nick's birthday today. 40-something! happy birthday, honey!
had nothing to do with the layout. i'd been having issues with my iTrip (fm modulator for my iPod). it stopped working out of the blue a few months ago. so on tuesday night, i set my mind to fixing it. little did i know that it would require reinstalling iTunes on my computer, spending hours on iTunes' discussion board online figuring out why iTunes wouldn't launch after i reinstalled it. learned that my good old norton anti-virus software was blocking it, learned how to do a bunch of things on norton that i didn't know how to do in the past.
finally went to bed at 2 am on wednesday morning. 5 hours later.
good news though. iTrip is now working again, i have the updated iTunes version on my computer that has some cool new features, AND i made this layout. made it over the course of 5 hours, while i was waiting for iTunes to install over and over and over again, rebooting my computer over and over and over again.
the layout is about some trouble sam had the first week in kindergarten this year. nick and i were so worried that all of the sudden we had a little trouble-maker at school on our hands. we tried everything. whatever it was, he figured it out himself and since that first week, things have been great.
used more clippings from my old children's book collection here. found an old copy of Green Eggs and Ham this summer - knew that would come in handy one day with sam. also used one on color. as soon as i saw the red, green, and yellow pages i knew they'd be perfect for a layout about his first week. more of our Parker black letter stickers. they're quickly becoming a staple on my layouts!
i was killing some time over the weekend and poking around on a bunch of blogs. i found this blog. and these fun pillows. she makes some really FUN things - i'd recommend you check out her blog. she even sells her pillows!
after seeing how cute they were, i decided to make one. sam and i headed off to joann's and bought all of the supplies and made it on sunday night. the background is a soft green fleece (looks grey in the pic).
sam was quite the little helper. he really wanted to operate the sewing machine, but i convinced him that his little legs were too short to reach the pedal. hoping that by the time his legs are long enough to reach that his interest in wanting to sew on the machine has faded. he'd be a TERROR using the sewing machine!
like i said, i'm no seamstress, but this puppy was really easy to make. i bought enough stuff to make another pillow with black fringe and different color trees. on my list of the MANY things to do for the holidays.
hey sis, aren't you PROUD of me?!!
what a whirlwind weekend! kept to the plan on Thanksgiving and passed on the pumpkin pie or any other sweets. yay me. fun day spent with nick's family at his mom's house.
picked up my friend karen on friday at 4:40 am for some black friday shopping. it's a tradition with us. we started at Toys R Us, then to Target, which was a complete madhouse. on to a few other stores from there, then the mall. ended up back home at about 12:30 that afternoon. that's 8 solid hours of hary cary black friday shopping, people! 8 hours! and it was a blast. and i'm happy to say that i am pretty much done with my christmas shopping!
that night we had tickets to the jazz basketball game against the lakers, so we headed to an early dinner and then the game. the boys loved it! it was such an exciting game. i'm pretty much a fair-weather jazz fan. they haven't done well since they were in the finals against the bulls a number of years ago. they're playing a franchise record season so far - 1 loss with 12 or 13 straight wins. exciting for utah!
did a little more shopping on saturday and sunday. nick took jack skiing up to alta on sunday and sam and i went to the aquarium and then to joann's. i made the cutest christmas pillow on sunday afternoon - need to take some pics and post. we started putting up the christmas decorations and the tree on sunday night.
here's another layout i finished last week while i was off. used some of our blue grid paper as the base and one of the patterns on one of the scrap strips - both from the hampton line. used more of our new Parker letter stickers too for the title - they're so handy to have around. and so many letters per package, too (about 170 between the upper case, lower case, and numbers). love the orange heidi swapp letters. managed to work a little bling in there, too ;)
anyone catch the bachelor last night? come on, i know there are other closet fans out there.
so, he picked JEN! what do you think? poor sadie, i felt so bad for her.
Fashions this season include the ever-popular grocery bag art. To the left we show Sam modeling the coveted grocery bag indian vest with hand drawn scenes depicting indian life as it was long ago. The multi-colored, fringed garment complements any holiday outfit. Dress it down with jeans or dress it up with slacks - you're sure to be the hit at this season's Thanksgiving Feast.
Accessorize the vest with the yarn-tied papoose clutch. The heavily Crayola'd cardstock baby fits snuggly inside the clutch, allowing enough room for those Thanksgiving essentials - a few Matchbox cars and perhaps a Playmobile figurine or two.
No Thanksgiving outfit is complete without a custom, one of a kind, hand-died macaroni necklace. Available in green and orange macaroni with a dashing brown yarn chain, your fellow Thanksgiving feast-goers will be green with envy when they look at you across the table, over the turkey.
Have a 'fashionable' Thanksgiving ;)
I took most of the day off yesterday and today.
And I've been a scrapping fool!
Just wrapped up my 4th layout. Count em 1...2...3...4.
That's a lot for me. Even scrapped instead of eating lunch. And that NEVER happens. I never skip a meal...
Asked him a few things about himself. This is what he came up with... Silly guy.
Used one of my favorite papers from our Newport line - love orange and teal together.
Also used our new Parker stickers. These puppies sure took their time getting to us, but now that they're here, I'm using them like mad. I like the classic font. Best thing about them - there are about 170 stickers (upper, lower, & numbers) in a package. No more running out of letters mid-way through something! MSRP on these is $3.49 - that's about $.02 per sticker. Now that's something to be thankful for!
Speaking of thankful, Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Nick and I spent a good portion of the afternoon on Sunday 'finishing' our front room. We've been in our house now 6 1/2 years. The front room has changed quite a bit since then. When we first moved in we had other furniture. Mission style. Even though it was only a few years old, my tastes had changed and I really didn't like it. After about a year, it found a new owner ;)
I worked with a local store owned by some friends of ours to have a couch, two linen chairs and a leather chair custom made. Picked my own fabric. Talk about being committed once I picked it! That was probably 3 years ago. I looked for coffee tables and finally found the right ones this summer from Pottery Barn.
The front room is 2 stories tall with an archway leading into the dining room. The wall above the archway is 10 feet tall to the ceiling. It's been impossible to figure out what to do on that wall. Despite everything we've done in that room, the blank wall just stares at you when you come into the house.
Not anymore! Last week I bought this window from one of my favorite little antique stores. I'd bought the shutters from the same store about 6 months ago. They'd been sitting in the garage waiting to be put to use until this weekend. They were definitely a pain to hang. Nick had the huge extension ladder out. And he'd already had is visit to the ER for the month, so we weren't looking for a 2nd visit!
After tackling the big wall, the move was on to the funky triangle shaped wall over the couch. I've known for a while that I wanted to do a photo wall there and I've been collecting frames ever since.
I've had that letter "k" since June, planned as the centerpiece on the wall. I ordered it from Janna. She has some really fun things on her website and turns the letters around pretty fast. She's a sweetheart, too!
Here's the 'k' before and after. I altered the heck out of it - painted it with black paint, covered it with crackle paint, painted it again with linen paint, blotted some of the linen paint off, sanded the edges and the rubbed some gold Rub n Buff over the top. I've been looking for big vintage letters and numbers for the last few years and they're so collectible that they're almost impossible to find. So I figured I'd take a shot at making my own and making it look vintage.
I'm off work for the next 6 days! More projects planned, none as fun as this one, I'm afraid. I started tackling my closet this morning - I'll spare you from having to look at those pictures....
I know, I know, Thanksgiving is next week.
And no, I didn't leave the turkey on the back porch.
The boys' school had "Cold Turkey" week this week. They asked all of the kids to pledge to quit technology for one week. No tv, no videos, no movies, no handheld computer games, no computer, NOTHING.
Cold Turkey week was not mandatory. Kids that wanted to do it signed a pledge to be tech free for the week.
As I'm sure you can imagine, there was quite a discussion at our house when the form came home. Jack asked if he 'had' to do it. Sam went along for the ride.
After discussing it ad nauseum (sp?), and with MUCH encouragement from me, the boys decided they would give it a try. Well, Jack decided. Sam went along for the ride.
And they did it. One week without it.
And Jack said it wasn't bad. Sam went along for the ride.
They'll be getting a prize today at school for their efforts. I asked Jack yesterday if all the kids in his class also did it. He said only a few. How sad.
I think I'm a pretty normal parent. That we're pretty normal parents. Our kids have schedules. We try to eat the same time every night. We sit down as a family when we eat. The kids start getting ready for bed each night at 8 with a bath or shower, followed by reading time and then lights out. We limit the amount of sugar, sweets and soda they eat. We eat vegetables. We limit the amount of tv the kids watch. So when Cold Turkey week came along, it was a no brainer. Of course they'll do it.
I thought most parents were like us. Apparently not. By the sounds of things, FAR less than the marjority of the kids in the school decided to participate. To me, that means that the parents decided not participate.
Maybe I'm living in a bubble? If so, I'm happy in our bubble.
Last night Sam said he never wanted to do Cold Turkey week again. Me thinks Cold Turkey week worked! Now they'll appreciate the time they do have watching tv and playing computer games. And now they know that their worlds don't center around the Game Boys....
And it's time to celebrate! I've been hovering right around 20 lbs lost for the last few days and I'm proud.
I'm not a vain person. Very self-conscious. Really don't like to talk about myself - good or bad.
But I'm making an exception here.
I've been working at it for the last 2 months and I'm down 20lbs.
Nick and I started a new program back on September 25th. We both just hit the 20 lb mark, and we are excited!
Off to celebrate with a swig of water and a few baby carrots ;)
Had the day off yesterday. Feels so much like I'm playing hooky when I have a day off in the middle of the week. Did a little shopping, went through a bunch of my scrapbook magazines, checked out some blogs, took the kids to the library after school and made this layout about Jack's 1st pair of Chuck Taylor Converse high top tennis shoes - he picked them out himself. The grid & the argyle papers are from our Cape Town collection. Pulled out some Heidi Swapp tape on this one - vowing to use more of the supplies I already have vs. buying so much new stuff. Hee, hee, hee - yah right. We'll see how well I do with that....
Walked on the treadmill last night for 50 minutes while watching Deal or No Deal. Love to exercise to that show - if it was on every night of the week, I'd be looking pretty good ;)
TIVO'd one of my guilty pleasures last night - The Bachelor - and watched it last night after we put the kids to bed. Nick refuses to watch it with me. Love that show! Have loved it since the first Bachelor a few years ago. Anyone else a fan? I knew that Lisa was going to get the boot last night - parading in a wedding dress in front of him - what was she thinking?!! Now that it's down to Jen and Sadie, I'm not sure which one he's going to pick. They're both pretty sweet - I have a feeling it's going to be Sadie.