Journal entry- 12/30/10

Journal Entry – 12/30/10
The last couple of days you’ve had many things going on. Yesterday we took you to the doctor to find out why you were sick. Unfortunately I’m having problems with your normal doctor and clinic… So you are going to a new one with a better doctor and staff. They helped us out tons… tho of course you are still sick today. Your new pediatrician will be the awesome Dr. James Liesen. He seen you in the well baby nursery when you were born. During your visit they checked your weight, you are 12 lbs now!

Yesterday your Aunt Sam and Aunt Tay came to visit too. They love to come and visit and you were super entertained! Your new thing tho is to entertain all of us!! you are so 

alert and wide awake 
you already hold your head up
you  life your entire torso with your arms
you say ahh, goo, ya, k, and other assortment of vowels and consonants
you smile very big and laugh out loud
you roll from belly to back occasionally
you are a supported sitter
you focus very very well on everyone you see
tho still a mama and dada girl!!
there are more its just all I can think of right now… I’ll do your three month checklists on the 6th! thats right Jan. 6th you’ll be 3 months old o_O
but yes you just love to entertain us in all the ways listed above. We all spent the night together hanging out and playing card games like phase 10, while you sat on laps and played, and daddy played Call of Duty- Black Ops
Be honest right now daddy hates games like board games and card games… we will see what games you get him to play soon ๐Ÿ˜‰
then today your Grandpa Ronnie came up to visit you! he brought you a super cute dumbo elephant that plays music. It also has big floppy ears we can play peek-a-boo with. all the rest of us kids got money! Trust me one day you’ll want that!! oh gosh I can’t wait… I’ll need a couple jobs. hahaha.
You stayed home with daddy and napped more since you were still sick with your little stomach bug and the rest of us went to the mall to do some shopping! I took myself to the amazingly awesome store that no one else will go to me with like daddy for instance I went to Sephora!! I had to pick me up some bare essentials foundation. Its one of the best kinds out there I can find… but you do drop a pretty penny on it. 
for a nice 25 buckaroos
after that we headed back home so daddy could go a do his 5-10 shift at work. We spent the night relaxing and playing like usual. I’m attempting to start a late night routine for you, so I began that tonight and you loved it!
we took a 30 min nap, ate, diaper change, bath, massage, swaddle, storytime, bedtime!
and you did another first tonight… it was sooo much fun too!!!
well since you are so sick I thought I would like a little bath. It turned into a splash time fun! You were just relaxing in the tub and you slapped your arm down, so I laughed and you realized that if keep doing it, mommy would keep laughing. So you covered my entire kitchen, floors, me, you, soaked 5 towels… but we had fun!! I know you will love when this summer hits and you get to go to the pool.
Well its almost 11 pm now and you are sound asleep in bed and daddy and I are relaxing to some tv and food ๐Ÿ™‚
love you
xoxo mommy!

we will begin a new year. (bucket list/goals)

with the start of the new year, its a start of a new focus for myself.
I’m focusing on one word this next year and I’ll be reminding myself often and reflecting on it as much as I can, and that word is
You will be turning 3 months soon, I’m finally settling into the new lifestyle of motherhood, and daddy has picked up fatherhood perfectly! In that I’m able to step back for a second and see where 2010 really took me, and exactly where I want 2011 to take me. The problem I have is I often forget… I lay my goals aside, my aspirations away, my photographing and recordkeeping on the back burner, I forget to exercise, I wont keep up with taking care of myself, and lay my thoughts aside for everyday life. I also forget how absolutely lucky I am…. when I get to stressed to remember. That isn’t okay, and thats what I want to teach you and pass down to you baby… I want you to be a strong and confident woman.
So I would like to list my “bucket list” and goals for 2011! I wont say I’ll successfully finished, but I will focus on them every second of my life.
Spend the most time possible with you
spend every second I can with Daddy
Reflect on my One Word for 2011- Remember
Complete one month of the 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels
complete atleast 3 months of project 333– 3 months of 33 fashion wardrobe
create one altered journal album
keep up with posting, journaling, photographing, and documenting your first year of life
do as many of the project love me challenge prompts so you learn more about me
take you to the zoo
take you to the pool
teach you to sit up
teach you to say your first word
learn to prepare some new dinners
read a new book
lose my extra baby weight
do a baby and mommy class
plan a super awesome 1st birthday
make your first birthday cake
print a album

( I’ll probably add more later )

a new project- project 333!!

a very interesting concept on minimalistic fashion! I’ve always been a minimalist anyway, and so is daddy. Neither of us have paid much attention beyond that, but sometimes I forget and I think that I need tons of items to make up a wardrobe…  you really don’t!! I’ve decided this year to focus on my life and keeping things as minimalistic as possible. So I thought about giving this a try and it would help me get rid of all the extra junk that I don’t need.
here are the quick guides for Project 333
* they are a site dedicated to helping women and men keeping themselves minimalistic and basic!!*

The Basics

When: January 1 โ€“ March 31, 2011 (Itโ€™s never too late to start so join in anytime!)

What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.

What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items โ€“ wedding ring or other sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)

How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of site.

What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes donโ€™t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

First Timers

This is for those of you new to Project 333. You may have just heard about it, or perhaps you have been quietly watching others live with less for the past three months and you are ready to jump in.
  1. Take inventory. I recommend the How to Make Space approach.
  2. Working with your โ€œI Loveโ€ pile of clothing, start to build your wardrobe. It will help to make a list on paper.
  3. Consider signature items like a trench coat or pair of boots. Your signature item might be your sunglasses. You will find that having one well made version of something will be far better than 10 of the knock-off.
  4. Once you start dressing with less, pay less attention to what you are wearing, or not wearing and more attention to something more important.
  5. You are welcome to incorporate some of the Bonus Rules but I highly recommend starting with The Basics โ€“ listed above.
  6. Get connected and ask questions. The Project 333 community is awesome! Iโ€™ve included a few important links below to help.
I’ll be working through my wardrobe and I’ll be working on my list of 33 items I’ll wear between January and July ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be back with photos and a list soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Project Love ME: prompt 1- iDream

prompt: iDream 1
Your dreams and hopes can tell us so much about who you are and what is important to you.  This week we will focus on your current dream(s). It can be anything- big or small. Tell us why itโ€™s your dream-  is it because it will make your life easier and give you more time, itโ€™s something you always wanted to do or will help you be the person you want to be or just because it will fulfill you? Have you taken any steps to realize your dream? 

I dream about the future with my daughter. Shes everything to me. I dream about who she will grow up to be. 
What color will her eyes be? 
What color will her hair be?
 what will her first word be?
What will her first word be?
What will she love to eat?
its just all I dream and think about now. How and what can I do to love her fully and to the most of my ability everyday. I dream of us living in a quaint town, in a one level ranch style home with the three of us and our dog Marcie. I’ll have a beautiful back yard where she can play and run around in the summer while we play. Everything is placed perfectly and every color I love, filled with paintings and photos from us. I hope josh and I work in jobs we both love that keeps us happy and content, that we don’t overwork so we can spend all the time  with her as we can.
Shes all I dream about… my beautiful baby!!
xoxo Mommy ๐Ÿ™‚ 

One Little Word

One Little word 2011 inspired by Ali Edwards
my word


โ€“verb (used with object)

to recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; think ofagain: I’ll try to remember the exact date.

to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of:Remember your appointment with the dentist.

to have (something) come into the mind again: I justremembered that it’s your birthday today.

to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee:The company always remembers us at Christmas.

to give a tip, donation, or gift to: to remember the needy.

to mention (a person) to another as sending kindly greetings:Remember me to your family.

(of an appliance, computer, etc.) to perform (a programmedactivity) at a later time or according to a preset schedule:The coffeepot remembers to start the coffee at 7 a.m.every day.

Archaic to remind.
โ€“verb (used without object)

to possess or exercise the faculty of memory.

to have recollection (sometimes fol. by of ): The old manremembers of his youth.
I’ll be focusing on the thoughts and ideas that run through my everyday life. I’ll want to be able to look back on these times in my life with great happiness and reward. I would like to recall all the fabulous time when I get older. I want to make sure I don’t dwell on the past, but look back on the past with great pleasure. I’ll go back in the future and recall all memories and keep and record them for both my daughter and me. I’ll also focus on remembering the everyday today life. I’ll work on centering myself and spending absolutely all time with my loved ones. I want to make sure I don’t forget about myself and make sure I recall all things I set forth and try my best to keep with my goals in 2011.

a note from Ali-

Some years Iโ€™ve had to look harder or listen longer or simply choose one that fit with what was on my mind and heart at that moment. Thereโ€™s no right or wrong. The main thing to remember is that this is your word. Itโ€™s not for your child, parent, partner, spouse, sister, etc.

And what do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

check out all her post on her blog and her past years here-


I have some of that great motherly advice that I received from some great people!!
and I need to REMEMBER that
sometimes I feel like I want to capture everything and I want to be perfect at everything that I do in my life. So I asked some fellow scrapbooking friends how they manage and do everything because I simply haven’t been able to do it.
My Question-

okay so I’ve completely overwhelmed myself i think 

With the new year ending and the birth of my daughter and the fact I’m a sahm I keep seeing projects that I want to do. That I’m getting to the point that I can’t prioritize them…. 


i see so many that do multiple cts, create tons of projects, work through all the forums, and do project 365, run blogs, ect……

I need some major organization tips please!!!

my blog states it all!!! I have this huge list of things I want to do for the new year, but I keep overwhelming myself to make sure I get everything done that I want.

I want to do a daily journal
do project love me 
do project life/project 52/or project 365
do the log your memory challenges
do the one word from Ali Edwards
im creating an altered album
I want to create a 12×12 layout story book
i want to be on creative teams
do the portfolios or as many challenges as I can
I want to keep up Project Em Blog…………….

I feel like I can’t do all that with a 3 month old and keep house work up and work 2 days part time……… so many of you do way more than this!!!! you are just more organized than me lol

I got a lot of super helpful responses, so I thought I would share some and help you and me always to remember that we aren’t super women… 

Not a mom, but I wanted to chime in.

You. Can’t. Do. It. All. No one can. I have no kids, and I still don’t get everything that I want to get done. Everyone you see doing stuff that you wish you could do, is letting something else slide that you can’t see. As women, we always want to do 83902895043 things, and naturally all of them have to be perfect too. We want to be perfect moms, perfect wives, have a perfect house, etc etc etc. It’s unrealistic, and it tends to give us low self esteem issues because we think we’re failures. But in reality, the only person we’re failing is ourselves by setting up so many unreachable goals.

You have to set realistic goals. Of those things, what is the MOST important one that you want to have done. Prioritize that list. Work on the important things first, and if you have time and it isn’t going to make you crazy, then work on something lower on the list. Look at your life and your responsibilities as a whole. Yes it would be awesome to do everything on that list, but then your house will be an absolute mess and you’d be living out of take out and fast food containers. Everything in life has a trade off, you just have to decide what makes the “worth my time” cut, and what doesn’t.

by collen ๐Ÿ™‚


 Honestly – there is no way you can do it ALL. I’d pick a few things that are most important to you off that list and let the rest go. Maybe 2 or 3 things at the very most, otherwise you will feel stressed and completely overwhelmed.

Looking at your list, you can probably combine a couple of your items, such as a daily journal and P365. The CT’s I would limit to 1, maybe 2 CT’s at the most.

Honestly, looking back at my now 3 year old, I wish I had just taken a break and spent more time with her. Kids literally grow SO fast. It’s incredible. Last week she was a tiny bundle, and now she is 3 years old! You won’t look back in 5 years when she is starting kindergarten and think “Wow, I really regret not doing P365, having a word of the year, being on CT’s, and spending enormous amounts of my time on the computer, feeling stressed, pulled in 1000 directions!”. Nope. If you try to do too many things, they are all things that you will regret DOING, not NOT DOING, kwim?

Take time to enjoy you’re baby. Mark down milestones (perfect time for the daily journal AND P365), and enjoy her. When your life isn’t so full, take the time to SLOWLY branch into a new project. Jumping in with both feet will gaurantee you to drown.

by Jaedyn

the entire post is here at an awesome community of women called
Sweet Shoppe ๐Ÿ™‚ 

best tv show so far!

How I met your mother!! 

I’m enjoying this show with your uncle ryan, as you relax in your swing! You have had a sick day I think your poor teeth are bothering you. So you’ve been nicely relaxing in your swing bundled up with your new Christmas Blanket from Aunt Shannon. After you wake up I think we will be running to Hobby Lobby after you wake up! I have a few more things to grab to complete your daily journal… which I’ll have the basic foundation and pages ready to start in January ๐Ÿ™‚ I have til Friday!!

oh so fun!!

Tonight we’ve been playing together. You have had so much energy!!! its been fun ๐Ÿ™‚
now we are relaxing and cuddling on the couch. you have learned to make a super fun smacking noise with your mouth, that i think you picked up from someone over Christmas. You keep Razzing, Smacking, talking, and laughing, its been so much fun!
When you officially get wore out I’ve been working on your altered journal. I’m starting the foundation now ๐Ÿ™‚
i have some pages cut already! i cant wait to show more
ok so i have a photo of you today, but its way over exposed because of the light ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  I also found a really cute project!
by Ali Edwards ๐Ÿ™‚

{Project: Love, Me} โ€œPreโ€-prompt- why??

{ Pre-Prompt }
So why are you completing the project? Is it for you, or for someone else, or both? What do you hope to gain from the project at the end of the 52 weeks? Do you think it will make a difference in your life? How?

I’m creating this project for YOU! I wan’t you to know who I am, who I was, and who I want to be. I hope to gain the clearest perspective on my life, my loves, and who I am. I hope at the end of the 52 weeks {your first year of life} that you not only know you.. but that you know ME! I think it will greatly impact me. I hope for an amazing 2011 and I can’t wait to kick of this new year and this next chapter in our lives together.

it will contain the life of 
Emma- age 3 months.
Susan- age 24 years.
Josh- age 27 years.

the three bears ๐Ÿ™‚

Review 2010!! and 365 possible?

2010 in review!!!! 
January- Starting the new year off ๐Ÿ™‚ just Susan and Josh and our family and friends…

February- I found out I was PREGNANT! thats right I found out early that month that you were on the way. I had a dangerous accident 2 wks later, so I quit my job and stopped traveling to work everyday. It was a terrible winter so I said enough was enough and I didn’t need the stress of running a cosmetology class while I was pregnant, so I went to work at Sally’s. 
March- I said goodbye to all my students and dear co-worker friends
April and May I spent relaxing and working. I also kept up with Pregnancy blogs and read books awaiting your arrival. I also snapped a few pregnancy photos.
June daddy and I celebrate or 2 year anniversary. June 6th was our anniversary. We spent it in Colorado with Grandma and Grandpa Robinson and Aunt Whitney! Mommy went up and down mountains, relaxed, and we did our first Geo-caching. something we plan to do with you one day.

July I had my first baby shower!! it was thrown by my super sweet friend Laura Twenter. My students came and we hung out. 
August I had my 2nd baby shower hosted by Aunt Shannon and Aunt Whitney!! this one we had at Aunt Shannons house and had all of josh’s super sweet family and my amazing friend Gabby Carlton. 
we were so blessed with the gifts we were given!! amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
September was only the month before you were due. I took this month very easy. I just relaxed and set up your nursery. 
OCTOBER was the long awaited month!! the month you were due. Your original due date was October 13th. The beginning started of with again relaxing and prepping. We had read books, asked around, took classes, kept up on dr. appts, and read blogs all in preparation. 
I spent the first few days grabbing some last minute photos with my best friend Stephanie Murray. She also was pregnant!! Then October 6th came along. It was a 2 week checkup appt. My dr noticed my blood pressure was high and sent me to the ob triage diagnosed with Pre-Eclampsia. they offered my to begin the inducing process and we started around noon. I began the drug called Pitocin and we began to monitor my contractions and blood pressure. Everyone began to drive up and prepare to meet you. Around 6 pm things began to really pick up and mommy decided to go a head and get her epidural then. at 745 the dr checked me and said we were ready to begin pushing! Daddy and Grandma Toby stayed there along with Dr. Holden, Dr. Green, and another dr. 1 med student and 2 nurses… and we began. 
At 825 pm on October 6th 2010 you were born
weighing 6lbs. 7 ounces. and 19 inches long. 
I was able to immediately hold you….
 and I immediately fell in love!!! I don’t think I could possibly explain the feeling.. you’ll know one day though.
You were welcomed into the world by Daddy, Mommy, Grandma and Grandpa Robinson, Grandma and Grandpa Skaggs, Aunt Whitney, Uncle Ryan, Aunt Shannon, your cousin Alexia, Stephanie, Breana, Erica, Heather, Leezly, Katie, Great Grandma Janice, Uncle Brendon and Christian, and your Aunt Alexis.
November through the rest of the year…..
we went through many milestones, learning experiences, sleepless nights, joyful times, exciting moments, spit up, diapers, crying, laughing, cuddling, growing, and just LOVING YOU!!
one month w/ teddy bear growth comparison
 two month growth comparison with teddy bear
month 3 coming January 6th 2011!!
How will I record 2011?? 365 photos a day? 52 weeks of photos?? what type of journaling??? 
I’ll answer these once I know…