Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I am expecting life to be a little crazy over the next few days so I would like to wish everyone an early Happy Easter!!
Tomorrow the kids are going to my sisters for a sleepover so Rory and I are taking advantage of the free night and heading for a night away in Seattle.
Once home on Friday it will be all out time to get ready for Easter dinner and of course the famous Bunny!!
My bil and his family (getting larger all the time with fiances and boyfriends) will be having Easter dinner with us on Saturday. I have never cooked for Rory's side of the family (meaning a holiday dinner) so even though I am a nutty planner I think I have gone a little overboard this time, oh well at least with the lists I know all will get down when necessary.
Sunday, the famous bunny arrives and the kids will be on a sugar high I'm sure. My Mom is having us over for Easter dinner that night so I believe we will be turkey'd out bigtime, not a bad thing, I looooooooooove turkey dinner.
Oh also forgot to mention that in between there Trevor has his first ball practice, the season kicks off this weekend, he is very excited! Brendan also starts this year in blast ball (not sure what blast ball is, Trevor never played that), he was so funny tonight, his coach called to set up the first practice and I couldn't get him to stop jumping up and down, he is so excited that he now has a coach like big brother Trevor!
I have been playing around with some paper piecings and stamping this week as well, here is my latest creation.
Again, have a great holiday and I hope the bunny treats you all well!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I need a gift for my niece's bridal shower for Saturday afternoon, so 6 p.m. on Friday night I am off, with absolutely no ideas in mind.
First stop Bowrings, beautiful items in this store but not really what I was looking for. Second stop, Homesense, again awesome items but when you know nothing regarding what the bride (couple) need (probably something I should have researched prior to heading out to the stores!) it can be hard to make a decision. I did however end up with the cutest Easter centerpiece and tablerunner for Easter dinner :)
Third stop, Pier 1, again nothing. I did almost pick up another Easter item until I realized I was wasting precious walk aimlessly through the stores time.
Next Home Outfitters, oh wait forgot Urban Barn (who knew there were so many home decor stores). I was getting a little upset with myself at this time, see I love to find the PERFECT gift, one that shows I put a lot of thought into the idea, however this time I really didn't so it was hard to find such a gift.
Finally decided to pick up a picture frame collage thingy and get a gift card, really mad at this time because I HATE giftcards, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, no not 8 tiny reindeer, the computerized gift registry and whoa there names were on it!!! Yippee, hooray, I now have an idea, actually I have 4 double sided printed pages worth of ideas. I finally narrow it down and I am off and running except now the problem is I can't find anything on the list. Find the sales girl and she advises this store doesn't carry the items on the list they are all at The Bay. Ok so I am now off to The Bay, to make a long story longer I can't find any items I want on this list there either, again ask for assistance and I am told they don't yet carry the items from the line I am looking at, I ask stupidly "how does something you DON'T carry end up on a registry?", well apparently my neice and her fiance registered at the large store in Vancouver and we out in the suburbs don't have many of these items.
So today I am not a huge fan of 1. Home decor stores and 2. Gift registries.
The gift???? Oh a super fancy, out of this world TOASTER OVEN!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I have been promoted to purchaser, essentially I was already doing the work but without the title or compensation.
It really is nice to have your hard work validated once in a while.
I forgot recently to post some pics of the boys at the zoo, we went there the weekend before last and had a great time. What was really nice was with the exception of an absolute downpour while we were in a restaurant having lunch, the weather was pretty good!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
We spent the first day of the Olympics in a Vancouver suburb that was putting on an Olympic celebration. The thought was to stay out of downtown with the kids the first weekend because honestly there was talk of protesters and the crowds were going to be huge. Thankfully the protesters didn't get very far, the first day they made a bit of a mess but were quickly stifled.
One of the local curling clubs brought out demonstration curling for the kids to take part. The curling rocks were so heavy that they weren't really able to move them well but they got the idea for sure.
Next we tried tobagganing, I thougth they were going to bring in snow but honestly it was just like a slippy slide. See my foot hanging out the tobaggan, I thougth they entire way down I was going hit the side and break my foot. They had a bump at the bottom, Brendan and I actually caught some air and then came crashing down, thought I had broken my back. Not really the best part of the day.
This was the beginning of my day on the 18th. I took the entire day off so I could spend an entire day at leisure taking as much in as possible. My sister, Mom and I drove downtown, found an all day parkade and off we went. I have never walked my city as much that day and honestly probably never will again. From one end of the city to the next and back again, it was a blast. As you can see in the pic we had brilliant weather, it was a wonderful day.
Here is my Mom at the Northern House. Many countries and Canadian provinces had free venues where you could learn about their cultures. Considering my Mom grew up in Northern B.C. I am sure she felt quite at home, lol. Culture shock for my sister and I. It was a wonderful pavillion, one of the best in my opinion.
Ok looking like a true dork in this picture but honestly that gold bar was heavy and all I could think was please take the picture so I can put the bar down. The was taken at the Mint pavillion. They were they creators of the Olympic medals. At this pav you had the opportunity to see and touch the medals or just tour through without seeing the medals. We chose just to tour because the lineup to touch the medals was longer than 4 hours and I can't imagine standing in line for that long for anything.
Acting like goof on Granville street, one of the many streets closed to traffic making the party environment much more fun as the party filled all these streets.
We have been lucky to be able to obtain an official torch (this one was run in Northern B.C). Here is Brendan with it,
I was planning on adding my favorite moments from the games but honestly there were so many that I can't pick just few.
I am very proud of my city, with or without snow I believe we put on a great show and honestly I wish it was something we could do every year. What a blast!!
Monday, March 1, 2010
I plan on putting a post together hopefully tomorrow with all the pics and stories but before that I just have to say I have never been so proud to be a Vancouverite and a Canadian. These games truly pulled this nation together and shouted out our pride to the world like nothing else has done before! Way to go Canada.
Oh and to prove the point that we are a gracious country (getting a little tired of that stereotype myself but as shown at the closing ceremonies it can be made to be funny) congrats to the USA who did own the podium (just not as many gold medals as Canada, oops how rude and un-Canadian of me, lol). No seriously congrats to all the athletes from around the world for whom without their dedication to sport there would be no games!
The most memorable 17 days of my life for sure!!!!!