Saturday, May 30, 2009


People ask me why I take time to scrapbook? My response is that I want to capture the emotions and feelings behind the pictures I take. There are a million stories out there to tell and a million more that I have already forgotten. Moments and memories happen everyday...every hour. They make us who we are. It is my goal to collect and write down the simple daily things so that my children can go back a re-experience them as they get older.

One of my projects for 2009 is called Project 365 where you take a daily photo and journal about it. I have done a pretty good job keeping up with it so far. Here is today's photo. I haven't written the journaling yet... but it is a shot of Carter riding his bike this morning. I walked along with him and we spent time looking for Killdeer. We were able to see fish in the creek and a SNAKE...ugh, and these really flitty birds that dive bomb us when we walk by. We think we may have spotted a nesting site for the Killdeer and we formulated a plan for our next walk to check it out.

Since school is out...hopefully I can start posting a daily picture here. They aren't anything that are photographically spectacular, but just simple snapshots of daily life. Love that!

Scrapbooking also give me a chance to be creative. I have always love to cut, paste and color..This hobby just takes that to a new level.

Here are some of my latest creative endeavors that I have posted here and also at a kit company that I just love!! They are super inspiring and put out fantastic kits each month.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Onto Bigger Things...

Today was the last day of preschool for Carter. Such a bittersweet day for me. I am so proud of the big guy he is becoming, but I miss the little boy that he used to be. It is amazing that six years has passed so quickly.

He turned six May 10th..we had held him out of kindergarten last year because he wasn't mature enough..he calls it being "red shirted"...his daddy is a coach what else can you expect? I am so hopeful that we made the best decision for him. He has matured alot this year and he is so ready to go to school.

At six he is very impatient, he got that from me. He is also very competitive, from Jess of course. He loves sports of any kind and took a big interest in Jess' ball team this year. I got tickled at ballgames when he would complain about the refs missing calls. Nine times out of ten he was right..LOL.

He is also very sensitive. It is not unusual to see him tear up during the sad part of a movie. He also is starting to show more responsibility for Ethan and he is being more patient with him. I love watching them play together and see Carter teaching Ethan new things...some not so good, like burping, and some that are really great like playing ball and building things.

He is growing up to be one fantastic kid and I am lucky to be his Mama. Because the best thing about Carter is that he is 100% a Mama's boy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gearing Up for SUMMER

I am so looking forward to summer. Just a few days left till FREEDOM!! I'm already behind on some summer stuff (thanks to all the rain the pool is still covered) but I'm making a big effort to get a jump on other things....happy to report that the house is pretty clean and the only dirty laundry we have is still on our bodies. I'll start another load of laundry tonight to take care of it. :)

We are beginning to see our favorite summer creatures popping up also. We have a plethora of tree frogs, Anole lizards, and toads. Carter and I love checking them out...Ethan...not so much. He will look at them from a distance, but if they happen to get within arms reach he is completely freaking out. I mean screaming like a little-girl-who-is-being-eaten-alive freaking out.

Luckily we have also spotted at least one pair of Killdeers. Hoping that they build a nest and lay eggs soon. Ethan is all about the birds and we all enjoy watching the parents sit on the nest. The eggs are just gorgeous.

So in honor of our Summer Explorations and Discoveries I created a little mini to record all of our finds. Here are a few pics..the cover and the one of the interior pages. My plan is to take pictures of our finds and adhere them to the cardboard pages and then record the information on the tags, which are double sided with the explore & discover info. The whole album was made using recycled materials and materials & scraps from within my stash. I can't wait to get started filling this album up.