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!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Weight Watching Wednesday–Back at it!

Whew!  20 minutes left of Wednesday…I nearly missed the boat today!!  It was a ferociously busy day for me, and I completely forgot to weigh this morning.  I know from the other day that I am up a horrible 4 pounds after the holidays…..GRRRRRRR!  Once you relax on the strict weight watching, it is really difficult to get on track again!  But tomorrow is THE DAY.  Check in next Wednesday, and see how I did!   (Want to know what Weight Watching Wednesday is all about?….check HERE. & as always, if you want to join me in shedding a few pounds, let me know!)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Our Outdoor Christmas Adventures!

We had a great time in the great outdoors many times over the holidays!  I really want to help Carter and Jace develop a love for all things active and outdoors.  (Ask my hubby....I loathe video games...more time in front of the TV is not what I want for my children.)  I am a firm believer in getting outside...clearing the cobwebs from our brains, and getting some good old-fashioned exercise.  We are blessed with living on an acreage with lots of farmland around us to use...this is how we spent the holidays!IMG_2280
Snowmobiling is a favourite of Carter’s!
We spent an afternoon making ice candles for our patio…definitely doing more of these!
Lots of snowshoeing!
Carter does great snowshoeing, but sometimes needs a little break…so Dad gives him a ride.
Yes…the donkey hats were a Christmas present!
(Above:  Carter and I taking a break!)
We took Carter on his first big snowmobiling excursion…a whole day at Athabasca.  He LOVED it!!  After waking up at 5:30am to get treatments in before we left, then an hour drive….we arrived back at the truck from snowmobiling around 4pm.  Carter was disappointed and said to his dad: “But daddddd, I thought we were snowmobiling ALL day!”  What a trooper our little man is!

WE LOVED our holidays with so much time outside…in fact…we are going to keep it up all winterSmile!


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