Jay and I just recently celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary and to celebrate we went out dinner.  Unfortunately, the babysitter fell through and Anna had to come with us.  We did have a fun time.  We went to Macaroni Grill.


Anna took this pic. I think it turned out great.


Here's our Anna. She was so good when we went out for our Anniversary.


Here's my new purse. I just love the color. I think a new purse is a requirement for spring.

I also am overdo with some stamping projects so here are some that I have made recently.


A great little treat bag for Easter. I just love this Sale-a- Bration set. All Images (c) Stampin' Up!


Garden Greetings Stamp Set. All images (c) Stampin' Up!

My new goodies from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

My new goodies from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

I had also mentioned that Ben recently got his hair cut.  So here’s a quick shot of him.

You can see his eyes :)

You can see his eyes 🙂


000_0141So I just sent off my registration for the Guthrie Gallop 5K race in May.  As most of you know, I am NOT a runner but this is something that has been in the back of my mind for a while now.  I’m just not sure what prompted it to come to the front of my mind now–but I guess that’s a different story.  I am doing the program called Coach Potato to 5K.  Here is the link.  It starts out really slow and will make anyone a runner.  I am using the podcasts which are great. The music is just the right beat to keep up your pace. (PS-I also registered Jay but that doesn’t count because he’s been running for awhile now.)

Some of you also know that I have been doing Weight Watchers since the beginning of January now.  I have now lost a total of 22 pounds.  I know that not having so much extra weight is helping the running also.  I just love the Weight Watchers program.  It really teaches you how to eat healthfully.  No foods are forbidden so you learn how to treat yourself.  They also really do stress activity so you get a great healthy balance of food and exercise.  Now I just can’t wait to go buy new clothes!  And a new swim suit–I’m not dreading the summer this year.

I am working on the post for the room divider.  Hopefully, I’ll have it up soon.


Anna went to a Diva birthday party last night and I jusy had to post pics of her.  It took forever to just curl the small amount of hair that I did–boy, does she have a lot of hair.  I think she looks great.  Don’t you just love her shoes.000_0124


and that means that Spring Break is almost over.  It has been a very busy week for me.  Today was Stamp Club at Deb’s House.  We made three great cards.  Then I went downtown and met my husband for lunch.  He took me to Molly Brannigan’s – the food was yummy.   Then I got to meet his co-workers.  They all seemed very nice.  He fits in good – if you know what I mean.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to post the how to pics of the room divder this weekend – Jay said it was a weekend project so I’m going to hold him to that.  Below are pics of the fabric for the divider and the Decor Element from Stampin’ Up! that I applied to my cabinet (It was so easy.)

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Here are some simple cards and projects that I have done the past day.

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I’ve finished cleaning out the storage room in the basement.  I can open the door and walk in which is a huge improvement. Now the garage has a pile of garbage in it that we have to get rid of someway.  Why did I ever keep half of the stuff that I found in there??

Ben had a Court of Honor at Boy Scouts last night.  He was awarded his First Scout Class Badge of Rank.  Now its on to Star Scout–he needs to start on some more Merit Badges for this, as well as service hours and a position of leadership in the pack.  He has always said that he wanted to be an Eagle Scout from his first Cub Scout meeting.  He is well on his way there.

The Food Fair was at Anna’s school today and I went in to help out.  There is a different station for each food group which has small samples of a variety of foods in that group.  I helped out at the vegetable table and we gave out tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, and mashed sweet potatoes.  It was really surprising to me how many kids refused so many of the foods and how many had never tried what I consider basic veggies.  But I guess that’s why we do this every year.

So hopefully I will have some stamping to show you tomorrow.   Since my studio is almost done and the basement is clean–I should be feeling very creative.

I also need to plan a Girl Scout meeting and do some on line Girl Scout training.  Its a busy Spring Break Week for me.

I’m cleaning out the storage room in our basement and I’ve gotten about half of the junk pulled out and now I really just want to throw it all back in and just shut the door again but I won’t– Hopefully Jay will be home soon and will rescue me.  Anybody have any use for a ton of empty DVD cases or old VHS movies? If nobody sees me for a couple of hours, please come pull me out of the pile of stuff that must have fallen on top of me…

since I’ve written anything. I just thought you would like to know what the Braund’s have been up to lately.

First, Ben now has his Wii. Thanks to Dominic at Two Brothers Pizza next to Game Stop. It just goes to show you that my husband can talk to anyone and find a new best friend. We are now part of “the family.” If you want details just ask Jay.

Our church is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and having a lot of special events. We had a Sock Hop a couple of weeks ago and everyone had a blast. Anna and I even dressed the part. That same night Ben went to the Middle School Valentine’s Day Dance. I couldn’t believe the sweaty, stinky kids in the cafe when we picked him up.

Ben has been really sick this past week. He managed to get to school yesterday, only to have a snow day today. I guess making it to school one day this week wasn’t to bad. I finally got him on some antibiotics and he has perked up.

Enjoy the pics:





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