Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Heart Faces-Oh, So Silly

I have to post this photo of Nic as my Oh, so silly photo.
It is a true Dennis, the Menace photo.

Pretty quiet day. Did change the sheets and launder them
Cleaned bathrooms.
Trying to clean up and organize my scrap area a bit after working on a major project.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Kirsten

Today it was daughter #1's birthday. She is a quarter of a century, making me feel very old. We celebrated her birthday, with Harlee's yesterday.
Thinking back 25 years ago, it was a long day of back labor with her after going 2-1/2 weeks overdue. She is still very stubborn today.
She is trying very hard to be a good mum and has her hands full with Nic. I thought Kirsten was hard to deal with, but I believe she butts heads with her son.

Went up to preschool with Kirsten and Nic. Kirsten baked cake pops for Harlee'e preschool class. She can always use and extra pair of hands with Nic around. The cake pops looked very cute and Harlee had helped her mum decorate them.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Birthday Celebrations

Today we had birthday celebrations for our family.
We celebrated Harlee turning 5 and tomorrow is her mama's big day.
We have so enjoyed those 5 years with our little princess mermaid.
She is such a pleasure and her nana loves her to bits.

We had the kids for a bit this morning and then we took Kirsten and the critters out for lunch at one of Kirsten's favourite places, Chili's.
Later this afternoon, we headed to Kirsten's for presents and birthday cake.
She picked out a purple Dora cake. Who would have guessed with purple being her favourite colour.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Anticipating Celebrating

Tomorrow we end the month with a couple of birthday celebrations.
Tomorrow the princess turns 5, and her mama celebrates the next day.
Oh, my gosh, where has the time gone!!!!!
It's been a countdown all week for Harlee.

Pretty quiet day at the Barrow household.
I was on call for work, but didn't have to go in.
Did some scrapbooking and took it easy on my hip.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Picture of the Week-#4

Pretty simple photo but I love the texture and the shadows. It is from our drive on Sunday.

Woke up with a killer back this morning. Have drugs on board and rubbed with Deep Heat and soaked in the tub. Hopefully it will be feeling better in the near future.

No big plans for today. Need to pick up Harlee this afternoon.
Continue to work on a mini album, that you will see soon.

Wind continues to blow, blow, blow. You would think it would have blown itself out by now. But, the sun is shining brightly.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just a Little Layout

Product used:
Paper-MME(Holly Jolly, Lost and Found)
Basic Grey(Jovial)
Simple Stories
Bazzill cardstock
Title cut with Quickutz Harvest and Journal fonts
Embellies- prima star and stash buttons

I finished this layout over the weekend and thought I would share it with you.
It is a cute photo of Nic at Christmas

Boy was it windy today. Damage done in town, trees uprooted, signs down.
Kirsten's power was out, the lights on 10th were out.
And there was a major dust storm out at Ulm.
Yet, Kirsten and I braved it all to take the kiddos ot the dentist in Helena.
Thank goodness the roads were good.
Lots more snow apparent in Helena, though.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's a Bird??? It's a Plane???

No, its para- skiers.
When we were coming back from our drive on Sunday these kites appeared over the hill and disappeared again.
I happened to turn to the side and saw a couple of these guys para-skiing up and down the hill.
Kind of intriguing. But I have no interest in trying these out.

My day was pretty chilled back and relaxing. Have got to create most of the day.
Working on a mini album.
Watched Nic for a bit this morning.
Another windy, windy night!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Touch of Winter

Heading east out of town

Some deer along the way

My man and our new rig

Until last week, we have had a pretty mild open winter. Last week came along with bitter cold and a little snow.
Yesterday Curtis and I took a drive--after having a little cabin fever. Not much snow lying around until we got closer to the mountains.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Robyn

There will be a lot of birthdays to celebrate this next week, starting with my friend, Robyn's, which is today. She and her husband are playing down south in Arizona for Jan. and Feb. Lucky them. Will be off to join them in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to that.

Got canceled from work today and not even on call for them. So, my day is free.

Looks like a nice sunny day outside. Not as warm as yesterday, but not has chilling as earlier in the week. All is good.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Making Stickers

Here are the stickers we cut out-below

Yesterday, Kirsten and I took Harlee to get Valentines for her classmates.
She, of coarse, picked princess ones with a sucker included.
Then she thought she needed Valentine stickers and her mother didn't want to spend the money on them.
I told her we could make some at home and that seemed to satisfy her.
We came back to my house and she could hardly wait to get in my craft room. It didn't help papa was on the phone in that room.
So, she picked out some striped paper, i got the Cricut all set and away we went cutting out hearts. Then, we ran them through the Xyron and voila, stickers. And one very happy camper.
Harlee and Nic spent the evening at our house, so there mum and dad could go to a roller derby party. Bath time in Nana's big tub and a little Wii and off to bed.

The weather has been just weird and wacky this week. After not getting hardly above freezing all week, this morning I get up and the temperature is 40F. The Chinook winds are blowing and that is what makes the difference and everything is melting now. And a grand high of 47F today.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Picture of the Week #3

Posting some photo that represent how cold it is this week and the poor little birds looking for food.
It is already warmer than yesterday at minus 6F. Have been out to shovel the walk and feed the birds. I am sure I will be going back out later to put out more. I can hardly keep up with them.
Laundry in progress.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MME Blog Challenge #31

This is the latest sketch challenge with My Minds Eye.
You had to use the theme New and use 80% MME product.
I had to flip the sketch to accommodate my photo.

Product used: Papers-So Sophie(Never Enough, Anything for You)
Good Day Sunshine (Beach Hut Paper)
Lost and Found (Sunshine, Union Square)
Penny Lane(Green Polka Dot)
Bazzill cardstock
Title cut with Quickutz Holiday Font
Embellies Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Stickers
Lost and Found Brads

Onto my day, I have Hibernated. It is freezing cold and snowy and I didn't need to be out there.
It started out at 18below this morning and my weather bug says minus 15F at 4pm.
I just went out to feed the birds and take the garbage can to the street.
Oh, yeah, I had a hawk in the back yard, right off the deck watching all my little bird friends--not sure I like that too much!
Kirsten and Nic came over to visit.
And otherwise I have been scrapping and puttering.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Freeze up!

Why can't both kids look at the camera at the same time????

BBBbbrrrrrrrr....... it has become a deep freeze out there.
Today it was 4F when we were out running around and just on Sat. it was 54. That is a 50 degree change in temps. Only in Montana. And snow predicted for the next few days.

On to my day. Doing some catch up around the house. Got it all vacuumed and also the floors all washed. Clean house.
The plumber called with the cost for a new pump for the jetted tub. Yeah!!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


We have been enjoying a warm, very windy and snowless winter, thus far.
But this is the forecast for Great Falls for the next week.
Better run to the grocery store today for a few staples.
I just want to hunker down and stay at home.
Pretty much possible since I have no work shifts scheduled.

Happy to report Caitlin made it safely back to Tacoma, despite the winter weather going over Snoqualmie Pass. And the idiot Washington drivers that don't know what to do in snow.

Spending a quiet day at home, scrapbooking.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Heart is Heavy

as I had to say good bye to Caitlin this morning. She is on her way driving back to the coast. Just talked with her, as she was on the far side of Spokane. More than half way there. She had stopped for gas and some lunch.
We had such a great time with her at home. She spent lots of time with her niece and nephew.
We had lots of laughs playing Mario on the Wii.
She cooked a couple of yummy meals.
She caught up on some much needed rest and just relaxed after an exhausting last semester.
But school is behind her now and hopefully she can find a job that will make her happy.
Sometimes Seattle seems so far away.
But in just a few weeks, Curtis and I will be there and seeing her again.
Makes it OK to let her go.

Been trying to keep myself busy, so I don't think about her driving alone too much.
Pulled sheets off her bed, washed those sheets and her towels.
Remade the bed.
Cleaned the bathrooms.
Sent photos to be printed and picked them up.
Another unusually warm day--our car thermometer read 54F. Very windy again.
Enjoy, as it is to plunge into the deep freeze.

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's Friday!

Product used:
Papers-Fancy Pants Design-Sand Dollar
Echo Park, Basic, Grey, MME and Cloud 9 scraps
Embellies- American Craft Thickers
Chatter Box mini letters
Kaiser Craft chipboard
Jilli Bean Soup- card stock stickers
And the last day to enjoy Caitlin's company before she heads back to the coast tomorrow. Lots of snow predicted for next week, so she needs to head out, as much as I hate to see her go. Job hunting on her agenda too.
We took her out to breakfast. I helped her pack up some stuff. She went and had lunch with Harlee at preschool.
It will be very quiet without her around. Good thing we drive out to Seattle to fly out to Hawaii in just 65 days.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Picture of the week - #2

Not to be outdone by her brother, this weeks photo is of Harlee making fish lips at Auntie Cait. Some day she will kill me for having this posted on my blog!
Trying to prepare myself for Cait heading back to the coast on Saturday. It has been a wonderful month with her around. She would have left tomorrow, except she didn't want to chance traveling on Friday the 13th.
Had to go into work this morning and do mock codes.
Catching up on laundry.
Changing sheets on the spare bed, in case Kirsten's BIL need to stay here when he comes home to visit from the navy.
Curtis and I also booked our excursions for our Hawaii cruise.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MY DIY Project

OK, so now that Cait is done school, she will be cooking on her own with a friend.
I had these big bag of spices I bought when I was in Canada, that were a good deal and I wanted to send some back with her.
We bought these little jars at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
I got out my Revolution, some letter dies and some vinyl.
And I labeled the little jars with the above.
I think they turned out real cute!

Winter temps have returned to our neck of the woods. Had a little snow--enough to make the roads slippery this morning.
Visited the dentist today for a cleaning and all is OK until the summer now.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Heart Face- Photo Challenge

There challenge this week--your best face photo from 2011. I chose a photo of Harlee, that I just love.
We are under a winter storm watch--only 1-2in. predicted here in town, but a lot more for the mountains. Staying close to home today.
Got prescheduled for a bunch of shifts for next month--yeah!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Mojo

Product used:
Paper:Echo Park-Little Boy(Cool Stripe)
Pebbles-Happy Go Lucky(Delight)
Crate Paper-Toy Box Collection(Play Date)
Embellishments: Echo Park-Little Boy(journalling cards, alpha stickers)
MME-Abbey Road(Round and Round die cuts)
My Little Shoebox-mini letter stickers

Today Cait and I headed in the new vehicle south, down to Helena. Time for a Costco run before she heads back to the coast.
It was a gorgeous day out, despite being very windy. We needed to enjoy the warm day, as snow and cold predicted for tomorrow.
Will be minding the little fellow for a while tomorrow.