Saturday, December 31, 2005

Clean Sweeping

Well, I'm trying to anyways. Charity and Mandy are here helping us start going through stuff. THANKS GUYS!!! I just got so overwhelmed I didn't know where to start. Anyways I'm working on Payton's room trying to gut her closet and make more room for her new stuff. Misty is taking the exersaucer-that will give us some room!! So now I have also decided to give up the swing, it's an old hand crank one, but it works and was savior with a cranky baby. Also the glider chair, the chair itself is fine but it didn't come with a cushion as I bought it second hand. I was going to make a new cushion but never got around to it, we have a patio chair cushion on it at the moment. We just don't use it. So if you or anyone you know are interested in either give me a shout.

Some things just don't change....

Group picture just after Christmas.
Group picture last November. Hmmmmm..........

What a difference 5 months makes

The girls last summer.
And just after Christmas.

Friday, December 30, 2005


It's 3 0'clock and we are all still in out jammies. So far the only accomplishment that has been made is the tree has been taken down. I looked into self-storage units and buying storage sheds, it's very expensive and depressing. I now am back to being overwhelmed and stressed out. Didn't take long did it? I guess I should stop worrying about everything and start cleaning.

Now I am going to bore you with family pictures....

We had such a great time being in Alberta over Christmas. I have enjoyed the opportunity not only to get to know my cousins better and watch them grow, but to spend time with the rest of the family that I so rarely see. I miss them all SO much, and wish they lived closer. I have a ton of pictures and am going to share a few with you, well actually I am going to share many with you!!

Darby the photographer.
Rod and I.
Chloe. Can you see the trouble in her eyes? hehe! She and Payton are similar in so many ways. Their birthday is only two days apart, we think it may be a July baby thing. The super busy, into everything, mischievous, what can I get into today syndrome.....What do you think Misty, is it a born in July thing??
My cutie patootie!!

More pictures.....

My Mom and I.

My cousins and I.Me and my baby in her Christmas dress.

Yet more pictures.....

This is my Aunt Wanda(Mom's sister) and Uncle Jimmy, and Hannah and Boomer of course!!
Christmas dinner, it sure was yummy!
We hadn't had the whole family together in a long time so a group shot was in order. It was hot, squishy, and painful. But very worth it!! Chloe is missing as she was already in bed I think Jimmy is going to photoshop her in sometime in the future.
Rod and I with Mom and Al(Mom's finance). Payton was napping.

Are you bored yet?? Yes it is MORE pictures....

We bought the girls matching tanks in the summer and did a group shot and just had to do it again. I should find the summer shot for comparison, I can't believe the difference 6 months makes!!
Payton and her cousins(well technically 2nd cousins) enjoying a treat, they were to cute sitting there. Until of course Payton decided to sample from Chloe's bowl.....
Payton got a matching outfit from her cousins for Christmas so here we go again, trying to get a 1 and a half year old, a two and a half year old, and a four year old to stand still and all smile in the same direction......
We are still trying....the little plaid skirts are SO cute!!!

Will it never end?????? The end is in sight, this is the last of the pictures......For now....

This is my Uncle Dan(Mom's brother), Aunt Kathy, and cousins Ryan and Dana.
I was very excited to get a four generations of women picture. This is Payton and I, with my Mom and Grandma.
The McLatchy family at Christmas(well boxing day actually).
This is my Aunt Donna(Mom's sister), Uncle Billy, and my cousins Darby(on the left) and Chloe. This is who we stayed with in Red Deer, Thanks guys!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

They're back.........

Yes, we are home safe and sound. It was a good trip, minus the stomach flu....but that will have to wait for another day, I'm tired!!

P.S. Thank you SO MUCH to the cleaning elf that left me a much cleaner house to come home to! It's greatly appreciated!! I have awesome friends!!

Sunday, December 25, 2005


I hope everyone is having a GREAT day!!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

And we're here

Just wanted to let everyone know we arrived safe and sound, a little late thanks to a flight delay, but everything else went smoothly. Payton is exhausted but having a good time. It's so nice to see everyone, we were calculating when the last time we had family pictures with everybody present, it's been 20 years!! So there is a family portrait planned, We are also going to be able to get a 4 generational photo done, that's very cool!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas eve!!

P.S. Dear Santa, I've been a very good girl all year and all I want for Christmas is to clean and organized house. Do you think that could be arranged?? lol !! If only.....

Friday, December 23, 2005

I wasn't going to blog today as I have so many other things to do. As Christmas draws closer I find myself dwelling on the things that really matter. I have the habit of worrying about how everything is going to work out when I just can't see an end. When in fact I have more than enough to be thankful for right now.

I am thankful for:

-My husband and best friend
-My beautiful, full of life daughter
-That I have a roof over my head and wonderful landlords who are also friends
-That I've never known what it means to be hungry
-That I have extended family that loves me
-That I have wonderful friends who are more like family than friends
-That I get to travel and visit relatives who seem so far away most days
-That God sent his one and only son to die for our sins
-That soon we get to celebrate the birth of our savior
-Good health

There are many more things but this list could get long and I might miss my plane!! So I am going to trust that God will continue to take care of me as he always has. That just because I can't see what's in store doesn't mean that he doesn't. Thank you Lord for sending you son for us, I am excited to help you celebrate his birthday in a couple day!! I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas season regardless of circumstances, remember that Christmas is not about the gifts and lights, it's about a little boy born many years ago as a savior for us. Merry Christmas!!


You know the feeling when your experiencing many different emotions all at once? That's how I'm feeling right now. Excited, crazy, happy, overwhelmed, tired, anxious, elated, worried. It's a lot to have going on at once!! It's not all about the trip and getting ready either, it's also about what is going to happen when we get home. I always experience let down after it's all said and done, I guess we all do. We've barely been scraping by, by the skin of our teeth and we are going to have to make some big choices this coming year. Choices, change, the unknown, I dread it, I don't deal well with any of it. Oh well, we are going to have a wonderful trip and fantastic visit, and leave the future to the future. I have to have faith that everything will turn out for the best.

I think I need to go to bed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

My new favorite Christmas song.

I bought a Christmas CD for 99 cents while shopping the other day, you know a gift with purchase kind of thing. It was a mixed CD and had some pretty interesting stuff on it. But there was one song that I really like and thought I would share with you. The Jing-Ding stuff looks silly but it sounds good.

Make It Christmas Day

Jann Arden

Many years ago on Christmas Day
People came from all around to bow their heads and pray
For on that lonely night a babe was born
God gave us his only son that He may save the world

And He taught us of compassion
He taught us how to love
He taught us to believe in God above

Let Him know that you are still alive
Raise your hands up to the sky
Get down on your knees and pray
If only for one day
Make it Christmas Day

Ding Dong Jing-a-long
Ding Dang Dong
Jing Jing-a-ling
Sing along Jing along
Ding Dong
Ding Dang Dong

Now we all await the coming eve
I wonder if there is a single soul who still believes
It's not the flashing glamour of the lights
But only the remembrance of a distant holy night

For He taught us of compassion
And He taught us how to love
He taught us to believe in God above

Let know that you are still alive
Raise your hands up to the sky
Get down on your knees and pray

Let Him know you're still alive
Raise your hands up to the sky
Get down on your knees and pray
If only for one day,
Make it Christmas Day

Ding Dong Jing-a-long
Ding Dang Dong
Jing Jing-a-ling
Sing along Jing along
Ding Dang Dong

Jing Jing-a-ling
Sing along Jing along
Ding Dang Dong

Jing Jing-a-ling
Sing along Jing along
Ding Dang Dong

Jing Jing-a-ling
Sing along Jing along
Ding Dong

I just realized...

IT'S THE 20th!!!! Oh dear.....


Don't get me wrong, some of the forwards I receive are good I even pass the odd one along. Sometimes though, it's enough to drive me nuts!!

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Monday, December 19, 2005

The countdown continues at a frenzied pace....

Yes folks, we are officially on "the last minute" train to Christmas. 6 sleeps left, which means 5 days to finish shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, laundry, packing, and whatever else has to be accomplished before the big day hits. Today I have no motivation. I think the busy schedule of the last few days has wiped me out.

We had a good weekend, just busy. We did Christmas with Rod's Dad and family as we are going to be away. It was really nice to spend time with everyone although it very definitely doesn't feel like enough. We were spoiled as usual, but my favorite part was watching Payton interact with the rest of the family. What a funny kid I have. Candice and Jake brought their pug, Pig(yes the dogs name is Pig and it suits him!), so the game was chase the dog. She managed not to get into to much trouble, although there were a couple casualties, 1 snowglobe and 1 glass ball(Sorry Jillian!!).

Anyways I really need to get it together and get something accomplished while Payton is still sleeping. My Mom and Al are leaving for Alberta tomorrow(they're driving) and I need to figure out what we are sending with them and get it wrapped. As well as the usual laundry and cleaning ect. The busy schedule has caused household neglect and it is starting to drive me crazy. So if you see me wandering around aimlessly muttering to myself you'll understand, it's just the countdown to Christmas meltdown.....

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Bread IS dangerous!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

It's definitely the Christmas season!!

It's been one of those weeks, you know the ones, when you have 6 million things to do and a very small amount of time to get it done. Every moment has been taking care of kids or getting ready for Christmas, or both!! My housework is definatly suffering and it's starting to drive me crazy. At this point I'm really glad we'll be gone for Christmas because that means I won't have to look at this place for a few days!! Yikes!!

I haven't been getting much sleep either. I can't blame that solely on Payton although she is usually still up at least once a night. We've been going to bed really late. With Rod getting home between 6-7, it's put Payton to bed, eat, put Holly to bed, clean the kitchen, and try to visit with my hubby. All of a sudden it's late :( I have to figure out a way to schedule everything so it runs smoother around here. Oh well. When everything gets back to normal(what's normal??) we'll see what happens.

Candice(Rod's sister) came out today and took us for lunch. It was very nice to see her. She took Holly for the afternoon which is awesome because they haven't seen much of each other recently. Although I'm not really short a kid because now I have Hailey(from upstairs) down playing with Andrew.

I better run, it sounds like Payton doesn't agree with me that it's naptime :( All I want to do is get some cleaning done. Is that to much to ask? Geesh.

This is why I would never get an Asian character tattoo....

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Throw Paper!

How bored are you?

Guess the Dictator/Sit-Com Character

Check this out, we have been trying to stump this game and have not succeeded. We've tried old and new, human and cartoon, and it's guessed right everytime.

Confused?? Just try it.

Here's one for the girls???

This is for all the girls who have always wanted to "write" their name in the snow......

Hair issues

Hi fellow bloggers!! I need some recommendations. I have lost my hairdresser, and am wanting to get a haircut. Does anyone know a good hairdresser that they could recommend?? Thanks!!

There we go, now I know what I should do with my life!!

You Should Get a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)

You're a blooming artistic talent, even if you aren't quite convinced.
You'd make an incredible artist, photographer, or film maker.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

My dancing Queen....

I thought I would share a few pics from Payton's first kids Christmas Party. What a great time she had, it was a blast watching her. She loved the music(they had a live childrens entertainer), all the kids(150+), the huge snowglobe(I could have easily fit in it), spending time with Grandpa and Grandma(although we didn't see much of Grandma elf!!), and of course dancing(as you can see). She wasn't to sure about Santa but sure loves the pony he gave her!! It was a good time!! Thanks LaFarge!!

Friday, December 09, 2005


Very interesting article about SIDS and soother use. Read it here.

Thanks Rod.

Sometimes, life's just like that.

Isn't it funny how the days just keep on passing by regardless of how your feeling? Things have been pretty rough lately and I've finally gotten to a breaking point. There's been a lot going on around Rod and I, things that really shouldn't be our problems, our concerns, but have become very much part of our world through our desire to help. But as things keep spiraling so does my emotional health. I feel used up, like I have no more to give yet keep trudging along because I have no choice.

Mentally, emotionally it feels like I've taken a severe beating and am in the process of scraping the pieces off the floor. Putting the pieces together feels hopeless. The pieces are so fragile and have a habit of shattering into pieces that just won't go back together. I think if I ever get it figured out the end result will look much different than when I started.

I have a habit of trying to deal with things on my own. If I let others know exactly how I'm doing I feel as though I'm burdening them. Even worse than that I don't let God in. He so desperately wants to help me and I don't want to admit anything is wrong. I finally heard him tell me to let others in, it's a shame he had to break my will to do it. I let some trusted friends in and asked for prayer,and cried, came home, and cried some more.

I gave everything to God, again, and to be honest I don't feel much better. I'm sure I will eventually but in the meantime I'm trying desperately not to take everything back again. Trust and pray have become my mantra. I'm so upset that all this is happening at Christmas time, I feel so jipped, my usual enthusiasm for the season has been clouded. Oh well, this too will pass, everything does.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I need to vent!

I'm glad it's thursday. Get ready for a vent tonight girls, if I don't explode before then.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Are we crazy?

So I've been watching the weather in Alberta and it hasn't been pretty, consistently in the -20 area!! I was just thinking that I don't think my winter clothes are wintry enough!!! I'm gonna FREEZE!!!! hehe, I'm really looking forward to it!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Those crazy toddlers....

I found a great article on toddler behavior. Check it out here.

Payton already has more rhythm than her dad. I'm not saying that to be mean, but Rod can't even clap in rhythm!! She cracks me up, she has a little jig she does, her whole little body jives. Now she either sings at the same time or says "dance dance dance dance". I LOVE IT!! hehe, she is so going in dance lessons when she's old enough!!

Monday, December 05, 2005


I have always believed I have large amounts of patience. Not never ending mind you, just more than your average. I am finding that the greatest test to my patience is my one year old. She's wonderful, funny, adorable, loving, full of life and energy and the cutest ever. But she's also one, into everything repeatedly and without the reasoning skills needed to explain why she shouldn't.......There's nothing as humbling as having a child, in so many different ways.

Looking forward to the "terrible two's".....


I have discovered Diet Orange Crush, sweetened with Splenda rather than Aspartame! Tastes good without as many crazy chemicals! Good news for us trying to cut back on sugar!!

Sunday, December 04, 2005


I've been sitting her tonight and pondering, one thought in particular has my wheels turning. How much about life is choices? Things we choose to do or not to do, things we choose to be or not to be. I know things happen that we have no control over, but we choose what to do afterwards. So if I've been choosing to let certain thoughts and feelings run my life how do I un-choose them?

Right now I choose to stop thinking and go to bed...good night!!


Thanks for being such a wonderful husband and father!! We love you!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Jingle Bells

Went Christmas shopping tonight. Got some stuff done. It's very crazy out there!! I forgot how much I hate finding a parking space in December, yuck yuck yuck!! Payton makes shopping miserable for me now if I'm by myself, I get next to nothing done :( That's why I was hoping to get more done while Rod was there, oh well, what can you do?

Highlight of my day: Payton running around singing "Jingle bells Jingle bells Jingle bells Jingle bells ". TO CUTE!! hehe

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Yes, I love the snow. I love how it makes everything look so beautiful and peaceful. I love going out to play, the crunch under your feet. It reminds me of my childhood(I grew up in Alberta, there was LOTS of snow). It makes me feel festive.

This year so far, I also find it makes me feel trapped. This brings with it feelings of overwhelm and exasperation. I need to run my kid around, there just isn't room in my place to do that. Yes we all get bundled up(a painstaking process) and go outside to play the snow, which lasts for varying lengths of time depending on the child. Thenwe all get unbundled(another painstaking process) and go back inside. Payton's not quite into the snow yet, doesn't want to run around much, she'd rather I carried her which takes the fun out of it. So I look for other options, where can I take kids that's indoor, fun, and free(or really really cheap?) There's just nowhere. I ended up taking them to Superstore earlier in the week and letting them run loose in the toy section. I'm sure they loved me!

I also don't have winter tires, they are decent tires, I just can't afford a winter set. So driving very far when it's snowing, or when the roads are covered makes me nervous. I haven't had a problem I am just very busy anticipating them.

Despite everything I still am enjoying the treat of the snow, we have it so rarely. So I say,


Just not when I have to drive, have kids who need to be run, or need desperately to get out....

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Is it wrong....

to let kids play Nintendo for hours when you have a migraine?

We did play outside a couple of times but that's about all the entertaining I've felt up too, and if you let them choose what to do it's almost always nintendo. Oh well...they've been quiet.....

Holly scored a day off....

This morning I didn't want to drive because of the snow and was going to take her to school at lunch time, now that the roads are fine I have a migraine coming on and I can't drive....

Lucky Holly

Monday, November 28, 2005

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

It's SO beautiful outside. A winter wonderland, I'm so upset that my camera isn't working. I'm going to have to borrow Sonia's and get some shots of the snow, especially if I take Payton out to play!!

Schools are open in Mission, but Rod called and said that although some roads are plowed they are still slippery and said he didn't think I should venture out on the roads yet. So unless Shelley braves the roads I'm keeping Holly home and we'll see what happens later. Besides it just started snowing again!! YEAH!!


Something completely useless

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My record is 84, I know, I'm amazing.....

Busy-ness, in a good way

Wow, what a crazy weekend. For a switch I hardly saw my kid at all!! Sat a group of us got together and made some Christmas cards. It was so nice to visit and be able to be creative without chasing Payton around. When I got home I found my Christmas tree up with lights strung. I had decided not to put my tree up this year but Rod had other idea's! But it is nice to have it up!! I'm not sure about whether I'll fully decorate it or not, Andrew is trying to put some plastic) ornaments up but Payton keeps pulling them off. So they are all in a straight row right above her reach!! LOL!!

Then we got to go to the Grey Cup on Sunday! We never would have bought tickets so it was a real treat. It would have been even better if Vancouver was playing but it was great anyways. I chose to cheer for Edmonton and after double overtime they won! It was a very close game with made it more fun. The half time show was bad, it was SO bad. The Black Eyed Peas performed, now I'm not a fan of theirs anyways but I was still going to watch, I wanted to go to the washroom and stretch my legs but I was going to wait until after the half-time show. A couple minutes in I decided I'd rather miss it than the football game!! But the whole day was nice we rode in with Rod's dad and Jillian so we got to visit, then we strolled around all the Grey Cup activity going on, went for lunch, then to the game.

What a good day!! What a good weekend!!

Of course no cleaning, grocery shopping or Christmas shopping got done, but you can only do so much!!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Idea's wanted

My extended family this year is doing a gift exchange game, you know one of the ones where you can steal ect. Where for some reason everyone figures the best gift is the big heavy one, just like when we were kids. Anyways I think it will be fun but I've been shopping a couple of times and as always am having a hard time coming up with two neat, unisex gifts, that are $15 and under(I think that was our limit anyways). Has anybody got any ideas?????

Thursday, November 24, 2005


We're going to the Grey Cup!! Rod won tickets on the radio coming home from work!! It will be so fun for us to have a date!!

And here comes the reason for the darn. I thought we had someone lined up to watch Payton but it looks like they had prior engagements that they forgot about. So if anybody is available and so inclined to watch my baby please let me know. Thanks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

You Raise Me Up

I had a couple really peaceful days recently. The best days in months. There really wasn't anything special or specific that happened, just a calmness and peacefulness resting on my soul. There was no doubt in my mind that everything would work out, that I was living in God's will. Besides being wonderful it reminded me of what it was like to rest in peacefulness. Now a few days later I can feel a shift that has left me craving peace, peace within myself. I have been reminded of what it's like to rest in God's will and trust him with my whole being, now I'm not going to settle for any less than what God wants for me.

When the overwhelm, fustration, and panic started to set in again last night I chased it away. When it tried this morning I started to feel defeated. But instead of giving up I said simply to God, "I can't do this everyday, show me what to do". A few minutes later a song came on the radio that reminded me that I'm not alone and sometimes I just need to stop and wait, he will come, he always does.

The funny thing was it wasn't a Christian radio station.

You Raise Me Up
Josh Groban

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Friday, November 18, 2005



And I went Christmas shopping and bought myself a new purse!! It was a good day!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005


I'm reading Captivating, well, I'm trying to read Captivating. Somehow it makes me angry and self abusive. I'm not sure if it's just because I don't want to deal with my issues, or I just have a block about seeing myself as beautiful. I think maybe I like my issues, I like my box, it may not be comfortable, but it's familiar.

But I'm working on it, sort off.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Has anyone noticed?

That it's Nov 16 already???? AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Anyone need to go Christmas shopping? I'm going to need some support.....

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Excerpt from michelles TXT message

"in calgary, very bumpy, feeling sick..."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

This is me signing off...for now...

I am about to go pack my suitcase, finally. My house is not going to be cleaned before I go :( But that has to be ok, because that's the way it is going to be. None of my relatives there have internet, hard to believe I know. I will try to find an internet cafe or something to let you all know how I'm doing. If not I'll ask Rod to post for me that I made it safe and sound. I hope everyone has a great week!!! See you in a week!!

Just a vent

Well, my nice cool exterior is quickly evaporating. My brain is whirling so quickly that I don't even know what's going on in there and the result is fustration. The house is a disaster, it all started with Rod and I taking a day off from tidying on sat. We figured it would be nice just to spend some time together not worrying about anything house-holdish, and we would get to everything on sun. Well on sun we got the news about my grandfather which sent the rest of the day into a loss. Well we did do some stuff, but it was attempting to clear some of the space in the bedroom and doing laundry. Big mistake, big big mistake. Note to self always ALWAYS do the main living area first. As that is where most of your time is spent and is most likely to drive you insane if messy. Between trying to figure out what was going on, and having a Payton(and others) not only is my house still a mess but I'm not packed either. AH!! It's just to much for my little mind to take. So to anyone that will be in my house while I am gone, I apologize, it's not usually this disgusting. Really, it isn't. Don't worry about it my husband says, which is fine and all, but I do not want to come home to this and there are going to be people here. ARGH!!

I spent a bunch of time today getting some pictures ready to be printed, pictures of Payton and the family to show to relatives. I was going to send them to London Drugs online and pick them up later. So I got them all ready went online and filled out all the forms, when I got to the last step before confirmation it says, they will be ready for pick-up within 24hrs. I will be in High Prairie in 24 hours!! And you can't use your keychain(discounts) online either. ARGH!! So now because I need to be doing things here and Payton needs to nap there is no way I am going to have any pictures to take!!!

Anyways, I just needed to vent, I need to stop now and go and try to get something accomplished. In 7.5 hours I need to be leaving here for the Airport, think I'll do it???

I've come to a realization....


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

What am I going to do without my baby for 6 days??????

Things to do

Well, it looks like we've got child care covered. One thing down, many to go. I need to clean my house, I don't want to come home to such a mess. And I need to find something to wear to the funeral. I also have to pack everything else. Make sure Payton's clothes are clean and everything else is ready.

K, game plan: Put Payton down for her nap, clean, when she gets up go to Reitmans and see what I can find. Come home, laundry and clean some more. Tonight after Payton is in bed. Pack some and clean some more....

Monday, November 07, 2005

Well it's official...

I am Alberta bound, well not quite yet, but soon. I'm leaving Thursday and will be back Tuesday. Rod is going to stay home with Payton, he's going to stay home from work on Thursday and Friday is a holiday. Does anyone want a 1 year old for a couple days next week?? How bout a seven year old? Gee, my life got complicated quickly.

I just had a thought, well a couple really. What am I going to wear to a funeral? And do I even have any winter clothes, I mean REAL winter it gets below O and there may be snow winter clothes???

Ok, just a couple more..SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!

You Are 24 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

What's with this???

You Are 70% Weird

You're so weird, you think you're *totally* normal. Right?
But you wig out even the biggest of circus freaks!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

You would think I have alot of time on my hands!!

You Are Likely an Only Child

At your darkest moments, you feel frustrated.
At work and school, you do best when you're organizing.
When you love someone, you tend to worry about them.

In friendship, you are emotional and sympathetic.
Your ideal careers are: radio announcer, finance, teaching, ministry, and management.
You will leave your mark on the world with organizational leadership, maybe as the author of self-help books.

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Very popular, one of you is not enough.

What Your Sleeping Position Says

You are secretly sensitive, but you often put up a front.
Shy and private, you yearn for security.
You take relationships slowly.
You need lots of reassurances before you can trust.

Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.

Your Birthdate: April 29

You have the mind of an artist, even if you haven't developed the talent yet.
Expressive and aware, you enjoy finding new ways to share your feelings.
You often feel like you don't fit in - especially in traditional environments.
You have big dreams. The problem is putting those dreams into action.

Your strength: Your vivid imagination

Your weakness: Fear of failure

Your power color: Coral

Your power symbol: Oval

Your power month: November

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Your Observation Skills Get A C

You tend to notice the big things in life...
But the details aren't exactly your forte

You Are A Good Friend

You're always willing to listen

Or lend a shoulder to cry on

You're there through thick and thin

Many people consider you their "best friend"!

This is why I hate it when the phone rings in the night....

My Grandpa passed away last night. My Dad's Dad. I'm so glad we went out there this summer. These are photos taken while we were there. My Grandpa, Payton, and my Aunt Donna(my Dads sister). He would have been 92 in a few days.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Despite rainy days and busy schedules we did manage to take Payton for her first trip to the pumpkin patch. Along with a couple extra stow-aways!! We had a good time, and as you could tell we couldn't bring home just 1 pumpkin!! In our defense they weren't ALL for us!! hehe!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Wake-up call, chef, taxi driver, race car driver(well not really but that's what it feels like when you pick up three kids in 30min from 3 different schools), referee, dishwasher, laundress, maid, therapist, teacher, doctor, and of course the big bad wolf......

It's no wonder I feel inadequate most of the time, I'm way under-qualified!!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Gosh I hate this

My baby is sick. I hate that she can't tell me what's wrong. All I know is she's got a fever of 102 currently and we've been trying to cool her down. :(

Daylight savings time

What a bummer. My usually enthusiasm for "fall back" and the extra hour of sleep it usually entails is no longer. Once you have small children it is just something that causes you to be up an hour earlier(yes I know in "reality" it is actually the same time but that's besides the point). Payton figured it was time to be up at 6:30 this morning, I realize that her internal clock was indeed correct, but doesn't she take daylight saving into account??? I didn't think she's sleep in but I'm forever hopeful.....

Thursday, October 27, 2005

From Captivating


" I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman. Every woman I've ever met feels it-something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough, and, I am too much at the same time. Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not kind enough, not gracious enough, not disciplined enough. But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy. The result is Shame, the universal companion of women. It haunts us, nipping at our heals, feeding on our deepest fear that we will end up abandoned and alone.

After all, if we were better women-whatever that means-life wouldn't be so hard. Right? We wouldn't have so many struggles; there would be less sorrow in our hearts. Why is it so hard to create meaningful friendships and sustain them? Why do our days seem so unimportant, filled not with romance and adventure but with duties and demands? We feel unseen, even by those who are closest to us. We feel unsought-that no one has the passion or the courage to pursue us, to get past our messiness to find the woman deep inside. And we feel uncertain-uncertain what it even means to be a woman; uncertain what it truly means to be feminine; uncertain if we are or ever will be.

Aware of our deep failings, we pour contempt on our own hearts for wanting more. Oh, we long for intimacy and for adventure; we long to be the beauty of some great story. But the desires set down deep in out hearts seem like a luxury, granted only to those women who get their acts together. The message to the rest of us-whether from a driven culture or a driven church-is try harder."

From Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

So tired

I wish I was one of those people who function well on small amounts of sleep. I seemed to do quite well for awhile, I guess survival mode kicked after having Payton. Not saying I wasn't exhausted but at the same time 4 hours in a row was a miracle, I felt refreshed. I hate complaining because I know others who are getting less sleep than me but oh my gosh, it's starting to get to me. I think it's worse because I know Payton CAN sleep through, she's done it before. She's been going through a very long poor sleeping spell again. She's had a cold and there always seems to be a new tooth on the way now so I can't blame her. I just hate it when I wake in the (early) morning to Payton crying and wanting to get up and I feel resentful. I can't stand myself when that happens. I love my daughter and wouldn't change having her for anything, it makes me feel like the worst mother in the world, being resentful of a one year old over sleep. Argh. I think I need to work on a what I'm thankful for list!!! And go to bed earlier!!

Monday, October 24, 2005

On this day "21" years ago.....


Hope you had a great birthday, your getting more beautiful every year!! Love you!!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

One of those days

So today sucked. I woke up feeling yucky and that progressed into a migraine. I can't find my T3's so I took a couple gravol and some Tylenol in hopes that I would be able to sleep. It worked, I slept for hours and hours. By the time I regained consciousness my head was feeling bearable. Which is good but most of the day was gone. I have accomplished absolutely nothing. Today was my day to get stuff done around here, stuff that desperately needs doing. I think I am a bit of a control freak, when things are out of my control or just feel that way I feel so overwhelmed it's almost unbearable. I hope this week goes by smoothly so I can regain a semi-balance of control in my house. Yikes!!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Michelle needs......

1. Go to Google.
2. Type in "[your first name here] needs"
3. Search

Michelle needs:

- your help. -Ummm...Yeah!!
-to move on with someone else since Tony's no longer around. -Tony?
-to find out that it is her baby and take her home. -I'm missing a baby??
-a home that can accept her limitations. -Yes, my inability to function without chocolate.
-a family that can love her for the young person that she is. - Doesn't everyone?
-money so she can travel to Canada. -how about just money?
-work. - because what I do isn't work?
-to spend some of her newly acquired wealth on attending a USGA rules.- Wealth??
-to increase her income. -ok, make up your mind about the money thing
- more to compete with the big boys. -hmmmm....
What Michelle needs to do is win. - Yes, I do like winning
-a family that will be patient, consistent, kind, loving. -Love and money seem to be a theme
- to gain experience. - I'm working on it!!

Have I mentioned to anyone.....

That I'm going to Alberta for Christmas???!!!

Yup, my mom wanted to get everyone together for Christmas. It's been a long long time since we've had a Colton family Christmas. She's also worried about my grandparents, they're health isn't getting any better. So she bought us plane tickets. I might actually get a white Christmas!! I'm a very excited!! Although I am nervous about taking a busy toddler on a plane!! It defiantly gives Christmas another thing to look forward to!!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

My mind is a scary place.

I keep losing things in it. You know idea's, things I'm supposed to remember, stuff, anything and everything that goes into it disappears. It's really starting to drive me insane.

I bought a birthday gift months ago, you know there was a sale and I thought I was being all on top of it, organized even. I know I know, those of you who know me well will laugh here. Anyways I clearly remember putting it somewhere safe so I could find it when the time comes. So, the time has come, and......I CAN'T FIND IT!! ARGH!! I have torn apart my already messy bedroom, it is now a certified disaster zone. Clean sweep anyone?? And looked in every other conceivable place, our place is small, there are only so many places it could be!! The good news is I'm sure I can use it in the future, I just want to use it now! (insert pout)

Chow for now, I'm going shopping.........

Saturday, October 08, 2005

You are Schroeder!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Friday, October 07, 2005

"Yes, the climax of this story is right there where we realize that we live Him and that we mustn't reduce Him to a performance, a mere play to sit idly by and watch. No, we must push back the enemy of apathy and become Him as the lovers He created us to be, the very ones that accelerate goodness in this world by taking a hand in ours and by offering justice for the oppressed and dignity to the broken. And we'’ll wrap it all up in a package called simplicity.

So ultimately, if we trust the Rider when he says go, well, then, we can honestly rise above the mundane and the minutia and simply meet his gaze and say, so I go -– not past tense mind you, but a personal commitment in the form of an ongoing action verb, one of moving and loving and going with arms wide open."

This was an excerpt taken from a post on So I Go.

I found this very powerful. I have feeling dry lately. Almost spiritually dead. I find lately I have to remind myself to be thankful, to read my bible, even to pray. Which is scary because praying always came naturally, I just did it, sometimes with out even realizing I felt a need, stopped what I was doing and prayed. I'm in a slump. Nothing grabs me, nothing pulls me. I desperately need to find the restart button and try this all again. I'd seen So I Go's comments here and there and decided to check it out. It really gave me something to think about and ponder for today and I'm thankful for that. He really is an amazing writer, you should check it out.

Monday, October 03, 2005


Seems like all my Mondays are the same. I hate Mondays.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Yet another new game of tag....

The rules are as follows:

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same.

My 23rd post, 5th line is as follows:

"We didn't know if we were coming or going."

Hmmm....Yup, still applies!! hehe.

I tag, Misty, Sue, Mandy, Jenn, and Kaylyn. Have fun!!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Ok, lets try this again....

This post "disappeared" when I tried to post it. I hate that!! So here I go again!!

I wrote a blog this morning about all the things I've been worrying about lately. Blah Blah Blah. I've been letting myself get stressed out again. So I turned to my bible and am going to share what I found.

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

"Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."
PSALM 94:17-19

"Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?"

"From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."

" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."

Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
MARK 9:21-24

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 PETER 5:7

Friday, September 23, 2005

Bad dreams

I had a dream last week that I can't get out of my head. I can explain it logically but my emotions are still very raw. I dreamt Payton had cancer. She was older, how much older I don't remember but she had been to Thailand so I'm guessing in her teens. She had undergone treatment after treatment and was getting sicker and sicker, nothing was working. The last thing I remember was holding her and crying together, she wanted to stop the treatments. She wanted to go live her final days with dignity in Thailand. That was her final wish, for her family to go with her and stay until the end. "I'm not afraid mom, I know I'm going to heaven and will see you there, but I need you to let me go". I can remember my mind racing and the enormous feeling of pain and loss. It still haunts me, I'm crying as I'm writing.

At that exact moment I woke up, Payton in real life was crying from her crib. It was like she knew I needed her. I went and held her close still crying and prayed over her. She cuddled in and indulged my need just to hold her. The rational part of me knows exactly where this dream came from, a friend from high school's dad is very sick with cancer, the last blogs I read before going to bed where Mitch's and Jill's about Thailand, and also I have had to say good bye before. My sleeping mind just put everything together in a very scary and very real way.

Normally I wouldn't let it bother me, my dreams have always been random and unexplainable. Until I got pregnant, I had a few very specific dreams while I was pregnant, some of which came true, some of which I'm still waiting to see the outcomes. I'll tell you about one in particular that freaked me out. I had an appointment to meet my midwives in a few weeks, I had never seen them and didn't know anybody that knew them, all I knew about them was their first names. In my dream I went into the clinic and met one first, she was older, tiny, and had long grey hair, then I met the other, she was middle aged with short black hair. There was more details that I don't remember now. Anyways I didn't think much of it when I woke. When I arrived at the clinic for my appointment I was amazed at how similar it was to my dream but wasn't really freaked out yet because many clinics look the same. When I met Denise I took a double take, she was exactly as I had seen in my dream, older, tiny and had long grey hair. Still I thought I could have just associated a midwife with the older grey haired mother/grandma figure. A little weird but not completely odd. It wasn't until I met Sylvia and she was exactly like my dream as well that I got a little freaked out.

So now dreams kind off freak me out. Mostly they've been back to my regular odd dreams nothing of any substance, until this one. And no I'm not pregnant in case you were wondering, still I can't help the feeling of dread, the what if? from worrying me. Now that I have had dreams come true, what if this one does?? I know it is unlikely and shouldn't worry myself, but lately I've been haunted.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I need to be thankful...

I'm thankful I've never known what it really means to be hungry.

I'm thankful that I'm healthy enough to notice when I have a cold.

I'm thankful that tonight I'm able to climb into a nice warm bed and not have to worry about a hurricane.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The simple things

Life's all about simple things right now. I'm striving to be thankful for something everyday, to see God in my daily life. Extraordinary God moments are phenomenal but they aren't what's going to keep me going on a daily basis. Yesterday, among other things, I was thankful for friends and being able to spend time catching up after way to long.

This morning I am especially thankful for:

-My husband who works extra hours to support Payton and I
-Friends who got home safe and sound from a restful vacation
-A baby girl who loves her Mama so much
-A warm cup of coffee with cream

Monday, September 19, 2005

I guess she took my advice....

Today I noticed Payton pulling at her mouth again and figured she must be working on her other top tooth. It's a fight to check as she doesn't like you poking around in her mouth and I can't blame her if it's sore. So after a short struggle I find not one, not two, but three new teeth just barely cutting through the gums!!! OUCH!!! So she's gone from having 2 teeth to 6 teeth in a week!!! Busy girl!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

We sang a song in church today, well we sang many songs in church today but one struck me in particular. Amazing love. I love that song, have since the first time I heard it but today somehow I heard it differently, it's hard to explain. The line "it's my joy to honour you, in all I do, I honour you" really struck me. I really want to honour God in everything. I want my life to scream of my faith. I don't think it does and that stings. I need to remember that I'm not living my life for myself, I'm living it for God. Everything I think, everything I do needs to reflect that. We allow day to day life to get in the way of the joy we should feel everyday by living for God. I long to be where God wants me to be, close to him but I find myself floundering more often than not. I guess it's a constant longing for a more personal and obediant relationship with our Father. I'm just glad I've been given the gift of moments of clarity, so I can see what I'm striving for. I hope I never give up.

Amazing Love.

I'm forgiven, because you were forsaken
I'’m accepted, you were condemned
I'm alive and well, you'’re spirit is within me
Because you died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
that you my king would die for me
Amazing love, I know it'’s true
now it'’s my joy to honor you
Amazing love, carry me
My king would die for me
Amazing love, I know it'Â’s true
It'’s my joy to honor you
in all I do, I honor you...

You are my king...

Friday, September 16, 2005

It's about time!!

We finally after all these years called our wedding photographer about finishing our package or buying the negatives. They called back today and said they would sell us the negatives for $100. YEAH!! I'm finally going to get to make my wedding album!! And give pictures to family and friends who have been bugging us!! I'm SO excited, which I'm usually not about pictures but my wedding day I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt in my life, and I feel the pictures show it. YEAH!!

Our wedding, Sept 1, 2001. These aren't great quality they are just a couple of our proofs scanned.

Another wedding photo.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I think I might be in trouble...

I have noticed a theme in some of Paytons favorite things.

1. Shoes
2. Phones, any phones
3. Bags/purses

I put treehouse on tv for her so I could drink my coffee and check out the blogs, she decided that wasn't what she wanted to watch and was playing with the buttons. A few minutes later I noticed that the tv had been on one channel for awhile so I glanced over, she was sitting on her couch watching intensely. Guess what she was finding so interesting??? THE SHOPPING CHANNEL!!!!! Oh dear......

Monday, September 12, 2005

After much pain and agony.....

Yes, FINALLY, we have tooth number 3!!!!! (Insert clapping and enthusiastic congratulations here!!)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A little chaos in the morning

I had a bad nights sleep last night. I'll post about that later. It left me feeling groggy and sleep deprived which was a great start!!. The alarm goes off, which is another thing I've got to get used to again, alarm clocks, nasty things!! I get up, get Holly up and dressed. I am just about to do her hair when the phone rings. It's Shelley due to circumstances I'm not going to get into, she isn't going to make it to take Holly for breakfast and then to school. Ok, no prob, I can take her to school. Oh, Payton's up, and grumpy she is. "I can't carry you around this morning grumpy Gus". Ok, breakfast I can't send a kid to school without breakfast. Toast in. Lunch!! Oh shoot!! What can I send for lunch?? Dig around in the fridge, find enough supplies for a good sandwich and snack, phew!! Meanwhile toast burns!! AHHH.... Holly informs me Payton needs a change....badly!! Put new bread in the toaster, watch it like a hawk. Perfect!! Breakfast is on. Go to change Payton, discover she's leaked through and needs new clothes as well. Clean bum, clean clothes, check! Payton is following me around whining..... Ok, what else? Brush my hair and teeth. Remember I actually never got to Holly's hair. Do Holly's hair. Holly's jacket is in her mom's truck. Dig out a sweater of mine. Her lunch kit is also in the truck...hmmmm Check time.. OH MY GOSH!! We have got to leave NOW! Holly has to pee...quick...go!! Remember Payton hasn't eaten, grab cookies. Shoes on, Payton in arm, keys in the door, "Holly where are your shoes???" Upstairs!!! GO QUICK!! Run up to the van get Payton buckled, get Holly loaded. Drive quickly, but not to quickly!! Get stuck behind a school bus and go through 10 school zones. Arrive at the school at 8:28, first bell has already gone, final bell at 8:30. See Holly run in sweater 10 sizes to big with a plastic bag lunch......phew

Payton is now fed and napping, I'm going back to bed......

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

and another!

Your Icecream Flavour is...Chocolate!
You are the all time favorite, chocolate! Turning white kids black since the 1800s. Staining carpets, car seats, and bed sheets for centuries. One thing is for sure, you will never go out of style. You can't go wrong with chocolate!

What is your Icecream Flavour?

Find out at Go Quiz

Yet another.....



Michelle McLatchy is a radioactive squirrel!!



It has been awhile since I've posted a Payton pic, so I thought I would. This was taken on our vacation when we were at Paytons Great Grandpa's in High Prairie, Alberta. It's one of my favorites from the trip!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


My camera won't turn on!! I'm SO upset. I wanted to take a pic of Payton, but the camera won't turn on, no light, no anything. So I charge the batteries figured they're dead. Try again, nope....nothing!! What am I going to do without my camera????? ((((SOB))))

I know it's just a "thing", but to be honest it is one of my only "things" I care about. DARN IT!! Rod says it might be the switch, I hope so because we cannot afford a new camera!!!


I am a brown Kangaroo....????


You are usually very straight-forward. You have a passive personality and enjoy nurturing those around you. You are very grounded and prefer to keep things simple and honest.

Find out your color at Quiz Me!

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Big thanks to Misty and Sue!!

Today I got to go on a date!! YAH!! Thanks so much to Misty and Sue(and family) who watched Payton so Rod and I could sneak out for a few hours to celebrate our Anniversary. Yes it's been 4 years already!! I think Payton tired them out! She is rather busy!! She was SO tired she feel asleep on the way home. We fed her, let her play for about 5min and put her to bed. I haven't heard a peep!!

We went to the Olive Garden in Langley. It was SO good. They have non stop soup and salad. And the soup(Zuppa Toscana) is the reason we go. YUM!! Then we went to a movie. The first one in well over a year!! We saw 40 year old virgin. It was actually really funny. Warning: It has a lot of swearing and crude language. But if you don't mind that it was full of laughs!!

I think we should do it again before a year is up! Does anyone know a good babysitter?? I have no idea about who babysits and what the going rate is. I guess I should get it figured out. It's just that I have never left Payton with anyone who wasn't family or close friend before. And the amount of times could be counted on fingers.....I guess I've been a little nervous!! It'll have to happen sometime....

Another test!!