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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Drops of Jupiter: Its been awhile

Drops of Jupiter: Its been awhile: It has been awhile since I last posted a blog.. We had a rough spring and summer with my husband ending up in the hospital for 2 months and...

Its been awhile

It has been awhile since I last posted a blog..  We had a rough spring and summer with my husband ending up in the hospital for 2 months and recovering at home for the summer.  I now have some free time to dedicate to my blog and look forward to getting back to it.

Today I want to start getting into the Christmas spirit with it being just over a month away, I have seen a lot of websites, twitter, and facebook pages with great ideas and inpirations for gifts etc... already.  I noticed one about the 40 best advent calendars and thought that was a good place to start, As Dec 1st is fast approaching.  I will post a link to that sight if anyone wants some great ideas to purchase or make your own.  http://www.babble.com/kid/kids-products/best-advent-calendars/  I especially like the ones that you can reuse every year... I am thinking I would like to make a stocking one with little stockings on a clothesline and fill them with some type of treat .  Maybe combine a couple of the ideas where each stocking could contain a new decoration for a small tree to be decorated.  Not sure if I want to sew the stockings in bright Christmas colours or knit them in bright colours of wool.

The next item on my list of Christmas items to complete is my annual Christmas letter, I like to make it funny as well as informative this year with 6 kids, a wedding this past summer, 3 grandkids and another on the way we have lots of news to share.  I just have to put my comedian hat on and start writing.

Christmas shopping is always on the to do list.  This year I am hoping to get it all done before mid december I tend to get clostrophobic in the malls after that.  Every year I promise myself that I am not going to get the kids gift cards, but with varying tastes they don't always like what I think they should so inevitably someone gets a gift card or 2.  I would love to hand make all my gifts but alas the creative fairy didn't grace me with a talent for creating things by hand.  I know practice makes perfect and I did perfect the perfect mitts for big hands (as all our children being over 6' tall ) have big hands, but with 5 of them being boys they are not into hand knitted mitts to keep their fingers warm.  I promised my husband a pair without fingers to wear around the house as his circulation is not the best and being frugal our home is never toasty warm.  Now that I have grandkids the knitted mitts may be something they will wear.

That being said over the following days up until Christmas I will try to come up with some great gift ideas, deals, blogs, crafts or goodies to make that I have stumbled upon in my facebook, email, twitter or searches and I will share them with you.  One that I found today that may be of interest is Wall words, they make great gifts or a nice decor for a wall needing that little extra.  Here is the link

check it out and get some of that shopping done early.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

To my daughter Cynthia

Tomorrow is my daughter Cynthia's 23 Birthday.  It was December 1st 1987 that my little girl came into the world and she has been a going concern ever since then.  Cynthia always had an independent streak and seemed to charge into life head on.  She learned to walk at 9 months and was forever determined to get outside, when she was two, I had to lock the front and back doors if I went to have a shower because she would be out the door and on her way to the road. A few times I was seen in only a towel running down the driveway to catch her before she hit the road, her older brother Tyler was always a big help rescuing her a few times. 
When Cynthia was four she would get up by herself at 6:00 AM on a Saturday and head outside and over to the neighbours to see if they wanted to come out to play (we got a few irate phone calls, until they got to know Cynthia).  Everyone on our block knew who Cynthia was she was always friendly and talked to everyone, even when we would go shopping she would chat with the sales clerks and tell them our life story as we were shopping or in line at the cash.  Cynthia was lucky growing up we lived close to my parents (Her Oma & Opa ) so we would visit them often.  One day when she was four she decided to ride over on her bike.  I was outside with her and turned around and she was gone, we looked all over the block for her, when I went into the house our phone was ringing it was my parents Cynthia had shown up and they wanted me to know she was OK.  Apparently she arrived with a car in tow, someone saw her riding her tricycle on the road and wanted to make sure she got to her destination OK. 
Another time we were in the mall which has 3 floors of shopping, I was looking at clothes and Cynthia and her brother Tyler were with me getting bored.  I looked up and she was gone, Tyler didn't see her go, we looked around and called her name no answer.  I went to the cosmetic counter and told them my 3 year was missing I described what she was wearing and they called security, I explained to them what had happened and what she looked like and they put out an alert.  About 15 mins later my son Tyler says look Mom.  I look out into the mall and I see Cynthia she has an umbrella in either hand and she is dancing down the mall towards us, not a care in the World, no idea that she is lost or that we are looking for her.  We found out later she had gotten on the elevator (around the corner from where I was looking at clothes), went down to the 1st floor and grabbed 2 Alfred sung umbrella's out of the stands and made her way into the Mall, in the middle of the mall she got on the elevator and made her way up to the 3rd floor and was heading down the mall towards us when we saw her.  Once again someone followed her to make sure she was safe, and I thanked them and the security. 
Cynthia has since grown up and this year 2010 she has had a year full of Celebrations.  On March 14th, Cynthia gave birth to her son (Our Grandson) Damian he was 6 weeks early and like his mother charged head on into the world.  I was so proud of her, she was as the hospital everyday feeding her son the milk she had pumped and stored for him, she was exhausted and determined her son was going to be OK, he was and still is, now he is 8 months old and her little fatman, he has big blue eyes like his Mom and strong and happy, he loves to laugh and his smile lights up a room, can't wait to see him again at Christmas his Paw and Memaw miss him terribly. 
In June, Cynthia graduated from Fanshawe College in London Ontario with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, even though Damian came 6 weeks early she was able to finish her classes with Damian in tow and Graduate with her class, Another proud moment for my husband and I.
Tomorrow Cynthia turns 23 and this is her first Birthday as a Mom.  Cynthia Happy Birthday Sweetheart !!  You are beautiful and amazing and keep just being you and charging head on into the world.  You are a wonderful mother and daughter and I hope this year all your dreams come true.

Love Laughter and Happiness   

Mom

XOXO


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pictures of our old home in Aylmer, Ontario

I am posting these pictures of our old home in Aylmer, Ontario.  This is the home we lived in and loved for 3 years while my husband Steve (who was seconded by the Ottawa Police) taught PVO (Police Vehicle Operations) at the Ontario Police College.  My first job in Aylmer was working as a part-time dispatcher for the Aylmer Police, I then worked as the Office Manager for the Aylmer & District Museum.  My last position in Aylmer was as a clerk at The Ontario Police College where I worked with 2 wonderful ladies Joanne and Georgina in the store (tuck shop).  My husband joined the Aylmer Kinsmen which he enjoyed immensely and was given the honour of being Santa in the Aylmer Santa Clause parade the last year we were there.  Our home was also a featured home in the Museum's annual Christmas tour of homes a huge fundraiser for the museum every year.  With Christmas coming and knowing the Aylmer Santa Clause parade was this weekend I thought this would be a great blog to remember our beautiful home and the wonderful people of Aylmer, Ontario (home of the original Aylmer food canning plant and Carnation milk).  Enjoy !!


Our old home in Aylmer Ontario

East side of house

Backyard


Front hall & Stained glass my father made
Front Stairs


Back maid staircase

 


Den and door to downstairs bathroom


Den

Dinning room and back door

Dinning room


Front room and side door

Front room



Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Kitchen 3

Kitchen 4

Living room with stined glass my father made

Living room


Upstairs hall
Upstairs landing
Master bedroom 1

Master bedroom 2

Master bedroom 3

master bedroom 4

Maxx's room 1

Maxx's room 2

Maxx's room 3

Maxx's room 4

Maxx's room 5

Cynthia's princess room 1

Cynthia's Princess room 2

Cynthia's Princess room 3



Bunkbed room 1

Bunkbed room 2

Bunkbed room 3
upstairs bathroom 1


Upstairs bathroom 2

Upstairs bathroom 3




Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Beautiful Fushia Pink and Silver Wreath

Today I attempted to make a wreath for my front door.  I started out with supplies I purchased at the Dollar Store and Walmart.  This year I wanted something a bit different, my colour scheme was Pink and Silver, so with that on my mind I went shopping these are the items I purchased. 

I didn't end up using it all
Used the silver wire tape $1

Used the bright pink Boa $2

Used the large silver star $1

Used the 2 flashing silver tinsil balls $4

Uaed the 3 open scroll silver balls $1

Used the 2 silver clip on birds $1


Used the silver garland $1

Used the 6 small tinsil balls $1



Used the natural twisted ring (Free)


Total cost $12.00 not bad for a wreath.


My husband didn't like the finished product he said it looked too Vegas with the Fushia Boa, he was expecting some topless dancing ladies to come out the door.  I myself like it, it is unique enough no one else will have the same wreath on our street and because its on the door I can decorate the inside in the more traditional Christmas colours of Red, Green, Gold and silver.  My husband never uses the front door anyway (I still love him even if he doesn't like the wreath).  I told him that we can always change it there is still a month left before Christmas.

Here is the finished product.


This one has the lights flashing (hard to see)