Week 09 | Feb 24 – Mar 02 (The month of March in photos + words) Week 10 | Mar 03 – 09 Week 10 (Insert) Week 11 | Mar 10 – 16 Week 12 | Mar 11 – 23 (Project Life, Kraft Edition) Week 13 | Mar 24 – 30
Around here, I helped organized the 7th Annual Math and Science Discovery Night. I was thrilled to be able to organize the science portion of the event. Honestly, I’m good at it and it feels good to be back doing something Jim and I started (and love).
Around here, Samuel and I went to Paradise Beach and enjoyed getting sand between our toes, dipping our toes in the freezing water, trying our best to skip rocks and building a lovely little sand castle equipped with a stick-leaf flag. Wednesday afternoons are ours – now and for always.
Around here, we were thrilled with the change in daylight savings. We love the extra hour of light.
Around here, there are lemons and tangerines on our trees. We are drinking lemonade and fresh tangerine juice daily.
Around here, spring has sprung and Samuel’s allergies are worse than ever. We are also noticing a lot of dry spots and bumps on his skin. We can’t figure out what his skin is allergic too.
Around here, Samuel continues to take riding lessons and music classes. He decided that soccer isn’t his sport so quit it in the middle of the season. We are not thrilled that he quit soccer so we continue to have conversations about finishing what we start. It has not worked yet.
Around here, I’m starting an exercise routine (again). My ankle injury has healed and I am ready to shed some pounds.
Around here, Samuel has been eating a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for breakfast every morning.
Around here, I just booked our Disneyland vacation. We are also talking about a couple other summer trips.
Around here, Spring Break is just 9 days away! And summer vacation is 39 days from today. Yippee!
Around here, I am thinking about my garden but I haven’t put my thoughts into action yet.
Around here, we have many unfinished projects. We’re hoping to knock a couple of those projects out during Spring Break.
Around here, I am making smarter financial decisions.
Around here, I am reading Catching Fire (second in the Hunger Game series).
Around here, it feels like winter. I’m really enjoying the much needed rain.
Around here, we are happy. We are having fun. We are thriving. That’s how it should be.
I am experimenting with how to take decent photos of my pages. This afternoon, I found myself using my iPhone for all of the photos in this post. It was way faster — and I didn’t have to fight the glare as much! Interesting, huh? How do you take photos of your pages? Feel free to share your tips in the comments.
Weeks 9 – 13 will be on the blog later this week. Thank you for stopping by!
I remember lying in the hospital bed after giving birth (via C-section after 40 hours of labor — yeah, crazy right?) and the nurse asked me, “Would you like to hold your baby?” Really, all that and she wanted me to hold my baby?!?
I vividly recall my quick snarky response, “How am I supposed to do that?”
She looked at me and said three words. “With. Your. Arms.”
I was in a fog and was numb all over. My response at that point was slow and methodical — “Oh, yessssss. I doooooo have arms. Ok, I’ll hold my baby.” Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with him at that point. He’s here. So now what?
I struggled as a new mother. I questioned myself and everything that I did to care for him. I worried all the time. But he thrived. We thrived. And just like that, he turned three.
We celebrated THREE with a hoe-down at our house. Here’s a look at what went down …
I sent out personalized invites. I spent hours making stick horses and painting cardboard boxes to create an old western town. My sister made the awesome carrot cake.
Products used | Project Life Themed Cards, Celebrate & Coral Edition. Project Life Cut & Paste kit by Amy Tangerine. Studio Calico wood veneer. Word Stickers from Cosmo Cricket.
I’m getting back into the swing of things around here. And it sure feels good. The house is a mess (and so is my work space) but all is good.
Since I’m so behind in this year’s Project Life album, I decided to tackle the present and slowly work my way backwards.
Here’s a look at Week 08 | February 17-23
I went to Portland for a week to help my sister and her husband welcome Bodhi into the world. Bodhi was born on February 16 at 3:57 pm. He was 6 pounds, 2 ounces and 18 inches long. He is little and precious with a fine head of hair. I am excited about being an aunt and Samuel is excited about having a baby cousin. Only thing is — I wish we weren’t so far away.
It was hard to be away from my little guy for a week. Grateful for my brother’s iPad because we were able to FaceTime every night. Not the same of course, but it certainly helped. (For this layout, I used the new Project Life Azure Edition. Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher, but one of my favorite cards is the T-chart card shown above. I used it to compare Samuel and Bodhi at this point in their lives.)
Week 07 | February 10-16
Samuel’s first visit to the dentist was a success. He climbed up on the chair and sat there with his mouth open without any hesitation — this surprised me (and the hygienist). Go, Samuel. Go. (Project Life, Azure Edition)
There were a lot of snuggles and family time this week as I prepared for my week-long trip to Portland.
Week 04 | Jan 20-26
Obviously, I’m not doing things in any order at the moment. Kinda going with what inspires me — and the photos that are speaking to me right now. I remember being really sick this week.
Jim recently made this cross-stitch of our family. I love it so much — makes a perfect addition to my title page for 2014. I used the Martha Stewart Cross-Stitch Family Portrait tutorial to draw the figures and he stitched it up. The Cross Stitch Family Patterns are here.
The page protector came from the Just Add Color Kit on HSN. I love all of the 2×2 pockets. I split the kit with three other friends but am considering ordering one for myself because I want more of those page protectors. They are so fun.
Samuel started drawing people this month. I made an overlay using a couple of his drawings. I look forward to doing this more this year and incorporating more of his artwork into our family book. The 4×6 card is from the Project Life Jade Edition.
I will be using the Project Life Jade, Midnight, Sunshine and Seafoam editions for my 2014 albums (I say albums because I can never fit a year into ONE). The Coral Edition is on its way from Oregon — I decided to split it with my friend and she’s shipping half of the kit to me.
I will be using the We R Memory Keepers 12×12 binder album in black again this year. When I started in 2010, I went with the We R Memory Keepers albums in Buttercup. Unfortunately, last year’s shade of buttercup was more of a pastel yellow so I decided to go with black for our family albums. I figured that black is easy to find — and it’s hard to mess up black. Ha!
Valentine’s week. Enjoyed using Studio Calico’s February kit.
You’ve grown up to be such a big 2-year old boy! I’m so proud of you. I am excited to share one of my favorite books with you. It’s so special to me because when I was a little boy, I would always remind myself “Life doesn’t frighten me at all,” and seeing you enjoy all the little moments in life makes me know, life don’t frighten Sam either! Keep having fun Sammie.
Goodbye 2012 school year. Hello sunshine. Hello summer. Hello play dates + road trips + hikes + bike riding. Hello outside. Hello fresh air. Hello Sacramento heat. Hello friends we haven’t seen in a long time. Hello house reorganization + garage cleaning. Hello summer projects.
We are officially on summer vacation (as of May 22)! We have been cleaning out the garage (and getting rid of stuff on Craigslist + Goodwill). I’ve also been reorganizing my space to make it more functional. I am back on the Green Tangerines Kit Club and look forward to documenting lots of stories this summer (including Week in the Life Projects from summer 2011 and spring 2012).
I learned something yesterday that will increase my productivity with layered templates — especially for the Week in the Life Projects that are on my summer list. I bought several of Ali Edward’s digital templates, but the resizing of photos to make it fit in the layers has been holding me back. I am using Photoshop CS5 and have watched many tutorials — and have been frustrated with all of them because they do not address how to resize photos. Clicking the corner with the move tool does not resize anything! After much frustration, I asked my computer geek (should have asked him months ago) and he figured it out! Before a photo can be resized once it is moved to your layered templates, you need to hit Command-T on the Mac! What the heck? None of the tutorials I watched clued me into that simple command. Was I supposed to know that already?
Once I figured how to use the digital templates, I used Ali’s 2012 Calendar template to make this:
I plan to create photo calendars for previous months and insert them into my Project Life albums and Samuel’s baby books. So excited for summer projects!
Little by little, I’m getting caught up with Project Life. I am working backwards — starting with the current week and then completing a week (or two) at a time. I am feeling pretty good about my progress.
I am embarrassed to admit that I still have to go back to 2011 and fill in a bunch of holes. I’m hoping that will happen sometime this summer.
Here’s a look at Week 07 (February 12 – 18, 2012) ::
Fun week. Jim and Samuel surprised me with a delivery of tulips to my classroom. I’ve received flowers about 5 times in my lifetime — so this came as a complete surprise. When our security guard came in to deliver the tulips, I told him he had the wrong room. He gave me a puzzled look, somewhat embarrassed about possibly bringing flowers to the wrong person and proceeded to walk out with the flowers. As he walked toward the door, he read the “to” card and realized that he had the correct room. What a sweet and awesome surprise.
I’m continuing to keep gas receipts in my book — kinda neat to see the price fluctuations over the course of a year. The “love” card came from Starbucks.
The insert here is just an 8.5×11 sheet protector to hold the card from the flower delivery and Samuel’s card from school. I didn’t do anything with it — just stuck it here and called it good. My Project Life album continues to be a place where I stash things that would otherwise go into a file folder.
Washi tape continues to be a quick go-to product. I love the splash of color that it adds — and the ability to journal right on it.
Week 09 (February 26 – March 3), 2012 ::
Celebrated my mother’s 72nd birthday and another fabulous hand knit sweater from my sister.
Catching up here so I didn’t spend too much time making the pages pretty. Working on getting stuff done.
Samuel received two amazing knits this week — a hoodie and hat. Decided that the hat is a bit girly so we gave it away to a sweet girl who will appreciate it. I have to admit — it is hard to give away her hand knits.
An important week in Samuel’s progress in walking. He walked from his classroom to the car (upper left picture with me) holding onto my finger. His balance wasn’t quite there yet but he was getting so close. And he had the best time with his ba ngoai — he loved that she gave him a taste of her birthday cake.
Week 16 (April 15-21, 2012) ::
Something magical happened right around the time that Samuel started walking. Rather than just walking, he took off running. He’s more verbal (still fixated on the b sound) and communicates his needs fairly well. The infant brain is so amazing to me — he’s picking up information and making connections so quickly. Last night, he used to his finger to motion the movement of the fan and if you listen carefully, it sounds like he’s saying “round and round.”
On Sunday, Samuel found great joy in balancing a book on the table. He was so excited about his new found skill, he clapped for himself. How amazing is that — the boy sensed that he learned something new and clapped for himself!
On Tuesday, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Not because I was tired — I had an icky eye infection. Didn’t realize it at the time but definitely knew that I needed to make an appointment in the morning.
Super excited that I am now able to fit into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes (that’s the black-white photo me above).
Love that the weather around here has been nice enough for shorts and sandals.
This Saturday, we went to a Family Fun Day at Samuel’s school to celebrate the Week of the Young Child. Their theme this week is “The Happiest Place on Earth” so his principal asked me to come in my Minnie Mouse costume.
Starting tomorrow, I will be playing along with Ali in documenting a week in our life. I will be posting photos + words daily so I hope you’ll return this week to check out my posts.