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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Donna!!!






Birthday card for my sister Donna. I got this pattern and idea from "Stampin with Dawn"...link listed down below. I only hope my sister doesn't see this blog before the card arrives in the mail...hummm??? Maybe I should have planned for that.????




Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Mother...myself


I decided to scrapbook these pics of my mother and myself, both of us around age 18. I didn't allow my journaling to be seen but hidden as it is a very private letter from me to her. I basically wrote about how much I admire her for her strength and courage and to let her know how much I understand things...because I am a mother now with grown children...but also because of some medical information we have recently found out about her. We always knew we were loved but there was always something that kept her from the outside world. She never learned to drive and really didn't want to apparently, she kept to herself alot from other adults. Basically, if she had friends or any type of social activity it would have to come to her. While she was in the hospital recently the doctors ordered an MRI of the brain and what that scan determined spoke volumes...to me a least. He advised my family that she had either had a brain injury, trauma or infection many years ago and it had damaged some of the brain tissue. Encephalopathy is what they called it. It affected her reasoning skills, decision making processes and the way she reacted to different stress situations. Looking back on our childhood it all seems so clear now. Things that would just be a blip on our radar really seemed to frustrate and scare her. I really get it now and I just wanted to dedicate this page to her as my mother. At 18 her dreams changed and I know that mine dreams and hopes changed through the years but I love how my life has turned out and wouldn't be that age again for nothing!


My hero??? Yea, she really is.


Monday, June 1, 2009

2 pages in one weekend!

I can't believe it! I completed 2 pages this weekend...Yay Me! I have a page and paper carrier that holds pictures and papers that I want to scrapbook. Not really a "page in progress" holder but pretty close to it. I started putting them in there over a year ago and have decided that I will take one page out at a time and scrapbook it. I have gotten through only three of them in the last two weeks but I guess that is a start. I will be creating another one sometime over the next few days and will upload it when I am done. Wish me luck!!! I think the next one is about pics of me and my momma...both at age 18...comparisons and differences...not sure how that will work out.

It helps that my scrapbook room is organized for once...and that I love my room! Thanks to my husband...Thank you sweetie! I really love my room!

Pretty Easter Dresses!


My daughter's Cassie and Mandie...Easter 1991. Wow! So long ago! This happens to be the only pic of them that I could find in their "Hoop" dresses. The journaling tag will go behind the photo so I left it popped up so that the tag will slide in and out really easy.


It's a guy Thing! Alex with Transformer


This is a page for my son. I love the look on his face in these pics...taken 2004...he just absolutely loved and still loves Transformers and he was enjoying playing with this one...not sure of the name...sorry.