Friday, August 26, 2011

Earthquakes and Hurricanes...oh my

What a week here in the Northeast. I was sitting with my co-workers at 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon - just about to eat lunch - when the table started shaking, then rolling and the chandelier over us started swinging. It was the weirdest feeling ever. We knew right away we were having an earthquake. The rolling was so strong that I was actually a little sea sick for the rest of the day (mind you, it doesn't take much to make me sea sick) Now we are preparing for Hurricane Irene which is due here sometime on Sunday.
So unpredictable, but so far all paths are pointing to a hit for New Jersey. I haven't been in a major hurricane since I was in grade school. I live closer to the bay and ocean now - areas only a few blocks away have mandatory evacuations so I'm getting a little concerned. We've got one more day to figure out it we stay or go. Today we prepped the backyard and put away all the pool stuff - not before enjoying a beautiful, warm sunny afternoon. I have a feeling we won't be seeing the sun around here again until Monday.

Now I thought I'd share a little project from my daughter. The back story: I feel so guilty leaving them home while I go to work. It won't be so bad once school starts but right now I feel like I've ruined what's left of their summer. In an effort to keep them both busy the other day (which happened to be Tuesday, aka 'Earthquake Day'), I set them up at the kitchen table with a great big stack of assorted (purged) scrapbooking supplies, adhesive, a digital camera and a quick tutorial on how to print photos right from the SD card. I asked them to make me a a scrapbook about what they did all day. And they did! Well, she did. He's just not into crafts...and that's ok. But my girl ran with it. Here are a few of the pages she put together.  I was quite impressed with her crafty ingenuity!

Here's page 1 - she bound here 'book' with a metal ring through punched holes. She actually took a photo of the computer screen showing her virtual fairy on Pixie Hollow online - then paired it up with a photo of herself:
This is my favorite - she took this candid photo of my hubby working in his office and even journaled - I love the everything about this:
 Here the clever crafty girl ran out of "Y"s, so she made one out of a lowercase "L" and a small "V":
What really amazes me is how both of them mastered the photography/printing process so quickly. I'm so glad I asked them to do this!

I will definitely have some crafty time on my hands this weekend and will post more in the next few days. Now I need to get to sleep, as it's been a crazy long week and I've got to get up at 6 tomorrow to go food shopping! It's awful but I still need bread and milk.
Stay safe East Coast people!


Sherry C said...

Love your DD's precious book! Praying for your safety this weekend!

Lindsay said...

Awesome LO's Val! Praying for you and your family during this hurricane, that you are safe and well. Hugs.

Jenni said...

darling! praying for you all- keep safe. xo

~amy~ said...

Oh valerie...stay safe!

How fun are those layouts?!!!!!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Stay safe. Hope it's all over soon :-)

Christina said...

Your daughter's scrapbook is darling! I love crafting with my little girl, too. She has obviously inherited your crafty genes.

Be safe tomorrow! We are expected to get some high winds and rain, but we are not coastal so it should be manageable. I'll have you in my thoughts!

Keshet said...

You are one awesome mama, Val, work full time or not--I can tell just from the way you talk about them:) Hope you guys made it out of the storm without too much hullabaloo!

~jan said...

I see the creative apple didnt fall far from the tree! LOVE these pages! Way to go, M!

Live a Life EXTRAordinary said...

Glad you are all ok! Love the layout you created with the Boardwalk kit! I've been having fun with that kit as well. Love that your DD is taking after her talented momma!
Take care you! Can't wait to see what you create with Pebbles goodies! :)

Live a Life EXTRAordinary said...

Val, I love that you set up an art day for your kiddos while you were at work!! You know, having been a full time working momma away from the house and now a full time momma at home, I can tell you that the guilt that you feel when you are not with your kiddos (mentally or physically) will always be there. It's just part of being "The Momma." I think that the love we show them and the attentiveness we pay to them when we are with them as well as when we aren't (setting up an act of love as you did with the art day while momma's away) is something we need to keep at the forefront of our thinking--especially when the pangs of guilt pops up. :) Oh, gosh! I've rambled!
Anyhoo, so, SO happy both you and your family survived the storm without too much damage. Looking forward to your creations with Pebbles goodies!
Later friend!