Ah sweet spring

I’m sure you’ll excuse my absence when you see what I’ve been distracted with:

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All from my garden. I did have to stretch it a bit to come up with this bouquet for a friend’s birthday; and included budding bits from a bush, branches from our dogwood, a weed and an unfurling fern. Yes new life is popping up everywhere! And now that I’ve realized I have allergies and can just take a pill and feel human I am quite happy to be outside all day, as are the girls. I’ve got lots of plans, lots and lots of plans.

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Easter at my mom and step-dad’s. See that sweet dress on Tuesday? Mine when I was her age! Good thing 80s fashion is back in vogue.

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I did absolutely no planning with regards to Easter, since we don’t celebrate it. My mom always comes through with a lovely brunch and hosts wonderful family time, which we love. I mentioned to Tuesday it was coming up and she was all, “remember that one time at the club with all the eggs!!!” I asked her if she wanted me to hide some eggs for her and oh boy did she. So Saturday night Bj and I were filling plastic eggs with whatever we could find. Including some left over halloween candy. Nothing says rebirth like gummy brains! Bennet was thrilled with the hunt. Every time she found an egg she exclaimed, “oh!” picked it up, put it in her basket and immediately signed “more”.

Now we’re down to the desert for a few days, where it threatens to be pushing 100. 100! I think I’ll melt! Luckily it’s raining here and I don’t feel too bad leaving my garden to nature. Though I will be bringing a stack of books and magazines with me (including this one, this one, and this one! -affiliate links).

  • Rexanne Robicheaux - I’ve been a follower of your blog since before your marriage and I’m so sorry to learn that you don’t celebrate Easter. Maybe you’ve indicated this preference before and I just didn’t catch it… With all of the blessings you have in your life, it’s a shame you haven’t recognized where they come from! I will pray for you and your family – in the hopes that you will realize the source of your good fortune. God loves you, even if you don’t acknowledge Him.April 23, 2014 – 7:05 amReplyCancel

  • Julia - What a darling bouquet from your garden. I love the photo of you with your mom and the girls… so sweet! Tuesday looks so cute in your dress! Enjoy your time in California!April 23, 2014 – 7:29 amReplyCancel

  • mary m - Have a fantastic trip! Tom and I are heading to Vegas on Sunday, so a different part of the desert ;-) And what beautiful things from your garden already!April 23, 2014 – 8:44 amReplyCancel

Today

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Today. Oh today. I just want to bottle you up and have this feeling to take a sip of whenever I need it. Five hours alone with Bennie this morning (she got up at five, Tuesday at 10:30!). Then a nap for her and cookie making with Tuesday. She ran after the mailman barefoot to take him one warm from the oven.

My mom popped over in the middle of her busy day. I happened to have the door open when my neighbor came home from work. She had a rough day. Come over I yelled across the street, we have cookies! So she did, with wine. We chatted a bit. Tuesday packed up some cookies for the guy mowing the lawn.

It poured all day, big fat lovely rain. We stayed cozy and I said a rare yes to Bob the Builder. I started getting things organized in the storage room, where I’d thrown stuff all winter. Dinner was left overs and easy. Then we came upstairs and I asked Tuesday to read to Bennie so I could put away a weeks worth of laundry. And she took her job so seriously. Making up whatever she couldn’t remember.

Bj came upstairs then and Bennet started dancing to some music. It took me a moment to realize it was coming from my phone… My locked phone. That’s when I realized she could change the sound played for my timer and alarms without getting the phone unlocked. And I laughed when I figured out that’s why Banana Phone started playing in the library earlier in the week. Silly Bennet.

Bj read Superfudge to Tuesday so I put Bennet down (a rare event). She was so snuggly I didn’t want to lay her in her crib after she drifted off to sleep in my arms. So I held her.

And wrote this.

  • Marin - I love this post!April 18, 2014 – 1:36 amReplyCancel

  • Julia - Oh Amber, such a special day! It’s so nice to have days like this. Charlotte fell asleep on the sofa a few nights ago, and I found myself not wanting to not put her down after I carried her to bed… she is still my baby!April 18, 2014 – 7:21 amReplyCancel

    • Amber - Oh I know! When they are sleeping they seem especially perfect!April 18, 2014 – 11:27 amReplyCancel

  • mary m - perfect.April 18, 2014 – 8:29 amReplyCancel

  • Ceara - Good thing you blogged about it so you can relive this day forever and always. Moments like these you gotta bottle up!April 18, 2014 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

  • jessica - That is an awesome chair you have got there! I would love to have one just like it!April 18, 2014 – 6:50 pmReplyCancel

Happy Days

I am loving the 100happydays project! I decided to do a photo to represent a happy moment for Bennie, Tuesday and I.

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My happy moments: 1.Tuesday singing in the car 2. family dance party 3. Mexican food 4. roses for our anniversary 5. Bj brought me home a Pinterest shirt 6. Breakfast pies in the freezer (and eggs from a friend!) 7. site of a three hour nap (trying to recover from a bad cold) 8. spring is here! 9. squeezing in a tiny bit of scraping

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Tuesday’s happy moments: 1. splashing in rain puddles 2. at the RC track with papa 3. checking out at Goodwill 4. legos 5. Forest School 6. Our daisy meetings are at a sustainable community and this night we toured the greenhouse 7. Pjs in the car on the way to grandma and grandpa’s house 8. getting the garden beds cleaned out 9. request for lunch, granted

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Bennie’s happy moments: 1. riding the bear at the book store 2. toddler antics 3. always happy swinging 4. dancing in the aisles at the pizza place 5. walking through the forest 6. peek-a-boo 7. first cutting and gluing, she loved it 8. selfies! 9. bedtime dancing

This project was super easy some days (every thing is great! no one is breaking down!) and hard others (vomit! coughing! screaming!). I thought it was so good to focus on the happy moments and Tuesday is a big fan too. Here’s to happiness!!

  • Julie - So fun to share these happy moments with your family!April 8, 2014 – 7:04 amReplyCancel

  • mary m - love seeing them on instagram, and even better to see them all laid out :) April 8, 2014 – 8:15 amReplyCancel

  • Mary Lou - Really well done. Thanks for sharing!April 8, 2014 – 9:24 amReplyCancel

  • Julia - I love this project! I look forward to seeing your happy photos each day.April 8, 2014 – 1:55 pmReplyCancel

Project Life style scrapbooking in a smaller space

When I scrapbook I tend to work in little bits here in there. Lets be honest, little bits is how I get most of my crafting time done. I do get bigger chunks, but it seems like I have to be ready to drop it at a moment (baby wakes up, pot is about to boil over, phone rings, etc.).  So I have to have my projects in a place I can get to them, but one that little fingers won’t find so tempting or easy to get to. Project Life is one of those things that I have out a lot. It lends itself well to doing little bits at a time. Printing the photos (I do this at home), pulling out cards, dressing them up with stickers, journaling… I rarely do all of that in one sitting. But one thing that was driving me crazy was having a giant 12×12 scrapbook open on my desk. It takes up pretty much the whole working area. Plus it’s awkward and slick to be working on top of the page protectors. When I had everything laid out then I had to lift up one side of the plastic to get my photos in. Like I said, annoying.

It’s huge! The book measures 33 x 13.75 inches open! I came up with a solution that is so easy! I saw on Marcy Penner’s blog when she was doing this size Project Life that she had something similar, I caught a glimpse of it in one of her videos but never found more info out about it.

I made my simply by laying a page protector over a sheet of 12×12 white cardstock (the plastic is bigger than the paper, just make sure it is hanging out evenly). I took a small awl and poked a hole in the intersections of the individual pockets (it does not damage the page protectors).

Then I simply took a ruler and a sharpie and connected the dots. It’s important to note that the outside “pockets” will be too small. That doesn’t really matter as this is more of a visual guide, than an exact thing. You can see in the photos that the pictures “hang off” the edge of the paper. It doesn’t bother me enough to search out bigger paper.

I printed out Becky Higgin’s handy (and free) reference sheet. Under each style I stared it if I owned some and put in pencil how many. If I’ve made a template for the style I circle the star.

Here is a shot of it in action. In this case I’m still working on printing out my photos and filling in with cards. Once I’ve decided what will go in all the pockets I get out the album and fill it up!

I can’t tell you how much better I love this system. Having the project be totally flat means I can put stuff on top of it if I need to (like a tray from another craft project). I’m sure piling up projects in process is not for everyone, but I like the option of getting things up on one of the highest surfaces in my house (Bennie has sticky fingers!). I’ve added lots of photos to show how to do it, but really it’s a super easy and quick system to implement. If having the album out is driving you nuts try this!

And let me know if you would be interested in a general overview of how I put my weekly spreads together. I really have it down so they are super quick, but can be more embellished if I feel like it.

  • mary m - That’s a great idea! YOu forget how big the album is totally spread out…April 2, 2014 – 11:17 amReplyCancel