Saturday, December 27, 2008

I've missed telling my stories...

I've been trying to blog for the last 4 days now...

We've been experiencing technical difficulties with our 3 computers. You would think that with 3 in the house one would work...but NOOOOOO!!!

So, I wrote this long post on Christmas eve and it was my version of the Twas the Night before Christmas. And then...crash...and so I wrote it again (very close to the first one, I was going on memory) and then...CRASH AGAIN!!!
I switched computers, but then the internet would not connect. After an hour and a half of trying to post, I finally called it quits.

Now, it's way past Christmas and everything has resumed its functions.

My poem is lost, but trust me when I say it was a gooder...

Our Christmas was absolutely relaxing and so much fun. I hosted both families on separate days and must admit that I love hosting because I get to stay at home! Christmas day we had Rob's side of the family over and indulged in more food than was necessary for any person to consume. Then we played our own version of Charades...what a blast1
On Boxing Day, my side of the family came over for another feast (my sister made Prime Rib and it was delish!) and AGAIN indulged in more food than was necessary for any person to consume. We tore into the gifts and with 6 children under the age of 10 it was pretty crazy!

All in all it was a great Christmas. Now, I sit at the "functioning" computer while my DH is playing Battlefield 2 at the other computer next to me. This is my idea of a "max relax" night. The kids are nestled are snug in their beds...Reese is definitely dreaming of sugar plums, but Robert is probably at the wheel of a Nascar racing car (because there is now a 6 foot posted on his wall of Dale Earnhardt Jr's car -care of Papa and Nana).

Every year there are gifts that touch the heart more than others...this year Papa and Nana win the prize.

I will leave you with pics of the Christmas cards that I gave the family. I made them with last year's LoveElsie's Christmas collection...and tons of Stickles!!

Enjoy your holidays with family...I know I am making the most of these precious moments.

I am hoping to get some scrapping time soon, stay tuned for some of my LOs.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

My day...

So, I've taken some time to get my stuff together. Here are my 1970's ATCs. I'm not sure how I feel about them, but lately I don't know how to feel about something and everyone else likes, here they are:

Today was an extremely fun day. We set up the train around our Christmas tree the other day and today the kids truly enjoyed it. Rob and the kids take every spare moment to watch the "Polar Express" (as Robert calls it) go around the track.

I love the expression on their faces, the "Polar Express" is the highlight of the day!

Now a quick story today...Let's begin by saying I'm not a great skater. I've had a pair of figure skates sitting in my basement ever since Rob and I started dating. So, in the last 14 years they have been used all of about 5 times. Finally, last week we made a family decision that if I was going to participate in family skates, I should have some skates.
After talking about it for years we went out and bought me a pair of men's skates...when I put them on today for our son's "family skate" I asked myself why I didn't buy them years ago!!
I was instantly an amazing skater...ok, maybe not amazing, but more agile and able than I ever was in figure skates.
We took Reese out on the ice too. We bundled her up, stuck her in a sled and pulled her around the ice...she absolutely loved it!

It was such a great day...I love these seems like every day is filled with "special" moments and activities!

Like skating!

So take some time for family this weekend!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

I've been working...

I've actually been scrapbooking quite a bit lately.

I've completed an album for my mom (but can't post pics until after Christmas because she reads my blog)

I've also completed my ATCs (yeah, the ones that were due at the end of November). My only consolation is that Bree is hosting the swap and she is still waiting for other people to get theirs in to her. I can run them across the street at a moment's notice if I have to.

So, I will post pics later. I will also show you my's just late right now and I need more time to get the post together.

I am off to my pillow now...Bree will have to wait to get the good stuff on my blog...I am choosing sleep!


Friday, December 12, 2008

a HUGE shout out!!

Although I haven't had the time for very much lately, I need to take the time for this...

THANK YOU so much Bree for changing my blog.

I've been in the mood for change, thought my blog was a little BLAH, and along comes Bree to revamp it for me.

I am so grateful to her for everything she has done.

I need to post some links with the "flares", but she has done the bulk of the work (like 99.37% of it).

So, thank you.

My busyness will soon be over, as my husband is currently directing our church Christmas production (and it is HUGE) and they have their last performance on Sunday!

I am looking forward to the quiet and the routine...well, I'm kidding myself because there really is no routine in our home...except for getting up every morning.

Anyhow, I pray your holidays are not too crazy and that you take the time for family. I know that I am planning on it. Maybe I'll manage to share some of our Christmas traditions with you...hopefully through a few layouts that I manage to get done while my hubby takes some much needed time off.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

I was tagged...It's my first TAG!!!

I was tagged by: Raquel Cook

Here are the rules...Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your friends! Try not to be lame and spoil the fun! If you get tagged, copy this entire survey and paste into your own blog, change all of the answers so that they apply to you. Then visit the profiles of some of your friends and "Tag" them by simply leaving a comment, asking them to visit your blog, and state that they have been Tagged! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known! Some of you may get tagged several times, so they can always refer back to your blog for your answers.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 0730...when my son came in my room and asked me if it was time to get up yet!

2. Diamonds or pearls? ooooh, diamonds!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Really....I usually send my DH to the theatre so I can scrap...let me think...t was Hancock!

4.What is your favorite TV show? I am not supposed to admit this...but I am HOOKED on Grey's Anatomy!

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Coffee

6. What is your middle name? Marie Joanne

7. What food do you dislike? Anything that really smells's best coated with bread crumbs and deep fried!

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? the radio...I cannot remember the last time I bought a CD!

9.What kind of car do you drive? A Toyota Camry Hybrid...yup I'm GREEN!

10. Favorite sandwich? Toasted tomato sandwich...yummy!

11. What characteristic do you despise? Intitlement!

12. Favorite item of clothing? My Victoria Secret PINK hoodie (it makes me feel like a kid again)

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Thasos,'s the most amazing island in Greece

14. Favorite brand of clothing? I love Banana Republic, but am a shareholder in Old Navy

15. Where would you retire to? Close to family...and my children!

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? 2006, my MIL gave me a wonderful jewelry box, her last gift to me before dying of cancer.

17. Favorite sport to watch?'s a Canadian thing!

18. Furthest place you are "tagging" this? ...all the way across Canada (Quebec)

19. Person you expect to send it back first? not sure!

20. When is your birthday? ...on the same day every year!

21. Are you a morning person or a night person? I'm a morning person, when I have the house to myself for a few hours first.

22. What is your shoe size? 6 US.

23. Pets? I've got a new puppy, a Bichon Frise, Toot

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? I'm looking forward to the Christmas season being upon us.

25. What did you want to be when you were little? A hairdresser and then, when I was in my late teens, a geologist!

26. How are you today? Good, but my kids are recovering from stomach flus!

27. What is your favorite candy? None, I'm not a candy girl.

28. What is your favorite flower? I love colorful particular kind.

29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? the 25th!

30. What's your full name? Mrs. Young...

31.What are you listening to right now?'s nearing the end and discovering who dunit!

32. What was the last thing you ate? Apples (warmed up in the microwave...mmmmm)

33. Do you wish on stars? No.

34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I would be the "kid's choice" crayon...

35. How is the weather right now? Cold, it's -18 and it has finally snowed here in Alberta!

36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? Bree...she's almost always the first person I talk to every day!

37. Favorite soft drink? Coke ZERO

38. Favorite restaurant? Any one I get to escape to with only my husband and NO kids.

39. Real hair color? brown with sprigs of grey (they are quickly taking over)

40. What was your favorite toy as a child? A small Strawberry Shortcake that I loved to inhale the sweet fragrance of her hair!

41. Hugs or kisses? Hugs...kisses...hugs...kisses...oh, I can't decide!

42. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, definitely...yup, chocolate doesn't do it for me!

43. Coffee or tea? Coffee (see the breakfast question)

44. Do you want your friends to email you back? If they ca find the time!

45. When was the last time you cried? Tonight, when my DH showed me a DVD they made of the scattering of his mom's ashes (I wasn't able to be there)

46. What is under your bed? A fairly clean carpet!

47. What did you do last night? I worked at a Craft Fair...Crop Suey had a table there.

48. What are you afraid of? Really sharp blades...I can't get over that one!

49. Salty or sweet? Sweet and salty...

50. How many keys on your key ring? 3

51. Favorite day of the week? Sundays

52. If you can choose your talent, what would it be? I would be able to sing (at the moment, I'm not very good at it!)

53. Do you make friends easily? I would like to think that I do!

54. How many people will you tag this to? Three or four!

55. How many will respond? Hopefully all of them!

I don't often respond to these things, but I really had fun with this one!

I'm tagging Bree (who I know has already done this), Stacy, Kendra and Kim.

Have a great evening!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Scrapping Across the Universe Challenge #4

The fourth challenge for Scrapping Across the Universe is up...I love what everyone has come up with.

I thought I would post my LO. It was tough to do...I knew that I had to do something about my going to Afghanistan while I was in the military (I was among the first Canadians to go into the country after 9/11).

This LO was all about the journalling. I hope you like it.

Check out the challenge blog to see how everyone else interpreted their challenge. Go to

I'm off to sew name bars on my son's hockey teams' stuff!