Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cute story and Meal Planning

We had the complete joy of having Ms. Kali come hang with us yesterday for a few hours while her Mommy and Daddy went for the ultrasound to check on her little sibling. Baby number 2 is growing and healthy! We're so happy for Doug and Shari that all is well with this pregnancy!

Kali is such a little ham and oh so much fun to have around. Every now and again she plays shy with Uncle Zero and in the past he's been tentative to just pick her up for fear of making her cry. Well yesterday he was playing with her and the two of them had me cracking up with their scrunchy faces while she ate her lunch. After lunch she and I came in to the living room to sing songs, chase each other and just be silly. Well Uncle Hal came up and joined in the fun...after a bit we went into the kitchen for a drink and Kali literally leaped from my arms into her Uncle Hals, she snuggled right up into his neck and gave him the biggest hug, well I tell you if she didn't already have his heart she sure stole it then!! After the big ol hug she went to give him a smooch....well he's got a goatee and it surprised her. She gave him a quizzical look followed quickly with a "Whas sat?" We just cracked up and she snuggled back in for more loves. Don't tell but Uncle Hal's eyes sure got a little misty after that.

Hal and I were talking yesterday about budgeting and both agreed that Meal Planning really works for us with saving money. I told him that it's hard for me to always think of meals so if he would have some input it would be so much easier, then i'm not left guessing what he wants and dinner changes up to something we both like.

This week we've combined a few favourites with some new dishes. Here's a preview of our week ahead:

Monday: Stuffed chicken breast with Mushroom gravy, Risotto Parmesan and steamed veggies

Tuesday: Spaghetti with meatballs, garlic toast and caesar salad

Wednesday: Prawn stirfry over noodles and garlic toast

Thursday: Scalloped potatoes, ham and snow peas

Friday: Potsticker soup

Saturday: Enchiladas, mexi fries and salad

Sunday: Pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy and broccoli

That's it for now. We'll see how this week goes and start next weeks meal plan asap.

Ta ta for now in blogland....looking forward to updates from all!
xo Pen

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dr. Seuss


Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.

-Dr. Seuss

Need something to make you smile

Click on this and you can't help but giggle too!!!
You'll have to click on the Play button twice to see it.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


We couldn't believe what we woke up to this morning!! It's beautiful but it took us almost an hour to shovel our way out. The funny thing is all this snow could be gone by tomorrow.
This just adds to the Christmas spirit!!
xo Pen

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Boring blogger

Guess all's well here in Kitimat, not much to write about and feeling like a very boring blogger. There is a lot going on with everyday life but nothing super exciting other then my sister and family coming home for Christmas and the extreme joy that has brought to Hal and I. Along with that joy and excitement is great trepidation and fear of the drive that it takes to get here, especially the middle of winter.

So far we've had more snow this year then we had by the end of December last year, much the same to report for the areas they will be travelling. The boys i'm sure will be excited about the snow and the fact they will be able to go rip roaring down the hills in toboggans, lol. My sister said no toys for Christmas but their kids and what is Christmas without toys.....right?!?!

We've got most of our Christmas shopping finished for the little ones but have a few special orders that we are waiting to arrive. Christmas baking will start next week, this year Laura and I are going to try to make chocolates again, it was a quite a bit of work before but a lot of fun just the same.

I'll start a new post about favourite Christmas memories and hope that you will do the same in your blog. It's truly a special time of year and always nice to see what others have for traditions and fave memories.

Take care until we blog again,

Friday, November 10, 2006

Off to Rupert

I'm off to Prince Rupert with Laura and the boys this weekend for a Tae Kwon Do tourney and am looking forward to getting away for a couple of days.

The weather is supposed to be wet and windy but that's okay, Rupert is a beautiful place to visit and spending time with Laura and the boys is always so much fun.

She's a wonderful friend who has been by my side for so much, telling me when i've messed up and giving me a reality check but just as quick to give a hug or emotional support.

It's true in life what they say about being lucky to have one or two really good/best friends. In this life i've been fortunate to have 4 and there's room for more but if this is the limit then I'm greatly blessed and oh so fortunate.

I'm feeling introspective today but not enough time to blog it. For the 4 women in my life who are my soul sisters 'I love ya and Thank you from my whole heart!'

Peace out for now,

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

I'm so freaking excited!!

Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned so that.....My sister and her family can come here for Christmas!! It's been at least 6 years since we've had a Christmas together and i'm so excited about spending it with all of them.

My nephews are soooo excited too. Hal is over the moon as am I, it's going to be a wonderful Christmas and to share it in our new home is even more of a blessing.

I'll be back with more later..dinner time right now and my honey has hockey tonight so want to be a 'good wife' and have him fed before he goes.

xo Pen

Monday, November 6, 2006

Pumpkin Pee Pie

A story as shared on the Rottie website i'm on. It was too funny and a great reminder so had to post.


This year we had a very large pumpkin which was carved and discarded at the curb after Halloween. Lola ,our 18 month rottie had helped to clean it out after the seeds were removed.

While the pumpkin sat waiting for garbage pick up, several of the neighborhood dogs, relieved them selves, basically in the pumpkin. There were several other curb side pumpkins suffering a similar fate.

I never gave it another thought until my neighbor rang my bell on Thursday morning holding a pie. She said that there were such lovely pumpkins left out that nobody seemed to want, she had decided to collect them and make pies.

I was speechless, well beyond speechless. She said "How about you put up a pot of coffee and we'll taste this bad boy!"

I didn't know what to do so I thanked her, told her to wait a minute, ran upstairs, and called my office number which rings down stairs. I got the phone and said I had to take this and asked her for a raincheck. She said she had another pie in the car for another of our friends.

When she left, I called the neighbor for a heads up. No one ate the pie unless our little baker friend kept one for her self. Finally I got the courage to call her and tell her the truth.

All she had to say was "I'm sure the oven temp killed the germs from the dog pee."

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Pigs would blush!! :<

Cleo has the worst case of gas yet!! OMG WE DIDN'T THINK IT COULD GET WORSE but holy hell she's peeling the paint off the wall, clearing room and I tell ya...

pppffffft, pppfffftttt, ppffftttt is not a pleasant sound as she gets up to walk across the room. Willow has even taken to hissing at her and smacking her as she walks on by. We were told to get yogurt and try her on two tbsp. a day and see if it helps, if not then it's back to the very expensive dog food but at this point in the game it's that or having our house deodorized on a daily basis.

I love my girlie but ummm does anyone need natural gas....CHEAP AND NOXIOUS!!!

g'night all,
xo Pen and ppffttt aka Cleo

Why Men are so happy!

What do you expect from such simple creatures!?

Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be president.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station because this one's just too icky.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress - $5000; tux rental - $100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood, ALL the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Everything on your face stays its original colour.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
You almost never have strap problems in public
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You don't have to shave below your neck.
Your belly usually hides your big hips.
One wallet and one pair of shoes, one colour, all seasons.
You can "do" your nails with a pocket-knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives, on December 24, in 45 minutes.