Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PL2017 - Week 4

Four weeks into 2017. Things are, as always, busy.  Ringette and hockey are still going strong. Believe it or not, we're checking out Junior High School open houses for the baby of the family. Gulp... We are also filling out forms and trying to make decisions regarding High School for our first born... Double gulp...

This week I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a friend. They were one of the most beautiful bouquets I've ever had, and they lasted forever. We checked out the Science School open house. The boys headed to Canal Flats for a hockey tourney. Madelyn got to have a sleep over at Telus Spark with her Girl Guide group. While the boys were away, we went shopping and had a dinner date out.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

PL2016 - August

Still in the process of catching up to complete my 2016 Project Life album. Here is the month of August, in a two page spread.

This was the rainiest summer ever. We had very few days without a sky full of clouds. We were so thrilled when we did get a sunny day, but then the mosquitos were out in full force.

This summer we:

  • Walked the dog, and nearly got eaten alive by mosquitos
  • Celebrated Baba's birthday.
  • Celebrated Mason getting his learners license on his very first try!!
  • Visited Telus Spark
  • Face timed with Mason when he spent the week away with a friend
  • Road tripped to Frank Slide
  • Had annual Dr. check ups
  • Had eyes checked
  • Watched the sky look stormy, day after day
  • Saw our first tornado warning come onto the many televisions of the pub we were sitting at
  • Visited the zoo with a friend
  • Received a drivers license in the mail.

The following Sahlin Studio products were used:

February Template Freebie

I created this layout, using Sahlin Studios February template freebie. [Free for the month of February only, so get it before it's gone!]

This is from Mason's Grade 9 West Coast Sailing Trip. 

Mason was so excited to go on this trip. He went with the kids in the English program, which is who it was offered to. There was room, so he was able to go. 

I have to say I was indeed nervous, about sending him on a plane/trip all by himself. However,  having heard from so many other people, how fabulous a trip it was, we knew he had to go. 

He saved up some money on his own, participated in a few school fundraisers, and before we knew it the day had arrived. 

We had to drop him off at the airport at 5:30 am. We were all a little bit nervous. He was patient with me as I took some pictures [only because we were well away from any acquaintances] 

We got an email update most days, letting us know what had happened throughout the day, including a few photos. With so many kids, we knew we wouldn't get many photos of 'our kid', but we did manage to see his mug in a few pictures. 

The photos that were sent home, were not great quality, but with the little boxes on the template, I was able to include some memories from the trip. 

We all went to the airport to pick him up, and were all so excited to see him. Especially his sister, she practically flew into his arms. It was so sweet to watch, because he actually hugged her back, for a nanosecond, even with all this classmates around. 

It took him awhile to get his equilibrium back, he felt like he was swaying quite a bit over the next few days. Mason gave the sailing trip a two thumbs up, and would definitely recommend it!


The following Sahlin Studio Product was used:

Sahlin Studio February Template - click on link above

Sunday, February 5, 2017

PL2017 - Week 3

I have been struggling with picture taking recently. Very unusual for me... But for week 3, there wasn't much to pick from. 

It worked out well, that week 3 ended up being on the backside of a page protector I'd cut down for week 2. 

The highlight of week 3, was taking the kids out to lunch on a Friday afternoon. DQ's was the unanimous choice for my ice cream loving duo. Of course, after we'd eaten, I made them take photos with me. Madelyn is still pretty eager, but as you can see in these photos, my soon to be 15 year old, was less than amused. What made the situation even more hilarious [at least for Madelyn and I] was taking the photos in snap chat. [Heaven's no, I have no idea how to use the app] But thanks to Madelyn, we can take and save ridiculous pictures from it. And boy, we do have a fun with all the different filters. Well, Mad and I have fun any way. 

I'm pretty sure Mason thinks I'm nuts. And I'm okay with that. His reaction when he saw his face as a deer, was priceless... This photo will forever make me smile. 

As you can see, Mad has mastered the filters, and takes photos when ever my phone is laying around. It certainly makes for some hilarity on the camera roll. 

We have owl activity again, so we need to keep a close eye on Libby when she goes outside. We've seen the owl pictured above, and another very large one... Enjoying the late night 'who-who's'. 

Crazy hair day at school happened, and I was reminded about it at 9:45 pm, the night before. Thankfully I found the perfect solution on Pinterest. Octopus hair. Easy to do, and the put together only kept me up until 10:15. Thank goodness I had felt, googley eyes and glue for my glue gun on hand. 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

PL2017 - Week 2

My intention for my 2017  album is to take each week as it comes. I wouldn't say I have a set plan in place. If I want to document tidbits or stories throughout the week, I'll do that. If I want to focus more on one story, then I'll do that.

That's how week 2 came to be. This was the dreaded week of Esso Minor Hockey week, and Esso Golden ring. In 9 days, between 2 kids, we had 12 ice times. Mason had 3 practises and 3 games. Madelyn had 1 practice and 5 games. We always know that this week we can expect things to be a bit nutty. After last year, we were more prepared. We actually dodged a bullet, Mason's team didn't go as far this year, you can only lose twice, then you're out. So that freed Barry up to watch all of Madelyn's games. Last year he missed most of her games, because of hockey conflicts. 

I kind of wanted the main focus of this week to be on the rinks. Where essentially, we spend our winter...

Like I mentioned, the boys lost-won-lost, so were out after 3 games. [Not all bad]

The girls tied-lost-won-won-lost. They made it to the semi final game, and were beat by the team that went on from that game, to win gold. 

I complain about how busy we are, and how rare it is to have a free night on our calendar, but at the same time, these kids love playing. I'm not going to lie, the 6:45 am ringette practises, are a tough sell. But they get up and go, willingly, with little to no complaints. And in all honesty, I love watching them both play. 

Both kids have improved so much over the years. Mason is so fast up and down the ice, it makes my head spin, thinking back to his first years... And Madelyn has become very comfortable and competent on the ice. She's a different player this year, battling in the corners for the ring. It's so fun to watch. 

So though EMHW and EGRT are a ridiculously busy week, schedule wise, it's just a quick blip on the January calendar once it's over.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

PL2016 - August Camping Trip

So, in my Project Life catch up for 2016, I knew I wanted to include a camping trip we did with friends.

At the end of August, we went camping to Kananaskis with another family. 

Our boys played hockey together for 3 years, and our girls became rink rat besties. We became quite close. In fact, it was the summer before that my girlfriend invited the kids and I to camp with them for a few days. It was thanks to this friend, that I realized, I actually enjoyed camping. 

[I remember our drive out to meet them, that summer, when Madelyn told me "Mummy, you're going to love this so much, you'll wish we camped all the time" To myself I thought, poor sweet girl... You couldn't be further from the truth.  Imagine my surprise, when I realized how much I enjoyed myself.]

I suddenly thought, Gosh, we're missing out. It's what got me on the band wagon, and searching Kijiji for a trailer of our own.

So thanks to Lise, we now have our own little trailer. It's perfect. 

Any way, back to the camping trip. We went to Elkwood in Kananaskis. The original forecast wasn't great, but we ended up having great weather. I neglected to pack shorts, I'd packed for the arctic, so that's another reason we ended up having great weather. When we got there, they had ONLY lifted the ban and opened bike paths, due to the grizzly bear activity. There were signs warming of bears, everywhere. Having said that, this scared of bear girl, had seen bears on every camping trip so far... Why would this be any different? 

We jam packed much into our camping trip. We all brought bikes, and biked from our campground down to the Lower Lake of Kananaskis.  We rewarded ourselves with ice cream of course, at the Bolton Creek campground. 

We hiked up to Rawson Lake, which was definitely on my bucket lists of hikes. The view was worth the entire uphill trek. 

We also rented a canoe on the Lower Lakes and the kids all took turns [boys and then girls of course] paddling around the lake. 

The most comedic thing we saw, was a group of tourists, get in the canoe and then promptly over turn it. It all happened in slow motion, Barry and Lise went to the rescue. We still tell that story, and can make tears stream down our cheeks. Note to self, make sure you know a thing or two about a canoe, before heading into a freezing body of water. 

For this layout, I wanted to include as many photos as possible. So I did a collage type page. There is one small section left to journal in. I knew that the photos would bring back the majority of the memories. We had a great camping trip, and look forward to doing it again.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

PL2017 - Week 1

Here is my layout for week 1:

Starting off 2017 strong. 

We celebrated the ringing in of 2017 with friends. There were many laughs, and much wine consumed... 
The first week of 2017 was busy, we started off with a ringette tourney in Red Deer. It was also the same weekend that Esso Minor Hockey week officially started. Mason and Barry had to stay home for hockey, so Red Deer ended up being a girls weekend. My Mum joined Madelyn and I. [There's no reason she shouldn't experience first hand what getting to an 8:00 am game looks like] We left the hotel at 6:55 am, to be at the rink for 7:15. Fun times...

The drive to Red Deer was awful, done mostly in the dark with extremely poor visibility.   The couple of days in Red Deer were awful. Lots of snow, and it was so very cold there. We ended up leaving Red Deer to come home mid-afternoon. It was so much better to be driving when you could actually see. 

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