Thursday, September 16, 2010

A little glance into LIFE as you're HIP HOPPIN' through this day...

Greetings, friends :)

It's Thursday...one of my FAVORITE days...and I think by now, you all know why!  HIP HOP!  It's UNITY Thursday

I'm having such a great week, and as wonderful as that's been, I'm also gearing up for a few (ok, like 10) CRAZY busy days ahead before I'll be seeing friends and family for my cousin's wedding toward the end of the month.   Yesterday I spent the day shopping with my Mom for clothes for the kids and I even found a little something, too!   The best part about needed an outfit for a wedding is getting to coordinate the jewelry.  And even better?  Well, it was Mom's treat which was MUCH needed, appreciated and well...I just can't ever say enough wonderful things about my mother because there simply isn't enough time to gush :)   We had a great time and I cherish the memory of just being there in the moment-trying on outfits and laughing at how totally OPPOSITE we are when it comes to style, LOL!

Today my kids are off school for parent/ teacher conferences-seems impossible that it's that time of year already since most of you are just now getting back to school!   Basketball registration was last weekend, 1st communion class is tonight and every Thursday night until Easter...WHEW!  It is ONE. BUSY. LIFE.

But Hip Hop and hanging with Unity peeps only remind me of the important things in this life-FAMILY and FRIENDS.  Nothing is as important as the life I am SO BLESSED to have and the relationships that keep me smiling-RIGHT NOW.     Living in the here-the now-embracing who/what make life more UNcomplicated-the UNconditional love I have for my children...even the love of the UNknown-it all adds up to 100% Pure JOY.

JOY: A Very GLAD FEELING; extreme happiness.  pleasure.  delight.

As I take time this week to take my OWN advice that I just gave to a friend yesterday- I need to remember to embrace each day's JOY-each 'to do' box on the list, each project, even each load of laundry as an accomplishment, as a PART OF LIFE to be grateful for and let me tell ya its REALLY hard some weeks to embrace LAUNDRY.   But I have four, happy, healthy, and sometimes DIRTY kids,  LOL-and as the glass is seen half=full  (actually, WAY full ;), so are the laundry baskets...and THAT'S OK.  I LOVE this life and the AMAZING blessings I've been graced with.  I am so thankful!

Ok,- if you're still with me, onto today's challenge!   Today's HIP HOP SKETCH CHALLENGE just launched on SCS and you have ALL WEEK to play along! Here's the sketch:

And here's my card using the sketch and the set "25 Days".

I was feelin' the new Crate Paper "Snow Day" so I also made another card using 25 Days:

I'm not exactly sure what caused the sudden 'want' to make Christmas cards b/c I'm BARELY done enjoying summer let alone all the JOY of Fall, but I guess it was that cute Crate Paper!   Who can't use a head start, right?  :)

Be sure to stop by the Unity Blog today to begin our little Hip Hop today-and also, I'd love to chat with you on our SCS Forum!  I'll be in and out during the late a/m and would LOVE to catch UP!

For now, your next stop is my friend Jimmi, and I just know she's going to have something just as LOVELY as she is for you!
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Thanks for stopping by-I really love that you do :)   Have a WONDERFUL Thursday, friends!

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30 comments:

AJ said...

love that paper Jess!! It it's soooo cute! great job on the sketch- hope you are well- :) mwah!

Celtica said...

oh nice cards! love the colors!!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Jess,

Oeh, like that oval in the sketch! And the tree you used is very pretty! Love the sentiment with it, and the cute pearls and buttons to finish it off! Very nice, Jess!!

Hugs,
Wendy

Angie Blom said...

YOu are one busy Mama.. I don't know you do it all.. but whatever it is keep on doing it because it gets better and better. you inspire me always. I love these two cards Jess.. fabulous!

Deconstructing Jen said...

Ooooh! LOVE the new Nestie!!! I makes such an ornate looking frame... love that! Beautiful cards hun!! :D

NoraAnne said...

I love your happy attitude towards life and your story about spending time with your mom~gives me goosebumps! You are so lucky!CHERISH each moment with her ;)
Your cards are perfect! Love the non-traditional Christmas fun!

Lillian Child said...

What a lovely blob posting today, Jess. Life is definitely made up of all of these daily "moments" and if we can find the joy in them all, what a wonderful day it will be! Thanks for sharing! And I love your take on the sketch - it's never too early to start on holiday cards and this is a winner! Have a GREAT day!

Maria Gurnsey said...

WOWIE!!! Love the ovals you used on the sketch :)

Tammy said...

Great cards Jess!

dahlhousedesigns said...

Wonderful Christmas cards! It is always helpful to get a jump start. I'm just hoping starting mine will bring colder weather to AZ!

lisa a.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

beautiful post and cards today Jess!!!!!

Gwen said...

Great cards and great post on finding the JOY in life, just talked about this at Bible study yesterday...we have so much and often we are spoiled but we need to find the joy in the little, everyday things!

Lisa H. said...

cute as can be! love that paper.

Amanda said...

I love your cards and how you put "if you're still with me" in your post! LOL

Tam said...

Love how you used the sketch! so pretty!

Pamela said...

Fabulous cards! I love them both. :)

Erika M. said...

Super cute cards!

RubyM said...

Beautiful cards.

StampinCathy said...

Gorgeous cards. I just love your take on this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration.

lynn said...

love that paper!

Rona said...

adorable!! that paper would inspire me too

Elena said...

So glad that you had fun time, Jessica!
Love your Christmas cards! These papers look so yummy!

Kelly Landers said...

How exciting about the upcoming wedding, and it sounds like you and mom have the kind of fun that my mom and I have!! I ♥ moms!!!

Your Christmas cards are great!! Lovin' those nesties too!! Hugs!!

Kelly Landers said...

Love your Christmas cards Jess! And how fun to shop with your mom for the upcoming wedding!! Sounds like the fun kind of day you deserved!!! :-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I'm so sad I ran out of time for last week's HH sketch! I love this one! Your Christmas tree is super cute--love those pearls!! And that scalloped die cut--oh my! MUST get!! Just love it:) And I love that ribbon--what a beautiful color!! SO FUN! LOVE visiting here:)

Lisa said...

Loooooooooooove what you did with that sketch!

Ola said...

You did such a wonderful job with the sketch!!! Beautiful cards!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com
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Tasha said...

I want so ssure of this crate paper pad when i saw it in the shop, but you have totally converted me - these are so cute!
love tasha xx

Tasha said...

I want so ssure of this crate paper pad when i saw it in the shop, but you have totally converted me - these are so cute!
love tasha xx

Jessie/knightrone said...

Completly cute Jess!! I love it!!