Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cultivate a good life and record it...

That's Becky Higgins' motto. I love it! Here's a little video from her blog and believe it or not, the pianist is an 18 year old who wrote and is playing the music. Enjoy...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Married for 40 years and Project Life!

Yep, I've been married to Paul for 40 years today. I could not imagine my life without him, I seriously could not. I'm not sure if we're going to do anything other than dinner out. He's downstairs relaxing and watching tv and I'm working on my Project Life album. LIFE IS GOOD!

So, I've been struggling a bit with my Project Life. One reason is without Logan and Emmy living close by anymore, I thought to myself..why? Why put pics in an album and spend all this time documenting...what? Me? Really? I didn't think my life was important enough to document. I mean I've always taken photos of "everyday" stuff. Even when L & E were living close by, I took pics of what we did together, but I also still took pics of food (meals I've cooked or baked), flowers, critters in the yard, where we live, and everywhere else. My pets, even my coffee cup! Then a tragedy recently happened to a person who's famous in the scrapbooking world. She creates pretty stuff to use in scrapbooks and pretty decor for your home. She's partnered with the inventor of Project Life Becky Higgins and her world was perfect in every sense of the outside world's view..perfect just like mine, until that day just a few weeks ago.

Let me back up a bit first. So, I started a new journal. It was created from a small planner that I bought from this "famous" person. I took out the monthly calendar pages and bought some photo sleeves to fit into the pretty little 6x8 binder. I even bought the hole punch so I could cut down to size, journaling pages and punch holes in them to fit. All the while, my 12x12 Project Life album was sitting in my craft room, not being touched. So, I'm printing 1x1 and 2x2 pictures to fit into my new little journal. Not sure if I'm going to be happy carrying around a ring's a picture of it...

Pretty right? I'm thinking that without L & E here, I can just put my everyday photos in this and journal at the same time and be done. Well, to be honest, I missed my Project Life. I have hundreds of pics on my phone that are just sitting there and this little album that holds a few small pics a month, didn't seem to do it for me.

Back to now. I'm on Facebook and see a terribly sad post about the death of Heidi Swapp's 16 year old son Cory. He committed suicide and it has really changed my whole outlook on scrapbooking, Project Life and memory keeping in general. She shared a very heartfelt post about why it's important to print our pictures and tell the who, where and when. I've been shown, after watching her go through this horrific tragedy, just how important it is to keep printing my pictures and putting them in page sleeves for safe keeping for future generations. You can read what she wrote here: Memories Matter.

A couple of things she wrote that touched me at the core:

  • I am a storyteller, and I love to inspire others to capture their stories and document their beautiful lives!
  • Find the good and notice the beauty in the everyday! I believe that when we focus on the good parts, we live more fully with gratitude and happiness. Our stories are then filled with what we HAVE, and not what we lack. 

So, I've decided that since I too find the good and notice the beauty in the "everyday", that I am going to continue telling "my" story. That's what scrapbooking is all about, telling your story so one day not only your children will get to look back and cherish all those memories you're living today, you will too. Because by the time your grandchildren are our age, Facebook and iphones won't be around any more, but your PRINTED photos will be.

Here's my Project Life pages for May:

Well, I'm going to see if the Mr. wants to go on a bike ride. As always...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Funday!

Yes it is! My awesome boss Lee Hisey said "take the day off and enjoy yourself" yesterday when I mentioned I'd like Friday off. Is he the coolest or what? So that's exactly what I've been doing-enjoying myself.
I hadn't realized that I never took pics of April's Project Life so here they are.  Today I'm working on printing all of May and June's pics. I just might get ambitious and print July's too since it is the last day of the month.

So, here's April's layouts. Lots of pics and 3 pages!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!! As always...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

This week I'm thankful for...

Sunshine...surprisingly we've had 2 days in a row! Yesterday I actually went to the pool for the first time this year. Our city built a huge, beautiful pool that they call the Avon Aquatic Facility that opened this past week...

Obviously I got these pics online but this gives you an idea why I would think my little development pool would be empty..NOT! I think a lot of people had the same idea I did lol! It was still nice to sit in the sun.

i Cloud...yep. The other day I was deleting some of my text messages from ages ago that were just pointless. I came across a message from a real estate agent confirming a showing that was from 2014! So, I deleted it but instead deleted a string of messages from my brother Chris! I was frantic but after a few hours and iCloud I was able to retrieve the whole string. I'm glad I pay .99 month for unlimited storage on iCloud.

My health...I've lost 6 lbs! I joined an online weight loss "fun" program called Dietbet, where you join a team and place a bet against yourself to lose 4% of your current weight. The more people who join your team, the bigger the jackpot. It cost me $20 (to join my team, some are more some are less) and we have 93 players and the pot is $1,860. If I lose my 4%, I get to keep my $20 and split any money of those who don't lose theirs. Pretty fun!

Paul...His calm demeanor. His comforting words. His determination. His compassion. Did you know that he thanks me for doing laundry, every time I do it? For 40 years. I Love that man! 

So, what are you thankful for this week?

As always...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vacation on the Outer Banks...

Oh my what a week! We left Friday night (June 19) to drive the 11 or so hours to Corolla, NC. We stopped around midnight and stayed in Frederick, MD and then got up early the next morning and headed out.

We arrived at our rental home in the late afternoon. Jenn and Dan rode with us, Steve and Brandy drove straight through and Eric & family live in Virginia Beach so it was a short drive for them.

Our home we rented turned out to be a great choice! Plenty of space for everyone.
Had a beautiful pool (which we used ALOT).
The walk to the beach was short and pleasant, only a couple of blocks away.
L-R Dan, Jenn, Steve, Logan in background, Eric, Paul and Winston
The beach was gorgeous and the first day we went was so hot, about 92 with high humidity and would have been perfect if the water wasn't so damn cold. I mean it was bone chilling. I didn't see many people swimming and I asked a couple of girls after they got out, if they got used to it and they said no. Eric asked the lifeguard about it and was told it had to do with the tides and the fact that there were thunderstorms the night before. I found it very convenient to just hang out in the pool the rest of the time. It was strange because I grew up on the pacific coast of California and lived for the beach but this was somehow different.

Paul and I did go down one night to see the crabs...THAT WAS STRANGE! It wasn't so late that they were scampering over our feet (Steve said that's what happened when he went).
Lucy LOVED trying to get the crabs. Jessie said Lucy got so excited she had to move her away because her heart was pounding! 

My first run on the beach was beautiful and yet miserably humid. It's ok though. I'll never forget the experience and I'm so glad I did it.
My next run was much more pleasant. Paul and I got up to see the sun rise and ran earlier. It was still humid but not so much.
We also got to see crabs in the daylight. They're funny little creatures.
Lots of good times in the pool...

Playing beach ball although you'd think we were all on a roller coaster LOL! 

A running joke since some of the letters of "DANGER NO DIVING" were missing. We said Dang Divin quite often! 

Even Winston got to cool off.

A fun little video Eric took of Paul and Emmy in the pool...


Some beautiful beach shots...
A gorgeous shot by Eric. Great composition! 

Brandy & Steve
We had a nice dinner out and then an evening at Putt-Putt...
L-R Back- Steve, Paul, Dan
Middle- Brandy, Me, Eric, Jessie, Jenn
Front- Emmy, Logan
Paul and I wanted to spend some time with Logan, Emmy, Eric and Jess, so Later in the week we went to the Wright Brother's Museum. Fascinating! One of the things that blew me away and for some reason gave me goosebumps, was in the museum they had a piece of cloth and a small piece of the wood from one of the wings of Kitty Hawk that actually went to the moon with Neil Armstrong!! How awesome is that? I think Eric got a picture of it and I should have asked him for a copy. 
This is a glider and in front of it is the replica of The Kitty Hawk

On that same trip, everyone wanted to hike up to the monument but Logan seemed a bit overheated and decided he didn't want to. I wasn't that keen on the idea either, so we went into the museum in the air conditioning.  
The monument
I snapped a selfie of the two of us and told him I should try and get a better shot without the sun beaming behind us and he said "no MiMi, I think the effect is cool".
God I adore this kid!!
Steve, Brandy, Paul and I went to the Elizabethan Gardens. Simply put...beautiful! 

We're hoping to find some this Drinking Gourd Hosta for our yard.

I've discovered that Eric has quite an eye and took some beautiful shots while we were there...
Lucy and Logan (A boy and his dog)

I've got quite a few more photos but I won't bore you anymore. I will leave with a few sunrise pics though...

Used my HDR app. 

As always...