11.14.2008

Who else is addicted to this?

WELCOME TO SCRAPAHOLICS ANONYMOUS

"Hi I'm Katrina and.... I'm a scrapaholic."


"Hi Katrina."

1.) I admit that I have become powerless over paper, ribbon and cute embellishments.

2.) I believe that a Power greater than myself can restore me to sanity. (Wait.... do I even want to be sane if it means giving up my Cricut?)

3. I made a decision to turn my will and life over to the care of God (even though He's the one who gave me the creativity gene in the first place!)

4. I made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself. (and came up with more paper than I know what to do with, stamps and stamp pads that haven't even been opened in the years I've owned them, a drawer entirely dedicated to rub-ons, and ribbon coming out of places I won't mention!)

5. I admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs. (But my best friend keeps encouraging me anyways...)

6. I am entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. (Wait a minute... is that really required? Defects of character... really? I thought everyone based their worth on how many scrapbooking tools they had!)

7. I humbly asked Him to remove my shortcomings. (Dear Lord... please help me to never again just dump all my scraps and clippings on the floor while I work until I can't walk away without it all clinging to the bottom of my socks. Please enable me to remember to put the cap back on my glue and find all the eyelets I dropped on the floor that got lost in the scraps.)

8. I made a list of all persons I had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. (Oh dear, sweet husband...)

9. I made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. (Wouldn't everyone be more hurt/injured if I didn't give them cute, personalized cards and scrapbooks to enjoy?)

10. I continued to take personal inventory and when I was wrong promptly admitted it. (Yeah... you're right... that ribbon really doesn't match.)

11. I sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out. (God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (the things already glued down), courage to change the things I can (the trashed floor and disorganized paper), and the wisdom to know the difference.)

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I tried to carry this message to other scrapaholics and to practice these principles in all my affairs. (Well, here it is, other scrapaholics!)


KEEP COMING BACK!

IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT!

11.11.2008

NO DUMPING... it kills!

DISCLAIMER: this may be a long post. We tend to be weird and funny. Enjoy!

As promised, here are some pictures and stories of the funnier things from our trip!

If you know my husband, Greg, you know exactly why this is hysterical! =)

Incidentally, this vista point overlooking a large lake is where I lost and later found my wedding rings! I had taken them off to put lotion on my hands and set them in Greg's lap. I forgot about them until a long while later, when we were well past this scenic overlook climbing the steep mountain grades. Of course, I was hysterical, thinking they were gone forever, but we drove back to look anyways. Miraculously, I spied them from quite a distance as we were combing the area. It took awhile before I settled down after that!

For some reason, Greg just could not remember to replace the gas cap EVERY time we got gas. Maybe he was just so excited to drive this sporty little G6. After doing this a few times, I finally had to take a picture.
Greg wants everyone to know how fast he got the speedometer needle up to.

Here's us in Virginia City, Nevada. This is an awesome historical old mining town. There are over 400 miles of mines underneath this small city! It really was incredible.
Taking a mine tour. Our guide may have been tipping it back a little right beforehand in the saloon where the mine tour started. There are more saloons than anything else in this town!

Here's a Californian Happy Cow.
This one's for you, mom!


Staying at the Wawona Hotel. It was beautiful, in high Victorian fashion. For this reason, we did not have a bathroom in our actual room. It was 2 floors down.
Hence these robes.
Aren't they sexy?


This next one is the only semblance of civilized plumbing in our room.

If you know me well enough, you know that I always take a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Well, that's pretty scary in the mountains with bears and mountain lions just waiting to devour you!


Here I am picking up pine cones to throw over the bridge and race down the waterfall. What they don't tell you when you buy beautiful pine cones in the store, is that in nature they are covered in barbs and sap, and that's why I am making this face.
Out of pain.

This is me being very angry at Greg for going off without me and hiking to the edge of the icy waterfall. He was constantly doing crap like that, scaring the pants off me!
Here's some more proof that Greg may have a death wish-

video

Okay, these next pictures show that Greg must try very hard at not being photogenic!
I was taking the picture in this one and completely unaware of his antics!
Every time he took the picture, he always made this strained face:
We got a good laugh out of looking at all the photos where his face is exactly like this! Maybe I'll put a scrapbook together of them. =)
Okay, I think I've regaled you with enough for now!

11.10.2008

We're Baaa-aaack!

and well rested after a fabulously romantic anniversary vacation to....

California!

(Trisha from over at Daisy's and Dots- you win!
How'd you guess, girl?)


P.S. Theresa- I wish we had gone to Scotland, haha, but Califor-ni-a was awesome, too!

The handsome hubby and I flew in to San Jose, CA and visited the awesome redwood forests on a misty day:
Please give my disheveled appearance a break on this one, we had been up for a very long time and got off a plane not too much earlier!

Then, we went to San Francisco
:
Here we are riding a cable car up the crazy-steep streets.
(Just an incidental little note about our visit to San Francisco- it's crazy there any day of the year, but we got the amusement of being there on Halloween!)

From there we traveled to Yosemite National Park:
We visited the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees- holy crap- were they amazing!

And then, we drove to our final destination for the remainder of the trip- Lake Tahoe:


We got snow while we were there, it was very pretty and romantic- especially since we could cuddle up in front of our fireplace!
Bye, Lake Tahoe, we'll miss you!

This trip was so amazing, words cannot possibly do it justice at all, and pictures especially never fully capture God's breathtaking creation. Several times I teared up at the magnificent beauty of it all.


This was truly the trip of a lifetime. My dear husband deserves a medal!

Watch for my next post, in which I will regale you with humorous stories and pictures from the trip!