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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Family Activities

You love them, right?  Some don't want to go because they make plans with friends.  Some would rather work around the house.  How easy it would be to give up and just stay home?

Not for me.  Not this year.  First trip to Waterton last year I let Jordan stay home.  This year it wasn't happening, regardless of him getting permission from Sean to go to a movie in the afternoon.

The remedy?  We just leave and hour and a half earlier.  That's right.  Get out of bed and into the car.  Mama ran at 6am, hit the farmer's market for cherries and raspberries and a chocolate roll, and is ready for a hike.  9am and we are out the door.

So off we went to Waterton to do our annual Bears Hump hike and lunch.  We switched up lunch this year and went to Waterton Pizza, which is somewhat expensive but so yummy!!

Jordan still got to his movie.  I still got a nap when I got home.  The knees are a little tender, but I'm just happy to have dragged the fam out for some time together.

Men in Black 1 and 2 were on the agenda for tonight.  I can't believe the boys had not seen either of them yet.  Now they are ready for 3.  

The boys are growing up and our opportunities to be together dwindle.  Thank you for making the effort.  I don't want our memories of family time to be only in front of the television.  We don't have time to do a lot, but let's make the time we have worthwhile!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Getting Around to Disney......

I loaded my pics to Sean's computer and I hate going to the basement where his office is.  THUS the Disney blog is late in coming, but I couldn't resist posting this picture.  No pre planning.  This was a pure in sync moment.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Parenting is an interesting thing.  We can do it poorly and ruin our children.  We can do it poorly and they turn out great despite our worst efforts.  We can do it well and it doesn't reflect in their behaviors.  We can do it well and they turn out great.

What to do??????

I read this article the other day in the Calgary Herald.

In general I think fathers get a bad wrap; some of them rightly so, but there are some mothers out there who should probably not reproduce either.  But advertisers and entertainment often portray dads as dimwits and not capable of much or as disposable and unnecessary in the child raising process.  Society buys into that.

Now I may be inclined to debate a couple of points in the article, but overall I think it was pretty bang on.  We need our fathers and we need them present and active in our lives.

My dad was present.  I hate to say that I was lucky, but too many people have crossed paths with me who did not have that same experience.  I comfortably state that some of their choices and self image were a direct result of an absent or unloving father.  In some cases they were neglected or rejected.  In some, they were just not considered part of the father's responsibility.

I'd like to think that every generation eliminates one bad habit of the previous generation.  My hope is that my boys are better parents than Sean and I.  Yet I know that doesn't always happen.  Sometimes the cycle just continues because no one knows how to get off the ride.

As I said in my Mother's Day post, the woman who gives birth to us is not the only mother figure we will have in our lives.  It's the same with fathers.  Fatherhood is a powerful thing.  A father's love, like a mother's, shapes who we are.  We need both.  I have yet to meet a person whose mother's love completely made up for a father's lack.

This guy is making sure his generation is better and I love him for it.

Love you tons.

I couldn't do it without you.  The boys couldn't do it without you.

Happy Father's Day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Love 'em

I love those moments when you look at your children and think, "You know, I really love these kids.  REALLY LOVE."

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ladies Fest 2012

Karri, did your pictures turn out.  This one is with my phone and it is spotty.

Why was today a great day to run an 8K?

-     Because I beat my last year's time by 3.83 minutes.
-     Because my good friend was the last racer out by 5 minutes and managed to pass oodles of                                   runners to come in at 56 minutes after the start gun.  Her actual time was less than that.
-     Because some of us ran for or on behalf of someone else because they couldn't.
-     Because we ran with our daughters and came in slower than we normally would.
-     Because we were back in race form from years gone by.
-     Because I got to wear a purple running skirt.
-     Because we cheered and hollered for each other on the course and at the finish line.

Antonia, Karri, Amy, Pam, Amie, Jenny, Sheri...........loved running with and seeing  you run today.

Goal:  2013 Ladies Fest - Shave another 4 minutes off my time.

Thanks Karri.  This one's the keeper!!