Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Totally Inspiring...check it out!!

So I have the chills right now.....you've got to check this out!

Winner of the Retreat Giveaway from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

We're promoting our next MemoryWorks Scrapbook Retreat and partnered with Cathy Z. (a popular scrapbook desinger, author and blogger) to giveaway a FREE pass to our retreat. There were over 300 posts....this was Cathy's video on her blog announcing the winner.

There were comments from scrapbookers everywhere posting why they needed a retreat - some wanted to escape the every day demands of life, while others wanted to be inspired and get creative. But there was one post from Lori in Minnesota that tugged at everyone's heartstrings.

Here's what Lori posted:

"My house burned to the ground on February 7, 2009 and I lost ALL my scrapbooks! I need to start scrapping again. I'm in over my head with insurance paperwork, so a scrapbook retreat would be a great place to get started."

The winner of the retreat had posted this:

"I vote Lori in Minnesoty goes....my life is busy, tough, fun, but good right now. She needs a "pick me up." I also vote that we pool all of our stuff and send it to her so she has something to scrap with."

Just something to restore your faith in human mankind and the ties-that-bind those with the same passion! Due to the overwhelming response on Cathy's blog....and the posters who entered to win...we're welcoming Lori to the retreat for FREE! I can't wait to meet Lori....and I know we'll have even more surprises in store!!

Here's Cathy's original post about our giveaway: MemoryWorks Scrapbook Retreat Giveaway

Here's Cathy's post announcing the winner: http://cathyzielske.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/04/the-winner-of-the-memory-works-retreat-is.html

You've got to check it out...it will totally make your day and give you goosebumps!!


Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter, Island Park and Spring Break Fun!!

Okay...I don't even need to say it, as it's obvious if you look at the date when I last posted to my blog. It's official....I really am a big time blog loser. I don't know what it is but it's been really hard for me to update my blog lately. We actually just got done with our new catalog - so for the past 2 months I really have been in my own little world...now I'm just coming up for air and it feels so good!!

Here's a quick look at our gorgous new catalog cover and PDF:

MemoryWorks 2009/2010 Catalog

Also here's a quick update on our Easter Break at a cabin in Island Park, just outside of Yellowstone. We love staying in this cabin....we were first introduced to these awesome cabins a couple of years ago when Kevin's brother Brian, who is an executive at Autoliv, was invited by one of their printing vendors to stay for free for the weekend. The cabin they were invited to stay in was huge, so Brian invited Kevin and our family to come along. I couldn't go, but Kevin went with Katelyn and Ashlyn and they had a blast. Kevin was so impressed with the cabins, that we booked another one (this one was a little smaller for 2 families) in October 2007 and stayed with Kevins sister Michelle, her husband and two kids. So that's what we did this year for our spring break - but this time we just went with our little family!

Here are the photos from our stay....so fun to get away, take a break, relax and play!!

Katelyn showing off the Easter Egg she dyed...they loved drawing on the eggs with the magic invisible crayon and having the images appear after the egg was dyed.

The 16th dip in the hot tub....their suits were wet the whole trip. It was pretty awesome sitting in the hot tub right next to 10 feet of snow!

The note that the Easter Bunny left (I'm still waiting for the day when Katelyn recognizes the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus's handwriting....)

Ashlyn in the van on the way home....she received a spa make-over kit from the Easter Bunny so of course she did her hair with the curlers and made her face over with the "make-your-own" glitter gloss!

The only bummer of the weekend was Kevin getting strep throat....he didn't feel good all weekend and when we came back he went to the doctor...and it was official...strep throat. Hoping the kids don't get it now....

I loved the chance to actually take a nap and read 2 books! Yes - 2 full books in two days. The first time we went to the cabin is when I read Twlight for the first time and fell in love the book....I stayed up for 2 days straight reading it. This trip to the cabin I fell in love with another vampire series and again stayed up all day and night reading! It's so different from Twilight...and very...mmmmmm...adult! But so good too....and now I can't wait to read the next in the series....

Club Dead

I also read one of the best books, "The Choice" from Nicholas Sparks...his books always make me cry....they have the saddest endings!!

I read this book...."Dear John" on my way home form our trip to Washington last summer with Kevin, our kids and Kevin's parents and I literally sobbed all the way home....it was the most heart breaking love story.

So I was prepared for his new book "The Choice", as I knew tears would be involved....and it did not dissapoint. It was so good!! There were definately tears shed, but in a happy ending kind of way....it really made me look at life and what a gift life is and how precious my children and relationship with Kevin is....and that's why I love reading!!

Besides the reading, we dyed Easter Eggs, made oatmeal pancakes, went for a walk, watched an IMAX movie at Yellowstone, sat in the hot tub for hours upon hours, played the WII, watched movies, played games, etc. The Easter Bunny visited the cabin on Sunday morning and left little easter eggs throughout the cabin with clues for Katelyn, Ashlyn and Brock to find their Easter surprise.

Had a totally great weekend and so glad we decided to go spur of the moment - it was just what our family needed. Now I'm cleaning, doing laundry and trying to get caught up!!

Talk to you soon!