Monday, October 29, 2012

Around the Apartment

Our time in the apartment is coming to an end. Once we were considering a big move last year, I had more motivation to document our daily lives knowing that many things could change. That motivation continues as we move forward and our life in California evolves. I find myself taking pictures around our apartment and the complex.

We can see the sun setting from our second floor windows. The striking colors of this sunset after some rain in September prompted me to go outside and take a picture.

I see the sunrise many mornings while walking the dogs. Well, I will not missing early morning walks.

The apartment complex has nice landscaping, so I took some pictures of the flowers recently. The mild weather means that we still have flowers blooming in October.

The apartment had a unique floor plan, so I often find myself upstairs looking down at John and Alex. We will be back to one level in the rental house, so I wanted to capture the view from above. Alex likes to watch videos on my computer.

Back to grading papers, laundry and eventually some packing!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I need to pack up my crafts supplies for our upcoming move. Luckily this move is less than 3 miles instead of 1600 some miles! During this transition, I can work on some digital scrapbook pages. This one was inspired by a song that I heard at the beginning of the month:

I made a digital scrapbook page using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! and a digital stamp from Ali Edwards. I really like photo collages right now and used a variety of photos from this year.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October in CA

We are having nice fall days in the Bay Area. Last weekend we went to the pumpkin patch at Spina Farms with the Las Madres Working Moms group and had a great time.

Today, we had a picnic at Memorial Park.

Alex chose to wear his UTSA jersey, and today is UTSA's Homecoming football game against my new employer, San Jose State. I had hoped to go back to San Antonio for the game and a visit, but we are having a busy fall. I do not have much vacation time yet at my new job, and I teach class on Fridays. Also, we are getting ready for a local move, so we are organizing and packing. We are happy to be moving a few miles into a rental house soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wedding at Aullwood

A couple of things in the past week or so have reminded me of my wedding at Aullwood Audubon Center in July 2004. I cannot believe that it was over 8 years ago! Here are a few of the photos:

I have been back to the center once since our wedding and hope to take Alex to visit the center and farm on our next trip to Ohio.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 Things: October

It is already the 10th of the month, so it is time for me to share my "10 Things" inspired by posts at We are having a busy fall, so here are 10 Things that we doing this month:

1. Going on an adventure to San Francisco
John and Alex went on an adventure last Saturday to San Fancisco while I was at a bridal shower. They had a picnic and saw some ships, boats, and airplanes that were in the city for both Fleet Week and the America's Cup. John took Alex's photo at the train station on their way to San Francisco.

2. Working
John and I are both keeping busy at work. John is working on a big project. I am mostly advising students on academic probation and juniors who need to be accepted into a major. Our work is both draining and rewarding.

3. Teaching
The semester is in full swing, so the class and grading are keeping me busy.

4. Feeding the dogs
Alex takes his "jobs" at home and school very seriously. He likes to help and gets upset if he does not get to feed the dogs each morning and night. He is learning how to measure out the correct amount of food for each dog. He also helps me make the beds.

5. Getting a Halloween Costume for Alex
Alex wants to be a "superhero with wings" so we are working on a Batman costume.

6. Looking for a rental house
Most people rent apartments and houses through Craigslist postings out here. I am glad that we are starting early. Places go quickly in the Bay Area! So far I have responded to 2 ads, but one of them was a scam. (Tear!)

7. Planning for the Holidays
Alex wants to "ride on an airplane and see snow".

8. Making cards and scrapbook layouts
I have been trying to squeeze in some crafty time even though things are busy.

9. Attending some Las Madres activities
We have some fun events coming up with the playgroups. We have a party and trip to the pumpkin patch coming up.

10. Learning
There is a lot to learn with new jobs and living in a new place!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Last week was my brother's birthday, so I was looking through some photos from his visits to Texas and California over the years. I used some photos in a collage for a quick digital scrapbook page.

It only took me a few more minutes to make another photo collage on Shutterfly and send it to Brendan. Even if you do not scrapbook or do not have time to scrapbook, photo collages are a nice way to put together some photos.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

World Card Making Day

Today was World Card Making Day. I enjoy making cards for my family and friends. My friends have celebrated a few thing over the past month, which has been great motivation to make some cards.

One of my friends adopted an adorable baby girl in September. I had a lot of fun making a card to send them. I liked the card so much that I submitted it to a new card making website. To my surprise, my card was published and can be seen here on Card Annex!

I sent this card to a friend in September for her birthday. This is similar to another card that I made with Copic markers and a chevron embossing folder.

This morning I finished a card for my friend's bridal shower. This card uses stamps from Neat & Tangled and Lawn Fawn. It was inspired by a card from Kristina Werner.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quick Post

I am dropping in to share a card I made over the weekend for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge. This clean and simple birthday card was inspired by my blog header.

Supplies Used:
Stampin Up!: Patterned paper (retired), Crumbcake card stock, Clear embossing powder & Night of Navy button
Papertrey Ink: White card stock
Versa Mark Ink
Hero Arts Stamp
Misc: White gel pen & white embroidery floss

Ok, back to grading papers...