Tuesday, January 25, 2011

AMM January kit

I've been working hard with this month's AMM kit - i've gotten 4 layouts and a mini-album completed, whoo! :-) Here are two of the layouts i've done:
We started Lucas on cereal this morning - he was really into it! So cute! I also started a mommy and me Gymboree class with him today - I did one when Noah was a baby and it was so much fun :-)

I saw Black Swan last night - definitely dark like everyone has said! I liked it a lot, but I didn't think it was amazing like some opinions i've heard. Did any of you see it?

Ack, the little guy is back up, so this short post is coming to an end. Will be back soon with more scrappy love and some photos :-)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sick of my photos yet??

I feel like i've been in photo overload on this blog lately (perhaps because I have been? lol). We had another little photo shoot this weekend - I crocheted a Sock Monkey hat for the little guy, and I just had to get some pics of him in it! The bigs wanted in too, of course!

Before I get to those, here is a painter's tray I made with Webster's Pages products. I've been hoarding that gorgeous big flower paper for soooo long, and when I saw this painter's tray, I just knew it would be perfect for this! I am really happy with how it turned out - I have it hanging in my entry way :-)
And now, drumroll.... on to the pics ;-)
Chloe decided she had to try on the sock monkey hat, too, and Noah thought it would be a good idea to bite her shoulder. Those two are wacked out, I tell ya lol.

This one cracks me up - can't you just see Lucas thinking, "Mommy!!! Get these two to stop hugging and kissing me already!" Hee.

Today was a snow day here. Pardon me, it was actually an ice day. We had freezing rain last night which made the roads really slick, so no school for Noah. We kept ourselves busy by finally breaking out his science experiment kit, doing crafts, watching a movie, and hitting up target. I think i'm ready for bed now ;-)

So, the kids started asking me a ton of questions yesterday about how Lucas got in my belly. Eek! You'd think I would have been prepared for this, but no, they totally caught me off guard lol. Luckily, they were satisfied with me discussing the whole egg/seed thing, but i'm sure the next questions will dig deeper hehea. I'd love to hear any input on how you all explained this um, delicate subject matter!

Well, friends, time for me to go relax since all three kids are finally asleep. Happy almost-hump day, everyone!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Where the heck have I been??

Oh yeah... i've been creating:

I've been watching this cutie grow (and grow! he's getting so big, isn't he?? I can't believe he's already 4 1/2 months... sniff, sniff):

I've been watching these three get into some serious trouble together ;-) (I can't get over how old noah looks in this photo! and what a beefcake Lucas looks like lol):
I've been having fun with my fam (that's my parents and my bro):
And seeing lots and lots of my beautiful mama:
And, of course, I was ringing in a new year with these little ones:
It's been busy here, but life is good. Lucas came down sick for the first time a couple of days ago, but he seems to be on the mend, thankfully. I am gearing up to go back to work in a few weeks. Although I really enjoy my job, i'm definitely bumming about having to leave the little guy. I feel blessed to only work part-time, so I know i'll still get to spend a lot of time with him, but I know it will still be a transition period for all of us!

So, I have to share this story (and for those of you who are my Facebook friends, I apologize if you already read it!):

The kids and I were talking about Martin Luther King at dinner the other night. Chloe excitedly announced that she had a book about MLK and left to go get it. Knowing that she has typical 4 year old girly books, I had no clue what she was referring to. She returned a minute later and proudly held up a Cinderella book. Enter our dumbfounded faces lol. Seeing our confusion, she opened it to a particular page and said, "See?! It's Cinderella and the man you were talking about - the king!!"

Oh. My. Goodness. I just love the things that come out of children's mouths :-)

Well, my friends, off to go play with my gorgeous January AMM kit while the babe is sleeping (for now!). xoxo

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Looking back...

In keeping with tradition from last year, I have put together a blog post of my top 10 favorite layouts of 2010. I love seeing these posts from my friends, and I had a lot of fun going back and figuring out my favorites. Unfortunately, I didn't scrap as much in 2010 as I would have liked since I spent many months of it pregnant and very sick, so narrowing down my list wasn't too terribly hard LOL!

This was one of the first layouts I did last year - it was completed for Fancy Pants for CHA Winter, and I got to hand deliver it and see it hanging at the show in person, which was fun. I think this is my favorite FP line ever, and I used it for a bunch of layouts!
This one was made using an AMM kit. This layout was a bit indulgent for me, lol, since I used a whole package of chipboard frames, but I had a lot of fun with it, and I loved the end result.
This was also an AMM layout. I just adore these photos of Chloe and me when she was a baby, and I love the sweet feel to this. I also like the homespun touch of the handstitching.
This was a Fancy Pants layout. I don't make "me" layouts all that often, and I really enjoyed this one. I had fun with layering on this one, too.
I really love everything about this one. This is one of my favorite photos of the two bigs ever, and I used some of my favorite techniques on here (misting, handcutting, layering).
Another Fancy Pants layout (with a lot of the Roadshow line again lol) - I adore these photos, and I love the soft colors and enjoyed adding little details.
My first layout of all my kiddos :-) I loved this Jenni Bowlin line (thanks, Doris!), and this one came together really easily for me.
One of my favorite Lucas photos :-) I used Teresa Collins baby boy line for this one - I had gotten these papers back at CHA Winter, and i'd been saving them in case I had a boy. Once Lucas was born, I couldn't wait to use them!
I just shared this one last week (done with last month's AMM kit), but oh how I love it! Love the gorgeous doilies in the papers, and I am really happy with how the family photo came out (even used it on our holiday cards).
This one is so new that I haven't even had a chance to share it yet :-) While at my LSS two weeks ago, I saw these new Webster's Pages lines, and I knew the one with the cupcakes would be perfect to scrap Chloe's birthday party pics. All these lines are gorgeous, and I had fun combining them and adding in details (fun fact - the pink glittery tulle on the outside edge was leftover from the tutu that I made for chloe that she is wearing in the pics).
So there you have it, my friends. Thanks for looking back with me!

We were away Thursday afternoon until today in the Pocono mountains (in PA) for New Years. It's a tradition that we started with a good friend of mine from college (and her hubby and kids) many years ago, when we were both first engaged to the guys. Our kids are very close in age, and they have a blast together, as do we adults. We don't get to go every year, but we were excited that we got to go two years in a row now. Anyway, it was a great way to ring in the new year, and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, as well. I'm wishing you all a VERY happy and healthy 2011!!