Last week, the Deutsches got into their lovely new car, and went apple picking.
I think we were the only people there with teenagers. Which made me a little worried. But really, what is not fun about picking fruits and veggies? In fact, they both commented separately that they were having a good time.
I enjoyed the ride home a lot.
When we got home, I realized that we had an absurdly large amount of apples, and it was going to take some work to consume them all.
So I made some applesauce, and Dave made a decadent caramel apple pie, and I also made some reminders for the family to eat, eat, eat apples.
This one is on the refrigerator.
And these little number were good for sending some textual communications.
Since Rosh Hashana is just days away, we will eat some apples and honey then too. With that in mind, I continued to go to town with my Rhonna Designs App.
And, in case you were wondering when the apple picking story will make it onto a scrapbook page, well, it already has. I just can't share the whole thing yet, as I used Clique Kits October kit. I can, however share a little sneak of my layout using their October kit, Masquerade Ball.
Summer 2014 is the year we finally got a car, and therefore, it is the year that we finally spent a decent amount of time outside. That mostly took the form of going to the beach and going on some hikes.
These outdoorsy activities are important to me, because they make me feel so, so good; the air; the space; the physical activity. I feel it in my bones.
Nature can be pretty easy on the eyes, too.
Being a boring, old, mother-there are some things I'd like my children to learn as well about spending time outdoors.
1. You don't ALWAYS need a TV or a movie to have fun. (Although, it's nice to come home exhausted from a day outside to an evening of vegging out.)
2. There does not always need to be human created stimulation in front of you that in order to have fun.
3. Fun should not always cost money. Except maybe for parking. And post-hike ice cream.
It takes a little practice to learn those lessons. And, my children did not always agree with me about how much fun we were having. But at the end of each outing (if not in the middle), they had to admit that we had some good times.
Being a boring, old, scrapbooking mother--of course I immortalized some of these lessons with some pretty paper and things.
Every year, on the Sunday of Comic Con, the 3 male Deutsches leave the house early in the morning, and they return sometime in the mid to late afternoon. And, I enjoy several hours of sweet, sweet solitude.
Beginning last year, the months before Comic Con, have been spent deciding, planning, buying, and making things for Comic Con costumes.
Before all that could begin, however, Dave went to buy some tickets. It proved to be way more difficult than in years past.
Yes, it took nine hours of standing in line for tickets. (I am so glad that it wasn't me.) Ever since that day the preparations have been underway. Aside from the several hours home alone, the other thing I like about Comic Con, is that for a brief while, my whole family gets crafty.
This past Sunday, we took a family walk to Michael's to collect some supplies.
Max and I shared a good laugh while watching a YouTube video on how to make a sheath for a sword. The fully grown man suggested that one might want to paint parts of the sheath. In the video demonstration, the sheath details were painted silver. However, he suggested painting a green trim, you know, like if you had an elven sword.
New York City has now joined much of the rest of the rest of the country, and we have gone back to school. (This is an area that I do not mind lagging behind other people). I performed my parental/scrapbooking duties and took some pictures.
The back to school routine began the night before when we did something we had not done all summer.
We turned off the TV.
It's good to know that they still know what to do in that situation.
So, in the morning they were up quickly, and ready to get back to some old routines.
Before we knew it, it was time to head out the door.
I took the above picture, because I knew that I had this one in a scrapbook from about 8 years ago:
Ouch. that hurts.
Anyway, without further ado, the official first day of school photo. Seventh and eleventh grade edition.
I am honored to join such a talented bunch of ladies, and this very special company. I have been eyeing these kits and reading the blog for a while now (I'm a bit of a scrapbooking stalker), and thinking that there was something a little different about this company. A focus on community. And skills. I had already sent in my application, when I read this blog post. And then I thought, "This is a place for me. I believe in this mission." Lucky for me, my feelings were not unrequited.
I get to add this to my sidebar:
And most importantly, I get to share with you all that Clique Kits has to offer.
This month's gallery theme is Back to School. Which is a great theme for this time of year, but in NYC we go back to school after Labor Day, so I don't have any cute back to school photos yet for this year. Back to school does mean goodbye to summer, so that is the direction I took. I had a good summer, and I had a lot to say about it; About all the things we did, and about the joy of not doing anything much at all.
After adding the title and that little heart to my photo, I realized that I used the exact same font (by Amy Tangerine) and heart stamp (by Ali Edwards) in a photo at the beginning of the summer. It turns out that that one was to say hello to summer.
I totally did not mean to do that. I guess I am nothing if not consistent.