I have decided to scrapbook Victoria's journey (from my side of things) into the US Navy. This is very difficult for me to do, I get emotional while I am journaling and have to step away for a little bit. But I think a few years from now I will be very glad that I did this while the feelings and thoughts are still fresh in my mind.
Please remember that I haven't scrapbooked before so this is an adventure for me....
Outside of the album. I found this on Oh My Crafts on sale for $5.00!!!
How could I NOT buy it???
I put her recruiter's business card in the pocket! LOL
I haven't done the opening page yet, I am waiting to get her pictures from bootcamp in her uniform.
The journaling says "the card that took you away...."
Don't tell anyone at MEPS that I took a picture outside the "official" room!!!
I journaled about the swearing in ceremony. Victoria told the Lt doing the ceremony
that she was "adorable" and they both got the giggles.
When we got home from MEPS I got an email saying that I had won a contest for the banner I made for Victoria's going away party. The prize was $150 credit at Cricut.com!!
And then the phone rang and Victoria was on the other end. I could tell she was on the verge of tears (and I know she was exhausted). The call lasted about 25 seconds, it was the "I'm here, I'm ok, I love you" call that recruits get when they arrive to bootcamp.
Aunt Jenny (my sister) came all the way from Ohio to stay the week Victoria left, she was a big support to me, I was very grateful she was with me.
I printed and scrapped my blog post from the day I got her form letter so it will be there for her. It was a very emotional day.
My "Kid in the box" was missing, Victoria had been gone for over 2 weeks and I was in panic mode because it wasn't here yet! Did someone steal my box off the porch??? I was looking for it in the mail every day!! Did she just throw all her stuff away??? One day, I happened to walk into Blake's room and there it sat, opened and rifled though (apparently he was looking for something she borrowed)...he is lucky to be alive! There were 3 notes to me stuffed in her jeans pockets, one from the hotel, one from the airport and one written on a napkin.
An fyi...the box is still sitting on a chair in my dining room,
I am just not ready to put it away yet...
June 13th was Victoria's birthday, at that point she had been gone for 1 month. I went to dinner and made a wish for her...and cried some more....
This is as far as I have gotten....