Friday, September 03, 2010

Back to School 2010-11

Ha! This little post has been sitting in my draft box for going on a month now… time to go ahead and post it I guess LOL

Bryce is officially a high schooler now. He is in the Engineering Academy at Vista Ridge HS. VRHS is not our neighborhood HS, so he gets to ride the bus to and from school every day. He seems to like it, and is doing well so far.


Elizabeth and Carissa are 7th graders this year, and one of the highlights is finally having a locker to store their stuff in.


Sarah at almost 5 misses the cutoff for starting kindergarten this year, so we have sent her to preschool 2 mornings a week. She is loving it! She also works on preschool activities at home with me on those days she doesn’t go to school. She loves doing pages in the school book and I have to tell her it is time to quit because she has done enough work for the day.

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journaling: Sarah was so thrilled to be able to participate in the back to school shopping this year, finally. The preschool didn’t actually have a supply list, but she did need a backpack and a lunch box for dinners at the Dance Center. We got some basic supplies like pencils, glue sticks, crayons and colored pencils to contribute to her classroom too.
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
Girlfriend Time and Girlfriend Time Template Bunches by Shabby Miss Jenn, School Daze by Flergs
fonts: CK Handprint, FO Messy Bessy

Sarah_PreschoolTeacher_8-4-  journaling: Sarah was excited to start school this year with the older kids. She goes to preschool at Remington on Monday & Wednesday mornings. She loves it! We also do a bit of preschool work at home on her ‘off’ days. She’s going to be a handful in Kindergarten next year, as she is already writing, learning the letter sounds and has no trouble with most of the activities we’ve worked on so far.
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
School Daze Collection by Flergs; Girlfriend Time Template Bunches by Shabby Miss Jenn
fonts: CK Handprint, FO Messy Bessy

Brenna is in 2nd grade this year. One of the best things so far is having both of her best friends in her class this year ;)

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Brenna and her 2 best friends the first day of second grade. Brenna_BFFs_8-4-10 
credits: by Dianne Rigdon at scrapartist: Pink Lemonade (at The Digi Chick in August), Fade To White alpha, Fresh Start (stitching), Homey (large flowers and white solid paper, recolored); fonts: Pink Flamingo

credits: at scrapbookgraphics: Primarily Educational by Jessica Bolton, Patchy Posies and Patched with Love by Christina Renee Designs;
fonts: SBC Courtney's Journal

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August Scrapping

credits: at scrapbookgraphics: by ChristinaRenee: Photo Montage Champagne, Photo Montage Royale, Authentic Artistry Alphabet; Worn Overlays by Manuella Zimmerman; Prairie Gal by Lorie Davison; Dreamcatcher (pine branch) by Flergs; Portraits by Jen Ulasiewicz Photography; fonts: CK Pirate Hand

My favorite photo from the session with JenU deserved a page of its own.Brenna_July2010
credits: at scrapbookgraphics: Authentic Artistry by Christina Renee Designs, Eyes Wordart by Bethany Harty; Portrait by Jen Ulasiewicz Photography
fonts: Chromosome Heavy

A page for my art journal- not specifically related to the AJC challenges, which I am so far behind on it’s scary.
credits: Over the Rainbow by Dianne Rigdon at; LO based on ToT sketch on SSD blog 8-3-10; fonts:TXT Altius, CK Becky

journaling: It’s one of those things we don’t do as much as we should- walking to the park to enjoy the evening air. There are 2 parks and the school playground within a 10 minute walk from our house and the kids are almost always up for a few minutes of being care-free and just enjoying being kids. Gray clouds were threatening rain again and the wind was a bit on the chilly side, so we didn’t stay as long as they would have liked, but at least we went and had a good time for a little while!
Squiggly Gig by Birgit Kerr and PreFABS Digital Tagbook 6 - Book Illusions by Dutchie at scrapbookgraphics
fonts: Ticket Capitals Impressed, P22 Garamouche

Brenna_BFFs_8-4-10 Brenna and her 2 best friends the first day of second grade. They are all in the same class again this year.
credits: by Dianne Rigdon at scrapartist:
Summer Livin' Pink Lemonade (at The Digi Chick in August), Fade To White alpha, Fresh Start (stitching), Homey (large flowers and white solid paper, recolored); fonts: Pink Flamingo

Bryce spent a lot of his summer learning about building robots with the Lego Mindstorms kit we bought for him.Bryce_Robots-Summer2010-pg1 Bryce_Robots-Summer2010-pg2
credits: Robokit Package Saving by Ztampf! at scrapbookgraphics
fonts: Baby Boston, Chromosome Heavy

journaling: You are growing up right in front of my eyes- so very hard to believe you were so tiny and helpless not so long ago, at least in my mind. Be true to yourself- do the things you want to do and do them well. Just be you, because that person is special just the way she is!
credits: at scrapbookgraphics:
Fast Forward and Beach Babe (blue paper) by Lorilei Murphy, Painted Edges by Flergs, PreFABs Fly Angel Fly by Dutchie
fonts: CK Becky, TXT Soda Shoppe, TXT Personality

GreatSandDunes_JourneyToget journaling: Grandmama invited us to go camping with her at Great Sand Dunes National Park. The kids were so excited , especially because they got to sleep in her trailer. It was definitely cramped with 6 people, but it was a good time with family and fun wrap-up to summer.
The Long Haul by Jessica Bolton at scrapbookgraphics, Kooky Cutouts Collab by Fizzy Pop Designs and Crystal Livesay at 9th&Bloom; fonts: Artistamp Medium, Ticket Capitals Impressed, Century Gothic

An old family get-together photo. I'm still trying to find out if anyone remembers what the occasion was LOL
credits: The Long Haul by Jessica Bolton at scrapbookgraphics

A couple of pages from Vacation 2006- yep, still working on that set of pictures. What can I say? I’m a slow scrapper in some respects ;) The Pittsburgh Aquarium page was chose for the Gallery Standouts blog on August 24! I adapted a traditional scrapbook page template to this fantasy–style page for a challenge at Scrapbookgraphics and was very pleased with how that worked, so it was neat to get a little extra nod that it really did come out as well as I thought :)PittsburghZoo-Aquarium_7-10-06
credits: at scrapbookgraphics: Em-ka Design’s Ocean Deep and Ocean Deep Alpha; Dutchie’s Summer Soiree Challenge Freebie;
Fonts: Arid ITC, Century Gothic, CK Becky

And a photo montage of our day in NYC with Robin during that trip. I’ve scrapped a few bits and pieces of it, but not everything. NYC_7-7-06  journaling: We spent July 7, 2006 exploring The Big Apple with the kids. We parked the car in a lot on Statten Island and started the day off with a ferry ride across Upper Bay to New York City. We took the subway up to the Bronx to meet Robin at the zoo. It was wonderful to meet Robin in person after years of chatting online. After Robin had to head off to work, we headed back downtown. We spent a few minutes walking around the Ground Zero area and then found a Chinese restaurant to eat at to celebrate our anniversary. We took the ferry back to Staten Island and enjoyed watching the sunset as we passed by Liberty Island. It was a day to remember.
Cosmopolitan by Maya at scrapbookgraphics; Project 7 Templates by Jenn Vogel; fonts: Technical

journaling: By some standards, our house is small for a family of our size. We have enough to eat, everyone has a place to sleep & clothes to wear, and there is still enough for us all to enjoy our hobbies. It is filled with love and laughter and is a place where we can all be ourselves- and that, I think is the most important part of being “home.”
credits: by Dianne Rigdon at Scrapartist:
Homey, Homey Add-on Cobalt, Homey Add-on Solids; Heart Sweet Heart Stackables 1 (cloud stitch), Little Buddies Elements (ricrac, recolored) and Little Buddies Glitter (recolored), Fresh Start (white stitching, retired); Kooky Cutouts Collab by Fizzy Pop Designs and Crystal Livesay at 9th&Bloom; Lightroom Preset (Sunbleached) by Kelsey Smith
fonts: DB Lovey Dovey Doodles, CK Becky, Beansprout DNA

Melinda_3rdGrade1978 credits: Impressions of 7 by The Studio Girls at; photo corners from Delight in Photographs by Jessica Bolton (retired)
fonts: Primer Print, Segoe Script

journaling: Sarah loves to have her picture taken whenever she sees me get my camera out. “Take my picture, Mama” she tells me, and she keeps asking until I do.
credits: from The-LilyPad: Click 2 Scrap and Where Bluebirds Fly by Kaye Winieki, doodled border from iNSD Freebie by Lili; Acrylic brackets from Garden Pop by Kim Jensen at scrapdish; fonts: CK June Bug Louise

credits: by Pixel Works at The-LilyPad: Varsity Chip Alpha, The Teen Scene- Boy Papers, Girl Papers, Doodles 'n Things, Papers and Frames; Warp It by Wendyzine at scrapbookgraphics; Portraits by Jen Ulasiewicz Photography; fonts: FO Giggles

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