It's just about time for the Calgary Stampede and for a pre-stampede event our church held a city wide western party for teenagers ages 14-18 this past Saturday. I was there as a youth leader running the barrel racing event. I brought in 3 barrels and timed the kids who raced piggy back style against the clock. It was a blast! Here I am all duded up for Stampede.
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Monday, 25 June 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
I was really inspired by the *full plate* idea from Kelly's blog and I decided to apply it to my YW and use the concept to encourage them to reserve some time for working on their personal progress. I cut and punched a green paper plate, and then nested it in a blue one to make it pretty - a Martha Stewart idea. The little scroll of paper says:
Is your plate too full to fit in some personal progress? Take a close look at what's eating your time!
On Tuesday this week we invited mothers to join their daughters at YW's to watch this DVD about dress and appearance. It was an interesting documentary involving some history of changing women's styles and interviews with young women and adults of various cultures and backgrounds on the topic of modesty.
One of the special features on the DVD was titled 'Pockets of Resistance', which made me think back to Kristi's St. Patrick's Day card, and I knew I had to do a hand out for each young woman on the subject of modesty.
I printed out some points from For the Strength of Youth that I thought were important for the young women to keep in mind this summer as they make decisions in what they wear.
And I made pockets from construction paper because construction paper is so cloth like. I divided each sheet into thirds, folded each piece, sliced off the corners, and sewed them up to look like pockets. If you have never sewed construction paper on a sewing machine, you really have to try it just to hear the sound it makes.
I went with multi colors because Elizabeth's multicolor blogger's cookbooks were so pretty!
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
I hope this isn't how Chloe sees me - I did take her to the optometrist before she started kindergarten and he didn't prescribe any corrective lenses. Is it time for another visit to the eye doctor?
Figuratively, maybe Chloe does see me this way. If this picture were in focus I'd see all the little flaws I'm not so crazy about. At five years old Chloe doesn't see my flaws, and it is great to have someone in my life who thinks I do everything right, I know everything, I can do anything, and who thinks I've got it all figured out.
I don't think as adults we need to see our parents as perfect or flawless like we did when we were five, but can I say I do think we need to cut them a little slack. I know this take on SPT isn't what I was asked to reflect on, but this subject has been on my mind lately, and I think it's important. And I think a good question to ask ourselves is are we so sure that we see our parents or our history with them accurately and clearly? Maybe we need to correct our vision.
Monday, 18 June 2007
Carmen and Chloe have been extra enthusiastic to pick up more chores and earn a toonie ( a Canadian $2 coin) which went straight to Jaclyn's collection envelope.
Steven's most recent purchases made it from under his bed to in his garbage, along with wrappers from other after bedtime snacks, before I got around to taking the picture.
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
Some things just have to be printed in color, and a personalized Guess Who! game is one of those things. I got double inspiration to do this project by a friend of an imaginary friend and from instructables. I just lost my 1st counsellor in YW's, Merrilee, to a new calling - she's the new primary president (I have 3 primary age children and she's great, so I really can't complain) - anyhow, I wanted to make something for her from all the YW she's served for so long, and this personalized game was just the thing. It looked like the FOaIF made her game by using wallet sized school pictures, which I didn't have of all the YW, and the instructables tutorial used photoshop skills I don't possess, so I came up with my own method.
First in my photo editing program (google's Picasa) I cropped down pictures of each YW to head and shoulders shots. I used pictures from past YW activities, and I'm sure Merrilee will recognize which event each picture is from despite the aggressive cropping. Then I pasted all the pictures into columns in Microsoft word - that way I could type out each girl's name under each picture. Then Jaclyn helped me make 3 copies of the document with 3 different background colors. In case you don't have any more Microsoft word knowledge than I do and you don't have a junior high student at your disposal I'll explain that step. Click format in the bar at the top of the page, and then scroll down to background and choose a color. I just eyeballed the color that I thought would match the game cards, and it worked out great. A white background would not have turned out nearly as well.
In these situations I email my documents to Staples and have them print my document for me. Even if I had a color printer I would have sent these pages in. Just think how much color ink it uses up to saturate 3 whole pages.
Because the photos were printed in straight columns my rotary cutter trimmed the game pictures down in a jiffy. Then I just had to glue stick my pictures over the game pictures, assemble, and I was done. It's so cute I almost want to keep it. I highly recommend this project, but honestly, I wouldn't put this much work into a gift for one of my kid's friends.
One more Staples-assisted project this week:
Below are my Father's Day cards for both Grandpas this year. I got doubly introduced to this idea, too. I saw the Tabblo Photo Cube on How About Orange and on Goody, who also saw it on How About Orange - both are on my sidebar. I'm giving the photo cubes in big envelopes, unassembled. I'm not really confident either of them will put their cubes together, but that's okay.
The one for my dad I made from pictures of us at the Alberta Birds of Prey field trip we went on with my parents last weekend.
Edit/Disclaimer: Ken just phoned to tell me that his parents will be back from the ranch before Father's Day after all, which means they'll return to internet access before we get to give his dad the card, which means he may see it before he gets it. Sorry if my blog ruins the surprise!
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Right on, I got a card from Jill with a *Queen of Good Mail* stamp on the envelope. I know Jill feels maybe a little foolish sending out her face on the front of a stamp, but to me it's just natural. Mail and Jill go together. So here's the rest of the story: until the end of June all the personalized stamps ordered are automatically entered into a contest to have that stamp featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian. I'm sure someone will come up with something profound for a personalized stamp that will be clearly deserving of the honor, but I wrote in to the contest and told them all about good mail and the girl who has increased the use of mail for many people. Jill, you deserve the Smithsonian in my book. Alright, enough about the envelope, look at that cute card! I'm pretty sure that's a Parisian pastries picture on the front. A little piece of Paris. Perfect.
I got another card from Elizabeth. I love homemade cards, and aqua and chocolate brown together? This card matches my house and my wardrobe!
I have a little bit of self-induced good mail, also. These are some chocolate medallions I ordered for YW in Excellence, which won't be till November, but I'm all about working ahead. If you are in YW you should really check these out at White Elegance. I thought I ordered the medallions with the YW girl on them, but I was shipped the temple spires medallions, which I guess is also very YW's-y. I think I want to bind something like a book for each YW with velvet ribbon, and attach one of these medallions on top, or something like that. I don't know, I'm just typing out loud here.
And last, but certainly not least, I bought back a piece of my childhood on eBay. I loved this book when I was little, and I am so happy to have reclaimed it. How does a mom know which childhood things to hold on to for her own kids and which childhood things can hit the donation pile?
I wonder what I've tossed that my kids will buy for themselves on eBay or in Value Village someday. . .
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
They let me hold the owls, but not the bald eagle - I guess there was a chance he'd break my arm with the strength of his talons.
So this is as close as I got. He's a very striking bird, and fits my image of America much better than a turkey!
Welcome home Michelle!
Friday, 8 June 2007
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
Steven had his last night as a cub scout tonight. He received his 6th star and his 6th award as well as a few more badges for me to sew on his sash. He has just enough room left on that sash for me to squeeze it all in.
Last night I had Steven paste this vintage wolf cub picture onto the front of a card, and write a note thanking his Akela for being his cub leader - I think it's just as important to teach the boys to be thoughtful and write thank you notes as the girls.
I found these excellent vintage pictures at the New York Public Library Digital Gallery (on my sidebar). They have so many great historic documents, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and illustrated books. The images may be freely downloaded for personal, research, and study purposes. It is such a great resource!
Thank you card from Crystalyn
A flower delivery from my dad:
His personal hobby is gardening, and in the last few years he's started a *grow-op* in his basement with automatic lights and sprinklers. His specialty is geraniums, but he tried a few new things this year, and I think next spring he might even take special orders. Usually the free plants come with free delivery as well as free installation, but not this time. I'm sure he's not ready to do any more work in my back yard this year. When he and my mom watched the kids for the corporate retreat in April my dad dug out all the substandard dirt from my garden, brought in new dirt, and did all of our planting from seed for us. I can definitely handle throwing a few flowers in the ground myself this year. Thanks Dad!
Good mail from Lisa:
A yummy Dagoba chocolate bar - the antioxidants were all mine because Chloe tried a taste and didn't like the dark chocolate. Also she sent these cute chicken note cards and a matching magnet. The sunflower seeds are great - my dad left one spot empty against my fence in the back yard, perfect for sunflowers. The girls will love the flowers, and my boy will like the homegrown spitz!
And I got my first wedding invitation for the wedding of a girl I've served in YW. It was such a pretty invitation, and I tried to take a picture while respecting their privacy (names and all that) but I just couldn't do it! But here's where they're getting married:
My bedroom door nob sign:
Police Concert Shirt:
What would you call it?