Archive | August 2010

Sunday August 22, 2010

Hi everyone!  First I want to say that there is only 15 days till school starts!  I’m just a little excited about this.  I think the kids have finally gotten to the point now that they are equally excited to get back to school.  As any parent would agree, 2 months is far too long.  I’m sure they will implement all year schooling the year after my youngest son graduates.

I didn’t take any pictures at all this past week.  The kids and I have been just hanging around the house, we did go to Canada’s Wonderland with friends of ours.  We spent the day and had a ton of fun.

Since I didn’t take any pictures this past week I am going to take the opportunity to talk about my other hobby; running.

I downloaded an app for my iPhone that is called Couch to 5K.  It literally takes you from being a couch potato and turns you into a running machine over a 9 week period.  You start the course with a combination of running and walking; actually more walking than running.  Gradually it increases your running time whilst decreasing your walking time.  The goal is that by the end of the 9 week course you are running 5K without any walking.  I will be doing my last run on this course tomorrow…I made it!!!  I can actually run 5K without stopping.  This is very exciting for me as I have always wanted to be a runner but I didn’t think I had it in me; turns out I do.

My friend told me about a race that takes place every December in Burlington.  It’s called Santa Jingle Bell.  It’s a 5K run with all participants wearing Santa Claus suits.  I signed up for it yesterday!!  I’m so excited!!

Although it is optional, I chose to raise money for a charity of my choice.  I chose the Sick Kids Foundation.  Thankfully I have never had to use their services, I have been blessed with very healthy children.  Some children and their families have not been so fortunate.  There has always been a very soft spot in my heart for these families and children who are faced with illnesses and who have to make the Sick Kids Hospital their home.  It absolutely breaks my heart, children should never have to face these obstacles, but unfortunately they do.  So this year when I do my very first race, I’ll be doing it for all the sick kids and their families.  I’ve set up a donation page at the SickKids Foundation website and at the Running Room website (where I signed up for the race) both under my name, where anyone and everyone can sponsor me on my first race.  I will include all the websites at the end of this blog.

This is a great cause to donate to and I’m thrilled to do it.  I’ve explained to my kids what I’m doing and I actually get teary eyed when I talk about how it feels to give, especially to something like this,  and do it purely because you want to.  So if you want to sponsor me follow the links below.  Any amount you have to give is greatly appreciated and I truly thank you.

This is the link to the Santa Jingle Bell race incase you’d like to sign up…

http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=5128

Here is the link to my charity page through The Running Room, you can also just go to the running room website and choose “sponsor and athlete” and then type in my name, or just follow this link…if the links don’t work copy and paste it into you browser’s address bar.

https://www.giving.runningroom.com/hm/index.php?sub=3&charity=17&id=UjJWZAZrAmA=&enuserId=VDACMwRpB2AAa1Jn&item=8

Here is the link for the SickKids Foundation website where you can also sponsor me through…again you can go directly to their website and search for me there.

http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=936563

Hope you all have a beautiful week.

Until next Sunday (I promise to get back to pictures)…

~Linda

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Sunday August 15, 2010

Got Milk?

Hey everyone!!

So I’ll start by saying that the kids and I went to my mom’s farm last week.  They live on a dairy farm 2 hours from where I live and I don’t get there much so I took my camera to take advantage of the different surroundings.  I lived on the farm for a few years and although farm life is not for me I do enjoy the farm animals.  It was nice to get out of the city for the day and head to the country where the air is fresh and the city noise if far behind, we had a great day!  My mom quickly put the boys to work in her garden after making them breakfast.  After picking some weeds we started to collect the bounty from all the hard work over the summer; tomatoes, beans, peas, carrots and onions…delicious!  Thanks for sharing mom!

As we head into the last couple weeks of the summer holidays I find ourselves scrambling to do all the things we had planned for the summer…going to the beach, Canada’s Wonderland, cleaning and purging the house, with only 3 weeks left we’d better get to it.  I’ve probably had the most fun this summer, due in part to my new friendships that I’ve made over the last year and because my boys are not little-little anymore, they are much easier and fun to travel with or just hang out with now.  I can only imagine that summers from here on out are just going to become more fun and adventurous.  For so long I was home with a combination of  babies, toddlers and beyond; trying to keep a group like that happy and entertained is nearly impossible.   I’m finally starting to enjoy summer again.

This Friday Ginger (my pooch) has to have dental surgery.  I’ve neglected her teeth for ever and now it’s finally caught up with me.  She has two teeth on either side of her jaw that are so badly decayed that one of them has actually broken in half, so she’s getting them both pulled.  The vet suggested that we could do root canal and repair the teeth and then gold cap them; I laughed and then told her to just pull them out to which she agreed.  I appreciated that the vet let me know what my options were, but seriously I wouldn’t even gold cap my own teeth why would I do it for my dog?!  So the lesson learned this week is to brush your pets teeth because beef flavoured tooth paste is a lot cheaper than doggie dental surgery.

Have a nice week everyone!!

Until next Sunday…

~ Linda

Sunday August 8, 2010

Is this Alvin, Simon or Theodore?

Wow!!  Two blogs in one week, I’m on a roll.  I had so much fun this morning with my husband and our children.  We went to Starbucks to grab a coffee (adults only) and took the kids to a local park that has a trail that walks along the bay.  I was a beautiful morning, not hot and not cold; perfect.  I brought my camera to take some candid photos of the boys which turned out amazing, I will definitely be printing and putting on the wall.  After we let the boys run around and burn their energy off by running up and rolling down the hills we took to the walking trail to see what we could find.  Luck would have it that there were some very friendly, hungry chipmunks along the path.  I have never in my life come so close to a chipmunk.  We came across a man with his two kids, I took pictures of the chipmunk the was eating right out of the little girls hand, we asked for his email address so I could mail him the pictures.  There were at least 10 of them running all around, the kids loved it.  It’s times like today that I wish I had two cameras; one with a regular lens and one with a zoom lens.  I always seem to need the lens that is not currently attached to my camera and therefore I lose the shot in the time it takes me to switch lenses, frustrating.  Perhaps one day I’ll upgrade to a bigger camera and my husband and I can each have a camera with a multitude of lenses, then we’ll be ready for anything that comes our way.

All in all I think I had a productive week with my camera, I will of course load the pictures on to Flickr for your viewing pleasure.   This coming week the kids and I will head out for a day trip to my moms dairy farm where they will have a chance to feed some calves and raid grandma’s garden.  I may need a bigger memory card!

Only 30 days till school starts…

Have a wonderful week!

~ Linda

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Sunday August 1, 2010

Sunflowers

Hi everyone, it’s Thursday and I’m only writing my blog now.

The kids are done camp, July was a fantastic month for both them and me.  The kids are home now and the days are long and very hot and therefore boredom is at its peak.  The shelves at Wal-Mart are stocked full of school supplies and it’s just a matter of time now before my all-time favourite commercial hits the television set.  Any parent who has school aged children knows what commercial I’m talking about; Staples (It’s the most wonderful time of the year)!!!  Before we know it it’ll be the first day of school, but what to do until then?

My husband called me excited on his drive home one day last week because a field of sunflowers was in full bloom, the sun was bright, the sky was blue and the side of the road was packed with people taking pictures with everything from cell phones, point and shoot cameras to full on paparazzi lenses and tripods.  I made my way out there two days later to find that a lot of the sunflowers had already wilted, I’m assuming due to the extreme temperatures we’ve been experiencing.  I did manage to get a few good shots though.

I haven’t taken any pictures yet this week, I will come up with something before the weekend.  Next week I’d like to head to my mom’s farm with the kids.  Plenty of fantastic photo opportunities not only at the farm but also on the drive up there.  Weather permitting, that will be the plan.

Hope everyone is well.

Until Sunday…

~ Linda