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At Christmas Grandma got a gift – the promise of family pictures! And now many, many months later we finally found a time to make her gift a reality. Thanksgiving worked out to be the perfect time to capture the family when everyone is all together! Beautiful leaves, cute kids running around in the sunshine. We had a great time down at Battlefield park in Stoney Creek. Everyone was in great spirits. Well, except maybe Tobias who was done with it all at the end! His big brother was so helpful in trying to keep him going – so sweet that he was wiping his tears away. Here are a few photos for you to enjoy as you take time to be thankful this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!!
This morning I got a lovely email from a friend, thanking me for a business referral and wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving. It brightened my day and lifted my heart to know that by making a simple connection, he had been helped. Such a small thing, really. Sending out an email. It sure did brighten my morning though! Taking the time to just say thanks is so important. Why don’t I do it more often? Cultivating an attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness really does change our experience. When we are intentionally thankful, and express it to those around us, all of a sudden we start seeing just how great life is. Sure, there’s still grey mornings and problems … but we start to see that these are the exceptions in a marvelous life, rather than the rule. So, this Thanksgiving season I will take a pause to be grateful for turkey naps, friends, family (even if they did go away and we have to celebrate later), autumn days and art crawls. And for you, my friends, who let me document and share your lives in photos. Thanks!
Spent some time with a couple friends and family up at the cottage… swimming, eating, canoeing, eating, dinosaur egg watching, eating and exploring magic forests with Evie. It was great! We even snuck in a family photo at the end, because, for the first time – we were all at the cottage AT THE SAME TIME! A minor miracle.
And in case you were wondering, yes. Micah’s small mouth bass was very tasty indeed.
My little 4 year old nephew is involved with soccer. I went yesterday to go see the little timbits run around on the pitch and stick to the ball like glue. It was HOT! Those poor guys did their best though, despite the heat. The coaches and ref were great giving many, many water breaks when they could see the kids needed it. So fun to watch! I love that Micah was explaining to the ref which way he was supposed to go with the ball. He got bored while in goal as there wasn’t much action and started to climb the post, or talk to it, not really sure. His little sister didn’t want to miss out on the action and kept running onto the field to join in. During the snack break, one of the coaches asked them what their team name was – The Fairies! The Avengers! The Marshmallows! Gotta love 4 year old humour. For a treat afterwards we went for some ice cream – perfect for the hot summer night!
I love my dad. Yesterday we went for a motorcycle ride out in Haldimand County on his shiny red Boulevard bike. It was great! The sun was beating down on us as we wove our windy way through the back roads towards the airport. You see, as kids we used to go to the airshow all the time. I recall it as being bright, hot, thirsty and amazing to see these giant machines zip all over the sky. I bet us 3 kids were delightful, as only darty children in a large crowd can be.
We stopped on Glancaster overpass and couldn’t have had better seats to watch the entire airshow – for free! We made friends with Eric who lives near the airport and is a huge airshow fan. We saw the snowbirds with their crazy stunts as well as the F-18 and the Lancaster and the other ‘old heavies’ (no idea what that actually means, but I nodded like I did.) Sadly, I didn’t have my camera there, what with being on the back of a motorcycle and all, but couldn’t resist trying to snap a few pics with my cell from our amazing vantage point. In some ways I’m glad I didn’t have it with me. I think I might have been too focused on the shot and missed out on some of the actual experience. It was wonderful to just spend time with my dad. Later that evening we were reminiscing about the difficult, emotional teen years – the slamming of doors, the constant pushing to be away from my folks and do things on my own. Sigh. We’re all so happy those days are behind us, though at the time it seemed like it would be that way forever. And now we hang out, watch with wonder the old planes in the sky and pick up pizza on a motorcycle (a very careful balancing act.) Thanks for a great day yesterday dad! Happy Father’s Day.
For my nephew’s 4th birthday I promised him a train ride. On a real train. With a conductor that wears the hat. And has blue cars. And red ones. Luckily I was able to fill such a specific request at the Waterloo Central Railway! Today we went and rode on the old school train in a car from 1923. He was in his glory! So excited to be able to stick his head out the slow moving train, and see what aminals he could see. Though the ride was not as fast as he thought it would be (we were passed by at 70 year old ona bicycle), he had an amazing time. His favourite part? The whistle. I have to confess I liked it too, but second to the look of wonder on his little face when we first entered the train.
This past weekend was all about the mothers for me. First, there was a walk in Dundas put on by the Save the Mother’s organization- a group dedicated to advocating for baby and maternal health. Then I was able to spend some time with my own mom on Sunday afternoon. Eating, talking and just generally being together was such a nice treat! We are planning a girls day with my sister that includes a little tea at Taylor’s Tea Room (I highly recommend their scones! ) so we can have more time just being together. Love that! We were also able to spend some time up north together recently… drinking coffee, reading and chatting. So blessed to have such a great mom!
Today I met the newest member of our family – Baby Esmeralda Marie. Esme for short. My cousin Rob and his wife Tasha had a beautiful little girl 6 days ago. She is gorgeous! Look at her long toes and fingers! Here are just a few quick pics I was able to snap of her today. Welcome little one!!
This year for Christmas instead of giving my family actual gifts, I decided to do a family outing experience as my present to them. After opening a giant empty box, my family learned of my plan to take them all out for bowling and pizza!! We had such a great time! Loads of laughs along with the joy of simply spending time together. It was such a wonderful time that I’m thinking of doing experiential gifts from now on.
This year we had a slightly different Christmas than we had planned… Sure there was the traditional Christmas Eve lasagna and wings, gifts for the kidlets and cheer with the family, but we also had an uninvited bug of a guest that made for an interesting night. Little Micah caught a stomach bug and within a few minutes of him being at my folks, was sick all over the place. Including right on his baby sister’s head. Poor thing! After some quick baths and costume change into jammies, they were good to go. In some of the pics you’ll notice little Lydia is just in tights and her new sweater as she managed to go through another outfit post dinner. Don’t worry. I explained to her that this was an emergency situation, but that tights are NOT in fact pants. In typical kid fashion, once the toys wore out it was onto wrestling with uncle Bill (who LOVES that I take his picture all the time) and popping the bubble wrap. Good times. And Micah? Well, he was fine and ended up sharing his Christmas gift with the rest of the family… hence the delay in this post! Turkey soup really does cure all!