Thursday, January 31, 2008

Layout a Day Challenge...

Just for the record...I MADE IT!!!

I did 31 layouts this month! No cheating! I really truly created all 31 one layouts this month!! I am so proud of myself!!!


Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I love love love this photo! It has to have center stage. This pool was so beautiful and on this morning it was just a perfect setting for a great photo.

More Cancun

Cancun 2008

First layout! I think this will be my cover page of my book! Well not the COVER but the first page. God knows I wouldn't want my BODY on the OUTSIDE COVER! LOL
But you know what...I am ok with it. I had a blast and I know my size so I don't care! And my family & friends don't care either. Right!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Here are my pictures

If you want to see them, try this link Cancun Photos

Let me know if this doesn't work...I will send you the direct link in an email.

EDIT TO ADD: My camera (that 99% of my cancun photos were taken with) is a
Sony DSC-T100 8.1 Megapixel Cyber Shot.

I love it. It small, compact, but takes great photos. I took my Digital SLR with me but fell back on this one every time. I just didn't want to get my big one out or ruin it with the water & sand.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Home Safe!

Home and dead tired. Looked at all my pictures and can't wait to scrap them!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

It's over...

My time is coming to a close. Burnt beyond burnt and ready to go home. Miss my family.
No picture today...running on borrowed time. Back in Michigan at 2:54 tomorrow. Direct Flight too!

Adios Amigos!

Friday, January 25, 2008


Here's to all of you who have touched my life in one way or another. This one is for YOU!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sand, Sun, Best Friend

Doesn't get better than this!

My view from here

nuff said...


ok...I hate to post this for those of you who are not here but WOW. OMG...I have never and probably never will again...stay/ed in such a nice place. Once I figure out how to upload pictures, I will.

Amy Jo, nothing bad has happened yet. Unless you count the countless drinks that I ordered and DIDN"T drink like. I think I wasted 5. I feel bad because I know we were taught not to waste but...
Plane was on time, great flights, luggage arrived perfectly, cleared customes in a breeze, first ones off the shuttle bus, greeted with a tropical drink upon checkin, Swim suit goes on and we hit the pools, beach, lazy river, wave pool, water bar, and then Bev shows up. We have ajoining rooms!!! WHAT?!! How cool is that!

To my other buddies: WISH YOU WERE HERE TOO. I have only seen Bev, Jim, and Tod. Others probably are not in yet.

Tomorrow it's up before sunrise to catch it on film!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Leaving on a jet plane

I know when I will be back again...Sunday!

Checking in from the hotel lobby on the free computer. It's 3:50am Wednesday!

Didn't sleep much at excited. Wow is this real?! Am I real?! Yes, and Yes~

Love to all~!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Leg one of trip

Well, we made it to the airport to pick up my friend Amy and then we made it to the hotel. Got our dinner delivered to the room (pizza). Now it just hang out time.

Oh...yes, I brought my laptop. I was forced to bring by someone who shall go nameless....See above!

5 Star Vacation

I am leaving today for my NEW destination: A 5 Star resort NOW! Wow!!!

So it's back to the drawing board on the packing. Guess I better take something more than just shorts/capri's. I don't do DRESS UP. I am NOT a Girly Girl so I only own comfy/non-dressy clothes.

So...I didn't sleep last night due to the excitement. I have about 4 hours total under my belt. And it's going to be LONG day today.


This will probably be my last post until Sunday! I am soooo excited you can't even imagine.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Gotta secret to share...

I have been a busy girl today. Not only am I packed for my trip but I also just did 5 pages for my album. I got them all ready so all I have to do is drop in my photos! And each pages has atleast 3 photos. Some have room for upto 8 or 9!! YAHOOOO!!!

I already have pictures in mind that I want to take! Can you tell I am very excited for this trip!

I used Krystal's Soleil Mini Kit. I can't seem to get enough of that kit. I have been using her orangish-red paper from Our Family kit too. It seems to work with the colors. I was thinking a chili pepper red would be great but I can't figure out how to make my own paper! LOL to work in the morning even though Josh and the boys are off. Boohoo...but I always get time with the boys so it's good for him and them to spend time together without mom. Guess they will have lots of that this week, won't they!

See some of you soon, and to the others, see you Sunday!

I'm Ready

Nothing else to say!

Credits: Soleil mini kit by Krystal Hartley.

William's Valentine Card

Ok...You guys are not going to believe this but Will did this on his own! I kid you not. I had him come in and sit with me and he picked everything out and told me where to put it and how big, etc....!!! My son's favorite color is PINK. So he wanted a pink valentine. I said, we could use this Bee and say Be Mine! And that is the only influence I had...oh except for putting the winged heart behind the birds. He wanted it in front of them with his name on it. I should have let him but I had to put it behind the birds. You might be asking what birds have to with valentines day? I have no clue! LOL but they are pink! And he called the winged heart a muscle heart. He says it is showing off his muscles! heehee...I guess it does look like.
He saw the black ribbon and says, "let's put the ribbon on the heart like you did on that one layout!" So he does "look" at my layouts. That's good to know!
anyways...heres is the digi part of Will's valentines.

Zander's hybrid valetines

Here is the digi part:

Going to add this to cardstock.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Josh & Halli

They were being lazy one day and I had to get a shot of that! It's not very often that Josh just lays around. He's one of those that has to be doing something at ALL times. I love when he takes time to relax. This is my other dog, Halli Tosis. She's 11 and one of the best dogs ever! But she really lives up to her name! ACK...horrible horrible breath. She's been like since she was a puppy...hence the name! Unlike Ginger Vitis. She does NOT live up to her name! LOL

So hard to have a dental hygienist in the house. Lucky my boys are not names Perry O. Dontal or Floss E. Stiverson! LOL Oh...I crack myself up some days....please...just let me go...I need a good laugh every now and then.
CREDIT: Krystal Hartley- Sweetest Thing papers and a ribbon of hers and a love brad. Plus her I LOVE YOU Brush.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Credits: Krystal Hartley- Soleil mini kit availabe for only .99 at


Just me and Bev. She is going thru some major health issues at this time and I just want her to know I am here for her no matter what. I love this lady like my own sister.
Credits: Krystal Hartley-BFF mini kit and a couple extra Krystal things!

Great Wolf Lodge

Krystal's new kit available at PDP. I can't wait to use this for my Cancun pictures! So until then, here is a taste of summer. We need it today. It's only 16 degrees here right now. Brr...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

LOL Chicks

This is one of my favorite photos. I hate how I look but the moment was priceless. Thanks Shell for the photo. Great memories here!

Credits: Krystal Hartley: BFF kit available HERE

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Credits: All Krystal Hartley. Most from her new kit Sweetest Thing...available soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Change

Did something for ME today. Between visitations I ran and got my hair done. Lost 3 inches. It's so much lighter! I love it. Got some new highlights and lowlights too! And a deep conditioner. I have the best hair dresser. She is awesome at scalp massages!!
So here a look at the new me!
Be nice...remember I love it!

Happy Birthday Ashli


Sharing a view of my drive to work. This is what my first day back to work of the new year looked like! And notice the I come!

Credits: Krystal Hartley papers & elements

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sad news

Just found that Josh's Grandfather passed away. So I will probably not be around much this week. I plan on getting some layouts done tonight for LOAD but if I don' be it.

Funeral will be Wednesday at 11am. Visitations will be Tuesday 2-4 and then 6-8.

Friends Forever

The 3 muskateers are back together if only for a couple of hours. We spent a few hours at Virginia's Granddaughters Sweet 16 Party. It was so awesome. They had these break dancers come in and perform. They have performed at the Detriot Pistons Half Time before! Totally NOT my music flavor but it was awesome. They had other dancers come in and perform too.
I have never been to a party like this for teenager.
Anyhow...We had our picture taken together just before we left. I cried when it was time to go...I miss her more than I thought I did. But at least we can still talk on the phone!
Credits: Paper & Elements by Krystal Hartley from her Sweetest Things set.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


This is a picture I took last night of my old Coworker/friend. She moved to Florida back in May 07 and I have missed her dearly. She came back for a family event so of course I had to clean their teeth! I just adore this family. They are extremely loving and giving. I feel like a family member rather than just a friend. My kids love them too! It's was so great to see them again. Gosh..I am so blessed by so many beautiful friendships all over the place. So to each of you...(you know who you are) THANK YOU for being a big part of my life in one form or the other!

Credits: New stuff by Krystal Hartley. Called Sweetest Things. And the newly released alphabet with no name! Go to her blog to play the name it game! You could win the alphabet if your name wins!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Sometimes I am not sure who is the bigger kid in this house...Zander & Will or Daddy! These two were just hamming it up one day and then Josh picked up Zander's shirt and put it on! I was laughing so hard. See what I have to put up with! How lucky am I?!
Credits: All papers & elements by Krystal Hartley.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


These are my Co-workers, friends, family...whatever you want to call them. I love these people! I have been with my boss for 5 years now and I can't imagine being any place else. It's not always roses there but the good sure out-weighs the bad. This picture was taken at our Christmas Party this year. We went to a comedy club in Ann Arbor again. We had someone take our picture and I have no clue how they managed to cut me in half but the did. I sent an email to Cathy (far right) and said....Half there as usual !!!
Credits: Krystal Hartley all the way.
ETA: There is a HILARIOUS story behind the owl. We went to New York City for a Dental Convention back in 2004 and my boss asked why he looked like an owl in his pictures...well we laugh for hours and I mean hours about this...because we thought he looked like a raccoon and couldn't figure out why he said owl. Well as we were walking in Times Square there are these HUGE TV screen on the buildings and what do we see...AN OWL!! We died laughing again. So the owl on the glass is meant to be a subtle reminder of our NYC Trip! and we put a smile face on all the "cavity free kids" pictures that we take. So there you go! I know it doesn't sound funny just reading this...but in real life it was freaking hysterical.

My Boys

Credits: Template by
Papers: Sweetest Things by Krystal Hartley

Monday, January 7, 2008


This is a picture of William's back. He had to have this tatoo put on his back over Christmas break. I asked him why it didn't say "MOM" on it and he said, "Cause it's mine!". Well now with the magic of photoshop...I got my wish. And for the record. You better NOT EVER get a real tatoo that says MOM...or else...

Credits: Krystal Hartley: Paper pack called Sweetest Thing.

Krystal Hartley

Posting early for tomorow LOAD. Having had a rough couple of days, I get an email tonight from the ONE AND ONLY krystal. And she has the nerve to ask me if I think THESE papers seen here DO ANYTHING FOR ME! LOL I email her back and tell her that must be...I almost peed my pants when I saw these papers! LOVE EM!!!!!!!
Go leave her some love and tell her what you think of these papers! They will be coming soon to a shop near you. Called Sweetest Thing.

New Best Friend

Off to work, will post full credits later.

But you can guess that one of them will be
The other is and
Sun strips are by Shandy Vogt.
Blue Frame, blue gems, and blue rickrack is by Summer Simmons
Paper, red tape by Krystal Hartley...she rocks...go check out her stuff and leave her some love!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tomorrow's layout picture


Circle of Love

Credits: Template by Moriginals
Paper & Elements by Krystal Hartley


So I have been trying to get some color to my pale as snow body before I head to Mexico in 18 days. I have always said I have two shades...white or red. Today proves it. OUCH....
It's going to be a long night. Ouch....ouch....11 minutes is all it took to make me a walking tomato. ouch...

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Believe in Magic

Not sure if all of you knew this about my DH but he is extremely talented in the magic/balloon artists catagory. He has been doing it for years and really mastered the skill. He gets asked to do events and parties all the time. Normally I don't go with him but this time it was our local small town who asked him to do a show for the kids during our annual celebration. So I was able to go and take pictures of him. The smiles he puts on the kids and adults faces is worth every minute he put into learning this skill. I am so proud of him. I don't really know if I have ever told him this before. So this one is for you Babe! I am so proud of you for doing what you do and doing it so WELL!

Credits: Template by Moriginals
Papers by Krystal Hartley a kit called Baby it's cold out side and a few extra flowers.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Good Day!

It was a successful google day today! I have been trying to find out who this Summer Simmons is that made the papers packs I bought from PolkaDotPotato...I was finally successful in finding her blog today and low and behold....she has a storefront!!! Sooo...I bought myself a reward today!!! element to go with my Turquoise Memories and Oriental Handbag paper packs!

Oh happy day!!! And....on another happy note....I got a blog post from Julie Ann Shanin

Gosh...could this day get any better??!!! WOW!! Just had to share this. It made me smile.

Home Sweet Home

Ashli Wolf and I have decided to team up and challenge each other and work off each others layouts. So I used her Home Sweet Home layout to come up with my own. Yes, this is my little Home! It's not very big but from the minute you walk in you know that it is filled with LOVE!
The owl is watching over the homestead and keeping an eye on things! The raffia bow is to show that our lives are all wrapped up and safe here. The tree is life that continues to change and grow. The buttons are what allows us to change and put on something new, warm, safe, comfortable whenever we need too! So you see, I do think about what goes on my pages. Everything I do has a purpose and a reason. (I had someone ask me if I just put stuff on a page or if I think about it...I think about it usually)

Boy O Boy

Done using a mixture of Krystal Hartley designs found at
Be true to yourself kit and be found at

This is layout #3 for LOAD challenge! So far so good!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Goals 08

This is also my 400th post here! WOW!!! I am I chatty or what! LOL



This is a quick page available at It was a freebie from their 12 days of christmas but you can now purchase them all for charity for only $5 for those that missed them the first time around.

Or....You could purchase this. it's free!! So you can get both things!!

Thanks Ashli for the heads up. She 'convinced' me to sign up for this challenge. I figure...why not. My "goal" for this year to is to post my stuff more often and share my Hero's work more!

I have set goals for this year. I will share them in another post.

So thanks Ash for the 'push'.! Looking forward to seeing you out there in LOAD land!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Done using Krystal Hartley's Quick Pursuits found at Polkadotpotato.
Took this picture last night shortly after midnight...see how tired we look! LOL

Thanks for the Memories

This Coach will go down in History as one of the best! Thanks for the Memories and the Wins!
MICHIGAN FOOTBALL is and always will be THE BEST!
Lloyd Carr



BEAT the Florida....

Make Lloyd Carr PROUD!!!