Tuesday, January 18, 2011

...scrappy stuff...

...as promised, here's a photo full post of scrapbooking stuff!!!
...last night's layouts from Monday Night Sketches, all inspired by the awesome talent of
Sasha over at "A soldier girls thoughts"
She is bold, she is a fighter and she is insanely talented!!! Have a peek at her blog!
These layouts are my own spin on a few of hers that I loved!!

I have had several emails and requests to "explain Project 365".
I could go on forever about it but to keep this as simple as possible, this project is a daily PHOTO and JOURNALED documentation of the goings on in our family's daily lives...
this idea's original inspiration came from Ali Edwards
( click on 365: Project Life )
...and I tried back last May with creating a Week in our Life mini album project and had SO MUCH fun documenting and creating the album after the week was up....it was a challenge, but a YEAR is more like a good scrapbooking BATTLE !!! hahahahaha...but a fun one!
I have an ongoing "Project 365 Club that I try to host a monthly potluck get-together at my house on a friday night from 6pm - midnite-ish, where we all work on and share ideas and struggles and new finds on our albums!
some of us are documenting daily, and a few are documenting weekly to ease the stress of keeping up!!! but bottom line, the finished project after one year will be so much fun to reflect back on and see how busy our lives are and how fulfilled we are keeping them!!!
if you are interested in coming for an information night, or starting this project yourself with our group please email me at thegriffs@mts.net and I would love to reel you in...i mean FILL you in!!! HAHAHAHA!!!
Basically, you will need a couple of albums to start yourself off...

...and JOURNALING is the key to keeping your project organised because when it comes to putting your photos into the album, you will need to look back at your 'notes' you've taken to update the journaling in your project album!
( i picked up a few of these lined hardcover cuties from Dollarama...)

...because I am documenting DAILY and tend to add lots of embellishments, it looks like I will be adding a fourth album to my "year" project yet...I can only get 3 months in one album!
( but to each their own on how you choose to document! )
I have started my third album with January.
When should you start? You don't need to wait til Jan. 1, a new year....ANY day is a GREAT day to start...mine started June 30, kicking it off with our summer!!!

...so here's a bunch of shots traveling through my albums throughout the last 6 months...
(no way could i post a photo of every day!! hahahahaha!!!! )

...i have several 8.5 x 11 pages that I added to the albums for something fun and different...some have 8 x 10 photos blown up like this one, and some are trading card collecting pages that I can make mini prints on...

...add special cards to your album...

...keep receipts here and there and add them to your story...
( shopping bills, utility bills, ticket stubs from movies / plays, kids artwork, ANYTHING goes!! )

...my albums are full of all sizes of mini pages...they just add some character and i love how they look in it!!

...yep, try your journaling on fast food bags, cut out pieces from boxes of fav. foods ( above is an added page on the back of a Rice-A-Roni box - the kids LOVE it! )

...find something you like on the internet? print it off and add it...
( this also includes important happenings in the news...my friend Tara has even laminated events out of the newspapers!!! you can also find things SO EASY by Googling!

...I try to keep up my photo updating once a week, usually on mondays i sit and plan my last week's pages...this includes selecting what photos I am going to use, what size the photos will be, and then upload them to Costco and send them in online....but you will find a system that works best for you!

...I 'sticky note' my pages with what photo is going to go where, which pocket the journaling will be going in, etc.....and the mini prints I am lucky to be able to do them myself at home on my Canon Selphy photo printer....OR on occasion I still take my memory card into Superstore or Walmart and use the Kodak Photo Printer Kiosk and make my mini prints there at a very affordable price!!! ( .19 / 4 x 6 sheet )

...so this is what my pre-planned pages look like as I get them ready for photo updating and journaling....then the idea is to do a week at a time...

DO NOT get too stressed out if you fall behind....as long as you are keeping up with your photo taking and journaling, the rest will catch up with time.
I have had many challenges with TIME to work on it, especially over the Christmas holidays with all the holiday preparations and having the kids home for winter break to keep busy, but I am getting back on track and as I said, the photos and journaling are done, it's just to keep up the scrapbooking part of it now and catch up!!!
Please email to register as I only have room for 7!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


( and yes, he was about as thrilled as he looks! )

...but he was in need of a good rub down to finish off his "molting" season...
( and I assure you that he is quite happy in his freshly cleaned cage full of new treats and toys we picked up for him today at Petland! )
...tyler returned to his YBC bowling this morning...
Avg. is 83 and today he bowled 111, 133, & 129!!!!
Way to go Buddy!

( here's one of his STRIKES in motion! )

...after bowling, tyler and i went for a visit to Petland on Pembina to visit the bunnies and find Oliver some new goodies.
(funny how we now walk right past the puppies and go to the bunny bins...)
and we stopped a bunch of Dwarf Hamster fights while visiting too!
...then we went to pick up courtney from her "back to dance" workshop with her pals,
Alex, Kailey and Kelsey!
( she's tired and sore tonight1! )
...the girls are now into their Championships competition season coming up and have longer steps to dance at competitions...so i bet they will all be sleeping well tonight after today's workout!!!

...Mike and I have been enjoying our evening episodes of Big Bang Theory on a regular basis again...and thank goodness for PVR when needed!!!
Are you a BBT fan too??? ( if so, who's your favorite nerd? )

...thursday was BACK TO SCHOOL...
despite all the moaning and groaning and complaining the night before school, the kids were happy to see their friends again and were thankful for a short week back!!
tyler also went back to his piano lessons thursday night too...

...the young lady ( 8 years old ) who comes in for her lesson after tyler's, came and sat down beside me while waiting for her turn...i was asking her how her holidays were and what her favorite gift was etc...and while we were chatting, she proceeded to take off a rubber " Silly Bandz" bracelet and put it on her lap. After a while she told me,
"I am giving this one to Tyler" and gave me the biggest smile!!

...and so it begins...
8 years old? really?
so cute!
(my little handsome devil...
...we also got a New Year's letter and village children photo of our sponsor child, IVY, from World Vision ( Kenya ). I love to see all her precious little artwork and imagine her working carefully and proudly on her paper as she knows it's a special letter going to her sponsor family in Canada...
Ivy is the same age as Tyler...2 weeks apart...
I have been sponsoring with World Vision now for 8 years ( next month ) and LOVE IT!
$35 a month to make one child healthy, happy and hopeful...
and the rewards of giving mulitply tenfold in your heart!!
...I took courtney and tyler to see a movie on tuesday night at St. Vital...
something fun to do to wrap up our winter holidays!

...if you haven't seen Disney's TANGLED, I highly, highly recommend it!
it is definitely one of my all time favorit Disney movies!!!
Luv It!!!!
( of course I had my camera with me, what else did you expect? LOL )
i hope you are all having a most relaxing weekend and have all survived your
"back to"
schedules this week with a smile!!
...think I will be posting something scrappy next time too????

Sunday, January 2, 2011

the CATCH UP...

...got tea???
i am basically gonna give your our holiday update...otherwise you will be sitting here with me for a couple hours if i go back to my last posted date!! hahaha!

...i do, however, have to share some photos from Courtney's Santa's Showcase, hosted by her highland dance teacher, Lynn, every year...or else Courtney's dancing friends ( and their moms ) will never forgive me!! LOL!
Dec. 5
(and for all the dances, Courtney is always on the far left end )

...the girls were excited to get new custom fit costumes this year for this new dance...

...and also the first year to be dancing choreography along with the senior dancers too!

...and of course the finale includes a visit from Santa with all the dancers!

( sarah, alex, kailey and courtney - kelsey was already off to a swim meet!! )

...lynn and courtney...

...back at home, i wanted to snap a few photos in her new dress, she looked like a little bridesmaid!

...the showcase is always very enjoyable, once the stressload is over in preparation!!!

...and guess who got a new car on dec 6??? a very lucky and spoiled ME!!!
2009 Ford Escape...isn't he handsome???

...and here's this years' gingerbread houses...
( C on L, T on R )

...Dec 12 brought us to Tyler's first bowling tournament -
Master Bantam Junior.
He bowled at Billy Mosienko lanes at 9am and there was a second shift and noon and the last shift at 3pm...results were posted on the website around 8pm...
Tyler's team finished EIGHTH out of 42 teams! WOW!
AND....of 42 bowlers, Tyler finished 5th overall in the Bantam division!
AND....(yes, there's more ) of the 42 teams entered, there were 5 teams out of Tyler's house lanes ( Dakota ) and his team finished first from the house, and he finished FIRST of the 5 house Bantams too!!! Neeless to say, he went to bed feeling quite proud of himself that night and had a good sleep on Cloud Nine!!!

...the night before, Courtney slept over at her BFF's house to go snomobiling with her family the next day in Portage la Prairie...she had FUN FUN time!!

...and I spent the afternoon working on my December Daily and watching / listening to my favorite Christmas movie...The Grinch who stole Christmas....with Jim Carey!!
Too funny!!

...last week of school before holidays...
i helped tyler make two of these adorable little christmas trees out of clay pots for his school teacher and also for his piano teacher...they loved them!!

...it was hard to find time to work on my December Daily with all other holiday chaos going on, but i did work on it here and there, but am now behind since dec 15...but soon enough it will be completed!!! did you make one this year???
( i will post more pictures of this project another day for you )

...dec 17 - tyler's most enjoyable Chirstmas piano recital..on his teacher's new grand piano...

...and oliver having a little rest while out on one of his daily adventures!
( luv this bunny )

...dec 18...
tyler's YBC bowling christmas party...

...and bingo bowling...fun day!

...and later that night to Papa Griffins for a Griffin family get together...

...and on to Christmas eve....

...while I was finishing wrapping our gifts up ( late, i know ),
Oliver was hopping all over them scouting out something for him!!!

...and Mike took the kids outside for some hockey scrimmages on our first backyard rink he made himself!!! They had a blast!

...snacks for Santa...

(the kids sporting their new, annual christmas eve jammies from grandma...)

...the living room ready for action...
looks like Santa came afterall!!!!

..and the kids were so excited to see that even Oliver got a stocking filled by Santa too!!!

...i will just let you scroll through the next photos of some of the kids' gift opening...

( a new medal board from daddy! )

...the kids were SOOOOO excited to get new desks for their rooms!!!
( poor mike, two more things he has to build now...)

..after our gift opening, we tidied up, showered ( except the kids wanted to go to Grandma's in their pj's) and then we went for a quick gift exchange at my moms before rushing back home to finish my cooking preparations / cleaning up for dinner...)

.. my brother Curt and his fiance Erith came for a morning visit too since they weren't going to be with us for dinner this year....and Curt brought HOLLY along for laughs too!

...Mom had checked Grandma and Grandpa out of The Maples for a few days over Chirstmas so they could be with the family and enjoy with us...SOOOOOOOOO happy to see them at Mom's in their pj's Christmas morning!!! So special!

...after a couple hectic hours, we were packed up and zipping back home to finish getting ready for our afternoon / evening entertaining...
here's our Christmas dinner spread....
YUMMY - i know in a couple months i will look back at this and wish for it all over again!

...i challenged myself to make some special cupcakes to add to our dessert tray this year, thanks to Tara's cake decorating motivation!!! I loved making them, but I ain't no cake boss...hahaha!

...dinner time...
airiel and BF skyler

mike and liz

mom and grandma

darren and airiel

mike and ken

...and one of my favorite things about the Chrismas holidays is having some delicious egg nog!!

...Boxing Day...
Courtney had received some surprise mail for Christmas enclosing two tickets for me to take her to the Concert Hall to see our first ballet...The Nutcracker.
Once all the seating complications were sorted out ( stressful!!! ) we were able to sit and enjoy the show together and discuss the show as it went along!
The lead dancers were exceptional and it was fun to see "ballet" live, in person and appreciate a different style of dance together! We would definitely go again!!

...then we were off to my moms for our annual boxing day party!
we are always visited by Santa ( wink ) and play all kinds of games, and enjoy a potluck dinner and drinks!!

...a whole lot of chillaxin' between then and New Years...YES!!!!!!
New Years Eve...
we had a handful of good friends come over, all my family ditched us this year ( hahaaha ) so it was a small , quiet night in...but most enjoyable!!!!!

...I have so much to be thankful for not only at New Years, but every day of my life.
It's just the end of a year and the prospects of a fresh new year often leave me thoughtful in reflection.
I try to focus on the good things that happened, and leave the bad behind.
I have an awesome, loving family.
I am married to the most amazing, supportive and understanding husband.
I have two amazing, talented, beautiful and smart kids.
And I feel so unconditionally loved and blessed at the end of every night.
I may not have a big fancy house. I may not have the finer things in life. I may not have the wealth and ability to show the world to my children throughout the year.
But I am content and happy with who I am and my place in this world.
...and I hope at the end of your own reflection you will raise a glass and toast to LIFE with me!
Cheers to your and yours and many happy blessings and lots of smiles in 2011!!!!