Showing posts from April, 2005

April 29th Post

Loving:My new house! Was there any doubt?
Wanting:A digital camera...whaaa
Hating:Packing, cleaning, tossing our junkity items
Reading: A bunch of things: school papers, conference talks, online chats...

Get Paid To Eat Beef Jerky

I thought this was a joke....ROFL...for all those ya go!

Snip snip snip

Kia went to my stylist for a haircut today. Angie is the next best thing to Dawn, and runs a lovely little salon out of her home.

To say Kia was excited about the whole ordeal would be an understatement. She crawled into bed with me, grabbing my face, and very seriously said, "Is it 10:00? Because I really want to get my hair cut."

Right, I get that.

She could barely control her enthusiasm. When we got to Angie's she just couldn't wait to get started. She loved that there was a sink in her salon room and when her eyes were closed and her head was leaning back in the sink, she looked like a happy little Buddha that was trying desperatley not to crack up.

Her hair is now shoulder length and she is working the look like she's trying out for a pantene commercial. What a kid!

It's a

It's a girl, originally uploaded by Sabren. Amy's announcement on her baby site. Congrats to you!

Things that make me happy...

Hearing Kia try to sound out words when we read together.The smell of clean sheets when you get into bed.
Freaking Heather out. So easy, so fun.
Kia's new Finding Nemo shirt that says, "Fish are friends, not food."Brownies.
Imagining how I'll decorate our new house!
New patterned paper to scrapbook.Great photos of my husband that make my heart do a little flip flop.
Freshly painted toe nails.
My car. Still get excited about driving it and the freedom it provides. The novelty still hasn't worn off!

Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a slow down in the overall performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications that had operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, but installed undesirable programs such as NFL
5.0 and NBA 3.0 and now Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?



Dear Desperate:

First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Try to enter the command: C:/I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME and download Tears 6.2 to install Guilt 3.0. If all works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5. But remember, overuse can cause Husband 1.0 to de…

Kia quotes.

Here are just a few of the occasions where she has cracked me up...

Driving in the car, Kia is happily singing and enjoying the view...Me: Kia, fun is you middle name.
Kia: No, fun is your middle name. My middle name is Elisabeth, remember?!Walking out of the school at 3:30...
Kia: I'm a complete duffer at soccer Mom.
Me: A duffer?
Kia: Ya, but I like it anyway...maybe we can get a net so I can practise.
Me: Duffers do need to practise I suppose.
Hanging out by the river on Sunday.
Seagulls: Caa Caa Caa
Kia: Mine, Mine, Mine.
Seagulls: Caa Caa Caa
Kia: I already said it was Mine!

Safety City

Today, Kia's kindergarten class had a field trip to Safety City. A miniture sized town with roadways, stop signs, buildings, cross walks and little motorized tricycles for the kids to drive through the town. A few thoughts came to me during my time attending this event today...
Annoying kids have annoying parents.
Kia is a geek. I mean this in a loving way. Honest. But sometimes she is such a keener that it makes me laugh out loud. Like the time she shared her favorite book, The big wide-mouthed frog, with her kindergarten class. She was hysterically laughing throughout the entire book. Nobody else laughed. Just Kia, snorting and slapping her knee. And today she was the one enthusiastically sticking her hand out as they crossed the road, while most of the kids in her group thought it was lame. She comes by it naturally! I'm a dork too!Annoying parents have no idea how annoying they are. He put his hand up to answer a question posed to the kindergarten children and seemed impress…

I will not fail thee

I will not fail thee, originally uploaded by Sabren. When you return to His strong arms
you will recognize the wounds in the palms of His hands,
and you will cry to Him,
"Who has caused this pain?"
He will reply,
"These are the wounds I received in the house of my friends,
Yet, they fulfilled our Father's plan,
and are of infinite worth to thee."
As He surrounds you with his loving embrance
the Spirit sweetly reminds you of the time before your birth...
He held you gently,
whispering loving words of assurance,
"I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee,
I will not fail thee..."
And then you were born.

overcoming = becoming

One of the great truths of this life experience is that we will have trials. We will all have things we need to overcome. Some of them may come from our own choices or lack thereof, while others may be given to us, through circumstances out of our control. This is where the rubber hits the pavement. This is where we become strong, beaten, gracious winners or frustrated losers.

I recall feeling somewhat victimized after my Mom died. I was a thirteen year old girl, who wanted her Mom. I felt jipped out of my right to a Mom. It seemed like everything would be harder and lonelier because she was gone. I recall being at the beach with my Dad and some friends later that summer. We were laughing till our sides hurt and having a great time. A wave of emotion hit me. I felt guilty for my joy. Like I shouldn't be enjoying life while I was mourning.

Reflecting on this experience now I have some insights. I'm no longer that thirteen year old girl lost in her grief. I realize it is because o…

S O L D !

It's ours. Officially. Only took two years to find... Time to go shopping for a lawn mower... movin' movin' movin'...

I'll take, missing friends for $1000 Alex...

What I'll most when I move..., originally uploaded by Sabren. In case there is any doubt...These 3 faces above are hands down, what I'll miss most before, during and after our move.

Glorious Day

It is offically spring. Beautiful blue skies, the sound of lawnmowers, no jacket kind of spring day. A while ago I printed out an inspirational list of how to live a whole life. It is from Martha's new magazine...

1) Happiness is a choice. You can make that choice today and every day.
2) Good health isn't a gift; it is a habit you can cultivate.
3) Stay connected to the natural world. It will feed your soul.
4) Think more about what you should eat than what you shouldn't.
5) Nurture your spirit. It's the source of your strength.
6) A healthy, fit body is not enough - true fitness engages the spirit.
7) Laugh at yourself. You're funny.
8) Believe in yourself. Your intuition is rarely wrong.
9) It's never too late to take the first step toward your aspirations.
10) What you pay attention to will thrive.

I was reflecting on the list and was impressed by how all of these attributes are cultivated and chosen. They don't choose us, they aren't won in some lottery.…

Home Run

UPDATED: It's ours. Sherwood Park, here we come!!

Once we decided to move to Sherwood Park, things have been falling into place. We both feel it is the right place for us to be. There is strength and peace in knowing this, as there are many things that we will be giving up by moving. But let's not focus on that...please!

So, I'll tell you a bit about the house...It's in an older, established area of Sherwood Park called Glen Allen. This house is probably right smack dab in the middle of any map you might be viewing of the town. It's on a beautiful tree lined street. The first thing that stands out about the house is the brand new 25 X 44 exposed aggregate driveway. It is spectacular! The house is a 4 level split with a total of plenty of square feet for the three of us!!

The main level has a large living room (13 x 16) with beautiful new carpet. The kitchen needs work. It has beautiful cabinets and brand new countertops but it is small and will be the first place we…

Getting out the door

Me: Kia, lets get going. You're going to be late for school.

Kia: I know, I know.

Me: Is everything in your backpack?

Kia: Yes...I mean no...

Me: What do you need?

Kia: Something that prisnor's wear...

Me: ????

Kia: OK, got it.

Me: What do you have there?

Kia: Just handcuffs. (she holds up two clasp like bracelets)

Me: And what are you going to use those for?

Kia: Nicholas. He's not going to frustrate (she said, fustrate) me today, cuz I'll put him handcuffs!

Something tells me her plan may be foiled...


flounce, originally uploaded by Sabren. The latest creation...

Scrapbooker Online

Today is an exciting day for me. I'm the newest member of a design team for a website called Scrapbooker Online. It is an online store and scrapbooking community that runs out of the States. It's a 6 month term and will provide me with many oppurtunities to push my creativity, work with other talented scrapbookers and contribute in one of my favorite mediums. Can't find me? You know where I'll drop by the website often!

The Genetic Code

Russ and his Dad are eerily similar. They are sitting on the couch right now, in the identical slouch, arm resting on the corner of the sofa, chin to chest. They have the same mannerism's, parenting patterns, likes and dislikes. They both sleep on the right side of the bed, won't change a stinky diaper for anything and both dream big. Genetics run deep. So deep that their personality types are both Concrete-Sequential. Concrete-Sequential can be described as the following:
What Do They Do Best?Apply ideas in a practical wayOrganizeFine-tune ideas to make them more efficientProduce concrete products from abstract ideasWork well within time limitsWhat Makes Sense to Them?Working systematically, step by stepPaying close attention to detailsHaving a schedule to followLiteral interpretationsKnowing what’s expected of themRoutines, established ways of doing thingsWhat’s Hard For them?Working in groupsDiscussions that seem to have no specific pointWork…


It's been a long day. I look back and seems like so very long ago that I woke up.

Kia woke up at 7:38 and went in search for Grandma and Grandpa. They were getting ready to take a walk and the next thing I knew, Kia was naked on the bed telling me to find her pants so she could go walking with her Grandparents. Right. I'll get right on that, and I rolled over, sticking my head under my pillow. She must have found what she needed without my help as when I saw her later she was fully clothed and just returning from her morning stroll.

Grandma, Kia and myself went to the Glenrose for speech therapy while Grandpa headed out to Wetaskwin looking for a 3/4 ton truck to pull the trailer (he didn't have much luck though). At speech, Brenda decided it was time to reassess Kia's learning and so we observed Kia answer various 4 part questions. She did very well, answering some difficult questions that surprised me and she spoke up when she didn't understand quite what was goin…

Invasion of the Inlaws


Okay, no it's been fine. Kia is in absolute heaven having them here, in her space, just down the hall and within arms reach. Grandma and Kia played all afternoon together. Doing homework, playing barbies, and looking at books. You can just see the joy radiating off Kia, sinking deep into the walls of our home and effecting everyone. And I think it's pretty great as well. Family rawks.

My Paper Doll

My Paper Doll, originally uploaded by Sabren. Go make your own Paper's kinda fun...

Think. Think. Think...

Kia is driving me loopy. Today. Not everyday. Hardly ever, actually. But today. Big time. I know the dear girl can't hear good at the best of times, but she is blocking out the sound of my voice. I had to ask her to do her chores at least 8 times today and then keep encouraging her every few minutes to stick with it. I am not a nag. I never have been and I never attained to be one. I think I even harbour resentment towards anyone who inflicts the necessity of it on my part. Having to constantly nag Kia to finish her job took almost one hour. No word of a lie. So I was pretty ticked with Keeks today. I really hope this passes...I can't take it anymore. And she can't take angry Mommy anymore....Inlaws are coming. I love my MIL. She is not a Monster in Law. But what she is, that I am a housekeeping goddess. She maintains, where as I do emergency cleaning sessions hours before company arrives...I even invite people over just so I'll have a reason to clean my s…


Kia's reunion with Grandma and Grandpa occured on Saturday. Kia seemed happy to see them again, but unsure how to express her emotions and communicate her thoughts, so instead she became very quiet and reserved. In the end she simply enjoyed being near Grandma and playing with her younger cousins. The Grandparents will be visiting Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I'm sure that will allow Kia to fully appreciate having them near again.

Being near the family on Saturday was a strong reminder of the distance between us. It requires both effort and sacrifice, planning and foresight to plan our gatherings now. With Mom and Dad living in their camping trailer, it also requires space for this gathering. Being far away, we really miss the more regular gatherings but it's still so fun watching my husbands siblings families grow. The little ones don't stay little for long and the news of new babies is always such a welcome announcement...

I hope we continue to make the effort to …

Not a good day

Not a good day, originally uploaded by Sabren. I actually feel even worse than this picture. Groan....kill me now...put me out of my misery... stomach flu + appointments = one screwed up day. Will write more when I can actually handle light...


My guilty pleasure. I adore this show. Could campaign the TV Gods for a L O S T channel....all L O S T all the time.

The concept is so intriguing. Haven't we all been lost? I remember when I lived on Vancouver Island...our family regularly took weekend road trips to various attractions around our home. One Sunday after church we headed to small valley with a lake, I was about 8 years old. There were hiking trails that went all around the lake. We started walking and came to a beautiful spot that overlooked the lake and we stopped here for some time, just talking and enjoying the view of the trees reflecting in the lake.

When my parents got up, I felt they would head back to our van. I jumped up and raced off through the woods along the trail all the way back to our van. I waited and waited. They didn't come. Almost 30 minutes later, I saw my Mom burst through the trees, seeing me she burst into tears. They had assumed I was lost, that something had happened to me. They …

Z sharing

Today is the last day of the alphabet. The last day I have to sit through alphabet sharing with my little group of 4 Kindergarten students. This is both sad and great news. Sad because...okay....hmmm...this is great news because boy am I sick of this routine. I was almost at the verge of developing a nervous tick. I won't have to say, "only the person with the happy face necklace on should be talking." I won't have to hear the same question asked 3 different times about the item shared..."where did you get it?" or other things like, "Chairs are for sitting on", or "The letter P is not an action word." It is the end of an era...

Just Grandma and Me

Just Grandma and Me, originally uploaded by Sabren. And the Grandma worship continues...

Note Grandma's medusa like hair. Hilarious. I must also direct your eyes to the heart with a kiss underneath. Could she have more clearly expressed her feelings about their upcoming reunion?

Out of Gas

We would have been on time for school today. Honest. Really! Alas, my car was out of gas. Completely dry. Is this a reflection of it's owner? Does this mean I'm out of gas?

Russ to the rescue and the car was back to life. Gotta love a hubby that will drive 25 minutes one way to help out his twit of a wife, namely me, put gas in the car. So when I'm out of gas, my husband will do whatever he can to make it right. For sure, that is a reflection of our relationship.

Quotation with Attitude

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything. ~ Bill Lyon or Kari Lynn told this one to me today...If at first you don't succeed, parachuting isn't for you.

Convocation, Symposium and Colloquium

Or why they simply called it Conference. The 175th annual one, to be precise.

We crammed 6 adults and 3 kids into the living room for the annual viewing and eating celebration of Sunday conference with friends. It is a day I really look forward to. Breakfast starts with cinnamon buns and a ridiculous amount of fruit and today we barbequed hamburgers for lunch. We also invited more friends over for lunch (and I fed their one year old baby potato chips. My bad. He did mostly okay). I really enjoyed conference, especially Brother Henry B. Eyring's talk on Family History. I felt the spirit so strongly when he spoke.

Conference was hard for the young ones. So inticing to simply play with your buddies. So hard to focus on the big words the speakers are using. So hard to dance to the Mormy Tabs when legs and cups are blocking your dance space. There were some meltdowns, eye rolls, bitter disputes over assignments and in the end, closer friendships. Because when you're a kid, you can t…

These are a few of my favorite things...

I've been wanting to blog a list of some of my favorite web pages for awhile...

The Photographic Scavengar Hunt - Lists of 26 items to locate and photograph.The Official Harry Potter Site - Love the idea of clicking on all the goodies on J.K. Rowlings desk. What a fun site for snoopy Potter fans.
Wonderful Graffiti - I am so onboard for this in the next place. So cool!Rock Paper Scissors - A place I recently discovered. I often visit to drool over pretty stationary and photo albums.
Olive Juice - The cutest kids clothes. Oh, the money I could spend...Impress Rubber Stamps - A great stamping site with so many awesome project ideas!Nigella Lawson - How to become a domestic goddess begins here...try the is divine!

Spring Break Outings

Odyssium - The fun of finding out...

Highlight: Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre and the presentation, Alberta Skies. It was a 35 minute Star Projector and Laser show with Music and commentary about the constellations visible to us in Alberta. Just about 10 minutes too long for the 8 kids in tow...but I think Kim and Kari-Lynn enjoyed it.

Funniest Comment: Christopher, a little energizer bunny on speed, was pretty enthralled with the space shuttle tour. It was a simple display that showed how things are stored and what items are available to the astronouts in the space shuttle. He ran up to me and pulled me to the space shuttle bathroom.

Christopher: I know why there are handles on the toilet!

Me: Oh, why is that?

Christopher: So the Astronauts won't piss all over the space ship.

Me: Laughing...I think you may be onto something...

I'll have to post a photo of the outing. I think Christopher made his way into every shot and managed to do his standard pose, which makes him look like …