Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stop & Smell the Lemons?!?! -- featuring Bo Bunny and Bella Blvd. :)

Hi everyone! :)

I wanted to share a layout I made using some Bo Bunny, Bella Blvd. and Marion Smith goodies :)

The journaling tells the whole story! LOL! :)









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Monday, September 24, 2018

Happy birthday! -- featuring Simple Stories and Paper Smooches

Hi everyone!

We literally have THREE birthdays we celebrate on October 4th! Brooke's, her school principal and my former boss. (The latter two know I will never forget their birthdays, since they share it with Brooke! Lol!) 

I made them each a card this past weekend, using some Simple Stories goodies and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches :)











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Monday, September 17, 2018

Denim/Jean pillow :)

Hi everyone :)

For those that saw my post on the denim/jean blanket/quilt that I made for Adam for this coming Christmas  - here is the pillow that I made with the leftover jean pieces I had from the blanket/quilt :)

This is also going to be a part of Adam's Christmas gift (sooooo shhhhhhhhhh! lol!) -- and I will also be entering this in the Arizona State Fair :)






Here is the back -- as a reminder, I used green bandannas on the blanket/quilt, as green is Adam's favorite color, and I had some left over, so I used two for the back of the pillow :)






And to give you a sense of size -- that is my phone sitting in front of it :)





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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Never Forget ...



No words needed ...



































Photos taken by me at the 9/11 Healing Field Memorial in Tempe, Arizona


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Wake Me Up When September Ends :)

Hi everyone! :)

Ten years ago on September 12th, Aleida Franklin tragically passed away. A month before she passed away, she posted a very profound blog post, that seriously changed my life.  She wanted us Mom's to get IN FRONT of the camera with our kids.  Her philosophy was, that our kids don't care if we are wearing makeup, if we are overweight, if our hair is a hot mess, they only care that we are MOM! That's all they see -- just Mom! So she had encouraged all of us to get in front of the camera with our kids. So that they would have those memories WITH us! :)

She only had that one month that she did photos with HER and her kids in them, then she was gone.

If you follow me here or on social media, you know that I have dedicated the last ten years to taking at LEAST one photo a month with me and kids (or kid, since Adam moved to Texas! lol!) in her honor.  Some of those photos are definitely NOT my best -- one time was even in my pj's, because it was the last day of the month, and I totally let it slip my mind, and I was already dressed for bed!! But -- I got my monthly photo in -- in my PJ's! LOL! :)

And this is the 6th year, that I have made a layout with the previous 12 months photos of me and the kid(s) :) 

Here are the previous years -- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Now here we are in 2018, it is September - and it is 10 days before the 10th anniversary of Aleida's passing, and I wanted to share my layout I made for the past 12 months photos. :)

I used some older Bo Bunny, Simple Stories, and Photo Play goodies :)

And the latest challenge for Challenge YOUrself was perfect for my page this year, as the theme is MOTHER/DAUGHTER (and yes, I know Adam is in two of the photos - which actually makes me a little sad, as that means I only saw him two times these past 12 months)  -- but I knew that all 12 of the months also feature me and Brookie - so I am calling it good! :) 

When I create these yearly layouts, I use the song title "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day -- I knew Aleida from "Scrapping the Music" challenge blog - so I not only thought the title was appropriate because of the month she passed away, but a little nod to her by using a song title.  
















Ironically in these past 12 months photos - I am wearing the same shirt twice, and Brookie and I took two of our photos at "Our Creative Escape" a new painting studio run by Kim (from Paper Smooches) and her hubby Tom, that Brookie and I have become ADDICTED to! :) 


Thank you Aleida for changing my life - I am forever grateful to you ... xoxo


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