Earlier this month my girls performed their last dance recital. They’ve moved on to other activities as mentioned in a previous post. This was a bittersweet performance not only because my daughters won’t be dancing anymore (my oldest just loves ballet and lyrical), but also because a girl at the dance studio committed suicide and it came as a shock to everyone. She was only fourteen years old. She was a beautiful girl with a kind heart. It’s heartbreaking that no one saw her internal pain. My oldest daughter was a good friend to her and she is having a hard time dealing with the loss. The last group photo (the 9th photo) below of my oldest daughter and the other dancers was a tribute dance to the girl.
These are photos from rehearsal since we’re not allowed to take photos on the actual day of performance.
Welcome November! October felt a little long this year but it could be due to the steady weather we’ve had. Just maybe a couple of days of rain during the night and zero snow. Anyhow, in mid-September, Artifact Uprising offered free square prints and I thought I’d try it out to see what’s so special about them. Well, I was surprised to find how beautiful they were. The quality is superb and the packaging was clean and organized. I can’t decide if I want to use them for my Christmas photo or go with who I normally do (Minted or Persnickety). Who knew deciding the paper for a Christmas photo would be so stressful. I am definitely leaning toward Artifact though. It really depends on if I want to use templates or create my own design. I am doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Last year I got about 15,000 words in. This time, I’m going for the finish: 50,000 words AND finish the novel. So, if time permits, I’ll create my own Christmas card design, otherwise, Artifact it is, unless Minted has a really good discount or I’m completely drawn to one of their designs. Yeah, I still can’t decide.
Went to lunch with my sister. It’s always nice to spend time catching up over lots of food.
After lunch, I went over to my parents’ and Mom gave me some cucumbers from her garden and some Hmong herbs. Every year I ask her for herbs to plant in my pot because I don’t have a ground garden yet. I hope to one day but for now, this is it.
This is the most I’ve digi-scrapped in my life. Even when I was designing I never went as far as doing a layout a day. I can tell you that I’m wearing out though. Twelve more after this then I’m done. I’ve got another challenge up my sleeve. I just signed up for a sketching and watercolor art class through Studio Calico. I’m hoping that class will help me with a project I’m working on for a friend. I need the motivation right now.