Project Life

So I started a new project called Project Life. It’s half scrapbook/half journal. I actually found it through Pinterest and thought it looked really interesting. All of the information about it can be found on BeckyHiggins.com. I’ve been scrapbooking lately… sort of. I’ve made 1.5 scrapbooks, LOL. But I never really liked how the scrapbooking turned out. It just never looked how I wanted it to. 

I’ve also missed journaling. I started writing in a diary when I was 8 years old, and I continued writing in paper journals or online journals through my first couple of college years. And then slowly, but surely, I stopped. It faded out. I’ve missed it.

Project Life makes scrapbooking and journaling a lot easier. I love it. My main problem is that my life isn’t that interesting to update it that often! Haha. Most people who do Project Life do it as a weekly thing. Each spread in the binder is supposed to be one week. I decided not to go that route. I’ve researched a lot of other Project Lifers’ books (one of my favorites is Elise) and I don’t really see the point in scrapbooking about what I ate during the week or my day-to-day boring activities. So I’ve been working on mine when I’ve had something to talk about. It’s nice because all those random iPhone photos have a place to go.

I thought I would share what I’ve got so far… Sorry about the picture quality. I took them at night inside my apartment, so the lighting sucked. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time on making them beautiful when I was just going to share them here.

 

This is the binder I chose to purchase. I love red.

This is the first page. All of those little papers came with the paper kit I bought. I like the kit, but it’s probably the least useful thing out of the three parts of the kit: 1) The binder, 2) The pocket pages, and 3) the paper stuff. It’s nice that the papers fit right in, but they aren’t exactly how I would want them to be. Meaning I wish I had more writing space on some of them. So I’ve bought a few of the add-on paper kits. I like those better.

Even though I started Project Life a few months after we got engaged, I wanted a place to showcase all of our photos and such from it. So I made this page first from the Sugarland concert and our engagement. Some of the stuff I’ve used in these pages is some random scrapbooking stuff I had already.

I made this spread from our trip to Dawes Arboretum (our wedding location) on September 29th. We went to see what the weather was like since we’re getting married on September 28th next year. I took lots of pictures and had a lot to say, hence, this spread.

This is a random spread. The first page is about a few hours we spent on Johnny’s 4-wheeler and the second page is kitty pictures.

The first page is from a play we went to that our friend Charleigh was in. She placed Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” She rocked. The second page is about our little DIY project where we painted our living room pillar with magnetic paint and chalkboard paint.

This is the RUBY spread. 😀 The first page is about our first visit to meet her and the second is about our first week with her.

And that’s all so far. I doubt I’ll share ALL of my spreads here, but I wanted to share my experience with the project because I love it. It’s easy and fun. It helps that I have a photo printer, but it wouldn’t be so hard to get pictures printed at Wal-Mart or Walgreens or online. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes scrapbooking and/or journaling and/or photos and/or paper/crafts. Haha.

That’s all. Tata for now.

Meeting New Friends

So we took Ruby home this weekend to stay at my parents’ house and meet all of her new friends. She did so well! We started off with an hour long car ride home and she rocked it. Just lays in the back seat and chills out. First we went to Johnny’s parents house and they have two pugs there and she got to meet them. That was fairly entertaining. They’re fast little boogers and get under her feet and it was just amusing.

Both pugs at the same time had their noses buried in her butt. Ahhh, gotta love the way of the dog.

I think she really likes their house. There’s a lot of stimulation there and friends to play with it. They have their back yard completely fenced in, but we weren’t able to let her out on Saturday because they were cutting down a tree. So Johnny’s mom and I took the two pugs and Ruby for a walk instead. That was entertaining. Since she has horrible leash manners, it was just… interesting. First, she kept tripping Johnny’s mom, which is just kind of embarrassing. And secondly, she freaked out every time a car drove by. And thirdly, she thinks everybody’s house is a safe place, so she tried to go up the steps to everyone’s house… EVERY SINGLE HOUSE. That was fun. LOL. But even though she kept tripping her, my soon-to-be mother-in-law just loves her. Which, duh! How can you not? Aside from the leash, she is super calm and well-behaved.

After that we stopped by my parents’ house to drop all of our stuff off and let them meet Ruby. Keep in mind that this entire time, my dad has been super disapproving of our decision to adopt this dog. He thought it was stupid, because we need to pay for our wedding and we shouldn’t be wasting money on a dog. And that our apartment is too small and no place for a dog. And on and on and on… He doesn’t understand the fact that I am 26 years old, an adult, living with my fiance… It doesn’t really matter what he thinks about it. But it was just hilarious, because he could NOT get over how well-behaved she was. I mean, COULD NOT get over it. Kept commenting on it, kept trying to rile her up just to see if he could, etc. He was completely and totally impressed by her. I found that extremely amusing. I wanted to high-five Ruby like “Way to go, girl!” LOL.

We also took Ruby to meet Daniel and Hannah’s dogs. They loved her. Haas kept trying to hump her… He is an equal-opportunity humper… humps basically every dog he meets, regardless of their gender. And he gets CRAZY eyes the entire time. So funny! But, luckily he’s fixed. Gus just wanted to play with her, but he got so excited that he drooled buckets all over the place… including on Ruby’s head… and my foot. That was lovely. The only oopsie moment we had is when Ruby took a huge dump on their basement floor. Luckily it’s concrete so it was easy to clean up. LOL.

Playing with Haas and Gus.

Johnny bought a stake and a tie-out leash to put in my parents’ yard for her. He wanted to try it today. That included making me leave her out there and watch her freak out. It was horrible. I am NO good at this part of mommy-hood. I don’t like to see her stressed out. Unfortunately, I understand the necessity of it. We want her to be less timid and more independent, especially outside. And be able to put her out and let her have some exercise and go to the potty and just explore the yard. But believe me, I kept my eyes glued to her the whole time from inside the front door. She systematically went around in a circle trying to test the stake for weak spots. I only left her out there for MAYBE five minutes. That was about all the torture I could withstand.

Then we took her back to Johnny’s parents and let her out in the backyard with the two dogs. And then closed the door and walked away. I think she had fun playing with them, but I still had to keep going to check on her, and eventually I let them all back inside, although I felt bad because Johnny’s parents were eating and the pugs immediately tried to get up in that. But I just can’t handle it. That’s something that she’s going to have to teach me. Maybe it’s definitely a good thing that I got a dog before I had a kid. Haha. Maybe this will help me chill out. It’s just… I am a crazy mommy. I did this when Lucy was freaking out when we moved her down here to live with Johnny. I just completely cannot handle it when my pets are unhappy. How am I supposed to do that with my children? LOL. It’s going to be interesting.

Now we are back at home. With a ton of dog stuff in tow. She has more bones and toys than any dog I know. Haha. And we’ve only had her for five days. LOL. But she is wiped out, currently laying behind me on the floor ignoring all her bones. My girl’s had a busy, busy weekend. It was fun, but I think we’re both glad to just be home and relax a little bit.

Oh, and I promise to eventually write about something other than my dog. 🙂

My man and our baby girl.

Bringing Ruby Home

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So, we got our doggy! We brought Ruby home on Tuesday night and I just… I could not believe how well behaved she was. She didn’t attack the cats, though she was curious about them. And they were curious about her. She didn’t jump, bark, lick, etc. Her one downfall was that she wasn’t very good on her leash. She was really skittish outside. But the thing is, we live in town and there is a ton of traffic around our apartment. Her old home was on a farm so the only cars she was exposed to were the cars in her driveway which are much less frightening.

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Over the next few days she’s gotten a little less well-behaved, lol. She’s still a really good girl, but that first night she slept through the night and didn’t make a peep. I started bragging about how she was so quiet and never barked, etc, and then she started barking. But she only does it a couple of times. When we come in the house and don’t get to her kennel fast enough to let her out and when I turn on the TV and it startles her. It’s actually kind of funny how she’s scared of the TV. But otherwise she doesn’t bark.

She’s getting slightly more aggressive towards the cats… but by that I mean, getting closer to them, getting more excited and chasing them. She hasn’t tried to bite them or growl at them or hurt them in any way. I think she just wants to play. The cats are like, “nuh-uh, girl!” But they are dealing with it. Although Lucy has taken to hiding again. :/ But we’ll break her of that just like we did last time.

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She still hasn’t had any accidents inside, which is awesome, but she hates going outside. And she lets you know if she doesn’t have to go. When you put the leash on her and try to take her out, she sits down and stops moving. If you manage to drag her out of the apartment and to the stairs, she once again sits and refuses to move. But if she does have to go, she drags you to the grass, does her business, and then drags you back to the steps to go inside. It’s funny, but something we’re definitely going to have to work on with her, because we want to be able to play with her outside and train her and such. So hopefully she’ll eventually get used to the traffic. We are going to try and train her some more on the leash this weekend when we are at my parent’s house so that it’s not as scary. Maybe she’ll enjoy the outdoors more and we can work with her on the leash.

Last night we let her in to our bed for the first time while we watched TV. It was the best thing ever! Haha. I love puppy snuggles. She just laid down and chilled out and snuggled with me. It was great.

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Stealing my spot on the bed while I was out of the room. Haha.

Here’s two more of her with the two cats. I love the second one of her between the cat’s ears. She’s like, “Mom… WTF? Pay attention to ME!” LOL.

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