Credits: Layered template (Singular Focus, Template 4) and Having A Bad Day both by Jen C Designs. Font is Pea Stacy by Amanda Bottoms (Fonts For Peas).
Journalling reads: This photo of you makes me giggle, you are normally such a happy little boy, I only wish I knew why you were so cross at me!
Enabling: Singular Focus Templates available here, here, here and here and Having A Bad Day was released as part of the Soda Shoppe Colour Pop at DSDI here in individual parts but the full kits is also available here.
Credits: Layered template (CT Spotlight Template) by bdances, Pink Ribbon (slightly recoloured) by Megan Farrow (Flergs) and I Love You Just A Little Bit by Jen C Designs. Font is Jellyka CuttyCupcakes.
Journalling reads: This is a letter that we received from your school after a 15 year old boy called Jake Spicer died. Before you were born I used to work with his Mummy. “Most of you will have heard the sad news of the death of Jake Spicer one of the bravest children I have ever met. When he was being treated for cancer he still came into school even after terrible chemotherapy treatments he even took part in the Christmas production. We feel honoured to have known such an inspirational and courageous human being. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Jake’s family have asked everyone going to the funeral to wear pink. Not all our school can go to church of course but in his honour we are asking that every child and member of staff wears something pink to school. We are also collecting money to be given to the charity that Jake himself raised over £15000 for one to help others of course! If you would like to make a contribution, please send it into school in an envelope marked Jake.” Now here’s what Mummy posted on her blog afterwards “there is nothing Lukas hates more than the colour pink. I even bought him a pink T-shirt that I used to threaten to make him wear whenever he was naughty because I knew it was guaranteed to make him behave every single time. On our last trip to Chessington they had a T-shirt for his favourite ride, Bubbleworks on sale. I thought that since it was Bubbleworks he would overcome his hatred of the fact that it was bright pink. The morning he went to school he had the biggest meltdown I have ever seen. It started over the pink top because he didn’t want to wear it, he moved on to hysterical crying because he was scared that he was going to die too, he’s always been a little bit strange when it comes to people dying, it’s not really all that surprising after what happened with Leo that death would freak him out a little bit. But this wasn’t even anything I had ever seen from him before. Mark ended up having to drag him to school kicking, screaming and crying. It broke my heart to make him go there was a huge part of me who was tempted to just say let him stay home today but I knew that I couldn’t do that. I went with Mark to pick him up because I was worried about how he had been all day, he couldn’t stop talking about how the whole school had been outside in the playground to see the funeral procession go past. He was full of questions and a little confused by it all. He’s never seen a real coffin before, Leo’s was a teeny little white box and when he went to Yvonne’s funeral the coffin was under a covering, and at Lorraine and Mark’s Mum’s funerals everything was slightly different because they were being cremated. I also think since the school was talking about it he thought it was going to be a small coffin I don’t think he realised that Jake was 15. When we got home we thought he would be eager to take the pink T-shirt off but he surprised us by point blank refusing, I’m not entirely sure I understand his change of heart on it. I assume it’s because he saw everyone else at school wearing pink and wanted to be the same.” I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am that even though it was something you really want to do or enjoy doing, you did it anyway because it was important. 16th July 2009.
Credits: Layered template (Adventure 365, Template 1), P365 Basics Simple Date Journalers and Brrr Bundle by Jewel Goodwin (Mad Genius Designs) and P365 Date Rounds by Laura White (C.W Picket & Company). Font is Love Ya Like A Sister by Kimberly Geswein.
Journalling reads: I started off the new year still sick, by the end of the week I was finally feeling a little bit more like myself. The boys have been enjoying playing with all of their Christmas presents. There are Megablocks on the floor constantly but they loving building with them and throwing them around the room. Logan has learnt a few new words, but he still won’t say Mummy. Lukas went back to school and for the 1st time in 24 years England won and retained the ashes in cricket, I hate cricket but Mark was excited about it.
Credits: Layered template (Cindy’s layered templates, Half pack 4, template 1) by Cindy Schneider and Dotty Christmas by Jolly Kids Creations by Marie. Font is Cindy Lou Who by Allie Hoopes.
Journalling reads: This year I decided that it would be really cute to dress the both of in Santa suits, for the Christmas photos this year. I have been really sick so I kept putting off making the effort to get you both dressed and take the photos, I just didn’t have the energy to deal with the tantrums from either of you not wanting to have your photograph taken. But we were running out of time to time to get the photographs taken and posted with the Christmas card, so I decided to just do it. As always the two of you were full of surprises, Lukas just needed a little persuasion to look at me and stand still, and Logan drove me crazy ripping his hat off, but the photos are cute!
Credits: Layered template (Sketchology Autumnatopoeia, Template 4) by Lena Brandenburg/Gardner and Tabatha Reed (Bella Gypsy Designs) and Playing In The Leaves by Jolly Kids Creations By Marie. Fonts are Echo and DJB Play Misty For Me by Darcy Baldwin.
Credits: Layered template (Survivor Template) by Melissa Robinson (Melly Scraps) and My Soccer Star Wordart and My Soccer Star by Laura White (C.W Picket and Company). Font is Monika.
Journalling reads: I love to look in the reduced sections in shops, where Daddy says “they put all the junk no-one wants”. I have often found things that are fun for us to play with, even if they were not originally designed to be toys. Like this giant inflatable football. It was released as a party decoration during the World Cup. I picked it up after the World Cup was over and they were clearing stock, for just 10p. We had a great time kicking it and throwing it around the house, then you worked out how to sit on it like a chair. When we were done with it we just had to deflate it for another day. Since it was completely flat it could be stored anywhere, we put it into the changing bag to play with at the park.
Credits: Layered template (Quick and Easy) by Darcy Baldwin and New Beginnings by Jen C Designs. Fonts are My Fair Cody and sf Rachel by Sugar Frog Fonts.
Journalling reads: All of my pregnancies have been difficult, but the worst by far was my pregnancy with Leo. We were at the hospital at least every other day, there were blood tests, urine tests, ultrasounds, Fetal monitoring and lots of sitting around for hours. It was so tiring that by the time we got back to Mark’s parents house I was always ready to just crash. Some nights I didn’t even manage to eat dinner before I fell asleep. I spent a lot of evenings falling asleep on the sofa, sometimes Lukas even slept with me. Looking back I don’t know how we managed to get through it, especially with a two year old to take care of as well. I guess we were incredibly lucky that he was so well behaved. At the time I still another 3 months until my due date. I had no idea of how I was going to cope. This photo ended up being taken 4 days before Leo was born, 12 weeks early and ironically I ended up wishing that I was only this tired again. Even though the pregnancy had been hard it was really nothing compared to what came next!
Credits: Layered template (Flight Plan 4) slightly altered by Peppermint Granberg (One Little Bird) and In The Kitchen Basics by Karen Schulz (Snickerdoodle Designs By Karen) and Jewel Goodwin (Mad Genius Designs). Fonts are Century Gothic and Stripes and Stars.
Journalling reads: When you were little food was a constant battle with you. It started because you refused to even try new things. At one point you were only eating bread and butter, yoghurt, cheerios, toast, cucumber, bananas, sweetcorn and pizza. Even the things you did like you only ate tiny little portions. So I had to get a little bit creative. I bought a set of cheap pastry cutters and I would cut your sandwiches into shapes. I would arrange your food into pictures and I tried really hard to make food fun for you. Your favourite cutter was the little person, you used to always ask for people sandwiches. One day I got the bright idea to make homemade pizza for you, I bought pizza dough, and pizza sauce, I let you roll it all out and cut out the shapes all by yourself. I let you spread on the sauce, grate the cheese and sprinkle it on and even pick and chop your own toppings. Then we put them in to cook. I was excited and thought this was such a good idea, you had prepared the food yourself, we had fun doing it together, we had even done lots of tasting. So much for that idea! It never even entered my brain that you would refuse to eat the food we had cooked. Or that you would be outraged at the thought of eating your pizza people. We had made all of this mess for nothing!