Sunday, December 18, 2011

the holidays are near...

So its getting close to that time!

Its almost time for Christmas. I can't wait to spend some family time together. We will be having Christmas for my side on Wednesday. Your grandma Toby will be coming up from Rolla to have dinner at our house. It will be fun, we are doing a pot luck type dinner. I'm sure we will play some games, and then grandma said she wrapped all your gifts in single boxes because she wanted you to have a bunch to open. 

On Sunday or Monday we will head up to St. Joesph to have Christmas with Daddy's family. I haven't heard what we have planned yet, but I'm sure it will be fun. I actually haven't even heard what you are getting yet!! 

The rest of the time I'll be working and Daddy will be working. I'm continuing to work on you December album and you'll continue to recover from your terrible cold and teething you are doing right now. 

You have a whopping 14 teeth!! Thats insane little lady.

Love you bunches 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Project Life: Clementine kit is here!!

I was so excited to open that amazon box today! I peeked in and I love it. I'm not actually starting back to my normal pl yet since I'm finishing up december daily.

so you attempted to help me pick it up... which was too funny. That little box weighs a lot. After a little screaming and grunting you got it to come somewhat off the floor ;)

and like I mentioned earlier... I'm using my smash book as a way to keep track of things and plan out my project life stuff. It actually works really well. The picture glued in looks 

SCARY!! hahaha.

Here is a quick sample of the design and kit I chose. It LOOKS FANTASTIC! there is a great design and layout to this project that I love. It works well for what I want to do

and hey anyone can do it anywhere!

Look at my temporary pl station... my kitchen counter ;)
hey it works. I keep my album there closed to the side so I can open it as I go. I put a little basket and keep my journaling card box right there on top of the microwave... and shoot if I get hungry I just whip something up real quick


another day down, sick baby, and pl updates...

Oh for the love of..


that's literally all i've seen tonight. You are so sick! I feel bad because you are still so young that I really can't give you anything to help you get over it. Luckily you aren't overly grumpy.

I've also added a few new things to my Project Life list.

I picked up a smash book to help me plan, organize, and play with journaling and emperphia. 

then I picked up their date stamp to help me label the journal cards. I LOVE it already
next I ordered my project life kit from Becky Higgins. I went with the Clementine edition. I guess I couldn't pass something up from Lili!! 

and I grabbed some design A page protectors.

and I couldn't pass up getting some Washi Tape from Cutetape.

Thats my start for after the December Daily ends. I've been having so much fun with December Daily I can't believe I'm over half way finished!! I'm completely caught up on all journaling... I just have some decorating things and photos to print off. Not bad for this lady ;)

I hope to take some time tomorrow to go and pick up my pl kit, try and find more smash supplies at Michaels (they were sold out earlier) make some prints, decorate the dd pages, and spend the day with you  <3 
sounds like a perfect thursday
xo Mommy 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

project life and december daily catching up!!

So I'm so in love with the Project life inspired by Ali Edwards and based of Becky Higgins. I'm waiting on the new project life kits to come out, but I had to start the week after your birthday to keep up with the album a year I'm attempting... so I found some super cute paper and bought Becky's journaling cards... and went from there. After the new kit comes out I'll plan on changing things around a bit, but this is the last 8 weeks.. all jammed into one post
Title Page:

week 1-
so in the beginning I was still working out where I wanted photos and how I wanted to lay them out, I love the fact that I decided not to change anything even tho later on I change the way I lay it out. 

this week was a super special one because I was able to insert something from another family member. I haven't been able to do it again but I hope to try again. I also added your VERY FIRST DRAWING. This is what I love about this project... everything gets preserved and its all easily kept without the over concern of "Decorating" 

week 3- 
this week was centered around you. Your first coloring page and your 1 year doctor checkup.
unfortunately these things like your weight and height charts got lost... this year they wont because I'll have a place to put them without worrying later. I can say I'm just so in love with this way of memory keeping. I'm not the only one either, all your family members love this unique way at looking back at your every week.

 week 4-
this was Halloween Week. I was able to catch fun Halloween photos and I kept your Halloween cardboard cover. Also I wrote an awesome story about your first time Trick or Treating. 

week 5-
This week I centered around letting you know about what I do at work. Since this week was the end of my Halloween store and the start of the Toy store I thought it would be a perfect time to do it. This week all photos are centered around us setting up the new store.wa1

 week 6-
This week is a 4 page layout spread. This week was full since it was my birthday week. Showing you some photos from our dinner out, some family photos, a fun thing I did for daddy, and a movie I went to see for girls night. 

 week 7- 
This was another busy week full of stories and photos its another 4 page spread. This week was thanksgiving week. So I spent sometime showing you your family on mommy's side and your puppy! Next week will be photos from daddy's side. I'm trying to spend each week with some fun focals just like this week I showed what are favorite things were. Its fun to put some twists and some fantastic stories mixed in with photos. 

week 8 is coming soon!!

Next will be some quick glances at my foundation pages for my December Daily album. I'm combining this right in with the project life. It will be the same just themed with the holidays and will be daily rather than weekly. 
Its laid out directly after week 8 which will be the entire month of December. I started with a holiday paper cut 11x3 and added a ribbon down the side with a number. Next will be a 9 page pocket protector. One pocket is filled with a little decoration. The other 8 will be for wallet size photos or small journaling cards. I'll add journaling cards on the back of the "bookmark" and add some journaling there too. Next is the Ali Edwards Holiday overlay 8.5X11 page. I added a little holiday sticker and I'm going to use the open space for a 5x7 photo and below I'll write out a story or tell about the day. I continued it throughout. I didn't photograph all simply because I haven't gotten all the decorations in yet. 

*** sorry about the terrible photos... they were taken with my camera phone ***

Friday, November 25, 2011

keeping a post up to date?

I don't know, sometimes it seems impossible for me to keep your blog up to date. I do my best but certain things just seem to go to the wayside. I'm working on that lol but thats just simply a fact of life. You never want to load yourself with too many responsibilities, sometimes it sets you up for failure. Its simply because not one person can do it all! I've learned to narrow down my activities, hobbies, 
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this is you deciding you would like to help me with this post, get me off topic and all. you do that quite often. I walked away long enough to find you a pacifier, which you simply need to have but they are never anywhere you seem to look, but yes I walk away for that and I come back to you SITTING on my laptop! You are so funny! you are always doing something totally random yet super hilarious, usually something that's bad. 

okay okay I just finished up a whole day of thanksgiving and cooking, late night, early morning black friday, and now I've reached the end of all that and hit 12am on Saturday... I think that's a sign to sign off and get some sleep.
xo momma

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

American Horror Story/Halloween- journal 10/26

So I've been spending my last few days working and spending time with you.. it has pretty much taken up all my time that is how much I work these days. Oh its nice.. and the paycheck is nice so honestly it doesn't bother me much. I just make sure that no matter what I still get to spend my time with you! 
I've also been spending some time working on a few things.. one of which isn't your Halloween costume. So your Halloween thing is Friday and I don't have a costume!! ahhhh

I have a couple things I'm trying to do last minute. I honestly don't have the time to make us both the tutu costume, so I'm going to put that one off. Now I'm trying to come up with something... anything else. I have my District Manager(Nicholi) trying to find you a Princess Leia costume. I can also order this by 3 pm tomorrow and get it overnight shipped. I just really don't want to chance it!! I'm kinda worried. I know I don't have any in my store that I like and want to get, but its always an option. I've looked around at most other stores and haven't cared for those either. I must decide something soon.

I've also been catching a couple of my all time favorite tv shows. I'm not usually a tv watcher unless its adult cartoons or food network. I've just been hooked on 
American Horror Story-

 American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The all-star cast features Dylan McDermott as “Ben Harmon,” a psychiatrist; Connie Britton as “Vivien Harmon,” Ben’s wife; Taissa Farmiga as “Violet,” the Harmon’s teenage daughter; Jessica Lange in her first-ever regular series TV role as “Constance,” the Harmon’s neighbor; Evan Peters plays “Tate Langdon,” one of Ben’s patients; and Denis O’Hare as “Larry Harvey.” Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy as the Harmon’s housekeeper; Alexandra Breckenridge as the Harmon’s housekeeper; and Jamie Brewer as Constance’s daughter.
The pilot episode of American Horror Story, shot in Los Angeles, was written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and it was directed by Murphy. In addition to Murphy and Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto will also serve as Executive Producer of the series.  American Horror Story is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Vampire Diaries- 

Returning for its third season, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is the story of two vampire brothers who are obsessed with the same girl. In season one, Stefan (Paul Wesley, "Fallen") and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder, "Lost") returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons. Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev, the upcoming film, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved - in 1864. Damon, on the other hand, was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch's spell all those years ago. In the explosive finale of season one, Elena's uncle Johnathan (guest star David Anders) set a plan in motion that resulted in Katherine's return.
In season two, Katherine's manipulations threw a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon, and the other residents of Mystic Falls were forced to choose sides as they fell victim to a new breed of danger. Stefan and Damon were later met with their greatest challenge yet - the arrivals of Elijah (guest star Daniel Gillies, "Spiderman 2") and Klaus (Joseph Morgan, "Ben-Hur"), two of the "Original" vampires. As Klaus went head-to-head with Damon and took a special interest in Stefan, he was also seemingly focused on breaking the "Sun and Moon" curse by sacrificing Elena. No matter what action the brothers took to protect Elena, Klaus would not be swayed from his mission, proving himself to be the most powerful vampire in existence. Ultimately, Klaus' sacrifice ritual proved deadly not for Elena but for her Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning, "Smallville"), whose violent death devastated both her family and her boyfriend, Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis, "Legally Blonde").
Season three opens the door to the history of Klaus and The Original Family, as Klaus' motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. The ghosts from Jeremy Gilbert's (Steven R. McQueen, "Everwood") past have a powerful message they're trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they're having on his relationship with Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham, "Honey 2"). After the emotional end of her relationship with Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig, "Friday Night Lights"), Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola, "Juno") grows closer to Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino, "Cane"), and a war erupts between their families.
Based on the series of books by L. J. Smith, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is from Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Williamson ("Scream," "Dawson's Creek"), Julie Plec ("Kyle XY," "Wasteland"), Leslie Morgenstein ("Gossip Girl," "Private") and Bob Levy ("Gossip Girl," "Privileged").

well we are going to relax together, look up some more costumes on Spirit Halloween, and watch some South Park, and yes its midnight, but you are that kinda girl. 

xoxo Mommy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

omgosh I'm so excited!! Halloween costume decided.

So tonight I was randomly browsing through Pintrest and I found our Halloween costumes!!

I'm so stoked its unreal.

look at this!!!!!-

I'll probably edit a few things like I haven't decided if we will be witches... or something else, and I might alter the colors some, basic idea of it I'm stuck on!!

we will l0+
6ook... what Emma-

that is your attempt to help me write your blog posts... You are only slightly distracted by Despicable Me lol.

anyway child....

Mommy is on a mission! I'm making up my to do/to buy list and I'll be stuck on this project in all spare time that I have. **which isn't much** hmm shoulda thought that when I decided to run a Halloween store ;)

xo Mommy

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Project Life year 2 project planning and concept

So its time to move on from your 1st year baby album and start your second year. I spent so much time deciding and planning your first one and it went nothing how I planned. I sampled so many ways and found I like Ali Edwards concept with my own twist on it. Now its so eclectic that I LOVE it. I still have a few layouts and a couple things to write down, but overall its complete.

So I've spent the last few days gather all my "wishlist" items that I need to gather over the next month. Reason is one of my most important and favorite items wont be released until sometime in November. I'm not letting that hold me back and throw off how I want to do your album. I'll just have to wait for certain elements of it to come in at a later date. Whats okay about that is the way my approach to a new way of scrapbooking. I really can't get full 12x12 layouts done. In the last year I've only made 12.

So here is how I'll be doing the second year album. Mixed in with a couple other fun projects Ali does

Project Life album inspired by Ali Edwards with Project Life products from Becky Higgins

Here is how I like to lay it out. I've actually done part of your first year album like this... and I loved it! So I know its the way I want to go with the second year. I'm noticing now that there is so many little things I've lost, or things I haven't fully written out in a timely manner and now they are so much that I'm unable to write it all down.

I just feel great about the structural concept and the look of ease that comes with this type of scrapbooking. It captures my two favorite things... photos and journaling. 

I also love this basic spread. 

but I can always add more-

I've already began finding a few items from this week, taken some fantastic photos, and jotted a few things down on the blog I can grab and jot down on journaling cards. Its so fun and so easy!

I need to gather my basic supplies still-

I want this album from We r Memory Keepers
this Project Life kit from Becky Higgins

then I need some page inserts

I can't get anything until November tho. All I can get is the album, but I still can't get the inserts to add things yet so I'm just keeping everything organized so I can print it off in a month and add everything to it. It will take me some extra time then, but after that it will flow smoothly enough that I wont mind.

there are a few things I want to grab from Eva that are just extra for fun items.

and these stickers. also some other journal type stickers. Anything to stick to photos to help me date and label them

I want to grab a few things like tags, a black marker, stickers, washi tape, and little buttons and flowers just to add some more visual interest.

I love LoVe LOVE this album!! I'm so excited to get started and I can't wait to get everything put in.