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Happy Birthday Marley!

Today my sweet baby girl turned 9 years old!  I can’t believe how fast she is growing up.  In honor of her silly self, this is – word for word – a voicemail that she left for me Sunday night when she was spending the night at my mom’s house.

Sunday night, February 20th at 8:20pm – from Marley to me:

(all in one breath) – “Hi Mommy I wanted to call you I’m about to watch Ghost Whisperer but you can even ask Mama because we went by a train and it had 106 cars in it right?”  (Mama in the background said, “Right!”) Marley continues, very excited now, “And that’s right because it’s TRUE!  106 FREAKIN’ CARS! (Calmer now…)”Call me back cuz I love you.  And I like pie.”

🙂

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I’m still here…

I have diligently stuck to my 365 Project for 2011.  I just haven’t been diligently posting to my blog.  But I hope to change that.  I’m reassessing my life, my focus, my drive, and my goals.  Part of that reassessment has led me to do a different kind of 365 – more of a “Day in the life…” kinda thing.  I’m not going for artsy or creative or anything like that.  I want to capture my life, and those involved in it, one day at a time. 

I was inspired by Becky Higgins a.k.a Scrapbook and Creative Guru.  Yea, I gave her that name just now.  🙂  Seriously, if you’ve never heard of her, you’re missing out.  She is an incredibly talented woman, and so organized!  I {heart} organization.  For real.  Which is why I {heart} everything about Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So, let me just say this:  I don’t scrapbook.  As I mentioned, I love to be organized.  And when I think about scrapbooking, it doesn’t scream “organization” to me.  It screams (at the top of it’s lungs) disorder and chaos and paper scraps and stickers and memorabilia everywhere….  I digress.  Anywho, Becky takes scrapbooking and makes it not only EASY but (could it be??) ORGANIZED!!!  For all the scrapbooking-wannabe’s out there (me! me!) Project Life is the way to go.  It’s already kinda put together (sorta) but you still get the freedom to make it your own.  And you document your life ONE. DAY. AT. A. TIME.  How COOL!!!  Becky made these cool 3-ring binders and insert pages that are made to just slide in a 4×6 picture, one per day, and little note cards that allow you to document each day.  You just have to decide how often to print and put it together – once a week or once a month, whatever works for you. 

The good (read: AWESOME) news is, Project Life ROCKS.  The not-so-good (read: REALLY TERRIBLE, but only temporarily terrible) news is, Project Life is sold out right now.  Boo.  But, have no fear.  She’s ordered more and they’re on their way to Amazon and then to my doorstep – and yours, too.  {You know you want one, right?}

So, I digress…again.  The whole point of telling you about Becky Higgins and her awesome creation was to say this:  I’ve decided to do a Photo of the Day to document my life as I live it.  I’m hoping to snag my very own Project Life book as soon as they become available again…  Or I might make my own.  Who knows?  It might get a little crazy!!

Also, I normally make a digital photo book of my absolute favorite photo site Shutterflyevery year.  {LOVE LOVE LOVE Shutterfly}  Anyway, I make a year book every year, filling it with all of my favorite photos from my family event’s.  I usually spend way too much time on the computer putting it together, it ends up being the maximum 100 pages in an 8×8 format….  Then it takes me several months to actually buy it because I don’t feel like spending almost $200 to have it printed.  But once I have it, it’s GORGEOUS.  I made my wedding albums on Shutterfly, and I’ve made 7 other photo books…so yea, I dig ’em.

But, after checking out Becky Higgin’s and her Project Life, I set out to do something different for 2010.  Since I didn’t do a Photo of the Day last year, and since her Project Life is currently sold out, I made my own!  I’ll share my how-to’s and photos soon.  But it’s been incredibly refreshing and I am SO excited with how it’s turning out.  And guess what?  It’s ORGANIZED!!  It’s not chaos or messy or anything like that.  It’s simply…beautiful.

So, thanks Becky Higgin’s for your inspiration and fresh ideas.  Ever since the dawn of digital, I’ve printed less and I really miss pictures.  I love just thumbing through pictures.  So I promised myself to print more, and edit less.  Just enjoy the moments, and capture them.


Awesome weekend….memories made

We had such a great weekend.  It was filled with good times, good friends, and lots of great memories.  🙂

Gotta start with a healthy breakfast!

Big Shanty Festival - Time for shaved ice!

Yummy Yummy!

A true tomboy - climbing in a dress 🙂

Dinner with friends - this is Mr. Isaac

Kicking back, having some dinner

Isaac wasn't too sure about that balloon

Marley and Isaac making friends 🙂