#ProjectLife Week 33 Fun, sun, school, beach

Long time since I’ve blogged. Been feeling a little behind with life and never catching up. Finally I just STOPPED!!!! I’ll just start here: simple, brief, EVERY DAY LIFE!!!

Started 1st grade !!
Casey and I together for 14 years.
Holly beach trip with family from Texas
Reading books
Eating, eating, eating….

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#ProjectLife Week 18 America has a tornado, Dear God, breaking my feelings, and not wanting to grow up.

The main reason I love doing this project it to capture the cute and sweet antidotes of my children. My favorite story from this week was Braxton hearing tornado warnings on the radio. He told me he needed to call his best friend to tell him that America has a tornado. So cute and so sweet.

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I have to say that I have been through one or two challenges in my life and this quote that I saw online spoke to me about being strong. Dear God….

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Braxton: I didn’t mean to break your feelings.

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My favorite photo of the week, so unusual to get both boys looking at the camera.

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My cape jasmine plant …. It survived ME. I do not exactly have a green thumb so after Manny’s funeral 3 years ago, I took home a plant that could be buried in the ground to increase it’s odds of survival. Every time I look at it I think about her and how she loved her plants and flowers. She enjoyed the beauty of life every day and I am thankful that she taught me to enjoy it too.

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But I don’t want to grow up…. Sweet little Braxton crying worried about who is going to take care of him when he grows up and I grow old. He really wasn’t excited when I told him that it would be his turn to take care of me! But of course I told him he could live with mommy FOREVER.

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Week 17 #ProjectLife

Week 17 more baseball, springtime fun and karate

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Earth Day at school. Braxton had fun petting all the animals.
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My favorite picture of the week. Jaxson having so much fun helping us wash the cars.
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Braxton showing me his karate moves.
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Week 16 #ProjectLife #zoo #baseball #yummyfood

Week 15

Zoo trip, visit with family, Baseball, Downtown Alive….fun filled week

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Braxton trying to be Superman

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#ProjectLife week 15 #baseball #friends #playgroundfun

Week 15…..opening weekend for baseball, playing on playground, fun quotes, mouse trap, busy week

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Braxton’s 1st handwritten note, phonetically correct , too cute. He was so worried that I would forget to bring his toys to karate.

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Let’s Rock This Baby Out…..

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Bottom right picture is Braxton’s self made mouse trap. He was going to sit there until mouse ran out to eat then capture it with the bucket. So incredibly sweet especially since he knows how much Mommy dislikes those furry little creatures.

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My girl Jill came to visit. She is always there with a smiling face and words of encouragement. We help support each other through daily life challenges.

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Have I said lately how much I love this project and capturing our memories!

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#ProjectLife Celebratory Blog Hop: 25% done

I started Project Life in 2012. I was so focused on trying to make it like other Project Lifers creative pages that I forgot what my purpose was: TO CAPTURE THE MOMENTS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.

When I was trying to decide whether or not to do Project Life in 2013, I needed to make a change to simplify this year. Here are my Five Survival Tips:

1. Organize supplies so they are easy to find. Project Life kits, tape, pens, embellishments such as date stamp, rub on letters, days of the week stickers, letter stickers, washi tape, etc.

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2. Identify tools that you can use to capture your week:
– iPhone camera, Digital camera, iPad
– Voice Notes on iPhone or iPad to capture stories
– Instagram to dress up photos
– notes on iPhone or iPad to capture things I want to say during the week
– location to store memorabilia throughout the week. Mine is on top of my Project Life basket.

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3. Know your Purpose! Project Life is whatever you want it to be: creative outlet, photography display, or story telling of your daily life. This year my purpose is to TELL the stories. I am not worried about keeping up with the latest creativity trends. I am using the supplies I have and focusing on capturing the story.

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4. Keep it Simple. Simplicity with this project has allowed me to keep up this year and enjoy the process more. One key way I have simplified the process over last year was to use the Design A and Design I protectors only. This enables me to quickly select the pictures and journaling cards needed for my page layouts.

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5. Plan for the week: try to develop some consistency with when you work on your album. If you develop some habits early on, it will help you update your album weekly. My process is to upload pictures on Sunday night to my favorite photo lab near work. Then depending on my schedule, I pickup either Monday or Tuesday. I add the photos to my album then work on my journaling cards. My goal each week is to to get layout completed by Wednesday night.

This is truly one of the most meaningful ways I have ever used to scrapbook our lives. I am enjoying the process, the moments, the ease of use, and the end result. By simplifying it, I am able to keep up each week while having two little boys at my feet.

Capture. Purpose. Simplify. Enjoy.

Please check out the next blog hop participant (blog hop goes live April 12 at 4am PST)
Emily http://mrscraftyadams.blogspot.com

Here are the rest of the participants in this Celebratory Blog Hop – enjoy!!!!

Margie. http://xnomads.typepad.com

Maya http://mayadahan.blogspot.com

Michelle http://www.table-for-five.com

Kristy http://kmstewart.blogspot.com

Michelle R http://MichelleRoger.wordpress.com

Emily http://mrscraftyadams.blogspot.com

Barbara www.maynardpl.blogspot.co.uk

Katina www.lovinglifeslittleblessings.com

Michelle B www.michellebostinelos.com/blog

Tina http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com

Nicole http://nicolemann.blogspot.ca

Marisol www.mariclaudibenitez.blogspot.com

Brooke www.graceandlight.typepad.com

Scruptious http://eversoscrumptiously.wordpress.com

Rechelle http://levanfamily365.blogspot.com

Kelli http://whimsickel.blogspot.com

Sonia http://www.craftshandson.blogspot.com

Shay http://sbookinshay29.blogspot.com

Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.wordpress.com

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#ProjectLife Week 14 Truck stuck, Friday playtime, Soccer, Boudin Festival Fun, and Saturday Blog Hop

Truck stuck, Friday playtime, Soccer, Boudin Festival Fun, and Saturday Blog Hop…. full week

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Festival fun with food, bands, rides, etc.

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My Truck Adventure…. life isn’t all about happy good moments… capture the challenging times too.

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My favorite photo of the week… my two precious boys

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More festival fun…. Carter and Braxton. Jaxson taking a nap with music blaring.  I love that he is a hard sleeper. Just wish he was a long sleeper as in through the night. Momma needs some rest.

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Favorite story of the week:  Every day we say our prayers after we drop off Jaxson at daycare.  Braxton wanted us to start saying them before we dropped him off.  First day we forgot so Braxton prayed to God : “God please send me a NOTE so we can remember to say prayers when Jaxson is in the car”.

These are the memories I love to capture.

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Coffee and Saturday Morning Blog Hop #satplbloghop

What a great way to start my Saturday…. Sitting on couch with kids enjoying a cup of coffee and getting to read all about the creativity surrounding @beckyhiggins Project Life. The highlight is my blog being one of the sites featured on Michelle Bostinelos Saturday Blog Hop.

http://michellebostinelos.com/blog/2013/04/4-6-13-saturday-project-life-blog-hop/

Great start to the weekend!

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#ProjectLife Week 13

Family, friends, food, God, and Easter…. just a few firsts.

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This is my favorite photo of the week.  Jaxson is having so much fun playing in the water on the first warm day.  I love capturing pure joy of the moment.

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I used Ali Edwards ‘Today’ card to tell the cute story about Braxton trying lettuce.

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Finally got to spend time with some friends. Here is an update on some of my resolutions. 

 

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RIGHT NOW is my favorite journaling piece of my pages….  I get to capture parts of our life that I don’t necessarily have pictures for.

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#ProjectLife Week 12

Soccer, Superheroes, Elmo, LSU Baseball, and more….

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My little superheroes….. they love dressing up in their costumes and pajamas.  I know one day they will no longer want to dress up so I am trying to capture every adorable moment.

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FINALLY I feel back on track.  Praying, sleep, making lists, and completing some tasks have gotten me over the hump.

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Braxton’s ADHD counselor has been working with him on following directions and one of the ideas that we use at home is a chore chart.  Braxton has been doing excellent with this visual tool.  He loves putting the stickers on the chart and feeling a sense of accomplishment for doing well.  After spring break, we will work on visual tools for school.

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At the beginning of the year, I wrote down some resolutions.  Seems like people lose sight of their resolutions quickly, so this year I am using my Project Life album to help me refocus on them throughout the year.  Some of the resolutions I am not doing well on such as Sit Ups – haven’t done it once ! Others such as praying more, playing with the boys more and using other tools for creativity in my album, I have been more successful at.

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Friday Fun Time – playing outside with the family. PawPaw helping Braxton be Superman.

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Here is my favorite part of this album : RIGHT NOW.  It helps me capture things that I might not necessarily have pictures of such as…… Braxton sending his best friend Carter a video to wish him luck on his 1st swim meet or Jaxson showing us his food in his mouth and laughing out loud because it is so funny to him.

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Products I used this week were Becky Higgins Project Life Cobalt Edition, Design A page protectors, EK Success stickers, Creative Imaginations Bubble Letters, Tracy reed Digital Bowl A Rama Kit  Arrow.

I love this project !

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