Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Summer. Week Five.

Celebrated this lovely little lady turning twelve!

This girl's got a big heart. Loves others. Loves to help. Her motto... if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. My mom, who challenged me with that same phrase as a child, would be proud of her.

Was honoured to attend the wedding of a little boy I watched grow up. Here he is with his crazy siblings, the rest of the family, and his pretty, new wife. 

And the Fabulous Four were very excited to hang out again!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Summer. Week Four.

Visits from the grand-kiddies. LOVE.

Visit to WA to celebrate the latest adoption for this amazing family. LOVE.

Visit to the water park with the babysitting kids. LOVE. 

Visit to the hospital. LOVE... not so much. 

No worries. It's all good. A minor injury that only required four days of crutches and three days of hobbling. Now she's back to her daily routine of somersaults and cartwheels on the trampoline. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Summer. Week Three.

Thanks to Seedscapes, our yard has been transformed into a dreamy, outdoor living space. Highly recommend them, by the way, if you're in the market for some landscape upgrades! 

Here's some progression photos of the project. And the finished plan, complete with furniture. Come on over. There's lots of coffee and conversation still to be had around here!

The beginnings of a paved patio. 

Hello new pad for the trampoline. Bye-bye non-producing apple tree. The Boss-Man ponders. 

Privacy cedars along the fence. That's the Landscape King in the background.

Underlay and river rock around the giant cedar...

...and the apple tree. 

Sod... and a great deal of satisfaction! Can you see Miss Bella? She's enjoying the new yard too!

Paved pathway. 

Had a sleepover with some old friends. Man, these girls are growing up fast. Miss Anna turned 12, so we spent the morning at Krause, again, sugaring up on some fresh berry waffles. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Summer. Week Two.

Week Two seemed to be a celebration of wedding anniversaries.

June 30th was the Diamond Anniversary for Stew's mom and dad. Sixty years! Not many reach that milestone in a lifetime, but these two did. It was a day of limos and laughs, and food and family.

We also celebrated our wedding anniversary too. Stew booked some time off work. The kids were checked into the Cam&Jess hotel. The dog was dropped off with the neighbour. With the absence of humans and pets, the house was eerily quiet, but I can't say I minded for a few days. It was peaceful.

The gloriously sunny weather had us out and about, enjoying the sights and each other's company. We ate lunch by the ocean. Beach-hopped. Drank lattes at Starbucks. Strolled by the sea.

What a fabulous 16 years I've spent with this awesome guy! Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Summer. Week One.

Crazy how a whole summer can whip by faster than Cyclone Camille. Here we are already, mid-August, with school and classes a mere two weeks away. So... time to seize the laziness of these last few sunny days and blog some summer memories!

Right out of school, way back in June, we took a sunset walk at Derby Reach. Love this idyllic little spot on the banks of the Fraser River, with a painted backdrop of trees and mountains. 

Krause Farms got a lot of our money this year. Enjoyed one of many waffle lunches there with these lovely friends, then came home and made strawberry jam. And raspberry jam. And filled the freezer with local BC strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Summer smoothies, here we come!

Our back yard, in the early stages of being uprooted and prepped for a new makeover. 

End of Week One celebrated this young lady. Thirteen gifts for the teenager!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Weekend Surprise.

We have chefs in the house! And even though it's Saturday, this morning they surprised me with breakfast in bed for Mother's Day! Cinnamon swirl pancakes, fresh fruit... and my favorite Starbucks!

It tasted delicious, was so appetizingly displayed... very proud of them! And my own mother would be proud too, knowing they are carrying on her legacy of serving up good, home-made food.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Alison on Vacation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one says it all, in just a few.