~ Bertelson Bulletin ~

Why does it take a serious accident to make us do something we should have done a LONG time ago??
October 25, 2008, 5:01 pm
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We’ve lived at our house for almost 13 years now – BEFORE we moved in, my hubby and I watched the previous owner slip and bite the dust on this walkway (that they put in!!) – we should have removed it then … instead we put sandpaper like strips on down the center of it for grippage… but it’s still a deathtrap when it gets wet/it rains.

OK, so daughter Maddie sliced her foot open Thursday night (on the deathtrap, wet, front walkway) – she slipped on the wet tile and the edge/side of the tile filleted open the bottom of her foot – OUCH

For once Paramedic hubby was NOT on duty, so he cleaned it with peroxide and then used medical super-glue (dura-bond) to close up the gash (NOTE this is NOT the same as over-the-counter super-glue!!!)

Friday it looked bad and so I took her to the ER (Nils on duty so met us there – and yes we got star treatment!!)

Turns out she SHOULD have brought her to the ER the night it happened (within 6 hrs of accident) cos NOW they have to make sure it does not get infected before they stitch it up…

So they numbed up her foot (8 shots – OUCH!) and then SCRUBBED the living bee-jeez-ers out of the cut (opening it back up) to super clean it. Gave her an IV anti-biotic … RX for more anti-biotics and pain meds. We have to return on Sunday to check progress to see if it can be stitched.

OK so all THAT to say – TODAY when hubby got home from Firestation, he went to town to REMOVE the tile, no more deathtrap

Wanna see the gruesome foot pics?? – you can see them here …


August 20, 2008, 10:22 am
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First Day of School – L-R
Kenzie (11 – 6th grade)
Maddie (12 – 7th grade)
Melanie (17 – 12th grade – a SENIOR!)


Father’s Day – 3 sisters
June 19, 2008, 10:08 pm
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We (minus Matt 😦 all went to the Golf driving range on Father’s day so Dad could give his 3 girls lessons in how to play golf (first time for all 3)

Lessons from Dad

we had fun, lots of laugher and smiles 🙂

Dad's Daughters

Happy Mother’s Day …
May 11, 2008, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Alice, Family, Kenzie, Maddie, Matt | Tags: , , , , , ,

…. to ME

…… and to all the (as my pastor once said) “Mothers, Grandmothers, whatever kind of Mother you are” out there on Flickr 🙂

This is what was brought to me this morning by my 4 children … cooked by my oldest (19) son Matt 🙂 – I didn’t finish it all!

Happy Mother's Day ....

Melanie aka “FelonyMelanie” on Flickr (almost 17) gave me the book “Extra’s” by Scott Westerfeld.

I have already read “Uglies” & ““Pretties” and Specials” (she is currently reading Specials)

The inscription inside the book…

“Mom, I’m so grateful to have a mother I can talk to about anything and everything that’s going on in my life. LOL 🙂

I really don’t thank you enough for all the things you do for me.

Happy Mother’s Day & Happy reading 🙂

I love you, Melanie.

P.S. finish quick so I can read it :P”

Maddie (12) gave me a B&W framed photo of her and her big sister (it’s actually in Melanie’s flickr stream HERE) and a hand-made card card that said …

“Dear Mom, Kenzie (10) gave me a lovely hand made card that said the following ….

You are a great mother who deserves appreciation. You have about 3 special days and today is one of them. You are to be catered to, pampered, fed and honored. For all the hard work and money you give to us, U deserve today. We all love you Happy Mothers day,

Love your 3rd daughter, Maddie”

 Kenzie (10) gave me a lovely hand made card that said the following ….

“Dear Mommy,

I know I get you mad a lot, but you know I love you and I’m sorry. Thanks 4 being my mother, I am really thankful,

I love you, Kenzie”

Church was GREAT today – we had a parent/child dedication on stage – always a tear jerker, but while they were up on stage, Genie sang the Sara Groves song “You cannot Lose my Love” …  I just cried the whole way through it, It just rung so true to me … here are the words. – you can listen to the song HERE

You will lose your baby teeth.
At times, you’ll lose your faith in me.
You will lose a lot of things,
But you cannot lose my love.

You may lose your appetite,
Your guiding sense of wrong and right.
You may lose your will to fight,
But you cannot lose my love.

You will lose your confidence.
In times of trial, your common sense.
You may lose your innocence,
But you cannot lose my love.

Many things can be misplaced;
Your very memories be erased.
No matter what the time or space,
You cannot lose my love.
You cannot lose,
You cannot lose,
You cannot lose my love.

444 – 4 girls, 4 new haircuts, 4 new colours :)
February 4, 2008, 1:48 pm
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You all know how much I love matching numbers!! LOL

Here is ALL four of us together

4 Girls - 4 New Haircuts - 4 New Colours!

then individually

M as in Mum - New Do - Jan 2008      M4 as in Mackenzie - New Do - Jan 2008

M3 as in Madeline - New Do - Jan 2008      M2 as in Melanie - New Do - Jan 2008

I know Maddie doesn’t look 12 does she! and she looks SO much like Melanie now – there is 4.5 YEARS between them  and only 1 inch of height difference!!

My 3 Daughters
October 17, 2007, 10:53 pm
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Today is their Daddy’s birthday!

School Photos 🙂

Left to Right, Melanie (16) Madeline (11) and Mackenzie (10)

My 3 Daughters

Back to School – minus 1
August 22, 2007, 12:15 pm
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Back to School - minus 1

Just the 3 girls now – kinda weird only sending 3 back to school, as I’ve been sending 4 back for at least 7 years now!! (and all on the same day as all at same school)

Matt was still in bed asleep when we all left at 7:15am (he doesn’t have to be at work till 9am)

Maddie is not wearing the ‘newly introduced this year’ sunflower gold shirt as she’s ‘not into right colours’

Melanie and Kenzie were thrilled to be wearing it!

Can you believe that Maddie is almost as tall as Melanie (who is already at least 5′ 6″ herself)