Monday, February 21, 2011

Carnival 2011

Every year at this time we pack up the car and drive four hours north to my parents' place for carnival. Local families play in a hockey and broomball tournament. We see 'Bonhomme' and try to guess who he or she might be. We eat a pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner. We sit and talk with family and friends that we haven't seen since the last carnival. We watch LOTS of hockey and cheer for the Boudreaus (we won again this year, yay!). The kids run around the arena and have fun. We have been going to carnival since I was just little. All of this takes place in the arena that my father managed for 25 years. With funding from the government they recently renovated it. It looks great and as a very special surprise they named the hall after my father. It is so wonderful to see his years of hard work and the contributions he made to his community being recognized this way. All of this is especially meaningful and bittersweet as his health has slowly been declining in recent years.

What a wonderful weekend! Feeling especially grateful for family traditions.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things that are making me happy.

 Weekend visits from family.
 Clean hardwood floors, crisp new paint colors and handmade goodies.
 Flowers from my love.
Ian and Ave playing together.
 Watching Avery's hair grow in.
Teaching Ian how to skate.
 Crafting with my Googley-Bear.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Owl Love... tutorial!

Seriously though... how awesome is a free tutorial to make your own owl??!!!

Did I mention I REALLY want to learn how to crochet? These little amiguruami guys just kill me.
Free Pattern:

Monday, February 14, 2011

This is neat.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today we celebrated valentine's day by resting our sick little souls (Ian has the flu). But we did find time to craft a little bit. Ian made some Valentine's bags for the family which we later filled with treats and opened after dinner time. The one in the center of this picture is Avery's.

Me: 'Ian do you want me to write Avery's name on it?'
Ian: 'No, I will'. (He squiggles a small line and then a longer one beside it).

The short line is her name because 'She has a little name right Momma?' and then the longer line says (in case you can't read squiggle: 'Avery is my sister and I love her very much and care for her'.

That was indeed the best Valentine's present ever.

Avery almost 7 months

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lovey love love

Love this idea for Valentine's day (the wordless tutorial is also very cute).


Here's a little shout out to some bunny love (from her etsy shop):

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Serenity. Found.

Four hours north at my parents' place. The renos continue...Day 25.

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