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For better or for worse…

happy anniversaryphoto courtesy of Pinterest

Those were the words that passed my husband and my lips almost 27 years ago. As a mere 20 something young women I really had no idea what I was saying other then repeating the words that I was asked to repeat as I am sure Kenny would tell you the same. As usual I think he was much more nervous about this  change and what it would entail in his life, me not so much, just loved the idea of being with him ever single second and loved planning our wedding.

However over the course of the last 27 years if I had known then what I know now about my life would I have repeated those words? Um…. Probably, but let’s just say it is much better that we didn’t know because I’m not so sure we could have handled it… it has been a LOT, actually a lot would be an understatement.

Let’s just say that over the last few years I have come to believe that there is a “greater plan” for each of us, even if we don’t understand the chaos in “the moment” of a life crisis. I do believe that the man upstairs has our “story” written before we are born and we are here to see his plan through. There have been so many things in my life that some might say were serendipitous to getting me through to the next chapter.

As many of you who follow me know this chapter has been one of uncertainty which has caused a lot of panic and anxiety. Many times in life we don’t know what is going to happen however we hope that things don’t go crazy or awry all at once.

And unfortunately that is where my husband and I are at this moment. But we are here together, making decisions that are life altering, career altering, financially huge issues but hopefully they will be good for us “together” in the long run honoring those words we took almost 27 years ago… for better or worse, for richer or poorer,  in sickness and in health..

Organize Your Print Photos

How many of you hoard your photos in the old photo envelopes? You remember the ones we used to get after we had our photo’s “developed” at the 1 hour photo shop. Remember those before the digital age? Well if you are like me, and love taking family photos as much as I do you must have a bunch. With my 27th Anniversary coming up soon and an almost 24 year old and 20 year old I have a LOT of photos.

bag o photo'sHow many of you have “this” bag?

A few years ago I started to organize my photos by year… That was the “beginning” of my photo organization and love of scrapbooking…

got scrapbooksI told you I love to scrapbook… and these are just a “few” of mine…

But so many of my friends asked me, what do you do with the “extra” photos that you don’t necessarily want to put with your family photo albums… In my case those were photos of playground projects that I worked on and my husband’s former company’s’ employees.

This also included my daughters’ pageant life, *small disclaimer we did not start as a Toddler but she has lots of Tiara’s, and then into her college life, all of the “Zaps” she had to have while in college…

So let’s back it up, how did I take all of this and create an organized space? First I bought colorful boxes and labeled them so that when I was finished I could put them on a shelf, look great and know what was inside in an organized manner.

Then I spent a day… I kid you not… a day…. Laying out all of my photo packets and sorting them in piles in all my different categories.

I then went to one of my favorite stores in the world; that would be “the container store” an organizational lover’s dream world. I could spend hours in there just thinking of projects to do, and my husband would gulp and be thinking “yes and money that she can spend…”

photo casesAnd there I found these wonderful individual clear cases to organize my photos.

Of course it wouldn’t be a “Shelley project” if it wasn’t finished with a nice decorative touch so I had my friend Katie make me a few snazzy labels for each; I look forward to getting myself Photoshop at some point so I can do these on my own, but in the mean time she did an amazing job!

snazzy photo covers for each category

Now a statement which might surprise you; It is OK to throw out some of your photos… After sorting and loading all of my photo’s categorically there were a few cases which were overflowing and I had to make the call of, “hmm is this a photo I would look back on and love,” if not, it was trashed. I am sure you have a few of those photos where you think what was I thinking about or they weren’t of the best quality.

How to organize your photo's

I think they came out smashing…

How to organize sorority photos

And don’t you love the box of Sarah’s Zaps from college, what a great keepsake!

This is just the beginning of my Picture Projects next onto:

  • my digital sorting
  • digital albums
  • special vacation/birthday books

27 years, that’s a lot of memories, in a lot of photo’s… What do you do to organize your old photo prints?

MetroAccess can take Hadley anywhere!

Hadley intervewing for MetroaccessHadley recently got her second set of “wheels” so to speak…she got her “MetroAccess” Pass which has made our lives a little easier since I have been having a hard time getting her out and about due to my “driving anxiety.”

I am so thrilled that now we can take her out to the movies or to the mall if I “can’t” get her there myself, or if she and a companion want to go to somewhere without me… It is a little step of independence for her which is a little thrilling.

Through MetroAcess in the Washington DC area people with disabilities are able to use public transportation with a bit of ease.

Since Hadley’s mobility and degree of her disability is a major issue she was able to qualify for door to door service after submitting an application and interview.

All trips that we schedule to use MetroAcess must be made 24 hours in advance which sometimes is a little bothersome, no running out at the last minute trips. However, if one lives near a Metrobus you can always catch these at anytime the busses are running and just show a MetroAcess ID for admission.

For door to door trips there is a fee associated with the time of day and the mileage, and it can be a shared ride depending on who else in the area needs a pickup or drop off.

MetroAccess service in the DC area is for: Washington DC, Fairfax City, PG Montgomery, Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax Counties.

I am told since Hadley is registered in the area she is eligible to use paratransit transportation in other areas throughout the US which will come in handy when we travel. However arrangements must be made prior to the day of travel as with MetroAccess.

You also might not know:

  • After 9:00pm, if one asks the driver, special stop requests on Metrobus or Ride On are possible along the regular bus routes, when the bus driver feels it is safe.
  • Your driver can call ahead for a taxicab to meet you when one is leaving the bus.
  • Personal Care Attendants drive for free with the disabled passenger.

For more info on Metro Access you can check out their website

Or you can reach them via phone 1-800-523-7009, 301-562-5360 TTY 301-588-7535.