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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted! It seems like it was only about a week ago, but I guess I've mowed the lawn two times since then. :)

Paul comes home from his business trip today and I'm THRILLED! :) We'd never been apart this long (10 days), and he wasn't supposed to come home until Thursday. We aren't telling the kids, so I'm excited to see their faces when he's home unexpectedly. Shayla is coming with me to pick him up, and the others will be home from school wondering exactly where I am ...

My fitness challenge is going well. It's so exciting to hear how people are making such positive differences in their lives. I've already lost seven pounds, and I haven't been perfect about eating my veggies and such. (Veggies aren't on the point system this time. Maybe I should have left them there after all! :) Other women are also losing lots of weight (some have already lost 10 pounds in only three weeks), so it's fun to be a part of. This group, though, is REALLY competitive with earning their points, so I'm going to have to work hard if I really want that $250 pot.

I also have been excited to step into digital scrapbooking. I've been hesitant to do it, because I just don't like when the page has fake-looking, cartoony elements. I asked my friend Autumn (whose scrapbooking is the most awesome ever!!) how she makes her pages look so real. (When I'm looking through her album I have to feel some of them to see if they're digital or not. I LOVE that!) She gave me some ideas so I'm going to get going on it. I also realized that if I come up with some templates I can use them again and again by just plugging in different pics and paper and you may not even realize they are from the same template.

These ones are from the first template I created. Mind you, I meant for these to be somewhat similar since they're all a "snapshot" of my kids right now. I suppose I should do one for Austin, too, but we'll see if I get to that. In the meantime, here are the ones I made for the other four:

Since Austin didn't get a page posted I'll just mention his latest feats: He can sit up a little bit by himself, and he will give you kisses if you get close enough and make a kissing sound. It's so cute! He's totally not even trying to roll over, but it'll be fun when he does. I don't mind if he's a little slower getting around, because we have a LOT of baby-proofing to do when he does!


Melissa said...

Thank you Thank you!! Now I know why you haven't posted... you've been so busy scrapping! The pages look great! I can't tell they are digital at all! Congrats of doing so good on the challenge. I love reading all the post and get motivated too!

You are amazing!! Thanks for being my friend!!

Rebecca said...

Love the snapshots--what a great way to capture the essence of each kid vs. logging a specific event. I'll have to remember that for when you finally trick me into scrapbooking. :)

the Rowleys said...

Love the pages! You are talented. I'll have to get your advice when I get back into it. :)

Theresa C said...

I love your scrapbook pages! I have always wanted to get into digital scrapbooking, but I am not even sure where to start. Well that.... and I need to find some extra time to do it.

Carol said...

I loved your scrapbooking pages about all the kids--blew them up large so I could read the fine print--what a good job!
and kudos for all the work with your 200 group AND SUCCESS!

Heidi said...

Denise, these pages are amazing. I love, love, love them. It makes me feel so bad at scrapbooking. Thanks for sharing.