Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Well my cell phone has been lost for two weeks. I searched the house from top to bottom and found nothing. Then it snowed here again (so much for taunting my sisters with pictures of my budding herb garden while they laungish under multiple feet of snow -not that Nyla would mind, she's in Hawaii) Anyway back to the story. On Sunday we went to church and as I reached into my coat pocket afterwards to see if I would have to spend ten minutes digging through my purse to find the keys that mysteriously sift to the bottom wether they've been in there for an hour or a minute or if I had put them in my pocket instead, I felt ....MY PHONE! Safe and sound and in my pocket because it too sifts to the bottom. Once I lost a set a keys in the spring and didn't find them till the next spring in the pocket of a seldom used raincoat. You'd think I'd learn....

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Yesterday I went to my son's classroom to volunteer and one of the little girls looked at me then ran to the teacher and asked "what special day is it?" appearently the kids associate me with holiday parties-I havn't made much of an appearence this year. LOL. so now I'm making Dr. Seuss posters for all three kindergarten classes. Should be fun.
Nyla called from Hawaii! She got to swim under a waterfall, which was on her to-do-list (who goes to Hawaii with a to-do-list? lol) Any way sounds like she's having fun, too much fun to post her pics here yet. she will.

The "tween" phonomenon

So I finally got myself an MP3 player yesterday (actually DH got it for me) thinking it waould be great for listening to tunes while I work out. I've started running stairs again (up the escarpment, a fabulous leg/butt workout when it's not -20) and thought some high energy music would help keep me going. Of course I made the mistake of letting my 8 year old daughter borrow it. No, she didn't break it, she has decided it's hers. She's 8 going on 18 and it scares the crap out of me to think I'm going to have to deal with boy issues in the way too near future. She has a better sense of style at 8 than I did before I was 30. In fact, it wasn't until I started shopping with her that I started wearing anything besides baggy t-shirts and jeans (usually my husband's). For Christmas she wanted a cellphone (which she DIDN'T get, and won't for a long time) and last week she used her allowance to buy stick-on nails, and asked Aunt Gayle (who is a hairdresser) to put a few highlights in her hair when she was touching up my greying roots. Of course she said yes, and they look gorgeous. It almost makes me relieved when she reverts back to acting like she's 2 when she's in a bad mood.(Almost) I'm not ready for her to grow up yet. Anyway, here are some photos I took of her when I was doing photography for a youth Valentines dance a couple weeks ago.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Crop for Kids

I had to share this, 'cause it's just too cool to be part of this incredible event. I've been asked to teach a couple of classes at the Toronto venue of Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids in October, and it was pretty neat to go to the site and see this: http://www.csc4k.com/toronto/index.php?p=teachers Wow, I have arrived. I love seeing my name up there with these talented ladies, can't wait to meet them.
The cross-Canada weekend event is to raise money for Children's Hospitals across Canada. I'm thankful for the opportunity to "give something Back" after our brother Edwin was treated at the Halifax Children's Hospital for meningitis as an infant. It was a scary time, and thankfully he recovered.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Introducing... the one, the only, ta DAAAAAA....

I'm Nancy, though most people I know well call me "Nan", a nickname my DH gave me when I was 14 and it just stuck. I am a SAHM of 4 fantastic kids, 3 boys and a "diva". I married my childhood sweetheart, my "one true love", and am enjoying living "happily ever after" in southern Ontario.
My passions are scrapbooking and cooking. I have a borderline obsessive love of paper and all things artsy, I've taught classes in scrapbooking, cardmaking, polymer clay, painting, and a handful of other crafty pusuits. I'm a gourmet chef wannabe, and I have a weakness for reality TV.
I've been meaning to get into the BLOG world for ages so I can share the monotonous and occasionally interesting details of my life with my family and friends, most of who live hundreds of miles away, and of course, any complete strangers who may come across this blog and find it of interest, Hey!!! Welcome to the insanity that is US.
I must of course add a disclaimer: We do not directly or indirectly blame any or all emotional baggage and residual trauma apparent in future or present posts on our childhood experiences, or our family who may have contributed to them, they already know it's all their fault we're crazy. (yeah mom, I mean that as a joke, really. Love ya! ;oD)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hi, I'm Nyla the youngest of the three of us. Actually there are six girls and four boys altogether, but its the three oldest, who have flown the Cooper nest, that are doing this blog. I'm not actually writing this because I'm in Hawaii for the next two weeks so my sister is going to introduce me and post a picture I'll really hate. I married my high school sweetheart nine years ago and we have three children; Ben 10yrs (don't do the math here), Madison 8yrs and Caleb 4yrs. I am a caregiver in a group home for physically disabled. I love to workout, scrapbook and stamp, and even though my husband the tech support guru for a major tire company and I have every computer device and super speed internet possible, I rarely get online or check my email (I'm not writing this, remember). My biggest phobia is that I will get fat, tired, and/or boring (no offense to anyone who willingly fits in any of those categories). Oh and I turn 30 in three weeks!

Just give me one childhood memory I don't need to repress.

Okay, we've talked about it forever, now here it is a place for us "Cooper" sisters to share our creative endeavers. I suppose introductions are in order: I'm Nicole (Nicki to my sisters). I married a (wonderful) American and am the only one in the family who lives in the States. I have five kids; Katie age 11, Max age 9, Lucybelle age 7, Luke age 5, and Miles age 20 months. I have a bachelors degree in Interior design but I'm a SAHM right now. My hubby of 13 years is a Police Planner. We take dance classes once a week and he always takes out the garbage. I love scrapbooking and most other crafts and spend any time I'm not doing SAHM stuff (and some I should be doing...) on messy projects usually including glue and paint. If I didn't love beautiful interiors so much I'd probably never do housework! Well that's me.