Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Palm Springs Vacation!

I was able to take a little vacation, it was a scrapbook retreat with www.scrappinescapes.com but I added on 2 extra days to relax and destress. We are working on the house and that fires up a lot of anxiety, so it was best to just get out of the way and let everyone do what they needed to do without me worrying about every little thing...I get that from my grandma.

The retreat was at the very beautiful Hyatt Regency resort in Indian Wells. I just love this place! The grounds are lovely, the food is amazing. I love the room with a drop down living room with large desk for stamping, scrapbooking or painting at.

I took full advantage of my time by going poolside, and getting a mani-pedi. I got in some much needed sleep. By Friday I was ready for company, Christy showed up and we started scrapbooking with the SE group, there were about 60 of us. We had a great time!

Sunday found me back home and ready to tackle more DIY home projects.

Hope everyone is enjoying their last days of summer, I know I sure am!










Mr. Hyatt The turtle that lives in the big pond.

Christy and our yummy veggie bowl we had for breakfast.

Me and one of the ponds.


Got home to a new roof, Nice!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Welcome little Levi!!

I have been on the go this month, my sister came to town for a weekend, we started remodeling our front yard, a scrapbooking retreat in San Diego.......AND I became a Grandma again!!!

Meet little Levi, my son and his wife had their baby on August 26th, He weighed 6lbs 14 oz. He was 3 1/2 weeks early....he was supposed to be here Sept 21, but I am sure Rebecca is happy to not be pregnant in the Arizona heat any longer!!!

I was flying home from SD when it happened, we were hoping for anytime after September 10th, but the little booger got here early....So I can't get to see him until Sept 21, the perils of living in 2 different states! UGH!!! with my trips and the remodel, I have one week to get the roof done, the block wall completed and lawn updated before I am off again for a week long scrapbook retreat, I wish I could postpone and go see Levi, but that is a lot of $$$ to lose, and Levi will be sleeping his first month or two, I'm sure he won't mind if Grandma is late, since he was early, booger booger booger!!!

He is so adorable:

Here are some August happenings:

Before
during, still need iron work....
Sister bingo


cooking class

September is around the corner and I will have more fun things planned, stay tuned for more adventures of my life in the desert!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer happenings....

We took a little vacation to Arizona, wow, it was hot there!

We had 2 baseball games at Arizona diamond backs stadium, they really need to build that stadium here and get LAS VEGAS A BASEBALL TEAM!
It is a fabulous stadium, they can open the roof or close it, so when it is blazing hot in the summer the roof is closed and it is a wonderful place to see a ballgame in air conditioned comfort!

We also got to go to Rebecca and Travis baby shower, we started the day going to the 4d ultrasound with lots of friends and family there to see little Levi before he arrives in the real world, he was a little grouchy and did not want to smile for us, little booger already! We did get a little picture but I wanna wait to show you him in real life!! UGH, this grandma can't wait, only 1 1/2 months to go!!!
 After that we headed to the baby shower, it was a fun time had by all, fun games and good food and pool time with some adult beverages!

We headed home but not before having a Sunday breakfast at this great cafe we found, the food was so delicious! Try out "The Breakfast Club" if you end up in downtown Phoenix....fabulous!

Other than that we have been staying home and relaxing in the pool a lot.
Summer nights we have the telescope out to see the moon and stars, pictures down below....

I hope everyone is having a great summer, I am going to start back up posting some great recipes I have been finding and trying, got some good ones, so stay tuned!

Masterchef had a cheese souffle challenge, so here is mine, nailed it!

Playing in my craft room with watercolors

I will be sharing this recipe for firecracker chicken, it was so good!!

The moon through the telescope

Jupiter and it's moons

Levi's first baseball t-shirt, many many more to follow!!

The Breakfast club sandwich, it has a little horseradish sauce on it too!
I Love Love Love that sandwich!

The 3 bellies!

Lots of goodies for Levi, let's see if we can spoil him rotten!!! Hee-Hee!!

Breakfast before going home, I miss you all already! Well, the big guy in red I get to take home with me!!

Frozen margarita at the ball park, we had a great little vacation!




Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Break...

Well, I am enjoying my summer and took a little break from blogging, I am posting on instagram and having fun with that, #creativecatjackie.

I am doing a lot of cooking, classes at surlatable, playing in my pool, and making cards and jewelry for my etsy shop, I hope to have it filled up for the up coming holidays, yes, we have to think of them as they will be here before you know it!
cast iron skillet cookie

Best book ever!


Teriyaki chicken thighs! So good!!

Saw this happy fellow walking around his mansion!

Summer thunderstorms brewing

I love the summer clouds!

I love to light the torches and sip a glass of wine and watch the bats fly around, bats are good, they eat the mosquitos!

Got our telescope out to view the moon, love the craters!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Summer!!!!

My favorite day of the year!

I love summer...I love being able to walk outside in just a tank top and shorts...flip flops and sandals, even if it is midnight!!

Yes, it can still be 100* at night time!

I crave the warmth, I hate being cold, I look happy and healthy when I am basking in the sunlight...

So today I celebrate Summer!

Going to make BBQ cheeseburgers and homemade mac and cheese for dinner.

I have to get my car detailed, I am turning it in tomorrow, my lease is up and I get to drive out with a new car! Going to stick with my Toyota Rav4, it is a great car, big roomy cargo space, love the power lift gate.

So happy summer, enjoy the sunshine and I will see you back here soon with more adventures from Sunny Las Vegas Nevada!

My Rav4 I got 3 years ago, she's been good to me!
The perfect summer outfit!
The perfect summer meal!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy #29!!!!

Wow! 29 years Married!!
Dang, that's a long time.....

We still work together, and we still have date nights. We still go to bed at the same time, no one sleeps on the couch. We hold hands, we say I love you, we compliment each other daily.....We make each other laugh....
I think it is the little things that are the glue to holding a marriage together.

If you get mad, talk it out and resolve it and forget it, don't hold grudges, get it out of your system or it will fester into something you don't want to mess with, that stuff dissolves more marriages than I can list!

So here we are 29 years later:

I love this man, he is so good to me, and for me, I hope we get a billion more years together.....




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Scrapbooks and cake!

Just got back from a scrappinescapes weekend in San Diego, so fun and relaxing...

I just love the LaJolla Marriott, the food is fabulous, I could just go and eat all weekend then float away on the ocean like a little whale....hahahaha....

It is Patti's last time as host, she is busy selling houses in California, so something had to give, but she found new hosts, Lisa and Jennifer, so let fun continue!

Steak Sandwich and Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Fries!
My favorite Riesling by the fire pit, Chateau St. Michelle



Christy having a glass, Cheers!
They had a photo booth and props! I'm a viking! Christy is the queen of the crop!
I made the shirts that Christy and I are wearing, they say "It's all fun and games until you run out of adhesive" which any scrapbooker knows is the worse thing that can happen at a crop!
I will start selling my shirts and other scrapbook goodies in my etsy shop:
WWW.PEACELOVEANDARTSHOP.COM

When I got home my hubby's birthday was on Tuesday so I baked him his favorite Devils food cake with chocolate frosting, used a stencil cut from my cricut to decorate it:
Keep creating and enjoying the everyday moments......