So I’ve been trying to get caught up on all of my scrapbooking… like that’s ever going to happen.  A friend had sent me a coupon for a free book some time ago with Shutterfly and I ended up printing the pages I’ve done for 2009 through the present.  Of course, there’s a lot missing in between but I’m going to have to deal with having books that are not consecutive.  The point is getting them printed.  I did have most everything printed but Kayleigh made sure to damage those books so I’m going to end up having to re-print stuff from 2005 onward.  Eventually I’ll have everything in actual books rather than as prints slid into scrapbooks.  Of course, when I got the book (which came out marvelous, by the way), it went straight upstairs where children cannot lay hands on it until they are old enough to respect it.

Since then I’ve been trying to at least do some more pages, something old, something new, it doesn’t matter.  Here are some of the pages I’ve done recently, that I haven’t posted yet.

Stingrays Swim TeamThis is just my generic swim team page for Elijah.  Stacey and I were lucky enough to get to do the team photos this year and we had a blast.  Got individuals of all the kids and then a large team pic.  In retrospect, we should have made Coach get in there, too, but I think she just really wanted just the kids.  Next year we’ll make sure we get her in there, too!  She’s a great coach, we both really like her.  And, of course, I love that Elijah’s part of a team.

Jackson Swim MeetThis was one of his swim meets, the first one I really got to take any pictures at and the first one Steve got to go to.

Defending the FortHad to have this pirate kit and just had to use it.  A few months ago, Steve built that fort thingie in the backyard for the kids to play on/in.  We jokingly call it the “deer stand” because it makes Elijah freak out and inform us that we can’t hunt deer in the city limits.  But it’s just a little tree house like thing without a tree, like a deer stand, ha!  Kayleigh’s gotten to where she can go up in it and come down all by herself, so that’s cool, too.  Eventually we want to put a slide on it.

2011These are our family pictures from last year.  Love this pic, even if I was 60 lbs heavier there.  Not sure we’ll do another family pic this fall or not, but maybe.  I’m still not to my goal weight.  These were also some of the pictures for my parents and for Steve’s parents.  We have pictures of all my parents’ grandkids from the same day, wearing Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, and Thing 4 shirts (and a onesie)!

Sheila's WeddingThis was the page from Steve’s sister’s wedding in 2010.  See, I told you I was behind.  It was also the second wedding Stacey and I did together, the second of many weddings to follow.

BaldiesTwo baldies here.  Long enough ago that Steve’s dad still had cancer.  Actually, I don’t think this was that long after he was diagnosed.  He decided to cut off his hair as he was tired of it falling out.  Elijah wanted to be just like Grandpa.  Of course, since then, my father-in-law has been through chemo and radiation and has just recently had his port taken out as he’s been declared cancer-free.  I still need to do a page about when the doctors first said it was gone.  I made him a cake that was all rainbow colors inside and it was a yucky looking color outside.  You cut into it and it was representative of the rainbow after the storm.  It was pretty cool even if it did send everyone into this ultimate sugar and dye high.

Christmas 2011Here’s a page from Christmas 2011.  I kinda suck with Christmas pages.  Present-opening doesn’t really lend for the greatest of photography opportunities.  This is probably the only page I’ll do from that Christmas.  The kids are good but the rest of the family is always just kinda like “don’t take my picture or I kill you.”

DaxThis is Steve’s cousin’s baby – I got to go down to Mississippi and take some newborn pictures of him when he was about a week old and I did this page for the previously mentioned Summer Games.  He’s so adorable!

I also have more of this vacation to scrap, a lot more.  We went to the coast one day, New Orleans over one night, Vicksburg, etc.  It was pretty much a road trip.

Perryville Swim MeetThis was another Summer Games page and was quite fun to do alternating cut-outs and layers.  This is from the last swim meet Elijah got to participate in this year.  We had to miss the absolute last swim meet.  But that’s ok, he made a good number of them and he got lots of ribbons.  Need to take his pic with all his ribbons!  And find a way to display them…

120701-120802-the-munyThis page contains two events, both of my trips to the Muny, once with a sister-in-law on Steve’s side and once with my mom, sister, and my brother’s girlfriend.  Both very good shows, Chicago and Pirates.  We had a lot of fun!  And I love the colors on this page.

120716-19-bates-creekThis page talks about the first time Elijah went off to camp.  He had so much fun and it was cool that we got to go for family night and get a pic of him with his friend.  Even cooler that he and this friend used to be mortal enemies. See, people can work things out if they really want to.

120418-silverdollarcity Finally, we have our trip to Silver Dollar City, which I never did even mention here, I don’t think.  In April we took a little vacation to Branson, MO and we spent on day at SDC.  It was about like I remembered and it was pretty fun though I’m more of a fuddy-duddy now and didn’t ride a lot of the rides.  Steve’s not a ride person, either, and Elijah is if they are tame.  I did make him ride one roller coaster with me, it is mild by my standards but Elijah didn’t enjoy it at all.  Kayleigh was a pretty bad turkey that day but enjoyed the kids area and the train ride.  She’s just at that age where she refuses to stay in the stroller but she can’t really behave too well or stop from walking off.  I think I have more from that vacation I want to scrap yet, too.