Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Early Anniversary!

Jesse and I celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary this past weekend.  Yes, we are a couple months early, but we figured that we wouldn't be able to get away for a little trip with a newborn on our hands!  We took an overnight trip to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.  Friday night we celebrated with a nice dinner at the Corn Maiden (highly recommended).   

The next day, I was treated to a pregnancy massage while Jesse went to the driving range.  Before lunch, we took a long walk around their trails and took pictures by the Rio Grande, which had quite a lot of water in it.  

Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Introducing Finley

No, our baby didn't come yet, and no, we didn't change his name to Finley.  Finley is Jesse's new car that I finally snapped a picture of after Jesse cleaned it this past weekend.  It is a 2014 Mazda3 hatchback that Jesse got in December.  The new car has been fun to drive so far, and has cool features like blind spot detection, a back up camera, and bi-xenon headlights.

In purchasing Finley, we did have to say goodbye to the faithful (and not that old) Kierkegaard, who has been and will be missed!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Eva Projects

I have been using a lot of my older Basic Grey stash lately.  I pulled out the Eva collection for these layouts because I thought they would look great with the pictures from the Veronica Mars Movie Premiere that Rachel and I attended almost exactly a year ago.  I based this first red carpet layout on C'est Magnifique's March challenge.  

This second layout is inspired by Blue Fern Studio's March sketch, and I used their beaded strings chipboard pieces.

And here are the two layouts together.

I also made a card, using Paper Issues' Sketch 006!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Baby Bump Progression

My pregnancy started off with a baby bump.  Now my belly is just huge!  Here is my "bump" from months four through nine.  It has been quite the transformation from month 4, 

to month 5, 




and now (9 months)!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Apparently it CAN snow in Albuquerque

We have experienced snow in Albuquerque before.  Each year, there is usually a couple overnight dustings that melt by noon, and a few times over the past seven winters, there has been an accumulation of maybe a couple inches.  This weekend, we finally got real snow.  Snow that made the roads slick and driving dangerous.  Snow that didn't melt during the day and accumulated over six inches in our area!  Nothing compared to what most of the rest of the country has been getting, but tons for Albuquerque.  Needless to say, much of Albuquerque closed down, our birthing center tour was cancelled, and we stayed home working on the long list of to-dos before Nathan arrives!

Of course, in true Albuquerque fashion, about 30 hours after these pictures were taken, it was 60 degrees and sunny and almost all of the snow had melted!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shower #2

A bunch of people from work threw us a baby shower as well, and decked out the board room for the occasion.  

Everyone was so sweet and supportive and we had a nice spread of lunch and dessert.

And we got presents!  Big presents,

small presents,

and funny presents (this book had a page where you made the dog lift his leg up and pee).

We're so lucky to have great friends and coworkers!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Final Europe 2013 Layouts

This month, I finished the final three layouts of our wonderful 2013 trip to Europe.  This first layout captures our time in Germany's Mosel Valley, and I used Blue Fern Studio's February sketch and Ironwork Arch chipboard.

This second layout features pictures from our time in Cologne.  My Creative Sketches' February sketch inspired the design. 

The third and final layout is based on the February sketch from Boys Rule, which I rotated.  

Last but not least, I finished up my BG Cappella stash by making a card inspired by Paper Issues' card sketch.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Nathan's Nursery

We put together Nathan's nursery and wanted to show you what it looks like!  Jesse painted the room green & neutral and added a chair rail, and I decorated the room with Nature's Purest adorable Sleepy Safari line!

Friday, February 6, 2015

ACOT February Guest Designer

I was selected to be February's guest designer for A Cherry on Top!  I got to play with Authentique's Durable line, which was just what I needed for a bunch of more masculine layouts that I had yet to complete:

I have some guest designer challenges up that you can check out on their website!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Europe Layouts and a Card

I have many more pages to complete from our 2013 trip to Europe.  I finished a couple this month, including this layout of our day in Cochem and exploring its castle grounds.  I used the January Boys Rule sketch for this layout.

The second layout I completed captures our day trip to Amsterdam.  I used C'est Magnifique's January sketch for this layout.

Finally, I made a card using the inspirational word "smile" for SWAT's challenge.  I have so much to be thankful for and should remember to smile more!