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Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Update

Happy July everyone! Wow, I can't believe the summer is flying by so quickly!  I guess no one would be surprised if I said we have been busy but it has been all good.  Since my last post we have hosted a neighborhood block party and took a trip to Florida, along with some of the everyday stuff like swim, soccer and gymnastics practices, a culinary camp for L and a photography camp for K.   

The block party was a lot of fun.  Got to know some of our neighbors better and meet a few of the new ones. So glad we decided to do that.  Hope to have one more before the summer is over. 

We got back yesterday from a nine day trip to Naples, Florida with my in-laws.  DH's brother and his wife, along with their two little girls were also able to go.  

The weather was a bit rainy but we managed to get everything we wanted to do done by heading out early in the morning before the rains came in the afternoon.  

Our first day there, we got to spend with friends.  One of DH's best friends from high school moved down to Fort Meyers after college. We have been down to see them a couple of times but it has been way too long!  So great to see him, his wife and his oldest again, along with meeting their two little ones! 

We also decided that we wanted to go to the everglades to see the crocs.  We had to take two different boats but it was fun just the same.  I think the best part for the kids was flying through the mangrove trees on the boats. :) 

We also stopped at Naples Pier to check out the dolphins.  Wish we would have been able to get better pictures.
 As expected, the sunsets were amazing on the beach.  We spent one night at a nearby resort, sipping on cold drinks watching the sun go down.

I think the best part though was having a screened in pool at the house we rented.  I bet the kids spent AT LEAST four hours a day in that pool.

While I was posting, I thought I would share two layouts I made recently for Emma's Paperie. This first layout is based on a sketch this sketch by Melissa Phillips. 

This second layout was done for a washi tape assignment.  L and one of her closest friends were showing off the mustaches that L had made for them using duct tape so I decided to snap some pictures.  They worked perfectly for this layout.  I used washi tape for the banner at the top, the striped flag above the photos and the strips that separate my pattern papers.  You can find all a list of washi tape that I used here.

Hope your summer is going well and thanks so much for stopping by!


Linda Beeson said...

What a fun sounding trip!!! Both layouts are great!

Audrey Pettit said...

Sounds like you guys are having a wonderful summer so far! How cool you got to vacation in Florida. I would love the dolphins, but I'm not a fan of those crocs.......although riding through the everglades must be quite a thrilling experience!
Love, love your layouts! Your take on Melissa's sketch is fabulous. Love the big title letters and the row of photos. And your take on the washi challenge is absolutely awesome! So love the little flag picks and all those yummy strips of tape!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Looks like a fun trip, Lisa. Always fun to spend quality family time together, especially away from home. Love your beautiful layouts. So nice to see a post, and your work. :)

Patty O'Malley said...

Looks like you're having a fantastic summer so far! The layouts are awesome!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Florida!! I love love love love the photos and loving the lo's!! They are gorgeous! LOVING those stars on the first one!!

Juliana Michaels 17turtles said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Everything you did sounds super fun!!! Great layouts too! Love the mustaches! ;)

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Leslie Germain said...

Hi Lisa. I love connecting with other paper crafters and stumbled upon you site. I love your layouts you posted. Great take on the sketch (as a layout). I am now following you via GFC. Stop by and say hi.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa! Did you stop blogging? I really miss your posts and scrapbook layouts! I hope you get back into it now that school has started. Stacey