Sunday, June 30, 2013

8 Days A Week: Dinosaurs, Frogs, + Coffee

Last week was pretty crazy! I wished that I could add another day in just so I could take a break. Who do I have to petition to add another day into the week? I really would like to know!

I have a few photos to share of the fun stuff that we managed to cram into our schedule between therapy appointments. We went to a dinosaur hunt at the library in Abita Springs on Wednesday. It's my favorite library because the librarians there are so personable and patient with all of the children. Miss Sarah ran the dinosaur hunt Summer Reading program where the kids had to search for dinosaur pieces. They assembled them as a group so they could trace their own six foot long dinosaur. They all colored it in together and it turned into an amazingly bright dinosaur with a tree house under his tail.

After the dinosaur hunt, we went home and played for a while in our backyard. The kids ran near the air conditioner and I noticed something hopping. Meet Charlie. Yes, our toad has a name. He's lived near the house since he was a teeny tiny toad. Jordan found him first, and she named him just like she names everything. We see him from time to time and the kids always have to pet him and have conversations with him. Guess who gets chosen as the frog catcher? Me! No warts yet... 

Sebastian (Brandon's friend) invited us over to his house to go swimming after Jordan's therapy session on Thursday. They had a lot of fun and only one of the kids went streaking after they were finished swimming. Of course it was one of mine, but guess which one? 

The kids had a special needs small group meeting on Friday morning. This Summer they are participating in a class that's supposed to help them to understand how valuable they are to God even though they have special needs. (Or maybe even BECAUSE of their special needs.) The class has been such a gift for the kids and has really helped me understand their personalities and spiritual gifts. 

After the small group meeting, we met Ronnie's sister at Panera. Brandon brought his stuffed cat, Figaro. I don't even remember where he got it, but he's been totally obsessed with it lately. Mostly because they have a kitten where we hold our small group meetings. He wants a cat but we can't have one because Ronnie is highly allergic.

Here are the girls at Panera... It was our first time there and they loved it. Maybe the cinnamon roll that was bigger than their heads had something to do with it? I'm pretty much in love with the broccoli and cheese soup so I can understand. We'll be going back soon! 

After Panera, we went to Target with Steph and she gave each of the kids $20.00 to spend. They were so funny. Alexis bought a pair of shorts, a headband, a Hello Kitty water bottle, and nail polish. Jordan bought a Sophia The First stuffed doll and a Hello Kitty fedora. Brandon bought markers, a pad of paper, and a treasure chest full of Jake the Pirate goodies. We also went to Pet Smart and Steph came to the house to hang out. I cleaned the house like crazy while she was there because we were expecting Jordan's music therapist at 5:30. After the house was clean, I got a text message that her therapist was too sick to come. 

Saturday was just as busy even though Jordan's horse therapy was cancelled due to a massive thunderstorm. Once the storm cleared, we all went grocery shopping at Target. I tried to convince everyone that I should just go by myself, but that didn't go over too well. I bought the stuff to make lasagna as a surprise for Ronnie because he loves it and I've never made it before. He helped me cook and I have to say that it was great! I am not the biggest lasagna fan, but I made a few changes that made it a lot better in my eyes. (And my tummy!)

I also found out that my favorite coffee shop has started making K-Cups. I love PJ's Coffee and the fact that I can get it at home now is awesome. Have I mentioned how much I love my Keurig in the last five minutes? No? I think it's a gift from God. Piping hot coffee in less than two minutes is a miracle! 

We went to church on Saturday night and when we came out God was putting on a show! The sky was a beautiful glowing pink. Jordan was very impressed because her favorite color is pink. She wishes it would stay pink all of the time.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

She Is My Sunshine: Another Girly Scrapbook Page

I've created another girly page with the June My Creative Scrapbook Main kit. I still had quite a few pink embellishments left and I loved the pink and yellow hexagon patterned paper, so I pulled the color scheme from it. I'm going to get used to using pink on my projects eventually! 

The photos on this layout were taken by Heather Wasson for the Little Heroes Project for kiddos with special needs. Miss Jordan was a very willing model and we ended up with some wonderful photos! Here's another photo that I took of some of the details on my page. 

I used a PageMaps sketch as the inspiration for this project. I entered it into the Glitter Girl challenge at Two Peas In A Bucket that required the use of over-sized embellishments. This HUGE yellow doily definitely counts as over-sized. It's also gorgeous!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Boys Will Be Boys: SVG Freebie

I have another free .svg file to share! This time, it's boy themed word art. I think it'd be perfect for a scrapbook page with photos of boys doing what boys do. (Climbing trees, fixing cars, playing Legos, being naughty.) Boy stuff! If you use it, I'd love to see what you make.

Free Boy Word Art_SVG File

Click HERE to download your free boy themed word art in .svg and .png format. Don't forget to respect my terms of use. Thank you!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wonderful Weekend Wrap Up: Brandon's Sleepover

After Jordan's hippotherapy session last Saturday, we picked up Brandon's friend for a sleepover. Sebastian has been Brandon's friend since they ended up in the same class in pre-k. I invited him to Brandon's 5th birthday party, and eventually became friends with his Mom. Saturday was Brandon's first official sleepover and he was beyond excited. He made a bunch of lists about what I had to cook and what activities they had to do together. The first activity on the agenda was swimming! 

Jordan wanted to play with the boys so much. She kept trying to barge in on what they were doing. Here she is in the pool with Brandon showing off how she's learned to go underwater without holding her nose. 

Brandon only stayed in the pool for a few minutes because Sebastian decided that he would rather play on the swing set. I snapped this photo while he was practicing his floating technique. 

Later in the evening, they found something that made them very happy. They are both completely obsessed with Mario video games. I watched them play the Wii while giggling and being completely silly in a way that only little boys can.

Jordan got pulled in to play Princess Peach to Brandon's Mario and Sebastian's Luigi. They had to pose for a super photo. (Sebastian told everyone how to pose. It was hilarious!) They even all had the accents going and were "rescuing" Jordan from the imaginary Bowser. Of course, Alexis was entirely above all of this since she's 11 and MUCH to old to play with "little kids". Sheesh!

I crept outside for a while to take a shot of the Super Moon. Ronnie was the master of chaos for about 20 minutes and everyone lived. I got this neat shot of the moon with the telephoto lens that I bought last Summer. (I so stinkin' love that thing!)

As the night went on, they slowly started falling asleep. Ronnie and Jordan went to bed at 11:00, Brandon finally gave up at 12:30, but Sebastian and I were up until 1:30. He finally crashed and slept until 10:00 the next morning.

Brandon was up by 8:00, but he wanted to let Sebastian sleep. He asked me to turn on the iPad so he could play quietly until he woke up. I turned it on and went back to bed until Ronnie got up and started cooking breakfast. He woke Sebastian up!

They all had such a good time that Sebastian didn't want to leave. I couldn't even get him to get dressed when his Mom called me to say she was on her way. Brandon was so sad after he left too. I guess he thought he would get to keep his "best buddy" here. They were pretty heartbroken so I promised them to do it all again soon.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sweet Thing: Girly Girl Scrapbook Page

I have to admit that when I first saw the reveal for the My Creative Scrapbook June Main Kit, I was a little nervous. I am not the most girly scrapper in the world. I like flowers, but when it comes to using pink on my layouts... It doesn't happen much at all. I saw all of the pink in the kit and I was a little worried about how it would work with my scrappy style. 

I'm happy to say that I worked it all out. Instead of trying to avoid the pink, I used it like mad on this page. I decided to pull the pinks and greens for this project. I chose black cardstock as a background to pull the black from Jordan's shirt and the chair in the photo. Of course, Jordan has decided that this is her favorite page I've ever made because pink is HER favorite color. 

Diva Girl_Sweet_Scrapbook Page

I loved the vellum pieces in the American Crafts Mayberry line. They made layering a breeze! I used the large lime green flower on top of one of the doily pieces.

Vellum Scrapbook Embellishments_Girly Scrapbook Page

Here's another of the beautiful vellum pieces! It's a journaling spot, but I used it to mat my title to draw more attention to the upper left corner. I chose a paper die cut piece as one of the words in my title and finished it with some of the black alpha stickers in the Mayberry line. 

Creative Title Work_Scrapbook Page

This kit has convinced me that I can scrap with pink and be happy with the end result. That's something I never would've believed. One more thing before I go... My design on this page was based on the June My Creative Scrapbook sketch. It was a lovely, inspiring sketch.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Oh The DRAMA Of It All!

You would've thought that Jordan won a million dollars the other day. She was shrieking like mad when we opened the box that contained all of her homeschool curriculum material for the Fall. We are using the My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures set this year and she was over the moon excited. I already have everything organized and ready to go. You could say that we're all just a little bit excited about setting out on this adventure.

We still have to order Brandon's curriculum and we'll be finished except for a few school supplies. We're moving right along!

Remember my promise that I'd post photos from the play? Here they are! I used my cell phone to snap a few still photos while my bigger camera was set for recording on the tripod.

Here's Jordan doing her best "thinking" pose. I still can't believe that she got the lead in the play, remembered all of her lines, and rocked it out without being nervous. All three of the kids did an amazing job. I'm telling you, I was one proud Momma!

Here are my three kiddos! Jordan played Eeeny Mole, Alexis played Meeny Mole, and Brandon played the Worm. He also recited "Star Light, Star Bright" during the Mother Goose Theater part of the play. He's come a long way from the shy little man that hid behind his Momma's legs when people talked to him. 

Lexie did really well too. She didn't want to participate in the play at first, but Jordan talked her into it. Toward the end, she really got into it and had a great time. She even told Jordan that she was glad she signed up. Yay!

As I mentioned, I took a video of the performance. It is a big long, but I know I have family members that will want to watch. Check it out!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dancing In The Street: Disney Parade Layout

I finally have another layout to share! I'm hoping that things will calm down so I can scrap more, but for now at least I have one finished. This is the last layout that I created during my time on The Sampler's design team. As I mentioned here before, I've resigned from all of my design teams while we get into the swing of things with homeschooling. It was a big decision to make, but I'm completely sure that it was the right one for my family. I will definitely miss working with the amazingly talented design team at The Sampler!

I used the last scraps of my June 2013 Lazy Days of Summer kit to create this page. This was my favorite kit from The Sampler... ever! The happy colors worked so well with the Disney pages that I've been motivated to make lately. These photos are of the noon parade that we stumbled upon during our time in the Magic Kingdom. Jordan and Alexis ended up dancing in the street with Ronnie's sister while Brandon slept in the stoller for a few minutes. He was wiped out!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Project Life Boy Themed SVG Freebie

Good news! I have a new free .svg file to share. I'm always scrapping about the boys in my life and it seems like they get the short end of the stick sometimes as far as cool embellishments and cutter files. I've set about remedying that in my own .svg stash, and I figured I'd share. I hope you like these free Project Life-ish boy themed .svg cards! (I've also started including .png files for digital scrapbookers.)

Project Life_Boy Theme_Card

You can download the file HERE. Please don't forget to respect my terms of use. (They're included in the download.) Thank you!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

At The Polynesian: Disney Scrapbook Page

My favorite manufacturer in the history of scrapbooking was Scenic Route. When they closed, I went into mourning and hoarded every last piece of paper that I could get my hands on. I was slowly running out of my Scenic Route stash until I mentioned my sadness to my good friend Nancy. She cleared out her Scenic Route stash and sent me a TON of stuff. It was like Christmas!!! I finally got a chance to scrap with some of it and this page is the end result. 

Disney Resort_Polynesian_Scrapbook Page

This paper line was absolutely perfect for scrapbooking our stay at the Polynesian in Disney World. The yellow flowers are from a lei that I got at the hotel. I just cut the string and disassembled the entire thing so I could layer them on my page. The 1412 is a picture of our room number plaque on the balcony outside of our room. There are so many amazing details at the Polynesian. The waterfall was gorgeous and watching fireworks from our balcony was fantastic. The little wooden tiki button came from the Hydrangea Hippo Etsy store.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Quit Bugging Me!

Because we went to the library early on Wednesday, we got to watch the Bugmobile Summer reading program before drama practice. The kids were very entertained by all of the creepy crawlers. They had a black widow spider, tarantula, stinging caterpillars, scorpion, centipede, millipede, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The kids actually touched the hissing cockroaches. I was a wimp and I didn't do it! I made a collage of photos to share because as usual, I took too many.

Bugmobile_Summer Reading Program_Collage

We stayed behind to ask a few more questions when everyone else left because Jordan wanted to know everything she possibly could about all of the insects. (What do you feed them? Where do they come from? Do those stinging caterpillars make a chrysalis?) While we were standing there, we noticed that the black widow spider had discovered it's lunch. Check out the video I took below... but not if you're squeamish.

I'll be back soon with photos of the play during drama Summer camp, and I'll have some projects to share as well.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Sampler's June Challenges

It's challenge time again over at The Sampler's blog. I can't believe that we already have the June challenges up. Where did the rest of this year go? Jeez. Anyway, you can check out the sketches and the challenge requirements HERE. You'll find the card sketch that I made below.

4x6 Card Sketch_Banners_Scallop

This is the card I made with the June 2013 Lazy Days Of Summer kit. I designed the entire thing around the star patterned paper because I liked it so much. I decided to emboss the star because it felt a little plain and I love how it turned out. 

Embossed Star_Masculine Card_Twine

I also created a layout based on Amy Coose's adorable sketch. I'm not going to share the sketch here because I'd love for you to go check it out on The Sampler's blog. I will share what I came up with though. 

Road Trip Scrapbook Page_Baby Boy

I decided to scrap about Brandon falling asleep every time we went anywhere in the car when he was little. How I miss those days of smushed up cheeks and soft little snores coming from the back seat! The kit's sunny colors were wonderful with this black and white photo that I've had in my stash for a while. I adore the enamel dots too. I swear, I could use them on everything! 

Guess what? I have a free layered digital template available today! It coordinates with the card sketch. I hope you enjoy it if you download it HERE. Please remember to respect my terms of use. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ahoy Boy: Nautical Scrapbook Page

Y'all will just have to forgive me for not being around as much for a few more days! Please? The kids' drama production has turned into quite a huge time commitment and we've been at rehearsal nearly every day. I'm missing my scrappy time really badly so I made time to create a digital page the other night. I'd love to share it with you.

Nautical Scrapbook Page_Boy_Wheel

When I saw the latest free template from Scrapping With Liz, I thought the circles looked like bubbles. Thinking about bubbles led me to think about water, and I decided to use a Agnes Biro's "Nautical" kit to pull it all together. The journaling even reminds me of a wave. It says, "You stole my heart just like a pirate on the open sea." The font is one of my favs lately, it's called Bebas.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Master Of Disaster

It's time for my weekly iPhoneography update! My DSLR is jealous, so I'll have to get Big Bertha out for a photoshoot soon. Until then... Instagram photos will have to do. 

Last weekend Ronnie and I played an epic game of Monopoly that ended in me kicking his behind. I'm a good winner, but he's a very sore loser. I didn't even do my victory dance. Ha!

Monday found us in the pediatrician's office again. All three of the kids had pink eye. I swear, they should just give us our own room. We could move furniture in and just stay there. Two pediatrician visits in less than a week. It must be a record!

We had drama practice almost every day last week. We were waiting for the other kids to get there when my kids decided to strike a dramatic pose. As you can see, they are very good at drama! Hopefully all of the acting that they do will keep the drama level down on the home front. Girls can be SO mercurial. 

The girls had a book club meeting at the Abita library on Tuesday and Brandon colored half a million coloring sheets while we waited. He is such a good boy and I love him to bits and pieces. (Even though he gave ME pinkeye.)

After the book club meeting, I brought all three of the kids to Lowes to buy Ronnie's Father's Day present. We bought him one of those cool towels that they keep advertising on television because he mentioned that he wanted one. We also bought dirt, mulch, and plants to redo the front garden. Marigolds and herbs! 

I took Jordan to therapy on Thursday. She was really mad at me when I put her braces on but she cheered up when her occupational therapist let her make her own peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It's good fine motor practice and she got a snack. Winning!

This is what Brandon did while Jordan went to therapy. He is really reading up a storm and he's fascinated with pirates. It all started with that Jake and the Neverland Pirates show. He's got a pile of Jake merch too. His Aunt Steph is keeping him supplied. She even bought him Jake swimming trunks this weekend.

You know what also happened Thursday? Drama practice! Again! The kids are really all doing such a great job. Brandon and Alexis have their lines completely memorized, but Jordan doesn't yet. Probably because she has the most lines. She's trying really hard, but since she's a perfectionist she gets super frustrated if we try to help.

Jordan had hippotherapy on Saturday and she was thrilled to be able to lead her horse to the arena for the first time. She's growing up so fast and she does an amazing job following the instructor's directions.

The kids spent the night at my sister-in-law's house on Saturday night so Ronnie and I had some time to ourselves. We went grocery shopping, to church, to dinner, to a car show, and then we watched a movie at home. The first few childless hours were nice, but after a while it was too quiet. 

I just have to share this photo because I got the biggest giggle out of this sign we found under the hood of a gorgeous yellow Trans Am. Ha!

As you can imagine, when you're as busy as I've been this past week there's little time for housework. I spent the entire day today cleaning the house from top to bottom. I think I've washed, dried, and folded eight loads of laundry. You know who hasn't been cleaning? Jordan and Brandon. Their room is trashed. I'm trying not to go in there and do it myself but it's killing me! 

I may have to take away their electronics until their room is clean. It's a last resort and they will be miserable, but I know it will work because I've had to do it before. I'm a mean, mean Momma!