Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bible Journaling

So recently I have discovered Bible Journaling and thought this might be a fun way to continue and strengthen my Faith journey.  I looked for ideas on Pinterest (and there are a LOT of them out there) and bought a few know, because I didn't have enough craft supplies already.

And...pinned more and more ideas, but the thought of starting was very intimidating.  Well, I finally found my motivation one day.  A co-worker's grand-daughter was having a 13 hour surgery to remove a tumor from her abdomen, so when I got home from work I found a verse and prayed for her while I worked on my creation.

It was a beautiful I gathered all my supplies and moved my creativity outside.

I did end up using a lot of my scrapbook supplies, but also picked up some basic crayons and colored pencils too.

As you can see, I did purchase a special Bible that is intended for note taking, etc.

This page I used rub on letters for most of the title and the butterfly was a stamp that I colored in with colored pencils.

Now that I actually got started I am looking forward to making entries every so often.

And just an update...the surgery went good and she is still taking chemo and has a stem cell transplant next month, so the prayers for her will continue.  She is a fighter...

I have another friend that was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  I love you Alma and will be praying for you and your family.

Let's just say CANCER SUCKS!!!!!

No One Fights ALONE!!!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Yellow Ombre'

Hope stayed all night with my sister and her cousins...Annie and Ally a few weekends ago.  She helped them clean out a closet in the basement and they gave her a bed comforter.  So on our way home, Hope decided she wanted to paint her room now that we had the bed spread.  I asked what color she wanted and she knew she wanted yellow and that she wanted to do an ombre' technique.

Now this is when I would say...Joe and Hope watch TOO MUCH HGTV!

Well, I knew my plans for relaxing on the deck and reading a book were no more once Hope got the idea to paint her I just went with it.

I started looking at pinterest for tips on how to paint an ombre' wall technique and off to Menards we went to get paint.

I forgot to get a good BEFORE picture, but basically it was just builder neutral beige.

Hope did a great job helping...mostly because I wasn't going to let her enjoy her weekend relaxing if I wasn't going to get to do it too.  LOL!

And now for the AFTER photo...

I was actually pretty impressed with how good the ombre' turned out, although next time I would probably choose colors with more variation in between.

Eventually, Hope is wanting to get a loft bed, so for now her mattress is on the floor because she also wanted to downsize from her full size to a twin mattress.  We have been watching to see if we can find any on Craig's list; however, Hope has been looking at ideas on Pinterest and has some BIG ideas for Joe to build one.  LOL!

We may finish off her room as part of her Christmas present.  So that leads me into sharing some Christmas cards.

Hopefully I will be back again before Christmas.  LOL!


Friday, September 23, 2016


When your child moves on to a new chapter in life, you never know how things are going to go.  Hope was nervous to go to Middle School, but was also excited.  She had the typical worries...What if I can't get my locker open?  What if I get lost moving to my next class?

Of course both of these things happened, but she worked through them and SURVIVED!  :)

And wouldn't you know it...she ended up with a top locker (considering she is vertically challenged). LOL!  This was open house night before school started, so she could practice opening her locker.  She got it on the first try and then the two other times it didn't work.  With a LOT of practice, she finally has it down.

This was the first day of school

This year she rides the bus with other Middle and High School kids.  When I was the only mom at the bus stop that morning, she leaned over to me and said " have to GO!" through her gritted teeth.  So I got the first day of school/bus picture as it pulled up.  

Middle School has been going GREAT!  She has been enjoying her independence by using the library to get her homework done.  We haven't had a fight about homework since the first day of school.

She is enjoying the ala carte options at lunch and breakfast too...on some days TOO MUCH!  Joe put $50 in her lunch account before school started and after 6 days she had gone through almost all of it.   She was eating breakfast at home and at school...along with multiple snacks, dessert and fancy drinks! It was time to set up the limits on her account!  

Tonight is she stayed after school for the school events with her friends.

Joe took them to the game, but they didn't stay too long.  They left just before half time.  They wanted to come home and watch movies.  

Since we are talking a few school layouts I completed recently...

...and just some random cards.

Since I am doing some catching up on here...hopefully, I will have another post soon!  That is my goal for this weekend!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Up, up and AWAY!

So on a random day a few weeks ago I received a text...Do you want to volunteer with us at the National Balloon Classic?  We will help inflate the balloon, etc.

Me:  Sure.

LOL!  The text was from my neighbor Michelle.  She works for Wells Fargo and they were looking for another couple to help volunteer to be on the crew to help get the balloon launched and then chase and help get it back in the van, etc.  There was mention of possibly getting to ride, but I had ZERO expectations of getting to go up in the balloon.

We arrived at 5:45 AM...yep, before the sun came up!  LOL!

Most of the racing balloons drove off and launched from a location away from the field.  They were competing to throw bags at a target on the main field.  Since we were helping with an exhibition balloon, we launched from the main field, along with 3 other balloons that you could PAY to ride in a balloon.

Since my neighbor works for Wells Fargo, that is the balloon we were helping to launch.

This is Michelle and Joe holding the opening of the balloon, so it could inflate with air before we added the heat.

Below, you can see a "lump" inside the balloon.  That was the pilot.  She had gone in under the balloon to untangle some of the ropes.

So, there were riders scheduled to go up in the balloon...BUT they didn't show up.  So she was going to let part of the crew go up.  I had already flown in a balloon years ago, so I gave up my chance for those that had not flown before.  Eventually, we let Michelle and Jeff (the other WF employee who had helped the weekend before) go up in the balloon.

She was a little freaked out, but I think once she got up there had a great time!

So the pilot had mentioned that if she could find a place to land, she would and trade out riders.  I had ZERO expectations that this would happen.  However, she proved me WRONG!

She decided to land in the ditch along Highway 65 (in the ditch).  Michelle and Jeff jumped out and Joe and I jumped in.   It was just a peaceful as I remembered it the first time.

As we took off, we could see the other balloons up in the air and were following in the same direction.

The pilot was very considerate of her surroundings.  She would stay higher up when flying over any animals, so the flame wouldn't scare them and cause them to run and injure themselves.

The technology used in ballooning was pretty cool to see.  In the chase van we had an app that could track where each of us were and how fast the balloon was traveling and the roads we needed to navigate to stay ahead of the balloon.  Kevin, Michelle's husband (that didn't want to go up in the balloon) did a great job navigating!

She also had an i-pad in the balloon that indicating places not recommended to land, DO NOT land and then areas that were options for landing.  However, we mostly used our vision to locate a great place to land.  

We landed in a yard along a gravel road.  The residence were not home when we first landed, but since we were able to get the balloon deflated and put back in the van, etc without damaging the yard, we decided to proceed.  By the time we were finished the owners came home and signed the necessary paperwork allowing us permission to land.  They were pretty excited we had landed in their yard and were disappointed they had missed us.

Above is a photo of the top opened up and letting the hot air out of the balloon to get it deflated.

Overall, it was a lot of fun.  It was just luck that we actually got to ride in the balloon.  Even if we had not been able to ride, it still would have been a great experience!

So, as are some random (FUN) cards to enjoy and a Summer themed layout too!

Alright...until next time (whenever that will be).  LOL!