Monday, October 17, 2011

What I Did At The Crop

In the realm of better late than never, this post falls under the category of "I can't believe I'm JUST getting to this!"  

I went to a day crop on Saturday October 8th.  I had my photos taken, uploaded, edited, and saved for web by Wednesday October 12th.  All I had left was to come here and create the post.  But I was at work on Thursday. And I spent 6+ hours in the car on Friday (leaving first thing in the morning), driving to pick Sarah up from college and bring her home for Fall Break.  And I'm learning that travel just plain kills me for days on end!

But without further ado, what I created at the crop:
Two page layout about my girls and Santa, back in the early 90's.  All of the photos were taken at Grandma's
house (my Mom's home in Pine City, NY.)  Santa was played each year by Uncle Frankie, but the kids were too
young to catch on. As our families grew larger, so did the number of kids wanting attention from the fat man in the
red suit.  Sadly, 1996 was the last year of the Santa tradition.  Mom was already sick in 1997 and that was the
last year that we celebrated Christmas in New York.

I just had to document the glory days of Sarah reading out loud to her younger sisters at bedtime.  Sarah grew up
to be an avid reader.  The other two, unfortunately, avoid reading at all costs.

I loved the story told by this series of two photos. At this age, the only way Rachel and Becca were going anywhere
near Santa is if I was right there!  And you can see clearly on Becca's face that she wasn't really keen on the big
guy.  But she sure lit up when he handed her a gift!

This layout (sorry for the glare on the photos) was to document all the darling outfits that their Nana (my mother
formerly of California, now in Texas) used to make and send them. They had special outfits for Easter, Christmas,
sometimes Thanksgiving, but my absolute favorites were the adorable little summer outfits!  My girls were the
best dressed kids in town... until Nana got tired of sewing and the girls got too old to appreciate the outfits. You
know it is dangerous when kids start having opinions about what they wear. Portrait collars definitely are not on
their wish list!


Jo said...

Stunning layouts

scrappyjacky said...

Some wonderful memories...and layouts,Cheri.They remind me of how my mum used to make clothes for my girls ....and stitched and knitted toys as well.
One of mine hated Santa as fact she hated beards in general....come to think of it...she hated most people when she was little....the clingiest baby possible!!!

Melissa said...

Great layouts Cheri - you certainly had a productive crop!

Unknown said...

Great layouts and I love all the stories behind the layouts! TFS!

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that there are several of us out in blogland, fighting to find the time we want and need to blog! I have a list of blog posts I want to write. I am ALWAYS amazed at what you manage to accomplish at a crop! Great layouts.

Sian said...

Lots of great memories recorded here Cheri :) I used to love to read out loud - we did classes in it at Library School and I used to read to the kids every afternoon when they were little. I kind of miss it now. Six hours in the car? That is devoted parenting!

Cheryl said...

What gorgeous LO's Cheri love them all x

humel said...

Gosh, you were busy! A lovely set of layouts :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh my gosh, Cheri, these are great layouts. How did you get through them with dry eyes? I get so sentimental when I work with photos of Carrie when she was little. Your photos are so adorable!

Anonymous said...

What fabulous layouts Cheri. You managed far more than I do at a crop and I don't have the excuse of long days driving beforehand.

Cheryl said...

I am so impressed by how much you were able to accomplish at a crop - I usually get very little done beyond talking and drooling over other people's LOs. ;) And please know that feeling "late" with a post makes this reader feel better about all those posts she has yet to get to. :) I hope you've had a great time with your daughter!

Ginger said...

You accomplished a great bit of scrapping here Cheri! BTW - your writing is lovely :)