Saturday, August 30, 2008


I am so thankful for my family and for my husband. They are the ones who will always be there for me, always love me, always support me, always always always. They make me laugh and they never intentionally hurt me or make me cry. I can say what I'm thinking or feeling without worrying they are going to laugh at me or think I'm weird (they already KNOW I'm weird lol). :)

I have had a couple experiences lately that really just made me value my family and husband even more. People can claim to be your friend and then turn around and do something really hurtful. I realize this is because they are humans, and the only one who will never let me down is Jesus Christ. I also realize that my family or husband can let me down -- I think the difference is they are willing to fix it and try to make it right. It bothers me when "friends" just let things like that go and don't seem to care if they've hurt you or not.

I don't know if this even makes any sense. I was just really upset by something that happened a couple weeks ago.........

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

how well do I know Jamie?

So I totally stole this from Arlene's blog. :) And I didn't really have anything else to post. So this is what you get.

How well do I know my husband???

1. Your spouse is watching TV. What is he watching?
wellllll, football if it's on -- otherwise the Simpsons, Mythbusters, American Chopper, etc etc etc

2. You're out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
ranch every time b/c he doesn't want to try anything else

3. What's one food this person doesn't like?
almost every vegetable

4. You go out to a restaurant. He orders...
steak or chicken or ribs

5 .Where did he go to high school?
at his mama's house :)

6. What size shoe does he wear?

7. If this person were to collect anything, it would be...
die-cast model fire engines and police cars

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
grilled cheese or ham/roast beef

9.This person could eat __________ everyday.
potato chips

10.Favorite cereal?
Oatmeal Crisp

11. This person wouldn't be caught dead wearing..
pink or purple, tight jeans, etc etc

12.Favorite sports team?
Toronto Blue Jays for baseball and Buffalo Bills for football

13. Who will he vote for?
we live in Canada, so whenever there's an election, he votes conservative

14.What is his sign?
Leo, same as me

15. What is something you do that he wishes you didn't?
ask him lots and lots of questions!!

16. How many states has he lived in?
none really, except for college -- he has lived in Ontario his whole life

17. What is his heritage?
Dutch, Dutch, and a little more Dutch!

18. Did you bake him a cake for his birthday?
nope I didn't, but I bought him one ;)

19. Did he play sports in high school?
uh probably not, see question 5

20. This person could spend hours...
playing xBox 360, talking about police stuff, working on his models

Sunday, August 24, 2008

why is it.....

.....that my frappuccino cup is empty long before I am ready to stop enjoying it???

Yep. Life is unfair.

foot reconditioning

So, last night, I wore a pair of sneakers. Pretty amazing stuff I do, isn't it? :) Haha. Anyways, it was the first time since the beginning of APRIL that I had worn closed-in shoes, and with socks. BTW, I hate socks. And I am beginning to remember why.......

Oh the pain......I guess my feet have forgotten how to be enclosed instead of free and open in flip flops. I hope they remember soon, like say before snow starts to fall in the next month or two. :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

it pays to speak up!!

On Wednesday evening after James got home from work, we (well just me really) decided to go out for dinner. I didn't really feel like cooking, and we hadn't been out in a while, so I decided on East Side Mario's. I doubt that anyone in the States has heard of this place, although it looks very American, what with its huge Statue of Liberty replica. :) Very homey.

Anyways, we ordered our food, and when James got his burger, he noticed there wasn't bacon or cheese on it. He thought perhaps he hadn't said he wanted these items, so he decided not to say anything. When we got the bill, James just paid it without looking at it (always a mistake....). When I got the receipt back, I looked at it and saw we had been charged $2 for the bacon and cheese. James said oh well, it's just $2. And I said, it's $2!!!! I am very passionate about making sure I am charged the appropriate amount for the service I receive! And in case you were wondering, I am also very diligent about giving things back that do not belong to me, aka too much change, etc etc. So I asked the server about it, and she said she had written it down to have bacon and cheese on it, but the guy in the kitchen must have forgotten. When she went back to find out, the guy in the kitchen admitted he had forgotten to put it on. Because they didn't want to go through the hassle of refunding us a couple dollars, the manager decided to give us a coupon for a free entree next time we visit, up to $25 value. !!!!! I certainly hadn't expected that, I just wanted my two dollars back. So I guess we'll have to go back..... :) :)

P.S. It doesn't always pay to speak up. Tonight, James and I went to a Jays/Yankees game with Ryan, a friend of ours. Before we went, I talked a bunch of trash to them about how the Yanks were gonna win big time, and the Jays were losers, and so on. And yep, you guessed it -- I spoke a little too soon. The Yankees were embarrassed to death by the Jays, the final score ended up being 14-3. Yikes. It was fun times anyways, but I STILL haven't seen the Yankees win in person.

Friday, August 15, 2008

new nephew!!!

Yesterday afternoon, I became the proud bearer of one of my favorite titles -- AUNT! :) I am now the happy aunt of ten (yep, TEN) little nieces and nephews.

My sister gave birth to a new little guy at 4:03 pm yesterday. They named him Michael James, and he weighed in at 8 lb, 11 oz and measured 20 3/4 inches long.

New life is amazing!! I can't wait to see him in October!

Congratulations to Jeanette and Chris! Pictures will follow, I'm sure. :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

today I am thankful for.....

  • a place to call home
  • always having everything (and more!) that we need
  • a forgiving Heavenly Father
  • all my new scrapbooking supplies!!
  • the overwhelming love and generosity of others
  • Coca Cola! :)
  • a happy marriage with a great hubby
  • spools and spools of beautiful ribbon
  • keeping up with the laundry for once!
  • my iPod shuffle -- music on the go!
P.S. I'm listing my "thankful things" because Terry at Ornaments of Grace told me to!! :) :) And I'm such a good listener.....

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

as promised....

(or at least part of the promise)

You may remember that I posted about an early New Year's resolution last December -- to cut my hair and donate it. Last December!! And I said I was going to accomplish it by February at the latest. :) :) Well well, here we are five months after that and I have finally gotten around to it. In all fairness to me, I really DID need to wait until now -- I was just overly ambitious/hopeful before and really didn't have enough hair.

I have had enough hair probably since June, but I kept putting it off and putting it off, but I finally scheduled myself an appointment for July 22, just 2 days before my birthday. In the week or so before, I kept looking at myself in the mirror and thinking how attached I had become to my long hair. I really couldn't imagine myself without it. However, I HAVE had short hair before, so I knew it couldn't be that big of a deal. And it really wasn't. After the stylist unceremoniously chopped off a 10-inch long braid, there was no turning back.

I loved it the first day, hated it the second day, and got back around to liking it pretty well on the third day. Really, I don't think guys can relate to the bond we girls develop with our hair -- how much it is part of who we really are. But I'm still me, just with short hair.

However, adjusting to short hair is not the main thing. The main thing was donating my hair to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program. My hair will be used along with other people's to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. The ultimate reason behind it all was in support of my mom. Although she has not lost her hair, she has been fighting this war again breast cancer since early 2006. And she's still fighting.

A couple months ago, my dad's company decreased all their health benefits, and now my mom has to pay to visit the doctor and to have any tests done. Also, she is pursuing additional treatments that insurance does not cover at all.

My parents aren't rich -- they don't exactly have the kind of money it takes to do this. Who does really? So I decided to try to get people to pledge money to sponsor me -- all the money would go to help my mom with her medical bills. At first, I thought I could get a few hundred dollars, but God worked in people's hearts in an amazing way and I was able to collect many times over that to give to my mom. I am so thankful to everyone who opened their hearts in love and support of my mom. It is just so incredible to me that people would give so generously, and mostly to an individual they had never met. Eternal rewards will be reaped for sure for these people. Thank you, everyone -- you are amazing.

P.S. Have you ever thought of donating your hair?? Your own hair grows back, and in the meantime, you could be giving such a meaningful gift to another person. Find the link above, or click on the graphic below for more information!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

new look!!!

I've been playing around with a few things, and this is what's sticking for now. But I'll probably change it tomorrow..... :) :)

We just went to PA for a few days and had the best time!!! Well, at least I did, b/c it was kinda my birthday trip and all. I will have to update later with all the fun stuff we did, plus stay tuned for news about me keeping my new year's resolution.

Enjoy my new look!