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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 10 Moments of 2013


Another year has come and gone and with all the top 10 lists
that everyone puts out at this time of year, I thought I would add ours to the pile.

So here are the Top 10 Moments of 2013 for our family, kind of in order but maybe not really. 

NUMBER 10

I know this is really not a good moment but the Calgary Flood of 2013 has to make the list because it taught me so many things. It was such a good reminder that the most important things in life are family and friends and not stuff. Because stuff can be easily lost and often can be replaced while family and friends can not be. It also showed me the wonderful side of humankind as so many went out and helped complete strangers in their hour of need. It also helped me truly appreciate the wonderful advantages we have in life such a electricity, something we use every single day and yet we don't often stop and think how lucky we are to have it.


NUMBER 9

Going to family reunions, I'm always so grateful when we can make it out to see our extended family. It is always so wonderful to catch up with family that we have not seen in a while. 


NUMBER 8

Our 3rd Anniversary trip to a little piece of heaven called Nakusp. A gorgeous little town hidden away in British Columbia. Visiting there has starting us dreaming of retiring in a place like that.


NUMBER 7

A simple moment but Mike buying me a pedal bike to replace my motorbike that we had to sale. We were still able to go on a lot of bike rides together just a little slower then Mike had originally in visioned.

NUMBER 6

Learning how to ride a motorbike, I may have only been able to ride it once before learning I was pregnant but it was so fun and I'm so glad I got to go for a ride with Mike. It really was a dream come true and I can't wait till I can do it again some time in the future.



NUMBER 5

One highlight for Mike this past year was when his father finally bought himself a motorbike. Mike was so excited to go on a few rides with him before the weather changed. And I know he is looking forward to many more rides with his father in 2014.



NUMBER 4

Going on maternity leave.  I was so done with work as I'm sure any of my co-workers could tell you and I'm glad that I had the time to get ready for our little baby.

NUMBER 3

Mike graduating and becoming a Journeyman/ Red Seal Carpenter. I'm so proud of him and all the hard work he put in to his schooling so he is able to support our little family.

NUMBER 2

Finding out we were pregnant. Nothing could express our joy and happiness when those little two lines showed up.

NUMBER 1

At 20 weeks pregnant being told that finally things were okay with the baby and that we no longer had anything to worry about. I go into more detail about in my post about our pregnancy, but it was a great relief that we could finally throw that weight off and just enjoy being pregnant.  I feel that was our best moment of 2013.



2013 has been a really good year for us. It was full of a lot of simple moments but they were still moments that brought us a lot of joy and happiness.  I'm so grateful that I got to spend this year with my best friend and husband by my side and I look forward to many many more years with him by my side.  He is my greatest supporter and always know how to cheer me up and show me the brighter side to life.

I'm looking forward to what 2014 will bring. And where our little family will grow by one.


Happy New Year!
Monday, December 30, 2013

A Birthday and Christmas

Over the past few weeks we have had a lot to celebrate. 

First being my wonderful husband's birthday. Which we celebrated his way by doing nothing! He doesn't really get the whole celebrate a birthday thing, to him it is just another day. (truth be told he feels that way about most holidays) Anyway, we spent most of his birthday watching whatever he wanted to, which equaled mostly car shows and the Superman Movie "Man of Steel". And ordering in from our favorite East Indian restaurant. I did still make him a cake, one just can't go a birthday without some sort of special treat. All in all I think he enjoyed his very low key relaxing birthday.

One year Older and Wiser too!

Next up, Christmas! Which was wonderful. Christmas day we spent the morning together just Mike and I. We did our little gift exchanged and laughed as we watched ours dogs try and open their little gifts. I couldn't help but think of next Christmas when our little baby girl will be with us and we get the joy of watching her opening her Christmas gifts. I really can't wait.

Can't have Christmas without Christmas pj's

Yorkie clawing her way to her gift

Mike's gift, Books to read to our baby
Then we went over to Mike's parents and spent the rest of the day with Mike's family. There we got to have some wonderful family time and we greatly enjoyed watching our little nieces and nephews play with their Christmas gifts.

And of course we held true to Mike's time honored Christmas tradition of watching "The Muppet's Christmas Carol". Always a most do in our household. 

It really was a lovely day and I really enjoyed the time we spent with family.

Mike's Family 
With Christmas Mike and I take turns on who's family we spend Christmas day with, this year it was Mike's family's turn so what we would normally do is go up around the New Year to spend time with my family. But with it been pretty close to when baby could be making her entrance, I really didn't feel comfortably driving up this year. 

So instead my family were able to drive down and spend some time with us. Which was really lovely. Again when I think about it we didn't really do much, just spend time together as family, played a few games, and watched a few movies. Really just some low keys things, and yet I really enjoyed our time together and was so glad that they were able to all come down and see us.

My family

We really had really enjoyable Christmas holidays and we are so fortunate that we could spend it with our families.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pregnancy Story

I thought I would share a few of the ups and downs we have had in our pregnancy so far.

First off finding out that we were pregnant was definitely one of the happiest moments of our marriage.  We were struggling with infertility and were beginning to wonder if we would ever be able to have a child. When I finally did see those two little lines on that pee stick, I was in shock! That second line had never shown up before! I didn't really know what to do at first. Eventually I ran to Mike to tell him the good news. We were just over the moon. We could finally start talking about and planing for this baby that we had wanted and waited for.

We were in heaven for about 8 weeks just enjoying that wonderful thoughts of  having a sweet little baby of our very own. We started thinking about names, buying books and doing all those things newly pregnant couples do.

Then it started to crumble down, I started bleeding and even pasted a few blood clots. I thought I was losing the baby, all I could do was sit on the toilet and cry. I wasn't home when this happened so I had to pull myself together and get home to Mike. I made it home fine but thinking back I should have never drove, as I was crying the whole way home.

Poor Mike had to piece together what was happening though my sobs. He thought it was best that I call the Alberta Health Link and see what they said. The lady I spoke to was very kind and understanding.  In the end she told me to go to the ER and get all checked out, which I guess I could have done from the start  but I wasn't really thinking straight at that moment.

We spent just over 6 hours in the ER where they examined me, took my blood, did an ultrasound and made us wait forever! And in the end we were told that I did not lose the baby it was still there and even had a good strong heartbeat. We both breathed a big sigh of relieved but we had to speak to the Doctor before we could go. That was a few more hours of waiting. When we did see the Doctor she told us that although the baby was fine at the moment, I did have a large (as in more the 50% the size of the placenta) subchorionic hemorrhage. Basically a bleed between the placenta and the uterus. We were told that due to it size there was a pretty big chances of it detaching the placenta which where obviously the baby would not survive.  Mike also remembers her saying that I was more likely to miscarry then give birth to this baby. I don't remember her saying that probably because I was too busy sobbing.

We were crushed, the dream of growing our family was beginning to fade.

The next day I had a follow up appointment with my family doctor were she told us at this point there was nothing we could do, all we could do is wait and see what happened. She was honest and told us that at the moment things did not look good and we needed to be prepared for the worse but that we could still hope for the best. Our hearts were broken. I didn't go to work for that week as I pretty much broke down. Mike stayed home Monday to be with me. He was so strong during this whole thing, he truly is the best husband a girl could ask for.

So we waited and let me tell you waiting is the worst! And the fact we could to nothing made things even harder. We waited and waited, and with each week that past we started to get a little more hopeful that things would be alright.

We made it to our 12 week ultrasound which made us feel good. In fact in the ultrasound we got to see our little baby literally jumping around in the womb which was just amazing and put us back on cloud 9. The bad news that the subchorionic hemorrhage was still there and in fact grew bigger. Our happiness balloon deflated just a little, But the image of our sweet baby jumping up and down filled us with so much joy that we didn't really think too much about the other news. The ultrasound tec was also really sweet and said that everything else had grown as well so the subchorionic hemorrhage just stretched out to match. I didn't know if she really knew what she was talking about but it made me better so I went with it.

A few  more weeks pass by, a had another appointment with my family doctor where she finally said that she felt the baby was now viable! Which was wonderful news! It was another step in the right direction and made us feel that we had past another hurled. She did tell me that I was still a high risk for losing the baby but that we were beating the odds.  At this point she also referred me on to a obgyn.

And once again we waited a few more weeks. We waited till I was about 20 weeks the half way mark, this is the point we had been waiting for because back when I was in the ER, we were told that if we made it to 20 weeks everything would be okay.

And when I meet with the obgyn that is pretty much what he said! He told me that we were in the clear and everything was fine. I almost didn't believe him and had to ask a few more times just to make sure that he really understood what my situation was. Again he reassured me that at this point the baby was fine and that is was more of a risk in early pregnancy but I was way past that point so it would be okay. I was in shock! We had gone from a huge dark cloud hanging over us to nothing but rainbows and butterflies!

I really didn't realize how stressed and worried I was about losing the baby  till I didn't have to worry about it anymore. It was the greatest feeling in the world. And what made everything a million times better is that just two days after that appointment we had another ultrasound were we not only learned that we were going to have a lovely little girl but that the subchorionic hemorrhage was gone! My body had done its job and healed up nicely.

That really was the best day ever!

Now I only have the second half of my pregnancy to go. I'm really looking for to the weeks to come, which will be filled with a lot more joy and excitement then the first half. With me now being able to feel our little girl kick, I can't help but smile each and every time and think that soon I will be able to kiss and tickle those little feet.

I feel truly blessed to have had this turn around in our pregnancy.  I know that we are very fortunate to have had things work out so well for us, and I know that sadly many people have had to go through the pain and sorrow of having a miscarriage and losing a much wanted baby. And my heart goes out to them because I know the pain I felt must only have been a fraction of what they would have had to go through.

I'm also very grateful for our friends and family who were there for us and supported us every step of the way. They sent us so many positive thoughts and prays which truly helped us stay positive. I really feel they helped make things a lot easier for us, for I believe that when they would listen to our pain they were able to take a little bit of that pain away and give us some much need relief and hope. We are so luckily to have such great friends and family.

Can January come any faster!?!?

Look at that cute little nose! 




Monday, September 9, 2013

Summer Recap

I feel like the saying "Lazy Summer Days" describes our summer pretty well. We did get out and go on a few trips but mostly we stayed close to home this summer

For our 3rd year anniversary we headed out to Nakusp, British Columbia. We rented a wonderful cozy little cabin and soaked in the sun and breathed in the fresh air. We loved our time there and have started dreaming of retiring in a friendly little town by a lake.

3 Years of Marriage Bliss 
One thing that was absolutely lovely about this trip this that we were able to take our cute little fur babies with us. They were in complete heaven! All the new smells and spaces to run around. All our little Yorkie wanted to do all day was to fetch sticks from the lake. She sure dose love to swim. We tried to get Beast in on the fun but she would have none of it.

Our little Swimmer

As far as she would go
It was a perfect trip, and a great way to celebrate 3 years of marriage bliss. There is no doubt in my mind that I'm married to the most wonderful man in the world. He is so supportive, understanding, hilarious, considerate, handsome, kiss-able and I could go on but I don't want his ego to grow too big.

My Handsome Husband
Another little trip we made made this summer was out to Camrose to enjoy time with family. My Dad's side of the family had a little reunion. It was so nice to see and catch up with family that I have not seen in a while. Also have the world biggest bond fire was pretty awesome as well.




As always I love the summer and most days I wish it would never end but this year is a little bit of a different story because this winter will bring us a sweet little bundle of joy, who I can not wait to hold in my arms.
Monday, April 8, 2013

White Balance

I know I'm a little slow in post this, but it's last better late then never.

The assignment this time was all about white balance.

For those of you who unfamiliar with white balance, it is how the camera adjusts to the color cast that different light sources produce. Our eyes automatically adjust to the different color casts but as our cameras are not as sophisticated we need to choose different settings.

At Digital Photography School website I found a good little summary on the different white balance settings.

Auto – this is where the camera makes a best guess on a shot by shot basis. You’ll find it works in many situations but it’s worth venturing out of it for trickier lighting.

Tungsten – this mode is usually symbolized with a little bulb and is for shooting indoors, especially under 
tungsten (incandescent) lighting (such as bulb lighting). It generally cools down the colors in photos.

Fluorescent – this compensates for the ‘cool’ light of fluorescent light and will warm up your shots.


Daylight/Sunny – not all cameras have this setting because it sets things as fairly ‘normal’ white balance settings.


Cloudy – this setting generally warms things up a touch more than ‘daylight’ mode.


Flash – the flash of a camera can be quite a cool light so in Flash WB mode you’ll find it warms up your shots a touch.


Shade – the light in shade is generally cooler (bluer) than shooting in direct sunlight so this mode will warm things up a little.



I thought it would be interesting to show you my pictures. They are pretty straight forward and all of the same subject matter. The only diffidence is that they are all taken with different white balance setting. I thought it was nice to show them side by side so you can see the impact that the white balance can have on a photo. 





Monday, April 1, 2013

Family Ties

I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend. For us, we were able to travel up to see my parents and brothers. It was a lovely weekend full of food and laughs.

One thing we spent a lot of time doing was our family history. It all began a few weeks ago when Mike signed up to ancestry.com. I could not believe that he would sign up for something like that all I could only shack my head but I'm now so happy that we have it. 

Before we headed out I had warned my Mother that she need to get her family history together so that I could add it to my tree. And thankfully someone in her family had done a lot of work so I could add a lot of people. One of the lines went all the way back to the 1500 in Sweden.

It felt so amazing reading those names and get a small glimpse in the their lives. I tried to imagine what their lives would have been like. Most of the ancestries that I added were farmers and in my mind's eye I could see how hard they must of worked to plant and grow their crops.

I added the names of Mothers who lost not one but two or three children as babies or as young children. I can not even begin to imagine they pain they must of felt  again and again after burying their little ones. I think they must have been amazingly strong women as I could imagine that they could not take much time to grieve for their loss because they had other little mouths to feed. They needed to just wipe away the tears and get back to work.

    
Many of them gave up everything they had to come to North America in search of a better live. One ancestor was a son of a wealthy Land Barron and when he expressed a desire to come to this new land his Father told he would disown him if he left, he came here anyway.

I feel so blessed to live in this time with so many great technological and medical advantages. I live in this great country with freedoms and rights, and I have all of this because of those who came before me.




What are your family stories?


 I would love to hear where your ancestors came from.



Thank you so much for reading. 
Friday, March 29, 2013

Shutter Speed

Another photography class has come and gone. And this past week the assignment was all about shutter speed.

In class we talked about how the shutter speed will effect the amount of light it will let in by opening and closing like a stage curtain. We discussed  how shutter speed can capture movement by either freezing it or making it blurry.

In my first 3 shots my wonderful husband was a great sport and helped me demonstrate how shutter speed affected movement.  What we did was Mike throw some feather up in the air while I took multiple photos with different shutter speeds.

Shutter Speed 1/50th of a second 

Shutter Speed 1/200th of a second

Shutter Speed 1/400th of a second

As you can see in the first shot the feathers are very blurred as I had the camera on a slower speed creating "movement" in the photo.

When I changed to a faster speed the feathers begin to appear frozen in the air.

 In this next shot I froze Yorkie while she played catch with Mike.

Shutter Speed 1/1600th of a second

I also took some time to play with my camera's bulb setting.

bulb 
bulb

My favorite comment from my fellow classmates was how much she loved Mike's T-Shirt.


But now I would love to hear from you. So please feel free to share your thoughts, comments and tips.

Thank you so much for reading.
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Photography Class

So I decided to take a photography class at Mount Royal University in their Continuing Education Department.

A few reasons why I signed up for another photography class are;

1) Learning is Fun! So another class is always wonderful.

2) I have a growing to desire to complete the Photography certification that Mount Royal University offers
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3) I have pretty much already failed at my 52 project aka I haven't put any effort into it. So this class is my way of telling myself that I'm still follow the "spirit" of the goal which was to continue to improve my photography. So I tell myself  it's okay that I didn't do the exact goal, I'm close enough.

So anyway as part of this class we have to do assignments each week. This weeks assignment was to take a series of photos that demonstrates aperture as well as have a correct and consistent exposure by your in camera light meter. As well we had to save them as a jpeg file and no photoshop.

And in class we share our photos in class and the teacher as well as my fellow classmate can comment or ask questions.

So I thought I would share!








When we went through mine in class the teacher did say too much about them, he mostly talked about how because I used my prime lens I was able to have a wider aperture then most in the class.

So I would love to hear you feedback! What do you like? What don't you like?
I would love to hear from you!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Springtime

I know that there is a big  gargantuan pile of snow in my front yard but I have spring on my mind! I want the flowers to bloom and the birds to sing. Why do I live in Canada!! Where it is winter almost 10 months out of the year!?!?

The only solution to my spring fever was a springtime craft!

It is similar to my Valentine's Day blocks but with a spring twist.

Using four more of the wooden blocks that my dear husband cut up for me. First I painted them some lovely bright colors.


Then because I'm not that talented in the drawing department I used good old Google to find me some spring time silhouettes that I traced over on the blocks,



Once I traced them I painted the silhouettes then let them dry.... and Ta-Da some lovely spring time decor.


And because this craft is so pure and simple I had time to wipe together some thing with buttons!



Surly now spring will arrive quickly.

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. 
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."
Henry Van Dyke






Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Cautionary Tale


I watched the man quickly cross over the slushy pavement; he recklessly disobeyed the warning of the orange ominous hand. "Do not cross", it screamed at me and yet that man laughed in it's face yelling to the world "I make my own rules". 

I wonder am I a coward? Do I miss that train of opportunity because I will not throw caution to the wind? Maybe I could make it if I go now. Slowly I move to the edge of the corner wondering if this next step will lead me to glory or send me to my maker. The fear begins to fill me, what if the light changes, then the four wheeled beasts will charge towards me.  

No, I must wait. The friendly silhouette of the walking man finally showed his welcoming face, I felt a sense of relive, now it is my turn. I can safely cross. 

As I walked up the train platform I saw in the distance that same impatient man sitting with cigarette clinging to his lips, waiting for the same train as me. I smiled; he is no better off in this race called life. 

In fact because of his hast he missed the smile a stranger freely shared, and he lost that moment to watch the sun fight through the clouds. Yes, Maybe I am a little over cautious at times and yes, I do often feel that rules help keep me safe but I do not miss out on any opportunities because of that in fact I may see more because I'm willing to wait.


An addendum to my cautionary tale, later that afternoon I found myself with a transit ticket that had expired by only 30 minutes. In a moment of rebellion I thought “It’s only 30 minutes and I'm so close to my stop surly I'll be okay to ride just two stops out of the free zone.” But the power of the ticket box pulled me in and a grudgingly give my 3 dollars to the system. And as fate would have it just one stop out of the free zone the transit police were out in full force and asked to see my ticket.  Another sense of relive rushed through me, I was safe. I could go home and greet my husband with a smile and a kiss instead of a 250 dollar fine.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day Crafts

I enjoyed making last year's Valentine's Day crafts so much (go here to check them out) that I could  not wait to get started on this years.

The first one I made was a Valentine's Day wreath. Which let's be honest didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped. Mostly because I'm just a beginner at sewing so my sewn hearts look more like a mess then hearts.  


I do like the idea I thought of, I just wish I could have executed it better.

It was pretty easy to make and for those of you that know how to sew better then me I'm sure your hearts will turn out much better. 
Here are the steps;
1) Wrap a Styrofoam wreath with burlap. I glued mine in place.
2) Make the Hearts 
                       a) Draw and Cut out hearts on fabric 
                       b) Sew hearts with the fabric's right sides together 
                                   Note: Don't sew all the way around you will need to flip inside out.
                       c) Write BE MINE on hearts
                       d) Stuff hearts then hand sew close
                       e) Attach hearts to ribbon. I just glued them. And then glue ribbon to wreath 
3) Cut out felt hearts and glue them on as well

And then you are done! 
The next project I was much happier with the results. I made some XOXO wooden blocks.
My wonderful husband brought me a bunch of wooden blocks that he made for me. I then painted them a pearl white, and when they where dry I sanded the edges to give them a little more character. Then with red and pink I painted the letters on them. Like I said earlier I'm pretty pleased with how these turned out. 

Then I could not have Valentine's Day go by without something made from buttons. So I glued together this cute little button heart. 


I wish you all a Love-filled Valentine's Day!


"A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you."

~Author Unknown
Friday, January 25, 2013

Pup-Cakes for Everyone

On January 15th 2013, our little Yorkie celebrated her 2nd Birthday. So to honor her day I made her some "pup-cakes" and icing (Go here and here for the recipes I used)  And yes, I did try a bit, and no it wasn't that bad but it wasn't that good either. Well at least for me anyway.

Yorkie on the other hand just loved them. 




Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 New Year's Resolutions

The start of a new year, a time to reflect on your life and where you have been and where you are headed. A time to set some new year's resolutions, I have always love this tradition and have faithfully participated each year. Alas  I have also faithfully not meet or have given up on those goals. But I am determined that it will not happen this year. Hence why I am 19 days late in posting this blog, I have been giving my new year's resolutions a lot of thought. I really want to finally set some new year's goals and achieve them.

I have been thinking and thinking, what do I truly want to achieve this year, what areas in my life do I genuinely want to change. And then the most importantly, how do I do it.

When setting a goal I have been told many times to make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Specific. I really wanted to apply each of these principles to my goals so that I would be much closer to accomplishing them then if I didn't.  


The Time-specific and relevant parts were the easiest. 
Time Frame = One Year
Relevant = It's about Me 


It was the other areas, Specific, Measurable and Achievable which took more time to think about. 
I finally decided that I wanted to have a goal or two that would cover the following areas of my life. 
Body 
Mind 
Spirit 


So I could try and maintain that life balance I am always striving for. (I will admit do have my good days and bad days when it comes to finding that balance.) 

Now I know that for some people these goals might seem simple but for me if I can continue these things for the whole year, I will be doing some thing amazing. And truth be told they maybe are fairly simple but with my track record when it comes to achieving my new year's resolutions I thought I better start small. 
BODY
I really just to feel more healthy. I want to be better at taking care of myself. So to achieve those feelings I have set the following goals. 

Goal One - Run on the treadmill at least 4 times a week. 
Goal Two - Cook a Vegan or Vegetarian meal a least  3 times a month 

MIND
I want to continue to learn new things and continue to develop the knowledge that I do have so with that desire in mind I have set the following goals. 

Goal One - Complete a 52 Week Photo Project
Goal Two - Complete 2 knitting projects (last year I made one thing so I thought this year I could make two items)
Goal Three - Complete 4 sewing projects (same thing as the last goal I made 3 last year, I'll do more this year)


SPIRIT 
This was the hardest area for me to set a goal. Mostly because I didn't really know how to create a S.M.A.R.T goal for where my thoughts and feelings were taking me. You see, upon reflection I felt that in 2012 I had  a lot of "I'll be happy when this or that happens" type of thoughts. I don't want to continue to think like that. I want to truly be happy with my life now as it is and not be always waiting for something to change or happen before I can be happy. So how do I create a smart goal for that? To be honest I still haven't really figured that out. But for now my goal is to acknowledge the wonderful things that are happening in my life and to be grateful for what I have now and to find happiness within me and not with things or events. 

I would love to hear what other have set for their new year's resolutions, so feel free to share in the comments. 


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Review

At the end of each year the world takes a moment and reflects on the days gone by. Often in the form of a top ten list, whether it is the top news stories, movies, cars or weather storms someone has made a list of the top ten for 2012. So with all those lists swirling around my mind, I tried to reflect on what the top ten moments for Mike and I were for 2012.

And here is what we came up with,

Number 10 - Both Mike and I had the same good jobs for all of 2012. Now that may sound a little boring but in a time were there are lots of people looking for work this really is a blessing.   

Number 9 - Yorkie started her agility classes and she has been doing so good and we are both enjoying them a lot. 

Number 8 - I turned thirty this year and although I'm not so trilled about it. It is kind of a big moment in ones life.

Number 7 - New toys for my camera. I got a beautiful new len and some wonderful lighting equipment in 2012 which I was and am so happy about.

Number 6 -  Mike finished and passed his 3rd year of Carpentry. Now he only has one more year to go which is very exciting.

Number 5 - Pinterest has pretty much taken over my life and I am now a much improved cook and crafty person because of that web site.

Number 4 - Live Theater, we had quite a few opportunity to go some wonderful performances  this year. And I truly hope that 2013 brings more that type of entertainment our way.

Number 3 - Mike had his first full season of motorbike riding in 2012, which brought him much joy. So much in fact, that for Christmas he brought me a motorbike as well so in 2013 I can experience that joy with him.

Number 2 - In 2012 we celebrated our 2 wedding anniversary. We had a lovely time going back to Waterton, which is were we got married. We had spent time reminiscing about our past year together and our wedding day. And we also looked forward to the many more anniversaries we will celebrate together.

Number 1 - It would have to be our camping trips whither we go just the two of us or with friends we always have so much fun and just love the chance to get away from the city and enjoy nature.

We did have a pretty good year in 2012. For us this past year wasn't really full of any major highs but thankfully we didn't have any major lows as well. I'm sure that 2013 will bring us a few more highs seen how now both Mike and I have motorbikes.

Wishing You and Your Family A Happy and Healthy 2013