Sunday, December 5, 2010
Helped his Momma thru her tree meltdown.
Proudly participated in Christmas Shoebox thru our church.
Used his allowance to buy a pig for a family in need.
He has been amazing.
Jonah asked me the other night why we have an angel on our tree (who was really not working well and looking pretty ragged) and not a star. I told him it was what Daddy and I bought when we got married. Jonah told me he thought we should get a new topper. He wanted to go to the store and get a Christmas star. His reason - "Because Jesus is the reason Mommy! He had a Christmas Star and so should we."
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Like all of my tats, this has meaning.
It holds the name of my boy, his birthdate and his birth flower - a violet.
I love my new ink.
I already have number six planned!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
1. Three things I must have on my Thanksgiving table: Turkey! Pumpkin pie and homemade applesauce.
2. There are many days where my body feels it would be better off sacked out on the couch.
3. This is my most favourite time of year – Christmas is coming!
4. One of my most favourite things to do is to decorate our Christmas tree with all our special ornaments.
5. Oh, man, thankfully it's Friday! This has been a brutal week.
6. I wish I had the time to perfect the art of scrapbooking or cooking.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the Brooklin tree lighting, tomorrow my plans include taking Jonah to see his fave hockey player Cole and have a long overdue visit with Lee, then the Santa Claus Parade and Sunday, I want to hop into the hot tub at Great Wolf Lodge!
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Monday, November 22, 2010
At wits end
We have been in the new house two months and we are still trying to get things "settled" in. We are certainly living in "livable" conditions, but we are still figuring out where things are to go.
Now we are adding in Christmas decor!!
Problem is that we moved at our most busiest time of the year.
Fall always brings weekend plans - every weekend. That leaves no time to work on the house.
Working all day, then having committments in the evenings, by 9pm I am ready to crash!
I know it will get better.
I am just overwhelmed and I hate the feeling.
If I take any more deep breaths, I will be hyper-ventilating.
Tell me......how do you handle your stress or feeling of being overwhelmed??
Picture Credit: Google Images - here
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- I am procrastinating on getting the Christmas decor out because we are still not settled with the regluar everyday decor!
- I voted for Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars. The fact that I cannot stand her mother has nothing to do with her daughters dancing. She deserved the vote.
- I joined a Zumba class to help me get into better shape. Yesterday was the first class and my body is not a fan of me today.
- I am not doing well with my weight loss challenge class. The fact that I just shoved 2 halloween treats in my mouth is the reason why!
- I name my favourite appliances. I am holding off on the H2O mop.
- If I don't get my scrapbook nook set up soon, I may have to hurt someone.
- I am making beef stew for dinner. Just because.
- My kitchen looks like it threw up.
- I am addicted to Dexter.
- I am overwhelmed with a lot, but I am honestly the happiest I have been in awhile.
What are your 10 things today?
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW ... it is sunny and bright! A nice sight to see since I know it is CHILLY outside!
I AM THINKING ... after catching up on my blog reader, I really need to get back to blogging and scrapbooking!!
WE ARE LEARNING … that things happen for a reason. Good and bad. We are learning to take them for what they are and work thru them as a family.
I AM THANKFUL FOR ... this wonderful community we are now living in. It has only been 2 months but we feel like we have been here always.
FROM THE KITCHEN ... the counter is a mess with breakfast items that have yet to be put away.
I AM WEARING ... reindeer jammies. I would say it was because I was getting into the spirit, but that would be a fib. It is simply because they are warm and CLEAN!
I AM GOING ... to get things done in time! At least that is what I keep telling myself! HAHAHA.
I AM READING ... nothing at the moment which is driving me nuts. I have 2 books that people have loaned me. I need to get on that!!
I AM CREATING ... a home for us everyday. Little by little, things are falling into place. It feels great!
I AM HOPING ... to get my scrapbook corner set up very soon! Right now, it is full of boxes and pieces of furniture that don't fit elsewhere! It gets frustrating when you want to do something and can't.
I AM HEARING ... Dancing with the Stars in the background. I missed it last night live. Thank gooodness for PVR!
AROUND THE HOUSE ... things are coming together. Just need to be patient and find the time to buckle down and get stuff done!
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ... my laundry machines!! Who would have thought?!? I have named them McDreamy and McSteamy. And yes, I admit....I hugged them after my first few loads of laundry. LOL.
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK ... other than work, Jonah has choir practice, Sean and I are going to see Rock of Ages on Friday which is also 15 years to the day that he asked me to marry him! Saturday we are celebrating a wonderful friend's 40th birthday and Sunday we are having dinner with our GodBabies!
A PICTURE TO SHARE ... ahhhh, that face.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Jonah hangs out with his buddies until the bell rings.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
We were determined to not let it sway our spirits. We would be the sunshine if we had to be!
It was a lot colder than we expected! Luckily we had a site with electricity ( a no-no in camping world). I was very thankful for the heater. It kept us dry and toasty warm!
We decided we would make the most of it. We played in the rain, the kids LOVED it, we hung out and chatted.
On the last day, we braved it and went to the beach. The kids dipped their toes and even did an underwear dip - very quickly. The water was cold! Even for the kids!
Here are some of our shots. All in all, a great weekend!
Friday, September 3, 2010
We are moving to Brooklin!!
It has been quite the roller coaster ride and we were thrilled to be on it. We are in Brooklin often since our church is up there as well as our friends the Sibleys, who Sean has known since he was a wee gaffer. We have always said we wanted to live in Brooklin. Timing just happened to be perfect when a friend of the Sibleys happened to mention he was selling his house! Across the street! We asked if they would consider selling private and they said yes. Next thing out of my mouth was "We'll buy it!" We hadn't even seen the inside of the house and we offered to buy it. We felt that strongly about - and if you know me well, you know I am damn picky, so to buy without yet seeing it is just not me! Bottom line, we were not buying the house so much as we were buying the neighbourhood/school/church community for Jonah. Within a month we prepped our house to put it on the market (at the worst possible time!) and made our offer official.
We had a few bumps in the road with offers falling thru so we firmed up on the Brooklin purchase taking the risk of having 2 mortgages. Made me sick to my stomach to be honest!
And now our moving day is almost here. As of September 10th, we will be Brooklin-ites!! And to make it even sweeter, last thursday we received another offer on the Ajax house. We are awaiting their waiver of financing and inspection to make it final, but we have faith it will go smoothly.
It certainly has been a whirlwind summer!
We are certainly going to miss many things about Ajax - our neighbours especially - but we are very excited about this move.
I am in awe of how things can come together!
Friday, August 20, 2010
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Recipe for a great life:
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock for the door if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'I am thankful for______________'.
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for__________.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it.
A great reminder :)
Have a great day friends!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This has to be one of my all time best purchases for the Wii!!
It is called Just Dance. You have to copy the dancer on the screen. No mat is used, just the remote.
The fabulous dancers in this feature are my mom Sharon, my sister's boyfriend Ian and my 14 year old nephew James.
Oh, the person laughing hysterically.....that would be me.
And this is my Bubbaloo Jonah giving it a go:
So many things have happened in the past few months! A few bad apples, but also a lot of good ripeness! I haven't kept you up to date on my weight loss (down 7.5 pounds and 6 inches), my church had a fantastic turn-out for the March of Plenty, my sister bravely ran a 5K to embrace turning 40, I changed jobs, good medical results, SOOOO much to tell!!
The biggest challenge I haven't blogged about is that we are selling our house! At least we are trying. What a frustrating, emotionally draining, pain in the arse task this is! This is the main reason I haven't been blogging, all the preperation, constantly cleaning, people coming thru the house, I just didn't have time to sit and blog about it. I will fill you in on this adventure in another post. There is so much to tell!
I appreciate all the emails and encouragement to get back to blogging :) I have missed you.
I promise to be back.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Can you believe it is August already??
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I am down 1.2 pounds! Pretty good!
Now to tattletale on myself......hmmmm, I was actually really good this week. I joined a weight loss challenge that my wonderful friend Colleen has been encouraging me to go to. They basically show you how to eat better! So I was really watching my foods this week. It will be interesting to see what my loss is when I weigh in at that challenge. They meet every monday night. When I weighed in on the first night - after dinner, with clothes on - I was 201.
Monday will be interesting!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Well, I got to experience a shudder myself.
Daddy had this brilliant idea (note the sarcasm) of building Jonah a ramp for him to do jumps on with his bike. Yes, I know we did things like this, but now that I see Jonah doing it......sigh.....
Jonah went for a bike ride with his friend - the Dad's tagged along. Apparently Jonah decided to try a bigger jump in the greenspace near our house.
On his bike.
Over the handle bars he goes....
And yes, that is dirt in the corner of his mouth!
Why does he look so proud? LOL.
Help me Lee!
This is a picture of "my boys" - a term I often use. Many think I have more than one child. Jonah is my son, and the other two striking boys are my nephews Ryan and James. My boys :)
This shot only took 4 takes - one tester being a tester. I love how this photo captured us. Even the dog Zeus was looking!
My family. I love them so very much.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Have you signed up yet??
You don't want to miss this amazing class full of fabulous sketches and inspiring talent! Feeling Scrappy's Sketchapalooza 6 begins May 3 and runs through May 31st.
Here are the details:
- 20 Amazing sketches (5 a week!)
- Digital templates if you are a digi-scrapper
- Private class forum filled with support from the design staff and class participants.
- A wonderfully talented design team - Jayne, Lee, Tracy and Becky - all who I consider my friends. They will inspire you like no other.
- All for just $25!!
So what are you waiting for?? Just click HERE to sign up now!
See you in class!!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I even "committed" to losing 35 by 35 one time. Well...I am 36 and that didn't happen.
I have talked about low fat recipes.
I have talked about exercise.
I have talked about a lot of things.
Especially my stance on "owning it".
Whether it be giving an opinion, making a decision in life, whatever the choice - OWN IT
I seem to have faltered on my very own stance.
I may talk about my weight and what I am going to do about it, but since I didn't have to be accountable to anyone other than myself, I never owned it.
Well, today I am.
And every thursday after I will.
I am starting my own challenge that I will own.
I call it TATTLETALE THURSDAY
Every thursday, I am going to tattletale on myself right here on my blog.
I have posted my weight on here before and received many gasps.
Now I am taking it one step further - to really own it.
I will take a picture of my scale every week.
And I will post it here.
For all to see.
And all comments are welcome!
The shame on you’s, the kudos, the tips, the "are you crazy?" - all comments.
So here is my first thursday weigh in.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
As usual, weight is measured.
Sean, my husband who has defined muscles and washboard abs says to me in astonishment, "Wow, I have packed on the pounds! Guess what I weigh now!"
Tip to men: Don't play the weight guess game with your wife!
I gave him my "are you really asking me this" look.
Really?? Is he really telling me this??
He weighs 160lbs. Tragic.
Right there in the doctors office waiting room, I wanted to THUMP him.
Then again, I have an additional 40 pounds on him. I think I can take him.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Candice was a gift from my very good friend Mark. Lucky for me, he also bought a warranty on her!! So I took her in to the camera doctor to get her fixed.
At this time, it was mentioned to me that if they do not fix Candice, then she will be replaced. Since they no longer make the G9, I would get a G11. It was also mentioned that I could just pay the difference for an SLR.
(that would be the wheels in my head spinning)
I was INTRIGUED! I would never be able to afford an SLR on its own. Paying the difference was an awesome opportunity. I began my research on SLR cameras.
The front runner was the Canon Rebel T1i. For the reason that I figured I would stick with Canon. Some of my scrappy friends told me to check out the Nikon D3000 or D5000. As did my friend Sheri, who researches items like I do :)
After MUCH reading of manuals, reviews, opinions, many trips to various camera stores to fondle the SLRs; I had made my decision.
Then I got the phone call.
"Your camera has been fixed. Please come in and pick it up."
Goodbye SLR fantasy. I was still happy because Candice was all better. I really loved my G9.
I show up at the store to pick up my camera. They took it out of the bubble wrap and I immediatley noticed something was not right. I told them it wasn't my camera. They confirmed the name and serial number, but there was something not right! I asked to see the camera. I was shocked to see that the corner of my camera had been damaged, banged in actually. And the lens front was chipped and scratched! I did not bring it in this way.
A manager was called over, she typed something into the computer and then said, "I'm sorry, it appears that your camera was dropped."
Dropped?? Would they even have said anything to me??
The manager called the camera dept and asked them to bring up the G11.
I requested a gift card for the replacement as I wanted to investigate the SLR option further.
So....without further ado......please meet my new addition:
It is with many thanks to Mark and many thanks to Peter that I was able to get the Nikon D5000. I am so happy with my choice. I am so grateful for generous friends, clumsy repair people and warranties!
Next step......learning how to use her!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
I MAY (fingers crossed) have the opportunity to get an SLR camera.
I currently have a Canon G9 and it went poopoo on me. Luckily the person who bought it for me also bought me the warranty. Warranty says they have to give me the equivilent if they can't fix it. Since they no longer make G9s, I would get the G11.
BUT - heres where it gets interesting......the camera guy said that instead of taking the G11, why not go for an SLR. I said that is not in my budget. Then he said, they will give me the value of the G9 with NO depreciation and I would only pay the difference!! That means, I would only have to pay about $120 to get a Canon Rebel Xi1!!!!
So now my wheels are turning! What a great chance for me to get an SLR without breaking my very poor bank! LOL.
The ones I am looking at is the Canon Rebel Xi1 and the Nikon D5000.
What SLR do you have? Do you LOVE it, DO you hate it? What do you recommend??
I never thought I would say this because I lalalaLOVE my G9, but I am kinda hoping they don't fix it!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Barb and I became cyber friends because.....well......I was stalking her. LOL. I participated in the last LOAD challenge and I was admiring her work in the gallery. I sent her an email telling her how much I love her work and how inspiring she was for me. From that exchange, we became friends!
The pictures I sent Barb were from Halloween 2009. I always take pumpkin carving photos, but my layouts were always looking the same and I was saying the same thing in the journalling. It is so nice to have a new take on the pictures!
Thanks again Barb! I really do love the layout!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Jonah's class had a valentine party on thursday and he came home with a bunch of valentines - about 20. Very cute, I have to say.
I am wondering what to do with them!! I don't want to throw them out.
Has anyone scrapped theirs? I would love to see what you have done.
If you have any ideas for me or pics of your layouts, please send them to me ohara.c at rogers.com.
Thanks for the inspirations!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I am thankful for... stretchy pants. I don't think I need to elaborate.
I am going... back to work on February 22nd. I am sure I will be ready by then.
I am hoping... that this new bed works out for Jonah. He deserves to be in his own bed. Not my hand me down.
I am hearing... The Golden Girls. Yes, I love this show.
Around the house... we are noticing the things that need to be changed.
One of my favourite things... When Jonah comes home from school and says "Hello my sweet mommy. I am home!"
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I thought I would try to make an altered project since I could have all the things I needed on the table for me. When doing layouts there is a lot more looking, bending, etc.
Last year, I went to Lee's beach house in Cape Cod and we made a stop at the best scrapbook store I have seen in a long time (Mental note to self - need to ask Lee the name of the shop).
While at Lee's, the gals helped me make my first altered clipboard. I ended up buying some chipboard albums to alter since I liked it so much! Problem is, I bought it and it sat in my drawer.
The timing was perfect for me to get this complete. Here is what I did:
I pulled out the album and the the papers it came with. I looked for some bellies to match and pulled out my folkart paint that I have neglected.
First I painted the album - I used black to match the coordinating papers and bellies.
I added my stamped images and bellies.
Here is an inside look at the album after I added the binder rings.
TADA!! All I need to add is the pictures!
It felt so great to be at my table. I have some other projects that have been started and this is a perfect time to get them completed. In small steps of course.
Let me know what you think!