It's been a while - Thomas, Project Life, Recipes & Week in the life... | LarabeeUK

It's been a while - Thomas, Project Life, Recipes & Week in the life...

It's been a while!  Mainly because I just didn't realise how much time I would spend with Thomas and going out and about with him while I'm off work.  Trying to get back to some 'normality' now, not easy with a 16 week old baby!

Thomas is great, he's 4 months next week and is really developing into a real little character and handsome chappie.

We are currently going through lots of dribbling, trying to be independent and getting frustrated and still struggling with his digestion/tummy issues which the health visitor tells me to 'put up with'.

He seems to be on-track or ahead of all the things he should be doing at his age, although I'm sure the HV would have a fit if she saw him standing up against the sofa on his own!!!  He doesn't seem very interested in crawling, seems to want to walk instead, so he might miss the crawling stage out just like I did (I was walking at 9m).  Going to pop him into a walker next week to see how he gets on.

Project Life
In January Becky Higgins LLC brought Project Life direct to the UK through her Canadian distributor, I purchased the Amber core kit, I really wanted the Clementine edition but that's still not available, will definitely get that next year.  I much preferred buying the kit as a whole and I do think it works out a lot more expensive when purchasing items individually but still I brought it.  I also don't really like the Amber kit, there are some colours that don't seem to match, the journal cards are very 'same-y' and there are no words on the cards, I guess it could be because this was one of the first kits, but compared to the Clementine edition which I truly love I am struggling with being friends with Amber! I'm back to work in 8 weeks and plan to do PL during my lunch hour, so maybe the clementine digitals will be used more - I hope I have time to!  One thing I do like with the new style kits is that you don't have to have the album, I don't know why but I just prefer plain albums, this year I have a black faux leather one and will replace 2011's soon too, I expect to use 2 albums per year and think these are far more 'me'.

I'm a long way behind on PL12, although I do have all the photo's ready and plans for each week.  I still have the last week of PL11 to complete (the week T was born).  I really need to get that week done and dusted to complete the album.  I have photo's for weeks 1-5 printed and in album and I made a start on the backlog at the weekend trying to complete the last week and the first week which is what I plan to do until I'm all caught up.  I'm really struggling with the journaling, I'm not a great writer and really do need to journal there and then otherwise I just end up with a list of sentences rather than paragraphs!  I'm working on putting together a Project Life 'lite' pack to take to work and keep in my bag for immediate notes & stories.  Towards the end of last year I was really embellishing each week and creating mini-layouts, but I've realised that it's just not possible to keep on top by doing that so certainly while I'm behind I'll try for more minimal spreads.

One of the things I wanted to achieve whilst on maternity leave was more cooking, this I have achieved quite well although I haven't tied as many new recipes as I would have liked.

Some real winners have been:-

Chicken & Chorizo pasta bake
Chicken & Chorizo Jambalaya
Lemon drizzle cake

And finally A Week in the life
A week in the life starts on Monday, I'm using this project as a way of capturing one of Thomas and my precious weeks as there are so few left now, I'm going to prioritize this project as I think it's really important that I capture these little details.  I've made some red camera cards (inspired by AE's 2011 album), camera paper (all using an image from webdings) and days and numbers to accent the pages, these I plan to team with aqua bazzil card and teal hambly screen prints.

Part of my new organised plan is to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, I will be back on Friday with PL updates.


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