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Project Life 2014 // January

February 3rd, 2014 Posted by Project Life, Project Life 2014, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2014 // January”

I much prefer this monthly approach to Project Life.  When I was working weekly, it felt like a crunch.  And I’m much more likely to have good photos to choose form over the course of a month than over a given week.

It was also a fun exercise to go back through my photos from the past month.  Sometimes it feels like nothing is going on.  But when I go through these photos, I remember, oh yeah, Michael learned to crawl this month.  And he started eating apples and clementines.  And Kate barely went to school (because of snow and ice), so I taught her to play Go Fish.  And how we all made a big effort to eat more real food.  And that I picked up BodyPump, so I launched three formats this month.

Part of the reason I like this project is how it forces me to review the month – the real good stuff and the real challenging stuff.  All that stuff of life stuff.

Are you doing Project Life this year?  Are you taking a weekly or monthly approach?

I used a mix of the Seafoam, Baby, and Midnight edition for these three layouts.

 

 

Project Life // 2014

January 9th, 2014 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2014, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life // 2014”

This is my third year with Project Life.  I didn’t finish out 2011 because…hmm…I can’t remember why.  I didn’t finish out 2012 because I was so nauseated with Michael from October through December that the thought of doing anything make my stomach turn.  So both times I got to around week 42 before petering out.

But that’s okay.  That’s B+.

This year I’m doing Project Life once again as part of my intention to document.  And I’m working smarter, not harder.  One thing that was hard for me last year was the weekly updates.  Sometimes I forgot to take more than two pictures and the layout felt…flat.  Other times we had a miserable week, and I just had nothing to report.  So I decided taking a monthly approach would work best.  Some months maybe I have four pages.  Maybe some months I have one spread.  Whatever works.

I’m especially interested in documenting our house process.  We’re in the beginning phases of tearing down our home and rebuilding on our lot.  It will be a process, to be sure.  And I think it will be fun to look back at the transformation.

Here’s a quick snapshot of my plan:

+I’m working with the Seafoam edition, Neutral baby edition, and Midnight edition.

+Monthly spreads.  At the end of each month, I’ll share the spread for the month.

+A mix of Design A page protectors and some from this variety pack.

+I like to use Sharpie fine point pens for my journaling.

+I round all my corners with this Fiskars corner rounder.

+To trim my photos and paper, I use a Purple Cow 2-in-1 trimmer.

+I designed six stamps that I plan to use (and I’m thinking about designing some more…)

So this my title page.  I took those pictures of us using the TimerCam app on my phone.  It was right before dinner.  I’m totally wearing my pajama bottoms.  And they are not perfect.  But they are a photo, of all of us, in January, of 2014.  And that’s good enough for me!

Are you doing Project Life?  Is this your first year?  Are you a Project Life newbie?  Check out my no-sweat guide to Project Life.  If you are doing Project Life (or any other sort of documenting system), share it with me in the comments.

Project Life 2013 | Week 46

November 20th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 46”

Week 46.  A crazy week.  I completed my BodyPump training, passing my module with a 3/3.  And then I taught five classes in six days.  Ouch, my aching quads.

It was also Dad’s Day at Kate’s preschool, so I included a picture of the poster where the kids offered up their ideas of what their dads do at work.  According to Kate, her dad “gets stuff done.”  I am still laughing over the kid’s responses.

Michael seeks Kate out for entertainment, so I included that picture of them on the floor together.  He is crazy for her.  And luckily she’s crazy for him.  At least for now.

Project Life 2013 | Week 45

November 19th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 45”

It’s week 45.  And somehow I ended up with all these pictures of me.  One picture of Michael.  And zero of Kate.

I was worried the kids would think I was absent during their childhood since previously I appeared approximately three times in my Project Life spreads.  But now I’m seeing myself in these pages more and more.  Now the kids won’t think they raised themselves.

 

Project Life 2013 | Week 44

November 7th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 44”

It’s week 44.  A big celebration week.  We celebrated Dan’s 30th birthday and Halloween.  Dan’s parent hosted a family dinner for his birthday, and I surprised Dan with a carrot cake from Heidelberg Bakery.  (If you live in the Northern Virginia area and haven’t been to Heidelberg Bakery, go!  It’s the best.)

This was Kate’s first year truly trick-or-treating.  She hustled around the neighborhood with the two boys from across the street, Dan, and my Dad while my Mom hung back with Michael and me to hand out candy.

Project Life 2013 | Week 43

November 2nd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 43”

Hello, week 43.

Let’s see…Dan was out of town.  It was a much better week than the last time Dan went out of town.  Kate continues to impress me with her love for Michael.  I hope she continues to be such a loving big sister.

Michael turned 5 months old, and he is such a screamer.  This kid squeals and squeaks all the live long day.  Such a chatterbox.  I have no idea where he gets that from.  Oh, right.  ME.  She who can’t stop talking.

 

Project Life 2013 | Week 42

October 22nd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 42”

Week 42 means were are just 10 short weeks away from the end of the year.

The most exciting thing this week?  We signed the contract on our new house.  And we started getting the wheels in motion for where we will live, contacting our site engineer, and practicing being zen as this will be a long process with lots of surprises.

 

Project Life 2013 | Week 41

October 22nd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 41”

It’s week 41.  And it rained that entire week.  We fought cabin fever.  Kate started swim lessons.

The most exciting thing from this week was our first meeting with our builder to go over options for our new house.  This meeting was critical because Dan and I tossed out everything we wanted in this house to ensure everything fit in our budget.  And we started making preliminary plans for where we – and our stuff – will live during this process.

Project Life 2013 | Week 40

October 9th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 40”

Hello, week 40.

This was the week Dan was out of town, and I just about lost my mind.

But I did manage to make use of all those apples we picked at the orchard.  And I kept everyone alive.

Project Life 2013 | Week 39

October 8th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 39”

Hello, week 39.

Wow.  Week 39?

I don’t get how my days can feel so slow but the year seems to zip by.  This time last year, I was newly pregnant and trying to conceal my nauseated state.  And sleeping on the couch several hours a day while Kate watched 7,157 episodes of Little Bear.

Still, to this day, when I hear that Little Bear theme song, I feel the need to dry heave.

Anyway!

What a difference a year makes.  This time last year I was certain – for sure certain – that I was carrying another girl.  Ha ha.  I think I thought girl because it’s all I know.  I am a girl.  I have a girl.  I have a sister.  So when we found out I was carrying a him – not a her – I thought, hmm… I don’t know much about hims.

Which is all funny now because I don’t spend any time thinking about how to parent a boy and instead just be a parent to Michael.  And we’re so glad he’s here.

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