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 have no idea when this photo was taken! It is of my mom, my two brothers and I. Staying in the theme of Dad’s, I wanted to post this. My Dad has always been a huge provider to our family and he still is to this day. He helps us whenever we need it and for that, we are all very grateful and very thankful. So Dad, from all of us… THANK YOU! xoxo
It’s my Mom’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mom! I can’t ever thank you enough for what you do for me, for us. Thank you for always being there, believing in me, encouraging me, supporting me, loving me. I will be forever grateful and appreciative that you were chosen to be my Mom. I am a lucky girl. I Love You with all my heart. xoxo Tina
I Love You Mom
You brighten up my life,
With tender love and care,
When I reach out
You’re always there.You’re someone I can count on,
When I need a helping hand,
You’re warm and loving,
You always understand.
I’m so thankful to have
A mom like you,
There is no other,
Who could fill your shoes.
I always took for granted,
That you were there for me,
And all the things you did,
But now I see.
You’re such a good example,
Of what a mom should be,
We always get along so well,
Even when we disagree.
You’re so patient,
You don’t ask for anything,
You’re so quick to give,
And such a joy to be around,
You’re such a good person,
You deserve a special crown.
You have a good heart,
You’re honest and true,
You’re the best mother,
And I really love you.
– © Lyndsey Romjue
Happy Mother’s Day to all those wonderful mom’s out there. Enjoy your day… you deserve it! And to my mom and Nanny- I love you both xoxo. Thank you mom for all you do for me, for us ❤
Today is a bit of a different “Wicked Wednesday”. It is not a special edition (referring to a musical-type post). I had a very happy morning. My little lady is in pre-school right now and she will be starting full-time school in the fall. I had the opportunity to attend her “Mother’s Day Tea” in the classroom today along with my mom. It was MY first one.
I didn’t tell her that I would be coming early with her Nana to have snacks and iced tea. She was so excited to see us. She presented me with a homemade card and a little plant (flowers that they had been growing in class for a little while now) and a big hug. She even said “Happy Mother’s Day”! It was so cute.
When we returned home, as I was making lunch, I got even more kisses and more “Happy Mother’s Day” greetings. She doesn’t quite get it yet but I will take it! She seems so grown-up all of a sudden and she is only 3. Love her to bits xoxo
BUCKET LIST – No. 4
I adore donkeys! I don’t know what it is about them but I “LOVE” them. I think they are adorable, fun and they have been a part of some memorable times in my life. I don’t own any, although at one point in my life I thought it would be pretty cool to have a donkey farm. Maybe it’s the fact that they are a bit like me… STUBBORN. We have something in common.
My bucket list item for today is… to volunteer at a donkey sanctuary. It just so happens I have been to two of them. In 2009, I ended up going on a girl’s trip (kind of last minute) to Aruba. We all did some research and tried to fit in something that someone wanted to see or do while we were there. I discovered that they had a donkey sanctuary in Aruba and that is where I wanted to go. So, one day we rented jeeps and drove everywhere. We finally found the sanctuary but unfortunately it was closed for the day 😦 The donkeys, however were out so we got to have a little interaction with them on the other side of the fence. Yes, I was disappointed as I would have liked to go in and talk to someone but it just didn’t happen. I was happy to give a little love from the other side…
http://main.arubandonkey.org/portal/ and https://www.facebook.com/donkey.sanctuary.aruba
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba– March 12, 2009
Last year, while trying to find something to do with the kiddies, I discovered that we had a Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. How did I not know about this?! To make it even crazier, it is only about a 1 hour drive from me! I can’t believe I didn’t see/hear about this place. As soon as I saw it, I knew that’s where we would go…and we did! I loved it. We had a great afternoon learning about all the donkeys and their stories. It is a beautiful working farm. We discovered they also have volunteer days where you can go and help out with the donkeys.
As soon as my girls get a little bit bigger, I plan on crossing this off my bucket list (maybe a few times). I think it would be good to volunteer every year so I can get a few cuddles in as well.
Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
May 19, 2013
Last Wednesday, I pulled my 3 year old out of pre-school a little early. I wanted to take her and her sister on a little road trip to a nearby city. I know they are a little young to understand some things right now but I thought this was a great way to celebrate, support and have fun at the same time. I don’t think it’s ever too early to teach them the importance of support and caring and what a great role model is. I told my 3 year old we were going to “cheer on a girl who was doing a big bike ride across our country to help people that need it”.
The event was being held at a local Canadian Tire store so it was easy for us to get there. The event was Clara’s Big Ride. Six time Canadian Olympic Medalist, Clara Hughes is riding across Canada in 110 days (12,000 km) to promote mental health and break down the stigma it has attached to it.
The girls were all excited when we entered because they got some pretty cool blow-ups that they could wave around when she arrived and they had snacks and juice boxes which a 3 year old can’t pass up. As long as there is snacks-everyone is happy. Anyways, when she arrived- there was alot of excitement and I felt so much “awe” to be in the presence of someone so incredible. The dedication, the passion, the strength, the drive of one person is helping to make this world a better place. To me, that is simply “incredible”. Not only is she an Olympic athlete (which is amazing on it’s own), she is someone with so much spirit and that seems to radiate through her personality and her smile.
As a fellow Canadian, I want to congratulate Clara on her efforts and achievements and wish her the best for the rest of her journey. Stay safe my friend- you are an inspiration to all of us. Thank You for taking the time to meet us and for doing what you do. Your efforts are much appreciated. Please support Clara in any way you can… it’s important.
My little babe’s first time meeting a “Hero”
Clara and my most favourite girls in the world xo
As a mom, I try very hard to make sure my girls are learning to be polite and using their manners all the time. It is trying at times to say the least. I am pretty strict about sitting properly at the dinner table (knees down, facing forward etc.) and saying please and thank you. Now, as most parents know it is not always going to go how we want it too. I have a 3 year old and she definitely has a mind of her own. I have to enforce “politeness” so many times in a day… it really does get tiring. The thing that makes it all worthwhile is when you see them do something without asking. It melts your heart. I had a scenario the other day that made me feel so proud and I secretly had to give myself a pat on the back.
The girls were watching cartoons and I called them for lunch. I told them to bring their milk (sippy cups) with them to the table. Of course, the 3 year old comes out with no milk (we really need to work on listening skills!). What came next, made me melt. The baby, Willow- who is just shy of 17 months, picked up a sippy cup, came to the kitchen, handed Zoë her milk, turned around and went back into the livingroom. She picked up her own milk and headed to her chair for lunch. I was so in shock that she even understood all that. Moments like this just make your heart fill with so much joy! Zoë has always gotten Willow her milk out of the fridge when she goes for her own. I never told her to do it, it is just something she’s always done since Willow could drink out of cup. I told Zoë she was such a good big sister for showing Willow how to be polite and think of another person. We all did a little happy dance. Zoë was happy getting the recognition and praise of being a good teacher to Willow, Willow was just happy for her milk (hee hee) and I was just PROUD! Love my girls soooo much!
Photo Credit: Becky Einwechter at Pure Essence Professional Photography
Kids are so cute… I LOVE them and I LOVE the curiousity of babies! Teeth have never been so fascinating… hee hee. Most of all I love the cuddles!!! xo