Words To Live By:

"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work."

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Feel Like A Princess...

...when I think of how Kevin 'courted' me.   I know it's such an old fashioned word but really, that's how he made me feel.   As much as I'm a sucker for romance novels, I'm not naive enough to believe that life is a fairy tale and that happily ever after happens without an effort made on both parts.   I was never a damsel in distress unless you count the few times I ended up broken down on the side of the road.   

Kevin was a romantic - surprises and dinners and flowers and more.  He won me over with his charm, his endless patience, his wry sense of humour, his firm and steady personality.

We've known each other for 10 years.  We've been marred for 6 - yesterday was our anniversary.  You would think by now, the shininess of our relationship would have worn off.  Don't get me wrong, most of the time, with two kids underfoot and busy lives, the grime of daily life means you have to look for that glimmer but when I look at him, really look at him, and think of how blessed I am to be married to and started a beautiful family with such a wonderful man, I can see the sparkle and I still feel like a princess! 

I never feel more beautiful than when Kevin looks at me with a sparkle in his eye.  I never feel more safe then when his arms are wrapped around me.  My heart is lightened when we can laugh over silly things and it melts a little more every time I see him being one of my boys.  I don't believe in fairy tales but I know that the day I melded my life and heart with his, our happily ever after began.   Kevin will always be my own personal Prince Charming and I will always feel like a princess when I think of how much I'm loved!

Here are some of my favourite shots (or at least they invoke some favourite memories!) of time with my favourite guy!

                                                                                                                                                            










See why I love him???? He's the best!



Saturday, June 19, 2010

Daddy & Me

It's Father's Day tomorrow.  It's also our 6th anniversary.  On June 20th, 2010, I not only will I miss and remember my incredible Opa (maternal grandfather),  marvel at my industrious Pake (paternal grandfather), celebrate my incomprable father, but I get to celebrate 6 years of mostly blissful marriage to the love of my life.   10 years that we've known each other, 6 as husband and wife, 4 as the most amazing father I've been privileged to know (and that's alot of amazing dad's when you realise the size of my extended family!)


For now, I'm going to post laud to my dear old dad and save the anniversary accolades for tomorrow.   I have tender memories (and some not so tender as most of us do!) of Daddy & Me.   I can remember 'working' in the greenhouses with him, fishing, camping, snowmobiling (and then having to pee in a snowbank - no small feat for a girl in bib-front snowpants), cuddling when I couldn't sleep and he watched the evening news.  He surprised me with a Father-Daugher dance at our wedding, held my hand in the wee hours when I laboured with Kaleb, and glowed with pride when Justin was born.


We haven't always seen eye-to-eye, and have often butt heads with each other (that makes me giggle because when the boys give each other head-butts, they always yell "butt head" at each other... not in a bad way but because the reverse the words... but I digress.)   Some would say Daddy and Me are too much alike - and that's often not a positive reference.  I would say I agree... but if I am lucky, I'm also akin to him in ways that matter - faith, unconditional love, the need to stand for what's right, and a stubborn tenacity!



I read this quote today and I loved it: 
"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author Unknown" 

On that note, I'm not a big country music fan at all - but Dad has made two songs important to me.  Once upon a time (okay, probably more than once!), I heard Holly Dunn's "Daddy's Hands" - and it always makes me think of my Dad (and grandfathers actually.)   Number two is the song Dad surprised me with for the Father/Daughter dance at our wedding, "Tough Little Boys" by Gary Allan (look it up on YouTube if you get a chance).




Daddy's Hands by Holly Dunn
I remember Daddy's hands
Folded silently in prayer
And reaching out to hold me
When I had a nightmare

You could read quite a story
In the callouses and lines
Years of work and worry
Had left their mark behind

I remember Daddy's hands
How they held my Mama tight
And patted my back
For something done right

There are things I've forgotten
That I loved about the man
But I'll always remember
The love in Daddy's hands

Daddy's hands
Were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands
Were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands
Weren't always gentle but I'd come to understand
There was always love in Daddy's hands

I remember Daddy's hands
Working til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly
Just to keep us all fed

If I could do things over
I'd live my life again
And never take for granted
The love in Daddy's hands

Daddy's hands
Were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands
Were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands
Weren't always gentle but I'd come to understand
There was always love in Daddy's hands

Daddy's hands
Were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands
Were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands
Weren't always gentle but I'd come to understand
There was always love ............ in Daddy's hands


 



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tick, Tock....

Man, this year is just flying by!  I know they say that happens as you get older, but really, c'mon now, I'm not even 29....    Kaleb has less than 2 weeks of school left and it's crazy to think how it seems like yesterday we were taking pictures of his first day of JK. 

It's also amazing the things they pick up when their out from the sheltered life that mommy encourages.  I'm by no means overprotective and they are probably exposed to stuff that is slightly older than age-appropriate at times as a result of having slightly older kids in the house... but some of the things they say leads to some pretty mixed reactions - laughter and the knowledge I should probably address it because it's wrong.
The most common refrain we here these days is the ever-popular "Well, you're not my (blank) anymore."  This always comes on the heels of someone they are playing with not wanting to play by their rules.  Everyone wants to lead and no one wants to follow.   Yesterday, Kaleb & Justin were arguing over who got which car and Justin (he's just 3!) piped up with that line.  "You not my brother anymore."   He got the last word in although Kaleb tried to convince him he had to move out if they were no longer related.

I get told I'm not their mommy anymore on a daily basis - it's usually something I laugh off - but the refrain does get tiring! Ok well if I'm not your mommy anymore, I'm just gonna go do some un-mommyish things (i.e. be completely selfish) while you both fend for yourself.   No?  Don't like that one, do you?  I guess you're stuck with me then....

The "You're Not My" line is generally followed by the retort (and ultimate penalty):  "Yeah, well you're not invited to my birthday."  (It matters not whether that birthday is in 2 weeks or 8 months... it's a threat and unless you play nice, they'll remember!)  In all fairness, I've seen many an adult behave in similar manner if albeit a little more smoothly and slightly more saccharine.

So, yeah, Kaleb's picked up that and much more over the last 10 months and has been more than willing to share with his brother!  I accompanied a class trip to the local zoo on Friday and after watching the behaviour of his classmates, I could more readily see where some of the traits (and not all bad!) were coming from.

Tick, tock, with each day that's passing by, I'm realising my little boys are not going to remain so little for so long!


On a completely unrelated note, check out the websites and Facebook profiles of these talented ladies aka entrepreneurial mama's in my area: 
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