Thursday, August 21, 2014

PNE

Every year in Vancouver, the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) opens for 17 days. It's kind of the mark to the end of the summer. 
I have gone to the fair every year since I was a little girl! Now that I have my own family, it's a tradition to go every year!!
My children have asked everyday since it opened if we can go. They're relentless. I finally caved and we went on Tuesday for a couple hours. 
We're due to go back next week with Daddy!



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Different Places

It's so tough when one person is on a different spiritual journey than their partner. 
A little bit of background:
My husband and I are "Cradle Catholics."
We grew up having been baptized, getting our First Communion and Confirmation but sadly it meant nothing to us. Our parents never brought us to church and we never prayed at home. 
The only religious influence I had was from my grandparents. They brought me to church and they prayed at home. For this, I am thankful for the exposure to Christ. 
Fast forward to our wedding day, we still didn't value the sacrament of marriage let alone the actual mass. Sad. 
We baptized our children because that's what we're "supposed" to do. 
Only until 5 years ago did I have a conversion in my heart. I thirsted for Jesus and all his blessings. I wanted to raise my children different...I wanted to raise them with faith. 
The thing was...I had this conversion, my husband didn't. So, I started bringing the children to church every Sunday...praying at home, going to confession every month, praying the rosary and working on my own spiritual formation. I encouraged my husband to attend church but it wasn't something he was used to doing. 
So today as it stands, my husband now comes to church with us (when he's not working) and does pray with us but that's where it stops. I know he hasn't quite come to the point where he has surrendered himself to Jesus.  He doesn't want to be "too religious" as he puts it. He doesn't feel comfortable. 
So although he has made progress...we are in different places in our spirituality journey. 
I pray often that God will whisper in his ear and open up his heart to Him. 
For now...I will sit and wait and pray. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Looking Back

Back in September of 2009 I made one of the biggest and most important decisions of my life. I decided to homeschool my little boy (6 yrs old at the time). 
I struggled sooo much with that decision. I chickened out so many times before. 
God put the idea in my heart 3 years prior, but I had to convince not only my husband but myself that this was something I needed to try. 
Almost 5 years have passed since that decision and I have to say looking back...it was the BEST decision I ever made. 
Now, not every day is "peaches and cream," but for the most part, I can't complain. I have met some really amazing and fabulous people on my homeschooling during; people I would not have met had I decided not to homeschool. 
I wrote a short poem not too long ago about my feelings I felt during those days and months 5 years ago. 
I'd like to share it with you...

I made a decision long ago
To keep you home with me,
The choice was hard but I just knew
You belonged beside your mommy. 
Like a tomato plant, 
I guarded you from the wind and rain, 
But not to isolate you
But rather insulate you from the pain. 
When the days get hard,
And those days do come,
I think about my choice that day
And all we have done. 
Field trips and hatching chicks,
Butterflies and ducklings too,
Science experiments and pictographs,
Lap books and art with tons of glue. Memories to fill my heart 
Of times I would have missed,
Giving it to someone else,
Just a name on a classroom list. 
Watching you grow 
Not in height but in depth
Gives me so much joy
I'm so glad I decided to
Homeschool my little boy!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Two Special Ladies

I'm so blessed to have both my grandmothers alive. They know my children and my children adore them. It's so important to me that my kids have a relationship with them both. 
My Italian Nonna is the strongest lady I know. I have NEVER seen her cry let alone get upset or stressed. She's one tough cookie at 4 foot nothin'!  She is always wearing heals (at 89) and has her hair done every week. She is one classy lady. She was the best cook! Her sauce and turkey cutlets are to die for!
My Ukrainian Baba is so special to me. I remember staying over night at her house and her letting me cook in her kitchen and do whatever I liked. She always made me feel like she trusted me and that I was capable of doing grown up things. She talked with me and I shared many things with her growing up. 
My kids see each of my grandmothers a couple times a month. I make a point of getting together with them as much as I can. 
Next year my Baba will turn 80 and my Nonna will turn 90 within a month of each other. I am so happy they are alive and well!


      Nonna watching the kids poolside!


      Baba doing a word search with L.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Childhood Memories

I think summer is a perfect time to build lasting childhood memories. From tenting it in the backyard to lemonade stands to roasting marshmallows. These reminiscent activities will be imprinted in our children's minds forever. 
I remember not too long ago (who am I kidding?) having my own lemonade stand and even putting on a play for the neighbourhood. These memories are still something I reflect on from time to time. 
I want my children to have the same experiences that they can look back on and smile. 
Today my kids are hosting their own lemonade stand! Capitalism at it's finest!
Hopefully someone who's throat is parched from the blistering sun is up for a cool glass of liquid refreshment. 



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Holiday

We had a lovely time in Victoria, BC this past weekend.
The kids had so much fun playing in the water, combing the beach for shells and exploring the parliament building. 
Our view was absolutely spectacular!! It was so nice to wake up every morning and stare out into the ocean. 
Here is a snapshot of our fun!