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November 23, 2006, 3:14 pm
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This is Tarzan (on the Left) and Jane (on the right) – They are Leopard Fat Tail Geckos


She’s not really named Jane, I just assigned her that name! Not all of the Geckos are named, just the long term/best/favourite ones (of which Tarzan qualifies!) of Dan the Fireman from HotGeckos.com  

Tarzan in on Dan’s shirt (duh since it is a firefighter shirt!) and ‘Jane’ is climbing up Maddie’s (10) shirt.

Yesterday I took my kids to see a local Gecko Breeder. He being a fellow Firefighter, knows my hubby AND lives REALLY close to us too. So off we went.

WOW was it COOL. We were there for about an hour and learnt all about them; how they incubate the eggs at different temperatures to end up with either male or female babies. He showed us the founding breeders, who he crosses with who to get the different strains/looks/colours. We say babies from 3 days old (about 2 inches long) to ones that were over 10yrs old (max length about 10 inches)

I am not even sure how many they had (one or two to a shoe size plastic box) but one whole side of the garage had custom made shelves (heated at the back!) stacked with them.

My kids all want Geckos for Christmas now! – They live for 25-30 years!!


Christmas is coming Early!
November 22, 2006, 2:01 pm
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Christmas Came Early.
Nils is on a roll!!

Today he came home with a new
LG 42″ LCD High Definition wall Mount TV
(the $ for it was our family Christmas present from hubby’s parents)
AND my been-coveting-forever
Canon Rebel XTi Digital SLR camera 

Yes that is correct there is an extra i on the end – This one is 10M pixels – the latest and greatest in the Canon Rebel line (it is called the EOS 400D in Europe) – I so need to read up on how to use this camera to it’s fullest! 

I created this image with a stock photo of the LG 42″ LCD TV, then I put in my Flickr photo that is the most commented, most favourited  (but no longer in Explore Grrrr) Sunset in Costa Rica photo as the image on the TV, then added a stock image of my new Canon Rebel Xti camera 🙂

November 21, 2006, 3:58 pm
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Flying High.

Nils came home with a trampoline for the kids yesterday.

It’s our 3rd in 10 years! 

1st one wore out from use, 

2nd one got attacked by Hurricane Wilma, 

3rd times a charm.

This one (15 ft) 
is even bigger than 
the last one (14 ft) 

My kids LOVE them, it is great exercise.

Are YOU on the Edge of Your Seat?
November 15, 2006, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Alice, Family, Matt | Tags: , , , , ,

Are YOU on the Edge of Your Seat?

Ha-Ha punny indeed! – Seriously I do not have a foot fetish at all, in fact I dislike most feet in general (except babies feet!) and REALLY dislike mine – they look like monkey feet with that big gap! I tell my Mum it is all her fault for making me wear my older siblings ‘hand-me-down’ shoes that were too big for me!!

But I used this photo purely for the “Are YOU on the Edge of Your Seat?” title and what it means to us!

We’ve been on the edge of our seats (here at the Bertelson Bunch Casa!) for a month now with the outcome of Matt’s accident (and the insurance company of the lady that was at fault accepting liability) and more recently my accident too!!

Well the results are FINALLY  in and they are FANTASTIC!!

My Van was totalled as the frame was bent so the cost of fixing it exceeds the value of the car and I got the Kelly Blue Book (Retail Value in Excellent condition) rate for the payout – YIPPEE – just under $7000, which is almost TRIPLE what I would have been able to sell it for (WITHOUT it being in an accident) so I was happy as a lark about that!

Also ‘they’ accepted liability on my Matt’s car for his accident and will reimburse us for the towing/storage ($500!) plus the value of the car – not as great a rate as I got but still. We got $2800 for it which is in between the Trade-In value in Excellent condition and the Private Party Sale value in Fair condition, so we should be happy with that too – it’s still twice what we paid for it.

A huge stressor off our shoulders!  Thank you to those of your that prayed for us in this situation – God is good!

Hob-Knobbing with the Famous :)
November 12, 2006, 3:44 pm
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These guys were at WAY FEST 2006 last night It was AWESOME

It’s a huge Christian Rock Concert at the Sound Advice Ampitheatre in Palm Beach County, Florida.

The bands there were 
Third Day
Barlow Girl
David Crowder Band
Matthew West
Hyperstatic Union
and last but not least Downhere – who did the service/concert at my church this morning.

This is me and the Downhere boys today at church!


I will also be putting up more pics and videos of both the concert last night and today on my web site and my YouTube site over the next 2-3 days.

Yippy Skippy!
November 11, 2006, 2:15 pm
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Click HERE for more photos of the  WHOLE car!


Words Escape Me …………….. :(
November 8, 2006, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Alice, Family, Kenzie, Maddie, Matt | Tags: , , ,

Everyone is OK, Matt, Maddie and Kenzie were in the car with me (I was driving)

My GMC Safari

The car that hit us ……………. (young kid 19yrs old – driving car owned by parents)

His car

Nils was on duty (as seems to be the case often!) but managed to get off and come to our aide!  I now have a rental car, 2 shaken up girls, one girl that is still oblivious (she is at youth/church) and TWO cars on our driveway that are smashed up!!

If Maddie’s feet had been in the well of the slider door, they would probably have been decapitated – luckily she didn’t have these shoes on her feet

Maddie's Van's Sneakers