Saturday, September 26, 2009

Here comes Fall.....

I can feel it in the air and in my bones. I can see the leaves changing colour. I must admit that although I find the colours of Fall to be spectacular, I am somewhat of a pessimist when it comes to Fall. It ALWAYS makes me dread winter and the inevitable.

The kids have been keeping us super busy with their activities. Brendan has hockey several nights a week and soccer on Mondays. Joe just offered to be a co-manager with another Dad for B's team. You know, because he doesn't already do so much for the kids and their activities (he's Treasurer on the parent council, coaches soccer and helps out with a multitude of events in between all that). We're all so fortunate to have him in our lives - he's always there for us and he even goes beyond that. We're lucky. :)

Speaking of Joe, his birthday is Tuesday! Unfortunately, no one will be home that day until about 9:00 pm at night. So, the kids and I are going to surprise him with his bday celebration tomorrow. Daddy isn't allowed to do anything tomorrow except sit on the sofa and watch all the football he wants. We're cooking his favourite dinner and we've got his presents ready to go. And of course!! CAKE!!!!! My fave part! LOL

Olivia starts Brownies on Tuesday night. Which means, I start as one of the Leaders of her unit. I think it's going to be pretty cool. It's a lot of work but very gratifying. And the women I am leading the group with are really great - so it's nice to have a bond with some new ladies! I can't forget that her swimming lessons start this Friday as well!

I haven't scrapped much in two weeks (okay, nothing at all) but as soon as I post this, I'm going to scrap. I must scrap! I MUST! I've got the urge.

I leave you with 3 summery/bright/fun layouts that help me remember that hopefully summer will be back before I know it!

The first is with some American Crafts Moda Bella collection that I've been hoarding forever. I really love the colour scheme in these papers. Finally cut into it:

Next up are two layouts I created with MM's vacation line they put out this summer (drawing a blank on the name). Thanks Mel for the surfboard pp! It worked out great on one of my layouts!

That photo of Olivia and Joe is one of my faves of all time. :)
Forgot to mention that Olivia had a FABULOUS time with her friends last Sunday for her pj-themed birthday party (she even went so far as to tell me it was the best day of her I guess we did good). We had thirteen 7 and 8-year-old girls here and we had lots of fun painting nails, making crafty signs for their bedroom doors, plaing games, dancing (I was shocked at the top 40 pop songs these girls could sing and do special dances to!) and eating CAKE! Ha! I was going to post pictures but I don't think I will (I will maybe blur faces when I do the layouts)....too many parents to ask if it's ok! Olivia's favourite gifts were the 3 webkinz she received (phew! I was worried there'd be more than that), her MP3 player and her new kitten. :)

Enjoy your Sunday everyone. Monday mornings come way too quick for the working moms!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Last day as 6....

...for this sweet baby girl!

Dear Olivia,
I find it so hard to believe that yet another year has flown by us. It's hard to beleive that you are turning 7 tomorrow. Tonight we were snuggling and I was giving you a bunch of kisses. You got up to go to bed and ran back and said "I don't want to stop hugging you." How I wish sometimes that I could freeze a moment in time for just a little longer. :)

This year has been wonderful for you. You are a straight A student for Grade 1. Heading into Grade 2, things are looking great again and I'm so very proud of you. Soccer, Brownies and swimming are on the top of your list for things to do. You are confident, persistent, intelligent, beautiful and surrounded by many, many friends. I hope you always have great friends in your life.

Tomorrow is your big day and your birthday party (12 girls plus yourself.....think of this time when your Dad and I are old and grey....!). I hope you have a wonderful day and it's a day you remember for a very long while to come.

And don't forget...Friday we go and get Buzz to bring home. You're going to be the best Mommy to your new kitty. :)

I love you my sweet baby girl! And any time you want to hang around for a few more hugs, no matter how big you get, I'm always here.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yes! I'm alive!

Though I don't know for sure if anyone is wondering...perhaps I'm only talking to myself on my blog! LOL :)

Let's start things off with some layouts I created
recently :

And now a wee update on us:

Life's been busy - back to the routine of school, soccer/hockey/swimming/Brownies, volunteering for Joe and I, work......I'm tired just reading it. Our lives are very full and I'm grateful for that.

We're gearing up this weekend for Olivia's 7th birthday party. Incredible...7.....I'm speechless. She invited 12 girls and guess what? All can make it. Last year we invited 10 and only 5 made it so I thought maybe we were safe with the 12.....lesson learned. :) We'll have a great time though. Olivia wanted a pyjama party theme and I think Joe and I have come up with some cool stuff. Pictures to come after her big day!

School is off to a great start - Olivia is in Mrs. Hamelin's class (2/3 split) and Brendan is in a 3/4 split with Ms. Butler. So far so good. I've never met a teacher at their school that wasn't amazing or didn't come with glowing recommendations so here's hoping to a fun year. I've got some pictures to share of their first day in Grades 2 and 3:

That's it for me! Happy Friday!