Friday, July 29, 2016

Miss D is Two

A wonderful day for a Two Year Old Birthday party.
Beautiful and sunny!
Sio's friends from college who live in the Toronto area came for the party.
It's quite the drive for them and even longer for Mandi as she has an 18 month old .
What great friends eh??
So here we go ....

New wheels from Nona and Bapa

Barbeque hot dogs and chicken
Lots and lots of salads

Daphne and her friend Gabrielle checking their plates....

   After dinner sprinkler fun.....


Mommy cuddles are great
after an afternoon of sprinkler fun


Having too much fun with all the new toys
But then it was time for

Happy Birthday dear Daphne
Happy Birthday to you

It was an awesome day altho I still can't believe you are TWO!!!!

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

              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 .....