Friday, September 6, 2013

Summer Reunion at Disneyland

I am not so great at posting on this blog except when I've been with family for a get together. This summer my entire family met at disneyland for a family vacation. Although is was hot and hectic we had a great time. Here we have from left to right -Rachel (Matt's wife) Duane, Tara holding Anna, Madison in front of Tara, Tara's husband Dan, Tessa in front of Dan, Matt holding Shaya, Brenna under Matt's arm, Kyle, Kevin, Mara in front of Kevin, Anjuli and me.
The kids had such a great time and there was no doubt that the Disney characters were 
some of their favorites. Mara and Maddie pose with Mickey. 

Five of my six grandaughters with Mulan - Mara, Maddie Brenna Tessa, and Shaya. 

 The little girls loved "Tink"  Posing - Brenna, Tink, Maddie, Shaya.
Trading pins was a "big deal" the object being to get the most unique and greatest variety. 
Tessa shows off a few of her favorite pins. Awesome!

Mara shows off her pin band to Maddie and endoctrinates her on how to get in the 
action for the first time with a new "pin band".

It's fun to be with Anjuli who we don't see as often as we would like. 
Here she poses with Tara for a fun "sisters" pic.

Our sweet little Anna (Tara's baby) was pretty blase about most of Disneyland
she played alot with Grandma and Papa while her Mom and Dad hit the rides with Madison.

Our second day at the park Tara "fake dyed" the girls hair in pink streaks. They
loved it and thought it was all great fun. Here are my "punk" grandaughters.

My faves were the world of color... 

 The cars ride....

and snapping photos of the grandkids when they didn't know...

Above 1. Anna just takes it all in, 2. Maddie stops for a quiet drink, and 
3. Brenna chills at the water pad to beat the heat.
We loved our week together and were sad wave goodbye to one another. The colors and sounds of Disneyland are always bright and cheerful we hated to see it come to and end.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

American Girls

Each year my granddaughters look forward to our annual American Girl Doll Party held a day or two after Christmas. This year our theme was "Let it Snow"(very appropriate this year). The girls get dressed up and walk in single file on a "runway" with their dolls, who are dressed in old clothes. At the table is a special gift for each girl...
new doll clothes that I've made for them.
They can hardly wait to open them to see what this years outfit will be. They immediately dress their dolls and request photos be taken (before anything gets dirty!) 
Mara and Julie
 Tessa and Rebecca
Maddie and Lanie
Brenna and Kit                          
Shaya and her dolly - she will get a real American Girl next year when she is five.
This year in honor of our theme the girls made snowman pizzas.They rolled out their own dough and topped it with their favorite ingredients. They loved it.
One for them and one for their dolls.
The finished snowmen are a little tough from overworked dough, but each girl thought it was perfect!
 I don't know who has more fun at this party - me or my granddaughters. This year each doll got a pair of "Uggs", leggins, a hoodie, and a cute shirt that matched each girls. Then we made snowflake necklaces for each girl and a miniature version for each doll. They were adorable.  Julie, below, shows off her new clothes.  

Soldier Hollow

New Years Eve day found my family all on the slopes of SoHo (Soldiers Hollow) for 2 hours of fun on the tubing runs. It was hands down the best tubing we've had this year! So AWESOME! This pix is the view of the lodge as I was going up the rope tow and although it 
looks warm and sunny it was 2° and fridgid.
Shaya, my 4 yr old granddaughter, cried all the way up the hill and could only be talked  into make the run once!
Despite the cold weather we were all dressed warm and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Parents often doubled with the kids to add "weight" to get the tubes running faster.
Matt and Shaya
Tessa and Tara
Dan and Maddie
We will definately make this a yearly trip as everyone had a good time even grandpa, who sat in the lodge with baby Annalise and Shaya.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

One Amazing Christmas

My grandaughters love our annual snowman contest. Every year at Christmastime (providing there is enough snow) we get all the kids together for a snowman building contest. It is serious business. Here are Maddie, Mara, and Tessa in the backyard preparing for a snowy contest! We had two winners this year.  Cute snowman (above) won most adorable. His eyes were cherry tomatoes, he had a carrot nose and chocolate chip mouth.  The headless snowman below - won most creative.

The blood was actually strawberry koolaid and the arms were re-inforced with wood. Pretty ingenious even it it was rather gruesome.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Disneyland Mini Album

A few years ago I made this mini album at work (CTMH). It was a great project for me because I was able to use photos of my own family. Since this week is Thanksgiving I've been thinking alot of things I'm grateful for. My husband, children, and grandchildren are right at the top of that list. This mini captured the fun and love that we have together as a family. 
Six of my grandchildren (see the seventh below in previous post), my pride and joy.
My grandaughters couldn't wait to see the princesses so we went to Ariels Grotto for breakfast and they had a chance to see them up close and personal. 
Loved those Cricut cut doilies from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, and when you flipped the acrylic page over there was a completly different page hiding behind.
My oldest son is a great fan of "Nightmare Before Christmas" so a picture with Jack was mandatory. Filmstrips are a great way to get more photos on the page.
These cute stamp sets helped capture the magic and the fun we were having. Inserting a smaller page between larger ones added lots of interest to the overall album.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving - what I'm grateful for...

This is our newest granddaughter little Annabug (Annalise). She will be four months old on the 11th of December. What a cutie pie she is. We are so very grateful that she has come to our family. Grandchildren are such a blessing, I now have 7 and I love each one of them very much.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Scrapbooking Tradition

For my girlfriends who asked me about this crazy tradition of mine here you go....
Each year I get together with my daughters and daughter-in-laws during the Christmas holidays and we spend a day together making 12 scrapbook pages.  Here's how it works- I pre-design the 12 pages during the months of October-November. The pages are by necessity fairly generic, I don't include a title on some of the pages (such as this one), but allow the girls to choose their own title later as we build them. As I make the original I go ahead and cut the paper for each families page and gather the embellishments needed to complete the page and stick it all in a zip lock bag. On the outside of the bag I write on a sticky note which stamps I used, which inks, and any other pertinent info. Then when we actually build the page it comes together in about 30 minutes (depending on the difficulty). I really try to keep the designs simple (not easy for me!!) On this page I used Studio Calico's Sock Hop paper kit (actually it was the Bobby Socks and Penny Loafers add ons) and two super cute stamp sets from Close To My Heart (It's your Day and Capture the Date). It was fast and very easy to make and won't take very long at all to duplicate. I left an area on the left side beneath the filmstrip photos for a title and added the cute tag for journaling on. The hand stitching is OPTIONAL -so don't freak out girls! These pages are used on yearly calendars. I make the calendar template on my computer in a 12" x 12" format and include all the birthdays, anniversary's etc. Several years ago my husband built each family a cute wooden calender holder that accommodates the 12" x 12" format. The assignment for the coming year is for each mom (or Dad) to take pictures at the end of each month to be used on the page for the coming month (or they may just use photos they already have!)  I always include photo placement paper that is attached with re-positional glue so it is easy to remove and replace with the photo - that way my kids who live out of state don't forget where the photos go. That's it. It's a really fun tradition, a little work for me, but so worth it! If nothing else I know each family will have a scrapbook which has at least one recorded event for each month of the year.