Family Vacation 2014 – Cruise to the Bahamas

It feels good to say I have scrapped our summer family vacation – a Carnival Fascination cruise to the Bahamas.

July 2014

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“Let’s Sail Away Together”

  • Departure day – Jacksonville, FL
  • Carta Bella Ahoy There collection

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“Snorkeling Adventure”


“Adventure Nassau”

  • Pics of the ride after our snorkeling excursion in Nassau including Oprah Winfrey’s, Michael Jordans’, and Chuck Norris’ home.
  • Carta Bella Ahoy There collection


“Awesome Vacation”

  • Family pics in front of our ‘home’ while docked in Nassau
  • Carta Bella Ahoy There

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“Where is Andrew”

  • Andrew didn’t listen to me and upchucked his breakfast….such a good boy.
  • Carta Bella Ahoy There

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“Half Moon Cay”

  • The private island was gorgeous especially because we were the first to arrive (see Where is Andrew layout).
  • Simple Stories Summer Paradise


“It’s a new day:”

  • A few towel creatures
  • Carta Bella Ahoy There collection


“You keep me afloat”

  • Pics of me and my love enjoying time together…
  • Carta Bella Ahoy There collection

Need to step up my photography this year

Back when the boys were little, I took tons and tons of photos of the boys.  I was really able to get some great photos with beautiful bokeh and all.  Now that the boys are older and dread the camera time, my time is limited.

Here are photos I took Christmas Day.  I love them because of who is in them (my mom, boys, dog, and husband), but they could have been so much better.

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So watch out family.  I am getting out the camera more often this year and you will sit still longer as I try and step up my photography this year.

If you have any recommendations for online photo course (not millions of dollars though), please let me know.

Photos taken using my old Nikon D80.

Paper Issues

I have found a fun new Facebook group and blog to visit and be inspired…Paper Issues

Sketchy Saturday Link Party

My favorite part of their blog is the Sketchy Saturday Link Party.  I love scrapbook sketches although my layout never ends up looking exactly like the sketch, the sketch still inspires me.  Link to current Sketchy Saturday Link Party.

Here are 2 of my recent layouts totally inspired by one of their sketches:

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“Count Your Blessings”

Happy layout


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“Happy Birthday To You”

Current Link Party

They also have a fun little Current Link Party.  Their team posts inspiration and you post your creations based off theme.  Link to current Current Link Party which is ‘Pop-ping the Cork with Elle’s Studio’

Last week, I upload my December 25th layout and was a Fan Feature.  How cool is that!  Thanks Paper Issues for selecting to feature my layout.

So stop by and enjoy some inspiration.  If you would like to be added to their Facebook page, let me know.