I added a photo album that contains blog banners I've created since I first started this blog back in April of 2006. It was like taking a stroll down memory lane when I loaded them. My favorite is still the arrow banner - it's simple and colorful and 'to the point'.
Since I figured out how to get YouTube vidoes on my blog I'm going to share (per Sarah's request) the video I took from Sarah's dance recital. This is actually from the rehersal the day before the recital (that's why you may catch a glimpse of her instructor's arm behind the curtain).
The video is not very clear, but it's good enough to see her dance. Sarah is the first one to take a step and cross over, so you can follow her from there. Watch for the moonwalk!
And now, drumroll please, Sarah and her partner dancing to Smooth Criminal......
(I messed up with the security settings when I loaded it on YouTube and now I can't embed it on my blog, so you have to go there to watch. Live and Learn!)
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Talk about a picnic.
I was at one today and it was unbelievable.....
Todd was invited, through work, to a picnic sponsored by a company he buys product from. The picnic was held at the residence of one of the co-owners. There were around ten thousand people there. You heard me right. Ten thousand people. In this guy's yard. Yes, he does have a very large yard!
This man apparently owns over 20 businesses and it is the 40 year anniversary of the business whose picnic we attended today. He hosts this thing every year!
Can you imagine the amount of food? And the preparation? There were people helping direct the cars in the fields for parking. Activities for the kids. You could swim in his pool. He had his antique car barn open so you could walk through there. People brought old cars and street rods and had them on display. You could buy raffle tickets to win a ride in his helicopter. And the highlight of the day was seeing The Oak Ridge Boys perform (yes, he hired the Oak Ridge Boys). Unbelievable.
I have never seen a band perform. Ever. So this was a first for me. Unfortunately, because we were in his yard, there were obstacles in the way of our view, plus we were way in the back, actually across a little stream from the main area, and people had tents set up so it was hard to see. I managed a couple of pictures....
(the bearded fellow is William Lee Golden and the guy in the blue shirt leaning over is Joe Bonsal)
The guy with his arm in the air is Richard Sterban (the deep voice omm poppa mow mow man) and the guy just visible through the tree leaves is Duane Allen.
One song they sang literally brought tears to my eyes. I will admit it. I'm a sap. It's a very patriotic song and the audience stood up to show respect for our great country - it was such a touching moment. I found the song on youtube.... it only takes a little over three minutes to watch. Please do...
Next year, when I am planning for our July 4th picnic, I will remember this event and think - sheesh, what a piece of cake planning our picnic will be!
I've had my fill this past month. June and especially July are crazy busy with birthdays, plus throw in a few baptisms this year for good measure.
This past Sunday, a mere three days ago, was Pappy's birthday. As you saw in my last post, yesterday was my niece Elizabeth's birthday. Today is Nana's birthday (and also my friend Stacy's daughter, Hannah; and my Aunt Jann; and my second cousin Jen). So, that's cake three times this week and it's only Wednesday!
I have a picture of Nana and Lily after we sang happy birthday and the candles were removed and the ice cream was being taken out of the freezer and we were getting ready to eat MORE cake....
Happy Birthday to you, Nana!!!!!
I made an album for her.....
And if you know me by now, you'll know that I love to do the back of my album too. Who says it has to be plain?????? I like to think of it as the grand finale....
(In fact, I think that's my favorite part of a mini album ---- finding the perfect elements to bring the back cover to life!)
products used: Scenic Route tabbed chipboard album; Chatterbox papers and embellishments; printed transparency (on the tabs) from my good friend all the way over (and under) in Australia, Petrina.
Can we have something other than cake?????
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I finally decided to show the journaling a bit bigger....
A layout for the store (my product pick for July - Making Memories glitter die-cuts)
(sorry about the glare on the photos)
and, some close-ups......
I played with oil pastels.
And it was fun.
I am so inspired by Kal. She is incredibly talented and she encourages you to play and get messy and have fun. So I did!
I ripped out a page from an old book that had a passage that I thought fit my frame of mind this evening. That passage made me think of dreams and night time.... thus the moon. And then the dark night sky which I made into a sun-setting sky. I added some silver sequins for stars. And a little message to myself written with a Sharpie marker.
One little piece of art work. One girl who feels good to have made something fun.
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(oh, I have to ask - how are you viewing my images? The pictures I've loaded today seem very pixelated (even over there in the left column in my 'little details' photo album) and I can't figure out if it's me or if typepad is a bit screwy with loading them today???? any comments on that would be appreciated!!!!!)