Thursday, January 24, 2008

Together-LOAD 24

Credits: Template #24 from Moriginals, Terra Cotta papers from Atomic Cupcake, embellishments and journaling paper from Autumn Flowers by Dana Zarling, a kit I received from Scrapper's Guide Premier Newsletter. Font: Pea Jeannie Script and Garamond
I wasn't sure what photos I wanted to scrap today. As I was scrolling thru my pictures, I saw one of my mom and I standing outside my apartment when I lived in Palmdale. I started a layout using that one. Then I thought of this picture, which I have hanging in my scraproom. I scanned it and am glad I chose this one today. :o)
This picture was taken in March, 1994. My mom passed away in August, 1994, so it's one of the very last pictures of us together. It's one of my favorite pictures not only because it is one of the last, but I think we both look very content and happy. We definitely enjoyed each other's company, that is for sure. For those that don't know, I am the youngest of 6 kids and I am the only girl, so my mom and I had a very special relationship. She was always there for us kids. We could talk to her about just about anything and she really listened. She had a loud, distinctive laugh and now I can only vaguely remember it. She loved to play games. She loved to do cross stitch. She loved to read. I attribute much of any success I have in life to her example.
I came across this next photo in the stash my husband had on his computer. I realize it is a lousy, out of focus picture, but I had to smile when I saw it. I just scrapped the photo of my mom in her new kitchen and mentioned the lime green cabinets. Well, here they are! This picture is marked as being taken in February of 1974, and I would have been about 8 1/2 years old. I think that fabric in the lower corner is the sleeve of my shirt. One of my brothers probably took this picture. My dad only took slides at that time. Anyway, I thought you might like to see what I was talking about. :o) And now the Amy/Jessica update for today...
Amy's temp stayed below 100 a majority of the day and even registered at normal in the evening. She had a couple of coughing attacks, but they weren't as bad as the ones she has been having. She is perky and in good spirits. We are going to attempt to go to school tomorrow, but if she is coughing a lot, we may just keep her home and start fresh on Monday. Behaviorally, she is like her normal self and not nearly as ornery as she was yesterday. Thank heavens she is over the worst of this crud!
Jessica had a really, really rough start to her day. She was crying and difficult to deal with. She didn't want to eat (and hadn't eaten much last night either), she didn't want to drink, she was yanking things away from Amy. Just not a happy camper at all. She even spit out her medicine. Thankfully after being up only a hour or two, she fell asleep on the couch and slept for several hours. I think she woke up after lunch time! But, it was just what she needed and her mood and behavior improved considerably. She took her medicine without incident and even munched on food all afternoon. She and Amy played nicely (and quietly) together. Her temp remained under 100 as well. The doctor's office called in the afternoon and she does indeed have strep throat. But I think we caught it early and she's bouncing back more quickly than Amy has. Both girls are asleep in their own beds tonight, another sign we are on the mend. :o)
Thanks for visiting! I hope you find time to create today.


Kathi Carlson said...

I happy to hear that your girls are on the mend. There are plenty of bugs going around - everywhere it seems. I'm OK again today. I love your layout. Casual photos have a way of becoming precious. I enjoyed your story, too, and learned a lot. I think you're about the same age as my youngest sister/sibling, and while I'm sure your mom adored her boys, I'm just as sure she was delighted to have you. Have a good weekend!

Clearly Inspired said...

Gorgeous layout, again! Look at you! Love the brown pattern paper.

Donna S. said...

beautiful layout. It is really good that you write about your mom... I'm sure your girls will want to read it when they are grown up. I can tell from your heartfelt writing that she was such an important person to you.