Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vintage Christmas Layout

I know that it is August, but I just finished a number of Christmas layouts from Christmas 2014. This first one includes elements that were inspired by Creative Embellishments' mood board: the swoops for the roller coaster and the boughs. 

This second layout is for Stuck?! sketches' August 1 sketch.

And this layout is based on a Stuck?! sketch too -- the August 15 sketch!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Nathan's First Day of "School"

I can't believe it -- Nathan started "school" (day care) today!  He is now going to day care twice a week and will be at home the rest of the week.  Doesn't he look like the cutest little guy with his backpack?!?  Despite a tearful goodbye, Nathan had an amazing first day, having lots of fun and even napping well!  What a big boy.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

When You're Happy & You Know It

Nathan is a happy little guy (the vast majority of the time anyway!) I love seeing him smile and hearing his sweet baby laugh.

He likes the song "If You're Happy & You Know It," and has been clapping along for quite some time.  Just this past week, he has been doing the "stomp your feet" part, with his own adorable signature style.  This is seriously too cute to miss out on:


Friday, August 5, 2016

Fun Nathan Videos

I wanted to share a few videos that show fun things Nathan has been up to lately.  Nathan loves vehicles of all kinds, and in this video, he is making a siren noise while Jesse is reading him a book with a fire truck on it!


And in this video, you can see Nathan making a huge mess while doing a pretty good job feeding himself!  Such a big boy!


As you can see in this last video, Nathan has now got a hang of his sit toys!  Take a look of him scooting around:


Friday, July 29, 2016


Jesse fell off his bike last week and scraped up his arm and ankle.  He taught Nathan how to saw "ouch" and now every time we say "ouch" Nathan grabs his arm!  Nathan has had his own first little boo-boos this week.  Being a toddler is precarious and he fell on the patio and scratched his knee this weekend.  It was just a tiny scrape, but I put on a band-aid (his first!) just because he kept poking at it.  Nathan was not pleased.  He was quite distraught over this weird thing stuck to his knee, so I finally had to take it off!

Unfortunately, a couple days later he took another fall on the patio and caught himself with his face (poor baby!) leaving a little scrape and bruise on his cheek.  I have the feeling I will have plenty of opportunities to use the new Tonka Truck band-aids I bought for him!

Friday, July 22, 2016

July Layouts

This has been a busy month, but I have two layouts to show you.  This first layout is of our time hanging out with the Hamburgers when they were in town a year and a half ago, which is funny because although we have not seen them since then, they are here now and we are going to hang out again! For this layout, I was inspired by Creative Embellishments' July challenge.  The balloons inspired me to stagger these diamonds on the background of the page, and I added wood veneer stars.

And this second layout is of Jesse's (then new) car purchase.  Since I am a year and a half behind on my scrapbooking however, Jesse has yet another new car!  I created this layout using the July 15th sketch from Stuck?! as my inspiration.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sizzling Summer

We are definitely feeling the heat over here in Albuquerque over the past few weeks.  So much so that we avoid going outside in the afternoon and only spend a little time in the shade in the early evening. But the mornings are generally nice, and this weekend we took the opportunity to try out the new baby carrier Jesse got for Father's Day (the one in the Father's Day post was our friend's that we tried out to see if we wanted to buy one).  It was a success -- even more so than we imagined.  We joked that the promotional videos for this carrier always showed a baby sleeping in it but there was no way our Nathan would ever do anything like that.  Until he did!  We hiked for an hour and 45 minutes and about 20 minutes from the end of the hike we found him snoozing!  

And you have to check out this video (which is completely unrelated to being outdoors or hiking).  It is about Nathan though, and arguably the most clever thing he has ever done.  Aunt Janet got Nathan a shape sorter toy where the little shapes go down tubes and make funny noises while doing so because they allow air to go through a filter in the middle.  Well Nathan somehow stumbled upon the realization that these little shapes would therefore make great whistles!  Now he walks around carrying the circle one in his mouth whistling away!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Out East

Last week we spent time with family on the East Coast, starting with a trip to see my mom in Connecticut.  We enjoyed the little things, like smelling the roses and chillin like a villain.  

We also went to the Mystic Aquarium, where we saw a bunch of cool marine life, including penguins, which was Nathan's favorite.

And we ate at Abbott's -- a must do!  

Our next stop was Nicole's place, where Nathan had even more people to ooh and aah over him.

We also went to a water park, beautiful rose gardens, and an amusement park while we were there.

Last but not least, we headed over to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, where Nathan met and had tons of fun with family members.  

He loved playing in the water and also enjoyed other bay staples, like crochet and eating crabs!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Hawaii Family Pictures

We had professional pictures taken went we went to Hawaii (which was Jesse's mother's day present to me) and I was especially excited to have pictures of the three of us, which are hard to get!  But I have to say this one of just Nathan is my favorite! Enjoy the cuteness!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Joyful June

We captured a bunch of adorable pictures and videos of Nathan this month.  One thing he has been doing lately is picking things up and then discarding them by flinging them over his shoulder.  It makes quite a mess!


He has also started to show interest in pillows and stuffed animals.  He hugs them and lays down and "sleeps" on throw pillows.  


And he has gotten pretty good at stacking rings on his stacking toy.  With style, of course!

He has always loved teeth brushing time.  Now he is interested in doing it himself!  Too cute.