Thursday, May 27, 2010


Things are never dull around our house. Most of you know that I have 3 children and they are all teenagers now. I know many people dread these years, but I am just loving them. It is so cool to watch them develop and mature into little adults. This often involves their sense of humor as well. I just wanted to share a couple of stories with you.

Matt is 13 and he has always been the quietest of our 3 children. Lately I have noticed he is really coming out of his shell. He comes out with some of the funniest things. I am not sure that when I type these things out they will seem as funny as they are in person, but I am going to give it a try!

This is a frequent look that we see with Matt now........not so innocent, eh?

This morning I came downstairs to find him eating his breakfast. I noticed that we had not put the cover on the pool and made this comment...'Oh, I guess we forgot to put the cover on the pool last night'. His very quick response was .......'well mom, on the upside, we don't have to take it off today'. What a great way to start my day :)

Yesterday, there was a conversation about the show 'The Biggest Loser'. Matt jumped in and wondered why someone would want to go on a show where the winner is given the title of being a loser. Amanda and I explained to him that 'loser' meant they had lost the most weight. He then responded 'well I was wondering why all the people on the show were always getting their weight didn't make any sense'. Amanda and I could hardly stand was so darn funny!

Jason, our middle child is often the source of laughter in our household. He is very witty and speaks before he thinks (I think he gets that from me). He has recently entered the work force and actually has 2 jobs. He works part-time at the Galaxy and also part-time at Conestoga Golf Course. Last night he had to work at the golf course and it was men's night. It was very busy, plus they are having a tournament there today and they had extra stuff to do to get ready for that. Jason was not fond of 2 of the kids that he had to work with. I won't go into all the details, but he said that one of the kids was obsessed with driving around the golf carts. He would always take the long way so he could drive more, and at one point there were no carts to drive, so he hopped into the cart that Jay was driving and said he would come along for the ride. Jay said he looked at him and said 'ummm, no. That is just weird'. The kid hopped out and Jay drove away shaking his head. As Jason was heading up to bed, he said.....'mom, those guys are not even here and they are still making me mad'. I just laughed at him as he shook his head and went up the stairs.

When Jay got home from work last night he had to finish up a project that was due today. In my opinion he left things go a bit too long, but he assures me that he works best under pressure. He had to make a cookbook for the foods course he is taking (the only reason he is in this class is because the only other option was Spanish, and he wasn't taking that).

He thought that he needed to make a cover for this cookbook and the Cricut was the perfect tool for the job. He pulled out the machine and got to work. His brother helped him pick the colours for the apron (didn't want anything too feminine). I was a bit skeptical, but it did turn out nice.

The funniest thing about the title of his cookbook is that he would only eat 2 or 3 of the 20 plus recipes that are in there.

The little pockets on the apron are so cute (this photo loaded sideways, and I don't feel like fixing it, so tilt your head to the right).

He came up with the idea to use the pockets as little tabs to divide each section (pretty clever, eh).

He wanted to attach everything with 'those special rings that we use at the store'. It did turn out pretty good. He thinks he is going to 'rock this project' and come home with an 'A'.

He asked me what I would do if he got an 'A'. The answer he was looking for was for me to offer to take him, and his buddy David, to McDonald's to celebrate. I told him if he got an 'A' I would definitely consider it.

This is only a small fraction of the entertainment that my amazing kids provide me every day! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Little Red Wagon #30 - Birthday

It is my turn to post this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. It is our 30th challenge......I can't believe it.

I chose 'birthday' as the theme of my challenge. I decided to do a card because I am always in need of birthday cards.

Sorry about my lousy photo (I left my good camera at work). I hand cut the flowers from my pattern paper and then popped them up using foam adhesive. I cut the grass using the Cricut.

I hope you find time to play along with us!


Friday, May 21, 2010


Waking up at 4am.........

Listening to the birds sing like they were putting on a concert (I had to close my window)..........
Laying next to a man who snores soooooooooo loud (I am sure the neighbours hear him)........

Makes me feel like this...........


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Little Red Wagon #29

Happy Wednesday everyone! Here is my card for Joanne's 'put a window in it' challenge.

I made a standard size card out of white cardstock and used a circle Nestie to make a window in the front of the card. I cut a slightly larger circle out of blue cardstock and placed it inside the card so it would show through the opening. I pierced holes around the outside of my circle to define it a bit.

I used the stickers from the May Bouquet collection from Pebbles Inc and one of their double-sided pattern papers to make the pinwheel.

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky - make your own embellishment


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Movie Night!

Tonight was movie night and we went to see Letters to Juliet! This movie is about 'Sofie' and she visits Verona with her soon-to-be husband . She spent a lot of time alone while he was off meeting with suppliers for the new restaurant that he was going to open in New York!

She is a 'fact finder', but her real passion is to write. While her fiance was off tasting wine and cheese, she visited the house that supposedly Shakespeare's Juliet lived in. Below the balcony, women would come and leave notes to Juliet....for a Dear Abby type thing. The letters were gathered up each day and a small group of ladies that called themselves 'Juliet's secretaries' would answer these letters.

Sophie found a letter that had been hidden behind a brick for 50 years. The letter was from a sweet lady named Claire who had met a boy and fallen in love, but she let this love slip away and was looking for advice. Sophie answered the letter and then Claire arrived about a week later with her grandson, Charlie, to see if she could fine her lost love.......Lorenzo Bartolinis!

Sophie met Claire and tagged along on the journey to fine Lorenzo. As you might suspect, she realized that her relationship with her fiance was not going to work and she found herself falling in love with Charlie.

This movie makes you laugh out loud, touches your heart and makes you reflect on the 'Lorenzo Bartolinis' in your life. It is a beautiful, romantic movie and I give it a 9 out of 10!


Sunday, May 16, 2010


So, to continue my story.............Jason did know the correct definition of minion! He shocked the heck out of me. He proceeded to tell us that he heard the word used on some of the cartoon shows that he watches (I know, almost 16 and still watching cartoons). I find in interesting that he learns it from TV, and not at school.

Jason quickly changed his statement and assured us that he would never be his brother's minion.

The definition of minion is..........

1. a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
2. a favored or highly regarded person.
3. a minor official.

Thanks for playing along!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Define this.......

Okay, so at dinner the other night, Jason was telling us about his younger brother, Matt, and how he thinks that he is a geek (he likes computers and figures things out that he can't). As the discussion progressed (you don't need all those details), Jason told us that he was Matt's 'minion'.

At this point, Monty and I both looked at each other and I was the first to say 'what does minion mean'. Jason proceeded to give us the definition. I didn't think he had a clue what he was talking about, so I jumped up from the table and 'Googled' the definition.

I have to ask all my readers.........please be honest when you answer this.....don't look it up in the dictionary or Google it. Do you know what 'minion' (pronounced 'min yen') means? Leave me a comment.....I want to do a poll! I will wait a few days and see what sort or responses we get, and then I will post the definition and the rest of the story.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Little Red Wagon #28

Happy Wednesday........and it is time for another great challenge at Little Red Wagon. Deanna has challenged us to dig out our brads and 'use em up'. I decided it was time to do a layout.

This is my 'superstar' son at his last tournament of the year. I love how this layout turned out. I used a sketch that was provided by my BFF. You can check out her sketch blog here! I used sketch #3.

I tried the new cardstock from Coredinations and added in his team colours with regular cardstock. The letter stickers that I used for the title are from Fancy Pants.....and of course......I added some brads from my stash.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Metal Mania (my brads are metal)


Monday, May 10, 2010

Special Cards

So, I wanted to make the special mom's in my life a Mother's Day card. I am always running short on time, so I snagged an idea from Shelby and used this spectacular paper from Pebbles Inc. I just loved how they turned out.

Here is the card that Shelby made (thanks for the inspiration friend).....

And here are the cards that I made.......

I ended up with one extra card, that I am sure I will find a use for. I didn't spend too much time with my mom this year, as we were invited to Monty's moms for a bbq. I did make a quick stop at her house to drop off the card. It is always a flip-flop between families.

I hope all the mom's enjoyed their day.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Surgery for Cooper :(

The youngest member of our family had surgery on Tuesday. He lost his 'manhood' and had his front claws removed.

Amanda and I are definitely the 'mommies' to our two cats. We actually went to visit Cooper at the vet's on Wednesday. He wasn't allowed to come home until Thursday, and the thought of him sitting in this cage, feeling like poop, all by himself was just too much for us.

He was so excited. He reacted like a dog when he saw us. He was running around his cage, meowing and doing flips (probably not so good for his incisions). We were a little shocked to see the state of his paws. They are usually very white, and they were all blood stained (I cropped that part out of the photo). We gave him lots of cuddles and said our goodbyes. I headed back to the store and Amanda, back to school. I figured it wouldn't be too long before Amanda was texting me and saying how bad she felt for her kitty........sure enough, she was on the phone within minutes.

We rushed out to pick him up first thing on Thursday morning. We brought him home and he has been resting (not so comfortably) ever since. He walks with a limp and sleeps a lot. He is very snuggley and I find him right next to me in the middle of the night.

It will take a couple of weeks, but he will be his old self again soon.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Little Red Wagon #27

Happy Wednesday! Here we are at challenge #27 at Little Red Wagon and Rosanne has requested us to use mainly pink and green.

I used paper from one of the new collections from Fancy Pants. About a Girl had just the right amount of pink & green.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT has put together and take some time to play along.

I also decided to play along with Moxie Fab World's Trigger Tuesday!

This purse is adorable and the colours and it's 'beauty' were my inspiration! Hopefully you have some time to play along with this challenge too!

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky - show us your fancy edge
Kaboodle Blog - celebrate Spring


Saturday, May 1, 2010

National Scrapbook Day Challenge

It is National Scrapbook Day today! I think it is wonderful that scrapbooker's and paper crafter's all over the world will be celebrating this day together.

On the Two Scrapbook Friends forum Joanne, myself and our design team have posted some challenges for the weekend. I was able to squeak a little bit of scrapbooking in and I did Deanna's challenge. She wanted us to use 5 different embellishments on our layout.

I used a transparency, buttons, twine, rub-ons, and bling! All the papers were scraps from my stash. The only really new item I used is the transparency. It is from the new Rusted Sun collection from Fancy Pants!

Join us in some of the fun on the forum and participate in some of our challenges! Thanks for visiting :)