Saturday, January 24, 2009

Brotherly Love

Christopher and William (7 days in this photo)...a rare moment where Christopher actually wanted his photo taken:) Speaking of taken...he is really taken with our new baby. Wants to hold him several times per day, holds him for a fairly long time, supports his head all by himself, is fascinated with William's little body parts, says he loves him...

Brandy Murry Baby Chronicles
Erica Hite Fabric styles (I used to make my alpha)
Erica Hite LYO Scallops
Keri Schueller Vintage Nursery (sheep)
Cheryl Barber Stitching & Holes 4101 style
Syndee Nuckles Alpha Beads emb. templates
Rhonna Farrer photo edges 2
Boris Black Boxx and CK_Ali's writing fonts
Rin ribbon and eyelets

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

Well you can imagine we are all kinds of busy at my house right baby, ornery older brothers (to their credit, they are fine alone, it's just when you get the 5.5 and 3 yr olds together they are at each other's throats!)...then mix in a Daddy with strep throat, and now a 5.5 yr old with strep...luckily Mom is staying with us through Saturday or Sunday, so we do have plenty of help! And it was pure bliss the other night when my Sunday School teacher brought over a meal:) Even Mom got to put her feet up and not worry about what we were all eating that night.

So of course I'm also trying to keep up with some scrapbooking challenges on a couple of my favorite digital sites. Hey, a new mom is supposed to rest, and what better thing to do when resting than scrap! (it's perfectly logical, and productive to boot!)

The people who wanted to see my "basketball" have already seen this on a local list, but I wanted to post it here too:

JWD Merry Days Twelfth (white paper)
JWD Academy Art paper (brown swirls)
JWD Flourished Stamps (flourishes around circular photo)
JWD Sandcastle ribboned eyelet
JWD Rough Beginnings Word Art
JWD Sugared Tissue alpha
JWD Beginnings Glitter Blooms
JWD round tag from Jessica Sprague "Digi in Deep" class
"sketch"/inspiration from Jessica Sprague and Rekindle tag (colored tag)
Rhonna Farrer Cabaret Fever overlay
Michelle Coleman glitter plum paper
Diane Miller Doting paper template (I colored the brown/purple swirls)
Mandy Steward embed style (for the brown/purple swirls)
Sarah Batdorf sugar coated style (for the flourishes)
Erica Hite fabric pattern (background for the brown/purple swirls)
fonts: Scriptina and AL Uncle Charles
Journaling: Mommy, two days before your arrival in the world. Ready to be done with pregnancy; ready to meet you and join in the beginning of your life with us.

Will be back soon with the first SB page of actual William!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Announcing William Aidan Thieleke!

William Aidan put in his appearance at 11:34am January 12!
Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz.
Height: 20 1/2 inches
Baby and Mommy are doing fine:)

William shares a birthday with big brother Michael
(3)...who luckily hasn't figured that out yet (we
celebrated his birthday Saturday). We think somebody
better celebrate his half-birthday!

Today we finalized his name and thus are able to share
our good news!

Friday, January 9, 2009

More Holiday Memories

Christopher's holiday party at school was to have been the day before break, but that turned out to be a snow day. So we got to return to Christmas this Wednesday:) Here it is, scrapped already thanks to Scrapgirls and their ingenuous challenges to scrap pictures from this week!

Journaling: The winter party was snowed out the day before winter break and had to be postponed. The children didn’t seem to mind Christmas in January at all. There was cookie decoration (and eating!), ornaments to make, hot chocolate to be drunk, winter books to be read, and lots of fun for all. Both Mommy & Daddy were able to attend your party and had a good time with you. At the end, Mrs. Fisher gave every child a book and candy cane. Back at home we hung your ornaments right away until we took the tree down a couple days later.
Font: FuturaEF
Amanda McGee Cookie Swap collection and Dynamic Brush Sprinkles
Ariadna Wiczling Stamp a Date brush set

This was the Christmas pageant (aka "Manger Gifts Service") at our church a couple weeks before Christmas:

Brandy Hackman Spiced Cider
Brandy Hackman Abstract Expressionism (paint mat)
Shalae Tippetts Holy Night
Sarah Batdorf Color Matched drop shadows style
Melissa Renfro Star Bright brush and style
CK Regal font
I used a "soft and faded" action on the photos, then found it went perfectly with the Spiced Cider collection!
Journaling: Christopher really wanted to be the sheep in the pageant this year at church. A perfect fit since he loves to dress up and likes animals! And he was perfectly happy up at the manger for the first 20 minutes or so, including singing “We Three Kings” with the other elementary school-aged children and performing with the bell choir. But after that, he just got hot. It’s no wonder. . .I’m always hot in the winter at church too, even with short sleeves. So Jonah took over sheep duties, somehow wriggling into the way-too-small costume.

And a different kind of holiday:

I completed this one for the "Auld Lang Syne" challenge at Scrapgirls. We had to look back to our very first purchase at their site and use some/all of those supplies:)
This was serious fun...a trip down memory lane and combining some things I wouldn't have thought to!
products from my very first SG purchase:
Durin Eberhart Mixed Media
Brandy Hackman ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Street Grunge - Scratches
Thao Cosgrove Earthen Vessel
Other supplies used:
Sarah Batdorf Sugar Coated style (on the title)
Amanda Sok Nostalgia photo masks
Thao Cosgrove Luxe borders brush set
Scrapgirls Collaboration collection "Eternal Spring" birdhouse and eggs soeggciting brush (bunnies)
Anna Aspnes Easter Word Art (egg hunt title)
Pineapple Plantation painted eggs
Journaling (CK_Ali's font): Prairie Flower Children’s Center (aka Preschool) holds a spring egg hunt each year. The parents and children dye eggs at home, the hare hides them, and much fun is to be had hunting them all down. This year the event was postponed due to a snow day, then rather cold. That’s Iowa in the spring!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Crazy Family

I did this layout as a challenge on had to combine 3 favorite photos from 2008 into one layout...this is pretty much my life:

Amanda McGee Happy Family collection and Fruit Smoothie (heart) collection
Shalae Tippetts LYO Journaling brush set
Pea Kristin font
Journaling at left:
Perpetual motion. . .wrestling is a common sport which often continues until parental intervention after someone is hurt

Journaling on the lower right photo:
Who knew leaf jumping required turning your eyes inside out?! (And no, Michael did not push him)

TFL at my crazy family:)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Buggy 4 Bugs

A "just because" layout or two...

Journaling: For a long time now, Christopher has liked worms. He’s upset if a bird is going to eat a worm and rescues them off the sidewalk and driveway after a rain (if he’s outside already). He used to dig for them with Braden and Marissa in Minnie’s rocks. At Polliwogs camp he got a worm garden and was sad to let them go in the flower garden later. He will stop his bicycle on the way home to avoid running over an ant or an ant hill. I’m sure he can’t see them if he goes really fast, but when he’s going slow he always seems to look and notice. One day on the way home C was crouched down on the sidewalk and Michael thought he had fallen off his bike. He found a dead worm on the sidewalk and was very sad. I had him “bury” it by laying it in the grass. Figures that I would have a cute picture of M, not C, with a worm. . .
CK Retrospect font
Kristin Aagard Rain collection
Mary Fran (Nitwit Collections) What's the Buzz? frame brush
Jen Wilson Designs Clear Day alpha
LD Ladybug font

Scraplift of cherryberry at (LOVE LOVE Her Page
Kristin Aagard Oink Cluck Moo collection
DH's photo of moon
Michelle Coleman spider
Cinzia Loosemore spider web
Brandy Hackman acorns
McGarey font
Meant to represent Chicken Little, Hey Diddle Diddle, Old Macdonald's Farm, and Charlotte's Web.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pie Bandit has a page already :)

This one begged to be scrapbooked right away!;) See previous post for more details...

Mandy Steward Spice Collection
Brandy Hackman Blossoms & Blooms Holiday
Paula Wright Ribbon Journals emb. templates
Cheryl Barber inked edges neutral style (tweaked to make the edges light golden brown)
LD Dear Diary font
Pea Kristin font