Monday, August 31, 2015

The Barnstormer: Disney 2014

We made it a point to explore attractions that we've never been on during our recent Disney trip. We were able to find several rides that were new to us! Alexis wanted to try the Barnstormer roller coaster, so we got in line. Amazingly, it was a pretty long wait before we got to the front. Once we were there, the ride itself went by really quickly. Jordan sat with me, but Alexis was in the car in front of us. I was able to catch a sweet picture of her smiling. I decided that the photo deserved a page all by itself. I love seeing so much joy on her face! 

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Ronnie and Brandon sat outside of the ride and waited for us because Brandon was pretty overstimulated. They had to take our word about the Barnstormer experience, but they enjoyed the break.

This project was created with Crate Paper's Toy Box collection. You can tell that I'm getting down to the last few scraps in this kit, but I really like how this layout turned out.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Taking Flight: Disney 2014

Today I have two Disney scrapbook pages to share! I think this last trip is going to require two albums because I had so many wonderful photos that needed to be scrapped. My first project features one of the few happy pictures that I got of Brandon. He wore his headphones during the trip because we knew that he would probably have meltdowns due to the noise and crowds. He did very well, but we could tell that he was overwhelmed. Still, he swears that he had fun. 

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He definitely loved the Lego store in the Downtown Disney area. He saved all of his souvenir money so he could buy two Minecraft Lego sets! That definitely got a smile out of him. 

My next layout features a few shots that I snapped on the Dumbo attraction, and Alexis got her own elephant to fly in this time! She's growing up so fast that my head is spinning. She may not want to go on silly kiddie rides with us for much longer, but I definitely hope that she will. 

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I used Crate Paper's Toy Box line to create these designs. I couldn't pass up the circus ticket and the little balloon embellishment. The collection has been in my stash for quite a while, but after I share two more pages that I've created with it... I'll be done! I love it when I finish a kit like that.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

T-Rex: Disney 2014

I wasn't sure if the kids would like Downtown Disney's T-Rex restaurant because some of the reviews said that it was really loud. They enjoyed the Rainforest Cafe and it seemed to be a similar environment, so we decided to risk it. I'm so glad we did because we had a wonderful time! The decor was so much fun and the dinosaurs were super cool. 

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I used Crate Paper's Toy Box collection to create this page. It's an older product line, but it's still totally adorable! The die cuts are from Miss Kate's Cuttables and they couldn't be any more perfect.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Beauty & The Beast: Disney 2014

Jordan and I were very excited to get front row seats during the Beauty and the Beast show in Disney's Hollywood Studios on our last trip. Ronnie and I haven't seen the show since our honeymoon fifteen years ago, and it was neat to get to share it with the kids. 

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We stayed at the Polynesian while we were there, and you can't stay in that resort without eating at Ohana at least once! We decided to eat breakfast so the kids could meet the characters. Stitch tried to eat Jordan's head again, and we all laughed. She must just look edible?


These layouts were made with Echo Park's Beautiful Life collection. The colors worked wonderfully with the photos that I took on our trip. The Mickey shapes were cut on my Silhouette, and I embossed them with my Cuttlebug. The two page spread was inspired by a sketch from PageMaps and the background was created with Silhouette pens.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Deep Under The Sea: Disney 2013

Every single time we go to Disney World, there's something different to do. You never have the same experience twice, and I think that's a big part of the magic. We love the changes Disney made when they added the new Ariel area. The castle and surrounding scenery are incredibly beautiful. We really enjoy the ride as well. The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie when I was little, so I'm not surprised how much I love it! 

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I used the My Creative Scrapbook August 2013 kit to create this layout. It featured Echo Park's Beautiful Life line. I kept this page really simple because the photos were so bright and busy. Thanks go to the fabulous Becky Fleck at PageMaps for the wonderful sketch I used.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Anna Made Me Cry: Disney 2014

We have been on several trips to Disney World, and we have had many magical experiences there. I usually end up with a few special moments from each vacation that are very memorable. I honestly don't think I ever cried before this last trip though. When Jordan met Anna, she was really overwhelmed and very excited. She started shaking, and then she started crying. Anna saved the day by bending down to give her the biggest hug ever, and I ended up crying. We were all a total mess! 

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I used the My Creative Scrapbook August 2013 kit to create this layout. (Yes, I have kits that are two years old. I'm working on it! LOL) It featured Echo Park's Beautiful Life line.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chocolate Chirp Cookies

We only have one more weekend of Miracle League basketball games before our break. Ronnie and I have been coaching for over a year now, and it's so rewarding! Alexis has been doing a wonderful job as a helper. I snapped a shot of her while she was shooting hoops before the rest of the kids got there. I also got a photo of Brandon while he was trying to find the "perfect ball". 

After our Miracle League game last Saturday, we headed to the Audubon Insectarium to hang out with my best friend from high school. I haven't seen her in ten years and I missed her so much! We explored the exhibits and enjoyed the creepy crawly things. I didn't realize until I got the pictures off of my camera that I caught Alexis' reflection in the glass. 

The butterfly garden was my favorite part of the exhibit. It was so neat to see them flying everywhere. They are so dainty and lovely! We can't wait to go back so we can see them again. 

It would be hard to choose a favorite shot from our trip, but this one ranks in the top five! I only wish I could've caught it with the wings open because it was even more gorgeous. This photo doesn't do it justice at all.

The Insectarium offers a very different opportunity to visitors. They let you eat bugs! There were several offerings including "chocolate chirp cookies" with an entire cricket on the top of every cookie. Ronnie ate his, and my godson tolerated his as well. The big surprise was that Jordan ate THREE cookies! I'm glad I got it on video.

Here's a picture of our entire group! Ronnie was sweet enough to snap this one for us. Isn't he awesome? He also found a parking space for us in downtown New Orleans. It was absolutely crazy to visit the city on a Saturday in the summer. 

 I bought an Audubon membership for our family because it was only a little more than one trip would've cost. We are looking forward to going to the aquarium, and to the zoo. We can't go to the zoo until it cools down though because my van's display said that it was 106 degrees today. It definitely felt like it when we were at the park.