Thursday, February 28, 2008
R: "Mom, do you remember when E.T. was invented?"
Me: "I think 1982"
R: "Were you alive in 1982?"
Me: (laughing) "Yes, honey, I was."
I have to say it made me think of the things I've been alive and around for.
I was born in 1976. July, to be exact. I'm not old -- but I'm sure my kids think I am!
So I googled events by year, and I came up with this: http://www.infoplease.com/year and found out that I was alive when...
Star Wars debuted in theatres
Elvis Presley died
Sony introduces the Walkman...the first portable stereo
John Lennon was assasinated
CNN was launched
AIDS was first identified
IBM introduces the first PC, using MS-DOS
The FCC authorizes Motorola to begin testing cellular phone service in Chicago.
British scientists report the opening of an enormous hole in the earth's ozone layer over Antarctica.
Nuclear accident at Chernobyl
Space Shuttle Challenger explodes (saw it on TV at school)
Nintendo is released.
Wow -- some of these things don't seem like they happened all that long ago. It reminds me that, someday, my kids will be reading about 9-11 and other current events (wasn't that just yesterday??) in history class.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Here's kudos for all the kiters out there -- you guys are amazing and very talented! And if someone is reading this and wants to get into kiting, check out www.escapesports.ca. This is the place where DH gets his kiting gear. When I went in to buy him a Christmas gift (kiting gear, of course!) the owner, Johnny, was so helpful and friendly -- it was fantastic. They have a forum there too, which I peek at every once in a while just to see what's new.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
She just stood there, not saying anything, for at least a minute or two. I think she might have been a bit confused. When we asked her later, she thought we were showing her someone else's room. So we asked...."well?"
She kept saying "wow!', and "this is amazing!", and "so cool!" She wandered around her room slowly and just kept looking at everything.
This was my favorite pic:
The look on her face was priceless, and was worth every minute we spent working on this room. It was worth every penny we spent, and every fib I had to tell her to keep it a secret. She told us that this was the best birthday present she ever had seen and that it was the most amazing room she had ever seen anywhere. Yes, it was all worth it!
After we pried her out of her room, we went up and had cake. But it was hard to keep her upstairs -- all she wanted was to be down in her little personal paradise. Very easy to get her to bed last night!
What a great experience! Thanks for reading, and looking, and commenting all week. Now...next time...it will be Curtis' turn. Who knows when and where...but it will be when he leats expects it!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I moved all of Renee's things back into her room too. Her bookshelf, her clothes, her special stuffed animals and keepsakes. I hung her cross back on her wall. And her autographed picture of Kurt Browning...LOL. I added another package of curtain clips and rearranged her fishing net. So everything is ready for her!
When we go to swimming lessons today, we will take a run to Jysk for a replacement fish ornament (thank goodness they were inexpensive!) and another set of seagrass baskets to use as shelves. We'll also stop by Superstore. They had a cool seagrass chest that would make a great laundry hamper!
So here's the plan...we're going to swimming lessons, then supper, then a family swim evening with my mom and dad. Afterward, we'll come back here for cake. Then I am going to send her on a birthday "treasure hunt" and the last clue will say that her gift is in her room. Meanwhile, I'll sneak downstairs into her room so that I can snap a pic when she opens the door. I can hardly wait!!
No pics today -- the room looks close to yesterday's. My next post will be her reaction!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
We found some seagrass baskets and a seagrass drawer unit (at Jysk) for her nightstand. Mom arranged some of the shells and other things in the baskets for her headboard on her bed:
The little strand of mini lights (which was 1.97 at Jysk!) lights up and looks fantastic at night:Mom created Renee her own personal "beach" with sand, shells, a candle (for decorative purposes only!!) and some other treasures. I think I am going to tuck a little framed pic of her on the beach inside the glass:We found white ceramic ornaments (again, at Jysk) that we hung on the wall beside the window. They are quite large and fit perfectly.I love this -- it's a fisherman's net from Michael's (40% off coupon!). We hung it using 3M command hooks and just draped it in the corner. Then we tucked a variety of seashells inside. I think I might do some more arranging. It doesn't look quite the way I want it to...but that's the beauty of hanging with hooks...I can rearrange it until it looks exactly like I want it to.This is the print that started it all...I kind of knew what I wanted, but when I found this print at Micheal's (40% off coupon!) I knew I could pick all the colours from the print and have something that is reminiscent of the ocean. The quote on the bottom says "...to each his own personal paradise..." which is exactly how I want the room to feel for Renee. The frame is plain wood, painted and crackled using white and sandy-brown. It looks all weathered and wonderful, and it is hanging right above Renee's bed.Mom altered a wooden paddle for her door...of course, we couldn't hang it because she'd see. But I plan to hang it on the outside of her door after she sees the room. This is amazing...it has real shells and sand on it -- just lovely!So here's a bigger view of the room right now...it needs a few finishing touches and one more larger project, but we are almost there!Of course, Mom and I had a ton of help today...just look at this hard-working supervisor! LOLWell...until tomorrow -- thanks for looking!
Jack sat and watched the whole time...wouldn't it be great to be a cat??
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Everything is packed up and hidden. Here's the progress:
Now, we're just waiting for the walls to be ready. Our friend said that it needs one more coat and sand, so we will be ready for primer first thing tomorrow morning. Woohoo!
Yes, it is disorganized and messy...but that is soon to change. We have some great plans for this room. And we have one week. We are hoping to have the family over for cake on Saturday and reveal the room to Renee that afternoon.
I told Renee this morning that the friend who is mudding and taping the seams of the new drywall needs the room unoccupied for a week, so she has to move into the playroom. Other than that, she thinks we are going to be repainting this summer. She has no idea what is going on. All the work we are doing has to be accomplished either while she is in school or when she is asleep. If we need some extra time, I have friends who might just ask her to come play. She's going to be a very busy girl this week, I hope!
So, today's goals: For me, I have to pack up her things into boxes and hide them out in the garage. That means her toys, her clothes, everything. And then get her walls ready for painting. All the posters have to come down and the walls need to be wiped down. Our friend is coming to finish up the mudding today sometime. I also need to disassemble the closet organizer and remove the handles off her drawers in her bed. This evening, I have to go to a friend's house and haul a weathered post out of her garage...I have an awesome plan for it! Today, my mom is busy getting the curtains ready. We bought one large panel, and she will be dividing it in half and hemming them. She is also painting some accessories: the sign for her door, a frame for a beautiful print we found, a couple of ornaments, some shelves, and probably a few other things she has planned. Hopefully tomorrow we will be ready to prime and paint.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Marriage is not easy. And anyone who thinks being married is easy is out to lunch.
Getting married, however, is a cakewalk. The dresses, the colours, the party favours -- that's all fun and games. Sure, making these little decisions are a part of The Big Day, but if you are getting married for the right reasons, the colour of your napkins or the car that you drive to the church in are not going to really matter 40 years down the road.
Some people get so involved in getting ready for The Big Day that they forget about getting ready for the Marriage. A wedding is a party, an event, a ceremony with family and friends. But marriage is not. It's not about the party. It's not about the event. It is not about the family and friends. It is about you and him and the promise you make to commit to each other for the rest of your lives. Let me repeat that -- for the rest of your lives.
A wedding is the cake, the dress, the tux, the fun, the dancing, the flowers, the pictures, and all of that fun stuff.
A marriage is the commitment, the decisions, the communication, the goals, the disagreements, the compromises, the finances, the compassion, and so very much more. There is a reason we commit, in marriage, to "in sickness and in health" and "for richer or for poorer". Vows say you will always stay together through the best and through the worst. And the best parts are easy -- it's the worst parts that challenge you to hold on to the commitment you make on your wedding day. So think long and hard before you plan the party.
Marriage is a choice. Each day after your wedding day, you wake up in the morning and choose marriage. You choose to love your spouse that day. Even if your spouse is crabby and you can't stand them. Even if your spouse hurts your feelings. Even if your spouse is being so stubborn that you can't stand it. Even if they drive you crazy.
I guess what I want to say is this: just because you have a wonderful wedding, doesn't mean you will have a wonderful marriage. Divorce lawyers are hard and fast proof of this.
Having a wonderful marriage means that you love each other so much that you talk and you listen, you compromise, you love unconditionally, and you try to seek out what your spouse needs before they need it. And if both of you are doing this, then you can't go wrong. If two people are willing to put their whole selves into marriage, completely unselfishly, then those have found their soulmates and life partners.
It is not about the wedding. It is about the relationship. And who you marry is one of the most critical decisions of your whole life.
Just one more disclaimer, for those who may be suddenly worried about me: DH and I are heading for our 10th anniversary this summer, and it has been wonderful. We've had stretches of rocky road and we are not perfect, but there is no doubt in my mind that we are meant to be together. Forever. Our marriage is solid -- more than I could have ever imagined. I am blessed to have my DH. I just posted this little rant because some of the things I have seen and heard in the last little while have caused me some concern. I am hoping and praying, for all those I know who are married or are about to be married, that they be blessed too.