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Throwback Thursday


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



Happy Anniversary!


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

“FUN” Friday



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!


Source: Shutterstock.com

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


Yesterday, my baby girl had her year end class trip for pre-school. We went bowling and to the park for a picnic lunch. It was alot of fun and we all had a good time. Before we left the bowling alley we got a class picture- the first of many!

That leads me to my Throwback Thursday. I don’t have a pre-school or kindergarden class photo but I do have a Grade 1 photo.

class pic-grade 1

It’s not hard to tell in all my class photos where I am. I was always the smallest in my class  (look at my feet just off the chair) and in every class photo I was front row center (with the exception of this one and my Grad one where I was one off of the center.

Wicked Wednesday… Special Edition


It’s funny… when we are younger we just think about what’s going on for the next night or the weekend. There is no worries. We go to work, go out after work with friends and repeat. We have friends that we may see once in awhile or hang with one’s we have had for a long time.

I come from a small town. We were always going to the city “next door” to go out. The city was not a big one but it had enough bars for us to go back and forth to. You would always run into someone you knew and would never have to worry about losing your friends as there was always someone else to hang out with until you found them again. When you go out that much, it’s almost like you are friends with everyone because you see the same people every single weekend. Of course, we don’t know them all personally but you know them enough to give them a nod in passing or a quick hello.

We don’t tend to think too far into the future when it come’s to how everyone’s life is going to turn out. What kind of job will they end up in? Where will they live? Will you stay in touch?

Now that I am older and we have so many social media outlets, it’s definitely easier to get in touch or stay in touch with those we used to know. The next person (Greg) is one of those people from my past. We went to school together. He was a little younger than I. His sister was one grade ahead of me. We didn’t hang out in the school years but we would often meet up in the bar crowds.

Greg has went on to pursue a music career. He is a singer/songwriter and is pretty amazing. I feel so happy for people like him because being any kind of artist is a hard deal. They inspire me with their dedication and drive to do what they love. It’s not an easy way to live. I’m sure between studio, touring, promoting etc.  it get’s pretty gruesome at times. I can’t imagine. I would never be able to do that kind of thing (I’m too shy), so I have even more respect for those that can get out there and pour their heart and soul out in front so many people.

My musical inspiration for today is Greg Ball. I haven’t had the opportunity to see him perform live yet but he has been with me on roadtrips and while doing my housecleaning… hee hee. I missed out seeing him last year but the next time he comes to town, I will be there. It would be nice to reunite- it’s been a very long time. Please check him out and support his music. You will love it!

This picture was taken a long time ago… good times (he’s on the left!)!

greg ball

Throwback Thursday


Today’s post is not a sad day but a celebration of an AWESOME Grandpa. Ten years ago today, my Grandpa passed away. He was one of the funniest men I have ever known. He was always making jokes with everyone but he especially knew how to kid around with the ladies. My Nanny just laughed as she knew it was all in good fun. He always seemed to know how to put everyone at ease.

He and my Nanny were married for almost 57 years, had he made it to Christmas. Yes, their Anniversary was December 25th! As a kid, I lived a block away from my grandparents. I was down there a lot. I have so many good memories and I am very thankful for that.

Grandpa had some cool hobbies. He loved gardening and had flowers downstairs in the basement under lights at all times. He and Nan did ceramics at one point and I still have some pretty cool dollhouse miniatures made by them. He also loved to sculpt Bonsai trees- I thought this was the coolest hobby ever. He LOVED to drive! They were always going out for a “drive”- especially in the countryside. He loved Shirley Temple and Dolly Parton. The biggest hobby for Grandpa was his organ. He loved his music. He was amazing! He played by ear. He could listen to something and immediately play it. Almost every time I went to visit, I could hear the music floating out the windows and filling the room with happiness.

When I decided to travel, I couldn’t stay at home. My grandparents offered me a place to stay before I left, so I moved in with them for 3 months. I feel so fortunate that I got to spend the time with them. It will always be treasured.

Grandpa had it rough… health wise. He was so strong though. When he was first diagnosed with cancer, they gave him about a 2 year timeline. We were lucky to have him with us an extra 20 years! Near the end, it took a huge toll on him and he ended up having other complications as well. It was so hard to see him that way.

I visited him a lot near the end and most of our visits were really good. He was alert and able to carry on a conversation.One of our last conversations has stayed with me and always will. As far back as I can remember he always told me “you don’t need a boyfriend… they are always trouble”. I can still hear him telling me. At the time he got sick, I had just met George and we had only been on a few dates. My daily visits usually had me talking about my “dates” with George. He wasn’t so talkative near the end but the one visit, after I told him about my date he looked straight at me and said “what are you waiting for?” I was flabbergasted! I barely knew George and he had always been the one to tell me to “stay away from boys”. He passed away shortly after this but what came next… I am “positive”, he was the one to bring George and I together.

I have only told a handful of people about this. George was with me when I heard the news of Grandpa’s passing. Being we were so new (not even boyfriend-girlfriend status), I told him I would call him in a few days once we got through all the visitations and funeral. He insisted on meeting my parents to offer condolences. I wasn’t really ready for that but he thought it was only right. Not the best way for someone to meet the parents. It went as well as could be expected.

On the funeral day, my whole family was present. As I was standing at the front of the room talking with my sister-in-law I heard “Ummmmm, Tina”. I looked up and what happened next… I can’t explain. I like to think…no, I know it was Grandpa giving me a sign from above. Have you every seen the movie Big Fish? This is exactly what happened, no joke. I still can’t believe it. It makes me teary every time I think about it. When I looked up, George was standing in the middle of the room in a black suit with his hands in his pockets, looking right at me. I couldn’t hear anyone talking around me, there was no movement around me- it was completely silent. I was just looking at George. I will never forget that experience. After what felt like forever, I heard my sister-in-law say “Tina, go see him”. He met my entire family that day- brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles etc. So, even though Grandpa wasn’t there in person, I know he was there in spirit helping me along.

Two years later, I married George. We walked out of the church with Grandpa’s music filling my ears and my heart. I miss him but continue to love him and his qualities that made him the BEST Grandpa in the world.

PicMonkey Collage-Gramps-April 3,2014

Wicked Wednesday… Special Edition





It was a great night filled with great music. The year was 2003. The band was “Pilate” (at the time). They went on to change their name to Pilot Speed. Unfortunately, they are no longer a band but “Into Your Hideout”  off the Caught by the Window album is still one of my favourite songs. Check it out on Itunes!



I’m not going back too far today- only 3 years. However, it feels like a lifetime ago! George and I had just had our first baby 4 months prior to these pics. This was our first roadtrip with her. I am a big Tim Burton fan and I was so happy to be able to go to an exhibition in Toronto. It was amazing! When I look at these pics, I am astounded by how quickly time goes. 3 years is not a long time in my eyes but when I see how small Zoë was, I can’t believe it. She will be 4 this year and starting school and my other baby will be 2. The changes that occur in those few short years really are incredible. It kind of makes me sad in a way because I almost don’t even remember her being that small- how can that be?! When people say to “enjoy the baby years, it doesn’t last long”, they really are telling the truth.

tim burton1

March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011


Throwback Thursday

“FUN” Friday- Castle Love



I want to stay the night in a castle! I could have easily crossed this off my bucket list if I had thought about it when I was travelling. I lived in England for a year so I had every opportunity! I am kicking myself now. There are an abundance of amazing castles in England, Ireland and Scotland and I probably could have stayed in one in each country. I don’t think I will be getting “over the pond” anytime soon so I may have to wait a bit on this one. The one thing about a bucket list is it actually gives you hope and excitement of the “someday”. I found a great site about castle stays  so I will be keeping it on file (it is “family-friendly” as I am not single anymore).

In doing a little research, I came across Leeds Castle in Kent. I visited that castle when travelling. It was beautiful and I loved it!  The grounds were amazing. I don’t think you could stay there back then but you sure can now! Maybe just maybe….



Photo Credit: http://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk/leeds_castle.htm

So, I have not stayed in a castle but I have STORMED a castle. On my tour through Northern Ireland, we stopped at Dunluce Castle. Unfortunately, we were a bit behind schedule so the sun was going down. We didn’t have a lot of time to explore but because there was no one around we “stormed” over the wall. We did get to see the sun set from a castle which was pretty awesome and I was secretly happy that none of us fell off the edge. It was really dark!

Dunluce Castle I know the picture isn't great but it's the only one I have at the castle as it was so dark. This is the wall we "stormed" over.

Dunluce Castle
I know the picture isn’t great but it’s the only one I have at the castle as it was so dark. This is the wall we “stormed” over.