Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mommy Hearts

We met as little girls but didn't become friends until highschool. Whenever I was with her, which was almost always, she never stopped laughing. Her life wasn't an easy one but she always found something to giggle about. She was brave and daring and stood up for the underdog against bullies. She convinced me to do things I normally wouldn't and we went through some crazy adventures together. She watched me marry and have babies and intentionally waited to go down that road herself. When I received the call that she was pregnant, I was thrilled. I couldn't wait for her to join me in motherhood. As I attended her lovely baby shower, my now forty year-old friend and I shared an amazing gift from God, the ability to unite our hearts as mommies. Congratulations, Linette!
Guess what's in the baby food game--yuck!
Who can drink the bottle the fastest?
Welcome to the world, beautiful Eden!
May you grow to be wise and as strong as your mommy!

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Valentine

He entered the front door and held out this big bunch of mini-carnations to me. The colours were so different than the typical bouquets he'd given in the past that it was a delicious change. I love carnations because they last SO long. Roses and other flowers are stunning but I can only enjoy their beauty for a few days before they begin to wilt.
We slid into the booth at Montana's that evening. It's not our favourite restaurant, but we were in the mood for our Kapow Shrimp and that's exactly what we ordered. Terry and I have similar tastes in food and so we often order dishes we can share. Our Valentine's shrimp was perfect :)

We talked of our regular items and shared some secret things we're considering and when the server offered us coffee and dessert, we declined. We have a routine. We like to go home, make tea and stoke the fireplace. It was a perfect evening with my Valentine.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Frozen Bubbles!

We took our summer activity to a whole new level by blowing bubbles in freezing temperatures! It was -7 degrees Celsius yesterday and so our bubbles froze within seconds. The trick was to catch them on the wand before they floated to the ground.
We learned that blowing warm air into the bubble creates and almost perfect sphere. Once that air begins to cool, its volume will diminish and the frozen bubble will slightly collapse. We loved blowing hard at this point and watching them shatter like glass!
 I'm not a fan of freezing temperatures but this fun experiment excites me for even colder weather so we can witness the bubbles freezing in mid-air and crashing to the ground with their own weight!
You know you're a homeschool mom when... :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ontario Science Centre

Just a few photos to remember what it's like to be scientists together for a day :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Showering Surprises

The tables were set in the greenhouse. The guests were waiting anxiously for the bride-to-be to arrive. The problem was, I had to convince her to come with me. I had booked an aesthetics appointment with Rebecca and when I showed up for it, I could plainly see the surprise hadn't been discovered. She looked beautiful, as usual, however, her track pants and unmatching socks were a dead give-away my fashion-ista friend wasn't planning on partying.
I handed her a note from Oliver which asked her to come and see his fort at the nursery. Now, Oliver has a special place in her heart, so after she suggested waiting until after the appointment, I begged her to quickly jump in my van and oblige my boy--not something I would normally do. After hesitating for a minute, she agreed and we chatted as we drove down the street toward her awaiting shower.
As we strolled through the store and into the greenhouse, her family and friends shouted, "Surprise!" and she covered her face in shock and embarrassment! It was a glorious moment, until... she made me take her home again to change into something more presentable! Lol! The attendants hung out for a few minutes until we returned.
A little more prepared to greet her people and have her photo taken :)
A little book for writing Scripture, quotes and advice on marriage.
Matron of Honour and Flower girl
My right-hand woman in helping set up and take down
Some gifts were a little embarrassing for our smaller guest :)
Reading her list of things she asked God for in a man--for our guessing game.
More embarrassing gifts
Special gift of a prayer blanket for Rebecca and Shawn. Each colour, symbol and amount of stitches all have Biblical meaning.
Photo with her mom
Groom-to-be shows up at the end and kisses his girl, who's wearing a lovely tissue paper and gift bow hat.
His mom had been praying for him to meet his "Rebekah" (Isaac's, from Genesis). When he told his mother he'd met the woman of his dreams and her name was actually Rebecca, they knew she was a sweet surprise from God!
It's been a few weeks now and I think she's forgiven me for shocking her so. Not her cup of tea, so to speak. But if I didn't do it this way, I'm pretty sure she would have convinced us not to celebrate at all. Every bride needs a shower, right? :)
Congratulations, Rebecca and Shawn!