Fun & Festive DIY Bunting

Hey, Readers!

The big day is almost upon us. In my home, we are getting down to the last-minute items on our Christmas To-Do List, and we cannot wait to celebrate with family this year. Once the decorations were put up around our home, I felt that there was something missing from the space in front of the window in our dining room. After scratching my head for a few minutes, I came up with an idea to create a fun and festive bunting project to fill in this space.

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These are the materials you will need in order to pull this project off:

  • Cardstock in festive holiday colours (8.5 cm x 11 cm)
  • Jute
  • Cotton blanket
  • Blank/Computer paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Box cutter (optional)
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Marker (optional)

Why use cardstock? Here are two reasons why I stock up on this type of paper for crafts:

  • Construction paper is not as firm as cardstock. It tears easier, and buckles when wet or nicked a bit.
  • The colours pop more with cardstock than with construction paper.

Below are the instructions to use to create your own festive holiday banner.

1. Write out the word or phrase you want to use for your banner. This way, you can figure out how the different colours of cardstock you will need and the letter size you want.

2. Measure the space you would like to hang your banner with the measuring tape to make sure it will fit in the space and to finalize the letter size you want.

3. Figure out how big you would like your letters. I fiddled around with the fonts in the writing document application on my computer since I am not the greatest at creating them on my own freehand. I used the “Ravie” font at the 214 size for the letters I wanted. Print out the letters and cut them out. If you are running low on ink, use the same colour of marker to fill in the white spots. Note – If you have the talent to freehand the letters, write them out in the size you desire on the blank paper with pencil and them colour them in with a marker.

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4.After finding out how big I wanted my letters to be, put a letter up against the cardstock to see how much of it I would need as the background for the letters and to fold over the jute. I found out I needed two sheets of red cardstock and two sheets of green cardstock since the letters took up a little less than one-quarter of cardstock.

5. Cut the letters out of the piece of paper they were printed/designed on.

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6. Cut the pieces of cardstock to the size you need. For a straighter line, I used a box cutter, a ruler and a hard surface I did not mind getting nicks and scratching on to get a cleaner line for the background colours.

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7. Score the amount of cardstock you would like to use for the flap to attach to the jute with the box cutter so it will fold over easier. Make sure you score the backside of the cardstock so it looks rounded and will bend easier. You also use a draw a line with a pencil and ruler on this paper and gently fold it over to do this step.

8. Line up the letters with the corresponding colours of cardstock they will be attached to in order to avoid gluing a letter onto the wrong piece of cardstock.

9. Minding the clearance given to the section that will fold over the jute, glue the letters in the center of the cardstock.

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10. Once the glue is dry, stretch out a line of jute and align the letters along its length. This will help you figure out the spacing out the letters correctly and if more than one line of jute is needed. I allowed for 3 inches of space between each letter. I also left a generous amount of space at the ends so it can hang down. I think it looks nicer than if it was pinned at the end of the jute.

11. Measure the cotton blanket to cover all of the back flap and two inches above each of the letters on the cardstock.

12. Cut out the cotton blanket pieces and use tacky glue to attach them to the cardstock for a snowy and festive look.

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13. Find the center of the jute and place it in the middle of your work surface. I used a piece of twine to mark this spot just in case the jute shifted.

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14. Line up the word or phrase in the correct order.

15. Find the middle letter of the word or phrase on the cardstock to be attached to the jute and center it along the jute. Flip it upside-down.

16. Remove the twine on the jute and use your heated glue gun to attach the cardstock to the jute. Tacky glue can also be used if little ones are assisting in this craft. Press along the flap where the glue was used so it will stick together. Continue to add the cardstock to the jute working from the inside of the word or phrase to the first/last letter with the desired spacing. Allow to dry.

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17. Affix the banner to the surface you measured out at the beginning of this project, leaving some jute dangling off the ends. I used push pins and stuck them into the frame of the window to keep them from falling down. You can also use suction cup hooks or other non-hole forming aids to keep your work on the wall or banister.

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There you have it! This is how I created this fun and festive banner to help bring some holiday spirit to our home. There are so many ways you can put your own spin to this project. For New Year’s Eve, I would use shiny cardstock or trace the letter attached to the cardstock with glitter glue. You can add holiday pictures or symbols onto cardstock along the cardstock, or mix them in with the letters. This banner idea can also be used for birthdays or other occasions.

If you are in a pinch to add some more holiday flair to your home, this Fun & Festive DIY Banner project is easy and fun to create. It is more fun when the family is involved. I hope you enjoy putting together this project as much as I do!

What is your favourite holiday or festive DIY project to put together?

Until my next post, Readers,

Reese.

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Favourite Family Christmas Traditions

Hey, Readers!

The patchwork of colour of fall leaves has made way for a brilliant blanket of snow. This is one of the signs that the Christmas season is in its way in my neck of the woods. It has always been one of my favourite times of the year, and it is made that much more magical with the addition of The Bosses. My Other Half and I scramble to make each Christmas special for our family with some of the traditions we incorporated from our childhood. They make the holiday season more festive and fun for all of us. Here are just a few of things we do at this time of year that gets us into the Christmas spirit.

Letters to Santa

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This activity serves three purposes for us parental units:

  1. It adds to the magic of Santa Claus for The Bosses
  2. We get a better idea of what to give them for their “fun” gifts; and
  3. Allows for more sibling bonding to happen.

Since The Bosses are still too young to write a complete letter to the Man in Red, my eldest helps them compile their lists and writes the letter on their behalf. We love hearing about some of the things our kids wants to receive for Christmas each year. My eldest has been in on “The Santa Secret” for a few years now, so we just ask her for a list of things she would like to see under the tree with her name on it. They also love placing the letter in the mailbox and receiving a letter back from Santa thanking them for their letter. My kids have a great time writing this annual letter and learning a bit more about one another.

Advent Calendars

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The Bosses LOVE the sweet surprises they find behind every door of their advent calendars! Each of my kids has their own calendar to open to discover the chocolaty Christmas shape waiting for them up until December 24th. They also love comparing their chocolates to one another and showing them to us before they pop them into their mouths. It also helps them count down the days until Santa makes his big ride.

Watching Holiday Specials

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This tradition is one I look forward to every year more than anyone else in my family. Once Thanksgiving is over, I wait on pins and needles for televisions stations to show their holiday specials to watch over and over again. I have been this way since my childhood, and my sister and I still call each other if a favourite one will be showing soon. I have shared this love with my kids, and they have their own favourites to watch, and it is a great opportunity to unplug for a while and plan a family movie night out of these television specials or holiday movies. My Other Half and I will even watch holiday films for bigger kids once the kids go to bed to unwind after a long day of Christmas prep.

Holiday Treats

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Whether it is sweet or savoury, our family loves to munch on holiday treats! We tend to wait to bake the cupcakes, brownies, and tarts until the week of Christmas, but there is always some form of holiday-themed snack to indulge in at this time of the year in our cupboards. When we do get down to baking for the holidays, everyone wants to roll up their sleeves to help. On Christmas Eve, we end up with a pile of snacks and treats we’re continually nibbling on past Boxing Day. These treats also add to our holiday special watching on Christmas Eve, making this night even more special.

Tree Trimming

The holiday season does not feel right in our home with having our tree up and decorated. The whole process is highly anticipated. Once it has been completed, lets the rest of the season fall into place for us. We have had both artificial and real trees in our home, but we prefer to get a real one in our home. The smell of a pine tree alone puts us in the Christmas spirit.

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Once the star and the lights have been placed around the tree, we all set to work putting golden horns, holiday characters and sparkly white snowflakes on our tree’s branches. The Bosses take great pride in helping with this tradition, only asking for help when they are unsure where to place an ornament.

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When this task is complete, the seat of choice in our living room is on the couch right beside the tree. We were able to bask in its awesomeness and its scent all evening long.

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Christmas is easily a fun time around our home. We are always looking for fun new ways to enjoy this time of the year together to become closer as a family. These family Christmas traditions are only a few that we enjoy, but are hands-down favourites for us to do each year. I hope that when our kids get older that they have fond memories of the activities we did together to get ready for Christmas and help us come up with new ones as they get older.

Dish with me: What are some of your some of your favourite family holiday traditions?

Until my next post, Readers,

Reese.

Winter Family Adventures in Photos

Hey Readers!

Well, March Break is almost over, and spring is all but here! It was a crazy winter in my neck of the woods. It started late, but when it decided to unleash its fury, we were really snowed in! I thought I would chronicle my family’s winter adventures through a gallery of photos we took over the season!

Christmas! One of my favourite times of the year! We had a blast putting up the tree, decorating the house and getting ready for the Man in Red to arrive!

 

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This was the second tree we “put up” this year. I loved it!

 

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The Big Guy has a little bit of everything!

 

Ah, Christmas morning! Our kids couldn’t wait to open their stockings before breakfast and then their gifts after we ate. Santa was good to our kids, and they were playing all day with their toys!

 

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Food is always a HUGE part of our holiday traditions, and my other half made sure we were fed well with his special chicken dish for Christmas Eve and a terrific turkey dinner for Christmas Day!

 

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With Murphy’s Law at play, the snow came after Christmas! My guy took advantage of our winter wonderland and build a snow fort and a snow hill for our kids to enjoy. We even got the sleds out and tried to get some air time with the little ones on them.

 

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Their smiles were infectious! I t was hard to keep the camera still for these pics!

 

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I think the faces of my daughters says it all!

 

My little guy LOVED the winter! He would take any chance he could to be outside and play in the snow, even if it was to help me shovel the driveway. He even learned about the hazardous life snowmen live.

 

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My little guy is super helpful!

 

Oh, the night of the big football game is another favourite part of winter in our home! We got out our projector and watched it on our living room wall as we ate a family favourite for Game Nights: Chicken Nachos! We even dressed up for the night in our jerseys and goofed around. It was a fun night for us all!

 

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There are times during the winter that you just want to stay inside and hide from winter’s frightful fury. There were quite a few nights where we had fun indoors. From a morning sneak attack in bed to a rock out session in our basement, we had a blat without cracking the door open!

 

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This was such a fun night! Maybe we’ll put a band together?

Nature is so beautiful around our home at this time of year. Even though there are no leaves on the trees, the snow and ice take over and create their own breathless magic in our backyard and front yard oasis.

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These were just some of the adventures my family had during this roller coaster ride of a winter this year! Now that the snow is beginning to recede, I am REALLY looking forward to all of the awesomeness spring has to offer us this year now that the kids are old enough to really start exploring the world around them. Thank you, Winter, for helping our family to create some amazing memories. We will never forget them!

What part of winter puts a smile on your face?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes

Breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us do not get to enjoy it most of the week. We are always hustling and bustling, trying to get out the door to get to work or school, and are satisfied with shoving food and gulping some form of liquid in our mouths to hold us over for a few hours. Since breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I thought I would share a family favourite breakfast at our home: Pancakes!

On the rare occasions I make breakfast (my other half is usually at the helm for meals), I like using cookie cutters to make eating pancakes just a little more fun. I started making these for my family this past Canada Day. I bought maple leaf-shaped cookie cutters to make sugar cookies to celebrate Canada’s birthday, but then I got the idea to make something fun for my kids to kick off the festivities with pancakes.

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Here is what I did to make these cute and tasty breakfast treats:

Cookie Cutter Pancakes 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Flour

4 Teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Egg

1 Cup Milk

2 Tablespoons Oil

Directions:

Mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.

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Pour the batter into the center of the cooking area so that it is a bit larger than the cookie cutter(s) being used.

Heat a frying pan or skillet to medium and lightly grease with butter.

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Preheat oven to 200°F or to the Keep Warm feature.

Once the second side is cooked, remove the pancake from the the cooking area and place on a hard, smooth surface. Use your chosen cookie cutter(s) to cut out the shape you desire.

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Cook the remainder of the batter until the bowl is empty.

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And for a closer look…

 

You’re probably asking what I did with the unused pancake. I ate them, of course! Just because a pancake has a hole in it, does not mean that it is less delicious. I enjoyed these pieces as well as the shapes I cut out! We do not like for pancakes to go to waste at our home.

Maple leaves were the perfect way to start our Canada Day this year! My kids smiled when they saw my creation, and loved eating pancakes in the shape of maple leaves. Since this was a great success, I made other Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes for my kids with some of our favourite cookie cutter shapes such as trains, dinosaurs, butterflies and daises. They liked them even more!

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I love how this idea is so versatile. It can be used any time of the year, so breakfast with these tasty treats can start off occasions (such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, etc.) on a fun note!

So if you want to put a smile on the faces of your family’s face the next time you gather around the breakfast table, try making making these Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes!

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My Favourite Christmas Movies – Family Edition

Hey, Readers!

A huge part of getting into the Christmas spirit for my family is watching the plethora of Christmas programming on television, our holiday DVD collection, and other streaming sites! I created an updated version of my fav Christmas television specials this year, and now I’m sharing my favourite Christmas movies that the whole family can enjoy together. Here is my short list of family favourite Christmas movies – the Family Edition.

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York It’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original film, and

It’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original film and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of them! This is why I started off my short list with this film. Just as the McCallisters thought they got it right this time, they become separated from Kevin, again! This time, he is alone in one of the biggest cities in the world: New York City! Most people would have loved to have had this experience (including me), and the laughs from the first film continued into this movie. This scene is one of my favs! I hope you enjoy it, too.

Muppet Christmas Carol

Out of all of the versions of A Christmas Carol that have been made into film over the years, no one did like Jim Henson! This Christmas movie is perfect for parents and kids alike because it’s funny, thought-provoking, and it’s a musical done Muppet-style!  Finally,  it brings back so many nostalgic memories for parents as well to share with their kids.

Gremlins

The story of a Christmas gift gone wrong is a movie for older kids, but a good one, none-the-less! I love the message it tells people about following the instructions given to them, and the consequences of not following this advice. Gizmo also makes this movie great. He is so adorable, and he has to get tough in order to help save the day!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Yes, Readers, another retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, only done the Disney-way! I love Scrooge McDuck as Ebeneezer Scrooge because his character is based on the Ebeneezer Scrooge, but Scrooge McDuck is funnier. This version of A Christmas Carol is also not a wacky as Muppet Christmas Carol, so if your family is in the mood for more of a traditional version of this story, then this is the one to watch!

Home Alone

It’s hard to believe that this movie is about 24 years-old! We all love watching this clever eight-year-old boy take on two not-so-clever burglars while he was mistakenly left, well, home alone.  The soundtrack is great, too! I have used some of these songs in my Christmas Hit List posts this year, too, because the songs are so awesome! This is a movie my family has watched too many times to count and will continue to watch well into the New Year! We love it THAT much!

So, there you have it! This is just a short list of my fav Christmas movies that the family can enjoy this holiday season. I just love having them on, whether we’re all together in our living room, or if we’re getting ready for the big day! I hope that this list also helps to fill the void when you are looking for something to watch during the holidays!

What is your fav Christmas movie to watch with your family every year?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

My Favourite Christmas Television Specials

 

Hey, Readers!

It’s the beginning of Christmas vacation for many families (Yay). I have updated my list from last year so this list would only include Christmas TV specials. I have added a few extra specials we love watching at this time of the year.  Watching Christmas specials has been a tradition of mine since I was little, and now, my kids love watching them, too! Here is a list of my absolute favourite ones to watch (I couldn’t put them in order, as I like them all so much)!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas I love this holiday special because it’s classic Charlie Brown trying to do right, yet goofing up along the way.  Oh, and The Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the score behind this special gets my family and I moving and grooving!  We also listen to the soundtrack of this TV special for part of Christmas Day every year while making breakfast.  Yeah, we love it THAT much!

I love this holiday special because it’s classic Charlie Brown trying to do right, yet goofing up along the way.  Oh, and The Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the score behind this special gets my family and I moving and grooving!  We also listen to the soundtrack of this special on Christmas Day every year while making  and eating breakfast.  Yeah, we love it THAT much!

The Grinch That Stole Christmas

Oh, how I love The Grinch!  Dr. Seuss’ adaptation from the popular Christmas story T’was The Night Before Christmas is loved by everyone in my household.  I think it is because The Grinch does all of these bad things to the residents in Whoville, then redeems himself at the end.  Well, it also has to do with the amazing job Dr. Seuss did with rewriting this tale, too!  It’s ingenious!

Frosty The Snowman

This one is one of my favourites partly because of the “evil” Magician. He’s probably the worst magician on the planet, yet when he throws his hat away and the children use it to finish off their snowman, the real magic begins. Another funny part in this TV special is when Frosty and the school children meet up with the traffic cop. The poor man never saw it coming!

A Garfield Christmas

This Christmas special is so dear to my family’s heart.  It has everything: slap-stick comedy, music, Garfield’s sarcasm and a bit of drama (tears begin to weld when Grandma is talking about her husband).   It’s a great one for the family to watch, and Garfield is the best cartoon cat ever!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rankin-Bass/Classic Media version)

I had to save this one for last because this is the special most people think of when they think of Christmas specials.  It may look a bit kooky or creepy at times, but man, it doesn’t cease to entertain audiences.  It’s also one of the few Christmas specials that depicted Santa as a normal man who complains about life, and can be wrong about those around him.  I even love the Abominable Snow Monster! He used to be scary, but he’s simply amusing to me now!

I can (and have) watched all of these shows any time of the year!  I hope my short list gives you ideas as to how to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit this year!

What is your favourite Christmas TV special?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Christmas Hit List: Harry Connick, Jr – “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”

Hey, Readers,

As I said in my MMMM pick on Monday, I have officially started my Christmas season here on the blog! Music is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit, so here is my first selection of my Christmas Hit List!

Today I decided to share Harry Connick, Jr’s version of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” because, well, Canada’s capital just had a big snowstorm last night, and now it really looks more like Christmas here.  I also like this song because it really does start to get to get you into the Christmas spirit of things! I really have to get started on decorating my home (I’m so far behind), and we’re getting our tree on Saturday, so we’ll be trimming it soon, too!

I hope that “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” gets you into the swing of Christmas, too, and that you enjoy everything I have in store for you this holiday season!

What are you doing to get into the holiday spirit?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Reese’s Visit from the Easter Bunny

Hiya Readers!

It was our first Easter in our new home, so we couldn’t wait for the Easter Bunny to visit us and hide all of his sugary treats around our home. The past few years, my family has been in small apartments, so the hunt for Easter eggs was easy for our kids. This year, the Easter Bunny had three floors to leave presents for our kids, so we hoped it would be more fun and challenging for them!

I swear I closed my eyes for only a moment only to find pastel egg capsules all over our home! They were up high for our eldest, and in lower places for our younger two.

 

It took our little ones a while to find this one!

It took our little ones a while to find this one!

 

We even found some eggs in some funny and unusual places!

 

The Easter Bunny sure has a sense of humour!

The Easter Bunny sure has a sense of humour!

 

The Easter Bunny even left a basket of treats for our kids on our dining table since they were too big and bulky to hide.

 

The chocolate tool set was my favourite of the three!

The chocolate tool set was my favourite of the three!

 

When our kids awoke on Easter morning, our younger daughter came downstairs with two eggs in her hands! Once our other two kids heard all of the commotion, they sprang out of their beds so they didn’t miss out on all of the Easter egg hunting fun.

Many breaks were taken as the kids became distracted by all of the chocolate and candy they were finding and eating along the way.

 

As you can see, our little guy couldn't wait to devour his new found loot!

As you can see, our little guy couldn’t wait to devour his new found loot!

 

 

This was during their First Intermission of their Easter egg hunt.  Let the sugar rush begin!

This was during their First Intermission of their Easter egg hunt. Let the sugar rush begin!

 

 

Here's my eldest with some of her Easter treats. She could barely hold the ones she had found so far!

Here’s my eldest with some of her Easter treats. She could barely hold the ones she had found so far!

 

Here are just some of the eggs they found before we ate breakfast.  Tons more to find!

Here are just some of the eggs they found before we ate breakfast. Tons more to find!

 

Overall, this year’s visit from the Easter Bunny was a success! By now, most of the eggs have been found (our eldest found two yesterday evening, and I think one or two are still floating around our house), and wave of sugar shock has come and gone, for now anyway! Hopefully, the Easter Bunny will be able to extend his hunt outside as it was too wet in our front and backyards for our kids to hunt for them there. Maybe I’ll even get a picture of the big guy next year…

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Reese’s Fishing Adventure, 2013

Hey Readers!

Here in Ottawa, it is going to be a balmy -20°C, and I am LONGING for those warm, lazy days of summer.  Then the dusty ol’ light bulb flicked on in my head, and I remembered that I had forgotten all about my latest battle of wits versus the fish while I was visiting my boyfriend/partner’s parent’s home last summer, and I was transported back to that day on the boat.  Sure, I was sweating like crazy in my sweater to keep the mosquitoes at bay while wearing enough bug repellant to cover three people, but I enjoyed every minute on that boat!

On this trip, it was the same gang as last time, except my boyfriend/partner stayed behind to be with our little ones.  We all but duck taped my eldest daughter to her seat, as she loves going fishing, as is getting better at it each time she goes out.  Granndpa was at the helm of the boat, guiding us along the Napanee River that flows just minutes away from his home, and taking us to the prime fishing spots along the way.

Below are some shots of the scenery we had a chance to experience on our way to our first fishing spot.  There were some other fishing crews out on the river, too, trying to see if the fish were biting but  Grandpa was able to shake them off of our trail!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer.  This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer. This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

Some of our casts were successful…

This was so much better than last year!  We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

This was so much better than last year! We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

while others were not.

Grandpa is showcasing our

Grandpa is showcasing our “Other Catch of the Day.” We caught a lot of weeds in our line.

We even had a few friends drop in for a visit.

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings.  They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change.  I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings. They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change. I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Overall, it was a fabulous few hours fishing.  I am by no means the seasoned angler I want to be, but I am getting closer to this goal every time I cast my line!  I have to make a point to catch more than my fish-crazed daughter next time, or else I’ll hear the end of it!

Can’t wait for my trip this year!  I hope you enjoyed this little bit of summer, if only on your computer screen!  🙂

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Reese’s Christmas Holidays Wrap-Up, 2013

Hey Readers!

I am so sad to see the Christmas holidays go by so quickly this past year.  I love that time of year.  Snow everywhere, lights decorating homes,  trees sprinkled with all kinds of ornaments, and people celebrating the season in so many different ways.

For my family, this was the first Christmas where my youngest two children, age two and one, were going to get to really have fun with the season now that they can both walk, eat and rip presents open pretty much on their own.  I wanted to share some of the fun we had this holiday season with you, Readers!

                                          Christmas Eve There's my little girl watching Google's Santa tracker as he was getting closer to our house.  Those were the snacks we left out for the Big Guy to thank him for leaving us gifts! I have to thank my friend, Sandy, for the great shortbread cookie recipe!

Christmas Eve
There’s my little girl watching Google’s Santa tracker as he was getting closer to our house. Those were the snacks we left out for the Big Guy to thank him for leaving us gifts! I have to thank my friend, Sandy, for the great shortbread cookie recipe!

                                           Merry Christmas! Santa did indeed visit our house!  You can tell by all of the gifts under the tree (our tree is half decorated because our kids like playing with the decorations), and by all of the eaten treats!  There are my little ones opening up their stockings and gifts after breakfast.  It was a crazy day!

Merry Christmas!
Santa did indeed visit our house! You can tell by all of the gifts under the tree (our tree is half decorated because our kids like playing with the decorations), and by all of the eaten treats! There are my little ones opening up their stockings and gifts after breakfast. It was a crazy day!

                                              New Year's Eve Well, it was a fun New Year's Eve had at my house, even though my eldest daughter and I were the only ones who made it to midnight!  To celebrate the occasion, my eldest and I tried out a new vanilla cake recipe to make cupcakes.  MY boyfriend/partner person took our Christmas tree out of its misery by relieving it of its duties a few hours early.  Those needles were just a fraction of what fell off over the past few weeks since we had it up.  Those were the headbands my eldest and I wore to get ourselves in the spirit of NYE, along with our outfits! Those pics were taken just minutes before midnight.

New Year’s Eve
Well, it was a fun New Year’s Eve had at my house, even though my eldest daughter and I were the only ones who made it to midnight! To celebrate the occasion, my eldest and I tried out a new vanilla cake recipe to make cupcakes. MY boyfriend/partner person took our Christmas tree out of its misery by relieving it of its duties a few hours early. Those needles were just a fraction of what fell off over the past few weeks since we had it up. Those were the headbands my eldest and I wore to get ourselves in the spirit of NYE, along with our outfits! Those pics were taken just minutes before midnight.

Well, those were just some of the pics that we took over the holidays.  I hope that you enjoyed viewing them!  We had an amazing time, and I can’t wait until Christmas/NYE this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.