Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Week in the Life | Thursday & Friday Pages

Life caught up with me and I completely fell behind in my album.  I was really worried I would have nothing to say about Friday. I didn't blog about it and took very few pictures.  But once I sat down I was somehow able to recall lots of details.  Need to document more at the time of.  Really do.  

This project is vastly simpler for me than it has been in years past.  But I did a little tiny bit of watercolor brush lettering for the day of the week card here. 

Continuing to use snippets of text in a 3x8 page as the main journaling.  On the front I just used chipboard, from the Grow Story Kit, as the icons.  They work well with our trip to the nursery. Lakshman is developing quite the relationship with the chickens there. 

More little conversations recorded. Like one about octopi.  I had to draw a kawaii one of course.  So it only follows that I drew a kawaii lightening bolt for Harry Potter.

I love this little sun die cut peeking out from my text. 

Trying to be real about my day. Maybe I was a little too real. 

Look at my nice husband making dinner.  So lucky. 

And, the best part of the day.  Snuggling and reading and laughing.  I had no pictures, but I typed out the long story and watercolored a strawberry to go with it.  Lakshman watercolored his own strawberry along with me.  He objected to my seed color so I switched to white.  I just don't know how I resisted the urge to add a smiley face to this one. 

Still sleeping? At breakfast? Hungry and tired for sure.  I know I am.  

For Friday's opening card I tried a little bit of calligraphy.  In pencil first so I could fix my flourishes before committing them to ink. 

I struggled getting these words out, but I finally did.  I kept all the text together on one page this time. 

How adorable is that cloud sticky note from Studio Calico?  I added a Kelly Purkey stamp from her solar system collection. 

This gem is one story that I did write down that same thankfully.  After Lakshman and I had this long conversation during our car ride home, I typed it up and emailed it to Ryan so he could see.  

His honest shock at the thought of his future babies taking his toys is so hilarious.  Then he tried to justify it by saying they would like Avinash and Nandini's toys better! The funny thing is they share most of their toys and a lot of his stuff used to be theirs. 

The back of the text is just this gorgeous patterned paper.  It is from a previous December SC kit.  I punched the sentiment out of an Ali Edwards kit journaling card.  It seemed to fit perfectly in my 2.5 inch circle punch.

Nandini's room is a dream for pictures. I don't know why I don't photograph them more up there. I added a chipboard banner and a little wooden starburst.  I like how the embellishments accent the canopy and frame the kids without overwhelming the photo.

My attempt at layering.  Text on a journaling card with washi tape borders. 

The highlight of the day and the reason we got so busy.  Grandma is here!  And the start of a very busy mother's day weekend. 

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Week In the Life| Thursday Photos + Wednesday Pages

Are you taking my picture? 

Uh, yep. 

This outfit didn't even last that long.  I had to shower and change mid day because I got so hot. 

First they were arguing about whose toy that was.  It's Lakshman's toy.  No, it's Bappi's toy.  Then they were licking each other with it and Lakshman was giving it kisses back. 

Lakshman is still in his rhino costume.  Everybody loves it and asks him about it.  It is totally short on his arms and legs, but he looks so cute stuffed into it.

No school and no plans means we can visit our favorite nursery, Natural Gardner.  The 80 and 90 degree weather is getting to all the violets I have in my containers and I want something fresh to put in them.  

My friend Farya asked me to be the 'official' photographer for the school MARE program again, so we go to school early to shoot the fishes.  It is fun for Lakshman too because he gets to see the octopus eyes and they show him the beak inside too.  Quick projects like this are the perfect amount of volunteering for me. 

Even though I really don't like Starbucks anymore, I let the kids talk me into an after school snack there.  Plus, I still have tons of rewards left that I need to use up.  While I am ordering Lakshman disappears.  I mildly panic, no one around me reacts at all but I luckily find him in the potty.  More than one crisis averted I guess. 

We race over to piano, four minutes late and reminding me why I need to stick to drive thrus. Lakshman splits Nandini's bagel and Avinash eats his cake pop.  Waiting through these classes really is getting easier.  

The kids and I look for things to harvest in the backyard.  We could only find one plum! We all split it but the skin is terrible! The inside is really tart too.  Lakshman picks some tomatoes and waters his popcorn plant. 

Ryan making dinner.  Some weird lentil dish from Blue Apron.  I have to add haldi and jeera to it.  The kids have roasted broccoli and pasta.  Lakshman only wants to eat the broccoli, but at least it is cooked in some fat this time.

Probably the best part of our day and our week so far.  Avinash is doing homework.  Nandini, Lakshman and I are reading the strawberry book and start acting out the parts.  Lakshman wants to be the bear initially.  Nandini and I take turns being the mouse and strawberry.  Dressing up the strawberry in it's disguise is so hilarious.  Avinash bounds in and joins us.  I love it when he is not too big to play along with our silly games.  We read the book over and over so that everyone can get a turn at each character several times.  Lakshman interjects a new line into the book and insists that the bear wants to eat the strawberry AND the mouse.  This only makes sense of course. Somehow we end the book with Ryan as the bear getting attacked.  Lakshman tells me to slap him, he starts kicking him and he tells Nandini to hit him.  "Not like that! Close your hand, that is called a hit!" "You mean punch?" Ryan is laughing hysterically throughout so I assume he is okay with this? Seems like 

Wednesday Pages |

Mini Art Journaling still going strong!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Week in the Life | Wednesday Photos + Tuesday Pages

Free baby yoga class? Do we get a discount because we are fifteen minutes late to a thirty minute class? Lol.  We meet up with Lakshman's friend and drive to the class together.  They barely have the attention span for fifteen minutes, so it works out perfectly! 

Then, I make them check out Terra Toys because it is right next door.  We get coffees and they get to run around.  They both choose squishy toys to get.  

Let's play hide and seek.  I'm camoflauging! Best hiders ever. 

Swimming after lunch.  I love how Lakshman was taking these really big leaps in the water at first.  I would sort of put my arm under him mid-way so he wouldn't completely sink before making it to the other side.  He got a little more tentative after that. He did love throwing the toys off the stairs over and over. 

Bathtime.  Trying to fill up the tub with bubbles, but he doesn't believe me that the epsom salt isn't going to work for that. 

I put on his robe after the bath and he cried when I tried to take it off.  He also cried when I "messed up" his jet.  I think he needs a nap but he doesn't fall asleep until we get in the car. 

Avinash wants to go to the library with us before his dance class. He is looking for the sequel to the book Smile, but ends up sitting with a pile of different chapter books.  Nandini picks out Dam Keeper because she read the beginning with Lisi.  She finishes the entire thing while we are there.  

I am reading some of the Japanese children's books they have and working on translating them.  It is really fun to work on something different than Duolingo I have been doing.  

I also pick up General Relativity for babies.  I read it to Nandini but we still don't really understand Relativity by the end of it. 

Nandini's take on it: "Were they just saying regular words, like blah bluh blee, like that? "

I had to let her check out Apocalypse Meow Meow.  I mean, c'mon. Are you kitten me right meow?

Lakshman finally wakes up and we head out to the coffee shop per Nandini's request. Despite the fact that I brought them snacks in the car, chocolate chip cookies and salt and pepper tofu. 

I let her get an Earl Grey macaron and a pop tart.  Sorry, only two to three treats a day for you. 

There are so many great things to do at Seaholm Plaza while Avinash is at ballet.  We go for weekly Trader Joe's run as well.  A mini watermelon for Lakshman, and some peas and mushrooms for dinner with pasta.  

Tuesday Pages |

Sticking to very simple printed journaling.  I use the traveling typewriter font at about size 7.  I just made 3 inch columns and type out my captions.

Trying to combine my art journaling with my scrapbooking.  Simple 1 inch punched circles and watercolored icons. 

Avinash typed up a little bit about his day.  I was so happy to include his day like this.  

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