Friday, May 29, 2009

Grandma Dorothy

Dorothy Power
February 07, 1914 - May 26, 2009
Dorothy Power, 95, of East Moline, died May 26, 2009 at her home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund. Dorothy was born February 7, 1914 on the Rock Island Arsenal to Percy and Cora (Cox) Skelton. She married Hiram Blaker Power on June 29, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1993. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline where she was involved in their women’s group. She was also a member of the Geneseo C.C. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed sewing, knitting, baking and socializing at the Colona Senior Center. She took great delight in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by Son Jim (Carol) Power East Moline Grandchildren Jen Pfaff Rock Island Chris (Michelle) Power New Lenox, IL Jay Power Vashon Island, WA Great grandchildren Kathryn, Brandon and Ashlyn Power Blaker and Carter Pfaff Malacky Power Brother Raymond Skelton Sister Grace Wongstrom She was preceded in death by her five brothers and one sister.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Chris

Today is Chris' 33rd birthday.
Happy Birthday sweet heart,
I love you so very very much.
I hope you have a really wonderful day.


Sunday, May 17, 2009


Not much is going on today. We had a nice weekend, but didnt get as much done as we had hoped. Chris has been trying to get our riding law mower fixed and so far not any luck. Nobody has tires for it, and we are going to have to special order them. Not terrible, but def. not what we were hoping for. He was going to just weed eat the front yard, and I borrowed the neighbors push mower instead. The back yard isnt a problem because most of it is flowers and trees.

We went to the neighbors yesterday and helped get things ready for their fundraising garage sale. Kaitlyn is going on a foreign exchange type thing in Australia, and they are raising funds for that. This is Katey's best friend Allison's sister. She is 13 and a really great kid. This will be an amazing experiance for her. We are donating Katey's old bike which is in excellent condition, and Chris is making a ton of baked goods to give away with donations. After setting that all up, we ordered pizza then chilled out by the fire, relaxing. It was a nice time.

We are now down to 12 full days of school and 1 one hour day of school left till summer... I CANT WAIT !!! My sister and her kids will be staying with us for 2 weeks - 1 mth, until they close on their new house. It will be real nice having the kids here to play together, and Cassie and I plan on cleaning out closets and going thru all kind of crap to get everything organized around here. (Organization is not my specialty.)

As far as the working out, I am still at it, and hopefully will start showing some results soon. I am not feeling great today, and really hope I am not coming down with the flu, so I am going to rest for the remainder of the night.

Lots of Love,

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Good bye

Good bye fat ass, good bye flabby tummy, I am just plain ole sick and tired of you. You have not been good to me. You pretend to be my friend, but I have had enough. I banish you from me. I will not go lightly, but I will go with a vengence. Be gone, I dont like you anymore, nothing you say can change my opinion. Dont tempt me with soda and chocolates, dont tempt me with anything, I dont like you anymore... what dont you understand? We can not be friends anymore.

Now, with that being said, I will post daily about my fight against the flab. I am cutting out all soda, including on weekends, and I vow to excercise a whole hell of a lot more from here on out. With that being said, I am getting my booty off this computer and I am going for a jog with the children.

Chris, Katey, Brandon, and Ashlyn,
I promiss you will have a hot mama soon.
I love you very much.
Shel aka, Mommy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

summer is coming

Every day we are getting closer and closer to summer vacation for the kids. This is my most fav. time of the year. I LOVE when the kids are home, and I absolutly hate when they go back to school. It also means we start counting down till "the fishing trip". We go to Michigan every year with Chris' entire family and rent out a resort for the entire week. Its so nice to have the entire family around, and its really nice that we have enough people to rent the entire resort to ourselves. Nothing nicer than letting your kids run free and not worry about the weirdo in cabin number 5. This year my sister may be coming with. They have 3 kids and a ski boat, this will be so much fun. I wish my family would do something like this, but we never have. Cassie also may be moving in with us for a few weeks. They just put an offer on a home, but have to be out of their rental by June 1st. Im looking forward to a few weeks with my sis and my neices and nephew. Ok, well I gotta go get something done.

Lots of Love,

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kevin Matthew Kruse

November 7, 2005 - May 2, 2008

Has it really been a year?
I sit here today, in this beautiful sunny day, and I am so very sad. 1 yr ago today, our friends Matt and Dawn lost their 2.5yr old son Kevin. Kevin was born with many heart problems, but he survived so many problems. He was so amazing. This little boy could make anyone smile. He was so happy, so strong, he was just the most perfect little boy ever. If you just met him, you would NEVER believe everything he's been through. For me, since I never had to give him medications, the only real reminder was when you picked him up and you felt his pacemaker or his scar. Man, it was so easy to forget this strong beautiful boy had been so very sick.

I remember the last time I saw him. We didnt live in the Quad Cities anymore, so we didnt see him that often. But the last time I remember seeing him, we were over playing cards. He sat in my lap and just giggled and smiled at me. He'd snuggle in and I'd pop out his pacifier and he'd start cracking up laughing. He usually had a few of them so he'd just pop in another one. Then he'd quiet down, and slowly look up at me again and smile... POP, I'd take that one out too, and everytime I'd lay it on the take so he could pop another one back in. He would just start cracking up laughing over and over again. I wish that night could have gone on forever for all of us. The Kruse's, the Tackett's, and the Power's, and all of our fav. little man. Man, I really do miss you little guy.

Matt, Dawn, and Emily,
I love you guys very much, and I am so sorry for the loss of Kevin. I am so greatful that we got to know Kevin, and share in how wonderful he was. He is so missed by many. We are thinking about you today, and sending our love to you.

Shel, Chris,
Kathryn, Brandon, and Ashlyn.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day !

May day is here. I am excited about May, and also sad too.
Tomorro May 2nd, marks 1 yrs since our friends lost their son, Kevin Matthew Kruse, at age 2 1/2 yrs old. Man, this little guy was the cutest thing ever, and year later, his loss is still very strong. I miss you Kevy.
I'll write more about him tomorro.

Also May marks the last month of school for the kids. I cant WAIT for summer vacation. May 10th is Mother's day. May 19th is Chris' birthday, and all those damn April showers are going to be bringing me beautiful May flowers. My yard is already looking so purdy!

Also, I am going to try and do another month of daily posts.
We will see!

Happy May Day,