Friday, November 27, 2015

Scared of Santa

Christmas 1962: Santa was in a grocery store by the ice cream freezer and the check-out lanes. Sue (4) and Nancy (5) happily sat on Santa’s lap. Liz (1) was scared and had to sit on Mom’s lap. See Mom’s dark hair behind Liz’s head?

Ginny Whitcomb: Tis the Season Collection Biggie; Fonts: Arial, Another Shabby, Brush Script Standard


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Piggyback Run

While on vacation this summer, David and Steven each posed with the other on his shoulders.  David just stood there, but Steven actually ran with David perched precariously on his back.  We all laughed as we watched Steven chugging along.

 Don't you think it's funny?


Opening the Gifts

Steven and Sara received many lovely wedding gifts. Some were also quite unique, such as a set of personalized napkins and tablecloth from Africa, a painting of the two of them, Hawaiian wedding beads, and a super soaker. Neither would admit to requesting the last item.

Brandy Murry: JIF Plus: Botanical; Fonts: PreludeFLF, Veteran Typewriter, Arial Narrow Bold


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Super Silly Easter Antics Newspaper

Here is a really fun newspaper-look layout. The topic is Easter 2013, the last time Mom was able to celebrate Easter with us outside the memory care facility. You can read the "articles" below the layouts.

Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Daily Post; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Brush Set: XL Stamped Alpha; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: In Print; Brandy Murry: Outdoor Dad Collection Biggie. This layout was featured in the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.

“Don’t glass coasters make cool eyes?”
When he posed for a silly photo, Harry used items at hand. “I saw the coasters, and realized that they were perfect!” The bug-eyed looked was really quite effective in making people smile. The soft-spoken chaplain may not seem like the sort to perform such a whimsical antic, but his wife knows better. “We have been married over thirty years, so I have seen him do a lot of funny things.” This all happened on Easter Sunday. Did that have anything to do with the levity? Harry’s son Steven was too busy laughing to venture an opinion. Maybe spring fever produces gales of laughter. Such a storm front would be welcome anytime.

The True Source
Steven and Sarah started the silliness. Steven grabbed one of this reporter’s cameras and started taking silly pictures of Sara, so Sara then grabbed the camera and started taking silly pictures of Steven. When they tried to take a picture of Harry, he felt obligated to make a silly pose, too. He did not know then that his pose would be featured on the front page of the Daily News.

Touching Reunion
One of the most heart-warming scenes from this this year’s Easter celebration at Liz and Jim’s house was Tenner greeting his wife Dorothy as she walked in the door to share dessert with the family. They smiled broadly, hugged each other and shared a sweet kiss. Tenner broke his hip in June of 2012, and since that time he and Dorothy have lived apart. Since she has severe Alzheimer’s, Dorothy lives in the Wellstead in Rogers, a memory care assisted living facility. Tenner lives in a nearby assisted living apartment in Diamondcrest, which is connected to the Wellstead via a tunnel. Tenner visits Dorothy nearly every day, but this past Easter Sunday was one of the few times they have gotten together outside of the Roger’s facilities. You could tell by the expressions on their faces that it meant a lot to each of them. Tenner and Dorothy have been married for fifty eight years. The deep and lasting love of these two is an example to the whole family. It made everyone watching smile to see their delight in each other’s company.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Play Cards

Mom and Dad loved to play cards. They taught their kids and grandkids to enjoy them, too.

Ginny Whitcomb: Value Pack: Time to Play; Fonts: Tabitha, Veteran Typewriter

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Weekend Challenge.


Monday, November 23, 2015


Harebells are tough little flowers that love cool summers and freezing winters. They need water but few nutrients to grow, bloom and thrive. They even compete against tall grasses. They can grow in cracks and crevices in walls or cliff faces. Are you as strong and tenacious as a harebell?

Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Geometric; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Cast Shadow Frames 2; Brandy Murry: Captured Collection; Font: Arial

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Monday 11/23 Random Challenge to create a page using more than one template.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

No Dream Cruise

When we moved from Osaka, Japan to Naha, 400 miles south on the island of Okinawa, we took a three-day ferry ride. We really didn’t know what we were getting into. The biggest surprise was the sleeping conditions. We discovered we were going to be sharing one huge room with about 200 of our soon-to-be close personal friends.

There were three carpeted low platforms, each capable of bedding down 50 to 75 people. Each person was given a vinyl-covered foam block, a light combination towel and blanket, and a 20” by 5‘8” sleeping pad. Our oldest son was 5’ 10“! Each person then claimed a space for their carry-ons and their bedding on a sleeping platform. Because it was the absolute peak of the vacation season, almost every spot was taken.

Some things were lost in the translation. We thought we would be able to get into our van freely, but that was not the case. Since all my medications were in the van, they allowed us to go there to get them. While we were there we picked up the other things we needed, too. Phew! I was relieved because I had worn a dress! It all worked out in the end, and we reached our tropical paradise, but it was definitely no dream cruise.

Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Brush Set: Cruising Biggie; Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Luggage Tags; Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Travel Badges; Cindy Rohrbough: Maritime Mile Collection Mini; Cindy Rohrbough: Maritime Mile Paper Super Mini. This layout was published in the Scrap Girls digital Scrapbooking newsletter.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fishing with Toddlers

Looking at this photo, I wondered how my dad caught anything with my young sons along. I asked him, and he said he fished first, then later took the boys for a boat ride. They all still had fun!

Ginny Whitcomb: Dad’s Tackle Box; Ginny Whitcomb: World’s Best Dad Paper Biggie; Fonts: Brush Script Std, Franklin Gothic Medium


Friday, November 20, 2015

Pretty as a Picture?

There were no retakes for this birthday photo! Whenever my mom saw this picture in later years, she would say, “Susan! Such a face!”

Veronica Spriggs: Value Pack: Color My World; Emily Abramson: Brush Set: Gelli Grunge 1; Creativeqube Design: Dynamic Brush Set: Watercolor Aztec Biggie; Brandy Murry: XOX Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: XOX Designer Mix Paper Mini

This page was posted in the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

50s Chic

After they got married, my parents lived in Fargo, North Dakota, for a couple of years so Dad could finish his degree in Civil Engineering. While they were there, Mom took a sewing class and got her picture in the paper modeling the dress she made. She went on to sew many, many things for herself, her three daughters and her ten grandchildren.

The flashing lights on the sign on this page are similar to those used on signs in the 50s.

Cindy Rohrbough and Syndee Nuckles: Value Pack: So Retro; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Kitschy Shapes; Brandy Murry: Value Pack: ScrapSimple Junkyard Marquee; Syndee Nuckles: Snapshot Nano Collection; Fonts: Times New Roman, Tiza

I have lots more layouts to share --- Coming soon to a blog near you!