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Monday, March 17, 2014

life is an adventure

At the end of last summer, we were trying to fit in as many lake days as we could.  We both took off on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, to have just one more day (and a possibly less crowded one) at our favorite lake.  We weren't in a huge hurry to get ready, so we'd had a leisurely breakfast and finally started the hour-and-fifteen minute drive to Arbuckle Lake.  

We were SHOCKED to find an empty parking lot at the boat ramp, we were only the fourth vehicle there!  We were excited to have the lake all to ourselves for the afternoon and then watch the sunset, one of our favorite summer traditions.  We started getting our gear in the boat and unhooking the cables for unloading, and Josh noticed a bearing hub was missing.  And then that the bearings were trashed.  And we were pretty much screwed.  We pulled off into the parking lot and Josh started trying to work on it.  We made several trips into the two nearby towns for parts and specialty tools.  We spent the entire afternoon drenched in sweat from the heat, trying to get it fixed, among many other things that went wrong along the way.  We ended up having to leave it there overnight, and Josh came back with his dad the next day and got it fixed enough to bring home.  And, like the year our boat was stolen, another lake season ended abruptly!  :(

For my layout, I used some leftover pieces from Echo Park's Paradise Beach collection, along with lots of die cuts.  I thought the title was a positive way to think about a big bummer of a situation, LOL! :)

paper, stickers by Echo Park; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; sticker by Bella Blvd; ink, marker by Stampin’ UP!; brads by The Paper Studio; tag, alpha stickers by Doodlebug Design; corner chomper by We R Memory Keepers; stamp (sentiment series hexagon symbols) by Pink Paislee; title, ‘the story,’ arrow cut with Silhouette Cameo

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  1. oh what a bummer of a day but your layout looks good!!

  2. Wow, that's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! Love that you documented it all with such a great layout!

  3. Total bummer of a day, but wonderfully scrapped!

  4. Oh that does suck! But your layout is great and I love that you put a bit of a positive spin on it. Only thing left to do right? Great layout!!

  5. What a shame that there a people in the world with nothing better to do than steal other people's joy. You made a good layout out of a bad day!

  6. Sometimes you have to scrap the bad along with the good. I love how you've turned a rotten day into a good story. That title work is great!
    Rosey x

  7. Wow - what a terrible day! It reminds me a lot of our snow trip last year... the only one of the year, that was supposed to last five days and ended up being only 2 hours with a total of 7 hours of driving. Ugh! Is your boat all ready for lake season now? When does lake season start in your neck of the woods?

    1. It's been so cold here that it's been off our radar during the winter. I reminded Josh about it over the weekend, so he will need to make some calls and see where to take it. It shouldn't be too big of a fix - time or money-wise, thankfully. Last year, our first time out with the boat was Memorial Day weekend, but it was still too cold to get in the water. I have a feeling it will be late again like that again this year! :)

  8. love how you documented what turned out to be an adventures day!

  9. I'm with Mary Pat--hate that your boat season was cut short, but the layout is great! Fingers crossed for a great boat season this year!

  10. That is so crummy, but it's good to have a positive attitude when things go wrong.
    Not easy though!


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