My First Video! Eek!

Hey friends!

I wanted to stop in quickly and share with you a link to my first You Tube Video! Crazy, huh? ;)

I made a quick video flip through of my prepared December Daily album. Remember: this album is just prepped for December 1. Things can move, pages added or deleted. Its a work in progress. This is just the base of my album.

You can view my video here. Leave me a comment (a nice one please!) and subscribe to my channel is you'd like!

Hope your Monday is blessed -



This week our family faced having to put our beloved Roscoe to sleep. 

And it hurts. And we've all cried. 

We are certain we made the best decision for Roscoe - his quality of life was gone. He could no longer run, play, eat or really do anything other than lay in his bed. We debated getting him a wheelchair - and then he went further downhill and really the most loving thing to do was to put him down.

We had already tried acupuncture - and initially he was getting better. Then one day we woke up and our sweet baby was back to square one. In pain, scared and not real sure what was going on.

Roscoe came home to us when he was 8 weeks old. He was going to be taken to a shelter because his original owners did not want him...but once Ben and John saw him, they knew he was ours. 

We bought him home one Friday while Alex was out of town. What a surprise he had when he got home! 

....and we have not looked back. He was loyal, playful, loving. He was all the things you want in a dog for your boys. He would curl up with me in the mornings after Alex went to work. Such a snuggle bug he was! 

We will miss this little guy so much - we already do. But the time we had him (just over 5 years) - he was right where he needed to be. He was perfect for our family (even when he ate my new leather couch!). 

Rest in peace little buddy. You've done well. 

Well I am back with an update of whats going on with my December Daily preparations. You can check out my previous post and see what my goals and intentions were.

November  6 - (hopefully) have my album in
                        print out any planning sheets
                        set up files on computer 

November 15 - order any photo paper or ink I will need

                         have supplies organized 
                         precut any digital designs I might use

November 20 - have inner workings of album started

November 28 - have desk cleared and ready to go

            charge camera battery 

You can see I am making progress. I have completed my tasks from the first deadline, and I am working on cutting out any digital designs I will be using this week. I don't plan on using many digital cuts so I hope I can get them all cut out while watching some television tonight.

To be honest, I am running a few days behind. I have been sick with pneumonia and then have taken two separate trips to San Antonio for my son's State competitions this month. Add in a mother in law who has been hospitalized, and well, you can see where the time went.

Today I wanted to share how I am setting up my supplies. I have gathered the items from my stash that I knew I wanted to include and corralled them into a fabric basket and also a vintage wooden tray. Please excuse the reflection from the glass top of my work table. It makes taking photos hard! 

This is an overview of my supplies. You can see the polka dot box that I have filled with supplies as well as the red wooden tray that I will be using. The green wooden box is not necessarily part of my supplies - normally my photo printer sits on top of it. You can also see the white album that I will be using. It is available here. (Note: there will be a sticker on the front of your album cover. I used UnDu to safely remove mine. Others have tried pulling off the sticker and ended up ruining their album. Use caution.)

This is a close up of my red vintage tray. In it I store labels, washi tape, metal bits, wooden numbers (in the back) and other bits and pieces. I also include my 3x4 cards here as well. Mainly small things that I might want to grab later on in the month.

Here you can see the red top shakers I am using to store my sequins. The shakers were a vintage find and they work so well at holding the small sequins. I simply unscrew the top and shake out how many sequins I would like. 

Inside the polka dot box I have this metal tin. I store all Christmas related die-cuts here.  I love sifting through trying to find the right piece for my pages. 

I also have a jar (from the Target Dollar-Spot) that has coordinating ribbon to use. 

Most wooden bits are kept in this little Tim Holtz storage tin - initially designed for holding stamp pads, but is perfect for all my little wooden Christmas bits. My rules is that when the tin is full, I have to quit collecting wooden bits. You can find the tin here

The last photo I want to share is the two recycled boxes that I use to contain my paper goodies. The small red box is a box that a Starbucks coffee cup came in. In it, I hold all the 6x8 papers, envelopes, bags, etc that I might want to include. 

The white box was found when I finished up writing thank-you cards one evening. It used to hold the notecards that I finished using.  The box was going to be thrown away but luckily I thought to grab it. It is the perfect size for holding enamel dots, stickers and other paper embellishments that are a bit bulkier than just a plain diecut. 

I don't have a photo of just this, but I also have two embossing powders, and a roll of Christmas themed masking tape in the fabric basket. You can see the powders in the top photo (blue ziplock containers) as well as the Christmas masking tape.

Thats it. One fabric basket and one wooden tray. My goal is to try and limit myself to what I have here. Will this happen? To be honest?  I don't know. I do know, though, that I work better with a limited amount of things to choose from. So we will see. 

How are you doing on preparing for December to get here? Is your album ready to go? 
November. Can you believe we are already starting November? Seriously, this year has flown by. Its been good. Real good.

The beginning of November also signals the time to start my annual December Daily album. Planning, dreaming, sketching. This is a project so near to my heart. Documenting the everyday of December. The holiday madness. The silent nights 

While the actual documenting will be done in December, I spend November getting this together. I have been gathering items that I might want to include. Making lists of things that I know we will be doing that I want to document. For me, planning is key.

November is a busy time for my family. Of course there is Thanksgiving, but also State Marching Band Competition, a weekend spent in San Antonio, Banquets, and volunteer work. Having a timeline of sorts keeps me on time. 

Here's a rough idea of how I allot my time for November for this project. Remember, these dates are flexible and they are what works for me.

November  6 - (hopefully) have my album in
                        print out any planning sheets
                        set up files on computer 

November 15 - order any photo paper or ink I will need
                         have supplies organized 
                         precut any digital designs I might use

November 20 - have inner workings of album started

November 28 - have desk cleared and ready to go
                         charge camera battery 

While planning ahead is not for everyone this system works well for me. It keeps me on track. It gives me a place to look when I am starting to get overwhelmed (and I know I will get overwhelmed!).

Thanks for stopping in! I cannot wait to get this project started (and by the end of December, I will be so ready to be done with this project!)

Are you going to have a December album? Do you blog about it? Leave me a link in the comment section and I will go leave you some love!

Happy Wednesday! Another day documented for Week In The Life. Today was a busy day with appointments and errand running.

My day started around 7 am this morning and I spent a few minuets on Facebook catching up. My niece is moving to college tomorrow so I messaged her to check on how she is doing.

I also checked my email and confirmed details on a volunteering opportunity coming up. 

Todays agenda included cleaning out my closet + switching out my Summer wardrobe for my Fall clothes. It may be still a bit early to wear a jacket but I know its coming. 

Sidenote: I am so predictable in my clothing. Tons of denim shirts and the colors black and coral are well represented. Not so much pink, green, or yellow.

10:30 - My closet organization project is done and I have a quick check on Facebook. 

Lunch is served. I had a 'Bear' on Cheddar (Cheddar bagel with creamcheese, cucumber, honey mustard and ham). 

Another appointment with my Doctor. This time I was getting results from a blood workup. Cortisol and Thyroid were low and need to be treated. 

My view as I lay down while my back is getting worked out. Well hello there! 

Back home in the late afternoon - just in time to have a lengthy Face Time session with this cutie. Lynlee just started to crawl and she 'called' me to show me how good she is. Gosh I love her so much.

This little guy was found hopping into the house. Nice, huh? We have had a ton of rain lately and this guy has been hanging out on our back patio. Of course, our dogs were not going to let it get very far! 

So Wednesday is in the books. I am noticing I am not photographing a lot of 'things' of our life. I want to work on that tomorrow. What does our medicine look like? Snack time? Laundry? How messy is my studio? 

Do you include things like medicine in your Week In The Life albums? 

Today's story is that it was a lazy day. The only day this week that had no 'must-do' items on the calendar.

No early morning activities means that breakfast could be enjoyed. Toasted English muffins + strawberry cream cheese and then a banana. Orange juice, no pulp, to drink. I ate alone since Alex was already at work and it was peaceful. 

Mid morning I realized I was out of laundry detergent so I ran to Target. A peach tea green lemonade from Starbucks was the first thing I found once I was there. Thank You Alex for always giving me Starbucks gift cards on holidays. 

No trip to Target would be complete without a stroll through the Clothing Section. I love Fall clothes and Target is starting to get out their sweaters + long sleeve shirts out. Just by looking at what they have put out already, it looks like bright plaid + flair jeans + leggings with a tunic on top is what will be in style come Fall. I also noticed lots of Olive green in the clothing - it is a neutral nowadays. 

Back home and made the bed - now I am reading The Life Changing Habit of Tidying Up. Scout was helping me (of course he moved just as I snapped this photo!). This book was recommended to me by a friend - and it is good! Don't let the size of this book fool you. It is jam packed with ideas on how to clear out the clutter. 

Alex had a business trip to Lubbock today, so once he got home we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Beef enchiladas for him + chicken enchiladas for me. It was Happy Hour when we arrived so I ordered a house Margarita. It was so cold and refreshing! 

After dinner we came back home and watched Apple TV. We are just finishing up Gilmore Girls on Netflix. How is it that I had never seen this show before? #latetotheparty Relaxing at home is one of our favorite ways to wind down the day. 

Snuggling with the dogs + watching TV + just 'being' = heaven for our family.

Today I had a hard time remembering to use my 'big girl' camera. All but one photo from today came from my iPhone. 

Because I wasn't busy today, I had to really try and make an effort to remember to snap photos. Does anyone else have this problem? I don't think today will be an exciting day in my Week In The Life book. That's OK though. Everyday isn't full of exciting things to do. Some days are just 'days'. Nothing bad happened and nothing especially good happened either. 

Just a low key, calm day.

How about you? How are you coming along on you WITL? Do you have a hard time remembering to take photos? 

 A few snapshots + words from today. I am still trying to find my groove on the photos I take vs. the stories I want to tell. My boys are at their Dad's until later in the week, so its just me, Alex + the three dogs to document.

This should be interesting.

Rise + Shine time was 7:30. Lots of sunlight streaming in and the humidity is thick in the air. 

Lots of ordinary stuff had to be done today. Grocery shopping, doctor appointments, making dinner.  Emails to coaches. Emails from my dad about my MawMaw falling (note: I need to print this email out to include). 

First stop though? Sonic for a coke. 1/2 price morning drinks for the win.

Grocery shopping. Meal Planning. This is what I do on Mondays. Its actually a routine that I love - figuring out dinners for the week and planning desserts. I am not a great cook but I can hold my own and thankfully Alex and the boys aren't picky.

Next stop - the doctors office to get my MRI results. 2 bulging disks in my lower back. 3 Prescriptions and a schedule for Physical Therapy and I am on my way to healing.

Tonight Alex has plans after work so dinner goes into the crockpot. We are trying a new recipe out - Beef Steak Tips and Gravy. Can't wait to eat - it smells so good! I ended up serving it over white rice and then baked potatoes on the side. The recipe needs a bit tweaking (and maybe some green chili's?) but it was nice to have everything done once we were ready to sit down and eat.

A self timer photo of Alex and I in bed, watching the news. Not the best quality but this time with him? I love it. Every night this is our time....this is our treasured time. We read, watch the news, and catch up on the days events. Our dogs snuggle with us and its just a peaceful way to end our day.

How are you doing? Have you taken photos today to add to you Week In The Life album?