Monday, 29 April 2013

So long Winnie Whirlpool! Thanks for your hard work!

After 11 long years, Winnie Whirlpool, our trusty dishwasher, has finally washed her last dish. 

Winnie joined us when we moved into this house.  She was quite expensive...not "top of the line" but up there.  She had an adjustable top rack, lots of wash settings, from china to pots and pans to sanitize.  She was shiny and black and very quiet at her work.

But over the last year or so, she has slowed down.  Her pieces were beginning to erode from many, many hot wash cycles.  Hubster fixed her and replaced a few parts several times, but this past weekend, she broke to a point where Hubster could not save her.

So, yesterday afternoon, Hubster and I headed out to Sears and bought a replacement.  Sammy Samsung will join us this Friday and he can't come soon enough!  I hate seeing Winnie sitting here, useless and sad, waiting for her ride to the dump.  I hate washing dishes by hand even more!  This week will be a paper plate and takeout food week, I think.  ;)

Thanks Winnie....<3> Pin It

Friday, 26 April 2013

Just a little sumthin' to brag about

6 days, 6 hours, 54 minutes and 21 seconds smoke free.

63 cigarettes not smoked.

$28.68 and 11 hours of your life saved.

Your quit date: 4/20/2013 7:55:06 AM

Cold turkey baby.

I did it!  I'm doing it!!  WOOT WOOT!

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Friday, 19 April 2013


is the first day of the rest of my life.

That's all for now. :) Pin It

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Threepeat is SIX!

Six years ago, on April 18th, 2007, at exactly 10:36 am, our little Threepeat came into the world in the usual way.  He weighed 8 lbs, 8 ozs and was simply perfect.

Today, that little schmoopy turns 6.  He is full of love and life.  He loves Skylanders and his "red thing" (a shoe horn he is very attached to - don't ask).  He hates chicken pot pie and homework.  He can ride a two-wheeler and can do pretty much anything he puts his mind to. 

Life has been a whirlwind since he joined us and he sure keeps us on our toes.  He completed our family so perfectly and I can't imagine life without my Threepeat.

Happy Birthday Big Boy!
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Wordless Wednesday

One of my most favourite photos of the boys...ever.  Circa 2008 Pin It

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

A renewed faith in humanity...through evil and terror

Last night, I sat down in the family room with the older boys and Hubster and we watched CNN for an hour while Threepeat watched a movie in the kitchen on the laptop with headphones on. 

I was sickened by the video, audio and still photos of the carnage at the Boston Marathon.  The boys asked lots of questions and we discussed everything from terrorism to how bombs are made to how people succumb to their injuries.  As we talked, I found myself getting angry and hateful.  How could someone DO this to so many innocent people?  There was nothing political about the Boston was a place where people who had worked so hard for so long were finally living their dream.  People had raised money for charity; there were people in wheelchairs "running" this marathon.  These were GOOD people doing GOOD things.  So why then would someone want to hurt or kill them?  WHY?!

We talked about 9/11 and whether we thought the bombs were set by people like Osama Bin Laden or if it was another whacko like Timonthy McVeigh or even that little freak, Kim Jon Un.  And I really started to lose faith in humanity.  "This world is beyond repair" I thought.  "We are so done."

And then there was a snippet of video that caught my eye.  It was a video of several police officers running.  TOWARDS THE BOMB!  I watched as they ran to help the victims.  Next, a still shot of three officers with their guns drawn, again, running TOWARDS the danger, not away from it.  I saw others, civilians, helping victims.  Holding them as they bled on the sidewalk; holding rags around bleeding limbs to slow down the bleeding; carrying victims to ambulances.  I saw men in military uniforms removing fences and lifting heavy rubble out of the way.  It was truly amazing.

At that moment, my heart swelled.  I had a thought that I carry with me this morning.  For every evil, hateful, sick, twisted individual, there are thousands, nay MILLIONS of human beings whose hearts are pure.  For every terrorist, there are millions of good, good people who are willing to put their lives on the line to help complete strangers.  In the first moments of tragedy through terror, we tend to dwell on the evil and lose our faith that there are good people out there.  We are frightened, we are angry and we feel lost.

But through what I saw on CNN last night, I realize that these sick cowards have NOTHING on us.  They are still an tiny, evil  flea on the back of a massive dinosaur of good.  If this were not true, we would have self-imploded as a human race hundreds of years ago.  Good will always win over evil.

And so, as Bostonians, Americans and in fact, the entire world, pick up the pieces after this heinous event, I hope that others will take heart in knowing that there are good people in the world.  We must never lose sight of that fact. 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you."

Isaiah 43:2

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Nineteen Years

We've come a long way baby.

From this:

To this:

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life.  I can't imagine getting from where we were to where we are with anyone but him.  I love you Hubster. Pin It

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Thankful Thursday

In 5 days, it will be our wedding anniversary.  19 years of marriage.  I am so thankful for my Hubster. <3>

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