Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Week 26 Layout

Week 26. That, in essence, means the year is half over. Already. Where has the time gone!?!?

Anyway here is my layout... which I diligently worked on throughout the week, but as usual didn't finish till a couple of days late. Click to see a little bit bigger. :)

Credits: Kit is "Festival" by Shabby Princess; Template by M Originals; Font is Jayne Print

I'm sitting on my front porch with my laptop as I finished up this layout and as I post it. Yay summer. :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Where have I been???

Here... just not blogging. Somehow on weekends I can't seem to pull my act together enough to blog. Not sure why that is. So here's my end of the week and weekend catch up....

Friday I hadn't taken any pictures yet, when Jack just decided he wanted me to take a picture of him. Little did I know at the time what he had in mind. He proceeded to make THIS face for me, several times over, and asked me to photograph it. I guess I'll take what I can get. Isn't this handsome???
Saturday we had a baseball game in the morning, then Ryan and Pam had a BBQ at their apartment clubhouse to both celebrate their new baby, and have a big maternity leave send-off for Pam (who goes back to work tomorrow). We had a fantastic time. The boys were like little fish - all three of them in fact - they spent most of the afternoon in the water. Sadly, Rob and Jack have sunburns to show for their day at the pool. :-/ Brayden with his olive skin though just tans. And Brayden did great balancing on the kickboard and kicking himself around the pool without anyone holding on to him! He was so proud of himself. :)

Alas, Sunday... we did nothing. Just stayed home pretty much all day. Rob and Jack couldn't really be out in the sun unless they wanted to worsen those sunburns. So we had a chill day at home. In the evening Rob was out on the front porch grilling burgers for dinner, and the boys were playing some basketball. They had their stuffed dogs outside with them, and were somehow inspired to use the dogs as basketballs. Here is Numbutts, attempting to get in the basket. So close! It was pretty comical to watch.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Civic Green

We headed over to HR (Highlands Ranch for you people not from Colorado!) today to play at an awesome park called Civic Green. We happened to be living right across the street from this park (with my mom) when it was built, and I have fond memories of going there almost daily with Jack when he was a little over a year old. It's a bit of a hike to get there now, but we still love it, and headed over there to play with Grandma this morning. As always the boys enjoyed it immensely. Brayden was particularly willing to let me take pictures of him today, he kept coming up to me and smiling for the camera... which usually meant squinty eyes and a big cheesey smile, but every once in awhile I caught a nice one. ;-) The attractions at this park are a little wading river (which the boys enjoying taking off their sandals to float them down the river) and ground fountains. The fountains are always a hit... even though they are some pretty aggressive fountains! The boys always run around and around the fountains and get close... until the water turns on and they get a small splash... then they run away. Next time they'll probably dive right in. :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cousin playdate

Today we had a playdate with the Martin cousins at Chris and Sarah's house. Pam goes back to work (end of maternity leave) next week so we wanted one last chance to hang out with Mr. Carter. :) Despite a slightly uncooperative Brayden and Kate, I managed to get a semi-cute first picture of the four Martin cousins together. This was only the 2nd time they have all been together at the same time - hard to believe! The kids got along pretty well (Brayden being kind of a monkey as usual - in particular beating up on the cat, Thomas)... played inside, filled up the little pool, splashed around, had lunch, and played some more. Hard to believe that in a couple of months there will be a Martin cousin #5!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Library day

Credit to Rob for the first time in awhile for taking today's photo. He says... "Sorry I suck at taking pictures." I think this one is good! He says he was trying to be creative. I think it worked, don't you? Anyway, today was library day. We headed to the Parker library to return a batch of books we have had for literally months. I don't think the boys were tired of all of them, but I was. As usual, we probably could have left the library with twice as many books as we did, and we came home with at least 20. All that damage done in probably 15 mins or less! I can literally say that after we got home, I spent most of the rest of the day (that the boys were awake and not eating or watching a show) reading the new books to them. Especially Jack - he wanted to read them ALL - over and over - he just soaks them up.

Week 25 Layout

Well I'm plugging along, and here's another layout. Getting the weekly/daily work for these layouts done has become burdensome for me... probably a combination of disorganization of supplies and just the repetitiveness and my inability to have a creative breakthrough. HOWEVER. I am committed, and I will persevere. I've made it almost halfway through the year, I won't give up now! So here you go, week 25 - click to see slightly enlarged.

Credits: Kit is Sun Porch by Amy Teets; Template is by Red Leaf DigiScrapping; weekday tags from Project 365 freebie by Studio Tangie; Font is DaunPehn

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jeep ride and Tuckered out

We spent most of the afternoon on Father's Day at the Gumm's house. First was Ashlee's 4th birthday party, then we had a low key post-party BBQ just for our two families. The afternoon together ended with a jeep ride. Jaxon and Ashlee have motorized jeeps and have been dying to take Jack and Brayden on a jeep ride for some time now. So the dad's chaperoned a jeep ride around the neighborhood while the mom's headed inside to do some clean up from the party and just chat. The boys of course LOVED the jeep ride.

There's no better way to tucker the boys out than a trip to the pool. It's almost a guarantee that on pool days they will come home exhausted and crash hard. Today we took our first trip to the pool of the summer, since the outside pool at the gym has been open. The boys were so excited, and had a great time. And sure enough, by the time we got home they were completely wiped out and did indeed crash hard. I had to wake both of them up, and Brayden especially did not want to wake up. He was so cute, fully tuckered out in his bed. The only bad part... I didn't take a nap too, and I am still exhausted!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Entourage and First baseball game

This is my entourage. They follow me everywhere. If I go upstairs to get dressed, they come too. They hop up on my bed, turn on some cartoons, make themselves comfortable, and wait for me to finish. When I'm done, the follow me back downstairs again. And ask for a snack. Followed by, "where are we going today, Mommy?"

Saturday morning was Jack's first baseball game. The whole thing was pretty chaotic since these 4-6 year olds had only had two semi-organized practices up to this point, and didn't quite have any idea what they were doing. There was essentially one-on-one coaching... each child's parent close by telling them what to do, where to go, etc etc. A parent was stationed on every base (one from each team!) directing their respective teams what to do. Parents were scattered throughout the infield and outfield. The kids who didn't have parents standing near them telling them what to do just kind of stood around, aimlessly looking around, sometimes running after a ball, trying hard to pay attention to the game, but generally being distracted, as 4-6 years olds are. This was Jack when his team was in the outfield until I finally went and joined him and gave him some direction about what to do... for instance... if the ball is hit waaaayyyy over to your right or left, you don't have to try and get that one. The kids over there can get it. If it comes toward you, that's when you run for it. It was so funny watching 10 kids run after the same ball every time there was a hit. I managed eventually to get Jack only to run after the balls hit his way, and he did a great job fielding three balls during his team's time in the outfield! Overall, the way it was set up was great... each of the kids had a turn at bat in each "inning." They each took at most three pitches from the coach, and if they couldn't hit those, the tee came out. So every kid got a hit. And then even if they were "out" at first base (which was rare because few of the kids were together enough to field the ball and get it to first base before the runner made it there) they stayed on base and ran the bases as each next batter hit. The rules of the game weren't exactly followed, obviously, but the set up was great for teaching the actual flow of a game and what you are supposed to do, where you are supposed to go, and when. Jack enjoyed himself immensely, and I think he learned a lot.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Potty break!

So I was just about to shut down and head upstairs for bed when I realized... I had today's pic all ready to go but forgot to blog it! I wasn't happy with my pictures from earlier in the day so out of desperation I grabbed my camera and hoped for a good bathtime picture. I got a couple, when Brayden announced, "I need to poop!" Ahhhhhh... that makes me so happy! I think I can safely say that Brayden is 100% potty-trained. Okay maybe 99%. He has the occasional "oops" moment when he's just too busy to stop and get to the bathroom. But basically he's always dry, has the pooping thing down, and is even staying dry during naps and all night long. It was a whole year before Jack did that! I can't help but be grateful for how EASY potty training was with Brayden. He gave us a little bit of a run for our money but big picture, it was a snap, and I'm so glad we jumped on it when we did! Now we can enjoy the summer without worrying about it! As for the picture... I just love his little potty feet... he can still barely reach the step (although in this shot he was showing me his toes!). So little, but such a big boy! And you all should know by now I'm a sucker for baby (or my baby's!) feet!

Good thing I didn't know earlier tonight that I'd be walking upstairs two hours after the boys' bedtime to find this little monkey asleep at the top of the stairs. Then I might not have captured this cute picture. Of course, that didn't stop me from taking MORE pictures of the monkey asleep at the top of the stairs. Will share those tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Week 24 Layout

Voila! Caught up! Here's my Week 24 Layout (click to see a little bigger)...

Credits: Kit is Honeydew Lemon by Miss Mint at Peppermint Creative; Template by Kissed Studio; Font is Pea Muggy's Girl


First a confession. Since my trip... I REALLY haven't wanted to take any pictures. I've FORCED myself. Consequently, I'm getting FORCED shots, not the great ones I dream about. I've been home for 3+ days and I'm still exhausted. Am I really still recovering???

Anyway. We played outside this morning and this afternoon... ahhhh... summer vacation. Granted, I'm already over the whole summer vacation after being asked 30 times in 45 minutes if it was snack time yet, and then 100 times in 30 mins if we could go outside yet. But I digress. The boys brought the bubbles out on the front porch this afternoon. Brayden's line at the moment is that he needs a big chair to blow bubbles. Like he can't blow bubbles UNLESS he's in a big chair. I tried to talk him into using a Brayden-sized chair this afternoon, and he relented, especially when he realized he COULD blow big bubbles on a small chair. Of course then Jack needed a chair for bubble blowing, too. So there they sat, on their matching chairs, blowing bubbles. Couple of goofs! Especially in their matching firetruck shirts - which they picked out.

Park trip

Tuesday was Rob's last day off work for my trip. He was home starting last Thursday, the day I skipped town. We decided to close out his mini-vacation with a family trip to the park. It's always interesting to see what the boys will want to do at the park from one trip to the next, especially when we haven't been to a certain park for awhile. Brayden's thing on this trip was climbing. Climbing up every ladder and wall available. Here he was actually happy to pose for me at the top of one of the smaller ladders. Little monkey. Like his outfit? He picked it out himself. :)

The sad part

As I mentioned, my best friend's dad passed away just before my trip - on June 11, 2009. The circumstances of his death are unpleasant at best. There are no words, just tremendous sadness for a life which ended too soon. He was a very sad man, and finally the sadness won. My hope and prayer for him - and the hope and prayer of his family - is that he is finally at peace now. The memorial service was Monday. It was a beautiful service, and I'm grateful I was able to attend. Thank you again to Grandma for babysitting. My prayers for peace, strength and comfort continue for the family.

While I was away...

Rob had a poker party. I think he was more excited for his poker party than I was for his trip to Vegas. In attendance were his brothers, one of my brothers, and a few other friends. Apparently there was a scheme to play a joke on him leading up to the party. At least Kelly was involved, but he will not reveal his co-conspirators. Rob has his guesses.

The joke? Car art. As part of Kelly's work he can make these car sticker/decals, and he created (and laboriously applied, one letter at a time, during the course of the night) this message just for Rob's car. All phrases Rob's brothers used to make fun of him (as a child) for saying. Rob didn't see it until Saturday morning, pulling out of the garage in the van, taking Jack to baseball practice. He kept it on the car for me to see when I got home. He is already plotting his revenge.


Will I ever get caught up here? Maybe, maybe not. :)

Thursday, June 11, Jack's last day of school, was also the kick-off of my Vegas vacation with the girls. Everyone's flights were delayed in some way shape or form, but the first group of four met up at the airport and headed to our hotel - the Flamingo - Thursday evening.

This is all of us together on Day 2 - Friday (my birthday!) - at the Bellagio gardens. On top (left to right) is Carrielyn and Robin, and on the bottom (left to right) is me, Shawn, Kristi, and teeny tiny Amy in the front. :) (Side note - the girls in the back aren't that much TALLER than the rest... they are on a step).

Long story short. When pregnant with Jack, Rob and I had moved to Idaho and were there all by ourselves with no family, friends, or support system. And unfortunately, I had a TERRIBLE pregnancy and was just sick 24/7 for nine straight months. So getting out and meeting new people wasn't really an option. For support, I ended up finding an internet message board for women pregnant and expecting babies in April 2004. Mostly it was just a good source for me to find answers to those questions I might have asked my friends who had been through this before... but I didn't have any friends who had been through this before because I was the first of my close friends to get pregnant.

Well Jack was born on April 6, 2004, and after nine months of terrible pregnancy, we switched gears... I had my health back (so to speak - I did end up getting very sick and having my gall bladder removed - another long story)... but that misery was just replaced with that of a fussy baby who did NOT want to sleep. Again I found myself looking for support from this internet message board. A group of ladies (from all over the country - plus Canada!) on this message board kind of banded together and bonded over sleeplessness and our struggles to "teach" these little ones to sleep. We called ourselves the "Sleep Warriors" and would chat daily about the progress and regression our kids made in the sleep department. Days turned into weeks and months and ultimately years, and we have all kept in touch and gotten to know each other quite well and talk daily... about everything from family, to friends, to diet, to exercise, to recipes, to pet peeves, to discipline... everything under the sun. We've been through a 2nd round of children (and sleep problems) together. Some of us have met at various times over the years when in each others' neck of the woods. I met Amy in New Hampshire two and a half years ago when I was out east for my brother's wedding. We had never all been together though.

Thus was born the Vegas trip. Shawn thought it up, proposed it, we tossed around dates, the husbands all got on board, and next thing you know, six out of seven of us (Zoe in England could not make the trek) had our trips booked.

There you have it! Six ladies together in Vegas! Within an hour I'd say, it didn't feel like we'd never actually met in person before. We ate, walked, shopped, laughed, gambled (some more than others!), drank, laid out by the pool, and had an all around great time. What a cool birthday gift for me! (Or, according to Rob, my graduation present for surviving his schooling!)

Like my SHORT version of the story? Kind of a novel! Just imagine if I told you the LONG version! :)

So Vegas. June 11-14. Since I'm not a gambler, nor did I have the money available to shop, my big plan was to hang out by the pool. We made sure to pick a hotel with a decent pool area. On the cheap end of the hotel spectrum, that's the Flamingo. Which suited our needs perfectly! Of course lots of people had the same "plan" as us to the pool was packed (unless you got up at 6am and threw towels on some chairs then went back to bed). The first day we ended up just sitting on the edge of the pool with no chairs, and that worked out just fine. The second day only Shawn and I hit the pool, and it was even more crowded than the day before. At first we couldn't find a spot to sit AT ALL. Finally we found a tiny little peice of pavement on the edge of the pool, so we set up camp. No sooner did we sit down than some people across the pool from us started packing up to leave, so Shawn ran over and took over their spot - which just happened to be our spot the day before. Again, just as soon as we set up, some people sitting near us IN CHAIRS got my attention and asked if we wanted their chairs, they were leaving. Heck yes! So once again we moved, but we scored great seats and thus spent a lot more time at the pool that day than we originally planned! We were under a perfect shady tree, right on the edge of the water, not too hot of a day... bliss. (Shawn's feet are on the left, mine on the right). :)

There are a ton more stories I could tell from Vegas, but I'll leave it at that for now. I will post the REST of the pictures on Facebook. So if you want to see more, and we're not facebook friends, we should be. :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The end of preschool...

Dang it, I'm going to cry just thinking about the last two days of preschool. Deep breath, trying to compose myself......

After school almost every day (well, every NICE day) we play on the school playground for a little while, or at longest until the big kids come outside for their recess. Not only was this a great time for the boys to run around and play with the other kids, but it was a great chance for me to get to know the other kids in the class, their siblings, parents and even some grandparents. One of those kids is Kendra. It's been so fun watching the relationship between Jack and Kendra develop and change over the course of the school year, especially the past few months. Kendra has always loved Jack and chased him and asked for hugs and tried to play with him. Jack would run away and yell "NOOOOO" to the hugs. Then he started to come around and he'd give Kendra a hug when she asked. Then he'd run around with her or chase her. Then came the yelling goodbye and the "Oh Kendra is leaving Mommy! I need to go give her a hug!" The two of them are so cute. When Jack calls, Kendra runs away from her girl friends and goes to him. Jack does the same when she calls for him. Last week after their usual chase and hug routine, Jack asked her if she wanted a kiss. She, of course, said yes! So he gave her a little peck on the mouth. Afterwards they were both so embarrassed. Jack told me he kissed Kendra because "they have love." The next day Kendra's grandma told me that Kendra decided she's going to marry Jack (but also that she got in trouble with her mommy for kissing a boy at school!). In any case the two are super adorable, so Kendra's Nana and I had the kids pose together for a picture before the end of school. We also traded info so that maybe the lovebirds can have a playdate over the summer sometime. :)

Thursday was Jack's last day of preschool. Oh boy... it's so hard to believe that this two year journey has already come to a close. It was a VERY emotional morning. (Not helped at all by the fact that I was leaving later in the day for my first solo trip since having kids, and also learned earlier in the morning of the passing of my best friend Castara's father). As I mentioned in a blog post earlier this year, Jack's first year of preschool was not an entirely positive experience. I ended that school year worried that he wouldn't be ready for kindergarten and that perhaps there was something socially or developmentally wrong with him. This school year was a completely different experience. Whereas last year it felt like he didn't really fit in in his class or connect with his teachers, this year Jack just jumped right in, made friends, connected with his teachers, and just generally made a great impression of everyone. His teachers has loved him, as have many of the parents of other classmates and the kids themselves. And we have truly loved all of them as well. He truly blossomed under the love and guidance of a wonderful preschool staff and I am honestly, eternally grateful.

All that said, the last day of school was a day I was not looking forward to. I've found myself wishing and hoping that I could just package up the group of people we've spent the past 10 months with and bring them with us next year to kindergarten. Since that can't happen, we had to say goodbye. I wasn't the only one who had tissue on hand. I think we all felt so blessed to be a part of such an awesome group. I thought I was holding together okay until I saw Ms. Joyce, Jack's main teacher, crying. Then I basically lost it - and I'm not, as a rule, a big crier. A couple of the other parents spotted me and shook their heads as if to say "Nooo! If you start I'll start!" And so it went. I very easily could have dissolved into sobs, but managed to pull myself together and say those difficult goodbyes. I will NEVER forget this year. Jack was not at his home school for preschool this year so we had a bit of a drive (10-15 mins) every morning and at first I was resentful and annoyed by this inconvenience. But looking back, I would be inconvenienced over and over again if it would guarantee such an amazing experience and group of teachers and kids and parents in school years to come. Ms. Joyce, Ms. Heidi, Ms. Padma, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Barbara, and Ms. Megan - we will miss you all so much - and thank you for EVERYTHING!

(Okay, another deep breath, I will NOT cry again!)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Man oh man

So behind. So much to tell. So much has happened. So much to share.

Packing. Last day of preschool. Tears. Packing. Best friend's dad passes away. More tears. Finish packing. Hit the airport. Vegas baby. Meeting the girls - from Michigan, Boston, Oklahoma, Seattle and Texas. Pool. Birthday. 31! Shops. Cheesecake. Balloon hats. Gambling. Walking. Eating. Sun. Music. Jokes. Laughter. Then goodbyes. No tears this time, just happy memories of a fantastic weekend with great friends. Home sweet home. Non-stop stories from the boys. Catching up with the best friend. Tears again. Sleep sweet sleep. BED SWEET BED! Memorial service. Sob-fest. Cranky kiddos. Physically and emotionally drained.

Ready to hit the sack again. Just wanted you to know I didn't fall of the face of the earth. Lots of pictures to sort through and I'll post and do some catch up as I go. Lots of good, but a hefty share of sad too. At this point I'd just ask for prayers for my best friend Castara and her family, they have a tough road ahead of them.

With that, good night. Keep an eye out for the massive catch up to come! :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


At school, one of Jack's teachers, Ms. Heidi, will ocassionally sprinkle some little gemstones or bags of confetti around the playground for recess, and send the kids on a "treasure hunt." The first time she did this was way back in October I think, and Jack still regularly comes home with pockets full of treasure. She did it again recently, thus re-igniting the boys' interest in treasure hunting. On nice days we play on the playground after school and Brayden gets in on the treasure hunting, too. Over the course of the year we've collected two small plastic bags full of treasure which the boys play with regularly.

Caught up on pictures... end of school picnic!

Yesterday was Jack's end of the school year picnic at a cool park in Aurora. Unfortunately, it was kind of a windy and slightly gloomy and cool day, so it wasn't the BEST time. We still enjoyed oursevles though. Jack got to play with all his school buddies, and we got pictures with his teachers and girlfriend. (That's a whole other story!) One of the features of this park was a water fountain area for playing in. Most of the MOMS agreed that it was too cold for playing in the water, but the kids were not deterred! I told Jack and Brayden that if they wanted to play in the water, that was the last thing we'd be doing, then we'd head home. I knew they'd be freezing their tails off and would need to get into the hot (from the sun) car to warm up. Well they were good with that, and had a fantastic time playing in the water for quite awhile, until the cold caught up with them. We can't wait to go back on a warmer day!

Catching up part 2... baseball and candy crafts

I'm cheating this week. Well, last week. I did not get any pictures on Sunday. Well I did, but they are just so not that great at all. Our Sunday got a little hectic when our neighborhood was basically under a tornado watch when a funnel cloud was spotted just a few blocks from us. It did not touch down as near to us as it was spotted, but it did do some major damage at the mall not far from our house (5-10 min drive). Because of the weather, we opted to stay home from the birthday party we were supposed to attend that afternoon (our godson Kadin, my best friend's son). I had intended to get a picture at that party... alas, I did not. And the pictures I took at the baby shower earlier in the day did not turn out very well. So there you have it. I'm going to cheat. Two pictures from Saturday. So sue me. :)

Saturday morning was Jack's first baseball practice. We're signed up for a summer kinder-league, 4-6 year olds. Jack has been sooooooo excited. His best bud Jaxon (and his sister Ashlee) is on the team too, as are 20 other kiddos. It was pretty much chaos, a lot of little kids having a hard time following directions... but mostly it was a lot of fun! Jack had a great time. When I asked him what his favorite part was, he said batting. So in honor of his favorite part, here's Jack up to bat. Check out that follow through!!! :)

Later in the day Saturday we had an open house potluck BBQ at our house to celebrate Rob's graduation with our families (and a couple of close friends). A few weeks back I saw someone post a link to a recipe on their facebook page for these adorable little graduation caps made of reese's peanut butter cups and square chocolates. She was going to make them for her son's preschool graduation. Well I just had to make them too! They turned out super cute, and were super yummy too! I'd like to say they were super easy to make... well let's just say, the steps were easy, but it was a time-consuming process. So worth it though. I wish I had better backdrops for photographing this kind of thing... and that my up close photos of these bad boys turned out better! A side note - our little party was great! We enjoyed spending time with everyone, playing with all the kiddos, and eating yummy food! And of course celebrating Rob's graduation and his birthday! :)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Catching up part 1... the Master and movie night

Last Thursday Rob participated in (and I attended, with my mom and his parents) his graduate hooding ceremony. At this ceremony, all of the Master's candidates at the Daniels College of Business (at the University of Denver) received their masters hoods (to wear with their cap and gown during the graduation ceremony to follow the next day... and all graduation ceremonies they ever participate in from here on out). It was kind of long and drawn out, but it was still cool and exciting for Rob to get his hood. Before and after the ceremony, I took some pictures of him - corporate head shots was the idea. Got some good ones, some funny ones, and this is our favorite "serious" one. Congrats Hunny! And since this is several days after the fact, and today just HAPPENS to be your birthday too... happy birthday Hunny!

Our family has also developed a new tradition... Friday night movie night. I'm not sure what the boys like more... the movies, or the fact that we let them have lollipops. We've rented a few movies we'd never seen before (by rent, I mean, checked out from the library), and we've watched old favorites too. Pretty much doesn't matter what we watch, they want to change into their jammies, have lollipops, and watch a movie. And maybe they'll get through half of the movie before losing interest, but they want to do it every week anyway. Usually Rob and I sit and watch with them, but last week I got wrapped up in sweeping/hosing out our garage, so I missed the movie. Which is okay. Because it was Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas... which we've seen a million times before. :)

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I'm still here... barely....

So I've disappeared for a few days because we have been CRAZY BUSY! I fear I may end up disappearing for the next week... till after my Vegas vacation! Yes that's right... me and the girls are heading to Vegas on Thursday with no hubbies and no kids till Sunday! Can't wait! I have pictures from the past several days... Rob's Master's hooding ceremony, movie night, Jack's first baseball practice, Rob's graduation party................ but I have zero energy to work on them. So this is all you're gonna get for today! Now that I have a few minutes to sit down and go through them all, I'm going to get them all sorted out, cleaned up, and empty my camera in anticipation of the big girl's weekend! Between now and then, I need to get through Jack's last week of school, figure out something cheap and simple but meaningful to do for his teachers, do his end of school picnic, pack for the trip, celebrate Rob's birthday tomorrow, and all that fun stuff! I promise to catch up when I can. :)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Adventures in painting and firetrucks

Yesterday Jack brought home a painting from school, which he painted for Rob for Father's day. So he hid the picture as soon as he got home to save for Daddy's special day. Of course, when Brayden learned of the special painting and especially HIDING the special painting, HE needed to paint Daddy a secret Father's Day picture, too. Now waiting till after naptime to paint this picture was nearly unbearable... in fact he basically didn't nap in anticipation of painting later. So here's the little man painting his secret picture for Daddy. He had a little bit of a harder time with the secret hiding part though... he gave it to Daddy as soon as he was home from work. :)

This morning at the grocery store, there happened to be two firemen in line behind us. And after riding the horse and leisurely making our way out, the firemen were right behind us again as we hit the parking lot, and had to stop for Brayden to stare at the firetruck. Lucky Brayden... one of the firemen invited him to come check out the firetruck even closer. Brayden was just beside himself - shy and excited! Then the firemen let him "drive" the firetruck! A little boy's dream! Thanks to my new big purse, I had my camera with me... and when I said to the firemen that I DID have my camera, would they mind if I snapped a photo... they got a good laugh at the monster I whipped out of my purse. :) The captain also had me climb up and took a picture of me with Brayden. It was great! The sad part of the whole thing being that I hadn't changed the white balance on my camera from the pictures I was taking last night, so all the pictures turned out blue. ACK! I put in some photoshop practice to try and get the blue out and this is the best I could do with my limited experience! Better... but still not great.

Monday, June 01, 2009

The coat hallway

Every morning when we get to school, the first thing the kids do is head for the coat hallway to hang up their coats and jackets. Their class is in a temp building, and the hallway is a small little path between the two classrooms in the building, which has been converted in a coat room. It's tight and crazy and full of kids and parents all of the time! I try and stay out if I can, but today we were one of the first to school so getting in and snapping a picture was easier than anticipated!

Week 22 Layout

At least once a week I think to myself while working on this project.... do I have the week right? Do I have the DAY NUMBER RIGHT? I am just certain I'm going to end the year with like 387 days because I inadvertantly skipped a ton... or like 350 because I kept re-using "Day 142" or smoething random like that... what an editing nightmare that would be! :)

Anyway here is this week's layout. Click to see slightly bigger, but still un-readable. :)

Credits: Kit is Spring Mini-kit by kevinandamanda.com; Template by Simply Yin; Font is Apple Garamond