Catching Up

In an effort to catch up a bit, I figured I’d throw everything together into one post!

1. This year, my dad and I are taking a break from the bees, our little hive didn’t make it through our tough winter which wasn’t a big surprise. It wasn’t super strong going in and this winter went on forever! Our plan is to regroup this year and try again next summer.

2. I’ve handed in my Psych paper so all I have left is the exam in two weeks and then it’s on to Bio and Stats – oh boy!

3. Improv class has been a good experience, so much so that my sister and I have signed up for level B. Let the anxiety begin :)

4. Ezra started walking just before his first birthday. Check out some of this walking action in a video I took on his birthday – so cute.

5. We surprised my mom for her 65th birthday and it worked…she was definitely surprised!

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Kids at a restaurant – it’s a rarity for these guys!

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Ezzy and Grampy

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Adam got to help with two cakes this weekend, Granny’s (July 18) and Ezra’s (July 20).

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6. And then there’s always the need for some pictures of the nephews :)

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Happy (Belated) 1st birthday Ezra!

On July 20th, 2014, my little nephew Ezra turned 1!

I think this is one of the few pictures we have of him looking interested in something to do with his presents. For the most part, he was happy to play with a plastic gardening tool and did not understand what these colourful objects were that we kept giving to him. Luckily Adam knew what to do and happily helped out :)

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Although he wasn’t sure about his presents, he definitely was more interested in the cake.

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And thoroughly enjoyed himself :)

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Ezzy and I taking a selfie!

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Here is the little leisure outfit I got for him. I figure this is one of the few years you can actually give clothes as a present and it doesn’t matter :)

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He started walking a few weeks before his birthday and he’s really motoring now :)

Happy 1st birthday Ezra! We all love you so much!!!

 

 

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McCrae Lake July 13-15, 2014

IMG_1822Just got back from camping with some friends.

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Improv Thursdays

I have been enjoying waking up without an alarm and going on runs when I feel like it. The 6:00 AM run has now turned into the 9:00 AM run despite my best intentions to remain an early riser, but I justify this by the idea that people will be at work and thus the trail will be less crowded at 9:00. I’m still struggling a little with getting back in the groove of doing schoolwork, but part of that is because I’m still figuring out the exact next steps I want to take, so I’m holding back committing 100% to anything. For good or for bad, I have decided to finish my psychology course first and then start my biology course. Ideally I should be doing them at the same time since that’s a more realistic university experience, but for right now, this is what’s going to work for me. I am actually sort of looking forward to my biology class, but it can wait.

I have yet to pick up volunteering and will most likely start that in August or September (let’s be honest, September).

So to sum up what I have done so far in my time off, I have continued running, worked on one psychology course and have gotten lots of family time in. Also, I finally finished reading The Magic Mountain and watched both seasons of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Typing the previous sentence, I initially thought it was an odd juxtaposition, but on second thought it may not be so odd after all. Hmm I kind of feel I want to write an essay on the similarities between the two…maybe I AM getting back into school mode! 

I do have one more thing I’ve been doing. My sister and I signed up for an introduction to improv class that runs every Thursday night for 8 weeks. So far, we have had two classes. I signed up for this to get more comfortable speaking and being up in front of people (somehow my comfort level has decreased over the years and it wasn’t that high to begin with). The idea that I’ll most likely have to do presentations if I go back to school currently terrifies me.

So far it has been a fantastic experience! The people, not surprisingly 10-15 years younger than I am, all seem really nice. Really, most of us are there because we want to get more comfortable in front of people which just makes us all feel a lot more relaxed. There are also 0 expectations which always helps! I never realized how similar goat herding and go-karting can sound until we did one activity where, after a student shouted out an action for us to do, I was happily miming goat herding and everyone else was happily miming go karting.

Also, we had to come up with a joke on the spot and I managed to say a punch line that actually made sense! I was ready to walk out of the class right then and there, having hit my high note, but since there was still another hour and a half I managed to stick it out.

Some upcoming events: camping trip, sister’s graduation, mom’s 65th birthday and a friend’s show.

Oh yeah, and completing my psychology course by the end of July (that’s my goal!).

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Ellen and Paul’s wedding Part 3

Just a few pictures more.

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My brother did the fireworks for the wedding and they were amazing!

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Also, he and his helper (my cousin) survived with all their fingers and toes intact so we’ll also call that a grand success :)

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All good things must come to an end. It was a beautiful wedding and we were all so happy that everything worked out perfectly.

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I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!

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Ellen and Paul’s Wedding Part 2

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As promised, here are a few more photos from Ellen and Paul’s wedding last summer.

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Ellen and Paul’s wedding Part 1

Ellen and Paul were married on September 14, 2013 at the farm.

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