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December Daily – A few more pages :)

22nd December 2013

This year I am *trying* to use photoshop.  I am not an expert, and am probably only aware of about a tenth of the functions, but I have made a few pages using Ali Edward’s templates.  They look amazing and I am getting faster at the process.  I won’t cross over to the digital side…but they are so pretty I will likely do both for my December Daily!  Here are a few pages –

 

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Day four – focused on Charlie for the ‘main page’ as the kids were in stitches laughing at him reading to all their toys!

 

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December 8 – another one of Charlie.  I had to laugh at this as well.  Well I was laughing the whole time I was doing it!  The kids thought it was HILARIOUS!

 

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Santa at IKEA – not visible is Caitlyn who was hiding far away from Santa as he is ‘scary’ (she has since as of yesterday, changed her mind!)

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Again another elf shot – this one was pretty funny with the milk dyed Christmas colours.  Kids ate it with their cereal laughing the whole time!  Let me tell you – cornflakes and green milk looks weird!

 

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This day was particularly special, as it was the second last day of childcare for us forever.  We both went to our fave cafe and savored the silence.

 

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This one is actually the first one I made.  Our tree – decorated by four kids!

I have printed these out as 6 x 8’s and put them straight into my December Daily album!  Easy!  Now to catch up!  All of these are done with the Ali Edward’s digital December Daily set and the Studio Calico digital files that came with the December Daily kit 🙂

 

Kids

This Guy –> Hayden!

22nd December 2013

My little fella and all around little buddy is growing up – quickly!  He is an amazing little boy (I guess all parents say that though) who is older than his years (all of six!!).  He has a very astute insight into our world, and often comments on things that I just did not think he would understand.  He is quick witted (Jase was just trash talking one day – his response – “yeah?  Well you’re a mother duck with ducklings” still cracks me up! 

He has achieved so much already in his life and words cannot express how proud I am of him, nor how much I love this little dude.  My little monkey biscuit, who has heard my heart from the inside – who still holds my hand because he knows I love it. 

 

This is a little dude, who had the arrival of not one but *three* siblings all at once.  He was three (their age now!) when they arrived and I did not get one tantrum.  Even now the kid has more patience than I do some days.  He said the other day when they were ganging up on me “Don’t worry mum, they go to bed soon”!!!  I had to laugh!  If you have met the trio, you know that they are not naughty or malicious in their play – it is always about fun and games.  They just outnumber me and tend to take things that step further.  And are cheeky.  And then some. 

So Hayden finished up school the other day – he has been at school now for two years!  Prep and Grade 1!!

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(This photo is part of my December Daily and I have used the Ali Edward’s templates and photoshop)

I think I had a few tears on his last day.  He has grown so much this year – both socially and academically.  He is reading at an advanced level – not because we push it on him, but because he loves it.  He loves learning, and loves being able to find the information in books and adding them to his “Brain Library”.  He has completed a year of Joey Scouts and has loved the camaraderie and team work associated with it.  His teacher was in love with him – yep really.  We asked him what he wanted to get her for a thank you present – He did think about it and came back with flowers.  His reason “Mrs C loves them and I don’t think she would get them very often as she is here so much, so I think that it would be a very nice gift”.  Good call little buddy!

 

In this year alone, Hayden has lost four teeth (two in the last week) and grown around 10 cms.  He has increased his vocabulary ten fold, and has grown ‘up’ so much.  He is still such a little boy in some ways, then in others, so grown up.  He knows what money is and how some people have ‘enough’ and others ‘not enough’.  He understands that some things are very expensive.  He is amazing.  He saw a remote control helicopter that he desperately wanted when he was about 4/5 and we said no.  He worked out why we said no when he saw the price – $500!!  His comment ‘Now I understand why you and Daddy said no”!!.

 

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He lost his first top tooth (courtesy of a bang on the water slide – so much cheaper than the dentist!!) while we were camping.  He lost his second top tooth Friday night!

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Sometimes, when we are out and about, Hayden gets overlooked as he is not one of the triplets.  People want to talk to them and not him.  Those people are missing out, because Hayden is very much a part of the triplets.  He is their big brother and has an indescribable and unbreakable bond with each of them!  Hayden knows *everything* about them as much as I do sometimes!  He knows when they fed, and how I fed them!  I am personally not a big fan of the questions when I am out – I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked if they are ‘natural’ (to which I commonly retort – no they are robots) or if I am sure they are triplets as they are not identical.  A good one (which even Hayden was laughing AT the person about the other day) recently was “Are you sure they are triplets, they only look like twins”.  Uhm, yep, am sure – three babies, three placentas….go figure.  I did not answer at first (if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it…) and Hayden answered.  He said ‘Excuse me (love that he uses manners!), Triplets are three, not two.  Twins is only two babies’.  The person quickly walked away.  Wit like his mumma right there 🙂

I can’t wait to see more and watch more of the person Hayden is growing into.  He is amazing already – and I know that he will hang on to his bottle of awesome sauce!  He will always be a big brother, and I think he will always be a brilliant one.  He is protective, kind and incredibly patient – without being asked to be.  He knows it is not his job to herd triplets, or ‘look after’ them – but he does it from time to time; and always when we are crossing roads etc.  He is a caring little soul, who has so much life experience already it astounds me!  It is bittersweet watching your kids grow up – part of you always wants them to be the little boy who always wanted to hold your hand, and sang to you, while the other part can’t wait to see ‘what is next’. 

 

He is still so little in a few ways – he still sleeps with Doby, and I still have to sing him a lullaby every night.  He won’t go to sleep without either.  He also still has to have a nightlight.  But his room changes so much – out with Thomas, in with Skylanders.  The dinosaurs are still there, and then there are the books. Everywhere.  Everywhere!

It is his seventh Christmas this year – and each year it is more exciting for him.  I want that wonder, excitement and joy to stick around for a long time!  He has a list this year (so cute, handwritten!) that consists of –

A remote controlled spider

A remote controlled snake

A remote controlled dinosaur

Minecraft poster

Matchbox car (any, but I love green)

I love reading his list!  He drew pictures this year as well, and he is labeling all his ‘diagrams’ as “that’s what palaeontologists do”.  He jumps out of bed every day to see what Charlie (our elf on the shelf) has done ‘this time’.  He asked Jason the other day (he won’t ask me!) if Charlie was real or if it was just Mummy doing it every night – he said he did not care if it was me as it was so cool, but he believed us that Charlie is real!

 

Hayden, you are so special!  I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months bring.  You are such a delight and bring so SO much joy into our lives.  You will always be my little monkey biscuit though!

 

 

 

Craft

December Daily

19th December 2013

This year, as I have done for a few years now, I do the December Daily – a jam packed month with so much happening everyday, that recording the “everyday” is such a wonderful keepsake of all the family events, school concerts and of course, Christmas.  The concept and name is from Ali Edwards.  

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Here is my cover – a mix of ideas from Ali Edwards, Pinterest and Instagram.  It’s not perfect but I’m happy with it!  I have completed December one – and the focus is not so much on Christmas, but on little things that happened on December and the new traditions we are starting as a family (Charlie, our elf on the shelf).  Here are the pages.  I have used a very gorgeous stamp set from Polly! Scrap Kits – available here – 

Www.pollyscrap.com.au

 

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I love how much Caitlyn is so willing to try and climb up “way high up mummy” just to see what birds can see. I love the three year old view into the world. 

 

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I love the birds of a feather stamp and can see a million ways to use it! What I really likes bout the December Daily, is watching the wonder and excitement unfold – daily – on the lead up to Christmas. We have had a great deal of fun with Charlie in our house!

 

I love Christmas!!

Craft

December Daily

7th January 2013

Every year for many years I have wanted to complete the December Daily – it is basically a daily breakdown of the often craziest month of the year.  So much happens in December!  For December 2012 I have started!  Which is amazing!  I have actually bought and covered an album, and started on the pages – here is what I have so far….

Fabric covered album

Fabric covered album

Some of the pages that I have completed :)

Some of the pages that I have completed 🙂

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Fun day!

Fun day!

Home!

Home

 

I am not sure where the idea originated for the December Daily, but there is a large number of people that complete it, and share their pages as they go!  I am no where near finished, but  I have started, and have done a good 13 pages!  There is something wonderful about preserving the seemingly ‘mundane’ or ordinary events.  Much of what I do every day is similar, and I love that I have captured some of that in this – in ten years time I know it will be just a mind bending read!!  There is also  great visual array on Instragram if you are looking 🙂

My daily kit is pretty basic I think in comparison to some.  But that is the idea – KISS so that you actually DO it!  I ordered mine from Polka Dot Creative a site I kinda stumbled on trying to find something basic for a December Daily…check out the blog as well as there are heaps of ideas for craft of all sorts.  I went with the Studio Calico Christmas set and binder.  I covered the binder with fabric (with a bit of wadding underneath) and I am really happy with it!

I am absolutely busting to get my Project Life kit – I have ordered it….8 days ago….and am not very patient right now!  I really want to start it!  I have so many ideas, and am already seeing many people’s first week of Project Life – I guess I could use my stash (for sure I could) but the kit is so much prettier and well, the guess work is taken care of!  I have ordered the Amber  kit and have visions for the Clementine edition.  I just want to get it and start!

I am glad that I am finding and making the time to create a little each day.  I think it is going to be  stellar year!  I have such a stash of goodies that I am keen to start using – I have some kits that have not been opened since I bought them pre-triplets!  So much to create!  Little steps, little steps.