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Hi! Glad you made it to Krusin' with Kristie.

I've had this site for a while, but have been very bad about keeping it up.  My goal for 2010 is to write more and post more pictures etc.

Feel free to do some Krusin' and see what is new with me and mine. Read my posts, look at the pictures, leave a comment and enjoy!  Be sure to check out the other pages too, for older posts and pictures.


Me with my new hero, Dr. Mason!

My New Hip!

It's over 7 weeks post op!

I can't believe that it has been more than 7 weeks since I had my surgery!  And I can't believe how wonderful I feel!

 

Let me first say that above you can see my new hip, isn't it a beauty.  I won't get into the particulars about it as I know it grosses some people out.  Let me just say that the whitest part is the titanium prosthesis that they put into my hip.  You can see around it a lighter area, that is my bone.  This stinker is in there good and tight, at the top you can see the screws that hold the socket part of the joint into my bone. 

 

Now that I have that explanation out of the way, let me just say that I am one happy camper!!!  Last Thursday I went for my 6 week post op appt. and I was given the go ahead to drive again and transition to a cane. 

I had a PT appt. right after that and started walking with a cane right away.  I was a little nervous about it, but I have done great.  When I got home from the appt. I was in tears.  Dave thought something bad had happened, but I was just so excited!  It has been several years since I walked without pain!  Now I am walking without any pain at all and I had forgotten how good that feels.

I was told I could get rid of the cane when I felt comfortable with that and today I spoke with my PT about it.  I am starting to walk around the house without the cane and I think it will be no time before I will be getting around with out it completely.  How exciting is that, some of my friends have never seen me walk without a cane!

As you can tell, I am extremely happy with the turn out of this surgery!

Oh and I think I will also put a picture of Dr. Mason on this post too.  He is my hero right now!  And he's a cutie too!

So if you see someone flying past you on the street and it looks like me, don't be surprised, it very well could be.


Got a new hip and I'm ready to roll!

I'm home safe and sound with my new hip!  The surgery went well and the recovery is going great.  I was in the hospital from Monday until Thursday just as predicted.  Then went on to the rehab facility for a week.  Originally they said 5 days, but with the weekend in there, I didn't get enought therapy to leave in 5 days so stayed until Thursday. 

North Gate was good to me.  The staff were all very nice and helpful and I feel that I got very good care there.  First I went into room 127 window which was a disaster!  My room mate had her TV on 24/7, got phone calls at 12:30 at night at 6:20 in the morning, on Saturday her grandkids were in at 7:20 for a visit and everyone in her family was loud.  When I tried to nap on Friday, her husband came in to visit and got on his cell phone and talked so loud that I he woke me up.  What an inconsiderate bunch of people.  I understand that she has been very sick for a long time, but that is no reason to be inconsiderate!

I asked for a room change and unfortunatly they didn't have another bed open.  On Sunday and Monday mornings she was up for the day at 3:00 a.m. which means not only the tv was on, but she turned her lights on too.  Why?  I don't know!  She was just watching tv and calling for the nurses and aides to do things for her.  Sunday night I slept with a pillow over my head.

Then when I was coming back from PT on Monday morning, they took me to a different room!  I was so excited, a nice private room all to myself.  What a difference!  I was so happy! 

Some of the people from the wing I had been on, came to visit me and one of the aides told me that Sandy had asked why they moved me.  Sandy told her that she guessed I don't like tv and that I read a lot.  Well DUH! I don't have a problem with tv, I just don't need to hear it 24/7.

Here's the funny thing.  As I was getting ready for PT yesterday morning, one of the nurses was telling the head nurse that 127door was asking for a room change.  Apparently Sandy had met her match and she didn't like the foul language etc coming from her room mate.  Guess who ever was put in with her, was really giving her quite a bit of hell about the tv etc.  What they really needed to do was put her in a private room and be done with it.

The other thing that was a problem was that I had a really bad allergic reaction to something starting the day before I came home.  On Wednesday, mid day I had some itching on my knees and when Dave was visiting I thought I'd have him take of the TED stockings and rub some lotion on my legs.  When we went to do that, my knees were covered with hives.  The nurse took a look at them and we did find them on my arms too.  They called the doc and got some Benedryl for me, which never does a thing for me and of course it didn't this time either.  During the night everything just got worse and by the time I got up on Thursday morning, my eyes lids were so swollen they were 3/4 closed, my ears were all swollen and I had hives all over my arms and chest and who knows where else.  Luckily this didn't keep me from being discharged!  Once they talked to the doc, she ordered some Prednisone and that helped within a few hours.  I am now on a Prednisone regime for the next 6 days and hopefully that will just kick it right out of me.  

Unfortunatly, we don't know what has caused the reaction. This morning I did have a bout of itchies and a few hives acting up again, but I think taking the prednisone dose this a.m. took care of that.  I just don't know if it is something that I am continuing to be exposed to.  Sure hope not.

Other than the hives, I am feeling really good.  Since the surgery they only time I took any pain med was the day after surgery when I took one Darvocet.  Other than that I've only had Tylenol and usually that was after I had PT and a real work out there.  Mostly just for the achiness, but no real pain.  I'm getting around very well with my walker. I can't put any weight on my right foot for 6-8 weeks, so I'll be using the walker for quite a while, but the strength in my leg is good.  Thank goodness for the help my regular PT, Sue, gave me in prep for this surgery.  She has had me doing exercises for almost 2 yrs to prepare for this time.  Even though the last couple months I couldn't do much as far as exercises, what I had done before sure did help with my recovery.

Before surgery I had questions for Dr. Mason.  1) Could I see my femur head?  I wanted to see what it looked like and what was causing me so much pain.  Unfortunatly, he wouldn't let me see it.  Should have told him to take a picture with his cell phone and send it to me. 2) When can I play tennis again?  Fully expecting him to say never, but was surprised when he said 3 months.  I think that is a little optimistic, but heck, I was thinking never would be the answer.  Jaryd said he will hit the balls right to me.  3) which weighs more the real hip or the new one?  They weight about the same.  Darn!  I was hoping to lose a little weight! LOL!  I've already lost 25 lb and want to keep losing.  It will be interesting when I get back to my regular PT as that is where I weigh myself.  

I will be getting home PT for a couple weeks and then back to Sue for the rest of it.  Surprisingly, my fibro has been doing very well.  Breathing is a little tight, as the muscles around the rib cage are pretty tightened, but otherwise, I think I'm doing pretty well.

So that's my story.  Keep you eyes open for me in the next month or so.  You never know when you may see me dancing around, playing tennis or just generally having a good time. 


June 13th and tomorrow is the big day

Hi all!  Tomorrow, Monday, June 14th is the big day! I will be having my totaly hip replacement at 10:45 a.m.

I will be at Sister's Hospital until Thursday, then will be going to NorthGate for rehab for 5 days.  After that I will be coming home to my loving family.

The planning was perfect, Dave doesn't have a show next weekend and the next week he is in East Aurora, which is a local show, the next weekend he is off again.  Jaryd will be home since school is finished, except for exams, which he only has to take one. 

I have stamped a lot of images and will be taking them with me along with my water color crayons and an aqua pen.  I figure these are easy to take, don't take up much room and I don't need a lot of room to work on them.  I want to get more into stamping and this is one way to get me started. 

I have some books lined up to read, family and friends who are planning to visit and a lot of PT and OT to do.  You know I may be busier recovering from this surgery than I usually am.  Maybe I'll need a vacation to recover from my rehab.  LOL!

Everyone has been so wonderful and helpful!  People from my church, Deerhurst Presbyterian, are planning to bring us meals 3 times a week, what a huge help that will be.  They are wonderful people and I really need to get more involved again.  My scrapping friends are bringing me a book by one of my favorite authors, which comes out on the 22nd of the month.  Who better to keep me company than Stephanie Plum?  I love those books.  Another friend told me to let her know if I run out of images to work with and she will stamp me some more and bring them to me. 

My family is always there with support and I know they are thinking about me and praying for a quick recovery.  I think I am in very good hands.

I will have the laptop at rehab, but who knows if I will get the chance to post an update.  If I can fit it in, I will do so.  Until then "Hip Hip Horray!!!" 


Happy Memorial Day! 5/30/10

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Today I took Mom out for lunch and a movie, something I promised her for Mother's Day.  I asked my sister in law, Susie along and we had a very nice time.  Went to The Red Pepper for Chinese then to see Letters to Juliet. 

As always, the food was great.  If you are in my area you should check it out, the food is always wonderful and plentiful.  I have never had bad service and the prices are very reasonable.  For $7.00 each (including tip) we got fried noodles with sauces to dip, tea, soup (choice of 3) entree (with enough to bring left overs home) and white or fried rice. 

The movie was very good.  Dave would say it was predictable, but that's okay, it was definatly a chick flick and romantic.  It was set in Italy, so the scenary was wonderful to see, there were so many places that were familiar from our trip there in '04.  Can't believe it was 6 yrs ago that Dave and I were there.  Actually, exactly 6 yrs ago as we were there in May.  I do love a nice movie with no swearing, sex or violence now and then!

Tomorrow I have invited just Kim and Sue and Mom over for Chivetta's chicken for dinner.  Didn't want to get into a big group and I know Kevin and Lynne were supposed to be doing something anyway.  Mom and Susie are bringing salads, I'm doing the chicken, potatoes on the grill and ice cream for dessert.  I think it will be a nice low key, relaxing evening.

In other news:  15 more days until my hip replacement.  I can't wait!  Have gone for my pre-op tests and will be seeing Dr. P for clearance on Friday.  He should be happy with me when he sees me.  He has wanted me to lose wt. for a while and I just couldn't seem to do it.  Now I have started to lose, just had to set my mind to it and the fear of having a high glucose level didn't hurt either.  I set a goal for myself of 25 lb. before surgery, and last week at PT I weighed myself and have lost 24!  I'm thrilled and have upped my goal to 30 by surgery.  Maybe I'll make it, maybe not.  If not that's okay, I will continue to work on it.

I've been crafting away too.  If you haven't checked out my blog, go there and see what kinds of things I've been doing  at www.kristiekreates.blogspot.com  I have a couple more things I need to get finished and posted, so keep checking back now and then and see what I've been up to.

Better go and get to work on a couple things I need to finish up.  One is for a shower gift for next Saturday, so I need to get moving on that. 


Only a month to go!!! Yeah!

One day shy of a month until I have my hip replacement and I can't wait.  Last night was the worst night I have ever had with this stinkin' hip and I'm hoping it is the worst I ever have. 

I went to a funeral yesterday and had to park about 3 blocks away, then walk to the church.  After which I had to sit in the pew for about 1.5 hrs, then go to the reception and walk back to the car afterward.  Believe me it was a struggle, but nothing compared to what I was dealing with last night.

No matter what I did, I couldn't find a comfortable way to sit and when I got up from my chair to go to bed, I couldn't get that stupid thing to pop back into place.  What a pain in the neck, or elsewhere actually!

Finally got to bed, but couldn't get comfortable. Took a while to get to sleep, but luckily Dave is home this weekend and got up to take Jaryd for his haircut and I could sleep in.  And it's always nice to have someone there to hold you when you are crying and in pain.  I'm so glad he was home this weekend!

Today, I went out to pick up a couple things I needed to finish up some placecards, menus and 'eat me' tags for my almost niece for her briday tea.  It is an Alice in Wonderland theme and I'm having a lot of fun designing and making these things for her.  I will be posting them on my blog when I get some of them done. Check here to see what I have created for her.  When you see the menu, you will wish you were going to be there too.  Hope she likes them as much as I do.


Busy, busy, busy! 5/3/10

This weekend turned out to be a pretty busy weekend for me.  I really feel good about all I got done too.  There is always a lot to do, but I'm moving in the right direction anyway.

 

Recently my printer had been acting up.  With a printer problem, I am really messed up as far as getting anything done for the business. Finally, it totally died and the small one that we had set up just wasn't cuttin' it.  Last Sunday, I gave in and did some research and found what I wanted to buy.  I just happened to be looking at the right time and found the printer I wanted at Staples online with a special buy and $100 off, so I ordered one right away. 

 

It came on Tuesday and Jaryd got it all set up.  I'm telling you, I am loving this printer.  So far it seems like it is giving us good 'milage' with the ink and it is so fast!!!  Wonderful!

 

So I got a ton of printing done this weekend, stocking up on things that we have needed for a while.  The only problem I had was that when I went to print, all my notecards, mouse pads and coasters have all been resized as well as some of the other things like the pic-folio instructions.  Don't know what happened there, but I had to create a whole new template for them all.  Luckily it went quickly and I will just adjust them as I need them.

 

Second thing done this weekend is that I created a blog for myself.  Now some of you are going to say, "So what is this that we're reading?"  or "What does she need a blog for?"  Well let me tell you.  This site is for my personal friends and family.  A place where I feel I can update y'all on what is happening with me.  The blog is a place for me to post what is going on in my "papercrafting world"

 

A friend of mine has just recently been accepted for 2 design teams.  One is for QKR Stamps.  I had seen the call for design team members, but didn't apply.  Everytime I see a call, one of the things they want is to see your blog and since I didn't have one, I was totally at a disadvantage.  I would love to be on a design team, so I just figured that I should start a blog.  It was so easy! 

 

I have already posted a few things and hope to keep up the posting as I create new cards, scrapbook layouts or paper crafted items.  If you are interested in taking a look at my blog check it out at www.kristiekreates.blogspot.com

 

Then today, I decided it was about time I put some things for sale in my Etsy store.  I have had it set up since September, but just haven't made the time to take the photos and put things for sale.

 

I have been told to not put a lot into the store at one time, so I put 6 things in the store and plan to put more later in the week.  I think the photos came out pretty nice. I just have to hope people will like my items and buy them now.

 

You can find my Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/kristiekreates  See, I'm learning all kinds of new things, like making those cool links, never knew how to do that before.  Easy peasy! Edit here to say, not so easy, the links didn't work so I took them out and put the whole web addy in.  So much for trying that whole hyper-link thing. LOL!

 

I also have had a little time to play around with my Sure Cuts A Lot 2 program that I won.  I am totally in love.  This program is sooooo cool.  I have also found a blog of a gal that has made up a lot of designs and doesn't charge for me to download them.  Very cool. 

 

Then last night I was fooling around with the program and I figured out how to create some things on my own.  I am so loving this program and I'm sure I haven't even really scratched the surface yet!  Even just the fact that I can weld letters together and cut a word, name or phrase in one piece is enough to make me love it, but it can do so much more.  Hopefully, I will find the time to really create some wonderful things with it.

 

Oh, also I participated in an online challenge at the Creative Belli Challenge Blog.  My friend Jessica had written about it and I'm not usually one for challenges, but I thought I would try it out and see how I did.  It was to use old and forgotten supplies to make a birthday card.  I really got into it and I think I did a pretty decent job.  It's posted on my blog if you are interested.

 

So that's it for my weekend.  Anyone else do anything exciting this weekend?


Krop for Kids 2010 and more (4/25/10)

 

Krop for Kids 2010 is a thing of the past. Krop was held last Saturday, April 17th and it was a big success. Not that there weren't any problems at all, but we worked them out. Like when we didn't have enough tables and had to call and rent some for the day. We did have some people that signed up and didn't show. Unfortunately, they also hadn't paid their fee, so that was a cut into the funds too.


But all in all, the place looked great, the food was totally amazing and the croppers had a wonderful time. They bought tons of tickets for the basket raffles and we raised a good amount of money to continue to fund the NICU Parent Scrapbooking Group at Mercy Children's Hospital.


I spent a bit over a week in Toledo, but we didn't have much time to 'play' We did go to 'stamp demo' on both Tuesday evenings, which I always enjoy. I love having the chance to learn something new, but more love the chance to spend some time with Carol and Janice. It's always an enjoyable time with them.


Did get a chance to do a little shopping at Crafts 2000 and could have spent a ton of money, but I was a really good girl and almost everything I bought was for the business. They had 12x12 paper for $.10/sheet! How could I pass that up? If I don't use it all for Pic-folios, I can use it for scrapbooking or card making. Can always put paper to good use.


I didn't win a single thing this year at K4K, but I'll tell ya, I have been so lucky lately! There are a lot of blogs that I follow and they have give aways now and then. Well, I figure what the heck someone has to win, I may as well enter, doesn't cost me anything and usually all you have to do is leave a comment. So I just enter everything. And recently it has really payed off.


A couple weeks ago a company came out with gel pens for the Cricut die cutting machine. They were launching this product and had a give away every day for the 2 weeks before the launch date. Every day I went and put my name in, knowing I wouldn't win. The last day of the give aways I put my name in and then read the post and saw that they were going to extend it for 2 more days as the launch was on a Tuesday and they had only scheduled through Sunday. They wanted ideas for what to give away and if they used an idea that you sent in, you would receive a gift certificate for $5.00 to their site. So I sent in an e-mail with 3 ideas. Later that evening I was checking my e-mails for one last time and found an e-mail saying they were using 2 of my suggestions and I would be receiving the $5.00 GC. Cool!


Then another e-mail came in from them saying that I had won that days prize! He said it was a random drawing, but I am thinking there probably weren't that many people who entered that day, since it was Easter. Anyway, I won a computer program called Sure Cuts A Lot, which works with the Cricut and lets me use any true type font to cut things on my Cricut.


When I got home from Toledo there were the e-mails with the codes in them so I could get my prizes as well as a note that said since I had the old type of gel pen holder for my Cricut (which I had also won at a blog online) and the new pens needed the new type of holder, I would be able to get the new one for free. How cool is that? I downloaded my program, now I just have to figure out how to use it. That may take me a while, but I'll figure it out, sooner or later.


Then to make things even better, before I went to Toledo, I was checking blogs and saw that I won something on another blog. Some paper and embellishments. Long story short, the lady I won this from was a doll and sent a couple of her layout kits for the K4K raffle. How sweet is that?


I also found ANOTHER e-mail when I got home saying that I had won a variety of Cathie Filian's new glitters from the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs. So those will be coming in the mail too.


Yesterday I was catching up on the last of my blogs and scrolled down to see what I had missed on one and my name caught my eye AGAIN! I had won a $20 gift certificate to a site that has scrapbooking kits and such. I couldn't believe it! Another prize!


So since Easter I have won from 4 different places. Now if I can just win a Cricut Cake or a Gypsy, that would be really cool. For those of you who aren't familiar, Cricut Cake is an electronic die cutting machine that you use to cut fondant etc. for cake decorating. I would never in a million years buy one of them, but it would be cool to win one. Same with the Gypsy, I'd never buy it, but it would be neat to win. A Gypsy is a hand held unit that you can design things then cut out on the Cricut. I'm not holding my breath though for either of them. I feel I've been extremely lucky lately and figure this run of winning is about finished.


People keep telling me that I should play the lottery. I think I will just keep it simple and keep entering online where it doesn't cost me a cent.


4/4/10 What's up?

I haven't been keeping up this blog like I intended, very bad girl, I know.  But here I am to give everyone an update.

I've been keeping busy with this and that.  Krop for Kids 2010 is just around the corner on April 17th, so I have been working on things for that.  I made coasters for all the participants and am in the process of making the name pins.  I will be headed to Toledo some time early next week and we will get the baskets put together and the rest of the "stuff" done.  Friday we will set up and Saturday will be the crop.  Sunday...... well, Sunday is a day of rest.  Last year Mary and I just spent most of the day sleeping and pretending to be awake.  It's a lot of work, but soooooo worth it.  I'm a little worried about the raffle baskets, doesn't seem like we have gotten all that much in donations, but I know Tamee has gotten a lot too.  She has gotten a lot of local donations which is wonderful. I think it's great to get local businesses involved.  I know it will all work out in the end, but I think this is going to be a leaner year than in the past.  But then again, that's what we thought last year and we did great.

Dave has had a couple excellent shows lately so that has kept me busy making pic-folios, mouse pads etc.  But now my printer is acting strange and it also seems that when we got some updates on the program I used, all my note cards are off center and I think I have to redo them all.  It is so frustrating when things aren't working right.

I finally got my crafting room finished and all in order.  I put another book shelf in there and cleared off the table and only have what I have to have on there.  It is great, so much easier to work.  I have been making a lot of cards and am working on a couple other bigger projects too.  A while back I set up a store on Etsy, but haven't put anything into it yet.  I keep saying I need to do it and just don't seem to be able to get it done.  I have things that I want to sell, all ready to go, but need to take pictures and put them into the store.  I have heard of people who do great on Etsy and some who don't do well at all.  Guess I'll just have to get my butt in gear and just do it.

Tuesday afternoon, Dave, Jaryd and I will be going to take a tour of the place I will be going for rehab after my hip replacement.  I will be going to Northgate on Nash Road.  I have heard good things about them, so hopefully they are right.   I wish it were happening sooner, but at least I know for sure that I will be having the surgery done.  This stinkin' hip is just getting worse and worse.  70% of the time when I get up out of a chair, I have to get it to 'pop' back into place.  I am sooooo ready to get a new hip!

I hosted Easter here at our house today, had a fairly small group, only 10 of us.  It was a nice dinner and evening together.  Good dinner, good company and good desserts!  Jaryd made a ice cream cake and I made pie in a jar.  Pie in a jar is jut that, you use small canning jars, line them with pie crust, fill with pie filling (I made apple and cherry) top them with crust and freeze them.  When you want them, just pull them out of the freezer and into a cold oven, bake them as you would any pie until they are golden on top and you have cute individual pies.  Fun and yummy!

Well, that's about it for now, hopefully it won't be so long before I post again.  Thanks for reading my update, leave a comment for me in the section to the right, if you would like to. Take care and God Bless!


It's definate! (3/17/10)

I saw Dr. Mason on Tuesday (March 16th) and it is a go for my hip replacement.  I will be going into the hospital on Monday, June 14th and be there until that Thursday, then I will be transfered to the rehab facility where I will stay for about 5 days.

I will have the surgery at Sister's Hospital and rehab at Northgate, at least that is what I am planning at this point.  I still have to call them, take a tour and make my "reservation"

Today I think my hip knew that I am planing to get rid of it and it is protesting.  It has been giving me more trouble today than ever!  I am not looking forward to the surgery and rehab, but I am looking forward to not being in pain.  This surgery is something I've been hoping for and I'm so glad the doctor has agreed that I need to have it. 


Love that Mouse in the Attic! layout

Love that Mouse in the Attic!

I just wanted to share a layout I did recently.  Many of you have heard me talk about my friend Mary, who lives in Toledo, and her family.  This layout is about her grandson Stephan.  When I go to visit them I usually bring some kind of home made goodies, over time it has become something I do for Stephan, although he is kind enough to share with everyone else (well..... usually) The first time I took cookies they were in a container in the kitchen and every morning Mary and I would come down and there would be more cookies missing, enough for us to notice it.  I told her that I thought there was a mouse living in her house that was stealing the cookies and I was pretty sure it lived in her attic.  Stephan's rooms are on the 3rd floor.  This is how he became the Mouse in the Attic. 

The picture on the left hand side page is of a tin I made once when I went and brought cookies to him.  One of my favorite childrens stories is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, so I found a picture of the cover of the book and put his picture in the mouses head. 

One time when his friend Nick was there, they were 'fighting' for some of the cookies. Stephan told Nick "I'm the mouse, so I get first choice." At least I know he doesn't mind that I call him the Mouse.  LOL!

He is a great kid, well not really a kid anymore, but he is a kid to me.  I look forward to seeing him when I go to Krop for Kids 2010 in April. 

The others in the picture are his sisters Angela and Ashley and his friend Nick.  A great bunch, if you ask me.


Mom and Me at My Happy Place

Mom & Me at MHP

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Mom and Me at My Happy Place

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending the evening at My Happy Place with 2 of my greats and my niece Courtney.  I had a great time with them.  We worked on a long overdue project and then made another one too.

About a year and a half ago, they were going on vacation to Cape Cod and I asked that they bring some sea shells and sand back with them.  I never got together with them to make their projects.  Finally, I decided that we needed to make them, so when there was a Mom and Me night at My Happy Place I e-mailed Courtney and invited her with Alexandrea and Emilee to join me.  I was so glad when she e-mailed back and said they would love to.

I found some old canning jars that I knew we had around and got together some other supplies and met them at MHP.  The girls had plenty of sea shells to work with and although Nana had gotten rid of their sand, Courtney had bought some at the craft store. 

The girls and I poured the sand into the jars and they added the sea shells.  The jars held a lot more than I was anticipating so they didn't work like I wanted, but it all worked out fine.  Now if they tip their jars they will see the shells hidden in the sand.

Then we put ribbon around the tops of the jars and cut out tags on the Cricut (for those of you who aren't scrapbookers, this is a die cutting machine) Courtney had brought pictures from the vacation and the girls picked pictures to put onto their tags.  Then they each wrote their names, Cape Cod and the date of the vacation on the back of the tags.  I think they are keeping them in their rooms as a memory of that vacation. 

Then we were on to project #2.  I brought some chip board coasters and they covered them with paper, we cut out some flowers on the Cricut and they each made a 'picture' on their coaster.  Then we added a little calendar at the bottom.  

They did a beautiful job on their projects as you can see in the pictures above.  They are such sweet girls and I think they are a couple of real craft lovers.  We'll have to have some crafting time again, maybe some scrapbooking next time.


What's up with me......

I thought I should at least post something here, since my intention is to keep up with this better than I have in the past.  

 

There isn’t a lot going on with me right now.  I seem to always be busy, but never get much of anything done.  That seems to be the story of my life lately.  Reminds me of something my Mom used to say.  “The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get.” 

 

Let’s see what have I been doing?  I’ve done some scrapbooking at My , although not as often as I would like to.  The schedule there is a little lean this month, but I will be going on Friday evening for the Mom and Me, Scrap and Craft Time.  No, I’m not taking Kelsie or Jaryd, LOL.  My niece Courtney is bringing 2 of my greats, Alexandrea and Emilee and we are going to craft together.  About a year and a half ago they went on vacation, I asked them to bring back sand, sea shells etc. and that we would make a craft with them.  I never did do that, so now we will finally be doing our projects.  I will be sure to take some pictures and let y’all see what we make.  Hopefully they will bring some pictures and we will make something with them too.

 

Saturday I will be opening at My Happy Place for Jen.  She can’t be there, so I will.  I think there are still spaces open, so if you want to come and scrapbook or do some crafting of what ever kind, come on over.  It is 6:00 – 12:00 and the price is $8.00 for the evening.  Would love to see some of you there.

 

On the 27th will be “A Crop To Remember” being held at Grove Street Christian Church and sponsored by My Happy Place.  We will not be right in the My Happy Place studio for the crop, but in the fellowship hall of the church.  This is a crop to benefit the Alzheimers Association.  Maureen, one of the regulars has organized it and it should be a great time.  Seats are almost sold out, and there are going to be a lot of great auction baskets.  Hope Kelsie and I win something!

 

Plans for Krop for Kids 2010 are coming along.  There have been some difficulties with the donation request letters, but hopefully we have that straightened out and we will be getting some donations in soon.

 

I think most everyone knows what Krop for Kids is all about, but for those who don’t I will explain quickly.  Krop for Kids is a fundraiser where 150 scrapbookers will be getting together to do scrapbooking for 12 hrs.  We raise funds so the NICU Parent Scrapbooking Group at Mercy Children’s Hospital can continue.  My friend Mary started the group a bit over 4 yrs ago and this is the only funding for the program.  This will be the 4th Krop for Kids and my 3rd year on the committee.  I am the National Donations Chairwoman which is one of the few things that can be handled from a distance.  Since I am in and the hospital etc are in , this works out great.

 

We have done very well in the past and other years we have held the event right at the hospital.  The room we used could accommodate 72 participants, this year we will be moving across the street to where we will be able to double the size of our crop.  I am really excited to see Krop growing so much.  I think we will have a wonderful event and hopefully raise a good amount for the Group.

 

Guess that’s about it for what is going on with me right now.  I need to get this posted and go eat some of that pulled pork that is cooking downstairs. It smells really yummy!


Another hip update.

I just realized that I never updated y'all on my hip situation.  So here is the scoop.  I went to see Dr. Mason this past week and he had me have an x-ray taken, he doesn't feel that from the x-ray that it is "bad enough" to really need the surgery yet.  I was extremely upset and he could see that.  I was just wanting so bad to just set the date and go have it done.  He asked me to respect his opinion and I understand why he is wanting to wait.  He is a specialist and the vast majority of his work is hips.  SO we came to a compromise, we set a date for mid June for the surgery and I will be seeing him in 6 weeks for him to re-evaluate.  I am also seeing a Physiatrist (sp?) who works directly with him in their practice and works with people having this surgery.  I would be seeing her either way to get ready for surgery.  He is having rotator cuff surgery himself and won't be able to do surgery until June anyway, so this is the soonest he would be able to do it either way.

He is thinking that by the time the surgery date comes around the hip may be degraded enough that he would feel the replacement was necessary.  Sometimes I wish these doctors could feel just what we are feeling, then they would truely understand where we are coming from.

One of the things I am sure is a factor in this whole thing is my fibromyalgia.  I'm pretty sure he is thinking that part of the problem I am having is due to the fibro.  I, on the other hand, don't think so.  I know what the fibro does to me and the intense pain I have at times in that hip is definatly NOT the fibro. 

The injection that I had in January has helped to a degree. Not as much as the last one did, but it sure is a lot better than it was before the injection. 

So that's the scoop.  It seems to be a waiting game now.  Let's hope it isn't a game that goes into overtime!


Click on pics to see info.

scrapbooking

LO - LO My little sweetheart.JPG
LO - LO My little sweetheart.JPG

This is a layout I did for a chellenge to do a layout then use the leftover pieces and make a card with them.  I love this layout!  I got the idea for it from a layout I saw on one of the blogs that I follow. I changed it up a bit and love the results.  Kelsie was about 8 months old in this picture.


LO - Uncle Stan.JPG
LO - Uncle Stan.JPG

This was for a challenge to use one picture in a layout.  Usually a big challenge for me, I most often use several pictures in my layouts. I was looking for some pictures to use in a layout and came across this picture of Uncle Stan and knew I needed to do a layout with it.  I don't have many pictures of Uncle Stan, but I have some wonderful memories of him.  He was a very special man!  I really loved that guy!  That picture lifts up and that is where I did some journaling about him and our relationship.


LO - scraps into card.JPG
LO - scraps into card.JPG

This is the card I made from the scraps from the layout "My Little Sweetheart"  I thought it turned out pretty nice, especially for a spur of the moment card.


I love scrapbooking!

If you know me very well, you know that I love scrapbooking.  For a bit over a year I have been doing most of my scrapbooking at a wonderful place called My Happy Place.  I love it there, the company is great, it is relaxing and I have made some wonderful new friends.  It is my "me" time and that time refreshes me and calms me.

Another place that I go for scrapbooking is the Scrapbooking Message Board on iVillage.  I have been going there for several years and this is infact where I met one of my very best friends, Mary.  Yes, we met on the internet and now we are very good friends.  Anyway, last Saturday we had a "virtual crop" on the board.  The gal that led it posted scrapbooking challenges through out Friday and Saturday.  She planned games and even a Make-n-Take where she sent us the supplies and we all made a project.  I didn't do all the challenges and could only participate online on Friday, but it was a lot of fun.  I am posting some of the results of the challenges above this post.

One was to use only one picture on a layout.  This was a tough one for me and I was searching for some pictures when I found one of my Uncle Stan, who passed away way too young. I did the layout about him.

Another challenge was to use a particular sketch to do a layout.  The layout of Kelsie and Jaryd below is the one I did for that. 

The 3rd challenge that I did was to do a layout and then make a card with the left over pieces from the layout.  I did that at My Happy Place on Wednesday evening.  I love how that layout turned out.  I will post it above. It is called My Little Sweetheart and is of Kelsie when she was about 8 months old.

I just wanted to share some of my scrapbooking with y'all, those I care about.  If you have any interest in scrapbooking, papercrafting or any other hobby or craft, you should join me sometime at My Happy Place. You don't have to scrapbook to come there.  We have one friend who joins us often and does sewing! Whatever you enjoy, if you can bring it with you, you can join us.  Check out the website at www.myhappyplacescrapbooking.com


Another challenge from The Studio

Another challenge from The Studio

Here is another challenge that I did for The Studio.  This was  to 1)alter alphabet in some way, which I did for the KW for Jaryd.  I used some Grunge board letters and painted them. 2) it was to be symetrical, which I think I did pretty well and 3) use fabric somewhere in the layout, the flowers on Kelsie's side of the layout are "silk" flowers.

I'm really happy with this layout. I love the kids senior pictures and this really shows them off well.  Enjoy!


The Studio Challenge Layout

"The Studio" Challenge 1/1/10

One of the blogs that I follow is "The Studio"   http://www.scrapbook-101.com/thestudio/  I just found this blog in December, so I haven't been following it for very long.  January 1st was the first "challenge" of the new year and I decided this was definatly one I wanted to try. 

Here are the guidelines for the challenge:

  1. Make a page that includes a lot of “white space”.
  2. The subject of your page should be something that scares you; scrap your fears!
  3. Use 3 photos in the design of your page – but don’t forget that white space!

Above you will see a picture of the layout that I created for the challenge.  I really enjoyed doing this challenge.  It made me think outside the box and work differently than I usually do. 

The background paper is printed from one of the pictures I took while on the hot air balloon ride I scrapped this layout about.  I'm lucky enough to have a wider printer and can print my own 12x12 papers.

The text at the bottom of the layout says:

As long as I can remember I have had a fear of heights!

When we were planning our trip to Italy, I found a guy that would take us up for a hot air balloon ride over Tuscany.

I knew Dave would love it, so we booked it and I was determined to do it. And I did!

It was tough, but after being up for a while and with a little help from our "pilot" Robert Ethrington, I began to be more comfortable. 
 
I started to see only the gorgeous countryside and amazing scenery spread out before me. 
I had conquered my fear of heights.....well at least for the day!

More hip info.

Today was the day for the Cortisone injection in my hip.  Went about as expected and right now the anesthetic is still working and it isn't really giving me pain.  Last time when it wore off I had a terrible pain that i would rather not have again, but then it got better over the next couple days.  A week after the injection I was walking with out my cane again. 

I am really hoping this one works as well.  I have quite a wait until I can have the hip replacement done and I really don't want to have that pain for the next 4 months.

The PA said that Dr. Mason won't be doing any surgery for about 6 weeks starting some time in March, so he'll be starting up again in May.  Hopefully that is when I will be having the surgery. 

I have Krop for Kids, in Toledo on April 17th and really need to be there for it, so this would work out fine.

Just keep your fingers crossed that this injection works and I will be pain free, well at least in the hip for the next 4 months until I have the surgery.

I will be seeing Dr. M. on Feb. 2nd to talk to him about the surgery and I'll let y'all know what is happening. 


Crazy Busy (the usual life)1/16/10

Sometimes don't you wonder where all your time goes?  I know I do.  It just seems to slip away and suddenly things are building up that need to be done.  What the heck is that?

Lately, that seems to be happening more and more.  Maybe it's the getting older thing, hmmmmmm, could be, but I didn't think I was getting older.  Guess I need to rethink that, huh?

It's Krop for Kids time of year again and things they are a changin'  If you are not familiar with K4K, it is a fundraiser that supports the Mercy Children's Hospital NICU Parent Scrapbooking Group in Toledo, Ohio.  This is my 3rd year as the National Donations Chairwoman. 

I got involved because my friend Mary is the Scrapbooking Co-ordinator of the group.  She thought it up and made it happen, she runs the group, teaches the parents (and whoever else comes) how to make a scrapbook, how to make pages, how to use the tools and how to journal their childs journey through the NICU.  She is there to lend an ear or a shoulder when needed.

When she asked me if I would like to be on the committee for K4K I jumped at the chance and this group and fundraiser has become my "cause"  It is something that is dear to my heart. 

I think I have done a really great job getting the donations for our fundraiser, which is the sole financial support of the group.  It is a 12 hr scrapbooking crop that we hold once a year to raise funds to keep the program going.  Anyway, this year, because of some policies at the hospital, I am not able to send the donation request letters out myself.  So they have been put into the hands of one of the other gals on the committee.  Tonight I just finished e-mailing all the web addresses and e-mail addresses to her, I finished applying for all the donations that had to be done on the websites and I finished writing e-mails to the people that I needed to contact personally to let them know their letter would be coming.  I'm not crazy about all this change, but we'll see how it goes.

I still have plenty to do though, I will be making coasters for the 150 people that will attend the event as well as their name pins.  So that will keep me busy.

This on top of the business and the kids and the time I want to spend scrapbooking and wanting to get my Etsy store going and selling some things on e-bay.  Where will I find the time???  Wonder where all my time goes?  Silly question, huh?


Keepin' up with Kristie

A little hip news

I heard from the doc's assistant today and I will be going for another Cortisone injection on the 19th.  Hope this one works as well as the last one did.  Then on the 21st I will be seeing him to schedule my hip replacement surgery.  Michelle (his assistant) said that right now she is scheduling for March, so it looks like I will be scheduling for late April or early May. At least that is what I am hoping for.

Ann Marie - My Kind of Hero!

Tonight (1/8/10) I spent the even with some friends at a fundraiser for the Susan G. Koman Foundation. The fundraiser was organized and run by my friend Barb's daughter, Ann Marie. Over a year ago, when Ann Marie was only a high school senior of 17, she discovered a lump in her breast when she was adjusting her bathing suit. She went to her mom and told her, Barb checked and sure enough it was a lump. What a scary, horrible thing to find. After about a month of what must have been sheer terror for them all, it was determined to be benign.


Ann Marie, being the sensitive, caring girl she is, didn't just feel lucky and walk away and get on with her life. She wanted to help others. She knew the terror they were feeling, the fear that this could be a life threatening circumstance. Ann Marie is a lucky girl, but many others aren't. Now she is involved in raising funds, as well as awareness for breast cancer research.


In October plans started to take place at the Henesey home and tonight those plans brought about an amazing evening. “An Evening In Pink” was held at her Aunt and Uncles home in North Tonawanda. Once a church, their home has a good sized 'hall' where 150 people were served a delicious dinner provided by Banchetti by Rizzo. There was a Chinese auction, an amazing singer and lots of smiles! And most of all that room was filled with love!


Channel 2 News was at the event and did a wonderful “Hero Central” segment that was aired on the 11:00 news tonight. It moved me to tears. Here is a link to their site and hopefully when you check the video will be up and running. http://www.wgrz.com/ When I checked it out there was an article, but the video was only giving me an advertisement. We did DVR it though.


I spent the evening with two of my friends, Linda and May. It was wonderful being able to spend the time at such a worthwhile function. Being able to celebrate Ann Marie and help to raise funds for such an important charity was great! This coming summer, Ann Marie will be walking in a 3 day breast cancer walk in Cleveland to benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation, when she will raise even more funds.


I remember when I first met the Henesey family, what sweet little girls Ann Marie and her sister Taylor were. They have both grown into beautiful, caring, lovely young ladies that Barb and Tim can be very proud of.


I am posting the pictures that I took tonight, hope you enjoy them.


Pictures

Evening in Pink

Amazing entertainment
Amazing entertainment

I don't know who this young man is, but he is an amazing singer.  We were entertained all evening by this guy and he wasn't bad to look at either!


May and Linda
May and Linda

These are two of my friends from our "girlfriend group" May on the left and Linda on the right.


3 peas
3 peas

Here I am with May and Linda, lined up like 3 peas in a pod.


Henesey girls
Henesey girls

Taylor on the left, Ann Marie on the right.  Are they  gorgeous or what?


Kristie and Barb
Kristie and Barb

Me with my friend Barb.


Big winner
Big winner

Linda won two things she really wanted, a basket of things for her 2 dogs and a certificate for Gianni hair salon, she just happens to have an appointment there tomorrow and won their certificate.


Donna, Ann, Sara Beth and I don't know which twin.
Donna, Ann, Sara Beth and I don't know which twin.

These are some gals from our church.  I'm sorry but I don't know which Lemen twin that is. 

Ann Marie made up 3 baskets for the auction. Sara Beth won all three.  She was so embarassed that she made one of the Lemen girls raise their hand for the 3rd one.


Centerpieces
Centerpieces

Barb and Ann Marie made these centerpieces for all the tables, they did a great job.


Singer
Singer

This picture is a bit better, although not great of the wonderful singer.  Guess the young girls liked him as much as us old gals did.


Oh the desserts!!
Oh the desserts!!

This is the dessert table when we were ready to leave!  The desserts were plentiful and really amazing!


Parents
Parents

Barb and Tim, Ann Marie's parents.  Good friends both!  You can see where the girls get their good looks from, can't ya?!


Girlfriends
Girlfriends

Me, Barb, Linda, May


HOPE
HOPE

Guess I should have cropped this picture before I put it up. Oh well, what the hey!  HOPE, a very important word for a function like this one.


Mom and daughter
Mom and daughter

Barb and Taylor.   What a beautiful couple of ladies!


12 Favorites

One of my favorite blogs to follow is the one that Stacy Jullian writes.  Every Tuesday she writes a sprinkle, check her blog to see what it is all about, http://stacyjulian.com/sprinkles/  This is the sprinkle for today 12/30/09  Below this post I will post the pictures that I chose as some of my favorites.  I didn't set the timer, it takes longer than that to go through all my 2009 pictures, but these are some of my favorites. 

 

Here is the post that Stacy Julian has on her site for today:

 

I love this time of year when we get to look back and reminisce and reflect on happy memories and everyday moments.

Your *sprinkle* this week is to select and share 12 favorite photos from the past year. To make this an exercise in intuitive creativity, you are NOT going to make this task hard. For example, you won’t make yourself pick one photo from each of the last 12 months–even though that seems like a good idea. You won’t play even-Steven and make sure all the people you love are represented in your collection. You won’t attempt to force a theme or look for a specific kind of photo. What you will do is use your kitchen timer and follow these six steps:

  1. Create a “2009 Favorites” folder on your computer.
  2. Open up your digital photo library.
  3. Set your timer for 12 minutes and hit start.
  4. Scroll quickly through your photos until an image catches your eye.
  5. Stop and save this image to your folder.
  6. Continue selecting and saving until your timer beeps.

12 memories

If you’re like me, you’ll end up with more than 12 images. When the time is up, look at your collection as a whole and quickly delete images until you have just twelve.

Now, think of a way to share them. You could …

  1. Email them to your extended family.
  2. Print them and display them on the fridge or back door.
  3. Post them to your blog or Facebook.
  4. Put them together on a scrapbook page.
  5. Use them to create a 2010 calendar.

 

 


12 Favorites click on the pics to read about them.

12 Favorites for Sprinkles

Ohhhhhhhhh!
Ohhhhhhhhh!

I took this picture of Sami at the Super Bowl party that Kevin and Lynne had.  I just love this picture, it shows the wonder that kids experience so easily.  Maybe we should take some lessons from them.


Mouse cookies
Mouse cookies

I just love my friend Mary's grandson Stephan.  He is a very special young man and every time I go there I take him cookies.  The first time I took cookies when I went to visit, Mary and I notices that when we went downstairs in the a.m. there were cookies gone.  I told her that there must be a mouse in her house and I thought he must live in the attic.  Stephan has the room on the 3rd floor of their home, so he is "The mouse in the attic"  I made this can for the cookies I took him when I went to visit at the beginning of 2009.  It is from the cover of one of my favorite children's books, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.


Krop for Kids 2009 committee
Krop for Kids 2009 committee

This is the Krop for Kids 2009 committee.  Paula, Tamee, Jen, Kristie, Mary.  This is a very special event for me and a special group of gals.


Kelsie
Kelsie

I took this picture of Kelsie the day she got her hair cut.  It was the first time she every cut her hair this short.


Oliver
Oliver

This is my great nephew Oliver at a picnic at Kim and Sue's house in July.  Is he adorable or what?


Feet
Feet

I took this picture of Oliver's feet at Joel and Renee's Engagement party.  I plan to use it in a scrapbook layout and draw a heart around his feet.


Pumpkin Pickin'
Pumpkin Pickin'

Every year Mom, the kids and I go "pumpkin pickin"  This is a picture of Mom with the huge pepper she found.  We were all getting a little silly and I HAD to take this pic of her.  I love it!


Sami and Grandpa
Sami and Grandpa

My Great niece, Sami and my brother Kevin, her Grandpa.  Took this one at Kim and Sue's picnic.


Parents of the Groom
Parents of the Groom

Kim and Sue at Joel and Renee's Engagement party.  I love this picture.


Pumpkin Pickin' again
Pumpkin Pickin' again

When we went pumpkin pickin' Jaryd found the biggest apple we have ever seen, had to get a picture of it.  Only can tell how big it is when it is next to this other apple which is a pretty normal sized one.  I guess this picture just reminds me of the fun day we all had together and that is why I love it so much.


Clark
Clark

My Great nephew, Xavier....oops....that should be Clark Kent.  Through our whole Christmas party, he insisted that he was Clark Kent.  And when he took the glasses off he still wasn't Xavier, of course he was Superman.  He is just sooooo stinkin' cute!


Christmas jammies
Christmas jammies

Since Kelsie was a baby, every year I get the kids Christmas jammies and they put them on and come down and surprise Dave with them.  This picture was taken just after they came down on Christmas Eve.  Jaryd thought he looked "too fat"  so they were giving him a big hug telling him he isn't and that we love him.


Hip update.

Just wanted to leave a quick update.  I did hear from Michelle at Dr. Mason's office.  I haven't seen the doc since Sept. and I need to go in and have him go over everything with me, before we can make any plans for surgery.  Unfortunatly I can't get an appointment until January 21st.  I'm thinking I will be waiting until after April for the new hip.

Christmas Pictures 2009

Christmas Pictures 2009

Christmas morn
Christmas morn

Jaryd opens his gifts from Kelsie.


Goofy Guy!
Goofy Guy!

Jaryd was soooo excited to get his gift from Kelsie it is a beautiful key ring that is engraved with his name and out swings a flash drive. 


One of many.
One of many.

Kelsie opens the first of 8 shirts that Jaryd gave her for part of her gift.  He is tired of her stealing his shirts to hang around the house in, so he went through his dresser and pulled out all the ones that are too short for him now and he gave them to her for Christmas.  Now she has no reason to steal his.  Let's see if it works.


Another shirt
Another shirt

Even gave her a Sabres shirt.


Daddy's gift
Daddy's gift

Dave opens a gift from Kelsie.


Great breakfast
Great breakfast

Kels went crazy at the Dollar Store and got stockings and put lots of stuff in them.  Dots was one of the things Jaryd got in his.


Octopus
Octopus

Kelsie found this cool multi plug cord for Dave to use at the shows.  Wish there were more, could use a couple around the house, but this is the only one she found.


Kristie with stocking
Kristie with stocking

This is the stocking Kelsie gave me for part of my gift, lots of goodies inside.


Another gift for Dad
Another gift for Dad

This was a beautiful gift.  Kelsie had a dog tag engraved for Dave. One side says "I love you"  The other says "I love you more"  This is what he always says to her.  I love you more!


Love it!
Love it!

Dave loved his gift from his girl.


Gifts
Gifts

These are gifts for Dave from me.


Hmmmmmm
Hmmmmmm

Jaryd wonders what is in those packages.


Towel
Towel

Jaryd asked for a towel for Christmas.  Since he is over 6' tall now, he says our towels aren't long enough.  Don't know what height has to do with it, he wants to wrap it around him not go top to bottom.


Ohhh goodie!
Ohhh goodie!

Chick flicks and One Tree Hill


A new cutter
A new cutter

Kelsie got a new paper cutter for scrapbooking.


Don't know
Don't know

Don't know what Jaryd is opening here.


Digi cam
Digi cam

Kelsie never thought she would be getting the digi cam that she wanted.  She knew we were cutting down this year, but I got a great deal and she got one.


Now what might this be?
Now what might this be?

What might be in that big box?


Oh a bowling bag
Oh a bowling bag

that's what was in the big box.  Jaryd takes 3 balls to bowling now and needed a new bag.


MOOOOOOOOSE!
MOOOOOOOOSE!

I love moose. Dave has gotten me a Christmas moose the last few years.  Guess this is becoming a tradition. 


Bones
Bones

One of my favorite series is Bones.  Last year I got Season 1 this year Season 4.  Hmmmmm what happened to 2 and 3?  I don't care, I love them all!


Tradition
Tradition

We never have breakfast together, except for Christmas when Dave and/or I make it.  Dave made us sausage, toast and omlettes, whatever we wanted.


Breakfast
Breakfast

Is Jaryd serious about his breakfast or what??


Toast
Toast

At least part of her breakfast


From Neal
From Neal

Neal gave Kelsie a beautiful glass piece with a heart and an angel.


Neal
Neal

Neal opens a gift from us.


Dog tag
Dog tag

Kelsie gave Neal a dog tag with his grandma's monogram on one side and her birth and death dates on the other.  Very special to him.


Putting on the dog tag
Putting on the dog tag

 

 


Another gift
Another gift

Kelsie opens a gift from Neal and Mom


Whoa!!!!
Whoa!!!!

pink Zebra!!!  for her car, now she just needs to get the license.


Neal's gift to me
Neal's gift to me

Neal gave me this frame with pics of him and Kelsie.  He did a great job on it.


Kim
Kim

Oldest bro Kim at Mom's for Christmas dinner.


Kelsie and Neal
Kelsie and Neal

At his family's Christmas celebration.


Testing the new camera
Testing the new camera

Had to try out the new camera Kelsie got.


Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday

We celebrated Neal's birthday which is December 26th


Kel and Neal
Kel and Neal

Now he is 21!


Goofy!
Goofy!

Oh brother!  a couple of goofs!


Cool!
Cool!

Santa brought Dave some 'goggles' to use when he does the snow shoveling.  Is she coooooool or what?


Joel
Joel

Joel (my nephew) at Grandma's house.


Christmas Day 2009

 

Christmas Day in our house starts with the opening of stockings. This year when Dave got the Christmas decorations out all the stockings weren't together, so Kelsie and I had ours and Jaryd got one that happened to be a huge blue one and Dave ended up with a bag with his stocking stuffers in it. Hopefully next year we will find those missing stockings. Guess that's what we get for not doing as much decorating this year.


Then downstairs we go to a lighted Christmas tree to open our gifts. The kids put some real thought into the gifts they gave and did a wonderful job. This was the first year that Kelsie had a job that gave he a decent number of hours, so she got some really wonderful gifts for us. It did help that she was working at Things Remembered, she got some really great engraved gifts for all of us.


The funny one this year was what Jaryd gave Kelsie. She has this terrible habit of going into his room and stealing his shirts to wear when she just wants to hang around and be comfortable, so he decided to 'fix' that problem. He went through his drawers and found all the shirts that didn't fit him any more, mostly it was a problem that he has grown so much taller. He got together a whole bunch of those shirts and wrapped them up and gave them to Kelsie for Christmas so she won't have to steal any from her any more. She loved it! He did give her some other gifts too, but I thought this one was pretty good! LOL!


After gifts we always have breakfast, sausage, toast and eggs that Dave fixed. Very yummy.

After breakfast Neal came over and after opening gifts with him, he and Kelsie went to some Christmas celebrating with his family.


We all went to Mom's for a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Kim, Sue, Joel and Renee were there too and we had a lovely evening visiting with them. I always enjoy time with my family.


All in all our Christmas was a very nice one and I hope yours was too.




Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve 2009

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Maynard Christmas Eve 2009

 

I've already told you all about the Backstrom Family Christmas party, so I will just continue on with the rest of the Christmas celebration.


Christmas Eve we spend the evening with Dave's family. It has been tradition for years, but we used to spend Christmas Eve afternoon and dinner with my family and then go to his family in the evening. Then with several people in my family working during the day, it wasn't working out as well so we changed the Backstrom family to the Sunday before Christmas. I do wish we could have my family on Christmas Eve, but I think we would be having several people leaving to go visit the other half of their family and with church and all I think it just works out better this way.

Anyway.... this year Kelsie and our nephew and niece had to all work until 6:00, so Dave, Jaryd and I went to 5:00 church service and Cindy and Kenny met us there. At Deerhurst the early service is traditionally when when the people with children attend. It was a lovely service with lots of music, instrumental solos from different members. Lisa Nelson singing “My Grown Up Christmas List” and some traditional Christmas songs. My favorite part is when we all sing Silent Night with the candles lighting up the sanctuary, then we put the candles out and end with Joy To The World.


After church, we were hosting so Cindy and Kenny went to pick up Aunt Bea and came to our house. After a bit the kids arrived and we had our dinner. This year we had salads and tacos. Taco beef, chicken, Caesar salad and all the fix-in's. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.


After dinner came gift exchange. The real high light was when Cindy opened her gift from Aunt Bea. Aunt Bea has a set of Schultz and Dooley beer steins and Cindy loves them. To her they are a kind of symbol of Aunt Bea. She has always had them out in her home. Aunt Bea found a set in a local shop to give Cindy for Christmas this year. As soon as she realized what they were she started to cry, she was really touched by that gift.


Don't get me wrong, we all got lovely gifts, but that one was special, especially to Cindy. I got some great crafting and scrapbooking supplies and Kelsie and I got tickets and a gift card for movies. We will be going to a couple movies together and can rent some movies to watch while Dave and Jaryd use their gift from Cindy and Kenny when they go to some Buffalo Bandits (lacrosse) games. Cindy didn't know which game to buy tickets for so she gave them the money to go to which ever game they wanted. Sooooooo glad she did it that way, because they already have season tickets for the Bandits. They will use that money to go to dinner before the games. Works out great.


I think Kelsie and I should go see “Up In The Air” for one of our movies. I love George Clooney and I can't imagine that there is a movie with him in it that wouldn't be good.


After everyone was gone, we ended out Christmas Eve the way we always do. Kelsie and Jaryd got into the Christmas pj's that I got for them and they came down and surprised Dave with them. We have done this every year since Kelsie was born, when they were younger we had no problem getting matching ones, now at 17 and 19 there is no way to find matching pj's. They continue to be good sports and put them on for Dad. Then we sit down and I force them into listening to me read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” They put up with it because they know it is important to me.


Hip Hip Hooray???

 

I thought it would be a good idea to write an update and let everyone know what is going on with this hip of mine.


In August I went for my 3rd Cortisone injection, knowing full well that it would be like the other 2 and do nothing for me. I was so pleasantly surprised when it actually helped. Of course the day that I had it my hip was great, it was numb! That night it got incredibly bad and I thought it was going to stay that way, but over the next few days the pain subsided and didn't come back. After about a week or so, I stopped using my cane and was getting around like there wasn't a problem with the hip at all.


Then a couple weeks ago it started again. The hips started locking when I would stand up and I started getting terrible pain again. Now I'm back to walking with the cane and having trouble standing up again.


I can have another Cortisone injection and I have called and asked to be scheduled for it. Unfortunately, Dr. Mason's schedule isn't set up for January yet and it will probably be near the end of the month before he is doing the hip injections again. So it will probably be at least a month before I can hope to be pain free again (Well at least in the right hip)


I was talking to my PT the other day and she suggested that I talk to them about when he is scheduling surgeries. She was saying sometimes they schedule 2-3 months out. After talking about it and some serious thought I decided to call and ask about having the surgery. I have the call in to Michelle (Dr. Mason's assistant) and she is out of the office until Monday. I'm hoping to hear back from her on Monday. It would be ideal if they are scheduling in January or February, but I'm not holding my breath.


I need to be recovered and able to travel in April, otherwise I will have to wait until after then to have the hip replacement done. If he isn't scheduling soon, I will have the injection and schedule the surgery for sometime after April.


This is a huge step for me, I was thinking it would be a while before I had to have the hip replacement. I was hoping to put it off with the Cortisone injections for a while longer, but when I think about having this pain for the next month and then having it come back even worse a few months after that......well, I just don't want to deal with the pain. I would rather just do it and get it over with. I'm not going to fool myself in to thinking it won't just get worse. After all there is bone on bone in that hip and even though I don't feel it when the Cortisone is working, it is rubbing and wearing the bone down more and more, the more it wears down the worse it will feel. So I may as well face facts and hopefully have the replacement soon.


I will let y'all know what is going on when I hear more. Hopefully I will have at least an idea of a time line on Monday.




Backstrom Family Christmas 2009

Backstrom Family Christmas 2009

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Family Christmas Party

Yesterday (Sunday, December 20th) was the Backstrom family Christmas party.  This year it was held at my home, we had 31 people here.  Only Bradly couldn't make it at all, and Patrick didn't come until he got off work at 11:00p.m.  Most people were gone by then, but there were still a few here and I was so glad he got here for a little while anyway.  I always miss the ones that don't make it. 

 

It was a great party.  We had great food and wonderful company.  I was saying today to Dave and Jaryd that some families get together and there is always some kind of drama, a fight breaks out and/or there is constant tension.  Our family doesn't have that problem. Don't get me wrong there have been tensions at times, but mostly that has been in the past and has been pretty well resolved.  There sometimes is tension resulting from a non-family member that is always here, but we deal with it and move on.  Hey, it's only once a year and it's Christmas right?!?!

 

Anyway, for me one of the best parts is just seeing and being with the whole family.  I don't see all of them all that often, so this is my time to visit and spend some time catching up with them. I always say that we need to get together more, but somehow it just doesn't work out that way and I only see my nieces and nephews a couple times a year, if I'm lucky.

 

There are some of them that I see more and I am thankful for that, but I think I need to try to see the others more often too.

 

The Greats (that is what I call my great nieces and nephews) were adorable.  They so enjoy being with eachother and just running around.  They all have their own personalities and are just the sweetest kids.

 

The biggest surprise as far as the Greats was Xavier.  Last time I saw him he wasn't saying much at all, but this year he arrived and started talking and hardly stopped.  He will be 4 in March and is just adorable.  He told me right away that he was not Xavier he was Clark Kent and he was wearing the glasses to prove it.  He had on huge black glasses along with his dress shirt and bow tie.  When he took the glasses off he still wasn't Xavier, he was Superman.  This was the way he was all evening long.  He was just so stinkin' cute.

 

We have some traditions in our family for Christmas.  First of all we all have a stocking, they are handed out from oldest to youngest.  This year I hung them in order of age, or Dave (who plays Santa) would have never been able to get it right, not with that many people here.

 

We open our stockings, then Dave starts with the Greats and gives them their gifts, then our nieces and nephews and the adults.  Mom (or Grandma or Great Grandma) has all her gifts piled around her and opens through it all. 

 

Amoungst my generation and the nieces and nephews we pick one name.  This year my nephew Keithy had my name.  He asked his sister "what the heck do I get Aunt Kristie"  Nikki told him she knew just what he should get me and she would even pick it up for him.  He gave me a gift certificate for Buffalo Stamps & Stuff which is a local scrapbook and stamping store.  I love that store.  Smart girl that Nikki.  I loved that gift. 

 

I think the people that Dave, the kids and I gave to liked their gifts.  Unfortunatly, Brad couldn't make it and I had made a chip board and acrylic scrapbook  for him titled "Daddy's Girls"  I wanted to see how Courtney and his little ones liked it so I had them take a look at it and then we put it back into the bag.  Sneaky, I know!  I think he will like it.  I will post the pictures of it here so y'all can see it for yourselves.  I got a bit carried away and ended up making it into 2 books the second one was "Daddy's Girls volume 2"  I just had so many cute pictures I had a hard time cutting some out.

 

All in all it was a wonderful party, I think everyone had a great time. There was a ton of tasty food and eveyone seemed happy.

 

 


Comments

1/21/2010 9:15:04 PM - 003015959387
I LOVE how you printed the photo on the background of your layout! Thanks for playing along at the Studio :) Amanda x
1/21/2010 1:00:22 AM - 003011656807
Kristie, I'm wondering if Dave ever offers instructional workshops.
1/19/2010 4:07:56 PM - 003015824162
Kristie, bet you thought I would never get here...lol... love your site! Mary
1/4/2010 2:44:22 PM - 003012470275
Hi Kristie! Thanks for adding me to your site. I am sorry to hear that you may have a hip replacement in your future, but for what it's worth...a friend who had one done looked ten years younger afterward. Relief from his pain changed his life. So...you get to be pain-free and younger looking!
Try to keep your chin up...there's relief in your future! Love to all, Joyce
1/2/2010 6:04:34 AM - 001016698424
Pretty cool huh Fran. I think she is really as nice as she seems to be when she is on TV. Very genuine.
1/1/2010 9:43:18 PM - 003011656807
Oh, wow! Stacy Julian wrote to you!
1/1/2010 7:28:56 PM - 000049360718
Lots of good Xmas photos, Kristie. I like Jaryd's expression when he opened his gift from Kelsie, lol. I hope 2010 is a less-hip-pain year for you, and that all goes well with your surgery.

Jean
1/1/2010 4:28:18 AM - 000057371409
Kristie,
LOVE your 12 pics. Thanks for the link, so I could enjoy them!

stacyj
1/1/2010 2:56:10 AM - 001016698424
Fran, I do have a pic of Jaryd holding the huge apple, but we have to laugh, we tease him that he has a big head and that the apple doesn't look so big, because his head makes it look small. LOL! Actually he is the one that pointed this out first.

Sue, Good point, I will try to remember to date the entries. Hadn't thouhgt of that.

Happy New Year to y'all!
12/31/2009 7:28:21 PM - 003011656807
Cute idea with the 12 photos. I'm wondering if you have a picture of someone holding that giant apple. Did someone actually eat it? How did it taste?
12/31/2009 1:55:39 PM - 000096304021
Hi Kristie - What a nice site! Thanks for inviting me to join. One suggestion - date the entries. That way when I read "tomorrow I'll talk to the doctor" or something like that, I'll know when that is/was.

Otherwise, very sweet.

Happy New Year to all of you (and hoping you have significantly less pain in 2010)

Sue
12/30/2009 7:16:49 PM - 003011675329
Belated Merry X-mas & all the best in 2010.
Lovely family pics Kristie.
Cheers
DL
12/29/2009 7:27:12 PM - 003011656807
You had lots of fun celebrations. How cool! Kristie, I didn't know you are having all this trouble with your hip. I hope you will soon be restored to pain-free good health.
12/24/2009 4:19:52 PM - 003010569390
Thought I posted a comment but it doesn't seem to be here so if it posts twice... anyway - nice site Kristie! For me, this puts faces to the names of the friends and relatives Dave is always talking about. Keep up the good work!

Happy Holidays!

DLR
12/23/2009 2:24:58 PM - 002052475636
Kristie, your daughter is so beautiful,and you have a beautiful family. Merry Christmas. I wish I knew how to do this blog. things. Maybe I will learn. Barb
12/23/2009 5:36:12 AM - 003006905462
Hey Kristie, adding as a member says that I will receive updates daily w/ new info. Love to keep up with your fam!

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Alexandrea's Baptism

Alexandrea's Baptism

Alexandrea's baptism
Alexandrea's baptism

The priest had Bradly hold Alexandrea over the font.  He used a shell to pour the water over her head. Afterwards he gave her the shell to keep.


After her baptism
After her baptism

Once she was baptised, the priest put a small towel on her head since her hair was dripping wet.  She kept it there for quite a while.


Candle
Candle

Each child that was baptised, there were two others, were given a candle which the priest lit.  This candle is to be lit for special occasions in their walk in faith, 1st communion, confirmation and such, it should last her whole life.


Alexandrea and Emilee
Alexandrea and Emilee

What a couple of beautiful girls!


With the priest
With the priest

Alexandrea with the priest, and her Mom and Dad


another of the 2 beauties
another of the 2 beauties

With the Godparents
With the Godparents

"Big" Lexie and Alexandrea's uncle.


Another with the Godparents
Another with the Godparents

Such a lady
Such a lady

Alexandrea was such a lady while opening her gifts, she opened each card and read it then opened the gift.  Then ran to her Mom and showed it to her.  She is just the sweetest!


With a gift
With a gift

Alexandrea received a wind chime as a gift from her Aunt, Uncle and cousins, I believe.  Very pretty!  Butterflies for new life.


Emilee wearing her Mickey ears
Emilee wearing her Mickey ears

Emilee eats a snack
Emilee eats a snack

Brad and Courtney served a very nice lunch of pulled pork, salad and lasagna and ended it with cake and ice cream.


Brad and Kristie
Brad and Kristie

Since Brad didn't make it to the family Christmas I told him he had to have a picture taken with me.  He doesn't like his picture taken, but Aunt Kristie doesn't give a choice.  I think it turned out very nice.  He is such a handsome guy!  It's hard to believe he is that little guy that used to hang out with me and want to go everywhere with me.


Gifts for the Greats

Gifts for the Greats

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Daddy's Girls

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P1010145.JPG
P1010145.JPG 2009-12-20
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P1010146.JPG 2009-12-20
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P1010147.JPG 2009-12-20
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P1010148.JPG 2009-12-20
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P1010149.JPG
P1010149.JPG 2009-12-20

Jaryd's senior pictures

Jaryd's Senior Pictures

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_MG_1947.jpg
_MG_1947.jpg 2009-08-31
_MG_1952.jpg
_MG_1952.jpg
_MG_1952.jpg 2009-08-31
_MG_1963.jpg
_MG_1963.jpg
_MG_1963.jpg 2009-08-31
_MG_1982.jpg
_MG_1982.jpg
_MG_1982.jpg 2009-08-31
_MG_1985.jpg
_MG_1985.jpg
_MG_1985.jpg 2009-08-31
_MG_2031.jpg
_MG_2031.jpg
_MG_2031.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2082.jpg
_MG_2082.jpg
_MG_2082.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2135.jpg
_MG_2135.jpg
_MG_2135.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2158.jpg
_MG_2158.jpg
_MG_2158.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2161.jpg
_MG_2161.jpg
_MG_2161.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2161_b.jpg
_MG_2161_b.jpg
_MG_2161_b.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2169.jpg
_MG_2169.jpg
_MG_2169.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2171.jpg
_MG_2171.jpg
_MG_2171.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2222.jpg
_MG_2222.jpg
_MG_2222.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_1986.jpg
_MG_1986.jpg
_MG_1986.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2084.jpg
_MG_2084.jpg
_MG_2084.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2153.jpg
_MG_2153.jpg
_MG_2153.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2168.jpg
_MG_2168.jpg
_MG_2168.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2173.jpg
_MG_2173.jpg
_MG_2173.jpg 2009-08-23
_MG_2221.jpg
_MG_2221.jpg
_MG_2221.jpg 2009-08-23
IMG_2068.jpg
IMG_2068.jpg
IMG_2068.jpg 2009-08-23

Joel & Renee's Engagement Party 8/16/09

2009-08-20

Engagement Party 25.JPG
Engagement Party 25.JPG
Engagement Party 25.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 1.JPG
Engagement Party 1.JPG
Engagement Party 1.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 2.JPG
Engagement Party 2.JPG
Engagement Party 2.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 3.JPG
Engagement Party 3.JPG
Engagement Party 3.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 4.JPG
Engagement Party 4.JPG
Engagement Party 4.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 5.JPG
Engagement Party 5.JPG
Engagement Party 5.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 6.JPG
Engagement Party 6.JPG
Engagement Party 6.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 7.JPG
Engagement Party 7.JPG
Engagement Party 7.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 8.JPG
Engagement Party 8.JPG
Engagement Party 8.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 9.JPG
Engagement Party 9.JPG
Engagement Party 9.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 10.JPG
Engagement Party 10.JPG
Engagement Party 10.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 11.JPG
Engagement Party 11.JPG
Engagement Party 11.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 12.JPG
Engagement Party 12.JPG
Engagement Party 12.JPG 2009-08-19
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Engagement Party 13.JPG
Engagement Party 13.JPG 2009-08-19
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Engagement Party 14.JPG
Engagement Party 14.JPG 2009-08-19
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Engagement Party 15.JPG
Engagement Party 15.JPG 2009-08-19
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Engagement Party 16.JPG
Engagement Party 16.JPG 2009-08-19
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Engagement Party 17.JPG
Engagement Party 17.JPG 2009-08-19
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Engagement Party 18.JPG
Engagement Party 18.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 19.JPG
Engagement Party 19.JPG
Engagement Party 19.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 20.JPG
Engagement Party 20.JPG
Engagement Party 20.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 21.JPG
Engagement Party 21.JPG
Engagement Party 21.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 22.JPG
Engagement Party 22.JPG
Engagement Party 22.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 23.JPG
Engagement Party 23.JPG
Engagement Party 23.JPG 2009-08-19
Engagement Party 24.JPG
Engagement Party 24.JPG
Engagement Party 24.JPG 2009-08-19

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