Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I love this…something to live by!

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough;
remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him..
When the class began, wordlessly,
he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar
and start to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full?
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles
and poured it into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into open areas between the golf balls.  He then asked the students again
if the jar was full? They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand
and poured it into the jar. 
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two cups of coffee
from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.  The students laughed.
'Now,' said the  professor, as the laughter subsided,
'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - God, family,
children, health, friends, and favourite passions  
Things that if everything else was lost
and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car.

The sand is everything else --
The small stuff in Life.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued,
'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls’.
The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy
on the small stuff,
You will never have room for the things
that are important to you.
So.... Pay attention
to the things that are critical to your Happiness & Wellness.
Play with your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your loved ones out to dinner now & then.
There will always be time
to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.

'Take care of the golf balls first --
The things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'

One of the students raised her hand
and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled.
'I'm glad you asked'.
It just goes to show you that no matter
how full your life may seem,there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend!'

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brutus….a military K9

Below is a store I received this morning from my mom.  If you know me well, you know that I love dogs, any dog and all dogs, and e-mails like this are very touching to me, and can make one appreciate the bond that exists between humans and their best-buddies.

And Happy Earth Day…I guess it’s fitting to post about my favourite animal on such a day!!

image00111

The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord..

He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did. Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honour last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'. The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honour. If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats..

K-9 Congressional Medal of Honour Winner

Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!

and below are a few other really neat words for dog owners and lovers….

A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10 On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.

 

Instructions for properly hugging a baby:

1. First, uh, find a baby.

image00222

2. Second, be sure that the object you found was

indeed a baby by employing classic sniffing techniques.

image00333

3. Next you will need to flatten the baby before actually beginning the

hugging process.

image00444

4. The 'paw slide'

Simply slide paws around baby and prepare for possible close-up.

image00555

5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute

the difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so as to

achieve the best photo quality.

image00666

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Our little “duck”

We signed Annika up for swimming lessons at Victor Davis Pool and today was her first day.  She did soooo well!  Definitely the head of her class (and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mommy!).  She was practicing her kicking and floating and even went down the slide.  Swimming with grandpa in Florida this year really helped her.  She surpassed the first level “starfish” and went right into “duck”, and then she will become a “seahorse1” then “seahorse2”, which is the first level without mommy swimming with her.

87873196-9be2dfc963eff6bcf7d7803e5ba2f1b3_4bca02a7-scaled

kick,kick,kick

IMG00354-20100417-1152

looking for my new swimming buddies

IMG00355-20100417-1152

hanging out in my rubber fish

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baby Jamie in 3D

26444_705406733299_120805248_44159291_6779566_n 26444_705404667439_120805248_44159131_6384894_n

and it is 100% confirmed…he’s got a “turtle”!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

She’s growing up…

Our little girl is 1.5 years old today.  I told her that she’s not allowed to keep growing so fast.  She’s so big now, I almost can’t consider her my baby anymore – she’ll always be my baby, though, no matter how old she is.  I love you little girl!

I get to see my godson nephew, Jamie, today at Steph’s 3D ultrasound.  I can’t wait!  It’s something James and I never did, but thought was such a great idea.  I’m hoping to get a picture, and will post if I do.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

I can’t say it enough…..I’m so happy to be home!!!  Especially on this much needed holiday weekend!  The Easter bunny surprised Annika with some goodies.  Despite her having a cold, she was still up for an egg hunt and playing with her Easter toys.

P1060477P1060478 

Annika and her Easter presents

P1060483

Trying to hold all the eggs at once