Feb 15, 2009

The Joy{s} of ... Going on Holiday!

It's that time of year again...when we take off for some fun in the sun. For the past several years we have been travelling with family and I tell ya, that's the way to do it. It is so nice to be surrounded by the ones you love on holiday.

Even though my Dad suffered a stroke last October and is still a bit weak, he was bound and determined to get out of the cold. So, Mom and Dad booked a vacay and we followed suit. For the past few years we have travelled like this due to weddings and we always have a blast. A lot of our extended familiy members also join us. Here are my parents a few years ago waiting for a flight...{the couple that reads together stays together - they will be married 50 years this July!}

You meet the nicest people on holiday! We met Betty and Dalmer on our first family trip 9 years ago in the Dominican. They are from Sakatchewan and are so much fun! We've kept in touch over the years knew we would someday meet up again.

This is how small my kiddies were on that first trip - Ellie was just 2! They have always been fabulous to travel with, we are lucky. Were they not sweet? :) I could eat them up!

Finally we were reunited with Betty and Dalmer 9 years later for my brother's wedding in Punta Cana in 2007. We had an absolute blast with them and they fit right in!

This is the whole crew that travelled with us that year....

One year later my Uncle got married in Puerto Plata and we all joined in for that too... (Ellie's 4th kick at the can for being a flower girl)

Betty and Dalmer joined us again for that - they really are like family now...

There's always such fun to be had on holidays...this is hubby and Jack having the time of their lives!

And of course a couple of cold ones never hurt, right?

And a night out alone with hubby is always fun - with all those built-in babysitters, why not?! I even got lucky that night. {head out of the gutter - I won $300 at the black jack table - lol}

People always ask me if I am scared for taking the kids out of school for two weeks...I say they will learn more in a different country than they ever would sitting at their desk. But, we do bring homework as evidenced below. This is Ellie and hubby getting down to the nastiness of math. Doesn't she look thrilled? ;)

So, we are off early next week for another adventure. I promise to send lots of sunshine your way!

Hola amigos!

Feb 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Wilbur and Girffin share an Eskimo kiss...

Feb 9, 2009

Back by Popular Demand

{this is a repeat of a post I had done last year...}

Things I Know For Sure...

· If you think the plate in the microwave is too hot to handle, it is.

· The scissors are never where you left them. They lead a double life in Duluth.

· Just because they're cute, you should not wear your fabulous, new high heeled brown boots to the flea market.

· Kids are like dogs, they can smell hesitation. And you know what they say about 'he who hesitates'...

· Do not put down your keys when you are distracted. And already late to pick up the kids.

· The day you throw out that item you thought you would never use again? Yes, you will need it.

· Dollar Store items can add up real fast.

· When you turn on your hot glue gun, resign yourself to the fact that you will end up burning yourself before your job is done.

· "Just a minute" coming from a kid means they're not listening.

· Buying fancy underwear always seems like a good idea at the time but you'll always end up wearing your favorite good 'ol Hanes.

· You can count on the phone ringing during your fav show. During the really good part.· When you're bored out of your mind and really want to talk to someone, no-one answers the phone.

· If you're going to drive the kids to school in your p.j.'s, make sure you have enough gas.

· If the jeans you are trying on the in fitting room don't feel exactly right, they never will. No matter how 'on sale' they are.

· The moment you hop into the bathtub for a nice relaxing soak is the exact same moment your household will fall apart. All at once.

· Even if you live in a large house, if your dog throws up, you will end up stepping in it.

· When you find a great bra that you love - buy 20 of them

.and finally,

· If you're tired, and I mean REALLY TIRED, when you go to bed and your husband wants to "spoon" don't fall for it. "Spooning" only leads to one thing...


Feb 3, 2009

One of Those Days...

I'm having one of those days. A blah day. A 'meh' day. Ever have one of those? They suck.

This is all I've got today. Random shots from my house...

I'll be better tomorrow....

Feb 2, 2009