And exhale

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She competed (and won) at Nationals. He had a major tournament. He secured a teaching job for 2018/19. She graduated from St. Olaf college. He competed at the state championships. He graduated from high school. We threw a party. And this morning, as I write this, I feel like I can finally exhale. It’s like that scene in Jerry McGuire, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAnd exhale

Hello Senior

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So here we are. My youngest child is a senior. Lucky for me he agreed to go out for a little senior photo session with my dear friend and talented photographer, Margie. As with my daughter’s senior session back in 2013, I gave no direction on what he should wear or how he should style his hair. I really just … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHello Senior

Scrapbook Page Share: Hello Eighteen (process video)

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Last month, my youngest child turned 18. I only have two, as you may or may not know, so this is my baby and he is now a legal adult. I snapped a shot of him on his 18th birthday and knew I wanted to use it for a page from mama to son. I decided to film a process … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Page Share: Hello Eighteen (process video)

Scrapbook page share: Photos are magic, y’all

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Last weekend Dan and Cole were up in Duluth for an ultimate disc tournament on the shores of Lake Superior. Cole is playing for the Minnesota Superior team this summer, preparing for the YCC National Championships next month. After the tourney, they swung by the Maritime Museum in Duluth and Dan snapped a shot of our boy standing by the famed Coleman … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook page share: Photos are magic, y’all

Scrapbook Page Share: Go Stars (plus a review of the Epson PM-400)

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Today’s layout is a celebration of a few things: 1.) Cole and his fabulous junior year in life and in ultimate. 2.) How amazing a sport ultimate is in general. 3.) How amazing renting big assed lenses can be. 4.) How much I love my new printer. First, let’s look at the page: There is nothing I love more than a … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Page Share: Go Stars (plus a review of the Epson PM-400)

Lenvy Part Two

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Have you ever coveted something deeply and thought to yourself, “Would it be so bad to just do a Kickstarter campaign to get one?” That would be me and the newest version of the Canon L-Series 100-400 Zoom Lens. Both of my offspring play ultimate (learn more about ultimate here), and over the past few years I’ve rented lenses for … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLenvy Part Two

Middle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense

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An online friend posted the other day, “…card making is where it’s at for those of us whose kids are past that stage where you can make enough scrapbook pages about them to satisfy our need to CREATE.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement. My kids aren’t really kids anymore. My daughter is 21. She’s a … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMiddle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense

Proud rock and roll mama

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Cole plays bass in a band called Want Slash Need. The lads have been playing together for a few years now, formerly under the name of Sound Morpher. That’s all well and good, but the cool thing about this proud rock and roll mama post? They now have tracks you can stream or buy. Aw yeah. They went into the studio … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProud rock and roll mama

Happy 16 to this one

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It has been a wild, woolly ride that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Happy birthday, Cole! I am so glad you are part of this life.

Cathy ZielskeHappy 16 to this one

From the middle aged mama files

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This is a story about my soon-to-be 16-year-old son, Cole. But it’s also a story about a soon-enough-to-turn 50 mama, me. Last week, he came down with a sore throat and a fever on Friday. By Saturday, he felt badly enough to warrant a trip to Urgent Care so we climbed into the car and made the five-minute drive to the clinic. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFrom the middle aged mama files