May 28, 2012

LAYOUT SHARE: If I Could Bottle You At This Age . . .

This page is a mish-mash of recent Studio Calico kits.

Incidentally, this photo was taken last year at the Memorial Day parade!

Title:  If I Could Bottle You At This Age . . .
I used old Making Memories felt alphas (blue), and old black alphas (not sure manufacturer).

Journaling:  You are so cute, still tell me "I love you" and hug me every morning.  You are proud of growing up, looking for signs of puberty and showing me how tall you're getting and the muscles on your arms.  It's so fun to see you at this age!  (10 years old)

May 25, 2012

FABULOUS FINDS: Capturing Resonance

This massive sculpture is featured at the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA.  Oh how I'd love to see this array of light and color up close. 

May 21, 2012

LAYOUT SHARE: Beautiful Girl

I created this page using Studio Calico's April kit add-on, Versailles

Title:  Beautiful GIrl
The circle tag on the bottom was old Cosmo Cricket I think, the flowers were old BasicGrey.  I added Stickles to the flower petals at the top so they have a gorgeous sparkle.

The journaling is tucked inside of the envelope at the bottom.

May 14, 2012

LAYOUT SHARE: Riding Bikes

I created this layout using Studio Calico's April kit, City of Lights
Check out that bicycle stamp I used across the middle.  (One of the reasons I'm addicted to Studio Calico -- their amazing exclusive stamps for kit subscribers!)
Title:  Riding Bikes
I added some old Theresa Collins bracket paper, a Basic Grey border sticker, and some old black alpha stickers I've had in my stash.

Journaling:  This is how you looked on any given Saturday.  You would ride up and down the street and I'd usually be there with a watchful eye.  This is your second set of bikes and you were so proud to show them off!  Right now I'm trying to build endurance on my bike so we can all go biking around Madison.

Photos:  Summer 2011, Journaling April 2012

May 9, 2012

THURSDAY THOUGHTS: How Much Do You Share With Your Teen?

I am the mother of a teenage daughter. 
It scares me.
A lot.
How is this happening already?
I don’t feel old enough for this.

With each passing day and experience she has,
I instantly remember what I was doing at that age.
It doesn’t help my anxiety.
At all.
And I was a good kid.  (My parents may disagree, but I really was.)

Even before becoming a mom my goal was to be very open and honest with my kids.
But how open and how honest should I be?
One day she asked me “When was the first time you kissed a boy?”
I thought about that, and the honest answer is around third grade.
So I dodged the question.
“You mean, like, as a boyfriend kind of kissing?”
“Yes,” she replies.
That would be around eighth grade, the same age that she is now.

And this fall she starts high school. 
When I think back to that time, I recall so many challenges,
So many opportunities for growth and for failure.
I’d like her to have a blissful four years
with fantastic, supportive girlfriends,
straight A grades, lots of extra curricular activities,
no alcohol, no drugs and no boyfriends.
I’m not asking a lot, am I?

Okay, I know that’s not realistic.
So do I tell her about my experiences with
completely unexpected backstabbing girlfriends,
or alcohol and what it’s like to get drunk,
or what drugs look like and their potential consequences?
Do I tell her that boys tend to think with their penis,
or when I first had sex and what it feels like?
And how it feels to have your heart broken?
Or is it out of my hands?

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