Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Think I Finally Get It, too...

I subscribe to a LOT of blogs and don't tend to read the lengthy ones unless there is a cute scrapbook page or great photos that catch my eye. Sometimes not even then, I will just cheat and skim over the images without reading a word.

But somehow, today, this one caught my eye. Maybe it was the title "Holy Sh*t, I Think I Finally Get It", or maybe it was just intuition that kept me reading, but by the end I was in tears and when I continued to the article she attached, I cried even more, laughed, and ended up feeling somewhat normal again.

Being a mom has brought me great joy, but it's also been a challenge too. Something a lot if people neglect to tell you as you go through this process. But today, after reading both of these, I think I finally get it, too.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Comparison

I had the hardest time finding anything in my little one that resembled me. Everyone agreed he looks so much like Jonathan! But my step mom brought up how she hadn't ever seen Jonathan's baby pictures to compare David to. So I had to put these together to do a little comparison. The second I brought up my baby photo, I knew everyone was wrong, he looks like me after all.

That is Jonathan on the left (when you are looking at it), David in the middle, and me on the right on the blue blanket.

What do you think???

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hello 2012!

Wow! Not a single post in 2011! Life ended up being a little busy, but little did I know how much more busy it could get!

I spent most of 2011 baking my little boy in my belly. It was a challenging pregnancy full of almost six months of all day sickness, bouts of bed rest, and lots of pain from a torn muscle in my side. But all ended well, with the arrival of this little guy on December 15, 2011.

Welcome David Michael Ashcraft. 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and 21 inches long. Of course, he is three weeks now, so he is already bigger and growing way too fast!

In order to help document his first year of life, I have every intention of participating in Project Life this year. So far, I am on track, but it is time consuming, so I am hoping I can keep up. This project is geared toward documenting the every day. I think about how awesome it would be to have an album like this of my first year of life or my parents first year... or any year, and I can't help but be excited about what this will mean to our little guy when he grows up.

My plan of attack is to just keep shooting photos and try on the weekend to keep up on journaling. I am also planning on using the Monthly Roundup that Katie the Scrapbook Lady came up with. I figured even if I can get a monthly two page spread together using the roundup as a base, I will have a years worth of photos and memories documented in Project Life. So far, I have been able to keep it weekly (of course we are only one week in!), and I hope to keep it that way, but my goal has been a monthly spread, so if I end up finding weekly too overwhelming, at least I am not too disappointed to go back to my original plan.

So far I am doing a combo of paper and digital. I hate my handwriting so my journaling is all digital. But I plan to print everything, including photos and put them in the book with some paper and 3-D elements. Here is my week 1 spread. When I print the photos and actually get it into a book, I plan to round the corners, but in the mean time, at least the digi version is done!

I look forward to what other creative sparks will fly in 2012!