Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easters Gone By

Whenever a holiday rolls around I find myself having the desire to look back at photos from years past at this time. It ends up being a fun activity to see the differences in the kids, our surroundings, and a reminder that I really should take these holiday opportunities for more group photos. Turns out this will be the 5th Easter in a row we've spent in a different house. (well, one rental we were there for 2 Easters, but still.) Crazy right?

Here are some fun snapshots from over the years… 

2013.


2012.


2011.


2010.

love this one... typical group kid shot… boys w no shirts, eyes closed, some not so happy faces. the best.

One thing I really noticed when looking back is how many Easters we have spent surrounded by family. We've made so many fun memories together. In the year of the photo above we filled water balloons to ambush the kids. Afterwards we treated them to an ice cream bar that they had to enjoy with no hands.

We've attended egg hunts, filled up on brunch and mimosas all day long, planned games and activities for the kids. Even last year during our first Easter away from any family my Mom came out for a visit. So this is officially our first Easter alone as the 6 of us. In a big way I am dreading it. I miss family. I miss all of the cousins being together and getting messy with egg die and eating too much chocolate (although we will probably have the latter two handled). I miss cooking a lot of food and looking around a room filled with family.

That being said I'm glad to have had the time together that we did… and just because we won't be hunting together this year doesn't mean that we won't again in the future. Until then I'll look at these photos with fondness, and eat my own weight in deviled eggs and ham, because who else is going to eat all of these eggs?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Paci Problems

Hello, his name is Dezmond and he is a pacifier addict. Seriously. Dude sometimes has two in his mouth at once… he collects as many as possible to carry around with him… and HAS to have one to sleep. So I documented this before it's time to correct the situation (it's probably past time)...



Can I just say that while I do view this as a bit of a problem I'm not that worried about it. Nakiah was big on the pacifier too. I think around 18 months or so two I just started limiting use to sleep times and then took them all away one day completely. I would say, "uh oh, no more binky." It was no biggie for him, and I'm thinking it will be the same for Dez. (although, now that I think of it I don't remember Kiah being this attached. oh well.) At the end of the day it's easier to take a paci away then a thumb, (Evareuax. ugh.) right?



Friday, April 11, 2014

Holy Crate Paper, Batman

I have been diving head first into my Crate Paper stash lately, and am loving every second of it. In fact, I currently have no less than 3 layouts on my desk in progress with a mixture of Crate lines. Can't get enough! My recent favs are the Maggie Holmes Style Board and Boys Rule collections. 

Crate explosion….

Thursday, April 10, 2014

YES!

Many thanks to those of you that commented and read my last post. I feel the


I feel this way about creating...

and I feel the same way about blogging… I will do it for as long as I enjoy doing it, and I will blog more freely and with less constraints on myself from now on. Woot! (bring on the dance videos) It feels good to know that people actually do care and like my content. YAY!

..and to share something totally random that you might find silly or you might totally get ... I had a TOTAL fangirl freakout moment the other day… so much so that I took a screenshot to commemorate it. (and prove it really happened) One of my gallery layouts on Two Peas was pinned by Maggie Holmes!


I may or may not have squealed when I saw that! She is my scrappy HERO! Seriously, I want to be her when I grow up… ok. maybe not so creepy sounding… uh, I really, really admire her work and her style and her. So you can imagine my delight when I'm just scrolling around on my Pinterest feed and I'm like, "oh! thats the layout I just posted! OH HOLY FREAKING COW MAGGIE HOLMES PINNED IT!" haha. random. but that totally happened. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

if it smells like funk it must be me

I'm in a little bit of a blogging funk lately. Truth be told I get a little bummed about blogging from time to time… I don't have a lot of followers or commenters. I mean, I can even count the number of my own family members who read it regularly on one hand (maybe even three fingers).. so sometimes I feel like maybe no one even really cares. Why should I blog? I don't have one of those perfectly written or stunning photo kind of sites.. the ones where every shot and sentence is perfection. I don't have a ton of inspiration to share, or beautiful things to talk about. That's just not me. But then I was thinking, that doesn't really matter. I didn't start doing this with any of those intentions so why do I expect myself to do those things now? Whose standard am I not holding up to? My own? --well, that's just stupid. haha. 

I blog because I enjoy it. I'm not really trying to inspire anyone, though if someone finds inspiration here for any aspect of their lives I'd consider it a bonus. I like to share little pieces of my life. I like a place to post my latest projects and talk about them. I have fun raving like a fangirl over new scrappy projects and posting holy crap moments about roller derby. I even get a big kick out of posting silly dance videos, with no shame whatsoever I might add. (In fact I've considered changing my blog name to Scrappy Dance and making the videos a regular thing.) 

So the blog funk has been a good thing, maybe. I'm reassessing why it is I'm doing this… what kinds of things do I want to share? Is it ok to share all of my silly little thoughts and stories along with all of the heavy stuff I've been handling over the past year side by side? Can this really be a place where I can just let it all hang out? --- I mean, in theory, if no one is reading or commenting anyway it shouldn't really matter what the heck I post, right? Bueller? Bueller? 

Ok. SO. Here's the thing. I've always tried to keep it real here... but the thing is if I'm in a real funk or something really crazy happens, or I'm in the mood to vent I don't do it here. Like I don't share the stories about the one time when I *almost* pooped my pants in a Target because I thought the bathroom was in the back of the store but it was actually in the front (keeping it classy in Cleveland, y'all)----- I mean, I don't post because I don't want you to judge… but the reality is, that s- happened. I mean, it really didn't actually happen.. like I didn't actually go, but I was so close I swear I had one of those Bridesmaids (the movie) moments where I felt like she did when she went running for the bathroom and just sorta crumpled into the middle of the street and well, *spoiler alert*, went… except I was able to save mine… but it was a close one. I mean, how could I not share that story? It's funny! And we've all been there, right? Am I RIGHT?! hello? anyone?

Anyyyyway. Now I'm embarrassed… and rethinking this whole post, actually… because here I am whining and complaining, "whaaa, how come nobody cares about my scrappy little bloooooooog!?"-- and then I'm like trying to tell you that it will be better and different and I go into a story about poop… and I bet you are all convinced that I am totally not being honest, and that I did in fact have to buy myself so new undies that day.. and I swear I didn't. Maybe I should rethink my tactics.

But, what the hell. That's me. I'm going to let it all hang out from now on. (and now are you just picturing a lot of bathroom issues with every sentence?-- shoot. not my intention, but I can't blame you… I mean everything is just coming out wrong… oh, I did it again.) Bottom line (she said bottom, this girls hilarious--- thats what you're thinking, right?) I'm going to post photos of my epic-ly dirty house… and photos with my kids in their underpants (why won't my 4 year old keep her clothes on?!).. and cry into the computer when something doesn't go my way…. and yes, there might even be more poop stories, cuz they really shouldn't put Starbucks into Targets, ok? Just saying. ---so if you're into that kind of thing then you're in luck. and if not… well, were you ever really here anyway? Either way I'm guessing it'll still be Cricket City so I might as well have fun blogging for myself! :)



Friday, April 4, 2014

American Crafts March Gallery Projects

Each month the American Crafts Design Team creates two gallery projects. See the rest of the wonderful creations here

This is what I made….

Working a lot with the Crate Paper Boys Rule collection (I LOVE every bit of it!) with some Amy Tangerine and DIY Shop mixed in….



Somehow I lost my creative juju this week. I was able to get through my March Project Life and then it just sorta fizzled. It might have to do with the rain or gloomy sky and mind lately… we will have to see if I can do something to jazz it up as we come into the weekend. I hope! I think some fun is in order to help hit that reset button. Then maybe the juices will start flowing again.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Me Series: March

Remembered to do this months ME page by the skin of my teeth (how is that a saying?--wait, I probably don't want to know.) Late last week it dawned on me that I hadn't done the page yet so I got cracking and here's what I made...


The photos don't really do it justice, I'm afraid. It's challenging to get a great capture of a page when the weather here is always so gloomy and gray. But, you get the idea. For the rainbow I used some brand spanking new gelatos that I had received in the mail the day before. I'm having so much fun playing with these things! Can't wait to get messy and creative with them again soon. Maybe I'll even do a little review or tutorial or something. (love it when a new to me product gets the creative wheel cranking!)


So that's March. Yay! If you want to see the other pages in the series so far, or read about why I am doing this thing about ME, click here: