Friday, January 20, 2006

A Feeling of Accomplishment!

I'm back from a fun-filled two 1/2 days! Holly and I had a blast scrappin' and I was able to get 18 pages done! Holly's hubby was a saint and took the kids on major outings each day and left Holly and I with a quiet house and a table full of fun! It was a blast. Here are some of the pages we did... (Cori, I hope you don't mind me sharing your wedding pages!)... some need journaling done yet.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

This is my first post in quite awhile... I've been keeping up on others' blogs, but haven't had much to say on this end. Life is rolling. The kids and I spent the weekend at my parent's house. Coach had a huge tournament to run in town(he said we saw him as much as we would have if we had been at home!). It just works out that our schedule is the most free this week so we are headed out today (AGAIN!) for a couple of days. I'm excited! We're going to my friend Holly's for two days. She's at the end of her second pregnancy and all moms know how long this last month can be! She's been a scrappin' fool and I feel it my friendship duty to suffer--- and scrap with her (...Dramatic swoon...)

I've been reading The Pursuit of God by A.W. Toser. So much to digest! I'll try to comment on it soon. I can only read short amounts at a time A) because I only read right before bed and usually crash after a page or two, and B) because it's much deeper than most of the books I've read of late! (Mommy Brain...)

So take care... I hope to have pages to share upon my return!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Happy Birthday, Big Man!


Eight! I can hardly beleive it's been eight years since that exciting/scary morning when we went in to have our firstborn. And you were a boy! A lot of people guessed, predicted and "knew" we were having a girl. So we called you Emma in-utero (sorry). And I think in someway I played along to prepare myself that you MIGHT be a girl... 'cause truth be told I wanted you to be a boy. And when they laid your slimy wiggly little (9lb. 4oz.) body on me I was (though a little bit scared of your alien-likeness) jubilant and shocked to see that you WERE a boy.
You are a joy, my son. Daddy and I love you so much. Happy Birthday! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bathing Beauties!


Here's my favorite photo from our cousin visit... Randi and Bella enjoyed an hour-long spa experience in Great-Grandma's tub thanks to Auntie Janel's gift of glitter shower gel! Posted by Picasa

Fort Dahl


Noah had a blast making a fort with his snow-brick-maker. Here it is about half way completed. Thank you, Auntie Char (the giver of the snow-brick-maker)! Posted by Picasa

Our Little Fisherman


Isn't he the cutest little thing? (Doodle, not the trout) Posted by Picasa

Scrapbook Pages... Finally!


Well, here are some of the latest creations (I have a stack here that I need to journal when our printer is back from it's check up).
Fannie, thank you for your challenge! It's a good goal to post once a week! I won't bore you with all of them, I promise, and some weeks there probably won't be any to share! Posted by Picasa

A very simple page...

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Scrapbook Pages

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Scrapbook Pages (Cont.)


The boys' spring soccer seasons... (please notice the bloody rag at the bottom of Noah's page...) Posted by Picasa

Scrapbook Pages (cont.)

Just a little glimpse into what I've been up to! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A mish-mash of jabber!

Ahhh... A fresh new year before us. The first three days have been spent trying to make our home reflect the "fresh" part. I feel like a scrooge saying it, but I truly love putting the Christmas decorations away! Maybe we just have too many decorations for our space, but oh, things feel more simple with the tree down and lighted houses stored away (onto new shelves built by dear Jake... All with scrap lumber from the shed! He speaks straight to my heart when he combines free with organization!)

Today I tackled the basement. Our basement doubles as a family room and toy area. (It once doubled as the home for 12 mattresses and 42 large cans of pinto beans, but that's another owner and another blog...) My dear sweet husband renovated it the summer before we started homeschooling our eldest and the space has been more than a blessing. He built a nine foot closet for toys that has doors (the most important part) and I proceeded to organize and containerize my childrens' toys, label maker in hand. I even drew (sad) pictures of what was to go into each bin for our non-readers. It works, but once a year I head down, usually mid-Christmas break, and start sorting bins. You know the bottom of each one, where you find one thing from each of the other bins that needs to be put back. It's an anal task... But I really don't mind it, being a bit on the AR side myself. I got done with all but two bins... And tomorrow is cleaning day down there. Look out all you cricket corpses... I'm gonna get ya!

Tonight the coach brought his two biggest fans (Doodle and Noah) scouting while Bella and I stayed home to watch Cinderella and scrap. I got two pages done (I'm working on posting them, but really wish I had a scanner as the photos of the pages are not all that good.). I counted tonight and I'm up to 29 pages since I started in mid-December on a fairly regular basis, and up to 48 pages for 2005. I've done through late March/early April thus far. I'm trying a chronological approach this year. Usually I jump around to whatever suits my fancy.
Oh, please don't get me wrong... I wish I were "caught up" but I'm far from it! I started scrapbooking with our wedding. An event that seemed "do-able." One day. (OH- someday I would love to go back and redo that album! I've learned so much and cringe when I look at it now!!!) So I did that, then half of 1998. Then I pick up again with about 5 pages for 2001, maybe 20 for 2002. I got serious in 2003 and only have about 12 pages to finish for that year (111 done!). 2004 I am mostly done with... just a couple months to finish. This fall I started fresh with 2005 not wanting to let the memories fade. I think I've said before- I'd love to finish 03, 04 and 05 and then stay current... with just those few years to sneak in at some point, but it's an outlet and hobby... not a huge goal or deadline.

Man, I've jabbered forever tonight... my apologies! I've got to get to bed...

Praying for a snow day,