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.

December Daily - Day 9 and 10


Product Used in these layouts:

Day 9:

MPM - December - Joy - Words Spoken Challenge, this one is a free download. Check it out here.
Sahlin Studio - Counting Down number tags.

Day 10: 

More add-ons from this months MPM - Joy.

December Daily 2014 - Day 8

I've done it! I've caught up!!  So, I'm going to post them. I'm going to post them in small bunches. Be patient.

This page uses some of the add-ons for the December MPM, Joy. Find out all about it here at the Lilypad.

Friday, December 19, 2014

PL2014 - Weeks 39 through 42

Here are a few project life weeks bunched together. Between project life and December Daily, I have indeed come to a screeching halt. For project life pages, I have as far up to week 43... So a ways to go.

For my December Daily, I'm mostly caught up to December 14th. Last Sunday. Just have to plug slowly away. The kids are now finished school for a couple of weeks [whoot-whoot] so there will indeed be a few late nights in the mix, trying to catch up. Looking forward to a quiet couple of weeks. Our calendar had/has been booked with something, in the evening, every single day. As of the 23rd, our calendar is open. Thankful for that. I need a rest. We all need a rest. 

Week 39:

This week was unseasonably warm, which was awesome for our walking ladies. We met for brunch and a walk this week. We even ate brunch outside! We celebrated Barry's bday this week. Mason read a book from an author we know! So exciting! Then the it got cold. Really cold, in time for Madelyn to have her very first Girl Guide Camp. In tents... Mace went to his first movie. By himself. With a friend. They saw the Maze Runner.  

Week 40: 

This week back to nicer temps again. Managed to get out with the doggie a few times. Volunteered for a Grade 4 field trip to the science center. Had a lunch date with my girl. Captured some every day things. 

Week 41:

This week I made my first apple crumble of the season. Yummy! Went for ringette photos, found out who our team was. Had thanksgiving at M&D's place. I came down with a wicked cold, that knocked the wind out of me. Scouts had a wiener roast at Edworthy Park, that Miss Madelyn, Libby and I tagged along for. 

Week 42:

This week started off, by attending the Board of Trustees meeting, where Madelyn had been asked to speak at! So exciting and so super proud of her! Both houses, on either side of our old little house sold, and were torn down. So sad. A hockey exhibition game. Little reader girl, totally immersed in Percy Jackson. A walk to split rock. And a banner party for the 'Lil' Devils' ringette team.

Sahlin Studio Products Used:

Week 39:

Currently Journal Cards
Gather washi Tape [MPM - Add on]
Magical Photo Overlays 

Week 40:

Documentary Kit  
Magical Photo Overlays 

Week 41:

Gratitude - Sahlin Studio portion of the Memory Pocket Monthly
Wood Veneers - thankful 
Gratitude Word Art
Gather washi Tape [MPM - Add on]

Week 42:

Chesterfield Kit
Chesterfield Journal Cards

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Daily - Day 7

There hasn't been any 2 page spreads yet. Our trip to the Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday definitely warranted 2 pages. It's been about 5 years since the last time we got to the Teddy Bear Toss. It's such a highly anticipated afternoon out. It's awesome to watch all the people coming to the Saddledome with their arms full of stuffed animals.

We won the tickets at a silent auction, for Mason's hockey team. We had no idea that it was a suite. It was such a fun experience. We ended up having 6 tickets, so asked my Mum and Dad to join us. It's the only way to watch a game, that's for sure!!

The following products used in this layout:

Sahlin Studio portion of the Memory Pocket Monthly, for the month of December, JOY. 

Sahlin Studio - joy, number add on.

Also, I used Stolen Momen Design - joyful paper - available add on

Sara Gleason, - joy - available add on

December Daily - Day 6

This is the first year, in all the years I've done this, that I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. That I finally feel comfortable with my style. With my way of capturing stories. Don't get me wrong, I see other ideas, and think, LOVE IT. But this year is the first time, that I've sat down at my computer, and simply created.

And I have to say, I'm loving it.

I'm a few days behind, but not sweating the small stuff. I know falling behind is going to happen. It's okay. I'm taking it one day at a time.

Sahlin Studio Product used: 

Making Spirits Bright

Also used Stolen Moment Design, Joyful Elements Add-on for Memory Pocket Monthly - JOY kit.
Sara Gleason - Arboretum Elements - Add-on for Memory Pocket Monthly - JOY kit.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Daily - Day 5

Here is day 5.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Sahlin Studio - Memory Pocket Monthly - Joy - Number add ons

Also used on this page: 

Sara Gleason - Arboretum JOY - Memory Pocket Monthly add on.

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Daily - Day 4

Still managing to keep up! Last night Mason's scout group went sledding. We're a couple of days away from a full moon. [I think it's full this Saturday] I dropped him off and took a few photos with my iphone, which were terrible. I brought my Nikon with me to pick him up and took a few photos. Love sledding at night, it adds just a little bit more excitement to the adventure. Mace even let me take a few photos quite willingly. They didn't turn out super. I had to crank the ISO way up. But I captured the cluster of kids, some of them sledding, a house with it's Christmas lights on, and the nearly full moon. I'm pretty happy with the photo. It's kind of dark and moody, and was very similar to the actual conditions.

What you don't see in the picture though, is my chattering teeth. Although we were very lucky, I think it was only -5° Celsius. Almost balmy after last weeks freezing temps.

For this page I used the Making Spirits Bright collection, from Sahlin Studio.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Daily - Day 3

If memory serves me correct, it seems that last year I did awesome keeping up with my DD album until about day 5 or 6. And then the craziness sets in. But day 3, and still hanging in there!

Sahlin Studio Memory Pocket Monthly - JOY - Counting Down,  Numbers Add on.

Sahlin Studio Making Spirits Bright bundle. 

Sara Gleason - Arboretum - Joy - Add on

Stolen Moment Designs - Memory Pocket Monthly - Joy - Joyful Paper Add on.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PL2014 - Week 38

Just quickly updating my project life stuff. Here is week 38. I have a few more weeks to catch up on, but I'm holding in there!

Week 38:

This week included a much needed coffee break. And sadly, that was the LAST time we had coffee together, though we did manage a dinner together in November. Trying to learn how to walk on a leash. Working on a headboard for Mason's room. A trip to the ultrasound technician for miss thing. [Everything is just fine] A boy and his dog. A trip to the groomer, before and after. [She is in desperate need to get there again right now] An anniversary celebration.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Autumn Frost 

December Daily - Dec 2

Here is my page for day 2. I'm trying to focus on capturing one story a day, to add to my album. This story is about Mason's Christmas Concert at school. We thought that we were through with them, this year Madelyn is in division 2, and they don't have a Christmas concert, rather they have a spring concert. [The division 1 kids have the Xmas concert] We were glad to get to see Mace perform in choir. They did a great job, and sounded really lovely. Of course, kids voices always sound lovely.

I used the number card from Sahlin Studio Making Spirits Bright bundle.

The other elements/cards are from several different designers, and are add on kits that coordinate with this months Memory Pocket Monthly Kit, JOY, at The LilyPad. The designers are: Sara Gleason and Stolen Moment Design.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Daily 2014

I. Can't. even.

Right now, I'm behind.  So far behind I think I'm first. I've got so many different things on the go, and all of them are suffering. I need to think long and hard about how my January is going to start off. And I sincerely hope it starts off on the right foot.

This is my 6th year of following along with Ali Edwards idea of the December Daily. And this year I'm completely winging it. I have always put my album together before hand, so that I just have to add pictures or journaling. I feel like I've already set myself up for failure. Because today, I have a title page, an intro page, and day one...

But darn it. I'm going to do my best to keep it up.

We decorated our place this past weekend. And I brought out all my past albums. I sat and read through them. The kids sat and read through them. And they used to be so little. My kids that is. And I'm so glad I captured bits and pieces of those past years. So I'm going to do my very best, to capture bits and pieces of this year too. Because one day I'll look back and say, "Oh my goodness... They were 12 and 9"

Here's my title page:

Here is my intro page:

Here is day

So cheers to December! Cheers to the stories of our lives!

Sahlin Studio Products used: