Thursday, February 21, 2013

Project Life Pages

Here's some catch up on my Project Life Pages.

Some weeks I enjoy printing just my Instagram photos and adding a note explaining a bit about the photos. I love Instagram! I'm WENDYM888 if you want to follow me.
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For Week 6, I photographed our letterboxing trip.
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Sunday Feb 3, we went to the Ribault Monument at the Fort Caroline National Park to find “The Wizard” letterbox stamp. Kylie found the stamp near a large tree on the side of the parking lot. Inside the letterbox, there was beautiful hand-carved stamp of a wizard along with a guestbook. After we stamped our book, we walked the few steps to the Monument which is the spot where Ribault claimed Florida for France in 1552. There was a view of St. John’s River and some lovely climbing trees. It was a short and successful letterbox trip!

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Week 6 page 2 had notes on Spring Cleaning, our yard sale, Kylie's iPod and her sleep patterns. The journaling reads:

As part of my early Spring cleaning and in order to get ready for Kylie’s yard sale, I went through everything in the Florida room. And then I decided to flip-flop the chair area and the low bookcase. It’s nice to have a change in there. And even better to weed out the old toys.

There were two pre-k teachers ready to pounce on our yard sale before it officially opened. They took the majority of the board books and toddler DVD’s. Our neighbor’s daughter, Sammie, was also a good customer and a great friend to Kylie all day. Sammie and Kylie kept one another occupied during the sale. We made sure Kylie thanked all of her customers. And we took the unsold items to Goodwill. We ended up making $70! It was far more than we anticipated.

We ran an ad in the local paper, “The Beaches Leader” for the yard sale. The cost of the ad was $13. Well worth it!

I loaded some songs and albums onto Kylie’s iPod. We put a mini speaker in the Florida room to play her songs. Kylie was thrilled to have her “own music” like some of her older friends have. And she danced with happiness the day we set it all up.

Kylie slept in all this week! Normally, she is awake at 6am but her body clock must have shifted. I actually had to wake her up at 7:00 a couple of mornings. I have to say I had some avenging parental glee at waking her up. Maybe after 5 ½ years of her waking me up the tides are turning.

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For Project Life Week 7- I showcased Kylie and her bead loom and included some notes about my doctor's appointment and Karen's travel. Journaling reads:

Karen was in Denver Colorado February 10 – 14.

Monday 2/11 I saw the doctor at Florida Sports Medicine Institute. He diagnosed my injury as a grade 2 adductor strain. He prescribed physical therapy three times a week for four weeks at a rehab center at the beach. My first appointment is Monday 2/18. The doctor believes it will be 3-4 weeks before I can run again.

Kylie got a bookmark at her school’s PE class. The girls beat the boys at their activities and the girls got bookmarks.

Kylie’s school celebrated Chinese New Year. As a special snack, the class had egg rolls. When Kylie came home she told me, “I tried one of the egg rolls and I really didn’t like it. I wanted to be polite so I went to the bathroom and spit it out in the garbage there.” Good story Kylie!

Kylie learned the art of working a bead loom this week. She was so proud of her first bead decoration that she asked to take it to school. I sent a note to her teachers asking permission.

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Week 7 page 2 was about Valentine's Day, Kylie playing at the park and her latest Kiwi Crate. Journaling reads:

Kylie traversed the entire tire loop at Jack Russell Park for the first time. Some of those tires are really tilted making it challenging. She was so proud of herself. And I captured her triumphant finish on video. Way to go Kylie!

Kylie signed the back of all of her valentines and taped a colorful pencil onto each card. At school, she got to decorate her valentine bag and the children passed out their cards by putting them into the bags. At home, we gave Kylie days-of-the-week socks, a secret diary with a lock, and a mood-changing necklace along with some stickers and a ring pop.

Play date at the park on Friday with kindergarten friend Carolyn- no school.

With this month’s Kiwi Craft Crate, we made yarn pompon animals and a cardboard swing and slide.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Since school was out on Monday, Kylie and I decided to go letterboxing at a nearby park. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Kylie found the Eagle Scout Map which was one of our clues.

We saw lots of woodpeckers along the way.

I'm wary when the letterbox clues have you in a wooded area and tell you "look for a stump and then look for a log". We looked around two stump/log combinations before we found the correct one on the third try.


It's always a relief to find the box. And it's fun to see the hand-carved stamp.

We stamp the letterbox stamp onto our book and pages. Then we stamp our three-star family stamp into the guestbook.

Mostly we love letterboxing because it takes us to new parks. It gets us out of the house and into the fresh air and sunshine.

Kylie was asking me if we could return and ride our bikes around the paved trails.

Kiddo found a good climbing tree.

Our girl loves trees.

It was a good letterboxing day!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jump Rope - donations please

She is learning how to jumprope! Her PE Coach is teaching her & she is practicing at home.

On Wednesday February 27th, Kylie is participating in a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association. Kylie will happily jump rope during her entire PE class. We are asking Kylie's friends to make a donation to this cause. It's a one time donation, not a "per jump" donation. I believe if you click on this link, you can make an online donation on her behalf. Please consider donating $1, $5 or more. Thank you!


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Project Life Week4

I loved focusing page one of this week's project life pages on the topic of Kylie's friends.


Kylie has been doing much better with the “mean girl” scenario at school. She is staying away from the little girl who got her in trouble. She is playing more with other friends. She is learning to walk away when she feels the beginnings of a power struggle. The American Girl Doll books “Stand Up for Yourself” have been a big help to us both. It gives her a vehicle to begin a discussion with us and it gives her good information.

Kylie had lessons on writing a letter and addressing an envelope this week at school. She wrote a letter to her cousin Emily, to last year’s schoolmate Clara, and to her friend at school, Maya. In all of the letters, she asks for a playdate. Kylie loves spending time with her friends.


Kylie is riding her bike so well. She rode 2.5 miles on 1/19 and 3.5 on 1/20.

Kylie ran 2 miles without stopping on the track on Friday. Even though she still has a cold, she wanted to run. I am ridiculously proud of her.

Kylie started choir practice at church. She will practice on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30. They are working on a piece to present on Palm Sunday.

Kylie is learning how to jump rope.

Kylie has fallen in love with the original Charlie Brown tv episodes. We can get them on iTunes and on Netflix. She watches them over and over.

Daruma Doll- Paint one eye in when you set your goal. Paint the other eye when your goal is achieved. A little extra luck, accountability and fun for a hard-to-reach goal.

We don’t get snowflakes in Florida so Kylie made her own.

Here are two of Kylie's school journaling worksheets for the week.

And this one made me laugh out loud when I saw it. It reads: "Monte (the gerbil) is funny. I like his poop. I like his pee." And she included a picture of Monte's plastic gerbil cage.

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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