Monday, 11 December 2017


"a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: I stole this shot from his IG account. Playing it cool with his Starbucks while freezing in the dumping snow on Grouse Mountain. We had a super day but were ill prepared for all the snow coming down. 

Lily: Powell River doesn't have a Dairy Queen so this lady was particularly happy to celebrate out of town and have an ice cream cake on actual birthday. We'd already been celebrating for days and this was the perfect way to end it.  
As ever, joining in with Donna and others for Living Arrows
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Friday, 8 December 2017


"a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: Up early, surrounded by his gear and overnight bag, waiting for me to drive him to the ferry for his overnighter to Victoria to play hockey. 

Lily: Happily decorating her gingerbread house surrounded by friends who all came to celebrate her turning 12. We partied several days before her actual birthday this year but it was the only way it would work out. She didn't care as she knew there were more party's to come. Will post more on her never ending birthday celebration soon. 

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

12 + a day

We were away for the last four days so missed doing her birthday quiz the night before she turned 12. Instead she is answering them as a very fresh 12 year old, one day after her birthday. What can I say about Lily? She's a dream. She's what I imagined having a daughter would be like. We are great friends. I admire her lots and love her style, her creativity and energy. She can be very indecisive and would rather you make the decision for her than give her a choice. She is a super picky eater but I'm hoping that will change over time. It did for me. She's loving and kind and has a good heart. I love her and can't believe she is 12 already. 

1. Today you are 12 + 1 day, how are you feeling?
     "I feel EXACTLY the same"

2. What are you most proud of yourself for?
     "ummmm...for being kind to everyone, not just certain people"

3. Describe yourself in three words
    "this is easy...awesome, imaginative, crazy"

4. What do you want to do when you grow up?
     "I want to be a computer animator for Pixar, I'd like to be you-tuber, I want to act and direct, I want to              work at Disney, write books and donate to charities. "

5. Where do you think you'll go to college
    "I want to go Emily Carr"

6. Who is your hero?
    "Collen Balinger, my Mom, my Dad, my brother, Gramma & Papa, Auntie, Nana Jane"

7. What do you like most about school?
    "language arts"

8. What is something that makes you angry?
    "when people do things that I have asked them to stop doing - annoying stuff"

9. What makes you happy?
    "musicals, eating rice, hanging out with Marlyse, watching you-tube, reading, drawing"

10. Who is the kindest person you know?
      "my mom, Marlyse, Dad, Gramma, Papa & Jackson"

11. What is your favourite
      movie "Wonder, Daddy's Home 2 & Despicable Me 3"  food "sesame seeds" song "Pennies from                   Heaven" month  "December & February" tv show "you-tuber The Bakeey"  book "Prisoner of Azkaban & The Babysitters Club graphic novels"

 12. Where do you hope to live when you grow up?
      "California, England, France, New York, Fiji & BC, Canada!!!" 

13. Do you dream of anything?
      "being a Pixar animator"

14. Describe your family...
      Dad "cool, busy and amazing"  Mom "supportive, loving" Jackson "self absorbed and kind"

15. What do you like about your brother?
      "That he is very popular, a great sport and a good person"

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


"a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: Almost as tall as our tree now. 

Lily: She is now officially enrolled in Pathfinders. She received 2 pins and 3 badges at her enrollement ceremony and was so proud and happy to be a part of it all. If I'm being honest, I was tearing up looking at how happy she was to participate in the ceremony. I'm such a softy. 

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Monday, 20 November 2017

46 & 47/52

Another busy couple of weeks means zero time for the blog and no great pictures plus two Living Arrows posts in one again. I look SO forward to the end of this semester for me so I can relax a little,stop thinking about how I'm going to write this essay, enjoy Christmas and play catch up on this space. Three more weeks. Wish me luck!

Week 46
"a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: My boys was asked to join and play with the rep team for the weekend when they travelled to Coquitlam to compete in a tournament.  He played well throughout the tourney but got two fantastic goals and received the MVP in the first game. As ever, I felt very proud of him!

Lily: Her Pathfinders troup had a Murder Mystery party this week and she had the role of Miss Arizona who turned out to the murderer!!! Lily couldn't have been more pleased with her role :) She loved getting all dressed up and acting according to the bio that was given to her the week before. She didn't know she was the murderer until she got to the party but suspected (and hoped) she was. Our leaders do a real exceptional job! Lily loves her Tuesday evenings at Pathfinders.  

Their together shot this week includes their Uncle Kevin. We had such a busy week and then travelled to the tourney and this was the only picture I'd taken with the two of them in it. 

Week 47

"a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: Although he is still very fearful of large dogs, he sure LOVES our babies. 

Lily: She got this new dress while we were in the city and claimed it made her want to jump. I must also include a quote from her this week. The kids and I were driving home from school and Jackson and I were chatting about an incident at the high school involving some very bad kids. Lily was in the back seat and I thought, off in her own little world but mumbles "Kids are slowing turning into animals." It was so quiet but hilarious.  

Linking up with Donna and others again over at Living Arrows 
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Pumpkin Patching

I'm not sure how much longer I can continue this tradition but managed once again to get to a pumpkin patch for some pics with the kids. Jackson may have taken a bribe this year but once we got there he was keen. He's a very good sport for his Mama and I'm so grateful that he is. Huge ugly black clouds loomed above us but we managed to get some shots, conquer the corn maze and play a few games before the rain began and we headed back to the car. The Laity Pumpkin Patch is the same one I took Jackson to when he was just a year old and I don't know that we've been back since. It's a great place with loads of fun activities especially if you have younger children. I would totally recommend it. Another year, another patch. Check out previous years here andhere.


"a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: He dressed for pictures but didn't actually go trick or treating this year. Lots of kids his age still go out but he decided against it. He joined us to go to both grandparents houses (and to light a few fireworks off) but then went his own way. He went to a buddies place with a bunch of others and they lit off fireworks and had hot dogs and treats. It was the right choice and he came home with a smile on his face but I did feel a little sad because he's so old already. 

Lily: Mary Poppins had a super night and came home with too much loot as usual. So many people were delighted to see her happy costume. I offered to take her umbrella several times during the night but she was keen to play the part til the end. 

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