Friday, December 29, 2006

R & R

I love the holidays!! Here's my list of top 10 things to love about this time of year.

1. Time to spend with family and friends.
2. New games and fun filled times playing.
3. Food - shortbread, chocolate, appetizers - it's all good!
4. Decorations from years past and the stories to go with them.
5. Photo ops - abundantly!
6. Sleeping in and staying up late.
7. New movies to watch.
8. The music of the season.
9. Lights - inside on the tree, outside on houses and bushes, candles.
10. Letters, cards and messages from far and near.

Here is Meadow on Christmas Eve, all ready for bed!

And Meadow with her Mom and Dad at the end of a busy day. We missed the Christmas dress portrait but hopefully we can restage it later this week.

Bob went snowmobiling near Rocky Mountain House today with Darrin, Ed, and Larry. They had fun and have many stories to tell, including one about pulling 2 machines to the top of a hill, using tow ropes. He was very tired so I didn't get a chance to ask if he took any pictures. Hopefully!!! Mel and Tyler went shopping today while I hung out with my sister for the day. We scrapbooked a little, created a bunch of cards and had a great visit.

I hope your holidays are as enjoyable as mine!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas

It's been a marvelous few days of Christmas celebrations with our family! The last few days of school were a blur of busy-ness but everything got accomplished, with only a few very late nights in between. On Saturday we celebrated with my family at my parents' place, including bowling for a few hours. Then on Sunday our kids came for dinner and we opened presents. After Darrin and Kelsey left for Calgary, some of us went to Christmas Eve service and then we spent the evening eating and playing a few games. It was a wonderful day with the people who matter most to us.
Having grandchildren certainly changes one's outlook on Christmas!! We were all so entertained by Meadow and her smiles. She looked very grownup in her little red plaid dress, matching tam, and black patent shoes! I'll have to get a good picture of her to share. She loved chewing on bows and playing on a blanket on the floor. Helayna had a very long nap while we opened presents and then we got to cuddle with her most of the evening. I was quite content to watch the two of them and revel in their perfectness.

Yesterday we celebrated our neice's 21st birthday with a pool party, which was a great deal of fun. Waterslides, hot tub, food and games made for an evening full of laughs. My sister does plan good parties!!

Today is a day of setting stuff together, which includes getting the TV/DVD/radio unit mounted under the kitchen cupboard. I am looking forward to watching the news and listening to music while I make supper. Bob thinks I'll want to be in the kitchen all the time - that is so not happening!!

Heather is coming over tomorrow and we are hoping to do some scrapbooking. Yeah!!!! Now I'm off to have a nap and try to get rid of this cold.

I hope that each of you have enjoyed a blessed Christmas, surrounded by those you love and thankful for health, treasures, and special moments.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Celebration

Bob's family gathered this weekend for fun, food and celebrations. The kitchen counter was a buffet center with Mom's famous perogies and cabbage rolls, turkey, stuff, mashed potatoes, gravy, baked beans(for the vegetarians), creamed peas and carrots, meatballs, 3 kinds of salad plus pickles and buns. It was truly a feast!! Amazing how much variety you can get when each one brings something.

Kelsey baked these marvelous snowflake cookies that were gigantic and a huge hit with the kids. She truly is a baker extraordinaire!! They looked just out of Martha Stewart's kitchen!

And Bob's sister brought a chocolate fountain for dessert. It was fun and looked so cool. Thanks to Mel for capturing the images - she was having fun with the big camera.

Bob got a fancy tire gauge and I came home with a funky Santa figure from the fun gift exchange. Our nieces baked biscotti, made chocolates and dipped pretzels for us - they are so yummy!

Today we had the children's Christmas concert at church and a handbell choir and singers in an evening concert. Busy day! Kelsey also stuffed 2 stockings and wrapped some gifts for me this afternoon before they went home. It was such a huge help - thanks, Girl - you're the best!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Home Again!

After 28 hours and 4 airports, Mel and Tyler arrived home safely last night.
This reminds me of the days when all our kids were in university and they'd come home in the middle of December for a lovely long holiday.
Mel and Tyler saw Meadow and Naomi today, brought our tree into the house and came to my school concert tonight. And a bit of jet lag is catching up to them so they've headed to bed now.
It's definitely feeling like Christmas now that they are home.
And next week at this time I'll be on the last leg of classes before my break.
I AM looking forward to that!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Looking Good!!

Well, doesn't she just make you smile?!!!!! These are Meadow's rose colored sunglasses and they totally make her look like a little grownup genius, I think. She is quite happy to have them on and doesn't try to pull them off. Every time we visit with her now we are just amazed at the new things she can do. One of the latest is leaning over and chewing on her toes - it's hilarious!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


"Jesus, please teach me to appreciate what I have,
before time forces me to appreciate what I had"
Susan L. Lenzkes

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Finally this weekend I finished my entry in Mary's circle journal, "Colors". I used this photo I'd taken a few years ago of a sunflower - first time I've used a full page photo - 8 X 8. The journalling talks about yellow things that bring me joy. I broke out the paints and stamps and, following Ali Edwards' advice, didn't worry about it being perfect. I had fun and must remember to make time to create more regularly. Hopefully I can spend lots of time in my studio over the Christmas holidays!

It was a quiet and reflective weekend here. All is good in my life as I pause to remember why Christmas is important in our lives. We are really looking forward to having our whole family home this year - only 2 more weeks!! Happy Preparing this week!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Friday from School

It's been a long time since I shared something about school!! Sorry - it really does occupy the majority of my time, not to mention energy! We are up to our eyeballs in concert practice and excitement. Just a few more practices before Thursday night's performance and it's looking pretty good. Enthusiasm is definitely high and the kids love the program.

This giant tree stands in our foyer as a greeting to everyone.
It really does look beautiful, especially in the evening when it's getting dark outside and you come up the street to the school. Too bad we are at the end of town and very few cars drive by.

The front display case has a favorite Christmas decoration in it from every staff member and this is mine. I got these figures in a gift exchange with my family many years ago and they usually reside on the mantel of our fireplace at home. They will return there but for now they are my contribution to our display. It's fun to see the variety and hear the stories to go with each piece!
And now, I'm off to do a little more shopping and lots of house stuff. Have a lovely weekend, All!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

One more week!

Next week at this time Melinda and Tyler will be arriving at the airport from Poland!! We are so excited to have them here for 3 weeks to celebrate the holidays with us. Last year they spent Christmas in Thailand so they didn't see snow all last winter. We will definitely make up for all the fun they missed last year and this winter will definitely make up for the balmy weather they had last December. ! The wind is blowing again and the driveway is nearly drifted shut! Bob went out to a meeting at 7 p.m., I came home at 8:30 and he was back at 10. Each time there were no tracks left and the banks filled everything back in. That was all after he plowed the driveway this afternoon with the tractor! Tonight it's soft snow but I'm not sure what it will be like by morning. And the 2 mile stretch up to the highway was also very bad - worse than I've seen it in many winters. I guess I better start out extra early in the morning.


Beauty is not in the face:
beauty is a light in the heart.
(Khalil Gibran)

Beyond talent lie all the usual words:
discipline, love, luck -
but most of all,
(James Arthur Baldwin)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Baby Shower Fun

Yesterday Naomi hosted a baby shower for Helayna and Heather so we all got to cuddle her alot! She is totally going to be a princess diva, with all the pink fur things she received for gifts! Clothes, books and toys abounded as family and friends shared new things for her. She even got a 2' high doll!! It was a lovely afternoon, visiting and eating. Here are a few pictures from our day.

DonaMae (a close friend of mine) holding Helayna

My Mom and Dad with their second great granddaughter
Can you tell my Mom is delighted?!

But I miss them again - it's really hard to send them home when you know that it's going to be a few weeks before you can connect again.
And the bad news is ----- on the way back to Calgary, Highway 2 was closed because of an accident so they had to stay overnight in Red Deer at a motel. Thankfully they were safe but Jonathan was teaching a class at 11 this morning so hopefully they made it back in time. Winter roads in Alberta!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter Wonderland

Here are a few pictures of sweet Helayna - hanging out with Gramma while Mom and Dad went out for supper and then cuddling with Grampa in front of the fire after a long drive up from Calgary. It was wonderful to see her and have her visit us!!

It will be awesome to have her (and her parents!) here again in a month for Christmas. We are going to a baby shower for her on Sunday - have to do some shopping tomorrow after school.

And more good news - the outside temperature has moderated but now it's snowing again. Winter!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Appetizers for Christmas

Along with 2 of my good friends, I learnt how to make some new and interesting appetizers tonight. A lady who owns a successful catering company did a cooking class in the community hall and we had a great time chopping, stirring, baking, and tasting! Brie Cheese with Almonds or Cranberry Sauce was a definite hit as was the Hot Buttered Rum!

Other items included Nacho Dip, Crab Rangoons, Salsa Cruda, Garlic Pita Chips, Maple Sausage Bites, and Chili Con Queso. Definitely was fun creating and tasting together!


I had a great weekend in Calgary helping Heather and Jonathan, cuddling Helayna, shopping, having lunch with Darrin and Kelsey, babysitting, staying in Kelsey's parents condo (what a treat that is!), and visiting with Kim, Chris and Amyah. That's Amyah trying to crawl into Helayna's car seat - with a little help from her Dad!! Kim was the music teacher for our girls when they were in band many years ago and now she and Heather have become good friends. Their little girls are 7 weeks apart and I think all 4 of them will be spending many hours together, running along Calgary's trails - once the weather warms up!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006


I was honoured, humbled, proud and ever so happy to see my amazing husband honored yesterday for his more than 30 years of commitment to diary producers and the industry in Alberta and Canada. He's been away from the board scene for 5 years but still the respect, admiration and thanks his peers gave him was so evident in every smile, handshake and hug.

You deserve every bit of this honour, Bob - congratulations from your #1 fan!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A thought . . .

for the week of parent teacher student interviews:

"Teachers are those who use themselves as bridges,
over which they invite their students to cross;
then having facilitated their crossing,
joyfully collapse,
encouraging them to create bridges of their own."
Nikos Kazantzakis

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Look at Me!

I went to see Meadow today and she's got new stuff to play with!! She loves to stand in this walker kind of thing and play with her toys. Her cousin Renee' is 10 months old so she can stand up and play right alongside her. The Elmo doll is her favorite thing to suck on these days.

And then downstairs she has a jumper that she can hang out in. Today she figured out how to spin herself around a bit and when she steps on the mat all kinds of sounds are activated. Being a child who likes motion and noise, she's pretty happy here.

How fast she is growing and learning new things. I just love how she coos and tries to talk - totally melts my heart!!

Where were you ....???

I saw this somewhere in Blogland this week and it totally made me pause and reflect. Wow - life marches on!

30 years ago - Newly married for just 4 months, living in a little tiny house on the farm.

25 years ago - Mom to 4 little ones - 5 months, 21 months, 3 years and 4 years old.

20 years ago - Our youngest one had just gone to kindergarten.

15 years ago - We had just come home from an awesome family trip to Disneyland.

10 years ago - It was my first year of teaching grade 3 fulltime.

5 years ago - We had sold our dairy cows that summer - big change in daily routine, especially for the winter.

2 years ago - Reflecting about how much I had learned and how much I enjoyed teaching after working with teachers in Belize that summer.

1 year ago - Planning a trip to Asia in the summer, wrapping Christmas gifts to send to Taiwan - no idea that we were on our way to becoming grandparents.

1 month ago - Preparing for Meadow's baptism.

Yesterday - Doing some Christmas shopping at Canadian Tire, after a long busy week at school.

Tomorrow - Going to visit Meadow and creating some card samples for our noon hour kids club to produce this week.

So ----- how about you? Let me know - I am so curious!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

The hectic week of report card preparation is over! The envelopes with all the good news went home this afternoon - it was a very good feeling to pass them out. We had a little staff gathering
after school and a couple of retired friends stopped by. I am always amazed at how relaxed and happy they look - and how they don't miss it much at all. It's awesome to hear about their travels, grandkids and golf games!

Miss Helayna is 3 weeks old already! Oh, time is flying by! This picture was taken nearly 2 weeks ago as she slept on her Daddy's lap. I think it could be called "Peaceful Dreams"! I am looking forward to cuddling her again soon.

Darrin and Kelsey are coming home this weekend so we'll get to hear all about their little trip to Hawaii last week. And I must return to the studio which is undergoing a transformation to guest room for Kelsey! I hope you have a whole lot of nothing but relaxing planned for this weekend!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Project

One of my friend's at work asked me to make a travel journal for her neice who is off to Guatemala for a month long holiday. Of course I was delighted to say 'yes!' and then the panic was on when Helayna came early and we had to go to Calgary. Luckily I had thought about it alot and had some coordinating Studio K papers on hand so it came together in just a few days. There were 30 pages in it, 2 pockets (you see one here with the circles on it, and a map on the front inside cover to trace the path of her trip.

I used the S! sewing stamps, a little suitcase stamp from Hero Arts and a vintage sign one from the SU Parisian Plaza set. Ink is Nick Bantock Van Dyke Brown. I had several different rubons from Basic Grey and Karen Foster. The binder was 6 X 8 from WR Memory Keepers (anybody know where I can get more of these?) and I painted it with MM Meadow paint.

My scrapbook creating has been sadly lacking so it felt good to make this and I think it was liked by both the ladies (the giver and the receiver!) And she asked me to make some more books for Christmas - I am honored and delighted!

Back to my report cards I go-------

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Operation Christmas Child

These are some of the 100 shoeboxes that our students and their families filled to send away with Samaritan's Purse this year! What generosity there is in the world! I just read some of the messages from kids who received boxes last year in places like Liberia, India, Chile and Thailand. It just makes me cry at how simple things like pens, pencils, and paper can make such a difference sometimes. One little girl wrote that she had never used a toothbrush or toothpaste before! I'm going to share some of the notes with the kids in class tomorrow so they know what an impact these little boxes can make in other places. Another Mom wrote about how she and her daughter prayed as they filled the box and how personally the little girl did it, praying right into the box and hugging it before they sent it off. Of course the messages of God's love and His caring are the biggest gifts that go with these boxes.

Good-bye little boxes - bring joy wherever you go!

Thought for the Day

"Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put any in the pot, there won't be any to take out."
(Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedian)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I went with my mom and dad, sister and 2 nieces to see the play, Hana's Suitcase, this afternoon. It's based on the book by Karen Levine, who did the original radio documentary for CBC. It was such a poignant play to see on Remembrance Day! The ways that war affected, and still affects, children is mind boggling. My niece visited the Terezainstadt camp last summer when she was in Europe so she could really relate to the images. My parents were children when the war was going on and they have memories of family and neighbors being conscripted. My Dad talked (the first time I've ever heard this) about his oldest brother being conscripted and the trauma it brought to their family. He had a little picture of him with a buddy at training camp in 1945 and we stopped later to make some copies of the picture. Tomorrow the son of that brother and his family are going to visit my parents to hear what my dad remembers about that time. This man was just a boy of 5 when his father died in the 1960's so he has no memories of his dad's time in the forces. Apparently my parents even have his uniform! I can't imagine how surprised Gary and his family will be to see it. I love spending time with my parents and hearing about these family memories. It makes me realize just how much I do not know about our past.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Remembrance Day

Thankful today for
red poppies
men and women who care
a day to pause and reflect.

(images from the web)

Friday, November 10, 2006

They are home!!!

Helayna, Heather and Jonathan are back home again!! All of her tests came back okay so they think she had a touch of the flu or a viral infection. Today she is feeling much better and everyone is glad to be in their familiar place again. Heather says she's even sleeping in the cradle - which she didn't much like last week!! I'll share more after I talk to them tonight.

Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts! It was a huge concern, with her being just 2 weeks old.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Thank you so very much for the prayers and thoughts that all of you, from far and near, sent today.

Helayna was admitted to Calgary Children's Hospital late yesterday with a distended tummy and pain. Their family doctor sent them to emergency where they did a battery of tests and are now waiting for results. Today she is eating, sleeping a bit and otherwise pretty normally doing the things babies do but there is still the distention of the tummy. It seems to not be a blockage, there may be some infection but too many results are still pending to say for sure. They had hoped to do a spinal tap to check for meningitis but it's very difficult to draw a sample from such a little person, who doesn't like to hold still, especially when being poked! She remains in hospital where Heather is with her constantly. Jonathan did go home to sleep for a bit last night but was there all day today.

We know she is in the very best facility possible with doctors and equipment specially geared for little ones. And we pray that God will guide all of this and she will be okay. And it's still a worry! So if you could just keep them in your prayers for the next while, that would be so very appreciated. I will share more when I know more. ((( HUGS )))


say big prayers for little Helayna and her mommy and daddy tonight.

I'll post more tomorrow.

Monday, November 06, 2006


My friend Sue tagged me a few weeks ago and it had to go on the back burner until now.

1. FIRST NAME? Crystal
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? I don't think so but I know my Dad named me.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Last night while reading Lisa Bearnson's account of her visit to the Amish community in Pennsylvania.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes - I have to keep my handwriting relatively neat because I teach handwriting to my grade 3 students. Having said that, there are a few letters that I still don't like the look of!
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT? Oven roasted turkey.
6. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes! 1 wonderful son, 3 awesome daughters, 3 amazing son-in-laws, and 2 perfect (!!) granddaughters.
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? This weblog has been a good thing in that regard.
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Not as much as I used to, thankfully.
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? I'm a chicken for heights but I did go parasailing when we were in Mexico and I loved that. It was so tranquil and peaceful. I think I might like to try skydiving.
13. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically - not really, emotionally - sometimes.
14. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR? Kahlua Chocolate Fudge and Pumpkin Pecan
15. SHOE SIZE? 8 or 8.5
16. RED OR PINK? Both but lately pink's the color of choice.
18. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My grandparents.
19. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Wetaskiwin General Hospital, 1955
20. WHAT COLOUR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black yoga pants and brown fur trimmed moccasins.
27. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Juggling - life!
28. FAVOURITE DRINK? Non-alcoholic - iced tea Alcoholic - salted Caesar.
29. FAVOURITE SPORT? Hockey, golf, curling, skating - I love watching all of them too!
30. HAIR COLOUR? Medium brown with caramel highlights (on top of a whole lot of grey!)
31. EYE COLOUR? Brown
32. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No, never have.
34. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? Happy endings, every time
35. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? What Women Want (love the bathroom scene where he's going to wax his legs!!)
36. WHAT COLOUR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Olive green fleece jacket
37. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer, please
39. FAVOURITE DESSERT? Chocolate cheesecake
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Robin McGraw's Inside My Heart and the Nov./Dec. isue of Scrapbooks, Etc.
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? don't have a mousepad - mine is a marble mouse (seriously - that's what the box even says!)
42. FAVOURITE SOUNDS? Meadow's cooing - just makes me smile everytime!
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles all the way!

Fun stuff to consider! Thanks, Sue.
And I'm tagging Rhonda, Carrie and Carm. Have fun, Girls!

A Few More from the Weekend!

A Baby Weekend!

Naomi, Meadow and I drove to Calgary this weekend to visit Helayna, Heather and Jonathan. It was wonderful to see our daughters and their babies together! Naomi marvelled at how tiny Helayna is and all her long hair. It seems she's forgotten that Meadow was indeed this tiny once upon 4 short months ago!! Heather is doing great - she doesn't even look like she was pregnant just 2 weeks ago! She is definitely sleep deprived but she's pretty good at napping when the baby does.

We stayed at a hotel and early bird Meadow was up by 7 a.m. and reading with Mom by 7:30! I love this photo - I think our granddaughter will be a reader - yes!!

And blogger is not cooperating so that's all I can show you right now. More later - I promise!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Going to Calgary Today

I'm heading out the door to go check out some used baby items at a big community sale in Leduc this morning. I think I need to get a playyard (notice the new terminology!) for our granddaughters visits and sleepovers. And then Naomi, Meadow and I are off to visit Haleyna and Heather (oh, and Jonathan too!) in Calgary. Really looking forward to that! And it's supposed to be very warm in Calgary today - that's a good thing. Here's a picture of Kelsey and her mom when they went to see Haleyna on Thursday night. (This one's for you, H!)

Darrin and Kelsey flew to Hawaii yesterday for some R & R - I hope they have a ton of fun and come back with many pictures! Be safe, Guys!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Power of 5

I saw this on someone's blog the other day - please forgive me for not giving credit - I simply cannot remember whose it was! Do you think I perhaps read too many blogs?!!! Anyway, I liked the idea so I'm sharing - and challenging you to think of 5 things you could share. And if you just lurk here (yes, I know some of you do!) then think about what you would say, even if I won't be able to read your mind!

Share 5 things about yourself that use the number 5 in them.
1. I work 5 days a week at school.
2. There are 5 in my family - 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
3. I was born in 1955. (Is that too much information?!!)
4. Our phone number ends in a 5.
5. I have 5 more continents to visit in my lifetime. (I think I better get going on that!)

So, that's something light and kind of fun to do for a change. Thanks for reading.

Oh, and on a side note - Bob's gone to Calgary to visit Helayna, Heather and Jonathan and to see Darrin and Kelsey before they leave for Hawaii tomorrow. (Insert sad face because I had to stay home and go to work.) But Naomi and I are going to go on the weekend, I hope. (Keep your fingers crossed and insert happy dance here!)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

After a busy day at school, we had 6 trick or treaters (including Meadow!) at our house tonight. My colleague, M., and I dressed up as ketchup and mustard (you can tell she's the creative one when it comes to costumes!). There were so many good costumes by staff and students - what creativity there is out there. We had an idea to go as chocolate bars next year - now to remember that idea!!

Meadow came as the little bear, courtesy of this sleeper costume that Kelsey gave her. It fit her perfectly and she looked so sweet! I have more pictures on the other card but that's a job for tomorrow.

Too bad it was so cold - minus 9 and a cold wind blowing - but the holiday spirit prevailed anyway. Hope you had fun with the kids in your life and that you captured some memorable images! Enjoy the leftover candy!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Winter's Arrived in Alberta

It started snowing on Friday night and it's pretty much turned into this snowy, cold nightmare! I was out last night and took over 2 hours to drive home from 115 km away. But I arrived home safely which is the most important thing. And I bought myself this gorgeous quilted Christmas wall hanging, which I will show you soon.

I knew you would want to see a few more pictures of the very sweet Helayna! These were taken when she was just 1 day old. Kelsey and Darrin went to visit her today and sent us some new pictures and she looks so much older already! How can they change in just 5 days??? Bob was going to have an apple and Jonathan encouraged him to pose with this picture so you would get an idea about the perspective of her size.

Daylight saving time ended - winter's here - Halloween is this week (tomorrow night's job is the costume details) - PD Day - it's going to be a full week.

Drive carefully, wherever you live!! I know I'll have to start out extra early tomorrow morning.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Let me introduce. . .

Helayna Lorraine Moll

born October 25, 2006
8:33 a.m.
at Foothills Medical Centre

6 lbs. 6 ozs.
19 inches long

She is just perfect!!
She loves to be stretching, have her hands up beside her face
and gets the hiccups regularly.
She has a strong sucking instinct and
nursing is going well for Mom and baby.
What a marvelous miracle we have in her.
May you always be surrounded by those who love you
and may your presence bring joy to those around you,
Little One!!

Thanks to Heather and Jonathan for sharing these images from the delivery room.
I'll share some more tomorrow - if you don't mind!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

We have a new .....

granddaughter!!!!!!!!!!!! Heather and Jonathan went to the hospital just after six this morning and their sweet new baby arrived at 8:33 a.m.. She weighed 6 lbs. 6 ozs. and has long dark hair. We are going to Calgary right after school so hopefully I will have a picture to post by tomorrow. She's come about 2 weeks early so we are surprised - mostly Heather is as she had big plans to do many things at home before baby came! Everyone is doing well but mom and dad are tired - already!! Oh, my - what a happy day!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pam & Curtis

Our very best wishes go to Pam and Curtis (Bob's nephew) as they begin married life. This makes grandchild #7 to be married in the Krueger family - 5 more to go!

Here's everyone from Bob's family that attended the wedding on Saturday. We are so lucky that all of us live within 5 hours of each other and we can get together on a regular basis. We shared lots of laughs and stories over supper!