Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MAC Make up

I love make up.....I regularly wear make up....I might be a make up addict.
This weekend I went to a  MAC make up sale!!
 I will admit I don't normally buy MAC make up because I find it way too expensive.
For example, THIS lipgloss or lip glass as they call it is on their website for $16.50
I bought a very similar colour for $3 at the sale and other lipglosses were available to buy for $10 each or 3 for $30 and the 4th one free.
A friend of mine found out about the sale and somehow managed to get the "oh so hard" to find tickets.
Well worth it.....
For $35 I got all of this!!!!
Bronzer, two tone eye shadow, mauve eye pigment (love love) eye liner, brush, cream eye shadow stick, lipglass & lipstick.
Remember in store the lipgloss alone would have cost $16.50 plus tax!!!
My only thing is I really don't know much about the MAC make up line.
However, I do read a blog called Spiffykerms by a girl named Nancy (a good 'ol newfie girl too) who has a few blog posts about Mac Make up, they're very informative.
Check out these links on Nancy's blog:
Today's Quote:
"I believe no two women are beautiful in the same way"
~Sonia Kashuk

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend in Review

It was a nice weekend, a mix of warm weather with spring rain. And then on to today which is VERY cold, well feels very cold because of the warmer type weather we've been having.
Friday night Kristen & I went to visit some friends.
Saturday I went to the MAC sale (more on that tomorrow)
Saturday evening I somewhat participated in Earth hour. Kristen & I turned off all the lights but kept only the tv on. We were watching the hockey game. By the time the hour was up I had fallen asleep, hey 9:30 is getting to be a regular bedtime for me.
Sunday had a yummy breakfast, went to Kristen's hockey game (last one of the season) and then went to a few stores that have their garden centres open so Kristen and I could price out and figure what things we want to do with our backyard this year.
Right now we're going to get a new patio set, add some benches to our deck (Kristen will build these) and raise our vegetable garden. Photos will come as we actually start doing these things.
Not to mention a few house projects that we're going to complete this spring/summer as well. 
I honestly think I've already started "nesting"
There are some items that I've put off that I now have in my head they MUST be done before the baby arrives. I'll try to keep updates as that progress happens too.
And then Sunday evening was movie night.
We watched.....
I'm still undecided about this movie. I liked it.......however knowing certain things (from friends not from reading the books personally) might have ruined it for me. I kept expecting things but I guess it's from later novels. And then in some ways I kept feeling like it was "lacking something" but maybe that's because I knew stuff....who knows.
Overall I enjoyed the movie but I might actually have to read the books. I just don't have time right now with all my projects and other books that I'm reading.
We also watch the new Bond movie: Quantum of Solace
Yes it's a typical bond movie but I still enjoyed the action packed sequences. And now I want to go to Italy even more...just looks so beautiful in the move.
And that's my weekend in review for Monday, March 30th :)
Today's Quote
"You have to see every potential roadblock as an opportunity and a benefit"
~Suze Orman

Friday, March 27, 2009

Food Friday: Breakfast

I've officially decided that I can't pick my favourite season.
I love summer, the heat, everything in full bloom, colourful, full schedules, late nights....
Then there's Fall which might actually be my favourite, that cool crisp air, new beginnings, I find Sept I'm more productive starting a new project than say Jan 1st. And the colours, ohhhh when the leaves change colours :)
Winter, I don't really enjoy being cold but boy do I love snow! Quiet nights, curled up in a blanket reading a good book or watching a movie. 
And now to today....spring! To be truthful it's probably my least favourite season, until this year. 
I love walking out the front door to hearing the birds chirping, the warmth in the air and longer daylight hours just puts a light 'hop' in my step. It get's me to thinking about summer days to come, summer visits with friends and family.....summer entertaining!
Yeah baby! I love summer entertaining. Mainly because hubby is the grill king and I the bbq junkie.
But it also means, overnight guests and the MOST important meal of the day breakfast.
Seriously breakfast is awesome and the options are endless.
I find when you have guests breakfast usually ends up being brunch. So without further ado, here are some ideas for breakfast / brunch for your summer entertaining.
 First for the big eaters....
Which includes:
2 eggs (fried, scrambled, boiled), 2 slices of toast, hashbrowns, and choice of bacon, sausage or ham. Or all three :)
Along with juice and tea/coffee
I consider this the dry breakfast cause no cooking required. This would be a spread of the following:
Bread, Bagels, Muffins and various Cereals.
I would recommend a few different variations of cream cheese (strawberry, herb & garlic, roasted red pepper & plain), various jams & other spreads (cheese whiz & peanut butter)
Along with milk, juice and tea/coffee
self explanatory....be creative and add blueberries or chocolate chips for new flavours
Have yourself or you significant other ready with a HOT frying pan or griddle
Let your guests pick one egg or two (or three) and then they tell you which "extras" they want added.
Some ideas:
Various meats: Ham, bacon, chicken....
Various shredded cheese: Mozza, cheddar....
Various veggies: Peppers, onions....
Mix well, fry and voila!
Oh how I love quiche.....I call it an omelete in a pie shell.
One of my many quiche recipes is as follows....
Shredded carrot
Ham or cooked Bacon
VERY finely chopped broccoli
Shredded cheddar cheese.
Mix well with a splash of cream, salt, pepper & chili flakes
Bake at 350 for approx 45 min.
**HINT** prepare everything the night before in a bowl. Cover and refridgerate.
In the morning, pre-heat oven. Poor mixture in a ready made pie shell and bake.
While baking, set your table, brew coffee, chase around the kids, etc.
Serve with orange slices & fresh strawberries/raspberries.
If you're not expecting guests this summer try one or two of these recipes this weekend.
Your tummy will thank you!
Today's Quote
There's no secret to getting started. You simply decide and then take your first step. With each subsequent step, the next one becomes easier...
~Tom Venuto

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

What will you be doing this Saturday at 8:30pm?
How about turning off the lights in your house to conserve electricity?
Go for a walk or light candles for a romantic dinner.
It's not hard to do and you're contributing to a worldwide event, Earth Hour 2009!
For more information on the Canadian side of things go to the WWF website or CLICK HERE.
Today's Quote
“Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Baby Update: Week 13

My friend Daphne makes quilts.
Photo quilts in fact!
I'm sure I've mentioned it here on my blog before because they're beautiful.
I'm both a recepient of one of her quilts and also a customer since I purchased one as a gift for my Grandmother this past Christmas.
Anyway....she's posted her most recent quilt which was done as a baby shower gift AFTER the baby was born. It's sooooo cute and I thought I'd share in case you're in the market for a shower gift and want something unique.
Click HERE!
And speaking of babies, I thought I'd have an update for you today.
As I was typing this I received a call from the Midwifes office that I have a urinary tract infection so now I have to make an appoitment with my family Doctor to get a prescription. They're main concern with having a UTI while pregnant is leading to a kidney infection or it triggering pre-mature labour. I'm used to having this sort of infection so I'm not that concerned cause I know it's treatable and we're catching it now before its serious.
Overall I feel good and after having a very rough week with morning sickness last week, I'm feeling MUCH better this week. I'm half optimistic that it has finally passed.
Today I even have a photo of my mini baby bump :)
Today's Quote
"Happiness is the true beauty weapon"
~Susan Sarandon

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Photography Career...or lack thereof

I've been thinking lots and lots about my photography career.
Currently I do not have a photography career but I would love too at some point in my life.
2008 was great and I really did think I was coming into 2009 with a business number, price increases and going "professional"
Then in December I was reading an article which hit me square in the face saying "YOU ARE NOT READY!" I was so upset about this realization that I almost cried right then and there, yet I knew it was true. I wasn't ready. I needed more experience, a better business plan, more camera equipment, an upgraded computer and the list goes on.
After Christmas everything went quiet.....
it seemed nobody wants photos in the winter (which I personally don't get cause you can get such UNIQUE photos that time of year).
I put myself out there on my blog offering "deals" to anyone who was willing to contact me. Nobody did, what they didn't realize these deals pretty much meant freebies just so I could get experience.
Then I re-name these "deals" and call it a contest and I get a response....go figure. Contests are great, don't get me wrong but its not how I want to get customers on a regular basis.
Another reason I've post-poned my wanting to be a professional photographer is that Kristen & I were hoping to start a family soon and January we were happy to discover that we have a little one on the way.
I feel this isn't the time for me to start a business.
If I want to do it well I'm not going to half-ass it and hope for the best. I want to be a great mom and a great photographer...I can't take on both at once.
Which has lead me to the decision that for the next few years while having a family I'm going to take this time to practice, practice, practice....develop a strong business plan, and prepare myself in the hopes that in time I can whole heartedly pursue this dream of mine.
So for now I'm going to become a Mom and a serious hobby photographer on the side :)
I'm quite happy with this and will be altering my photography blog to reflect that.
When I'm ready to go pro my blog, website and so on will be updated accordingly.
Thanks for all of your support, its you my blog readers who've been my biggest photography fans to date and I cannot express in words how appreciative I am for that.
My schedule from now until mid-August is pretty open as mentioned on my photo blog. After that I'll be taking some time off until I feel ready to start again on the side. If you do want to book a session before then, get in touch, cause this will soon be me........  :)
Today's Quote
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Kristen!!

Weekend was nice, Saturday was a relaxing day with the Boone and I.
Also made homemade Pizza.....which was DELICIOUS! Haven't had it in a long time and it totally hit the spot.
Sunday was my 29th birthday. Didn't do a whole lot, after Kristen's hockey game we went out for dinner with friends. Had a really nice time since we haven't hung out with them much lately.
And then we headed home to watch the movie Australia
I've heard mixed reveiws about it, but I must say despite it being a lllloooonnnnggg movie, I really enjoyed it.
The movie isn't really about the things that are taking place but more about the PEOPLE and the end result of their relationships. Yeah liked it for sure....its not necessarily a girl movie as there are some guys who will genuninely like it. But will probably be an acquired taste.
I would also like to send out a HUGE Happy birthday to my hubby Kristen! Who turns 29 today! Is it okay to tell a guys age? Oh well, I just did :)
Here's some of my favourite photos of him, these were taken April 2006 when we went to Varadero, Cuba. He still looks the same today :)
Hope it's a good one!
Today's Quote
"Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs"
Just kidding honey, thought it was a cute quote :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Food Friday: Birthday Cake

First I would like to thank everyone for last weeks contributions, I had so much fun seeing all these new ideas, that I might do this once a month or once every couple of months, so get those thinking caps on for next time.
Here's last weeks recap:
Myrna: Fajitas
Jen: Chicken Parmesan
Holly: Spinach salad with mushrooms, bacon & poppyseed dressing
Blaine: Good 'ol Spaghetti....YUM!! Don't forget the garlic bread, I'm such a garlic bread junkie :)
Stephanie: Right Side Up Pork Chops which is served with steamed broccoli & mashed potatoes.
I haven't tried this one yet since I didn't have everything in the house to make it. I will be picking up the ingredients this weekend when I go grocery shopping for next weeks meal plan, for sure!
This weeks meal plan: Birthday Cake
Sunday is my birthday....yay!
My last year in my 20's ....c'est la vie.
I'm really not much of a baker, I have a few tried and true cookie recipes that I stick with.
Not to mention when I do bake cake, it's from a box...yep I'm guilty.
I'm also a chocolate person, which meant chocolate cake with chocolate icing.
Until Jen introduced me too.....
French Vanilla Frosting
I honestly don't remember if it's a Betty Crocker brand or not (this was the only photo I could find)
So go and bake a cake any chocolate flavour will do, the more fudgey the better in my opinion.
Once cooled, slather vanilla frosting all over it.
Happy Birthday to me.
Today's Quote
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. ~Lucille Ball

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Baby Update

I'll really try not to bore you with baby details on my blog, as baby talk really isn't everyone's cup of tea. So after today I'll limit baby updates to once a week :) C'mon....that's not bad, it's an exciting time for us.
First thank you sooooo much to everyone who wished us well and congrats. It still catches me off guard how wonderful people are and how awesome of a support system we have.
Secondly, yesterday I had my first "official" appointment with the mid-wives. I previously had one appointment but it was more of an information session to be sure they're the route I wanted to go. At yesterday's appointment I got to hear the baby's heartbeat....yeah I did!
It was such an emotional moment for me, at first I started to laugh, and then the tears started. All the while I'm still laughing and apologizing to my mid-wife for being so emotional and the laughing kept making my belly shake. She said "it's fine, you're going to be a mommy"
But wow! What a special moment.
I can't wait until my next appointment cause Kristen will be going and he'll get to hear it then too :)
Also there was a lot of "static" while we were listening to the heartbeat, which my midwife explained is the baby kicking. She laughed and made a comment how our baby was already quite the little swimmer.
I'm like oh that's good their fiesty already....lol. It's all good though, I'd much rather have him or her be squirmy and strong than hear nothing at all.
And finally....I have a lot of family members asking if we're having twins. Mainly because there's quite a few twins in the family (as a whole) so I guess everyone figures our chances are increased at having them. Right now I only know of one, however the midwife said that if there are two it wouldn't have picked up on the doppler yesterday anyway. Not to mention my ultrasound won't be until between weeks 18-22 and only then will something be confirmed. Unless something REALLY stands out to the midwife before that time.
So to my family, relax. We're blessed to have one, no worries if it's two. It's all good :)
Just a sidenote: I think we're only having one but don't tell my family....sshhhh!
Happy Thursday! Don't forget tomorrow is Food Friday!
Today's Quote
Falling in love comes through an illogical but real glimpse of a future possible perfection. 
~David Whyte

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Destroyed: One Yellow Kitty

Our research has shown that some retrievers will "baby" their toys
Others will shred them to pieces....
Boone is the latter:
I went and paid EXTRA for this toy. It's built for rough dogs and was supposed to be extra durable.
This one lasted two weeks :(
Bye Bye yellow kitty....poor missing ear.
Remember this toy? His favourite duck....
Had to be thrown out, after pulling out all the fur he managed to tear through and start pulling out the stuffing and trying to eat it. We sewed it up but that didn't last long.
Remember the new toy at Christmas, a pheasant...a new and improved duck if you will
This one lasted about a month. Again with the tearing and pulling out of stuffing.
Did you notice in all of the above photos he's chewing his toys?
Which leads me to......does anyone know of ANY soft chew toys that are some what tough & durable? Please help my dogs chewing obsession  :)
Today's Quote
"If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, you must be a cat."
 ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

3 Months

What I'm reading right now....

he, he, he....
and Kristen & I couldn't be happier :)
Today's quote
"A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."
~Eda J. Le Shan

Friday, March 13, 2009

Food Friday: Challenge to you the readers

Well it appears my creative juices are NOT flowing today.
I could do a normal meal plan but it'd be using meal ideas that I've already used.
So without repeating myself and being boring, I'm putting out the challenge to you my readers.
I need 5 volunteers to leave a comment as a meal idea for ONE day.
That means we'll have ideas for Monday through Friday. If more than that comment, even better, we'll be covered for the weekend too!
Ready, set, GO!
Happy Friday :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Why real life is better than reality tv....
It's 8:15pm, I'm washing dishes. We had a late dinner and I really don't feel like rinsing everything and loading the dishwasher. Might as well just wash them and have it done. There's only a few anyway.
As I'm washing I look across the room.....
Kristen is playing guitar and making up songs, "A Tune for Boone" is his most recent.
Boone is lying on the floor chewing his bone.
I'm happy
This is what life is about.
This is why real life is way better than reality tv, dishes and all :)
Today's Quote
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have” ~Socrates

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cause for Debate

I know my post today will be met with a lot of disagreement, but this is my blog and my two cents worth.
I heard on the radio this morning how the OLG has been criticized for buying foreign cars to use in a promotional they're doing. They bought Mercedes, claiming this promotion was planned long before the economic crisis.
Well won't you just cry me a river! I'm sick and tired of hearing GM & Chrysler being victims. Boo-hoo!
The reason they're in the situation they're in, is because of greed and poor management. If this was ANY other company than one of the "big three" nobody would have any pity for them. They'd say you made your bed now lie in it. It's just BUSINESS!
Do I feel bad for those who have and will lose their jobs, absolutely. Nobody should ever be in that situation. However, if these big managers weren't so money hungry and actually cared about the overall well being of the company they would have made wise decisions when it mattered. Instead they mass produced, creating vehicles for cheap, which usually meant more flaws & problems.
Then the competitors "foreign, if you will" create companies with less discrepancies, better management, and they're cars actually cost more than the "domestic" cars and yet they're selling like hot cakes.
Then you have Chrysler employees with bumper stickers "Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign!" Well since when was buying things from the USA not considered foreign? Is Canada not it's OWN country and the US a foreign country from us? Are the big three not considered US companies? And from what I can tell, our Toyota was probably built at the plant in Cambridge, ON which is 40 min from where I live. Now tell me how foreign is that car? If I'm wrong with that then I'm sorry, but it doesn't change the fact that Toyota employs Canadian residents...huh, go figure.
To make matters worse, they won't even admit to being wrong. Instead they're victims! Get over yourself and move on. You think you're the only person to ever have a problem? Or to make a mistake?
Our society is SO close minded!! Did it ever occur to you that our society is evolving? We won't always be so obsessed with cars. We're a society that's going towards being GREEN, being enviromentally friendly. Did it ever occur to you that as our world evolves new jobs will too?
50 years ago our world wasn't employed by auto makers, Microsoft, Apple and so on. So why do we think now that we've come this far that it's just going to stop and we're no longer going to advance and change how we think and work?
I'm sorry to vent here like this today but I just don't want to hear about it anymore. Let's look at the positive, let's look at the opportunities this is creating! Let's be proud of the world we're becoming instead of dwelling on what once was.

Oh and guess what....I LOVE my Toyota!!!

Today's Quote
"One of the very first things I figured out about life...is that it's better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you're hopeful, you have more fun"   ~Barbara Kingsolver

Life of Less

Check out this article from Zen Habits called:
I love the ideas he suggests. Now only to listen to them and start practicing.
Today's Quote:
"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like"  ~Will Rogers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


A few years ago a song came out by Snow Patrol, most of you have probably forgotten about this band. I have not, since the couple of songs that came out I LOVED! Including a song called Run.

Lead singer Gary Lightbody said of the song in Q Magazine April 2007:

"I've never told anyone before and I don't want to spoil it for people because it has its own meaning for them. But in 2000 I was on a massive bender and one night I was drinking in the bar of the Glasgow School Of Art. I fell down a full flight of stairs. Jonny Quinn (Snow Patrol's drummer) found me in the stairwell with blood coming out of my head. He said I looked like a police chalk line and he thought I was dead.

I was very lucky. A fall like that could easily finish you off. I split my head open and my eye was closed and I lost a few teeth. I was put on a plane to see my mum and dad and they were terrified when they saw me. I wrote Run soon after in this little guitar I'd tried to smash up in my s**t little room near Hillhead. The words 'Light up, light up' gave this sense of a beacon. There had to be a light at the end of a tunnel."

Then as of late a newer version of Run came out by Leona Lewis, and not only did I fall in love with the song all over again, as depressing as it is. She just BLOWS the original out of the water. The lungs on this girl is amazing....!
If you have a chance check out the video of her singing it on You Tube, CLICK HERE!
Today's Quote
"We should not feel embarrassed by our difficulties, only by our failure to grow anything beautiful from them" ~Alain de Botton

Monday, March 9, 2009

Weekend in Review

Didn't do a whole lot this weekend. Some house cleaning, some grocery shopping, some relaxing and some movie watching.
The only movie worth mentioning (cause the other one was dumb) is Righteous Kill  about a dirty cop. SOOOO good, it has both Robert Deniro & Al Pacino which was the main reason I wanted to see the movie, I thought if these two amazing actors are in the same movie it'll have to be good right? This one did not disappoint, I love movies that it's kind of a "who done it" Kristen usually figures it out right from the beginning but I'm not that smart.....LOL :)
Other than that, all is well.
Today's Quote
“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~ Unknown

Friday, March 6, 2009

Food Friday: Romain Lettuce

This weeks focus: Romaine Lettuce
"Due to its extremely low calorie content and high water volume, romaine lettuce -while often overlooked in the nutrition world-is actually a very nutritious food. Based on its nutrient richness, our food ranking system qualified it as an excellent source of vitamin A (notably through its concentration of the pro-vitamin A carotenoid, beta-carotene), vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and chromium. Romaine lettuce also emerged from our ranking system as a very good source of dietary fiber and 6 vitamins and minerals"
With that in mind here's some salad suggestions for this week:
Monday - Honey Ham & Chef Salad
My version of chef salad is VERY simple, romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, cucumber (if you like it, I don't) and shredded cheddar cheese with FRENCH dressing. Goes really well with the ham.
Tuesday - Zesty Italian Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken breasts, romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, additional veggies of choice & ZESTY ITALIAN dressing (this is a lower calorie choice dressing).
Wednesday - Steak Salad
My version of steak salad....you grill your steak or pan fry it, however you like it. Then slice up and place on top of romaine lettuce, with a bit of mozzarella cheese and your dressing of choice BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (Kraft has a few good choices)
Thursday - Pan seared Scallops with Salad
Fry some bacon and put aside, then add your scallops to the bacon grease and fry. Mix your salad using romaine lettuce, the cooked bacon (just crumble away) chopped red & green pepper (green pepper optional but red pepper is a must), and RANCH or PEPPERCORN RANCH dressing. Seriously the combination of red peppers & ranch dressing reminds me of a veggie platter. I just love the mix, I made it up last summer and have since called it Christa's Veggie Platter salad :) And what goes better with scallops than bacon? Nothing right? Trust me, it's a meal you'll enjoy.
Friday - Chicken Caesar Salad
Think this one is self explanatory but I will give you a friendly reminder to use RENEE'S MIGHTY CAESAR dressing.
I love trying new salad combinations, various meats, cheeses and veggies, but especially the dressings. Please share your combinations.....I can't wait to try them!! Oh and don't forget another salad option for this week Patti's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Today's Quote


Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Simple Life

I've been directly affected by the recession.....yep me.
I honestly didn't think it would affect Kristen's & my life all that much. Sure my work has given us a salary freeze, yeah there's a hiring freeze and our dept is under-staffed. But yesterday I received news that meant it hit us directly....Kristen's work week has been cut from 5 days to 4 days. It's a step his employer is taking not because they "have to" but because they're trying to be proactive in such a rocky time.
However, I'm not upset. I'm okay with this, I really am. Financially we're okay, and we can handle this paycut.
But mostly I've been wanting to live a simpler life, something I've talked about here, to my friends, and MOSTLY to Kristen for at least a year or more now.
I feel this is a blessing in disguise, this is our chance to cut back, get our butts in gear, because we HAVE too, no more excuses. I don't want a material life where everything depends on upgrading, needing something new, etc.
Don't get me wrong I get caught up in things...I love buying new clothes, new shoes, new purses, LOVE the idea of buying new camera gear, a new Mac, etc. But I don't want to be like this, in most cases I don't NEED these things and truthfully ends up being a waste of money. That's not the life I want.
Ideally a life where we grow our own vegetables, find joy in the simple things, such as family game night, going for a walk, just spending time with friends. I keep thinking about how spring is just around the corner and bbq season along with it. Nothing more enjoyable than a bbq with friends, sipping cool drinks on our deck in the backyard. Now THAT is the life....
This leads to a few things I read on Oprah's website this week (since I'm at work when her show airs) about this topic EXACTLY! Cutting back, living a simpler life....check them out:
Today's Quote
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things" - Robert Brault

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the Mom's
Both my Mom and Kristen's Mom's birthdays are today.
This photo of Mom was taken when she was here Christmas time.
I wish you a very happy birthday today and here's to many many more years of birthdays :)
And to Kristen's Mom....Happy Birthday.
Enjoy your day, hope it's a good one and here's to many more.
This photo was taken when we saw her in Halifax last summer. 

Love both of you Momma's
You are wonderful women who I look up to and aspire too.
Today's Quote
"Most successful people begin with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so"   ~David Brooks

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Flakefest 2009

Thought I'd share a few more photos from Flakefest 2009 (that's what the outdoor hockey tournament is called)
Some of the team waiting their turn
Quite a few guys wore these types of masks over their face to protect from the bitter cold
My favourite shot of the goalie. Looks like he should be saying "bring it on"
Today's Quote
"Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life." —Oprah

Monday, March 2, 2009

Weekend In Review

Had a great weekend, despite still trying to get over this cold :(
Kristen & I went away this weekend to Collingwood for an outdoor hockey tournament that he played in for the past 3 years. I've never been, this year he asked me along. We also stopped by to meet some friends of his, who ended up being some of the sweetest people I've met in a while.
They are the sweet owners of the oh so cute, 11 week old, Hershey
Boone also loved Hershey.
Maybe a little too much, he wouldn't leave her alone.
Honest if left alone he would have licked her to death.
Here she's hiding under the table to take a break, while Kristen is keeping an eye on them both.
This is where we stayed
Then off to the outdoor hockey tournament.
It was a FREEZING but beautiful day
The tournament could almost be called an old school honour system. Even though there's a referee on the ice he doesn't really call anything. Your to be responsible to play fair, call your own mistakes and so on. Most teams did abide by this and it was great to watch a bunch of guys just play for the love of the game. Regardless of the cold, if a guy just accidentally bumped him, if the other team were a bit offside. It was for fun :)
The score board for the day
And last but not least my favourite shot of Kristen from the day
Today's Quote
We look at the heavens nightly, but there are those with us who at a certain ineffable moment catch, as it were, the eye of a star.  ~Laura Spencer Portor