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Ian's 5th Birthday video

Saturday, April 21, 2012

For my friends who wanted to see this, I finally got on my computer and uploaded Ians 5th Birthday Party with the Star Wars theme. His dad dressed up as Darth Vader and Uncle Matt as Luke Skywalker.

Darth Vader coming in first was a little scary for a couple very small children there but after Luke came in and they turned the lights on all was well. In hindsight we should have had Luke come in first and prepare them for the coming of Ian Dad who is 6'4" coming in as Darth Vader.

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JUDITH316 10/5/2013 1:57AM

    I know I already commented on this post, I came here hoping to find a new one, just want you to know I miss your blogs and hope you will come back and share some more with us, hope you are well, take care my friend, bottom line, I'm here for you cheering you on your journey... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 9/18/2012 4:21AM

    What a fun Birthday party for Ian, I loved the photo's you shared, everyone looked like they were having a good time, great seeing all those smiling faces...Thanks for sharing the video and photo's...HUGS.. emoticon emoticon Ian...

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/1/2012 3:26AM

    How did I miss this? I loved the video. What a fun party. Funny, my bd is April 21st.

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SPIRIT42013 7/21/2012 11:58PM

    You should get favorite blog award! Thanks for the smiles! And here's a famous poem for your boy, Ian....

To A Child
by Christopher Morley

The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four* years old.

Still young enough to be a part
Of Nature's great impulsive heart,
Born comrade of bird, beast, and tree
And unselfconscious as the bee-

And yet with lovely reason skilled
Each day new paradise to build;
Elate explorer of each sense,
Without dismay, without pretense!

In your unstained transparent eyes
There is no conscience, no surprise:
Life's queer conundrums you accept,
Your strange divinity still kept.

And Life, that sets all things in rhyme,
may make you poet, too, in time-
But there were days, O tender elf,
When you were Poetry itself!

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JENNYBAKER247 6/21/2012 5:26AM

    WooHoo!!!! WHAT a wonderful party.
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STARWARSFAN2 5/5/2012 5:41PM

    That is the best birthday party I've every seen! The force truly was with you.

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HYATTI1 5/1/2012 12:57AM

    Oh what a cool birthday party for a 5 year old. I am sure it will go down in his memory books as being one of the best birthdays ever. I'm wondering who had the most fun Dad and Uncle Matt or Ian? Cute video!

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MNJONES2 4/24/2012 12:12PM

    Wow!! Looks like a fun time was had by all - Best wishes!

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GIVEUP30 4/24/2012 12:40AM

    What a wonderful memory. emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/23/2012 1:33AM

  So very cute. What great memories for your son.

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BOVEY63 4/22/2012 10:22AM

    What an awesome party!

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CMKARLS 4/22/2012 8:56AM

  How special - great memories!

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JUDITH316 4/22/2012 2:19AM

    A great 5th Birthday party for Ian, I'm sure he won't forget this special party, thanks for sharing...Blessings on the rest of your weekend! Hugs.. Happy 5th Birthday Ian...glad you enjoyed your day.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 4/22/2012 12:27AM

    That was wonderful and very memorable!!! God bless you!!!
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LOLAJO54 4/21/2012 8:57PM

    oh my gracious loved every second of it ..wish I had been there..

how great and so special for the little guy!!!

loved how you did the movie up .

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What did the Elf On The Shelf see this Christmas Eve?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

In our house the elf on the shelf has flown away to the North Pole to report to Santa of our 4year old grandson Ian's, good and bad behavior. Ian was so shocked to see Naughty at Papa and Grammie Susie's house. He had driven so far over the mountains and through the woods and into the desert lands where they live. There he was sitting way up on the chandelier above the table. Ian insisted he be held up closer to see if it truly was his elf Naughty, who he named and put a Christmas sticker on to check at home each day to see if it was truly him, when he found him in a new location other than he was in the day prior. His eyes grew wide and mouth dropped open as he realized it truly was his very own elf at Papa and Grammie Susie's house. "Is that so he can tell Santa where I am? That must be how Santa knows when kids are at their Papa and Grammas house!"

Christmas eve had arrived and as we were cleaning up the from our traditional curry dinner, which Majora Scott made Christmas Eve all the wonderful years we were lucky too have her in our lives, she is so dearly missed every holiday. Keith's mom, Majora and his sister Melanie both will be our guardian angels as we honor and miss them everyday, but especially the Holidays. There are no two hostesses like them. After the Thanksgiving feast my daughters put on this year, I am sure they are watching with great pleasure seeing what an amazing spread they put together. The table setting was so Martha/Rachel Ray....a little of the traditional and a little modern flair.

I digress, back to clearing the table after dinner. My son in law asked Ian if he thought they should check the radar and see where Santa was. Ian was so curious and asked; "Can we really see where he is?" Dad replied; "I think we can, let's get on the computer and look?". He found him and Ian grinned from ear to ear. He said; "Look mom he is real, he is right there in Detroit, he is in our United States". Ian then asked his dad to see where all he has been so far? Dad showed him and he had been everywhere. The United States was his last stop before heading back to the North Pole. Ian was so excited but suddenly had a very worried look on his face. He said; "but Naughty is still here, how will Santa know I have been a good boy? He looked up worried, but Naughty was gone!" He asked; "When did he leave?, did he get there in time?" All as he walked all around the table to get a good look from every angle.

He made his cookie, spreading frosting all over, then coverd it in red sprinkles because that is Santa's favorite color. He placed it where Santa would find it and insisted we all get to bed, even the dogs and the cat should hurry now.

Last but not least he insisted he had to see the North Star, so reluctantly we honered his serious and very sincere wish and made a quick trip into the cold, we hurried with him. He pointed up to the star, became very excited and said; "Happy birthday Jesus, go to sleep now, Santa is on his way and I think he comes to the North Star last before he goes home to the North Pole.

Children (my four year old grandson) say the darnedest things and if we listen we might learn something! He honestly comes up with these sometimes profound ideas for a four year old all on his own and like tonight leaves us speechless.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Ian's story, told by Grammie Susie.....

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JENNY712 3/1/2012 11:53AM

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/16/2012 9:53PM

    Kids say the cutest things, can't wait to be a gramma

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TXGRANDMA 12/30/2011 12:34PM

    So sweet, Susie! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for sharing!

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KADULAC 12/27/2011 4:53PM

    That is so precious.

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JANIEWWJD 12/25/2011 11:40PM

    Oh my goodness. That was the sweetest story. Thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!!!!
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HANNAH_CALM 12/25/2011 4:18PM

    Awww, that is so cute! He is really at a cute age, and your family is very inventive using the elf and the radar on the computer. Hope you're still having a very Merry Christmas!

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MARYELLEN301 12/25/2011 2:13PM

    How very sweet! Have a wonderful Christmas. Sounds like you're well on your way!

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CAROLJEAN64 12/25/2011 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful warming family experience with us.

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MADKAPKID 12/25/2011 12:47PM

    This is wonderful.....very sweet...thank you so much for sharing. Merry Merry Christmas, holiday hugz, Karen emoticon

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CMKARLS 12/25/2011 10:47AM

  The world through the eyes of children is definitely a blesses place.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/25/2011 9:51AM

    Very sweet. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

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LOLAJO54 12/25/2011 6:25AM

    very nice
love your spin
Ian is one lucky little boy to have a great Grammie like you

Thank you Sue for your fellowship ..your tales ... and your strength
I do feel it everytime I read your posts or blogs..

Have a very Merry Christmas

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PSKIPPY7811 12/25/2011 6:13AM

    That's too cute!

Merry Christmas!

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I am putting this photo on my Motivational Poster!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

----------Motivation When You NEED it!-------------

And what's your reason for living a life of excuses again? We are all just one decision, one voluntary choice, away from our journey to success.

You need it... come get you some!
By: Bob Garon

I found this picture on facebook and it really inspired me to get in the best shape I can, even in my wheelchair.... When I was paralyzed falling from a fire engine on the job and in the hospital for four months I vowed if I could not leave the hospital walking that I was coming out hell on wheels. I wish I had this picture for inspiration then. It is my new motivation now on my spark journey!!

..........Safety Sue..........




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My first outing from the hospital with my family after two months in a tiny corner of a room with three patients. The window was to high to see outside even. This was a great day to get out into the fresh air with my family and start my new life!

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JUDITH316 10/5/2013 2:01AM

    This is quite the motivating post, that guy is strong, and you my friend are strong and quite an inspiration to me and to all who know you and visit your spark page...I stand with you cheering you on your journey... emoticon Together.... emoticon

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LOLAJO54 9/19/2012 7:49AM

    This caught my eye... wow I would say this man is pretty darn strong...

very motivating .. for sure ..

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JUDITH316 9/18/2012 4:27AM

    Thanks for sharing, wow, that guy is sure strong, as a matter of fact that's what I see in you, a very strong woman in character and one who is extremely motivated in all that you do, keep up the great work, you are doing a good job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAIREXERCISE 5/19/2012 11:56PM

    You're doing all the right things Sue and perhaps you won't be doing wheelchair handstands any time soon, but you will become fitter and more independent!

Take care

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JAZZID 1/16/2012 3:47AM

    ... so inspiring... I love it!... thanks for sharing this blog and your story. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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DEC2DEC 1/6/2012 4:03PM

    Okay, you just brought me to tears. Seriously, the next time I complain about something, I'm going to think about you and SHUT UP. Because you show what it really means to overcome.

I can't wait to see your handstand!

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/6/2012 1:26PM

    What a great blog. I'll pass this on! emoticon

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GLC2009 1/4/2012 4:13AM

    holy crap, what some people can do. i couldn't do a handstand...ever!! even when i was a skinny kid in elementary school and they were teaching us gymnastics. emoticon emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 12/22/2011 2:29AM

    Wow, that picture was awesome and you are awesome!!!!
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PAULAAUTUMN 11/8/2011 9:25AM

    emoticon you are amazing your story puts things in perspective

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SUSAN134 10/25/2011 11:18AM

    The pic of the young fella is very motivational and reading your story is also!. You are amazing in what you have gone through and what you are accomplishing. Thank you

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DGFOWLER 10/24/2011 5:46AM

    Just when you think you have seen and done it all someone else comes along that is worse off than you are. It is motivating to see someone who has come out of the depths of despair and makes it back on top. Great story. Keep on, keeping on!!!! Donna

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GRANPATTIE 10/19/2011 11:22PM

    Sue...thanks so much for posting this blog. I think you gave motivation to LOTS of Sparkers! Wow!


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TXGRANDMA 10/19/2011 8:26PM

    You GO, Sue! emoticon

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NEVERORNOW 10/19/2011 3:32PM

    Awesome blog!! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/19/2011 2:55PM

    You have come so far in your journey and you can do anything you set your mind to do. Motivation is where we find it and you are a great motivator for everyone to follow.
Such drive a dedication and a desire to be healthy is one of the wonderful things I like about you my friend.
You can do anything. Sandy

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WINTERRAIN 10/19/2011 12:34PM

    Great blog! Just what I needed thank you!

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JILL313 10/19/2011 11:21AM

    So Inspiring both you and the young man in the picture. There is no excuse for me even if I do have to use a walker to get around. Have a great day and I really admire both of you.



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LAURELSPARK 10/19/2011 8:22AM

    Your blog kind of puts things in perspective. I need to stop my complaining and stop being such a wimp.

Have a wonderful day!!

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EDWINA172 10/19/2011 5:26AM

    Thanks for posting this. I am happy that it motivated you.

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ALLBW2U 10/18/2011 11:50PM

    That picture should kick everyone of us in the "bottom." It certainly makes me wonder why I "can't" do some things. Maybe some things are not possible today....but with consistency, motivation and desire....the sky is the limit tomorrow!!

Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Best wishes always....Bill

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GIVEUP30 10/18/2011 9:04PM

    emoticon emoticonI don't give these often but just had too this is super emoticon

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MJ7DM33 10/18/2011 5:22PM

  WOW! Great motivation! emoticon

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LOLAJO54 10/18/2011 3:52PM

    oh my yes.. a great day for your family and you!

Everyone looked happy
seeing the pictures makes me realize how young not only you were but your girls and your wonderful hubby..


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DISP715 10/18/2011 3:28PM

    Yes, we can all get motivation from that photo. Regardless of what life throws us, we can always be the best we can be. Hugs girlfriend!

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MADKAPKID 10/18/2011 3:26PM

    OH MY....that picture blew me away. STUNNING...AMAZING...and awesome for any of us to use for motivation. NOTHING can stop up from achieving...but ourselves. THANK YOU SO much for sharing this. IT was JUST wht I need today. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 10/18/2011 3:21PM

    Wow - what a heck of a motivation! Thanks for sharing!!!

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LOLAJO54 10/18/2011 3:12PM


that guy must be in really really good shape wow!!!


I believe in you
Do you believe in YOU?

hugs Jo

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2011 3:04PM

    I've been thinking about you, and then popped up this blog. Unreal! Thanks for sharing.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

If You're Proud To Be An American Wave
This Flag In Honor Of The Fallen Men
And Women Who Served Our Country
And For Those Who Are Still Fighting
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LUCYCT001 7/11/2011 8:49AM

    I'm not an American, but I'm proud to know so many lovely americans!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/7/2011 2:03PM

    Have been thinking of you and want to send a hug your way.

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    Love your blog and I am proud to be an American emoticon

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OUTOFIDEAS 7/2/2011 5:58PM

    Amen...and thank you! Have a great 4th!

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HANNAH_CALM 7/2/2011 3:03PM

    Happy 4th of July!

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FATSKINNYGIRL 7/2/2011 10:38AM

    Happy 4th of July!


*Thank you too all women and men who have fought for our rights at home and abroad!*

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LOLAJO54 7/2/2011 9:57AM

    Happy Independence Day Sue


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FERRETLOVER1 7/2/2011 7:30AM

    I am proud to be an American and I love your blog pictures & background, too!!

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MRE1956 7/2/2011 7:15AM

    Nice pics.....


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MADKAPKID 7/2/2011 6:33AM

    I am proud to be an American! Have a happy holiday weekend. Celebrate the country's birthday in style....Karen emoticon

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BOBKATJEFF 7/2/2011 6:04AM

  A proud American to the bone!

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Saturday, July 02, 2011



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JUDITH316 11/4/2011 3:57AM

    Great blog post, I missed this one, I agree about Whistler, what a beautiful place for your daughter to get married..Not sure f you know but I am from Vancouver, BC actually I live outside of Vancouver and have been to Whistler a few times, it's beautiful country... God's Blessings... emoticon emoticon

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CMKARLS 7/3/2011 6:33AM

  Enjoy your celebrations!

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