Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Little Boys and Toy Story

Whenever Alex and Eli come over for a night at our house there’s one thing you can be sure about, they will want to watch Toy Story with Pop on their bean bag chairs. In mid January they spent the night and enjoyed time with Pop watching Toy Story with a little box of popcorn and their snuggly blankets!

 DSC_1187-001 DSC_1188-002 DSC_1189-003 DSC_1190-004 DSC_1191-005 Pop went a little crazy with the bean bag chairs, he bought five for the houseboat so the little kids could be warm and comfy when they spend the night out there. I was very ready to see the ‘extras’ delivered to the boat!DSC_1194-007DSC_1196-009 DSC_1195-008 I hope you are snuggly warm this cold January day, enjoy!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Guitar Girl

Whenever I want to make a layout and just can not come up with a style or idea I most often turn to my scrapping hero Gerarda for inspiration. She is also a member of the Shabby Miss Jenn design team. She is one of the most talented layout designers I have ever come across since I began digi scrapping in 2004. Today I found inspiration from her layout named Christmas 2010.

Guitar Girl

I used all Shabby Miss Jenn Design kits: Dreaming of Santa, Holiday Party, Grandma’s Scrapbook and her the little heart locket from XOXO, her new Valentine’s Day kit.


I’ve created three layouts using Shabby Miss Jenn’s new Valentine’s Day kit and LOVE how its so versatile.

i love the way you love me love of family With These Rings

Check out the new products in her store here: SMJDesigns

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Invitation is sent… Cupcake Party Printables

Here’s a post by my friend Melissa of ALittleLoveliness about her daughter’s cupcake  birthday party planning. I created the paper printables for the party. Check it out by clicking on the photo below.


I can  not wait to see the rest of Mary Ashley’s party as it unfolds!

(photo collage by Melissa)

Friday, January 21, 2011

She really is good!

Kali has been enjoying her guitar lessons at school. She has become quite the accomplished little guitarist. I’m so proud of her for practicing and how diligently she works at her finger placement. She has great hand eye coordination and will go far if she continues her lessons. Here are a few shots I took of her a during her winter holiday.

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Keep up the good work little Miss Kali!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Happiest Birthday!

Alex and Eli had a fabulous birthday party on Saturday, so many friends and family came and it was truly special. Here are some photo highlights of their party. Today is their actual birthday and we’re going to celebrate by opening presents from our family this evening and having supper together.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Down on the Farm…

We’re having a party to celebrate Alex and Elijah turning 3 today! Lots of details have been attended to, the cake is fabulous and we’re going to have a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating our favorite boys! There will be loads of goodies to eat and tractor rides with Pop and Daddy! More details to come!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Our Private Pilot

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Dave has been actively training for his private pilot's license and on December 17th, 2010 he received his certification to pilot an aircraft. This final check ride took place in Lafayette and he passed an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA-designated examiner. I'm so very proud of him and his accomplishment. I look forward to many fun trips with him into the wild blue yonder. I ask that all of you pray that he have safe flights and fair weather on his journeys.

Making Beignets with the Boys

Alex and Eli came over a little early for supper on Sunday so we could make French styled donuts we call beignets. They had a great time and did a very good job. Here are a few photo highlights of the boys at work!

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The beignets were delicious, thanks for the help Alex and Eli!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Supper Time Dessert

Tonight we’re going to be cooking up some beignets at our house for dessert. I can’t wait for all the little ones to come over so we can work on it together. I bought this adorable little cookie cutter that make the perfect sized beignets. Kali, Alex and Eli will have fun cutting them out of the dough and then we’ll fry them up to a nice golden color and toss them in powdered sugar. Erica made yummy chocolate and French vanilla pudding to dip them in and its going to be a delightful treat. Erica and I made one batch this afternoon for practice and we can’t wait to get started.

Beignets Web

Totally easy and totally yummy!

Here’s a fabulous shot by JUSTIN WATT of the fabulous Cafe du Monde. I checked my files and I didn’t have a shot that I liked of the famous NOLA restaurant!



Its super simple to make, I suggest you get some and give it a try sometime soon!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Breaux Bridge Antiquing

I woke up this morning with the envie to go antiquing. I called Krista and Keisha to see if they wanted to go too and within forty-five minutes we were on our way to Breaux Bridge. We stopped by Chick-Fil-A for a quick lunch in Upper Lafayette then headed down the bayou to Breaux Bridge. Our first stop was Bayou Town Flea Market, one of my favorite shops and I scored a few really awesome items. Keisha spotted this Pyrex dish in my Gooseberry pattern. I already had the white one the same size with the coral pattern on it. This was a fun find!

DSC_1141-007 Then I spotted this lovely little covered cheese dish in pink Depression glass. It’s so pretty and coordinates with my Gooseberry dishes so nicely. I also picked up a copy of “Talk about Good II” for Krista, for those times when she’s cooking and I’m not available by phone to have her cajun cooking questions. ;)

DSC_1138-006 Our next stop was at Lagniappe Antiques on Main Street in Breaux Bridge. I found a sweet little cookie cutter that will be perfect for making beignets …. hopefully I’ll be able to make some of these tonight.


The last thing I spotted just before heading to the counter to check out was a precious and ornate little grapefruit spoon. There was only one, but that’s perfectly fine because I’m the only one in our home who eats grapefruit.



When I got home I had a little grapefruit snack and this spoon was perfect, it made it so easy to slip right into the grapefruit wedge and pop the meat out. YUM! The thing about antiquing and flea marketing is that you would think a little day trip like this would curb the urge to do it, but it only makes me want to go again… really soon!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Little Loveliness (with Melissa)

I’m sharing links today to two fabulous parties that Melissa of the fabulous blog A Little Loveliness hosted for her children. At both of these parties I was so happy to create custom printable items in her party themes to help take the party to another level. She’s shared beautiful images of her family and their special events.

Santa Party - Melissa

Click on the images above to see her Christmas pARTy!

Bee & Birthday 089 Click on the photo above to see the Spelling ‘BEE’ party she created for her son Christian.