July 24, 2014


I found this Snapshot post in my DRAFT in my Folder. Look how little the kids are!!

Its from November 2012

July 21, 2014

Beach Day

Aunt Sherilyn invited us over for a beach day!
Lake Sundance is just beautiful has such a lovely layout.

Grass, then beach, then water, with a park 50 feet away. The kids love playing there, especially with cousins. Aunt Karla came too with her kids, and Maytea and Jayden are huge helps, they are old enough to take the kids out to the floating dock, and walk around the lake and play with Remy in the sand. Girls. You. Rock!

The kids always have a great time in the sand together.

That face, is only a face a mother could love.

Little Emerson is just adorable… I can't wait till Remy and her toddle around together getting into trouble!

These 3 are great friends. I wish we lived a bit closer so we could do more playdates. Thanks for the good day Aunt Sherilyn and Aunt Karla!

July 18, 2014


Still doing Riding Lessons getting ready for their first horse show. Barker comes and has a short turn to begin with, then sits back and watches. Most times he is not as calm, but he was rather content this time.

Summers always mean day trips with us. So after a couple weeks of constant going going going, I really needed to clean the house and do some laundry. A 3 year old does NOT know what thats like, so he followed me around all day whining about drawing on him, like Grandpa. Finally I gave up and gave him a beard like Grandpa. He let me clean for a total of 3 minutes after that.

Grandpa and Barker eating Spitz together

Monday the kids managed to argue all day. ALL DAY. This was a brief quiet molment. I relished it.

Had us some little visitors the other day. Baby Ray is adorable!

July 17, 2014

Raymond Pool

Owning a house, 2 hours away, is kind of inconvenient.
Something happens and I pack up the kids and head down for a 10-15 minute errand. This week it was to sign a new lease with new tenants and to asses the hail damage done to the siding.

I knew it would be a fast couple little things, so after the kids and I headed over to the Beautiful Raymond Pool. Here are 5 things about our day.

1.  We met Laina and her girls there at the pool to play with. This was sooo great on a few levels. Barker is not quite old enough to saunter off on his own, but Maddison (age 12) was willing to play with him and let him be with her, while I had Remy. She took him up the the slides the first couple times, while I caught him, until he was comfortable to walk up on his own! And Laina who I chatted with and  had Remy while I caught Barker on the slide. I kid you not Barker did the yellow slide like 30 times or something ridiculous.

2. Amelia. Met Amelia coming out of swim lessons as we were walking in to pay. Chatted for a few minutes, then headed into the change room. Where I realized Kalia had not grabbed her swimsuit like she was told. I dashed back out, caught Amelia in the parking lot and asked if I could borrow a swimsuit. Not even flinching she wrapped Addie in a towel, took off her swimsuit and gave it to me. THANK YOU ADDIE AND AMELIA for saving the day.

3. It is actually fun to go to the pool when your kids are slightly older. Its been a couple years since we did the Raymond Pool, and frankly I have not had a real desire to go back. Before it seemed like as soon as my kids were wet, it was just a day of bawling about being cold. BUT THIS TIME my girls were big enough to go PLAY. They played the day away, and Barker did great, and Remy had a good day!

4.We had no schedule. We swam as long as we wanted, left when we wanted. Nice.

5. Kim. A another shout out to my Sister In Law Kim who happened to come to the pool for the last couple hours we were there. She even helped find Barker when he up and walked away, and I couldn't find him. Turns out he headed back to the slides, with no life jacket, and was siting at the top, ready to go down. Kim run up the stairs after him and I jumped in the water with Remy, hoping he wasn't just going to go. Thanks Aunt Kim!

It was a seriously FUN day. One I think we will repeat often this summer!

July 16, 2014

Sunday Dinners

Miles and I decided to do a Fish Fry on Sunday.
We were chatting earlier in the week about fishing, and how we are more Beef people then fish people.
Miles said, I will come over and cook us fish then!

Miles' Grandpa, Opa happened to be in from Ontario, so Miles brought him and Ba along. What a hoot.

Opa was 14 during World War 2 and was call up for the Nazi at the end of the war. Now Opa is a talker… and a hugger. He talked constantly the whole time. I. kid. you. not. He hardly ate anything. He would talk to anyone, about anything and talk to no one about nothing. It was a change to our regular Sunday Dinners.

He even managed to pin me down for a hug. He really liked the family, mostly Justin and the kids as they have "anglo features". As he said time and time again, he's all about the blonds :)

Little Note: Opa is not member, but he came to church with Ba. He sat down for Sunday School and was so happy to be there. He kept exclaiming "Praise the Lord" loud. And talking. Loud. So finally Miles convinced him to follow him out of the room, but he got distracted by Remy sitting in the isle. So he chatted to her for a few minutes longer. Like 5minutes longer, right in the middle of the lesson. Miles and Laura finally got him to the hallway where he could freely talk. He is such a awesome character.

The weather was fantastic so we spend the afternoon outside, jumping on the tramp, visiting, eating our dessert. My SIL recipe for fabulous Rhubarb Slush and some crab apple fruit leather.

What a great Sunday Dinner. Thanks for the memories Opa and Ba!

July 15, 2014

Park Lake

Park Lake is one of our Favorite Summer Spots.

Its warm water, shallow water, nice sand, and a park almost right on the Beach.

Remy even let Aunt Jen hold her for a bit!! Until I wanted a picture of course. Once we start visiting I stop taking pics.. I really need to work on that! All the photos, are like the first 40 minutes or so.

We can spend hours there! Wednesday we met Aunt Jen and Aunt Dianne, Meagan and Nicole there! It was so nice. Got there about 9:45 swam, played, ate and headed home about 4:30.

On the way home the kids were tired and Remy didn't sleep great on the beach, so I just wanted to get home quick, one quick stop at 711 was easyiest. Fed the kids Chips and Sunny D for dinner… ya healthy I know. Well Remy woke up anyways, and 95% of the time she just cries. Hoping to save our ears, I gave her a cheesy. It worked. 5 Cheetos and we were home. And THAT wasn't even the awesomest part!! Aunt Laura and Uncle Miles happened to be over visiting! So they helped unload the sun soaked, Cheesy covered kids. Gave them baths, while I unloaded AND fed them snack AND put them to bed. It was heaven.

July 14, 2014

Stampede 2014

For Mommy's Birthday we headed to the Stampede! One of the highlights of the trip is the C-train, believe it or not.

A quick family pic, with a very unstampede background :)

As always first stop is facepainting with the BMO section and a quick visit with Degio.
Barker was pretty excited to see him, as we were waiting in line for facepainting, Barker would peek around the corner and just stare, eyes wide, huge smile. Degio turned and waved a couple times and Barkers grin would grow even bigger!!

Off to Super Dogs! The kids loved it, again. But this year they REALLY loved it. They interacted and cheered… the poor woman next to Annaliesse, I am sure she left with her ears ringing. Annaliesse yelled and whooped, she took her job cheering VERY seriously.

Lunch in the little village...

Next off to get our yearly Stampede Backpack and look at all the vendures…. and to get my PRESENT!

I totally got a VITAMEX!! I am so excited!! Watch out world, I am shaking it up! Thanks Justin for my new toy!

Last stop over at the Aggie Days. Seeing the Pigs, Cows, Sheep, and Horses. Barkers favorite part of the trip. He ran from animal to animal. I followed him and Justin took his time actually looking at things with the girls. 

As always the Stampede never disappoints!