Today is the final day of the LOAD (layout a day) challenge. I am so excited to be able to say that I was successful with this. 31 layouts in 31 days (+ 15 cards and 5 altered projects.) It's been an incredible challenge and it has definitely pushed me to do some layouts and find the time to create when I probably wouldn't have otherwise.
So on to the layouts. This is yesterday's layout. Photos of me and my parents. Last night when I was working on this, I got DH involved trying to figure out a title for it. It is hard to do a layout from your life where it's about you, but not necessarily your memories (since obviously, I don't have any recollection of this time.) I am sure that my mom wouldn't have had any issue naming it. So Ben and I sat around playing with fun names for this layout last night. Some of the suggested titles included: My Baby Parents (they were really young when they had me and look even younger than they actually were in that photo), the 3 of Us, and It's All About Me.
As you can see from the layout, the title that won was Life Before Brothers. This means absolutely nothing bad against my younger, twin brothers. They are actually both great guys. The title just seemed to work that's all. No, really I mean it. :D I love you, guys!!!
Are you wondering where those gorgeous papers came from? That is the new Chelsea's Place line from Making Memories that you can find at Michael's. Isn't it lush?!? I have a feeling that you are going to be seeing quite a few projects made with it around here. BTW, that dandelion tag was made using one of my gorgeous new stamps from Unity Stamp Co. That one is from the Just Wish stamp set. It is stamped in brown onto a shipping tag which has been sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Vintage Pink and Candy Apple Red.
This is today's layout and this layout tells a bit about why today is much more special than the fact that it's the last day of the LOAD project. Today is extra-special because it is Ben's last day as a squadron commander. Officially, he is not off the hook as the commander until the squadron goes away (part of BRAC) while he is in Iraq, but today is his actual last day on the job. Being a squadron commander is EXTREMELY stressful and most officers only do it once, maybe twice. This is Ben's third squadron. He has been a squadron commander for 1,697 days, since June 10, 2003. It's been hard and there have been days when neither one of us thought he would make it, but he has and I am so proud of him.