Sunday, May 31, 2009

Marching on

Here's our annual Memorial Day parade in town. We personally have had a part in this parade for 17 years, as scouts and scout leaders and marching band members. I always joke that if it's a beautiful, warm and sunny day, we must have the parade dates mixed up! We hate to have to wear a rain poncho over uniforms and we were blessed this year with a gorgeous day! Hurrah! It is the last year we will have a "marcher", so it was bittersweet....of course we have two more parades to go, so I'm not teary eyed yet! And aren't the band uniforms beautiful? As are the band members of course! :)




Also, here's a snapshot of our lilac tree blooming....so so pretty! I wonder at God's creations...most especially in the spring time!






Blessed Sunday!!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Keeping track :)

I told you we've been to some track meets lately. Kels has several events including a 100 meter race (lane 3 in the pic), a 4x100 meter relay, high jump and triple jump. These pictures were actually at a meet on a beautiful sunny day...one of the few meets where we were not drenched and freezing! All the kids did well, and Kelsey had her highest high jump EVER! (4' 8" I believe!)













Her triple jump at this meet was also the longest she's done this season...her personal best is 34 feet, but I think this meet was like 32 or 33 feet plus some inches, I can't remember the exact measurements....it just amazing me that they can hop, skip, jump and then land successfully! Way way beyond my skills let me tell YOU! BTW, she jumps 28 FEET before she even lands in the pit! Wow, right? Well, here we see her waiting while some kids cross the track and then she FLIES!! Her "landing" in this clip isn't quite that pretty, but the jump was GOOD!!
video

And finally, here is one of my recent creations sent as a thank you card to Dani dear who is coordinating a card swap this month with some ladies from the cruise I went on last fall. I had some "scraps" sitting around and I put them together to make this card. Love that Cornish Heritage Farms Vintage Butterfly Set...I used the images in quite a few of my CHA projects!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Always a project....

Hi all! I haven't been online much, but I have been very busy!! Along with the crazy life I lead, including lots of marching band parades and track sectionals and summer soccer for Kels, getting two girls ready to graduate, one girl packed to go around the world, paperwork done for all my school kids and missionary director and preschool ministry duties....I have also been creating stuff like a wild woman!!

I don't know if you all remember my trip last summer to Chicago with my friend Betty who owns a LSS, but we went to CHA, the biggest craft trade show in the USA! This year I am again going with Betty to the trade show as a "creative" consultant/assistant retailer to Betty THE Retailer; and THEN I am helping Betty by designing projects and coteaching workshops in a new and exciting CHA Supershow for CONSUMERS (read that as YOU AND ME!). It has been quite an experience so far in designing....we submitted my first 15 project designs, to have 4 of them accepted fully, 6 of them rejected completely and 5 of them accepted contingently. I reworked the projects, only to have the 5 contingent projects rejected after all, and a request for something new and different. Sigh. I designed new projects and all of those were accepted! Whew. So now comes the material gathering and prepping and "bagging" for each project. When we are done, assuming our classes of 50 people per class are filled, we will have completed 1, 050 projects!! OMGracious! It is an exciting enterprise and I am so happy to give Betty the exposure she needs to go BIG! I've included here a video clip advertising the show! Check it out! Wouldn't it be fun to come see me there? God gives me the BEST projects, don't you think??



I can't share my projects until after the show, but I promise to share some of the other things I've been crafting...soon!

I trust the good Lord is blessing your socks off this weekend! The sun is coming and so are more PARADES! I've have pix of those too! See you soon! Blessings!
Kim Marie

Monday, May 18, 2009

Just a few more prom pix:)

Some of the neat things about being royalty for a night is the extra special details that make you feel like you're extraordinary....like a fancy car to pose in front of..






....a really long limo ride...........


and a chance to meet a prince or two (these young men are actually close family friends and a few of the guys that both my daughters hang out with at school).
Oh the joys!





The benefit concert went well, too by the way, although the weather dampened attendance a bit...they sold some t shirts and raised some money and awareness for their cause "I AM THE DIFFERENCE"...an organization started locally here by some teens to raise awareness that you can change your world for the better. Isn't God good?
Blessings all!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Danish Princess :)



Here are a few snaps of Mejse and her date, Clay. Also, the group picture is of all the couples that rode in the limousine.
Isn't she darling? Every parent I spoke with said that she looked so adorable. Her dress is my favorite one, of course...but I could be a wee bit biased! :) How she stood in those shoes though, remains a mystery to me....ah to be a teenager again.....or not ;) Blessings, all!













Saturday, May 16, 2009

Prom Day! And Benefit Concert Day!

Today is prom day! Today is Benefit Concert Day! Our girl from Denmark, Mejse, is going to prom and our girl Kelsey is part of organizing a benefit concert this afternoon! Pray for sunny and bright weather as right now....BIG STORMY RAIN! But things are brightening up to the north, so.....come back later and check for prom pictures and benefit concert updates!
Happy Saturday!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

O Happy Moms Day!


Happy Mom's Day People!!!
Blessings to all the moms, aunts and grandmoms out there! Enjoy your children today, in person, by phone or satellite :)

And enjoy your day! God loves you, Moms, Aunts and Grandmoms!!

PS This is one of my two greatest creations...she took the pic herself!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Faith Hope Love

This was the other card that I made for the Papercrafts "stamped background" Category. These images are all Papertrey Ink. I love their acrylic stamps...they usually build on one another, making them extremely versatile. The ribbon is also PTI...chocolate :) yummy! Click on the pic to see it close up...you can see the two step process better!

My friends, we can't make it in this world without faith, hope and love....but remember, the most important of these is love :)

Blessings to you today, my friends!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Not quite royalty and something special to do

Hi all!
Here's a card I made months ago and I actually sent it in to a Stamping Royalty contest for PaperCrafts magazine. The time has passed for when they said they would have chosen the winners, and I haven't heard a thing, so I'm going to go out on a limb and figure it wasn't my time to be published :)

The entry was for a card that was to use stamps to make your own design/background paper. All the stamped images are Stampin' Up, but I used alcohol inks to make the background color. I love alcohol inks...they are BEAUTIFUL! And so easy to use. I made two cards actually, but I'll share the second card in a different post.
Tomorrow is one of my favorite things to be a part of....SPECIAL OLYMPICS! I go and cheer on all my friends, old and new! I get to see kids I've worked with over the years, many of whom are now in their late teens and early 20's {yes they were TWO when I first met them}! And also, the kids I work with now. I cannot tell you the pride in my heart when I see them win a wheelchair obstacle course, softball throw or bean bag drop. There is even a switch hitting competition that some of my girls have received a gold medal in! And some of my kids {3!} have even carried the torch! My daughter has volunteered since she was a wee thing, as I have always brought my kids. It is a wonderful morning!

Be well, friends! Have a good weekend!