Energy Surplus

Woo Hoo! I'm on a roll! I'm having fun scrapping again (well except when I make a HUGE mess of my table with the embossing powder! Oops! Next time find the Tidy Tray BEFORE embossing!

My child has SO much energy, its not funny. She is non-stop (but not hyper). She can go all day long, but when she crashes, she CRASHES! At 5 she still takes naps! (Yea I know, I'm VERY lucky about that!)

Here's the journaling: "Can I bottle that? Holy Cow, you have a lot of energy.
You met this little girl while we were still on the plane taxing to the arrival gate. Thank goodness you two didn’t realize you were sitting a row apart until the flight was ending. You kept feeding of each other’s energy and had the flight not been over, it might have caused a problem, you wouldn’t stop laughing and carrying on! It was kind of funny to watch you play over and around the seats.

Here you guys were entertaining yourselves while we waited for the luggage to make its way around the carousel. Grandpa Larry thought it was so funny the way you guys, literally, ran circles around the adults."

Paper: EK Success, Bazzill
Accessories: Bling, sewing machine, chipboard, white EP, Turquoise glitter EP, Nestabilities, QuicKutz Paige mini letters, corner rounder

Welcome to Orlando

Here's another page from our trip. It was K's first time on an airplane and she did a great job! Looking back, I really wish I would have taken a picture of her in the seat on the plane, or walking down the little enclosed hallway to get to the plane etc... I'll have to remember for next time.

At this point in the trip K didn't know anything other than we were going to visit Nanny and Grandpa Larry in Florida. We didn't tell her about WDW until we were just out side the gates!

It's a pretty basic layout, but I don't really like all the "stuff" on my pages. Sometime there is so much crap on the page, you can hardly see the pictures anymore.

Here's the journaling:
"We made it! You did a wonderful job on your first airplane flight ever. We took Airtran Airways and left from Bloomington, IL and flew into Atlanta or Atlantica as you liked to call it. After a short layover there we made it to Orlando. Nanny, Grandpa and Uncle Randy were waiting there for us, and boy were you excited to see them!

Originally we were going to try to have all of us arrive at the same time, but it turns out that it was good that Randy’s flight came in earlier. We wouldn’t have fit in the Suzuki with all of our luggage!"


CS: EK Success, Bazzill
Ink: Regal Rose (on the word "to")
Accessories: Bling, small corner rounder (for scalloped edge), Nestabilities, Olivia Cuttlebug alphabet, Rub on word "Welcome", Fancy photo turns, ribbon

ºOº Walt Disney World ºOº !!!

I don't think I mentioned our trip to WDW this past January. After the whole divorce thing was set in motion, my parents decided to come here to be with us for Christmas. They would have been near Orlando around that time, so I mentioned the idea of a Disney trip instead. They thought it was a wonderful idea! So my WONDERFUL, AMAZING, GENEROUS parents paid for us all (Me, my DD and my Brother) to fly down to Orlando and go to Disney World!

K and I spent a week there and my brother a couple days less. I wanted to stay! It was so nice to arrive to 60 degree weather in the middle of January. When we got back there was a LOT of snow here.

We went to Magic Kingdom one day and Animal Kingdom another day. For a 4.5 y/o that was plenty! We also went to Downtown Disney and had a wonderful time browsing the stores. I have to say I was less than thrilled with the "scrapbook" store. But I did get an album from Disney World for our pictures.

Anyway, I thought I'd share the Layouts that I've done so far. Between my Dad and I we took over 1000 pictures! Needless to say, I won't be scrapping them all ;)

The first one is the title page. I just finished it last night. I love the way it turned out, but I wish the stickles would have been a little more evenly spread out under the ghost letters. I added the quote from Walt Disney that says "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse."

Then there is the Layout from the Finding Nemo Show at Animal Kingdom. It was WONDERFUL! Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take flash pictures inside :(. I got around that by finding pictures that someone else took and had posted online. The actors are the same, so it didn't really matter that we didn't take them. plus I can't imagine getting better pictures than these!

The next layout is Kendalyn meeting "her" Fairy Godmother. She really loved meeting all the characters, she acted as though they been best friends for years. Of course in her mind they have been! We literally had to pull K away, she would have talked all day!

Who can visit WDW without taking a spin on the Tea Cup ride? Not us! That's for sure! That's my brother riding with us. It was the first time Randy and I have been back to WDW since we went in 1982 (maybe '83, I can't remember exactly, I was 8 ;) ) We all had such a good time. It was wonderful to experience Disney again, but even better to be with my family and also see it through my child's eyes!

This wasn't at WDW, but along the strip to the RV Park where we stayed. K wanted to play Mini Golf SO badly! Of course Nanny can't deny K ANYTHING, so even though she felt icky, we went and play Mini Golf! K took to it like a Pro! It was really fun, I can't remember the last time I played.

So far, that's all I've gotten done, but I'm still working on them. I have all the pictures printed from WDW so I'll do those first, and then when I'm done with those, I will start on the ones from Animal Kingdom. I'll try to post them as I do them rather in batches.

Update on me

Ok so you know that for the past year I've been pretty absent from the blogging world. So here's why...

I'm in the middle of a divorce. My STBEx met someone else and left me last August. I've been through all the emotions and have now settled on, it's not as bad as it first seemed. I finally got the first draft of the settlement papers yesterday and everything looks pretty good. Hopefully we can agree on everything and this is the beginning of the end.

I've still been crafting on and off, but not to the extent I used to. I started a part time job at the lss. It's a dream come true! I get paid to make cards! I really love it! I just wish I could work there full time.

That leads me to my next step in life, to get a "real" job. I've been a SAHM for the past 5 years, so getting back out there is a bit intimidating, but I know I'll be able to find something.

The plan as of now, is to stay here in Illinois for the next year to save up some money and then move back to PA. If you have read my blog from the beginning, you'll know that the only reason I moved to IL was to be with my STBEx. So as long as I'm allowed, I plan to go back. I've reconnected with some of my friends from home and they are excited to have me back!

Luckily my DD is still pretty young and moving after she attends Kindergarten shouldn't be too traumatic for her. She can make friends anywhere :) I now it will be hard for her (and everyone involved) but I do think putting some distance between me and STBEx is the best thing.

So anyway, that's why I've been away. Blogging has been pretty far down the list of priorities for me. Hopefully once I get settled in an apartment, and get my life back on track a bit better, I'll be able to get back to it.

Asparagus Hunting

LOL I know that sounds so funny doesn't it? Well I never had any idea that Wild Asparagus grew here in Central Illinois. But my friend Danita set me straight on that! We spent most of yesterday hiking up and down the railroad tracks hunting for asparagus. And did we find some! Wow!!!! Here's what I took home with me!

And just look at the size of those stalks! Now Danita swears they are nice and tender all the way down. Nothing like you get at the store and that once I try these, I'll NEVER buy Asparagus from the market ever again!

I plan on taking some to the neighbors as a kind of thank you for all the nice things they've done for me. I know they'll enjoy it, since they just planted their own Asparagus patch.
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