Archive | January 2013

Treasure Hunter

Treasure-Map Layout created using Lauren Bavin’s Pirate King page kit

I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, but I’ve missed a couple of days’ worth of posts, so I want to get right back on it. This layout is an example of when something is just meant to be. Because the boys have been so into Minecraft and various other computer games this year, I decided a number of months ago that I wanted to build Andrew a new computer for Christmas. I shopped for all the parts online and had them delivered a couple of weeks before Christmas and then I spent a day putting it together. As an aside, I did not meet my goal of having it boot up on the first try, but the only thing I missed was a connector for the power switch (I had only plugged the power LED in–duh) and it started up as soon as I plugged that in. So anyhow, I put it all together, installed his Windows, installed Minecraft and a few other games, and hardest of all–put it BACK in the box the case came in and had to WAIT 2 weeks for Christmas to come.

Knowing that Andrew wouldn’t have as many gifts to open as Kyle (because his mostly came in one box), I wanted to do something a little more fun for the opening hour. I decided to wrap the component boxes and send Andrew on a treasure hunt for the parts, and at the end, he would find his computer. Josh and I came up with a plan for him to set the whole thing up at Andrew’s desk before we got started unwrapping gifts. I searched my favorite digital scrapping site ( for a pirate kit and came up with Lauren’s kit, Pirate King, which had a map all ready for me. I didn’t have to even change a thing, the map just worked out perfectly for the trail we had to follow. I wrote the clues to go along with the various stopping points along the way and Xmas morning, I had Josh put the gifts in various places (in the fridge, on top of the garbage can, on the back of the toilet). We all followed the clues together when the unwrapping was done, and finally got to the X on the map. When Andrew saw his computer, his voice broke up and he was so amazed that we had done that for him that he almost came to tears. It was all really an incredible time. I love it when a good plan comes together, and he is right now in there enjoying his gift. It makes me happy to see him so happy.


Little Map Man

Map Layout created using Lauren Bavin’s Citrus Sunshine Page Kit

Here’s another one of my guy, Kyle. He is so much like his mommy here, in that he loves to check out the map, wherever we go. While the rest of us watch the opening festivities to the joust at the PA Renaissance Faire, he is busy perusing the map to see where we should go next. Gotta love the genius in action!

Two Front Teeth

Two-Front-Teeth Layout created using the Happy Holly Days Mega Kit from the DSP Designers

I just love these photos. It’s hard to get Kyle to pose for the camera, and you can only barely see that his bottom two teeth are missing in these photos, but I know they are, and I think he has just the sweetest little face. I can’t believe how fast my babies are growing up. I know we all say it, and every mom goes through this at some time, but it’s so hard to let go of the little babies and let them grow up into big kids, and eventually young men. Sigh. Enjoy your kids every step of the way. They may test your patience, but these precious moments only come one time for each child (if that) and they should be treasured and celebrated!

My Dreamers

Tender-Moment Page created using Nicole Young’s Little Moon Dreamer Page Kit

I am too tired to write much tonight, so I’ve picked out a layout that I don’t have a lot to say about, but I just love! Aren’t these two just amazing?!

Found Treasure!

So, for my job a couple of months back, I had to make a quick delivery to a promotional products business in Frederick, MD, which is about an hour away from here. I was on my way down there and I called my dad (I like to catch up on my phone calls when I drive long distances), and he suggested I stop by the Frederick Memorial Hospital where his mother went to nursing school and see if they had any class photos up on the walls. I told him I might make a stop, and drove past the hospital on my way to the store. On my way back, I decided a pit stop was necessary, and remembering that there was NOT ONE fast food restaurant on the road from my place to Frederick, I decided to stop in the hospital to use the bathroom.

The ladies at the front desk directed me to the bathroom all the way in the back of the hospital, as the front ones were being remodeled, and so I walked along the main hallway for quite some time. I caught a quick glimpse of a plaque commemorating all the nursing school graduates, and a timeline of the hospital’s history on my way back, but being in a hurry, I decided to stop and peruse on my way back to the front desk, where I planned to ask the ladies about any class photos that may be around the building.

I didn’t see any more pictures on the walls there, so I stopped to look at the timeline for a few minutes, and as I read along, I came to the 1940 marker, and lo and behold, there was an amazing photo of one single nurse working. When I looked at it, I got tears in my eyes, because it HAS to be Gram. She was about 19 in the photo, and since she graduated in 1942, it stands to reason that she would have been photographed during that time period. Through blurry eyes, I snapped a couple of shots of the wall of the hospital and headed over to take pictures of the wall plaque too. Then I stopped at the desk on my way out and asked if they knew of any other photos I might be able to look at. They did not know of any, but they allowed me to call to the HR department (which yielded no results). It didn’t matter because I knew that I had found the best photo of all already. So I headed home at that time.

That evening, I got on the website of the hospital and found a section to email the staff, and I wrote an email asking if they had the original photos and whether there was any more information they might have. I got the nicest email back from a woman who said she would look into it for me, and the very next day, she sent me a digital copy of the original photo that they had on file as well as two other photos of people I did not know. It was very touching that she took the time to help me out, and I wrote to thank her, because it means the world to me to have this picture of Gram.

Gram-on-Frederick-Hospital-Wall Created using Lauren Bavin’s Edwardian Blossom Page Kit, and her Relationship Titles word art

This entry was posted on January 3, 2013. 2 Comments

Mirror-Lake Elements used in the creation of this page are from Erica Belton’s Rocky Road Page Kit.

I used to live here. This is Mirror Lake in Browns Mills, NJ. I didn’t take this photo, in fact, I facebook-stalked it off of What’s Right Pemberton’s page, but I was there at this time of the year and I can say that this past autumn may have been the prettiest one I have ever seen.

Happy New Year, friends! I wanted to make a nice post earlier today, but I just got doing other things. I am going to make an effort to post more in 2013, but for today, it will have to be short and sweet. Here is a page I made today, from a photo I facebook-stalked from Diane, just so you have something nice to look at!


This entry was posted on January 1, 2013. 1 Comment