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Merry Christmas

  • Tuesday, December 25, 2007
  • Toya
  • We're back! Disney was great. The kids had a blast and I'm going to have fun scrapping tons of pictures. If you have never visited Disney around Christmas time, you should totally go. The decorations are beautiful. The parades and shows are amazing. Mommy and Daddy are very tired and happy to be back in our own beds. The kids are ready to plan the next trip. Taylor was asking to go back before we even got home. I have to figure out how to put the three of them to work to pay for the next trip.

    Merry Christmas!

    I have a date with a mouse

  • Monday, December 10, 2007
  • Toya
  • I have a date with the Mouse. If you have an order you want delivered by Christmas please place your order by Thursday, December 13. The store will be unable to process orders until after Christmas.

    Really late Thanksgiving Pictures

  • Sunday, December 2, 2007
  • Toya
  • Hey all,
    Ok, so I am really late with the Thanksgiving pictures but here we go. Here are some shots of Thanksgiving at Grandma's (my mom). She has the gift of good cooking. We ate until we were stuffed and went back for more later. I can't wait to scrap these shots of food. I am trying to convince my mother she needs to do a scrapbook on all of her recipes.Mac and cheese- Ooooh just look at that cheeseWho doesn't want to dive into these sweet potatoes?

    Turkey and Dressing- Need I say moreMama's pound cakeMy thighs are still paying for these sticky buns.

    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I am off to start on Christmas cards.

    Black Friday Sneak Peak

  • Monday, November 19, 2007
  • Toya
  • Time to give you a little sneak peak into the Black Friday Sale November 23! Here we go:Basic Grey Holiday Rub-ons- $2.00- These are my favorite rub-ons. They rub off with no problems. All Bazzill products 15% off- Cardstock, Bling, packs, and chipboard

    Christmas Page Kit- $6.50- This kit is perfect for taking care of those Christmas layout quickly during the Christmas rush.

    Clip it Up Base Unit- $45 Clip it Up Upper Tier- $25

    The Cricut Expression- $315

    This is just a handful of items. Orders over $75 will get free shipping. Come on out and shop in your jammies.

    Check out the sale

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2007
  • Toya
  • The Scrapper's Escape is having a sale on Piggy Tales, 12X12 Albums, and select cutting tools. Don't forget to stop by and check out the deals. Basic Grey Lunchpail kit marked down to $15.99Piggy Tales page kits marked down to $7.50

    Deluxe Suede 12X12 Album marked down to $18.99

    I am off now to work on the November calendar. I am a few days behind. The kids are eager to count down to Thanksgiving. Not because they are excited about Thanksgiving. They know that a trip to Disney World will happen shortly after Thanksgiving. Ok, so I am counting down too. As of today we have under 40 days.


  • Monday, November 5, 2007
  • Toya
  • I have a secret to tell you. The Scrapper's Escape will be having a Black Friday sale. Just to give you a little heads up. There will be a huge discount on Cricut Expression. Pass it on...

    They're Here!!!

  • Monday, October 29, 2007
  • Toya

  • My boyfriend in the cute little brown suit dropped by this morning with a package. THE DAISY BUCKET PAPER is here. I love it. They are beautiful. I am so excited to promote this line. The colors are fun and the texture is great. I encourage you to check them out. I must stop blogging and clean my space so I can start scrapping later.

    A piece of my heart and my inspiration

  • Thursday, October 25, 2007
  • Toya
  • This is Taylor. She is my first born and my mini me. This child is so much fun. She is a clown. When the camera is out so is the silly side of Taylor. I got my hair done and I decided to send a quick shot to hubby at work. As soon as the camera came out silly chick was in my lap. I never knew you could love someone as much as I love this little girl. I'm so lucky God chose me to be her mom.

    Stitchy Butt

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • Toya
  • I forgot to blog about my daughter's accident. She was injured in a place I couldn't take pictures. While playing in the sprinklers my 5 year old decided to go down the Little Tyke's slide. Her older sister "helped" her go down the slide faster. Unfortunately it was a little too fast. Her damp skin got stuck on the plastic while her dry skin kept going causing a rip right under her left butt cheek. This required a very dramatic trip to the ER for stitches. The best part was her attitude when the doctor pulled out the needle to numb her little rear, "And what are you going to do with that?" She said it with the same tone I use when I am catching her in the act of doing something wrong. It took all I could not to laugh out loud I held back my amusement to try to explain one more time what the doctor was going to do. She was not thrilled and her screams of protests brought in 3 more nurses to "help". After it was all said and done, she got 5 stitches and a new nickname: STITCHY BUTT!

    a couple of layouts on Princess #2

  • Saturday, October 20, 2007
  • Toya

  • I tell my girls that it is ok to call themselves Princess as long as they remember I'm the Queen! We took the girls on their first Disney cruise in April. They had a ball. We are getting ready to go to Disney again in December and I haven't even started printing pictures to scrap the last trip. I usually have more time in between trips. So here is the first layout from Disney spring break '07.

    Bad blogger

  • Toya
  • Ok, I know I am a bad blogger. I have been quite busy the last couple of weeks. Time has flown by fast. Last Friday night a few ladies got together at my house for a crop. We had a great time and somewhere in between chatting layouts were completed.

    I have some good news. I have ordered three new lines of paper from the new company Daisy Bucket Designs. I love their paper. They were at CHA summer and I was able to bring home some samples and I just love it. The paper is double-sided and textured. The colors are vibrant. I hope you will love it as much as I do. We will carry Garden Gate, Wrapped Wishes, and Bloomin' Paislies collection.
    We also will have new Christmas paper coming in next week. Creative Imagination's Winter Star and Winter Bird.Winter TreeWinter Star

    Look for these and a few other new addition coming next week.

    The Beach

  • Thursday, September 27, 2007
  • Toya

  • I have been enjoying a couple of days of relaxation on the beach. I have taken this trip every year for the past 4 years. I am in Virginia Beach. I'm here for Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squad convention. This is a great time to bring my family along for a mini vacation while I take a few classes for CE credit to keep up my EMT certification. Today we spent some time on the beach and the kids had a blast. They love the water. Jasmine is a little too willing to go out far in the ocean than mommy wants her to be. That child doesn't realize that she can't really swim and mommy isn't that good at it either. We still have a few more days for fun. I can't wait to scrap these shots. Tomorrow I will go and check out some of my favorite sb stores.

    Sick baby

  • Thursday, September 20, 2007
  • Toya

  • After only a week in school, the preschool germs have attacked Jaden. He came home Tuesday with 101.7 fever and a small rash on his forehead. By morning the rash extended to his waist. This morning the rash was from head to toe with 102.2 fever. The cause is a virus, beginning of pneumonia, and an ear infection. The result is the rest of the week at home with a mommy who has a full schedule to balance. He has really been a good sport about it. He isn't thrilled to miss school or be quarantined to his room so he doesn't infect the rest of the family before vacation next week.

    The Magic Bus Came

  • Thursday, September 13, 2007
  • Toya

  • It finally came and I think his smile took up half his face when that bus came up the street. He had to be stopped so I could take his picture. He had a great day. Mommy did too!

    My baby started school today

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007
  • Toya
  • He was so excited to go to preschool today. He has talked about going to school for the past year. The school bus has been the most important mode of transportation to this little boy. In his mind a school bus is the magic chariot. Unfortunately the bus was 30 minutes late and I had to teach a class so he had to ride in mommy's magic mini van. Maybe tomorrow the magic school bus will pick him up.

    Calling all Hokies

  • Saturday, September 8, 2007
  • Toya

  • Look what's here! I will be posting this on the store tomorrow. Ok, so the game against LSU stinks right now but give us a break we are breaking in new people. I still stand proud and shout even as we are losing badly, LET'S GO HOKIES!

    What have I been up to...

  • Monday, September 3, 2007
  • Toya
  • Earley Circle of Love
    CHA Class project

    Ok, I have actually been working on some things here and there. I finally finished this layout from CHA. I took a class on scrappin on the wall. It was a great class. I loved seeing the canvas art examples the instructor had. I also got a book on canvas art for sharing my supplies with others. I do play well with others contrary to popular belief. : )
    The CIRCLE of Love layout was fun to do. Jeff was complaining about the bare walls. I stained the frame to match the furniture in the Living Room. I love the way it turned out. The frames are pretty cheap to buy and finish. So, I challenge you to get those layouts out of the albums and put them out for all to see.
    I have been surfing the boards and blogs for fresh ideas. Wow was I impressed! I can't wait until the kids go down for nap today so I can go work on Jasmine's birthday pages. I am even eager to start on Halloween stuff.
    Shoot me an email of what you have worked on lately so I can post it.
    Happy Labor Day

    My Baby Girl is 5

  • Saturday, September 1, 2007
  • Toya

  • There was a wild and crazy party at my house today. Give a bunch of 5 year olds dressed as princesses some juicy juice and a bouncer and the tulle will fly. Today is Jasmine's birthday. She is very happy to finally announce to everyone who will listen that she is 5. We had the ultimate princess party. All the little girls were all dressed so cute. The girly girl mentality goes out the windown when you put these girls on a bouncer. I'm pretty sure Cinderella didn't show as much tushy. Jasmine chose not to be a princess for her princess party. Tinker Bell is more her speed. Tink is a girl who has more fun. It seems like such a short time ago when she came to live with us. Wow, she has changed so much.

    First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  • Toya
  • Just too cute
    Waiting for the bus
    The girls

    Today was the day! The first day of school finally arrived. The girls happily bounced down the stairs to get eat and dress. They were even patient as mom took 77 pictures. Yep, I said 77. When you have a Canon Rebel, 77 is a small number. That thing can take several pictures with the slightest touch. They both did great until the bus stopped and Jasmine got on first. She stopped in her tracks causing Taylor to run into her. I think the realization hit her that she was on a bus heading to SCHOOL. Her eyes got really big and I thought she was going to bolt from the bus. Maybe it was a good thing Taylor was behind her. She started to move down the aisle like she had cement blocks on her feet. She finally found a seat for the two of them and gave me a weak smile and a wave. I dropped by the school to check on them later in the morning and they were fine. Jasmine had the problem I expected her to have. That mouth of hers. If I could hook it up to a motor I would get half way across the country in an hour. We had to have a little chat about how mommy could appear at her school when she would least expect it. To reassure her I plan to make an appearance tomorrow. Oh the joys of being a tough mommy!

    While Jaden wasn't happy about the girls leaving him all alone, at the end of the day he announced he didn't miss them. After a trip to Sonic for lunch and a few trinkets at the grocery store, he figured out the benefits of not having the sisters around all day. I won't be able to scrap the school pics until the weekend. Until then, Jaden and I will play a few games and enjoy the quiet house.

    Happy Birthday Hottie

  • Sunday, August 19, 2007
  • Toya
  • This was taken when we were at CHA
    Today is my honey's birthday. I am so jealous that he just gets better looking with each year. We celebrated the day by spending time at the park with our kids. It was great watching him race through the play ground playing hide and seek with them. Instead of wanting to spend the day doing something for him, he chose to spend the day making his kids happy. Now that is a great daddy. Of course I took pictures I scrap them next week.

    I only have 3 more days until I have a small amount of peace in my house. The girls are going to school. I will do a little dance with Jaden. He and I have a little time alone together before he goes to preschool. That is when the real celebration begins. I keep hearing the question what will I do? My answer has been whatever I want but I know that is not true. I will volunteer at the girls' school, volunteer at the rescue squad, and the store takes front burner. I still have to teach cpr classes. There are several rooms that need a coat of paint, etc... It will take me from now until spring break to organize this house. I almost look forward to the challenge because I can do it in peace. Oh wow, I can pee without little people outside the door. I vow to turn off the ringers and sit in silence for a full 5 minutes.

    Today marks sad memories for me and my little town. The town of Blacksburg Virginia has had a rough year. One year ago today a chain of horrible events started and we are still trying to stop them. When you work in EMS you become apart of a large family consisting of police, fire, and hospital staff. We lost 2 of our family members a year ago to a mad gunman who wanted to do nothing more than cause death. Derrick McFarland, security guard at Montgomery Regional Hospital, was shot to death by an escaping convict. This convict also took the life of Eric Sutphin, Sherriff's deputy. Having worked with both of these men hours before their deaths made it hard for me and my crew. With those memories still fresh in our hearts we had to deal with the April 16 massacre on Virginia Tech campus. So today our town unveiled the memorial for the 32 killed but 34 will live in our hearts forever.


  • Thursday, August 16, 2007
  • Toya
  • Sherri Albert !!! Congratulations Sherri your bag is on the way. I have decided to have more drawings. So, keep checking back for the details of the next drawing. Until next time...


  • Monday, August 13, 2007
  • Toya
  • If you haven't registered on the site you have 2 more days to be entered to win the Amy Butler Creativity Bag.

    What do you think?

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2007
  • Toya
  • If you would be interested in a crop in Blacksburg shoot me an email. I am taking a head count to see who would be interested in escaping to scrap.

    Gallery is up and running

  • Monday, August 6, 2007
  • Toya
  • Hey,

    Check out the site. The layout gallery is up and running. Jeff worked really hard on it and I am soooooooo proud of him. If you have a layout you want to contribute to the site let me know. Maybe there will be a prize in it for you... (hint, hint)

    Steppin' Out

  • Sunday, August 5, 2007
  • Toya

  • Every year our town has a craft and art festival downtown. Most people look forward to it. People from all over come to sell their crafts. These can range from cute purses and jewelery to scary looking chairs make from drift wood. My volunteer rescue squad also has a booth. We give out balloons to kids, give tours of the ambulance, provide first aid, etc. The best part of hanging out isn't the great food from nearby vendors. It is people watching. Wow, I saw some interesting people. There were two guys dressed as a gorilla and a banana running in the Draper mile race. They did really well in the race considering the hot suits. There was Dark Vader and a Jedi (weird). My sides still hurt from laughing. I did my part by donating blood with Red Cross along with my fellow squad members. Steppin' Out is also a great time to see friends you haven't seen in a long time. We met up with some friends who drove up from NC. We haven't seen them in about 8 years. Their 22 month old, Benjamin and I became fast friends. He is adorable. I just wanted to squeeze his chubby cheeks. I am very tired from having spend Friday evening and all day Saturday there. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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