Saturday, February 26, 2011

Crop Day layouts

Bit slow getting around to putting these layouts up. They are 3 of the 4 layouts I did at the All About Scrapbooks all day crop a couple of weeks ago. The other one has been picked up for publication - yay!

I decided to try a bit of painting on this one. This was the HUGE lollipop Zane & Lily both got from Vanessa when All About Scrapbooks closed their real life shop.

The next one is of Zane's first day of school. The right hand side is the poem I posted a few posts back about my little boy starting school, the title is the first 2 lines of the poem. I love how this turned out and no patterned paper which has to be a first!

And finally, one of Lily in her beautiful new Belle dress:


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Uni Subjects

Scrapz.University that is! This is a fabulous challenge currently on at Scrapz. This week there were 4 subjects: Media Studies, Behavioural Science, Architecture and Genealogy. Somehow amongst adapting to Zane starting school and having Lily's birthday I managed to complete all 4 subjects including the bonus credits!

Media Studies: Create a layout about how reliant we are on modern media/communication. Bonus Points: Add a tag (large or small) and a free hand page border to your page.

Behavioural Science: Scrap the behavioural characteristics of someone close to you. This could be a member of your family, yourself or even your pet! It's up to you.
Bonus Points: Add some stitching and a punched element to your page.

The characteristics are under the photos:

Architecture: Scrap a layout about your home. Or perhaps you have a home that has a special place in your heart even though you no longer live there. Whatever the case, share your memories about why that home is special to you
Bonus Points: Include more than 100 words of journalling

My journalling is hidden under the photo, 104 words!

Genealogy: Scrap a layout which includes pictures of three or more generations of your family. The layout can be about times shared together, resemblances between family members or anything you like!
Bonus Points: Get messy with some paint or ink splatters and include some string.

Week 2's challenges are up now, 3 this week: Horticulture, Graphics & Computer Tech and Neonatal Science.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Lily

We celebrated Lilys 4th Birthday on Saturday (and Sunday). Saturday morning we opened presents and played with lots of new toys and tried on our beautiful new Belle princess gown:

Lily invited a few friends to a local playcentre for a party at lunch time. All the kids had great fun playing, eating and having cake:

Party Attire!

Lily obviously enjoying herself

Best Friends

Birthday Cake

On Sunday we had all the family over for another party. I decided to actually do some cooking this time and made a rice salad, pumpkin salad, honey soy chicken sticks, cupcakes, white chocolate and raspeberry cheesecake and the birthday cake! I normally just do cupcakes and buy the rest so it was full on but I was happy with it all.

What was nice was my cousins were down from Queensland for the weekend so they dropped in, it was great to see them and catch up, even if it was briefly:

We got some family shots of the four of us early, this is the best

And this was the cake!

She had a fabulous weekend, she wants her birthday to last for 10 days, I think she got into a nice pattern of unwrapping lots of goodies and eating cake, who wouldn't want it to keep going?


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Day at Big School

Wow, how did this day come about so quickly? One minute I was being rushed into theatre for an emergency caesarean & meeting you my special first born, making sure you were all okay, just a little cleft lip, no cleft palate and top AGPAR scores, you were perfect!

Now all of a sudden you are 5 and off to big school. My big boy, you still looked so small & sweet in your uniform. I was reminded just how little you are as you clung to my legs begging me not to leave you, you were happy to stay so long as I did too.  You clung so tightly to my neck when I left again, there were tears from both of us. Sister Sarah looked after you and came out and told me you had settled. Just before we left you were looking out the door and saw me, you had the saddest little look on your face, it broke my heart...

Thankfully, it was only a 3 hour first day. When we picked you up you were excited to see us and seemed happy and keen to go back to school tomorrow. I asked about your day, what you did, and your only reply was "nothing". Apparently that is a good sign with boys! I am hoping there are no tears tomorrow and you settle in quickly to this new adventure!

I found this poem around the time you were born and found it again yesterday. The author is unknown:

Dear World: I bequeath to you today one tiny little a crisp new shirt...with two blue eyes...and a happy laugh that ripples all day long...and a flash of golden hair that glitters in the sun when he runs. I trust you'll treat him well.

He's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning...and skipping off to his first day of school. And never again will he be completely mine. Prim and proud he'll wave his young and independent  hand this morning and day "Good-bye" and walk with little boy steps to the classroom.

Now he'll learn to stand in lines...and wait for his name to be called. He'll learn to tune his ears for the sounds of school bells...and deadlines...and he'll learn to giggle...and gossip...and only pay attention when the teacher is watching. He'll learn how to feel hurt inside and he'll learn how not to cry.

No longer will he have time to sit in the backyard on a summer day and watch an ant scurry across a crack in the footpath. Nor will he have time to pop out of bed in the morning and lay on the couch engrossed in a much loved childhood show. No, now he'll have to worry about more important grades and which 'cool' shirt to wear and which friends can play with him at recess. And the magic of books and learning will replace the magic of blocks and toy cars. And now he'll find new heroes.

For five full years now I've been his mentor and role model and pal and playmate and mother and friend. Now he'll learn to share his worship with his teachers, which is only right. But no longer will I be the smartest woman in the whole wide world.

Today when that school bell rings for the very first time...he'll learn what it means to be a member of the group...with all its privileges and its disadvantages too. He'll learn that in time proper young men do not laugh out loud...or kiss dogs...or keep bugs in jam jars in bedrooms...or even watch ants scurry across creeks in the footpath in the summer. Today he'll learn that all who smile at him are not his true friends. And I'll stand back and watch him start out the long, lonely journey to becoming a man.

So, world, I bequeath to you today, one little a crisp new shirt...with two blue eyes...and a flash of golden hair that glitters in the sunlight when he runs........I trust you'll treat him well.