Friday, January 22, 2010

Yes, I am alive....

Wow, it's been awhile, huh?? So sorry for being a blog slacker here, but sometimes life just gets in the way!

We had some family tragedy - my first cousin died of cancer last week, which, of course, was a blow to everyone. He was an amazing man, and he died way too soon. He lived in LA, and I had tacked on a day at the end of my CHA trip to visit him, and unfortunately, I never got that chance to "say goodbye."

In happier news, I can't believe I leave tomorrow for California! I'm really excited and also a bit nervous. I've never left the kids for more than a weekend, and I know i'm going to miss them and Tony like mad! I do believe, though, that it's good for all of us mommies to take time for ourselves, and I know i'll have a great time. I can't wait to meet so many of my scrappy friends that i've gotten to know over the last couple of years!

Speaking of scrappy stuff, Fancy Pants has shown their 4 new lines up on their blog. You guys have got to check it out - the new lines are amazing!! Here's a layout I did for the new line About a Girl. The blue damasks are actually a flocked transparency - it's so pretty!

And this layout is from the new line Road Show, which I think is my favorite of the new lines.

Well, everyone, I hope you are all doing well, and I will try not to stay away for so long next time ;-) I can't wait to update you on all the CHA loveliness that I see!


Trisha said...

Beautiful layouts! Have a great time at CHA!
Sorry to hear about your cousin! (hugs)

Amy Coose said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about your cousin. Having lost 2 very special people in my life to cancer, I know how much it hurts. You and your family are in my prayers. Love the LO's. How come I didn't know you were headed to CHA, I totally would have come with. (: Have a fun trip and be safe!

Karmele said...

Sorry to hear about your cousin :(
Your new pages are perfect!!
Have a great time at CHA!

Heather Swan said...

Oh no, Staci - so sorry to hear about your cousin! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Have a GREAT time at CHA - I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!

Jocelyn said...

I am so very sorry for your loss....thank you for the encouraging words that you left for me!!

Enjoy your time away...I know you will miss the kiddos and hubby...but think about all the fun to be had!!!

I just adore those LO's.....just beautiful!!! Wish I were going with you!!!

Have fun...ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Staci said...

You rock Staci! :-) Have fun at CHA!

Juliana said...

So sorry to hear about your cousin! Hugs and prayers to you and your family!

I hope you have a fabulous time at CHA! I know you will!

Your LO's are totally awesome and I have to admit this release by Fancy Pants has to be one of my most favorite of theirs ever!

Diana said...

Sorry to hear about your cousin, Cancer is just a horrible sickness, by bil is very sick right now because of it and he is way too young also, blessings. Your Los are gorgeous, I love the pps. Have fun at CHA.

Amy said...

I am so sorry to hear of your lost....

Love the new layouts you always have such a fun layouts

Pearl said...

so very sorry to hear about your first cousin , Staci !!!

Very happy for you tho'that you get to be in CHA ! always a treat to see your creations for FP!

Meg Giroux said...

Hi Staci,
Sorry about your cousin..sending hugs your way!!!
Lovely layouts, I really like that paper that looks like a frame...super cool!

Have fun with all the AMM girls in are sooooo lucky!!

Andrea Amu said...

You are so lucky! Wish that I was one of those scrappy friends that you were meeting up with! One of these days we must make arrangements to meet each other half way somewhere! I'm sure your kiddos miss you too, but I agree that it's good for you to get in your "me" time! Hope that it's been a great experience for you, Staci!

I love the new FP lines, and Road Show looks to be my favorite too from what I've seen! Cute page and I love that gorgeous blue flocked damask transparency...too cool :)

Andrea Amu said...

I forgot to send you a ((hug)) for the loss of your cousin! So sorry! I know that it is difficult to loose a loved one at such a young age! Just never fair.

Alex said...

Your layouts are gorgeous Staci!! I hope you had a great time at CHA, can't wait to see your pics! I am soooo sorry to hear about your cousing - HUGS! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Tara Powell said...

Staci, I am so sorry for the loss of your cousin
Your layouts are TO DIE FOR!!
Fancy Pants has really made some awesome lines this time around!
miss you :)

ellen s. said...

oh no i am so sorry about your cousin.

i do love your FP line goodies!!!