Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Remembering Premie

My beautful, feisty and brave aunt.
I couldn't do the "Scrap Pink" crop without doing something in her honour.

and a few older ones:
*note I used this same pic before.It's so beautiful I couldn't resist*

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I wish the weekend would never end...

I bet ya'll say that.
But nobody...I mean nobody, means it like I do.
Oshean was off this weekend.
Off and at home.

The plan was for me to get into Edmonton, check into a swank joint, and just marinade there for the weekend...A-L-O-N-E.

No "Mommy, I need..."
"Mommy, he did..."
"Mommy, it was an accident..."


But the stars weren't aligned, and I ended up with an awful cold, so I decided not to risk the long drive, when on a good day I have been known to doze off and veer off the road (yeah..happened way too many times).
And I stayed home.

Not quite.
Hubs to the rescue.
Took the kids, meals, everything off my hands.
I read, watched movies (at night when the kids slept).
And during the day I scrapbooked.
Yup...havn't done that in years...5 years to be precise (scrapbooked in the day is what I mean).

Here are a few pics from today.
*note Eilam's unimpressed look.Not too happy that the only time he saw me was when I took this pic...Oh well...there's therapy for that kinda thing right?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Scrap Pink and the Terry Fox Run

So many of us have been touched by that big, bad monster,Cancer.
My family has seen its fair share of heartache brought on by this dreaded illness, and as I sit here today, my wonderful Aunt in South Africa is fighting the good fight.

Scrapbookers have banded together to raise awareness, and funds this weekend.

Scrap Pink events are being held all over at LSS's and online.
Proceeds, or in some cases, entire sign-up amounts are being donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fundraising campaign.

Many online forums are hosting this as well, if you can't find an LSS close to you.
I'll be cropping *HERE* this weekend.

Rea and Ara are taking part in the Terri Fox Run at school today. Once again a small donation was requested and proceeds go to this awsome charity.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, peaceful weekend :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tomorrow morning, the Savvy 'n Sassy "DIVALICIOUS" 10 day crop kicks off.

I picked the theme this time and you will find that the challenges are very "YOU" centred.
Find your inner Diva and embrace her.

Oh...and grab a blinkie while you're at it :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tomorrow's the Day!

Sex and the City hits DVD stores.
And I have a copy with my name on it waiting for a pick-up.
I also have the complete boxed set of all six seasons in the mail.
And I tried to get a handful of things from here but they were out of stock.

But I will be sipping on a Cosmopolitan (like the one you see in the pic above ;)), and watching Carrie and the girls get ready for a wedding.

(Okay, do I sound like a loser?)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Here's a little peekie at part of a page I worked on last night. It was one of those sleepless nights since Oshean was in Toronto, and I'm a nervous nellie all alone in this house, with the kiddies asleep.

This page is for Busy Bee and if you want to see the rest of it, you'll have to check back here around the 1st of October.

While I'm talking about scrappy stuff,
Savvy 'n Sassy is hosting their 10 day long crop in a few days time.
I was asked to co-ordinate this crop and I can happily report that there are some awsome sponsors on board.
You can read more about the crop here

Upsy Daisy Designs has two new lines being released later this month/ early October. Hopefully the DT will have in hand in the next couple weeks and I'll be able to share a peek right here :)
In the meantime, just savour the yummy names "Hot Chocolate" and "Spirit"...good eh?

Here's a page I did recently using the Cupcake Line.
The picture is of a school in the Natal Midlands, in South frica. Oshean and I were so amazed at the size and simplicity of this "school". It's a good reminder of things we should be grateful for, right?

Well this was a lengthy post...full of links noggal...
'til next time...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rest in Peace...

Yesterday morning, the scrapbooking community lost a vivacious and truly wonderful member.

Aleida, your big, beautiful heart will always be remembered.
You will be sadly missed by oh so many.

All of our thoughts are with your family.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"You don't like flies...?"

That was Cai's question when halfway through lunch, Oshean found a dead fly in his Hollandaise sauce.
This was at a Smitty's Restaurant here in St.Paul.

Yuck, right?
This was probably our first visit to this place in 7 years (I used to take Rea there for pancakes when we first moved here, and pancakes were such a novelty to us newly-arrived South Africans at the time).

But I digress.
Dead fly in the Hollandaise sauce
God-awful Hollandaise I should add, as well.

Can't help but wonder what happened in the half that he had already eaten.

Monday, September 8, 2008

While at home...

Cai missed his play-mate...

...thank goodness for his new car...

Someone say "Milk"???

Kindergarten for Miss Ara

Big day here again.
Ara starts Kidergarten.
She was so excited this morning.
I had to grab a few shots.
Can't believe I have two children in school!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Touch of Retro

I'm digging the "storybook" look on this page.
The Prima just rocks.

I found this older pic of Rea.
It was the first day of Grade 1 and she was so reluctant to get out of bed.
Not the best quality photo.
But a special memory.
3 years later.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Late Entry...

Ramadan started on Monday, 1st September 2008.

Wishing all our Islamic friends a prosperous month.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

How could I forget...

I brought this handsome fella home a few weeks ago.
Been wanting one for a while.
But I just couldn't decided on whether to plunk down a whack of $$$ on this...

Thankfully Oshean gave me a gentle push.
He's all about the "Just Do It" mentality.
Gotta love that, right? :)

I'm still learning how to use it.
Big learning curve for me, but it's a GREAT lens!

Ooohh I should add, it was so difficult to get one in Edmonton.
Basically only one store had just 3 of these in stock.
All the camera stores said they would special order it but did not keep it in stock.

But anywho,
I got one.
Yay for me!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Grade 5

Yup...can't believe how fast the time has flown.
Rea, our first-born is now in Grade 5.
Yesterday was the first day at school for her and she appears to be quite happy with her new teacher, new classroom (it's a pre-fab structure outside the main building), and her new duds :)

So, it's back to packing lunches, checking homework, having the constant talks about making the right choices when it comes to friends (the talks become a bit more regular as they grow) and trying to find a balance between it all.

Rea's been a really good child. She has recently come into her own, and we're so happy to see her drop away the shy cover she's worn (although she still is quite introverted).
She seems to be more comfortable with who she is.
She is embracing the person she sees herself as, and there really is nothing more beautiful than that to watch.

Okay, enough of my long-windedness.
I have lunch to prepare and a shower to take.
Until next time...

P.S Who's so shocked that I'm blogging so regularly?
I know I am!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Last week, on Friday at approximately 13h00, Oshean, Rea and I were sworn in as Canadian citizens.
It was a rather moving and sombre ceremony.
The judge, a former immigrant herself, was very warm and welcoming. She put everyone at ease and made it a wonderful occasion.

It reminded me of how large this world of ours is.
How diverse.
How different.
And yet, still, how alike we all are.

71 people from 27 countries were sworn in that afternoon.

That's really something.