Saturday, July 31, 2010
I came up with the idea of reading a book to her during Quiet Time. Not the classic bedtime picture books but a chapter book. I wasn't necessarily looking to teach her to read but searching for something to keep her occupied and perhaps make her think a little.
Each afternoon we snuggle up on the couch or in our bed to read. It's become a special time for just the two of us. Sometimes we'll read a couple of chapters and then nod off to sleep for a couple minutes.
We just completed our first book, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Bennet would often stop me to ask questions. "Mom, what's a sheepfold? What's axel grease? Who taught Charlotte to spell? Why is Avery taking a shotgun on the school bus?" (Not kidding about the last one- pg. 7. He grabs a doughnut and his shotgun and then boards the bus. Only in 1952.)
Once we finished the book I got the movie from the library. My favorite comment from Bennet during the movie was "Mom, Charlotte died. But look- her babies will keep Wilbur company and he won't be sad anymore. Isn't that nice?"
On a side note I have to once again praise our local library. I am a voracious reader and am hopeful my children will be as well. Being able to utilize our library for books, storytimes and videos is such a wonderful thing.
I think our next book will be The Boxcar Children or Stuart Little. Any other suggestions?
Friday, July 30, 2010
It's a dedicated time every month for you to get together to be creative, challenge one another, and get that scrapping done.
I am hosting a challenge this month inspired by the backbone of the ScrapFreak Kits- EMBELLISHMENTS!!
I used 6 different types of embellishments on this layout-
TITLE: (no title)
Journaling: It's a girl thing & a Scout thing. A little girlish frill paired with tomboy touches
Product: Cosmo Cricket paper, October Afternoon paper & label, Scenic Route chipboard, American Crafts brads, KaiserCraft pearls
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I checked out a couple camping books from the library for the occasion.
As we were falling asleep Scout asked to go inside to her bed because she was scared. I pointed out that it was exactly the same in the tent. She had her pillow, blanket and Rhino plus the bonus of me in the middle. Once she was reassured she was out like a light.
Monday, July 26, 2010
*Is packing away the food. I overheard someone at my parent's cabin say- "That sweet girl never skips a meal" Too true! Bananas are her favorite!
*Is just a happy, smiley baby.
*Wearing 9 month clothes (getting snug) and size 3 diapers (same here)
*Still sucks her thumb and fingers. I wonder if she's working on teeth.
*Scout loves to go into her room in the morning and say "Good morning Goose"
*Bennet loves to pick out her food at mealtime- "Hey mom- how about squash for lunch?"
*Scout is still her BIGGEST fan. There is rarely a moment of peace for Ellie when Scout's around. Constantly talking, touching and basically getting in her face. Not fun- but we're working on it.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Hit the Road
TITLE: Love with all my heart
Journaling: Just look at my 3 girls. How did I get so lucky?
Journaling: Our honeymoon suited us so well. Saw some sights, drank good beer, took naps and just enjoyed the start of Mr. & Mrs.
(Not in the kit: Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, Basic Grey alpha)
(her shirt has the same words)
TITLE: Life is Sweet
Journaling: Springtime flowers gave you hearts in your eyes. You would pick every flower you saw. Even the ones you weren't supposed to. From dandelions to lilacs the case in our kitchen was always filled with the colors and scents of the outdoors. With you
Friday, July 23, 2010
2. I do my best to live in and appreciate the moment
3. Upon reflection I may not have gone quite so short with my latest haircut
4. Bennet and Scout are off to MN for Camp G&G for quite a long time. (ok- only a couple days)
5. Later, you wake up and wonder where the days have gone so fast
6. I love my family to the far and boundless sea.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to an evening out with Nick to celebrate my friend Jess's birthday, tomorrow my plans include dropping Ellie off at Mark & Sara's so Nick and I can head to Madison for our friend Brett's wedding - no kids!! and Sunday, I get to sleep in
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I've been looking for suitable rocks for a month without any luck. While we were at the cabin last weekend I saw some nice, flat rocks that would work perfectly. Thank you Poor Lake!!
Bake rocks in a 350degree oven for 15 minutes.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I get all three kids through the parking lot and walk up the hill to the gate. Of course I forgot that I'd have to pay admission for myself. A whole whopping dollar. Did I bring my wallet? Nope. Schlep the kids back down the hill so I can get my wallet. Only then do I remember this conversation from earlier in the day- Me: Scout, what are you doing? Scout- Taking your money from your wallet for my piggy bank. Me: Ok.
Needless to say I had no cash or change in my wallet. And I was only able to scrounge up 95cents in the car- with pennies. Unwilling to re-load the kids in the car to drive to an ATM I figured they'd just have to take what I had. They happened to have an extra nickel- whew!!
Bennet jumped and jumped and jumped. Our daycare provider Amy's twin daughters Madison and Bailey came to join the fun.
Scout is all about the snacks.
Scout and Bailey
Bennet and Madison (I'm proud that I can tell them apart)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Since our backyard was a pond we kept it simple tonight. MOVIE NIGHT!! Last night the girls and I watched Spiderman. Bennet asked to watch Spiderman 2 tonight.
Here is some Bennet commentary-
Dad- that's the Green Goblin. He died in Spiderman1- this is Spiderman 2
Hey wait- I've seen this before. A long time ago. I remember those pizzas
B- Hey Dad- what's his name? (Pointing to Bruce Campbell)
His name is Bruce.
B- I'll call him Red Mark as a nickname
(thinking thinking). No B- his name isn't bruise it's Bruce.
Shoot your webs Spidey!! Shoot your webs. Whew!
Hey Scouty- that's Doctor Octopus. He's the bad guy in this one.
Ellie- look at those rolls. This kid never skips a meal.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This was a really fun technique. I used various border punches of kraft paper and put it on kraft paper. A little tone on tone action. And in rare form I didn't do any journaling. I thought the picture could stand on it's own.
Product: Bazzill Kraft, Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, Pink Paislee chipboard alpha, Heidi Grace alpha
Sunday, July 11, 2010
TITLE: No Words
Journaling: Sometimes I look at you - that face & my heart just swells and there are Product: Making Memories paper, October Afternoon paper, alpha and journaling spots.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
This week Kim and I are hosting the Storytelling Challenge.
For some reason summertime makes me reminisce about my life and childhood more than any other season. I find myself remembering all these weird random memories. Call my sisters saying, "You remember how Grandma always wore fushia. It was her signature color" or "I remember our dog Mandy always doing three spins before laying down. Her signature move"
This weeks Storytelling topic will be 'Your Signature'. The story behind your signature recipe, article of clothing, or style. The story behind a familiar tradition or haircut. It doesn't have to be about you personally. Think about your extended family, kids, pets, and so on.
Here is my sample all about my signature comfy outfit.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
If I can help it I don't like having posts without photos. So here are two recent layouts I created at the TGIF Crop at ScrapFreak.
TITLE: Ring Around the Rosie-We all Fall Down
Journaling: Ah! To be 2 1/2 & carefree. Round you go with your new friend Brett. Summer 2010
Used a Sketchy Thursday sketch. Product: Scenic Route Garden Grove paper, Scenic Route alpha
TITLE: Berry Patch
Journaling: Our first time picking berries. You both dug in like old pros & we came away with a flat of red, plumb berries. june 2010
I cut and pieced the big strawberry together. I wish the glittery yellow letters showed up better but oh well.
Product: Cosmo Cricket paper, Jillibean Soup journaling spot, Doodlebug Designs alpha, Colorbok alpha