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Menu Plan Monday

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August 18 – 24th

 

Monday- Teriyaki Stir-fry / Rice

Tuesday- Meat & Veggie Pasties / Salad

WednesdayAlice Springs Chicken / Roast Potatoes / Green Beans

Thursday- Leftovers

Friday- Mini Meatball Minestrone Salad / Fresh Bread

Saturday- Out for Dinner

Sunday- Hamburger Vegetable Soup / Garlic Bread

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Throwback Thursday

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For today’s Throwback Thursday, I am going back quite far.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure how far as I only had a tiny photo with no date on it. I apologize for the “fuzziness” but like I said- it really is a small photo! I tried to enlarge the best I know how. It is of my Nanny and Gramps.

They look amazing, don’t they?

nan & gramps- TT

 

Menu Plan Monday

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August 11 – 17th

 

Monday- Homemade Pita Pizzas

Tuesday- In-N-Out Burgers (repeat) / Macaroni Salad / Veggie Stix / Hummus

Wednesday Turkey Ranch Club / Salad

Thursday- Chicken Wild Rice Soup / Garlic Stix

Friday- Out for Dinner!

Saturday- Breaded Fish / Tartar Sauce / Homemade Fries / Carrots

Sunday- Out for Dinner! I’m bringing Warm Pizza Dip

“FUN” Friday

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BUCKET LIST – Challenge Completed!

I always try to think about how I could make someone feel better when they are having a rough time. This next post is somewhat of a sombre subject as so many people go through it and so many families lose a loved one. I have lost a few. My title “FUN” Friday is not to make light of this serious disease. I have always had a thought in the back of my head to do this one day and it has finally come.

The only time I have ever had long hair was in highschool- Grade 12/13. I have very thick hair and it is curly. It has gotten curlier since I had my girls. I am not the type to do all kinds of “fussin” when it comes to my hair so I have had it mid-length the majority of my life (except those few brave times when I dared to go short). I still always prefer it just below my ears.

I decided to “give it a go” and grow my hair out with encouragement from my hairdresser. It has taken quite awhile to grow it to the length I have  it. That’s about as far as I can go. It mostly grows out, not down. It’s almost, if not the same length as in highschool.

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I didn’t want my hair to go to waste when someone could benefit from it. I started looking into donating my hair somewhere that makes wigs for people with cancer. I found a few but unfortunately my hair wasn’t long enough and it didn’t meet the requirements they wanted. I kept searching and stumbled upon a company in BC  named 360 Hair that will accept hair with a 6″ minimum ponytail (where mine was slightly over) that makes real hair wigs and donates them to people with cancer. They are in partnership with Canada Cancer Society and Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

I lost a neighbour friend when I was really young to Cancer. I lost my Grandpa to Cancer. I lost an Aunt to Cancer and last year I lost my high school friend to Cancer. I wanted to do something apart from monetary donations. I know in the big scheme of things, this is a tiny thing but I hope in some small way my “pony” donation will give someone a little bit of joy on their journey.

hair donation collage

Hugs to all xxx

Throwback Thursday

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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 🙂

zoe preschool grad- 2013 TT-2 zoe preschool grad- 2013 TT

 

 

And here is a collage from two weeks ago as she graduated Pre- School ❤

zoe preschool grad

Tuesday Tidbit- Art Show

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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.

darion art show

 

Happy Anniversary!

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A big

“Happy Anniversary”

goes out to my Mom and Dad.

46 Years ago today, they tied the knot.

Wishing you a wonderful day to reflect and celebrate your joys, your lives together, your love and your happiness.

We love you with all our hearts and wish for only the best as you continue your path together.

xoxox ❤

April 2013 wedding wedding2 Wedding Day #2- July 6,1967 Wedding Day- July 6,1968 copy wedding party-revised

Happy Canada Day!

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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!

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“FUN” Friday

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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!

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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

Trying to appear calm before jumping into the great big ocean

Can't back out now!

Can’t back out now!

Trying to keep up!

Trying to keep up!

We have dolphins!

We have dolphins!

Look at the beautiful scenery...

Look at the beautiful scenery…

And then a different look for the scenery...amazing!

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!

This was my favourite shot. I took it once i got back on the boat to watch them swim away from us. Beautiful!

Throwback Thursday

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Being it is “Graduation” time for a lot of students I thought I would post my Grad photos from Grade 8, Highschool and College. Oh My! Happy Graduation to all those students out there… Congrats! Way to go! 🙂

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Pic 1- Grade 8-  I'm in the pink dress. I had no photos of me by myself! Pic 2- Highschool- I love this photo! It is the only one I have of just me and my grandparents from both sides <3 Pic 3- College- The only one I have by myself!

Pic 1- Grade 8- I’m in the pink dress. I had no photos of me by myself!
Pic 2- Highschool- I love this photo! It is the only one I have of just me and my grandparents from both sides
Pic 3- College- The only one I have by myself!