Saturday, July 23, 2011

Canada, eh?!

I just got back from an amazing trip to Canada--to meet up with 2 amazing soul sisters I met in Mongolia. How amazing is that?  eh?  :)  We made up the same threesome last year at Lianne's in Pennsylvania.  This year Nancy played hostess in Ontario.

Nancy whisked us from the Toronto airport to a wonderful barbecue with 2 of her sisters and family, then on to her lake house--where we talked until 1, slept until 10, had breakfast/brunch/lunch around noon--in our jammies, outside, right by the lake.  Yep.  Big time in a large way.

Happy Birthday, Nancy! :D

Then, back through Toronto
to Nancy's home in Burlington.  After church on Sunday, we were treated to more of Nancy's family AND her mother, Connie's, World Famous Butterscotch Pie....yumms!  Family members actually fight over this pie and hide the leftover pieces from each other in cupboards, in bookshelves...must be a Canadian

Our last day there we day tripped over to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls, and yes, the view from their side is crazy amazing!  We topped the day off with a stop at the historic village of Niagra on the Lake (OK, seems we Americans burned it to the ground in 1813--but we've since tried to reconcile by buying tons of maple syrup every year :)  We strolled.  We shopped.  We dined.  ...and sweated a whole lot...

We stopped for a quiet moment by the shores of Lake Ontario before heading back home (we look like really soggy tourists :)

Oh, hey!  Look at this:  vinyards in Ontario!  Who knew?

I loved every moment spent with Nancy & Lianne (minus a few crazy-hot nights :) and loved my first experience in Canada!  This trip was good for the body, good for the mind, and certainly good for the spirit.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Catching Up on Looking Back

...I missed a week.  Good thing I make goals and not resolutions.  Sometimes I either live life or blog about it and life in real time should always win, right?  So, for dear ones far away, I'll play catch up.

Let's see...the 4th of July!  We had an after-church barbecue:

Followed by fireworks the night of--SO fun.  Natalie & Layla were mezmorized and it was such a hoot watching them watch!

not so flattering...maybe should have edited :) --but my normally darling darlings were caught in the dark with a flash

Then, there was a tea party and ice cream...skipping right over the part where Kelby squished 2 fingers in the kitchen stool...

I got to share in a fond farewell to Becky & Ryan who are off to Virginia for pharmacy school...

Then there was the chaos of my sewing loft--and flurry of inspiration resulting in piles of projects started.  I've actually almost completed a few--for next time :)
More clothing (for me :) inspiration

A wall quilt for a birthday surprise...shh...

A few things from the kitchen that will make some who are very far way drool.  We have friends in Mongolia who made a pact long ago to not discuss food that is more than 1,000 miles away.  --but pictures don't count do they? :D

Finally, musings of others that blessed me:

"there was something extraordinarily sweet and comfortable about a friend who knows you and accepts you at your worst, your most bitter, or defeated, who sees your emotional ugliness naked and is not afraid to call it by name, and yet does not turn from you or allow you to cease to struggle, who wills your survival as precious."  The William Monk mystery, Defend & Betray

"He asks us to walk with him through the blood and guts of our real experience in an honest pilgrimage where we let him show us what real strength, and real love, are all about." Strong Women, Soft Hearts

Return to your rest, O my soul.
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Psalm 25:15