Friday, March 29, 2013

The Miracle of Birth :: It's A BOY!!!

Welcome Baby Gabriel!
No words can express how blessed I feel by being able to capture my newest nephews birth story.
My little sister did wonderful & was surrounded by all 4 of her sisters, our mom, and her husband.

Love you Sis. Congratulations!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Serendipity Blog Hop :: Elle's Studio

Congratulations to:
Margie said...
Stunning photo! Love the LO, too! 
March 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Elle’s Studio is excited to announce the arrival of their new line, that is perfect for spring, called Serendipity!
This new collection includes 12 x 12 papers, journaling and embellishment tags, and a stamp, and we’ve put together a blog hop today to celebrate!
For this hop I’ve created...

I love the Spring colors in the Seredipity collention!
I used a variety of the tags to created a border to the right of my enlarged photo. Perfect for lots or journaling or just a few words.
If you are looking for the Serendipity collection online, you can purchase the entire collection at:
 and of course
 You’ll also want to check your local scrapbook store, too!

Elle’s Studio also has a fun surprise for this launch! They have stocked a special, limited edition pack Serendipity Vellum & Tags that includes two sheets of exclusive printed vellum and 5 fun tag designs that would make a great spring mini book and more! Once these are sold out, they will not be restocking! Also, don’t forget that for the entire month of March, Elle’s Studio is celebrating their 6th birthday and all orders ship with a free gift!
And, I have a surprise for you today! I get to give away my favorite piece of the Serendipity collection and I chose Serendipity Tiny Tags!

Please leave a comment to be entered to win and check back here on Saturday, March 30th to see if you’ve won.
Don’t forget the other stops of our hop today! At each stop you’ll get to see a fun project that was created just for this hop and a chance to win everyone’s favorite part of the Serendipity collection!
Megan Klauer <---you are="" here="" span="">

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Livestock Love :: On the Farm

 Doesn't every little girl want livestock for their birthday? 
Ella is turning 3 this Friday and she thinks she is pretty special with all "her" new critters. 
We added some major cuteness to our barn over this last weekend. 
Six bottle calfs and 30 baby chicks...

We bought these little guys from a local multi generation family farm & they were nice enough to give us a tour of their operation. What an amazing place!

Here are our new family members all together in their new home. 

And here are their three new "mommys". We will be seeing lots of sunrises in the next few weeks!

Our chickens are finally starting to lay again since the days are getting longer.
They however are not too sure about sharing their barn with the new calves.

We placed our first order with McMurray hatchery and now have 30 new baby chicks. 
I am so excited to watch these little hens grow!

I also got my seed order from Gurney's this past weekend and got them started and under lights in the basement. 

And this is why I got zero scrapbooking done this weekend. LOL!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day in the Life :: 3.21.13 Edition

Yesterday I posted this challenge to my facebook friends:

Who wants to take a challenge with me today? Come do "A Day in the Life". It's something started by scrapbooker/designer Ali Edwards Design and I have done her "week in the life" in the past which I love. This challenge is easy. Simply choose one day (like TODAY) and capture your day. Think of those everyday moments. The little things. Like what you ate for breakfast, your everday routine, your to do list, etc. I'll be sharing my day tomorrow on my blog.
Get inspired to capture life : ready & GO ...

It was a great day to take this challenge myself & while we didn't do anything extra ordinary during the say, the boys were home for spring break & we got a head start on their new chore chart. Oh the excitement. LOL! 
Welcome to our day ::

Breakfast & waking up slowly today.

Some much needed coffee & a blog update. 

Breakfast for me & uploaded a few photos for a local QDMA Chapter.

I worked from home today so I had my phone & notepad ready.

Some quiet play while Coe is still sleeping and Ella watched her favorite show :: Sponge Bob.

MineCraft :: Any other parents out there think this game is a bit addicting?
My boys wake up and run to their darn Kindles.
 Hmm.... now that I think about it; it's sort of like me & Facebook. LOL!

Little Miss working on the potty training adventures.

We got the Easter stuff out and the kids had fun playing with the plastic eggs.

We sifted out 30 that actually had both halves and put Ella in charge of washing them up for this weekends Easter Egg hunt at Nana & Papa's.

In anticipation of being home this Summer I have been looking for a chore chart that will "work" for us. In all honesty as much as the boys complain about having chores, they love having a chart. It's like completing a goal & at the end of the week there may be a small allowance involved.
This chart comes from Ali Edwards blog post HERE & was adjusted to our needs.

Ella got a few "jobs" as well. Like wiping the condensation off her bedroom windows. 

ETA ::
Tip Time ::
Try taking your photos from different angles and use the surroundings to tell the story.
The top photo shows that not only is Ella cleaning windows, but she is cleanging the windows in HER room. It shows a few of her toys in the background that will become a memory in themselves one day. It also gives you a better idea of her height next to her windows. It wasn't to long ago I had to have a little step stool for her so she could see the chickens from that window. See, the everyday little moments... are you capturing them today?

LOL! Not sure what Chase's face is about in the below picture, but cracks me up.

My picture order came! I love when the UPS or FedEx truck stops by. :)
I love the quality of MPIX for my printing needs.

Good Morning Sunshine printable available here : Megan Klauer Design Etsy

Ella decided playing in the tote of eggs was way more fun that the whole cleaning thing.

Lunch time!

I worked on putting my photos into their place in my PL album.
Now the fun part of embellishing & journaling. I really love this whole process!

Quiet time for the kids while I make lunch. Some how our bedroom has become the hangout spot in the house lately.

When shooting indoors I make sure I have as many shades open as I can so I can take advantage of as much light as possible.

We Mommy decided we needed to make some cookies. We were short one egg so Coe ran out to the coop and snagged one literally from under one of the hens. Now THAT'S a fresh egg. Hee!

My mom, myself, & some friends went to dinner and a show in honor of my Mom's Birthday. 
Mexican Food for supper - My favorite!

The show was a stand up comedian named : Etta May. If you ever have the chance to see her or watch her on tv, DO! We laughed so hard! 

What a wonderful day in my "Everyday Life". I encourage you to capture yours today!
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