Friday, December 31, 2010

I have a NEW blog!!

Beginning tomorrow, I'm going to try and document my life in a year of photo's. I'm hoping to take a photo a day. I'm sure this will help my photography skills as well...and I'd love it if you would all follow me there as well. Here is the address http://steeleslivesinpictures.blogspot.com/
I'm hoping for an amazing 2011 and I'm hoping I can capture it in photo's!

Keep Smilin'

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day..2010

Hello all! Hope your Christmas has been one of the best ever!!
Today we are off to my mom's for the festivities. I found out yesterday I don't think I'll be seeing my oldest daughter Krystal, the doc things she has pneumonia...and with being pregnant that's not good. They couldn't do a chest x-ray, so he told her to go home and rest for a few days and don't go anywhere. She lives in Mississauga as well, so we'll have to make arrangements to go see her and her boyfriend when she's better. I still can't get sick, or I won't be able to get my Herceptin treatments. They are given to me in the chemo suite at the hospital, so if I'm sick, i could get the chemo patients sick and that's not good. I have to make sure I stay healthy so I can finish my treatments....only 7 more to go!!
I had my regular echo cardiogram last Thursday, and I'm pretty sure the 'pumping capabilities of my heart' have dropped..which could mean no treatment this week. This happened before, and the last time they waited a bit longer to give my heart a chance to repair itself. I guess I'll have to wait and see what the doc says this week. Nothing is ever simple! I hope my heart isn't permanently damaged. Could happen. With every drug there are so many side effects. I know the doc will say that they feel the benefit you get from the drug or treatment out weighs the side effects..but still. Did you know radiation treatment can cause leukemia in approximately 10 years? What a wonderful thing to have to have sitting in the back of your mind for the next 10 years!
We were at our friends on Christmas eve for a few drinks, and when we got home we found a plate of home made goodies and a card from some life long family friends. This couple has been in my life since birth...when I was 5 years old, my parents went to Hawaii and I stayed at their house. The goodies were yummy! Everything from date squares to butter tarts...hmmmmm
Inside the card was also some money. They really didn't have to do that. I know they mean well but it makes me feel awkward. I've never been one to take handouts.
Well that's it for today...I need to get the veggies and dip and the cheese tray ready for my Mom's...have a great day!
Keep Smilin'

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wow, that year went by fast! Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope Santa found you all.
This year is the first year Sean and I bought gifts for each other. It was fun to have things to open under the tree. Reece is very happy with her gifts, which we knew she would be :)
Reece made me two wooden signs for Christmas (with the help of her dad) I'll get pictures posted soon. One says Hope , and the 'o' is the breast cancer ribbon, the other one says MOM and the 'o' is a heart! I LOVE them...
We are off to my mom's tomorrow where I'll see my older two kids. I hope they like the gifts I got for them :) Mom always makes the best stuffing....can't wait!!
We also got a Wii game system for the entire family. Sean's grandma sends us Christmas money, and we use it every year to get something for the entire family. I can't wait to set it up and give it a try. Everyone that I know with one says it's a lot of fun!!
Well i'm off, Sean is making breakfast (cinnimon french toast!!)
Have a wonderful day :)
Keep Smilin'

Thursday, December 9, 2010

1 Year ago today....

It's been a year since I found the lump that changed my life forever. I've read so many stories of woman who say having breast cancer was a blessing...I have yet to feel like that. I don't consider it a blessing, but I'm not bitter either. It has definitely changed me, the way I think. Sweat the small stuff...not anymore. Although I didn't do alot of that before anyway, even less now. I'm grateful for every day I have with my family. I've had a lot of laughs in the past year, mostly with the things people say. Sometimes it just makes you shake your head. Here's an example...


We were at a wedding in September. We were seated at a table with another couple that I've know of for quite some time. Being from a small town you know people without really knowing people. Of course, they knew me because of my parents being well known. Something was said about me having breast cancer. The wife half of this couple looked right at my chest and asked if I'd had a mastectomy. NOW, why would this be something someone would think would be their business in knowing. I'll never figure it out!


Or last week, we went to the Christmas party for the mortgage company I work with. The lady that I work with was telling another woman how upbeat I am, I'm always smiling, always positive, this after having breast cancer. The woman she was telling immediately looked at my chest. I almost spit out my wine it was that obvious hahahahaha


I can remember the night I found the lump, I likely will never forget that night. It was like yesterday. It was by far the worst night of my life, I was the most scared I had ever been in my life, but I am so grateful that my amazing husband was there for me. He put his arms around me and held me. It's always made me feel safer being in his arms and this night was no different.

I knew we had one hell of a journey ahead of us, but together we'd KICK CANCER'S ASS!!!

I'm am not done this journey yet, and to be honest I'm not sure I could ever consider myself 'done' but I do know it has made me a better person then I was before.

2011 is going to be an amazing year for both Sean and I, and my kids..I can feel it!

Thank you to all my friends who have been there for me. You are the best. It was awesome to know I could count on you guys to put a smile on my face whenever I needed it!

Keep Smilin'

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Exciting happenings at Scrap~tures!!

We have lots of exciting things happening in January and to kick it off we are having a
HUGE Kit Subscriber Promotion

Starting in January, kit subscriptions will be for 6 months rather than a year. Here at Scrap~tures, we realize how hard it can be to commit to something for an entire year and want to make things easier on you! If you sign up for a kit subscription this month to start with the January kit, you will get your 7th month kit FREE!

But wait!! That's not all!

As a bonus for signing up for a kit subscription, you will receive a 25% discount on any items that will fit in your first month's pizza box!

HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Don't forget that you will also receive for FREE for as long as you are a subcriber, every issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine!


Also commencing in January, there will be changes to taxes and shipping...

As of January 1st we are no longer charging taxes on any store or kit purchases

Unfortunately though, we have no choice but to increase shipping and handling charges. Due to Canada Post rate increases and the implementaion of HST we have to raise our rates as follows...

shipping in Ontario will increase from $8 to $10.
shipping in all other provinces will increase from $10 to $12
and shipping to the USA will increast from $12 to $14

In the end, you are still saving a bit of money with saving the taxes, for example,, an Ontario subscriber currently pays $47.55 per month for their kit, whereas starting in January, will only be paying $45.00.

So now is as good a time as any to finally make the decision to sign up for Scrap~tures kits!!