Wednesday, August 19, 2009

She's Gone, Gone, Gone

*sigh* My baby girl is now a Georgia resident. After 22 waking hours of hard labor on Saturday less driving time and another 8+ hours on Sunday, we got Keri settled into her new home. During those work hours we unloaded stash from 3 vehicles, painted her bedroom & bathroom, washed an unbelievable amount of dishes, eating utensils & cups, ran numerous errands to Target, Lowe's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby, BrandsMart, Sears, et al, hung curtains and pictures, disposed of enough cardboard to fill our own dumpster and rearranged furniture over and over again. Three days have passed since I left her standing at the curb waving goodbye and I am still exhausted! Here is a picture of our foyer before we began loading the vehicles.

We knew we had a limited amount of space even though we had Keri's car, my car and her dad's Suburban so we opted to wait until we got to Georgia to buy some of the bigger items. Keri is fortunate that Target is directly across the street from her apartment complex. We assumed we could find almost anything we would need there because we all know Target rocks! Right? Well, every single resident in the entire apartment complex plus half the residents of Athens must have had the same idea. The place was PACKED! And we needed A LOT! Take a look at our carts:

Yep! We more than filled 3 shopping carts! You should have seen us trying to maneuver through the crowded aisles! Despite our exhausted state, we were still able to laugh and enjoy the moment.

The hard work was worth it...her apartment is awesome! Keri and her roommate, Erica, are thrilled. They are so proud of their space. Even though it is hard saying goodbye, knowing she is so happy and settled made it a bit easier. Both girls are little homebodies and they have the perfect little spot to nest.

I have to share one really tough moment. Keri went down on Friday to have her license transferred, get insurance, apply for a job, etc. On Saturday, we were waiting to be served lunch and she showed me her new driver's license. I commented on how cute her picture was and didn't really think anything more about it. After lunch, as we were walking back to her car, she pointed out her license plate to Erica and I almost lost it on the spot. Crocodile tears welled up in my eyes when I saw that Georgia tag on her car. Crazy, huh? I just wasn't expecting that. Funny how the tiniest of things can bring on the waterworks.

So now I'm back to life without my baby. Taylor is still here but he is working like a madman to get his new house finished. He has 15 weeks to complete the project in order to qualify for first time home buyer tax benefits. Looks like I will be a true empty-nester again around Christmas. You can bet I will be soaking up the remaining time with much as he will let me!

In scrapping news, it's time for my challenge with Kim. This month we are doing something a little different. We would love to have any of you join us that so wishes. Here is the challenge:

Create a layout of your choice using a minimum of 3 patterned papers. Also include at least one handmade embellishment and incorporate some "cut work" into the layout. You have until the 15th of September to complete the layout.

If you decide to play along, please be sure to leave a comment here or on Kim's blog so that we can check out what you've done! We started doing this just for grins, often using challenge blogs for our inspiration and this time just playing for the fun of it. We will post each other's LOs around the 15th of September and if you would like to have your layout mentioned, be sure to let us know.

Now I have a confession. I forgot something very important on my last post (please forgive me Liz). My favorite movie layout was inspired by a sketch from my new friend Liz. She is not only a fabulous scrapper, but she creates some really cool sketches. She is also one of my fellow Design Team members at Serendipity Scrapbooks. Her sketch challenge blog is Welcome to the Scrappiest. I took her Sketch #21 and modified it.

Here is my layout again for reference.

If you enjoy working with sketches, be sure to hop on over and play along with her monthly challenges. She always has some fun prizes up for grabs.

Speaking of fun prizes, Stacy Milford is currently doing a fun giveaway on her blog to celebrate her one year anniversary. Stop by and congratulate her on her one year anniversary and tell her I sent you.

Another fellow blogger and friend is also celebrating an anniversary of sorts on her blog. Christine is doing a special giveaway on her blog. Her celebration is very unique and AMAZING!!!

Before I go, I have to remind you of our Happily Ever After Crop at Serendipity Scrapbooks this weekend. The festivities run Friday through Sunday and you don't' want to miss it. I have been lucky enough to preview the challenges and the design team has outdone themselves! Be prepare to be inspired AND enchanted!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I am slowly getting my world back to normal...whatever normal is. Enjoy your weekend and try to do something crafty!

Hugs & Love,


  1. Oh, I don't want to think about those days when I have no babies at home. The other night I couldn't sleep and started thinking about everything and thought of Lucas going to Kindergarten NEXT year and about started crying!! I love that beautiful. hope you enjoy all your time with your son:)

  2. Thanks for mentioning my giveaway. I hope a lot of people come over!

    I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to your baby girl. I don't have children so I just can't identify. I'm sure that it is very hard. It looks like you had lot of fun with the move though!


  3. *sigh* if U want....we can trade....I have a feeling that my Adam is gonna beeeeeeeeeeee with me forrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-ever and ever!!!! LOL!!!! Not talking smack....but he has struggled to learn things his entire life....and common sense is not always his best friend....I worry....what can I say, I'm a mama...right???? LOL!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEE the target photos...she is sooooooooooooo CUTE! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. So glad to see you made it back home safe & sound! Sounds like even though it was a "tough" had fun & made your little girl a wonderful place to are the bestest mom :o) sending warm thoughts your way!

  5. awwwww!!! what a sweet mom you are to help her through this big event in her life! :) i'm sure she's gonna miss you! make sure you guys call each other often -- that's how i got thru college without my mom! :)

    lastly, LOVE that layout! so pretty!!!


  6. Well... I don't know what to say other than, it's never easy to let go (not at any age). It's one of the few things about being a mom that isn't fun... :-(

    Hopefully you get to have lots of weekends together though. I'll be hoping that for you! :-)

    And I LOVE that LO, btw! :-)

    Hugs ♥...

  7. really worked hard...phew!So sweet you helped her with the moving!And I can imagine it's not easy letting her go...we all have to deal with that ...sometimes being a mum sucks.
    LOve your LO! and I love the challenge!
    Take care!

  8. Sweet Lisa....what a wonderful mother you are....and I just adored seeing the pics of Kerri and the shopping carts!!! She is just beautiful...just like her Momma....She is going to do just great....she has the most wonderful role model!!!! Thank goodness for the Target across the street!!!! You and Kim are busy girls and what a great challenge...I will try to play along!!!!! That is an awesome sketch and I adore I am off to check out the site!!!!! I miss talking with you...but I know how busy and tired you must be!!!! Sending you {{{{hugs}}}} today!!!!

  9. It's sad when they leave but you know it's for the best. I remember crying when Brian went off to college but he has grown into an incredible adult, and the times when we are able to be together are very special indeed. Love your layouts

  10. You're such a great mom Lisa! and I love your layout so much!

  11. An empty nest seems a long way off to me but it's sure to come around too soon!! Although Alex tells me he will NEVER leave home - he has it too comfortable here, but that would suit me just fine!!

    Hope you are getting your breath back after such a hectic & productive time!! Leave the chores & settle down for some good old scrapping therapy - it's good for whatever ails you!!!

    And remember that in this day & age, with mobiles & emails & Skype etc etc you are never so far away from your loved ones - & cyberhugs count too!! {{{HUGS}}}

  12. So sorry that your baby girl has left the nest :(
    I don't know what I will do if and when that day ever comes. At least you can keep in touch via phone & internet.
    I am so going to try your challenge, I heart me some challenges because they push me to be different.
    Have a wonderful weekend and rest up :)
    (((((BIG hugs)))))

  13. How hard it must be to have those babies leave the nest......I still have a 14 and 12 year old, and the years just keep creeping up on me. It is frightening how fast the time goes! I will be in your shoes soon enough! I ADORE your scrappy page!!!!

  14. Oh Lisa I am feeling for your girl! SO glad you got to get her all settled into her new place and have some fun while doing it though. Those are memories that she will cherish for a lifetime. ((((HUGS))) and have a great weekend.

  15. Beautiful page! Hugs to you, what a great send off you gave your baby!

  16. More tears than a mom can take :)

    I'm reading your post as my husband takes Alec to drop him off at his first Jr. High dance. I need another glass of wine :)

    Keri looks like she is having a great time shopping.

  17. Ahhh! I haven't been in your shoes yet, but I don't look forward to it! They grow up way too fast! Many thoughts and hugs your way!

  18. Hi Girlie,
    Just peeking in to see what you are up to. So sad to see your "little one" far away. I'll get there someday I'm sure and I'm not looking forward to it already. Though I have to admit, I'm happy school is starting Monday cuz I need a break! Sending big hugs your way!!!!!!! xOxO

  19. Aw, it brings back memories of when I moved to the USA for a year for college exchange - and all I had to do was fit out a dorm room! Granted, I was limited to a 64 pound suitcase to try and cram everything I thought I needed for a year away from home, but there were quite a few Target and K-mart trips to get myself sorted :-) Love the movie layout concept, will have to give it a go...

  20. I will be looking to you 4 years from now when my baby girl is in college. I am here for you in thought.... They grow up so fast... Just blink and they are gone from your home....your layout is gorgeous. I love the paper you used and that movie is great! Hugs, Amy

  21. Aww, hugs to you my friend! I can't imagine how bittersweet dealing with your kids becoming their own people! Sounds like moving was quite an adventure, and i'm glad you still managed to have lots of laughs! And wow, that LO is GORGEOUS!

  22. Omgosh I dont want to think of the day my baby moves out...ack!!!!
    anyways thats a wonderful layout as always!!
    have a wonderful week

  23. Oh, I adore that sketch and your LO! I can't imagine saying bye like that to my kids--I know the day will come, but...

  24. What an exciting time for your daughter! And a sad time for you! Thinking of you!

  25. I'm still a Carolina girl at heart!!! And definitely a Momma's girl FOREVER!!!
    I love you, Mom. And miss you lots and lots.

    We can kick Penelope out or put her on the couch for a night so that you can come stay lol...and anytime. The offers always open.

    LOVE YOU!!!
    (oh and it's Erika with a k)


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