Tuesday, August 12, 2014

dancing on the steps

If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that exercise and fresh air are a very good thing.  I used this knowledge to make our trip home even better this year by going for runs while we were there (has been too nutty with babies/young children in the past to commit to this but managed to this year and it was awesome!).

At the end of one of my runs, I stumbled upon this....


Fortunately, they didn't make me leave and let me record this....


We love our Charlotte and getting to have her with us so much this July was a major gift.  

More summer pics to come soon. 

xo

Saturday, August 9, 2014

franny's first hair cut


When we said goodbye to my folks and headed to the airport just over a week ago, I had a bit of an idea of what our August would hold but I hadn't planned on this...


Yep, that is Franny getting her first haircut!  

When I went in last week to make an appointment for Bridget who was much in need of a trim (her hair was totally crazy at the cottage this summer...wish I had a pic of that), I found myself making one for Franny as well. Her hair had also finally reached the too crazy stage.

This salon is walking distance from our house.  Tina does my hair so I am very comfortable with her and, apparently, Franny is as well because she was a pro in that chair.  I was worried that she would freak out and that I'd be chasing her out of the salon (she's a wild card) but that didn't happen.  Quite the opposite....


(didn't take long for the back to get all curly again :)

I'm am sure it helped that she had an audience...all the sisters, Kev's mom who is visiting and me.  We hovered so close that I had to shoo the girls back so Tina could breathe.  There was a lot of positive energy in that salon and a lot of "oh, she's so cute" going on.  

Bridget had gone before Franny and was so happy to be getting her hair done I'm sure that helped as well.  B looked fabulous afterwards with her extremely straight hair (ahhh...to have straight hair...their dream :).


Franny even let Tina do a little french braid down the side.  Couldn't have dreamed of it going more smoothly.


Thanks for taking the pics, Mags.  xo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

more photos from july 2014...

I woke up inspired to do a little blogging and have a couple of fun videos to post but, alas, I am having trouble opening them on the computer and my tech support is fast asleep.  But, on with it, I say....I have lots of pics to post so I will just get going on those.

I mentioned that our visit back east was great.  It was probably the best trip back we have had in a while.  Why was that, you ask?  Well, as always, experience is key.   From past trips, I tried to learn how to do things better...make things better...and I think that had something to do with it.  This year, one such wise decision was to have Kev stay east with us (instead of flying him back West to work, he telecommuted from Ottawa) and, though this made our visit shorter, it made it nicer.  There are many reasons I married this guy and one main one is that he is so good to me and just makes my life better all around. So...having him close by was awesome.  

I also think that experience for everyone at the cottage keeps making things nicer.  It hasn't always been an easy thing up there with so many people living under one roof and with families being at different stages but many of us have been at it for a while now and I think we are figuring out what works best for our families and how we can make that work with the other families there.  No easy task but we all seem committed to making it work and this is awesome (I'm just going to keep throwing that word around :).

OK, some pics...

It fills me up to see the kids so happy with their old friends.  We are lucky that old friends make the effort to spend time with us when we are home.



Though we felt we had already met him from following Matt and Karen's blog, meeting Magnus and getting to hang out with him was a definite highlight...




Starting the summer off with a party at Brett and Kate's is always fun.  It is an easy, fun way to catch up with people before the summer gets underway...





Nanny time...


Just being around family and friends...really great (or awesome!)...













Of course, camp fires and time on the water...








There was some time for reading (summer of the Twilight series for Mags :) and rest (ok, this  rest thing happened once but it did happen :)...




Ok, I've completely lost track of what I'm doing but I'll post more another time for anyone who wants to see more...

Ciao xo

Sunday, August 3, 2014

a start on summer photos...magnus's ceremony

We have returned to the west coast after a really great month back home.  Four weeks this year...much shorter than last year's 7-week visit but we still managed to fit quite a bit in.  I have lots of photos to post but having a hard time getting time at the computer so I thought I would just start...might not be all that creative but will get them up.  

I'm starting with Magnus's this-is-not-a-baptism-ceremony :).  It was a good, hot day at Karen's family's farm.  (As a side, it has been killer hot here since we returned and we are taking the whole 60s theme of this house to the max with no air-conditioning so please excuse my lack of effort in doing something more fun with all this photos....the heat saps...).






















































Happy Bday, Matt!  xo