Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back to the Valley of the Sun!!!

Well, I am back to 110 degree weather. It is good to be home though. 10 days is a little long to be gone with kids I decided. We had a lot of fun and packed a lot of activities into the trip. I saw some friends and co-workers from my Albertson's days. Lagoon was fun but I was exhausted by the end of the day. I remember going there when it first opened and staying until it was closed. I was done after 5 hours. I did go one my favorite ride, the old wooden roller coaster. I always sit there and wonder if this is the time that it will crack and fall apart! LOL!

I took probably at least 1,000 pictures. I had to empty my card twice. Of course more than half of those can be discarded but I haven't gone through all of them yet. My cousin and I were taking pictures the day after we got there and we kind of went crazy! I got some priceless ones though. We started taking pictures of things you can't find or do in Arizona. By the end of the trip it was what we couldn't find or do in Arizona and things you can only find in Utah! So here is my top 10!!! Just for fun!!!

OK, this one is just for this time of year but you would never see my kids playing outside right now in Arizona!!!

As I mentioned in my last blog! There is nothing like walking barefoot in the grass in Utah. It's so soft and cool!!! I tried to plant lilac's in my town home when I first moved to Arizona, they died within a month. Lilac's are my absolute favorite. They smell heavenly!!!

My neighbor had this tree in their front yard. The little green 'things' doubled as a helicopter and a Pinocchio nose!!!

OK, I guess you could see this sign in Northern Arizona but you would never see this is Mesa!!!

This is just too cute not to post. You would never see my kids rolling down a hill in Arizona. Why? Because it's too stinkin' hot and the grass feels like glass!!!

You can see the Mesa Temple in Arizona but there is absolutely nothing like the Salt Lake Temple. I don't care if you are L.D.S. or not, it is breathtaking!!!

OK, the next 3 are things you will only find in Utah! You won't appreciate it until you move away.

These last 2 would have come in very handy when I sent away my 3 missionaries! HeHe! Didn't marry one of them! I ended up marrying someone else's missionary! (The first time)I have a soft spot for Gordon B. Hinkley. I was very happy to see his face on a Billboard!!!

OK, there is my list! Now keep in mind! I love Arizona!!! It is just way too hot, but the summer only last about 4 months and then it is paradise while everyone is cold and shoveling their driveways!!!

That's about all for tonight! I just wanted to add that my husband got a brand new Plasma Screen T.V. He kept complaining about the picture on our other T.V. and I just couldn't see what he was talking about. But now that it is sitting in my family room, I didn't realize a T.V. could look so good! I got a vacation and my husband gets a new T.V. I love it when I can benefit from both! LOL! SpongeBob has never looked sooo good!

Now for your freebie! I made you a new freebie template! This is the template from Landon's first swim! This was my first speed scrap. I probably wouldn't have added stars to my layout but that is the fun of a speed scrap, you never know what you are going to end up with!!!

Download Here

Speaking of Speed Scrap! I was actually able to catch the Tuesday night one on my vacation! Here is my end result!

I took these pictures of Landon is Park City. It was one of those Speed Scraps that all the instructions turned out perfect! I loved this layout!

I will have to get back to you on the details of this weeks Speed Scrap.

Check back on Tuesday though because I am hosting the Tuesday Template Challenge at ScrapMatter! You won't want to miss out!

Also, my Digital Scrapbooking Group on Cafe Mom is a year old! We started the 2nd year with 727 members. Way more than I ever expected when I started the group a year ago. There is a link on my left sidebar. We are starting a scavenger hunt tomorrow! I recently added 2 administrators to help me out since my time is more limited now with kids out of school and a 10 month old running the house! He learned how to pull himself up to furniture while I was out of town! Nothing is safe!!!

Have a good night and check back soon for the Tuesday Challenge and an update on the Speed Scrap this week!!!


Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 30 Jun [LA 01:50am, NY 03:50am, UK 08:50am, OZ 06:50pm]).

Ginger said...

thanks for the heads up.. love the template. Ginger

No Reimer Reason said...

Thank you for the template. And I LOVE the stars you put on your layout. They drew my eyes in right away. And the sketchy frames on the pictures are fabulous. I might have to copy your layout. :-)

twoboyz00 said...

Thanks so much for the awesome template!

Andrea said...

I LOVE your UT pictures! Those billboards are cool. And yep, the SLC temple is amazing! One of my cousin's sends a weekly email letter while on his mission. It's pretty great, but No fair, my friends didn't have that option either. ha ha Those lilacs are beautiful!! Somethings just don't grow well here in AZ.

Thanks for visiting my blog! It's fun to "meet" a fellow Arizonan.

I LOVE your blog! Your kiddos are cute and your layouts are fabulous!