Sunday, 26 January 2014

Catching up...

I really must get us all back into a routine... I cannot believe we only have one week of school holidays left... It's gone way too fast for my liking. :(

I know I should stop doing it but I have been enjoying staying up until the wee hours for this past week. I am almost finished the first half of 2008.  As usual I am planning digitally... creating the LOs, cropping and editing photos and adding words and graphics in PSE7.  I will still be printing each photo out individually and using divided page protectors and Simple Stories' The Daily Grind  collection to put this album together.

I don't have any notes or anything to complete my journaling so my plan is just to look at the photos and put down the basics. If the photos remind me of a story or I want to reflect on the memories from a retrospective point of view I will do that too... some might be written in present tense, some in past tense... normally that would annoy me and I would say the key is consistency... but I'm going to just go with the flow and it will be whatever it will be. I  will also add in lots of quotes and filler cards that I make myself in PSE7.  Oh and I also used a few cards from Becky Higgins' Digital Project Life Rad Dad mini collection.

Admittedly, I had nowhere near the photos that I take now back then... only a few special occasions, a couple of DIY photo shoots and lots of odd, random pics too... I am sort of doing it monthly but I have still ended up with a few spreads per month...  It was all looking a bit too higgledy-piggledy and I didn't think I was liking it... but as I've gone along it is all sort of coming together... in a random, mish-mashed but still kinda chronological sort of order.

2008 was a sad year for us... hard to believe it is almost 6 years (in April) since my brother in-law passed away.  I still swear the darling twins, Austin and Albert were his last little joke on us... TMI? I worked out they would have been conceived right around his birthday in July... and lo and behold when did they make their grand entrance? Just one day before his first year anniversary... weird how things work out hey?

There won't be many photos for the last few months of 2008 because I spent most of it violently ill with the pregnancy. So I think I am going to get this whole album done in record time... I will share more when I am finished... but here's a few of the digital versions I have planned...

GAH! I just noticed a spelling (actually, it's a grammatical) mistake! Doing my head in... will have to fix it now.  OK, I just had an idea... I have a little prize for the first person who finds it and tells me what it is in the comments here on my blog... If you click on each pic it should show big enough for you to read.

Next week is filled up with follow up appointments and scans for review... and me trying to get them all organised for back to school.  I'm trying not to think too much about any of it... It can be a bit overwhelming if you dwell on the could be and what ifs... There's been too much sad news for so many families on the oncology ward of late... these amazing people and their incredible families keep on taking the next step no matter what. Cancer is cruel and my heart aches for them.  Love your babies well people. Be mindful and aware. Stop and breathe them in... even when they are well the time flashes by in an instant doesn't it?

Happiness and health to you and yours... if you've got those sorted... you have wealth sorted.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

There goes another one...

Yet another year has whizzed by at break neck speed.

Quick update on the (not all so) little darlings...

Miss C graduated from Primary School and is off to high school next year. Daddy has his shotgun loaded. ;)

Miss D is happy and healthy, addicted to Minecraft and loving the school holidays.

Mr B is happy and healthy and still working at the pharmacy and is addicted to WoW.

The Mr As are both well... we had a bit of a set back last week and spent a night in hospital with fears it was something more sinister but were relieved to find out it was "just a virus".  The Mumma's paranoia kicked in fueled by hand wringing, brow furrowing doctors and too many blood tests... Sorry young doctor... I know you have to learn by experience but look me in the eye... now listen very carefully when I tell you I am deadly serious here, please go home and practice on YOURSELF before you come anywhere near my boys with a hypodermic needle EVER again!

So more follow up appointments and scans at the end of the month... please keep saying a little prayer for them. We are so blessed to have so much support out there.

Speaking of which... how freaking amazing are San and Peta? OMG you girls totally rocked me last month... words can't even touch on how amazed and grateful and totally blown away we were by them organising an auction for us... and then the overwhelming and extraordinary generosity of so many people from the scrap community and family and friends... I could go on and on and on... I just want you all to know how very honoured and humbled we all were by this wonderful event. Thank you all once again from the bottom of seven very grateful hearts.

So Christmas came and went with the darling husband away (trying to earn some extra dollars up north) and my sister and her little clan spending a few days with us.  It was a lovely few days spent playing with the kids, eating our favourite foods... drinking a little... and just being... my ideal Christmas.

New Year was pretty uneventful too... which in this house is a GOOD thing. ;)

I am really looking forward to 2014... I haven't felt this enthusiastic or upbeat in a very long time.  I am planning on making it OUR year... well MY year really... All things being equal and keeping everything crossed that the boys will continue to improve and kick this damn disease once and for all... I'm switching my mindset... I have decided to start putting my own health and well being much closer to the top of the priority list. Eating better. Cutting out sugar (that's a HUGE undertaking I gotta tell ya). Moving more.  Just as simple as that.  So far so good.  3kg down since Jan 1. I will keep you posted. ;)

I have the scrapbooking cruise coming up soon... really looking forward to that in just 67 days...  OMG 67 days??? Far out time really IS flying by!

I am also taking on teaching more classes at Tomorrow's Memories this year too... SUPER excited about that.

Here's a few that I have taught recently...



I have two more classes on 5th and 8th of March... one a traditional LO using some gorgeous masculine Kaisercraft papers from the Art of Life range... and the other is a hybrid traditional plus pocket page double LO using my absolute favourite Simple Stories range Daily Grind.

So anyway, my other plans include keeping up to date with my PL family album (5th year this year!) AND do an album "all about me" AND blog a bit more often... we will see how I go I guess. Famous last words I've heard before. ;)

Anyway, thanks for dropping in on occasion if you still do... Facebook sort of killed the blogspot star didn't it?

Peace and love and wonderful things to you and yours. May 2014 bring you health, wealth and happiness.