Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge

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Today's Challenge~
Do you have any colors you have a hard time using on your layouts/cards?

I guess I have not really ever thought about it before - about the colors I use. I can not think of any one color I shy away from using. I love color and I love finding just the right colors to accent my photos. i think the colors we choose can often make or break a layout. Sometimes it can take me forever to decide which colors to use.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

2 Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge

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Today's challenge~
Share something you miss having from when you were a young child growing up.

The thing I seem to miss the most from being a kid is that carefree childlike attitude. Having NO stress. As I have grown up the amount of stress in my life has magnified so much. Some days I wish I could just be a kid again and have all that stress gone, be carefree again. As a kid there was no stress of whether the bills were getting paid, no stress of wondering if I'm doing a good job raising my girls, no stress of being all alone to handle everything. The other part of being a kid was having an adult to go to who would handle everything for me, when I was sad they would make it better, when I was angry I could tell someone. Now as an adult I feel like I have to handle everything myself. Sometimes being a grown up sucks.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

2 Peas Sunday Blogger Challenge

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Today's challenge~
What is the type of thing you find the hardest to you on your layouts?
And why do you have a hard time using it?

In all honesty the absolute hardest part of scrapbooking for me is getting started. So often I want to scrapbook but I can not just bring myself to get started. I don't know why that part is so hard for me. Once I begin I love it, often once I begin I can't get stopped. I am almost always happy with the end results. Sometimes I think it is just a mental block in my head that keeps me from starting, that horrible part of me that inside thinks I am not good enough so I don't do it in case it is not good enough. I hate that part of me. I hate that doubt that I am not good at creating. That my art is not good enough. Maybe I need to do a new challenge and challenge myself to start doing some kind of art every day. When I did the 21 day art journal challenge last year I was at my all-time high as far as creating. I created daily and loved challenging myself to create new things and try to expand on my creativity everyday. I need a new challenge and I need to get started creating daily again.

Beautiful Sunday - 09/09/2007

Saturday, September 08, 2007

2 Peas Saturday Blogger Challenge

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Today's Challenge~
With the fall right around the corner and another summer gone. What is one thing you hope to get finished before fall?

This past summer I let my house get to be a total right off. The one thing I hope to get accomplished before fall is to get my house back together. I want to be able to enjoy my time when I am home and not be stressed because of the mess. I want to be more organized. You know it's embarrassing to admit but I have not even completely finished unpacking since I moved in year last winter. I have never even taken the time to put up my pictures on the wall. I don't know why I didn't but maybe doing so will help me feel even more at home here. who knows.

My Favorite Things Saturday

I totally fell in love with this elephant at the zoo this summer. So beautiful!!

Friday, September 07, 2007

My Little Emily

Last night we had an incident here with Emily that still this morning makes my heart hurt. The girls were just getting ready to get into bed and I was in the kitchen getting them water. Emily came into the kitchen and handed me a balloon she's had for almost 2 weeks, she said she didn't want it anymore and asked me to pop it. I popped the balloon and then heard Amber's voice from her bedroom crying saying "mommy that one was my balloon." I turned to Emily and asked her why she had asked me to pop Amber's balloon and Emily ran sobbing into her bedroom saying it was an accident. I went in and talked to Amber and she was okay - she said it was just a balloon and calmed right down. Emily was still in her room sobbing so I went into her. She said she had grabbed the wrong one because it was too dark for her to see. She had huge tears coming down her face. She then proceeded to start saying "I am so mad at myself" she was angry with herself that she had made a mistake. She then continued saying "I am so mad at myself" for about 15 minutes. The part that hurt me so much was that you could really tell she meant it - she was really mad at herself. She also started saying "I hate myself" and "I am a bad girl." It broke my heart to hear these words come from my 5 year old. She said them like she really meant them and I ached for her. I kept holding her and telling her I loved her, that she was not a bad girl, and that it was just a mistake. It is still really bothering me this morning this whole conversation with Emily - does she really hate herself? does she really think she is a bad girl? These are such huge things for a 5 year old to believe about themself. As they have grown I have tried so hard to teach them the importance of loving who they are - perhaps I am not doing enough...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

2 Peas Thursday Blogger Challenge

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Today's challenge~
What is one thing you enjoy doing during the fall season?

The thing I love doing the absolute most in the fall is taking the girls to Saunders Farm pumpkin patch. We go every single year. We have not missed a single year since Amber (my oldest) was almost a year old. I love seeing the pictures I take every year and seeing the changes in the girls since the previous year's pictures. I love that it has become a tradition for our family. I love that it is something that the girls can count on - that they know that every October we go to Saunders Farm. I love that the girls are creating memories there. Fall is my absolute favorite season and going to the pumpkin patch each year with my girls is one of the things that makes it so special for me.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge

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Today's challenge is:
Are you the type of scrapper who likes to have a kit with everything included in it? Or a scrapper who likes to plan what goes on a layout together?

When I scrap I love mixing and matching my supplies. I tend to go by colors and what looks nice together, not necessarily what comes in a kit or package together. I love the look of mixing different supplies, different designers and different lines. Sometimes I will end up using stuff from the same kit, but it's because it feels good on the layout and it appeals to my eye, not because it comes together. I've heard so many times when scrapping there are no rules and that is definately good because I do not seem to follow any rules. It all goes by what I love and what makes me happy.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

2 Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge - 1st Day of School

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Today's blog challenge is:
How was your child/children's first day of school?

The girls were so very excited to start back to school this morning. Amber is excited to be going into grade 3 - she thinks it is a big grade and felt very grown up. She has a lot of her mommy in her though because she was also very anxious about going into grade 3. She kept asking if she would do good enough work in grade 3 because it is harder than grade 2. I told her she was a smart little girls and that I was so proud of her so hopefully her nerves die down as the day progresses. Emily woke up so excited. She kept saying "mom, I am so psyched" like a little grown up. It was adorable. She is so excited to be going into grade 1 because she will be going to school everyday now, which she thinks means she is grown up. Both of them were absolutely adorable. I love watching their excitement this morning and I can't wait to pick them up from the bus to see how their day's went.

2 Peas Sunday Blogger Challenge - Family History

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Today's Challenge~
Do you ever sit back and wonder what history from your family is not passed on? If you are what are you trying to change to make sure that doesn't happen with your family?
I think as a mom, I am trying to teach my kids the importance of family traditions. I am trying to create traditions with my girls that they can pass on to their kids and their families. Things like going to the same pumpkin patch each year, always going to the nutcracker ballet and disney on ice. I am trying to teach them that it is important that we as a family have things to look forwards to always doing together. I am trying to teach them the importance that traditions have in a family's life.I am trying to teach them to have fun and to have things to look forwards to. As they grow I hope they appreciate the things I am trying to teach them, and I hope that a lot of what I do teach is passed on to future generations.

Beautiful Sunday - 09/02/07

Saturday, September 01, 2007

2 Newest Digi Layouts

2 Peas Saturday Blogger Challenge - Long Weekend Plans

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Today's challenge is~
With it being a long weekend. Do you have any big plans?

I don't really have any fun and amazing plans set up for this long weekend. I get my kids back a day early (today) which is amazing!! Today I plan on cleaning some of the house before picking up my girls, then we are going to have a BBQ at my parents cottage. Tomorrow and Monday will involve lots of little preparation things for back to school - going through the girls clothes and getting rid of what they don't want and what doesn't fit, going school lunch grocery shopping, putting the girls to bed at their school bed time. Just lots of prep stuff. I do know I will enjoy every second I have with them. This will be the first year my youngest Emily will be in school everyday - I think it will be difficult getting used to. I plan on playing with the kids and hugging and kissing them lots. Just enjoying family time together.

Best Friends

Best Friends
Originally uploaded by dynamo_momof2
One of my favorite things is watching the love that my girls have for each other grow more and more as they grow up together. They are best friends and you can tell in everything they do.
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