Saturday, February 21, 2009
I've been so busy this week. I've really been trying to keep myself busy with my hours being cut and everything. Last week, brian had 3 days off!! So whenever he has a day off, basically all my plans are out the window and change to match whatever whim he has. I don't think I worked out once - maybe Monday. I also haven't been eating very well. Since I've been keeping myself so busy, our homecooked meals have gone out the window.
I know it sounds all bad, but this is what I traded it for. I'm on the music team again this week, and I'm singing!!! I'm usually in the back on keys - which is not a bad thing, in fact I LOVE it! I'm finding that the piano/synth is one if not the most influencial instrument, because it creates the dynamics and the mood for the song. So I love it when I'm really feeling the song, and build it, that the other instruments also jump right in. Anyways, enough about that.
Tomorrow, I'm singing....back up. Nothing special. I just smile, and keep my voice almost monotone so that I blend. I have one solo, and by the time I get to it in the set list, I almost forget how to sing by myself and add some flavour to it. Oh well, it's a change.
Also...I had the chance to do my first photoshoot! I am by no means a professional, but I would love to learn how to use my fancy new camera to it's full potential! I went over to my friend Rachelle's and took some family pictures for her. So here's a sample of the pictures I took. You can take a look at more at my website on flickr. And today, I had the chance to sit in on a maternity shoot at my friend Liz' house. She also let me take some pictures. I got a couple, good ones, but I mostly watched to see what she does. I'll probably post some of those too, but not now.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Valentine's Day was very special for me. Not only did I get breakfast in bed (courtesy of Haley), I got to watch a video (Devil wears Prada!!!) AND we all got to have a "Daddy" date. We all got dressed up - I finally got to wear my satin tank topy thing that I bought a Christmas time, and the girls in they're dresses. Ally kept getting up and running around to give brian a kiss. She is such a little princess. And we all had heart-shaped pizza...yummmm. That officially marked 11 years of marriage - yeah us.
Tomorrow after work, I'm going to take pictures of the twins. Yes, the twins that I got to snuggle with for two whole hours!!! I'm so excited! They are almost two months, but look one month old because they are preemies. Anna and Gradin. I'll also be taking family shots. And my friend Liz, said that I could sit in on her maternity shoot this Saturday, she even said that I could take some pictures also :). Liz is an old friend, that I grew up with, and we finally connected after all these years! She took some beautiful pictures of the girls and I last fall(2007). Which reminds me that I should charge my batteries! I don't really know what I'm doing, but it seems to work out. Hopefully Liz can give me some tips. I would love to turn this into a business, but for now it's just a wonderful hobby. Everytime I go on Flickr I get so inspired. The pictures that people take are just INCREDIBLE!! (( I opened an account - shera76. in case you'd like to see my pictures))
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
A bubbly little sweetie, probably about 2 years old, with a cute little black curly ponytail, white frilly top and light purple pants, floated up and down the hall - the waiting room was too tight and congesting for her. So she walked up and down the hall, and would peak in the rooms and say "hi, whatcha doin?" She looked happy and normal, except for the backpack that she had to wear with a tube attached to it that went up her nose.
Children with heart murmers (ASD or VSD) sometimes don't get enough oxygen to their blood, and sometimes need oxygen tanks. I couldn't help but think this could have been Ally, if her hole was just a tiny bit larger. I also saw a baby - about 6 months that had to fed through a tube. He couldn't nurse, his parents took a big syringe and hooked it up to the end of the tube that went up his nose and down his throat. The whole time, I tried to smile, because they were smiling, and in awe. Thinking, "How can you be so together, and happy when you can't nurse your baby, or your baby has to wear an oxygen tank every moment of her life?"
It turns out, that Ally doesn't have to go back. Her hole is so small, and the only reason that it needed to monitored was for dental reasons- yes dental. If she had to go to the dentist, she used to have to take antibiotics before she could let them do work on her. I kind of remember what it's for, but don't want to explain, just incase I've got it wrong. anyways, they changed the criteria for patients that need the antibiotic and ally doesn't need to take it anymore.
So we had some time before Haley got home from school, and thought we'd check out the food court -yes, this is the UofA university hospital and they have a food court- crazy. So as we were walking through the food court, we were walking behind an elderly man - about 70's, who had an IV stand in one hand and was pushing what could only be explained as a wheelchair bed. He slowly pushed a woman that I could only guess to be his wife, through this large busy corridor, people weaving around him. I was thinking, "I wonder how many times they've taken this trip, because he's very calm and purposeful. How do you stay so calm?"
I guess the only answer is Love. Love is what helps a mother put on the brave face, hold her child's hand while their getting tests, and smile, and even laugh from time to time. I think it really put things in perspective as to how blessed I am, and that the problems I have with constant underwear behind the bathroom door, and messy rooms seem quite small compared to what some parents have to face. They have my deepest respect.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
1. I have taken a lie detector test, and failed. (ironically, i WAS telling the truth)
2. I LOVE the blend of electric guitar and piano/synth. ie: evanescence, linkin park, some of the new hillsongs music!! (With Everything!!!!), the Killers, Maroon 5, Coldplay!!!
3. The sound of accoustic guitar thrills me....(sigh)
4. My fingerprints are in the "system". Seriously, they are!
5. I've wrestled with a bear cub.
6. I used to have a cleaning OCD, but then Ally came along, and I gave up.
7. Bridget and I used to balance under the Simon Frasier Bridge for fun. aaaahhh! I know!!! We also used to balance on top of my fence also.
8. I hyperventilate from spiders. I used to from wasps, but I'm ok now.
9. If I could have a superpower, it would first be to fly, then be able to breathe under water.
10. So far, Irish accents are my fav. I also like South African.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
This was not a prayer journal - in fact sad to say, my spiritual life was almost non-existent at that time. Brian and I were going through some really tough times, and I didn't tell anyone how far gone we really were, but I still went to church because I knew somewhere deep down that I needed to go. Anyways, I wrote in there somethings that we needed for the house, some of wishes and dreams - one being a new van with A/C. Our last van, we ran it almost right into the ground. The transmission blew, and we had to get a new engine. The thermostat also was shot, so it would warm up, but when you started going, the heat would shut off. I remember we took a trip to PG after Christmas, and had to be so bundled up. I think I got a chill and I was wearing my winter jacket and a polar fleece hoodie underneath!! It was horrible!! I also, talked about wanting a new washer and dryer, and how with my old one, I had like 12 small loads to do every week and that was when everyone was healthy!!! It took so long! I wanted my basement finished, because everything got ruined when we had the floods in the summer of 2005. Anyways, as I was reading it, everything that I had written -except for the new house was taken care of!! I have a beautiful high capacity washer and dryer - still the same amount of laundry though :( And last summer, I was blessed with a beautiful gold Grand Caravan with AIR CONDITIONING!!
I'm saying all this to just say, that alot of my stuff I've had for a few years now, and forgot what it was like to be without them. I've actually become quite comfortable with all my "things" I have to say. It made me very aware, of how much I have, how much I have to be thankful for, and that my quick, heartfelt prayers were heard. And also, to not stop believing for my dream house- (StrathconaSG) or of course one very similar. Hope this encourages you.