...I posted this picture on Instagram the other day:
Clara and Gracie act completely like litter mates. They are about the same height. They run and chase each other. They nip at each other. They vie for their momma's attention. If Gracie could laugh, I bet she'd be laughing right along with Clara.
And they are impossible to get a picture of.
It's happening, you know, I am falling in love with her. Mostly because my kids already are.
...This is my last month on the creative team for Studio Calico.
But this time, it was my choice. You can read about the last time here. I could copy and paste a lot of the things I said on that post, but here's the gist:
The scrapbooking industry is so different than it was ten years ago when I first joined the game. Truthfully, I find the emphasis on social media and self-promotion exhausting, and, when I try to do it, it always feels…unauthentic. I love to scrapbook. I always have. But in this industry, that just isn’t enough any more. And that’s OK, but it’s time for me to walk away because that’s who I am. A hobbyist. Someone who loves watching her children look at their scrapbooks, not admiring the latest product or technique, but the memories. Scrapbooking is a small part of a big life. And it will continue to be just that.
...we have a lovely target. It is clean and bright and shiny and new and never crowded. Ever. We spend a lot of time there. Well, I should say Ken spends a lot of time in the regular aisles fulfilling my list. I spend a lot of time in the toy aisles. Well, and in the Starbucks.
Ken had an amazing idea a few months ago during a particularly painful tear-them-away from the toy aisle episode. He told Charlie to take a picture of the toy he wanted and we would send it to Santa.
Sometimes Charlie wants to take the picture, sometimes he wants to be in it. I love the little collection we are gathering.
...there is no such thing as privacy with a puppy.
She's like a newborn, except there's no bouncy seat you can strap her in while you take a two-minute shower. So she just comes in and licks your legs. Awesome.
Oh, and she doesn't wear diapers. And treats our liriope like it's an all-you-can-eat-buffet.
She is the first thing both kids ask for when they wake.
She is sweet. And learning. We all are.
Tonight, Charlie was looking at all the family photos next to our kitchen table when he pointed to the picture of Charmer and said, "She looks like Gracie. We need to take Gracie's picture and put her up there instead."
Broke my heart a little bit. I said, "Charlie, Charmer was your puppy when you were a baby. And we'll always love her. But we'll take a picture of Gracie and put it up there next to Charmer."
...I'm sure someone has done this before (there are no original ideas anymore), but I decided to do time lapse photography of my Cuppa Studio Calico projects. I started a little into the first spread. The pictures aren't great, I only scrapbook at night, and there's a Charlie layout thrown in there for good measure, but here you go...my thought process:
Also, thank you for your sweet welcome wishes for our Gracie. Updates to come.