Easter 2015

This has been the most low key Easter ever. After a week of of not feeling the best, Zoey and I ended up in urgent care Saturday morning. I'm so very glad that I went in because it turned out the Zoey had a pretty bad ear infection and I had a sinus infection! We both left with a prescription for Amoxicillin and a feeling of relief (in anticipation of feeling better). 

We went home, took our first dose and then quietly decorated our eggs...because it was Easter after all. Since we were pretty tired and had no anticipation of doing anything else other than this we took our time on our eggs this year. They might be my favorite ones ever.

I love her spirit...even when she's sick she gives it her all. Love you Zoey.

Fast forward to Sunday morning, Zoey still woke up early (some things just don't change, even if you're sick!) to look for her basket. The bunny left clues again this year, though thankfully kept things close to home. 

What a generous bunny! He left treats, things to help build a fairy house outdoors when the weather cooperates and a beautiful fairy queen barbie.

After hunting for the basket Zoey spent the morning with the heating pad to her ear. :( We took it easy and I think the most exciting thing we did was some coloring.

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Sunday evening Zoey went to bed with little to no ear pain (thank goodness) and woke up this morning feeling pretty good with her ear but still has her cough and cold symptoms (just like me). I'm starting to feel a bit better but am still quite congested. I'm looking forward to my energy returning one of these days...it's been a long week!

Oh...and then we woke up this morning to this:

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Happy spring!

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Let's Go Fly a Kite!

It's spring break here this week for Zoey and Ethan which means on Sunday, Zoey and I both woke up sicker than dogs. Sore throat, cough, fever...the whole bit. I actually lost my voice on Tuesday. Finally (maybe) I'm starting to feel better today (though I'm still medicated) and Zoey pretty much just has a cough left. Not how we planned for things to go! We actually had plans to get out of town for a couple of days and it was pretty hard to let Zoey know that we'd have to postpone them because it just wouldn't be fun to do it when we were both not feeling our best. 

We've been trying to make the best of it though. For me that means lots of reading (The Sky is Everywhere, Say What You Will, Mosquitoland and The Secrets of Midwives are what I've tackled so far). Lots of playing for Zoey (Barbies, Fairies, American Girl Dolls, drawing, and taking photos). And for Ethan it's meant time to write and catch up on watching some basketball games. 

Today after a trip into town to the video store and to get some groceries Zoey said, "Let's go fly a kite!" and once at home, Ethan started stringing up her kite.

It turned out to be a pretty good day for it.

We didn't stay too terribly long because it looked like rain was possibly heading our way and on the way home, sure enough we had some sprinkles on the windshield.

I feel like you can see how tired and sick I am in this picture but I'm sharing anyway. Real life here...

We are now cozied up for an evening at home. If there is one thing to be thankful for, it's that we are all home together at least...hoping now that Ethan doesn't get sick!

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Easter Classroom Treat...Treats for my Peeps!

Zoey wanted to bring her classmates a little something special for a spring break/Easter treat tomorrow and since I work late tonight it had to be (or I wanted it to be) something pretty simple and easy to make. When searching online I happened upon this super cute (and easy!) little treat using Peeps and knew this was the thing to do. 

All you do is stick a little bunny Peep on to a fancy paper straw, put a little baggie over the top and tie with some baker's twine! Yay for an easy classroom treat that's super cute and festive for this time of year! 

Simple as That even has the printable tags online for you to download and print so it's a snap to re-create!

We're getting excited for Spring Break and Easter here! Hoping for some sunshine...we just got more snow dumped on us yesterday and are getting more today so I'm not sure just how likely that will be...but we can hope!

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SWIM (a Scrapbook Layout) + Bits from the Weekend

Sunday morning Zoey asked me if I wanted to go swimming...and after thinking about it for about a minute, we were packing our stuff up to go to the pool. It was the perfect way to spend the morning. I printed up the photos from our little outing and scrapped a layout using them later that afternoon while Zoey worked on her homework. 

The pictures were taken on Instagram and aren't the super best quality but I am having fun using the square sizes on layouts.

This was a pretty quick layout to put together, I kept the design pretty simple since I wanted the photos to stand out. The patterned papers I used are from my Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste 12 x 12 paper pad and another one from Pebbles, Inc. Love those paper pads!

This is the last week before Zoey's Spring Break at school...not sure if we're going to get to do anything fun like getting away but hopefully, if not, we can plan some fun outings like this to make it feel like we're out and about. Sometimes those mini adventures are even more fun than the big planned ones! 

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Spring Greetings!

The first official day of Spring has come and gone, hooray! We STILL have snow on the ground where I am though, it's ever so s-l-o-w-l-y melting which makes me very happy. I'm ready to move on to sunshine, green grass and flowers!

To celebrate the coming of Spring I wanted to create a card using a mason jar stamp that I have and was looking for ideas on Pinterest and came across these when searching. Obviously, the card pictured here is what I ended up coming up with.

The patterned papers are from Pebbles, Inc. and are just perfect for the stamped sentiment don't you think? I have to admit that I was pretty tickled when I came across the umbrella patterned paper in my stash! The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I had fun pulling out my Copic markers for the coloring too...love using those!

After the weekend we had here I am feeling re-charged and pretty good...ready to take on the week ahead at least! Zoey and I were able to enjoy some quality time together and I also managed some time to work on some creative projects. Ethan was pretty much M.I.A. due to Forensics responsibilities so he may not be feeling as ready as I am for the week to start, he has been able to sneak in some basketball games though which I know makes him happy.

Hoping for some more sunshine to melt that snow away!

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Birthday Love


Her birthday isn't until June but the other day she was talking about what it is that she'd like to do for her upcoming one, which led to her talking about how it is that she felt about last year's birthday and it hit me that I hadn't scrapped a layout using pictures from last year's birthday...so here it is!

I literally only had these three photos from her birthday last year since it was such a crazy day...her birthday fell on the exact day that we could move into our new house which meant it was a pretty intense and crazy day for everyone. If you read the journaling though, it happens to be one of Zoey's favorite all time birthdays! Perspective can be funny!

This was a fun layout to put together...love all the bright and happy colors of the papers and elements I used, perfect for brightening up those dark pictures! I've also been having fun using my sewing machine on my pages again.

Happy scrapping!


Hello Happy!

I got to enjoy a little time yesterday to myself and opted to spend it in my craft room. I had fun using a bit of my current scrapbook kit from Scrapbook Circle and really had fun using this FREE SVG cut from Jillibean Soup. I love, love, love, LOVE it! So fun to have an easy way to use lots of fun patterned papers using this template for a layout. I have a feeling I'll be using it again and again.

The photo that I used was one from late last summer, taken on Instagram. It's easily one of my favorites of Zoey and I. Love Z's big smile.

Today it's just Zoey and I...and she's got a birthday party to go to this afternoon so I might get a little more time to play in my craft room! 
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