Project Life – A Catch Up

This year I began Project Life.  An amazingly easy concept of memory keeping.  It has become part of my weekly routine, and I am loving the process!  I have kept up to date so far, and plan on keeping up to date!  I have also thought about so many of the events that we have been through and how they can be easily put into a PL album!  I have the photos sitting in boxes waiting for ‘something’ to be done with them – so PL will be it!

I have also, for the first time ever, been published in a magazine!  My PL layout was accepted and I was and am stoked!  It is a very cool Aussie Magazine called Life Paper Scrapbook.  I am on page 91 if you are interested 🙂

So, here is the last few weeks layouts –

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Jase was looking through this year’s album the other day and was genuinely impressed – with what we do, and how quickly we forget things!  It is really refreshing to see his take on PL, even his comment about forgetting when the kids said this or that…or we went here…

Need to finish week 13 – but am hanging out for my SC kit!!
Thanks for looking 🙂

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Return of the routine…..

Week two of the term is done and dusted – leaving just seven left in this term! Crazy!! The school routine has well and truly returned to the Moloney Household – and its a good thing! The first few days were hard on the trio as they had really gotten used to having Hayden around all the time! But now, there is the priceless delight and sheer joy visible on their faces when they see Hayden at school pick up.

There is such a big difference from Prep to Grade One! We no longer have to collect Hayden from class – they all file out in an orderly fashion and Hayden even looks more ‘grown up’. It’s moments like that that really take my breath away – I’m amazed at how wonderfully unique and special Hayden is and how he has grown and matured already!

so, to keep up with my Project Life here is week five – a big week – (as usual I hear you say!) starting with floods and storms –

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I am still loving the end result of each weeks completed layout – I get a great sense of achievement!

this week I was lucky enough to be featured on another blog by a very talented lady – Jodie Allen. Her page is here (and her store is also amazing!!). The little spiel on my layout is here.

i kinda feel like a rock star having my page on a super creative and super talented lady’s blog!! Thanks Jodie!

The other ‘famous’ news this week – the triplets made the paper with the Guide Dog puppies. Our copy was completely saturated so Quest are sending us copies – here is a rather bad shot of it that was proudly on display at the kids day care centre!

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So that’s about our week!!!

It’s February ….. Already!

January 2013 has been and gone – and already I feel as though this year is flying!

i have so far (proudly!) been keeping up to date with Project Life. I absolutely loving it and am finding it a lovely way to factor in some ‘me time’ every week. My routine for the now is – weeks run Monday – Sunday, I print the photos at Big W Monday afternoons whilst doing groceries and get creating Monday nights 🙂 I look forward to it every week and find myself sorting pictures Monday and wondering how many I can squeeze in!  There are so many talented people who are also completing Project Life so there is never s shortage of inspiration!  My Blog list is rapidly growing – and Kellie Winnell has a creative post where you can see what so many others are up too!

 

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So here is week four – Moloney style!!

 

 

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Week five will feature the more severe flood photos (thankfully, other than uprooted trees and debris flung into one of our cars) we were all safe. 

I love the picture of the girls little bums! Caitlin doesn’t often sleep like this – Emma does! I also love that no matter where we place their beds they almost always end up together. These photos probably, if not for project life, would not be documented any other way!

 

This week saw the boys heading out on our boat for the first time. 5 whiting was the haul – which Hayden ate for dinner very proudly! He was so tired from his early wake up call that he fell asleep on the way back to the boat ramp!

 

All these little moments made up our week – the biggest event of last week was Jason’s birthday.  We had a lovely family day including New Farm Park playtime (love that place!) and dinner at Hog’s Breath (and I’m not selling Jase’s birthday short – I blogged in real time about it!)

Some other highlights – 

 

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Back to school! I lost count how many books I covered – and have a blister on my thumb from the >2000 stamps required on all this brown paper!!!

But that’s in week five – so stay tuned 🙂

 

 

Mayhem!

Well, it has been more than a week, and honestly, it all feels chaotic!  I cannot believe it is almost the end of January.  Sounds dumb, but how fast is this year going already?    Hayden heads back to school next week, and I think he needs it.  He is frustrated no end with the mischievousness of his siblings – and trust me, they are getting cheekier!

Monday was Jason’s birthday.

Birthday Boy :)

Birthday Boy 🙂

We had a lovely day as a family, and I guess that was the good thing about Hayden still being on school holidays!  We had lunch out, and went to New Farm Park (amazing park!!) for a few hours, followed by Hog’s Breath (or the piggies as the kids refer to it) for tea.  As I do each birthday, I made the birthday person their choice of cake.  Jase chose a baked strawberry cheesecake.  It is delicious!

Here is making it –

Jason's birthday cake in the making

Jason’s birthday cake in the making

I am fairly certain Jase had a wonderful birthday – I hope so!  It is difficult with this many kids to allow a sleep in, but he did get one!

Last week we were lucky enough to get a glimpse (no pun intended) behind the scenes at the Guide Dogs Association of QLD.  There was a call put out through the multiple birth association that triplets, twins and quads were needed for a quirky take at the latest litters.  We were the triplet crew!  The gorgeous pups were just a delight, but even more delightful was the looks on my kids faces when seeing the pups and dogs.  It is an amazing organisation and they do so very much for so many people.  Our triplets were photographed with a ‘triplet’ litter and the photo will be used in local papers for advertising and calls for assistance in caring for the pups.  Hayden, although not used in the pics for advertising, was not left out, and got a very good tour through the facility and is very happy with what he has learned (it is all going in his secret agent book apparently!).  Here is but one of the cute pics snapped last week –

Triple trouble!

Triple trouble!

You might remember slidey beds?  Where the kids lifted up their slats and pushed their mattress down to make a slide? Well now, we have a new game – the little monkeys have ripped the flyscreen in their room (forcibly with Thomas and other associated take along trains) and proceeded to throw the said toys onto the carport which is below their bedroom window.  We heard a few bangs and wondered, as we do, ‘what the’, and upon investigation, amongst much giggling, found this –

the big piff!!

the big piff!!

Anything and everything was piffed onto the roof!  It is quite funny, and trust me, rousing on the kids for something that is quite ingenious and funny is difficult! Thing is, they think its super funny too and just crack up laughing!  Caitlyn we think was the instigator (shock, horror) and was trying to justify her actions – ‘noisy mummy daddy’ ‘funny’ ‘Brendan & Emma did it’ was just a few catch phrases!  So Jase got the kids up to get the toys down – in a completely safe manner as well!  Here is B getting some of the toys down –

B retrieving toys!

B retrieving toys!

 

I often wonder what they will do next!  It must be amazing having 2 back ups all the time.  They are so cute together when they want to be – yesterday Emma was going to have a nap during the day, and Caitlyn put her blanket over her and gave her a kiss – completely unprompted.  Very cute.  B & Caitlyn also have a very cute way of interacting – they are terrors together though!

I am staying on track with Project Life so far, and have completed week three.  I really enjoy doing it and am having a great time recording our day to day seemingly mundane stuff.  This is the stuff that I want to remember, not posed and prompted photos (while they are great, I want to keep the not so perfect stuff as usually it has more of a story!).  Here is my layout for week three – this week I used Becky Higgins Clementine pack – I have bought bits and pieces of this kit and LOVE it.  I think I will use this for doing an album for the girls and I.  I really really want to remember all the little things, the little toddlerisms, and words that they call things (I still LOVE apple trees!!)

Project Life, Week 3

Project Life, Week 3

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PL week 3

 

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PL Week 3

 

I love the pictures I have used this week – and love the pics of the girls with Jason.  So cute!  They are both Daddy’s girls, when they want to be 🙂

I often get asked why we go to the museum so much – for those of you that don’t – DO IT!  It is free, and it is always fun!  No matter how many times we have been there, my kids still love looking and learning.  They love watching how the pythons have grown, or if they have shed their skin, and how the stick insects are hiding and where.  It is never boring.  We go regularly, and I think it is as much a sanity break for me as it is fun for the kids!  The exhibits change every few months, and right now they have the Explore-a-saurus on – we have been twice now.  $10 for adults and kids >5 is well worth it.  They dig in the ‘dirt’ for ages!  We usually have to pull them away!  The stroll through Southbank is also always nice.

And so wraps up another day.  I love Wednesdays – the trio are in their only day of day care and it is so blissfully quiet!  I get so much done!  They love it too which always helps.  Am sure the next few days will bring a new trick from the trio for destroying something!

Happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

Delight[ful]

I just love the wonder and delight of children. A view totally untainted by anything! Flowers are wondrous and you can spend all day looking at them! Same as clouds! And the laughter, I wish it could be bottled! I just love hearing my kids laugh. It’s the loveliest sound 🙂

When my kids have a nap, I love that when they wake up they are so happy to see you – I get surrounded by them – all wanting a ‘huggle’ and a kids and with them all saying over and over ‘mummy mummy, hi mummy!’ With the occasional ‘luff you’ in the mix. It’s indescribable how noisy it is and how no matter how crappy a day you are having, this can lift your spirits. And it’s not just Brendan, Emma and Caitlyn that do that! Hayden, bless his beautiful soul, still is so happy to see you when he wakes up, or when he hasn’t seen you. It’s just beautiful, I wonder how long it will last for.

In an effort to try and remember all of this, and little quirks like ‘apple trees’ I am competing Project Life. I have completed week two and am so happy with the simplicity and format. I really don’t realise sometimes how much we fit into a week on this moloney mayhem!!! This week I used a mini kit from Polka Dot Creative and a few little bits from Seafoam from Becky Higgins. The kit was not something I normally would have used – and that is why I really wanted to use it! I think it looks great – and I even used parts of the packaging in my pages!!

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I really think this is such a wonderful way to capture our lives. We are all so busy, and I do focus on the things that are not south fun like work so often that I forget what else fills up my day! I also am impressed with the time factor – this page is simple, and that is the aim, so it doesn’t take long. This took about ~40 mins? And most of that was my indecision!!!

I hope to look at each week differently now with Project Life in mind. I know I take enough photos, and I just need to make it all mean more than a picture! I have been looking at other people’s pages and getting so much inspiration! It is amazing how many different takes there are on similar things!

In other news, toilet training is starting – Toilet Training Triplets – TTT!! It’s very novel and I suspect it’s going to take quite a while! Try listening to three giggling toddlers and keep a straight face! They all stripped down nuddy too!!

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So stay tuned to how many accidents there are!!

The Moloney’s also have two new pets – we rescued two adult cats from the RSPCA last week. Nelix (6) and Sushi (1) (who was named Suki but kids can’t say it!). They are both adjusting well and are very lovely!!

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Moloney Mayhem is so fitting!

Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

Project Life

What an eventful day! I finally got my project life goodies – and have been impatiently waiting for them! I couldn’t wait to see the paper and see how seemingly effortless this form of memory keeping is.

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I ordered the Amber kit & album, only because it was the only matching set in the store! It is lovely! I do think I will mix it up though and get a few different varieties.

I sat down, feeling overwhelmed and unsure, an used the guide for placement for the title page. Bear in mind I had seen some amazing title pages that are so beautiful and intricate, that I was worried! Instead, I opted for the simplicity this project offers, it’s supposed to be simple, it’s supposed to be achievable every week, it’s made that way – right?!! So here is my basic title page (which I actually love!)

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Title page done and dusted I figured I should start. Traditionally there are no real rules, some people do weeks, others do months. I thought I would do an introduction page. On the 9th I took pictures of my family as I had envisaged a title page with us all on it..didn’t end up like that but I still wanted to use the pictures and also capture my enthusiasm for starting project life! So I have used the 6 x 4 in the core kit, and pics of the six of us. Can’t see the love hearts I have done on the kids card stock, but I know it’s there and I totally love it!! I have even used stamps and paper piercing – which is great! So here is the left hand side –

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And the right hand side with the kids –

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So now to organised photos to get in and complete week one! I have some, but I seem to take a lot more vertical than horizontal photos so will need to get creative at displaying them!

I can really see how beautiful it would be to have an album dedicated to a year! Something for sure that I would love looking back upon – especially as my days seem to be so constantly busy it’s hard to pull the ‘stuff’ out to preserve. PL will totally fix that!