Friday, May 30, 2008

Too busy to blog :)

This past week has just flown by for me. We left right after school last Friday for South Bend, IN where Victoria played in a soccer tournament. She played two games Saturday, two games Sunday & the championship game on Monday. Her team ended up 5-0-0, outscoring their opponents 15-2. It really should have been 15-0 as the team that scored were blatantly off-sides with no calls. The refs at some of the games were not the best! We had one lady, who called everything the other coach yelled at her. She subbed in players at the wrong time. Her worst call was when one of the players on the other team went down in the box. After the girl left the field she did a drop ball right in front of our goal. Let's just say, she probably won't be a ref for too long. Victoria did score two goals and had a blast with her friends. She had a game last night, which they won, and two more this weekend. Then soccer is over until the fall, she is really bummed about it. Hopefully, we'll make the A team again next year! Try-outs are next week, so we should know soon.

We did make a quick trip to the Notre Dame campus while we were in town. That's us, the wee little people in front of the dome. Mark, Alex and Maddie also took a quick trip to the zoo on Saturday. All in all, it was a great weekend, just a long one. We stopped off in Michigan to say hello to my parents on Monday, so it was 6:00 before we got back to Findlay.
Today, we are heading for Kalahari water park right after school lets out. Victoria's girl scout troop is going, so Mark and the kids decided to come along too. They've expanded since the last time we were there, so it should be lots of fun!

Monday, May 19, 2008

My New Toy :)

Mark decided to upgrade our camera, so he bought me the Canon EOS 40D SLR Digital Camera. He also bought a Tamron lens with vibration compensation, so hopefully I won't get blurred images. The camera has gotten Excellent reviews by both professionals and hobbyists. I'm hoping it's gonna help me get those perfect sports photos. It can shoot 6.5 frames per second, so as long as I'm not cheering and remember to lift the camera, I just may get Victoria kicking in a goal. I cannot wait to try it out this weekend at tournaments!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A couple more things to share

Today was the reveal of the first sketch the design team did at Sketch-abilities. If you have a chance go check it out. The sketches really make you think outside the box. Lots of Fun! I also created another layout for SSM Design Team. I wanted to do something special to highlight Madalyn's First Communion. I used the amazing new Defining Prom paper...if you don't have it you'll want to get it, so versatile, so very cool!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

SSM Design Team Layout

One of our challenges this month for the Scrappin' Sports Design Team was to participate in the Page Maps 2nd anniversary challenge. Here is my take using the brand new, fabulous, defining dance and recital papers. Okay...back to work :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Soccer is taking over my life :)

I don't think I've done much this last week, besides watch soccer. Victoria had 4 practices last week and two games. Alex and Madalyn both 2 practices each and one game. Doesn't leave time for much else it seems. Alex and Madalyn both lost their games, but Victoria's team won another league game on Saturday. On Sunday morning at 8:00 am, Victoria played in a tournament in Sidney. It had rained several inches between Friday and Sunday and the fields were a mess! There was no grass in the goalie box at all. She had mud EVERYWHERE...her face, hair, legs, shoes, shin pads, name was muddy. She thought it was GREAT! Here team was robbed of a couple of goals, because the ball made a dead stop at the goal line in the mud.

Madalyn and I did spend Friday night with the 14 other girls in her troop at the Holiday Inn for a pizza/swim party. This was one of the two things the girls voted to spend their cookie money on...the back riding....need to plan that for this summer.

Didn't get to spend too much time scrappin this past week. I did complete a card and a layout for Sketch-abilities ( will be posted on the 15th) and have two projects on my desk for Scrappin' Sports...just waiting for the finishing touches. Guess I should get busy :)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Page Plans Weekly Sketch

I finally had time to try out Page Plans sketch of the week. If you haven't been to their site, you should check them out...lots of fun inspiration over there. Here is my from the Father Daughter Dance earlier this year.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

NSD-Sketchabilities Sketch

I didn't get much scrappin' done this weekend, but I was able to complete this layout with the fun sketch at sketchabilities. When I first saw the sketch, I immediately thought it looked like sunshine. So I found a couple of fun pictures of Madalyn and went to town.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Special Day

Today Madalyn celebrated First Holy Communion. I have always been so impressed with the great job they do at St. Michael's. Every student has a part in the service, as well as the processional. Madalyn was chosen as part of the One Bread One Body celebration. She would hold up the box with all the students prayers for First Communion, during the "And we though many, through out the earth" part of the song. They do the refrain 4 times, so they slowly make their way up the center isle. It is really an honor to be chosen. They also have the second grade re-do "First" Communion at Friday's all school mass. It's great because they are a little less nervous the second time around. Anyway, it was a great day, spent with family and my dear friend Katherine.

Friday, May 2, 2008

National Scrapbook Day Sketch Contest

Check out this fun new sketch over at Link your layout to the web-site and you could win some goodies. The contest is over Sunday at mid-night. Can't wait to see all the layouts.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy Day!

I have been so happy today as I found out I am going to be a member of the Design Team of Sketch-abilities. There were some amazing entries, so I was extremely proud to be picked. For those of you who know me, I am a big sketch fan. These are not your ordinary sketches, but fresh, funky and fun. There will be two new sketches each month. I can't wait to receive the email with our first official sketch. Check out the site and play with us as the site grows.