My sister and her family had to put one of their nine year old labs to sleep yesterday. Ebony had been battling bone cancer for several months. I am so glad that I was able to take these pictures of her.
Even in pain she would want you to play with her - especially fetch with her rings...
you will be missed sweet girl!
Ten questions to ask your father:
1. What did you enjoy most about being a dad? Least?
2. Are there things you wish you had done differently as a father?
3. In what ways are we alike and in what ways are we different?
4. Why did you marry my mother?
5. Is there anything you every wanted to tell us (me) but have not?
6. What is the secret to raising good kids?
7. Is there anything you regret not having asked your parents (my grandparents)?
8. Do you think today’s fathers have it harder, easier or just different?
9. What do you want to make sure that my children and grandchildren will remember about you?
FUN gift ideas for the guys
As we are frantically running around trying to cook master pieces let's not forget what this holiday means. This was taken from the GOOP newsletter today:
Today is a day when we are meant to give thanks - which seems quite general. In your opinion, what are we giving thanks for and how can we genuinely activate that feeling of gratitude?
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes replies:
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is a day for the gathering of family and friends and typically involves the sharing of delicious food, laughter and conversation. The holiday originated with long-awaited harvests which the early American settlers experienced in their new country. After struggling to find their way and establish themselves, the colonists were finally able to celebrate the bountifulness of their new world. The word bountiful resonates with me when I think of giving thanks this time of year. Virginia Satir, a preeminent family therapist, describes the feeling of well-being her family experienced when the big kettle in their midwestern farm kitchen was brimming with food scrumptiously stewing and filling the room with wonderful aromas. The full pot came to symbolize the well-being of her family
The human spirit is incredibly strong, bountiful and miraculously resilient! Even in hard and trying times such as these, it is important to fill our hearts and minds with childlike wonderment at the miracle of being human. Look around this holiday season and SEE the light in children’s eyes, HEAR the laughter in your homes and SPEAK of your love to your family and friends. Fill your inner kettle with love and hope and you will know what it is to be thankful. Happy Holidays.
– Karen Binder-Brynes, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes is a leading psychologist with a private practice in New York City for the past 15 years. See her website for more information.
Today give thanks for right thought, give thanks for right speech, and give thanks for right intention. We hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving day spent with family and good friends.
This is an album that I completed over the weekend for Kirk's dad. It's his birthday this month and I wanted to give him an album documenting one of his passions - collecting cars. His car collection is amazing and this only half of it.
The main structure of the album is chipboard and clear pages. I bought the old license plates on Ebay. For the plan of the album I used what I have learned from a few Ali Edwards' classes. Keep the same page sketch through out the album and use the same elements on each page. I had a production line going once I had all the photos chosen.
First Thank you for all of your emails - it warms my heart to know I have a ton of support out there! :)
After my toast to Dottie - my sister called and told me they were going out to the Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, WA. So we decided to join them since this was the first year that my niece was able to ride the kiddie rides. Plus it was something FUN!
Especially since we both love to people watch so much. The county fair is #2 (to airports) for people watching. And what's better at the fair??? Shaved ice! Check out the size of this shaved ice that my niece has..
Of course this leads me to the, drum roll please...
Daily Grind. What was there to eat or what did I eat at the fair? My weakness happens to be corn dogs. Not sure what it is but LOVE the corn dog, has to be freshly deep fried, a little crunchy and lava HOT. Oh! and with cheap mustard. But I was good, or tried to be. I had a pulled pork sandwich and dumped the bun but then went in for the GIANT elephant ear. Definitely went over my points by 8pm.
So what do you eat at the fair? The good and the bad?
I have received some emails wanting to know what I do for breakfast - the most important meal of the day. This is what I have been doing with my nutritionist and will continue to do:
2 tablespoons of Nancy's Organic Plain Whole Fat yogurt (local company)
handful of berries (frozen blueberries are my choice)
3/4 scoop of Whey protein powder (I need to stay away from the soy)
1 scoop of Greens First
1 tablespoon of organic extra virgin olive oil
splash of water
Mix with hand mixer and enjoy! If you use fresh fruit you are going to want to add some crushed ice before you mix so you get that smoothie texture - very filling and 6 WW points and 8 servings of fruits and vegetables (thanks to the Greens First), serving of dairy and some protein to boot. I use that yogurt because the whole stuff has WAY less sugar. Gotta watch out for that low fat stuff having too much sugar.
Have a wonderful weekend!
My sister Ali will be participating in March for Babies this year. She believes in the March of Dimes mission to save babies. Please support her fundraising efforts by sponsoring her! She is the Team Captain for iQ Credit Union in Vancouver, WA. (congrats to her new promotion as branch manager!)
The money she raises will help save premature and sick babies. Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies’ health today, and through March for Babies, the March of Dimes is funding important research to find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it.
Click here for her personal web page for donations.Contributing online is fast, easy and secure. You can donate directly from her personal webpage with a credit/debit card or PayPal. If you prefer, she can also accept cash or check. Just click the appropriate box on her webpage.
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
With your support, there’s hope!
I can't believe she is going to be 2 today. Why is it as I get older the time is going by faster and faster? I keep reminding myself to slow down, but I feel like I am on fast forward sometimes. Maybe it's having this cute little girl in my life?!
Yes, she is playing with auntie Paula's iPhone. And yes, she figured out how to use it - making calls and taking pictures. I didn't think she could figure out that it was operated with your finger...I underestimated the 2 year old mind! Of course she didn't want to give it up so the only thing I could come up with was "okay the phone needs a nap, it's VERY tired" so we wrapped in the blanket and put it down for a nap...