...loved this kit, unfortunately I'm still playing catch up and I'm in the fall and not the spring. Still was able to use a lot of the great elements!
I promise I have a whole slew of non-scrapbooking-related posts in my head...Just need whoever came up with daylight savings time to also come up with a way to add a few extra hours in the day instead of taking them away!
1. a thing used to tie something or to fasten things together.
Loved this kit. Just subscribed to the physical kits and can't wait to play with them next month.
(Story behind the story...for 18 months, Ken was working in Oklahoma, "commuting" back and forth. It was hard, but we did it. It was a great move for his career, a harder time for our family. We are better together, and I'm perfectly OK with this chapter in our lives being over!)
...I have already scrapbooked not once, not twice, but three times this month (and it's only the 15th)! Using Ali's products makes it easy. Here are my two layouts for the February digital release. Can't wait to do more.
...ahhh, Clara, Clara, Clara. You have a lot to learn about her, my friends. She feels everything BIG. She loves BIG. She is sad BIG. She is a BIG friend.
A few weeks ago, I had to work over the weekend and Ken told her she wasn't allowed to watch TV. She promptly went into the playroom and closed the door, returning a few minutes later with a note for Ken:
She recovered, they went on with their day, Ken joined me at my work event. I had to stay late, he texted me that he found a little...love note under his pillow.
...SWEET! I remembered my password! The struggle is real.
I'm here. We're here.
This guy is now in second grade:
I know. It seems like the day he was born was yesterday. He loves Legos, Minecraft, soccer. Basketball and Lunchables (gross). Stuffed animals and his lovies. His dad.
...And she's in KINDERGARTEN:
I know. The day she was born feels like yesterday. She loves her friends, dearly. She has a boyfriend who she and two of her friends are all going to marry, apparently. She loves crafts and dogs. She loves me and her Ammy.
...We've done a lot in the last year.
Ken came home. Don't feel bad if you didn't know he was ever gone because it was never something we publicized. He took a job out of state (not in like, Virginia, like halfway across the country out of state). For 18 months, he traveled back and forth until last February when he was offered a position back home. And he came home. For good. Never to leave again. My sigh of relief was heard around the world.
This picture from my skating days broke the Facebook.
We saw The Lumineers in concert, twice. Phenomenal.
We went to DISNEYLAND! We woke the kids up one morning and went. I'll admit it...I liked it. We are NOT a crowd family. At all. But the joy on C&C's faces. Well, makes most things worth it, right?
My mom is...healthy. She's had a few setbacks, can't do nearly as much as she would like to do. But she is here and that's what we are grateful for every. single. day.
Ken and Charlie went to the WORLD SERIES! Yes, the best World Series of all time. Well, next year it will be even better when the Indians win.
It has been a good year. I am busy, all the time. I am up way too late, all the time. We celebrated 15 years of marriage.
There have been a lot of losses this year. Too many. A student at our school. My dear great aunt Sally. My dad's brother, my uncle Bruce.
There have been tears from laughing so hard. Last night, Ken and I were watching a video Clara made for her "YouToooobe Channel." (She doesn't have one, but makes videos nonetheless). During it, she leans in, whispering to the camera, "My mommy's on the toilet." Well, thank you, Clara.
There are times I can't remember who I was when I started this blog ELEVEN years ago. I had a good job, I was working on my master's, I had a husband and a dog I loved more than words. I loved the past almost as much as I loved the present. So much has changed, but I guess that never will.
I am still scrapbooking. As is the case with most things in my life, I am endlessly behind.
I will be working on Ali Edwards' Creative Team in 2017, which prompted me to not only dust of ye old paper trimmer, but also ye old blog. I miss it. And I miss you. xoxo
...life...don't know where it's gone. I was looking for Book Report ideas for Charlie on Pinterest a few months ago and got sucked into the vortex of looking at old scrapbook pages of mine. And I remembered that commitment I made to myself that I would never stop being a memory keeper, but in the last year it's the one thing that has gone on the back burner when everything else feels like it's on fire.
So I am here. Life has been happening, actively, sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow. Teeth have been lost and birthdays have been celebrated.
(Not on the same day, thank God, because the Tooth Fairy and the Birthday Fairy can only handle so much fairy-ness in one day). Speaking of the Tooth Fairy, that's Clara's go-to these days for what she wants to be when she grows up. Dream big, baby girl.
We've had Garage Sales and long weekends at the beach. We bought a new car! It has all these buttons that do things for you. I feel both amazed and lazy.
We've learned to swim and Nae Nae. We stayed up late enough to watch the 4th of July fireworks for the first time ever. We swam in the River. We've slept (very uncomfortably) in one bed.
We've gone to the Fair, Chicago, the Firefighter's Carnival, and Fun Land.
We've started pre-kindergarten and first grade. We've started to read, add, gotten our own e-mail address. We play the noun game at night. Think fast, is a blog a person, place or thing?
We've been tired, sick, rained on. Oh! We are playing soccer! And not just doing ninja moves in the middle of the field - real soccer!
We are here, we are fine. We miss you too. And we'll hopefully be back before the second grade starts.
I am pretty lucky. Every day, I get to see a school changing lives. Including my son's.
Every day, I see teachers teaching children to LOVE learning. I see them hugging students, I see them guiding hands, I see them patting backs and clapping. And sometimes I see them pulling teeth out.
Every day, I see kids EXCITED about school. I see them skipping to class, moving around in the classroom, I see them welcoming new friends, I see them encouraging each other. I see them understanding that what makes someone different is actually what makes them unique, and perfect.
Working in admissions, I field phone calls and e-mails from families every day, families that know Radcliffe could change their child's life (and their family's). But the hardest part is when those families tell me there is no way they can afford the price tag that comes with an education like this.
Every year, the Run for Radcliffe raises funds to help these families. In the last two years, Team Mustache has raised more than $5,000! We're asking for your help again this year. But let's take it one step farther...Donate today and then send this page to one friend who you think would also consider donating. Trust me, there is no better cause.