Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Daily 2016 - Day 1

The So much wonderfulness today! 
And so much chaos!

The kids came down for breakfast to find their advent calendars waiting for them, as well as a new tradition (thank you Ali), a wrapped Christmas book.  They will get a 'new' wrapped book each day - most aren't actually new, I pulled them from our Christmas book stash - and we can read them each morning before school.  Love this.

After breakfast I packed up and delivered the kids to daycare and school, got the little man to bed for his nap and it was off to the Christmas races for me.  We always decorate our tree on the 1st of Dec, but seeing as it is a school/work night, I wanted everything ready to go for after dinner.  So I cleaned the living room, stored all excess 'stuff' in the basement, hauled up the Christmas decor, set up the tree, hung the lights on the tree, set up the Christmas Bed in the living room (complete with new Christmassy bedding that is ADORABLE), put up the garland and lights on the banister and railing, sorted through all decor and put what we didn't need back downstairs, and then waited for kids to be ready to pick up.

So fun seeing them walk into the house partially decorated.  They absolutely LOVE this season just as much as I do!

Tonight's Christmas Movie - Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas (Donald Duck Stuck On Christmas)

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

December Daily 2016 - The Hanging of the Lights

OLight hanging took us a few days this year.  Aiden and Sophia were pretty excited to 'help' with this task - thus resulting in the first attempt taking quite a bit longer than usual.  I ended up finishing them off on a separate day.  We did a test viewing of the lights tonight  and showed Liam through the front door window.  So fun.  He was so drawn to the colours.  Loving the magic of this season even for a little dude like him.  Official lighting will happen on Dec 1st as is our tradition - Mickey and Yoda will be added that day too!  Can't wait!

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Layout - Lego Love

Another new layout.  Another hybrid!  So excited about these new (to me) options in my scrapping world!  I am especially loving that Ali's Pinterest Passport Challenges have me thinking in a new way, getting my stories onto paper and into albums!  With this layout I used the Here We Go digital stamp (link below), probably not in the way it was originally intended, but in a way that definitely meant something with these pictures.  Aiden has recently gotten into the Lego building phase of childhood, and I know just how well that road will travel into the future.  One set will (has) led to a few sets, which will lead to The Death Star, (the real question being, who is more excited about or him?), hence the 'Here We Go!'.  Love the skills (both physical and mental) that Lego building instills.  Also love how much fun he has with each new set!  haha

Cardstock: Heavyweight White 110lb (Georgia Pacific)
Digital Elements: Layered Template Set No. 122 (Cathy Zielske), Here We Go Digital Stamp (Ali Edwards)
Inks: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Blue Watercolour (Artist's Loft)
Other: White Foam Thickers (American Crafts for Amy Tangerine), Red Tiny Type Letters (Cosmo Cricket), red phrase stickers (Cosmo Cricket), black phrase stickers (Authentique), Date Stamp (Trodat), yellow enamel dots (Twine & Ink), arrow paper clips (Ikea), star and heart stickers (Jillibean Soup), washi tape (unknown)

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Layout - Hello Independence

I made a layout that is NOT 12 x 12, is HYBRID, and includes hand cutting.  I don't really think there is much more to say about this.  YAY for me branching out (WAY OUT) of my comfort zone!! 

In all seriousness, I so love how simple this layout was to put together.  The 8.5 x 11 size combined with the digital elements made this so so quick and easy.  I will definitely be trying this again!  My goal was to use one of Ali Edwards digi elements from her current Pinterest Passport challenge, but I ended up surpassing even my own expectations about how this would turn out.  

Cardstock: Heavyweight White 110lb (Georgia Pacific)
Digital Elements: Layered Template Set No. 127 (Cathy Zielske), Love This Story Digital Stamp (Ali Edwards), Little Things Digital Stamp Set (Ali Edwards)
Patterned Paper: grey hearts strip (unknown)
Stamps: Little Things Stamp Set (Ali Edwards)
Inks: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Grey Watercolour (Artist's Loft)
Other: pink phrase stickers (October Afternoon), grey and turquoise phrase stickers (Elle's Studio), Date Stamp (Trodat), yellow brads (unknown), turquoise enamel dots (My Mind's Eye), pink enamel triangles (Recollections), twine ( My Mind's Eye), mini staples (Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher)

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Layout - Sibling Love

I'm sharing an update on a layout base that I did AGES ago, (we're talking 2010 here - Original Post), where I only made the basic background for the layout.  And while I LOVED the layout, until this point I never really had any pictures that I wanted to use it with.  In continuing my catch-up game for my daughter's baby album, I had these two memories printed of the first time my son met his new sister, and the first time he held her.  Originally I included these in her baby album in a 5x7 Becky Higgins page protector, and just slipped it into her album.  But when looking through old layouts that didn't have pictures yet, (of which I sadly have many), this one jumped out at me as an option.  

While different than something I might create now, I definitely loved how this layout ended up.  I was able to make a few additional embellishments to coordinate with those that were already on the page, and love that it is now tucked away in Miss Sophia's baby album.  <3 p="">

Supplies (all quite old - using up the stash!!)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Kraft (I think now called Crumb Cake), Dusty Durango (Stampin' Up!)
Letter Stickers: Love Phrase (Recollections), tiny gold ones (unknown)
Stamps: Week in the Life 2014 (Ali Edwards)
Inks: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), Clear, Gold, and Bronze Smooch Spritz
Other: gold heart, antique gold brads (unknown), Date Stamp (Trodat), Early Espresso Stamoin' Write Marker (Stamping' Up!)

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Layout - Our Wee Elmo Family

I've been playing catch-up!  While looking through their current Baby Albums, my 2 year old wee girl asked why she only had a few pages in her book, when her 4 year old big brother had TWO FULL BOOKS.  YES, she could articulate that emotion.  YES, Mommy guilt hit hard and I have been putting in some much needed time on this neglected hobby of mine.  And YES, the first actual layout I have made, (not PL style), is actually for her big brother's book.  hahahahaha

But seriously, how cute is this picture!?!?  When Aiden was almost 2, and we were expecting our second baby (the aforementioned deep question asker), we wanted to help prepare him for the changes that a new baby would bring.  So we used his collection of Elmo stuffies to put together a brilliant Elmo family analogy.  Totally on his level.  Totally worked.  For the rest of my pregnancy, and well after, he called the Elmo stuffies by their family names; Daddy Elmo, Mommy Elmo, Aiden Elmo and Baby Elmo.  And when Miss S arrived, he showed her her Baby Elmo and said 'This is you!'  Adorable.  Layout needed.  Guilt still present, but semi-justified.  haha

I DID make Soph a PL card of the event (see below), but felt the full layout belonged in Aiden's album, rather than hers.

The PL card for Sophia's album.

Supplies (all quite old - using up the stash!!)
Cardstock: White (Basil?)
Patterned Paper: Road Trip, Junior & Abode Collections (American Crafts), Odds and Ends (Cosmo Cricket)
Letter Stickers: Hardcover Red Thickers (American Crafts for Crate Paper), Cool Grey and Apple Glitter Alpha (Sassafrass), tiny black ones (unknowns)
Inks: Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink), Tuxedo Black (Momento), Atmosphere Sunshine, Schoolhouse, Calico Shine (Studio Calico Mister Huey's), Lemon Metallic (Maya Road Maya Mists))
Other: Red Heart Enamel Dot (Ali Edwards), Grey and Yellow Heart Enamel Dots (unknown), Mini Paperclips (Tim Holtz), Diamond Sticker (unknown), Date Stamp (Trodat), Red Ticket (unknown), Black Felt Tip Pen (Paper Mate)

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

WITL Day 1 - Monday May 9, 2016

I am participating in Ali Edward's Week in the Life project again this year (so excited) and am planning to document some of the details here, although won't be sharing alllllllll the photos.  I love this project because it is something that forces me to look at our family, our routines, etc, and I can see what is the same, and what has changed from year to year.  This is my third time participating in this project and I am looking forward to what I discover about us this week!

Funnily enough, all three years I have participated in this project were weeks that weren't 'normal' for us.  Each time we have been visiting family, and here we are again, staying at my brother and sister-in-laws house for a week long visit.  So maybe what I am learning is that we like to visit people? haha  These two came into bed with me for a morning snuggle - love them to pieces.

Our morning was filled with breakfast (rice krispies for everyone, thank you), tv watching, and playing in the kitchen while I did the dishes, before heading over to my parents to visit.  I had a few errands to run this morning, so my mom watched the kids while I took care of business.  

I dropped off a scrumptious lunch of McDonald's happy meals (the kids were thrilled) in between my last few errands, and they were delighted to eat outdoors on the deck.

S headed inside with my mom for her nap and I hung out with A outside all afternoon.  We are LOVING that this is possible as the weather has been terrible.  He had so much fun playing outside all day, and we plan to make this  a habit while visiting this week.

My parents were coming to my brother's for Chinese take out for dinner, so while we waited for everyone to show up after work, the kids and I watched tv and played with toys.  They are both loving this couch extension, especially S, who has declared this as her official tv watching spot.

The kids loved spending some silly the with daddy after dinner.  He has been working odd hours for the past week and they have been missing him a LOT!

After getting jimmies on and snacks eaten, we piled into the bed A is sleeping in and read some books before bed.  The kids (A especially) love the Disney Story Central App because their options are endless.  We fluctuate between watching a show, reading a story, of a combination before bed.  These days we are heavy on the story reading, which I of course love.

Week In The Life™ is a seven-day documentary project devised by Ali Edwards with the goal of capturing the simple everyday details of life with photos and words. Read more on her website here.

Monday, December 28, 2015

December Daily - The 16th

Today was a day of rest.  I woke up still feeing poorly and spent the majority of the morning resting in bed.  In the afternoon I felt a bit better so I got our Christmas cards in order to be sent out while watching a Christmas movie (Christmas with the Kranks and Jim Carey version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas).  This was a nice way to relax and still feel productive...I get stir crazy easily it seems.  haha

By the evening I still wasn't feeling amazing but with only a few days left before we head home for Christmas Break I wanted to do something festive with the kidlets.  So we decorated premade gingerbread cookies.  They had so much fun with this!  They each had their own little set of decorations and had a great time decorating, sampling, and then eating their cookies.  Just a little bit of festive fun to get our Christmas Spirit going! :)

Tonight's Christmas Movie - Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas (yes, again)

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 15th

I arrived home tonight feeling very under the weather and not at all festive.  I so dislike being sick during Christmas, but I seem to get hit with something every year.  I went to bed almost immediately when I got home, and my mom watched the kids until Kris got home from work, which was much later tonight than usual.  Before they went to bed the kids came  to visit and we watched a quick YouTube Christmas video to keep some of the festive spirit going.

Things I am thankful for despite my illness:
1) I am (so far) not ill during any actual Christmas Break events.
2) Illness hit AFTER the Advent Celebration at school was complete.
3) Kids don't seem sick (yet?).
4) My principal booked me a supply teacher before I even left school today.
5) It is 3 days before Christmas break so I didn't have plan anything for school tomorrow - kids are already doing festive activities.
6) My mom is here to help out...I am feeling pretty useless right now and Kris is working!

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 14th

Today's big event doesn't have anything to do with our family.  However it it is significant enough to me that I want to share it and remember it.  I don't know if this will actually end up in our family album, but at least it is recorded here for me to see!

Our school has an Advent Celebration and Social each year, and tonight was that night of this event.  I (crazy crazy I) was in charge of organizing and orchestrating the entire liturgy.  So so much work went in to this with each of our teachers and classes, and the final result was so wonderful to see.  We read through a children's picture book version of the Nativity, with our younger students performing a small skit after each reading, and our older students singing portions of Christmas Carols that coincided with the events in the reading.  It turned out so beautifully and I am so proud of the final result.  The students did a wonderful job, and families who came to watch seemed to really enjoy themselves.  Such a fun evening!

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.


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