Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our New House

We closed on our new house!  We have not moved in yet (we are doing a few renovations first and we will move in at the end of the week) but this house is officially ours


I will share some indoor pictures later, but I wanted to show you the main reason we are buying this house: the backyard.  Nathan will now have room to run around, and those views don't hurt either!


We have a lot of affection for our old house, and it is bittersweet saying goodbye.  This adorable place is the first house we purchased, and the only home Nathan has ever known.  We have had a lot of fond memories here! 


PS If you want our new address, please email me.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Special Dad Moments Layout

I created this adorable Jesse & Nathan layout and wanted to showcase how versatile CE chipboard is.  I used the Large Nested Rectangles a little more traditionally -- as a frame to accent my embellishments in the middle of the page.


Then I used two different sizes of square chipboard from CE's Squares set and backed each open square with patterned paper to create a cute little decorative house.  I layered the little "door" over the bigger "house" square using pop dots. 


Finally, I used the Moments Word Set and Basic Alphabet to create my title.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's Fall

We are having a very wet fall so far, with more than our fair share of thunderstorms.  We have had plenty of fun things to do inside, however.  Nathan loves playing with cars (or anything with wheels), and often lays down and pushes his vehicles back and forth across the floor for quite some time.  He is so precious!


Jesse (whose birthday is today!) is playing indoor soccer, and this week's game was at a good time so I brought Nathan to see Jesse play indoor soccer for the first time.


Jesse also builds robots for Nathan out of blocks and they affectionately call these robots George and Terry.  Nathan really likes knocking them over and exclaiming "Poor George!"  


We have been appliance shopping lately in preparation for our move, and Nathan has loved it!  He keeps himself entertained by playing with the high tech fridges (which we are not getting!) and looking for forklifts at Lowes.  


Sunday, October 1, 2017

CE October Challenge

For Creative Embellishments' October challenge, I just had to make a baby's first halloween layout.  I love how we were challenged to make a black and white layout because otherwise I probably would have added color and I think this page is more striking this way.  


I knew as soon as I saw them that the Spider Web Corner Set and the Mini Web set would be perfect for this page.  I also added words from the Baby Time Word Set and the Grades or Awards set to make my "Baby's 1st halloween" title.  I painted all of the chipboard on this page a deep matte black.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pictures in the Bosque

We got professional family pictures taken again, this time in the bosque.  These ones are so fun -- enjoy the cuteness!
















Saturday, September 23, 2017

Baby's First Stitches

Merida came to visit us last weekend, and we enjoyed spending time with her.  Nathan literally had her running and jumping up and down chasing the light from his flashlight!


Unfortunately, the fun and games came to an abrupt halt when Nathan fell on the playground and split his lip.  We had to take him to the ER where he got three stitches to go with the big scratch on his cheek!  Most kids in our ER get one stuffed animal to make them feel better.  The doctor remarked that Nathan must be really cute because people kept on bringing him more stuffed animals and he ended up with three!


Our brave little boy didn't let his "ouch" keep him down for long.  He is running around and really enjoys playing frisbee with us!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tummy Time Layout

Today I am here to share a layout of Nathan at four months.  I love how Creative Embellishments chipboard can compliment and elevate any type of layout.  I used four different chipboard pieces to add just the right finishing touches on this layout.


I used the block trio from the It's a Boy Set.  I painted the blocks with two coats of white gesso, and then used a green marker to color the alphabet and border accents.  I also used this same treatment for the Stars chipboard pieces and the Arrow Banners.


Finally, I used Creative Embellishments Basic Alphabet chipboard to make my title.  I layered two different colors of blue ink to get just the right color for this page.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Grandpa Thomas

Grandpa Thomas came to visit this week and brought with him a big boy bike for Nathan.  He will have to grow into it, but he was thrilled to be pushed around on it!


Grandpa Thomas also took Nathan to swim class.  Nathan has gotten to be quite a good swimmer for being such a little guy.  



And he just loves it!



The four of us went to the zoo as well, and had a blast.  Nathan wanted to see as many animals as possible, and the highlight of this particular trip was the train ride we took around the Africa portion of the zoo.  




Monday, September 11, 2017

Smile Layout

I have been wanting to do a layout with a giant title for a while now, and I decided Creative Embellishments' Smile chipboard set was perfect for this darling baby Nathan layout.


I primed the chipboard title with gesso, and then used baby blue chalk ink to bring out the blue in the patterned paper.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back to School & Other Transitions

Nathan started a new school year a couple weeks ago.  He moved up to a different classroom, but kept his same teachers so the transition was pretty smooth.  We love this little guy to pieces!


Another (bigger) change is that we are moving!  We are under contract to buy a house and sell ours -- it's been an adventure so far and we can't wait to tell you more.