Thursday, August 20, 2009

One Proud Mama

Isn't it every parents dream for their child to follow in their footsteps? And she did it without coersion, I swear! Lexi has been curious for some time about what I do in my craft room, and has watched over my should while I put together my masterpieces. So when she said, "Can I try?" I almost wiped away a tear.

To simplify the process, I put coordinating supplies in front of her and let her have at it. She asked questions about matting photos, and how to place them. We even used the Cricut... It was hard to let her do everything on her own, especially with the title "Ireland dance." I asked (a couple times) if she meant "Irish dance," and she was adamant. (Just let it go, Cori, she's six and already doing better work than when I started.)

Hopefully, it will blossom into a mother-daughter activity both of us enjoy, which means I need to get a job. Funding my own habit is tough enough.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


The Garden Grille restaurant at Epcot was super cool! It actually spins revealing different nature scenes throughout your meal. Being that we were pretty much the only ones there at 4:30 for dinner (get your reservations AS SOON as you book your vacation), the characters spent a LOT of time with us. Madeline still wasn't feeling it, but the girls were so tuned in, they explained how to tell them a part- Chip has a red nose and Dale has a black nose. Good to know...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oldie, But Goodie

I'm posting this blast from the past for 2 reasons:
a. It's one of the few spreads I didn't scraplift or rely on "external inspiration" in any way. It's a Cori original (rare).
b. I have one follower, and I'm pretty sure it's my husband, so Ricardo...I wanted to upload something just for you.
The spread is from 2003, the birth of our first precious bundle, Lexi Blair. We tried for so long to have her, that it really was a dream come true. (Then bam, bam! Two more and no more time for dreamin'!) I still love the mosaic look, but that was when I had 2 days to spend on a page. Enjoy.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mom's Book

Okay, so this 8x8 album is her Mother's Day 2009 gift, and I'm still not done with it. However, in my defense, we didn't go to Disney World until the end of May, soooo it might turn into a partial Christmas present. We'll see...
First page: Probably our favorite park, Magic Kingdom. I used the Mickey font on the Cricut, some sparkly confetti string and the map of the park as background. Yes, that's my 6' 4", 300 lb. husband in the teacup with the girls...(he'll love me saying that.)

Page 2: Our favorite character meal was Chef Mickey's at the Polynesian Resort. Who doesn't love a breakfast buffet in the middle of the day? Madeline wasn't much into the characters, but loved the napkin dance. Advice: take your kids on their birthday- they get all kinds of attention. My mom also managed to piss off Donald by telling him Mickey was a great cook. Only she can create drama with fictional characters.

Page 3: Pixie Hollow- we got to meet Tinkerbell, Irridessa, and Rosetta. It was a bit lost on the girls because they hadn't seen the movie, but it was cool watching it later. It was like seeing old friends in a movie. I was impressed at the lengths Tinkerbell went to to uphold the true nature of her character- a bit impatient, stamping her foot, etc. Cute. I had no idea a 21 year-old "woman" could wear a 4T...

Page 4: Forgot to take pics of both pages, oh well. Eat your heart out, ladies! I cut out the genie lamp by hand (and won't mention that it's draft #44.) Aladdin might have been my favorite character because he looked SO much like the original, which I might add I had a huge crush on in junior high. Jasmine was just as beautiful, but whatever. Being the first characters we met, my kids were shy and speechless. Savannah just giggled a lot.

Page 5: Hollywood Studios (previously MGM). One of Madeline's new words is Einsteins. She shrieked it repeatedly the last day we were there, which is when she decided to warm up to the characters. Our favorite ride was at Hollywood- the Toy Story Midway Mania ride, even Savannah could play this interactive game. (And for the record, mommy had the high score.)