Saturday, December 6, 2014

My 2014 Scrapbooking Commitment

I did it!!! This 2014 year I've really come to embrace my hobby even more. Posting on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and even starting my own Facebook group (LUVMYCREATIONS) page. Let me say again.... I LOVE THIS HOBBY!  Meeting so many other people on the internet (locally and far away) who enjoy this hobby just as much as I do is even more motivating. 

  This iPhone tripod holder comes EVERYWHERE with me. I make the room for it in my purse. It takes the place of asking my kids to take my picture all the time. I just set it up with my phone, than set the photo timer on my phone and BAM it's done. 

  I started scrapbooking with the traditional way back in 1999. Sense September 2013 I started with the projectlife (pocket pages) style. In this photo I'm showing how I store my page protectors ( Simple Stories and Becky Higgins projectlife). Having a system helps me stay organized. Once I start to get low on page protectors I place a sticky note letting me know I need to order. 

  Showing here are 6 page layouts I've done. I make sure I journal on each layout. I also make sure I'm in front and behind the camera. For me that's important when documenting my memories. 

  I have so many extra photos that I've started making little mini albums. In this photo I used the Stampin Up projectlife journaling cards (size 4x4). There was no right or wrong I just went for it. The picture theme was about "ME".... As usual. 

  What a great purchase. Back in January I picked up the Heidi Swapp memory planner from Michael's to document the months through pictures and journaling. Every month I've stayed committed. I will be doing it again using Heidi's planner for 2015. More on that when it arrives (had to pre-order). 

  Thanks to watching Amy Tangerines YouTube video I came across the storage products by Creative Options. I love them. I'm using them more and more for my scrapbooking needs. 

  I use a app on my iPhone called C.C. Days. It's synced with my Instagram account keeping track of the photos I post per day. At the end of each month I take a screen shot. I'm planning to put together a mini book at the end of the year.

  My 3 scrapbooking projects that I've stayed committed to for the 2014 year with pictures & journaling . Becky Higgins projectlife album D size 3 ring binder, Heidi Swapp memory planner & desk display stand. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

  Happy Thanksgiving. I woke this morning and said a prayer thanking God for the day and a list of a few other things. Here I'm showing what I documented through the day. 
  I spent the day alone among my own thoughts. It felt good. I spent most of the day scrapbooking preserving memories. I got a lot done. I even slipped in time for a nap and food. Wendy's. Mmmm... Good. 

  Anthony & Maliyah went out and walked Buster before heading out. PICTURE MOMENT I'm on it. Anthony was going to spend Thanksgiving with Ashley's family and Maliyah was going with Andre out to my aunts. 

  Thank you Anthony for taking this picture of Maliyah and I. I love capturing moments with me and Maliyah together. They are priceless in my book. 
  I called my mom ahead of time to let her know I'm coming over to take some pictures. I'm glad it went quick and smooth. Andre was there, but he chose to op out. Thank makes me sad, but I kept going anyway. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

My Day Surgery Journey

  This is where it started. I noticed this lump on my wrist back in October 2013. Went to the doctors to seen my Provider and she told me to watch it for a month or two. They're common (just fluid) and most of the time goes back down. Over a year laster it was still there.This issue normally forms around joint areas. Mine so happen to be on my inner wrist up against an artery. I went with surgery to remove it. It's called a ganglion cyst. Now it's time to schedule surgery. 
  Was it painful you may ask. No. Not at all. Now that surgery is scheduled I decided to document and photo journal my process. Everyday I found myself pulling out my phone taking a picture or two. 
  I worked right up to my surgery date. The one thing I had to repeat over and over was... NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT! ..... ✔️ DONE. Anthony (my son) drove me to the surgery center. My mom and Maliyah (granddaughter) sat there with me the whole time. I was a little nervous but once the "HAPPY" medicine (as the anesthesiologist worded it) started flowing through my body I felt just fine. 
  Check in was at 12:30pm. Surgery was scheduled to 2:30pm. By 4:00pm I was discharged and being rolled out to the car. Let the healing begin. 
  Two weeks later and it's time to remove the 1/2 cast. YIPPEEE! I was looking forward to seeing how the incision was done. I didn't see the doctor for my 2 week post op visit I seen his RN Stacey. I had 4 stitches to be removed. I thought for sure it would hurt but I didn't feel a thing. SWEEET! Now it's time to wear a velcro brace for 2weeks. I was given instructions of when I could take it on and off. 
  Three days into wearing the brace and I'm excited. I can now drive myself, hold a pen and take a shower without wrapping up with a plastic bag. Today I was like GO, GO, GO. 
  Well, at the end of the day boy did I pay for it. Let's just say .... Doing way to much to soon. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

  Maliyah was so excited. She had no idea she was goning to the pumpkin patch. Riding on the pony was the best. She told me she kept telling the pony "Getty up".  Maliyah talked about "The pumpkins" for days after going. Face painting was new for her and it actually looked really good. It made her sad when she smeared it. 
  What a good time Andre had as well. I tell him all the time, this is why capturing photos help persevere memories we hope she'll never forget. On another note, thumbs up Andre on the rain boots. They're cute and came in handy. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Steven's 55th Birthday

  Today is Steven's 55th birthday. Let's say what a blessing. He seems to be having a great day and enjoyed having us over to take some birthday photos. Being able to spend some of his birthday time with Maliyah was special to him. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014

  Labor Day September 1st already. Not to busy of a day but busy enough. The weather was warm and descent. The boys and I woke up and took care of some family business. While we were out I took advantage of the time and togetherness and captures some pictures. I didn't have to give them the "Smile and act right" talk. I'm glad. For the record it gets old. SO YOU KNOW: That's why they're not in a lot of pictures. 

After dropping they boys off and now having some time to myself I decided to come visit my grandparents. What a good feeling this gives me. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oregon Zoo Trip

 What a great day we had with our granddaughter at the ZOO. She was so excited to get up and get ready for our day. I hope that she will always remember this day and know how much Steven (grandpa) and I (grandma) love her.
  From the time that we left the house all she wanted to see was the "Monkeys". Steven assured her that we would definitely see the Monkeys. Starting out on our ZOO journey we made many stops. The very first was the sea Otter. WOW, what a large animal. Being that close (to me) was amazing. We tried to follow the ZOO map, but that didn't work out. We kept getting sided tracked.

  It was time for a snack break. 1 1/2 hours into it we needed some food energy. We made a McDonalds trip before coming to the ZOO. Steven and I both brought water for all of us to drink. Good looking out! #thinkingahead

Gave Steven the camera. At first I didn't think I'd like this photo but the more I looked at it, I started to love the way it came out. Who would have thought. 
Maliyah wanted to take a picture with the Lioness. Steven sat her on it. WAIT! The brass that it was made of was hot so he had to hold her. A brass Lion was right next to it. 
"Look at the Elephants" . Maliyah was excited to see the Elephants plus to see them playing among each other. Kicking up dirt and pushing each other with their trunks. 

As we took another rest Maliyah took a picture of Steven and I. While dong so, she changed the picture setting to black and white. I LOVE IT! Just to mention... I almost deleted this photo. Glad I didn't. 
One last group photo before we head out. I brought my gorilla tri pod.  Comes in handy when trying to get a group shot. Yes we're tired and hot, but had to capture the moment. Say cheese! 

Say what!!!! Are those elephant ears? Oh yes, I'm getting one. I love these things. It was large, warm and yummy. I shared some with Steven and Maliyah. I sure would have liked to have had two but at $5 each I don't think so. 
 Ok, somebody was getting tired. Oh, that's a sign it was time to go for sure. We have now been at the ZOO for 3 hours. Who would have thought we'd pull that move? Steven carried Maliyah for a while to rest her tiny legs, but she had the little engine that could energy to finish out our trip. 
 I put together a photo college of Steven with Maliyah and Maliyah on the swing. Steven and I had the best time with her. We enjoy being apart of her growing up. These will hopefully be memories we will always remember.