Saturday, June 23, 2012

Aidan doesn't like Paddington Bear

After watching a few minutes of Paddington Bear, Aidan says "I don't ever want to watch that show again." Not grouchy, just matter of fact.

Next day I jokingly asked Aidan if he wanted to watch Paddington Bear. He said "I don't ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever want to watch that show again."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our sweet boys

I just love this picture of Aidan and Simba.  We have two cute boys!!



Gardening

This year we wanted to put in a vegetable garden and add some plants and flowers to the existing ones. We found some purple sage to put under our Siberian Larch and we love it because it reminds us of Provence in the south of France.

We wanted to add a lilac bush to our yard because lilacs bring back memories to both Derwin and myself of our grandparents' farms growing up.  We decided to go with a dwarf Korean lilac because it won't get as big and it won't sucker out as much as the traditional lilacs.


When we lived in Chile, we saw some amazing hydrangea bushes.  I knew that hydrangeas don't grow well here but when we were browsing the nurseries, we noticed that they've developed hydrangeas for our growing region.  We'd seen several of the lime green varieties but that wasn't what we were looking for.  But when we spotted the pink blossomed one, we knew we had to have it.  So, we picked up two hydrangeas for our backyard and they look great where they are.  I know it'll be a while before we see the blossoms, but that's OK.


I wanted to try doing potted annuals so we picked up quite a few different flowers and experimented.  Here's one of the pots with geraniums, violas and a couple pansies.  


And one of the Martha Washington geraniums we picked up:


The people who lived in our house before us planted a huge perennial bed so we're enjoying the blooms right now:




Derwin has been busy with the vegetable garden.  He planted a couple types of lettuce, green beans, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots and onions.  We're quite excited with how far along the lettuce is already.  We'll be enjoy garden salads soon!


When I was younger, I didn't understand why so many people enjoyed gardening.  I saw it as just a lot of extra work.  However, now I realize why people do it.  It's so therapeutic to be out there planting, digging and beautifying your life.  I totally get it and I love it!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our beautiful ballerina

On May 26th, Kirsi had her ballet recital.  She was in Primary 1 ballet this year and she really enjoyed her teachers, Ms. Joanne and Miss Jessica.  They did a really cute little dance and Kirsi did great.

She loved her outfit for the recital...


but she especially loved the fact that she got to wear make-up!

Our new baby!

Well, now ours per se but she's new to our family!  My brother and his girlfriend added another beautiful girl to their family.  Here is Kirsi with her - can you tell who is so happy?!?!


And here's another photo of our darling little niece.  I love her hair!


Wedding

Saturday, June 16th was a big day for my sister and her fiancĂ©.  They had been planning their wedding for months and the day they had was perfect - no rain, a few clouds and the perfect temperature.  We were all a part of their wedding.  Kirsi was a flower girl, Aidan was ring bearer, Der did the first reading and I was maid of honour.

Here is the altar of the church - it was so beautiful!

Kirsi getting her hair done at the salon - one of her favourite parts of the day!  Too bad the curls fell out and Mom had to redo her hair before the ceremony.  :(

My sister and Kirsi at the salon:

A family photo outside the church: 

And a family photo with our niece, the other flower girl: 

Our handsome "dragon" ring bearer, as he called himself:

A candid shot of the kids after they were picking grass:

Our kiddos on the old plough out at the farm:

Another plough shot:

Dean's cousin is an artist and he made this cake topper for them - it's perfect for them: rifles, dog and all!

This is the cake table - the cake and cupcakes were so beautiful!
We didn't get any shots of the wedding party.  While we were taking group photos, the photographer made sure that we knew that she was the one taking photos.  Then we forgot about pictures as the day wore on.  So, I'll have to wait until her pics come back to get copies of those.

Phuket - Be Nice or Get Out

The second part of our December break was spent in a little AirBnB 3m from the beach in Phuket, Thailand. The majority of our time was spe...