Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Week In The Life | Tuesday Photos + Words

I really fell off the #weekinthelife wagon. Hard. Man, this is difficult. Having a really hard time taking pictures and documenting. Had to go back and fill in the gaps to my log on Wednesday. Oh, well. This is me. And I'm rolling with it. At least I know it's just not me feeling defeated; feeling a failure in that I can't seem to get any crafting done; worrying I am not getting done what I need/want to in the craft room. I really am that busy. Kids. House. Work. School. Brandon. Kids. House. Dinner. Diet. Kids. House. Homework. Snacks. Brandon. Kids...

Pretty introspective today. It's 9/11 and while that is starting to fade from people's thoughts and emotions, it still means a lot to me. See my thoughts here.
Went to work today and didn't take a single picture. I spend so much time there, but I hate having an hourly picture of the same view over and over. I can't show what really goes on behind the scenes, so it's frustrating to not be able to document this the way I want. So I won't. You can see how much time I log on my dailies. Too much.

Love the clouds. The weather is sometimes brushed off as unmeaningful, reduced to basic chatter when people don't know what to say to each other. But I love it! Heavenly Father has provided such a beautiful place for us. Loved how the sun shone on just one spot on the mountain, with the tumultuous clouds of the passing storm just above.
 A flag in every yard. This was one of the best things that happened after 9/11. People grew impassioned and patriotic. Remembered their pride in this great nation. There were flags everywhere! You couldn't look without seeing the Stars & Stripes. Do you remember? Oh, I loved this. If you miss this, look up your local 9/12 Project chapter and invigorate your community.
 Homework in the 5th grade is mostly on the computer. Aidan is jealous of the learning "games" Brook gets to play everyday. I think it's ironic that the schools tell us parents to limit kids' screen time.... and then assign computer games as homework.
 The Sippy. Still such a part of our lives.
 Dinnertime sitting next to one of my faves.

Enjoy your week!

Warm wishes,

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Anniversary | Cricut Artbooking Collection for $78!!!

Brandon and I celebrated 14 years of marriage earlier this month. There have been so many memories, both scrapbooked and not. I am so thankful to have him in my life! To help celebrate 14 wonderful years, I am giving away the new Cricut Artbooking Collection over the next 14 days for just $78!! It's a steal! I want you to be able to scrap your memories quickly and easily and make your crafting faster, simpler and easier. Life gets so busy but these memories are so very special. Don't let them fade. Preserve them and share! Read all about it:

Introducing the NEW Cricut® Artbooking Collection from Close To My Heart!
Take your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking collection! With oodles of images in each of 15 layout themes, you can create several coordinating pages for each theme using just two keys and one dial size. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats ~ in standard photo sizes ~ and more! the Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12″ x 12″ pages in a jiffy. You’ll love creating 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size. Celebrate birthdays, new baby, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas, and more. When you’re finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz! But wait, this is not just for scrapbooking. The backgrounds are perfect for your cards, parties and home decor, too. The options are endless with Cricut and Close To My Heart!
Let's see what you'll get:

  • 1 – Cartridge {700 Images: Font, Mini Books, Layouts!}
  • 3 – My Acrylix® D-Size Stamp Sets
  • 3 – 12″ x 9″ Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes
Regularly priced at $99 {Retail value of nearly $125} Z1906
Order today and get the package for only $78!

This offer is only good through me directly, not my website. One Cricut Artbooking Collection for $78 plus tax and shipping. Call, Text or Email me today
(My info is on the left.---->) Offer is valid from today until 9pm mountain time, September 30, 2013. Have a fabulously crafty day!

Warm wishes,

Week In The Life | Monday Photos + Words

So excited for WITL to be here! I was going to do the digital layered templates Ali put together, but instead have decided to go with Studio J for simplicity and to keep it Close To My Heart. Very enthusiastic but feel like this is a huge project to jump back in with. Although, that's kind of why I committed - To jump-start my motivation for the best-ever season!

I used Ali's daily pages from 2011 again. I find this is really easy and helpful. And I love the way they look.

Here's a look at my day in photos + words:
 Getting ready for school.
  "Happy Anniversary, Mom!" The kids made us this cute card. Sure made our day.
 Dishes. My most *favorite* time of the day. Not. (It doesn't help that our family needs at least 2 loads per day. I am even lucky enough to only have to do one most of the time!)
 Laundry day.
 Bright eyes! Such a cute bed-head.
 Having breakfast with "Chuck".
 Totally, completely and unbelievably innocent.
 Teaching Colt how it's done. It's a time-honored tradition passed on from brother to brother.
 Lunch = leftover pizza. Got my plannin' on.
Whew, that went by fast! Mom & Dad were kind enough to come get the kids for a few hours so we could get a last-minute date night for our Anniversary.

And despite that easy planning, I still didn't get very much down. I found out I am still so very busy! And the house is a mess. As I went to take photos I zeroed in on the clutter. Having Mom at work all day is taking its toll in more ways than one.

Life is busy right now. I'm glad I captured a small window on my Week in the Life. See my other attempt at this here. And stop back for more days.

Warm wishes,


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