Simple, Inexpensive and Fun Valentine!

I got this idea from a Design Mom post last year and we had tonnes of great feedback from the kids and families who received them. They are simple, and inexpensive costing only $3.50 for 20 valentines (10 cents per print plus $1.50 for 20 suckers at the dollar store).valentine


Take a photo of your child holding out their hand like they are holding something (obviously).


I made the title in Photoshop which I tried to set up as a download for you but for some reason WordPress wouldn’t allow me to upload a .psd file. Anyway, you can easily make your own or even just write on the front of the photo with permanent marker.  The kids helped cut holes in the card for the suckers and wrote their names on the back but since their faces are already on the valentine, they don’t even need to do that if you are to strapped for time.

Admiring their valentines before handing them away.

Admiring their valentines before handing them away.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!



We have had a number of windy days lately and although it is bitterly cold, it has made me dream of when windsurfing used to be a big part of my life. Since having kids, I have gotten out of shape and all my time has been focused on house, kids, jobs, etc.. Every now and then I have windsurfing dreams which, for me, are always the ultimate in happy dreams. There is no feeling like flying over the water with nothing but the wind as your wings and feeling the board dancing under your feet. So (sigh), I have vowed to get back in shape so I am able to once again live this experience.

My husband also windsurfs and this was one of the factors that brought us together in the first place. We both grew up on the Great Lakes where big winds and open waters abound, so the little lake we live on takes some getting used to. Unfortunately a good day windsurfing on the lake is a very rare occurrence. Here are some pictures of my husband a few years ago and some of me at the end.

The girls helping daddy prepare.

And he is off.

Wet hugs for a job well done.

And finally some pics of me a few years back. Not nearly as impressive but when I look at them they inspire me and remind me of what I used to do and strive to do again. 
Carpe Diem!

Dam Busters

It has been a busy weekend with the Easter Bunny’s visit and the chocolate-induced hyperactivity that ensued. To get out some of the beans we decided to go for a walk/bike out the lane and down the road. Our neighbour had called the night before to ask if we could help with clearing some of the culverts which the local beavers have crammed full with all sorts of good stuff and as a result are threatening to flood our lane.

Here we go.

The girls watching their dad at work.
Since my husband decided to wear my work jacket, I had no choice but to let him do all the heavy work while I made sure the girls didn’t fall in the drink and get sucked through the culverts. I also got a little snap-happy. This photo I call “Clump of Lump” (Ok, so I read a little Dr. Seuss this morning).

“Clump of Lump With Surrounding Environs”.

Self portrait.

Yet another dam.

Yet another culvert to clear.

Leading to the lake.

Look at the exploded cattail!

Watch it float!Ella looking at her cattail floating
Finally, I will end with some pics I took of beavers from a year or so ago. This little guy swam by in the rain.
I got quite close to this one and managed to snap this photo until it noticed me and…
…slapped it’s tail on the water both splashing me and scaring me half to death with the noise of the slap! I guess it is poetic justice for dismantling it’s masterpieces.

Memories from an Easter passed

I recently came across these photos from 2 Easters ago. I thought they were just from last year until I looked at the date. Wow, how time flies! When people tell you your children will grow up so fast, they are telling the truth!

The girls are really looking forward to the Easter Bunny’s visit tonight. It is nice they are still young enough to experience the magic.

Our old front door (before the reno)

The Easter bunny found its way into the playhouse…

…and left a few surprises

Poor, unfortunate bunny.

Skip spring, it’s summer!

Last night I was returning from the grocery store (where the air conditioning was on) and found myself swerving for frogs on the road, watching white rabbits scatter frantically unamused their cover was blown, and arrived home to the full chorus of spring peepers. Is this March?!

Hard to believe about a month ago we had 20″ of ice. Here, I was skiing on the lake while pulling my 5 year old on her sleigh when I came across this deer carcass frozen in the ice.Deer bones frozen in lake ice

I also snapped this pic and later noticed my daughter looking like she thinks she may be a little to close to the creepy thing in the ice! 
I shutter to think about what happened to the poor thing and hope it didn’t suffer much. It sparked lots of conversation later with my daughter. The kids learn a lot about the cycle of life and death when living in the country.

Anyway, I began with these 3 photos to make a point, and that being this is how the lake looks today,
looks like summer

and about 2 days ago.

I have a feeling the ice may completely be gone by Friday if not tomorrow already which is about one month ahead of the usual annual thaw. I must admit I am LOVING the weather but also a little leery about what this means for the lake and the summer ahead.