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July 1st and 4th 2018

Well good grief… a pair of very colour coordinate holidays that I did NOT blog yet! Anyway… enjoy!

Canada Day or July 1st… Red and White. A rather at home event this year as it rained, but we made do. IMG_20180701_102037_074

We drove out to a Tim Hortons and enjoyed all sorts of yummy donuts.20180701_112514_HDR

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Hung up our Canadian lawn decoration.20180701_103928

Had yummy lunch together including homemade Nanaimo bars.20180701_184226

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And of course, poutine!20180701_185957

And of course took all sorts of photos of the whole family in their Canadian outfits.

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July 4th was another at home whole family kind of thing for us this year. Ken was very busy with work this summer and on call. 20180704_110646

It was a sunnier day so we did manage some fun outside with bubbles.IMG_20180704_124939_926

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A colour coordinated meal.20180704_184516

Apple swan by Gavin

Apple swan by Gavin

BBQ food.IMG_20180704_182048_001

Sparklers.20180704_210450

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Even squished in some tie dying!20180704_142341

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And of course… MORE PHOTOS! IMG_20180704_134144_568

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And now for the overflow of colour coordinated fun….

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May 2018

Just to prove that I am, at least, in the current year! Why is it so hard to keep up with this this year?? I really wish I knew.

(Zander on right)

(Zander on right)

May definitely marked warmer weather. And we embraced it. Walks around the neighborhood to play Pokémon is always a great way to get outside.IMG_20180502_163527_498

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Sprinklers in the yard.20180531_145524

Neko-Chan remained undisputed fluffy cloud softest being in the house as usual.IMG_20180522_092212_873

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We even caught sight of some flowers starting!20180520_134335_HDR

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And I wore colours to match the spring feeling.IMG_20180525_150952_988

The YMCA was, as usual, our usual fun place to be.20180528_083827

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Zander

Zander

We ventured out to see Anthony play soccer.20180505_131013

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Enjoyed our first freezies of the season.IMG_20180505_184445_473

Had another visit with the fair Maevowyn. Echo’s favourite person, I swear.20180506_203333

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Found a random carrot claw.IMG_20180507_212854_420

Played in the warm spring rain.IMG_20180509_143535_753

Sewed and created.20180529_154237

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selfie reversed his G

selfie reversed his G

Layed down SO MUCH mulch.20180512_130433

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And made a little garden.IMG_20180527_141128_480

Don’t forget about Mother’s Day… you can see the photos from that post HERE.

We even managed a family dinner out at Chipotle.20180513_183202

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Spring was firmly here, sunshine, outside fun. In fact, due to work and lack of ability to travel we made our Wednesdays Walkabout Wednesdays. We even hunted for fairy doors!IMG_20180524_120946_141

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Ice cream

Ice cream

A nice visit at the Schwartz’s with poutine to boot!IMG_20180526_221205_788

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Saw the Lego exhibit at the Science Museum… separate post to share all the wonders we saw HERE.

A trip to a different YMCA that had a splash pad AND hot tub. Don’t worry we still love our local one best.20180530_174602

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Such a busy month in retrospect!

Silly Faces of Zander

Silly Faces of Zander

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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

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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