Thursday, June 26, 2008
After we'd seen all we wanted to see, we took both of the girls to have a pony ride. Nalley got on the little one with a white mane and Maybel chose the larger black one. They both enjoyed every minute of it.
We had only been in the truck for about 5 minutes when Nalley's head started bobbing. I turned around a minute later and this is what I saw...mouth open, sound asleep...it was just too much excitement for one morning.
Maybel and I stayed up late(r) last night and made some homemade cupcakes for our family foursome celebration. Well, I was going to make the cupcakes myself, but it was too late, so I cheated and used a cake mix...but we did make the most FABULOUS pink (of course) buttercream frosting...OMG...I don't have words. I have always used the recipe from The Magnolia Bakery cookbook...how appropriate, right? Their signature buttercream is always pink...how could it not be my favorite?!? Maybel was such a good helper and she the best sprinkle sprinkle-er EVER! They were so yummy!!!
After the cupcake was demolished, this is what we were left with.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wendy's (Shayne's mom) friend, Randee, from Moose Jaw was in to run in the Manitoba Marathon over Father's Day weekend. She told us that she hasn't paid for a flight in who knows when by using her Air Miles points. That is the great thing about Canada, you can collect air miles here just by shopping at the places you always do. They swipe your card, and you collect air miles....simple as that. The only problem is, you might spend $1000 and only get 1.5 points. At least that's how it seems sometimes. Then other times, you shop on the right day and you spend $15 and collect 80 points.
Back to the story... So Randee told us that she shops at Safeway during the Air Miles coupon events and racks up outrageous amounts of Air Miles. I was looking in the flyer yesterday and saw that this week was one such Air Miles event. Spend $100 and redeem coupon for an additional 100 points. Then buy 4 of this, get 40 points, buy 2 of that get 15 points, so on and so forth.
We planned it out so that Shayne and I each had a 100 point coupon. We would monitor the total and keep tally so that we could seperate our order just at $100. No problem, nice check out lady who was also "all about the air miles points". We start our second half of the purchase and we're about $10 short...crap! So, Shayne goes over and picks up more soft drinks (we'd already purchased about six 12-packs for Nalley's party)...we're good to go...until the check out lady scans my Safeway card...we're down to $79. That's GREAT, I saved that much money, just for having a Safeway card. I'm stoked until I remember we're trying to get our bill UP to $100 so we can collect 100 more of these damn Air Miles points. So Shayne grabs MORE soft drinks...we're still short. I start picking up skittles, scan....short...more skittles....scan...short... here's the whole freakin' box....short...OMG...the people behind us are just standing there, watching in amazement at the circus that's going on before their eyes! (Did I mention that Nalley is screaming and Maybel is pushing her around the store, trying to calm her down...oh, I forgot that part, didn't I?!????)
End of story...we got our precious Air Miles. Where are we going, you ask? Oh, we don't have a trip planned, we don't have any money left to spend on ANY trip, because we now have a pantry full of skittles and soft drinks...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I just haven't got it lately. I was on a roll, or at least I thought I was, and then....pphhhttt...nothing! I can't seem to get a digi LO to my satisfaction. I have been working on a challenge LO for about 3 days now and I hate it. I've COMPLETELY redone it, it looks nothing like what it started out looking like, and I still can't figure it out. I think it may be because I am completly EXHAUSTED lately.
Why? Because my soon-to-be one year old is giving me fits at nap time and bed time. Is it her teeth? Is she getting sick? Is she just getting cranky in her old age? I don't know, but she's giving me a run for my money.
I may not be able to put together a LO that I am happy with, but I have been working on some new pottery designs that are pretty cute and whimsical. I have also had the sewing bug lately after finishing the quilts for Nalley. I have been lurking on some fabric websites lately searching for my next find. I have long loved Amy Butler and Michael Miller fabric, and just recently became aware of Heather Bailey's awesomeness from Laura. I actually figured out today that some of her fabric is in Nalley's quilt and I didn't even know who she was. See, loved her stuff before I even knew she was great! There is also some Amy Butler and Michael Miller stuff in there too, BTW.
Anyway, if you see my digi mojo, can you e-mail it to me...thanks!
She loves the bath so I assumed that she would love the pool, and I was right. She had a total blast. Of course I'm never in the pictures anymore (I'm going to make a conscious effort to do better with that) but here she is with Daddy having some pool time fun.
BTW, LOVE LOVE my 50 mm lens...it rocks! If only I could improve my photog skills...we'd be good to go.
Totally love this pic...but look...there's a hose in the background...that sucks!
If only the weather were more consistant here in Winnipeg, we'd be living at the pool. It's just hit or miss lately. This last week was PERFECT pool weather but the pool heater bit the dust and was only replaced on Friday...hence our first pool day....Saturday. I'm all about soaking up the beautiful summer weather here, our season is so short compared to Georgia, I'm all about being outside when we can. And then there are the "mozzies" as my friend Tracey calls them. She's from the UK and she cracks me up. I'm talking about the notorious Winnipeg mosquitos...they suck! I really did think that Georgia mosquitos were bad until I came here. They literally chase you from the house to the car, they're annoying to say the least. Now, since it seems as though I've said nothing good about the Peg in this post...let me tell you how much I appreciate the fact that there is nothing that lives here that will kill (lest you count the mozzies that carry West Nile), there are no diamondback rattle snakes such as this one that my brother, Hamilton, killed in south Georgia recently while strolling my 18 month old twin nephews. He called my sister-in-law, Beth, to bring him his 3 iron. I guess golf clubs can double as a handy-dandy-beat-the-daylights-out-of-a-snake-while-protecting-your-kids tool too.
There aren't any poisonus snakes of any kind, nor are there poisonus spiders, or scorpions, or anything that will kill you if it bites you. There aren't any roaches or camelback crickets, or anything gross and skeevy like that...and I am REALLY happy for that. There are lots of wonderful things that I totally love about Winnipeg, but the unpredictable weather, it just isn't one of them. So, we're going to throw everything else to the side and fully live each moment of the glorious weather while we can!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
My family here have always been really good about helping me celebrate American Thanksgiving and 4th of July and all the American holidays that we don't celebrate in Canada. They know how important it is to hold on to that part of me...it's who I am and I want my kids to know those things too. Even though they are dual citizens living in Canada, they ARE STILL American. The first two years I was here, Shayne was in school on Thursday nights and didn't get to celebrate with us, so my in-laws and I had a mini feast together. Last year, we did the whole shebang here at our house...exactly like we would have in Georgia when my grandparents were alive. It was great, everyone played along with me and it was lots of fun. Shayne's cousin Troy was actually pretty excited that he got turkey dinner a whole month before Christmas too...it was funny!
But all I have to say is YAY!!!!! I get to go Black Friday shopping again! We do Boxing Day shopping here, but there is just waaaaayyyy more awesomeness to be had in the ATL...can't wait! I guess my mom and dad will be babysitting (they'll totally LOVE that).
Can't wait to see all my friends...I am so blessed that I have made some of the best friends ever here in Winnipeg, I totally love you all...but there is something to be said for lifelong friends...I miss them so much. And Maybel is beside herself to see Meghan and Parker, my best friend DeShea's kids, they are the best of friends too. Meghan is so funny, she calls Nalley her little sister in Canada. And I love how she says it...with the sweetest little southern accent...to die for! Maybel always comes home talking like me (and the rest of the south) because she is surrounded by it...and I get grief for months because my own accent is "refreshed" from being home. It's quite funny though, all my friends back home tell me I sound Canadian now...it's so not true though, eh?! LOL!
Well, I'm returning to summer now, leaving behind the thoughts of turkey and sweet potatoes for another day. Off to start dinner and get ready for girl's night out with my good friend Daph...can't wait!!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I can't say enough about how wonderful my MIL, Wendy, is...she runs circles around me on my best (and her worst) day. She worked so hard to put on an AMAZING party for Maybel. She made this adorable cake...I"m in awe...I thought my cookies were cute until I saw her masterpiece! I'm sure she's glad she's not making the cake for Nalley's party. I have ordered it from High Tea Bakery, but it will be hard to impress me after seeing Wendy's awesome tea pot cake...I wonder if she'd make one for my birthday!?!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Jocelyne brought over the latest pictures that she shot of Nalley last week at the park and they turned out sooooooooooo good!!! I am just giddy beyond belief! These were specifically done so that I could get one last good shot of Nalley for her BDay invitations that were sent to the printer this afternoon. I also wanted something that I could use for note cards for her thank yous, and I just love how they turned out. I am crazy for the vintage looking editing Joce did on a few of them, so soft and ethereal looking if you ask me.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
We're a little scary first thing Saturday morning...LOL!
Doesn't she look so guilty?? I don't know what she did or what she was about to do, but this what I bet she's thinking, "uuumm, nothing mommy, not doin' anything!"
As I said, don't know much about photography at all, just thought this one looked kinda cool. You photogs will probably laugh at it, but I'm just playin' right now.
Maybel's soccer jamboree was this weekend. They won 2 lost one. The one that they lost was no surprise, all the girls were twirling their hair, looking at their fingernails, generally distracted...it was actually really funny to watch. I'd probably be doing the same thing though, soccer's not really my thing. Give me a football and some mud, I'm all in!
I've also gotten the crafty bug this weekend. I'm always on my computer digi scrapping but rarely am I into the paper and glue anymore. I am on the road to making some cute stuff, can't say now what cause it's mostly all gifts and stuff. Anyway, I'll post pics after I'm done giving it all away!
It's late, I'm tired and I'm sure Nalley will be up at her usual 6 a.m., so I'd better sign off!