Happy New Year to all of you! Stay safe my friends!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Happy New Year to all of you! Stay safe my friends!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
It reminds me of the very first picture I have of the two of them together - this one was taken Oct 12, 2004 in my backyard in Fort Morgan. Jason and Rachel planted a garden every year and this was one of the carrots from that summer's garden ... look how little they were - Rachel is 2 1/2 and Jack is a few months shy of 2 in this one. Still one of my all time favourite pictures!!So while distance stinks - I am glad to know that it does not seem to have affected the relationship between my baby girl and her best friend Jackson!! Warms my heart!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Last night at 2am we heard a crash - I thought the cat had broken a glass in the kitchen. Jason jumped up and about 5 minutes later I heard another crash. This one woke Rachel up and I yelled - are you OK to Jason to which his reply was NO! I jumped up thinking he was hurt - nope just mad because the 1st crash was the tree falling down .. the 2nd one was it falling down AGAIN after Jason had stood it back up. One of my childhood ornaments broke (from 1975) and then the beautiful handmade ornament that we got when Rachel was born lost a wing - she is now a one winged angel (till I get my glue to fix her). Our family 2002 ornament has a little chip - can be fixed with paint. The one I am really sad about is the special 2000 one that Jason's mom gave us - it was from a set of 3 and it is not even recognizable anymore :( As for the rest of the broken ones - they are just round balls that can be replaced. Frank is now anchored to the wall in true Nova Scotia fashion
May this be the last in the continuing story about our Christmas tree this year!!!!!
OH and as for me and the stash diet ... I did 3 - count em 3 layouts last night!!! So I think I am up to 15!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Stash Diet UpDate for Jennifer:
3 Layouts completed
5 Decorated Calendars
3 Handmade Journals
4 Decorated Photo Books
Thursday, December 13, 2007
On another note, my parents are here in Fresno visiting for a week. We have had lots of fun just hanging out. I am sure there will be lots of tears on Saturday night when they leave, but for now we are just enjoying each other. Yesterday we headed over to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo for the afternoon. It was a little chilly, but we got to see the Sea Lion feeding and that was quite fun. Pismo, the Sea Lion and Buck, the Seal put on a great little show for us. It was like having the entire zoo to ourselves. I didn't realize I didn't have a memory card in my camera and my dad's camera battery died so we didn't think we could get any pictures of the afternoon. After a few minutes, I thought maybe their memory card could work in my camera so we tried it and got a few photos in.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Also - mom decided that she would buy Rachel's new cowboy boots for Christmas. I was given instructions to let her pick them out herself. Of course I kept showing the brown ones, the cute beige and pink ones, even a pair with blue embridered flowers on the beige swede. This is what we left the store with ...
If I had called and told mom that she chose the cute beige and pink ones I would have heard "No she did not - go back and let her choose". So now I have these and she wears them only with skirts. For the people who know Rachel they would agree that these are the boots that she would have chosen. She thinks they are fabulous! I guess that is all that counts!!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
And so it begins...the rules are as follows.
1. Create 50 layouts using only products, tools, and supplies we have on hand.
2. Cardstock and adhesive can be purchased when needed. Who can make many pages with no adhesive?
3. Gift certificates, RAK's, DT kits are not included -those can be used.
4. Larger altered projects count as 1 layout.
I can't wait to get started! I think it will take me about 3 months total and the savings during that time will be so nice for the budget. I think when I am done I will treat myself to something wonderful like a manicure or a special new outfit. I am not going to use it for scrappy supplies at all. WOW!
How about you? Would you like to join us in this diet? Maybe we can lose some weight along the way too, LOL.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Space Mountain (Jennifer was not as fond of this as Ken, Rachel, Kenny and I - Jason did not ride it)
Soaring Over California - this was totally awesome.
Buzz Lightyear - this was one of Jackson's favourites
Pirates of the Carribean - this was AWESOME - Kaden thought the animals were all real - so cute!
California Screaming - Kenny, Ken and I loved this roller coaster.
We stood in line for a LOOOONG time to meet Mickey - totally worth it!!!!!!!
Jackson loves Pluto so he was most excited to see him!!
The Incredibles holds a special place in our worlds - especially for Jennifer so this was so fun!
Watching the parade - everything was all done up for Christmas - so much fun!!!
Attempts to get family pictures for Christmas cards were not as easy as we had hoped!!!
A huge highlight for the kids!!! Lightning McQueen! How fun!
Jason and I took Rachel to the Princess Lunch and she thought it was fabulous. She loved all the Princesses - but chose a Belle t-shirt!
Monday, November 19, 2007
It has been over a year since we have all been together (although Jennifer and I saw each other in June). I just can't wait to be in California and just be hanging out like old times. This is going to be SO much fun - in a taking 4 kids to Disney kind of way!!!!!!!
See y'all after the holiday with pictures. Until then have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with all your loved ones.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The story about how this happened is rather long, but the gist of it is, we chose Jackson's pump a year ago with the hope that someday he would be able to get these sensors. We had no idea how soon that would be. Most insurance companies won't cover them, especially for children under age 7 and we happen to have one of the few that consider paying on a case by case basis. Ken spoke with a nurse from the insurance a couple of days ago and after his conversation we were mobilizing for a denial of benefits. They just don't get what it is like to live with this disease! Instead, she called Ken back yesterday morning and told him as a result of their conversation (and Ken's powers of negotiation) that they are going to make an exception for our little guy. I think it is because Ken loves him so much that he will do whatever it takes to make Jackson's life better and stronger and longer. I seriously love this man!
OK, so back to the subject, they are paying and we are so happy! I can't wait to be able to put dinner on the table and let Jackson just eat with only a look at his pump. And when he is going low, the pump will tell us. No more middle of the night checks. Ahhh. It is going to be a fun and crazy ride and I can't wait to get on!
On another Diabetes note, we received a message from JDRF today that our team raised almost 1/6th of the total amount for the Walk to Cure Diabetes this past June. Jack's Pack officially raised over $7,000! I am so thankful for the research and dedication of this great organization.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
So the first project ... decorated boxes ... they are little - but can be oh so cute - and who would not love to get a present in one of these ... wouldn't a gift card look cute in here?? I made the top one and Jennifer made the one on the bottom.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
While Jennifer is teaching today I am busy crafting here at home. I am busy making Christmas presents for people. Stay tuned as I will be posting the instructions to make some of them here soon!
So there is this nasty squirrel who lives in the Pecan tree in our backyard. Everytime our poor cat goes outside that nasty squirrel climbs down the tree and starts screaming at Jennifer (yes Rachel named her cat after the person Jennifer). As soon as she comes back inside the squirrel stops. So I went out to check out this nasty little creature - and it started yelling at me!! At least now the cat and Jennifer's dog Reggie have something in common - except that in Jennifer's backyard it is birds who are bugging the dog!