Not sure I'm going to go back and create pages for the weeks I've missed or just call it good.
So, this week was an eventful week: Boys came home from Texas. Jeff and I had a date night. We bought a new truck. Just stuff like that.
Rather than one journaling card I put my journaling with the photos and I think it covers the week pretty well. I used a ton of Cathy Zielske digital products and a couple Ali Edwards - both are my go-to designers for digital products.
I love the clean and simple style plus white space. It just works for me since I'm not creative when it comes to embellishments.
I don't like missing weeks but I just can't stress over missing weeks. Maybe, I'll just journal the week and make an insert. And now that I've written that down it really sounds like a good idea.
It is John and Jarrod's 17th birthday this month and to be honest, until yesterday, we had absolutely no idea what to get them. We bounced around clothes, an mini-ipad...and that is about it. We almost went for the clothes because they really do need them. They've pretty much grown out of their pants, waist and height - but, we've never really gotten clothes as gifts because our sons have always had to try clothes on for the best fit.
I was serving up in Elevate at Savannah Christian Church yesterday and I mentioned to the ladies I was serving with, during a lull in our work, we needed birthday gifts for the boys. Lisa, one of the ladies, mentioned clothes too. But, then she also mentioned gifting an event, like a concert.
I mentioned this to Jeff yesterday afternoon when we had some time before Small Group so we visited His Radio to see what upcoming Christian concerts were being advertised. First one up - Christian Music Day!
At the Carowinds in North Carolina. In September.
Here's the kicker!
The boys are gonna' be stoked!
But, get this...
We bought the VIP Platinum package for the 4 of us. ROW 5 Center Stage!!!!!
And, the VIP package includes a meet and greet with one of the name bands and we selected MERCY ME! The boys are gonna' go nuts!
Yes, the tickets include a park pass into the Carowinds thrill park so we'll spend the day at the park, then the concerts...and I can't wait to just give them their birthday present let alone go in September.
I'm catching up weeks of project life, two-fold: I've been trying to stay off the computer to protect my neck and shoulders and also I took very few photos weeks 25 and 26 (actually I took no photos week 26); not sure if I'll just skip week 26 or not.
I used my usual go-to supplies by Cathy Zielske and Ali Edwards but for this week I visited my Paislee Press stash and used her 'good times' and 'yes' photo templates - love them and really need to stock up on more of her work because I love it!
Week 26 big news were Jeff's 'annual' review plus subsequent pay raise and job change and his works 25th Anniversary celebration in which they took the entire company to Ashville NC for a day+ night stay at the Grove Park Inn/Biltmore. It was a whirlwind trip but just really an amazing 24+ hours.
Between trying to stay off the computer so I don't get a headache from neck and shoulder issues and taking absolutely no pictures except fireworks from the 4th of July, and being way behind I am posting project life weeks way out of order. I will, at the very least get one-page spreads up for those weeks 25 and 26.
The camera has been quiet and even life has been somewhat quiet. Our highlight of the week, because both Jeff and I have worked Mon-Thu without really seeing each other. But, we did spend the 4th with my family down south at my sisters where she put on an amazing cookout and my brother put on awesome fireworks - so cool!
Supplies used: some 4th of July freebies, Cathy Zielske templates, and Ali Edwards overlays and brushes. Super simple!
My brother Rich, and his cohort 'in crime' did a wonderful job on the fireworks display with only a few glitches - like the finalle - but it was still 18 minutes of pretty! With the fireworks so close they are really beautiful. This was a great time for Jeff and I and we've talked about maybe heading down again next year since the 4th is on the weekend again.
Fought for by many, we are free because of the brave.
Our family, on this day of independence, is spread far and wide. Even John and Jarrod are half a country away. Jeff and I will spend the 4th of July, not with our long-standing tradition of River Street fireworks, but down south at my sister's for their fairly new tradition of fireworks and festivities. John and Jarrod are with Ashley and Brad and my grandsons in San Antonio. I hope they celebrate this year, our Independence Day. Elizabeth is an entire country away, on the other side of the continent - and I miss all my kids.
Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your freedom. It cost a great deal.