Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Holiday fun


Laptops galore
Originally uploaded by shareski.
This is what the holidays are all about. Watching some quality shows and working wirelessly on your laptops.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Progressive Supper

The 2nd Annual Progressive Supper was held on Wednesday, December 21st. Val organized this event involving 9 couples.

We began at Buchanan's with appetizers supplied by Penny and Julie. We headed over to Lisa's for soup made by Debbie. Sheri hosted and supplied a shrimp salad. The main course was at Val's and she prepared a chicken thing wrapped in a big fat noodle with almonds and green beans. That's a brutal explanation but Paula's not here to provide me with the correct details. We finished up at our house for Tarimsu.

Everyone

More photos here.

Update: Allan and Darlene have posted more photos as well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Meredith sings at Open Mike Night


Meredith took advantage of an open mike night at a local coffee shop Sunday night to perform with Kurt.

Her prof's have encouraged her to pursue these opportunities. They did very well and also performed well at a wedding Saturday and will also perform on Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Road Trip

I'm sitting in a hotel in Jameston, ND eating pizza and watching football highlights. Me, Sam, Dalton, Tegan and Mark are on our way home from a weekend in Minneapolis. We saw the Timberwolves and Lakers, Vikings and Rams and a number of shopping venues.

We discovered Mark is an amazing shopper, Dalton prefers finding a nice bench and the hotel room was a dizzying array of sights and sounds. We learned many interesting things.

Go Vikings

More pictures can be found here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Paula and the Great One


Paula and Gretzky
Originally uploaded by shareski.
Paula's always' been associated with greatness. She still is.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Bethlehem Live

Saturday we took Martha and her friend to Bethlehem Live. This is a dramatic portrayal of the Christmas story simulating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Live actors and animals made this a nice beginning to the Christmas season.

Mary and Jesus

Thursday, November 24, 2005

kurt is tierd


kurt is tierd
Originally uploaded by mereyy.
The title you see is written by my 18 year old who is taking advantage of a fairly expensive college to pursue her musical talents....Unfortunately spelling is nowhere to be found in her learning. But she done reel good.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Farmer Jim


farmer Jim
Originally uploaded by mj161.
My trip to Big Muddy

Saturday, November 12, 2005

My younger days

Some photos of my younger days thanks to my father-in-law.

The ThunderbirdOld days

Clicking the image will take you to my Flickr site for more information.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I hate snow

It snowed today and I hate it. Martha was quite pumped and stayed out late building a snowman. Glad someone likes winter.

Martha makes a snowman

Bungee Jumping in Edmonton

This little clip is from summer. I'm trying out a new video service called Sharkle.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

It's Official!

Although we've known for a few months, Meredith is now officially engaged to Kurt Buchanan. For those of you out of the loop this may come as a big surprise. Not to us. We're very happy and pleased with their decision.


Engaged

Paula tells me this will be expensive.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Rudy Sings


Rudy provides us with a musical treat. Whenever Shea practices her viola, he joins her in a little duet. Here's a ten second clip of his howling.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

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The people I live with

Do prove that I have quite a challenging crew to work with, here's proof:
Sleepy heads

I'm obviously up and about doing work, as usual.

Here's Martha who not only snuck the camera but is engaged in a number of questionable activities. Taking a picture of herself in action, may not have been the best move.

Bad Stuff

Click on the picture to see the details of all the trouble she's got into.

The New Shower's in, the new shower's in!

I had my first shower in 2 months. That sounds bad but I can assure you I have bathed, even though I hate it. The renovations are not quite complete but for me, this is what I've been waiting for.
Shower

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Paula in her crib


Paula in her crib
Originally uploaded by mj161.
Looks like...Martha? Meredith? maybe even Shea.

Paula's dad recently purchased a slide scanner to convert his slides to digital. Not sure if this was a slide or old photo but we're hopin to get all our photos digitized.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Video


I did a little promotional video for our church today. Check it out. It's a 18MB download so if you're not on highspeed, start downloading, make a pot of coffee, do some laundry and it will ready.



Saturday, October 15, 2005

Martha's Birthday

We got through Martha's birthday last week. It had a Paris theme. Here's the 3 minute highlight video.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Thanksgiving Weekend

This weekend was jam-packed with activity. Dad arrived Friday night and Saturday we managed to "install" 2 ceiling fans and a wall sconce. Dad and I golfed at Deer Valley and returned to have supper at Boston Pizza.

Brenda and Terry and Thomas arrived Sunday afternoon and Paula made an incredible meal. Before we ate, all the boys headed out for some geocaching. Finding Casey's Creekside Cache

Later that evening, we had coffee and pie in Barr's backyard.
Visiting at Barrs

Monday, after breakfast at A&W (Thomas couldn't get over the fact that the average age of the patrons was around 87), Terry, Dad and I golfed at the Hillcrest. The Redpaths left right after golf. Dad completed a few other small projects around the house and I helped him develop a presentation on geocaching that he's doing next week. (not exactly brain surgery but anyway...)

An excellent weekend.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Big Day at the House

Thursday turned out to be quite at day at our house. Martha turned 7 on Wednesday and had her party Thursday. Sam drove the van for the first time. Sam and Shea both received awards for top average in their grade. (Sam's actually came with $250 scholarship that I believe will buy him all the Cherry Coke he could want). Click on the images for the big picture.

Martha Turns 7Sam DrivesWhite Knuckle timeSam's awardShea's Award

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Crosspost

I posted a photo essay of my day. Check it out.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The Amazing Race....Family Edition


For those of you who don't know my wife is a bit of a reality show fanatic. She loves her Survivor, Apprentice (Martha Stewart or Donald Trump), Big Brother but most of all The Amazing Race. This season's edition is for families of four.

So Paula has decided that this will be a family affair in our house as well. All five of us (sorry Meredith, you're not eligible) have chosen two families and the person with the winning team wins $25 (totally contributed by Mom and Dad) and second place gets $5. We plan to tape and watch on Wednesdays as a family since Tuesday's is our nutso day. Paula is also planning to put up a map of the world to track the teams. (you know your mom and dad are teachers when.....)

Here are the teams:

Martha: Gaghan and Weaver
Shea: Linz and Godlewski
Sam: Rogers and Schroeder
Paula: Aiello and Paola
Dean: Branson and Black

Wish us luck.

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Note: When he talks about news readers, my preference is bloglines simply because it's accessible from any computer.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Rudy entertains

I taped a bit of our Canada Day Celebrations with the Buchanans. I thought I had lost the tape but found it the other day. The tape is largely about my dog Rudy barking and trying to chase a cat. It's 92 seconds.

'Canada Day and My Stupid Dog'

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Life is Full

Everyone when asked, "how's it going?" will say, "Busy." Here's our schedule:

Martha
Gymnastics: Tuesdays 6:00pm

Shea
Volleyball: Mondays, Wednesdays 3:30-4:45
Voice lessons: Mondays, 3:15-4:00
Dance: Mondays, 6:15-8:15, Tuesdays, 6:45-8:30
Voila: Thursdays, 5:00-5:30

Sam:
Piano: Tuesdays, 9:15-10:00
Volleyball: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 2 hours each

Paula:
Hits the gym everyday for an hour to keep her shapely figure
Runs her bobbysocks website/businsess

Dean:
Completing Masters work this year
Managing 5 websites
Currently working on 3 video projects
Golfing as much as possible given limited time.


I can hardly wait till summer holidays!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Back to School Video

I'll link over to my educational blog for this posting.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Surprise!

Paula's mom's birthday is the same day as their wedding anniversary. I'm not even sure if this was a birthday present or anniversary present. Anyway, we got Larry and Rosa in the car Friday afternoon and headed north to Saskatoon. Rosa didn't know where we were going. We picked up Terry and Brenda and drove to the Barn Playhouse.

We had a great meal outside and then watched "All Things Bright and Beautiful" in the barn. I think we surprised mom and had a great evening. We continue to build culture. More pictures here.
The Barnyard

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Shareskis get cultured

We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in the park in Regina listening to the Regina Symphony. This was our birthday present to Paula's mom. About 4,000 people gathered. I even managed to get in a very short nap. Enjoy this 94 seconds of Mozart.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Meredith arrives safe and sound

Meredith has arrived in Toronto and spent her first day getting her room set up. We've talked to her a few times with Skype and she's obviously very excited and pleased to be there. Here's a link to some photos of her last week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

See you in four months

We said goodbye to Meredith this morning as she and Kurt headed for Toronto. It will be a different house without her.

Last night we had a little farewell for her highlighted by a special presentation by her "boy friends". Here's the video of her reaction.
Meredith sees the calendar

There are also some other photos on our Flickr site from some other summer happenings.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Franny the Flamingo

Martha spent her money at the Build-a-bear store. Here's the story of Franny, her new flamingo.

Mom and Martha

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Skype Me!

I've been using a program called Skype for several months and now many of my friends and relatives are catching on to it. It's slogan is "the whole world can talk for free." It utilizes VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) and allows you to use your computer to call long distance to other computers for free. The quality is excellent. All you need is a microphone or headset. It's not recommended for dialup users but it still works. I'm guessing in the next 2 years, all phones will use VOIP. It's already available for regular phones in many areas.



So download it and give me a call sometime. My skype name is dean_shareski.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Reporting from Saskatoon

We're in Saskatoon today after 3 days of fun and shopping at the West Edmonton Mall. I've got a seminar here and we're heading out for dinner with Brenda and Terry.

Had a nice day with the Blocks in Waldheim before heading off to Edmonton.
milton and kelly

Martha was thrilled with the water park and amusement park.
Martha looking at the dragon

The thing that scared me most was she was as excited about shopping. That worries me.

Can anyone lend me some cash?

Friday, August 05, 2005

The Double Life of Meredith

The Double Life of Meredith

I've been wanting to get a picture of Meredith in both her getups for work and finally got it. She works at the Superstore Deli cutting meat in the mornings and plays "Fanny" in the Tunnels of Moose Jaw tours. As you can see it's quite a contrast.

She will remind anyone who will listen that she is the only one around our house who is doing any work this summer. Her perceptions are quite skewed as are most teenagers but she can continue with this illusion as she only has a few more weeks at home.

We'll be heading to Edmonton and Saskatoon next week for some holidays and a 2 day workshop I'll be attending in Saskatoon. The summer of 2005 is continuing to be a good one.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Our own Private Saskatchewan



The hot weather returned and we were able to escape by joining the Dombowskys, Barrs and Begins at a secluded beach on the east shore of Lake Diefenbaker. It's tough to find an ocean near our house but this was as close as it gets. Beautiful sand, clear water and privacy. The following video of two and a half minutes, captures the day.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Reno project completed

We managed to get another little project done. Pastor Al and I (yes, that's not a misprint, "I", did make some contributions) finished the back steps.
back steps
Al did a nice job of designing them. Paula still needs to paint them. She's been busy painting the doors and trim on the front and those steps will be next. We also got the wallpaper upstairs put in and will be working on the downstairs bathroom next week. The summer of renos continue....

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Getaway at Good Spirit

We had a great time last week at Good Spirit Lake. Days were filled with golf, beach, hiking,relaxing on the deck, cards and general fun. The mosquitoes also were part of the picture as well.
You can see all the pictures here. The highlights included the much talked about family races. After months of trash talking between Paula and Meredith, they finally proved once and for all who is the fastest. The video highlights the race as well as a typical "Brenda and Dad moment". This is a 3 minute excerpt from the full 8 minute video which chronicles the entire week. You'll have to contact me for the full version.



Sunday, July 17, 2005

A break from Renovations

After completing Paula's sewing room, it's time for a break. We're heading off to Good Spirit Lake for a few days. We'll be meeting the Redpaths and my dad.
Paula is quite pleased with her new room. She did most of the work and I made some small contributions (you can click on the images for a larger photo).After we get back, we'll be tackling the front and back steps. I'll post some pictures and likely a short video from our getaway.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Me and Jayda and our Painting


Me and Jayda did it. We made a record. We played for six hours and didn't fight.

The pictures we did was me playing basketball and "I love Canada" with hearts.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Meredith's TV moment

For those who may have missed it, here's the video of Meredith's Canadian Idol performance. She had a terrific time in Toronto and knows a number of the finalists.

She continues to work her craft as she plays Fanny for the Tunnels of Moose Jaw shows. She has only six more weeks till she's off to Humber College to begin her Bachelor of Music degree. I'm still hoping she'll do some blogging. Working two jobs keeps her pretty busy and the free time is left to maintain her social life.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Perfect Day at Buffalo Pound

It heated up here in Moose Jaw and so we headed for Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. We met Sheri and her girls and enjoyed an afternoon in the sun. Sam is at camp and Meredith was working so it was just Shea, Martha and her friend Jada. We barbequed and then headed over to another part of the part to watch Saskatchewan Express. Hansen's daughter Deborah sings in the group. This was the group Meredith sang with last year. This was close to a perfect day (not counting any day that includes golf). You can look at some pictures here. As well as a short video of the day.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Martha's life


I'm Martha. I'm six years old. I'm going into grade 2. I'm a Christian. I like to play basketball, swim, sing and draw. I'm working on a quilt with my mom. I'm drawing the pictures of my dog Rudy. I just got home from camp and it was fun but I got hurt one time.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Hey It Is Shea, the stupid one.



Hello Everyone who is reading this
I am Shea Shareski and my dad is making me write this and I don't even know what this is for. I am thirteen years old and I go to cornerstone christian school. I have more intelligence than a group of arangatangs. I like to create videos with my friends Annie, Amy, Kaylee and Megan. We do lots of stupid stuff together like dress up in army clothing and go around Moose Jaw doing hut calls.

In this picture I am the one who has the red dress on and my friend Annie is the one who is actually tan.