It pays to slow down, look around, cast your eyes above and below. Enjoy the little things in life. Smell the roses. Go down a road less traveled. Spend some time on yourself. And be thankful for all you have in your life.
This layout is what scrapbooking is really about. Its memory keeping. There's a lot of journaling on this layout to keep the memory alive, and precious little embellishing. I've repurposed the police tape the was saved for just such a purpose.
To read the journaling easier, click here. Its the original blog post from back in 2010. (and this is exactly why I blog so I can recall all the details when I get around to scrapping the story).
Sean's gym year finished tonight with the end of season windup. His level were all presented their trophies for their efforts. He's had such a year of growth in confidence and physical strength. Competing in two competitions and the extra training involved with that has been such a boost for him. Well done my boy. Well done.
My year as coach is far from finished. I'm picking up my MAG level 1 coaches ticket. That Mens Artistic Gymnast. So for me I've at least a day of study online, and a face to face training day in Adelaide either in the next few weeks or sometime early new year.
Lol, like I have all the time in the world to do this.
I'd like to follow the boys training more next year as that is where Sean is at, and be not so much with the girls. But I don't want to leave any sessions short a coach, so its a bit tricky at present. What we really need as a club is for a parent or two to be willing to upskill themselves as coaches. They won't be on their own on the floor, but be able to assist more than just manning a station.
Fingers crossed that I can bring a parent along to Adelaide with me to train. (It'll be a good night out too hahaha)
On Pinterest. I really haven't done much with Pinterest other than viewing my photography clients boards that have pinned ideas for me to view. Brilliant visual cues of what the client would like from their shoot.
Finally the parcel of images from my Eyre Peninsula photography tour with Eyes on Asia is done as far as post production goes. I've been burning up hours and hours of midnight oil to work them and finalize my short list for the coffee table book that's been produced.
I had to bring in help with my short listing. Originally I started with 73 images on the list. Laura helped me pruned the number back to 22. 10 more than the requested 12 for the book. Both of us just couldn't pull it back further.
These are just two shots from that week away with 13 other like minded shutterbugs. We really were spoiled with weather, accommodation and all the good things in life.
I'm not really into the circle embellishment trend that's been around for the last little while. I just find round photos and circles a bit awkward for me to get my head around on my own LO. But I do love them on others.
So this LO is a bit of a compromise. Using brand new Tim Holtz layering stencil (Dot Fade) with texture paste, cutting holes in the Kraft card with my Cameo, pearled brads, and dotty background paper all pulled together. Even the green arrow has raised dots (feels like braille).
I can live with this one. Its subtle and not smacking me in the face. iykwim
I've just updated my favorite walk around lens so I have a lens excess to my needs.
New is $1600. Ebay is selling them for around $650.
Selling this one for $600. Plus postage/insurance. It is packed in the original box.
The lens has never failed me and has been well cared for. If I'm in doubt which lens to select from my backpack then this one will fit the bill. Wide enough for landscapes, enough zoom to keep me happy and fast at f2.8. and its a L lens. Can't recommend itself more than that. And it comes complete with its lens hood. No UV filter supplied in this package.
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LO number 3 from the Mini Retreat weekend. Simple and not a lot needed when the background mulberry paper is so dominant. Thanks Lou for the use of the ready to size Grey board. And Amy for taxiing out the glue stick along with the Frappe that Saturday at the retreat.
Of the 9 LO's completed at the recent mini retreat I can only show a few here. Some have other kids in them and I won't show them publically unless I have parental permission. One in particular has way too many kids to think about it. A few of the LO's are for commitments that will be revealed at a later date ;)
This one is my fave from the weekend. I've used the brand new Tim Holtz stencils (Rays Layering Stencil) and lots of mists to create the background.
Posting this belatedly but better than never. Just to get the details right when I go to scrapbook his story later on.
Sean and I left on Sunday of the long weekend to head to Port Pirie for the Gymnastics Invitational Competition. Kym was at Ungarra shooting in our club's annual Birthday 2 day shoot and I dropped Annie off to him there.
We arrived in Pirie in time to take burn up some energy on the incredible Playground. That place is kid heaven and take a quick peek into the stadium where the much older girls were still competing. I wanted Sean not be so over awed the next morning by walking in cold turkey. From there we joined another family from home for tea at the Sportsman Tavern.
Sean and I shared a bed that night and to be honest I didn't sleep well at all. He's such a wriggler and his feet are so cold when they touched my legs, my back, my feet. But at least he slept well.
We arrived in plenty of time to attach the competitor numbers to the leotards, to walk around and for them to start warming up. As the new coaching framework as come into place, I'm not MAG (male artistic gymnast) accredited (I'm a Level 1 WAG) I was not able to take our boys on the floor. So our Cummins boys were very fortunate to be under the stewardship of the Pirie boys coaches. And those men were awesome with them. I've now indicated to our club that I'll train myself up to MAG as well, so this doesn't happen again while I'm involved.
2 of our boys competed at Level 3 and Sean competed as Level 1, so Sean didn't have anyone else from our club with him in his group to go around with. Luckily that didn't seem to faze him at all.
He had six routines to exhibit and be judged on. All scores are out of 10
Floor - 8.0
Pommel - 8.3
Rings - 8.35
Vault - 7.0
Parallel Bars - 8.15
High Bar - 8.8
Overall score of 48.6
Sean won himself a medal for third place for High Bar. (There was a tie for first place). He was the only gymnast from the 5 boys and girls from our club that won a medal. I'm pretty darn proud of him and for him. Now he sees all those hours of extra training have paid off.