Creative Sunday ~~ Lori ~~ Memories

     Posted by Lori on July 31, 2011

Hello everyone, how is your long weekend going?  What’s the weather like?  It’s beautiful here, it has been an absolutely gorgeous weekend!  I am enjoying my weekend, hopping from one little job to the next, enjoying some relaxing time, and this great weather - a perfect weekend!

This week, I finished a project I have been working on for a couple of years - yes, a couple of years!  It’s not that the project was hard, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy doing it - it just seemed that I would get a few things done, and then have to put it away and I would never get back to it.  This week I knew I wanted to finish it and I’m so happy to say that I did get it done.  It’s a mini album that I have done for Justin - about him and his Grampa - Justin called him Gramps.  They had a special relationship - they were so close - and when Gramps (my Dad) passed away five years ago, I knew that I wanted to make an album like this for Justin.

Making something for a man is hard, at least for me it’s tough.  I wanted to embellish, use cool papers, etc. - but I found it difficult to get the right mix without over doing it.  For this album, I used LYD Zach’s Life papers and some other papers mixed in with them - the frog papers for example - just had to put them in there.  Here is my mini album for Justin.

Any of these photos, you can click on to see them larger.

My Mom passed away when I was pregnant with Justin, she never knew that I was pregnant with him, I didn’t have the heart to tell her when she knew she would never see him.  My Mom passed away on May 26/86, and on October 15/86, I had Justin.  It was the very first time I had seen my Dad smile since my Mom had passed away.  Justin brought so much joy and love back into his world.

Now you may not be interested in seeing my Dad’s hairy old chest, lol, but this couch, this is where my Dad had his naps, and he liked nothing better than for us to go out to his place, let him give Justin his bottle, and then they would curl up for a nap together.

My Dad, sometimes he did some crazy things, and one of the crazy things he had to show us was how he learned to make a turban.  Whatever the reason, he made one, put it on his head, and he needed his picture taken with Justin.  On the tractor, one of Justin’s most favorite places to be - riding with Gramps on the tractor.

Haha, this is so funny, everyone loves corn on the cob, but I don’t think anyone loved it more than my Dad.  He could not wait for Justin to get teeth so they could share a cob of corn.

My Dad had gone back to BC to visit again, and when he came back he had so many presents for Justin, actually an unbelievable amount.  But, it was his way of showing Justin how much he missed him, I honestly think he must have bought him something every day he was away.

My Dad moved to BC, a lot of our family was there, and he wanted to be close to his brother and their family.  He moved, but we visited whenever we could.  The first time that Justin and I went on our own, for 3 weeks, my Dad and Justin made many memorable moments.

One of my most favorite moments, and I know it is one of Justin’s too, was the day we went to Granville Island.  Dad found this machine with the frog, and he put quarters in this machine to hear the frog sing and play his banjo.  Oh my goodness, it was so funny, I will never forget watching them - the biggest smiles - such a happy time - and a lot of quarters, lol.  I often wonder if this frog is still there.

Hockey and skating was a huge part of my Dad’s life, and he was so excited to get out on the ice with Justin.  I giggled to myself when I found this picture and what my Dad had wrote on the back.

Justin spent 7 years in Air Cadets, and he had so many great experiences.  My Dad, he was so very proud of Justin and all of his accomplishments.

I will never forget the day that we found this Canadian Tire money is my Dad’s dresser drawer.  Justin knew exactly what he needed to buy with it - a big toolbox to hold all of the tools he had inherited from his Gramps.

The last page of the book, I wanted to put something in it for Justin that was extra special.  I remember after my Mom passed away - for me - it was so extra special to see something written by her.  I wanted to put something in the album with my Dad’s handwriting for Justin.  I looked through all of the cards we had saved from him, and I cut apart this one, which to me the little verse said exactly what my Dad meant.  My Dad always signed every card … As ever … and then his name.  (Jimmie is what my Dad called Justin - my Dad was Jim - and Justin is Justin James - and my Dad thought that he should be called *Jimmie* after him.  He always called him that)

Justin will turn 25 this October.  He and his girlfriend Katherine have just purchased a home this past week, and I am so proud and excited for them.  Paul and I hope to go and see them after they take possession in September and get settled in.  I knew I had to get this album finished, and I am so excited that I can now take it to him, it will now have a place in his new home.  Gramps is looking down on him and is so very proud of him too, I know it.

10 Comments so far

  1. Tammy July 31, 2011 12:56 pm

    Great job Lori,
    I have a few projects looming as well!!!!

  2. Tee July 31, 2011 2:01 pm

    Lori, this is fantastic. I can feel the labour of love you put into this and the love between your dad and “Jimmie”. Justin will cherish this for sure.

  3. Laura July 31, 2011 2:45 pm

    it’s hard to type through the tears in my eyes Lori…this is beautiful. Justin will treasure this forever.

  4. LisaT July 31, 2011 2:59 pm

    Lori the album turned out perfect!!!  What a sweet place for Justin to have so many memories of his Gramps!

  5. Peggy July 31, 2011 10:58 pm

    A wonderful album full of great memories!

  6. Nola August 1, 2011 10:13 am

    This is wonderful! I am sure Justin will treasure this book.

  7. tracy August 1, 2011 11:09 am

    ok lori thank you for the cry this morning. what a beautiful gift. your dad just loved his grandchild.such a nice tribute.

  8. aleks August 2, 2011 11:09 am

    Oh Lori, this is beautiful and wonderful…I cried through the whole thing.  I know Justin will treasure this! You have so much to be proud of with both your children!

  9. Jan August 4, 2011 4:17 pm

    Lori, I am sitting here reading and looking at your beautiful album with tears running down my face and a huge lump in my throat.  It is so cool.  Good job girlie!

  10. AmberD August 10, 2011 8:55 am

    Lori this is a beautiful album, just stunning!  Justin is going to treasure it forever. TFS with us!

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