2014 WITL: Tuesday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I love Ali’s post here – definitely recommend you check it out. I’m taking that kind of approach with my words for Tuesday.
The story of my morning is a hungry puppy sitting so nicely in hopes I’ll reward her with breakfast, and a tired little guy that needed an extra nudge to get out of bed this morning. It’s also another round of homemade chocolate pumpkin bread for our breakfast.
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Our story this morning is a brisk morning with frost on the grass and cars, but a pretty sunrise to make up for it. We were out the door by 7:30 again today – yay! He was engrossed in his book again this morning.
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After a coffee meeting, I headed to the office for the rest of the day. Love our new office location. Love the view out my window even more. Love it even more when it is 3:10 and I need to head out to get my favorite little guy.
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The story of today includes a wait in the beautiful sunshine to see even more beautiful sunshine on his face. Today also included running into the mom of one of his first grade friends. We chatted for about 20 minutes while the kiddos chased each other through the grass. There was also a funny story about Mario Lopez, but we’ll save that for another day.
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After a quick stop for fuel, when I had this conversation, we headed home to find a crazy Daisy excited to see us. Our story today includes chasing this silly little girl, then having Logan teach me the Thriller dance (learned in gym) in the backyard. Best part of my day.
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The story of today includes homework (math), then Daddy’s arrival home, then a trip to Costco for some dinner and a few other things. Then home to put things away, clean up a bit and a little screen time.
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The story of today is our normal bedtime routine – bathroom, brushing teeth (on his own), and then some booklight reading with a bit of a Clash of Clans break in between. This week is Trung’s night, so he undoubtedly continued the Clash of Clans while Logan read and fell asleep. Daisy always lays down with us in Logan’s room until we leave.
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After saying good night, I headed down to do some photo editing and uploading. With a little hot cocoa. :) Trung joined me after Logan fell asleep and we hung out on the coach together – him playing on his iPad and me on my laptop, Daisy sleeping on her bed beside us. That’s the story of today.
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2014 WITL: Monday

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This year I’m participating in Ali’s Week in the Life, and I’m going to attempt to blog about it daily. If you haven’t heard of week in the life, it’s an annual project Ali does that you can find out more information on here.

I’ve only participated in WITL once before, as I’ve always struggled with how this project is different than from my Project Life albums. I decided to participate this year because I feel like I don’t capture a lot of detail of our lives in those albums. I capture moments, but not routines, things, and habits.

I bought Ali’s kit to use this year and am very excited about that. I know we have a crazy couple of months ahead of us with vacations and family in town and other holiday plans, so I’m trying to be proactive by documenting the words as I go. Which is where these daily blog posts will come in!

So onto Monday.

Breakfast: Chocolate Pumpkin bread that we baked on Saturday + vanilla latte for me (pumpkin bread + milk for the little guy). He catches up on his iPad games while I catch up on blogs and new email.

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Note to self – next time use the big camera, not the iPhone.

Normal morning routines: Nagging him to tie his shoes (he proceeded to quadruple knot one just to be ornery), making a bottle of seltzer for me, and out the door by 7:25 (impressive for us). Trung is still sleeping until we wake him to say goodbye. As usual, Logan is reading in the car and frustrated with me when I make him stop to go into school for the before-care program.

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After dropoff (which is relatively painless after I hand over said book inside), I enjoy the pretty sky and an audiobook on my much shorter commute to the office now that we’ve moved to the new building.

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I have a full day in the office, which isn’t too common these days. It’s raining when I head out at just before 3:15 and definitely getting chilly. I didn’t plan ahead to have a jacket, but a bout of rain in September at least has me smart enough to have an umbrella in the car for pickup, although it isn’t raining quite as hard by the time I park at the school. Of course Logan comes outside in his shortsleeves and no jacket, insisting he is fine while I freeze in my sweater. He does his usual track of walking down the brick wall at the stairs then running across the front yard to the stop sign at the corner, where he waits for me and the crossing guard to arrive.

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I meet him there and ask the usual questions while we walk hand in hand across the street:

  1. How was your day? Goodie good.
  2. What was your special today? Gym.
  3. What did you have for lunch? Peanut butter and jelly. And strawberries. And chocolate milk!

We head to Target because, well, it’s raining, and Target might as well be a playground to us on rainy days. Oh, and we need book light batteries and mouthwash. As usual, we walk out with way more than that. We also picked up some sausage tortellini for dinner.

It’s not really raining when we get home, but the temperature has dropped quite a bit. So we decide to change into jammies before homework (spelling words practice), then evening reading time.

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Then it’s time for dinner. Tonight is boot camp class for Trung, and he won’t eat before his class. We haven’t really planned ahead with dinner tonight, so the tortellini and our favorite butternut squash sauce (extra from our pantry) make an easy and tasty dinner for me and Logan.

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Dinnertime for Daisy too, and then some Jeopardy. This guy got like five questions right in the show. I got Final Jeopardy before Trung (which is quite rare so I had to note it Winking smile).

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After dessert (some gummy slugs from Grandma for him and a bit of peppermint ice cream for me – love that it is out early!) we decide to watch the rest of Annie. Trung had turned it on right before bedtime Saturday night, so Logan was anxious to watch the rest. Of course on a chilly night, hot cocoa with marshmallows was necessary. Logan declared it the “best movie EVERRRR!” and didn’t roll his eyes when I sang along to every song. Love that kid.

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MACM: 3rd Birthday Card

Monday, October 27, 2014

I wanted to keep my nephew’s card fun and colorful. I decided to use a bunch of letter (number?) stickers to highlight this exciting birthday. I knew it would get too overwhelming if I covered the entire card front, so I kept it to a smaller square and matted it with some colors. I think it turned out pretty fun!
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MACM: monogram birthday card

Monday, October 20, 2014

Awhile back, I found these letter masks on clearance at Michaels. I’ve made a couple projects with them, one of which was a project for Logan. We spelled out his name and used watercolors to make the background. I was so in love with the result, that I used that project to inspire today’s Make a Card Monday card for my sweet friend Em.
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I used a square of watercolor paper for the best result. I masked off a border around the letter E with some washi tape (goodness knows I have enough!). Then I went to town. I kept mine pretty organized, because that is how I roll! a kind of layers of yellow, orange and blue inside the border and an ombre green outside.
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After I peeled off the masks, I used a roller stamp to put in a message and outlined everything in black pen. I like the slightly messy outlining with the watercolor! Then I added some enamel dots and a wood veneer heart (dyed with Distress Ink) to accent the border with a little 3D. So happy with the result! This is definitely a design I’ll be repeating in the future!

project life: june 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time for some Project Life catching up on the blog! Can’t wait to share how my Project Life approach changed in August, but I have to get you caught up first. Here was June!
It’s kind of funny to me to blog about Logan’s last day of school since he’s about 6 weeks into the new year! Ha! I like to take photos of him on the morning of his first day, so I decided to do a mini portrait session the morning of his last day. Some bribery may have been involved! Then the right hand layout is about all our park excursions that month.
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An amazingly awesome bonus dinner with our favorite dining duo. June 2014 Project Life by Heather Vo (3 of 15)
Some major garden progress. And an excursion to see one of our new favorite movies!
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End of school meant start of summer camp. Definitely some highs and lows over the summer.
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Some summertime miscellany on the left (friends’ new baby, Father’s Day, some summer treats). On the right, some things the little guy and I loved to do together and just some fun special one on one time. Love that I get some extra time with this kiddo nowadays!
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Our yummy treats for the month. Some random deliciousness at home and out and about on the left, and our trip to the Bacon Festival (yep, you read that right) on the right!
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Love that he dove into reading this summer. We made weekly library visits to keep up on his habit. And of course, some token Logan/Daisy pics!
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Some garden prettiness and some boy time.
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This kiddo is quite the character. So I collected a random assortment of photos to show that off. The right side is about some random notes about both my and Trung’s careers this month.
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This girl. She is quite the character too. We did a bit of dogsitting for our favorite furry houseguest. And of course there were lots of token sleeping shots. Oh, and Daisy turned one – celebrating her birthday with a lovely nap!
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So that’s June!
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