Sunday, August 30, 2015

PL2015 - Weeks 23 & 24

Today is Sunday. The last Sunday of summer. Part of me is relieved, because the fighting and boredom busters are killing me. But part of me is dreading September 1st, because that means we're back at it. Hugely back at it.

Madelyn's first ringette evaluation is September 1st, the same day school starts. Mason has free skates on Thursday and Friday. I think their evaluations start after the long weekend, which has something to do with quadrant hockey. If I understood all that mumbo-jumbo correctly. With ringette, I'm signed up for 8 volunteer sessions, from Sept 3rd - 18th... Which, fingers crossed, will give me my 8 hours of mandatory volunteer commitment, which is something that happens BEFORE you even get placed on a team. Once you have a team, there are volunteer commitments as well. Crikey.

So, this means that with Madelyn's evaluations, and Mason's evaluations and 8 hours of 'off-ice, but IN the rink' volunteer times, most of my September will be spent in, on, or near an arena...

So yeah, I'm dreaming of next June...

It's my favourite.

Any way, don't mean to be Debbie-Downer. Poor me, I know, I know. It's just that we've had the most amazing winter/spring/summer that I can remember, and I'm dreading being cold. Time to dust off the Uggs and toques. Time to find fleece and wool socks. So I can stay cozy...

Suddenly the pictures in my header are more realistic after all!

Here are weeks 23 & 24 of my project life book:

Week 23:

These photos go back to June! Eeks! A before photo of our house, with the blue spruce tree. [We've had it removed] A grade 4 field trip to Nose Hill. The weather was absolutely perfect. Little miss, reading. My chives blooming like crazy. Celebrating National Donut Day. A wine spritzer with some blueberries for garnish.

Week 24:

The sun is starting to get warmer, and it's lasting longer. Sports day at the school. Getting ready for braces... Madelyn trying out to be a 'safety buddy' at school. Barry catching a catnap on the couch with the dog. [Tree was removed, so the sun now streams in] The Dateline Rock 'n Roll crew at school, they put on an amazing show. Celebrating Ama's Birthday.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Week 23

Acrylic Arrows
Documentary - Elements

Week 24 

Drift Away - Elements
Drift Away - Journal Cards

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PL2015 - Week 22

We decided to come back from our vacation.

Well, we didn't exactly decide to come back. We only had 2 weeks booked at our little cabin.   And after 2 weeks in a teeny-tiny little cabin, our house seems like a mansion. We can all be in the house together, and not be falling over each other. It's delightful.

This week the kids are at camp.

I planned that right. This Mumma gets a little bit of quiet time. It too, has been delightful. What isn't quite as pleasant however, is the 7 am wake up and 7:45 departure. That's tough after 7 weeks of leisurely wake ups. I'm thankful we still have one more week to sleep in. And then we'll be right back into the thick of it.

The thick of it, which includes, school starting, Scouts, Girl Guides, hockey and ringette evaluations. Extra curricular activities [for Junior high that is]

At least this fall I have an idea what's in store for us from September through November. Last year, I just about turtled...You know, on the ground, in my shell. [Arms, legs, head, all tucked inside. Like a turtle]  From the shock of our hectic schedule. This year I know what's coming.

I have two more weeks of the pace I long for... Not going to take it lightly.

Here's week 22 of my project life album:

This week: I went on another field trip with the Grade 7's, this time to the Tyrrell Museum. We spent more time on the bus to and from the museum, than at the museum itself. Even with that, the kids rated this the "BEST FIELD TRIP EVER".  Checking out the Peace Bridge on a downtown walk. I also joined an instameet, which was a HUGE step out of my comfort zone. It was really cool to meet a group of people who love to take pictures the same way I do. I was quite prepared to go on future meets, but my schedule hasn't worked out for a single one since. Hoping that changes for August's meet. Took a day trip out to Lake Minnewanka. We hiked about 11 km return. We went to the look out point that the scouts had gone to. We even brought Libby with us. She did really good. We took Madelyn to the Humane Society, she had collected $$ in lieu of presents for her birthday. Pretty proud of this girl.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Celebrate Elements
Celebrate Paper
Celebrate Journal Cards

Friday, August 7, 2015

On vacation

And I'm having a good time.

We've had a few sweltering days.

We've had a few chillier days.

I chuckled when I logged in this morning. At the header I have on top of this blog. Because the winter scene I have up there couldn't be further from what the weather actually is.

I got all techie. I forwarded phones from my iphone to my iPad, attempting to add a few summer pics. A few lake photos.

Turns out though, that I'm no techie at all. Because I can't get pictures off my iPad. I can't get pictures off my iphone either. Because I tried that too. Well, that's not completely true. I could get this picture off my iphone. Again, not at all what the weather we're experiencing right now. But, looking at photos of Calgary and a recent hail storm, could have been taken on Tuesday apparently.

But the thing, about this picture. How did I make it snow?

If I could remember, then obviously I could probably put myself back into the techie category. IF I COULD REMEMBER.

On VAY-CAY. Having a good time. Header picture and picture above in NO WAY REPRESENT the weather we're experiencing.


For future reference. Trying to do a blog post on an iPad sucks.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

PL2015 - Weeks 20 & 21

Here are a couple more layouts to add to this years book. Week 20 and 21, and as I type this post, I should be in bed sleeping, because I'm heading out on vacation tomorrow.

But of course, I mastered in procrastinating...

That's a thing you know.

So, without further adieu, here they are:

Week 20:

 We are right in the middle of spring activities. Mason's tennis lessons are going great, and Madelyn is still loving rock climbing [even though my heart hammers in my chest when suddenly she's not attached to anything above...] My girl and I had a lunch date this week, and Mason was in a track and field meet at school. He did long distance running, 2000 metres. We also did our annual trip to Medicine Hat to meet up and have a great visit with friends. Love you guys! Love that the kids get together and just start where they left off last time. Was lots of fun.

 Week 21:

Did my first ever 'Paint Nite' with my Mum. It was a lot more nerve wracking than I expected, but we did have lots of fun and lots of laughs. Would recommend. Madelyn and her friend beautifying the fort in the back yard. Field trip with Grade 7's, downtown to watch Alice in Wonderland, en Francais... Lunch date with my boy. Family bike ride. Madelyn is finally starting to get a bit more comfortable on her big bike. Also, on an early dismissal afternoon, Mason and I rode our bikes to and up Nose Hill. It was awesome.

Sahlin Studio Products Used:

Week 20:

Drift Away Elements
Drift Away Journal Cards

Week 21:

Pure Happiness Elements
Pure Happiness Journal Cards
Paper Piercing Stitch Holes: Basic

Saturday, July 25, 2015

PL2015 - Weeks 18 & 19

For these two weeks, I had more pictures that I wanted to add. But not enough to create these pages into two page spreads. These two weeks, the photo templates that I used allowed me to add more photos to a regular 4x6 sized picture:
Week 18:

We thought Mason was feeling tired and lethargic from a sleepover, but after sleeping Saturday and Sunday away I took his temperature, and realized something more than simply 'being tired' was going on.  Using my 'new' mug. Needed to add some room for journaling, since my photo had lots of pictures of the music concert. Celebrating a special someones 10th birthday. Scout celebration at  Edworthy park.

These two pictures are using these templates mentioned above.

Love that I was able to get both the temperature photo, as well as our trip to the doctor. [It was just a virus, he made a speedy recovery]

Was able to capture Madelyn playing all of the instruments she used in the concert. Glad to use this template to have all the photos together. Still can't believe we could actually see her the whole time! 

Sometimes when just using a single page protector, you need to change things around a little bit. I created one photo, then cut it in half, to be separated by two 3x4 pockets. Love that I could capture this 25 Year celebration of the scouts in our area.

Week 19:

Some downtime reading on the couch. Love that Miss Libby was in the photo as well, in one of her favourite chairs. Scout's camping in Banff. We lost Sayid the fish this week... We had that little blue dude for over 2 years! Our tennis boy. Emergency trip to the vet with a dog that ate something she shouldn't have... Birthday party at the roller rink. Picture of me with my favourite little people.

Using this template again, able to capture multiple pictures of the boys Scout Camp in Banff. They did lots of different things over the weekend.

This could be one of my favourite templates. Love the large square space for a picture, and the minimal journaling spot.

Following Sahlin Studio Products Used:

Week 18
Photo Templates Vol. 1
Shine Bright Elements & Journal Cards

Week 19 
Photo Templates Vol. 1
Birthday Cake Elements and Journal card
Flashback Elements

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hiking Up Lake Minnewanka

Any one that knows me, I think, knows I have this debilitating fear of bears...

I honestly don't know where it comes from... I do recall as a child, going through the park gates at Banff and having my dad pass back the YOU ARE IN BEAR COUNTRY brochure...

I remember it detailed foot prints, photographs of the differences between a black bear and grizzly bear.

Whether that's what scared me or not, I'm not sure, but the fear of bears has stayed with me my entire life. It keeps me from heading into the mountains, which is unfortunate, considering where we live. 

So, our decision a few weeks ago, to hike a bit around Lake Minnewanka, in Banff National Park, was not taken lightly. An area known for it's bears and cougar attacks. [Funny thing, I'm not as scared of coming across a cougar, as I am a bear, though I know both are just as deadly]

The Scouts had hiked this trail a few weekends before, while at Scout camp in Banff. Mason was eager to take us and show us where they'd gone.  Recently, Mason has shown a real desire to get out and hike in the mountains. He's even trying to convince his Dad to hike in and camp somewhere this summer. And although the hiking in and camping doesn't appeal to me one little bit, I'm excited to get out and do some hiking together as a family. I'm attempting to put aside my fear of bears, and go for it.

We got to a certain point along the trail, that we came across a sign, very similar to this: [I wish now I would have taken of a photo of the actual sign, but I was trying to appear, aloof...

It talks about seasonal trail restrictions: You must travel in tight groups of 4, you must have bear spray, you are not allowed to have dogs with you, no cyclists, no walk in campers from July 10th-September 15th, and the I'm thinking... "Wow, bears know this? So thankful we were there at the end of May... Because the bears must realize it's 6 weeks before the trail restrictions are in place..." Not. So, for a faltering moment, I was ready to turn back, my heart hammering in my chest, but we didn't... We carried on.

The trail wasn't busy. We came across campers hiking in. We got out of the way of cyclists. We passed a few others with dogs [Miss Libby came with us for her first ever mountain hike] We made it to the same lookout the Scouts had made it to. We didn't encounter any bears. We did run into some deers that were absolutely not afraid of us, and were stubborn about getting out of our way.

I did it.

By the time we got back to the car, we'd hiked nearly 12 km. Not bad for our first time out this season. And I'm looking forward to more. The scenery is breath taking, and we're an hour away from it. So, my goal this year is to be brave.

Here are a few photos of our trip, and also a layout I created:

 I never tire of these types of photos.

 Checking out the lake at a look out point along the way.

 Kids and dog, at our turning around point.

 Barry and Mason.

 Madelyn and myself.

 A highlight for Madelyn for sure, is finding a chipmunk. She would love to have captured it somehow and brought it home.

Taking it all in.

Looking so small against the mountain back drop.

A trail selfie.

Sahlin Studio Products used:

Country Road Embellishments

Paper Piercing Stitch Holes

PL2015 - Weeks 16 & 17

Going back a few weeks:

Week 16:

This week I received my first dandelion. Mason used to bring them home to me all the time. Now it's Madelyn. I know I don't have many more years of these lovely little bouquets, so I look forward to them when I get them. Mace joined the track and field team at school, I took a photo of the boys while they were practicing their long distance running. [Just with my iPhone, but better something than nothing] Miss Mad at the doctor after too long with a pesky cough and cold. The boys at the banner raising ceremony, to acknowledge their winning both Esso Minor Hockey week, and the city championships. A shot of Mad in bed, with all her stuffies and a photo bomb by Daddy.   We had the hockey wrap up this week, and all the boys were gifted a beautiful frame which houses the certificates and medals they won this hockey season. Such a great keepsake for the kids. Last bottle drive of the season. 

I keep thinking I will stop with the white borders, but I just love the clean look of it. I don't think I'll stop after all. 

Since I keep each week to a one page spread, I tend to do a lot of journaling directly on my photos.  On occasion, it's hard to see the text, so in the case of the photo on the bottom, I add a layer of paper, under the journaling, and bring the opacity way down. It's very subtle, but makes the text easier to read.

 Week 17:

This week during parent teacher conferences, the school held a book fair. I happened to work the book fair, and when we shut it down for the evening, Madelyn took advantage of the quiet, and read the books. Sometimes, all the stars align, and me and my girlfriends are all available for coffee on short notice. This was one of those times. Mum & Daughter pedicure. Girl at the park. Coffee date with my sweetie. New bike! And a sick boy. Poor pup just isn't happy when her people aren't feeling well.

Love the frame included in this pack. As well as the sequins. So fun to use!

The journal cards are perfect to use for weekly tittles. 

Sahlin Studio Products used:

Week 16:

Week 17 :