Monday, September 15, 2014

Project Life | Week Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight

I was starting to question whether or not I planned to finish Project Life this year. I have been perpetually behind, a lot, months. It doesn't feel good and it was a bit tempting to give up. But I decided rather than give up I needed to give in and give myself some grace to just get photos and cards in the pockets and move on.

So that's what I did yesterday. Last Friday I had gotten caught up on printing my photos. I was motivated by an expiring coupon. These days I'll take whatever motivation I can get. So when we went to my brothers to watch the football game yesterday afternoon I dragged all my Project Life stuff with me and worked on it there while the boys watched the game. It was perfect because ordinarily I get irritated having to sit through a three hour game. But the time flew and I got more than a month of Project Life pages done and I didn't even work the whole time.

Win-win. Well not exactly. The Seahawks lost the game :(

Spread 1, Left side

I lumped these weeks together primarily because we went out of town over the fourth of July weekend. We do every year and I like keeping the photos from a trip all together. So here is the first page of what ended up being three double spreads.

 Spread 1, Right side


I am learning how to use my Silhouette. I love it and and should use it more. I had made this card earlier and it fit perfectly with the spread. This ended up being my favorite element of the layout.

 Spread 2, Left side

Spread 2, Right side

This is a good example of my "letting go" and just getting cards and photos in the pockets, not extra embellishments. Fast and easy, but honestly, with using the Project Life Blush Edition pocket cards, I loved it!
 Spread 3, Left side

 Spread 3, Right side

I've seen Ali Edwards, among other writing on the lines of their PL cards like this and didn't think I would love it in my book. But I finally tried it and I really do.

I decided to follow the lines of this crazy fun pocket card similarly. Ended up liking it too. But what I really liked is whipping out two weeks so quickly! Fast and simple!

What kind of motivation is helping you either get caught up or not give up on Project Life?


Friday, September 12, 2014

The Power of Realistic Goals

Around here life is changing and I am attempting to find new rhythms. It's harder than I expected. I dreamed these days with kids in school would be filled with "getting this house in order". I fathomed by the end of the second week there would be bags of stuff lined up at the front door, waiting to be hauled off to the Goodwill. I expected that each night my hubby and kids would open the door and either smell dinner or freshly baked cookies. I knew that my "more rested" self would handle getting dinner on the table, cleaned up, listening to my girls read aloud, checking math homework, and managing the kids' evening chores and routines to be done with smiles and patience.

Around here I expected to have Project Life spread out on my dining room table because everything else would be caught up and I could spend time doing what I have been waiting to do for months... get caught up.

Well my days haven't been all I expected them to be. Somehow there managed to be something away from here every single morning. By the time I got home and fixed lunch and did some very minimal clean-up it was time to start figuring out dinner, which has suddenly gotten even more challenging with Weight Watchers not so simple Simple Start. (I am a points girl and can NOT handle their Simple Start Plan, it's driving me INSANE and if I hadn't lost all the weight before on Weight Watchers I would have already quit! But I digress.)

Last night, after a rather low moment where I snapped at my husband (over something really silly) in front of all three children, I decided that I needed to set some realistic goals for my day. Things weren't working out the way I intended anyway. At the top of my list, right next to a load of laundry and shaving my legs (for the first time in a month), I wanted to get Project Life photos printed for the last two months.

At noon today I pulled in with my photos and a smile on my face. The dryer is now on, with my second load of laundry for the day, my legs are shaved, and even if I don't do anything with these photos today, I exceeded my goals because they were actually realistic.

What realistic goals are you setting for your day?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Digital Freebie | Weight Watchers Inspired Mini Kit

Download Weight for It Mini Kit HERE.

I shared last week that the kids went back to school and that my youngest is now in school full time. That means new routines for me. The biggest thing that I needed to regain control of in my life is myself. I've put on all the weight that I took off a number of years ago (after I had Gracie). I lost weight the first time with Weight Watchers. It's the only weight management program that has really made sense to me. Eat less, move more. Write it all down. Write it ALL down. When I went to the doctor recently I complained that it was so much harder to loose weight since turning forty. She looked at me, smiled and simply said, "You did it before, you can do it again."

It was time. I was mentally ready. Anyone who has every battled food addiction knows the head space I am talking about here. So I went back to Weight Watchers on Monday. Don't worry, this blog won't suddenly become all about my weight battle. That's just one part of life right now. But I did want to give some context for this little freebie.

My return to recapture my Lifetime Goal (which is frightfully far away at the moment) inspired this little freebie that I'd love to share with you. If you, like me, are on any part of your weight management journey, perhaps these pocket cards will encourage and inspire you to document this part of your week.

I'm expecting my journey to take some time, but I'm determined to make it something worth working for. So, Let's do this, right now.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Day of School

I adore my children. Really, I do. I love summer and having them home and lazy mornings and afternoons and late bedtimes and crazy fun adventures.

I also adore routine and rhythms. And the start of school signals a return to both.

Yesterday was the first day of school. All three of my kids are in school full time now. And I know that some of my rhythms this year will be new for me. No more one on one days with Gracie. I miss that already.

Yesterday was crazy and wonderful. Eric took the day off so he could go to school with us and we could drop the kids off together. I love that he does that. He's been able to do that every year (except one) so far. Then I headed off to work and he did chores around the house. When the kids got home from school I heard all their first day stories and it was wonderful. I loved every minute. One on one time with each one of them while they told me stuff, their stuff.

Then today rhythm returned. As I cleaned up dinner dishes, Mercy worked on her math sheet and I prepared to sit and listen to her read, I told Eric that I could feel how easily we slipped back into our school year routines. I love that. Fall is so comforting to me. I love that when the good habits are formed it's so easy to slip into them.

Unfortunately bad habits are just as easy to slip into as well. I don't love that.

What fall rhythms and routines are comforting to you?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Before School

Right now we are keenly aware that we have just one week left before school resumes. Our school supplies lists have been checked and double checked. Our closets have been purged of clothes that don't fit and restocked with some new special first day of school outfits, hanging and waiting. We've gotten fresh haircuts.

Gracie's grown-up First Grade haircut.

And now we're trying to stuff all kinds of goodness into this last week. The kids have an overnight at Grandpa and Grandma's. I have a big day of work. We have an evening of dropping off school supplies and meeting our teachers. We have a surprise trip planned for the kids. We have an end of the year party in the Children's Program we host and an all-church potluck I'm helping to coordinate, on the same day. Then school starts.

Summer seemed to speed by faster than every this year, even though we didn't do a big family vacation. We did a lot more last minute impromptu things. With so many obligations on Sunday (me) we had to think a bit differently about going and doing. And it all worked out. Though next year we are planning a very big multi-week trip across country. Lord-willing. So even now we're working towards getting adequate coverage to make it possible.

What are you squeezing in before school starts?