Monday, December 31, 2007

Where has it gone?

Um 2007 how did you pass so fast? Is it just me that feels that way? The girls and I are having a quiet New Years celebration. Bruce is on the road, Morgyn is in Winnipeg. So it is just us and my Aunt. Nice and quiet, just the way I like it.



See ya'll next year.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Phew!! Christmas Was Good

But it seriously kicked my butt!! I swear I act like I don't know it's coming each year, well not every year but this year for sure. I was so far behind it wasn't even funny. Jillian was sick for almost a week, which didn't help much as she clung to me glue. Poor girl, it was not pretty.

But I have to say they raked it in my 3 little bandits. The best gift had to be the Buttersctoch Pony aka Sara. A bit of a price stretch but hey when you have people sending you money to buy for your kids, it is easy to become frivolous. But this pony is seriously cool, she freaked me out when we 1st turned her on. That was of course after we pulled her out of the box headless, LOL!! Jillian wasn't a bog fan the 1st day, fatigue I guess will do that to you. But I swear Sara gave me the eye and was staring me down, I kid you not. She kept blinking at me, winking at me, wiggling her ears at me. It kinda creeped me out enough that I had to leave the room. Bruce is like well I would really be scared if you woke up and she was standing at the edge of the bed, I half expect that to happened courtesy of my smart ass DH. Sara really is quite cute now that I have gotten use to her staring me down and winking.





My favorite gift if I had to choose of course was Dharma and Greg season 1. I loved that show! When I saw it in the store I new I couldn't buy it for myself just before Christmas. But that is where a sister comes in, who happens to have been with you. Aren't sisters awesome!!!

Other than that it really was just a nice day. The weather was beautiful and we couldn't have asked for more. Well except for phone lines that weren't over loaded, that kinda sucked butt.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Photobucket Album

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wow time has flown!

A little Christmas questionnaire I have seen around.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I'm a wrapper, except for the traditional Christmas Eve jammies they are in bags.

2. Real tree or artificial? We have had a real one the last 3 years, mmmmmm Heaven. I had to return the 1st one we bought this year as it starting turning brown after 3 days!!!!

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually around the 2nd week of December.

4. When do you take the tree down? Bruce likes to do it Jan 1, but usually in that 1st week.

5. Do you like eggnog? Not anymore.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My Cabbage Patch kid, Lyle Graham.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? No but one day I am going to steal my Moms LOL.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My Mom

9. Easiest person to buy for? My girls.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I really can't think off one.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I actually bought Christmas p.j's for Kamryn and Jillian in February LOL which is not the norm.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not that I can remember.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turtles chocolates.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored on the tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Silent Night.

18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? We have always been able to stay at home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And of course the most famous of all Rudolph!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Right now a star, but I'm waiting for a hand crafted snowman.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning but we always have, jammies on Christmas Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? When Christmas and Halloween are mixed together on a shelf.

23. What I love most about Christmas? The excitement the girls feel and I love a decorated tree to sit and watch in the dark!

24. Favorite Christmas Cookie? My dads shortbread.

25. Favorite decoration? I have a toilet paper Santa I made in gr 3 (way way back in 1982 LOL) I love hanging on my tree. Other than that is has to be all my snowmen (I'm addicted)

26. If you could have anything in the world what would it be? Just a meeting with all my loved ones who have passed.

Last but not least I am also posting some pictures of my swap gift I recieved for MMTAM


Thursday, December 6, 2007

It Was Good While It Lasted

Well the band trip is off. Yup after all the heart wrenching decision making to say yes. It has been cancelled. Lack of student participation and an increase in price did it in. So I can admit while part of me is sad for Morgyn and missing out on a great experience, the other part is relieved. My bad???

I also can stop and think hey this is only gr 8, there are many trips to come over the years right? So as a consolation her Dad who was saving money up for her too go is flying her home after Christmas for 9 days. I am green with envy. Why you ask? She will get to see her new little cousin, my new niece in person BEFORE ME!! Yep I'm bitter.




This is my new niece, Isrielle Jade born Nov 17/07. She was an itty little bit at 4lbs 8oz and 18 inches long.

Sigh, I want to be 13 again LOL ;-)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Christmas Times A Comin

So I received in the mail today my gift from my swap buddy!! It was fun to get a treat in the mail (ya know other than bills). Having been the 1st swap that I have participated in I wasn't sure what to expect. I was a little unsure of how to shop for someone I didn't know and in turn how would someone shop for me? Well my partner hit the jackpot! Somehow she channeled me quite well. I received packets for making veggie dips spinach, dill and Cajun. I am so making a Cajun cheese ball for Christmas Eve. To go with it there were some packets for hot chocolate, White Christmas and Gingerbread. Yum! My kids have been drinking it like crazy the last few weeks. Then I had this fun little box I am going to keep it all in. Also included was a fun plate, my cheese ball will sit quite nicely on and little serving knives with Christmas characters on the ends. I totally scored. Thank you N - http://muchmorethanamom.com and also thank you for hosting and organizing this little pre-Christmas event.

I am hoping that my swap partner likes her gifts I sent off. When I dropped it off last Friday it was about a 12 day delivery. So we're 4 days in and counting. (I still can't link, believe me I have tried) I will also post pictures as soon as I can A: find my cords to my camera B: can get my card made into a disc

Friday, November 16, 2007

Band Trips

Having been a "band geek" myself I chuckled when Morgyn decided to go into band last year. Well when she came home saying Mr. Saul had decided where the gr 8/9 band trip is going I was scared. Ok, drum roll. California here they come! Yep he has decided to do a band trip to California.

Now as a mother I have to think back to my own band trips (which I might add didn't start until gr. 10). They were fun, yes they were. There might have been a few illegal drinking activities going on. Said mother might have gotten caught in the act on said band trips, and then getting herself suspended. Ooops.

But I digress. I as this mother had to decide whether I wanted to send my child off without us into another country for 5 very long days. I needed to put my fears aside of doing so and come to the conclusion that she is being offered a chance of a lifetime. So we decided to let her go!








Sounds like it will be a fun trip I mean Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, Mission Beach and a trip to Hard Rock Cafe. I think I am jealous LOL. My band trips went to Moose Jaw, SK.

I will not lie and say that I'm not scared to death letting her go all by herself, but going as a chaperon isn't feasible with 2 other kids. But again I can't let my fears control me. Anyone have any tips on souvenir shopping LOL??

Monday, November 12, 2007

Time Flies

It seems as if it has been forever since I have posted. Then I think WOW I really have a boring life, he he he. Ah well what can ya do?

We have had some colds floating around the house, mainly Morgyn who in turn shared with me. UGH, we teach this kids to share but come on there has to be a line right?

As November creeps on I get more and more excited that Christmas is on the way. I love the holiday season so much. There is nothing more peaceful to me than a decorated Christmas full of lights. Turn off the lights, plug in the tree and I am done in, I could sit for hours.

This years is kinda fun, I am participating in my 1st Christmas "swap". I have had a great time shopping albeit humming and hawing on whether I think my swap buddy will like what I have selected. I have read she likes homemade stuff, so that is always right up my alley WOOHOO craft time is coming. I have a Christmas card exchange going on also with cards heading all the way to the UK and Australia, how fun is that! Finally I have a secret Santa pal who I am sending off too. I love how the Internet brings you so much closer to all over the world.

This past weekend I helped my Aunt put together a scrapbook for her friend, a 1st time scrapping for both of us. So from Friday night 6pm to Saturday afternoon 3pm (we did have a break LOL) we put together a 50+ page album for her friends "50th" birthday. My Aunt didn't enjoy this so much, my advice was as such "Don't wait till the day before to start"

Monday, October 29, 2007

10 Years

It is 10 years today that my Dad died, it seems so I don't know? Like how can time have passed so fast?

I think back and it like WOW it was 20 years ago that he suffered his 1st major heart attack. He was 37 and the Dr's worked and worked until they had him back, he had so many shocks his chest was actually burnt from the paddles. That started a long 10 year battle, with basically living.

He started out with a pacemaker, which lasted for only a bit. Then he moved onto a defibrillator, I remember looking at this little metal box we found among his stuff and was amazed that at one time this has been in his chest, shocking his heart back into rhythm if needed. He always said that it was an unnerving feeling when it did that.

When he finally was put on the transplant list he was excited yet nervous. The time had come though, you could always tell when he was sicker as his hair that was normally curly would go straight (??? meds I guess). He spent a long time in London, ON waiting. He loved it out there and he was so good a making new friends. He met a boy/man? I guess he was 21 or so, out there and they became fast friends. he was crushed when Chris died. He was the son he never had.

But he got his transplant and it didn't take long to realize that he had a "perfect match" as they called it. The Dr's were amazed at how well a match he had. He came home and started living again.

All was good until the following spring and he went to the hospital sick, and this is where a very sad/unnecessary chain of events happened that when all was said and done his new heart was ruined, and basically his new heart ended up back where he had began at.

One night he went to bed and just never woke up, at the age of 47. It was really rather peace full considering all he had been thru. I was in Toronto on the truck with Bruce when my Mom got a hold of me. That was the longest ride back to Winnipeg ever.

My Dad was a good man, and it was always ironic that his most generous feature his heart was the one that betrayed him. He had such an infectious laugh and it is so nice to hear my youngest sister laugh it is our Dad all over again.

So that is some about my Dad, thought I'd share it with you all this day of remembrance.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

10-20-30

I've been tagged by A B C to do this meme that asks What Were You Doing 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

So lets see 10 years ago I was marrying the love of my life on a beautiful day in May. It would have been my Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary that day and year so it was extra special to me. I was the mother of a 3 year old and I worked at a nursing home caring for the elderly. I lived in Winnipeg at the time, although we had tried a stint at living in Calgary, AB with my in-laws (yes I said I lived with my in-laws) which was wrong on so many levels but that is a book for another day.



20 years ago I entered my teen years, exactly where Morgyn is today. How did my mother survive 4 of us? and not kick some serious ass leaves me in awe! Times were different then I guess. I cheated and googled back to 1997 LOL and I totally remember listening to this music
1."Open Your Heart" ... Madonna
2."Livin' on a Prayer" ... Bon Jovi (see my love for them goes waaaaay back)
3 ."Jacob's Ladder" ... Huey Lewis and the News
4."Lean on Me" ... Club Nouveau
5."Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now" ... Starship
6."I Knew You Were Waiting" ... Aretha Franklin & George Michael
7."Died in Your Arms" ... Cutting Crew
8."With or Without You" ... U2
9."You Keep Me Hangin' On" ... Kim Wilde
10."Always" ... Atlantic Starr

30 years ago (sigh wow that sounds so long ago) I was 3. Yup just a little older than Jillian. I don't remember much about that time. I lost my Nanny that year, just days after I had turned 3. That is one thing I can say has left a void in my life I have always missed. All I know is what I was told about her and I, and it is heartbreaking to think how we missed out on the love of this wonderful woman.

While doing this is made me think of how significant different times in your life can be, but how they all come together later in life.

Now I can only hope that A B C shows up as the person who tagged me? (Nope had to remove what I had there since it wasn't right) If not anyone that reads this feel free to leave a long detailed comment as to how I can insert people I whos blogs I read onto posts. I just can't seem to figure it out??

Oh ya and I tag Chelle/Jolene/Kristi if you guys happen to come by :-) (and anyone else really, leave a comment if you do I would love to read your posts)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Off to see


Brad Paisley tonight! He is so fun and has such great songs, I mean come on who gets a hit out of a song about "Ticks" lol.

With any luck or at least that is what my husband is praying for this will be my last concert for awhile. I went to Nickelback this past August (and yes they freakin ROCKED it) and then Keith Urban last month. I have had my fair share this year.

Do I dare tell him I'm lusting after Bon Jovi tickets for this December?? Probably not or I'm betting he would confiscate my credit cards LOL.

*update* Well the concert was awesome! Brad Paisley puts on a great show. Our seats were probably the best I have ever had, you could almost reach out and touch him it seemed.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Life With a 2 Year Old

Wow it has been awhile since my last post.

But on with life with a 2 year old. It would seem being on my 3 daughter this would be old hand, but not so much. Jillian is so different that her older sisters were at that age she leaves me in constant amazement. Well that and sometimes constant banging my head on the wall. This girl is mix of everything. She is sweet, loveable, stubborn, bossy, playful, helpful, cute as a button, trouble, smart and lately it seems as if she might have been a Mexican jumping bean in a previous life ;-)

Now that Morgyn and Kamryn are in school full time it is just us from 8:30am - 3:35pm. I think she is enjoying not having to share Momma with anyone and has decided naps are NOT for her. Oh joy. It works well until about 5:00 and then the horns start to appear. But during the day she loves to help "clean". The new favorite word is "sur"e. Well that and noOpe, that one she has mastered. Every morning after I read the paper, and she has learned well let Momma read the paper 1st then we can do her favorite puzzle (my paper is my coffee in the morning). This morning she was so funny I had just put the paper down and she comes over "Momma, paper done? Come puzzle"

The jumping thing?? My Aunt keeps telling me she is our boy in disguise, she jumps everywhere and has NO fear whatsoever. It scares me a bit. But she jumps up the stairs, down the stairs, from the loveseat to the footstool to the chair, from the arm of the couch onto the couch, the bed and her crib! It is crazy. But it's always see Momma "jumping".

This kid is funny she has the Puss in Boots look down pat minus the hat and stands there with the "look" and her hands together as if she were "praying". "Pease Momma Pease" the kid is good!!


When it comes to supper time she is learning to set the table, usually it is a fight with Kamryn who puts on what but in the end it gets done and while we may have some knives and forks upside down, sideways LOL it gets done. She also loves to "put" away the vacuum, it is something else to watch her take her little foot and press the button to retrack the cord back in.

The other day we were spelling her name so she would repeat what I said, or try.
She does well but the L's trip her up, which would probably explain why she calls her Auntie Liz - Auntie Dick?? But as we spelled I would say J and she would repeat all the way to A instead of A she says B! It was kinda funny.

But if anything the days/moments she drives me bonkers and scares the crap out of me jumping are made up with the "wuv you" she has come to say. She can melt hearts with that one.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It's Almost Here!




Yep! The new hockey season is about to set upon us! I am excited!! My husband is likely groaning ;-) Right now the pre-season games are on but I am reduced to listening to the radio, yes that is how addicted I am. I can actually sit and listen to it on ther radio (or computer right now)my Poppa would be so proud. Lots of new players this season but my favorite is still here. Dwayne Roloson, he is an awesome goalie to watch he has some seriously good moves.

I am so hoping to go to a game this year (crossing fingers LOL). My BFF is coming to visit and we're hoping we can coincide a game during that visit.

Yipeeeee I am excited.

Monday, September 24, 2007

This Man Seriously Rocks!!



Yup so this is what I did Saturday night, my sister and I went to Keith Urbans second concert in our city. This man created quite the buzz from his 2 shows. It was awesome that is all I can say. The radio station that hosted fielded phone calls from fans all morning, they also had a contest where you could win $2500 if you were the 103 caller this morning and knew the "code word" from the 2 shows. I tried for 20 mins and then had to leave to take Kamryn to school :-( Not that I really thought I would have gotten thru BUT it was nice to dream. I have been to a few concerts now and while the show wasn't "glitzy" it was amazing, that man can play a guitar like no other I have seen. He works it well LOL.

This has been the year of concerts for me, my poor husband I'm sure cringes every time he hears a concert announcement. We have had tons of opportunities and while I have resisted many I couldn't resist Nickelback (in August when I was back home) Keith Urban this past weekend and next month is Brad Paisley. Yup I admit I went a little crazy this year. But in my defence I did resist some Tim McGraw/Faith Hill and Bon Jovi. I have seen them before but would have loved to have gone again. Bon Jovi was the 1st concert I had ever been too and it seems like forever and a day ago (it was likely 15 years ago).

So that was my weekend. It was fun. So who have you seen in concert? Who was your favorite and who would you love to see?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bringing you "The Blue Margarita"

So I found this fun little meme on Cheryl's blog (and yes I still can't figure out how to insert that in here, one day LOL).

It's called Discover You Alias Names....

1. Your Rock Star Name (made up of your 1st pet and your current car):

Bailey Grand Caravan

2. Your Gangsta Name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):

Rocky Road Oreo

3. Your Soap Opera Name (middle name, city where you were born):

LeeAnn Portage la Prairie

4. Superhero name ("The" favorite color, favorite drink):

The Blue Margarita

5. Nascar name (first names of your Grandfathers):

Wesley Thomas

6. Stripper name (name of your favorite perfume, favorite candy)

Sanctuary Liquorice


Cheryl you always have such fun things like this. Thanks for the open invitation you always have when you do these fun memes.

Of course if I use my Facebook Stripper name it would be Samantha Leathershock, I think I like Sanctuary Liquorice better.

Getting back into the school routine has been tough after a nice summer holiday. The girls are enjoying school. Well Morgyn is at this I hate school phase, I'm hoping it goes hand in hand with turning 13??

Kamryn enjoys going all day this year, I always ask when I pick her up "so what did you do today?" 9 times out of 10 I get well we had recess then, then lunch and recess, then we had 3rd recess. Do we think my kid likes recess? I learned to rephrase my question quite fast to "so what did you do at school today besides recess?" These kids of mine will have me trained soon LOL.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I Am Addicted



Yup I am, I am a Big Brother fan. I guess being that it is a summer thing it is easy to not get overloaded.

After the last few weeks I have decided I am NOT a Donato fan! Why oh why were these 2 let to rule and dominate that house, yes I know that is part of the game? But I mean these 2 are so damn arrogant. E.D/Dick I mean seriously buddy have a shower! You look like a slime ball! Daniele I liked you in the beginning, that soon faded. You are just as sleezy as your Dad.

I am a bad reality t.v. show watcher, it ticks me off to no end when I see what I see. Some I'm sure love these 2, why who knows? But me I am so hoping Zach can finally pull up his socks and win something when it matters. Please oh please LOL.

That is my Big Brother rant, for those who don't watch sorry. I can say this will be my last word, the show is almost over.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Finally!



Well I am finally done. It was bittersweet I have to say. I have had my book in my hands since it was released, sadly I couldn't read it then. Well I could have but at the time we had friends staying with us and while it is one thing to ignore your own flesh and blood you can't very well ignore those that have come 1200 miles to visit you. So it sat until we got back from our own holidays.

Then I started, slowly at 1st. The 1st couple chapters didn't quite reel me in. Then it started to get good. But I read slowly I found myself not wanting it to go too fast since well after this that was it. It was tough to pace myself. It wasn't until I got to the fighting at Hogwarts that I couldn't put it down. I read like a mad woman. Then it was over. I was half expecting to sob my way thru, I had my Aunt who finished her book before me saying if I sobbed YOU will definately be in trouble. But for some reason I didn't? Which is rare for me, I cried like a baby when Dumbledore died in the last book.

I liked it alot. I liked how everything kinda came full circle and how it all made sense. I like how JK tied up all the loose ends. I liked the 19 years later bit, I'm one who wanted to know who married who and what their kids names were.

One of my favorite parts was the description of Lupins and Tonks baby Teddy and his color changing hair, such a little part but I can't wait and hope it will be incorporated into the final movie. I loved how at the end Lily/James/Lupin were by Harry's side as he headed to where Voldermort was, that gave me chills.

But on the whole I really enjoyed the book and it was sad when it was over. Now what LOL??

Sunday, August 26, 2007

If you were a crayon?

What color would you be? I am a blue crayon. Fitting I found since I wear alot of blue.













You are most like:


You are Blue



You are cool and soothing, with a hidden spontanious side. You are deeper than most people percieve, and you care a lot for those whom you surround yourself with.


 

Take this quiz: Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Are You?



I found this fun idea via a blog I read. Again I have had troubles linking her blog here (one day i will get it LOL one day)
So what color are you?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Fun Idea

Coming from Cheryl's blog (as much as I have tried I cannot figure out how too add a link *sigh)

You take your middle name--mine happens to be Lee Ann--and use every letter in it to tell something about yourself! I'm officially tagging you all on it and asking you to play along. Put your answers in my comments section, or post a comment letting us know that you are doing it on your own blog.

L -likeable. Although I am quite shy I like to think I am likeable

E- easy going. I am a pretty calm, cool and collect kind of person. I take most things in stride.

E- eager to please. I like to make sure those around me are happy.

A -away. I am away from the city/home I grew up in all my life. It is hard at times to be so far from family and fiends and the "norm" I was use too.

N- nice.. What else is there to say about nice LOL.

N- not a very critical person. I usually see the glass half full and that there is always good in people.

So I thank Cheryl for inspiring this post for me. I have seen it around blogland the last few days and hope to see some more middle names out there.

Friday, August 17, 2007

13





13 is the age Morgyn turns today. Where has 13 years gone? Where did my scrawny baby with the long arms and legs go?

It seems like eons ago that I woke up the morning of Aug 17 not thinking this was the DAY. It took me about an hour to figure out that no I wasn't peeing myself, my water was trickling LOL. So off to the hospital we went. Morgyn's Dad was at work, so he met us there. I was lucky for the 1st 4 hours I was in labour I felt no contractions. When they started I was like um I can't do this. But then it kinda went fast, I had a shot of demerol and relief. When that wore off they offered me the gas mask, that was 2 hours of unaware bliss. How sad does that sound? The only thing that I remember from that time was trying to get my feet unstuck from under the covers LOL. Then I remember the pushing, and the Dr saying do you want something to numb you? I was like it's not that bad (yeah delusions huh?). And then she was here this 7lbs 8oz baby looking up at with the most bright brown eyes I had ever seen. That is how she became Morgyn, it was either that or Rebecca. But those eyes did it, my baby book said Morgyn meant bright eyes of the sea. It was a shoo in.

We grew together those 1st years Morgyn and I. Her Dad and I didn't stay together as a couple but we stayed friends and we still get along well to this day. It has always just worked the best for Morgyn that we do. She also inherited Bruce as a Dad, he came into her life when she was 2. Morgyn doesn't remember a time that he wasn't with us. She lucked out there, well we both did. Bruce loves Morgyn as if she was his by blood, and no one could ever tell him or her she wasn't.

So here we are 13 years later and she has crept up to be taller that me already. My shoes are too small on her. She is going to be a tall girl that's for sure. I love watching her grow into a young woman. The teen attitude will likely kill me, but then I remember my parents survived 4 of us girls LOL.

So Happy 13th Birthday to my sweet girl. Sniff sniff, time goes all to fast.

Monday, August 13, 2007

CANCER YOU SUCK ASS!!!

And yes I'm yelling. I hate you I really do!!

I hate that you took away my Grandfather!
I hate that you took away my Uncle!
I hate that you are going to take away my Aunt's friend!
I hate that you pick no favorites young/old/male/female!
I hate that you are in this world!


I hate that one of my BFF's is so sick with fighting you that she can't come to the phone.

I hate that your going to make her hair fall out to get rid of you!

I hate that there already has been days when you have made her want to give up.

I hate that you have torn her family apart, leaving her younger children wondering where Mommy is and her older ones knowing all to well where she is!

I hate that her husband is so torn he doesn't know where to go? To the kids, to his wife, to work? Since unfortunately money doesn't grow on trees and while his wife is sick there are still bills to pay.

I hate that you have struck and I am so damn far away I CAN'T help!!!

Yes dear internet I am angry, I'm mad as hell! I had been in Winnipeg for all of 36 hours and I phone one of my BFF's Jennifer, who had JUST been out to visit with her family and we were excited to get to see each other again in a few weeks. I was not expecting to hear when I phoned her house that the day before she gotten the dx of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, herein after referred to as APL (since I don't want to be too crude but at this moment that fucking APL comes to mind). To say I was shocked was an understatement, to say they were shocked was an even bigger understatement! By the time I left Winnipeg (which was really hard) she had almost finished a 7 day course of chemotherapy, she was trying to figure what to do with her hair? shave it before it started to fall out? She was battling with the fact that she won't be taking one of her DD's Cierra to get back to school clothes or school supplies. She was battling with a sore mouth that was not letting anything pass thru comfortably. She well was just battling for her life.

Things were thrown at her (them) so fast before they had time to settle down she was already hooked up to bags of "poison" as she calls it. There is talk of her going the Naturopath way (which scares the hell out of me), the only reason she even started chemo was that the Dr her mother sees for Naturopath was away for 2 weeks and the Dr's at the hospital said that she didn't have that time to WAIT!

Did I mention that Jennifers mother was dx a year ago with terminal lung cancer, she is doing the Naturopath treatments because they couldn't do anything else for her. She has lived 6 months longer than they told her and still is doing well.

But I guess for me it is ignorance is bliss I do not know much about Naturopath. It just scares the hell out of me when Jennifer talks of doing that instead of chemo, I mean she has 4 kids and a husband, family and friends. But I digress, this is not about me it is about how CANCER SUCKS ASS!!!

This is all I can muster up about this right now.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Home

I have resisted saying that these last 2+ years we have been here in Edmonton. Home is suppose to be Winnipeg where I lived for 30 years! I was very glad to make it home yesterday. The driving was very loooong. We did it in one day on the way their CRAZY is all I have to say about that!! Our drive back was alot better, we did it in 2 days this time. No frenzied 15 hour drive, a nice broken up one.

We had a great visit. Saw friends and laughed, saw friends and visited saw friends and cried. My BFF girls were dancing at the Chilean Pavillion for Folklorama and we went and watched, we had some good food and watched Alli And Bella dance.

My sister and I went to the Nickelback concert. It was frickin awesome!! I have loved them for a long time and it was just fluke that they ended up in Winnipeg when we were there, a sure sign that I was to go I figure or thats what I tell Bruce, I have gone a little crazy with concert tickets lately. I'm going to Keith Urban in September and Brad Paisley in October. Nickelback was my sisters 1st concert ever, she got jipped out of going to Tim McGraw with me a few years back (damn assh**e ex-boyfriends)

There are some things we miss about Winnipeg, sadly they have to do with food LOL. So back with me I brought potatoes, tomatoes, rice, and Jeannes cake. ALberta potatoes sucks the big one, don't ask me why? But they do. Jeannes cake we grew up on and they are really just a standard cake with this yummy shortbread bottom. Love it!!

But as usual time flew while we were there, my Mom came back with us so that made leaving easier.

The next time we go back my sister will have had her baby, a little girl Israel Jade (not sure if that is how they will spell Israel?)

I had one more thing happen when we were there but that deserves another post of it's own. So I will sign off and try and get thru preparing that one.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

It's been busy around here

I have had friends visiting from back home the last 10 days. The kids had a blast and the adults did too.

I'm off tomorrow for a visit back to Winnipeg. The girls and I will be gone until August 10th. So I will be back then, hopefully with lots to tell LOL. I am bursting with excitment getting to see family and friends PLUS I scored some Nickelback tickets WOOOOHOOOO!

See you in a few weeks, have fun everyone.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A must read.




We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?

I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.

Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.

Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.



P.S. Feel free to steal this post too. I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked. Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care. But I want the word to get out. I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis? Is it a rash? Am I overreacting? This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.

Thank you.

This is written by a woman WhyMommy who discovered IBC while b/f her DS. Her strength is amazing to say the least. This is her link she is always looking for supportive comments and survivor stories. http://toddlerplanet.wordpress.com/
I still have not figure out how to insert a link, I try to no avail :-(

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Footsteps In the Night

So I'm up a little late tonight. As I sit here at the computer playing that darn iLike Music Challenge on Facebook I hear footsteps. I can hear them trod across the living room floor as I am in the basement, they go to one side and come back. I then hear these steps come thru the kitchen and down the stairs into the basement. I look to see Kamryn hands full of blankie, her baby, Simba and Chicka Chicka Blue. So I said to her what ya doing? She flashes me her toothless grin and says "nothing" she then mumbles something I'm still not quite sure of what it was, sits down on the couch all la-di-da. Ya know it's only 1:15am LMAO. So I go and pull back the covers on my bed call her and she climbs in and goes to sleep.

I guess my sleepwalking genes may have been passed on? I use to have conversations with my Mom and her B/F all the time in the middle of the night. The most famous was when the B/F was sitting on the "throne" late one night. I was none the wiser come the next day, B/F learned to lock the door even late at night.

So we will see if Kamryn remembers any of this LOL, and with that note I'mm off to bed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Infertility is not a word I ever thought I would associate with myself. That was until 7 years ago. I will admit Morgyn was my oops baby, not planned but certainly not unwanted. When I met Bruce, Morgyn and I were a package deal and he took us lock stock and barrel.

It wasn't until we decided to add to our family that it became apparent that something was wrong. Things had never really been right after Morgyn, but my GP chalked it up to breastfeeding. I had not had a regular cycle in 5 years, I started to gain weight and I had all these odd little things going on. I had switched to a new GP and it became apparent for lack of better words she was as useless as tits on a bull. I bugged her for almost a year that um we have not used any sort of birth control in 3years and nothing was happening. She finally referred us to a fertility clinic, my 1st visit with Dr. Lee was uneventful but interesting. This was a man who had no qualms about wearing a pink sweater, funky pointed shoes and carrying a "purse" of sorts. Little did I realize that this man would work miracles on my screwed up body. A diagnose was quick to come PCOS, or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (if I could figure out how to link I would but alas I haven't). When I read up on it, it all made sense, that was ME.

I took us 3 months which was relatively short after 4 long years of trying to get pregnant with Kamryn. I had to use Clomid/Metformin and Basal Body Temperature. When that stick showed 2 lines I was in shock. Our experience getting pregnant with Jillian was easier since we knew what the problem was and what drugs worked. I did conceive on my own but sadly we miscarried. That was one of the hardest times of our lives.

Lately I have been reading of others who have had infertility issues. When I read their stories I think I almost had it easy. We were fortunate that after 3 months of pills both times we were able to conceive 2 great girls. I think at times I stop and go WOW can I consider myself in the same books of those that have spent $1000's on IVF to achieve their dreams.

I can only say that without Dr. Lee I don't know where we would be today. I left my appointments with him feeling hope and that he truly cared. When we lost our angel baby he comforted us and made a promise that it would happen again. My only wish it that all couple out there end up with a Dr like we had, and that they end up with a precious baby in their arms.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

A Big Scary

ANT!!! Yes ant. The girls and I went for a walk the other day with my Aunt, she lives right by the River Valley and it's a nice albeit gruelling walk when you are out of shape but I digress. My girls LOVE their Great-Aunt and what we discovered on our trek is they do not love ANTS!!

As we walked Morgyn was riding a bike and the chain came off, so as we stand there trying to fix it Kamryn looks down to discover she is standing on an ANT hill! To say the kid went ape shit is an understatment. OMG I have never seen her freak out like this. So we get her calmed down and continue on. As we head back up the hill to come home I figure it would be easier to let Jillian walk rather than push her, she was game and doing quite well UNTIL she saw ants. Well I guess it was a case of monkey see monkey do. UGH. She freaks on me. Kamryn then again has another freak out when she discovers another ant on her leg. I guess the 1st time I have to give her she was standing on a ant hill, the 2nd time it was just one. It was to say the least a very long walk.

The next day we were helping my Aunt with yard work. All was going well until Jillian spotted ants! Well she goes ape shit again on me. I'm sure the neighbours thought we were beating her or something. I had to feel bad for the poor flowers she was standing on. So needless to say by this time I'm ready to kick some Kamryn butt since basically until this weekend Jillian had no problem with ants.

So there we have it my kids are scared of ants and I am never going walking with them again.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

My Graduate



Sure it is only from kindergarten but it was a nice day for the kids. The cap and gown was cute, they had an assembly and got their diplomas and now Kamryn is done her 1st year of school (sniff sniff). I don't think this year could have went any quicker? Time moved doubly fast this year. One started elementary school another Jr high. Kamryn thoroughly enjoyed her 1st year of school, she has waited for quite a few years. Watching her big sister go every day made it even more of a "want". We lucked out in having an awesome teacher, Mrs. A rocked. It has been 3 days and Kamryn already misses her. I hope next years teacher is a good one, I had heard rumors of the teacher who could possibly be teaching 1st grade and was scared. But it seems we have a new one coming in so I am hoping all will go well.

Our long weekend has been very quiet. There are Canada Day fireworks tonight, unfortunately they don't start till 11pm which is a little too late for Jillian. It stays bright very late these days. But we had a yummy bar-b-que, my Aunt makes the best potato salad. Tomorrow I am off to see if I can get a patio set, the picnic table that was here when we moved in is a little rickety looking well that and my cousins dog thought it quite the chew toy last summer.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Just a quick one today


So for Jillian's 2nd birthday I made her a Blue's Clue cake. I just wanted to share it. I have made a few "character" cakes and really enjoy doing it. One of these days I'm hoping my family gets that it is just way better to stay away from Mommy when these cakes are in progress. I must admit I get a bit anal ;-) But what can I say my creative side is a bit of a perfectionist and I am my own worst critic.

Last year I made Jillian a giraffe cake for her 1st b-day and well lets just say it hurt me to cut him. See not only anal but a little neurotic too.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Good Reads and Summer Vacation

These days it seems to find a good book is hard. You sometimes have to do a word of mouth thingy. One of the blogs I stalk ;-) has just finished reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter and is passing the book along to a reader. I love me a good book and while time doesn't always allow me the luxury of reading often when I find a good book I'm all over it. So time will tell if I become a lucky reader winner, if not oh well I shall have to truck down to my local library then.

So there are now 3 more sleeps till summer vacations starst for my girls. See good reading opportunity just awaiting. This summer brings us lots of friends travelling our way to visit. Yay! We have been here in Edmonton 2 years now and well I miss friends we left behind. Then our travels take us back to our hometown Winnipeg for a visit. The girls and I will be heading out at the end of July, Bruce well he is staying behind and working since he has just been at this new company a few months. My Mom is hitching a ride back with us for what has become her annual summer vacation to visit us. She will be here for Morgyn's 13th birthday in August and Morgyn is quite excited about that.

So am I ready for my kids to be home for 2 months straight, time will tell. The older girls will also have a few truck rides with Daddy in between company etc. there might even be a "kid free" truck ride for Mommy to go on when Nanny is here. Woohoo a night or two away is always a good refresher. So that is a bit of our summer plans.

HAPPY SUMMER

Monday, June 18, 2007

Jillian is 2 today! Happy Birthday



It seems like the last 2 years have flown by. It seems like yesterday we were heading off to the hospital to have our 3rd baby. My Dr had me on the induction list for almost 2weeks as he figured she was going to be HUGE! Turns out I just had alot of amniotic fluid. Jillian was only 8lbs 6oz.

After my induction with Kamryn I though ack this will be a piece of cake (yes I know ha ha ha ha). It soon was evident that was not to be the case. After trying my darndest with walking, walking, and more walking I was even mowing the grass when we finally got to the the hospital I was a measly 2cm dialated. So they put in the gel to see if that would help. Nope. Twelve hours after the 1st application I was only 4cm dialated. It wasn't until they decided to break my water at midnight that we actually saw some action. I had never had a labour like this and being our 3rd I had figured it was going to be the easiest! This is when I decided that an epidural was for me! My Dr had me scared to push out my HUGE baby. After 2 babies with nothing drug wise (well that is not entirely true with Morgyn I had 1 shot of demerol early on) I figured now was the time to opt for some help. It was only 3.5 from my water breaking to having Jillian. All in all she was the longest birth, longer than her sisters combined LOL. But after almost and hour of pushing she was here. I had some really impatient people back home waititng for the phone call.

It seems that she also kinda got stuck in there the poor girl and her heart rate decelerated a few times to the point where they were threatening a c-sec, but our super awesome nurse did this leg manouver and it seemed to work as we had progress. But she was so bruised my poor baby. Later that morning the pediatric Dr came and said she needed to go to the NICU because her O-2 levels were a little off. Ask me how scary that was too find her in there, she looked so helpless hooked up to all these wires and such. Although when I looked around she was literally 2x the size of some of the other babies there. It kept us in the hospital a little longer which really played on my emotions. They were off as it was since we had only been for just over a month and that was still raw.

Today she is my monkey, terrible 2's have set in LOL. Which I can honestly say is a 1st for us. But this little girl is full of love. She chatters up a storm but seems to be hung up on NO! NO this NO that NO everything. She loves to torment her sisters. Her new favorite thing is having books read to her she loves Holi (aka Dora) Franklin and Clue!

So Happy 2nd Birthday my girl. You are so loved.
Now I'm off to make a Clue cake, wish me luck.

My Jillian





Friday, June 15, 2007

My Dad

My Dad where do I start? He was a good man, a very kind hearted and sensitive one. It is ironic that it turned out that his kind heart was a broken one. This meaning my Dad was only 37 when he suffered his 1st almost fatal heart attck. It started a 10 long year battle that he finally lost Oct 30/97. He was actually given a new chance when he had his heart transplant in Sept '06 but sadly after a few mistakes at a local hospital his new heart a perfect match, was ruined.

Growing up we did alot of camping as kids, how he and my Mom loaded us 4 girls up in a 2 door car for 2 weeks still amazes me, no min-van's back then. LOL. He and my Mom didn't stay married but in the ends had become friends. My sister's and I use to go on Sundays and he would bar-b-que a great meal and we would play canasta. He loved to cook and loved even more cooking for us. He would be known to share a sip or 2 of wine with Morgyn, one day I think she had too much after we watched her playing in the rain under and eaves trough. He felt so bad. I use to play crib with him alot and a proud to say I was playing with him when he got the elusive "29" hand, man he was excited!!

My Dad's motto kinda became "life is to short to fight" with anyone. He learned this the hard way, but like I said after all the years of fighting with my Mom they were friends when he died.

My youngest sister was and still is alot like my Dad, I find that she has his laugh which is one of those infectious ones where every one would end up laughing to. I am glad she will be here this weekend with us.

I think sometimes it is sad he missed meeting 3 out of his 6 grandkids. I found this very apparent one day when Kamryn and I had this conversation

Kamryn: Mom what did Grandpa look like?
Me: Well you have seen the picture of him in my bedoom.
Kamryn: Well yes but ya know I have NEVER heard his VOICE!

OMG insert mega tears here. I don't know where she came up with that one but well that's my Kamryn. So what mostly the kids will remember about Grandpa is going and visiting him and feeding the ducks! We just know he loves to watch them bound thru the cemetary.

I had an experience that I will never forget on the 1st anniversary of his death. His favorite song was "To Be With you" by Mr. Big. So I was getting into my van to go and pick up my sister to go to his grave, as I got in I flipped on my radio and sure as shit what song was playing! I bawled like a baby and when I got around the corner to pick up my sister well she looked at me and I'm like LOOK what song isplaying on the radio. I now know whenever I hear that song on the radio my Dad is with me.

So that is a bit about my Dad. We will miss him this Sunday and now having moved we don't have the luxury of visiting him, but my sister and I and the kids will surely be thinking of him.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I See A White Wall

And I Want to Paint it BLACK!! Oh ya and a t.v, a t.v. stand, a crib, a dresser and the piece de resistance MYSELF. Jillian was signing this to herself this morning, well that of course was after I had found her covered in black permanent markwe and started humming it myself. So after I cleaned her up I started to discover her other "art treasures". I had thrown out all the permanent black markers but my resourceful little one found another.

Isopropryll Alcohol is me new best friend, well to everything BUT the walls. It didn't come off them.

So after a stint in the "naughty corner" Jillian has been slinking around the house. Seepishly going "hiiiii" Momma's NOT buying it this time.

And yes I know you are all wondering ok where WAS Momma when Jillian was being the artist of the year, well I was doing ya know the laundry, tidying up all that fun stuff. She was with me downstairs and then obviously she headed back upstairs when I was turned around. So yes that is my BAD parenting moment of the day!

I was telling Bruce about when he phoned and he was like I so don't remember Morgyn and Kamryn doing that stuff. Nope me either but we discovered at an early age Jillian was NOT like the other 2.

So I am off for MY turn in the naughty corner for BAD parenting, now I wish I was 2 again since Jillian well her time there is relativley short. 33 mintues will likely be an eternity ;-)

Friday, June 8, 2007

I LOVE This Movie


Kamryn and I just finished watching Charlotte's Web. Way way back when I remember reading this book and loving it. So of course when I had Morgyn it was my excuse to buy the movie. I rented the newer version on the May long weekend when I thought the girls were going to be home and well when they didn't make it back in time I watched it and totally loved it. I think Kamryn liked it, I was sure the tears were going to flow but she fought them back stoically.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

A scare is a scare

So my sister had a bit of a scare this past week. She is 16 weeks pregnant or so, and back in January she had the good old faithful PAP test. Well she ended up with abnormal results and they called her and had booked her in to do this wedge biopsy. Well here she is doing reading up and they say it shouldn't really be done when you are pregnant. So she calls the office and speaks to the nurse who says the it is ok Dr will do it anyways since she is a level 4. Which apparently means she had a high number of cancer cells that were visible. So our Mom goes to work (she has worked in a hospital for about 26 years) and starts asking some questions. The answers were NOT what we wanted to hear. So of course we were in a bit of a "mood" shall I say all weekend. My sister goes to the Dr this past Tuesday and is like well I'm pregnant I don't think I want to have this done, the Dr had no clue since her nurse never passed along that little tidbit of info um HELLO??? But in the mean time the Dr does another test and says that it seems as if her levels have dropped, which is good and can apparently can happen when you end up pregnant after the abnormal PAP she had. So as it stands now she needs to go back in October and after the baby is born to see what is up. So far I can only pray she has dodged that "C" bullet, we have had lot in our family.

Monday, June 4, 2007

It Does Happen!



Sharing that is LOL.


Who would have thought that little old Mr Spud Bunny would have cause the "mines" to be dropped and induce fun play?? Needless to say with an almost 2yr old, 6yr old and even the soon to be 13yr old there can be a sharing issue. We here alot of mine, so and so took this or that. It is oh so much fun. But the day Spud Bunny was opened we snapped this picture, a new favorite of mine the girls looked so cute sitting there sharing and having fun.


We had Kamryn's party yesterday and went to see Shrek. It was a hit with the kids, one of her friends ever so nicely said to me "You picked a COOL party!" Kamryn gave me credit for the idea LOL. But all in all with 8 kids in a movie theatre they were aweome, only one bathroom break at the end and I missed the "Not My Gumdrop Button" by Gingy (we are Gingy fans), but oh well what can ya do.


Off to soccer tonight and it is finally decent enough the kids don't need to wear layers under the uniforms, the mosquitos well those buggers are another story this year. But I guess we can't win them all right?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ladybugs

So I decided for Kamryn's b-day I would make cupcakes for her to take to school. I had my plan on how they were going to be done. I had everything ready and Morgyn decides she wants to help, so like any good mother I delegated the task of ladybug faces to her. Nothing like passing off the hard part ;-) I think she did quite a nice job, my favorite has to be the mad looking one in the 2nd row 2nd one from the right. It is so cool how their faces look so full of expression. So Morgyn says when we are done "how come they don't look like the ones in the magazine??" Ah well my dear they are done by professionals! With all the right tools etc. We tried LOL.

The kids loved them. On Sunday we are doing her party and going to see Shrek 3 I am going to make a cake with Shrek letters on it, fairly simple I figure. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy 6th Birthday Kamryn!!

So today is Kamryn's 6th birthday. Where the time has gone I don't know. Kindergarden started this past fall and is almost over, it is all down hill from here I think. Sad as it is to say it seems as though once they start kindergarden time flies ever so much faster.

Kamryn was our long awaited for baby. We had been trying almost 4 years with no luck, I ended up going to a really great Dr at a fertility clinic. It is amazing what a great Dr can do for you but I that whole story is for another day.

When I went into have Kamryn I had been having some high blood pressure and had been on bed rest and was being monitored by an anti-natal nurse. I was put on the induction list and when we finally got "the call" we hurried off to the hospital. I was 4cm dialated and they put me on the pictocin drip (sp?) upping it every 30 mins. All was great I was feeling quite well, Bruce had me laughing it was all good. They broke my water in the mean time. Well after about 3 hours of being there and nothing it started to hit me all of a sudden, I had contractions start and boy they started. Up until that point I had no need for any medication, I went to the washroom and when I got stuck in their because I couldn't get off the toilet I KNEW I was in trouble. That's when it hit fast and furious, it wasn't to long before I said to my nurse I really need to push, Bruce had gone to phone my BFF since she was suppose to video tape. He got back to me pretty much being wheeled off to the delivery room. This girl was out in 2 pushes!! No joke! All 9lbs 1oz of her!! Even though she was my biggest baby she really was the easiest. Figure??

Now I have this beautiful sensitive little girl. She is my girl who will cry as we watch a movie (a little like her Mom). She is a happy go lucky kid who loves her sisters to pieces. She also farts like a trooper (as I have previously attested to) her dad LOVES that. She has a funny sense of humor. She also has discovered this year that soccer is really fun. This is my sporty girl I think.

I love you my girl! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

(I have added some baby pictures below this post, since I have not figured out how to do them all on 1 post I have to settle for that LOL)

Kamryn at 6 mths

Kamryn at 2mths

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

7 Songs I'm Into

These are my 7 songs that seem to make my playlist these days.

Keith Urban - Stupid Boy I have tickets to see him in Sept. Can't wait.

Pink - U and Ur Hand Jillian does a mean table dance to this song, or so I found out last weekend LMAO.

Nelly Furtado - All Good Things Must Come To An End I'm a sucker for ballads.

Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing This has such a good beat.

Aaron Prichett - Hold My Beer I love this one, it has such attitude.

Chris Daughtry - Home

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) Jillian does a great Hey Oh.

I have 2 honourable mentions that make it quite often and have to mention.

Finger Eleven - Paralyzer Bruce actually found this song 1st, he likes it.

Joaquin Phoenix/Reese Witherspoon - Jackson Finally saw the movie last weeknd (yes I'm slow LOL) and these 2 kicked ass and have had me hooked on their songs since.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Kamryn's 1st goal

This is Kamryn's second year in soccer, and she has been really enjoying it. Well last night she scored her very 1st goal and she was all excited high fiving her team mates and such. So on the way home I said to her "hey that was a great goal!" She looks at me and says "did it go in?" Um ya LMAO. They are still at the age where they don't keep score and it is all for fun. So we shall see if this 1st goal will feed the thirst for more. It seems the moe they play the more they come together as a team and are really starting to "figure it out".

The only down fall was last night it was so COLD!! The plus it kept the mosquitos away, which have showed up with a vengance. I think all the snow we had this past winter has bit us in the butt again and brought out the pesky little buggers.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Happy Anniversary To Us



Today is our 9th anniversary :-)!


Where has the time gone? I still marvel at the day this man walked into my life and was not scared by the fact that I was a "package" deal, it had been Morgyn and I for almost 2 years. A friend said to me one day hey I have someone I think you should meet. I certainly wasn't looking for anything special at that time especially with a long distance trucker, I had a 2 year old to raise. But a few weeks later I did meet him and well the rest is history.


We had a very simple wedding, we were so not a couple that wanted a big huge wedding it just wasn't us. So we got married in a nice little church with family and friends and then had a reception/house party at my Aunt and Uncle's house. It was simple it was easy and it was us. The weather was absolutely beautiful given how May can be in Manitoba. We had family, friends and kids running around, I think the song of the day was "I'm a Barbie Girl" LOL, yes I know *shudder* but hey it made the kids who ranged in the ages of 2 - 14 all very happy. We cooked the food ourselves and just had fun! I would post more pictures but I still haven't figured out how to do more than one picture in a post "Bloggoing For Dummies" here I come LOL.


Kamryn has asked why she wasn't at the wedding and Morgyn was?? I mean what do ya say? It just is the way it is sometimes. We were going to watch a movie one night and we snuck in our wedding video, we watched for a few minutes and she says "hey where'd you rent this from"?? LMAO. That kids of ours is crazy funny sometimes.


The day had even more special meaning to me as that year on May 22 it would have been my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary and I know their love shined down on us that day. We got alot of your getting married on a Friday?? though.


So today I say to my wonderful hubby I love you and the last 11 years together has been great.


I keep reminding Bruce that next year is the big "10" aka ya know diamonds LOL a girls gotta plan right? And drop the right hints??

Thursday, May 17, 2007

YOU"RE NOT INVITED


So sorry Mr/Master/Mrs/Miss/Ms Dandelion but you are not invited to my yard party this year!!
It would seem as though I'm a little late with that since they have already invaded my yard and many others down the street. Go away please!
I have yet to break the news yo Kamryn and Jillian that these are weeds not flowers. They seem to like to pick them for me LOL.
I'm hoping for a nice weekend, altough the forecast does say rain. But the girls are off Friday and Monday so some nice weather would be great. I would love to get my garden in this weekend too? And I guess rid my yard of those "pretty flowers".
Have a safe and happy May Long Weekend.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My Mom

So yes I know I'm late with this but it seems my motto has become better late than never LOL.

I have been blesses with a wonderful Mom, and after reading many different posts over Mothers Day I have realized I am lucky, I have seen some who are also blessed and some who well have not had the same luck BUT have pulled up and risen to the task and are wonderful Moms themselves.

Morgyn was working on a poem for her L.A. class the other day and this is how it was done, I can't remember what it was called but I figure I would visit my jr high years and honour my Mom.

K - kind hearted
A - adored
T - tough
H - hard headed (and this is in a good way LOL)
Y - young at heart
L - loved
Y - yearned for
N - not close enough

L - lady
Y - yen for life
D - devoted
I - irreplaceable
A - awesome

So that is a bit of my Mom.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I have failed.

Yes I have failed as a Mother. I missed and opportunity to one day embarrass my lovely Jillian one day down the road.

We were out shopping the other day and we came across a bin for .25 cent panties, which I admit I was all over. So there we stand Jillian, Bruce and myself searching for panties for Morgyn which yes I know is every 12 year olds dream to have her Mom AND Dad buying her panties.

Ask me how mortified Bruce was "Um I feel like a pervert" was his direct quote! Ok dear now you would be looked upon as a pervert if you were standing here all by YOURSELF going thru this bin of panites but I think you are somewhat safe as you stand here with your wife and daughter, or atleast I hope anyways???

So we turned around and look and there is Jillian standing there with these panties on looking oh so sweet and innocent. I am lucky enough that this child likes them on her waist as opposed to her big sisters who were panties on the heads kinda girls. We laughed like we had never laughed. And course no camera, no cell phone with a camera to capture this to fricking funny moment.

You lucked out my Jillian. Next time you will not be so lucky.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Playing Hairdresser


So Morgyn has been blessed/cursed with this head of tight curly course hair that at this time in her life she totally hates. We usually get it professionally straightened/relaxed whatever you want to call it but since Bruce has just started with a new company we just don't have the spare $80.


So I went and picked up an over the counter one. I bring it home and show it to Morgyn, this was the rest of the conversation.


Morgyn: Cool. So who's gonna do it?


Me: Um well ME!


Morgyn: Oh. Well what about Dave's girlfriend isn't she a hairdresser? Couldn't she come do it?


Me: Well I can read the instructions. I'm sure it will be easy enough to do.


Morgyn: Well ya BUT Dave's G/F is a hairdresser.


Well thank you my 1st born I'm so glad you have faith in me. I mean come on I grew you for 42 weeks (yes 42 loooooong weeks) pushed you out and have kept y0u alive this long. This will be a piece of cake.


And guess what it was, she still has hair and we just need to straigh iron it to see the effects of the $13 treatment compared to the $80 one. Morgyn and Kamryn have totally different hair types, Jillian well she is still what I like to cal "follicly challenged" LOL. I hope one day that will change.

Monday, April 30, 2007

It's really here!!


This picture is a little misleading as it is from last summer BUT never the less I think spring is finally here! I say this after a very long winter that started oh back in October and well we still had snow falling the beginning of April. I have been told that is unusual weather for Edmonton, and considering our 1st year here it is slighty believable.


I'm so anxious to plant my garden! I seem to have a little budding gardener in Kamryn, she too is ready to plant! She so wants to plant corn this year? I'm going to try and see what happens. I'm also hoping that she will extend the interest past the dropping the seeds into the ground and well Mommy will take care of the rest LOL.


My green thumb is quite new found. Up until 2 years ago my family was well aware that it was pretty much a death sentence for any form of plant life if it came into my midst. But I have triumphed and can grow a reasonably decent garden and flower bed. Woohoo.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ho hum.


I need a little sunshine today!
My BFF Michely graduates today with her nursing degree! I'm so proud of her, she has worked her butt off these last 4 years raising her 2 kids, maintaining a marriage all the while going to school full time. Quite the load I think.
So here I sit wishing like I have never wished before that I could be there. Be there for that moment she is "pinned" be there for the moment she gives her valedictorian speech, just be there ya know? But sadly that was not the plan. I tried, oh I tried. But it seems that life had another plan. Bruce is in the middle of switching companies and well there was just no way I could go back home right now for it. Sigh, sniff sniff.
This is one of the very few times I have felt so far away from everyone with this move we did 2 years ago. This is the 1st time I have missed something so important to me. But I guess that is what you face when you make the decision to move away right. I know it seems trivial compared to other things in life, but hey what can I say.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sponsoring a child


In December 2005 I had a knock at my door. I open it to find two young men canvassing for sponsors for the Foster Parent Plan (or the Plan as they are now called). I had known about this program for alot of years. I inherited my Great-Aunts desk quite a few years back and upon going thru it I found letters to her from the children she sponsored over the years. Even now I think back and it makes me teary to remember the love these children felt for a women they pen- paled with from youth into adulthood. It was so touching. So of course given the opportunity I decided you know what we can afford the small fee of $33 a month to do this and I signed us up.
When Bruce got home I "surprised" him with this information. We have a boy. Nuiwa lives in China and we have sent a few letters back and forth now. It takes close to 4 months for the letters to make it from here to there and vice versa. Quite a long time but so worth the wait. Life is so different for him and his family, I didn't realize how much we took for granted until the correnspondence started.
I look forward to many years of getting to know this boy and his family, it is an exciting journey for our kids and us.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sweet little girls.


When I think of little girls I think of dresses, hair ribbons, dolls and fun stuff like that. I watch Kamryn play with her my little ponies, her barbie hair dressing doll and all her girly stuff and think yup thats my girl.
"Hey Daddy I blew a good one!!" said by that lovely little girl pictured there! As I look to see her "fanning" the scent towards her Daddy. Yup that's Daddy's girl! It's all I could do to stop Daddy from high fiving her.
I am doomed as all of my girls are infatuated by "farts"! No need for boys in our house (sorry if I offend in assuming only boys are infatuated by farts). Even Jillian know she will get a chuckle from said sisters/Dad when one slips and she's not quite 2. UGH.
With any luck it will fade with time, I mean wouldn't that be a lovely lure to that sweet boy they will all one day look for. "Hey I can fart with the best of them" pick me. LOL.
HELP!!