Thursday, May 29, 2008

**The BELL has RUNG**

Yep! It's the final one...summer is official as of today! It's time to celebrate! YAY!! The kids are SO excited! I am too but well... it's fun but also at the same time bittersweet. Time makes them older but why can't they still be kindergartners going to 1st grade? **Oh my...I need some kleenex. (I will be putting stock in Kleenex for the next 2 years, LOL!)


She's now a senior. Stop it....


He's now a junior. Seriously?

Really? WHOA.
Who let that happen?
Time? Slow down time...make this year go slow, k?


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LOOK what "brown" brought ME today!

(yes I know...I do resemble a famous cartoon character called Casper.)

Time to go frolic and play...the polka dot way!
(BWAHAHAHA I just made a dumb funny! **snort**)

Have a happy day!

Monday, May 26, 2008

**Sharing Some Stuff**

HI everyone!! I hope you're having a wonderful long weekend!! This is the LAST week of school for us..WOO HOO!! It's about to be officially summer, yay!!!

Guess what? Create My Keepsake is having a Design Team call!! It's called the "Last Scrapper Standing Design Team Call" and if you click this link ---->CMK DT Contest<---- you can read ALL about it!! ENTER, go ENTER!! :) I can't WAIT to see all the gorgeous creations!!

Speaking of CMK - I did the **Monday Muse** this week. The challenge was to create a layout using flowers on a boy's page.
This is my layout I created....


I love how the flowers turned out! Don't even ask me what my son said when he saw the flowers all around him...LOL!

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Well if you're ready for another GREAT challenge, Design X has the latest challenge up....it's a GREAT one by Collette :) The challenge is: Many things happen in our lives that are beyond our control. If you could go back and change the course of one event in your life, what would you change and why?

Here's my layout:



My journaling reads: You make your own true happiness. I truly believe that. I look back at my life - I think about the young me. I sit & wonder ~ Is there anything I'd change? I honestly can say no. So I didn't finish college. ~So I married & started my family young. ~ So I wasn't in the top of my high school ~it's all "OK" to me! I'm so happy with me. My life. Everything. I would NOT change one thing. Not a thing. I am complete. Happy - full of life. ~39 yrs. old - 4/08


Have a happy week!
Lots of love! ~Leslie

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

**Polka DOTS**

I {heart} polka dots like none other. I mean seriously? If the world could be covered in polka dots! I know..I'm a nutty girl ;) BUT seriously...see these:



I just had to get them today. Ran to Journey's in the mall and dad gum if they were out of them so I just ran back home (to save $$ on gas EEK!) and ordered them online. Should have them this week! Aren't they the CUTEST things? I LOVE me some Converse &..have for FOREVER ! I love my pink pair!
Not to mention...Converse + Polka Dots = Happiness! :)

So that's my tidbit for the day..my new polka dots :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

*A few creations & a thank you*

This month at Create My Keepsake, our sponsor is Inque Boutique. WOW, talk about FUN FUN stamps!! You MUST have some. I mean it...you'll love everything there is about them! I had fun using them!

Here's my creations I made using the Isn't It Romantic set & the Round About Phrases set:



















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Sending out a THANK YOU so much for all the sweet comments you sent my way about our anniversary! We had SUCH a great night! We went shopping for some things around the house, to see Iron Man (GO SEE IT!) & ate at yummy Genghis Grill, came home and played Mario Kart where for the first time EVER, I BEAT my hubby!! He ROCKS at that game and so I felt a little...exhillarated! My kids laughed...imagine that!
It was a fun night, one I'll always remember! :)


Ohhh AND also, thank you also for your sweet comments about Savannah's special night! How sweet are ALL of you! Thank you a million times over...she had the BEST time ever. :)

Have a FABULOUS week everyone!
Oh and like I've said before...don't be SHY! Say HI!

HUGS!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

**Last Night & 18 Years**

Last night was so magical for my sweet girl! It was her High School Band Banquet. They go ALL out and dress up and treat this special event just like Prom (which, by the way, she'll have NEXT year as a Senior) She was a vision...beautiful in every way! She picked her dress, got her hair fixed by her very best friend, got her fingers & toes done...all for this night. She deserves it! She works so hard and this was a wonderful way to show all the kids..."You've done a GREAT job...we celebrate YOU!". Here's a little slide show I put together using some of the MILLIONS of pictures (and that is NO lie) I got...


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Today. 18 years. That man...my dream come true. I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful hubby he is! He's so loving, giving, caring, does chores around the house, takes such good care of his family. That's MY hubby. 18 years with him. Seems like it was just yesterday we were married. Then again it seems like forever ago. LOL! Our GREAT times by far outweigh the not so good and for that I am the luckiest girl in the world...
Happy Anniversary Sweets...I LOVE you!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

**X Marks the SPOT & ONE big SPECIAL request**

Oh boy does X mark the spot!! BIG NEWS! The Design X team is having a DT CALL!!!!! You like challenges? You like thinking outside the box? THIS is the team for you!

To Apply: Choose 3 of our past or present Challenge prompts and create a layout, mini album or altered item for each of the challenges you have selected. Once finished please email them to thedesignx@gmail.com by 11:59pm June 1st (the call's been extended!)


Please answer the following questions in your email:


1. Why would you like to be a part of The Design Experiment team?

2. How would you define your scrapbooking style?

3. Are you currently on any Design Teams? Have you ever been on a design team? If so, who/when?

4. Please create a sample challenge prompt.

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I have a HUGE request. One of my VERY special friends is needing prayers/thoughts - whatever you feel you can do...

Kimberly Garofolo's brother, Foster needs HUGE PRAYERS. He's been diagnosed with bladder cancer. You can follow the story here on Kimberly's blog.

Thank you SO much.

I hope you have a VERY blessed day!

~Leslie

Monday, May 12, 2008

What do YOU think? What do THEY think?****

Hi everyone!! Hope all you Mom's out there had a FABULOUS Mother's Day!! Tell me all about what you did! Sure hope you got pampered and spoiled as you all deserve!!

Ok so this week for the Design X challenge...Emily challenged us to:

"We as humans tend to be over-critical of ourselves. For this challenge, journal about yourself twice. Once as YOU see yourself, and again as others see you, (the real you). Why do you think you are critical of yourself? Why do you think it is more socially acceptable to be self deprecating as opposed to being self assured?"


So I challenge YOU! What do YOU think of YOU. How do THEY see you?


Here is the layout I came up with:

This is me...always with my kids. Trying SO Hard to be the coolest mom. Sometimes not trying hard at all... :)

My journaling reads: I see me as one silly mom ~ trying all I can to make my kids
laugh ~ trying OH so hard to be one "cool" mom. They see me
as that same GOOFY mom. BUT in the end it sure pays off
whey they tell me I AM a "pretty cool" mom. That's all I
need to hear.


Just a little closeup...


and another closeup....

So get to thinking...what do you see yourself as? How do others see you?
Link your layouts back to the Design X blog for a GREAT RAK!!
Link it back here for another RAK from me!

So go...I challenge YOU!

Have a happy day!
HUGS!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

**Another B-Day Boy, McDreamy's Wheels & my NEW toy!**

We have another b-day boy in our house!! It's my MAIN squeeze...the cheese in my macaroni (HA...my attempt at Juno humor, hee hee!) My hubba hubba hubby!!

His big day is actually on Saturday and we're celebrating him tomorrow because Savannah's working ALL day Saturday and she asked if we could, so we are! We're taking him to dinner and back home for his fave cake :) Happy Birthday, my oh so cute dude! I love ya like no tomorrow...and back again! ( I'm so lucky - this man...he's just amazing!! )

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LOOK what I FOUND lying on his desk the other day! Umm....can you say McYUMMY? I'm lovin' that my hubby's an avid cyclist and gets maggy's in the mail with ummmmm, cute bike boys on the cover..imagine my surprise and my 180 degree quick turn around as I was walking by his desk to see this prize:

Whoa..in all seriousness? McDreamy got GREAT wheels! (hee hee) Feel **FREE** to click on this image to make it larger...;) )

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I have a new toy. I've been eyeing this bad boy (it's a Verizon Voyager) for a while now. My SWEET hubby (as seen above) just gave me this new toy for Mother's Day!! Yes..I got it early...but there's a story behind it. See...he was at his desk earlier this week and I walked in to ask him a question. This was on his computer screen:



I said..."WHOA! What'cha doin?" I wish you could have SEEN the look on his face. Nothing he could do, I caught him off guard...so, in this sweet, little quiet voice...I hear: "Happy Mother's Day".
WHAT!!!!!!! Oh man I couldn't believe it!! I was jumping (literally!) for joy! Well Fed-Ex came by Wednesday when we weren't here for a delivery. I thought it might be what I'd ordered Alan for his birthday (I totally forgot this might be coming this week) so I had Alan drive me to the nearest Fed EX (not too far...just a few miles) office and he said as he pulled in, "Wait..let me go get it" (he was thinking it was the phone) and I hesitated. Savannah was with us and she just said, "Go Dad...I'll make her wait here" I then realized..it HAD to be that phone! SOOO He comes out with this cute little giddy look (he'd DIE If he knew I said used cute and giddy to desribe him...LOL) and puts the box in the back seat. I ask if it's for ME or HIM. He says ME (meaning him, LOL) . He gets in and starts driving back home. Finally he asks Savannah..."Do you think she can have it now?" She says..."YES!" so they let me open it. THAT is what was in my box! YAY!!!! I have the SWEETEST family in ALL of the world. They totally spoiled me for Mother's Day!! I'm still learning it, oh man it does ALOT of things!! It's got mobile tv, video, stores music and video's) like an Ipod , has unlimited texting and TONS tons more. BUT it's very BEST feature? (It's similar to the Apple IPhone)It opens up to have a Qwerty (isn't that the CUTEST word ever?) keyboard. It's just amazing...if you have Verizon and you're wanting a new cell? I HIGHLY recommend this phone!

Thank you for letting me share my early Mother's Day story with you!

I wanted to wish ALL of you a VERY Happy Mother's Day!! I hope you all get pampered and spoiled as EACH and EVERY one of you deserves. Enjoy your weekend...I sure will!!


HUGS to all and to all...a good night!

Ok let me explain this stupid, yes I said STUPID video...my SWEET (yeah right!) son told me this was REALLY dumb and I needed to stop watching it. FUNNY how it ends up on my blog (and I can't get the dumb thing OFF!) when I walk away...LOL!! SO enjoy...it's really stupid though. Watch at your OWN risk. (Ifound it on a spoof site, I thought oh this is cute! THen I watched it...yeah right. LOL)

Monday, May 5, 2008

**Got Challenges??**

Ready for this week's challenge at the Design X blog?? It's so cute!! It's all about honoring our moms :)

Here's the challenge:
Our challenge this week is to honor our mothers! What is one positive
trait you have inherited from you mom?

You should DO this challenge!! Do it and link us up to your layout in the comment section so you can be entered to win a COOL RAK - go check it out!

Here's my layout....


up close.....


and close again.....


My journaling reads:
She is my mom. Not only that - she is my very best friend. I am the luckiest girl
alive to have a mom like MY mom. I have to tell you - she is MY hero.
She has a heart of gold, loves everyone with everything she has, she has no enemies;
holds NO grudges. These are all traits she's passed on to her children. Her
biggest she's passed on to me has to be the ability to love with all of your heart.
I do that. A LOT. She also taught me how to forgive & forget.
This lady is the sweetest creation God has made. I love her with all of my heart.
Thank you Mom for all you've give to me. Thank you for loving me, for giving
your all - thank you for YOU. For because of you - I am: blessed,
loved, happy, full of life, strong, animated, silly, the ME I am.

I love this picture of my mom. She's 18 years old in it. It's her high school picture. She looks like she's so excited to start her new life...to begin her new journey as a young woman fresh from high school. She married the very next year and had my oldest sister the year after that. She's such a great mom...I am truly blessed!! She's 73 now - and HATES her picture taken...she's so silly.
I love her....

thanks for letting me share my layout with you!!
Hope you have a lovely week!
Don't forget to shout me a "HI!!"

Saturday, May 3, 2008

**Here it is!! Happy NSD**

Here's my sneaky-all of it! This is the challenge layout I just posted at Create My Keepsake for the 4 pm (CST) challenge going on right now, this fabulous NSD!! Go right here----->CMK
to see the challenge and play along!!


And last but not least...here's what you win if you do this challenge and link it to THIS gallery at CMK and back to the thread right here....
(This is a kit I put together JUST for my NSD challenge :))


I hope you're having a SUPER fabulous National Scrapbook Day and that you're getting LOTS and LOTS of projects done!!

*Don't forget to say HI!! Fill me in on what you've been doing today!!

Lotsa HUGS to all!
~Me

p.s. You need to go by CMK to check out all the fabulous prizes and RAK's for all the challenges!! SO many prizes, so little time!

Oh and also.....
**Don't forget to check out all the **just arrived** items Lisa just loaded...whoa nelly!!!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

**Guess what tomorrow is!**

It's National Scrapbook DAY!

YAY!!!!

What are your plans for the day? We're having an all day crop at Create My Keepsake - you should head over there for all the day's challenges, prizes, fun, scrapping...all of it!!!!! I'm doing a challenge at 3 pm...here's a sneaky peek of what I'm doing....



I hope it makes you want to come check it all out!! Remember...there's RAK's from all the DT members, Prizes all day long, fun, scrapping, challenges, etc....do it!!

I hope to see y'all there! :)

Have a happy National Scrapbook Day and a FABULOUS weekend!!!!