Saturday, October 28, 2006

A Christmas gift update

I went to Walmart to look at the Lego that Austin does want for Christmas.

The bad news: it's a $80 set.

The good news: I bid on a set on ebay last night and won and paid less than $38!

Fall pictures

My friend and fellow Design Team member at MSS, Anita, takes the most wonderful Fall pictures of her kids. When I was scrapbooking at her house last weekend and drooling over her photos, I realized that I hadn't taken very many fall shots of my kids yet.

It was a nice day out yesterday, so before we had to pick up Austin from school, I took Sage, Jonah and my camera outside and took a bunch of pictures. These were my two favourites:

Friday, October 27, 2006


A Christmas present related story:

Okay, I picked up some Batman lego for my oldest son yesterday at Walmart and forgot to hide it!

(I know, I know, what was I thinking? It was crazy busy with coming home from Walmart, going to pick up Austin at school, coming home again and then rushing off to skating.)

So, while I was out last night, he looked in the bag it was in and saw it!

This morning he said to me: "Mom, why didn't you hide the Lego?"

I felt so bad.

Until he told me I didn't get him the right one.


So, I guess it was good he saw it and told me-- much better than having a disappointed kid on Christmas morning!

Monday, October 23, 2006

A little stressed

I'm feeling a little stressed right now.

Trying to get everything done around the house. Laundry, cleaning, organizing, dishes, baking, etc.

But also trying to carve out some me time, to do the stuff I like to do. Scrapbooking, reading, watching TV, getting together with friends, chatting on the phone.

And added to that, my responsibilities with R.O.X. that are much more than I wanted for this year-- and seem to be increasing.

So, I just need to take a deep breath and pray that everything that needs to get done will get done.

And that no blood will get shed.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Kind of cute!

Yesterday, Sage was sitting in the bathroom, trying to be a big girl. I was sitting with her and we were singing songs to make the time pass a little faster (she's not quick!)

And she sang a song from Sunday School about "God made the world, God made the world, God made the animals..." and then she said: "God made the chickens" and it wasn't totally clear, so I said: "Kittens or chickens?"

And she said: "Chickens!"

And I said: "Chickens? Yummy!"

And she said: "No, Mom, chickens don't say yummy. Chickens say bawk, bawk!"

Isn't that cute? Did I mention that she's two and one month? Anyway, I thought it was very cute.

The day before, same place, same purpose, I asked her: "Sage, do you love mommy?"

And she said: "Yes."

And I said: "How much do you love mommy?"

And she said: "Two."

(Which, because of her age, I took to understand that her reply meant "with all that she is.")

Love that girl!

Friday, October 20, 2006

I love to read

Ever since I was a little kid, reading has always been one of my favourite things to do.

I remember my dad coming into my room and threatening to turn off my light while I read in bed. “Just to the end of this chapter,” I’d request. But then, it was so hard to not start the next one!

Now, as an adult, I still love to read. But it has to be fiction. I have a hard time reading non-fiction (and I don’t like to read newspapers, either!)

But give me a good fiction book where I can totally sink into the story line and I’m happy. If I had to pick a favourite genre, it would probably be Christian Adult Fiction. My favourite authors include Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt and Dee Henderson. My favourite books are the ones that both entertain me, but also inspire me to be a better person in some aspect of my life or personality.

I also like to read Chick Lit books. Ones where I can just enjoy the story line and relax.

I also like to read scrapbooking magazines and idea books, which include most of the journaling that other scrapbookers include on their pages.

I’m thinking this will still be something that I will be saying when I’m old and gray: "I love to read."

Monday, October 16, 2006

Ali's Challenges

Ali Edwards has started an ezine newsletter in which she offers challenges each week.

The first challenge was to make a mini-album of your five favourite things right now. Instead of a mini book, I made a 12x12 layout:

favourite five

The second challenge was to document a month in the life of everyone in your household. Here's the layout I did for that one:

this month...

The third layout challenged us to explore our photographic process. Here's the layout I made for that one:


I wanted to post the images here of the layout, but blogger seemed to be having a bit of trouble this morning, sorry.

I've been enjoying these challenges-- especially as I'd like my kids to get an idea of what I was like while they were growing up-- not only as a mom but also as a person.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Something fun

I got this from Jen's blog:

YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet and current street name)
Coco Nelson

YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather or grandmother on your mom's side, your favorite candy)Antoinette Skor

YOUR "FLY GIRL/GUY" NAME: (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your middle name) L-Nic

YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
green panther

YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)Nicole Winnipeg

YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in) penle biwin

SUPERHERO NAME: (your favorite color, favorite drink) green milk

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Austin came home from school with a bunch of papers in his backpack.

Every Monday, the kids in his class write down what they did over the weekend. So he had a few of these pages.

Among them, I found one that talked about the Terry Fox run that I participated in a few weeks ago. It said: "My mom won a race. My mom was happy. My mom told me. My dad took pictures. I like mom."


Isn't that the sweetest thing?

I asked him if I could keep it. He said yes.

I thought: "I want to keep this forever, but how will I remember to what it was pertaining?"

Then it hit me-- make it a part of a scrapbooking layout.

So I did:

And look, he even drew me at the bottom with Cameron taking my picture-- and my hands are up!

I think this is really cool

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