Friday, July 27, 2018

It's Been A While...An Update

Hello friends! Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well. It's been a long time since I've posted on my blog. July has been a month of ups and downs so that is why I haven't been blogging.

On July 1, my first grandchild was born! It's a boy!

A healthy, beautiful baby boy that has captured my heart and let me tell you, the first time I held him, it was one of the most special moments of my life. He was born on Canada Day, which is Canada's birthday and it will be so awesome that every year he will share his birthday with my country Canada. My son says he will have to celebrate July 1 of each year with fireworks to make it extra special.

Also on July 1, my youngest child went by ambulance to the hospital. I wasn't at home, I was at a scrapbook retreat and my husband was able to be at the hospital for her and luckily she was going to be ok.

Then on July 5, my mother celebrated her 80th birthday and also my parents were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on July 19.

My grandbaby arrived three weeks early so the plans that I had to celebrate my mom's special day and my parents 60th wedding anniversary got changed. I travelled to see my grandbaby, who lives about 200 miles away from where I live. To make it all work, I planned a little gathering on July 7, booked a hotel, ordered balloons, a cake and made dinner reservations near where my son, daughter-in-law and grandson live and my parents drove the 200 miles.

To make a long story short, my three children, their spouses, my parents, my grandson, and my husband and I all were together, even if it was for one day to celebrate three important milestones. It was so special! My parents were great grandparents for the first time and it was so beautiful to see the smiles on their faces when they held their great grandson for the first time.

That was a whirlwind weekend, but I was able to take lots and lots of photos to scrapbook later...

Then, my son in law was scheduled for major surgery on July 9 and in less than a week, he had a total of three surgeries because of unforeseen complications and a life threatening infection. He was placed in the Intensive Care Unit.  I had driven home for one day and ended up having to go back to stay at my daughter's house and give some help and support so she could be with her husband. It was scary. There were times that I wasn't sure the outcome was going to be good and a person doesn't know how strong they are until strong is all they have. I am happy to say that he was discharged from the hospital yesterday. Hopefully he will continue to improve and will make a speedy recovery.

With all the crazy happenings, needless to say, all of my paper crafting and design team commitments were put on hold. I simply didn't have the time and I simply couldn't focus on being creative. Things are starting to get back to normal and I am itching to create again.

Before July,  I was on a mini album kick and created a mini album for my parents 60th wedding anniversary, two baby mini albums for my new grandson, and a traveller's notebook for my daughter's upcoming trip to Texas next week. I love making albums completely from scratch and documenting the memories.

It feels good to be back creating again and I'm looking forward to the next few months designing for Paper House Productions, A Flair For Buttons, and also have a layout that will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of Scrapbook And Cards Today Magazine as well as an invitation to be a guest designer for a kit club named Scrapbooking Store.

So that is a little update from me.  Keep checking back to see some projects that I will be working on.

I hope you have a great day and happy creating!