my kids to have more formal speech and grammar modeled for them in their media.

Price: $14.93
Street Date: March 5, 2013                            
Language:    English
Running time: 88 minutes                    
Rating: Not Rated

The second DVD was the Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers-- The Movie.

My kids loved this movie.  I did not.  They were able to overlook the cheesy effects and bad acting. I....well, I stuck it out for the entire show.  If you have kids that like martial arts, and have great imaginations, then this just might be the DVD for you.  I suppose I might've been a little more favorable toward it if I had watched the Power Rangers as a kid, but this was my first exposure.

Price: $14.93
Street Date: March 5, 2013                            
Language:    English
Running time: 45 minutes                    
Rating: Not Rated 

I received a copy of each of these DVD's to review.  I was not compensated in any other way.

19 March 2013

Cabesh Goes to Washington, part 3: Checks and Balances

The White House
The White House just might be the most disappointing photo-op in Washington.  You just can't get close to it.  There was such a crowd outside the fence that we had to wait for a spot to open up, then snap the photo quickly because some tourists think it's okay to stand in front of children who are having their picture taken.  But, this was Lew's number one thing to see in Washington, so mission accomplished!

United States Supreme Court Building
We didn't have time to go to the Supreme Court Building, but how cool would that be?  Next time.

Craig and the kids in front of the Capitol Reflection Pool.
Craig's number one thing to see was the Capitol building.  We failed to plan well enough and missed the last tour by five minutes.  Put that on the to-do list for our next visit!

Ceremonial (east) side of the Capitol.
The front of the U.S. Capitol is completely fenced off in the front, but you can pretty much walk right up to the back of it.....if the policeman and other security carrying very large guns doesn't make you nervous.

The sky was crazy-gorgeous while we were at the Capitol.

This is where they take the pictures of each Congress.

15 March 2013

My speciality

Dots & brown paper-"July 2009" and notebook paper-"365 March Kit" by Crystal Wilkerson; purple-"Brillant" by Splendid Fiins; arrow brush-"Points of View 01" by LivE. Template by JanyTime.
My best cookie deserves it's own page.

14 March 2013

Row end house

It's not often that you see a Victorian home made of brick and/or stone, so this one caught my eye.  I can't decide if this was two homes, that someone combined to make one or if part of it was just added on at a later date.

12 March 2013

Cabesh Goes to Washington, part 2: More monuments

Korean War Memorial
I had never even seen a picture of the Korean War Memorial.  I loved it.  There was something about these life-sized soldier statues that really struck me.

Lincoln Memorial
The weather was so gorgeous that there were people everywhere at the Lincoln Memorial.

The man, himself.
Lincoln is definitely large, but for some reason I found this monument underwhelming.  Maybe the great hype/buildup/use in movies.  Not sure what it was.

Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial.
The view, however, of the reflecting pool and and Washington Monument was not underwhelming.  

WWII Memorial
Unfortunately, the WWII Memorial's fountains were shut down for the winter.  It's still my favorite memorial.  I love the wreaths for each state,  and the feeling I get when I set foot there.  Maybe it's a little more dear to my heart because both of my grandfathers served in the War.  One each theater.

Vietnam War Memorial
We were overwhelmed by the number of names on the Vietnam War Memorial.  The kids wanted to know so much more about the War.  This was my first time to this memorial, and I felt a sadness and reverence here.  I thought of my Uncle Mike, who served multiple tours in Vietnam as a Marine, but miraculously came home in one (physical) piece.  He's gone now, but I honor him, and those who served as he did.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
The MLK Memorial has beautiful symbolism.  Along the walls of the memorial are famous quotes by Dr. King.
My favorite quote.

08 March 2013

My Essentials

This two page layout was for a class.  We were supposed to create a page that showed who we are, and what we do.  I normally don't scrap pages about myself, but this was a fun one.  I love the colors and having a record of how I spent my time during this phase of my life.

07 March 2013

Wearing paint

This little row house has a great roof line, and I like to imagine the rooms with the bay windows.  I even like the brick starting to peek through the wearing paint.  I hope they don't paint it, but instead let it evolve.

05 March 2013

Cabesh goes to Washington, part 1: Washington and Jefferson

Growing up, Washington meant the state north of Oregon.  The capital of our nation was called D.C.  Now that we live on the east coast that has all changed.  Washington means Washington D.C. and the state where Craig grew up is Washington State.  So much confusion before we learned that.  (On this trip we learned that locals call the capital the District, so there's another name to throw in the pot.)

A few weekends ago we took our kids to Washington (D.C) for the first time.  Everyone had one thing they really wanted to see, or do, and we managed to fit everything in.

Dogger really, really wanted to see the Washington Monument.  All the kids were so excited when we walked the two blocks from our hotel to the mall, and then I told them to look to the left.  There it was!

The weather was gorgeous on our monument seeing day.  We hit a high of 60 degrees (in February!) and the sky was clear and gorgeous.

En route to the Jefferson Memorial.  The only bummer about going in February was not being able to see the cherry trees in bloom.

 The kids were pretty ticked off that we "stole" the Greeks' architectural style.

 Those columns are huge.  Absolutely monstrous.  Dogger looks so tiny.

 Goosey and Jefferson.

The Jefferson Monument was my favorite site we visited on this trip.

01 March 2013

Birthday page

This was a fun page to put together, and I especially love the staples on the stars.
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