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Hello! Welcome to my blog! I'm Jennifer, but most people call me Jenny. I'm a small town Texas girl, born again Christian, mommy to 2 beautiful boys, wife to my high school sweetheart, scrapbook supply junkie, and occasional paper sniffer. :) Here you will find bits and pieces of my scrapbooking projects, daily thoughts, and just general randomness. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Oops....I was supposed to announce the winner of my Wall Art Giveaway from Paper Coterie yesterday, but well, yeah...it was one of those days.

So here we go with the winner announcement...

The winner is............

Drumroll please............


Barbara, please email me at jenny41180@hotmail.com for details on receiving your very own free Wall Art. You are going to love it!!

Thank you all for the comments and for entering the giveaway. More to come!

Monday, August 27, 2012

First Day of School! First Day of School!

It was the 1st day of school for my boys today. I'm one of those moms who usually comes home after drop-off and lies in the fetal position and cries for a while, but I held it together pretty well today. Only cried once...and it wasn't a full-on ugly cry...just a few tears as I read my email devotional today about moms taking their babies to school. It just hit home, I guess, and then the tears fell. But, I quickly dried them up and tried to stay busy so the time would pass quickly.

The day started off a little crazy...I set the alarm for a certain time, and the alarm went off, but someone had turned the volume all the way down, so we didn't hear it! Luckily, we woke up on our own not too long after what I had set the alarm for...so everyone got up and got ready without any complaining. :)

My youngest was SUPER excited about wearing his new shoes. He was dressed and ready to go, shoes and all, by the time I was still working on my makeup. LOL! He was determined that these new shoes of his made him run faster, so he ran from my room to his room several times to "try it out." Silly boy!

We took the usual "back-to-school" photos in the backyard, and everything was going great...until our dog decided she was super excited and jumped up on my oldest son, leaving muddy pawprints on his NEW shorts. Yeah...not cool. So, he quickly ran to his room and put on a different pair of shorts, put his shoes back on, and we all headed out.

After drop-off and choking back tears, I pulled back into our home's carport by myself. I didn't want to go into the deadly silent house yet, so I called my mom and asked if she wanted to go get some breakfast. I picked her up, and we had a nice breakfast together at McD's. Most importanly, I got my sweet tea. The day's always better when I get my sweet tea.

I came home and worked on a few scrapbook assignments, and before I knew it, it was time to pick up the boys! Aaron's teacher gave them all popsicles as they left today, so he sat in the car and ate his green popsicle while we drove to pick up Evan. Both boys said they had a great day! We came home, got a snack, and the boys got started on homework as I filled out 14,556,778,589,551 papers (okay, maybe not that many, but geez!).

The outfits are already laid out for tomorrow, and now the guys are at baseball practice. The house is quiet once again, so I guess I better go find something to make for supper before my hungry boys get home! :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Every now and then, you just gotta brag about your kiddos, right? I finally got around to scrapping one of the graduation photos from my youngest son's preschool graduation in 2011. This boy makes me so proud. He's got such a sweet, friendly spirit. He's just a happy-go-lucky kind of kid, almost always with a smile on his face. Even when he was just a little baby, people always asked us, "Is he always this happy??" My answer was always: Yep. Except when he's hungry. LOL!

I thought he would be all shy walking down the aisle at his preschool graduation. Nope. He actually had a little "bounce" in his step as he tried not to grin from ear-to-ear as he proudly walked down the aisle to the stage. His little tassel on his graduation hat swung back and forth, and he giggled as it smacked him in the face. Made me smile. And giggle myself. He makes me so proud. :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Riding the Surf

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Just wanted to share a quick beach page I recently made using the Fancy Pants "Wave Searcher" collection. My fabulous sister bought me the WHOLE collection at our favorite scrapbook store, Cat's Creations. I love this collection, and it has been perfect for all of our beach pictures from Myrtle Beach back in June!

I love these photos of my big boy trying out boogie boarding for the first time. You couldn't have wiped the smile off of his face if you tried. He LOVED it and was surprisingly fearless about it! That's my boy. :)

Thanks for stopping by! (and please don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY...only a few days left until I draw a winning name!)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Only 17 Days Left! **GIVEAWAY**

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. For me, it's been nonstop housework and cleaning, but hey...SOMEONE's gotta do it, right? ;)

Just wanted to remind you all to enter my giveaway for a beautiful, reusable piece of Wall Art from Paper Coterie!

Details can be found HERE!

Be sure and share the link to the giveaway with your family and friends as well. Thanks! :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Family Picnic

A couple of years ago, my family and I decided to go to a little city park for a picnic and some playtime right before school started. It was our last little summertime trip together before the craziness of school started. I finally got these pictures scrapped using the August monthly kit from The Scrap Room:

Here we are, almost at the same time of year as when these pictures were taken. Maybe we should do a repeat and have another little final "hurrah" before school starts this month. :)

Monday, August 6, 2012


For those of you lucky enough to have a sister or two, you know what I'm talking about....they can drive you insane sometimes, but they truly are your best friends. I have 2 sisters myself. I'm stuck in the middle. One sister is 4 years older than me, the other is 9 years younger than me. We have our ups and downs, just as any siblings do, but I love them. Always have, always will. :)

Here is a "Sisters" page I created using the August kit from The Scrap Room:

I had fun doing a "girly" page for once, seeing as though most of my pages are about my boys. The funnest part of this layout was creating the little cluster of embellishments in the bottom right corner:

I just kept layering and arranging until it felt right.

Thanks for taking a look, and don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August Sketch!

Good morning, everyone!

Saturday is in full swing in this household. Chores are being done, and projects are being completed. Speaking of projects...how about a sketch challenge?

Join us for the August Sketch Challenge at The Scrap Room and check out the awesome sketch by the talented Aphra Bolyer. Here's the page I did using the August kit and Aphra's sketch:

And here's a close-up of the hand-cut banner work I did in the corner:

Hope you can find the time to play along this month! :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Two Cards

What a day! We just got home from celebrating my oldest son's 10th BIRTHDAY! We had a pool party for him at the city pool, and we had a great turnout and so much fun. SO blessed. He doesn't actually turn 10 until the 8th, but we had his party today.

Just wanted to share a couple of cards I made for The Scrap Room this month:

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ripley's Aquarium

Have you seen the August kit reveal for The Scrap Room? I love this kit...the colors are so awesome, and there is such a wide variety!

My favorite part of the kit was the Little Yellow Bicycle "Splash" collection. SO colorful and bright...so perfect for summertime pictures!

I used it for my sneak peek, but I also used it for this layout:

These pictures were taken at Ripley's Aquarium during our Myrtle Beach vacation back in June. That aquarium was so awesome! If you are ever in Myrtle Beach, you gotta go to it. I highly recommend it. ;) The "shark tunnel" was the coolest...you step onto a moving conveyer belt, which takes you through an aquarium tunnel. The sharks are literally swimming all around you and even ABOVE you! So cool. My boys loved that. :)

On a side note...it's AUGUST aleady?!!! How did THAT happen? Wow.

Oh, and don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! You have until Aug. 28 to enter. Happy August, everyone!