Saturday, July 25, 2015

Deep Under The Sea: Disney 2014

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! 

Ariel_Little Mermaid_Scrapbook Page

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! 

Anna_Frozen_Scrapbook Page_My Creative Scrapbook Kit

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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Vacation In Paradise: Disney 2014

We stayed at the Polynesian again during our last Disney trip. We love the amenities and the fact that it's on the monorail. Access to the monorail is important to us because it's a lot easier for Jordan to get around. 

Vacation_Hotel_Polynesian_Disney World

I was the biggest Scenic Route fan before they closed, and I definitely have been hoarding their paper ever since. Nancy totally enabled my obsession a few years ago when she sent me a bunch of Scenic Route goodies that she had in her stash. I had to break some out to scrap about our stay at the Polynesian. The Grafton line was perfect for the theme and the colors worked really well. The wood veneers are from Prima, and I also pulled bling from my stash.

Do you have products that you've hoarded because you love them so much? Which manufacturer is your favorite?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Vacation (Finally!): Photo Update

If I said we had an interesting homeschool year in 2014-2015, that would be putting it lightly. Three surgeries, one vacation, multiple illnesses, and many injuries later... we are finally having our summer vacation! I took this photo of the three kids on the first morning that we didn't have school. They were all piled up on the couch together like puppies. I do think that homeschooling has improved their relationships beyond anything I could imagine. They still fight, but they are a lot closer than they have ever been.

One of the interesting things about homeschool is that you are with your kids all the time. Imagine my confusion the other day when Jordan declared that I haven't been spending time with her! Huh? I'm with her all the time. It turned out that she needed some one on one time with me. I recently took her on a coffee date and we had a wonderful time. She is obsessed with frozen coffee just like her Momma! 

I also learned the importance of taking care of myself this year. I injured my knee in November the day before we left for our Disney trip. The Disney trip was paid in full, so I went and walked on it during the trip. I finally made the time to go to the doctor this week, and he said that I probably have a left lateral meniscus tear. I have an MRI scheduled soon because the pain is getting worse. I should've done something about it earlier. I'm dreading the results! 

We got to see Alexis' birth brother last week for the first time in three years. He is being homeschooled as well now due to health issues, and they got to talk about how much they LOVE Math. (NOT!) I can't believe that she's 13 and he's 14. It seems like they were tiny toddlers yesterday.

Nathan took this picture of me with the kids. They usually climb on me like a jungle gym, and you can tell that we are always together. No one has a concept of personal space, but I don't mind cuddly kids. Even when it's hot. I love them! 

I've spent the first week of my summer vacation repainting and decorating my hall bathroom. I went with a nautical theme because of this printable from Kimberly Geswein Fonts. It's one of my favorite Bible verses and I couldn't resist designing the entire bathroom around it. 

Brandon started his summer vacation in an unpleasant way. He caught the stomach flu and I've been cleaning like a madwoman to keep it from spreading through the house. He is finally feeling better today and I'm very thankful. My poor baby boy!

We have a busy week coming up because we are trying to pack as much summer into our vacation as possible. I'm working on posting updates here on a regular basis because I love looking back at our stories on my blog. Lately, I've only been posting scrapbook pages and that wasn't the original plan!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Wild & Crazy Adventure: Disney 2014

I love the family pictures that we get when we go to Disney World. Let's face it, I'm not usually in the photos I take around here. I'm much more comfortable behind the camera. If it weren't for Disney trips, I'm sure we wouldn't have many family pictures at all! This one was taken in the Animal Kingdom. It was a weird weather day because the sun was shining while it was raining. 

Animal Kingdom_Disney World_Stitching_Family Portrait

I lifted this layout that I had in my favorites at, but as usual my design ended up going in a different direction. I love trying to scraplift, but it cracks me up that I always end up going off on my own tangent. Once again, the supplies are from Basic Grey's Second City line. I added some Thickers and bling from my stash. The stitching was done with my sewing machine. I don't do that often, but I always love the way it turns out.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mickey & Friends: Disney 2014

Brandon doesn't really like the characters to touch him when we go to Disney World, so he's not really into the character breakfasts. We always make sure that they don't come near him, and he quietly eats his breakfast. He did enjoy the napkin dance at Chef Mickey's! It is a tradition in our family. Every time we go to Disney, we start one of our days there.

Chef Mickey's_Scrapbook Page_Disney World_Banner

I love how Basic Grey's Second City line really pops against the black background paper, and it matches my photos perfectly. The stamps are from Scraptastic Club, but I added some purple Stickles to jazz the images up a bit.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kali River Rapids: Disney 2014

My next layout features another first for us at Disney World. We lucked out and it wasn't too cold while we were there, so we got to go on Kali River Rapids. Alexis was completely soaked, but Jordan and I stayed relatively dry. It really depends on the seat you pick. Alexis just got the wrong (or right?) one.

This project was created with Basic Grey's Second City line. I added some Heidi Swapp mist for a bit of sparkle and I pulled some skinny black Thickers from my stash. The design came together really quickly using a bunch of scraps from the collection. I love it when that happens!