November 28, 2011

Finally Home

We are finally back home after almost a two week vacation.
Our drive home was long, but we made it safely back this morning, just in time for pre-school.

Since we're just getting things all back together and I'm dying to break into my scrap stuff,
 I thought I'd do a quick highlights of our California leg of the trip (mostly just the things I got pictures of :)


Other events not pictured : 
Gwendolyn's Blessing
Thanksgiving Dinner
Guy's Night
Girl's Day Out
Zoe playing with cousins all week
Tasting Candy Cane Jo-Jo's for the First Time - Yum!

ETA: The first picture is my friend Amanda's adorable little guy. 
I was lucky enough to get to snap some pictures to celebrate his first birthday :)

We had tons of fun, but we're happy to be home and back to the routine. 
I'm prepping the house for the Christmas holiday.
 Tonight, Zoe and I are making decorations for her mini Christmas Tree.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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November 21, 2011

Highlights

The past few days have been chalk full of fun times together. I'm gonna throw them all in one post, since they will end up in my PL for these weeks anyway.

Pie-Fest 2011
My dad's cousin, Meridee, hosted a party for all the extended family on my dad's side last night. It became entitled "Pie-Fest." Everyone was asked to bring a pie to share. There was LOTS of pie to share :)
Probably 20 kinds of pie.

I got to reunite with my second cousins and Zoe got to meet and play with her third cousins.
 We are so lucky to live so close to so many family members.

Playing Dress-Up
No matter how many dresses we have at home, she loves to dress-up at Nona's house.
It reminds me of when I was a little girl and used to dress up at my Grandma's house.

Trip to Cabela's
Zoe loves to feed the fish at Cabelas. She gets excited every time.

I hope you're all getting ready for the Thanksgiving week. If you are travelling, be safe!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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November 20, 2011

A Magical Night

We got word of a storm heading to Rexburg, so we decided to pack our bags and leave town for our Thanksgiving vacation a little bit early.
We're down in Utah with my parents for a few days, before heading to California for our Thanksgiving celebration, and meeting our new neice, Gwen.

One benefit of coming down early, was getting to see my brother play in the orchestra for the school muscial, Beauty and the Beast.

Zoe was one lucky girl. She got to meet Belle after the show. She was a little nervous if you couldn't tell.
 (Belle was so sweet with Zoe, gave her a hug and was talking to her about being a princess)

This was Zoe's first play and first time seeing Beauty and the Beast. Some of the show was a little intense but overall, Zoe enjoyed the show and I'm happy we decided to take her.

I hope you are having a magical weekend.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


XOXO,
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November 14, 2011

A glimpse


This is 17 year-old me, yeah the one not dressed up for Homecoming, on the right.
I don't share a ton about my high school experience, simply because it wasn't that great, but I have grown and learned a lot from it.

I was pretty typical, average grades, plenty of friends, but not popular.
No need to hash out the details, but my junior year, I had a rough end of the year, which eventually resulted in a diagnosis of depression and anxiety.

I sought counseling and medication, and got things all worked out.
I'm doing fine now, but it can be a battle to keep those feelings at bay sometimes.

The reason I'm sharing this information today, is because of where this layout started at.

In high school, I didn't date much. Had a few dates to a few dances, a random kiss, and lots of crushes. I often doubted I would ever find anyone to like me, let alone love me or marry me.

What I actually wanted to write on this page, I couldn't articulate well enough for just a few strips of journaling. I wanted to say, that if I had known in high school, that I would have married a man like you, I would have never believed it, but I would have been a little different.
I wouldn't have worried so much what other people thought.
I would have let go of the drama surrounding silly boys.
I would have spent more time preparing myself to be the best wife I could be.

This is a reminder to me, that I am one of the lucky ones. 
I got exactly what I wanted.
I need to appreciate that.
I need to worry less about the dishes in the sink and the laundry that needs to be folded,
and more about the sweet little girl and my husband, that I have been blessed with.

This Thanksgiving season has me in all sorts of reflection and perspective. 
Today, I am thankful for my husband. My wonderful, hardworking, understanding husband.

XOXO,
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November 10, 2011

Can you stand just one more Halloween project?


































I know I already scrapped a princess page of Zoe, but I wanted to make sure I got a Halloween themed one in too.

I've decided to tackle Project Life, starting with December, although I'm trying to get myself into taking more iPhone pics and keeping notes and ephemera from our days.

Here's our life in instagram lately.






I'm pretty proud of that last shot. It was golden time yesterday and everything just looked so beautiful.
 Do you have any favorite phone pictures? Do you even take pictures with your phone?

XOXO,
Holly & CO.




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November 8, 2011

Thank You Card


Just a quick card share today, we've got some friends coming for dinner and I haven't even started cooking!

I made this quick card the other day, I really love that little chipboard leaf. I misted it with SC Mr. Huey and then covered it in glossy accents (which is my new favorite scrapbook item, if you don't have a bottle, buy on ASAP!)

ETA: I just wanted to share a great tip to keep twine in it's place, I took my Crop-o-dile hold punch and punched a semi-circle from each side of the card. It keeps twine in place + adds a bit on interest.

Also, I wanted to say happy 16th birthday to my little brother! I don't know if he reads this blog, but I'm really proud of the teenanger he is. We spent time together while we lived in Utah this summer and he is by far the most level headed of any of us as teenagers. Love you!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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November 6, 2011

2/3

Two thirds of the Morgan girls were here this weekend, we missed Jenni, but come December, we'll all be back together again, at least for a few days.

This weekend, this beautiful lady came to visit, despite snow, rain and cold.

We stayed up well past midnight chatting about old AOL screen names, updates on people we once knew and enjoying some fabulously expensive cheese.































Natalie shares my love for a lot of things, including shopping and diet coke. Ryan wanted to finish painting the apartment on Saturday, so Natalie, Zoe and I packed in the car and set off for an all day shopping trip.

This trip included, but was not limited to...
- buying cute winter tops
- enjoying cheap mexican food and our body weight in chips + salsa
- cursing the annoying/mean little boy at the mall play place under our breath
- spending over an hour at McDonald's, allowing Zoe to be distracted, so we could girl chat
- listening to Zoe sing a song about Rudolph the Ringledeer (her interpretation of Reindeer = Ringledeer)

She left this morning, it was a short trip, but it was great to see her. 

I'm proud to report that I have been keeping up with my Thankful Journal, and I'm really loving having it with me during the day.

For dinner tonight, I made waffles and THIS buttermilk syrup. My best friend from high school, her mom used to make us this syrup, and I'm so happy to have found a similar recipe. It brought back so many fun memories. I love when food does that.

Daylight savings in throwing me for a loop, so I'm off to bed.

XOXO,
Holly & CO.
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November 2, 2011

Thankful Journal

Welcome November!

I have to admit, like a lot of the rest of the world, especially the retail sector, when November 1 hits, my mind goes from Halloween into Christmas mode. I usually get out the decorations, start searching itunes for some new Christmas music and start my shopping.

However, this year, I wanted to really let the Thanksgiving holiday appear. This is made expoentially easier, since our Christmas decorations are hiding in my parents garage. We've still got our pumpkins around and to get myself into this holiday, I made a Thankful Journal.


At our local craft store, they have a bunch of bins full of blank notebooks, in all different styles.
I grabbed this one, because it comes with a little pen and snaps closed, so the pages won't get messed up if I put it in my purse.

I covered the outside with patterned paper , layered a couple more smaller pieces, and added some letters and a few embellishments. Since I knew I would be carrying this around, I covered my letters in Glossy Accents adhesive, to make sure they were on there, as well as adding a 3 demensional feel to them.

I stamped each page with the date, numbered from 1-30.
Originally I was planned to just do a list of 5 things I'm thankful for each day, but after I looked at my list yesterday, I added a little blurb about my day, which kind of explains why I chose those items.

Like Today, I'm not feeling very good, so on my list is :
  • Modern Medicine
  • Sweatshirts + Yoga Pants
  • Snuggling with Zoe
  • Smart Phones
  • Laptop
I have quite a few extra pages, so I'm going to try and ask Zoe what's she's thankful for throughout the month as well.

How do you celebrate the Thanksgiving season?

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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November 1, 2011

Paper Issues - Pink Paislee Snow Day!

We've got a new theme up at Paper Issues, Pink Paislee is sponsoring this theme with their new collection, Snow Day!
ETA: Cassie is having a giveaway of the ENTIRE Snow Day line on the Paper Issues Blog. You have until Nov. 12 to enter!

Now we've only had one day on snow a few weeks ago, but it's gotten considerably colder around here, which has us breaking out the snow gear. If you're in a place that doesn't have snow yet, or doesn't get snow, have no fear, the patterned papers have great B sides, that could be used for tons of occasions (that blue graph paper might just become a staple in my scrap stash)

I've got a couple of projects to share, and then I'll have some other ones throughout the next couple weeks.

First up is a layout I made. I really adored all the snowy stuff, so even though this picture doesn't have snow, I used snowflakes anyway. I misted the background paper with Studio Calico Mr. Huey Dewey just to saturate it a bit more. I also embossed some Studio Calico wood asterisks with American Crafts white Zing, to make them pop!




































This next project is a fun little gift tag for some hot chocolate with marshmallows. My best friend Jamie is a fan  of hot chocolate, and I was totally thinking about her when I made this. Seriously, doesn't that sound good? 


I think I'm gonna go make myself some hot chocolate and drink it while I admire all the other DT projects over on the Paper Issues Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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