here, reading my favourite magazine in the world (The National Geographic) is such a funny thing. Look at her tongue as she scans the pictures before she reads the article. I love her so much. She told me not to look at one particular page because it might upset me.
Thinking the worst and that Heidi Swapp had denounced scrapbooking and that everyone must take up macrame instead.
"Because there is a nasty picture of an elephant with his head chopped off".
Yup, she was too right I wouldn't want to see that. Elephants are my favourite animal next to giraffes. My lounge is scattered with them on cushions, wall hangings and ornaments. But she took it all in and read up on the ever increasing ivory trade and is as topped up as any nat geo fan. Her dream of being a vet really is a dream at the moment so for now she has plans to be a massuese. Good - I get freebo head massages in return for her keep!!
My belle loves to watch the animal planet (ahem, as well as cartoons but we have waged a cull on that in favour of the history and nat geo channel). She will watch Meerkat Manor, our beloved Steve Irwin on the Croc Hunter plus various pets and vets programmes. Only last night she came bounding into my office with news about how a hurricaine had threatened to wipe out a zoo and that the zoo keepers were struggling to put the animals to safety. She was awful concerned and I went into the lounge to see how the story ended. All were safe but they didnt have time to remove the crocs however they had magically survived the weather system.
Im not sure if you know but my belle struggles at school big time due to her difficulties. However belle's teacher admires her determination as she will offer to stand up and recite information she has gathered from such programmes by explaining the full ins and outs of being a Blue Tongued Skink to a desert Lynx or a tree frog. My daughter (although not einstein) is such a plucky little thing whose memory for obscure information lilts towards the amazing qualities of an autistic child. I love this child. Ooooooooooooooh, I could just eat her. Do you ever look at your kids/pets and want o squish them real tight that you feel you could just suffocate them with love? Thats me with belle.
I love her as much as hot buttered toast, tea with cake and herma with 12x12 paper. This child, who applies my toothpaste to my brush every morning (she cleans her teeth first thing, I have to wait until I have eaten - much after she has gone to school) to perform this task. I only took this picture today to show you because I had to snap a picture of a Tap for the Her Space/My Space challenge. The little things like this everyday does not become too apparent as they are routine. I can't believe I havent shared that until now - but its true. She cannot open the lid of a toothpaste tube (she brings it into me in my room as Im dressing) but her sweet nature is as sugary as pure love itself.
My Belle, my little love, My little bag of funny things to share. xx
In continuance of sharing yesterdays artwork, i thought Id share some of my recent makings for you. One layout was taught by Elsie in Bristol last year. Although I have not actually copied the class, I used her elemets to make the page up differently to make my own mark on the layout and I love it. I have been doing more BOM pages in my crusade to encourage more of the worlds scrappers to leave their own legacy in addition to their families albums. It hurts so much when people scoff at BOM layouts. I certainly wont leave this world in fear that my daughter and grandchildren didnt know me better. Plus, when Im 60 and in an old folks home trying to find my marbles, my pages will be a reminder of my youth. I cant wait to snuggle up to mark when Im old and look back at my days in colours I chose and with a style I felt was relevant at the time.
I have another BOM challenge coming up again (likE the one I ran last year) with some great prizes being donated from Nikon this time. Its time to get BOM-ey again xx
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