Sunday, December 16, 2018

PL2018 - Weeks 45 & 46

I have tried really hard for the past few months, to eliminate the word 'busy' from of my vocabulary.

Which is not always easy. Especially at this time of year.

Busy gets way too much recognition. Let's face it, we're all on the go. We have daytime commitments, night time commitments, weekend commitments.  I truly don't believe my kids are over extended, I'm sure some disagree. When you are involved in organized sports such as hockey and ringette, it's a 2 - 4 time a week commitment. Per child. The occasional night at home, is always a welcome treat. 

Last night was the first night, out of the past 10 nights, that we were actually home. 

And I must say, it was heavenly. We had roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, salad for dinner. We watched the Polar Express. Ate snacks, enjoyed a few beverages. Marvelled at our twinkling Christmas tree. We really enjoyed our quiet night, spent together.

There's a lot of talk about self-care and the ability to say no. That's a hard one for me. Choosing what to say yes to and what to say no to.  I tend to say yes a lot. And when I do say no, I feel the need to rationalize, or explain myself. I think it's a tough one for a lot of people, to say no, and give no explanation. It's definitely something I'm working on.

On another subject, here are weeks 45 & 46 of my project life album:

Week 45: 

  • Seriously, can not get enough of all the Christmas blankets in the stores right now, and I'm totally drawn to them. 
  • Cozy infant of the fire.
  • Madelyn has suddenly found 'music'. We downloaded apple music as a 3 month trial, and she has been absolutely delighted. She has her headphones on, the majority of the time these days. 
  • Watching the Remembrance Day celebration in Ottawa. Not very many old time veterans remain. So thankful for their service. 

Week 46:

  • Love, love, love watching Mason play hockey. I don't love the body checks and crashes into the boards, but everything else is awesome. 
  • Lovely day for a dog walk.
  • Barry and I went to see a movie on the 12th of November, the kids had school, but he had the day off work! We went and saw the Bohemiam Rhapsody. 
  • Calgary Plebiscite to decide whether or not we should go ahead and put a bid in for the 2026 winter olympics. It was a no.
  • Waiting our turn for family photos. There was a lot of complaining this morning. 
  • Love, love, love watching Madelyn play ringette. She has gotten so fierce out on the ice. I'm attributing it to all the wrestling her and her brother/Dad have been doing. A noticeable change from last year. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used

Week 45: 

Week 46:



Thursday, December 6, 2018

PL2018 - Weeks 43 & 44

These two weeks take us into November. I'm pretty much caught up with this years Project Life album. Sometimes when it gets to this time of the year, I chose to make monthly layouts rather than weekly. 

I'm not sure what I'll do through December yet... Once I start working on my December Daily album, the stories kind of start to duplicate themselves. Having said that, I include December in my PL book of course, because my mini albums are usually put away for the year. I pull them out at Christmas, but  I still want to remember the stories that happen, but maybe not in as much detail. 

  • This was my second stint in exactly a week, as a chip runner for the casino. The week before was an emergency call out, from the Madelyn's school. It was also a 7 pm - 3 am shift... This was a daytime shift, but it was still just as slow. This time, I put my hours in for ringette.
  • Such a great day for a walk, not a breath of wind. 
  • Yummy treats.
  • Doggie snuggles on the couch. 
  • Pumpkin carving. 

For week 44, I decided to create a two page spread. This week fell on Halloween, which was the first Halloween, that I've been home by myself, since we had kids. 

Madelyn's class went on a two night, 3 day trip to Drumheller, staying overnight in the Tyrrell Museum, sleeping with the dinosaurs. Such an awesome program, they actually got to be mini palaeontologists for a few days. Madelyn was totally bummed that she would be missing the candy collection portion of Halloween, but reluctantly decided to go on the trip. 

We decorated pumpkins on Sunday, while watching Jurassic World with Chris Pratt. We'd been told beforehand, that the kids would be watching the latest Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as a special treat, on Halloween. [They weren't given any candy, or even allowed to bring any, and we heard a lot about that atrocity...]

We actually had a Jurassic Park movie marathon, this same weekend, watching all the movies, as Madelyn had never seen any of them before. It was fun to watch them all in order again. When will people learn, dinosaurs and people just don't mix well together. But they keep opening the park...

Here's what the two pages look like together: 

Left side, close up:

  • Treats for a Trex Halloween Party.
  • Heading into school with 3 days worth of gear on her back.
  • Pumpkins...
  • The front porch. I didn't decorate inside the house this year but did decorate outside a bit. 
  • Filter fun on Snapchat, while I was home alone. 

Right side, close up:

  • Madelyn all dolled up for the fashion show. Again, she talked this year about how nervous she was, but she got up on stage and rocked it. 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December Daily Days 2 & 3

Happy December! One thing about this month, is comes whether you're ready for it or not. 

We are well on our way, I have the first 3 days of my album put together. I changed day 2 up slightly. I still used the same number card and journal card, but on my main 4x6 card, rather than 2 small photos, I added one photo and another journal card to capture my story of the day.

I have to admit, I'm feeling a little bit lost with my December Daily album this year... My kids aren't little kids anymore. I'm not sure what stories I need to try and capture, and I'm also being mindful of their wishes for me to be a bit more private... 

That was bound to happen, with 16 and 13. I'm doing my best to honour everyone involved. 

Here are days 2 & 3: 

A few years ago, Ali Edwards had given the embrace the mess word art away for free.

I had downloaded it, but didn't find a spot in that years album to use it. Last night, as I was looking around my messy house, I remembered it. I had an a-ha moment. The house is a fright. We're still missing a ceiling in our family room. We're hosting Christmas eve, and I'm feeling overwhelmed by the state of things... 

I'm keeping it real. Things will get tidied and put away. Decorations will all get put out. Baking will get done. Cards will get sent. And Christmas Day arrives, just like December, whether you're ready for it or not. 

So I'm embracing the mess. Embracing the hustle. Embracing the busy of the season, and I'm going to do my very best to not get overwhelmed and let it get to me. 

Hello December, we're on our way!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

PL2018 - Weeks 40, 41 & 42

My mum held the fort down at home, while Barry and I spent a week out at the West Coast, in Sooke, celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We had such a nice get away, even the weather cooperated for us. The last time we were out there as a family, we were met with typhoon-like conditions. It was October then too, so we counted ourselves as pretty darn lucky.    

Week 40:

  • I don't think I could ever get tired of beach pictures. 
  • I also don't think I could ever get tired of beach combing and beach art. 
  • There was the excitement of what I'm calling 'SNO-ctober' while we were away. Kids both had a snow day, which was fun for everyone. 
  • We celebrated on the beach with some bubbly one night, where we were rewarded with the most magnificent sunset. 

Weeks 41 & 42 combined:

  • A trip to the Rothney Observatory with Trex.
  • We took Mason to the open house at SAIT, just so he can be a bit informed. 
  • First ringette tourney of the season for Adrenaline, they lost all their games in the Lonnie Krahn, but had a lot of fun doing so.  
  • Another marvellous sunset over the foothills and mountains. 
  • Family photos, while celebrating Barry's parents 60th Wedding Anniversary. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Week 40

Kindred Journal Cards:

Weeks 41 & 42

Everyday Routine Elements:
Everyday Routine - Journal Cards -

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

It's that time of year again!

I have begun to put together my December Daily foundation pages.

You might recall back in September, I talked briefly about December Daily. This is one project that I anticipate and love to do. Love it. I always get a bit nostalgic when I bring out my DD albums from past years, and see just how little my kids once were.

I mean come on...

How is it even possible that this sweet boy now towers over me, and this little girl is only a few inches away from looking at me right in the eye? Seriously, how on earth has that happened so fast? Seeing photos printed and in an album, make me so happy that I took the time to do this, and to see it through to finished.

When the kids were little, the Sears Christmas Wishbook was definitely the first sign that Christmas was fast approaching.

The photo above, of them going through the wishbook page by page, making notes about what they hoped to ask Santa for...  My heart. Seriously. It still explodes when I look at this photo.

One thing that remained the same for me and the kids, was the Sears Wishbook. I remember it showing up at the house. I was mesmerized by the pages of things, from childhood through adulthood. I ordered a lot of things from Sears over the years, because of that Christmas Wishbook. I'm glad the kids got to experience the wishbook the same way I did. Sadly, that's one tradition that has been lost, now that Sears is no longer a thing. I'm glad the kids got to have it for a few years at least, when the magic of Christmas was at it's peak.

They don't pay too much attention to toy store ads anymore, although recently a rather exciting glossy  Christmas flyer arrived from Toys R Us, both kids took their time going through it page by page. Once a kid, always a kid!

Now that we've hit mid-november, I've begun to put my foundation pages together for this years December Daily album.  I'm using a 6x8 album that I had stashed away. I did have to order some page protectors for it, but vowed this year not to purchase anything new. My goal this year is to use what I have.

And then then Sahlin Studio released this new collection: Home for the Holidays

Seriously... I'm swooning over this collection. The journal cards, the paper, the elements, the numbers. There's a lot that is swoon-worthy. I'm smitten.

How lucky am I? Because I'm part of the creative team, I've been playing with this! I have to say,  so far it's been fabulous!

Here's a few pages:

I wanted to be able to see the 'tree of words' underneath the page protector. This gives you a rough idea of the look I'm going for.  The paper I used on the 'M' is very tiny. I think I'll enlarge it slightly , and perhaps change the colour of some of the sentiments on the page. I'm still tinkering with this, and it's not completed quite yet.

This year, I'm going for simple. And repetition. 

I'm excited to see how the album will turn out. So far, I love it. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used:

Monday, November 12, 2018

November Template Freebie

It's that time again, to introduce the free template from Sahlin Studio! This template is free to download through the month of November, to do so, just follow this link. 

This template really spoke to me. [Let's be honest, most of them do] Because I'd just been away with Barry, celebrating our 20th anniversary, I knew I wanted to feature a photo of us in this space. 

Here is the original template:  

Here is my take on it: 

Love documenting the story of us celebrating our anniversary, in our happy place. 

I'm so happy I have these photos and stories. I'm so glad I still love doing this memory keeping as much now, and when I first began nearly 20 years ago. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PL2018 - Week 39

Week 39 really wasn't that long ago. This week was a busy one, lots of running around. At this point Mason had been on the ice for a number of evaluations, but still didn't have any information as to placement. Hoping to hear early into the next week. 

It was also the week that Barry and I were looking forward to our little get away. 

  • We celebrated Barry's birthday, by making him BBQ his own steak. He chose steak and he's convinced us all, that he's the only one brave enough to 'cook with fire'. 
  • Mason had to get fitted for a new retainer and hockey mouth guard. [I had to leave the room, because the giggles struck...] Giggles and gagging, is not a great match, although hilarious
  • We left Calgary and the COLD. Arriving in delightful and temperate Kelowna. Though today will be going down in history as the longest. Drive. Ever. 
  • Went pub hoping Friday night with some friends, had so much fun trying the 'beer flights'. 
  • Saturday, we went to the wedding. The day couldn't have been more perfect for them. So fun. 
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

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