the winter lodge. *edited*

…so I have this list of things to do before I turn 26, and I’m pretty close to accomplishing everything on my list (plus more because I’m an over achiever, haha)!

Anyway, ice skating was NOT on that list, but mentally, I had it on my “before I die” list. Kind of morbid, I know, but it’s always good to set goals! …so, I have gone ice skating a few times before, but I was TEN years old when I last skated. We headed to this place called theΒ  Winter Lodge in Palo Alto, and this place has such a cute charm to it.

My anxiety started to kick in when they handed me my skates. “Was I really going to lace up these skates and get on the ice?!” I asked myself. I didn’t want to be one of those people who go to the ice rinks and just stand watching others zoom by them, so I said, “Screw my anxiety!”

The first step to conquering the ice was lacing up my skates! Go me! πŸ™‚

I headed outside to find this:

Lots of people on the ice?! YIKES!

I guess even going on a WEEKDAY is still a busy day at the ice rink. People of all ages were on the ice, both beginners and experienced skaters. …so was I going to let that get in the way of me crossing something off of my list?! No way!

Ice skating was actually really FUN! πŸ™‚

Ice skating. Did I fall?! Believe it or not, NOPE! Ask Gloria; she’ll tell you that I’m actually a stunner at skating! πŸ˜‰

Make sure that if there is something you want to do in life, give it a shot! Just trying something new or something scary is actually a rewarding experience. Besides, you never know where that experience will take you in life. πŸ™‚

Scrapping updates — I haven’t been on top of things when it comes to me visiting everyone’s blogs. I’ve been busy with DT work and Christmas preparations, but please know, all of you are in my thoughts. Thank you to EVERYONE who has sent me happy mail during this holiday season! I LOVE all of the cards and gifts that keep getting dropped off at my front door! It really does mean a lot to me, and I’d like to THANK ALL OF YOU for your generosity.

When I first started blogging and sharing my work, I never intended to make friends doing the things that I love to do, but I am ever so grateful to all the wonderful people that have entered my life through my scrapbooking hobby. LOVE YOU GALS!

On another note, I also have a couple of projects to share today.

…a mini album for Scrapbooking Supplies R Us and Memories Live On:

Time for movie night/wrapping presents, which means time for me to pull out the pot and the popcorn kernels! We like to do it the old fashion way at our house! πŸ™‚

Happy Friday to all!





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21 responses to “the winter lodge. *edited*

  1. Kat

    yay! glad you conquered that fear, girlie!

    mmm…movie night, wrapping presents and popcorn sounds so comfy…great idea!!

  2. You need pads and a hockey stick! πŸ˜€

  3. sarah + playing hockey = DISASTER!!!!

  4. gloria

    good job looping around. πŸ™‚ great LO too. yay it is friday.

  5. Way to go Sarah!!
    I love ice skating…great photo’s!
    And I love your scrapping updates,gorgeous as ever!Have a great weekend!

  6. julie

    go sarah!
    go sarah!
    its almost your birthday!
    go sarah!
    loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the photos and the lo!!! ADORABLE! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. Chris

    Wow! you must be a natural – I have never lived anywhere where ice skating was done so I never learned but Dan grew up in NW Pennsylvania near Lake Erie and he skated a lot. It looks like fun and so glad you could mark off another item from the list. Love that mini book and the layout – have a great weekend!

  8. O’ its funny how you brought up skating. Joey wanted to take me for my birthday, but I said no! I cant even skate moreless try to ice skate! You did awesome! Love the mini and the album.

    You should be getting my box in either tuesday or wednesday!

  9. Mo

    i’m happy you reminded me of compiling “the list” been meaning to do it! hmmmm…now what to put on it! love the mini! i wanna see inside it! maui is too cute…i love the pink you used on that layout! so glad you’re getting some fun things! you have a great weekend!!!

  10. Old-fashioned way? Every time I’ve been there, it’s stick the bag in the microwave and make sure the kids don’t eat the droppings.

  11. Hanneke

    Ice skating is FUN. I love to do that!!! Finn (he is 8) love to speed ice skate and he is pretty fast I can tell you!! Great pics!!
    Love your mini and and the LO!!
    And wrapping up sounds like fun!!
    Have a great weekend!!

  12. Kat

    hey, sarah! thanks for stopping by my blog…you asked what line the mint paper was from. it’s cosmo cricket. the name of the paper is smitten mitten. the other side has really cute mittens and hats on it. πŸ™‚

  13. Well I pop popcorn on just a normal night, so of course I do it during the holidays, too!

    YAY for doing something outside your comfort zone! Looks like you had FUN!

    Your mini is ADORABLE… I β™₯ the green tulle! And the LO is super cute, too!

    Hope you have a GREAT weekend! πŸ™‚


  14. good girl!!! So proud of you screwing your anxiety in the ass! hahahaha
    and love the projects!
    I totally understand about being uber busy at this time of year! Everyone’s blogs will still be here after the holidays! so don’t worry!

  15. I’m proud of you! My first time ice skating wasn’t nearly as scary as I imagined! As always, totally love your work! Congrats on making the blanket – nice work!

  16. Congrats on the skating….I have trouble on roller skates, let alone a tiny blade! LOL I did always think I was going to be an awesome skier….two things wrong with that….I dont’ balance well…and I am scared of heights…let’s just say I can say I tried!! Think I would be GREAT at cross country (in other words, flat ground!) skiing!!!

    Merry Christmas, Season Greetings, and Happy Holidays…or Happy HOOWWLLLLidays!!!!

  17. Great words of wisdom Sarah! Your blog is super fun, great layouts and your dog is ADORABLE!!!

  18. Jing-Jing

    Girl, you can skate!!! I have never stood up on skates in my life, lol. Gorgeous mini and adorable layout!!! xxoo

  19. Hooray for scratching another one off the list!! I haven’t skated since I was a very small child so I applaud your bravery for giving it the go again! And YAY for not falling πŸ™‚

  20. I have never been ice skating!!! I want to go so bad!!! Glad you stayed on both feet!!! πŸ™‚ Super cute album and layout!!! πŸ™‚

  21. I turn 26 on Saturday! When is your big day? Congrats on getting out on the ice! I love ice skating… just not when it’s crowded. πŸ™‚ I broke my arm ice skating once and so ice skating has just never been the same for me.

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