Category Archives: Family

The News is Out!

The news is out!  My son’s family is expecting a new addition.  They’ve been waiting to tell his five year old daughter until mommy and baby were safely through the first trimester.  I think they thought it would be easy to hide but my granddaughter is very bright and they’d gotten to the point that it was not going to be hidden much longer.  So a little over a week ago they shared the news.

My son said it worked out so perfectly.  On Friday evening his daughter called a family meeting so they could discuss their plans for the weekend!  They do this all the time but I think it was the first time she called the meeting!  So the next morning daddy called a family meeting because they had big news to share.  She was so excited but a little doubtful at first.  She said, “Are you sure?  Oh yes, they said, we’ve gone to the doctor and it’s for sure.  They showed her the sonogram picture and let her hear the babies heartbeat they’d recorded.  Her eyes were big as saucers.  Then she said, “But mommies get really big tummies and your tummy isn’t really big!”  So daddy said show her your baby bump.  Then she knew, for sure, we’re having a baby.  She was five going on twenty five.  She sort of took over the meeting and started ticking off her mental list.  It went something like this:

1. We’re all going to have more responsibilities and we’ll all have to pitch in and help.

2. What are we going to name it?  She had some great suggestions but daddy nixed “Fred”.  He said, “We are not naming the baby after the turtle!”

3. She realized it worked out great that they’d just moved into a bigger house with an extra bedroom but where will the baby sleep?  She still sleeps with them so she said it’s going to be very crowded in our bed!  They told her at first the baby will sleep in a bassinet.  So they discussed what a bassinet is and that it would be beside the bed.  Then she had a wonderful five year old idea!  She said mommy and baby can sleep in my bed because I don’t ever use it, lol!

4. Then she thought about the fact that she’s going to be a big sister.  Wow! That’s wonderful news and she’ll be the best big sister ever.

It was about then that Daddy realized his daughter was totally focused on Bee with all the girly things to discuss.  He said, “I have some errands so I’ll leave you ladies to discuss all your plans”.  It was a wonderful, exciting day with many more to come.  Here’s a self portrait at about three months, flash in mirror and all.

Baby Bump

New Venture!

I’m learning a new scrapbooking program.  Well it’s not a new program but it’s new to me!  I have friends that use Memory Mixer so I just had to give it a try.  In some ways it’s very similar to the program I’ve been using but in other ways it’s quite different.  This is the second page I’ve made with the new software so you can see it’s very easy to install and jump right in.  I’ll be practicing and getting to know the ins and outs so I can get some tutorials out soon.  Also keep your eyes open for some special offers right here for those of you that would like to give Memory Mixer a go.

Bottle Baby w/Memory Mixer

Credits:  Kit: Bella Grace by Just So Scrappy.  Font: Forte.

Split Backgrounds

I love splitting background papers for a different look.  I guess since I use it quite frequently it’s not really different for me.  I’ve included an example below.  If you’d like to read the entire blog post you can find it here.   The kit is Etc. By Danyale’s Christmas Magic.


New Year, New Site!

I am excited about some of the changes for me this year.  I have banded together with a few of my favorite scrapping buddies on a new website Digi Scrapping Divas.  I’ve already been working with them on our Facebook groups DigiScrapping Divas, Digi Scrapping Freebies and Digi Landscapers.  This site puts it all under one umbrella where we’ll have articles, tips, tutorials for several programs, challenges, a blog and much more.  Take a look and see what we’re doing then bookmark the page so you can check back often.  There is much more to come but you won’t want to miss anything so get it on the ground floor.  You can check my post for today



Today’s challenge word on Digi Scrapping Tips .com is “Perfect”.  I made this layout of my son, granddaughter & his girlfriend because through my eyes they’re perfect 🙂  I know nobody is perfect but when you love someone you can forgive anything that’s less than perfect.  When the picture was taken they were barbequing and smoke filled the air.  I cleaned the picture up using picmonkey.  Gizaa designed the kit I used.  It’s called Cool and was a freebie I got at  The alpha I used for the word perfect is Toot Sweet Alpha by Jen Yurko.  The words were completed using a font called Mister Sirloin BTN Rare.  The words I used describe our attitudes toward each other & life.  I am so thankful for them.

My Perfect Family

Pretty Kitty!

Here’s a page featuring my executive assistant Bugsy!  He loves to get right in the middle of my work and “help” me.  And let me tell you, it’s not easy for him to squeeze sixteen pounds of cat into that little mail box.  Somehow he manages to get into the smallest places.  I love to use blue and green together.

Pretty Kitty kit CatDesignz