Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Mom asked me to post this so that everyone could see the flowers that I got post surgery. 1st bouquet is from Mom and Dad and the kids and the 2nd is a reasonable facsimile (sorry, I didn't get a picture before they were kind of yucky) of the one that I received from Jim and Judy. I also got a 3rd fro Carlam that looked very similar to J & J's. Thanks so much everyone. BTW, I am feeling really well and took the last of my stitches out myself last night. I have been back on the treadmill twice this week going 2 miles last night. Might have pushed it a bit too far last night as I was sore when I finished and still this morning, but won't be at it again until Saturday so, should be fine.
So, two weekends ago Claire and I decided that she needed to learn how to use the sewing maching and learn how to quilt. Not surprisingly, with very little supervision and a very quick demonstration on how to work the sewing machine, she was away. I think the part that she liked the best was that she got to use math and graph paper to figure out how big her squares should be to get the finished product the size that she wanted. She made this lovely Magic Bag to heat up at night and sleep with to keep her and the kitties nice and toasty!!!
Claire sewing her squares together
1st set of squares
Claire ironing the seams on her squares so
that they are nice and flat
Claire lining up the seams with pins so that they all match when
she sews them together. Her's were perfect.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Woke up to this, this morning. I have been told by some that it is a beautiful refreshing site. I have to admit that I didn't feel that way. I felt like pulling the covers over my head and hibernating until spring. Claire and Daniel were super excited, Chester was super excited, Tipper and the cats were with me. Oh well, I guess we have to accept that Old Man Winter is coming whether we are ready or not!!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
- The Notebook is still one of my favourite movies;
- How to operate the leaf picker upper thingy (aka the Lawn Sweep);
- The CFL can be enjoyable in the right company;
- An Impala SS can do 220 kms/hour;
- AND a weekend without your kids is not necessarily a bad thing.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
On September 19, 2009 Claire and I went on a road trip to visit our favorite Calgary Family, Billy and Bobbi Staples and their adorable children. The extra bonus of this trip was that we got to visit with Auntie Marj and Jeff and Jenny Jo too!!! Jeff and Jenny Jo had made the long trip from their home in Pennsylvania and stopped in Roblin for a visit and to pick up Jeff's Mom before heading to Calgary to meet the new Staples family. This is the 1st trip that Jeff and Jenny Jo have made to Calgary since Billy met, married and procreated with Bobbi so, there were lots of introductions to be made!!! Claire and I arrived at the tail end of their visit to Alberta and everyone was getting along famously. So nice to see them all together finally.
Jeff posing on his way back to the Staples' side of the fence after retrieving the football from the neighbor's yard.
Noah, Jeff and Jenny Jo's lovely dog
Jenna having a great time on her little bike. This is seriously the cutest kid I have ever met!
The Bill and Bobbi Branch
Bill, Jeff and I, we still look good after 36 years of knowing each other!!
AND, last, but not least, the Patience contingent. We had a great visit and I have to admit that I cried a little on my way home. Must see these people more often. Jeff and Jenny Jo, can't wait for you to head north again or, you never know, maybe we'll show up on your doorstep someday!
LOVE YOU ALL
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Again Daniel took part in the goose hunting season with his Papa and his Dad. Thanks soooo much to Mom and Dad for letting this happen for Daniel. He had a great time and I know that he is looking forward to next year because he will finally be able to shoot a gun and count to up the limit of birds they can take home each day!! YAHOO!!!
On September 12th, 2009 Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Foundation hosted their annual picnic just outside Edmonton to raise money for the group and of course, to allow all the dogs and owners to get together and talk greyhound! Claire and I attended as Daniel was in MB hunting and we had a great time as usual. Claire and I were in charge of the kid game (a greyhound name scavenger hunt) meaning that I helped her get the stuff and come up with the idea and she ran the show at the picnic. Chester came with us and also had a great time. He seems to think that he needs to be a little snarky with other greyhounds. Maybe he is just taking advantage of being away from Tipper and showing other dogs that he is boss!
When Daniel was in MB hunting Claire and I went to the mall and we found this hat for me. I think it is great and now we have matching ones as she already owns a hat very similar to this one. We wore them to music lessons last night!! We are just too cute for our own good!
Well, it is that time of year again! Daniel and Claire started school on August 31st, 2009 and put in a full five days right off the bat. These are the pictures from the 1st morning. Daniel was heading off to grade 7 and his last year at the elementary school and Claire is going to grade 4.
Claire got a new haircut for school. Daniel did too, you just can't tell!! I can't believe how cute Claire's looks. Completely suits her face and sense of style. I have to admit that I am a little jealous!!
At the end of August, we were all lucky to have the Staniland's come and visit. Claire and Daniel took these pictures while they were staying at their Dad's during the visit. Everyone had a great time. Baba and Gedo came along too so, it was a very crowded house in Spruce Grove!!!
Claire and Daniel's littlest Staniland cousin, Lincoln. He will be 2 in March
Jorja and Morgan decided to stay over at my house one night and Claire and Jorja did makeup. Doesn't Jorja look fabulous?!?
Auntie Tanya and Lincoln posing for Claire at the Aviation Museum
Uncle Melvin checking out the planes
I am sure that many of my generation remembers this little guy and his attitude. I even had more than one when I was a kid. Well, he has returned. Garfield is now my kids' new obsession. They love him as much as Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes and I think Claire likes him because he is a cat!! Claire has started to collect Garfields. Please do not take this as an invitiation to send her all your old Garfields!!!