Thursday, January 22, 2015

PL2014 - Catch Up Cluster - Weeks 44 through 48

Doesn't it always seem, like there's never enough time? I constantly seem to be plagued with 'busy-ness'. There never seems to be enough time to get things finished. I am always saying to myself things like, "When Christmas is over, I'll have more time to spending doing this..." Or, "As soon as the kids are back to school, I'll be able to do that..."

And oddly enough, this and that don't seem to happen.

I don't want to wish my time away. I don't. I'm frightened that my kids are getting older and bigger, with each passing day, not to mention each passing year... In the not to distant future, I WILL be able to leave my kids home alone. Both of them. And that's pretty scary.  At least to me it's scary.

Madelyn recently took the home alone class at school, and is absolutely DYING to stay home alone. And that's not going to happen. Not this year any way. And I'm sure I felt this way about Mason too, once. But now he does have the freedom to stay home by himself here and there. It's not a regular occurrence, but it did seem to happen quite naturally, when it did begin to happen.

Kudos go out to all you Mama's out there, who work either full or part time, and parent. And care for the house. And get your kids to sporting events. You totally rock.

Having gotten that off my chest, I have some pages 2014 project life pages to share. I hope to get completely caught up in the next couple of posts.

Week 44:

This was the week I played along with Ali Edwards, A Week in the Life. I just printed off all the photos for that album. I now need to put it together. Once I do, I will share it on the blog.

Week 45:

It's taxing my brain a little bit, to go back this far... This week started off great. With unseasonably warm temperatures. Libby corralled in the kitchen, love you can see her little head peeking above the board. Great walk along the Glenmore Reservoir with the girls. Red cups are back! Pictures of food, might be something a bit new. Saturday was jam packed, Madelyn had a Veteran's bottle drive with the Girl Guides, then we had to leave for her to play ringette [where she got her first hat trick!] Then we went to Mason's game across town, and then a date for Barry and I to go to the McKnight Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction. When we came out, it had started to snow, and then snowed like crazy.

Week 46:

Madelyn has set up a vet clinic in the basement, and has all sorts of cubbies lined up ready for customers. A walk down by the river, that is breath-taking. My sandwhich picture was posted in the Calgary Herald. Hip Hop dance presentation at SVS. Kids at G&G's house.

Week 47:

This week, we had Miss Libby fixed, so it was a quiet couple of days, trying to keep her calm. Mad always reading. Game playing. Home made chicken noodle soup. A lunch date with my favourite little boy.

Week 48:

This week we started putting up the tree. Poor thing sat like this for a week... First red cup of the season. Snowfall warning. Lunch date with my favourite girl. Birthday celebration. Grey Cup winners! And first Xmas party of the season.

Following Sahlin Studio Product used:

Week 44

Autumn Frost

Week 45

Sahlin Studio portion of the MPM kit - Gather
Word Art  - Add on
Washi Tape - Add on

Week 46

Documentary Kit 
Magical Photo Overlays

Week 47

Flashback Bundle

Week 48

PS I Love You - Kit

Thursday, January 15, 2015

PL2014 - Week 43

Believe it or not, I am caught up. I've even done the first week of 2015.

Do I plan to continue on with project life this year? You bet. Last years format of a page a week was awesome. It worked out just fine for me. If I wanted to add more, I could. But a page was enough to capture the stories I wanted captured.

I am planning to do a lump post, of a bunch of layouts. But, the photos are all still at the developers. I have yet to pick them up. So, it will be awhile yet, before I can do that.

For now, here's week 43:

This week: our ski passes arrived in the mail. I have mixed feelings because I'm excited, but not necessarily about the snow... A visit with Gigi. Madelyn found a leaf shaped like a heart. The boy playing volleyball. Kids at the Halloween Hop [Mason informed us he was going as the Grade 7 Jr. High kid, who didn't dress up] And we decorated skeleton cookies.

Product used from Sahlin Studio:

Autumn Frost Kit and Journal cards 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Daily - Day 20

The kids got emails from Santa. I'm telling you, Santa rocks. He thinks of everything. With technology the way it is and all, of course Santa has email. It's such a great confirmation that he knows who you are, and what it is you've asked for. And since Madelyn has asked for a 'tiger' this year. That's right, a real. Live. Tiger. I'm kind of interested to see how Santa is going to handle that...

Products used in this layout:

Sahlin Studio - Project Mouse Christmas
Sahlin Studio - Making Spirits Bright - Number Cards and Bits. 

December Daily - Day 19

We have an Elf. An Elf on the Shelf. His name is Calvin. He's been with us a few years now. Keeps coming back to our family, and we're grateful. He kindly takes the kids letters to Santa for us. And then he brings them back to me, because he knows how much I like to scrapbook. To include these little momentos. So today is just these letters to Santa, in a page protector.

Day 19:

I apologize for the terrible scan, but I just couldn't seem to get it work properly.

Products used:

Sahlin Studio portion of MPM - December - Joy [alphabet tiles]
Add ons for MPM Decmeber Kit - Joy

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December Daily - Days 17 & 18

Can you believe that my kids were off school yesterday and I'm already caught up. Way to go! So happy with myself!

Here is Day 17:

Every year we make ginger snaps. We make cookies to give to teachers, and we were running out of time. So, we made cookies on the 17th. Every year Madelyn gets a little bit more interested. This year she actually helped roll all the dough into balls. And as usual, they are delicious. One always tastes like another.

Day 18:

So, The Hobbit was released on the 17th. There has been a ridiculous amount of build up, waiting for the release of this movie. One of Mason's friends from the hockey team was going to see it, and invited Mace to go along. He was so eager, he even snubbed his Scout Christmas party. His Dad however, wasn't able to. As a Scout leader, he had to go to Scouts. [Even though I know he wanted to go to the movie] Any way, because I wasn't there, I didn't get a ticket stub, or a picture, but I intend to get a photo of the boys together and add it in here.

Products Used in these pages:

Day 17

Sahlin Studio - Making Spirits Bright Number Bits and Cards
Sahlin Studio - Photo Overlays - Christmas No. 1
Sahlin Studio portion of December's MPM Kit - Joy

Day 18

Add ons - December MPM kit - Joy
Sahlin Studio - Making Spirits Bright Number Bits and Cards

December Daily - Days 15 & 16

I started to put together an advent calendar for the kids this year. I got envelopes ready. I numbered them 1 - 24. Then I grabbed my calendar to see which nights we had available, to do the odd fun thing. Outings like: go look at lights, go for hot chocolate, in lieu of being in a blizzard, go for one at DQ.  Imagine my surprise, when we didn't have a single night without something going on. Between hockey, ringette, Scouts and Guides, we have the 23rd of December available. Yeah. That's right. It's our first free night... Needless to say, I didn't do the advent calendar, but was pleased that one night after a hockey practice, the kids were able to watch the Grinch.

Day 15: 

Day 16:

We, or at least I, considered Barry's Christmas Party, date night... It was a night out. And to be honest, the first 45 minutes, when we went to the lounge, just the 2 of us, for a drink, before everyone got there, was the best.

Products used in these layouts:

Day 15

Sahlin Studio - Making Spirits Bright
Add on's for December MPM - Joy

Day 16

Add on's from the December MPM - Joy.

December Daily - Days 11, 12, 13 and 14

Last weekend was hectic.

Like ridiculously busy.

Both kids were in tournaments. Mason was in a hockey tournament that we were hosting. And let me just say, hosting a tournament is a LOT OF WORK. Don't be fooled. Your weekend will be a blur. So much time volunteering. The worst part of it is, you don't even get to see your kid play a game. Because you're doing stuff. Hence the reason I do not have a single picture of Mason all weekend long. But it's okay. It's over now. I lived to tell the tale.

Madelyn was in a ringette tourney in a nearby town. We were not hosting. I got to see all of her games. Hence the pictures of her.

But first, before the tournaments began, my walking girls had a brunch/coffee get together. It was delightful. 

Day 11:

Then, onto the weekend...

Day 12:

Madelyn played goalie, for the first time ever. And she found out about it when we arrived at the rink. Which was the perfect way for her to find out about it. Had she known beforehand, she would have fret about it all night long.

In ringette, you play tourneys DURING THE DAY on the Friday. Unusual, but we went with the flow.  She had her first game at 8:15 am, so she played, and then we took her back to school.

The back of day 12, is a full page of the first 12 days of Calvin. He is still a rascal. 

Day 13:

Journaling explains the story. We had a ringette game, which was around the same time as one of Mason's hockey games. All Madelyn's grandparents came to watch her play. Then we went to my in-laws for dinner. The boys came out and met us.

Day 14:

I was able to watch Mason's last game. It was a close game, and the teams were evenly matched, but sadly the other team won. I did get a few photos of the medals being handed out.

Products used in these layouts:

Day 11

 Add on's for the MPM - December Joy collection

Day 12

Add on's for the MPM - December Joy collection
Sahlin Studio -  Making Spirits Bright - number bits and cards
Sahlin Studio - MPM - Joy Add on - Photo Overlays - Christmas No. 1

Day 13

Add on's for the MPM - December Joy collection. 
Sahlin Studio - Project Mouse Christmas [2013]

Day 14

Add on's for the MPM - December Joy collection.