I don't know how many pages I'll end up doing for week 44. I took a bunch of photos. What I wanted to do this past weekend was just create a weekly page that was fun to create. I used Amy Martin's Helper Grids v2 and they sure made it fun. There's a lot more on this layout than I would usually put on there, but I really enjoyed the process of not only putting so many embellishments but also featuring the photos.
I used the kit Life 101: Laugh Until You Cry by Jady Day Studios and Meghan Mullens. Pictures were taken during the day at Worlds of Fun. I still need to do photos from the Haunt that night and the rest of the week. I did manage to catch up on my journaling, so at least I don't have to worry about losing memories. They'll be there when the rest of my creative spirit catches up.
Our weekend started out with Dan telling me before I was fully awake on Friday morning that we needed to go grocery shopping after work that night because it was going to snow and then we wouldn't have to leave the house all weekend.
Yawn, which is what I said to that.
I did it. And it didn't snow overnight Friday into Saturday as predicted. Shocking.
I spent the early morning listening to podcasts and scrapbooking.
Life is getting really strange when you listen to a podcast about a podcast.
That afternoon Chesney went to spend the night at my parents' house and so Dan dropped her off at Kiah's dorm, because Kiah was going as well, and then I convinced Dan that since he was going to be in town anyway, he and Brady should go see Dumb and Dumber To. Dan tried really hard to to get me to go with them, but the honest truth is that it would have been a complete waste of money. I'm not a fan of most comedies, and certainly not ones that are built around stupid humor. So the boys went and I climbed into bed and did this:
How to Get Away With Murder on the DVR (I have to watch it at least twice each week to make sure I don't miss anything) and doing some online Christmas wish list making. Erin Condren, people. That's the place. *super hint, hint*
On Sunday, we had lunch at Olive Garden then Kiah needed to pick up some groceries. Ches & I just went into the store with her. And Ches found these:
Making fun happen wherever she goes.
Then we came home, more podcasts for me, nap for Chesney, football for the boys. And no more food for the rest of the day. Seriously. Olive Garden hangover.
We had our first snow of the season on Sunday morning. Brady woke me up at 5:30 am to tell me. I was not thrilled.
I don't normally go out in the snow unless asolutely necessary, but I guess picking up my child is a necessity (she had spent the weekend at my parents) and if I get an Olive Garden meal out of it, I'm a little less likely to complain about the drive into town.
Once we got home, Ches asked if she could throw a snowball at me. Yup. If you let me take a picture first.
Dan and I have been together... oh, a little over 25 years now. I know, it's crazy. We were babes. And our oldest child is the age we were when we got married.
So you'd think Dan would know that I'm not exactly skilled at the backing up a vehicle. We own 4 vehicles and 2 of them have dents in the rear end from my backing skills. I once backed into a pole. At a liquor store. And I hadn't even opened my purchase yet.
Right now, there's construction going on in the middle of the street outside our house. I drew you a little map.
As you can see, there is construction in the middle of the road directly behind our driveway. Dan has decided that this means we are supposed to back in to our parking space. Oh, and that's got 2 spots where Brady and I usually park.
I didn't listen and pulled in to park. Because I'd rather hit a construction cone or wet cement than our neighbor's house. Dan drove that evening and he backed it in. Then I needed to run an errand, so I drove it again.
I knew Dan would ask, so I backed it in. In approximately the worst parking job ever. Just imagine a crooked, wheels turned, drove in the grass Equinox parked in that driveway.
And thankful Brady parked in an empty spot across the street.
That was Dan after I fell in the mud and he helped me clean up. He's a pretty nice guy sometimes.
And then there's this other story. Dan likes to tell me how to help him out in the bathroom.
One evening he was getting ready for bed and he said in a really helpful tone of voice, "When you are applying powder to your braline to keep it nice and dry there, can you please not do it so close to the sink so that powder doesn't get all over our vanity?"
[He did not say it in a helpful tone of voice and those were not the words he used, but that was the meaning of the words.]
And then just two days ago, he again used a helpful tone of voice to tell me that when I unplug the space heater, I should hang the plug from our hamper so one doesn't inadvertently step on it. I've done it. It really hurts.
After both of those helpful suggestions, I thought it was only proper that I make one back to him. I explained to him that as the only person who ever cleans our toilet... I would appreciate him being a sweetie and wiping the seatie. Or at least the rim.
And that, folks, pretty much sums up our marriage. You give me a helpful suggestion, well, then I'm going to give one back to you. Or attempt it and mangle it so badly that you end up redoing it.
So last week was the week after Digital Scrapbook Day, and my designers were all out of creative energy and I didn't have but one layout to make. This uses the featured designer kit at Sweet Shoppe Designs. If you spend $10 in the shoppe, you get the kit free. The designer is Zoe Pearn and seriously, any time you can get one of her kits free, it's a good time. I suggest finding some new releases this weekend or picking something up from Bargain Bites if you're a pinny pincher like me.
Anyway, here's the layout:
These are older photos and the crops on the faces were not originally this tight, but I liked the way they looked cropped right in on my kids faces. Sometimes it's inspiring just to crop in.
I'm completely aware of it. I have struggled with what I like to think is a mini period of depression that is probably not mini at all, but it helps if I think of it as temporary. [It helps to know that I'm not alone. The Bloggess makes me feel less alone.]
My reality is that this blog, which has always been about our daily life, has become a bit of a burden because my daily life is existing. It is getting through each day and doing the things I have to do, doing them well, and then collapsing onto my love seat with exhaustion until an acceptable time to go to bed.
A life like that doesn't provide much blogging material. In case you haven't figured that one out.
In fact, here's my pictures for last week's Project Life:
Bless my children. And bless the front facing camera on my phone and no need to enter a passcode to get it to work. Thanks, Chesney.
Next year, I'm considering not doing a weekly Project Life. I didn't think I'd say that after two years of weekly layouts, but I'm struggling to finish up this year. I'm loving Elise Cripe's philosophy. I'm thinking that what I need to do is journal every day so I can find myself again. And maybe that journal can be a bit artsy and fun and maybe that can be my daily creative outlet. I can't do any one thing for too long before I need to challenge myself to do something else. So what if I do a daily planner, and decorate it, and then just do a monthly layout? Or just do event layouts when I have photos I want to put in an album?
And I'm trying hard not to put pressure on myself not to update this blog five days a week, as I like to do. I hope you'll stick with me.
I think that will be OK. I think I will be OK. I think right now is difficult. I know it won't always be difficult. I know brighter days are ahead.
My next two weeks were 1 page layouts. I'm trying to just go with what I've got and I'll be the first to admit that this fall has not been the easiest for me. I am struggling to take photos daily, and that's something I've done for years. I'm struggling to want to document what seems to me to be really dark days. I pushed through it this weekend, though, and got two more weeks documented.
I used Traci Reed's Pocket Life September for this one. It's one of my favorites because the colors just sing to me. I struggled with this one because my girls' beloved cat was killed during this week and I didn't know how to record that memory. I didn't feel like I could leave it out and yet I didn't want to write something sappy. I ended up just including an old photo of the cat, adding a semi-transparent layer of white over it and then putting the cat's name on top. That's enough of a memorial for us.
These photos are all from Friday of week 43. Serious. Struggling. I used Lauren Grier and Krisin Cronin-Barrow's Looking Back for this one.
I honestly think I might have three pages for the next week because I took dozens of photos at Worlds of Fun the next day, but I decided I'd done enough catching up for one day and to let those photos just kind of sit for another week or so. I can hardly believe we're already into the 40s with the week numbers. It's all coming to an end quickly.
Pretty much a created holiday/weekend to celebrate digital scrapbooking. It involves sales and games and I did 3 layouts, all three for contests. And because I really like the layouts, I thought I'd share them.
Using Let the Sun Shine by Jady Day Studios. (I had a thing for her designs this weekend.)
Using a Cindy Schneider template and Great Outdoors: Beauty by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. I told Dan I have got to quit scrapping Colorado photos because it's making me sad. But they so fit the quote I used for the title (which was the point of the contest).
Hope you had a great weekend, and if you're a digi-scrapper, I hope you got to indulge a little!