Archive of ‘Family Life’ category
The first two months of the year came and went in a flash. Seriously. And just like that I’m behind on my Project Life album for 2014. I’m on week two folks.
Here’s a take a look at week one of 2014.
I managed to knock out some layouts for Samuel’s year three album.
Samuel started drawing stick people on the whiteboard at 35 months. I love including his artwork in the album.
The Project Life zoo themed cards are pretty awesome — so appropriate for us since we visit the zoo so often.
Things are finally slowing down around here and I am beginning to feel some kind of normalcy. Stay tuned for more Project Life layouts as I get the ball rolling on playing catch up!
Thanks for visiting, friends!
It is 9:30 pm and my boy is still awake — asking for hugs and kisses and stories. I would really like to get some work in — or at least be able to finish my train of thought.
I am sharing my Project Life album from the month of December.Dec 02-08, 2013 | Full spread. I was a little behind in getting the pages done for this month because I spent every evening working on holiday projects and/or December Daily. We gave Samuel a book for each night of Hanukkah. He does not like the jacket covers so I stuck a few of our favorite jackets in a 12×12 page protector. Since I do not do much traditional scrapbooking anymore, I try to use my 12×12 page protectors whenever possible.
Left page, close up.
Right page, close up | Just realized that I need to print a photo for Dec 8. Ha! Thought I was done but it looks like I have a couple of holes.
Dec 09-15, 2013 | Left page, close up. (Looks like I forgot to snap a photo of the full spread for this week.)
I printed my bio from Becky’s blog and inserted it in the 3×4 pocket. This whole thing is RAD.
Right page, close up | Loving the “i love –” cards from the Sunshine Kit.
December 16-22, 2013 | Full spread.
Left page, close up | yep, I got a holiday card from THE Becky Higgins.
Right page, close up | Samuel received his first message from Santa (via Portable North Pole). Pretty cool to see his response to the message. There were brief moments of joy and elation — but it was mostly moments of wonder..
December 23-29, 2013 | Christmas week, full spread.
Left page, close up | I am enjoying Samuel’s stick people. I took a photo of it and made 3×4 tags for gift bags (far left).
Christmas insert, front side | Christmas morning at our house. Page protector from the Just Add Color Kit from HSN.
Christmas insert, back side | We gathered at my mom’s house for Christmas in the afternoon.
Right page, close up | Had a PL crop night with my girls on the 27th. I usually include a photo of all the girls who attend but this photo of Becky was just too funny!
December 30-31, 2013 | We celebrated the last couple days of December with sword fights and a trip to Leatherby’s (our favorite creamery).
2013 Year in Review | Jim and I went through the books (all three of them) and came up with a list of major events, including many firsts. I then selected a photo from each month and included numbers to indicate the months.
And that’s a wrap. Huzzah for 2013!
Huzzah for Project Life! Huzzah for documenting daily stories! Huzzah for 2014 and all the adventures that await us!
We had a memorable Christmas. Samuel insisted that Santa could not come into the house so we left cookies and milk for him outside. Santa left a note on the front porch to look for gifts on the back porch.
Santa brought Samuel a Pony Cycle. He did not show the kind of excitement you would expect from a kid on Christmas morning. Samuel looked at the pony with inquisitive eyes. He wanted to know if it talked — and spent a great deal of time examining it from a distance, looking for buttons and noise making features. Once he was certain that it would not make a sound, he slowly made his way onto the horse and rode it “into the midnight sky.”
One of the best gifts Samuel received on Christmas day was the gift of photos: a book of stories and memories from all of his horse riding experience over the course of this year.
This photo really says it all. He loved the mini-book and spent a good chunk of time looking at it and recalling all the names of the horses he’d ridden over the year.
He was super thankful. This kid really likes hand made gifts.
Here’s a look at his book.
Day 08 | ‘Tis the Season for hand knits. My sister is the expert and her pieces are beautiful. Samuel is the lucky recipient. Day 09 | (Left page) Each evening, he spends time with his beloved Hercules. Tonight, he decided that he’s an elf and that he and Hercules are returning to the North Pole to inform Santa of all that he has seen. Day 10 | (Right page above) Letter to Santa. He scribbled the note and told me what to write. Day 11 | Still in the works. Day 12 | 12 blessings on day 12. I was originally going to do 12 things about him/us right now but I loved Ali’s idea to do 12 blessings idea. Day 13 | The Spirit of Giving — part of his Advent Calendar activities for this year. Now that he’s a bit older and has a better understanding of giving, I decided to add some action advent cards for him to do for others. Tonight, we made stockings and surprised our neighbor. Day 14 | Santa Parade. We love parades around here — we usually have several a week in our own home. So when there’s a parade in town, we make sure to go. I used Ali’s 4×6 Layered Templates, Vol 2 for the photos below.
We have so much to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah.
Sporting his new kicks.
Breakfast. Somebody wanted an almond butter + jelly sandwich for breakfast.
Morning date with the duplo machine.
Fire alarm went off this morning. Made for a poor start to my day.
Desk at lunch. Today’s lesson was on pie graphs, hence the protractor.
Dylan, Ricki + Samuel = best buds.
My tomato plants are out of control.
Enjoying a few new reads tonight.
This little cowboy is just a little over 2.5 years old.
He’s my pal. We spend a wild amount of time together and we enjoy every minute together.
He’s happy, curious and constantly on the move. He reminds me that life is for living.
I’ve never been this close to a horse before him. I have a new appreciation for horses because of him.
I adore him so.
I bought the fabric three years ago with the intent to make a quilt for Samuel. The fabric sat in my closet and this year, it made it to the living room where it sat for most of the year. And then this summer, I put it on my project list.
The design for the quilt came from Rae.
In a couple of nights, I stitched the quilt top. Then it sat for a week because I was nervous about sandwiching the quilt and quilting it myself.
Determined to clean off my kitchen counter (that’s where I do most of my sewing), I sandwiched the quilt in one afternoon while Samuel napped. That same evening, I quilted it — yep, I quilted the entire thang.
After quilting it, I sprayed the quilt with water to remove the pen markings. Bad idea because the red dye bled like crazy — many white sections turned pink!
The next morning, I bound the quilt, sprayed it with OxyClean and threw it into the wash. The thirty minute wash cycle took forever. OxyClean is the miracle stain remover — the white sections came out white!
Here’s the finished quilt:
Front of quilt. Measures 46″ x 46″. I am so in love with it.
The back. I love the colorful strip in the middle.
Close up of the quilting. I love the texture from the straight stitch.
I’m glad the recipient of the quilt loves it too.
It was a super hot and humid Fourth of July here. At some point during the day, the temp was 110°F.
He was a bit overwhelmed at the beginning.
Cowboy boots & long stripe skirt.
He warmed up a bit when he was given the 1st place ribbon for best dressed. We earned a first place ribbon last year too. Go, us!
He’s really into being a cowboy (and knight) so we went with the cowboy theme for the parade.
The original plan was to ride our stick ponies. Good thing I brought along the trike. He was so overwhelmed, he didn’t ride the pony at all.
Love this photo of our family. Thanks Tina.
Thrilled that our friends were able to join us.
The kids were so hot they didn’t want to do anything except drink their Jamba Juice. They hardly moved at all.
He is one very serious cowboy.
Checking on his horses. Love how he treats them and cares for them.
Jim ended up carrying all of the horses — and pushing the stroller.
Happy Fourth of July!
6:30 am :: morning run. 3.25 miles, 38 minutes.
7:30 am :: Breakfast outside while waiting for the garbage trucks. For him, Kix cereal + milk. For me, coffee.
8:00 am :: already on the horse.
9:00 am :: garbage man sighting. Hooray!
Jim working on painting project #2.
9:30 am :: bike ride — on the hunt for more garbage trucks + tunnels.
11:00 am :: dentist office. Preparing the visit with a book. He was very excited about the visit and was happy to have the hygienist check his teeth. He was thrilled at getting a big boy toothbrush + toothpaste.
12:30 pm :: lunch at In & Out.
12:32 pm :: waiting for food. This book is a new find at the thrift store the other day.
1:25 pm :: in search of the perfect cowboy boots for this little cowboy.
1:55 pm :: feel asleep on the way home.
2:10 pm :: prepping a pie.
4:25 pm :: back in the car.
5:30 pm :: conversations with Haley.
6:30 pm :: hanging out with Josh.
9:15 pm :: getting ready for bed.