Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Well it's my 7th married Christmas and boy am I grateful! Three awesome kids and a wonderful wife. Even the dog and cat are impressing me lately.

I love the time to relax and hang out with family. I do miss dad and think about him more during these big events. Some people say that time heals all wounds but I disagree. I do however think much good can come from this as we learn to value and appreciate the people we have in our lives.

My twin brother is getting married next month!!!! I won't be able to go unfortunatley but man ohh man are we excited for him. The kids can't wait to meet Aunt Che.

My little sister Jenny is still in Sherwood Park, near Edmonton, with Shane and the kids. Her presence is very much missed even more (if that's possible) during the holidays.

I just saw 6 people baptised last Sunday!! I've always loved baptisms as I get to see people make public proclamations for Christ! What a great reminder to live each day for Him and with purpose.

God bless to all our family and friends. (We'll even throw in the odd stranger reading this. God bless you this holiday!!!)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mary Did You Know

I love this Christmas song too. Perhaps it will be more appreciated than my other Christmas picks:>)

Baby It's Cold Outside

Here's the better version honey, without that creep, Tom Jones.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Having just finished the Shultz book, I was remembering this clip which was mentioned. I love it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Well I just finished this book given to me by my buddy, Sam, for my birthday. I found it to be very sad, perhaps bordering on depressing. If they wanted a subtitle for the book I would suggest, "How Then Should We Not Live".

Here's his last comic strip which appeared ar0und the world just hours after Charles Shultz's death.
One of his last statements reflecting on his life and career was, "You know, that poor kid, he never even got to kick the football. What a dirty trick- he never had a chance to kick the football."
I enjoyed watching THIS INTERVIEW he had on the Charlie Rose show. He comes on the show at 20 minutes and 18 seconds so you'd have to let it buffer/load to that point.

Friday, December 05, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Song

Lots of snow lately but it didn't truly feel like Christmas until I heard this song today. Man, I'm getting old, my co-worker told me he never heard of this song! It's my favorite Christmas song.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Okay, I rethought my last post. Realizing that, of course, not everyone voted the same as me, nor do they necessarily have the same view point as me. This is not a blog of political statements and for that reason I have deleted it and will not talk further on the subject. If you are interested in reading here is a site for your viewing if you choose. All I can say is, the political situation of Canada is definitely making history and it is amazing all that has happened.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Boney M. - Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord (1978)

Well it's getting close to Christmas and Starla's blog put Boney M in my head. (A little more festive than a baby Hitler I suppose :>)

Friday, November 28, 2008

"What if they threw a war and nobody came?"

Have you ever heard this saying before?
"What if they gave a war and nobody came?"
I've never agreed with people throwing this line out. It seems to presuppose that there is never a good reason to go to war. I discovered today that the line is taken out of context and it actually is from a poem which states quite the opposite.

by Bertolt Brecht, written in the 1930s.
"What if they gave a war and nobody came?
Why, then, the war would come to you!
He who stays home when the fight begins
And lets another fight for his cause
Should take care:
He who does not take part
In the battle will share in the defeat.
Even avoiding battle will not avoid battle.
Since not to fight for your own cause
Really means
Fighting on behalf of your enemy's cause."

Watching some Youtube videos about Hitler's henchmen (links below) brought this to mind:
**If you feel like checking them out make sure you don't have any children present.**
Himmler (The Executioner)
Mengele (The Doctor Of Death)
Eichmann (The Exterminator)

A quote I do agree with
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside

Can't help but sing this as soon as the weather turns cold and no matter what anyone says, I love this version. The kids are watching Christmas movies and I am doing my usual fall cleaning so I can put up the decorations on the last day of November and start with the December Christmas fun. God bless you all as you start you Christmas prep.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Baby is 4!

Happy Birthday my little blessing!
How the time flies when you are so busy! Joel had his 4th birthday with his little friends on Sunday past. It was great. Hardly any crazy happened. ha ha So here are just a few of the pictures. Oh yeah, a lot turned out blurry so I just threw on a few of Joel mostly. And we are growing his hair longish because he really wanted that so if he is looking a little shaggy, he will be for a while longer. Hope you enjoy. I am going to be trying to update a little more often coming closer to Christmas. There should be plenty of excitement happening in the next while.

Blowing out the candles.
His gift from his little buddy Shawn. Loves it!

Playing the Curious George game (Stick the butterfly on the log) and the penny drop. These are the two games we play at pretty much every birthday.

Enjoying lunch and goodies.

The brothers... my favourite guys in the world! Well since they came right from the love of my husband, I suppose they are just 2 of my 3 favourites!

My mom was out of town and got back in time to give her gifts the Joel.
His first Kaleidoscope and she got him a stuffed Curious George. He loves them both.
What a great little party and my sis in law, Jen invited the family to come up and celebrate at her place on Sunday. I am so happy for that. I was going to do a little family party on Wednesday here but the majority of the family was working so this will be so nice to go there and celebrate. I am bringing a lot of cupcakes! Thanks Jen for the offer!
Enjoy the cold, stay warm and cozy! I am!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ever heard this saying?

The saying goes a little something like this,

When it rains, it pours.

This is a saying I have known very well through my life because it seems that that is what happens. There can never just be one thing to deal with at a time. They compile. A little of that is going on today. You heard that one right?

How about this one....

When it rains it pours in my livingroom window for the 3rd year in a row even with a brand new window in the price range of $1300!!

Bet you never knew that one. This one really hits home today! It is the one I am living today. And on the verge of a melt down with 4 kids who aren't mine, one that is and too many hours left in the day. Hope your day is going much better!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Give away

Head on over to my Tupperware blog to enter to win the blog giveaway!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields (8 December 1915)- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Sometimes it pays to have OCD!

Well I've almost figured out how to make some pretty cool lures. I hope to be selling them for $2 or less next year. Here's the best I can do right now. I will be investing in a fluid bed which will allow me to paint the lures more evenly and more cost-effectively.

What would I be using the oven for? Curing my lure paint, of course!

Here's what lures look like when they're painted while still assembled. I was in a lazy mood.

Congratulations Cecilia!!! She finally got a few pictures of spawning Coho which she has been wanting. I had a great time out with her and mother-in-law, Shirley, on Sunday.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Halloween is always a fun time. Although we happen to despise the majority of origin of the day... we can not deny that it exists and although I wish kids never felt this way, we always hope that our kids will not feel as if they have missed out somehow.

We have changed up the celebrating as best we can to try not to glorify the actual origin even though we have explained it to the kids. As a yearly tradition we do carve pumpkins. We have a book called the Pumpkin patch parable that we read to them and it is very cool in that it relates the whole picking cleaning, carving and lighting of the pumpkin to the Father choosing, cleaning, adjusting, and lighting up our lives for all to see. The kids love it and we always make a smiling pumpkin and a pumpkin carved into a cross. This year I also made sugar cookies shaped like pumpkins with icing smiley faces for the story reading time. Was one of the most enjoyable nights.

We then roasted the pumpkin seeds and my sister made an absolutely awesome mix with them mixed with raisins, craisons, pretzels, candy corn, and corn nuts, unbelievably enjoyable! Here are a few pics of the fun. This was all done on the Wednesday before Halloween and we did the usual night at the hotsprings for the actual night. My sis and her boys came which made it extra fun. And we came back to the house and watched Nacho Libre and ate an enormous amount of candy and Nachos. I don't believe the kids felt as if they missed out on anything! Yippee. And we also let them dress up for heading out to the hotsprings which made it extra fun for them.

Here is Alex digging in. He was very unimpressed to start but then started to get into it.

Happily playing in the muck
Helping with the scooping

Me and the beauties. Joel didn't really start enjoying it until he found that he could reach the un iced cookies and eat as many as he wanted.
The gang carving away.

The kids drew the faces and Bernadette and I carved them out.

Adam, working on his masterpeice. He also carved a mini pumpkin, pretty intricate work. Annabelle is still sleeping with it and it is almost time for it to be thrown out as it is starting to look pretty shriveled.

Alex, starting to really enjoy himself
Joshua helping with Daddy's cross pumpkin
Working hard

And the finished product of the kids pumpkins. So cute. Eric and Annabelle carried them around the rest of the night.
Joel with his cookie
The beauties all together. And my little miracles with their pumkins
The boys... Alex was much happier than he looks here.
Putting the candle inside. We had the great idea of using the LED candles but will go back the the regular ones next year as these were not bright enough to really shine. Fun for the kids though because they could hold them and sleep with them.
the cross pumpkin... declaring Christ, even on a very un Christ like day. Maybe it makes people mad because our pumpkins have got smashed the last 2 years but that is okay. Although it is very hurtful to the kids.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Charlene doesn't like the Kry so much so I posted this to appease her. She's been playing it a lot lately. I think she got it from Lynn's blog. It rocks!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Man I got soaked in the pouring rain getting this 18.5" dolly tonight. Lost a few more. I'm a bit rusty with these dollies.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Awesome Day Off!!!

Pretty good results with my lures!! In the excitement I didn't take a picture of the dollie which was caught on the smooth silver lure.