Happiness is… (vol 22)

2015.07.29 happiness 4Finally finding a picture of your younger self and knowing that yes, indeed, your side of the genes will be passed on.

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Answer Me This & What I Wore Sunday #wiws

Answer Me This summer

1. What’s your favorite grocery store splurge?

Cheese. It’s always cheese. Usually Camembert, occasionally Boursin, and since I’ve discovered that Costco sells cheese curds, those have also become a more regular splurge (how else am I to make good poutine?). I love cheese. Cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese.

2. How’s your penmanship?

Not bad. Mostly legible. I can print nicely enough when I’m not in a rush, which is usually never. My writing isn’t bad, but I’ve never attempted to refine it. Since, like, grade 5. I like the look of handwriting very much though.


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Do you like how I misspelled “school”? No backspacing here. And too much work to redo :)

3. Do you have a “Summer Bucket List?”

Um, it was camping, which is done.

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Next is ‘go to Prince George’ which will be next weekend.

Other than that, I have this:

  • pack for trips
  • do laundry and unpacking from previous trip
  • water garden so it doesn’t die
  • register Spencer for homeschool & organise “curriculum”

My list is pretty low. Why do we need a ‘bucket list’ anyway? Isn’t that just renaming a ‘to do’ list with another name, anyway? That which we call a rose by any other name…

Low key. That’s what makes thing successful here. Low key.

4. What’s the best thing on the radio right now?

I don’t have a best, I don’t believe. I love the majority of Maroon 5’s stuff. So, obvio Sugar tops that right now (and the video was so sweet, even if it was staged).

While I love Maroon 5, I LOVE Mike Tompkins accapella and his remakes tons, so I’m giving him some love on his remake.

And I like this song Budapest by a guy named George Ezra. It’s light and fun. And his voice is awesome. Reminiscent of something that makes me groove.

And I totally agree that Shut Up and Dance by Walk Off the Earth is totally fun.

And Andy’s been all over Honey, I’m Good by Andy Grammer since it came out on the radio. Even the kids know he likes it now. And he’s totally rockin’ the name thing with him.

I tried to like Taylor Swift’s new song Bad Blood, but I really don’t. And the video is kinda….odd.

5. Ice cream or frozen yogurt?

I like both. Definitely find ice cream creamier (crayyyyz, eh?) but I like both. I just recently bought us a tub of Chapman’s Caramel Coconut Blondie frozen yogurt and boy, is that stuff delicious.

For the LAST of this Answer Me This series, check out more at Catholic All Year.

What I Wore Sunday


2015-07-26 10.03.38On me: dress – Reitmans
Sweater – Smart Set
Shoes – from Payless Shoes, brand – Comfort Plus (super comfortable!)
Cassia: hand-me-down, brand – Sears baby
Spencer: shirt – Osh Kosh
pants – church rummage sale, brand – American Hawk
Felicity:  dress – Once Upon a Child, brand – Carter’s

And I wish I was always able to accessorize, but it’s so hard to get out the door by the point that I’m dressed! I did manage to put a clip in my hair:

2015-07-26 wiws hair 2015-07-26 accessorybut that was it.

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Happy Sunday!

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My Superpower (and why NFP supports it)

This week is Natural Family Planning (NFP) awareness week. For more great articles, check out Haley’s recommendations. Here are my thoughts on the matter.

2015.07.23 superpower 1I have a pretty awesome superpower. And it comes with the whole ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ phrase, too. I’m not the only one who has this superpower; there are many others who do, but many don’t want it or think that it’s too much responsibility to have and try to get rid of it. Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 21)

2015.07.22 happinessFinding a new way to use a mini-trampoline. With joy. And splashing.

Spencer came up with this idea and was super thrilled with himself that he did. We had a good time outside yesterday, playing until the kids were shivering too much from the wind. Today is more mellow, but with a potty-training disaster in the morning. However, I am eating our fresh-picked raspberries whenever I hit a low moment and things seem to brighten up from there every time.

What is your happiness today?

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Answer Me This & What I Wore Sunday #WIWS

Answer Me This summer1. What’s currently on your To Do list?

Crazy question. Doesn’t seem all that crazy to you? Well, that’s good. Go with that. I am currently testing out Basecamp for managing life. Cause I’m praying desperately to God for help in managing life. It feels quite hectic and To Do lists exist in too many places and too often get lost. Or eaten (hello Felicity).

Currently on my “testing this program out” to do list:

  • call Konrad and cancel Tuesday

  • clean out car

  • finish felt book

  • make kids’ baggies for trip

Doesn’t seem like a lot yet. But those were the ones that just occurred to me last night when I was near the computer. Basecamp has a way of using their app on the phone to add to to do lists, and also via email or voice. I’m hoping for voice cause that would help make it a lot quicker. I’m definitely planning on using it for homeschooling (it’s free for teachers and homeschoolers), but I’m not sure if it would generally just work well for helping manage life currently.

2. Better type of superhero: magic/radioactive powers? Or trauma/gadgets/hard work?

I’d go for magic. I don’t exactly know what this question is based from, but if I’m choosing superhero, which seems supernatural anyway, I’d say magic/radioactive. No Tony Starks here. All Thor.


3. Finding out if baby is a boy or a girl before birth: Good idea? Bad idea?

We’ve done both, and I prefer the surprise. Unless there seems to be some good reason for finding out, I’ve really enjoyed the surprise with Felicity and Cassia.

Speaking of surprises, have you seen the video of the woman who gave birth to the 10 lbs baby in her car in 4 minutes? Oh my good graciousness, I was simultaneously overjoyed, shocked, amazed and scared all at once for her! Holy moly!

Read the story & watch the video here.

4. Have you ever appeared on a stadium jumbotron?

Is it sad to say that I’ve not been in a stadium since they’ve invented the jumbotron? Or maybe the stadiums that I’ve been to just don’t have them. Whichever it is, the answer remains NO. I can’t image any desire to try to be in one either.

5. Are you more book smart or more street smart?

Book. Definitely book. I’d love to go back to school just to get into deep books again. Well, I love the IDEA of going back to school. I’m sure I’d be stressed out of my mind and freak out at my family every day if I did, but, you know, I can romanticize it all I want right now.

Convocation - with Joann Badley and Dave Norman (2005-10-15)

This truly happened. Convocation. Some favourite professors.

6. Have you had that baby yet? (Feel free to skip this one if it’s not applicable to you.)

Not applicable. Though my kids have asked if I have another baby in me. *sigh*

For more Answer Me This, check out Kendra’s blog.

whatiworeAnd here we are, on a beautiful Sunday!

2015-07-19 wiws 2On me: dress – Old Navy
Sweater – Reitmans
Spencer: Shirt – Once Upon a Child (brand: George)
Shorts – Hand me down (brand: Disney)
Cassia: Dress – Once Upon a Child (brand: Joe Fresh)
Felicity: Dress – Once Upon a Child (brand: George)

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Closer up of the jewelry:
Necklace – stone cut and polished by my grandad, set by my mom
Brooch – my grandma’s, made by my grandad
Earrings – Reitmans
2015-07-19 wiws 3And my shoes, which I didn’t get in the better pictures.
From Payless Shoes (brand: American Eagle)

These are the same ones I wore at my wedding:

weddingceremonySo that be us today! Hope you have a great Sunday!

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