Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fun in the Sun

Yay!!! Summer is here! New routines. New goals. New opportunities.

This summer has presented itself with a lot of little changes for our family, a lot of things to look forward to.  One of those things may even get us in a pretty good financial position.  It is not 100% set in stone so I will let you know more about that as it unfolds...

1 more month and I get to meet my cousin who is travelling here from Italy.  Words can not even begin to define just how freaking excited I am.

Our church services have been changing me in ways so deep I can't give merit to it with mere words jsut yet.

We have finally come to an end, in Canada, of a way too long postal strike which turned into a lock-out...but it is finally over and with its end comes our Income Tax check - finally...  We sent it in ions ago but they needed proof of our charitable donations...red tape, red tape and more red tape and a postal strike/lock-out later I open my mailbox each day seeking that ugly brown envelope...{grin}

Hope the summer has found you well, enjoying life, your family & your friends...'til next time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Life in comparison to Simba (yes, from Lion King)

Remember in the movie where it is Simba and Rafiki? You know right after the whole Mufasa in the cloud scene? And Simba says something about how things are changing...I can't remember his exact words. Do you know how many years it has been since I watched the miovie? Sheesh (grin)

Anyway, Rafiki says something about change being good... and then I remember him hitting Simba in the head and saying "you can either run from it or learn from it".

All that non-sensical drivel to say, there may be some changes around here my humble abode. Big changes.  A lot of getting used to changes but, if they come to pass, we shall make them work and it will be good and everyone will be happy...right?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stranger...

It has been a while since I darkened the door(?) of this interweb blogville kinda place we sometimes try to hang out at.

I've been working lots; which will make up for the two weeks off in July we have as the doctor is on holidays.

I've been working a few shifts here and there at a jewellry store as well so that I can help build up our nest egg to get a down payment on a house and...the owner of the store is a friend of mine who I love to help out by giving her a day off once in a blue moon.

I was working on a powerpoint....in the middle of fever-induced craziness... yet, it turned out very lovely.  There was some stress there that I really, really tried to not get stressed out over but...one of the parties was a little tardy (ahem - grin) in the providing of pictures for me to work with.  I would love to tell you I didn't stress but I did.  I must be transparent with you...{grin}  It all worked out though. Woo HOOOOO!!!

We had a graduation and an awards night. Jellybean got awards for most improved student, highest average and best attendance. Bug got an award for best attendance. Pictures to follow but I must get them onto the picassa site first.

Oooo, there was a conference in there as well.  I have also, since the conference been spending oodles of time with my "sister" and another friend.  Been having a blast giggling with them again...for real life. :D

Saturday we will be going to the town BigDaddy grew up near  and celebrating his little granny on her 90th birthday!  Yay... will be lots of fun I am sure - hearing old stories as family members reminicse (why can't I spell that word tonight!? Argh!)

Anywhoodles, off to slumberland...just a hop skip and a jump away from blogville...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

When the husband is away

No, no, no...the wife doesn't play. Not this wife! But what happens around here when the husband is away is, the wife gets sick, the kids get sick, someone sideswipes the car, the car breaks down, the keys fall off the keyring in the car and the family is locked out of the car...

Yes, this is just an example of some of the things that have happened when BigDaddy is gone with his job. He usually travels one week and is home the next.  This time of year he is gone all of one week, part of the next on and off... schools are getting ready to shut down for the summer and they are in need of network administration/computer repair/whatever other computer needs arise (you know like the school being broken into and the entire IT dept being trashed).

We miss him to pieces, take care of whatever mishaps arise while he is gone and usually all this mama has to do is throw a roast in the slow cooker first thing in the week and we have enough leftovers to make meals from for the rest of the week.

Heading off now to make some chicken noodle soup for little Miss Jellybean; the school called me at 9:30 this morning... BigDaddy had been on the road for an hour and a half. Ha ha ha.

Perhaps I need to pray pre-emptively when we know he is leaving against every silly little thing that tries to bring us down.  {grin}

Sunday, June 5, 2011

In the midst

of a conference week at church...so far it has been a phenomenal week! George Woodward spoke on opening night (as well as day sessions on Friday and Saturday). Pastor Francis Armstrong ministered Friday and Saturday evening as well as day sessions Friday and Saturday.  Today our very own Pastor is preaching this morning and Pastor Francis will be ministering to us again this evening...

A schedule like this is a bit difficult to keep on top of at times...thank God this is not the way things are for us every week...at least not right now.  I, for one, am certainly not ready to be stretched like this on a regular basis. It has been a bit challenging, especially since I was under the weather for most of the week before and all of this week; BigDaddy being gone didn't add to the ease of things either.

Our laundry really needs done here but, this is what we have done to keep on top of what we have done, which, other than laundry as been most things.  I cooked a nice sized beef roast. Potroast one night, leftovers with potatoes the next, rice and leftover beef the next couple.  We don't eat that terribly much if BigDaddy is gone. Cooking once, eating 5 times is a HUGE bonus - HUGE! The fact that I make sandwiches for the kids' lunches and freeze them helped alot.  Lunches were made in 3 minutes - juice box from the cupbaord, apple and carrots from the fridge, a sandwich from the freezer and a granola bar from their snack boxes.

As soon as the kids got home from school they did their chores and their homework; supper was then ready. We ate and were out the door.  Yay!

Now if only there was a little gnome or something that would come and do my laundry for me...at least fold the stuff I did manage to get done...

Marco...?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Fires

What a year this has been!

Spring is always bad around here for fires... we had the fire that destroyed a town a province over, a fire near us that raged for quite a few days and now, a northern community has been evacuated due to fires that have been maliciously and strategically set by someone all around the community.  People have been airlifted out, evacuated to safety but the fate of this community is left in the hands of time, the wind and brave fire fighters...

God, your will prevail!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Unfulfilled Potential

With this little owie of a sickness I had this last week, I have done a lot of laying down.  With that lot of laying down comes lots of opportunity to look at how my stomach looks the same as it did when I was 5-6 months pregnant (maybe I am exaggerating but people, it is not pretty).

Since Christmas, and I feel so ashamed to say this, I have had Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred inside my house.  2 months ago I decided I should at least take the plastic wrapping off of it...that is the extent of attention it has gotten.  So...I think it is time to get off my wideload sticker, start exercising again, get myself back in shape, drink more water/less soda (which I had been until I needed to IV gingerale - you are welcome for the imagery), eat more carrots and less chocolate...

...Um, does it count if I dip the carrots in chocolate?

No? Didn't think so... here goes nothing but at the same time...here goes everything.  Can we get Bob and Jillian to do a program called For the Under Enthused?

Where I've Been

I've been sick. Real sick. Well...as far as petty little sicknesses  like viral infections and colds/flus are concerned not as in something way more serious than that. 

But it had zapped all my energy, especially since BigDaddy has been gone.  There were still kids who needed fed and reminded to do homework and laundry and baths and...well, you have all been there. I needn't ramble on.

I was feeling well enough to, inspite of not being well enough to go to work, bring my laptop up to my room and get a very good start on the wedding powerpoint for J2s' wedding on June 18. That helped me to feel somewhat productive and feel a little better over the fact that the wedding is 16 days away and I had nothing started! "Almost done" feels way better than "what do I do first"...just sayin'.