Spending Time With Daughter

My 2nd grader started school this week so I get all the time in the world to spend with just my 7th grader.  She doesn’t start school until next week so it’s a full week with just she and I.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had her all to myself and I cherish it.  This morning I’m having her help me with her Project Life book.  She’s cutting out Instagram printouts that I printed and prepared yesterday and organizing them into her book.  One day, in the far off future, she will love going through her book.

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I’ve created another WordPress blog for just Project Life stuff.  It’s on the right navigation under “Other Places.”  I hope to spend more time posting my Project Life layouts, finds, tutorials, and everything else related to documenting life there, so please visit often. 🙂

Happy

SILP0915130003_640Last night, I plugged in the Silhouette Portrait and tried it for the first time.  It was very easy to use and worked as expected.  I’m going to get a lot of use out of this little tool.

My New Silhouette Portrait

Earlier this year I was looking at the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait to supplement my crafting hobby, especially the Portrait.  The Portrait costs $180, which was something I didn’t have.  I soon started to see giveaways for the Portrait on my Facebook feed and crafting blogs I follow so I would enter in these giveaways.  I never won so I pretty much gave up for awhile.  Never winning in these giveaways got depressing and I still wanted the Portrait fairly badly so I made the decision that I’d save up for it and get one on my own.

Then one morning as I was looking through my e-mails, I came across another giveaway for the Portrait.  It was through crafter/graphic designer, Lori Whitlock, whom I’ve subscribed to for some time now, and in which I’ve participated in her giveaways before but didn’t win.  I told myself that if I didn’t win this time that I’d stop doing them and just save hard.  Well, to my surprise, I won the giveaway.  A few weeks later, the Portrait arrived at my doorstep.

SIL0147_500I am still shocked that I won this.  I’ve seriously been wanting this so badly and just knew some day I’d get one.  I just didn’t know when.  I’m a believer that if you ask the universe for something you truly want, you shall receive.  You might have to wait awhile for it but it will come.  For me, the Portrait just came sooner than I had expected and I am over the moon about it!  I’m very thankful for Lori for having these giveaways (she has them quite often) and for Silhouette for their generosity.

SIL0150_640 I can’t wait to start playing with this, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share my experience here!

Painting Birdhouses

KILOGPAINT0037_bw640For Mother’s Day, I spent time with my youngest daughter and nephew.  They painted birdhouses as gifts for their mom’s.  My daughter said, “Mom, don’t look until I’m done painting,” and added when she saw me with the camera, “But you can take pictures.” My nephew had so much stuff to carry home that he forgot to take his birdhouse.  He was really excited about giving it to his mom too!

My nephew had spent the night Saturday and all day on Mother’s Day at our house.  He really loves it.  One of the sweetest thing my nephew said out of the blue was, “I feel like this is my house.”  I told him it was his house too but then my daughter said, “It’s not your house.  It’s my house and my mom’s house.”  I reassured him that when he was over, it’s his house too.