Monday, February 28, 2011

Ski Day with Band of Brothers

Can you believe James has only skied twice in his life????? learner

(James is wearing black coat - Miro red coat - Scotty behind the camera)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A great story…

Dogs know ....


Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this fact; she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders.  The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her....what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him!  The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom.  Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap..
Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called.  It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong.  She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned!  While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying.  Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.
image0044 every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most Credentials, the most money, or the most awards.  They are the ones that care for us.
If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply.. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

birthday post #2 and Family Day!

We celebrated Family Day and my birthday all in one, since James was in Windsor on Sunday for my actual birthday.  We went to Milestones with Steph and Ryan and the girls.  We all ended up taking advantage of the “girls night” special….which is four bellini’s and four appetizers for $40.  YUMMY!  Steph and I are going to live at Milestones on Mondays in the summer.  They have an awesome patio with fireplace that I can see us sitting at every week :)

We then came back to BJAMS’ house to watch the Bachelor….all I can say is I’ve never enjoyed watching that so show so much LOL!  This is the post Steph left me on Facebook this morning.  !  “....he leans forward, confused expression on his face scratching his head with one finger he muses, "I'm a weird guy". why yes, brad womack (spelling?) you are indeed! Now stop letting the girls you date advertise their funeral parlor during your show! AND who can forget the wallpaper? I mean painting! haha.”

That pretty much sums up the evening.  We definitely had a really good laugh watching it.  James and Ryan had to get their “masculinity” fill by playing a game of Risk before….considering they took park in “girls night” at Milestones, and then “Bachelor” back at BJAMS!  LOL  Such good sports, and that’s why we love them so much!!


Happy Birthday mommy!





enjoying his bellini…look closely…notice the purple stiletto on the drink ;)


My bro’s birthday card for me….kinda close to my actual age….

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comforting Selena


mommy and Annika on her birthday


best attempt at group photo


cuddling godmommy


Jenny and I before her migraine hit


wearing her pretty hair clip just for mommy’s birthday

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It’s my birthday…

After a not-so-great sleep, with Selena waking up at 2am, instead of her usual 4am, this morning I was greeted with two smiling little girls – which is the best gift any mommy could ask for!

My brother was the first call of the day :)  This is the one and only day we are officially the same age.  His birthday is tomorrow.  We’re creeping pretty close to 30…I can’t believe it.  I remember wondering as a kid what it would feel like to be 30, and what I would look like.  I always pictured myself as looking really different, with wrinkles….HAHA!!  I have a few wrinkles….I look a little different than I did as a kid….but I feel exactly the same.  I always pictured myself married with kids by 30, and I was bang on with that one!  I’m a lucky girl :)

I took the girls and Mavie out for a walk this morning.  I’m really not a fan of the cold, but the sun was out and there was very little wind, which made for a great walk.

Looking forward to seeing my bestie this afternoon and enjoying Pizza Hut’s yummy Cheesy Bites pizza with Jenny and Steph!


On our walk

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David’s new condo behind our house….move-in is October


Second floor – I think this is David’s windows


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Selena meets her Goddaddy

Uncle “Nini” came for a great two-day visit.  Annika and Selena got lots and lots of uncle time!  Anthony played fill-in daddy while James and I worked, and Mr. Fix-it with James, building our new basement shelving system!

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Goddaddy Anthony (James’ good friend)

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Godmommy Connie (my cousin)


Trying out her new bow

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Building the storage system – proudly using James’ new 2-foot-long screwdriver

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Cuddling her new bunny




smiles for papa before his departure to Florida

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First night in her new back-zip PJs….I had to search the internet to find a solution to a toddler (who isn’t potty trained at night) who refuses to keep her clothes/diaper on at bedtime.  Big thanks to Nana for finding these!


….not feeling the new PJs….

Monday, February 14, 2011

To my Babe on Valentine's Day

It's been a great Valentine's Day, thanks to my sweet husband :) He is so cute when Valentine's Day and my birthday approach...his romantic side wants to kick in in full gear, but his logical side can't figure out what to do. He knows it doesn't take much to put a smile on my face, and this year he got me a chocolate rose and wrote a sweet little note waiting for me at the bottom of the staircase, and then went shopping and brought home a "fancy" rib dinner for us. They were delicious ribs - the best I've had in a while!

Selena and Annika were all smiles today, getting back into their schedule after a full weekend of fun. Selena and Annika's Valentine's Day present to mommy and daddy was taking a coinciding 2.5 hour nap together! Silence and peace in the afternoon - so nice!

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jamie’s Dedication

A really nice church service and blessing for Jamie, followed by a big gathering at Steph’s parents’ house.  Congratulations little Jamie!

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A prayer for Jamie

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Jamie having a nap after a big morning


Checking on Jamie



Me and my godson


Godparents – Adam, Bre, Alex (Steph’s brothers)