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Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Week Three | January 12 - 18

Not much happening this week. Instead of a two page spread, it will only be one.  Just going with it this year in the hopes that helps me stay on top of it.  Here's the pictures from this week's project life spread.

If you're friends with me on facebook, you know the story of this picture. I currently have a in-progress scrapbook page of this picture sitting on my craft desk. I'll post the whole story, if you don't know it, when I post that layout.  

Friday night the PTA hosted a BINGO and Books night at Ian's school. He didn't want to go (he wanted to stay home and read his Percy Jackson books) but he changed his mind once he got there.  We were so close so many times and eventually both he and I won a BINGO, which meant he and Annaliese each go to go pick out a book. 

Work began on Ian's pinewood derby car for Cub Scouts, but it was short lived as Darrin determined we didn't have the right tools.  I love it when we have an excuse to buy more tools (that's an honest statement, too, not sarcasm). 

We don't have nap times around here any more, but apparently she needed one on Saturday .  Fell asleep snuggling with Darrin on the couch.  

Gas has been this cheap for awhile now, I just haven't needed to get any. With such a small commute now, my tank doesn't empty as fast.  I filled up for even less thanks to my HyVee fuel savers card.  Was so nice to fill my tank for less that $20. Took me back to the days when I was driving during college and could fill up for that amount. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Week Two | January 5-11

We returned to school this week from winter break on Tuesday, only to have Wednesday off for a too-cold day.  The kids and I celebrated by having smoothies with breakfast- the perfect breakfast when it's negative twenty-something with windchill outside. 
Annaliese and I spent part of the cold day working on one of the activities in her Kiwi Crate. We made a winterscape luminary with some tissue paper, glue, stickers, and an LED candle.  
Our kitchen table is in a nook with windows on all sides so not the warmest place when the wind blows.  So picnic by the fireplace, inspired by picnic by the Christmas tree, was born.  

By the time the weekend had rolled around, then temps had gone up and the wind had died down. The kids took to playing on the steep hill in our backyard, climbing to the top...

and then slide back down.  
We stopped by HyVee after church on Sunday. So miss living more than five minutes from that store.  They were super helpful and my ankle only got run over once...
And of course we made sure to get home in time to watch the Packers fight off the Cowboys to play in the NFC Championship game next week.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Layout | Wonder



Darrin snapped this picture of Annaliese during our Advent activity of sleeping by the Christmas tree, and I knew instantly it would be a photo I would treasure forever. It also became the photo I scrapped first in the new year.



I was inspired by this layout, printed the picture 5x7, and had some fun with white paint and glitter. And looking through all my patterned paper for shades that were similar enough to each other to use.

Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Week One | December 29 - January 4

Wow. October 19.  Really?! I knew it had been awhile since I posted, but really?! Ten days shy of three months. Crazy.  My sister asked  me when home for Christmas if I ever planned on blogging again.  Always start the year with the best of intentions, so here we go.
In my paper version of project life, I'm using these digital files from Paislee Press for the title card of each spread.  This week's contains a picture of the winners of our first-ever Yahtzee game.  Annaliese rolled and Darrin played the strategy for their team.  

They won even with Ian praying against them as they rolled.  the second picture is his yell of "NO!" as Annaliese had the winning  roll.  


This week was the second week of winter break, and because of that, we were all home all week.  That meant some time to play with presents.  Ian, with some help from Darrin, put together his first project from Tinker Crate.  It was a small motor that used batteries and a magnet to keep a medallion spinning.  
Ian and I tackled a big project over break- sorting  his Legos.  He had them all in one big bucket. I figured he only played with the figures instead of built things because he couldn't find the pieces he needed. So we fixed that and got them all sorted by type of block.  
And when we weren't sorting Legos, he was building one of the seven different sets he got for Christmas.  The good guys and bad guys are preparing for an "epic battle" (his words) on his dresser.  

New Years Eve we spent having dinner with others at our church in support of Table Grace Cafe. They are a restaurant in Omaha that has no set prices or a cash register.  If you walk in the door and want to eat, they will feed you.  You donate as  payment- either with money or by volunteering your time in the restaurant.  This is the second year they've done a dinner for us on New Years and I've loved it both years. We learned from last year to bring things for the kids to do while we're there. Next year we may need to bring PBJ as Annaliese was not a big fan of most of the meal.  
This guy celebrated a birthday this week, and as always, didn't want anything.  So I made him chocolate cinnamon rolls because that's what I wanted to make.  

We met friends at the children's museum this week, though didn't get many pictures of the kids actually together.  Ian and Annaliese had the run of the play grocery store while  we were there.  
The  special exhibit was about farming.  Annaliese is moving the corn (ball) in to the corn bin. Ian took a turn at being a meteorologist and forecasting the weather for the week.    

There was also a new part of the museum that had an interactive projection floor.  Annaliese and Ian both had a blast playing on it.  There was a game where you destroyed bubbles, and then it morphed in to a piano.  I typed my journaling for this week's project life spread on the photo (which I just noticed a typo in...).