Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Challenge #302

Happy Monday all!

Our week started off on a bit of a downer as Artoo was home sick from school both Monday and Tuesday.  The only upside of this is that Artoo seems to be handling colds better now and we are able to manage them from home without a visit to the hospital.  Small Victories!  (Well, that's actually kind of a huge one, to be honest)

He was happy to be back at school on Wednesday, except by wednesday i had started to feel kinda crummy, so i spent a lot of the week resting up while the kids were in school because we had a big weekend planned!

Chewie and his friend E have been bowling in a league since September, and back in November they won first place in local tournament qualifying them for Provincials!  So, this weekend we drove down to Regina for the Provincial Masters Bantam Tournament.

he's drawing in his sketchbook!!! chip off the old block. ;)
 His tournament was on Sunday afternoon so we went down Saturday morning, met some friends for lunch then took the boys to the Science Centre - which they loved.

Artoo and Anty

Chewlie and the Ankylosaurus
 The Science Centre was fun and full of lots of hands on activities for the boys.  I loved the bubble area.

 We also like the light area - there was a pretty cool wall where you stand in front of it and a light flashes and takes a shadow picture.  We all made as silly positions as we could think of, however they don't photograph well. lol.

artoo learning about colour and light
 Of course, what kind of science centre doesn't have a ball that makes your feel like a Mad Scientist?

I can make the lightning DO MY BIDDING
 And Artoo loved the infinity mirrors.  We had fun dancing and singing and waving at all the other Moms and Artoos in the mirrors

thumbs up. 
 It was a super fun way to spend the afternoon.
in the mouth of a megalodon shark
 Science is so fun and cool and stuff.

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent at the waterslide park in the hotel - where Artoo braved the super fast waterslide, even though he was scared.  He decided he was NOT a fan of the waterslides, and much preferred to swim in the pool or play in the spray park.

Chewie, on the other hand, was off on the slides the second we got there.  We had an adjoining room with his bowling partner's family (they're close friends of ours since high school) so he and Miss E were off like a flash.

I dunno, the guy on the other side of this hotel door looks mighty suspicious....
 And even though it was a long day with science and waterslides and staying up late and eating too much sugar, they both played awesome the next day for the tournament.  They played 4 games and Chewie was bowling well above his average.  There were a few bouts of the 'grumpies' towards the end, but all in all they did really great and came in 4th place out of 24.

Miss E and Chewie and their Master bowler Julie,
 who is a Canadian 5 pin bowling champion
All in all it was a really great weekend, i'm super proud of him.  I hope he continues bowling because he seems to enjoy it.

Weekly Challenge #302: "UMT Hamadox by Diana Schreur CZT"
 For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

This month's UMT is Hamadox by Diana Schruer, and you can see the step outs here - This should be an easy one, seeing as wee're all warmed up with last week's Paradox duotangle. I had been seeing this tangle being used in the Mosaic app for a while, and i didn't know how to do it, but i love how it looks.  So i'm super excited to see it come up this week. 

Here's my take on it: 

have a great week!

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  1. That's a pretty tangle. Congrats to the bowlers. (By the way, it's #302, if you're still counting :) )

  2. Looks like fun science stuffs.
    Hamadox is cute.

  3. Oh Laura, thanks for using Hamadox as the UMT, I was so surprised and excited when I saw it on your blog post. I love what you did with it. Many thanks again. :)

  4. This is a great tangle. Thanks for the challenge. I like how you did yours - they look like lily pads. :-) And what fun you have with your boys. I would love to go to that Science Center. Looks like everyone is having fun there with those bubbles and infinity mirrors and megalodon shark and the gears. What a great way to learn about new things. Congratulations to Chewie and his bowling team.

  5. Hey there, Laura. I just got on the "linky machine" with this week's challenge. I really like the UMT you used today. This tangle(ation) made me do some really curvy things in my drawing which I had not done too much of. But now, I find that I want to do more of that kind of drawing (see the monster you created?) hahahaha jk. Thanks for all your efforts in doing the weekly challenge. I love to do it and look forward to doing it each week.

  6. Oh, by the way..almost forgot: You mentioned at the science center about being a mad scientist. I used to work for Mad Science, Corp. and was a mad scientist (my name was Professor Positron) we went to local elementary schools and taught basic science to the kids as an after school event, I did that for several years before retiring.

  7. I like your tile and the whole post. Must have been a great weekend!!!!

  8. Love this tangle! Thanks for the challenge!

  9. And a fine and wonderful "take on it" it is Laura. Been away way too long. Thanks, as always for sharing and keeping this wonderful challenge going. I used this challenge for my re-entry point and am most happy I did.

  10. Love this beautiful pattern from the first try on it! I have seen it but not done it before! Thank´s Laura for bringing this challenge to us! Love your tile!

  11. Lovely pictures of happy children, it's great for them to visit such a science center.
    I like your tile and thank you for this nice challenge.

  12. What a weekend! Congratulations to Chewie and E on doing so well in the tournament!
    I love UMT Challenges...I was familiar with hamadox, but hadn't used it much, so I was really happy to have a reason to focus on it. It's a very satisfying feature tangle. Thank you Laura, and Diana! :-)

  13. Thanks for the challenge, Hamadox was new to me and it was very relaxing to tangle. I also enjoyed reading about your weekend trip, sounds like you had lots of fun. Your tile is beautiful, the swirls of Hamadox are so even.

  14. How neat you choose a challenge with mixed tiles I just happened upon a site in Germany called Pattern Mixer where Anya had challenges using two tiles to make a new one, unfortunately she said this month will be her last challenge as there were not many ppl doing it. I thought the combination using Paradox was so creative it took me several practice tries to wrap my head around it. Thanks Laura.

  15. This is such a relaxing tangle! Thanks for introducing us!

  16. Thanks Laura for this challenge! I love this tangle and your own tile is very beautiful.


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