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Sarah Youde (aka monroegirl)
Plymouth, UK.

I love to scrap and I love to stitch. I also love reading, eating and the odd glass of red wine! I only wish I had more time to do all the things I love. Most of my time is taken up looking after a couple of other things I love and they are my two gorgeous children Ben and Charlotte. They ARE gorgeous, I am not biased, I have been blessed with beautiful children which is a good thing because I have such wonderful subjects for my scrapbooking addiction.

I am married to Mark and we will celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary in July - we are just as happy now as when we first met. He would rather I didn't spend any money on scrapbooking or cross stitch stash but if I didn't do that I would be perfect and surely that would be really boring! Anyway, this blog is a sort of diary / gallery and I enjoy updating my blog for myself and my family but any visitors are welcome :o)

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Well yesterday was my birthday and it was great :o)

Mark bought me my Canon 350D SLR for my birthday but I got that in January so he got me a troll bracelet as well! I absolutely love it. To be honest, I think I was a bit spoiled this year but I am not complaining :o)

Not a good photograph, can't get the settings right and the flash keeps bouncing off the beads

I went to Mum's for most of the day but I couldn't go until after I had picked Charlotte up from Nursery because Mum said she had to go into town to pay some bills. Well she is a big fat liar!!! Mum and her dh actually went into town to buy me not one but two troll beads for my birthday. I would like to add here that Mum already had my present wrapped up and waiting for me at home, the troll beads were extra! I think they felt sorry for me because Mark is away. So from Mum and Geoff I got a new scrapbooking album and page protectors, some gorgeous scrapbooking papers and TWO troll beads. Oh and I musn't forget that Mum made me the most amazing Marilyn Monroe birthday card - I love it!

Had to hold the vellum overlay to the card to get a decent photo - this is beautiful in real life!

My sister came to see me in the afternoon and she had also bought me a troll bead. Now, can you believe that out of the hundreds of beads you can buy Mum and Carol had bought me the same one! Mum and Geoff drove straight into town to change my bead so that I could have them all on my bracelet for my birthday - how nice is that? Carol had got the gorgeous pink bead with flowers on - I love it! (Am I beginning to sound like those awful twins on big brother?). Carol also had a little extra for me, well I say little, she had made me this gorgeous pin keep. It is so beautiful and Carol's stitching and finishing is absolute perfection! Guess What? I Love it!

Isn't it gorgeous?

Mum made a birthday party tea for me and the kids, I felt about five years old again with all the party food all that was missing was the jelly and ice cream lol.

My sister Debbie rang me from South Africa so it was lovely to speak to her on my birthday and I also got to speak to my brother who rang from Malta where he and his wife are on holiday :o)

Mum popped around in the evening for a few hours and then Geoff turned up at the door to drop off a couple bottles of my favourite red wine which he had just been up to Tesco to get especially for me.

Do you think I was spoiled? I also got some money, underwear and PJ's - oh and I got flowers and chocolate from Mark - I was so happy.

Just Beautiful

To top off all that, I checked my emails in the evening and I had won the monthly draw on the Buddy Bead site to have a bead made especially for me for my troll bracelet. Talk about being a good birthday!

Also, I had my school reunion on Saturday night and it was absolutely brilliant. Not a lot to say apart from that I had a great time, too much to drink and chatted to loads of great people. I also now have a huge unexplained bruise on my right knee which is causing much pain!

Oh and I scrapped on my birthday :o) I did this layout of Ben while Charlotte was at Nursery in the morning.

Today the kids and I went to Mum's (again lol) after school and they played in the garden :o) I took some pictures!

Scooter Boy

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