Monday, June 17, 2013

This and That!

Whoa! As I am typing this there is a freakish lightening storm going on outside my windows. It's a little eerie.
Anyway, I will start with a few scrapbook business items.
The new "issue" is up over at Paper Issues.
Here is a little collage of the projects the design team members on the blog hop this time around created. The sponsor is Persnickety Prints and the issue title is "Let's Get Persnickety". You can see all the details for participating and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Persnickety Prints HERE. You can also link up projects either using photos printed by Persnickety Prints, any Instagram prints you have or fussy cutting. So lots of chances to join in! :)

Also, if you are on Facebook and are interested in some fun scrapbook inspiration, would you mind coming by and "liking" the Craft Your Nest Facebook page HERE! This crafty blog was started by my friend Dawn who just wanted to be inspired to use up her scrapbook stash. Cheryl and I  joined in as administrators on the blog and Facebook page. We are hoping that the page will complement the blog and help us share the challenges, giveaways, sketches and inspiration we post with more scrapbookers. Would love if you could help us grow!

On to the weekend :) I have some really bad phone photos to show you. My old beat up Android that is three years old and missing it's volume button, takes terrible indoor and evening photos. Anyway,
it really was a great weekend. Mike took a half day off on Friday and the four of us headed out to Six Flags amusement park. We were there for eight hours which is a lot of us, but we had fun :)
My daughter has no fear! She will go on any ride that she is tall enough at the age of five. The Highland Fling is one of them. And yes it pretty much goes upside down at one point. She went on this ride no less than six times! The first few times with Mike sitting with her. Then she wanted to go alone in her own bucket. And then...alone on the ride with no one else even on it in another bucket.
I am telling you we are in trouble with this one :)

On Saturday, we pretty much hung around the house except for when I went grocery shopping.

But yesterday, Sunday, was Father's Day. Now I haven't downloaded the pics I took of Mike and the kids yet. It was rainy here most of the day, so I wasn't able to get any good outside photos. Just a few inside while he opened gifts.
Evan made him a table for Father's Day. Yep, a table. A small little table using wood scraps. I have a terrible phone photo to show you...

Yep, that's a Hero Factory dude on top testing it out I guess. But it was so amazing to see Evan measuring the legs so they would be even. And then using a handsaw and sandpaper to cut and smooth them. Mike loved it!
I also made him a book on Shutterfly that was long overdue using photos from the U2 concert we stood in line for all day back in 2011. On the hottest day of the year with a heat advisory and everything. But so worth it to be this close...
to the Edge. And this is one of my favorite photos because he was looking right down at Evan when Mike took this shot! Love it. This is one of the photos in the book. I was so glad we could bring in cameras including our DSLR because who knows if we will ever get this close again!
Another photo I love because Adam is looking right at the camera :)
Anyway, if we are friends on Facebook, I plan on putting all the photos that were in the album up there in the next day or two to share. Almost two years later!

We also watched this movie for Father's Day together as a family...

and I really liked it. There were a few little things that bothered me, but for the most part I thought it was pretty good. Loved his sidekicks...the China Girl and monkey :) Evan liked it and he hates "The Wizard of Oz" :-O But he didn't like that one of the good witches became evil. He didn't think it was "fair". I was kind of surprised Mike picked this one since he is not a WofO fan either. But I think he enjoyed it.

And if you have read through all of that, thanks for stopping by today!
I will be back Thursday with a scrapbook project to share.


  1. Wow Mary Jo, very impressed with Evan's table - not only a buddy artist but creative with woodwork too! Lovely photo of your Daughter and also U2 - would love to have seen them. Interesting how it was Father's Day here in the UK on the same day, that doesn't happen too often.... Hugs, Anne x

  2. Looks like there's a lot going on in your neck of the woods, Mary Jo. Congrats to Evan on making that amazing table. He is one talented young man.

  3. That table is awesome!!! Loving the photos from your weekend! And we saw Oz ... I think I was more impressed by all the vibrant colors VS. the actual movie! HA! :)

  4. Whoa with Erin...I used to be able to do the crazy rides and roller coasters but not so much any more. She's a little dare devil! Love that Shutterfly book idea with concert photos. I bet it's awesome. Someone changed the radio station in the store where I've been working from country to a 80's-today type station (thank goodness) and U2 came on yesterday and it made me think of you! :)

  5. Looks like some awesome inspiration!
    Love al the photos!

  6. I love that he made the table! It looks GREAT!

  7. Lots of great stuff and I agree table looks great. What a great FD gift.

  8. Sounds like y'all had a great weekend. What an awesome gift!

  9. Love the table, awesome. Looks like a fun weekend:)

  10. Love that husband does wood working too. Looks like you had awesome tickets for that concert

  11. Evan's table is great! How sweet that he wanted to make this for his Dad!

    I'm not much of a facebook person...have an account but only so my scrapbook crop friends can book crops etc.

    Your daughter is fearless on those rides...Good for her.

    I am jealous that you go t to the U2 concert. They are one of my all time favourite bands.

  12. That is an awesome table that Evan made! How cool!

    Your trip to Six Flags sounds like fun! Good for Erin getting on all of the crazy rides! She is very brave!!

    Happy belated Father's Day to Mike!

  13. Looks like you had an awesome weekend!! Saw Evan's table on FB ~ wish he could make me one. LOL

    Your phone pics are really pretty good and they're better than no pictures at all!! Looks like a fun time both at Six Flags and the concert!!

  14. So cool that Evan made Mike a table, love it! Erin is quite the daredevil! We were at World's of Fun Sunday and Landry worked her way up from the ferris wheel to the Bamboozler, which has you facing the ground by the end :)

  15. Sounds like a really fun weekend! Erin sounds a lot like Ellie about the rides! Ellie even gets frustrated when she wasnt tall enough to ride the bigger rides. Really love that table Evan made what a special gift!
    We have not seen that new Oz movie yet I heard it was good so we Will probably see it soon.

  16. We have never been to a Six Flags, but it looks like a lot of fun. Sophie has no fear either. I can't say the same for Fynn!

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend :)
    I went and "liked" the facebook page :)
    Your daughter is so brave :)
    Your son's table is awesome. What a wonderful and mature gift for him to make for his father :)

  18. Sounds like you're having a fun summer! TFS

  19. What a cool kid to make a table for his dad! That's awesome! LOL...and your daughter sounds like my youngest. Thankfully he is short so I didn't have roller coaster worries until he was older. I close my eyes and he wants to go again...and again! Your U2 book sounds like a great present. Sadly, I've never seen them in concert.