Thursday, December 30, 2010


Well everyone, I have definitely been MIA for the past while and I am desperately trying to catch up! The Christmas season has been more than a little overwhelming, with the busy-ness and some health issues, things just got away from me.

This has been followed by a nasty surprise on Boxing Day - our guests (who were staying in their RV outside), came in to use the facilities at 6:30am and discovered 2 inches of water covering the entire main floor of our two story home. YIKES! Our toilet tank had cracked and water had been pouring into the house at a rate of 30 gallons per minute for about 6 hours!

Apparently Crane has been sued many times for this same type of incident - thankfully we have insurance and by 8am the insurance adjuster and flood restoration team had arrived.

Here are a few shots of the damage - at first we thought the carpets were ok - until we walked on them!!!

This last shot is of our front entry - the bathroom is at the back of the house and their was almost ankle deep water at the front door!

My scrap room got pretty wet - I am out of scrapping commission for at least a month - except for a few basic things I rescued before the restoration team packed everything up! Unfortunately I had some things on the floor and they got pretty damaged:
At least I will get a scrap room reno out of all this!!! YIPPEE!

So, for the past five days we have been listening to the constant hum of dryers trying to dry out the walls.

The carpets are gone, the lino is being scraped and the six of us are learning to appreciate living in a space half the size of what we are used to. Still, in all, we are so blessed - we have a home, we have insurance, we have wonderful, supportive friends and family to help us out over the next 6 - 8 weeks of renovations. Stay tuned for updates as we undergo the reno! And any suggestions for scraproom reno are gratefully accepted!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Dailies Day 1!

Hey everyone! It is finally here!!! December has begun and with it the opportunity to document all of the wonderful-ness of life in December!!! Here is the intro I have made for my album this year:

I want to give you a few suggestions for taking photos through the month - you really want to have a photo each day to help you document ( or a piece of memorabilia works, too!!) So dust of the camera and have it handy - you want to capture both the special and everyday moments of this festive month!

Here are a few ideas to capture:

Decorating your home ( how about "before and after" shots??)

Your favourite decorations

Christmas baking

Opening the advent calendar

wrapping gifts

Christmas shopping

watching your favourite holiday specials on TV

Holiday concerts and other special events

Your pet all decked out for the holidays

Your kids all decked out for the holidays ;)

Favourite holiday foods

Snow ( if you have it, or how you feel about NOT having it!)

YOU ( get your kids/friend/spouse to take a photo of you at least 3 times!!!)

Writing letters to Santa

Writing or making holiday cards

As you can see, there are lots of ideas of things you can be thinking about to capture your month!

So all that is left is to get out there and take a few photos today - jot down some thoughts to go with your photos and then get busy putting the album together.

Some people do there album a week at time - I do mine everyday because I have a printer at home. I will be posting my pages each day - hopefully to inspire you to play along - and to inspire me to keep going, as well!!

Happy December - I can't wait to hear how you are doing with your album!