Friday, 27 June 2008

School's out!

Last day of school was a 1/2 day yesterday when the kids picked up their report cards. All three did well and had their payoffs totaled up by the time they got home. Rick pays them $10 for each 'A', and $5 for each 'B'. Daniel had already decided how to spend his money. He dragged me back to town, soon after I got home from work, to pick up an IPod Touch. He is thrilled with it. It can be hooked into our wireless internet and can download music, movies, games... It also can be a GPS. He's got the route from Whistler directly to Uncle Bern's home in Airdrie all mapped out and saved for our summer road trip. Complete with probable travel time depending on traffic.
Breanna came shopping with us also. She had fun in the dollar store choosing goodie bag gifts and prizes for her birthday next week. Those 'dollars' add up quickly!

Yesterday we had an International Potluck Lunch at work. I was supposed to make Pavlova's (my 'international' NZ dessert) but I completely forgot so I made them for today instead. Breanna helped me last night and because I didn't have Mum's recipe we googled it.

All I had to do this morning was whip the cream.
And I have to say it was so nice getting ready for work this morning. Just me! No nagging to get little people out of bed, no lunches to make, no back and forth books to sign... wonderful. Everyone was still sleeping when I tip toed out of the house. I left a note for the boys, which they somehow missed seeing.

My table is NOT that messy. The meringues were eaten and the rumpus rooms and beds weren't taken care of till after Rick woke up (after night shift) and got onto them). Daniel told me if I really wanted them to see the note I would have propped it in front of the computer monitor.

I ended up being in town way too early for work so I grabbed my winter coat from the dry cleaners(they're open at 7:30), dropped in to the grocery store for some fresh strawberries for the pavlova's, and picked up a coffee at Cosmic Grounds (the line up at Tim Hortons was too long). I arrived at work just after 8am because I wanted to get my treat all ready to go.
As I was climbing out of my car in the parking lot at work I felt a breeze. Huh??? I had a huge(at least 10") rip in the back of my favourite black capris. I felt no breeze leaving the house that morning so I'm hoping it happened somewhere between picking up coffee(my last stop) and arriving at work. I REALLY hope I wasn't wandering all over town with a rip that size exposing my _______.

The pavlova's were a hit! :)
I would have taken a picture but they were gone too quick.

Another story to tell...
We're babysitting the neighbours dog.
Apparently they left on holidays thinking the dog was in the car with them and did't discover that he wasn't till they were a couple hours away from Fort St John, so could we please look after him for the two weeks they're going to be gone... Yes, we believe them.
The poor puppy skedaddles when ever I get close because I always chase him away from our yard. He's a yappy little thing and will sit under our bedroom window keeping Rick awake after his 12 hour night shifts. Duncan dragged him home for some dinner tonight but he won't eat. The boys have offered to have him sleep in their room for the duration. We'll see how he settles in.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Celebrity Chat with Vicki Boutin

Announcing our NEXT Celebrity Q&A Chat for June 30th!

We invited Canadian Scrapbook artist, teacher and Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame (2006) winner Vicki Boutin to participate in a "Celebrity Q&A Chat” at Scrapbooker’s Club House. To our delight, she said it sounded like fun and she’d be happy to answer questions!

Scrapbooker’s Club House will be posting the “Celebrity Question and Answer Chat” with Vicki on June 30th, 2008.

That morning, questions asked by scrapbookers are posted along with Vicki’s thoughtful answers in an easy interview format that’s unique to Scrapbooker’s Club House. The Q&A Chat format at SBCH allows the interview to remain conveniently in place on our Forum for you to read, enjoy and refer back to at your convenience. Convenience is soooo important in these busy times, don’t you think?

Pop on by the Club House on June 30th to learn more about this scrapper extraordinaire, who is a member of MULTIPLE Design Teams including Sassafrass Lass, Scenic Route and Daisy d’s. Vicki is also a member of BHG’s Scrapbooks Etc…Creative Team.

Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about Vicki, her creative inspiration and her artistic eye. Here’s the link where you can find the Celebrity Q&A Chat on June 30th.

Our community extends the warm hand of friendship to all newcomers. You’ll enjoy the Q&A Chat and you’ll love what you’ll find at the Club House: a sense of camaraderie and lots of scrappy goodness! Mark your calendar! Feel welcomed and comfortable at Scrapbooker’s Club House: we know you’ll want to stay!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

It's the 25th...

And I've been taking pictures all day...

Todd stayed over and the boys slept in the fort. Daniel tells us he's the 5th smallest kid in Bert Bowes and Todd has to be one of the biggest kids in their grade.

Here's the view from my Dining Room. My flower pots are growing and blooming. The lilacs aren't doing so well, but our Manchurian Pears are forming a nice thick hedge between the airport road and our garden. The goldfish are out of the tank in the boys' room and in their summer home.

On go the walking shoes and Tikanii is ready for a run.

Tikanii and I walked along the quad trails to the old Baldonnel School and home again. Everything is so lush and green!

Daniel is happy to see the grass grow. It means money in his pocket. He's got two jobs mowing lawns for neighbours all summer. He is saving his money for an ipod/laptop thing.

And here's me vacuuming. I love my Roomba. LOL

This is dinner. Steak, potatoe wedges and green salad.

Then Rick's off to work his 12 hour night shift.

We have a quiet evening. Breanna emails Breann who has now moved to Little Fort.

Daniel finished a 3-d ship puzzle he started yesterday morning.

I read a book. It's a murder mystery.

Duncan tried to avoid the camera all day and kept jumping out of the way so I waited till he was half asleep in bed and then snuck in and snapped some pics of him. He chased me up the stairs and grabbed the camera and delete, delete, delete. Unfortunately for him, his mother is sneaky. We have two digital cameras and he only thought I'd snapped photos with one of them. Ha ha.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

a reminder

a reminder
Originally uploaded by shimelle
Scrap your day! A day to take photos of all the bits and pieces of our days, then scrap them sometime over the next month. Check out Shimelle's website for her tips and to see what everyone did for May 25th.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Celebrity Chat at Scrapbookers Clubhouse

We invited Carolyn Peeler to participate in a “Q&A Chat” at Scrapbooker’s Club House, and she accepted!!

Scrapbooker’s Club House will be posting the “Celebrity Question and Answer Chat” with Carolyn on June 25th, 2008.

That day, questions asked by scrapbookers are posted along with Carolyn’s thoughtful answers in an easy interview format that’s unique to Scrapbooker’s Club House. The Q&A Chat format at SBCH allows the interview to remain conveniently in place on our Forum for you to read, enjoy and refer back to at your convenience.

Pop on by the Club House on June 25th to learn more about this multi-talented Canadian scrapbook artist, writer, teacher and Senior Creative Director at Melissa Frances!

Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about Carolyn, her inspiration and her art. Here’s the link where you can find the Celebrity Q&A Chat on June 25th…
You’ll also find the friendliest online community of scrap gals anywhere, so mark your calendar!

Come to Scrapbooker’s Club House for a visit and enjoy the Q&A Chat with this scrapbook celebrity. Feel welcomed and comfortable among friends: we know you’ll want to stay!

Thursday, 5 June 2008


More of my Pink Paislee kit from scrapbookers clubhouse.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Sketch Challenge

The June sketch at Scrapbookers Clubhouse is one of Allison Cope's. You can check out Ally's blog here:
Here's my layout from this sketch. Mostly SEI stuff with a piece of black DoodleBug pp thrown in.

And a couple of cards with the same papers and fun stuff. Breanna's birthday is next month.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

May 25 layout.

I posted many of these photos last week for Shimelle's "Scrap Your Day" class. Today I scrapped them. I did a full size page rather than the 12x6 pages used in the class project. But I definitely was inspired by Shimelle's page design.
The title are Heidi Swapp Mask letters chalked. Then I stamped an Inque Boutique swirl with white ink over that. Applied a white MM 'May' rub-on. And used some pink stickles to accent the swirl image. The PP is new Chatterbox. And the owl stamp is Inque Boutique. Isn't he cute? I couldn't resist him on my last visit to Unforgettable Memories.

And I completed a page for Melissa's CJ. 'What makes you laugh' was the theme. And there's that cute little owl again :)