I had created this for a few friends of mine and thought I would share if you wanted to download it. It's a 5x7 size and I always print through Costco (39 cents each) and choose the "lustre" finish. Walmart does a lustre/matte finish as well. Hope you all have an amazing Mother's Day!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Hello there! I hope you all are doing well. I am going to ask a quick favor of anyone who would be willing to do something for me. I have entered a small local photo contest through our realtor's website. There were 122 submissions in the sunrise/sunset category, and the photo I took has been chosen to be one of the top 10 in that category!!! I am so giddy! If you would be willing, I would love if you would vote for my photo. The contest goes until March 29th, so I would love it even more if you would vote lots and lots for it! I took this picture one morning before I took the kids to school. This is the view we have from our new home and I just LOVE it here. We have such amazing sunrises and sunsets and I am just in awe whenever I see them. Below the picture is a link that will take you directly to my picture called "Sunrise at our New House":
Alright, onto my latest kit. Don't you just love spring? I am sure those who live where it snows REALLY love the spring. My sister lives in Utah, and I have to remember that when I am complaining that it is already in the 80's here in Tucson, she is still bundling her kiddos up for school each day. We did have one day where it actually snowed here last week and it was so amazing. My kids got to build a snowman for one day! My husband Cory had been out of town for work and missed it, and was still going to be gone 4 more days. The day after it snowed, our snowman fell over into a big pile. My 7-year-old son Brock covered it with a towel in hopes that he could save some of it for his dad to see. Each day went by and each day that mound got smaller and smaller. But when Cory had come back home, there was still just a little bit of grassy snow saved for him (about the size of a loaf of bread). Brock was so excited to still have some left!
Now that it is turning into spring, the desert just smells so beautiful. I love the distinct smell of desert blossoms. It reminds me of my childhood and going on hikes with my family. Now that we live out on some land in the desert, we get to see rabbits, hawks, coyotes, javelina (very unattractive wild pigs), ground squirrels, and wait for it....wait for it...SNAKES! I am NOT too thrilled to see snakes. I saw one a few days ago (luckily not a rattlesnake), but I have seen some smooshed ones on the road, which I admit brings a smile to my face. Regardless of the snakes, spring is such a beautiful time and a time to spend outdoors.
Each night our family has been eating our dinner outside on the patio and I LOVE it. I love to spend these times outdoors to listen to nature. And where we live we hardly hear any cars. We have a beautiful view of the Pusch Ridge Mountains, and saguaro cactii all around. So beautiful! We are experiencing spring in an entirely new way this year and we are loving it!
This new kit called Patio Picnic just makes me think about the beautiful time spent outdoors enjoying spring. I hope that the weather where you live will allow you to get to be outside soon enough and take advantage of the beautiful creations on this earth, and to enjoy nature with those you love!
Patio Picnic kit:
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Whew! It has been a busy season at the Driggs' household. We have moved to a new house and have really enjoyed getting settled and making new friends. Christmas was wonderful and the greatest part about it was getting to spend time with family.
A few days before Christmas, my grandmother (whom I called Gram) passed away. This was my mom's mother and she was an elect lady...one who I looked up to for knowledge, grace, priorities, pride in her posterity of 100 total grandchildren and great-grandchildren, love for her 5 daughters (my mother was one of them), love for her husband, love of God and love of living. She enjoyed nature and was proud of her rose garden.
Even though she lived in Utah and I always lived in Arizona, I never felt distant from her. She was remarkable at keeping in touch and writing letters and making phone calls. I always felt that she had time for me and was interested in the going-ons of my life. She was a woman of faith and prayed for me and the rest of her family in times of need and she always taught me to turn to our Heavenly Father for strength and guidance.
Gram always taught me to take the time to quietly enjoy nature. While I was in Utah for the funeral, I had a moment when I was looking around at the beautiful winter scenery. December 22nd was the day of the funeral, and that is actually the same day that my own mom had passed away 6 years ago. There was snow on the ground, the sky was a beautiful light blue, and there were bare trees with these vibrant red berries on them. I loved capturing that image and it stuck with me until last week when I decided it was time to make a kit. Although I had wanted to make a Christmas kit, everything got to be too busy and I thought this one would be more appropriate for the feelings I've had. As much as I miss my Gram, I am so happy that she can be with my mom now, as well as my aunt Robin (my mom's younger sister who died a few months ago from cancer).
I hope you can all take time to have quiet moments and enjoy nature and reflect on people who have made a difference in your life. Treasure your family and take every opportunity to tell them you love them. I hope you enjoy this kit called "All Is Calm".
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And a few of you have emailed wanting to see our Christmas card this year. Here is the front and back. I have also included our card from the previous year. Any years prior to that one were not the creative type...just a standard design of the fam. But the "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus" began it all. Once we did that one, we knew we could never have a normal card ever again.