Wednesday, July 21, 2010

10 Things Tuesday-Favourite Childhood Games

I am a few hours short of making it on Tuesday...but I was a bit caught up in colouring...honest! I am prepping for my first Copic course this weekend and the colouring is a bit out of hand! And so without further adieu, here are 10 of my favourite childhood games.


since we grew up without television (ok, I can't lie...we did have CBC... on cloudy days...), outdoor games happened a lot. We had a "Guest House" in the camp that we grew up in (it was for visiting bigwigs of the logging company) and it had a fabulous back yard that was the meeting place for all the kids. We spent hours playing Red Rover and British Bulldog - now that I am older, I don't really remember the difference...but basically it involved 2 teams and one person running like a madman trying to break through the chain of arms on the opposite team. I am amazed that no one ever broke an arm! Please note that I do not know those people in the picture...but since I wasn't a scrapbooker when I was 10, I had to rely on google to provide the image for me!


Technically, we didn't own this game...but my Granny did. She would play this (or Yahtzee which was not my favourite) with us and do everything possibly to avoid "bonking" anyone elses men back to the home square. And when she did have to "bonk", she would repeat how truly sorry she was!

3. MILLE BOURNE (card game)

I have no idea where we ever got this game. I am the only one in my family who speaks French and this was a French card game... It was only ever played when we were on our boat (which was a lot of the time) while we were waiting to catch something. Somehow, we got this crazy rule that we couldn't eat until we caught something that we could keep (if it was too small or a dogfish, it didn't count)... so we spent a lot of time starving and a lot of time playing this game.

4. KING'S CORNERS (card game)

So yes, poor television deprived me usually spent the majority of the summer either at a cabin at a lake (let's be honest and call it a shack...running water came from a macgyver-like invention my dad rigged up to the creek, no electricity, and our toilet location changed depending on which bush was closest to the cabin without getting us in trouble for going too close!) or on our boat in the middle of the ocean. We played a lot of cards. A lot. But this one I usually only played with my Grampa C. He was good and would give a little cough when I was missing an opportunity and he loved to tease me when I got down to last my last card, he would pretend like he was going to say it first but always let me get away with it.


Remember this fun little game? Such a simple game but provided hours of fun...and I think in later years, they made a version with only black and white pegs and it was just as much fun!


I have no idea how we ever got so lucky as to get the Coleco when it first came out but I don't think you have ever seen 4 more excited kids in your life! Seriously! I can honestly only remember Donkey Kong so it is quite possible that was the only game we ever got for it but then again, my memory isn't the best lately. The difference between video games now and then is quite simply incredible...but the biggest difference I remember? We didn't sit for hours and play it, we sat as a family on a Friday night and a family. And I still remember the little ditty that went with it!


Okay so not really a game, but I sure spent a lot of time building forts. We would sneak dishes and books and pretty much anything we could get away with to make our fort more like a home. I seem to remember my mom going crazy about the broom missing until I decided to bring it back from the fort before I got caught! And we hit the motherload of all forts when we got brave enough to venture into the train yard and build a fort on an old train.... we were so cool!


So you know how you get older and you think about things you did as a kid and wonder how you ever survived it?? Yeah...this is one of those games.
As a kid, pretty much everyone had dirt bikes. And I waited for the day till I was old enough to get one...and then my brother had to go and ruin it all by playing chicken with a friend, crashing and getting his finger cut off. Gone went my dreams of a dirt bike. I was not happy. But then a new girl moved to camp ( woohoo, we went from 3 girls my age to 4!!) and she had one. I got caught riding it once, got severely punished, and decided not to try that again... but then one day we got this brilliant idea that my rather long skipping rope would work really well to have her tow me on my pedal bike! Yeah... you see where this is going right?!
We tied up my hot red banana seat bike to her little dirt bikes and we rode around the back roads of camp (which is funny if you knew that camp was all back roads) thinking we were so smart.... My hair blowing in the wind, feeling the need for speed but yet I wasn't breaking the rules, I wasn't riding the dirt bike.... but gravel roads are not made for bicycles to be going that fast. The wipeout was spectacular - but how on earth was I going to explain the blood all over my body? No need...because as I lay on the ground bawling, my dad decided to drive down the back road and find his daughter caught up in a mess of gravel, blood and a bright pink skipping rope. Towtruck ended. And I vowed never to spank my child when they were bleeding.


You sunk my battleship! I hated saying those words...this was one game I hated losing. Hated. So I got smart enough to figure out if I bent the pegs of the battleship just a little bit, I could actually get the battleship in on a diagonal...hence fooling anyone I played with! But it didn't take long for my brothers and sister to catch on. Looking back at it now, I don't think I ever knew that the battleships were war ships...wonder what I thought they were?

Okay, so I made up the name for this game... because there wasn't really a name. I loved pets and loved doing anything with them. My friend Lianne loved dressing her cats up in doll cloths and I thought it was the coolest idea I had ever seen. Two problems with that though - I didn't have a cat and I hated dolls so didn't have those either. I once came home on the school bus with a cat in my backpack thinking that once my mom saw how cute it was she would let us keep it. Wrong.
So usually we borrowed whomever's pet we could - we played veterinarian, dress up, and somehow I even got the brilliant idea to do a pet parade. I think it only happened once because untrained pets (we lived in camp, who had a leash?!) should not be brought into close quarters with other untrained pets. But here for your viewing pleasure, is the picture of the famous Nimpkish Pet Parade in 1977 - can you figure out which one is me?!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

10 Things Tuesday

Okay, so I am trying to get back into the blogging thing...and so I thought I would try to do up some regular stuff (other than SOTW) and have been seeing a lot of other bloggers post about things they love... And so Tuesday's posts shall be all about 10 things - this week it is things I am currently loving! Join in the fun and do a post like this - make sure you leave me a link!!

  1. Summer
I triple love summer - it is such a nice break in our routine and I love it. I am thankful this summer to be able to do this
as my one dayhome child usually arrives at about 930ish.... Although as a mom with 3 little ones, sleeping in never really happens but it sure feels good to lie in bed until I feel like getting up!

2. Starbucks Dark Cherry Mocha
Seriously yummy! I don't buy them all the time as they are $5.20 a pop but yummmmmmers!! Venti non-fat dark cherry mocha, less 1 pump (because it is a bit too sweet for me if not) , extra hot please - my daughter can recite this for me whenever I pull into the drive thru! And it doesn't help that there is one right beside Creative! Try it... trust me!

3. The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
Downloading music the other night and suddenly remembered how much I loved this album back in the day - it has suddenly taken Miranda Lambert's place on most played on my Ipod right now. She Talks To Angels makes me crank it up!

4. Asiago and Artichoke Dip from Safeway
Heaven in a little tub! My kids eat it faster than I do but be wary as there is enough garlic to scare away all past and and future vampires but wowsers is it yummy. No picture for you as we ate it all and I don't know who makes it but you can find it in the deli section at Safeway.

5. Bath and Body Works Mango Mandarin lotion

I am a lotion girl to start with but once summer hits, it seems like I am putting it on non-stop. And this bottle is my new favourite. It's non greasy and it smells so good that my daughter actually thought licking it might be a good idea....which it wasn't.

6. Echo Park Paper - A Walk in the Park
Now I know that most of you that know me are wondering if this is the wrong picture...because its not my typical style of paper but I love this line. I have a deep love for polka dots and so I think it started there but yep, I am loving it. I did a sample layout for the store so may try and get a picture of it to share. Echo Park is a new company and I look forward to more good stuff to come!

7. Myxer
So what the heck is Myxer? Well, when I finally broke down and got a new cell phone, it came with all these cool things that it could do, but I had no idea how to do them! Well as it turns out, most of those things cost money and I am too cheap to pay for a little searching led me to Myxer - which lets me create and upload ringtones and I think some other cool stuff too that I haven't yet tried out. For now, Micheal Buble sings to me but the cool thing is I can change it whenever I feel like...for free!

8. Bubble Shooter

This one is a love/hate relationship... I love playing this crazy addicting game but hate that I have yet to win it! I can thank Alissa for getting me into this game...often times we will be "chatting" on the phone while we are both playing it. I am determined to beat it...and who cares if I lack sleep because of it?!

9. Playing in the Rain

The weather here has been miserable. Yesterday my son had a birthday party on the other side of town and we got absolutely drenched just running to and from the van. As we were heading home, I told the kids that once we got home, I would run in and get the camera and they could play out in the rain. Something about it just makes me feel like a kid again and gives me warm fuzzies on the inside. I will always love a good rainstorm and hopefully so will my kids!

10. Glee

Yep, I am a Gleek. Even though the show is on hiatus for the summer, I still get excited when I see it's coming on...and I am not normally a rerun girl. I have all 3 soundtracks on the Ipod and personally think that
(Long live the 80's)

And that is my 10 loves...what are yours?!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Weekend!

It's here, it's here!!!
It has been a long week for some reason...but I shouldn't complain because soon enough I will complain about summer being at its end :(
A quick little post today with a few tidbits.

First off, check out the FREE FONTS! I am a bit of a font freak and I love finding good stuff like this - loving the Garden Shower Notes...thinking about cool things to do with those!

Second, help me wish the girls over at A PILE OF SCRAP! a fun time with Jen Starr this weekend! I am so envious that I am not there to play but looking forward to seeing pics and hearing all about it!

And just a quick blurb to let you know about upcoming events at Creative Scrapbooks
  • I have a crop on Friday July 16th from 6-12
  • I have an all weekend event on July 23-24th
  • I have a Copic markers class on August 11th
  • and I am planning a mother daughter crop sometime soon - stay tuned for details!
  • and there will be an upcoming summer sale!!!
And sad to say, no one left me any fun links on my last post :( Surely you must have some fun sites you visit?? Please share!

Friday, July 2, 2010

And the other stuff too....

Hello, my name is Cori-Lyn and I am a blog addict.
I have been addicted for a while now.
And try as I might to not bookmark them, I just can't help myself.

I have 15 different categories for my bookmarked blogs - and I would tell you them but then you might get the idea that I was a little off my let's just leave those up to your imagination. But today, I thought I would share some of my favourite blogs...but the non-scrappy ones! But I will forewarn you....they may or may not induce some of the following emotions:
1. Laughing so hard that you spew your morning coffee all over your monitor.
2. Panic - as you whip your head around (and get self-induced whiplash) to make sure that no one catches you reading a very politically incorrect post. And perhaps also when your children walk in while you are reading the posts and you are doing your very best to cover up some of the words.
3. Self pity that you are not as amazing as some of these bloggers seem to be. But that may be quickly replaced by desire to be a better person ...
4. Warm fuzzies - these come often when reading posts about babies or pets or kids or..... okay, I will just say it, Nienie....... but then again, her blog is unlike any other... trust me on that... she is an amazing individual with an amazing blog.

So enjoy my links and leave me more if you would be so kind!

Ashley - I don' think she even knows that I read her blog....she is fairly new to blogging but dang she can write!! She is actually family - but they up and moved so I haven't seen her in ages and am loving reading her blog...but she needs to post some more pics because her baby is growing way too fast!

The Meanest Mom - okay, I think it is seriously funny that one day I will be able to tell my children that this name has been taken and they need a new one for me.... but besides that, I love the blog too!

BHJ - warning about language and humor....lots and lots of much so that when he shut his old blog down, I stalked everyone I could think of to find his new blog.....

Twins for the Twins - I stumbled across this one day...simply by clicking "Next Blog" at the top of a Blogger blog...and wow. A surrogate mom who had two sets of twins for the same family - her blog is nothing but honest and heartfelt and.... wow.

Filth Wizardry - okay, so this one is crafty...but for playschoolers and... crazy crafty. Check out the post about the Tinkerbell house!

Metro Dad - funny dad wit... He took a bit of a break but it is good to see him back.

Sleep Talkin Man - wWARNING that there are a LOT OF SWEAR WORDS in here.... I actually saw this couple on some morning talk show and couldn't believe my ears. This man is a sleep talker and his wife tapes him and OH MY!!!

Crazyland - isn't the name enough?!

Henry the Frog - So his blog description said this "A lucky father of four, living the dream. Making readers laugh or roll their eyes since 2004" and it sucked me in!

Nienie - I mentioned her earlier but need to remind you to go read - she is nothing but pure inspiration.

And this is a smattering of my bookmarks - hop on over, have a little read and let me know what you think!!!
Have a great weekend!