A Trip Down Sintonia Memory Lane

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Kiddos and I are in cottage country for the weekend! It’s been a few years since our last visit. It was about time to get away from the routine of day-to-day life.

Here are some images from a few years ago…

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Looking forward to making new memories this weekend. Cheers

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Horsing Around with Nature Noodles

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It’s nature week at my camp right now and who shows up at the lake today other than a girl with a horse. The young girl was great, she let all my camp kids feed and pet her horse Phantom. The children were just so engaged and in love with this horse, it was awesome to watch.

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I really love the location of my summer camp. The most random things happen. For example, while I was sitting on the beach today a snake just came slithering up beside me and scared the crapola out of me. This was snake numero two of the day, yuck!!

After the outdoor adventures the kiddos and I went back to camp and made nature noodles (green food coloured spaghetti).

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Last year I started the tradition of wacky spaghetti day with the camp kiddos. You eat spaghetti with anything other than a fork, knife or spoon. Of course the children love this idea, it’s so messy!

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My daughter is a seasoned pro, we have wacky spaghetti nights at home sometimes. So she goes for the utensils with some grip.

Loving summer days at camp, a little sad it’s almost over!

A Sunday Well Spent

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The morning was spent sipping coffee and watching cartoons with the kiddos. I love a relaxed start to my Sunday, it just needs to happen before the busy work week begins again.

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When we were getting ready to leave the house my son checked on our veggies. The cucumbers that my kinders planted were brought home at the beginning of the summer. I can gladly say that we now have cucumbers!

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My son picked one of his cucumbers on the way out the door. He ate it just like an apple. He’s such a great eater, it honestly amazes me!

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It was also my little nephews birthday today, he turned four. My kiddos were really excited to visit and help him celebrate. I love how happy they make each other and hope they always stay this close. I also found out my sister is expecting baby number two! *Fingers crossed* Our family could use another girl and my nephew could use a little sibling.

To end the day kiddos and I went to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was so unsure about seeing this movie, I mean I love the classic. I have to admit though I really loved it, like I would watch it again in a heart beat.

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Thoughts, comments or questions below. Happy Sunday!

My Unraveling Hero

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I look up to my 82 year old grandfather more than he will ever know. He has been the most consistent male figure in my life. I have nothing but good things to say about this man. He’s always been a hard worker, devoted husband to my grandmother (passed away) and a fantastic father/grandfather. He saw my very ill grandmother through to the end. He attended doctors appointments, dialysis and was the sole provider for the family. He has always been there for my mother or my siblings and I in times of trouble. I only hope to be half the person that he is someday.

Over the last few years we’ve grown a little distant. I’ve grown up and changed. He has a new lady friend. Basically life has just moved on and become increasingly hectic. Recently however, I was given the news that my papa had been diagnosed with alzheimers disease. Even though the family saw it coming it breaks my heart.

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One thing I love is seeing my papa light up when he sees his great grandchildren. Sometimes it’s a few weeks between but I always notice his spirits lift when the kiddos are around. I’m not sure how long he will remember them or even myself, so we have been trying to visit more.

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The last visit kiddo had with his great papa was heartwarming for me to watch. My son was so excited to help his papa “do wood” and papa was excited to teach kiddo. I don’t know who enjoyed the experience more!

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Watching my son and my grandfather interact brought a tear to my eye. I hope that I get to keep this amazing man for a little while longer. I’m not ready for him to unravel like a scarf just yet. The idea of him forgetting who we are scares me. So for now, I’m making as many new memories as I can.

Winnie the Guinea – Momma is a Sucker

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My children are brilliant little masterminds. The kiddos have talked me into getting guinea pig number two.

There’s a teacher at work that gives guinea pigs away to loving homes. She thought our family was a perfect fit for this cute little fella. I’m thinking about starting a petting zoo. In our home we now have three cats, two fish, two guinea pigs, two children and a crazy mommy in an insanity tree.

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My lovely little boy is smitten with our new pet. I guess this big smile makes all the pet mess clean up worth it. This big smile also makes me a big sucker.

Sex Ed – What came first, the uterus or the egg?

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wpid-img_20140501_171633.jpgThe other day my seven-year old daughter decided to ask me where babies come from. To be completely honest I was hoping to avoid this conversation for a few more years. However, I’m always up front with my children so I bit the bullet and try to explain.

Me: So ladies have a body part called the uterus, it’s just below your tummy (pointing to where the uterus would be)

Miss S: You mean your privates? Hehehehe

Me: No, it’s in your lower tummy. We produce eggs in our uterus…

Miss S: (interrupting with hysterical laughter) LIKE CHICKENS!!!!!! 

Me: Okay, lets continue this conversation at a later date.