Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

It's a family tradition- each kid has to wear the Princess Leia costume. Here is Ellie. Scout wanted to be a purple butterfly this year. She started out wanting to be Spiderman and then did a 180.

Bennet as SuperGirl. I sewed her costume. I don't sew very often so I'm proud of how this turned out. I think she liked it.
Some more of my favorite photos from today.

Friday, October 29, 2010

10 Fun Friday Facts

1. Went out to dinner last night with my mother-in-law and 3 sister-in-laws. Mexican, margaritas (as big as my head) and chat = HAPPINESS.

2. Read 'The Mountain Between Us' by Charles Martin. It was so so. Kind of predictable. Nick is still reading The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

3. Thinking of re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows before the movie comes out on 11/19.

4. On Wednesday I chaperoned the YWCA GIRLS Club Beauty Night at the State College of Beauty Culture. I brought Bennet with me to help set up the food/etc. She did such a great job that she got her hair all curly.

5. She was in her element with the middle school girls. Who doesn't like getting their hair done? Being able to sip juice and eat a cookie while it happens? Bonus!

6. My parents are coming to visit tomorrow. We can't wait!

7. If Grey's Anatomy doesn't end the stupid 'Christina Yang has post traumatic stress disorder and can't cut people' storyline I'm going to jump ship. I'm not a fan of her character to begin with.

8. I put our flannel sheets on our bed. It makes it a little tougher to get out of bed in the morning but they sure are wonderful to sleep on!

9. Is starting to think about Christmas shopping but not doing anything about it.

10. November 2 is a big day. Election Day (can't wait for it to be over), my brother-in-law Matt's birthday and it's Mike Trunnell Day (that's my dad!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Your smile is like sunshine on my heart

I love this photo of Ellie. When we went to Bay Beach Amusement Park this August my Mom took Bennet and Scout on the train ride. While they were away Ellie and I hung out under a tree and soaked up the sun. (Carla- see your rainbow changing blanket? Still getting lots of use!)

TITLE: Ellie
Journaling:Your smile is like sunshine on my heart I raided my scrap pile and went a little nuts rolling them into little tubes. I handstitched the yellow circle.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Eleanor Margaret at 9 months

I am flabbergasted at how quickly her first year is passing. We'll be celebrating her 1st birthday in 3 months. Seriously? I am doing my best to enjoy every moment- but they sure go by fast!
  • Has one tooth on the bottom.

  • Starting to eat table food. She LOVES scrambled eggs, noodles and bread.

  • Started pulling herself up in her crib. She loves to stand.
  • Won't respond to Nick if he calls her Ellie. Only when he calls her Eleanor.

  • LOVES the kitties- especially Stoli. She will crawl with lightning speed to get to them.

  • Had her first real cold- croup.

  • Wearing 18 month clothes and size 4 diaper

  • Weighed 22 lbs. 8 oz. at her sick visit a couple of weeks ago.

  • Won't take a bottle at daycare so we're using sippy cups.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hey Good Lookin'- Scrap Freak November Kit

I know I said this last month but it's true again this month. This kit is soooo versitile. I really think it would be a win-win for any style of scrapper.

TITLE: Hey Good Lookin' Watcha Got Cookin'
Journaling: Right now you ask for a cooking lesson every night at dinnertime. You want to help with every step- very hands on. Always alot of questions but always so proud that you helped. Sept. 2010

Design Notes: I used the menu board embellie as part of my title. I just used a regular white pen and went over it twice. I did test my pen underneath the felt flower before I wrote the words. The kraft background is actually thin chipboard that came with some photos I ordered. Want not waste not.

TITLE: Sing Love Smile (took the title from her shirt)
Journaling: I hope you never stop climbing. When you take a chance good things can happen. 04/10

Design Notes: Before I adhered the paper to the doilies I cut out the center of the transparency so that I could use them someplace else. No use in wasting the goodness right?

TITLE: Break Time
Design Notes: I found the envelope template online. Added some stickles to simulate steam. Add a single serve coffee, tea of cocoa for a perfect little gift.

Beyond Measure

I love this photo of our girls. It was one of the first photos I took of them together. I think Ellie is about a week old here. When I look at it I clearly remember the feeling of happiness I had. It was such a special photo that I made a layout for each of their books. NOT something I plan on making a habit out of.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Reach Sky High - Spooktacular Recipe Challenge

I am hosting a recipe challenge at Scrapfreak's Spooktacular Crop.

Witches Brew, make me a stew.
What's it going to do to you?
Spider web, moldy bread, mucky mud
Get the broth started with cardstock
While it starts to bubble add 1 photo
Add one pinch of ear wax, another sprinkle of belly button fluff and one spider’s leg (3 different patterned papers for you non-witches)
Stir them in my witches’ brew
Count out loud 1, 2, 3 Mix in a 3 word title.
Essesential elements for the concoction finger nails, lunch pails and apple cores (7 embellishments)
Stir them in my witches’ brew
Grab your wooden broom and stir it up with journaling.
Taste if you DARE!

This witches non-spooky sample

TITLE: Reach Sky High
Journaling: You inspire my world to be a better place. I love you B. Summer 2010

10 Fun Friday Facts

1. Ellie has started to pull herself up. The other morning Scout was shouting, "MOM! Ellie's standing in her crib!!" Sure enough she was. This morning she was leaning over the edge. Time to lower the mattress.

2. Reading The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. Nick is reading The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

3. I repainted the kitchen last weekend. We went with Gold Buff and it's the exact yellow I was going for the first time around. Nice and warm. You can see how loud the first yellow was compared to the second.

4. Nick was our Handy Manny last weekend. Installed two sets of track lighting downstairs and new lamps in the kitchen. The downstairs looks like a whole new room. The lights in the kitchen highlight our new paint perfectly.

5. Bennet was afraid he was going to get Electrocated. He only zapped himself once.

6. I'm going to an all-night crop tonight at my friend Kim's church. I CANNOT WAIT!

7. Recently watched Shutter Island (ok- I fell asleep. But Nick said it was predictable) and The Katate Kid. I liked The Karate Kid but had to giggle that it took place in China and revolved around Kung Fu. No karate at all.

8. On two separate occasions both Bennet and Scout fell asleep on me this week while snuggling on the couch. I will miss that someday.

9. I think I've inherited my mother's dislike of laundry and grocery shopping. Two things that HAVE to be done but two things I always put off.

10. Did you know that Coffeemate makes Peppermint Mocha creamer year round now? Score.

Monday, October 18, 2010

You Must be a Sweeney

The more I look at baby photos of Bennet and Scout the more I realize that all three girls look similar. Ellie definitely looks like a Sweeney (and of course some Trunnell)

Of course they each have something unique that makes them who they are but there is no denying that they are sisters. I thought my family would get a kick out of trying to guess what kid is in each photo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You Are

This photo is from Ellie's 6 month portraits. I never know what to do with 'professional' shots. There are only so many places to put frames, etc. So, I scrapped this one.

I did some fussy cutting with the patterned paper and then used it as a stencil. I handstitched the red kite shaped elements.

TITLE: You Are
Journaling: Hold onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
Product: October Afternoon, American Crafts, thread

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Plugged In

I had some space left on the 4 x 6 I printed for my 'I am Thankful' layout so I added these photos to it. Stretch that money!

Ellie is a thumbsucker and I wanted to make sure I got that trait on paper. Super quick layout but I really like it.

TITLE: plugged in
Journaling: You and your thumb just click. Your built in source of comfort. 09/10 Supplies: October Afternoon paper, Basic Grey chipboard, May Arts Natural Crochet Trim, Making Memories Vintage Findings - Mini Blossoms, flower, Cosmo Cricket alpha

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Facts

1.Ellie has her first 2 teeth coming through on the bottom. She is our earliest teether yet. B was 10 months. Scout was 15 months.

2. We went to an Ice Cream Social at Bennet's school the other night. It turns out that she is quite the social butterfly. On two separate occasions there were two little girls who pulled on their parents sleeves and said, "Mom, Dad- there's Bennet" and came to give her a hug. I asked Bennet what their names were and she said, "I don't know Mom". She must have Nick's inability to remember names unlike my ability to remember all sorts of random dates/names.

3. We painted the kitchen last weekend. Mellow Yellow. It's supposed to be a buttercream yellow. Not so much- it looks like Big Bird threw up. Trying a new color.

4. Halloween costumes have been chosen. Bennet will be SuperGirl (I need to start sewing), Scout is a purple fairy and Ellie will be Princess Leia.

5. Scout wants to do EVERYTHING by herself. I love the independence but it's frustrating at the same time.

6. Nick is up to his elbows in work. Way to go!!

7. Reading The Thirteen Tale by Diane Setterfield. Nick is re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

8. Wants Katy Perry to take a radio break. If I hear California Girls or Teenage Dream one more time I may lose it.

9. Has all kinds of holiday projects in my head. Wonder if I'll get them done.

10. Plans on relaxing with a glass of red wine tonight.

11. I am missing my family a little bit. But my sister, BIL and niece are coming to visit next month. I can wait that long.

12. If you're not watching Cougar Town (horribly misnamed) (ABC Wednesday night following Modern Family) you should start. It's really funny.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I am Thankful Layout

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about some things that I was thankful for. Last weekend I made a layout about it. I used a Sketchy Thursday sketch.

TITLE: I am Thankful
Journaling: Taken from this blog post.

Product: Hambly, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Click- take a Pic

Now that you have the song from Diego in your head I'll share a layout.

This layout came together so quickly. I think it was 30 minutes from start to finish. I love when that happens. I had the chance to play along with the Fall Crop at Inspired to Scrap last weekend. This was part of their recipe challenge.

Title: Click take a Pic

Journaling: Our first photo booth adventure with Ellie. The 4 of us in a smalle space was tricky but so worth it. 06/10

Products: Bella Blvd paper, Jillibean Soup paper, American Crafts alpha, Cosmo Cricket alpha, eyelets, Bella Blvd. chipboard,

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall in Wisconsin

Fall has always been my favorite season. I wish it were longer. I love the crisp air, digging out sweaters, hearty soups, and the changing colors. I absolutely love living in this part of Wisconsin. The fall foliage here really is breathtaking. Colors are at their peak right now.

Sunday afternoon Nick and Ellie ran errands and I took the big girls to Rib Mountain State Park to see the fall colors. The road to the park is closed so the only way up is by ski lift. We went to Granite Peak, the ski resort in town, and rode the chair lift up the hill. I've been waiting for the girls to be old enough to do this and didn't want to miss it this year.

Once we got to the top we climbed the tower. Look at our view.

Bennet and Scout loved climbing.

Ellie wasn't forgotten. She loves playing in the leaves at home.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

It's a Butterfly

From this. . .

To this. . .

When I last posted I had photos through Wednesday morning. I woke up Thursday morning. When I got in the shower the cocoon was still black. Not more than 5 minutes later Tulip JoJoe's was making her debut.

I had so much fun watching the process of caterpillar to butterfly. I can't wait to do it again next year.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Story

We recently had some changes on the Design Team at ScrapFreak. I volunteered to take over the monthly sketch.

Here is the sketch for October. Please upload your layouts to the ScrapFreak gallery by October 31st (MST) to be included in the newsletter. Here is the layout I made with it. It's hard to imagine that snow will be here again soon.
TITLE: The Story
Journaling: big, wet flakes, red rosy cheeks & a smile. The cold never stops you from having fun. 12/09

Friday, October 1, 2010

Dare to Fall

I created this layout for the Freaky Friday Storytelling challenge at ScrapFreak.

I was feeling a little overwhelmed juggling the start of my new job, house, husband and three kids. Then I realized that I can do this. I’m a multitasking, go-go-go, try anything type of person. I might as well embrace it.

Nick took this photo of me this summer. I was doing a childrens obstacle course at a picnic up north. The last photos in this series would show that I fell flat on my backside.

TITLE: Dare to Fall
Journaling: I don't know when I became a 'try anything once' girl. I figure life is too short to not embrace the opportunites that it presents- even the crazy ones. I view life like a puzzle. Not something to be completed, but something that is made up of little pieces. I am a firm believer that we are made up of all the pieces. Those pieces that make our heart soar. The pieces that break our heart. Those corner pieces that are held by those people dearest to us. The ones in the middle that hold memories that make you laugh until you cry. I am not fearless. I am human. I know I may make a poor decision. But no regrets because I still