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Baptismed.

Today we celebrated Lucia and Kinsey's baptisms.   I have a feeling this won't be the last time these two girls get to celebrate life's event together.  Both girls were very well behaved and made their mommies and daddies very proud.  Willis was equally well behaved, asking millions of questions about every single thing that was going on.  We were blessed that our family came to share with us the beginning of Lucia's faith journey as I believe that it's the family that makes a child's moral foundations stronger.  If Lucia and Willis can see their grandparents and their aunts and uncles live virtuous lives then I think their lives will be that much better because of that.  It's times like these that I wish Uncle Josh and Uncle Rob lived in the same city.  We miss seeing them on special occasions...nevermind, I miss seeing them on all occasions.
We chose Uncle Chris and Aunty Marina as Godparents for Lucia and I don't think we could've made a better c…

The best things in life....

So many great things in my life to focus on right now.
I love being able to take a walk at night while the sun sets, painting the sky shades of pink and purple.  I especially love walking during the end of summer and early fall.  The air is crisp and fresh, the aroma of freshly mowed lawn lingers in the air and I easily fall into step with the rhythm of the cricket's evening song.  Relaxing.  So many people just roll their eyes at the thought of living in booooring Saskatchewan.  Not me. I love the fresh air, the space and the ability to see the sun set for miles.
Now that the sun is setting earlier, I find I have more time to enjoy the cozy warmth of my house.  The blinds are drawn, jazz music is playing on the TV, a beer is cracked, the fireplace is warming up and Willis and Lucia are asleep (this last point seems to be key in relaxation à la Deena).  My lamp is lit and this area becomes my favourite little corner to cuddle up in and unwind at night.  Très comforting.  It makes …

Ah, the bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils.

Back to school was a dreaded but exciting time every year.  Dreaded because of the loss of summer and freedom and the ability to read books until the wee hours of the morning.  Exciting because of the new beginnings that a new year offers.
Growing up I can distinctly remember the anticipation leading up to the first days of school.  Who'd be my teacher? Who'd be in my class?  Would there be any new students?  I gleefully went shopping for my "back to school" outfit.  Always from Sears.  Usually always purple.  This also usually tended to be the outfit I'd choose for school photos.  There was nothing more exciting to me than my new desk with pencils neatly sharpened in a row.  Opening up those cahiers for the first time and organizing binders.  My notes always started off so neat at the beginning of the year and my penmanship was impeccable.
High school was just as exciting.  New classes, new teachers, new text books to crack up and sometimes learn from.  Boys. Pa…

Bridesmaids

I'm stealing the idea for this post from the bff who posted back in June about her bridesmaid experiences. Now it's my turn to take a stroll back on memory lane as I wrapped up my career as a bridesmaid this past weekend at Alynne's wedding. Rewind to 2000.  In my 3rd year university all the people around me were in serious relationships and I wasn't even close.  My friend/roommate, Holly, had her man (they'd get engaged later that year), and my two closest girlfriends at that time, Alison and Kelly both got engaged.  Ali, Kelly and I graduated high school together and then moved on to pursue our dream careers at our chosen institutions. Alison and I went to U of R and Kelly was at U of S but we maintained close ties despite our distance from our high school friend.  Being that I was nowhere close to being engaged, it was very easy to be overjoyed for them and to put everything I had into the planning of their weddings.  The summer of 2001 were the chosen dates...…

The Rhythm is going to get ya

As I get older, I am forgetting more and more little details of the past.  You know, the who did what whens and
what happened on that day, but then there are certain memories that are etched into my brain.  One specific.  It's grade 6 and OMG, I find out the New Kids on the Block are coming to Saskatoon. It was the highlight of my little life.  My dad, being the awesome Dad, camped outside that place near the South Hill Mall where you had to stand in line to get tickets. STAND IN LINE! As if, like we ever had to do that. I remember it being 3 am and having sleeping bags and not being able to even rest, giddy with anticipation.  And we got the tickets and I went to my very first concert, up in the nosebleed section, on the side by the stage and everything about that concert is fresh in my mind.
That concert started off an appreciation for music, for entertainment and for the performing arts.  Since then I've been to many concerts and shows and I have loved every single one.  Th…

Polar opposite 2

It was an interesting contrast going from the peace and calm of lake country to the concrete craziness of Toronto.  Husband was working there for the week, so we thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to take a trip with him and just Lucia.  I was reluctant to bring Willis, not quite confident in my juggling two children in a big city abilities.  Luckily we have awesome parents who were more than happy to spend 2 days each with our lovable little man.  He had so much fun, in fact, that he didn't want to come home.
So off the three of us went to the humid and busy city of Toronto.  Lucia and I spent the days wandering around downtown Toronto, mostly stopping at my favourite stores: H&M and Sephora....my absolute favourite part was bringing my little girl to her first Blue Jays game.  I LOVE ball. I LOVE the Blue Jays and I LOVED sharing that with her.  I now can't wait until both kids are a little bit older so that I can bring them both to games.  She was great,…

Polar opposites

I've just got back from spending 6 days on what felt like opposite planets.  These vacations couldn't have been more different. Take one.
Rewind to Saturday.  After the aftermass of 2 birthday parties for a very excited 3 year old, the Park family went up to Anglin Lake where we had rented a cabin at the Land of the Loon resort.  The lake is a quiet, pretty lake just outside of Waskesiu.  It has a beautiful little beach and a great playground for kids.  The cabin was nice too, set in a very Twilight-ish forest.  Très relaxing. We chilled, we played, we laughed and had a great time together as a family.  Mom and Dad are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in September,  and we wanted to get family photos done, so that was kinda our motive, although we don't ever really need a motive to get the Park clan together.  We like each other that much. We took a day trip to Waskesiu and enjoyed the beach and waffle cones there and then ended off a near perfect weekend with f…

My little boy.

It's hard to forget the birth of the firstborn...no matter how much I'd sometimes like to.  There are moments of anticipation, of joy, of fear, of doubt and moments where you wonder what you got yourself into anyway.  I remember the day Willis was born like it was yesterday.  It was a long process.  My water broke at 3:30 in the afternoon on the Saturday of the August long weekend and of course I was jumping with joy thinking that my baby would finally be coming.  Nope. He had other plans.  We made the exuberant phone calls to the Grandparents, interrupting them in the middle of their long weekend plans and then to Aunty Kyla/Uncle Robbie who were halfway to Kindersley for a weekend with the Golightlies.  Kyla was going to be my assistant in the delivery room.  We were so excited and sure that childbirth was around the corner that Uncle Chris, who was at our house putting up basement doors with Dan at the time my water broke, ran home from the hospital so we wouldn't have …

Party boy. 1.

About a month ago, when we started discussing his upcoming birthday party, Willis requested a Peter Pan party.  I gave him other options....Toy Story?  Pool ?.....but he had Peter Pan etched in his mind from watching the timeless classic with us on a family movie night months back.  So a Peter Pan party it was.  Over the weeks, his idea of the party grew more specific and favourable towards Captain Hook, so I decided to take it to another level and voila, we've got costumes.
Rewind 25 years. 
You see, planning perfect parties is not something alien to me.  My mom threw the best birthday parties from backyard treasure hunts, to dress up parties to backwards parties...the list goes on.  And if I could locate any of the pictures, I'd scan them for proof.  High, backcombed bangs of our youth and all.  So naturally, planning a party for my little munchkins should take on the same grandeur as the fètes I was blessed with growing up.....just wait til these boys..and a couple girls …

The sounds of silence

I was given the gift this weekend of time with just my Lucia.  Husband and rambunctuous son went off fishing with the inlaws and I opted out, glad to stay home with just my girl for some one on one time. 
Halfway through my sejour and let me tell ya, this is some kind of wonderful.  I wish I would've known just how easy one baby was back when Willis was a wee one.  I don't know what to do with myself I have so much time! And never mind the time, but wow, the peaceful silence in my house and in my mind is consuming me.  I'm relaxed.  I"m feeling more at ease.  I can accomplish the things that I've wanted to do for months and haven't been able to.  My two days looked a little like this:  wander the mall, sipping a coffee.  Long walks once the sun had gone down, relaxing in the sunshine and finally getting a chance to enjoy the pool while Lucia slept on the patio, photo editing & video editing with my girl sleeping on my chest and finally, the highlight: a l…