Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

So I have been doing zero scrapbooking here. Zero!
I am not sure why.
One layout and one mini album since the beginning of this year!
(eta - looking back I forgot the three Valentine's cards I made a few weeks ago.)
Fortunately, I have a little scrapbook getaway this weekend with friends and plan on finishing up an album or two.
So I should have pages to share soon!

The flip side is that going away for the weekend means less time with Mike.
Since he is only home on the weekends, it's kind of a bummer. It pretty much means seeing him for a little bit when he gets home again on Thursday night and then on Sunday for a bit before he leaves again.
But I think I really need this time to be away a bit. It's been a year since the last getaway, and I am looking forward to it. I really want to get some pages done!!!

I will say another reason scrapbooking has been on hold (besides the occasional design team assignment) is that it just hasn't been a priority for me. So much going on with the family and also at the kids school. I am pretty involved up there between volunteering, helping to teach art and the occasional substitute teaching. And homework has taken on a whole other level for Evan this year.
He has had a huge research project that he has been working on since November. It's something the kids do every year once they hit about 4th grade. In the past he has chosen Science as his project. But this year it was History.
His research and report was on The United Nations during the Cold War. Four months of research, writing papers, an annotated bibliography and more. Four months where I just backed off and let him go, but had to make sure he was staying on track at the same time. And it paid off! He went to History Day on Saturday and made it to the Regional Finals! Out of all the kids there he placed in the top seven. He didn't make it to State, but for his first time ever attending History Day we are just so proud of him.

The competition took pretty much all day on Saturday. And can I just say he is so funny. When he found out he was moving on to the finals, he was disappointed! He wanted to go home like the rest of his friends and not spend another two hours waiting around. But a trip to Borders while we waited for the awards ceremony, a new Minecraft book and we were set for the afternoon.

So grateful to Mike for making sure Erin got to dance and her friend's birthday party while I was with Evan. We make a great team :)

On Sunday, the four of us went to see...
The Lego Movie! Mike and Erin had already seen it, but they happily went back with us. :) It's a super cute movie! Especially if you love Legos like we do around here.

So no scrapbooking this weekend.
But I did clean up in my space a little bit, since I need to start getting things together for next weekend's crop. I think I want to try and work on my Summer 2013 Project Life album and maybe try and finish the Florida Trip album I started at the same crop last year. I can't believe it's been a whole year already!

Going to take the rest of the week off from blogging except for a post I have going up on the Paper Issues blog tomorrow. Don't forget to link up your projects using Color or Numbers for a chance to win a $20 gift card to the store! So super easy since it doesn't have to be a new project. I will be checking the link ups tonight for someone to feature along with a layout of mine for the post. Would love to feature a familiar face! :) You can link up your projects on this post *Here*.

Hope you have a great week!


  1. I am not surprised you don't have time to scrapbook, you have such a busy life - busy in a good way though. I would certainly be looking forward to a weekend away too, it will be wonderful for you. Huge congratulations to Evan on his fabulous achievement! Anne xx

  2. Sounds like you've been busy, Mary Jo! It's definitely important to make sure priorities are taken care of, but I'm glad you'll have a bit of you time this coming weekend to relax and recharge a bit. :)

  3. Lots of stuff going on, so I'm not surprised you haven't been scrapping. I hope your weekend away brings your creativity back. :)

  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I feel so "behind" sometimes, since I'm still working on layouts from last fall! I'm keeping up with my Project Life, but my chronological scrapbooking has taken a backseat!

  5. Have fun on your get away and hope you get lots done! Sounds like a great project and lots going on.

  6. Sounds like you have been busy! CONGRATS to the finals ... and we LOVED The Lego Movie!! Everything is AWESOME!!! :)

  7. You will surely get a lot done this weekend on your creative getaway :)
    Sometimes you need to actually live your life in order to document it
    Congrats to Evan…even if he wasn't impressed, teehee.

  8. Congratulations Evan! So awesome :). And even more awesome he let you post a pic ;) I was just thinking this morning how, when the girls were little I scrapbooked all the time, but now that they're older, we are so busy and I just don't have time anymore.

  9. Way to go Evan! Very cool. :) Sometimes it's good to take a break. When it does become a priority again, hopefully you'll have tons of creative ideas to try. Enjoy your time away!

  10. You know what ~ sometimes are lives just take a different turn. Scrapbooking will always be there. I'm glad you're keeping busy with your family. Hugs

  11. Hi! I don't know if you remember this, but a little while back you shared some Valentine ideas on your blog, and there was one photo in particular that I especially liked. Well, I wanted to let you know that I followed through with it, and now my son's valentines from his class party are all on display--pinned up on a red string using mini clothespins. This "garland" is hanging on his bedroom door, and he loves it. So, thanks for the idea!

    Congratulations to your son on his History Day success!!! And have fun at your upcoming scrapbooking retreat!!! (You're right, your family has been very busy lately.) :)

    1. That is so cool, Denise! Thanks for letting me know :)

  12. Big congrats Evan!! That is so exciting!! IKWYM scrapbook has not been a priority for me either. Ellie has more homework now too and with unpacking and getting things organized and landscaping projects it keeps me s busy. I haven't volunteered at school yet except for the monthly field trip and Holiday parties I'm hoping in a couple weeks to do soem volunteer work. Right now im focusing on trying to get at least 95% of the unpacking down by Spring Break we will see. Have fun on your retreat!!

  13. Congratulations Evan!!!! That is so exciting!

    I haven't done much scrapping either, sometimes other things just are more important! But my scrap things are unpacked (thanks to my mom) so hopefully I can scrap a bit soon! I'd also like to see the Lego movie, I've heard it is really funny! Maybe while I'm off for break :)

    I hope you have a great time on your weekend!

  14. Things are certainly busy in your world, but so happy for you that you are getting away for some scrapping time. I seem to get so much accomplished when I go to them. Congratulations to Evan...what an awesome accomplishment!

  15. Hoping you had a great get away! Have a great weekend!