Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Top 10

Last year I participated in a challenge set by Ali to post your fave 10 LOs. On her blog she has challenged us to do this again. Youve probably seen it on quite a few blogs recently as people take up the challenge, this is the basic guidelines she set....

I want you all to post in your blogs 10 of your layouts.

It doesn't matter if you've already uploaded them to your blog before - just think of it as giving us all a "refresher".

Now - these 10 layouts - they have to be a *certain* 10.
I want to see the 10 layouts which are either:
(a) your favourite 10 layouts;
(b) the 10 layouts that you're most proud of;
(c) 10 layouts that have some really special significance*** ;
(d) a combination of any of the above!

*** I know that *all* our pages are special and signficant - but i'm referring to those layouts that really have that extra "meaning" to you...

It was actually quite difficult. A couple of my favourites I included last year, so they were out. A couple are due for publication soon, so they were out and my two most favourite LOs ever (for now!) - one is for Scrapbook Stations next DT challenge so I cant share that yet, and the other I got really brave and subbed to CK in the states, and now get to play the waiting game, so that was out too.. LOL... but here goes....

Why this LO ? I did this as part of my EDM album. I love the glittery letters, and the doodling, and the way I managed to capture the joy and excitement in the photo!

Why this LO ? This photo just makes me happy every time I see it. My girl friend caught this tender moment between my oldest & youngest at the end of a very busy baptism day. Its so filled with love.

Why this LO ? Another photo Ive always loved. Its my Dad. Many years ago. I dont aften scrap heritage pics, so maybe thats why Im particularly drawn to this LO. It also reminds me of how important it is to record the story behind my photos now. It was so difficult for mum & dad to try and work out where they actually were when this photo was taken.

Why this LO ? This one is definately about the journaling. It records the differing realtionships I have with each of my three boys. It was prompted by this photo, and the way it uncanilly captures this.

Why this LO ? Cause it managed to get a full double page spread in this months FK. Its only about the second LO I have managed to get accepted by FK, so I was thrilled to see it in print, and SO big LOL. I didnt buy the mag, as I was waitong for the contributers copy, but while we were away on the weekend DH came back from the newsagents one day with it...he had no idea that his bubba was staring in it, and was quite excited when I showed him.

Why these two LOs ? Love the photos, Love the fact Ive recorded the tradition of our annaul australia day breaky with my mum & dad. Love that I can look back at this and compare it to the next LO ... so many things the same, same celebration, same place, and yet so much changes in just one year. I want to be able to record this day anually.

Why this LO ? Even though there are only about three and a half years between the three of us, I never in a million years thought that we would all be pregnant at the same time. Three sisters, three bellies, and three babys...precious. So glad I recorded this. Its not a stunning LO, but I love what its recorded.

Why this LO ? Im not a lover of old china and glass wear, and yet I adore this cup & saucer set from my Nanna, it brings back so many childhood memories. I also loved that I could include the lace doilies of hers on this as well.

Why this LO ? Ive breastfed all three boys, yet its not something I ever thought of recording on film, or journaling about. So glad I have this. Love also that Nathan took the photo for me.

Why this LO ? It feels like some days that all these two boys do is annoy each other and argue over nothing. So I love that Ive captured them being such great brothers and mates and having so much fun together.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

LO share

Here are a couple of LOs that Ive put in the gallery at Scrapbook station. The first is this months DT layout. The theme was typography, and if you want to see an awesome collection of LOs by the team check this out!
Next are a few more LOs that Ive done recently but havn't shared here yet.

Monday, February 19, 2007

15 months

Dear Isaac

Since Mummy didn't get around to writing you a letter at fourteen months,
this will be a catch up of the last couple of months.

The biggest milestone you reached during this period was leaning to walk. At first it was just a couple of wobbly steps with lots of encouragement from us. In the last week or so you have been walking most of the time, all this practice is paying off, your getting quite confident now. You even attempt the cutest little run. It looks so unco-ordinated, your arms flap around madly and your little legs dont seem to be moving in time with the rest of your body - Im so scared your just going to run straight into things at this speed and hurt yourself.

You move so quickly that its getting hard to get a decent picture of you. Ive got heaps of you dissapearing out of the frame, or lunging toward the camera!

Your moods have been all over the place, and your eating is terrible. If its fruit (or anything sweet) you will always eat it, but most other things you have gone right off. I think its got a lot to do with those molars which are still slowly pushing their way through. You hands and toys are constantly being chewed on, or your dummy is in your mouth, and your dribbling a lot. You have been unsettled while your sleeping as well. Not enough to wake you, but enough to effect your mood in the mornings. You had a bit of a tummy bug a couple of days ago, and thats made your eating patterns go down hill even further. Oh well when your hungry I suppose you will eat.

We have quite a bit of hot summer weather and you have delighted in being able to go swimming in Auntie Mandy’s pool on a regular basis. You wear your little wahoo vest and arm floaties and your off. You like to kick around all by yourself, but Mummy or Daddy still like to stay nice and close, just in case. We have also been to the beach which you loved. You show no fear of the water, Im not sure if that is a blessing or not! You still love the bath, and start pulling at your clothes as soon as anyone mentions the word bath. You love pouring water from your bath toys, splashing, catching the bubbles, sucking the water from the face washer - Mummy thinks thst really yucky - and playing with the empty shampoo and baby bath bottles.Once your in there I spend most of my time trying to stop you pulling the plug out. You have a fascination with the water going down the plug hole, and the added attraction of wanting to poke your fingers down there too! The biggest problem at bath time is that you get really cranky when its time to get out of the bath, so Id really rather you left that plug in place as long as possible.

Your still sleeping right through the night, well you do stir but you dont need us to help you
re settle, you can get yourself back to sleep. You have a warm bottle (bot-bot) of milk when you wake in the mornings, another before your afternoon sleep, and another at bedtime. You settle easily (most of the time) with a bot-bot, dummy and your precious Teddy.
Teddy is starting to get that slightlt bedraggled look of a well loved friend. He had a 'bath' in the washing machine again the other day. He was becoming a dull shade of grey, Id forgotten what a lovely cream colour his fur was supposed to be. The next day we had to do it all again after you threw up all over him. Poor teddy!

Im constantly amazed by the number of things you take notice of. I let you push the button to put the garage door down one day, now every time I get you out of your car seat, you point to the button and grunt at me to let you do it again. Today when we went to visit Grandma you looked up at her kitchen window, pointed, smiled and grunted...last time we visited she came and knocked on the window and waved to you as we were getting out of the car. You pick up the game boys and know that you need to push the little buttons, you love the remote controls and their little buttons as well. You love opening the cupboards and drawers, and want to be in the kitchen under my feet when ever Im in there. The things that amuse you the most at the moment are everyday things. Paper tubes, cups, stubby holders — you love putting your toys in these. What ever we have you want! You want to drink from our glasses, eat from our plates, and try to put on our shoes...don't grow up to quickly my little man, enjoy all your baby things for a bit longer yet. You love to imitate. When we had your cousin Georgia over the other day, you took great joy in being able to push her around in a nappy box, just like your big brothers do to you. You love to hand me the towels and clothes when Im folding the washing, the only trouble is you dont deferentiate very well between the piles that need to be folded and the piles that are already folded. It only takes you seconds to start grabbing the already folded clothes and unfolding them. You think your being helpful though, and its really sweet...just hope it lasts!When I filled the watering can to water the fernery the other day, you appeared grunting beside me with your little watering can...you wanted it filled so you could help too. Needless to say you ended up wetter than the pots!

You have also shown how quickly you can turn into a screaming mess if you don't get your own way. Getting out of the bath and coming in from outside are two things that usually start you off. Couple this with tiredness and you can get yourself really worked up!
Your still not saying much. You manage to get everything you need by grunting and pointing and squealing, so I guess you don't really see the point. You can say mum & dad (if you feel like it) you can make a piggy grunting noise (snorting through your nose), meow (eow, with the cutest little enunciation) like a pussy cat and woof (oof) like a puppy. You point to the sky when you hear a plane, and look for the source of any noise you hear. You know what we are saying to you and can respond to simple tasks like looking for your shoes or dummy when we ask. The squealing is driving us all crazy. It’s a high pitched loud squeal designed to get attention...and you will keep doing it until you get that attention too!

I love you my little man, and Im really enjoying spending my days with you.

All my love Mummy xxxx

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Catch Up

I cant believe how long since I blogged. The forum & gallery are now up and running at Scrapbook Station. Why dont you pop over for a look and a chat. There are a lovely group of very friendly and chatty ladies over there, and we would love lots of new people to join us.
As a bit of an inscentive to get you all over there, I will offer a little give away to someone. I have a gorgeous 7 gypsies express stamp to give away. All you have to do is find and leave a comment on one of my LOs in the DT gallery. I will put all the names in the hat and draw out a winner next Wednesday. ( OK I know Im not a 'famous'..for want of a better word...scrapper, and there arnt that many people who visit my little blog, but I was going to RAK this to someone anyway, so I may as well have a bit of fun first LOL)

Isaac is walking everywhere now. Ive hardly seen that gorgeous little, bum in the air, crawl in the last couple of days - I miss it already!!!

He has been a bit grumpy lately and off his food - I think its teeth (LOL Kathie) he has four molars all cutting at once ...still...there are two that are part way through, and the others are still coming. Poor little thing, it must be so sore!

The other two have settled back into the school routine really well. they both like the teachers they have, which helps a lot too. It still difficult to workIsaacs sleeping routines around shool times, but we are getting there.
We celebrated my Nannas 91st birthday the other weekend. Its wonderful to watch her with the littlies, but hard to believe there is a whole 90 years between her and Isaac!!!! They were born in different centuries LOL She was looking really well. She has her good weeks and her bad weeks, but I guess thats to be expected!!! Her sister turned 100 a few days later!

Monday, February 05, 2007

tagged, a LO to share & ahhh the serenity!

Ok first things first. Ive been tagged by a couple of people so here goes...

A - Available/Single? married - 12 years on the 8th April
B- Best Friend? Sabine - for the last 20 something years!
C- Cake or Pie? ???? neither really, not a real sweet tooth
D - Drink Of Choice? good coffee, water, kahlua, vodka
E - Essential Item You Use Everyday? coffee machine
F - Favorite Color? pink atm
G - Gummy Bears Or Worms? Gummy bears - sabines gandma has been sending them from Germany since before you could get them in Australia - Yummo
I - Indulgence? A sleep in - I wish!
H - Home or Homesick? Home
J - January Or February? February - our Wallaroo trip!!!
K - Kids & Their Names? Caleb Thomas, Nathan Charles & Isaac John
L - Life Is Incomplete Without? family and friends
M - Marriage date? 8th April
N - Number Of Siblings? 2 younger sisters
O - Oranges Or Apples? apples
P - Phobias/Fears? something happening to my kids
Q - Favorite Quote: scripture - Live, love, laugh
R - Real Hair Color? drab brown - with quite a few greys!
S - Season? Spring
T - Tag 3 or 4 people? anyone wanna play???
U - Unknown Fact About Me? I was diagnosed with endemetriosis at 18 and told it would be difficult to get pregnant...YEAH RIGHT!!!!!
V - Vegetable you don’t like? raw mushroom
W - Worst Habit? too much time on the computer
X - X-rays You’ve Had? teeth, many ultrasounds, MRI (torn cruciate ligament)
Y - Your Favourite Foods? chicken, thai, vietnamese cold rolls
Z - Zodiac Sign? Virgo

OK that actually took a bit of brain power LOL

Next...a DT LO to share...done for scrapbook stations christmas theme...used felt with stitching and brads for the heart. Excuse the aweful cropping around the tags on the side - got a bit slack with it!!! The flower actually looks a lot closer to the colour of the heart IRL.

Back to school for the boys today - its so quiet here with out them -ahhhhhhhhhh!!! It was so hot yesterday, and its the same today. After we walked the boys to school I let Isaac have a play with the hose for a couple of minutes to cool him off before his nap - he loved it - of course...he loves anything to do with water! The story board is one of the ones I mentioned in a post a while back, and the absolutely gorgeous brush is by Tia Bennet and is part of Januarys free digi kit download on 2peas.