Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 is almost finished!

Patrick took the children to Walmart to get their photo taken sans hairbrushing and ditched the matching outfits I put out but they turned out nice anyway especially the sepia ones! I don't know how the photographer got them all to sit still and look so nice but I can't seem to do it with my camera! I sure like those children even though they are exhausting, noisy and rambunctious. Youth is surely wasted on the young.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Love Sparkles

Tell someone that you love them with this Valentine’s-themed card kit. The custom designed window gable box adds a beautiful touch to this card set.

Date: January 2nd and 9th 2010
Cost: $20 or free with $65 order which includes FREE stamp set choices vary
Location: New Westminster

Please email me to sign up for this class: (stampingbetty@hotmail.com)
Supplies provided

• Stamps: A Happy Heart
• Ink: Pretty in Pink Classic, Rose Red and Soft Suede
• Paper: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand, Whisper White,
medium Whisper White envelopes
• Accessories: Sticky Strip, Snail adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals,
mini glue dots, 2-way glue pen, 1” Rose Red Double Stitched Grosgrain
ribbon, Filigree brads, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, grid paper,
paper snips, mat pack, paper-piercing tool, bone folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig,
Large Oval punch, Scallop Edge punch, Crop-A-Dile, Heart to Heart punch,
Acetate Sheet, hobby blade, cutting mat, pencil, ruler

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Grandma David was in the newspaper...

Marking a century
The Royal City Record
Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Melva Halliday celebrated a pivotal birthday at Queen's Park Care Centre on Wednesday.She turned 100 on Dec. 9, and, to mark the special occasion, family and friends held a party for the centenarian. "She's a very tenacious and very independent woman," daughter-in-law Doreen Anderson says about Melva. Melva had been living on her own at her home in Sapperton up until three weeks ago. She loved her garden in Sapperton, where she grew flowers, vegetables and fruit - once even growing a kiwi vine that produced 400 kiwis. She also enjoys canning fruit and is an avid knitter. Today, Melva is staying at the care centre until she can move to a long-term facility. Melva has lived in New Westminster for 80 years. She was born on the North Shore, moving with her family to the Royal City when she was 15 in 1924.
The family settled in Sapperton, where Melva lived until she married her first husband, Harry Anderson. They raised their three sons in Queensborough. Harry was a First and Second World War veteran, who passed away in 1959. Melva returned to Sapperton when she married her second husband, David Halliday, in the 1970s.
Anderson says her mother-in-law, who has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, isn't surprised she's lived to 100. "I think she expected it," says Anderson. © The Record (New Westminster) 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

It's almost done....

Shortly after the ground breaking my middle child and fiestiest daughter came home and said, "Mommy can we sing the secret duty song?" It took me a few minutes to figure out what she meant and it makes my heart almost leap out of my chest to hear her sing, "I love to see the temple." Now you can understand every word when she sings it since she's four now. Listen to the song here! We have visited the site every chance we get and have only been to Langley once without stopping by to see how the construction is going. Check out the street view on Google maps too! Love it! Vancouver Temple Public House will be Fri Apr 9 - 24, 2010 (Except Sundays) Cultural Celebration: Saturday May 1, 2010
Dedication: Sun May 2, 2010, three sessions (9am, 12 noon, 3pm)
You are invited!

I love to see the temple.
I’m going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.
I love to see the temple.
I’ll go inside someday.
I’ll cov’nant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A fam’ly is forever.

© 1980 by Janice Kapp Perry.
Doctrine and Covenants 124:39–41

Manghi Burger

I tried to capture the totem pole thing the children have been doing lately and giggling wildly. Marvin is the bottom bun and Asia is the meat. Avalina is supposed to be the cheese but she wouldn't cooperate for the photo of course. That is their version of a burger on the couch. It looks really cute when they are all horizontal one on top of the other. It makes me forget completely that a mere two minutes ago someone was screaming, someone was crying and someone was pushing and calling names and I remember to loosen my grip around their scrawny little necks that i sometimes want to snap like a twig, oops another inner though leaked out. My mother always said, "God makes them so cute so you won't kill them." I must have been very naughty.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baja Breeze I miss you...

Here's part of a set I did at the Saturday Crop-A-Lot last weekend in Langley. I love these colours and was delighted to use up the rest of my Frosty Day papers even though I will miss them. Here is what you can do with one sheet of double sided patterned paper and a few hours. I cannot seem to turn these photos because my computer is acting strange but i will post them anyhow. Cock your head to the left hand side when looking at the first two images! Thanks to Lisa for teaching me about the Snow Writer. Thanks to Jessica for showing me how to use the Peel offs. This set was a big hit and so was Roland's carrot cake and pork tenderloin. I used the Snowflake Sizzix Die and Stampin'Up!'s famous Top Note die as well with my Big Shot! On top of the snowflake is white Shimmer Paint. I was delighted to finally find my ribbon box and a roll full almost of Baja Breeze striped thick grosgrain! I am officially out of Real Red grosgrain ribbon. Thanks Karina for using your own on your card! I love the look of the Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon and it's on the Clearance Rack right now! The new Stampin'Up! ornament punch makes quick cards a snap especially when combined with the Delightful Decorations set used in two cards here. The patterned paper I chose for this set has Baja Breeze and White swirly snowflakes on one side and Stripes as you can see on the other. Thanks for looking!

Calendar Countdown with Chris

Look what I made at Cherish the Thought with Chris! Don't you just love it! I do and it's on my refrigerator at this very moment. I plan to make a few more but not quite as fancy. I better do it quick like before time runs out. I can't believe it's only 26 more sleeps until December 25th! This project has a lot of sparkle and glitter but i couldn't get it to shop up in the photos. Too bad, it's what made me go, "WoW!" when i first saw it and signed up on the spot.

Dunja's Dasher Class

Quick, Easy and Elegant is the name of the game with this Dasher stamp for only $10.95! These cards use Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Kraft and Stampin'Up! designer series paper called Merry Moments! Love them!

Easy 5 flower punch Christmas Card

I used my Priceless Stamp Set and some clear embossing powder plus my Stampin'Up! bone folder and some green Rhinestone brads to jazz up this paper pointsettia.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward photo

You can see his blog here!

hmmmm Film Library

I started a new position with slightly better hours. I miss my coworkers and the job i was good at. I miss being the know it all and hearing familiar voices and dealing with familiar problems. I don't like the stale environment with the tedious work i am hoping to become better at with smaller margins for error and the people who smile and say yes even when they don't understand you. I am having some trouble keeping up. The children love having me come home and are eagerly waiting with stories in hand, teeth brushed, pajama clad under the covers at least until they hear my key in the lock. It is easier to get up in the morning not working so late in the evening. If one more person from ER x-ray hugs me i might cry AT WORK. They have weird snacks in the film library and lots of demands. No time for Facebook, boo hoo. Get used to it. At least i am not far away and I don't miss Jean! 90 days to change my mind if i need to.

November Eleventh

Pat turns 41
Phil turns 36
we all remember veterans
no work for me today
thank-you to those who kept us liberated and liberated others
Yhong is very pregnant
All You Can Eat at Kingsway Sushi
pretty good
Mom AND Dad came but wouldn't sit beside each other.
Avalina screamed as the good behavior window closed
Anastasia made chocolate cupcakes that didn't get icing on them before they were mostly eaten
Ama had to park really far away
Phil and Pat shopped C&L
Lots of books for presents plus movies too.
another rememberance day over and done with

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Heebee Jeebees

How do you explain that word to a four year old?

Just wait until you see mine! Fabulous Paper Bag Album using Dream Street Products made at Cherish the Thought in Port Moody.

Why oh why do women need to go through this?
I am so pissed off. I am not sure why because I was expecting it to return sooner or later. I got my . after 27 months I forgot how crappy it makes you feel! I am really shocked {into reality} and so don't want to breastfeed anymore. What a big baby. I just want to bury myself in a hole in the ground and cover it with leaves because it would probably feel better than this.
Manong's teeth are really crowded and crooked. Pluse had a root canal and he is only EIGHT! No more juice and now I will be the flossing nazi. He was very brave and squeezed his dad's hand hard. He has a silver crown and thinks there's treasure in his teeth now.
Manang got a new bed today. Let's home she stays in it ALL NIGHT long!
I decorated it with Christmas lights because her brother took the lamp.
We put all the clothes in the drawers below and I realized she has way too many.
Then again she does change her clothes at least 3 times a day. She is obsessed with how things smell. I am going to be busy preparing lotsa foods tomorrow.
Ading is asleep finally and has taken to screaming like a banshee. I didn't know a 1.5 year old could be so demanding. She sounds possessed when she howls and screams "mommy" at me and chases me around.

I made a really fun paper bag album with Jessie at Cherish the Thought recently.
I think we like Queensborough! Imagine, next time my boss calls me Debbie from Queensborough I will tell him he's jealous. I am going 'in to town' now to borrow my mom's roasting pan assuming she is home from the police station otherwise we'll need a bail bondsman.

More soon...poor neglected blog...

Monday, October 05, 2009

Guardian Angels Daycare

Guardian Angels Daycare is located on the Burnaby/New Westminster border at 10th Avenue & 10th Street and run by my sister in law Gen.
They have a full above ground basement for our daycare with a completely fenced in play area and parks nearby too.
There is room for a few more children part time or full time depending on your needs.
As the owner she is ECE certified and aware of children with special needs and also educated in health issues which of course is on going.
Do you have an active child in need of some socialization, activity and fun while you are otherwise occupied or working?
This is a place where children can grow and learn with quality supervision.
Please call Genevieve 6045243280.

Thursday, October 01, 2009


In September our family finally moved out of our little apartment. Now we are living in a house in Queensborough which I didn't see until we were moving in. I was hesitant to go across the bridge to a community I was less familiar with. It is separated from the rest of New Westminster by a bridge and nestled in between Richmond, Delta, Burnaby and the rest of New Westminster. It is on the Fraser River and until recently there was not a lot of shopping over there. In the last few years a Walmart was built and with it came a bunch of fast food and clothing stores as well as a Best Buy and There is a community centre with lovely weeping willows and plenty of playground space. The schools are centrally located as well but we don't have a grocery store there. I suspect we will be crossing the Queensborough Bridge frequently. My commute time to work has been cut by 10 minutes and I am sure Patrick is closer to his work destinations as well. We like to look out our back window and see the trains. We are right near the Derwent Way rail swing bridge going to Annacis Island. We have ditches with frogs in our front yard. I like the grassy lanes that divide many of the homes backyards. We are getting used to being a bit isolated from our family and all the places we used to frequent. We have met some nice people and are enjoying being in such a large space where the children can play outside!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Annual Cousin's Lunch

Eda's house
Sumas Mountain
and lots of kittens...

New Westminster's Finest

My mom was given this lovely framed item from the Police Department for her service in the past year. She also enjoyed a banquet and a night out with her cousin Donna Mae that was put on for the volunteers. She has been doing it for several years now and even though I know she enjoys it and finds it rewarding it can also be difficult and exhausting for her at times. She is fortunate in that they send her to a lot of educational classes for her to keep her skills updated and varied. She is always learning something new or additional that helps her help others. The officers just don't have the time to do it all so one of their resources is the Victim Services staff. I am so proud of my mom for her dedication and caring nature. It is amazing what they all deal with at that station and how they work together helping in our community.

New Car Smell

AntiJessie got a new car! Here's the girls checking it out!