I always forget how crazy life can be in October. I don't know what it is about it, but between decorating for Halloween (which takes a few days), the high holidays, the kids in midterms, and this year, college applications, I've been a little swamped. So today I'm bringing you a catch-up post. :)
On September 30, Jillian got 8 of her top braces off for 48 hours for the express purpose of taking her senior photos. She looks so much more grown up without the braces it's ridiculous, not to mention beautiful. It was shortlived as she had to go back on the 2nd to have them put back on, but she loved all the positive feedback she got while they were off.
We should have the senior photo proofs in the next week...I have a feeling it's going to get real to see them...practically every conversation lately has to do with college...whether it's about the ACT or where she is applying or when they are due...sigh. Craziness. She is also on the planning committee for a HUGE (several hundred teens) event for BBYO (her youth group). That is taking a ton of her time and I'm very proud of her for being selected to be on the committee. It takes place in November, after she hits "send" on the college apps, so she will be able to go and just enjoy. Plus there is a small chance that she will get the braces off permanently right before then. Small chance. Teeny chance. Fingers crossed!!
Camryn made the Drill Team (cheer, but since they don't have a team to cheer for they call it Drill Team) in the Spring, but her uniform finally arrived the other day...she couldn't wait to try it on and pose for me!
So cute and she is so proud! Looking forward to some Cheer Competitions in the spring!
My college girl and her roomate Jayne have been busy with school and attending concerts at the Knitting Factory...they love the small venue and the fact that they end up with front row every time! (stolen from her snapchat)
As for me, I've been busy, too...last weekend I was in Vegas Henderson, NV for Inspiration Unlimited. It was my 7th year at the event that was hosted by my sweet friend Ginger Nelson and Teresa Collins. Heidi Swapp, Paula Cheney and Jodi Sanford of Fancy Pants Designs all taught with Teresa... Paula Cheney has renewed my love for grungy altering with the fun canvas she taught, Heidi Swapp did a great album class that I need to finish pronto and Teresa's classes were light, easy and fun. I can't share pics of everything since they will be gifts but suffice it to say I had a great time hanging out with these fun ladies...we did happy hours and dinners and laughed a lot...
and I'm super sad that Inspiration Unlimited is no more. I don't know what happened between Teresa and Ginger but I don't like the way it was handled by either of them, especially Teresa. She is usually completely transparent about her life so it came as a big surprise when changes were made (um, yes, not having the same event coordinator for the last 7 years is a change!) and not announced to the group. People left feeling betrayed and sad. We all understand that with Teresa's new successes with Fiskars, Canon and Craftwell that she isn't really under her own steam anymore. She has adult children and employees that work for her and she may not "need" Ginger anymore. But that should have been said. Ginger deserved major fanfare and a send off. And we all deserved the truth. So I won't be attending Teresa's next event in 2015. I'm sure that someone who has been on the waiting list for years will appreciate my spot (and the many others from my friends that won't return either) and I will continue to follow Teresa of my own accord. I leave with fond memories of the last 7 years and look forward to seeing what Ginger has on the horizon for us...she has the best events!! I know Paula Cheney is coming back to teach so that will be my #1! (and my fingers are crossed that Layle Koncar will be next!)
Also,my 30th High School reunion is this up coming weekend...Don't even get me started on how old that makes me feel or that I don't feel like I'm "perfect" enough to be seen by people who haven't seen me in 10 years. The vain side of me is losing though as my high school bestie and I are hitting the road Thelma and Louise style once again and going up to the Bay Area for the event. I'm not 100% thrilled but the time with her will be fun. We are taking a little extra road trip up to see Maddie and Lake Tahoe and then back down to see her son at college, too. So that is really why I'm going. LOL I'm sure I'll share pics later. ;) In the mean time, I leave you with a cropped photo of a layout I just did from inspiration from Wilna Furstenburg's Art and Design class...I had no idea how much I love water color painting...I feel a new obsession coming on....
So that's all for now...be back in the next couple days with a layout to share!