Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love is in the Air

Well, look at that, I was motivated to blog again today.

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and really it usually isn't a big day we celebrate.  I had planned to make Joe and Hope a nice dinner for once.  Yeah, been lacking in that department quite often lately.  So they suggested spaghetti.

I had the day off, so I got groceries and planned for a few extras with our meal.  I had planned on chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert.

Hope had different plans...she decided to make dinner for joe and I.  She "made" me go spend time in my scrapbook room while she prepared everything.

She also went the extra mile and made a chocolate cake from scratch.  I didn't even know that I had the ingredients in the cabinets to make chocolate cake (and frosting) from scratch.  LOL!


She must have been paying attention during all those cooking competition shows, because she even plated our meals for us.    It turned out to be a pretty good night, even though I ended up cleaning up the mess.  

Well, keeping it short, since not much else has gone on between yesterday and today...











Happy Valentine's Day to my loves...Joe and Hope!

Love,

Darla




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Birthday Season!

Yep, you know the drill...where have I been.  Well, sometime you feel like blogging...and sometimes you don't.

Each new year brings birthday season for our family.  Hope turned 13 in January...this MIGHT explain why I don't always feel like blogging.  LOL!

I went to get my license renewed this morning and had that realization that next year I would be returning for Hope to get her permit to drive.  YIKES!!!

Anyway, even though I haven't been blogging, doesn't mean I haven't been busy creating.  I actually have finished up a LOT of cards and layouts.  So here are a some recent layouts to share...

Well, this layout was fun to think about Spring will (hopefully) be on its way soon!  For many years, Hope and I have put together several areas out front of fairy gardens.  It is something fun for us to do together and lets me "believe" in fairies!  ;)


This layout documented a trip to the Iowa State Fair.


Hope has been in several plays at a local playhouse.  This was one of my favorites!  



This is a school layout of a right of passage for Hope.


As I have mentioned before, I don't usually document individual activities during the summer, but usually create a summary layout of multiple summer activities.  This one covered 2015.


And this layout has been waiting to be created for nearly 4 years.  LOL!  And it was likely the quickest layout I have created in years.


This is another layout that has been planned out for quite some time, but took me some time to actually be inspired to execute the idea I had in mind.  Originally, I had planned to sew the heart, but ultimately decided to cut it out of paper and elevate it for dimension.  It was kind of fun to find various items to fill the heart surrounding my family that I LOVE.


And of course, as I mentioned above, there were a few recent birthdays, mine included!! So here are some celebratory cards to share...







Well, I still have a LOT more layouts and cards to share.  Who knows when I will show up next!

Darla



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Spirit???

Well, we are knocking on the door of December...have you found your Christmas Spirit?

Honestly, depending on the day, I am not sure how to answer this question, but I am TRYING to get into the spirit of Christmas this year.  Some years I do better than others.

We have put up our tree ( yep you guessed, I didn't get any pictures because I was the one putting up the ornaments).

Joe got some lights up tonight on the front of the house.  Yeah...but no photos.  LOL!

Gee, what else have we been up too...NOT MUCH!

So I guess I will just share some Christmas cards with you until I have something more to share.  LOL!

Merry (early) Christmas from the Weber's!









And not to gloss over this fall...we took a little get away to visit a friend of mine that had relocated from Iowa to Utah.  It had been since June since I had seen her.  It was strange in that we worked in the same building every day, but sometimes there would be DAYS that we wouldn't even see each other.  AND yet when she was not there everyday...there was a VOID.


I am so glad I had the opportunity to come visit you EVON and look forward to coming again in February for your birthday month.  :)  Love and miss you my friend!



Well, depending on when I get around to posting next, you never know what you are going to get...SURPRISE!!!  LOL!

Stay tuned!

Darla





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Where did summer go?

And just like that we are into September...back to school...cooler weather...FOOTBALL!!!

Ok, I am not a football fanatic, but I enjoy watching a game once in a while if I get the chance.

Let's see, as always...playing catch up on events!

In July Hope was in the play Music Man Jr.  She had several smaller roles throughout the play!





I have no clue when or who took this photo...but I just love it!


We drove down to visit Hope's birth family...and to meet her newest baby sister Britney.  Below is Hope holding Britney and sister Hannah hanging out too.  They might all look a little alike don't you think???  :)


Of course the solar eclipse, but it was pretty cloudy here in Iowa so we didn't really get to see it except through the clouds once in a while.


But we got a beautiful double rainbow at the end of the day!



The above picture does not do it justice as to how brilliant the cools were of the main rainbow.


Then we have a 7th grader starting school...


My garden really did great this summer with a lot of yummy veggies and fruits for us and some to share too.


The best tip I found for growing cucumbers was to companion plant them with sunflowers.  The sunflowers were to take the bitterness from the cucumbers.  Those were the best cucumbers I have ever eaten...so sweet.


On a last minute invite...we joint this group to do the Big Yellow Bicycle.  Yep, you guessed it, it is a big bike that seats over 16 riders and you all pedal together to make the bike move.  We pedaled around downtown for the 2.5 hour tour traveling to several local breweries and bars.  It was a great time!


We all shared a "das boot" at Hessen House, which is a German bar.


Well, I guess that is the long and short of what has been going on...of fun things!

Hope did try out for the swim team at the YMCA.  I am so proud of her for putting it all out there.  Unfortunately, they have limited space on the team and she did not make it this year.  It was amazing to see her have such passion for something and actually work hard towards her goals.

Things at school are going good so far this year too.  She is in Algebra, which she will earn 2 credits toward HS graduation.  As we were eating supper tonight we checked her grades and she got an A- on her quiz she took today.  This is a significant improvement to last year.  I think it was a struggle last year because it was the first year she actually had to put some effort into things instead of just being able to do the bare minimum.  Anyway...all of that just to say how proud I am of everything she had done this late summer/early fall so far!

Of course, I have been busy still making cards and scrapbook layouts...so just sharing a few here:















Well, until next time...whenever that will be...

Darla