December Daily

Hello Blogging World! I know it's been awhile. I think of you often but haven't made my way to actually posting in a bit. So on Skrap N Chat one of our fabulous ladies has challenged us to do a blogger version of December Daily.

The concept is basically this, it started out as an idea that you would scrapbook about each of your days into an album for the month of December. I would love to do that- keep track of grocery lists, outings, receipts, shows, etc. for the month, but somehow I just can never find the the twist is that we've been challenged to do the blogger version. Basically document our month through our blog- now that I can do. It can be as long or short as you want. Really whatever you are doing that day and would like to look back on at some point.

So here it is:

Today--> the first day of December. Which is awesome. It's warm with a bit of snow on the ground. It feels like Christmas without the freezing of fingers. The first of the month means new challenges over at scrap n chat and since it was my month for a challenge. I also came up with a December Daily version. I have challenged everyone to create a LO that they will journal on for the month. So instead of doing an entire album you only have to do one single LO. Very EASY PEASY!!! and totally something I can actually accomplish. I have a need to finish what I start otherwise I get frustrated with myself!

So here's my LO that I will be writing on throughout the month.

What do you think???

Great news and a great crop!

So I can finally let the secret out of the bag! I am officially designing for SkrapnChat! SkrapnChat or SnC as we affectionately call it is just a really great group of scrappin' ladies!! I have never felt so loved and supported as I do in this community. And the bonus is that inspiration oozes out of every pore of that site! So stoked to be a part of the DT there now!!!!!

So we just had a weekend long crop this past weekend called Lights, Camera, Skrap! As you can guess the challenges were based on movies. My challenge was Beauty and the Beast. I challenged participants to be "beastly" with their photos. For my example LO I actually tore my photo in half! HOW FUN!!!! It's something I've always wanted to do!! I love trying new things and thinking outside the box and this was definitely one of those challenges.

Check out my LO!

Would love to see your LOs based on my challenge! It's so fun thinking out of the box! and of course come check us out at SnC!

Running Again

So I haven't been around much but I am really hoping to change that. June 28th I went for surgery and as a result I was unable to run for several weeks. That was the hardest part. I would look longingly at my runners and running gear at the bottom of my closet and wish so badly to strap them on and take flight.

Well this week I went for my 6 week check up and was cleared to start running again!!!! Can you say awesome?!?!? so this week I got back into the groove. I started out wednesday with a short 2 Km walk/run. walking 3 mins then running 2 mins. It was nice. Today I went out for a longer run/walk and made 4Km. Feeling pretty good. I tried to run as much as I could, but man is it difficult to keep going when you muscles and lungs tell you that they do not want to keep going!!

My second step this week was to sign up for a running group with the local running room. It's a 5Km group- starting slow and steady. I am actually looking forward to working up to running and hoping to pick up some tips along the way as well.

The big challenge will be this May. I want to run a 1/2 marathon on May 27th. Check the details out here. I am very excited to be working towards this!! I will try to keep you all updated on my progress so watch here!!

Glad to be back and glad to be running again!!!!

Date Night with Hubby

Life is going faster and faster every day and year. When we first got married we barely had two pennies to rub together and were home a lot more. We indulged in tv date nights and even a walk around the block with each other. Now days we are both traveling more and more for work and that means a lot more nights where we don't see each other. It is definitely hard sometimes but we've gotten creative in the ways we connect.

Thank God for unlimited text messaging!! Seriously this is the primary way we communicate while one or both of us are away. The best part about both of us traveling so much is the intentionality and purpose with which we approach our marriage. It's fun to know that we have a definite date night planned when we are both around and the anticipation of speaking with each other and actually being in the same room is awesome! We no longer take for granted the times we are together and the stolen text messaging moments that we share. Although sometimes I text someone by mistake thinking it's Jeremy. My sister-in-law was the recent recipient of one of my wayward text messages about the blender I won in a silent auction! Ha, Ha!!! Sorry Jae!

So this week while we we were both away we had a skype date night. It was a little cheesy and totally geeky, but it was a date night none the less. The best part was that we got to actually see each other and make funny faces between dialogue on our days and the work we were both doing.

So what am I thankful for today? Well, today I am thankful for a husband that indulges his wife in Skype dates and for technology that enables us to "see" each other from the other side of the country! Here's to many more Skype dates.


Nearly a year ago I lost my Grandpa. This was really difficult for me as my Grandpa had been a part of my life since I can remember. He built us our first sandbox and helped me learn to drive. I even lived with my grandparents for a short time after highschool. His hard work ethic and his love of people are traits that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My Grandpa was a man of character and the world is a better place because he was in it!

So as you can imagine I wanted to great a tribute page for my Grandpa that would be special. It took me forever because I wanted it to be absolutely perfect. This page was a labour of a weeks worth of love. I would do bit by bit when I was inspired and when I didn't know where to go next I sat the page down. I didn't want to rush the process. I also used one of Anam's amazing sketches from twisted sketches and a challenge from SkrapnChat.

Here's what I ended up with. Thanks for looking!

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