I was up late last night - trying to put the final spin on some wedding photos before another busy weekend. The thing with proofing photos is that it takes time. I also prefer that time to be in the evening when my light is consistent - ie: no indoor lights or outdoor light. So after 9pm. I also tend to nod off at the computer at that time of night - it happens more often then I'd like to admit. This over 40 stuff isn't for wimps.
So last night I drank a pot of strong coffee at about 7:30 and put in five straight hours of photo monkeying proofing. I could have gone all night - but Mark woke up at about 2:30 and the rocking did me in. (It usually does) And when he woke up for the day at 5 I wished I had gone to bed a wee bit earlier.
I think I'll adopt my Wendy's trala-la way of getting through life.
ah - that works marvelously.
Here are a few random sneaks - photos that I had fun with at two in the morning.
The grooms brother - my husband's first cousin once removed who is dating my sister-in-laws niece. Did you follow that? ;) I think Karissa has been waiting for this one.
Something about this one I really like. Sometimes it's the lighting, sometimes it's the expression - here I think it's both.
And this one - has sort of a fifties era feel to it for some reason. I think because I have a few of my dad like this.
Okay - back to it. It's looking like a good day to finally catch up on laundry, I've got company coming over sometime today, a drive across town planned for this afternoon and helping the in-laws pack up some things this evening. It's a good thing I'm so busy or else I'd get bored.
I'm determined to stay on schedule with this Quilt Along. Today I took a few moments and cut the pieces as per the instructions. Several of you asked after the last post what pattern I'm making.
I don't know.
I just do what Dana tells me. :) It's all fun.
Now to put it aside again until next weeks instructions. It's not like I don't have anything else to do, right?
I finished my overdue layout - so I'm all caught up on that score. I took Allan to the doctor - just a bad sinus infection, picking up a Z pack in an hour I took the clean load out of the dryer - and now it's plunked on the counter We're currently hustling to get out the door to summerfest and eating leftovers for dinner Tonight I'm going to do my best to wrap up some photos Pa is beckoned to his folks on the Wendy run - he has to take apart something to be packed
My computer has been giving me a lot of 'Not Responding' messages this morning. I'm thinking I might like to try that. It would have been handy five minutes ago when Mark (2) came downstairs with his hand held out and said (he's really learning to talk a lot now) "hand. poopy" Not Responding.
Or when the folks announced that they'll be moving on Saturday. Not Responding.
How about when my oldest said, mom - I think we better go ahead an make that doctor appointment. Not Responding.
It's got a nice ring to it, don't you think? *big sigh*
The photo above is from this past Sunday when we walked to the lake. Wendy roller bladed there on the condition that she toss a pair of shoes into the stroller. I did! she said. I should have known. Not Responding. Girl loves her cowgirl boots. With shorts.
This week, I'm feeling like Brian there. I'm clinging to my tire. What.a.week.
I've been buzzing about frantically trying to keep up with everything and knock things off my ever growing to do list at the same time. There are not enough hours in the day. Period. I've been pulling clean underwear out of the dryer for almost six days now, just to give you an idea.
Yesterday I got some work done, kept up on a few things, got all my coupons cut while visiting my brother, finished one out of two overdue layouts, did my exercises, made a mish mash but yummy dinner, and then went to help my mother-in-law pack a few boxes.
I really don't want to think about them moving. I really don't. I tried keeping busy enough even when I got back home after ten so that I wouldn't think about it - but then Markie woke up at midnight and wanted to be rocked back to sleep. As I rocked - I cried. And I cried. And I sobbed. And I really don't want to think about it. Not Responding. See how handy that would be. I can't let go of my emotions when helping to pack or we'd both be a blubbering pair - so when we pack, we're extra silly. Boy, were we silly. *big sigh*
This evening will be another busy. I have to get the non-stop coughing Allan to the doctor, Wendy has soccer and summerfest - we're planning to choose summer fest, then she'll spend one last night (Not Responding) at grandma's.
Tomorrow will be more of this and that - and a drive to Southfield - and helping with more packing.
Saturday we'll load the moving truck, and I'm assisting in a wedding shoot.
Sunday we have our annual Sunday school picnic and a graduation party
On Monday - I'll crash.
Right now tho - time to get a load of laundry humming, a lunch made, my exercises done and an overdue layout completed. Time to get busy with it.
ps. I'm still behind on emails, I didn't get caught up this last weekend like I had hoped.
pps. thank you for all the congratulations on my new job - I really am excited about it!
So I was thinking that there might be a few of you who might be wondering why I suddenly switched gears and cleaned my desk and organized my walls rather than taking everything down and condensing by way of moving to the laundry room like I had mentioned just weeks earlier. There was a reason for that.
You see, I'm working again. This time I'll be joining these girls and designing for Creative Memories. And I'm excited. I know more than a few of my readers are familiar with the Creative Memories name - I've been to a few of their parties myself and I swear by their custom cutting system - I recommend it to everyone trying to figure out the best circle cutter in a sea of many. Creative Memories makes good stuff.
What I'll be doing for them is not home parties but is strictly designing layouts and cards with their products. It's an opportunity that happened my way and I couldn't say no to - it fits my time (heh), my interests and like I told Adrienne when she told me the job was mine if I wanted it - I want it. I live in Michigan - and you won't catch this Michigander turning down work in these times. Besides - my friend Steph has worked for them for awhile now and talks consistently about what a great company they are to design for and how much she loves them - so I know that I'm in for a good time. I trust that Steph, even if she does try pushing digital scrapping on me.
I quietly posted this picture as my blog avatar this morning and was secretly wondering how long it would be until someone asked about it. A couple hours - not bad. My friend Lej (she'll always be lej to me) is very observant. It's from the Flights of Fancy line by Paula Prass for Michael Miller (did you follow all that?)
I'm a gonna make a quilt. In six weeks. I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna! ! Well - five now, we're on week 2. I'm playing along with Dana over at Old Red Barn Co. She's walking us through the quilt week by week - and, well - I'm so excited! These colors just happen to be what we chose for the boys room - so it might end up in there - but it might happen that it ends up on the couch instead. We'll see.
Oh - and - a bit of motivation - Dana's giving away a Janome 6600p at the end of the six weeks - and more entries are in the pot if the finished quilt gets posted on flickr - and even more entries go in the pot if the above fabric line is used (there are other color choices too). I work well with a bit of motivation. :)
I'll share my progress as I go.
Now if you'll excuse me - my youngest just ran streaking into the backyard........ boy needs to be swaddled in a quilt!
eta: to those who have asked about what pattern I'm making - I just do what Dana tells me. :) She's walking us thru step by step. This week we are cutting all our fabric to size.
We've had a lovely weekend. We didn't get a lot of chores done, but we puttered about - mixing fun with work and just enjoyed some down time - together. As it feels like lately we've all been headed in separate directions, it was nice to just connect again before the summer busy begins.
This afternoon we connected at the nature center. We called up grandma, told her to put down the boxes (they are moving next weekend) and come and join us for a few hours. And she did.
Grandpa already left for Minnesota yesterday to get some things done and close on their new digs - so he wasn't around to join us. I had originally planned to just send everyone else to the park and stay home and catch up on some overdues, but at the last second I hopped in with the rest of them. And altho I'm even further behind now for it, I'm glad I went. It was a beautiful afternoon and it was probably the last chance I'll get to really spend with my mother in law before she moves. I'll try to get over there to help pack this week - but that will have to be juggled between the end of the school year shenanigans, soccer, and that sort of thing. Today was just about relaxing and enjoying.
We saw lots of blooms
a few cocoons (eww)
a woodpeckered tree (and he/she was on the inside - pecking as we passed)
some fascinating growths on leaves (what IS that??)
a tepee in a clearing
an old sign eaten by a tree
and a washed out bridge. This was a surprise - I always love this bridge and it was my goal today to get to it only to find that it was pretty much underwater. In all the times we've gone here, I've never seen the water that high.
The moisture also meant for lots and lots of mosquitos - more than we've ever dealt with back there
Brian, who tends to swell up in a way that my other kids never did, had to borrow grandma's sweatshirt to fend them off - he had some big swollen bites by the time our hike was over.
I've never seen water under the zip line like that either.
All in all, a perfect day for a walk thru the woods - altho the bugs could have been fewer and we'd have been pleased.
Home again - and an enzyme for Mark, we got pizza for dinner. After dinner - my mother in law and I headed out to Office Max. Locals - our Office Max is closing the mid/end of June and everything is 1/2 off. I got ink for my printer, photo paper, CD's, Christmas gifts, an external hard drive and more. I'm officially broke - but that's okay.
Home again, grandma took Wendy for the night and will deliver her straight to school tomorrow.
It's been another full day. Church, friends, free food......
After church this morning, Wendy and I walked to Wendy's for lunch. Wendy figures she should be eligible for free food all the time at Wendy's simply because she shares the name. I don't think they agree with her, however, she did score free food today using her reward from reading month. I went along simply because it's too far to walk alone and the coupon insisted I must be present. I had the baked potato. I *heart* baked potatoes.
Home again - we went for a walk to the local lake/park. There we saw the newlyweds, their nephew Charlie, Charlie's mom and dad, Charlie's mom's sister and cousin - and, well, you get the picture. We enjoy living in an area where we often bump into familiar faces - it makes life more fun. We visited for a bit and headed back home.
But first I grabbed one more photo. It's a sickness.
Home again - I fell asleep on the couch with Mark then we woke up then Pa and I went to Applebee's for dinner - using our gift certificate that we received at Easter another walk around the block a bit of wind down and the clock is telling me that we're nearing the end of yet another day. Time does fly.
There's no Sunday school before church this morning, so I keep looking at the clock - feeling like, surely, we must be running late. It's funny how much difference that extra hour and fifteen minutes makes at this time of the day.
We're leaving Allan home this morning. We've been debating for the last day whether to tough him out until Tuesday or bring him up to urgent care. He's been yo-yo'ing on us all week with headaches and fever, little bit of a sore throat but not awful, and now it's hurting his chest. I'm not hearing any rattles but wonder about bronchitis. He's not feeling exhausted - in fact, that's him the front of yesterday's canoe trip, and he went biking after that.
So I think we'll wait until Tuesday and go to our regular doctor.
I hate guessing games.
Also yesterday - gave both the little boys haircuts, cleaned up the flower beds, took a long walk to the lake - we weren't sure, nor was Brian, that he was brave enough to do the canoe thing this year so we needed another form of escape for him that didn't entail putting the canoe back on top of the jeep to bring him home. I love having the lake within walking distance of home - and he was brave this year - stayed out there for a long time. Puttered about.
Today will be a lazier form of puttering, finishing up some wedding photos, kicking back and relaxing, scrapping, working on that to-do list for tomorrow. ;)
I was busy last night. And early this morning. While I had known for a few days that I wanted to put this album together (for a baby shower. this morning) I didn't actually begin it until after the kids went to bed last night
Because I roll like that.
But - in doing that - I can tell you that the entire album took me exactly six hours to put together, from selecting the papers to gift wrapping. Even tho I did forget to put in the extra papers into the last sleeve like the card indicated. heh.
Instead of sharing the full album here - I'm going to go ahead and link directly to where I posted it at Scrapsupply simply because Scrapsupply has this handy dandy feature in the gallery that allows the pages to be displayed directly across from each other just like they are presented in the book. If you scrolll all the way down, you'll see a bit more of a description and a supply list.