Monday, August 23, 2010

the ending of summer vacation

well school starts on Sept 1st and we are trying to enjoy every last day of august!
yesterday the boys played in the pool until their feet were all wrinkled up!

today jabin picked 5 raspberries from our newly planted raspberry seedlings. {seen in the background}
carol, a stamp customer/friend, let us come to her house {twice} to dig up the seedlings. the first time we went to get them it started pouring rain so we just went back the next day. :) {thanks carol!!}

saturday we stopped at malva's, a stamp customer/friend to drop off her order. she wasn't there, but she had some wild varmints digging at the carrots in her beautiful garden. we {chased} them away and managed to get some pictures of the varmints a few minuets later...

{thanks malva!!}

we have been getting ready for school by cleaning rooms & closets. since the boys are SO into legos and they just didn't have the space for them in their room {and I don't like stepping on legos in the middle of the night} we cleaned out some toys in the play room and made them NEW lego creation stations.
Lego space before...

lego creation station after...

evan's lego station...

jabin's lego station...

the boys have been saving their own money to buy legos this summer! {it helps to have a july birthday!!}
i had an idea of how i wanted the space set-up, but they both had a say in how they wanted it and we all worked so hard to get everything set up.
the main things were a work table, jabin suggested one for each of them, a shelf to put finished sets on and some kind of drawers to put their own extra parts in. oh, and what to do with the boxes??!!??
the boxes... they are such inspiration to the boys when they are creating their lego sets that i wanted them to have access them. since the wall are not finished i just poked a hole in the back of the box, pounded a nail in the wall and hung up the box. :) how simple. they can take down any box and put it back on the wall when they are done!!
so far so good. they LOVE their lego creation stations, i LOVE that the legos are out of their bedroom, {and the den, my stamp room, the kitchen, the dining room, living room, etc.} they are in one spot and they boys can be playing down stairs when i am working in my stamp room. i also LOVE that we used things found in other areas of the house to complete the project, so it didn't even cost anything!
and on a funny little note:
i am the official sticker put-er-on-er for all the lego sets around here, so jabin & evan found a bell that i had in my stamp room from my mom {one like you would normally "ring for service"} and when they ring the bell it is time for me to go put a sticker on. :)
oh, those boys! the things they think of!!
andy :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010


i just up-loaded a weeks worth of pictures to my other computer and noticed i {only} have
pictures in my picture file.


Hmmmm, i wonder how that happened.

maybe i should delete more of the not so good ones??
maybe i should take LESS pictures?? {NOT!!}

just for fun here are the 4th & 5th picture i took when we went digital back in march of 2004:

{this is evan- i still remember is giggles that day, he WAS so excited about the new camera!}

{this is jabin- he was also happy!}

and here i am so many pictures later to last last one i took {so far} today...

perfect and not so perfect pictures...
i love them all.
i love that i can look back & catch a glimpse of the past.
i love to remember how things were.
to see how my babies have grown.
i love that my screen saver pulls pictures from my files and does a random slide show.
i love that we took the time to take the pictures we did, eventhough i didn't do much with the pictures then, i have them now and that is all that matters to me. :)

do i have a fancy camera? nope.
just the kodak one we bought back in 2004. it's a kodak 4.0 mega pixel easy share DX6440. {yes, i confess- i've even dropped it a few times.}
it has been a good little camera. :)

do i have a fancy editing program? nope.
{i'd love one though!!!} so for now i just work with what i have.
maybe i'll get something this fall & take a class through community ed or something, that would be fun! :)

what about scrapbooking all the pictures i take??
i don't feel the need to scrapbook all of the pictures i take,
but i do want to scrapbook some of them!

sometimes i feel like i am just a "wanna-be" scrapbooker, since i don't have tons of pages done, when I do have tons of photos & tons of supplies.

i guess i had {and still have :)} so many questions on how to...
~what kind of albums to use {post or ring}
~how to sort completed pages
~if i make one page do i need to make two?
{one for each child or another for me}
~how to sort & store my photos
...the list {in my head} goes on & on! :)

so to cut my own guilt of the "wanna-be" in me, i needed a plan & to focus on the the good things that i have & that i have done.

here are some of the good things i have:
~cute boys, family & friends to take pictures of
~ the pictures i've been taking
~the memorabilia i've saved
~lots of notes {taken on little scraps of paper,
notebooks and on my planner pages}
~no guilt {ok, so i just have "less" guilt now} but defiantly more focus! :)
thanks to the book
PhotoFreedom by Stacy Julian
i now have a plan!!
i am currently and have been working on {my} library of memories.
i bought the book on february 27th, 2009
and i have been ever so s-l-o-w-l-y
getting {my} library of memories in place.

for example:
it has taken me over a year, with a little time here & there, just to sort photo files on my computer, up-load my photos to my favorite printing site, print the ones i {might} want to scrapbook and sort them into storage binders.

PhotoFreedom has truly been my FAVORITE scrapbooking book EVER!!
there are SO many things to love about the whole library of memories concept.

i {love} how mine is coming together & i can't wait to share it with you!!

BUT- as much as i'd love to share more now, i need to get my little choppers to bed! :)

plus, get this, i need to take some "more" pictures of my {system} so i can share it with you! :)

stay tuned!
andy :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

august 2010 club cards

here are the cards we made this week at my stamp club...
for the first set of cards we used whisper white card stock, chocolate chip ink and the stamp sets:
a word for you
every little bit
i love how clean & simple these look.
{we colored them with crayons}

for the second set of cards we used the single stamp baby steps with pretty in pink ink & card stock and marina mist ink & card stock. it is stamped on whisper white and layered on certainly celery card stock.

the third card was made with a crumb cake card stock base, early espresso ink, tangerine tango, tempting turquoise & early espresso card stock, the new vintage wall paper embossing folder, early espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon and the stamp set friends never fade.

andy :)

happy birthday kaylee jo! :)

it's SO hard to believe that it has been one year since kaylee jo was born!

happy birthday kaylee jo...
we love ya!
greg, andy, evan & jabin :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


{me, my monkey pants & i}
are stamping
while listening to lee dewyze

i just LOVE my new room.

{thanks again greg!}

Monday, August 9, 2010

open house make-n-take

here are the cards we made on saturday at my open house:

i LOVE the new greenhouse gala designer series paper!!
we also used the new stamp set friends never fade.
a BIG thanks to those that came on saturday!

andy :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

happy 7th birthday e & j :)

{evan}dently we started a tradition last year by taking the boys to the mall of america on their birthday {july 28th}, because after swimming lessons that is where we went again. :)
Birthday morning was like Christmas morning-- up at 5:30 am to find the presents! there is nothing like putting new lego sets together at 5:45 in the morning! i guess it worked out, because greg got to give the boys their gifts before he went to work.
while working on his lego set, evan noticed a deer in the yard. {granted we live in the woods, but we hardly ever see deer!} when we looked we saw a fawn and when we looked up the path we saw another fawn and the mother. how {sweet} to see twin deer & the mother on your twins' birthday!

in the morning we also had to run to gramma kathy's and then come home and get ready for our day. we had swimming lessons, then went to pick up greg, drove to IKEA, greg & the boys ate a little lunch i had packed while i ran in and did some returns. {it was SO hard for me not to go shopping there!!} THEN it was off to the mall!!
since the boys had some birthday money they could not WAIT to go to lego land! they also LOVED the rides. and a birthday wouldn't be complete without a {mountain} cake from chili's!

this year we were out late and the boys tried SO hard to stay awake on the way home so they could put their new lego sets together. but it got awfully quiet in the back seat and they just couldn't stay awake after our LONG day. so they spent the next few morning working on the new sets.

i'll have to post pictures of the family party another day. that was a nice day also!! we celebrated evan, jabin, amaya & kaylee jo's birthday's on august 1st at the clear lake park.

andy :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

a few birthday cards

{birthday} has been the word around here!!
here are a few birthday cards i have made for some cute little {girls} in our life...


{kaylee jo's}
i know... i can't believe she will be ONE on august 13th

thanks for looking!!
andy :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 2010 Stampin' News

Hello Stamping Friends!!

Here are some up-comping events & specials for August!
I hope you are all having a great summer.
~andy :)

Plan to join me for my New Idea Book & Catalog Open House on
Saturday August 7th 9am to Noon!
at my house.
I will provide a Free Make-n-Take & Refreshments!!
{Plus, you can check out my NEW Stamp Room!!}

IF you RSVP I will make you a little something special,
BUT YOU must RSVP so I can make it for you! :)

Bring a friend or two!

If you need directions please let me know.


My Stamp Club meets this month on
Wednesday August 11th at 9am
Thursday August 12th at 6:30pm

Make 6 cards for $6 or make the cards for FREE with a $25 merchandise order placed the day of the club.

Please RSVP so I can have enough supplies ready for you.

Also, bring a basic supply kit with you to each Stamp Club Meet.
Your Supply Kit should include:
Personal Paper Cutter
Paper Piercer {if you have one}

Club Members:
Bonnie is the hostess this month.
If you can't make it, please get your order to me ASAP. thanks!!


Hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars
when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!
Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010
Sound exciting?? Book your workshop with me today!


Did you know?
Did you know you can shop on-line anytime at:

Just click on the Shop Now button under my name. :)

Andy Friberg
Stampin' Up! (R)
Independent Demonstrator
Phone: 715.268.4143