Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lily's 2 Year Pictures

Yay! We were somewhat successful in getting Lily's picture taken today! She hasn't had a photo taken in a year, and the last one I have of her and Gavin, she was 3 months old I think. She is a big stinker when it comes to a camera and a stranger. Put them both together and we've got a disaster. This is something new for me-I used to take Gavin every 3 months until he was 2 and he loved it! I always had a hard time picking what pictures to buy because he hammed it up for all of them. Not Lily, she is not a fan at all. There isn't one really of her smiling her big smile, but the photographer definitely captured her personality! Gavin did good as usual. :)

If she can't see you, you must not be able to see her...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gavin's 1st Grade Picture

Halloween Sweet Centers Card

Here are my cards for card swap tonight. The theme was whatever you want, and I've been wanting to try these super cute little cups that Stampin' Up has right now. They are these little plastic cups that you can fill with whatever you want and add them to your card. They of course even have a stamp set to go with them, which is the stamp I used. I usually don't use Halloween cards, but I think this is a neat idea. Hopefully the girls like them. It's been so long since I've been to a card swap, I'm excited to get back to it!

I saw a cute idea here to make the cup into a flap so you don't have to ruin the card to get the candy out:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Finally, some new projects!

Man-it's been forever since I've made anything! It felt so good to get creative again! (even when I used other's creativity) :)
Pumpkin Bucket:
This one is so cute in person! I totally copied Lynn's version-why mess with a good thing? Check out her blog for the instructions.

This one I've seen several times and thought it was a great idea! Here is one of my favorite versions. I made mine into a tag for my card swap group.

Now for a couple of projects I actually didn't copy. :)
Another birthday tag for card group. I punched out 4 stars to make the 3-D star.

I saw the template for this card in a magazine, I love how it turned out!


Last week the kids and I decided to hit the zoo after school. What a perfect time to go! It had cooled down beautifully and best part-no one was there! No school bus loads of kids, nobody. And since it had cooled off, the animals were out and about. We got a front row view of everything! We will have to do this again before it gets too cold, it was so fun!

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Gavin's Birthday!

Gavin's birthday was last month and he had a great day! His teacher let him bring a special toy in for show and tell and we took in cupcakes for the class.
He got to sit at the front and field questions from his classmates about his toy-he loooved it!

Here's his class:

At one point he came up to me and said, make sure you get a picture of my teacher...here ya go Gav:

Later that evening, he had a little party at Amazing Jake's (kinda like a Chuck E Cheese). I hadn't been feeling well, so we needed to keep it easy. He had a blast!

Gavin and Lily waiting for the party to start:

Presents were lots of fun!

Daddy and Lily on the teacups:

Guitar Hero-anyone surprised?

Mini Golf:

After the party, we came home and he opened his presents from us.

What a fun, busy day!!

First Day of First Grade!

*OK, I know I'm about a month behind, but better late than never I suppose.
Gavin started 1st grade this year. He is loving it! We went to meet his teacher the day before and afterwards, we get in the car and he says "I never knew my teacher would be so pretty". He is still pretty smitten with her a month into the year. He really enjoys all the things that come with going to school all day-specials everyday, recess, lunch (sometimes hot lunch, sometimes a packed lunch) and being with his friends. Lily misses him when he's gone and tells me several times a day "car, Gavin, now!". I can't believe he's already in 1st grade-where does the time go?
Gavin with a couple of his friends from last year that he was so excited to see!

This is a chart they have in the classroom and the goal is for them to stay on the green section or move up to the purple. It's a behavior chart and they move up or down depending on how they are in class. Gavin is very social and was having some trouble with talking and spent a bit of time on the yellow, so we came up with a reward chart at home. I think it's helped, he's been doing much better.