Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Grubbies 4 is out!




It's finally finished! Grubbies 3 & 4 is here! It was such a fun set to make and I can't wait to play with it! You can find this great collection at Scrapbook-Elements.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What a great day!






Joey & Lillian started school today -- Joey for the first time (a.m. kindergarten) and Lillian at a new school (we're going to a charter school this year). It was a great day for both of them. DH & I both enclosed a note in Lillian's lunch this morning, and when I picked her up, she had them clutched in her hands with a smile on her face. I asked her about her day and she said, "It was great! Just like you said in your note, I already made lots of friends." She ran through them all and told me she now had FIVE friends! It was neat to see her so excited about stuff. She told me they had some math testing and that some of the math was pretty hard and some of it was "really hard. I've had my mind on so much swimming and things this summer it took me more thinking to know how to do the math."

Picking Joey up from kindergarten earlier in the day also went well. He was lined up with his class, and Sarah ran right over and gave him the biggest hug. It was sweet to see how excited he was to see her -- he really loves his family. Yesterday he told me he really wanted to stay home with me, but I'm glad he likes school. I had him dictate this story to me, which he will illustrate tomorrow:


My First Day of School

By Joseph A.
Bartholomew
August 22, 2006

Today was my first day of school. I went to school. Daddy drove me there with his car.

I like school because it’s fun. We went to the gym when I just barely got there. We waited in a boring line for the teacher to come and get us.

We went to our classroom. We went to the drinking fountain and got a drink and we went to recess at 10:00. We played around a lot and ran around. I played with some nice boys and girls.


My teacher read us some stories. They let us draw pictures. I drew a picture of me in a circle and a square.



At the end of the day, we lined up at the door and I saw the Babes. They smiled at me and ran over and gave me hugs. I’m glad I can go to school, but I missed my
family.

What made the day even better was that I got to go to Education Week at BYU (http://ce.byu.edu/ed/edweek/). I didn't think there was any way I'd get to go, what with everything going on in our lives right now, but I did see that there was an evening only option, and DH graciously agreed to arrange his schedule this week so I could go! I had a really uplifting night. I started off with a class called "A Mom for All Seasons" -- it was a really good reminders about setting priorities and not running faster than you have strength through the seasons of mothering. It was fun to think about some of the stages I'll face in the future -- teenagers, empty nest, grandparenting, etc. I also enjoyed a humorous class about marriage, then another one about mothering (notice a theme? I promise they have tons of other classes too, but I need all the ideas & inspiration I can get in these areas.) My last class was about home organization and I got some good ideas for organizing my home better. The teacher, Marie Ricks, pointed out that the creating order is a circle -- you go from order at the top to disorder at the bottom. The bigger the circle, the more the disorder. Basically, the idea was to make your work go in smaller circles (i.e. do the job right away instead of waiting until it piles up) so that it doesn't get out of hand. She also suggested getting rid of 50% of your stuff because 80% off housework is picking up.

While at Education week, I ran into a friend from my freshman year of college -- so neat to connect after all that time. And it's so nice to talk to adults. While I was waiting for a neighbor so I could give her a ride home, I talked to several women. One gal gave me an unusual compliment. When I told her the number (5 3/4) and ages of my kids (7,5,4,2 & 2), she said, "Oh wow, I'm so jealous!" She had two and wished she could have had more. Usually, I get the opposite reaction to my family situation.

Speaking of family situations, little Eliza is kicking up a storm, and I am SO excited for her to be born. It's going to be chaotic, because we'll likely move into our new house only a few weeks before she's born (I'm due around Halloween), but what better way to celebrate our new house than to bring home a new little life into it?

Friday, August 18, 2006

So proud . . .



I took the older three kids to our local pool this afternoon for a bit of swimming. They have two waterslides there, but you have to be 48" tall to ride them alone or pass a swim test. Michael (4) has no interest in going, so the last few times we've been there, I've had to take turns with Lillian (7) & Joey (5) going down with me. Today, I realized that Lillian is tall enough to ride alone, so I was able to leave Michael once and take Joey while Lillian went alone for the very first time! She was a bit nervous, but had a blast and then went a few times alone after that.

A while later, I decided to ask what it would take to pass the swim test. I was told the child had to swim all the way across the pool without stopping. I've never seen Joey do that, but I tried a few times having him swim to me halfway, then swim the other half of the pool too. We decided to give it a try. I found the lifeguard and Joey jumped in and swam with all his might. He got halfway across when he started to struggle a bit, but he pushed on and made it the whole way. When he got his wristband showing he'd passed, he was SO proud and excited. He and Lillian took off right away to go down the slides alone. I loved to see them walk off holding hands. When they returned, Joey had the biggest grin on his face. Of course, they had to go again, and again, and again.

By the time we left, Lillian had gone down the slide 11 times, and Joey went down twice with me, and 4 times alone. Lillian told me this was one of her best days ever, and Joey couldn't wait to tell his dad all about it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Just a fly-by post about things going on


I've been invited to sell my designs at Plain Digital Wrapper. I hope to get some products up there later today, so keep an eye out. =)

TWO offers already

We just listed our house with an agent last Thursday and yesterday we had TWO offers to choose from. Hurray. Hopefully, we'll have a deal wrapped up by the end of today, and this time we hope the people don't flake out at the end.

Poison Ivy -- Grrr.

My arms are covered in rashes, particularly where I got scratched last week by blackberry bushes. At first I thought I was just ultra-sensitive to the blackberry scratches, but when the rashes grew, I figured it must be something else. Sure enough, an internet search confirmed that my beautiful arms are suffering from Poison Ivy exposure. I think I must have gotten exposed when I was clearing some areas of our lot last week. I'm just glad none of the kids seem affected -- all they have are plain old scratches from picking blackberries.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Nature's Bounty



New kit finished! Nature's Bounty was inspired by my family's recent trip to Zion's National Park. It was sure fun to make! It is currently available as part of my Fall Collection at Scrapbook-Elements

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Here we go again!


We were supposed to close on our house this week, we even gave the buyer a week's extension, but it looks like the deal's off. I suppose the buyer could still come through, as he has until tomorrow, but it looks like we're going to be putting our house up for sale again.

So . . . anyone want a nice home in Utah County? Anyone?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Making Progress!

Last week, we got to watch the Bobcat push around loads of dirt and make our house look TONS better -- rather than just a floating foundation! They put the stair treads in on Friday, so it was nice to be able to walk right into the main floor and then down to the basement without using ladders or walking around to the back of the house. Our neighbors across the street commented on how much better the house looks with the dirt there (guess they were wondering if it would always be hideous!).

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