Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Show Dance Performances

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I finally figured out how to share some of the videos I took during a few of the performances the girls had in December.

Youth Tap - Nuttin’ For Christmas

Petite Ballet – Sugar Plum Fairy

Dolls, group 4 – Frosty the Snowman

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Monday, December 06, 2010

November Wrap-Up

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ThanksgivingDinner2010 journaling: We spent Thanksgiving at home this year- the first time in many years. Mark made the turkey, cranberry
sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy and squash while Melinda made green bean casserole, stuffing, spoonbread, sweet potatoes, and of course pumpkin pie. It was nice to enjoy the day together at a relaxed pace.
credits: by Michelle Coleman at LittleDreamerDesigns: Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Day Sample; Template by Aly Hall from Cookies 4 Kids 2010 at; by Pixel Works: File It Under (retired); By Kate Hadfield: Heavy Duty Staples (retired); Kristin Aagard: Happy Haunters Alpha (blog freebie)
fonts: CK Invitation

It was quite the holiday weekend, to say the least.  Let's see if I can keep the weekend events to short novel-length :P

We had a 5 day weekend respite from all activities because of the holiday and I was looking forward to sleeping in Wednesday. I woke up to the sound of the vacuum cleaner running and the first floor of the house totally turned upside down. I spent the afternoon after getting the SBG spotlight posted trying to make some semblance of order out of the mess of my LR just so I could walk around. The big thing that DH did was move my big computer armoire I use for my paper scrapping supplies into the main LR area next to the table that I now use for my digital scrapping stuff. Of course to do that he had to empty it, as it weighs a ton by itself not to mention the ton of supplies that were packed into it. He took the kids out for lunch and I opted not to go so I could keep working and I had to run to the library to pick up a bunch of books for Carissa that had come in. He was gone a lot longer than I expected and when he did finally come home he told me to get in the car and come with him while the kids stayed at home. Not really knowing what to expect I just did what he asked and went with him. He took me to a big furniture store on the other side of town and told me we were picking out new furniture for the family room. So we did- a new couch big enough to seat all 7 of us at the same time, a tv console for all of the electronics sitting on the floor and table we were currently using, and a trunk-coffee table piece. We arranged for it to be delivered on Saturday.

We spent Thanksgiving at home, just us. That was fine, it was nice to stay home. DH helped cook so the day was pretty relaxed. In between cooking we worked on the house. I cleaned out the closet containing all of my old Creative Memories product, freeing it up for other scrapbook supplies I was keeping. I sent off an email to a consultant I still give referrals to asking if she would help me sell it. I had decided this summer it was time to get rid of the vast majority of it- most I had kept originally after quitting being a consultant intending to finish up some albums I had started and some other projects- but I hadn't really figured out what I was going to do to get rid of it and not feel like it was a total waste of good supplies and money. After not getting to any of it in all of these years it was time to admit I wasn't going to do them and let it go, hopefully getting at least some of the $ back I had invested in it. DH and I spent a couple of hours after the kids went to bed planning where we were going and what we were going to get during the Black Friday sales the next morning.

In the wee-hours after only a couple of hours of sleep we got up and headed out to try and get the items we wanted. After bombing out at the first store we went to because we weren't going to stand in line inside the store just to find out they didn't have what we wanted for one of the kids, we spent 45 minutes standing in line in the freezing cold at an electronics store. DH got his surround-sound system and I got the video camera I wanted at this store without too much drama- only had to have the manager figure out why it wasn't giving us the free movie disc burner we were supposed to get with the video camera. Our next stop was Target – and we got what we wanted in a short amount of time. Out in the parking lot the inconsiderate person parked next to us left their shopping cart right in back of our van instead of walking it back to the cart return- we saw them do it and then leave. It was maybe 5:30 at this point- still dark and we were starting to feel the lack of sleep. After putting the cart in the return I dashed back to the van to put the newly purchased item in my hand in the back since DH had it open for what he was carrying. He didn't notice me at the edge of the van and slammed the back door down on top of me- the door hit me on the left back side of my head and pushed the right side of my face into the back edge of the van- big huge ouch! I was seeing stars. If I hadn't had my glasses on I'm sure it would have been worse. Miraculously my glasses weren't damaged- investing some extra into the super-flexible metal frames was worth it this time for sure. We had a couple more stops, and while my head was hurting it wasn't horrible so we went on. Our last stop was Staples an hour later where I was looking for PSE9- a bust in the store, but it didn't take long to find that out at least. They might have had more copies since all they had on the shelf were empty demo boxes for all of the software, but no one was available who might have been able to check for me. So we headed home and I checked out their website and just ordered it online for the same price with free shipping- that works too LOL

I took some ibuprofen and headed back to bed for a nice long nap just as the first of the kids were getting up. I pretty much was fighting a massive headache all day on Friday, especially over my right eye where I had hit the side of the van. A few hours later I was starting to sport a nice black eye, which wasn't a surprise.

We put up the Christmas tree and decorated the fireplace mantle Friday- had to get the boxes put up again since they were were the new furniture was going the next morning. I helped Bryce rake up the last of the tree leaves in the yard Friday afternoon too. The couch and tv console were delivered Saturday afternoon, later than expected. The trunk we bought was damaged when the guys loaded the truck so we didn't accept that one. They brought the replacement piece Monday morning. I've tried to keep plugging away at the mess and it is actually down a lot, but there is still a lot to get through. I need to do some more weeding and tossing. The new couch is nice, it is nice to have enough room for everyone to sit down on furniture instead of half of us being on the floor when we watch movies together.

All in all, the weekend was pretty good. I had been thinking it would be nice to have my scrapping armoire next to my computer table for a little while, but I hadn't mentioned it to DH as the amount of work to move it was daunting- still is even at about 80% through the whole process. At least I am getting to the end of it, finally.

Bryce had a jazz band concert on November 10 and his first cornet recital November 21. I videoed his songs from the recital with my ipod so I could show them. He did really well!

Bryce playing Ballad in Blue by Robert Girlamo. November 21, 2010. Mark is accompanying him on the piano.

and his second piece was a duet with his teacher, Greg Arnold. They played Blue Skies by Irving Berlin.

Here are some pages I did in November- a few from November’s events and some from older dates- the usual mix ;)

credits: Srsly Stoked by Kim Jensen and Kate Hadfield at and; Learning to Sew V2 by Pamela Donnis; template by Roadside Designs for Weeds & Wildflowers Designs template challenge
fonts: TXT Scribbletti

journaling: This November afternoon was filled with Thanksgiving activities- making quick costumes for Brenna & Sarah so they could dress up for AWANA that evening, baking mini pumpkin pies to share, and collecting canned food from friends for the Care and Share food drive at school.
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
Basic Buds Vol1 by Buttercup Designs, Everyday 365 Kit Collection (November, solids, flair, and Word Bits) by Baers Garten
fonts: Typewriter

A page about DH's short-lived stint in the Navy.
credits: by Pixel Works at
Always Remember Papers, Always Remember Elements & Alphas, Soldier Stuff Addon, waves from Where Are We? (retired) ; fonts: Typewriter

credits: Impressions of Comfort Home by the Studio Girls at; fonts: CK Heritage

Title page for my 2010 album.
Everyday 365 Kits Collection by Baers Garten at scrapbookgraphics;
font: CK Cursive

credits: by Re Kneipp at Color My World with Damayanti Designs and Have a Nice Day Templates; fonts: MA Sexy

journaling: There’s nothing quite like getting a brand new box of markers to use. One of Sarah’s favorite things to do is draw and color- in coloring books or on pieces of scratch paper where anything she can imagine comes to life. One of my favorite ‘everyday gifts’ is a new picture drawn just for me by Sarah.
credits: at by Dawn Inskip, Clustered 1-4 by Dutchie for The Lab, Metallicalpha Collection by Flergs; fonts: CK Handprint

credits: by Dianne Rigdon at Now I Lay, Journalique Elements (crochet lace), retired: Summer Living Pink Lemonade (ric rac), Little Buddies Glitters; portrait by Roseanne Miske Photography
fonts: Cezanne

journaling: Brenna takes ballet, tap and jazz dance classes each week, but her favorite by far is ballet. Her toes are always pointed just so, even without a teacher’s reminder. The audience can tell that she really feels the music and tries to interpret it with her movements, a skill that is hard to teach. She loves the music, the precision, the movements, and of course, the pretty tutus she gets to wear. She is a beautiful ballerina already, and I look forward to watching her improve as she learns more in years to come!
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
Ballet Recital by Dawn Inskip, Sketch Collection 34 by Jen Caputo ; fonts: SP Wonderful Wendy

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October Wrap-Up

Yeah, yeah, I know I’m way behind. I can’t keep up with everything these days. All of the hours at the dance place really cut into my computer time. So, here’s a quick run-down of what all happened in October.

Sarah turned 5. My cake lover got 2 cakes- a smaller store-bought one to eat on her actual day, and then another bigger cake in the theme for her party which happened the next day. She had a garden party with ladybugs and fairies for her theme this year.


The maple tree in the front yard turned its beautiful, fiery red. We had two cases of strep run through the house in the twins 2.5 weeks apart, probably picked up at dance on separate occasions. 


Costume week, the week leading up to Halloween, at dance is always lots of fun. I took pictures of as many of the classes as I could- even ones my kids weren’t in because it is just fun to see everyone in costume :) 

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Brenna showing her ‘monster face’ in jazz class- they learned a small dance to part of the song ‘This is Halloween’ from Nightmare Before Christmas during this class.
Brenna and her jazz teacher, Ms. Emily.2010_1029_TDC-costumeweek-8-w
Ms. Rozanne donned her usual black witch costume for her ballet classes. 2010_1030_TDC-costumeweek-7-w
Even Ms. Cindy got into the spirit this year and dressed up for classes- she was an OSU cheerleader for tap class on Saturday morning.2010_1030_TDC-costumeweek-8-w

Brenna and her best buds at the 2nd grade Halloween party.2010_1029_Brenna-2ndgradeHalloweenParty-11-w
and here they are ready to go out trick-or-treating Sunday evening. Sarah was insistent on wearing the string wig that came with the Dora costume even though it was a little too small and incredibly difficult to keep on. I tried to convince her that her hair matched Dora’s without the wig, but she wasn’t buying it LOL Brenna loved the sparkly Minnie Mouse costume I found this summer at the Libert’s garage sale, and then she loved it even more when I found the red sparkly shoes to go with it. Beth and Carissa purchased their own costumes with birthday money this year, and Bryce was a ninja.2010_1031_Halloween-14-w
Our pumpkins for the year. These first 2 are the ones that Beth and I carved with Brenna and Sarah’s help, and the second 2 are ones that Beth and Carissa carved at a church youthgroup meeting.2010_1031_Halloween-46-w2010_1027_Halloween-B&C-pumpkins-6-w 

Halloween2010  journaling: We had lots of Halloween fun this year- pom pom bats, owls and pumpkins crafting, carving real pumpkins, dressing up all week at dance classes, and of course trick-or--treating Halloween night in the neighborhood. Kaylie P, Courtney H and Kaylee H rounded out the trick-or-treat crew from our block.
Everyday 365 Kits Collection (October, solids and flair) by Baers Garten at scrapbookgraphics; Collection 32 by Jen Caputo; fonts: Arial

and my roundup of the rest of the pages I scrapped during the month.Brenna_HappyApple_9-1-06
Brenna enjoying a fresh apple right off of the tree at a local apple farm in 2006.
credits: by Pixel Works at
Autumn Fresh Papers and Autumn Fresh Elements, Kitschy Stitchy Fall Doodles (grass); by Pixel Works, retired: Melt My Heart (stitched border), Wild Hearts (single stitch), My Beloved with Rachel Young (tag with string); brush strokes by Michelle Coleman, I Can See Clearly by Misty Cato; fonts: SP Wonderful Wendy

A rare family picture with everone in it!
credits: at by Pixel Works:
Autumn Fresh Papers and Autumn Fresh Elements, by Amy Martin: Hodgity Podgity; fonts: SP Wonderful Wendy
journaling: It was the first year that Elizabeth and Carissa had plans for Halloween that didn’t include family. Their friend Brooke had a Halloween party and then took them trick-or-treating. They had lots of fun, but Mama missed having them with us during the holiday evening.
credits: by Pixel Works at Eerie-Sistable
Papers and Elements, Irrevocably in Love Alpha; fonts: Spring

Journaling: Halloween week at The Dance Center is one of the kids favorites because they are allowed, even encouraged, to wear their costumes to class all week. Even the big girls and teachers dress up. Brenna had more fun picking out a different costume for each of her classes. She had to make up a ballet class, so she went to Ms. Rosanne's pre-ballet the day before Halloween and wore a princess costume. Ms. Rosanne dressed up as a black witch with a lovely large hat, twig broomstick parked outside the door and a sign proclaiming that "the Witch is in".
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
Mansion Masquerade {Quadruple Collab}, Clusters and Splatters, and Mixed Media Add-on by Tangie Baxter, DeCrow Designs, Sahlin Designs and Brit-tish Designs; PreFABs25-28 by The Lab; fonts: TXT Altius
Brenna loves ballet and tells me she wants to do en pointe someday. She has many years of hard work ahead of her, but I know she can do it!
The Poet's Keepsake by Lorie Davison at; portrait by Jen Ulsawiecz Photography; fonts: Pushkin

GoldenSmile_9-26-09 credits: at Smile.Laugh.Play and Smile.Laugh.Play Extra Papers by Flergs, by Wendyzine: Shadows and Borders 2 Brown and Warp It
fonts: SP Wonderful Wendy

credits: by Pixel Works at The-LilyPad: {Her} Story Papers, Vintage Papers and Frames, Vintage Ransom Alpha, Love Blooms Here (red button), Irrevocably in Love (rose), Bits and Baubles (blue rose), My Beloved with Rachel Young (green button); Cinnamon Toasted (leaf) by Amy Wolffe at The-LilyPad; Template Pack 2 by Lili (blog freebie)

And I scrapped quite a few pages about myself as well. I do love that since I have gone digital with my scrapping that I have time to record my own memories. When I was paper scrapping, I spent a large part of my time making scrapbooks for the various grandparents for Christmas.While I loved making the albums for them it really limited the amount of time I had to get other projects done. With digital scrapping I can make a page once and just have 3 or 4 copies made of it when I have the printing done- love that!Melinda_10thBirthday1981
The one picture I have of my 10th birthday celebration.
Squared PreFABs by Dutchie at The Lab at scrapbookgraphics; by Christina Renee: It's Your Birthday, url=]Patched With Love[/url], Ultimate Art Collection (paper), Shabby Stitchin

journaling: I’m the first to admit that my memory is just a bit too full these days with 5 childrens’ schedules to keep track of. If I don’t write things down, then they are quickly lost to the sands of time. That is why I scrapbook- to record the bits and pieces of our daily lives that would otherwise be forgotten. I’m not much for diary keeping, but I love combining photos, art and words to express myself and my feelings. It’s one way I show how much those around me, mean to me.
Journalique Kit by Dianne Rigdon at 2PeasInABucket
fonts: SP Wonderful Wendy
journaling: One of my favorite genres of books to read is murder mysteries. I’m very fond of vampire and werewolf stories too. Reading about blood and guts, killings and other gruesome things doesn’t bother me most of the time. Don’t ask me to watch a horror movie though, because I won’t do it. I avoid movie channels and the theater during the month of October because of the prevalence of scary movies where evil people or creatures are out to get everyone. They give me nightmares, and that is something I can do without. Maybe it is because generating the pictures to go with the words myself inside my head makes it not so scary?
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
Impressions of Fright by The Studio Girls, by Lorie Davison: Don't Eat Worms World (stool, books), Before the First Snow (Raven, ink splatter), by Wendyzine: Creative Fusion Once Upon a Time Storybook Template
fonts: Pushkin, CK Becky

For the September 2010 Journaling challenge at The-LilyPad. I totally lifted Robin's "Just Hit Play" page when I got stumped for a few letters of the "ABC's of me" list I was originally working on.
at TLP: Kaye Winieki- Click to Scrap, Template Set 28; Kate Hadfield- Music Doodles, iRobot with Kaye Winieki; Jacque Larsen- Mismatch Type; Jenna Desai- Doodle Frames and Masks #2;
iPod Nano and headphones from Academic Overload High School Doodles by Tracey Monette at scrapbook-elements, notes overlay by Ellie Lash from Bring On the Music Collab (retired)
fonts: LD Beatnik, CK Journaling Condensed

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

SBG Santa Brings Goodies Blog Train Stop #4B

Wheeee! The SBG Santa Brings Goodies Blog Train stops here at my little spot on the web today!  Beginning Dec 1 and every day until Christmas, the Scrapbookgraphics’ Designers and Crew are hosting some special goodies on the Santa Brings Goodies blog train. Be sure to check the train each day for your free download(s).

Here is my gift to you- a template and a QP  made with a mix of all of the pieces that the designers are sharing this month. I’ve made two versions of the QP and you can pick which one you want. If you’re like me and still have a few photos on your HD from last year that need scrapping, I made a 2009 version to share. For those that are looking ahead in anticipation of the photos yet to be taken this month, I also made a 2010 version.


Here’s my version of the completed page.


You can DL my goodies here:

template --- 2009 QP ---- 2010 QP

Today is a double stop day, so make sure to head to Jenn’s blog (Studio True Blue) to grab her beautiful gift as well.


The blog train started on Studio Flergs’ Flergalicious blog, so head on over and grab your first freebie if you haven’t collected it yet, and then enjoy the ride all month long! Thanks for stopping by and have a very merry Christmas and happy new year!

and for your December 5th stop, head to Wendyzine’s blog. She has a fabulous goodie for you too!WendyTag

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