Sunday, September 24, 2006

Stillings scores two!!!

This is a picture of Josh making his first touchdown of the season !!
And here he is running for his 2nd touchdown of the day !! I felt my tears welling up for this one. I don't have a picture of him actually crossing the line on the second one , because I put down the camera to watch him.
Josh has been working out everyday. Ever since we took him to see the movie "Invinceable" he has been very inspired to be the very best he can be. He has a daily routine that he does consisting of sit ups, jumping jacks , push ups and running around the house. We live in the country so there is no place to actually run so he runs around the house. We also got him a small trampoline for in the house so he can jog in place.
We have told him that the harder you work at something , the better you will be. You get what you put into it, and all other inspirational saying we could think of. Well he has been listening and I was soooooooooooooo glad to see him score these two touchdowns. It showed him that working hard pays off. It was such a great lesson.
This is his last year of flag football and next year he puts on the pads and helmet. It will be a big change and I like he is getting stronger everyday , running faster and learning how to treat his body at a young age. I know in this day and age with lots of over weight , unhealthy children this is so important.
He is even inspiring me to excerise !!
Again my son just amazes me !!!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Just sitting back and beaming ....

A proud mom moment !

Josh's first scrapbook page.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Saturday .....mohawks!

It must be Saturday !!! Football !! how is that face for a game face .

And you must admit , the mohawk just gets better every week .
Speaking of the week ....what a week it has been . I really miss having time to sit and blog . I must admit trying to get used to this schedule , is alot .
I love being home at 4 pm to get Josh off the bus , I love being able to cook dinner 4 nights a week. But it is a change to the stillings system. That 7 am wake up .., getting breakfast , then making lunch . Getting Josh on the bus and then getting myself going for the day .
I know it doesn't sound like it should be that hard. It is just a change to what we have been doing for 6 years. Josh had afternoon K and we did kinda what we wanted to .
We are getting the hang of it tho. I just have to adjust my sleeping habits and get to bed a bit earlier then 2 am !!
I want to give a shout out to all my great friends this week !! All of you that have called and offered your support and services are the BEST !! You sometimes never realize how many great people you have surrounding you till you need them . Then as they say....the cream does rise to the top ! I thank you so much !!!
Well I am off to watch a movie . Hope I can stay awake :)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Today we remember .....

Today we remember ....

what we were doing 5 years ago ...

Today we remember....

how much our lifes have changed...

Today we remember ....

it will never be the same....

Today , I remembered 5 years ago at the same exact time I was watching the Today show in bed sipping some coffee. When it came on the screen , the crash of the first plane. I thought.. omg !
Then my friend Mary Ann called me to see if I saw it . We stayed on the phone with each other watching the 2nd plane , hearing about the pentagon and the other plane going down. There was alot of silence ...there was alot of thoughts. I know not once did we even think "terrorist" We just thought , awlful accident at first.

Josh was just a baby , just 18 months and was asleep in his bed. I protected him from this over the last 5 years. He will know soon enough how awlful it is. Why I freak out when he is out of my sight for one second.
We never leave one another without saying "love you "
So many of those things in life that seem to stumble us ...

Today seem so small....

Josh left for school today ....

He is now back home...

Today is a blessing it as one .

Saturday, September 09, 2006

It's saturday night.....

I just got home from hangin out with my gal pals.
We have a monthy club , book club.
We discuss Idea books and scrapbooking.
Tonight we didn't discuss much tho , just talked about
things and we all looked over the new book , Slice of life .
Great new idea book by Simple Scrapbooks.

Today was a great day , got to go and watch Josh play football!

We had alot of fun , I took over 200 photos.

I do love catching those shots of the boys playing .

I have been having a time with allergies. I am not sure
what I am allergic to , but boy twice a year it gets me good.
Just feels like my head is going to explode.

That's about it for tonight. Football season starts tommorrow ! YEEHAW!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Blown Away !!

Not by the winds of Ernesto by music!

I have always had a love of music.
Music has got me thru some of the roughest parts of my life.
Lyrics have touched my heart many times.
Barry Manilow got me thru my 16th year of life, I owe him!
( there I said it ! I was a Fanilow!!)
I got my IPOD this past year and I have to say ....
I have listened to music that had been collecting dust.
I have downloaded new music , I probably wouldn't even known about.
The other day I came across the song below in Itunes.
I have to say I sat as tears came down my eyes and listened to this song over and over.
It still gives me chills everytime I hear it .
It is very "political" but I hear it as very human, with anger , saddness and lots of emotion. It speaks to me so much , Pink , Amy and Emily put into words and put it with music ...what I feel in my heart.
I have put the words here . Not to offend anyone , but I wanted them written for me to look back on .
Dear Mr. President
Come take a walk with me
Let's pretend we're just two people and
You're not better than me
I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly
What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep
What do you feel when you look in the mirror
Are you proud
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why
Dear Mr. President
Were you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy Are you a lonely boy
How can you say
No child is left behind
We're not dumb and we're not blind
They're all sitting in your cells
While you pay the road to hell
What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye
Let me tell you bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don't know nothing bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
Oh How do you sleep at night
How do you walk with your head held high
Dear Mr. President
You'd never take a walk with me
Would you

Sunday, September 03, 2006

In Loving memory of my Meme

Yvette M Sigouin
Winterport, Maine-Yvette M. (Joyal) Sigouin, 83, widow of Leopold F.R. Sigouin, passed away Monday, August 28, 2006 at a Bangor healthcare facility. She was born in Laconia, NH, June 5, 1923, the daughter of Albert and Antoinette (Spenard) Joyal. Yvette enjoyed being a homebody, taking care of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved to play bingo and was an avid scratch-ticket player. Those that knew her will remember how competitive she was, especially at playing cards. Yvette was predeceased by one daughter, Jacqueline, one grandson, Marcel, and her loving husband, Leo. She is survived by two daughters, Lucille (Sigouin) Jolander and her husband David, of Wimberley, TX; Jeannette (Sigouin) Parent and her husband Stuart of Winterport, ME; four sons, Leo and his wife Susan, of Hampden, ME; Philippe and his wife Theresa, of Somersworth, NH; Henry and his wife Judy, of Rochester, NH; John and his wife Wendy, of Newton, NH; 27 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren, sisters; Rhea Samson and Jacqueline Thompson; brothers, Julien and Philippe “Nel” Joyal; sisters-in-law, Cecile Thibeault, of CT., Beatrice Sigouin of VT., and brother-in-law, Gerard Sigouin of FL., nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 A.M., Saturday, September 2, 2006 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, South Main Street, Winterport with the Rev. Robert Vaillancourt, pastor celebrant. Visiting hours will be from 9 A.M. until time of departure for church Saturday at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden, Maine. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport, Maine. Contributions in memory of Yvette may be made to: Winterport Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 724, Winterport, Maine 04496. Messages of condolence or memories may be shared through

As you can see...I haven't had to deal with death too much in my family. Meme, Pepe and that is it in my direct line. I also don't deal with death real well. Watching the movie last night " An Unfinished life" (highly recomend it ) It made me think alot , about how some of us don't deal with loss. It isn't something you learn , until it happens. So I wanted to give time to my Meme.

My Meme , that is what I always knew her as. That was the name for Grandma as I was growing up. From the time I was little till I was about 14 , my sister and I would spend at least 2 weeks with Meme and Pepe at thier trailer in NH. I remember some great adventures there , I remember riding my bike around the trailer park and I have scars on my knee to prove it. Oh that was a nasty fall.
I remember sitting for hours playing cards , mostly cribbage , spades and of course some penny poker . Also playing Carrom till all hours. I now have a carrom board that I am teaching Josh the game. It is one of my fondest memories with Meme, just playing games. I never realized till this week how much she had a part in my love for games. She never would just let me win either , her competitive spirit is also instilled in me.
I wasn't close to my Meme for the past 15 years of her life. I have called her since Josh was born and he did talk to her. I thought that was important. Not that he will remember it , but I will. I know Meme is at peace now , she is with Pepe and her daughter Jackie , that they lost at a very young age.
I was so happy my Mom , who couldn't attend the funeral was able to be there via cell phone. All her siblings live within driving distance to Maine , her being in TX it was a bit difficult. So my Mom called and the Priest took the phone to the pulpit and Mom heard the whole mass. That was so good.
So here is to Meme.....may you rest now , and if they have cards or a carrom board where you are.....practice up !