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Wine and Dine

Nothing beats time with family.  My fabulous in-laws came to visit me here in Tri-Cities, Washington, and we gave them the grand tour of the wineries in our area.  Here is a picture of them on the balcony at Kiona winery.  It was my first wine tasting ~ whoo!
The weather was perfect and the cheese and wine was amazing!
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Disneyland Album Done! Whoo!

We went to Disneyland in early May with my in-laws.  I’ve been working on my 12×12 Disneyland album off and on ever since.  It was a lot of fun, but I’m happy to be finished now and be able to show it off!
I knew I wanted to devote a 12×12 album to the trip (as it was our 3-yr-old’s first time there and we took tons of pictures).  I had several 12×18 poster prints made up at Wal-Mart (about $10 each) and then cut them to fit the entire 12×12 page (the tea-cup layout uses the entire 12×18 photograph).
I went a little crazy with the bling on this album (Disney is the magic kingdom and nothing says that quite like rhinestones), and saved lots of time (and money) by purchasing paper piecing die-cuts of the Disney characters on eBay.  I found Mickey, Pluto and Goofy for $.99 each!  I couldn’t have made them myself for that price and that saved me having to purchase the Disney Cricut cartridge, too.
Thank you so much for sharing my vacation memories!  Hope you enjoyed the journey!
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Disneyland Mini Album

We took our son, along with the in-laws, to Disneyland early this month.  It was the first time our 3-year-old had been to the magic kingdom and he had a blast
I decided to make a mini-album for my mother-in-law as her Mother’s Day gift this year. 
I just finished it today and wanted to share!  🙂 
 
This is my favorite page of the album.  I hand-cut Jackson and layered him on top of glittery polka-dot card stock. 
I love this picture of Mike in goggles.  It really captures his personality!
Now to start on my own layouts….
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Death Valley ROCKS! – So To Speak

Jackson with his cousin on the mountain top.
Spent all of yesterday (and I mean ALL) hiking in Death Valley with the family. The weather couldn’t have been better ~ flowers in bloom and rocks….well….still rocks.

The sand dunes are always my favorite part (plus, they are the gift that keeps on giving ~ when you bathe everyone, you are left with a beach for a bathroom! I see an inexpensive design episode on HGTV in my future!)

My little one and his cousins even became Junior Rangers! It was so cute! They looked for local plants and animals, picked up trash, learned about survival (well, at least a little bit. I’d still rely on a GPS and bottle of water over the advice of my 3-year-old).

Here is the layout I made from when we went in December (not much has changed), along with some pictures from this weekend.

Here is my dear hubby ~ always finding a time and place to write.