I know that it's been more than a month now since I finished Layout a Day (LOAD), but I haven't had a chance to get all the LOAD layouts up yet. June was super busy around here and involved a surgery, a road trip, a hospitalization, and a family-wide influenza outbreak. Let me tell you, it's not fun to have two people in the house sick to their stomachs who can't tell when they're about to throw up. I'll just say that our washing machine has been in overdrive, though, as ever, I find it impossible to keep ahead of all the folding. Why is it so hard to get the laundry put away? I don't know, but I suspect it has something to do with the two flights of stairs between the laundry room and the dressers. Our next house is so going to have laundry on the same floor as the bedrooms. I know it's a bit of a risk having your washer and dryer upstairs, but the convenience has to be worth the risk. I have much respect for all of the people out there who can be stay at home parents and be on top of all of the chores. I don't know how you do it. I know I haven't been at 100% lately, but the state of the house is a little ridiculous. It seems like as soon as I finish one task, three more pop up to take its place.
That being said, I know I'm behind on sharing the crafts that I've been doing. I'm pretty excited to share all the things I've been getting done while I'm sick (As an aside, did you know that sitting up with craft supplies at the dining room table is a great way to keep a sick toddler from curling up on your nauseated stomach?), but I'm determined that I'm sharing these things in chronological order, lest I skip over some of the them out of sheer laziness. So back to LOAD513.
The best thing about finally completing a LOAD was that the prompts brought to mind all sorts of things that I hadn't thought to record before. I always make sure to put journaling on the layouts that I make, but so many of the prompts during the month brought up stories that didn't need pictures at all. I wrote and wrote and wrote all month long. These are those picture-less layouts.
I set out at the beginning of the month to reflect on my time in school, so that was heavy in my mind. I journaled about all the things that had gone according to plan and those plans that had gone by the wayside. I've often talked about how important it was to me that my girls know the real me, but this was one story I hadn't thought to write down for them. It was also fun to use some of the feather cut files I've collected.