Wednesday, April 4, 2007

journey journal


i'm a journaler....i have quite a few journals going at all times......i have some that have been going slowly for years....others that i have completed in two days.......our last trip was spring break to my parents' house.....we did a groovy journey journal......
sophie (six yo) did quite a bit of the doodling, sketching, drawing in it....not actually on purpose......you see, i was the solo driver on this road trip...andy was not travelling with us.....we were FIVE minutes into our 8+ hour drive.....and sophie said: where's my pencil? where's my journal? .....well....didja pack them in your go bag? nope! so.....she couldn't fathom driving on a trip and not doodling away the hours.....so what to do....i gave her my precious, heavy weight watercolor paper, large journal that i had earmarked as our journey journal.......i'd painted the cover....i had grand plans......but, have at it, sophie......and it turned out great.......she did pencil doodles here and there and everywhere.......i went back later and sharpied over them and used twinkle paints......so i have gorgeous colors and precious baby doodling........all in all a fabulous journalling endeavor from that trip....

oh wait......best part.....i have a GREAT kodak camera that has its own printer...i take that handy dandy darling printer on trips and can print out grand and glorious photos to stick in as i journal.....yippeeee.......since i'm horrid about actually getting prints of my pictures, that wee printer has made me a changed woman!
interesting side note: i recently converted from a dell laptop to a mac laptop......and the apple store dude was politely ASTONISHED at the 12 THOUSAND photos that he transferred from one computer to the next...... there's a good reason i don't print them out! my house just wouldn't be big enough for all the photos AND all the kids.....so, for now, i choose the kids.......


i also am keeping a game journal this year.....my 2007 new year's resolution is to play 500 games this year! i love games....my kids love games...my extended family always plays games when we are together.... and yet...whenever my son, drew, asked me to play a game, it was time to make dinner, time to eat dinner, time to bathe, time to brush teeth, time to got to bed......you get the idea.......so, by making the resolution, i am clearly playing LOADS more games with the kids...... we just make the time to do it.... i was going to do 100 games for the year...but that didnt' seem like enough.......and 365 games made it feel like a chore and you can't take a day off.....so....500.....some days we play no games...some days we play loads.....for instance, yesterday we played game 157: rat a tat cat, game 158: scrambled states of america, game 159: blokus, and game 160: whoonu........we are averaging 50 games a month.....so we'll be to 500 by halloween....it will be interesting to see if the kids are sick of playing games with me....or if we get way past 500....time will tell!

and one last bit to include here.....i've been getting my doodle on....as challenged to by chrysti.......here are a few of my nicer attempts.....






7 comments:

Heidi said...

Welcome to blogland, Elizabeth! I love your blog! It's packed full of artistic enthusiasm, which I'm just soaking up! You've inspired me to start a DOODLE JOURNAL! Whodda thought I was ever allowed a journal just for doodling! Oh, and 12,000 pictures?? On one laptop??? LOL Congrats on your new blog! Enjoy the journey!

tracy loves pink! said...

I love the doodles!!! oxox

debbi crane said...

Hey - Welcome to Blogdom! I came over to visit after Cheryl P. emailed me to check it out. I, too, am a doodler!

Jeannie said...

e --
you are sure starting with a bang!
loving all this - and a new view into who you are.
Did a american indiana/western museum downtown Indy yesterday -- one of the interesting displays had the artists scketch books too -- then their final drawings & painting. Brooke & Joe have sketch pads and I told them this could be them someday!
keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

I love your doodles! What fun!
--ROberta :)

Sparky said...

Hi! Wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog - it's means more than you'll ever know. (I don't have your email.) You can swap at swap-bot.com, but the Flower ATC swap ended last Sat. I only doodle when I'm on the phone, (or when I was taking classes!) Love yours! Love your 500 Game Challenge! You're the best mom! Sallie

Sugar Bear said...

Welcome to the blogging world! I've been doing this less then a month and it is so rewarding. Great journals. So full of life.
Karla