Thursday, 29 September 2016

Almost 13!!!

Tomorrow when my boy wakes up he'll be 13! I am full of disbelief over this and wonder how it can possibly be true. The sweet boy that made me a Mama already a teenager!!! Fortunately for us he continues to be sweet and kind with a dash of attitude for good measure. I love him so much and am proud to call him my son. His answers this year were very pure as he didn't look over last years before we started. I'm thrilled that the first word he used to describe himself was happy. That thrills my Mama heart beyond any words I can write here. Let the celebrating begin. Here's to many wonderful years ahead my boy! 

1. Tomorrow you'll be 13, how do you think you'll feel when you wake up
     "the same as when I was 12"

2. What are you most proud of yourself for?
     "being an umpire during ball season"

3. Describe yourself in three words
    "happy, smart, athletic"

4. What do you want to do when you grow up?
     "pro ball player"

5. Where do you think you'll go to college
    "I want to go to the University of Oregon"

6. Who is your hero?
    "Brendan Gallagher"

7. What do you like most about school?
    "that I have all my friends with me now that I'm in high school"

8. What is something that makes you angry?
    "wet socks"

9. What makes you happy?
    "hockey and baseball"

10. Who is the kindest person you know?

11. What is your favourite
      movie "The Lion King"  food "a good sandwich with lots of veggies and good sauces" song "too many to chose       one" month "July" tv show "I don't really watch tv"  book "Harry Potter"

 12. Where do you hope to live when you grow up?
      "in Vancouver" 

13. Do you dream of anything?
      "being in the MLB"

14. Describe your family...
      Dad "busy & cool"  Mom "nice & exhausted" Lily "short & funny"

15. What do you like about your sister?
      "that she doesn't bug me too much"

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


  "a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2016"

All photos taken with my new phone. I've been pretty lazy and busy and haven't pulled out the camera all week. 

Jackson: One evening after volleyball practice, when the school was somewhat empty,  I convinced Jackson to take me to his locker and have his picture taken. I'd been desperate to check it out since he started high school earlier this month. Maybe it's because I still can't believe he is in high school and I'm having a hard time letting go. I'm not really sure the reason I wanted to see where his locker was but he was happy enough to show me and point out where other friends had lockers. He is a good sport and I'm grateful. 

Lily: As I mentioned above, I haven't pulled out the Canon all week and actually thought I didn't have a portrait of her alone at all. Then I found a few selfies on my new phone and was glad I had something to post. Yay Lily for giving me options. :)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Yay Autumn is Here and I got a new phone

My favourite season is back and today Neil surprised me with a new iPhone, so I wondered around and took some photos.
Happy Happy Happy day!!!

Linking up with Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A Fall Favourite

For this fall treat, you will need
10 large apples
1 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
  10 HobNob Oatmeal cookies rolled out
 If HobNobs aren't available where you live, I suggest another oatmeal digestive biscuit. 
 Peel, core and slice apples. Try not to cut your finger if using a mandoline which is what I did as soon as I got started. Fortunately my husband was home and could finish the job for me. 
 Add 2 tbsp of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of your brown sugar to the apples and mix thoroughly.
Place your cookies in a ziploc or food processor and crush until coarse.
In a large bowl, mix together the remainder of your brown sugar, butter, flour. The best way to do this is with your hands but of course it's up to you. Just be sure to mix well.
 Add your crushed cookies to the mix and mix some more til crumbly. 
Place apples in a 9x13 baking dish and add generous amounts of crumble mixture to the top.
We enjoy it the best hot out of the oven with vanilla ice cream. Try it, you won't regret it

Monday, 19 September 2016

Neil is 43

This guy is my everything and today he turned 43. He's an amazing Dad to Jackson & Lily, a good friend to too many to count and such a hard worker. I really do thank my lucky stars every single day for him and the wonderful life he has given me. It's hard to put into words how much I love him. He's the best and I'm so grateful. Happy Happy birthday to you Neil. xo


 "a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2016"

Jackson & Lily: Holding on to summertime fun just a bit longer. Last weekend was gorgeous and the lake was calling their names. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


  "a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2016"

Jackson: Grade 8/High School!!! is so far, so good. As a matter of fact, he's loving it. He's not super keen on his French teacher as he feels he gives "too much homework" but otherwise all is well. He enjoys catching the bus to school and home, has already been to and LOVED a dance and is managing fine moving to different classrooms and having several different teachers. This week he also finished his tryouts for Rep Hockey and didn't make the cut. He took it so well making Neil and I so proud of how mature he can be when he needs to be. Yay Jackson! You are such a good guy!

Lily: Grade 6 has turned out really well for my girl. The first day was interesting as we found that almost the entire school had gone to split classes for all grades except Kindergarten. Lily is now is a 5/6 split but as she spends most of her time with her friends in the grade below, this is perfect for her. She's my December girl and really does seem to gravitate towards the girls in the lower grade. She still loves to play and so do they. She has two teachers who are splitting the week in half, some days alternating the morning/afternoon. She likes one more than the other but that is the beauty of the split - she will only have to put up with the one for half the week. Next week, Acro begins and the week after that swimming. She a busy, happy little lady. 

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