Showing posts from December, 2008

Blizzards, Barfin', Bags and a Tutu.

Would it be a Christmas holiday around here without someone getting sick? I dare say, it would not. Russ is down for the count. He is terribly ill, and Kia and I, while hopeful we won't get it, are in some ways resigned to have it, probably when school's back in. We pushed him a tad too hard yesterday with our outing to WEM. Our bad, he's taken another few steps back on the road to recovery because of it! Though we did see Bedtime Stories at the gigantic theatre there and we all really enjoyed it, even the sicko.

So today, it's a bit of a blizzard outside. Keeks and I have plans to go to the counties New Years festivities and at the very least take in the 8 pm firework show, but I don't know how the constant snowfall and wind will effect the outcome of that idea. We'll just keep checking the website I guess.

This morning Kia and I did a little sewing project together. She's wanted a bag for her Nintendo DS. We keep seeing these cases in the stores b…

That SAHM I am.


That SAHM- I am
ThaT SAHM-I-am!
I do not like
that SAHM-I-am!

Would you like
a constant fan?

Well, sure I would
but I don't know how I can?

SAHM I am's can have them
here and there
SAHM I am's can have them

Plus you get great jobs
like collect the bugs.
Clean the toilet, when it plugs
Catch the vomit, clean the rugs
Make homemade soup,
jugs and jugs.

Is there anything better than a
SAHM - I am?

I really doubt it SAHM I am.
A SAHM is where it's at,
it's better than a designer hat.

(Ya feeling me) - A little final poetic tribute to my last few days (like Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) as the Stay At Home Mom. Tonight we're going to party like it's 1999. Whatever that means.

Word for 2009

Is it really that time again? Has another year ticked by in it's entirety? December truly is a sobering month. I few years ago I issued and took part in something I called the Handel Challenge. The gist of the challenge is that it took George Frideric Handel a mere 25 days to complete and compose "The Messiah". That is 14 Messiah's and time for a holiday in the span of a year. The point is a simple one: great things can be accomplished in a relatively short space of time, simply by applying ourselves to the task of finishing what we start. This brings me to my word for 2009:
You may note that I've clarified that I am using the adjective of the world complete rather than the verb. I don't want to be finished as an individual but I do want to finish the "races" I begin. I think this word is at the very heart of resolutions. We want to resolve to do those things that we aren't doing and finally complete them.

It's just a small mantra to m…

Holiday Updates

Kia and Russ spent the afternoon skiing at a local ski hill (and yes, there are ski 'hills' in Edmonton, many of them in fact). Russ has been wanting to teach her to ski for a long time. Kia caught on quick and it was a successful outing, soon to be repeated I'm sure!
My Christmas present from Russ is now working and dang it's awesome. Russ hooked it up to the speakers in the front room and now I can stream my computers iTunes playlist so that it plays through the stereo upstairs. Technology really rocks.
We all have huge piles of reading ahead of us. Ah, Sunday's are going to rock for the next month. Is there anything better than reading a Sunday afternoon away? Oh, I can think of one thing...afternoon church. Yay. Our time change starts in January and I for one, LOVE afternoon church.
Remember this post: What have I done? Russ wanted the game bubble bobble for Christmas and one game + one spontaneous purchase later, he got it. He's been enjoying his new…

Post Christmas

Merry Christmas! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day with those you love. We had a lovely Christmas, quiet and relaxing, which is what I was craving! Kia had a sleepover a couple nights before Christmas, the girls always sleep in forts in the playroom and then surround themselves in every little twinkling light they can. Kia always gives the best spot to her friends, so the next night I let her sleep in the "best spot". When I went down in the morning to check on her, this is what I found. It looked so magical, I had to take a picture.
She couldn't sleep in her playroom on Christmas Eve, because Russ and I had other plans: finally putting up a curtain for her stage. It took us long enough! She loves it and I think it will hands down be the best Christmas gift of the season.
We tried something new on Christmas Eve. We had our Christmas meal; turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and all our other favorites. I wanted to do this, so Christmas wasn'…

Reading. Listening. Watching.


The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evens - A great message about how the true light of Christmas can cast light on strangers and make us see them as loved ones.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - What a great book, for anyone that loves stories, this book is the ultimate adventure. The movie's coming out soon...but I think you should read the book first. I'm curling up with Kia this Christmas season and reading her this one and hopefully she read a few chapters on her own.


One Magic Christmas - Kia and I watched this one together last night and both of us were glued to the screen. I've seen it many times before, but somehow this year it was even more meaningful. When I think of all the people who are struggling this Christmas, this movie reads as current as today's headlines and the humanity possible at Christmas is captured beautifully.

The Nativity Story - We haven't seen this yet, but have plans to watch it on Christmas Day. I've heard fantas…

Cause for Songs of Loudest Praise...

Yummy Stuff

First here's a snapshot of Kia in the mass of children of her school's Christmas concert. She was from South Africa and had to wear summer clothes. Russ barely made it as he was stuck in traffic on the Yellowhead for 2 hours +. But he did make it. We were way in the back and all my pictures suck...but it was a great concert and as always it incorporated a nativity scene. That always warms my heart.

The next photo is my new favorite Christmas square. This is so incredibly good, it ties, if not surpasses homemade Nanaimo Bars. For real. The are called Coconut-Chocolate Meringue Bites and they are sent from heaven above.

3/4 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, seperated
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (or more to taste)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
3/4 cup brown sugar or white sugar

Heat oven to 350'F. Grease an ob…

Dazzled and Dazed

I had to run to the mall today to meet someone who was picking up some Ribbon Wands and there were all these men wondering around, glassy eyed and dazed. A few of them actually stopped, looked around slowly and scratched their toque covered noggin's in confusion. Classic Christmas moment..."he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore..."

I, on the other hand, am completely finished my gift shopping and now must only brave the mall with Kia, as she shops for Dad and brave the grocery store lines for fresh produce during the week of Christmas. I even think Russ is finished, which means there will be one less toque wearing fella in the malls on Christmas Eve day.

We had our youth Christmas party last night. I love working with the youth in our church, they are so much fun and last night was filled with lots of laughter as the kids played games, had a burst your bubble game and made Christmas trees out of old junk. Mrs. Claus even made a surprise visit and to top it …

A Flicker of Light on Christmas Night

Last night we all headed down to the Winspear Centre to listen to the Edmonton Symphony's Family Christmas concert. LOVED it. Beautiful music, a great story, wonderful singing and dazzling lights. It really helped put me in the Christmas mood. More please!

Foods of the season

I just got back from grocery shopping and I noticed that most of the goodies I bought are things I enjoy, more so than my family. I admit that I have a very different palette than both Russ and Kiki. I love antipasto (Costco sells a great one that is made right here in Sherwood Park), smoked salmon, greek salad, smoked oysters, red chili spread and goat cheese on crackers, and of course mandarin oranges. Russ and Kia eat none of these things. NONE.

Am I the only one? Or do you have some strange tastes in your house too?

Baby, it's cold outside

Hey everybody. I'm alive. It was a short lived stomach bug. Unfortunately it hit during Russyl's work Christmas party. I managed to hide it, but it was still not the best moment to arrive. Besides my illness, I think his work dinner was great. It was the first one where he was the boss, and thus had to pay the bill. Har har. His credit card company even phoned the next day because it was a suspicious transaction. It's not often you go out and buy a 5 course meal and all the drinks that go along with that for 17 of your friends. Very suspicious behavior for my Russyl. ;P

The deep freeze that was lingering in the distance is now here with brutal arctic force. It's just painfully cold out there. Painful! I'm so grateful for home during these bone chilling temperatures. Too bad our schedules do not accommodate lounging the days away under fluffy warm blankets. Looking at this weeks calender, we literally have something to do every single night this week. Th…

Yup, this is kind of personal.

Right now: something is wrong with the above pictured organs in my body. So very very wrong.

Movie Tag - You're all it!

01. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

02. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in a theater.
Dances with Wolves

03. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Gerard Butler04. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie.
Nicholas Cage

05. Name a movie that you can quote from.
Princess Bride

06. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs.

07. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
Sound of Music

08. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

09. Name a movie that you own that may surprise people.
Duct Tape Forever

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Jennifer Hudson

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?
Yup - E.T. with my Mom

12. Ever made out in a movie?
like a bandit.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten…


Have you ever had one of those years where you've been looking for one, odd-ball item, and you can't find it anywhere? That has been me this year as I have been searching for a certain gift for my DH. He really wants it. Careful what you ask for, dear...'nuff said.

In my searching for this odd ball item, I came across some interesting websites, here's two to share:
This site is actually called: Things You Never Knew Existed. I find this place filled with so many things you really don't need that it is almost baffling. A good 5 minutes of fun here. If I had to do it all again, I would so scoop up two of these rings for our wedding. I love them.

Some Photos

We've been enjoying a wonderful December. Kia took part in a little play put on by the achievement day girls. I think her official title was "Messenger 3". She was the best little 3rd Messenger you ever did see. She also had a scene as a tree. Classic.

Russ and Kia were on me since early November to put the Christmas tree up. I held out for as long as I could. It was up by December 1st, but the rest of the decorations are still in the hallway waiting to be shared throughout the house.
I don't know what it is about December but it continues to produce the best sunrises of the year. I don't remember if you recall this one from last year, but there have already been 2 more mornings that I noted the sky was a brilliant array of colors.
Last week the two Sherwood Park wards put on the annual Ornamental Nativity Exhibition for the community and surrounding area. I didn't take enough pictures. It was spectacular this year. The Cultural Hall, Stage, Young W…

So behind.

I have pictures to share.
They are all the way upstairs in my camera.
That seems very far away right now.

Keeks and me are enjoying a girls night. We went to my favorite spa and got pedicures. Wonderful relaxing pedicures that took an hour and a half people! Luxurious. Out to dinner, home to watch a Christmas movie, a Barbie fashion show...girlie goodness I tell you!

So the photos of the Christmas tree, the Creche, various recent outings, they'll just have to wait. Upstairs seems too far to travel.


Today, as I've been pondering the topic of government and this crazy Liberal coalition idea, thoughts of George W (Dubya), swirled in my head. Don't ask me why, maybe thinking of my own woes, opened up my empath qualities towards my Southern neighbors (interested in a coalition with Alberta, Mr. America?). One of my favorite Bushisms is the word "misunderestimate" that he invented and shared with the country in a speech. It's fun, let's use it in a sentence shall we?

Nikki misunderestimated the fact that her vote meant anything in the last federal election.

Whatever I may think of the guy on a political level...I gotta hand it to him, that was a good word.