Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mother/Daughter Weekend

Mary Fowler and I spent a 4 day weekend with some of our Roanoke friends at the Greenbrier!  When we moved, my sweet friend hosted a mother/daughter getaway and we've now done it for three years!

I picked Mary Fowler up early from school and she said she was a little nervous that maybe her friends would have changed and become "more sophisticated."  I told her that I could understand, and there was a chance her friends were worried about that, too.  So, when we arrived, Mary Fowler announced proclaimed, "I haven't changed a bit!"  The little girls laughed and laughed all weekend!  They loved the climbing wall and shopping!  Mary Fowler pointed out a pair of boots she would love for Christmas:)

It was so relaxing, and I loved spending time with everyone.  I have not been very good at navigating long-distance friendships and I have felt guilty.  But everyone said they completely understood.

While I feel bad moving Mary Fowler away from old friends, it is fun to have friends in different cities/states!  I guess kids aren't pen pals anymore, they stay in touch via Instagram!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekly Project Life

Confession.  I cannot throw away old past-year day planners.

I love that they are filled with everyday, mundane happenings that add up to a full life.  

When I started reading about Project Life by Becky Higgins, it sounded like a great way to record the special, little, daily things in our family.  I have always taken pictures but I never print any out.  I really didn't know what I wanted!

A lot of the examples I saw of Project Life were so bright and busy-looking, that they just didn't have the final "look" I wanted.  Then I found Ho Hum... and her pages are exactly the look I adore.    Take a look!  I've been stalking her to learn her system. 

I believe she has a background in design because she is meticulous.  She takes gorgeous photos, prints them out herself, prints filler cards and cuts them out and embellishes them... it really is the prettiest way.  The paper she uses is gorgeous.  ... But I have to do mine quick and easy, which means completely digital now.  I just needed to get started.

My pages are by no means perfect.  These are mainly iphone photos since that is the camera I have with me for those quick, daily snapshots.  There are many things I will try to tweak and change as the weeks go on, but right now, my motto is "done is better than perfect!"

I won't post all my pages, but maybe as I figure out some things out, I'll share some tips.  For now, I am so excited to have the month of September done and ready to send off to the printer.