Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another Day, Another Appointment

We spent a few hours at Children's Hospital about a week ago. Alexis has been seeing a new eye specialist due to the cyst/scarring in her left eye, and her loss of depth perception after her last eye surgery. This new doctor says that he can definitely remove the cyst, and he's willing to try restoring her depth perception. She doesn't want to have the surgery done until we return from Disney World, so it'll be done next January.

We're moving right along in homeschool. Brandon's taking music theory classes in addition to his violin lessons, and he's really enjoying them. 

The Miracle League baseball games have been a lot of fun. Jordan is still wearing a mask when we're around a lot of people because her immune system is so low right now, and we're trying to keep her well. She's especially trying to avoid the Enterovirus that hits kids with respiratory difficulties really hard. I'd really prefer to keep her out of the hospital! We bought cute Disney themed masks for her to wear, so that makes it a bit more bearable. 

Speaking of the Miracle League, Jordan was really thrilled to see that her picture made the front page of our local newspaper. Her photo was huge! Trust me, I'll be scrapping it later. I've been ordered to make an awesome page about it.

My good friend came over for a scrappy day last Friday, and her daughter has a huge crush on Brandon. She swears she's going to marry him someday, but he's not interested at all. They were outside and he came running in while screaming. I asked him what was wrong, and he said... "Bella's trying to kiss me!" He slammed the door and held it shut while she tried to get in to get him. If you look closely, you can see her through the window. It was too funny!

Jordan got bored while playing third base at a recent Miracle League baseball game, so we started playing with my iPhone. Baseball selfies are a lot of fun!

My kids weren't thrilled when we visited Ronnie's job last Thursday to get their flu shots, but they were all really brave about it. We drove over there because there's a sweet lady who comes every year to do them through a local pharmacy.

Right after their flu shots, we drove to see Jordan's cerebral palsy doctor. We waited over an hour to see the doctor, so the kids killed time by people watching. Her doctor was extremely impressed with her progress and told us to keep doing what we're doing. I love it when that happens! 

Sophie got a haircut a few days ago, and it makes petting her even more irresistible. She's just so fuzzy! As you can see in the photo below, she's really spoiled rotten. It's almost her birthday and we're making big plans for her.

Last night, everyone was finally well enough to go to church after missing a month of sermons. Thankfully, our church provides videos of the sermons online so we didn't miss much. There's just something so wonderful about being able to worship with everyone else though. As we walked outside, I noticed this beautiful sunset and had to snap a quick picture.  

I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed week! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Best Day Of My Life: Disney 2013

This is it... the very last page in my Disney vacation series. I'm really glad to be finished with the entire project. It won't be long before I have another pile of Disney pictures to scrapbook, but I'm done for now and it feels great! 

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I used a few scraps from an older Scraptastic Club kit that featured Fancy Pants' The Good Life collection. The title is something that my kids said at least once a day in Disney World. They each said, "This is the best day of my life!" I thought it would be neat to finish the album on that note. It's always wonderful to see your children so happy. Is it any wonder that we can't wait to go back?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finding Nemo: Disney 2013

Only one more layout to share after this one... I can't believe I'm finished scrapping that humongous pile of Disney photos! Once I finish blogging the completed Disney pages, I'll start working on our visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 

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Today's project features pictures from the absolutely gorgeous Finding Nemo show. The colors on stage were so vibrant, and the actors were brilliant too. It's definitely on our to-do list for the next trip because we really enjoyed it. I used Crate Paper's "Random" line to create this design. The blue velvet ribbon might possibly be my favorite ribbon ever.

As you can see, I was inspired by another one of Susan Stringfellow's wonderful sketches. This time it was Sketch #126. The horizontal banner was a really fun element to incorporate. I love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Awesomesauce: Disney 2013

I'm almost finished sharing the last of my Disney pages! I showed both of the finished albums to my mother-in-law yesterday when she came to visit. We are frantically preparing for this year's Disney vacation, and I'm super happy that I finished scrapping my last set of pictures before the next trip.

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Today's layout features photos of us on the Triceratops Spin ride. The journaling refers to the fact that Brandon's not big on riding the more intense rides, so pictures of the five of us together were few and far between. I used Pink Paislee's vibrant "Hey Kid" collection and I was inspired by Susan Stringfellow's Sketch #123.

I followed the sketch pretty closely, but I decided to add a few more stitched circles to draw the eye around my design. I also chose to emboss the sun to add a bit more interest to that portion of the project. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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.