Saturday, July 15, 2017

Half way through July? Check in time!

What have we accomplished so far?

1. Cottage Week
2. African Lion Safari
3. Beach Day (at least 1)
4. Backyard camping
5. "Big" Zoo
6. Nick's birthday party
7. Daddy's Birthday
8. Go to a museum
9. Colouring outside
10. Library


A few additions that I have added to our list. Some apply to just me:

1. High Tea
2. Walking and Shopping in Stratford
3. Read a book
4. Paint our basement
5. St. Jacob's Market (at least 1 time)
6. Train ride to St. Jacob's
7. Storybook Gardens 


Xo,
Meg

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summer Bucket List 2017


Last year I shared our family Summer list on here and occasionally popped by to update it. Here is our current list:

1. Cottage Week
2. African Lion Safari
3. Beach Day (at least 1)
4. Backyard camping
5. "Big" Zoo
6. Nick's birthday party
7. Daddy's Birthday
8. Go to a museum
9. Colouring outside
10. Library


A few additions that I have added to our list. Some apply to just me:

1. High Tea
2. Walking and Shopping in Stratford
3. Read a book
4. Paint our basement
5. St. Jacob's Market (at least 1 time)
6. Train ride to St. Jacob's
7. Storybook Gardens

I will check in periodically to see how we are doing with our lists! 

Xo,
Meg



Saturday, May 6, 2017

13 Years Later



13 years. It has been 13 years since I lost my Mom to cancer. I’m past the anger stage. I’ve adjusted to this “new normal.” But I miss her and want to celebrate the amazing person that she was. I’m finally ready to talk through writing because I still don’t like talking in person about this loss.  Here are 13 things that I loved about my Mom.

1.    My mom LOVED birthdays. She remembered everyone’s birthday and was so good about mailing cards. I remember birthday announcements on the radio and a bouquet of balloons being delivered to school for my Sweet 16.

2.       She was sensitive. I definitely got this trait from her. We both cried HARD watching Free Willy. I’ll never forget that.

3.       She loved hosting garage sales. Garage sales on Cresthill Street were epic. I think this could have been a 2nd career for her.

4.       She was an amazing nurse. She spent her career working in the NICU with premature babies as well as a women’s clinic helping pregnant women (of all ages). Many nurses, doctors and secretaries came to her funeral and told me how good she was at her job and how her patients loved her.

5.       She was easy to talk to. She knew all of our friends by name and was always in the loop about what was happening in our lives. I missed out on this relationship in my adult years but I am certainly glad that I had her during my high school and university years. 

6.       She loved going on vacations. She looked forward to trips with us or with another couple. We went to Mexico a few times as well as Florida.

7.       She loved wrapping Christmas presents. Another trait I got from her. I have fond memories of spending time in the basement and it looked like it had been converted into Santa’s workshop.

8.       She was a list maker and let me come errand running with her. It was very easy to convince her that ice cream at Reid’s Dairy was an essential part of “buying milk.”

9.       She loved socializing with people. She organized pool parties and summer BBQ’s. Date nights and New Year’s Eve outings. She was a bit more outgoing than I am but I do enjoy hosting people for dinner and definitely enjoy date nights!

10.    She was always center court watching Matt play basketball, center ice watching him play hockey and on the sidelines cheering me on in soccer. Her cheers were slightly embarrassing but so very endearing.

11.    She loved tea. She took her tea strong and with milk. No sugar. I told her that I couldn’t imagine not having sugar in it since it “tasted gross.” Guess how I drink it now? Strong and with just milk. I imagine she had a good laugh about that.

12.   She liked to organize. When she moved me into residence at Queens and at Potsdam, she surveyed the area and made sure I had everything that I needed for an organized room. I still remember an impromptu visit at Queens when she dropped off a shoe shelf and a shower caddy.

13.   She was involved with our education. She remembered to ask how tests went and spent endless hours helping us put the finishing touches on school projects. She was the practise audience for school speeches since they made me nervous.

If I am half the mom that she was then I am doing something right. Miss you Mom, love you so much!

Love Megan

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Shark!

Two cute boys, 1 cute coat.


Xo,
Meg

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Bucket List- Final Review

Summer 2016 Bucket List:

  • Go to a farm
  • Go to a park with sand and have a picnic (2 different ones)
  • Go to a Zoo (African Lion Safari)
  • Go to the beach (3 of them!)
  • Go to Old Marina Restaurant
  • Take Nick to his first movie (Finding Dory) We also saw Secret Life of Pets and I saw Bad Moms.
  • Go to St. Jacob's Market
  • Read at least 2 books (I ended up reading 3!)
  • Go to Storybook Gardens
  • Go out for ice cream at DQ
  • Go to the library
  • Go to Niagara Falls 
  • Go to High tea
  • Bake banana bread 
  • Go to Riverside Park in Guelph
New addition:
  • Go-carting (Dan's idea)

We ended up completing everything on our list. What a great summer it was! Hope all of my teaching friends and all the kiddos out there have a wonderful school year!


Xo,
Meg 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Keepsake Rocks

Last summer we brought home two rocks from The Pinery in Grand Bend as memory rocks. Then we brought home one from Long Point Beach and two from Marble Lake where we rented a cottage this summer. I see many more rocks coming home with us in the future. I thought I better find a jar to keep them safe. 




I found this cute jar at Dollarama for $1.50. It comes with the label and a piece of chalk. I also write on each rock to remember the date and beach we visited.

Love it! 

Xo,
Meg

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Bucket List in Review

I am really happy that I made a bucket list this summer. Summer can often slip away fast and I found it kept me accountable. Nick contributed to it which made it even more special!

Here is an updated list as we approach mid-August:

Summer 2016 Bucket List:
  • Go to a farm
  • Go to a park with sand and have a picnic (Nick's words)
  • Go to a Zoo
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to Old Marina Restaurant (Meg's idea)
  • Take Nick to his first movie (Finding Dory)
  • Go to St. Jacob's Market
  • Read at least 2 books (Meg)
  • Go to Storybook Gardens
  • Go out for ice cream at DQ.
  • Go to the library (Nick's request)
  • Go to Niagara Falls 
  • Go to High tea (Meg's idea)
  • Bake banana bread (Nick's idea)
New addition:
  • Go to Riverside Park in Guelph (for those that have never been it has a train and carousel.)
Xo,  
Meg