You Choose - Week 9

This week’s pick is to being alive. Being brave. Choosing to fly. Being edgy. Being who you are when no one’s watching. Wearing your wings. Spreading them and flying again and again. I wanted to do something different this time. I used more black than I usually would. I have mixed feelings about it. It’s feeling edgy to me. But also not like me. Not my usual soft and happy colors. Sometimes it’s good to try new things.

here is a side look for the shimmer:

You Choose is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – dept of speculation

I read Dept. of Speculation because my friend Lauren recommended it. This is a really small book. I read it while sitting in a cafe. That’s how short it is. It’s also written in an unusual style so if books that aren’t in a standard format bother you, this might be a tough one to get through.

But if not, this is a really good book. Profound. Interesting. Thought-provoking. About motherhood, marriage, life.

A big bang for the buck considering its little size.

Fifty-Two Stamps - Week 11

For this week’s stamp, I did something quick and small but it’s quite fun and very versatile. It’s a little flag stamp. I can use it to make little flags out of all the fun paper I have. Or I can stamp with color ink and just have fun little flag on my planner.

Here’s what the stamp looks like:

Simple but fun.

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 11

This week’s page takes its inspiration from Serena Bridgeman’s lesson from Life Book 2014. Her weathered background was so very beautiful that I yearned to do something similar. I don’t think mine hit the mark but I tried.

The text for this week says: be bold.

I was very scared to make this page. The more I watched her make hers, the more I believed I just couldn’t make mine. When I don’t know how to do something, I generally approach it with a lot of apprehensiveness and fear. I keep telling myself I can’t do it. I worry about failing. I worry about hating the result.

But who cares?

In the end, why does it matter if I fail or if I hate it? And, more importantly, how will I learn if I never try? It’s not possible to learn without trying. And, yes, I can’t fail if I don’t try but I also can’t succeed without trying. Nothing is possible without trying.

so this week’s reminder is to be bold. To try. To go for it!

here’s a side view it’s shiny:

i love the shine:

Note to self: don’t hesitate. go for it. be bold.

Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Everyday Brave – Week 10

This week’s page is a simple one. There are days where I just feel like I can’t think of anything at all to draw. I stare at the walls around me, hoping some idea will jump out at me, and often it does not. This time, I decided to not overthink it, I drew the lamp on my table, simple as it is. It was right there and I am trying to practice sketching. So the lamp it was.

The right side is the tulips that were sitting on my desk, too. And then right next to them, I drew my little bag that I’ve had for over twenty years. It holds my wallet, a few pens, and my phone. It’s easy and tiny, the opposite of my other bag and I love it. Just a week of ordinary items this week.

And there we are. Here’s another week.

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – March 15 2015

This week went fast. Apparently they are all going to do that now. The school benefit is in a few weeks and honestly between work and that and all the work I do with the kids. I’ve made my peace with what this means until May. The benefit and tech challenge will both be over then and I expect things to be considerably calmer. At least for a while. Let’s hope :)

Here are a few more photos from the last week:

Jake and I were away last weekend which is why I didn’t do a weekend update. We went away just the two of us for the first time since the kids were born. The kids got to spend the weekend with Jake’s parents and they had a wonderful time.

But most importantly, Nathaniel lost a tooth. Actually it had to be pulled since the one below is coming out and apparently it was making everything go wonky.

And here’s a shot of us during our cruise up and down highway one.

while we were gone, the kids and my mother in law created some vegetable beds in the backyard.

they have lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, beans and tomatoes.

The lettuce looks yummy to me!

and they are in charge of watering them everyday.

we didn’t take many photos this week but we did take the family photos.

with silly faces.

and sad faces.

where jake couldn’t help but laugh.

and so did the rest of us.

and here we are. Another full week. I am so grateful for my life.

Weekly Diary is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

David and Nathaniel's Books of Happy Memories - Week 9

Here’s this week’s offering from David:

Some holiday themed drawings David made and colored.

And one from Nathaniel:

Nathaniel’s got a baby picture, some tricky words envelope, and a starbucks card he likes.

David and Nathaniel’s Books of Happy Memories is a two projects I’m doing with my kids for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Stories of Twenty-Fifteen - Week 10

Here’s this week’s story:

Title: Gratitude Journal
When David was six, he and I both started our own gratitude journals. He was learning how to write his letters and I had read a lot about the advantages of keeping a gratitude journal so we each started one. Even though, he’s since fallen out of practice, I feel that the regular writing exercise and having a daily focus on something good was really valuable for him.

Now that Nathaniel is approaching six himself, I decided it was time for him to get his own journal. As I was buying David his graph paper notebook for math this week, I got Nathaniel a notebook with wide lines. I got him one that was bright green because green is his favorite color.

On Tuesday, he started writing daily gratitudes. So far we have: I am grateful for the swings (at school.) I am grateful for the spiderweb ( a climbing structure at school.) I am grateful for cakepops. I am grateful that I went to the movies with my friends. We missed a day so we decided to just skip it and keep going.

I was worried that Nathaniel would rebel or whine or complain but he hasn’t done any of it. He always starts with picking his item, then writing “i am grateful” and then for each word, we first spell it out loud and see what all the letters of the full word are. Once he can easily repeat all the letters, he writes the word down by himself and then we discuss the next one and on and on.

Even though he’s not falling behind in any way, I want to make sure some of the attention stays on Nathaniel’s progress. We’ve been focusing a lot on David lately because of the Tech Challenge and middle schools, etc. So this project is my way of ensuring Nathaniel gets daily writing practice.

I will also search for some math work for him and I hope to convince him to read on his own more often, too. He can definitely read now and he just needs practice. Around this time, I did the daily reading with David so maybe that’s what we need here, too. Anyhow, one step at a time and, for this week, this journal is a wonderful step forward. Three cheers for Nathaniel!

Stories of Twenty Fifteen is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

You Choose - Week 8

This week is all about abundance. About glitter and leaving a trail of it. Sharing the good. Sprinkling it all over everyone. Being generous with everything. My time, my kindness, my love, my sweetness, my patience. My kindness. Here’s to sprinkling glitter every single day.

here is a side look for the lovely gold and shimmer:

You Choose is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – the art of fielding

I read The Art of Fielding after letting it sit for a long, long time. A friend of ours recommended it so strongly that I finally decided to read it.

I should have known I was going to love it because I love all books that take place on a college campus.

This is a great story, well written, interesting characters and felt real to me. I am really glad I read it. If it’s in your will-read pile for a long time, too, maybe you can finally pick it up too.

Fifty-Two Stamps – Week 10

For this week’s stamp, I had so much fun! I saw this awesome stamp idea on pinterest and I wanted to try to see if I can do it, too and I was so thrilled to be able to do it. I know it’s not as useful as my regular ones which can be used more creatively and are more versatile. But, as a book lover, I loved making this one.

Here’s what the stamp looks like:

isn’t it so cute?

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 10

This page was inspired by Dyan Reaveley’s lesson from Life Book 2014. It’s a simple page and it wasn’t hard to do. I painted the background with all different stencils and other fun things and then I used a human stencil to make them all black and then left one to stand out by using the opposite part and stenciling around the body.

The text says: choose to be you.

Part of being brave, for me, is being wholly myself. Embracing who I am. Not just being okay with it, but fully owning it. Being proud of it. I am always trying to improve as a person. I have many many many flaws. Many.

But I am trying. And I also have many wonderful characteristics, just like everyone else. I want to remember that what I am best at is being who I am. There’s a reason I am who I am and I want to embrace it 100%. I love many other people and I also want to love who I am.

All of me.

Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.