Thursday, October 28, 2010

What a Bunch of Characters!

Grab a Diet Coke!!! This one is a long one!

Yea! We finally made it to Disneyland! Yes, I did say finally. I'm usually not a sharer of personal stories, but this one is a success moment so bear with me. Over 1 1/2 years ago I approached my DH with a deal...if I lost 25 lbs. then he would send me and Brooke (my 9 year old DD) to Disneyland. Seemed simple enough at the time (obviously because I'm the one who thought of the deal), but Mickey Mouse land turned out to be more illusive to get to then originally planned. For whatever excuses, I did the whole yo yo thing way too long.

In August, I finally decided to get serious and jumped in full force. I was officially motivated this time. There were many more factors why THIS time was going to be IT. The strongest one was so when I walked my son across the field on Senior Night on his last game of his high school football career, we could both be proud. I rocked it and lost 40 lbs! Here we are:

I love my #89! I wore Brandon's letterman jacket for the occasion. It was awesome! I've never worn someone's jacket. :) He also won Academic All-State in Football. Such a proud mother moment! Have you heard the song by Kenny Chesney - The Boys of Fall? You have to watch the video! I cry every time I hear it. Football has been our life for 9 years. I will miss seeing him (and his friends) on the field.

Senior Night was on Friday night and we (Brooke & I) left Saturday morning for Disneyland. TA-DAH! FINALLY!

Mickey greeted us each morning. He must be really tricky because we saw him at his house about 10 minutes later and he was dressed in his tux. :) Hmmm...I wonder how many Mickey's are in the park at one time? Do they ever cross paths?

If we weren't seeing the characters (priorities here) or riding rides, we were playing with all the fun hats! We literally tried on all the hats in all the different areas and took pictures in each one. The salesman in Frontier Land seemed a little annoyed. Who needs to buy the hats when you can just play with them? This Jack hat was my personal fav. I might have purchased it, but for some silly reason I only brought one suitcase for us to share. Note to self...bring an empty suitcase! Hello? Who only brings one suitcase for Disneyland!

Here's my favorite character I met while in Disneyland! It's Dustin! Even though we only live 50 miles from each other, this is the first time we've met! All the way in Disneyland! Our trips overlapped by a day. He's awesome! Darn it! I should have had him sign my autograph book. I'm one of his biggest fans! Maybe I can get an autographed picture instead! :)

It snowed in Utah 6" the morning the day we were flying home. It was 85 degrees in Cali. Mickey said we could stay as long as we wanted. Soooo tempting to stay until Spring!

So I still have 20 more pounds I want to lose. I wonder if I can get another vacation somewhere?!!! Where should I go?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Halloween Challenge

Spooooooooky! Time has vanished and it's time for another Doodle Dragon Studio challenge! This week create something Halloweenish, then post it on the DT challenge blog by Saturday, October 30th.

I'm not sure why, but I just am not in the mood to make a card lately. So this challenge I chose to create candy in a can. It's super easy and fun to do! See the link below to learn how.

Watch how easy it is to make Candy in a Can.

One 12 oz bag of Hershey Kisses will fill one can of Dole pineapple can perfectly. Add in some black ribbon bats with the Martha Stewart Halloween fence punch and you're ready to roll.

Have a fun & safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Turkey Time!

The NEW Turkey Time set released from Dustin means Fun Time for me!

It's almost Turkey Time! I love, love, love Thanksgiving. I am truly blessed with a great life, especially when I'm surrounded by my family. The day fills my soul with warm, loving memories and new memories to make.

Try making these easy table assignment treats filled with M&M's. Only 19 more to create!

Some days I'm all about super simple! Forget the layering, punches, bling, embossing...just use Dustin's cute images!

Yummmmm. My Thanksgiving food assignment is always Green Bean Casserole. It's my favorite thing on the table besides the mash potatoes & gravy, hot steamy rolls, Stove Top stuffing (no homemade stuff - yuck!), the pecan pie really, GBC is #1 favorite on my plate. I can't wait!

A Turkey Bowl fun is the perfect Kitchen Pass to not have to cook all day!

Happy Turkey Day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Provo Craft Cricut Swarm

What better way to spend your birthday weekend than at a Provo Craft Cricut Circle Swarm? I love my Cricut and Provo Craft! I am formerly AdminKerri on the Cricut message board, which made it sooooo much fun to put faces to the MB family names.

I'm not going to lie...the highlight of my day was meeting Pam - thebugbytes. :) She is even more awesome and amazing in person! We had worked very closely together since she is a Bug Guide, but had never met. I'm so happy she jumped on a plane to come! AdminBecky was in her Halloween element. She's a riot to work with!

We had such a cool table. Phlenin convinced Makeupgirl217 and I to put on our crazy Cricut Imagine glasses for this pic. Love you guys too! Thanks for a great day ladies!

Of course, I had to use a Dustin image on my calling card! It's the cutest bear and pumpkin ever. Here's the front and back of my card.

Despite spraining my ankle (which is now a pretty black & blue color) in the dance off for the new Imagine machine, I had a fabulous time! I didn't win the big prize, but I won a cartridge.

I wonder when they will do another Swarm? I'm ready!

Happy Haunting!!!

Whooooooo's excited? Me! I was featured in the Provo Craft Chirp newsletter last week!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Macho, Macho Man Challenge!

Only 243 days until summer vacation and my son graduates from high school. :) and :( all at the same time. We attended College Night this week to get prepped for scholarships and admissions. The next day we had a SEOP appointment with his counselor. They had him write exactly how he wanted his name to appear on his diploma. What? Not yet! We still have 243 days until that happens! I know it will be here way too fast, so I had to make a count down card in my son's honor for our Masculine challenge.

He can change the numbers each day. Now it's your turn to pick your Doodle Dragon Studio image and create a card for your favorite man. Then post it on the DDS Design Team Challenge blog. Make sure you post it by Saturday, October 16th.

This is a 7"x12" side step card. The "Dude" phrase is from Feeling Groovy Cricut cartridge. The clips are from Stampin' Up.

Dustin is Dino Mite!

Dustin is Dino Mite! He just release a new set of Dino Birthday images. I looked and looked for pinata paper to glue around the circle. I know I have purchased something similar in the past, but I couldn't find it. So I opted to make it myself with crepe paper, very fun and very easy. The star blast is flashback from elementary school days projects when you made complete pictures by twisting small pieces of crepe paper. Remember those? The Dino Mite phrase is from Create A Critter Cricut cartridge (one of my new favorites).