Dreams do come true……

Oh my gosh! Somebody pinch me! I cannot believe I get to finally share with you the MOST exciting news! I have been asked to be a part of the SSInkspiration Design Team! I cannot believe it! Being invited to be a part of this group is huge for me, it was one of my goals for this year and BAM! I love it when goals are set and reached!

So – for our posts today we are sharing cards that are Red, White and Blue or Star themed. Pretty fun right since it’s the 4th of July weekend!

SSInk 1July Card

This card is so quick and easy using the Work of Art stamp set and a Big Shot. I would say it takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish for this one. It was a huge hit at June’s Quick and Easy Class.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please leave me some love in the form of a comment and be sure to subscribe so that you never miss another post. I promise there is a ton of great ideas and inspiration headed your way!

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ICS Blog Hop – Butterflies are Free!

Welcome hoppers to the July edition of the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop! Welcome to those of your who have arrived here from Claudia’s Blog – didn’t you just love her card! If you arrived here all on your own – we are so glad to have you!
Our theme this month is Butterflies! Stampin’ Up! offers us quite a few choices in this area and is one of my most favorite images!
The card I have made for you this month is using the gorgeous stamp set Butterfly Basics and the coordinating Framelit. This is one of the wonderful bundles carried over from our Occasions Catalog and I could not be happier. I just adore this bundle. This card design will work in so many color combinations and with just a change of sentiment, can be used for so many different occasions. I love the muted colors on the cardstock so that the large butterfly image can really be the focal point. Below you will find a list of the supplies used in the making of this card and as always you can purchase these supplies at my Stampin’ Store Online.  
Now, it’s time to hop on over to Joni’s blog and see what she has for you! Thanks so much for hopping by. Be sure to leave me love in the form of a comment and subscribe to the blog so you never miss a post!
Hugs and happy stampin’!
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Summer Update

Happy Weekend! How are things going with you? Here they are fast and fabulous. We have accomplished some major milestones in the last month since school has been out. Wait….school has already been out a month? Wow, how time flies.

Mr D. has learned how to ride a 2 wheel bike…..and it only took about an hour. We are so proud of him and he is a bike riding fool. It is so great to see his sense of accomplishment and has been a good life lesson about how we don’t give up and we keep working towards the things we want. He has also become much more comfortable with the water and in just the last 2 days is now holding his breath and going fully under water. This is a HUGE step for him and we are hopeful that he will learn to swim before the summer is over.

Miss A. has also overcome some fears of the water and has learned how to jump into the pool and swim, which then allowed her to practice for her green ribbon test at the Y. She passed with flying colors and made up very proud. Her next goal was to be able to jump off of the diving board. That has taken a bit of time, a ton of faith and courage but we are happy to report that she is now a low dive fool. She is our fish, wanting to be in the pool as much as possible and it is so wonderful to see her achieve these water goals.

In the midst of playdates, time at the park or the YMCA we are doing a bit of school each day, keeping our minds fresh and even learning a few things. Both of the kids are so smart and we enjoy seeing them grow and learn. Just because school is out should not mean that the learning stops. We are getting to the library each week and just found out that a new library is going to be built even closer to our home. We hope that it will be as fun as the library we currently visit.

6 years ago today, I lost my mom, my best friend. I miss her like crazy and am trying to focus on the fun times, the trips and memories we made. Her death has never gotten any easier, I just get more used to it. I am trying to make the effort to not wallow in sadness over the loss. It is what it is and there is nothing I can do. I try to turn to God as much as I can, because I know that this was His plan for her life, and mine I guess. I don’t understand that…the how and why of it all, but I do know that I have to trust Him in all things.

I hope you are having as much fun this summer as we are. I will try and update more often. Maybe even add some pictures. 

Blessings to you and your families!
Jen

Summer Break!

We love being on Summer Vacation! It has only been a few days and yet we are fully adjusted and enjoying it to the fullest extent! We are staying up just a little bit later and sleeping in to make up for it. We all seem to be relaxed, most of the time, enjoying being together and creating memories .
So far, we have enjoyed the farmers market, movies in the park, extra swim time at the Y, bike rides, birthday parties, more movies, bowling, sprinkler parks and time at the Library.

This week we are working on a unit about the US Flag. We are learning the history of our flag, the origins of the flag and the meanings of the colors and symbols used. We are watching videos and will be creating our own flags, if we were in charge of a country. I don’t want our brains to turn to total mush over this long summer break so we are also working on our math skills, reading and hand writting.Tomorrow I plan on taking all of our school work to the library and park to work on to change it up and keep it fun for us all! 

I hope that your summer is off to a great start! May the sun brighten you day and God bless your path!