Monday, December 20, 2010

Our Christmas Lights.....

Merry Christmas!!!

This is our 2010 Christmas light display. We have 25,000 lights with 120 channels of animation. You can hear the music on your car radio while you watch the lights.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My blankie

A couple weeks ago, Mom came to visit and we spent the weekend quilting. She is making a beautiful quilt for my bed (it's my Christmas gift) so she worked on that while I cussed my way through this minky "quilt".

After sewing the pieces for the front together, I decided I needed to add a ruffle to the edge. Mom had to leave about that time so I was on my own. I made the ruffle myself.....On my own. lol I'm not experienced enough to be doing that. Really. Not. Experienced.

Here's my first minky quilt:

I took this picture with my cell phone right after I finished it.....Notice it's already being put to good use? Yeah, there are two kiddos under it! My oldest and my youngest. That picture made all the cussing worthwhile....put a tear in my eye.

The sewing may be FAR from perfect but my minky blanket is L-O-V-E-D!

Now, everyone wants one.....I've already started another one! ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010


The lights are working! WOOHOO! He's been having technical difficulties but Jimbo fixed 'em!

I've spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday programming the lights.....I'm supposed to turn them on tonight while Jimbo is at work and see what I think! I need to program the commercials but we're getting close!!! I'm sure we'll be ready by Black Friday!

YAY! I'm getting excited!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Claus is coming......

Jimbo turned some of the Christmas lights on for a test for the first time last night! WOOHOO!

For those of you that don't know, Jimbo has a Christmas light fetish! Seriously. A. Fetish. He puts up about 25,000 lights and they're controlled by over 100 channels on the computer. They dance in time to the music that plays on our radio station.

The first step is hanging them. Since we had so much snow last year, the lights were buried under literal feet of snow for months and we had A LOT of damage.....Which equals a lot of fixing.....Personally, I don't know HOW he deal with it! I helped separate the little trees and check to make sure they were working and I thought I was going to need do some heavy drinking to get through it! ;)

The second step is plugging them in. I know plugging them in sounds easy but imagine plugging in all those extension cords and making sure that each strand is plugged into the right slot. It's a hot mess!

The third step is testing them to make sure he got the cords right.....He had a few blue/greens switched around but he fixed it and I think it's good to go now! WOOHOO!

The fourth step is programming the songs......Usually, we program the songs first throughout the year but we decided to wait this year until they were all on the house. We'll see if this is easier......

I always complain about the lights but seeing them on is just so breathtaking that I can't help being excited!

I'll share videos when the lights are up and running! The show starts on Black Friday! ;)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Please take a moment today to say
to all our Veterans!

James Averill, U.S. Air Force

Friday, October 29, 2010

Digi Images

I think I'm going to start drawing some digi images.....I need to figure out a way to share them with you but this is what I did today. I have them in PDF, JPG and transparent PNG.

Do you like that idea???

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Your newest Sassy sketch is up!

I might be a little biased but I'm loving this sketch! I need to use it soon and so do you! If you link your layout to the Sassy Lil' Sketches blog by November 5th, you'll be entered in a drawing for a couple of fab prizes!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The 21st Reveal is up.....

This is my layout from the sketch! I posted this on Creating Keepsakes and it was featured in their weekly gallery highlights awhile back. I was incredibly honored!

If you use the sketch, make sure you link it to the Sassy blog! We have some amazing sponsors again this month!

Don't forget the Card CRAZY! event we have going on....We're giving away an additional prize for that!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

14th Sassy Reveal

This month is flying by! It's already time for the 14th Reveal at Sassy! AND my brother is getting married on Saturday!

Here's the sketch:

Make sure you link your cards/layouts at the Sassy blog because you could win some wonderful prizes!!! This month, we have some seriously amazing prizes from Blue Hills Studio, Sassy Designs & Cupcards{ToGo}!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Card CRAZY! at Sassy!

We revealed the 2nd sketch for our Card CRAZY month at Sassy Lil' Sketches!! Make sure you stop by and check it out! If you use the sketch, you could win a mini kit from Cupcards{togo}!!! Their kits rock! Definitely worth making a card or two for!

Here's my take on the sketch:
This is from the "Love is" cartoons.....Remember those? I used to collect them when I was a kid so I created this card for Jimbo and the inside has little "Love is" quotes.....He laughed at me but I think he liked it! lol

Monday, October 4, 2010

First day of college.....

Today is my oldest son's first day of college!! YAY!

I'm such a scrapbooker that I made the poor guy suffer through having his "first day of school" photos taken this morning! If I remember, I'll share his pics later.

Since we have lots of colleges here, he's able to live at home this year and attend one of the community colleges. He's in the Transfer of Science Program plus an Associate of Arts in German. After the community college, he hopes to transfer to UNL to continue his science degree.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Big Milestone!

A couple days ago, Parker lost his first tooth!!! YAY!

Sadly, he doesn't have an empty hole where the tooth was because his permanent teeth have been in for awhile now.

Here's the tooth:

And the proud little man:

He was so excited! The Tooth Fairy brought him $2!!!!

New Sassy Sketch!

Here's the sketch:
If you create a layout using this sketch and link to the Sassy blog, you'll be entered in a prize drawing for a chance to win a Cricut cartridge from Memory Miser or digital images from Digital Designs!

Actually, you can use any of the sketches that were posted throughout September to get an entry. Yes, you can get more than one entry by using all the sketches or if you use a sketch twice!

In the month of October, we're going Card CRAZY at Sassy! Cupcards{to go} will be giving away one of their mini-kits! If you haven't seen their kits, go look now! They're fabulous! You'll want to win a kit!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Michelle's Blog Candy

Holy schmoly! Michelle is giving away the new Spellbinders Label 15!!!! Visit her blog for your chance to win!

Isn't she awesome???? I think she's awesome! ;)

If you want another chance to win blog candy, Katie and I are giving away a Cricut cartridge from Memory Miser and some digi images from  Digital Designs this month on the Sassy Lil' Sketches blog......Stop by for your chance to win!!

Here's the newest sketch:

You can use any/all of the September sketches throughout the month just link your images by October 5th!

Good luck!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sketches 4 All Guest Designer

WOOHOO! I'm the guest designer at Sketches 4 All during their Sketch-A-Thon!!!

I'm giving away a RAK to a lucky winner if you join and use this sketch! I have no idea what it will be but I'm sure it'll be something fun!!! I'd decide in advance but I like to get something for you that I think you'll like and use....

Anyway, here's the sketch:

Here's my take on the sketch:

Yeah, yeah....I only have one brother named Bert (if you're observant, you'll notice my brother's name is kinda funny) but I had two photos of him and four looked better than three! LOL So I went ahead and used it!

I hope to see you there!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Scrapfreak Kit Giveaway

RUN to JessicaBree's blog and enter her giveaway!!! She's giving away a Scrapfreak embellishment kit!

There are lots of ways to win.....One way is to use a Sassy Lil' Sketches sketch. If you use an August one, you'll be entered in our drawing too!! YAY!

Friday, August 27, 2010

I'm Sooooo Excited!!!!

If you're here for the Sassy Lil' Sketches blog hop, that post is right here.....Thanks for playing along!! I'm having so much fun seeing everyone's layouts/cards! Love it!

Why am I soooo excited???? Because I posted the two layouts I did for the Sassy Lil' Sketches blog hop on Club Creating Keepsakes earlier this week. Last night, I was absolutely SHOCKED to see that they've included my baseball page in their Gallery Highlights! WOOHOO!!

Check it out!
Club CK Blog

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sassy Lil’ Sketches “Hidden” Treasures Blog Hop

We are having a Blog Hop…Sassy Lil’ Sketches ( style! We want you to get to know our new Sassies. There are some pretty fabulous prizes to win, too!
August 23rd through August 30th, 9 PM. EST.

The "Hidden" Treasure Blog Hop starts at Sassy Lil’ Sketches ( where there are two of our sassy sketches and rules for the blog hop.

Here's my take on my sketches.....

After visiting Sassy Lil' Sketches you can choose which Sassy you would like to visit next. We recommend visiting every Sassy because we have "hidden" treasure at four of our Sassies' blogs.

The Sassies:

Aimee (

Amanda (

Amy (

Brenda B. (

Brenda R. (

Carla (

Cherie (

Cheryl (

Christine (

Deanna (

Debbie (

Denise (

Isabelle (Zabou) (

Jessica Bree (

Katie (

Kelly (

Laura (

Martine (

Nancy (

Rebecca (

Sandra (

Shana (

Our awesome, amazing, and completely generous sponsors for Sassy Lil’ Sketches “Hidden” Treasure Blog Hop:

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BoBunny (

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to School Photos

Parker (1st grade)

Ladd & Parker

Ladd (7th grade)

Logan is in 11th grade but evidently, 11th grade doesn't rate 1st day of school pics because we didn't take any! lol Levi will start college in October.....I wonder if that will rate photos? Hmmm......

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Operation $40K Giveaway

Dannelle has a great giveaway going on her blog! Stop by and check it out!

You might wanna sit down......

I'm sharing a page! I know! It's shocking!

A special thanks to my friends, Erin and Katie, who were sweeties and sent me a big box 'o goodies when I had my surgery back in March!!! The page is based on Amy's August inspiration sketch at Scrapfreak.

Scrapfreak also happens to be one of the August Sassy sponsors so if you like the kit at the Freak, you should create a layout/card (or 4) using my August sketches AND share them at Sassy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sassy Card Sketch

The new card sketch is up at Sassy Lil' Sketches!

I'm loving what the DT did with the digi images from Peggy Loves Vintage! Don't you???

If you use the sketch, make sure you share it with us at Sassy because we have two GREAT prizes to give away this month!!! Snobby Walrus is giving away on of their awesome kits! And Peggy Loves Vintage is giving away some adorable vintage images! Those images are so cute on cards!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hmmm.....Could we have the next Richard Simmons on our hands????

This is what you get when our kid gets a CD in his kids' meal! lol

While I was checking this video out, I stumbled across this little goodie.....If you watch closely towards the end, you can see Logan hits Parker in the head with the bat. Check out Logan's face and hear Parker say, "Ow!"


Thursday, July 8, 2010


Welcome to my first blog about me! I've had scrapbook sketch blogs for years but never one that I allowed you to see who I am or what I'm up to.....

I'd like to thank Katie for the name of my blog! I've been trying to think of something that fits me for a couple weeks now and just wasn't having any luck....So I asked Katie to help!

The "boy" in the name comes from the five boys I have. Alright, alright, one isn't technically a boy but he sure does act like it sometimes! lol

You can look forward to seeing stuff from all my adventures in scrapbooking, cooking/baking, sewing, crafting and maybe even a little home decor here and there....Along with more photos of my boys than anyone should be subjected to!

For now, I'll share the announcements I made for Levi's graduation in June....

I made all the announcements myself while I was on medical leave. I'd do a few steps of each card and take a break, do a few steps and take a break. You can thank Jimbo for all the stamping....I couldn't stamp without being in pain so that poor guy learned to stamp in a hurry!

This photo isn't a great photo because it was taken with my camera phone right before I mailed them....I realized I didn't have a single one leftover and he would never be able to remember them if I didn't take a pic right then! lol

I printed that background paper myself. I just typed the words in Microsoft Word and colored the background in. I printed it using our color laser printer. The strips of paper are from some line of 4th of July scrapbook paper but I can't remember what company it's from (maybe BoBunny?)....I used 4th of July paper because he went to NorthStar and the colors fit his school colors perfectly. ;)

Yep, that is sewing on those cards and yep, I sewed on each and every one of them! The picture is from Levi's prom night.....He liked that photo because he looked "fly".

The G is a stamp I borrowed from my friend. Jim stamped two for each card - one burgundy and one blue. Then, we punched them out and glued them together so they would be two-toned. The square is pop-dotted so they stand up a little. I printed the inside of the cards on the color laser printer....

Now I suppose I should scrap, bake or sew something so I can share it with you.....