Saturday, February 26, 2011


Life has been super busy since late January, and between both that and the fact that I have been wiped out by that darned nasty cold that's been floating around, I have completely neglected my blog again.

We had a bittersweet time around the end of January. My brother and sister in law graduated from the Education program on the 28 and were one of a handful of students fortunate enough to get jobs quickly. That was the sweet part. The bitter part is these jobs are out of town - out of province, in fact - so they've had to move away. Right now we're hoping the move will be temporary, as both of their positions are maternity leave contracts. But we shall see. I am trusting that their future is in God's hands. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that this statement is, in and of itself, a big change. 

 Very proud of my sister in law, who got an scholarship for displaying excellence in teaching throughout the program. It was much deserved; although both she my bro are very talented, and their students will be lucky to have them, L. is something special. 

It was quite a whirlwind weekend; the grad was Friday, Saturday we had a family dinner to celebrate, Sunday they packed, and Monday they were on the road. We had some great Chinese food - best I think I've ever had. I was so busy eating it I forgot to take a picture of the spread. I got the desserts though. Of course, we couldn't have just a cake... oh no.. not us Eastern Europeans. Reason #65,28l,971,534 I love my family. My mother is hilarious.

The other reason being that they humor me when necessary. At the wedding, there is one picture I really, really wanted that we didn't get... one of both sets of parents, siblings and the bride/groom. I don't know why we didn't think of it... we just missed it.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.. L. did cut the cake twice. The first was for the two of them, to celebrate their grad, and then  it suddenly dawned on my Mom that, 'Hey, they won't be here for L's birthday! We have to sing!" Did I mention that my mother is hilarious? LOL.

 You have to understand that we HATE singing in our family. Ok, some of us (aka. me) do, and some others (aka my brother) act silly to egg on those individuals We really do love each other.... it's just our banter. I am known to be a typical, intense, slightly high strung oldest child. My brother is Mr. Easygoing. Oh, the joys of being the baby in the family.

So when L. was like, 'No, really, we don't have to...' I think she may have meant it. ;) But she's a good sport.

And now, finally, a card. This is the card I gave J&L with their going away gift. It is literally a COMPLETE lift of something I got in a a swap.And I mean that literally; I think the colours are even the same. Right down to the colours. I may have used a different stamp for my hearts, but that is it. And while the original card had a tag in it, I left my pocket open. Originally I had intended to put money or a gift certificate in it, and in the end I didn't. I found an idea for a 'New Teacher's Survival Guide" instead.

With the hearts, I inked them with a marker, direct to rubber, first with one colour and then with the other and randomly stamped.

Card details:
Cardstock: SU! Pumpkin Pie, Bordering Blue (I think), Night of Navy
Stamps: Stampin Up (Alphabet Soup); Fontwerks (unknown)
Ink: :Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy
Misc: ribbon -  Stampin' Up; brads Making Memories


BluHaven said...

You have a lovely family and congrats to your brother and SIL! I'm sorry they had to move away though, seems you are very close.

The Mama Monkey said...

Wow, I was tired just reading that! Your family sounds like a riot! Lifted or not, that card was awesome!

Becky said...

What a lovely family! Wonderful pictures and wonderful card.

Heather B said...

Sounds like a great time!