August 15

San Diego Day 1…

**WARNING…long post (more of a journal for me) but, feel free to read about our week in California if you dare…

We arrived in San Diego early this afternoon after getting to the airport at 7:30AM, (3 hours before the flight left) because we were flying stand-by & the flight was VERY full. There were 15 stand-by’s & 18 seats available so we didn’t want to take any chances that we wouldn’t get on the flight, there are only 4 flights per week.

The flight was uneventful…thankfully! The kid’s were pretty well behaved, my son got a bit restless at times but, other than that no biggie. I had booked everything online before hand. My hubby had sent me this link for the car rental called Rent 4 Less Car Rental (Blue Oval Car Rental) or Ace. After waiting 25 mins for our luggage to come off the plane we went out to the courtesy waiting area for all the shuttles for the car rental places, we waited about 10 minutes & didn’t see one for Rent 4 Less so we called the company & they told us they would send out the shuttle & it should be there in about 10 mins…OK, the kid’s are getting really impatient especially my son, the shuttle finally shows up & the driver drops us off at the car rental place, I laughed when we pulled up because this place was a “dive”, so we walk in & she looks up our name & our confirmation number & informs us that there is no reservation for us in her system…WHAT??? I booked online & well “they” certainly took my reservation & than she says oh, you booked with Rent 4 Less, well they are no longer a company…blah, blah, blah (thank goodness I didn’t have to use my credit card number to reseve) she says I’ll call another company for you & see if they have anything for you, sure they do for another $100 for the week, she says you can go there & my manager will reimburse you the difference but, of course I have to pay that money up front…ah NO, can you drop us off at Enterprise? Sure, thanks. We arrive at Enterprise, long line up but, “luckily” we got a car even though there was none left apparently, we got a “economy” car, I’m sooooo spoiled with power locks, power windows, room to stretch out, AC that works well, DVD Player, stereo, etc :}

Oh but, the weather is glorious, sunny, slightly breezy, warm temperatures but, not too hot, the perfect temperature & the smell, it smells divine here, I wish I could somehow have the smell of the ocean come across my blog :}

Anyways, we hit the highway & find out where our hotel is which for the first 2 nights is the Mission Plaza Hotel & Suites, than we grabbed a bite to eat & than checked into our hotel, we got upgraded to a kid’s suite for no additional cost which was nice, it has bunk beds, well I think it’s nice but, than again the kid’s fought over who got to sleep on the top bunk for the first night! Friendly staff, fairly clean rooms, I’m pretty picky so in my eyes it could be better especially for what they charge nowadays to stay in a hotel.

We got settled in than got ready to go to the beach (that’s what we’re here for), so we hopped in the car & headed to Ocean Beach, an 8 minute drive maybe, we pull out of the hotel and, I stop at a red light, I’m waiting patiently, I look in my rearview mirror & guess who is behind me? Corey Miller from LA Ink! well that’s where I watch him every week although his shop is called Six Feet Under, it was soooo funny, I was sooo excited, I said to my hubby don’t look around because I kept turning around, I’m sure Corey Miller thought I was nuts but, than again I’m sure he gets it alot! so my hubby checked him out & he said are you sure? I said absolutely, so we turned, he raced by me, he was driving FAST!!! & well I sort of caught up to him when he turned off onto another road, I wanted to take a pic but, I didn’t want to look like a freak! My daughter kept saying follow him Mommy, get his autograph, now I’m sure that wouldn’t go off to well…some crazy Canadian following him home!

We finally arrived at the beach, found parking, it was BUSY, the kid’s loved the sand & surf (which was huge), so did my hubby, too stinkin’ cold for me though, maybe tomorrow. Than we came back to the hotel & got all the sand out of every nook & cranny than went to Target quickly (I’ll go back tomorrow AM!), than grabbed dinner & now the kid’s have just FINALLY crashed & we are just hanging…well I’m creeping some blogs now!

I’ll leave you with 2 pics of my kiddies having fun!

Sunbathing

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 Well I should get to bed I guess! I’m sure tomorrow will be another fun day!

August 3

Movies & A Storm…

On Saturday night my in-laws came over to watch the kid’s so my hubby & I could spend a little “quiet” time together for a belated anniversary date, so we went for dinner & went to see Funny People.

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Very, very funny movie but, of course true to some of Adam Sandler’s movies it was very crude but, we laughed alot of course & surprisingly it was a very long movie, almost 2 1/2 hours.

Than last night we watched Confessions of a Shopaholic on DVD.

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Totally a cute movie!

Yesterday we had a thunderstorm watch all day, we went to sleep just after 11PM I guess & was rudely awakened to a nasty, NASTY thunderstorm, within minutes of getting all the windows shut & pulling our garbage can in so it didn’t fly down the street we experienced the worst hail storm that I have ever heard or seen in the 12 years I have lived in Alberta, oh my, our bedroom windows are on the North side of the house & the way the wind was blowing  & the  size of the hail I was sure that our bedroom windows were going to crack right open, it was soooo loud we had to take refuge on the other side of the house in the kid’s bedrooms, I tell you I was scared S******, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, if the roof of our house was going to blow off, if our trampoline was going to go flying across the field, the windows were going to crack, the siding & our car which is parked outside I was sure was going to have hail damage, well after the hail, it poured & the lightening was just insane, we were awake for about 40 mins, I got up at about 7AM this morning to survey the damage, no hail damage but, our garden & flowers & our bleeding heart bush were totalled.

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The hail right outside our front door.

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My front porch planters totalled.

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Front flower bed.

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My flower pot that was full of blooms yesterday.

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My bleeding heart bush.

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Top of bleeding heart bush.

I heard that Calgary wasn’t hit that bad…is this true?

Well that’s what’s going on here, I will wait till tomorrow or ??? to clean up our yard, it’s suppose to be rainey & cold here all week.

July 3

Mud boy…

This is what happens when you wait a few minutes too long to bring your son home from playing for the day and you still have new construction going on in your subdivision:

Yep, that’s a shoe, 1 SHOE, you might ask where the other one was, stuck in the mud, my hubby had to retrieve it and when I saw my son walking down the sidewalk making footprint trails I couldn’t help but laugh out loud even though I really wanted to ask what the heck was he thinking! I’m sure each shoe must have weighed about 2 lbs each!

Oh those big, brown eyes can melt my heart and help him get away with anything!

Hubby literally had to hose him down and than we spent the next hour cleaning up!

Gotta love boys, definately one for the scrapbooks.

July 2

Whew…what a week!!!

It’s been one crazy, fast week here!

We spent last Friday with the kid’s finishing school than we spent Saturday & Sunday looking at houses, Sunday we went to Calaway Park for a bit in between looking at a house, than Sunday we wrote our 2nd offer on a house…Sunday night we have an accepted offer. I just found out today that we have CMHC approval so now all that’s left is the house inspection…yippee. We have a very quick possession…July 16th, which is OK because we get to move in over 2 weeks since our lease is done July 31st (the house is vacant). So everything has moved very quickly. My hubby has been out of town alot for work & now the kid’s are off for Summer so it’s been comical to say the least! We are staying in Airdrie though which is awesome & in the same school zone.

Tuesday we went and saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, good movie, entertaining that’s for sure but LONG, whatever happened to movies only being 90 minutes long although with the price it costs to go to a movie I guess I shouldn’t complain!

Than yesterday was Canada Day so we went to the Canada Day parade here in Airdrie, lots of fun, than we came home to start organizing and get stuff ready for donating, selling & throwing out, than we went to the fireworks here in Airdrie, they didn’t start till 10:40PM though because it takes soooooo long for it to be dark enough (and it still wasn’t completely dark at this time), so by the time we got home it was quite late even though the fireworks were only about 10 mins long (disappointing actually), and I am paying the price today with a brat son!

So that’s the exciting news I have to share, well I have some stuff to do than Saturday we are off for some fun at the Calgary Stampede…YAHOO!!!

June 21

Butterfly inspiration…

These canvas’s took forever to complete for some reason, I painted them in the Fall, than they sat in my scrapbook room for month’s, than I saw Amy’s post here & I fell in love with what she did, so I said that’s what I’m going to do with mine & also add some inspiration that my family can look at everytime they come downstairs to start their day. The quote is from Winston Churchill, the butterflies were stamped in Versamark on Stampin’ Up! cardstock, than embossed with Stampin’ Up! detail black embossing powder than hand cut over a few days (I still have some left). I still want to paint on some Shimmerz but, I’m waiting for my order, so that’s something I can do anytime.

Some other stuff, my son lost his 2nd tooth on Tuesday very exciting.

and I’m reading a new series of books by Kristin Billerbeck, I’m currently on the 2nd book of her “Spa Girl Series”, she has a couple of series of books, quite good, funny, & light humour…an easy read. I picked them up at Chapters downtown Vancouver for $3.49 EACH, I love a sweet deal.

We are heading out to my inlaws shortly for Father’s Day dinner with our whole family. I hope whatever you are doing you are celebrating the fabulous men in your lives & are enjoying your blessed day.

June 14

Mom’s Day 12×12 Layout…

Here is a layout that I almost finished when I was away at the Scrapbook Your Heart Retreat, all I had to do was put a title on it & it took me 3 weeks to do that!

This layout was actually a “kit” that I won at the retreat too!

Now what would a post be without some more pics!

Today we spent 5 1/2 hours at the soccer fields for a tournament, now soccer is all finished…yippee!

My hubby (coach) & our son at the end of the day. This was my hubby’s first time coaching soccer or anything for that matter & I think he did a wonderful job!

My son with his medal…he {hearts} his medal.

June 13

A week in pictures, starting with a wedding…

Hello everyone! OK, so here is the truth down & dirty!!! I’m probably not going to get alot of scrapbooking or cardmarking done this summer, I can already see myself not being very productive, I have alot going on this summer & so I think I’m just going to back off blogging for the summer, I might posts pics every once in a while or say Hi! to say that I am indeed around still but, other than than please don’t “expect” anything else from me! I hope you will still come & visit & that you don’t unsubscribe from my subscription (I mean it doesn’t take any room to keep me does it???), and truth be told I seem to have misplaced my mojo & I’m having a heck of a time locating it again, I don’t even feel like “shopping”…sick eh!!!

So on that note here are some pics I’ve taken this week.

Last weekend I flew to Vancouver for a friend’s wedding, I have known Liz & her 2 sisters for a very, very long time, Liz is the youngest of the 3 but only by 363 days!

I stayed with my best friend Kara & we went to the Reception on Saturday at the church & than drove downtown Vancouver for the Reception at the Vancouver Law Courts, we had about 3 1/2 hours to “waste”, so we had lunch at Red Robins on the patio on Robson Street & chatted, than we strolled Robson Street (just like the good ol’ days!), it is crazy, busy down there, too much for me now!

The beautiful bride with her Dad & Mom.

Gorgeous dress.

The vows.

The happy couple.

Table setting using the bride’s color theme.

The wedding cake.

Liz & Mark’s signature drink (and let me tell you it was “strong”)!!!

Candle centrepieces.

The wedding party table.

Wedding favors.

Appetizer accompanied by a portuguese bun.

I could only eat 2 pieces of this lovely steak (beacause I didn’t take a pic of the meal before this one which was pasta & seafood).

Wedding cake & fruit, the meal was absolutely delicious but, overwhelming, sooooooo much food!

Wedding party on bride’s side.

Gorgeous Liz.

2 Portuguese families = 1 big wedding & party with lots of food, booze & dancing!

The wedding was absolutely amazing, from the ceremoney to the reception, every last detail was thought of.

Liz and her husband celebrate her 35th birthday today by heading off to the Mediterranean for their honeymoon…have fun guys!

Isn’t this the craziest car you have ever seen, this was parked on Robson Street and was quite the tourist attraction.

June 13

A week in pictures, kid’s & stuff…

After I got home from the wedding I swung right back into “family mode”, it’s been a busy week having fun, enjoying the weather & just enjoying my time with the kid’s.

On Wednesday we packed up a picnic & spent the afternoon at the park with some friends.

My son loves his Monster Jam Truck hat.

My son says “I’m going to kick you Mommy!” so you don’t take my picture, such a nice, sweet boy!!!

but, than he gives me this.

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Than I took the kid’s to see Night at the Museum, it was OK, liked the first one better, my son could care less about watching this movie!!! but, he made it through.

My kid’s have been totally infatuated with a whole lotta caterpillar’s they found earlier in the week, so they have been finding them crawling around everywhere, picking them up, putting them in a jar, taking care of them, & they have been going EVERYWHERE with us, I do mean everywhere, but, at night they do stay outside!

Kinda “creepy” looking actually…ewwwwww

Yesterday was sports day & the official grand opening of my kid’s school playground, it’s taken 2 years, lots of fundraising & volunteers to get this playground up & running & lotsa money, the playground is worth about $250,000, crazy eh?

Potato sack races.

The limbo.

My son’s “fauxhawk!”

Eating watermelon, my son manged to eat 9 slices!

Crazy slide.

This playground is fun indeed, includes a rock climbing wall, teeter totter, rolling slides, sliding monkey bars & it’s on recycled tire rubber.

The kid’s had a blast, they had 16 “stations” for the kid’s to particpate in including bouncy jumpers & a food station.

Well if you have made it this far, looking thru all my pics know that I will be back tomorrow with a 2 page 12×12 layout!

Enjoy your day, it’s going to be gorgeous here!

June 4

Butterfly release…

My daughter’s class released their butterflies on Tuesday morning, I was hoping to go & take pictures of the release but, I had to go to the doctor’s so I had my daughter take some pics.

What an awesome experience I think…isn’t her t-shirt cute?

She couldn’t stop talking about releasing her butterfly all afternoon.

It really is an amazing transformation…it’s tough being beautiful!

I absolutely love butterflies. So much so that I have one on my leg!!!

Sorry, I haven’t posted anything exciting or creative lately but, I am flying to Vancouver tomorrow for a friend’s wedding & it has totally consumed my time, trying to find an outfit & I’ve been sick during the whole time, still fighting it…hopefully by tomorrow the antibiotics will have really kicked it’s butt right out the door!

Have a super weekend everyone & I promise to be creating soon enough.