Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September in Review

Wow! I can't believe it's the end of the month already! And a busy one it's been too with some changes in routine for sure...

- a great evening trip to the park for a walk and it felt like fall (on the 1st)...
- Kyle started Kindergarten (2nd)!
- Kyle had his booster shot for Kindergarten (2nd)
- I found out I'd be teaching at my lss
- George working on a presentation to teach at work
- a night on the deck of the bbq and some S'mores
- my first PAC meeting and a new position for me on the Emergency Preparedness Committee
- lots of sales for Kyle with the chocolate fundraiser at school
- a little more sititing on the potty for Nathan though nothing actually happening yet!
- our first try with Pull-Ups was a big NO-GO!
- my 20th Grad Reunion! (27th)

Yes, all in all, it's been an interesting month and the weather has been quite nice as well with only a few days of rain, a lot of sun and even some quite warm days! Goodbye September and let's hope October is as much fun!


Monday, September 29, 2008

Fabulous Blog Candy!!

OK, I have a fabulous October Sugar kit from Scrapdango up for grabs thanks to Carrie's generosity! Just look at all that fabulous scrappy goodness!

So, the question is what do you need to do to get in on this? Well, just check out the site and tell me something that's in the September Sugar OR Spice kit (be specific so there'll be enough answers for everyone!). Make it something different than the previous answers so I know you actually checked out the site! Have a little look around while you're there and feel free to join us!

I'll leave this open until Friday, October 3rd and will post a winner sometime Saturday (though it may be evening as I'm working that day!). Be sure to leave some contact info for me!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gonna Be Teaching Again!!

I'm so excited that I'm going to be teaching again next month. OK, now I'm not going back to teaching ESL for now and not high school either, but I am going to be doing some fun stuff teaching at my local scrapbooking store! Check out the calendar HERE and if you're local, I'd love to see you for one of my classes! I'll be teaching the "Holiday Agenda" and "Moments Like This" layout classes and it should be tons of fun!

Now this is the store that I've been working in for almost 2 years now, so I'm not new to the store, but this is a fun, new opportunity for me that I'm really looking forward to and I'm sure there'll be more in the months to come... Have some other things on the go already!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thanks Sarah and Lynn!!

I was lucky enough to have my blog mentioned on a couple of other wonderful ones lately and Sarah sent me the "Love Your Blog" note and I got the other from Lynn.
The rules for the "Brillante Weblog" award are:
The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
Link to the person you received your award from.
Nominate at least 7 other blogs.Put links to those blogs on yours.
Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.
I am giving these awards to the following bloggers:
1. Joelle - who has kept up with her picture of the day that I "said" I was going to do!
2. Nonie - who always has such amazing work to share
3. Kim - who has a fabulous writing style and is very talented
4. Suzanne - who has great challenges both for blogging and scrapping
5. Ally - who has an amazing flair for scrapping and does fantastic sketches
6. Tara - who finally just started her own blog!
7. Lucy - who also has amazing sketches and work on her blog as well as links to tons of other goodies!

Just a few of the many blogs I follow!! Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ScrapDango September Spice Kit!!

What a fabulous box of goodies I got in the mail for the September ScrapDango Spice kit! All of this Dream Street goodness with some other fun goodies thrown in!
Since I was part of a mid-month reveal, we did sketches to go along with our stuff, so this was my low-tech sketch, but I sure did have fun with it as you can see in the layout under it!

Supplies: Pattered paper are all Dream Street. Paint is Making Memories. Chipboard number is Scenic Route. Buttons are Scenic Route. Rub-on is Scenic Route. Small lettering is Making Memories.

As part of the design work with this kit, I did a double pager as well with some older pictures!

Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill. Patterned papers are Dream Street. Ric Rac is from the kit. Lettering is Dream Street and also in the kit. Brads were in the kit. Rub-ons are Scenic Route. Used a Spellbinder die for the large circular scallop.

With the scraps I had, I finished off with a couple of cards though I still have a ton of stuff to work with in this kit yet!

Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill. Patterned papers are Dream Street. Ribbon from the kit. Rub-ons are Scenic Route. Ink is Palette Burnt Umber. Used Spellbinders dies for the embossed scallop.
Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill. Patterned papers are Dream Street. Misc. twine. Rub-on is Scenic Route.

Well, that's my stuff! Keep your eyes peeled in the next day or two for a little blog giveaway here courtesy of Carrie over at ScrapDango!!

Have a fantastic Wednesday!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Card Sketch a Day!

Hey all - Happy Monday again already! The weekend seemed to fly by as it so often does! Worked Friday night and Sunday as usual, so that was a lot of it right there. I don't have Sophia today though, so that made it slightly easier for getting everyone ready to head up to school this morning for Kyle. They actually go longer than 45 minutes this morning - an hour and a half!!

So, since I have a few minutes with Nathan busy having some more cereal and playing, that I'd post my card that's on the Card Sketch a Day blog for today. This was a fun one to play with!

Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill and WorldWin. Patterned paper is Scenic Route Appleton. Ribbon is American Crafts (I think!). Heart is Heidi Swapp. Paint is Making Memories "Dusk". Sticker letter "U" is Making Memories felt lettering. Ink is Memento Tangelo. Used the Fiskars Threading Water Punch for the scalloping and the Zutter Corner Rounder for rounding the chipboard corners.

Well, not too much else on the go here today other than some chores and hopefully a little scrapping later. I find though that with Kyle in morning Kindergarten and having little ones awake then as well as Kyle here in the afternoon when the little kids are napping, that I'm mostly left to scrapbook at night now. No afternoon break! Such is life when you have little ones...

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Havin' Fun with Halloween

OK, here are a couple more Halloween things I've been working on! A lot of this is the new Making Memories Halloween line...

Supplies: Cardstock is WorldWin DoubleMates. Patterned paper is Making Memories. Journaling cards are Making Memories. Title lettering is American Crafts Glitter Thickers and Provo Craft Girls are Weird Stickers. Brads are Making Memories. Piercing done with a Tim Holtz Design Ruler. Stamps are Autumn Leaves stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Wording on the upper left is cut from Making Memories patterned paper. Ink is Palette Noir Black. This was inpired by a sketch at PageMaps.

Cardstock is WorldWin and Bazzill. Patterned paper is Making Memories. Journaling tags are Making Memories. Ink is Palette Noir Black.

Well, it was a pretty relaxing day around here all in all. I got to sleep in after working late. We did some errands and George went and got his hair cut. George barbequed for dinner and then we did S'mores on the little bbq again with kids kids! Nothing too exciting, but we spent some time together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Halloween will be here before we know it!

OK, so what with fall being around the corner, I thought I'd better try and get some older Halloween pictures scrapped before the next one is upon us, so I used some Scenic Route papers from last year for this!

Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill and WorldWin. Patterned paper is Scenic Route. Glitter (black) paper is Making Memories. Sentiment is a stamp from the Making Memories Magnetic Stamp set. Ink is Palette Noir Black. Halloween circular die cut is Making Memories. Spider stamp on die cut is Imaginesce.

Supply List: Cardstock is WorldWin. Patterned paper is Scenic Route. Glitter (black) paper is Making Memories. Lettering is American Crafts Chipboard Thickers. Stamp for stitching is Kelly Panacci for SandyLion. Ink is Palette Noir Black. Halloween circular die cut is Making Memories. Stickers on die cut are ProvoCraft. Layout inspired by a sketch @ www.pagemaps.com

Well, better run for now since I need to get all of us ready to take Kyle up for his lasy 45 minute day of Kindergarten! So glad they're switching to a longer day starting Monday!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Cards and Kindergarten Day 2!

So this was our second day of school and though I won't claim to be in any kind of routine yet, it was easier today that yesterday. Of course, it was only the boys and I to get ready since George had to go back to work today despite having a cold and being stuffed up. It's OK, because he was quite happy that they had training on the new Bobcat at work!

Anyway, Tracy came over just before we were headed up to school, so we walked with all the kids! Kyle took his backpack today for the first time and he was quite excited to be taking his hand-me-down (from my manager's son) SpongeBob backpack full of school supplies. When he got home he was a little upset that I'd left all the supplies at school!

When we went to pick Kyle up, I decided I'd better take the stroller since Sophia is a dawdler and it might take me forever to get there and back if she walks! She also managed to wipe out twice when she was walking when we took Kyle up there because she doesn't look where she's going! Much easier with the stroller!

This card was one I was playing with using some of the amazing goodies in my latest Scrapperie kit - Summer Camp. Had fun playing with my Threading Water border punch that I got from my friend Michele!

Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill. Patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket. Chipboard flower is Prima. Used the Fiskar's Threading Water punch along the bottom. Ink is Palette Noir Black.

This is the card I just did which is one of the featured ones on the Card Sketch a Day blog today! Susan sent me the sketch ahead of time and there's my card! Fun! Check it out and try some today!

Supplies: Cardstock is Bazzill. Lace Star Cardstock is KI Memories. Patterned paper is My Mind's Eye. Stamp is Rubber Soul. Ink is Palette Burnt Umber. Piercing done with a Tim Holtz Design Ruler (one of my favourite new tools!).

Well, don't think there's too much else happening here today! The kids are napping and Kyle and I are hanging out. It turned out to actually be another nice day and I'll take this as long as I can get it - my favourite time of year!


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Kindergarten Kid!

So, today was the day! The first day of Kindergarten! It's funny because it seemed like when we bought the house and I was so very pregnant with Kyle, that we talked about how great it would be for him to go to school there and it just seemed like sooo long into the future! And yet here we are today!

At the end of preschool and for half of the summer, Kindergarten was all Kyle could talk about. Though as we got closer and closer there seemed to be more of the wanting to stay at home. He was lucky this morning though that George had the day off and we were all able to take him up to school this morning.

I, of course, wanted some pictures. George had the camera and shot this first one right away and it was the best! He just looks like such a big kid!

And then the silliness started with Kyle and his million faces! He just couldn't smile nicely again! He's quite the ham!

Anyway, we all went up to school and found his class. The teacher wanted to talk to the parents about a few things and that took about 15 minutes, so there was only about 30 minutes of class left today. We went out and George followed Nathan around while he played and I chatted with a few of the other mums. Before we knew it, class was over and we headed home! This whole week class is only 45 minutes to ease the kids in.

Kyle didn't say too too much about class when we asked - just that it was good. When mum called tonight though, he told her quite a bit more! They apparently did some music time, something with a calendar on the wall and spinning a wheel (no wonder that was a hit!) and then said they didn't do story time!! Maybe they were going to and ran out of time or something?!

Afterwards, Tracy dropped off Sophia for lunch and the afternoon. I asked Trace if she wanted to bring Matthew and stay for dinner since Brian wasn't going to be home, so they did that. Was fun having them stay and we just did an easy dinner of spaghetti, Caesar's salad and garlic bread!

Oh and the other thing that happened this afternoon was that Kyle went to get his Kindergarten booster shot. We were planning on doing it in the summer and it got later and later and then he had his surgery, so it just never got done. I wanted George to have the fun of being there for one of those, so he was on duty today! Apparently it went fine and Daddy promised him a Slurpee if he was good, so he happily came home with one of those!

Well, that was about it for our first day! We'll be going for another 45 minutes tomorrow!!