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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Random Act Of Kindness

Tonight my sister Aimee called me to tell me she received a letter in the mail.  This was not just any letter, it was addressed to Aimee Smith or the current residence of her address.  Inside was a scratch lotto ticket!  That was it...and she won a free ticket after scratching it.  When she told her neighbor, her neighbor mentioned that it had to be a random act of kindness!

She said it put a smile on her face.  It cost 1$ and a stamp to mail it.  Hearing about it put a smile on my face.

I plan to pay it forward.  I have never practiced a random act of kindness beyond holding the door open for a stranger. But never such as paying for someone's order at the drive thru at Timmy's or mailing a lotto ticket anonymously to someone.

But this simple act was truly memorable. It has inspired me:)

Monday, April 29, 2013

What Breton did on the weekend...


We have fun with the fact that B has crackers that share the same name.  Breton actually comes from his Grammie's maiden name:)
Now if we could just trademark it and get some of the profits

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I am sad

I am sad because my little girl, my baby is growing up.

The other day, she was playing with her friend and they were dancing and building forts.  I walked into the room and there was a distinct body odor smell. The other girl is a year younger so I knew it was not her.

To be honest I have noticed other changes.  She is only 8 years old, nine in October.  It just makes me so sad.  She is so innocent.  I am pretty open and honest about the human body but I am not ready for this.  She is only in Grade 3...

She just learned to blow a bubble with her gum.  Although, this past week she has asked me to wake her up earlier so that she has time "to get ready" for school.  She never cared before.  She even laughed one morning "I look older than what I really am!" I got sadder.

B got deodorant for Christmas (his favourite gift) in preparation.  She and I went out and bought some and she was not embarrassed (maybe by this blog down the road?) but if I think about it, Grade 4 I was shaving my legs and had started to change too...

Thursday, April 25, 2013


These are photos from Daphne's room.  She is my little clutter bug, collector, some would even say hoarder.   This is the opposite of Breton.  Below are pictures of Breton's room.  He frequently purges items that he is not using when he rearranges his room.  He and I are similar.  I have a hard time with the clutter.  At the same time I do not want to crush Daphne's artistic free spirit.  So I shut the door and sometimes purge her room when she is not home:)  But that has run me into trouble.  see Robyn's Nest: Daphne!!
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


So I have an umbilical hernia.  It normally does not bother me.  Usually only after I have done some heavy lifting.  I will not touch it directly.  It can be tender when in the shower and I am washing my body.

I was going to have you all name it but then I named her myself...her name is Poppy!  She is that little marble like nodule above my belly button.  I had it looked at by my Dr and she said until it really causes discomfort not to worry.

Say hi to POPPY!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandma!!!

We want to wish Grandma a very Happy Birthday!!


Hope your birthday is not as wild as this simulated hurricane:)  Or may be wilder than this simple hurricane?

Happy Birthday Grandma!
Love Breton Robyn & Daphne

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stella ola ola clap clap clap!

She's here!
She came into the world so fast, as the co-coach I did not have time to get to the hospital.  She arrived around 4am-ish, weighing 6lbs 14oz.
I think she looks like her big sister Molly.
Daphne & her new cousin Stella

The tiny lamb rattle Daphne chose for Stella

Auntie Aimee & Stella

Stella Olivia

Stella and her Mom & Dad
Everyone is doing great!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Frank: Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Frank!  Did you know:

American meaning:
The name Frank is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Frank is: Free land-owner

The name Frank is a Teutonic baby name. In Teutonic the meaning of the name Frank is: A Latin Francis, meaning Frenchman or free one. Famous bearer: American singer Frank Sinatra

Latin Meaning: The name Frank is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Frank is:Free

French Meaning: The name Frank is a French baby name. In French the meaning of the name Frank is: Free

 English Meaning: The name Frank is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Frank is: meaning from France, or free one.

People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.

People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.

Funny the stuff you find on the internet:)  Never know if it is true or not...

Hope you have a great day!


Friday, April 19, 2013

Noelle Suzanne



the one in the middle is the green kangaroo

Larry (of the Three Stooges) this is what our Deedo (Dido) referred to us as

Strong (when she breaks I am sadder)

Strong (have you seen her arms??!!)

Super smart


Beautiful (could have been a model)

Tall (the tallest of us all)

Oh so fashionable

Very funny

Reasonable (always brings logic to my life)



Traveller (the only continents she hasn't visited are Asia and Antarctica)

Happy Birthday Noelle.

I am so happy and grateful you are my sister


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I am thinking of everyone in Boston today.
I have fond memories of the city.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Funny faces made one night in the mirror before bed.
I think it is what B & D may look like when they are old??
Had us in stitches laughing...loved it!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Laundry Issues

Someone pleeeease help me!  I have a few sweaters and hoodies that smell like BO!!  I have washed them in hot water, soaked them in vinegar, even drenched the pits in body spray and also used the new TIDE Sport. 

Nothing has worked:(

I think it is my own fault because I did not wash the stinky clothes right after they became smelly.

Any suggestions, much appreciated:)

Breton's socks after a day of springtime playing outside.

Yes they have been washed but I ended up throwing them out.  I did not care that they got dirty.  I am just glad my son had fun playing outside!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Great Website

If you want to watch shows that we do not get or you do not have the fancy cable packages (like us) this is a great website:

I have been catching up on DEXTER and started to watch Sons Of Anarchy.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Happy Easter Recap

This Easter we had Auntie Aimee and Auntie Noelle and families over.  I crockpotted a stuffed turkey breast and BBQed another stuff turkey breast (from Farm Boy).  The BBq one was sooo easy and yummy.  The crock pot one doesn't brown so I put it under the broiler afterwards just to crisp it up.  Both were delicious and yes there was leftovers.  I have a habit of getting more food than necessary but as a hostess my worst nightmare is not having enough food for my guests:)  We had 10 people over and maybe half a breast left....mmmmm leftovers.

The Easter Bunny also came.  Lots of chocolate plus Just Dance 4 and a hockey stick.  We plan to have our annual chocolate fondue soon to use up some of the chocolate.
Hope you had a great Easter too.  Daphne also lost a tooth that night so both the Easter Bunny and the Toothfairy left a treat under her pillow.  She woke me up at 2am to tell me this:)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Worst Guest EVER!

In all my Florida recaps I forgot to thank my Dad & Bev for having us:)

Thank you soooooo much for your support through everything and for all the fun adventures while we were there.  I know that Daphne & Breton made some great memories.  Not sure if B will ever go back after the airplane sickness on the way home but maybe if we brought hockey to the Maple Leaf he'd be there?

Thank You again!!!  Love you lots:)

April Fools Day

Since carol is away, maybe we should take it as a sign.  a sign that we should try to stay together?  I have realized so much since we have been separated.  I really think we could make it work. Sitting with you watching B play hockey and having lunch together on the weekend...
 I know you had mentioned that you prefer my hair dark so I promise you that I will never change it again.  But we could keep our separate residences (once you get your new place) and be together but not live together.  Remember that car driver/racer that had a show, I think his name was John Force(?) that's what he and his wife did.
I was also thinking that when we re-do our wills that we should name Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed as the kids guardians.  Right? once we put them in our will and something happens to us, they'd have to take them.  Just think of everything the kids would have and get to do.  And Shannon is Canadian so she'd make sure B keeps up with his hockey.  then they'd have the balance of the arts.  daph would probably get the opportunity to actually perform at some point.
Brilliant eh?!
Let me know what you think of my april fools joke!
Happy Birthday Danielle:)  Can I say it enough?  I really hope it is very happy.