Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 29 Sketch

Hi & happy end of the month. Can you believe that we are nearing October?! This year is just flying by. For those of you that have been following my blurbs of our relocation, I will post soon to let you know exactly what, when, where it is all happening. But for now.......
Didn't I tell you that there were 5 great sketches this month at Chicas Getting Crafty! Each one was so much fun to work with! I hope that you have used them for your projects & had as much fun with them as I did. Here is my take on this weeks sketch:



This picture is of my husband & my girls on a miniature golf night with our church. I was away, so he had dressed them, hadn't combed their hair, Emma's socks are pulled up high, but that doesn't change who they are, & how much he loves them! They are the light of his life! They adore him & he loves them right back!

Thanks for looking. Again, if you use this, or any of the sketches, please share with us over at Chicas Getting Crafty, your take. We would love to see it!

Have a great day!!
~Anneliese

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our New Texas House

Hello there family & friends. I know that many of you have been asking how we are doing with the relocation to Texas. It is a big move & very emotional. One day I am excited, the next day I am weeping & rethinking our decision. It is a very stressful time for us. Our current house is on the market. We have had an open house, appraisers coming in & out, & we are just waiting for someone to fall in love with it as much as we did when we bought it. If you know of anyone interested in a great house in a great location in Exeter PA, please send them our way.

Last week, Tony & I went to Houston to scout out the area & search for our new home. It was a very tough week! We looked at over 50 houses in various areas. We started out north of Houston in the Spring area, then headed North-west to Cypress, then we ended in Katy. On that third day we knew we had decided that we really wanted to be in the Katy area. Tony & I were not seeing eye to eye on anything. Where I was looking at old homes w/ charm & character, he saw "work, work, work, work". He liked the shiny newer homes that were turn key. On our 4th & final day to look at houses, we looked at year 2000 & newer homes, when we found an inventory home in a newer development. It was the very last house that we saw & was scheduled to see. We walked into it feeling deflated & were knowing we had to make a decision & possibly settle on something that wasn't exactly what we needed/wanted. We at least had it narrowed down to 2. We walked into this last house & Tony fell silent. Then he was like a little kit & started running from room to room, to outside, to the front, then upstairs, & down. We both knew that we had walked into our future home!!!



It was the last David Weekley home on the lot, it had been built & completed, but never lived in. It sits on about 1/3 acre corner lot, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage (enough room for those Barbie jeeps!!). Dining, living, kitchen, breakfast area, & game room. It is exactly what we need, plus a few of our wants. Best part is that one of the 5 bedrooms will be my dedicated office/scrap room! My own craft space!! Can you believe it? Since it was a builder home, it has upgrades galore!! We were at the right place at the right time & we literally got a steal! The builders agent let it slip what it was originally listed for & what we got it for is no where near that. The best part, at the end of our street is the common area where there is a playground, pool, club house, gym, stocked pond with catch & release fishing! There is also a brand new elementary school being built in the development that will open August 2012, so both girls will be going there next year.

Settlement on the new house is October 22nd. Wow that is coming up fast!! This house is not sold yet, so we will stay here until it is or until the relocation company buys us out, which ever comes first. We are kinda hoping that we will get to be here for Christmas, then move over the break. That way we can celebrate w/ our families, then Emma can start new in the new year.

I will certainly keep you posted as things progress & change. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts & prayers. We really appreciate them! Let's hope the whole move goes smoothly with no hicups!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 22 Sketch & Scrap Challenge

Good afternoon, there is another wonderful sketch posted today at Chicas Getting Crafty. If you haven't already, you should hurry on over there to check it out.

This sketch was so much fun to use! As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what paper I was going to use, & what pictures. I used the scraps from the April Scraptacular kit. That was such a fun kit & I knew that I had the perfect scraps to use. I rounded the corners of the stips of scraps, used left over stickers, then I found a fun tag that I had used half of. The other half fit perfectly here. I had tiny strips of ribbon that found a good home on this page. I threw all of my scraps together, & this is what I came up with:


These pictures are of my youngest, Audra, when she was about a year & a half. We
had gotten this slide from freecycle & Audra adored it. She would go up & down, up
& down, up & down. This would last for for a long time. But it kept her busy & she
loved it.

Thanks for looking. I hope that you stop back again real soon.
Have a fabulous day.
~Anneliese~

(post pre-scheduled. currently in Houston house hunting.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 15 Sketch

Hi there & welcome back. Over at Chicas Getting Crafty there is another wonderful sketch!! Which means that it's a great day for me, how about you? I am thrilled to share with you my take on another wonderful sketch. When I first saw this sketch, I immediately thought of my husband. He always asks if I am going to put anything in that "empty space". I, personally, LOVE the white space & really enjoy doing layouts with it. Like this one:

This layout is of my oldest, Emma. She has the biggest, most beautiful eyes that I have ever seen.
She has eyelashes that grown women pay for! She often says to me, "Mommy, I look different. My
eyes are so big." I just tell her, that it is perfectly ok to be different, those eyes are so big &
beautiful, & that the boys will get lost in them some day.

I am so glad that you stopped to visit me today. Please share with us your take on the sketch, over
at Chicas Getting Crafty should you chose to use it. We love seeing everyone else's creations!!

Have a wonderful day!
~Anneliese~

(our house is officially for sale. anyone interested in a beautiful house, on a cul-de-sac, in Exeter,
PA).

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty Patriotic Challenge

Hi there! I hope that you are doing well, this fine day!

For this layout, I was inspired by the patriotic-ness of our country in honor of 9/11. I did not have any patriotic papers, so this truly was a challenge for me. I used my scraps to make this layout (I was on a roll from the other challenges this month), which was fun. I pulled from this bin & that pile & random items (like the tag that has a bird under the star). I put it all together & this is what I came up with:

The pictures are of my mother-in-law, on the Fourth of July, playing with sparklers (she is still a kid at heart!). The little picture is of me & Emma. Emma wasn't quite sure what to make of them, so I had to help her until she got the hang of it.

God Bless the USA!!

Thanks for looking today. & be sure to stop by Chicas Getting Crafty to see my full post & what my fellow DT members are creating this week.
Have a great day.
~Anneliese~

(post pres-scheduled. diligently working on house to put on market.)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Move to Texas

Just a lil update on our move to TX. As you may or may not know, Tony has been offered quite a job with his company, but the catch is that it is located in Houston, TX. By taking this job, it opens several doors for advancement within the company in the near future. It was a long time coming, & it is finally here. Our house here in PA is being put on the market this week, & Tony & I will be going to Houston to house hunt next week. We have 4 days to find the house of our dreams! I will keep you posted on that as well.

With that being said, all of my scrappy supplies are packed up & in storage (boo hoo!!), because you know how cluttered & messy our scrappy areas can get! Our sitting room needs to be staged as a sitting room, not as a hoarding scrappers room. lol. All of the post that you will see on my blog in September, October, November that are crafty related have been created previously & scheduled to be posted. All of my DT duties are on hold until we are settled in our new house.

Along with prepping our house to go on the market, school & preschool has started, soccer is in full swing, & dance starts this week. Let's just say that the past several months have been a big blurr for me. I have major insomnia, headaches all the time, & the tears flow freely quite often. There are only so many excuses to tell the girls why I am crying AGAIN! They have been troopers through all of this. They know that we are moving, & are excited to get a new house, but they don't grasp the concept of us moving across the country. What do you expect at ages 4 & 6.

Ok, friends. I just wanted to give you an update on what is happening here. & again, all my crafty posts have been created previously & my posts have been pre-scheduled. I hope you are all doing well. I feel very disconnected from the outside world. I promise to be more communicative once settled in the new digs.

Take care & have a fantastic day!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 8th Sketch

Hello there!! It is so nice that you stopped by today. Over at Chicas Getting Craftythere is another fabulous sketch. Woo Hoo!! Love it!

My take on the sketch is of my daughter Audra, when she was about 18 monthes, & her first experience on the beach. She wasn't quite sure what to make of it. She would sit in the sand, then stand up. Sit & watch the water, then dig her toes in the sand. It was quite funny. You can see it in her face that she didn't really know what to do.
  

Thank you for looking. I hope that you enjoyed the sketch & my take on it. Please
stop back again more fun & inspiration! I love having you.

Have a great day!!
~Anneliese~

(the month of September posts are pre-scheduled. We are busy packing, & house
hunting, & preparing for our big move from PA to TX. Details on that to follow.).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 1 Sketch

Have been over the the Chicas Getting Crafty blog today? Have you seen the fabulous sketch posted? Isn't it wonderful? And guess what? You are lucky this month because there are 5 weeks in September, therefore there will be 5 sketches here at Chicas Getting Crafty! All of them are out-of-this-world!!

Here is my take on this weeks sketch. I used the title "Imagine" because my girls are so very close, & I can't imagine one being without the other. They are the best of friends, & really enjoy each other. Well, they are only 4 & 6, so I'm sure as they get older things will change a bit. These pictures are from our vacation this summer. We went to see Lucy the Elephant in Margate NJ (www.lucytheelephant.org). Emma (my oldest), did not want to go in at all. She was pouting & just kept saying she didn't want to go in (as you can tell in the very first picture). Audra, just took her by the hand, & said something to her, & it changed her mood completely & she went right in. That's what sisters are for!!



Thanks for looking today! I hope that you were inspired by the sketch. If you do a layout using the sketch, please share over at Chicas Getting Crafty so that we can Ohhh & Ahhh over it!

Have a wonderful day!!
~Anneliese~