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>Being Home…


…this was my view of Winnipeg as I left Friday evening.  
I arrived at my mum’s just after 12:30am–my mum was in bed reading, my little bro and sis-in-law watching tv… let’s just say mum was super shocked when I walked in to her bedroom! At first she thought it was Kat with a funny hat on (for the record my hat is NOT funny)… but kind of thought it was odd when I crawled into bed beside her!  Then it dawned on mum it was ME! 🙂 I’m getting pretty good at keeping secrets and making surprises… 
Today was an awesome day!  It was sunny and warm, BUT the black flies were out…and man my hate of them has been remembered!  My older bro and sis-in-law and nephews came for the afternoon… Jamie did tons of work outside in the crazy bugs–he’s such a good guy!  (took down some dead trees and cut the grass…) 
Inside there were other games ready to be played…. one of the games that was quickly stopped was this one…. crawling into the “little house”…  

 and then ‘big or little’ brother would sit on top of you….

This game had a 2nd variation… where the lid was placed on the “little house”… but this game stopped! As it wasn’t safe to trap your brother in a plastic container! 

 Samuel and Benjamin love a ‘silly’ faces!!! (but let’s admit it so do I!!!)

 There also were many “jenga” games that were played…and then we did brave the outdoors to get ‘some’ fresh air before we were eating too much by black flies!

So Benjamin and I went for a walk down to the river/lake!

 Stopping at the canoe to look underneath it…

 Gus wasn’t bugged too much by the flies.. and loved to be out exploring! (for a little while…)

Samuel and Benjamin got this cool go-cart at a garage sale today… 
to “SHARE Aunt Sarah, we get to SHARE it!!”

  I only saw Samuel drive it today… and he had a lot of fun, driving around mum’s driveway for a bit–until the bugs got too bad!

 I think every child goes through a ‘funny’ face stage.. and Samuel—he’s all about sticking out his tongue photos… I suppose Aunt Sarah will have to get ‘sneakier’ with taking photos…

 But he’s still so cute despite that tongue!

Wishing EVERYONE a happy May 2-4 weekend….
I know I have more family fun to pack into my weekend!! 
…and I have a Birthday Party to attend tomorrow.
..stay tuned for further updates!
PS. I’m starting to REALLY like my new MacBook and things are coming a lot easier for me and editing photos is sooooo much better with decent software! 

>You know it’s a good vacation….


UPDATED: FYI—the drugs are antibotics…
(in case u were wondering…)

…when you end up on drugs!!!(do you think they could make pills any bigger than that?!)

I’ll post a longer update soon… my week in London, Ontario has been awesome!

>a whirl-wind weekend….


This past weekend I flew to Ontario… a really good friend was getting married…and not wanting to miss a party.. or the chance to see some family and friends…I hoped on a plane.. and 2 hours later I was in Toronto!  (now should I mention how I sat between a trades-guy who worked a full shift and didn’t shower before boarding the plane (on the window side)…or the humming Asian man, who hummed throughout the two hour flight…and watched TLC’s What Not to Wear and switched it up with a little Treehouse… no word of a lie… how weird eh?)… I was happy to be able to fly again… I’ve been missing that a lot lately too! 
Early Saturday morning I got up and saw my hairdresser.. and she helped me out… YES, I went RED again!! You see–it’s not that big of change… a year ago when I went north I had her dye my hair back to ‘natural’ colours knowing I wouldn’t be able to ‘keep up’ with my roots living in the north… and lately I’ve been itching to go back to my ‘red’… so I did–and the results are awesome!

Later that afternoon I went to my friend’s wedding… now I’m not going to say much other than it was a beautiful amazing ceremony!  It was small and perfect… and well awesome to see them so happy with each other… I wish them all the best… I had the opportunity to be ‘their photographer’…I’m not at liberty to share many photos… but here’s a few from the ‘details’ of their day… eventually I might post more….

My friend, the bride, makes AMAZING chocolate truffles… and yep that’s what those glasses are full of… they were soooo yummy… and ate so many!!
One last photo… that still protects the identy of the bride and groom!
What else did I do? Well Sunday was for left for VISITING family and friends… (and I did manage a quick stop at IKEA–to pick up two new lamps..and a set of curtain panels from the As Is section!)… It was a very full day…but I’m glad I jam packed so much into the day… I spent the night in Burlington with my cousin Sue and her daughter Wendy… good conversations were had.. and possibly staying up too late..but well that’s ok once and awhile right? After my whirlwind shop of IKEA–where I saw lots of awesome stuff.. and wished Winnipeg’s would open sooner…. I went by where I use to live… it was like I never left… their 4 kids were so excited to see me… (I got a tour of all the ‘new things’… and what my old apartment looks like now… the bathroom tub was re-done; carpet in my old bedroom and new kitchen tiles…wow! 3 years I lived there without any of those wonderful deets!)… their youngest was born 4 months after I moved in… and we’ve always had a connection… and even at 3 1/2 this hasn’t changed! He brought over his blankie, and bear.. and cuddled up in my lap… as if it was only 2 days ago he had seen me last not almost 10months! 
I then had lunch with my friend Emily.. and her new boyfriend… sushi was had.. and good times, good conversation… It was soooo good to touch base….. even though the resturant was a bit sketchy… and the bathrooms were scary… (squeeking was happening ABOVE the toilet–looked up.. and it was an OPEN hole… in the floor…yep probably rats…. yucky…and then the subway went by and ‘shook’ the whole wall….) I peed and left quickly… probably not to return again! lol
I was lucky enough to stop in to meet Lily.. she was born this past December… and is the cutest baby girl ever!! (her proud parents are Anna and Jacob…)… and well it was awesome to talk, touch base.. and just hang out… I miss conversations like that… and well getting to hold a new babe…well that makes my day any day!!
It’s funny.. just before this photo.. Lily started to fuss.. she was tired and a bit hungry.. but I jumped up and said.. I need a photo… and well we snapped this one… and the one below… who would have known moments before she was a fussy babe? after this she was fed and had a good hour nap!
Here’s the shot I snapped of Lily and Anna…  and well Anna was not so excited I took her picture… but I think she looks GREAT!!! 
I swung by my brother’s and sister-in-law’s.. before I headed back to the airport.. to sort out my bags… I have become the ‘master’ packer.. and managed to pack everything and make the weight evenly distributed… It was good to see them..but again… such a limited time!! What I learned? a weekend it’s quite enough….but it’s better than nothing!!
I must say.. yesterday I ended up falling asleep at 4:30pm and didn’t wake until 6:30am… yup… I got caught up on my sleep.. which was good!  Speaking of sleep… I need to grab my laundry from the laundry room and jump into bed…. picking my mum up from the airport tomorrow… ahhhh good times.. she’s here for a week, and that makes me even more happy!!