Friday, April 27, 2018

PL2018 - Week 11


I honestly thought we'd be staring at it until mid-July. But we've had a few warm days, and a bit of a warm breeze, and suddenly the snow is behind us.  Thank goodness.

In regular Calgary fashion, we went from a heavy snowfall warning a little over a week ago, to 23 degrees Celsius yesterday. I even took Miss Madelyn for a slurpee right after she got off the bus. She asks on a daily basis when it warms up. For a change, I surprised her before she could ask. Mum win. 

Hoping we can put that crummy, longest - winter - ever, behind us. 

Here is week 11 of my project life album: 

  • Catching a glimpse of Madelyn in her element, at school. I love that I have a few photos of the kids at school. It might be neat for them to look back at one day. 
  • Flapper Pie... That's how we celebrated Pi Day. And it was as good as it looked. 
  • A glimpse of what's to come, with the sunset happening a little bit later and later each day. 
  • Barry definitely 'owning it'. Proudly using this newly decorated ringette stick.  
  • Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a 'sort of' fruit rainbow. Pretty heavy on the red colour. 
  • Miss Madelyn, preparing a batch of cookies. 
  • Ringette team sleep over... The coach had 14 twelve and thirteen year old girls sleep over to celebrate the end of the season. #crazy
  • The next morning, Madelyn had to sell Girl Guide cookies, at a cookie drive through. The weather was less than desirable. But Girl Guides are always prepared.

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Like a Boss: 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PL2018 - Week 10

We're officially in mid-April, but yesterday we had yet another heavy snowfall warning. 

On Sunday, I actually saw a glimpse of the grass on my front lawn, but it's since been covered with snow, again. Last year at this time, buds were coming up. My peony and rhubarb were sprouting. Currently, they're still covered in snow. I'm supposed to be planting sweet pea seeds, but in order to do that, I have to first get at the soil...

I'm having a hard time being optimistic. I'm afraid this might be the year, we don't get spring. 

Or summer. 

This season can go down in the books as the:




My sister-in-law sent this yesterday, and it couldn't be truer...

Here's week 10 of my project life album: 

  • We may never be rid of all that snow, and I'm currently beginning to wonder...
  • Trex girls went to archery. Of course there's no surprise that Miss Madelyn loved it. 
  • Still some activity in our little Baba-built bird house. 
  • Miss Libby sunning on the back deck. If you close your eyes, and pretend you're somewhere else, you can forget for a few moments that the yard is covered in 3 feet of snow. 
  • Fun Mrs. Whatsit filter on Snapchat. 
  • Family selfie from the front porch of our [fingers crossed] new lotto home. Tickets have been purchased, and we're looking toward to a summer on the lake!
  • Mason's last hockey game of the season. 
  • Date night! Once hockey and ringette wrap up, we're beside ourselves with 'free time'.
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Photo Journal No. 2 Templates

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PL2018 Week 9

This layout is from week 9, looking back a few weeks.

Our weather is just as crummy as it was the last week of February. The calendar insists that it's 'spring'. However, last Saturday's heavy snow fall warning disagrees.

It's cold. And there's a ton of snow in both our front and back yard. I'm beginning to think we'll be looking at mounds of snow until August.  It's pretty hard to get into the 'spring' spirit, that's for sure.

This week two years ago, we came home from our trip to Mexico. Mason was raking the front yard. Note the short sleeves...

One year ago, Madelyn was collecting cat-kins... I think that's what they're called. No snow, in any case, and heavy jackets were a thing of the past...
This year...

We will never.

Be. Rid. Of. All. The. Snow.

A little dramatic maybe, but that's how it seems. Trying to patiently wait for spring to come...

Week 9:

  • Miss Libby's before and after 'spa day' photos. 
  • Walking girls with an impromptu photo on the George C. King Bridge, that joins goes across the Bow River to join St. Patrick's Island to the East Village on one side, and to Memorial Drive on the other side. 
  • A call from my girl at the school. She never calls home... She turned the radio off on the way home, and then slept for 3 hours. She has a high pain tolerance, and seemed fine the next day. 
  • Last exhibition ringette game, both NWR teams jumbled together and played. The girls had a riot. Especially loved when all the girls came onto the ice to play for the last minute of the game.  
  • Mustangs, play until they lose. They won this game, so they continue on. Go Mustangs Go!
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

You Are Here Kit -

Monday, April 9, 2018

April Template Freebie

I often gravitate towards multiple photos.

This month's template freebie from Sahlin Studio [available through April only] has the option to add multiple photos or pieces of paper. I like to challenge myself with a theme. When I saw this template, I knew right away what I wanted to do.  This September is our 20th wedding anniversary. 20 years! In a row! So of course I started looking for photos of us that have been taken in the past couple of decades. 

Barry and I laugh all the time, because we have been taking photos of ourselves or 'selfies' right from the start. I used to either set the camera up with a timer, and hop into the photo, or hold the camera as far away from us as possible and click the shutter. Selfies have now become very, very easy, thanks to the iPhone.  

I started taking photos this way in high school, it started in Mr. Leavitt's Comm class grades 10 - 12. We got to fiddle with cameras take photos and then develop our own film in the dark room. I have loved photos and picture taking for more than half my life...  In fact, it's been over 30 years. Eeks, you read correctly!

The 'selfie game' is strong now. Especially with the ease of digital era.  Back when I was taking selfies, you clicked and hoped for the best. You had no idea until you developed the film. It was either a hit or a miss. There were lots of misses, and the occasional hit. What it allowed you to do however, was get everyone into the photo. Even as a high school student, I wanted to get in on the memory game. 

Collecting, keeping, remembering. 

I can count on 2 fingers, the people I'm still in touch with from school, but every time I go through photo albums, it all comes rushing back...

Any way... Sometimes I get a little bit off track. Here is what this months template looks like. 

And this is what I did with it. 

I love it. And I love that we have all these photos, that have captured our life together. 

And I love that after all these years, we still like to hang out with one another. For that, I feel very blessed. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

You and Me - Elements -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

PL2018 - Week 8

Here is week 8 of my project life album. 

  • Miss Libby, looking rather homeless. It's shocking how quickly that happens. 
  • At the rink, for ringette. We were gathered around the tv watching our men's olympic curling team. 
  • Mason got invited to go to an afternoon Flames game with a friend. They had awesome seats, close to the ice, we actually saw him on tv, during sports highlights later on that night. 
  • Dad and Barry, installing our new shelving unit. It looks so good!
  • I was asked to take photos of the girls during a ringette game.  The camera and lens were pretty spiffy. I forgot how much I loved taking photos with a good camera vs my iPhone. 
  • Boys kicked butt in this game, and came away with a well deserved win. They play again. 
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Highs and Lows - Journal Card:
Highs and Lows -Paper -
Highs and Lows - Elements: