October 29, 2006

Snowy Sunday

Ace was excited to see snow out the front door this morning. I just loved how it stuck to our door & wreath...very pretty. Ace also tried the cold snow and has been asking to go outside for a play...we'll have to see.

October 28, 2006

In My Mailbox Today: Jenni Bowlin Kit #1

Today I received my first kit from Jenni Bowlin Studio...so exciting! It's an online papercrafting/scrapbooking kit website that ships beautiful kits to your doorstep each month. I love how everything is from seperate product lines, but coordinate so well together...they take the guess work out if it and just allow you to create.

Above shows the kit I received today and the online ideas are shown below for this month's kit on the website...I'm addicted!

October 24, 2006

Stampin' Up! Promotion

After 3 great years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been promoted to a Consultant! I absolutely love stamping and what I do, so it makes me proud to have made this accomplishment.

Here's a photo of me back in 2003 with the founder/owner of Stampin' Up! Shelli Gartner...a great mentor!

And this is me & my upline Deb, also a great connection...without her, I would be oblivious to stamping.

October 22, 2006

Fondue Night

Saturday evening we enjoyed a fondue at our friends Adam & Jenny's home. It was so nice to see everyone and have the original 8 fondue members together...we've been doing this for 3 years or so. All of the other couples are expecting babies soon...we're happy to be out of that category for a while.

The food was great...especially dessert. Adam & Jenny did a fabulous job.

Adam & Jenny Hill - expecting baby #1 in March

Scott & Laurie Hansen - expecting baby #3 in December

Cam & Tara Craig - expecting baby #2 in March

Us - odd ones out, no hard feelings

Yummy dessert fondue!

October 21, 2006

Kim's Sleepover

Scarlett & I took part in an old fashioned girls-only sleepover on Friday night to celebrate my best friend, Kim's 29th birthday. It was so much fun: movies, food, drinks, birthday cake, old photo albums & quality time...what more could a bunch of girls want! And it was cool that Scarlett's first girly sleepover was at her Auntie Kim's place.

Birthday girl - Kim

Taylor (Kim's Goddaughter), Kim & Starr

Kim's Curious George birthday cake - made by 'moi', chocolate of course!

April, Danelle & Kim

Jessica, Daio (the only boy) & Kim

Kim & Jamie

Giggling over old photos...he he he

October 19, 2006

Our Anniversary

Today is our fourth wedding anniversary...yeah! Special days like today make us look back and remember that we are blessed to have such a great life and each other to share it with. To celebrate we enjoyed a nice anniversary dinner at Da Paolo Ristorante last Saturday evening followed by a movie.

October 18, 2006

Usborne Book Party

Tonight I hosted an Usborne Book Party for a few girlfriends. It was great to see everyone and the company has so many beautiful kids books to offer. You can check them out here. Most of my girlfriends brought their children and I must say that Cory did an excellent job of supervising all of them while the ladies shopped...even though Cory probably won't read this post, I wanted to acknowledge him for it. Here are a few our favorites that will be making it into our home library very shortly.

October 13, 2006


Did anyone watch Oprah today...it was a goodie. Bono (from U2...I admire this guy) unveiled one of his biggest ideas yet—(RED)™! It's a revolutionary program designed to eliminate AIDS in Africa. Not everybody has the time to be an activist or put on their marching boots...so now you can shop to save lives! Go to JoinRed.com to find out how you can shop & support a good cause.

I want one of these! So stylin'

October 12, 2006

I Love Thursdays!

We look forward to Thursdays around our house. They are full of optimism for what we're going to get done on the weekend. Auntie Amber usually comes to visit since she has Thursdays off. They mean only one more sleep till Daddy's home for a few days. And they mean good TV night....my favorites are The Office & Grey's Anatomy.

To make this Thursday extra special, I was extremely productive today: got a whole lot of laundry done...and Scarlett helped (while Ace was napping), answered a zillion emails that have been sitting in my inbox, picked up a movie from Blockbuster to watch on the weekend (click for a coupon), made a new chicken casserole that our family enjoyed & got a start on my fall stamp-class schedule (should be out tomorrow). It was a good day as far as I'm concerned!

Little laundry helper Scarlett

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/3 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
2 cups fresh or frozen veggies
1/2 tsp onion powder
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Stir the soup, water, rice, veggies & onion powder in a baking dish.
2. Tip with chicken. Season chicken as desired. Cover.
3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until done. Top with cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Kelly & Ross back from China

Our friends Kelly & Ross Macdonald were recently in Beijing, China. You can check out their trip details here. Welcome back guys!

October 10, 2006

Fall Photo Shoot

Our friend Dee-Ann was kind enough to be our photographer for our annual fall photo shoot on Monday. Location was down at Fish Creek park, a beautiful setting. These are some of our favorites, just couldn't wait to share them. I'm going to have alot of fun scrapbooking these photos. For our non-photogenic family, the photos Dee snapped were great! Thanks Dee!

Happy Thanksgiving

Francis, Ace, Kate & Scarlett...the Hansen girls are expecting a baby brother in December (Mom & Dad are Laurie & Scott)

Autumn entertaining Ace before Thanksgiving dinner

Ace found a zebra mask at Grandma Rose's house

Rose & Phil preparing dinner

Autumn & Scarlett

Our Thanksgiving long weekend was spent in Red Deer with Cory's family. We traveled up there on Saturday morning with Cory's brother Mark and his daughter Autumn. Cory & Mark helped replace some windows in Cory's Mom & Phil's house. We had supper that evening at a Red Deer resturant and stayed overnight in a hotel where the kids enjoyed the swimming pool. Sunday morning we headed to the Hansen's new home in Red Deer where we had a great visit. Cory's Mom & Phil put on a great Thanksgiving supper that afternoon. It was great to see Phil's sister Vicky & her husband Glen for supper as well. We all left that evening well fed...some could say stuffed!

October 06, 2006

New Baby Gate

No, the kids aren't in jail...we found a baby gate that fits, yeah! We had a hard time finding one wide enough for the top of our stairs, but now we're set up & safe.

October 02, 2006

Kelly's Stampin' Up! Workshop

I demonstrated on Sunday at Kelly S's house for a Stampin' Up! workshop. These are the projects I demonstrated and the ladies got to make & take the snowflake card. I had a great time meeting everyone and showing them all a little stamping. Thanks Kelly for hosting a great party!