Back to the Living (Sorta . . .), Some Scrapbook Layouts, and a Few "Random" Stories
Thanks, guys and gals, for all the sweet wishes yesterday! My neck is still not back to "normal" completely, but it's feeling a bit better (the pretty tough neck massages G gave me, plus the hot baths, have definitely helped). I also was able to get some work done on two articles yesterday, and I feel a bit better about our DW trip. (Although Delaney is upset now because her friend that was going to go with us--because McKenna is staying in town with friends because of school stuff--came down with appendicitis and can't go!) Tomorrow I'm going to post some Disney pictures to tempt you all a little bit . . . LOL (yep, Ryan, that's for you!)
For now, thought I'd first off share a few scrapbook layouts with you that I've done over the last several days. I think I'm finally getting the hang of my scanner!
The first one is of the joint birthday celebration we had a while back for me and my mother. We had such a crazy time that day--laughing and giggling and being silly--that I wanted to make a FUN layout. This is the 2-page layout I came up with.
The journaling on this reads, "Birthday celebration, August 2006--'Woo hoos' over gifts, silliness, Winston Churchill impersonations, laughter, excitement, yummy cake, birthday wishes--and family!"
The next page is one I did to preserve the memories of McKenna's mission trip to Panama City this past summer. Yep, I'm still doing some things from the summer (I still have McKenna's DC trip and our beach vacation to go--maybe this next week I can work on those!). Here is it . . .
My very FAVORITE thing about that layout is the cool "She" button on it. It says, "She makes the world a better place." And that's exactly how I feel about McKenna--her convictions and values and faith are making her world better! I also love these photos; they don't really say anything about the actual trip, but they show her joy in getting ready to go on it! (By the way, there is a great story behind these photos that you can read back in my Archives--July 10.)
The next layout is another one I really like, mostly because of the photo I used on it. It's one of my favorite pictures from the last year, because of the color and the light and the expression on Lori's face.
The journaling reads, "Discovery Weekend at church was a wonderful time for our youth to be reminded of how much God loves them, and how much they are loved by others around the. This is my favorite picture from the weekend. It shows Lori at the altar in the front of the church, speaking to the youth and to the congregation. It shows us how we truly can do anything with Christ's help! And look at th ealtar and the cross and the candles. It was beautiful and inspiring!"
I also love that yellow paper I used in the background (LillyKate by Basic Grey) and my new American Crafts felt flowers. Fun!
My final layout I'm sharing will actually be sorta recognizable to most of you. It uses two pictures that I had on my blog a week or so ago, after we came home from Delaney's first championship tournament. (My scan of it went a little wonky, because there's actually more yellow paper below where the layout ends here. But maybe you can get the idea.)
I really, really like this layout because of the circles I tried to put throughout it; I was trying to emulate game balls. I also really love it because it captures a very special moment for Delaney!
The journaling on it reads, "Delaney won her first First Place trophy at the September Classic Tournament in Huntsville on September 30, 2006. The 'Lightning' Bolts went undefeated and Delaney played great. It was truly a day to remember!"
Now, I had a couple of emails and messages from people asking the story behind some of the things on my "What I've Done" list from Tuesday. My answers actually brought back a whole ton of memories (and, by the way, I LOVED reading all of your responses to it--I did not know that Jennifer had a pierced belly button, that Amanda had been in a movie, that New Mom had bought a round for an entire bar--although I guess I could have guessed that! LOL--or that Margie had hit a home run. I also learned some things about Gary that I had never known before!)
Anyway, just thought I'd share the "rest of the story" on a few of them--
* "Danced with a stranger in a foreign country." Gary actually asked me about this one, because he'd never heard it. I went to Mexico during my junior year of high school and one night we all went to a club dancing. And let's just say that Mexican teenage boys (and all men, for that matter!) seemed to be fascinated by blondes. So, I danced with a whole crowd of strangers!
* "Ridden a mechanical bull." We went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this past New Year's and I was the only adult in our crowd brave enough (or was that stupid enough?) to ride the mechanical bull. You can actually see proof this back in my January 30 post in the Archives. (It was actually one of the first posts I ever did.)
* "Been divorced." Gary and I have both been married and divorced before. Just thought that might be something that some of our new blogging friends might be interested in knowing!
* "Faced a fear." Okay, my biggest fear (and I mean it is a BIG, BIG one!) is my fear of heights. I get major panic attacks when I get any higher than a floor or two, and no one in my family seems quite able to understand it. I faced my fear--I definitely didn't overcome it, because it is still there big time!--when I let my family talk me into going to the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago. Yes, Scared Irrationally of Heights Cheryl went to the top of the tallest building in the United States. I was NOT happy, let me tell you; but I was proud of mysel for doing it!
* "Had a stranger ask me to dance." This is my favorite on the list, because the "stranger" in question is Gary. The entire story of how we met is really fun and sweet (maybe someday I'll share the whole story!), but we officially met when he asked me to dance. And I said Yes, of course!!
Since it is now officially Late (close to 1 a.m.!), I am heading off to bed. Sweet dreams, and see ya tomorrow!!