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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Do unto others as you'd have done to you.

Quoting my Mom today. 

She use to say this to us all the time,

probably when we 3 sisters were fighting...

She would also say "Do as I say not as I do."


Mama wisdom!

I don't know if my children could quote me with any familiar sayings...
Well none that I would want them to repeat! Yikes!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

What's going on?

My house is a disaster zone or perhaps a construction zone?

After considering moving, for a brief minute or two, I gained/earned some paint so I decided to...


Goodbye shades of blue...

Hello custom created gray 

Can you spot my breakfast of apples and peanut butter?

One of my favourites

Click below to view one of my favourite TED Talks.  

It was a bit of an AWHA moment, a little mind blowing going on and a few chuckles...

Click here


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TED Talks

So lately I have become a fan of TED Talks.  For a long time I resisted.  I didn't want to be told how to live my life...
but now I watch them to be informed, inspired or even for a laugh.(most of the Talks have some humour in them).

You can search for any subject and they are brief, so you can listen to them when you just have a little down time. 

Click here to see some of the more popular ones:

Let me know if you find a good one :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I am going to sound old but I just don't get Snapchat:(

I do enjoy the filters and at first thought that was the main feature of it but I have been told by my offspring...that this is how everyone is "connecting"? "chatting"? um... "communicating"?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Look who came to visit:

These guys came by last Wednesday.  The video was shot by Thomas, Breton's best buddy.  That is Breton in the background exclaiming. 
That is the part that makes me laugh.

Love this!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you want .

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Sunday, August 6, 2017


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My sisters and I, when we were younger, use to colour all the time.

We even had a cupboard in the kitchen full of our colouring books and crayons.  We also did lots of arts and crafts. 

Recently, in the adult world, there has been a resurgence in colouring for adults as a stress reliever... a lot of adult colouring books out there (a lot of stress out there?).

Why did I ever stop colouring? Drawing? Painting?  I have to admit that as part of my job, working with young children, I still get to create art and crafts.  

It was mentioned, that when we were younger, we never coloured to get paid, or worried about being judged...we just coloured for the pure pleasure.

So I recently got back to my childhood activities. 

No I do not have a kitchen cupboard full of colouring books and crayons but I was inspired by Sam Zuppardi's art in  Nobody's Perfect.

I am drawing and painting.
It is pleasurable.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

You have to try this!

What is your personality? 

Did you know there are 16 different kinds of personalities?

Learning what kind you are and the important people in your life are, can help immensely in relating and understanding each other.

Click here for your personality

Very accurate for me.

Friday, August 4, 2017

she did it!

Daphne has been growing her hair out for a very long time.  I do not even remember the last time we went and got it cut.  Today she cut it!

She was growing it in order to donate it for the making of wigs.  You need a minimum of 8 inches, Daphne donated 9.  We are mailing it to the Canadian Cancer Society via Pantene

She is a real Beauty! Dazzling Daphne all the way through!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

43 that's ME!

A lot of these still looking to check off:

Here are 43 things I would like to do:

1) Spend more time with people I really really love. ✓
3) Write more
4) See Adele in concert
5) Get more defined muscles
6) Be hairless
7) Make porta potties pretty
8) Be healthier
9) Be in a Hedley video
10) Have more followers (social media-wise)
11) Write permanently for YMC
12) Get a new tattoo--really: fix the robin on my shoulder
13) Keep my hair at the length it is now
14) Sleep in more - very hard for me to do:(
15) Swim more✓
16) Travel to Australia
17) Travel more in general
18) Go to the circus school in Montreal
19) Go ziplining again
20) Have a lavender farm
21) Create art
22) Own an old truck, Jeep and maybe a Bugatti
23) Cook better and enjoy doing it
24) Therefore: Do more cooking classes
25) Make a difference in a parent's life
26) Give my kids more great memories✓
27) ....and the right advice
28) Travel in First Class
29) Do a train tour up North in the territories or in BC
30) RV across Canada
31) Ski Whistler
32) Sleep through the night
33) Read more✓
34) Relax better✓
35) say what's on my mind
36) Swim in an ocean✓
37) Go see Elle King live
38) Run another triathlon and 1/2 marathon ✓
39) Get my Victimology diploma
40) Go to Bali or Bora Bora or Iceland or Greenland 
41)  Cry less and be regulated 
42) Be on the Amazing Race
43) Own a dwarf goat and meet the PM

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Another good one

This is another great post i just read. 

 Right here

Everybody Poops

So "pooping" is one of my least favourite discussions. I can clean up my dogs, I have no problem cleaning up babies or small children's accidents (I can hold my breath for a real long time) but adult #2s...

It is super important: whether you are doing it or not, the frequency and what it looks like (gag) .


This is what I try to remember anytime I am feeling anxious, intimidated or stressed out about new situations and the people involved.

Remember your worse "pooping" experience and know that that person has probably had a similar situation or worse!! 

Pooping: a common denominator that levels us all.

Oh wow wisdom from the nest  by Robyn...Or I am full of it and it just stinks!

Hahahahaha laughs Robyn hysterically 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Interesting posts I have read recently:

Many posts on this blog have been helpful

Amen!  I have noticed this too over the past 20+ years working with children but I think with more posts like this one on parenting, there is a happy medium coming (and when everyone stops getting a medal in sports: just the winners plz:) 

Click here


flip to pages 18-19
My past two 1/2 marathons I have run under someone else's name...good thing I am not that fast hahaha


Re post:
Anxiety is a disorder that interferes with everyday life.

I think I have always dealt with anxiety since I was little.  I was a worrier, always over thinking about something.  I believe that is why I can be an introvert in some situations, worried about saying the wrong thing, then worrying that I haven’t said anything during the situation…

For me, I am not consumed with anxiety every moment of every day, then I would never have a good day.  There are days when there is a weight on my chest and I hyper think of a particular thing or things, over and over and over again.  I am full of doubt and at times reduced to tears.  There are times I reach out to talk to someone about what is cycling in my head.  In these moments and the person I reach out to I refer to them as talking me off the ledge.  In those anxiety filled moments I am so consumed with my thoughts of negativity and self doubt that I need someone to break it down for me…talk me off the ledge.  Other times I deal with it on my own, usually writing it out in my journal or I just go to sleep and hope that I feel better and the reoccurring thoughts dissipate when I wake up.  I usually refer to it “as a moment in time” and know that it will pass.  I just wish they would stop occurring. It has become worse in the last three years due to circumstances.  I am trying very hard to deal with it, therapy, exercise, medication and self education.

Thank you to those who have been patient with me and who have talked me off the ledge.  I am forever grateful.

Monday, July 31, 2017

My Best List EVER!? Who knew at 42??

I turned 42 yesterday. Not sure how that is suppose to feel? All I know is that I have learned a few things...

1- I have never been happier
2- confidence can be regained
3- grey hair appears everywhere!!!
4- thinking outside the box and putting your own twist on something leads to success 
5- someone with substance is invaluable
6- being healthy is a good thing
7- I am an athlete. Never really was growing up but on my way to my fourth half marathon... And second triathlon
8- oily skin was a horrible shiny pain when I was a teen but now it's helping keep wrinkles away
9- sunscreen is super important. Sorry to my epidermis for burning you so many times
10- old friends/longtime friends are the best
11- I don't have to wash my hair everyday
12- there are great men out there. I am raising one:)
13- don't save stuff for special occasions use it all now. 
14- I am more independent then ever
15- I can do anything
16- fear leads to regret
17- everything in moderation 
18- don't understand tent camping?!? 
19- eat what you like
20- colour makes me happy
21- running is my medicine
22- use what you have
23- ask the cashier how she is doing
24- sitting doing nothing with people you love is the best
25- try everything- adventure wise, food wise you are on your own
26- watching your kids succeed is an awesome high!
27- a nickname means a lot
28- a real book is better than the screen version
29- flowers are good
30- Canada is an amazing country
31- children are sponges
32- tattoos tell a story just ask
33- always someone worse off than you
34- I deserve to be treated well
35- music motivates
36- eat breakfast
37- got an itch scratch it, if you do not have someone to do it for you
38- everyone does it
39- therapy is awesome
40- all the seasons rock
41- I love my body... Too much?
42- chocolate everyday is ok!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

THIS is 40

Love re-visting my blogs of the past. In some ways I have changed, in some ways I remain the same.

Here upon my 40th birthday, are 40 things you may or may not know about me:)

1- I collect the closure tags from bread, milk, bagels etc.  I have a container at home and a bag at work of them.  The bag at work of tags was suppose to be used for a craft? or sorting?  never happened. 

2- I love to do the laundry!  Putting it in, selecting the settings, moving it to the dryer and then folding it (in front of the TV)  Putting it away is another story.

3- I'd love to be a roadie for a band or just go on tour...

4- My new favourite singer: Gin Wigmore  But will always be a PINK fan

5- I'd love to work on an assembly line or be a food prep person (the one who cuts up the veggies, fruit or other ingredients {not the meat}) but I do love the job I have.  I think of my class as my classroom family.  I also am very grateful for the women I work with and the support from my students' parents.

6- Ok maybe I would cut up the meat if I had gloves on.  I think I can touch/clean/prepare anything if I had gloves on.

7- I have no chest (boobs) and I love it!!

8- I wear men's briefs sometimes. So comfy!  Victoria Secret low-rise bikini underwear are my alternative.  I hate thongs/G-strings.

9- Hair growth sucks at 40 (what the heck is going on!) Love laser hair removal:p

10- Not a big athlete but can be your biggest cheerleader:) I played water polo in university actually more like I trained with the water polo team because I only played one game as goalie.  Yes we lost that game but we'd lost every game that season:O)  Loved being goalie so much was goalie for the one season of Futsal I played a few years ago.  We actually won games, thank you very much!  so enjoyed it swollen fingers and all, even when I got the ball in the throat and couldn't talk for a bit!

11- I loved being pregnant.

12- My favourite movie of all time is The Princess Bride.  My favourite colour is purple, my second favourite is navy blue and my third favourite is black.  Favourite number is 2.  My favourite flower is a tulip, any colour

13- A huge multi-tasker.  If I am talking to you on the phone,I am doing 5 other things during that conversation.

14- I love Rockets, Sweet Tarts, real maple syrup and of course chocolate.

15- Wanna get my nose pierced, tiny little stud.

16- I was hit by a van when I was 5 years old, when I was getting off the school bus.  What I remember is waking up and my Mom feeding me ice cream and then I remember them wheeling me up to my room and my Dad commenting how the whole bed fit into the elevator.

17- I have three tattoos and considering another: this quote "For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first." Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games

18- My kids are my everything!!

19- I wish I could make money from my art.

20- I went to Brock University, majoring in Child Studies, I have ECE equivalency and a Montessori diploma

21- I run and want to be better at it.

22- My front tooth is dead.  I've had a root canal.  At the time in order to stop it from going brown my dentist rubbed hydrogen peroxide on it--it burned my gums.  I had 16 teeth removed as a kid and I had braces and a head gear

23- I use men's deodorant.  I stink and it stops the stink, also it is easier to find deodorant in the men's section. 

24- I will travel to Australia, NYC, Vegas, San Antonio, Greece and Hawaii one day!  I have been to the Dominican, Aruba, England, Italy

25- Love the smell of cinnamon and also spearmint.  Smelling these scents puts me in a better mood

26- I want to go in a hot air balloon, bungee jump and/or skydive.  I would go in a shark cage too.

27- I do not drink a lot (anymore).  I do not like wine or beer: drink of choice a rye & Coke. Or a Sambuca shooter (on fire)

28- I have texture issues: I will not eat eggs or pumpkin pie cuz of their texture or bananas

29- I LOVE going to an airport.  Whether it is to go somewhere or just to pick someone up.  I find it exciting.

30- Boudoir pix-done 'em! To celebrate losing 11lbs of baby weight.

31- I would get Botox for the line between my eyes.  It is from thinking so hard all these years.

32- I am terrified of bats but have held a tarantula,  a python, scorpion and cockroach.

33- I have never done an illegal drug...

34- Suffered from postpartum depression after my first child but didn't know it at the time.

35- I drink approx. 4 cups of tea everyday.  I also love to eat.  I do not like to cook but if someone makes me good food I LOVE IT!!

36- Have been judged and put down by others based on religious believes or my lack of a religion

37- Extreme introvert.  The friends I have are very very dear to me.

38- Childhood: was really really good.

39- Nicknames I have had: Rob, Robbino, Wild Bush, Bandit, Robynski Comaneci, Curly, Oottat

40- Been to a psychic and she was right!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not My Birthday but ...

So this was a blog from my 41st birthday and I wanted to go through it and see what I can cross off:

I turned 41 today!
Here are forty one things I plan to do this year:
Skydive (booked and ready) Done read about it here
Bungee Jump Hmmmm not yet but there is this place in Quebec...
Zip line with B&D DONE! Read here
Go to the CN Tower DONE! Click here
Visit Tremblant Done it twice 
Win my triathlon I was first in my first Try a tri! (I was the only one in my age group)
Figure out what I want to be when I grow up Toddler Assistant Directress feels mighty good to me!
Fall in love Robyn 💖 Paul
Get stronger Always working on this one... six pack might be my next goal...
Be healthier Again always working on this one
Be smarter A work in progress
Make good choices for me and my children Everyday
Make more art Not yet
Grow an awesome veggie garden NO thanx , not interested anymore
Get another tattoo? Got two See them here
Paint my bedroom nouveau boudoir:) Done
Get my umbilical hernia fixed Poppy
Eat at really good restaurants Too many to mention but most of them had Thai food
Hangout at the beach more often Hello CUBA 

Grow my hair longer Actually cut it shorter but the goal is to grow it longer from NOW on
Read a book I am reading a lot more this summer See what I am reading here
Write a script for a TV show Hmmm maybe a book...
Travel more Oh ya Las Vegas and Cuba
Drive slower Sometimes
Sleep better Haven't achieved this
Continue to eat in bed! Stopped doing this one
Fix my front steps Done sorta
Bounce more on the trampoline Not so much cuz of this
Laugh just as much as last year or more Yep
See more good movies Haven't seen anything spectacular lately
Dance and sing more often Still a goal
Drink less mix drinks with pop Don't drink at all
Smile a lot Depends on the day
Botox? Not yet...
Go horseback riding Maybe soon... Stella & Molly may I join you?
Kiss - missed it for so long really enjoy it Done done and hope it doesn't ever stop...Paul
Floss more often a dentist appt and still don't floss enough
Write better ... For my blog I am trying
Get a mammogram Will do: this year
Have a better race time for my next 1/2 marathon Very happy with my 1/2 this year
Be happy Some days this one is hard  #depression

I like making these types of lists.  They let you set out your goals, passions, dreams and wishes.  And hopefully help you achieve them.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Going to the church and we're going to....

So this happened on the Easter long weekend in April,

Going to the church and we're going....

To be a witness

I was a witness at the wedding of my friends, Susan and Rob.

Fastest planned wedding ever! 

Engaged on Friday,
Wedding dress bought on Sunday,
Wedding on Saturday


It was beautiful.

Thank you guys!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Road trip 2017!

All packed up in the Georganas van!  Heading to Peterborough to Grandma & Grandpa.

Stella's request: the beach!

Then we went to the zoooooo! Lemurs, sea otters, squirrel monkey's and a pretty peacock were some of the favourites.

Daphne in the batting cages.  She only got hit twice:(

Uh why don't you play baseball? 

Love this moment: B had just finished helping Daphne do up her helmet.

Get ready....set...go!

Not the best memory for Daphne:( a little off roding was done.

My favourite: family meals outside

Thursday, July 13, 2017

this is how i sleep:

When i am alone

i fall asleep

Watching/listening something on my iPad/iPhone.

It helps me shut my mind off.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

So this has been summer so far...

It has rained a lot this June and July.  We have had some great thunderstorms! And we were even able to see some rainbows.

So because of the string of storms on and off almost everyday, are motto has been "don't cancel, just do it!"

We have faired out pretty well. We have done Calypso in the rain (you are already wet!), cottaging (yep... That's a Canadian original word), gardened, biked, travelled ............

We are sweet but not made of sugar so we are just going to do it! 

Monday, July 10, 2017


So there is this whole series of -ALIOUS books by Victoria Kann. The first one is  Pinkalious 

Then there is Purplalious, Goldalious, Aqualious etc...

Well, one of the lines in Pinkalious is "you get what you get and you don't get upset"

I use this line all the time when I am teaching, usually when I am handing out a variety of items and I don't need to hear  "I want pink" or "I want blue" or "I want the green dinosaur with the red polka dots", you get the picture.

Well on Sunday night, I went to Bluesfest with this Lady:

And we saw P!nk!

It was a high energy show that did not disappoint.  It did not matter that I could only see her mainly on the big screens, or that there were pushy people weaving their way within the packed crowd or that we had kooky screamers behind us...

Or that it POURED rain for probably 15 minutes in the middle of the show!

I have listened to her music so long I was able to sing a long to every song, she played my strength song: TRY, she continued singing in the rain...Mirka and I didn't bring any rain gear but ended up under other peoples' umbrellas (but still got kinda soaked, water ran off other umbrellas drenching us, but it did not matter! ). The rain did not last and right before it started there was a huge blast of lightening behind the stage, that it looked like P!nk had planned it as part of the show.

We sang, we danced and had fun

We got what we got and we did not get upset:)

***Anyone going to Bluesfest in the future, I highly recommend parking at Tunney's Pasture and walking. It is a wee bit of a walk...but you need to walk!

What a whirlwind, but so much fun!

So for our one day trip to TO I had no actual tickets!  This is somewhat new to me (perhaps showing my age:) all tickets for the train, the CN Tower and the aquarium were on my phone.  Was a little worried that at the end of the day the battery was getting low and I did not bring a charger (could have charged it on the train) so photos were taken less to conserve battery life. We had such a great day and we even had time for cruise around the Toronto Harbour to see the Toronto Islands. Here are some photos from our whirlwind visit to Toronto:

On the train for 5:55AM. Biked over from our house and guess who forgot her tea in her bottle holder on her bike?

Going through security at CN Tower after arriving at 10AM in Toronto.  We could not have timed it better! Later, when we left, the line up was HUGE to get in.  People would have been waiting at least 2hrs to get to the elevator to go up.

Views from the Lookout Level

Looking out from the Skypod Level (447m above Toronto)

The glass floor and our next destination

Ripley's Aquarium (Sharks done in tiles on the roof, come on that's fun).

But first a lunch break @Boston Pizza

Highly recommend Ripley's Aquarium.  If you do go, pre-book your visit.  Like the CN Tower there was a line up out the door. With a predetermine time the line up was minimal and moved quickly.  Our favourite parts of the aquarium were the octopus, the jelly fish section, the shrimp (Daphne's favourite: you can touch them, they crawl on your hand), the moving sidewalk which has sharks, a sea turtle and  a fantastic collection of fish swimming all around and above you.

This was the view from our boat during the harbour cruise. Yes that is that giant rubber duck in the harbour again.  It was part of our Canada 150 celebration. More info about Da Duck here.

We arrived back to Barrhaven a little after 11PM.  The train was a little late but we grabbed our bikes and got home, tired but a giant pocket full of memories, including the grumpy lady on the train.

Oh and my tea was cold:(