Category Archives: Family

Let’s Cook!


Our sweet little Ms. Scarlett! This little ball of energy is such a joy … quick smiles, infectious laugh, and the sweetest spirit. I couldn’t resist gathering these adorable pictures together into a two page layout so they could join the family album in style!


Kit – Gina Cabrera’s Digitally Smitten

Template – August 2011 Scrapalong @



The Tea Party


In recent years, a political group called, “The Tea Party” has sprung up … forever changing the picture in my mind when I hear that phrase. When our daughter called to tell me she’d emailed me some adorable photos of their tea party, well … I was pleasantly surprised! I immediately put them together in a pair of memory book pages. Adorable! Simply Adorable!

Left-hand page

Right-hand page

My favorite picture has to be the one where the youngest is holding her saucer with her feet and picking up her cup … how precious is that!

Kit by Echo Park
Template by The MaskMasters
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The Southernmost Point


The southernmost point in the continental U.S.A is found on the island of Key West, Florida. We gathered early in the morning at the site of the famous marker for some group shots and manditory “ooooo-ing” and “ahhhhh-ing” which the boys found borish. Fortunately we were able to find some interesting things later in the day that pleased them.

Supplies used:

Scrap Girls page kit:

Fun And Games Collection
Fun And Games Collection by Kim Meeder

Page Map by Becky Fleck

It’s all about … the HUNT!


Emily had soooooo much fun hunting for the eggs … especially once she discovered that there were sweet treats inside the eggs! She would find an egg … crack it open … eat the treats (or hand them to anyone nearby once she’d had a few) … then quickly run to find another! We had so much fun watching her joy in the process! Some traditions are truly excellent, ay?

Love Heart Prison


My last day with the grandchildren was bitter sweet (as it always is). On the way to taking Savannah to school “Mama” decided to take everyone to Santa Barbara instead. This was a hugely popular idea and spirits were high, until … Mama broke the news that this would be Grama’s last day. Quiet settled over the children and then the tears began to fall … no sounds … just tears. Well, it didn’t take long before Mama and Grama were having trouble with tears too. A stop for mid-morning snacks helped calm everyone down and soon talk of the beach lifted everyone’s spirits!

When we arrived at the Santa Monica beach we were surprised to see the damage the recent tsunami in Japan had caused on the coast of California! No longer a long, smooth transition from the grassy knoll to the water’s edge, the sand now had a 4′ drop about 6 feet from the edge of the grass. The children found it an added “bonus” … fun to slide down and even more fun to try and climb.  We romped and played for several hours, writing our names in the wet sand, using found objects as light reflectors to send secret messages to the pirates on the ships floating in nearby water (for surely they were pirate ships, the children insisted), and chasing the water.

As the morning drew to a close and bellies began to grumble Mama helped us find a nearby Chipotle’s Mexican Restaurant where we ate till we were full. Then, after a nice walk (which included some ‘exploration’ along the side streets of Santa Monica) the children were all buckled into their car seats and we began our journey back home. As the children slept, we enjoyed some quiet adult conversation and made plans for the remaining hours of my visit. The last day is always a challenge … trying to make the best use of our time and working hard to avoid thinking about the inevitable.

Layout inspired by Simply Yin (template #89)

Background a composite of images in my photo collection and the application of a color gradient.