The Christmas holiday and bringing 2013 to a close.
With our Christmas celebrations, I like to just go with the flow of my pictures and the memories to go along with them. I don't really go with the "weekly" format. I just roll with what I want to document by choosing my pictures that tell the stories and the page protectors (how many that may be) that fit the need.
I ended up using a variety of product to document with. Off the top of my head, I used Studio Calico's December Blue Note Project Life Kit, Studio Calico's December Daily (2012 & 2013), Becky Higgins Season's mini kit, and other odds and ends that I had in my December Daily box that holds all of my Christmas related goodies. If you have something specific that you are interested in, just ask and I can let you know where I got it.
Our Christmas adventures started off with a trip to Norway to pick up a special Christmas present for my Dad. He's been asking for one of these for a VERY long time. On Christmas Eve day, we kick off the giving of gifts. My parents usually like to wait until Christmas day to open theirs, but seeing the nature of my Dad's gift... we gave it to him a day early. I am pretty sure he was a little in shock that a cute little golden was waiting for him in the clothing basket. After a few days, he named him Franklin and became the newest member of our family.
Of course the littlest of the bunch enjoyed opening up the seemingly endless supply of presents too.
That evening, we followed through with our yearly traditions of reading the Night Before Christmas and setting out special cookies and milk for the big guy.
I went with a very simple all photo approach for Christmas day. I guess when you do the same thing year after year; it seems to get redundant to say the same thing over and over. Anybody else out there just get overwhelmed with Christmas pictures and all that is in them?
The day after Christmas is always a nice day to relax after a day of "After Christmas" shopping of course. Then, we said goodbye to my family and moved on to the next Christmas celebration with the other side of the family with lots more gift giving and family time.
We finally made our way back to our own home on the 30th. Awe, home sweet home. The kids give us our presents that they each made at school. I got to say, they are always my favorite! Probably not the pictures that the kids take of us, but I do love those gifts! I also included a shot of the ornament choice of 2013 for each of the kids. Elsie went with Merida, which was a perfect choice seeing that she has been itching to get a bow and arrow this year. Sam chose Captain America all because he thought he was cool. Boys ;) I tried getting him to get a dinosaur or Batman, both of which have been favorites, but nope. He wanted the cool guy!
... And coming to a close...
I closed my album off with a couple of shots from New Year's Eve, some fun cards, and my photo stats at the end of the year. I actualy had a running tally of a few fun things through out the year that I was thinking I would add to this page too, but I kind of loss track of a few of them in December. Isn't that typical? Track it all year, and then nothing. Maybe I will still add some of them, who knows!
...And with that, I have our family memories documented and recorded for the year 2013. It feels good.
I just need to find a spot for this album on the shelf. The section I place my Project Life albums is full up! I have to say that I would have never thought I would have kept up with this 5 years ago when I began my first album like this. I thought it would be a fun little "experiment." Oh how it changed my world of documenting and recording our everyday memories. I have already started my 6th year of Project Life with 2014 and see no end in sight. This truly makes me happy. Honestly, I don't think I could put it into words how I feel about these albums. They are the kids' favorites to look through... that and their own personal Baby Albums lately. They have had a fascination with those ones for a few months now, which also makes me smile.
For those that are wondering. Yes, I do fit all those memories into one album. It is a heavy beast with all of those pictures, but it is all in one spot to flip through at your leisure with a picture (sometimes more) each day to record our everyday moments. Project Life can be whatever you want to make it to be. All you have to do is print your pictures and slide them in with a nice 3x4 card to journal your thoughts about each picture or a pretty card to put in its place because the picture tells the story. Document your everyday, your vacations, your holidays, your birthday celebrations... whatever you chose, just make it your own.
... Now to start sharing our 2014 memories!
Documenting our everyday December with a touch of Christmas fun tossed in.
I used Studio Calico's December Project Life Kit Blue Note for this week. After subscribing for a year and feeling like I was neglecting my monthly kits, I thought I would finish off my album attempting to use one of them up!
Our week started off with some monster truck fun for Sam. He actually pulled the bin of trucks up from the basement. I guess he was in the mood to switch things up for a little bit. Tuesday, we hit the library to switch out our books before we head off for our Christmas vacation. He has been intrigued with the jumbo checkers board there. We have been getting in a match or two each visit lately. Wednesday, Elsie got busy wrapping up all of the teacher gifts. We don't typically pick candy, but we decided to go with some Girl Scout candy that her troop was selling. Even if they weren't all that into chocolate, I figured they would at least appreciate supporting her troop!
Thursday was Christmas Party Day for both the littles. Wanting to include pictures of each party, I added an extra insert to hold those pictures. Here is Sam's party...
... And Elsie's party pictures.
Friday, we got a little Christmas crafty painting their annual ornament. Then, it was time to hit the road on Saturday. Yep, my printer grabbed the paper a little crocked. It is what it is, so I have to go with it. Once up in the great white North, there was an afternoon of sledding.
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's December 2013 Blue Note Kits and February 2013 Front Row PL Kit (Woodgrain card), Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, Bohemian Typewriter font, circle punches.
Getting into the Christmas spirit.
This week was pulled together using My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste Collection. I was itching to use those two 4x6 cards, and this was just the right week to do so. If you want to see more of my process of pulling this weekly spread together, just jump on over to their blog HERE.
This week we had some exploring in the basement for the kids, a new furnace to keep us warm (which I am now so HAPPY we got because there is no way the old one would have survived through this bitter cold we have had!), Sam played with an oldie but goodie, and I had two little mini chefs help me in the kitchen.
Sam had his big Christmas Program at school. It was amazing to watch him sing along and do all the motions this year. We had the Jaquet Christmas get-together, so lots of special family time. Chris and I also got lots of Christmas shopping done too.
Supplies Used: My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste Collection, Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, American Crafts Memory Marker, Bohemian Typewriter Font.
I am also linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday.
December is in full swing and our halls get decked!
This week was documented with the awesome Cut & Paste Collection by My Mind's Eye. I showed off earlier I actually had this up on their blog over two weeks ago. I guess with our million "snow/cold" days this month, it slipped from my blogging schedule. The kids actually only had 11 actual days of school during the month of January. Ummm... What!? I am ready to get back to our regularly scheduled program. Anyway... that really has nothing to do with Week 49 of 2013! If you would like to see my post over at the My Mind's Eye blog, please jump on over HERE.
Monday was kicked off with a breakfast with Rexy our Elf. The kiddies had Cheerios, while Rexy choose Cheese-its. What a silly little Elf. Chris continued to move a little forward on getting a new toilet in our master bathroom. He loves to start a project at the most opportune time. I don't ever doubt his mad handy skills. I am very lucky to have such a talented hubby. This is actually the 3rd toilet he has installed just in the duration of our marriage. I just know that several trips to the Home Depot are in order because of issues in this house, which just doesn't work during a normal work/school week. I just try to convince myself that we can't be the only people cursed by every home project we take on. Right?!? Anyway, Sam and I also got our trip to the library for our weekly hunt for dinosaurs.
With lots of rain the past several weeks and snow in the forecast, I knew Thursday was going to be our best and last chance to clean up the backyard full of leaves. So, Sam helped me get busy collecting. It was still a little damp, but I didn't want to see those things out there throughout our winter thaws. He was excited to reap the benefits of helping with jumping in the piles. I am a pretty lucky Mom to have such a strong and helpful boy to pull all those leaves to the front curb with me. This is the time of year where I am not so happy about all those trees in our backyard. HA! I am just glad we did it then, because as predicted, the snow came in! I was also lucky to get away to spend some time with my good friend Project Life-ing away at Archiver's. YEAH!
This was also the week we got our Christmas tree.
I created an insert to include extra pictures of our adventures searching for the perfect tree...
... and then decorating it too.
I shared this on my blog earlier. You can find that HERE. Having this documented already was fun, because I could keep the rest of the week non-Christmas theme-y. I love that I was still able to pull the same colors out of Cut & Paste Collection by My Mind's Eye though!
A time for family and thanksgiving.
I continued using Studio Calico's November Project Life Kit Cuppa for this week. I was itching to use those "1, 2, 3" cards, and this was the perfect week for it. The pictures could easily be broken down into three key topics. In a nutshell, it's what I am thankful for.
I started my week off by listening to Elsie read her family notebook. Usually, she writes about what she did all week long at school, but this time it was all about what she is thankful for. Talk about a good start to a Thanksgiving week. She makes me smile. AND that boy of mine does too. He had his little Thanksgiving program at school. It's something that each class does for each of the other classes. The parents aren't invited, so it is all about being in front of their peers. I was a lucky Mom when he made a very good attempt at singing the performance at home for me. Then, we were off to visit the family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
... and the rest of the week was spent with my family at my sister's house!
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's November 2013 Cuppa Kits, Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, Bohemian Typewriter font.
Just another fun week of November.
For this week, I dove into Studio Calico's November Project Life Kit, Cuppa. I gotta say, these colors are right up my alley. I am all about the bold primaries with a twist.
I opted for the weekly summary this time. I am finding that this is so easy and simple! AND I can fit plenty of pictures too.
We started the week off at Urgent Care for Sam. The kid had an ear infection. I am just glad it hasn't been as bad as it was last year. Chris was out of town for a couple of days, so we had a fancy dinner at Panera. Sam created his family for a homework assignment he had to do for school. I am very sure this is the first time I have seen all four of us drawn together like this. So cute! I also documented Elsie's nightly homework routine. She likes to smell her blankie as she is doing her math homework at the counter.
On Friday, Elsie had her Thanksgiving program at school, which was so fun to see her smiling up there singing away. Saturday evening, we braved the cold windy snowy night to go meet the Big Man and see fireworks in the Square. Sunday brought us a dinner date at Dairy Queen to support Elsie's school.
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's November 2013 Cuppa Kit, Becky Higgins Design A & C page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, Bohemian Typewriter font, heart stamp from PSX Antique alphabet set.
It's getting cold outside.
For this week, I put Studio Calico's September Project Life kit called Double Scoops to good use again. I guess I was on a roll with this one from last week. The frame pattern paper was just right for some quick journaling for the second half of the week.
We celebrated Veterans Day at Elsie's school with a special assembly honoring those that served. The first snow fall of the season came early this year, and Sam was right there to enjoy it. Then we said goodbye to our special guests. It was too short of a visit this time around.
I spent lots of time on Thursday ironing and sewing on Elsie's hard earned patches. She was pretty excited to see her vest all done up like that. Friday, it was time to enjoy a cozy fire. Yep, I do love fire season. For the weekend, we enjoyed special treats with the buy one get one at Starbucks, got the Christmas lights up and ready while the snow disappeared for a little bit, the kiddies played some learning games on the computers, and my cookie man got busy.
With the pictures pretty self explanatory for the second half of the week, I went with a fun quick way of journaling. It was a slight pain with a few mess-ups, but I got to add a few little buttons to cover those up. Actually it was smooth sailing, until I was adding the last one. Isn't that typical.
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's September 2013 Double Scoops Kit, Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, My Mind's Eye decorative buttons, Bohemian Typewriter font.