Chalifour Family Blog
Since we don't get to see so many of you as much as we would like-due to distance, travel or just plain being busy-we want to use this blog so that everyone can keep up on two very special little people, Luke and Alyssa. These kids are in their prime silly years and Joe and I feel guilty sometimes for being the only ones in the privileged positions to see their crazy antics. This blog will help shed a little light on what goes on around here in the Chalifour household... and beyond!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sunday, June 17, 2012
He is a husband, a father, a brother and a son. A Beepa, an uncle, a friend, a boss, a co-worker and citizen of the community. A golfer, a hunter, a fisherman, a waterskiier and a softball player. He can fix anything you can imagine. He is a hard worker and an early riser. He can run electrical wires, fix plumbing, build stairs and floors and roofs and entire buildings. He can dig holes and landscape and prune trees and build stone walls. He can goof off and laugh and participate in anything that is going on. He dances at weddings and speaks at funerals. He snowmobiles and knows animal prints and cuts down trees. He's great at math and loves sports. He watches hockey and basketball and baseball and NASCAR and golf. He is looked up to and leaned on. He loves chocolate and ice cream. He is silly and fun and can be the life of the party. He is sensitive and caring and loving. He can run the company and build a dock and drive hundreds of miles at a time. He is competitive and driven to succeed. He's generous and a great provider. He is one of a kind. I am so lucky to be his daughter; I am so grateful to have a dad I love so much.
Happy Father's Day Dad!
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
2011 Year in Review
Saturday, March 10, 2012
2011 Year in Review
Thursday, March 08, 2012
2011 Year in Review
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
2011 Year in Review
Here are a few from the Wonderland Tail.
This one cracks me up. I told my kids I'd pay the first one to find
a starfish $5 (basically a ploy to keep them busy and occupied
for a while). Luke kept going to different spots that were about
2 inches deep and putting his actual head in the water, claiming
"that's how he searches for starfish". He wasn't acting silly or
anything when he said it either, he was acting all serious.
Not exactlly sure of his strategy, but whatever works!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
2011 Year in Review
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Happy Birthday Grammie!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Here mom, so you can stop yelling at me. I notice that you're not mean to me when I am in Vermont, just when you're on the phone with me. You better watch it or else I'll bring up that time you actually fell asleep when I was talking to you on the telephone. If you would get into this century and start texting, you would have had the top picture a week ago. They dressed up Pumpkin Hollow last Saturday. Alyssa made herself a witch for that. Luke was a scary skeleton mean guy type thing. Oh, by the way, I painted both of their faces. Guess I didn't have to be born with THAT.
Monday, October 17, 2011
All dressed up for Sarah and Cameron's wedding on October 1st. What a fun time we had! We stayed in a hotel for two nights, the kids managed to swim in the pool four times despite our busy schedule, and we got to see lots of our friends and family all spiffed up. Alyssa was wearing two gold bracelets which she took very good care of...one given to me by her daddy and one given to me by our friend Sandra. It was a great wedding and reception!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
First Day of School 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
First Day/Last Day
Okay, APPARENTLY, I never posted my kids first day/last day pics from the end of the the 2010-2011 school year. So they are posted below. It poured on the first day last year so those ones are inside. I also was anxious about sending them off to school last year, this year...... NOT. Just kidding, I was a little bit (school started today). I'll post the new ones tomorrow, but for now, let's see how they have grown.....
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sunday, May 08, 2011
We all take lessons from our mothers that affect us in our everday lives. Some of these things are big, some are little, and there are lots and lots in between. This Mother's Day I would like to share one lesson I learned from my mother. This lesson is not earth shattering and it will not change the world, it is simply something my mom told me when I was younger that has stuck with me. It is:
"It is not lady-like to swear. It doesn't sound good and it is not becoming to you".
I believe when she told me this I was probably a teenager and I remember thinking "Uh, okay" when she said it and thought it sounded so old-fashioned. But for some reason it stuck with me. I do not swear in public situations, I do not swear around people I barely know or even know pretty well, I did not swear when I was in the workplace, I do not swear in front of my children or my siblings' children, and I rarely swear, even still, around my parents. Do I like to swear?
If you are close to me I do swear because I like to (and come on, I couldn't follow my mom's advice 100% could I?). And when I am alone, wow, I swear A LOT. I like the emphasis it places on things and let's face it some words are just fun to say. But my swearing situations are limited. I view it as a way in which I show respect for people (by not swearing), and because of my mother, I am aware of how I present myself to the world in this regard.
Now all this being said, I would like to point out that I understand all people are different. I know lots and lots of people who swear in way more situations than I do and do I think they are bad or wrong? Absolutely not. I say, do as you wish.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
February Vacation 2011
Skating at Nordic Village
We were on the go pretty much constantly for 4 days. We started out on Monday with a trip to Zeb's which is a store that my kids absolutely love. Then it was ice skating at the little pond at Nordic Village where we stayed. After that we went out to dinner and over to Jamie's for a little visit. When we got back Alyssa went in the jacuzzi in our room. I mention the jacuzzi because she asked me about a thousand times if she could go in it in the time span of about one hour.
This picture cracks me up....Alyssa looks like she's got no pants on!
This was after we went swimming and were going back to the condo.
Then it was off to Nestlenook to go skating. Joe and I stayed at Nestlenook a few times but I had never been skating there (or even seen people skating there actually). It's really, really pretty and the ice was great and we skated for hours. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. My kids are great, GREAT skaters and I am so proud when I watch them on the ice. They also had sleigh rides here with giant horses (see picture below) but we didn't go on one. This place was seriously beautiful and picture perfect on the days we were there.
Yes my brain is in a complete fog at times.
Who else would tell all the kids to lick the giant icicle so that we could take pictures? Or was it just because we get a kick of seeing them do whatver we tell them to do? Ahhh, I guess it doesn't matter.
Friday, February 11, 2011
She's got a way about her.
I'm not a huge Billy Joel fan, in fact there are really only two songs that I like of his, but I happen to really love them. One is Summer, Highland Falls- one of my all time favorite songs, the other I love because it reminds me of my daughter. I heard it a few years ago and admittedly, it is a love song most likely written from a man to a woman. However, every word reminds me of Alyssa in some way. Although she completely exasperates me; makes me think she might drive me completely insane at times; never stops talking; singing or humming; is emotional and sometimes moody (even at 6!), I love her so much and feel so lucky to have her as my daughter. She pushes me in ways that I find new to motherhood; She is a busy-body and an incredible artist; She is deeply pained in ways she feels and shows but does not yet understand; She is friendly and beautiful and everywhere she goes she leaves having made a friend; She is all-in, all the time. She plays hard and sleeps hard. She is funny. Luke and I laugh at the things she says and does all the time. We look at each other and shake our heads when she does stuff that is just off the wall crazy. We know, it's just Alyssa. She is a challenge to us both at times, and I for one, and so happy I have him to experience her with. We know, she is a lot, she can be tough, she can make you laugh for days from one of her crazy antics, and thank God, she is ours.