Friday, December 27, 2013

Snow Fun

At home, our ground is basically ugly, brown grass, but at Grandma and Grandpa's, just a few hours away, it's covered in snow.  Lots and lots of fluffy white snow that we saw fall on Christmas Eve and Day.  On Thursday, we headed out to the hill behind my parents' house and went sledding.  The weather was perfect- 20 degrees and sunny with no wind, so instead of freezing, we worked up a sweat.

At first, we thought it would be a repeat of last year, when Annaliese only went down the hill once. On her first trip down the hill last year, she got snow in her face and chose not to go again. Well, on her first trip down this year, she got snow in her face again, but this time, after she screamed and had it wiped off, she chose to go again and again and again.

Ian just kept going and going and going, loving every minute of it. At first, after witnessing all the snow Annaliese was getting in her face, he covered his face going down, but he quickly got over that.  He loved to go off the snow piles and catch a little air, but even more, he just loved going fast. 

Mom and I both got in a bit on the sledding, too. 

Her first trip down. Not a happy girl!

But that didn't stop her!

After seeing Annaliese take snow to the face, he elected to cover his.

But the covering didn't last long. Making a new trail.

Catching some air.

That sled was my sister's... it's at least 20 years old and is in AMAZING shape.

Oh, the frustration of having the cord around your leg.

Grandma found Aunt Cara's sled that holds three. The kids were so excited by how fast and far they could go with all three of them on the sled.

Poor Annaliese, being small often stinks...

not that you can tell from this picture.

Yep, that's me. We caught some air over the snow pile.

And that's my mom with a death grip on Annaliese... I have another picture with a big look of fear on her face, but I decided to be a nice daughter and post this one instead.

Darrin decided to forge a path through the piles created by the snow plow. This allowed them to go down the hill in the above pictures, across the drive, and down this hill into the forest, as Ian referred to it.

As Annaliese got to the top of this hill, she looked up and said, "You gotta be kidding me. There's another hill!"  Yep, that's why I like my role as photographer. I don't have to hike the hills as much.

Coming down the second hill through the trees, catching a bit of air down here, too. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Favorite Thing Blog Hop

Welcome to the "My Favorite Thing" blog hop at Child's Play Challenges.  You should have arrived here from Jane's blog.  If this is your first stop, you might want to hop on over to Child's Play to start from the beginning.

It's the time of year when kids will be opening presents that might just become their new favorite toy.  When my son was 2, he's favorite toy was a puppy his aunt and uncle had gotten while working at the vet clinic.  He was promptly named Karma after their dog she resembles... sort of.

Karma went everywhere with him and did everything with him.  Now, four years later, she looks drastically different; you can tell she's been loved.  Along the lines of differences, I scrapped most of this layout at least three years ago.  I did it at a crop and put it in an album to bring home, where it stayed until a few weeks ago when I pulled it out to finally put a title on it.  I added a few more embellishments, too. If I would have scrapped the whole thing recently, though, I'm not sure the clear stickers below and above the grid would have made it on the layout.

As a thanks for stopping by my blog today, I've got a few of my favorite scrappy things put together as a prize. To be eligible, leave a comment below about a favorite stuffed animal/baby doll of your own.  Mine would have been a toss-up between my two Cabbage Patch dolls, Cora and Megan, or my Care Bear Cousin Bright Heart Raccoon (which, funny enough, my son now sleeps with every night- yes, the exact same one).

And now, on to Stephanie's blog to continue the hop.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Daily 2013 | The Cover

December Daily is an idea Ali Edwards began oh so many years ago. Essentially each day is documented in some way leading up to Christmas (and this year, I may go past it... we'll see how full the album gets). Last year, we did an activity each day in conjunction with our advent calendar, and I used my December Daily album to document what each activity was.  This year, we're doing the same thing, and many of the activities will be the same.  In order to have a  bit of a different feel to the album, though, I'm going to try and focus on a story surrounding the event- focusing on something small and telling its story, instead of the basic, "Here's what we did to celebrate advent today."

Normally by Dec. 1st,  I'd like to have all my foundation pages in the album, so as I print pictures, I can easily scrap them. But the month of November got away from me, and I'm just now finishing my cover. When planning my cover, I basically have one requirement- it can't be too dimensional. I don't want the cover so bulky that the items on it could get caught on something and ripped off, so I kept that in mind while brainstorming ideas.

Confession time: This cover went a completely different direction than I originally thought. I was going to use my new silhouette (early birthday present!) to create a mask and do a very word-centered title.  Once I got the snowflakes down, though, and showed Darrin what I was thinking for the next step, he said, "But you'll cover up a lot of the snowflakes.  So, on to Plan B... which I love :)  

I'm again using the Simple Stories Sn@p binder (6x8).  I taped off the red part and painted with some lovely blue acrylic paint. While it was drying, I cut out the snowflakes on my silhouette cameo (the inaugural cuts on my machine) using the double-sided adhesive.Once dry, I put the snowflakes down, tore off the top layer, and added the glitter. For the finishing touches, I added a ribbon from my stash, wood veneer from Elle's Studio, and a banner from Heidi Swapp.