Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bittersweet Ending . . . . . .

we got home this afternoon after our last weekend of hockey games with Hayden's U16 AA Midget Team. It was a bittersweet ending to what has been a season of growth for Hayden. We started this process in August of last year, tryouts, practice, preseason and finally acceptance. Being on a team made up of players who have much more experience, age and size was a challenge that he took on without hesitation. He belonged on this team and by season end proved it to anyone who might have questioned his choice.

We played three games this weekend, tied the first game, won the second and lost the third this morning. that's it - over. I have enjoyed being a part of this with Hayden and can't wait to see where we end up next year.

We got home about 1:30, just enough time to tidy up a bit, unpack, get Madison settled and watch the Gold Medal game in Ice Hockey between Team USA and Canada. The fact that they tied it with less than 30 seconds left should have left me delighted, but to be honest, I HATE sudden death overtime in hockey. All out crazy end-to-end action only to have it all abruptly end. I can't even think about how this ended and who was responsible for the game winning goal for Team Canada. Not bitter, I just don't like overrated players.

so we will now settle in to the off season for Hayden. He will concentrate on keeping his grades up, plan a workout routine with his dad and work hard so that come next August, when we start this process all over again, he will be stronger, faster and much more experienced.

I love hockey!!

I will leave you with a couple recent hockey layouts

dreams do come true., featuring word art from the new Digi Kit Someday by Wilna Fustenberg.

game day.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy 25th Anniversary Mr. Rogers

thanks for putting up with me for all those years.
love you.

Mrs. Rogers

Books, cell phones and home

just the little things that are a part of our everyday life. This week I am celebrating a little bit about the things that make us who we are. I was able to work with some fabulous new products available at Two Peas in a Bucket., from Kenner Road, Jen Martakis Designs and Stacy Marks.

she loves books., features the new SchoolBox alphabet by Kenner Road, Simple Starts Template by Jen Martakis and Text Me Digi kit by Stacy Marks

please dont txt me., features the new Text Me Digi Kit by Stacy Marks

and finally a glimpse of our home., features this fabulous new alphabet "Tea and Coffee" by Kenner Road and Notebook Basics paper by Jen Martakis.

tomorrow will be another new release day at Two Peas in a Bucket., Vinnie Pearce joins us as a Designer. If you don't already know her designs, be prepared to be blown away!!

and a quick shout out to Team USA Men's Ice Hockey Team. Last nights game was one of the best, most exciting games I have seen since the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2008. I love it especially because the media pretty much already had Russia vs. Canada for the Gold Medal game. They get to meet, but in the Quarter-Finals baby!! Go Team USA!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

turning 2

my sweet nephew has had lots of challenges but he is an amazing little boy and we were so excited to celebrate his 2nd birthday.

turning 2.

this is such a fabulous kit by Michelle Underwood, available at Two Peas in a Bucket. at first glace you wouldn't imagine using "Beautiful Ending" digi kit for a little boys birthday layout, but it just shows how versatile these kits really are.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope your heart was filled with love.

this is Valentine card I made for Madison to bring to school for their party last Friday. It is one of my favorite photos of her from last year.

Everyone is a friend.

featuring Erica Hernandez's "Funny Valentine" brushes new this week and Shimelle Laine's "Can't Buy Me Love" digi kit, both available at Two Peas in a Bucket.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Creative Share

I was able to participate in an on-line crop at Two Peas in a Bucket. and I was pretty productive. Typically at crops, regardless if they are in person or on-line, I pretty much spend all my time chatting rather than scrapping....but the challenge was fun so I was motivated to play and being that we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks the layout was fitting.

I got to play with Shelley Castillio's "Spring Fling" papers for this layout:

2 are better than one.

Jen Martakis has a fabulous template line that she is designing, called White Space - I love templates and their ability to act as a starting point for a layout. This one is White Space #4, resized a bit to work with my photos.

Leap Frog.

The last layout I finished yesterday. Just an everyday photo of Hayden in the snow. Erica Hernandez's Letter Template #29 (rotated to work with my photo) is such a cool template that works well for masculine photos as well.

just be.

I am heading out for my Township Board meeting in a few. It should be a busy and productive meeting. I, however, would much rather stay home and scrap.

Monday, February 1, 2010

I am creative

and with the help of digital products from Two Peas in a Bucket. I get to be creative every week and share them with you

first I can hardly believe it is February already. I really think the older you get the faster time goes by, when in reality it shouldn't because I have much more to do each day.

This week features layouts using products by Shelley Castillo, Jen Martakis and Kenner Road.

This first layout is a photo of my niece and nephew at Halloween, their grandma Lori made their costumes. Shelly Castillio's "Love Birds" digital kit matched perfectly.

minnie and mickey.

My second project features my new shoes. I know my husband doesn't think I ever need new but when you find them on sale at Target, well I bet you know what I mean. Jen Martakis' new Digital Kit - February was the perfect touch of whimsey I needed.

new shoes.

and finally a layout that took me over 3 hours to complete. I just started playing with Kenner Road's Flash frames and this photo of Hayden and Madison from almost 10 years ago and went from there. I love to layer and add brushes but I sometimes have to remind myself that it is okay to stop and be done.

She's thirteen already!!

Yesterday we celebrated Madison's 13th birthday. I really don't know where the time went. Seems like just yesterday we were spending all our time in the NICU at Marquette General Hospital helping our very small and sweet baby girl grow strong so she could come home to her big brother Hayden.

We had two hockey games home first. Just before the second game, the team surprised Madison with a pretty special cake. It said "our #1 fan is 13" - pretty neat to think even these rough teenager boys can think about something else besides hockey.

after the games (we won both and are now 23-3-5 for the season) we rushed home and then went over to grandma and grandpa's house for pizza and more cake. It ended up being too much for Madison who was tired and ready to be home. We had to cut her party short and opened gifts at home.

she's thirteen already : )