Monthly Archives: April 2010

Week 4

Cash in the back yard, going through my old magazines, breakfast, back yard mushrooms after the rain, driving on the parkway, renters moving out down the street, where the cases for the dvds and video games in use go.

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What’s up.

The weather has been mostly nice lately, although we did have some rain this past weekend. It’s been so great to be outside and to be walking the dog and seeing what plants are growing and blooming around the neighborhood! What we’ve been up to is enjoying our time together and enjoying time to ourselves! Trev’s been going on bike rides and playing video games. I’ve been scrapbooking and couponing and dreaming about my summer gardening.

We’ve also been making the change over to mostly whole foods, organic foods, etc. We’ve been eating organic meat for several months as well as buying as much organic dairy products as possible. Now that Trevor read “Fast Food Nation” as well as “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” and we watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and bought a couple of his cookbooks, we’ve been buying a lot more organic fruits and vegetables and other food items. Fortunately we are able to buy some of these at our Cub Foods that has a pretty big selection, but we also buy organic items at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. We buy most of our organic meat at Costco, and are also big fans of Trader Joe’s. Anyway, it’s been a big change and more of an effort to find new recipes and try new things. It’s fun sometimes and work other times! We’ve been eating more salads, and continue to try more vegetarian meals. It’s all better for us, beyond all the ethics.

Trevor had two job interviews last week, I haven’t been very good at keeping the house clean for the past week, I’ve been trying to catch up on all the shows I have recorded on Tivo, and we’ve been talking about a pre-job start date road trip. We are going to Sheboygan to be with my family for Mother’s Day (haven’t been there for that in like 4 years).  I continue to grow closer to my oldest dearest friends but haven’t tried to keep up with everyone as much as I once had. I’m excited for the summer and camping trips and more changes. We keep learning and dreaming and things keep on changing and life is overall very good.

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you’re the one i love i love you

I finally got around to taking some photos of the scrap layouts I’ve done recently. You can always see my huge collection of layouts here. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

(Hambly paper, Sassafrass paper, Prima flowers, Making Memories label, American Crafts Flair, American Crafts ribbon)

This layout has photos from our third wedding anniversary. I scraplifted a layout by Gayle Martin that was in the Spring 2010 Somerset Memories magazine. I love this magazine! This is the first issue I’ve ever purchased. I picked it up at Borders with some of my birthday money.

The following two I used sketches for and stuck pretty close to them. They are photos we took when we went to Como Zoo with my in-laws and our nephew Milton.

(Basic Grey papers, American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants stamps)

(American Crafts paper, Prima flowers, Maya Road chipboard, Target $1 alphas)

The following two layouts I made last night! I used photos that we took in Sheboygan on Lake Michigan Memorial Day weekend 2008. As you can tell from these layouts, this is the spring cousin Jen gave me my lomo fisheye camera. 🙂 The second one I just used the photos as my inspiration. The first one I actually used a magazine ad as my inspiration. Here is the ad:

(Basic Grey paper, everything else is from the Colorbök Woodhaven collection)

(Basic Grey paper, K & Co. paper, American Crafts Thickers, Basic Grey stickers, Hambly bird stickers, Fancy Pants stamps)

That’s it for now. Thanks for looking!

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Books and plants.

This week has absolutely flown by! We did some yardwork, and I did some cooking, reading, scrapbooking, cleaning, organizing, dog walking, etc. I actually had this week off from choir because of the insanely busy past couple of months.

I used some of my birthday money to get a couple of things from amazon, and they arrived this week. First of all, I had seen this notebook at Patina and I had to have it!

It’s all pages of photos of interesting walls.  There’s plenty of blank space so you can use it as a notebook and it sort of is like you are adding graffiti to the walls. I’m not sure if I will just use it for a journal or for some specific purpose.  I have another notebook I recently got for free from snapfish that I could use my own photos for the cover so I did garden shots from last year and am using it as my gardening notebook. I’m keeping track of what I’ve planted and where, as well as making wish lists and plotting out what and where I am planting.

The other book that I got was this one:

I read through the whole book the day I got it, and I am looking forward to doing the challenges! I love Elizabeth Kartchner’s style and I just love her layouts! A few others contributed to the book, including Amanda Johnson, and they are all beautiful pages.

I did get a few pages done this week but I haven’t taking pictures of or scanned them in yet. I’ll have to do that today!

Anyway, back to the yard work- there is so much to do! We raked up the leaves and pinecones in our yard. There are so many needles everywhere. It really drives me nuts. I pulled away all the dead plants from the raingarden, the front beds, the side beds, and the one by the back door, as well as weeded where was needed. I am waiting to plant anything new for a couple more weeks. I know it may still get too cold at night for new ones. I have some bulbs that I purchased waiting to be planted and I still need to decide where I am going to plant them. We have a lot of places all over our yard that need some love! I am hoping to keep on with what I was doing last year and buying plants on sale and getting some from other people getting rid of them. We also need to do some work on the front and side yards where we removed our old fence from last summer. It needs to be re-graded and grass planted. I might move some hostas over to the side if I can’t get anymore cheaply.

Here are some photos I’ve taken this month.

Here are the ferns when they first started to come up. I took this photo on April 6th. I noticed about a week later that they had grown a TON. I was in total shock. I finally got around to taking another photo of them a couple days ago:

We got these ferns from my bro-in-law’s neighbors. When we planted them last year they looked nice for a few days but then looked pretty sad after that. I was really hoping they would look good this year and so far I am really happy! This is much better than the dirty river rock that was there!

Here are some of the hostas starting to come up. When they first appear they look like alien tentacles to me!

This is what it looked like when I transplanted some of the yarrow last summer to the side of the house, sort of on the corner:

And here’s what it looks like already this year:

And it will look a lot prettier when the white flowers appear.

Last but not least, here is what the garden by the back door looked like a few days ago before I removed the dead plants and weeded it:

Yeah. I was sort of dreading cleaning it up.

Here is what it looked like an hour and a half later:

There are still a couple of plants in there that I think might be weeds. Haha. I thought I’d give them a little bit before I decide. Once it is nice enough I will also plant some annuals on the border like I did last year. This is where I planted lilies, salvia, black-eyed susans, aster, and lambs ear.

Now I’m going to figure out my coupons and do some shopping. Happy weekend everyone!

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week 3.

I’m here to update you on Project 365. I’ve got 3 weeks worth of photos so far. I am sort of disappointed that I am not always able to have the good camera with me to get good shots, but at least I was able to use the point and shoot or my cell phone to catch other every day stuff. I wish I could always get creative or beautiful shots, but I guess my expectations can’t be that high! Hopefully I will get better and better at this.

Field trip to the MN Zoo, Psycho Suzi’s, babysitting Milton, Gospel Fest, Duluth, Meal List, Spring Yard Work.

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Today I…

After getting very little sleep, I woke up at 6:30AM, got ready, made our lunches, drank some coffee, packed up our backpacks, and was out the door. Trev made us eggs for breakfast and then dropped the dog off at the vet for his comprehensive exam.

We headed over to the school where one of our neighbors works, met our buddies that we were partnered up with, and headed out on a bus full of 4 and 5-year-olds for a trip to the Minnesota Zoo. My new little friend, Katelyn, chatted me up the entire bus ride. She said to me, “If I get lost, just remember this shirt, these pants, these shoes, and this jacket.” I told her she wouldn’t be getting lost. 🙂 She told me she had 6 sisters and 1 brother, that her family used to live in Laos. “You can’t drive to Laos. There’s a big ocean so you have to fly on a plane.” She talked all about her parents businesses, and how when she “gets big” she wants to cook, but her mom told her to be a doctor because then she can make lots of money and buy a house… The Zoo was a fun day, walking in our group with all of us adults holding little hands and answering questions from little voices. By 12:15 the kids were tired. Katelyn said to me, “My feet are broken. They don’t have any more gas.” ! On the bus ride back she poked me and said, “You’re nice to me,” and then a few minutes later fell asleep leaning on me.

After we got back Trev and I ran some errands, got some cheap Smoothie King smoothies with our groupon deal, and then picked up Cash from the vet and picked up some free treats at the PetSmart the pet hospital is connected to. We got home and I made a new recipe for dinner, pasta with garlicky roasted broccoli, and it turned out well. Trev and I just got back from the gym. I am TIRED!

Here are a few shots from today:


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Daily life

I am still continuing with Project 365. It’s been 2 whole weeks! I don’t know how I’ll make it an entire year, but I am really enjoying it so far. Do any of you have suggestions for good photo ideas?

Here are my photos for days 8-14 (which includes today).

a new recipe, Trevor delivering the Neighborhood Association newsletters to the bulk mailing office after we labeled and sealed them, visiting baby Cora for the first time, Special K bar fail, at the Sculpture Gardens, at church choir practice (cell phone sneak), Kyle & Trev playing video games with Cash chilling out.

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How fun is this?

Today I was mentioned over on the Colorbok blog.


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I just realized earlier today that we’ve had guests stay at our house for the weekend three weekends in a row now, and this weekend I’m going to Duluth with the choir for Gospel Fest. I’m tired.

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So many photos

I’ve been getting some scrapbooking done lately. Things don’t always look right when I scan them, and I never remember to take pictures during the day in good light, so I just took some photos tonight. I very rarely scrap during the day. I almost always feel the most creative in the evening. I am still working on photos from 2008 and continue to work on being more selective with the photos I print and scrap. I’ve been printing less and less from each event or day, but every year I take more and more photos! It seems like every year we have more going on than the last (although amazingly this summer isn’t already all scheduled for us like the last two were).

Here are some of the layouts I’ve done in the past couple of weeks:

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