Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The weather was perfect. I packed a little picnic and away we went. I'd guess that there was close to 500 people there.
Grandma Barb and Jenny
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Product: Papers- Jenni Bowlin, Jillibean Soup, Cosmo Cricket. Alphas- Heidi Grace, Scenic Route. Labels- Scenic Route
Saturday, June 26, 2010
*Loves her Mama. She just lights up when she hears my voice. I LOVE it.
*Weighed 17 lbs and was 25.75 inches at her 4 month appointment. She's a long kid.
*Falls asleep on her own around 7 p.m. and sleeps until 6 a.m. So nice.
*Now takes all her naps in her crib. A very nice change. I haven't needed the wrap in weeks.
*Is eating cereal and just started some veggies this week. I think her older sisters are more jazzed about it than she is.
*Sticks her tongue out like a little lizard.
*Loves to laugh for Dad. Or when Scout gives her zerberts on her belly.
*Rolls over both ways but prefers to scoot around on her back in a circle.
*Wearing 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers
*Is a very smiley baby. You just want to smooch on those cheeks.
*Still sucks her thumb
*Bennet likes to tell everyone she meets that she has a cute little sister named Ellie.
*Scout calls her Goose.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I love that I was able to complete 5 layouts. One for each of the girls plus one for me :)
TITLE: We Call You
Journaling: At 4 months you already have nicknames that will stick.
TITLE: Right Now
Journaling: Losing baby weight. Singing along to the GLEE soundtracks, Addicted for Facebook, Drinking Summer Shandy, Still pondering the meaning of the LOST finale. Loved that show, Kissing on Ellie, Reading 'The Girl Who Played With Fire', Excited for Brett & Caitlyn's wedding, Looking for a job, Wishing for a lazy, memorable summer.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
On the way there Bennet pointed out a big rainbow over Lake Wausau. It was so colorful. She said, "Mom- where's the unicorn at the end of the rainbow? I want to slide down into the money and see the unicorn" No idea why she thinks there is a unicorn there.
At the store she picked out Rainbow stickers and that sealed it- today was going to be Rainbow Day.
By the time we got home it was sunny. Go figure. After lunch the big girls had giant lollipops. Sticky gooey messes. (I need to modify my camera because all the photos are fuzzy. Weird!)
I did this one
And then- as if that wasn't enough- we played outside some more. AND we went to Grandma Sweeney's for a quick picnic dinner with my nieces Mallory, Meghan and Morgan. Too much fun!!
TITLE: I Simply Adore You
Journaling: Your eyes up to the sky taking it all in. 04/10
Product: Jenni Bowlin alphas, American Crafts alphas, October Afternoon papers and journaling spot, Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Monday, June 21, 2010
Scout has heard me call Ellie a 'silly goose'. Now she just calls her Goose. The other morning she went into her room and said, "Hi Goose- good morning" I think it could be a nickname that sticks.
Journaling: There is no denying that Scout is your biggest fan. Your constant. Always kissing, hugging and patting your tummy. You are her baby Ellie goose and she loves you.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
It took Scout awhile to warm up to getting wet but once she did it was hard to get her to slow down. Total goober.
I have no idea where this came from. They NEVER want to hold hands but for some reason today they were inseparable.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
A day when all the kids behave. A day where laughter and smiles are more common than negotiations and ultimatums.
Today was the perfect day. And the scrapbooker is happy to say that I don't have one photo to show for it. I was just enjoying the time together as a family.
The big girls sleep past 7 a.m. (a true rarity) and I had the chance to crawl into the lower bunk and snuggle with Scout. She gave me kisses and made funny noises with my mouth.
We loaded up the double stroller and the whole family walked to the Farmers Market in the sun. It isn't too hot and there is a nice breeze.
After the Farmers Market we walked up to the Mint Cafe for brunch. The wait staff adore the girls and the food is amazing as always. Can't beat pancakes and coffee.
Ellie sleeps. Ellie smiles. Ellie rolls with the punches.
On the walk home Nick had Bennet on his shoulders-
Dad- "Bennet you have a bony butt"
Bennet- "No Dad- I have a cute little butt"
Naps, naps, naps.
A trip to Target to get new hand weights and a scale. Two things needed to keep our new exercise regimen going.
An impromptu dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. Or as Scoutie says, "Bubalows". Great service which made the whole event wonderful.
Dinner without tears or screaming.
As we got into the car after dinner the song "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain and Tenille was on the radio.
Me- "Oh Bennet- I love this song"
Bennet- "Does it make you fall in love with Dad?"
Me- "Yes- it does"
Bennet- "Then kiss him Mom"
So I did. And the girls smiled and giggled.
And then- when it couldn't get any better we came home and Scout said. . .
Scout- "I have to go poop on the potty"
Me- "For real?"
And she did. And we cheered. And we danced and we high fived! And we put stickers in the book and had a treat.
Bennet got her special books to read. And then she said, "Mom- let me get your camera- now where is it?" A girl after my own heart.
So no matter how crazy and out of control tomorrow will inevitably be I can remember that today it was pretty darn perfect. Today was a day that reminded us why we do it.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Me: "Bennet, what's Scout's middle name?"
I guess we do call her Scout Monster on a pretty regular basis. :)
TITLE: Our Lil Monster
Journaling: the face, the growl, the total craziness
Product: Sassafras Lass paper, Doodlebug Designs alpha, Pink Paislee alpha
Journaling: It started with kitty boots and grew into an obsession. Worn with pants & skirts. Every season of the yr. Swampers to the park & grocery store. A constant favorite in your fashion arsenal. 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
On Monday morning we were up bright and early. We went to pick strawberries at Mike's Berries in Merrill. Since we had an early spring the picking season is earlier too. Perfect timing!
I also made a pan of these brownies with this frosting. So fudgy and minty!!
Then to top off the day Nick and I were able to sneak out for a drink- just the two of us. I think it was the first time that happened since Ellie was born. We went to the Great Dane for a beer. I love their microbrews. Former Badger and Heisman winner Ron Dayne happened to be in town for a Charity Golf Outing and came in for a beer. It was really cool to see him.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Here are two layouts I made for my challenges.
TITLE: Be Happy
Journaling: That smile gets me everytime. be adorable. be cute. most of all just be you. Product: October Afternoon patterned paper and journaling spot, American Crafts alpha
Journaling: Your face says it all- so much fun in the sweet, sweet summertime. July 09
Friday, June 11, 2010
I actually printed three copies of this photo since I'm planning to make a page for each of the girls albums.
TITLE: Good just got Great
Journaling: Just when I thought life couldn't get any sweeter- there you are making it great.
Product: Cosmo Cricket patterned paper and tiny alphas, American Crafts rub ons
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The big girls love the indoor play center. Probably because they are both monkeys and I let them climb all over the soft equipment.
I have to admit the mall has one thing that I LOVE- the photo booth. I am such a sucker for photo booths. To me it's the best $3 you can spend. This particular booth is in need of an ink refill but it was still fun. Our first shots with Ellie :)
Next week we'll be working on Father's Day projects. But can anything top last years pink painted kleenex holder? I think not.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I'm happy to announce that I made the team!!! Starting in June I'll be working with their monthly embellishment kits. I am excited and ready for the new challenge!!
Here is the layout I submitted.
TITLE: Strike a Pose
Journaling: "Look at me Mom I'm a model" You love making faces for me to take photos of. How can I resist? 03/10 Product: Bazzill Kraft, October Afternoon patterned paper and journaling spots, Jillibean Soup alpha, Doodlebug Designs alpha
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
When my sister Katie got married (nearly 5 years ago- WHAT?) she made her bridesmaids these super funky flipflops with water balloons tied to the straps. I wore mine as soon as photos were done and continue to wear them on a regular basis. I dig em.
The girls LOVE mine and wanted a pair of their own. I picked the flipflops up at JoAnn.
Of course I bought a pair to make for myself but I can't feel my thumb after tying balloons on 4 sandals tonight. The girls did help speed things along by bringing me the correct color.
An inexpensive, quick and colorful project- perfect for the sunnier days of summer.