Monday, June 28, 2010

Daughters layout

Recently I made a pledge to myself that I would start using up the old papers I have or get rid of them - use it or lose it. Why is that so hard? Yet I really need to get rid of some of the stuff that's been piling up in my space for years. This is a combination of some old and some really old papers and rub-ons: It was done as challenge No. 148 at Color Combos Galore:

Quote: "Daughters may outgrow your lap, but they will never outgrow your heart."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Color Combos Challenge No. 147

This week's color combination at Color Combos Galore was: Chocolate, Honey, Cream and Olive.In addition to the color challenge, we were encouraged to journal about "our table" (traditions, feasts, gatherings, meals, history, etc.) This is what I came up with. The picture was taken in the summer of 1967 with my family and my Aunt Dorothy and her two children (Uncle Joe must have been taking the picture.) It was fun to reminisce about the good ol' days.

I was a child during the 60's when stay-at-home mothers were the norm and the family dinner hour was sacred. Every family I knew did the same thing. My dad got home every evening at 5:00 and my mother had dinner on the table shortly after his arrival. My five siblings and I were expected to be home from our various after-school activities on time so that we could all sit down and eat together while the food was hot. A phone call was required if we were going to be late; and we needed permission to skip. For an hour or so every evening we shut out the rest of the world. The phone went unanswered and our friends went home (or occasionally joined us) for dinner. Even if we didn't want to eat, we sat in our designated seats and participated in the conversation and enjoyed each other's company. It was the time of day when our large busy family, as well as others like us, touched base with each other and strong family bonds were formed. It wasn't a chore - we enjoyed being in each other's company and we had a lot of fun around that simple family dinner table. Sometimes we stayed for awhile after the food had been eaten and other family members had been excused, just to talk. I enjoyed seeing my busy mother relax as she drank a cup of tea before resuming her full schedule of evening chores that come with a large family.

Looking in on any given night, you could find: people talking about their day, good food, pouting, laughter, someone telling a joke; someone being scolded, laughter, an I-Spy game, planning for upcoming events and activities, tears, someone talking about a fight they had with a friend, laughter, discussions about religion, homework questions, moral dilemmas and mean teachers, Doug drumming on the table, a discussion about how unfair something was, laughter, current events, tears, Dad reading a Bible verse, people picking on each other, laughter, mom's "Connie grin", stories from the past and more laughter.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Prince Charming

I did this layout in honor of Father's Day and as a color challenge at Color Combos Galore. We needed to use a color combination of gray, ivory, lilac and taupe. The title says it all - Kristin and her daddy definitely have a special bond.
"I found my Prince Charming and his name is Daddy."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Finally Scrappin'

It's been awhile since I've had the chance and/or inspiration to get a page done and boy did it feel good to finally be scrappin' again. I did a page for a PageMaps challenge - their sketches are always a good jumping off point when I have no mojo - and to sweeten the deal, Webster's Pages is offering these gorgeous papers as a prize. That was wonderful incentive for me to give it a shot!

So - here's what I came up with:

The Journaling reads:

"Each birthday I felt a twinge of sadness at the realization that my little girls were growing up too fast, but they were still young and “grown up” still seemed distant.

I was so proud of Kristin at her high school graduation. It was an exciting time, but the twinge of sadness grew a little stronger. Although she was leaving home, I could tell myself that she wasn’t grown up yet, that she was still dependent on us, and that we still had a few more years before she would be on her own.

This year at her college graduation I could deny it no longer. Parents are supposed to work themselves out of a job - and we did. So with pride and sadness we had to let her go, to pursue her own future, realizing that although she’s all grown up, she’ll always be our little girl."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Peace Out - Kristin's RC Graduation

Last month we traveled back to Michigan to attend Kristin's graduation from Rochester College! She graduated Summa cum laude, receiving her degree in Public Relations. She is now finishing up a certificate in Graphic Arts. It doesn't seem so long ago that we were leaving her as a freshman, and it seems absolutely impossible that in just two short months school will be completely behind her forever! She's had a wonderful experience at Rochester College and she's grown up so much while being away from home that we hardly recognize her anymore!

On to the next big adventure!