Wednesday, April 30, 2008

TURN UP THE MUSIC


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Sherry shared this video on her blog http://sherita1972.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-you-live-by-point-of-grace.html and when I listened to this song I just had to stop and say WOW!! What an amazing message for everyone - one I especially want to share with my beautiful girls!! This is the way I want to live every moment of my life. Like every second matters - because it really does! Making every second count allows me to live a life full of what I want - it gets me to where I want to be. When you count the seconds that matter you end up with a life full of seconds filled with love, with laughter, with every emotion that matters.

Mommy's Sunglasses





















There is just something about wearing mommy's sunglasses that seems to bring out the silly in both my girls. I'm not quite sure what it is but man is it ever cute. When both girls put on these glasses they both turn into ham's. They begin to pose for mommy and they get really silly. I LOVE IT!!!

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge - Perfect Spring Day


Feel free to join us Challenge~ Describe a perfect spring day and activities
on that day.


My perfect spring day would include being outside with my girls - camera in hand. The girls love playing outside so much and I absolutely love capturing their enjoyment on film. I love how free they are when they are outside - they seem so free to just have that childlike fun that kids seem to have with no difficulty. Watching them play outside brings me so much happiness. I love the sunshine of spring and the bright colors that come out with the spring rain. I love taking pictures of trees, buds and flowers. My absolute favorite things to do with the girls on a spring day is to take them to the tulip festival in Ottawa. I always end up with amazing shots of them enjoying the sunshine and the attractions. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers so I also love to photograph them at the festival.

Monday, April 28, 2008

I took this photo of this sign at Chapters this past weekend. This sign just speaks volumes to me. I have spent my whole life trying to find out who I really am inside. I have never had any luck finding out who the real me is. Perhaps I am looking at it in the wrong way. This sign speaks to me about not finding who I am but I need to start looking at the life I want to create for myself. I need to see where I want to go, who I need to be ... then... I need to do whatever it takes to be who I want to be, to be where I want to be. I need to create the life I want, not just sitting around wondering why my life isn't what I want. I need to take charge. I need to make things happen. I need to become the me that I want ... that's deep down inside me. I needt o create the life and dreams that I desire.

2 Peas Monday Blogger Challenge - I Remember When...



feel free to join us if you blog Challenge~ I remember when.... finish this statement

I remember when ... I was little growing up and my cousins Lisa and Sarah were my best friends. We spent as much time together as we could considering we all lived in different towns. The best part was the summers. You see our parents all had cottages on the same lake. During the summers I was almost inseparable from these two. I would bike or boat over to see them. We laughed, we swam, we played. We were all so young and free to play as much as we wanted. I really regret that as we have all grown older we have grown apart. We all have our own busy lives now, we all have children of our own. But boy, do I miss the friendship and closeness we once had!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

2 Peas Thursday Blogger Challenge - Charity

Feel free to join us if you blog. Challenge for today is~ Three things you'd donate to charity right now are...

This is a great challenge - it may actually get me off my butt and donate my items that have been just sitting around my house. Three things I would donate to charity would be:
1. the kids toys and movies they don't want anymore
2. the 5 garbage bags of kids clothes that I have that are too small
3. the clothes I just sorted of mine that I'll never fit back into

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge - NO INTERNET????

Please feel free to join us if you blog Challenge for today~ What did you do before we had the Internet?

Man, it's been so long since I have had Internet that it is almost hard to remember what I used to do with my time. I know as far as crafting before I had the Internet I created new pages and projects all the time. Now that I have Internet I search for art inspiration and ideas to create but I surf way more than I create. As for friendships and relationships - well I suck at staying in contact with people and keeping friendships going. Before Internet I rarely talked to friends and family and now that I have Internet I talk to people almost daily. All in all I'd say that Internet has impacted my life for the better. The possibilities out there with Internet are endless ...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

2 Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge - What's In My Head

Please feel free to join us if you blog Challenge~ Close your eyes and write about what immediately pops into your head

Someday I want to be that person who loves every part of her life. Someday I know I will get there. I am getting stronger everyday and I am learning to love who I am. I am learning to make the best out of what I've got, out of what situations arise. These past few years I have grown so much towards being the woman I want. I hope I continue to grow everyday until I get there. There is so much inside of me that I never share with those I let into my life. I want to be able to feel comfortable opening up and showing people who I really am. I think it's pretty hard to love who you are when you are hiding your "real" self from others. I think that growing and changing is so essential towards becoming who you want to be - you just need to know what directions to follow to get where you want to be. Just my thoughts for this beautiful morning.

Monday, April 21, 2008

2 Peas Monday Blogger - Amber's Gymnastics Show

Feel free to join us if you blog Challenge~ Share something you enjoyed this weekend?

Amber had her gymnastics show yesterday~ it was awesome!! I am so proud of how hard she has worked this term, she really worked her little butt off. Amber was very nervous doing her show. She had to do a floor routine and a balance beam routine. She was mostly nervous about doing the beam routine (doing her somersault and cartwheel off the end.) She was amazing - watching her perform she just looked like she was having so much fun! Such an awesome job and such an awesome little girl!! Mommy was so proud.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Beautiful Sunday - April 20/08

taken near St Catherines at Jordans Station

2 PEAS Sunday Blogger Challenge -AUGUST RUSH

Feel free to join us if you blog Challenge~ Whats the last good movie you say? What did ya like about it?




Just a little whit ago I watched this movie called August Rush. It is a beautiful story about two people who meet and fall in love. They never get the chance to get together after their first night together. Kerri Russell plays the girl who ends up pregnant. She looses the baby in a car accident and spends her life wishing for the baby and the boy she fell in love with. She later finds that her father had the baby given up for adoption. All she wants at this point is to find him. The little boy ends up on the street playing music for money. As soon as he is given a guitar he is instantly able to play and conduct all that is around him. He says in the movie "I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales," August wants to find his birth parents and it's as if the music in this all draws the three of them together. He is reunited with them at the end. There is something about this movie that just speaks to me. The music drew me in for the whole movie. I think what really drew me in was this young boy who wanted to meet his parents so badly and knew that his parents had wanted him. I don't know if it spoke to me so much because I was adopted. Watching the movie you see this fantasy that the boy has about finding his birth parents and them wanting him and really that is the secret dream of most adopted people I know. This movie will definitely find it's way into my collection because it has already found it's way into my heart.

Friday, April 18, 2008

I AM RIGHT BRAINED!!

that shows you whether you are more right or left brained. I found mine quite accurate. I am definitely a random, fantasy-oriented, verbal person.

Thank you for taking the Creativity Test. The results show your brain dominance as being:
Left Brain 40%
Right Brain 60%

You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the "whole" picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the "whole" picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Your complete evaluation follows below:
Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half's sub-categories. They are as follows:
Your Left Brain Percentages
34% VERBAL (Your most dominant characteristic)
25% SYMBOLIC
22% LINEAR
20% REALITY-BASED
17% LOGICAL
14% SEQUENTIAL (Your least dominant characteristic)
Your Right Brain Percentages
50% RANDOM (Your most dominant characteristic)
38% NONVERBAL
36% FANTASY-ORIENTED
28% CONCRETE
20% INTUITIVE
12% HOLISTIC (Your least dominant characteristic)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

This Is Me Challenge


I have stumbled upon this great journalling challenge blog. It is called the "This is Me Challenge" (you can find it here http://www.thisismejournal.blogspot.com/ ) What great journalling prompts. Fits in perfectly with the disire I have lately to create another art journal. So here goes and I am off with the newest challenge which is to journal about something you think everyone should do at least once.
Journaling on reverse reads: I really think that everyone should fall in love at least once in their lifetime. I do not mean puppy love. I mean that intense, one of a kind love. Where you love someone so much that your heart skips a beat, or it's almost hard to believe. Feeling that kind of love is completely magical. It is such an intense feeling to love someone so deeply. It is even more intense to feel that kind of love in return. I've had that kind of love in my past and I hope to find it yet again. In the meantime, I can be satisfied knowing that I have had that kind of love once in my lifetime.



Jordan's Station


Have you ever been just drawn to a certain spot? Somewhere in particular? Have you ever just felt compelled to love a certain place or a certain view of somekind? My family has travelled to Niagara Falls so many times since I was a little girl. Along the drive just outside St. Catherines there is this little spot called Jordan's Station. There really isn't much there, just a few houses, but I have always been drawn to Jordan's Station. You see, washed up in a tiny inlet of Lake Ontario sits this abandonned ship. The ship is in bad disrepair, a lot of it destroyed by fire, and it just sits washed up on the rocks. To me though, everytime I have passed this ship I see beauty. I see something that calls to me, that draws me in. For as much as I love passing by Jordan's Station I had never had the chance to stop there until just a few weeks ago. Thankfully I had my camera in hand and took these pictures. Now, as well as the memeories I have of passing by this ship, I now have these photograps so that I can continue to be drawn into it's beauty.
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FRIENDS

I've been thinking a lot about friends these past few days. About who I have let close enough to me that I truley consider them a friend. About why I let certain people close to me. About how much I open up with the friends I have. But most of all I've been thinking about those people in my life I consider to be a friend that turn out to be completely different than I thought. I hate when people end up being the exact opposite of what you had believed them to be. I hate that I can sometimes let my gard down and allow people like this to hurt me. Makes me kinda second guess letting people in, letting people see the real me, all of me. Makes me want to put up some kind of guard that will protect me. I know though that I can't do this. That I need to let people see the real me, to let people close, to develop friendships and relationships. Maybe someone else will hurt me again, but then again .... maybe they won't.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I LOVE NIAGARA FALLS

I don't think I could ever get tired of visiting Niagara Falls. It is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit. I don't think I could ever get tired of the sights, the attractions, the sounds. There is something so absolutely breathtaking about the beauty of nature when you watch all that water flying down over the falls. It's almost magical.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sights around Toronto

Spring Trip


Earlier this week I decided that I just needed to get away for a few days and clean out my head and take some time for myself. I decided to go down to Toronto and spend a few days with my birth dad. We had a lot of fun hanging around Toronto. We went to Niagara Falls for the day, stopped at this gorgeous boat I love near St Catherines and went to Bluffers Park in Toronto. I had a lot of fun taking my camera along everywhere we went and snapping pictures.
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