Sunday, August 02, 2015

Happy August... already!

Well, here we are at the beginning of the 8th month of 2015 (and, yes, I do realize it's already the 2nd!) and time seems to keep rushing by. Sooooo many things have changed over the past while since I stopped blogging (more on that later) and I feel like it's time to get back to doing a better job of documenting our lives. I haven't been doing very much scrapbooking or Project Life either and got inspired again yesterday in that vein too, so let's hope this is a creative rebirth of sorts after being on hiatus.

As a result of my creative inspiration, I decided to go back and print off a bunch of pictures to do some Project Life stuff and I quickly realized that I haven't even been taking a lot of pictures lately - so not like me! I want to try and get some of our memories documented again as I know how wonderful it is to look back at my blog posts and remember all the little details I've forgotten.

Yesterday was a great day and it was all because of this guy: Dr. Scott Sampson! Yes, Dr. Scott is my uncle and he was doing a show on dinosaurs at Science World yesterday and invited Tracy and I and families to be there. This was the first time I'd seen him speak and it was so much fun to see how all the kids there reacted to him.

Of course, we also had a chance to walk around for a while and there's an exhibit there right now called Ultimate Dinosaurs. Amazing to see the size of all of these and just great to have the kids hanging out together too.

It was also Scouting's International Scarf Day, so Kyle and George wore their scarves!

After the show and our exploring in Science World, we met Uncle Scott and Auntie Toni and walked around to the Olympic Village to a restaurant so that we could catch up. Poor Matthew was running and jumping as usual and managed to wipe out and give himself a good scrape on the leg, but he did bounce back eventually. It was just great to catch up and and see them! It would be so great to have them closer, but we just have to enjoy the time we have when we do get to see them!

I ordered almost 200 photos for printing last night, so hopefully that will lead to some creative stuff too! Have to wait a week or so to get them, but they were on for 9 cents a print, so I won't complain! I can work on getting something organized in my crafting space, but that's another story for another day.

Have had a quiet morning with my coffee and might even go and have another cup. George is still sleeping, but the boys are up and watching an episode of American Ninja Warrior! Not too many plans for the day really. Need to go water plants where the boys go for daycare since they agreed to do that. The weather is supposed to be warm again today (about 30-31 degrees), so we may not get up to too much other than a few chores. I want to go to King of Floors too, but will write more about that later too!

Have a fabulous day!


Friday, June 01, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Wow!  It really is hard to believe how quickly 10 years can go by!  The good news is that not only do we still love each other, but we like each other too...

It really has been a great day!  I was able to take the boys to school, got lots done at home today and then the boys played at the school for almost an hour after school with their friends. Went out for a nice dinner and George gave me a nice card and a lovely necklace.

This was the picture Nathan drew for me at dinner.  He drew the necklace George had given me and then added his own message.  So darn cute!  After dinner, we came home to homemade cake and Starbucks! Wonderful way to celebrate 10 years together!

Love you hon...  And here's to many, many more!  Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy 2012!

Yes, I know it's already the 12th and I'm a little late with the Happy New Year wishes, but for whatever reason, I just haven't been feeling the writing lately.  I'm feeling great today though even after getting up early and I'm using the energy for good!  There are always so many things to work on, but here's a little of what I got up to today...

 This is the title page of my Project Life and is thanks to Cathy Zielske!

As you can see, we've had a fun and busy first week of the year.  It also included a couple of trips to the dr for Nathan and I'm going to add a little layout about that to this book as well.  Hoping to add a small layout on the back of the title page about New Year's as well as some pictures on the "backside" of the of the left side of the layout above - actually the first page with picture slots in the book!

Just a matter of keeping up with it and having a bit of fun adding the bits of our life!

Well, it's gorgeous out again today and I think I need to go take advantage and have a walk before picking up the boys.  It's the 12th today, so I'm planning on taking 12 pictures today (probably more and then deciding which are the best!).  My plan is to pop back tomorrow and post them too. 

Would love to hear from others doing Project Life and see what you're doing with it!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Sick Monday...

Yes, we've finally managed to catch something in our house too!  Stuff has really been going around and we did well until the end of this past week.  Nathan had 8 kids absent from his class on Friday!  Now not only have I been sick for days, but am now on antibiotics after going to the doctor this morning.  Nathan is home with me today too since he started getting sick yesterday.  The dr said if he's not better by Thurs, to bring him back!  I sure hope he's better by then!!! 

Kyle was mad because he still had to go to school this morning, but little does he know, that's probably a good thing!  He was at a Cubs event all day yesterday too, so he has been out of the house and that may be part of why he's still healthy at this point.  Kyle has a great time at his Cub Skills event though and was learning things like knot tying and how to light a fire.  Pretty cool!

Haven't been doing too much creatively lately though I did have fun with my classes on Saturday - especially the Exploding Box!  I did want to share a couple of cards done by my friend Alexis though!  The card above and below are just a couple of the hundreds she and her mum made to sell to raise money to help support a needy family over the holidays!  Amazing job Alexis and hope everything went really well yesterday!

Well, thinking that's it for today.  Going to go hunker down and relax.  Hoping the meds I'm taking don't upset my stomach too much which they're apparently prone to do.  One of those great things where they tell you the more you eat, the less likely your stomach will be upset, but if it's upset, you don't want to eat!  Such is life!  It's one of those days where you're thankful for the little things and I was reminded of that while in the doctor's office this morning.  Even though I'm not feeling good, it could be much worse. 

"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it."
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Random Thursday!

OK, so I actually have 5 minutes (literally) to blog before I have to go get the kids, but it's been a great day!  Got the kids off to school, some work done and then went for a walk and even got something accomplished while doing that!

OK, so I was reading blogs for a few minutes and came across a post on Creative Organizing that really spoke to me.  It was a little project, but something doable and worth the time!  She talked about creating an area for all your Christmas card stuff so that it was together when you had time to get some sent.  I walked up to the dollar store and found a cheap box (*after looking at home and not finding one!) and then came home and organized!  It was great!  Got all my cards together and foing out I had more than I thought and then pulled my enveloped, addresses, labels, pens, stamps, etc all together so that if I only have a few minutes at a time, it'll still be easy to do!  Also finally set off the boys' school pics to get developed so they'll go in this box too to be sent to people in cards!  Awesome!

Another nagging thing on my list has been putting up more pictures.  I take all these great pics of the boys, but haven't been putting any up around the house.  We have a couple of picture walls and I finally for a picture from the first day of school blown up since I thought it was cute, but it's been sitting on the counter for ages.  Didn't have a frame and didn't want to spend a lot, so I decided to get a $2 frame at the dollar store when I was there and it's now up on the wall! 

Proud of myself for just getting it done!  One more thing to cross of my list and now I can actually enjoy the picture too!

Well, better go get the boys.  Weather has been quite cold and now it's raining.  Just hope it stays rain and nothing else.  Had our first taste of some sort of mixed stuff yesterday!  I'm teaching tonight, so I'm hoping the roads stay OK!

Have a great night everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Something Creative again!

Wow!  Two posts in 2 days and something creative to boot!  I'm thinking I need to give credit to Shimelle and her challenges this weekend as well as starting to feel a little festive and thinking about the holidays (just a little!).

The challenge was to create a pocket page for your Journal Your Christmas album for the holidays.  I pulled out my stash and this is what I ended up with.  Quick and simple, but fun for sure and it's all stuff that was sitting around waiting to be used!  Bo Bunny striped paper and Bella Blvd houses paper and sticker along with a Jenni Bowlin journaling block and some cards from my Becky Higgins Project Life and there you have it!

Not sure what we're up to this afternoon, but enjoying not having to work today for sure and might even get into some more crafty stuff yet today!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Journal My Christmas 2011

OK, so Shimelle is doing her Journal Your Christmas class again this year and though I sort of pretended to do it last year, it didn't really happen.   I'm hoping to get a chance to spend a little more time on it this year and a little less on things I don't want to be doing.  Wanting to do some special things again with the boys and slow down a little...  best of intentions anyway!

She has a little challenge posted to start thinking about the album and some pages, so I pulled out my stuff.  I have an 8X8 album that came out a couple of years ago from Making Memories.  It has some predone pages in it and then I added some last year, but never used them.  Tried some pages like the ones Ali Edwards did last year with the spray adhesive on the lace papers and then putting them on the acrylic!  Fun!  Now I just need to actually use them!  I added a few other papers I liked as well as got some cardstock pages ready. 

I wasn't going to punch them for my book because I'm going to use a combination of pages in and out of page protectors.  What I realized is that if I punch them first, they're ready to be used like that and if I want them in a protector, I need to trim off the extra on the left side anyway!  Done!  There are a few patterned papers for pages as well, but I tend to do more cardstock bases.  There are some acrylic pages and things as well, so it'll have a combination of goodies in it for sure!  Can't wait.  I'll be playing with a combination of Shimelle's book and Ali Edwards' December Daily!  Should be fun!

Well, I know I need to update a whole lot of things, but I'm going to wrap it up here for now and try and get posting more often here again too!