Monday, February 26, 2007

We are Packing

Just thought I would let everyone know that we are packing. We are so excited to be moving back. John is going to be mainly working away from home so why bother being up here where there is not really that much to do and I don't really know anyone. I can't hardly wait. The girls are thrilled as well. Eventhough we have met some really nice people here, there is no place like home. I am very glad we did move up here though, cause if we hadn't we would have always wondered. I am excited to get back to some normal weather though. I have had enough of this cold and snowy winter. We are going to be living at my parents place cause they are working down at the Campground again this year. We are giving our notice as of March 1, so we will be arriving during Spring Break sometime. I guess I will see most of you then.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My latest Scrapbooking projects

Well, there is really nothing to do here. Another cold and snowy weekend an week. We are actually getting pretty tired of all of this snow. It is pretty frustrating when we have property back home we can be working on.

Anyways,I have been able to do some scrapbooking these days. It's funny cause for the longest time I really wanted a scrapbooking room, now that I have one I don;t want to be down there by myself, so I brought my stuff upstairs and I am actually fisishing some projects.

The first two layouts look the same but one is for Vayda's book and the other goes with the other page for our book. I borrowed Heidi's idea for the frame thing, and I made a paperbag book for Jodi. Hope everyone has a great day.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my niece's 13th Birthday. I can't believe Aliah is already a teen. Time flies. She is such a beautiful girl and she is so talented just like her mom.
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We also had another birthday in our family yesterday. My Oma who lives in The Netherlands turned 94 yesterday. All of our family got together for a party like they do every year. One of these times we would love to join them. I haven't seen my Oma for over 5 years. She met Vayda when she was just about one, but she has never met Tessa. When Tessa is a little older we will be going over to Europe for a vacation. John's family lives over in Czech Republic, so we will have lots of visiting to do.

Today is another beautiful day in Fort St John. Sunny like always, only about -10 or so. I had to again dig my way out of my driveway this morning. More snow again.

John left for camp on Friday morning to help out his buddy Dale. They didn't have cell service so I didn't talk to him Friday night - which really sucks. It is always a relieve when they call from camp, cause you never know where they will have service.

So John had been waiting to get called out for a few weeks now, and guess what, he received two calls yesterday for work. With no cell service there was no way to get a hold of him. Bad timing, but maybe this means there is going to be more work. He might be home tonight, not too sure.

Us girls had a night out last night. We went to Jen and Katie's house for a Spice Party. The kids all played downstairs and us ladies were upstairs eating. Can't get better than that.

Jen and I are taking the girls skating this afternoon, which should be fun. Tonight is a good tv night, cause Funniest Home Videos and Extreme Home makeovers is on. yeah.

The pictures I attached - John took, and I was very impressed with them. Good thing he has a camera in his truck. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A few things that happened this week

Example of how cute our kids are:

Example of a small world:

On Monday morning while driving around JOhn noticed a logging truck with a low tire. He chased after him to get his attention and he pulled over. When driving away JOhn noticed a drawer from a bed-toolbox in the middle of the road. Everyone was driving around it so John pulled over and picked it up. When he arrived home he put an ad in the paper and on the radio. When we arrived home from skating last night he received a call regarding the tool box. He asked some specific questions to make sure if it was the owner of the tools. Then he asked him his name and he said Ian Young, John asked you mean Ian Young who works for Patch Point? (Where John usually works) He said Yeah! Too funny right, well it gets even better cause Ian Young's brother used to be married to John sister Marcella who lives in Dawson Creek.

Example of how people will try anything:

Last night at skating everyone was dressed in pink so I had decided I should take my camera. After getting the girls off the ice it was very hectic like always. John put the camera right beside VAyda on the bench. I went with Tessa to bring her name tag to the coaches. When I arrived back to the benches I noticed John grabbing our camera out of this ladies hand. I didn't know what was going on until John told me about it upstairs. She had grabbed our camera and was planning on walking out with it, until John noticed it and he grabbed it back while saying "excuse me that it is mine" I wish I would have noticed and knew what was going on cause I would have said something and probably embarrassed her. I just think she needs to know that that is not acceptable. I can't believe anyone would even attempt to do anything like that.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Where do I start

I guess I will start of saying that we are all doing pretty well here in Fort St John. Better now that we are feeling better. On Monday evening I started feeling not so great. I thought it was something that I ate. But then after Katie was dropped off on Tuesday morning the fun started. John started his Air Brakes Course that day so I was on my own. Thank goodness that the girls played really well, and after John got home at 5 I was off to bed. Then later that evening it hit John pretty hard. All night puking, the runs, and aches and pains. He had to stay home from his Air Brakes Course, and ofcourse he got a call for work that morning. We were both in no shape to take care of our kids, but with thanks to Jen we were able to get through the day.

By the next day we were some what better and so far the kids have not gotton sick yet. (knock on wood) It sure is a good thing we were better cause Fort St John is hosting the Northern BC Games this weekend, and we have 2 billets staying at our place. Brittney and Laine are Basketbal players from Vander Hoof. Our girls have been so excited to have them stay with us. We watched their games and cheered them on, they got 3rd place. It sure has been interesting having these girls stay with us. I am so happy that they are good girls, you just never know who will come and stay with you when you sign up for billeting. Tomorrow they are on their way home, after spending the whole morning with us. It sure has been interesting to watch the different sports going on. Vayda had yesterday off so we could watch the sports going on. Their favourites are Skating and Gymnastics. They did really well sitting through a whole entire Basketball game yesterday.

Vayda and Tessa are doing really good. They are both still enjoying gymnastics and skating. I can't believe how much they have learned already. They got to watch their skating coachs' skate today in the Winter Games which was really neat. Vayda is doing really well in school. Her favourite thing to do is reading. She is getting so good at it. Yesterday she read a whole novel by herself in her room on her bunkbed. Math on the other hand is a little harder for her, we are trying to do a lot of it at home, which is making a bit of a difference. She also has lossed another tooth, and two more loose ones on the top as well.

Tessa is her cute little self. Her hair is long enough to put it in a pony again, which she seems to like. She loves to sing along with the Karaoke or in the shower. She is actually pretty good with her little accent.

John and I are doing well. We are very frustrated living here in Fort St John though. Work has been very slow, since apparantly the Oil companies cut back on the drilling (atleast that is what everyone is saying). John mostly has been working for one company and apparantly not even all of the regulars have been working either. John is mostly a structural welder, he hasn't really been giving the opportunity to do pipe yet, which is very frustrading for him. Cause how do you learn if you don't get a chance. So every morning he goes aroung and checks to see if there is work, and comes home dissapointed and frustrated. I don't know how he can even still get up in the morning and make his rounds, cause I would have given up weeks ago. I have so much respect for him, and feel so bad for him. John is a great and talented welder, which is what the dispatcher says at his work, but they are just lacking work. We just can't stand this life style though, not knowing if you are going to work, and when you are going to get work. Part of it also is who you know.

So we are trying to figure stuff out here. Don't know what is happening yet, or where we are going, or if we are going! But one thing is for sure, I am so proud of my husband. He is so smart, strong and he is the best dad and the greatest husband. We have spend so much good quality time together over the past few weeks. We will figure out what we are supposed to be doing and where we are supposed to be going. I just want to know now, and I know that is not how it works in this world. I don't want any one feeling sorry for us, cause we have two beautiful girls and a wonderful marriage. We just had so many hopes for coming up here and they are not working out how we planned, but then again we don't get to make our plan. I don't consider moving up here a mistake by any means, it just is another adventure in our life. We have done some things up here that we never would have experienced other wise.

Again I am not saying we are moving but we are in the middle of figuring things out, or atleast attempting to. We are in need of some happy thoughts, you don't have to leave a comment, but just think a happy thought for us. Thanks so much for reading. I think this is the first time I am actually just typing on and on, so I hope I didn't bore anyone.

I am currently reading "Don't sweat the small stuff, it is all small stuff". Kind of puts thing into perspective. These are some quotes from the book.

"Surrender to the fact that life isn't fair. One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what's wrong with life. We commiserate with others, discussing the injustices of life. 'It's not fair', we complain, not realizing that, perhaps, it was never intented to be."

"The fact that life isn't fair doesn't mean we shouldn't do everything in our power to improve our own lives or the world as a whole. To the contrary, it suggests that we should. When we don't recognize or admit that life isn't fair, we tend to feel pity for others and for ourselves. Pity, of course, is a selfdefeating emotion that does nothing for anyone, except to make everyone fell worse that they already do. When we do recognize that life isn't fair, however, we feel compassion for others and for ourselves. And compassion is a heartfelt emotion that delivers loving-kindness to everyone it touches."

My goal is to post some more quotes over the next little while. This book really makes you think. So hope that everyone has a great weekend, and give your loved ones lots of hugs and kisses, and remember don't sweat the small stuff.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

What happens when mom is Scrapbooking downstairs!!!!!

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