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the day he left…

I was uploading all Zach’s photos to Costco this last week. Uhhh….1500 of them. Yeah, you heard me. And that’s not even counting the last six months or so. While I’d originally planned to drop them into page protectors and have it ready before he came home, I had a better thought to wait for […]

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Rhadonda - April 13, 2011 - 2:28 pm

It will be so great for you to hear all about his 2 years and how his life has changed. A great time of growing and changing for all. Things are never the same but always great. Makes us appreciate that every day is an adventure with much to share. Makes me miss my girls who are away at college. sniff sniff Carpe diem!

brenda - April 13, 2011 - 4:05 pm

I'm so happy for you getting your boy home today! Enjoy the noise (only mom's understand how sad a quiet house can be). :)

luvmysilhouette - April 13, 2011 - 10:19 pm

Enjoy Kerri I am so HAPPY for You…Huge Hugs…

Deneen - April 13, 2011 - 11:24 pm

I can't believe how fast it has gone by :) Seems like just yesterday he was waiting to hear where he was going. I am sure you are one happy mama right about now!

Debbie D - April 14, 2011 - 11:31 am

Enjoy every minute of having Zach back home with you. I know I love when my son comes in for a visit.. to do his wash, eat everything he can find, tease his sisters, and so on… The house is too quiet when he leaves.

Issy - April 14, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Dearest Kerri! Hope your Wednesday went well with Zach! It's Thursday evening here, in Bonnie Scotland, so I reckon you've now had your big reunion! I'm so happy for you and your family. Love from Scotland xoxo

Amy13 - April 14, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Congrats to you and your family today. What an accomplishment! Wishing you guys the best reunion ever. :)


almost in the moment a sweet couple from washington d.c. sent us a couple photos last night, probably almost immediately after the boys enjoyed what looked like a very nice meal! felt like we were almost there. loved it. my son is on the right there.less than seven weeks and he’s home! casey abrams this […]

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caroline - February 25, 2011 - 2:48 pm

Funniest blog post ever – how many topics did you cover??

And do you mean you've NEVER had an egg roll? Or you've just never had one of her egg rolls?

Kerri - February 25, 2011 - 3:24 pm

I've had eggrolls…just not hers. And probably never a homemade one. Mmmmmm….

Kathy - February 25, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Oh I do so agree about Casey! He is Da Bomb! And could you please share some of that homemade goodness with all of us? My mouth is watering and I just ate lunch for crying out loud!! Send some crumbs…I LOVE egg rolls-so divine:)

Mel Horn - February 25, 2011 - 8:13 pm

You are so right about Phil, he's half a bubble off center! Oh and I have to add…I can't stand Russell. I hope they get rid of him right away!

Anne-Liesse - February 26, 2011 - 1:04 am

I am soooo a Boston Rob fan, too. I have enjoyed what we've seen for far. Just waiting for Russell to get his "come-uppance". Looks like it could be soon if his tribe mates can pull it off…

tallyscrapper - February 26, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Oh, Casey Abrams was an amazing talent. I love American Idol, there is another guy that made it to the top 24 that I love, too. This year is going to be good, they have some very good talent.

So glad your son is coming home soon. I know you can't wait.

a funny thing happened . . .

. . . on the way to the capitol. Okay, so it sounds like it should be a joke . . . and it is kind of funny . . . but it really did happen. So my missionary boy–who’s serving an LDS mission in Washington DC–emailed and said that last night they were in […]

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kat-in-texas - January 26, 2011 - 11:11 pm

LOL!!! Maybe next time they can crash a State dinner!!! :)

Nancy W - January 27, 2011 - 4:12 am

That is too funny! hugs!!

nativetexangirl - February 5, 2011 - 4:50 am

That is funny. They looked like they belonged I guess! Hey, were Tareq & Michaele Salahi around too? The couple that crashed the White House state dinner that time?

the friday freebie: laugh

‘Tis the season to be jolly, l o l o lllll…o l…o l Oh wait, that’s the modern version. I guess it’s fa la la la laaa . . . la la . . . la la . . . However you wanna sing it, here’s hoping your Christmas season is filled with laughter. And […]

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davidandgoliath - December 10, 2010 - 8:39 pm

Kerri, where is your email address? I need help with something ASAP. Could you please email me?
Thank you,
Pam Taylor

Kerri - December 10, 2010 - 8:56 pm

Hey Pam! My e-mail is I need to figure out how to add that on Blogger. They don't have the same link like they did in Typepad.

Rhadonda - December 10, 2010 - 9:19 pm

thanks for the freebie! Holidays are so sweet when all the family is home and together. Glad you at least get to talk to your son.

Katie {choc0holic} - December 12, 2010 - 5:39 am

I can't believe that your son comes home in just 4 months. I started reading your blog about the time he left and am amazed that you can officially start feeling 'trunky' for him. Love the freebie! Thanks a ton!

Zavrina - September 3, 2011 - 11:31 am

Please keep trhowing these posts up they help tons.

Allie.Duckienz - November 26, 2011 - 4:34 pm

OMG did I ever LOL when I saw your song. I love the wit Kerri :D

Thanks so much for this freebie. I can imagine many uses for it already.

kendell - May 5, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Thank you

the friday freebie

I can’t believe this is our last official weekend of summer! The girls both start back to school on Wednesday–Kass at UVU and Jordan in her first year of high school. Well, technically, the sophomores start a day early . . . before all the kids that already know what they are doing start, but […]

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Amy13 - August 20, 2010 - 2:13 pm

YUCK! I think he's very brave for even trying it. Kassidy's blog looks very nice and her photos are gorgeous! You guys have the green thumb for photography…or would that be shutter finger? Dunno the correct term there…

Love the freebie. Have not starting collecting these yet. Are they available for a limited time only or will I be able to come back at a later date and download them?

Kerri - August 20, 2010 - 2:19 pm

Hey Amy! The freebies will ALWAYS be free! And as far as I know in my life right now, the shapes for sale will always be available to purchase. So no need to rush on either account.

And thanks for the kudos on Kassidy's photos. Maybe we have a "green index finger"? ;) She took some other really cute wedding photos that she hasn't put up yet…ya know, gotta edit and all.

Shel at Dreamy Nest - August 20, 2010 - 3:40 pm

I'm shuddering over the kidney thing. Yuck!

Thank you so much for the freebie! I love it!

I just found your blog a few days ago and haven't had time to look around. Looking forward to it.

Nancy - August 20, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Thanks for the freebies…they are all so fun!

Issy - August 20, 2010 - 5:57 pm

Kerri, you must have read my mind! I'm going on a European Cruise with my middle son in the middle of October so will be taking thousands of photos! I can see this design being a great workhorse for all the scrapbook pages that I'll be doing. Love, as always, from Scotland xo

lisakisch - August 20, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Thank you for the freebie!

Scrapthat - August 20, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Thanks for another lovely file Kerri!!
PS don't blame him for not liking kidneys…my mom used to make me eat steak and kidneys! Ewww….lucky I still LOVe steak!

Rhadonda - August 20, 2010 - 7:05 pm

Thanks for the freebie! The things kids will do when they are young. My daughter (20 y/o) was in China last summer for 5 weeks and ate scorpion and dog and who knows what else. She was there teaching English through a Christian organization. They are certainly brave or crazy, maybe both (: Keep our lives exciting that's for sure and love them with all my heart. She just left for college. Her twin leaves tomorrow. Bitter/sweet.

carilackner - August 20, 2010 - 7:57 pm

Thank you for another fabulous file to cut! I love your designs!

susy - August 21, 2010 - 6:26 am

Thank you for being awesome :-)

mita - August 21, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Thank you so much for the cool freebie…May I ask what program you use to make them? Your designs are always modern and cool…:)

Vivian - August 22, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Love the freebie! Poor Zach. I've eaten some gross things in my life but I don't think I would even touch kidney. I'm going to check out Kassidy's blog right now.

Katrina - August 23, 2010 - 3:51 am

ewww…..I would not have like that either!!! Thank you so much for the freebie!!!! So cute and fun….I am hoping to drag out the Pazzle soon and just PLAY!!! Maybe labor day weekend!!!


Kerri - August 24, 2010 - 5:47 pm

Hey Mita! I use Adobe Illustrator to create my files. Love that program! It's been my best friend for a few years now. ;)

And Rhadonda…I feel for ya girl!

Christine - August 25, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Thanks Kerri for the freebie. I love it and I appreciate it so much. You do awesome work!
xoxo, Christine

Dalis - March 13, 2011 - 4:48 am

thanks for the extra ideas/1

– dalis

Wendy Kidd - April 20, 2011 - 12:16 am

Kerri – I am loving your blog. Wondering if you would mind telling me the name of the font you used in your comments on the sample? It's that scripty font – so cute!

Kerri - April 21, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Hey Wendy! The font is called Billabong.
I think it's cute too. :)

Lynne - September 27, 2011 - 7:53 am

Love this filmstrip frame. Thanks!

CANDI - April 19, 2012 - 4:16 pm


Kerri - April 19, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Hey Candi!
There are some really great tutorials that show you how to do this and you can find them under the Tutorials link on my site here.
If you go through those and still have questions…holler. :)

Ramona Asmus - February 11, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Kerri- great blog, and I love the film strip file. Thanks so much.

I am just learning so much, and have seen the reference to these various file names, but I don’t know how to make them work for me. I have a cricuit…. And some computer knowledge but need a resource for learning how to print and cut out die cuts using files like this terrific one you are offering us. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

As for the kidney….. We were traveling in England last year, our 23 year old willingly tried the “blood pudding” everyone was sharing…. I passed- lol. Our son is very much a food adventurer, me- not so much!

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Michelle Hernandez - April 21, 2013 - 7:00 am

GREAT story- I have to share is distaste for kidneys the texture is just really off putting. Thank for offering all these great silhouette files- I just got my machine so I’m still learning which files can be used directly and which ones need to be converted but I love that you offer so many options.

a little t-shirt goodness

So a couple weeks ago I was chatting with my dear friend Lisa Bearnson, who’s son is also serving an LDS mission right now in North Carolina. It’s nice to comisserate with someone. ;) She was talking about something she was going to make with her son’s mission name on it and as I was […]

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TessC. - October 19, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Super Cool! Did you design the whole thing, or is this a font somewhere in internet land?

Kerri - October 19, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Yep…I designed it. :) Fonts are just standard, but then I added all the distressing to it.

missionary update

So, with all the snow that DC has been getting, I’ve been wondering if Zach has been okay on food. Yesterday when we were e-mailing, I found out they haven’t been able to get to the store for two weeks and was getting down to nothing. Not only that, when I asked him if he’d […]

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