Unexpected Vacation!

Oops. Looks like I took most of the week off from blogging! We’ve been at the lake, where life is good, and the internet is slow. So, I decided to wait until I got back to share my favorite photos with you all…

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Weekend Favorites

What a beautiful day we had yesterday! The weather was amazing.

My family let me choose what we would do for Mother’s Day, so we went to a park in Winnipeg, spent some time at the conservatory, and then came home to Niverville where things were less crowded!

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I hope you had a beautiful weekend, as well! Did you do anything exciting?

Weekend Favorites: Craving Some Summer

I woke up on Friday morning with a craving for summer.

Yellow flowers, watermelon, BBQ chicken, and potato salad, to be exact.

So I headed off to the greenhouse with the girls, in search of some yellow flowers. And a few other colors. Our deck is still under construction, so I wasn’t going to bother with flowers this year, but when one wakes up craving yellow flowers, it seems reasonable to satisfy that craving, as quickly as possible.

When Ben came home, he jumped on the summer bandwagon, and hauled out the brand new BBQ, which needed assembling.

Sadly, our girls have not learned to appreciate the wonders of potato salad, but perhaps we will make that a goal this summer. If you eat something often enough, you can learn to like it….

Fortunately, they have no problems in the watermelon department.

And all of this has gotten me thinking about being intentional this summer. I loved Ali Edwards thoughts on a Summer Manifesto. This is her summer of summers.

Summer fills up so fast, you have to be intentional to make the good stuff happen. (Except for the spontaneous good stuff – that’s important, too.)

What good stuff needs to happen this summer for us? Ben and I made a list yesterday. There are so many things we haven’t been able to do with our girls, because for the last five summers, we have been at camp, and summer is just camp.

It’s been fantastic. But now it’s time for waterslides, and some camping, and maybe even a road trip, if we get really crazy.

Or maybe we’re just crazy already….

What’s on your list for summer? I think this summer calls for a Manifesto…


Some of you know about my new-found love for making floral arrangements. I’ve actually always loved doing it, but I used to only use real flowers – I’d hack off huge branches of apple blossoms or lilacs from my parents’ trees and make wonderful creations. I remember my dad commenting on how many branches I’d cut off his trees, but he’d always be very encouraging about my way of enjoying the beauty of nature…

Anyway, now I’ve discovered fake flowers, and I’m loving it. Here’s my latest creation:

I’ve been told that I should take this whole thing to a new level, and start my own business, but that idea is kind of amusing to me, seeing as I have no training whatsoever. I just have a lot of experience with apple blossoms and lilacs.

So now I’m stuck, loving a really expensive hobby, and living in a really small house – really, how many arrangements can I fit in it? (How many do I actually want to fit in it? Things could get kind of excessive…)