20141215

It's Been 7 Years

It's been seven years since M and I have been married. Ten years since we met and while it did not start out with crazy mad love.. not much love at all actually.. you can read more about our story here But now here we are seven years strong and truly madly oh so deeply crazy in love.








Here's too many many more..

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20141208

Canada's African Lion Safari

After spending the day in Niagara we woke up the next morning ready to head back home.. but first my favorite meal of the day breakfast and then some lions.

We had breakfast at the Flying Saucer.. another very satisfying meal. The place is shaped like a giant flying saucer! and of course no meal is complete without the boys both sitting on me while I eat.



Next stop the Lion Safari. The African Lion Safari is in a town called Hamilton an hour northeast of Niagara. M and I had both separately been there before and while I had a great time his was a bit lackluster. On our way there it started to rain.. a heavy downpour that made us think we should probably turn back and head home.. there was no way the animals would be in a good mood with all the rain. But D wanted to see the lions.. so we had no choice but to go on and hope for the best.. well i'm glad we did.. because the rain stopped when we neared the park and by the time me bought tickets the sun started to peak out through the gray clouds.. and like magic it was a perfect day.

 The elephants take a swim in the pond

a llama or alpaca sit in the middle of the road.. just because they can.

beautiful giraffes

white lions


and the monkeys.. oh so funny monkeys had us all amused as they sat on cars and played with antennas.. they were the MVP's of the park.



rhino talking a stroll




and if you ask H about the animals he'll ask 'Animal's? What animals?


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20141201

Niagara Falls

I wanted to thank you all for coming back each and every week and reading my little blog and leaving such wonderful comments.. I apologize for being so disconnected these past few weeks.. I love visiting all of your blogs and catching up with you and I haven't been able to do so :(

In September we took a little weekend trip to Canada. The plan was to leave in the afternoon and drive the eight something hours so that we could get there at night and be able to wake up bright and early the next day and start the seeing.. well the afternoon turned to evening and driving at night was harder than we had anticipated. We got to the hotel (Marriott Courtyard) around three instead of the planned midnight and hurried off to sleep.

We started the morning with a delicious breakfast at the Blue Line Diner. It is owned by the oh so nice daughter of a famous hockey player, Marcel Dionne. The place is a hockey fans dream and the breakfast yum, huge portions and the coffee divine. If you don't believe me ask H.


The rest of the day we spent enjoying the beautiful falls..





the maid of the mist


We had lunch at Antica Pizzeria and the pizza's were delicious.. dinner at the Sandstone Grill was less awesome, despite the raving reviews they over cooked our steaks and when we asked them about it they said they were cooked exactly how we had requested. Their complimentary bread which was stuffed with cheese on the other hand was omg! But dry steaks is a real appetite killer.

we ended the night by watching the fireworks right from our hotel window!



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20141117

and they all fall down

This past week almost all the leaves fell off our trees.. Especially the bright red leaves of the big Japanese maple in our backyard.


Friday afternoon right after school we thought we'd take a jump in the leaves, before they had to be raked, bagged and taken away.






So glad we took out the time to do so.. the weekend got cold and wet and all the leaves blew away.

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20141114

Friday Photography

In the fall 2008 we took a beautiful road trip through New England.. for those who don't know that is North East part of America including Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. If you haven't had the chance to travel through New England during autumn I suggest you add it to your list.. it is stunning.

On one of our stops in Connecticut we took a trip in an old steam train in Essex. It was idyllic. It reminded me of the time when trains were one of the essential modes of transportation.. and every now and then the train would let out a little tut, it was enchanting. These two photographs are of the plush swiveling chairs inside the train. A different treatment, different angles.. different moods. Which do you prefer?



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20141110

lately

I know it feels like I just did a lately post.. but I guess I just haven't been blogging enough lately. I am sick, coughing up a storm. H is teething and is just now finally starting to sleep more than a few hours during the night so with sickness I was also severely sleep deprived. A lot has been going on lately.

Last time I showed you some paint being mixed... well the room has been painted now more things are being painted the same color.. we hope to put at least 50%  of it together during the weekend.. finger crossed.. but painting.. doing anything really with a nosy baby is impossible.. we have a huge house filled with toys.. but the only room he wants to be in is the one with the paint.

By the way little H is climbing stairs now.. we have baby gated everything. So he now sits by the gate trying to figure out how to open them.. ps can you believe he is now ten months old!

I had also mentioned some contractors.. well they have arrived and work on the basement has begun.. fingers crossed we are hoping it'll be done before the holidays..


D and I went on our first field trip together.. it was wonderful.. we learnt about the various different kinds of pumpkins, how to bake an apple pie, tasted some fresh donuts and drank cider before going on a hayride and picking a pumpkin.




 H tried to eat it


then D painted it


that's what we've been up to.. what about you?

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20141020

Alstede Farms

Towards the end of September.. while the grandparent's where still here, when Aunt T, Uncle M and Little S were visiting we took a trip to Alstede Farms to feed some animals, pick some fruit and get lost in a maze of corn.






D rode a pony.. conquered the mountain of hay stacks and we had to drag him back home kicking and screaming!



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