Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Saw this

on Crystal's blog and I found "The Simple Woman" inspiring so I decided to participate.

Outside my Window... is a beautiful sunset
I am thinking...I am glad I am feeling better and glad to be going back to work tomorrow
From the learning rooms...special needs kids teach me more than I could ever teach them
I am thankful calls from friends who call when they are shopping because something reminds them of you
From the homemade lasagna
I am wearing...Betty Boop sweats and a tank top
I am reading...the newest book by Danielle Steel
I am hoping...that I am being a good mom and dealt with a discipline issue the right way
I am creating...a (hopefully)great layout for my all about me book
I am hearing...the news
Around the house...dirty dishes from dinner - feeling too crummy to wash
One of my favorite things...watching Criminal Minds on Wednesday night
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...working with some amazing kids
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

This is a photo from my girlfriend's wedding. It is one of her favourites

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tagged by Sherri

Wow - two posts in one day - that's a record for me. I was tagged by Sherri, so I thot I'd do it now before the day got away from me and I forgot.

The Five TAG:

10 years ago I:
1. had a 9 month old baby and was 3 months pregnant with my second.
2. was stressing about my husband's new job with IKEA and the hours he was working
3. starting to wonder if I had a child with a "problem" - she wasn't developing normally
4. loving being a SAHM
5. spent alot of time between Winnipeg and Edmonton so my parents could get to know their first grandchild

Five things on today's to-do list:
1. "Calling Cinderella" to confirm reservations for lunch
2. Getting travel insurance for our trip
3. Organizing my bathroom
4. Encouraging my children to get their rooms cleaned up
5. Working on a CJ

Five snacks I enjoy:
1. Glutino chocolate wafer cookies
2. Glutino Pizza Bread Stix
3. Popcorn
4. Flavoured Rice Cakes
5. Cucumbers and Green Peppers

Five things I would do if I was a Millionare:
1. Get a second car for my dh
2. Travel with my dh
3. Move home and buy an acreage
4. Help my dh open the consulting business he's always wanted
5. help my family

Five places I have lived:
1. Edmonton - the apartment we live in now
2. Edmonton - the apartment we lived in previously
3. Edmonton - the townhouse we had
4. Edmonton - dh and my first apartment
5. Winnipeg - my parents house for the first 25 years of my life

Five jobs I have had:
1. Teacher's Aide for the public school system
2. Daycare worker
3. Nanny
4. Willson Stationers - Cashier, Customer Service
5. Chinese Restaurant waitress

Tag Five Friends:
1. Stacy
2. Carmen
3. Ki
4. Laura
5. Crystal

Happy day!

It has been awhile since I have updated my blog and its LOOOONG overdue! So, I had a wonderful birthday with my family. My husband and kids took me out for dinner to The Keg and had a wonderful evening together. I got a fabulous "Game ready" Winnipeg Blue Bomber jersey from my family. I had been eyeing them when we were home in July but they were sooooooo expensive (what with us going to Disney sooon and all) that I couldn't justify getting one. I think my husband and children are pretty amazing to get that for me.

And yahoooooooo - only 24 days until we leave for California. I am soooooo excited -totally like the kids. My dad and Chris are being cool and nonchalant about it, but my mom, the kids and I are insanely excited.

So, since I missed it yesterday, here is my list of 7 for this week:

1. Season Premieres - I am sooooooo glad that regular tv is coming back on. I look forward to the start of my shows every fall
2. Family holidays - only 24 days until I get to fulfill one of the biggest wishes the kids have had for years. DISNEYLAND - every kid's dream.
3. A generous husband and children who spoiled me this year for my birthday!
4. Special needs kids - I am having a wonderful time working and I love my job. Its amazing what these little beings can teach you - far more than I could EVER teach them.
5. Government funding - in the last few years the government has provided more funding for special needs kids than has been available before. Every little bit of extra money helps and we are so grateful for that.
6. Reminders - in the last week I have had a ton of reminders that I am being cared for and that God is keeping his eye on me and my family. I am thankful for every little glimpse I get that the Father has His hand on me and is so aware and involved in what is going on in my life.
7. You - my dear blogger friends I am grateful for you. Thankx for coming and sharing a bit of my life with me and letting me share a glimpse of your life as well.

Love to you all!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A new week!

Well, I started working again this week - a little rough, but I'll get through it. It's only a week after all.
So here are my seven for this week:

1. We went to a wedding last Sunday - on our 12th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful way to remember our special day and remember all the reasons I love the man I married. I am thankful every day that God brought him into my life.

2. Tough long days remind me how much I love the easy days and how thankful I am that not every day is like that.

3. Cool fall weather - I think this is the first time that I have actually looked forward to the fall. The smells, the coolness. I am really enjoying it all.

4. Voice lessons started again and I love how excited Kiana gets when she starts singing. She started working on some High School Musical 2 stuff yesterday and she loves it.

5. Fresh veggies from the garden - living in an apartment I don't get them very often, but last weekend our landlords gave us some fresh veggies and there is DEFINITELY nothing better.

6. Working - as much as I HATE getting up at 6 in the morning, I love working with the kids I am working with. I feel so very fulfilled.

7. Friends - I have a wonderful friend named Anne who was willing to watch my kids on the weekend so that Chris and I could go to a wedding. I am so thankful that she would do that for us so we could go out for an evening!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

I'm In Here

12 years!

12 years ago today I married the man of my dreams. I can't believe that it has been that long already. He is my champion, my supporter, my cheerleader, my strength. He supports me when I am weak, he makes me laugh harder than anyone I know, he makes me feel safe when I am worried and afraid. Chris is my best friend and these have been the best 12 years of my life.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Well, I actually got to do a lo today - probably the first time in over a month. Just wanted to share it - this photo has been sitting on my desk since I got my "li" tattoo almost 12 years ago. Li means strength!

This is an important lo for me because my husband really wanted me to get it. He believed that it was important for me to realize the strength that he believes I have because of the hand that I have been dealt in my life. Everytime I look at this tattoo, I am reminded of the woman that I am!

Wedding photos

Here are just a few of the photos we took at the wedding last weekend. I am exhausted and destressing as the bride was definitely a bridezilla, but its over and the couple is ridiculously happy! They do make a beautiful couple though. Sorry that the one photo is turned - I thot I had it right but I guess not!
And I am doing my 7 today since it was a long weekend and I didn't get to do it on Monday like I normally do:
1. I am so thankful for my amazingly patient family. They spent all weekend getting yelled at from the bride and from me and they were soooooo understanding and forgiving - something I definitely didn't deserve. But they love me and after lots of tears and hugs life is good again!
2. There is nothing like a wedding to make you appreciate your family and all the love and support that surrounds all of that.
3. It's Back to School time - I am excited for the year as it is laid out for our kids. They have wonderful teachers and aides and I am so thankful that they love my kids so much.
4. Disneyland - in 5 weeks we will be heading to California and I am so grateful that we can do this for our kids. This has been their dream for the last 3 years and finally we are able to take my parents with us and go.
5. My husband's staff is an amazing group of people that I have become so grateful for. He has been working alot of long hours and life has been so stressful, but not only are they supportive of him, but calling me and checking up and making sure that we are all okay. Its so much easier being a boss when you have employees who are supportive and willing to help out at any turn.
6. Scrapping - I am actually going to get some time to scrapbook this week and I have MISSED IT!!!! As you can tell, I haven't posted any los for quite a long time. Summer will do that to you, so I am so thankful to be able to get back into the swing of routine and all that it entails.
7. My dear friends - thank you for letting me rant and rave about the wedding last weekend. I was so tired and so stressed that I just needed to have a good cry and talk to people who loved me and didn't think I was totally useless! You know who you are - THANK YOU!!!!
Have a great week everyone!