Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
In addition to our "regularly scheduled activities" in the last couple weeks:
- My boys have done a great school project of creating, drafting, proofing,writing and illustrating a picture storybook plus practicing how to present it.
- They've also been practicing reading yet another picture book focusing on tone, emotion and cadence all done within a certain time frame to participate in the annual literature circle competition at school.
- Add to that, playing in the soccer tournament in freezing temperatures 3 x/week
- Attending an all day chess tournament on Saturday
- Practicing lines for the 4th & 5th grade play auditions coming up Monday,next week
- Practicing their saxophones for the Winterfest concert next Thursday
- Preparing for the advanced Math Champs geometry test tomorrow
All which takes my time as well. Then add to that, the complication of having one son home sick for several days.So, Christmas prep is a little late this year as I have yet to decorate the house, put up the Christmas trees, make a wishlist for shopping, buy and wrap presents, draft a Christmas letter, take photos for a Christmas card, have our annual Santa photo taken or do any of the Christmas baking.
Is it a wonder, that the "normal" day to day tasks are feeling a bit neglected? I think not. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who is feeling just a wee bit stretched at the moment. But this too will pass. And I still try to make sure I have some "me time" each day where I can sit and scrap for an hour just to reflect on times less hectic. So please forgive me if I've spilt a bit on you in my haste to carry a much too full plate. I'll carry extra napkins.
Last year we had an early snow to start off the Christmas break. This is just a quick layout showing my boys in their winter finery heading out to build a snowman.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Who am I really? Have I done something interesting you might not already know about? Hmmm, let's see. Did you know...
1. My first paying job was scooping ice cream and designing party cakes for Baskin & Robbins Ice Cream parlor. I made a whopping $1.65/hour.
2. I parachuted out of a plane when I was just 18 years old. I came home for the weekend and did it without telling my parents til afterwards, because I didn't think they'd let me.
3. I was robbed at gunpoint TWICE when I worked as a cashier at Safeway when I was a college student.
4. I went to Egypt and climbed to the top of the pyramids when I was 20 years old.
5. I told my husband when I met him that if we chose to have children I'd have twins. Six years later we had twin boys born during a blue moon with snow falling.
6. In 35 years I've only owned 3 cars: a Ford Pinto (13 years), a Honda Civic (13 years) and now a Mazda MPV van (9 years and counting).
7. I once went to Bali for 21 days to assist with a seminar on only 4 days notice and I had to secure a passport in that time. I didn't even realize they spoke a different language until I did a crash course in Indonesian on the plane.
Enough tidbits about me, now for the fun part--nominating other bloggers! If I pick someone who has already been nominated please feel free not to repeat the steps. Blogging should be fun not a chore. I enthusiastically nominate:
1. http://stefstyleblog.blogspot.com/ Her Photoshop skills just leave me with my mouth open, and she is so helpful and fun.
2.http://common-sense-scrapbooking.blogspot.com/ Who can't help but be drawn to someone who adopts 4 kids at once and still manages to keep her sense of humor and finds time to scrap?
3.http://memories-that-matter.blogspot.com/ Kat is an avid scrapper and currently preparing her Christmas album which I'm just not organized enough to do yet, so I'm in awe of her.
4.http://jbond-janesblog.blogspot.com/ Jane likes color on her layouts and is great about scrapping pages I never think to do like beautiful fall days.
5.http://scrappygram.blogspot.com/ Deanna is grandmother to 14! Her daily LO's document her grandkids days and you'll usually find a bird on her page---her signature mark.
6.http://onpicnichill.blogspot.com/ Janelle along with Kerry just joined the new Creative Team at Two Peas in a Bucket http://twopeasinabucket.com/. Check out her awesome layouts in the digital gallery.
7.http://jenniferann75.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Martakis, another main player at Two Peas in a Bucket, is flooding the market with great new templates and digi-scrap kits. This is one very creative and busy lady.
Now I'm off to let them know. Happy blogging everyone.
I decided to scrap a few miscellaneous photos from this year's holiday to highlight some of the special moments about Thanksgiving. Here is my list of 26 items that I'm thankful for this year.
1. My mom
2. My kids
3. A chance to be with family
4. Great food
5. My favorite fruit salad
6. Orange jello salad with carrots & pineapple
7. My mom welcomes guests for holidays
8. New friends
9. Teasing each other at the dinner table
10. Pumpkin pie afterwards
11. Kids watching movies in extra bedroom
12. Puppy dogs looking cute
13. Scouring Black Friday ads to wee hours of the morning
14. Staying up all night
15. Quiet time on the computer to scrap
16. Kids playing board games after dinner
17. Late night snacks on dinner leftovers
18. Not having to cook dinner myself
19. Eating all the mashed potatoes I want
20. Talking to family long distance on the phone
21. Special time with Mom washing dinner dishes
22. Walking the dog,seeing who has Christmas lights up already
23. Visiting with the neighbors
24. Mom babysitting boys so I can Christmas shop
25. Hanging with Mom all the next day watching old movies
26. Listening to books on tape to and from Mom's with my boys
Now to go see if there is any pumpkin pie left?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'm practicing how to not take rejection personally. I know I have my own eclectic talent and I'm content with my artistic expression. It's sometimes hard to remember to give myself approval instead of looking for affirmation from the outside. But I appreciate praise, maybe too much, given my fine tuned co-dependency nature. This is just one more opportunity to accept let down gracefully. Besides how can I be sad when I am blessed with two little boys in my life who express their love daily through hugs, kisses, cuddles and occassionally cards?
I love this early attempt from Owen as he was learning to write. He may have a missplaced "r" but the sentiment is loud and clear. So how can I be sad for long when I have so much love in my life?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I made this sports layout in response to the weekly digital challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket. Using a DVD cover as my inspiration, I decided to make a graphic page of one of the muddiest soccer games my boys played this season. I didn't have a photo of all the boys together, so I had to digitally piece together the team. This game was hilarious to watch as the boys tried to tiptoe through the mud until they realized there was no way around it. Life has its muddy patches too, and sometimes there isn't a good way around it. You just got to wade right on through.
Monday, November 16, 2009
In this page, I was scraplifting an ad for the weekly challenge on the Pub Boards at Two Peas in a Bucket. I copied the ad fairly literally although I chose to keep my photos in color rather than convert them to black and white like the original ad. I like color and rarely scrap without it.
However the most unusual characteristic of this page is there are no photos of people. Although many people scrap for the artistic nature of it and create some of the most beautiful pages, I have a nagging belief that I want to have people be the center focus of my pages for when i look back or my children do, after they've become adults, they aren't going to care if I got that perfect shot of the rainbow, but they might want to see that fuzzy shot of their first time on roller skates. So this page won't stand alone. I'll be making an accompanying page showcasing some of the people action of the Halloween party as well. But I have to admit, the food looks good.
Scrapaholic with AADD >
I sometimes am unsure as to whether I suffer from adult attention deficit disorder (AADD) or if I'm just chronically disorganized. I often start to clean up one room in my house only to put something away in another room and then start cleaning that room over and over. It's kind of like a repeating decimal. I keep hoping if I continue I'll eventually get it all done, but alas it never seems to happen. I'm at an unfair disadvantage though with two kids following behind me often messing up what I had cleaned.
Scrapbooking is a great hobby for someone who is easily distracted. I'm truly liking the freedom to scrap whatever picture grabs my fancy rather than being limited to scrapping in order. I tried that, but I found it hard to keep the creative juices flowing. Skipping around based on whatever inspires me for the moment (i.e. a scraplift of someone else, a particular color scheme, a photo that just begs to be scrapped, a on-line challenge,a phrase or transcription of a conversation, etc) keeps me in a creative space. However like my house, one of the downsides to this approach seems to be that I never have any year completely documented. However as my scrapbooking style has changed, I now have my pages interdispersed rather than sequential and I've mixed paper pages with digitally created pages so there isn't an obvious timeline of how my abilities have changed (hopefully for the better). I like that too. My pages are eclectic, just as I am.
Digi-materials include: paper by God's Design, photomask by Maracella, Photomask by Bouille, Chickenwire by Gunhild Storeide.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Digi-products used: Delicacies Kit & Stitched Kit by HeatherT of Two Little Pixels, Wordart by Katie Pertiet of Designer Digitals.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
One of my sons can't wait to be grown up. As a kid, I remember wanting to be grown up. Now as a grown up, I want to be a kid. They are getting so tall and so smart. I took on tutoring the Math Champs (advanced math training for competition) at their school this fall and I can honestly say, that despite the fact I've got several degrees, I am NOT smarter than a fifth grader. It is impressive the level of information and technological knowledge these young kids know. I only hope to help my boys hold on to their innocence and childhood as long as possible, while also appreciating just what fine young men they are becoming.
I am having growning pains. Being a mother is hard work. I don't want my kids to grow up. Knowing all your dedication, patience, guidance and worry will soon walk out the door to be tested in the real world is scary. I hope my children will cherish that their mom was such a hands-on involved mom even when my presence may have caused momentary embarrassment for them. I hope that they truly feel loved. Maybe the hundreds of scrapbook pages I've created for them will help them remember not only the events and people in their past, but also the overwhelming affection I feel for them everyday.
I feel so blessed to have my boys and am so proud of them
Friday, November 13, 2009
I love when our schools go beyond the borders of their walls and take the children into the 'real' world to learn, for we are not separate from our environment and learning happens everywhere, every day. Isn't it wonderful when life's lessons can be gathered from the field, literally? Learning how interdependent we are with our environment is a crucial lesson to be taught early so this generation will continue the cause of protecting that which sustains us not only today but in the years ahead for many generations to come. Peace and serenity are so obvious when you are seated on a wooden foot bridge overlooking the stream running under. Even in the city, quiet places are available to commune with nature. I am so in awe of the beauty of the landscape in which I live and so happy my children get experiences on how to appreciate it through fieldtrips with their public school. This is my idea of a perfect example of a "teaching moment".
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Materials used: Lest we Forget freebie kit from Kerry'd Away Designs
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Something about fall helps me focus on nature, not only its inherent beauty but on how fortunate I am to live in such a spectacular area of breathtaking landscapes, mountains, lakes, and oceans just minutes away. And with this picturesque environment comes the obligation to take care of it. My sons are studying the microinvertebrates found in our local streams and lakes as well as the diversity of creatures abound in our fields and forests along with the inevitable food chain (prey or preyed upon) between animals. I captured a few candid shots on our last trapse with Noah's class to our local ecological reserve. I especially enjoyed having the kids find a quiet space to sketch nature. What a beautiful place to walk to for a little meditation on a sunny afternoon. I'll have to keep that in mind the next time I feel that the hustle and bustle of life's demands start to impose on my serenity.
Creating community doesn't have to cost alot. My sons and I attended a free Halloween Hoedown at a local church. We had a wonderful meal, played some games, listened to live music and showed off our awesome costumes to everyone's delight. However Owen discovered that the logistics of trying to shoot down paper cups with a cork rifle while wearing a recycle bin costume is a bit tricky. Note to self: Might want to consider range of motion when designing Halloween costumes for next year.
Monday, November 9, 2009
This year my boys went to a friend's party with other classmates. The mom made fabulous foods including "blood & guts bone shaped biscuits", "goobers on a stick (colored cheesewhiz on pretzels)", "mummy wraps (hotdogs wrapped in dough)", "vampire punch served in sketeton goblets" and "scabs (Dried cranberries)" along with chicken wings and fruit kabobs . The party games were equally creative. Bobbing for apples on a string, using chopsticks to take items out of jello, rubber chicken races and charades! It's fun to witness kids laughing while trying to run with a rubber chicken between their legs. Maybe that's what Halloween is really all about. It's a chance to be something different than your every day self; scary, silly, beautiful, ugly...doesn't matter, just a few hours of letting your imagination rule and letting your hair down (even if it is temporarily shiny royal blue) and laughing. I love Halloween! Now what to do with that 10 lbs of candy the boys dragged in....