Thursday, October 15, 2009

oh my goodness

hello friends! i hope this post finds you and yours healthy, safe and well!

i have lots to share and will never get it all done in one post- so go on & get a beverage then come back & hang with me for a bit- we have lots of catchin' up to do!

first up as you know, our daughter started 'real' school this year- 5 half days/week of preK2 at private school. her teacher is wonderful and we all just love her. here's some pics of her ready to leave on her very first day in mid-August (dd was still 4):

at the end of her first week, we got a little crafty with the Hello Teacher Printable Kit ($6 from House of 3) and made our own patterned paper.we used our paper to wrap a giant chocolate bar. the kit has lots of cute journaling spots and sweet kid faces that we combined to make a cute tag- it's such a fun kit! here's a peek:
sorry for the crummy phone pic though ;)

i was the member of the month over at ScrappyTimes for August- i got to play along with an awesome card sketch challenge and help out on the forum boards with some questions of the day- it's a fun group of scrappers over there! Then in Sept, i was their Guest DT member and got to participate with a LO based on one of Jacqueline's (ST founder) amazing sketches:

supplies used: Patterned Papers, letter & number stickers, chipboard accents & photo corners, journaling spots: Scenic Route, Chipboard '5': Basic Grey, Studio line acrylic paint by Claudine Hellmuth (in Dash of red), red tulle ribbon (Heidi Swapp),
office store tag, white galaxy marker.

right now on the ScrappyTimes forum there's a fun Halloween challenge going on - so come & play!

As you can see, Sept also brought DD's 5th Birthday! almost every year, we head out to our favorite place- San Diego, CA for a few days of RR & Sea World to celebrate it's always a birthday weekend-gotta love that! this year, Chris' little brother Florin came with us- he was thrilled to have a surfin' buddy ;) Here's a few highlights:
of course we hit the beach:

while the boys surfed alone another day, we went to the world famous San Diego Zoo:

the next day, we all went to Sea World for the big birthday celebration!
we dined with Shamu and had a chance to talk with trainers-check out how close we were:

after dinner- there was cake of course- here's the big wish:

the eels are always a favorite- this one was particularly loved for the bump on his nose:

we had an awesome trip-wish it could've been longer!
ok- i don't want to try & cram anymore into one post-next one to follow shortly!
missin' ya! {{GIANT HUGS}}

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