Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Vacation

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So I can honestly say this was out FIRST all out Tennis Family summer vacation where we completely got away and just relaxed as a family. We have taken many small weekend getaways, visited family all over the country, and traveled to see Jon wherever the military took him before but this is the first time honest to goodness we planned and went on a vacation for ourselves and it was AMAZING!

We spend 3 nights in New Orleans, staying in the French Quarter (long story but we came in late Friday night to cop cars surrounding the hotel, not a great first impression but it turned out to be a great little place). We had been to New Orleans last spring for just one day and all loved the city so we planned to the 3 nights prior to the cruise there to explore. The first day we did a Airboat Swamp tour and it was so much fun. It's one of those things I did because I knew Jon and Kaia would really enjoy it and of course them having fun makes me happy but this one I ended up liking too! I learned bunches about the history of the Pirates of the Louisianna swaps, got an education of "Coonass", was 2 feet from a real like 'gator and much more. It was well worth the money and I highly recommend it for other families traveling that area of the country for all ages.

The only downside to New Orleans was that a chunk of the second was spent at their lovely Children's Hospital ER! ug. It a bad Mom moment I neglected Kaia's complaints about her ear bothering her the day prior and ended up with a night full of screaming and a sever ear infection. Being that we were out of state that left us with the option of the ER. Anyway, she did get plenty of meds and we spend the remaining mornings and evenings of our vacation creativly getting her to take them. No fun but she is 100% recovered now.

Moving on...Monday mid-day after a horse and carriage ride around the French Quater we boarded the Carnival Fantasy!!! We had a great embarkation and were quickly on board eating lunch on the Lido deck. We set sail for Progresso, Mexico. Being a planner, I have been reading message boards on for weeks (okay, months) and got numerous recommendation to take the double decker bus tour thru the little port town. We did so, and other than very low hanging electrical lines it offered a great overview as promised by the other cruisers. We spent the remainder of our afternoon in Progresso on the beach, collecting shells and warding off all the salesmen and women! The beach was fairly pretty, not blue water but the ocean nonetheless which is much better than we get here in Arkansas. We then grabbed lunch at a quant little restaraunt and headed back to the boat off to our next adventure in Cozumel.

I can say that all of us were looking forward to Cozumel the most probably because we had planned and booked a Swim with the Dolphin adventure excursion. The Dolphin Swim didn't dissapoint, it was truly a highlight of the trip. We got to kiss, high five, belly ride, and boogie board with the dolphin which was a once in a lifetime exprience. The Cozumel water was prestine blue and breath could see to the bottom everywhere! We say a stingray and tropical fish whiel snorkleing around with the dolphins.

My only other note to self for future visits to Cozumel is to bring more $$$$ to jewlery shop! I had no clue it was a destination for cheap diamond and silver etc. There were jewlery shops everywhere.

Anyway, back on board we enjoyed our last day at sea & Kaia's Birthday! Kaia loved the Camp Carnival for kiddos as they were always doing something exciting like dance parties or exploding volcanos so she spent some of the day in there and the rest between the pool and water slides on board. At dinner we once again enjoyed a great meal with our 9 other table mates and a great Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate cake for Kaia's birthday. It was a great way to wrap up our vacation as it was already time to start packing up and dembarkation!

We have to remember to do this type of REAL vacation thing at least once a year.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pirate Party

Card & EnvelopParker Skull Card

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Birthday Package


Just a quick post about a birthday party we are headed to this afternoon. It is a pirate themed party for a little boy named Parker, whose mom I am good friends with. She is definatly the modern mom and has great style. So maybe there isn't many mother's of 2 year olds that appreciate this but I think she will love it.

I used my faithful Cricut and the Indie Art cartridge to create a mask on the wrapping paper which I painted around and did some splattering on. It definatly pops with the lime green and black! For the card I used the same cartridge to cut out another skull and then I did his name on the Stamped cartridge to create a simply but dimensional personalized card. I added Crystal Laquer to the white parts of the card and a bit of Lime Green Stickles (again, my favorite product right now!) to the card for some sparkle. For the vellum envelop I did another mask with spaltters and rub-on of the #2 for his special day so they coordinate. It should be cute and I am looking forward to a fun party with Parker!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mini Acrylic Album




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This is a cute acrylic album I out together for some summer fun photos. I'd been dying to do something with acrylic and LOVE Stickles so much right now that I combined the two. I was amazed by how the Stickles look on the Acrylic from both sides, they are better than I imagined - DeLicOuS! I'll add some pics to the album soon and more ribbon to see how it all comes together...look for the completed album soon.




Life life. Scrapbook it.



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4Ever Layout

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4 Ever LayoutSo this is one of favorite and simple scrapbooking layouts. I just wanted to post for your viewing pleasure. It features a photo of my hubby and I on the steets of downtown Chicago just after Christmas in 2007. It is muted and urban in feel, featuring Rusty Pickle paper, stickers & packaging even. I added some Say it in Crystals for dimension and bling.

Live life. Scrapbook it.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I haven't been into a book series so much since I was a teenager! This may be a series meant for that age group but I am addicted. Initially I wasn't really thrilled about it, didn't even see the movie in theaters but I did rent it later and I was sucked in. I adore the characters, (Edward is even MORE DelIcOuS in the book) the passion and love story plotted out in the story. I got the books a couple weeks ago and gobbled the first one up in 3 days. It provided the backdrop and thoughts behind the stares of passion in the movie. it was AWESOME. Now I am on to New Moon.

***Warning***STOP READING HERE if you don't want any part of the plot spoiled!!!!

New Moon starts out awefully slow. It's almost painful that the prince leaves his princess and the book draaaagggssss on and on. Come on! I get that Bella's depressed, hearing Edwards voice and enjoys Jacob Black already. I was just about thinking edward and Bella would never re-unite but I am not done with the book just yet and it looks like there is hope. It's heating up and I once again am being pulled in. I have high hopes for the movie too, coming out in November, which I already have plans to see with my sister for her birthday the night it comes out.


yes, it may be a weird teenage thing but I dig it.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hello blog world!

So after avoiding the blogging scene for years because of being intimidated by the whole thing - many blogs seem (not as a critisism to anyone, I just don't have to0 much to offer on just one subject) single focused - directed towards either family life, crafts, business etc. None of those single categoies seem to fully encompass the topics I'd like to address.

There was also this overwhleming stress of thinking I needed to capture EVERYthing that is me in one place...I am releasing that and jumping in! It may be scattere and random and touch on all sorts of things but that's me so oh well!
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