Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The bright side though? No hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, or tornadoes. I'll take that any day -- at least I have seat warmers in my car. :)
We have had a few soccer games, though. Here's a few pics from Curtis' on Monday:
Love this action shot...I think he was trying to stop and run the other way:
And, of course, there goes "the tongue" again:
And here's a couple from Renee's game on Tuesday. I'm so proud of her this year -- she's one level up and really working harder on the field than I have ever seen her work before:
And having fun, too!
We had a garage sale this weekend...the kids made a whole, whopping $62 selling old toys. But it made for a good trip to McNally Robinson, anyway! Curtis used some of his money to buy a hockey net -- full regulation sized, with the goalie-shootout thingy that bungies on to practise. (Sorry -- that's as technical as I get!) He couldn't wait to try it, so he and Grandpa had a few good sessions of driveway hockey after the sale was finished:
Other than that, we've had a few things going on this week. We're looking for our Mickey -- our "baby" fat cat. He went out on Monday and hasn't come home since. Sigh. I miss him and not sure that he's coming home. :(
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I love my zoom lens! It is the season for soccer, and without my Nikkor AFS 55-200 mm lens I wouldn't get half the action shots that I do. Last year, for my daughter's soccer season I don't think the other parents even took photos because I spent the entire time kneeling along the sidelines snapping away.
My son's first game was last night. He's played soccer before but this year he is on the U8 team, which means they actually play games -- not just practise. I took about 70 good photos of the team in action last night, with my zoom lens of course. I couldn't wait to check them when I got home.
Well, it seems as though my lovely zoom lens captured the most honest, focused soccer face I have ever seen -- so much that I laughed until I cried. So did my hubby. So did my mom. I just had to share them. This is what Curtis looks like when he plays soccer:
This one is my favorite...what a sweetie:
He's happy to be on the "older team" that plays games this year. I think it feeds his competitive spirit:
He's so happy, he dances:
I figured out that, when he's concentrating, he sticks his tongue out like this:
And like this:
And like this:
I have to say, though, that THIS one takes the cake. It was his kick-off and, man, he must have wanted to boot that ball really hard!
After I took this photo, I previewed it to check that I was getting decent light with the shutter speed I was using. OMGoodness, did I laugh! If you missed the look on his face, here it is cropped in close...
Oh...it is going to be an interesting season!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I just picked up my June Just Cre8 kit and it is FULL of scrappy things that I love love love love!
PLUS, tucked in the box were two new Slice cartidges that I ordered. Hurray!
Now...off to the Co-op for some chocolate and some Beaver Buzz energy drinks to prepare myself for the weekend.
Happy National Scrapbooking Day everybody!
(And...to those wondering...I found two tickets for the Oilers game at almost ticket price. Lower level even. Curty's birthday is going to be a good one this year. :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
So when I heard that the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders were coming to play an exhibition game in Saskatoon in September, my heart just leaped! The game is scheduled for a week after Curtis' 7th birthday. What an absolutely perfect birthday gift -- sending him to the game with his dad. I can just imagine the look on his face when the puck is dropped!
And related to this subject, HUGE cheers to a friend of a friend from Saskatoon, Saucy. Her blog is HERE. She found herself with 2 extra tickets to a Jonas Brothers concert. Is she selling them at an inflated price? Nope! Is she selling them at cost? Nope! She's giving them away! Yes! To a complete stranger! Seriously! This is the kind of person there should be more of in this world -- generous and caring. 'Nuff said.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Seems like things have been so busy. With spring comes a lot of things that demand attention, and the transition time between winter and spring is even busier. We've wrapped up all of our winter activities now, with the kids' piano recital on the weekend. We are also starting to work on the house again now that the weather is nice.
I can finally see ahead to the finished renovations in our home. We added on an attached garage two years ago, and part of it is planned to be a new entrance way, dining room, and an office for DH. He and I framed up the wall last weekend and we are going to be working on the suspended floor soon. It's exciting, though, to see the framework of what will soon be inside the house!
Soccer starts this week with the kids' first practises. Hopefully the weather will cooperate! We had snow on Friday. Snow! The roads got quite icy and it was a bit dangerous on the highway, but it didn't last very long thank goodness. Spring? It wants to come, but is not quite here yet.
We're busy planning at Just Cre8...for a couple of things! The June Sneak Peek is up and looks fantastic. Can't wait to get my hands on this one!
And we're gearing up for an online crop too. If you haven't been part of one at Just Cre8, mark it down on your calendars...May 22-24 is the date for our Happy-Be-Scrappy Spring Crop. Tons of prizes to be won, lots of mojo-inspiring challenges, tutorials, classes, and some games thrown in for good measure. Go to the forum and register if you haven't yet, and then tune in to the forum on that weekend. That's all you have to do to take part!
I have some new photos to share...I'll be posting them tomorrow. Until then, happy scrapping!
Friday, April 17, 2009
First, these photos are of two girls I absolutely adore. I have permission to post their pics on my blog and in my scrapbook pages (thank you parents!) as long as I don't use their names -- so we'll call them Z and R. So, to make a long story short, these two are like my nieces and their mom, G, is like a sister to me. You could never ask for better friends! I had Z and R at my house the other day while G was working and we had a little photo shoot. The girls are just beautiful inside and out -- and the photos captured exactly what I wanted them to!
Z is the oldest of the two -- she's the same age as my daughter, Renee, and they have been best best friends since they were in diapers together. She has gentle, kind eyes and a smile that lights up a room!
Z also has a very infectious giggle...
R is a doll...she has a sweet voice and her face is so expressive. You can always see what she is feeling in her face.
I love this look -- it is so characteristic of R!
Z and R have a very special sister relationship. They play together way better than any other siblings I know. G says they do have their spats...but I will believe it when I see it! LOL
Sister Secrets...love it...
This is G, their mom. My neighbour, my friend, and she's family to me.
And, of course, I have to throw in a couple of pics of my kids -- since they are my favorite subjects. This smiling, non-silly one of my daughter Renee is rare. I think G convinced her to smile nicely for me that day.
And my boy...he is the handsomest little man I know...but that's because I am his mother. ;)
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
You can see the kit HERE and the Cre8ive Crew designs HERE.
Here are my designs from this kit so far:
I realized, after organizing my photos, that I'd never scrapped Curty's first birthday. So here he is in all his cake-smushing glory:
This is one of my favorite photos of my nephew, Nick. I love how this LO turned out -- it's so crisp, like a bright cartoon:
This month, the kit includes a 4x4 canvas. I made mine into a "happy list" magnet to put on my fridge.
I've posted closeups of these layouts in my gallery at Just Cre8, so if you want to see more head on over there.
I'd love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment!
Oh...and we are at 1000 posts, aren't we? Time for a giveaway! Leave me a comment telling me if you've ever ordered a kit and what you loved about it on this post and I have a Cosmo Cricket blackboard album to send to one lucky winner. I'll draw for the winner on Friday morning, so get your comments in!