This photo was taken the day that I thought Audrey was sleeping. However, when I went to her room she had turned on her light and was lying on her carpet, with her feet up, in her cousin's cheerleading outfit, paging through the Green Party 2010 Calendar. This is Audrey in a nutshell.
Yesterday we had a huge battle over tidying up toys. I am trying to pick my battles these days, really I am, but this one was on principle. She literally refused to pick up one toy. I walked her over and asked her to pick something up and put it in the bin. No. Won't do it.
"I'm tired," she said.
"Then have a nap," I said.
Round and round we went for 20 minutes. Toys were taken away and put on top of the fridge as punishment. I tried cajoling, I tried ordering, I tried everything. Lunch was made and put on the counter.
"I want to eat lunch."
"When you have tidied up, your lunch is waiting for you."
"Then have a nap."
"No! I'm too tired to tidy up, but I'm NOT too tired to eat lunch!"
Tantrum, scream, cry, whine. Finally, I got her to pick up THREE things from the floor and put them in the bin. That was enough. I sat her on the counter, wiped her tears, and handed her the sandwich.
"I love you, Mama."
"I love you, Audrey. Was is hard picking up three toys?"
"How did feel having a big tantrum and crying?"
"What will you do tomorrow when I ask you to tidy up?"
"I'll do it."
"Mama, it's fun sitting on the counter." Giggle.
Yup. Three. In a nutshell.
Well, I'm a little late with this post-- but I figure I should put it up before the New Year!
Christmas morning was so much fun-- the kids were thrilled:
In the afternoon we headed for my sister's place to hang with the family. It was a noisy, crazy, fun time!
All the cousins together:
Some assembly required:
My sisters and I --- yeah, we look alike.
Lily got a new dress to wear for Christmas. It was my Christmas gift to myself, since she certainly could have worn something else. It was so cute-- and velvet! Besides, it's the last year I'll be able to buy baby dresses.
This morning I resolved to go to the grocery store bright and early-- until I found out it opened at 7am. Let’s not be crazy, I thought. With four shows in the last 48 hours, I needed a bit of a sleep in. Still, I was up at 8:30, dressed, and ready to go after a bit of coffee. I had told Quillan that I would take one of the girls with me-- I figured that was reasonable. However, when Audrey and I went downstairs to go, I could hear Lily crying hysterically and shaking the baby gate. I just couldn’t do it. So, I went up and got her, put her in her one piece snow suit (pj’s and all), and put them in the car. Audrey wore a red and white holiday outfit, complete with Santa hat.
Although the grocery store was crazy busy, the girls were happy riding side by side in the cart. I picked up a box of graham crackers and opened them immediately-- may as well use all the tools at hand, right? Audrey would remind me of things we needed, and all and all it was a fairly painless trip-- considering it was a grocery store on Christmas eve with two kids in tow. I picked up two giant door hangers with big bells attached, which the kids just love. I hope we haul them out each year.
I had one show this afternoon, after which I drove to Zellers to pick up some last minute gift cards, and to get gas so I didn’t run out on the way to Newmarket tomorrow.
When I got home the girls were excited for dinner. (We were supposed to go to church, until I discovered the service was at 4:30, way too early for me to get there on time. Quillan danced a little jig, and called it a Christmas miracle.) We went down to "The Goof" for Chinese food, a Christmas Eve tradition-- especially when Mommy has a matinee:
(Doesn't my hubby look cute in this picture?)
After dinner we came back for baths and Christmas stories. At 7:30, we put out milk and cookies for Santa, and a beer for Rudolph. Then they were more than ready for bed. Audrey wanted to know if Mommy and Daddy would be asleep, too, when Santa came. I assured her we would.
Everything is under the tree, and I, for one, am ready for a long winter’s nap.
Two of my friends recently had babies, and as a gift I made these 6X6 albums using Collage Press papers:
The idea is for non-scrapbookers to create an album of baby's first year by adding just one photo per month, and writing down one memory, or perhaps a list of baby stats.
Here is one for Amory, using Collage Press "Knave of Hearts":
I used Jenni Bowlin Calendar cards for the months:
Inside, the journaling spots by Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals are on one side, and a blank page on the other allows for a 4X6 photo turned either way. (I intend for Heather to cover up part of the calendars with her photos.)
The back cover has some Creative Imaginations word strips, as well as a blank label for Heather to write in Amory's birthdate. This way, the mother's own handwriting is incorporated into the cover:
For Ginger's album, I used Collage Press "Sweet Shoppe":
Again, there is a space for Nimali to write in Ginger's birthdate. I kept this album more simple and graphic, again using the Creative Imaginations journaling strips for embellishment. I also recoloured the jouraling spots in green, which I think is softer:
I think I'll start offering this as a workshop because they are so easy, and can be completed in a night. They are a perfect gift for a new mom, or to make for yourself.
Off to work for a double show day. Bye!
Okay, I've been promising this for a while-- and here it is! It's still not 100% finished-- I have the back cover and three inside pages still to do-- but I wanted to put this up before Christmas. I will likely add a little more journaling to the early pages, taken from last year's blog posts. The book is 8X8, and I use a lot of Ali's December Daily templates from Designer Digitals:
So, there it is! Better late than never. :)
Tomorrow I will share two "Baby's first year" gift albums that I made for two of my friends with new babies. They are so cute and simple, I think I'm going to start teaching a workshop at my LSS with them. A baby book in a night would be a great class.
Me: Audrey, what would you like for Christmas? (Trying for some last minute hints.)
Audrey: Ummm... a baby bath... a Despereaux sticker book...
Me: Anything else?
Audrey: MMM... I don't know... but Mummy, if I don't get what I want, it's OKAY, I'm FINE with it! (Emphatic hand gestures.)
Me: Oh, that's very good, Audrey. Very sensible.
The winter issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today debuted last week. You can pick it up at participating scrapbook stores (if they have any left!), or download the entire issue for FREE here. I had such a blast working with Basic Grey, Imaginisce, Bazzill, My Mind’s Eye, and others on this issue. I also had the fun challenge of using holiday paper on non-holiday layouts. To be honest, these lines were all so versatile, it wasn’t that much of a challenge at all. Here are my projects:
I love photo grids-- I use them all the time. In fact, sometimes I have to fight not to use them. I love printing out a bunch of photos that are similar, but show different facets of the girls’ personalities. Audrey was hamming it up pretty good during this impromptu photo session, and I loved each and every photo. The journaling is from a blog post from last year.The Bo Bunny acrylic letters kept the title subtle-- I edged them with white paint so that you could see them just a little better.
For Someone Who is Tweet
Okay, confession: this is my first tag, ever. It’s jumbo sized, and I look forward to putting it on a gift for someone very special at Christmas. Call me crazy, but I think it could become a tree ornament for next year.
As the mother of two girls, I spend a lot of time sorting out their little wardrobe. I am forever sorting clothes, moving the out of season/too small stuff downstairs, bringing up Audrey’s old clothes for Lily, and bringing out Rebecca’s old clothes out for Audrey. (Becca is Audrey’s big cousin.) I love the stacks of cords and jeans, bundles of fleece pyjamas, and rows of little shoes in the entrance way. Little clothes are one of my favourite things. For this layout I used Picasa to crop the photos roughly into squares, and add titles right on the photo before printing. Then I just punched them out and plopped them on the layout.
I hope you’ll enjoy this issue of the magazine-- we just love putting it together for you all!
On my way to an audition-- that's the life of an actor. No matter how great the gig is, it ends, and you have to pound the pavement for more work. Of course, it's a lot more complicated now with two kids, but still. I have a wonderful, supportive husband who gives me the time to get ready and prepare for this kind of thing. Wish me...broken legs!