I had big plans for this month. I was going to post more how-tos and pictures of projects and get lots of exciting things done. And I have gotten lots of things done. Finally finished my wedding album. Made birthday presents for my sister and sister-in-law (I’ll post pictures after they’ve been given.) Gone to PTA meetings and scrapbook socials and had an open house at my own home. Already visited my niece (and my bro and SIL) once this month, and get to go again this Saturday. Yay!
On our first visit we all crammed into my mother’s car:
Aren’t my guys just the cutest, cuddliest boys you’ve ever seen? Connor didn’t really want to ride in the back, and at one point climbed over the seat and sat on Ethan’s lap. Such a cute dog.
At one point while we were there, all the small animals decided to gang up on my brother. And yes, I do include my sons in that description. (Ross has Brownie and Simon hugging him, and Ethan’s probably regalling him with video game information. Or asking if he can turn on the XBox.)
This was the first time Simon met Josefine. He decided this was how she needed to be entertained. She thought this was very interesting. My brother worried about germs.
So that’s the tip of the iceberg for September. Hopefully I’ll have a decent picture of Jessica with Josefine after this weekend, not to mention Nancy. (Nothing I’ve taken so far has been really nice.) If either of you read this before Saturday, plan on posing!
I’m going to host my first open house/ scrap and stamp play time next Saturday, September 13 between 12 and 5pm. I’ll send out an email with details on how to get here. If you’re going to be in the area and I haven’t sent you an email, let me know. We’ll play with stamps and paper, maybe do a card or two. The first ten people who come will be able to make a little purse shaped card from this set of diecuts. If anyone has any techniques they want to experiment with, let me know, and I’ll make sure I have the materials ready. Otherwise, we’ll play with watercolor stamping techniques. Check out Tim Holtz’s blog for inspiration. I don’t claim to be as good as he is, but we can play with his techniques.
And for anyone interested, I’ve signed up for Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life class, to pump up my design savvy. It starts October 3, and runs thru Christmas. I’m really looking forward to it. Anyone else want to take it?
Oh, and a word of warning for visitors next Saturday. I have 4 cats, a dog, two rambunctious boys and no offstreet parking. So, yes, kids are welcome. I’ll have a table set up with kid stamps and stickers, and number one son will be on entertainment duty. (Now he just has to keep his room picked up between now and then.)
Today my eldest started second grade. I now officially am old. (At least according to my kids.Ed-In my son’s defense, he read this and said, “you’re not old, Mom!”) Here he is in all his almost-7-year-old glory:
Only one more month to go before his birthday. What am I going to do? And how can I stand this cuteness on a daily basis, and not squeeze those cheeks? (I apparently was meant to be an annoying distant relative, only seen on major holidays.)
And yes, he just lost his first tooth. He was very excited about it. The tooth fairy paid him a visit, and left him with a 50 cent piece. I’m dreading the possibility that he will loose his teeth the same way he got them: all at once. He literally went from no teeth to 5 teeth within the space of about a week. At nine months old. Immediately after minor surgery. On a holiday weekend. It was fun.
So the next time you see this guy, ask him how school’s going, and count his teeth. They may not be there very much longer.