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He was the one I went to because he was more likely to say yes.
When he was a parent helper for field trips all the kids in my class fought to be in my group.
He let me tongue dip in his beer when I was little.
He taught me how to drive and never flinched once.
He has always put my needs and his families needs ahead of his.
He taught me about Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, the Blues Brothers and Louis Armstrong.
He showed me that helping people is better than talking about helping people.                                                                                             
He was the one that encouraged me to be independent but was there to help pick up the pieces when I fell.
He makes the BEST cup of tea you have ever had.
He’s donated blood over 130 times.
He saved countless lives as a full-time firefighter for over 30 years.
He served his community as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years.


She was the one who taught me unconditional love.
She is one that taught us what family loyalty is and that Blood is always thicker then water.
She took my side when I told her the teacher was picking on me.
She let me lay my head on the shoulder of her fur coat and gave me a finger massage so I’d sit still during mass.
She always tells me I’m beautiful and talented.
She taught me about work ethic and how you have to work hard to get noticed and getting noticed will lead to its own rewards.
She stayed up worrying when I didn’t come home at curfew.
She sent my dad to follow me around and protect me when she suspected I was up to no good.
She compliments my parenting skills and encourages me to keep doing the right thing no matter how hard it can be sometimes.
She comes over and spoils my kids with French Toast breakfasts whenever I’m working out of town.
She is the happiest when she’s with family…. She loves her Grandkids to the moon and back and then to the moon and back again.
She worked full time, made dinners, drove us to Figure Skating and Hockey games in the dead of winter and never complained once.


I’m not sure how I got so lucky or blessed to have these people as my parents.

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When the days start to get cooler and the leaves start to turn color I’m in love with Fall.  I wear cable knits, brown boots and sweaters and wish I had it in me to wear one of the those newsboy hats that are so cool.  I’m in absolute fall loving mode from September until Halloween; once Halloween is over, it’s time to move onto Winter.  I anticipate the snow and love the clean crisp look when the snow covered fields go on and on until they reach the light blue sky.  I love spending time hibernating with my boys eating cozy dinners and watching movies, I look forward to our ice fishing trips and spending the holidays with family.  I’m a winter lover until we hit a warm spell in March… and that warm up happened!  About a week ago we hit temperatures 10 degrees above freezing.  I started thinking about Capris and Pedicures, Drinks and BBQ’s,  Flowers and grass in between my toes. I am officially craving Spring so you can imagine my disappointment when I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow yesterday morning.  Everything mother nature had worked so hard to uncover these past few weeks is now covered again.  This is a typical Canadian spring though….. The good thing is that the taste of whats to come has put a fire under my arse on the weight loss front.  I am desperate not to feel like a cow in my Capri’s this year so I’m workin’ hard!    This fresh snowfall may just work in my favor!

(These pictures were taken the night of the super moon down at the lake.  There is open water around the inlet and all the ice huts have been pulled off… A sure sign that Spring is coming right???)

(Speaking of said supermoon, here it is in all its glory)

The boy was in a funk yesterday and it appears to have carried over into today.  It’s really not like him to be so down so of course my Moma instincts are on high alert and I’m ready to beat up  have some carefully chosen words with the girl who is making my boy feel this way,  I remember when he was little he would come right to me when something happened, he’d tell me about the boy at the playground who had called him a name or about the kids that wouldn’t include him in their game.  He came to me for
comfort and I gave it to him.  I would distract him with something else or simply love on him until he was ready to carry on with his day.  I miss those days…. 15 going on 16 year old stuff is a lot more complicated then a hug or a couch fort can fix….. That said… I still want to just hug him until he gets through this.

(I’m linking up this picture to Beth’s blog and Youth photo challenge at I Should Be Folding Laundry.  This is as youthy as we get around here)

Well, we have no plans for this weekend so I’m thinking it’s a good time to start the Spring cleaning.  Out with the flannel and in with the crisp sheets.  I think it will also be a good opportunity to go out Deck furniture shopping…. Did I tell you all I was getting a deck?!?!?!  A long overdue deck is coming our way, just waiting for the permit.

Have a great weekend.

The letter L is this week’s You Capture topic.   I’m not sure if it’s because Valentines day just passed but whenever I think of something that starts with L; I always think of the word “Love” first.  The picture below represents the letter L in so many ways….

I LOVE that my husband bought me this tree for Valentines day instead of Roses….I’m just not a Rose girl.

The LIGHT in this picture is perfect!  I have been using my front room for a lot of pictures lately because the LIGHT hasn’t failed me once!

This picture makes me so excited for Spring and all the new LIFE spring brings with it.  I love the winter but come March, I’m over it and ready to move on to backyard BBQ’s and the smell of fresh-cut grass.

Check out some other picture representations for the letter L

I don’t often vent on my blog but I am today.  I have been thinking about this as a post for some time and tried to think of a way to (for lack of a better term) sugar coat it but it’s just not possible.

Our boys have been raised to be respectful.   They speak nicely (maybe not to each other but that’s another story), they hold doors, they offer their spot to older people behind them in line… Mostly, they respect the rules that are given to them and understand that they are there for a reason.

For the past 2 months, Cody has been dating a girl who was so very clearly not raised with the same rules.  In fact, she often questions Cody about our rules.  She doesn’t realize that social media is just that… Social.   I won’t get into the dirty details but to sum it up,  If I were her mother she’d be locked up in the basement.   She has dished out so much drama over the past week that as a family we are physically and emotionally exhausted…. but he really likes her and regardless he’s standing by her.

Here’s where I’m struggling…. I know I gave him a good foundation of respect for other people but I’m questioning if I taught him enough about self-respect.   This boy has SO much going for him, he’s popular, he’s outgoing, he’s handsome and he could have anyone he wanted.

What will it take for him to see her for who she is?  When will that happen and will it be too late?

I long to go back to the days of poopy diapers and car seats… This is hard!

Comfort comes from different things for different people… For Maisie, comfort comes from her “Blankie”   Blankie has had to be cut in two so that Maisie’s mom can make sure it’s washed daily.

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