Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Proper Birthday Post

I really only mentioned the kiddos birthday in my last post.
So here is a proper BD one.....
They turned 5 !!!!!! 5!!!!!


Where did those 5 years go?????

They had a party at a local spray park with all their friends the week before I arrived.
My visit was kind of spur of the moment and the party had been planned :-(

But that was okay.... cuz they got 2 celebrations...

The evening before their momma decorated the breakfast table...

 
 





You will notice the paper balloons ----- I took a stance many many years ago to forego balloons and I am glad to say my girls are continuing this tradition.
I made buttermilk pancakes with lots of fruit for breakfast...


Then it was off to Toys R Us and Boston Pizza for lunch....

After such a big meal no one was really hungry for a BIG supper so we settled with Nachos and all the fixins ---- MMMMMMMMM!!!!




Holly stopped at a local bakery and got cupcakes. She got them to put their initials on it.





So it was a terrific day.... I am so happy I got to celebrate this important day.....
Have I mentioned how much I love and miss them .....


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nona's Excellant Alberta Adventure

Has it only been a week????
Yup I've been home a week from 16 days with my girl Holly and my sweet kiddos Miles and Riley.
I'm not one for spilling a lot of personal stuff on my blog ---- I like to keep it fairly light.
However this one time I am going to get a wee bit heavy.
Holly is separated from her husband and he is making life kind of miserable .....
It would be awful if it was just her but it is affecting those two sweet kiddos ---- which is unforgivable.
Sometimes I think it is almost harder having grown up children going through life's difficulties.
When she was 5 I could give her a hug --- wipe her tears --- put a Little Mermaid band aid on it --- give her a kiss --- and send her back out to play.
My tummy is in knots knowing she is dealing with such unnecessary crap
I know my visit helped a bit. We did a lot of talking and I had tons of kiddo cuddles.

Okay now that I have got that out onto the fun stuff.

While there it was birthday #5
They had had a party the weekend before so we had a little celebration at home
Birthday pancakes ....then off to Toys R Us to pick out a couple toys.
Then Boston Pizza for an early lunch.



It was so early there was only one other couple so the kids figured Boston Pizza had closed down for them.
It was a terrific day for everyone.

Of course Canada Day happened.
We walked to a local park that was housing all the activities.


What a great time.
Lots to see and do...

Face painting ....


Hard to wait tho


Kiddos were very patient waiters








                        A
              petting farm

 
 
Train Rides


 
Ice Cream to end the day.






On another day we drove to Bassano --- about a 50 minute drive from Strathmore.
Holly's friend Della is from there and her mom and dad still live there on a farm.


Her mom ,Kelly, fed us all and then we went on a tour of the farm and met Della's horse ,Jessie.





Then it was off to the pool.
The kids had a blast....




And fell asleep on the hot drive home.






There was an ice cream date



We made pizzas.     
 
 
 Played in the backyard. Read stories. Constructed Lego. Watched movies. There were lots of hugs and kisses.

And Holly has adopted two wee kittens. Their momma was attacked by a coyote --- she survived but wasn't able to care for her babies any more. So now Holly has two new babies. Her boys are a bit peeved. Altho her one fella Charlie has taken over the mom role. HILARIOUS!!!!


 Chicken and Rainbow
 
 
It was a great time but as always too fast..
 
Love and miss them .....
 


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tap Tap Tap




We usually get these lil fellas in the neighbourhood nesting.
Yellow bellied sapsucker.
The male loves to sit on the metal toppers of chimney tops.
Tap tap tap tap
"Hey everyone this is my area back off"
 

 


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th

Have a Great July 4th
To all my family and friends
South of the border
 
 
 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Canada Day

Family
Friends
BBQ
Beer
Lemonade
Ice Cream
Sangria
Strawberries
Lawn Chairs
Kiddy Pools
Fireworks
Red
White
 
Have a Terrific Canada Day!!

 
 
What's on your Canada Day list?? 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Drawstring Backpacks

I am always on the hunt for making something for my G Kiddos
Knitting ... crocheting ... baking ... sewing.
This summer is the summer of the Drawstring Backpack.
Easy Pattern found HERE

I thought it would be a good little bag for daycare or taking to the beach or those little sleepovers.

This one is for my darling Miss D.


I found this awesome material at Ikea.



I absolutely L O V E Ikea fabric.....




This one is for my sweet little guy Miles.



  I used 2 legs of old jeans.  








And this is for my princess Riley.


Believe it or not I found this great fabric at  SHHHH Walmart.


I am not a huge Wally World fan ----- however I do find some interesting things every once I awhile.













For all the kiddos I put in a couple of snack containers , a water bottle, boo boo strips , and colouring pages.


Of course now my head is spinning with ideas for these great bags.

Make them a wee bit smaller for Birthday Party loot bags or knitting project bags. I think if I was doing a yarn project bag I would put a grommet in the side for easy yarn pull out.  If I do make one I will keep you posted.



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Friday, June 24, 2016

Three Guesses

I will give you 3 guesses where I will be for the next 16 days .....


 
 
Spending time with my favourite Albertans.