Thursday, December 30, 2010


Picking up where I left off.

Its so nice to be back in the saddle again...minus the saddle sores, stiff legs, and SUPER sore butt. And how could I forget the bow legged walk...owie! I can feel it as I type.

Yes, once upon a time I used to be a cowgirl (and yes "Once upon a time" does exist). Used to don the wranglers, that were extremely "well fitted", the shirts, the boots you name, I wore it. But having moved passed that to more modern wear, I find I love my sweatpants more and more as each year passes. It's all about comfort, as opposed to "squeezing" oneself into a one size smaller pair of jeans.

Well, didn't that little blast from the past take a sharp 360...hehehe.

To pick up where I left off as the title states, the past few months have been INSANE! Work is nuts with the award of the Project and throw in kids, school activities, and Christmas one would think you could easily lose your mind. Fear not! I kept mine in tact for the most part. Mind you I was looking forward to the 10 days off while the shop shut down over Christmas.

Christmas was extremely busy this year as the boys and I headed home to Hanna. Christmas Eve was spent with my dad's side of the family (I haven't been there in 5 years...eeek!!) The boys had a blast playing with their cousins and I had a great visit with everyone. The evening was too short but none the less was great.

Here's Papa with 2 of his 3 boys

Great Grandma with 3 of 11 of her great grandchildren

Meet Beethoven and Mozart

Papa's girl and his 2 fave boys

Christmas Day was at the farm...the boys got SPOILED beyond all belief. Didn't help cause this mama helped fuel that fire too. But in the end I was the one who was spoiled as the boys each got their portable DVD players...thank heavens there is a God, now if only that same God had gotten them their own headphones to go with! Let's say by the time we got home my head was spinning with the sounds of Despicable Me, Thomas the Train and Black Eyed Peas in the CD player.

Papa with his two youngest grandsons

I honestly think Dumpster came from the planet of Naboo.

Die hard Oilers fan...had to peel him out of his jersey...he refused to take it off.

This one was more!

Boxing Day was a visit and playdate with an old friend and her family followed by the grandparents coming over for dinner. So in the first 3 days of Christmas vacay I had already had enough family and was ready to run screaming to the hills. Love them dearly but HOLY!

While we were there, we also had a pre-Carter turns 2 Birthday Party. My friend Jill and the oh so adorable Lexie came to celebrate.

We made it home Tuesday night at 6...a 3.5 hour trip that took almost 5 hours. By the time I brought the last load in the house, I gave the kids a snack and a juice and proceeded to nestle myself into my comfy new couches with a glass of white wine. Mmmm...ahhh just what the doctor ordered.

I'll leave you with the ramblings of the holiday season and a couple pictures to tide you over with until I can get some more up here this evening.

Stay warm, play safe this Holiday Season!!


P.S. I couldn't resist...brings back some funny memories from days gone by!! heee!

Sunday, December 26, 2010


You know, I've never understood why Christmas has to come and go so fast? You spend months and months preparing for a day that happens once a year and when it does happen it's over before you know. I guess it's one of those things that makes you "Hmmm?"

But this year Christmas was bittersweet...don't get me wrong, I had a great Christmas because I had both my boys with me, I got to spend Christmas Eve with my dad's side of the family...something I haven't done in almost 5 years! YIKES! And Christmas Day was spent quietly at the farm with only my immediate family, opening presents, laughing and enjoying the time spent. But a dear friend of mine, her Christmas was less than that. Her cousin, her cousin's fiance and infant daughter were involved in a MVA. Baby girl is the only person to survive. Both had passed. When I read Char's Request for Prayer, my heart broke into a million little pieces to think, someone's Christmas a time for laughter and memories will forever be changed. How does one's self or family react to such a devastating event on the most joyful day of the year?

I pray for Char and her family that they find comfort and solace in the coming days in the arms of family and friends; and cherish the memories told and remembered.

Events like this, will make you stop in your tracks and realize the wonderment that lies before you that you may be taking for granted.

Tell the ones you love, you love them; give hugs and take a moment to stop and smell flowers, even if it means you are late for that business meeting.

"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane; I would walk right up to Heaven, and bring you home again", Author Unknown


Thursday, December 2, 2010

More Photos

Camera's been a little slow, or I should say I have been a little slow, these has been increasingly demanding leaving little time or energy for photos. Some great shots will be coming soon.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mama's got her Grrr face on

This mama needs some serious hibernation. 'Oly! As carter would And I'm not the only one, seems to be going around the office this week. And affecting a wide range of people. Maybe we are working too hard and need to take a breather.

And it doesn't help the situation either when your morning starts out like this either...makes for a very crappy start. Oh well, he's cute. Hee!

Have an amazing evening.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Prayers & Tears

If every Monday turned out to be like today's, I would have to say, it could go pound sand. My mind, body and soul has been exhausetd beyond all belief. First off, my friend "A" went in for a liver transplant today due to an autoimmune condition that forced the hand. Her brave sister "CC" is definitely who would call "her sister's keeper". Nonetheless, surgery is surgery and can't wait to hear if all went well. Still praying...

Then came news that no one ever, ever wants to hear about...the death of a child. This child happened to be a friend's, friends' daughter. She was taken to Stollery and passed away this afternoon. No parent should ever have to bury their child. My heartbreaks for them and their family losing someone so little. I came home today and hugged my guys and told them repeatedly how much I loved them and pray every day nothing happens to them. They both looked at me like "who are you and why are you smothering me in kisses!" One day they will understand.

I don't know what I would do without these two monkeys...even though after the 100th time you've heard, "MOMMMMIIIEEE" screeching from the backseat, or "he's touching me or not sharing", the sass, the back talk, it's there unconditional love that wipes the slate clean or just the simple fact they gave you the puppy dog eyes and you caved lol. But nonetheless I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. Having kisses and hugs every morning and night is the best gift any parent could ever have.

Just a little song, that reminds me of all the angels in heaven.

My mind hasn't stopped praying for a successful surgery, successful recovery and prayers to heal a broken heart.

Fortunately for me, I have never had to witness or bare the heartache of losing a child or someone close to me losing their child. But regardless your heartaches just the same.

I pray tonight for peace for everyone. I pray that your hurt will heal and the memories remain strong in heart and mind. I pray for recovery that is fast and as pain free it can be. I pray that tomorrow the storm clouds pass and a ray of sunshine lay at your feet.


Sunday, November 28, 2010


CFL is not my thing...NFL is. But I always seem to find myself captivated by the energy that emits when Grey Cup rolls around. This year the 98th Grey Cup is hosted in the City of Champions, but our Eskies didn't make the cut...they were close, but they decided to go with a washed up/has been Quarterback and lost to make it to the quarter finals. :( Very sad, sad day, considering we were sitting almost dead last in the Western Division (kind of makes you think of the Oilers) Ha! Ha! And I'm a true blue/die hard Oilers fan too boot. But none the less if the Green and Gold aren't in the next best team to cheer for is the green and white...Saskatchewan Roughriders. Heaven help me for I have sinned, lol. Only for a couple hours that is until the Grey Cup is over...heee! Just a little bit of Rider Pride.

So in the mean time I figured it best I start to up date my blog with all the pics from the last few months.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Time flies...

This past month has been, the boys, life in general. At work we are getting ready for the project to kick off and then get everyone hired, material received and construction can begin. The boys are busy...R is loving school and doing well. He's playing ball hockey and I have been the "bad" mama and not taken a single photo...eek! Not cool! C is his own little bundle of energy...he loves read stories, play with his Iron Man toys etc. He's a definite "mommy hunter". May have to go and get him some camo for his hunting ways. Hee!

Today driving home, and as Murphy's Law always states, when an opportunity presents itself for a picture you will never have it with you and that was the case this morning. I managed to come upon the scene of the most magnificent bird of prey the Bald Eagle and the not so magestic scavengers better know as the crows and magpies on dead critter in the ditch. It was an amazing sight to see, a bird of prey and the scavengers all converged for one purpose and one purpose only...hunger. So by the time I got the camera and went back, I had the shot lined up and some ass blasted his horn and off they all went. So here is what I managed to get.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I am so happy the weekend is finally over...mind you it was fun. Yesterday, R was invited to a birthday party at the Jurassic Forest just north of Gibbons. The weather was kind of gloomy and chilly, but it was a fantastic time. The kids had a blast, we got to see Dinosaurs and enjoy a yummy dish of pasta made the Master Chef Chicago himself and followed by a delicious Dinosaur cake.

Today was an even busier day, cleaned out the rest of the house, got it all moved and unpacked, went and looked at new place (keeping fingers crossed on this one!!) 3+1 bedroom (means I get a scrapbook room!!! Eeeeee!!!) But will also serve as a guest room. Then it was off to another birthday party for a sweet little girl Moo. She turned 7 today. C acted like it was his party and cried for the majority of the time. Not fun for this mama...grrr...oh well, Nana Sue's pink flower birthday cake washed it all away!!

Before I get carried away with the ramblings of the weekend, here are some of the remaining photos I have to get caught up on. I'm still about a week behind but at least it's not 2 months worth of photos!! Grab a decaf coffee or tea and kick back and enjoy.

Hope you all have an amazing week!