Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Welcome Spring! Welcome Easter! It's the time to celebrate all things new... new goals, new outlook on life, and renewal of spirit...

Cheryl and I were out running Aliso South Wilderness Part yesterday, and the wildflowers were in full bloom!

We decided that we are joining a Christian running group called, "Running with Soul." Next week they start their marathon training for the Long Beach Marathon. I don't think we are running a marathon in October, but it should be fun to train with them. Everyone there is very very nice! The leaders of the group, Naomi and Steve, are Ultra runners. We should learn some great running tips from them. Something for Cheryl to store away for her Ultra someday...

Happy Esster everyone!

April Card Kit Reveal!

Welcome to the Club Mojo April card kit reveal! We have 10 ladies in the club this year!!! These are all wonderful ladies who I've had the good fortune to meet at Scrappin' Mojo.

It's time for our Club reveal, and this month's card kit was put together by Kim O! I love the sweet spring-time prints! I had lots to play with. I combined Kim's wonderful kit, with the stamps/embellies that I received from Beth and Terri as prizes from out last online crop.

Here is my first card. It uses paper/embellies from Kim's kit and sequins/stamps from Beth.

This one uses paper from the Kim's kit, vellum/cardstock/acrylic butterflies from Terri, and bling from Beth.

My last card uses paper and embellies from Kim's kit, cardstock/vellum from Terri and sequins from Beth.

That's it for me this month! Be sure to checkout the creations from the other ladies:

Thanks for stopping by! Please visit the other ladies in the card kit to see what they have created:

Beth -
KimP - Mojo Reveal
Diane -
Terri -
Mary -
KimO - Mojo Reveal
Jan - Mojo Reveal
Niki -

Monday, April 14, 2014

Joshua Tree National Park

Welcome to Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park. Where it is bright, sunny and about 50F.

Can you see our truck and trailer down there?

We took several treks through the desert...

... through the Joshua Tree forests....

... and exploring the occasional cave.

Jena LOVES camping! She's a real dirt dog!

An unexpected surprise from all the rain we just had... There were lots of desert flowers in bloom:

It was a GREAT weekend, but now it's back to work...
Have a great week all!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cheryl has a job!!!

After taking a well deserved 3 month break, Cheryl started looking for a job. She had 4 interviews and ended up with 3 job offers. Her first offer was at a place only 3 miles away. Her second offer was at a place in Laguna Beach, right across the street from the beach. Her last offer (the one that she really really wanted) was at Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center. They are only 5.5 miles from the house. You can check them out here:

I was lucky enough to be working from home the day that she got the email. She was over the top with happiness! We were all very excited for her. I told Chris that we should take her to Farrell's to celebrate, but she veto'd that idea and we went to PeiWei.

She's not toddling around the house anymore, coloring with markers on the table. She's not acting out the three little pigs or playing prince and princess with her dad. She's not a little kid anymore.

She's an awesome 24-yr-old... totally focused on what she wanted to do since she was a Junior in High School. For all the things I wish I could go back and do differently as her mother, she has emerged with grace and wisdom... one of the nicest persons that I know. BIG {sigh}...

She started working today. I am so very PROUD of her!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Racing for the Cure - Half Marathon

NOTE to Self: Races two weekends in a row is a bad idea. It's not that we did badly... Cheryl's goal was a little over optimistic, but we met my goal for the race. We finished in 2:05, that's a PR for Cheryl! AND we are both wiped out!

It was so nice to cross that finish line!

My Time: 2:05:33
Pace : 9:35
Age: 7/25
Overall: 178/459

Cheryl's Time: 2:05:51
Pace: 9:36
Age: 8/21
Overall: 180/459

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hot Chocolate 15K - Part II

I wanted to share the proofs from our race. I don't think we'll be buying any of these pictures:

Here are Cheryl's pictures:

And my pictures:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mojo Card Kit Club Reveal

I had the pleasure of putting the card kit together this month. There were three different versions. Everything was the same between them except for the patterned paper (which was all from the same paper line). Here is an example of one of the kits:

Here are my cards. I made all of them during the Mojo online crop:

I made this one for Terri's 3B challenge. It uses a cute image from a designer that Chris's girlfriend, Lita, found for me named Birdie Brown. Unfortunately, Birdie Brown doesn't have her store anymore because I adore her images:

Here is a simple little gift card holder that I made from Beth's Something Challenge. I let the pretty paper speak for itself:

Here is a nice simple guy birthday card that I made for Jan's B&W with a Pop of Color challenge:

Here I played with a Tim Holtz die that I picked up from CHA. This was for Kim's Card Challenge:

This one was made for my sketch challenge:

This is for Jan's Utilizing Project Life ideas on your layout challenge. I used a free project life printable card from this collection:

This card was done for Terri's SPRING Challenge:

This last card is for Beth's Flower Power challenge:

Thanks for stopping by! Please visit the other ladies in the card kit to see what they have created:

Beth -
KimP - Mojo Crop
Diane -
Terri -
Mary -
KimO - Mojo Crop
Jan - Mojo Crop
Niki -

Pretty Girl...

I put this pretty digital image in with the March Card Kit Club. I fixed her up with lots of glittery FUN!

The digital image is from Dilly Beans. The patterned paper is from this FREE kit from Shabby Princess.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

PIO - Pretty Hair
Off the Rails Scrapbooking - Anything Goes
Scarppin' Mojo - Digi Kit Challenge

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hot Chocolate 15K

Cheryl and I spent the weekend in San Diego. On Saturday, we went to the Hot Chocolate 15K package pickup and then explored the Gas Lamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

We stopped at Cafe Sevilla for sangria and tapas on their outside patio.

We were back in our room on the 15th floor of the Omni before dark. Our room overlooked the Gas Lamp Quarter and we watch the lights turn on and the traffic get worse and worse.

The following morning, it was just a short walk to the Hot Chocolate 15K starting line:

There we found our corral.

With a few other people.

The finisher's prize was full of Chocolate-y goodness!

Time to say good-bye to San Diego.

By mile 2, Cheryl said, "This run is horrible!"... by at the end of the race, she said "I didn't like that one very much"... on the way home, she said, "That was FUN! Let's do another destination run!" Gotta love her short term memory... she went from HORRIBLE to FUN in less than three hours, hahaha!

My results:
Time: 1:27:17, pace 9:21
Place 50-54: 29/197
Place women: 474/2575

Cheryl's results:
Time: 1:27:37, pace 9:23
Place 20-24: 48/167
Place women: 488/2575

It's a PR for both of us, since neither of us has ever run a 15K before.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekend Run

This weekend we went out Dove Canyon to Casper's Wilderness Park.

We started out a a beautifully groomed trail lined with pretty houses.

To Casper's wilderness park:

Where the trails are not so nice:

And the neighbors are not as friendly:

Thankfully, we didn't see any of those furry neighbors. It was a beautiful run, and we really enjoy running Dove Canyon.