We were lucky enough to escape ice, but we did end up with about 4 inches of snow overnight (which is more snow than Tennessee has seen in several years). Camden and Rory both have coughs (or coughses as Rory calls them) and it's very cold outside so we decided they better not play outside and made Snow Cream instead with fresh snow (at 9:00 a.m. for some reason).
Yes, she's in charge of her own hair this morning
Brian got all domestic on me and made coffee 'n cream cookies (seriously good!)
We (a.k.a. Brian) decided we should make snowmen out of clay since we couldn't make real ones.
And then we gave in and took them outside for just a few minutes and hopefully the coughs won't be worse.
Brian did all the work pulling the kids around on the sled (video coming soon)
Brian and Camden are off school today in anticipation of an ice storm followed by a snow storm later this morning. It looks this time as if we actually might get some accumulation, although our weathermen are not exactly known for their accurate reports. We've got wood downstairs if we lose electricity, plenty of food in the fridge in case we need to stay put for a couple of days, and I've got lots of scrapping to do! :)
You might see a familiar face here (and it's not Rory this time).
I have four new layouts to share, all with new products I'm sure you need!
When Kelly emailed me about 2 weeks ago and asked if I could take some pictures of Rory modeling hair accessories for her Etsy shop, I was so excited and thought how fun it would be! I may have overestimated the fun in having a 3 year old change clothes 6 times while plopping her down in front of the teeny patch of natural light we have in our house to take 100's of pictures in the hopes that 1 from each outfit would turn out cute enough to put on a public website. :) I think they mostly turned out cute, and we just LOVE the hats and head bands. Definitely check out Briar Claire - they have great designs, and I think their prices are SO reasonable (and you'll see cute pics of Rory). Oh, and it's a sale this week too! Thanks for letting us help out, Kelly!
Camden is having a rough week. He is extra energetic for whatever reason (possibly because of the extremely dreary weather conditions we've had for over a week now) and is having difficulty making good choices. In fact, he's had not one, not two, but THREE yellow bears at school this week. This is extremely rare for him (getting in trouble at school, not the being energetic part). He typically goes weeks and weeks (sometimes months) between yellow bears and he has certainly never had 3 in a row. The first two days he didn't really take it seriously (despite his punishments), but yesterday he was quite brokenhearted and told us that he "kept the goodness in his his head all day long" and just forgot for one second right before school was over and got in trouble. Hopefully he'll have a better day today.
I have traumatized Rory by taking her through the automatic car wash (imagine how dirty our car was if this was the first time she's been through one). She sobbed and sobbed, "get me outta here" and "I just wanna go home." When we finally finished, she said, "pleeeaaasse don't ever wash the car again." I tried to be compassionate, but mostly I was hiding a smile.
Camden informed us he was going on a date with Renya (a girl from his class) at 9:00 on Saturday. Apparently, she asked him to go to Opry Mills mall with her, but he thought Chucky Cheese would be more fun and "at least one adult will go with us, of course." He also informed me on the way to school this morning that way back in K-4, there were actually 2 girls he liked. I'm sorry, when did he turn 16?
In about 48 hours time, we've had buckets of rain, 60 degree weather, a tornado, 30 degree weather, snow, lots of wind. Yep, it's January in Tennessee.
It's homecoming week at school and Camden had "Mix and Match Day yesterday. It's kinda hard to mix and match with khaki pants so he wore two different socks and two different shoes. He was so excited about it, but right before we left for school, he stopped me and said, "are you SURE today is Mix and Match Day?"
I just had my first meal (a sandwich) since Saturday night. Thank heavens I'm feeling better!
Sooooo, what are the odds that a certain someone would have the stomach bug two Saturday nights/Sunday mornings in a row? I am clearly being punished for saying that being sick was almost worth the alone time. Because it is not worth it two weekends in a row. And it is not worth the weekend I spent cleaning because our small group was supposed to meet here tonight, but now can't because of germs. And it wasn't worth the hours I spent practicing my song for church today. And it wasn't worth being up until 3:00 this morning. Nope, I'm completely rescinding my statement about a few hours alone being worth the sickies.
I am so happy with the amount of decluttering I got done yesterday, although it's not near enough! Why do I let things go until they drive me crazy? I can take the easy way out and put some blame on Brian because he is not only a pack rat, but seriously busy and all of his school and church stuff accumulates very quickly and it's not anything I can mess with. Of course, I can't blame him for the FOURTEEN pairs of shoes that Rory still had in her closet that she's outgrown in the last 6 months. Yes, it's a sickness. I also packed up about half of Rory's overflowing book baskets. The plan is to switch them out every few months. Today I have to tackle actually cleaning those places I decluttered.
A couple of scrapping things:
(1) Gina Miller has a new set of Project 365 templates out today that are fabulous! (layout coming soon to a blog near you)
(2) Scrap Orchard has a collab kit for sale. All proceeds will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti fund, and you can find it here.
I drove myself crazy trying to shoot pictures in manual yesterday, and I think I've decided that moving children + manual settings + plus an amateur photographer don't work very well. The quality of these aren't great, but they did capture what a fun time the kids were having.Rory was in her princess/witch costume and putting on jewelry. She surprised us all by reaching around to give Camden a kiss.
Rory and I spent some time yesterday with my friend Amanda and her little girl Emma. We mostly stayed on the floor with photography books and camera manuals spread out around us taking pictures of toys while we worked on settings. :) It was lots of fun to talk with someone as crazy about camera and taking pictures of their cute kiddos as I am. She got a really cute picture of the two girls that I can hopefully snag from her and post.
On today's agenda is :(1) Get rid of some clutter starting with our bedroom. I'm determined to get rid of the piles of clothing and anything that hasn't been worn in the last 12 months is out the door. (2) Spend a little extra time "cuddling on the couch wis me" for Rory. With all the playdates, she's been acting like she's missing out on the mommy and me time. (3) Make nice with the treadmill for the first time this week.
Rory has a (fairly) new night time routine that is wearing me out. She'll wake up 2-3 times a night, call out for me, and when I go in to ask what she needs or what's the matter, not only is she wide awake, but she says "nothing." Last night was no exception, and I'm dragging this morning. At this point, it's definitely a habit and not a need, but I'm not quite sure how to handle it. In general, her sleep habits have been creeping down the tube lately. Yesterday, she didn't even take a nap despite my many threats, and it's not because she wasn't tired - she was just much too wound up from playing with Camden. I finally told her that we were going to have to skip gymnastics so she could go to bed early and that brought on the (many) tears. I would say that maybe she's just moving into a new developmental stage and doesn't need quite as much sleep (and that might still be the case), but considering her behavior when she doesn't get sleep, I don't know if that's quite right.
Today Rory and I are headed over to play with Mayme and Emma. I'm sure the girls will have a great time, and I'm going to try to give Mayme some scrapping/Photoshop tips. I've already downed a cup of coffee so I'll be coherent.
By the way, did I mention I have a new CT? I LOVE Shabby Miss Jenn designs and was so happy when she asked me to be on her team. This is my first page for her using her new kit:Too Sweet.
This was clearly an exciting weekend for our family since I couldn't even remember what we had going on for several minutes this morning as I sat down to write today's post. :) Friday night was the lock-in and Brian had 18 teenagers. He survived. That's about all there is to say about that. He got home about 7:30, finished up some church work (I actually caught him asleep at the computer), and then he napped for several hours. I took the kids to the library and to Target in an effort to get them out of the house, and we actually had a nice time. On any given day, Target is pretty dangerous to our bank account. Add in their January 75% clearance, and it's very dangerous! I managed to walk away with only a few things and Camden informed me on the way home, "well, this is the first time I liked shopping."
I had a little stomach bug yesterday and stayed home from church. How awful is it that as I got into bed last night the thought crossed my mind the price of a stomach bug was almost worth being alone for several hours (which hasn't happened in months!). LOL
I'm sure I posted last year when the photo shoot happened, but Rory's debut as a cover model is now available for purchase. You can view it here.
Since today is Martin Luther King Day, it was quite appropriate that I finished up this book over the weekend (excellent, by the way). Brian went into full teacher mode and gave Camden and Rory a lesson on civil rights and Martin Luther King's legacy this morning. We even listened to the speech online and as usual it brought tears to my eyes. I wasn't sure how much Camden would pay attention, but he seemed to really be taking it in and asked alot of questions for which I'm grateful.
I'd like to say we're having a great vacation day, but I think laundry, grocery shopping, maybe eating out for dinner, gymnastics, and then the second night of 24 is on the agenda. Life goes on, even on a Monday holiday.
In case you haven't picked up on this, I love my kids and think they're the most beautiful children on the planet. And just in case you missed this too, I really like taking pictures of them. Part of my love/hate relationship with my camera is I feel like I'm always on the quest for the perfect picture. Not necessarily the perfect picture that shows how cute they are, but that really captures them in any given moment. I spend most of my photo editing sessions frustrated that the pictures didn't capture them. However, if I never take another good photo, I'll always be happy with these. :) And I wasn't even trying for great pictures. Rory's hair is messy, she's in play clothes. But they are completely her.
I made the best supper last night - chicken pot pie from Pioneer Woman's cookbook. Since I am mostly incompetent in the kitchen, I am quite proud of the fact that I made homemade chicken pot pie including homemade crust. It was seriously good and will definitely make the menu list again.
My friend Angel and her little boy Mason came over this morning to play and Rory spent the whole time begging to color instead of playing. She's feeling a bit cantankerous and it showed! Our weekend is supposed to be pretty uneventful, although poor Brian has a lock-in with the teens tonight (thank heavens I can use the kids as an excuse to not attend!). Tomorrow I'll probably take the kids out of the house so he can catch up on a bit of sleep.
Here are a few random things from this week:
I was chopping carrots in the kitchen while Camden and Rory colored in the computer room, and I heard Camden say, "Mommy, could you be any louder?" Yep, he's heard that one before.
Rory's new thing is running to tell me everything she hears on TV. Usually it's words like, "Moooommmy, she just said January" (yes, I heard that this week). Yesterday, she went around the house giggling and saying, "Don't get mad, get gas."
The kids love scrambling around the house in their super hero capes and Camden has decided that they need names. His newest name for himself was Death Man, but we decided that was a touch too dramatic so he changed it to Skull Man. Rory's is Heart Girl (because she was wearing a dress with hearts yesterday). Of course, she can't quite say her r's and ran around the house calling herself "Hot Girl."
Camden's class is having a canned food drive and this morning as I got his bag ready, he said very seriously, "now don't forget - the cans have to actually have food in them."
Rory scrapped her knees (and I use scrape lightly since that's quite an exaggeration) Wednesday night at church and she wasted no time telling anyone and everyone who would listen about who pushed her down, etc.She has continued with her pity party and asks us constantly to pray about it.
It was (relatively) nice outside yesterday so I let the kids play for just a bit when we got home from school. I think they enjoyed themselves.