Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The next week in documentation

If you read my blog (all three of you), you know I like Ali Edwards and her style.  I was lucky enough to take a class of hers, and she's the most "real" kinda person out there.  Embrace the imperfections is one of her things.  I think I got that part (especially since as I type this, KJ is telling me her poop looks like a heart.  Great).

So one of her things is to document "A week in the life".  I love this concept.  I want to do it.  In fact I want to do four.  One for me.  One for Kaylee.  One for Braydon and even one for the guy who hates to be photographed and documented.  Lucky guy.

It's about documenting the day to day stuff that makes up the majority of our life.  The running around - and really in the process gets you to stop and pay attention to it.  Did you run past that big sunflower this morning, and take the time to look at it.

So - since my blog is easy for me to get to - the next week will be about the day to day stuff.  Not much different than it really is - but it may not make sense.  I may just jump in, throw some thoughts down and leave.   Bare with me - there should be a finished project in the end.  Maybe.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another weekend over...

How do these keep going so fast?  Why is it that I never actually accomplish everything that I want / need to.

We did get new shoes for Braydon, and did find a winter jacket for Kaylee.  Cleaned under the bed so that we are kinda ready for the new  one.  Got some house cleaning done, but never enough.  The dog still stinks....so maybe I can put that onto next weeks list.

Soccer Saturday, and soccer pics Sunday morning.  Got groceries, and let the kids run and bike as much as they could.  Did a little scrapping (want to do more) - played with my camera, Chris went for a bike ride.

Next week is meetings, long days at work and attempting to enjoy the last of this summer weather that has come our way.  Before we know it, the rain will settle in and the cold fall days will be upon us.  We picked up some hot chocolate and mini marshmallows in preparation.

Gotta say, looking forward to a good nights sleep in the new bed tomorrow.  Sure hope we choose the right one!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Close Call

So last night I'm taking the garbage out and Takaya comes along so she can go the bathroom.

I toss the garbage into the bin and she starts sniffing around in the grass.

The  we see something waddle towards us.  At first I think it's one of the neighbourhood cats - but then I see those stripes.

Those undeniable black and white stripes.

Lucky for us, we saw him early enough that we took off the other way.  Seriously, it's one thing to get sprayed.  During the summer, every night we can smell it.

But Takaya?  Take that very fluffy, double fur coated dog.  If she ever got sprayed there would be nothing we could do except shave her down and wash wash wash.  It would take hours.  It would NOT be good.

Thankfully, it was a close call only.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Me - this week's version

This week is crazy.  We were away for the weekend, so all those things we get done over the two days isn’t done.  The house is a mess, the kids need new shoes and winter jackets.  Work is busy, winter is coming. 

 Monday night I left work early to pick up the boys, ended up buying a new bed.  That’s how I roll.  I made a lasagna, BBQ’d some chicken, but it was Taco’s for dinner (trying to do some things in advance).  Tonight, Tuesday – Braydon has soccer practice, so Chris both kids there because I have an AGM for KJ’s school.  Tomorrow night is laundry and a solid attempt at some cleaning.  Pretty sure I should throw the kids into the bath.  Thursday night Chris has an AGM where he will join the board for Little League baseball.  Sure, we have the spare time.  Friday night will be crazy as usual, Saturday is soccer and Sunday is soccer pictures.  At  8am!  Who came up with that???  I have to remember to get the dog in for grooming (wow she stinks) and the kids to the dentist.

 But as crazy as that is, things are great.  I just got onto a DT team for scrapbooking at CompuPro, people are singing up for my class at Scrap Arts, work is fun right now, I’m getting control of my bad eating habits….and we have a new bed coming!

 I wonder what next week will be about.  This is life.  At least mine.

Monday, September 22, 2008


I have just been asked to be on the design team for CompuPro Scrapbooking (www.compuproscrapbooking.com ) and I could not be more excited!!

When I followed Tracey over there, I knew instantly that it was a great site.  The community is warm and friendly, and the talent is amazing.  I really feel inspired by so many of the artists, that I HAVE to scrap!  Last night, tired after a fun weekend, I still stayed up to work on a lay out.  

Every second month I receive a DT kit full of great papers and embellishments to play with.  I get to post challenges and keep up the chatter.  I get to continue to learn this craft that I love and hopefully inspire some along the way.  Did I mention how excited I am??

Monday, September 15, 2008

Got tagged

My good friend Suzanne tagged me.......so here I go

10 years ago I:
1. Was single but starting to give up hope (thought I would marry at 25)
2. Was working at the mountain and has FINALLY been promoted.
3. Still taught skiing part time, going to school part time, and working full time at the base

4. I moved back home for the "one emergency time only"
5. I didn't know how good life could be.

5 things on today's "to do" list:
1. Pick up hamburger buns
2. Work on Kelly and Kevan's wedding stuff
3. Put laundry away
4. Take tomorrow's dinner out of the freezer

5. Make lunches

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Chocolate covered cinnamon bears (thanks Utah!)
2. Chocolate ice cream with bananas in it
3. Popcorn
4. Pretzels
5. Smoked salmon, cream cheese on crackers

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Buy a house with a yard for the kids and a scrapbooking room for me
2. Pay off Mom and Dad's place
3. Hmmm, out of money it seems. Okay, go on a vacation
4. Invest it (smart Suzanne, smart)
5. Put something away for the kids

5 places I have lived:
1. Ruth Cres, North Van
2. Hoskins Rd, North Van
3. 13th and Ridgeway, North Van
4. Mountain Hwy, North Van
5. Cedar Village Cres, North Van (ya, I really get around)

Five jobs I have had:
1. Guest Services Manager (Grouse Mountain)
2. Ski Instructor (Grouse Mountain)
3. Hostess (Grouse Mountain)
4. First Aid Attendant (Grouse Mountain.......see a theme??)
5. Camp Councillor (hey - big move on my part!) YMCA Camp Howdy

I tag...well anyone who hasn't already answered it

Thursday, September 11, 2008

And so the learning begins....

The other day, Kaylee comes home from school and says "Know what Mommy?"  I say "What Kaylee?"  "You need to share with your friends."

Braydon comes home and says "Mommy, I met a new friend today, and his skin wasn't pink."  So I say "Really, what colour was it?"  He thinks for awhile and says "Like dark brown wood."

Sharing and Acceptance - we are off to a good start.

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Full Day....of the rest of our lives

So - this is it.  The first day of the rest (well at least 17 years) of our lives.  Full day kindergarten.  We got up on time (good start), had breakfast, packed our lunches and walked Kaylee to school.

Then we swung by Bradley's house (he wasn't ready yet) and came home.  With all this time to spare I didn't know what to do - so I  made dinner.  I'm crazy!!  At least it will be ready, just have to boil the noodles when I get home tonight.

I'm about to walk the boys to school.  They are ready - am I?  Sure....I love to see them so excited.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Big Day

So my baby started kindergarten today.  Seriously - I can remember his first smile.  Oohhhh how that melted my heart.  Just like today - he got up early (school didn't start till 12:30, but he was up at 7am for it) got himself dressed and headed down for breakfast.

Chris took the week off to get Braydon in to school for the two adjustment days.  He goes on Friday for two hours, then reality starts Monday.  While all summer we though that Mrs. Roberts would be the teacher - last week we learned that it would be Mr. Eugene.  Braydon's comment to the change?  "Ahhh, now I have to start all over".  But he walked in, and Mr. Eugene asked if he  needed his Dad to stay and he say "Nope" then started playing with toys and showing the "new" teacher how things worked.  I figure he'll be running the school by October.

When I got home today he had another surprise for me.  We've been working the past couple of days trying to learn to ride his bike without the training wheels.  He and Chris have gone out to practice a number of times.  He let me take him too - but really does better with Daddy.

Very proudly he told me that Daddy let him go - and this was the result!!

Big day for my big boy.