Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week in the Life: Sunday

57 photos taken today, narrowed down to 25.
We had a very nice Sunday and this is the end of my Week in the Life photo documentation.
As I've mentioned, I'm so glad I took the time to do this project because of all the fun every day moments I have captured.
Hopefully I can get the album made next week so we can enjoy looking through the memories from this week for years to come!

WITL Flickr set

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Week in the Life: Saturday

Saturday morning in bed. A good way to start the day. Today I took 42 photos and cut them down to 23.
Grandma and Papa are in town this weekend, so it was nice to have extra hands around the house - although that didn't help me keep my lap open at lunchtime!
Went for the bright pink on my fingers and toes today to get a little festive for my inlaws' Fiesta party.
Looking up (literally) to her brother.
One more day of Week in the Life! I've enjoyed the photo-taking element and am looking forward to putting together the album, too!

WITL on Flickr

Friday, July 29, 2011

Week in the Life: Friday

This one just made me laugh - playing on the iPad in a cardboard box. Sign of the times, eh?
Today, while I wasn't looking, Lachlan threw away the PB&J sandwich I made him for dinner and insisted he was going to "make his own sandwich". And then he did, ha.
Cleo, in her statue pose. Can't believe how tiny she is. Sweet old lady.
Tonight we went to a family dinner party at Bill's aunt and uncle's house. They have a small pond stocked with fish and L has been dying to try fishing. They also have amazing gardens and I spotted a big yellow butterfly!
Today the photo total was 84, narrowed it the group down to 43.
A few more on Flickr
and lots more Project Life fun on Ali's blog:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Week in the Life: Thursday

Today I took 52 photos and narrowed it down to 29.
We took a trip to the recycling center and the veterinarian's office.
It was another laid back summer day. I am going out of my way to take more photos per day than I normally would (obviously) and so I am getting photos I really love that I would never have taken otherwise.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Week in the Life: Wednesday

Today I took 79 photos and narrowed the group down to 38.
We had a low key day, including a trip to the grocery store and a morning play date with L's buddy.
Lachlan tried his first s'more tonight at it was a hit.
Then we lounged on the lawn for a few minutes watching the clouds move and the birds fly by.
Been posting a few more in my Week in the Life set on Flickr.

Hundred's of people are linking up on Ali's daily posts. It's pretty inspiring!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week in the Life: Tuesday

Today I took 117 photos and edited them down to 49 to save until I start putting my album together next week.
We went to the Johnson County Fair for a bit today, it was so HOT but fun to see the animals and take a ride on the carousel.

This is a good week to do this project because we don't have much going on outside of the house. I'm trying to finish some projects that have been sitting around halfway done, and getting some corners of the house decluttered and reorganized. Just going with the flow and taking lots and lots of photos.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Week in the Life: Monday

Today I started (along with many others) to participate Ali Edwards' "Week in the Life" project.
I'm looking forward to capturing a snapshot of our everyday life and our home.
Today I took 120 photos on my point and shoot, many of them duplicates of the same scene. I just edited that group down to 45.
I'll be sharing my five favorite photos at the end of each day this week, then working on putting an album together next week.

L's first preschool experience

Lachlan and I finished our summer session at Preucil Preschool last week. I taught the 2 Day class, and L attended two days a week in the 5 day classroom with his teachers Tricia and Julie.
Preucil has two classrooms that are joined in the center with a communal art room. I am so thankful it worked out for L to be in the other classroom. I think it is better for him to have his own space and someone other than mom in charge. The first couple days he kept poking his head in and asking to be in my classroom. I realized that he mostly wanted to play with the toys in our room (as opposed to really missing me) so I made sure he had time to play in my classroom before school started.
As expected, he was very comfortable and happy to be at school. Also as expected, he gravitated towards the older boys in the class - a couple who are headed off to kindergarten in August and Helen's visiting son who is in elementary school - and wanted to play whatever they were playing.
He built blocks and made a painting almost every day. He also loved the half hour music class and Helen's theater class after lunch. He's been belting out songs from both every day.
I admit it did take a little more energy than I expected to be the "mom" and the "teacher" at the same time. It also stressed me out that he is still fighting potty training (especially #2) so I had to resist checking up on him every 10 minutes. At the same time, I am so lucky that I get to watch him experience all the social, cognitive, and creative firsts he will have at preschool.
He's looking so grown up, isn't he?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer mini-album 2011

It has been too dang hot in Iowa the past few days to be outside, so I've been alternating between cleaning house and doing a little scrapbooking. I started this mini album a few weeks ago to capture our moments of summer fun. These are a few of my favorite spreads so far:

mini book base from: bananafishstudio
She's on vacation right now but you can also find a great summer mini kit from elisejoy. I always get great mini book inspiration from Elise's blog.

I'm adding in the summer pages from my letterpress calendar by ilee papergoods so that I can still enjoy them.

Adding in papers and stickers from my stash, especially the Playground line by Echo Park. Love love love.

The alphabet stamp set is from Michael's. They have a bunch of mini sets for only $1 each ($1 for the whole alphabet! I picked up... several.)

Printing most of my photos at home with my Epson Picturemate that prints 4"x6" photos and smaller.

This kind of project is fun because I can add one page at a time, or I can do like I did this weekend and do a bunch, catch-up style. Fun to add a little ephemera as well. I'm finding spots for a movie ticket (Super 8 - recommend!), a concert ticket (Huey Lewis & the News - fun but didn't live up to my high expectations) and Lachlan's first baseball game ticket (I-Cubs vs. Memphis Redbirds).

Here's a link to last summer's mini, which I still love.