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We're Building a Home!

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Hmmm. I guess I'm not the best at this bloggin' thing, am I? So much is going on in my life right now it's hard to stay on top of it all. Last month, we made an offer on a great building lot and life's been a whirlwind ever since. Between trying to finalize house plans, meeting with builders, worrying about every last detail, and trying to get our own house ready for sale, life's been even more busy than usual. Luckily, we finished 90% of our Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, so we don't have holiday pressures, too.

On Tuesday, we got our two 40-year-old bathrooms ripped out, and we hope to get those finished before Christmas. Luckily, unlike the last 10 million projects on our house, we are hiring someone ELSE to do most of the work this time. Also lucky is that our home has a seldom-used third bathroom in the basement that is getting a lot of use for the next few weeks. =)

On Friday we got preliminary plans from our architect, and I am SO thrille…
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It's here -- P4D is doing an enormous MEGA KIT to benefit Breast Cancer Research! Above is a preview of my portion of the kit. The colors in this kit are beautiful, and you won't want to miss it. This enormous kit is available only until November 15th, so hurry. More information can be found here: http://www.promos4digiscrappers.com/projects.php

Free To Be . . .

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I just had to show off this cute layout of my twins! I had so much fun blending these photos and doing photo effects on them -- it really shows their personalities. Allison is everywhere at once and Sarah is content to sit & think.

In other news, Lillian was the spotlight student for her class a few weeks ago, and played her violin for the class on her assigned day. She had a great time introducing her whole family, especially the twins. Sometimes we meet her outside her classroom after school, and she's always thrilled -- "My twinnies!" she'll say and then hand them off to her friends to hold. Allison & Sarah still don't like strangers so while they grin and get excited to see Lillian, they aren't too happy about her friends.

New Designs

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Wow it's been a long time since I've posted. Life's been busy. I start the day with a million things on my to-do list and I end it with a lot of those still on the list!
I haven't been doing as much designing, but I did finish up 3 kits in the past month, all really fun ones. I love working with such a variety of color palettes. The kits above are:1. Star Toys (not currently available). I had so much fun making the space backgrounds and adding a few colors as accents. This one is in honor of my sons 2. Frontier Days. I made this kit to go with my family's pioneer day photos, and I think it's one of my favorite ones so far. Each paper is distressed and textured, and the sunflowers add such a fun touch to this western-themed kit. I've been so impressed with the layouts I've seen using it.



3. Berry Smoothie (not currently available)

Out of the Mouth . . .

Joey is so funny and thoughtful. He has decided that when he is big, he is going to buy me all sorts of things. Like a new car. Today, he told me "Mommy, when I get big, I'm going to buy you a phone." Then later, he said he'd buy me lots of things, "like a whole chicken at Costco! And you can eat the whole thing yourself." He is a sweet boy.

Preschool

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Joey & Michael started preschool this week. I found a preschool my neighbor's daughter attends, so we carpool for it. I'm so excited to have the boys in the same class. I really debated putting Michael in at all -- he's just 3 1/2 -- but I decided it would be good for them to do this together and found a program that takes 3 & 4 year olds. They've had a blast with it this week -- Michael followed in Joey's shadow a bit, and he played the big brother role perfectly. They go for 2 hours 3 days a week. Yesterday, I went to pick them up and Michael came running over to me, "Mommy! Did you miss me?" Their other big excitement has been driving to preschool in my neighbor's jeep.

Today, they were supposed to bring something special to them for show and tell. Joey brought his lightsaber and his Jedi helmet. Michael brought his lightsaber, and his WOOBIES! I got a kick out of that. Evidently everyone took turns showing their things, and every…
One of the things I love about designing digital scrapbook kits is working with such great people. The designers at www.scrapoutsidethebox.com have put together 4 great Jiffy Scrap (Pre-made Pages) collections for a fabulous price -- just $8 each. These are huge collection, and 100% off all the proceeds go to the ALERT charity organization, to help with Hurricane Katrina. You can view the collections here: http://tinyurl.com/amy4l There are two 8.5 x 11 sizes and two 12 x 12 sizes. It was so neat to watch these collections get put together so quickly over the past few days. I love knowing such great people.

*** Just a note that these are outdated links. The Collection is no longer available ***

First Grade

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Lillian started first grade last week. Her teacher is brand-new, enthusiastic, and fun. The biggest excitement, as far as Lillian is concerned, is eating school lunch every day. We packed a lunch for her the first day because we hadn't seen a calendar of what they were serving, but somehow, she ended up eating school lunch anyway ("Mommy, the teacher says we can bring the money tomorrow!" she said). She comes home and tells me EVERYTHING she ate, from the roll to the peas to the chocolate milk. She loves having so many choices, and for a little girl who wouldn't eat ANYTHING a year ago, this is great.

Lillian's also cute because she loves to wear her little knit dresses to school. She wore a dress every day the first week, and nearly every day this week. I'm glad I've got such a lady.

10,000 Leagues

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Did you know how you can tell your husband loves you? It's not diamonds or chocolates -- it's 1's & 0's. I'm writing this on my "new" computer! My old one died an untimely death a few weeks ago. DH spent hours (& hours & hours) retrieving my data, troubleshooting, and making sure we got everything off my old machine. He stayed up way past his bedtime. But the ultimate sacrifice? He gave me his machine to use in place of mine. Which means I have a computer at home and he doesn't. Did I mention his is a better machine than mine? And that I'm really, really grateful? My old machine is still under warranty, so we sent it off to the shop to be fixed, and DH will use it when it gets back.



I finished a new kit a few weeks ago. It's named "10,000 Leagues Over the Sea," and was a kit requested by my friend Ilona. She's Dutch and works for a sailmaker and wanted a kit that would work for that. I had a lot of fun with this one an…
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See? This is what I'm talking about. :) These little gals get into EVERYTHING. Allison & Sarah followed their brothers out to the backyard yesterday afternoon. I followed a moment later and found Allison sitting in the garden, surrounded by tomatoes she'd picked herself and biting into a nice juicy one. They both love tomatoes; I just wish I could train them not to pick the green ones.

The picture below is the result of their foray into the pasta drawer.

Dynamic Duo

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Well, I think we've got the "Dynamic Duo" around here now. It's started already, I'm afraid. This morning I heard what I thought was Michael in the kitchen, getting into the cupboards. I called to him to get out, but he answered from upstairs. Uh oh. I went in to find the twins having a blast. They had opened up a few drawers and found the drawer where I keep the pasta and were surrounded by little bits of spaghetti and macaroni noodles. We cleaned it up together -- Allison even picked up little bits of pasta and handed it to me. Later on, I was with Sarah and some of the other kids when I hear little "pings" in the kitchen. Allison had gotten into our pantry and found a few new toys -- she decided to mix popcorn kernals and whole wheat flour (hey, at least she's healthy), then spilled some of both on the floor.

I don't think I've ever seen anything so sweet as these two babies. Sarah adores Allison, and Allison has been covering Sa…

A Couchful

The kids made me laugh today. We went wading in the river, and I brought the babes out with their bottles (called "boss" around here, courtesy of our last little kid who used one). They love playing on a large rock a little ways from shore. Today, after finishing their bottles, they got their thrills by dropping their bottles into the river and shrieking until Lillian or Joey chased after them and "saved" them. It was a hilarious game. Lillian would hand back the bottle to a baby, who would wait a few moments, then drop it back in again! Lillian & Joey even had a few squabbles over whose turn it was to save the bottles. They finally worked out a compromise -- Lillian would save the purple one, Joey the green one.

This morning, Lillian had an assessment at her school. She's entering first grade in a few weeks with a brand-new teacher (her first year!) and I really want to know where Lillian's at so I can help her be challenged and know where she&#…

Update

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This morning DH found the cat in Allison's crib -- evidently, she had hopped in there for attention, which Allison was giving to her in abundance! Allison & Sarah continue to pursue the kitty whenever they can. Sarah is much more gentle than Allison. But the thought occurred to me this morning -- does the kitty know the difference between the two? Do they smell different to her? Just curious.

Speaking of differences, Sarah now has her fifth tooth -- another tooth came in on top. But the interesting thing is that it is on the opposite side of Allison's fifth tooth. It will be interesting to see if there are more mirror-imaging traits that develop. Back when they were crawling, they each crawled with the opposite foot stuck straight out to the side.

Sarah is now walking all the time, and is almost as fast as Allison. They are starting to run in opposite directions and both refuse to sit still in the stroller when we're at the library, which makes for some interesting probl…

Pictures from the week

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Just some fun pictures from the week. We went to Lagoon on Friday with a bounce-back pass and had a ton of fun, especially getting really wet on the Rapids ride. Joey & Michael had a "sleep-over" in Lillian's room one night. DH told me I needed to go in and see what was going on. I did, and found all four of the younger kids surrounded by books. "Mommy, I gave some books to the babies!" Joey told me proudly. He certainly had.

I love coming home!

Yesterday, my husband & I spent a few hours out. When we came home, Allison came running to me with a delighted grin on her face and said her second word, "Ma - ma!" Boy, did that just melt my heart. But what happened next was even better. I heard an excited shriek in the kitchen and Sarah Jane comes around the corner and also says, "Ma, ma!" Does life get any better than that?

For the record, I should mention that the first word for both of them was "kitty." But it's nice to know I rank second. =)

Exercise

I've been meaning to check in with my recent workouts. Last week, Tuesday was spent pushing a stroller around the amusement park, so I think that counts. Then Friday night was a walk with the twins in the double stroller for 30 minutes, and Saturday night was a double stroller walk for 1 hour.

Yesterday I did 2 hours of yard work, including mowing the lawn.

New Layout

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Here's a cute layout of Sarah & Allison I finished tonight. They were so cute playing at the park. Lillian has decided she loves taking pictures, so she took the ones of me with the girls.

A Quilter's Dream and Update

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Well, here it is; my new quilting kit. It's so big I couldn't even fit everything in the preview. This one's in honor of my mother, the quilter. I had so much fun making the different backgrounds, and I think I'm in love with my Sunbonnnet Sues. It will be for sale as soon as 3S gets back up and running.

Life's been busy as usual. Our family room is torn apart right now while my husband works on installing a built-in desk he's making for us (It's going to be so cool).

Yesterday, I took the kids to a Pioneer Day celebration at a local park. They had a great time, and were especially good during a concert of Celtic music. Sarah & Allison toddled around and danced to the music; it was so neat to see their joy.

I love having twins! They keep my hopping and constantly delight me with their antics. This morning, Sarah & Allison were SO tired at Church. They refused to sleep or sit still, which meant they were a little crabby and we spent a lot of t…

Lagoon

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Yesterday, DH took the day off work and we all went to Lagoon, an amusement park north of Salt Lake. We had a fabulous time, and I was impressed with the children's behavior. Despite walking all over (we brought the double stroller instead of the triple) and being hot and tired, there were no complaints and no meltdowns. They had a great time going on all the little kids' rides and some big rides too. Lillian had one sad experience on a Mousetrap ride, when her sunglasses flew off as the roller coaster turned a corner. I took the three big kids on the Rattlesnake Rapids ride, and I was surprised that even Lillian was brave enough to go on it. Michael cried about how scared he was right up until the moment the ride left the platform, then he had a great time. Joey got the most wet and was thrilled by it, and I was a close second.

We also spent a few hours in Lagoon-a-Beach, much to Sarah & Allison's delight. They had one pool where the water was up to the babes' wais…

Pictures from the week

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Each week I send a few pictures to my parents and my in-laws. Since I've figured out how to post some here, I think I'll choose two or three each week to share.

I simply love this photo of my daughters. Lillian is such a nurturing little soul, and Sarah & Allison adore her. I love living close to the river; it is so peaceful and beautiful.

Moments of Joy

Transitions. I went for another walk with the twins in the stroller this evening. They are transitioning from two naps to one, which means I never know what to predict with their sleeping, and these nightly walks are becoming quite regular. If they take one nap, they go to sleep around 7 p.m., their normal bedtime. If they take two, they go to "play" at 7 p.m., their normal bedtime. They giggle and jump around and play with the blankets and each other, until giggles turn to demands that mommy get them up. I usually give in and take them for a walk.

I was thinking tonight as I walked about the tiny moments that bring me joy. It's amazing how much the little things really matter, and small moments touch eternity. My exuberance over Sarah's learning to walk, or Lillian searching the park for a feather for her brother, for instance. Today, I had many such moments.

I love to pat and rub my children's hair as a show of affection. I often rub the babies' hea…
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Hurray! I think I've figured this out, though I did have to do it the "long way." Above is first my new Allison's Joy collection, featuring the Princess Sarah Kit, the Cream & Sugar Kit, and the A Charming Girl kit, plus 7 Easy Pages or Scraplets, all exclusive to ThreeScrapateers. Each kit is also sold separately.

Next is my new kit "A Taste of Summer." I'm so excited to work with the fun colors there.

Update

Busy Saturday, as usual. DH was up at 4 a.m. putting some finish on some desks he's making for our family room, then he went to the gym for his morning run. He and his friend stopped by Walmart and picked up Harry Potter afterwards, so we're fighting over turns to read it. I walked into the bedroom this afternoon to find him reading towards the end of the book! He was skipping ahead to see what would happen! Scandolous, I know. Luckily, he's good enough not to tell me what's happening.

We got a ton of work done this morning. I mowed the lawn (my exercise for the day, and one of my favorite jobs), and DH put the finish on all the desk's cabinets, plus we vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen, folded all the laundry, and cleaned up everywhere.

Last night we had a great time with some friends who came over to beat the heat at their swamp-cooler cooled apartment. We had dinner, then our husbands took the older kids to the local pool, only to find out it closed early on F…

Update

I've been busy as usual! On Monday night, my exercise was a 45 minute walk with the babies in the double stroller.

Tuesday afternoon, a new friend brought her kids over for an afternoon of swimming in our wading pool and the river. She just moved into our neighborhood and her 3 kids are very close in age to my younger 4. It was fun to talk with her, and we found we had much in common, including not allowing our little girls to play with Barbies. =)

Wednesday was library day as usual.

Yesterday, we went swimming in the backyard again. I brought the babies down to the river, too, though they mostly just clung to me rather than wading.

I finished up my "A Taste of Summer" kit last night and uploaded it to 3S, so it should be up in a few days. I decided not to include it in my Collection of Feminine kits, because it didn't really fit the theme with the other kits. And I decided to do a collection of just 3 kits, along with some pre-made pages. I'm almost ready to go w…

Family Home Evening

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Busy day today. I took the children to the park and worked with Lillian on learning to ride without training wheels on her bike. She and Joey rode their bikes over while Michael stood up between the seats in the double stroller; our new arrangement when he wants to ride and I don't get out the triple. It was a little frustrating teaching Lillian. She spent the entire time worrying more about if I would let go than she did about balancing. I promised her I wouldn't let go, that I would either hold her or the bike the whole time, and that's what I did. Towards the end, I was mostly holding on her back while she rode, and she was getting better, but I think it will take a little longer before she's got it.

Tonight was our family home evening. After Michael led us in a song he made up called "I like cheese things," and Joey led us in "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam," DH gave a great lesson about nutrition, and it was a great success. He brought ou…

Update

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I'm planning on keeping track of my exercise on this blog, so here goes -- last night was a 30 minute walk with the babies in the stroller, and tonight I walked for 45 minutes.

Saturdays at our house are always family work day for several hours in the morning. DH got several hours of work done in his shop, with first Joey and then Michael helping. Michael hasn't helped much out there, but Joey's been out there since he was 18 months. Michael came in beaming and told me several times how he "helped Daddy." We also got all the windows washed, the laundry folded and put away, and the cleaning and vacumming done. It's amazing how refreshing it is to have clean windows.

This afternoon, we got Sarah & Allison's one year pictures taken at JC Penney. True to form, they were not interested in smiling for a strange woman with a camera. Allison wailed a lot, and Sarah followed her lead. Despite all that, we ended up with some decent pictures. I had to hol…