Saturday, October 4, 2014

Last of Lemonade

This weekend I finished using Basic Grey's Lemonade collection by creating a layout and three cards.  For the layout, I was inspired by Swirlydoos' September 15th sketch challenge.

Given that October is card month, I wanted to make sure to create a few cards for My Scraps and More blog hop.  I created this first card for Audrey Yeager's card sketch,  

this second card was created for Tracy Feeley's card sketch,

and this final card is based on Jenessa Franco's card sketch.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


This month, I went to my firm's retreat at Tamaya, and then the very next week attended Faith Church's women's retreat at Glorietta.  That's a lot of retreating!  The weather at Glorietta was much more mild this year (thankfully) and it was a wonderful experience that I shared with amazing women.

During our free time, I crafted with some of the women and created this layout of Jesse's work event, and used  Paper Secret's September 15th sketch.

I used Alphas, Plaid paper, Pink paper, Lemonade collection from BG, and Embellishments (flowers) for this layout.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lemonade Layouts

This month I dipped into another old Basic Grey collection: lemonade.  I created this first layout for Paper Secrets' September 1st challenge, and used Lemonade, Animals (ladybug), Blue (strip), October (in journaling), and Race (the title).

I created two more layouts of two concerts that we went to last year.  The layout on the left is based on the Blue Fern Studio's September sketch.  I used their layering stems, which I inked and covered with glossy accents.  The layout on the right is inspired by C'est Magnifique's September sketch challenge.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Green Flash

Jesse participated in another sprint triathlon on Saturday, and finished 32nd overall!  In his best event (swimming), he finished 6th.  Best of all, he rocked a florescent green look:  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

We spent labor day weekend at the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with Jesse's mom's family.  We hung out, ate delicious crabs (and other good food), and Jesse got in a good long open water swim.  Our primary purpose for gathering, however, was to spread Jesse's grandparents' ashes and have a little memorial service.  

We traveled home on my birthday and Jesse treated me to the best restaurant our terminal in the Dallas airport had to offer: Chili's Too! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Porcelain Creations

I have done a little scrapping this month, and wanted to show you my most recent projects.  I completed this two-page layout, which is inspired by Blue Fern Studio's August sketch.  I really enjoyed using their ornate frame chipboard, which I colored using distress inks and topped with crackle paint.  This layout of the museums we went to in London is the last layout from our 2012 Europe trip and the last layout that I am creating with Basic Grey's Porcelain collection.  

I used some of my scraps to create cards.  This first card is based off of Sketch-N-Scrap's card sketch #32.

This last card is the most complicated card I have ever made because of the pop-up detail inside.  It was worth it though, because it is pretty cute.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

We Love Ann Arbor

Jesse and I did not have the chance to return to Ann Arbor since we moved to Albuquerque six years ago.  I don't think I knew just how much I missed it until we went back last weekend.  It was fun for us to see all that had changed -- like the beautiful South Hall -- and everything that hasn't.

The main reason we made the trip was to see Manchester United play Real Madrid at the Big House for the Guinness International Champions Cup.

Jesse's dad attended the game with us, and it was quite the game!

We had pretty good seats and cheered Manchester United on.

There were a couple near misses, but Manchester United finished the first half with two goals to Real Madrid's one.

At halftime we were treated to a performance by the Fray, which was a cool treat.

In the second half, Manchester United scored another goal to bring the score to 3 to 1.

There were a lot of people there -- the stadium was packed!

There were 109,318 of us, to be exact, which is the largest group of people who have ever watched a soccer game in the United States.  So, basically, we helped make history!

What really got the crowd going, however, was when Real Madrid put in Cristiano Ronaldo.  It was cool seeing him play, even for just a little bit.

In the end, Manchester United won 3 to 1 (and ended up winning the entire tournament).

After the game, we relaxed and had delectable desserts at La Dolce Vita, followed by a much-anticipated dinner at the Real Seafood Company.  Rachel and Derek joined us for dessert and dinner.

On our last day in Ann Arbor, we went to New Life Church (see Jesse and his dad posing by the rock?), heard a great sermon, and saw some old friends.

We went out to Zingerman's for lunch afterwards with Chris, Olivia, Brett, Hannah, and Naomi.  Good fun and good company -- what more can you ask for?

Romance, that's what.  So we made a quick stop at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens where we got married.  Awwww.

So long Ann Arbor -- we will miss you always!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Family Time

We have had the opportunity to hang out with a lot of family lately.  We have a full house the past couple weeks, starting with my dad who arrived from Thailand.  We went to the casino and did a little shopping before Jesse had a soccer game.  

Nicole, Matthew, and Chloe arrived the next day, which happened to be Nicole's birthday!  We celebrated with a nice dinner at Los Poblanos.

Before Rachel joined us, we went to church, watched the World Cup soccer final (go Germany!), went shopping, swimming, and enjoyed some fun in the sun at our park & playground.

After Rachel came and we had the whole gang together, we headed toward the Puye Cliff Dwellings.  I had never been there before, and they are quite remarkable.  We enjoyed a short tour before being scared off by thunder and lightning!   

The next day was the highlight of Nicole & Matt's trip: the Breaking Bad tour. [See what I did there?]  We traveled in the meth lab RV, received some samples of the blue stuff (courtesy of the Candy Lady) and visited a number of the Breaking Bad shooting locations.

We also headed up to Santa Fe and Madrid, stopping at my new favorite gallery.  (An you can definitely tell Jesse was excited to pose for that picture with me!)

On our way back, we went up to Sandia Crest and took a lot of pictures of the great view.

After dinner (and Daddy made a lot of good Thai dinners for us), we watched the Albuquerque Isotopes come from behind to beat the Sacramento River Cats.

We went rock climbing on Nicole, Matthew, and Chloe's last day.  We took (and I am posting) a number of pictures of all of us climbing but really you only need to see one.  I mean -- just look at this little cutie doing the splits, on purpose, while 15 feet off the ground.  That girl is fearless! 

We had a lovely end of the day spending time at Bruce's house.  They treated us to a lovely dinner, great conversation, and amazing views.

We did a little more shopping and gelato-eating before Rachel left.  Daddy stayed on for another week and did a lot of shopping and cooking while Jesse and I went back to work.  Not to worry though, we still did fun things together, including having the boys to go the picturesque driving range, going to another of Jesse's soccer games, and having an amazingly fun time playing pinball at Nelson's house (Daddy plays a mean Medieval Madness game!).


Daddy leaves bright and early tomorrow morning, and Jesse and I will be home alone . . . for a couple days until we see Jesse's family for a Champions' League game!