Monday, August 30, 2010
Over the years some of us have been in each others weddings, added children, gotten married and become family. I think it's a testament to both UWEC and APO that after all this time we still keep in touch.
A year and a half ago a dear friend of mine from college passed away suddenly. While at his wake his friends decided that we would gather every year in Eau Claire on the 1st Sunday in August to celebrate his life. This year was the 2nd Annual Jason Yarrington Memorial GetTogether.
These photos are from this year's event.
TITLE: They Are
Journaling: I wrote little descriptions about my friends and put them around the photos. ~family, coworkers, roommates, APO, road trips, Water St., hookups, headbands, sister, uwec, cubemates
Design Notes: I uploaded 45 photos into Picasa and made them into a thumbnail sized collage on an 8 x 10 print.
Friday, August 27, 2010
TITLE: Walking on Sunshine
Journaling: All smiles at the Splash Pad. 06/2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
- Ellie continues to make us smile everyday. She is just a happy, content baby. It's impossible not to smile when you're around her. I love that she is such a "go with the flow" baby. It makes our family schedule run smoother.
20 lbs. 4 oz. weight, 28 in. (97%)
Sleeps about 12 hours a night. 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Wearing 12 month clothes
Size 4 diapers
Loves to play with plastic spoons and crumpled paper.
Is starting daycare next week.
Trying very hard to crawl. She'll get up on her knees and scoot around.
Still loves the exersaucer
Has fun splashing in the bath and playing with her feet
Giggles when Bennet sings to her "Coochie coochie coo"
No teeth but very drooly
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
TITLE: The Half of It
Journaling: Halfway through your 1st year. 20 lbs. 4 oz. 28 inches 17 1/2" head
TITLE: Red, White & You
Journaling: Looking cute is stars & stripes to celebrate the 4th of July. Wahkon 2010
Design Notes: I took the star hat pin, dipped it in glue and then dipped it into red glitter.
TITLE: We always have Laughter
Journaling: I love how you make me laugh no matter what life throws at us.
Design Notes: I didn’t have a dry paint brush and I’m impatient so I used crumpled tissue paper to dab the paint on. Getting the twine through the buttons can be a bit tricky so I took some tape and made an aglet on the end. You know- those things on shoelaces. Don’t you watch Phineas and Ferb?
TITLE: School Girl At Last!
Journaling: Supply Stock Up- You were so ready for 4K. I had so much fun school shopping with you. You picked out a purple kitty backpack & a box of crayons. Some glue sticks. markers & pencils. You still want your "noisy shoes" but for now you're set for the 1st day of school. Finally!
Design Notes: I took the larger chipboard buttons and covered them with paper. I also cut the blue tab off the post it and put it behind the pull out card.
Our first stop was the milking barn. We were able to see all 65 cows during their evening milking. I had alot of fun talking with Jess's Dad Rick about the cows. My family has always been big milk drinkers and I loved learning a little more about the process. It makes me appreciate it more.
This calf is less than 24 hour old. How cool is that? Time to feed the baby calf.
We got to check out the corn field too. The weather this summer has made the corn far taller than usual. The girls and Trevor. Shortly after I took this photo Bennet tackled him and all 3 of them toppled over.
And it kept getting better. Jess's brother Joe took the girls on a tractor ride. Look at the size of those tires! Scout is an excellent driver.
As if that wasn't enough Trevor had one last surprise. His grandpa and him have constructed an amazing train set in an outbuilding. I was blown away. Trains looping past each other over bridges and through mountains. Scout was mesmerized. She just kept moving around the tables soaking it all in. It's rare to hear her be so quiet.
We ended the night with some John Deere fruit snacks. You know how they love the fruit snacks. "Mom- I'm eating a tractor!!"
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Journaling: Oh Scout- you certainly are the best kind of trouble. Absolutely crazy, happy, adventurous and always trying to figure things out. You have the best laugh. It is loud, hearty, and 100% genuine.I hope that as you grow up you will stay as unique as you are now. Summer 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
They have 16 rides. There were only 3 rides that the girls were too short to ride. Even better is the fact that tickets cost 25cents a piece. Most rides are 1 ticket but never more than 2. Can't beat that! Scout literally said, "weeeeeeee" on the swings.
Friday, August 20, 2010
1. Laughter always makes me feel better.
2. "I think I'll" are the three words that started off the last email I sent.
3. What I'm most looking forward to today is reading my book (The Passage) tonight before bed.
4. Ellie puts a smile on my face.
5. Where in the world did we get so many kids clothes? Three kids equals bins and bins of clothes in every size.
6. All three kids napping at the same time today is just what I needed!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to unpacking my scrap stuff from last nights crop, tomorrow my plans include yard work and Sunday, I want to keep the girls from combusting while waiting for Grandma Mary Ella to arrive.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Recently I was looking at my giant pile of ribbon that I've accumulated for scrapbooking. I rarely use it anymore. It just sits there taking up space. Then I had my lightbulb moment- making some cute hair accessories for the girls.
I purchased 5/16 wide dowels and cut them to 12" in length. Pin the ribbon to the end and wrap. I baked them on a cookie sheet in the oven for 20 minutes at 200degrees. Let cool and unwrap.
While our ribbon was curling the girls painted. They LOVE to paint. Scout's usually ends up as something abstract (read: total mess- but hey, she's not quite 3). Bennet has really started to become more particular. Mixing shades, staying in the lines, wanting it to be just right.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This week we went to the Woodchucks Game and to Toy Story 3 too. We've been busy!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Many times when I sit down to start a layout I go to my scrap paper pile first. One of my favorite things to do is use my patterned paper scraps to the very edge of their life. Gather similar colored papers and get to work.
Challenge- Create a layout using 10 unique patterned papers. If you want an extra challenge try to use at least 5 manufacturers. Head to ScrapFreak to post!!
TITLE: Hey Brown Eyes
Journaling: One of my favorite things about you is your dark brownish hazel eyes. 06/10
I used 7 paper manufacturers- October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Scenic Route, Jillibean Soup, Crate Paper, Bella Blvd and Creative Imaginations.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We started with Candy Land. Scout was blue this game. As you can see she got the special ice cream cone card and zoomed to the top. This is the reaction of a winner. "Whoo Hoo"
(Charity- It was so good! I'm afraid I've found a new vice)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
6 days ago I accepted a position at the YWCA- Wausau as the Marketing/Communications & Fundraising Director. I am so excited! It's as if the position were tailor made for me. I am thrilled to be working for an organization that shares similar goals and philosophies that I do. I start Sept. 7.
I feel very blessed to have found a job that I'm excited about. It's really tough out there.
It has been a whirlwind year. Spending loads of time with Bennet and Scout. Welcoming Ellie to the world and our family. Trying to keep ends meeting. Nick working extra hard to make that happen. Enjoying lazy days. Adapting to being a SAHM for the first time.
I have loved being home with Ellie for the first 7 months of her life. I only had 6 weeks with the big girls and have been spoiled. I will always look back on my year of unemployment with mixed emotions but am ready for the next challenge.
Monday, August 9, 2010
I made this paper bag mini to highlight Bennet's special relationship with her Uncle Matt or as she calls him- Uncle Beer.
Although it doesn't have a lot of journaling I did a little interview with her about her thoughts on Matt and included her words. I will be adding additional photos and journaling into the pockets as time goes by.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I am a firm believer that the story behind the photos is just as important as the photos themselves. My challenge to you this month is to create a page with at least 60 words of journaling. It's as simple as that. I know it will be hard for some of you- but I'm pushing the envelope! Handwritten or computer journaling is fine. Get over there and get to it!!
TITLE: I love you I love you I love you
Journaling: I'm not going to lie. At 4 1/2 you test my patience daily. I try not to yell, but I do. You are a great kid but I wish you could listen more. But no matter how much we clash I love you for who you are & who you're becoming. You and I will have our moments but we'll always have each other.
Product: October Afternoon paper & alpha, Maya Road rub on, Heidi Grace rub on, Cosmo Cricket alpha
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This month the push is to get you to document those special memories! This means thinking, planning a bit, and journaling. But it does not mean things have to be serious or deep. Its any memory that you really been wanting to document and are willing to take the time to really capture the details or emotions around it.
Details of the Class
The main focus of the class is the topic - cherished memories. Your host, Bree, will post lots of ideas on several topic areas to get you thinking. Then you have the month to decide what memories you want to document.
I provided a sample for the prompt- PLACE. As soon as I saw the list of prompts I knew I wanted to document what the cabin means to me.
TITLE: This Place
Journaling: It’s the place that I fell for Nick when we started dating. It’s the place that I found out I was going to become a Mom for the 1st & 3rd time. The place that I unplug & escape to. It’s the place that makes me slow down & soak up my family. The place that holds some of my fondest memories of the last 9 years. The cabin is so much more than just a place. It’s an
integral part of the story of us. it’s the place.
Product: Bazzill Kraft, Cosmo Cricket paper, October Afternoon paper and alpha, Heidi Grace rub on, American Crafts brads
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I set the girls up with a bucket full of goodies to use on their sticks- googly eyes, bling, glitter, ribbon, colored pencils, markers, feathers. . .