Here's a combo of Robin's "Memories" challenge and Jeanne's "New Year, New Toys" challenge.
For Robin's challenge I have two memories combined. I just couldn't choose. I have a three year old and a four year old. Frankly, every day is magical at my house. One of my favorite memories of 2017 was the quick trip we took to Toronto and Niagara Falls in May. We went to the Toronto Aquarium and my little Raleigh was just amazed at all the fish ("Look at that fish, Mummy" "Oh, look at that little guy"). So I chose this little fish in a bowl. But another great memory was picking blueberries from the bushes in our yard. They were a wedding gift from my aunt and I just think it is so special picking the berries off of them with my boys. We got so many blueberries this year, we were out there every day picking them like crazy and that is all my kids wanted to do every morning. Fortunately, I had some blue polka dot DP to represent my blueberry summer.
Jeanne challenged us to use new stamps, dies, and stencils today. I used my new tag dies by Umbrella Crafts that I ordered from scrapbook.com. I realized recently that I just needed to buy some tag dies, so I did. I realize this stamp set is old, but I just bought it on Ebay last year and haven't used it until now. So I consider it new--and I've got a LOT more "new" stamps hanging around (don't we all).
Thanks, ladies, for two wonderful challenges. I had a great time playing with my new toys while reflecting on a wonderful year!
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 8428
Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 9:22 AM
I love your write up Jennifer....i remember those days when my boys were 3 and 4....likje you said it's magical. How cleaver to use the blue dot bg for the blueberries. Do they stain as much as the pomegrants my boys and I used to pick? The little fish tag is adorable. Faved.
Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Southwest Michigan Posts: 26112
Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 12:17 PM
I love both of your stories, Jennifer! I am a retired preschool teacher and absolutely love kids the ages yours are at - they are so eager and interested in just about EVERYTHING! Your blueberry story also brings back many memories for me; my sister and I took our preschoolers blueberry picking every year together - great memories! Love your dotted blue papers and tag ~ with all the dies I own, I don't own any tags, hmm...
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Registered: August 21, 2007 Location: Wayland MA Posts: 75920
Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 12:47 PM
Blueberries in your own yard. What a treat! No wonder your little boys wanted to pick them every day! The dotted paper truly is blueberry-like. The little fishie is certainly cute........as I'm sure those little guys are ... and what a fun memory of the aquarium with them!!