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  • Friday, August 31, 2007
    What a Summer Part 1
    We had an insanely busy summer this year! The last time I really updated on what was happening around here it was back in May.

    Lemme see if I can remember all that we did this...

    In June we went to camp for a 65th birthday party and had an awesome time as always, my sister and I took our (used to be) annual trip to Wonderland and did some shopping while we were there too! Hubby and I golfed in a best ball tournament and had a blast as always. It was the only time that I had my clubs out this year.


    July was the start of our holidays and we both took a week off and travelled to Calabogie for Canada Day. What a great place to spend the holiday weekend.




    R, A and Jo on the shores of Calabogie Lake!
    All showing some patriotism!!










    The kids has a great time and the fireworks were amazing. We spent a few days camping with my sister and her family and my brother as well. Everyone else went home on Monday, but Hubby, Jo my nephew and I stayed until Wednesday morning. Jo, Alex and I went into Ottawa and had a quick play date and lunch with a few fellow bloggers. Silver Creek Mom, Twin Mom and Laurie from the Emma Report hosted! It was great to see them and we had an awesome afternoon!

    The weather was a little iffy and of course when we were packing up it started to rain. Thankfully hubby had the foresight to start packing up before it started to rain. I was in town at the Laundry Mat washing all the bedding and dirty clothes from the first part of the week. Both kids decided to wet the bed....too much fresh air I suppose. By lunch time we had said our goodbyes to Nana and Grampa and we were off to Bracebridge were we spent 3 nights at
    Santa's Whispering Pines Campground which was conveniently across the road from Santa's Village where the 4 of us spent 2 full days going on the rides, playing and just having fun!

    The rode the Jumping Star over and over


    The Airplanes were great fun!

    The Roller Coaster was by far the favourite ride


    It had apparently rained at home the few days were in Bracebridge, but we only had about 3 drops of rain the entire time. It only rained on Wednesday when we were travelling and then again on Saturday when we travelled home. It was a great place to spend a few days and the kids could pretty much run free through the park. It wasn't too busy nor was it too big!

    You can see a bunch more pictures here and here


    Jo, Kelsey and I made a last minute tour to my brother in laws house near Lake Simcoe. We attended a birthday party and spent Sunday at the Toronto Zoo We had an awesome time although it must have been the hottest day of the summer. Thankfully there is a water park at the zoo and the kids had an awesome time all around. You can see our pictures here.

    Saturday night of that weekend I left Kelsey to watch Jo with her cousins for the evening and went to Casionorama and managed to come home with a bunch more money than I went there with. The first time I won the 3 symbols were all on the screen, but not in a line so I didn't think I had won anything. The bells were ringing and the lights were flashing! Brenda forgot to tell me that the "Quick Pay" symbols don't have to be in a line, as long as they were all on the screen. I collected my loot and moved over to another machine and a few minutes later the Bells and Lights were going again! This time I split my win with Brenda! I couldn't believe it! twice in a span of about 10 minutes. What a rush. I could see how quickly it could become addicting. The best part was that I finally got my Camera. I couldn't decide between the 8mp and the 10.1 mp and finally opted for the 8. I had been dreaming about this camera since before Christmas last year and finally got it. Now I need to go back to the casino to win enough to buy all the toys I want for it! If only it were that simple. Maybe I'll be a good girl and Santa will put some of the accessories under the tree for me.

    June and July are covered, maybe tomorrow night I'll get to August and be caught up enough that I'll be able to fill you all in on Jo's first day of school on Thursday.

    posted by Northern Mom @ 8:52 PM   1 comments
    It's so quiet
    It's hard to believe that summer is done.
    It's hard to believe that Kelsey has gone home.
    It's very quiet, almost too quiet
    Did I mention that Kelsey went home
    It's just too quiet...
    posted by Northern Mom @ 8:50 PM   3 comments
    Tuesday, August 14, 2007
    Kita June 25th 1997 to August 9 2007

    This is Kita. She was my first baby. When we brought her home she was only 4 pounds and the cutest little puppy ever. She was the quietest from her litter and was actually a pretty great dog. We taught her to sit, lay down, shake a paw and she talked to us too. She never really barked much but she could talk up a storm in a howling kinda way. When we brought Jo home she never really paid much attention until I noticed her barking more when someone was in the yard or at the door. Last summer at Nana's we gave Jo some freedom to ride her bike alone on the property and I couldn't believe how the dog s
    tayed with her all the time.



    Last week we had to make the awful decision to put her down. She had bitten Jo's tummy one night out in the yard and didn't break the skin but we knew this was a warning. While in a campground last week she bit one of the campers, a little boy who was 6 or 7. His dad wasn't upset and just wanted us to know that his son went to kiss her and she snapped at him and bit his lip. I started to cry when he told me this and I went to find hubby to let him know what had happened. We knew what we had to do.

    On Thursday we took Kita to one of the kennels where she was to be put to sleep. We sent Jo to play with some of her friends down the street and we took her together. I have never done anything so difficult in all of my life. We sobbed trying to give the information and then when they took her away and most of the way home.

    Hubby took her rope down and we did our best to put happy faces on and enjoy the rest of our vacation. When we got home on Sunday night we faced an empty house without being greeted at the door. I took her bowls and put them outside. I think hubby put them in the garage. The Milkbones have been given away and all that remains is the fur that has gathered around the house and our memories. I'm sure we will find her babies and toys as time goes on, she loved to bury and hide everything.

    Kita, you will be missed by all of us. You were a great dog and loved by many.

    Jo's take on all of this, she knows Kita is in heaven and she said that she can't hear her barking but can see her biting the angels....who knows?

    posted by Northern Mom @ 7:57 PM   3 comments
    Wednesday, August 08, 2007
    Growing Up
    I promise a proper post once things have settled for the summer. We've been crazy busy and loving all of it!
    Until then here is a comparison shot!!


    July 31st 2004

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    August 4th 2007

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    posted by Northern Mom @ 6:19 PM   4 comments
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    About Me: There isn't too much to tell. I'm Mommy to Jo, wife to Hubby. I'm the oldest of 3 siblings and 4 step siblings, Auntie to a whole bunch of kids and Great Auntie to a few as well! I'm back to working 9-5 with no weekends or nights so keeping up with everything is a challenge!
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