Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Little One

I made another baby gift for my friends; their baby is so cute, I just can't help myself! This is the same little guy who got the onesies a few weeks back. I used a template from Jessica Sprague's latest publication; she is an endless source of inspiration. I modified it a bit, using graphics from Nancy Kubo. I then printed the pages and adhered them to a chipboard album. Very quick and easy...if only all my projects were like this! Of course, it was already evening before I started working on it, so it was super late by the time I finished. Therefore, I have no pics of the final product. Oh well, these are close enough! :)
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Yay. I just love all the quotes...they kinda make me want to cry! LOL. On another note, sometimes I just crack myself up. For instance:
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I'm pretty proud of that title. It makes me smile every time I see it. I made this with help from a tutorial by Cassie Jones, who is another source of endless inspiration. How do these women do it?

Last but not least, the photobook contest ends today! I hope to have exciting {?} news tomorrow...exciting for me, anyway!! Thanks to all of you guys and your awesome, wonderful, and kind support. Seriously, I owe you big time. Unless I don't win, then I'm off the kidding, of course!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Calling on You!

Okay, faithful blog readers, I need your assistance. Sarah and I have been working on a project for Brady's thirtieth birthday. This project was inspired by Jamie, who is a crafting genius; thanks for the inspiration, Jamie! Anyway, we've finished the project and I've entered it in a contest...the prize is a free 12x12 Shutterfly book...woohoo! So, the entry (photobook) with the most comments wins the prize...and, of course, this is where you come in.

Here's the deal. You can see the photobook below, but you need to click the link below that. This link takes you to the Shutterfly gallery, where you can view my book and post a comment. I believe you need to have a Shutterfly account to post a comment but hey, the account is free...AND you get 25 free prints just for signing up. So, what's not to love about that??

One last thing: Brady's birthday isn't until May. Needless to say, he is (thus far) unaware of the birthday project and we would like to keep it that way. So, just bear this in mind if you happen to run into him between now and then.

Click here to view this photo book.

Thanks, guys! Everyone who comments is my hero. Maybe I'll make a Shutterfly book for you someday!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hello, Spring? Are You There?

This spring weather is pure torture. Beautiful, 70 degree happiness one day and snow the next. I know this happens every year and you would think I'd be used to it, but Hunter's cabin fever is contagious and we can't seem to recover from this affliction. Hunter has spent all winter making improvements to the bike, and we are chomping at the bit to take it on a road trip. Here's a picture of our New and Improved Trusty Steed:
This sweetheart has been farkled like there's no tomorrow. Hunter added a skid plate, crash bars and highway pegs, as well as a re-upholstered seat. Hopefully our tushies will fare much better on those long, brutal rides. :)

Speaking of farkling, I have learned several new languages since I started hanging out with Hunter. Some of these new terms pertain to riding, others relate to his various hobbies including trains, planes, and (RC) automobiles. If you're interested, here's a few of my favorites:

Pillion: Me. Or actually, any 'passenger' on a our case, it happens to be me.

Two Up: Two people + one motorcycle. An excellent way to get a prolonged snuggle from your honey.

Wee: The 650 cc version of the Suzuki Vstrom. In a September 2006 article, Cycle World magazine wrote "the DL650 may just be the most shockingly competent machine in the world today." A 2004 article from said "it was hard to imagine another machine with a competitive versatility-per-dollar ratio." Hunter and I have put 21,000 miles on our sweet ride in less than two years. It's virtually bulletproof.

Harley: The fastest way to convert gasoline into noise without the side effect of horsepower. Also known as the loudest fart noise money can buy. By the way, I hate that word: fart. It offends me just to look at it. No idea how I managed to type it...twice!!

This pretty much concludes our Rider Education course for the day. In closing, I'd like to leave you with a few of my favorite pics from the Montana Road Trip 2006, an epic adventure of 1600+ miles in which we rode two-up on a farkled Wee. It was truly a journey of joy. I was one happy pillion.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gems of Joy

My hubby has a knack for finding the best of the web; for example, this is classic. Be sure to read the's very entertaining. And there's a letter from a satisfied customer at the bottom: priceless!!! I'm getting ready to submit a bulk order; I could put this thing to work all over the place!! The possibilities are endless, and good times are guaranteed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


The Albrechts have a new toy:
It is the talk of the town, and the Albrechts have managed to win my husband's heart, along with several others. Hunter and Braxton took this buddy out for an adventure in the hills, and later Hunter took me to the same sites. It was awesome!

Brax & Hunter at the Lake of Death:
Sure, it looks lovely and innocent...but don't be fooled
Despite its serene appearance, this little pond is full of lead and other nasty stuff. That's why nothing is growing or living in it.
The infamous land of Minersville:
Minersville has it's name for a reason. The hills are peppered with old mines, just waiting to eat someone for breakfast. This is my worst fear, and the reason I can't sleep at night. Becca and Ruth have sworn they won't let their kids out of their sight...but I think they laughed at me afterwards. Here's my husband, on his way to a swift and untimely demise:
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Eek. That one actually isn't so bad. This, however, is the stuff of nightmares:
I realize these photos do little to convey the terror that struck my heart when I first laid eyes on this evil shaft of death. It appears to be a passageway leading into the side of a mountain, but IT IS NOT! This, my friends, is an almost vertical tunnel into the depths of instant hell. I can barely stand to look at the pictures, for fear I might accidentally fall into it! I know, I know...I'm a nervous nellie. But dude, tell me this doesn't haunt you too? EEEK! Must. Look. Away.
This doesn't make me feel any better:
And...back to a happier topic!
I love this thing. It can go anywhere, gets 45-50 mpg, and it's just plain fun.
Hunter has a new buddy.
We would like to thank the Albrechts for sharing their new toy. It was a big hit. :)

Monday, April 7, 2008

What We Did

This is what we did over the weekend:
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and this:
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And that's just the beginning. On Saturday, we picked up the Rigbys and headed to Minersville. We had a short weekend that was tons of fun! Hunter had a blast with the Albrecht's off-road vehicle; it is pretty awesome! We took it for a test run and then he and Braxton went adventuring in the hills. I jumped on the trampoline with Ryker, Treyton & Kazie and let me tell you, if you want to feel your age this is the way to do it. When I was a kid this was by far my favorite activity, and I could jump for HOURS. I could do all kinds of aerobatic stunts (okay, just backflips...but still!!!), and my energy was limitless. I envied my friends who had trampolines, and thought they were the greatest invention EVER. I still think they are tons of fun but holy cow, when did they become so much work? It's like major exercise, and my body is NOT HAPPY about it! I tried so hard to keep up with the kids, because we had a lot of fun. But eventually, I had to throw in the towel. I need to get my own trampoline, so I can 'practice' while I'm not with the kids. Now, if I can just figure out how to fit it in my 'yard'...lolol!

On Sunday we helped Treyton celebrate his fifth birthday. My parents and all of my sisters and their families were there, and we had a blast. The Carters really know how to party like it's 1999!! Woohoo! A closer look at the festivities:
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Good times. Stay tuned for details about the adventure with the sweet Japanese truck of off-road joy. Those were also good times, that deserve their own blog post. :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cool People are Cool

I know some really cool people. Fortunately, a lot of the dudes I'm related to fit in this category. So do all of my friends (all four of When I first moved to Orem way back in 1998, I ended up with a roommate who turned out to be ultra-cool. Her name is Ann, and at the time she worked as a journalist for the Daily Herald. She was dating a guy who was a photographer at the Daily Herald (Marc), and they became really good friends of mine. Then one day Marc landed a sweet job at the Anchorage Daily a photographer, of course. Eventually Ann was also hired by the Anchorage Daily News, and they have since lived in Alaska for several years. They are now married and have an adorable son named Dane, and they maintain one of the coolest blogs ever invented...and I would say this even if I wasn't biased! They are both exceptionally skilled, and when you combine their talents you're bound to have a winner every time.

I have a link to their blog (Scrumtralescent) in my sidebar, and I am a big fan. Well Marc recently posted a slideshow that is absolutely breathtaking, so I wanted to share it with you. You can check it out here. His talent is amazing, and I am completely in awe! So, enjoy...and then stop by his blog and leave him some love! :)