Saturday, September 27, 2014

Utterly Petrified: Disney 2013

I have good news! I'm FINALLY finished scrapping all of my photos from our Disney trip in 2013. I do still have a few layouts to share, but it won't be long before you guys get a break from my Disney obsession. I will be scrapping pictures from our trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium next, and I'm trying to decide if I want to put them in the same album since they were taken on the same vacation. 

I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the photo of Miss Jordan freaking out on the dinosaur ride, but since you can't actually see her crying I went for it. After all, it is a part of the story of our trip.

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Jordan decided that she wanted to ride the dinosaur ride in Animal Kingdom, and we let her because she'd done so well on the Expedition Everest ride. It was a BIG mistake! When they started talking about the meteor hitting Earth and it got dark... She lost it. She buried her head in my lap and sobbed the entire time. I felt horrible, but really there was no way to anticipate her reaction since she'd done so well on the other rides. It's safe to say we won't be riding that ride when we go back.

Everything on this page is from the Basic Grey Archaic line, except for some tiny Lily Bee letters. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Playing In The Rain

Jordan has had physical therapy three times a week since her surgery. When you add those appointments to our already hectic schedule... it explains why I haven't had time to blog. I thought it would be fun to pop by with an update on what we've done lately.

Of course, we're still doing homeschool in between appointments. Last week, everyone woke up in a bad mood and homeschool was not going well at all. It started raining outside and I got really bummed because that meant no recess which would've equaled even crankier kids. Instead of letting the rain make everyone depressed, I let them outside and told them to play in it. My plan worked. After running around like mad, everyone had a better attitude and we were able to finish our work.

Sophie has been trying to win an award for laziest dog on the planet. She actually sleeps this way! I think she's got the award won already. She's not going to be happy next week when we bring her in for her shots and a hair cut. 

We saw Dolphin Tale 2 as a homeschool field trip last week. The kids enjoyed it and so did Ronnie. I spent most of the time trying not to cough and disturb others because I was not feeling well. We are participating in a curriculum that teaches all about marine life through Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Remember how I said I didn't feel well at the movie? It turns out that I had bronchitis and pneumonia. Hey, if you're gonna get sick, go big! Right? The doctors took x-rays and told me that I have fragile lungs with scarring in them. I guess it's from breathing in some chemicals while cleaning the pool when I was a teenager. Who knows? Anyway, I've been ordered never to smoke or be around any kind of smoke at all. (Not that I'd planned to.)

Ronnie started coaching Miracle League baseball. Brandon and Jordan are playing, and Brandon was so nervous that he stayed by Jordan during the first game. Alexis was able to volunteer, but I couldn't because I had to rest. Oh well, there will be plenty of games over the next two months.

Something amazing happened... Jordan has always wanted an adapted bike as long as I can remember, but the cost was too great for Ronnie and I to get her one. Recently, I applied for one through the Grant's Gift Foundation, and she was approved! If I said she was excited, it would be an enormous understatement. She kept yelling, "I'm finally free!" as she rode up and down our street.

She even got to pick the colors. She went with purple and yellow. Why? Well, because they're LSU colors. We start our fans young around here. 

I'll be back soon to share some layouts. I finally finished scrapping all of our Disney photos. I made it just in time to take MORE pictures on our next trip. A scrapper's work is never done.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Magic Memories: Disney 2013

Recently, I was honored to be chosen as a guest designer for the Miss Kate's Cuttables blog! I had a lot of fun choosing a file to work with for my post. I am still scrapping my Disney photos, so the Magic Memories set was perfect for my project.

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My pictures didn't include traditional Disney colors, so I thought it would be fun to make a Disney themed page with a different color scheme. I chose cream, black, grey, and shades of blue because those are Brandon's favorite colors. I decided to mat the title on the bracket shape that was meant for a journaling block. I adhered the Mickey heads throughout the page to create a visual triangle that would lead the eye around.

All of my supplies came from the Crate Paper Boy's Rule collection. If you know me at all, you know that I had to have this entire set. Floppy disks, gamer embellishments, and navy blue... right up my alley!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

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!

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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!

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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!