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A Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Turkeys

In my mess of a basement, I have a lot of scrapbooking supplies. Let me write that again…lots and lots of scrapbooking supplies! When I came across this craft idea at Adventures in Mommy Land: Teaching Children to be Thankful, I was the thankful one! These turkeys allowed me to use some of my scrapbook paper stash with such cute results.

First, I cut these turkey body and feather tracers out of tagboard. Tagboard is just a little heavier than paper, so it is good for tracing around.

I showed the girls my generous supply of scrapbook paper, and we chose patterns and colors that we liked. On the back of the scrapbook paper, Lily and Emmy each traced around the body tracer with a pencil. Then they cut it out with their safety scissors. Both these activities are great for hand/eye coordination! I didn’t worry about whether or not their tracing and cutting were perfect. Control freak mommy had to step out for the day.

Then we traced and cut out the feathers. Emmy got tired after two feathers, and I did the rest of them for her. Lily wanted to keep going, and she cut out eight of her feathers. We glued the feathers on the back of the turkey body first. We then turned the turkey over and added a beak, eyes, wattle and feet.

Once our turkeys were put together, we wrote the things we are thankful for on the turkey feathers. We had a lot of fun! I think I need to make a New Year’s resolution early…I want to do more crafts with my girls! They really enjoyed themselves. And that’s something to be thankful for!

Scrapping Mount Rushmore

During the six months between the time that Ed and I got engaged and then consequentially married, we decided to go on the Big American Migration to the West. That is, we drove from Illinois to Yellowstone, stopping at all the tourist sights to see on the way. We often ran into the same families at various waysides, all of us traveling the same highway and seeing the same sights. Of course, one of the biggest stops was in South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore.

I couldn’t wait to scrapbook our adventure. At the scrapbooking store, I found this cool mosaic paper that I couldn’t wait to try! It has 100 one-inch squares laid out, 10 on each side.

I decided to use my photos of Mount Rushmore for my mosaic.

Now, I’m always thinking about blogging…when I’m out and about, I think about how I’ll blog what I’m doing and where I’m going. Eight years ago, I did the same thing for scrapbooking. So I told Ed to point to the word “Illinois,” which is among all the fifty states, each with their own stone pillar. And then of course, I had to have him take a picture of me with Abraham Lincoln!

Have I mentioned that a few weeks ago, Christine at Memories by Christine featured one of my scrapbook pages?

Memories by Christine
Thank you, Christine!

Scrapping OBX Lighthouses

You may have read somewhere that on Mondays, I am guest hosting “My Young Adult Years” over at Mommy’s Piggy Tales. {Insert wink here!} When Janna and I were talking about her vision for My YAY, we decided that “young adult” should be our early twenties.

While I have plenty of material to draw on from my early twenties, I didn’t start dating my husband until I was 31 years old and he was 35. Lucky for you, I can write memories of our time together on other days of the week!

Ed and I discovered early in our relationship that we both loved to travel. We haven’t traveled the world, but we have seen quite a lot of the United States together. We love Road Trips! (Or at least we used to, pre-children.) The week after I walked the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, Ed and I drove to North Carolina to vacation in the Outer Banks. A trip to the Outer Banks isn’t complete without visiting lighthouses! I tried to curve the black stripes on my scrapbook page below to match the Hatteras Lighthouse, but I wasn’t very successful at capturing that three-dimensional effect.

Ah, the thrill of the open road! On the drive home from North Carolina, we stopped in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. A little later that year, we attended a wedding in Quincy, Illinois. When Ed and I were traveling, we were often by ourselves. So we would take pictures of one another in the same spot. On the scrapbook page below, I used horizontal lines to tie the separate photos of us together.

More scrapbook pages of our travel together next week! (That may not be the most thrilling cliffhanger ever…please come back?) {insert smiley face here!}

Memories by Christine 
Before I started this blog, I used to scrapbook. (See the above scrapbook pages!) I just loved it, and I want to start scrapbooking again.  Christine’s Scrap Party takes place every week, and this just may be the right motivation for me to start scrapbooking again…blogging about it! For scrapbooking ideas, click Christine’s button.

Walking the Walk: The Avon 3-Day

About nine years ago, a friend encouraged me to walk the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk with her. At first, I didn’t want to do it. I wasn’t sure I could raise that much money, and I wasn’t sure I could walk 60 miles in three days. But that year, the Chicago 3-Day was taking place in June. That June, in 2001, I would be celebrating five years of being cancer free. Five years! That is a wonderful milestone to reach when you are a cancer survivor. And so I decided to walk the 3-Day, from Kenosha, Wisconsin down to Montrose Harbor in Chicago.

It took a lot of training and a lot of fund raising, but it was also one of the best experiences in my life. This is one of the scrapbook pages I made of the event:

These pictures were taken at the end of the first day of walking, which had been 18 miles. We were hot and tired. The first thing we wanted to do was take a shower. The showers were in huge semi-trailer trucks. We had to wait in line with a lot of other tired walkers. I felt like I was back in college again, waiting in the dorm bathroom for a shower to be available.

We spent the night in a “tent city,” which was set up in a local high school field. The tents were back to back, row after row. We could hear a woman in a different tent snoring that night. (And once I got to sleep, I’m sure someone else heard me snoring, too.)

On the last day of the walk, I was given a pink T-shirt to wear as a breast cancer survivor. Survivors were to walk to the finish first, to be recognized by the crowd and to be closer to the closing ceremony. That meant I had to leave my walking partner behind. In hindsight, I should have dragged her along with me! For the last mile of that walk, I cried my eyes out. Women were coming up to me and asking me if I was okay. I remember thinking that in the middle of that crowd, I felt so alone. Every single survivor was older than me. Why? I kept thinking. Why was I so young? I was afraid that someone would take a look at me and ask me to prove that I had actually had had breast cancer.

That year, five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I was 32 years old.

This year, I have read so many blogs – too many blogs – about women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of them are in their 30’s or 40’s. Being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer doesn’t seem to be so rare anymore. Why? Why are we getting breast cancer at such a young age?

I know in my case, I have a very strong family history of breast cancer. Before she died, my mom was genetically tested for the breast cancer genes that researchers know about. She tested negative. However, there is so much about genetics that we don’t know, it is still probable that the women in my family are genetically prone to breast cancer.

In 2011, I will be cancer-free for 15 years. Another huge milestone. The Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day has now become the 2-Day, and I’m thinking about walking the walk. But I’m ten years older and I have two little girls. I’m not sure I’m up to the challenge. I’m still on the fence about signing up.

Memories by Christine 
Before I started this blog, I used to scrapbook. (See the above scrapbook page!) I just loved it, and I want to start scrapbooking again.  Christine’s Scrap Party takes place every week, and this just may be the right motivation for me to start scrapbooking again…blogging about it! For scrapbooking ideas, click Christine’s button.

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