Monday, September 1, 2014

I Survived: Disney 2013

I know you guys have to be getting bored by my Disney layouts, but I promise I'm almost done. I think I have about five more Disney pages before I move on to other stuff. This project features photos of our first ride on Expedition Everest. Jordan and Alexis wanted to ride it, but I was a little more hesitant. My husband will not ride roller coasters, so I recruited my brother-in-law to come along. It was such an intense, but fun ride. I'm very glad I did it, but I was NOT on board when the girls wanted to go back and do it again right away. I needed some time to recuperate.

Expedition Everest_Animal Kingdom_Scrapbook Page
I had a time and a half finding paper to match these photos, but I think I finally succeeded with this Basic Grey Marrakech collection. The title choice was easy because I really was scared to go on the ride, but I'm happy that I went. I'm actually planning to do it again on our next Disney trip. So I guess I'm not as much of a chicken as I thought I was! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oh Boy! She's Recovering: Disney 2013

We've been pretty busy with therapy appointments three times a week, but I wanted to drop by for a quick post. Jordan is learning how to walk again, and today she took her first steps without her walker. She is miles past what the doctor said she would be capable of doing. He estimated that she would begin re-learning how to walk six weeks after the surgery. She's only four weeks out, and she's walking on her own. Her determination has always amazed me, but it doesn't surprise me anymore. In fact, I warned him that she was going to recover quickly due to God's blessing on her life, and sheer grit.

Needless to say, keeping up with her has been a full time job. I haven't been able to scrapbook lately, but I do have a layout that I made over a month ago to share. I'm looking forward to scrapping with a close friend soon. It seems like I haven't played with paper in ages!

Lightning McQueen_Cars_Disney_Scrapbook

I was inspired the right side of this fabulous sketch that Susan Stringfellow made for Basic Grey. Her sketches are always wonderful.

I used Crate Paper's Toy Box collection and embellishments on this project. They went wonderfully with the colors in my pictures. I also chose some clear epoxy Disney stickers to add to the theme. Meeting Mater was one of the highlights of Brandon's Disney trip!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Toy Story Ride: Disney 2013

Jordan's pain level is finally going down a bit, and she's only hurting when I have to pick her up. Unfortunately, I have to move her around quite a bit to avoid bed sores and muscle spasms. She's getting better, it's just a slow process. She's gotten a few more cards over the past week, and I will be sure to share a photo of her with them soon.

Today, I'd like to share a scrapbook page that I made several weeks ago. The longest wait we encountered in Disney World was for the Toy Story ride. It was a relatively new attraction, and the line was insane. It was all worth it in the end, because the kids all had a wonderful time! I'm just a bit bummed that I couldn't get a photo of Lexie because she was in the other part of the ride with Ronnie.

Toy Story_Disney_Scrapbook Page
The supplies on this layout came from an older Crate Paper collection called Toy Box. It's one of my favorite boy themed collections of all time, and the toy accents worked perfectly with the theme.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Post Surgery Update: Miss Jojo Rocks!

As you can imagine, I'm super busy with helping Jordan recover after her surgery. Her surgery was on the 31st, and the first night was really hard on her. We couldn't pick her up or touch her at all without causing her a massive amount of pain. It took them a long time to figure out which pain medicines worked best for her. She finally got some relief on the second day. It's surreal to know that she has two broken legs. My baby!

Femoral Derotation Osteotomy_Surgery_Cerebral Palsy_Jordan

We were at the hospital for three days, and she was super excited to break out. (The fact that she could have ice cream for breakfast didn't make her want to stay.) I improvised a foot support with some foam for our hour long drive home, and thankfully it helped keep her pain level to a minimum. 

The surgery was very successful, and her knee caps are no longer "kissing". She's already standing with support and taking small steps with a walker. It's absolutely amazing that's she's so determined to walk again. She has been such a trooper! I'll try to keep everyone posted on what's going on through my blog. 

Before I go, I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy lives to send cards to cheer up Miss J. It took her days to open all of them, and they were a perfect distraction when the pain was too intense. There's a photo of her with all of the opened cards in the collage above. You guys absolutely rock! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rock & Roll: Disney 2013

***If you're looking for the post about Jordan's surgery or need information about sending her a card, please click HERE. I can not believe the response, and I just know she will just be over the moon when she opens the cards. My readers and friends are the BEST!***

I have a special project to share today. It's the first layout I ever made while scrapping with my grandma! We've both been scrapping for years, but we've never had time to sit down and crop together. Just looking at this page makes me smile, and it's not because of the picture or anything scrappy related. It's just that I'll always remember making it at my Maw Maw's house. 

Phineas And Ferb_Disney World_Scrapbook Page_Hollywood Studios

Of course, the photo is from Disney World. I'm still working my way through the pictures that I want to scrap, but I'm very close to the end. I can see the light at the end of the photo envelope! As you can see, we all had a wonderful time meeting Phineas and Ferb. My favorite part of this shot is how Brandon is crossing his arms like he's trying to be cool. I love that kid!

I had a very large pile of scraps left over after this page, but not enough to make another layout. I've never been able to throw any substantial amount of scraps away, so I made cards. Almost everything on this set of projects is from Scraptastic Club's "A Boy's Life" kit.

All Occasion_Boy_Homemade_Cards

You just have to love having all occasion cards on hand, I know I do. Brandon has already tried to claim them, so I'm sure he'll end up with one or two for future occasions.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Confetti: Disney 2013

***If you're looking for the post about Jordan's surgery or need information about sending her a card, please scroll down or click HERE. I can not believe the response, and I just know she will just be over the moon when she opens the cards. My readers and friends are the BEST!***

I have another page to share today, and I have to confess that it was a pretty difficult project to scrap. The colors in the photos clashed because they included purple, yellow, green, teal, and pink. As if that wasn't enough... I also wanted to incorporate the gold confetti that fell from the ceiling during the show. After obsessing for a while, I decided to stop trying to find perfectly matching paper and just go for it. While I'm not 100% happy with the finished product, I have another completed layout for my Disney book! 

Playhouse Disney_Scrapbook Page_Hollywood Studios
Jordan was obsessed with seeing Sofia The First on our last trip, but since she was relatively new they didn't have character greetings. We did manage to be in one of the first groups to see the new Playhouse Disney show with Sofia on stage. Thank goodness! I don't think we could've gotten her to leave the parks without seeing Sofia. 

Everything on this page came from an older Scraptastic Club kit called "A Boy's Life". I'm still really enjoying shopping my stash for this album. I've found stuff I'd forgotten I had. It's like Christmas all over again! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pre-Op Jitters x 2

The big surgery day is almost here, and Jordan is really nervous about it. She's stated that she is not anxious about the procedure. She's upset because she doesn't want to spend the night in the hospital. Brandon isn't going to fare any better because they are "talking buddies". At night, they talk to each other in their room until they fall asleep. They're going to be lonely. I'm a bit worried about how Brandon will react, especially since I won't be able to comfort him. I've already warned my Mom that she may have her hands full. 

Jordan's surgeon asked her if she'd like to meet with someone from the Child Life team so they could discuss her concerns, and I'm so glad he did. She felt a lot better after we left, and seems to even be looking forward to the surgery now. I think it may have something to do with them promising her ice cream?

I've had a few people ask me why Miss J is having the surgery. Basically, her femurs have been pulled out of alignment by the tightness of her muscles. Her muscles are much too tight because her cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage, and her brain sends the wrong signals to her muscles. The best way I can describe it is that she walks around with perpetual leg cramps that encompass both legs. Like a charley horse, but in every single leg muscle on both sides... all the time! You can read more about cerebral palsy here.

She volunteered to make a video of the way she walks now so I could share it with everyone. Right now, both of her feet turn in so much that she almost steps on her own toes when she walks.

She's very excited to make a follow up after video a few months from now to show how far she's come. We are anticipating a quick recovery because our girl is determined and spirited. She's going to do wonderfully! Please join us in praying that everything goes well so she can get back to being her normal busy self.

We have received quite a few cards in the mail, and I just know she's going to be SO excited when she gets to open them. Thank you all so very much for taking the time to make my sweetheart happy! If you want to send a card... There's still time, and I know she'd appreciate it. You can email me at miraclesmommah(AT)gmail(DOT)com for her address.