Happy September! Time For an Autumn Layout

It's almost September!!! I can't believe we are heading toward autumn, and Zae's first birthday in less than three weeks! In honor of my favorite season, I wanted to share this autumn themed layout to get you into the fall mood!

Before Zae came along, I had to content myself with scrapping pictures of my own childhood.{mainly because while I love taking pictures, I have a super hard time being in front of the camera} My dad was an avid photographer, back in the good old days of film, so at least he left me plenty to work with.

Fall was my dad's favorite time of year, and it's my favorite time of the year, too. I love the smell of the fallen leaves, the warm afternoons, the crispy-cool evenings, and fresh apple cider {my hometown is the Apple Capital of Minnesota, so spring is pretty awesome around here, too, when all the orchards are in full bloom!}. September is also Zae's birthday {he is going to be a year old and I am freaking out about that a little -- I didn't know your heart can burst with happiness but also be squeezed by disbelief and a little sadness}.

A Day With Zae: 10 Months

I am so behind this month. I've had a few health issues, doctor's appointments, physical therapy, a family reunion two states away--that I insisted on going to for my mom's sake even though I felt like death--and I ended up sleeping almost all of that trip in my mom's cousin's guest room...but at least my mom got to party it up with her cousins {which means staying up until 9:30 playing board games}.

I also had carpal tunnel surgery, which is slowly healing. But worse than any of that was the death of my beloved Woolly. It's hard to make it through the day without breaking down into blubbering mess. And I take no shame in that. I loved that cat. He loved me, and we had something special that only a cat person can understand. But...this post is about Zae...

Sweet Woolly: RIP My Fluffy Friend

A couple posts ago, I thought my next post would be about the county fair this year. I was spouting excuses left and right for falling off the face of the earth, and I've had even more to add to that list now, with a family reunion two states away, a funeral, and a week where I had a doctor's appointment or physical therapy every day.  Not to mention all those other reasons I previously mentioned.

Then I received a custom order for a special wedding album kit through my Etsy shop, so of course that took top priority. It was also a good distraction, because I lost my best fur friend this week. My best friend, fur or not {no one else showed up every single time I needed a metaphorical shoulder to cry on}.

The cat of changing names, "Cheeto" came into our lives back in 2003. My sister is absolutely infamous for bringing home pets {not for herself, but for other people}. Usually this meant my mom or I found homes for them, but on a visit home from nannying in Maryland, she visited an aunt who had a cat who had just had kittens with the Maine Coon down the road. So she brought home this little orange ball of fluff who instantly became the terror of the house. It wasn't long before "Cheeto" became known as NoNo, short for "Kitty! No! No!"

Bringing Gorgeous to a Special Custom Project

In my last post, I mentioned how crazy things have been here. What I didn't mention was that my cat, Woolly, was sick. It happened fast. I took him to the vet and they ran tests and it was exactly what I dreaded. Kidney failure. We euthanized him the next day. I loved that cat. He was my constant buddy, and my biggest hindrance in getting anything done helper.

While Woolly was sick, I was contacted by Melissa on Etsy, who requested a custom kit for her wedding album. She sent me a beautiful picture for inspiration. I loved her ivory lace gown and her navy and cornflower blue bouquet. She said her style is something of the traditional mixed with shabby chic and rustic. A woman after my own heart, I think. That is my favorite style! I was pulling out everything blue I had in stock!

How to Disappear Off the Face of the Earth {and a Distraction So You Don't Notice}

Firstly, I can't believe it's the middle of August. {Also, because this didn't really fit in anywhere else on topic, I'll be throwing in random pictures of Zae into the first part of this post because I don't really have any photos that scream "Here's all my excuses for not posting yet this month but hopefully some cuteness will distract you."}

This month just snuck up on me and before I even realized it wasn't July anymore, it was halfway through this month and September is looming, waving it's giant orange maple leaf flag while I'm still shaking the sand out of last year's beach bag.

I've pulled a disappearing act for the last few weeks, and I feel bad about it. I could sit here and make excuses for myself, because I have a few of them. Since I last posted, I've had a few health issues. I had a flare-up of fibromyalgia that hasn't hit me this hard for a while. My son quit nursing, which means that favorite aunt is back in the house. {I don't even have a guest room and she's making herself right at home!} Then, while preparing to go to a family reunion five hours away, I had to go into the clinic, already knowing I had an ear infection because I have narrow canals or some wonderful thing like that. It's been a problem in the past, but I started using drying drops religiously after showering and swimming. Then a couple years went by and I forgot the pain and annoyance and pretty soon the drops were in the back of the medicine cabinet and I'm back in the clinic on a beautiful Sunday afternoon when I should be enjoying time with Zae.