Friday, June 13, 2008

I'm bringin' home my baby bumble bee...

She is every bit a yellow jacket. Really. This week my little bumble bee had her closing play & ceremony for kindergarten. She was chosen to play the yellow jacket in the production of "Bugz". She was seriously unhappy about this from the beginning. She really wanted to be a butterfly... better yet, the monarch butterfly who had a solo and everything, after all the monarch is the "most beautiful". "Everyone will think I am as mean as a yellow jacket", she said. "I don't want to say those mean things to the stink bug!" Her teacher and I convinced her that she would be such a good actress... that this was a juicy part. And truthfully, it was... several lines & a couple good laughs. It was juicy... but really, she does really fit the part! She was adorable and did a fabulous job! It kept us laughing so much, that we didn't really focus on the fact that kindergarten is over... another once in a lifetime event is history.

I made this little notebook to go with the teachers gifts this week. I included them in a little straw purse from the dollar store, some adorably shaped paper clips (I even used one on the front) and a gift certificate. I think they really came out cute. All in all, it's been a very crafty week around here. Cards & gifts for teachers. Buttons being made. Art table clear. Blog posted. Yep, very crafty indeed.

Oh, and just as a thought, rather then comment on my post... you could post about my post... and that might beef up this blog a bit... just a thought, not a requirement. :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

I have been working on another website this week and I've neglected this one in the process. Uggh! I wish I had a better "balance" control. Too often, I'm all or nothing.

I have been working on a family website. Uploading the photos I've scanned and scanning more. In that process, I have come against 2 major questions. The first, exactly how much photo repair should I make to these old photos and then, how to save those changes. Should I alter old photos at all? I'm not talking about appearance overhauls... because that I just won't do that (well, except maybe to myself.) I'm mostly talking about cropping, repairing tears, wrinkles, lighting etc. Should I keep both the original file & the "altered" one? Needless to say, my hard drive is filling up quickly.

The second question is more philosophical. Should you stir all this up when someone is dying? I can write about this now while my blogging is certainly unknown to my almost all of my family... Is this the right time for looking back & remembering while that person is still here or is it just too painful to stir it up and should we continue in our denial of the inevitable? Being the kind of girl who rides her emotions kind of like a bike without brakes sometimes, it seems to me a good time to look back before it's too late for that person to know how you feel. But I come from a family that, for the most part, feels very differently. They believe that when dealing with emotions you should always use your brakes!
You know, really, I have 3 questions (of course, I have questions)... what the heck is wrong with me that I feel the need to hold onto these photos & memories (many of which aren't even mine)?
The photo above is both set of my grandparents at my parents' wedding.
frame by Nancy Comlab