Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Family Vacation

Last week we had the opportunity to jet over to Connecticut to see my family. Despite the cloudy/foggy/rainy/cold weather, we were still able to enjoy some time outside on the beach

and in the back yard.

And of course it was great to see everyone -- even when we were indoors!

We spent a great deal of time shopping (they have great outlets there!)

One cool thing we were able to do was to take a day trip to New York. We saw some exhibits at the Met,

chatted with celebrities in Times Square,

and did our best to see the top of the Empire State Building through the fog.

We also met up with Rachel's friend and Jesse's cousin in New York and had some excellent Italian food. Truthfully, we ate really well the entire trip -- yum!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Traversing Frozen Tundra

Back in April, Jesse somehow convinced me to agree to go on a hike at the top of Sandia peak. We were just going to traverse for a mile or so along the ridge . . . no big deal, right?

WRONG! Despite the fact that it was April, the top of the mountain was still covered in snow! Not only did my legs get all red but my ears and hands and, well, everything was cold!

And it was windy and on this of all days the sun was nowhere to be seen.

We did get to our destination, however, (the Kwanis house) and then high-tailed it back to warmth!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Handmade Flowers Challenge

I wanted to share this layout I made of some of the fun get-togethers we have had with our fellowship group at Faith Church:

I love handmaking flowers so I knew I had to enter the handmade flower challenge at TrailMakers. I used some ribbon to make a flower that I used on this layout, which features Fancy Pants' Little Sprout and other items that you can find in the TrailMakers store: http://leaveapapertrail.com/zencart. Get more details on the challenge and products I used at http://www.trailmakers.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Defense Verdict!

I survived and won my first jury trial!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Flourish Challenge

There are a lot of challenges going on this month at the TrailMakers blog. I am challenging you to make your own flourish! There are so many possibilities -- use Ranger's stickles, liquid pearls or dimensional pearls, doodle some flourishes, or stitch them. I doodled a couple flourishes in pencil on this layout and then went back over them with a needle and punched a couple holes on the lines and used black thread to stitch these flourishes on my layout. I thought that stitched flourishes were more appropriate for this manly layout of my husband, his brother Matt, and girlfriend Merida rock climbing in Socorro. I can't wait to see what you will do! Link up your projects at http://www.trailmakers.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 2, 2011

In Trial . . .

. . . until further notice!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Debut Project

I love the mixture of elegance and fun that Karen put together in the May kit. The kit features Fancy Pants' "It's the Little Things" line and contains some beautiful Kaisercraft Chipboard (which I inked with VersaMagic dew drops) and Jolee's flowers. I used the kit to create this layout of Jesse's first half-marathon with Dave, Sarah, Tiffany, and Dan. A whole bunch of people from our church ran the Duke City half marathon as well, and we met up with them after the race. Everyone did a superb job (especially Jesse!) and Vanessa and I cheered from the sidelines!

Get more details on the TrailMakers kit at http://www.trailmakers.blogspot.com/