Sunday, May 29, 2011

Running for Water

Today was the 4th annual Run For Water in our city, and I ran it with my boys (well, we 3 ran it, but not really "together"!) This race raises money for clean water in Ethiopia, and there were 2814 runners participating today in four different distances (5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon and Marathon) and over $200,000 raised! Amazing!

Both the winner of the 1/2 Marathon and the winner of the full Marathon were running for their first time at that distance, and won. I thought that was pretty cool!

Our race clothes laid out last night:

The three of us started off together, but I had told the boys that if they stuck together, they did not have to wait for me. They were happy about that, and just went for it!!

The boys left me at the starting line, and I only had sight of them until the first bend in the road about 3/4 of a km into the run. Then I didn't see them again until after the race. They finished 8 minutes ahead of me!

Off to a good start......

Todd placed 9th in his age category! Scott finished at the same time as him, but was in the 8-12 year old category, so it was a bit more difficult to place in the top 10! So proud of my boys.

With some friends... their oldest daughter placed 6th in her age category for the 5K, and their oldest son placed 2nd overall in the 10K, which put him first in his age category. These kids are amazing (there are 6 of them!) and they all ran, including their parents!! Elise is proudly holding a medal in this pic, but she just borrowed it for the photo - didn't want to be left out just because she didn't race!!!

The race day events were great, too. Bouncy castles, slides, food, free Starbucks coffee, and lots of music. A really well-planned, and well-attended community event, with global focus.

My boys really loved the food tent for runners. Water, fruit, power bars. I think they really just wanted to run the race so they could eat the food at the end!!! Oh, and Todd wanted a medal :) He said he is now going to collect medals!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's New?

In the past, I have mentioned the other business that my husband and I own. We are Independent Consultants with a company called Nikken, and although it has nothing to do with stamping, it is the reason I am able to stay at home and play with my stamps so much!! We enjoy a flexible, family-focused lifestyle, and I wouldn't want it any other way!

The reason I'm bringing this up right now is that we have recently started a new Facebook Page for our Nikken Business, and are excited to share it with you. If you want to see what it is about, click on the link below to find out! Or, ask away and I will be happy to answer any questions you have. This is a business that we are building internationally, and we have met amazing people from literally around the world. If you are looking for a business that has great products, the ability to set your own schedule, and gives amazing compensation, this might just be for you!

We love what we do!

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Our Nikken Website:
Steve & Sarah Froese

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dreaming Big!

These images are not from my home... unfortunately! I found them all on a Google image search of "Home Libraries". Head over to Google for these and many, many more images of Home Libraries.

Aren't these fabulous spaces? Oh, let the dreaming begin! I wouldn't know which book to choose first. I would be able to spend hours and hours with all these books. I have a friend that once said she would sooner lend out her car than her books. And, she wasn't kidding - not even a bit!

I'm just trying to figure out where I could fit even a small version of one of these lovely libraries into my home. I think that with my stamping space, and my sewing stuff (the sewing stuff is stored in the guest bedroom, and has become quite a stash over the last 2 years), and with 3 kids and a husband who all have hobbies of their own - my dream library will have to wait.

But, I can dream. And, as I read on someone's post yesterday:

"It doesn't cost any more to dream BIG
than it does to think small. "

So, I dream for a big library. In the meantime, I feel blessed that I have access to 2 great libraries - one at my church, and the public library down the road, plus my kids have a great library at their school, which has just been beautifully remodeled. I'll have to do a before and after post about that soon, too.

The pictures I've collected jumped out at me for various reasons.

I love the crispness of this library. And its sheer size. A wall of books, but not dusky and dim - bright and inviting!

This one looks very functional, but I think that it is perhaps book overkill. There must be a dozen or so books in there that could be donated to MCC so you could fit a photo on one of the shelves to break things up!

I like how the next one is decorated. This is appealing for a family because it is more of a multi-use room. There is a TV in there, although, who in their right mind would choose television over this gorgeous selection of literature?

This is a modern library, but I would be frustrated by those shelves. I have a few open ended shelves in my house and it really bothers me when books are not supported at the end of a shelf. But the fireplace is a nice cozy touch!

I think this one, with the curtain, would be most realistic for my house, I'm just not sure where it would go. Then you could use your space for formal gatherings, or pull the curtain open and be surrounded with books!

I am in awe of the multitude of books in this next photo, but I would feel claustrophobic in this space. Look how books are even stored underneath the shelves. This is not a book-lover, this is a hoarder - there are even books on the reading chair... now, what's the point of that?! But, I must give them credit because the books are very neatly displayed. I just don't believe for a minute that this person has read, or even browsed all of these books.

This next one would be considered a dream within a dream (have you seen the movie Inception?) To have a grand piano like this would just be fantastic. However, the chairs in this room would not invite me to sit in them to read a book. I would love the large windows on either side, but those chairs would be replaced with leather couches. Actually, the leather couches I already own would be quite perfect!

The colourful effect of these next books jumps out at me, but I think it must have been edited in photoshop, or the owner makes a hobby of searching out books for their spine colour, not their content. In which case, it is beautiful, but there are probably few books that he or she would like to read for real.

I saved this photo for last. Can you guess why? Look at the walls. Red walls in themselves make me happy. So, to have them behind all these books, that's brilliant!

What do you dream about?

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Here are a few cards I did with my Watercolour Wonder Crayons and Aqua Painters. I embossed on watercolour paper with black embossing powder first, then coloured. The Stampin' Up! watercolour paper can hold quite a bit of water, and I've never had it pill on me. So, even if I don't like something, I can get it quite wet and mop the colour off and start again.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Victoria Day Weekend...

It's Victoria Day long weekend, and the kids will celebrate by having the day off from school on Monday.

Today was GORGEOUS. Unfortunately, the weather people are calling for rain, rain, rain this long weekend. Here are a couple pictures I took today while Elise, Steve and I ate lunch outside.

We don't drink pop very often in our house... almost never. But we had these cute little bottles today for a treat.

I played with the saturation in Picasa...

And this was straight from my camera, using the "Colour Accent" setting. I didn't do any further editing.

And then the craziness started... I ended up soaked while I was just trying to catch a few rays. Oh well, it actually felt pretty good because I was already burning by that point.

What are your big plans for this weekend?

We're hoping to see my brother at some point while he is in town with the youth group that he is one of the leaders for. And then if we do get some pockets of sunshine, or at least pockets with no rain, we'll head outside for some fresh air.

Whatever you do, wherever you go and whomever you may see... have a great time, and be safe.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Creative Writing

While I was waiting for Scott after school today, I saw some new artwork and writing displayed in the hallway. Here is a book report he did on "If you Give a Pig a Pancake." A funny little book that my kids love!

I know the spelling is not all there, but all the words that they have had on spelling tests are spelled correctly. I guess "characters" is not a grade 2 word!! And I love it that he does such neat work. He loves school, and he has the most amazing teacher this year!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, my mother-in-law, and all the special moms in my life... my friends, family and all my cyber friends out in blogland that I haven't even met yet! I appreciate you all!

I hope your Mother's day has been truly amazing, and that you feel loved and special - because you are!

Here's a snap shot of what my Mother's Day weekend has been like.

Last night, I took my Mother-in-Law to a special piano concert put on by a young man, Josh Herrett, who is one of the most amazing pianists I have ever heard. You just keep hoping the music won't end. My sister-in-law, and her mom, joined us, and we all really enjoyed the concert.

This morning, the kids greeted me with hand-crafted gifts that they had all made for me. That will be a post of its own! Once I get them all photographed, then I'll share their creativity on here!

Today, our family served during the coffee time at church, along with another family, but we were able to take in part of the service, and all the moms were blessed with a gift - a pen and matching bookmark for my Bible. After church, I got to have a nap! I love naps :) Then we headed out to a park for a nice walk along the trails. We ended the day with dinner at the Old Spaghetti factory. That is really your one-stop-family-place! We love it there, and so do the kids. I tell ya, though, that place was hopping... and we didn't have reservations, but they got us seated in probably less than 10 minutes. Great service, and great food. I even got a carnation for Mother's Day!

Here I am with my children... thanks Steve, and kids, for a great day!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Is it vain to post about yourself on your birthday? I don't know! But I am going to...

I have had a wonderful day, and it's not even over yet!

It really started yesterday, when Steve and the kids got me an amazing cake, and gave me some gifts.

Cupcake tea towels:

A bright pink hoodie: (love this, by the way!! Steve is so happy to see me in something other than black!)

Today, I woke up to breakfast in bed, thanks to my son Scott. Elise had supplied a bouquet of dandelions for the tray. Todd said that he didn't do anything, but he did give me about a thousand hugs today, so I would say he did plenty! I am blessed.

Steve was spending the day helping his brother, so I took the boys to school, and then headed to the polls to cast my vote. (And in the most recent news about today's election, it looks like my birthday wish has come true!!!)

After voting, I went out for coffee with my "Birthday Twin." Leanne was born on this day, exactly one year ahead of me. Happy Birthday, my friend!

Steve arrived home in time to pick up the boys from school.... which was wonderful because it was pouring rain. Raining cats and dogs.... Raining to beat the band! However you want to put it, it was sure coming down! On their way home they stopped to get me a coffee and some gorgeous roses! Can you see a colour theme for this year's birthday?!!! Stampin' Up! calls this colour, "Melon Mambo."

After school, we took the kids to Steve's parents' to spend the night, and we headed out to White Rock to the Boathouse for dinner. We were there exactly a decade ago, at the same restaurant... possibly the same table, for my 25th birthday, and he didn't even think of that when he was planning tonight's birthday date. But I thought it was pretty cool. 10 years ago, we were just dating, but I already knew he was "the one" by then :)

Yam fries...

Salmon, scallops and prawns, oh yum!!

The manager came out to wish me a Happy Birthday and deliver a special birthday treat!

The scene as we were leaving White Rock. It turned into a gorgeous day - it was very nice of Steve to take me away from the rain for a couple hours!!

On our way home this evening, we stopped and got a movie... so, we're heading downstairs to watch it now.