Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Park Above

This morning we had a ton of fun going to a new-to-us park and splash pad!  I am posting this picture of our happy boy because he was not-so-happy when going down for his nap today (I think he was overtired).

This park had all kinds of cool things, like musical instruments,

and play equipment (they also had "construction equipment" in a sandbox area, which Nathan loved but we didn't get a picture of it).

His favorite, of course, was the splash pad!  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Layout

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be on the Creative Embellishments design team. One of the very first Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces that caught my eye was the Family Word Border Set. I used the "family" word as my title and focus of this layout of my son meeting his grandparents. I also used Hearts chipboard accents, which were the perfect addition to my embellishment clusters.

I altered these chipboard pieces by putting a light coat of white paint on the chipboard, and then following that up with numerous coats of grey ink, which resulted in a distressed look.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

East Coast Trip Part II

When we visited my mom in Connecticut, she took Nathan to see dinosaurs! He has been very excited about dinosaurs lately, and even knows the names of a half dozen types of them. He was particularly enthralled with this brachiosaurus.  

They had a splash pad there too, and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have some more water fun!

No trip to my mom's is complete without lobsters.  And this time Nathan even got a lobster hat!

We squeezed in a quick trip to the bay as well.

Nathan really enjoyed splashing, playing with oars, and riding in the motor boat.

And getting tossed around too!

Such a water baby.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

East Coast Trip, Part I

We were able to make it to the East Coast for the Fourth of July again this year. Despite having his sleep suffer, per usual, Nathan traveled fairly well, and looked adorable doing it.

We had a lot of fun playing in Nicole's back yard, and Nathan enjoyed getting wet on a slip and slide,

and again in the sprinklers!

We enjoyed lots of family time

and giggles!

They took us to Lake Compounce, which we had never been to, and we had a blast at the water park and on the rides.

They had a lot of little kiddie play areas and Nathan just couldn't get enough of it.

He was also (barely) big enough to ride some of the amusement park rides all by himself -- such a big boy!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CE July Challenge

I am so excited to share my first Creative Embellishments' design team layout!  Their July challenge inspired me to scrap Nathan's first ever Fourth of July.  My stars and stripes elements come from the 4th of July chipboard piece.  I painted the chipboard with gesso and then used white perfect pearls to add a white shimmer finish to the piece.  I backed the piece with patterned paper to allow it to pop. I also used the Stars Frame and accompanying stars, and treated the chipboard the same way, although I used silver perfect pearls instead of white.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Toddler Bed!

Transitioning Nathan to a toddler bed is one of those milestones we were not exactly looking forward to, since we were worried how his ability to easily escape would negatively impact his sleep.  But Nathan started showing signs that he was close to the point where he would climb out of his crib, so we didn't want to risk him falling (let's be honest, he gets his grace from me!)  So we bit the bullet, and he is so excited about his big boy bed!  Although he did a lot of getting in and out of the bed the first day he slept in it, he actually stayed in bed when we put him down the rest of the week!  So far, the transition has been a success.

Other "big boy" reports: his ability to draw a rocket(ish) shape (note his shirt that Jesse got him),

his ability to interact with more of the exhibits at our hands on museum,

and his impressive (and hilarious) first taste of blue cheese!  He is actually a bit of a fan of both blue cheese and brie now.  How sophisticated of him!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Creative Embellishments Design Team

I am happy to announce that I am now designing for Creative Embellishments! You can check out the design team announcement on their blog. Creative Embellishments makes amazing chipboard pieces and I can't wait to show you what I am creating with them.

In the meantime, in addition to working on my design team projects, I made this clean and simple layout of Nathan at 3 months:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Zoo Party

My firm had its yearly zoo party last weekend and Nathan was so excited to go to the zoo!  He has been talking about the animals he saw nonstop this whole week.

My favorite moment was when this giraffe came over to say hi to Nathan.

These zebras are always eating!

And these hippos are so cool!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Already

I can't believe it's June already!  It is definitely starting to get hot, and we have been spending more time outside.  Last weekend, we enjoyed our church's Memorial Day picnic at Cabazon Park, where Nathan explored the playground and played with his friends from church.  

We also spent time at another "new" park that is not too far from us.

Nathan has been playing with Jesse's "shoccar baw," and Jesse captured Nathan's pretty impressive skills!  Manchester United, here we come!


Nathan also amazed us this week by singing his ABCs all by himself!  He has the whole alphabet down, and although he sings it "L, O, P" he does know M and N!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nathan's Creations

Nathan has made huge strides in his ability to build things with his block toys.

Look at the concentration here -- and that lip!

He was (justifiably) proud of his creation!

With a little help from his teachers at school, Nathan also made an adorable handprint bouquet for me for Mother's Day.  I love it!