Tulips from my loves. Mother’s Day performance and tea party at his school. He was pretty stoked about giving me the gifts he made at school. New tradition | Friday Family Game Night — all of us at the table, playing games with no technological interruptions. Met some friends at Starbucks on Saturday morning. Took him to the Meet the Machines event in Rancho Cordova. He is in love with fire trucks, garbage trucks + monster trucks. He is really into playing doctor. On Saturday evening, we went to the Dixon May Fair. He was pretty thrilled about driving the monster-sized tractors. The Dixon May Fair turned out to be a total dud. No horses. The most exciting thing there was our shadows. Ha! We waited at the train stop to ride the extremely slow moving train. Waited. And waited. We eventually gave up and left. Mother’s Day breakfast at Lumberjacks. My guys love this place. He is amusing. Made a trip to the store for jam supplies to make mulberry jam. Afternoon run – 3 miles of solitude. He is a joy. Beside him is his pal, Snaky Snake. Snaky Snake is 3 years old and loves to be petted and enjoys swimming in the water. He concocted an entire story about this imaginary snake using Jim’s bathrobe tie and had me pet him. I am in love with this boy. And I think he loves me too. Happy Mother’s Day.
9:15am | Dishes. Samuel pretends to be cowboy Small and rides his horse in a show. I’m asked to be the announcer.
2:18pm | While he naps, I eat a late lunch, unpack groceries and pick up around the house. Call Hobby Lobby to locate the new Project Life Aqua Edition. No luck.
9:15pm | I settle on the couch to record notes + watch an episode of CSI.
10:02pm | Too tired to work. Decide to watch a second episode of CSI.
11:16pm | Off to read + sleep.
As a kid, I remember setting up all the Easter egg hunts for my siblings. It has been quite awhile since then so I feel a bit out of practice.
There has been a lot of talk about the Easter Bunny lately. Samuel is curious about how he works — whether he operates like Santa or not. He woke up this morning forgetting all about Easter and played quietly in his room until about 8 am (so we got to sleep in)! Shortly after 8, I hear his feet pitter-pattering into our room and he announces, “The light is yellow! It is time to get up!” (We use the tot-clock for naps/quiet time and sleep.)
We both tell him that our light is blue and he quickly looks around the room for a tot-clock. He tells us that he doesn’t see a clock but his clock says yellow and it is time to get up.
We slowly make our way out of bed as he returns to his room for some more quiet play.
I walk past his room and say, “Happy Easter. Today is Easter.” He stops what he’s doing and quickly says, “Did the Easter Bunny come to our house?”
The love affair with Legos has begun. I got him a Lego Junior kit and he is enjoying his first build.
We took a break from Lego building to go to the Farmer’s Market. When we returned, he settled in his big boy chair to work on a couple new puzzles. He is now doing 35-piece puzzles with some guidance.
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.
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.
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!
Around here, Samuel is excited about turning 3. He asked his teacher if she’d sing him Happy Birthday on the big day. He told me today that he wants cupcakes brought to school to share with friends but does not want me there.
Around here, I am planning Samuel’s third birthday party. He decided on a cowboy theme so I’ve been busy whipping up stick horses and cutting up boxes for a western town. I love planning his birthday parties.
Around here, my house smells clean because the housekeeper just made her appearance.
Around here, Jim is buried under a pile of math assignments and attends too many parent conferences.
Around here, Samuel is taking riding lessons. We take him every two weeks but I feel like we should be taking him there for observation and exploration on weeks we do not have lessons. He is sometimes distracted by the older riders — that’s because he wants to do what they are doing.
Around here, Samuel is still obsessed with horses. He cares for, rides, races and shows them on a daily basis.
Around here, Samuel enjoys doing puzzles. He completed 13 24-piece puzzles in one day and asked if there were any more. It takes him anywhere between 3.5-5.5 minutes per puzzle depending on the level of difficulty.
Around here, Samuel and I are enjoying our Wednesday afternoon dates. We enjoy playing at the park the most. This afternoon, we had imaginary horses and lead them all over the playground. He is very creative and imaginative. Lots of pretend play happening over here.
Around here, I am reading Hands Free Mama. I am hoping to get through more books this year — actually finish ones I start rather than just starting a bunch and having a pile sitting on my night stand.
Around here, the weather is amazing.
Around here, Samuel asked to go on the swing! This is huge for him.
Around here, I am thinking of ways to get rid of the skunk hanging around in my back yard.
Around here, we are always telling stories. Our car drives and evenings are filled with stories — directed by our one and only Samuel Honey Bear. We are also really into the Berenstain Bears. We love reading the books and watching the cartoon.
Around here, I am working on Samuel’s year three book. He is growing up way too fast.
Around here, I am addicted to pomelo + tajin seasoning. For real.
Around here, I am addicted to thrifting. I find the most amazing toys and books and games and costumes. I love the thrill of the hunt.
Around here, my closets need to be cleaned out. I would like to be able to walk into it sometime soon. Unfortunately, it is not high on my list of priorities right now.
Around here, I have been running and walking an average of 2 miles a day up until a couple of days ago when I got sick. I am coughing a bit and feel a bit drained.
Around here, I feel frustrated with apathetic students. I am letting negative folks weigh me down. It is time for an attitude adjustment — on my part so that I do not feel emotionally and mentally drained by my students.
Around here, I am working on being present.
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.
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.
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..
Christmas insert, front side | Christmas morning at our house. Page protector from the Just Add Color Kit from HSN.
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.
Huzzah for Project Life! Huzzah for documenting daily stories! Huzzah for 2014 and all the adventures that await us!