It seems that the year has flown by. Almost Christmas? Almost the end of the year? What?? Marvin had a great suggestion that I pull photos from the year and all our trips and do a mini book that summarizes our vacations. Not sure when I will have time to do that (along with doing this every week) but I will definitely keep it in mind. I am super excited to get a printed copy of this book done.
Here is week 48.
- Our tree is up and decorated
- Jessica scored her first basket at basketball this week (SO exciting!)
- Work was super busy
- Jessica is going gluten free to see if it helps her skin. One week of no wheat and her skin has almost totally cleared up – amazing!
- Kendall and Jason went on a date to the movies
- Kendall is also working a lot harder on school work
This has been sitting on the computer “almost done” for a week now and I finally made some time to finish it.
Two parties (both Friday and Saturday night) made for a very busy weekend after an already super busy week. It seems that this time of the year is always very “social” and things just don’t get done at home. That’s okay because it REALLY makes me appreciate the break between Christmas and January 2nd when I go back to work.
Only five weeks left in the year – I can’t believe it!
Eeek I cannot believe we are so close to the end of the year. I have lots of uploading to do so I am ready print this book out at the end of the year. Super excited to get a hard copy of 2013 in my hands!
Week 46 seemed to highlight Kendall. That is okay as some weeks there is more Jessica. I covered my feelings/thoughts on Kendall’s report card on the internet version of the layout. Let’s just say that lack of effort + lack of homework turned in +lack of caring = just above average marks. Ouch! I don’t think I have honestly ever seen a C + on a report card from either of my kids. I know that grade 10 is harder than last year BUT the effort and work habit marks were not stellar and that is why the grades were not either. All her teachers (except cooking) told me that her effort is only satisfactory and not good. I say “not cooking” because her foods teacher thinks she is brilliant and says I should be proud of her.
The lack of work habits and effort is what irritates me most. IF she worked hard and got “G” for effort and only managed a C+ I would be really happy with that. This is not the case. Her Math and English teachers both told me that she is “brilliant” but oh so very unmotivated to do the work. She **IS** very motivated to socialize and talk in class though. Sigh.
Also known as Vegas baby!! Marvin and I were originally going to get married (elope) in Vegas but decided to do it in August on the Oregon Coast instead. We had already booked our flights so we figured we would do a “honeymoon-ish” type trip.
We got back home late on Thursday night and picked up the kids. I really did miss them so much even though we had a LOT of fun on this trip. Highlights for me were Freemont Street on Wednesday night (watch the video of Marvin dancing!!) and my birthday dinner buffet at Bacchanal at Caesar’s Palace. So much crab! it was fun to have some of my family with me on the trip – just missing dad who stayed home with the dog and Rose who is on her way to Vegas this weekend.
Colour scheme this week picked by Kendall. She is my “go-to” on Sunday night when I am usually working on my pages.
Week 44 was busy around here with Halloween, Kendall’s 15th birthday, a cadet dance, a band concert, soccer reffing and games, auction, work etc. Next week will be all Vegas pictures I am sure!
Click to enlarge and read the journaling.
Week 43 was way more focused on Jessica than Kendall. It could be because Kendall was not willing to be in any photos this week. Marvin did capture a few of her at the concert on Tuesday night but she didn’t want them in the layout. I did include a quote from her though She did choose the colours and the background paper for this layout so at least she was involved even if she doesn’t show up in a photo.
- Crazy, warm, beautiful weather
- Getting ready for Halloween
- Jessica is now certified to ref soccer games
- Went to see Percy Jackson (a Jessica and mom date)
- Beautiful, random flowers from Marvin
- I was sick early in the week
- Kendall went on a cadet trip but came home after one night (she was sick). She slept for 18 hours when she got home!
- Marvin was sick as well – none of the sickness made it into the layout
Whew this was a super busy week.
Again I wish that our Thanksgiving was the same date as the US one. It seems so strange that we have nothing between now and Christmas (except Halloween). Not that I can complain about this year as we managed to get in a visit to the pumpkin patch, some football and dinner in one day. I did a lot of prep work the day before Thanksgiving to make dinner easier.
I used Facebook grabs a couple of times this week to document what the kids were up to. Once for Kendall’s cadet night at city hall and once for Jessica’s visit to the haunted house with her friends. Neither of them took photos so I resorted to borrowing some off Facebook.
Ten weeks left this year!!!
Obviously I am loving the fall colours for my pages This one may be TOO busy for me and I may change it before I print it but for now it is done.
Click to enlarge and read the journaling.
It was a great week with a lot of highlights. My favourite moment this week was the shot of the two kids, both with mud on their faces So happy that both my kids (and Marvin) all contribute photos to this project. I LOVE how Dropbox makes it so easy for them to upload photos so I can use them. Kendall was kind enough to share this (unflattering) photo of herself after she saw the photo of her sister with a clay mask on.
Other highlights include Marvin making dinner (OMG shocking), a beautiful sunset that made us (and a lot of other cars) pull over to take photos on the side of the road and a beautiful day spent in Fort Langley.
Getting into the fall feel of things around here. One day it is cold, rainy and gloomy and the next day we are wearing shorts and tank tops. Crazy stuff! I would seriously like cool, sunny weather every day
Twelve weeks left in the year – eek!! That means the birthday season and Christmas are coming right up. Not even remotely ready for either.
Here is week 40 summed up in two pages (click to enlarge and read). A summary of our week:
- The cooler weather = Vitamix soup
- Kendall having a complete meltdown (censored above)
- Halloween costumes purchased. $85 dollars later – yikes!
- Me coaching soccer on Saturday
- Lots of eating out. Lunch with mom and dad, wings with Marvin and Alisha, lunch with Marvin @ Earl’s etc.
On the “to-do” list for this week is laundry, bathrooms, soccer practice, piano, Thanksgiving dinner prep, decorating the mantle for fall/Halloween, decorating the porch for fall/Halloween, a fall photo shoot of my kids if we have a non-rainy day, gardening and a few other things. Of course I fit this all in around working full time – lol.
Linking up this week with The Mom Creative.
I am still so glad that I am keeping up with my weekly PL layouts. I really have to carve out some me time to get this done every week but it is so worth it. I have so many other crafty things on the go. Actually “on the go” isn’t totally accurate as they are stalled. Some of them are overwhelming (like the girls’ school albums) but this is one thing I can spend a few hours on and FINISH each week. At least there is a sense of closure each week and a feeling of accomplishment. Of course I have to cut other things in order to find time to do this. TV is basically a non issue for me – the only show I watch is Modern Family and I can spare less than 1/2 an hour a week (less because I PVR it and skip commercials).
I really do have a great process going now to get this done weekly. Marvin is a huge help as he is constantly taking photos for me and uploading them to Dropbox. This is super important as I often forget to take photos -lol. I have my Dropbox sorted by week so it makes it easy for me to see all the photos from the week at a glance. From there I decide which photos to use and which orientation most of them are. This allows me to pick a template that will work for the week. I absolutely love how easy it is to drag and drop photos into a template. LOVE it. I am already thinking about next year and how to simplify the process even more.
I went with a fall-ish colour scheme for this week. I could not decide what colour to use for the background matte so I let Kendall pick and she chose green.