Monday, January 31, 2011

Us in January

After looking through our pictures from last year I saw that we didn't really have a lot of pictures of our family. We had a bunch from our vacation in California but not a lot of us doing our normal "routine" things. So, I decided that I am going to try and get a picture of us all together every month. This month's picture is at church. A HUGE part of our lives.  

Happy January all! I can't believe it is gone already! 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project Life- Week 4

Last week of January!

The overview. I included one of the sentences that Lily brings home weekly it seems. She loves to see the work that she did in school.

First half of the week. Standard week.

The second half. I missed Saturday. Ooops. You know what is going there. :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cutie Alert

He is always into everything. He is kind of over the exersaucer now but has discovered a new and very fun way of playing with it. He likes to crawl into the bottom part and then play peek-a-boo through the leg holes. He also LOVES to chew on the tag that is hanging down.

Love this stage! It is so fun, most of the time. :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Table Prayers

When I was a kid my parents taught us all table prayers in the form of songs. I have been so excited to carry on this tradition with my kids. They each have a favorite so we have had to figure out a system that allows each kid to have the opportunity to choose what they want to sing. 

Hannah: She always chooses the Bird Song. If we don't sing the bird song she will usually pout through the whole prayer and then gets punished. It's been really fun. NOT.

Jacob: He always chooses the Appleseed Song. Always. No exceptions.

Lily: Her favorite has changed a few times. Right now it is the sung version of Come Lord Jesus. She will settle for the spoken version if she has to.  

Matthew: Doesn't have a favorite yet. But, he laughs hysterically through whatever it is that we are singing. Plus, he is cute and I wanted to include his picture.

Maybe someday I will try to get them recorded while singing. It would be kind of fun to have that for them to see when they get older. :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project Life- Week 3

Week 3! Can't believe that we are almost done with January now!

The overview. Again, I added in Jake's "checklist". He likes to make calendars to check off days until something exciting happens. I especially love that this is one of the first times that he wrote all the numbers himself and I have that saved.

First half of the week. Pretty normal.

Close-up of the checklist.

The second half of the week. Also, not pictured well is the other side of the checklist. They are working on shapes and colors at school so he brought home his paper that showed the shapes and colors that they have been working on.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Basement

When we moved into this new house we knew that we somehow needed to make some extra space for the kids to play. There is a 3 season room and an unfinished basement. We found that the 3 season room is just too cold to do anything with. I was so excited to find out that the people at the church had decided to finish off the basement for us.

The first step was putting in a new wall to divide the space in half. We are keeping the unfinished side of the basement for storage so we installed wire shelving on that side to hold our miscellaneous boxes and things. The second refrigerator and our little pantry area have been moved to that side. I love that it is going to be organized neatly with everything having a specific place. When the wall was put up the missing paneling repaired.

We repainted the room (minus one wall) white. It really opened everything up. I usually try to use color but I think that white was a great choice. Everything looks so fresh. With no windows down there we need to keep everything as light as we possibly can.

The carpet went in this week. It is light colored as well and it is amazing how carpet seems to finish off the space. Now that the concrete floors are covered it feels like an extension of the rest of the house. It's funny, I feel like the room got bigger. A lot bigger.

I started moving all of the furniture and the kids things back into the room. We have set up one end of it as a playroom with all of the kids bigger toy things like the craft table, the kitchen, the train table, and the tool bench. The middle of the room has a couch and the tv with Jake's VSmile game stuff. The other end of the room is our "office" and guest room. The space is definitely a multi-purpose room. My plan is to get or make a divider to separate the office/guest room from the rest of the space. I have been looking at different places to see what there is out there. I haven't been able to find exactly what I am picturing in my head so we will see how that plays out.

Don't mind the really horrible pictures. I wanted to get a quick shot and was in the middle of laundry as you can see. The kids have been thoroughly enjoying the space so it is a little messy. I am sure that it will look like this 90% of the time so it's a little dose of reality.

Once everything is done I will post pictures of the finale. So far we don't have anything on the walls or the stuff out on the shelves but the big things are in the room so you can get an idea of what it is going to look like.

Project Life 2010 and 2011

I have not posted anything recently about my Project Life experience. Seeing all the stuff that Rachel is doing is motivating!

I have an order of pictures that I am waiting for to finish out the month of December and then I will be done.  I have done all of the rest of the work. Once those are here I will be able to post pictures of the finished product. 

Looking back over the last year has been so fun. I think that this project has been fun because we can look back and remember the little things in life. I went through so many pictures this summer from when we were little and there were ones in there that showed little snippets of life. Ones that weren't a part of a big event... just living. Those were the ones that I loved seeing. The ones that showed our everyday life, the friends that we had, the things that we did, the special toys that we loved more than anything else. Those are the moments that I am trying to capture.

I have already found Hannah sitting on the couch with the book in front of her, looking at all the pictures and telling me about them. 

I love that. 

I love that my kids contribute to the book. I have been doing the photo a day format and I do pretty well most of the time. There are weeks that there just isn't too much going on and the camera gets forgotten for a few days but those are the perfect days to throw in a little piece of life. A receipt. A bill for something. A drawing one of the kids makes. Something from school.

So. When I saw that Becky Higgins was releasing a new design I got really excited. The plan was that I was going to see how the 2010 year went. After seeing that it was something that I can keep up with I decided to continue the project. 

The kits were released on Amazon on the Thursday before Christmas. I was kind of bummed out because I was hoping that it was going to be something that I would find under the tree. Imagine my surprise when I opened up the Turquoise Edition! It is beautiful! My husband is the best! He got it shipped and it arrived on Christmas Eve. I was thrilled that I wasn't going to have the agonizing decision of having to pick which one I wanted. Joe chose it, I love it, the end!

Here are a few pictures. They hardly compare to the ones that she has on her site but it will show you a little of what it looks like.

The Binder.

The Title Page

A few pages in. The filler cards and the title cards.

The super cute box that holds everything and the journaling card boxes.

These are the large journaling cards. They fold in half for those days that you have too much to say for the regular cards.

The stickers that come in the kit. I don't know if I am going to be using them too much. I didn't use the ones from last year much so we'll see about this year.

The paper that came in the kit. They are so cute. I am having all kinds of thought swirling around in my head. I don't know what I am going to do yet.

The end page. I love it.

The cute storage box. I don't think that I am going to keep it in this because I like having it out so that I remember to actually do it. I am sure that I will be able to come up with something fun to do with it.

Here they are. So cute. They love this kit as much as I do.

I can't wait to get the January pictures in. They should be here soon. I will share a quick peek at how it is going once they are in.

More to come...

Friday, January 21, 2011

What do you do when it is frigid??

You cuddle on the floor with a blanket and pillows and watch Despicable Me while your siblings are at school.

Love her.

Links I Love

Thought I would share a few sites that are pure eye candy for me. Here we go in no particular order.

1) Centsational Girl- She has mad skills! I LOVE her house. I want her house. I want my house to look like hers. She also does DIY projects. Check her out.

2) Ali Edwards- I think I have written about her before. Seriously talented. She has mad skills in the designing area. She has great scrapbooking/memory keeping ideas. I love her December Daily project. I love her Day in the Life. I love her take on Project Life. I love her One Little Word concept. I love her.

3) Tatertots and Jello- She has the most amazing concept for her blog. She features people and their projects. Things that she thinks are cool, beautiful, fun, etc. She does TONS of stuff with burlap and the greatest ideas for subway art projects. Everytime I look at her blog I find myself adding things to the never ending list of "I love that". Seriously. Never more inspired to make cute wreaths or door hangings.

4) Lisa Leonard Designs- So, I know that this one is a store as well but I love them equally. I have a necklace from her that I love. Her blog is beautiful. She takes beautiful photographs and you can see how warm she is. She has two boys that are beautiful. Inspiring.

5) Knock Off Wood-  If you have ever wanted to feel like you are able to take on any kind of wood working project read this blog. She has the most amazing projects on there. Every time I check it out I think to myself that there is no reason that I can't make an entire house full of furniture. She makes everything look so easy. Fortunately I know my limitations and I know that there is no way that I am that skilled. Oh to have unlimited time and resources to do some of these fantastic projects. I really need to expand my skill set. :)

6) Moda Bakeshop- This is another one of those blogs that is eye candy for me. I always add something onto my list when I check this out. There are some seriously talented people out there! All of the tutorials on there are free and look very easy. Deceptive? Maybe. The fabric is beautiful. I try to not peruse too often because I often find myself WANTING everything I see. Not the greatest mentality to have.

7) Brown Paper Packages- This one is like the first link I shared. Lots of projects. Lots of things I love. Lots of tutorials, most of which I want to do. Are you sensing a trend here? More and more things that I want to create. Not a great situation. There should be a 12 step program for people like me.

8) The Pioneer Woman- This woman does it all. She cooks, she bakes, she writes, she takes amazing photographs, she homeschools her kids, she runs a great blog and she does great giveaways. I want to be her best friend. She is so funny. Joe often looks at me funny when I am reading her blog because nine times out of ten I am laughing out loud.  I LOVE her recipes. I have tried a few and have yet to strike out. Thank you Pioneer Woman. Thank you for EVERYTHING!

9) Life As Mom- Printables, printables, printables! In case you didn't know I am a sucker for printables. They are so great. This site is wonderful for tips on organization, caring for a home, creating a home binder/plan, and encouragement for this great journey we call motherhood. I love it.

10) Digital Photography School- I love this site because it gives me so much great information. I am excited to learn all the new and exciting things about my camera. I got a great camera for Christmas and am eagerly reading up on everything I can to learn how to take better pictures. This site has been great for getting information. Bonus- there is a great list on here of themes for a Project 365.  I am looking forward to utilizing some of the ideas on there for those days that I have run out of ideas of pictures to take.

So, there you have it. Ten websites that I like to check regularly. Maybe this can become a frequent post seeing as I only have about a thousand blogs I love. Just kidding. There aren't that many. Yet. :)
Have I mentioned that I love the Google Reader and Bloglovin'? I do. Love.

Enjoy perusing some of my favorites. Let me know if you have any favorites that I should check out. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January is...

the month for making goals.

Some people make New Years Resolutions. I found sites that claimed that anywhere from 97% to 80% abandoned their resolutions by February. Interesting to note that only 45% of the population actually make resolutions because most feel that the resolution is only something that is going to be broken. I am part of the other 55%. I typically do not make any resolutions just for that reason.

I have seen a growing trend of people who still like the idea that January brings a fresh start and attempt to create "goals". I think this is a better idea. A goal is something that is attainable. Especially when you get very specific. Instead of the broad "I am going to lose weight this year" that many resolve to do a specific goal would be "In January I am going to lose 5 pounds".

I am a big fan of something that I read recently. Set up your goals to be monthly. Trent from The Simple Dollar sums it up very well. He lists his goals for the first 5 months of the year. He provides a pretty comprehensive list of ideas to work off of for setting goals if you are having a hard time thinking of things.

Joe and I have been talking and we are planning on doing the same. One simple goal for each month. It could be something quick and easy or something that is more involved and requires more time each month. The plan is to get things done, not to bite off more than we can chew. I want the things that we choose to be attainable and measurable.

On that note... my goal for January is to get the basement set up. We have been in a holding pattern due to bad weather in Georgia. The carpet that we expected to be in a week ago is not in yet. Because most of the stuff that hasn't been unpacked yet will be finding a home in the basement I feel like we are not settled yet. We anticipate the carpet going in tomorrow so hopefully that will be enough time to get it all settled.
Disclaimer: We need a room divider with shelving in it that we will not be getting until mid-February so that will not be finished. My goal is to get the rest of the room set up, leaving a space for that.

There are obviously other things that I would like to accomplish but that is the biggie. :) I want to have a full list soon but for the sake of getting this up I am posting with just January. Let me know what your goals are this year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This moment.

Today we are doing a lot of this.

I am working on lists for groceries and meals.

I am taking time for this.

They say that these moments fly by. They say that I will look back in 20 years and wonder where the time went. They say that I should treasure every moment.

I love they.

Linked up to Raising Homemakers.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Dapelo Divas!

Here is Hannah at her gymnastics class. She loved it!

She seemed very quiet and subdued. She was the perfect child. She waited patiently for her turn every time and when she was done she looked like she was going to cry. The next day she asked when she was going back. 
She LOVED it!

Then we headed off to Lily's Tap/Ballet class. Again, she loved it. She was so excited to "finally be a ballerina".

She is excited to go every week, she loves her tap shoes, and she wants to stay in her leo and tights all the time. I am so happy that one of the little girls in her class at school is also in her dance class. What are the chances of that?? I am so glad!

They were both beautiful out there. They were so excited that they were glowing! 

I love my girls.

Project Life- Week 2

Here we go...

The overview of the spread. Again, I inserted the weekly newsletter than comes home from school with Jacob. I think it will be fun to see the various things that they do during a random week.

First half of the week. I am missing a picture for Tuesday. I have ZERO recollection of what we did that day so I am going to have one of the kids draw an original piece of artwork to go there. I purchased some blank index cards that are the perfect size for the pockets and I keep them with all the journaling cards. That way the drawing serves as the picture and I will write about the drawing on the journaling card. I actually like to miss a few days here and there so that I can include some of these fun little things.

On the backside of the newsletter I put a drawing that Lily did of the color white for school. I love that she drew a bunch of ghosts (all saying "boo") and then wrote the word "white". She is so clever!
The other page the is second half of the week. I included a receipt from Best Buy on Saturday since we had to replace the cord for the computer that day due to baby slobber. That was kind of a downer!


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