It’s time for virtual coffee, and I do hope you’ll join me. My husband ground up some Starbucks beans and brewed a pot, and it’s delish. Although drinking the fresh stuff always makes my normal morning Folgers seem a little depressing.
If you came over for coffee today, I know you’d ask how I’m doing, and I’d tell you I’m doing well. Truly. I’m staying busy and enjoying my kids. And doing a whole bunch of cleaning that has been neglected for a very long time. We are getting ready to switch bedrooms around upstairs, so I’ve been cleaning our room out. So far I have bagged up and removed nearly 140 pounds of stuff– mostly clothing– from our bedroom. Yes. I know. Neat. It’s all headed to Goodwill this afternoon. And I still have too many clothes for my hangers. And I still never can figure out what to wear.
If you came over for coffee today, I’d have to show off the fruits of my latest
obsession hobby. I have started digital scrapbooking. I used to do the paper kind, back before I had three children, and I loved it, but I have nowhere in this house for all the stuff and all the mess that goes along with paper scrapping. I had always been intimidated by digital scrapping, but it’s been pretty easy to pick up. I think it helps that I’ve gotten really confident in Elements over the last year and a half, so it’s pretty much just using those skills in a different way.
And the best part is, that while my Mom got me started on paper scrapping, it was my Dad who got me going with the digital kind. He asked me to test out a template for him, and I did, and I liked it so much that I got a little obsessive. It’s been really good, though, to have a creative outlet over the last few weeks.
So if you came over, I’d have to show you, and since you did come over to my blog, I guess I’ll show you a few pages anyway. 🙂
The journaling on this page is the letter I wrote my son on the day he was baptized.
I haven’t done many pages yet starring just Stinky, because I’ve been working my way backward and it’s been a lot of holiday stuff and Bubba’s birthday and all. But I’m almost done with November, and October includes Stinky’s birthday, so I’m sure there will be lots more for just him. This page I made once and then put pictures in for each of my kids, and this is the El Stinko version. 😉
And here’s my Squeezy Bug. I just did this one yesterday. Isn’t she beautiful? Sighs.
Anyway, most of what I do is using sketches or templates by other people, and all the paper and other elements are free downloads, so if you’re interested in that sort of thing let me know and I can point you in the direction of where I got this stuff.
On Saturday we went to the Des Moines Botanical Center. We got a family membership for $25 on Groupon last week, and we decided to take advantage of it on a snowy day. It was so good to get out of the house.
So now, because my life is fairly uninteresting and also mostly depressing, I will show you pictures of my children cavorting among flowers.
They have a scavenger hunt the kids can do, so Stinky was marking off something he had found.
She absolutely loved this giant Kermit the Frog. She kept saying “See Frobby?” Yes. She does call frogs frobbies. And yes. It is possible that the rest of the family does too.
This picture makes my heart happy. And yes, Mom. I know. I should have combed his hair. I fail.
He’s only about half as ornery as he looks.
Right before this he gave me a really sweet, teeth-showing, real smile. Of course the camera focused on the tree instead of on him. So instead you get this slightly evil-looking smirk.
Rest assured that I have dealt with those neat roots since this picture was taken.
Also rest assured that in real life, my husband does not look like a bobble-head doll.
A little bit of springtime happiness. Coming soon to the outdoor portions of Iowa, too, I hope.
Anywho. I have a few more pictures to show you from this outing, but I also have a blog post with actual content in mind to go with them, so you’ll have to wait. I do hope you can sleep tonight, anticipating such excitement.
And now, I’m afraid our little coffee date must come to an end. Someone in this house needs to go grocery shopping, and since we don’t allow Squeezy to drive yet I’m thinking it’s going to have to be me.
Thank you for stopping by today. And always, always, thank you for the kind prayers and loving support you have given our family in recent weeks. I am so blessed by each one of you that has taken time to let me know you care and have been praying.
We live. We laugh. We clean like crazy people.
There is hope, and beauty, and spring is coming, and we’re going to be okay.