Never Gets Old

Sunday, July 1, 2012

It is so much fun to see my nephew.  He's 2 months old today (already!?) and I got to take some family photos of him and his parents last weekend in my back yard.

We didn't get as many as we wanted, as the 'star' of the show got tired and needed to take a nap, but there are some cute ones nevertheless.






He has started smiling and it is so cute! 

Taking pictures of him never gets old.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The last week of May was particularly wet around here.  I couldn't ride my bike much, but the flowers in my garden were very happy.  We have been living in our house for almost 9 years and I inherited a nice garden with lots of pink and purple.  I took these pictures in May and just got around to posting them.

This bridal veil spirea which doesn't do much for most of the year, but for about a month every year, it makes me feel guilty for even considering cutting in down for the other 11 months of the year.

I got rid of all my creeping cranesbill because I hate the smell and they are pretty vigorous spreaders, but I kept these cranesbill bushes and they are worth keeping.
 I can never remember what these irises are called, but I love the deep purpley-blue colour, and the compact flowers and slender stems.  These seem to be popping up here and there throughout my garden, when I only had one little dinner-plate-sized patch when we first moved in.
My lilac is getting almost too big and I will have to do a really big pruning on this next weekend, now that all of the blossoms are spent.  I didn't really get to enjoy this plant as much as some other years, and we're even considering moving our trampoline to the other side of the yard so we can see this flower bed better.  The tree is getting so full and heavy that the trunk is tipping to one side.
 I picked up this sad little ninebark a few years ago for 1/2 price.  It was covered with mildew, so I cut it down to the ground, and have had it in a couple of different places before settling on a spot in my front yard, between a clematis and a dwarf light green evergreen.
 Peonies are my favourite flower, because of the smell, but I have almost too many!  I have a lot of fuschia peonies and they do so well that they need frequent dividing.  I have only one white and one light pink peony plan and I hope to get more when I divide them this September.  Peonies are a lot of work as they need staking, dividing and the blossoms gets damaged by the rain, and the blooms don't last more than a couple of weeks, but the smell is so worth it.
We have a lot of these irises, as well, and the good thing about these is that they come up early.
Weigela is one of my favourite woody perennials.  I love the trumpet-shaped flowers.  When these go on sale, I try to pick one up.  They don't spread, and little very little maintenance.
My favourite thing in my garden: my garden gnome.  Isn't it realistic?

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Better Get Used to These

Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm head over heels for my new nephew and got invited back to take more photos of him last weekend, when he was almost three weeks old.  Anne Marie had a few poses that she still wanted to capture and we worked pretty hard for them!

Jake was a very hungry boy the day I was there and he ended up eating a lot, and not falling asleep for very long.










What a sweetie!  Hopefully there will be plenty more photos of Jake on this blog.

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Introducing My New Nephew!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My first nephew was born on May 1st, to my brother Tyler, and his wife Anne Marie.  He is an adorable baby and they are over the moon.  He was 9 lbs 9 oz at birth, after being 9 days late.  I was very lucky to get the chance to take some photos of my nephew when he was 12 days old.










More photos to come soon!

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We Threw a Baby Shower!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sheila and I threw a baby shower on March 24th for my sister-in-law, Anne Marie.  My mom did most of the work, and it was so much fun.  The food, games, gifts, and guests were all great!

You can look at Anne Marie's blog to see all the photos I took.  I didn't really have time to post all the photos, so I'm glad she did.

She is due in a week from today and as soon as that baby is born, I will be an aunt for the first time, unless DH's sister-in-law Sunyung has her baby first.  She is due in about 16 days so it might be a race to the finish line.

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Mexico, Part II

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I had shirts made for everyone that said "Mexico or Bust" on the front.  This is the back of the guys' shirts.  We were in the golf cart on our way to the hotel room and we were pretty pleased to be starting our week of vacation.


We got to our room and had a nice view of the resort and the ocean.

About half way through the week, there was a 'fire show' and I was nervous the whole time, watching these young people practically lighting themselves on fire!  We were all down at the beach and enjoyed the stars and the sound of the ocean.
After the fire show, we came to this bar, the main beach bar, to dance with the ladies from London, Ontario.  It was a bit of a workout to dance on the sand!   Of course, it was much darker at night.
We went back to the beach bar a day or two later to snap a photo or two on the swings they have.
Jesus was the highlight of the aquafitness classes that took place at noon every day.  Young, tall, dark, and handsome, with blue eyes, Jesus was definitely an attraction appreciated by several of the women.  He was also hilarious and I was cracking up throughout the class, and even got an arm and ab workout out of it.
We spent most of our days by the pool, with the towel game working out alright for us.  We enjoyed four chairs together every day, and in the afternoon, we sometimes gave up two of them as it would be hot enough to spend an hour or two in the pool, sitting on the ledge you can see right behind DH.
Every day at the pool, there were crazy games, and Christian had us in stitches.  DH and I played a soccer game and were pitted against each other in the finals.  I choked and he ended up victorious.  It was a hoot!
Iguanas in Mexico are like squirrels in Ontario.  They're everywhere.  They aren't overly afraid of us until you get a bit too close, and then they do that freaky dinosaur run.
We had such a good time with Ron and Mel, and also spent some time with Luc and Annie.  Luc has a dry sense of humour, and Annie was bubbly and sweet.

The plaza at the hotel was pretty, and there was a bar, tables, and often a band, a singer, or some other kind of music.  In fact, there was so much entertainment going on, that we could barely keep up! We brought cards, but rarely had time to play.
On Caribbean night, we enjoyed the dancers and eating under the stars.
Another night, we danced in the plaza to a ton of fun 80's music including Bon Jovi and Journey.
We were taking the bus home, and DH was showing his displeasure at our vacation being over.
Goodbye Cancun!

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Mexico or Bust

Saturday, February 11, 2012

We recently returned from a fantastic trip to Mexico 'sans' kids.  We really missed the kids, and they missed us, but it was so nice to retreat to a resort with warm sun, all-inclusive, and with no responsibilities.  This is what it must have been like before we had kids, if I could remember that far back.

We went with Ron and Mel, and they were the ones that suggested Mexico.  DH and I had been to the Dominican Republic and Cuba together and we weren't sure how we felt about going to Mexico.  Turns out, it was gorgeous and everything we could have wished for.



Our building was three stories and we were on the top floor.
We spent a lot of time by the pool.

And some on the beach.
We had some lovely dinners out.
And saw some wildlife.
I did some yoga and went on a bike tour.
And ate at the fancy restaurants for supper...
And the buffet for breakfast and lunch.

I have more photos to show you, so come back tomorrow for more.

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