Saturday, January 30, 2010




Ever had a goal that was going to push you to the extreme! Something that makes you sweat, cry and want more??!!! This is today and tomorrow for me!

If you know me at ALL - I am a bit competitive! (just a little!) And this is it - January - My NEW GYM and our goal of changing 63 more lives by tomorrow!

It is going to take all of our motivation - all of our energy and then we can say - WE DID IT! I have learnt that if you visualize it - write it down - IT WILL HAPPEN!!!! :o) It has HAPPENED!!!

We are WINNERS!!!!

Done and DONE!

Over and Out - Mel! :o)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FRIENDS!!! :o)

SO - It has been quite the week for me... just busy in the first place - then catching the flu - and now the boss man is coming tomorrow - YIKES!!!! "What doesn't kill you - makes you stronger?!!" - RIGHT??!!

With that said - the title of my blog for today is FRIENDS - and that is what I am grateful for! I have made it a New Year's Resolution (yes one of them!) - to realize DAILY what I am grateful for!

TODAY - it's my FRIENDS!!!

Definition of a Friend:

1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
5. Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.

My friends are my LIFE! I am where I am at TODAY - only because of them! They are my support, my rock and my confidence! It is amazing how some friends you can just pick up the phone - and an hour goes by - it doesn't matter how long it's been since we had spoken or what is going on in their lives. They drop EVERYTHING to be that ear for you!!!

I want to dedicate this blog - to all of YOU! You know who you are - the most amazing people that have influenced me!! :o)

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

Luv ME!! :o)

Sunday, January 17, 2010


SO - I haven't posted a lot - or at all I should say because my newest obsession with blogging is looking at other people's blogs. This is even better than facebook - LOL!!! I can creep on all of these people pages. Now that I have admitted my addiction - 1st step is admitting - I can tell you about my reality CHECK!

If you have ever had a chance to just browse blogs - you will notice - that all of them are about families - fun and cute. Some fantastic creative minds out there - how they went to the fair or what Santa brought them at xmas! I was flying through some pages and one stopped me - it had "healing" in the title and I stopped cold. Healing? AND to my mistake - decided to start reading - really Melissa - this is suppose to be your release - not to gain more stress??!!!

I continuted on to find out that this fantastic couple had gone through their entire pregnancy to lose their baby the day after she was born. I won't go into details or names but it really made me STOP - reality CHECK! I sat here this morning making lists - grumbbling about what wasn't done - not really knowing where to start.... but then I realized as Trav was making breakfast for me - YES ME - that we need to sometimes just stop and 'smell the flowers'!

YES it does suck that I am working 7 days a week right now - and that my laundry room looks like a bomb went off - dishes are finally done after a week of collecting, god knows what - and I feel like I have been ran over by a MACK TRUCK. BUT REALLY - let's look at the other side of the road - I have a job - we have a house - everyone is healthy and happy in my house - we have food to eat to make those dirty dishes and really......  we are luck to have EACH OTHER!

So - today - my game plan is....

1. Do what I can - be happy with it!
2. Love my family and friends - more than ever!
3. Be thankful for lists that I am ABLE TO MAKE!!

My suggestion is that we should all take a moment - and have a REALITY CHECK!

Mel :o) - Over and OUT!

Friday, January 1, 2010


This is my very first 'blog' - now I thought long and hard about what I was going to put here....

Would it be an introduction? Would I post a 'history'? And realistically I would not have enough hard drive or time to even answer those two questions! SO, with that said I am going to start from today - and why not? JANUARY 1st, 2010 - what a GREAT DAY to do that! Although as I go - I am sure you will get to know me and my family... and to the ones that know 'us' already - you can help me introduce the world to the NESPOLONS!

My very first topic is going to be about the famous.....


2010 - the end of a decade - the beginning of a new one and I realized the other day when we were talking about 'remembering a decade' that this was officially my SECOND decade that I will remember - OUCH! But with that said I am in my third decade and I am more confident/happy then I have ever been!

Last night was a new tradition - NO ALCOHOL on New Year's Eve?!!! WHAT??!! That is the craziest thing I have ever heard but I will let you know that it was probably the most memorable one that I have ever had!

We decided to bundle up and brave the cold, down to the center of Edmonton, Alberta! WHAT! Ok - so I guess I forget that -26 is really cold but until this strange women on the bus told me it was -40 with the wind chill, I realize what I had done!

We started our night, not on the greatest foot - arguing - now Shane and I have been married for 12 years and yes - CONGRATS - thanks! But we did not 'plan' out where to leave our car - so that we could take the bus - so it would be 'easier' - right?! Finally after a few key strokes on the computer - we did find West ED Mall - lol - not that it's not HUGE! But we figured it out - and we were on our way! A quick walk across the parking lot and we were now on the friendly bus!

SO - out came the camera - lol - yes picture it, camera and bus! First words out of Shane`s mouth is `we are going to be mugged` but it didn`t differ me! And out came the photos - had to capture the moment! 40 minutes later we were downtown Edmonton!


With an hour to go.... we decided to start looking around. Who am I kidding we were looking for shelter - that was nuts! Anywho.... inside the City Center (a new mall we found - dangerous!), they had live music, hot chocolate and did I mention it was inside...

Almost too warm now, we decided to follow our journey to City Hall Square! From live music, outdoor skating, firepits and kettle corn - really what could be better? SHINY THINGS!!!! Some smart person decided to put up a tent - bring a heater and sell light savers!!! OH YES and flashing bunny ears!!!! And of course we NEEDED THEM!!! Our night continued on with adventure throughout the city hall, enjoying live music and each other! It`s amazing how we can forget how import it is just to take the time and `smell the roses` or feel your snot freeze! Either way the night was full of amazing moments!!!

Then as the clock struck twelve we surrounded ourselves with 400 of our closest friends - well that is what I like to think - believe me we used their `heat`to keep us warm! Edmonton put on an amazing show of fireworks, and with 3D classes - who could of asked for more?????

10... 9... 8... 7.... What am I going to do this year? Who am I going to be? 6... 5... 4... 3... How am I going to help the people around me? 2.. 1!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


10 minutes of Fireworks, Crazy people - New Years Eve - Now to FIND THE BUS!!!! Of course I decide that we should go .. right and all 5 of those buses are `out of service`- FANTASTIC! Yes I can say it - I was wrong! (starting the new year off right!) SO - a quick two block walk back and then there he is the man of my dreams - the bus driver! (sorry Shane - he was at that moment)

Back on the bus - YAHOOO!!! Now a quick hour bus ride home (anyone who is paying attention - yes another 20 minutes - it`s midnight on New Years - I have never seen so many police officers with lights on!)

WHAT A NIGHT! My three favorite boys - 3 hours of nothing but them and I remember absolutely everything! HA! It is going to be an amazing DECADE! :o)


Mel... over and OUT! :o)