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Mini Scrapbook Album made For A Friend May 3, 2012

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I thought I would share some photos with you of a mini album I made for a friend’s wedding. As a young couple, I felt they would like something sweet and fun, not too formal.

 

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The pages are chipboard I covered with patterned paper, then inked the edges to give it a finished look.

 

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There are mini pockets inside to include little notes from bride to groom 🙂

 

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The colors are pastel and pale pink, green, and blue. I designed places in the mini album for her to insert her own photos, of course.

 

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I hope she will like it. I think she will. I hope you like it, too.

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Rain is Lonely April 30, 2012

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How does rain make you feel? Rain makes me feel kind of lonely. Don’t get me wrong, I have a loving family, great friends, and lots of things to occupy my time. But, there is something about rain that makes me feel down, and then I feel lonely. 

How do the people that live in rainy regions do it? Like Seattle for instance. When it rains most of the time and you rarely see the sun, where is your optimism? I like sunshine to brighten my day, and give me a feeling of fun, laughter, and motivation. 

This feeling of mine could be totally made up, or even transferred from my parents. Maybe they would complain about rainy weather all the time and I just came to know that I didn’t like rain either. I’m not really sure about that. However, I am a pretty objective person and can usually see both sides of a situation. The only side that resonates with me when it rains, is the pessimistic side. 

Maybe it’s the darkness that usually accompanies rain that makes me feel less than positive. I do like very sunny days. The noise of rain doesn’t bother me, it’s actually kind of soothing and relaxing. I’d say it’s definitely the lack of brightness on a dreary day that makes me feel lonely.

Today was rainy and gloomy. I didn’t even feel like getting out of bed. I felt lonely.

But, tomorrow is another day and I look forward to tomorrow. I haven’t checked the weather forecast – I don’t want to feel lonely ahead of time. 🙂

 

Disney Recap April 20, 2012

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We had a great time in Florida. The weather was perfect and spending time with my brother and his family was so much fun. Raychel had the most memorable Sweet 16 Birthday Celebration in Disney World. Image

We had a blast going to all of the different parks – our favorite is Magic Kingdom. We also had a character breakfast with Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy – very fun and the food was delicious!!

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Raychel got to meet Cinderella, Belle, and Aurora. Very cool 🙂 

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She was also treated like a princess herself! Raychel got the royal treatment when we got back to our room on Sunday evening. She received a proclamation from Cinderella stating that Raychel was now an official princess. There was also a letter from the Fairy Godmother, her own magical scepter, chocolates, cookies, a silver necklace, and a beautiful tiara!!

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This was certainly a birthday she will never forget!

 

Getting Ready For DisneyWorld April 10, 2012

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Disney World here we come! Only 2 more sleeps until we leave for Florida. We are Disney Vacation Club members, so we can’t wait to get back “home”. When we arrive at our hotel/condo the cast members say “Welcome Home”. It’s SO cool 🙂 

It’s cool and damp here in the Midwest today, so sunny and 80 degrees sounds amazing! Not to mention all of the wonderful fun things we will be doing this weekend. My daughter, Raychel, will be celebrating her Sweet Sixteen Birthday at Disney this year. Her actual birthday is Sunday, April 15th, and we have some awesome Disney surprises in store for her. We will be sure to post pics of that!

We are going to be flying Delta, and they do charge $25 per checked bag, so we all have been busy trying to see how much we can pack in our carry-on bags. One of the nice advantages to being a DVC member, is that there are washers and dryers right in our condos. That means we can pack less and throw in a light load of laundry at the end of the day if we need to. Yay!

Raychel is a little anxious when she flies, so we are going to have the Dramamine handy, and maybe some Motrin or something else to relax her. 🙂 She’ll be fine. She’s going to take a cozy blanket and probably sit right next to her Dad! 

So, I will be sure to update everyone on how this trip is progressing, and upload lots of pics! 

MIC – KEY   M O U S E!  MICKEY MOUSE!

 

From The Halls Of Montezuma April 9, 2012

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I am soon going to become the mother of a US Marine. My son, Colton, is in the process for the delayed entry program. Not because he wants to wait around, but because there are that many people enlisting. His probable date to leave for boot camp is December 2012 or January 2013. That waiting is going to be pure torture for me! I’m saddened that he has chosen such a dangerous profession right now, but in the words of my wise 96-year-old grandmother, “If it’s something he’s going to enjoy, you have to support him.”  

On the other hand, I am very proud of him for being such a brave, courageous American. I’m sure a lot of you military parents can certainly relate. You’ll have to send me some comments on how you are coping and what  things you do to keep yourself busy so that you don’t dwell on the dangerous part. i would love to hear from you.

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Spring Is So Uplifting!! March 25, 2012

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Even though it’s still March and the calendar says it should be cold outside, we are enjoying record-breaking warmth here in the Great Lakes area. The flowers and buds have shown themselves already, not knowing they had several weeks left to sleep in! I have been taking photos of this phenomenon to document the truth, I don’t want to rely on memory for these stories. LOL

 

Homeschool Calms A Mother’s Heart February 28, 2012

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Another shooting at a high school and 3 students are dead. This time in Ohio. I have no more qualms about whether I did the right thing in beginning to homeschool my high school daughter. Raychel attended public school until the 10th grade, which is this school year for her. I am so sad when I think about what the parents of these kids are going through. The shooter’s parents and the victim’s parents. I am so happy when I think that I will never have to go through that scenario as a parent.