Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This first one has just become one of my favorites. I don't use pattern paper much, I've always been kind of timid around it. But I forced myself to use some and I like the way it turned out. This is Savannah on her 2nd Christmas, she was 18 months old. What a doll! Supply list can be found here
And these are new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique. I was asked to make a layout show casing this new photo masks. I love photo masks!! They are very simple to use and add such an artistic look. You just drop your photo in and viola!
This photo of RJ was taken in 2007.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday night we were supposed to go up to Washington DC with another young family and see the Temple lights and then take turns going through the temple Saturday. We were all looking forward to this trip. However the forecast said there was going to be a really heavy snow storm. From what I have been told, it doesn't happen much. People were going crazy. Everything was getting canceled and shutting down early. RJ's school let out two hours yearly for the storm. We went to the store Friday morning and it was packed with people. We stood in line at the register for a half an hour!!! Anyway, we canceled our trip to DC and I am glad we did. Because it did snow like crazy Friday night. This time, everyone was right to be prepared for the weekend. This area isn't used to this much snow and it is very prone to ice. The roads are BAD!! Most of all the church services in the area has been canceled today, including ours. And to make it worse, our heater isn't working today. Yikes. We are all trying to just stay bundled and warm. Sometimes I wonder if we aren't in Idaho, and I know a lot of people have wondered if we brought this with us. Either way, we were all excited to see and play in the snow yesterday when our heater did work and we could go back inside and warm up.
Friday night, we started our first fire in our fire place. We are all so excited to have a fireplace for the first time in our home. It made for a cozy night as the snow began to fall. We cuddled on the couch and watched A Christmas Story after the kids had toasted some marshmallows in the fire. Here Daddy is teaching the kids how to build a fire:
The kids were so afraid that Zachery would get in the fire and die. Here, Savannah is trying to save him from doom:
Late Friday Afternoon when the snow finally started to fall. I really didn't believe how much snow was really coming our way. I thought people were going to panic over a little dusting.
But we were wrong when we woke up Saturday morning to a foot of snow and it was still snowing. The kids were so excited and couldn't wait to get outside and play.
There is a little boy that lives behind us who is in RJ's kindergarten class. He came over to play with us for awhile. Zachery was taking his morning nap and missed all the fun.
The kids had a blast sledding. I think this was their first year sledding down hills. I don't remember them doing much sledding in Idaho, crazy huh?!
Saturday was also Jared's 29th Birthday.
And no post is complete without Zachery!
He has enjoyed using this little walker thing to walk around with.
We thought when he started crawling at 6 months he would be walking by now. Thank goodness he has slowed downed and is not walking!!. He can stand own his own but doesn't like too without support. He is very timid about falling down. Probably because he has fallen at least four times off the bed. He has learned and won't go near the edge of things. I worried about stairs when we moved into the house, but he won't even try to go down them. He uses things to stand up but takes his time and is very cautious when he tries to get down on his knees again.
However this weekend he braved it and has started to climb up the stairs. He has been excited each time he makes it to the top and just sits there with a big grin.
Last night the kids were going up the stairs to bed and he followed them. It was so cute having all three going up in their Jammies. Two walking and one crawling behind them. I couldn't get a photo of that but I did capture this one. Once at the top of the stairs RJ and Savannah went into the bathroom to brush their teeth and Zachery followed as well. He loves following his big brother and sister around.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Other Scrap Girl's Freebies
For my Holiday Themed lay out I decided to create a Christmas Card. I have learned that it is so easy and fun to create your own cards with Digital Scrapbooking products. I can't wait to make more for various reasons this coming year.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
What a whirlwind of a year 2009 turned out to be. At the beginning of the year we were in
That some where revealed itself in the summer when Jared was offered a job across the country in
Our fears and concerns about the move were dissolved when our home in
RJ started Kindergarten this year. Even though he struggled a little with school, he was one of the top students and received the Good Citizenship award the first time it was presented. After buying a house shortly before Thanksgiving, RJ switched schools. He is now in a smaller class size and is enjoying Kindergarten whole heartily and we are so happy.
In April we brought a third little blessing into our lives as we welcomed Zachery into our family. He has been such a fun happy baby and we can’t even begin to imagine life without him. Zachery has been growing up fast. Jennifer wishes he would slow down a little. He started crawling at just 6 months of age and hasn’t stopped exploring. He loves his older siblings and they can’t wait till he gets big enough to run around and play.
This year Jennifer became a lay out designer for a digital scrapbooking company. She has enjoyed making scrapbook pages for the family albums and having her hobby paid for through the assignments she has been given from Scrap Girls. She has also been busy settling us all into our new home that we all very much love and can’t believe is ours.
Jared has been surprised to find that he very much enjoys his new job. He can see himself moving far in this company. He has become the Scout Master, again, in our new ward. It is a calling you defiantly can’t move away from, but he is thrilled to still be involved with the scouting program.
We have all truly been blessed and we can’t thank the Lord enough. We hope this letter finds you well. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2010.
This year we took pictures ourselves with the timer on our camera. It was right after Church and the kids really wanted lunch. But they did pretty good to humor us. The lighting in our front room is not so great and the only backdrop we had handy was our lovely gold 60 style curtains. But hey, gold does go with the theme of Christmas, so it's all good. Here are a few shots as we try to get the best pose we could get. Enjoy.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
For this assignment I was asked to scrap a Christmas Tradition using products by Jacelen Deinema. She has got some great stuff. She paints most of her stuff using watercolors and then transfer it to digital. What talent!!!
In one of her collections, she had this basket and it reminded me of our basket we use to keep our books in for our Christmas Countdown. And so this lay out was born. I had a lot of fun with the hanging frames and it was fun to go back through old photos. Boy, have the children changed! Time sure does fly.
(Our countdown tradition started in 2006.)
We started a new Christmas Tradition this year. I gathered 24 picture books relating to Christmas or the Winter Season and wrapped them each individually. The wrapped books were put in a basket and placed under the tree. Each night before bed the kids were able to unwrap one book for their bedtime story. Once the last book was unwrapped, we knew Christmas Eve had arrived.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Of cousre, being the responable parents like we are, we forgot till late Sunday night. It was already an hour past bedtime and both kids were cranky and so ready to crash. We told RJ that we would just do it Monday after school, that he had until Wednesday anyway. Well, RJ flipped out, saying he had to turn it in Monday. Unfortunately, he had no idea what he wanted to disguise his turkey as.
After giving him many ideas, which he turned down (parents just aren't cool or creative enough), we finally sent RJ off to bed telling him he will just have to turn it in on Tuesday. Being extremely tired, RJ threw a huge fit and decided to go with mommy's first idea, Santa Claus. (Who would cook Santa for dinner, right? I thought it was a pretty cool idea.)
Daddy promised RJ that if he went to bed, he would have a Santa disguise all ready for him to put together in the morning and he could turn it in on time. RJ reluctantly agreed and went to bed. Daddy stayed up another hour cutting out a Santa Suit from construction paper.
The next morning, after a good night's rest, RJ was in a better mood. Luckily,
we had plenty of time before the bus came and he got his homework done on time.
I think we all learned a good lesson that night.
It was a beautiful day. We had lived in our new home for a total of 4 four day. We had a lot to be Thankful for. We did miss our family, but we made the most of it.
We got our kitchen put together just in time for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Jared set up the trampoline, and the kids enjoyed it while the Turkey cooked. This year we decided that cooking a Thanksgiving meal for the 5 of us was going to be just too much. Zachery of course wouldn't eat much of it, RJ just wanted a PB&J sandwich anyway, Savannah would eat some of it, and Jared and I were tired from unpoacking and felt very disorganized to even begin thinking about cooking a big meal. So the solutions: Thanksgiving in a box from Kroger.
After our game we had Pumpkin Pie. Yummy!!! Usually we make it from scratch with our pumpkin we freeze from our Halloween cravings, but like I said before, our life had been very disorganized. So we had good old Marie Calendar's pie.
It was a gorgeous 70 degree sunny day. LOVED IT!! We spent the afternoon enjoying our yard.
This is RJ's favorite tree. It is fun to climb. Unfortunately, it will have to be cut down since it is getting in the way of power lines.
And check out this awesome feature. The people before us, put in a tether ball, and left it for us. It is the prefect size for the kids. How cool is that!!
RJ is loving his new School. He is soooo excited to go to school each morning. It is making going to school so much more easier. I am so happy. It is what I always thought going to kindergarten would be. He loves it. And I love that we can walk him to school. It has been great!!
Savannah keeps me entertained through out the day. She comes up with the most random stuff. I love her train of thoughts, too funny. The other day she saw an infomercial for a toothpaste dispenser and she went on and on about how that was a must have, quoting line from the sale's pitch. It was just too darn cute, because she was just so serious about it.
Zachery is a ball of fun. (Except right now, it is 12:30 am and he is just wide awake!!) I need to find the charge for the other camera so I can get a video of him chasing the kids around the house. He just loves it when RJ and Savannah get done and play at his level. He just laughs and giggle whenever they are near. If Savannah and RJ are running around he will crawl after them, just a laughing, it is so cute and the kids love it. They can play tag and never be "It"!