Monday, June 26, 2017

Cottage weekend up at our camp

We had an excellent weekend up at the cottage... despite the weather.
It rained almost all weekend.
Friday we went and visited the owners of the English River Motel.
Louis gave Sawyer a gift last weekend, so we delivered a Thank You card to her and her husband Bruce.
I rained while we were there, so Heather and Kristy came with umbrellas.
Look how they are protecting Prince Sawyer from the rain...such sweet aunties :)

We are so so excited to have babies loons up at the lake again!!!
It has been years since we have had loons as the eagle usually get to them :(
But this year they made it....and there are 2 babies!!

The rain let up enough for us to do a few chores around the camp.
This is Ashley cutting some over hanging branches from her grandpa's camp, which is right beside us.
What you don't see is that she is standing on the quad to reach them...I am also on the quad making sure the brakes are working as it is a steep downhill.

Sawyer really enjoys sticking his tongue out.
Well he kept doing this while Kristy fed him is baby cereal, lol.

Sawyer has also discovered the remote control.
He wasn't happy, so Aunty Heather gave him the remote, that sure made him happy.

Sawyer has a lot of toys, but when he is up at our camp, he seems to prefer to play with empty water bottles, empty cardboard egg containers and yogurt containers with the lid and his toys inside.

Sunday morning Sawyer and Grandpa Wayne enjoyed watching the F1 races together.

We were able to have a fire on Sunday late afternoon as the rain stopped....for a bit.
It was so cold outside as well, so the fire warmed me up a bit .
That is it for our weekend is our Canada Day long weekend and the whole family is coming up:)

Today I have been organizing my old photos of my relatives.
I wish my family lived closer so they could talk to me about these photos I have.
I think I have them in order now though.
Some photos are just copies of photos...but are still so special to me.

Thank you all so much for coming and visiting me on my blog...I love to read your sweet comments :)

Tracy :)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eva's Layout video

I am still playing catch up...the story of my life, lol
I seem to always be behind on my projects lately.

I have already shared this layout in this post "Eva's Layout" but I am just sharing them on my YouTube channel and thought I would share the video with you all :)
Here it is....if you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel "Tracy's Treasures24" then click on the link or on the YouTube symbol on the video and it will take you there :)
If you do, I would love if you hit the like button and maybe left me some love on there as well :)

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Today is Father's Day here in Canada, and I would like to wish all those that are a father figure to a child/children a Happy Father's Day.

Last weekend when we were headed up to the cottage, I just grabbed some supplies to keep up there for the summer.
I didn't have my list planned out and we were in a hurry.
So it was a bit difficult to come up with a father's day card as I mostly had bright papers and my images to colour were all of girls.
So I did what I could and came up with this one.
I also made one for my FIL, but I forgot to take a photo as I quickly finished it when I got home as I had a certain punch that I wanted to use.

I want to say a special Happy Father's Day to my husband Wayne.
He is a hard working man who loves his family and even though he tries to come off really just a big softie when it comes to me and our 3 daughters...and now grandson.

Our weekend was spent up at our cottage and Ashley and Sawyer came up as well.
Kristy had to work the weekend and Heather was sick with a nasty cold and Tyler was waiting at home for a important delivery.
So it was just the 4 of us up there this weekend.
I picked up a stroller for Sawyer so Ashley doesn't have to cart hers back and forth to camp or to my house (as hers is a huge one and takes up so much room in the vehicles).
We had to give it a spin...Sawyer seemed to like it as he fell asleep in it every time we went for a walk.

We had a great time at camp.
But then again, even if I had just sat on the floor and played with Sawyer, I would have a great time this weekend :)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Tracy :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tying up Loose Ends.

I have shared these layouts in past posts, but I have just did videos on them and feel the need to share the video with you as well :)
I am going through that huge stack of completed layouts and sharing them on my blog as well as my YouTube channel and my other social media be prepared to see a lot of layouts :)

These layouts are of Sawyer from Christmas.
I hope you enjoy the video :)
If you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel (as you get the full screen on there instead of the cut off version on here) just click on the link, as well as give me a thumbs up :)
"Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Book Review "Fifty Shades Darker"

Wow, I'm early with my book for June.
Now that it is cottage season, I seem to read more. For one thing, it is almost a 2 hour drive to our cottage, so I usually read for most of the drive.
So onto the book for this month.

I was running out the door when I realized I didn't have a book to read up at the cottage.
I had read the 1st book to this series, but never read the others, so grabbed it.
I had given this series to my sister, which she gave back to me as she couldn't continue as she thought it was a bit to much for her.
Not sure if it was all the hype I had heard about it, but I thought it was kind of tame, lol.

Here is the read up on the back of the book.
You really must read the first book to understand the second and third one.
Did I like this book?
Yes, it was okay...thought the main character could have been a bit stronger..but I guess that is why the 2 characters personalities worked.
I enjoyed the very last really made me want to start on the 3rd book.

Onto My Day:
Today's plan was for my daughter Heather and I to help Ashley with her new flowerbed.
Ashley and Sawyer came by and brought with them some lilacs from Ashley's house.
She knows I love the smell of them and that they put a smile on my face :)
It touched my heart so much.
Its the little things that make me so happy.

Ashley thought we would need a few buckets of soil to fill her flower bed.
I knew we would need a lot more.
We brought 5 large buckets with us and did 3 trips....we need one more trip.

We went to one of our local nurseries and it was so fun to look at all the pretty flowers and decor.
It was so hot in there that I left Heather and Ashley to shop for their flowers while I took Sawyer to the cooler part of the store.
Isn't he so cute in those little shades?!!
They didn't stay on his face long, as he kept taking them off to chew on them, lol.

Ashley had a mishap with their the engine had a bit of a fire on her way back home.
Luckily it was all okay and I had Sawyer with me in my jeep.
She called a tow truck and I went back to pick her up and their vehicle is going to get looked at tomorrow.
All in all it was a great day...besides the little engine fire ;)

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rainy Cottage Weekend

It was a rainy weekend at camp, so I decided to edit and finalize some of my videos while we were stuck inside.
I also planned on working on some of my planners, but didn't get as much done with those though.

This has been our nemesis this year.
This is our water pump.
Last weekend we discovered a wee little leak in the top of this brass pipe.
So Wayne purchased all new fittings and pipes for this weekend.
Can you believe they wouldn't tighten properly and it kept leaking at the joints.
Wayne and I decided to put the old joins back on, but to only change the brass piece.
It was quite dark out by the time we had this all put back together.
We still don't have as high pressure of water than we usually do...but we will tackle that problem on another weekend.

Even though the water pump took most of our time, we did get in a few other projects we like to do when opening the camp.
I put our names on our sign, put out the solar lights and put up our flag.
We also went to Wayne's dads camp next door and cut up a tree that fell. It almost hit their steps...but just missed it.
We even went for a quad ride or two.

It is so nice to be back at our camp.

I hope you all have a very day.

Tracy :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review "Haunted"

I have to admit, I am pretty proud of myself for keeping up with my goal of reading a novel a month.
I think this may be the only goal that I have been consistent with.
I may grab a book at the last minute, but I still get it read before month end.
I actually finished this book last night.

My thoughts on this book...
It is a good story, I enjoyed the parts of the ghost making ita appearances and trying to figure out who the ghost was.
What I didn't care for was the romance part of the book.
I am not one to read about romance where the main characters dislike each other, then fall so hard for each other..then question if they are right for each other..blah blah blah, lol.
Give me some a hot and heavy love affair and maybe, lol.
I was also put off by the authors obsession with everyone's height?!?
But honestly, it was a good quick read.

Look at our baby, teehee.
Luna is enjoying herself in Sawyer's playpen.  

I am actually surprised that she didn't jump in there when we first got it.

Tomorrow I am hoping to get to my layouts and maybe make a page or two.
I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Opening up the Camp/Cottage

 Camp Season is upon us!!

Wayne and I spent the weekend at our cottage.
It rained almost the whole 2 hour drive out there, but cleared up when we reached camp, which was nice to unpack without getting soaked :)
Wayne worked most of the weekend to get our water turned on, but ended up we had a small hole in one of the pump check valve.
We did get enough water to fill up the sauna and fill up a few buckets though.

First thing I did once Wayne put the battery in the quad was go for a ride of course :)
I love to ride!!

It actually hailed before heading home.
Then we got rain...lots of rain.

As much as I love my Home away from Home, I am going to miss my Friday Night Scrapbooking I have with my friends.
I am hoping to have them one day during the week in the afternoon...sad thing is, most of my friends still work, so won't be able to make it.
They all need to retire, lol.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Girls May Long 2017

Every year on the May Long Weekend, my daughters and I spend it at my SIL Sharon's camp.
Sharon and I usually go up a day or so early...the benefits of being retired :)

My daughter's came up the next day and brought laughter and Chinese food :)

One big change this year was we had a boy at the camp.
Sawyer...and we enjoyed every second with him.
I loved spending so much time with him.
He loves to snuggle in his blankie.

Ashley taught Sawyer a new trick.
He is so clever, teehee.

The girls enjoyed a few walks in between the rain.

We also had a weekend full of junk food...and plenty of pop for me ;)

And we created a lot!!
Last year we started a paint day.
Kristy picked this image and we all did a great job in re-creating it :)

The best was when Ashley would bring Sawyer to me when he woke up.
Nothing better then snuggling a happy baby when you first wake up :)
We also did scrapbooking!!!
I only completed 16 layouts in the 5 days we were there, but I think that was pretty good considering I wasn't feeling up to par for a day and a half.
But the layouts I did complete, I love how they turned out!!!

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Layouts Defunkified

I have finally got my loose layouts organized!!!!
I was a bit surprised that I had 44 layouts completed.
But I was even more surprised to see that I had 89 layouts semi-completed.
Meaning layouts without photos.
Then on Friday Night Scrapbooking, I did another 2 page spread without photos.

So now to count I have 135 layouts done!!!
I organized my completed layouts (on the left) in order by date of when the photos were taken.
I organized my semi-completed layouts (on the right) in order by kit...if they were made from a kit.
As a lot of my layouts are made from kits I had purchased at Crop & Create or our Thank You Goodie Bags.

My next task is to make a video on my completed layouts that I haven't shared yet and to also put photos on the semi-completed layouts.
My daughters were really giving me a hard time on not having photos on so many layouts...but I have been having so much fun just making layouts with or without photos.

I made a video on how I organized these :)
To watch this video on my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Mother's Day

Any day with these beautiful girls of mine is the best day :)
We celebrated Mother's day on the Saturday.
With Ashley being a mother now herself, we celebrated the day before so she could enjoy her 1st Mother's Day with her husband and son.
My girls and I enjoyed a nice walk around the neighbourhood.

I enjoyed feeding Sawyer his first veggies.
His Grandma Karen fed it to him the day before and the poor little guy hated them...he actually cried and gagged the first time he ate them, lol.
He was better this time, but he still wasn't loving them.

Sunday morning I woke up to this sweet text from Ashley since we didn't see each other on Mother's Day.

Spending the day with my family was all I wanted, but as always they spoiled me :)
I received this beautiful card, a gift card for Michael's (this will help with my no spend on craft supplies challenge).
They bought me a Doxie photo scanner..which I received early.
And my grandson and son-in-law gave me this precious mug <3 p="">

Later on we went out for ice-cream. banana strawberry...yum.
I usually get a kids size cone, but this time I got a small and ate it all, lol.

How did you celebrate your Mother's Day?

Tracy :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Layout Organization and Face Time

I am still working on organizing my layouts.
I don't know why I had the urge to put these kits in order of when I bought them from the Crop & Create event...but I did, lol.
It took most of my day.....many may think it was a waste of time, but it is something I just had to do and am happy that I did.

I also did a couple of videos of the pages I have done from the kits, but most of the pages don't have pictures on them, so I figured I will hold off on the videos until the layouts have the photos on them.

Yesterday I was at my daughter Ashley's house scanning our old photos to have digital copies.
That also took most of the day, but we are on my albums which are in order, so the scanning should go a lot quicker now.

But the great part is being able to see, play and snuggle with this little guy.
Oh my goodness he has my heart.
Oh yes, and of course seeing my daughter Ashley :)

I miss this girl so much!!
Kristy is still in Italy and having a blast.
I am so happy she is enjoying herself as I know she would.
One thing that helps me miss her a little bit less, is that we have a family group text.
So she posts what she is doing during the day and we keep her up to date with shat is happening here.
But even better....we FaceTime at least once a day!!
I get to see her pretty little face and hear her happy voice and she will give us a tour of her hotel.
3 more days and she will be home!!!

I hope you all are having a Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy International Scrapbooking Day

Hope you all are having a great International Scrapbooking Day :)
I planned on scrapbooking all day, so told my friends to drop over if they wanted to play along.
My friend Lynne came by and we had some chuckles and instead of scrapbooking we organized, lol.
Lynne took her photos out of her sleeve albums and put them into photo boxes, and I moved from task to task, lol.

After Lynne left I worked on my albums and layouts.
My daughters have mentioned that I haven't completed their baby scrapbooks..yup, sad but true.
My oldest is 27 and I still haven't completed them.
So the first thing I did was take out their albums and some of my finished layouts that I don't have photos in.

I went through my daughter's albums and figured out what years or milestones that I had missed in these books and wrote them on sticky notes for each one.

Then I gathered up all of my layouts that weren't in albums, or that don't have photos on them.
Yup, those are all (that I know of) layouts that I have completed.
Some are completed pages with photos on them, others need photos.
I am hoping that a lot of the layouts with no photos will work in my daughter's albums...that will make completing their albums so much quicker.

I also did a quick video sharing my hopefully easy process with a couple of quick flips in their albums :)
If you would like to see the video on my YouTube Channel...just click the link "Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you all have a very creative Scrapbooking Day :)

Tracy :)