Friday, June 27, 2014

The last days of school

So another school year has come to an end. Although I'm happy for summer vacation and the freedom and lack of schedule, I will miss their teachers. Paige's teacher was just so sweet and kind and wonderful. Paige loved everything about preschool. I'm so glad I chose to send her this year! Hailey's teacher was just amazing. I couldn't think of a better person to watch over my sweet baby girl all day long. She encouraged Hailey to grow and learn but yet let her have fun at the same time. I'm so sad that she's moved onto another school next year because now Paige can't have her in grade one. But I'm sure there are other great teachers out there!! It was a great year! BUT, summer...I can't wait!!

Just a quick comparison from their first day and last days of school. HUGE changes!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fathers Day Donuts

One of the best things about preschool is all the fun activities they this little Fathers Day donuts party they had one evening last week. Paige was so super excited all week for this day. She picked her outfit out especially for the night and even had very clear instructions on how to do her hair. There's just something so specially about a Father and his Daughter...and lucky Ben...he's got three!!

When it was time to go Paige asked me to take a picture of her and Ben on her way...she also had a firm idea of what this picture should like. Even though I thought it looked a little like a ventriloquist and his doll, she knew this is just what she wanted. And who could blame her, she's in her Daddy's arms!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


8 years ago I graduated from University. I actually should have graduated a year earlier, but because of a mix up with the Registrar I had to take one last course the following fall. Trust me, I spent a million hours crying about that mix up. But in the grand scheme of things it wasn't that big of a deal. So in the fall of 2005 I went BACK to school to finish my degree. I was working full time at that point so I just took that one silly final course in the evening. That September we also learned we were pregnant with the twins. It was a pretty emotional and stressful time to say the least. We were stressed about having twins, about finishing school, about my job, Ben's job, and then on top of it the million specialist appointments I had to attend. It was busy. But I had some really great classmates that I became close with at the time. They knew pretty early on that I was pregnant...I mean if puking in the garbage can in the hallway doesn't give it away, what does? And everyone was so great. We finished the semester in December. I qualified for graduation in the spring. In January Ben left his steady job to start a business with his Dad. And just 6 days later we found out the twins had died. It was an awful awful time in our lives. And somehow my spring graduation meant so little to me suddenly. We attended a memorial for our babies in May 2006 and then just a few weeks later I decided that I owed it to myself to walk the stage for my University Graduation. It still seemed so unimportant. I was a changed person. The things I cared about before meant nothing to be at the time. In fact, pretty much everything meant nothing to me. I was a sad broken girl. But I did it. I pulled myself together enough to walk the stage. And that was it. I would have traded anything...that huge milestone have my babies back. Those years of hard work felt so pointless. And so I went back to work the next day and didn't even think about my graduation again. I actually misplaced my degree...that very important piece of paper that proves I actually graduated...gone.

Anyway, I didn't put much thought into that day until just recently. Josh and Charlotte BOTH graduated this year from University (Josh's 2nd degree). They asked me to come and take pictures of them around the University grounds. It was so much fun...and it brought back a million fun memories. That is until we walked into the business school where I spent most of my time. And then all those 2005/2006 emotions came back pretty hard. I found my picture on the wall of 2006 graduates and I could see that sorrow in my eyes. I could feel that sorrow again. It hurts. And then we had a brilliant idea. We went outside and took a picture of me in Charlotte's cap, holding her degree (pretending it was mine) and smiling! Because that's what 8 years does to you. It heals those gaping wounds. There's still scars, and sometimes it hurts. But mostly I'm ok. And I'm pretty proud of all that I accomplished!!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Welcome home Grandma and Grandpa!!!

So my parents came home from their mission last week. We got lucky and they spent Thursday night at our house - we were the first to see them!!!!

So, my siblings and I had been planning a little (maybe big) surprise welcome home party for them on Saturday for a few months. It was pretty fun planning and organizing it all. We decided to have a huge icecream bar in honour of all the time they spent at their local DQ. When I say huge I mean it...every single topping you could possibly imagine was there. And everything was decorated so cute too! So many wonderful friends and family showed up and made the night so much more perfect. We had a small program where the grandkids sang a song, Nate gave a tribute, Mom and Dad responded and then we watched a beautiful slideshow of images from their mission (that we might have swiped without their knowledge) along with pictures of what all their kids were doing at home at the same time. It was a fun night and I'm glad we were able to pull it off and genuinely surprise them! They're the greatest parents/grandparents/friends/Aunt/Uncle/missionaries/people ever and they deserved to be acknowledged! We love you Mom and Dad!!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The bike Crew

Now this...this is a bike crew I wouldn't mess with. You never know, they might just throw turquoise sparkles at you if you get too close. OR they might even sing you a song or two. Whatever you do, stay away, unless of course you like all things girls, then by all means hop on a bike and join the party!

Toddlers in helmets...cutest thing ever!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Seating Arrangements

Our newest addition to the family this year is that fancy little seat at the back of the Maverick. This seat has made camping trips (so far) such a DREAM! That littlest girl of ours will happily sit in her car seat on the "Mak" all day long. Which leaves me with...almost nothing to do other than relax. I will take it!