January 1st was apparently a super eventful day for our family. How do I know this? Because I’ve got 6 pages worth of “January 1st 2016” documentation in my album already. 6 pages!!! I swear, our life is not normally that exciting. Thank goodness, because if I kept going at that rate, I’d need 10 albums by the end of the year to hold everything (and my house is not that big!!). Good news is…they’re 6 pages that I love.
January 1st, 2016 started around 5:30am with the sound of little footsteps outside my bedroom door and little visitor in my bed. That’s because January 1st, 2016, was the day Emily learned to climb out of her crib…and life as we know it changed all over again.
I made a hybrid 8.5 x 11 scrapbook layout to capture that sweet little face with the “Thrive” collection by One Little Bird and a few embellie’s from Studio Calico’s December kits (Lollipop Guild and Tinman).
I mean seriously…the cuteness!!
So we were up bright and early with an adventure in mind.
We had planned a trip to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. I asked Liam if he wanted to go see some sharks and I swear, I’ve never seen him get dressed so quickly in the morning before. The aquarium was beautiful and I was pretty happy to get to try out my new camera for the day 🙂
I used the “Agenda” journaling cards and embellishments by One Little Bird and a few pieces from the “Scoop” collection (journaling cards and embellishments) as well. The enlargements (6×12) are a fun contrast to the grid of smaller 3×3 photos.
I added the word bubbles to the outside of the page protectors to break up the grid a bit. And because sharks are totally deserving of a “Whoa!” 😉
There was a LOT to see, but it was just the right size for a half day outing with the munchkins. The sharks, the jellyfish, the stingrays, the seahorses…all of it was breathtakingly beautiful. And for the record, I was the first one in our family to touch a sting ray. (weird and squishy is how I would describe it)
With the little miss’ new found ability to scale her crib, it was officially time to give her a big girl bed.
We converted her crib to a toddler bed when we got home that evening and she LOVED it. We could hear her awake in her room still at 10:30pm. It was definitely an adjustment, but I “think” she’s got the hang of it now.
Her new found independence means that when she hears Liam up (around 5:30 am, he’s an early morning kid. I do NOT know where he gets that from, because I am anything but), she calls for him to help her break out of her room and the two of them wreak havoc together. Seriously. I heard them giggling together around 6am the following Monday and talking about a sled…and I knew… You know how sometimes moms just know. Sure enough, I found them at the top of the basement stairs with a sled, ready to re-enact the scene from Home Alone. (I had to get my hair coloured last week to hide all the gray. I think there’s a relationship there.)
Those word strips from the Thrive collection were a perfect fit with this photo (and inspired some of my journaling on the first page I showed you!).
So there you go. 6 pages to start off a brand new year.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Love your pages, beautiful as always. Love those white stars on you pages 🙂 We had it easy with our older son, he never managed to get out of his crib, however, our younger one is a bit more ‘crafty’ (the nice way of putting it! haha)… I am just waiting for him to pull an escape act like your daughter!
Wow! What a great start to the new year!
You have been busy, and still found time to make these beautiful layouts! These will be wonderful to review in the future. Thank you for the inspiration.
Great pages. Love your work, always. And the collection you used is really nice. Michelle t
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