Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What a busy week

Wow what a busy week!  It’s going to take me a good long time to catch up.  Last week I had to leave my babies for a few days while I went out of town to work.  I missed them so much.  I wish I can just take them with me when I go.  Although I will have to admit that my out of town work trip was timed perfectly (and no I didn’t have a say in the timing).  I had to go to Kalkaska Michigan the same time my family vacationed in Bellaire Michigan (only about 30 minutes away).  It was hard to go into work knowing my family was going to be out on the lake, but I did have fun after work hanging out with everyone.  I would like to give a special shout out to my aunt who fed me dinner all week, thank you Aunt Geri!
I finally made it home to see my babies on Thursday afternoon.  I picked them up from daycare; Jean was so excited to see me.  All she wanted to do when we got back home was to cuddle with me on the couch, it was so sweet.  Thursday was also a special day for my husband; Bill started his new job at Nissan.  It’s been so busy that we haven’t had a chance to go out and celebrate, (hopefully soon).   Friday seemed to come and go so quickly. 
Although a busy day Friday was a great day for me.  I’ve been dabbling with digital scrapbooking since I went back to work after having Charlie.  While I love documenting my kids’ lives through pictures I just never really did have the time (after Jean was born) to work on a lot of paper scrapbooking layouts, that’s when I decided to start working with digital scrapbooking.  I found a great program (MyMemories) and was able to start working on my kids scrapbooks right away, (even with the limited time I have).  ANYWAYS… the designers of the “page kits” I purchase occasionally have CT calls.  CT (creative team) members promote the designers newest page kits by creating layouts with them and posting them on their blogs and in scrapbooking galleries.  Well… I answered a CT Call recently, and honestly I was expecting a polite “thank you for applying, but I’m looking for someone with more experience” type response, but instead I was given the thumbs up! 

I am so excited now to be on “Simply You Simply Me Designs” Creative Team.  I love her work and am so excited to share with you my first 2 layouts I created with her newest kit.  The photo’s I used were in both pages are of Jean and Charlie; Charlie when he was born (literally only moments after he was born) and Jean on the beach at St. Joseph Island in Canada (May of 2011).  I thought they were the most fitting photos to use for this very beautiful kit “A new Start”.  The warm colors make it a perfect kit to use if you are looking to add a little vintage to your album, or if you are looking to create a calm serene beach page, or even as I have scraped (below) a page for your new little one.   I’ve had the page kit since Friday afternoon and finished the layouts over the weekend.  I’ve been just itching for the kit to be officially released so I could show you what I have created.  Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think.  If you like the kit and what to purchase it check out Simply You Simply Me Designs on her website at
http://simplyyousimplyme.com/ or check her out on Facebook at Simply You Simply Me Designs.  I have a couple more layouts I am going to start working on using some of her other kits and will post them here for everyone to see (I’ll try to use more updated photos if I can, but remember I am still playing catch up and I still have some ‘baby’ photos left to scrapbook).
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as I am.  I will be on vacation next week; I am so much looking forward to that.  I hope that I’ll have some time to scrapbook, take photos and of course sleep.  With vacation means I will not be able to post anything to my blog or Facebook.  I will have to take a vacation from the internet as there is no connection at the cottage.  I’ll be sure to add a post when I get back home, and of course I’ll have a ton of pictures to post of the kids!
Until next time…

Friday, July 20, 2012

Maryland Vacation: Petting Zoo (PHOTOS)

Alright finally sat down and did a little digi scrapbooking of my recent vacation with the family to Maryland.  While we were visiting my husbands bother and his family we took the kids to the "Clark's Elioak Farm".  It's a cute little petting zoo with a nursery rhyme theme.  The farm was set up in two parts, one where the animals were and another where a small nursery rhyme themed "village" was set up.

While we were there my husband and I made sure we had plenty of water for the kids as the temperature soared into the mid-90's by the time we left the farm (around 11:30 AM).  We were well prepared for the sun and heat as we also packed hats for the kids and a lot of sunscreen, but there were a few things I was ill prepared for such as:

-My daughter throwing a temper-tantrum every time we would leave one animal pen to go to another one
-My daughter throwing a temper-tantrum when we left the section of the farm with the animals to go to the section of the farm with the nursery rhyme "village"
-My daughter throwing a temper-tantrum  when we would leave one miniature scene from the "village" to go to another one

(Do you see a theme here???)

We survived the  trip to the farm, next to scrap the trip to the aquarium.  Yes another fun exciting adventure with Jean and Charlie and yes more temper-tantrums.

Enjoy the 2-page scrapbook layout I created from our visit to "Clark's Elioak Farm", and note how well behaved my daughter was for the photo's!!!!

We survived the  trip to the farm, next to scrap the trip to the aquarium.  Yes another fun exciting adventure with Jean and Charlie and yes more temper-tantrums.

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Challenge

I just wanted to take a few minutes this morning to post a scrapbook page I did of my son.  The picture was taken in April of 2012 and I finally had a chance to do something with it.  I am just realizing how fast he is growing up.  Just a couple of months ago he was perfecting the art of rolling over and now I can't keep him still for more then a moment or two.  It is amazing how quickly he is growing up.  It is hard to believe that he is almost a year old, (nearly as hard to believe as my daughter being 2)!  I still remember holding them when they were newborns.  Watching my children grow is one of my favorite things to do, but while I'm looking forward to their futures I am careful not to miss the hear and now.

One of my biggest challenges as a working mother is finding a balance between work and family.  Sometimes I feel almost like a robot when I get home from work at night, just going through the motions of dinner, and bedtime routines.  There are many nights that I wonder if I'll ever get the chance to spend more (fun) time with my kids.  I had ambitions of taking them to the park after dinner, or just going out for a walk, but there never seems to be enough time.  I am scared of missing out on something with my kids because things are hectic; and if I don't do something about it I'm going to miss out on the little moments that makes parenthood so great. 

Therefore, I propose a challenge to myself, and anyone who may read this posting, stop and take a moment every day to really look at your children.  Put down your smartphone, I-pod, I-pad and other electronic devices and really look at your children, and while your hands are free give them a hug, give them a kiss, let them know how special they are to you.  I am going to take this challenge up a notch for me and I'm going to challenge myself to spend quality time with my children every night.  I'm not going to set a time limit, as things do come up and sometimes you have less time (or more) to just sit with your child(ren).  I am not going to be concerned with what house work/chores needs to be done once the kids go to bed while they are awake, I'm going to force myself to pull out the stroller and take those walks with my children instead of getting a head start on evening chores. 

I will post my progress on my challenge and urge you to make comments on my blogs along the way as to what worked for you and what didn't work.  Sharing stories of how you were able to find/make time for your kids is not only fun but helpful for others (such as myself) who are struggling to do this. 

Charlie April 2012
Credits: Photo Kelly Guertin
Scrapbook page created by Kelly Guertin using "Little Boy Fun Kit" by Twin Mom Scraps
 Until next time...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Maryland Vacation

Alright so I'm going to keep going with this blog if it's the last thing I do.  I am bound and determined to keep this thing alive.  It has been a busy busy busy month!!!!  Aside from work, kids, and housework I haven't had much time to do anything else (well other than prepping for a week long vacation to go to Maryland to see my husbands brother and sister-in-law). 

The adventure began with the purchase of a new mini-van (yes I am officially a mini-van mom) the Thursday before we left.  After weeks of deliberation my husband and I settled on a Grand Caravan, (so far we are liking the choice we made).  Friday evening after work we packed up the van with all of our stuff (and we had a lot of stuff).  We sat down to watch a few minutes of T.V. before heading to bed to get some rest before the long trip, only moments later we had a phone call from Bill's brother saying they didn't have any power and they didn't think it was going to come back for a few days. 

Okay... back-up plan, we were going to have a stay-cation instead.  The next morning we unpacked most of the van and headed over to grandma and grandpas for the day.  Bill and I made a list of activities to do with the kids that week around town starting with a trip to Cabela's, (Sunday's trip). The stay-cation idea turned out to be pretty cool.  I was looking forward to now spending time with the kids and taking them to places around town we haven't been able to go to.  Jean loved Cabela's!!! She watched the fish in the pond and fish tank, and loved the "stuffed" animal displays, (I don't think she realized that the "stuffed" animals were alive at one point in time).  By the time we put the kids to bed Sunday night they were pooped out, and so was my husband and I, but before we could sit down we had a call from Bill's brother again, their power came back on, so it was back to packing the van (for the second time).

Monday morning came and as soon as we could we loaded up the kids and drove away.  The trip out to Maryland was uneventful (as was the trip home).  While there we enjoyed the air conditioned house as the temperatures outside were in the upper 90's with nearly 100% humidity.  Although we did venture out with the kids on a few occasions.  We took the kids to a petting zoo, Jean loved feeding the animals while Charlie watched everything in the comfort of his stroller.  We also took the kids to the Baltimore Aquarium.  That was less enjoyable for Jean, for some reason she didn't seem as interested in the fish as we thought she would. 

All in all it was a great trip.  The kids spend time with their cousins and Bill and I were able to sit back and relax a little.  Well that's all for now, (I'll try to post pictures here soon). 

Until next time...