Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stella And Dot Trunk Party

Hi everyone, I'm popping by really quickly to let you all know that we are back from vacation, and I'm hosting an online Stella and Dot trunk party tonightThey carry gorgeous jewelry, scarves, and purses. If you order by December 15th, they guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve. I don't know about you, but I love shopping in my jammies! It beats fighting crowds in the store any day. The graphic below includes some of the awesome sale prices. 

I love how they are right on trend with all of the triangles that are popular lately. I think I need... all of these! Click on either image to go directly to my show.

I'll be back to my regularly scheduled posts soon. I just have to unpack and wash an actual mountain of dirty clothes! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Open Wide: Disney 2013

This is the last layout that I created for my 2013 Disney/Clearwater Marine Aquarium trip, and it may actually be my favorite in the entire album. There were so many fun, interactive displays and opportunities at the aquarium. A few of the volunteers were walking around with shark jaws for the kids examine. That's fine for most kids, but my kids are characters. They just had to make their best toothy shark faces so I could take photos to scrapbook. Do they know me or what?

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I used Studio Calico's Atlantic collection on this page. The nautical embellishments couldn't have been more perfect. The waves were cut on my Silhouette, and I loved using the printed vellum pieces because they added so much depth to the project. I tossed few sequins on, glued them down, and the rest is history! This entire layout took less than twenty minutes to come together because the die cuts were already on my desk. I love it when that happens, don't you?

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Jolley Trolley Ride: Disney 2013

As you may already know, we went to the Dolphin Tale museum and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida while we were on our Disney trip in 2013. I don't know if I've mentioned how we got from the museum to the aquarium yet. Our transportation was a fun, unexpected surprise! We didn't know that we would need to take a trolley from one location to the other, and I was a bit nervous about transporting Miss J's wheelchair. I worried for nothing, because they had tie downs and she was more secure than the rest of us. 

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Jordan was particularly thrilled with the fact that the windows were completely open while the driver drove on the freeway. I was less impressed and more concerned with keeping Brandon in one place as he tends to fidget and wander around. (They did have a blast in spite of my overprotective Mom issues.)

I used Simple Stories' I Heart Summer collection on this page. It was in one of my older My Creative Scrapbook kits. Again, the collection doesn't suit the theme because we went in February. I was able to find enough generic embellishments to pull it all together. The travel card is a printable that I found a long time ago and printed out. I'm not sure who designed it. If you know, I'd love to give them credit.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Hope Experience: Disney 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We went to my grandparents' house and had a great time as usual. Of course, I'll post pictures once I get them edited. Today, I'd like to share another Clearwater Marine Aquarium themed layout. 

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I know I've already posted one page about Jordan's experience with Hope, but I had so many great photos that I just couldn't stop with that one project. I love the smile on her face in these pictures, and let's face it... Ronnie looks pretty happy too. I'm completely jealous that he got to touch the dolphin with Jordan and I didn't. (I opted to take photos, and I got to go on the behind the scenes tour so I guess it evens out.)

All of the supplies on this layout came from Crate Paper's gorgeous Random collection. I cut the title on my Silhouette, and used pre-made rosette stickers that I bought. While the collection isn't aquarium themed, the colors worked very well. I tried to incorporate the theme by punching some waves with a border punch, adding splashes of mist, and making little "bubble" circles out of patterned paper.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter: Disney 2013

I am finally finished scrapping vacation photos from our 2013 Disney/Clearwater Marine Aquarium trip. I'll be sharing the last four projects that I completed over the next few days, and then I'll be done with that chapter of my scrapbook. Whoo hoo!

These pages include pictures of Winter's show with her prosthetic tail, and photos of Jordan watching her. She was so fascinated by the fact that Winter cooperated with all of her physical therapy exercises. I think Winter was a good example for Miss J as she didn't fuss quite as much the next time she went to see her physical therapist.

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The supplies I used are from Scenic Route's Grafton collection. I've been hoarding them ever since Nancy mailed them to me to enable my Scenic Route obsession. I'm still so sad that they closed because their clean, graphic papers were perfectly suited to my scrappy style.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Watch Me Climb!

When Brandon was a toddler, he loved to go on nature walks. He'd climb on everything he could find. His best efforts were always accompanied by him yelling, "Watch me climb!" I thought that would be the perfect title for this layout. 


I miss those little chubby cheeks. He's growing up so fast! I used the My Little Shoebox Oh Deer collection and random embellishments from my stash. I've been shopping my stash a lot lately and I keep finding stuff that I'd completely forgotten. The Prima wood veneers were a fun find, and I've used them on quite a few pages lately.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blessed Beyond Measure

It's been a while since I've posted a photo update, so here goes. It seems as my kids have gotten older, they've gotten much busier. (Is it like that for everyone?) We really enjoyed Miracle League baseball. Ronnie has coached three different sports this year while Alexis and I volunteered. Brandon and Jordan had a wonderful time playing too!

We got some truly incredible news at the end of October. We found out that Miss Jordan had been chosen as a grant recipient by Access, and she had to go to Boo Fest to accept. Ronnie and I have been trying to find a way to afford to have our van modified for her wheelchair for years, but the cost has been prohibitive. They decided to fund her conversion completely, and we were floored. Ronnie called me with the good news while I was at the dentist, and the dentist said it was the first time anyone ever cried happy tears in her chair. 

We had a complete blast at Boo Fest because everything is accessible for kids with disabilities. They even had a ramp built so wheelchairs could be rolled up on the stage. They thought of everything! The best part according to the girls... Anna and Elsa were there. 

Brandon was not impressed with Anna and Elsa at all, and I wasn't surprised. Throughout his life, we've noticed some behaviors that made us think that he might have autism. We brought him to Children's Hospital in the beginning of October, and the doctor recently called me back to confirm our suspicions. He has ASD Level 1, also known as Aspergers. We did get some good news at the same time. (My life's a lot like a roller coaster lately.) They gave him an IQ test and he is gifted as well. I always knew he was smart, but this explains his insane Math skills.

So we now officially have three special needs kids... I have to say that I wasn't surprised by the news, as I've been telling his pediatrician that he has autism for years. His diagnosis will help him get services that he's needed for a long time. 

Halloween was wonderful but slightly chilly this year. I didn't take as many photos as I usually do because it was cold and the kids didn't want to stand still for long. Alexis was Tiana, Jordan was Sofia the First, and Brandon was a police officer. He said someone had to keep all of us in line! 

Brandon and Alexis have been attending a parent led social skills group for a few months, and last week we had a party to celebrate their accomplishments and good behavior. I asked Brandon to put his arm around Alexis to pose for a photo, and this is what I got. While it's not the posed photo I planned, it captures their personalities very well. 

Winter has come early to Louisiana! I sent the kids out to play and they kept coming back in for more clothes until they looked like this. I had to get a photo so I could send it to a friend in Wisconsin. They still wear shorts when it's in the 50's while people down here are looking for gloves. 

My van was shipped off to be converted over a week ago, so we have been driving Ronnie to work when we need to use his car. It's such a big difference. The kids fight like cats and dogs because they can all touch each other in the back seat. The sacrifice will be worth it though. I can make it! (I hope.)

One of the pluses of driving Ronnie to work is that we pass by my grandparents' house on the way there and back. It gives us plenty of time to stop so we can visit. My grandma has been sifting through some rubble from a house that burned down on their property. She's trying to get rid of all of the glass and nails. My kids thought it was awesome, and treated it like an archaeological dig. Jordan kept looking for artifacts and only finding "rubbish". 

My grandparents also recommended that we stop by Lock 1 in Pearl River, Louisiana so the kids could see the lock. They were completely fascinated, and to tell the truth I thought it was pretty cool as well. It was definitely difficult to take a photo through the fence and barbed wire, but I managed.

The kids were disappointed that they couldn't get closer, but the government saw them coming and put up lots of fencing. They were all curious about everything, so we came home and looked online for videos about dams and locks. It was a neat experience.

Now we are gearing up to attend my brother's wedding, and Thanksgiving is coming up soon but I'm sure I'll be back with another update before you know it! I hope you all have a wonderfully happy holiday season.