Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back to School

Finally! Oh boy was it a long summer!

The boys were very excited to get back to school, and in fact we didn't even need alarm clocks because Alex woke me up at 5am saying that he was going to take his shower and start getting ready. Brayden joined him soon after at 5:45am. I had to finally get up with them at 6:15am and we were all ready by 7am.
School doesn't start until 8:35am. SO there was quite a bit of waiting and "is it time yet?" going around.

AND of course my pregnancy hormones got the best of me, and I cried after I dropped them off at school. uggh

BUT they had a fun day and were excited to tell me all about it when they got home. Now Owen is wanting to go to school, but his preschool doesn't start until Sept. 8th so he has a couple weeks. :(

We celebrated with chocolate pudding. I didn't *intend* on giving baby Billy any pudding, BUT one of his "dear" brothers decided to share with him. Here is the result of what happens when you mix babies and pudding:

And then finally one last picture, not pudding this time but just as cute. Again, one of his brothers snuck him a piece of candy bar. I think his shirt says it all "I'm definitely up to something".

That's about all the updates I have right now though. Everyone is well, Billy hasn't started his classes yet until the end of September, the boys have started soccer practices but I don't have any pictures of that yet so it's not too exciting to post about as of right now, and my pregnancy is going well - next Tuesday the 2nd of Sept. I get to *not* find out what gender I'm having however I think we're going to change things up a bit and Billy WILL find will just be kept a secret from everyone else, including me. :) I'm excited.

Until next time,


Sunday, August 3, 2008

My hobby

When people ask me if I have a hobby, the answer is usually "not really".

I wish I could scrapbook, but the time and expense it takes is not really do-able for me.

I also would LOVE to learn to knit or sew, however again that time factor comes into play. I did take sewing in Home Ec in high school. However a cow shaped pillow, an apron, and a pair of shorts was the extent of my sewing experience.

I have a nice camera, and could have a hobby of amateur photography - BUT it's one of those "someday" type of hobbies. Someday I'd like to learn how to use my camera, maybe take some classes, buy some new fancy lens, and take some artsy fartsy photos...someday. Not today though.

So I guess the only "hobby" I can claim, the thing I do most in my freetime, is a form of graphic design I suppose - making "signatures" for people's email, or for posting on message boards. I also spend my freetime going on other mom message boards to share stories, get advice, and just talk to another mom which seems to be a rare thing during the weekdays typically for me.
And on these message boards, you can have these fancy little pictures graphics to sign your name with.
I started learning to make these a couple years ago and with time I got better. Eventually I bought a better, more advanced, graphics program and I think I'm proud of my little hobby that's not really a hobby. haha
For a sampling of the types of "signatures" I make...go here:
(if it asks for a guest password, it's byington)

As you can see, I've been playing with animation and can animate my signatures now to do fun little things like bouncing flowers, or sparkly glitter. I've also been dabbling a bit with a semi-new fad "digital scrapbooking".

I have a whole folder on my computer full of digital scrapbooking elements, like papers, embellishments, etc.

That is another item on my "someday" start making some digital scrapbooking pages. Not as cool as the real thing, but I can print them out and put them in a photo album. I seem to have more time for computer-related things oddly. ;)

So that's my hobby! I hope to "someday" post my first digital scrapbooking page and turn that into another new hobby.