and so very happy about it.
Yesterday I did anything and everything I could to immerse myself in motherhood ie: made a good breakfast, supervised chores, took Chase to an appt, shopped at Costco, drove the soccer carpool, which takes three hours (!), played at the park with Addie, and made dinner. I doled out the goodies that I brought the kids from Valley Forge and we all played a card game about the Revolutionary War (sadly we know very little, so it didn't last very long) I brought a small shoo fly pie home from Lancaster County and we sampled that before I fell into bed exhausted — I also had to run to the airport to pick up my luggage that didn't make it home with me.
This morning I'm unpacking and enjoying the hum of laundry. The motor on my washing machine decided to go out the day before I left and was finally replaced yesterday. I can honestly say I have NOT, in eighteen years of marriage seen laundry piles like today! I got up early and started processing! I'm also enjoy the chance to step outside and breathe fresh air — after staying in a hotel room, where you can't really do that, it is such a treat. I've watered my flowers and will head out on a jog soon.
Geof has this afternoon off, so we are taking the kids to Silverwood theme park for an evening of FUN. This morning — YIKES! I've got some serious catching up to do. Tomorrow will be a WORK day and I'm looking so forward to it.
For now, here's the SS Gallery Challenge #7 (late as usual)
Scrapbook photos that are at least FIVE years old …
Trey will be ten in September, so I thought I'd get his 3rd birthday layout done!
Library of Memories TIP: Quite often when it's time to recycle a storage binder I find unscrapped pictures that I still want to scrap. When this happens, I have the advantage of lapsed time to help me edit and pare down and I then place enough "event" pictures together in a my category drawers, that I can create an "event page," like this one. When I cleaned out the Fall 2000 storage binder, there were likely MORE birthday pictures. I probably tossed a few and triaged a few more. I love that my system allows me a place to keep track of a variety of pictures long term. It is critical however NOT to put too many event pictures in your category drawers. For the most part they are designed to hold and age photos that are more about highlights, everyday life and rituals, relationships and personalities. So I guess I'm saying be careful using your drawers as a holding place for event pages — there's a delicate balance between enough and too many– hopefully that makes sense!
Reality Check: Please don't feel bad when you cannot remember all the details of an event that happened 5, 6 or in my case 7 years ago. Admit this freely in your journaling and record what you do remember. My journaling reads: I don't remember the details, but I do remember your enthusiasm and I know the pure joy of watching you grow — you are a delight my son! Let go of unrealistic expectations this week, pull out some OLD pictures and get them on a page with a touch of current insight.
Someone asked me question about theme papers and accents while at the event this past weekend …
Q: What do you do when you can't find product you like for a theme page?
A: You don't need race car paper and embellishments to scrapbook a race car birthday. Look to your photos for color and pattern to repeat with your stash of cardstock and other basics, like ribbon. I made the two flags from toothpicks, black scraps and a white gel pen. Sometimes we get so spoiled by the variety of product available that we hesitate to consult our inner designer and apply core principles of repetition.
What's your best product-substitution tip?