Thursday, July 27, 2017

Best of Intentions

After I decided to revive my blog, did a fabulous update of Alexis, and then our lives were turned upside down once again. Loosing our precious 10 year old niece the summer of 2014, just put us all in a fog and I would honestly say that fog lasted for a year or two. Yes, life went on, but nothing was the same, and nothing will ever be the same for any of us. Most days, we get along just fine and go about our days in our own little bubble, but there are those days, when the smell of food, or the tune of a song, or the photo that we come across bring back the flood gates of tears, as we remember our times with you and are sad for all those we will no longer get to share.





2014 was a year of great sorrow, far too many of my family passed on, some lead a full life and others were with us for just a glimpse of it. We were fortunate to be blessed with each of them being a part of our lives and although the enormous whole that has been left by each of them, we will remember you all and the memories we have will keep each of you in our hearts.









































 



















All our Angels watching over us in Heaven, until we meet again!!!


Happy Birthday



Missing you Dad, 
especially on these special days. 
Happy Birthday in Heaven. 



  




Crazy to believe that is has been over 3 years, it seems like yesterday that we all got together for that fabulous steak BBQ.  Today as remember your birthday, we reflect on our happiest of memories of you. All the fun we had playing cards and games, all the wonderful holidays especially Christmas that we shared with you and my family, and all the delicious food you prepared for us over the years and taught me how to make.



This will always be a favourite photo of mine, the kids enjoying the day with you at Henderson Lake. Such a wonderful afternoon together.


Henderson Lake with my 3 munchkins.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alexis

My little girl, my first born, is growing up and has blossomed into the most amazing young lady. I am so very proud of her and all of her accomplishments from straight As in school, to a very talented softball player. She has started to shine in her own this past year and I love where I see her going....
In 2012, she was fortunate enough to make it on the Super Mite Islanders team under Coach Dave and since then her softball skills have flourished. That summer the Super Mites won Gold on the B side of Provincials and that helped foster her love for softball. She saw some moments of great success that weekend and since then we have seen the light shine in her eyes as she talks about softball.

This past year has been her biggest development year as she worked hard to earn a spot on the 02A Islanders team as one of their top pitchers. She has had her moments of struggle this year, but we think it has only made her stronger and now that the ball season is over, she has the summer to improve her strengths and work on the areas that need attention.

A lot has happened for this young lady in the last two years, when the Super Mite team formed, she had made a decision to no longer do ballet, but she continued tap dancing for one more year. This past September, as hard as it was she had decided that she would dedicate her year to softball and put away her tap shoes for good. She loved dancing, but when the group started to compete she was torn between softball games/tournaments and the dance competitions. In the end her love for softball prevailed and thus left her with the decision to quit dance altogether, but she still taps her toes and dances from room to room at home, and that girl still has rhythm.

This year has been a great year for her self development. Aside from her tremendous improvement in ball, she has also flourished in many other sporting activities. She joined the school's cross country team and once again received a silver medal at the Salmon Run (meet against a few local Catholic Schools), and came in the top 10 when they competed against the other city schools. She played Volleyball and Basketball this year, and was asked on several occasions to play up with the grade 7 team. In the spring she also joined the school's track and field club and did very well, especially her 4x100 relay team coming home from the BC Elementary track meet with a Bronze Medal was a great accomplishment for them.

She also took an umpire clinic this year and has tremendous success umpiring games this year. She did a couple of tournaments and a handful of league games. She was a very consistent and fair umpire and received many compliments from coaches and parents this year. We did have once incident though, that shook her up a bit, an unkind coach completely forgot that she was only 11 and got upset with her. She umped a very fair game and the parents from both teams complimented her, but the sting of that coaches words and tone made her very reluctant to ump again. The president of the association took her under his wing, recruited (in my opinion) one of the best veteran umps out there and put her back into a game. This was HUGE, her self confidence soared, the ump complimented her every step of the way, and when I saw the smile on her face when the game was over I knew all would be well. She earned just over $300 this year umpiring and has decided that she will put the money towards an iPad Mini. I am so proud of her.

So as we head into the tail of summer holidays, we have been planning her 12th Birthday party, and I am just as excited as she is to organize it. We decided on an Amazing Race theme, and I gave her to go ahead to have a huge party. Entering into Grade 7, this will be her last year with these friends, and since her birthday party is just before the start of school what better way to celebrate with her friends then to have a big party. Over the next few weeks, I get to devise the clues and the tasks they will do and make this super fun for them all. It really should be a lot of fun.

So with that, I will sign off for today and leave you with some photos of my beautiful not so little girl.

2012 Photos



 Photo taken in 2012 after her tap dance recital with Rylee and her friend Emily who came to watch the show.




 Some of her dance group the day of the recital



U10 Provincial B Side - Gold Champions


2013 Photos





Alexis in her final year of tap dance, the group was really were very talented. The pro show is normally saved for the graduating dancers, but they were invited to dance with them and they did so well.
Miss Amy worked very hard with these girls and it showed. 

 Officially became an Islander at the Islander Rep Rally and Rose Ceremony





 Pitching against Surrey Storm




Bronze Medal Winners in North Delta Tournament



2014 Photo

 Cross Country - Silver Medal 

The 2014 Islander 02A Team




Her First Game as an Ump



Alexis and a few team mates that also took the umpire clinic




I have many other photos to share too, but not with me, so I will upload those when I have a chance.







Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Old Post

I found this sitting in my drafts and it had so many memories from 2010 and prior that I wanted to share it any ways...


Feb. 14, 2011

Today is the day for love notes oozing and dripping of sappiness. I am looking forward to receiving my email from Scott. Each year for my birthday, on Valentine's and on our Anniversary, I get an email where he proclaims his love for me and creates the most beautiful poems. I have saved every one of them, and one day I plan to print them all and create a scrapbook out of them. He isn't Robert Browning, but his poems are for me and from his heart and his writings mean more to me then any well thought out poetry verse out there.... because they were written just for ME!!!


So on another note - I have completely failed in most of my attempts to set goals for myself this year. I have not blogged weekly, have yet to start the photo assignments, I have not scrapped much of anything and my house still slightly looks upside down most days. I did however start saying no to requests of my personal time. Ah 1 out of 5 isn't bad right??


So here is my post for a year in review that I promised oh 4 weeks ago...

JANUARY
1. Did you have a new year's resolution this year? No I did not set anything last year.

2. Who kissed you at midnight? Scott of course and some hugs and kisses from the kiddies, we celebrated 2010 with the Smith family. We had a nice dinner together, played some board games and the kids enjoyed some movies. It was quiet, but a nice evening.

3. Did it snow where you live? Not one drop of snow this January. With the Olympics around the corner we sure could have used a dump like 2009.

4. Have you ever been to Times Square to watch the ball drop? no, too cold and too many people. I will just enjoy watching it on TV.

5. Big January Events:
Rylee celebrated her 6th birthday on , January 7th. One of her good friends also celebrated her birthday on the 5th, so we decided to combine their birthdays and have a big bowling party for the girls. It was a hit and the girls had a great time. Here is the cake I made them this year, I duplicated the design from the e-vite we sent out to the kids.





FEBRUARY
1. Who was your valentine? Scott, Alexis, Rylee and Nolan

2. What did your valentine get you? We don't generally do gifts for each other on Valentine's, but we bought the kids some special treats and the Love Monkey (or was it the puppy) Webkinz to celebrate the day.

3. When you were little, did you buy valentines for your whole class? Yes I remember getting class lists to make sure that we gave one to each kid in the class. My girls picked out their special Valentine's to pass out to the class. I love sitting down with them and going through each one and finding that very special one created by the "it" boy. It is so sweet.

4. Big February Events: Vancouver hosted the Olympics and the weather was amazing. No snow, but the athletes were welcomed with the most amazing February weather ever. Canada set many records with this Olympics, from the first ever home soil Gold (in Winter Olympics) to winning the most Gold medals in a Winter Olympics by any nation. For all of the medals we won, none mean more to us then the Hockey Gold medal and that single goal will live on in our hearts forever.




MARCH
1. Are you Irish? yes part Irish

2. Did you wear green on St. Patty's Day? Of course, I always try to.

3. What did you do for St. Patty's Day? Since having kids St. Patrick's Day doesn't have the same meaning and isn't filled with Green Beer any longer, instead we have started a new family tradition of making green eggs and ham for dinner and the kids love it. They look forward to it each year.

4. Big March Events:
It is my birthday in March, so that is always eventful. We went to the Blue Canoe with my friends and had a very lovely evening.

APRIL1. Do you like the rain? Yes I don't mind the rain, I live in Vancouver don't I???

2. Did you play an April Fool's joke on anyone this year? No I did not, I am not the practical jokester, but I have some ideas that I may want to try next year if I get organized
enough to do that.
3. Big April Events: I was co-chair of the girl's school gala and that pretty much consumed the entire month of April. Easter was celebrated at the very beginning of April, but as soon as we were back from the break, it was full steam ahead with the gala planning. It was a great event and we raised a significant amount of money for the school. We had a great time that night and even come home with some cool items.

MAY1. What's your favorite kind of flower? Gerber Daisies, but in February, I just love love love the cherry blossoms out here.

2. Do you like the spring? Yes I do, so many new things to enjoy about the spring, but the fresh ocean air is the best in the spring.

3. Finish the phrase: "April showers bring..." well hard to remove the phrase May flowers, but it is so true, May is such a wonderful month filled with a fresh start to everything.

4. Big May Events:
Alexis celebrated her 1st Communion. It was a beautiful celebration and we had a nice brunch back at our place for our friends and family that attended. What a beautiful glorious day. I remember my 1st Communion like yesterday as I shared in her excitement.
I also decided that May 1st was the day my world was going to change. My Mom had been talking to me about this special diet protocol and I finally was in the right head space and mentally able to take the challenge. My life was about to change!!!

JUNE
1. What year did you graduate from school? High school – 1993

2. Did you go on any vacations last June? Yes, as soon as school ended we grabbed the kids and headed South and East. When we were younger my parents used to take us to these
cool little cabins on Flat Head Lake and we decided we were going to restart that tradition and take our kids there too. We met up with my parents and enjoyed the most relaxing trip ever. Then we headed back to my parents and celebrated my grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary. It was a great holiday.
3. Big June Events: Our trip to Montana

JULY1. What did you do on the 1st of July? We spent the day with my long time girlfriend and her family. The kids celebrated at the park and we all had a wonderful BBQ at the Neufeld's house. A new yearly tradition it seems and we all look forward to the visit with them.
2. Did you go on any vacations during this month? We were in AB visiting family, dropping the children off to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for a few weeks and celebrated my Grandparent's 60th Wedding Anniversary.


AUGUST
1. Did you do anything special to end off your summer? We bought the kids a huge 13' pool and set it up in the back yard as a surprise for when they returned from my parents. What a blast that was. They spent all day long in the pool.
We also celebrated Nolan's 3rd Birthday, with family and then again with friends. I made him only one cake this year and although my intention was to make him a cool Diego cake, the
weather didn't cooperate and it was far too hot to even entertain the idea of doing that and besides every kids loves a DQ cake right??
Here is the cake I made him though for his family party.

2. What was your favorite summer memory of 2010? The kids swimming in the pool and our rip to the lake, it was by far the most relaxing vacation we have had yet.

3. Did you go swimming a lot in the summer? We had a pool set up in the back yard so the kids swam often.

4. Big August Event:


SEPTEMBER
1. Did you attend school/college in '2010? No
2. Who is/was your favorite teacher? n/a
3. Did you like fall better than summer? Oh I love the fall, it is one of my favorite seasons of the yer, just so sad that it is also the shortest. Not physically in days, but around here the rain begins in October and usually doesn't stop until March.

4. Big September Event: Alexis official 3rd birthday on Sept. 2 We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and went to Mexico. We took the girls on a road trip to AB and left them with my parents for the week we were in Mexico. Alexis also started preschool this month. Montessori school has turned out to be the best thing we did for her. She has advanced so much since joining.
Happy 3rd Borthday Alexis

OCTOBER1. Whose house did you go to for Thanksgiving? My parents house, ok well actually my Mom has access to the school gymnasium where she works and we celebrated there, with all of my Mom's sisters, my cousins and my grandparents. Only person missing was my brother. We actually flew back from Mexico this morning, so we were very exhausted when we got back, but it was so nice to see the girls again and be with my family for the holidays.
2. Do you like stuffing? love it!
3. What are you thankful for? I am thankful for my family, my wonderful husband who is the perfect compliment to my life. I always said I wanted to meet someone who complimented my life not complicated it and I have found him and even though our lives have gone through major changes since we met (we moved across the country and back again) we still love each other as much as we did when we first married, if not more.
4. Big October Events: Mexico Trip, Thanksgiving in AB twice (once with my family and again with Scott's grandmother, aunt and cousin the next weekend), Rylee meets Scott's family for the first time. WOW!!!
Visit with Grandpa Larry at the Zoo


NOVEMBER
1. Did you start Christmas Shopping? No, had too many other things to do, like wedding gifts to shop for and think about Christmas decorations.
2. Did you participate in any remembrance day events? Not officially, we had our momment of silence, but we were just having a family day together.
3. Major November events? Good Friend eloped this year and they had the wedding reception end of November. Her parents hosted the event, and their house was amazing, decorated perfectly for Christmas. The food was fabulous and the dancing was even better. This was the first black and white dinner party we attended and let me just say how classy it was. What a perfect idea for this event and something I will think about for any parties I might host in the fall.
My Girls



DECEMBER
1. Do you celebrate Christmas? Yes
2. Have you ever been kissed under mistletoe? Not that I can recall, however the idea is nice and something I might want to add to our traditions
3. Do you like cold weather? I love the cold weather, although Vancouver doesn't have the extreme cases as most other provinces. (I think -20 is about as cold as I prefer though). I love cuddling up and having a fire going. Something romantic about it.
4. How would you rate your year on a scale of 1-10? This was a great year, although being sick for a good chunk of it was a downer. I guess putting the girls in day care will do that, but I don't regret anything from this year, other then not loosing as much weight as I had originally hoped for.
5. Big December Events: Alexis had her first ever Christmas concert and I of course has tears of pride pouring down my cheeks when she performed. What a little Diva she is!!!!

Since not seeing my brother since Feb. his trip out here was HUGE for us. He wasn't here for nearly as long as I would have liked, but it was a good visit all the same. I missed him so much this past year and know this is only the beginning. He is studying to become a priest and will be in school for several more years, and when he is done who knows where they might place him. Praying that it is somewhere close to family and saying a few extra prayers that it might even be in my area.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!!!

A New Day



Since the inception of Facebook, my blog account has been pushed to the back of the closet. Facebook, is quick, it's easy to use and my friends and family are notified instantly of my updates. Seems perfect right...?

Well not entirely, in fact I haven't given my blog a thought in well obviously 2 years, since that is my last post, but I find my posts on fb are either very brief or just too long of a post that most people skim over and don't really read.

When I happened to pull up my blog this morning, I was reading through some old posts and something new happened that you just don't get on a short fb update. I felt like I was there re-living those moments in time. I don't go into nearly as much detail as I did on my blog. My blog is for me, and for those who really care to read about life that is happening around me.  

So today, is the start of a new day for me, and I am going to start using my blog again and save the Facebook for the quick updates. I can always link my blog to my posts too, so that is handy, but before I do that I need to do some maintenance on my blog account, but that will take some time to remember where all the settings are.

I will have a lot of things to update and I am thinking that I will start with an entry for each person, a lot has happened to all of us in 2 years.