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Bertelson Annual Photo 2010 edition
December 21, 2010, 2:37 pm
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To all my wonderful online friends and readers …

Just to cover those of you that are not on FB (or my FB friend yet)
… here is our Bertelson Annual Photo 2010 edition 🙂

If you are my FB friend, you can see the photo (and comment 🙂 HERE

Everyone can see it here (and larger)
All 205 photos were taken by Maddie’s (White #6) friend Reid Garnett – he has been her friend since they

were 3 years old in pre-school. Very talented phtotographer … his flickr stream is HERE

After picking the finalist/winner photo I created a stop-motion video all 205 photos in sequence, with some

awesome, very appropriate music underneath …. that you can see (and comment 😉 here

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas/Holiday – full of smiles, laughter, relaxation, suprises (good ones!)

…. and here’s to an awesome rockin’ 2011


Bear with me!
December 22, 2009, 12:48 pm
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OK, so I know I was rotten in 2009 with my blog – I am going to be better in 2010 🙂

That said,many of the photos in priors posts are now missing, this is because I have switched over our website from one hosting company to another… but I only put minimal stuff on the new site because I want to restructure it, streamline it etc …. so that will all fix itself in 2010 as well

Off to NC with the family tomorrow early so today is a day of major packing and preparing 🙂

We’re back – wading through emails! check out this video
December 27, 2008, 8:52 pm
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…. not only because it’s an amazing song (“How Many Kings” by Downhere (downhere.com) but because Melanie and I are IN it !!!

It was put together by Downhere fans !!!


more on the cruise (and pics later – maybe much later!!)


CRUD – Fender Bender
December 17, 2008, 11:02 pm
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After I JUST sorted out some insurance/doctor’s office mess (after a week of being on the phone with UMPTEEM people) and I was feeling relieved, huge weight off my shoulders and then this happens – totally a ‘bad timing’ thing

I’m fine, I was only backing up at about 2 mph! I can’t believe my bumper got scrunched so much, her car has a tiny dent & paint scrape on her passenger side back door.

The other woman & I both backed out of our parking spots at the exact same time …. unfortunately (for me) her spot was 1/2 a spot further back than mine, so I hit her (as … Read Moreopposed to our bumpers hitting if we were exactly opposite each other or her hitting ME if I had been the one in the furthest back spot) ….. BUT she was not completely honest with the cop & so the police report has me at fault.

The female cop didn’t either understand, care or want to hear that there was no humanly possible way for us to hit bumper to bumper (which she said would have meant no fault etc) with our positioning – see below

then a diagram of the impact

Not sure if my insurance company will fight hers or not, either way my insurance will prob go up 😦

Apologies for the long absence of new material!
December 2, 2008, 4:38 pm
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This will be a mishmash of bullet point, pics and videos I think …

Where were we before … Oh yes, this year the infamous Bertelson Bulletin 2008 Christmas edition, along with annual family photo will NOT be reaching you before Christmas!!

Fear not though, it WILL be reaching you (especially anyone who sends US a newsletter and or family photo – hint hint – I love getting them, but not just a card with no news or photo, I always feel that such a waste of a stamp these days!!) ….

…it will reach you sometime in the New Year – sort of a welcome to 2009 nugget/suprise for you once you’re back in the doldrums because the holiday season is all over and the bills that made it happen are starting to roll in!!!

The reason behind this is because we (all 6 of us) are going on a Christmas Cruise (east carribean) with my MIL Joanie, and SHE’S footing the whole bill – yeah baby!! We leave on Dec 20th and return Dec 28th ….

We will be taking our family photo sometime while on this cruise, the exact location and or background to the photo will remain a secret to further build your anticipation… although as the children get older, they are less receptive to my crazy wacky ideas of how to do the photo!

Sadly, and I know some of you are SO sad at this (snort) Twix and Twizzler will not be featured in the family photo since they cannot come on the cruise with us.

Matt – recent photo – was going surfing (the water is chilly, well for us Floridians it is!)

My Son & I

Was taking a bunch of photos of Matt (to showcase his almost 70 lbs lost in the last 8 months)

What amused me about this photo, so I zoomed in was the girls chores pasted on the door behind him!!! His head is blocking Maddie’s (12) list, don’t worry she doesn’t get out of chores! Mel is 17, Kenzie is 11

The Chores are always there!


What else ? – Done 50% of the shopping, we will be doing our Christmas on Dec 19th before we get on the cruise, so sense lugging all those presents onto the ship (well maybe not ALL those, but the few there will be, trying to not go overboard this year)

Oh here’s a Hairy Happy Greeting from Twix!!

Happy Holiday - BIG grin

She’s The POSTER child, well I mean dog for ‘A Norwich Terrier that needs stripping” – LOL

Her hair is SO long and shaggy, I stripped (grooming term – google it!!) Twizzler recently (3 hr job!) but neither hubby or I have gotten around to doing Twix completely – you can’t see it but her rear end is done, so she looks even weirder from the side.

She is SO cute – we love her

Nicole C Mullen & the Women of Faith Conference equals AMAZING weekend
November 10, 2008, 12:26 am
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Alice & Annie - Women of Faith

Once again – an AMAZING weekend … I feel SO FILLED with the love of God

I was SO happy that Nicole C Mullen was part of the conference again this year, this was Annie’s first time at a Women of Faith conference and I was thrilled that she got to experience it and to see Nicole CM perform …

Here are 2 videos I took of her …. (not the best quality, if you want better quality go can go to her YouTube account (nicolecmullenmusic) or her official website) … and yes she will be part of the 2009 conference too 🙂

If you are interested in more information on Women of Faith, and about this years (2008) “Infinite Grace” conference (almost over, 2 more cities to go) and NEXT years (2009) conference called “A Grand New Day” … you can see some great videos including ‘highlights’ from the 2008 conference and a great preview for the 2009 conference on the Women of Faith (wofvideos) YouTube stream.

It’s a life-changing event attending one of these conference, I highly recommend it.

Stripping – the GOOD kind – LOL
November 2, 2008, 10:53 pm
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OK, so today was a GORGEOUS day – when I got home from church (trying diligently to NOT dwell or think about the fact that my BF Jenn is getting into her car this afternoon and MOVING to GA finally 😦 … I decided I would tackle the one chore that has been on the ToDO list for MONTHS!!

Stripping the Dogs – it’s how you have to groom them if you want to keep their coat integrity, ie wiry, dirt-repelling etc. You don’t cut/shave/trim them, you ‘strip’ them – this entails pulling out the longest hairs (they have a double coat) VERY few at a time, so it takes a LONG time!!

OK so below are both a recent photo of Twix and Twizzler (not the greatest photo, but you can definitely see thier hairy, shaggy coats) as well as a video of them partaking in their beloved pastime of ‘fromping’  …. you can see in the video as well how shaggy they are. Make sure you watch to the end though because it’s cute!

Twix & Twizzler - UN-stripped

Here is the VIDEO of them

This is Twizzler waiting for her dinner AFTER I spent 3 HOURS stripping her outside (gorgeous weather here in Florida) she looks like a new dog – half the size – she was SUCH a good girl!

Twizzler - Stripped - frontview

This is Twizzler from the side AFTER I spent 3 HOURS stripping her – you will notice the hairs hanging down under her belly – I did NOT pull/strip them – too tender, so hubby will trim there with the hair clippers when he gets home.

Twizzler - Stripped - sideview

and just because we CAN’T leave Twix out – here she is …. Twix waiting to be fed too – obviously I didn’t get around to stripping her as well – LOL – she’s – STILL a HAIRY monster!

Twix still unstripped!!