Saturday, September 26, 2009

Goodbye friends....

Today is a day of emotional struggle.... my son was late coming home last night... I was miffed to be waiting up, miffed he was hours past his curfew. I was ready and waiting to give him an earful when he finally arrived. I had drifted in and out of sleep a bit, then after 3:00 am I heard his key in the lock... finally .... he came in quiet, relocked the door, paused, and broke into great wracking sobs. I have never gotten out of bed so fast, terrified of what had happened. Not expecting to hear his sad story, my poor boy (no one's child) should bear such witness as that.

You see he was at a house party, not too terribly far from home, and readying to leave to make his curfew. A friend, acting as a DD and chauffeuring several kids home, had made several trips already. (No, I do not condone under age drinking, but I do recognize when people try to do the right thing.) My son and his 2 friends were next, when the driver realized another group of kids lived closer, so he decided to take them next instead. As the kids were on the street preparing to enter the car, an SUV came barrelling down the street and hit the 4 young people. Sadly, two young men died immediately. One young woman was rushed into surgery and is suffering life threatening injuries. and the second young woman is in hospital with non life threatening injuries.

I am at a loss, I am so overwhelmingly sorrowful for the families of all the victims, young lives lost too early. I wish my son and his friends did not have to witness such a horrific site. I wish our children weren't saying goodbye to their friends. And I am so very, very thankful, that my son made it home to us.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims, their children taken from them so senselessly. We hope for a full recovery for both young women. We hope all the children on scene recover from their shock in the arms of their families. We hope our young people hold dear this important lesson in life's fragility.

"If we live in the hearts we leave behind we do not die" ~ Unknown

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Scrap Therapy

september Product challenge for 2SF
Last night I scrapped with my scrappy friends the "Scrappin' Bitches". If ever there was a week I needed Scrap Therapy this was it! And boy did the girls come through for me big time! I laughed so hard I cried (and spit water all over the scrap table, but that's another story!) The evening was hosted by the beautiful and funny Laura S. (thank you for providing the venue for all of us to gather!) Unfortunately, some of the "Bitches" couldn't attend ( we missed you and we laughed enough for you too!). Thank you to each of you for the ride, the food, the drink, the friendship, the shoulder, for being the women I rely so heavily on for joy! I truly cherish our time together and always look forward to the next event! Hugs!
Oh yeah and this is what I created....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Harvesting our Bounty!

Before Picture (taken n July) After Picture

Okay so it may not be a real bounty, but it was fun none the less. On Saturday we harvested the 5 (yup five!) apples that grew on Timmy's little apple tree in the back yard! They are crisp and juicy and yummy!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A couple of cards... and a busy day

Wow, the first day of school was a busy one! I got my high schooler up and off, and then the four grade schoolers up and ready and headed out to the school. Honestly, I am less than thrilled at the way the school handled the new year. I have a little guy starting grade 1, a boy in grade 7 that has been at the school a few years and knows his way around and two new boys grade 6 and 8 that are brand new to us and the school. So upon arrival at the school, we expected to wait outside and have our children's names called by their new teachers and then send them off, as we have done in past. However, some changes were made and our children were taken into the school, separated by grade and the parents were forbidden to enter the building. I can tell you this was very stressful for my little guy, he wasn't sure what to do especially since he wasn't feeling the greatest starting out the day (he woke up with his eye swollen shut from a bug bite he got the night before). And our two new boys had no idea of the layout of the building and where they were to go and who any of the teachers were. YIKES! If you saw me this morning you would have known that I was less than amused.
Nice back to school picture, eh?

By the time I got back home from this fiasco it was about 9.30 am, and I had to be back at the school to pick up my two new boys at 10.00 am to take them to the doctors, this took a few hours and I returned them to the school at 2.00pm. I went home for 45 minutes and headed back to the school for the end of day pick up. If it wasn't the first day I wouldn't have bothered sending the boys back to school, but as they are new I wanted them to get as much from it as possible.
Anyway, while tucking in my little Timmy tonight, he said "I don't really think that grade one thing is going to work out for me". He is afraid that he won't have any fun, he will not have enough time to spend with me and most of his friends are not in his class. I tell him he needs to give it a good week before he decides if he likes it or not, and he says "If I don't like it after a week can I change?" To what, I am not sure and he didn't elaborate. LOL, I will keep you posted as to how this pans out!

Anyway, on a scrappy note... have a look at these cards that I made!
Have a great day!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Science in the Kitchen

I did a fun little science experiment with Timmy the other day (I ran across it on another scrapbooker's blog!). Anyway, basically you put about a 1/2 inch of milk in a shallow dish, then drop a couple of drops each of 3 or 4 colours of food colouring into opposite ends of the dish, so that the colours are as far apart as possible. Next, drop a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap into the centre. The colours come alive, and continuously swirl all over the whole dish making a beautiful kaleidoscope effect for about 10 minutes. It's lovely to watch and provokes lots of "ooohs" and "aaahs". Best of all clean up is a snap, and everything is already in the house!