Monthly Archives: December 2012

Snowy Days with Friends…

I’m out in beautiful Oromocto, New Brunswick visiting friends for the next few days!  I must admit…I picked the perfect days to fly to visit friends in Oromocto, New Brunswick.  I flew from Toronto on Friday..the day after a huge snow storm that brought about 30 cms of fresh snow to New Brunswick-flights were delayed and then cancelled!  On Friday it was all systems go…and then Saturday was a gorgeous day. Today there was another dump of snow…so finally had some good luck and made it safely between the storms!  As normal I ended up falling asleep before we took off in Toronto…and woke up just as I was landing in Fredericton.

For someone who loves the snow…it is definitely a great time to visit New Brunswick! There’s something about fresh powder that is so awesome.  I totally wished I had brought down my Sorel Boots and ski pants, but a girl can improvise when she needs to (ended up wearing jeans and running shoes (with plastic bags in them to the sledding hill-hey it worked, my feet didn’t get wet, and stayed warm!)

On Saturday, we bundled up the kids and headed to the hill to do some sledding!

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There were blue, blue skies…and it was a gorgeous day. I did go down once…but was totally wishing for more appropriate winter gear.  (Again, left my snow pants in Pang…not sure what I was thinking!)

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It was such a fun outing.  This morning I woke up to a WINTER WONDERLAND.  We got another 30 cms or so of more snow!!!  It was blowing…so there were drifts that were up past my knees in some places.  After having the most awesome breakfast/brunch… we bundled up the kids again… to go outside!

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Everyone’s reaction to the snow was a little bit different.  Tank wasn’t sure what to think…he definitely wasn’t going out on the lawn to do his business! Snow Day (Dec 30) 6

The kids at first weren’t sure about the snow…but then the blowing winds and more snow, and walking around in all the extra winter clothes was a bit much for the youngest in the group.  But then the older boys LOVED it… diving right in and having fun shovelling and jumping into the snow drifts! Snow Day (Dec 30) 17

…if I lived here, I’d totally get a snowblower too…this snow is INSANE! (Yes, that snow is past his KNEES!)

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After cleaning off the stairs at the front of the house.. I joined the party in the backyard.  (It was a bit more sheltered from the wind and blowing snow…)

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(…on the right…that’s snow blown path in the backyard…see how deep the snow is back there?!) 

…self-portrait to show how happy I was to be out there in the snow!

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The rest of the days was spent playing Wii…and Hot Wheels- have you seen the Hot Wheel- wall tracks? they are way cool!  And so easy to put on a wall…why didn’t they have that when I was a kid?

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Hope you are having fun enjoying time with family and friends… what are some of your favourite memories in the snow?

‘Tis the Season

The past three days have been full on family get togethers and fun! On Christmas Eve I headed to my Aunt and Uncle’s house, to celebrate a very special birthday. It was awesome to see my cousins…it’s rare we are all in the same spot at the same time. Thanks for the wonderful evening…it was great to see you!

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Christmas Day was so much fun!  My nephews handed out all the gifts… then the craziness began.

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This holiday I found an awesome shop from the states, Blue Q. This online store has heaps of awesome items.  I got my family some ‘piggy banks’ and some “lavatory mists”…check them out… The Cheese Cutter, Baby’s Head Smell, Fanny Rosebottom’s, Jack the Ripper and Abe Lincoln’s Log!  (check out to the backs of the bottles and the descriptions…) Blue Q were so helpful in doing my order, and it came in 2 days!Best Gift EVER! :)

Dinner was awesome.  It was a team effort…I stuffed the turkey and put in the oven. I pealed potatoes until I pealed off a good chunk of finger along with a potato peal.  Kat and John helped with checking on the turkey and putting the casseroles in the oven, while Dana made the ‘candy’ (Squash)….then Jamie did the carving.  My mum was very helpful, she directed from the dining room table in all steps of the process. But it was such a fun day!

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Boxing Day…we went to visit my Gramma and Bart.  They have the most awesome sets of Christmas Villages!!! It was so much fun to see them all the village lit up.  Bart has been collecting pieces to villages for years.  It was awesome to sit and hear the stories about where pieces were picked up!  My Gramma has made stories about what all the people are doing at in the scenes.  This display is something they add to, and keep it set up year round now!  Thanks for sharing your villages with us…

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 It’s been a very fun Christmas so far…and family time isn’t over yet!  Currently as I type this we are starting some family trivia… it’s hilarious, I need to get in this game.  Until the next time…hope you are all having a fabulous holiday filled with fun family times!

12 Days of Christmas Amerks Style

Merry Christmas…

…sending you warm holiday wishes from my house to yours!

Merry Christmas to YOU!

(…a few photos from my travels this past year!!)

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Christmas!

luv, Sarah

Ready, Set, Go…

Here’s a summary of my last week… time flies when you are on holidays!  Let’s backtrack to talk about my birthday which turned out to be an awesome day.  Thanks for all the well wishes!  I woke up early and went shopping with Kat at my fav store downtown Toronto.  I ended up getting lots of sales/deals…and some fancy new clothes…then packed up my car and headed up to my mum’s in Lindsay.  We went out for dinner at a Greek place…so yummy!

Last Friday my friend, Emily was in the ‘hood and she stopped by my mum’s house.  It was so good to catch up!  We ended up decorating my mum’s tree… It was nice to have someone help me out untangle the lights!  Thanks Em, for all your help…

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Mum loved the tree…my older bro & sis-in-law & nephews had come down to Lindsay a few weekends prior and went with mum to pick out the tree. Then they stored it on the balcony…without their help I’m not sure how I would have gotten a tree to mum’s!

On Saturday, I woke up and started to clean and cook!  My mum and I had my gramma and Bart…and some of my mum’s first cousin’s (and their granddaughters) over for dinner.  I served Char…and everyone loved it!  It was a lot of crazy work, but so good to see family.  I didn’t bring my camera out until the end of the evening after dessert and tea! So here are a few snaps from that evening.

Mum in the middle of a story!

(My mum’s a story teller…can you tell?)

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(…but from the looks on everyone’s faces, I think they were enjoying the stories!)

...having fun crafting...

(…love, love Dollar Stores with their “fun” activities for little people!) 

It was great to see my Gramma (and Bart who’s hiding out of focus in this photos) again after the summer! My gramma is my super-star…the coolest Grams a girl could ever have.

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I must admit…on Monday…all the hustle, bustle of visiting and seeing friends and family finally caught up with me.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved seeing everyone I saw in Toronto (and sad that I couldn’t fit in a few people…) but I was tired.  This song kind of sums up what I felt like.

So what did I do? I listened to my body, I slept in, stayed in my pjs a few days…and slept! But when I wasn’t doing that…this week I also had a chance to do a bit of Christmas baking for my mum.  First going out and getting all the ingredients and then working in mum’s kitchen.  I used recipes that were passed down amongst the women in my family…and it was neat to see that I too could make those sweet treats!

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Just have to do a few more cookies…then I’ll be ready!  (I suppose the count-down is on… only a few more days until Christmas!)

Last night the snow started to fall in Lindsay it’s starting to feel a lot more like Christmas!  I hope you have been enjoying your Christmas prep…what is something you have to do in order to make it feel like Christmas?

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