Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Poor Josiah. It turns he was a group leader for this trip. Very cool.
He had a great trip and saw places I dream of seeing.
However, on the morning he was to fly home....a boy in his room decided to unplug the alarm and plug in his cell phone charger. Ok, now.
Cy raced to the airport and missed a flight, meaning he missed connections, meaning he was standby all the way from DC to TX. ::snort::
A Cy Sighting...
Zander claimed suitcase duty
It's nice to have him again...though he's busy this week shopping for the apartment, signing up for electricity etc.
Five women from our PWOC met bright and early in the chapel parking lot to head to Fredericksburg. I was excited to visit this German/Pioneer town. It was VERY bright and early as I'd been up so late Friday scrapping. BUT working on the PWOC album from Elmendorf put me in the mood to get out and make memories with new PWOC sisters, and take PICTURES.
Debbie planned the trip and had come prepared with maps and a cooler filled with water for each of us. Her dh and son came along to drive us (Government vehicle - we can't drive).
I have a lot of photos I could share - but my dear friend made a comment that she is tired of seeing closeups of her face on the blog. ::snort:: Umm.....she DID give me permission and she did admit they are nice looking photos. BUT....I determined not to post any of her alone in this entry.
None of our seasoned members attended - they must have remembered it was the first day of Summer (100* +) and listened carefully when Debbie told us we'd be exploring the town, shopping and eating German food for dinner (as in evening - all day shopping/walking). I will remember to wear tennis shoes next year. ::snort::
We shopped. We ate. We visited. We went to the Nimitz museum.
Here are some photos.
Gee, where did Debbie and Rachel go? Can you picture two female types in this corner? ::snort::
We ran across this carved eagle...
with another eagle carved on each wing tip.
Some flower I knew Debbie from NY would appreciate. LOL
I have a great photo of Rachel with a pink cowboy hat on - tiara included....she's a CA girl and needs to send this photo to her friends who hooted when they heard she was moving to TX. I promised not to post the photo to the Web (meaning PWOC website) unless she agreed (I didn't mention blog) but I am aiming to have the students like me so I'll be good.
Rachel liked this guy...notice she's not in the photo. ::snort:: I have a darling one of her cozying up with him.
We went out a wildflower seed farm. I should have brought the Nikon.
Here's a group shot. I told them all this one would go online:
Sherri, Debbie,Me, Rachel, Lois Note that I think I'm the tallest one in this photo! ::snort::
Dinner was wonderful. It was a tiring but fun day. We're planning to take the family back down there to see the museums. We didn't visit all of them....and there is more to see that we didn't finish seeing.
After produce co-op I was itching to get my hands on my new scrapping stuff. I had a brand new 12 x 12 album that I thought I could transfer photos from the broken PWOC album into. I decided NOT to go remove PWOC photos from past albums but to begin making a PWOC only album with the Elmendorf years. I thought I would get Elmendorf and our current group into one album. It is not to be. The Elmendorf years more than filled the album. Anyway, I thought this would be easy.....take the pages out of the pioneer, tape them to the CM book, add protectors. Get on with the day.
I found some photos in the album that weren't on a page. Hmmm....The other pages in this album are very frilly. I couldn't just put naked photos in. I got out some paper and covered the white pages, layered a bit...had to go find corner rounders, had to find tape, had to load the tape runner. Shew - got it done.
I went to journal and the pens were all dry. I had to sort through and throw out pens.
At this point I was still having fun but remembering WHY digiscrapping appeals to me. ::snort:: Every time I got up, I came back to this:
But then I remembered that I used to love to scrap with Bre and Krista, so I let her stay. I gave her discard photos and she was happy.
I noticed photos were missing.....and went looking....ARGH...I found THESE!
Two full boxes of photos that span the time period from leaving San Antonio - going Digital in AK. This is only two years of photos. Do you see why I'm so behind? It's only gotten worse with a DIGITAL camera. Oh my WORD. TWO BOXES. I thought I had the magnetic albums and the digital prints to go ...but NO....TWO FULL BOXES OF FILM PHOTOS! *
At this point I was getting very tired. I did one naked page for the album.
I realized I should fix dinner. The older boys and Mike were out working. I did this.
The kids think I should scrap more often.
I got out the back up discs from the great computer crash and found digital photos from 2004 and 2005. I did 16 digital layouts to add to the PWOC album.
I figured out how to put them all on a jump drive in case there were a place in Fredericksburg that could print them for me. There wasn't. However, I did get my CM Storybook Creator PLUS software on Saturday. Which I used to make the intro and farewell page for the PWOC album (posted Monday).
Last night, I got all the newly printed layouts into the album. This PWOC album has naked layouts, modest layouts, incredily frilly layouts and digital layouts. I like it. I enjoyed scrapping Friday...but what I thought would take less than an hour took me 12 hours to complete. I remembered why I like PWOC project nights and why I like digital scrapping. LOL
Cost wise...um....have you ever figured the cost for a complete album. If you aren't doing naked albums it will shock you if you add the cost of paper, stickers, embellishments, photo printing, pages, protectors etc. I was discussing this yesterday with the owner of our scrapbook store. I was cringing at $3.48 per page and she said that most spend that or more on traditional pages....I told her I've been doing naked albums. She was alarmed. ::snort:: She said she thinks the price of digital and traditional are pretty much the same. I bought stuff to do a two page PWOC page for my next book and it came to $11 - that is without album, protectors, pages, tape, photos....I bought two 12 x 12 papers, a sticker that says road trip, and a packet of embellishments from Fredericksburg.
*Mike made my weekend when he saw me fussing about the boxes of photos. He reminded me that there ARE photo discs with them. I said, "Yeah - I know." He replied, "Load them on the computer and use the digital layouts." YES. I may do just that.....and send the other photos to Bre to scrap (she likes traditional scrapping) or my Mom (she's so hopelessly behind whats two more boxes from my home?). ::snort::
I think Mike discovered faster than I that paying for the digital prints will be cheaper in the long run than me browsing in scrapbook stores... He also really likes to see an album DONE and when I spend 3 hours to find the right embellishment it slows me down. ::snort::