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September 22, 2014

Mister's Birthday and Double the Joy

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Hi there! I hope you're having a great week!

I'm popping in with two EZPZ QACAS OLCs for you today. (Why, honey chil', pretty soon we won't even need lower case letters!) What that says tis: easy peasy quick and clean and simple one-layer cards.

It was the Mister's birthday on Sunday, so I thought I would show you the simple card I made for him. The Mister is a simple guy, so no phoophoophanalia for him.
The motorcycle die was a gift from my friend, Karendipity, after I saw her use her own die on a fabulous card on her blog. She knows my Mister's hobby is motorcycles. Thank you, again, Karen!

I am entering Mister's card in the current "Masculine" card challenge at The Paper Players, and in the always "Anything Goes" challenge at Seize the Birthday (no toppings), and in KIS - Keep It Simple, which is to use "no stamps" on your project.

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The same aachronyms can be applied to the card I made for the special "Double the Joy" challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges to congratulate DT member Bev (Uniko Studio), who recently gave birth to twin boys, Josh and Ben! 
Bev, I wish you and your new family every happiness!! You are in for a fun journey with never a boring moment!

I'm also entering this card in Addicted to CAS where the code word is "Cuddly." Having a baby in each arm is about as cuddly as it gets!
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Speaking of cuddly, these are two of my favorite pictures of me with our twin grandsons, Adam and Henry, at one month old and seven months old. That seems like only yesterday and it's very hard to believe that they are almost ten years old now!
With Dad, August 2014
First day of 4th Grade 
In related news, those very same boys made their Papa some great birthday cards. I thought you might enjoy the inside of this one from Henry, which I'd say is fairly age-appropriate for a 9 yo boy!
I haven't heard that one in an age! (I have to say I'm impressed by that drawing of a toilet and by his use of a parenthetical comment!)

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And here's Kevin, the birthday boy, aka the Mister, aka Papa:
His happy place.
Henry, Papa, Adam
September 2014
Some of you have seen the picture below. It was taken around the time I first met the Mister (which, by the way, as of September 5th was 45 years ago!).
Settle down.

And here is that handsome fella today in the privacy of his own home and garage and he doesn't care who's looking. 
Yes, that's right. That belt belongs to an old bathrobe he found hanging in the closet. He does own a belt, but it's just the one, and he didn't want to switch it out of his other pair of "good" work shorts , which you can see in the photo above with Henry and Adam. I'll wait while you scroll back up and look. 

All of his shorts eventually end up looking like this. I recently found three other pairs in his dresser drawer. He says he is keeping them, "Just in case." 

Just in case what? ______________ I could make it a fill-in-the-blank contest! I'm sure you could come up with some of the same answers I'm thinking or maybe you have even funnier ones ... .

And for the love of God, why do all his shorts end up like this? Do strange roaming Chihuahuas attack him in the garage while he's working on his motorcycles? Does he just ignore them and let them leap up and hang off the hems of his shorts until they're torn to shreds? 

The shorts, not the Chihuahuas.

He was a good sport to let me take his photo, knowing I would be making fun of him on my blog. But just between you and me, there are times when I hope some lovely widow lady will walk by the house and see him in the garage. Naturally, she will assume that he has no one to care for him so she will kindly offer to do so. 

Ladies?

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121 comments:

Lisa said...

Don't think I've ever been the first to comment on one of your cards Darnell!! I'm usually something crazy like #55!! Let me begin by wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mister!!! Sure hope someone bought the guy a new pair of shorts haha!! What's with men and hanging on to things like that? My DIL tells me our son still has a T-shirt from high school that you can see through!!! It was in bad shape when he was still at home, can't imagine it now LOL!! PERFECT card for your Mister my friend, nicely done!

JD/ Jill said...

Oh my goodness! I'm one of the early ones too...I'm usually #80 or something like that...(I'm slow...

Happy Birthday to Mister!

I can't stop laughing...this is one of your best posts yet!!!

oh...yeah ah ,,,before I forget...great cards...I'm sure your "Mister" loved his card, and baby card is precious...

All the pics were great!!!

dottielottie said...

Hey! Happy Birthday to your mister, hope he has a great day. Your card is just right for a man, in fact this would be perfect for my man too as he is also a non fussy motor biking guy. I have this embossing folder, and it is great used as a card front, love that shade of blue card too. Those two raggedy dolls on your twins card are too cute. Really enjoyed your post Darnell and all the super pics of your mister and grandchildren. Wishing you all a happy day. Hugs Lottie x

Maura R said...

Laugh-out-loud-funny-post, Darnell! Had a long day at work, and your story is just what I needed! Happy b-day the Mister and great cards, btw!

Cathy said...

I'm still laughing Darnell! Happy birthday to Mister and I too hope he gets some new shorts! Perfect card for him, love the pics too :) Cathy x

Becca Cruger said...

HAHAHA! Omygoodness 9-year-olds! I LOVE the accompanying drawing. Very artistic! In other news, your motorcycle card is very manly and would be perfect for a guy's birthday card. Thanks for sharing and for the laughter today!

Karen Petitt said...

Another two fab creations Darnell! I love your DH's CAS creation and you have planted a seed hun - will have to look for something before I can let you know what the seed is lol! Karen x

Krisha said...

What a hunk-a-hunk your Mr. was, back in the day, not to say he isn't now......but I think it's the sad hemline in his shorts these days......LOL

The DH around here does the same thing.....and with his shirts too. I normally have to tear them to shreds so I can throw them away! Yeah, I could fill in the blank pretty well.......grin

The OL CAS card for the Mr. is perfect....

Hammers said...

OMG Darnell you crack me up. The weather is right now..so I can finally post something special to you :) Cx

Stephanie Poteet said...

So glad I found your blog tonight, I really needed to laugh and I have tears in my eyes! Your cards are just wonderful!

Tracey McNeely said...

Happy birthday to your hubby Darnell! What a perfect card for him, love that bike die cut! Love the photos of your grand babies when they were smaller and what a fantastic card they made. LOVE their joke so much, bet grampa does too!!

Marisa said...

Adore the photos of the twins when they were babies - sooo cute and you look like a very, very happy, proud grandma :) Hubba hubba photo of your hubby in his youth - great abs! LOL at the bathrobe belt. Happy Birthday to him. Love the EF card with the bike on it!

Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh...... you made me laugh so hard about what happens to his shorts.... I am still laughing....
Well happy birthday to your mister! Loved all the photos you shared of you and your handsome family! You look so beautiful in the pictures.... Why do those kids have to grow up! Love, love love the simple card with the bike on it! My guy was a dirt bike racer.

Joyce said...

Oh, what a wonderful post. I just love seeing those pictures of you, the twins and Mister. Fab card, and happy birthday to your mister.

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Oh Darnell your surely blessed with a wonderful family <3 Happy birthday to the Mister and may there be many more to come. I love your cards for today celebrations are the best

Donna Nuce said...

Oh my! Your best blog post yet! Mister was a hunk in his younger days. You grandsons are becoming accomplished cardmakers. Love the poop joke! Both cards you made are great. Happy Birthday to your Mister.

baileyrosy.com said...

Darnell a huge happy birthday to the Mister, loved the photos especially the bare chested one made my day !!!! of course I also loved loved photos of you and the twins but the naked Mister one was so unexpected lol. Also a huge thank you for my cards the first one you sent my Mister put it in a " age " place and forgot about it so I only received it last week with the others. Both beautiful and the second very funny made me laugh out loud.Thank you so much for your lovely words and for taking the trouble and time from your busy schedule you are one in a million !!! I will never forget your kindness Darnell. Thanks so much for joining us at ATCAS your support means so much to us. Love the double cuddly card and am sure Bev will just adore it.

Marie

Karen B said...

Hi Dippy.......wow, like some others I can't believe I'm only 17th to comment; normally about 60 odd! A wonderful Happy Birthday to Mister, so glad the motorbike die came in handy. Fab card for Bev.....love those raggedy dolls, she's going to love it. Amazing photos of you and the twinks, especially the second where all your smiles are a mile wide......no mean feat with babies! Just about fell down laughing at the inside of the card......definitely a boy thing eh? Fabulous post Dippy......how did you know to wait whilst everyone scrolled back? BTW Tony's got a pair of shorts exacerley the same so could def fill in the blank!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Ann Tuck said...

Lovely to see you visiting my blog again Darnell! Hope Mister had a wonderful birthday - in spite of (or in addition to) being made fun of! We are lucky aren't we, those of us who have good husbands still? Hugs, Ann

Carole Z said...

HI Darnell, belated birthday greetings to the Mister! Loved your cards...I have that die, as yet unused! Thanks for sharing the super photos too! Hugs Carole Z X

Sue said...

Belated birthday wishes to your hubby. I enjoyed looking at your photos and having a laugh along the way because I own hubby has a pair of shorts that look very similar!
Your cards are fabulous as always. The embossed design is the prefect background for the wonderful die cut motorcycle and the image is so cute.
Thanks for the smiles!
hugs Sue xx

Sarah said...

Hope the Mister was suitably impressed with your amazing card!! Another brilliant post and super family shots that we all love to see. You have clearly passed your sense of humour and artistic talent to your Grandsons, that card raised a smile, nothing like a bit of "toiler" humour!! xx

Gerrina said...

Great card for the mister and belated congrats! The double card is stunning; such great stamps are even better in pairs! And if that's all that is worrying you about what the mister is doing? You are one luckey girl! (I could think of lots of worse habbits...) Enjoy the week, hugs, Gerrina

Sarah Gray said...

Love that motorcycle die - great birthday card and I hope that Mister had a fabulous day! I hope you got him some new shorts for his birthday :). I love your double the joy card too - perfect for twins!

Viv's Visuals said...

Happy Birthday to Mister!And I know he would love the card too!Had a second look at the 'six pack' on Misters earlier photo.. I confess!!!! LTS
Cute raggedy dolls too and the pics with the kids are lovely!

Suze Bain said...

What a happy post Darnell, birthday wishes to the Mister, I thought at first glance that was his martial arts belt! Lovely photos of you and the boys and that motorcycle is THE perfect man card! Xx

Colleen said...

Darnell, great post! Wonderful cards, super pictures of the family...and I have the same issue with some shorts of mine...but when they tear like that I cut them off at the hem....how does that happen? thanks for linking up to Seize the Birthday!

Redanne said...

First up - belated Happy Birthday wishes to Mister! Next, thank you for the 'laugh out loud' post Darnell, it is such fun and I enjoyed every moment of it.

I do remember that gorgeous photo of Mister from way back....quite the hunk. I love the photos of you with Adam and Henry as little ones, they are gorgeous. Not sure I would say the same about the card but that's boys for you and it is quite fun!

I am not sure it is much consolation but I have one here too who will not throw away his old ripped clothes either, it must just be a 'man' thing.... Hugs, Annie xxx

Sue said...

Loving both cards.

You are obviously so proud of your grandsons. They are going to break a few girls hearts.

Had to smile at your hubby and his shorts. I can only think it's a man's thing. My dad will say he needs to buy a new shirt, buy one and then keep it in it's wrapper. then he'll say he needs a new shirt, to which I point out he still has the last one in it's wrapper. Apparently he's keeping that just in case....... Yes, it must be a man thing:)

Hope you are having a nice week.

Linda said...

Oh Darnell .... bless his little cotton socks (if he's anything like my OH they'll have holes in too!) What is it about men and hoarding stuff!!!
Hope the Mister had a great day I'm sure he loved his card! Hugs Linda xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Thanks for another great giggle! Your cards are fabulous - the motorcycle card is perfect for a male! Especially your male! Belated birthday wishes to Mister! My DH has some shorts with rips in exactly the same spot! Mind you he is very handy with needle an thread, so if anyone was going to mend them, it would be him not me!

Julie Beech said...

Well who's walking down memory lane now chuck! There is something about coloured photos taken in the 60's and 70's, it must be the colours breaking down that marks them out, spotted a couple of vintage motors in the background. Think it's something in the male jean, oops there I go, gene, that makes them collect 'It'll be OK for work' items, Al looks like a snowman when he come in at the mo as he is drilling out shattered bricks and repointing!.
Great CAS male card by the way! x

Ros Crawford said...

Firstly I love your cards!! Happy Birthday to the mister ... Secondly I adore your photos!! What a handsome lot you are! Enjoy the birthday Celebrations and enjoy your week!

Lynn said...

Happy birthday to your dear mister Darnell! I am smiling from ear to ear. Your post cracked me up. Love your grandson's card. Perfect in every way! And the shorts...we have the same thing going on at my house, but we don't have that fashionable belt. Hilarious!

Sue - said...

Happy birthday to Mister! Bet he loved his cards - both of them! It's definitely a man thing with the clothes! Wonder why they can't bear to part with them?

nwilliams6 said...

Happy birthday to your DH, Darnell. Love, love, your post. Your pictures are all wonderful and fun! Love the belt! Your cards are super too. Your posts are such a treat my friend! Hugz!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
firstly Happy Birthday to your motorbike man.
Talking about shorts you should see my DH ones when hes working in his shed, but he would never agree to being photographed in them.
So I think your man is a great sport for letting you do this.
Love your super photos of your twin grandsons.
Now at last on to your really fab cards.
That card is a lovley shade of blue, and I love that embossing, and your super motorbike die.
The twins card is also really super designed too.
Love the inking around the edges.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

sandie said...

he, he, such a fun post, giggle I am!! Great photos and what I so know what Mister feels like...if people saw me at home when I know no one is about they would laugh at my attire (however I would never let a photo been taken!)
Your motorbike card is perfect for Mister and Bev will just love this adorable twin card. So pleased you came to celebrate with us at TIME OUT Challenges x

Cris G said...

Don't look at me, Darnell... I live very far away from you and I'm not a lovely widow (fortunately) :D. You are really funny, thanks! In fact, I'm also a wife of a motorcycle lover,who wants to take me everywhere by motorcycle. Well, lately not so much...
Happy birthday to Mister, may he celebrate for many years to come!
Your grandsons look a lot like you, especially their smile.

Bonnie said...

Ha! You have me so tickled that I forgot what the cards looked like. Good think you add them again at the bottom. My hubby keeps all his rags for "painting". First, he rarely paints and second, he forgets and wears them out in public! When I was working, I would sneak them to work and toss them in the trash cause if I tossed them at home, he'd pull them back out. Men!

His birthday card couldn't be more perfect and the sweet Raggedy Andys make a wonderful baby card for twins. Can't believe how big your boys are getting!

Cris G said...

P.S. - The motorcycle card is perfect for Mister, although it isn't the same kind of the one he owns (they are usually sensitive for these details... :)). Just kidding, I'm sure he loved it.
The twins card is very sweet... I love that you stamped the sediment twice :).

*Vicki* said...

A very happy birthday to the mister!! :) You've made such a personally appropriate design for him too!! My mom is a huge fan of the Raggedy Ann dolls!! Both are fabulous!! The photo of you with the babies is adorable!! Thanks for sharing this fabulous post!!

P.S. I keep forgetting to play in your challenge and I just used something new!! Darn it!! I will get it next time...promise!! :)

Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Jeanne said...

Great post! Happy Birthday to your Mister. Hubba, hubba on the one photo from way back when. Cute twins! Thanks for the giggle this morning. Have a great week.

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, you are hilarious! And the twins (especially Henry) seem to have inherited that! The inside of his card is so funny and so "boy"! Mister is a very good sport for letting you make fun of him in bogland! That alone makes him a keeper! I wish him a happy belated birthday! Thanks for sharing his bare chested motorcycle photo again - always a pleasure to look at that one!
The pictures of you with the twins are adorable! How time flies!
Oh, and you made cards, too! ;) That motorcycle die is perfect for the Mister. The cuttlebug folder was one of my first ones and I still love it! Should use it more often! The card for Bev's twins is so cute!

Sheila H said...

I wish Mister a belated happy birthday! The car is cool - the motorcycle is such fun. Love the pictures :)

Nikki said...

Hey Darnell, I'm the next card after yours on the addicited to CAS challenge ;)

Loved your Post and your cards (esp the one for Mister Kev - nice pecs BTW!) and had to share that not only is my OH also called Kevin, my firstborn is named Adam, and my sister's firstborn, my nephew, is named Henry! Just like your 2 adorable not-so-much grandbabies!

Hugs to you!

Nikki x

Hettie said...

You are so funny. You should be on prescription. No one can go away from your blog without a smile.
Your poor Hubby. You take the p**s out of him more than I do mine!
Happy Birthday to the Mister and congratulations to him for living with you for so long!
Hugs and great card.
Hettie
xx

Happy Dance said...

Your post was exactly what I needed this morning before I jump into the mess that still surrounds us! And since I've got one of my own, I think I'll pass on your dear Mister. Mine lost a book. Mind you, he's got 10,000 of them, but lost the ONE he needs; let the panic ensue. Your card for DH is wonderful, and I'm sure he loved it (btw, did I tell you the best people are born in September???, yuk yuk) And the "poop" card...leave it to a boy! The Mister must have just chuckled over that one. I think I'll come back here later today when the organizing has melted my brain just to get another dose of kindness and wonderfulness. Great post, my friend, great post. Bev

LeAnne said...

FIRST, let me say your card is awesome! A wonderful unique CAS creation...love that bike, especially against the blue embossing! Second, I would say your DH and my DH would get along marvelously....he doesn't care what he looks like or who's looking either! Love ALL the photos (and your birthday card, LOL!)!!!!! Thanks for playing with the Players this week!

Viv said...

Happy Birthday to your Mister, it's my son's 40th today ....how is that possible...I still only feel 40 myself lol!Love the card, I bet he did too. We used have a motorbike and I loved it, great seeing all your pics too.Oooh those tiny twinlets.....I coo over my grandbabies pics too. The Mister looks a lot like mine...tatty shorts and ones for best too.Mine is aways doing DIY or gardening so I can't complain. Why are they mostly in their 'shed' lol.....mine does woodwork there mainly...and I am in my craft room so it works ;)hugs Vee xx

Marcia HIll said...

Both your cards are great Darnell, but I really had to just stop by and tell you again how much I LOVE your blog...you ALWAYS start my day out with a chuckle!! I absolutely loved the inside of the birthday card (and yes, it is a good drawing of a toilet!), and the shorts and belt pictures of Mister! It's the holes in my husbands t-shirts that drive me nuts and I'm not allowed to throw those away either, because he might NEED them! Just like you said..."for what??!!!" Oh well, they are what they are! :0) Have a great day and keep the funny stories coming!

Kim M said...

Love the Mister's birthday card! Awesome! Bet he loved it. Don't worry Darnell, you're not the only one who's husband destroys short/pants and keeps them, just in case. LOL. Mine does it too. I might keep one pair of pants I might use for dirty jobs but once they start falling apart, away they go. Oh men. LOL.

Pat said...

Two great cards Darnell, and Happy Birthday to your Mister. Some wonderful photos - a real handsome family, and your grandsons sound like a fun pair too. I love that blue card and a great die for a biker, and the raggedy dolls for the twin boys is perfect. Love the blue and red inking which is a great finishing touch. My DH is exactly the same about getting rid of old clothes. I fish things out which I definitely think have had their day, and his usual remark is "there's plenty of life left in that yet", even if the material is as thin as tissue paper! Oh well we still love them even with their little foibles. Your posts always brighten my day and what a good sport your Mister is having his old shorts put on display to the general public. x

icardeveryone01 said...

D this is just so fun... Mister was a HOTTIE! Still pretty handsome today... and I'd watch what you wish for about the widow ladies...
=]M
p.s. Just in case -you throw one pair away!!

Sue said...

Oh my Darnell you do make me chuckle!!! I have a hubby like yours who keeps things for 'just in case... LOL your cards are wonderful and the photos of your Grandchildren are fab!!! lots of huggles Sue xxx

oldpunca said...

First of all: Happy Birthday to Mister! I wish him many nice, save and happy miles with his bike! Darnell, I have to tell you, that I have the same example at home. Always working on his Suzuki, always with some oil on his pants and hands... :-)) It has been this way for 33 years :-))
I like the card with the motorcycle very much. As you said: clean and simple and (may I add) wonderful! :-) Also the card for the twins is superb.
Have a nice day, Sonja

Loll Thompson said...

Hey Dolly!! Happy Birthday to Mister ... I'm sure he loved your fabulous card. Men love their motorcycles, don't they??!! As for the shorts ... I have the same thing going on with my mister (short and t-shirts!!). It's like they have some sort of relationship with their clothing and can't part with it. Therapy may be needed. :) Thanks for sharing ... always enjoy my visits! :) Lolly xx

Shelly said...

Hahaha! This post is full of some good laughs! Thanks for sharing! And lovin' your cards, Darnell! So sweet!

conil said...

OKAY, you got me...twice. Once with those incredible (or discredible) shorts and once with the HOT pic of that stud you call Mister. Well, well,hmmm. I can certainly see what attracted you. Men & motorcycles...some of my favorite things. Why do you think I married my man. Yummy. Put that aside for the moment while I give you thumbs UP on your cards. They're pretty yummy, too.

Liz said...

I loved reading your post! Had a good chuckle at the belt! Beautiful cards again too. Great motorbike die, I've not come across that one before. x

Irene said...

Hello Darnell

Two wonderful cards, and a Happy Belated birthday to The Mister.

luv
irene
xxxx

Julia said...

LOL! Just love all your posts! You've got such a STYLE. Yep, yelled it - 'cause it's so true. Cute card, cute mister. Enjoy his day with him (no matter how he dresses)!

Jacee said...

You've brightened my day with your post Darnell, so enjoyed reading it, love your cards too!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

laurie said...

You are too funny! I think I say that every time I leave a comment here. But it is so true.

Love that bath robe belt! I have been trying to get rid of my hubby's bathrobe for years...tattered and a mess. He has new ones, but no, it has to be the robe from the 70's!

Oh well...I shouldn't complain, as he doesn't complain with all the time I spend making cards!Let him wear whats left of that old robe!

Speaking of cards.. both are terrific! I love that motorcycle die, looks perfect on the embossed background! I bet Mister loved it!

Pia S said...

Oh, Darnell, you sure know how to bring a smile to my face! I don't know why men turn clothes into rags, I think they've got a special (secret) talent for it. I can also totally understand why you fell for your hubby, he's quite a handsome guy, both then and now:)
Superb card you made for him, sure seems to fit the bill perfectly!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Happy bitrthday to your dear,
bouth cards are awesome
but the photos from your life are precious
you are blessed and so many thing are going one
good luck with all
hugs Tamara

Verna Angerhofer said...

I really loved your cards today. Especially the CAS masculine card. And, I also enjoyed reading your post too. Hope your Mister had a great day!

Anita in France said...

Goodness, where to start, Darnell ... Happy Birthday to your dishy mister for Sunday ... great card, LOVE that stunning blue! Sweet card for the Bev and her twins ... such lovely photo's of you and your grandtwins! Henry's tee-hee poop card ... his humour is always appropriate for boys, regardless of age! Empathising with your Mister ... my work shorts (now sadly no longer) were also shredded like his ... thought it was down to all the heavy work ... clearly not, it's those darned roaming chihuahuas ... will keep my eyes peeled in future! Hugs, Anita :)

Kathleen said...

Well, what a fabulous post and two wonderful cards, great simple bike card and what wonderful images for the twins card. My Husband is a twin but not as cuddly as those two.

Kath x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Happy birthday to that young man! Great card for a great guy and as always I love your stories :) xxx

Nancy said...

What a great post today Darnell...I enjoyed your photos and perfect card for the Mister! Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Firstly, Happy Birthday to Mr K. May God bless you and all who sail in you!
I have a similar embossing folder so thanks for the ideas from this fab card.
My guess for the "just in case" would be just in case a lonely lady walks by and takes pity on him (and the Chihuahuas) lol!
If he still has abs like that, you could send him over to the UK.
Perhaps the belt denotes his blue belt in origami? Just a hunch.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Pat Jandacek said...

Oh, shoot! I had all kinds of remarks to make about entries today but I ended up laughing so hard everything went right out of my head! Such fun...but it's a good thing I forgot about your offer for Mister.

Brenda in IN said...

Wishing your Mister a very happy birthday. It's great that he has his own hobby and loves it so much. I'm sure he loved that card you made. The card for the twins is so cute. Love those raggedy andy's. I laughed out loud when I saw Henry's card. So funny and so "boy". I swear when the twins were seven months they looked just like you. As for those shorts - in case I have to paint, in case I have to work in the yard, in case I have to get in the attic. Yep, I know all about "in case". He still looks good.

frommycraftroom said...

I love your post. Bought a smile to my face. So glad I have found your blog.
Great card and Happy Birthday to Mister. And the Henry's card is fab - I have a 9 year old girl and very much that age :)
Do I need to mention the shorts? My hubby keeps tops to run in - but he does eventually part with them and riding shorts I am constantly repairing. As for my Mr 16 I am trying but he insists shirts with holes are fine! What is it with the male gender?
Thanks again - I enjoyed reading.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Hi Darnell, happy belated birthday to your handsome Mister. You are a lovely couple and your grandchildren are darling (humour and looks)! I loved seeing the photos of you holding them:)
Your raggedy Andy card is cute and the Mister's bike card seems just perfect! Cool die cut!

Irish Cherokee said...

Too funny. Love all three cards, especially the third one. You have competition now. As for those shorts, those two open areas are handles for the next set of twins. They will have a handy dandy set of handles to hold on to when walking with Papa. He is keeping the others for emergency purposes. You know, in case one of the handles rips out the rest of the way. - Jim

Kim Heggins said...

As always, you post is so entertaining...I love that wonderful card your twins made, just adorable. And all the wonderful photos you shared too, so fun. It must be a guy thing, Dwight has several pair of shorts that are so similar. Dwight does not own a motorcycle so I am not sure what does that to the shorts, so it must be a guy thing. I love both of your cards, that motorcycle die cut is wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Birthday to your Mister.

Diane said...

Happy Birthday to Mister!

I can't stop laughing...this is one funny post. I have a mister that has pants just like that, he says they are the envy of everyone because they are totally in fashion. Well I am not so sure but he does wear them out to Home Depot and so far no one has seemed to notice.

Great card designs Darnell.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

First of all... The twins look older, but you look the same!!i I raised a son, he is now 34 and STILL cracks up about potty humor ( they never grow up)!!! And what a handsome devil the mister was! Still is in his sexy shorts! Ha! Oh, the most important part, your birthday card is super! I am sure your sweet hubby loved it!!!

Jeanne said...

I too love the card(s) you made for your hubby and for Bev. Also, enjoyed the pictures of your family. I grew up with twin girls next door and we wanted to be triplets so dressed alike when we could talk out parents into it. Anyway, happy late birthday greetings to your Mr. Thanks for the chuckle. Hugs. P.S. I'm a widow - watch out I may come out to CA! (just kidding)

Anne said...

Phwoar! The picture from the past of your Mister - WOW! Darnell my now-ex came earlier this year and collected his two motorbikes. As they had been here a good couple of years after his departure I take it his new partner is not too keen on them and they may have been en route to a new owner. Heh heh heh too bad...

Love both your cards, the bike die looks perfect against the embossed background

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Happy birthday to the Mister! Your blog posts always make me smile, but this one left me laughing! Love all the photos and great cards, too.

Gracie CH said...

Oh my what a delightful post, oh those Great pictures, lovely memorices. Thanks so much for sharing! Your cards are so much fun Darnell! Hugs.

Gracie
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Shona Chambers said...

Good grief, don't worry, even here on the other side of the world my husbands shorts look exactly the same. All of them!! Love the motorbike die and all that embossing. I'm a bikie chick from way back, so totally understand his obsession. And thank you so much for joining in with the special Time Out Challenge for Bev. I haven't seen those dolls for years. I used to have a book about Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Anne and loved it to death. Such wonderful memories....

Vicky Hayes said...

Ahhh, what a lovely post Darnell. Armfuls of babes is definitely my happy place! Love the cards, especially the one you made for the Mister and, having seen that photo, I'm beginning to think that you didn't in fact marry the Mister because of his interesting way of buttoning his shirts! Vicky x
PS Eek! beware the roaming pack of chihuahuas!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, Darnell, as always I have so enjoyed this post of yours!!! You just have a way with words, I love!!!
What beautiful photo's of you and the twins and they are very identical, hey!! I've also got an identical twin sister but she and her family are in Australia!!!
So delighted to see that the twins don't have to dress the same - my sister and I hated that, but my mum always had us dress the same till we were nearly teenagers!!! That was terrible!!!
Oh, and before I forget - happy birthday to the Mister - I love the card you have made for him!!
I have to say, he is a handsome guy!! And it seems as if all men are the same, hey - clinging to clothes that had to be thrown away ages ago!!!
Love your super cute card for Bev, too!! Those two little fellows are so sweet dressed in their red, white and blue outfits and I love those eyes!!!!!
What a hilarious inside for the card by Henry!!!
Have a lovely day!!!

Bobby said...

Are your mister and mine related? Ken has a pair of shorts just like that. In fact he asked me the other day to put some "stitch wittchery" (a bonding tape) between the layers of his hem so they wouldn't fray anymore. He rides his bike everyday and people often comment on seeing him. I just hope they don't notice the rips and holes in most everything he wears. Good thing they both clean up well. lol

Love all the pictures. You haven't changed a bit. Love your cards, too. EzPZ is a great way to go. Still laughing, Bobby

Stamping With Bibiana said...

always a pleasure reading you! the photos are wow, such great memories! hugs bibiana

OH Babs said...

Great photos of the handsome men in your life. The motorcycle card is perfect. I agree those shorts look dumb, but that is a guy thing. My mister has a pair of jeans that have unsightly holes and I placed them behind his clothes hamper next to the wall - he doesn't miss them. Probably a good thing it is still hot outside.

Charlene said...

Happy Birthday to Mister!! I sure enjoyed all your pictures and LOVE both cards, especially the two boys stamped twice with the sentiment :-) I always enjoy your blog Darnell and as for the shorts, I don't know...it's a guy thing?

Geri said...

OMG girl...you are hilarious!!! And yep - your Mister is one cool guy letting you snap these pics. But in reality, he likely REALLY does think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the belt or the hole affected shorts!

Awesome cards! I love the pop of the white wheels on the navy-purple-ish base! Really does show off the embossing folder well!

And the two Raggedy Andy cards are absolutely sweet as pie! What a great idea!!!

Awesome pics of the twinks. And...I'm sure every single one of us who saw the young Mister, has that image burnt into our brains! Serious eye candy like that tends to linger....

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous cards, both of them and as always I really enjoyed reading your post. You remind me of Erma Bombeck, I miss her! Great card by the grandson too, I think he got your funny jeans (which is probably better than your husbands shorts), lol. You have this effect on me, I just cant resist the chance to pun you back. ~Diane

Miriam Prantner said...

You make me laugh! And the hubby is obviously a great sport, I am sure he's going to love his motorcycle card! Love the pics of you and the grandsons through the years too!

Jacquie Southas said...

Belated happy birthday to your Mister - love that motorcycle die cut! Great photos - awesome bowtie on the first day of school and keeping it real with Mister's garage ensemble. My DH has his special garage clothes too and I LOL when I discover he's popped out to Home Depot wearing them. I'm pretty sure he's never used a robe belt with shorts, but it would probably be too bulky with the fanny pack clipped around his waist.

Vickie Z said...

Girl- you just make me happy!! Got the sentence, happy birthday to mister, love the cards, love the pics, and yes, I understand and live with the same shorts problem- well, maybe minus the belt!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Oh Darnell - the photos of you with your twin Grandsons are just adorable, and how elegant you look too!
I think someone said "phwoar" to the photo of your handsome Mister, and I would like to second that sentiment! Happy Birthday to Mister too!
Oh yes - the cards (almost forgot after looking at that photo of Mister for a few hours)! Love the twins - they are definitely cuddly! (congrats. to Bev), and the bike card is awesome.
Thank you for joining in the fun once again at ATCAS - its a pleasure to read your Posts!
Sylvia xxx

Jessi Fogan said...

Happy birthday, Mister! Phoophoophonalia is definitely a term I'm picking up. Your babies are all so handsome, with such great smiles. And what a sport the Mister is, letting you mock him :) Mine quite often says "You'd better not put that on Facebook or your blog!" The bathrobe belt is smashing :)

Barb Ghig said...

OMG, Darnell!!! You have really out-done yourself today! Firstly, I really love your B-Day card for the Mister! The motorcycle is perfect, and I love the simple, embossed background...such a great masculine card! Your twins card for Bev is so sweet, too! I'm sure she's going to love it :)

Thanks so much for sharing all of these great pics with us! You always know how to make us smile...of course, my fave is the two that were taken of you holding the twins when they were babies...so darling! And the Mister's belt? Too FUNNY!!! I hope he had a very Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing another really FUN post with us...You're the BEST!

Deepti said...

Belated birthday wishes to your mister !!! I must say he is no less than a hero in his photo !! I would definitely have had a crush on him, if I was there at that time LOL :) sweet cards you made ! I have a request to make could u also share ur photo with him at that time. Seeing u today, U look gorgeous, just a curiosity "how pretty u might have been at that time?" Hugs!!

Valerie Nolan said...

Great post Darnell, very funny and definitely can relate to the clothing issues!! love the card for Mister, great ef and perfect with the addition of Karen's motorbike:) Wonderful photos of the twins too!
Val x

Leslee said...

Two fab cards!! The motorcycle die would be very popular around here! Happy Birthday to the Mister!

Mike said...

The perfect CAS birthday card for hubby! Love the background! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players!

Carol Cel said...

I loved this post, Darnell. All the photos were fabulous -- great trip down memory lane. As to your Mister -- they all have their quirks. Gotta love them anyway! Hope you both had a great day.

Jen W. said...

Wow the Mister's bike is bad ass!! Do you have a matching leather outfit for being his biker chick? Although after looking more closely that Beemer doesn't have much room for two. The original Honda looks like it was slightly more conducive to biker cuddling…
And both the cards are fab. Awesome motorcycle die cut and those Raggedy Andy dolls are too cute!

stampwithsandy said...

I've been following you long enough to know (I think) all your acronyms, Darnell! How scary is that! Love your very manly card, and how manly your man is! Great pics of the twinks, too. So glad you played along with The Paper Players this week! Hugs :)

JoAnn said...

Love your manly birthday card and motorcycle die-cut. I also enjoyed reading your post. Great photos of the Mister and the twins, and your also. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

Claire Creates Cards said...

Darnell, I love this card for your Mister! He will cherish it! It is perfect! Your twin grandsons are so handsome! I have twin boys. I should say men---they are 34 now. Great memories! Just found your NBUS challenge. Can't wait to play along. I sure have a lot of stamps that would qualify! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

Robyn Oliver said...

Well I needed that...you are an absolute scream Darnell, love you, the "cuddles" part of the post broke me up (your two cards are fabulous too but...) You have handsome men in your life and yes why do they have to wear "those" clothes...mine does it too and I have to be careful to check when we are leaving the house he hasn't something "old, worn, torn, stained" on when I'm all dressy casual. He thinks if I've washed it, it's all good especially because it's on top of the pile. Thanks for making my day and knowing I'm not alone...hugs Robyn

Nancy in Iowa said...

Such a delightful post! And the cards are wonderful too! OH! Those Shorts!!!!

Kelly Latevola said...

Sounds like you have a family full of comedians Darnell! I loved seeing your photos. Happy Birthday to your mister! Your cards are fabulous as always. I love those little Raggedy Andy's. too cute!!

cm said...

Oh, for crying out loud, Darnell..I'm laughing so hard my eyes are tearing up! Good thing my husband (on a zany cycling trip) isn't around, as he'd think I've completely entered Bonkers' Land! Belated Happy Birthday to your Mister (I see why you fell for him...handsome biker dude indeed, back then and now!). Your twins: more handsome every time you share a photo! And the card...and Mister's shorts...and your puzzlement about their 'condition...hahahahahahahahah You ROCK!! Giggle fest recurring...Hugs galore,
~c

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wow! So very beautiful, I love the texture of the first and the cute images of the 2nd. It was fun to get to peek into your beautiful life!

Kathyk said...

Great post Darnell, Happy Birthday to the mister and what a good sport allowing you to show him in all his chihuahua shredded short glory too!!!

Kathyk

Greta said...

Oh boy--you hit my funny bone today, Darnell! Let us know when the widow lady comes by--LOL! Happy Birthday to Kevin--seriously, he's a keeper as you obviously know. Our anniversaries are almost exactly 10 years apart--Sept is a great month! Almost forgot--2 great cards--bet Kevin loved his!

Taunya Butler said...

Love the sharing of the pics!! Awesome! The birthday card with the embossing folder and diecut motorcycle is really awesome!! I love that ef! What a cute card for the twins of Bev's! Well done and I think you are fantastic!!

Helen F. said...

Well, it looks like I'm waaay late for this party (commenter #117).
Anywho, LOVE your sense of humor, Darnell and this great post. Beautiful family photos, the twins are so handsome and the baby pics are precious.
Happy Belated B-Day to Mister. I want you to know he has the same pair of shorts my husband wore until the tears in the legs reached beyond the point of wearing them outside or inside the house~just sayin' that could be 'filling in the blank' ;-)
BTW, great cards!

Brenda said...

First off a Happy Brithday to the Mister, who I must say looks as handsome today as he did way back. I love the pics of the twins and you when they were little, their eyelashes are amazing-why is it all the guys get the best eyelashes?! I love the pic of the twins with their Papa too. Now I love, ove his card you made him. My son loves his motorcycles too, so I will have to CASE this card! The card for the twins is just too cute! I think the Mister must have borrowed clothes from my hubby. lol I love his tan legs and then his white feet and ankles. My hubby has a farmer's tan and his hobby is...yep you guessed it, his tractors. Yeah, I though his tractor was sexy! lol I'm even crazy about his farmer's tan. What is it with their clothes now?! I just told hubby today that he'd better go get some decent pants or I wasn't going any where with him anymore. lol Glad to see that I'm not alone in this clothes stuff. Hugs, Brenda

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I don't know where to start with this post... I think the pecs! That's a great place to start. After all that man's sheet don't stink; I hear it right from your grandson himself.

As for the cards... boy oh boy, two boys at once. My friend once said the problem with having twins is they outnumber you. oh my! And the motorcycle card is quite nifty too.

About the packs of marauding chihuahuas... I have a cat who could take them on and keep your hubby's shorts safe from harm.

Love the bathrobe belt. I always say I don't have a belt but now I realize I DO! Thanks for this fashion tip so I don't have to share my plumber's crack with the world. ;-)

Kim S said...

My husband's shorts look JUST like that!! And he wears them in PUBLIC!! (Although I don't think I've ever seen him use the belt from his robe!) I love his card - perfect without phoophoophanalia. My husband wanders by my desk every time that I am there and says "too much bling" even when there is nothing even resembling bling out on my desk.

Lyndal said...

LOVE, LOVE that motorcycle Darnell!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mister & let's just hope you don't run out of milk whilst he's in his "work gear" LOL! I must admit my hubby's work gear looks much the same, though we don't have a garage, just a carport ;)
Thank you for playing along with Keep It Simple, hope to see you again soon!