Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Around Here | October 2016

Around here I've snapped out of my reading funk. Been breezing through books this past month, and have a nice stack on request from the library. A few of my faves have been Betrayals and City of the Lost, by one of my favourite authors, Kelley Armstrong.

Around here the boys started swimming lessons. They're going.... ok. Both boys love swimming and love the water, but are less interested in the lesson part. They've grown too accustomed to the freedom their puddle jumpers give them.

Around here I'm doing one last Gilmore Girls binge before the new 'revival' episodes come out next month!! Gahhh! So excited!

Around here JJ went for his first non-grandparent sleepover! (Austen is not sleeping well - it's a pain for us, I won't inflict that on someone else!). He slept over at Aunty Steph's house (my sister). They made cookies, had popcorn, watched (and played!) hockey and baseball... he had so much fun!

Around here Austen has become a lot more cuddly and affectionate lately. And a little bit of a momma's boy. JJ was never really that way with me (well, a bit while I was still nursing him), so it's kind of nice! And Jason is totally jealous!

Around here After 6 years of having a weekend cleaning job (Jason and I cleaned an office building once a week) we are officially finished as of last Friday night. Looking forward to having weekends free, but going to miss the extra (and relatively easy) source of income! I think Jason's parents (who watched the boys for us every week while we cleaned) are more disappointed about the whole thing than we are!

Around here the early mornings continue. I don't mind it so much (now that I'm getting used to it), except for the fact that Austen always wakes JJ up in the morning (either by just being too loud or by actually running into his room and jumping on his bed and purposely waking him up). JJ doesn't nap, and could definitely use a bit more sleep, so that's annoying.

Around here the boys and I made these cookies.... and OMG. Soooooo good! I am a chocolate lover, and these definitely hit the spot!

Around here the boys has so much fun celebrating Halloween yesterday :) JJ got to wear his costume to preschool and have a little party, which he was pretty excited about. Then, after dinner, Jason took them trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood, and they had a blast. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the greatest - cool and rainy - but that didn't hamper their moods. This was Austen's first time going out trick-or-treating, and he loved it! It was adorable to see how excited he was to have his little bucket full of candy when they got home. JJ stayed home for a bit when they went back out, and he also loved giving out candy with me. Such a fun night! And it's getting me pumped up for all the excitement that the holiday season is going to bring this year!

How was your October?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"The Debriefing" | Scrapbook Layout

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a fun layout I made about JJ and Jason. Jason is away a lot for work (he's a pilot), sometimes for days at a time. Usually, while he's away, we mostly communicate via text - not too many phone calls - so often the boys don't talk to him for a few days at a time. So that means once he's home, JJ usually has a queue of stories built up! Last year, when he first started being able to really string sentences together and tell stories, that's what he'd do as soon as Jason got home. He'd give him a play-by-play of all the stuff that happened while he was away. (Literally ALL of it! haha.) Most of the time, Jason could just barely get in the door before it started. I wanted to make sure I documented this!

I used a sketch from the Ready Sketch Go (Volume 1) class by Crafty Jen Schow and Tracie Claiborne. I've been super inspired by that class lately! For paper and ephemera, I used bits of a whole bunch of things - Dear Lizzy's Saturday, Amy Tangerine's Happy Life, Ali Edwards' 'Heart' Story Stamp, and bits and pieces from some Elle's Studio kits.

Considering we were worried about JJ's speech (he was considered a 'late talker' and didn't start saying basic words until he was about 2.5 years old), it's crazy to see what a chatterbox he's become! So happy to have this little 'tradition' documented!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 10, 2016

"Double Trouble" | Scrapbook Layout

Hi there! I'm back today to share a fun little layout capturing the mischievous side of our little Austen, and where (who!) he gets it from!

I love this photo. Jason was giving the boys a bath, and they have little water guns that they play with in the tub. I took this in the evening after I had been taking pictures for Day in the Life all day. Jason was more than just a little tired of it (I think he was 'a little' tired of it by about 11am...haha). So as I was snapping away, getting a bathtime picture, he started shooting me with a water gun! Of course, Austen was quite amused by it. You can tell where he gets his sense of mischief from... (not myself, or his brother, who are both rule-followers!) I just love the look in both of their eyes. Truly double trouble!

For the design, I used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper membership (#285) and used mostly the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection. With two young boys (and one old one who acts like a young one!), I am loving this collection!

Once again, I'm glad to be using up those Thickers (from the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection?) from my stash as well. For a finishing touch, I added some silver Heidi Swapp Color Shine. Love how this layout turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 3, 2016

"Off He Goes" | Scrapbook Layout

Well, some exciting stuff happened around here this September, one of them being JJ started Preschool! He goes Monday-Wednesday-Friday for two-and-a-half hours in the morning, and he's been loving it! I'm so glad! I was a little nervous for him to be in a totally new environment, with no one else that he knows (a typical Mom worry, I'm sure), but he has made the transition so smoothly. The first morning when I dropped him off, he barely even noticed that I left, he was so busy exploring the classroom. Meanwhile, I was the one with tears in my eyes! Haha!

Of course, I had to make a scrapbook page for such a momentous occasion!

I used a sketch from Crafty Jen Schow and Tracie Claiborne's Ready Sketch Go Vol. 1 class to get started. I've realized lately how useful sketches are for me in my scrapping process. I've been having much more success and been able to get my pages done quicker (which is relative.... I am still an incredibly slow scrapper!) since I've begun starting out with a sketch.

I mostly used Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection for this page, just adding in a paper from Elle's Studio's Sunny Days collection as a background, and some Thickers that have been in my stash forever.

Full disclosure... I had to re-take this 'First day of school' picture three times, because apparently I cannot spell the word September for the life of me. I was so happy to have gotten a really cute picture as he went off to his first day of school, only to find once I looked back at the pictures, that I had spelled it "Septmeber". Ugh. So I 'fixed' it, re-took the photo.... went to the edit them, and then noticed that I had spelled it "Septmber" this time! Finally, third time was a charm, and I was able to spell the word correctly (!!!), and get a cute picture to boot. Oh boy... Can you say 'mom brain'??

Anyways, I'm so happy with how this page turned out, and that it finally got me back in a scrapping mood again! I'll be back in a few days to share another layout!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Around Here | September 2016

Around here we traded in our Ford Edge became proud new owners of a truck and a camper trailer! Yay! So looking forward to doing some camping next year! (The previous owner had already winterized the camper for this year). 

Around here JJ started preschool, and he is loving it. It's so awesome to see him growing up and getting some independence. His teachers are both really great as well. We're so happy with how this transition has gone!

Around here our little wild child, Austen, turned two and had the best time at his birthday party! We went to a children's play centre, and everyone had a blast!

Around here Jason and I celebrated our seven-year wedding anniversary! Time sure flies! September has been a very full and busy month, so we haven't had time to do anything for it... but hopefully we'll get a chance for a date night this month.

Around here we've been having some spectacular fall sunsets. I'm probably in the minority around here, but fall is my fave! No one else seems to want summer to end, but I'm fine with it :) 

Around here Austen has started Kindermusik for the fall, and it is not going well. He has no interest in it, and just wants to escape the classroom and play in the hall by himself the whole time... ugh.

Around here I got a new iPhone 6s! I've had a Samsung Galaxy S5 for the past two years, and just wasn't happy with the photo quality I was getting (which seems weird, since all I ever read is about people getting awesome photos out of their Samsung phones...) I'm getting much better results with my iPhone!

Around here I've gotten back into a scrapbooking groove, thankfully. I have a few layouts to share in the next couple of weeks :) 

Around here we discovered that Austen can open the front door by himself one day when Jason got home from work. Austen was so excited to see him, he opened the door.... and let all three dogs out at the same time. Milo didn't get far, but Jason had to chase Parker and Maggie for a good 10-15 minutes before he caught them.

Around here the boys have gone from sleeping in relatively late, to being early risers (usually sometime just after 6am). For this mama who is not a morning person... that is just too early. (I know, we've been spoiled to this point!)

Around here I had so much fun on my 'date' with JJ - we went to a Winnipeg Jets pre-season game. He is hockey and Jets obsessed, and we had so much fun! Had some treats, watched a good game, and even got to get a picture with the mascot, Mick E. Moose. So much fun

How was your September??

Around Here | August 2016

**Ooops, just getting ready to post September's 'Around Here' and noticed I never posted August's!**

Around here we just got back from four days at my parent's cabin. The boys were great on the 6+ hour drive, and we had so much fun - fishing, 'exploring', and relaxing. There is no cell/internet service there, and it was so nice to be 'unplugged' for a couple of days.

Around here our little spider-monkey Austen started escaping his crib, resulting in me immediately moving his mattress right onto the floor and crossing my fingers that would be enough. It wasn't. He was still escaping. The novelty thankfully wore off after a day or two, and for now, he is staying put in his crib. Hopefully for a while.... ugh... I'm so not ready for him to be in a bed!

Around here we've started looking at trucks and camper trailers... A little late for this year, but hoping to have both in place for the beginning of next years camping season!

Around here I've been feeling super uninspired to scrapbook... which isn't good because I just got a bunch of awesome new product! My creative block is coming from the photo/story side... hoping it disappears soon.

Around here JJ is very anxiously awaiting the Banjo Bowl (football game with our CFL team). We've heard about it pretty much non-stop for the past couple months, but the talk is really ramping up now since the game is just over a week away!

Around here this soup has quickly become a family favourite, and a new addition to our meal rotation. Sooooo good!

Around here I am having mixed feelings about JJ starting pre-school next week! Excited for him to gain some independence, but sad/nervous/anxious that my little boy is growing up!

Around here I'm happy that I'm making it a priority to hang out with a good friend that I *hadn't been* making it a priority to hang out with.

How was your August?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Project Life 2016 | June Pages

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my June 2016 pages I created through Cathy Zielske's Scrapbook Your Year class. As I explained in my last post, this is what I'm doing for my 'project life' album for this year, after a change in course.

I'm actually finding it a lot easier to just leave it at pictures (and not tell every little detail) than I thought it would be. A few little stories throughout the pages, and a recap at the end, and it's good. Anything I feel deserves more of a 'story' will be told on it's own layout.

So here's a look at my pages for June!

Just lots of pieces of everyday life, and I love the simplicity of it!

I included one full page about my cousin's engagement party, just because I had a few pictures from it that I really liked, but yet, I don't plan on doing an actual layout on it. It was a special enough occasion to warrant a full page out of the month, though :)

And that's June! Next up, May! We had a 2+ week trip to Florida in May, so wish me luck on culling down all those pictures...

Edited to add: I forgot to mention, the "Family Privacy" label was a freebie from Cathy Zielske's blog that you can find here. It also includes a "Kid Privacy" and "Teen Privacy" label :)

Thanks for stopping by!