They just posted the winners from Scrapbook.com's Lucky 7 contest here. And I can happily report that I got an Honorable Mention for my layout My Bad - which you can see here. I'm guessing it was for the "funny" category.....
Yesterday was the last day of swim class for Thomas. For his first time, he did pretty well. That is, when he was doing what he was supposed to do, and not goofing around with the swim noodle (ahem). Not that he was the only one....
So the instructor took them all to the deep end. Put life jackets on 'em and sat them at the edge of the pool. I can tell he's kinda scared about the whole thing and I go over to give him some confidence. He turns to me and says, "This is EMBARASSING!" Really? Why? "Because we're NOT on a boat! Life jackets are for boats." He ended up telling the same thing to his instructor as he was clinging to her for dear life, after we convinced him to give the deep end a try. Boy did she laugh! However, as soon as she helped him to the side of the pool he says "That was fun! Can I go in again?" And so he did....
Another big first yesterday for Thomas - his elementary school open house. I can't believe he'll be starting kindergarten on Tuesday. I think I'm the one who's nervous. So we got to see his classroom, meet his teachers and check out the playground. He's going to have a ball.
So I'm working on a few layouts and I have my paper, pictures, and potential embellies all over this table. Rachel nonchalntly picks up a couple of die cut tags and my Dot n' Roller. She then proceeds to gently pick up one button after another, dab them on the tape runner and stick them to the tag. At first I was "OH NO! She's using all my buttons!" But then I remembered that I not only have tons of these babies, but I can easily replace them with a quick trip to AC Moore. So, when she picked up the strip of hot pink dotted paper, I offered to stick it on and make a handle. She was thrilled and has been carrying this thing around all weekend. Gotta love that!
Boy, I'm glad yesterday is over. Mondays can be hard, but when you have to spring a doctor's visit on a five year old, knowing there's a really good chance (O.K. honestly almost a 100%) chance they'll need bloodwork, it just sucks. Add to that two kids getting tired, an hour wait in the reception area, and another 30 min wait just waiting in the lab area -- where I have to level with him and tell him that they need to take a little blood. It starts there. "What if they take ALL my blood? How do they take it? Do they put a hole in me?" It took me ten minutes to calm him down.
Then, as they call his name the realization and panic set in. And I'm here alone with the two of them. Not a good idea I'm thinking. Especially since I was the one who passed out when he got stitches just a couple months ago. So I take him back and nonchalantly put him on the chair and try to leave the are when the nurse tells me that I have the SIT on the chair under him and hold him down.
But we got through it - eventually. Took another male nurse to help and he started screaming loudly as soon as they touched his arm, and screamed, cried and begged the entire way through filling six vials. And boy did I feel lousy. Sure, you can tell him that it'll hurt but sometimes you have to do things you don't like - but the tears and the look of betrayal in his eyes.... I was crying, too.
Luckily we had a hand x-ray next and he thought that was fun - no pain involved! but he really liked seeing his x-ray picture. And bugged me the entire way home about getting it from the doctor to hang up in his room. Whew.
Just did this layout tonight and I love it! (And love what spending about half and hour with photoshop can do for you, hee hee!) After a trip to Ikea yesterday, orange and yellow are my new favorite colors. I picked up two cool throw pillows (here's one) with these colors, and really wanted this white duvet cover with rather large yellow circles all over it (but thought Tom would probably hate). I'm changing my living room scheme for these pillows. Well, that sounds more dramatic than it actually is -- since that means just moving all the blue/purple ones I have out. These days our accessories are just toys. The good stuff's been packed away ever since Thomas figured out he could reach them. Yup, my decorating style's been "early childhood" for about 4 years now...
And I'm just winding down from a whirl-wind day. The kids had their Nordstrom fashion show this morning, and it to0k some convincing to get Thomas out of his suit and back into a t-shirt so we could go peach picking. So, off we drove out I-66 to the "peach way" - a gorgeous day to be outside! The kids didn't want to stop after filling two bags, and after three farms we left with peaches, apples, raspberries, potatoes, plums and tomatoes -- most of which we picked ourselves.
Here's Tom and the kids reaching the good peaches. The next tree over had a half-broken branch loaded with ripe peaches -- just the right height for the kids. We saw a few of these and thought man, they really got hit by that recent thunderstorm. On the way out Tom asks the farmers about the trees. No storms, we were told. The breaks were actually caused by people climbing the trees. DOH! So we sheepishly hurried off...
So... off we went to Arlington for dinner with Tom's dad at an Asian restaurant. Thomas was very happy -- he got the miso soup he wanted the other night and an order of sticky rice with mangos of his own (we um ... ate the order at the Thai place earlier this week before the kids tried any. But hey - they had ice cream!) Somehow that dinner took 3 hours - not good when you've got two squirmy kids. Finally home at 8:30 pm, just in time for bath. Whew!
Shrinky Dinks - how cool is that! We picked up a package at the local craft store this week. The kids had a blast! And it provided a much needed diversion for me. The first half of the week was crazy working on layouts; the last few days have been a little nerve-wracking as everyone waits for the Memory Makers Masters calls. So, a little time making these, and today I started a huge basement cleanup. Tom is gonna flip out when he comes home tonight and sees all the boxes and junk strewn around the room. Really, it's gonna look MUCH better soon..... after soon as I can get him to help me assemble this Ikea storage unit.
Tomorrow's a big day for the kids, they're doing the Nordstrom fashion show again. Thomas has been extremely excited about this - it's rather funny. He picked out a full suit to wear, complete with necktie so he can look just like Daddy. Yes, he picked it out himself. It's be Eric Zoolander in action again. Seriously.
. . . the August Creating Keepsakes. Since the September issue is on the stands, I guess it's O.K. for me to add this now. This layout was from my HOF entry - and my first digital layout as well. Thomas is just thrilled, of course -- he think's he's famous now that he's in a magazine. ;)
The kids just came up to me with presents they made. Rachel - a lego tree, complete with princess mirror on the top. Thomas - a tinkertoy "scrappbook maker 3,000" - who was very excited that Mommy took pictures of their creations. Had to get a pic of these :)
We need a little rest after our California trip. We flew to LA and got to our hotel around 11 pm (LA time), then up early for a full day at Disney Land -- hey, if you're gonna have to spend that much for tickets, you better stay as long as you can! The kids were disappointed that we didn't ride the new Finding Nemo sub (aka the old 20,000 Leagues under the sea from when I was a girl) -- but really, a TWO-HOUR line??? No way! But I think the princess dinner more than made up for it. On a spur of the moment action, we signed up for the Ariel dinner where you got to meet & have your picture taken with Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, Mulan and Belle. Surprisingly, Thomas was jumping up and down in his seat with a big grin saying "I'm so excited! I'm so excited!" Seeing them sooo happy - priceless!
And an added bonus for Thomas from Cinderella:
Then, later off to view the fireworks -- which were spectacular! You can just tell from their reaction:
Me & the kids spent the next couple of days toodling around Santa Monica & the beach while Tom worked. Saturday morning we were off to Legoland - not too happy when we arrived due to traffic that took us 3 hours to get there instead of the 90 min. we expected. But our mood soon lifted and we had a blast. Best part? The lego play areas for the kids to keep them happy while you wait in line for the rides.
And finally, a morning at Sea World on Sunday with friends to catch the Orca whales. I've never been so tired on a trip where I've just crashed upon coming back to the hotel - and the kids usually fell asleep on the way! At least we had easy bedtimes :)
So the kids are playing downstairs yesterday while I'm checking email and I hear things starting to get a little out-of-hand. Both of them are tired and it's starting to show - fighting over a toy. Thomas says he's going to pray to God to help him (which he learned in his summer bible camp) - way cute, but at 5 he doesn't always get the right reason to pray. So he says something about please, God.... then Rachel chimes in with "God is my friend. God is purple."
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