Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ya Man!

Tower Isle.

Just a quick note, we made it here and are enjoying ourselves. We left home at the right time as it would seem all the snow we missed this Winter will be falling this weekend! But not to worry - it is already 29C and the humidity is amazing!

Happy Saturday friends :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Family Day

Today is Family Day - a statutory holiday our provincial government implemented more than 20 years ago. I was reading the Edmonton Journal the other morning and there was an article on how Albertans work 182 hours more than the average Canadian per year and 7.5 hours more per week than the top 15 developed countries in the world. It looks like we could do a better job at achieving a work-life balance, something I feel strongly about and seem to manage well as I`m not part of that statistic.

This weekend has been occupied with sharing memories and learning what each of us has been doing - we are celebrating "family".

My brother Curtis, and sister-in-law, Bev visited us with their children Kayli and Troy. It has been wonderful catching up with them and visiting with my niece and nephew. These two children are so very polite and well mannered.
Kayli was pretty excited on Saturday to spend her savings on a "build a bear" named Jules! She purchased some adorable clothing for Jules which will allow her to have an evening out in a sparkly dress and matching shoes and when she is tired she can rest in her silky pajamas and slippers. 
Troy managed to find a remote control helicopter he will enjoy playing with outside. He also showed me his collection of non-Transformer toys - I am a really bad auntie! Firstly - not only have I forgotten the name of these toys (I do know they are not called Transformers - even though they look like Transformers). Secondly - I have no real photo of Troy holding them! I spent 45 minutes looking for them online, including Amazon, but cannot find them! If you know which toys I am talking about - PLEASE tell me what they are! Here is a not so very good photo that includes one of them.

I love my brother :) It was so much fun to visit with him and learn a few photography tips as it is his hobby too. It is wonderful the four of us siblings have something in common, we love to talk about our cameras (I have way more to learn than the rest). Curtis is a good researcher and articulates his knowledge in a manner I can easily understand! He showed me how to use my flash; I used his as I discovered I needed batteries for it! I also had the opportunity to try his 50mm lens and it reaffirmed this will definitely remain at the top of my wishlist.
Torrie and Mike... Mike will be starting a new job very soon and we are all so very happy for him.
My sister in law Bev is a beautiful and caring mother to her children. She shows patience; she is a natural at teaching them values and respect for adults. Bev and I had a wonderful discussion about our work and discovered we both love ``the Good Wife``.

Our extended family includes my Aunt Linda, Uncle Cal and cousin Lynette whom we include in family gatherings such as these.  It is always a pleasure to visit with them!

One last photo from the day - it includes the four of us siblings while the only person missing is our sister Brenda and we hope to see her soon too.

I am so very thankful to have my family and as the years pass it is easy to become so wound up in our own little world and forget the things that matter most - the time we spend together is precious. E-mails, phone calls and skype are all ways to communicate and are a great way to stay connected, but nothing compares to face to face time that includes hugs and much laughter, not to mention a few photos to keep these memories alive.

Thanks for visiting - I hope you are able to spend some extra quality time today with your family on this Family Day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I got the idea for this card from a Stampin' Up book - Hubby thought it was cute. We really do very little for Valentine's but this year we plan to go out for dinner on Friday night.

It's funny, because I can remember the days when I was single wishing I had someone to share Valentines with and now that I have someone, we barely recognize the day - usually exchange cards and that is it!

What about  you, do you celebrate the day or not?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hello :)

Hello to you :)

I cannot believe it is already Feb.10th!  We have been preparing for our vacation, although the weather has been anything like our typical Canadian Winters, we are still very much looking forward to some beach time and a much needed break.

I hope to practice my photography skills whilst in Jamaica and plan to review my handbook! Perhaps you have some tips for beach photos?

In the meantime, I have a layout to share... this I created a couple weeks ago, but when I looked at it tonight I decided to add a couple things.

KC at Treasured Memories showed me this little camera embellishment and I fell in love with it! It fits perfectly with my theme for the layout.

Also, I have been trying to keep up with Project Life - I will be playing a bit with it this weekend so maybe I will share soon :)

Until then... have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pay It Forward - Revealed

You may remember this post where I showed you a sneakie of the PIF I sent off to Lisa and Kirsten. Enough time has passed and so it should be safe to share what I created.

I made these little mini-books of  "words to inspire" after asking each of them what their favorite colors are. The pink album is made with My Minds Eye and the blue album is Basic Grey. I pulled out all of my larger sizzix die cuts and created the base pages for the albums and then used my 3 inch circle scallop punch for the center of each larger die (except the front page). I also used butterfly die cuts/ punches, flower die cuts, and a bird punch. Most of the dies and punches are from Stampin Up, and the flower die cut is Tim Holtz. I inked all the edges with distress ink and added floss and rhinestones. 
Of course I had lots of fun creating these and they were so very easy to make. Once I finished the first one it took no time to make the second, and I used up some of my stash which worked perfectly!

Thank you ladies for partaking in the Pay It Forward!

Have a great weekend everyone.