Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We're 2 for 2!!!

Last night we got the call...Blake made the Minor League All-Star team!!! We are so proud of him. We are going to have a busy summer with two boys on two "travel" teams, but we are all looking forward it.

Congratulations, Blake! You deserve it!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Baseball and Blake

While we anxiously await the Minor League all-star announcements, I wanted to share a few layouts I made at the end of May for Blake's album.

For most of the season, Blake had played catcher and has done a great job! One game he had a very close call against one of his best friends from school. The boy was called safe. At our next game, the boys grandmother stopped me and gave me an envelope with pictures she'd taken from the game they'd played against each other. We joked that she had the instant replay!

I made these two layouts using the WRMK "MVP" line.I also pulled out some photos of Blake's first year of Rookie league. Three years ago...he was Kevin's age. Man, he's grown!
Finally, here is a non-baseball LO, but it's for Blake's album. These photos are from his swim lessons last summer. He has become a really good swimmer - not bad for a kid with a mom who is terrified of water!
I am really enjoying having both my boys out of school for the summer. I'm afraid this might be the last summer that I can look down to Blake though. He's growing up fast!

Monday, June 8, 2009

June L.O.A.D. (LayOut A Day) - Week 1

Personal Scrapper is challenging everyone to complete a LayOut A Day (LOAD) in June. Every day a member posts a challenge. The challenge is just to scrap, but encouraging everyone to try to finish 30 layouts. If you complete all the challenges, you'll win something. I can be bribed!

June 1
Erica, the owner, posted the first challenge: scrap something that makes you Happy. I had these photos out on my desk to scrap with Cosmo Cricket's "Snorkel" line. The story the photos tell make me more than happy - they make me laugh. The colors in the papers are also my happy colors.
June 2
PS member Addie posted a LO by Kelly Goree and challenged us to Scraplift the layout. I stretched the single page LO into two pages to fit my photos. Again, I used the "Snorkel" paperline.
June 3
The What's Missing challenge was posted by PS member Emma. You were supposed to scrap something you miss. I decided to use a photo of the boys from last summer at a community festival doing the cake walk. Every summer Pappa would attend and he loved the cake walk. I miss Pappa. It's hard to believe he's been gone for two years now.

I scraplifted a layout by Shannon Zickel in the new M/J issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine.

June 4
Four is my favorite number, so I asked to do the challenge on the 4th. I didn't have any plans for a challenge really. Then I noticed the note I had made to remind me that I had to post the challenge on 6/4 and so a challenge was born! Yes, I called my challenge the 6/4 challenge! I gave everyone an option though:
They could complete a LO using 6 different patterned papers and 4 photos like I did on "Swim". I used the Basic Grey "Lime Rickey" line.
They could complete a LO using 6 photos and 4 patterned papers. Since it was my challenge, I did it both ways. I made this 2-page LO using the WRMK "MVP" paper line. These photos are from Blake's first season of Rookie league when he was Kevin's age!
June 5
Teresa/scrapinchick gave everyone a graduation challenge. At first, I was happy I had two sisters who have graduated high school in the past few years. Then I realized I'd already scrapped those photos. Hmm...
Lucky me (and you...for your viewing pleasure!) I had snapshots from my 8th Grade Graduation!!! My boys got a good laugh when they saw these photos! The title came from the Dionne Warwick song that we sang that day. I used Bella Boulevard papers.
June 6
Lindsey/blondegrrlie challenged us to create a LO using at least one black/white photo and one color. I am trying to complete all the challenges this month without having to take/print photos for them. So, I went through my boxes of photos to find a b/w shot to get me started. I came across this shot of Kevin that I had a duplicated of printed in b/w for the sole purpose of telling this story. I'd just never gotten around to it!
I didn't have any color pics that went with the photo, so I found random color shots of me and Tom to go along with the story. In my world, a toboggan is a HAT you wear in the winter. In Tom's world, it's a sled. I don't care what Webster's says it is!
It's hard to believe that Tom only grew up two hours slightly northwest of here and that we have a "language barrier"!
I used the new June Personal Scrapper kit for this challenge.
June 7
My good friend Mel/mc3mom posted a great challenge to use a PageMaps sketch. Again, I used the "Snorkel" line.
June 8
Emma was back today to post another challenge. This time we were supposed to scrap about a Friend. I decided to use one of Blake's friendships for my topic. I used the June PS kit for this one.
I have one extra layout to add here for the week. I was excited to receive my new June kit on Friday and couldn't wait to make a LO with it even if it didn't fit into a challenge. I used a PageMaps sketch from January for this Easter page. I'm looking forward to seeing what challenges come next!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hey now...

Kevin's an all-star!!! He made the 7-year old team!!! We are so proud of him and he is so excited to be playing in the tournaments all summer. It looks like we will start the last weekend of June and the coach is hoping to get in a tournament every weekend until the beginning of August.