Friday, August 29, 2014

summer 2014

As I sit here drinking tea on our last day of summer vacation I am feeling a little melancholy... well maybe a lot meloncholy.  What a wonderful, fantastic, fun summer we have had, yet again.  I love being with my kids so much.  I love the laziness and the summer vacation.  I love getting up when we choose and doing what we want each day.  I love visiting with people we don't normally see and trying new and different things we don't normally do.  I love summer vacation.  I feel grateful that I have a job which allows me most of the summer off to spend and enjoy it with the kids and that I get to be with them rather then at camps etc.  And they love that too.  =)

Here are some of the picture highlights....

Each summer starts out here with the Stampede.  Which we did not go to this year.  I love the Stampede and usually there is a band or two I want to see at the Coke Stage and usually one day I take the kids, but this year they had no interest in going.  I had asked them on a couple of occasions, but they turned it down.  It's interesting as they get older and develop more into their personalities about what they do and do not want to do.  I think it's great, even if it doesn't always jive with my personality, but it's great to see them grow and learn about them.  

Luckily I did get to dress up and go to a Stampede party with my best friend and one of the companies we work for.  It was as usual a great time and we have the picture to prove it.  This of course was taken after a my first and last glass of burbon.



After Stampede we headed out to Kelowna.  This was the first year of fishing we did in Kelowna.  My best friends son got very interested in it, which in turn got my boys very interested in it.  So now I am an angler, although only in BC.  I even have the angler number to prove it.   The boys really enjoyed the fishing.  There is a stocked lake by Oma and Opa's house so we would drive there every other day and catch fish.  By the end of the week all the boys had caught fish.  Although Nathan's first catch was the funniest.  He was so surprised and had no idea what to do when he got the fish on his line.  He handed the rod the my friend's son and had him take it off.  




We also spent lots of time at the beach, playing games with Oma and Opa, playing RC cars, doing yoga and running.  There was also a big forest fire in their city and we spent time watching the airplanes put out the fire.  It was an incredible thing to watch. 



IN our off weeks from Kelowna we filled our time with other things: Science Center, swimming in the mini pool in the backyard, golfing, drumming, baseball games, meeting Darryl for bubble tea, playing with friends, going to Millarville etc.  Again, love summer!!




Over the long weekend Darryl and I went house boating with a bunch of other adults.  It was a good time for Darryl and I to spend a little time together and the kids got to spend time with Grandma and Pop too.   Afterwards Darryl and I took the kids and Emma for our annual Kelowna vacation as well.  Again more beach and fishing and relaxing and running and yoga and playing.




To end off our summer Grammy and Grandad came for a visit.  It was great to have them come and stay and show them lots of our favourite summer activites.   I took Grammy to hot yoga, we took them drumming and to the zoo for the delicious brunch.  







All in all it was a great summer.  Love having two months off with my boys.  

Till Next Time Jenn

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spring Cold.....


Of course not cold weather, but I have a cold....

Which is why I'm blogging.  You can only watch so much TV and check Facebook so many times before I need something else to do.  So here I am, summing up the last couple of months and the highlights.

A couple of weekends ago I ran 10k.  And not a regular normal 10K, but a hard hilly 10k in the mountains.  I was challenged with the run much more then I expected.  I have run 8K before and enjoyed it but I was so tired when it was all done.  But I'm proud of the accomplishment.  I took me 1 hour and 19 minutes, which was what I was aiming for between 75 and 90 minutes.  The best part about the run (other then the end) was the loot bag.  It was sponsered by Rocky Mountain Soap Company, so we got a lot of good stuff.



One of Nathans favorite things was going to the zoo for their Sunday brunch.  If you like in Calgary and don't have zoo pass and like brunch this is a really good deal.  We were planning on a zoo visit and the brunch was not too much more, so we did both.  The brunch was really good.  Nathan loved the chocolate fountain,  I loved the waffles and Lucas loved the cherry crepes.

We've also been enjoying Outdoor yoga this last month.  I've really been enjoying yoga this year,  and so when I learned once a week we could do it outdoors and the kids, it was a great activity.  The kids did great and continue to do well.  And if they are not really feeling it they are good at being quiet and respectful of everyone else doing yoga.






In the meantime both kids are doing well at school, but we are all looking forward to summer break.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

March Round Up

As I blog Nathan's yearly news letter I realize I've fallen off this blogging wagon, I mean of course I have fallen off, that's not the realization, but the realization is my rope is getting thinner and thinner.  And I don't want it to, so I'm working to rebuild this rope.... 

Anyway here is March's roundup....



March was a good month, atleast it always ends well because of March Break!!  It's always nice to have a week where we can sleep in and not get ready for school and run around.  We do some fun stuff, like ski or go to the pool. But alot of it is just 'chillin'. 
 
 We also had our annual St. Patricks Day dinner, which someone bought a special green hat for!  And since we all know green is not his favourite colour I know this was a stretch for him. 




 We also got some big doses of cuteness in March.  First my sister got a new puppy who is so so cute.  Here she is playing with Lucas.  She is doing a really good job for my sister, learning what things to chew, where to go pee and how to play properly.  Luckily my mom is also very helpful with the dog too. 


 Our second dose of cuteness was going to visit our friends who just have twins.  Aren't these babies just the cutest!! And there is two of them!   Lucas loved the babies.  They also have a toddler who Nathan had lots of fun with, but Lucas just loved those babies. 

March break was also great for spending lots of time with our best friend family.  It's amazing how well all our boys get along.  Whether it was in the pool or at the ski hill or at one of our houses there is always lots to talk about and lots of fun to be had. 

Hopefully these pictures will be some of the last with all the SNOW!!..  It has been a pretty long winter, with not as many chinooks as we are use to.  Maybe that means we will have stunning growing season, but I am looking forward to wearing less hats and scarves and mitts. 

Jenn

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Funny stories

A couple of funny stories from the boys from the week

Yesterday I asked Nathan is he feels any different now that he's six.
He shrugs and says "A little"
So I asked "how do you feel different".
He says "It feels like I'm floating".
"Really?"  I ask in intrigue.
"Yeah" he says.
"Maybe you are just taller now so you feel like you're floating" I try to reason out his odd answer.
"Yeah probably he's says.  "I am a lot taller now"

Ahh the joys of being six

And Lucas the other day was sitting at the island working on his homework and I was on the opposite side of the island make dinner, when Darryl came in the kitchen.  Darryl stands beside the island and starts telling me a story about work.  I can't remember what the story was but Darryl was using his hands to gesture a fair bit.  Of course Lucas hoping to procrastinate from doing homework starts to imitate Darryl's hand gestures.  It was hilarious.  It was hard for me to keep a straight face for any length of time for Darryl to continue while Lucas mocked him behind his back.  Pretty soon, Lucas and I were laughing pretty hard.

Ahh the sweet and entertaining life

Jenn

Monday, April 07, 2014

To Nathan's on His 6th Birthday

Dear Nathan,

We've had a great couple of days celebrating your birthday, really we've had a pretty great year with you.  You are a pretty easy going kid who will be okay in most any situation.  Your favourite time is to be at home with your family, and sometimes you get sad when that is what you really want to do, but other then that you are a happy kid.  You will eat pretty much anything, although are in that stage where you 'don't like' a food, rather then saying 'don't want' a food. 


 You have a lots of big changes this year but have adapted to them all pretty well.  You graduated from preschool and Lesley, started kindergarten and gone to two new day homes. 








































You started kindergarten this year and it is one of your favourite things.  There you have come out of your shell and made friends with most of the kids and you love your teacher too.   You are speaking french more often and will ask Lucas or I to translate words for you.  You are also working on your the sounds your letters make and putting those sounds into words. 


You and Cameron






You and your idol






 

 Lucas continues to be your best friend.  You spend most of your time playing with him and even to your kid birthday party, a couple of the kids are Lucas's friends who you like to play with too.  Although the majority of them are yours.  It has been interesting to see you start school and develop new friends and new 'people' because of that.  Most of your interests are still similar to Lucas's as well, you both love video games, playing outside, karate, swimming and skiing.  But slowly we are starting to see you become your own person. 

Walking with Oma
 

You are such a sweet, wonderful kind boy.  You are super affectionate and love to snuggle.  We lay in bed together and snuggle lots and you still love to sit on my lap.  You give your love freely, telling people all the time how much you love them.  You continue to have great facial expressions and say really funny things.

I feel very lucky to have you as part of my life everyday.  You add so much joy and love to it.  I love you bub, bub.

love mom





Friday, March 07, 2014

My new favourite things

Since the start of this year I have been doing some new workouts that I have really been enjoying.  I don't know if its the nature of getting older or that the kids are more independant but I've been lucky to have time to do more classes.  The class are really great in the freezing winter (which we've had a very long one this year) as it's causes me to get out and the one activity, hot yoga, I love to do when it's freezing cold.

The first new workout has been Zumba.  For those of you who have never been I describe it as a dance class.  I read it was a Latin dance class, but I feel like we do more variety then just latin, theres Bollywood and Hip Hop in there too.  If you like to think when you are working out this is totally for you. Auntie Karen emailed at the start of the year saying she was going to take it and that encouraged me to do it as well.  It's really fun and although it took 2-3 weeks to really get the moves down I don't mind making a fool of myself until then.   The other nice part is its really close to me, so I can go for just the hour and be back home and haven't missed too much of the evening with the family. 

Next has been hot yoga.  Which has been so welcome with all the really cold weather we have been having.  I love the sweating and how you get so hot when it's so cold out.  I've found a great studio Soul Hot Yoga here is Calgary.  Mom took me to my first class as she really enjoys yoga too.  The have the "fast" classes which are the flow.  I am amazed at what some people can do.  Although I can't do all the different poses I am really enjoying the heat and watching my body get better and better at the poses.  The first couple of times my shoulders were so so sore after from all the downward dog, but now I can hold it and almost put my heels flat.   Darryl even asked last night if yoga was the new tea... which is saying something. 

What about you any new activities this 2014? Have you ever done zumba or hot yoga?  What did you think?

Jenn

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter Playlist

Remember those days I use to share my quaterly playlist with everyone..... back in the days when I use to blog most days.  Well those days are long gone, but I made a new years resolution to try and get a little of that back.  I still make quaterly playlist in itunes, so it's pretty easy for me to copy and paste.  In case you are interested... here it is:

1. Girls Chase Boys  Ingrid Michaelson    New Ingrid!!   Looking forward to the whole album
2. Pause (Zumba Mix)     Pitbull   My favourite song from Zumba.  I can even do it at home...
3. Forest Whitaker Bad Books  From HIMYM, only 6 episodes left....
4. Little Talks (Live)    Of Monsters and Men  A live version of a great song. 
5. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)  Icona Pop   I was a while getting on this band wagon.
6. Best Day of My Life  American Authors  Thanks Glee! 
7. Escape (The Pina Colada Song)   Jack Johnson    Pre Mexico song.
8. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?      Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez    Frozen
9. For the First Time in Forever   Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel    Frozen
10. Let It Go  Idina Menzel    Like every other little girl as soon as I saw (and loved this movie, bought the songs)
11. The Weight of Lies   The Avett Brothers    Love the rounds in it...
12. Timber (feat. Ke$ha)    Pitbull    My favourite radio song...
13. Apache   The Sugarhill Gang    My throwback song...
14. Anything     Hedley    Lucas and Nathan's favourite
15. Comin' Home City and Colour    Another Oldie but Goodie.
16. Heaven Walk of the Earth A beautiful cover of a great Canadian song.

What about you?  Any songs that are on constant rotation?

Jenn

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feburary Round UP

February was a great month for us.  We have made it a habit the last few years to go away on our winter vacation while the kids have family day and teachers conference.  It's usually a bit cheaper then March Break and by Feb we are ready for a break from the cold. 

The kids also got their report cards at the beginning of the month and both did very well.  Both got marks in the top two categories of their rating systems, so they (and we) were very happy with that.  When they do well I let them pick a place to go to dinner as a family.  This time though they both picked and activity.  Nathan chose the science center and Lucas wanted to go see the new Lego movie. 

But the highlight of the month was definitively Mexico.  Mom and Dad have some timeshares down there and they were able to coordinate it so that the whole family could go down together.  It was perfect!  It was great for us too cause different people could be on Nathan duty so Darryl and I had time to read too.   Here are some of the picture highlights:


Many of us enjoying a dinner out.  
 We enjoyed lots of Sangria at dinner time.  And mojitos as our mid afternoon drink.  Both were delicious!  Very very delicious. 
 They had a great (and huge) pool at the resort.  The boys would swim and swim and swim and swim and swim.  Which made them sleep so well at night.  But it also made their fingers turn into wrinkly old prunes. 
 We had the pleasure (again) of doing a turtle release.  It was one of the highlights of the week to let the turtles go into the ocean.  We also got to learn lots about the turtles and what Mexico is doing to help their survival/population rates. 
 Ahh the ocean.  The kids loved playing in the waves.  Not as much as swimming in the pool, but it was nice to hear the sounds of the ocean too. 





 We also enjoyed our time in Las Caletas.  It was fun to hold all the animals and go paddle boarding.  And I also really enjoyed the boat ride out there.  The kids did the zip lining too which was very fun for them. 
One of the other highlights was living with my best friend again.  It was nice to chat with her everyday whether by the pool or when shopping or hanging out with our families.  This resort in Mexico was not an all inclusive but it had a kitchen for us to make our own food.  So Mom, Karen, Tammy and I headed to Walmart to get food.  As we were there over Valentines day they had these funny shirts (see picture above).  At first we thought we should get them for our spouses.  Especially Pat who often professes his love for Tammy publicly.  But we though we should get them for each other instead!  We had a good laugh about it, but passed.  But Mom and Karen headed back a couple days later and got them for us.  Here we are modeling them.

It was a great vacation.  A couple of "big" things, but lots and lots of relaxing and soaking up the sun.
Till Next Time

Jenn