Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PL2018 - Week 17


Week 17 was when things got real.

Weather-wise that is. 

Suddenly the sun showed up, melting all the snow. By the weekend, it was in the high 20's. Inside the house, it was almost unbearable...

C'mon Mother Nature... From snow and cold, to HOT... Give us a chance to acclimatize.  Because I can't even say things like "it's so hot... or I'm too hot". I promised myself, that if warmer weather ever came, I would do no such thing... 

But don't be cruel to us. Pretty please. Lets do this warm up thing, nice and slow...  Normal. 

Here is a look at week 17:


  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced HRH Louis Arthur Charles to the world. Another boy for Will and Kate. I wonder if they'll be done now, or still want to add to their brood...
  • Miss Libby, before and after shots never get old. This time, we didn't do the breed cut, but shaved her right down. She really feels the heat. 
  • On our Thursday walk, we were actually able to sit outside while enjoying our coffee!
  • Doing the 30 days of yoga challenge. Reminds me how much I enjoyed doing it. This is something I can see adding back into my life for sure. 
  • HOT...
  • Barry made the mistake of giving Libby vanilla ice cream. And then vanilla yogurt. If she sees either container, she makes a beeline for him, and doesn't move until she's rewarded with a taste.
  • First time tinkering in the garden. Looking for growth. Madelyn planted sweet pea and scarlett runner bean seeds, as soon as the snow was gone. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

4x6 Templates Vol 1.: http://the-lilypad.com/store/4x6-Photo-Templates-Vol-1.html

Thursday, June 7, 2018

PL2018 - Week 16


Week 16 goes back to April 16th - 22nd. And the snow... That was for real. It's no wonder we thought we'd never see the end of it. It just kept coming and coming. 

Of course, now it feels like winter never happened. 

Oh Canada... You crack me up with your extreme weather swings. 

Today as I post this, June 7th, it's 26 degrees Celsius. Indeed, on days like today, we tend to forget about winter...

Which is a good thing, and likely why we all continue living here...

Here is week 16: 

  • We had yet another dump of snow, after yet another 'heavy snowfall warning'. [The weather people have been right almost every time]
  • A few days after the heavy snow, we walked by the river. So much snow had already melted. 
  • Fun bunny ears with my girl. Love that she is so much fun and still wants to take silly photos with me. 
  • Cake Batter Cookies... Enough said. 
  • What saying "Don't touch anything" in a show home looks like with Miss Madelyn. 
  • The backyard is still full of snow, but the sun is warmer. We enjoyed coffee on the deck this weekend,  with a cozy hoodie on of course. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

You Are Here Kit - http://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-kit.html



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Template Freebie

It's that time again, this months template freebie, from Sahlin Studio is available, through the month of June only. Again, it's the grid-type format. You may have gathered, a grid wins my heart. Every time.  Here's what it looks like:


Right? So many options on this layout. I love it!

Here's what I did with mine: 


Ahhhh!! Every time I look at this page I love it. The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle was highly anticipated. Since the wedding began at 4:00 am, for us, I taped the event. 

I was excited to watch the wedding, but lets face it, a girl needs her sleep.

My husband thought I was crazy, because I kept pausing the wedding, to snap photos. Most of them are photos off my TV, a few were found on-line. I love that I have this layout, to commemorate their marriage. I really wish now, I'd done the same thing for William and Kate a few years ago... I may just have to go back and find photos, and create a wedding montage for them as well. 

I'm so, so very happy for these two. I hope their love is able to stand the test of time. And the press. I wish people would leave them alone. I just wish nothing but goodness and happiness for these two. 

Another couple to add to this years Christmas card list...

I wish you all the best, Harry and Meghan, and if you need a safe refuge in Calgary, AB, I'm your gal. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used

You and Me - Journal Card: http://the-lilypad.com/store/Me-and-You-Journal-Cards.html
You and Me - Paper:  http://the-lilypad.com/store/Me-and-You-Papers.html



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

PL2018 - Week 15




The last two weeks have been unseasonably warm. We have had the odd rain day thrown in there, but the temperatures have been in the high 20's. I have to say, we're not used to those kinds of temperatures. We may have a week or two, during the summer, usually during the stampede, that the temperatures soar, but never this early. And I promise not to complain, because I truly thought we'd have snow in our yard For. Ev. Er. 

The last few weeks, spring has come fast and hard. Fruit trees all bloomed. May day tree blooms  came and went.  We're now watching lilacs start. It's so wonderful. 

This is truly my favourite time of the year. The days are getting longer and warmer. The end of school is near... The sunshine and good weather just make people happy...

Here is week 15 of my project life album. 

  • All. That. Snow. [Seriously, it all disappeared within less than a week, once the temperatures warmed up]
  • Specialist eye appointment for my girl. You are so, so brave. 
  • Reading in the car at school bus pick up. I've been in a total reading groove this year, averaging nearly a book a week. It's been so great. 
  • More. Snow. The only one giddy about it, is the dog. 
  • Dropping Madelyn and Ellie off at camp. This camp was indoors in a bunkhouse. You two had  a great time. 
  • We got invited to an epic birthday party. Seriously, it was out of this world. Feel so fortunate to have the friends we have. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

For Real - Kit - http://the-lilypad.com/store/For-Real-Kit.html

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PL2018 - Week 14


A short week with Monday being a holiday, and an unexpected trip to the Flames Game. The short weeks always seem to drag on the longest for some reason. 

I also wanted to include a blurb about the terrible bus accident. I plan to do a small layout to include with this week, pertaining to the accident. 

Week 14: 


  • My 8 hour shift at the Calgary Casino, to get my volunteer time in for Ringette... It is a long, boring day, but it's way better than having to go to 8 separate ice times, or whatever it is... This year I was there on the Easter Monday, it was slow, and I at least managed to get a book read. 
  • Feel so lucky that the 4 of us were able to get tickets to see the Flames play. It was a fun adventure, and we had great seats!
  • April 6th, there was a horrific bus crash, that claimed the lives of 16 individuals, the majority being hockey players from the Humboldt Broncos. It's been  absolutely devastating, and touched many. 
  • Collected Easter Eggs, that didn't stand a chance...

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Everyday Routine Elements:  http://the-lilypad.com/store/the-everyday-routine-elements.html
Everyday Routine - Journal Cards - http://the-lilypad.com/store/the-everyday-routine-journal-cards.html
Everyday Routine - Paper - http://the-lilypad.com/store/the-everyday-routine-papers.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PL2018 - Week 13

Oh my goodness... It's nearly the may long weekend. 

The grass is green. The leaves are out. There are even some mayday trees and crab apple trees blooming. The last two days, the temperature has hit 28-30 degrees celsius. 

We went from 7 months of winter, to blazing hot. And already it's hard to look back at these winter pictures and remember how miserable and HOW LONG our winter was. 

Here is week 13: 


  • Spring break, and we went to an impromptu afternoon movie. The boys saw Black Panther, and the girls saw A Wrinkle in Time.
  • First day of work! Mason had a few shifts this week, during the day. Getting trained for his new roll. 
  • We can finally see the asphalt again, and not major ruts on the road. 
  • Our little eggs from last week sprouted! We used them on our Easter table. They were so easy to do, and looked so cute. 
  • Another Flames game. We've been really lucky this year to pick up tickets that couldn't be used. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

PM - Classic - Elements: http://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Classic-Elements.html

Thursday, May 10, 2018

May Template Freebie

It's that time again!



I absolutey love the simplicity of it. 

I looked through some photos, wondering what story I should capture, found this picture I'd taken through the book shelves at the library last summer. 

Here is the layout I created using the template: 


One of my greatest accomplishments as a parent, is raising avid readers. I like to think that I had a helping hand in this. That they have seen my love of reading, and have naturally loved to read as well...

Or maybe I'm just super lucky. 

As I child, I was definitely an avid reader. I went through books at a pretty quick rate. I could get lost in a book any where, any time. I'm not one of those people who can read a few chapters before bed, to put themselves to sleep. No, I have to force myself to finish a chapter, and turn out the light. And if it's a really good story, that's a lot easier said than done.  I have been known to read into the wee hours, though I don't do that as much these days. Sleep ranks pretty high up there these days. 

This girl though... Wow. She's a reader. If I thought I was an avid reader, I'm honestly not sure what I'd call her. She reads way faster than I can, often averaging a book a day. She absolutely gets lost in a story. She doesn't hear you talking to her. She doesn't hear you ask her a question. Or telling her it's time to go. Or calling her for supper. She sneakily turns her reading lamp back on at night, after she's been told lights out. She is constantly threatened of light bulb removal. But still, she reads. I have often woke up in the morning, to find her light back/still on, and her finished book beside her. 

No matter where we go, she finds the books. She's drawn to them. She will sit down anywhere and read. And she does. 

And for that I'm grateful. Because the worst thing about this story, is she's tired in the morning, because she loves to read.

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Shine Bright Journal Cards:  http://the-lilypad.com/store/Shine-Bright-Journal-Cards.html