Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pre-Ballet, School, and Chinese New Year Decorations and Books

Pre-Ballet started up again last week and first thing Emma wanted to wear was her new tutu that a friend of ours got her.  And she PUT on the crown and got her wand.  She was very excited!
After her class, we went for "tea."  She did good...but way too tired...she was really getting moody and delirious...she had more fun outside on the porch of the tea house best ;)

Yeah...when she holds her little ghost friend, in picture above, she's tired, but man was she ever tired...
Last week we went to the children's museum again, she really wasn't into much and we stayed maybe 30 minutes...
I think the biggest thing for her right now is school...she started out great.  The first day she loved the work the teacher was showing her to do, even went off with the teacher while we were outside...second day our friend said she wanted to be with Emma and stayed with her to see how she did.  She did great, didn't ask for me and loved it all.  This is the third day of us going to school.  Once we got there, I told her I'd bring her upstairs, give her a hug and kiss and leave, but she would see me when she came back downstairs.  She lasted about 15 minutes...the teacher had to bring her downstairs crying...she wanted and saw me, but the teacher told her no, she needed to play by herself.  Yes, seems harsh, but Emma does not play much by herself.  I will try to do things around the house and tell her I can't play right now, but Dada will play with her 24/7.  So at the advice of the director, I told Dennis he needs to allow her time to play on her own.  That's just part of her adjusting to being in school on her own, the other is learning to be without us and around other kids.

You can see the anxiety in her face here.  The fourth day, I could not leave her sight.  She would every now and then go with the teacher and the kids and do a new work, but then she would get very weepy and tears would come down her face.  I was there, but she knew she was to play on her own, but she got a much needed hug from me anyway.

She is a VERY sensitive little girl.  She doesn't like the aggressive kids in her class, so we are having to teach her to stand up for herself, but it is also creating more anxiety for her.  Unlike other kids that have been in a daycare situation or other school environment where they are left to defend for themselves, she hasn't.  And thankfully, this school does not believe in just leaving your child without saying goodbye, no sneaking off.  They teach the children that Moms ALWAYS come back.  And they let you stay as long as needed to help the child adjust.  And although you might think Montessori schools are very relaxed, they are very strict.  They are free to do any work they are interested in doing, but they also cannot take someone else's work.  It really makes a very peaceful environment.  I'm actually glad I can sit in because I can see firsthand how a Montessori school flows, very different from traditional schools.  Anyway...she really needs to be there, she loves to learn.  She is ahead academically, doing work a 4 year old can do, but she just has to get more comfortable being away from us and with other kids.

And thankfully, unlike a lot of other Mom's and/or families we've met, the director understands her anxiety and is aware of what else may be going through her mind since she was in a orphanage for a year.  I get so tired of hearing "that's normal."  Well, I do believe my child is normal, but I also have concerns that other Moms will never relate to.  I cannot say enough how grateful I am that the director understands...it's helping us ALL go through this major transition.  As you can see in the bottom right picture, Dada put her shoes on the wrong feet!  We are pathetic!  Thankfully, I'm in class with her and not Dada ;)
I am soooo excited about the Chinese New Year.  Barnes and Nobles had a great selection of books out. Out of all things, I cannot resist buying her books.  And then Starbucks had World is CHINA CD for the New Year...it had to come home with us.  And I've got the house decorated to celebrate, even put out some oranges.  I made the Double Happiness decoration using the Silhouette, just love that thing and what it can do.  And made the simple lantern below with it as well...
and one quick scrapbooking page.  I used the Sunday sketch on the Studio Calico blog and also this is my first time using one of their kits...had a lot of fun with it!


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Monday, January 24, 2011

More Layouts and Another Mini Album

I over print photos.  I think mainly this is from trying to pack up for Scrapfests in the past.  Most of them I probably wouldn't scrap, but then on the other hand, lots of memories.  So I pulled out some iPhone photos and/or some not so great photos, but a story behind them.

This is from the iPhone when I tried to lie down for a nap and little chickadee covered me in bandaids!  So I titled it 24/7...and journaled how much more difficult it is with a little one than I could imagine...
This was from a challenge blog that uses sketches as challenges...I'm sketch challenged for sure...so not easy for me to do...finally a layout about what I call my little Chickadee...
Another sketch...yuk...didn't like, but a memory...
Scraps and leftovers lying about...so grabbed these snapshots of little chickadee's first Disney Store experience...
I may have posted this one already...I was feeling very low about needing some breathing room...Emma is more than just a handful, she's 2!
More scraps put together...I remember this day VERY well.  And was amazed at how fast she could blow bubbles...
This cute photo finally got scrapped...she still loves her chocolate peanut butter...
Oh man...she was in a mood this day...it was Valentine's last year and also the Chinese New Year...it had snuck up on me because of the huge adjustment being home...wanted it documented...
I love the Silhouette more and more that I use it.  Have been seeing the little accordian-type balls on layouts lately, and it inspired me to make some hearts to hang...  I just cut out about 10 hearts, same size, layered them, then stitched in the middle.  I did it in groups of five though and then put them together.  Learning from my mistake...don't over stitch in the middle or they will tear out.  Oh, also sewed the ribbon in the top to attach...
Need to post this one up at Studio Calico...this was for a sketch of the week and also one of the designers challenged you to use fabric.  Again, sketches are tough for me...after a re-do...I like the end result...and it documents more about the month of December...the journaling is hidden...
Too cute of a picture from my stash not to scrap.  And again, I remember this precise day at the park...she has come a long way of wanting to be held the entire time and is starting to play and loves to swing now...
And a little Christmas mini-album.  I posted awhile back that I won runner-up in the Maya Road challenge on the Two Peas in a Bucket scrapbooking site.  Well, the team at Maya Road's has posted a link on their blog of the grand prize winner's project and posted pictures of mine and the other runner up's project.  This is one of the many things I won...the acrylic layered album...here it is put to good use!











Getting ready for the new Chinese New Year and will be posting some handmade decorations as well as some new photos from our little visit to the tea house...

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pre-Ballet Video, Our Second Date, and Scrapping the Music

We've made some really good friends that love Emma so much, and want to spend a lot of time with her and Emma loves them...so she and her daughter came by to watch Emma while Dennis and were able to go on our second date since we've been home from China (a year and a half).  So this is what was waiting for us when we got home :)  We went to see the movie "The Dilemma."  Very good movie, but I think I just wanted to vegetate and relax...but something is better than nothing...
 Scrapping the Music's next challenge is up.  "Stand by Me"  Great song with so many meanings.  But for me, I know Emma won't be reaching for our hands for much longer and our first trip together as a family is what I wanted to scrap and write about.  I did my mini-album on the trip, but this layout also goes into more of the difficulties of the trip and the problems with transitioning back home...
And I finally, well, after staying up till midnight to finish...got this video put together of Emma's last class celebration/recital of her first Pre-Ballet class.  She'll be starting her next one this week...and is very excited!  Thank you to Paula and Aunt Lisa for making Emma's special day feel even more special...she loves you so much!!!


End of First Pre-Ballet Class and Recital 12-15-2010 from Patricia Roebuck on Vimeo.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

So Much Fun...Little Time to Document It! And Emma Starts School!!!

Emma is so attention detailed it amazes me.  For her new easel she got for Christmas, she wanted the blue clip to match the blue cup, etc.  And then the paint splatters had to match as well!  Her latest and newest favorite show is Sid the Science Kid...and it fits her because she is so observant of things and details...so one rainy day, we headed outside to discovery that EVERYTHING gets wet, puddles are reflective until you jump in them or stir them with a stick, and raincoats are super fun!  I printed all of our pictures from the day and just like Sid the Science Kid, we started our own observation notebook.
Another rainy day, but also a school day...so the three of us headed to the park and had it ALL to ourselves...
A few of my favorite moments at the park...she practiced her ballet on the stage...
...did a little more dancing while on the see-saw...
...and double high-fiving Dada!

And one more favorite photo of having a park to ourselves...you can see all of the beautiful artwork on the benches...
Ahhhh...it is still soooo hard to get anything done...cooking is one of the many things...she wanted to help me this time while I was making pizza dough...I made the mistake of not removing the container of flour because...well...I lost count how many times I had to clean the flour off of the floor because I was slipping and sliding...the pizza eventually got done...it just took about triple the amount of time it would normally ;)
Kids will be kids and Adults will be kids...if you're Emma parents ;)  Dennis enjoyed building a house for the animals.  And Emma is snuggling with her ghost (stuffed animal).  This is the first thing (toy) she's gotten sooo attached to (of all things)...he comes everywhere, and thankfully is machine washable!
And this past Wednesday Emma and I headed to the zoo...no rain, but in the 30s and school is in...so another great time to take photos with the zoo to ourselves!  Dennis dropped us off on his way to a service call...so I had the opportunity to snap some shots while on the drive as well...
It was so strange but really nice to have the carousel and the train to ourselves.  I just looked over to the operator of the carousel and said we're ready ;)  The train engineer asked if we wanted the tour to go with it, I said no, we just want the ride ;)  LOVE that!  She did too!  Although...we did good for the first carousel ride, but after that...she wanted off before it was over...I think it's still a love/hate thing for her...I know I feel nauseous after being on the thing!
I always said I just need more practice when it comes to taking pictures...it's just harder to concentrate and think and...well do anything creative with a fast-moving toddler ;)  But I've gotten a lot more great shots than I thought...here's just a few...just can't keep up with editing...
And Emma started pre-school Thursday.  We weren't planning on it...we were set on her going in the Fall.  She was not ready to be away from us when she turned 2 and when the school year started...BUT lately we could tell she was ready.  And this is one of the many things that needed to change for us.  We need the relief and the help.  It's no mistake that I got an email from a friend about a new Montessori school that started.  I kind of didn't want to look into it because we liked the other Montessori school she would attend in the Fall and knew this new one would be way too expensive for us.  

She was loopy and needed her nap...so the only way to do that is to take a drive in the car...we just drive normally, but this time, I decided to try to find the new school.  Found it just in time for her to wake up 20 mins later.  They are so new with so few students, that they could take her now and they would also let us phase her in, by me staying with her the whole time, then leaving together until she's good to go.  A challenge to get her to school by 8:30 a.m. with how badly she has been sleeping lately, but we all managed!  She loved it and I think very soon I'll be able to drop her off for the few hours she'll be there just twice a week.  So proud of her!!!

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Some Mini Albums

Did this awhile back for Halloween and decided to finally use this canvas album from Prima that I had to have that just sat for about a year ;)  I painted the front with black paint (there's probably an easier way to do it, but I just use a baby wipe and dip into the paint and spread).  I then laid the Heidi Swapp bat mask over it (only could find on ebay as it is an old product) and misted with the new Huey Mist from Studio Calico...oh my...I loved it.  I poured some Tattered Angels glimmer mist in a plastic cup and dipped the ribbons (they were the same canvas color) into it to soak it up) then dried them and tied them back onto the album...
You can probably use a medium to help spread the paint...but my time and patience are low...so it's do it and go attitude for me right now with the little time I can sneak some scrapping in...  Used some rubons on the inside cover here as well...Hambly...a little dried out...but managed to get it transferred...
Used mostly Hambly screen prints and overlays throughout the album...as well as rubons...  If I used an overlay on one side, I made sure the screenprint color was complimentary or a contrast that I liked as you would see the next pages color come through...these were the plastic protector pages...
Maya Road doily overlay...
So I just measured what would fit inside the protectors and did an ordinary scrapbook page and slipped them in the cover...






Just kept the pages simple, using pretty product and I got the result of a spooky album that I wanted for our Halloween 2010...

Now these pages didn't have a page protector...just the canvas...but I still  kept them very simple by spreading paints and stamping with acrylic stamps (used paints not ink)...
Most of the stamps are Sassafras Lass...the swirls in teal are American Crafts...
Started using some of the Cosmo Cricket Halloween papers...Love those!
I used my ATG gun by Scotch to attach the overlays and paper, but used Beacon glue to attach the chipboard swirls...

I did use ink to stamp out the Trick or Treat...



Used some Martha Stewart border punches...
And used the last page to list some of Emma's favorites this Halloween...
Even though this wasn't the best trip ever kind of feeling and actually completely changed Emma's schedule since...I decided to make a mini-album out of it using this Maya Road window album...really did not know how to use it, but when I started, it flowed...and flowing for me is a good thing with a 2 year old...
 The October Afternoon papers and stickers were so perfect, as well as those Maya Road doilies...

 Used some Studio Calico and Basic Grey borders to accent the photos...
 Wanted to use some of the shells we collected...
 That little crocheted doily is by Jolee...
 Each page had a window...so I either covered them from the back or the front and then on some pages used the frames that came with the album...
 You can see a frame here that I covered with patterned paper.
 This window I left open and covered from the back showing the patterned paper and then used it to add dimension for adding photos...

 I left this window open and placed a Maya Road clear doily in it and placed a frame over it...then rubbed the Hambly rubon over it...really cool look when held up to the light...
 And then it shows nicely through the other side...




I just kept that style throughout the album and it was so fun to make...after Emma would fall asleep at night, I'd get back up and stay up sometimes a little too late doing this...but I enjoyed every minute of it...

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