Showing posts from May, 2009


I'm cranky.
Russ is gone all day to the Cuboree.
Kia has a playdate planned.
Then a supper date.
I feel like I'm in limbo.
What does Nikki have planned?
House work?
Oh yay.
Time for a pout.

Hairs Cut

What a difference a haircut makes! From scruffy monster to all-american. Love! Yes, I'm seriously blogging about my dog again. Deal.

Dear Me

Day 4 with Roopert, aka: the Rooster, Prince Roopert, Mr. Roopert, Roop, Stink Ball, Roo Roo, Roo, and Mr. Man. But the big question, does he come to any of those names? No, response is highly unlikely. I'm quite certain our neighbours are cursing his name as it's called repeatedly to no avail. Roopert has clearly not been such over the past two years of his life, whatever that was, we do not know.

This dog continues to delight us though, and challenge us, and annoy us and instantly redeems himself. We walked Kia to school yesterday and stopped in the middle of the field at our usual stop. Kia kept walking and Roopert was devestated. Whimpering and crying all the way home.

He spent the day with me outside in the yard. He loves water. I turned the hose on to water my plantings in the shade garden and instantly he was chasing the streams of water, jumping through the spray, rolling in the mud, just being a complete messy boy. He later ran through the sprinkler as I was…

This one's not a stray...

I said that we would be looking for a dog after our trip...I just didn't expect the hunt to go so well so fast! Meet Rupert, er, "prince" Rupert by the looks of his life in the following photo, can we say, "do my bidding humans?":

We made a connection with "Rupert" (whose name may or may not change) right away when we visited the new Edmonton Humane Society building today. Rupert is a two year old Yorkshire Terrier and he's ours! It's been a busy adoption day, filled with walkies, treats and figuring each other out. So far we know that he is super loving, he doesn't like big dogs (he barks and then whimpers for a few minutes upon seeing them), he adores chewing on his rope, and is uber curious about every thing and every place regarding his new digs.

Does membership have its privledges?

I ask because I signed up for the membership at Greenland garden centre. Love that place, let's see if it helps save some coin. Kia had sports day at her school and her team won 1st place. She's pretty excited, because last year her team came in dead last. She said to me, "last year was still fun, but winning makes the fun last longer in your head." Classic.
I've spent all of the better part of the morning and entire afternoon in the garden. It looks freaking awesome! I have dirt in places I never knew it could gain access on my body, but hey, I'm having fun and it just makes me appreciate indoor plumbing all the more. I ended up placing all the large stones that have been bordering the back woodland garden, and moved them into the dry riverbed. Heavy lifting! I purchased some astible, hosta's,ferns and black eyed susan's for the woodland garden. Can't wait to see this garden come to life this year.
Russ and I attended the annual Construct…

If I had to do it all again...

Brian & Eileen's Wedding Music Video. from LOCKDOWN projects on Vimeo.
This would be attempted (with Russ of course). Thanks for the link Joanna! Russ is the biggest Queen fan I have ever met, and even he would have to admit this is pretty fun...though I don't know if I can envision my inlaws lip syncing to Queen.

Back from a lovely long weekend

Jasper and Fairmont Hot Springs
We headed to Jasper on Wednesday for a few days of R n' R in the rockies. Jasper Park Lodge never disappoints. The smell of that grand old lodge is one of the top ten smells in the world. To make it even better, the folks at JPL upgraded our room to a suite with a fireplace. NICE! Kia snuggled up in front of it on Wednesday night and had a snooze. Russ helped her light her first fire the next night.
Kia and I walked around the grounds and took so many photos, I just don't have in me to share them all. We also went on a hike up to the Maligne Falls and then down from the first bridge to the 4th. It was a lovely view of the gorge, though the water was still frozen.

We took the scenic drive from Jasper to Lake Louise and it was spectacular. Super long, but super gorgeous. If you ever want to see many many glaciers and amazing mountains take this route!

Friday we arrived in Fairmont Hot Springs and hung out with family. The weather was in low …

Tip: Packing for Kids

I had a breakthrough yesterday, as I was packing my daughters bag for a short getaway we are taking. A few things have always bothered me about packing her bag: I spend so much time carefully rolling her clothes (my Mom taught me to roll rather than fold when packing a suitcase) only to have her tear apart all my carefully laid plans as she searches the bag for a certain item, I unknowingly placed on the bottom. Secondly, withing a couple days we have no idea what is clean and what is dirty, the bag is simply chaotic.
This year I decided to pack her stuff in one of our many sport duffle bags. I think we all have a few of these laying around the house. If you don't, they are an inexpensive alternative to luggage. Plus they are a great depth for this technique.
I create my packing lists for vacations weeks in advance, its a nerd habit I have. So once I start gathering items they get checked off my list. I usually roll a few outfits together and then leave some individual piece…

So inventive

Taylor Swift Love Story meets Viva la Vida by Coldplay all the genius of Jon Schmidt. LOVE!

Momma's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful ladies out there! Whether you're missing your own, longing to be one yourself, or just wanting a break from the one(s) you already have...may you feel a moment today that reminds you of how you've been blessed.

Composting: For the Village Idiot

So, I've had some requests (Tanis) for a composting tutorial (Tanis) so here it is (you're welcome Tanis). I jest, but truly I'm thrilled to do it, because as we all know, I'm a composting nerd. My SIL Amy makes cupcakes, my SIL Leanne travels the world, I compost. Okay, so maybe it's not that big a part of my life, but I'm pretty passionate about this topic none the less. I promise I won't blog about it again for awhile after today. Scouts honor.

Step 1: What kind of composting fits you best?

We have a community composting program in the county I live. My local friends are already composting, whether they want to or not. This is a bi-weekly service that picks up organic matter year round. It's cool because the facility is able to compost dairy and meat waste, two items you would never want to attempt composting on your own (vermon issues and decomposition bacteria's the home composter is untrained to deal with). Yard composters have two main options: …

Sin vs. Weakness

Have you ever wondered what the actual meaning of Jesus' name is? It is "God is help" Are you worthy in every way? As women we struggle with the idea of worthiness. What is holding you back from being worthy in every way. We all face adversity in our lives, the difference is how we respond to it. Face it and stand up to it. She shared an adage used by many, "If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well." She challenged us..."If a thing is worth's worth doing badly until we can learn to do it better" She really focused on the difference between Sin & Weakness. This was brought home by a simple table with a few questions that stood out to me: What is sin? Doing wrong when we know better What is weakness? a limitation or inadequecy Author of sin? Satan Author of weakness? God It is vital that we identify the differences between what is sin in our lives and what is weakness. Our response to sin is repentence while our response…

What do you know for sure?

Sheri Dew (aka. Laura's best friend) was her usual powerful presence. Seriously, this woman is distinct, she stands out, she commands attention. She seems tough as nails and yet approachable. She spoke a number of times during the conference, these notes are taken from her Friday night presentation.
You are evidence of God's plan. We are not women of the world...we are women of God. STICK IT OUTWhat does it take for you to be as spiritually strong as you are physically? We have not done as well as we know how. We can do better. Are you building a kingdom on earth or are you laying treasures in heaven? If it were your assignment to disrupt this group of women, to pull their attention away from spiritual development, and keep them from fulfilling their destiny what would you do? Confuse their identity. Invite them to question their worth and divine role as a daughter of God. Misunderstand the Atonement. No personal revelation. Ladies we must each have: A personal witness o…

Sweet Assurance

In from the garden. I've been working the soil in the vegetable garden. It's hands on labour, where I spend the day sitting in the dirt, squeezing dirt balls (yes I said dirt balls), breaking up clumps, and removing roots. The garden plot looks fantastic though and the sore muscles today are worth it.

More TOFW notes...

Emily Watts has spoken at both the TOFW's that I have attended and although she didn't accept chocolate I was willing to share with her, I'm sure she's a very nice lady to hang out with. I definitely know she is a very wise lady. I'm going to share some thoughts from both times I heard her, because I feel like it.

Thoughts from 2007
Godly sorrow always has a feeling of hope. Hopelessness is Satan magnifying our weakness.
When we are tired, we make mistakes (see James 1:19)If you say yes, when you mean no, nobody wins.
If you say yes and mean it, no matter what, the Lord will magnify you.
Part of self-esteem as a parent is getting out of the w…

Nikki's Guide to the Greenhouse

Okay, I've been frequenting greenhouses for some time. I truly walk in the door and feel completely out of my element and in fact feel as though if they (the Gardening Gods) knew how little I know about gardening they would have security toss me out. I don't know much, but here are some of the lessons I have learned as I've lurked through greenhouses over the years.
A word of warning first, you will want it all right now. Sorry, you can't have it all. Gardening is no place for control freaks and perfectionists. It's not going to be amazing the first year and guess what? It's not supposed to. Gardens evolve and they need time to do that.
Back to the greenhouse and how to actually make the trip worthwhile. Plant with a purpose. Know why you're there. Know what areas of your yard you are shopping for. Is it in shade? Is it in full sun, part sun? How large is the space? Really, this is the only homework required. Think about your soil. Someone once gave me som…

Signs & Questions for our Times

A presentation given by Wendy Watson Nelson. My notes are truly all over the map, but hopefully it will jog the memories of my cohorts who attended and maybe provide a nugget or two for others reading. None of these notes come close to actually being there.

What is it going to take to get yourself past the point you currently are?
we may have to pay a pricedevelop and obtain spiritual strengths and skillsscreen our lives so that it's increasingly pure1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:Wendy shared an image (not this one, one she took on safari, this image is from the web) of a leopard that had walked by their open safari vehicle. It was right on her side of the vehicle. She was busy snapping photos as it walked past. Her companions mentioned that they didn't like the way that leopard had had been watching her. She didn't really understand what they meant until she saw her p…

Enough and Some to Spare

Emily Freeman provided a fantastic talk on Saturday. I figured if I'm sharing my notes (and I have many many pages of notes) I could do it in any order I pleased. :P

Emily shared the following story by Tom Dewey: "...... a ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the mast of the unfortunate vessel was seen a signal: "Water, water. We die of thirst." The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back: "Cast down your bucket where you are." A second time, the signal, "Water, send us water!" went up from the distressed vessel. And was answered: "Cast down your bucket where you are." A third and fourth signal for water was answered: "Cast down your bucket where you are." The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River."

We are like this ship. In some area of our…

TOFW pics

Another Time Out for Women conquered and enjoyed. Thanks lovely friends for a fun time...I was the note taker and will be sharing my notes on my blog in the next day or so. In the meantime I thought I'd load a photo or two from the event.

You may not realize this but one of my friends is Sheri Dew's best friend. For real. Here they are together:
I love how Laura looks like an absolute super fan in this picture and Sheri is all stoic and sensible, er, maybe that's reserved fear. Dunno. Just know it makes me smile.

The very pregnant KL managed to survive the event and in case she pops before I can get a real photo shoot in (and the rest of you must be thinking, is this woman always pregnant?), we went behind the building a snapped a few pictures of her pregnant cuteness. For real, how cute is she!? Sorry, couldn't resist.

Russ and Kia just headed out the door on a Daddy daughter date to Celtic Thunder. Snicker snicker. We'll see how that goes. I took the cute…