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Friday, May 25, 2012

Birthday Boys!

MAY 25th

I know two wonderful little boys whose birthdays it is today!

My favourite 5 year old, NIKO!!!

What a nice brother

My favourite 2 year old: CONNOR!!!

Happy Birthday Boys!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Clara Hughes Jersey?

So I found a contest to win a signed cycling jersey from Clara Hughes.  All you had to do was to write about your best cycling/biking story.  Here is mine:

My favourite experience on a bike can not be narrowed down to just one experience but two.

My first, when I was about ten years old, was going for bike rides around the neighbourhood, during our summer holidays, with my Mom. “Oh nice”, you say but you have to know that my Mom did not know how to ride a bike.  One memory I have is of her crashing against the curb, in an attempt to learn how to ride a bike.  But she must have gotten back on that bike and learned.  Her learning enabled me to have the wonderful memory of myself, my two sisters and her exploring the neighbourhood on our bikes.  To this day my sisters and I still talk about it.

Fast forward to June 2011, two of my co-workers and I get out of work and go on a 40 km bike ride, from Sittsville to Carleton Place.  Although I biked throughout my childhood and with my own kids today, by no means am I a cyclists.  So this bike ride with my more experienced cycling friends was a true challenge for me.  Although my thighs were burning, between my shoulder blades ached and my butt was so sore, it was so, so, so much fun!  We had time to chat, we saw a baby turtle trying to cross our path, smelt a farmer’s field with fresh fertilizer and thought we might have to dodge bullets as we rode by a firing range.  I felt I had accomplished something and pushed my body to see if it was capable and learned that it was!

Basically, both my biking/cycling stories are pretty simple “rides” but so valuable as a memory to me.  I plan to have many more of these memories with my own children and I hope to push my body much more to see all that it is capable of, maybe not Clara Hughes level of pushing but satisfying enough for me.

 I do not know if I will win...I will keep you posted.

I am soooo excited for the Olympics to start!!!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What a great cause!

So what are you doing June 17th?  We are going to support a great family and a great cause!  We are doing the  Sens Foundation WALK ROLL & RUN for Rogers House.  We will probably roll...

Check out the great photos of our friend Jenny's grandson who is on Chris Neil's All Star Team for the event.  Last year my sisters and I went to a great fundraiser for Connor.  He is a huge Sens fan and so is his Granny!

Jenny & Chris

Connor & his Family +Chris & Caitline Neil

If you are interested register by going to this website:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Got my summer reading...

So this summer I will be reading the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson and maybe the latest by John Irving "In One Person".  I actually will probably be done mid-summer so if you have any other recommendations or books to lend let me know.

Happy Mother's Day

On the first Mother’s Day after my Mom passed away, my sister and I were in Chapters and I bought a book about motherless daughters. I also gave Mother’s Day cards to every mom-friend I knew.  But I do not remember being sad…looking back it seems a little pathetic.
 I was asked by one of my friends if Mother’s Day was hard for me?  I actually had to think about it and I realized it is not.  It is not that I do not miss my Mom and yes Mother’s Day would be a time to think of her but I think of her every day. 
I do remember bringing breakfast in bed for my Mom that was our tradition.  Now I have children and we have a family Mother’s Day tradition with Jeff’s family.  That is my focus.  I love my kids so much and am so grateful to be a mom.  Breton is me only better and Daphne is so opposite me in some ways I wonder where did she get all her outgoingness but I love every bit of both of them.  They make my mothering look good:)
Everyone today should give their Mom a squeeze and a kiss and tell her you love her.
Love you Mom

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


So Jeff and I have enjoyed re-watching Little House On The Praire with the kids.  Just recently they have gotten into it.  We tape it every night and then watch it all together when we can.  I love watching shows that the whole family can enjoy.  Some kids shows out there are painful to watch with the kids.  Another one we like is America's Funniest Videos!


the other day I was driving the kids to school and on the radio they were getting people to call in with their most embarrassing Mom stories.  One woman called in and she said her story was catching her Mom buying condoms...  So from the backseat I hear "Mom, what are condoms?"  It was Daphne!  Yikes!!!  I told her I'd tell her when she was older.

When do I tell her?  When she is a teenager right?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Molly Molly Happy 1st Birthday to YOU!!

We love you so much.  We can not wait to see what you grow up to be.  Anything you need we will be there! Happy Birthday Sweetie.  Love Daphne, Breton Uncle Jeff & Auntie Robyn!

The many faces of Molly!  Sorry I do not have a more recent photo:(

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Happy Birthday Andrew!!! My Birthday Buddy ;}

To my favourite 10 year old nephew.  We want to wish you a wonderful day and let you know that WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

So cute!