Monday, 19 February 2018

Junk Journal Lapbook

As the world move ever forward to becoming paperless, there is a grassroots movement back to pen and paper and sending letters through the post.

Scrapbooking is also making a come back.  We travel with our grandchildren to Myrtle Beach South Carolina each winter and every year we look to find a new way of creating memories to being home.

Lapbooks are widely used in homeschooling communities and the internet is full of tutorials on how to make them.  Lapbooks are made with new or recycled file folders and decorated with coloured card stock to printed scrap book paper.

Ruth and I decided to create a Lapbook for her to record her 2018 memories of the beach.  She enjoyed making her own ephemera on which to paste pictures or write notes.  She also found some tiny colouring pages to busy herself with on the 18 hour car ride from Ontario CA to South Carolina USA.

The tutorial we used in by   Kathy Orta King and here is the link to part 1 of 6 in how to make the lapbook - Part One in making this lapbook

We hope you enjoy our flip through of our Lapbook.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Altered Book Junk Journal

Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories. ~ Steven Wright

Today we finished our third junk journal this time we made an altered book inspired by delygirl1961 and her amazing junk journals. 

Since making our first junk journal before Christmas 2017 we have received requests to them for friends and family. 

This is a wonderful way to collect memories through art, photographs and writings. 

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

Friday, 16 February 2018


Worry is a useless emotion, yet it overtakes us with the power of an emotional tsunami, uprooting all attempts to be happy, to stay present with joy.

Sometimes it creeps into your day one thought at a time as your thoughts drift backwards into yesterday or ahead into tomorrow.

Other times it is a sudden unexpected emotional tornado spinning your emotional stability out of control.

Arthur Somers Roche describes it well “Worry is a thin stream of fear tricking through the mind.  If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained”.

We must pay attention to worry, we need understand our worry to be the destructive meanderings of our untrained mind.   

We need to notice our worry and release it, drawing our thoughts back into the present moment and deliberately seek out the joy that is present in our now.

Release worry -  image it as a balloon floating above you and with joy cut the string that is holding your worry and let it float away from you.

Yesterday has passed and there is nothing you can do bring it back or change any part of it, tomorrow is will never come for it will always be out of your sphere of influence.

Now is where you live and now is where you can find joy, if we train our minds to notice and then release worry in favour of joy in the now.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Day one accepting help

As you grow older one of the things you cling to is your independence because you know that society is not kind to a dependent senior.  

You lose the ability to decide what you’ll have to eat as meals on wheels brings you whatever was planned for that day, everyone worry’s over you, they question all of your decisions, and too soon your life is over taken by loving family invading your home and controlling your life.

Today is day #1 of grandpa’s great venture as he travels to Victoria BC to visit our youngest son and today I came down with a very bad cold.  You know the type where you sneeze constantly, have a dry cough, your nose runs at the most inappropriate times, oh and don’t forget when you cough, well your bladder lets go just a little bit - not pretty however very real.  
I thought that I was doing ok right up until 5:30 pm when the fever hit and I just could not get warm.

Many of you will know Tuesday night is our night to go to our grandson’s home where we have supper together and watch some TV.   I was looking forward to our Tuesday nights right up until noon when I realize I could spread the germs, so I called and gave them the option of saying “Not tonight grandma.”

So it was that I started planning to have scrambled eggs, toast, followed by a hot bath and early to bed and this is when I got the phone call.  

Our grandson’s family had decided to bring my portion of supper to me.  “I’m coming over it with soup and homemade bread.”

My first reaction was to say don’t put yourself out when I realized some homemade soup and bread would be wonderful and I really didn’t have the energy to do any cooking myself.

Independence isn’t about doing everything for yourself!  Independence is knowing what you can do, what you can’t do and seeking or accepting help graciously.  
Independence is building trust within your family that you know your limits and will ask for help - that is independence.  We are all interdependent and this is the strength of belonging to a family and a community.

The soup was amazing and well, two pieces of Dianne’s homemade bread as always delicious.

I was in bed by 7:30 pm Grandpa called to say goodnight.  It is good to be interdependent – to belong to a family.
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

February 6, 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Junk Journal Lapbook

As the world move ever forward to becoming paperless, there is a grassroots movement back to pen and paper and sending letters throug...