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!
“Tis the season. Tis the season. Tis the season …” chants my little one.
I love this time of year. I especially love documenting our December Daily stories. This year, I am really focusing on documenting one story per day with just a few photos I love. I am also continuing with Project Life this month (although it seems like I’m over documenting – ha!) but am capturing a different part of our day there. I am really trying to keep things simple and my time is limited. The volume of grading I have piled on my desk seems to grow taller with each passing day because I’d rather be documenting our story than grading my students’ papers.
Here’s a look our first week of December. I quickly took the photos this afternoon with my iPhone – not super happy with the images so I will take better photos later this week.
Day 07 – Samuel turned 34 months! Can’t believe he will be three in two months! We celebrated with a trip on the Polar Express to the North Pole. Samuel loved it all — except for the creepy looking Santa. The story of our magical adventure is tucked in the 3×4 pocket. I think this will end up being a four page spread once I get some images from my brother.
I am in love with this project. So looking forward to experiencing and documenting more magical moments this holiday season.
This is my fifth year with this project. The last couple of years were documented with photos and words but I never got around to putting them into a book. I am hoping that this year will be different.
Here’s a look at our Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
All of the images here were taken with my 5D. I find that it is easier/quicker to use my iPhone for self portraits. I have been using my iPhone more and more for this project.
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.