Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A wedding day in 1982

It was like a fairy tale...Girl meets tall dark and handsome stranger from a foreign country. They fall in love and are engaged in 6 weeks. His visa runs out and he returns to England. He attempts to return after a week only to find out he does not have the correct visa, so back to England he is sent. The young couple are devastated. They spend their engagement writing letters for the next 6 weeks. Finally on Thanksgiving day they are reunited with only 3 weeks before the wedding date. There is no job, housing or transportation! The father of the bride has been in high gear to help with the visa issue and now goes to work to help these children find a job, a house, and get the handsome foreigner enrolled in Lamar University!
Then life happened....12 years of medical training, 4 children, 12 moves, 4 dogs, a fleet of cars and toys, 30+ jobs between us, a few trips to the emergency room, college and weddings for 4, and finally our reward...grandchildren:) That's the cliff note version!

I finally did a One Event/One Design make-over on my wedding album which was created at the beginning of my scrapbook career and quite pathetic:) I know pink and burgundy are "ol school" now in style but they were quite the thing in 1982! The borders were made with Martha Stewart punches and ribbon. The roses came from a K&Co card kit. Pearls help "complete" the classic wedding style  I scanned in my original wedding photos and re-printed them for this album. All pictures are double matted on white & black cardstock. Pictures of these layouts for back-up, posterity and all of that:) Scanning is better option but more time consuming s choose your best option. So much time is spent on creating scrapbooks, I always recommend preserving a back-up!

My parents Martha & Danny (left) married in April 1963.
June & Douglas Crossley married in August 1954

Friday, December 13, 2013

I could have rocked her all night...

I had Scarlett all to myself tonight. She is a pleasant, happy, and engaging baby of 8 months! We played peek a boo & "get Grammie's glasses." I attempted to help her to crawl but she flopped down on her tummy and army crawled to grab my cell phone. I gave her a bottle as she played with my hair. She practiced picking up peas for dinner and begged for my grown up food. We had a marvelous time as I blew on her tummy, kissed her cheeks loudly, and made silly sounds in hopes to see her new baby teeth peeking out in a big grin.
The best however, was yet to come.
After wrestling with one piece pj's and making her into a human burrito in her blanket, I gleefully ignored her mother's bedtime instructions taken from that anti-cuddling-rocking Baby Wise book and did what a Grammie should do...rock the baby to sleep. At first Scarlett would bob her head up and down on my shoulder, kick her feet, and grin at me in the semi darkness. As I sang and firmly patted her back to the music she began to settle down. Soon I could feel her relax in my arms as she sucked her tiny little thumb. I snuggled her fuzzy new hair and marveled at her soft cheeks. She is so chubby even her forehead is a bit squishy:)
One song led to a dozen. I couldn't find the will to put her in the crib. There is something magical and peaceful about rocking a baby. The ever present to do list faded away, and time stood still as I recorded those precious minutes in my heart. It was one of those moments when life becomes absolutely clear. I was filled with gratitude for the love this baby experiences on a daily basis. My joy was full there in the dark, in a small pink room rocking to my hearts content... long past "mother approved" schedules:)
Scarlett won't remember this night...
I will.
I will forever treasure how it felt this night with her warm sweetness snuggled in my arms, softly breathing. I will remember how she filled my heart with a deep tenderness and unforgettable love.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Merry little Texas

Some of my children don't live in Texas anymore :(
So...I wanted to send a bit of Texas cheer which came in the form of a Texas shaped chipboard album. I know, I know...Texans are much too in love with our state:)

The chipboard was covered with festive papers from Glitz design. Washi tape was layered across the Texas. "Hello Christmas" cardstock stickers by Glitz design added the project cheer:) Mod Podge finished the project.  Round magnets were hot glued on the back so it became a fridge decoration. You can find this chipboard album at heartoftexasstudio.com

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