Wednesday, May 31, 2006

this is what an 11 year old girl looks like. cute, smart, no nonsense, tell it like it is. she's not much for having her picture taken though. when she came outside the other day I asked her if i could take her picture and promptly got a no. in my best pleading mom's voice I asked if i could just take ONE picture. this is what I got. when I started taking more i got what you see below. and now you know the rest of the story...L

note to Beth: this might be the reason that Haley is the one pictured all the time on my blog!!!

lisa out...

just a little fun i had yesterday with haley. enjoy...L

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

if at first you don't succeed...It dawned on me the other day that here i am in beautiful weather with beautiful girls and not taking near enough pictures. so on sunday I got haley and went out and took around 60 pictures. didn't realize until after i downloaded them that i had my camera set on the wrong setting. not one picture turned out. so the next day haley and i went back outside and this time took about 80 pictures. I think there were some good ones, but none that stood out and i was wowed over. today--we head out again. this time i put my 85mm lens on. I took over 100 pictures. i got some WOW ones. that is one beautiful child if i do say so myself...L

Sunday, May 28, 2006

OK--I have been scrapping my head off since almost my entire family is gone. I just did this layout a few minutes ago. Most of the time I like my layouts--some of the time I hate them--but every so often on a rare occasion I am absolutely thrilled and excited and totally happy with a layout. This occurred with this layout above! Not exactly sure why I love it--maybe because that picture of haley is too darn cute. maybe it's because I had ONE blue flower that totally worked. maybe it's because i got to use the stamped-by-kerry flower in the center of that. who knows why--but I love it!

You know being a wife and mom is hard work. seriously hard. a lot of the time it is unappreciated and goes unnoticed. then the bad day, week, month hits and you just want to run away from it all. not all the time, but occasionally. my kids know when this is happening because they ask me if I'm running off to Mexico when i start to get cranky. cuz I always threaten it! I tell David--If I'm gone one day don't worry--I'll be back in a week. well, i miss my family. i started to miss them yesterday as a matter of fact. I have enjoyed my alone time with Haley (on a side note let's just say I am no polly pocket fan and would someone hit me if i buy more of them) but i can't wait for them to come home. don't know what it is with a family--the people that can drive you absolutely mad are the ones that you can't live without...L

Saturday, May 27, 2006

so this was my day yesterday--got the laundry done, got the kitchen cleaned, got some shopping done, got some scrapping done. All in all a great day. Haley and I had lunch at wildflower bread company--yum! That layout above is of my wonderful husband whom let me have a few days off by taking the girls to Mesa with him. Thanks honey--I love you! I have to give him another shout out because he hung all my pictures up in the house that have been just sitting waiting to get on the walls--they look awesome!

Then I did these notebooks. The funny thing is that I thought about making them yesterday morning, went to target and bought those cheap comp books and then altered them ala Heidi Swapp. I am going to give them to Taylor, Carson and Anna and tell them that they are their summer journals--to draw, write, paste pictures, doodle and whatever. I plan on making them write in them at the very least every sunday. I also plan on making them write in them when they are bored, tired and cranky and fighting. So they will be writing in them 24/7! I can't wait to see what they do with them.

have a glorious Saturday...L

Friday, May 26, 2006

Well David took the 3 oldest girls to mesa for the weekend. Just today and Saturday but that is enough! Here is my agenda--shop, do laundry, get car washed, print out photos, scrap, organize my scrap area (almost done!) watch a movie, read, and whatever else the hell I want!

Schools out now and if anyone hears some screaming in the distance it might be me. This will be our first summer in Prescott--which on the one hand I am soooo looking forward to temps under 100 degrees. But we are in a smaller home and one that has no pool. And two pre-teen daughters that seem destined to annihilate each other. Please pray for me.

A-la Beth I added a weather pixie to my blog--it is way, way down at the bottom and shows the temperature in Italy where my son is! everyone have a great memorial day weekend--have lots of food, fun and scrapping opportunities...L

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

i survived. it's done. the pain is over and the healing process has begun. no I did not have surgery--i merely went bathing suit shopping. Bloody hell! I think I would have preferred surgery--specifically if it would have made the bathing suit shopping easier! I don't know a woman in my circle of friends whom enjoys this process. maybe there is one but if they are smart they will hold their tongue and not reveal themselves! Suffice it to say that I did acquire not one but two bathing suits. they are tolerable. they are somewhat cute. they will not make me look 10 pounds lighter or make men stop and ask if i was in the latest issue of sport's illustrated, but they will allow me to spend some time in the pool with my girlies! now someone get me some tylenol...L

Saturday, May 20, 2006

well I think I have scrapped all of my easter pics. lovely. I loved how these pictures turned out. the girls were so cute. this last layout was super quick and easy--sometimes that is the best way...Lisa

Friday, May 19, 2006

well--just a little layout I did this afternoon. A challenge over on J4K. Anna doesn't have a smudge on her forehead--scanner needs to be cleaned! Got some basic grey ribbon in the mail today-yum! That is some beautiful ribbon! Brianne called me today--her boyfriend kissed her last night for the first time--so cool! She said it was very nice. Didn't ask for more details. I told David and he asked me not to tell him things like that! :) Men are weird! I thought it was too cute.

My MAS girls are scrapping tonight--sure wish I could be there. I think David and I are going out tonight--should be fun. Everyone have a great weekend...L

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

of course I'm not a photographer--I just play one on tv. ;) Something I played around with tonight. the funky borders, the bw conversion. my own little copyright logo. nifty. not anything earth shattering but I like it. I don't see where people get the time to do this to every photo though. I thought scrapbooking took a long time. oh well, just another hobby to sink my teeth into. I never should have let David talk me into a digital camera! I take my photoshop final tomorrow and then in the fall I start digital photography 101. Can't wait.

Brianne is leaving tomorrow to go back to Utah. I'm going to miss her. it was fun having her here. always sad when she leaves again. the girls are going to be sad too. they had a chauffer, manicurist, beauty advisor and a reason to play hooky from school. well, they all grow up eventually and move out. David says that is the only thing that keeps him going sometimes!LOL

back to reality tomorrow...L

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

so--got to talk to my son. ya know--the one in Italy. HEAVEN! He's doing so well. So weird and yet so comforting to hear his voice. still the same. but better. Brianne came up and surprised me Saturday as well. that was a great surprise! She leaves Thursday. David took her to Phoenix today and bought her a couple of bathing suits and some shoes. Tomorrow the girls are skipping school and we are hiking in the morning.

I pulled a Kerry today--well, she posted on her blog that she left some housework unattended too and scrapped. I was cleaning my scrap area today and saw an ad in a mag that begged to be scraplifted. so I did. cleaning will always be available. scrap mojo is a fragile thing...L

Saturday, May 13, 2006

motherhood. this is what it's all about. those six people up above. the reason for my life, heart, insanity, goodness, frustration, happiness. a mother--it's the only thing I wanted to be in life. so far I have been pretty darn lucky cuz i ended up with great kids. Kids that choose the right and help others and keep me just on the edge of insanity but never push me off!

Brianne surprised me with coming home today!! WOW! Was not expecting to see her and that was a huge treat. I get her for 5 days. Dallas is supposed to call tomorrow and I cannot wait. Literally will have all my kids here with me for mother's day--I count Dallas because he will be on the phone. Not expecting that too many more years. Will enjoy it tomorrow.

So happy mother's day to all my women friends out there. rest, relax, do something fun with your children. enjoy it. I plan on taking it easy. I told Carson today--you know what I have planned for tomorrow? absolutely nothing...L

Friday, May 12, 2006

here is a layout I did last night. A scraplift of Cathy Z. Page 91 for anyone whom has her new book. Kind of liking the funky colors on this--plus I got to use my ribbon from the ribbon jar I actually downloaded some actions from
and used the expresso on this pic of anna. Mmmm, loving photoshop right now...L

Thursday, May 11, 2006

this is for all you mom's out there. my sister-in-law sent this to me today. pretty funny!

OOPS!! Here it is! How true!!!
"Why God made moms" - answers given by 2nd grade
school children to the
following questions.
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch
tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He
Just used bigger
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair
and everything nice in
the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones.
Then they mostly use
string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other
people's moms like
What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that
other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess
would be pretty
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did mom need to know about dad before she
married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a
crook? Does he get drunk
on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO
to drugs and YES to
Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And
my Mom eats alot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking
cap on.
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to
because dad's such a goof
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees
the stuff under the
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot
more to do than dad.
What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, & dads just
go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the
real power
'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to
sleep over at your
friend's. Moms have magic, they make you feel better
without medicine.
What does your Mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day
What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I
think some kind of
plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your Mom, what
would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room
clean. I'd get rid
of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it
was my sister who did
it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those
invisible eyes on her back
of her head.

happy mother's day...L

spent most of the day in Mesa yesterday. I had to drop off the explosion to get fixed and so my lovely friend Kerry came and picked me and Haley up, took us to her house, let me scrap and fed us! yum! Nice time. Then we headed back. Haley didn't have one accident--the whole day! I was amazed. This was her first time for a trip in the car and she was awesome! Gotta love it. Here is the layout I did at Kerrys. I also finished up an album for my daughter--but I'm not mailing it--ya gotta come and pick it up! bribery is highly underrated.

and now--another deep thought by Jack Handey. just in time for the end of school.

Instead of studying for finals, what about just going to the Bahamas and catching some rays? Maybe you'll flunk, but you might have flunked anyway; that's my point.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Another layout I did today. Love this picture of Carson, Anna and Haley Rose. Only one more week until I get to talk to Dallas!!! Haley is still doing pretty good on the panty gig...L

Saturday, May 06, 2006

happy NSD!! That's National Scrap Day for all of you non-scrappers!! I did a layout! Love it. Love that pic of Anna even though she was facing the sun. She is getting too big--she told me today that she did not need to come and sleep in my bed anymore--she was a big girl now. She must have forgotten that convo tonight--she was begging to sleep in my bed just an hour ago.

Another reason to celebrate: Haley decided to potty train herself today. She got up, put on panties and only had one accident. Hallelujah, praise the Lord and sing hosanna!!!! I don't want to count my chickens before they've pooped but gosh darn I hope this trend takes! How lovely would that be...L

Thursday, May 04, 2006

hump day--at least for my missionary it is!! Dallas has been gone one year. Hard to believe--I've been an emotional wreck all day. I don't know why it has made me so weepy. Maybe because he's been gone a whole year already and I still have another year. Maybe because it is just a reminder of how much I miss him. Maybe because PMS rears its ugly head on days when I need a little peace. Anyway--I miss him, I'm proud of him, I love him and can't wait for another year to go by--I've heard it goes fast now--I can only hope! we are eating italian tonight! Here is his email from yesterday:

Man, time does flys by pretty fast. I feel great. Ive learned more in the mission then ive learned in about all my life, but I feel like Iam finally getting a hang of this thing and its almost over. Ha. Well im so grateful for your example and love for me even though I was a little difficult at times but I know you guys are seeing the blessings of your hard work(a two year vacation away from me).ahhaha. I thank you for your prayers. I know that they have helped me soo much and I know that Heavenly Father listens to all of us and he will always anwser us if we ask with faith. Well Dad I love you and I pray for you every day(b/c i know it must be torture with all those women).

Anziano Gilbert

love that boy! ciao...L

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

just a little one i did for myself to go in my album. when you open the card it says (in my own handwriting!!): I am a girl. I like to shop I must admit. Not just any shopping though. Clothes, shoes, purses. That's what i love to get. My favorite purchase so far--my jimmy choo shoes that David bought me on vacation at south coast plaza--to die for! Oh--let's not forget scrapbook supplies--shopping and scrapping--my two faves!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

just a layout i did about trying to find enough time in the day...L

journaling reads:time. or the lack of it. always a major force in my life. how to get more of it, stretch it, and make the most of it. well, unless I discover some unknown law of physics I think I will always have 24 hours a day. then it hit me this morning as I was rushing around again trying to make everything work. I have enough time already—I really do. all I have to do is to find out what is important enough for me to make time for. this is what I decided:

I have time for God. I have time to pray, read my scriptures and do my church callings.

I have time for my husband. time to tell him how muappreciate him, kiss him good morning, give him a shoulder rub at night.

I have time for my children. time for kisses and hugs and dancing in the family room. time to call just to say hello. time to write an email.

I have time for me. time to scrapbook, journal, take pictures, read a good book, email a friend, exercise.

these are my priorities—these are the things that I need to put on my TO DO LIST everyday. everything else is a non-priority. do I have time? time for the important things in my life? all the time in the world...

Monday, May 01, 2006

another project from saturday