Let me tell you—once I got over the tears of sending my baby off to first grade, I've totally been LOVING the free time. I mean it's not like I'm just lazing around doing nothing. I've been back on the exercise horse, the dishes and laundry are always done and my work is even a bit ahead! (At the moment). Here's hoping it lasts because I like this feeling.
I was able to have a "sisters" day this past Saturday and spend the day on Saturday with Tracey's sisters scrapping. Of course I decided to tackle a few sketch challenges from my favorite sites all while finishing some more pages in the album about dad.
However what is sad is the fact that it took me nearly all day to do FIVE layouts. Yeah. I never claimed to be fast.
The first layout that I created was of the morning after dad passed. It was so fitting, yet a total punch to the gut to leave mom and dad's house on the morning following his passing to see the flag at half mast. Such a wonderful tribute to an amazing man, but somehow this made it official, to see the flag flying at that elevation.
Next I made a layout about a photo that I had taken of the downpour that was occurring the night of dads viewing.
It wasn't a sad thing and in fact really hit the spot for the mood. I couldn't help but think that it was Heavenly Fathers way of sharing with us that he was joining us in our sorrow at missing the great man—even though on His timeline the time is short until we will be together again.
The outpouring of sympathy from neighbors and friends was unbelievable. Even though dad requested that donations be made to the Latter Day Saint Temple Fund, we were still blessed with a bounty of color from those we love and those that love us. I was especially touched by the beautiful spray of flowers that my very dear crafty friends arranged and sent. Such a thoughtful gesture from some of my very best friends—many of whom I've yet to meet in this life.
Lastly in the pages that I created for the memory book was this layout about the viewing. We were honored to have a Murray City Police officer stand as an Honor Guard at the head of dads casket. It was touching that an officer that had no work experience with Dad would take the hours out of his night to stand guard. A wonderful tribute to the many years that Dad spent as an officer.
(No sketch inspiration for this page. I whipped it up in about 20 min! Yay!)
I managed to create one more layout during the day, which I positively LOVE! This layout was inspired by the August sketch challenge on the LilyBee Designs blog. Oh goodness how I love LilyBee! Such fun prints and great colors and a perfect companion for the silly photos that I took with my boys one night to send to Tracey while he was away on a business trip.
Well. There you have it! I keep hoping to sneak away to my crafty cave and scrap the day away while the kids are in school, and mayyyyyyyybe, just mayyyyyyybe one day I will. If I could get these dishes and laundry and everything else to take care of itself then it might be a wee bit easier. ;)