Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Club Challenge blog hop. This month's challenge was to use this photo as inspiration for a page. You've probably just arrived here from Rebecca at How I Burb.
The winding road on a beautiful day reminded me of a recent outing.
My father likes to drive. Correct that. He LOVES to drive. So I was very surprised when he took me up on my offer to drive the 4 of us to Charlotte to celebrate my Mother's birthday last month. Of course, for many years I had a van with only two seats so driving more than one other person was a problem but that is another story. Anyway, for the last year, I've had tons of seating space and yet I think this was our first outing as a family in my van.
With my dad in the front with me and my mother in the back with my husband, there was a lot of repetition. Everything was said twice. My parents do not hear well. Now if you mention anything about this to my dad whose hearing has declining for decades (as did his own mothers), all YOU will hear is how my Mother is worse and you need to be talking to her about a hearing aid. Or vice versa if you start the hearing topic off with my Mother.
On this lovely day, we didn't talk about hearing aids at all. We talked about all kinds of other innocuous things. We just talked about everything - twice.
So my page attempts to capture some of the funny things that were said as there are always funny things with my parents along. I took inspiration from the challenge photo in the road and the pretty blue sky to capture our carefree drive.
The speech bubbles are an actual exchange that occurred.
(Dad) Not much traffic today... (Mother) Traffic's not bad today... (me) There's and echo in here... (dh) There's an echo in here.
Here's the journaling:
On our trip to Charlotte for Mother's Birthday celebration, I drove. Daddy started the exchange above with my mother repeating him. After Lenny repeated me, she laughed. She hadn't heard me say it any more than she had heard exactly what Daddy had said. She asked Daddy to get my spare sunglasses out of the glove compartment for her. They didn't immediately jump out at him so he declared they weren't in there until I found them. It wasn't just them providing amusement. When we started home, Lenny had some trouble getting my van unlocked. After unlocking he got in the driver's seat and was fumbling around looking for the keys. My parents though it was hysterical that he had left them in the van door. With them, it is always an adventure.
My page is a bit unusual as it has no photos! The cute little bus or van as I'm using it is Mayberry from SEI. I got almost everything from this layout from a Blog giveaway I won at Pamela's World of Scrap. The paper is Amy Tangerine (Scatter Sunshine and Yes Peas). The border stickers and speech bubbles are also SEI stickers. They are sort of canvas and I wasn't sure about printing, but they did great going through the printer.
I made my arrows by cutting up some old chipboard. I had saved the remains after using little squares so these were frames, sort of, and I just cut them on the diagonal with Stampin' Up! craft and rubber scissors that cut through chipboard like butter. I colored them with a marker to match. The little people in the van are also courtesy of Stampin' Up! and the Loads of Love Accessories set. Appropriate as I was hauling around Loads of Love in my van. (OK, that is terribly corny but I couldn't resist :-)
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