Jun. 29, 2012

End of month tag:


What books and/or magazines did I read this month?     I am reading The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak - I am loving it!!  It is based in Edmonton and he talks about Whyte Ave, Downtown, real news stories from recent years.  It is fiction, but lovely to read so much about places I know well :)  I am also taking part in 'Inner-Excavate Along' - a 7 week class by Liz Lamoreux.  I bought her book a few years back, and this class works through the book with the author - doing the assignments which are photography/ mixed media and journaling based.
What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?  Not many.  We bought a few dvd's but now I can't remember what!  Oops!!  I watched The Wedding Singer with Sam - and a few other movies with him.  Oh and I took the girls to see The Hunger Games at the theatre - horrible horrible story!!  Very well made movie, but the storyline - reality tv show where people watch kids fight to the death??  Just horrible!
What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?  We have had many trips to Whyte Ave, several BBQ's at home, camp fires at home too with Smores and snakes :)  I met Sharon for our monthly 'date night' :)  Trips to the farmers market with Lorraine and Alora, homeschool park days, splash park visits. Supper out with Ki and her girls, the big car show and Brits Fish and chips with the kids :)  The dog park, the trip to Toys R Us where Laurence got in the toy mini!  Aloras graduation celebration, R's pirate party,  Susannah had friends stay over several times.  Walks, ice cream, supper out with Laurence and Susie, Susie and Sam...taking photos of our shadows at the farmers market,   
What special or unusual purchases did I make?     We bought a new firepit and LOVE it - we have already had so many lovely evenings out around the fire - chatting, reading, playing, eating and drinking!  The old fire pit was illegal and badly designed - and also overgrown and too far from the house really!  So where we have the new one is perfect :)  We also bought two new tanks of propane for the BBQ and have had numerous delicious meals out on the deck :)  
What illnesses or health concerns did I have? A couple of migraines - we also all had a stomach bug that Abby picked up somewhere.  She started getting ill after a sleepover at Ki's house - nothing to do with Ki at all - just bad timing as Abby wasn't quite herself  while there :(  
What were my accomplishments this month?  I survived what COULD have been a nasty accident - in fact until this moment I think I had blocked it from my mind.  It must have shaken me up THAT much.  It doesn't even bear thinking about what COULD have happened.  Me, Sam and Abby squashed between two trucks and a semi ploughing in to us! I still can't believe it happened!  
Laurences trip is almost paid for :)  I am so happy about that!  
The canvas I created for Sam - I am so pleased with it and proud of it!  Also my classes and Facebook business page continue to do well!  
Sams artwork gets better and better and I love that I inspire him to create.  
What were my disappointments this month?  Utterly disappointed that my firstborn didn't make time to see his brother and sister while here.  Susannah was very hurt - and I know Laurence is too.  I've got used to being ignored and thats fine - whatever - but for him to treat Laurence and Susannah in that way is just completely wrong.
Anything else noteworthy to include?  June has been a LONG month for some reason - I am glad tomorrow is the last day!  School is now out for all the kids and we have plans we are excited about!  I look back through my 'Project 365' and see may wonderful days and events and memories - but June also felt like a month we had to 'get through'....yes, definitely glad it's over :)  

Snapshots...


Mt Rosie girl enjoying a belly rub:




Sam tending to his vegetables - we are growing radishes, peas and sunflowers in various pots on the deck and in the flower beds :)  


Sam was desperate to pick a radish and see if they were growing - they aren't very big yet, but he washed and ate it anyway:


We spent the afternoon at the park - had a picnic and some drinks and I sat and read and did some art journaling:


We bought the last few things for Abigails week at camp today, and also picked up some tongue tattoos to try.  Ewww they taste disgusting hahaha!!  Abigail had a spider, Sam had one that said SK8 and I had a baseball bat and ball :)


Tonight we had strawberries with cream and angel food cake :)  
Soooo yummy - and inspired Melanie to go out and get the ingredients for the same:


Susannah starts work tomorrow, and then Shania is coming over for the night as they are both working together on Sunday.  We might go to the Prairie Gardens tomorrow - or not.....we might go to Whyte Ave or the park - we might have a fire with smores etc..but we do have to run and get Canada Day supplies.  Tattoos and things :)  

I love my paper plates I bought (above).

Photo App fun!!

I've been playing about with various photo apps:







 And this one isn't an app - but Sam made a telescope to go with his pirate costume, and this is a picture of him looking down the telescope - I thought it was really neat:

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