Archive of ‘Project Life’ category
Around Here is a new addition to my Project Life album this year. It’s a place where I can add additional photos to tell our story.
Around here, we celebrated my mom’s 74th birthday. She is beautiful, strong and independent. I love you, mom.
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, I am bringing back the Vietnamese dishes (specifically, banh xeo and spring rolls) into our weekly meal rotation.
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, Samuel is fascinated by the swing. It’s about time. Ha!
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, I am 3 for 3 for monthly family photos. I’m hoping to get one where we are all looking at the camera.
Around here, we are happy. We are having fun. We are thriving. That’s how it should be.
Last night, I went to our monthly Project Life Crop and got caught up on my 2014 album.
Week 02 | Jan 6-12
Week 03 | Jan 13-19
Week 05 | Jan 27 – Feb 2
Week 6 | Samuel’s 3rd Birthday Celebration (just the three of us).
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.
At three, Samuel is an inquisitive, detailed-oriented, happy, energetic cowboy who has a passion for horses, garbage trucks and stories. He is a problem solver and loves piecing together puzzles.
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.
Because of rain, we had the party indoors. Seven toddlers. Seven stick horses. Nobody tripped. Nobody fell. Nobody cried. It was joyful. Jim and I enjoyed watching him interact with everybody.
I left a basket of blank 3×4 cards out for birthday wishes.
The stick horses and buildings were a hit. They didn’t care about the color station or games I had planned.
He was especially happy because his best friend came for the celebration.
We also had a birthday shindig at my mom’s house the following day for the family.
Great day for all of us.
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.
I love the “I want to remember” stamp and the cards in the Jade, Midnight and Coral Editions.
I have several projects to wrap up around here (including Project Life 2013 and December Daily) but I am really excited for 2014.
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 This is Our Story stamp is from Catslife Press. Definitely one of my favorite stamps. The 4×6 card is from Project Life Midnight Edition.
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.
The 4×6 cards are organized by kit (and theme) here.
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!
Project Life 2013 :: Week 06Spirit week. Samuel turned two.
Celebrated two with family at my mom’s house. We kept it small + simple — and he was thrilled with the entire shindig.
Celebrated two on the actual day at his favorite family creamery — he asked to go there. Also celebrated tet this week.
Plenty of inserts for all the celebrations this week.
Project Life 2013 :: Week 07Samuel got a garbage truck for his birthday. He wanted to go home immediately after school everyday to play with his truck.
Valentine’s week. Enjoyed using Studio Calico’s February kit.
Samuel is now in the Beginners class at school. He had his first class party with Capri Sun + plenty of sweets. He was thrilled to tell me all about it.
Project Life 2013 :: Week 08
Samuel rode the Thomas all by himself on Sunday! He was so serious about it … could not help but giggle a bit at his seriousness.
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.
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All from Hung on Vimeo.
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.
Project Life is awesome.
Even with holes here and there, it is still so dang awesome.
I love using it to document our daily life with Samuel. Each entry is written to him — so that when he has his own kids (or when he’s old and gray), he can look back and see and read about all the wonderful adventures he had with us. I include it all — the good, the funny, the ugly (thank goodness there isn’t much of that) and the embarrassing moments.
He was a good helper for a moment — a very short moment — this afternoon.
He was really interested in looking at photos of his Uncle Hung.
Here’s a look at our week 8 (Feb 19-25).
Fun week around here. I hit my head on a ceramic bird feeder while trying to photograph an active toddler at a birthday party. Ha! — I had to laugh because the only person who got hurt at a one-year old party was me — the grown, yet clumsy photographer.
Samuel loved riding his roller coaster car — yes, the boy has a roller coaster.
And the best part of work was me shrink wrapping a student — see the evidence above.
Visited my mother for her birthday. Samuel had the best time with his Uncle. There were a lot of photos that I wanted to include from our visit with my mom so I inserted a page protector with 2.5×3.5 pockets for smaller photos.
Samuel received a new hand-knit sweater from my sister. I included 2.5×3.5 photos from the photo shoot to the back side of the page protector. I love flipping through the book and seeing all of her hand-knits for him over the course of the year.
This was a huge week for me in running. I ran 12 miles — haven’t ran that much in two years!
I made the decision to print my photos from home this year. It is a bit more costly but I love having the immediate access to the hardcopy of the photo.
There are days when I want to add more than just one photo for the day. I have started resizing the photos so I can get 3-6 photos on a 4×6 piece of photo paper.
It is kinda cool to see what my workday is like compared to my evenings with Samuel.
Week 11 :: March 11 – 17, 2012
The week after two major events — organizing a successful Math and Science Night and running my first half marathon after having Samuel. I spent most of the week in bed. Exhaustion took over and I was not the best mom that week.
Ran my personal best half marathon.
I love adding bits of his artwork. This is his first attempt at using a crayon. Gotta love the firsts.
Week 12 :: March 18 – 24, 3012
This was one of those weeks where I just wanted to get the photos in and the journaling cards done. I find myself writing a lot of little stories about the little man. Lots of words and photos here.
Week 12 :: March 25 – 31, 2012 (Spirit Week)
Spirit Week = FUN week for me at school. I usually have way more fun with it than the kids — but this time, many of my students got into it too. It was a competition among the “homeroom” classes so the kids got a little competitive. Above, you can see us decked out in black for “Black Out Day” and sporting our socks for Crazy Socks Day.
Ummm … that’s me in the polk-a-dot dress and yellow shoes as Minnie Mouse. I found the dress at a local thrift store, spray painted black pumps (also picked up at a thrift store) and borrowed ears from a friend.
And that’s me in the yellow bumble-bee looking outfit — it was “yellow/gold” day for teachers. I was referred to as Ms. Bumblebee by my students.
At the end of the week, I received the award for “Most Spirited 8th Grade Teacher” and “Best Dressed 8th Grade Teacher.” Pretty damn proud of my trophies — which are both displayed on my desk.
Week 14 :: April 1 – 7, 2012 (Spring Break)
Spent the first part of our break in San Francisco with my brother and mother. Samuel loved SF — especially the beach and the busy streets (he loves cars), and his uncle.
I inserted an additional sheet protector (Becky Higgins, Design D) here to include more photos of Samuel’s first trip to San Francisco. I cut 1/3 of it off because I like my inserts to be smaller than my weekly pages.
During this week, somebody also turned 14 months. I decided to add another insert to include my favorite photos of him and a bit of journaling about his growth.
We had one of the best Spring Breaks ever.
I have started printing more 3×4 photos for the 4×6 slots to give me more room for journaling (see above). Plus, it gives me some room for creative mini-layouts. You’ll see more of this in Week 15 (which I hope to get up on the blog sometime on Sunday).
Thanks again for visiting.