Road Trip 2015, part 3

A while ago I pinned an infographic that I knew I wanted to use on this trip. I could’ve done a better job keeping track of some things during our trip, but all of the information I used was pretty easy to track down. Getting this page done took me about three hours but I think it was totally worth it. I’ve printed it 6×8 and will use it as my intro page for the album.


Road Trip IntroI also thought it would be fun to do some sort of map of our entire trip. This came together really easily. I used the trip planner in Google Maps and added all of our destinations. This will back the intro page and I’m really happy with the end result. Road Trip Intro 3

That’s the album! I’ll be adding some memorabilia when I put it together in the album and some more words, but I’m excited about how this came together.

Road Trip 2015, part 2

The second half of our trip took us to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas with a few fun stops in between. Here are my layouts for the second half of our trip…

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Not quite as many photos, but the memories from this trip will last a lifetime! We had the best time and even long stretches in the car were great. Alex is a good traveler and kept himself occupied with his iPod and Rainbow Loom. No complaints in over 3,000 miles!

I have a couple more pages to share… check back Saturday!

Road Trip 2015

We took a big family road trip back at the end of June, beginning of July and I finally got my pages done and uploaded for printing. I chose an 8×8 album size for this project and I can’t wait to see the prints in person! Here are my layouts from the first half of our trip…

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Road Trip 7 Road Trip 8
Road Trip 9 Road Trip 10
Road Trip 11 Road Trip 12
Road Trip 13 Road Trip 14
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Road Trip 17 Road Trip 18
Road Trip 19 Road Trip 20

Seriously, if you’ve never spent time in Moab you should plan a trip right now. It is absolutely breathtaking and we wished we’d had more time there. We’ll go back for sure – probably in the fall or spring when it isn’t quite so hot.

Check back Thursday for the second half of our trip!

Memory Keeping Monday

For the past three years I’ve used Project Life to document our day-to-day memories. Honestly I was getting a little bit burned our. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to continue or find something new. I’ve heard this sentiment from a lot of people it seems. This thing is though, I LOVE having our past three years document like this. These are my favorite albums to look through and my family feels the same. So, while I was trying to sort this all out, I started playing with the Project Life App. I’m an Apple girl so my photos are synched through all of my devices which makes it really simple. Now I can work on my pages from my iPad anywhere!

I’m having my first set of pages printed (I love and I can’t wait to see them! I love the versatility of the app and one of my favorite features is being able to turn off rounded corners (I was tired of punching out all my corners!). I’ve been using the Over app to add text to my photos (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this gets added as a feature) and plan on still using a 12×12 album so that I can include additional page protectors for some of the random stuff that gets collected in our album.

Anyway, all that to say I’m really excited to be starting again! Here is week one…

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Memory Keeping Monday

The best part of scrapbooking a vacation is that it’s a chance to relive the trip! For our Christmas trip to Maui I used this template set by Ali Edwards. I’ve used one of her template sets to document a vacation before (you can see those layouts here). What I like about the week-in-the-life format is that it helps to keep the trip organized. I took just under 800 photos on this trip and for me that can be overwhelming. When looking only a day at a time it really simplifies things.

For this album, I’m planning on using a 6×8 Project Life Album and page protectors for these pages as well as some smaller pocket pages to include some of the other stuff we collected on our trip (maps, Instax photos, brochures, etc.). Along with Ali’s templates (which I made some modifications to) I also used some of her digital stamps (here, here, here and here).

This was really fun to put together and I can’t wait to get the printed pages in my hands!
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I’m having such a great time participating in Layout-A-Day once again and this time I was so excited to be asked by Lain to be a featured scrapper! I was so honored when she asked and had a great time coming up with my layouts.

My featured layout today included some 3×4 cards that I created that would be great on a layout or in Project Life or a similar pocket style layout. I created some without my families initials to share. They come in both .jpeg and .psd files to print or maybe adapt to your needs. If you’re interested, you can find them here.

Here’s my layout:


The photo was one taken when we were in Disneyland in March. I feel like we all look relaxed and happy. Perfect!

Here are the rest of my layouts so far. Click on any of them to see it larger.

I love this…

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So him right now.
Nose in the computer, totally engrossed.
He’s been taking lessons at Microsoft and loves it.
Our own little Bill Gates… or maybe Steve Jobs?

I want to remember: Disneyland

I want to remember how much Alex held my hand through the park

I want to remember how much more independent Alex was this year. Getting in and out of rides, buckling in, even using the single rider line.

I want to remember the leisurely pace that we held during this trip. We only used two of our “magic mornings”. Lines were short and we never felt pressured to hurry.

I want to remember the pure tears of joy when we sprung the surprise on Alex. It was my favorite part of the trip.

I want to remember my first Dole Whip (yummy!)

I want to remember watching Alex experience ride on Goofy’s Sky School over and over all by himself.

I want to remember experiencing the magic through his eyes again and hoping that the magic of Disney captures him every time he goes.



This sweet boy asked if I would snuggle with him “just five more minutes!”. How could I possibly say no when all that was going through my mind was this thought -

How much longer will he want to snuggle with me at all?

We are blessed with a sweet, sweet boy. I can still see glimpses of the little guy that he was.

But more and more those moments are being overshadowed by glimpses of the young man he’s becoming.

I like what I’m seeing so far but I can’t help but also feel a little bit sad at what we’re leaving behind.


2013 in Review

It’s sort of unreal that 2013 has come and gone. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite memories from the year…






The beginning of the year brought an exciting adventure – Costa Rica! It was a work trip and unfortunately the boys had to stay at home, but it was a wonderful opportunity to see coffee farms first hand and experience that part of the coffee business.
Alex was finishing up basketball and also started his first year of lacrosse which he loved.
Mark and I made our third annual trek to La Paz, Mexico for some sun and relaxation.







Mark had the chance to drive a Lamborghini come springtime. It was raining that day, but he left the car with a huge smile on his face so I’d say it was a success.
Alex ran the Color Run with me, his first 5k. He did awesome and is ready to do it again this year.
Alex also was a driver in the Stanwood Soapbox Derby this year. He and Mark spent several weeks building his car and he made it through several rounds on race day. He also had a big smile on his face most of the day… what is it with boys and fast cars?





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Summer always goes by so fast, but we made the most of it!
I ran my first half-marathon in Seattle with my dear friend Sarah {yikes!}
We dropped Alex off on Orcas Island for his first week of summer camp at Camp Orkila! We all survived and he’s already been talking about next year.
Grandma Hazel and Grandpa Keith joined us for an exciting zip-line adventure on Camano Island.
We spent a few days at Long Beach with some friends for the kite festival. We had some beautiful weather and Alex worked to master the skim board.



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Fall brings cooler temperatures and soccer! Alex improved over last year and spent a bit more time as goalie this year.
Alex also turned 10 – I’m not sure how that happened and I’m not sure I approve.
We also hit up the pumpkin patch. Alex was the only one of us who got taller.

We made some special memories this year – many more than can be recorded here. We spent some great time with friends and family and with each other. I’m so thankful for another year, for our health and happiness. Happy New Year – here’s to a magical 2014!

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