Tuesday, August 31, 2010

January 2008. Scrapbooked.

My life is not as it used to be.  That being said, I'm behind on scrapbooking my one and only child's life.  I think about the moments I'm failing to record on a daily basis.  DAILY.  It makes me sick.  I've been on the warpath for months to do what I can - when I can.  Unfortunately, it's slow going because life continues moving along.  People, events, organizations all demand my time and my calendar gets booked, then I'm too busy. I still capture moments in pictures but I lack the time to scrapbook.  It depresses me.  Sorry, I know I'm ranting like a crazy person. I just thought I'd share my recent accomplishments of documenting when Nathan was 11 months old - Jan 2008.  That's the timeframe of where I last left off in scrapbooking his life.  Ugh.

Initially, I tried to work quickly.  I'm not trying to impress or create a wow factor here, just trying to get the pictures and timeframe documented.  I selected paper & elements that aligned with the season that the pictures were taken.  No time to color match clothes to paper and all that nonsense. 

These were taking to much time to complete, 1-2 hours. No wonder I wasn't getting any traction.  If I was ever going to catch up, I needed to simplify.  Selecting multiple pieces of paper was slowing me down, so I reduced the paper to just one small piece behind the pictures, leaving a  3" white border.

It took about 45 mins to complete which was still to long.  I needed to really minimize what I was using in each layout, less elements and less time spent building them.
Now we're talking.  It took about 15 mins a page to complete the layouts above.  So that's my format for success as I try and blow through the last 2 1/2 years.  One piece of paper and 1 element on a solid white background, which will also keep uniformity throughout the book (if I ever get it done).  Wish me luck - please - I need it. :o)

Monday, August 30, 2010

So tired.

Nathan was so tired after church on Sunday, he couldn't eat lunch.  He held on to one chip and lay his head down.  This kid passed out.... and then the adults enjoyed a nice lunch!

No Parking.

If I had to use a picture to describe my friend, Lynn, it would have to be this one right now.  This is her car parked right by this sign.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Grown Men Playing Dodgeball. Yep.

Greg played in a Dodgeball tournament last weekend.  It brought back horrible memories.  I hated Dodgeball - for good reason.  I'm a girl.  Was there ever a girl actually good enough to play this barbaric game?  I never saw one.  Back to the present, here are some pictures of Greg and friends playing.

And then there was this guy...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Bucket List

1. Bucket List, the movie - Great flick, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
2. Bucket List, defined - The list of things you want to do, before you 'kick the bucket' (die).
3. Bucket List, crying - The ugly cry that takes place when Edward Cole (played by Jack Nicholson) kisses the most beautiful girl in the world (his newly discovered grand-daughter).  The Bucket List cry looks like this:
4. Bucket List, created - My personal Bucket List has been more of an ethereal list with solid things I've always wanted to do.  After seeing the movie, I finally wrote those things down in a notepad but this is a list of things I wanna do before I die, so it's pretty significant, ya know?  It warrants a permanence about it, so I created a scrapbook layout of my personal Bucket List.  Here's the Picture for the Day:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday's Picture of the Day: Man Skills

 'Man Skills'  is my new nickname for Greg.  I staggered at the sight of Greg today as he actively worked on multiple systems and literally faced 3 separate laptops and 2 different monitors - at once! Man Skills, people.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vacation in Vail

Our friends, the Horvath's invited us to vacation with them in Vail, Colorado this Summer.  It was the most enjoyable vacation I've had to date - literally.  From the beautiful landscape of the Rocky Mountains to vacationing with a family as stellar as the Horvaths, it was simply an amazing time.  Literally, hundreds of pictures were taken but I've tried to narrow them down to share here.

On Tuesday, we took our kids to Ford Park which is sandwiched between Vail Village and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (elevation 8,200 feet).  We let the kids run around the amazing park and then we took a break to let the kids snack.

The epic Horvath Family...

Later we strolled through Ford Park where these beetle killed lodgepole pine trees stand nearly 50 feet tall.  Artists used chainsaws to slice the trees in perfect halves from top to bottom, exposing the unique growth of the tree and the bluestaining left by the beetle that ultimately killed these trees.

We walked over to Vail Village for lunch and later let the kids throw rocks in the river.

On Wednesday, Courtney and I hiked to Booth Lake Falls. The hike to the falls is 2 miles one-way with an elevation gain of 1500 feet—not exactly a cakewalk but definitely worth every step because the scenery along the way is absolutely stunning. 

At the beginning of the trail before it inclines....

A few times, small streams either crossed the path or was a part of the path, very cool...

At the summit of Booth Falls...

Courtney looking over this ridge at the 60 foot waterfall...

Our path was ever changing and unpredictable.  At times, it was a forest covering of many types of trees, at other times it was open plains sprinkled with colorful wildflowers.  It was breathtaking.  It goes without saying these pictures don't do it justice!

It also started to rain during our descent which added to the sense of our adventure...

On Thursday, we rode the bus (for the kids) to Pirate Park in Vail Village.

This was our bizarre group picture in a dry river bed...just because we were there.  :o)

Later that day, we rode the Eagle Bahn Gondola to the top of Vail Mountain. 

We hiked along the Eagle Loop trail and engaged in about 45 minutes of picture taking because of the breathtaking views...

Nathan watching out the window as we head back down in the Gondola...

On Friday, Nathan and I took a 2 hour bike ride around Vail and had a total blast...

Since it was just the two of us on this excursion, I had to be resourceful  in getting us on video.  In this video, I'm holding the camera with my right hand and steering the bike with my left.  Eventually, you'll see sneak peaks of Nathan riding along when I turn the camera around

The next video cracks me up.  I wanted to get Nathan and I in the same frame, so I set the camera on a the ledge of a bridge, hit record and then ride away.  You'll see Nathan and I ride by in front of the camera but expect a few seconds of 'dead air' in between our drive-by's.  Towards the end, there's a man walking by looking at my camera and wondering who left a camera on the bridge, hahaha!

On Friday, we raftecd the upper Colorado River.  About a 2 hour ride with just enough small rapids to make it fun for adults with kids...

Here's a brief video of us rafting:

That was our awesome vacation in Vail with the equally awesome Horvath family.  Thanks for everything Horvaths, we had a terrific time!