Tag Archive | June

Choices Made, Changes Result

Well, June seems to have been my month of change. There will, of course, be a month overview post WHEN I finally catch up this darn blog, but I feel like I should just jump in and share my stuff.

Anyway, I finally caved and dealt with the hair that I totally fried dying it a year ago (remember the blue hair? Yah, not my best adventure). Sadly it was over bleached in places so there was no fixing it, I grew it as long as I could and then went into the salon. I chose a place referred to my by Renee, had a loose image of what I wanted and threw in a lot of trust. Snip snip and my curls are back, one product and some scrunching and my look is done. Simple enough that even I can do it, and my hair skills are… sad!!!IMG_20180616_110030_865

This coincided with a VERY busy weekend – our anniversary – number 17, and Father’s Day. This year our present was special and already introduced… Check out Momo HERE.20180616_161359

We went out to dinner the night before, Broadway Pizza and kept it low key. Choices had to be made… spendy night or kitten. No brainer right? My original plan was to head out to a hotel for a night, but Ken is in the middle of a massive project that also cancels our July 4th plans. Maybe in the fall we will sneak in a tiny get away? Any sitters offering???20180615_183356

20180615_191338Father’s Day was also a rather quiet day. There was a kitten to enjoy and Ken’s wanted quiet. He also made a cat post for Momo. Which OF COURSE had us to Home Depot for some small random things and Ken and the kids making Momo her own scratching post. We celebrated Dad by enjoying time together, quiet moments and working with our hands. OH and No Name steaks and brats for dinner. YUM!IMG_20180624_221509_950

My birthday was on the 24th! It fell on a Sunday so of course I ended up at the YMCA to workout with my usual R.I.P.P.E.D. class. In the morning Renee and Chris came over and spoiled us with birthday pancakes! And Renee got in some kitten snuggles.IMG_20180624_124123_869

20180624_114649I got in my own snuggles and nap.IMG_20180624_223436_333

And ended the day with poutine made fresh by Ken. It was an amazing day. 39 feels absolutely amazing.IMG_20180624_221214_795

Now for the final big change… I finally found the right image for myself and jumped in with both feet. My very first tattoo, and it is very meaningful to me. I chose to go with a semi colon (a symbol for depression) butterfly with maple leaf wings (Canada, of course). In honor of Ken’s and many of my friend’s struggle with mental image and of course my own roots which are deep in Canada.IMG_20180618_201838210

Even better – Shandai, who has been with me since high school, been involved in so many of my big changes and fun choices, was able to not only help design but take me and basically hold my hand while I had it done. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in crime.

This is the face of a kitty put out cuz I felt the need to play with my niece

This is the face of a kitty put out cuz I felt the need to play with my niece

And the face of my niece when I had the audacity to pet the cat! I couldn't win!

And the face of my niece when I had the audacity to pet the cat! I couldn’t win!

And the artist and staff at the tattoo parlor – Rose in No Man’s Land Tattoo and Piercing were amazing. I could not have been happier with Marx Berry. Amazing! And a lot less painful for the most part than I expected. No regrets here… except for 2-3 weeks of no shaving a portion of my leg in the middle of summer. Oh well, worth it!IMG_20180618_200050837_HDR

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So June has been my month of actually doing some things I have not only wanted but at times been a bit scared to do. And funny enough, my kids are super PROUD of me getting the tattoo and the day after told EVERYONE at the YMCA that Mom had a new tattoo… I joked with Shandai, good thing I didn’t get it in an intimate place!!! What a month!IMG_20180624_134932_352

Happy Father’s Day

June is a super busy month for this family. The 16th marked our 15th wedding anniversary… the 19th Father’s Day and the 24th my birthday. Not to mention the birthdays of 2 god children and my step mother all in the same month. Lots to celebrate. And this weekend we celebrated all things Daddy. Sunday started off as Ken wanted – sleeping in… then we had a leisurely time of showers, coffee and what have you before Ken and I went out without kids for a 45 min errand run. A snack, and then a bit of necessity shopping – stuff for dinner, cough syrup for the hacking minions, shampoo for newly purple hair (nope, not Ken’s). We also gave him his present: a duotang full of poetry, notes and art, as well as a paper airplane and some Star Wars themed cards made at ClubY. All that is missing is the photo we are going to get printed out from today and paste to the front of it. Nothing as fancy as the books I used to make him when we first married… but it is a start to getting the kids involved in that straight from the heart handmade process.IMG_20160619_142338

After more relaxing we headed off to the YMCA which was darn near a ghost town and spent a couple hours in the pool… waterslide was on for some… we brought the beach ball… AND Trinity got her pink wristband which allows her access to ALL of the pool! I don’t know who was more proud Trinity or Ken.IMG_20160619_160920

20160619_153017I admit it, once we got home and sorted out… because I have to sort our swim gear for the next day and the YMCA trip anyway… I hid in the bedroom to stitch and read while Ken and the kids (loudly) lived it up gaming in the basement.

Add in supper at home with the family and all in all, I think it was a good day.IMG_20160619_160949

Happy Father’s Day dear! We love you!!!20160619_113309_HDR

Summer Image Overflow

Way too many good pictures to share in June so sit back and enjoy reliving some of our summer during the January chill. You can read June’s original post HERE.

Journal filled!

Journal filled!

She should appreciate the simplicity of her name... poor Emanuel had it rough at her age!

She should appreciate the simplicity of her name… poor Emanuel had it rough at her age!

Look where our friends and family visited in Mexico!

Look where our friends and family visited in Mexico!

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Flowers from Gammie's garden

Flowers from Gammie’s garden

Bunny!

Bunny!

Tea time with cousins

Tea time with cousins

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Sleepover in the basement!

Sleepover in the basement!

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Gaming!

Gaming!

Jeffrey!

Jeffrey!

Go Nathan!

Go Nathan!

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Mall of America!

Mall of America!

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Matching outfits from Nana!

Matching outfits from Nana!

Post game Anthony

Post game Anthony

Ken and Andrew

Ken and Andrew

So proud of these legible signatures!

So proud of these legible signatures!

Baking with Nana

Baking with Nana

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Fairy

Fairy

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Learning a necessary life skill!

Learning a necessary life skill!

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Splash pad with the Schwartz boys

Splash pad with the Schwartz boys

Hanging with Aidan

Hanging with Aidan

Gardening with Nana

Gardening with Nana

Baby birds in Emanuel's bird house

Baby birds in Emanuel’s bird house

Heron!

Heron!

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Helping Baba

Helping Baba

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Scouts at the Firestation!

Scouts at the Firestation!

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Fish in the making

Fish in the making