Saturday, January 8, 2011

Baby's First Year Calendar

Saw this calendar idea and thought it would make a wonderful calendar for Baby's First Year. How fun would it be to have a daily tracking of all those "little moments" that you forget over time. Also with all the work a new baby takes, who has time to get out the "official" baby's album and make sure you make a nice entry for all those "firsts" that seem to happen daily. So much easier to jot down 1 or 2 things each day on this handy little calendar. Decided I would make one of these to give to Wendy at her baby shower today. Here's what I came up with:

Baby's First Year Perpetual Calendar for Wendy and Miah
On the inside of the card I wrote the instructions/suggestions for using the calendar. After they make their notes for the day, that card is moved to the back of the basket and they are all ready for the next day. I made cards for everyday through the baby's first birthday (okay, don't really know when the baby is going to be born for sure, so I made cards through the end of February 2012). I thought they might like to start making notes now about the last few weeks before the baby is born, so I started the calendar with today's date.

Last night Miah told me a cute little story about how the baby seems to like to have her head rubbed through mommy's tummy and when Miah stops rubbing her head she throws a little fit, kicking and hitting until he starts rubbing it again. That would be a sweet thing to write down on one of these date cards now so it can be remembered forever.

Hope they like and use this little gift. Here's what I wrote inside the little card:

A quick and easy way to document all those little things you wish you had made a note of during Baby’s first year. Some examples:
1st day home from hospital
Cried all nite, slept all day
Daddy’s 1st poopy diaper
Went to Grandma’s house to visit
Big brother dropped baby, she bounced
Went to Grandma’s house to visit
1st Smile
Love you so much, so glad you are ours

You get the idea; it’ll just take a moment out of your busy day. Get in the habit of just writing down a quick note every day of what baby did (or have daddy do it sometimes). 

When you have time to fill out baby’s “official” baby book you will have a record of all these little moments to make that task so much easier.
After baby’s first birthday I will make you an album of all these little notes so you will have a record of every day of baby’s first year. I will include pictures into the album, so save any special ones you want included in a special folder on the computer and I will print them when I make the album.

Thanks to Design*Sponge for the great idea.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Just a little hello. Too busy to post much else.

Sun setting behind cactus
Photo taken in 2008

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Once again, Blog, then Don't Blog

Again, when I tell myself I'm going to start blogging on a regular basis, I have to go without a computer again for awhile. This time I'm really hoping to get back to my blog in February. Since I will have a new granddaughter by then, I will have lots to blog about. Another thing that will have to go on hold is my class at I haven't completed the first lesson yet and will most likely start over. Here's what my layout looks like so far, probably won't get it done before we leave

The one thing I really don't like about our winter adventures is having to go without a computer. Seems every year I get really involved in something, like a class (which I have several that I've been participating in besides just this one) and then we leave. When we return it is hard to get caught up on everything. This class is one that I've really been looking forward to. Fortunately it is one that I can pick up again right where I left off.

Well, got to go, lots to do in the next few days as we prepare for our next adventure. Will enjoy the sunshine, that's for sure.

Take care and I will be back in a few....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Now I'm Rockin'

Just started my new class at (thank you Miah and Wendy!). Here's my first task in Lesson 1. Used a photo that Chad took while Melissa and he were in Florida on their honeymoon in 2009. So excited to be taking another class from Jessica. In the first lesson I changed the original photo to sepia tones and then changed the frog back to full color. Looks pretty neat, don't ya think? This was the perfect picture to use this technique on. This is how the picture originally looked.

Tara and Andrew stopped by last night to visit and Tara told me she has also signed up for one of Jessica's classes. It's not the same one I'm taking, but I know she will love it.

I've spent some time over the last couple days preparing my MMEL binder. I will have to post more about that later, but for now...back to my lesson.