5th Grade Camping Trip Mini Book

Zoey had a special camping trip with her classmates this past weekend and I printed up the photos right away and made her a little memory book using one of SEI's preservation albums. It worked perfectly for housing some 6 x 6 layouts (my photos were printed wallet size).

The letter stickers for the cover are by Amy Tangerine and I picked up a sticker sheet from October Afternoon (campfire themed) from my local scrapbook store Stamp This Scrap That as well as some fun camping themed papers.

I kept the pages pretty simple since I was using such a small layout and really, this being for Zoey...the pictures are what's most important.

I saved the journaling for the pages at the end.

It's been awhile since I've done a mini album...it was kind of fun! 

I'm so happy that Zoey had this opportunity and am glad that I did something with these photos right away so she can look back and recall this special time whenever she likes!

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Hello Beautiful

I enjoyed some time in my craft room today. Zoey is home from school sick with a sore throat and just feeling crummy. I kept her home today since I get to be home today, hoping that it will mean that I won't have to miss work tomorrow if she rests up a bit here today.

I pulled out my small butterfly punch for the butterflies here, something I haven't done in awhile and then I machine stitched across them to make them stay put. Another thing I haven't done in awhile is hand-write my journaling. It was fun to feel a little free when creating this layout.

This photo of her is one of my favorites, taken just a week or so ago now. I love it.

It feels so good to be creating again!

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Sharing my Little Birdhouse!

I created this adorable little birdhouse using papers from SEI awhile back (it's actually featured on their blog right now) and I'm so excited to post it here! It's just so sweet and makes me happy. It's no secret that I love pretty and cute little things, this little project was something that I was itching to do for awhile.

With spring here and my need to come up with a craft idea for SEI this was just the perfect choice!

For all of the supplies that I used be sure to check out SEI's blog here for a complete listing. Right now this little birdhouse is upstairs in the playroom with Zoey's dolls but I'm thinking it may have to make it's way downstairs for a bit too for some decorative fun...maybe on my kitchen hutch?

Happy spring crafting to you!

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Outside My Window...

Home today from work and picking Zoey up from school and able to enjoy a few quiet moments here before taking care of laundry and dinner duties.  Zoey has a friend over to practice for their skit in the talent show that's this Friday. The sun is shining and before I put the laundry in the dryer I'm going to sit outside for a bit and enjoy it!

Happy Thursday everyone!

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The Reality of Now.

I've been having a couple of very overwhelming days here, okay...perhaps more than a couple. Why is this a lesson that I have to repeat over and over again? Why is it that I attempt (and think) that it's possible to be able to do it all and to do it well nonetheless?

I cannot work the hours I do and then come home to a house that is stocked (by me) with groceries for meals (planned by me, for the week) and walk the dog, cook dinner (a vegetarian and a gluten-free one and have it ready and warm for when my husband walks through our door), help Zoey with her homework and stay on top of the laundry every single day and still have time left over to blog, read, or have time to be creative...or sometimes even simply just sit still for a moment before packing lunches for myself and Zoey for the next day. I'm stuck in a cycle of busyness that isn't ending. I can't forget to call the groomers for the dog or whatever, the list goes on and on. There is always something vying for my attention. I need to make sure I go to the bank or pay that bill. Sign Zoey up for theater camp or make sure she has everything in order for dance. And it's so funny because as a woman I feel compelled to not complain. To suck it up and keep going, refusing defeat...because if I did then that would mean I am weak or not a hard worker or too emotional, etc. That I better just get through it silently without complaint. Why on earth is this the case when I simply know better!?!?

It's tiring and getting old. How many times do I look at someone and have the thought that I could do that...would enjoy doing that...someday want to do that but I don't make it (whatever "it" may be a priority; today it was my admiration of someone who knows web design and I had the thought that I really, really, really think I could be good at that but it's always on the back burner for me) because other needs call to me for tending to. 

This past weekend I made a plan (a pact to myself really) to take the time to ensure that I got some exercise time in for myself. That means bringing Zoey along with me but hey, she's older now so it's somewhat manageable. It didn't end up working out and it was fine because I ended up showing up for a friend that needed it (and truth be told I needed it too) and I thought, "It's alright, I'll take the time for myself tomorrow." Well tomorrow came and our plumbing in the kitchen backed up and my day was spent with people in my home trying to fix what needed fixing. It just all of a sudden was too much. I simply wanted to go for a walk and to get some exercise. I cried and then I got mad that I was crying. Who cries over THIS? 

Well apparently I do. Or at least I did the other day. And you know what.

That's Okay.

I need to remember that I cannot take care of every little thing and also make sure that everyone is happy without making sure that I too am happy first every once in awhile. It's so easy for me to get caught up in this cycle of trying to do it all. It's in my very nature to try to make sure all the bases are covered and that everything is taken care of. I need to change how I think and make sure that I too am being taken care of, even if (especially if) that means that I am the one that needs to do the caring.

Deep breathes here this evening..tomorrow is another day. 

Edited to add:

[After posting this I clicked on over to one of my favorite blogs and this was the blog post that had just recently been posted. I am not alone, and thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding me.]

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