Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Widhing my dad a very Happy Father's Day today. Thank you for being there for me through the fun times, happy times, sad times and tough times. You have taught me so much about myself and life over the past 30 years. I couldn't have asked for a better dad. I'm glad I got to spend time with you not long ago. I greatly enjoyed our visit and time together. Also wishing my father-in-laws a happy Father's Day. Thank you for being there to support hubby and me and thank you for raising such a wonderful person who I call my husband. Also thinking of my grandfather who is in heaven this year. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I hope your telling lots of jokes and winning at one of your card games.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June is here, but summer isn't

Wow I sure haven't been around in this little space for quite some time ( thanks to my best friend for noticing). I feel like with the changes to blogging apps and my inability to post from an app I used to, I just don't post as often anymore. I have so much to talk about and catch up on! We've been in our new home for almost a year now (Reno pictures to come), hubbs and I just got back from an awesome unplanned, adventure of a vacation, and my family came out to visit for a week. I'll be sure to post some further updates on these topics shortly.

The weather has been so chilly here, it just doesn't want to warm up. I'm hoping summer decides to show up soon.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Congratulation to my brother

Wishing my brother a huge congratulations today as he finishes another huge life accomplishment by graduating univesity with his business degree. These past four years I watched you struggle, learn, grow, and become wiser. I wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavours and can't wait to see the places you will go. Be proud of what you have a complished today and look forward to reaching your dreams of tomorrow.

Love  your sister,
Xoxo

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Today is the 1st day of 2017.

I hope today is the start of an amazing year of happiness, health and family for everyone.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Went to a concert, bought a second home, turned 30.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Kinda, we did get a gym membership and were going really good for a while, then it kind of fell off the bandwagon. We did start eating healthier though. Here are my resolutions for this year:

2016 resolutions:
  1. Continue going to the gym
  2. Eat healthier
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not close to me, but DH step-sister just had a little one.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. I lost my grandfather this November and DH lost his grandmother and uncle this year.

5. What places/countries did you visit? 
We went to Halifax. 

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
A little more savings, more new experiences, an addition to the family.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
22 April 2016 - I got a job promotion
July 10, 2016 -6th Wedding Anniversary
21 November - My grandfather passed away

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a job promotion and buying a larger house

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing the weight I wanted to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our new house

12. Where did most of your money go?
Home reno's

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going home to visit my family

14. What song will always remind you of 2016?
   Star boy

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Same
c) richer or poorer? Richer and poorer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising, eating healthier.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sitting on the couch

18. How did you spend Christmas?
With Hubs at home, it was a quiet Christmas in.

19. Did you fall in love in 2016?
I continued to be in love in 2016.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
Grey's Anatomy, Walking Dead, Survivor

21. What was the best book you read?
Too many to list

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?
None really

23. What did you want and get?
A house

24. What did you want and not get?
A baby

25. What was your favorite film of this year?
Finding Dory

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26! We celebrated in our new home with my brother and 2 good friends.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Loosing weight, new family addition

28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
The same as its always been.

29. What kept you sane?
My Hubs, my family and friends

30. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
not sure

31. What political issue stirred you the most?
Donald Trump a president

32. Who did you miss?
My family and best friend who live across the country

33. Who was the best new person you met?
Beth, one of DH best friends mom

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't take family for granted, life is much to short.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
     Can't think of one atm.


Here is a quick look back on 2016....

January

Celebrated my dad's birthday
DH had jaw surgery
Listed our house for sale

February

Went and seen body world at the Telus Science Museum
Went to an Oscar Awards Show dinner

March

Celebrated Hub's Birthday
Celebrated my sister's birthday
DH Grandmother passed away
Visited PR
Sold our house

April

DH had surgery again on his jaw
Went to Collective Soul Concert
Got a job promotion
Went to the Beacon Hill petting zoo

May

Celebrated my Mom's birthday
Bought a house

June

Celebrated my 30th birthday
My brother came to visit
Moved into our new home!


July

Celebrated our 6 year anniversary
Home reno's
Went to Butterfly Gardens, Fort Rodd Hill, BC Museum Mammoth Exhibit, Vancouver Aquarium, Airplane Museum

August

Celebrated my brother's birthday
Rogers Chocolates

September



October

Went to Halifax
Went to Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove, Citadel Hill, visited the church my parents were married in, Donairs, went to The Knot, Apple picking, Mexican Fiesta, enjoyed fall colors, seen the Bluenose II, walked the waterfront, Poutine!!,
DH uncle passed away
Sarah's wedding

November

Best friends birthday
Grandfather passed away
Said goodbye to a coworker who was posted to Ontario
Visited PR
Went to the dessert bar
Went to the spa


December

We went to the Santa Claus parade
Quiet Christmas at home
Had snow!!!! and built a snowman!!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas was a quiet one in our household this year. We both had a few days off and enjoyed being together.

On Friday, DH dad and stepmom came down to stay with us overnight (headed to a tropical destination the next day). We went out for an amazing Christmas dinner with them at the Beach House Restaurant.

Christmas Eve was pretty low key. We went and watched the new Star Wars Rouge One movie and had Chinese food afterwards.

Christmas day we woke up and mad cinnamon buns. The rest of the day we spent watching the old Star Wars movies and opening the few gifts we got each other and received from family. I called my grandmother and family and wished them all a Merry Christmas as well.

It was pretty low key as we just bought our new house and need a new couch, and hope to maybe take a trip this coming year.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Heaven Gained Another Angel

On 21 November 2016, my grandfather was called home to heaven.

My grandfather was just shy of his 81st birthday and left behind my grandmother, 4 kids  7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

My grandfather lived a long, full, adventurous life. From a young age the ocean was in his blood. He served in the Navy for many years; and long after his retirement he volunteered on many Naval Association Committees. He received many honors and awards for his work with the Navy.

My grandfather lived a wonderful life of adventure thanks to the Navy taking him to many a far off destinations. In his younger years he met the love of his live, my grandmother, and after a short 1 month engagement they were married, and in typical Navy Sailor form, my grandfather went to sea just 1 week after saying I Do. Due to his sailing life, my grandmother was left to mostly raise 3 boys and a daughter. They lived in a wonderful countryside home, just across the field where my grandmother was born and raised.

My grandfather was always one to do what he wanted when he wanted, which at times seemed frustrating, but also allowed him to live the life he wanted. He got to see, do and experience everything in life that was on his bucket list. He had a fond love for card and board games, and a visit wasn't the same without either. My grandfather loved food, and was a walking restaurant guide.

My grandfather was fond of family and always looking out for everyone. Right up until the end he always planned ahead. He ensured my grandmother was well taken care of, and even had our 2016 Christmas presents planned well before his passing.

My grandfather always had a joke or story to tell. We all joked that he should have written a book of his adventures.

It's a hard adjustment knowing he isn't around anymore, but I take great strength in knowing he isn't suffering anymore. He was taken from us much too soon and unexpectedly, even though he had some health challenges in the last year of his life.

I'm lucky we were able to get home and experience one last holiday with my grandfather. Dh and I made the trip back home for Thanksgiving and we were able to spend it with my grandparents (much to their surprise as they weren't expecting us). We were able to get one last Parcheesi game in, and in classic style, my grandfather won.

Even though my grandfather is no longer here I know he is present everyday. I've received "signs" from him that he is still around (like the one on his 1 month passing) and on Christmas Eve. I was able to say my good byes for now to him and let him know how proud I was to call him my grandfather.

For now we must say goodbye until we see you again. We will keep the card and board games going...

Fair Winds and Following seas.