Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Misc August Scrapbook Pages

credits: Studio Mix 6: Bring Autumn Magic In with Lorie Davison, Natali, and Ztampf!; font: TXT Annesia, TXT Brush Script

My grandparents through the years from their wedding to just before my grandfather passed away. Al&Pat credits: Post Script Master Collection by Maya at scrapbookgraphics.com; font: LD Abe Lincoln

Just documenting the kids' 'loves' and 'hates' in the food department these days.JustEatIt-Aug2011 journaling: I really don’t have a reason to complain about my kids’ eating habits. For the most part, they eat without complaint whatever is put in front of them. Each of them has their ‘loves’ and ‘hates’ though, and it can be hard to appease everyone at every meal.
at scrapbookgraphics: Bethany Harty-
Food Wordart and Food 4 Wordart, Thaty Borges- Cooking Time with Kristin Aagard, Cooking Time Veggies, Flergs- Welcome to Paradise (shell); Pamela Donnis- What's For Dinner, Fiesta Elements (soft taco), Peanut Butter and Jelly; Happy USA by Shabby Miss Jenn (flag); Say Cheese by Kaye Winieki at TLP (cheese); font: CK Becky

journaling: The club season kicks into high gear at the beginning of January when FIRST announces what the competition challenge is for the year. The kids then have 6 weeks to design and build a robot that can accomplish the designated tasks in a 2 minute and 15 second period. “Bag and Tag” day was February 22, and no work was allowed on the robot after that until they unpacked it in the pit area of the regional competition the club was attending. We celebrated the end of build season with a potluck and a robot viewing to which family members and representatives from the corporate sponsors were invited. At the end of the evening the robot was sealed in a large plastic bag in the engineering lab where it waited until the Denver regional competition weekend in April.
credits: Bryan's Bots, Bryan's Bots- Graphic Splats, and Bryan's Bots- Clusters by Saxon Holt at 9thandBloom.com
font: CK Constitution, Century Gothic


journaling: It’s an Easter morning tradition in our church to arrive early and share breakfast with each other potluck-style. The tables are always beautifully decorated with spring and Easter decor make a pretty setting  for the plates heaped with egg casserole, breads of all varieties and fresh fruit. It’s a wonderful start to the day's celebrations of Christ’s resurrection.
credits: by Natali Design at scrapbookgraphics.com: Joyful Easter Bundle and My Favorite Season (postcard altered to make photo frame);
font: FO Uptown Girl Lowfat, Harting

Brenna’s Tap 5 class with Ms. Cindy. I’m so proud of her as she passed this class and moved up to Tap 4 this summer. She has her older sisters’ knack for tapping too it seems ;)

journaling: Brenna’s first year of tap with Ms. Cindy on Saturday mornings. Her friends Brieylle and Riley were in the class too. They danced to “Safety Dance” from Glee.
credits: by Redju at scrapbookgraphics.com:
Black Textures Vol. 2, Real Stitches Vol. 8, Paper Flowers Vol. 3, Sequin Spills Vol. 2, Texture Overlays Vol. 6- Twisted Starbursts, Sequin Strings, 3D Alpha Template;Templates 169 and 213 by Yin Designs; font: Natural Script
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Yep, still have Savannah pages that need to be done :P I finally figured out what to use for these pages on the churches we visited.  Savannah_churches-2pg
journaling: The churches of Savannah are a big part of the walking tour around the historic town. The steeples tower above the live oaks of the town squares. The first day I walked Savannah the churches were not open to the public, but we were able to go inside a few days later. The beautiful stained glass windows are pieces of art. The history and architecture of the churches are so different from the churches of the western states, much more reminiscent of the churches we saw in Europe.
credits: at scrapbookgraphics: Christina Renee Designs:
Authentic Artistry 3, Artistic Accumulation Faith; Lorelei Murphy: Blended Templates Bundle 2
font: Garamond


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You Can’t Hurry Love – tap duet 2010-11

I really enjoy watching my girls dance together. Last year was their second year doing a tap duet together for competition. As they moved up another tap level, we chose to work with the new tap teacher, Nicole Ridenour, this year. They chose the song “Can’t Hurry Love” by The Dixie Chicks from the movie “Runaway Bride.” It was traditional enough for Beth, with just enough country twang in it to satisfy Carissa.

You can't take video yourself at these competitions, which forces you to buy their copy. So, to make this I played the DVD on my TV and recorded it with my video camera. I'm learning that the video camera doesn't like low ambience lighting with bright stage lights- it just doesn't compensate very well and the people tend to be a bit blown out. oh well. Also, the tap mikes at the competition weren't working very well that day so you can hardly hear the taps on the video- boo! especially since I only bought tap routines for the 3 girls that day :P It will give you the idea of it though. Beth and Carissa earned an Elite Gold medal at Legacy this year- good job girls! Carissa had sprained her left ankle pretty severely shortly after DEA in March, and we weren’t sure it was going to be healed in time for her to dance well at this competition at the end of April. It was still a bit sore, but she pushed through it and did well.

They didn’t have their own photographer at Legacy this year, which was a bummer since I was hoping to buy their photos, as I didn’t think the photographer at DEA got very good ones and didn’t buy them. My camera had started acting funny with the flash going off constantly which caused shutter delays and other weird things and I didn’t know what was going on. I kept taking pictures though hoping to get at least a few good ones in the smaller school auditorium this time, and luckily did get a few.

journaling: Beth and Carissa did their second tap duet with Nicole Ridenour as the choreographer since they moved up another level in tap technique. It was a more traditional style of tap dance this year to “Can’t Hurry Love” by the Dixie Chicks.They danced well at DEA but we were disappointed with the silver medal they were awarded. Carissa twisted her ankle the week after DEA, and even dancing at the next competition wasn’t certain. She was doing better though by the end of April and they were thrilled with earning an Elite Gold medal at this second competition.
credits: Studio Mix 7- Charleston Avenue by Tangie Baxter, Christina Renee, Berna Datema and Rebecca McMeen; B-sides: Swanky Extras, Almost Solids, Splatter Graffiti, Dolled Up Alphas; Layered templates by Dutchie (retired)
font: TXT Monique, TXT Romanesque

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Look out, there are 2 more teenagers in our house

Elizabeth and Carissa have officially begun their teenage years now. We celebrated their 13th birthday with a big movie night themed slumber party. 15 friends from both school and dance invaded our home for the evening, and it was a blast. I’m very thankful that my girls have good friends who can all get along for an extended period of time in close quarters.

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journaling: We celebrated Beth & Carissa’s 13th birthday with a movie themed slumber party. We ate hot dogs, pizza, cake and candy with handmade sodas from Squeak Soda Shop.There was a talent show, movie themed games, and of course watching movies- Phantom of the Opera and Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp.
credits: Movie Night by Kate Hadfield and Holly Griego at The-LilyPad, Template 150 by Yin Designs; font: CK June Bug Louise

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Elizabeth and Carissa helped me make the popcorn bucket cake this year. Specifically, they cut all of the marshmallows that were used to represent the popcorn by hand for me the night before the party. I then sprayed them just a bit with Wilton’s yellow spray food coloring, tossed them a bit and sprayed them a bit more.
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Sarah helped me out the next afternoon after she got home from kindergarten by adding the ‘popcorn’ to the top of the cupcakes for me. She was very meticulous and made sure that all of them were covered completely.   We had just enough marshmallows left in the bowl to do the cupcakes. Of course we had to spray them with just a bit more ‘butter’ to finish them off.2011_0812_B&C-13thbday-7 2011_0812_B&C-13thbday-8 2011_0812_B&C-13thbday-12

The big indulgence we had at the party this year was a dozen flavors of hand-made soda from Squeak Soda Shop. I picked out fruity flavors (since we have liked those the best of what we have tried at our visits), and sent the owner some labels designed after the invitation style so that they matched our party theme. The sodas were a hit with everyone. We love Squeak Soda Shop! Food fare to go along with the fancy sodas was hot dogs, pizza, 4 flavors of popcorn and many varieties of candy.2011_0811-SqueakSoda-12011_0812_B&C-13thbday-29
{The third label design not matching the invitation was made using Movie Night by Kate Hadfield and Holly Griego, and Cinemania by Lauren Grier and Mandabean at Sweet Shoppe Designs}

For entertainment at the party, besides watching movies of course, Carissa ran a talent show in the living room and Beth worked with me on putting together a movie trivia game during the days before the party. When I was designing the soda labels for Squeak to use, I thought it would be neat to have people try and identify a movie based off of the title font. Since most 13 and 14 year olds aren’t too familiar with fonts though, I figured we had better give them a bit more of a clue. Beth found lots of movie title fonts and then wrote out a one sentence summary of the main plot of the movie in the font. The girls had to identify each of the movies from the clues. We posted several copies in strategic spots around the house and gave them about an hour to take turns looking at them. I think the winning number for the game was 28 out of 31, which is pretty good I think since there were a few movies on the list I wasn’t sure they would have seen.2011_0813_B&C-13thbday-63 2011_0813_B&C-13thbday-64 2011_0813_B&C-13thbday-65

So, the girls golden birthday year started off with a successful party. Happy birthday, Elizabeth and Carissa! We love you and are blessed to have you in our family. I hope the next year is filled with wonderful memories!

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