Sunday, August 23, 2009


These are the Brown and Black bears the Alaska Zoo had. The polar bear was sleeping when we went to see him, so I don't think we actually took a picture of him. It was VERY neat to get to see a polar bear IRL b/c I have NEVER seen one anywhere else. (Black bear top pix, brown bottom pix)

Saturday, August 22, 2009


This coyote was VERY intrested in us. It came right up to the edge of the enclosure and watched us closely. It paced back and forth right in front. When we were leaving, I saw some girls taking a picture by the cage. The one that was posing, snapped her fingers at it and it came right away. It seemed SO odd.

Friday, August 21, 2009


The otter they saw from the boat on their way back in.

Caleb working at fishing.

Hannah and Josiah getting ready to go out.
Sadly, none of our fishers (Jonathan, Josh, Hannah, Josiah, Caleb) got anything, but I think they had a pretty good time and they did get to see some neat things.


We had fun even if we got rained on and Rained On and RAINED ON while we were in Alaska. =) The kiddos are growing SO much. It seems to me like Ben went overnight from crawling when we were there last, to walking when they were in TX this spring to running and CLIMBING while we were there this year. I know that it took time, but since I hadn't seen him in so long it seemed like it happened very suddenly. This is Ben and Bethany.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

BIG tractor

This is the lego tractor Jonathan and Josiah put together the other night. Jonathan had been playing with Josiah and the legos for quite a while so I went to see what they were doing and Jonathan showed me what they had built. :D

Almost ready to go! I am waiting for Jonathan to get home tonight to finish up the packing. He has some things he wants to pack that are hiding in his study and I don't want to go rooting around in it to find them because just as sure as I do that, he won't be able to find something. (I tend to misplace stuff when I am searching for stuff to pack.)

3D card

This card is a (slighty) involved card. LOTS of cutting, folding and scoring. I found a tutorial on in their resource section (this is called tri-fold shutter card if you want to look for the instructions). I love playing with this card because of all the cool colors you can put on it and the way it folds up. :D SO much fun. I also made a card kit of this type of card just not in the same colors because I didn't have enough of the front and back papers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Card again!

This is another card I have made a kit to take to Alaska. This one I 'tweaked' the kit after I put this card together. I changed which dark pink I used and I textured the Bermuda Bay strip. I really like how this card has bright colors (espically on the flower). fun, fun, fun!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another Card!

I have made some card kits to take with me to Alaska. I am looking forward to getting to make some cards with Rachel and Hannah. I want to post one of the cards that I am working on the kit for now.

I inked the SU! Manhattan Flower embosing folder with Dusty Durango ink. I used a 3 3/4" x5" piece of Blush Blossom cardstock. I used a half sheet of Very Vanilla for the card base. I layered a 2"x4.25" piece of Dusty Durango under the embossed flower and then I adhered three pearls on the flower. Inside I have a phrase stamped on Very Vanilla with Dusty Durango with DD daubed on the edge and then layered on Dusty Durango also.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Getting Ready!

We're getting ready to spend 12 days in Alaska! I am so excited and I don't think that I need to say that the kids are excited, too. I can't wait to get to the cooler weather and the family up there. I love going this time of year because the weather is so temperate and the landscape is so lush. When we are totally parched and everything looks like straw it is wonderful to see the beautiful green mountains and trees. :D

New In Color Card

I made a new card today and am so excited about it that I wanted to post it on the internet.


SU! Melon Mambo, Taken with Teal and Bermuda Bay cardstock

Basic Grey's Lemonade DP

SU! Stamp

SU! Markers in Bermuda Bay, Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery and Mellow Moss

Spellbinders Nestabilites: Circle and Scalloped Circle

The base is a 5 1/4" square. I adhered a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock on the bottom of the card. Then I adhered a 1"x 5 1/4" strip of Melon Mambo directly above the Bermuda Bay. I then scalloped one edge of the 2" x 5 1/4" strip of DP then I adhered it over the Melon Mambo and the Bermda Bay. I cut a circle out of white cardstock. The scalloped circle is cut out of taken with teal. I stamped the flower with stazon and colored it with the markers. I daubed the edge of the white cardstock with Melon Mambo. Then I adhered it to the Taken with Teal scalloped circle and adhered both to the front of the card. :D