Monday, August 8, 2011

Just had to share!

Wow, it has been awhile since my last post!  The summer has just flown by, and I am finding it hard to believe that in just three weeks, our little man, Carter, will be starting Kindergarten!  I have such mixed emotions about that.....

We've finally had a bit of warm weather here, and Carter has been out enjoying his bike and running around with his cousins.  Often when he wears his bike helmet, his hair gets totally soaked with sweat.  Yesterday, I commented on the salt crystals all over his face, and hairline.  (This is common with Cystic lose a lot of salt.)  As I was brushing them off a bit, he asked me in total seriousness..."mom, do you see any pepper?"  Oh, he gave me a good laugh :)

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Great Strides 2011

On May 29, Carter's Crew participated in The Great Strides Walk for CF for our fourth year. After months of hard work, we are now taking a much needed break from fundraising for a little while! Our team was able to raise over $18,000!!!! We are so grateful to our team members for their hard work, and support once again, and we are very blessed to have such amazing people to call our friends. Thank you to everyone who raised funds and walked with us, thank you to everyone who supported our fundraisers, and a special thank you as well to our 2011 sponsors. Just a reminder, if any of our team members have pictures to share from the walk, we'd love to see them!

Carter's Crew 2011 (photo by Green Orchid Photography)

Breakfast Television's Ryan Jespersen, us, and GS Walk Organizer Stacy Hipkin.
(Green Orchid Photography)

Green Orchid Photography

The wonderful group from CARTON LAND who helped us out for the second year!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Our Weekend of Fundraising!

Whew! That was one busy weekend! After sorting through a mountain of donated 'treasures' we kicked off the weekend by opening the doors to a huge CF garage sale on Friday morning. Hundreds of people stopped by to shop and say hello. After two days of selling, we closed up shop having made almost $900. Having a g-sale of that scale is no easy task! I am so thankful to my mom who headed that challenge up.

Also on Saturday, was our 4th Annual Golf for a Cure at Lone Spruce Driving Range. It was a beautiful sunny day, accompanied by fairly strong winds. Although the morning started off slow, by afternoon the place was bustling with wonderful people hitting buckets of balls, supporting our silent auction, hotdog and bake sale. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and support our efforts to raise money for a cause that is deeply embedded in our hearts. We managed to raise just over $2300 at Golf for a Cure in spite of the silly wind!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Golf for a Cure

Golf for a Cure Poster 4

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Experience for our Little Boys!

When Carter was a baby, we took him to the swimming pool 5-10 times...that was before he was diagnosed at 19 months.  It was glorious to have no fear, and no worries....a totally fun, and normal experience that most families take for granted.  However, when we first met with his CF Team, the doctors cautioned us regarding swimming for Carter.  His first doctor, told us that swimming in a lake would be more acceptable than a pool.  Then they switched him to a new doctor who told us that a pool is probably a better choice than a lake....but that he would prefer if we kept him out of pools until he was 5-6 years old.  We really had a difficult time with these opinions.  It made me so sad that such a normal activity that every child should enjoy....that had been a huge part of my childhood....was not recommended to be a part of Carter's childhood.
A big part of the issue is a nasty bacteria called Pseudomonas.  Pseudomonas, while it does not affect normal lungs, can cause nasty lung damaging infections in a person with Cystic Fibrosis.  This bacteria can be found everywhere, but especially where it is wet or moist.  It is often a difficult bacteria to get rid of and usually means extra treatments of nebulized antibiotics added to the normal demanding routine.

Carter is now five years old.  Throughout the years since his diagnosis, he has only played in lakes.  However, the opportunity arose for us to participate in our church's pizza/swimming night at our local pool, and we decided it was time.  So last night, I'm excited to say...we took our boys swimming!  Carter had a blast, of course! He absolutely loved it, and was sad to leave.  It was also a first time for our 15 month old son, Jace.  He had no fear, and enjoyed himself immensely as well.

It felt great to go out with our family and friends.  I can't say that I felt totally relaxed...but it will get better.   One day, maybe I won't notice the drops of pool water that Carter swallows, and wonder what nasty things could be growing in it.  Meanwhile, it was satisfying to see the joy on both of my son's faces, and to be able to share this 'first' with them.  Hopefully, it is the first of many more family swim nights!

If you want to join with us in the fight against CF, please check out the Great Strides Walk page to join Carter's Crew or sponsor Carter. You can also check out the 2011 Events page, and help us by attending, or spreading the word about our upcoming fundraisers.  Thank you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring at the Driving Range

Well, our Driving Range has been open for a week now!  It is crazy how fast that sneaks up on us every year.  We have a tentative date of May 14 in mind for our 4th Annual Golf for a Cure.  More details to come.  You can keep up with our range by liking our new Lone Spruce Driving Range facebook page.  Watch for coupons, specials, and exclusive deals for facebook fans to come.  It is going to be a great season!  Come hit a bucket of balls, and enjoy the sunshine! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fundraiser Update!

Wow!  Our CF fundraiser "The Great Adventure" went by in such a blur yesterday!  It was an amazing day of hard work, and adrenaline!  Yet in the midst of all the chaos, I was overwhelmed by the huge show of support.  We are blessed to have FANTASTIC friends....seriously blessed.

The event started at 2:00 with our Scavenger Hunt participants meeting at the hall for the big send-off.  I'm not even sure yet how many teams we ended up with, but I am guessing at somewhere between 20-25 teams of 3-6 people.  When we said "Go", it was a good thing we were standing out of the way of the stampede that followed!

Apparently, we had enough items on the hunt list, because no one came back until right near the end time.  From the sounds of it, everyone had a lot of fun, which made us happy!

The meal....well, if you had seen the kitchen activity preparing to get the meal would have been in awe.  The meal was totally prepared by volunteers, and directed by my friend/fundraiser partner Colleen.  For about 20 minutes, it was a crazy rush....okay, it was an insane chaos of organized madness!  In the end, the meal was a great success! (and hours later when I was able to eat was super yummy!)

The part I was dreading in the little speech...ended up okay.  It is sure tough to speak about something so close to your heart.  In fact, my heart just breaks each time I have to say "my son has Cystic Fibrosis" out loud.  It is like reliving a horrible nightmare over and over. Even though we are used to dealing with CF daily, I don't think the news we received that horrible day will ever get old.  However, I wanted to help people understand how much CF needs their support and how grateful we are for their support, so I stumbled through it with a shaky voice but without a complete meltdown! My hubby had the great idea to show " Getting Nosey About CF with Oli & Nush " to help explain CF.  It helped me to avoid words that I didn't want to use (like fatal, life expectancy, age of survival) in front to my five year old son. That would have opened up a whole lot of confusion, and questions from him that I am not yet prepared to face. 

The evening ended with everyone heading over to Grandin Theatres to watch the movie "Tangled" with their families.  I only caught the last ten minutes, but everyone seemed to enjoy it. 

During the meal, and after, my awesome friends & family totally overwhelmed me.  We had our group of great volunteers in place to help with the evening of course.  But out of every corner, friends & family who were supposed to be just enjoying the event were jumping up like crazy to pitch in!  People were helping to serve drinks, clear tables, do dishes, pack up leftover food, clean, and haul our boxes out to the cars.  It saved our small group of volunteers a lot of extra time, really warmed my heart, and filled me with immense amounts of gratitude!

My only big regret from the whole event was that we were just too busy to take any pictures.  Thankfully, Saint City News, and SNAP came by and took some...I am looking forward to seeing them.

The St. Albert Kinsmen were amazingly supportive, our sponsors were generous, and the crowd was a group of fabulous people!   We are happy to have a God that guides our steps, and has our back:)

In the end, our event went very well, and raised over $2300 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada!


P.S. If you are planning to walk with Carter's Crew on May 29, please sign up asap.  We are ordering the team shirts this week:)  Go to the Great Strides page for more details.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Today is the DAY!

The day is finally here!  "The Great Adventure" fundraiser for CF starts at 2:00, and our tickets are sold out!

For those lucky enough to have tickets, meet at the Kinsmen Banquet Centre (47 Riel Dr.), ready to have some fun! Prepare to do a little shopping at our great silent auction too.  Now, I have to go and face this's going to be a crazy, hectic, emotional, and fantastic day!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Warm Fuzzies

Today I asked Carter if he'd prefer leftovers for lunch or a PB & J sandwich.  He melted my heart when he said "Either one is okay doesn't really matter.  We can have whatever YOU want to have mom."  Sometimes I think that I must be doing something right:)  I just gave him the biggest hug and told him he was a big sweetheart.  So today, in the midst of fundraising stress, and craziness, I am thankful for these little moments that warm you from the inside out.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Great Adventure!

The Great Adventure Poster                                                                                                   

Tickets are now on sale for THE GREAT ADVENTURE!  It's going to be so much fun!  More info under the '2011 Events' page on this blog.  Don't forget to invite your friends...we have some great prizes!

Monday, February 21, 2011

All Our Great Strides Info at Your Fingertips!

On May 29/11 Carter’s Crew is walking for Cystic Fibrosis!
And so it begins…our 4th 'Great Strides’ season!  We are going to work ourselves like crazy fundraising & raising awareness so that our son, Carter, and the thousands of others like him have the best chance at a long and healthy life.  Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive disease, that could steal our son from us much to soon.  We are not going to sit back and let that happen! make a difference image
So, while we understand how many worthy causes are out  there asking for your help…it is our hope that this cause touches your heart too, and that you’ll feel inspired to join us or sponsor us so that a cure can be found in time to help our son, and the many others like him.
Below, you’ll find all the links that you may need to help make a difference.  We are so grateful for your support.

 **JOIN CARTER’S CREW HERE get a few friends to sponsor you, & hey, invite your peeps to sign up to walk with you! We’d love you to join Carter’s Crew on May 29 in Edmonton as we walk and show our support for Carter, and all those fighting CF!  Last year, we had 82 members of Carter’s Crew…let’s grow in 2011!

**SPONSOR CARTER HERE Your kind donations all go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, & will allow for better treatments for Carter, and bring us closer to having a CURE for CF!!!!!!!!!!!!

**WATCH CARTER’S 2011 MOVIE CLIP HERE (Check out last years movie HERE) 


You can contact us at:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Getting Ready to Rumble some CF Butt!

Carter’s Crew is once again gearing up for a busy fundraising season. We will be participating in our fourth annual Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on May 29th. It’s that time of year when we fight even harder than usual to find a cure for our son, Carter. We have some tentative fundraisers planned, and would love for you to join us for any or all of the following events!

April: Colleen Olson and I are working on "The Great Adventure" which is a brand new fundraiser this year! Mark your Calendar for April 3, and contact us for tickets early! This will be a fun family event which will include a challenging scavenger hunt around St. Albert, with great prizes, dinner, followed by a family movie.  Go to our 2011 Fundraising events page to keep up on the latest info.

May:Yard Sale for CF” If you have some items to donate, we would be so grateful! We’d be happy to accept furniture, baby items, clothes in good condition, camping gear, exercise equipment, books, and all sorts of other cool stuff! Please keep us in mind as you do your spring cleaning. Feel free to drop items off to us, or let us know if you’d like us to pick anything up. Date to be announced.

Golf for a Cure” at Lone Spruce Driving Range. All proceeds from basket sales will be donated to CF Canada.  Date to be announced.

The Great Strides Walk”  is on May 29th. Last year, we had an amazing 82 people walking with us! This is a really inspiring event that will touch your heart. If you don’t mind collecting a donation or two, please sign yourself’ll be glad you did! If you want to sign up or would like to sponsor us, details are coming very soon!

Other Ways to Get Involved

Volunteers: We are eager and willing to have help with some of these events! If it sounds like fun to you, let us know.

Prizes: We are needing prizes and silent auction items. If you have items (new), or services that you would like to donate, let us know.

Advertising: If you can help us spread the word for some of these events, that would be great!

Ideas: We always are ready to listen if you have fundraiser ideas! If you want to hold your own CF fundraiser, to raise money for The Great Strides Walk, we are willing to help.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Weight Watching Wednesday - Week 13

Well, again, stayed the same.  I've decided, to take a break from posting WW Wednesday for awhile.  I am about to plunge headfirst into fundraising season for Great Strides...that will come first for the next 3-4 months.   Don't get me wrong, I still plan on trying to get back on track.  This has helped me lose 8.5 pounds, which made a great difference already!  However, I just don't want to waste precious fundraising time, posting about this when it does not seem to be working for me at this time.  So, here is my final post on my weight loss battle for awhile.  To see how and why this whole weight thing started, check out Week ONE.

Week 13

Pounds to lose: 6.5
Pounds loss this week: 0
Total pounds lost: 8.5

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Just to start the day off on the right foot, I'm participating in Thankful Thursday over at Run Sick Boy Run. 
Today I am thankful for:
  • Those with a passion for fighting CF.  My heart and mind are daily involved in fighting CF.  It has become a huge part of who I am.  My name is Kim....and I fight CF for my son, Carter.  I hold dear to my heart anyone who stands up and supports CF without hesitation.  Every person who donates graciously, volunteers willingly, gets involved are making a difference.  You are my heroes, and you are the reason we have hope for a cure in our son's lifetime.
  • Elastics....yes, kind of odd I know.  However, you need to know my one year old, Jace.  He is an adorable mischief maker.  I put things back in one drawer to turn around and find that he has emptied another cupboard...and is standing there with a proud look on his face.  This goes on and on all day wonder I have such a hard time getting anything accomplished!  I refuse to screw child locks on all my furniture.  So everywhere you look in my house....ELASTICS.  I realize, they will only keep him out for so long, but for now, they do the trick. P2022631P2022629
  • Bedtime prayers.  Yesterday, my brother's dog passed away.  He was a big...BIG....Great Pyrenees.  His family is pretty sad about it, of course.  Well, at bedtime, Carter remembered them in his prayers.  I thought it was so sweet. "Dear God, Please be with Tyler and Ashley, and Uncle and them to feel better.  Please take care of Spot in heaven.  Thank you that you died for us.  Amen."  Short, simple, and straight from his 5 year old heart.  I love the simple and growing faith I hear when he prays.   R.I.P. Spot.  

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weight Watching Wednesday - Week 12

I am computerless today, so this will be short & sweet! By some miracle I managed to stay the same this week. It is actually very frustrating! The 6.5 pounds that I have left are putting up a fight! If I could get through one day of being good, I'd be back on track. At least I didn't gain...
(To see what this is all about see Week One.)
Week 12

Pounds to lose: 6.5
Pounds loss this week: 0
Total pounds lost: 8.5

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Our Tiny Light

A few weeks ago, I posted about The Tiny Light Foundation.  We were blessed by their services last weekend, and very happy with the results.  You can see some of our pics on facebook (please take a moment to “like” them!), or find some pics here on the D4 photography website. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weight Watching Wednesday - WEEK 11

Whew, that was a close one, but I pulled it off.  A tiny pound off.  I was so distracted when we were all sick a couple weeks ago, that I never registered myself in a exercise program...and I am kicking myself now.  Only 6.5 pounds left to lose, and I am struggling to get some will-power back!  (Read what Weight Watching Wednesday is all about HERE, and please let me know if you want to join me....I need someone to kick me back into shape!)

WEEK 11!

Pounds still to lose: 6.5
Pounds lost this week: -1
Total Pounds LOST:8.5
My goal this week is to get Carter (and I) active with something fun everyday. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I’ve decided to participate in Thankful Thursday at Run Sickboy Run
I’m thankful for:
  • My tiny, old…but cozy little house.  We have just come through a cold snap here…near Edmonton, AB.  The daytime highs were staying around –25C (–13F) and the lows at night were often near –35C (-31F)…plus wind chills to make it very cold!  I am so thankful that our tiny farmhouse (900 sq.feet!) has a nice new furnace that keeps us nice and toasty warm.
  • My little boys Carter and Jace.  They keep me laughing and remembering how precious life is.   They both have birthdays this week.  Carter will be 5 and Jace will be 1!  As I type, Carter is beside me…I asked him what he is thankful for today, and he said the food that he just ate, his toys, and that Uncle Kelly made him a toboggan hill for his GT SnowRacer.
  • Colleen.  This is a friend that goes to our church.  She was extremely helpful and supportive during last years Great Strides.  She has just really stepped forward and given a lot of time and energy to helping us fight CF.  She is already at it again this year.  She is coming over this weekend to help me plan a fund-raiser.  I am so thankful for the help!
Just a sidenote:
If you are a facebook user, head over to the CARSTARS page and LIKE them.  Once they hit 10,000 LIKES, they are donating $15,000 to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! Please help spread the word...they are almost there...around 850 more likes needed! (and I`m thankful for businesses like Carstars too!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weight Watching Wednesday - WEEK TEN

Remember how surprised I was last week when I stepped on the scale?  Well, my scale must have been in cuckoo land that day.  The next day when I weighed I was back up.  So, I am disgusted to report that according to what I reported last Wednesday, I am up two pounds, but in reality, I am the same.  I am really struggling since Christmas!!  I think I may have to threaten myself if I don't lose next week....maybe I'll have to throw myself in a snow bank wearing my bathing suit.


Pounds still to lose: 7.5
Pounds lost this week: +2
Total Pounds LOST:7.5

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fundraising Pep Rally! Are you READY?

The Great Strides Walk for CF 2011 is right around the corner...are you ready for this season of fundraising?  It is always a crazy busy time for many of us CF parents .  If you are like get totally exhausted and frustrated, but completely inspired all at the same time.  With all of the organizing of teams, shirts, donation letters, emails, and fundraising events.....the list is endless! ALL of this is in addition to our regular craziness of fighting CF on a daily basis (hours of treatments/meds & appointments for our little CF superheroes), as well as keeping our households running somewhat smoothly!  So, do you need an extra kick to get yourself going this year?  A friend posted this video today (thanks Terri!) and I think it is a great video to keep in mind, and it totally inspired me as I thought about the fundraising season approaching!  Let’s reach that extra degree this year!
212 The Extra Degree  (better quality)

or watch it below:
The Great Strides Walk for CF is a fun and inspiring time for all of us.  It is the moment that months of hard fundraising work comes together, and it is the moment of sweet relief that it is over for another year!  Even though it is also friendly competition between teams, it is important that we all work together!  So lets share what works for us, and lets give each other advice and ideas.  Maybe even work together with another team for an event or two!  After all, our goal is not to be THE team with the most money raised…our goal is to be A TEAM TOGETHER with every other person fighting for a CURE for Cystic Fibrosis.  Together….we can make it happen.

PULLING TOGETHER (short video clip)
Carter`s Crew….Mark your calendarsSmile!
May 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Weight Watching Wednesday - WEEK NINE

Surprise!  I managed to shed those pesky holiday pounds quickly! I definitely know how I did it...and I don't recommend this method.  Both kids have been sick.  So with all the extra physio for Carter and pacing the floor with has worn the pounds right off!  I've just been too busy and too tired from the many sleepless nights lately to think about food.  So in the end, I am right back in the game, and will continue from Week 8!  (As always, if you want to join me, link up or comment so I can follow how you are doing!!  Check out Week One to see why I am so determined to reach my weight goal.)


Pounds still to lose: 5.5
Pounds lost this week: -1.5 (since week 8)
Total Pounds LOST: 9.5

If any of you have an iphone, I found some fantastic apps this week that you should definitely check out! 
First is a really simple, but helpful and easy to use app called Target WeightIt helps track your daily weight loss, BMI and goals.  I am using it regularly, and loving it.

 The other app is Nike Training.  I, for obvious reasons, have not had the time to try this out...but I have it downloaded and ready for when my children are a little more cooperative!  It looks awesome! Best of all, both of these apps are free!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


It has been awhile since I’ve had the time to do extra net surfing, but I came across a few INTERESTING CF SITES this week and wanted to share. Sunday’s Cystic Sites can be anything from news articles, to cool fundraisers, blogs, merchandise for CF, and so on.  Have a look:

The Tiny Light Foundation caught out attention this week when an article was published in our local paper.  It is very similar to The Littlest Heroes project (their name has since been changed to Inspiration Through Art.)  The Tiny Light Foundation is a new Canada based foundation that provides professional photography sessions to families with children facing a life altering diagnoses.  Check out their website for more details.  You can find The Tiny Light Foundation on FACEBOOK as well.

Pure Screen Window Coverings  When my sister-in-law phoned me this week to tell me about these window coverings, I was skeptical.  However, when I took a look at the brochure, it turned out to be pretty interesting.  These window coverings clean the air…a totally odd, but interesting idea! 
“Pure Screen™ is a sun control fabric that actually cleans the air. A special coating on the fabric enables it to accumulate harmful gases and bad odours on it’s surface and covert them in a catalytic process into harmless substances such as water (H20) and carbon dioxide (CO2)”

Good Cause Charity T-Shirt Project  A CF family doing a great job at contributing to a cure by selling t-shirts.  100% of the sale of this Good Cause t-shirt is donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

You know you live in Canada when…

15-20 cm of snow last night with 15 more on the way!  I think Winter is planning to stay for awhile.  Dave's mission this morning was to clear the driveway to make sure his snowmobiling buddies could get in…you know how it goes...come hell or high water...nothing gets in the way of snowmobiling:) 
I snapped a few shots this morning, then returned to our cozy warm little house to tackle the morning routine as usual. Carter is fighting a bad cold, but his first comments to his dad this morning were that he wanted to “help him clear the snow with his machines.” Good thing we dug them out of the snow bank before bed last night!
Dave decided to tackle the snow with a bit more power…
Above is the sleigh my DAD made for his grandkids about 11 years ago.  I use it often, with sweet memories.  It is perfect for pushing down the road to pick up the mail.
Our awesome dog of 9 years, Yukon, wasn’t looking to impressed this morning.  I have a feeling we’ll have a lot of fun with him and these over the next few weeks!
Have a great weekend!


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