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2015: Thanksgiving

2015: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a new holiday for our exchange students, as it is a uniquely American holiday. So we like to make sure that they get the full experience. This year we went to my parents house for a couple of days where our exchange student met my nieces and nephews (they loved him if you can’t tell from the pictures), had traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, and then the next day had Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner and gift exchange at my sisters houses (with all of her kids).  They had a new kitten which we all enjoyed playing with (see if you can find him in the photographs).   We took Henry to Walmart on Thanksgiving night so that he could experience Black Friday and I think that he thought that we were all crazy (and he is probably right!).

I selected the background paper for this spread from a Fall paper book, and I cut the turkey out using my Cricut machine.  In order to give the wing a letter more definition I put a thick sticky tab underneath the wing to make it stick out from the page.  I did something that is not usual for me – I journaled on this page.  I did this because there were so many different things happening on this page, and I thought it would be important to explain them.


2009: Holiday World

2009: Holiday World

2009: Holiday World

The next step of our Summer 2009 vacation was to visit Holiday World in Southern Indiana.  While this park is older it is truly a hidden gem – besides having several number 1 rated roller coasters and water rides, they have free parking, free suntan lotion, and free unlimited soda.  We love this park and have been there several times.

On the first day we arrived at the park early, which if you have been following me for a while, you know is a strategy of mine when visiting events and attractions.  We saw Pat Koch, the matriarch of the owner family, sweeping up trash outside the gates to the park!  She let us take a picture with her – we felt like we had just met Walt Disney!

The park is divided into “Holiday zones” with each area themed as a unique holiday.  Holiday world is located in Santa Claus, Indiana, so naturally the original theme of the park is Christmas! – which is refreshing in the heat of Indiana summers.

These two pages showcases the themes of Christmas and Thanksgiving.    I used an ornate corner cutter to corner cut the pictures and the picture borders.  Since the two pages look so different in color scheme I felt that this was important to bring the two pages together.

2007: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

2007: Pirate's Dinner Adventure

2007: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

As part of our Thanksgiving 2007 trip to Los Angeles we went to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure with our good friends Tira and David. Tira was a friend of Brandon’s when he was thinking about adoption and really encouraged him to move forward in the process. Tira is a professional photographer and later took pictures of our adoption day. View Tira’s website –>

This first spread includes a flag and a pirate hat from our adventure.  I didn’t want to glue the flag down, and it would not stick with sticky tabs, so I used my Crop-a-dile Big Bite Punch to insert eyelets/grommets into the corners to hold it on to the page.  If you look carefully you will be able to see the green eyelets that I used.  In order to show as much of the flag as possible I used a fine point pair of scissors to carefully cut around our outlines in the photos.  I also had some wonderful stickers and embellishments to put on this page.  If you remember the Medieval Times page – my son was posing with his sword – apparently he wanted to keep the theme here and was using a flag to attack our friend David – in a friendly way of course!

2007: Pirate's Dinner Adventure 2

2007: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure 2

This second spread showcases that my son was called up on stage to be part of the show – he loved that! Since it was Thanksgiving time they were having a Christmas theme – and he got to be a toy soldier – complete with a wooden gun – I don’t know how they pried that out of his fingers when it was over!

The pirate outfit in the left corner is from a Jolee’s Sticker collection – and is one of my all time favorites.  (Of course – I like pirates too!).

The pirate ship on the right hand side is actually a full page print on transparent plastic.  I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Punch again to hold it to the maroon background page using eyelets/grommets.  I placed this plastic sheet on top of the photographs and title  – which is why you see a little glare from the light when I took the picture of this spread.

2007: Thanksgiving

2007: Thanksgiving

2007: Thanksgiving

This page chronicles our first Thanksgiving Day together. We went out to eat because it is so much easier on everyone and we all get to eat what we enjoy eating!  Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing at my Aunt’s house and playing with the new Hogwarts Express train that I purchased to go around our Christmas Tree.  My son decided that he wanted to wrestle and horse around and my aunt got some great pictures of us playing together.

On this spread I used the tan and the olive backgrounds, and then used a second piece of each card stock to create the title, photo borders, and embellishments on the opposite color.   The Title and the embellishments were cut using my Cricut machine, and I used a corner cutter on the photo borders.

I also used a foam brush to dab gold and copper paint on the photo borders to help them stand out a little bit more than the rest of the page.  The border across the bottom is a piece of ribbon.  I used fray edge at the end of the ribbons to get it from fraying.  It is a type of glue that holds the threads together.

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