However, mama-brain seems to be taking over (thanks pregnancy hormones) and I've had some odd photo-editing and organizing mishaps: moving photos over to my "Processed" folder when I hadn't done it, forgetting where I downloaded a whole set of photos, and ending up in a weird state where some were uploaded to our online site and others weren't. I'm usually meticulous about these things, but apparently not this month.
But I have been using my fabulous scrapbooking kits from Studio Calico to complete my layouts, and I'm loving the automagic coordination I get, though I am still working on restraining myself from picking too many colors and doo-dads at once. (Click to see a larger version of the photos.)
We did our first Kiwi Crate project, thanks to the birthday present from our friends the C family. It's a monthly kit of a crafty kid activity with a different theme. This one was 'safari' so we made and decorated a bunch of cardboard animals. There was a hide and seek game to go with it, but T just likes having the animals around.
We also went to Marymoor Park on one of the nice days, and it's pretty great to do that in the middle of the day on a weekday with almost no one else there.
TJ's Uncle Rick and Aunt Jane were in town for an academic conference, so we met them for breakfast one Saturday morning at my favorite breakfast place ever, Portage Bay Cafe.
We also had the ridiculously long (3 hours!) eye doctor appointment, after which I got T a Starbucks cake pop for her good humor. I had to resort to some bribery by the end of the appointment because she was *so* done. The cake pop perked her right up, as did the sushi dinner we had right afterwards!
She got a new prescription for her glasses and it was amazing how quickly she acclimated to a 3x increase in power. Like, immediately. No headache, no complaints of weird vision, nothing. And now her eye crossing almost never appears while she's wearing her glasses.
I like including small examples of her artwork, and was thrilled to include a "mixed media" project of hers. She's got her own space in my craft room, and I give her stickers, paper scraps, washi tape, and other bits of things to create with while I work on my own projects. Totally on her own, she created an amazing collage (bottom right). I love it.
And of course, I think of more things I want to capture after I've finished the layouts, but I jot them down and can include them in subsequent weeks. There are no "rules" here, even though I'd love to be completely chronologically accurate. I can't believe I've kept this up for more than half the year!!
I'm also WAY excited about a new project I'm planning to take on called December Daily,which has a nifty mini-album kit released by Studio Calico. It's similar to Project Life, but is only for the month of December and is designed for quick daily documentation of the holiday season. With 2 kids this Christmas, and me on maternity leave, that should be fun, right? I figure I'll rely on Instagram photos a lot since they're easier to use - no post-processing, and they're automatically uploaded to my online site.
Let me know if you're interested in December Daily and we can work on it together!