Monday, December 31, 2012


This year we spent Christmas at my sister's brand new house, which is really cute.

Nicole showed us around Southington, and we went shopping at a nice mall nearby.

Then, of course, we celebrated Christmas and opened tons of presents.

We tried to fly to Indianapolis the day after Christmas, but there was a blizzard there that caused all of the flights to be canceled.  We ended up getting re-routed to Chicago, and Jesse's dad was nice enough to pick us up from there.  One good thing about having a snow storm is being able to play with the snow.  I didn't, of course, (too cold!) but Jesse's sister made a pretty cute one.

We were also able to play games and go to dinner and a movie with Jesse's mom and Butch.

Now we're back at home for a nice, quiet new years.  I don't typically make resolutions, but I am thinking that we should probably travel less in 2013.  Not that I didn't appreciate all of the cool places we got to travel to in 2012, but the amount of travel was a tad excessive.  Between the two of us, we traveled to five foreign countries (Thailand, Japan, England, Jersey, and Guernsey), eight different states (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts  Nevada), and five cities within New Mexico (Las Cruces, Carrizozo, Raton, Santa Fe, Socorro).

Of course, we will fly to see family and will likely have work travel, but hopefully it will be limited (unless, of course, we go to Hawaii to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary -- I am always up for a trip to Hawaii!)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chesapeake Layout

I decided to continue using Fancy Pants Country Boutique line for all of our east coast trip pictures.  This layout is of our stop in Maryland, where we stayed in Chesapeake City for the first time and took a boat tour.  

Here is a closeup of some of the embellishments on the layout -- I love how the papers from Fancy Pants Country Boutique coordinate so well with buttons from My Mind's Eye All is Bright line and trim from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds and May Arts.

Go to the Hens' Den blog for full instructions on how to create this layout.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

We have been to a number of fun Christmas parties this year (this picture is of our small group's Christmas party) and will be spending Christmas with family.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Country Boutique

This month I got to play with the darling Country Boutique line by Fancy Pants.  I used it on this layout of our trip to Gillette Castle in Connecticut.  I love how this line came with corrugated cardboard, which was fun to use. 

Check out all the inspiration on the Hens' Den blog.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Newsetter

The Hens' Den December newsletter is here!  My contribution to the newsletter is this layout of our trip to Colorado with Jesse's dad and uncle.  We were there just in time to see all of the beautiful yellow aspens.  I decided to use a lot of the yellow in Teresa Collins Vintage Finds for this layout.

Here is the entire newsletter for your viewing pleasure:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Noble Fur

Mark this down for the history books -- this is the first year that I have ever had a real Christmas tree!  Our old fake tree is getting kind of sad, and Jesse wanted to try to buy a real one, so that is what we did.  We bought this cute five foot tree, which is really full and green.  

It was actually easier in some ways than I thought it would be and then harder in others.  We had no trouble picking out the tree and strapping it to our car, but it was more difficult to get it in the stand that I thought it would be (of course we realized afterwards that we didn't use one of the tools that came with it!)  We'll see how it lasts and how easy it will be to dispose of it before deciding whether we'll do it again next year.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


This Thanksgiving is the last one that we will spend at Pop Pop's house (he is moving), so it was special.  We also got to celebrate his 95th birthday!  As always, we got to spend time with lots of family, who we are grateful for: