Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

It amazes me the number of people who are unable to sacrifice for 1 hour. Sixty minutes in the dark, no tv, no phone, no computer. Sixty minutes. Yet there are people out there who just have to see "that show", or have to text their friends or update their facebook status. Sad really.
If you think about it, an hour really isn't that much. You can spend that hour talking with your family, tell some ghost stories or go to sleep! I will be on my couch recovering from my day yesterday - that is another post! Jonah and Sean are at the lake with some friends to see the city lights go out.
I hope you will all join us for Earth Hour!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Here is this weeks Manic Monday Interview Questions! If you play along, leave me a comment so I can come over and get to know you better!

Do you screen your phone calls? Absolutely! We get a lot of telemarketer calls here. I work from home and I would say that at least 10 calls during the day is from some kind of solicitor - Are you interested in the Toronto Star, Are you moving?, Need debt Consolidation?, Can you support the XXXX? I get them all!
When was the last time you lost your temper? Just last week. It was not directed at any one person. I had received yet another piece of news that just adds to my crappy 2009 and I completely lost my cool. Had a nice freak out. Felt good actually.
When you're lost, do you ask for directions? Yes, I do. I hate not knowing where I am going or where I am. Sean on the other hand? Not so much.
Happy Monday Friends!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Two more creations

Here are more layouts I did for the Feeling Scrappy Sketchapalooza Class. I am really enjoying this class and the ladies there are amazing!

This sketch used mini photos, which was new to me and I actually found it difficult! But I like how it turned out.
This was Jonah's 6th birthday. He had asked me for a "cream boat" for his birthday - which is an eclair - and he ended up not liking it! LOL. I told him, ALWAYS stick to regular birthday cake!

This was a fun layout because of the moment that was captured. My mom saw a reindeer near her car one morning, so she called Jonah to tell him that Santa's reindeer was nearby! The look on his face was priceless.

There is one more week left in the class so I will have a few more to post. Stay tuned!
Be sure to stop by Feeling Scrappy!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Fill-ins - March 20 we go!

1. Why do we have to constantly remind our husbands or children of their tasks?
2. Getting a "smoocherella and hugalosis" from Jonah are now habits.
3. I have to catch up on my Sketchapalooza class!
4. I had never heard the phrase "That jank be bonk" (which means that thing is weird) and it friggin annoys me!
5. I will love you and be your friend the way I always do.
6. How was I to know there would be so much sadness to deal with this year.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Lee and her gang while cheering on Cole!, tomorrow my plans include cleaning and going to my sisters for Ian's birthday! and Sunday, I want to catch up on scrapbooking!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Enlighten Me.......

I know full well that most people will not agree with me on this, so please......enlighten me!

Last night Sean called me downstairs to where his computer is and says with annoyance in his voice - "You'll never guess who requested to be friends with me on Facebook!"
I took a stab at guessing his brother since they have not spoken in almost 2 years (I think, I've lost count really).
Sean: "No, guess again."
Me: "Umm...GirlNamedThis?" (Which was his high school girlfriend)
Sean: "No, but you are very close!"

Right then I knew it was his girlfriend before me. He was still with her the night we met, he broke up with her after. And no, nothing happened with us until after!

Sean: "Can you believe that?? WTF is she doing? WTF would she add me?"

Now here is the part that I understand most will not agree with my comment....

Me: "Ok, come back down from the rafters.....what is the big deal?"

I think Sean expected me to be as upset or annoyed as he was. But I wasn't. Why should I be? I am married to him, I am confident in our relationship and most importantly, I TRUST HIM!
I told him to go ahead and add her! I really don't see what the big deal is.

This of course got us into one of our deep conversations that usually last quite some time - and that I LOVE.

Sean did him-and-haw about it, but I think he will be adding her.

Enlighten me.......what is the big deal?? It won't affect how I feel about the situation, I am just genuinely curious.

Can't wait for the comments!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

With a last name of O'Hara, how could I not pass along this Irish Blessing!

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Friday, March 13, 2009

In honour of Coles hockey game tonight, a picture of Jonah from last summer
when his care provider geared him up! we go!

1. When I look to the left, I see my beautiful tree in the yard that has taken quite a beating from all the storms.

2. The living room is the room that has the best view in my home.

3. Let it work itself out. Sometimes you can't push it, no matter how hard you want to.

4. Dirty deeds done dirt cheap! MAN, I loved that song. Now it will be in my head all day.

5. VOTING, VOTING and VOTING is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

6. If you have any great (easy) crock pot recipes feel free to email them to me (

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Lee and the gang and rooting for Cole's team - GO RANGERS!!, tomorrow my plans include cleaning (blech!) and a birthday party for my Godchild and Sunday, I want to go to church to work some things out and come home and S.C.R.A.P.B.O.O.K! I am very behind on my class!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Some Layouts to Share

Once again I am enrolled in a FABOO class over at Feeling Scrappy!
It is the Sketchapalooza 3 class. If you haven't checked out Jayne's classes (and why haven't you??), then you really must!

Here are some layouts I completed based on the sketches.

This first one was my first DPLO from a sketch. We also had to use "bling" on our page. I have bling in the flowers and on the circle quarters.

This was a great sketch and helped me use up my stash! I had these 2 summertime photos and wasn't really sure how to use them.
This one actually surprised me. My hubby bought me some paper and I didn't think I would use it. I was wrong! Worked out perfectly for these photos. I also came across some old CM sticker letters - do they even make those anymore? LOL. I added some stickles to the letters for some "punch".

Hope you are finding some creative time as well!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Manic Monday

Something to get me thru this Manic Monday!

Here is this weeks Manic Monday Interview. Join me! Leave me a comment so I can check out yours!

What would you do with an extra hour each day? Well, the way today is going and because of the hour lost, my first reaction was to say sleep. What a waste!! I would much rather use the hour to play with Jonah, spend with family and friends! Time is precious!

Do you wear a watch? Not anymore. I use my computer or my cell phone to see what time it is.

If it was possible, would you want to know how many days you had left to live? The practical side of me would say yes, just to get things in order before I go. But I would rather not know so that I can continue to live life to the fullest, the way we should be right now. I think it would be too depressing to know when the end was coming.

On that note......Happy Monday everyone!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Special Delivery for Jonah!

This post is looooong overdue!

Jonah received a very special delivery from his favourite girl in England. Olivia sent Jonah some birthday presents!

His gift bag was filled with lots of treats, a Speed McQueen shirt - which he HAD to wear to school the next day for show and tell - and a book called GoodNight Baxter. We have read that book NUMEROUS times! The title makes it more personal as that is Olivia's last name - at least until she becomes an O'Hara!!

I also received a gift! Tessa sent me my favourite candies Jelly Tots that you cannot get in Canada anymore. Thank you Tess!!

Jonah misses Olivia and hopes that he will see her again soon. Until then, we make sure they stay in touch by sending packages to each other and photos. This may be a long distance friendship, but there is no distance from our hearts.

We miss you! Thank you for Jonah's gifts.

Sending lots of love,

Sean, Char and Jonah :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Fill-ins - Mar 6

1. Buying breakfast for the car behind me at Tim Hortons was my last random act of kindness.

2. Another place I would like to visit is Ireland. I just can't get over the fear of flying!!

3. I am very serious, emotional and sensitive when dealing in matters of the heart.

4. Coffee, tea or me!! (First thing that came to mind)

5. Sometimes friends have to take separate paths. True friendships will the way back eventually.

6. Our rough start to 2009 reminds me that there is such thing as true, selfless friends to get you through.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Jonah's face when he sees the blanket fort Daddy made in his room!, tomorrow my plans include family time and scrapping and Sunday, I want to enjoy church and then a visit to the Sy house!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March of Plenty

Jonah loves to participate in any kind of event that will help other people. He is such a giver, that boy. A trait I hope he never loses.

Every March, our church puts on a "March of Plenty" food drive to help our local food banks. We each took home a Home Depot bucket to fill with the essentials - baby formula, peanut butter, canned goods, toiletries and a money envelope for donations. Every week when we went shopping for groceries, Jonah picked out a few extra items to put in the bucket. We filled 3 large buckets to contribute. Jonah was so proud.

This past Sunday was the launch of this years food drive. Jonah said he wants to double the buckets this year! So we grabbed more buckets to bring home and our goal is to have them filled by the end of the month. We are also reaching out to our friends, family and neighbours to help us reach our goal. If you would like to drop off some food items or make a contribution, we welcome it and appreciate it!

This is a layout I did of last years March of Plenty. I completed it for the Sketchapalooza 3 class I am taking over at Feeling Scrappy. Check out their website here!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sick Bubbaloo

As any Momma would understand, it sucks when your little one is sick.

Jonah came home from care early yesterday because he had a fever, sore throat and was achy. Daddy took him to the walkin clinic and they gave him some coactifed. He went to sleep pretty early but was up again at about 3am because he felt "yucky". I stayed with him in his room and rubbed his back until he fell asleep.

This morning he was no better. Fever was at 101.5 and his cough sounded like a dog barking, so he stayed home. He would not eat or drink - just wanted to cuddle. I finally got some fluids in him and he is taking small bites here and there. Still not my Jonah though.

Daddy is now home and they are cuddled on the couch playing Wii while mommy catches up on her work.

It is days like today that I am very thankful that I am able to work at home to take care of my boy. I just wish he didn't feel so yucky.

My poor Bubbaloo.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Boyfriend

Just wanted to wish my boyfriend a happy birthday!
LOL - I know, I'm crazy. I fully admit it.
Man, he is yummy!!

Manic Monday

Here is this weeks Manic Monday Interview!

If I was a car, I'd be: A 1967 Shelby GT500 - it was different, it was confident and it was a kick ass car!

If I was a drink, I'd be: A malibu with Peach juice and strawberries - colourful, tasty and no hangover! LOL

If I was emotion, I'd be: Love - I give it whole-heartedly with no questions and I wish the world could have more of it. Nothing feels better than giving or receiving love.

Remembering Robyn

This beautiful plaque was Christmas present from my parents. It is one of my favourite quotes. I have it along my sidebar of my blog.

As I opened the present, I saw the first word and immediately started to cry. This quote has so much meaning to me. My parents were not aware when they had purchased this gift that I held this quote so close to my heart and the reason behind it. I am pretty sure they bought it because of my love of scrapbooking and capturing the moments. But it lies so much deeper than that.

Today is 19 years that my friend Robyn passed away. She was a few months shy of her 16th birthday when she died. I visit her often, but I always make sure I am there today and on the day of her birth, May 16th. Quite some time ago, I had come across this quote. It struck me so hard that I wrote it in a card and laid it on Robyn's memorial stone with some yellow roses. I felt it had so much significance of Robyns life and my own, that I write it every year.

It is because of this quote that I will not dwell on what could have been - would she be married, does she have kids, is she a star athlete - instead I will remember the moments she had in her young life that took my breath away.

It is because of this quote that I will continue to live in the moments that take my breath away and cherish them as they may not be there tomorrow.

Much Love to the Allen Family.