Thursday, April 17, 2014

Layout | 12 Months

The latest challenge at Child's Play Challenges uses the game "Simon" for inspiration.  I never had this game as a kid, but my friends did, and I loved playing it, trying to see how many rounds I could go before I'd finally make a mistake and hit the wrong button. 

For my layout, I took my inspiration from the actual design of the Simon game, placing pictures of Annaliese, one from each month from the first year of her life, where the buttons are on the game.  Then I put the title in the center where the title is on the game.  I love how this layout came together.  Most of my scrap stuff is currently packed up and in storage, and while there were a few things I wish I had, it was fun to make it work with what I had on hand.  I used my cameo to cut on the negative title, and the pens that come with it to write the script on the title. 

Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Cardstock: Bazzill
Die Cuts: Silhouette Cameo
Number Stickers: American Crafts Thickers
Sticker: MME
 Metal "Love", stars, wood veneers: Freckled Fawn

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2014 Week Eight | Februar 17 - February 23

Yep, I'm blogging about the middle of February on the second to last day of March.  But really, when have I ever been current on Project Life once their birthdays hit.  I actually haven't even printed these photos.   All my scrapbooking stuff is packed away as we prepare to move.  They'll get scrapped eventually, but at least I know what pictures I'll use.  

We went and picked up Ian's birthday present, a big bike with no training wheels.  We took it up to our church's parking lot and tried it out.  He did SOOOO well!  Our normally timid boy was fearless (though we didn't let go) and is excited to go again.  Annaliese wanted the wheels off her bike as well, but once she realized what that meant, well, look at the picture above. That was her response. 
 Picture on the right was the happy girl biking at church before the training wheels came off.  Picture on the left was a few days later. Ian on his scooter because he's not up for trying his bike on the hill yet.

 Just a snapshot of my girl. She likes to pose for pictures, and I like when she does :)

 Friday night game night.  Ian and I played some Scrabble while Annaliese played with the colorful star pieces (on the tray to the left of the board). 

 A comparison photo of our yard on the left and a picture from my sister's drive home on the right. Same day, 360 miles apart.

 A snapshot of Darrin.  His last day in glasses.  He had lasik surgery the next morning.
The view out my windshield at one of my schools on Tuesday around noon.  It was snowing so bad I called to switch a visit I was supposed to make to another school at 2:30. Crazy thing, by 2:30, it had stopped snowing and most of it had melted away, and we got about 2 inches that day.  It was a very wet, slushy snow, that obviously didn't last. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Layout | Little Boy Blue

The challenge for the second half of the month this month at Child's Play Challenges is Mother Goose. Looking through my pictures, I found these of Ian in his Osh Gosh bibs and "Little Boy Blue" popped into my head. 

This layout went together really quickly and I love how it turned out. 

Come join us at Child's Play- there are so many options with Mother Goose!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crazy Busy

It's been a long time since I've posted, but with good reason- we're prepping the house to move. I had an interview last week in a rural district near here and accepted the position, so our goal is to move halfway between here and there. So last week, while I was off on spring break, we used it to cross some things off the to-do list.

East/South wall before: 

 East/South wall after. The south (red) wall is a darker shade, but it's a bit hard to tell.

Entry way/ Stairs in progress:

Entry way/ Stairs after: 

Darrin hard at work in the space above the kitchen. He repaired the dry wall that had been water damaged beautifully. You can't tell now (though I failed to get the after shot). 

Annaliese offered to climb up and paint the top for us, though she only made it up one more rung. 

We also regrouted the counter tops.  Before: 
After: (the lighting isn't the best in the first one, but you get the idea of how nasty the old grout looked).

 Only a few things left before she's ready to go on the market!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Four Years

Today my spunky spitfire turns FOUR!  So hard to believe, yet it some ways, it seems like she's been four for awhile now.  Things Ian did while he was four she's be doing for awhile now, thanks to keeping up with him.  She brings us smiles and laughs daily, as well frustration.  She is headstrong and lets her desires be known, but she's also very affectionate.  As I was walking out of day care yesterday after dropping her off, she ran back out the door to yell for me and flash me the "I Love You" sign language sign.  Love this girl!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Disney's FROZEN Birthday Party

Two weeks ago was Ian's TMNT party with friends. This past weekend was Annaliese's Frozen party. Our families came to celebrate, and while the party was Annaliese's chosen theme, it was as much for Ian, too, since the family didn't get to celebrate with him at his party. 

The kids were running around and having a great time, but I tried to have some Frozen activities planned.  Though it doesn't look like it, there was more than one little kid painting.  They're painting with equal parts epsom salt and hot water.  When it dries, it looks like ice crystals on the paper. 

There was some "Pin the Nose on Olaf" action.  Darrin drew Olaf for us.  Annaliese was first to go and missed it by a bit...

Though she did better than Ian, who ended up walking around the entire kitchen before he found Olaf (he used his hand to feel for the paper, and when he couldn't find it, would try to figure out where he was in the kitchen and where he needed to go.)

Ian was excited about his two chapter books, but Annaliese was SUPER excited about her Frozen Golden Book. 

But then her expression got even better when she opened her Else costume, which she immediately had to wear.

This is about as much expression as Ian gave, even though he was totally stoked by most of his presents. He made off like a bandit when it came to TMNT toys. He added Spliter, the sub, a book, and another Lego set to his collection.

Great Billie is known for giving the kids lots of clothes, which makes me very happy.  This picture shows clearly how the kids feel about the clothes, too; Annaliese was in love and Ian opened it just to toss it aside. 

The kids had lots of fun with their homemade blue playdoh, which they got to take home. I had some glitter in it as well. 

Playing with her new InnoTab game decked out in her Elsa costume and new headband.

Testing out his spy gear. 

Cousin (yes, Walter, we consider you one, too) fun on the bed.

The theme for food was white and blue. We had fresh fruit with "Snow Dip" (cream cheese dip). 

Deconstructed Olaf. Rolls for his body, carrots for his nose, pretzels for his arms, and chocolate covered raisins for his buttons. 

Melted snow and blue punch to drink. We also had chili and wild rice soup to eat.

Singing Happy Birthday.  Ian was smiling silly, so we were telling him not to smile in the hopes of getting an authentic smile. Instead, we got this. 

Blowing out four candles takes a much bigger breath than one candle.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A TMNT Birthday

This Saturday, we get a chance to breathe.  The past two Saturdays have been filled with birthday festivities.  Two weeks ago Ian celebrated his 7th birthday with three of his friends. It's the first time we've had a birthday party with friends, and we didn't want to go crazy and invite everyone, so he invited five friends, and three were able to come. 

Gift bags for the boys filled with a TMNT puzzle, play pack, and the cup they used for lunch.

The nun-chuck training hallway.

I made three of these green paper lantern turtles.  I put one in Ian's room, which he was super stoked about.

The turtles love pizza, and I made use of the felt one from the kids' play kitchen.  Ian made the sign for it the day we wrote out the invitations. He was so excited for friends to come over.

Waiting for people to arrive.

The menu was easy since the turtles love pizza. We had a fruit salad the color of the turtles, too (red-strawberries, blue-blueberries, purple-grapes, orange-clementines). One of Ian's friends is the son of a co-worker, and his sister came along to hang out with Annaliese. 

It snowed on Wednesday of that week, the one time we've had snow stay on the ground more than one day and everyone went sledding in the backyard. I'm so mad that I forgot to check the camera settings. All the photos are really washed out, so black and white is as good as I could get.  It was the first time one of the boys had ever been sledding, so I was really glad they were able to go. 

After present opening, they headed up to Ian's room to put together the Lego kit he got and play with the other Legos he has.

Nun-chuck battle.

One of the boys had to leave for a basketball game.  Those that stayed decorated their own throwing stars. I didn't get a great picture of the pot they threw it into, but you can catch a glimpse of Shredder's face on the pot.   

Ready. Aim. Fire!

After that, we did a quick science experiment to make our own mutagen. 

Doing some nun-chuck training in the hall. 

In the end, I think fun was had by all.  It wasn't without ups and downs...  At one point, Ian accidentally got pushed into the railing on the stairs and he responded with some tears. He calmed down in his room (after I had to send him there to do so).  Darrin and I also learned we need to invite friends over more often, as he was a bit bossy with them and his toys- he's not used to having to share them with anyone with Annaliese, so he's got some learning to do about how to treat and defer to friends when they visit. 

There were moments when they got along beautifully, though, and at some points during the party, they just wanted to play in Ian's room and Darrin and I were able to sit and watch the Olympics.  When I asked him what he thought, he said it was AWESOME birthday. Couldn't ask for anything better than that!

Decorations and mutagen
shredder throwing star