Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday 04/27/10

Today more than made up for the relaxed Monday I had yesterday. Matthew and I had a few struggles that feel a lot bigger than they should have been. His listening and doing as he's told issue was at a peak today. Soccer was cancelled on us. Coach Shane wasn't "up to par" and after Run/Walk Club, we decided to grab Kristen and head to Maggie Moo's. Maybe that was my mistake . . . when we came home, I could get no homework done; Kristen needed to get her labels done for her candy to pass out tomorrow (today as I write this), and it seems every time I walk into Wal Mart, the boys lose control. Today it was for the candy and labels for Kristen's campaigning. I'm worn out from doing the whole pushing and nudging to give my kids some initiative. I know, I know, it's all about finding the right motivation and it's part of my job as a parent, but this - with everyone needing it right now - it wears on me. I also wish I saw my daughter a bit more . . . she seems to appear for the craziest times when I am not holding my camera (time to break out the tripod tomorrow - Thursday as I'm writing this - before it's too late). Here's hoping to get some shots of my daughter and hubby for our project soon!

Here's some shots from today (well, yesterday):

Everyday Wakeup

Everyday Bed

Everyday Closet

Everyday Breakfast

Everyday Coffee

Everyday Morning before School

Everyday Kitchen (when I don't clean the night before)

Everyday Kitchen (after cleanup) - not too bad if I say so myself

Everyday Laundry Piles

Everyday Driving (Matthew's behind me and Kristen beside me)

Everyday Feet

Everyday Beauty

Everyday Goofballs

For those of you who did this project too . . . how are your albums coming together? What products did you decide to use? Did you go all digital or a mix?? I happened to buy some of Ali's overlays at Designer Digitals last week, and I really want to do this hybrid so I'm resisting buying a bunch of templates, but I don't think I'm going to have enough daily shots to use the baseball card holder idea. Maybe I'll just do 4x6 slots, but then that means I'm doing a 12x12 album and I really wanted to stick with 8 1/2 x 11 album size for this one . . . I'd love your thoughts!

Week In The Life - Monday 4/26/10

7:10 am: looks like it's going to be a beautiful day . . . time to get the boys up.

7:32 am: pick out clothes for the boys from dining room table and dryer from "welcome home" laundry. They get dressed and watch TV. I think they're a little tired this morning.

8:24 am: They make it to school and I head off to McDonalds for some breakfast. No coffee was made at home this morning, and an Egg McMuffin and a large Vanilla Iced coffee is calling my name.

9:15 am: I spent my morning checking class message boards at BPS and putting together my blog post for LOM

11:30 am: Took a quick nap . . . the bed was just calling my name after our vacation.

12:12 pm: I finally got my shower and cleaned up to be seen out in public (though I didn't take any self-portraits . . . bummer). I wore a muted blue shirt and my khaki shorts.

1:05 pm: watched Days of Our Lives and ate lunch (2 Planters nutrition bars - almonds, honey roasted peanuts and some chocolate thrown in). Ed and I started working on Kristen's election posters via email.

1:47 pm: Texted with Kristen about remembering her AP Human Geography make up exam

2:43 pm: Kristen called to have me pick her up, but I had to wait for the boys to get home from the bus.

3:20 pm: At the bank depositing some checks that came in the mail from Ed's stock.

3:25 pm: Ran to CVS for milk and snack for the kids. Still hadn't made it to the store today.

3:46 pm: Drive home on Hwy 17 from a right turn on 220.

4:00 pm: keep editing Kristen's posters and call around to find the best prices and decide on what sizes and quantity.

5:29 pm: working on email to send to Office Max while getting the boys ready for Flag Football practice. We haven't been to the Y fields in quite some time . . . should be interesting. Matthew's freaking out because we don't have mouthguards yet.

6:43 pm: practice is over and it's time to head home, but not without the boys climbing all over the extra equipment by the storage room.

6:57 pm: Dinner is going to be hot dogs and shells and cheese and I have to run to Wal Mart because a) Matthew got a 100 on his spelling test (makeup) today and Ed and I gave him $5 and since Matthew can't save his money, he wanted to go and see about buying a "how to train your dragon" toy; b) we ran out of mustard, and c) we needed hot dog buns and mouthguards for flag too. I get a call at some point from Office Max telling me the posters will be done soon.

7:40 pm: I call Kristen and tell her we're on the way home and have her start shells and cheese. When we're coming in though, Sue and Tim are walking back from the tennis courts with Shawn and Krissy and we all start talking.

8:30 pm: Kristen and I head to Office Max to pick up her posters. Dinner is left for Ed and the boys and K and I leave without dinner yet.

8:52 pm: We get to Office Max and buy the $250 worth of posters and some packing tape so she can hang them tomorrow. Elections are Wednesday and we're a few days late since she was out of town that Friday when they could start campaigning.

9:10 pm: Finally home; 24 is on and Ed remembered to DVR it (YAY!!). Kristen and I eat dinner and I'm exhausted. I choose Frosted Flakes . . . there's no shells and cheese left.

10:30 pm: hit the bed


All-in-all, not too bad for a Monday. Sure I wish I could have slept more, but the house was a disaster and it needed some work. The boys were fairly well-behaved, if only Matthew had remembered his folder with his homework in it. :) Kristen had to get her stuff done for her campaign and that was a little rushed and pushed by us as her parents. I don't know if it was her just being lazy - or unmotivated for whatever reason - but WE aren't the ones running. IF she wants to run for an office, it'd be nice for her to show some planning and initiative. I'm sure part of this is just being a teenager, but I'm not used to it from MY child! LOL

I kind of feel like I waste a lot of my days away. I know I'm always busy, and I take some pictures, but I feel the urge to break routine. I don't make fancy lunches or dinners . . . I'm not watching an infant or toddler all day . . . I'm struggling with what to take pictures of during my 5 hours of solitude and it's only the first day. Hmmm.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Last week was supposed to be on my calendar as doing Ali Edwards' Week in the Life Project. I truly wanted nothing more than to record the everyday and ordinary, in all it's craziness and unpredictability. But, the week after our 10 year anniversary, when my hubby and I were finally able to get out to dinner sans children, he surprised me with a family vacation to Amelia Island Plantation. It was somewhere that we had wanted to go alone, but these days they're offering a "Family Value Plan" and it includes free meals for kids under10, as well as kids camps throughout the day and even some evenings. So, I was going to go ahead with my plan and try it out - taking lots of photos and all - but in the end, upon coming home and really reflecting, it's so not my normal life. I mean, who gets to sit around at the pool or beach drinking cocktails all day long, never cooking and cleaning? Anyhow, I've decided it wasn't quite REAL enough and while I'll still document our trip, I will be starting the whole thing over today - maybe a little better documented too . . .

Here are a few shots from the weekend with the kids. My daughter got to invite a friend or two as well to keep her company and have some fun without parents.

Thursday night we arrived and hit the beach and pool.

Sunrise Friday morning

Lance set up his turtle to run to the water.

Lance lost his tooth Saturday morning

Sunrise Saturday morning

At the marsh side Saturday morning while we were waiting for Kylie and Kristen to get done with their kayaking trip.

Hello crab

Rachna's here and the girls are off on a bike ride.

Took the boys to feed the turtles (we were actually trying to do a "crab grab" at 4 pm but we didn't know we had to RSVP so we just went to the back of the nature center and fed the turtles instead.

On Sunday, it was overcast and breezy. Matthew went to the beach with Ed and the girls went as well. I stayed back while Lance watched Avatar and started packing. Checkout was at 11 am and we stayed and hung out around the resort area until 3:30. We returned home by 5 for dinner and get ready for school tomorrow time.

I'll keep you all posted with how I do this week in my "week in the life" project. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Let the Sunshine In!!

This month has been amazingly sunshine-y since it began (not a drop of rain yet where I live) and I truly think it may have been thanks to me getting this award back in March.  I hope I too can pass some of my sunshine around to some other bloggers around the world. And, I know you will all be so relieved you won't have to watch me share some more uninteresting fun facts about myself! :)

Thank you for thinking of me, April and Cheryl. You both ROCK my blogging world and I wish I could pass this back to both of you! :)

And now for the rules:
1. Put the logo in your post or within your blog.
2. Pass the award onto 12 fellow bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blogs.
5. Share the love and link to the person who gave you the award.

Here are 12 bloggy buddies, in no particular order, who bring sunshine to my days.


Thanks ladies for bringing a little bit of sunshine into my life!! :)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Sleeping Under the Stars

Cute, huh? I've never been one to take a layout class at a local scrapbook store, but a friend was doing the Basic Grey layout class and well, I need some "girl time" once a month and I couldn't resist the amount of materials that we get to take home as leftovers, so I decided to join her! I must admit, these papers would not have called to me in the store - I NEVER would have picked them up - but I am very pleased with how this one turned out. I love getting a sneak peek before actually attending class so that I can figure out which images I want to take and I basically leave with a finished product!!  I just look at the layout and head to my storage binders (Library of Memories) and flip until I find something that strikes my fancy!

This layout was of our boys' first camping trip that we went on with two other familes. They had a ball and can't wait to go back! This likely would have been one of the sets of photos that would have been pushed to the back of the "inspiration" pile because I wouldn't have "known" how I wanted to scrapbook it, and because I took this class, which took the thinking out of the equation, I was able to get a layout done that celebrates their first camp outing! Thanks LOM!!