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I got bored

It was my own fault, really it was I take full responsibility for it!!! I do apologize profusely, but the truth of the matter is I got bored of my 30 day blog challenge.  Not that I didn't want to blog, but the topics in the challenge were just not exciting to me and I could not bring myself to write a blog about knitting or crocheting(even though I am teaching myself how to do both) I just couldn't do it, and then it's been so busy I have not even been able to take my camera out to take photos for a day in the life and where i live blogs.... still blogs I would like to do but I can't do them like this.

Now I will begin again and see where we get from here, but it's more going to be a diary, journal type thing.  I will blog about things I am doing but until I find a really cool thirty day challenge I won't be blogging a challenge for a bit, I maybe need a theme.

I am very driven by purpose, and finding a purpose for doing anything is important!!  So we will se…

Lil Man plays soccer

So Lil Man has been watching his brother play soccer his whole life and has been dying to get down on the pitch to play as well.  It's been painful taking Lil Man to his brothers games sometimes because he just wants to play so much and Lil man is so much more active than his brother was at that age so he was always on the go.

This year we have been able to let Lil Man have his greatest wish and it has furthered my Soccer Mom status.  Lil Man is playing timbits soccer and he really enjoys it, when he's had a nap! When he doesn't nap in the day, which is not something we really let him do, he's a bit cranky by 5 pm and doesn't really want to listen.  On top of my being Lil Man's soccer mom and biggest cheerleader I am his coach this year.  I am certified U4-U6 Coach.

Most of the kids have no idea what soccer is, they either just want to play tag, catch the coach or they pick up the ball and run with it.  It's quite funny and normal really but I am having a …

Soccer Star Chandler

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Chandler has been playing soccer for four years now.  He has come along way in his skills and abilities.  From a timid soccer player in grade five to the defensive star that he is today it's been a great pleasure to see him develop pride in a sport to the point that he really enjoys and is looking at other options for him to further his understanding of the sport.

He had one year in the middle of his four years where he did not play soccer.  He had broken his arm in the final game of his season in grade six and then did not want to play again.  His team was not the most skilled and the coaches, parents who volunteered were not skilled as coaches and he became frustrated because he was had a great coach the first year he played.  His team still ended up coming together in the end and he has been on the gold or silver team every year he has played.  He is a bit competitive.

So I am happy to spend my weekends taking him to soccer and watching Chandler as he does something he enjoys a…

Dinner Party

So I have decided that for the months of January, March, July and November I am going to host thematic dinner parties for me and some of my good friends.  I like the idea of theme dinner parties because then you can do theme foods, theme dress codes, theme decorations and it makes it something a little different.  I think I have a couple friends in town now that would be willing to come and would bring their significant others.

It's a new experience for me planning a dinner party as I have never done it before but it's always been something I have wanted to do.  To have people over for a barbeque is one thing but this would be a whole big production with invitations and RSVP expectations.  I am not sure what it would all entail besides cooking food, and planning games or activities.  I remember when I was younger my mom hosted some dinner parties, one was a nautical theme, one was a murder mystery theme and one I think was just a party but I remember all the smiles and laughi…

Recipe I am PERFECTING

Ok sorry there are no pictures for this blog, but there will be when I get the recipe PERFECT!!!

I am a huge fan of guacamole.  I love guacamole, I love avocados and tomatoes and everything about it!!  When I first saw guacamole, I was very turned off by it.  I mean it was green!!!!  I disliked green foods and did not think anything green could taste good, except peas from the garden.  I wouldn't even try it, not for a dollar, not for a bet, not for anything.

Then a couple years ago, I decided to try it, just because I saw some guacamole that looked appetizing. It wasn't the green spread that looked like green mayonnaise, this stuff had textures in it, you could see tomato pieces in it, and chunks of avocado.  I was intrigued, and I knew who made this stuff as I was visit my good friends the Carloses at the time.  So I picked up a chip and dipped in, it was the best and worst decision I made because after that I was hooked, I had to have the recipe!

After asking Alex for the r…

My family at supper

So this is an every day occurrence in most family homes, somedays it's a little more frantic than others, but it is a common denominator for families.  I think supper is the one meal that most families have in which they do together and one night while I was glancing at the boys sitting at my table, I wondered if what a normal supper for me is what is normal for everyone else.

Most nights we have a buffet style supper, there just is not enough room on the table to have four plates, four glasses, and at least three serving dishes.  We eat at a small round table and for some reason when I picked out dishes I wanted I picked out the biggest set of dishes I could find. I loved them at the time but I am kind of over them now, they are just so big and bulky, but I digress.  So after my hubby or I get Lil Man his plate we get our own plate and sit down at the table.  While eating during the week the television is on, it's either on a sitcom we all enjoy or Disney Junior so Lil Man do…

ok a bunch of stuff

Ahh I had a whole bunch of blogs done and I forgot to schedule them to post, sorry for the delay, I will be having them posting very soon here!!
For anyone looking for Christmas stocking stuffers make sure to check out www.fifthavenuecollection.com/jlacourse There are some great great pieces that will warm the heart of any jewelry lover!!
Also I will be changing some of my future blogs because of some changes I am making in my life.  It will be a journey and this public journalling will give me incentive to stay true.

So stay tuned the blogs are being scheduled for release!!!

A Movie I recently Watched

So the most recent movie that I went to the theatre to see was Breaking Dawn part 2.  It was GREAT!!!  I know some of you out there are thinking what is wrong with her, the Twilight series, some of you are reading this and saying she better not give anything away I haven't seen it yet. Well, I will say this, it was a great movie and I will not post any spoilers here.  I will make allusions to things that occurred in the movie but I won't write specifics.  If that is too much for you then I suggest you skip this blog and read my next blog as it comes out.

Breaking Dawn was the first book in the four book twilight series the I actually enjoyed and couldn't put down.  All the books were easy reads, but I really got into the characters in Breaking Dawn, there were finally some redeeming qualities Bella embraced in the fourth book, prior Bella was a bit of a wet blanket, and Kristen Stewart actually did carry that off quite well.  So I was very excited for the last two twilight…

Dear Children

Education is a gift, but not one that is given freely.  Your parents and neighbours and mailman help pay for your education.  They are contributing tax dollars towards the education system in hopes that you will come out with an education that will help you develop the next big thing, the next thing that so changes our world that everyone wants it, making your life that much easier. 

Adults provide the tax dollars so your teachers can be in a classroom, offering you insight into the curriculum that is supposed to help you on your education journey, but you have to want to learn.  So if you want to learn, you have to tell people what you are interested in.  So many studetns are so focused on their grades, their percent that is a number given based on what?  How well you know something?  Either you know it, you sort of know it, or you don't, so then shouldn't you be given a 0 or a 1 or a 2.  Does it really matter that % mark that you are given?

I understand that sometimes it is…

My Family in the Morning

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The alarm clock sounds and all I hear is a groan.  I squeeze my eyes shut, hoping against all that is holy, that today he will just get up and quietly get ready for the day and allow me to sleep for that extra hour.  Grunts and groans sound from the other side of the bed and I am sure some expletive words are being muttered under his breath.  Quietly, monitoring my breath in and my breath out trying to mimicking sleeping, relaxing as he crawls out of bed and heads into the hallway.  
I know that I have at least 15 minutes to cat nap while he completes his morning routine in the bathroom. 
Ouph, oh wait I have to reposition the littlest bed hog on the face of the planet.  With a king size bed that you could essentially have three grown people sleeping in, I am almost falling off the edge of the bed because the toddler has crawled into bed with me and his father.  After a second kick in the ribs and a whap of hands into my ear, I shove the bed terrorist over and place a pillow in betwe…

Thanksgiving What I am thankful for

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Thanksgiving always puts me into a funky mood.  It reminds me that I am not always as grateful for what I have as I should be.  I mean I have my health, my family, my house, my friends, I am not broke, I have some great support and I have a job that I am really enjoying now.  I know I spend way too much of my time worrying about things that have changed that I have no control over, things that have changed that bother me, that hurt my heart but it's small things, things who knows why they have turned out the way they did.

I want to say thanks to all my friends for the five minute conversations every year, to the daily bitchfests you let me expunge.  For all the time you are able to give to me to help make my life a better life THANKYOU!!!

I want to say thanks to my family, you are also my friends, my rocks, my sounding board and I couldn't be who I am today without you! Thank you for loving me for who I am even if I am not always what you want me to be!!  THANK YOU!!!



I want to…

Edmonton Bed and Breakfast, Haunted or Not??

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THE GLENORA BED AND BREAKFAST






In November a couple girls and I had to go up to Edmonton for training, our office administrative assistant booked our hotel room and chose the Glenora Bed and Breakfast.  I had never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast but I was willing to give anything a try at least once.  One girl who came was convinced the place was haunted but we could find no records of haunting activity being reported on the internet.  So with hesitation we went forth to Edmonton without canceling our reservations and we were going to give this place a try.

The Bed and Breakfast is a historical site in Edmonton, it used to be old Buena Vista Apartments that have been changed into rooms for rent.  The place was built in the early 1900s or even late 1890s.  The place was old, and the decor was very much reminiscent of days gone by, like way gone.  I would say 1920 was the last time the decor of the Bed and Breakfast had been updated.  I would almost bet that the bed in my room was from t…

Remembering my "Last Friday Night"

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Katy Perry's Last Friday Night was very popular the year I got married, so when my girls and I went out that song kept playing out in my mind.

So my girlfriend Rolandia organized my bachelorette party, compete with Limo, boat cruize and drinking at the bar.  We started in Sylvan Lake and finished in Red Deer. It was  a great night spent with great friends and I wouldn't have done it any differently.

The boat cruise was so much fun, we went all over Sylvan Lake and we played drinking games as the sun began it's slow decent into the West.  Another group on the boat played socialables with us, truthfully, they included us into their game but we played with the best of them.  After the boat cruise, Rolandia had arranged for a limo to pick us up, when it arrived we headed back to Red Deer to cruise around as we enjoyed many beverages, songs and company in the back of the limo.



 I had a Princess Glass to enjoy all my beverages in for the night as we all know that I am a Princess…

Happy Birthday ChandlerMan

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It was a cold October night, the thirty first actually, and I was experiencing some cramping pains, and as my due date was November first I was positive it was the bundle of joy I had been carrying for nine months ready to make his entrance into the world.  We made it through the night and the cramping stopped, so I got up and ready for work, because it was not like I was going to just sit at home.  Then the cramping started again and it got worse as I was moving around, so in my fashionable maternity pants and Buns Master Bakery shirt I headed to the hospital with the father.  After an hour it was determined by my doctor that I was to be off work and stay close to the hospital, the doctor believed he would see me later that day at the hospital.  I called work and told them I was starting maternity leave, and I headed home.

I suppose not having my water break all over a bakery floor was a good call, but I still didn't want to be sitting at home doing nothing.  So I walked and I p…

New Thirty Day Blog Challenge

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I love a good challenge!!! And a challenge that encourages me to be the best or most honest at things is one I like most!!!  I have thought many times of doing a photo challenge, I have pinned many photo challenges onto my Pinterest boards but I have yet to do one, so I think I will start soon, the blogs won't come out until after I have completed the challenge or have begun it and I am into it for a least a week or more so that I can manage my time more effectively.  Now to choose and pick the topics I want to include in this challenge................



1. My Family in the morning 2. Remembering my "Last Friday Night" 3. Thanksgiving, what I am thankful for 4. New Recipe I am perfecting 5. Jewelry, Jewelry, jewelry 6. My family at supper 7. Lil Man's Soccer 8. Chandler's Man's Soccer 9. Swimming Lessons 10. Memory Tree 11. Edmonton Bed and Breakfast "Haunted or not" 12. Where I live 13. A Day in my life 14. Movie I recently saw 15. Christmas Shopping …

Happy Birthday Lil Man

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Lil man turned three in October, the years are flying by!!

The top ten need to knows about Lil Man this year:
10: Lil Man is very smart, he knows his colours, he can count to ten, he recognizes a few sight words and he had learned how to manipulate the people who love him to do things he wants them to do.

9: Lil Man is very stubborn, he knows what he wants and becomes very determined to get what he wants, he will bribe, beg and bawl in order to break any adults resolve so that his desires are met.

8: Lil Man has an impressive imagination, he will pretend any number of things and his imagination is limitless.  He plays with imaginary puppies and geckos, he can be a knight fighting dragons, or a race car driver.  He will rescue princesses and sometimes he may even play the role of the princesses.  He is able to create whole worlds and invites any adult into his world to play and have fun.

7: Lil Man is a finicky eater.  He wants to eat when he wants but he only wants to eat what he want…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

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I was on a roll, and I wanted to make sure I stayed that way, so I am working with this positive energy and treating my family to one of the the things I do best, BAKING!!! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I do make some fabulous baking goods, if you need more proof than just my word for it, ask my neighbours, they would give me an excellent reference for sure!!!

So as I was baking supper I decided we needed a dessert as well, so I went back to my Recipes I want to try board on Pinterest and found another recipe to make today, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies.  The recipe was fairly simple and I had all the ingredients I needed in the house.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 X 8 pan.In a medium bowl, stir…

Turtle Lake Girls Weekend!!

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Let me take you back to the year 2008, a good friend invited me out for a girls weekend at her family cabin.  I thought it sounded like an awesome idea and so I ventured 6 hours from home to go to Turtle Lake.  The weekend was a Survivor style Just Us Girls weekend.  (our shirts said Sguj, which was an error, but still made things fun)  We played games, drank and had many good meals.  I met some really cool girls that weekend.  I was invited into the second annual Just Us Girls or JUGs weekend and I knew that it was something that I would work hard to attend as often as I could.

In 2009, my girlfriend who had invited me in the first place was chosen as host for the year, meaning she had to come up with the games and activities and theme for the year.  Eighties Extravaganza was born.  We spent this weekend up in Pigeon Lake at another girls family cabin.  This cabin was not right on the lake but it had a huge yard and we had a lot of fun again.  The big event of the weekend was going g…