Happiness is… (vol 26)

2016-05-03 17.23.04 - smallerBeing nearly-2 and loving looking at the world through a different perspective. This girl. She gets me every time.

We have been having a full sort of month here…

I’m very excited to announce that St. Patrick’s parish will be one of two parishes in the city to be opening a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program in the fall!! I received an official ‘Yes’ from our pastor last week and am so excited to be on this journey.

I’m also starting a book club for the book Divine Mercy for Moms by Michele Faehnle, and I’m super excited for this opportunity to get together with some other moms while the kids run fancy-free outside and we talk about our walk of faith with each other. Huzzah!

And I’m in the process of revamping my business, Mama Knows Best, to launch something new and exciting in October. Deets to come, but I’m in my experimenting phase right now and loving it.

2016-05-02 14.24.59 - smallerAnd school is going as school usually does. Spencer is such an ace at learning to read – I’m so very amazed at how quickly he remembers some things (except the word ‘on’ for some reason). I anticipated a lot more repetition in order to remember, but perhaps I’m thinking that’s what it takes for adults to learn? If I was learning a language the way he is, but at my age, I’d be needing a whole lot of practice to remember what he remembers the next day, or even the next week without practice. And we’re doing some basic maths, which he enjoys quite a bit. He just finished a season of fencing, which heĀ adored. He’s still going to Beavers and I just told him that they break for the summer and he was reasonably sad about it, having just told me he wished Beavers was every day except Sunday and Saturday. He just loves it so much.

Andy and I received our first summer flu (technically spring, but weather is summer). It was most disappointing to not be able to start planting my garden over the past couple of days due to lack of energy. And Andy has been napping tons and foregoing making beer (shock! that never happens!). Hopefully it passes soon.

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Loving the mask hooked on her braids…

Spencer and Cassia went to the dentist and Cassia totally took home a truck load of goodies. Apparently the dental hygienist really liked her or something, cause she got a mask, a pink glove (not pictured), and a mirror-for-the-mouth thing (Denise, I’ll bet you know that terminology). That was in addition to the glowing toothbrush and water-squirt guns they both got. Spencer has been jealous of Cassia’s plunder, but he got teeth cleaned and hers were just checked, so, fair’s fair?

Lastly, today we started getting the haze from the wildfires in Alberta (possibly Saskatchewan too?). Prayers to all those affected by the evacuations. This is a tough time for those having to worry about what might happen to their livelihood.

Happy weekending!

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Tan Lines and More!

We’ve been doing a lot of biking this week, which has been very enjoyable. We’ve very close to the trails that run in the greenbelt, which expand throughout the city and into parks. Yesterday, though, we decided to bike to Canadian Tire to look at some potting options for my plants, and also to get to the CAA and change our address with them. I had just bought a new bike helmet (after giving up the one I had had for 13 or so years), and guess what – it has a visor! So exciting. Well, it floats my boat anyway. And I needed a bell for the bike.

Along the way we stopped at a garage sale, and lo and behold! We found some dusty end tables that match and will work great in the living room. Yay! $10 for the both of them, or, pour le deux, as they told us. We continued on after they assured us that they’d hold them until we came back with the car.

We arrived at Can Tire, found the right pots, and headed to the bike section. They do not have many choices when it comes to bells. There’s a mini bell, hardly the size of my palm, there’s a regular bell, which is about the size of my palm, and then there’s a horn, which sounds like a goose. Well, I for one am super excited to let everyone know that I now can make a loud, boisterous goose sound to everyone we’re about to pass on the trails. It rivals the loudness of a car horn. And there’s no ‘quiet’ way about it. If I try to honk it slowly and quietly, it just doesn’t make any noise.

Anyway, we biked and then we came home. It was very sunny yesterday, and about 24 degrees. Beautiful day to be outside. However, we failed to realise that it is actually sunblock weather. We soon realised that I burn quicker than Andy does. Apart from that, I inherited a very interesting tan line from the sun yesterday. I’ll leave it to the pictures to explain.

This weekend Blackburn Hamlet (the area we’re living in) is hosting a fair. We walked by on Friday to see what it was like, and it’s definitely small and cheesy. It has a ferris wheel, 4 spinny rides, and 3 children’s rides, as well as your typical stands where you shoot things to get a prize. So we left after walking through it. They did advertise, however, that Saturday night at dark they would be doing a fireworks display. It was much longer than I anticipated it would be. Being on the 8th floor, and facing the general direction of the fair, we got a great view of the fireworks. They lasted 10 minutes, which is close to what St. Albert can put out (just joking, St. Albert is longer, we think). It was surprising that for such a small fair that they could afford 10 minutes of fireworks. It was nice to watch.

And that’s mostly been our exitement. We had visitors last weekend from Winnipeg: Jean & Janelle LaFrance. They were here for an ordination of a friend of theirs, and stayed with us Friday, Monday and Tuesday nights. We had a great time with them! They brought along their little 8 month old son, who is so very cute, even when he’s crying his little eyes out, and very friendly.

We have Miss Kate O’Gorman coming to visit us this coming Thursday, which I’m uber excited about! We’re set to explore Ottawa together. And the following week my mom will be visiting us as well, having just finished a conference somewhere in Ontario.

So we’re set with our quota of Westerners for June, though we’re always open to more. In August Andy’s sister Heather is coming for a visit, and we’ll be heading to Algonquin Park for 4 days of camping with her. Then it’ll be close to Andy and I starting both our first full years of school here. So soon!

Oh, and we bought a Wii Fit yesterday, as it was 25% off. After we tried it out, we realised it was 25% off for a reason (faulty board), but it is covered under Nintendo’s warranty, so we’ll be looking into that today.

That’s about it for my update. Pretty lengthy, but I hope you were able to bear through it. Enjoy the pictures!

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There was an alarm pulled in the building next to us, which drew 5 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, and many many police cars.

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