Hello! Another weekend has passed and it’s time to get back to the grind of work and school. We had a full and happy weekend. Our nephew Andrew turned two and we helped celebrate his special day. Good times!

I have a new layout to share with you. This is one I created for Simple Scrapper using one of the October 2014 premium templates and was inspired by one of the October Story Starters.  The layout  – Papa & Coop – features my absolute favorite photo (as of late). It’s one of Cooper and my dad walking through some trees somewhere in northern Idaho. We took a road trip a few hours away from my dad’s house to check out a potential venue for our family’s 2015 reunion.

Papa and Coop | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Simple Scrapper Template + Just Jaimee September Storyteller kit

Journaling reads:

Even though we live more than 900 miles apart, Papa and Cooper have a very special relationship. The manage to stay connected in spite of the distance, which is pretty awesome since Coop is just five and changing all the time. Thank goodness for modern technology that allows for Skype, FaceTime, text and phone calls. It makes all the difference in the world. Whenever they are together they are like two peas in a pod. There is a lot of wrestling, a lot of silly dancing, some serious belly laughs and lots of snuggles. As Cooper grows and changes I hope he can always have a close relationship with his Papa. There’s nothing quite like grandpa time.

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Hello. Happy, happy Monday. We had the best weekend ever. We went on a little adventure to San Diego and had lots of awesome family time, but more about that in a later post.

I have a new layout to share with you. It’s sort of a companion layout to the Back to School layout I shared a few weeks ago. That layout was of Cooper and Shelby on their first day of school. This one is all about Shelby and how excited she was to see her friends when she went back to school. At 10 years old, Shelby is totally into her friends and was thrilled to go back to school and see her besties.

I used a premium template from Simple Scrapper (September 2014) and the same digital scrapbooking kit (Rock, Paper Scissors) that I used on the earlier Back-to-School layout. I love the chalkboard background paper … so appropriate for Back-to-School pages.

Hello Fifth Grade| Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Simple Scrapper Premium Template + Rock Paper Scissors kit, Jenn Barrette

Journaling reads:

When it was time to go back to school this year, you weren’t all that excited about school. School, homework, all that stuff … not really your “thing.” But friends? That’s what you love most about school …  Daily interaction with your buddies is really what you missed most over summer vacation. They’re why you’re happy school is back in session.

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Experiences Vs. Things | One Direction Concert| Kimberly Kalil Designs

On Tuesday, Mike picked Shelby up from school early and headed up to to Phoenix. She thought they’re were going to Ikea for office furniture, but they were really going to see One Direction and Five Seconds of Summer. A bunch of her school friends were going to the concert and she was more than a little bummed she wasn’t going too … little did she she know the surprise we had up our sleeves.

One of the most vivid childhood memories is from a camping at Navaho Lake. My big, crazy family, along with my Aunt Wanda and her family hiked and camped at the lake. I remember sleeping in the pop up trailer my parents hauled behind out brown Jeep Cherokee. We swam in the lake. We ate by the fire. I couldn’t have even been ten, but I remember that trip fondly and long for the same sort of memories for my own children.

In the last year or so, Mike and I have been making an effort to shift our family’s focus off acquiring “things,” and instead to “collecting” memories through experiences. This is why we didn’t do traditional gifts at Christmas and surprised the kids with a cruise and day at Disneyland instead. This’s why at the last minute this summer, I packed up the car and drove to Idaho. this is why I added an extra day onto a business trip, so I could spend some time with my baby brother and his family. And this is why I bought tickets to the One Direction concert, booked a hotel room for the night and made plans for Shelby and Mike to have dinner with her friends who were also attending the concert.

By no means do we spend less money. This whole shift in thinking has nothing to do with money. It’s an attempt at shaping the way our kids think about the world and remember their childhoods. I’m pretty sure we actually spend more money on this endeavor, but it’s really money well spent. It’s where I want to put our resources and it’s without a doubt the best choice for our family.

Experiences Vs. Things | One Direction Concert| Kimberly Kalil Designs

Seeing the pure joy on Shelby’s face as she’s rocking out at the show tells me we made the right choice. Hearing Mike’s tales from the night, confirm to us that experiences are so much better than things. Scrolling through the videos and images from reminds me that this is the kind of experience Shelby will remember for ever. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this makes me.

I have to give my sweet husband props for being SO game for this particular experience. He decided he was going to go “all in” at the show and not be a “sad 1D Dad.”  In his words, “There were a lot of dads not having fun. Not this guy.” Guess what?  He had as much fun as Shelby. He danced with Shelby. Took all sorts of silly selfies. Posted crazy images to social media. His willingness to let go of his ego and just have fun made the whole night even more memorable. When Shelby is 40, she’s going to look back and find joy in the memory of the night her took her to One Direction and screamed like all zillions of pre-teen girls all around him. Strong work Daddy, strong work.

Experiences Vs. Things | One Direction Concert| Kimberly Kalil Designs

In the last two years I’ve had three surgeries and five tumors removed. I’ve watched my little boy seizure, stop breathing and be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. I’ve been summoned to sleep away camp because my daughter has been bleeding from her nose so much, she’s lost too much blood to stay at camp and has to be taken to the hospital. I’m no longer interested in amassing a life full of stuff. I want to fill my time and life with great experiences and awesome memories.

Next up on the experience quest is a family trip to San Diego. We’re spending a weekend later this month with the Kalil clan celebrating Mike’s parents and their 40th wedding anniversary. There will with yummy food, dips in the ocean and a day at Legoland. But most of all, my children will spend a whole weekend with their extended family and get a chance to make special memories with their cousin. Yes, this is what life is all about.

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Hello there. Happy, happy Monday to you. I’m back home on Arizona, which means warmer weather and lots of snuggles from my kiddos. It’s always great to come home after being away for a week or so. Trips away put life into perspective and makes me more grateful for all that I have, both through my career and at home with my family.

Today I have a newish layout to share with you. This is one I created for The Daily Digi using a kit that was included in the August Digi Files. You can’t get the August Files anymore, but you can get a whole new batch of awesome kits for a steal of a deal. Seriously, this is the BEST deal in all of digital scrapbooking. It’s so worth it. You get more than $50 of product for about $7.50 a month. It’s a great way to try new designers and play around with products you may not normally buy. Anyway, enough evangelizing The Daily Digi … just trust me, totally awesome site and product

This page is pretty simple, but if features one of my favorite photos from this summer. It’s of me and Shelby when we dropped her off at Girl Scout Camp. She’s so happy and so excited. It makes me smile just looking at it. It’s such a treat to capture such a moment and save it forever. She won’t be 10 and going to camp forever …

Happy | The Daily Digi| Kimberly Kalil Designs Journaling reads:

It’s the little things in life that make me happy. My sweet family. My girl. Her bright smile. Trips to Mt. Lemmon for Girl Scout Camp. Air conditioning in the summer. A pretzel bun for my hot dog. Fuzzy new socks. A good book. A freshly made bed. Brightly colored flowers. Staying up late and sleeping in.

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Hello there. Happy Monday. Today I’m in the Pacific Northwest doing some work at the Bellingham, WA newspaper. My kiddos, of course, are at home … in school. So, in their honor, I have a school-themed layout (created for Simple Scrapper) to share with ya today.

I took the photos from this year’s first day of school and created a layout featuring both kiddos. I used bright, neon colors along with a “chalkboard” background to make it both unisex and school-ish. I totally love the happy look of this page, since it captures the happiness both kids were feeling about going back to school.

Back to School | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil DesignsSimple Scrapper Premium Template + Rock Paper Scissors kit, Jenn Barrette

Journaling reads:
Another summer comes to a close and it’s back to school for the Kalil kiddos. This is kind of a big year, since Cooper started kindergarten and Shelby is going into 5th grade. I’m still not sure how the suddenly got this big! They are going to the same school this year – woo hoo for easy drop off – and are in Jackie and Mrs. Chris’ classes, Coop and Shelby respectively. Both love their teachers – so far – and we’re hoping for an awesome, productive year. We’re happy to be with our Satori Family for another year and are so blessed to have such an awesome school.


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Social media has made it beyond easy for people to hide behind their screens – I’ll be the first admit I’m 100 perfect guilty of this. In the beginning, I assumed social media would allow me to foster greater connection with family and friends. In some ways it does. However, it’s become a bit of a crutch for me. Why call someone when you send them a quick text? Why leave a comment on a blog or someone’s Facebook status when you can “like.” Emails go unanswered, because I’m spending too much time “favoriting” Tweets and liking Instagram pics.

I read a couple of different articles lately about the negative impact social media is having on out relationships. We “like” things, but do we actually reach out? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself mindlessly “liking” everything I see on Facebook or Instagram. It becomes less about interacting with those we love and more about clicking.

With all of this in mind, I decided to say yes to more thoughtful interaction online. I told myself no more “liking” photos, articles and status updates. If I felt the urge to “like” something then I would leave a meaningful comment. When I went to blogs and found helpful content, then I would leave a comment, rather than just tweeting about it or “pinning it.” It obviously takes me more time to do this, but it also makes me think about what I’m putting out there in the world and how I want to connect with others.

I’m only about a month into this little experiment of mine and I can’t tell if it’s changed much about my Facebook newsfeed. I can tell you it’s made me feel less like a machine and more like a person. It’s made me more thoughtful. And most of all, I feel like I’m connecting more to the people in my social media feeds. I think this will be a long term process. And I’m hoping it will continue to shape how I feel about social media and make me a more compassionate and thoughtful online.


One of my goals is to say no more and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. “Say Yes” is a series featuring the things or experiences I’m saying yes to and why.

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