Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Day of School: I'm Behind Already

L: First Grade (top), Kindergarten (below)

I really should have known better. Over the summer I had grand plans for Olivia. We would complete her Summer Bridge Workbook, practice handwriting & reading daily, and memorize the 1-10 math facts as suggested by her Principal. Oh, and sight words too. (Where are those sight words anyway?)  We managed to get halfway through the Summer Bridge Workbook, which really was excellent by the way. I'll definitely purchase it again next year, but I'll try to be more realistic in our academic goals. And really, isn't summer for relaxing and having fun? I certainly think summer is an ideal time for keeping up with basic skills, I definitely don't want to her spend the first few months just catching up. But we had fun this summer nonetheless! No fancy vacations or road trips (see note regarding lack of job). There was lots of swimming, using our super-cheap Busch Gardens annual passes, VBS and hanging out with friends to be had however.

One of my goals was to finish Olivia's Kindergarten scrapbook. Oops, did I just write finish? I meant to write START! So, here I sit, both children at school, job-hunting done for the day, staring at the 568 digital photos related to kindergarten that are safely tucked away in iPhoto. How do I organize these photos, and the stacks of school papers and artwork into a nice album that I won't be tempted to throw in 10 years because it's so large?

I'm going to start with organizing the photos by event. First Day of School, School Program, Field Day, etc. I'm then setting up albums separately for each event that I want to create layouts for (this sounds like more work than it is). Than I can put in only the pictures I want to print, and they should come out in chronological order. I'm also going to add some pages about her teacher, and the building itself (which is beautiful and historic in its own right).

The tricky part is the paperwork & artwork we accumulated. I had a marathon sorting event last week, and have managed to sort the papers into a nice neat 2" stack and the artwork into a 6" stack. At this point I'm loathe to throw anything away, "just in case." How do I get over that? What are the things that I'll really wish I would have saved? And what are the things I won't care about?

I have almost nothing from my own school years, and I think maybe that's why I'm so obsessive about preserving their memories now. I probably wouldn't be any happier if I had full scrapbooks from childhood, but I feel like it would be a nice thing to have. And I'd like to at least have something for my girls, should they decide they want to revisit these memories in the future.

I'm open to any tips, links, etc that you might have for me on organizing and completing school scrapbooks. I've been searching the internet and haven't found a whole lot that's impressed me. Do you have favorite papers or product lines? Do you have layout sketches you love? Is there a book I should read?

If you've gotten this far - thanks so much! And if you are like me, working on sorting out a school scrapbook, please follow along. I'll cover my progress as I go. I'm still making cards as well, and I'll showing some Halloween cards soon!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Synchro TV News

Our local synchro team was on the news this morning and I'd like to share the video and a couple of pics with you. The coach, Beth Moore, has been my coach since the early 80's, and both my daughters swim synchro as well. My little girl is the swimmer in the video at about 45 seconds. She has a blue tiger print bathing suit.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Thank You Cards

(make sure you scroll down, there are two cards in this post)

Today was the last day of swim lessons. I can't believe the summer is almost over! We started out with a two-week session and the instructors were so much fun, so relaxed and so accomodating that we stayed for the entire six-weeks. It was a great diversion while I was studying for the bar exam and my DD really learned so much. God bless lifeguards and anyone who works with children!

I made a couple thank you cards, and a batch of homemade brownies for the lifeguard staff at the pool using my Cosmo Cricket Snorkel paper. The large "Thanks" stamp is from Heidi Swapp, everything else (except the goggles/pti) are from Cosmo.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend! We are going to hit Busch Gardens and Disney World over the next few days, and just relax and have a few more fun days together until school start.