Friday, July 18, 2014

Around Here

Reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Playing Ingress with Keith on the iPhone.
Watching 7th season of House M.D. I can only watch during nap time or in the evening, and then it’s only 1-2 episodes at a time.
Trying No-Bake Energy Bites. Yummy!
Cooking more new recipes
Eating/Snacking all the time. It takes a lot to breastfeed around the clock!
Drinking whatever I can get my hands on, but trying to make it more water.
Scrapping last week’s PL layout
Doing lots of catch-up journaling
Going to a couple parties this weekend (bridal shower, birthday party)
Loving that Dominique is getting more aware of everything.
Hating the tantrums from Violet. 2-year-olds I tell you.
Enjoying the quiet time I get with Keith when we can get it.
Thinking of doing some serious de-cluttering/purging
Hoping (for) Keith to get a new job soon. It’s much need for both our sanities and stress levels.
Listening (to) Elise Blaha Cripe’s pod casts “Elise Gets Crafty”
Smelling the flowers with Violet.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How I Love Great-Grandparents

I'm really loving my remaining grandparents that I have these days. I only have my Meme & Pepe left (my French grandparents on my Mom's side), after my Grandma died in 2012 and I never met my paternal grandfather as he died when my Dad was 11. So every time we go down there, I'm very grateful that I still have them, even when my Meme's gossiping drives me up the walls.

What's even more special about this is that Violet has been asking to go see Meme & Pepe now. It's usually when my Mom stops by the house, and Violet comes up to me asking "Pepe?" And when we're there, she's constantly following Pepe around and just being her joyful self. My grandparents are in their 80's, so I'm very grateful that Violet and Dominique get this time with their great-grandparents. 

When we went down there this morning, we ended up being outside about 95% of the time that we were there. Violet had a blast running around, especially when I brought out the soccer ball for her to play with. A couple minutes after I gave it to her, my Pepe came out of the house and started kicking it around with her. And I got this gem of a video....


I love it. I love seeing my Pepe play with her. I love hearing her shrieks of joy and that huge grin that takes up her entire face. I love that she keeps going back for more and more and more. And I love that he's so willing to play with her and kick the ball around. 

Thank you Pepe, for being such an awesome great-grandpa. Love you so much.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life 2014: Weeks 22+23

Welcome to Project Life 2014: Week 22 (May 25-31)!

A lot of good family time and snuggles this week. And it was nice.

I've been keeping my layouts really simple lately, although I'm hoping to do some more embellishing with upcoming layouts. I have to plan when I'm going to be working on Project Life, which is mainly during the girls' afternoon nap. But then my bed calls for me and I end up sleeping as well. Thankfully, once the girls' are in bed in the evening, I can usually have 2-3 hours of quiet, but then I try to spend it with Keith. Balancing priorities.

Again, I've been using the Messy Weekly Lines to mark the week, which I like a lot. It's nice because I can use a scenic photo or one that doesn't have a lot of "stuff" on there instead of using a Title Card. And it looks good too!

And still using all the journal cards from the Project Life Midnight Kit. Love them.

Why yes! I did catch Dominique smiling. And she's so full of them these days.

Week 23(June 1-7)
Again, lots of family time. I love that I get to be a SAHM (stay at home Mom), because it enables me to catch routines of everyday and watch my girls grow up (way too fast though!).

By the way, notice that both Violet and Dominique kind of sleep the same way, all stretched out? Definitely my girls. And yes, Violet fell asleep reading Green Eggs and Ham, using her Teddy Bear as a bookmark. A girl after my own heart.

The journal cards are a mixture of PL Cinnamon and PL Baby Girl.
The bonus about this week was that I was finally cleared to start riding horses again. Although it's nice to be able to ride again, it's not the same. My own horse died 2 years ago and I'm not keen on getting another one. Life is busy right now with 2 kids and horses are way too expensive for us. I was lucky to have my horse for 18 years, but I'm not looking to get back into it again. My Dad had a horse for me if I want to ride and Violet wanted to see Papa and the horses, so it was nice excuse to be able to ride again, but it's something I won't be doing very often.

Anyway, I digress.

I'm hoping to get the rest upload and blogged by the end of the week and then start working on some series or something for this blog. I like that I've been doing my PL spreads on here, but I'm feeling almost a "push" to start regularly blogging again, mainly about life and motherhood. Hoping to get something off the ground soon.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Weeks 20 + 21

Welcome to Project Life 2014, Week 20 (May 11-17)!

Sorry about the lack of regular posting lately. Time got away from me and I didn't realize how long it's been. I'm going to try to do catch-up posts over the next week to get up to speed.

Week 20 of 2014. Not a whole lot going on, except for Violet taking 10 years off my life in one week, visiting with my grandparents and family time.
"Week Twenty" is from Messy Weekly Lines and the date is font Sunday Comics. Yellow journal card is from PL Baby Girl Kit. Black and White journal card is from the PL Midnight Kit. "Love It" flair is from Two Peas in a Bucket (who, sadly, are closed now). The "#<3 a="" brush="" digital="" from="" href="" is="" target="_blank" this="">Heart Happy
. I was creative enough to spread it across two 3x4's and have it positioned perfectly for cutting it. Yeah!
I used my Pink Sharpie Paint Pen for the upper left photo. And it worked out pretty good! Geo tag is from Studio Calico, journal card is from PL Midnight and the digital stamp is from Embracing the Everyday.

Oh, and lots of cuddles, as you can tell here. Dom's finally been wanting to cuddle when she's tired, which makes me and Keith very happy. And Violet's always happy to see her in the morning as well.

Week 21 (May 18-24)
 Lots of family time together this week. Due to so many photos, I had to use an insert, which is a Design A cut in half.
"Week Twenty-One" is from Messy Weekly Lines. Think I'll be sticking with those for the rest of the year, as it's a nice way to get an extra photo in there, especially if it's a scenery one. The font is Brick by Boring Brick. The filler card is a digital stamp from Ali Edwards called Embracing the Everyday and the journal card is from PL Midnight. The hearts are from Studio Calico.
More cute photos of Dom. She's growing up so fast, I can't resist taking photos of her these days! The <3 a="" digital="" family="" from="" href="" is="" stamp="" target="_blank">Family Sentiment Boxes
and the flair is from Two Peas.
Keep an eye out for upcoming PL blog posts!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dear Dominique // 2-months

Dear Dominique:
Two months old today Baby Girl! And you still melt my heart everyday. You are a complete joy to be around and so content with everything. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, be it vacuuming, have music on loud and dancing with Violet, watching movies with Daddy or your cousins being really loud, you are pretty content with it all and sleep through everything.
Speaking of sleeping, you are my sleeping baby. We've gotten your routine down and we’re all loving it. Most nights, you’re in bed between 8-9 pm and sometimes I’ll have to come in to give you the soother back and make sure that you’re swaddled tightly (those darn arms keep coming lose!). But then you’ll sleep until 3-4 am and wake up for a full feeding and diaper change and then back to sleep until 8 am when Violet wakes up and our day starts.
You are full of smiles, grins and sticking out the tongue and starting to make your own noises during the day. We've also found out that music is the way to calm you down during the day in between feeding's and I have no problem letting the music blast through the house just to make you happy.
You are still content with being held while you’re awake or in something that keeps you moving. Luckily for us, one of your aunties gave us their baby swing and you love it. We got it the day that I was really sick and was sleeping all day just to get better. You decided to sleep all day as well, except for feeding's and then go back to sleep in the swing. Thank you Baby Girl.
It’s been an amazing journey these last two months, learning to be your Mommy, and at the same time, being Violet’s Mommy as well. We've had it relatively easy with you and for that I thank you. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for all of us.

Love, Mommy