Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Faith Layout

For this layout of Nathan's baby dedication, I used two large Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces: a Faith title, which I painted with blue chalk ink, and the Whole Lotta Love Border, which I covered with gold Stickles. I completed this layout with journaling around the edge of the page.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Grandpa Ariyavatkul's Visit

We have had lots of fun this week!  Grandpa Ariyavatkul came to visit and one of the first things we did together was to watch Nathan do an amazing job swiming in his first big kid swim class!  He graduated to the "guppy" class where he swims without us in the pool.  He is seriously growing up too fast.

Nathan loves having "wampa batkul" here! One of their favorite things to do is to play "spider."

Nathan also loves chasing Grandpa around the house.

We took my dad to Explora -- our kids hands-on science museum -- and played with all of the things.

We also took some walks and showed him our neighborhood.  We have had a good first week together!

Monday, June 11, 2018

7th Month Layout

For Nathan's 7th month layout, I created my title piece using chipboard from the Grades and Awards and Basic Alphabet sets and framed it with a hexagon.  I used gold stickles on all of the chipboard pieces.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


I wanted to share some more pictures from our Hawaii trip. This first one is of Nathan at the crack of dawn cleaning the lanai while he looks at the boats on the water. This was his favorite thing to do while we were in the hotel room.

We snorkeled at Kapalua Bay, which is such a beautiful, serene setting. The highlight: Jesse spotted a six foot turtle!

The hotel next door had a variety of wildlife, and Nathan was so excited to see penguins and birds, and feed koi fish, ducks, and swans.

And he really loved our pool!

We were able to relax in a cabana one morning, and this picture was of our lovely cabana view.

Another highlight for Nathan was seeing a lighthouse. He just loved it! While we were in Lahaina, we saw the banyan tree, watched the boats, looked at art galleries, and had some fantastic shave ice.

We returned to the Maui aquarium, where Nathan saw a lot of native Hawaiian and other fish, shellfish, and jellyfish.

We touched quite a few sea stars and sea cucumbers, and Nathan loved it so much he asked to do it again before we left the aquarium.

Nathan also made friends with a sea turtle

and a ray!

We took a couple trolley and shuttle bus rides in Hawaii and Nathan can't stop talking about it! 

We ended our trip with an amazing dinner to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. Love these guys!

Friday, June 1, 2018

CE June Challenge

I loved the inspiration photo for Creative Embellishments' June challenge.  I was inspired by the blue, gray, and gold color combination, and I added a sun for the twist. The sun and clouds come from Creative Embellishments' Rain or Shine set, and and the Sailboat 1 piece adds the perfect nautical element to this page.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Maui 2018!

Aloha! We returned to Maui for our anniversary vacation trip this year. The view from our lanai did not disappoint!

We wasted no time getting into the water the next morning (read: Nathan got up at 5am ... he is not great at the time change game). 

We had a lot of fun splashing in the waves,

and playing with sand toys.

Nathan also enjoyed the special sandy bottom kids play area at the pool.

The next day we took Nathan on a long-awaited "big motor boat" snorkel trip. They had these really cool boards with glass viewing spots on them so Nathan could see in the water without snorkeling. He enjoyed it for about a minute, and then he wanted to get back on the boat.

Jesse and I took turns snorkeling, and saw a ton of cool fish swimming around the boat and feeding on the rocks.

Our boat also had a glass bottom viewing area, which Nathan loved. Jesse snorkeled along the side of the boat a few times and took pictures of us from the water. Nathan loved seeing Jesse being a "diver"! To top it off, I saw a reef shark from the glass bottom of the boat, though not while I was in the water.

It was a lovely trip out to the Molokini crater.

Jesse and Nathan had some quality dad-son time at the pool while I did a little work. Nathan loved going through the waterfall "tunnel" over and over again.

He also loved getting in the hammocks, but it was a lot more giggling and swinging as opposed to relaxing and swaying!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Seabreeze Layout

I love all of Creative Embellishments' ocean inspired chipboard pieces. I used the Tropical Fish, Seahorse, Sea TurtlesSeaweed 2, and the Beach Word Set 2. I used a variety of chalk and metallic ink, stickles, and crackle paint on these chipboard pieces.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Our Kitchen Reveal

Our kitchen remodel is almost complete so it’s preliminary reveal time! We installed Medallion Providence White Icing cabinets, Alaska White granite, Petraslate Harmony Lotus glass tile backsplash, Amerock Revitalize hardware, and Shaw Epic engineered maple flooring. We replaced all of the appliances and tweaked the layout so we have a bigger pantry and a one level island. We love our beautiful new kitchen!

We replaced virtually everything in this kitchen since we moved in - here is a before shot to compare. I'll share more pictures soon!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Blessed Layout

I am excited to share my first layout from our Hawaii photo shoot. I love the large Hibiscus chipboard pieces -- I used light blue chalk ink on the petals and gold stickles on the stamen and leaves. I used gray chalk ink on the title, which came from the Thankful Word Set.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Posed and Candid Pictures

Nathan had his first "school" picture taken, and it definitely fits the stereotype with his little stiff forced smile. I love it anyway -- he is such a little cutie!

Now this is a real smile -- both Nathan and Jesse are grinning ear to ear to commemorate Nathan giving Jesse a real hug for the first time ever (usually he just lets you hug him or leans in a bit but this time he wrapped his arms around Jesse, gave him a good squeeze, and said "I love you").  My heart!

If you think Nathan looks huge in that picture, you are not wrong. He is at the 93rd percentile for height! He is so tall that he is taller than the average 4 year old! The Thomas genes are strong with this one.

Our secret? We feed him frozen yogurt! Just kidding, only occasionally for a treat/bribe (this one was a bribe for him agreeing to eat a good dinner at the Indian restaurant Jesse wanted to go to without throwing a fit -- parenting a three-nager is fun times I tell ya!) Oh, and I am definitely sharing with him but he grabbed the opportunity to two-spoon it when I whipped out my phone to take a picture.