Sunday, January 27, 2013

Project Life Week 3

I wanted to use some more of our family photos at the start of our PL album. And I wanted to showcase the 3 pictures I took this week of Kylie reading.

This month’s Kiwi Crate had Kylie making her own board game. She glued the game board squares and the wood-block dice. Then she colored the two game pieces. She colored them to look like herself and her friend Maya. Then we got to play the game. This craft was good for about 1 ½ hours of fun. The other craft was to create a ring toss game and then play bingo by marking the game rings we hit. Kylie and I love to get her Kiwi Crates because they deliver such creative crafts and fun.

Kylie had early release from school on Friday 1/18. We went to Big Air Jump House.

I love that picture of Kylie and her pinwheel.

Document: New Ascics for Kylie- size 12.

Kylie and I made sugar cookies together.

I included two pieces of Kylie's school journaling with this week's pages.


So that's it for another week. Thanks for looking! Click on the photos to view the credits. If you want to see other Project Life Projects, see
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Project Life 2013 Weeks 1 & 2

I'm pleased to start another year of Project Life Scrapbooking. Project Life is a simple approach to memory keeping. If you would like more information on the process, you can click here. I post all my Project Life Album pictures onto my Flickr album. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Flickr where you can view the credits.

Week One, Page One is a simple title page with photos of us taken before the start of the year.

Page Two has the goings on of the week.

We've noticed a big leap in Kylie's desire to read and her reading comprehension. She read this "Junie B Jones Survival Guide to School" book twice!

The small far left pocket is a summary sheet from our babysitter when she sat for us on 1/1.

Karen & I got a babysitter for New Years Day afternoon and we went to the movies. We took our picture in front of the Hobbit sign in the theater. I love that I have a place to keep movie stubs in our Project Life Scrapbook.

Our neighborhood raccoon paid us another visit on Friday morning. He was busily eating birdseed that had fallen to the ground at 7am. It really is a jungle out there in our Florida backyard.

I am sad that I'm injured and am going to miss the Disney Marathon but my motto has been "KPO" for "Keep Pressing On". I'm trying to keep it all in perspective and I cant be too sad when my Kylie is so happy.

I loved this piece of art Kylie made with markers. She titled it "Heart Explosion". I stored it in a simple letter-sized sheet protector and tucked it behind the two previous pages.

Many times I'll glue a piece of Kylie's artwork to a 12x12 piece of cardstock. I have a rubber stamp to create the journaling lines that you see in the upper left corner. Then I put the artwork in a 12x12 sheet protector. Since I use a front page-back page method for my PL Week pages (instead of a left page-right page) I like how her artwork separates the weeks.

I don't remember what this story was about- other than it had a toaster pastry in it (see block 5). But I simply love how Kylie is creating storyboards.

Great picture of our cat Phoebe.

Week 2 in our PL scrapbook was all about Grandpa's visit. But I did want to document Kylie's visit to Bolles School on Monday, January 7th. I put the reminder the school mailed to us along a picture of Kylie holding the Bolles bear that I took at the end of her visit in a separate 4x6 page protector. On the back of the picture, I inserted a journaling card where I jotted down these notes about her visit.

Kylie was nervous the morning she visited Bolles school but she was all smiles when I picked her up. She was tickled that they gave her this bear with a Bolles sweater. She liked feeling special when she was tested by one of the teachers. They tested her on listening and reading comprehension and some math. She switched classrooms and got to experience both kindergarten teachers. She did some journal writing on zoos and colored four “s” words in a four-square worksheet. And she made a penguin out of construction paper. There was another applicant, a girl named Leslie, attending today and she and Kylie got along. Kylie also recognized a girl named Katherine from Flavia’s aftercare who she saw on the playground. All in all, it was a good visit. Now we wait and see if Kylie has been accepted to the school for next year’s term.

The start of the week was fairly uneventful. Karen was consulting in Pittsburg and I was at home focusing on healing from my groin injury. I went to the chiropractor three times over the course of the week. We bought a twin mattress in anticipation of Grandpa’s visit and for future family stays. On Monday, Kylie had her Bolles School visit. Grandpa and Karen flew in on Thursday afternoon. We had Kylie’s school breakfast on Friday. On Saturday, we tried letterboxing and went to MOSH. On Sunday, we had a successful letterbox trip and went to the beach.

The children’s Father’s Day Breakfast was held in the classroom. Kylie gave Grandpa a footprint bookmark. She showed him around her classroom. He got to review her workbooks. And he got to see her work on sentence matching. I’m so glad Dad was here to enjoy this special day.

Page 2 documented our visit to the Museum of Science and History and our Letterbox adventure.

William Webb Farmhouse in Mandarin FL Sunday 1/13/13. The box was hidden off the backporch. There was supposed to be another box near the chicken coop but it was missing. There was a beautiful pier behind the home. It was a good letterboxing day!

Behind week two's pages, I included this simple page protector to hold 6 pictures of Kylie and Grandpa playing at the beach together.

So that's it for Weeks One and Two!

If you want to see other Project Life Projects, see
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Four more years

A lot can change in four years! Here we are at President Obama's first inauguration. This was taken in our Portland, Oregon home. Kylie was one year and nine months old.

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And here we are today.


Here's to four more great years Mr. President!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

One Little Word 2013- Manifesto

Image courtesy of Ali Edwards.

This will be my sixth year with the One Little Word project.

I first read about this from Ali Edwards blog. She encouraged me to pick a word that would be a guiding force for the year.

My first word, in 2008, was Create.
I loved that word. For that year, I was ALL about creating. I created new experiences for my baby Kylie. I created a lot of love with Karen. I created a loving home in Portland. I created tons of scrapbook pages. I created lots of knitted projects. It was a fantastic word that truly motivated me throughout the year.

My second word, in 2009, was Choose.
This was an interesting word for me. The thought behind it was that life with Kylie was so encompassing that all lot of other things were starting to slip. Like my health/fitness. Like our finances. Like anything that wasn't Elmo-related. It was easier to go about the day-to-day stuff and not think nor work on the bigger goals. So picking the word "choose" was like a light slap on my cheeks encouraging myself to wake up and start working on my life. I was partly successful. But my memory of the word "choose" was that it wasn't much fun.

My third word, in 2010, was Steer.
"Steer" was "choose" on steroids.
I did steer my family to our new home in FL. I did steer my but to the gym and steered my attention to our budget. But "steer" was heavy in responsibility. It was my least favorite word.

My fourth word, in 2011, was Triathlete.
For the entire year, I ran. I learned to bike. I learned to swim. The process was fear-filled yet exhilarating. And I fell in love with the training. I believe that in a non-competitive sense, I did become a triathlete.

My fifth word, in 2012, was Cultivate.
As Becky Higgins writes on her blog: Cultivate a good life and record it. I fell in love with this phrase. It was a great touchstone for me as I worked to create memorable moments throughout the year. I think I was most successful when I created our Summer Manifesto. I had so much fun posting that list on our fridge and ticking off the items.

So for 2013, I chose "Manifesto" as my One Little Word. The idea of the manifesto isn't so much a "to do" list to stress over but rather a list of things that are seasonal and important and fun. I plan to create a manifesto for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Here is my Winter one:

You can read more about the One Little Word project here. And for inspiration, you can see Ali's list of words here.

If you've picked a word for the year, please share it with us!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Funny faces and family portraits

As a Christmas present for our families, we decided to have some pictures made. Kylie's teacher is an amateur photographer who is learning and trying to build her portfolio. She came out to the house and took some shots.

There were several family photos that we liked. And there were some photos that cracked us up.

Like this face:

And this one:

There were sweet photos too.

The whole set can be seen on Flickr here.

At some point, I'll update our blog header with some of these photos. But it is going to be hard to pick which ones to use. Feel free to vote on your favorites.

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Book List 2012

Happy New Year!

Here's my traditional "books read" list for 2012. 46 Books read and 11 audiobooks. There are a lot of good reads in this list but without a doubt, my favorite books were these 8 books by Louise Penny. Would love to know your favorite reads of 2012 or links to your book list in the comments.

Still Life, Fatal Grace, Cruelest Month, Rule Against Murder, Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead, Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski
All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
Tuesday Night Miracles by Kris Radish
Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliott
Bowling Avenue by Anne Shayne
Serpent's Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz
Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene
To the Last Breath by Francis Slakey
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Charlotte Au Chocolat by Charlote Silver
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Cruise
The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picolt
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
Touch of Power by Maria Snyder
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stewart
Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
Enchanting Lily by Anjali Banerjee
The Sisters Montclair by Cathy Holton
No Regrets Parenting by Harley A. Rotbart M.D.
Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line-and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
The Rope-An Anna Pigeon Mystery by Nevada Barr
The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor
Gold by Chris Cleeve
The Racketeer by John Grisham
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington
Eat and Run by Scott Jurek
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal