Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PL2017 - Week 25

Here is a quick look back to Week 25. 

  • Trip to the library.
  • Storm in Red Deer my brother was caught in. 
  • Pub Night with my Tsunami Mommies.
  • Enjoying the deck. 
  • Mason mowing the lawn. 
  • Sleepovers, the day after...
This is a layout, that I ended up having more photos than spaces to put photos. 

I had a couple of stories to tell, that I wanted to have several photos. I also wanted to include journaling, but I didn't want this to end up being a 2 page spread. 

So, I created a couple of flip up pockets. 

To do this, I cut up an existing page protector, taping it directly over the photo so that when it flips up, more of the story is visible. 

Here are the photos I included: 

My brother was in a freak windstorm this summer while camping up in Red Deer. The wind was so intense, that it literally pulled the trees from the ground. Huge trees. He said it was so scary, he thought he was going to be hit for sure. He was inside at the time, and he could hear something coming, he said it sounded like a freight train. Many of the RV's in the campground were hit with falling trees and debris, and miraculously, he got out with out so much as a scratch. The top photo, was the RV right next door to him. It absolutely hit close to home. We're so thankful he was okay.

I wanted to include a few photos that he'd sent me. It's hard to believe this wasn't actually a tornado, but it was just extreme wind gusts. There was a huge clean up effort, and the majority of the trees in the campground were destroyed.

The next story I wanted to include was the 'sleep overs'. Both kids had them, where there was little to no sleep [remember me, I HATE sleep overs] The kids were both crabby, and I sent them both for naps. And both napped. Absolutely unheard of. The only time these kids ever sleep other than at night time, is when they're sick.

Mason recovered after his nap, and made it through the rest of the day. Madelyn on the other hand woke up even crabbier. At least it was quiet for a couple of hours...

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Monday, September 11, 2017

PL2017 - Weeks 23 & 24

It's hard to go back to June, when we're now in September. But here we are, in June, with summer ahead of us. Spring time remains my favourite. The days getting warmer and longer. The anticipation of summer ahead. Love it. 

Here week 23:

  • Last photos of Miss Madelyn as a school patrol. 
  • Good news at the Dr. I have to admit, I have been very apprehensive about this visit. 
  • Our Grade 9 grad...
  • Thrifting with Mum, a favourite. 
  • Hugging a tree.
  • Mandatory photo with Mum and Dad and the Gr. 9 grad. He was much more receptive to taking pictures when he realized EVERYONE was taking photos with their kids. 
  • Miss Libby finds a spot to sit in the morning sun. 

Week 24:

Celebrating Ama's Bday. 
Last lunch date with a grade 9 and grade 6 student. 
Measuring, and Mason is finally taller than his Dad. 
Bug finding.
City view.
Movie with the boy. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Week 23

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Week 24

Composition - journal card - http://the-lilypad.com/store/composition-journal-cards.html
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Photo template 1 - 4x6 vol 1 - http://the-lilypad.com/store/4x6-Photo-Templates-Vol-1.html

Sunday, September 10, 2017

First Week of School

Well, we've got the first week of school under our belts.

Grade 10 and Grade 7.

Senior and Junior High. 


Tuesday September 5th was our first day. We didn't prepare ahead of time. We simply set alarms and got up. Sadly, for me, alarm setting time is early

We've had a big shift in school start times this year. We were lucky for Mace's 3 years of Jr. High, his start time was 9:00 am. 

Madelyn's start time is 8:15 am, and she's on the school bus. At a congregated bus stop, to make matters even more inconvenient. [At a bus stop that is 4 km away from our house. Across a very busy [8 lanes of traffic at 80 km/hour] roadway. There's no way she can get there herself.] So we have to get her there, for 7:25 every morning. Leaving the house at 7:10 each morning. Meaning, her wake up time is 6:30 each morning. Meaning my wake up time is before that... 

Poor me, I know. But I'm not a morning person, and so far I've done this school with kids thing, okay. I had to get up for 7:00 am, the last 3 years with Mace. Now, I'm up just after 6 am. This could be a long 3 years, but I'm trying to think about all the wonderful things I can do in the morning. How productive I can be. 

Here are first day of school photos:

Both kids were up at the same time. Mason woke his sister up, for her first day of Grade 7. She left the house at 7:05; he left the house at 7:40. He was delighted to learn he'll be able to sleep until 7:00 most mornings. No different that the last 3 years.

Off he goes. First day of school photo. With a couple new clothing items, that he actually picked out.  He's mad the trip to the school on city transit already. So he knows where he's going. Proud of the young man this guy is becoming. Hoping for an awesome year ahead.

First day of Grade 7. She's going to a school with a uniformed program. We ordered the clothing back in June, so hoping that it will be at school ready to pick up today. On the first day of school, they were asked to wear a white polo top, if they didn't have the required shirt. In this photo, she is apprehensive but very excited.

This was my after school treat for the first day back. Square pretzels with a candy melt and a 'stem'.  Found this idea here. Easy-peasy, all of us enjoyed them but Madelyn. She didn't like them.  Seriously, WHO doesn't like sweet and salty?

And we're still relishing in crazy warm temperatures. 

This summer has been awesome. Though the smoke from surrounding forest fires has been absolutely  brutal off and on all summer long. 

I have to say, this is the first time I'm actually looking forward to the cooler temperatures of fall. To wearing sweaters and boots and scarves. I have been so hot, all summer long. I'm not complaining. I am just looking forward to cooler temperatures and smoke free crisp clean air. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

September Template Freebie

I was so excited about this months template freebie from Sahlin Studio. First of all, I love repetition. I also love circles. So I think repetition and circles are going to make a fun addition to any scrapbook page. 

I went through an old album, and realized I had a few blank pages. When you've got  a spot between January and March, you have to go through older photos, of that specific time period, and decide what story you'd like to revisit. At least that's how I operate. I want my albums to be in sync as far as time periods and dates. 

Also, it's HOT here. Still. It has been all summer. Have I mentioned how darn lucky we've been this summer and how awesome the weather has been? True story. This is the first year, in a long time, that  I totally regret not having air conditioning. There have been many nights, laying in bed, on top of the covers, wondering how I can cool down...

So, when I was looking through through my older photos, that were taken between January and March, it was a cooler time. I enjoyed creating a page of a cooler time, when I've been so hot all summer long. 

So, here's this months layout:

Download [click here] it for free, for the month of September only. 

Here is my deliciously cool take on this months layout. [Going a few years back to the winter of 2014]

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PL2017 - Week 22

We're enjoying the last few days of summer around here. 

School starts back in a few days. 

This week I've been getting the kids up early, making them go to bed at a decent hour. Needless to say, there has been a lot of grumbling and complaining.

Tuesday morning is going to come as quite a shock, to Miss Madelyn especially. She is going to have to be boarding a school bus at 7:15 am. There haven't been many times, when she's had to be up before 7:00 am during the school week. The exception of course is for a few early weekend ringette practices. I think her wake up time will need to be sometime between 6:15-6:30... I know I'm not looking forward to it. To poking the bear... Next week will be brutal for all of us. 

We'll just have to take it one day at a time. For the first time in her life, it's possible she'll fall to sleep exhausted at the end of the day...  

Yeah... I heard that too. I'm not sure there's anything that exhausts her... We'll just have to wait and see. And hope. 

Here is Week 22 of my project life album.

  • Shopping for grad clothes... It's usually painful shopping with this boy, but this trip we had a lot of laughs.
  • Service project with the Girl Guides, painting yellow fish on storm drains.
  • Camping trip to Two Jack Lake in Banff. We booked this camping trip when registration opened back in February. Lucky us, we had a great weekend weather-wise. 
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Monday, August 28, 2017

PL2017 - Week 21

Still puttering along with project life. I'm definitely a bit behind, I'm not sure how that happens, but I just go with it. Still loving this form of memory keeping. Still...

This is from week 21, that happened back in May. I struggled to find enough photos to fill this week, so I fixed that by cutting down a 12x12 page protector. I actually like how there are occasional different sizes within my album. 
  • A trip to the orthodontist for Miss Mad.
  • Miss Libby, always wanting a snuggle.
  • Shopping for dress pants with the boy. Painful, but successful. 
  • Messy hair, don't car. The t-shirt couldn't be more accurate.
  • Still getting bundles of flowers... Lucky me. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Solar Eclipse - 2017

You guys... A week ago Calgary experienced our first solar eclipse in a long, long time.

I know that I was in elementary school, when the last eclipse was in town. [I absolutely just dated myself] I have a vague recollection of it. That and the concord, that went over our city, breaking the sound barrier. Two things that have nothing to do with one another, but two things I have vague memories of...

Anyway, Monday August 21st, we were to witness a solar eclipse, and see 81% of totality.

81% seems like it should get at least dusky... Right? Wrong. 

I'm not going to lie. 81% of totality, ended up being pretty disappointing. If you didn't know the eclipse was happening, you wouldn't have even realized the change in light. The light change was very subtle. A little bit more 'golden'. Inside the house, was more noticeable, it was much duller.

We had purchased eclipse glasses, and I had made cereal box eclipse viewers, which turned out very cool. It was so easy to make, and you got a real good look at the eclipse.

We brought out lawn chairs and parked ourselves in the driveway, for a front row show. It didn't disappoint.

Here are some photos from that day:

It was really hard to get any decent photos, trying to take them inside the cereal box. But it worked so well, you really got to see the shape change as the moon passed across the sun.

And, it wasn't all exciting... Mad made sure she had some reading material handy.

One thing I didn't realize, is that you would be able to see the eclipse in the shadows, such as leaves. I saw that later on the news, and wish I'd known that fact.

I'd also like to check out the next total eclipse... I want to see totality. That just got put in my bucket list.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vegas 2017 [August Template freebie]

We went to Vegas last weekend. We went to celebrate a friends birthday. Both Barry and I have never been there before. It was HOT. Crazy hot. It took my breath away every time we left air conditioning. Barry was right, it was a 'dry' heat. In that, you didn't get completely saturated, as you would have had you walked out into hot and humid. We just walked out into hot.

But for this girl, for which 25 degrees Celsius is ideal... It was hot as balls. [Yes, I typed that]

I'm a fair weather girl. I don't like it too cold, and I don't like it too hot... 

I wanted to create a layout of our trip. A fun reminder of our weekend away. 

I ended up using Sahlin Studio - August template freebie. [Click here to find it] Available for the month of August only. 

This template is cool. It's got all sorts of layers and diagonal lines. 

At first, I tried very hard to get my photos into the diagonal spaces, but I wasn't happy at all with how that looked. It's nearly impossible not to cut photos off. 

I changed my strategy. I filled all the diagonal sections with paper, and then laid my photos on top.  At first I wasn't totally happy with that either. It looked a little bit chaotic. 

And then I thought, Yes. Chaotic. 

That totally goes with the theme of our first trip to Vegas. For me, it was absolutely a sensory overload. The sights, the sounds, the smells.... Everything was larger than life. People walking down the streets and in the casinos at all hours. Traffic noise on the streets. The blocks of walking between casinos. The noise inside the casinos [slot machines and the constant din of people hooting and hollering] The amount of people walking the streets. The shocking amount of children walking the streets and inside casinos. [This is absolutely not a stop I'd have on my family vacation destination, but that's just me] And the heat... Did I mention it took my breath away every time I stepped outside?

To be honest, I was really surprised that Vegas wasn't more volatile. With alcohol available EVERYWHERE, people drinking everywhere. It was surprisingly clean, and I didn't see anyone fighting. I did however, see a lot of stumbling... Very much out of my comfort zone for sure. 

Here is my layout:

We did have fun. We did gamble. We lost some money, won some money. I may have walked down the street with a gigantic beer. When in Rome, right? 

Would I go back? It's still too soon to say. I need more time to let it all sink in. I'm not saying never, but I'm not in a rush to find the next deal. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

PL2017 - Weeks 19 & 20

Here we are, nearing the end of August, only a couple more weeks left before the kids head back to school. Eeks. July always seems so dreamy. August seems to fly by. 

Here are my PL pages for weeks 19 & 20:

Week 19:

  • A fella and his dog...
  • Madelyn was asked to participate in the Maker Fair which was held at Telus Spark. She had a crystal growing exhibit. She worked on this project at lunch time and after school.
  • Graduating to Pathfinders. 
  • Silly post-it note on her cereal box. Warning her brother to stay away. 
  • Grade 9 portraits.
  • Playing a game, while his sister had friends over.
  • Amazing sunset. 

Week 20:

  • Walking Miss Libby, I found a cluster of crocuses. 
  • 51st Anniversary celebration.
  • Last ever elementary field trip. Too bad the weather was so dreadful.
  • Trip to Medicine Hat, to meet up with friends. So thankful for these friendships.
The following Sahlin Studio Product was used: 

Week 19:

Week 20: 

Roots [ release August 2015]

Friday, July 28, 2017

PL2017 - Week 18 and Random Movie Talk

So far, I haven't scrapped into the wee hours, as I'd expected to. 

I haven't quite caught up on projects I wanted to catch up on...

Our computer is in the same room as our big TV. And it would seem, that this is the summer that Mason is on a mission watch EVERY movie series possible. So far he's watched in there entirety:
  • Harry Potter [all]
  • Star Wars [all] for I'm sure, the thousandth time...
  • Jason Bourne [all]
  • Jurassic Park [all]
  • Every movie that has to do with a super hero [Thor/Spiderman/Iron Man/Avengers etc]
[I'm sure there are more movies than this, these are just the ones I know for sure he's watched]

It seems that the louder the movie is, the better the viewing experience. So, while he's watching movies until the wee hours, I go somewhere else, where it's quieter. Also, I'm  pretty big talker, but these days, I don't seem to be a 'up until the wee hours' kind a girl... 

Also, I've been to see two movies in the theatre this summer! TWO TIMES! What?! Unheard of. Granted they've both been movies the boys wanted to see but they were above a G or Disney rating...

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. It was okay. That's my rating. Okay. Let's face it, Chris Pratt is pretty easy on the eyes. I love Groot of course, he kind of steals the show. I constantly listened to Rocket, to try and hear Bradley Cooper... I had tried to encourage Madelyn to watch the first movie, so she could join us for the second, but she wouldn't budge. As it turned out,  I was glad Madelyn chose not to join us, it did get a little bit dark. [Remember, she likes Disney movies...] 
The movie soundtrack was pretty good. Especially the opening scenes, with Groot dancing around to Mr. Blue Sky [ELO] I challenge you to listen to that song without dancing... We've been listening to that soundtrack here, pretty much on repeat. It's Mason's new favourite. Which is pretty funny, because the majority of the songs on the soundtrack are from the 70's. Literally. 

We also saw Spiderman Homecoming. This was a movie I could get on board with. I really liked it. 
I have seen all the spiderman movies over the years. I watched Toby Maguire get bitten by a spider. I loved Kirsten Dunst at M.J. I enjoyed watching Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Now, yet another version. This time, I loved Tom Holland as Peter Parker. He actually looked like a high school student. When we were driving home, I said the only thing I thought about the movie, was Peter seemed like a bit of a scaredy cat.. And Mason said "Mum...  He was a kid my age, don't you think I'd be scared?" Well played Mace, well played. 

Very exciting that we're in July, and I've been to the theatre two times already. I'd still like to see Wonder Woman. I need to make the boys come see that with me. 

Movies aside, here is week 18 of my project life album. 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mara Lake

It should come as no surprised that I like multi picture layouts. I mention it quite a lot. I mean let's face it, Project Life is basically multi photo pages...

[To be honest, that ONLY just kind of came to me...]

The recently released Clean Lined Pocket Templates, Vol 2, has my heart soaring.  Sometimes I think too many pictures gets things a little bit cluttered. Multi picture templates totally gives me permission to use many pictures.

This release came at exactly the right time too, we had just returned from our summer get away. I had just the thing I wanted to capture. 

As usual, I like to tinker to make things my own. The templates [and there are 4 to choose from] are 12x12 size.

For me, it's way too costly to print 12x12 size, so I shrunk them down to 8x8.

I actually shrunk them down even a bit smaller than that, because I put them onto an 8x8 background. If I have a bit of a background, then I know I'm not going to lose any of my photos due to bleeding or cut-offs.

 This is template No.2

This is template No. 3

These are fast and easy. Just drag and drop the photos in. Add some embellishments and voila, you're done!  

Templates make it so easy to capture memories, right after they've happened.  

The following Sahlin Studio Product was used: 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July Template Freebie

This months template, is such a cool design. 

I have come to love clean lines and a minimalistic approach. I laugh at how my likes have changed over the years. This template can be found by clicking here, through the month of July only, get it while you can.

I love the short bullet-like descriptions. This was the perfect layout to document a weekend camping trip we'd taken to Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. 

This trip just ended up being the 3 of us. Barry, Mason and myself. Madelyn decided at the last minute to attend the last Girl Guide camp of the season. It was nice to spend quality time alone with Mace. We obviously don't get the chance to spend one-on-one time with our kids very often. 

We booked this campsite back in January. When I booked, this was the only weekend available, with two nights in a row. I'm not even kidding. Booking a campsite for June, in January. Who knows what you're going to get weather wise. 

As it turned out, we couldn't have been more lucky with the weather. Someone was obviously looking down on us kindly. 

I'd heard many things about Two Jack Lake. Seen so many pictures posted on different forms of social media. The location and lake itself, is absolutely stunning. How can it not be really, with the mountains in the background of every picture. 

The campground however... Well, it was like camping in a parking lot. Been there, done that.  We don't need to camp there again. I'm glad we went, but once is enough. 

The following Sahlin Studio Product was used: 

PL2017 - Week 17

Here is a look at week 17 of my project life album. 

  • She still holds my hand, and still promises to never stop.
  • There are 3 houses for sale on our street right now. It's highly unusual.
  • LOVE the new Tim Horton's Canada 150 cups. They just make me happy.
  • Madelyn making her debut as 'Mrs Neumiller'. She knocked her role in the school performance out of the water.
  • Enjoying a nice spring evening, hanging out on the margarita patio with Barry. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Monday, July 10, 2017

PL2017 - Week 16

This week happened to be Ali Edwards A week in the Life. Week in the life, is a project I've followed along with for the past 9 years. Week in the life goes very in-depth into each day, and it's a project I both love and dread. I love it because going back to look takes me right back to the every day things. 

Some have long since been forgotten. For example, when the kids were little, they both came and snuggled into bed with us, every morning. Every. Single. Morning. Now that they're 12 and 15, that doesn't happen. It hasn't happened for a very long time, and had I not captured it when I did, it would simply have been forgotten. 

Like December Daily, it's a project that you need to tackle head on. In comparison to December Daily, at least it's over in a week, rather than going on the entire month. 

I did create a 2017 WITL album, and will share it here when it's totally complete. I'm about 90% of the way there. [Shout out to summer vacation, where I'll be able to spend some late nights catching up!!]

I also like to capture the week in my PL album. Would hate for the week to stay blank.

Here is my layout for week 16:

  • Getting my day started.
  • Making an effort to walk Libby.
  • School day breakfast, he's up showered, fed and gone by 7:25 am.
  • Madelyn's booth at the school carnival, I was skeptical, and turns out I needn't be. 'Tape the Teacher to the Wall' was a huge success.
  • She loves that swing, still. 
  • The boys, doing some impromptu yard work after our neighbour went over our yard with an aerator he'd rented.  So thankful for good neighbours. 
I take hundreds of photos. Hundreds. I take pictures all time. I don't print them off very often. Before the days of digital cameras, I took a roll of 24 or 36 photos, and had them printed, put them in albums. Mason has several albums of random photos for his first few years. Madelyn does not. But both have albums and books, and can go back and watch themselves grow. 

I have been doing Project Life for 5 years. I have to say, I religiously print these photos all off and put them in my albums. I have 5 years of our every day stuff. I'm so thankful that I've kept up with this memory keeping or story telling. This continues to be important to me, year after year. I still love it. Not to say I am always motivated. I'm not. Sometimes a few weeks lapse here and there, but I have never stepped away for a very long time. I hope I never do. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PL2017 - Week15

I just realized I'm a few posts behind. That seems to happen too easy.

Here is my layout for week 15:

  • I surprised Madelyn after school one day and took her to see Beauty and the Beast [note to self, there were no more than 20 of us in the theatre, 3:45 pm is the perfect time to see a movie]
  • Snow. Again. And it's not funny anymore.
  • Someone got hit in the face with a dodgeball... 
  • Easter fun with the back end of a bunny.
  • A trip to the garden centre reminds us, spring will eventually arrive. 
  • Family birthday celebration. 

The following Sahlin Studio Product was used:

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Friday, June 9, 2017

T W E L V E...

It's happened. My baby has turned 12.

My little, who is not quite so little any longer. 

She's been waiting many years, for her friend sleep over birthday celebration. I, on the other hand, have been dreading it for the same amount of years...

My Mum hated me and my brother having sleep-overs. I couldn't understand it. They were SO FUN. That's what I thought when I was vying to have them and go to them. Now, I get her. I hate sleep overs...  The most obvious reason, my over-tired, cranky, unbearable the next day, kids... Hate that part. They deny it of course, but there are more often than not, epic meltdowns at some point the next day. I hate over tired cranky, crabby kids. Especially my own.

Having said that, we had a 'camp out' themed 12th birthday celebration.

She was allowed to invite 3 friends [my limit for kids sleeping over is 4; including my own] I haven't budged on the number of kids yet. The same rules apply to Mason and his friends. It was a tough decision, but she managed to narrow it down to 3 friends.

Thought I hate sleep overs, I do love planning a party.

I'm not going to lie, Pinterest does make me feel inadequate at times. I mean there are some extremely crazy talented party planning mums.  Some of them go totally over the top.

And that's cool.

But it isn't for me. I do like to pick up my favourite tidbits, and put my own spin on things.

This year, I was feeling a substantial amount of guilt, because last year, she ended up not having an birthday party. I don't need to get into it, but having or not having a party, were on Madelyn. Having said that,  I am still plagued with mum guilt. [Last year she was going through a Wizard of Oz phase, and that would have been much fun to plan also...] Here is last years invite:

It never got finished, or sent out. Like I mentioned, in the end, the onus was on her, and she didn't follow through. But the guilt... Ay-yi-yi... When your kids says, "Yeah, I never even got a birthday party this year..." To friends, aunts and uncles, grandparents. To anyone that would listen actually. Well, it does have the desired effect.

It's obviously going to be long lasting. That guilt.  I digress.

At least I don't have the guilt for this years birthday celebration. This one, thank goodness, was successfully planned and executed.

Here is this years birthday invite:

This was her first sleep over with more than one friend. So we had the idea of putting the tent up in the basement for the girls to sleep in.

She thought it was an AWESOME IDEA, and so operation 'birthday campout' was in effect.

I helped set the stage of course:

The dinner menu was BBQ-ed dogs and veggies and dip. I was surprised at how much some of these kids could eat! I'm used to the teensy amount of food Madelyn eats. Grilled dogs were perfect camp out themed meal. 

I picked up a red and white checked table cloth from the dollar store [I'll be able to reuse it for this years Canada Day celebrations] From the neighbourhood, I picked up twigs and pinecones to decorate a vase on the table. Easy-peasy.

After dinner, the girls did an outdoor adventure hut. They went around the block as group, looking for what was on their lists.

Alyssa did find everything on the list [the feather being the toughest item to find] There were no prizes, they just did this for fun.

The red solo cup... With names, as to not confuse which cup belongs to who... 3 girls with  names that begin with the letter M...

Madelyn requested a cookie panookie for her birthday dessert. I turned it into a S'more Panookie. I melted a chocolate chips on top of the cookie, and broiled a layer of marshmallows to create the S'more look. Made a tent out of paper and campfire of candles. 

The happy birthday girl, making her wish.

 The highlight was undoubtably, the trail mix bar...

There was no rhyme nor reason to this, just a bunch of treats. They could choose from pretzels, hickory sticks, miniature marshmallows, gummy bears, M&M's, cheese its, pretzel chips, onion rings, nibs, cheddar popcorn and s'more teddy grahams, marshmallow cones. It was quite a combination.

I crossed my fingers that no one would eat so much, that they'd throw up.

In the basement. In our tent.

And thankfully, no one did.

The girls had a great time. They laughed and giggled and squealed. Madelyn made a point of coming upstairs to thank me and telling me "This is the best party I've ever had!"

So, Mum guilt for this year, isn't happening.

And to be totally honest, they kept themselves entertained better than I thought they would. They hung out in the tent, rather than watching movies. They played a little bit of video games. All of them were gone by 11:00 the next morning. There was however, the anticipated meltdown the next night, at 10:45 pm. Those are always expected though, so I wasn't at all surprised.