What a great year

It’s hard to believe it’s over – 2015 was a busy fun year full of lots of great memories…

 

Winter:

After spending last Christmas in Hawaii, we started off the new year tanned and refreshed. Alex got right back into basketball and this year decided to audition for the school play! We played the part of Maurice in Rapunzel and was totally adorable. Other winter activities included hiking! Crazy, but it was such a mild winter that the first part of our year was perfect for getting outside. This year also seemed to include more live music than normal and Mark and I went to see Miranda Lambert with some friends. A fantastic show!

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Spring:

Our beautiful weather continued right on into spring. Seriously, I don’t remember a more beautiful year from a weather perspective, although if you’re a skier or snow boarder, this year was not great. We had lots more hiking in the spring. Alex had a busy spring at school, participating in the Spelling Bee where he took 5th place and going to 5th grade camp! Mark and I both were able to chaperon so that was fun, too. I’ll tell you though, I’ve never been so happy to have a son after spending two nights in a cabin full of girls!UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitled   Summer: And just like that, we have a middle schooler in the house! I can’t believe how fast Alex’s elementary days flew by. Lucky for us, he’s still a really good kid. The biggest highlight of our summer was a most epic road trip! You can see more details if you scroll down a bit, but we visited Utah, Arizona and Nevada, just over 3,000 miles. So much fun! Alex accomplished a huge goal and became a Certified Microsoft Professional! This required lots of studying and a couple of attempts at the test. He was SO proud of himself and we are so proud of him! Alex headed back to Camp Orkila and while he was gone, Mark and I went sailing with some good friends. What an amazing summer! Untitled
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Fall:

And then, it was time for middle school to start. I can’t believe how big Alex is all of a sudden! As I write this, he is only a couple of inches shorter than me and I’m sure by next year at this time he’ll have me beat. Also, I decided to become a certified yoga instructor! I started my training in October and will be finished next April. I’m learning a lot and have met some great people. Did I mention that Mark received a special recognition from the Mayor? He did a lot of volunteering over the summer and was recognized at a city council meeting! So cool. Other than that, it’s business as usual around here.

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That’s it in a nutshell! I hope that you had a wonderful 2015. Here’s to even more magic in 2016!

Road Trip 2015, part 3

A while ago I pinned an infographic that I knew I wanted to use on this trip. I could’ve done a better job keeping track of some things during our trip, but all of the information I used was pretty easy to track down. Getting this page done took me about three hours but I think it was totally worth it. I’ve printed it 6×8 and will use it as my intro page for the album.

 

Road Trip IntroI also thought it would be fun to do some sort of map of our entire trip. This came together really easily. I used the trip planner in Google Maps and added all of our destinations. This will back the intro page and I’m really happy with the end result. Road Trip Intro 3

That’s the album! I’ll be adding some memorabilia when I put it together in the album and some more words, but I’m excited about how this came together.

Road Trip 2015, part 2

The second half of our trip took us to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas with a few fun stops in between. Here are my layouts for the second half of our trip…

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Not quite as many photos, but the memories from this trip will last a lifetime! We had the best time and even long stretches in the car were great. Alex is a good traveler and kept himself occupied with his iPod and Rainbow Loom. No complaints in over 3,000 miles!

I have a couple more pages to share… check back Saturday!

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We took a big family road trip back at the end of June, beginning of July and I finally got my pages done and uploaded for printing. I chose an 8×8 album size for this project and I can’t wait to see the prints in person! Here are my layouts from the first half of our trip…

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Seriously, if you’ve never spent time in Moab you should plan a trip right now. It is absolutely breathtaking and we wished we’d had more time there. We’ll go back for sure – probably in the fall or spring when it isn’t quite so hot.

Check back Thursday for the second half of our trip!

Memory Keeping Monday

For the past three years I’ve used Project Life to document our day-to-day memories. Honestly I was getting a little bit burned our. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to continue or find something new. I’ve heard this sentiment from a lot of people it seems. This thing is though, I LOVE having our past three years document like this. These are my favorite albums to look through and my family feels the same. So, while I was trying to sort this all out, I started playing with the Project Life App. I’m an Apple girl so my photos are synched through all of my devices which makes it really simple. Now I can work on my pages from my iPad anywhere!

I’m having my first set of pages printed (I love persnicketyprints.com) and I can’t wait to see them! I love the versatility of the app and one of my favorite features is being able to turn off rounded corners (I was tired of punching out all my corners!). I’ve been using the Over app to add text to my photos (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this gets added as a feature) and plan on still using a 12×12 album so that I can include additional page protectors for some of the random stuff that gets collected in our album.

Anyway, all that to say I’m really excited to be starting again! Here is week one…

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Memory Keeping Monday

The best part of scrapbooking a vacation is that it’s a chance to relive the trip! For our Christmas trip to Maui I used this template set by Ali Edwards. I’ve used one of her template sets to document a vacation before (you can see those layouts here). What I like about the week-in-the-life format is that it helps to keep the trip organized. I took just under 800 photos on this trip and for me that can be overwhelming. When looking only a day at a time it really simplifies things.

For this album, I’m planning on using a 6×8 Project Life Album and page protectors for these pages as well as some smaller pocket pages to include some of the other stuff we collected on our trip (maps, Instax photos, brochures, etc.). Along with Ali’s templates (which I made some modifications to) I also used some of her digital stamps (here, here, here and here).

This was really fun to put together and I can’t wait to get the printed pages in my hands!
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I’m having such a great time participating in Layout-A-Day once again and this time I was so excited to be asked by Lain to be a featured scrapper! I was so honored when she asked and had a great time coming up with my layouts.

My featured layout today included some 3×4 cards that I created that would be great on a layout or in Project Life or a similar pocket style layout. I created some without my families initials to share. They come in both .jpeg and .psd files to print or maybe adapt to your needs. If you’re interested, you can find them here.

Here’s my layout:

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The photo was one taken when we were in Disneyland in March. I feel like we all look relaxed and happy. Perfect!

Here are the rest of my layouts so far. Click on any of them to see it larger.
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I love this…

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So him right now.
Nose in the computer, totally engrossed.
He’s been taking lessons at Microsoft and loves it.
Our own little Bill Gates… or maybe Steve Jobs?

I want to remember: Disneyland

I want to remember how much Alex held my hand through the park

I want to remember how much more independent Alex was this year. Getting in and out of rides, buckling in, even using the single rider line.

I want to remember the leisurely pace that we held during this trip. We only used two of our “magic mornings”. Lines were short and we never felt pressured to hurry.

I want to remember the pure tears of joy when we sprung the surprise on Alex. It was my favorite part of the trip.

I want to remember my first Dole Whip (yummy!)

I want to remember watching Alex experience ride on Goofy’s Sky School over and over all by himself.

I want to remember experiencing the magic through his eyes again and hoping that the magic of Disney captures him every time he goes.

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Tonight…

This sweet boy asked if I would snuggle with him “just five more minutes!”. How could I possibly say no when all that was going through my mind was this thought –

How much longer will he want to snuggle with me at all?

We are blessed with a sweet, sweet boy. I can still see glimpses of the little guy that he was.

But more and more those moments are being overshadowed by glimpses of the young man he’s becoming.

I like what I’m seeing so far but I can’t help but also feel a little bit sad at what we’re leaving behind.

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