Ok, it's been 8 years since I stopped going to school....8 years!? That's a long time and I honestly didn't think i'd ever go back but, once I made the decision, I have been super excited.
That being said...I was pretty anxious about my first day.
I read about this fun idea on another blog about using basic lists to document what your life looks like at the moment. It makes documenting your life easier if you don't have time or desire to be super crafty, just love lists, or it can give you an opportunity to try something different...like I'm doing today. You can create an actual basic list, or dress it up a little. There is a 30-day list challenge that you can participate in here if you're interested.
The challenge today was to create a list using one of their prompts from their previous 2011 list.
As you can see in the photo above, I chose Date Night Ideas. It's easy to get stuck doing the same "dinner and a movie" type activity, so lately I've been thinking about fun things that Nate and I can do to mix it up when we get the opportunity to go out. Gotta make it count, right!?
Here's my list in case it's difficult to read my handwriting in the photo:
Take a Class - DIY, dance, cooking...anything
Beer/Wine tasting night
Live sporting event
Stargazing (up the canyon)
Visit an art gallery in Salt Lake
Obviously some of these will cost more than others, but I tried to include a variety of options. I'm hoping this will help us out next time we are looking for a fun idea!
I'd love to hear any ideas you have or fun dates you've tried out!
Want to see lists that others have created? Check them out here on Facebook.
Laughing at Graham "planking" with his aunt and uncle.
Enjoying all of the rainy days and thunderstorms we've been having this summer.
Feeling excited and nervous to start school next week.
Remembering how ridiculously high priced text books are.
Discovered the TV show Community on Hulu... how did I miss this for so many seasons? Hilarious!
Wanting to add this coffee mug to my collection...Troy and Abed are my favorite!
Waiting for my hair to grow long enough for an easy short ponytail.
Loving the look of white nail polish.
Cheering for Graham learning to stand up without assistance.
Excited (mostly) for cooler weather.
Wondering where the summer went.
Hoping to grow a hop plant like this in the backyard next spring.
Drinking lots of pretend coffee with Graham.
Compiling and narrowing down my Spotify playlist for this months One Little Word challenge.
Driving a minivan around town while my car gets some work done...
Tying up important loose ends before life gets busy with homework.
One of my favorite things right now is to make scrambled eggs with Graham.
In the last few months, Graham has become obsessed with reading. He's always loved books, but he will now sit still for (sometimes) five books in a row! Usually the first thing out of his mouth each morning is "book!" while pointing to his collection and he wants to read throughout the day! This is SO awesome and something I totally looked forward to happening, but I quickly realized that our collection was too small and I was going a little crazy reading through our entire library multiple times a day. We desperately needed a trip to the library.
Before we went the first time, I did my research...looked up books that people had recommended, placed them on hold and we got some really fun gems. After we returned the first batch, I tried the lets just go and see what we find method and we ended up with very few books that I desire to read more than once in my entire life...so I think I'll try to do the pre-search when possible, at least until he can pick out his own books. :)
Here is a review from the first group of books that we borrowed (in the order pictured above): *links will take you to the Amazon description
Sheep in a Jeep - Nate and I find this book funny. It's short, sweet and silly. I'm not sure that Graham actually gets what's going on in the story...but he likes the sounds we make and points out the animals. It's a win-win!
Freight Train - Simple, colorful, very few words. Graham likes this one a lot and points to each car so we can tell him what color it is.
Starlight Sailor - This is one we actually own and one of our favorites for the past while! The words are beautifully written and poetic. The pictures are gorgeous! Definitely check this one out!
Silly Little Goose! - Another simple book where the pictures tell more of the story than the words. Graham knows what a goose says now, "HONK!", haha! Although I don't love this one, he finds it enjoyable and asked for it a lot when we had it.
The Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies - This is a childhood favorite that my parents held onto for the grandchildren. I need to buy this one for our personal collection but I don't think they print it anymore so I'll have to find it used. Sweet story and cute old pics. Perhaps it's the good memories tied to the book, but I just love it! Graham likes it too...but maybe not as much as me. See if your library has it...it's worth a shot. :)
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - Simple, sweet, great bold illustrations, and great for learning about fingers and toes as the title suggests! Graham loves this one...he calls it "baby!!"
Bear and Bee - This book cracks me up! I'm not sure Graham gets the humor yet but we do voices and he laughs along. I would love to own this one!
Where the Wild Things Are - This is another one that we own. Graham loves this book and I love watching Nate read this one to him..he makes it really come to life! It's a classic, and although I never really connected to it before...it's definitely a favorite now!
I Am Winnie the Pooh - This is a super simple board book, but I included it because Graham wanted to read it over and over and say the characters names on each page. I sure wish I could impersonate Winnie the Pooh..it just feels weird saying "think, think" knowing I sound nothing like Pooh. :)
Bear Snores On - I really enjoyed this story and illustrations from the very beginning. It was a little long for Graham but when he was in the right mood we could make it through.
The Day the Crayons Quit - This book is one we'll try again when Graham gets a little bit older because it is funny! Way too long for his attention span at this point, but a great book that Nate and I enjoyed.
Sylvie - I thought this book was adorable and a good length but neither Graham nor Nate really loved it. Oh well. If you run across it you should definitely read through it...I think it's worth it. :)
Jamberry - This is probably the most read book out of all of the library books we borrowed! Graham LOVED this story, the pictures, finding the bear and different animals and pretending to eat all of the different kind of berries. We could read it over and over so I'm sure this will definitely be making it into our library at some point.
I'm starting to make a list of books that I wouldn't mind having in our personal library, as well as books that we can try again when Graham gets a little older. I'm excited to add to our personal library over time and have some of these to read over and over! So much fun!
I would love to hear what the favorites are in your home so we can check them out! Leave a comment!
I was so excited when I read that the One Little Word prompt for May encouraged us to use layering techniques that I've always wanted to try. The prompt was to create nine cards with "I am" statements that are relevant in our lives right now...some positive, some maybe not so positive. And the challenge was to get messy with it...really embrace the imperfection and enjoy the process.
I took awhile to create and narrow down my list of "I am" statements. Once my final list was complete I created my cards like this:
Step 1: Apply base colors and patterns using gesso and paint on cards. Let dry and repeat until desired texture is reached. This is how my cards looked after each had 1-2 layers.
Step 2: Use stamps to add extra layering effects.
Step 3: Add the words "I am" to each card. This could have been been done with stickers/handwritten/printed. I decided that I liked the idea of using my own handwriting but still wanted it to be uniform, so I carved a stamp.
Step 4: Create each unique "i am" statement using handwriting/stamps/stickers.
Step 5: Embellish!
Supplies Used: Cardstock, Gesso, Paint, Stencils, Stamps, Stickers, Pens/Markers, Small embellishments
Here are my completed cards. I got a little carried away and created 18.
(click on image for a larger view)
As with each monthly prompt, the activities are not the most important element but they are a helpful tool to challenge me.
The physical act of creating each card really gave me the opportunity I needed to work through what each statement means about me and how I feel about it. I love that every one of these little cards contains a very tangible and vulnerable piece of who I am in this very moment.
I hope you had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
Aprils prompt was two part. First was to connect with your word visually through photos...I used the statement "I Choose..." on each photo and I really like how they turned out. I didn't get too creative with these, I basically followed the format that Ali used seeing as I was playing catch up.
I didn't think about the prompt too much as I took photos throughout the month. I tend to take pictures of everything with my iphone anyways so I just went thru my photos with the prompt in mind at the end and it was easy to make my list around these.
The second prompt was to choose something to "let go" of or "release" and use a self portrait to journal about your choice. Honestly I think this prompt really started my intense processing of late. I used the entire month to write and think as I tried to decide what I really needed to let go of. I finally realized that at the core of everything was my personal unrealistic expectations. Expectations of who I am supposed to be, what it's all supposed to look like, and how life is supposed to play out. I'm glad I took this prompt seriously and really processed through it but it was/is a BIG thing to tackle...I will not complete this process in a month, or perhaps even a year but it did start something in me and I hope it will get easier with time.
Writing on the photo was a little nerve wracking but I decided to just go for it and not worry too much about if my lines were straight. After all...it's not about perfection but the processing.
I definitely did not expect to be this challenged by my word on such a deep level. :)
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So, after all this back and forth I've decided on a paint color (i think), accepted that the bedroom set is staying and will work with what we have. I've decided that to brighten the room I'll stay with light bedding and use white accents around the room for that crisp pop of contrast I want.
We're not quite ready to paint the walls but I've been trying to visualize and find deals on things to dress it up for now. I found these heavy duty brass lamps at the second hand store a few months back and we bought some good quality white spray paint (it makes all the difference in the world) and they've since been sitting in our room unpainted.
Yesterday was a lazy day as Graham and Nate are recovering from colds but we decided it was a perfect day to get this small project done. When it comes to anything that requires attention to detail/perfection, Nate is my guy! So when I say we painted the lamps...I mean I totally cheered him on and did inspections. :) They turned out great and now I just need to get the right sized lamp shades. We're one small step closer to a decorated master bedroom! Yay!
It's going to be a short week for us and we're looking forward to seeing Nate's parents for a fun 4th of July weekend!