PL 2016 – Weeks 28 & 29 & 30

Week 28 is one where I collected a bunch of quotes, but only managed to take one single, solitary photo, and an accidental one of my knee in the car at that. Oh well, nothing I can do but make lemonade out of lemons. So here is that one picture surrounded by some of my favorite quotes found that week.

Kudos to Color Cast Design for having the perfect wood veneer piece with which to add a little embellishment to an other wise sad spread. This is from her Hot Mess set. 

PL 2016 – Week 28

Maybe the reason I don’t have many pictures this month is due to the fact that for the first year since 2012 that we aren’t travelling to see my favorite band, Alice in Chains. They did tour this summer, but either played festivals or opened for Guns N’ Roses, and only played a few solo gigs well outside of driving range for us. They have a killer live show and I am sad to have missed them this time around. Here’s hoping they are out next year. I WILL NOT miss them again. 

PL 2016 – Week 29

And while our travels this year did not involve any concerts, it did include a week long vacation to my sister’s house in the Twin Cities. The kids all had a blast at ‘Cardboard Camp’ and in the pool, while the adults enjoyed each other’s company. 

PL 2016 – Week 30

PL 2016 – Cardboard Camp 1

PL 2016 – Cardboard Camp 2

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Wood veneer pieces from the Hot Mess set by Color Cast Designs

PL 2016 – Fourth of July & Week 27

For the past couple of years, we’ve spent the Fourth of July holiday with Kyle and Lori’s family in Clear Lake. There is just nothing better than being on the water during the day and enjoying the carnival and fireworks at night. 

At the carnival this year, we let the girls ride on some of the bigger attractions – the Fireball, Genesis, the Kamikaze, and the entirely too large Ferris Wheel. Little Charlie wanted to ride on the swings, but couldn’t quite stretch enough to meet the height requirement. I especially enjoyed the late night boat ride back to the lake house. 

PL 2016 – Fourth of July 1

PL 2016 – Fourth of July 2

Any more, it seems I spend my time lettering and crafting in the evenings while the girls enjoy their summer vacation. Imagine my surprise when I learned that my lettering practice helped me win an IG giveaway. I get to choose a handmade Travellers Notebook, bookmark, and folder from Analog Stationers. I can’t wait to pick mine out! 

PL 2016 – Week 27

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors 
  • Studio Calico labels

PL 2016 – Weeks 25 & 26

The end of June was all about getting my crafty on – lettering, Classical Education plans, pen pals, PL, and OLW. 

We also read up on Ilvermorny,  the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and were sorted into new houses there. 

Oh, and there was an amazing PB&J with Amish Blackberry Jam. 

PL 2016 – Week 25

PL 2016 – Week 26

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Studio Calico labels and chipboard stars

PL 2016 – Week 24 & Decorah

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it difficult to document everyday life. Let’s face it, our days can be monotonous, only occasionally broken up by a special occasion or something curious/exciting/funny, which makes it hard to find new stories to tell. And sometimes, the news of the world is just so heart rending and horrifying that I want to curl up in a little ball and hide rather than go through the effort of documenting the seemingly insignificant happenings of my family. This week was one of those times. 

On Sunday, we woke up to the news of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. 49 people killed and another 53 wounded in what ended up being a terrorist attack/hate crime. It was a hard day, as were the ones that followed.

I found myself deeply saddened and prone to tears several times over the next few days. Suddenly those little everyday moments became a saving grace – Gus snuggling a little too close to Sophie, writing out the lyrics to Queen and Bowie’s Under Pressure, making time for crafty endeavors, and connecting with nature and as a family. These small moments remind me that I need to carry on, to keep living my life  and telling my story as only I can. 

We can’t stop bad things from happening, but we also can’t pretend they didn’t happen. They carve out a place in our lives and deserve a place amongst our stories. 

PL 2016 – Week 24

PL 2016 – Decorah 1

PL 2016 – Decorah 2

PL 2016 – Decorah 3

PL 2016 – Decorah 4

PL 2016 – Decorah 5

PL 2016 – Decorah 6

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • PL overlays from Becky Higgins
  • Acrylic and wood veneer pieces from the Getaway set by Color Cast Designs


PL 2016 – Weeks 22 & 23

Week 22 Highlights:

  • One last sunset boat ride on Clear Lake for the long holiday weekend. 
  • A going away part for our dear friends, the Hagness family who are moving down to Alabama. 
  • Dante was a bad kitty and seemed to revel in the mess he made knocking over the garbage can. 

PL 2016 – Week 22

Week 23 Highlights:

  • Ella matched with the Hoove Band in the My Waterloo Days parade and it was HOT! She came home sweaty and flushed from the heat. 
  • I’ve become obsessed with brush and hand lettering. Ordered new markers and pens to experiment. 
  • Our annual Bring Home All The Stuff From Desks and Lockers Before School Ends Day. I take pics of the bounty each girl brings home from school at the end of the year.  It is very apparent who inherited my organizational skills. 

PL 2016 – Week 23

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors

PL 2016 – Weeks 20 & 21

Not gonna lie, it’s hard to find the desire to take pictures after coming off of Week in the Life. That kind of hyper documentation makes for a somewhat minimalist approach to PL for a few weeks afterward. Never mind the fact that the month of May is all about surviving until the end of the school year. 

With at being said, for Week 20, all I have are pictures of Chinese food for Sunday lunch, journals and Classical Education lesson plans, and one lone pic from Sophie’s last school concert. 

PL 2016 – Week 20

I feel slightly more accomplished with Week 21 because we actually did some things. Sophie celebrated her final mass as a 5th grader at St. Edward School and we gathered up her fellow students for a class picture. We also made a visit to Kyle and Lori’s lake house in Clear Lake for Memorial Day. Man, was it cold and dreary, but I got some great pictures of the clouds. 

PL 2016 – Week 21

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors

PL 2016 – Weeks 17 & 18

It always seems to get busier as the school year winds down. Conferences, band/choir concerts and social activities begin to take up most of our time. We added a new activity to the list when we attended an award ceremony for Ella this week. She received a Silver Renaissance award for maintaining above a 3.5 GPA for the first 3 quarters of the school year. It was a lot of fun watching her walk across the stage to accept her award. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of super fun activities was the needle biopsy of my thyroid I had done. Nothing quite like having seven (!!!) needles shoved into your thyroid and jiggled around to get a good sample. Good news: no malignancy. Bad news: I get to keep my goiter ridden thyroid. 

We also had family in for one final birthday party for Sophie and she finally got to celebrate with her favorite cousin. 

PL 2016 – Week 17Week 18 was all about taking it easy. Sophie came down with a fever she just couldn’t beat and missed a few days of school. She even fell asleep in the middle of the day in Saturday right on the living room floor. Poor thing. 

The first of our roses bloomed this week as well. 

PL 2016 – Week 18

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors