Scrapbook Workshop: A New Album for a New Person’s Year

Baby Milestones February Page

The February 9th workshop at Happy Bambino has been canceled–but keep your eye here fo r future opportunities to sign up for a Baby Milestones workshop!

In just a week or so, I’ll be teaching my first class at Happy Bambino! If you have never visited their store or their site, do so as soon as you can! I’m really glad to be getting involved with such a wonderful neighborhood resource.

It will be a workshop for new moms, new-mom-again moms, and those who know new moms to put together a Baby Milestones Album, twenty-eight pages (twelve calendar-layouts, fourteen of your own layouts, and a double-page birthday spread) designed to help parents “catch” the events of their child’s first year. I want to help give my workshop clients the chance to express and preserve their experiences of childbirth and parenting, using the story-telling tools of journaling and scrapbooks. When the moments happen, the album will be there!

The Happy Bambino Baby Milestones Workshop will take place on February 9th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Happy Bambino in Madison. The cost is $49 until January 31st. Workshop participants need to bring a refillable 12×12 scrapbook album with them to class. I’ll provide stickers, paper, calendar mats, and other materials. For those that prefer not to bring their own, albums are available for purchase from my CM Website or on the day of the class for $30.

Register on line at, and please leave a comment here if you have any questions!

Baby Milestones Birthday Page

World Series…Sweep?

Yes I am well aware that the World Series is not for two months yet, but honestly it was the first thing that came to my mind when Naomi woke up with the “pink eye” goop in her eyes this morning, following her father and two of her brothers. Over the course of one short week, she made the fourth case. In the contest of Staphylococcus annoyinnus vs. the Wetzel family, the bacteria had just won four out of seven.

Perhaps then Alex, Gwenna and I will not get this monstrous disease. Well Andy looked like a monster when PINK EYE suddenly hit our family last Saturday. I have wiped all the door knobs that I can think of, and we are using so much hand sanitizer the our food tastes a bit like…who knows? But is not a normal food taste. Even Alex and I are putting drops in our eyes to ward off this beast. But are we just holding off the inevitable? I really don’t know. I pray that our little Gwenna does not have to go through this. It is hard enough to get the drops in Naomi’s eyes, I can’t imagine in Gwenna’s.

I am wondering where else in my life to I try to hold off the inevitable. Eventually, I will have to get a dress for my brother’s wedding even though I will not be nearly as trim as I would like. Trim? Who am I kidding? I just had a baby 10 weeks ago.

Eventually, we will have to have “THE TALK” with Alex and Joseph. But are they ready? Are we ready? Not just for the talk part but to be the parents of two young boys heading into adolescence?

Eventually, my mother-in-law will no longer be able to drive and we wonder how we will best be able to help her in this transition.

I am sure that there are other inevitables in my life, but I don’t always want to get the hand sanitizer out every time. Living a life without change and transition would be boring. And I just can’t be cautious about everything that we will encounter in life. Though, I hope that when there are inevitables that I handle each one with grace and courage. My prayer is that I will teach that lesson to my children as well.

But for now I hope that hand sanitizer will work for us in keeping pink eye at bay. And that eventually, the Cubs will win a World Series.