Hi Everyone.  Voting is back up in the pillsbury Baking Challenge here in Canada.



My goal is to get to the finals.  Any prizes won, I will be donating to some very worthwhile Charities.  Habitat for Humanity, a local Abused Women's shelter, and our local food bank.



Help me get to the finals and rate my recipe 5 stars.  I'm the Simply Sinful Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie.

http://www.bakingchallenge.ca/recipes/82161242af/

You can vote everyday and up to 10 times per IP to allow multiple users from your IP to vote. (exit the browser between votes). 

Help me help these wonderful charities!!!!  Please Tweet the link, facebook link anything to help me boost my ratings!!  Thanks everyone
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
Hi all.  Given I'm freakishly obsessed with all things baking/cooking, I was invited to participate in a baking challenge.


My recipe is called Simply Sinful Cheesy Chicken Pot pie.  It's an amazing recipe actually and has become a family favorite.


Hoping my peeps here will please visit http://www.bakingchallenge.ca/recipes/82161242af/  and rate my recipe.  Help Marnie win a kitchen of new appliances, a cleaning service for a year (drool worthy), and free groceries.

You can vote every day until the end of December.  Right now I'm in the top three. 

WOOHOOOO
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
How's that for a long title!! It's been a rough week here in Marnieland. Little guy has contracted H1N1. Beginning of the week it was unclear whether it was seasonal flu or the "other". By this morning it's pretty clear which one he has. This thing is NASTY. normal to 105 fever in 3 hours. Going on day 5 of fever less a 24 hour stint of lower temp (102). Had him in the ER this morning to make sure his lungs were clear still. They are still clear. If his breathing changes or his fever is still there on Monday we are to bring him back or to our family doc. We had a halloween party planned. The two younger ones were going to have their classmates over for a creepy cupcake and scary movie party. I had it all planned. Creepy cupcakes, a Cauldron cake all made in my head. I was going to get the kids to decorate the cupcakes and some halloween crafts. Cancelled!! The kids were disappointed but understanding. Obviously the little guy could not go out tonight for Halloween so his big brother and sister collected on his behalf...yup...quite the haul. I managed to get a pumpkin carved through all of this today. Cassy picked out the design. Here are pics of my little bumble bee, my zombie, (no pick of the little guy or the oldest who is at his first "late night" party...he is to be home by 1:30 am or I will kick his ass.)


The Pumpkin




The Bumble Bee 
Photobucket



The Zombie





The Haul


 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
The kids always seem to book things in clumps.  Cam booked the ad below back in September and then followed that with another booking this past weekend for an antidrug ad.
That shoot was brutal.  It was a night shoot and let me tell you....the body ain't what it used to be.  3:30 am mornings and me don't mix too well anymore but I think I've finally got up on my sleep.  He had a blast and I'll post that one when it is out.
In the meantime, here is Cam's latest that went to air.  I doubt anyone is going to complain about this one to have it banned like Alex's last one.  (well, maybe Peta will take some offence to having sheep, who knows anymore...LOL)



 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
UGH!!!  Apparantly people have complained to Mr. Sub about the commercial in the post below.  It would be interesting to see if the complaints came from Canada where it was to air, or south of the border.  No offense to my friends here but Americans get offended about everything.

Adverts in the US are so sacchrine it's creepy.  Mr. Sub is busy removing the commercial from it's official ad sites.  It's gone viral now (which was the intent) so I'm not sure how they plan on pulling it from every corner of the interweb.   I googled and it's all over the place.   I have no idea how this affects the lad's pay.  I'll have to call the union today to figure that out.

The way I see it...We in Canada tend to be self depreciating.  It comes out in our sense of humour and we are always laughing at ourselves.   I honestly don't see the big deal of this ad.  Is it base?  Yes, but that was sort of the point.  The other ads in the series (grooms dad making out with the bride, freaky fetish husband getting whacked on the head from wife) are also tasteless but again, that was the point.

I dunno.  One side of me is disappointed, the other side of me is laughing my ass off that he can now claim he was "banned".  Nothing like controversy to increase awareness of an ad, and that has certainly succeeded.
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
Been crazy busy round here all.  Alex is having a banner week.  His Commercial (below) went live on Monday.  His appearance on CBC is tonight at 8pm and we are excited to see him for his 10 seconds..LOL.  He also won an academic history award at school so YAY Alex James.

Cameron is filming tomorrow, and has finally broken into the union.  All kids are now ACTRA and we are thrilled for them.

Here is Al's latest commercial.  Not exactly what one would expect from a Mr. Sub commercial. 


 

 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
I'll just post a quickie here today.  Lots of activity the last week here in the Froro world.  Alex our oldest booked another role.  Sweet part of this was NO audition.  Straight booking.

He will be in the opening montage of a new series playing here in Canadaland.  He portrays the teen version of the lead actor during the opening credits.  While not a big part, he had blast filming in greenscreen for the first time.  Was thrown back to the 70's and dressed in polyester heaven.  Complete with baby poo brown cordouroy trousers.

If they happen to need him for flashback scenes during the season they will call him in. 

Our little sweetheart Cassy was put on tape for a lead role casting out of LA so we'll see what happens there (never get our hopes up for those but what the heck, it's good practise and exposure for her). 

Travelled up north on Sunday night, served eviction notices and hearing papers to my tenants who somehow think the 6-12th of the month is the same as the first of the month to pay their rent.  My patience is over.
Drove back home Monday morning with Cam who spent the summer with my parents at the cottage.  Happy to have him home, and happy to have the company on the trip.  Considering I was turning green on the 5 hour drive home from stomach flu. (too bad he's not the one with his learners permit for driving). 

Did manage to get home safe and sound though.  I'm sick, and kind of grumpy but muddling through.  I worked with Cassy on another script that she learned while I was away preparing for a voice over audition today.

It was all I could do to get down there today.  I still feel horrific and the bathroom and I are very well acquainted.  Anyhow.  got there, only to realize that in my feverish state I misread the date.  Her audition isn't until NEXT tuesday.  How stupid could I be.  I ended up commuting two hours for nothing!!  grrr.  No one to blame but myself though sadly.. 

Now that I'm back home my darlin Alex has taken pity on his mother and is making dinner for everyone so I can stay horizontal on the sofa.

For your amusement.  Some shots of Alex on set at CBC Saturday.  (Steve took the little ones up the CN tower while we were at the studio..big fun for them)


deep in thought in his dressing room.  We had a real bathroom and shower and everything.  No portable toilet in a trailer for this one!!  woohoo...must be movin up. LOL
The Lad reading part of the contract

Stayin Alive, Stayin alive


Getting pretty



Cruising along the Treadmill, looking hip, looking cool, boppin his head to the disco beat.


Hair straightened and freckles added.
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
Just wanted to let you all know I can't respond to any comments at the moment.  I keep getting error messages.  I've let Ted know so hopefully I can be back up to full funcitionality again.

Rosie....that's funny looking up Cass on IMDB.  (she's on there, just not for that movie!!  LOL)

She has just auditioned for a new Smurf movie though, and is trying out for some voiceover stuff next week.

Al just finished shooting again today.  He will be in the opening theme sequence to a new series here (playing the lead as a teen). 

I'll message you his episdoe of Disney's Aaron Stone you should check it out.  He's only on a few times but YAY anyway.

I need to go check all my blog posts now to see which ones are private/friends only vs. the world.  Don't need my unedited life out there for the world to see huh?
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
Hi All. Wanted to give a quick update on our lives. First off. Thanks all for the birthday wishes. Feeling 40 and fabulous these days. Our oldest Alex just finished filming a "Mr. Sub" commercial that will be going to air in Sept. Pretty excited about that. He's been getting called in for bigger and better roles lately. A couple of films, and series. Hasn't booked any of them but he's feeling good about his auditions. The young ones are just back from a trip up north. Cass played with kangaroos and was riding horses all week up at my brothers farm, and Liam spent his time catching fish at the cottage. To hear him speak he got the "world record" for sizes of fish caught. They both had fun. Cam is still at the cottage and enjoying his time alone with his grandparents and their many guest at the B & B. Life is carrying on as normal. A big uptick in auditions lately so hopefully for them it means the business is picking up. I'm getting used to fluttering downtown again on a regular basis after the year long drought of auditions. Still feeling great. Looking at going back to school to either upgrade my degree or do a complete flip of career goals. Not sure. After being home the better part of 20 years it's a big decision but we'll see where the cards fall. That's it!!
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
Hi guys.  I've been really busy as of late.  Dealing with tenant issues, end of school year, dance recitals and as luck would have it...the kids have been really busy with auditions again!!!  YAY.  I've also been working hard on my two blogs...mostly the recipe one.  I'm hoping to publish a recipe book at some point so working away there.

Anyhow.  Today was my little man's birthday. He loves MarioKart so I took on my most ambitious project yet.  It took me pretty much all afternoon/evening to start and finish it but worth it.  I'll post a progression over in my recipe blog but here is the finished product.  All ready for his party tomorrow now.

MarioKart Cake
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
This month really has been an interesting one. I have many aquaintances, but not many I'd truly call my friend. If you are my friend? I will go to the ends of the Earth to help you if I can. I think the scars of childhood bullying and betrayal had and still lead me to hold back in real life. Never let anyone get too close, never let your guard down, someone will just stomp on you if you do. It's never held me back from having alot of casual friends though, and I'm very outgoing, gregarious I suppose, and pretty much I will help anyone who asks.  I think though one of the reasons I sought out communication online was it was anonymous.  I could just be me and if someone didn't like what they saw...don't talk to me.   I think my internet friendships have helped me become more confident with real life friendships and really be me.


There are a few things I have decided to do this year. As part of taking care of me year, I'm investing time in past friendships. Friends who I cherish and due to kids, works, life in general have not seen. Funny thing is. Those friends who are truly your friends...are always there. The last year I've had the pleasure of getting together with friends from highschool, childhood, and university and it's as if no time has passed. We are all a little older, some of us a little rounder, all have had full lives but it's like we were together yesterday. Facebook...whilst I hate the new format, has brought so many of my old friends back together again. Thanks for that Facebook. I have a love hate relationship with facebook but that is one of it's better uses.

Friendships as we get older take on a whole new meaning and as I reflect on my dearest friends I know that even though we may be in different stages of our lives, the support and knowledge that someone has your back, no matter what becomes even more important.

Once the kids leave this house what will I do? Always a fear for a stay at home mom. It's not like the Urban planning world will welcome a 50 year old woman as a "junior". (GAWD...I'm going to be 50 in ten years...whaaaa). It is time to foster those friendships again, and start some new ones.

It's funny how friendships change. I have a girlfriend who is very dear to me. Lets call her...Nabob (like the coffee). We were thick as theives in University. She was one of my best friends through school. I wouldn't say she was my best friend but certainly one of them indeed. She stood for me at my wedding, went into heart failure I think when I told her I was pregnant, but was very happy for me. We had a really big fight at some point and you know what?? I dont' even remember what it was about. I missed her for several years. I really missed her. My brother passed away and I wanted to call her so badly but was afraid to for fear of further hurt. How silly we are when we are young.

Several years later I was at a trade show showcasing my business and who walks by my booth? Nabob. She looked in, I looked out...I swear to almighty I became a five year old girl. I started bawling my eyes out. I literally dropped everything, ran over and hugged that girl as if I was clinging to life. All was forgiven in that moment...on both sides. It's funny how someone can re-enter your life exactly in that moment when you need them to. I was still suffering the loss of my brother, was overwhelmed with the new business, and really needed a friend.

We spent time getting reaquainted but it was so wonderful to have her back in my life. We were at very different stages. She was newly engaged and working full time in our field. I was starting a business, had two kids at home (and one apparantly on the way), and married for some time. It didn't matter, earlier it may have, but not now. I helped her with the planning of her wedding and proudly walked down that aisle with her. Me, 8 months pregnant, looking like Barney the dinosaur but I was so thrilled and proud to be part of it.

Nabob just had a second child and is busy with her life now. I get it and understand. We talk occasionally, send emails, but while we don't see each other often that bond is there and I love her. She is someone who will be there as we all grow old together and I couldnt' be happier.

Recently my childhood best friend temporarily moved near us for a contract. I can not begin to tell you how much fun it has been having her back in my life for more than a quick visit when I'm up north. We spent the day together a few weeks back golfing and I swear, I haven't laughed that hard in years. (okay..yes..our golfing was awful but that's not what we were laughing at). My husband told me he left us alone in the kitchen chatting and was so thrilled to hear the joy, laughter and love that he could hear in our voices. This is probably one of my oldest friends. Been buds since we were about 5. Spent every summer together, every day, and then went back to real life in the fall. She is so dear to me and I'm thrilled she is close by even for a little while.

Other friends over the years come and go. Scars from childhood run deep and it's hard to let go of a friendship for me, or when things go sour I tend to blame myself. I think I've stopped that now. I've worked hard at it. My husband has helped in that regard pulling down those thick castle walls I had built around myself for many many years. It hasn't been easy but it's there. I have another friend who I do miss though. She WAS my best friend in the world, through University and beyond. She held me and was with me when my brother died in the prime of his life. She was part of my family. We went on vacations together, celebrated our achievements together...she was my sister (or the closest thing I could have to one...or so I thought).

One day she just disappeared. We had just moved into our first house, she had just gotten a promotion and POOF...she was gone. Her apartment cleared out, phone numbers disconnected, she was gone. I was beside myself with worry and also deeply hurt. 10 years of friendship had just dissappeared without a trace. No one had heard from her. I will admit I was still in rough shape from the death of my brother but was starting to move on. I questioned whether I had been too needy, too depressing etc. It haunted me. I thought hard and deep and realized that perhaps, just perhaps I was too close to her. All those walls I had built up around myself were still there around her. I was the closest thing she had to a real relationship in her life to that point.

A few months had passed and my husband was in critical condition in the hospital. It was very scary and we were close to losing him. I had no one to turn to. Nabob and I hadn't spoken in several years, my family was around but far away. I had two little boys, a new house and a husband in ICU. I needed a friend. I knew where she worked and by then knew she was actually alive and called her. I got a stunned voice on the other end of the line telling me she'd call back. She never did. I've not spoken to her since sadly.

After agonizing over the loss of the friendship that meant so much to me for a very long time I can still look back fondly on it. I miss her. I really do but she needs to do what she needs to do to make her happy. I think if I were to see her on the street someday I'd probably give her a smack on the side of the head but I would forgive her. I wish her well in her life and hope she is happy. I don't think she disappeared to be cruel, I think she did it because she needed to. Whatever the reasons, I can speculate til the cows come home, I would forgive her and welcome her back into our lives if she chose to be part of it. I think of her still and hope she has found what she is looking for.

I had been hit with a double whammy. I lost my brother, and I lost my best friend. I had resigned myself to not letting anyone get close again then Nabob walked by my booth. Sometimes we get these little gifts in life and we treasure them.

To those friends of mine who know and accept me for who I am, idiocyncracies and all, I cherish you. We may not always be on the same page but we are all in the same book.

I'm a little nostalgic today.
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com

Whilst some of you know, many do not, I temporarily lived in England before my oldest was born.  I had visited several times in my teens as well.  Everytime I step off the plane in London I feel like I'm home.   I feel so connected to Wales courtesy of stories from my beloved Grandfather of his youth.  

One of my most favorite things in the world is teatime.  Wafer thin cucumber sandwiches, tea and scones with cream and jam.  Oh be still my heart.

The last time I had a traditional tea time snack was one evening staying at the Four Seasons hotel.  I pampered myself, ordered traditional teatime fair, and a fabulous bottle of french wine.  I indulged in the luxury of the room and savoured the flavours of my memories.   I have yet to have found imported devon cream anywhere except one shop very very far away.

Saturday????  I FOUND IT!!!  Our local grocer has started to import it.  Bless his heart.  Here I was calculating how much I could save if I bought no name vs brand name, penny pinching my normal modus operandi in the grocery store and there it was!!!!  SCREW the budget...I was getting my real, Devon Double Cream....:heart:   I have been making "mock" devon cream for several years now...it just doesn't compare.

Today I made some scrumptous buttermilk scones, put a little dollop of cream on and some strawberry jam.  I went out to my backyard in the shining sun and pretended I was in my favorite park in Bath and just enjoyed both the flavours and the memories as they came through me.  Silly sometimes what makes us feel good.  It's been 6 years since I've been back to England and am now yearning to return.  The boys want to return, and Cassy and Liam have never been.  I think it's time to start checking how many airline points we have and what we need to plan a big family jaunt back to England.  I'm aching to see my family there, and I want to bring the kids to Oxford this time, show them where I lived, went to school etc.

Add to the excitement today....and this is rather sad but still valid.  My husband has to travel to Dallas for a few days.  I'm almost giddy.  It's been nearly 3 years since he switched jobs and went from travelling full time to being home all the time.  While I hated him travelling all the time I'm a little giddy here that he's going away for a few days.  Bad I know but hey....the kids and I are already planning our favorite "daddy hates" foods so we can eat away,  be goofballs, and play mariokart together!! 

 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com

As we know I like to make cakes.  Given we don't do the big birthday party thing for the kids they do get really cool cakes.  This year we made a purse cake for Cassy.  She's getting a little older now and is all about fashion.  She's always been a shopper that one so this is only fitting.  Her birthday is actually on monday but we decided to celebrate today by treating her and a friend to the Hannah Montana Movie (guess what I didn't want to hurl through it...it was actually a pretty good little film)

Here is her purse cake in it's glory







Cassy wanted to help so she did this side!!!



Here is the birthday girl making her wish...


and Blowing them out


 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
I'll do this quickly as I must run out to get cake ingredients for the Purse cake extrodinairre about to be created.

So the basement took a long time.  My health and Steve's work schedule didn't help the situation but we got "most" of it complete.  We still need to finish the bathroom but we are getting there. 

Here ya go....
The main home theatre living area




The kids computer nook under the stairs on the same wall as the tele


The "games" table, play area.  Beside this is the gym, and the door to the left leads to the laundry room, the double sliding doors leads to the kids toy and games closet.  (and it has stayed organized!!!)


Another view

Behind the sofa is our home gym.  There is a bowflex, treadmill, and now a lifecycle has been added into the mix.

The hallway leading to Alex's new bedroom (on the right) and our new storage closets/pantry at the end of the hall.  I found a bunch of the kids old artwork, handprints, and such framed them up and they lead down the hallway now.  It looks really good.



Storage at bottom of stairs


I'll have to snap some pics of the lad's bedroom. (He'll have to clean it first!!  LOL)  I realized I only have "mostly finished" pics from in there.  It's nice though. He chose two blue colours to paint.  The bathroom is off his room as well as the laundry room.  He is quite content down in his little hovel.

My new laundry room. 


and then after I tiled!





More storage across from the washer dryer.  Freezer back there, furnace, HWT, and more shelving.


So...after many many months.  I will never agree to do this again unless we hire someone to mud and tape.  WORST JOB EVER.  Alex and  I were ready to chuck it all at one point.  We both did that lovely job.  I did all the electrical (and I exceeded code!! woot), Steve did all the plumbing in the laundry but we hired a plumber to break up the concrete to rough in the bathroom stuff.  Steve and Alex did all the framing, and put up the drywall (I helped with that too).  Everyone pitched in with demo!!  LOL.

It was a long journey.  We learned ALOT, and it was all worth it.   What was quoted as a $35-40 K job cost us about $15K with furniture!!!

Taking a break from renovating this summer though.  We've decided that GOLF shall be our focus, (and of course finishing the damned bathroom)

I'll snag some pics of the lad's room later, but it's quite nice, BIG.  It's the size of our dining room pictured here, less the fireplace. (Happy Christmas all. That was 2008)
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
It's been a busy couple of weeks, so not much time to write.

Mother has been in and out of ICU in the last couple of weeks...She's okay.  The stomach flu has made it's rounds in this house.  Daughter has had pink eye three times now courtesy of parents who continue to send their kids to school with a contagious illness. (Thanks for that all of you).  My handsome teen son has suffered a severe concussion and has been home for a week, in and out of the ER, ct scans, MRI's etc.  He has had a pretty bad time of it, so we continue to monitor him to ensure nothing more nefarious is lurking in the background.  School is being good about the whole thing.  *Updated to add, since this original post on my blog he has now started back to school part time, and is well on the way to recovery.

The amazing internet, and how it has connected lives in ways never imagined when I was growing up.

When I was a child I had a pen pal.  My cousin overseas and I would write letters back and forth from the time we were just young things.  We finally met when we were around 13, and have continued that relationship.  Never in a million years did I think we could write to each other and not wait two weeks for a letter.  

This past week two girlfriends that I have met online and become part of a private message board with gave birth.  The internet brought this rag tag group of people together several years ago now and we broke off from a public board and formed our own little group.  We have shared our lives, triumphs, failures, births, deaths, all of it.  Many of us have become very close with each other as time has gone on and many have met in real life.  It's pretty neat to be able to say...oh, going to be in NY next week, who wants to hook up?  It's even neater that meeting up with one friend from online has created a yearly shopping adventure which includes my young daughter.  This year we were unable to take our annual vacation to Florida but that did not stop the shopping trip.  My virtual girlfriend and my daughter went shopping online together followed by my dear friend physically shopping for my daughter.  All items opened via a webcam to be able to communicate instantly several thousand kilometers away.  How cool is that?

Anyhow...back to the my friends giving birth and the power of today's technology.  It's absolutely incredible that two friends on opposite sides of the continent could share via texting how they were doing throughout labour.  Being able to pass on messages of support from board friends to keep spirits up was incredible.  Even more incredible.  To see pictures of these new beautiful boys within minutes of their birth on my cell phone.  We've come a long way, and I"m touched that I was able to share such intimate moments with friends I've met online.

I would like to mention that this wonderful group of people met on an infopop based board, invaded poor Rosemary and Teds corporate board in their old "off topic" section when the moderator on the orginal board got sick of us going off show topic.  I think the folks at poor infopop felt like they were under seige and poor Rosie and Ted had their hands full with some of the characters.  Many have fallen by the wayside over the years but those of us that remain on our very own private groupee board have become a very close knit group and one I might add Rosie that requires very little moderation anymore (there are still a few unique "personalities" so to speak).
 
Hi Everyone.  Stay at home mom to 4 very creative kids.  I love to renovate, bake, and make the most out of life.  You can follow my adventures here.  I have a recipe blog at  www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com  and life as a stage mom as well as life in general at www.creativekidscakeslife.blogspot.com
 
 
 
 
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