Monday, June 12, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday

Happy Saturday!!! Today (a few days late!) I am linking with Andrea to talk about #thestruggleisreal.

Here are a few struggles in my life...

1) Infertility. Most of the time, I am pretty content with our not having kids, but every once in awhile, this becomes a struggle. That is when I have to take a step back, breathe, probably pray, and or talk with someone, and then go on about my day. Or, if i can...just end up being grumpy for the rest of the evening. Ha!

2) Time with God. Yes, I pray as I am going about my day...both sincere, and not-so-sincere; meaningful, and fast...but I really don't spend time with God like I know I should. I have NO excuses! At.All. I do try and read the verse of the day from my phone app, and I have about 20 devotions going. I don't read even one every day. I will go weeks without reading them, then I will read about 5 in a day. At least I try, right?

3) Reading Decent Books. I haven't read a book (decent or otherwise) in years. It has been magazines only. I wish I could get into a few Christian (or even just some sort of intellectual book) books, or even just a good thought provoking book or novel, but I cannot.

4) Health And Fitness. I want to be fit and healthy. I also want pie and fries. I want to got a walk every night. I also want to sit on my butt and watch TV/Movies. #thestruggleisreal

5) Volunteer/Ministry/Helping Others/Church Stuff. I love my job. I really do. But I also need my downtime. Therefore, I will often stay at home in the evenings, and not go out. I often will be selfish, and not help others, not get involved in ministry and or volunteer. Like our church is having VBS in July, I know I should help (and I have in the past), but I know that I will be probably pretty tired, and in need of a break.

6) Time with Anker/Others vs Being Alone. This is weird. I love my husband, my family and friends, but I also love being alone. I actually need to be very aware that people will need me (my company and my scintillating conversation!), but I often will just love to be by myself in our room. Yes, it is a very bad habit. There a lot of times when I would rather be home (in our room) than visiting with friends and even family.

7) Depression and Anxiety. This is for sure a struggle. One that I cope with on nearly a daily basis (on some level).

Life Lately

It's for another LL post!!

What can I say?

We finally got our A/C in our car fixed. We now have A/C in our house...all I can say is..Yay!!!

Our garden is growing, y'all! And we got our first strawberry this year from the garden. Yummy!

I am getting a Barium Swallow done in July to rule out any swallowing issues. My issues that I did have seemed to have been left me for now.

The right side of my neck and should hurt. It started on Friday afternoon/evening, and it hasn't really gotten better. It think it may have to do with all the time I spend on my computer and phone, and probably reading all my magazines!!

Our road is completely torn up. It is kind of annoying, and smelly! They are putting in a new sewer line, so we can smell sewer (even more than usual). It's gross. I hope that they get that part of it done soon.

I got my school staff and class pictures back last week. I have them sitting very proudly in our room. I might end up buying some cheap frames to put them in.

Only two more weeks left of school. I cannot wait! I know I will miss them this summer, but I am looking forward to the break.

Our class went swimming 8 out of the last 10 (school) days, and I really loved it. It broke up our afternoons, and today, we were all talking on how the day kind of went on and on, and on how tired we were...and realized that it was b/c we weren't going swimming today...sadness! The children now think that swimming is over, so school must be over, so they can be all crazy....umm..yah, no! Ha!

I also discovered that the park/swimming pool within walking distance to my house. I met up with my friend on our walk last wk, and I realized that it was super close (I knew that it was close, but I didn't know that it was THAT close!). So I expect that I will be spending a lot of time there!

I saw my friend's daughter at church yesterday. She was in our wedding as Flower Girl 10 yrs ago! Oh boy...did I feel old! She is almost 19, and she looks just like her mom! We talked about adult things...and I just am old!!! #thestruggleisreal #iamold

I adulted hard last week, and I bought a T-Fal fry pan (that we still need to use..ha!). It was for my birthday. Anker had gotten a GC from CT awhile back (he got it bc he had spent a certain amount), and he told me to go and buy myself something for my birthday (he doesn't shop for gifts much, though, to his credit, he did try to find something for me at the dollar store). It was 20 bucks down from $70. #adultingishardyo

It was super hot/muggy here in town, but when we got to my parents', we were FREEZING! I had to make a freaking fire! IN JUNE! Yah, I wasn't impressed..I was, however, impressed that I made a fire!! #shesstillgotskillz

We have some hard-core flooding here in town (well, all around the Interior, really). I went down twice last (June 2nd) week to one of the local parks, and the river was up pretty far into the parking lot. Then, my friend and I went down around 6 (three hours later), and the river had come up even more! It has receded a bit now (I went down last Wednesday, and it had gone down a lot), but it was kind of scary there, for awhile.

My niece's baby shower is next week, and I am head down there for the day for it. It will be great to see my brother and his wife, and of course, the new baby! It should be a fun day!

I have been watching various tv shows, and movies (either on TV or on DVD) lately. I was into a few shows on HGTV, but I was getting overwhelmed by all of the various episodes (I would set the PVR to whenever they would come on), so I just ended up deleting the series. I still want to watch THE FOUNDER, and a few others. I hope that since no good shows will be on this summer that I will be able to watch my own movies that I have, as well as maybe finish watching FRASIER. and of course TBBT, and FRIENDS.

Last week was our last Chapel of the school year. During the year, the older kids get buddied up with the younger kids (I think this is the first year that they have done this..though the K's and Grade 12's have always been buddied up). It has been really fun, and neat the see the older buddies with their younger buddies. Once a month, we did a project with the buddies, and it was really fun. Well, last week was our last "real" chapel of the year, and we had an entire school chapel (i think they only do this twice a year), and it was super fun! It was held out in the court yard, and the kids had a ton of fun  jumping around, singing, and doing the Congo Line. I hope we do it again next year.

I am getting a night guard, and I only have to pay $23 of it! They did 5 impressions awhile back, then they wanted me back to to the bottom...and while I was there, they said that they need to the do the top again, too! I nearly threw up this time. Thankfully, my friend (who is also a CDA) was there, and that helped. I told them that if they needed to do it again, I wasn't getting the night guard!

I was able to test some products out for a friend who does Arbonne (well, I have two friends who do it, but this person gave me some things to test out), and I really liked them. I will try to do a short review on my blog about it the next while.

Just a quick recap on LAST (June 2-4): Friday, I went to a BBQ at my friends house, then I met up for coffee with some other friends after a co-worker's bridal shower dinner. Saturday, I hung out, then I ran a few errands. I went to CT to grab shop for gifts, and then my friend and I got a Starbucks drink, and went for a walk. Then we drove down to the river to check out the water levels. Sunday, I had full intentions of going to church, but Anker and I ended up talking, and we watched the news. I sat outside for awhile, reading, then I went to H's soccer game. We grabbed a quick drink and snack afterwards, and then I came home. I think I watched a movie or something in the evening, and went to bed (late, as usual)!

I will do a birthday weekend recap/wrap up either tomorrow or Wednesday. It will be epic, let me tell you!!!

I think that about sums up our life. I like doing things LL posts in point form...they make it easy and not has long and stressful.

Here are some pics to end off this post:

 Road construction near our has gotten worse since this picture was taken.

My T-Fal pan :)

Shall we gather at the River? :)

Depression and Anxiety

I was looking through April's issue of Glamour Magazine today, and there was a section about Mental Health, and since that seems to be very popular right now, I thought I would go ahead and share some of my struggles with Anxiety and Depression.

My Mom had PPD back before it was even popular. I won't go into her struggle, but I will say that she suffered from it pretty bad. Thankfully, she was healed from it, and when asked, she will gladly share her story with you. I was about 5 when got it after she had my younger brother. Fast forward to when I was 17. I had negative thoughts and what I know now is Anxiety. I had this for about a year, and it was not fun, let me say. I worried..A LOT! I went crazy with it, and I am so thankful that Mom was there to help me through it. I never thought of going on meds...I am not sure that they would have helped at the time, anyway...or maybe they would have. second bout of it was when I was living in Calgary in the early 2000's. I was in my mid-20's. Again, with the thoughts, anxiety. I ended up going antidepressants/antidepressives, and they did a world of wonder. I started on Celexa, and then I went to Effexor XR, and it worked. Depression was just starting to go mainstream, especially with the internet. I moved back home to BC, and I shortly after, I went off of the meds. I didn't need to be on them, and I was doing well. I got married, we tried to get pregnant, then I got sick, then we found out that we might not be able to have kids. That was in December 2010. It was in February 2011 that things started to get bad again. I tried to stave off going on meds, or even seeing my Dr. I was too ashamed to talk to him about it, and certainly too ashamed to talk to anyone else about it. That was when Facebook and its groups were getting really popular, so I joined a few (I am quite a few MH, and Anxiety groups, though I don't post on/in them often), so being in them did help a bit. It was good to "talk" with people who had been dealing with similar situations as me. I am not sure when it was, but (not sure when I started this, but it is now June 12, and I should probably finish this up! I don't even remember what my train of thought was in/for this sentence!) things got pretty bad, so I decided to go to my doctor, and he gave me the same meds that I was on a few years prior. Well, I guess my body didn't like the medication this time, b/c I had some sort of horrible reaction: I was sick, and way more anxious than I had ever been. I think it was as close to a nervous breakdown as I had ever been. I finally convinced him to switch me over (he told me to just keep on it, and it may or may sort itself out) to my current meds, and I haven't looked back. I am on my meds, just a small dose, and I will probably stay one them for the rest of my life.

The point is, we shouldn't feel ashamed of it. Christians especially feel the stigma of having mental illness, whatever it may be. Christians are "supposed" to have it all. We are supposed to be happy and have it together all the time. Umm...guess what? We don't! NO ONE should feel ashamed to have a mental illness. Should you seek help and treatment? Yes! Do not ignore it. But please, oh please, don't be ashamed of it. Talk about it. Pray about it. Read about it. Do devotions (if you read the Bible) about it. Read the Bible on it (type in Depression in the Bible, and it will tell you where you can read about it). Being anxious can either be situational, or mental/emotional/on going. However you suffer from it, it sucks. Depression is like a black hole that you feel like you can't get out of. I hope that whoever is reading this that make you feel less alone. Get help. Talk to someone. You (and God) got this! You are never alone.

Friday Favourites (on Monday!)!!

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you are had a great wknd, and that your week is off to a great start. We are still slugging away at school in Canada, so no summer holidays yet! I do need to do another Life Lately Post, cause I have such an interesting and exciting life! Ha! I haven't even journaled in three weeks. I just haven't really felt like writing, I guess. I am too busy reading magazines, working and watching tv.

Here are my favourites from the last week (please note that most of these things happened after Friday....oooh, well):

1) Connecting with Friends:

I have been super bad about going to church lately, but I will say that I went on the 28th, and it was really nice. We have a potluck once a month after church, and since it was potluck Sunday, I ended up going. It was nice to connect with others again. On the 2nd of June, I went to a BBQ with my girls group (that originated from our church), and it was really fun. I even hit up another after party of a co-worker's bridal shower dinner. Well, "after-party" may be a bit of a was more like coffee in a coffee shop! I wished that I could have gone to the dinner, but I already had plans before this one came up. It was fun to hang out with them for some of the night, though. Saturday, the 3rd, my friend from work and I went out for a drive, a Starbucks, and a walk. We had lots of giggles and fun, as always.

2) New BBQ:

Not sure if I posted this or not, but Anker bought a new charcoal BBQ a few weeks ago. We have used a few times already, and we love it. We are currently trying to BBQ a pizza. I read about it, and I thought it would be fun to give it a far, it's not's taking forever to BBQ/heat up.

3) New Sandals:

I have 4 pairs of sandals/flip flops, and NONE of them seem to work for me. My feet get SUPER sore, and/or they leave weird stains on the bottoms of my feet. I actually got a GC to Winner's for my birthday (more on that in another post), and I was planning on using that, but my Sister-in-law Cady, and I ended up going shopping on Sunday, and I found a pair for $30, I hate spending that much sandals..anyway...they actually are fairly comfortable!!! I will post pics on IG in the next day or so.

4) Steeped Tea Scones:

I bought some more tea and I also wanted to try their scone mix, so I bought that too. I got it on Friday, and I took the mix to my parents (more on that), and I made them on Saturday. Oh my...can I just say, that they are delightful? Even my mom, who makes her own scones, said they were pretty good. The ones I got were the blueberry white chocolate chip..and I want to try more out. I am not sure who ate the last of them...the last I heard they were at the top of the fridge, never more to be seen! Pics of that are on my IG, too.

5) Birthday Shenanigans:

It was my birthday on Friday, and I had a lovely day! I got cards and presents from my co-workers, which was amazing. I even got a couple of more cards today at work. I went out for supper on Friday, with my Mom, Dad, Anker and H (more on that later), at White Spot, and it was really good. Afterwards, we all drove back to the ranch. Anker and I have a lovely weekend, although it was very cold. It rained nearly all day on Saturday. We were all a bit bored, but it was great to get away.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Victoria Day Long Wknd

Yes, it is nearly Friday, and I am blogging about last wknd..oooh well :)

It was a long wknd last wknd here in Canada, which is Victoria Day Long Weekend. Generally, the weather has been really crappy (from what other ppl have said, and from what I can remember), but last wknd was HOT!!! It was a four day wknd, as it was a PD Day at our school (the district had theirs last Monday), and we EA's didn't have to go...which kind of is a bummer, money-wise, but great, time-wise!

Friday, I slept in, and then I spent most of the morning outside in our yard, reading magazines. I had breakfast and coffee outside, too :) At around 1, I hung out in our room, and then I went to the library, then Starbucks to grab a cold drink, and then went to my friend/co-worker's/boss' house to look after her kids for the evening. Her kids are really sweet, and I think they liked me, which is good! I came home and then hung out for awhile (I think I watched TV), and then went to bed.

Saturday, I woke up at 8 (on my own..weird!), and we had plans on going to the Famers' Market, but Anker wasn't feeling well, so we didn't go. I grabbed breakfast, and we ate together and watched Big Bang, and then I went outside for a bit to read some more. I ended up going to meet my coffee friends for coffee, but I was a bit grumpy, and tired, and didn't really enjoy it. I went to Walmart, and I got a few things. As I was leaving, I saw my friend who works in the Vision Centre, so I visited for a bit, then I left. I went to the library, and I was going to text Anker about something, when I couldn't find my phone. I realized that I had probably left it at Wal-mart. I had a mild panic attack, praying that it was there, and not left in the parking lot somewhere, and thankfully it was where I had left it. I went back up, spent more money, ran more errands, and then came home for a couple of hours. Anker had some supper, but I didn't eat, as I was going out later to meet another co-worker/friend/boss and her husband, family and friends for her husband's birthday. I was really tired, but I had said that I would go, so I went. It was a nice time, but as I was coming home, I started feeling really sore and sick, so I just went right to bed.

Sunday, I woke up with a mild (real) panic attack. As for the reason,  I am not totally sure. I think it was just too many people, and knowing that I had planned on spending parts of the rest of the weekend with more people kind of freaked me out. I ended up staying home and relaxing, then I went  and met up with a friend at a local park. We sat and visited for 4 hours. I grabbed supper, and hung out for the rest of the night.  Anker and I watched STORKS, which was pretty cute, and then I watched THE INTERN, which I had watched before, and I liked it then, and I liked it now. I watched an episode of Dateline that I had recorded it awhile back, which was about the Life and Death of Princess Diana. I went to bed around 11 or 12.

Monday,  slept in, and hung out in the morning. I think I ran out for a bit, and then came back and hung out for a bit, then I went to my friend's place, where we had a lovely potluck. We ended the evening with words of encouragement, and prayer. I came home around 10, and then went to bed around 11.

That was my wknd! I loved having 4 full days off, but I was ready to get back to work on Tuesday.

Life Lately

I feel like I should do a bit of a life lately post..not that we have been doing anything exciting, but is nice to have a post about normal life (vs a link up post, or one about infertility).

Our garden is doing very well, no thanks to me. Anker has done a great job at planning, planting, and maintaining it. If you want to check out any pictures, hop on over to my IG page.

The city is putting in some new line or something, so they are busy playing in the dirt! When I got home from work and errands today, the pavement had turned into gravel. Awesome.

As stated before, my niece was born on May 23rd. She is so adorable! I cannot wait to see her. I may have to put a picture on Instagram.

It was two years ago this week that our friend Matt died. I still can't believe that it has been that long. I miss him all the time.

I bought my first watermelon today, and I think I will be throwing some of it away. I never know what to look for when I buy them.

I gotta say, I am tote jealz of seeing everyone's IG/FB/Blogging posts about their kids' last day of school today. We still have 4 more wks left! One the other side, though...we don't go back until after Labour Day, so you may be laughing at us now, but we will be laughing at you all when you go back the beginning or middle of August :)

Anker and I haven't done a ton together lately. We will watch the odd movie, and the news, and of course, we will have a chat, and we will run errands together, but we haven't done a whole ton. We did for a walk awhile back, which was nice.

I had a very weird acid reflux/heartburn thing happen a few weeks ago, and it got so bad, that I went to the hospital. I didn't know if I was having a heart attack or not, and I wanted to be sure. Anyway, it was heartburn, but it still bothered me at times (it hurt to swallow when I drank or ate), so I did another follow up with my doc, and he suggested that I have a barium swallow done. It hasn't hurt lately, so that is good, but I want to make sure that there is nothing wrong.

Anker is got another tooth pulled on Tuesday. Pretty soon, he will have to get a full set of dentures. He got a top set 10 yrs ago, but they no longer fit him. Hopefully, by the end of the  year, he will have both top and bottom in.

Calico is so presh and adorbs. She always makes us laugh, and we love her so much. Anker took her to get her well kitty check up a few weeks ago, and she is doing great.

I found two tops today for $21. I feel like I need to get a whole new summer wardrobe, but I will just get what I really need (tops and a couple of pairs of shorts/capri pants).

Our neighbours moved out last week. I hope we get nice people.

Let's talk tv, shall we? Grey's ended really well. I am sad that Stephanie died (or whatever happened), but she wasn't my favourite character, so I will survive. The last few weeks, the show has been very interesting...which is great, b/c for a few weeks there, it was a bit boring. But, I am glad that it ended with a bit of a twist. How about Call the Midwife? I haven't watched the last episode of this season yet, but this has been a good one! I am so glad that Shaleigh is going to have a (nother) baby! I will probably watch the final episode this wknd. Saving Hope is on a break for a month, and then they will air the last of the series. I am very sad. I cannot seem to find SH anywhere, which is weird.

I don't have to pay my student loan for the next 6 months! I did an RAP application, and I got the word that I don't have to pay a thing until the end of October! I did this 6 months ago, and I still had to pay $80, which is better than $176, but I am very glad that it is now 0!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Thursday/Friday!  I hope your week has been lovely!!

Here are my faves from the week:

1) Kahjianna Kinshosa was born on May 23rd, weighing 6lbs 10z. She is my new niece, y'all! My brother Seth, and his wife Naomi (who's wedding we went to two years ago), and I cannot wait to meet her! Her name is pronounced caw gee anna.

2) We got a/c in our house the other day, and in our car today. Anker was able to find it at a local store  for $80, vs going to the shop for $150. I hope that it lasts at least for a few weeks (there is a leak).

3) I had an impromptu visit with my friend Jill and her two kids yesterday. She tracked me down at my second home (, and we had very nice short visit. I also had a nearly two hour visit with my brother last night. He never calls me (well, not often), and we always have nice visits when we do.

4) I am looking forward to the summer. We will be celebrating 10 yrs of marriage the end of July, and I am taking a one week course on Autism, which should be fun. Not sure what else will be going down, but I have things in the iron (in the works), as far as a job goes.

5) I am going to an Epicure party tonight (I am leaving soon), and I met up with some church friends for a potluck on Monday (I will do a weekend wrap up post soon). We had a lovely time, and lots of yummy food....and I only had one serving of pie (I love pie).

Monday, May 22, 2017

CIAW 2017 (Over a Week Late): Infertility Is Rewarding

CIAW ended on Mother's Day this year, and I had hoped to have had written something in infertility around this time, but I never got around to it. Well, better late than never, right? I don't think that I will be writing anything that hasn't been already written (or that I have written) about it, but you can never write too much about it, so, here I go (again)....

Infertility affects 1 in 6 Canadian couples. It can range from low (or no) sperm in the man, to, PCOS in the woman, to unexplained infertility. I am finding, thanks to Social Media, blogs, and celebrities making it a bit more of a mainstream topic, I think the stigma is lessening, but sadly, few people still like to talk about it. Everyone asks if you have kids. They will often ask why. I still find these two questions difficult. What do you say? How do you say it eloquently, and so that you are both "comfortable"? I still have no idea on how go about it. Infertility has affected my family. Three out of 7 of my siblings (including myself) are infertile (and that's who we know for sure...there are two siblings who may or may not be affected). Infertility has no respecter who it affects. It doesn't care if you are rich or poor, what colour you are, where you live, on how much you want kids, and it certainly doesn't care about your feelings. It sucks the life right out of you. It punches you in the gut when you least expect it. It drains your bank account. It messes with your feelings. It messes with your relationships; both family and friends. It crumbles your world. It destroys your dreams. It makes holidays a lot sadder. If you are able, you may be able to adopt, have a surrogate, or even foster. It doesn't "fix" the problem, but it will make it easier. Or maybe it won't.

I have, however, have come to think of infertility as comes with its own benefits. Woooah! What, you say? How can something so dark, depressing and depleting rewarding? Now, before I get any hate emails, please bear with me...

It can be rewarding....

you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want
you can serve in church, your community, and not worry about having to get kids ready
you can sleep in
two words: cheese puffs for dinner
two more words: Popcorn for dinner
you can watch tv (and whatever you want) in peace..without kids interrupting
you can say for hours at a coffee shop
you can shop for hours
you know others' pain
you can work long hours (if you chose or have to)
you can listen to you own music in the car or at home ( Barney)
no set meal schedule
you only have to get yourself ready for work
all day beach day
exercise when you want, and for ever how long you want
long hikes without kids whining
long road trips without kids whining
you only have to spend money on yourself
who want to clean the house every day?
adult conversations without kids interrupting

I am sure there are countless more than I am forgetting, but I think you catch my drift. Yes, it sounds like these are more like perks, but I think of them as rewards and perks. Would I chose this path for myself? No, but this chose me, or rather, the Lord chosen this for me. Am I happy about it? Not really, but I think this was what was supposed to happen. I am supposed to be in my job working with able to be the fun, cool, help out in the church isn't easy, but at times, its is rewarding. And I am ok with that.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wedding Weekend

I thought I should probably post a bit about my very exciting trip to Calgary last weekend! My cousin's who I am very close to) daughter got married, and A and I were invited to go. He doesn't like to go to large family events, and I do pick my battles, but I really wanted to go. I was going to drive out with Vienna, but we thought it would be too expensive (yes, I am poor...all.the.time). In the end A and K ended up going, so I went with them. I was able to take Friday off, and I went to A and K's house Thursday night, so we could all get up and leave and some insane hour in the morning. Well, I ended up getting a cold a few days before, and I was so not impressed, so I started taking meds like they were going out of style. I ended up putting on some Thieves balm that my student's mom gave me a few weeks back. And let me tell worked!

I didn't sleep well the night before, due to V coming in late (due to helping a friend deliver her baby, she ended up coming with us, instead of going out the day earlier with J and C), and my not feeling well, so I think I got like 2 hours sleep. We ended up leaving at 330 am! Ugh! I did manage to sleep...H? Not so much. The trip went well (though we were squishy), and we only made two or three stops, and got to Calgary around 12. First stop was to see my grandparents. Grandpa fell last spring, and since then, he has been getting worse with this much that Grandma couldn't take care of him due to her own health issues. I was so glad that I was able to see him again. I was also glad that I saw him last year (you can read about that trip here). It was almost a year to the wknd (and a year ago MD wknd) that I was in Calgary. I think I have counted that I have only been to Calgary 6 yrs since I moved nearly 13 years ago (I don't get out much!). I am so glad that I seen G-pa last year, so that I wouldn't be so shocked to see on how we was doing this year. I would have loved to have spent time with him, but we only had so much time, and that was the day that had been allotted for them (and they knew that). We spent about 4 hours with them, and H was so good! We all got nice visits in, and we got to see where my grandma's new place was. She has just moved in to be closer to him (separate wing, but still super close). After leaving them, we went to our cousins and his wife's place to have burgers and chips and all kinds of food. It was a nice evening. We got back to my aunt and uncle's (my cousin's parents) just up the street. I think I went to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Saturday was Wedding Day!! Uncle Rick fed us a lovely brunch, and then we all got read to go. Vienna did my hair, which turned out quite nicely. We left for the wedding around 1. The ceremony was lovely, and M was beautiful! Her dress was a mermaid-style lace dress, which I am not normally not a huge fan of, but she looked really amazing!! Between the ceremony and reception, our cousin-in-law (yes, it IS a real word!) invited us over to their house. We ate more (b/c clearly, we don't eat enough!), and had a nice visit. The reception was held in a Austrian club hall, in which they had decorated really nice. We had a nice buffet...I think my favourite was the prime rib...yum!, and cheesecake for dessert. Due to a mix up on who could have the wedding cake, I didn't get any, but since I am not a huge cake fan, I wasn't super sad. We all danced until 10:30, and came home around 11 pm.

                                                  Vienna did a great job of my hair!
                                                          Vienna and I all ready to go!
                                              C, myself, V, J, and K right after the ceremony.

                                                           The ceremony
                                                    I miss living in Calgary sometimes.
                                  I took this of the head table. It is blurry, but I kind of like it.
                                               The close up of the head table.
                                               The centre pieces. I loved them!

                                                       The cookies were very good!
                                                   Where the gifts and cards went.

The next day, Sunday, we had brunch and my cousins house, and then at around 1:00, we left towards home. The trip home went well. Vienna went with J and C, so there was more room in the back. We made two stops on the way home, and arrived around 8:30. I stepped into the house around 9. All in all, it was a great trip, and I am SO glad I went!

                                           Leaving the foothills.

Five on Friday

Happy Victoria Day Weekend Sunday!!! I hope you are all having a great wknd. Ours is...well, interesting! Ha! I will talk more about it on Tuesday, when I do a weekend wrap up.

Here are the five from this last week:

1) Wedding Weekend

Last weekend (which I will do a post about that), I went to a family wedding, and I had a great time visiting with family and friends. I always love connecting with family who I don't see very often, and last weekend was  no exception. Plus, we had free food and wine :)

2) Four Day Weekend

This weekend is a four day weekend for our school. It was PD day on Friday, and we EA's didn't have  any training, and combined it with tomorrows holiday Monday, well, you do the math.

3) Warm Weather

We are finally getting some warm/hot weather!!! It was up to 30C today, and 26C yesterday. Anger put in the A/C in the house yesterday, and we love it.

4) Blogger-tunity

A blogger reached out to me last week, and asked if I wanted to participate in something, and I said no, but I am going to do something else, so, stay tuned!

5) New PJ Pants

Yah, I am really reaching for the bottom of the barrel here, but I really happy that I got new PJ pants yesterday, and I love them. A few years back (well, 15 yrs ago), I bought PJ's, I just don't...mainly due to money, buy them as much. I bought a pair over a year ago, and these PJ pants were the first ones I have bought since then.

I could do the usual...IRL friends (Work, family, etc), FB Community, etc...but I am very grateful for them a lot (and I am very grateful), so it is nice to put a few "new" ones in the mix. I can say that I am grateful that I have a husband who does all the gardening, cooks (sometimes), bakes (sometimes), and cleans (sometimes!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: Memory Lane

Happy Wednesday (or, as I like to call it, Happy-see-what-is-on-the-weekly-magazines-day)! My week is going MUCH better than last week....yay!!!

I am linking up with Andrea for this weeks Show and Tell Tuesday, and this week it is about Memory Lane.

I know must everyone (I went on a few blogs to see on how they were doing their posts), posted pictures, but I don't feee like doing that, bc I don't fee like going on Google, find picture, saving said picture..blah, blah :) I hope that most of you know what I am talking about...if not, well, Google it!!

I am a BC Country girl of the late 70's-80's, and let me tell you, those were the best!!!

Food, snacks, candy, and drinks:

Pudding pops, smal boxed cereal, tang (with ginger ale), hubba bubba gum, surprise bags, Orange Crush (yes, I realize that these are still around, but they are memories for me), those Dip-things, Nerds, candy rings, and I am sure there are more that I ate, but I can't remember..ha!

Books and Magazines:

As far as books go, I loved the Baby Sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, Sugar and Spice Series, and Cedar River Daydreams, and as I got older, it was the Janette Oke series. I didn't read ALL the books, I read a good bunch of them. With Magazines, well, I loved 'Teen, Seventeen, Y&M, Good Housekeeping, Chatelaine, and whatever else Mom had lying around.

Hobbies, Toys, and Games:

Puffy/scratch and sniff stickers, my toy apple, Game Boy (I personally didn't have one, but my brothers did, so I would play on it), Etch-a-Sketch, those water toys that had the buttons, my chair that my gramma bought me, this old wooden clock by Fisher Price, that still works!..Light Brights..My Little Pony, Holly Hobby, my diary that locked (oh, yes it did), Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Popples, Cabbage Patch Kids, Teddy Ruxpin, Battleship, Snakes and Ladders, and Wheel of Fortune (on my friends computer), and yes, those large computers!

TV and Movies:

For someone who only had a few channels, who lived in the country, was home schooled, was pretty sheltered, and was a Christian, I sure watched my fair share of, here, goes..Family Matters, the Cosby Show, Alf, Different World, Different Strokes, Too Close for Comfort (I really wasn't allowed to watch it, but I would often watch with Mom), Golden Girls, Three's Company, Dallas, Y&R, Another World, General Hospital, All My Children (I would go downstairs and watch them in secret), Little House on the Prairie, Flintstones, Family Ties, Growing Pains, The Nanny, Fresh Prince of BelAir, Full House, Hawaii Five-0, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Home Improvement, Step By Step, Three's Company, Giligans Island, All in the Family, Get Smart, Major Dad, Beach Combers, Danger Bay, Degrassi Street/JR, High/High, Rescue 911, Unsolved Mysteries, as a younger child I also watched Today's Special, Polka Dot Door, Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, Mr. Rodgers, Romper Room, Jeopardy, and as I got older...ER, Friends, and I sure there are far as movies go?...Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, ET (though I never watched it), The Star Trek/Wars Series (I never watched those, either), and Anne of Green Gables. I am sure there are lots, but I don't remember. I didn't watch Saved By the Bell, or Head of the Class, though I guess I watched a few episodes. I also didn't watch the typical teen movies, Grease, Fame, Dirty Dancing, etc. I wasn't allowed.


Stirrup Pants, jelly shoes, lots of dresses (I had this "lemon chiffon" dress I wore as a young girl), jumpers, kangaroo jacket (hoodie), overalls, this pink parka/jacket-thing, and a jump suit.

Make up/Beauty/Accessories:

Bonne Bell, Caboodles (I don't remember if I had one, but I know they were all the rage), banana clips, scrunchy, curlers, I think i had a few jewelry boxes, chunky earrings, ribbons, perms, braces, mushroom cut, chap/lip stick, Exclamation Perfume, and lots of body powder, Yardley Suckle products, Noxema, and Ponds. I can't remember what brand names I had of perfumes and body powders, but I know I had a lot of them.

Musc: Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, Local Radio, Focus on the Family (it came on our radio), Adventures in Odyssey, Petra, and the Maranatha and Praise Music. I also loved Point of Grace, and Silverwind.

Stores: The Body Shop, (Lady) Foot Locker, Sears, Christian Book Stores (I shopped at one in Kamloops ALL the time), Toys n Wheels, Radio Shack, Zellers, Woodwards, Ardene's, Claire's (when I was a bit older), and Woolco. Of course, there were local stores that we would frequent.

I could go on and on about the pop culture, etc....but you can just Google that :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Five On Friday

Happy Cinco De Mayo (Weekend!)!! My nephew, H had his bday on Friday, so he is our CDM Baby. We are also having tacos/burritos tonight (Sunday).

Is anyone else happy that Friday is here? I am! It's been a week, and I am glad that the wknd is here!!! It's now Sunday afternoon/evening :) I have spent much of the weekend watching tv and on the computer, however, I did do some cleaning and some organizing, so it has been somewhat productive.

Here are the top fives from/of the week:

Class Field Trip

On Tuesday, our class wen not a field trip with another class to release some salmon that had been in the the school for the last couple of months. It was an all school day field trip, and it was a gorgeous day! We had hot dogs and marshmallow, and had a couple of walks, and enjoyed the sun.

A Caring Online/IRL Community

With me not feeling well, and just feeling tired and exhausted in general, it's been a bit of a tough week. I posted on Facebook that I felt like crying, and everyone was so sweet and caring, asking on how I was, etc. Everyone at work was so kind and caring, too.

Midnight Mocha

My friend took me to Starbucks on Friday after school, and we both at the midnight mint mocha. It was really good!!!

Walk/Date with Anker

Thursday night, Anker and I went for a walk. We hadn't done something like that in awhile, due to his not being able to get outside when it is chilly. We had a lovely walk and talk. Last Saturday, we went to the Green Expo together, which was nice.

Warm Weather

I think spring has finally arrived! It sure took long enough!!!

I hope you had a great week, and that your wknd is going well!! Here's to a much better week than last. I am linking with:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Tale of Two Weekends (and Too Much TV)/Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

I am slooooowly learning to love Mac :) Or, at least, put up with it. I actually am rather liking it (though, I haven't used any office/word processing software, and I think that that would drive me insane learning all about it), and there are things about that I can see why people would love a Mac over a PC.

I seem to be not into blogging as much...not really sure why. I didn't do a FOF post, nor did I do a TToF, nor did I do a Show and Tell Tuesday last Tuesday. I won't even open the Mac at times...choosing only to use my phone and or Tablet (I can play Train game on the Tablet, and it's faster...yay!!). I finally put in a dvd into the Mac the other day, and I really like on how it is actually simpler than my PC...or at least, more efficient. Go figure!

So...our last two weekends...let's digress, shall we?

TWO weekends ago (April 21-23):

Friday: After work, I met K at the library for a few minutes, then I grabbed gas, and came home, and then Anker and I went to our friends place a half hour from our house for supper. We had a lovely dinner of Chicken Cordon Bleu, salad, asparagus and scalloped potatoes, with a chocolate torte cake for dessert. We stayed until nearly 10 pm. We even enjoyed the Northern Lights on the way home.

Saturday: I actually woke up at a half-decent time, and tried to meet A, K, and H at the first Farmers' Market of the year, but they had left already, so I wandered it alone. It was fun to get out and see the stalls, etc. I also got a yummy scone, and I bought a tomato plant. I ran a few errands, and I was back by 12. I came back for a bit, and then went back out to McD's to grab a snack/lunch, and read magazines. Then I went to the library. I came home and watched much too much tv, and then my friend came over and we had planned on going for a walk, but we ended up going for a drive, then a short walk instead, as it was raining. We had a great visit, and went exploring, which is always fun.

Sunday: I went to church, as I had to do nursery, and then I went over to A, K, and H's for lunch, and a chat. I think I came home soon after, and spent some time with Anker outside. I ended up having our next door neighbour over for a glass of red wine. I watched tv, and read magazines, and then went to bed.

Now, this last weekend:

Thursday: I actually came down with some weird heartburn/acid reflux-thing starting on Wednesday, and I still have it. I ended up leaving early from work on Thursday, and I came home and had a nap. I nearly went to the hospital, but I thought I would feel better in the morning. I did. Sort of.

Friday: I ended up staying home, though I probably could have gone it. It was nice to have an extra day to try to sleep it off, and really keep an eye on it. I ran one quick errand, but other than that, I stayed home. I watched more tv, and I read mags. And yes, I ended up popping Pepto-Bismal and Gaviscon all wknd.

Saturday: Anker and I slept in, and then we went to a virtual/walk-in Dr, to get Anker's meds refilled (long story). We were there for over an hour, and I ended  up reading most of my magazine while I waited. We then wen to the Green Living Expo, which was really fun. I usually go to things for the free swag, and for the draws :) Anker got some plants, and ended up meeting the leader of the Green Party, and he said that he enjoyed talking with him (we somehow got separated, so I wasn't able to be involved in that opportunity). We came home, and then I went back out to the library, and then came home, and watched more tv.

Sunday: Saturday night, I started feeling really bad. I almost went to the hospital again. Anker thought that it wasn't a big deal, but once I started getting heart pains, I got all worried and called our local BC Health Link Line. They suggested that I go in, so I drove myself (yes, Anker stayed home...yah, I wasn't too happy with him for a few hours), and was in and out in just over 3 hours. They did an ECG, and blood work (when I went seven years ago, they didn't even do an O2 Sat level!!), so I was happy that they at least did that. They also checked my O2 Sat, and my BP (all four tests came out fine). They said that I have heartburn/acid reflux, and gave me some meds (it is an OTC med, but I took it as an RX), and I have made an appt with my doctor for next week. It still hurts when I eat and sometimes drink, and I still cough when I eat as well, but at least my HB is gone, and I don't have any problems when I sleep (coughing, etc).  I grabbed my meds, and a decaf drink at Starbucks, and then came home. I watched too much tv, and went to sleep.

So, those are my/our last couple of weekends. It seems that I will have to do an over haul of my sugar, little to no wheat, and very little caffeine. That makes me sad.  #firstworldproblems. I need to do a bit of research on this, and I have joined a few HB/GERD groups on FB, and I just joined Patient GERD forum (I was already in/on this, for another forum), so I hope that I will be able to glean some info.

Yes, I watch too much tv. I record WAY too many shows (I actually just deleted a bunch without watching them). I mainly watch movies on W, and Bravo, a few shows on TLC (I love My 600lb Life), Judge Judy, Y&R, some cooking shows, and of course, Grey's and Big Bang. I also love Dateline, but I didn't end up watching a lot of them, so I deleted about 20 episodes. I am sure they will come back this summer. I find that I won't even watch movies that I get out of the library, nor will I watch my own movies very I am watching too much tv, and yes, it gets overwhelming. So, I just delete the shows I don't want to watch, and watch what I want to. Life is too short to worry about such frivolous issues, which really aren't issues at all. Speaking of movies...I watched Fences that other day, and I was underwhelmed, I gotta say. It was ok, and all, but it wasn't my favourite movie, though Viola did do a great job!

I am also going to link up with Tiffany @ The Dwelling Tree for Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Five On Friday

Here are my faves from this week!

1) New (to me) Computer

Anker gave me his old one, and got a new-ish computer. I am learning aaaalll about Mac :) So far, not a huge fan, but what can you do? It was free!!!

2) Awesome Friends and Co-Workers

I love my co-workers at school so much!!! We are all there for each other when needed. I love that we can all support and learn from each other. Last night, we went out to my friends (we have been friends for over 10 yrs, and met through church) for supper, and we had a great evening. She gave us a bunch of meat from their calf (who is now dead, obvs), so we have a ton of beef, now.

3) Unicorn Frap

Ok, it wasn't my favourite, but it was fun, in the fact that it is super popular right now, and it sure is pretty!

4) Chocolate

I gotta say, I have OD'd on chocolate more than anyone should. Ugh. But it was SO GOOD!!! I am loving Lindt/Lindor, now. Yum!!!

5) Good TV

I am PVR'ing (but not necessarily watching) SO many good shows right now. I watch shows from HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Vision, among others.

Well, those are my faves from this week!

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Hi!! Long time no blog!! My laptop decided to kick the bucket, and no longer works, so I only had my phone, and thankfully, Mom had given me a Tablet when we visited her a few weeks back, so I was able to play my train game, log onto the library website, and watch movies, etc. Then, I got a Chrome Book for work, which I am using for blogging right now. Anker came home with a new (ish) Mac computer, so he is tranferring everything from his old computer to the new one, and I will have the old one. I have to start ALL over again!! Passwords and website saving, as well as picture saving. Thankfully, most of my pictures are on FB, so that won't be an issue. My blogging-relating pictures and my resume are with my old computer, which won't be able to be revived.

And now it is April 22/17

I now have his old computer, which, for this PC/Windows gal is tough! But I guess I will get used to in time. I have to somehow add "blogging/linking" pictures/buttons, and start all over again, there, too.  Blogging kind of has lost its luster when you have to re-save pictures, etc. Oh well.

So, where should I begin? It has been awhile since I have blogged....a few weeks, in fact. Things are going well. My job is going well, and even though I am exhausted at times, I am still loving it. Anker and I have been doing ok. It is finally spring here in this part of the world. I finally broke out my sandals last evening!!

Well, this has taken me all day to write. I am slowly saving some photos that I will want to add to my blogging repertoire, etc.

Last weekend was Easter, and it was a very quiet wknd. Since it is mostly in April, our family is always so busy with lambing, so it was never a big thing while growing up. We have celebrated it when it has been in March, however, and I was checking to see if we had celebrated it last year, and sure enough, we had. So, Anker went to VI to see his sister, as it was her 50th birthday on April 15th. We had found a great flight for him, and bc I had forgotten that it was Easter Wknd, thinking that I was working, I had bought him a ticket...then I realized that it was Easter, and rejoiced, b/c I had the whole (4 day) weekend to myself!!! Anker had a great time with his sister (and he came back with red wine, a new-ish Mac laptop for him, so that I could have his old one, chocolate, and some money), and I had a great time on my own. I watched TV on the big tv, I went out and did things on Saturday, church on Sunday, and he came home on Monday. On Friday, I went to the ranch for the day with some people from school. It was fun showing them around, and it was great seeing the baby lambs. It was great having the whole bed to myself, and I would put movies on my Tablet, and not have to worry about wearing headphones. I also ate a mutton chop dinner on Saturday evening, and it was SO GOOD! Sunday, after Church, I went to the dollar store and to Starbucks for while, before coming home and watched movies, and I also went for a short walk with my friend from work. On Monday, I went to coffee (which turned into breakfast, naturally) with the girls, and then I picked up Anker from the airport. In the evening, I needed to get out of the house for a bit (long story), so I called up my friend, and we went for a drive and a chat. After I came back, things were better, and we had Subs that I had gotten a few hours earlier, and we managed to sort of salvage the rest of the evening.

The rest of my spring break went well. That was so long ago, that I don't remember what I did! I had met the girls for dinner at a local Greek Restaurant, and the food was really good. On April 2nd, I was to do nursery, but someone wanted to switch with me, so I did it on the 9th, and I didn't end up going to church on Sunday. I stayed at home and watched TV. On April 8th (a couple of weeks ago), I took our car to get the chip fixed that we got on Christmas Day. I met my coworker for a coffee at a local coffee shop. We had a great visit, and I ended up trying their donuts, which were amazing! The next day, Sunday, I met up with my brother and sister in law at another local coffee shop, where we had a short visit, complete with coffee and a pretzel. I could put in links and extra pics, but I don't wanna :) Anker has been starting on our garden. I went to the first Farmers' Market today, which was kind of fun. I bought a tomato plant, and a scone. I just realized that I didn't put this in point form. Does it matter? Hmm...:) We went to cancel our cable and our home phone today, but they ended up retaining us for less than what we were paying.  Eh...what can you do?

I tried the Unicorn Frap the other was kind of weird. But it sure was pretty!!!

That is a bit of an update on us. Things are going well around here, which is a good thing!!! There are more things to write about, but they are not really that interesting or that important. Ha! Hope you are all having a great wknd!!!

PS: Since when has Easter become this cash grab for kids? Yes, an Easter Egg hunt is great, and even a few Christian/Easter-related gifts are great, but a huge full on basket of stuff? Umm....Okay? What happened to just a bit of chocolate? :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Ahhh...the weekend!!!

I actually didn't do a ton sadly. I managed to go my dentists appointment Friday afternoon, then I was out of it for the rest of the day, as I was sedated (they fixed my chip..again!). I went to sleep, woke up for an hour, then went back to sleep at 10. That was my Friday night.

Saturday, I slept in, hung out, then met up with the girls for coffee. I went to the library, I grabbed a few things for supper, and came home. I watched Eddie the Eagle, and The Light Between Oceans, while Anker watched stuff in the living room. We had chicken dinner from Safeway for supper.

Sunday, I went to church, then we had a potluck. I went to Wal-Mart to grab a few things, and came home and relaxed for the rest of the evening. I managed to book a flight for hubby for next month to go to The Island (they have e-trasnfers now!), and then watched God's Not Dead 2, and The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. We had left over chicken dinner for supper.

That was our wknd! See, I told you I didn't do too much!!


From Sunday-Weds last wk, I went to the Ranch for a few days. I had initially thought about staying in the B&B, but it ended up being booked, so stayed in one of the guest rooms. It was a fun 3 days away, and I had such great time visiting, relaxing, and eating :)

I skipped church on Sunday, and left around noon; loaded with snack, movies, tv series, and magazines. I love driving myself; I don't have to worry about the traffic, I can go at my own pace, stop when I want, etc. I got in around 2:30. Mom, V and I watched an episode of Dateline, then I helped Mom out with some things at the B&B. Cadence came down, and we watched Safe Haven with Mom. I hadn't seen in awhile (I have the movie), and it was good to see it again. Then, after, C, V and I had snacks, and wine while we watched Frasier. I think we were up until 1:30.

Monday, we three girls visited (C stayed over), and we went about our respective activities. I helped Mom with laundry and cleaning up the kitchen. H came around noon, for the week, so I spent some time with him. I think Mom and I read some magazines together, and then H and I went feeding sheep. We came home and had supper, and V and I watched Big Bang, and then Frasier.

Tuesday, I helped out again, and watched H while Mom did some work. He and I played Lego, and we watched TV, and I read. I relaxed in the bedroom for a bit, and then we had supper of lamb and mutton. I visited with one of my aunts for an hour in the evening, and then V and I watched two episodes of The Crown. We both went to bed around 11...we were so tired!!! We ended up sharing a bed, which was kind of fun.

I didn't take too many pictures, but I did post some of them on FB and IG.

Family Weekend

The weekend of March 10-12, most of we siblings got together at my parents' place for a birthday/welcome home wknd for Vienna. Mom had planned it a few months prior, as it was a milestone bday for her, as well as her coming home after being gone for over 2 yrs (she did come home two yrs ago in June for a month, so I guess it was only 20 months that she had been gone). It was a wonderful weekend, with lots of fun, food, laughter, and family :)

I ended up taking the Friday off, which is was a good thing, as I hadn't done a thing to get ready prior, so I spent most of Friday getting ready. I packed, vacuumed the car, gave Mom lunch (she came over for a few minutes to grab lunch on her way to pick up my oldest/younger brother and his family from the airport), ran some errands, and picked up Grandma from the airport. It had snowed the night before, so I was very stressed on how the roads would be, but by the time she came in (her flight was delayed 2 times...another good thing, as I had gotten behind, and still had things to do), most of the snow had melted off the road, and it was really nice and sunny. The trip out was great, and we got there around 6. Anker and I stayed at the B&B, which is always nice when there is a lot of family and activities going on. Friday evening, we had a lovely HUGE spaghetti supper. That was just with the siblings, parents, and gramma. We spent the evening visiting and relaxing (if I can remember). We were all really tired, so I think most of us went to bed early (again, I remember what all we did, but I think that is what we did).

Saturday, the little kids went feeding the sheep with their dads and Grandpa. We all just hung out, visited, read, and did our respective things. We also started on dinner prep. We had mutton, lasagna, and two or three other main courses. She wanted a taste of Canada meal, so Mom had us make a few different things. We also ribs and taco salad/dip. See, that is what I like to take a picture of what I I can remember! Anyway, it was a delish meal, and we also had pie and cake for dessert. She also opened up her birthday gifts, and we all went around the table, saying what we missed most about her while she was away. There was plans to eat again around 7 (our meal was at 2), but we were all so full, that we just had snacks. Anker and I went back to the B&B for a bit. I actually napped a bit, and then I went back to M/D's and ended up visiting until 10 or so. We had a lovely visit, and when most everyone left, some of we siblings talked with Dad and Mom for a bit. Anker ended up sleeping all night (except to get up to stoke the fire). I also had a bit of a cold all wknd, but I managed to keep it (mostly) at bay.

Sunday was my worst day, and I probably should have stayed home from church, but V was speaking, so I wanted to go. After church, we all came home, and had ham, shepherd's pie and potatoe salad. We all went for a walk (there was a ton of snow, so the kids loved it), and then we hung out for a bit, and some of them checked out a few things on the ranch. They were all to have pizza, but due to not knowing on how the roads would be, and our wanting a bit of time to chill before I went back to work, we left around 6. The roads were great, and the trip was the best trip in awhile, as there was no traffic. Odd, I know. We ended up taking the pizza dough (homemade), and some of the fixings, and by the time we got home, assembled the pizza, cooked it, and ate it, it was around 9:30, but it was SO good!!! We have been having a lot of pizza lately.

So, that was our wknd!!! It was great to see everyone, especially my nieces who I never see. The wknd was wonderful, and I am glad that Mom organized it.

Here are some pics of the wknd:

                           I don't think that it has snowed this much around her birthday before.

                                            Vienna holding the hat that Anker had made.
 Every birthday, Mom takes a picture of the birthday child, with their siblings who were with them that day to help them celebrate.

                                                     The sibs and the out-laws.

                                        This is how we roll at our house. We just sit and talk.

So, a back story to this...Gramma had given the kids some Bunchems, not really know on how bad they can be if caught in your hair. My aunt decided to play around and throw one in her hair...which got caught, and they had to cut a bit of her hair to get it out. That was the entertainment for the evening.
 The kids on the walk.