The Good Dinosaur

Saturday, December 12, 2015

It might be a dark and grainy photo, but adventures to the movie theater are becoming a favorite family activity.  We went to see The Good Dinosaur, and although I don't know that it was the best Disney movie, it still was cute and entertaining.  I do think the show was a little dark and scary at a few points.  That said, the little guy hasn't stopped talking about dinosaurs since so the scary parts weren't really a lasting concern.

This Year's Card

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I know I had some problems with Shutterfly this past fall, and actually recently had another shipping issue, but I've always been pleased with their cards and address labels.  This year I used up all our Pampers points that I had been collecting since the little guy was born and cashed in on free holiday cards.  Now that the cards are in the mail making their way across the country I thought I would post them here.

Jelly Stone Park Lights

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I bought a Groupon for a Light Show down in Larkspur at Jelly Stone campground.  For $10 we were able to stay in the warm and toasty car and drive through the campgrounds that had been decorated for the season.  I would say it was worth the $10 Groupon buy, but probably not the full price $20 admission for the car.  The little guy has been very into the light displays on the houses, but I think he was somewhat confused by the drive down to Larkspur to see lights when we could just see them in our neighborhood.  The lights at the show were synced to music on a dedicated radio station.

A Boy & His Bear

Monday, December 7, 2015

Costco currently has a bear that is like 8 feet tall or something crazy, but a few months back we picked up a smaller bear that still is massive.  He is our boy's best friend.  They wrestle.  They hug.  They eat snacks together.  When we pick A up from school he says, "Let's go see Bear."  Bear has been a great addition to our family.

2015 December Daily Foundation Pages: Part 1

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This will be my third year of using Ali Edwards kits to work on my December Daily album, but looking back I must not have blogged 2014's album. You can find 2013's cover and foundation pages in the archives though.

I loved that Ali broke out some of the elements so that you could by mini kits and albums separately.  I was lucky and was able to order a Jasmine Jones Merry album before it sold out, and also paired Ali's main kit with Jasmine's mini kit.  I did have some left over items from various other Christmas albums that I pulled from my stash to include in this year's album.

The past few mornings I've woken up early to get a start on this year's foundation pages while it is still quiet.  I've enjoyed listening to Christmas music, drinking coffee from my elf mug and getting a little crafting time.

So far, I've been able to complete foundation pages for the first 9 days of the month.  Hoping to be able to spend a little more time this weekend on it and then finish it up by Thanksgiving.

For my cover I used a little Santa that must have come from a gift tag or card paired with some elements from this year's kits.

Then I pulled down Ali's intentions from her foundation pages, and really focused my story on experiencing the joy this holiday season.  I used the an extra piece of a transparency from the 2014 kit as a divider with a Joy tab stapled on.

I started last year with a calendar and our advent activities written in and like looking back on that to plan this year's activities, so I've repeated that process.  For the one card I used a chipboard "1" and embossed it.  I will include a picture below that, and then on back side of the cut down page protector I've included a 3x4 card and will have another photo.

For day two I've included a 2 tag embellished with some wooden stars and washi tape.  I've included space to tell that day's story on the "so loving this card."

For days 3 and 4 I've included a shaker spot with some kit elements.  I really love the paper that the large red chipboard 3 is on.  On the 4 card I used more washi tape and one of the cute word stickers that reads "Tis the Season."

Page 5 is just a placeholder now that isn't built out.  Typically we see Santa that first day so I will embellish that photo with the 5.  Going into Day 6, I used a large gold 6 from last year, and placed it on my favorite December paper.  I'm not completely sure that the 7 will stay, but for now it is there.  For the 8 I used I a wooden snowflake from Michael's paired with an 8 sticker and adhered them to the beautiful snowy transparency.  Then there is a place for a daily story and photos.  Then on page 9 I've included some wooden pieces, and the wooden snowflake will get fused in once I'm sure everything is set there.

 So there are the first 9 pages. More to come!

Please Christmas Don't be Late

Thursday, November 5, 2015

a little story to keep a sweet record our lives...

Me: "What do you want for Christmas? What would you like Santa to bring?"

A: "Tickets"

Me: "Tickets to what?"

A: "The airplane. Go up in the clouds."

Me: "Where are we going to go? Where is the airplane going to take us."

A: "To Hawaii.  To the beach.  See the waves."

Me: "You want Santa to bring you airplane tickets to Hawaii?"

A: "Sounds good."

Christmas, Christmas time is near,
Time for toys and time for cheer.
We've been good, but we can't last,
Hurry Christmas, Hurry fast.
Want a plane that loops the loop,
Me, I want a Hula-Hoop.
We can hardly stand the wait,
Please Christmas don't be late.

Fall Back Sunday

Monday, November 2, 2015

Time change can do a number on little bodies who don't understand time yet.  Heck, the seasonal change can do a number on me too.  I wake up and go to sleep at weird times, finding myself hungry when I shouldn't be.

Sunday afternoon the little guy needed some extra rest after waking early, and ended up falling asleep late in the afternoon.  The light and shadows danced across his face and I knew I need to capture a few shots.

Trick or Treat

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Well our little Gru again refused to wear his scarf, so I'm sure my neighbors wondered about the little boy who showed up in plain clothes with a furry bucket for candy.  At least I was able to put a little make-up on his face to give him Gru's intense eyebrows.

This year our little guy may not have wanted to put on the costume, but he sure wanted to run from house to house.  He was so excited, and did a pretty good job telling everyone "Trick or Treat" and "Thank You".  We did just a small loop of houses on our short street.

So thankful the snow held off this year a little longer and can't wait to see what next Halloween brings.  I think he will finally understand the costume and trick or treating.

After we got home we unloaded his loot and he rolled around in his little candy pile and tossed his candies into the air.  I think he had a really good time.