Monday, May 30, 2011

Sneak Peek

Happy Memorial Day!  We had a BBQ/pool party yesterday to celebrate, and we are all hanging low today.

It hasn't been quite a full week yet for my living room challenge, but I thought I'd give you some sneak peek shots!

 See you soon...I'm gonna to sneak some creative time before taking the kids to see Kung Fu Panda 2 :)


Friday, May 27, 2011

Milestones and Summer

We had two big milestones this week.    Logan is graduating from elementary school and heading off to middle school.  Back in January we found out he was accepted into a Pre-IB program at one of the local magnet schools.  It is going to be a lot of work but I am excited for him. 
These are some pictures from his 5th grade commencement...He got certificates for Runners Club, Art Club, and News Crew.
Logan has come a long way in the last few years and we are so proud of him!

The kids got to celebrate with a big party at the Skating Rink...


His teacher was great!  I don't know how 5th grade teachers do it! 

I went to the party as a "photographer"...We set up a mock photo booth and all the kids got to take two pictures.  I left the party early and had the pictures developed at a one hour place and they were able to take them home that day.  Our PTA did an awesome job!

Ava had her graduation ceremony yesterday...she is leaving our beloved little pre-school and moving on to Kindergarten!!  I was very emotional yesterday...I just love love love her teachers and I was feeling so sad that she is growing up so fast!

I posted this picture of her on Facebook, and I wrote bittersweet...;)
My dad's friend (who is older and wiser! haha) left me a comment that said:
Not bittersweet.  One of the many wonderful transisitions! 
Enjoy every minute!

I needed to hear that!  I am so grateful that she had such a wonderful pre-school experience!

So, here is the state of the kids papers, pictures, awards, drawings, etc... from the year.
I weeded through everything and have saved what I want to file for them.

One of my goals this summer is to get all of these scrapbooks and photo albums organized and  up to date!  I've been saying this for a couple of years is just so time-consuming!  But I am determined to get them up to date.

This is the book I use for the kids elementary school years.  I had one for Logan and Ashton and just ordered the same exact ones for the younger two.

It is perfect for keeping all their report cards, school photos, and all the other items you want to save every year. 

I have to admit I am a little nervous about summer...getting back into a routine with all four of them home.
Since I work from home I think I'll working a lot at night again...
I think we're going to have to come up with some sort of a schedule, a loose schedule, but a schedule.
I'm excited too...we haven't signed up for anything!  After a busy year it will be nice to just...BE with them.
We are going to work on our Summer Wish List over the weekend.  Have you made one yet?  I'd love to hear what you're planning on doing.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Lord is Good to Me

Too sweet not to share...:)


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Challenge

My living room is in a sad state of affairs.
It needs some LIFE!!
Some color, some comfort, some whimsy...
Do you think I can do it in a week?  I'm challenging myself...

I know most of  the time the kids will end up throwing them all on the floor, but I need an excuse to cut up some of my favorite fabrics and make some comfy pillows!, is all I can say.  The good news is that I have all the curtain sets, ready to be sewn on and embellished.  I just need to find cafe rods?  The sizes are super wierd...

Ouch.    So dreary...and yes, I need to dust.

 Do you like our mosquito repellent device?  Me neither...

Some points of inspiration for me...
I love all of this hand-painted furniture by Dori, from Dreaming Bear Designs
I'd love to recreate my own version inspired by her work on the little turquoise table.

My budget?  $40, and anything that I already have.  Wish me luck!!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Shop Update-New Checkbook Covers

This is my favorite batch so far...:)

Red and aqua available here:

Mushrooms available here:

Blue and Yellow available here:

Rainbow available here:

Pink and Red available here:

Purple Chairs available here:

Pretty Tree available here:

Blue and Green Floral available here:

Thanks for looking!