I'm here, I'm here! All is well and I can't believe it's been over a month since I last blogged. I've had some ups and (minor) downs, but let's focus on the good for now, ok?
Back in August, Mark and I bought plane tickets for the four of us to visit my in-laws down in Florida during the week of Thanksgiving. It was going to be our first big vacation as a family and the best part was that Morgan and Parker didn't know anything about it. Surprisingly, we were able to keep it a secret until the day we flew down there! I packed us up while they were in school and hid the luggage in our bedroom. We made it to the airport without too many questions (it was still dark + early, and they were tired) and luckily the sign at the gate only said "Fort Myers." No word about Florida. Once we got to the airport and waited to board, they were totally enamored with the big plane being loaded with luggage.
The flight went smoothly (yeah for pre-packing snacks and new toys) and it wasn't until we were getting close to landing that Morgan noticed the ocean and guessed we were either in California or Hawaii. Once we got off the plane, we walked through the concourse toward baggage claim. As we turned the corner, my mother-in-law came out toward Morgan and Parker (though they weren't looking in her direction) and said "Welcome to Florida!" They heard that familiar voice, whipped their heads around, and ran to her, so excited. That story is really a layout all its own!
I'm not sure how else I may document this trip, through a mini book or layouts, but I at least have a Project Life spread dedicated to it. These are the highlights of our week in Naples, using Kelly Purkey's newest kit, Hot Mess, as well as my new favorite alpha stamp set, Greenpoint :
The journaling cards in the Hot Mess kit are just gorgeous and went so nicely with my beach-y photos. I especially love the gray and white striped one that I used for documenting which beach we went to each day. Other than that, I added lots of handwriting and some phrase stickers from this Tim Holtz set.
On the Hello Naples photo, I stamped the Greenpoint alpha in Moonlight White on the blue sky and Something Blue in the sand. I love this simple outline alpha because it helps add just a little color and detail to the photo without distracting from the subject because the letters aren't filled with ink.
I began my December Daily on the Saturday after we got home (November 28th), so this is the last spread in my 2015 album. Of course I need to create a closing page, but other than that, I'm done! Now to think about how I want to approach 2016...