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April in Numbers

Um, so it's May already?  Geez.  Next thing you know, it's going to be Christmas. Seriously.

So my blog is doing this thing where it won't let me make drafts of posts and so basically I have to do a post in one sitting instead of slowing piecing it together like I normally do. So this may be interesting.  I may have to restart this post a million times and I might lose interest and do other things instead.  But my wine glass is full and here I am, finally blogging. feels like that first weekend was ages ago, but here we go: my month in numbers....
5 hours spent on live chats or on the phone trying to fix blog problems.  They seemed endless this month and kinda pushed me to blog less and to run out of blog steam.

1 Family trip to Edmonton to end March/start April.  But I think I talked about that one last post so we'll leave that.

8 hours spent in the gym for Will's developmental basketball program.  I am loving what they're doing for these boys....…

Favourite Spring Activities

I had a really good post planned about my favourite Spring activities but then it started to snow and it made me want to scream. So instead of talking about the glories of spring cleaning, new sports and BBQs, I'm going to leave you with what it really looks like in Saskatchewan in April. Second winter. Taaaaa-daaaaaaa.

At least we can go snowboganning?

Actually- because of the beauty of photo organization and because the snow has got me in a ho-hum mood and made me lose my words...let's look back at Aprils of past.

[caption id="attachment_9197" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Snowball at Nana and Papa's[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9196" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Happy Willis! We are Oilers fans to the root so yay![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9198" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Cramps. My. Style.[/caption]

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How we celebrate

My goal for April was "celebration"- which seems a bit silly because that is all that we seem to do as a family: holidays, birthdays and random Tuesdays- we are always together to celebrate something.  But that is how we family and I wouldn't have it any other way.  Rob and Jen came home for the week and we end up celebrating three birthdays (Rob, me and Kinsey), Easter and the fact that the Jays won a game.  We also watched 3 movies (Beauty and the Beast, Moana and Boss Baby) and ate so much cake.  It was been an eventful week:

There was a part in the movie, Boss Baby where the big brother talks about what it's like having a little brother.  Whilst explaining the concept of family,  he talks about how brothers and sisters will always be there beside you: Christmas/Birthdays.......and that you will always be surrounded by love.  Well he said something like that, I have a really bad memory and had to pee. But it was poignant and it made me think and then it made me s…

Lessons on aging 5: on 38

Today is my actual birthday- I know I've been talking about it for a week, but forrealz today's the day.  I'm 38.

I don't have much to say, other than, when looking back on pictures while preparing for this post, I have come to realize that I'm getting better with age.  My personal style is defined, my skin is wrinkle-free, I am constantly learning and working on a better me.  I have a great marriage, fantastic kids and a wonderful net of support around me in my family and friends.

So bring on 38, in fact, bring on the almost 40s.  I'm going to rock this.  And on the days when I can't...there's always coffee and gangsta rap.

And as a treat, here are some look backs at my personal "style"...if you can call it that.

[caption id="attachment_9155" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I wore a Chicago Bulls winter jacket my entire middle years....I have never liked basketball.[/caption]

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Lessons on aging 4: reaching out

I spent all my posts last week talking about my friends, how I see myself and the little lessons I have picked up along the way.  I would be amiss if I didn't mention how reaching out and expanding my horizons has introduced me to many wonderful new adventures and thusly am making this my "Little Miracles" themed post for the blog hop on The Blended Blog.

When I start this blog on April 16th,  2009 I only had the intention of sharing the daily going-ons of my life with my family. And in saying that I realize I completely forgot to celebrate my blogiversary of 8 years. Le oops.  In 2014 my eyes were opened to the world that exists in blogland and I joined a style challenge.  Through that challenge and subsequent others I started to belong to a community of like-minded women who also blogged who quickly became my friends.  Dan and I took a major leap of faith and even travelled down to San Antonio to meet Carrie, her husband, Lana and her husband for a weekend away.  As a…

On Aging 3 - parenting

I might as well continue my theme on aging for the week as I seem to be having many ah-ha moments.

I had a moment last week when I was at the zoo with my kids.  It was a warm spring day, which by a southerner's standards probably feels like winter but up here in Saskatchewan, we're in shorts.  We had a couple hours to kill so we thought we'd go for a walk at the zoo and see the new kimodo (?) kimono (?) dragons.  Off the kids ran down the path ahead of me, letting me walk, virtually carefree while I sipped my dark roast and breathed in that fresh spring air, trying to avoid being attacked by a crazy goose.

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I'm that parent that lets her kids walk around with pants too short (Willis) and pants on backwards (Lucia)[/caption]

It was a freeing feeling, being able to actually stroll through the park without someone hanging off me, wanting a treat or screaming because they missed the…

Lessons Learned in Aging 2- Moi

As I mentioned in Monday's post, my girlfriends took me out for my birthday supper on Friday.  Like we do for every birthday, the lucky gal gets to pick the restaurant and we bring the gift, I picked Little Grouse on the Prairie and it was divine. Actually, everything about that night was near to perfection, from my outfit to how I felt about myself, to my company and the conversation, the delicious homemade Italian meal and the rainstorm.

Isn't it weird how just feeling good about yourself changes so many things? My straightener curls turned out perfectly (which is a minor miracle as I suck at doing my hair), I finally got to wear my new Lularoe skirt and shooties.  My body felt tight and toned from all the working out.  As I sat down and looked around the table, my friends all looked radiant too.

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Spring Break 2001..our last year of University and I think the last time I sported a b…

Lessons learned in aging 1- my peeps

I think when my life is done and I have chance to look back on it, that one of the things that I will be most proud of other than my hot husband and my wonderful kids would be the friendships I've built.  Sara nailed it when she posted this on Instagram a couple weeks ago.

What I'm coming to realize is that these women will be by my side for a very long time; with friendships that has spanned almost 30 years, you kinda get to a point where these women become more like sisters.  They will be the ones who lift me up on the hard days and who stand along beside me during the celebrations.  And yes, we miss our Christy every day and wish we could see her more often, but anytime we're together, Christy will get random texts from us, drawing her into our conversations and the moment.  The other thing we were also very fortunate to have is all our kids are born around the same time (my Willis is the oldest -9 and Ben is the youngest -2) and we're now just seeing the little fr…