weekend report and a winner

Saturday morning as I’m in my uber-productive mode preparing for Emily’s arrival I got the phone call every mother dreads. Chase came downstairs holding out the phone, and said "Mom it’s somebody from ski patrol at Mount Spokane" 

my stomach immediately jumped into my throat and I responded with a nervous "Hello?"
I listened, took notes and felt my "motherly instincts shift into auto pilot"
Within 15 minutes I’d packed up Addie, printed my map quest route, filled the van with gas and was headed up the mountain to pick up my injured son …


don’t panic. he’s fine. We did think that we might have a hairline fracture in the femur — but it turned out to be a great big hematoma (spelling?) that is day by day becoming the mother of all bruises. He is limping around, milking it for all it’s worth — but we are so glad he is whole! 

I came home to find a short somewhere in our kitchen that was causing the breaker to trip, over and over again. Our friend Todd, the electrician hung out for an hour or more trying different things with no success. We burned candles all weekend and yesterday, Todd came back and finally found some errant wires that were already fried — potential fire waiting to happen. Scary. Back to Saturday.
It starts snowing like this …


and I think to myself, roads can’t be good — I don’t want to be late to pick up Emily, so I leave the groceries on the counter, pack up and find my husband in the garage fixing a flat tire on my van — at that point you just have to laugh and say "what an adventure" I took Geof’s car, got Emilly — and we ultimately enjoyed a great dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

So … LOTS of guesses on the drawers.

Here are some pics to prove that empty drawers abound — I’ve actually started filling a few back up to use upstairs next to Taft’s art easle (stamps and ink)

the final count when we  posted last night was 47 — hello? Are you a bit disturbed that I even had 47 drawers to empty — I know I am. I woke up this  morning and had to go downstairs just to see them all again. 47 drawers!!

The winner is Kylee who posted at 1:36 am.
One Photo Freedom book headed your way — if you email me with your addy!


  1. It’s always funny how many people comment when you are giving something away. THen when you have had a crazy/scary/need a nap kind of day…where are all the supportsers?? My goodness, what a weekend, I hope everyone feels good, is well fed and you have had a chance to BREATH!!

  2. I don’t know if you can get Arnica cream or tablets in the States – they are a homeopathic remedy. But if you can, get some and that bruise will go very quickly and may not develop further.

  3. Yegads, what a weekend! My heart was in my throat the instant I read ‘ski patrol’ and then I gasped when I saw the picture – next time put “don’t panic” ABOVE the pic, ‘k? ;) Better yet, I hope there will never BE a next time! I was housesitting once when an electrical short fried my hand when I was blowdrying my hair. Hurt like the blazes but oh boy was I ever grateful I was there to catch it, so it didn’t burn down the house while they were gone! LOL

  4. Wow, what a crazy day! Maybe there was something in the air–my day was kinda crazy, too. My husband missed his flight home and I didn’t find out until I was waiting at the airport with 4 excited kids… and then we came home and we were locked out of the house, then when my hubby did get home, he ended up breaking the door down and cracking the whole doorjamb & molding because the door handle was broken… and then I went to pick up the babysitter for our anniversary celebration and the car wouldn’t start. :(
    But all bad days eventually come to an end…I’m so glad Clark’s okay, and Emily is there, and you are being SO productive! Way to go!!!

  5. My prayers our with you and your family – what a scary crazy time.

  6. Oh my gosh…what an eventful weekend. I’m so glad to hear everything is ok! HUGS!!

  7. Janet Bobo says:

    I’m so glad everything turned out OK!

  8. Bet you are counting your blessings right now. Dread those sort of phone calls. Well done on keeping it together.
    Hope you are enjoying your sort out. Its always more work then you imagine but a real good feeling when you have finished.

  9. OMG how scary! I’m glad everyone is okay!

  10. I’m so glad your son is okay. What a crazy scary weekend! Here’s to a peaceful week :)

  11. Nilaja Whitaker says:

    EEEKKK!! stacy! i know you must’ve been freaking out. i’m glad your son is ok. let him milk it. he’s a good kid!

  12. So glad that everyone is okay, especially your son! As a ski patroller I hate having to make those phone calls because I know what I would feel like receiving one!
    Glad you caught the electric problem before you had any major damage also!

  13. Glad that everyone is okay, especially your son! As a ski patroller I hate making those phone calls to moms because I know how I would feel if I was on the receiving end of the phone call.
    So glad that you have the electrical problem sorted out as well and happy that you were able to enjoy a nice dinner out!
    Here’s to a less eventful week!

  14. BStacey, Be sure to take pictures of the bruising daily as it will change daily for about a week. I should know my kids race motorcross and get some great bruises. My daughter did the deep bone bruising on her thigh and had some bruising there for almost 6 months. My kids love to look at the pictures as its hard to believe the different colors.

  15. Glad your son is okay! Is he gonna flip when he sees his photo here?

  16. BIG HUGS from Florida for you Stacy! I hope things have calmed down and I hope he doesn’t have a huge headache and heals quickly.

  17. What a scary phone call! I am glad that he will be OK.

  18. WOW! Glad everything turned out ok! :)

  19. Wow, that’s quite a weekend. I’m glad your son is okay – my heart was in my throat reading about it, so I can only imagine how it must have felt getting that call.
    I am in L.O.V.E. with your new color bins!!

  20. Good luck Stacy with the purge and reorganization. I am feeling inspired to tackle my “STASH”–hope your son is on the mend and all is well with your family! I can’t wait to see the new book! Thanks, Katie

  21. So glad your son and house are OK! What a weekend! Here’s hoping for a calm remainder of the week. Love the new color bins and your new book looks great! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

  22. so glad ds is okay! It’s hard on the nerves to get those calls! And wow . .. the snow! We keep saying we need to take a vacation one year where we actually see real snow!
    I bet the kids enjoyed burning the candles — at least mine always do. They’re not so thrilled with the no video game/DVD/etc part of it. .. . but they survive.
    Wow on all those empty drawers! I’m going to try and tackle my supplies over the next several weeks.

  23. glad to hear your son is ok. that must have been very scary.

  24. Hi Stacy, I am so glad that everything is okay now, and your son is on the mend. What a crazy weekend!
    I love your new bins! What are they? and where did you get them? Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us scrapbookers.

  25. You are right that is a Mother’s worst nightmare! Glad all is well!
    Okay on a light note I have to add that you of course are a true scrapper because you had your camera and could take a pic of your son on the stretcher!!!

  26. Tracy B (inAlberta) says:

    Glad to hear that your son is ok. That truly is every mother’s nightmare…getting a call from an emergency worker.

  27. First of all I am just glad your son is ok. I would have freaked ( especially after seeing the picture). Now about the 47 drawers…I probably should have 47 plus a few more for all of the stuff I own ( and I am not talking scrapbook stuff either).

  28. Here, I am wallowing in my own self pity because I stuffed up a job interview………..and then I started reading about Chase. My heart was in my mouth. That is a mother’s worst nightmare.
    I’m so pleased to read that he is okay give or take a few bruises.
    Thanks for helping me to see the bigger picture again.

  29. Oh man! I hope your son is up and kicking soon – boys are pretty resiliant (scary for us moms, though!). Got a question: Re your Pencil Lines layout (Winter ’07) what paper and letter line did you use? I L O V E the blues mixed with the greens! Again, best wishes for your son’t speedy recovery!

  30. maryjo materazo says:

    so glad to hear your son is ok. that picture frightened me at 1st. phew! mj

  31. I hope he gets better soon. I am glad he is ok.

  32. omg – thank heaven he is fine. . .
    hugs and love -

  33. Big hugs to you and Clark! We’re praying for a speeding recovery. And congratulations on the progress you and Emily are making. Must feel good!!!

  34. Best wishes for sunshine and smoother sailing in the coming week!

  35. Stacey, I am so glad that Clark is ok! I was scared when I saw the picture.
    Where did you get those bins? They would look so cute in my Expedit shelves.

  36. grandmagina says:

    So glad to hear Walter is going to be fine!! Building those memories!

  37. Thank God he’s fine!! I haven’t been on your blog for a couple of days and just found out, I hope he gets all better soon and hey what are mothers for… spoil him, sending you hugs, Rosa.

  38. I am so glad he is okay. That pic is pretty scary!

  39. What a scarry thought! So glad he is ok.

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