Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What "Summer" Means

When I think of summer, I think of sundresses, flip flops, a tan, and margaritas. When Anna thinks of summer, she thinks of bugs, the swimming pool, ice cream cones, and bugs.

Last summer, we had a little experiment. The kids and I went on a walk and on our walk, we found some pretty caterpillars. Anna and Mac wanted to bring them home and put them in our bug catcher, and I agreed. We made them a nice little home of sticks, leaves and milkweed. The next day, 2 of the 3 had made a cocoon for themselves, and the day after, the 3rd had done the same. We watched and waited patiently for the butterflies to emerge. About 10 days later, the butterflies came out of their cocoons and we gently lifted them out of the bug catcher to fly away. One of the butterflies decided to stick around, and it loved Anna! She let it crawl all over her and she was so gently not to hurt it's delicate wings. Once the butterfly made its way up her arm to her face, she giggled and it flew off... and I got it all on film.

This layout was done using the new Making Memories "Giggle Kids" paper collection at Archivers. I used white paint around the edges of the photos because I was painting my ceiling at the same time I was working on this page. I killed 2 birds with 1 stone!

What does summer mean to you? Leave a thought or comment and there might be something in it for you! Have a good one!


  1. Too cute. I think of no school, yeah! Take a look at if you haven't seen it before. I was told about it at a scraping event.


  2. To me, summer means hot, lazy days by the pool, crickets singing in the nighttime air, tall glasses of lemonade, linen and cotton clothes, running barefoot in the grass and fireworks on the 4th of July.

    The pics of Anna are great - what a special moment captured!

  3. Summer to me means the BEACH.... which is where we will be in just 2 short days!! I can't wait to see the boys in the sand & surf for the first time.

  4. Amanda- email me at and let me know when you could have a monogrammed notepad ready. My Best Friend's bday is next week and I just thought a note pad and maybe a few cards might be a great gift! Thanks!

  5. Too precious. You just have to love ANNA!

  6. I just think the butterfly is precious! (I know this is my 3rd comment on th epost, but it deserves it! lol!

  7. Precious lay out. Fantastic journaling...a story you will all want to remember.

    Thanks for sharing this at DCRU DT Blog.

    Gwen (DT @ DCRU)

  8. What a precious LO's fantastic and the colors are wonderful. (and such happy music too)...
    Carole DCRU DT

  9. What a beautiful LO and great pictures!
    Amber (DCRU)

  10. Love your layout, I have a thing for butterflies! So many pretty ones too! Thanks for sharing.
    ~Diane (DCRU DT) <(*<*)>

  11. such a beautiful layout! I love butterflies!

  12. What a pretty page and the subject matter precious!! Love the squeamish butterfly shot!!


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