Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas shopping...

is half done..YIPPEE :)

Sean and I went out today, and are pretty much half done. We got the 'big' gifts for each kid...so the rest is a piece of cake. Each year we get them one gift that's something they really want/need and that costs quite a bit. The rest are fillers so to speak. We were able to get both Jesse and Reece's big one...so that's a weight lifted. With Sean's back, he was pretty sore not long after we ventured out...but he persaveered. Now i just have to make a list of what else we need to get and get it...hopefully next weekend :) It'll feel good to be done completely!

It's starting to snow, we are supposed to get a wicked winter storm tonight and tomorrow, so lets hope LOL I want a snow day too

Have a good one

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Spirit!!

Kirsten posted this at compuproscrapbooking.com and I loved it so, thought I would share here. Have a kleenex handy!

A Christmas Story

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas---oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it- overspending... the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma---the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church, mostly black. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn't acknowledge defeat. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish just one of them could have won," he said. "They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them." Mike loved kids-all kids-and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That's when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition- one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on. The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn't end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was joined by three more. Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the envelope. Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us. May we all remember Christ, who is the reason for the season, and the true Christmas spirit this year and always. God bless---pass this along to your friends and loved ones

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Can you believe how much snow we have already??

These pictures were taken on November 21, 2008




Saturday, November 22, 2008

I'm so blog lazy...

but that's going to change. I seem to be spreading myself too thin when it comes to scrapbook forums. I guess i've been trying to find my 'home' on the web...so to do that, I need to try them all LOL I will be downsizing my participation in a few , and concentrating on a few others...hope to see you there!!


A couple of new layouts ..TFL



Monday, November 10, 2008

Making progress

Sean is making some progress. He is no longer using the walker or crutches so he's getting around quite nicely on his own. We even went out for dinner last night with friends..he loved getting out of the house. We have an appointment with the doctor this Thursday.

I have some 3x3 cards I need to get done for a swap I joined. I joined the swap a couple of days before Sean's accident...and I've barely scrapped since..must get my butt in gear.

Have I ever mentioned, I hate winter :( It's supposed to warm up later in the week, thank goodness. I know it's coming, but man I do not like the snow. I don't like driving in it at all. I need to check my lotto tickets...I'd like winter if I didn't have to work and owned a snowmobile LOL

Have a great night!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Do you ever wonder.....

What happens to people you 'meet' online? Of course, I belong to quite a few scrapbook sites and I think I have quite a few friends that i've met on them. Most of us met on one certain site, but the site has went through some bumps and grinds and ownership changes etc this year...to which most of the members left :( Now, I can understand it was pretty frustrating for a while, but is there no loyality. I guess it's just a different way of thinking. I like to visit all the sites I have friends at and I guess I just don't get how people can be quite active one minute then completely disappear and have nothing to do with that site anymore.

Not sure why this is bugging me today but thought i'd ramble on and get this off my chest. Seems if I want to keep my 'friends' I have to chase them all over the internet to the new sites they've decided to call home which I guess ticks me off a wee bit. I suppose I take things to heart too much and need to just realize they are more of aquaintences then friends'

Ok, done rambling...off to get something accomplished today

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Here is what recovery looks like when you have broken your back and a rib LOL

Laptop, a beer , pj pants and a Lay-z-Boy....recovery made easy!

One step forward, 12 steps back

Well, Monday evening, Sean was doing pretty good with his mobility when he went into the bathroom. He was using crutches instead of the walker which for a few days has been pretty good. He was coming out, when he tripped somehow and went down on our hardwood floor. The pain I saw him in was so hard to see. Jesse and I managed to get him up and onto the walker and into bed. He laid in bed from 9:30 Monday night until 5:30 Tuesday night. (ok, I did help him up to use the washroom before I went to work) but his back was so sore. Once I got home from work, I helped him get up and into the lazy boy in the livingroom. He was still pretty tender but refused to go back to the hospital.

Today is better. I got him up this morning before I left. He seems to be better tonight too...the pain is not near as bad as it was....thank goodness. Back injuries can be so scary.

So, we've just been relaxing so far this week...not really doing a whole lot. I did manage to finish a layout, but can't upload it here yet, as it was for a layout tag on a site that although i'm not sure, maybe some of the members visit my blog...so I'd hate to blow the suprise

Have a great evening!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Reece's Hallowe'en costumes







Reece decided to be a 'die' for Hallowe'en this year. She used the pirate costume at school. It was much easier to dance in then the box. She got alot of comments on her costume while out trick or treating Friday night!! I can't wait to do the layout for these pictures!



Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday Night...

and i'm sitting here with my hubby watchng the leaf game. He's doing much better, able to get around better then a week ago, that's for sure. I need to get my routine back. I always have my computer open and surf the sites while I scrap, and since the accident, I have brought my computer out to the livingroom to give Sean something else to do during the week besides watch TV. There are so many layouts I want to do...so I need to get back to it.

My good friends dad passed on this week. It was the girl we went to Mexico with. He has had lung cancer, diagnosed in March of 2007 but it was still as shock. No one was expecting it. His wife had taken him to the hospital, because he wouldn't eat or drink, and she was afraid he would dehydrate...so they sat in emerg from 10am Monday morning, until his death. He was talking, and laughing with the nurses and his wife, as they discussed how the experimental drug he was on was working (it was proven to have shrunkt he lung tumors, but his cancer had spread, so while he knew it wouldn't cure him, he was hoping it would help others) when all of a sudden, he bled out :( Something had burst inside him, and within 45 seconds he was gone.

Don't take things for granted, it can change in the blink of an eye!