Monday, December 20, 2010
Jordan, now 15 is having much success at his new school. Since Grade 10 began at Eagle Butte High, he has been dedicated to his studies. He is working very hard to keep his grade point average high so that he can "make alot of money". I haven't seen him this committed to something. So handsome at his young age. Megan is the gift that keeps on giving. There are times when she will do the laundry or clean the kitchen with no one asking her. This Christmas that little beauty truly took the spirit of Christmas and applied it to her friends. On her own & with her own money (for the most part), she picked things up here & there for each one of her friends. I don't mean a little treat. I mean a gift bag of treasures that she know they would love. There were socks & treats, keychains & treasures! It was awesome to see the spirit of giving.
Brendan...our resident comedian has been keeping us in stitches as always. He decided this hockey season to play as a player when he wasn't tending net. Much to my surprise, he has assisted a couple of goals & apparently got a roughing penalty. He is the kind of guy that pitches in when it comes to his friends. They only have 11 players on the team (2 being goalies) so when they play several games like in a tournament, he plays out to help out the team. Something I respect. he isn't as adept as a player but he goes out there & works hard & has lots of laughs!!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wow! We have rain...& not just a little bit!! The school is closed today because the highway is somewhat washed out!! Some people hate the rain. I kinda like it! Maybe not this much of it but it washed away the dirt & debris left from the winter. The plants, trees, shrubs & grass have a nice long drink. It is cuddle weather & crafting & baking weather! There are blessings in everything we are given but you sometimes have to look for them!
Monday, June 14, 2010
we wrapped up another obligation this weekend. I no longer have to take part in our local festival (very small scale) called Dunmore Daze. Kevin & myself as well as a neighbour, worked on the games for the kids part. I collected over 300 prizes & masterminded the games. This was not a commitment I made for myself & one I am not sure I will continue with. I just know that I don't have to do anything with it anymore. One less thing tying me down....I am free to be!
So today, I will help a friend for a while & then I will push forward with all I have to accomplish in my own house. Just in time for the kids to arrive home from school. We will have supper & enjoy another evening of soccer & togetherness!! I hope everyone feels a full with life (happy) as I do!!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I am not saying (little dis-qualifier here) that I am never going to get in those moods cause let's face it...everyone has a bad day here & there! I just know I want to spend more time on the positive side of things. When you don't, you lend yourself to speculation & you can become paranoid. If you stay positive as much as you can, that is what you bring into your life. There are some people I know (& it makes me so sad to watch them) struggle through the turbulence. There are those who live in the turbulence because they thrive on others misfortune & sadness because they don't EXPECT more for themselves!! How pitiful when they become mean & make others their target!!
So if any of this makes sense...love yourself & all the things you DO have. Don't worry about the things you don't have for sometimes they can be a burden....
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So I guess I am a little nervous! I had some bloodwork done this past Monday! The doctor said he would only have his office call if there was a reason to! Well, he made a call yesterday & has made an appointment for me on Friday morning. If it was anything too serious, I am telling myself that he would have had me come in immediately! Anyway, I wait til Friday & then I will know whether it is good or not so good!!
So in the meantime, I am going on with daily life. Had a little visit from Spider Woman the other day by means of email! Strange...so weird. It perplexes me how one minute you can spread hate & lies & then you can send a beautiful message even if it had an underlying tone of accusation. Anyway, I don't have much time for that crap in my life so I am sweeping it in the garbage where it belongs! I want real & honest & true friendships!!
I went to the antique & collectable store the other day with my hubby. He was not near as interested as me but we did manage to find some treasures!! I have been altering them & feeling a little creative!! It is awesome! Once I take pictures, I will upload!! Does my heart good!!
Today is overcast & a little gloomy so, I am making the most of it. Laundry is caught up, dishes are done, floors swept, supper is made & once I have a bath, I am off to my scrap space to see what I can get my hands on today!! I am sure that I will find a little magic in there!!
Make it an amazing day!!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Little funny...now anyway, last night my boys ordered pizza & chinese food to a boy they are just not that fond of. Of course I was mad but in hind site, no real harm was done. Because there is value in every opportunity to learn & grow, I should have taken the chance to calmly tell my boys what they could have done differently...yeah not done it all! Instead, we took away every possible thing that we could, grounded them & with my temper, I had a few choice words for them. Are they going to remember the lesson or me talking ...not so calmly to them over the issue. Ridicule seemed to be first on my mind every time either one says anything. So anyway, I am gonna be the change! For breakfast, they dined on their purchase!! It was good (last night)!! Next time...I promise!
I am off to Calgary to spend time with some good gals. This weekend is about me and my passion....scrapbooking. Camp Croppin...chocolate, a little shoppin, scrappin, eating at the lobster (Red Lobster, maybe)...all good things. For me, this makes things great.
Oh Yeah...back to being the change, I AM going to listen more, talk less (big one), work harder, find my motivation, Clean this House, kick teh daylights out of my to do list & get healthy physically & mentally....watch & see!!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I don't know why I am so hard on me. I just got through making a beautiful meal & it was terrific. All of the stressing & fretting I do and voila...
We had hot cross buns, baked on the bbq potatoes, bbq tri tip roast, honeyed ham, strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, au gratin vegetables, asparagus with hollandaise sauce. To make my life easy, I purchased a slab cheesecake from Sobeys, & a pumpkin pie with homemade whip cream!! Yumm yum yum!!
Unfortunately, I am tired from two nights of staying up late & imbibing a little (ok, the one night alot) but I have a house full of kids & I don't know how late they think they can stay up...but I am hoping they are quiet.
Oh yummy...I can do this right. So I go to buy a turkey the other day when I am shopping with Kevin. He says...no, we don't need one, there is a huge one in the freezer. I trust in that knowledge... MY FIRST MISTAKE. We do indeed have a turkey but it is from 2005...next MISTAKE, not being thorough enough in the cleaning out the freezer area. So Kevin's Dad & girlfriend Debbie are here, my brother in law Kelly, neice Marissa, nephew Jacob, my Mom & sister, 2 extra kids & my own family of 5. Good thing we had a huge tri tip roast and a large ham. It isn't traditional but who says it has to be...my Easter meal my way. All is well.
So aside from the almost meal debacle, I am feeling blessed. Blessed to have a beautiful, healthy family & terrific friends. Happy to have a nice home with many comforts. Lucky. I know I am cranky sometimes but at the end of the day, I know that there is nothing we cannot handle and everything happens for a reason... it isn't a big deal if the kids leave a light on or do a terrible job of washing the staircase. It is okay if we are a little late....there is always a reason & maybe it was universal!
Today, is a great day to reflect on the reason for Easter. So enjoy the copious amounts of chocolate, jellybeans and yummy desserts. Reflect on the time & care that went into the food prepared for you. Treasure the laughter & opportunity to be together another time, building fond memories. And be grateful of the reason for the season. Bless you and your families & friends.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
We all scrapbook for various reasons, all different, but reasons that are important to us individually. It is no different than any other hobby one might have. Scrapbooking is a way that I can express my creativity to share with families & friends. I enjoy the memories that working with pictures of memorable times in my life brings to me as I create my pages.
I feel the greatest sense of joy & satisfaction when I present an album or layout, or altered item as a gift. The gift has resurfaced memories & brought joy...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I bought some Christmas presents, some birthday presents & Easter treats too! My final stop was the liquor store & if I would have known how AWESOME our border guards would be I sure would have bought more. As it stands, I bought myself a sweet treat of Black Cherry Vodka.
When I hit Ben Franklin, I could have spent a lot but I only spent a little. I will go back...there is promise of a ladies road trip to buy BEER...
It was nice to take off & be foot loose and fancy free with a great friend!! It was nice to just for a few hours be doing something a little out of the ordinary. Of course on the way home the phone started ringing and plans needed to be made. There was soccer to get to & hockey & meetings but it all worked out thanks to a little help from friends. As I said...great to get away for awhile BUT nice to know that I am needed too!!
Hoping that if I declare it on here that this weekend I will get into my favorite room in the house...no NOT the kitchen. So here is my declaration...Igotta do some scrapping this weekend...even if it is just a little project. Maybe I will post??? Good night.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
So last night I attended the informational meeting for Eagle Butte High School. I saw all of the seemingly great things the school has to offer & I wanted to be excited. I want to believe that when Jordan goes to that school in the fall, he will thrive...he will grow & he will succeed. He is very adminant that he can handle a heavy duty workload. In addition to taking all of the core subjects and options, he wants to enroll in a Production Field Officer (PFO) program that includes a diploma after three years from SAIT. He says that he wants to immmerse himself in his studies so that he can "get outta here" right after graduation.
I can't imagine how nervous he must feel or is it me projecting my feelings on to him. He will go to school with all of the kids he has from Irvine but also kids from Seven Persons & so on. I know that I would like for all of his troubles in the past to fade into the past. I know he has grown & learned from them but he needs people to believe in him & give him a break. Your failures DO NOT define you!! They make you better & they help you grow!!
I guess I get all anxious too because I love him so and can still remember the first day of preschool when I left him standing there...then the first day of a new school. A little peice of my heart broke because he is growing up so fast. Everytime we go through a new milestone, I know it isn't too long & that time is closing in on us when he moves on and further away!!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
So...what is in your bucket list?? Things to do before I die...whenever that might be. I have been thinking about it & I have a few things I want to put in my bucket now but I am certain I will add to it. Here it is so far:
1. Experience a sunset (corny as this may sound) somewhere just like in the movie 'Under a Tuscan Sun'. Greece, Italy...someplace like that!
2. Write a letter to each of my kids that they are to receive upon my passing. The letter is to contain my all of the reasons why I love them so, what I think their strongest attributes are, & what it meant to be their Mom through good & bad. Of course I want to let them know about all of my hopes, dreams & wishes for them & their futures.
3.Wanna go to a horse race... bet on a winner & wear a big ole floppy hat & some fancy outfit.
4. Drive a sports car with the top down around the winding curves on the side of a mountain
5. Something a little unattainable but I am allowed to dream... bring a child from a suffering country to live with my family and raise him or her as our own, helping my children to learn humanity & diversity. Hoping that they open their hearts & minds in many ways!
6. RELAX...learn that life isn't supposed to be so serious & that it is full of beauty & love.
Friday, March 19, 2010
~my family ~Venti caramel machiatto w/xtra drizzle from Starbucks ~sunsets ~cats purring ~springtime in the mountains ~scrapbooking ~colors in the fall ~Chapters bookstore ~a clean house (preferably mine) ~sock free feet (mine ONLY) ~speeding ~buttered popcorn jellybeans by Jelly Belly ~all kinds of music ~pretty packaging ~fresh laundry ~sunroofs ~bonfires ~cupcakes (the prettier the better) ~earl grey tea ~cashews ~streams & creeks ~Gerbera Daisies (orange & hot pink are the best) ~a good book ~travelling ~Williams & Sonoma stores ~massages ~bubble baths ~cuddling ~candlelight ~rainy days ~Sweet Georgia Browns from Purdy's ~Lobster Ravioli from Joey's Only ~birthday cake drinks (Rum & Diet Coke) ~Grey's Anatomy (oooh McDreamy) ~Desperate Housewives ~fresh washed babies ~belly laughing ~wave watching on the beach ~silver jewelry ~the glow of Christmas trees ~ribbon ~new furniture
There are so many more but this was just a start. Now that I am in a better mood....thanks for listening!! I will probably write more later!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hockey is over...Yahoo! There are only two more functions and those will be fun. I thought I would be happy but I am elated. I haven't felt so overwhelmed as I did this year. There were a lot of changes for my oldest son's team this year and being the manager, I got to be the person to deal with it! Phew!! I think I will leave the volunteering for things like that to the crazy people...(yep, I am certain there are crazier then me!) The boys are almost relieved too. They have started remodelling their fort. It's a mish mash of scrap materials they have found here and there! I will have to get out there and take some pictures of it to show off the ingenuity my boys hold. They have also pulled out the dirtbikes and quad, much to the neighbours chagrin. I LOVE it! There were 3 quads and 4 bikes parked here on the weekend while they all came in for snacks and to tease me!! Saturday night was a full house too with about 5 extra kids sleeping over. There is nothing better then being the place they happen to all be at in the moment.
So that brings me to Meg. My sweet Megan is becoming a teenager rapidly. There is some eyeliner and fancy hair. Much more attention to clothes although she isn't at that girlie girl stage quite yet!! She loves to be with her friends. I am starting to miss her ...and the boys! Anyway, I think we are going to have to invest in another quad or convince her to ride the extra dirt bike. She is logging more miles on the quad than either boy.
Other then that, Mom had knee surgery last week. She is a trooper although today was a rough day for her. She spent a fair bit of time asleep. Hopefully she can take it easy over the next few weeks and heal so she can maximize the effects of such a major surgery!
I am working on this blog thing...learning as I go. Soon, there will be pictures and artwork and more stuff about the people I love and really like!!
Friday, January 1, 2010
2009 was tumultuous for my family after losing my Dad. I miss him every day but am thankful he is at peace and no longer suffering. I am looking at 2010 with optimism. I want to think of it as an awakening. You know when all the snow melts and there is growth and renewed energy and the opportunity for a fresh start....that is my hope. And more then my hope, it is my goal.
After supper tonight, I have a few projects to work on. There is some hockey posters for an upcoming tournament and my stamp of the month projects...just three months to get finished and then I can send those off.The exciting project for me is the Christmas project I am planning for next year. I am going to build a Year of Change scrapbook of my kids for their Grandparents. I am going to take a picture of each child monthly and scrapbook the changes and differences in their lives...I might even make one for me while I am at it.
It seems like I blinked and they are now 14, 12, and 11. They all have busy lives and I am just their tour guide....getting them from point A to point B and of course paying for it!! But it is fun stuff. The things that life is made of. Hockey pratices and games all over the place, sleepovers, soccer, dirtbiking, and snowboarding/skiing to name a few!! It was only yesterday I brought home each of my bundles of joy and could never have imagined I would be here today....and only a few gray hairs came with it. Jordan, my beautiful disaster! He keeps me on my toes and sometimes I think he may be smarter then me. He is intense but forgetful...he is so many things but he is just a boy! Brendan my social butterfly....why come home, they (the 'rents') will always be there...this is fun now with my friends. We logged it. He stayed home all of 8 days over the summer. (Some of those days away were spent with us ~ but not many)!! Megan my giggly, but serious and most organized little lady! No one loves animals the way this girl does and her whole life revolves around their happiness and comfort!
I should hit the shower....time is wasting away.