I know I haven’t been posting as much in the last few weeks.
I have been focusing more on my “to-do” lists for back to school, organizing, planning, shopping and trying to spend time with my “baby” whom will be starting school in a few short weeks. The other day we did such a cute craft that I had to share. It hardly took any time at all and the kids were excited about their “new friends” 🙂
My little neighbour came by to join us and her older brother was a second pair of helping hands so it turned out so well. You can find the instructions for these cute clothespin fairies or superhero’s at Wildflower Ramblings.
Here are our little friends ❤
I am only going back two weeks! Is that far enough? It has been a zoo around here and I am now just getting to some of my photos! Two weeks ago- my baby graduated Pre-School. It was a fun morning and I am thankful to my family for showing up and making her feel so important 🙂 She was very excited to have all of us there.
It’s still sinking in that she will not be with me everyday come September. She has been at my side for the past 4 years. I am going to take this hard. She is ready. She is excited. I am not. I can’t stand the thought of not having her by my side. It’s going to be a hard one for me. My eyes are welling up as I write this. As much as you want them to grow up happy, making friends, learning independence, being challenged- how do you let them go? You have to place so much trust in the “new circle” of people that they will be with everyday and you really don’t even know them- the teachers, the bus drivers, even the friends parents. I know every parent has went through this but she is my first. I have not went through this and it scares me. I know we will adjust in time but right now, it’s the great unknown…
Here are a couple of pics from September 2013- her first day of Pre-School 🙂
And here is a collage from two weeks ago as she graduated Pre- School ❤
Having two little kids, sometimes has us missing out on things. It makes you feel bad but as mom’s and dad’s, we know what we have to do and just do it. I had to miss my niece’s highschool graduation, mainly because of the time. The munchkin’s were heading to bed at the start of the ceremony. I wished I could have been there to see her get her diploma as well as receive two awards. Way to go Darion! So proud of you…
However, I did get to support her another way. At the end of the school year, her art class put on an art show and each student picked 5 pieces of their art to display. It was a great evening, seeing how much talent she/they (the other students) possess. I wish her nothing but the best as she follows her dreams and desires. I really look forward to seeing more of her creative pieces as time goes on.
The rain held out for us today! We went to the local park for a Canada Day party complete with cupcakes, music, the local fry truck and games. We missed the parade due to a cranky baby but we won some free slushies and enjoyed the cupcakes. I have been going ever since the girls have been born with my parents and it’s always a nice afternoon out. Here are a few pics from today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
BUCKET LIST – No. 11
I have always wanted to go Whale Watching!
I am not too good on boats but it won’t stop me. There are some pretty amazing things to see on in the open ocean. Being in Canada, we have some amazing choices for Whale Watching. Check these articles out here and here. I don’t live somewhere where I can just go see them. I would have to leave the province but I am okay with that. I will do this… I know it!
I am not a very good swimmer. I can get by. I took lessons and learned how to swim but I don’t go too far from shore. I did almost drown in Mexico. I got caught in an undertoe and I will never forget the feeling of helplessness. I could feel the sand give way underneath my feet and I remember opening my eyes and all I could see was swirling sand. Fortunately, I got a break and could feel the sand underneath for a brief second and I got up. My friend’s boyfriend was already out to get me as he was a lifeguard and seen what happened. I got lucky that day.
So, when it comes to water activities I feel a bit skeptical and afraid but I have also had some amazing experiences just from going out of my comfort zone. This next story is one of them. I will never forget it. It was AMAZING! When George and I were on our honeymoon in New Zealand in 2006, we had a chance to take a boat tour (not one of my favourite things) and swim with the dolphins in Kaikoura. I could not pass this up! I love dolphins. George opted out (he’s not a strong swimmer either). I was so excited to do this until the day came and then the scary thoughts started happening. I won’t swim somewhere where I can’t see or touch the bottom but I am going to be in the middle of the ocean, who knows how deep? See where my train of thought was going? I was beginning to doubt myself and if I could actually do it. I had to wear a snorkel which I was not very good at and I didn’t know if I would be able to swim that much. It was a scary thing for me.
I did it though! We found a huge pod of dolphins and we pretty much jumped in the middle of them. They were swimming all around us. I remember the guide telling us to hum while in the water because they like that. I liked that! It kept my mind off of what I was so afraid of and enjoyed the whole thing. I even had a dolphin swim right in front of my face. I could have easily touched it but they told us to respect them as that was their environment and we shouldn’t do it. They are very fast! I had a fantastic time. I couldn’t keep up so good but I was proud that I didn’t drown and now I get to say I swam with the dolphins in the wide open ocean!
Trying to appear calm before jumping into the great big ocean
Can’t back out now!
Trying to keep up!
We have dolphins!
Look at the beautiful scenery…
And then a different look for the scenery…amazing!
This was my favourite shot. I took it once i got back on the boat to watch them swim away from us. Beautiful!
It’s exciting! I started this blog about 3 1/2 months ago… 104 blog posts ago. I procrastinated for 1 whole year and then finally decided to do it. I really enjoy doing this and I hope you are all enjoying it as well. I decided to do it to keep my family and friends (who are near and far) posted on our activities around the house.
It seems to have turned into something more. It’s my little piece of relaxation at the end of the day. It lets me reflect on things that haven’t happened in a long time and it lets me share my joy, my frustration, my hopes and my dreams as well.
I am not a professional blogger by all means but it makes me feel good to know that people are reading it. I just wanted to say a BIG Thank You! I just hit 101 Followers- this makes me happy. These are people that I don’t know but they enjoy reading about my daily activities- this blows me away! I have received 200 likes and an amazing 1003 hits- yay me! 🙂 I’m glad my content isn’t boring your socks off! And to all my Facebook family and friends who read it, many thanks to you as well.
I look forward to the next 100 blog posts, so please stay with me… it’ll be a good ride!
BUCKET LIST – Challenge Completed!
This is a bit of a different “FUN” Friday post. It is typically my Bucket List but today’s entry will be that of an actual activity I can cross off my list! It may be a bit of an unexpected one. I grew up in a small town and we have a Lawn Bowling club. Whenever I was at the park, I would see it and all the “older” people bowling on the grass. I never thought much about it for a long time but in the back of my head I thought someday I might try it.
It came about a funny way. There was an ad in the local paper saying “Looking for players alive and barely alive”. The club was having an open house for members of the community to come and try it out. I cut it out and had it on my fridge for a long time. My brother and sister-in-law were over one day and noticed it. They said they were thinking about going for the open house too! So, that’s what we did.
It was a few weeks ago on a hot sunny afternoon that I could finally cross something off my mental bucket list. (I have only started writing it down now… on here). It was a fun afternoon, we all enjoyed it and who knows… maybe as the kids get older I may just join a league!
Givin’ it a go…
Two old fogies?
Bucket List Item… Lawn Bowling… Done!
For my Wicked Wednesday today, we celebrate Dad’s.
My oldest had her pre-school class this morning and she got to bring her Papa and Daddy in for a Father’s Day breakfast. She was very excited and didn’t want them to leave once it was finished. She made her Daddy a special card with a dinosaur cut-out and a #1 Dad cut-out as well as a coloured picture with a Dad poem. She was so excited to give it to him and then when the time came, she was so shy. Fun was had by all. I captured a few pics before they went into the school and my husband was good to get a few while they were there. I want to enjoy all these moments… they grow so quickly.
BUCKET LIST – No. 10
I am afraid of fire.
I never ever liked fire trucks as a kid.
The only way I get near an open flame these days is to roast marshmallows for my smores’.
That’s why this next bucket list item kind of scares me. It’s not just the fire but the only thing between you and the ground is a wicker basket!
I imagine it is beautiful up there. If it’s anything like the peace you feel when floating down from an airplane jump after your freefall, it would be worth it.
We discovered last Christmas that my daughter was frightened out of her mind by a hot air balloon in a Christmas parade. A local company had one of their balloon baskets in the back of their pick up and they were doing the fire thing along the way. She did not like it one bit and the rest of the parade was pretty much a write-off. I have never told her about my fear of fire so it was interesting to find out that she has one as well.
All the reason to do it, right? Face the fear. One day… as long as I can where a fire-retardant suit and a parachute?
I have been up in the air before with nothing but a beautiful coloured shute and a life jacket. I went Parasailing in Aruba. It was a 10 minute ride over the Caribbean Sea and beautiful Palm Beach. The scenery and peacefulness was awesome but I have to admit… I’m glad it was only 10 minutes. I was starting to feel a little “seasick” from the wind knocking me back and forth. I am so glad I did it though. I kept thinking to myself that this must be what it’s like to be a bird… it is a very ” free-ing” feeling.
Aruba- Palm Beach
December 2, 2009
I am going back to June 28, 2010. Four years ago, my niece Darion graduated Grade 8. Tonight is her highschool prom. It is hard to believe she will be leaving us in the fall to go to University. She will do great things and I wish her all the best as she starts a new and exciting chapter. She will be missed but I can’t wait too hear about all her new adventures that are awaiting her. Love you, Darion.
xoxo Aunt Bean
June 28, 2010