Monday, December 22, 2008

Memories

I think maybe my muse has taken off for a warmer climate, not that anyone could be blamed for that, with the cold temperatures we have been experiencing. It looks like we shall be getting some warmer weather just in time for Christmas, which will be nice, as we have friends coming to visit.

I finally got my page done for this month's challenge at Blush-n-Dusty. Vanessa has designed a beautiful mini kit, which you can obtain for free, if you participate in the challenge. The challenge was to do a page of your family, using one of several quotes and some items from the kit.

These are a couple pictures of my family. The picture from 1978 sure brought back a lot of memories. We often went to my Grandma's in the spring and the picture was taken at her house. (We had some fun trips with 5 kids in the car.) My mom did a lot of sewing then and she made the dresses my sisters and I are wearing in the picture. I remember, not too long after it was taken Carl, Sherri and I got our glasses. Now we all live in different places and it is not very often we get together. We had the other picture taken at mom & dad's anniversary last year. We've all changed a bit and certainly grown older.

Family Memories digital kit credits: from Blushbutter Family Memories, Fairy Kisses in Blue Mega Kit, Easter Basket and Victorian Heritage Replica Scrap Kit.
Fonts used: Aubrey & Delitsch Antiqua.

We have had a couple of busy weeks cleaning and baking for Christmas. Both Raquel and Ayden have been a lot of help with keeping things clean. Ayden loves making cookies with me. I think, if you need to develop some patience, you should try baking with a 2 year old. Some of the cookies look interesting, but we had fun and I'm sure they will taste terrific. Raquel is off at her dad's for a few days and will be back tomorrow, to spend the rest of the holidays at home. Ayden was so thrilled today, as she got a big girl bed. Now we just have to see if she will sleep in it. I think tonight, it will be time to help Santa get ready and I will have to spend some time wrapping a few presents. Watching my girls open them up and seeing the excitement in their eyes has got to be one of the things I enjoy most about Christmas.

May the spirit of the holiday season remain with you through the coming year!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Enchantment

New fallen snow certainly looks beautiful, we had some more this week, so it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Snow certainly does make the world an enchanting and magical looking place. The girls think it is awesome and just love playing in it. I took these pictures after our first real snowfall about a month ago. The quote reads: "The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found." - J.B. Priestly.

Enchantment digital kit credits: Snow Flakes Winter kit from Blushbutter.
Fonts used: Lily UPC & Old English Text MT.

I did the page below for a quick page exchange at Blush-n-Dusty this month. I had a hard time deciding which way I liked it the most, so I decided to use it both ways. This is another page for my children's heritage album. This is my mom and her older sister, taken when my mom was about 3 months old. This is the earliest picture I have of my Aunt Joyce, I think she looks so cute in her pigtails.

Sisters 1950 digital kit credits: Snow Flakes Winter kit from Blushbutter.
Fonts used: Microsoft Ya Hei & Viner Hand ITC.

We have our Christmas tree up and it looks terrific! We all had fun putting on the decorations, although we did end up with a LOT of decorations on it. Ayden is really enjoying it and loves to have the lights on all the time. Ayden can't quite say Merry Christmas, but her version sounds pretty cute. Raquel has been enjoying the Christmas crafts and hot chocolate that they are having every day at school this month. She is looking forward to Christmas holidays and is eagerly waiting for Santa Claus to get here. Her list has been checked over and over, with last minute revisions being made. I've been busy trying to get my Christmas cards in the mail and I think later this week, Ayden and I will have to go and do a little shopping.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Always Know I Love You

I decided rather late this month to participate in the challenge at Blush-n-Dusty. The challenge is to create a page about something you are thankful for, using Dusty Bear's For Fall element kit and to include some journaling.

I have many things in my life that I am thankful for, but the most important of all, are my children. I cherish each of them. I love watching them grow up and I am so glad that I have had the opportunity, to view the world through their eyes. I hope they always know how much I love them.


Always Know I Love You digital kit credits: For Fall, Dainty Elements, Crumpled Papers - Pastel,and Crumpled Papers - Bold from Dusty Bear.
Fonts Used: Kunstler Script & Lucida Handwriting.

We had a wonderful week of mild weather. Raquel seems to be the only one who has fully recovered from her cold. The rest of us are still suffering, to various degrees. Ayden seems to have it the worst, (poor baby) and she certainly has been a bit miserable. Raquel got her report card this week and is doing quite well. Mr. "Kap" is her favorite teacher and she has been enjoying school this year. She is having a sleepover this evening with her best friend, Ellen, to celebrate. We are thinking of setting up our Christmas tree on Sunday. We finally bought an artificial one last year, so that means we can have it up longer, for the girls to enjoy. Ayden has been seeing all the beautiful trees in the stores, so I think she will be quite happy to have her own at home. It's hard to believe it's almost Christmas time again. It is going to be lots of fun with Ayden this year.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Moments

There are all kinds of moments in life. Some we wish we could forget and some we will always treasure. Memories can fade over time, but the moments captured in pictures can not be changed. Perhaps that is why it is said, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

This is the only picture I have of my father with my grandfather. (I love the little details, like the toys my dad and uncle are holding.) Not long after it was taken, my grandfather, Karl, returned to service and was later declared missing. The journaling reads: "This picture was taken on Karl's final leave home during WWII. (left to right) Hans Joachim, Elfriede, Eckhard, Karl & Arno. Shortly after it was taken, Elfriede and the children fled to a refugee camp in Denmark. The Russian soldiers ransacked their home in Penkun, Pasewalk, Germany. The marks on the picture are from their boots. Relatives recovered the picture and returned it after the war."

Family Moment 1943 digital kit credits: A New Beginning Digital Scrapbook kit & freebie from The Dapper Doxie
Fonts used: Kunster Script, Narkisim & Pristina

This week at our house was rather a long one. Ayden, Raquel and Vern have all been sick. Raquel stayed home from school most of the week, but was starting to feel better Thursday. Ayden finally seems to be feeling better today and more like her sweet little self. She REALLY dislikes taking any medicine, so it's pretty hard to give her anything to make her feel better. We had a pretty good snowfall earlier this week, but the temperatures are supposed to be mild, so most of it will probably melt away before we get more.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you have a nice weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2008

In My Heart

The girls and I decided to go on a little road trip last weekend. We actually left a little earlier than we had planned, as Raquel couldn't wait to see her grandparents, brother & cousins. We had a good visit with everyone and took home some wonderful memories. The girls really enjoyed spending time with Kyle and his new kitten. This picture was taken the last time we went for a visit, in May, on our way to the park. Kyle has actually changed his look quite a bit, since this picture was taken. He makes me feel like such a tiny mom. Sometimes it's hard to believe, he was little, like his baby sister.

In My Heart digital kit credits: Peacock Whisper and Fairy Kisses in Blue mega kit from Blushbutter (dragonflies by Art Within Designs using kit elements).
Fonts Used: Dilana Experimentype & Wenceslas.

We are supposed to have some nice warm weather this weekend and the snow we did have, has melted. It's nice being able to spend more time outside, before winter arrives. Ayden & Raquel didn't really mind the snow at all. I'm sure it won't be too long before there is more for them to play in.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

From this Moment On

Deb, at Doxie Designs joined in the Digi Shop Hop Crop this month, and the theme was Weddings. She made this lovely kit, called True Love, to go with all the other designer kits. Each kit is only $2.00 for the month of November, so hurry over and get hers.


Deb gave me the opportunity to play with True Love and make up a couple of quick pages, that she is offering as a posting bonus. These pictures were taken at our niece's wedding. Andrea was such a beautiful bride. Thank you very much Andrea for letting me use your pictures.

From this Moment On I & II digital kit credits: True Love from Doxie Designs
Fonts used: Porcelain, Monotype Corsiva & Dolphin

Ayden & I spent the week running around getting winter boots and vehicle maintenance done. Just in time, it would seem, as we woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow yesterday. It was probably about time, but it wouldn't have hurt my feeling much if the snow could have stayed away for another week or two. Vern started sheeting the roof on the house, he is currently building, this week. So he wouldn't mind if the snow stayed away either. Ayden loves stopping by the job site to check out all the changes and explore. Every time we go to town she figures first we should get Raquel from school and then we should be going to check out the progress. Raquel finally got her school picture proofs. (She was sick on the original day and had to wait for retakes.) But it seems waiting was worth it, as she is quite happy with them. She has a long weekend coming up and is really looking forward to the time off.

Hope you are having a nice week!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Better Than A Super Hero

There are all kinds of "super heros" in the world. Most of them never get the recognition they deserve. I sure some of them go about their lives wondering if anybody notices. One of my favorite quotes is, "Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." Sometimes it is the smallest things we do, that brighten another person's day.

I scraplifted this quote, from a page, I saw in a gallery not too long ago. Raquel and Ayden definitely think their big brother is a super hero. They both adore him and look forward to visiting with Kyle, when he comes. I'm sure they'd love to see him more, if they could. I took these pictures when we went to Kyle's grad in May. All the girls had a terrific time playing in the park with Kyle. I think, it was the first time my kids, have all actually been to the park together.

Better Than A Super Hero digital kit credits: Fairy Kisses in Blue mega kit and Digital Essential Frames from Blushbutter.
Fonts used: Vestite Y Andate! and Wenceslas

Trick-or-Treating was lots of fun and the weather couldn't have been better! Raquel invited her friend, Ellen, along and we all had a wonderful time. Raquel was a good witch and Ayden was a forest fairy. Raquel really enjoyed that I decided to dress up, after all Halloween is her most favorite holiday. I put black spray in my hair, that will be the last time I do that. What a mess it makes. I guess you will just have to wait to see the pictures. I promise to do a Halloween page soon.

Hope you all had a happy & safe Halloween as well!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

When You Feel Blue

Vanessa has recently put out a gorgeous new digital scrapbooking kit. Fairy Kisses in Blue is available at Blushbutter's store and I believe it is on sale for a limited time. Vanessa has designed some enchanting backgrounds and fabulous elements in this mega kit. Ayden and Raquel both love the fairies, butterflies and sparkles. Most of the elements are blue, one of my favorite colors and I can see I will be making quite a few pages with this wonderful kit.

I took this picture of the girls a few weeks ago, after they were both ready for bed. For once, they were actually snuggled up on the couch together. Ayden really adores her big sister and of course tries to imitate her all the time. If Raquel gets something, Ayden has to have it too and vice versa. It's nice to see them have some quality time with each other, once and a while.
The quote reads:
Here's a little hug for you,
To make you smile when you feel blue.
To make you happy if you're sad.
To let you know... life ain't so bad!
Now that I've given a hug to you,
Somehow, I feel better too.
Hugs are better when you share,
So pass one on and show you care!

When You Feel Blue digital kit credits: Fairy Kisses in Blue mega kit from Blushbutter
Fonts used: Hanford Script & ALS Script

This past week just seemed to fly by. It's been fairly windy here the past couple of days, but mild. They are forecasting a nice week, so maybe there won't be any snow again this year for Halloween. That would be so nice. Both girls are looking forward to Friday, especially Raquel, (she gets to have a party at school on Thursday and there is no school on Halloween). We've had their costumes for a couple of weeks and they picked out their pumpkins the other day. I decided, I would even dress up this year, I haven't done that for a while. There is no actual trick-or-treating where we live, so we take the girls into town. My baby toe seems to be healing pretty good, I went and had it checked at the hospital again. It's buddied up to the one beside it, and although it's still fairly bruised, at least the swelling went down and I can wear my own boots. Raquel also had parent teacher interviews last week, so report cards should be coming home soon. She seems to be doing pretty good this year, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.

Hope you are having a good weekend! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eat and Run

Our latest nocturnal visitors are a pair of striped skunks. They have been hanging around for a couple of weeks and it seems they have made a den under our tack shed. They are kind of a nuisance, but the girls are enjoying seeing them. I snapped these pictures one night when they came to eat below the bird feeder. Ayden's been a little disappointed, the last few nights, as we stopped filling the bird feeder and the skunks have stopped coming around the house. Raquel thinks they are adorable, and of course would like to have one for a pet. I did these pages for the girls, so they can see their little buddies all the time.
The journaling reads: Skunks belong to the weasel family, their Latin name, mephitis, means bad odour. Skunks are about the size of a house cat. Their stripped coat is a warning to stay away. Skunks can direct their spray for up to 6 meters. They mainly hunt at night, venturing as far as 2 km from their dens. They like insects, bird food, petfood, berries, small rodents, compost, sardines & peanut butter. They dislike bright lights, citrus, canine urine and ammonia. Young skunks make good pets if the musk gland is removed.
Eat and Run & The Striped Skunk digital kit credits: Flamenco Spanish Dance Kit from Blushbutter
Fonts used: Inked God and Kayleigh

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Forever

This month's challenge at Blush-n-Dusty Yahoo group is to create a wedding LO, using the beautiful mini kit from Blushbutter. You can get it as a freebie for participating in the challenge. Although I do have wedding pictures of my own, I decided I would rather do another couple pages for my heritage album. I think my wedding photos can wait to be scrapped for a few more years. These are some pictures from my grandpa Mike's wedding to my grandma Kay. My grandma Kay liked colors such teal and aquamarine, so I decided to colorize the paper and elements that I used.

Forever I & II digital kit credits: Victorian Wedding Digital Scrapbooking kit and Mini Wedding kit from Blushbutter
Fonts used: Porcelain, Chopin Script, Qlassik Bold & Kayleigh.

The journaling reads:

Katherine (Kay) met handsome Metro (Mike) on a blind date, which had been arranged by their mutual

friends, Milton and Alice. Kay had never been married and Mike was a widower with three young children,Peter, Joyce and Barbara.

They were married on August 8th, 1957 in Winfield, B.C., where Kay’s parents lived. Kay was 38 and Mike was 37. The family settled on the outskirts of Vernon, B.C., where Mike built them a new home on 2 acres of land. About a year after their marriage, their daughter, Gaileen was born.

Mike and Kay were married about 12 years, when Mike suddenly passed away, in 1969. Though they were short, they were happy years, filled with family and friends. After Mike’s death,Kay never remarried. Strengthen by her faith in God, she led a peaceful life, until she passed away.


We are having a rather quiet long weekend here at home. Vern has been working all weekend, but will be taking tomorrow off and we will have Thanksgiving Dinner. He ended up having a few more days off, last week, waiting for his floor system to be delivered, which finally got here Friday. Raquel decided to go to her dad's to celebrate the holiday, so Ayden and I were just hanging out at home. That was until I broke my toe on one of her little stools. So instead of making pumpkin pies today, we got to go to the hospital and wait around there most of the afternoon. They took a bunch of x-rays and it was defiantly broken, (it was sticking out at about 90 degrees the wrong way). So the Dr. froze it and gently repositioned it. Trust me, I do not recommend breaking your baby toe, I bet my foot will be black & blue tomorrow. "Ouwie", as Ayden says. Ayden keeps trying to put soft things on it for me, she is so sweet.


I updated my Two Hearts page from Mike & Lena's wedding. I talked to one of my great aunts this week and she was able to give me a little more information about my grandma Lena. You can check out their wedding page here, if you are interested.


I just wanted to say thank you to Karrie at Kez Creates for giving me a little blog award last week. That was so nice of her. Karrie has some terrific Los on her blog and she always keeps an eye out for the latest freebies.

My Nominees:

Doxie Designs Doxie Archives

Idgies Heart Song

Penlins Designs


Thanks for your comments. Hope you are having a nice long weekend, Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is one of the causes I always support. You can check out the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation site if you'd like, for more information or to find a way to show your support. The girls and I went shopping today and found DVDs for the Cure. We picked up The Princess Bride, (actually it's the 20th anniversary edition). It's always kind of been one of my favorites, good old Wesley saves his lovely Buttercup, after overcoming all those formidable odds. I thought, I would share this tag I made, just to remind everyone to THINK PINK.
Deb, at The Dapper Doxie is having the grand opening of her new store, from the 1st through the 12th of October. All Digital Scrapbooking supplies will be marked down 20%. Deb has her newest kit, A New Beginning, available in her shop and on her blog, she has an add on freebie, for a limited time. So what are you waiting for? Get over there and shop!

This is one of my favorite pictures, from this summer, of Ayden with her daddy. She loves to go see Vern on the job site. If he is working close to home, we will occasionally take daddy some coffee, so she can have a quick visit and check out the progress.
Strong & Gentle digital kit credits: Baily digital scrapbook kit from The Dapper Doxie (some items colorized).
Fonts Used: Windsong, Porcelain, Mutlu & WhoopAss

We had a beautiful Indian summer last week and spent quite a bit of time outside getting to know the new baby horses, we got at a sale last weekend. Mickey & Jewel are gradually beginning to accept us. They are only about 6 months old and are adorable. Both Raquel & Ayden love them and we are planning for Jewel to be Raquel's horse in a couple of years. Now we are up to 8 horses. Things should be getting back to normal around here, as the house Vern has been waiting to frame, is ready. This will mean more job site visits for Ayden, as it is not too far away.

My dad found some more information regarding that wedding picture from 1939. I've rearranged the page a little and added some names, if you are interested you can look at it here. The gentleman seated next to the groom is my great grandfather and I think most of the other people identified are great uncles and aunts. Thanks dad, for finding that information for me.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hope you have a good week. Take Care!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bounce

We've had a busy couple of weeks and I haven't had much time to work on any pages. Vern's been off and getting a lot accomplished around the house and yard. He's contemplating adding an addition to give us some more room and he's finishing off the new front deck. Both of the girls have had horrible colds, but it seems like they are starting to feel better. My dad brought my aunt and uncle down earlier this week, before they headed back to Germany. We had a good visit, although it was pretty quick, but it was wonderful to see them. Fall is definately here, the leaves are falling to the ground and it has been cool. How quickly summer fades away. Soon we'll have to get out the mittens, winter jackets and boots.

I decided to do a page of Ayden having fun on the trampoline. She just loves to "bounce" and is always wanting to go out. Having as many balls as possible on the trampoline just adds to the fun. Ayden bounces until she is pretty much exhausted, but she sure has a good time. She has told us she needs an inside bouncer for the rainy days.

Bounce digital kit credits: Craft Scrapbooking Clipart Graphics kit, Gentle, Baby Girl Heart Strings Mega Kit, Digital Circle Frames Blue & Pink and Fairy Things & Butterfly Wings Digital Scrapbook kit from Blushbutter (some items colorized).
Fonts used: Heather, Jacki's Hand, & Jokewood

Thanks for your comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, September 15, 2008

We'll Meet Again Some Day

September's challenge at Blush-n-Dusty Yahoo Group is to create a heritage layout. I haven't joined in one of the challenges for a while, but I couldn't pass up one of my favorite subjects. For participating, you get Dusty Bear's newest mini kit, Floral Heritage, which contains that unusual album page for a frame.
I have LOTS of pictures of Great Uncle Harry. Harry was the first husband, of my Great Aunt Dora. Even though Dora later remarried, my mom told me that Dora really loved her Harry and missed him till the day she went to meet him again. My mom lived with them for several years and has fond memories of being in their home. It took me a little while to get these pages done as I had to restore some of the pictures and go through all my bits of information to write up Harry's story. The journaling on both pages reads:

Harry Hupalo was born in the Ukraine in 1902.

He immigrated to Canada in 1921, at the age

of 19. Harry worked as a laborer on a

farm near Fenwood, Sask. From there he

moved to Kelvington, Sask, where he continued

work as a farm laborer. In 1923 he managed

to get a job with the Canadian National Railway,

working only the summer months. During the

winters he cut cordwood for a farmer. In 1926

he obtained a full time position with the CNR in

Preeceville,Sask. This is where Harry met the

love of his life, Dora, in 1928.

Dora worked in Preeceville, doing general

housekeeping and babysitting. A year later in

1929, Dora and Harry got married – Dora

being age 15 and Harry age 27.

Harry worked at Lilian Junction, Sask. for the

first couple of years, after they were married.

In 1932, Harry was promoted to section

foreman in Ketchen and the couple moved into

their first two-roomed house, which Harry later

added an addition to.

Unfortunately, Harry & Dora could not have

children. They quickly filled this void by taking

in Dora’s younger sister, Anne, who lived with

them for 8 years. Dora’s brother, Mike and

youngest sister Leona, also spent much of their

teenage years at their home. Harry & Dora

also sponsored and paid for Harry’s five year

old niece, Olga, to immigrate to Canada from

the Ukraine, after her mother passed away

when she was a year old. When Dora’s

brother, Mike, unexpectedly found himself a

widower, with three young children, they gave

their youngest niece, Barbara, a home for an

extended time. They also cared for Anne’s

young physically handicapped son for many

years. As well, they adopted a son, Joseph.

Harry continued to work for the CNR in

Ketchen, for 22 years. In 1954 he was

transferred to Yorkton, Sask. and the couple

moved to Ebenezer, Sask. Harry & Dora

enjoyed the perks of his job and often

took regular trips, by CN train, across

Canada to visit family members in Manitoba

and British Columbia. Harry also enjoyed

working in his yard and on his cars.

Harry passed away suddenly while in Yorkton,

Thursday, August 16, 1962, of a stroke, at the

age of 60. Harry is buried in the City of

Yorkton Cemetery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Dora, who always treasured his memory, was

later interred beside him, when she passed

away in 2003, at the age of 89.


When I was scanning pictures, I also found the newspaper clipping of the poem that Aunty Dora wrote as a tribute to Harry. She had actually written it on the back of one of his pictures also. The newspaper clipping reads: HUPALO - In loving memory of my dear husband Harry Hupalo, who passed away August 16, 1962.
I think of you with love today
As I have done so often
And feel once more the sudden blow
That doesn't seem to soften.
You wished no one a last farewell
Or even said goodbye,
You were gone before I knew
And only God knows why.
When I am sad and lonely
And everything goes wrong,
I seem to hear you whisper
Cheer up and carry on.
Each time I look at your picture
You seem to smile and say
Don't cry, I'm only sleeping
We'll meet again some day.
-sadly missed and longed for by his loving wife Dora.

Harry Hupalo and We'll Meet Again Some Day digital kit credits: Floral Heritage and Amid Memories Elements from Dusty Bear.
Fonts Used: Kayleigh, Christmas Card & Porcelain

We are having a week of nice weather and the leaves are starting to turn colors. Ayden and I are enjoying the chance to spend a few more days outside. Raquel has decided to join the choir this year and she is looking forward to starting her riding lessons again soon. Later today Ayden and I will finish making the Lime Pickles we started yesterday. Ayden is such a good little helper, well maybe good is the wrong choice of words, but she certainly is cheerful and willing.
Hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Hearts We Leave Behind

My friend, Deb is planning her grand opening at The Dapper Doxie for October 1st. Deb is planning to have at least one new kit available in her shop. I'm looking forward to seeing what she creates next. Deb's kits have such an elegant, soft vintage feel.

I decided to do another couple of pages for my heritage album. During the early years of my mom's life, she lost several immediate family members. Joyce, her older sister, died unexpectedly at the age of 13. My mom told me, that she gave me my middle name, after her sister's. These are the only pictures I have of Joyce by herself. There don't seem to be any baby pictures of her. The quote I used is by Thomas Campbell from Hallowed Ground.




The Hearts We Leave Behind I & II digital kit credits: Day Dreams from The Dapper Doxie.
Fonts used: Chopin Script, Porcelain, & Kayleigh.

We've had frost the last couple of mornings and it's been a cool week. I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful colors of fall, although I hope summer isn't quite finished yet. It is definitely more peaceful at home, with Raquel back to school. Raquel says she had THE BEST first day ever, I hope she feels that way about the rest of the school year. Ayden is definitely keeping me busy, without Raquel here to help amuse her. One of her favorite outside activities in bouncing on the trampoline. We've also been taking Lady out during the day. Ayden loves helping me lead Lady around and occasionally gets to have a little "ride" . Anything to do with the horses is a highlight to her day. It's so sweet to see her standing on the fence calling them to come in from the field. But soon we'll be spending more time inside and I've been thinking maybe it's time I put together my own kit. We'll have to see what happens with that....

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Sister Is

Deb, at The Dapper Doxie, has upgraded her blog store, into an online shop. She has created several beautiful kits lately and the new store looks terrific. Along with the new store, Deb has updated the gallery also. Deb is planning to have her grand opening later in September or early in October. I know, if you stop by and register at her shop before the grand opening, Deb as has little gift for you.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughters. They are growing up so quickly. When this picture was taken, Ayden wasn't even 6 months old. Now she can talk, hop, skip and count to at least 6. Where does the time go? Sometimes Raquel loses patience with her little sister, but without a doubt they love each other. Sisters can certainly be annoying and they often borrow things without asking. But, when it comes right down to it, I would never trade my sisters for anything. I hope Raquel and Ayden always feels that way too.

The quote reads: A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. (Author Unknown).

A Sister Is digital kit credits: Yesterdays Dreams Digital Scrapbooking kit from The Dapper Doxie.
Mask: Dragons Breath
Fonts Used: Mutlu, Porcelain, Monsieur La Doulaise & Heather

It's raining tonight and it sounds so tranquil falling on the roof. The rest of the long weekend is supposed to be cool. Ayden is looking forward to her sister coming home tomorrow. She sure misses Raquel while she is away. I'm sure Ayden will find it different next week, when Raquel heads back to school. Me too, I'm looking forward to having a bit more quiet....

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Eency Weency Spider

Only five more days till school starts. The girls and I went into Calgary, to Market mall, on Monday. We managed to outfit Raquel with all her back to school clothes, (I wish her school had uniforms, it would be so much easier). I not really much of a shopper, so I'm glad that's all finished. We are off to Olds today, to drop Raquel off, as she is going to spend the long weekend with her dad. Ayden and I will be having a few quiet days by ourselves, till she comes back home Sunday. Then it will back to school, with routines and schedules. Summer went by so fast.

One of Ayden's favorite games is Eency Weency Spider. For Ayden's birthday, we gave her one of those musical cards, she just loves it! It plays the Eency Weency Spider song, she'll hold it open and dance around. It reminded me that I had these pictures of Ayden & my mom from their visit earlier this summer. Ayden had a terrific time playing with Grandma Barbara. She loves to have the "spiders" and the "rain" tickle her. The poem is an excerpt from a book published by Bank Street written by Joanne F. Oppenheim.

Eency Weency Spider

The Eency Weency Spider went up the waterspout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the Eency Weency Spider went up the spout again.

Oh, Eency Weency Spider, weave your silvery web.

Oh, Eency Weency Spider, spin your silvery thread.

Upsy-downsy outs and ins, see how Eency Weency spins!

Eency Weency Spider digital kit credits: Fairies in the Garden, Snow Flakes Winter Kit, Boy Oh Boy kit, Unicorn and Fairy Clipart Kit (some items colorized) from Blushbutter.
Spider by Art Within Designs
Fonts used: Monotype Corsiva and Kayleigh

Thank you for stopping by my blog, have a great long weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Ayden!!!

The last couple of years have sure gone by quickly. Ayden is growing so fast. We had a fun time opening a few presents and watching her blow out the candles, over & over. The girls & I spent the week running around getting presents and school supplies. Raquel got a haircut, (but she can't tell the difference). Now we have just one more day of clothes shopping, in the city, next week and she will be ready for grade 4.

I haven't done a page for the girl's heritage album for a while, so I decided to do one from my dad's side of the family. This is one of the pictures my aunt sent me, from Germany. It is the earliest picture I have of my paternal grandparents. There seem to be no pictures, from their own wedding, that survived WWII and I feel fortunate to have the ones I do. I like the extra bits that show up in the picture, like the tray of drinks and the musical instruments. How formal they all look, it must have been a beautiful wedding. I don't know anything about the rest of the people in the picture. My oma passed away last year, and no one else seems to know now.



Family Wedding 1939 digital kit credits: Victorian Wedding Digital Scrapbooking kit, Victorian Heritage Replica Scrap kit, Summer Dreams, Easter Basket, and Baby Girl Heart Strings mega kit from Blushbutter.
Fonts Used: Orange LET, Cantaneo BT, Perpetua & Champagne

Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Happy Birthday, Mom! Hope you have a wonderful day. Thought maybe you would like to see your granddaughters, with one of your favorite little critters. We found this frog one day, on one of our walks. Raquel and Ayden had so much fun holding, petting and repeatedly catching it, until it jumped away in some tall grass. Ayden thought the frog was pretty neat and is still talking about how it jumped. Of course, she normally has to jump too, just to show us what the frog did. She looks so cute hopping around.

Prince Charming? digital kit credits: Easter Basket, Emerald Fairy Digital Scrapbooking Kit, Gentle (some items colorized) and Quilling Box of paper filagree from Blushbutter.
Photo benders from Dusty Bear
Template 28 from Gloria Val Verde at Moo Two Designs
Fonts used: Mutlu & Kayleigh

We've been having a good visit with Kyle. Both girls are enjoying the time they are spending with him. Kyle will be leaving Monday, so things will settle down again. Our appointments this week, went very well and now all we have left to do before school starts, is the back to school shopping. Maybe we'll get to that, at the end of next week.

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Have a nice weekend!