Sunday, December 31, 2006

Things to Learn- 2007

This is my third post in a single day! It's a bit of a record, which probably won't be repeated. ( I'm also trying a new smaller font) Previous to today I hadn't written anything for nearly 3 weeks. Christmas stress over took me and I'm barely coming out of the aftermath.

We sat down as a family to make our new years resolutions today. I love making new years resolutions. It comforts my list-making soul to have an agenda for the year. Besides the usual list of saying prayers, reading scriptures, exercising more, commiting to a healthier diet, and various others- We each decided to choose something we wanted to learn. Here's the lowdown:

Laura- (I chose for her) Get potty trained
Kimball- Learn to ride a bike without training wheels
Tustin- Learn to ice-skate and snow-ski
Me- learn to play all the hymns in the Hymn Book-contingent on getting a piano- another goal of mine :)
Stanton- wants to learn how to play a few hymns as well- either he's mocking me or I get that piano after all!

Wish us luck!

The fancy-pants party- Over?




Look at the pictures here and notice the depressing transformation. Where once there was "fancy pants"- there is now blah! My glory days are over! I have been spending the last year relishing in the fact that my daughter will happily where whatever adorable outfit I put together for her. Now, out of nowhere and for no reason she has decided she will only where ugly, ratty stretch pants and t-shirts, which in her mind equals "jammies." (Oh- and she must wear princess dress-up shoes to finish the lovely number.)This has really effected me in a negative way. I know that I should not be wrapped up in my daughters appearance, but I am not that big of a person. Over the course of a seven-day period we have had a number of tearful battles over this.

My two boys ( 7 and 5) have always been such stick-in-the-muds when it comes to fashion. They won't wear shirts with buttons, collars, or stripes. Nothing but t-shirts, sweatpants and jeans- and even those have to be just right. If they are the slightest bit uncomfortable they will turn up their noses. Oh how I have wished I could have some family photos with my boys donning handsome rugbies or polo shirts. Not to be. So I gave up a long time ago and only force the "button-downs" for church on Sundays. ( Kimball has gotten by this issue of "dupid" church clothes by wearing his play clothes hidden underneath. It's a bit bulky, but he feels more at peace with himself) I have attributed this lack of style to their male-ness. I guess I was wrong. Apparantly this is a genetic problem that is going to plague me no matter what the sex of my posterity.

But, I refuse to give up. Maybe this is a phase that will be soon forgotten. If you have any words of advice or comfort to my fashi0n grieving soul, I would welcome it.

The Giga Ball

This year for Christmas the boys got a "Giga Ball" from their Grandma and Grandpa Greene. It is a giant inflatable ball, about 51" in diameter, that has an empty cavity in the center where one child can get inside and be pushed and rolled around. Since the package says that it will hold up to 150 lbs, I went ahead and took a turn. It is so much fun! The boys and I could do this for hours. We have some friends who received an 81" ball for Christmas so I'm anxious to try theirs out.The Giga Ball-it's like living all those childhood dreams of joining "the carnies" in the circus! Fun stuff!

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom!



Today is my Mother's birthday- so I thought I would use my blog to give a shout out to her.
Happy Happy birthday! We miss you every day. You are an amazing woman , mother, grandmother and my best friend. Thank you for being an example to me, a listening ear, and always the voice of wisdom that I need. This is your day- we're thinking of you and love you so much!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Digital Scrapbooking- my latest passion























It was about this time last year that I had a conversation with my friend Gabbie(otherwise known as "designmom" in the blogger world) and she, being a graphic designer, mentioned that if a person could get a good handle on a program like "Photoshop" they could do some really fun things with scrapbooking and never have to cut a single piece of paper or get stuck in a gluey mess of notions and what not.

This really intrigued me. I really enjoy scrapbooking but ever since we added more than one child to our brood I have found it quite a challenge to get any done. In fact, it seems near impossible now that we have three kids. There is too much non-kid-friendly stuff involved, like pens, glue and scissors, and by the time I get it all out and set up for some creative work, my time is up and I need to start packing it all up again.

Anyway, to make a long story short I have been playing with this digital idea off and on all year. It is so fun! I don't think I can ever go back to the paper stuff. It is so easy to work on a page for a few minutes here and there. It's always ready and waiting for you at the computer table and there is never a mess to clean up. I am slowly learning more and more tricks in Photoshop Elements. (I recommend the program to everyone.) Fun! Fun! Fun!. The options are endless. Thank you Gabbie for inspiring me! I finished this page of my daughter Laura today. It was so easy! Here are some websites to check out if you want to see some much better and more inspirational ideas:( I finally learned how to put in a link- I'm very proud!)
http://www.scrapgirls.com/
http://www.shabbyprincess.com/
http://sweetshoppedesigns.com/

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