Random Ramblings: July 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

IT IS OFFICIAL!! WE ARE MOVING!

Life is in full swing of crazy mode now.  We found out last Monday that for sure we will be moving to Arizona from California.  YIKES.  So in less than 2 weeks from today we will be official Arizona residence.  YAY.

But it is so exciting and scary at the same time.

But my prime focus at this moment is packing the entire house and making sure it is all ready to go on the day we leave. I am having a big garage sale next Saturday to get rid of some of the bigger items we do not want to take with us.  We are giving some away and then throwing some out as well.
We head out for our official move day on Saturday August 8th.

I am going to try to check in and document all of it.


The next few weeks are going to be crazy.
We will be in a hotel for around a month once we get to Arizona and start looking for a place while he starts his new job.

~NICOLE

Friday, July 17, 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL 2015


This summer sure has flown by.  Well that and the fact that the kids go back in July sure doesn't make it seem slower by any means either.  
So this week has been a crazy amount of getting all our last minute school shopping stuff done.  We had to get them their new shoes, and socks and pick up their shirts from the embroidery place.  


Then last night was Back to School night.  What that is exactly is the school opens the gates and all the teachers are in their classrooms.  Then we go find out who their new teachers are and go see their classrooms and meet the teachers.  It is nice to be able to do it the night before so there isn't any extra added crazy to the first day of school craziness that already exists.  

The boys were not excited to go back at all. Chloe was so excited to start Kindergarten she could barely contain herself.  

They got up this morning and got ready with no arguments at all.  I made them biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs for breakfast.  They brushed their teeth and we of course had to go snap some morning photos.  
We walked Jacob to class first and he was good, he is in 5th grade now, so he even offered to walk himself to class alone lol.  We still walked him.  


Next was Caleb, who wasn't as excited, and a little nervous.  But he went in and was still all smiles.  


Chloe was last and we stayed with her for a bit and then she was waving bye to us with no problems at all.  She was right to work writing her name when we left.  






It was so strange walking out of the school with no children when it was time to go home.  It was like part of us was missing.  

They only had short day, so we were back at the school at 11:30 to pick them up.  That was like a crowded jam of parents like they were afraid the school was going to keep their child.  Madness I tell ya.
They all had great days.  Jacob is excited because he has the teacher that he really wanted.  Then Caleb go to earn class money so he was totally excited about that.  They can earn it and spend it on things in class.  Chloe has been talking about her first day since we picked her up almost 2 hours ago.  She loved it and even before we got home she was giving me all the paperwork from her backpack that has to go back on Monday.

So overall a successful day for all of them.
We are so proud of them and the little people they are growing up to be.

~NICOLE

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I LOVE USA LAYOUT

This past weekend I was over on the CLEAR SCRAPS CREATING MADE EASY KIT CLUB BLOG with a patriotic layout to share.   
This kit was so fun for some fun patriotic projects and a layout this month.  
You can find all the information on this months kit HERE.  


I started with the blue star paper as my background and added some of the creamy white paper to the top of that. I printed my journaling on this paper too.    I ripped some of it off and added some coordinating red paper behind that to show through to the front.  

One of my favorite things to do is collect tags from clothing we purchase or get.  The tags are always so different and fun to use as an element on my scrapbook pages.  
For this layout I went through my collection of tags and found a few that matched perfect.  One of my most favorite tags ever is the tan one with the writing and the three small red white and blue stars on it.  I added these tags to the top of the layout and added in a clear triangle banner piece with them, for some fun added elements to the layout.  

I made a flag by taking a pearl pin and glued on some star patterned paper, which I cut into a flag on the end, and added it to the layout using a pop dot.  
I cut out the I (heart) USA tag from part of the patterend paper and flag notched the bottom of it and added that to the top of the white paper, as my title for the layout.  
I added a half a doiley to the top of the whtie paper and added a strip of photos across the page.  I added the swirly felt strip under the photo strip.  
I cut out some of the stars on one of the patterend papers and cut some small scalloped circles out of the star vellum.  I added the circles to the layout and topped them with the cut out stars.  I added some wood veneer stars I had on hand scattered around the layout as well.
I added  the date with some silver thick stickers I had.  I then used the tiny circles on the alphabet sticker sheet in the same way I would use enamel dots.  I cut out some words from the patterned paper and added those under the silver "enamel" dots.  For a few extra added elements to the layout I added a few tiny paper clips and some silver glittery washi tape.  
Thank you for stopping by to check out my layout.  This kit was so much fun for all my patriotic projects and layout.   
~NICOLE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MAKING MEMORIES HAVING FUN LAYOUT

Yesterday I was over on the LAYOUT A WEEK BLOG sharing this new layout.  It is one of my new favorite summer memories ever.  




I think out of all our memories from this summer, this one is by far my most favorite.
I really loved the photo I took and the impact it had on me in black and white, so I wanted my layout colors to be not so bright and let the picture shine.  Because to me the picture is what tells me the story, that brings me right back to that moment in the pool.  


Now let me ask you this, have you ever created a layout without patterned papers?  I did for this layout.  I was looking through my stash of stuff and thought I would look through my cards I have on hand for pocket scrapbooking.  I found the quote one and instantly knew I wanted this to be right next to my picture on the layout.  Well as I was looking through the rest of the cards, I came across the polka dot ones and the chevron ones.  They matched since they were from the same collection. 

The best part is that they are pre cut down to a small size and I don't have to fuss with any trimming.  A win win in my book anyday. 



So I lined up the patterned cards on the bottom of a white sheet of cardstock and attached the large quote card to the left side above that. 

When I was going through my ever growing stash of tags, I did happen to find this little piece of turquoise scraps that was cut like a flag, so I trimmed it down to add a little more color to the layout. 

I then added my photo that I printed at home in a 5x7 size and added a piece of that scrap I cut off from the flag on the right side of the photo.  This added a little pop of color on the right side of the layout as well. 
I found my little frames, and decided to add a few color photos from the same visit to the pool.  I thought these in color would add more to the layout than in black and white.  In color they actually matched the layout quite well, and then to me it makes the large black and white photo pop so much more. 

After I added my photos, I added the tags to the top of the quote card.  


Then I added my hand written journaling on a card and attached that to the bottom side of the quote card.  Want to know something fun, the little saying card at the top that says "this is pure happiness", well it was a large card, but I only wanted the top saying to show, so I trimmed most of it off and the journaling is actually on the bottom part of that card.  I would rather be able to use the bottom half instead of just lost underneath something anyways.  Great way to get the most out of your supplies. 

The last and final thing I do on all my layouts once the main elements are down and in place, is add some fun little extra details.  I added the enamel dots, and all the grouping of matching stickers on the bottom right side of the layout under my photo.  Then I added the tiny little paper clips to the quote card and the word stickers to the small photo frames.  I think all the last extra detail elements sometimes help finish off the layout.  All I do for this is take out my bucket of "extra" stuff, and see what I have that matches or goes with the theme of my layout and add as I go along.  



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout. 

What is your favorite memory this summer? 

~NICOLE

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TEN ON TUESDAY

TEN ON TUESDAY

1.  I am just patiently waiting for the Arizona cement plant to give Jacob their offer.  Sometimes waiting is the worst part ever.

2.  The kids and I went to a few antique shops with my mom.  She is moving and looking for a few new pieces for their new place.  It was fun, and then we went out to lunch.

3.  We have a date night planned for tonight.  I AM SO EXCITED.  My mom wanted to the kids to stay the night one night this summer and since it is almost over last night was it.  Worked out because we were able to have a date night.

4.  We are going to see Furious 7, and then going to dinner at the Tilted Kilt.  A new restaurant in town.

5.  The kids start school on Friday already and I can't believe it is already time.  Tomorrow we have to go get their new school shoes and socks.

6.  Saturday Jacob's company picnic is at Knotts Berry Farm.  I am excited for that.  Another fun thing for this summer.

7.  My mom bought a little table for her porch at one of the antique stores and I am going to paint a checkerboard on the top for her.  I can't wait to see how it comes out.

8.  I just want to move!  If I haven't mentioned that already.  :)

9.  I need to find new sandels because my old ones broke and the new ones hurt my feet.

10.  I have such a long to do list... I just need to get on it already.


~NICOLE

Saturday, July 11, 2015

7-11 FREE SLURPEE DAY

For so many years I would either forget, or just couldn't make it to free slurpee day at 7-11. This year we made it! 
Today is free 7-11 slurpee day! Hurry you still have time to run out and get yours. 
The 7-11 we went into had a short line but some of the workers were at the slurpee machine and would just fill your cup with whatever flavor you wanted when you got to the front of the line. This made it go very quick. 
Caleb and Chloe both got cherry and little Jacob and I got sugar free cherry limeade. Mine was really good. 
I never knew they had sugar free, I think that is a great move when places offer an alternative to people who can't have the sugar drinks. 

I love doing fun little things like this with the kids and an even added bonus is that it was completely free!  

What is your favorite slurpee flavor?  

~NICOLE

Friday, July 10, 2015

USA PATRIOTIC WAND

The other day I was over in the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club blog with this project. 
When I was creating my pie banner I had a great idea to make my daughter a fun little patriotic "magic" wand.  She loves things like this and was so excited when I told her it was for her.  
I started with another straw I had on hand and used some navy blue star paper from the kid to make a rosette.  I cut the paper into 2 strips that were 2 x 12 inches. I used my scoring pad to make score lines every half of an inch.  I accordion folded each strip and then hot glued them together on both ends.  To form a circle.  I then smooshed it together and held it while I filled the center with hot glue.  I held it in place for a little until the hot glue started to cool.  
I then took a large scalloped circle punch I had and cut a piece from some star vellum I had on hand.  I hot glued that to the top of the rosette.  I then glued on the clear scraps star on top of that.  
I took some silver thick stickers and added them to the clear star, along with some star stickers, sequins and rhinestones.  I cut a little strip that said stars and strips and attached it under one of the stars.  



For the final touches to her wand, I took some ribbons I had on hand and tied them to the straw right under the rosette.  I cut them at different lengths just for some added fun.  

Now she can be a patriotic princess any time of the year.  
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project.
 HERE is all the information on this months kit.  
~NICOLE  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TEN ON TUESDAY

1.  We are getting ready for a quick trip to Arizona on Wednesday.  Jacob has another job interview with Drake cement.  This time it is for a different job. So hopefully this time it will work out in our favor.

2.  Working on finishing up a bunch of wood sign and wine glass orders. I sure do love doing this.

3. Our dogs keep getting out everyday and it is driving us crazy.

4. Their are several inconsiderate people around where we live and they continue to shoot off fireworks nightly, until late hours of the night and our big german sheppard is scared to death.  Makes for long nights.

5.  I am so excited about our trip to Arizona.  I know it isn't really vacation, and Jacob will be at the plant all day, but just to get away for a few days is excitement enough.

6.  Me and the kids cleaned the house from top to bottom today and folded tons of loads of laundry to get ready for our trip.  I am so glad they helped.

7.  Sunday Jacob and I, well mostly him, vacuumed out the swimming pool so we can go swimming.
8.  Sunday night I also made homemade jambalaya for dinner and it turned out pretty good.

9.  I can't believe the kids go back to school in about a week and a half.  I am not ready for them to go back yet.  It makes me sad how short their summer really is.

10.  I decided to use a different planner this year, instead of spending a lot on one I am using a cheaper one from Target and so far it is working just as well as the bigger ones.  I think I will blog about my new one soon.

~NICOLE

Monday, July 6, 2015

4TH OF JULY 2015

How was your 4th of July? Did you stay in or venture out?  Usually each year we stay close to home, or stay home all together.  But this year my sister in law invited us to go to Big Bear with them, so we decided to go.
Big Bear is a small little town in the mountains not far from where we live.  It was great weather, about 22 degrees cooler up there on that day.  Perfect for a nice relaxing day.
Driving through town it was packed and I was worried we were not going to find a good spot anywhere.  But we did, thankfully.  We parked on the side of the road and made our way down to the shore.  We got a perfect spot because we were all by ourselves.  We set up our chairs and the first thing the kids wanted to do was jump in the water.
They all played so good together and it was such a nice day.  

Hannah, Caleb, Hailee, Chloe and little Jacob. 
Little Jacob, Chloe and Hannah in the water.  Little Jacob has been doing so good this year with going in the water, and under the water.  He is our more cautious one and this year he is bound and determined to fight that fear and become a swimmer.  We are so proud of him, he has been doing great.  
Hannah, Hailee and Chloe on a ladybug hunt while wearing their towel princess capes.  
Me and Jacob.  He says this is his smile.  He hates taking pictures.  :)
I of course had to do a fun silhouette shot of the kids at the lake.  We did a holding hands one, but then I told them to do their own thing and this is what they did.  Too cute.  
All three of my guys caught a fish. This was the first fish little Jacob has ever caught.  He was so excited.  We brought home 6 catfish and my father in law had thrown back about 6 or so before they started keeping them.  
Little Jacob's catfish.  
Me and my sister in law Jamie as the sun was starting to set. 
Then we stayed for fireworks.  They were so good. We had a great spot with nothing blocking our view.  They were right over the water and it was a pretty amazing show. I am so glad we went to see them.  

A fun little thing I shared that morning on facebook and instagram was this little collage I made of the kids from a few different years all on 4th of July.  It is fun to see how they have changed over the years.  

And another fun little thing I shared was this side by side of Chloe at 5 1/2 months and my niece Lily a few years ago when I did her pictures at 2 months.  I am going to frame these together on our wall.  

I hope you had a great 4th of July.
We are hoping this is our last 4th of July in California.  We are headed to Arizona again this week for another job interview for Jacob.  The same plant but a completely different job.  Praying that this is what is in God's plan for us.  We shall see.  But I am excited to get away for a few days at least.  

~NICOLE

Friday, July 3, 2015

USA PIE BANNER TOPPER

The other day I was over in the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club Blog sharing this fun pie banner topper project. 

This kit is so much fun.  I love creating with Red, White and Blue.  This kit is full of fun stuff to create with.  You can check out the entire kit HERE, with all the details on how to order.  
I thought it would be fun to create a little cake topper for the 4th of July.  Not that we have specific plans or anything, but I like to make the kids some kind of red white and blue dessert. 
I used the USA stickers from the sticker sheet that came in the kit, and attached them to the clear flag triangles.  I used some red and white bakers twine and attached the clear triangles with the small red clothespins that came in the kit.  I used the bakers twine and tied both ends to some navy blue and white paper straws I had on hand to make the banner complete.  


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my pie topper. 
~NICOLE

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th OF JULY TIE DYE SHIRTS WITH THE KIDS


The other day I watched my niece and nephew for a few hours while their mom went to a baby shower.  When she asked me I was excited, and thought we could take the kids swimming, but wasn't sure how the weather would be that day.  So I was trying to think of something else fun I could do with the kids while they were here for the day.
Last year I thought it would be fun to make 4th of July tie dye shirts for the kids, but we never got around to doing it.  So I was thinking this year that might be a fun activity.  But I didn't feel like going to several stores and across town for all of the stuff.  I wanted this to be a cheap fun project,
So I had to run into Target the day before and guess what, they had tie dye kits (since they now have a big craft section instead of just some scrapbooking stuff).  And the best part was all the kits were on CLEARANCE.  
So I grabbed a nautical one, and another one that had green and another shade of blue in it, and I picked up another one that had pink and purple and turquoise because I thought those would be super cute for another shirt for Chloe.  I grabbed each of the kids a white shirt, and those were also on sale and 25% off with the cartwheel app.  Score!


So to get started I took a cheapy plastic table cloth and laid it down on the table that we were going to be working at.  This way I could just throw it all away when we were all done.
Each kit comes with two pairs of gloves and some rubber bands.  I grabbed a few more rubber bands we had here at home.
Something I didn't realize was that once you are done dying the shirts they are suppose to sit fpr 6-8 HOURS after that.  WHOA, WHAT?!?  Wait a minute this fun little project was suppose to be something the kids could take home with them but that was not going to work.  Oh well.  I was still going to do it with them, and then we would figure out what to do after that.  

So all the kids had their shirts and they were looking over the paper that came with each kit with some different ideas and how to fold or wrap up the shirt to get the desired affect.  
While they were doing that I also mixed all the bottles of dye.  All you have to do is add water to the bottles provided and then shake them up until they are fully mixed.  

We decided that it would be easiest to do one shirt at a time, instead of everyone trying to dye shirtsat  the same time. I could only envision what a chaotic mess that would be.  
So Jacob decided on his design and we twisted his and then added a bunch of rubberbands.  

I let the kids squeeze on the bottles of color, but told them to make sure they go very slowly.  I had them wear a pair of gloves and I wore a pair while helping too.  


We went around the table and everyone picked how they wanted to fold up their shirt.  Caleb and Nathan rolled theirs up and then we did sections for red white and blue.  Then the girls Chloe and Natalie accordian folded their shirts and did sections also for red white and blue.  

I also found an old white shirt I had that was stained and decided to make one since we had enough dye left over. 
I accordion folded mine and made mine with all three shades of blue on the bottom and red and white on the top, while skipping a spot for white.  

We wrapped them each up in grocery bags and let them sit for hours.
I have to admit I was impatient and didn't wait the full 6-8 hours like the instructions suggest.  We waited about 4 1/2.
After this you have to rinse each shirt with water until the water runs clear.  Man that seemed to take forever.  I don't think the water ever really ran completely clear.  
I rinsed them the best that I possibly could and let them sit in the sink for a few minutes. 


I then washed them completely by themselves.  I didn't want them to accidentally dye anything else. 
Then I threw them in the dryer. 

They turned out so cute and I love that they are all unique even the ones that were folded the same way. 




Jacob's has a swirly look to his, Chloe's is red on one side, and blue on the other, while Caleb's goes from red on top, and blue on the bottom.  






Here is how mine came out.  I like the three shades of blue on the bottom.  

I can't wait for all of us to wear our unique shirts on 4th of July.  

It was so much fun I really wanted to make more shirts.  So I found some old shirts of the kids and an old shirt of my husbands that I could fit into so we could use up the rest of the dye and the new ones too.  


I thought it would be fun to do something totally different with the next batch.  So for Chloe's I just took bunches and tied on the rubberbands.  



We just randomly squeezed on colors here and there.  For the red white and blue we were trying to make more patterny type designs. 






Now one thing I realized for the shirts is to make sure your rubber bands are really tight otherwise the dye will just sink in and you won't have much white showing through when it is all finished.  But I think these all turned out super cute too.  The kids love the fact that we made these shirts and they have asked to wear them everyday this week.  

I highly recommend doing this with the kids.  It was a bit messier than I thought it would be, but so much fun.  I am ready to make another one :)
How much fun would it be to make them at a party for kids, or have all the kids make matching shirts for a photo shoot.

Have you ever tie dyed before?  How did it turn out?  

~NICOLE