Monday, February 28, 2011

Enjoy the Moment

I don't know about you but for me each day ends up feeling like whirl wind storm,  I wake up go to work, there I run from one patient to the next with a million things to do then I come home and I have another million things to do and I don't even have kids!!! The days turn in to weeks the weeks into months faster then ever before. Its enough to make your head spin!

Yet over the past few weeks I feel I have been given a lesson or two in the important to enjoy the moment. In the mornings  I work at one of the hospitals here in Calgary. I work in the rehabilitation department, and I mainly work with the geriatric population, which is quite new to me. For the last three years I had been working with children who were diagnosed with autism. There are things and topics that I now have to think about every time I see a patient that I never had to think about such things when working with children. One such topic is the fact that they might die. Now I realise that this may sound a little obvious for death is part of the whole “Circle of Life” thing. But this is the first time for me that I have had a patient who I was working with die. (there has been four in the past 2 weeks) it really has made me reflect on my life and really appreciate my healthy, my husband and just my life. I really do have it pretty good. (I think that must of us do.) 

Today I was working with a man who was telling me that in his day he use to be quite an athlete. He could do this and he could do that. And then one day he got old, and today he could hardly walk 30 meters before he needed to sit down because he was out of breath. He told me to enjoy my life, enjoy my husband, enjoy my kids (when I have them) and  don't fight. Life is too short. I have heard that some many times before and yet it really hit home today. 

This is a lesson I never want to forget. I always want to remember that you never know whats going to happen from one day to the next. Just because you are walking today doesn't mean you'll walk tomorrow. So enjoy the moment every one, for they are all special and mean so much. 

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present'."
Eleanor Roosevelt

                                                    Things I Need to Always Enjoy
My Favorite Fur Ball

My Wonderful Parent
Two Great Brothers

The Man of My Life

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Date Night Wednesday, He Said She Said

This past Tuesday as we were waiting for the Doctor  to repair Mike's hand, we had the chance to talk about a few diffierent things. One subject that I brought up was having an official date night. I wasn't really looking for anything fancy, I just wanted some good old fashion quality time together. Mike agreed that we could do that, and we both decided that Wednesday evening would be the best for us. So the next question was who was going to plan the first date. Mike had a quick answer for this, as he put it it was my idea.Fair enough. The next day I turn to my true and fast friend, Google, and after looking at pages and pages of date ideas I finally decided...... but when I went to Wal-Mart I saw something better and decided we would do that instead. 

The Location : Our House               The Activity : Dominoes

SHE SAID;________________________________________________________________________

 I was feel pretty proud of myself that I came up with such a great idea, it was perfect! Because Mike could easily participate  with only one functional  hand. I also thought that this was a good way to show him that I wasn't expecting to go out every Wednesday. And what I thought was the best part is that we both didn't really know how to play  so I thought it would be fun to do something new together.  Now when I told him that what we were going to be doing that evening he didn't jump for joy but he didn't roll his eyes either, I took that as a good sign. I was pretty excited about our little date. One cause I Love My Husband and Love spending time with him. And two cause when I last played dominoes I remember really enjoying it. So I was looking forward to relearning the game. Taking off the the packaging was a real kill joy for me (there was way too much plastic wrap) but it did give Mike a chances to read over the 20 ways one could play dominoes. I did not know that there was that many ways to play dominoes! Mike thought we should give the "Super Dominoes" a shot. Now I could give you a play by play break down but really all you need to know is that I won!!! In fact I would go so far as to say I kicked his trash. At that point he thought he would do better playing it a different way, he was wrong. We didn't play for too long maybe 30 minutes or so, but I didn't want to play too long for fear that Mike would get bored. For the record he didn't seem to get bored. Over all I think it went really well. We smiled, we laughed, we cried (that was just Mike cause he lost so bad) It was wonderful marriage bliss.

HE SAID;_________________________________________________________________________

I was a bit apprehensive when Elva told me we would be playing dominoes for our date night. It had been a long time since I last played. That was probably because I thought it was a way for poor people to entertain themselves. Nevertheless, I gave it a go, and it wasn't that bad. I think it may have been due to the fact we only played for 20 minutes or so, but mostly because I could see that Elva was enjoying spending meaningful/quality time with me and that is the point in a date night. I also enjoyed spending time with my wife and I look forward to our other date nights. I am glad though that we take it in turns to pick what we do!

Mike loving every minute
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentines and a Bit of Blood Shed.

So today is a two stories for the price of one blog entry sort of deal.

The first is one of love and romance, it starts long ago during the time of the Roman Empire, every February a festival was held. The Lupercian Festival was held in honor of the God of Fertility and during the festivities young manly men would go choose their mate. A wedding would shortly follow, but when Claudius became Emperor he changed all of that. Fearing that men would refuse their duty to fight because they would not want to leave their wives behind, he outlawed all marriages. This did not stop the young lovers. Catholic Bishop Valentine, who understanding love began performing secret marriages. When Claudius found out, he was outraged. He arrested the Bishop and then sentenced him to death. While waiting in jail, Valentine began exchanging letters with the jailer's daughter and soon fell in love with her. The day he was to be beheaded, he wrote her one last note and signed it: "˜From Your Valentine'.  Sigh, how romantic…….. 

(Side note if this is historically incorrect I blame Google)

Over the years Valentine’s Day has grown and changed but always filled with love. Which brings us to Mike and I, we in years past have not really done anything special for this day of love. We both were not really in to it, as Mike puts it “I don’t need a day to show you I love you” But this year I wanted it to be different and join the celebration for the day of lovers. I told Mike that this year I wanted cheese and romance because it was our first V-Day as a married couple. So for us we went all out…… key words “for us”.

I being my Mother’s daughter 
thought of something wonderfully cheesy. With hundreds of chocolate kisses I expressed my Love. 

Mike, knowing my heart’s desire wrote a delightfully sweet card and gave me a book that I have been craving.

After all the the mushy-ness  a feast was enjoyed by all.

Loving Every Bite
Yes I watch "Cake Boss"

Thus ends the Sweet and Romantic Story.

Story #2

 This one starts with a loving and devoted husband graciously following the request of a stressed out wife to do the dishes…… this is when the story takes a bloody turn. Trying to be thorough my darling husband reaches down to get the very bottom of the glass. Suddenly there was an explosion!!! Glass flew everywhere and blood gushed.  I had to cancel my plans to go out that evening as my injured man needed to go to the hospital. All though you will note that there was still enough time and blood in his veins to take a few pictures

What Caused all the Damage
Putting on a Brave Face for me

9 Stitches in Total
 My brave manly man survived this ordeal, but has come away vowing Never to do dishes again.
…….. I think one of Mike’s friends said it best when she said “It looks like you need some more practice.”

So Brave.

"Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without. "
"James C.Dobson"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For the Love of Lacrosse

     I know that a big chunk of Canadians LOVE their hockey, but I think if they went to a Lacrosse game they might come away with a new favorite sport. 
       The whole atmosphere is different when you go to a Lacrosse game. One thing you notice straight a way is the fact that they play music the whole time. It’s great; it gets everyone really fired up! Then there is the sport announcer. I love him. He says the things you want to say….well maybe in a bit more family friendly way then you may say. Let me give you an example, if a player from the opposing team gets a penalty he may say “Sit Down and Shout Up” Hilarious. Let be honest what makes it even better is the fact that there is a whole bunch of wonderful little things sayings. And the entire audience knows them and will say them along with him. It really is great; hockey has no idea what it’s missing.

From years past. Enjoying a Favorite Treat at a Lacrosse Game
The most amazing thing is that I haven’t even started talking about the game its self yet! Now don’t get me wrong I’m a Canadian girl through and through and I love my hockey. I have even driven through a blizzard to go to a hockey game (true story almost died). But I must say Lacrosse has a faster pace and there seem to be way more goals. Take this last game the end score was 12 – 11 for Calgary. It was a game that kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
See the Joy in his Face

Now Mike and I are new to this game and we may or may not have needed to ask the people behind us what the heck was going but never the least we enjoyed our self’s completely. 

Mike got his pay back from my little water polo incident….. Meet the Drill Crew. 
As Mike stated “That is some good, clean, family fun” (and yes he was quoting Dodgeball)

"I thought lacrosse was what you find in la church."  ~Robin Williams, 1982